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Second life: Fairview man feeling good after life-saving transplant

By ADAM ARMOUR News Coordinator “You get up every morning and feel good,” said Terry Paul Graham, speaking in general terms that, less than two years ago, didn’t apply to him. Not at all. “We take that for granted,” the Fairview native continued. He used his hand to shield his eyes from the sun, glanced […]

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Serving those who’ve served

By ADAM ARMOUR News Coordinator After two decades as a marine, visiting nearly two dozen countries and being stationed in 10, overseeing budgets in the hundreds of millions of dollars, and holding down a job at the Pentagon that put him in the same room as three acting presidents, Jason Baker must, by any measure […]

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The bravery of Mekisha Mitchell

By ADAM ARMOUR News Coordinator Despite being described by her fellow firefighters in ways that made it sound as if she might step inside an inferno and dowse the flames with an incredulous look, there’s nothing about Mekisha Mitchell that seems particularly superheroic at first blush. As she sits down at a table inside Tilden […]

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Previous Chapters: Keys Cemetery

By ADAM ARMOUR News Coordinator Morbid as it may sound, the legacy of James Keys is death, his own and those of thousands of other men and women. “It started, basically, with just the Keys family,” said Itawamba Historical Society librarian Bob Franks, standing atop one of the many hills rolling across Keys Cemetery. “Then, […]

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MLK speaker suggests ways to celebrate Civil Rights leader’s legacy

By ADAM ARMOUR News Coordinator Rust College President Dr. David Beckley wants to know what traditions have developed as a result of the national holiday celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He asked this question of the crowd of 100-plus people who attended Itawamba County’s annual commemorative service honoring the Civil Rights leader on Sunday, […]

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In this file photo from 2016, Tommy Blake, part of Carolina-based professional cook team Pe Little Thrigs, picks the best pieces of chicken from those he’s cooked as part of the Stand By Your Grill BBQ Cook-Off. (Photo by Adam Armour)

Annual pro-barbecue competition gets pulled

By ADAM ARMOUR News Coordinator The Itawamba County Development Council has pulled its annual professional barbecue competition. After six years and thousands of succulent ribs, juicy chicken breasts and sizzling briskets, the Kansas City Barbeque Society-sanctioned Stand By Your Grill BBQ Championship is no more, according to ICDC Executive Director Vaunita Martin. The decision to […]

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Eating Out with Jeff Jones

By JEFF JONES Special to The Times EDITOR’S NOTE: Dorsey resident and foodie Jeff Jones has been chronicling his experiences at local eateries on his blog, “Eating Out with Jeff Jones,” for more than five years. Each month, Jones will share some of his thoughts on local restaurants in the pages of The Itawamba County […]

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Rust College president to speak at MLK Day celebration

By ADAM ARMOUR News Coordinator Dr. David L. Beckley, longtime president of Rust College in Holly Springs, will speak at Itawamba County’s annual celebration of the life and legacy of American Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The event will be held on Sunday, Jan. 15, in the W.O. Benjamin Fine Arts Center […]

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Jim Buck Murphy’s Store

By ADAM ARMOUR News Coordinator Being that it closed some eight decades ago, Jim Buck Murphy’s store doesn’t get much in the way of customers these days. Still, the small business, located in the Shiloh community within spitting distance of the Lee County line, gets a surprising amount of foot traffic. The store has been […]

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In this file photo from 2014, miniature horses pull a tiny carriage as part of the Mantachie Christmas parade. (File photo by Adam Armour)

‘Tis the season … for Christmas events

By ADAM ARMOUR News Coordinator With the turkey stuffed (in our bellies) and stores flooded, it’s definitely beginning to look at lot like Christmas. But every child’s favorite holiday just isn’t quite ready for the spotlight without a few Christmas events to really set things off. Tomorrow night, the city of Fulton will official kickoff […]

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Photo gallery: Fulton Fall Festival

Hundreds of ghouls, ghosts, vampires, princesses, Transformers, Ninja Turtles, superheroes, werewolves and various incarnations of the walking dead haunted downtown Fulton Monday night for the city’s annual Fall Fest. Dozens of area businesses and organizations set up booths and passed out treats (usually in exchange for not being tricked) or offered fun games for attendees […]

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Photo feature: Popping popcorn

Piezons of Fulton owner Stan Miller added freshly-popped gourmet popcorn to his menu two years ago and has slowly grown that portion of his business since then. It’s his go-to item to help with local fundraisers, offering to allow churches, schools and civic organizations to sell bags of the popcorn and keep a majority of […]

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‘Try is a three-letter word’

By ADAM ARMOUR News Coordinator Nothing about cancer is easy. Wonda Cromeans can attest to that. Cromeans said the discovery that she had breast cancer came as a total, devastating shock. Not that anyone’s ever expecting to be told they have breast cancer, but it really was the furthest thing from Cromeans’ mind when she […]

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Eating Out with Jeff Jones

By ADAM ARMOUR News Coordinator Five minutes before they open to welcome the lunchtime crowd, Dorsey’s Jeff Jones is already peering through the glass doors of Tupelo’s Forklift restaurant, hands cupped just beneath the brim of his trademark white paper braid fedora to block the reflection. He comments on what he sees … the look […]

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