As our community, state, nation, and world face the current pandemic, I feel we must all focus on our local communities and work together to get through this. I am sure whatever your business, you are being affected by this crisis and it is my hope that we all see relief soon.

In the midst of an unprecedented global health and economic crisis brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, Mississippians from all walks of life have stepped up to meet the needs of our neighbors and communities. Each act, large and small, reminds us that we are all in this together.

We are in the midst of an unprecedented crisis. The Mississippi COVID-19 numbers are growing daily. We are now seeing the infected numbers rising over one hundred each day; almost two hundred, and the death toll rises as well. We must do everything we can to stop the spread of this deadly ou…

How nervous are some Democrats about Joe Biden’s chances against President Trump this November? Nervous enough to entertain the notion that another Democrat – New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo – might swoop in and save the day.

The situation regarding the Chinese coronavirus is unlike anything our country has experienced in modern history. The virus is believed to have originated in or around Wuhan, China, sometime around late December. How the virus, now labeled COVID-19, began and the identity of “patient zero” r…

These days quarantined can try patience, even those of us who do not homeschool children. Music has proven one of the ways to alleviate the angst here at the house. After all, as William Congreve wrote in his play “The Mourning Bride,” “Music has charms to soothe a savage breast. Music has t…

Prior to the Coronavirus, parents could only imagine having the opportunity to work from home and spend more “quality time” with their children. Now that most everyone is sequestered at home, it is clear that, perhaps, all that togetherness can be somewhat challenging. However, this is the p…

Walking my dog Dorothy a few months ago I didn’t recognize the fellow waving from the white car until he stopped to say hello. Turns out it was Ed, a casual acquaintance, whose wave I hadn’t acknowledged because I couldn’t see him through the tinted glass.

As of this writing, I am one-third the way on my 73rd ride on the 3rd Rock around the Sun. Long restless nights, short dreary days, and pale light from the low hanging sun remind me that it’s when Melville’s “damp, drizzly November in my soul” gives way to the dark depressing December of des…

With so much uncertainty surrounding our country, one constant is the need for adequate federal funding and representation in Washington, D.C. Our founding fathers knew the importance of accurate representation in Congress and implemented the census as a way to proportionally distribute fede…

The COVID-19 epidemic has challenged us in many ways.  We find ourselves in unfamiliar territory with restrictions and guidelines, quarantines, restaurant and school closings.  We have never dealt with a health crisis that necessitates governmental intervention, disrupting our livelihood and…

In a Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens declared, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” to suggest an era of radical opposites that had emerged in political discourse. In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, I have come to realize there are political opinions, medical expert o…

Amid a global coronavirus pandemic, news stories are breaking and changing faster than ever. Schools closing, executive orders, businesses radically changing how their operate or even shutting their doors for a time – the lives we so often take for granted have been upended. Within the past …

Great efforts are easily overlooked in the heat of day-to-day battles, and I’m guessing y’all haven’t had much time to stop and reflect on the work you and your staff have been doing during this crazy period. So I wanted to be sure to tell you how profound your work is right now and how much…

About a week ago, the Mississippi State Department of Health significantly increased the amount of data it reports about known COVID-19 cases in the state. Journalists often must wrangle with state agencies and local governments for access to important information, but in this case, the Heal…

A recent report by Chris Stewart has shed new light on some of the educational problems faced by black youth. The report is titled “The Secret Shame: How America’s Most Progressive Cities Betray Their Commitment to Educational Opportunity for All.” Stewart is a self-described liberal and CEO…

It’s been over 20 years since I began Sugaree’s Bakery – baking from scratch in my home kitchen. And it’s truly amazing to think back on the past two decades and consider how far we’ve come and how much has changed thanks to new technology that allows us to reach a world of new customers.

Clearly the coronavirus has changed the way in which we interact both professionally and personally. Many of us are now working from home.

As the coronavirus takes a greater toll on our economy and daily lives, it has become the centerpiece of news coverage, social media posts, and conversations nationwide. Unfortunately, public interest has often exceeded what is known about the relatively new disease, allowing misinformation,…

There is one common thing that is forefront in our minds these days. We find ourselves in unchartered territory in our efforts to respond to the COVID-19 epidemic and its spread in our country. Each of us has an individual responsibility to follow the guidelines to prevent the spread of the …

We are together in a moment of great uncertainty. It is a time when all of our lives are being disrupted as we come together to fight one common enemy. All of your state’s leaders are working hard, following the lead of experts, to combat the COVID-19 virus and prevent its spread in our comm…

As a deadly virus has spread across the nation, many of us have been forced to embrace alternative work and life patterns from those we previously occupied. Some of these strategies have been a bit alien, including remote work and the need for food delivery amidst self-isolation. Yet, in tru…

Editor’s note: As COVID-19 continues to spread through all our communities, the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal has closed its building to the public. This is for the safety of the local community and our employees. Our business very much remains open, and we are available by phone (662-…

It’s an indisputable fact that the Democratic Party has moved left in recent years. Now, the party is about to choose a standard bearer in the person of former Vice President Joe Biden, and what has become clear is that Biden has not only shifted left with his party over the years, he has ta…

Shortly after President Barack Obama’s first inauguration in 2009, then-White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel got into a bit of hot water when he observed to an interviewer, “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.”

The Oren Dunn Museum is closed for a bit to the public, but Sihya Smith, and I continue researching more of the Tupelo Story. We’ve been reading about the flu pandemic of 1920 and the yellow fever outbreak of 1878 and how folk back in those times dealt with their issues.

School systems across the world are now navigating an unprecedented situation. While there have been regular instances where the flu virus has closed schools for days at a time, never since the development of today’s modern school systems have the institutions been faced with this level of c…

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