I decided to do a personal site on this state after Hurricane Katrina last week (8/29/05). I have a friend of mine that has a e-mail pal from this state, which she is safe! Another connection is a UMM friend of mine that has relatives down there. I'm still waiting from him on how his family is doing. Lastly, I participated in the All American City Finalist competition in 2004 with Morris. The city of Hattiesburg was one of the finalist too!
This One Caught Us 10.1.05 (Morris Sun Tribune) Morris native Jim Norby and his wife Dell had ridden out several hurricanes in their Mississippi home. But Katrina has changed their lives in many ways...
Wikipedia "..the capital and the most populous city of the U.S. State of Mississippi. It is one of two seats in Hinds County, Raymond being the other. The 2000 census recorded Jackson's population at 184,256, but according to July 1, 2006 estimates, the city's population was 176,614 and its five-county metropolitan area had a population of 529,456. The Jackson-Yazoo City combined statistical area, consisting of the Jackson metropolitan area and Yazoo City micropolitan area, had a population of 557,385, making it the 88th-largest metropolitan area in the United States."
Wikipedia "The population was 14,691 at the 2000 census.
In 2005, CNN/Money Magazine listed Madison as the 55th best place to live in the United States.
Madison has proposed to double the size of the city by annexation.  Some residents in the proposed annexation area are opposed and have funded a legal fight against it...."
Franklin Graham Tours Devastated Area
Samaritan's Purse President Offers Hope and Comfort to Victims of Hurricane Katrina
September 9, 2005
BILOXI, Mississippiï¿½When Samaritan's Purse President Franklin Graham toured the devastated Gulf Coast on Thursday, he was reminded of a trip he took about nine months ago.
ï¿½I was in Indonesia after the tsunami,ï¿½ he said. ï¿½What has happened here is just as bad, maybe worse in some cases. Thereï¿½s incredible devastation. Itï¿½s like a war zone. Itï¿½s going to take a long time to rebuild. These people need our prayers and they need our support.ï¿½
Graham said that Samaritan's Purse is committed to helping the region rebuild in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Volunteer teams equipped by our Disaster Response Units will be in the storm-damaged area for months to come, making emergency repairs that help families stay in and return to their houses.
ï¿½I expect that Samaritan's Purse will be here for another year, maybe longer,ï¿½ he said. ï¿½We want to save as many of these homes that are still standing as we can. If you lose another home to a rainstorm, thatï¿½s another family that might have to go to a shelter.ï¿½
"..Today, agriculture continues as a major segment of the state's economy. For almost four decades soybeans occupied the most acreage, while cotton remained the largest cash crop. In 2001, however, more acres of cotton were planted than soybeans, and Mississippi jumped to second in the nation in cotton production (exceeded only by Texas). The state's farmlands also yield important harvests of corn, peanuts, pecans, rice, sugar cane, and sweet potatoes as well as poultry, eggs, meat animals, dairy products, feed crops, and horticultural crops. Mississippi remains the world's leading producer of pond-raised catfish..."
"..IPA: /ˌmɪsəˈsɪpi/) is a state located in the Deep South of the United States. Jackson is the state capital and largest city. The state's name comes from the Mississippi River, which flows along its western boundary, and takes its name from the Ojibwe word misi-ziibi ("Great River"). The state is heavily forested, and produces a majority of American catfish. Mississippi is also known for its state symbol, the Magnolia..."
"Our Church in Mendham New Jersey went to rebuild homes and lives, two years ago. We are looking to go down again."
Katrina Mission Trip-Biloxi focussed
"A church helps to clean up after Katrina"
*see prayer walk
Missions Trip Shows Katrina Damage
"While on a mission trip, a youth group documents the damage that was done by Hurricane Katrina in Boloxi, Mississippi."
"Trailer of Mississippi Burning"
Reviews: IMDB ".It broke my heart, 31 December 2005
Author: Kristine (email@example.com) from Chicago, Illinois
Not saying this isn't an excellent film, it is just bluntly honest. I remember in English class in high school, we were learning about racism in the 60's, and how horrible it was. The worst part was that I am from a very racist town, unfortunately, and watching the beginning of the film terrified me because I felt like this world hadn't changed since I felt like I was living that film. Being one voice sometimes can either be helpful or get you into a lot of trouble.
I didn't want to see this film again because of the awful situations I saw or heard of. Now, I am out on my own, and I had the chance to see the movie once again, and felt that I could see it. It's a terrific and very powerful movie that can get anyone to cry unbearably. It's not just the actors, but Gene and William's characters, I wanted to be just like them, they were able to stand up even though the many times of being knocked down and caring so much just to try to in some way save that town.
I honestly feel that everyone should see this movie, it can change your life or make you look around and want to change things. I know this comment feels more like a lecture than a comment, but that's how much this movie got to me. I think we all can do something right in this world, it's just a matter or standing up. Even if this film isn't historically accurate, it's accurate enough to see how people treat other people. Hopefully, we will have a better future for generations to come." "Mississippi Burning": The Movie -The Trial, from law.umkc.edu
Improving Race Relations: An Interview with John Perkins
"Racial justice has been a major theme in the life of John Perkins--two of his books are Let Justice Roll Down and With Justice for All. Perkins discusses justice as it relates to his own pilgrimage in Mississippi, as well as his national efforts to speak about racial justice to our nation in this interview with Douglas Daniels of UC Santa Barbara. Series: "Let There Be Light" [9/2005] [Humanities] [Show ID: 11085]"
*see GoodnewsEverybody: Social Issues-Racism & Woodland Hills Church (my local church in St. Paul that is sending youth for a mission trip to learn more about this program in 08')