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Talking points

Duvall and Decker have achieved a goal of making Mississippi architecture part of a national conversation Jackson architects Anne Marie Duvall and Roy Decker say there’s no reason Mississippi architecture can’t be in the national conversation, right alongside the state’s bountiful published works, musical talent and athletic achievements. Thanks in part to the husband-and-wife team of Duvall/Decker Architects, it’s certainly now ...

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Are design drawings things of the past?

Pencil vs. 3D software is just the latest in a long line of competitions between man and machine American folk hero John Henry won the famous race against progress and the steam-powered hammer. But he died right there with his hammer in his hand. Henry versus the steam hammer, this is not, but in architectural circles, many wonder, “Is there ...

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Neel: About improving our communities

Renaissance man wants to make his home a better place For nearly five decades, Hibbett Neel has been a gently-mannered civil engineer/businessman/philanthropist and the leader of one of the largest privately-held engineering firms in the southeastern United States. If not for his love of mathematics and ancient Roman architecture, the chief executive officer of Neel-Schaffer might have chosen a writing ...

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Whirling derby

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the definition of busy is “engaged in action, full of activity.” Perhaps the volume’s publisher should have added a photograph of Rubye Del Harden to accompany the text. There is busy, and then there is Rubye Del Harden. Consider that the Tupelo resident owns a printing shop, weekly newspaper, consulting firm and now a ballroom ...

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Educating America about money

Franks passionate about show others how to make money work for them When he speaks, Paul Franks exudes the charismatic flair of fictional character Elmer Gantry, made famous in the novel of the same name by author Sinclair Lewis. And though he’s married to a Greenwood minister/evangelist, just like Gantry, that’s where the comparison begins and ends. A senior regional ...

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No underestimating Tyler these days

Greenwood business is flourishing and everyone taking her seriously after 17 successful years When Cindy Tyler opened the Mississippi Gift Company in downtown Greenwood, she was 27-years old but looked 10 years younger. Tyler admits that no one took her very seriously. “When I first started the business, customers and vendors would come in and ask me, ‘Is your momma ...

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Attitude goes a long way

DeJonnette Grantham King launched Advanced Environmental Consultants in a converted room of her house on a complete leap of faith. After a career with the state Department of Environmental Quality and several private firms, she found herself without a job after Professional Services Industries’ environmental division shut the doors on its Jackson office in 1997. Armed with a telephone, fax ...

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New Summit breaking the mold

The late Mark Twain once said that he never let his schooling interfere with his education. The celebrated author would have fit in perfectly at New Summit School. Founded in 1991 by executive director Nancy New, the school began as New Learning Resources, a one-on-one learning laboratory with five students. Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, New Summit has grown to ...

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Always tending to his garden

A famous horticulture writer once penned that gardens are a form of autobiography. In the case of Oliver Young, that may be an understatement. That’s because Young, the energetic president of Southwest Mississippi Community College has been nurturing vegetables and students the same way for the past five decades — with tender, loving care. The Pike County native is retiring ...

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Crossing the language barrier

Northeast Mississippi and the People’s Republic of China are a little more than 7,000 miles apart. Culturally-speaking, the distance between the two regions is immeasurable, not unlike the difference between Oxford’s town Square and China’s Great Wall. However, the Chinese Language Flagship Program at the University of Mississippi is chipping away the barriers between two cultures on opposite ends of ...

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