Our community had plenty to be proud of last week as the good news poured in from across Northeast Mississippi. Before we start the week head, let’s take a moment to highlight some of the great things that happened last week: • A number of events in communities across the region were hosted to honor […]

Last week’s inaugural column established that I recently returned to Mississippi – after a 27-year adventure that included a full quarter-century in Alabama. It’s important to me that Journal readers know I was a good ambassador for my home state during the hiatus. To paraphrase the state’s slogan from a few years back, I spoke […]

Did you celebrate Veterans Day last week by honoring military service members?

As the current membership of the Mississippi Public Service Commission nears a decision on the initial rate hike requested by Mississippi Power Company for its Kemper power plant, speculation runs rampant on what the new membership will do on next year’s full funding request. Speculation spiked last week when Moody’s downgraded the company’s credit rating […]

The Mississippi Department of Transportation unveiled its draft document for the needs of highways and other state infrastructure in a series of public meetings during the past few weeks, and the Mississippi Economic Council is expected to add its proposed plan of specifics by month’s end. Both MDOT and MEC have been working for a […]

Drawing a record number of attendees and vendors at this year’s Taste of Tupelo event truly was, as Community Development Foundation leaders said, a good problem to have. The business networking event, sponsored by CDF and Magnolia Business Centre, took place at the BancorpSouth Arena earlier this week and featured a record 109 vendors and […]

Syrian peace talks – is one of those phrases where the soothing words don’t fit the nightmare reality. But the indefatigable Secretary of State John Kerry is making another try this weekend in Vienna, and there’s more to this effort than just his good intentions. What’s driving this round of diplomacy is the hope that […]

Hospice care spotlighted during November urging I would like to take a moment to draw attention to a very important event – National Home Care & Hospice Month, which occurs each November. Today over 57 percent of Americans are providing unpaid care to a friend or loved one, or have in the past. This work […]

Why is it so hard to get people to use their seatbelts? Week after week as I hear and read about traffic fatalities in our region – many of them single-vehicle accidents – the victims of these fatalities are thrown from their vehicles and die at the scene of the accident. Sometimes it is reported […]