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Fellow Mississippi residents, reason for moving to Magnolia State, small knit community, affluences, average working class, Southern charm, hospitality, pervasive racism

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Old 07-15-2007, 02:48 PM
 
Location: Mississippi
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It seems there are quite a few people from Mississippi here, , and I was just curious to know more about my fellow neighbors. Where are you from and where do you live currently?

If you are native to this state, what made you stay, if you have moved to our state - what was the reason?

What do you like about the Magnolia State? Dislike?

How do you feel our state is headed as far as economy - education - tourism?

Do you recommend our state to friends/acquaintances from out of state?

I was born in New Albany, MS and lived in the Blue Springs area while growing up. We did move to Michigan and Indiana as the job market dried up in the mid 60's.

After I married, I moved to Georgia, and we thought about moving to South Carolina but decided we loved this area and moved back.

I have lived in Tupelo but missed the rural setting of Blue Springs, missed the friendliness of the people and wanted a place to spread out and have land.

As I have grown older, I find that I love this place more and more. It's simple really, just turn on the tv or pick up a newspaper and read about all the violence happening in much larger cities. I prefer the peace and quiet that small town living can bring. Yes, I do put up with travel time to go to larger areas, but this is trivial to me. I like the fact that I can let my children play outdoors without fear of someone snatching them, I like the fact that I can run to the local store and not have to lock my doors. I like the fact that my neighbors keep watch on my place if they know I am not home.

I like the small knit community and how we all can bicker back and forth with one another, but let a stranger come in and start on someone and we join forces and become one.

Of course there are drawbacks, like no cable tv, and until recently nothing but dialup internet, and nothing remotely close that can be considered family fun activities. Yet, we don't seem to mind so much. I guess other things offset these things.

I've really taken a good hard look at my area recently, knowing that it will soon be so very different. We are growing, and will continue to grow, soon there won't be the rolling hills welcoming me home after an extended absence. There will be concrete buildings and shopping and all night convenience stores instead. Fast food restaurants will be full of patrons who can't believe this is in their back yard. And there will be trains, more so than now, waking me from deep slumber, reminding me that life always moves forward regardless of how we feel.

My children will reap the benefits of a bit larger town life all the while missing out on the benefits of rural America. They will have a larger pool of friends to choose from, and diverse cultured people will move in, enlarging their view of our great world.

Yes, I love my small town, and will miss it greatly. Yet, I feel the excitement of new horizons, can almost anticipate the vibrant life that will await us.

You know by now that Toyota is putting down roots here. Yet, we were growing before the announcment. It is my deepest hope that our growth will be well thought out, retianing our integrity and roots and ties to this land.
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Old 07-15-2007, 03:20 PM
 
Location: Hernando,Mississippi
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I live in Hernando. Moved here in 1973 & still live in the same house. Three daughters graduated from high school here & all 3 live within 1/2 mile from me.
I use to think I would return to W.Va. upon retirement, but found when retirement came that this was home.

I suppose what I like best, aside from my family is here, is that I know a lot of folks here. Use to know virtually everyone in town before all the growth started about 10 years ago.
We have lost many of the small town amenities as growth continues, but overall is still a nice, safe place to live.

Maybe, the worst thing is all people moving here are very affluent. Houses all $200K or more. Many over $300K
The average working guy can not live here unless like me he came here many years ago
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Old 07-15-2007, 05:26 PM
 
Location: Mississippi
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So you have experienced the growth pains where you live. I am afraid that some of our elderly town people are not going to know what hit them when this area starts to really take off. It is sad yet I know progress needs to come to insure jobs.

Thank you for your post. I see many are reading, but not posting, I hope you change your mind, and just join in whether it is to comment on what is being said, or even to disagree with it.

Please, let your voices be heard.
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Old 07-16-2007, 02:35 PM
 
Location: Starkville, MS
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Hey aiangel_writer,

I was born and raised in Mississippi. I have had the great opportunity to experience both sides of Mississippi. I grew up on the Coast, and I decided to attend college at Mississippi State University.

The Coast is a lot different than other parts of Mississippi. It is a more progressive area of Mississippi. It has a different feel and culture from other parts of the South. With the casino industry, beaches, and military bases, the people are a lot more, for lack of a better word, open-minded. I've invited friends from other states home with me, and they couldn't really believe they were in MS.

As far as Starkville, I love it here. It's quiet. It has a lot of Southern charm and is a true representation of a Mississippi town. The people here are truly Southern. The guys here actually hunt regularly and eat what they kill. I've received homemade jam as a Christmas gift. There's a George W. bumper sticker on almost every car. However, the people here are the friendliest, most honest, and funniest people I've ever met in my life.

