Chris Kieffer

Chris Kieffer

I am the Managing Editor for Multimedia and Enterprise. I previously served as the Daily Journal's education reporter. I'm a New Orleans native, husband, father and avid baseball fan.

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Molly Lovorn of the Community Development Foundation discussed the revamped Tupelo Young Professionals group on Monday’s episode of “The Memo” podcast. She is making it less of a social gathering and more of a program for learning and developing professional and personal skills. Listen to the entire episode FREE in iTunes, podcast apps or […]

By EMILY TUBB and RAY VAN DUSEN Monroe Journal AMORY – Danny Spreitler, the former executive director of the Monroe County Gilmore Foundation, was found dead on Tuesday morning. Monroe County Coroner Alan Gurley said Spreitler, 55, of Amory was found at 9:30 a.m. by a co-worker at his business, 1529 Coffee Company, in downtown […]

Wire reports JACKSON — Maj. Gen. Augustus L. (Leon) Collins, the adjutant general of Mississippi, has announced his retirement from the Mississippi National Guard, effective August 31. Brig. Gen. Janson D. (Durr) Boyles will take over the position of adjutant general on September 1, 2016. The news was announced in a press release from Gov. […]

Here is the June 18, 2016 video from a home surveillance system on a Harrison Street house that was provided by Grenada attorney Carlos Moore, who is representing Antwun “Ronnie” Shumpert’s family. The video shows the initial traffic stop, Shumpert running from the car and an ambulance responding to a call. It does not show […]

New Albany recently won a national grant to fund 10 weeks of summer concerts. On the Monday June 6, 2016 episode of “The Memo” podcast, Sean Johnson, the executive director of New Albany marketing and tourism, joins Derek and Brad to discuss this year’s lineup and the impact of being one of 15 communities in […]

Associated Press reports PASCAGOULA — The pilot of a small airplane that landed on Interstate 10 in south Mississippi said he lost power as he was approaching Gulfport and didn’t have enough altitude to try to glide back to Mobile. Rodney McKnight Jr. told reporters at the scene near Biloxi that he took off from […]

Education reform advocate and author Don Nielsen shared his ideas for improving schools on Thursday’s episode of “The Memo” podcast. Nielsen, a senior fellow with Discovery Institute in Seattle, was a featured speaker at Thursday’s “State of the Region” meeting. He spoke about the need to improve schools of education, the unique opportunity Mississippi has […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – Shannon High School’s Rocquis Coleman dedicated his graduation to a special someone sitting in the audience at the BancorpSouth Arena. After all, he said, Sandra Perry played a critical role in him reaching that milestone. “My mom, she means everything to me,” Coleman said. “She is always trying […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – As she waited for the start of her graduation on Saturday night at BancorpSouth Arena, Saltillo High School’s Tasia Young reflected on some of the lessons she had learned. “Have fun, but don’t have too much fun,” she said. “Stay focused and don’t get distracted. Think that what […]

  By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal and Ray Van Dusen Monroe Journal HOUSTON – A fast moving storm front swooped down on parts of Monroe and Chickasaw counties Friday afternoon, causing several downed trees but no reported injuries. In Monroe County, there was one report of minor structure damage to a home in the northern […]