After this week’s announcement that Brian Wilson (of The Beach Boys) would be performing one of my favorite albums, “Pet Sounds,” live in its entirety nearby later this year – it got me thinking about what I’ve missed out on. There are plenty of concerts I hate I never got the chance to see. There […]

By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal TUPELO – The 53rd annual Junior Auxiliary Charity Ball promises to be the biggest yet. Live music from a 10-piece band, food and a record number of living ads – 189 – will make the event anything but “The Blues,” which happens to be the theme for the year. […]

By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal PONTOTOC – When you have 24 contestants battling for $100,000, there will, no doubt, be blood, sweat, tears and laughs. That’s what you’ll see when “Redneck Island: Battle at the Lake” returns to CMT this week, and also returning for the show’s new season is 23-year-old Margaret Wood from […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal Going by its premise, “Room” seems like a movie that would be hard to love. It’s the story of a girl named Joy (Brie Larson), who’s kidnapped and kept in a room with a child fathered by her captor. That sounds horrible, and there are difficult moments to watch, […]

By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal TUPELO – Professional wrestling is a legacy that’s stood the test of time, finding its origins dating back to 19th-century Europe. But modern wrestling found in WWE rings means something a bit more special to Bo Dallas. Dallas is a third-generation wrestler, following in the footsteps of his grandfather […]

Most people desire to work at a place where they can have a true impact on their community and beyond. I was given just such a chance when I joined the American Red Cross of North Mississippi this past summer. My role typically keeps me in the office or out visiting Red Cross partners and […]

By Emma Crawford Kent Daily Journal TUPELO – When you put a firework-maker, candy-maker-slash-aspiring-dancer, xylophone player, playwright and their eccentric family patriarch under the same roof, hilarity is bound to ensue. Add a budding romance, a federal investigation and Russian immigrants and you have the cast of the Tupelo Community Theatre’s latest production, “You Can’t […]

By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal TUPELO – The North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra knows how to bring back a favorite. This weekend, Russian pianist Yakov Kasman returns to Tupelo for his sixth performance with the symphony orchestra. In that time, he has worked with three different music directors from the NMSO over the years, including […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal Everybody’s heard about Benghazi and the attack in Libya that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens. It might come as a surprise to learn that “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” is far more than a rehash of old news. It’s the story of six CIA contractors. They’re highly […]