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Around 5 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11, a large storm raged through DeSoto County leaving a path of destruction from Love to Fairhaven. Heavy winds screamed and howled, rains poured, and hail battered the homes of the communities. Homes were destroyed, lives were impacted, hearts were broken, an…

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Virginia Governor Ralph Northam apologized for his medical school blackface stunt,but he will have much more to apologize for if he signs into law a bill that attacks Virginia citizens’ Second Amendment rights. The measure is Senate Bill 16, which would ban “assault” firearms and certain fir…

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This is the perfect time to work on your 2020 plan. As you prioritize your New Year’s resolutions, consider a career cleanup along with your plans to go to the gym more often. If you’ve been thinking of a career change, whether it’s an internal promotion or moving to a new company or field a…

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Dr. Richard Ebeling, professor of economics at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, and my longtime friend and colleague, has written an important article, “Business Ethics and Morality of the Marketplace,” appearing in the American Institute for Economic Research. It’s impor…

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We all know about opioid addiction and the tragic consequences it has caused for hundreds of thousands of people and their families. In addition to costing lives and destroying families, the opioid epidemic costs taxpayers through increased law enforcement spending, increased healthcare spen…

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For years, one of the hardest challenges I've seen with the job search is what I'll call broken promises. These broken promises can happen anywhere along the job search journey. And honestly, they have the ability to be pretty upsetting to job seekers at every point of the process.

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Have you ever had a date with someone who had recently been through a bad breakup? There's a good chance they were nervous to go through the same thing again. You can practically see the fear in their eyes. In relationships, we call this sort of thing emotional baggage. And, it can be tough …

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The Time Traveler has some sad news to report with the passing of longtime banker and DeSoto County resident Roe Ross this past week. News of his death was met with tears and warm reflection from all the many friends who cherished his friendship.

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Gun control did not become politically acceptable until the Gun Control Act of 1968 signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson. The law’s primary focus was to regulate commerce in firearms by prohibiting interstate firearms transfers except among licensed manufacturers, dealers and impor…

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I saw the perfect profile for a recruiter recently. It said, "I am not a ninja / purple squirrel / unicorn hunter, nor someone who hires 'rock stars.' I am a strategic and tactical recruiter, meaning I partner with leaders and we hire - at scale, for the niche skills required to make the dif…

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The job market is the best it has been in 50 years. You've heard that on the news. And, companies are struggling to find good candidates. There aren't as many people available for work as there used to be. In other words, because the market is doing well, companies are hiring more. Because c…

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If you've interviewed lately, you know the first step of a job interview is a phone screen. After you apply for a job, a recruiter from the company will reach out to you. They'll ask to setup a time to meet.

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When a company is looking to hire someone, finding the right candidate takes time. There are often multiple phone screens, multiple video interviews, and in person panel interviews. In some cases, there are homework assignments, IQ tests, personality tests, and drug tests. Typically, there a…

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Job searching is tough. But, what is really tough is job searching when you're unemployed. Through my work with job seekers, I've noticed a trend. Those who are unemployed are much more distressed by the process of job searching then those who aren't.

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It is always interesting what the dusty annals of yesterday can produce, especially diaries of long-ago pioneer settlers of DeSoto County, and these first-hand accounts often provide great insight into the history of the region.

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