There are certain certainties we accept: death and taxes.
Almost-native son James Autry ought to be known better in Mississippi. He's "almost-native" because while he grew up in Benton County, he was actually born in Memphis. I suppose that means Tennessee can claim him, too.
The new crop of Americans has several markers, experts say. One helps explain why fewer of them choose to live in Mississippi.
When you boil it down to the nub, every citizen of Mississippi except bona fide members of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, is an immigrant or descended from an immigrant.
Antony, foreseeing chaos in the aftermath of the murder of Julius Caesar, intoned, "Cry 'Havoc!,' and let slip the dogs of war." In more contemporary artistry with words, the Baha Men gave us, "Who let the dogs out? Who? Who? Who? Who?"
Mississippi now leads the nation in the "starve the beast" approach to governance with Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves as champion of the movement.
There's no way to know what former Mississippi Commissioner of Corrections Christopher Epps expected when he walked into court -- at last -- to hear his sentence, but the nearly 20-year term imposed by U.S. District Judge Henry Wingate must have come as a surprise.
Morgan Freeman, celebrated actor and thoughtful person, says forget about it.
Most students are out for summer, having finished their final exams. In all probability, there were no easy answers. The quest for better K-12 public schools in Mississippi continues, though. Likewise there are no easy answers.
Years ago, Mississippi Public Broadcasting decided to air a live "town hall" on a topic.
Why would the name of a state senator from Ellisville be on a professionally created survey seeking voters' views on national issues? The answer is obvious. The opinion survey is a pre-campaign ad. Chris McDaniel intends to be a U.S. senator.
When a family finds itself in a financial pickle and looks for advice, the admonition is always the same: Make a budget and stick to it.
The phone rang.
"Chah-lie? Bill Minor. Listen. You got that all wrong."
A healthier Mississippi with more medical services, specifically for the underserved, was a hallmark of Gov. Phil Bryant's stump speech when he was running for office.
State Rep. Andy Gipson, R-Braxton, has his toga in a knot because a Delta newspaper publisher offered his opinion -- opinion -- that Gipson, who chairs House Judiciary B, went too far in mixing religion and public policy.
Lists are more popular than ever. People love lists. People love making lists, the most prevalent of which is the "bucket list," a roster of to-do items before leaving this life for the next.
Gov. Phil Bryant believes the time has come to add a lottery, creating yet another revenue stream for Mississippi. That will create suspense for the next few weeks.
OXFORD -- A tour bus pulled off the side of the narrow highway just west of Marks where Highway 6 becomes as flat and straight as the furrows that flank it.
To use an overused term, "Yuuge."
I know, I know, I know. When people hear about the Mississippi Legislature at all, it's school funding, yes or no on a lottery, morphing campaign donations into individual retirement accounts, whether the state will annex the City of Jackson for the Purpose of Pothole Repair.
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