Mississippi’s Board of Education on Thursday announced an ambitious and transparent five-year strategic plan of achievement – and success – for Mississippi’s public school students. The plan, first reported by Daily Journal education writer Chris Kieffer in Thursday’s edition, was formally announced later Thursday morning in a press conference. The plan, the first one adopted […]

My heart sat breaking on Tuesday as I watched the images from Pakistan. Children running, crying. Some covered in blood. Parents with frantic expressions on their faces, imagining the worst, praying for hope. Families discovering the terrible truth. I watched these images from the comfort of my living room in these United States. My child […]

Stream of (semi)-consciousness … • If you’re looking for a last-minute gift for that hard-to-buy-for person on your list, may I suggest a water filter, a flock of chickens or a school? Those are just a few of the life-changing (or even life-saving) items or services you could “purchase” in honor of that person who […]

Gale Stauffer’s family expresses deep thanks We express our gratitude to Mayor Jason Shelton and the Tupelo community. Our lives as we knew it as a family changed forever on Dec. 23, 2013. A husband, a father, a son, a brother, a grandson, a nephew, a cousin and a friend was lost to us forever. […]

Will you have a designated driver if your group plans to drink during a Christmas-season party?

The winter holidays in Northeast Mississippi bring seasonal hazards at several levels, but one of the natural dangers to humans is the increased movement of deer, with whom we all share space. Add to the deer the misbehavior of drivers who sometimes drink behind the wheel or drive with a preventable distraction like texting, and […]

In actual distance, it’s about 63 miles from Southaven in DeSoto County to Marks in Quitman County in Mississippi. But in terms of the relative health and longevity between DeSoto and Quitman counties, those towns might as well be on different planets. The Robert Wood Johnson collaborates with the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute […]

After Elizabeth Warren and Ted Cruz attacked the 2015 spending agreement in the Senate last week from opposite ends of the political spectrum, Washington engaged in a little parlor game: Is Warren the Cruz of the left? Though there are superficial similarities between the Massachusetts Democrat and the Texas Republican, the question is actually easy […]

Did you know Lee County has a Juvenile Detention Center?