From an automotive manufacturing plant dedication to a summer camp teaching valuable life lessons to area students, there was plenty of good news throughout Northeast Mississippi last week. Before we prepare for the week ahead, let’s take a look back at some of the highlights from last week: • State and local leaders gathered in […]

The shocking terrorist attack by an American-born Muslim fanatic with what investigators believe was a deadly embrace of the world view of the Islamic State (ISIS) and concomitant objections to LGBTQ lifestyles in Orlando early June 12 left 50 dead, 53 wounded, and the national debate over so-called “religious freedom” legislation in states like North […]

I am grateful for the opportunity to represent Mississippi’s 1st Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, and I look forward to connecting with you through this column. Throughout my life and career, I have focused on building relationships. I have also learned that leadership is about making hard decisions. I am deliberate about […]

Tupelo’s elected officials and the city’s appointed leadership had plenty of reasons to smile last week with news of a $1 million project, 80 percent from the state, to improve two railroad crossings downtown for pedestrian safety. One will involve improvements to the Spring Street crossing of the BNSF railroad, which passes on the diagonal […]

One year ago, a group of city and community leaders took a trip to Denver and came back with Tupelo’s fifth All-America City Award. The city’s presentation to earn the designation by the National Civic League focused on shining a light on Tupelo’s unique sense of community and civic pride that has over the years […]

If our founding fathers could watch the malfunction of our state and local governments and the lack of reasoned discourse therein, what might they say? A good place to look would be the Federalist Papers. Huh? Oh that’s right. Besides some judges, scholars and historians, few Americans today have a clue about the Federalist Papers […]

Still opportunities to cater to travelers with new airline First, let me say thank you to Dennis Seid for keeping us updated with regard to the operations of Contour Airlines and our Tupelo Airport, most recently his article on June 12, 2016. I would like to address Tupelo Airport and Contour Airlines. I am sure […]

Many people across the United States will struggle for words and search deeply for thoughts to give them comfort after the murderous rampage that killed 49 innocent people last weekend in an Orlando night club. If there is an inclination to think that such acts are unique to the early 21st century, we need only […]

We in the United States have lived through some historic – and for many life-altering – experiences this month. On June 3, social-political-sports icon Muhammed Ali died. Little more than a week later, on June 12, 49 people were shot and killed in Orlando, Florida, in the nation’s most deadly mass shooting. Ali’s life was […]