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JACK WEATHERLY — Sadly, there goes that man who invented New Journalism

When I started working for newspapers 45 years ago, Tom Wolfe turned me on to something. It wasn’t a drug, though it did alter my writing sensibility, permanently. “There Goes (Varoom! Varoom!) That Kandy Kolored (Thphhhhhh!) Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby…” was the name of one of his early pieces that went a long way in establishing New Journalism. That essay about ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — Barbecue outposts in the land of de Soto and wild pigs

SENATOBIA – In 1541, Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto brought pigs to Mississippi. They provided meat for his expeditionary force that was exploring the new world and was to cross the Mississippi River not far from here. The cloven-hoof animals have never left. They run rampant across the countryside in Mississippi and the rest of the South. Their domesticated cousins ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — Monuments and unflagging passions

Morgan Freeman turned the tables on me while I was interviewing him about 25 years ago. “What should we do about the flag?” Freeman asked me. Flag? What do you mean? I said. Oh, right. The state flag with the Stars and Bars of the Confederacy on the upper left corner. I didn’t have a considered answer because I had ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — A loopy flight to D.C. and royal return to Mississippi

We had a most unusual flight from Jackson to Washington, D.C. in this era of bizarre commercial air travel. Yet it, and the return flight, raise the question: could there be a silver lining in the dark clouds? The outbound flight’s problems were beyond the control of American Airlines. It was the weather. We caught the first flight out Friday, ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — Downtown Jackson taking it one step at a time

Grand plans have been pursued for naught to revive downtown Jackson. In 2009, a spectacular proposal called Two Lakes would have turned downtown into a canal with sailboats, condos and a concert bowl. The plan didn’t hold water. More recently, and seemingly still within reach, is the revival of the Farish Street Historic District. Meantime, the piecemeal approach has proceeded. ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — It’s high time for a good watermelon

I know a fella who as a youngster had an unusual — no, unique – closer for selling watermelons. It wasn’t where they were grown – whether Smith County, Mississippi; Hope, Arkansas or his grandpappy’s patch. My friend is now in his 80s but he was about the age of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain’s tricksters. Back in the ...

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MBJ takes 13 MPA awards as Carter wins again for investigative journalism

By ROSS REILY The Mississippi Business Journal won 13 awards, including three first place awards and finished third in General Excellence Saturday at the Mississippi Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest in Biloxi at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino. The MBJ competed in the Weekly Division F category along with other weeklies in the MPA contest. Contest entries were from newspapers in Mississippi for work published in 2015. ...

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