Walt Grayson is a 5th generation Mississippian, born and raised in Greenville.
Walt's interest in broadcasting started early. His first radio job was at a Greenville station while he was still in high school.
Walt joined the WLBT-TV team as a weather anchor in 1984. Now, Walt takes viewers "On The Road" weekdays on WLBT. In addition, Walt is the host of Mississippi Public Broadcasting's Mississippi Roads.
Walt also writes a monthly newspaper article for the Electric Power Associations of Mississippi's newspaper, TODAY IN MISSISSIPPI. And he is the author of four books: Jackson the Good Life; Looking Around Mississippi with Walt Grayson; Looking Around Mississippi Some More! With Walt Grayson, which was awarded the Mississippi Library Associations Non-Fiction Book of the Year award in 2008; and Oh! That Reminds Me, More Homegrown Mississippi Stories with Walt Grayson.
Walt is a member of the Associated Press MISSISSIPPI BROADCASTERS HALL OF FAME.
The Civilian Conservation Corp worked for five years clearing woods, building Shadow Lake and a bunch of cabins. A lot has been added since then to make Roosevelt a run away that isn’t all that far away.
We all know Mississippi has its musical super stars and even some of the lesser stars, but Dr. Jim Brewer took it upon himself to collect the names and stories of as MANY of the people in Mississippi in music as he could find.
Three on the Road goes to Carroll County. Carrollton is a picture-postcard type village, but one of the county's early families is prominent in the news right now. The family of Arizona Senator John McCain has deep roots in Carroll County, Mississippi.
I can't imagine how hard it is to lose a child. The Dunaway family in Madison lost 13 year-old Jack in August, two years ago. But the way he was remembered to the Dunaway's by his friends has now turned into a reminder for us to be nice.
Arthur Davis was visiting his sons at Alcorn State University a couple of decades ago when he saw this building for sale in Lorman. At first he wanted to buy it and flip it for a profit. But instead he turned it into a restaurant.
Sometimes living Mississippi Strong takes little more than being aware of the people you see all the time and being willing to help them if you can. We visited with a Mount Olive couple who has a suggestion for the rest of us.
The new Two Museums in downtown Jackson have surpassed all attendance estimates since they opened in December, but Three on the Road reminds us there are a bunch of museums in Jackson, and one of them is just a few blocks up Jefferson from the Two Museums.
The Gulf Coast is a popular summer destination for a lot of us. And along with the sea and the sand, there is another destination we need to look for. If you've driven the length of Highway 90 you have passed by it. But you should pop in and see it one day; The Mississippi Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
They say laughter is the best medicine. If that's, true then there are a lot of folks in the Delta who are getting healthier and one lady could be the reason why; Lisa Bush from Leland. But she is also Sister Lucille. And they are about as polar opposites as you can get.
If you can believe it, back to school is already just a week or so away for some school systems. Everybody wants the school year to be a success. But one school is a little different but is also very successful.
Our lives are measured by the movement of the sun and stars up above. The sun rises and starts a new day. Get enough of these in a row and it's a new week. At the end of the day the sun sets. Combine enough of these with sunrises and it marks a new month, year, or century.
Perhaps the most famous visit to Mississippi's South Delta happened in 1902. Back then it was a Presidential visit. And that visit over a hundred years ago is culminating with a new visitors center opening next year. Both of those events are perpetuating a Delta legend.
Whether you have a patio or a plantation, backyard gardening is one of the summer's favorite hobbies here in the South. We are poking around in the Smith's backyard in Pearl where Carla And Carey had been having so-so success with their tomatoes until this year.
Vicksburg is an old city. The third oldest settlement in the state was here, behind Ocean Springs and Natchez. And, of course, a major turning point of the Civil War was the Siege of Vicksburg. So Vicksburg has had a hobby, if not a profession, of looking back.
There may be a lot of things that Mississippi "isn't". But one thing that we ARE, we are the "most generous state in the nation." Generosity is a part of what makes Mississippi Strong. And that spirit of generosity starts early in life, too.
For today's Three on the Road, we are in Carthage to meet a World War Two veteran; a Veteran who served in the Aleutian Islands. Nothing like plucking up a boy from Mississippi and sending him to western Alaska with just short sleeve shirts. But what I find interesting about Harry Sasser is not only what he did in the war, but his hobby today. And it all ties together in a specialized way.
It's a quiet 26-hundred acres of woodlands in north Mississippi near Holly Springs. It started out as Chickasaw Indian land. Then it became a cotton plantation after the U.S. Government parceled out the property.