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Nashville Company Keep the USA Running

 

Once again, a Made-in-the-USA product is proving to be one of the best in its category. And it’s a Southern company as well.

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The Papal Zeitgeist

 

Like so many of my fellow Mississippians, I grew up in the Southern Baptists churches of the 1970’s and 1980’s. I was ably served by my Sunday school teachers and my self-taught-biblical-scholar mother. From their capable and enthusiastic hands, I came to know the Bible quite well, at least for a teenager. My journey to Catholicism started around the time I went to college at the University of Southern Mississippi. College days were, happily enough, a time of soul searching and thinking about life and man’s place in the cosmos.

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The Left, The Pope And Thinking For Yourself

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I’m somewhat amused by the sudden popularity of the new Pope.

Pope Francis, TIME Magazine’s “Man Of The Year,” is being hailed now by many on the political Left as the voice of reason, of sensible egalitarianism and as an important cultural critic of rampant, unbridled capitalism.

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The Smiling Face Of Customer Service

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The Holiday Season can bring out the best in people—and the worst.

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Privacy? You’ve Got To Be Kidding

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Do you remember when the internet really took off off in the mid-90s and so many commentators heralded the brave new age of creativity, independence—and freedom?

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America’s Additions: The Twelve Piranha States

by Ken West
BAMSouth.com Contributing Columnist

The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.” —Ayn Rand, “Atlas Shrugged”

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Savannah, Georgia: The New Runner’s Paradise?

By Jackson Cavanaugh
BAMSouth.com Contributing Writer

The place to be for fans and enthusiasts of marathons, half-marathons, 5ks and 10ks is none other than Savannah, Georgia. Yes, that’s right. With over two dozen races completed during the 2013 calendar year and just as many slated for 2014, runners can delight in what the Southeast Atlantic coast—including Savannah and the surrounding area—has to offer.

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Gambling on Economic Development

By Dana Cooley
BAMSouth.com Contributing Writer

Twenty years of casinos have had a huge impact on Mississippi. Casinos were legalized in 1990 to mobilize a stagnant economy. The casinos have unquestionably grown the Mississippi economy. However, the state has a unique relationship with these same casinos. “The Hospitality State” has casinos that are as welcoming as a cold glass of sweet tea on a hot summer day. Mississippians excel at feeding and entertaining our guests. Casinos are an excellent way for Mississippi to capitalize on one of its core competencies. The state’s focus on hospitality has led to Biloxi, MS ranking fourth in the US for casino destinations.

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Transferring Money From The Poor To The Wealthy—Economic Development?

By Danny Bedwell
BAMSouth.com Contributing Columnist

In September of 2013, Governor Bryant of Mississippi announced that the Mississippi Development Authority had struck a deal with Feuer Powertrain to build a crankshaft manufacturing facility in Tunica. The Governor heralded this project as testimony to Mississippi’s new attitude of being a business friendly state. The architects of this deal tell us that the $140 million dollar project has the potential to bring 300 much needed jobs to the delta of Mississippi. Of the $140 million dollars, nearly $20 million of it will come from the taxpayers.

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Small Business Saturday: A Short Story

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“Thank you again, Mrs. Murphy. And have a great holiday.” The well wishes that he made were sincere to his last customer as she took her small purchase and headed for the door. Still, James Tinsley couldn’t help but feel disappointed.  He had opened his craft shop an hour early this day—”Small Business Saturday” the corporate credit company had dubbed it—in hopes that the Christmas shoppers would, if not flood into the store, at least trickle in steadily.

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