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ALAN TURNER — The Phoenix Club: Working to make things better for underserved youth

Originally founded in Memphis in the 1950s, the Phoenix Club has grown to include chapters in numerous cities. The Phoenix Club of Jackson was founded in 2007, and has grown to include more than 90 members who are bankers, attorneys, educators, government leaders, and more. It’s a club for professionals who are 24-35 years old, and its goal is to ...

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Airbnb playing increasing role in Oxford

By JACK WEATHERLY Airbnb is playing an increasing role in providing lodging for visitors and tourists in Oxford. As a measure of that, San Francisco-based Airbnb Inc. said in a release on Monday that Oxford registered 5,700 guests and took in more than $1.1 million, during Ole Miss home games this fall. The 2018 numbers are double what they were ...

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JIM HOOD — Much action is needed to address opioid addiction problem in Mississippi

Interprofessional collaboration is crucial to effectively curbing our state’s addiction to opioids and adequately addressing the impact of this crisis on our families. We not only urgently need more treatment facilities, we also must address neglected and orphaned children, education of our entire community, sentencing alternatives, and generally changing the approach in pain management. Opioids don’t pick their victims, so ...

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Butler Snow’s Hairston takes the philosophical approach

By NASH NUNNERY Tray Hairston isn’t your stereotypical attorney. The Jackson native is a student of continental philosophy and existentialism. From Socrates to Sartre, Hairston once took every course offered in the discipline at Tougaloo College and followed up with philosophy course work at Emory University, Brown, NYU and Millsaps College. An attorney with the Butler Snow law firm, Hairston ...

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’50 Nights of Lights’ in Cleveland

Years ago, a group of ladies in Cleveland persuaded business owners to put white lights in their windows and had white-light trees installed in downtown. Last year, a Christmas tree was added, along with lighted and animated decorations. This year, businesses, individuals and civic organizations contributed $200,000 to further enhance the downtown as a holiday destination. Now called “50 Nights of ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Who is the right fit for Ole Miss chancellor?

The resignation of Ole Miss Chancellor Dr. Jeffrey S. Vitter was no surprise to insiders. A terrific academician with a stellar resume, Dr. Vitter simply was not the right fit for Ole Miss at this time. No doubt he will land another university presidency in the near future. So, what sort of leader would fit? While most Rebels simply want ...

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Northpark launches new ‘family friendly’ era

By JACK WEATHERLY With the pomp and ceremony of a major government facility dedication, the “new” Northpark Mall was opened Thursday. The 34-year-old mall is undergoing a multimillion first phase makeover that started in February. A gathering of a 100 or so —  including Ridgeland Mayor Gene McGee, aldermen, chamber and auxiliary officials, including those from Rankin County and even ...

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Mistletoe Marketplace: A classic that changes with the times

By JACK WEATHERLY Many, if not most of the members of the Junior League of Jackson were not born in 1980, the first year of the Mistletoe Marketplace. And the annual event that signals the start of the Christmas shopping season for many people has grown over the years. The League, which was established in 1941 and has taken some ...

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