County roads full of treasure

John Denver’s iconic song sums up the feeling of driving the back roads of Calhoun County as much as anything – “Country roads, take me home, to the place, I belong.”
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Mississippi’s prison woes self-inflicted

It’s easy to blame the Mississippi Legislature for the state’s current prison system woes, but the truth is that such finger-pointing is inaccurate. The state’s current prison mess has been at least 25 years in the making.
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Growing up with The Duke

Sheriff Greg Pollan and I had a very similar upbringing. I too was raised in a house with John Wayne movies playing on a seemingly continuous loop.
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Bryant never strayed far from deputy sheriff roots

Tuesday’s inauguration of newly-minted Republican Gov. Tate Reeves ends a 33-year career in public service in Mississippi by his predecessor, former Gov. Phil Bryant. Or does it?

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Relationships worth more than victories

The sun was shining brightly, the grass was green and remarkably dry. Such are the benefits of grounds keeping at the college level.
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Challenges ahead for state leaders

State voters in 2019 chose a new governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, and state treasurer along with significant turnover in both the state House and Senate.
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Art, outdoors, sawmill and titles of 2019

Listening to the deafening boom of a sawmill up close, getting stung by a dozen or so bees, walking the countryside of southeast Calhoun County and exploring art from some of the more talented individuals I’ve had the pleasure to get to know are all part of my look back on 2019.
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Poultry, forestry still strong in Mississippi economy

While Mississippi has made great strides in attracting new capital investment and in bringing new technologies to existing industries, the bedrock of Mississippi’s economy continues to be agriculture – specifically poultry production and forestry.
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Restoring a CCJ tradition

Setting Santa letters over the past week it was alarming the number of children wishing for a phone for Christmas – an iPhone to be exact – such is our modern world. I could never have imagined as a kid asking Santa for a telephone of any kind.
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The political siren of term limits

Term limits is a tired political concept whose time has come and gone and come again, this time as part of California hedge fund billionaire Democrat Tom Steyer’s fringe presidential campaign.
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