Chris Kieffer

Chris Kieffer

I am the Managing Editor for Multimedia and Enterprise. I previously served as the Daily Journal's education reporter. I'm a New Orleans native, husband, father and avid baseball fan.

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Mississippi’s high school football season began Friday, and fans returned to stadiums across the Magnolia state for the annual ritual that brings communities together. In Aberdeen, fans noted a special atmosphere as they watched their Bulldogs open the year against the Corinth Warriors. They spoke of their excitement for a new year and expressed their […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON — The Legislative Budget director, mandated to conduct a fiscal analysis of any citizen-sponsored initiative, has changed her analysis for the Initiative 42 education funding proposal after receiving input from legislative leaders who oppose the initiative. The new analysis, compiled by Budget Director Debbie Rubisoff, is more […]

By Parrish Alford Daily Journal Ole Miss offensive lineman Rod Taylor will be out for an unspecified amount of time following a shoulder injury from an apparent boxing match, according to multiple reports. The Ole Miss Spirit and reported the injury occurred on Wednesday. That would have been just hours after offensive line coach […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court has overturned a decision of a Hinds County circuit judge who had rewritten the language that will appear on the November ballot as a legislative alternative to the citizen-sponsored education funding initiative. The original language, drafted by the office of Attorney General […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – The concept of lazy summer days is foreign to Lee Hill. Teachers in the Tupelo School District return to their buildings this week to prepare for a new school year that begins on Aug. 4. That means someone has had to get those buildings ready for their arrival. […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal Northeast Mississippi will have eight contested superintendent of education races on its ballots this fall. Eleven of the region’s 16 counties have school districts with elected superintendents, but Chickasaw County’s Betsy Collums, Marshall County’s Jerry Moore and Monroe County’s Scott Cantrell do not face opponents this year. Incumbents are running […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – Voters living in the Lee County School District will decide next month who will lead the 7,200-student district for the next four years. Incumbent Jimmy Weeks, 43, will face fellow Republican Robert Smith, 60, in the Aug. 4 primary election. Because both candidates are running in the Republican […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – When Tupelo and Lee County School District students return to class next month, they will be greeted with new classroom buildings, cafeterias, computers and secure entrances. Both school districts have had busy summers spent on projects related to two successful bond referendums. Lee County voters in 2013 allowed […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal Many of the best high school marching band students in Mississippi have been working hard during the past week to defend an international championship. The 145-member Mississippi Lions All-State Band gathered last Wednesday at Jones County Junior College in Ellisville for a demanding schedule of nearly around-the-clock rehearsals. They will […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – Tupelo elementary school students who are struggling with reading skills are getting extra help this summer from a church-based program. This is the fourth year The Orchard has hosted SummerSALT, a summer-reading program that serves nearly 115 students, ranging from those who are entering kindergarten through those entering […]