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In this edition of Mississippi Stories, Mississippi Today Editor-at-Large Marshall Ramsey sits down with restauranteur Randy Yates. Yates founded and owns Ajax Diner on the Square in Oxford, Miss.

Opened in 1997, Ajax Diner fed Oxford as the city changed and grew. Yates talks about the highs and lows of the restaurant business, including the challenges faced during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. 



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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.