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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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COMMERCIAL FINANCE 701 — The project equity morass

Ample equity is to project construction what grain is to whiskey. Equity can jumpstart a project and satisfy a critical lender financing requirement.  But just how much equity, from where, and at what price? Our hypothetical project is a 120-unit, to-be-constructed apartment complex on land under contract. Our developer has, wisely, formed a new single purpose entity, which we will ...

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BRIAN ESTES — What is the current state of the commercial real estate market?

In my last article I briefly discussed the current state of the commercial real estate market and pointed out a few things that could be done ahead of the potential commercial real estate (CRE) downturn.  As a real estate practitioner, I frequently get asked what the current state of the real estate market is.  There are hundreds of articles published ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — What do the television shows Property Brothers, Flip or Flop, Masters of Flip and Fixer Upper have in common?

Answer: They are the most watched home decorator shows of all time? Watch any of those shows, or any similar shows on television, and you’re likely to hear the term “design” used quite a bit. Design, which is the process of creating something based on a plan, is becoming an in-thing.  It’s about time.  What was once available to only ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — It’s not Socialism unless we say it is

Antidisestablishmentarianism. Yes, it really is a word. Back in the day we thought we were something because we could spell what we thought to be the longest word in the dictionary. Didn’t really know what it meant, but we had the spelling down. It’s one of the many isms of little popularity today in contrast to those that never fade, ...

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TODD SMITH — Tech, telecom & wheels, oh, my, rule top 50 brands

What’s in a brand? The good ones smell sweeter than a rose, to borrow from the famous William Shakespeare line. Brands – and names – are big business, and getting bigger by the year. Companies spend copious amounts of time, positioning and money to build their brand identities and establish their brand voice – especially the big consumer companies. Recently, ...

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ANALYSIS: Mississippi says mental health demands exceed law

There’s a man, 68 years old when a federal government expert met him, who at the time had been admitted to one of Mississippi’s state mental hospitals 46 times in his life. That man is an exemplar of the case the federal government will seek to make during a bench trial that’s scheduled to start Tuesday before U.S. District Judge ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Debate strategy puts lid on issues

Important issues in the Republican primary for governor are getting short shrift. The second Republican gubernatorial debate is scheduled for June 7th at Southwest Community College in Summit. Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves will again be a no-show. He skipped the first one held April 2nd at Mississippi State University too. His absence kept the first debate off television and, apparently, ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — So you want to be economic developer?

So you want to be economic developer. Can’t say as I blame you. It’s a rewarding profession that provides self-satisfaction and can have a positive impact on a community. It’s also a stable occupation. In my many years as an economic developer, I’ve noticed very little turnover. In this letter, I’ll offer some observations and comments that you may find ...

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TODD SMITH _ Journalists have interviewed 20 percent of Americans

The media have long been a part of our everyday lives – from the morning newspaper to nightly TV news to today’s digital news that hits us with headlines 24/7. Many of you have had interaction with journalists in your lives. This is underscored in an interesting new survey from Pew Research Center that found about two-in-ten Americans (21 percent) ...

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