Billy Watkins, The Clarion-Ledger

Billy Watkins

The Clarion-Ledger

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Past articles by Billy:

Kids don't stay in foster care forever. What happens after that?

Social workers, navigators help Mississippi foster youth overcome trauma, transition to college → Read More

Hooked on heroin at 13, Miss. woman determined to break her family's cycle of addiction

Tiffany Clemmens, 25, of Picayune has lived a life filled with addiction and abuse. But with the help of others, she has left that lifestyle behind. → Read More

Mississippi artist, who has no arms, grabs hold of life

19-year-old Kendrell Daniels has overcome unspeakable odds. He has become friends with Dak Prescott, who continues to help bring joy to his' life. → Read More

The 'soft glow of electric sex' from 'A Christmas Story' is iconic decor for Canton family

In the movie "A Christmas Story" a leg lamp is a "major award." In real life, it has become part of more and more families' holiday decorations. → Read More

This Mississippi-born chef stayed true to himself. Now he cooks for President Trump.

A combat veteran and native of Columbus, Andre Rush has been the head chef for special dinners at the White House over several administrations → Read More

This Mississippi-born chef stayed true to himself. Now he cooks for President Trump.

A combat veteran and native of Columbus, Andre Rush has been the head chef for special dinners at the White House over several administrations → Read More

An inside look at the new Jackson pantry providing food for hungry veterans

VA in Jackson has joined forces with the Miss. Food Network and VFW to form food pantry. → Read More

Purvis' Lacey Chabert on hometown love and being queen of Hallmark Christmas movies

She has enjoyed a productive acting career. But in recent years, Chabert has become known for her feel-good Christmas films. → Read More

'Even though he’s different, he’s just like me.' Kindergartner with rare condition is 'so brave'

Kaiden was born with Apert Syndrome, which makes him look different than other kids. His mom, Carla Mann, took measures to help educate his classmates → Read More

On the phone with former Allman Brothers guitarist, Gov't Mule leader Warren Haynes

The longtime member of the Allman Brothers Band will perform Oct 26 at Thalia Mara Hall in Jackson with his own band Gov't Mule. → Read More

'The day I was born ... my mother placed me in a trash bag'

Tori Welford, 21, of Lucedale finds healing with the help of a video by a USM student that won first place in a national contest. → Read More

Walking on the moon: 7 takeaways from the Ryan Gosling movie 'First Man'

Ryan Gosling plays Neil Armstrong, the first human to walk on the moon in July 1969. → Read More

How Farrah Fawcett is tied to the song 'Midnight Train to Georgia'

The classic tune was written by Pontotoc native and former Ole Miss quarterback Jim Weatherly — with an assist from the late actress. → Read More

Former Ole Miss QB, songwriter releases memoir 'Midnight Train'

Jim Weatherly, a Pontotoc native, wrote "Midnight Train to Georgia" and other Gladys Knight hits. → Read More

Nephew found of Miss. WWII soldier buried in Netherlands

A friend saw the story and sent it to Mike Hathorne. That's when he learned the fate of his uncle and the kind act of a couple in the Netherlands. → Read More

Mississippi 13th most likely state to see UFO and this writer saw one

Casino.org makes such odds based on reported sightings across America between 1940 and 2017. → Read More

Music lineup for State Fair — a complete look from Luckenbach to En Vogue

Headliners include En Vogue, The Marshall Tucker Band and Colt Ford. → Read More

MSU's Felker, Ole Miss' 'Possum' Price among new Miss. Sports Hall of Fame class

The 2019 group includes a coach, three football players, a golfer and a Major League star. → Read More

Mississippi's biggest LSU fan, 82, leads group in 'enemy' territory

Bill Hulsey of Madison graduated from LSU in 1957 and has spent a lot of his life helping raise money awareness for his beloved Tigers' football team. → Read More

A Wellsfest wonder: What if Malcolm White hadn't tried to pay the preacher?

Celebrating its 35th year, Wellsfest continues as a 'gift of love' to the Jackson community → Read More