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?

Lee County’s Board of Supervisors, responding to higher costs and deepening mandates for care of juvenile inmates, on Monday raised the daily price it charges other counties to house their juvenile prisoners to $130, up from $90 and only slightly higher than the state average of $125. The higher rate, which includes much more than […]

Gov. Phil Bryant said he e-mailed a friend to ask for some jokes about the media to tell at the annual Christmas party he hosts for the media in his home – the Governor’s Mansion. But the conservative Republican conceded that most of the jokes extended beyond his sense of decency so he declined to […]

More than two decades ago while working at the Daily Journal, a fellow reporter by the name of Jane Hill handed me a book and said simply, “You should read this.” Knowing that Jane and I shared the same mental aberrations when it came to our perspectives on the world, I took it. I don’t […]

Christian takes offense at comments about letter In response to a letter to the editor, written by my pastor, Bro. Michael Lumpkin, on Dec. 10, 2014, I take offense in the negative comments he received online in regard to Christianity. As far as I could tell all of the responses were negative, with none in […]

Will first-rate buiIdings and sports facilities help Ole Miss and Mississippi State attract more and better students?

Capital construction projects totaling several hundred million dollars on the campuses of the University of Mississippi and Mississippi State University created or will create hundreds of jobs with positive impact on the surrounding areas’ economy. The federal government multiplier of 8.34 jobs per million dollars of investment would equal more than 3,300 cumulative jobs for […]