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Of all the seasons on the church’s liturgical calendar, Lent may be the most counter-cultural. The 40-day season of fasting and...
Before this year is out, hundreds of thousands of Mississippians – literally – will flock to emergency rooms across this state, as a last gap measure to receive badly needed health care. Thousands of others will not even make the trek to emergency rooms, for fear they will be turned away or subjected to harsh […]
With help from a Tulsa, Okla., company, the Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau has a new slogan: “Center of Positivity.” That theme along with a new logo with a multicolored crown and a stylized font for “Tupelo” cost $75,000. My first thought was I could come up with something better than “Center of Positivity” if […]
The first bottle tree I ever saw grew on the highway between my grandmother’s house near Colquitt, Ga., and the neighboring town of Blakely. I loved it. Sun shining through blue glass gets the attention of a fanciful 10-year-old every time. The bottles were all empty Milk of Magnesia ones, cobalt in color, their former […]
Momentum continued building Thursday toward final passage sometime in the 2014 legislative session of a major criminal justice reform bill designed to control future cost increases for Mississippi, which has the second-highest incarceration rate in the nation, behind Louisiana. The Senate on Thursday morning overwhelmingly passed a reform bill similar to the bill passed in […]
Over a lifetime, I’ve seen a lot of ball games and eaten a lot of hot dogs and talked a lot of politics with friends old and new. As a young sportswriter, I was always thrilled about the fact that my fellow scribes and I got paid to go to the ball games. It seemed […]
The world spins, and BBs bounce around in brain cavities: A Ph.D. student at Georgia Tech who earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Tehran was hospitalized earlier this week after an apparent Molotov cocktail ignited in his apartment, according to several news sites. Assuming this guy was a bomb-maker who had an accident […]
Do you agree that Mississippi legislators should choose one of two strong criminal justice reform bills to prevent the state’s prison population from climbing even higher and costing taxpayers an additional $266 million by 2024?
Mississippi’s legislative stage was set Wednesday for members of both chambers to make reasoned choices between two workable teacher pay raise plans or to blend the plans in an effort to make pay, especially for young and starting teachers, competitive with other Southern states. The House passed its version of teacher pay in early February. […]
Travis Childers will be dependent on his neighbors in Northeast Mississippi to have any chance of accomplishing what would be the nation’s biggest upset of the November general elections. The Booneville man will face three lesser-known candidates in the June Democratic primary before ultimately facing the winner between veteran incumbent Thad Cochran, state Sen. Chris […]