Daily Lead 3.14.14: It’s finally Friday

If George Jones were still with us, he'd want y'all to have a wild weekend. (AP photo)

If George Jones were still with us, he’d want y’all to have a wild weekend. (AP photo)

Good morning. It’s Friday, so let’s all sing along with George Jones. And as we ponder the hilarious fact that many sports fans still use the phrase “stay classy” (I mean, really?), let’s review the top stories from today’s Daily Journal.

Rebels rally down stretch – Ole Miss was down by 13 points but beat MSU by a dozen in the SEC Tournament late Thursday night. Marshall Henderson did his thing, scoring all 21 of his points on 3-balls – including a couple of big ones late in the game – and he celebrated accordingly. The Bulldogs are surely glad to have seen the last of him.

Work starts on ‘northern loop’ bridge crossing U.S. 78 – We’re finally going to see more progress on the Coley Road extension, for which I’m probably way too excited. North Gloster can get pretty snarled at times, although having once lived in St. Louis, and having driven through the likes of Houston and Atlanta multiple times, it’s really not bad. But getting to the mall will now be easier, and so South Tupelo will continue its slow death.

One dead in Pontotoc County crash – A one-car accident claimed a woman’s life last night on Highway 334.

Fourth annual Don’t Be Cruel BBQ Duel kicks off today – Go to downtown Tupelo and get yourself some savory meats. There will be several barbecue teams there, and they always have interesting names. If I had a barbecue team – which I wouldn’t, because I have zero culinary skills – I’d call it Brisket Pants.

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