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10/24/2014 - 3:24pm

There are good reasons to be concerned that the Kemper County Lignite Plant under construction by Mississippi Power could explode if started up. So, will it ever start up? Probably not. Here's why.

Construction of the experimental...

10/24/2014 - 3:23pm

The Rebels’ 34-3 Saturday night home win against the Volunteers didn’t engender the fervor (or sales tax revenues) of the Bama victory. Still, Ole Miss (7-0, 4-0 SEC) is now ranked No. 1 in the SEC West and No. 3 in the nation....

10/17/2014 - 5:32am

Every October something interferes with that perfect Saturday mid-afternoon sail on the reservoir. This year I was glued to the TV watching the State-Auburn game.

As much as I detest trading an indoor activity for an outdoor activity,...

10/17/2014 - 5:28am

FOR Mississippi State University supporters, good things occasionally come in bunches. Two landmark events happened in the month just past: an epic whip-up job on the LSU Tigers and the public debut of the Cowbelt, a holster designed to keep...

10/17/2014 - 5:22am

Ardent Bulldog fans may recall the even-then specious Bleacher Report article in 2011 when pseudo sportswriter Brad Taylor penned an article entitled “Mississippi State Wastes $10.6 Million on Overrated, Unproven Dan Mullen.” The...

10/17/2014 - 5:20am

Having been an admirer of stop motion animation beginning with the “Wallace and Gromit” shorts and the movie “Chicken Run” (both produced by Aardman Animations studios) as a kid, I enjoy no less watching the latest stop-...

10/07/2014 - 10:47am

From time to time, I get the urge to briefly comment on a wide variety of issues, so here goes:

Giving rappers the keys to the city. Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber and Hinds County Sheriff Tyrone Lewis recently feted hip-...

10/07/2014 - 10:42am

This all started because of a long, loose shoelace that was dangling on the floor.  I did not trip on the shoelace, but came close.  My balance is poor, but I did not fall.  Falling, at my age, can be dangerous.  Trying to...

10/07/2014 - 10:39am

This month marks the start of creating a 2016 state budget that funds priorities like education, job growth and public safety while eliminating waste and inefficiencies. 

Speaker Philip Gunn and I, joined by six senators and six...

10/07/2014 - 10:32am

Most snakebites result from attempts to handle, provoke or kill them - can you believe that? My greatest springtime fear was to unknowingly sit on “old Mr. No-Shoulders” when, while still dark, I would plop down at the base of a...

10/02/2014 - 2:05pm

The misguided effort to expand the port of Gulfport is about to come crashing to a halt and it could cost Mississippi hundreds of millions.

After Katrina, former Gov. Haley Barbour diverted $600 million in disaster aid money to expand...

10/02/2014 - 2:03pm

The Tuscaloosa Marine Shale formation lies 10,000 to 15,000 feet below the surface of the southwest corner of Mississippi and extends west and south into  Louisiana. It contains billions of barrels of crude oil. Its existence has been...

10/02/2014 - 2:01pm

A funny thing happened on the way to The Orpheum. And it happened in the parking lot. As my wife and another couple exited the Beale Street parking lot in Memphis, we were approached by a conservatively attired young woman. Sister Bradford, a...

10/01/2014 - 3:33pm

A FEW WEEKS AGO, my mentor/spiritual guru texted me and said, "LAST WARNING: You MUST read 'The Harbinger' ASAP."

My...

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...

09/28/2014 - 7:35am

My son got up early and joined me this morning. We chatted about Saturday’s game at Southern Miss. We sipped a little coffee and laughed together about the game. It reminded me of when I played football. At 64 that seems so long ago....

09/28/2014 - 7:33am

The education funding lawsuit that Ronnie Musgrove and his legal team hope will bring them at least $28 million in contingency fees is fairly simple.

It takes only six double-spaced pages to lay out the background and the legal...

09/28/2014 - 7:31am

Vampire movies, books and TV series are all of the rage these days. Guess the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol wanted to get in on the act.

Over the long Labor Day weekend, the patrol ran a no-refusal DUI checkpoint in Oxford, home of...

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...

09/16/2014 - 8:27am

"From that chamber as I fled aghast, a fissure widened and the mighty walls rushed asunder. I heard a tumultuous shouting and saw the deep and dank tarn close sullenly over the fragments of the House of Usher."

No such...

09/16/2014 - 8:26am

A few days ago when the 6.0 earthquake shattered the beautiful wine country of Napa Valley, Calif., my heart and prayers went out for a long-time friend, John Shafer. I rushed to the phone as I heard and saw the damage, destruction and...

09/16/2014 - 8:24am

A Texas-based biofuels company that owes Mississippi more than $69 million is involved in a bitter dispute with a former member of its board of directors.

In documents brought to light by Biofuels Digest and provided to the federal...

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....

09/10/2014 - 6:29am

As I research for this column, there are 119,363 people waiting for an organ in the U.S. Each day, about 79 patients receive organs; however, 18 people die daily waiting for a transplant that can’t take place due to a shortage of donated...

09/10/2014 - 6:27am

When I came to work as a cub reporter at the Commonwealth in 1982, my starting salary was $200 per week.

That doesn’t sound like much today, but it was enough to live on. Converted to today’s dollars, it would come to a...