Longtime legislator Barnett dead at 86

Dr. Jim Barnett, a country doctor and longtime state legislator, died at the age of 86 on July 26.

Officials with Riverwood Family Funeral Service said Barnett died at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson. Services were Tuesday. July 30 at First United Methodist Church of Brookhaven with burial following at Riverwood Memorial Park.

A veteran of the Korean War, Barnett practice medicine in Brookhaven for 36 years. He served in the Mississippi House from 1992 to 2008. […]


Survey: Job seekers start search early

Chris Bell knew he couldn’t wait until his recently completed senior year at Millsaps College to start hunting for work or establish his credentials.

The job market was on the upswing but still swollen with scores of candidates scrambling to fill each new opening.

The graduate with a bachelor’s degree in public management did a research internship with a local lobbying firm. He spent six months studying abroad in Grenoble, France. He helped organize a rare meeting on campus of the Jackson City Council and, in turn, aided in putting together a city-sponsored talent-retention fair. […]


Myrlie Evers brings message of peace, justice and dialogue to Millsaps

Civil rights icon Myrlie Evers filled the Robert and Dee Leggett Special Events Center in the A. Boyd Campbell College Center on Friday. April 5 for the 2013 Rabbi Perry Nussbaum Lecture Series, urging students to embrace and recognize the history of social justice at Millsaps College, while remembering her past in the capital city. 

“Millsaps has stood tall since the very beginning of (civil rights) dialogue sessions in Mississippi,” she said. “For those of you that are students here, enjoy each and every moment and take in all the knowledge that is provided to you.”

The lecture series, which is dedicated to men and women who have stood against racial bigotry and religious prejudice, was endowed by Dr. John D. Bower, a renal pioneer, in 2008 in honor of Nussbaum, rabbi at Beth Israel Congregation in Jackson from 1954 until 1974.


Pickens Mayor Joel Gill killed in car accident

Pickens Mayor Joel Gill, who was a past candidate for Mississippi agriculture commissioner and U.S. congress, has died in a car accident. He was 61.

Mississippi Highway Patrol Sgt. Ben Williams said Gill’s car ran off Mississippi Highway 17 near Pickens Thursday afternoon and struck a tree, but it’s not clear what caused the accident. […]