Sunday, May 31, 2020

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Rust College’s new president looking to connect ‘people to opportunity’

At Rust College in Holly Springs, Miss., one history-making college president is about to be replaced by another. Dr. Ivy Taylor, who served as mayor of San Antonio, Texas for three years, is set to become president of the tiny liberal arts college – the...

Ida B. Wells-Barnett — A real mother for you!

As an African-American journalist born and raised in Holly Springs, Miss., you’d think I’d have known more about my hometown’s favorite daughter growing up. But I didn’t. Then again, I guess it’s not so surprising that I didn’t know much about Ida B. Wells-Barnett. It’s...

West Memphis mayor fights Covid-19 from ‘unique position’

Just in case you forget just how close West Memphis, Ark. is: Despite being separated by a river and a state line, it only takes about 15 minutes to get from West Memphis City Hall to Regional One Medical Center by car. Which is to...

‘Trapped’ at home with a playful toddler, Job 1 is: wear him out

My son is kicking my a$$. And it’s not even close. He’s 2, bursting with energy. I’m . . . okay, fine, I’m eligible for AARP. It’s not a fair fight. This was a manageable problem just a few months ago, when, y’know, I had a...

For self-employed, getting stimulus relief requires dogged pursuit

People who work for themselves – those who file 1099s at tax time instead of W-2s – breathed a sigh of relief when President Donald Trump signed a $2 trillion stimulus package that included expanded unemployment benefits that would put $600 in their pockets....

‘NOTHING IS NORMAL’: Small-town hospital soldiers ahead against pandemic

Marketia Morrow is quietly terrified. As the Chief Nursing Officer at Alliance Healthcare System in my hometown of Holly Springs, Miss., she is in a combat zone – she can’t self-isolate. Can’t keep a six-foot distance. Can’t work from home. She faces the enemy –...

DEAD AIR: Where is the love for “The Jazz Lover?”

There is some science indicating that white noise – that staticky hiss (or hissy static?) you get while flipping through stations – helps with relaxation and sleep. That’s all well and good, but it’s NOT what I want to hear when I tune my...

Eight reasons you should start gardening now!

In the spirit of honesty, I should point out here at the very top of this column that I’m one of those people that believes EVERYONE should be growing food in their yards – coronavirus or not. To me, there is simply no more...

Coronavirus makes caring for mom with dementia even more challenging

As an 82-year-old retired school teacher with dementia, Ruth Jane Davis clearly falls into the “at-risk” category for the coronavirus. As a 56-year-old caregiver with diabetes and asthma, so does her daughter and primary caregiver Judy Elaine Davis. “I was telling people before we closed, laughing,...

I went to church yesterday. Here’s what happened.

I went to church yesterday. As in, I walked into an actual sanctuary, sat down in an actual pew, and . . . y'know, church. Despite Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland requesting churches suspend their services. Despite having covered a webinar in...