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axpayers have good reason to wonder if the Mississippi Department of Transportation is the victim of a vicious effort to undermine the credibility of the agency or an almost villainous abuser of the public trust.

Last month, the Joint Legislative Committee on Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review commonly referred to as the PEER committee released a scathing review of MDOT’s management of the 1987 Four Lane Program and the 1994 Gaming Roads program, among the largest public works projects ever undertaken by state government.

In the PEER committee’s estimation, both highway construction projects have been mismanaged, thereby wasting millions of dollars and causing years of delay. Officials at MDOT particularly its three elected regional commissioners appeared to take the report in stride, as if it were just one more example of outsiders trying to second-guess the experts.

But the report is not a mere exercise in Monday morning quarterbacking. Rather, it raises legitimate concerns about how MDOT has spent or misspent its multimillion-dollar budgets for more than a decade.

The Legislature was almost certain to have given some attention to the management of MDOT this session. The PEER committee report now makes that a certainty. As it should.

MDOT performs one of the most important of all state functions the construction and maintenance of state highways and byways. It can never do that as fast as drivers would like.

But if the Legislature finds that MDOT’s pace has been slowed by it own ineptness, then MDOT will find that it is its own worst enemy.

The Sun Herald,


Clinton’s mistakes

wasted much of best time

in office

WASHINGTON – Bill Clinton is too young and too protean a character to sum up for history in a few words. It is entirely possible, given his energy and his talent for arranging both catastrophes and comebacks, that what he does in the next quarter-century will be more significant than what he has accomplished in the 22 years since his first election as governor of Arkansas.

Nonetheless, the presidency will be a notable part of his saga. By

almost every measurable standard, he leaves the nation stronger than he found it in 1993 its finances, its crime rates, its environment and its economy all improved. The budget he passed with only Democratic votes in 1993 and the one he negotiated with Republicans in 1997 were landmarks on the road back to fiscal sanity. The opening of trade with Mexico and Canada in 1993 and China in 2000 promises long-term benefits, and his efforts to bring peace to the Balkans, the Middle East and Northern Ireland, though not uniformly successful, were entirely commendable. The Welfare Reform Act he signed in 1996 was a landmark of social policy, whose long-term effects are yet to be measured.

And yet there is clearly a sense of disappointment as his tenure comes to a close, and not just because of the reckless personal behavior that brought on his impeachment. There are too many jagged edges to the whole Clinton experience, too many highs and lows, too much grandeur and too much farce.

To be personal for a moment, I thought that the man I met in Little

Rock in 1978 and interviewed repeatedly over the next two decades was, far and away, the most extraordinary talent to emerge in the Democratic Party since the 1960s.

I still think that. No one comes close to matching his capacity to

assimilate information and formulate policy, his skill and zest as a campaigner and his uncanny ability to connect with an audience, whether it be one person or thousands.

So why do so many of his own White House associates men like Leon Panetta and Mike McCurry speak of him in tones of regret? For them, as for me, there is an overwhelming sense of squandered opportunities.

What was the flaw? In one word, immaturity. All his life, Bill Clinton

had been so obviously fortune’s favored child that he came to believe he could talk his way out of any jam. The same sense of immunity of indestructibility that made him the self-styled “comeback kid” also led him to repeated instances of reckless behavior with disastrous


It was not just Monica Lewinsky. The same urge for self-gratification

that led him to cast aside every bit of prudence and engage in an Oval

Office tryst made him think that a 43 percent plurality victory in 1992

entitled him to try to remake the entire American health care system in a single session of Congress.

The same duplicity that marked his recounting of his history with the draft let him conceal from his own colleagues his maneuverings with the equally devious Dick Morris. This is not craftiness; this is conceit, magnified to a level rarely seen outside Hollywood, which, not surprisingly, became his favorite venue.

And it carried a price. Clinton himself emerges with a high job approval rating, and with his wife, who is as disciplined as he is

dissolute, ensconced in the Senate. But the country paid for his misdeeds. Clinton’s deviousness evoked a fury among Republicans, and contributed to the malign partisanship of the capital.

And it cost the country three years of the second term, a time when we could have dealt with our most pressing national challenges, notably how to finance the health care and retirement needs of the baby boom generation.

