Board meeting wrap-ups

Here are the need-to-know’s from the latest BancorpSouth Arena’s Coliseum Commission and Link Centre’s Performing Arts Commission meetings… Coliseum Commission Mayor Jason Shelton made a special presentation at the beginning of the meeting, honoring Stennis Harrison, who’s worked at the arena for 10 years. Harrison is the assistant director of operations. Arena director Todd Hunt […]

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More from Miss Mississippi’s team

Last week I spent about two hours with a group of folks in Amory who are helping Miss Mississippi Chelsea Rick as she goes for the crown at the Miss America pageant this weekend. Rick, a Fulton native, won the Miss Amory Railroad pageant last year and won the Miss Mississippi pageant earlier this summer. […]

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Pop culture round-up: ‘You’re Next,’ ‘Night Vale,’ music

Sorry I haven’t updated my sweet little blog in a bit, gentle readers. The fall arts season is going wide open, many of us reporters are working on our upcoming Fall Fashion special section and life’s been busy in general. But I’ve loved a lot in pop culture lately, so let me share that with […]

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RIP, Album Alley

News broke yesterday that Tupelo’s oldest record store, Album Alley, is closing. I can’t tell you how many albums I bought there… 15 years ago. I download all of my music purchases these days. In fact, I try to keep my music purchases to a budget: I’m an emusic.com subscriber, and I can usually buy […]

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Pop culture round-up: ‘Pacific Rim,’ Jay-Z, more

My pop culture landscape was a little barren there for a minute, but then awesome movies and albums and songs were released, and – hallelujah. Here’s what I’m into right now: “Pacific Rim” – if you read my column today, you know I love this movie. There’s not much more to it besides giant robots […]

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Jason Isbell’s highly-acclaimed solo release “Southeastern”

by Ray Van Dusen Monroe County Journal Just looking at the simple cover of Jason Isbell’s highly-acclaimed solo release, “Southeastern,” my mind flashes back to a time when Phil Collins’ face, name and album title were all you saw on the cover. Once those songs hit the airwaves, they were hits paving a different path […]

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‘Killjoys’ a must-read for MCR fans

My Chemical Romance is gone, but its stories live on. MCR was a fabulous storytelling rock band, whether it was through songs, albums or music videos. The band’s last album, “The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys,” told the story of four rebels, the Killjoys, who battled the evil empire of Battery City and Better […]

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Why The World Isn’t Ready For Superman

Editor’s note: This “Man of Steel” review is written by one of the biggest Superman fans in Northeast Mississippi, Derek Russell. He’s the creator and host of a Superman-related podcast, and he’s written for DC Comics. by Derek Russell “…I love those who do not first seek a reason beyond the stars for going down […]

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Symphony needs singers for patriotic concert

The North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra is performing at Tupelo’s July 4 celebrations in Fairpark, and it needs singers for its community chorus. The performance is 8 p.m. July 4, and there will be four rehearsals at West Jackson Street Baptist Church. The rehearsals are 7 p.m. June 27 and July 1-2, with a dress rehearsal […]

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Board meeting round-up

Two board meetings, one board meeting round-up post… Coliseum Commission – 6/17 The commission discussed how financially well the conference center has done in its first year of being a part of the BancorpSouth Arena. According to Kim Hanna, the conference center is doing “a little better” than breaking even, but there are still some […]

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