The routine is sometimes anything but

Not everything in the news business is as exciting as chasing fires or covering an Egg Bowl.
Much of it is a daily grind – answering phones, writing reports and, yes, muddling through meetings. That’s not a complaint, just the facts.
But even a grind produces some “ah-ha” moments that become worth sharing.
Here are a couple that have crossed my desk lately and make me want to say … something.
– Dot Kimble is the woman in Okolona with the gruesome boiled egg. She made the paper last week, and even though she was dead serious about her disgusting discovery, it made for too many bad puns among readers in both print and online.
They went well beyond “eggs-citing” and “eggs-cellent” story. There was a suggested movie about the egg called “Poultry-geist.” Someone else complained that the humor was wearing thin and it was time for some new “yolks.”
The story probably has received enough ink already, but one point needs to be clarified: Dot was wearing a Cooper Tire shirt in the photo that ran with the story. But Dot doesn’t work; the shirt, she said during the interview, belonged to someone else.
As of Monday, the egg still hadn’t made it to eBay, but she was working on it.
– Our regular Page 3 police news has to be whittled down from the full reports that we see each day, so readers don’t get all of the details. But the descriptions make you wonder, “What were they thinking?”
The crimes themselves aren’t necessarily the surprise; it’s what victims do – or don’t do – to help the bad guys.
The most frequent: leaving car doors unlocked or windows down. In today’s report, you’ll find six auto burglaries. At least four of the victims admitted they left the car unlocked or the windows down.
This might be the South, where you’re not supposed to worry about things like locking up, but it’s obvious the criminals don’t care about hospitality and geography.
Judging from the other reports, here’s what else seems to get folks in trouble: not wearing a seat belt, leaving a purse or cell phone unattended, stumbling through the street and – a sure tipoff for police – turning around when approaching a roadblock.
Michael Tonos is managing editor of the Daily Journal. Contact him at (662) 678-1605 or

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