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)
- Oxford High School theater department will stage “Almost, Maine” as the annual Kayla Sue Mize fundraiser this Friday-Sunday.
- Walking Wednesdays continue
- Green innovation forum set for Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Overby Center
- Lafayette High School class of 1970 will host its 40th class reunion on Memorial Day Weekend
- Robyn Thweatt of Oxford was named to the Northwest Mississippi Community College cheer squad
- The Summer Coin program is taking applications for students aged 14-21 for their summer work program.
- Oxford High School band recently returned from a four-day trip to Washington, D.C.
As part of Journalism Week, Kalisha Whitman, a WTVA-News reporter in Tupelo for some two years, will discuss the real truth about working for broadcast news. The lecture is set for noon Friday in the first-floor auditorium of the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics. (April 13, 2010)
As part of Journalism Week, Myra Bean, sports editor of The Panolian in Batesville, will discuss covering community sports effectively. The lecture is set for 9 a.m. Wednesday in the first-floor auditorium of the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics. (April 13, 2010)
The Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics at the University of Mississippi presents a panel discussion on “Civil Rights Cold Cases” at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the auditorium of the Overby Center. Mississippi pioneered investigations that led to convictions — decades later — of Klansmen guilty of murders in the civil rights era. Still, there is work to be done.
These “cold cases” will be the subject of a special program featuring Susan Glisson, executive director of UM’s William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation; Rita Schwerner Bender and Bill Bender, visiting Winter scholars at Ole Miss who have made a study of “Restorative Justice;” Jerry Mitchell, prize-winning reporter for The Clarion-Ledger whose stories succeeded in reopening many of the most notorious cases; and Leroy Clemons, chair of the Philadelphia Coalition, a group instrumentalin bringing about the prosecution of Edgar Killen in connection with the Neshoba County murders in 1964.
The event is free and the public is invited. A reception will be held following the program. (April 1, 2010)
Kym Clark, WMC-TV Channel 5 (Memphis) news anchor and reporter, discusses her career and the challenges women and minority journalists face today, in a special program at 1 p.m. Thursday. The program will be held in the first-floor auditorium of the Overby Center and is sponsored by the University of Mississippi Association of Black Journalists. (March 5, 2010)
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)
Oxford EAGLE News Editor Jon Scott takes part in a “Meet the Press” style panel discussion with Gov. Haley Barbor, moderated by Curtis Wilkie. (March 2, 2010)
Oxford EAGLE Co-Publisher Tim Phillips and Lucy Schultze talk about The EAGLE’s new web site project as part of a panel about the future of community newspapers, moderated by Samir Husni. You can view the video here. The entire program runs a little more than an hour. (February 25, 2010)