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JACK WEATHERLY — Book festival brings together thousands for solitary passions

The Mississippi Book Festival is held a week before the thunder of college football season just about drowns out everything else that is good in the state. Thousands packed the rooms of the state Capitol on Saturday for the third annual event celebrating the solitary passions of writing and reading. The sounds of music and smells of cooking emanating from ...

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Cantina Laredo: Mexican on the high end

By JACK WEATHERLY A Sunday brunch may not be the best test of a Mexican restaurant. But it was fair, I felt. So this is how we approached it at the Cantina Laredo, the new, airy eatery at the District at Eastover. Just to make sure that we had a benchmark order for basis of comparison, my wife ordered her ...

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Westin throws open its doors in downtown Jackson

By JACK WEATHERLY Seven years since planning and financing started and two years under construction, the Jackson Westin hotel opened its doors Thursday morning. But first a gathering of about 150 seated in padded white folding chairs beneath the slatted porte cochere offering dappled shade from sunny skies, though not from humidity,  put Westin hand fans to good use as speakers ...

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TODD SMITH: The state of local TV news continues to diminish

Local television news has shed audience over the past decade, including this past year in most timeslots according to a new Pew Research Center study. Even with these viewership losses, local TV news still garners more viewers on average than cable and network news programs. However, for election news in particular – a big part of last year’s news agenda ...

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Trustmark net income rises 11.8 percent for quarter

  MBJ staff Trustmark Corp. reported on Tuesday net income of $24 million, or 35 cents per share, for the second quarter, an 11.8 percent increase beyond $21.5 million, or 32 cents, from the year-earlier period. The results reflect non-routine and one-time gains and losses. Exclusive of those, the Jackson-based holding company registered a $32 million net income, or 47 ...

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Highland Village: the more it changes, the more it’s the same

By JACK WEATHERLY Masa Liles, general manager of Highland Village, thinks of herself as a curator. Selecting new pieces and keeping certain “old” pieces has been the signature approach since the shopping center was opened in 1972. In an era when naysayers are predicting the demise of shopping aggregations, especially enclosed malls, Highland Village closes in on 50 years in ...

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Two more tenants added to the roster at District at Eastover

By JACK WEATHERLY The District at Eastover has announced two more additions to its mixed-use roster in Jackson as it moves toward filling what will be 125,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space in the 585,000-square-foot mixed use development between Meadowbrook Road and Eastover Drive along Interstate 55. Fine and Dandy, an upscale hamburger and snacks concept, and Beckham ...

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Jackson-Evers International parking aided by ticketless system

By JACK WEATHERLY If you fly, you probably drive yourself to the airport, which means finding the right parking lot and grabbing a ticket. That adds one more thing you have to keep up with. But if you use the Jackson–Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport, you don’t have to worry. If you opt to use Arrivio, it’s as easy as pointing and clicking, ...

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Seraphim Solar seeking workers for Jackson plant

By JACK WEATHERLY Seraphim Solar USA seeks to double its work force at its Jackson plant. The plant, which started production of solar panels in February 2016, now employs about 30. Approval by two “major residential solar finance companies for their installer networks,” Sungage Financial and Sunnova, has opened the door for expansion of the plant, the Houston-based manufacturer said in ...

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Preleasing pumping life into District Lofts complex

By JACK WEATHERLY Driving past the District at Eastover motorists on Interstate 55 get a two-dimensional picture of the Lofts, which provides a backdrop for the mixed-used project. But the interior courtyards of The District Lofts cannot be seen from the interstate. They create the depth, “the third dimension,” of the six-story, 261-unit building. And preleasing, 77 units as of ...

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