In Bill Bryson’s book, “One Summer,” he recounts the zany summer of 1927, in which so many memorable things happened. In that summer, the Mississippi River flooded from Illinois to New Orleans, and Charles Lindbergh received the Distinguished Flying Cross for his transatlantic flight. Mount Rushmore was dedicated and “The Jazz Singer” with Al Jolson […]

By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal TUPELO – They say you can’t go home again, but award-winning playwright Jerre Dye came back to Mississippi for his play “Cicada,” which Tupelo Community Theatre will present in January at the Lyric Theatre. “I went to Memphis to see this show with no expectations of doing it here […]

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Chris Stapleton performed at the Bancorpsouth Arena Friday night to a sold-out crowd.

Country artist Chris Stapleton played at the BancorpSouth Arena on Friday night.

Is your décor too bland? Do you feel a need to add zest to a public or private area of your home? Does your dining room need the definition of a second color? Does your den look dull? Is your bed missing a headboard? Is your decorating budget small? If you answered “Yes” to any […]

An important step in keeping year-round color in the garden and landscape is planting and transitioning the annual color plants. Within the last month, I’ve planted my favorite fall French marigolds, also called Mari-mums. My Telstar dianthuses and snapdragons are also in and starting to show off. At the beginning of September, I pulled my […]

The Japanese maple can add beauty to any landscape with its breathtaking, colorful foliage that can range from green to crimson, orange, pink, white or gold. With its varying leaf shape from lacy, an almost feathery shape, to upright leaf or standard, and its different heights and shapes, there are numerous possibilities to pick from […]

By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal CHICKASAW COUNTY – There are some things in this world that go way beyond human understanding – things that cannot be explained – things some people don’t even want to know about. You hear something go bump in the night. You see something out of the corner of your […]

By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal TUPELO – As Mac McAnally spoke into his telephone, his voice began to distort amid the sound of running water. “Sorry,” McAnally said, “I’ll try to stand still. This won’t evoke a whole lot of sympathy but I’m standing right at the edge of the Pacific Ocean.” McAnally chuckled […]

I can’t say enough good things about the machine that is the BancorpSouth Arena. The team there pulls off amazing feats on a weekly basis. Yes, much to your chagrin, the arena is always open and always hosting events, even if it’s not a big concert. There’s always some function, workshop or event happening that […]