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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 27, 2018

The Municipal Gas Authority of Mississippi's governing board approved in August a natural gas purchase contract that could last for 31 years and cost up to $800 million.

It won't be the first purchase for MGAM, as the agency is tasked by law with supplying the stat...

October 10, 2018

Mississippi taxpayers are helping pay for the construction of shopping malls, hotels, golf courses and other tourist attractions. If all projects open or still in progress reach fruition, the bill could add up to more than $430 million.

As of October 3, more than $50 mi...

September 14, 2018

Biloxi's taxpayer-funded minor league baseball stadium known as MGM Park hasn't come close to the attendance predicted by a 2013 feasibility study, drawing more than 40 percent fewer fans.

The study predicted that a baseball park in Biloxi would be among the attendance...

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...

February 28, 2018

GreenTech Automotive filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Virginia Monday, blaming hostile media coverage and several federal investigations for its losses.

Mississippi taxpayers are among the creditors. The electric car company founded by former Virginia Gov. Terry McAul...

November 8, 2017

"Meet the new boss, same as the old boss," said the Who in their 1971 classic song "We Won't Get Fooled Again." It's a powerful way of stating that the more things change, the more things remain the same.

Mississippi apparently got fooled again, as it's prepared to give...

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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.