Dickie Scruggs’ second chance

Joel McNeece

Dickie Scruggs, of Oxford, introduced himself as the “disbarred and disgraced attorney” as he addressed a room full of business and education leaders in the board room of the Community Development Foundation in Downtown Tupelo. Scruggs, accompanied by his son Zach, was there to discuss with the Commission on the Future of Northeast Mississippi, their efforts to provide Mississippians a “second chance” for success.
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Bone’s – the best steakhouse anywhere

Joel McNeece

Bone’s, located just south of the always busy Piedmont and Peachtree intersection in the Atlanta suburb of Buckhead, is a delightful trip into the past while providing the best of today at the same time.
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Losing the leaf battle as usual

Joel McNeece

“Rake leaves or move? I can’t decide.”
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Cooking, eating is my favorite workout

Joel McNeece

The average person can burn right at 30 calories an hour just by eating. I guess if you limit yourself exclusively to celery stalks that could be a viable exercise plan, but celery is not on my preferred diet. I choose sweet potato hash.
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If the first week is any sign of what’s to come, holy cow!

Joel McNeece

I wrote in my first column post-election that Donald J. Trump earned the right to prove himself as president. I still believe that, but he’s making it difficult to extend that chance when he and his administration are shooting craziness at us at such an alarming rate.
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Prefer a grilled cheese’s oozy to Trump’s

Joel McNeece

“The main problem in any democracy is that crowd-pleasers are generally brainless swine who can go out on a stage and whup their supporters into a frenzy—then go back to the office and sell every one of the poor souls down the tube for a nickel apiece.”
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Forgot what it’s like riding the “cheese wagon”

Joel McNeece

There’s an old saying that “the person whose problems are all behind them is probably a school bus driver.” I guess I’m one of the “problems.”
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Vardaman, Murphree were two very different governors

Joel McNeece

A man of great dignity and a “baffling figure,” such is the description of the two former Mississippi governors I was most interested in reading about in Dr. David Sansing’s new book “Mississippi Governors.”
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Jack doesn’t care for fireworks, but he’s still hanging in there

Joel McNeece

Everybody loves fireworks, you say...well, Jack doesn’t. Jack is our 11-year-old Yellow Lab who sleeps at the foot of our bed, as he has all his life. Except for when there’s a loud clap of thunder, or like on New Year’s Eve, fireworks popping somewhere in the distance. Jack then moves to the opposite end of the bed, often on my head.
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Few of my favorite interviews of 2016

steve norwood

The best part of my job has always been the people you meet and the opportunity to tell their story. I’m a believer that everyone has a story to tell, it’s just a matter of opportunity.
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