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The Time Traveler has some sad news to report with the passing of longtime banker and DeSoto County resident Roe Ross this past week. News of his death was met with tears and warm reflection from all the many friends who cherished his friendship.

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The horse-and-buggy days will return to the DeSoto County seat once more this Saturday when the Time Traveler hops in a carriage for a guided tour around the historic court square and along the city’s quiet streets, past homes and cemeteries where the county’s legendary founders lie sleeping…

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Gun control did not become politically acceptable until the Gun Control Act of 1968 signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson. The law’s primary focus was to regulate commerce in firearms by prohibiting interstate firearms transfers except among licensed manufacturers, dealers and impor…

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I saw the perfect profile for a recruiter recently. It said, "I am not a ninja / purple squirrel / unicorn hunter, nor someone who hires 'rock stars.' I am a strategic and tactical recruiter, meaning I partner with leaders and we hire - at scale, for the niche skills required to make the dif…

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The job market is the best it has been in 50 years. You've heard that on the news. And, companies are struggling to find good candidates. There aren't as many people available for work as there used to be. In other words, because the market is doing well, companies are hiring more. Because c…

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If you've interviewed lately, you know the first step of a job interview is a phone screen. After you apply for a job, a recruiter from the company will reach out to you. They'll ask to setup a time to meet.

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When a company is looking to hire someone, finding the right candidate takes time. There are often multiple phone screens, multiple video interviews, and in person panel interviews. In some cases, there are homework assignments, IQ tests, personality tests, and drug tests. Typically, there a…

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I recently learned about a new, shocking phenomenon. Maybe I'm getting old. In my world, there's a right way and a wrong way to use text messages. The right way is to text people you actually know.

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Just when we thought colleges could not spout loonier ideas, we have a new one from American University. They hired a professor to teach other professors to grade students based on their “labor” rather than their writing ability. The professor that American University hired to teach that non…

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Have you ever had a great job interview go south? If you were the job seeker, perhaps you weren't picked right at the very end – after a lengthy interview process. Or, if you were the hiring manager, a candidate that you gave a great offer to turned you down.

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  Labor Day is a holiday that honors the American labor movement. It celebrates the development, productivity, and prosperity of the United States. And, it marks the unofficial end of summer. If you're like most Americans, Labor Day is spent with loved ones and tasty food.

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For many parents, August is a month of both pride and tears. Pride because their teenager is taking that big educational step and tears because for many it’s the beginning of an empty nest. Yet, there’s a going-away-to-college question that far too few parents ask or even contemplate: What w…

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The newspaper for which I toiled for nearly two decades not only put food and groceries on my table and in my pantry but the wonderful people I chanced to meet and the many friends that I made will last me a lifetime.

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We are living in a time of increasing domestic tension. Some of it stems from the president. Another part of it is various advocacy groups on both sides of the political spectrum demanding one cause or another. But nearly totally ignored is how growing government control over our lives, alon…

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The Time Traveler was among many who watched with awe and reverence as hundreds of remaining World War II soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines, along with Coast Guard and Reserves, traveled to the white sandy beaches of Normandy to commemorate the 75th anniversary of that epic battle to sav…

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The Time Traveler took note of recent tragic events in Southaven and turned the dial back on the time machine to a fateful day in 1845 when a shootout erupted on the historic DeSoto County Courthouse Square, leaving one prominent citizen dead and at least two others injured. 

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Let’s think about priorities. Say that you live in one of the dangerous high crime and poor schooling neighborhoods of cities like Chicago, Baltimore, Detroit or St. Louis. Which is most important to you: doing something about public safety and raising the quality of education or, as most bl…

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  Since the launch of the internet, job searching has becoming increasingly transactional. Job seekers are able to apply to jobs in bulk. In fact, they must apply in bulk if they want to increase their chances of getting hired.

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Thirty months after setting the goal of sending a mission 239,000 miles to the moon and returning safely, President John Kennedy cited a story the Irish author Frank O’Connor told about his boyhood. Facing the challenge of a high wall, O’Connor and his playmates tossed their caps over it. Sa…

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Here’s a suggestion. How about setting up some high school rifle clubs? Students would bring their own rifles to school, store them with the team coach and, after classes, collect them for practice. You say: “Williams, you must be crazy! To prevent gun violence, we must do all we can to keep…

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When you're looking for a new job, the time it takes can feel brutal. Every day, you hope the right job will fall into your lap. Not only are you anxious about this, so are your friends and family. They've never seen a job search take so long. Something must be wrong. Right? Not necessarily.

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Sometimes the personal overrides the burning political—just before it doubles back to connect. For me, I reflect on this day of my late father, who would be 94 today had he lived. He was a mentor, a teacher, a counselor and a friend. He taught me values that I continue to strive to uphold: i…

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The Time Traveler this week is taking a trip back in time along the dusty roads of DeSoto County when the first traveling libraries brought Edgar Rice Burrough’s swashbuckling pirate stories, Zane Grey western novels and sizzling romances like “Peyton Place” to Boy Scouts, housewives and ban…

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