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REVIVING HISTORY — Piers supporting the old inn replaced, while keeping design like original building

By JULIA MILLER After a brief closure, Mount Locust on the Natchez Trace is back open stronger than ever. “Piers underneath the structure were rotting,” Christina Smith, cultural resource manager for the Natchez Trace Parkway, said. “It was causing the porch to sink and fall.” Following the Secretary of Interior’s standards, the renovations were completed as closely to the original ...

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#justisayin takes a look at Al Franken

This week, Ford Williams lampoons U.S. Senator Al Franken, author of his 2017 memoir entitled Giant of the Senate.  On December 7, 2017, the former Saturday Night Live writer/performer announced his plan to resign from the U.S. Senate “in the coming weeks.” Ford’s cartoon series, #justsayin, is in its second year of publication.  The irregular and slightly irreverent cartoon series reflects ...

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TODD SMITH — Pantone names ‘ultra violet’ color of year for 2018

The color of the year for 2018 is ultra violet, according to Pantone Color Institute, a color consulting company that each year chooses a color that symbolizes design trends and our cultural mood. Pantone called the 2018 color “dramatically provocative and thoughtful” in its announcement. Ultra violet “communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us towards the future,” said ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Will Republicans fumble the ball to Chuck and Nancy?

Despite Republican leaders’ wayward fall from debt frugality into tax cut frivolity, shifting teams now to Chuck and Nancy would be a fiscal calamity. “Chuck and Nancy” is a Trump euphemism for Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.   Republicans deserve criticism for abandoning their long held top priority to reduce deficits ...

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TODD SMITH — ‘Complicit’ is Word of the Year from dictionary.com

Dictionary.com has selected “complicit” as its word of the year for 2017, citing the term’s renewed relevance in U.S. culture and politics – and noting that a refusal to be complicit has also been “a grounding force of 2017.” The website defines “complicit” as “choosing to be involved in an illegal or questionable act, especially with others; having complicity.” Interest ...

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CARTOON — #justsayin takes a look at Ole Miss football

This week, Ford Williams caricatures an Ole Miss recap of the football season. Ford’s cartoon series, #justsayin, is in its second year of publication.  The irregular and slightly irreverent cartoon series reflects the world views of a Generation Z cartoonist.  In the series, Ford has caricatured Obama, Hillary, Trump, Dak, Lil’ Wayne, Samsung, Gov. Bryant, Coach Hugh Freeze, HB 1523, ...

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Bryant appoints S. Trent Favre Hancock County court judge

Gov. Phil Bryant announced today he has appointed S. Trent Favre Hancock County Court judge. Favre is the first to sit on the Hancock County Court bench. His appointment is effective Jan. 1, the date the court becomes active, according to a proclamation issued by Gov. Bryant. “Trent’s extensive experience in private practice, including his representation of governmental entities, will ...

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