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Every year, CNBC ranks states on their business competitiveness. For the first time since 2012, Texas topped the list for 2018, making the Lone Star State the first four-time winner. The ranking includes more than 60 measures of competitiveness and uses data from a variety of sources. In addition to the overall ranking, 10 broad categories are tracked: workforce, infrastructure, cost of doing business, economy, quality of life, technology and innovation, education, business friendliness, access to capital, and cost of living. more
While Christmas in July has been a well-recognized concept, there is now a semi-official holiday to back it up – Amazon Prime Day. Prime Day (this year a day and a half) is chock full of discounts for Amazon Prime Members, a subscription service that offers free two-day shipping and other amenities and now has more than 100 million members, covering more than half of American households. more
Services for Tommy Lee Glasscock, 90 of Lindale, were held Monday, July 23, 2018 at the Lindale Assembly of God with Rev. Paul Ransberger and Gary Glasscock officiating. Interment was in the Tyler Memorial Park Cemetery with services under the direction of Caudle-Rutledge-Daugherty Funeral Home in Lindale. more
Well, I guess you know it’s that time of year again. What time is that, you ask? Well, it’s time to go on safari. Now, I’m not talkin’ about just any safari, I’m talkin’ about a grasshopper safari. more
I wonder if anyone ends up doin’ what he figured he would. I mean, when you were a kid, don’t you remember sayin’, “I want to be a fireman when I grow up,” or “I want to be a cowboy.” I remember all sorts of things I wanted to be, but most didn’t pay any money. Like bein’ Tarzan, or an Indian (I was disappointed when I found out you had to be born one), or one of my favorites, a hillbilly. Now, that’s a job any boy could enjoy. more
In June 2016, the people of the United Kingdom voted to “Brexit,” or leave the European Union. It was a divisive issue with a very close margin (about 52 percent to 48 percent). Unwinding the UK from the EU is an exceedingly complicated process, and recent news out of London confirms that there is still a long way to go. more
Recently, voters in Mexico elected Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador president by a wide margin. President-elect Lopez Obrador is a left-leaning, veteran politician who ran on a platform emphasizing change and a reduction in corruption and violence. Both major candidates in the race expressed concern regarding President Trump and the state of Mexico’s relations with the United States, but the primary issues for voters were domestic. more
Now, I don’t have to tell you who the smart one is in my marriage. When Janet and I were first married I thought I was the smart one, but I was sadly mistaken. Here’s one incident to prove my point. The day I turned 21, I made my way down to the gun store to look at a pistol I had been eyeballin’ for a couple of weeks. It was a semi-auto .22. Man, this was really a good lookin’ handgun. Like I said, I’d been lookin’ at it for a while. more
General Electric was recently eliminated from the Dow Jones Industrial Average (or simply “the Dow”), after more than a century as part of the index. GE was one of the 12 original stocks included in the index when it was developed in 1896, and while it had come and gone from the index twice in its early days, the company had been continuously part of the Dow since 1907. more
I was told a long time ago, “Don’t believe anything you read and only half of what you see.” This is probably pretty good advice, especially now-a-days with the internet and all. Of course that statement doesn’t stop me when I see a good idea and believe me, I know a good idea when I see one. more
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