This story's prompted by an email I got the other day from someone explaining that the price of gasoline has gotten so high that they want to explore closer to home during their free time this summer.
Well, I answered their email with some quick recommendations. But got to thinking that if we really wanted to explore the state this summer, what kinds of places DO we have to choose from? And I thought I'd do a quick overview with an idea that over the next few weeks we'll revisit this "Explore Mississippi" theme in more detail with stories about specific places.
But as to the variety of destinations we have here, well, as far as topography, start with the Delta. Agriculture is the chief product of the Delta. Lots of corn nowadays. But more importantly is the culture that grew up fostered by the plantations of the 19th century and the share-cropping of the first half of the 20th century and the mechanization of the second half of the 20th century. Blues music is the most famous by-product of that environment. You'll find blues museums all up and down highway 61 in the western Delta in general. And Clarksdale in particular. But the Delta has birthed lots of creativity other than the blues. Enough literary figures to fill libraries and New York stages and Hollywood movies, to Jim Henson, who's first encounters with frogs came on the banks of Deer Creek in Leland.
Probably the other most notable landscape in Mississippi is the Coast. Where the land and water meets has grown its own unique villages and lifestyles and personalities. President Jefferson Davis' last home, Beauvoir has been completely restored back to the way it looked in the late 1800s when Davis lived here. The lighthouse in Biloxi that was here in Davis' time, and has survived over 20 hurricanes including Camille and Katrina is open for tours now. And there are museums for the coast's two eccentric potters and artists, George Ohr and Walter Anderson. And the seafood you eat for dinner tonight slept in the gulf waters last night.
And we didn't even have time to say anything about the northeast hills and their connection to Appalachia and the music that came from the hills, like Elvis Presley. Or the southwest bluffs and how old life is there. And the piney woods that connects all the rest of it together with its hidden places and hidden secrets.
So if we carry this series on for a few weeks, we'll have plenty of places to visit. And most of them you can get to and back home on a tank of gas. So stay tuned.
Wednesday, June 19 2013 12:38 PM EDT2013-06-19 16:38:10 GMT
Ridgeland Police are looking for an unidentified woman who tried to use a stolen credit card at a local business. The woman tried to buy over $900 in gift cards and other merchandise.The woman was wearingMore >>
Ridgeland Police are looking for an unidentified woman who tried to use a stolen credit card at a local business. The woman tried to buy over $900 in gift cards and other merchandise.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:35 AM EDT2013-06-19 15:35:34 GMT
The Alabama Department of Public Safety has issued a Missing Child Media Alert after a 2-month-old baby was allegedly taken by a 14-year-old girl early Monday morning from Birmingham. Police say 2-month-oldMore >>
Birmingham Police have confirmed that missing infant De'Anthony Kelly and his abductor, Dor'Sayde Gathright were located in Dallas, Texas Tuesday night, and were taken into custody without incident. More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 3:53 PM EDT2013-06-19 19:53:05 GMT
Jury selection for the Casey Mark Burgess trial was scheduled to get underway Monday afternoon in Brandon. Thirty-six year-old Burgess is charged with kidnapping and aggravated assault in the attemptedMore >>
Judge John Emfinger has sentenced Casey Mark Burgess to 20 years for aggravated assault and 10 years for attempted kidnapping. A jury found Casey Mark Burgess guilty of those charges Wednesday, in the attempted abduction of a woman in the Castlewoods area in September of 2011.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 7:14 PM EDT2013-06-18 23:14:24 GMT
There's a Toyota Tacoma pickup truck lodged on the east bank of the Pearl River, just below Interstate 20, in Rankin County. It is not clear how the truck got there, or exactly when.The truck was reportedMore >>
There's a Toyota Tacoma pickup truck lodged on the east bank of the Pearl River, just below Interstate 20, in Rankin County. It is not clear how the truck got there, or exactly when.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 12:24 PM EDT2013-06-19 16:24:37 GMT
The Adams County Sheriff's Office is searching for a fugitive on the run. Deputies say two men stole more than $3,000 worth of merchandise from their employer and one of the culprits is still loose.PublicMore >>
The Adams County Sheriff's Office is searching for a fugitive on the run. Deputies say two men stole more than $3,000 worth of merchandise from their employer and one of the culprits is still loose.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 5:42 PM EDT2013-06-18 21:42:49 GMT
Pearl police say they seized several pounds of marijuana after a Florida man was found smoking the drug in a restaurant parking lot. Matthew Leonard, 31, of Gainesville, FL has been charged with the intentMore >>
Pearl police say they seized several pounds of marijuana after a Florida man was caught smoking the drug in a restaurant parking lot.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 7:31 PM EDT2013-06-18 23:31:40 GMT
Ridgeland police officers and Madison County sheriff's deputies have surrounded a house on Bryceland Drive in Ridgeland. Lt. John Neil with the Ridgeland Police Department says a resident called policeMore >>
Ridgeland Chief of Police Jimmy Houston said the standoff in Ridgeland is resolved.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 8:49 AM EDT2013-06-19 12:49:18 GMT
Some Jackson business owners called 3 On Your Side about an intersection that has had more than it's share of traffic accidents. It's located in an area known as 5-points where Bailey Avenue crosses WoodrowMore >>
Some Jackson business owners called 3 On Your Side about an intersection that has had more than it's share of traffic accidents. It's located in an area known as 5-points where Bailey Avenue crosses Woodrow Wilson near the Jackson Medical Mall.More >>
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