The people behind The Oxford EAGLE — and why we do what we do
Circulation Director Belinda Jones has been with The EAGLE since 1997 and also serves as the coordinator for Newspapers in Education. She is a graduate of Oxford High School and a member of Taylor Baptist Church, where her father is pastor. She and her husband, Bobby, have three children and three grandchildren.
Belinda’s reason: “It’s the satisfaction of knowing you’ve got a good product you’re putting out, and also that if our customers have a problem, we want to take care of it. That’s what we’re here for.”
Circulation Manager Tommy Cox joined The EAGLE in 2005 after a career in sales. A native of Gallatin, Tenn., he graduated from the University of Mississippi. He is an avid fan of Ole Miss athletics, holding season tickets in every major sport. He is married to Melissa Cox.
Tommy’s reason: “I enjoy being part of this community.”
Cathy Herren has manned the front desk in classifieds and reception since 1999. Prior to joining The EAGLE, she worked for many years at Oxford’s Holiday Inn, now the Downtown Oxford Inn & Suites, as a secretary to the manager and later as assistant manager. She enjoys reading, assembling jigsaw puzzles and creating coloring projects. She attends Toccopola Baptist Church and has three children: Gregg Patterson, who works for Kroger in Madison; Betsy Willms, who teaches pre-kindergarten at Lafayette Elementary School; and Peter Patterson, who works with Smith Building Supply. Her grandson, Jordan Willms, attends Lafayette schools.
Cathy’s reason: “This is like a family setting, and it’s a job where I’m able to do my job and not have to take it home with me. It’s a pleasant place to work and I find it extremely interesting.”
Gloria Bishop joined The EAGLE in 1998 in classifieds and legals after retiring from the Mississippi Highway Department. A graduate of Taylor High School, she attends Pine Flat United Methodist Church and enjoys cooking and reading. She and her husband, Larry, have one son, Brent, a pharmacist.
Gloria’s reason: “I enjoy being with people and helping them, and that it seems like it’s something different every day.”
Jessica Harwell began working at The EAGLE in 2012. She is a graduate of the University of Mississippi with a degree in marketing. The Water Valley native is married to Jeremy Harwell and they have a daughter, Layla. They also have a 2-year-old dog named Dexter.
Jessica’s reason: “I like meeting new people and having a new experience every day.”
Aaron Craig began working at The EAGLE in 2014. She attended the University of Mississippi where she majored in marketing. She loves anything and everything Ole Miss.
Aaron’s reason: “I like meeting new people every day and I like being in the know.”