My first teaching job was at Toccopola

After I graduated from Wood College, Gale and I married later that summer and eventually made our way to Ole Miss so he could study journalism. I did secretarial work in the math department and in the gym.
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Sesquicentennial worth celebration for Friendship

When Ada Armstrong called to invite me to attend the 150th sesquicentennial anniversary celebration for Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, I didn’t need much encouragement to say yes. When I learned Dr. Thomas Tillman of Bruce would be the featured speaker for the celebration, I was a lock.
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Grisham’s ‘Sooley’ is very intriguing

Professional book critics usually squirm uncomfortably in their reviews when author John Grisham gets out of the more familiar mold of legal thrillers with unexpected plot twists or more gothic looks at a South that is evolving on questions of race, equality, or social justice.
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Fish fry sparks good memories

Last week I was in the Vardaman School cafeteria helping my Ram soccer players sack up fish and chicken plates and dish out some desserts as a fundraiser for both our program and the school’s support group.
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Ruling on initiative will impact Medicaid expansion

The Mississippi Supreme Court has heard arguments in a case that not only decides the fate of a voter initiative authorizing a medical marijuana program in Mississippi but may well decide the future of the state’s entire voter initiative process.
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Credited with one tackle during my football days

The musical Shrek Jr. was performed at the Calhoun City Auditorium last weekend and revealed how much talent there is here. Director Suzanne Oakley’s musical talent and experience at Tupelo Community Theatre was also obvious.
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Past and Present – Photography lessons and my run-in with deer herd

When the late Tommy Hallum, who knew how to do everything at the CCJ was going to leave us for his elected job as chancery clerk, I realized that nobody else was left to take, process film and develop pictures in the darkroom. So I saw that Itawamba Community College was offering a course in photography at their Ole Miss branch in Tupelo. I signed up for it.
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This Spartan is excitedly running again

If you had told me a few years ago I would be on the verge of crying tears of joy simply because I was able to go for a one mile run, I would have insisted I help transport you for some psychiatric help.
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Amazon in Alabama: Union try rejected

Organized labor’s organizing efforts in the South in recent years have focused on equating union membership with social justice. Over the last decade, that narrative has been soundly rejected in union votes and in most cases by workers with significant percentages of Black workers.
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Past and Present – Quarantine not unlike my teacher’s suggestion

In high school in Macon we had an English teacher who told us that if we could not stay in our homes alone for two weeks and not see anybody, we were in trouble.
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