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We all know about opioid addiction and the tragic consequences it has caused for hundreds of thousands of people and their families. In addition to costing lives and destroying families, the opioid epidemic costs taxpayers through increased law enforcement spending, increased healthcare spen…

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Back in the good old days of yesteryear, there were outlaws and scoundrels just as there are today. They just wore funny clothes and sported weird moustaches. Their names sounded like characters in old TV westerns.

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For years, one of the hardest challenges I've seen with the job search is what I'll call broken promises. These broken promises can happen anywhere along the job search journey. And honestly, they have the ability to be pretty upsetting to job seekers at every point of the process.

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Have you ever had a date with someone who had recently been through a bad breakup? There's a good chance they were nervous to go through the same thing again. You can practically see the fear in their eyes. In relationships, we call this sort of thing emotional baggage. And, it can be tough …

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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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Job searching is tough. But, what is really tough is job searching when you're unemployed. Through my work with job seekers, I've noticed a trend. Those who are unemployed are much more distressed by the process of job searching then those who aren't.

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Once upon a time, having a job at a newspaper meant working in one of the most imposing buildings in town, inhaling the acrid aroma of fresh ink and the dusty breath of cheap newsprint and feeling mini-earthquakes under our feet every time the presses started to roll. For those of us old eno…

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Once upon a time, having a job at a newspaper meant working in one of the most imposing buildings in town, inhaling the acrid aroma of fresh ink and the dusty breath of cheap newsprint and feeling mini-earthquakes under our feet every time the presses started to roll. For those of us old eno…

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It is always interesting what the dusty annals of yesterday can produce, especially diaries of long-ago pioneer settlers of DeSoto County, and these first-hand accounts often provide great insight into the history of the region.

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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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Hello, my name is Christine and I suffer from anxieties and wanted to address this important issue. Because there are still people who do not understand. They give advice by saying just deal with it because everyone has moments like this. This disorder is real, it cripples you emotionally an…

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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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Set the dial on your time machine to the 30s and 40s for some vintage bluegrass and folk music, and then speed up the dial a bit with a trip to the rocking 50s, 60s and Twenty-Tens as plenty of great music fills the airwaves in the days and weeks to come.

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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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Job interviews are full of bias. Very often, it's unconscious. Companies want to be fair. They don't often realize where they may be biased. That’s where rules around interviewing come in. There are certain laws in place to help minimize bias in the job search process. These laws are to prot…

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The Time Traveler will be tapping his feet along with a parking lot full of bluegrass and old-time music enthusiasts when a host of musicians from far and wide join together on Sunday night, Sept. 8, to help save the historic Crumpler-Ferguson Log Cabin, located on the grounds of the DeSoto …

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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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