As Newt Gingrich, among others, said on a thoughtful panel at the

American Political Science Association convention here last Labor Day,

everything was in place, after the 1997 budget deal, to move right on to similar negotiations on Social Security and Medicare reform. And then came Monica and Kenneth Starr and impeachment, with the most partisan Republicans out for Clinton’s scalp and the president forced to fall back, for survival, on the hard core of the Democratic Party, the very legislators and interest groups who were least willing to contemplate any

changes in those two landmarks of the New Deal and the Great Society.

Between the fumbles of the first two years and the frantic evasions of the last three, we got less than half of what we deserved from Clinton.

It was a waste.

David Broder is a columnist for The Washington Post Writers Group. His address is 1150 15th St. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20071.

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Mr. and Mrs. Mike Wester of Pontotoc announce the engagement of their daughter, Keri Alison Wester, to Daniel Andrew Stewart, son of the Rev. and Mrs. Billy Joe Stewart of Adamsville, Tenn.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Linda Pitts of Saltillo and the late Clarence Pitts Jr., and Mr. and Mrs. Sam Wester Jr. of Pontotoc.

She is an honor graduate of Pontotoc High School, where she was a member of the Pontotoc Warrior Band, the color guard and the Beta Club. She earned an associate of arts degree at Itawamba Community College. She earned a bachelor of arts degree and a master of science degree, both in communicative disorders, from the University of Mississippi. While in college she was a dean’s list student, and a member of the National Student Speech, Language and Hearing Association, and the Ole Miss Pride of the South Marching Band. She is a speech-language pathologist in Tupelo.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Duprez Stewart of Finger, Tenn., and the late Mr. and Mrs. Bilbo Thornton of Walnut.

He is a graduate of Adamsville High School in Adamsville, Tenn., where he was a member of the band, the Drama Club and the chorus. He attended Northeast Mississippi Community College, where he was a member of the band and the chorus.

The couple will exchange vows at 3 p.m. April 25, 2009, at the National Fish Hatchery in Tupelo. A reception will follow. Family and friends are invited.


Tracey Jeter and Danny Morton of Ripley announce the engagement of their daughter, Sheena Suzanne Morton, to Jarod Wayne Grimes, son of Jim and Darlene Grimes of Booneville.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Sonny and Sue Jeter of Ripley, and Charlene Morton of Ripley and the late Charles Morton.

She is a 2002 graduate of Ripley High School. She is a graduate of Northeast Mississippi Community College, where she was a cheerleader for two years, a sophomore homecoming maid and a member of Phi Theta Kappa. She received a bachelor of business administration degree in marketing in May 2006 and a master of business administration degree in August 2007, both from Mississippi State University. She is an employee of Wilbanks Construction Company Inc. in Ripley.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Jerry and Betty Reddell of Corinth, and the late Jack and Corrine Grimes of Booneville.

He is a 2002 graduate of Booneville High School. He attended both Mississippi Delta Community College and Northeast Mississippi Community College. He played football on scholarship at both schools. He is a sergeant in the U.S. Army with the 101st Airborne Division in Fort Campbell, Ky. He graduated from basic training and AIT with honors at Fort Sill, Okla. He has served one tour in Iraq.

The couple will exchange vows at 4 p.m. April 25, 2009, at Valley Oaks (formerly McLemore’s Restaurant) in Corinth. A reception will follow. Family and friends are invited.


Rebecca Ramer Northcutt, and Mr. and Mrs. Danny Hugh Northcutt Sr., all of Corinth, announce the engagement of their daughter, Ginger Rebecca Northcutt, to Hoyt Baxter Wilder IV, son of Mr. and Mrs. Hoyt Baxter III of West Point.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mrs. Cecil Philip Ramer, the late Cecil Philip Ramer, the late Regina Lowry Ramer, James William Northcutt and the late Mrs. Northcutt, all of Corinth.

She is a graduate of Corinth High School. She earned a bachelor of science degree in fashion and merchandising at the University of Mississippi, where she was a member of Delta Delta Delta Sorority. She is the owner and manager of Gin-O Boutique in Franklin, Tenn.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Robert Norwood McNutt of Tupelo and the late Mrs. McNutt, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Hoyt Baxter Wilder Jr. of Corinth.

He is a graduate of Corinth High School. He is a summa cum laude graduate of Mississippi State University with a bachelor of accountancy degree and a graduate of the University of Mississippi with a master of taxation degree. He was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity at MSU. He is an employee of KPMG LLP in Nashville, Tenn.

