Sheena Barnett

Sheena Barnett

If I'm not off winging my way Molokai to assist Father Damien in his work with the lepers, you can find me hang gliding high above the Florida Keys. I'm a scratch golfer who, under President Jimmy Carter, served as the United States Senate Majority Whip. And I like to read. OK, none of that is true. I'm Sheena Barnett, entertainment writer here at the Daily Journal. I also cover cops and breaking news. I earned my journalism degree at the University of Mississippi, where I served as editor-in-chief of the university's student-run daily newspaper, The Daily Mississippian. I'm the the board president for S.A.F.E., Inc., a member of the Country Cloggers and I founded Album Club ("Like a book club, but with music.") And I like to read. Seriously. (My fake bio is a reference to one of my favorite TV shows; 5 trillion points to those who can guess it)

Stories Written by Sheena Barnett

  BY SHEENA BARNETT Daily Journal ATHENS – Set back in rural Monroe County, not far from Aberdeen, sits the Athens Jail, the oldest government building in north Mississippi. It was once a part of a bustling, growing city, but now the building stands alone. Many Monroe County residents say the old building is haunted, […]

By Sheena Barnett Daily Journal TUPELO – Last year’s “Rocky Horror Picture Show” sing-along at the Link Centre was such a success, fans have been begging for it again. “People have been calling since August asking for the date,” said Derek Russell, director of operations for the Link Centre. “We are doing the Time Warp […]

By Sheena Barnett Daily Journal TUPELO – The dentist’s chair, a sad clown, a hungry crocodile and a devastating tornado are a few of the fears artists have depicted for the Caron Gallery’s new show, “What Scares You?!” Thirteen artists from across the state, including Mary, Cindy Aune, Sam Baldwin, Cartron Williams, Shelley Ozbirn, Jason […]

By Sheena Barnett Daily Journal COLUMBUS – A diverse group of writers are sharing their work, advice and insights during the 2014 Eudora Welty Writers’ Symposium next weekend. Carol Ruth Silver, Shayla Lawson, Derrick Harriell and Mary Miller are just a few of the authors who will present at the symposium, which has the theme […]

By Sheena Barnett Daily Journal TUPELO – Auditions for Tupelo Community Theatre’s last musical of the season are the first week of November. Auditions usually aren’t held this far in advance, but because the show is “Les Miserables,” director Sonja Jenkins is ready to find her cast so rehearsals can start. “It’s an epic production, […]

By Sheena Barnett Daily Journal TUPELO – Bright colors, playful scenes and meaningful dreams and symbols make up much of artist Theora Hamblett’s work. Paintings by the Oxford artist, who died in 1977, are on display now at the GumTree Museum of Art. “She’s primarily known for her trees, and she mostly painted children’s games […]

By Sheena Barnett Daily Journal TUPELO – The past comes alive this Saturday at the Dogtrot Rockabilly Festival. The Oren Dunn City Museum is hosting the festival, and everything old-time will be celebrated. There will be rockabilly music, historical demonstrations, Dudie burgers and a pet and costume contest. Oxford filmmaker and rockabilly musician Daniel Lee […]

By Sheena Barnett Daily Journal BALDWYN – Everything fans love about “Grease” – the songs, the story, the costumes – is there, and this time, it’s family-friendly. The Baldwyn Main Street Players is presenting the school version of the beloved musical this weekend and next, and the show is appropriate for all ages. “The storyline […]

A few minutes after I was named editor-in-chief of the Ole Miss student newspaper, The Daily Mississippian, my friend Joy put her arm around me and asked, “Are you scared or excited?” I paused. “A little bit of both,” I said. She nodded. “Good answer.” Being editor-in-chief of a daily newspaper while you’re a full-time […]

By Sheena Barnett Daily Journal TUPELO – Starting next week, every part of The Lyric will be haunted. Tupelo Community Theatre’s ninth annual Haunted Theatre offers 15 different haunts to scare the pants off visitors. “We’re using the entire theater except the lobby,” said Haunted Theatre’s director, Tracie Conwill. There are six room directors, like […]