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Community foundations kick off tax-credit drive

By JACK WEATHERLY If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. So goes the axiom. Yet that leaves open the possibility that it can be true. The seven community foundations of Mississippi asked the Legislature for $2.5 million in tax credits over five years to start the Endow Mississippi Program. The full amount was approved in the ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — ‘Bright Star’ shines at the New Stage

Steve Martin met someone at a cocktail party who wanted to compliment him on his play about Picasso meeting Einstein. It was “goo . . . RATE,” the partygoer said, avoiding damning Martin with faint praise. The legendary comedian, actor, banjoist and playwright’s latest stage effort, “Bright Star,” as presented by New Stage Theater in Jackson is goo . . ...

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FLOODS AND TARIFFS — Farmers fight nature and trade war to keep heads above water

By JACK WEATHERLY Even with the latest federal “bailout,” the best outlook is break-even for Mississippi row-crop farmers who have been hammered by Chinese tariffs and inundated by flooding, says Dr. Josh Maples, assistant professor of agricultural economics at Mississippi State University. Prices for soybeans were low at the beginning of the year. Then came the floods that swamped roughly ...

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The Faulkner turns to back pages of family, downtown history

By JACK WEATHERLY As you might imagine, a great-nephew of William Faulkner has a story or two. Thomas W. “Buddy” Faulkner bought the five-story building at 518 Capitol St. in 1993 out of foreclosure. “I love old buildings, so it was a no-brainer,” said Faulkner, an architect who now lives in Chattanooga, but is a former resident of Jackson. He ...

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Former aluminum plant exec jailed in Louisiana, awaits bond hearing

By JACK WEATHERLY Roger Boggs, chief executive of American Specialty Alloys, which was to build a $1.2 billion plant in Columbus to produce aluminum for automobile bodies, pulled up stakes in October 2015 and decided to seek his fortunes in Louisiana. At the time, the manufacturer was at odds with the Mississippi Development Authority and the Golden Triangle development agency, ...

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CAET restaurant opens in larger quarters in Renaissance

By JACK WEATHERLY “I guess you could say we’re officially open,” Derek Emerson said on Tuesday as he watched the CAET Seafood Oysterette restaurant sign being hoisted into place above a blue-and-white-striped canopy flapping in the brisk wind. Emerson, who, with his wife Jennifer, owns the wine bar and restaurant, said the eatery had a soft opening on May 10 ...

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Low gas prices bode well for Memorial Day holiday

By JACK WEATHERLY Mississippi was in a four-way tie Monday for the cheapest gasoline in the country, $2.50 for a gallon of regular, the American Automobile Association reports. That bodes well for those planning road trips in the Magnolia State over the extended Memorial Day weekend, whether they’re in-staters or visitors. AAA projects that nearly 43 million Americans will mark ...

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Mead makers hoping for a dilly comeback for ancient drink

By JACK WEATHERLY Mead goes back thousands of years in cultures around the world, but these days it’s on the fringes. If you are a Game of Thrones nut, you know that a cup of Starbucks coffee was accidentally left on a table while everyone was downing great quantities of mead.  Or surely you’ve caught the “dilly dilly” television commercials ...

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Pushing the porch back to the forefront

By JACK WEATHERLY Big front porches – with room for friends and family to sit, rock and visit for a while – are back in style. In the days before air-conditioning, such porches were especially prized in the South during the long hot summers, allowing people passing by on foot to say hello and possibly be invited up for lemonade ...

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Conference delves into role of front porch in South

By JACK WEATHERLY The fourth annual Conference on the Front Porch promises to go far afield while still revolving about the role of the classic Southern gathering place. The conference will include national politics, race, art and ecology, according to Campbell McCool, organizer of the event that will be held Sept. 26-27 at Taylor, Miss. But it will all revolve ...

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