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From container to guesthouse

Bill Lilly, LEED AP, describes them as “white-knuckle experiences.” The Oxford homebuilder and owner of Village Green Builders Inc. says he had a number of such moments while building the state’s first home from shipping containers. Shipping container, sweet shipping container (Related story) The worries began early, and were not always high-tech in nature. “The first concern was getting a ...

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Would you set up house in a shipping container?

The story begins with a missed invoice and a passion for sustainable construction, takes a winding path through California and Georgia and ends in Oxford with arguably the most unique house in the State of Mississippi. See “How-to” video below “I’ve had a lot of interest and inquiries since, but the Barton home is the only one so far that ...

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Construction group uses competition to showcase industry opportunities

The Mississippi Construction Education Foundation (MCEF), Mississippi Department of Education and construction industry partners are hosting the 2013 SkillsUSA Mississippi State Championship Feb. 26-27 at the Mississippi Trade Mart in Jackson. While the event offers a chance for students and apprentices to show off their crafts skills, it also gives the industry a venue to showcase the career opportunities offered ...

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Oxford tackles city's white tail deer population

The City of Oxford’s white tail deer management plan, which allows bow hunting within the city limits, is just completing its third year, and while the program is still battling some growing pains, the city’s “deer guy” says the program appears to be showing some returns. “We’re still waiting on hard numbers from this year’s season, but we’re getting reports ...

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Olympics-style construction championship coming to Trade Mart

The Mississippi Construction Education Foundation (MCEF), Mississippi Department of Education and construction industry partners are hosting the 2013 SkillsUSA Mississippi State Championship Feb. 26-27 at the Mississippi Trade Mart in Jackson. An Olympics-style event focused on skilled construction trades, high school, community college and skilled crafts persons enrolled in MCEF’s apprentice program will compete in 11 construction craft areas from ...

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Experience in family business leads Meridian’s Goldman to ideal situation

David Goldman has a competitive advantage that he has exploited to earn clients across the nation and overseas, and grow his company from a husband-and-wife act to a business that employs approximately 50 and growing. Goldman established Ideal Software Systems Inc. in his hometown of Meridian way back in 1983 with nothing more than programming he wrote while a college ...

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Lauren Rogers Museum of Art renovations near completion

When it comes to delicate logistics, one South Mississippi renovation project tops the list. A miscue here, and an irreplaceable world treasure could be compromised. The Lauren Rogers Museum of Art is nearing completion of construction that includes a new gallery, additional storage space and an expanded loading dock. Funded by a $5-million fundraising campaign ($3 million for the project, ...

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Ex-school principal asks for delay in embezzlement trial

HERNANDO — Former Olive Branch Middle School principal Mike McCoy, who was indicted on conspiracy and embezzlement charges, has requested that his Jan. 14 trial be postponed because his attorney has a scheduling conflict. The Commercial Appeal reports McCoy’s attorney, Kevin Horan, filed the motion for a continuance Dec 6. In the motion, Horan, who is a first-term democratic state ...

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