Latest Tupelo News

'Guard cat' credited with preventing would-be robbery

Aug. 02, 2022 18:29 PM EDT

BELDEN, Miss (AP) — A Mississippi man said his pet cat helped prevent a robbery at his home, and he credits the calico with possibly saving his life. Bandit, a 20-pound (9.1-kilogram) cat, lives with her retired owner Fred Everitt in the Tupelo suburb of Belden. When at least two...

Mississippi man pleads guilty to bank robbery in home state

Jul. 26, 2022 20:02 PM EDT

OXFORD, Miss (AP) — A Mississippi man has pleaded guilty in federal court to robbing a bank in the northeast part of the state. Jasper Michael Wagner, 56, of Tupelo, entered the plea onTuesday before U.S. District Court Judge Sharion Aycock, the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal...

Tupelo Army pilot uses faith to navigate life, career

Jul. 23, 2022 01:04 AM EDT

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — If you see an Army-green Lakota helicopter flying anywhere over North Mississippi, chances are 1st Lt. Sarah Gunnells is the pilot. “I fly just about every day,” the 26-year-old Tupelo native said. Gunnells is stationed at the Army Aviation...

'We've done our part': End of Roe brings answer to prayer

Jun. 24, 2022 14:22 PM EDT

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — There is a prayer Tanya Britton has said in the hazy first moments of morning and in the stillness of the night. She’s said it on her knees before her church’s gold tabernacle and slumped in the embrace of her living room sofa. The words have morphed, sometimes touching...

Man jailed after hit-and-run crash kills Mississippi cyclist

Jun. 20, 2022 19:31 PM EDT

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi authorities have charged a driver in a hit-and-run collision that killed a bicyclist. A 58-year-old man was charged Saturday with leaving the scene of a fatal accident in Tupelo, the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reported. ...

Elvis movie shines light on Tupelo's influence

Jun. 19, 2022 01:07 AM EDT

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — Elvis’ legacy looms large over Tupelo, but in Australian writer/director Baz Luhrmann’s new film, Tupelo’s influence on the King of Rock and Roll is front and center. Luhrmann, who served as writer, director and producer for “Elvis,” visited Tupelo...

Crisis training helps responses to mental health issues

Jun. 18, 2022 01:09 AM EDT

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — Sometimes the biggest tool law enforcement has to calm a volatile situation is a 1-inch-diameter pin. When officers respond to a call, they don’t know if an irate person is just upset, high on drugs or struggling with a mental issue. But Crisis...

Autopsy confirms remains are those of woman reported missing

Jun. 15, 2022 18:28 PM EDT

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — The state crime lab has confirmed that human remains found last month are those of a Mississippi woman missing since August. Lee County Coroner Carolyn Green said the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Pearl confirmed the remains are of Lori Ann Cockrell, 58....

SummerSALT program helps young students learn to read

Jun. 12, 2022 01:02 AM EDT

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — From the parking lot, it looks pretty quiet on this bright June morning at the Orchard Church in Tupelo. But up on the second floor, things are buzzing. SummerSALT — the Orchard’s month-long free reading program for struggling early-elementary-age readers...

1 for the money: Mississippi hometown celebrates Elvis

Jun. 04, 2022 09:49 AM EDT

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — Elvis Presley's Mississippi hometown is planning to welcome tourists from around the world to celebrate his rock ‘n’ roll legacy. The 24th Tupelo Elvis Festival takes place Wednesday through June 12, the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reported. ...