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From educators touring a major manufacturing plant to local citizens being honored for service and dedication, there was plenty of good news last week throughout Northeast Mississippi. Before we prepare for the week ahead, let’s take a look back at some of the highlights from last week: • Northeast Mississippi educators have been touring Toyota […]

When we look around we not only see good people in the world, we can also learn from the traits that contribute to their goodness. Take Tupelo’s Jennie Lynn Johnson, who recently attended the 44th annual Jefferson Award Foundation National Ceremony in Washington, D.C. She had been nominated for the top award, known as “America’s […]

After 52 years, the announcement of the closing of the investigation of the murders of three civil rights workers in Neshoba County by members of the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan was in many ways anti-climactic. The June 21, 1964 “Mississippi Burning” murders of activists Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James Chaney are […]

The risk of hunger among a surprising number of people in Northeast Mississippi becomes more visible when regular sources of free or deeply discounted food supplies run low. That’s the current situation at the Salvation Army in Tupelo. About 40 families come regularly to get free canned or dry food at the SA Carnation Street […]

An officer-involved fatal shooting in Tupelo last week shined a bright light on a community that has historically come together in trying times and tackled major issues for the betterment of all citizens. What began as a traffic stop in the Lee Acres neighborhood of Tupelo on Saturday, June 18, escalated to a foot chase, […]

Next week we celebrate our founding fathers’ 1776 decision to declare independence from England. In so doing they laid down the principles that would guide the new nation. Their Declaration of Independence began: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain […]

Bible precedes Constitution as foundation of protection Honesty, integrity and accuracy are missing in Rheta Grimsley Johnson’s column, “Grits, religion, Bush Hogging and coming out.” Is she ignorant of the mass shootings in churches, schools and other places where people assume they are safe, and therefore are unprepared to protect themselves from danger? Or did […]

On Tuesday, Donald Trump met with nearly 1,000 evangelical leaders in Manhattan to try and make connections with a demographic that does not exactly embrace him. Among those leaders were Jerry Falwell Jr., founder of Focus on the Family, Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee and Tupelo’s own Tim Wildmon, president of the American Family Association. Following […]