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Mississippi State prepares to host the Egg Bowl
Mississippi State University hosts the University of Mississippi for the 112th Egg Bowl this Saturday at 6:20 p.m. in Davis Wade Stadium. Fans are reminded to keep traffic conditions "top of mind" for Saturday's game. Law enforcement will be working key intersections both on and off campus after the game, and they ask fans to pay attention and use precaution and to follow intersection officers' instructions. Shuttle routes for Saturday will run three hours before kickoff (3:20 p.m.) and two hours after the end of the game.
Jeb Bush to attend Egg Bowl at Mississippi State
Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott might not be the most heavily guarded man in Starkville on Saturday. Former Florida governor and Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush will be flying in for the Egg Bowl this weekend, according to Austin Barbour, a Bush campaign advisor based in Mississippi. The trip is less of a campaign stop and more of an opportunity to watch a SEC football game and interact with the people of Mississippi, Barbour told The Dispatch. "The plan is go straight to campus," Barbour said. "I believe he is going to stop by the College Republicans tailgate. He'll go walk through the Junction, meet and greet. Talk football, talk politics and then head over to the game with everybody else."
Mississippi State Debuts Mock Office Construction Trailer
Mississippi State University officials, faculty, staff and students gathered on Oct. 23 to celebrate the new Construction Training and Research Laboratory for the university's building construction science program -- one of only two studio-based construction programs in the U.S. "Our building construction science program is becoming more and more popular, and we now have this wonderful teaching and research laboratory for our students to be able to enjoy," said MSU President Mark E. Keenum at the celebration. "We absolutely understand the importance of having well-trained leaders in this profession. What sets us apart as a university is that we provide real-world opportunities so that our students can be successful."
Starkville Christmas parade set; Andrew Rendon grand marshal
Starkville's annual Christmas parade will roll through downtown Monday. About 65 groups will join for the Star-Spangled Christmas parade at 6 p.m., which will feature marching bands, parade walkers and floats. This year's grand marshal is Andrew Rendon, a serviceman who directs Mississippi State University Student Affairs' assessment office. Since local and national politics are on the forefronts of many people's minds this and next year, Greater Starkville Development Partnership Special Events and Projects Coordinator Jennifer Prather said the theme was a natural fit for this year's parade. Monday's parade and Thanksgiving marks the beginning of many events leading up to Christmas.
Mississippi gas prices among lowest in nation
Average gasoline prices around the nation are the lowest in years, and Mississippians will enjoy some of the lowest prices in the country this Thanksgiving. The national average price of unleaded gasoline is $1.99 per gallon, almost 80 cents cheaper than last year and $1.29 per gallon cheaper than 2013, according to price tracker GasBuddy, an online service in which consumers report on what they paid for gas at particular stations. Mississippi's current average has dropped about 1 cent since Monday to $1.84 per gallon as of Tuesday afternoon. In Jackson, the price is even lower at $1.82 per gallon, GasBuddy reports. Within the state, prices are slightly lower on the Coast. Gas hovers around $1.83 in the northern part of the state and at $1.87 in Hattiesburg.
Latest scoop: Blue Bell returns to Mississippi Dec. 21
Just in time for Christmas, Blue Bell ice cream will soon be returning to a grocery store near you. On Dec. 21, Blue Bell will be hitting shelves in Jackson and surrounding areas, as well as Louisiana, the company announced on its Instagram page Tuesday. The Mississippi and Louisiana release is part of the Phase Four restocking, according to Joe Robertson, public relations manager for Blue Bell Creameries. "We are very excited to be returning to Mississippi," he said. "We appreciate all the support from consumers and retail partners. We can't say thank you enough." According to Robertson, the re-release is limited to the five top flavors: Homemade Vanilla, Cookies 'n Cream, Dutch Chocolate, The Great Divide and Buttered Pecan.
Byhalia industrial park's growth continues, this time with cereal distributor Post
Cereal maker Post Consumer Brands will open a distribution center employing 30 workers near Byhalia, Mississippi. Panattoni Development Co. of Newport Beach, California, announced the deal Tuesday. Post will lease a new distribution warehouse built without a tenant in hand, a sign of the speculative construction under way in suburban Mississippi as the logistics industry spills outside Memphis' city limits. The cereal warehouse is the second major tenant in the Gateway Global Logistics Center, an area of nearly 2,000 acres of farm land located between Byhalia and Collierville, Tennessee.
