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Alcorn State eyes spring start on modern dorms, faculty apartments

Having witnessed problems that can occur when a space crunch leaves too many students bumping up against each other, Alcorn State University is set to initiate a $25-million to $30-million expansion in late spring that will add modern dorms, faculty apartments and mixed-use retail space. The over-crowding that occurred in Dr. Christopher Brown II’s first year as president of Alcorn ...

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More state farmers favoring peanut crops

Peanuts, long associated with the states of Georgia and Virginia, are gaining favor among Mississippi farmers who are adding the nuts in rotation with their more traditional crops. Back in the 1940s it was common for Mississippi farmers to plant peanuts but they disappeared for the most part until a comeback began in 2005. Don Self, a cotton farmer in ...

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HARDWICK: Tipping still not an exact science

Tipping, a $40-billion item in the U.S. economy, is a subject about which there is no universal agreement. Although there are guidelines written about in numerous articles, it seems that the issue is getting more confusing. Some businesses have a policy against tipping. Some even say that tipping should be banned. To illustrate the wide range of views and opinions ...

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Robert Green elected national engineers president

Robert Green has been elected president of the National Society of Professional Engineers. Green is a research engineer and undergraduate coordinator for the James Worth Bagley College of Engineering at Mississippi State University. He is the second Mississippi State University engineer to serve as the organization’s president. In 1970-71, Harry Simrall, the university’s dean of engineering, served as the national ...

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Vicksburg company elevates a camping revolution

Robert Rhett found a way to keep his camping gear high and dry, and in the process may have gotten a company off the ground. Rhett, a Vicksburg native and resident, started Sierra Madre Research in 2010 to create what he called “a better camping hammock,” designed to provide elevated support for a camper and his gear. The idea, Rhett ...

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American Council of Engineering seats officers

Allen Scott of Engineering Service was recently installed on the Executive Board of the American Council of Engineering Companies-Mississippi (ACEC/MS). Members of the 2013-2014 board include: president Jeff Dungan of Dungan Engineering, P.A.; president-elect Jimmy Nelson of Allen & Hoshall; secretary/treasurer David Bowman of Neel-Schaffer Inc.; past president Ron Cassada of Gardner Engineering, P.A.; national director David Compton of Compton ...

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WILLOUGHBY: Kirk Jeffreys keeps eye on the future

My father was a pitcher in the New York Yankees minor league system, so I grew up a passionate Yankees fan. I learned all about the lives of famous Yankees ballplayers including the iconic Babe Ruth. I remember that when he retired he not only held the record for single season home runs (60), career home runs (714), but also ...

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Alcorn to welcome students to new hospitality school in spring

The casino industry from Natchez to Tunica has grown to adulthood without a designated higher education program to train its future managers — until now. With seed money from the Ayers higher education settlement of the early part of the last decade, Alcorn State University this spring will open its School of Hospitality and Gaming Management at its new Vicksburg ...

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