Will the newly redesigned and refurbished downtown Tupelo attract more businesses and residents?




Will the newly redesigned and refurbished downtown Tupelo attract more businesses and residents?




Tuesday’s ceremonial ribbon-cutting on downtown Tupelo’s new Elvis Presley Birthplace Trail culminated a lengthy development, planning and construction process that delivers on the promise of a facelift for one of the major gateways into the city. Smiling retailers, development officials and elected leaders from the city and state formed a line behind the blue ribbon […]

As reported earlier, the three most influential politicians in state government got together last week to announce the formation of “working groups” to study how Mississippi spends and garners money. The idea to form these “working groups” first was broached by House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, at the end of the 2016 session back in […]

Little to nothing has been said lately about the legislative influence of the right-wing Koch brothers-controlled lobby group known as ALEC. But with Republicans firmly in charge at the Capitol, you can bet ALEC is making itself felt on what comes out of Mississippi’s lawmaking body. In case you’ve forgotten, ALEC is the acronym for […]

Selfish world needs a generous response By the age of 5, I shared my scissors with a boy. I told him to practice on my hair, because “everyone has to learn and everyone has to share.” By the age of 15, I was directing an (unofficially) non-profit summer camp geared towards the prevention of body […]

Do teachers have enough input into how education legislation and statewide policy is written and implemented?




State Rep, Jay Hughes, who holds the District 12 seat that includes Oxford, clearly has struck a nerve with his initiative for a free Summer Education Forum for educators and community stakeholders. The event, which will unfold Friday and Saturday at the Jackson Convention Center, has attracted 1,500 registrants, so many that the original state […]

Despite the high-decibel discussions in either opposition to Big Government in among Republicans in Cleveland or the coming embrace of it by Democrats in Philadelphia at the national party conventions, people welcome big government when it comes to fighting the wild hog wars in rural America. One might observe that folks go “hog wild” for […]