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Teachers of Distinction winners included, from left, Amanda Koonlaba, Susan Hankins, Cynthia Huddleston, Allyson McGraw, Nina Roberts, Janna Fairley, Cheryl Dexter, Caren Barber, Mollie Gratz, Karen Logan and Annette Akins.

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – Joyner Elementary teacher Caren Barber felt inspired on Friday afternoon. She had just joined a group of 24 Tupelo Public School District educators who received the prestigious “Teacher of Distinction” award. Rather than resting on her success, however, she talked about wanting to become even better. “It validates […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Eric Clark, the former secretary of state who as a state representative from sparsely populated Smith County in the 1980s was a leader in challenging powerful Speaker C.B. “Buddie” Newman, announced Friday he is stepping down as the leader of the state’s 15 two-year colleges. Clark, […]


By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal JACKSON – The Mississippi Board of Education approved an emergency contract on Thursday to purchase tests to measure how well the state’s students had mastered the Common Core State Standards. The board voted in executive session to approve the one-year, $8 million contract with NCS Pearson Inc., to administer the […]

By Jeff Amy Associated Press JACKSON – It’s unclear which standardized tests Mississippi’s 490,000 public school students will take this spring after the state Department of Education withdrew its request for a contract with Pearson PLC. The $8.4 million contract was to pay for the first year of Mississippi’s participation in a multistate testing group […]

Daily Journal WASHINGTON – Tupelo native Michael DeBow has been named associate director of the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, a Washington, D.C.,-based research center that deals with issues related to the economics of higher education. DeBow, who assumed the position Aug. 1, will continue as a law professor at Samford University’s Cumberland School […]

Daily Journal TUPELO – A pair of chicken restaurants are helping the local the Boys & Girls Clubs of North Mississippi. Popeyes Chicken is selling coupon books for the second year in a row. On Friday, The Wing Stop is giving away free chicken wings and holding a school supply drive to benefit the Boys […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal Tupelo High School senior Nick Kaltchenko has received many congratulatory messages since officially being named a National Merit Semifinalist last week. Kaltchenko was among 12 Northeast Mississippi students to earn the prestigious honor from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Based upon scores from the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, […]

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Mitch Baker, national secretary of Future Farmers of America, leads Nettleton High School students in a team-building exercise on Monday.

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal NETTLETON – Lacey Robinett “murdered” a classmate at Nettleton High School on Monday. Robinett and more than 100 members of the school’s Future Farmers of America played a team-building game during an assembly. “It was fun just going around and people not knowing who the killer was,” said Robinett, […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal JACKSON – Five more Mississippi school districts have joined a lawsuit against the state over school funding. Greene County, Humphreys County, Leland, North Bolivar and West Bolivar join the 14 school districts who initially filed the suit last month. Filed on their behalf by former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove, the suit […]