Did Mississippi achieve a fair settlement with BP for damages in the Deepwater Horizon oil catastrophe? • Yes – 52% • No – 48%

Did you participate in any area Fourth of July events this weekend? • Yes • No

Mayor Jason Shelton and the Tupelo City Council members began their four-year terms two years ago his month. They reach the halfway point in the having experienced two years that could not have been more starkly different in what was required of them as elected officials. Aside from changes and vigorous discussions about the way […]

I don’t write a column often, but as publisher and CEO of the Journal there are times when I feel a responsibility to share my thoughts on a subject and ensure our company is not misunderstood based on our job to report the news and share both sides of a story. I’ll also preface the […]

Flag criticisms insult a family’s legacies My grandmother had three brothers who fought for the South in the war between the states. Her father was a courier for the South. I think one brother was killed at Vicksburg and one brother and her father fought in the Battle Above the Clouds in Chattanooga, Tennessee. They […]

While sitting in the Albertville Memorial Chapel in Alabama, honoring the memory of Mrs. Joanna Wells, my co-worker, Jennie Hannah’s mother, I found myself thinking about life. A friend of the family spoke highly of Mrs. Wells and the life she lived. Then, this gentleman sang a melodious song entitled, “Give Me Jesus.” I had […]

As the chart at bottom indicates, the Mississippi PERS has been chronically underfunded for years and has lagged other state plans. For FY 2014, the funded ratio improved slightly to 61percent, but it’s only going to get worse. The Plan has an unfunded actuarial cost of $14.445 billion, or $4,825 for every man, woman and […]

The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America In Congress, July 4, 1776 When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which […]

“This,” President Obama said in the Rose Garden on Wednesday as he announced the restoration of diplomatic relations with Cuba, “is what change looks like.” This echo of his 2008 campaign theme was self-congratulatory but deserved, coming at a time of unexpected hope late in his presidency. In the space of just over a week, […]