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JACK WEATHERLY — Book Festival cancellation won’t stop the flow

In case you missed the news, the sixth annual Mississippi Book Festival, scheduled for Aug. 15, will not be held due to the coronavirus. Such is the way in the Year of the Plague, no or not yet. But that doesn’t mean that writing in the Magnolia State and elsewhere has stopped. The Mississippi pipeline for the “literary lawn party” ...

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Jana Brady named Director of Marketing for Mississippi Museum of Art

The Mississippi Museum of Art recently announced that Jana Brady has been appointed to Director of Marketing. Brady has more than a decade of experience in strategic marketing and communications. Brady most recently worked at The Ramey Agency as Account Director, where she led strategic planning, created new brands and managed existing brands across a variety of industries. She previously ...

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MCEF honors Dianna Zendejas as President’s Award Recipient

Dianna Zendejas of Brandon is a 2020 recipient of the Mississippi Construction Education Foundation’s President’s Hard Hat Award for her role in improving the quality and outreach of Mississippi’s career and technical education programs. Zendejas serves as MCEF’s assessment administrator and marketing and public relations director. She has more than 20 years of experience in both workforce development and the ...

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‘Garden and Gun’ sets deadline for awards

Garden & Gun magazine announces the final call for entries in its 11th annual Made in the South Awards. Any business or maker with a Southern-made product that falls into one of six categories—Food, Drink, Home, Style, Crafts, and Outdoors—may apply until midnight Eastern Time on Wednesday, July 1.  The overall winner will receive a $10,000 cash prize and will be prominently featured alongside the other category ...

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Malco reopening more theaters Friday

Malco Theatres is continuing to reopen its movie houses, including the Grandview Cinema and IMAX in Madison on Friday. The Memphis-based chain, which operates more than 370 screens at 35 locations across the Mid-South, reopened six theaters on June 15, including the Renaissance Cinema Grill in Ridgeland. The theaters had been closed since mid-March for safety reasons as a response to ...

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Malco to begin reopening movie theaters in 3 states

Malco Theaters plans to reopen six movie cinemas that were closed due to the new coronavirus outbreak in Tennessee, Mississippi and Kentucky. The Memphis-based cinema chain said the six theaters are set to reopen on Monday. The theaters had been closed for safety reasons as a response to the virus outbreak. Theaters set to reopen next week are located in ...

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Mississippi governor to lift curfew on bars, restaurants

Mississippi bars and restaurants that serve alcohol will soon be able to stay open later as Gov. Tate Reeves prepares to lift a curfew he set because of the coronaviruspandemic. Cases of COVID-19 are still rising, and the state health officer continued warning people to be cautious. A new executive order that takes effect Monday will lift the current 10 ...

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Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi expands the crafting family

The Craftsmen Guild of Mississippi supports more than 300 local artists from Mississippi and the surrounding areas. It has welcomed 10 new members to the Guild as well as congratulates a member who has added a new category to her craft.  Joining the potters are Diana Douglas, from Utica, and Amber Hunt, from Brandon. Diana Douglas studied ceramics in college. ...

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Mississippi’s two big indie bookstores grab Grisham lifeline

By JACK WEATHERLY Independent bookstores are always facing changes in the marketplace that can threaten their very existence. First came the chains, then the Internet, which gained the upper hand over all booksellers. Then Amazon, which as the name suggests, has become the biggest retail bookseller in the world. Now the corona virus pandemic has cast an invisible net over ...

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Art community providing escape with “Stay @ Home Fest”

OXFORD — This week was supposed to be one of the biggest on Oxford’s art community’s calendar, but COVID-19 pulled the plug. On Wednesday (March 18), the 17th Annual Oxford Film Fest was scheduled to begin, but was postponed last week due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Other events from the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council were also scheduled every day, but now ...

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