By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Richard “Dickie” Scruggs, admitting that he was a “disbarred and disgraced attorney” when sentenced to federal prison in 2008, is trying to have impact in classrooms across Mississippi like he used to have in the courtroom. The Oxford resident, once considered one of the top attorneys […]

By Emma Crawford Kent Daily Journal TUPELO – Ensuring students arrive at and leave school safely is a team effort in the Tupelo Public School District. Between the Tupelo Police Department and TPSD’s department of school security, traffic is monitored during drop-off and pick-up, students are assisted as they cross busy streets and school zone […]

By Zachary Oren Smith Mississippi Today STARKVILLE — Mississippi Development Authority Executive Director Glenn McCullough Jr. preaches keeping young people from leaving the state. Last week week, the Tupelo native brought that message straight to one of his target audiences — students at Mississippi State University. “We can ill afford to lose our young folks,” […]

By Alexandra Woolbright MSU Extension Service NEW ALBANY – School-age programs can take a backseat to activities for younger children at many child care centers, prompting Minerva Graham to change that situation at Rainbow Learning Center. More than a decade ago, Graham was working as a schoolteacher in Tupelo, and her friend Shelia Sanders was […]

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Front row from left: Danielle Frerer, Stephanie Allen, Juanita Smith, Kathy Palmer. Row two from left: Tina Fitts, Elizabeth Lair, Patricia Jones, Aynsley Farmer. Row three from left: James Mark Garrett, Clark Parker, Kelly Blanton, Nicole Hazel, Dorie Kisner.

By Emma Crawford Kent Daily Journal TUPELO – Rankin Elementary media specialist Marrion Winders was given more than an award Friday afternoon. She was given affirmation that she is making a difference in the lives of Tupelo Public School District students. Winders was one of 29 TPSD teachers and assistant teachers who received Teacher of […]

By Jeff Amy Associated Press JACKSON – Fewer than half the Mississippi public schools that expected to get federal money to subsidize after-school programs will actually be getting the cash. The Mississippi Department of Education suspended the federal grants last month after learning employees mishandled grant money and tried to cover mistakes by wrongly dipping […]

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Mooreville Elementary School teacher Carmen Sullivan helps teach a Mooreville student how to swim during the Little Ripples program Thursday at the Tupelo Aquatic Center.

By Emma Crawford Kent Daily Journal TUPELO – Students from Mooreville Elementary School dove into swimming lessons this week for the first time with the Little Ripples program. Little Ripples serves the Lee County and Tupelo school districts and allows first- and second-grade students to come to the Tupelo Aquatic Center for swimming lessons during […]

By Jeff Amy Associated Press JACKSON – Mississippi’s Board of Education is approving a new scoring levels system for assigning A-to-F grades to schools and school districts. The state Board of Education voted Thursday to approve the system, clearing the way to release the letter grades on Oct. 20. Last month, the board had discussed […]

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Brooks Waldrop, above, 11, makes his approach shot to the sixth green at Bel-Air Golf Course on Wednesday.

By Emma Crawford Kent Daily Journal TUPELO – From sports to math to community service, Milam Elementary boasts 15-20 clubs for students, depending on the season. Each club meets once per week, meaning groups students can be found participating in after-school activities at the sixth-grade school on any given day. Clubs that are currently meeting […]