For as long as I can remember, I’ve banked with the same (local) financial institution. I opened my first personal checking account with a crisp new debit card at the age of 14. Since that time, I’ve been through my fair share of many debit cards, bank statements, (a few) overdraft fees and banking ups […]

There’s a new sheriff in town, they say. More precisely, there’ll be a new president in the nation shortly after 11 a.m. CST today. I’ll leave it to people who find politics more compelling than I do to dissect the personalities, policies and possibilities of this administration. I’ll just say, “God bless President Trump” – […]

After a true showing of the Tupelo Spirit, members of the Tupelo High School band boarded a bus to Washington, D.C., on Wednesday heading to the inauguration ceremony of the 45th president of the United States. For the band students, the journey to Pennsylvania Avenue started just a few weeks ago when band leaders and […]

In all the talk about nuclear energy’s key role in ensuring America’s energy security, one major factor has been overlooked – an institution that has led the way in achieving a significant improvement in the performance of nuclear power plants. Credit the Tennessee Valley Authority. Its tradition of excellence in operation instilled and rigidly enforced […]

Chicago has come a long way from the idealized lyric “my kind of town, Chicago is,” which Frank Sinatra made famous. True, Chicago has a history of gangland murders going back to the days of Al Capone, but 2016 set a new and lamentable record. According to CNN, citing figures released by the Chicago Police […]

Band trip is rare honor for students, not political I was deeply saddened and disappointed when I read the letter to the editor that appeared in the Journal on Jan. 17. Our Tupelo High School band was given the rare honor of representing Mississippi in the inaugural parade in Washington, D.C. These well-deserving students have […]

Recommendations made this week by the nonprofit education consulting firm tasked with revamping Mississippi’s school funding formula seem to have produced more questions than answers regarding specific details on how changes would help students throughout the state. Rebecca Sibilia, chief executive officer of EdBuild, outlined suggestions for directing more tax dollars into the classrooms of […]

For years, a belief has existed, perhaps like the Big Foot and the Locke Ness monsters, that if a simple change was made to the Mississippi Adequate Education Program to require the state to provide funds to local school districts based on total enrollment (or membership) and not average daily attendance, that those school districts […]

What do you think we can expect from Donald Trump’s inauguration address this Friday other than a lot more of, “Me, me, me!” Well, thanks to a couple of Russian hackers named Boris and Natasha and in exchange for a couple of American spies, namely a certain squirrel and moose – sorry, Bullwinkle – and […]