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A BIG VISION … for tiny houses — Prentiss architect has learned how to get the most out of the least amount of space

Polk worked out a deal in March to lease a closed factory in Prentiss where he and five other employees build tiny houses.

By BECKY GILLETTE Tiny houses are now a popular trend across the U.S. with a couple of television programs and numerous articles about the phenomenon that is being heralded as a way to provide home ownership to those who otherwise couldn’t afford it while reducing environmental costs. Having worked as an architect in Mississippi for a couple of decades, one ...

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BRIDGFORTH RUTLEDGE — Which is better? One entity ownership vs. multiple entity ownership

I have clients who own multiple properties (or multiple businesses), and they are sometimes not sure whether they should own each property/business in the same entity (such as a limited liability company or corporation) or form different entities to own each property/business separately. They are also not sure whether they should individually own the entity that owns the asset or ...

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New studio at MSU to focus on innovative wood design

Courtesy of Christie McNeal / Mississippi State University
Kirby L. Lockard, a Mississippi State senior architecture major from Decatur, Ala., discusses design ideas for a solid-timber, mid-rise tower in Manhattan, New York. She and other four-year architecture students completed the project as part of a fall 2015 wood-based design studio course taught by Assistant Professor Jacob A. Gines.

By LISA MONTI A $10,000 grant along with matching money will fund construction of a design studio that promotes innovative wood products and building methods in Mississippi. The $10,000 Community Partnerships grant was awarded by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc., an international nonprofit that promotes responsible forest management. The Mississippi Forestry Foundation and other partners in the industry added $12,000 in ...

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TODD SMITH — USA Today network building foundation on power of video


The USA Today Network – the nation’s biggest newspaper publisher – is jumping on the video train. The sprawling empire is shifting into high gear of transforming its more than 100 local media organizations into a single, cohesive whole – and video is a central part of that strategy. Late last year, it hired Joanne Lipman, the founding editor in ...

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JOSH MABUS — Build a predestined path for your customer


I was in San Francisco with a friend to do a little work and cheer on the Giants as they fought for a spot in the playoffs recently. On our second night in the city, instead of watching baseball, we spent the evening taking in the sights of the marina district, where we stumbled on a little boardwalk magic shop. ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Mississippi needs more private sector jobs to get off bottom


For decades the U.S. Census Bureau has published data on income and poverty. Related news stories have consistently focused on Mississippi’s humble rankings. Just released statistics show Mississippi continues to be the poorest state with the highest poverty rate.   When stories about this hit the media, Gov. Phil Bryant’s director of communications, Clay Chandler, wrote this in an email ...

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Revolution, resolutions: addressing the Cuban situation


By JACK WEATHERLY  Several measures have been submitted to Congress in the past year that would restore trade with Cuba after 55 years of embargo after Fidel Castro led a communist overthrow of the government. Whichever, if any, that eventually becomes law would have an effect on the Magnolia State. The Mississippi Development Authority has set an Oct. 20 seminar ...

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Grove Park Golf Course’s future after its closing is cloudy


By TED CARTER A future use of the City of Jackson’s soon-to-close nine-hole Grove Park Golf Course is anyone’s guess, though at least one City Council member is far from confident a viable commercial use can be found for it. The City Council’s decision to cut another $150,000 from a Parks & Recreation Department budget blindsided Mayor Tony Yarber, spokeswoman Shelia ...

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Telemedicine legislation to be revisited


By JACK WEATHERLY The Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure and a leading provider of telemedicine were at odds earlier this year over who would set the rules for the practice. In the end, it was a draw. A Teladoc Inc.-backed measure sailed through the House but stalled out in a Senate committee. House Bill 1178 was designed to modernize rules ...

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NEW DIGS, NEW IDEAS — Baker Donelson offers non-traditional features for employees

Baker Donelson law firm moved into its new offices a few months ago, and occupies three of the five floors in the new One Eastover Center in Jackson.

By LISA MONTI Visitors to Baker Donelson’s new law offices won’t see corner offices, standard office furniture or a plain coffee pot on the kitchenette counter. Those and other fixtures have been replaced by non-traditional, new features like sit-stand desks and coffee bars. The firm’s lawyers and staff moved into three of the five floors of the new One Eastover ...

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