The couple will exchange vows on April 25, 2009, at the First Baptist Church in Corinth. A reception will follow at Hillandale Country Club at Corinth.


Dr. and Mrs. Philip Roth Jr. of Huntsville, Ala., announce the engagement of their daughter, Emily Beth Roth, to Matthew Phillip Malone, son of Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Malone of Killen, Ala.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Philip Roth Sr. of Huntsville, Ala., and Jean Robinson of Huntsville and the late Jimmie Robinson.

She is a 2001 graduate of Grissom High School in Huntsville, Ala. She is a 2005 summa cum laude graduate of the University of Alabama with bachelor degrees in biology and math. She will receive her M.D. degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham in May 2009.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Dot Summerford of Mantachie and the late Jay Summerford, and Betty Malone of Cherokee, Ala., and the late Spencer Malone.

He is a 2001 graduate of Shoals Christian School in Florence, Ala. He is a 2005 summa cum laude graduate of the University of Mississippi at Birmingham with bachelor degrees in biology, philosophy and chemistry. He will receive his M.D. degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham in May 2009.

The couple will exchange vows at 3 p.m. April 25, 2009, at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Huntsville, Ala. A reception will follow at The Ledges Country Club in Huntsville.


David and Claudia Scarborough of Booneville announce the engagement of their daughter, Mary Scarborough, to Cory Hurt, son of Darlene and Buddy Hurt of Rienzi.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Hancel and Evelyn Berryman of Rienzi.

She is a graduate of Thrasher High School. She received a bachelor of fine arts degree with emphasis in graphic design from Mississippi University for Women. She was a member of the Jester Club and the Art Club. She is a graphic designer for Hancock Fabrics in Baldwyn.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Jean Geno of Rienzi.

He is a graduate of Jumpertown High School. He was a member of the baseball, golf and basketball teams and was named Best Offense in basketball. He is employed as a pipefitter.

The couple will exchange vows at 4 p.m. April 25, 2009, at Fillmore Chapel in Corinth. A reception will follow. Family and friends are invited.


Kelly Michelle Irwin and Joseph Thomas Senter were united in marriage on Oct. 11, 2008, at the First United Methodist Church in Tupelo. The Rev. Andy Ray and the Rev. John Sudduth officiated.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Michael Irwin. She is the granddaughter of Mildred Irwin of Saltillo and the late Robert V. Irwin, and Dorothy Jean Long of Saltillo and the late William Marley Long.

The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Jerry Senter. He is the grandson of Vola Senter of Fulton and the late Richard “Dick” Senter Jr., and Kathleen “Kay” Colburn of Amory and the late Harvey Colburn.

The bride wore an ivory, strapless, A-line gown with pleated detail at the empire waist and hem, and Alencon lace accents on the sides of the bodice, the skirt and the train.

Julia Moore Richardson of Cordova, Tenn., was matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Krista Kenney Blanchard of Pontotoc, Mary Carmen Long Justice of Saltillo, and Kathryn Elena Floyd, Misty Boutwell Rigby and Megan Spradling Robinson, all of Tupelo. The bridesmaids wore floor-length, strapless, A-line gowns of espresso chiffon with pleated waistlines.

Flower girls were Ayden Lane Burkhalter of Starkville, Abigail Kathleen Richardson of Cordova, Tenn., and Morgan Elise Robinson of Tupelo.

Jerry Senter, father of the groom, was best man. Groomsmen were Timothy Cole Senter of Mooreville, brother of the groom; Kevin Michael Irwin of Gadsden, Ala., brother of the bride; William Kyle Irwin of Saltillo, brother of the bride; James Ronald Brown Jr. of Saltillo; and Thomas Scott Morgan of Smithville. Ushers were Jesse Galen Clock of Shannon, Patrick Merald Reagan of Mooreville, Jon Christian Rooks of Amory, Myrl Travis Williams of Golden, and Chandler Thomas Futral and Bradley Craig Robinson, both of Tupelo.

A reception followed at the home of the bride’s parents.

After a honeymoon at Riveria Maya, Mexico, the couple is living in Tupelo. The bride is a jewelry designer in Tupelo, and the groom is an employee of the Tupelo Fire Department.

n Progeria accelerates

the aging process.


