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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. 

November 12, 2018

In 2015, former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour told the Mississippi Business Journal that the Kemper Project clean coal power plant would rival that of Mississippi's lone nuclear reactor, the Grand Gulf Nuclear Power Station, in the long run.

While that prediction never...

October 1, 2018

Mississippi Power's rates are third highest in the state of Mississippi and are 20.3 percent above the regional average, according to an examination of the latest data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Twin County Electric Power Association and the Yazoo...

March 27, 2018

Southern District Public Service Commissioner Sam Britton said Monday that some changes might need to be made to the structure of the commission and the staff to prevent future Kemper Projects.

The first-term Republican commissioner made his remarks at the Stennis Insti...

February 23, 2018

Two of the three members of the Mississippi Public Service Commission agree that changes need to be made to a 2008 law that opened the door for Mississippi Power to build the Kemper Project. 

The paradoxically named Mississippi Public Utility Rate Mitigation and Reducti...

February 16, 2018

Last week's decision that largely ended the battle over the Kemper Project clean coal power plant might be the biggest example of why the regulated monopoly model of utilities needs to be scrapped.

As a bit of background, the regulated monopoly model made sense when a...

February 7, 2018

Mississippi regulators took a victory lap Tuesday after unanimously approving a deal that ends the nearly decade-long battle over Mississippi Power’s Kemper Project clean coal power plant.

The commissioners admit, however, that not everyone is pleased with the deal that...

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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.