OLIVE BRANCH – This town used to be known only to me as the “last pit stop before Memphis.”
In the 70s, Olive Branch seemed little more than a couple of gas stations at an exit on U.S. 78 just before you reached the Tennessee line. It wasn’t until much later – until I actually lived in the city from 2004-2006 – that I learned of its charming downtown and tight-knit community.
Like much of suburbia, the city exploded in growth in the 80s and 90s as city dwellers moved outward. Likely sensing what was coming, Doug Jones opened the DeSoto County Tribune in Olive Branch in 1972 on the cusp of a period of rapid growth. Population in the small town exploded from 1,500 in 1970 to upward of 20,000 just 30 years later. It’s estimated 35,000 call Olive Branch home today.
WAYNESBORO – To say that 2018 has been interesting for newspapers would be a gross under statement.
Right out of the gate, we all came together to successfully battle a House bill that would have allowed public notices to move out of newspapers and on to some obscure government website. The way all of our members rallied around the efforts to defeat that bill proved that print is still very much alive and that we carry quite a bit of influence in our state.
Before we could sit back and enjoy that victory, though, another challenge came from the federal level — this time in the form of tariffs on Canadian produced newsprint.
As many of you know, a small mill in Washington State filed a complaint with the Trade Commission claiming that Canadian-owned mills were guilty of countervailing and anti-dumping issues, basically saying that those mills were offering American customers newsprint at below the cost to produce it.