Renovated Olympic Room to Open March 27

For Immediate Release:   JACKSON — 2012 Olympics gold medalist and world record holder Bianca Knight of Ridgeland and three-time Olympics medalist Ralph Boston, a Laurel native, will attend the Mississippi Sports Hall ofFame and Museum's March 27 celebration of the renovation and expansion of the museum's Olympics Room. The Olympics Room, sponsored for 16-plus years by the Ben Puckett family, celebrates Mississippi's remarkable Olympics heritage An informal reception, scheduled for 3-6 p.m., is open to the public. Knight was part of the 4 x 100-meter world record-setting U.S. relay...

Our new touchscreen kiosks rock!

We hosted the Wendy's High School Heisman statewide awards luncheon Tuesday, which honored many of the state's best, brightest and most civic-minded student-athletes. So imagine my delight when I noted how intrigued they were by our new touchscreen kiosks that tell the stories of Mississippi's Sports Hall of Famers. “This is really, really cool,” one after another said in one form or another. It is really, really a huge improvement. In recent weeks, we have replaced 1996 computers and screens  with 2013 technology. The kiosks have bigger, high-def screens and...

A Cristil-clear memory

Auburn and Mississippi State will play a huge game Saturday in Starkville. Hall of Fame broadcaster Jack Cristil will attend, health permitting, and Jack long ago lost count of how many Auburn-Mississippi State games he has seen. No doubt, it's close to 60. But Jack does remember one above all others. “It was the mid-1950s and it was at Auburn,” Cristil said by telephone from his Tupelo home Thursday morning. “Oddly enough, Auburn won the game 26 to 25 or 27 to 26. This was back when players went both...