I am Tom Freeland, a lawyer in Oxford, Mississippi. The picture in the header is my law office. I'm on Twitter as NMissC

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Taxis and Uber: Of course they are “vehicles used to carry passengers for hire,” silly people.

Folks online are actively arguing that Uber (which is a company that contracts with folks with cars to pay them a small something to provide rides for fares) is not a taxi service, or that its drivers are not.  The arrival of Uber in Oxford prompted this.

Here’s the Oxford ordinance (118-19) definition of a taxi:


The Texas Playboys bring sandlot baseball to Oxford this Saturday. And, I suspect, a party.

It’s hard to fully call it sandlot– it’s going to be in Swayze Field, against an Oxford team, the Mississippi Flood, formed for the occasion.

Garden and Gun Magazine describes how an Austin resident formed the team to take back to Alabama, where he’d encountered old school sandlot baseball while working as an […]

Did the Square have 2 way traffic, part one: The end of The Sound and the Fury Says Yes

In the end of  The Sound and the Fury, Faulkner describes two-way traffic on the Square.  There’s a huge debate occurring on Facebook about whether the Square ever had 2 way traffic.  As I noted, if it did not, the ending of The Sound and the Fury makes no sense.

To set this up:  Luster, a young […]

Fascinating British Pathe’ video from the Meredith crisis, with interesting stuff in town and on campus

British Pathe’ has put an enormous amount of their material on Youtube just now.  I searched for Mississippi, and one of the first hits was two films about the Meredith crisis.  First is this one, about the moment the riots occurred, with interesting video from the town and campus, plus the moment of crisis […]

An amazing amount of blues at Lamar Lounge on Thursday April 3

This is quite a list of folks who will apparently be at Lamar on Thursday in the poster below.

There is a ridiculous amount going on this week in Oxford.


Al Green show cancels

Just got this email from the Lyric Theater in Oxford:

We regret to inform you that the show:  Cannon Motor Company Presents Al Green with Jackie Wilson Martin has been cancelled.  A full refund will be issued to the credit card on file.  Please allow 3-5 business days for this transaction to appear on […]

Oxford lawyer James Minor has died at 64

James Minor, who has practiced law in Oxford for decades and was an Ole Miss law graduate from 1972, died this morning at age 64.

If not the first, he was one of the first African-American professors hired at the Ole Miss law school on a tenure track.  In 1983, he co-published a book […]

Going West on Jackson Avenue in Oxford…

Here’s a couple of local Oxford items, all Jackson Avenue related.  First, John Currence is proceeding apace with the renovations of Bouré in the old Downtown Grill space.  He’s got the place set up to open out upstairs and down onto the square, with the upstairs opening onto what will be the most inviting balcony […]

Eating locally in Oxford, Mississippi in June

This time of year, with recent improvements from what’s available, you can really come very close to eating locally.  Dinner tonight is a good example:

Pork loin, from the Farmer’s Market stand on Old 7.  Their pork is now from the Brown Dairy Farm folks, and is excellent.  I rubbed it with garlic (from […]

State approves Oxford’s limited Sunday sales ordinance

Errol Castens reports that the state has approved Oxford’s Sunday ordinance:

Oxford residents and visitors will be able to have a glass of wine with brunch or dinner on certain Sundays, starting with Mother’s Day.

Mayor George “Pat” Patterson received notice Monday afternoon that the Mississippi Department of Revenue has approved Oxford’s request to […]