By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal TUPELO – When Ashton Swearingen was a junior in high school, she wrote a research paper on veteran suicide. Several years later, the 19-year-old is still fighting for a cause, trying to bring the film “Project 22” to Tupelo for a screening later this month. “It’s a good learning […]

Daily Journal TUPELO – The Tupelo area was the location of a historic first encounter in the 1540s, when the Chickasaw people first met with Europeans. The encounter between the Chickasaws and Hernando de Soto proved to be the beginning of the downfall of the de Soto expedition’s search for gold. The documentary “First Encounter,” […]

By Ray Van Dusen Monroe Journal ABERDEEN – For nearly two years now, auctioneer Dwight Stevens has hinted at something big related to one of the most recognized divas of her time. That something big has attracted emails and phone calls to his auction house from the Hard Rock Café franchise, the Rock and Roll […]

Wire reports NASHVILLE – Belmont native Mac McAnally took home his eighth Musician of the Year award from the CMA Awards on Wednesday. Last year, McAnally broke the record for most wins in that category. McAnally has recorded 11 studio albums as well as being a successful songwriter, with hits recorded by Kenny Chesney among […]

’Twas the night before Sunday, and all through the Walmart, not a creature was stirring, except maybe the birds that dive at the grocery carts. It’s a tale as old as time, really. Boy meets flag. Superstore takes flag away from boy. Boy makes homemade explosive device and hurls it into said store’s entrance. I […]

By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal TUPELO – Cruella de Vil – if she doesn’t scare you, no evil thing will. You’ll have plenty of chances to see Miss de Vil try and capture her “precious puppies” this weekend as Pied Piper Plays presents a live-stage version of “101 Dalmatians.” This version of the classic […]

By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal TUPELO – It’s not every day you get to be a prince or marry a princess, unless you’re Bonard Muck. Muck has been performing with Disney On Ice for nearly 15 years playing different roles, but is most accustomed to being Prince Eric from “The Little Mermaid,” alongside his […]

By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal TUPELO – In its fifth year, the Tupelo Arts Showcase continues to be a one-stop shop for a captured audience to engage with artists in a public performance of works on display, whether it be visual or performing arts. That “eclectic experience,” as Jan Dijkwel calls it, will happen […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal Movie stars are movie stars for a reason, as Sandra Bullock proves in “Our Brand Is Crisis.” From start to finish, I was interested whenever she was on screen as Jane, an acerbic campaign consultant who’s willing to do anything to win. Jane’s a nasty character, a political operative […]