I think some areas of Mississippi are growing much faster than others, but I believe that there are some areas that are going to always remain the slow paced towns they've always been.

I can't say that I actually recommend MS to other people because it's so hard to convince them what's been drilled into their heads about how horrible Mississippi is. I love this state, and no matter where I go, I'll always come back home.
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Old 07-16-2007, 05:00 PM
 
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hi I'm kinda anxious to visit mississippi again... we may be moving there in the next couple months! As a native southerner, I'm ready to get back to that old southern charm and hospitality! I'm just hoping my yankee husband will enjoy it as much as I will....
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Old 07-17-2007, 04:24 PM
 
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It seems there are quite a few people from Mississippi here, , and I was just curious to know more about my fellow neighbors. Where are you from and where do you live currently?

If you are native to this state, what made you stay, if you have moved to our state - what was the reason?

What do you like about the Magnolia State? Dislike?

How do you feel our state is headed as far as economy - education - tourism?

Do you recommend our state to friends/acquaintances from out of state?
I've lived in the Hattiesburg area for a couple of years...first in town, then moved out to the Oak Grove/West Hattiesburg area when my wife relocated as well. I came here via upstate NY, Virginia, Hawaii, now MS.

To be honest, when we were considering leaving Hawaii, we basically drew a line around the southeast and said "we are NOT moving to this area!" Well...fate intervened, and here we are. And I don't regret moving here at all.

The good about what I've seen of MS (limited to Jackson and south)...laid back lifestyle, friendly people with generous spirits. It's funny how you often get the most from people who have the least. It's very humbling. The food in Southern Mississippi is great! Interesting mix of your good old southern barbecue and foods with a Cajun or Creole flavor to them. Seafood from the gulf is wonderful. After Katrina, people really bowed up and helped each other out, which said a lot to me of the character of people down here.

The bad I've seen...Racism is still pervasive, although it's a behind-the-scenes...don't-say-it-in-front-of-too-many-people variety. In other words, in public you don't see much, but in private it is VERY clear who is racially tolerant and who is not...and it goes both ways. State politics drive me nuts as well...the good 'ol boy network is definitely alive and well. It amazes me how easily political gridlock forms up.

As for the future...Mississippi has GOT to invest more in public education. While there are some good schools (down here you have Oak Grove, Petal, Sumrall as top performers), there are MANY that lag behind, particularly in the rural areas. I work at USM (not a professor, but in an administrative capacity), and I hear nightmare stories about how unprepared students are when they arrive for their freshman year. There were similar problems in Hawaii, but not to the same extent as here. Until the educational system can be improved as a whole, I don't see much improvement in the long term. It's a basic necessity for today's world, and many schools just don't provide the necessary education.

That being said, education may be helped out by an influx of large companies locating in the state. Nissan, Toyota, ThyssenKrupp (steel) just over the border in Alabama, the casinos...there is a lot going on which should help improve the state's budget situation in the long haul. The coast is probably best positioned for tourism...beaches, casinos, proximity to New Orleans, and virtually brand new waterfronts being constructed. Beyond the large-scale stuff, there also seems to be a lot of small business activity as well -- at least here in Hattiesburg. Things are looking up overall. As I said, if the educational system can be improved, things will fall into place and more companies will look seriously at locating here.

I'm always proud to show off my new home when I have visitors. They all come with certain stereotypes in mind, and all leave with those (mostly) blown out of the water. The vibrance of Hattiesburg along with the charm of towns like Natchez, the excitement of the coast...it really is a good place to live. I hope that if I stay long enough that my children will absorb some aspects... I also grew up in a small town (much smaller than here), and I love country living as well. If we stay in MS, I'm hoping to buy some land and move out a ways away from the city to get a piece of that life back again.

I never saw myself moving here, but I definitely don't regret it, and I can almost see myself staying here...we'll see
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Old 07-18-2007, 08:54 PM
 
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I do not live in Mississippi, but I fell in love with it during my college years in Oxford. I consider myself a Mississippian now, though I'm completing my education out-of-state. I plan to return to Oxford when I'm done. I've been fortunate enough to do a lot of traveling in my life, and I have yet to find anywhere that I like better. Honestly, I wouldn't live in most parts of the state. The only places I would consider living are Oxford, a couple of towns on the coast, and Natchez. However, I still love traveling the state and visiting my friends all over. Most of Mississippi is too uneducated or too conservative for me, but I love all of it. I can't wait to return.
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Old 07-29-2007, 02:34 PM
 
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[quote=aiangel_writer;1073464]It seems there are quite a few people from Mississippi here, , and I was just curious to know more about my fellow neighbors. Where are you from and where do you live currently?

