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Julian Rankin says restaurant-fundraiser could return

Julian Rankin is the public relations coordinator for the Mississippi Museum of Art. The Museum in downtown Jackson recently was the site of two temporary, “pop-up” restaurants by renowned chef Robert St. John. Proceeds from that project benefitted local charities. Q — What can you tell us about the process that led to Robert St. John opening two temporary, “pop-up” ...

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"Beer Geek" Joey Vaughan thrilled by early success of store

Joey Vaughan opened Joe’s Craft Beer in mid-August, focusing on craft, gourmet and specialty beers. Vaughan, a Columbus native, is a former brewer at Ghost River Brewing in Memphis. He is a graduate of the Siebel Institute of Technology, the oldest brewing school in the U.S. Q — The obvious question: what made you decide to open a craft beer ...

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Michael Rushing is lead conductor of MC community education mission

Dr. Michael Rushing is an assistant professor of music at Clinton’s Mississippi College, where he oversees the master’s degree in piano pedagogy and directs the college’s Taylor School. He was previously instructor of piano at Jones County Junior College in Ellisville. He taught at the Montessori School of Saint Andrews (preschool through sixth grade) and St. Peter’s Catholic School (second ...

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Tom Mosley and MIND Center look at effects of aging on the brain

Dr. Tom Mosley is a professor of geriatric medicine and director of the MIND Center at University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. His research has centered on the reasons why the brain changes with age, with an emphasis on cognitive illnesses like Alzheimer’s Disease. In 2010, he received the Bud Orgel Award for Distinguished Achievement in Research by the ...

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Wright Busching ready to hit the paint with Jackson Showboats

Wright Busching, a 25-year-old Jackson Academy alum, was recently named head coach of the Jackson Showboats, the city’s new American Basketball Association franchise. The Showboats’ regular season starts in November, and will run between 25 and 30 games. The team will practice and play at least some of its home games at the Mississippi Basketball and Athletics facility in Northeast ...

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Nancy Sanders encourages young women to get into politics

Nancy Sanders is the director of the American Legion Auxiliary Magnolia Girls State, the annual event that gathers Mississippi’s brightest juniors-to-be and gives them an inside glimpse of the Democratic and political process for local, state and national government. This year’s Girls State was June 2-8 in Hattiesburg on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi. Q — This ...

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Rob Murray teaches young men about voting, electoral process

Rob Murray is the director of the American Legion Boys State, which gathers high school seniors-to-be in Mississippi and informs them on the political process from local government on up. Held on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi, this year’s Boys State wrapped June 2. Q — This year’s Boys State just ended. How did it go? A ...

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Neal Stephens opens DORE on learning disability

Neal Stephens is the director of Dore, a program that uses a drug-free regimen of physical exercises to help patients with “learning difficulties” like ADHD, Dyslexia and Asperger’s. Stephens graduated from Harvard in 2009 with a BA in economics. He has been at Dore since 2010. Q — Tell us about the Dore Program’s mission. A — The mission of ...

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Trey Jones helping to carry on tradition created by Jimmy Carter

Paul “Trey” Jones is the executive director of the Mississippi Association of Habitat for Humanity Affiliates, a position he has held since June 2011. His past nonprofit work includes a stint as president and CEO of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Mississippi. He’s also a past board member of the Mississippi Center for Nonprofits and the former executive director of the ...

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