Entrepreneurial Development Program – Bringing Opportunity to Life in Panola County

By Amile Wilson Panola County has a unique geography. The Gateway to the Delta is bisected by Interstate 55, halfway between Oxford and Clarksdale and only an hour to Memphis. That geographic asset makes Panola County a good location to take advantage of the economic opportunities of all three sites while providing an economic unique […]

The Oliver Family Book: A Mississippi Delta Saga

By Patrick R. Shepard In the 1870s, James Samuel Oliver arrived in the Mississippi Delta by swimming across the Mississippi River—with a fresh bullet wound in his leg. He later journeyed deep into the swampy wilderness known as the Mississippi Delta.  Oliver cleared timber and carved out a plantation home near Indianola, Mississippi. More than […]

Jen Waller – Finds Vision from the Intersection of Her Heart

By Becky Gillette  •  Photography Austin Britt There could hardly be more contrast between living and working in Clarksdale and Washington, D.C.  Jen Waller has done both. After graduating from Delta State University (DSU) in 1997 with a degree in elementary education, she taught in Clarksdale for several years before launching a political career in […]

Lina’s Interiors – Serving the Delta for Over Sixty Years

By Angela Rogalski Tradition. Beauty. Style. Lina’s Interiors, located at 109 E. 3rd St. in downtown Leland Miss., offers antiques, home décor and unique gifts in an atmosphere of charm and understated elegance. Lina’s Interiors first opened its doors in 1953 in Greenville. The family-owned business began as a full-service interior design shop that had […]

Classroom Spending

By Shad White A quality education is one of the most important tools we can give Mississippi’s students, and studies from around the world show that that tool is sharpest when money is spent inside the classroom. That’s where the rubber meets the road, where the teaching is happening and the students are learning. Yet, […]