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In this episode of Mississippi Stories, restaurateur and author Robert St. John sits down with Mississippi Today Editor-At-Large Marshall Ramsey to discuss St. John’s long career in the restaurant business. With the COVID-19 pandemic hitting local independent restaurants particularly hard, St. John shares how it has affected both his businesses and his charity Extra Table (which won a 2021 GIVE Award for its efforts to feed food-challenged Mississippians during the pandemic.) St. John also talked about his partnership with watercolorist Wyatt Waters and how their friendship has produced numerous books, trips and a television show. St. John also discusses his new projects in Fondren, a neighborhood of Jackson, Mississippi. Also, St. John breaks down the legislation to help independent restaurants, which St. John proclaims as the keystones of a community.

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Marshall Ramsey, a nationally recognized editorial cartoonist, shares his cartoons and travels the state as Mississippi Today’s Editor-At-Large. He’s also host of a weekly statewide radio program and a television program on Mississippi Public Broadcasting and is the author of several books. Marshall is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and a 2019 recipient of the University of Tennessee Alumni Professional Achievement Award.