Police Reports 5.27.15: Starring Jim Carrey

We have a report today in which one guy smashes a bottle over the head of another guy, all because of a girl. We obviously don’t have the whole story, but it might be less interesting if we did.

That’s what’s so great about police reports: There’s a lot left to your imagination, and the possibilities are endless. We have a few of those today. We also have a couple of movie references (and unlike yesterday, this time I have video clips). Read more

Story time with Dan Williams

Thomas Wells | Buy at photos.djournal.com Dan Williams is more interesting than you or I.

Thomas Wells | Buy at photos.djournal.com
Dan Williams is more interesting than you or I.

If you haven’t yet, I invite you to read this lengthy feature I wrote about Belden resident Dan Williams. He’s a Chicago native who moved here about 20 years ago, and during his time up north, Williams played trombone with some of the biggest names in the music biz.

He’s led a fascinating life, based just on his music career alone. But he also served in the Navy during World War II, was a top-notch commercial artist for several years, and used to fly airplanes.

As long as my article was, I still had to leave out some great stories Williams told me. That’s why we have blogs. So let me relate a few of his recollections, and what better place to start than the night he got thrown in jail? Read more

Daily Lead 5.27.15: West Jackson’s identity crisis

Goodness, we have an abundance of great content today. I don’t even know where to begin, but I guess we can start with the latest on the West Jackson Street situation. As Rod Guajardo notes in the story, that stretch of road has a bit of an identity crisis. Some folks want it to be a major thoroughfare, while others are focused on the residential and business improvements being made.

It seems the groups backing these respective initiatives have reached an understanding. That’s good to hear. I use West Jackson an awful lot, because my neighborhood abuts it between Lumpkin Avenue and Thomas Street. I head west on Jackson to take my kids to school, east to go to the mall and Highway 45.

I can’t wait to see what they’re able to do with it. Don’t screw it up, guys.

More headlines after the jump. Read more

Daily Lead 5.26.15: Lightweight twister nicks Amory

Good morning, humans. I hope you enjoyed your three-day weekend and took time to remember those who died so we could sit around and eat hot dogs and drink beer and watch baseball and be generally worthless on a Monday. If that ain’t the epitome of freedom, I don’t know what is.

Not everyone could relax yesterday. There was a tornado in Amory that destroyed two homes and damaged several more. Thankfully, no one was injured or killed. Given what we’ve had to deal with around here the last few years, this was a relative walk in the park. In other words, probably won’t be seeing any #AmoryStrong T-shirts.

More headlines after the jump. Read more

Daily Lead 5.22.15: Time to grill and chill

Welcome to the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Hope you got your meat products and grill and swimming pool all ready, because our fighting men and women didn’t die for nothing.

I actually don’t own a grill or a pool, and I’m too broke at the moment to buy expensive meats. So I guess I’ll eat hot dogs and drink cheap beer in front of the TV all weekend, which is a lot less work and what I’d prefer anyway.

By the way, you might notice an unfamiliar name in that story’s byline. That’s our newest reporter, Emma Crawford. It’s her first byline as a professional journalist. Yay, Emma!She’s a fresh college grad and the only one in our newsroom with a twinkle in her eye. Here’s hoping she can rise above the ubiquitous cynicism and fatalism of our dystopian industry.

Anyway, more headlines after the jump. Read more

Daily Lead 5.21.15: Enough with the violence already

Been sorta wild around here of late, what with folks shooting each other and whatnot. Late last night, news broke of a homicide in south Tupelo. Odd story, with the suspect splitting town and apparently confessing in a letter to Jones County law enforcement.

Also, the man charged in a Nettleton shooting has been arrested after a short time on the lam.

Y’all need to calm down out there, especially today. Too nice outside to be gettin’ violent.

More headlines after the jump. Read more

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