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1302 Saint Stephens Road
Prichard, AL 36610
(251) 457-6440
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1302 Saint Stephens Road
Prichard, AL 36610
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Watkins: Is Macon really the nation's poorest city? - Jackson Clarion Ledger

Monday, July 18, 2016

Its poverty rate was 49 percent, more than twice the state average.Watkins: Reflections at an uncle's funeralBut is Macon really worse off than the poorest towns in surrounding states? Places like Prichard, Alabama; Hope, Arkansas; Natchitoches, Louisiana; Thomson, Georgia; New Tazewell, Tennessee.“I took a statistics class at Mississippi State,” said Katherine Mickens, a social worker at the Noxubee Medical Complex and a 1982 graduate of MSU. “I learned that you can take statistics and make them look just about any way you want them to.”“Macon has suffered economically over the past 15 years,” Boyd said. “But no way are we the poorest town in the U.S. That’s just crazy and not even worth arguing.”(story continues after photo)Social worker Katherine Mickens talks about her hometown of Macon. (Photo: Justin Sellers/The Clarion-Ledger)Said Buz McGuire, a 59-year-old alderman and jewelry store owner: “It’s more to living than numbers. They don’t tell the whole story.”They don’t tell that when McGuire arrived home the other day, he found a sack filled with homegrown tomatoes hanging on his door knob, compliments of a neighbor.They don’t tell that a woman called him Wednesday and said she was going to drop off a few things from her garden, plus a dozen fresh eggs from her hen.And they don’t tell everyday occurrences like this one: “My wife,