IChris Kyle (Bradley Cooper, right) takes aim to keep U.S. forces safe in "American Sniper." (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures, Keith Bernstein)

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal Clint Eastwood knows how to film violence. In his latest effort, “American Sniper,” it’s hard to keep from twisting in a safe theater seat when U.S. forces hit the Iraqi streets. “American Sniper” is the story of Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper), a real-life Texas cowboy with little direction in […]

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The ribbon is officially cut to open the new Children's of Mississippi clinic in the Journal Business Park on Service Drive in Tupelo on Wednesday.

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Two of Mississippi’s biggest hospital systems have teamed up to expand pediatric specialty care in Tupelo and the region. University of Mississippi Medical Center and North Mississippi Medical Center have partnered to open Children’s of Mississippi-Tupelo. “We don’t want children to have to leave their home or […]

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Cook of the Week Nancy Cooper.

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal BLUE MOUNTAIN – Nancy Cooper came onto the cooking scene a bit later than some others, but now it’s what she does for a living. Cooper and her husband, Dan, own and operate Daylight Donuts in Ripley, which they started in 2004. “We do a big lunch business with soups […]

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About this time last year, my husband and I did a lot of Asian cooking at home. So we started stocking the fridge with fresh ginger and scallions, and sesame oil, rice vinegar, chili paste and basmati were always in the cabinet. On Sunday, as we were returning from a weekend trip to Birmingham, we […]

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Bill Elam said routine is important both night and day when raising three boys. That's Henry on the left and Robbie on the right. Will couldn't be coaxed into the photograph.

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal AMORY – Bill Elam raised his kids in waves. The first wave for the 58-year-old happened decades ago. “There’s six of us, all told,” said his 31-year-old daughter, Jackie Elam. “Three girls and three boys. He had us girls first, then the boys came after.” “Raising the girls didn’t […]

Daily Journal OXFORD – The Tupelo Community Theatre earned several awards at the Mississippi Theater Association competition and will be moving on to the regionals in March. Corinth Theatre-Arts had one individual actress recognized. “We’re very excited,” said TCT director Tom Booth. “Because of the number of entries Mississippi had, two entries will be moving […]

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Nancy Pooler started making candles to raise money for her church, but when her kidneys shut down, the craft became self-prescribed therapy.

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – It’s hard to predict when something learned during those old, hippie days will come in handy. Nancy Pooler, 68, used to be a rambling woman, traveling with her husband to England, France, Germany and Iran. “We were in Iran in 1975,” she said. “It was pretty cool […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – There came a time in Nancy Pooler’s life when she needed to make a change. She’d been involved in theater, but it was getting her down. She thinks a rival for the lead in “Hello, Dolly” tried to injure her, and her backstage job during a production […]