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Wyatt Emmerich

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...

02/13/2014 - 3:50pm

It has been 11 years since the Emmerichs moved into 1447 Rebel Drive in Jackson’s Loho neighborhood. Our daughter Ruth has lived there all her life.

We bought the home from Charlie and Sylvia Hall who purchased it from the family...

02/05/2014 - 3:34pm

Gov. Phil Bryant and U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson on stage together talking to each other about faith and race was quite interesting to watch.

As it turns out, they are both Methodists. Both are lifelong churchgoers and professed...

01/30/2014 - 11:06am

As a journalist, the Kemper power plant is the gift that keeps on giving.

I would love to one day write a column saying I was completely wrong about Kemper. Unfortunately, I’m not likely to get that opportunity.

The...

01/26/2014 - 9:29am

I was pulling up to the Valero gas station in Ridgeland to get some non-ethanol gas for my lawnmower when I noticed a huge duck hunting rig blocking my way.

Standing next to the boat was a burly man with a big black beard in rugged...

01/16/2014 - 4:15pm

Thanks to the Stennis-Capitol Press Forum, I was able to receive a briefing on the current legislative session from both the leaders of the Mississippi House and the Senate.

The Stennis-Capitol Forum meets at the Capital Club on the...

01/08/2014 - 11:06am

A new year, but some things will always stay the same.

Government inefficiency is one of them. It’s always easy to waste someone else’s money.

Obamacare has been a disaster. By now, three million were projected to...

12/18/2013 - 2:09pm
“We’re confronted with a problem with roads. We need $20 million to $29 million a year. We’re confronted with a water delivery system that needs to be corrected, which, we’re told will cost $500 million. We have a...
11/14/2013 - 12:32pm
Joel Bomgar spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson. He drew the biggest crowd I have ever seen at my club.
Joel Bomgar — thin, tall and homeschooled —  is a classic entrepreneur. He founded his computer...
11/08/2013 - 10:54am
During Mississippi Economic Council’s annual fall “hobnob” at the Jackson coliseum, our state leaders waxed eloquently about our state’s economic health.
Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said Mississippi had the 17th...
10/16/2013 - 11:57am
As some readers may have noticed, I have been a big fan of C Spire. This is not just because my brother-in-law Terrell Knight works there. Or that my father-in-law Bob Knight and the Creekmores were college buddies. Nor is it because they run...
10/08/2013 - 10:59am

Last week the Sun did a feature story on Northsider Gene Tolley and his upcoming trip to the nation’s capital to honor his World War II service. For 22 years, Tolley was head of Boy Scouts in central Mississippi. He built the 1,300-acre...