Detroit Free Press

DETROIT – A broken leg isn’t going to stop Lindsay Ratcliffe from being at the finish line of the annual walkathon to raise money for research on progeria, the extremely rare disease of accelerated aging that afflicts the Flat Rock, Mich., pre-schooler and 45 other people worldwide.

Lindsay, who turned 5 in February, was on her backyard playscape last week hanging upside down. She twisted one way and her foot twisted the other, resulting in a fractured lower left leg.

“I only cried for two minutes,” says Lindsay. She’s got a bright orange cast – in honor of the Detroit Tigers – and orange-painted tiny toenails to match.

The cast should be off before May 16, when her family, including parents Kristy and Joey Ratcliffe, stages the 4th Annual Miles for Miracles to raise money to help fund a clinical trial treatment to halt the ravages of progeria. Last year, the walk raised about $35,000 for research.

Lindsay has one of the rarest diseases known. Progeria prematurely ages her body at 6 to 8 times the normal rate. The disease stunts her growth, and makes her prey to hardening of the arteries, a precursor to the heart disease that can claim progeria patients at an average age of 13.

Lindsay is among 27 people with progeria who travel to Boston from 16 countries to participate in a clinical trial of a treatment.

The two-year trial will be completed in October, and researchers hope to release results in early 2010, said Audrey Gordon, the executive director of the Progeria Research Foundation.

“The trial is going very well,” she says. “It doesn’t mean this disease goes away. They need research to find a cure.”

Lindsay attends a three-day-a-week pre-school, is learning to count in Spanish and is about to embark on her second season of T-ball. One of her favorite things is visiting the Woodhaven (Mich.) Kroger, where cashiers greet her with enthusiasm and let her use the computerized wand to scan in coupons.

“She loves this store. She lights up this whole store,” says cashier Terry Hayes, who with her husband Charles helped raise $500 in last year’s walk. “When she walks in, it’s Here comes little Lindsay.’ Everybody loves Lindsay.”


The Associated Press

WASHINGTON – Federal securities regulators are considering several ways to place restrictions on traders who bet that stock prices will fall, as investors and lawmakers clamor for brakes on moves they say worsened the market’s downturn.

One option the Securities and Exchange Commission advanced Wednesday is restoring a Depression-era rule that prohibits short sellers from making their trades until a stock ticks at least one penny above its previous trading price. The goal of the so-called uptick rule is to prevent selling sprees that feed upon themselves – actions that battered the stocks of banks and other companies over the last year.

The SEC commissioners, who voted 5-0 to open the alternatives to public debate, could settle on one short-selling plan among the five put forward and formally approve it sometime after a 60-day comment period.

SEC Chairman Mary Schapiro said the agency was beginning “a thoughtful, deliberative process to determine what is in the best interests of investors” before taking final action.

Short-selling is legal and widely used on Wall Street. But as the market has plunged, investors and lawmakers have pressed the SEC to reinstate the uptick rule. They say its absence since mid-2007 fanned market volatility, prompting bands of hedge funds and other investors to target weak companies with an avalanche of short-selling.

The SEC meeting marked the second time in less than a week that financial relief measures pressed by Congress were taken up by independent overseers. The Financial Accounting Standards Board on April 2 gave companies more leeway in valuing assets and reporting losses, a move that sent financial stocks and the broader market soaring.

Both sets of changes would especially benefit banks and other financial institutions.

, whose balance sheets have been battered in the financial crisis and whose stocks have been targeted by short sellers.

At the same time, the Obama administration has proposed to Congress a sweeping overhaul of the nation’s financial rule book meant to prevent a repeat of the banking crisis that toppled iconic institutions and wiped out trillions of dollars in investor wealth. It includes requiring larger hedge funds, and other private pools of capital, to register with the SEC and open their books to federal inspection. Credit default swaps also would come under federal regulation for the first time.

Schapiro acknowledged the SEC’s difficulty in striking a balance between stemming market abuses to bolster investors’ confidence and stifling the legitimate benefits of short-selling. Other commissioners warned of possible unintended negative consequences of short-selling restraints.

