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Whatever Happened to Main Street?

A depth report from the Meek School of Journalism & New Media

This in-depth package of stories on Greenville was produced by students at the Meek School of Journalism & New Media at the University of Mississippi.  They spent their spring break reporting in Greenville and have generated two dozen stories available for use in MPA member publications. The students' work will also be published in the fall in a magazine, Whatever Happened To Main Street.  Last year, students produced a similar package of stories on the North Delta area around Clarksdale.  It won the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award in competition with other journalism schools from across America. Photos with the stories will be posted on this web site. Editors wanting shorter versions of stories or more photos may call Bill Rose at 561-385-6797 for assistance.

Story Budget

OVERVIEW: Whatever happened to Main Street?
For one brief shining moment,  Greenville  thought it might be  Mississippi ’s Camelot.
3997 Words
By MACEY BAIRD

With Photo: CASINO

Take a Deep Breath
Rural blacks in the Delta are coming down with asthma in disturbing numbers. Dr. Gailen Marshall wants to know why.
2379 Words
By MIRIAM TAYLOR

With Photo: ASTHMA

A Sense of Place
At the McCormick Book Inn, you can get books, local history and something called 'Deltaology.' And always, always great conversation.
1929 Words
By MIRIAM TAYLOR

With Photos: MCCORMICK, BROWN WATER

Opening Up
How a woman in Illinois opened up a new friendship in Greenville one box at time.
1397 Words
By MARIANNA BRELAND

The Buck Stops Here
Looking for the courthouse crowd? S.B. Buck’s restaurant is a good place to start.
648 Words
By MAGGIE DAY

With Photo: BUCK

The Little Lady with the Big Voice
When Eden Brent sings about the Delta, you understand what they mean by the Blues.
1606 Words
By MIRIAM TAYLOR

A Bad Ole Man
At age 91, T-Model Ford claims he doesn’t like the blues. But he sure can play them.
1006 Words
By JON MOSBY

With Photo: FORD

Clerk's Work Is Never Done
The woman who helped others get elected now fills the demanding role of chancery clerk.
646 Words
By NORMAN SEAWRIGHT III

With Photo: HANSELL

In Search of Hope
Some see a much brighter future.
2491 Words
By MAGGIE DAY

The Remnant
Once, Greenville had the largest Jewish congregation in Mississippi. Not now.
2884 words
By CAIN MADDEN

With Photo: TEMPLE

Self-Help
LISC is trying to help Greenville's neighborhoods lift themselves up.
831 Words
By JON MOSBY 

Muddy Water
Greenville has a plan to clear up its brown drinking water. But is the $23 million price too much to swallow?
1347 Words
By MAGGIE DAY

Tours of Yore
Benjy Nelken is the driving force behind five small museums. Could they bring big bucks to Greenville?
2418 Words
By MACEY BAIRD

With Photos: MUSEUM, NELKEN

Nelson Street blues
The fabled former main street of Greenville’s black community has fallen on hard times. But some envision a road to recovery.
1474 Words
By JON MOSBY

With Photo: NELSON ST., HUDDLESTON, FLOWING FOUNTAIN

The Supervisor
Once, Al Rankins was one of a few black police officers in town. Now he’s one of five people who run the county.
932 words
By NORMAN SEAWRIGHT III

With Photo: RANKINS

Mister Republican
People laughed when Clarke Reed first preached the GOP gospel. Then he helped elect  presidents. Guess who's laughing now.
3246 Words
By MACEY BAIRD

With Photos: REAGAN, BUSH, REED

Starting Young
Murals on downtown stores. Field trips to Washington. Early college prep. Who wouldn't want to be a Greenville Renaissance Scholar?
1674 words
By CHELSEA CAVENY

With Photo: JOSEPH

Black and White Together
St. Joseph is a rare sight in the Delta – an integrated school that seems to work. But it’s not for everyone.
977 Words
By CHELSEA CAVENY

Meeting Critical Needs
The Ole Miss-based Mississippi Teacher Corps sends squads of young men and women into some of the state’s toughest schools.  
441 words
By CHELSEA CAVENY

Culture of success
An army of eager young teachers has invaded  Greenville  to try to reach the children. Some are falling in love with the Delta.
1229 Words
By CHELSEA CAVENY

The Councilman
Kenny Gines thinks Greenville can improve, but the community must unite to make it happen. 
749 words
By NORMAN SEAWRIGHT III

With Photo: GINES

The Mayor
Heather McTeer calls herself “the ultimate optimist.”
2631 Words
By NORMAN SEAWRIGHT III

With Photo: MCTEER

Revival on the River
Former river baron Howard Brent hopes Greenville towboats once again rule the Mississippi.
2665 Words
By MARIANNA BRELAND

With Photos: BRENT, HART

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