This is Starshine and I live in the Horn Lake, Southaven, Olive Branch area. We moved here from Memphis.

If you are native to this state, what made you stay, if you have moved to our state - what was the reason?

Life is just so better in Mississippi and my husband and I wanted to get out of Memphis before our twin daughters started to school.

What do you like about the Magnolia State? Dislike? I love the friendly people and living atmosphere. I used to love the schools down here, but, of course, my girls are grown now and not attending school.

How do you feel our state is headed as far as economy - education - tourism?

I feel very good about all 3 things. Tourism and the population has been expanding rapidly, especially at Tunica casinos.

Do you recommend our state to friends/acquaintances from out of state?

Definitely.

I was born in New Albany, MS and lived in the Blue Springs area while growing up. We did move to Michigan and Indiana as the job market dried up in the mid 60's.

I was born in Iowa, but have lived most of my life in the south.

As I have grown older, I find that I love this place more and more. It's simple really, just turn on the tv or pick up a newspaper and read about all the violence happening in much larger cities. I prefer the peace and quiet that small town living can bring. Yes, I do put up with travel time to go to larger areas, but this is trivial to me.

You're right about the news, picking up a newspaper and hearing about all the violence everywhere, but unfortunately there isn't much of a good area to live any more........the violence and evil people are everywhere now it seems.

I like the fact that I can let my children play outdoors without fear of someone snatching them, I like the fact that I can run to the local store and not have to lock my doors. I like the fact that my neighbors keep watch on my place if they know I am not home.

Isn't that a great feeling! We all watch out for everyone here, but mind our own business at the same time.


I like the small knit community and how we all can bicker back and forth with one another, but let a stranger come in and start on someone and we join forces and become one.

Same here.

I've really taken a good hard look at my area recently, knowing that it will soon be so very different. We are growing, and will continue to grow, soon there won't be the rolling hills welcoming me home after an extended absence. There will be concrete buildings and shopping and all night convenience stores instead. Fast food restaurants will be full of patrons who can't believe this is in their back yard.

I can remember when we picked our lot and built our house. All you could see for miles was trees and country....now all that space is filled with houses! It's still a great place to live tho.
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Old 07-29-2007, 10:18 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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Default Mississippi

I drove through Mississippi on my way to relocating to Texas a number of months ago. I was born and bred in New Jersey and always was curious about Mississippi.

I was warned by fellow easterners that it would be dangerous driving as a woman alone though the deep south of Mississippi and I would be taking my life in my hands. I listened to the horror stories of people telling me how southern police confiscate your car because your out of state and you never get it back.

Well, I found the opposite to be true. This Yankee lady fell in love with Mississippi while driving through it. The people were so very friendly, the state was beautiful and when I got to Texas I made sure to call everyone who warned me and tell them they were wrong.

I can't wait to visit Mississippi again, in fact I would love to relocate there someday.

I love the Magnolia state!!!!
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Old 08-06-2007, 11:44 AM
 
Location: Greensburg Kansas
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Default Starkville???

Hey I am new to all of this and am considering moving to Mississippi, is starkville a good choice? I do not have alot of money as I am trying to get started on my own! Could you tell me about apartments or jobs? Just anything you can think of. you can also e-mail me at Moderator cut: no personal information, please use direct message feature - thanks! thanks so much
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Hey aiangel_writer,

I was born and raised in Mississippi. I have had the great opportunity to experience both sides of Mississippi. I grew up on the Coast, and I decided to attend college at Mississippi State University.

The Coast is a lot different than other parts of Mississippi. It is a more progressive area of Mississippi. It has a different feel and culture from other parts of the South. With the casino industry, beaches, and military bases, the people are a lot more, for lack of a better word, open-minded. I've invited friends from other states home with me, and they couldn't really believe they were in MS.

As far as Starkville, I love it here. It's quiet. It has a lot of Southern charm and is a true representation of a Mississippi town. The people here are truly Southern. The guys here actually hunt regularly and eat what they kill. I've received homemade jam as a Christmas gift. There's a George W. bumper sticker on almost every car. However, the people here are the friendliest, most honest, and funniest people I've ever met in my life.

I think some areas of Mississippi are growing much faster than others, but I believe that there are some areas that are going to always remain the slow paced towns they've always been.

I can't say that I actually recommend MS to other people because it's so hard to convince them what's been drilled into their heads about how horrible Mississippi is. I love this state, and no matter where I go, I'll always come back home.

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