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Don Whitten

Who likes early-August school days?

Did football move up the start of school? Or did school move up the start of football? Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at early-August school days in Mississippi and lists some of the factors in the earlier start to classes these days in reaction to a move by a group called “Save Mississippi Summers” to have classes start later in August or even in September. (August 11, 2010, Page 4)

Tracking down those cell phone numbers

Did you get one of those yellowbooks thrown in your driveway recently? Did you look inside to see if your name was there along with your phone number and address. If you weren’t there, it could be because you’re a part of that growing segment of the population with cell phones and no land lines. Editor Don Whitten relates some of the problems that not having everyone’s name, number and address handy creates. (August 9, 2010, Page 4)

It’s almost too hot for heat-related jokes

With temperatures moving into triple-digits and “feels like” temps in the 120s, it’s not surprising that there are a lot of “How hot was it?” and “It was so hot that …” jokes floating around. Editor Don Whitten passes along some he’s heard recently before getting serious and giving some helpful hints for dealing with the extreme heat now and ahead. (August 6, 2010, Page 4A)

Weatherly very deserving of latest honor

Former Pontotoc High School and Ole Miss football standout Jim Weatherly, who followed his gridiron career with even more success as a singer and songwriter, will be honored with “Jim Weatherly Day” this weekend in his hometown of Pontotoc. Editor Don Whitten, a longtime Weatherly fan, tells why. (August 4, 2010, Page 4)

Airline ‘extra’ fees can add up quickly

Oxford Town Editor Jeff McVay’s vacation involved flying from Memphis to the West Coast and back, and could have been a very expensive trip had McVay opted for some of the things now considered “extras’ on flights – checked baggage, extra baggage, taking his dog, et cetera. Editor Don Whitten and McVay looked up a short list and found McVay could have been out more than $500 extra had he not limited himself to one carry-on bag and left his dog at home. (August 2, 2010, Page 4)

Remembering the Lorenzen Wright I knew

Editor Don Whitten looks back over years of contact with former Lafayette High School, University of Memphis and NBA standout Lorenzen Wright after learning Wednesday that Wright’s body had been found outside Memphis. (July 29, 2010, Page 4)

Who cooks your barbecue ribs?

Editor Don Whitten notes that there are more and more local and regional barbecue joints and restaurants, sparking a trip back in time to when there weren’t very many options outside of those cooked at home. Who’s your favorite – the Rendezvous, Corky’s, Dreamland or any of several top-notch local barbecue specialists? (July 28, 2010, Page 4)

UM professors top list for Speaker of the House

Did you know that the Constitution does not require the person elected as Speaker of the House to be an elected U.S. Representative. Editor Don Whitten, who learned that bit of info earlier this week, takes a look at the possibilities of someone else – he suggests UM professors John Winkle and Ron Rychlak – taking Nancy Pelosi’s position of power. (July 23, 2010, Page 4A)

Retiring ice cream flavors to the ‘Deep Freeze’

Baskin-Robbins, set to celebrate 65 years in business, is retiring five of its “classic” flavors. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the flavors going into the “Deep Freeze” as well as some of the favorites remaining for customers. (July 21, 2010, Page 4)

How many of you know our state song?

Newspapers and libraries are often called for information that no one else seems to have, and one question that’s come to The EAGLE lately involves Mississippi’s state song. Editor Don Whitten recalls learning the song, “Go Mississippi,” during his elementary school days. (July 19, 2010, Page 4)

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