Getting stopped by a red light at nearly every traffic signal on Main or Gloster streets can sometimes feel just as inevitable as getting stopped by the train at Crosstown. It’s one of those things that seems to be a part of the fabric of our transportation system in Tupelo. But unlike the train, improving […]

Speaker of the House Philip Gunn and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves have decided to shift Mississippi’s tax burden – less on income and businesses, more on users. “Because I think everybody ought to have skin in the game,” explained Gunn. Hmmm. It appears as though the Speaker has bought into the notion that many poor […]

Millions of Americans plan to celebrate Thanksgiving next week. Festivities representing cultural and religious diversity will mark Thursday’s celebrations. Except for the focus on plenty of food liked by everyone attending, few observances will match exactly the Pilgrims’ well-known Thanksgiving festivity in 1621.Those celebrating were the Plymouth colony settlers and Wampanoag Indians, the Native Americans […]

This month has been a month of reaffirming my convictions on the power of love. Regardless of the way America is portrayed, I know, right here in our cities, love and respect do exist among people of all races. Marianne Williamson said, “We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within […]

I was at the fillin’ station and someone pulled to the open pump I wanted. That was OK because another was available, so no waiting. While I pumped my gas, he went into the store and returned with some cigarettes. He got into his SUV and drove off without using the pump. I didn’t do […]

I am home now, processing what has happened in our country. But my last week spent in France, I was in Paris, the cherry on the sundae, the crescendo of a wonderful visit. One day I walked past the Bataclan on Boulevard Voltaire. It was a year ago this week that 89 people were killed […]

Four Northeast Mississippi communities – Starkville, Tupelo, Mantachie and Oxford – adopted indoor public smoking bans 10 years ago, and none have any reason to regret that decision. Economic advances and improving public health statistics in the past decade validate the argument that non-smokers should not have to endure secondhand smoke and its health risks […]

Question. I understand that there are people who make a living buying and selling foreclosed property. Seems there are more and more television shows about flipping houses, etc. Is this a viable real estate activity? Answer. The short answer to your question is yes. However, it takes a lot of work and a certain type […]

My wife and I recently visited Biltmore Estate. For anyone not familiar, it’s a nearly 180,000-square-foot palace designed after the style of several French chateaus and is the largest private residence ever built in the United States. Biltmore was conceived and achieved by George Washington Vanderbilt II, a grandson of Cornelius “Commodore” Vanderbilt – the […]