Every time I’m around Charles “Peanut” Overby, I come away more proud to call myself a journalist. Last Saturday night, I immensely enjoyed one of those opportunities at Ole Miss Chancellor Dan Jones’ home on campus where Overby was being honored as the 2015 Legacy Award recipient by the UM Women’s Council.
“No better time to be a journalist than today.” Those were the words of Lewis Dvorkin, chief product officer for Forbes Magazine during a presentation at the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics at Ole Miss last Thursday.
The press releases have been coming fast and furious over the past few weeks, and every one of them is soaked in election year posturing.
I could have sat in Dr. Joe Young’s dental office on Lakeland Drive in Jackson all day. Not for dental purposes, let me be clear, but to listen to his stories.
President George W. Bush was incredibly relaxed, Sen. Roger Wicker was out of breath, and Martin’s Tavern was the lunch gem it always is.
While enjoying watching the Kentucky Wildcats continue their historic run to an undefeated regular season and their 28th SEC Conference Tournament title, it was some other Nashville history that captured my eye this past weekend.
When Calhoun City Coach Daren Coffey told me his Wildcat basketball team was leaving a day early for the state tournament in Jackson to try to beat the icy weather, I began to think I might need to do the same.
“Sorrow makes us all children again -- destroys all differences of intellect. The wisest know nothing.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
The numbers are startling when you begin to compare. South Delta’s football coach gets a supplement of $21,250. Eupora and East Webster pay their coaches an extra $18,050 on top of their base teaching salary. Okolona’s coach receives $17,750; Taylorsville $13,250; Baldwyn $12,550.
We have only eight days left of qualifying for the 2015 elections and frankly, I find the lack of candidates at both the local and state levels rather worrisome.