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A new grass-roots writing initiative identifies talented young writers and gives them the same "select" opportunity that their peers in sports and music have. The results are already are great and the plans for growth statewide are big. 

June 28, 2018

The Jackson Public School District is asking voters on August 7 to approve a $65 million bond issue to help repair and renovate its schools, but there has been no move to reduce the outsized staff at the JPS central office as compared with other school districts.

The d...

June 15, 2018

Jackson's tourism numbers as expressed with tourism tax revenue have remained largely static over the last decade while other cities in the state have enjoyed massive growth, according to data from the Mississippi Department of Revenue.

Local tourism taxes are assessed...

June 12, 2018

The Business and Industry Political Education Committee (BIPEC) released its scorecard on the Mississippi Legislature Monday, grading lawmakers on their policy decisions regarding business issues.

Each legislator was graded on an A through F scale by a criteria devised...

June 8, 2018

Steve Wilson is the investigative editor at Mississippi Matters. He appears weekly on Wednesday mornings on WMXI 98.1 FM's "Pine Belt Daybreak" program in Hattiesburg with Michael Pol and Ted Tibbett to talk about his work and Mississippi politics.
 

On Wednesday, Wilso...

June 6, 2018

According to an examination of the past five legislative sessions, the chances of a tourism tax being renewed is 78 percent. Out of 51 bills to renew the taxes, only 11 were rejected by the Legislature.

Tourism taxes are levied on hotels and restaurants by cities and co...

June 4, 2018

The Tupelo City Council says if you like your food trucks, you can keep your food trucks, as long as they are compliant with proposed regulations.

The primary reasoning for the regulations is hardly legal. Did the council cite salmonella outbreaks among Tupelo's food tr...

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Confused and frustrated by others and his state, Horace Benbow in William Faulkner’s 

Sanctuary says, “I need a change. Either I, or Mississippi, one.”

     Do we sometimes feel like Horace? We love our state, but it confounds us.     

      Mississippimatters' creative co-op of writers, videographers and thinkers invites wrestling with such tensions.

     MM won't cover much breaking news. Instead, it will reflect, suggest  and chat.

     Some entries will be a bit deeper. We will feature investigative articles other publications avoid. Lots of lighthearted ideas will be tossed in about enjoyable people, places and things. Expect an eclectic mix.

      If we're easily pegged politically or socially, we need to do better. Let us know.

     Some contributors have "extra" degrees, others are "degree-less." All can write; they care and dare to share their hearts and minds (and they can turn a phrase).

    Our writers come from unlikely places. We think some of the best thinkers use a wrench. not a pen. 

     Some of our "takes" may upset you.Thanks for feeling! Some may prop up your opinions. We hope to prompt banter at water coolers, coffee shops and family tables.

     It’s so true—we in the Magnolia State often feel like Horace Benbow. Faulkner tapped into us. 

     How about us doing some head-scratching together?  

     Let’s laugh, muse and talk. After all, Mississippi Matters. 

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MississippiMatters is a news blog of cooperative writers, videographers and podcasters published by  The Well Writers Guild, a 501c3 devoted to mentoring Mississippi writers and to addressing uncovered or under-covered topics.  MississippiMatters focuses on offering creative "takes" on our state's culture, ideas, events and more.