Mississippi is a small state where people are closely connected. I got to know Bo Eaton because my wife Ginny "used to rock me to sleep" as his babysitter in Taylorsville, Miss.
In April, I predicted a cool summer because winter had been so warm. Law of averages. Turns out, I was right.
I thought nothing regarding the Kemper power plant could surprise me anymore, but I was wrong.
Another birthday. Time for my annual rumination about life.
Forty-six million dollars a year is a lot to save just by flipping a switch.
Of late a few people have commented on my political views, believing I have become less conservative. I find it amusing.
The announcement that Southern Company was throwing in the towel on Kemper's lignite gasification came as no surprise.
The Declaration of Independence was written by five men: John Adams, Roger Sherman, Robert Livingston, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin.
Mississippi voters need to get up to speed on the debate about highway funding. There's a lot of money on the line.
How much money? TRIP, a national transportation research group, just completed a study claiming deficient roads are costing Mississippians $2.9 billion a year in vehicle repairs, traffic delays and crashes. That's about $1,500 per vehicle.
In a world changing at an ever-increasing pace, the spring convocation of the Delta Council stands as a monument to the old days.
So now Jackson will have yet another mayor. Let's pray he's a good one.
Marshall Fisher, the new head of the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, is about as true blue a law enforcement professional as you will ever find.
Wouldn't you love to sell something for $50 million and only be required to pay back $5 million if you failed to deliver? What a deal.
There's an old pilot saying: There are old pilots and there are bold pilots, but there are no old bold pilots. And then there is my father-in-law Bob Knight.
Mississippi's population has almost stopped growing for the first time in 50 years. Mississippi has grown less than .7 percent since the year 2000.
Southern Company chief executive officer Tom Fanning now says it may be less expensive to run the Kemper power plant on natural gas than gasified lignite (low grade coal). That means the $6.2 billion cost of the gasifier is down the drain.
Money is always tight. That is the nature of money. There is never enough.
Oxford Entrepreneur Harley Garrett has an intriguing idea that deserves consideration by our state leaders: Use a portion of Mississippi's technology budget to promote university-based start-ups using open source code.
State legislative leaders like to look down their noses at Jackson city government, but they are on the verge of replicating the same mistakes by neglecting road maintenance.
In a state like Mississippi, which limits and regulates power companies, your electric bill is effectively a tax over which you have little control. As a result, it is incumbent upon the Mississippi Public Service Commission (PSC) to act responsibly to protect consumers. We call on the PSC commissioners to do their jobs and shoot down any more rate increases relating to the ill-fated Kemper power plant.
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