Although many in the public blame short-selling for enflaming market volatility over the past 18 months, Schapiro said there is no “specific empirical evidence” that the absence of the uptick rule fueled it.

n To add or change a concert listing, contact Sheena Barnett at 678-1580 or e-mail


n Oasis

Mr. G & Friends – April 10, 17, 24


n Ground Zero Blues Club

Blues Jam w/ Daddy Rich – April 9

Mark “Mule Man” Massey Blues Band – April 10

Big T & the Family Blues Band – April 11

Bill “Howl-N-Madd” Perry – April 15


n Princess Theatre

Jimbo Mathus, Electric Mudd, Shannon McNally – April 11


n C-Baby’s

Marshall Law – April 10-11, 17-18

n Crossroads Arena

George Jones – May 2


n Evergreen Fish & Steak

Nick Nichols – April 10, 17

The B-Band – April 11


n FedEx Forum

Keith Urban, Sugarland – June 12

n Ground Zero Blues Club

Terry “Harmonica” Bean Blues Band – April 10

The King Beez Blues Band – April 11

Guitar Mikey & Billy Gibson Blues Band – April 17

Fatback Blues Band – April 24

Blind Mississippi Morris – April 25

n Hi-Tone

Nights Like These, Coliseum, Young Livers, Cop Watch – April 9

Those Darlins, The Magic Kids – April 18

Against Me!, Off With Their Heads – April 22

Cursive, This is Goodbye – April 25

n Minglewood Hall

David Cook, Ryan Star – April 11

Dinosaur Jr., Dead Confederate – April 14

Amy LaVere & Alvin Youngblood Hart – April 19

Robert Earl Keen – April 23

Indigo Girls – April 25

Of Montreal – April 26

Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Bachelorette – June 9

n Mud Island Amphitheatre

New Kids on the Block – July 2

n New Daisy Theatre

Paul Thorn – April 17

Devil Driver – April 29

Electric Mudd, M.O. Theory, Two Fresh, Lightajo – May 1

Zoogma, Pericles, Ajobi Project – May 2

Opeth, Enslaved – May 21

Forever the Sickest Kids, The White Tie Affair, Every Avenue, A Rocket to the Moon, Red Car Wire – May 22

