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Q&A: Heather Hudson — Mayor of Greenville; Candidate, Second Congressional District

Working for a better Delta Hudson takes on Thompson for congressional seat Greenville Mayor Heather McTeer Hudson is running for Congress in Mississippi’s 2nd District, a seat that has been held since 1993 by Bennie Thompson. A Greenville native, Hudson attended Spelman College in Atlanta and Tulane University Law School before returning to her home town to practice law with ...

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Q&A EXTRA: Bennie Thompson: Politics is politics; I do plan to run for reelection

Congressman Bennie Thompson has represented Mississippi’s 2nd Congressional District since 1993. Thompson was chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee from 2006 through 2010, when Democrats held the majority. With Republicans now in the majority, he’s the committee’s ranking Democrat. A lifelong Bolton resident, Thompson earned degrees from Tougaloo College and Jackson State University. He served as an alderman and ...

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Q&A: Dr. M. Christopher Brown II, President, Alcorn State University

A vision for Alcorn State Brown goes to Lorman with an eye on success Dr. M. Christopher Brown II began serving as Alcorn State University’s 18th president in January, replacing Dr. George Ross who stepped down in February 2010. Previously, Brown served as executive vice president at Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn. He is passionate about evidence-based education and plans ...

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Q&A: Curtis Wilkie, Author and Journalist

Keeping a watchful eye Wilkie has witnessed and written about our history Curtis Wilkie’s “The Fall of the House of Zeus” on the Dickie Scruggs scandal has been immensely popular in Mississippi and is on its sixth printing. Wilkie interviewed more than 200 people and compiled thousands of pages of documents to write what he calls “a book about political ...

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Q&A: John Evans, Owner, Lemuria Book Store

Changing with the times After 36 years, adaptation just part of the business John Evans, 60, opened Lemuria Book Store in his hometown in 1975 with the goal of providing Jackson with the best book store he could offer. Thirty-six years later, he still pursues that goal. Having weathered the storm of the big-box stores, he now faces the same ...

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Q&A: Edsel Evans, Owner, Brass Shears

Shave and a hair cut Jackson barber may be the iron man of his profession Edsel Evans, 68, is Jackson’s $5 hair cut man. He has been a barber for 47 years, running his shop, Brass Shears, from the Hilton hotel for 26 of those years, during which he has taken only one vacation. Evans sees at least 15 to ...

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Q&A: Gerard Gibert, CEO, Venture Technologies

His head is in the clouds Mississippi native leads successful tech company Gerard Gibert is the CEO of Ridgeland-based Venture Technologies. Gibert and partner Norman Katool founded Venture Technologies in 1986, and will celebrate its 25th anniversary this year. The company has 98 employees and additional offices in Baton Rouge, Birmingham and Memphis. Gibert is a Jackson area native who ...

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Q&A: Amy Head, Owner, Amy Head Cosmetics

Amy Head, 49, is a Jackson native and owner of Amy Head Cosmetics. She has studios in Ridgeland, Oxford, Birmingham, Ala., and also sells products at The Alluvian Spa in Greenwood and Reed’s Department Store in Tupelo. Amy married husband and photographer Harold Head in 1982. They live in the woods in Madison County. Q-How did you get started in ...

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Q&A: Reggie Barnes, Consultant, retired educator

Still making a difference Delta native: Education is only way out of poverty Former public schools superintendent Reggie Barnes has a lot to say on Mississippi’s educational system and systemic poverty. While there is no one answer to the poverty problem, he sees hope in workforce development and high school redesign. Barnes is now a consultant who volunteers his time ...

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Q&A: Stevie Haas, Owner, The Broke Spoke

Down home success story Broke Spoke known nationwide for big-time fun Stevie Haas, owner of The Broke Spoke, a bar housed in a well-decorated shack in Brett Favre’s hometown of Kiln. Haas grew up in “The Kill” and never imagined he would run a bar, much less one that would become a nationwide tourist attraction. The Spoke has been written ...

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