Good morning and welcome to the Monday Memo. Each Monday morning I will pass along some local news and tidbits and hopefully hear from you, too.
It’s Monday! So grab another cup of coffee (or maybe ice coffee as hot as it is getting out there) and here goes the first edition …

Mississippi Budget?
As NEMS Daily Journal Jackson Bureau chief Bobby Harrison reported last week – The Legislature will return to the Capitol on Wednesday afternoon with hopes of having a budget agreement to approve or reject.
What are bloggers saying about the budget process? Here is a sample …
Y’all Politics: The bottom line is that if both sides can’t come to an agreement it will be (you guessed it) Special Session time. If I were Governor Haley Barbour, I’d call a Special Session of the Legislature EVERY SINGLE DAY (weekends included). Click here for more of this blog.

From the Red/Blue blog …
Andy Taggart – Whatever happens in the waning days of budget negotiations, I think one of the least likely places we will see cuts will be in the salary supplement for our state’s nationally certified teachers. Click here for more of this blog.
Jere Nash – (Rep. Greg) Snowden’s proposal makes a lot of sense, except for one small problem. The governor will not allow Sen. Alan Nunnelee to negotiate freely with his counterpart in the House. Click here to read more of this blog.
Rep. Greg Snowden has a very interesting blog at that he uses to communicate with folks. It would be nice to see some local legislators do the same with the blogs here at Hint, hint.
Seriously, speaking of blogs and Jackson. It is good to know that despite what some had heard Bobby Harrison is still working for the Daily Journal. Click here to find out about it at Bobby Harrison’s blog.
Know of a good Mississippi blog? Tell us about it in the comments below. Thanks.

Trooper’s funeral today
No story in recent weeks has generated as many comments or views at as the tragic death of trooper Steve Hood. Click here for more on the story.
The men and women who serve and protect Northeast Mississippi and their families deserve our respect. Thoughts and prayers go out the Hood family and the Mississippi Highway Patrol.

Are you hungry?
My almost two-year-old son Josh kept reaching out at the Tasty Travels logo this morning and who can blame him. Carlie Kollath, Dennis Seid and Ginna Parsons from the NEMS Daily Journal newspaper are doing a great series of stories that take readers on a culinary cruise through Northeast Mississippi.

The trip started Sunday in the newspaper with one of my favorites – blue plate specials. Ajax Dinner. Enough said for me. Click here for more on Tasty Travels.

Comment on the story and tell us if we missed a place or why you go somewhere. Also start your own culinary cruise with a blog of your own here at

Some news at this hour …
Here are some stories from The Associated Press:
State College Board ready to name higher-ed picks

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The state College Board will name its picks this week for the next commissioner of higher education and the next University of Mississippi chancellor.

Board members expect to announce their selections for “preferred candidates” for the positions Tuesday afternoon.

Finalists still under consideration for the posts have not been named because the board’s search process is confidential.

Only the preferred candidate for each post will be named, and the board will vote whether to officially hire those candidates likely in mid-June after a series of meetings with campus constituents.

The board search committees completed second-round interviews of finalists for each post last week.

And …

Many Mississippi cities holding elections Tuesday

OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) — The race for mayor of Ocean Springs may be too close to call.

First-term Mayor Connie Moran, a Democrat, faces a well financed challenge from political newcomer Republican Scott Walker.

The Ocean Springs mayoral election is among dozens on Tuesday’s general election ballot. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. The new four-year municipal terms begin July 6.

Among the elections are open mayoral offices in Jackson, Gulfport, Tupelo and Meridian.
Remember to go vote
As said above there are elections. Go vote Tuesday and then buy the new Dave Matthews Band album later that day. Ok, it is more important to vote, but you will be missing a great album if you don’t buy DMB in my opinion. We’ll have all the results in the NEMS Daily Journal and at
Thank you, thank you very much
Thanks for reading, and we’ll always end Morning Memo with these tributes to the King and Tupelo native Elvis Presley. It is almost time for the Elvis Presley Festival in Tupelo. Click here for Tupelo EP festival information.
Entertainment writer Sheena Barnett and I have been wondering what are the best Elvis songs of all-time? Vote below and tell us in the comments which ones we missed or why one stands out to you.

Todd Vinyard is the editor for He is thankful for coffee on Monday mornings, and really most mornings.

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