A Day to Remember, Saosin – July 6

n Orpheum

Celtic Woman – April 8-9

Death Cab for Cutie, Cold War Kids, Ra Ra Riot – April 11

India.Arie – May 24


n The Library

Animal Collective – June 6

n The Lyric Oxford

Bass Drum of Death, Woven Bones, Movie Star Junkie – April 9

Galactic – April 15

Very Disco – April 16

The Original Wailers – April 21

Wilco – April 23

Robert Earl Keen – April 24

Black Joe Lewis – April 25

Umphrey’s McGee – May 2

n Proud Larry’s

Jimbo Mathus, Wolf Ruffin – April 2

Sanders Bohlke – April 3

Cardinal Fluff Reunion – April 4

Shannon McNally, Amy LaVere – April 9

Sleeping Bulls – April 10

Mayhem String Band – April 16

Dinosaur Jr., Dead Confederate – April 18

n Rooster’s Blues House

Eric Sardinas – April 9

Shane Dwight – April 10

Eric Deaton Trio – April 11

Bill Hammer – April 16

n Taylor’s Pub

Live Donkey Show – April 10

Kill the Ego – April 11

Fox Hunt – April 18

n Two Stick

Carol County Picture Show – April 9

The Cooters, Deltagun – April 10

Noise Organization – April 11

Maybelle’s Lovers, Bangtail Cats – April 17

Electric Mudd – April 18

n Thacker Mountain Radio

Paul Overstreet, Amy LaVere – April 9

Mayhem String Band, Pat Thomas – April 16

Wiley & the Checkmates, Gearshifter – April 23

Marty Stuart – April 30


n Shannon Sports Bar

Steve Williams & Fast Company – April 10-11, 17-18


n Dave’s Dark Horse Tavern

Magnolia Sons – April 9

Joe Whaley – April 10

Mayhem String Band – April 17

The Ward – April 18

Braden Land – April 23

n Rick’s Cafe

Entourage – April 10

Galactic – April 16

U.S – April 17

Corey Smith, Chris Cubeta – April 23

Graball Freerun, Drew Chapman, Vinyl Soup – April 24

Jamie Davis & Soul Gravy – May 1

n State Theatre

Lord T & Eloise – April 16

Marc Broussard – April 22

George McConnell – April 23

Electric Mudd – April 24

Scott Chism & The Better Half – April 30

John Lee Hooker Jr. – May 1


n Gold Strike

Jerry Lee Lewis – May 23

n Harrah’s

Earth Wind & Fire – April 23

n Horseshoe Casino

STYX – April 11

n Sam’s Town

Creedence Clearwater Revisited – April 17

David Allan Coe – May 6

Blake Shelton – June 5


n BancorpSouth Arena

Alan Jackson, Jimmy Wayne – April 16

n Boondocks Grill

Alvis Hatch & the Grace Based Band – April 10

Trees Leave – April 11

Eric Stogner – April 16

Thomas Jackson Orchestra – April 17

Come On, Go With Us – April 18

Kirk Chism – April 23

Amaigamation – April 24

n Good Time Charlie’s

David Ball – April 10

Forever & Never, Tailor Made Tragedy, Thrush, Shaved – April 11

Trust Company, Augie May, deadSet, Broken Method, Silent Haze – April 18

n Hot Topic

Tailor Made Tragedy – April 10

n JR’s Lounge

Terry Barnes w/ Phil Anderson – April 10-11, 17-18

n Main Street Bar and Grill

Joseph Baldwin – April 9

Mama Kin – April 10

Rock Mob – April 11

n Old Venice

Joseph Baldwin – April 10

The Crush – April 20

John Milstead – April 24

Shapadilly – April 13, 27

n West Jackson Street Baptist Church

The Embrace, Lorien, Joska, Four Kicks – April 25


FOR INFORMATION ABOUT MUSEUMS, STATE PARKS and other things to do and see, please visit the “Things to Do and See” page at the Scene Now blog at


ALAN JACKSON: April 16. $53, $43, $33 plus service charge. Tickets at box office, arena outlets,,, (800) 745-3000, (662) 841-6528.


GEORGE JONES: 7:30 p.m. May 2. Ticket prices will be $20.25, $15.25 and $10.25 until April 8. After that, $39, $29 and $19. Box office, (662) 287-7779,


VINCE GILL: 8 p.m. April 17. Also appearing are Mary Donnelly Haskell, Bryan Kennedy and Rivers Rutherford. Fundraiser for Ole Miss First scholarship program. $33-$40. Ole Miss box office in the Student Union, Ford Center box office, (662) 915-7411.


COUNTRY MUSIC AND DANCING: 4:30-10 p.m. April 11, old Lakeside Grocery, Alpine community. Featuring Family Tradition and Friends. No smoking or alcohol. $5. (662) 871-5111.

SPRINGFEST CONCERT: 6 p.m. April 17, The Grove Stage, University of Mississippi. Featuring Zac Brown Band, Soulja Boy and Skinner Boys Band. Free. (662) 915-1044.


CLAY WAGONER MEMORIAL BLUEGRASS SHOW: 6 p.m. April 18, The Marty Community Center, Adamsville, Tenn. Featuring Crossroads Bluegrass, Hatchie Bottom Boys and Flatwoods Bluegrass. Donations. (731) 632-0635.


JAZZ BAND CONCERT: 6:30 p.m. April 21, W.O. Benjamin Fine Arts Auditorium, Itawamba Community College, Fulton. Featuring ICC Jazz Band. Free. (662) 862-8244.

JAZZ BAND DINNER: 7 p.m. April 21, Haney Union, Northeast Mississippi Community College, Booneville. Featuring NEMCC Jazz Band. $20 tickets include dinner and program. Seating is limited; tickets should be purchased in advance. For credit card orders, call (662) 720-7340. For mail-in orders, send to Office of the President, Northeast Mississippi Community College, Booneville, MS 38829. For information, (800) 555-2154, ext. 7360 or (662) 720-7360.


GOSPEL NIGHT: 6:30-9:30 p.m. April 11, Old Church Opry House, Ripley. Featuring Bobby Parker & The Old Time Bluegrass Gospel and The Holloway Family. Donations. (662) 587-9885, (662) 837-1766.


ICC CONCERT: 6:30 p.m. April 13, W.O. Benjamin Fine Arts Auditorium, Itawamba Community College, Fulton. Featuring ICC’s Wind Ensemble and Symphonic and Concert Bands. Free. (662) 862-8244.

