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After three seasons, Ole Miss finally fires head football coach Ed Orgeron. His tenure at the school was a disaster. This year the team — at one time a Southeastern Conference powerhouse — lost every SEC matchup, and Coach O's career finally got scrambled for good when the Rebels lost the Egg Bowl on Friday 17-14 to their in-state rival Mississippi State.

A new doughnut shop opens in Atoka, just north of Memphis. Not so unusual, except it's owned and operated by two former Memphis police officers. Well, you've got to go with your strengths.

With the holidays approaching, shoppers are buying more gift cards than ever before. A Commercial Appeal story quotes some fellow with the Shopping Center Group, who says that merchants especially like the cards because: "The best thing that happens for retailers is Grandma loses that gift card and never uses it. That's pure profit." Now that's the Christmas spirit, isn't it, Grandma?

New federal sentencing guidelines may mean early release for hundreds of Mid-South prisoners arrested for possession of crack cocaine. While we are all for rehabilitation and releasing inmates charged with nonviolent crimes, we're really not so sure the best place to start is with convicted crackheads.

Collierville is installing traffic cameras. Town officials stress that their equipment isn't designed to nab drivers running red lights, as in Germantown, but will just show "input feeds" so engineers can time signals and lights to improve traffic flow. We've been on Poplar during rush hour; if anything can help, we're for it.

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