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Longtime judge, pioneer for Mississippi women leaders, dies

Nov. 25, 2020 2:37 PM EST

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — Sadie Monts Holland, longtime Lee County Justice Court Judge and pioneer for Mississippi women in public service, has died at age 87. Holland's son, Steve Holland, wrote on social media that she died of a heart attack and stroke Monday after undergoing heart surgery. “We...

Mississippi: Ex-officer arrested after pedestrian fatality

Nov. 23, 2020 2:22 PM EST

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — A former police officer has been arrested on a manslaughter charge after his car fatally struck a pedestrian over the weekend, Mississippi authorities said. James Heath Kitchens, 30, of Starkville, was arrested after the death of 26-year-old Brittany Phillips, also of Starkville,...

Advocates want voice in Mississippi mental health system

Nov. 22, 2020 10:43 AM EST

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi’s new coordinator of mental health accessibility should include advocates for patients and consumers conversations about improving access to services, leaders of several groups say. Executive directors of the Coalition for Citizens with Disabilities; Disability...

'Free to create': Artist paints murals to enhance history

Nov. 22, 2020 12:02 AM EST

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — When Cody Crotts, 25, painted his first mural of the new Mississippi flag in his hometown of Corinth, he thought it could be a conversation starter. When he was approached about painting the flag in downtown Corinth, voters had yet to decide whether to officially adopt the design as...

Top aide to Tupelo mayor drops out of 2021 mayor's race

Nov. 19, 2020 12:33 PM EST

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — The chief operations officer of northeast Mississippi's largest city is dropping out of the mayor's race. Don Lewis tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that he had decided to devote all of his energy to his city job, helping to lead the city through economic uncertainty and...

Mississippi court upholds conviction on attempted kidnapping

Nov. 7, 2020 10:19 AM EST

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of a man who tried to kidnap a woman while wielding a knife and pretending to be a police officer. Justices ruled Thursday that Louis Winston Scott’s arguments to set aside his indictment and conviction were without merit,...

Voters slowly make their way through the long line at the J.T. Neely Building at Veterans Park in Tupelo Miss., Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, as they and others vote for the next president.(Thomas Wells/The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal via AP)

Mississippi U.S. reps keep seats, medical marijuana passes

Nov. 4, 2020 1:34 AM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi is sending all four of its U.S. House members back to Washington. Two Republicans — Trent Kelly and Michael Guest — and the state federal delegation’s sole Democrat, Bennie Thompson, all bested challengers on Election Day. Republican Rep. Steve Palazzo...

Johnnie's Drive-In celebrates 75 years despite pandemic

Oct. 25, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — Johnnie’s Drive-In celebrated 75 years of being in business last weekend. “It’s pretty awesome to know that we’ve been here 75 years,” owner Christi Knight White said. The oldest operating restaurant in Tupelo had to celebrate its anniversary a little...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Oct. 21, 2020 11:14 AM EDT

Recent editorials from Mississippi newspapers: ___ Oct. 20 The Greenwood Commonwealth on Gov. Tate Reeves reimposing a mask mandate for public indoor spaces in nine Mississippi counties weeks after he ended the statewide mask mandate: Even as Gov. Tate Reeves reimposed Monday a mask mandate on nine Mississippi...

In this undated photo, Shirley Judd, of Prairie poses in Prairie, Miss. Judd was diagnosed with COVID-19 in late August, and because she has multiple sclerosis, the disease hit her especially hard. Statistics show people with health conditions like Judd are at particular danger of dying from coronavirus. (Adam Robison/The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal via AP)

A dangerous mix: Rural living, chronic illness and COVID-19

Oct. 17, 2020 8:14 AM EDT

PRAIRIE, Miss. (AP) — COVID-19 hit Prairie native Shirley Judd suddenly and hard. One day in late August, she felt fine; the next, she could barely move. As soon as the symptoms struck, Judd called her aunt to take her to West Point to see a doctor, where she tested positive for COVID-19. “When I...