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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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A Legacy’s Path: Stebly takes tattoo art to new heights

By CALLIE DANIELS BRYANT As the grandson of Ocean Spring’s famed Walter Anderson, Matt Stebly found painting as “just something that was normal to me.” But from his legacy he forged a new path in tattooing, an artistic passion that was taboo at the time. “I mainly got into tattooing because I was fascinated by it, and also it was ...

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An MBA is still relevant even in a tight job market

Faye Gilbert The Master of Business Administration degree is considered one of the most important and respected degrees for people from a wide variety of different types of business to pursue. But with today’s tight employment office, does it make sense to get an MBA or would it be better just to go into the job market? “While the job ...

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MATTHEW McLAUGHLIN — Supporting Startups: Delta I-Fund comes to Jackson

Matthew McLaughlin Contemporaneous with my writing of this article, there are 17 teams of startups congregated on the first floor of my State Street building for the kickoff weekend of the Delta I-Fund summer cohort, an annual program funded by grants from the Winrock Foundation and the Delta Regional Authority. The mission of the Delta I-Fund is to positively impact ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: State job recovery more modest than terrific

BILL CRAWFORD Record numbers of jobs and job growth in Mississippi top political speeches by incumbent politicians these days. Yes, more Mississippians have jobs now than before the Great Recession. Yes, more Mississippians have jobs now than ever before. But, there is more to the story. Total residence-based employment (the number that includes part-time and self-employed individuals used to calculate ...

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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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Higher tax withholdings point to more jobs filled; Mississippi sectors index shows gains

By TED CARTER The value of an index tracking Mississippi’s key business sectors rose a full 1 percent in August, maintaining an upward trend that began five months ago, state economists said in the October “Mississippi Business Report.” The growth in value tracked in the Mississippi Lead Index, or MLI, occurred in all sectors other than manufacturing, said Corey Miller, ...

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Mississippi edges back into good graces of bond raters

By TED CARTER Mississippi’s $100 million in raids on its rainy-day fund and cuts of over $200 million in department and agency budgets the last two years showed bond raters the state can be serious about offsetting sagging revenue collections. The reward is a pair of ratings upgrades on around $350 million in 10-and-20-year general obligation bonds, as well as ...

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