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WLBT’s cameras still rolling half-century later

JACKSON — In December 1953, a new NBC-affiliated television station, using the call letters WJDT, went on the air. Though it was only the third television station in Mississippi to begin broadcasting (the other two also began airing in 1953), there is little documentation of the historical event and details are scanty. Even the exact date of that first broadcast ...

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Jackson financial analyst completes Appalachian Trail trek

“Here’s an exercise for you: Buy a soda pop. Pinch the straw. Then try to suck. That’s how I feel when I try to breathe,” Allen Tye wrote in a journal April 3, four days after he began hiking the Appalachian Trail (AT), a 2172.6-mile-long scenic mountaintop footpath that begins in Georgia and ends in northern Maine. Tye, 42, a ...

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No more: dinosaurs, the dodo…and Western Auto stores?

William B. Russell opened his Western Auto Store in Bruce more than 40 years ago after working as manager for a Western Auto in Memphis for seven years. “It’s all I know!” Russell said of his 51-year relationship with the company. But Russell and other long-time Western Auto store owners across the country got the news in October that Advance ...

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Plant tragedy has brought changes to Lauderdale County

Lauderdale County and the surrounding area are continuing to recover from the “Lockheed Tragedy,” in which seven people were slain in the Lockheed plant last July 8. Eight more were wounded. Sheriff Billy Sollie calls it “the worst tragedy in Lauderdale County history.” Area residents continue to use the watchwords of “shock and disbelief” to describe their reaction. There have ...

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