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Author Archives: Lynn Lofton

BOOKBIZ — An exploration into Patti Smith’s mind and memories

» M Train  
By Patti Smith 
Published by Alfred A. Knopf       
$25.00 hardback

Patti Smith is a woman of many talents. She’s an accomplished performer, visual artist, and photographer, as well as a punk-rock icon and poet. With the publication of her exceptional memoir Just Kids in 2010, she added National Book Award winner to the list. In Just Kids (which I liked so much I read it twice within a year) Smith ...

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FOCUS ON CONSTRUCTION — $7 million project to build the Business and Health Building under way at USM’s Gulf Park

The Joe Earl Holloway complex is being demolished on the Gulf Park Campus of the University of Southern Mississippi, and will be replaced by a new $7 million Business and Health Building (sketch above) in Spring 2017.

By LYNN LOFTON  In the Gulf Park Campus of the University of Southern Mississippi, demolition of the 25-year-old modular structure, the Joe Earl Holloway Complex, is almost complete to make way for construction of a Business and Health Building. The $7-million facility will provide 25,000 square feet of space for students, faculty and staff and has an estimated completion date ...

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FOCUS ON REAL ESTATE — Would you buy a home sight unseen? It’s becoming more popular in Mississippi

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By LYNN LOFTON  There are all sorts of technology that make it easier to buy homes these days. In some cases homebuyers use technology to buy homes sight unseen. According to Business Wire, one in five buyers has made an offer on a home without having visited it in person. How prevalent is that practice in Mississippi? It hasn’t happened ...

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Army’s Engineer R&D center leads in military and civil problem solving

New Headquarters
The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center's new headquarters building is under construction in Vicksburg. 
The new building encompasses 142,000 square feet and includes the following features:
» Four-story southern wing
» Three-story northern wing
» 6,100 square-foot central atrium with an open structure roof and glass curtain walls
» 500-seat auditorium
» 3,000-square-foot cafeteria/dining area
» 6,350-square-foot archival library

By LYNN LOFTON  Vicksburg is home to the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center and serves as national headquarters for four such facilities. It’s a large operation with 1,400 of the system’s 2,205  employees located in Vicksburg. Most of the employees are civilians, and the number of employees swells by a couple of hundred in the summer with student ...

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BOOK BIZ — Plots, intrigue and murder at kindergarten? yes

» Big Little Lies
By Liane Moriarty
Published by Penquin
$16.00 paperback

I don’t know how to categorize this book. Well, yes, it’s fiction, but how do I describe it after that? At times while reading it, I thought it’s a spoof because of the word picture it paints of raising children today and the competitive nature — among some circles — of everything involving children, including kindergarten. The book definitely has ...

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Diners can enjoy good food and locations while helping small businesses


By LYNN LOFTON Having a good meal in an unusual setting is an enjoyable experience. When that pleasure also means the money paid to have the experience goes toward grants to help small businesses, it’s even better. The Magnolia Business Alliance created the Social Supper to help fund its grant programs, and they’re spreading some cheer and good eats while doing ...

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BOOK BIZ — Narcissistic fashion world background for tale of friendship


This award-winning book is an odd story — sometimes twisted — that compels the reader to continue to the end. First published in 2005 and again in 2006, it’s the story of a 20-year friendship between two women as told through the thoughts of a stumbling, wreck-of-a-life former model, Alison. Veronica is the eccentric middle-aged office temp who somehow strikes ...

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Brown Bass & Jeter demands communication, integrity, professionalism in fostering client relationships

Brown Bass & Jeter law firm consists of (from left) Katrina Brown, Latoya Jeter and Lilli Evans Bass. The Jackson firm focuses on medical malpractice, personal injury, government law, bankruptcy, employment law and premises liability.

By LYNN LOFTON There’s a new law firm in town, Brown Bass & Jeter, PLLC, started by three accomplished young women who’re on a mission to bring their kind of law practice to the area. “Brown Bass & Jeter, PLLC, was founded Aug. 1, 2015, with the vision for minority women attorneys to own and manage a law practice representing corporations, ...

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