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Wyatt Emmerich: Study shows good journalism reduces waste

Posted 7/20/2018 in Local Columns

Thomas Jefferson said, "Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter."


Slimantics: Special session could be a Hail Mary pass for restaurant tax

Posted 7/19/2018 in Local Columns

Since March, when the Lowndes County 2-percent restaurant tax was reduced to ashes, local people -- even Jeff Smith, the man most responsible for killing the tax -- pinned their hopes of saving the tax that supports tourism on a special session of the legislature.


Charlie Mitchell: Hardball Haley ready to deal on immigration

Posted 7/17/2018 in Local Columns

When governor, Haley Barbour dominated the Legislature. He defied observers (me) who pointed out that when members of the 1890 House and Senate wrote the state 1890 Constitution, they assured themselves the power to slap silly any governor silly who tried to thwart their wishes.


Possumhaw: A bushel of tomatoes and a peck of peas

Posted 7/16/2018 in Local Columns

"Every gardener I know is a junkie for the experience of being out there in the mud and fresh green growth. Why? An astute therapist might diagnose us as codependent and sign us up for Tomato-Anon meetings. We love our gardens so much it hurts."


Wyatt Emmerich: Mississippi isn't a state, it's a club

Posted 7/16/2018 in Local Columns

Mississippi is the fourth most rural state in America. Only Maine, West Virginia and Vermont are more so.



Roses and thorns: 7-15-18

Posted 7/14/2018 in Local Columns


Ask Rufus: A potpourri of history

Posted 7/14/2018 in Local Columns

I have been writing this history column for eight years now and even though there are topics I have covered in several columns, I still have people ask me, "why don't you write about that topic or tell that story?"

Partial to Home: Avalon, my hometown

Posted 7/14/2018 in Local Columns

Sometime in the mid-1970s, I got in my car and drove to Avalon, Mississippi. While I was by no means a blues aficionado, I loved Mississippi John Hurt's music, and Avalon was his hometown.

Home Base: Pecan Acres relocation is bad deal for residents

Posted 7/13/2018 in Local Columns

Loren "Bo" Bell stood before an audience of about 60 concerned citizens Thursday night at the Greensboro Center in Starkville and tried to paint a pretty picture.

Slimantics: 'Reeves Way' and the politics of patronage

Posted 7/12/2018 in Local Columns

Did Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves bully the Mississippi Department of Transportation into building a $2 million road from his gated community to a nearby shopping center?


Charlie Mitchell: Heavenly: State can increase taxes without a tax increase

Posted 7/10/2018 in Local Columns

Close your eyes. Imagine being a politician in a cash-strapped state. Imagine your people -- those who voted for you based on your firm stance against tax increases -- are going to be hit up for another $100 million every year.


Ask Rufus: A River Pilot's Story

Posted 7/7/2018 in Local Columns

The Eliza Battle was considered one of the largest and finest steamers on the Tombigbee during the 1850s and had been described as a floating palace.

Partial to Home: Star struck

Posted 7/7/2018 in Local Columns

Saturday we were having lunch in a small, overcrowded barbecue joint in Avondale, a revived neighborhood northeast of downtown Birmingham. One of the two young women waiting in line to order in front of us turned to Beth, who was pondering her choices out loud.

Possumhaw: Smarter than a hound dog

Posted 7/2/2018 in Local Columns

In the middle of the day even cats refuse to go outside.


Charlie Mitchell: America was designed to be a work in progress

Posted 7/2/2018 in Local Columns

Did a teacher make you memorize the Declaration of Independence, or at least the first few paragraphs?


Ask Rufus: Columbus' most interesting buildings

Posted 6/30/2018 in Local Columns

For almost 40 years, Ken P'Pool has been with the Mississippi Department of Archives and History and Mississippi's go-to person in historic preservation.

Partial to Home: A son returns to his musical roots

Posted 6/30/2018 in Local Columns

It was too much to get into a single photograph, the scene in front of us.

Slimantics: Dems face daunting challenges in Senate races

Posted 6/28/2018 in Local Columns

The primaries are over and the stage is set for one of the most unusual general elections in our state history.


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