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Grant library notching a place for itself on Civil War trail

By JACK WEATHERLY The irony of a library dedicated to U.S. Grant in Mississippi did not pass unnoticed. John Marszalek A space of 21,000 square feet was created at Mississippi State University at a taxpayer cost of $10 million to tell the story of the Union general who captured Vicksburg, a turning point in the Civil War, and won the ...

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The Lamar will offer Oxford neo-Southern

By JACK WEATHERLY Oxford is growing. In many cases, that means sprawl, anathema for city planners. But for this college town (the University of Mississippi for you extraterrestrials) with its classic Southern architecture The Lamar will be an “extension” of the town square and all its history and amenities, said Kimberly Sharp, consultant for the developers. “We don’t in any ...

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JACK WEATHERLY: Greenberg’s end before his time

JACK WEATHERLY This is not the way it should end. He should die with his fingers on the keyboard, producing another rhapsody. Paul Greenberg was (a tense I can’t fully believe) a writer, not a pianist, but there is absolutely music in his prose. He couldn’t live without his lifeblood – ink. That was what he dipped his pen in ...

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Shares plunge after Cal-Maine fails to meet expectations

By JACK WEATHERLY Cal-Maine Foods Inc. reported on Monday that its net income for the fiscal first quarter was $12.4 million, or 26 per share, compared with a loss of $16 million, or 33 cents per share, a year earlier. Net sales for the quarter that ended on Sept. 1 was $340.6 million, 29.6 percent increase ove $262.8 million. Despite ...

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Po’ Monkey’s artifacts sold in auction as collection

By JACK WEATHERLY SHONDA WARNER Willie Seaberry is gone but the stuff of his life isn’t. It’s together as a collection bought in a bidding process by Shonda Warner. Now she’s looking for a home for it, or a place to stay. “Hopefully there will be a number of renowned institutions interested in preserving this vernacular treasure,” she said. “There ...

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After major redesign, construction of Cleveland hotel complex resumes

Dinesh Chawla By Jack Weatherly After extensive redesign, the Scion West End hotel complex is moving forward in the construction phase. That’s the word from Dinesh Chawla, president of Chawla Hotels Inc., which is building the $20 million project in west Cleveland. Things were moving toward a completion in late 2017, when Chawla and his brother, Suresh, signed a deal ...

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Early results from Delta water conservation project said positive

By JACK WEATHERLY Preliminary results from a water conservation experiment in the Mississippi Delta are encouraging, according to partners in the field trial. A collaboration by PrecisionKing, C Spire and the JF Phillips Farm shows water usage already has been reduced by up to 53 percent for corn fields and from 50 to 65 percent for soybean plots since the ...

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Meridian hotel third to get tourism tax rebate

By JACK WEATHERLY A third hotel will be built thanks significantly to the Mississippi Tourism Incentive program. The state law that created the program will provide up to 30 percent of the more than $23 million conversion of the 16-story 1929 art deco Threefoot Building in downtown Meridian. That would mean $6.9 million toward eligible costs, according to the certificate ...

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New-style Krystal model debuts in south Jackson

By JACK WEATHERLY Krystal opened its first cafe that specialized in the tiny, square hamburgers during the Great Depression. The first customer in the original stand in Chattanooga in 1932 ordered six hamburgers and a cup of coffee for a total of 35 cents, according to the company. The company did not respond to a request for a breakdown on ...

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