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Mapping the Delta’s water — Aquifer the lifebood of irrigation for crops

By NASH NUNNERY There’s no disputing that water is the lifeblood of agriculture in the Mississippi Delta and around the state. In fact, 92 percent of the water footprint in the United States goes to agriculture production, according to the latest government figures. In the Mississippi Delta, home to arguably the world’s richest soil, farmers worry as much about their ...

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Architects are creating their client’s dream

By JULIA MILLER Sharing an artistic vision in its early stages can be an obstacle for many creative people. For architects, living in a visual world means they must cultivate tips and tricks to walk their client from concept to completion. Jeff Seabold, founder of Seabold Studio Architectural Studio in Jackson, said the first job with a new project is ...

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Green design of buildings and communities creates healthier, sustainable living environments

By BECKY GILLETTE “Green design” in architecture is far more than a buzz word or a fad. It is increasingly just the way things are done to not only preserve the environment, but the value of the owner’s investments. Green architecture as a phrase may be a fad, said Michael Berk, AIA, director of the School of Architecture at Mississippi ...

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TODD SMITH — Social media landscape dotted by longstanding trends, emerging narratives

A new Pew Research Center survey of U.S. adults finds that the social media landscape in early 2018 is defined by a mix of long-standing trends and newly emerging narratives. Facebook and YouTube dominate this landscape, as notable majorities of U.S. adults use each of these sites. At the same time, younger Americans (especially those ages 18 to 24) stand out ...

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Welty honed skills writing for Lamar Life

Eudora Welty’s father shaped the historic Lamar Life Building, and the building shaped the famed Mississippi writer’s early professional career. Work has begun to reshape the 11-story gothic revival office building erected in 1925 in downtown Jackson yet again: into apartments, retail and office space. But owner-developer Andrew Mattiace intends to acknowledge the historical use of the building in some ...

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Key decisions to be made this week before legislators finalize budget

How much money the Legislature will have to fund education, health care, law enforcement and other vital services for the upcoming fiscal year, beginning July 1, will be dependent on some key actions during the coming week. As of right now, the Legislature’s official revenue estimate is that the state will have slightly less revenue – $1.5 million or .03 ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — McDaniel switcheroo shifts hot seat from Wicker to Bryant

Call it what you will, state Senator Chris McDaniel blinked. Despite his earlier caustic rhetoric, he will not challenge incumbent U.S. Senator Roger Wicker in the Republican Primary. Instead, he will compete in what he hopes will be an easier pathway to the Senate, the special election to fill retiring Sen. Thad Cochran’s seat. Assuming his billionaire funders stick with ...

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Lamar Life Building to be converted to mixed use — apartments, retail and office

By JACK WEATHERLY Developer Andrew Mattiace will convert the historical Lamar Life Building in downtown Jackson into loft apartments and office and retail space. The conversion of the 11-story building commenced last week and will be complete in November, Mattiace said in an interview. Mattiace said he made a decision to put up a banner on the building announcing the ...

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Car dealerships trade lots along with vehicles

By JACK WEATHERLY jack.weatherly@msbusiness.com Car trading means buying and selling vehicles. But in Jackson and Ridgeland it also means swapping lots. The latest is the occupation of the old Mercedes-Benz of Jackson location by what had been Mazda of Ridgeland. The Mercedes-Benz dealership owners moved to Ridgeland in January. Last week, the move of the Mazda franchise became official with ...

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