School Internet report highlights Mississippi
The state of Mississippi and Gov. Phil Bryant were highlighted in a new study on school Internet connectivity for continuing efforts to bring high-speed access to the state's public schools. Education Superhighway, a non-profit organization focused on providing Internet access to public schools across America, cited in its "State of the States" report that 75 percent of Mississippi schools meet the minimum goal for Internet access as defined by the Federal Communications Commission. With this percentage, Mississippi ranks 26th nationally.
G.H.W. Bush proved a complex man in Meacham's new book
Jon Meacham, signing copies Tuesday morning of his new book, "Destiny and Power/The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush," at Reed's GumTree Bookstore, said the first Bush president is a "much more complicated man" than many perceive, and could be described as "Mr. Rogers trying to be John Wayne." Meacham, who won a Pulitzer Prize for "American Lion," an illuminating biography of President Andrew Jackson, last came to Tupelo two years ago for a signing of "Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power," a best-seller on non-fiction lists. Meacham, a journalist and historian, teaches at Vanderbilt University and the University of the South.
Wicker takes to the skies in Apache
Maj. Jay Patton, operation supervisor and pilot at the Army Aviation Support Facility, began flying the AH-64 – known as the Apache -- in 2012 after learning about its sophisticated technology. Sen. Roger Wicker visited the facility on Tuesday to emphasize the importance of keeping the 13 Apache helicopters in Tupelo -- and to take a ride in the aircraft with Patton. Two years ago, a proposal from the Pentagon called to move the Apaches to the active duty army, cutting off the aircraft's resources to the National Guard. Wicker authored an amendment in the National Defense Authorization Act last year to establish a commission to report on the future of the Army and the National Guard Aviation. "The commission will look at this proposal," Wicker said.
Standoff over government climate study provokes national uproar by scientists
A top House lawmaker's confrontation with government researchers over a groundbreaking climate change study is provoking a national backlash from scientists, who say his campaign represents the most serious threat Congress has posed to scientific freedom. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Tex.), chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, has subpoenaed scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and demanded that they turn over internal e-mails related to their research. Their findings contradicted earlier work showing that global warming had paused, and Smith, a climate change skeptic, has accused them of altering global temperature data and rushing to publish their research in the June issue of the journal Science. On Tuesday, seven scientific organizations representing hundreds of thousands of scientists sent an unsparing letter to Smith, warning that his efforts are "establishing a practice of inquests" that will have a chilling effect.
Finding balance in the politics of fear
In the aftermath of terrorist attacks in Paris and Mali, there's a new emotion permeating United States politics: fear. Scenes of devastation overseas have caused concerns about strikes on US soil to rise sharply among American voters. In a recent Washington Post/ABC News poll, 83 percent of respondents agreed that a deadly attack is likely in America in the near future -- a spike of about 10 points from previous similar surveys. Amid this roiling emotion, it may be useful to remember that the aim of terrorism is to provoke just such fearful reactions, and that an average American is more at risk from falling furniture than terrorist attacks.
Videos of police shootings don't always tell the full story, experts warn
In the past 18 months, surveillance feeds and cellphone recordings have led to protests and criminal charges after officers used force against civilians in New York City, Los Angeles, Cleveland and South Carolina, among other places. Many of the protests have focused on the role of race in police use of force, particularly against black men. The videos are often visceral in nature, showing what many activists consider to be clear-cut misuse of force by police officers. But, law enforcement experts around the nation warn that recordings can paint an incomplete picture.
It's Not All About Sales: These Companies Are Redefining Black Friday
Black Friday may just be transforming from a day of gluttony to a day of minimalism. Quite apt given that it falls right after Thanksgiving. REI made a lot of noise, unintentionally, this holiday season by "opting out" of the Black Friday madness and keeping its doors closed (while paying its employees for not working). That's 143 stores and 12,000 employees, along with its distribution centers, which will remain closed; even online orders will not be processed that day. Its social media campaign #OptOutside has garnered love from customers, like-minded businesses, and even the government. Around the country, several other brands and shops -- many in the outdoor industry -- have followed suit.
