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When my colleague Derek Russell wrote last month about crossing into the land of thirtysomethings, it brought back memories of my own transition into that brave new world three-and-a-half decades ago. Like with Derek and I’m sure many others, the thought of turning 30 was a little frightening. After all, it wasn’t that long ago […]

If you’re a high-profile college or professional athlete who abuses women, look out. My sister is watching you and will call you out. She’s doesn’t hold any official position. She’s not close friends with any decision-maker who has authority of any kind. She’s simply a fan with strong opinions about how sports teams, broadcasters, schools […]

Perhaps it isn’t surprising that the most mail I receive is when I write a column about race, as I did last month. I generally address race in my January column, when it usually publishes the day before the Martin Luther King Holiday, and in February, Black History Month. In March, however, I again wrote […]

By Lena Mitchell Daily Journal Corinth Bureau CORINTH – The Alcorn County supervisor facing public corruption charges returned to Alcorn County circuit court on Friday with an attorney. District 2 Supervisor Jimmy Dallan “Dal” Nelms, 42, of Glen, will be represented by Booneville attorney Ronald Michael as he faces 156 criminal counts. Indictments were filed […]

By Lena Mitchell Special to the Journal CORINTH – An Alcorn County supervisor charged with multiple counts of public corruption faces possible immediate jail time for contempt if he returns to court next week without legal representation. Circuit Judge Jim Pounds told District 2 Supervisor Jimmy Dallan “Dal” Nelms on Friday that the court believes […]

By Lena Mitchell Special to the Daily Journal CORINTH – Plea hearings originally scheduled for Thursday, in which two Alcorn County officials and three vendors face charges of public corruption, have been postponed. Assistant District Attorney Richard Bowen said last week that court appearances for four individuals who were to enter their pleas Thursday before […]

I left Mississippi for college in Pennsylvania in 1968, only a few months after the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and a few years after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 were passed. I remember thinking that as an African American who had lived under […]

By Lena Mitchell Daily Journal Corinth Bureau IUKA – Exterior work appears complete but several more weeks of interior work has yet to be done before the Iuka Youth and Community Center is ready to reopen, Mayor John Castleberry said this week. A new front entrance, many new windows to allow more natural light to […]

By Lena Mitchell Daily Journal Corinth Bureau CORINTH – Interested individuals who’d like the job of promoting downtown Corinth have through 4 p.m. Friday to submit letters of interest and resumes for the position of Main Street Corinth executive director. Taylor Coombs leaves the job Friday and will begin a job with the Corinth School […]

By Lena Mitchell Daily Journal Corinth Bureau CORINTH – Plans are underway for another hazardous waste collection day in Corinth, with a goal to build on the success of last year’s event. Andrea Rose, director of Keep Corinth-Alcorn Beautiful, received approval Tuesday from both the Alcorn County Board of Supervisors and the Corinth Board of […]