Business News for the Mississippi Delta

Laura Beth Strickland

By Charlotte Buchanan  •  Photography by Ashley Gatian Laura Beth Strickland is a native of Vicksburg and is Executive Director of the Vicksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau. Even in these trying times when the Covid 19 virus has brought much of the country’s festivals and conventions to a temporary halt, Laura Beth is hard at […]

Floyd Shankerman Sticks to His Father’s Simple Philosophy for Success

By Mark H. Stowers • Photography by Madge Howell Shankerman’s men’s wear store has been the ‘King’ of Clarksdale businesses for the past century, and rose to that level with the mentality of service. Beginning in 1919, Floyd Shankerman’s grandfather and then father ran the business. Floyd has been part of it for the past […]

Kitchings Named Vice President of Member Involvement at MEC

The Mississippi Economic Council recently named Beth Kitchings as Vice President of Member Involvement. As Vice President of Member Involvement, Kitchings leads a team responsible for growing, engaging and retaining the membership base of the state’s chamber of commerce. She comes to MEC with more than 25 years of sales, marketing, and communications experience with […]

Yazoo City

Full of mystery, beauty and economic growth By Angela Rogalski Photos by Dawn Rosenberg Davis From the home county of Bentonia bluesman, Jimmy “Duck” Holmes and his Blue Front Café, which is the oldest surviving juke joint in Mississippi, to American writer, Willie Morris, whose memoir “My Dog Skip,” a story about a boy and […]

A Tale Of Two Structures

In June 2016, the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) began a project to extend the lifespan of the bridge on Highway 465 over Steele Bayou in Issaquena County. The bridge was originally built over the bayou in 1959 to connect the Eagle Lake community to U.S. Highway 61. Just north of Vicksburg, Highway 465 is […]

Entergy uses drones to improve reliability

Earlier this year, when strong storms moved through Vicksburg and flooded a substation making it inaccessible from the ground, Entergy Mississippi used drones to look at its equipment and how it was affected by the rising water. “Ordinarily, we would fly over the area in a helicopter to inspect the two-mile section of line because […]


U.S. Senators Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) have announced a $7.54 million federal transportation grant to support restoration of Grenada Railroad rail service between Grenada and Canton.   The U.S. Department of Transportation has approved the North Central Mississippi Regional Railroad Authority (NCMRRA) application for FASTLANE grant funding to undertake a series of […]

Rains, night temperatures push state’s corn yields

By Linda BreazealeMSU Extension Service Early or not, Mississippi’s corn crop is well on the way to its best yield in years, barring any major disasters.Erick Larson has spent more than two decades as the Mississippi State University Extension Service corn specialist. Larson said 2017 weather generally has been better than he can remember for […]

USA Rice Federation Principals Meet

Delta Council leader Curtis Berry of Tunica (third from right), who also serves in numerous capacities of leadership in the Mississippi and national rice industry, joined other USA Rice Federation principals this week in meeting with United States Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue (fifth from right) in Washington this week. Secretary Perdue will be the […]

UM Journalism Students Win Awards in Three Separate Contests

By Christina Steube University of Mississippi journalism students working in newspaper, television and radio won more than 50 awards in three separate regional contests this spring. The Daily Mississippian, led by Editor-in-Chief Clara Turnage and advised by Patricia Thompson, assistant dean for student media in the Meek School of Journalism and New Media, was named […]