FACULTY CONCERT: 7 p.m. April 13, Hines Hall Auditorium, Northeast Mississippi Community College, Booneville. Free. (662) 720-7304.

2009 JEAN BLUE TAYLOR MEMORIAL PIANO RECITAL: 7:30 p.m. April 16, Lee Hall Auditorium, Mississippi State University, Starkville. Featuring Russian pianist Mikhail Yanovitsky. $10/adults, free/students. (662) 323-7379.

ICC SPRING CHORAL CONCERT: 6:30 p.m. April 20, W.O. Benjamin Fine Arts Auditorium, Itawamba Community College, Fulton. Free. (662) 862-8244.

FACULTY CONCERT: 6:30 p.m. April 22, W.O. Benjamin Fine Arts Auditorium, Itawamba Community College, Fulton. Featuring voice and piano faculty from Blue Mountain College. Free. (662) 862-8244.


GOLFING FOR L.I.F.E.: April 10, Natchez Trace Golf Club, Saltillo. Four man scramble. Registration 10 a.m.-noon. Tee time, noon. Food catered at 4:30 p.m. Fees $75 per person, $150 to sponsor hole, $300 to sponsor hole and team. Fundraiser for Living Independence for Everyone (L.I.F.E.). (662) 844-6633.

DISC GOLF TOURNAMENT: April 11, Tombigbee State Park, Tupelo. Sign-up 8-9:30 a.m., players meeting 9:30 a.m., tee time 10 a.m. Fees range from $17-57. (662) 842-7669,


PRESLEY HEIGHTS AZALEA FESTIVAL: April 11, Veterans Park, Tupelo. Eclectic yard sale at 6:30 a.m. in parking lot. 5K run at 8:30 a.m. Festival starts at 9 a.m. Military ceremony at 10 a.m. Also, azalea sales and driving tour, live music, food, kite-flying event and kids activities. Free admission. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. (800) 533-0611.

COTTON DISTRICT ARTS FESTIVAL: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. April 18, Historic Cotton District, Starkville. Honoring music, dance, theater and art. Free admission. (662) 324-3080,


FAMILY KITE DAY: 10 a.m. April 11, Veterans Park, Tupelo. Prizes for best kites. Free. (662) 213-6696.

NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK: Lee County Library, Tupelo. 9 a.m. April 13, resume/job search workshop for adults. 4 p.m. April 13, Ramona’s Spelling Bee Contest for children in first, second, third grades. 10 a.m. April 16, special children’s Story Time play, “When the Library Lights Go Out,” performed by library staff. 9 a.m. April 18, free genealogy workshop. (662) 841-9013.

CAR AND TRUCK SHOW: April 18, downtown Amory. Registration 8 a.m.-noon, judging noon-2 p.m. Entry fee $20 first car, $15 second car. Part of Amory Railroad Festival. (662) 256-9320, 315-5128, 315-1360.

RAMONA LOOK-ALIKE CONTEST FOR CHILDREN: 4 p.m. April 23, Lee County Library, Tupelo. Wear jeans, T-shirt, tennis shoes and Ramona hairstyle. (662) 841-9013.

HOME AND GARDEN TOUR: April 25, Corinth. Sponsored by Friends of the Veranda Curlee House and Museum to raise funds for Civil War landmark. $10. (662) 287-4129, 415-1999,,

GALA: 7 p.m. May 16, Amory High School Auditorium, Amory. Honoring Sam Haskell’s new book, “Promises I Made My Mother.” Featuring Haskell, Michael Feinstein, Debbie Allen, Doris Roberts, Lucie Arnaz, Sela Ward, Katie Stam, Blake Ewing, Mary Donnelly Haskell, Jill Connor Browne, Christine Kozlowski, Mary Lane Haskell, more. Proceeds will benefit Mary Kirkpatrick Haskell Scholarship Foundation. $125/gala dinner and concert, $50/concert only. (662) 256-3282, (800) 516-7184.


HELEN FOSTER LECTURE: 2 p.m. April 26, Lee County Library, Tupelo. Featuring Heloise of Heloise’s Hints. (662) 841-9013.


READING: 7:30 p.m. April 9, Fowlkes Auditorium at Colvard Student Union, Mississippi State University. Featuring award-winning author Martha Collins. Free. (662) 325-3644.

