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Jones to return to Amory School District as superintendent

Dec. 05, 2021 10:31 AM EST

AMORY, Miss. (AP) — A former Amory School District administrator is returning to lead the northeastern Mississippi-based district. Brian Jones will replace Ken Byars who resigned in September to pursue educational consulting in the private sector. The district has been...

Tupelo mayor chooses FBI agent to become new police chief

Dec. 02, 2021 18:06 PM EST

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — A first-term mayor in north Mississippi says he is nominating an FBI agent to become police chief. Tupelo Mayor Todd Jordan said in a statement Thursday that he will ask the City Council to confirm his nominee, John Quaka, during a meeting next...

Tupelo neighborhood joins US list of historic places

Nov. 29, 2021 12:19 PM EST

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — A downtown Tupelo neighborhood has joined the National Register of Historic Places. Advocates learned about the designation in late September, the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reported. The largely residential area...

Mississippi native leans on faith to inspire others

Nov. 27, 2021 00:08 AM EST

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — Joseph Ivy has lived through dark days. The Nettleton native allows his faith to guide him every day. Often quoting from the Bible or Martin Luther King, Jr., Ivy has learned to live a life that reflects the words. “There are...

Tupelo post office renamed for Air Force colonel

Nov. 22, 2021 11:43 AM EST

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — A post office in Tupelo now bears the name of an Air Force colonel who was held as a prisoner of war in Vietnam for nearly a decade. During his captivity, Carlyle “Smitty” Harris wrote a letter to his wife, Louise, that ended up at the same post...

Two historic properties in Tupelo could be demolished

Nov. 21, 2021 10:03 AM EST

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — A pair of historic buildings in downtown Tupelo could be demolished soon. City officials say the two North Spring Street structures, one of them being the Jefferson Davis Hotel, are a danger to the public. On Oct. 8, the city...

Podcast with Mississippi roots blends religion, pop culture

Nov. 20, 2021 00:02 AM EST

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — Angie Rains Farris and her husband, Tim Farris, live in Hendersonville, Tennessee, north of Nashville. They were high school sweethearts way back in 1980, when Angie graduated from Tupelo High School. In those pre-digital days, podcasts weren’t...

Elvis enthusiast to head Presley foundation in Tupelo

Nov. 15, 2021 19:57 PM EST

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — An Elvis Presley enthusiast who has helped promote the late singer's ties to his Mississippi hometown will take over as head of a memorial foundation in Tupelo. Roy Turner was named executive director of the Elvis Presley Memorial Foundation, which...

Mississippi woman turns used guitar strings into jewelry

Nov. 14, 2021 00:15 AM EST

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — Wendy Nanney’s successful side business began with a broken guitar string. Seven years ago, Nanney attended a Jerrod Niemann concert in Birmingham. When the musician broke a guitar string on stage, he handed it to her. “I...

White officer said he was moved to prevent Black's promotion

Nov. 11, 2021 19:02 PM EST

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — A city in Mississippi is settling a lawsuit brought by a white former police lieutenant who said he was moved within the department to prevent a Black subordinate’s promotion. A federal judge dismissed Michael Russell’s lawsuit against the city...