Chris Kieffer

Chris Kieffer

Chris Kieffer is the Education writer at The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal | | Education Matters

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By Chris Kieffer and Riley Manning Daily Journal Tuesday’s order from a federal judge to overturn Mississippi’s ban on same-sex marriage was a landmark for gay and lesbian Mississippians. But it might not quickly open the door for same-sex couples to get married in the state. In issuing his preliminary injunction late Tuesday, U.S. District […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal There’s a new effort gaining momentum in Mississippi aimed at changing the conversation about homosexuality. Earlier this year, the Human Rights Campaign, a nationwide advocacy group for LGBT rights, compiled a massive survey to assess the experiences and priorities of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Mississippi. Among their […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – The little scientists at Milam got to display the results of their research efforts Friday morning at the school’s science fair. Milam science teacher Crystal Wilson said every sixth-grader was required to put together a science fair presentation. Around 300 students chose to go the extra mile and […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – The Rev. Chris Traylor is a man of many hats. But the pastor of Little Zion Church, the president of the Tupelo and Lee County NAACP, and member of the Tupelo Accountability Task Force was humble Thursday as he addressed the small crowd gathered for the community Thanksgiving […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – Retired teachers say it’s easy to tell which kids haven’t had much to eat over the weekend by the way they eat breakfast at school on Monday mornings. Now many of them are working with First United Methodist Church’s Helping Hands food pantry in Tupelo to help food-insecure […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – The City of Tupelo will host a brief Thanksgiving service for the community on Thursday. Held at The Orchard, the noon service will feature guest speakers Mayor Jason Shelton, the Rev. Will Rambo of The Orchard and the Rev. Chris Traylor, president of the Tupelo and Lee County […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – The Salvation Army Angel Tree campaign went into full swing Monday at The Mall at Barnes Crossing food court. Each year, the Army decorates a Christmas tree with anonymous profiles of children in need. These profiles include a child’s age, clothing sizes, and three items from their Christmas […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal In World War II, the Know Your Bible company began manufacturing metal-plated Bibles, designed to fit in the front pocket of a soldier’s uniform. Over the course of the war, stories reached home of these Bibles blocking bullets, saving the lines of young infantrymen. Earlier wars saw other tokens, flasks […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – It may seem like pure fun, but when a child sings “Itsy Bitsy Spider,” a storm cloud of activity is sparking off inside his or her brain. Elementary music and education professor Susan Kenney, who retired from Brigham Young University last month, spoke to educators at the Early […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal Angelle Tanner, assistant professor of physics and astronomy at Mississippi State University, said the European Space Agency’s comet landing success was quite a feat. “It literally is rocket science,” she said. “The probe has thrusters, so it can make minor adjustments, but largely it had to be launched at a […]