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Vitter stepping down as University of Mississippi chancellor

Jeffrey Vitter will step down after serving three years as chancellor of the University of Mississippi. The state College Board announced Friday that Vitter plans to resign from the university’s top administrative job Jan. 3. He will remain at Ole Miss as a tenured “distinguished professor” in the School of Engineering. No reason was given for his decision to leave ...

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Argent Trust, Wealth Services open Oxford office

Argent Trust Co. and its Argent Family Wealth Services have opened a new office in Oxford. The location at 613 South Lamar Boulevard, a National Historic Landmark building, accommodates a larger staff who provide a wider range of wealth management services. Family Wealth Services Managing Director Mark Hartnett will lead the expanded team and focus on further growing Argent’s presence ...

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Ole Miss donor’s name being removed after racist comment

A donor’s name is being removed from the University of Mississippi journalism school nearly a month after his Facebook post drew backlash for being racist. Trustees of the state College Board voted unanimously Thursday to strip Ed Meek’s name from the Meek School of Journalism and New Media. The academic unit is now known just as the School of Journalism ...

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The Lamar will offer Oxford neo-Southern

By JACK WEATHERLY Oxford is growing. In many cases, that means sprawl, anathema for city planners. But for this college town (the University of Mississippi for you extraterrestrials) with its classic Southern architecture The Lamar will be an “extension” of the town square and all its history and amenities, said Kimberly Sharp, consultant for the developers. “We don’t in any ...

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Rayburn pushes to create jobs across the state

By NASH NUNNERY Bill Rayburn Bill Rayburn is not known for mincing words. The former University of Mississippi professor-turned-entrepreneur isn’t afraid to share his vision for the financial business or Oxford, his adopted hometown. Rayburn, who co-founded mortgage tech leader FNC and built the company into a banking industry standard before it was sold to CoreLogic for nearly $500 million, ...

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Ole Miss discussion aimed at business beginners

  OXFORD – Business experts from the University of Mississippi and the local community will lead a Wednesday discussion about questions potential business owners need to investigate before forming a limited liability company. Part of the Spark Series, the panel discussion is titled “Questions You Should Ask Before You Begin Your Business.” The event, set for 4 p.m. in the ...

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Blackburn Group and related companies have $100 million in real estate projects under development

By BECKY GILLETTE David Blackburn, 39, president/CEO, The Blackburn Group, LLC, Oxford, oversees quite an impressive array of developments for someone who is not yet 40. His company, which is the parent company of R.J. Allen & Associates, Inc., general contractors, Blackburn Communities, Fitness Holdings and other related development entities, is involved in some of Oxford’s largest residential, retail and ...

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Mississippi town seeks to nearly double its land area

One Mississippi college town is proposing an annexation to nearly double its land area. Oxford aldermen could vote March 6 on the plan, which would take 12 sq. miles (31 sq. kilometers) in five separate areas into the city limits. Mayor Robin Tannehill is inviting people to view maps and comment. Currently, Oxford’s land area is 16 sq. miles (41 ...

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Home 2 Suites by Hilton opening on South Lamar in Oxford

By KATHRYN WINTER / Oxford Citizen Home2 Suites by Hilton is the latest hotel to come to Oxford and is expected to open Oct. 20. Home2 Suites Oxford is a four story, 93 suite hotel located across the street from the new Baptist Hospital and about one mile from the Oxford Square and Ole Miss Campus. The Home2 Suites is ...

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Graduate Hotel developer turns attention to Memphis project

By JACK WEATHERLY Luke Chamblee’s company built the Graduate Hotel in Oxford, which was designed to reflect the unique culture of the town. Now LRC2 Properties has partnered with Loeb Properties to build a 100-room hotel to serve a burgeoning theater district in Memphis. Loeb has rejuvenated Overton Square, which had fallen on hard times since it sprang up following ...

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