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Curtis Wilkie

Overby Center programs offer great opportunity

Interested in documentaries, history, politics, sports? “Our View” suggests you look over the list of programs offered by the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics this fall at the University of Mississippi. (September 2, 2014, Page 4)

Election forum draws large crowd

An election form hosted by The Oxford EAGLE Tuesday had about 300 people in attendance to hear the views of nine aldermen candidates on a variety of subjects. For a recap on some of the issues discussed at the forum click here(May 1, 2013, Page 1, 11)

Gifts that have a long shelf life

For News Editor Jonathan Scott, Christmas and books are practically synonymous. With the big shopping weekend coming up, Scott takes the opportunity to point out the large number of local authors and locally-oriented books that are available for those looking for gift ideas. (November 23, 2011, Page 4A)

Dems debate at UM

The two leading Democratic candidates for Mississippi Governor debated education, budget and social issues at the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics at the University of Mississippi on Wednesday. (July 7, 2011, Page 1)

Letters to the Editor

Former Oxford resident Jo Middleton writes to tell how she’s left Oxford but its writers haven’t left her. She relates stories about authors from the community and wonders if she might have picked up a little of the “spirit” to use in a book of her own. (January 5, 2011, Page 4)

Fall of the House of Zeus

OXFORD TOWN – Oxford resident and former William Morris agent Sam Haskell recently announced to Variety that he had purchased the rights to Oxford resident Curtis Wilkie’s book, “The Fall of The House of Zeus.” Both men are friends with the subject of the book, Richard “Dickie” Scruggs the high profile attorney and also another Oxford resident whom was sentenced in June 2008 for trying to bribe a judge in a case involving legal fees. (November 11, 2010, Page 12)

Scruggs’ case examined in new Wilkie book

Richard “Dickie” Scruggs is a friend of author Curtis Wilkie which he points out in the first sentence of the Author’s Note of his recently published book, “The Fall of the House of Zeus,” which highlights the rise and fall of the former trial attorney

Wilkie will be doing a book signing at Square Books at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, the official release day. (October 15, 2010, Page 1A)

Candidates debate at Ole Miss

During their first and only debate before the November election, the two north Mississippi congressional candidates agreed on a few issues, battled over several differences and both choked up when talking about the same educational accomplishment — being the first in their families to graduate from college.

“I grew up in a family with modest means,” Democrat and Ole Miss alum U.S. Rep. Travis Childers said before his emotions forced him to pause for a brief moment. “I say this with love and respect for my family: I was the first to finish college.”

State Sen. Alan Nunnelee, the Republican challenger, noted the two men shared something in common.

The debate, moderated by Overby Fellow Curtis Wilkie, was held in the Overby Center at the University of Mississippi. It’s the only time the two candidates are scheduled to go head-to-head before the election. Seven independent or third-party candidates are also on the Nov. 2 ballot, but they were not invited to participate in the debate.

The questions, asked by local newspaper editors and reporters, ranged from the economy, taxes, global warming, health care and Tuesday’s appeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t tell” military policy. (October 13, 2010, Page 1)

Meet the Press with Governor Haley Barbour

Gov. Haley Barbour said many public school systems in the state are not yet doing a good enough job to prepare high school graduates for four-year colleges and, as a result, more students should be encouraged to attend community colleges. Barbour made the statement during a “Meet the Press”-style event held Tuesday at the Overby Center in the School of Journalism and New Media at the University of Mississippi. (March 3, 2010, Page 2)

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