Some Malls Pressure Retailers to Open on Thanksgiving
More small retailers will be open for business on Thanksgiving Day -- and they may not have a choice in the matter. While most department stores set their own hours, the small shops that line mall hallways tend to follow their landlords' lead, industry executives say. Mall owners in turn take their cues from "anchor" chains like J.C. Penney Co. and Macy's Inc., which have made it clear that opening Thursday evening is the new tradition. J.C. Penney plans to open most of its stores starting at 3 p.m. on Thursday, while Macy's will open at 6 p.m. The push for early Thanksgiving hours is simple: A half-closed mall won't bring in as much foot traffic or business to the stores that remain open.
Auburn University professor emeritus earns R&D Top 100 patent
As Auburn University's Department of Polymer and Fiber Engineering is preparing to close its doors, one of its professors emeriti has just received his third R&D Top 100 Patent Award. Dr. David Hall, a professional engineer and a fellow of both the Textile Institute of England and the Society of Dyers and Colorers, earned Research & Design Magazine's coveted Top 100 Patents of 2015 Award for what he calls "smart cotton." The awards are selected annually by a panel of scientists and engineers.
Frank, Judy Fletcher Give U. of Arkansas $600K for Entrepreneurial Course
University of Arkansas alumnus Frank Fletcher and his wife, Judy, are providing $600,000 to establish the Frank and Judy Fletcher SAKE Fund in the Sam M. Walton College of Business. SAKE is an abbreviation for the entrepreneurial course known as "Students Acquiring Knowledge through Enterprise." SAKE operates in the Walton College as an entrepreneurial practicum course. The course allows students to participate in the accounting, marketing and sales, customer service and operations of ForeverRed, a student-led company that sells Razorbacks-branded products.
Years after collapse, spirit and community of Student Bonfire same
Student Bonfire has undergone its fair share of changes since the tragic collapse in 1999, but some things remain the same. The logs are still constructed like a wedding cake, there is still an outhouse securely on top, even if it is LSU purple and gold, and the students who assemble the 32-foot-tall stack still get the same joy in bringing generations of students together the same way they have for more than 100 years. Texas A&M University Senior and "Red Pot" Elek Nagy said it is humbling to see hundreds, sometimes thousands, of Aggies support the tradition that hasn't been officially sponsored or recognized by the university since 11 students and one former student died in the 1999 collapse.
'White Student Union' Groups Set Off Concerns at Campuses
The emergence of "White Student Union" Facebook groups claiming links to more than 30 universities has caused alarm among students and education officials, although the authenticity of many of the pages is being questioned. None of the groups have been sanctioned by the universities, and some, including those claiming affiliation with Princeton, the University of California, Berkeley, and Penn State, were removed after university officials complained to Facebook. The Facebook groups have set off heated arguments over racial issues as they seek to draw attention to the perceived struggles of white people and play down the concerns of minority groups.
The Last Thanksgiving for a Family Tradition in Mississippi
Elizabeth Seay writes in The Wall Street Journal: "When Thanksgiving comes, our family will head to the farm, as we have for the past 50 years. From Los Angeles to Boston and in between, we'll make our way to a house in rural Mississippi. The difference, this year, is that it will likely be the last time. Family traditions come to an end, sometimes abruptly, sometimes gradually, as people drift apart. Our family has foreseen the end for years, but we have been reluctant to make the call. How do you know when the time has come for a ritual to cease? The question is haunting when the tradition is long and rooted in one place."

Mississippi State eager to reclaim Egg Bowl trophy
Dan Mullen was all over the jumbotron at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in 2012. After the Mississippi State football team beat Ole Miss 31-23 in 2010 in Oxford, Mullen told his players in the locker room, "We're never losing to this team again." MSU backed up their coach's statement in 2011, but Ole Miss earned a 41-24 victory in Oxford the following year to hand Mullen his first loss in the rivalry. Following the game, a clip of Mullen's comment elicited an eruption of excitement from the Ole Miss fans. That's when numerous Bulldogs realized the importance of the Battle for the Golden Egg. "That just really sank in," said MSU quarterback Dak Prescott, who was a redshirt freshman in 2012. "That's when I got a taste of the rivalry." No. 23 MSU (8-3, 4-3 Southeastern Conference) will try to reclaim the Egg Bowl trophy at 6:15 p.m. Saturday (ESPN2) when it plays host to No. 19 Ole Miss at Davis Wade Stadium.
Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott gets one more chance at Egg Bowl
Dak Prescott is already the owner of 38 Mississippi State records and 22 victories as the starting quarterback during a superb career that's widely viewed as the best in school history. Now there's one more thing he'd like to accomplish before leaving Starkville: Winning the Egg Bowl against rival Mississippi in his final home game. "It's exciting, it's humbling and it's something I've been looking forward to," Prescott said. "It's a big-time game." The Egg Bowl is always a big deal in Mississippi, but this one features even a little more drama.
Manny Diaz's focus geared toward a QB's best friend
Mississippi State's defense didn't alter its gameplan after allowing 516 yards to Texas A&M. Manny Diaz didn't change after Kentucky piled up 423 yards. The MSU defensive coordinator's confidence remains entering the Egg Bowl after Arkansas averaged 6.65 yards per play last weekend. "You've heard it a million times. It doesn't make it untrue," Diaz said. "You still try to make a team one-dimensional." After allowing 81 points the last two weeks, No. 23 MSU (8-3, 4-3 SEC) hosts the Southeastern Conference's highest scoring offense in the Egg Bowl on Saturday.
Is the Egg Bowl for the Sugar Bowl?
Will whoever wins Saturday's game in Starkville be setting themselves up for a trip to New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl? It's possible because of what happened Tuesday when the College Football Playoff selection committee released its latest top 25 rankings, putting Ole Miss at No. 18 and Mississippi State at No. 21. The teams play each other in the Egg Bowl on Saturday (6:15 p.m., ESPN2). That's far off from where we normally think a Sugar Bowl participant should be ranked, so how is this possible? Because of Alabama.
This effort Dan Mullen's best yet
The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal's Logan Lowery writes: "Dan Mullen has done a lot during his tenure at Mississippi State. Mullen has guided the Bulldogs to five straight bowl games and had the team atop the college football world for five weeks last season. But as many achievements as Mullen has during his seven years at MSU, 2015 may be his best coaching job."
Much at stake for Dan Mullen, Hugh Freeze
The Clarion-Ledger's Hugh Kellenberger writes: "Let's just get this out of the way right here: Dan Mullen and Hugh Freeze are both very good football coaches. Maybe great ones. They've done remarkable work at Mississippi State and Ole Miss, respectively, turning programs that were in the dumps upon their arrival into ones that must be contended with. While an SEC West championship remains elusive for both, do not discount the work it takes to go from nothing to something. And, I assure you, No. 18 Ole Miss and No. 21 Mississippi State are most definitely something in the Southeastern Conference that together they have not been in quite some time. Maybe ever. But then we should also say this, because this is the nature of the game: one of them is going to be a complete and total loser on Sunday morning."
No. 8 Mississippi State beats Mississippi Valley 109-37
Kayla Nevitt, Teaira McCowan and LaKaris Salter were the team's three leading scorers during No. 8 Mississippi State's dominant 109-37 victory over Mississippi Valley on Tuesday night. As the games get tougher this season, that probably won't be the case. But Mississippi State coach Vic Schaefer said the performance by his three young bench players bodes well for the future. "I need for all of them to play a role in our success this year," Schaefer said. "It's really good to see Kayla come out and shoot the way she did."
Mississippi State Dominique Dillingham emerging as bigger threat on offense
A little goes a long way with Dominique Dillingham. If you have watched the Mississippi State junior throw her body on the floor for loose balls or sacrifice her body to take a charge, you understand how much the 5-foot-9 guard gives to her team. So imagine how a little improvement in Dillingham's game will help the No. 8 MSU women's basketball team solidify its standing as one of the nation's elite programs. Through two games, Dillingham appears to be embracing a role as a bigger scorer. Dillingham worked hard in the offseason to improve her shooting in an effort to become a more consistent scorer coach Vic Schaefer can use to balance the floor.

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