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Our homegrown commodity

Aside from politics and sports talk, there is little question that the conversation in Mississippi always comes back to food and where to get a taste of some homegrown country goodness. Mouth-watering fresh fruits and vegetables are produced abundantly in a state known first and foremost for agriculture and one has to look no further than their own neighborhood or ...

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A staple since 1977, ‘Farmweek’ has changed with the times and survived on Mississippi television

According to the final Nielson television ratings, the “Six Million Dollar Man,” “Charlie’s Angels” and “MASH” were the top three network television shows in 1977. In October that year, a 30-minute newsmagazine program devoted to Mississippi agriculture quietly debuted statewide on Mississippi public broadcasting stations. And not unlike the Energizer Bunny, “Farmweek” keeps going and going and going. Now in ...

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Milking 150 cows just the start of the day

To the casual observer, there doesn’t appear to be enough hours in the day for Randy Knight. Elected as president of the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation last December, the 48-year-old Knight isn’t just a figurehead for the organization which is considered the voice for Mississippi farm families. He’s a dairy farmer and rancher himself. “Leaving the farm every day and ...

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‘The Tunica Miracle’

The memories of Sugar Ditch Alley and the nation’s highest rate of poverty made infamous by a 1960s network television documentary have all but faded in Tunica County. An impoverished neighborhood in the Town of Tunica, Sugar Ditch Alley was so named for the open sewer located there. With the advent of the gaming industry nearly two decades ago and ...

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Starkville isn’t the same old sleepy Starkville that most Mississippians knew 20 years ago

This is not your daddy’s sleepy, little college town. For the past two decades, merchants in downtown Starkville have quietly transformed a city that was considered to be a poor third behind other Mississippi college towns such as Oxford and Hattiesburg. No more. Award-winning restaurants, boutique retail and other specialty shops and attractions are the rule rather than the exception ...

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Scholars program making waves

In a rare instance of win-win, Mississippi businesses from Olive Branch to Ocean Springs are increasingly emphasizing a need for students to become scholars. Specifically, Mississippi Scholars, that is. The Mississippi Scholars Program is a rewards and recognition system designed to provide high school students who elect to participate within guidelines that will help them enter the workforce or enroll ...

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The risk of the rays

After a rather harsh winter, the dazzling warmth of the spring sun will be a welcome change for most Mississippians. Outdoor activities such as gardening, going to the beach or just sitting in the backyard with a cold beverage to absorb a few rays are on the horizon. But behind the fun in the sun lurks the risk of skin ...

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Not ready to give up stethoscope

Success as a novelist hasn’t lured Jackson obstetrician away from his chosen profession To the casual observer, practicing medicine and writing novels does not appear at first glance to fit together. Apparently, nobody told Darden North. A respected Jackson obstetrician/gynecologist who writes award-winning novels with the same deft touch in which he delivers babies, North is making a name for ...

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PA program has May date circled for its opening

First class of 30 will reap rewards of two years of planning, development Nobody is happier about the introduction of the physician assistant program at Mississippi College than Dr. Robert Philpot. “It was like God was looking at my to-do list and checking it over,” said the chairman of the new department. “It’s been a very exciting 18 months preparing ...

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