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Slimantics: Tupelo owes an enduring debt to Jack Reed Sr.

Posted 1/30/2016 in Local Columns

In Tupelo, Elvis is king. In fact, he is more prominent in death than he ever was in life. Up until his death in 1977, the only homage paid to the entertainer in the town of his birth was a small park in East Tupelo, which was home to a swimming pool, youth center and the small two-room shotgun house where he was born in 1935. There were no celebrations or festivals in the city to celebrate him.

Lynn Spruill: My STARKVEGAS

Posted 1/29/2016 in Local Columns

During a recent televised MSU men's basketball game something crystallized for me. The camera was focused on the band, which was whipping the crowd into a frenzy -- not too difficult seeing as we were leading Ole Miss.

Slimantics: Two meetings, two perceptions of police

Posted 1/27/2016 in Local Columns

On Tuesday, Columbus interim police chief Fred Shelton spoke at the Columbus Rotary Club at Lion Hills Center. Although he has made numerous public appearances in the roughly three months he has served as interim chief, this was just the second time I had heard him speak.

 

Possumhaw: Felis silvestris catus

Posted 1/25/2016 in Local Columns

Imagine Harry lying cold, alone, and flat on his back as the sky darkened over him. Could he feel the darkness he couldn't see? His sister, Wilhelmina, was she nearby? Did they nuzzle together crying for their mother?

 

Ask Rufus: Tombigbee sharks and Mississippi volcanoes

Posted 1/23/2016 in Local Columns

Last week I saw an article about finding a shark on the Tombigbee River in Alabama.

Lynn Spruill: A partnership beneficial to all

Posted 1/22/2016 in Local Columns

It is the 15th year since the creation of the Greater Starkville Development Partnership (GSDP).

Slimantics: The new police chief: a bewildering choice

Posted 1/20/2016 in Local Columns

Eighteenth Century British essayist Samuel Johnson once observed of a friend who was planning to re-marry a few years after his first marriage ended badly, "It is a triumph of hope over experience."

 

Rheta Johnson: Voila, New Orleans

Posted 1/19/2016 in Local Columns

It is Twelfth Night. Beneath a balcony in the French Quarter, we listen as dignitaries high above welcome Joan of Arc and the start of Carnival season.

 

Possumhaw: Socks, shoes, underwear, oh my

Posted 1/18/2016 in Local Columns

On Dec. 18, 2015, I resolved not to purchase any apparel, including shoes or accessories, for a whole year.

 

Local voices: A eulogy for mom

Posted 1/16/2016 in Local Columns

She was an immigrant, accompanying her new husband in search of the American Dream. Eighteen years his junior, she spoke minimal English and left every relative across the Atlantic.

 

Grandma Willie's Jerusalem artichoke relish

Posted 1/16/2016 in Local Columns

A letter from a 93-year-old woman in Bartahatchie leads to living room in Brooksville. There on Thursday afternoon I heard stories about long-ago teenagers dancing barefoot in a local dance hall and learned some of the finer points of making Jerusalem artichoke relish.

Ask Rufus: Horses and Earthquakes

Posted 1/16/2016 in Local Columns

Horses and earthquakes may seem like an unusual mix of topics for a column that is generally about history and it is.

Lynn Spruill: Public spaces

Posted 1/15/2016 in Local Columns

It seems to be an issue that isn't an issue but is, if you know what I mean.

 

Bill Crawford: Ferreting out the truth

Posted 1/15/2016 in Local Columns

With insidious truth managers dominating social media, the Internet, the blogosphere, talk radio, and cable news, how can the average citizen uncover reality?

 

Slimantics: Salvage operations are the talk of the Tombigbee

Posted 1/13/2016 in Local Columns

It began with a trickle of spectators braving the frosty early morning Tuesday to watch as the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based River Salvage Co. arrived at the John C. Stennis Lock & Dam to start work on removing two barges that had lodged against the dam, one half-submerged, the other resting tranquilly atop it.

Possumhaw: It was a silent night

Posted 1/11/2016 in Local Columns

The busy holidays had settled down and we were struggling to reclaim our regular schedules.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Jackson council member Stokes a product of history

Posted 1/11/2016 in Local Columns

Thanks to social media and its capacity to fuel instant outrage, the wider world has met Jackson City Council member Kenneth I. Stokes, proudly representing Ward 3. He flickered, flamed, then fizzled in cyberspace last week.

 

Ask Rufus: It's just politics

Posted 1/9/2016 in Local Columns

Last week the Mississippi legislature convened for its annual session. My friend -- Representative Jeff Smith -- was there for the opening gavel.

Partial to Home: Google's Earth

Posted 1/9/2016 in Local Columns

Mrs. Leonard Ross sent us a letter last week. Enclosed was a check for six months of The Dispatch and a year's subscription to Catfish Alley. In a note with her check, Mrs. Ross wrote, "Have been subscribing to your paper since water!!! Keep it going to print!" She also wrote, "Tell Birney to keep 'Partial to Home' articles going. Printed news very important for us 'oldies,' who are not 'computer involved.'"

Lynn Spruill: TIFs, hand-out or a legitimate development tool?

Posted 1/8/2016 in Local Columns

Tax Increment Financing (TIF) is a catchy name for a government give away in the form of a tax break. It's an inducement used to attract new business or a development that might not otherwise happen, a way to prime the pump, if you will.

 

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