The expected bloodbath of April’s job report came in Tuesday as anticipated: 15.4% unemployment in Missisippi, although Marion County was a little bit better at 11.1%.
It had been 5.0% in March for both.
Sunday’s charity golf match in the Florida rain, featuring the teams of Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning vs. Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady, was more entertaining than expected.
The coronavirus prevented an adoring crowd from attending, but microphones on the four players made up for it by capturing a lot of their witty observations.
While ultimately the physical component of COVID-19 has rightfully been the primary focus as millions around the world have suffered from the disease, the mental aspect of either having it or coming into contact with it hasn’t been talked about nearly as much.
The $1.25 billion Mississippi has received in coronavirus relief is a chunk of money. To put it in perspective, that’s about one-fifth of the state’s annual general fund budget.
Every Saturday in our Professional Profile we pose the question, “What do you enjoy about Columbia and Marion County?” As Sports Editor Joshua Campbell, who conducts those interviews, has noted, without fail the reply is it’s a small town where everyone knows everyone.
Mississippi’s State Department of Health says its been too busy dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic to comply with the state’s Public Records Act.
It’s going to have to spend some time explaining in court why that’s a legitimate excuse.
Dr. Carey Wright, the state superintendent of education, calls her plan to gear up for continued distance learning in the fall a “life-changing opportunity for the children of Mississippi.”
It’s also an opportunity to blow a whole lot of money.