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Wyatt Emmerich

09/28/2014 - 7:40am

Mississippians are the most passionate football fans in the country, or so I remember reading in a survey a few years ago. I have no reason to doubt its accuracy.

Certainly, Mississippi has produced far more than its share of football...

09/16/2014 - 8:35am

Ronnie musgrove was more than a little peeved when I asked him how much money he was going to make from his education lawsuit.

“It’s obvious y’all aren’t interested in the substantive facts. You’re just...

09/10/2014 - 6:35am

As of July 2014, Mississippi has the highest unemployment rate in the nation, 8 percent, followed by Georgia at 7.8 and Michigan and Rhode Island both at 7.7.

Alabama is 7.0. Louisiana is 5.4. Tennessee is 7.1 and Arkansas is 6.2....

09/04/2014 - 12:54pm

Last week was a sad week around the Emmerich household. Many tears were shed. Many “I love you”s were spoken.

Like any parent, I cannot comprehend the pain and grief suffered by David and Sheila Wilbanks. It is the worst...

08/31/2014 - 10:26am

Jackson’s new mayor Tony Yarber gave the city a much-needed dose of reality when he cut the proposed city budget $110 million over the previous year.

Even then, Yarber’s proposed $392 million...

08/13/2014 - 10:04am

Sometimes I wonder, “What in the world were they thinking?”

Naming thousands of voters in a lawsuit is not good politics, so I wonder what Chris McDaniel was thinking would come of his massive effort to roll back his recent...

08/05/2014 - 2:14pm

Just turned 56, so it’s that time of year for a bit of reflection. I’ve been thinking about 25 years of column writing. That’s a quarter of a century. A long time.

One thousand three hundred columns. At a thousand...

07/30/2014 - 8:04am

For the first time ever, I went to Europe and had a place to stay. My sister and brother-in-law now live in The Hague, which is the capital city of the Netherlands, also known as Holland.

Melanie and Steve (Stringfellow) have lived in...

07/22/2014 - 12:47pm

MARK TWAIN complained that there were lies, damn lies and statistics. I’ve also heard that 90 percent of statistics are wrong.

This comes to mind when thinking about a recent study published in Forbes magazine that rates...

07/15/2014 - 12:48pm

A recent hinds County Chancery Court ruling has put the quietus on drilling just off the coast of Mississippi and that’s a good thing.

Mississippi doesn’t have much coastline to begin with and what coast we do have is in...

07/11/2014 - 3:29pm

The United States Energy Information Administration (EIA) keeps track of electricity costs. Their April statistics show that Mississippi homeowners paid 11.87 cents per kilowatt hour for electricity. This is lower than the U.S. average of 12.31...

07/01/2014 - 2:45pm

At the Mississippi Press Association, a panel was convened to discuss the long hot summer of 1964, when civil rights tension was at a peak 50 years ago.

Has it really been 50 years? I am getting old. It seems like yesterday. I was a...

06/26/2014 - 5:49am

BILL MANDUCA, executive director of Clean Water for Malawi, has just returned from a month-long supervisory trip to Africa, where 16 new wells were drilled for $65,000.

These wells were drilled within 50 kilometers of Mzuzu in northern...

06/18/2014 - 3:07pm

The biggest challenge Jackson city government faces is the cost of upgrading its water and sewer system. One of my goals is to learn enough about this subject to write intelligently about it.

To that effect, I am one of the handful of...

05/14/2014 - 4:18pm

Newly elected Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber spoke to a joint meeting of the North and West Jackson Rotary Clubs recently. I give his speech an A-plus. It was very inspirational. For the first time in a long while, I feel upbeat about the future of...

05/09/2014 - 12:25pm

Mississippi is virtually tied with Louisiana for the wettest state in North America. Add heat to this and you get bugs. Lots of them.

Most recently the Jackson area has been plagued by black flies, also known as buffalo gnats. The...

05/02/2014 - 3:40pm

April and May are tornado season in Mississippi. Mississippi has the fifth most tornadoes in the nation and is number one in tornado deaths with an average of 10 fatalities per year. The Mississippi coast also gets its fair share of hurricanes...

04/24/2014 - 2:58pm

IF THERE COULD have been a more beautiful Easter weekend, I could not have imagined it.

April in Mississippi is my favorite month. The weather is mild and life is springing anew.

I attended three services in three days at...

04/16/2014 - 4:08pm

I did in fact write a column on the Jackson mayoral primary last week. Unfortunately, my proofreader, JoAnn Ward, pointed out the column would run after the election. I had confused the general election date with the primary date. I do believe...

04/10/2014 - 3:13pm

In 2013, the Legislature passed a measure creating a “cultural retail attraction,” or CRA, incentive to reimburse developers of outlet malls for up to 30 percent of construction costs.

The bill aided Yates Construction and...

04/03/2014 - 2:19pm

Speaking before the Rotary Club of Jackson recently, Gov. Bryant addressed the issue of special tax incentives to lure big manufacturers to Mississippi.

“Recently I’ve been reading that some people believe that tax cuts are...

03/26/2014 - 1:43pm

One of the few nice things about growing old is historical perspective. It’s one thing to read about history. It’s another to live through it.

I vividly remember the skyrocketing crime of the early 1990s and the huge debate...

03/08/2014 - 7:39am

The Race Between Chris McDaniel and Thad Cochran for U.S. senator is crystallizing Mississippi’s great political irony.

Mississippi is one of the most conservative states in the nation, yet it receives the most federal aid. We...

02/28/2014 - 1:20pm

I am starting to suffer from social media overload.

Admittedly, I am a gizmo geek. But the proliferation of multiple social media platforms is becoming hard for even a geek to handle.

After reading somewhere that five percent...

02/20/2014 - 3:52pm

With MORE THAN a million pages of local, state and federal laws and regulations in this country, I’m not sure it’s a good thing our Legislature is busy passing new laws.

My favorite politician is Calvin Coolidge who liked...