LUNCHING WITH BOOKS: Noon April 22, Lee County Library, Tupelo. Bonnie Webb will review “The Collected Works of Eudora Welty.” Free. (662) 841-9013.


TUPELO MIDDLE SCHOOL’S “PEACE, LOVE, DANCE”: 7 p.m. April 24, 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. April 25. Featuring TMS show choir, SPLASH. $5/advance, $6/at the door. Tickets from any SPLASH member or (662) 842-4209.

CENTERSTAGE SPRING CONCERT: 6:30 p.m. April 28, W.O. Benjamin Fine Arts Auditorium, Itawamba Community College, Fulton. Featuring CenterStage show choir. Free. (662) 862-8244.


N. PONTOTOC HIGH SCHOOL’S “ALADDIN JR.”: 7 p.m. April 9, North Pontotoc High School gym. $7/reserved seating, $5/at the door. (662) 706-0565

THE ACTING COMPANY’S “THE SPY”: 7:30 p.m. April 14, Lee Hall Auditorium, Mississippi State University. $15/adults, $12/MSU faculty, staff and senior citizens, $8/children 6-12, free/MSU students with student identification. Tickets at the door. (662) 325-4201.


FASHION TRIBE: 3-5 p.m. April 21, Technical Education Building Lecture Demonstration Room, Itawamba Community College, Fulton. (662) 862-8315,


STUDENT ART EXHIBIT: Thru April 16, Dept. of Art Gallery and Giles Hall Gallery, Mississippi State University, Starkville. Receptions from 5:30-6:30 p.m. April 2 in Giles Hall Gallery and 6:30-7:30 p.m. April 2 at Department of Art Gallery, McComas Hall. Artworks by graduating fine arts students. (662) 325-0393, 325-2144, (601) 214-1123.

ART EXHIBIT: Thru April 24, GO Gallery, 1715 McCullough Blvd., Tupelo. Featuring works by Advanced Placement students at Tupelo High School. Opening 6-9 p.m. April 10. (662) 620-6400.

ART AND ASTRONOMY: Thru April 30, J.S. Williams Library, University of Mississippi. “The World at Night,” 30 photographs of historic sites against a nighttime backdrop of stars, planets and celestial events. Library hours, 1 p.m.-2 a.m. Sunday, 7 a.m.-2 a.m. Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. (662) 915-7934.

STUDENT ART EXHIBIT: Thru May 1, W.O. Benjamin Fine Arts Center Gallery, Itawamba Community College, Fulton. Gallery hours are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays except holidays. Free. (662) 862-8244.

ART AND ASTRONOMY: Thru May 3, University Museum, University of Mississippi. “The Artist’s Universe,” 31 paintings of real and imaginary scenes from outer space. Museum hours, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 1-4:20 p.m. Sunday. (662) 915-7073.


JURIED STUDENT EXHIBIT: Thru April 18, Art Museum of the University of Memphis. (901) 678-2224.

MFA THESIS EXHIBITION: April 25-June 6, Art Museum of the University of Memphis. Featuring works by Lea Alexander, Brooke Foy, Elisha Gold and Chase Malone. Opening reception 5-7:30 p.m. April 24. Museum hours 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. (901) 678-2224.

“THE SCOOP ON POOP”: Thru May 3, Bodine Exhibit Hall, Pink Palace Museum. $8.75/adults, $8.25/seniors, $6.25/children. Group rates available. (901) 320-6320.

“FIDDLER ON THE ROOF”: 7:30 p.m. May 5, 6, 7; 8 p.m. May 8; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. May 9; 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. May 10, The Orpheum Theatre. $15-$80. Orpheum box office, David-Kidd Booksellers, Ticketmaster, (901) 525-3000,

WWE SMACKDOWN AND ECW: 6 p.m. June 2, FedExForum. Tickets start at $15 and go on sale April 18 at, all Ticketmaster locations, FedExForum box office or (800) 745-3000.

KEITH URBAN AND SUGARLAND: June 12, FedExForum. Tickets start at $20 and go on sale March 21., Ticketmaster locations, FedExForum box office, (901) 525-1515.

“GRAND CANYON ADVENTURE: RIVER AT RISK”: Thru Nov. 13, Crew Training International IMAX Theater, Pink Palace Museum. $8/adults, $7.25/seniors, $6.25/children with group rates available. (901) 320-6362,