Trial delayed for Mississippi youth charged with murder
TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi teen who faces life in prison if convicted of fatally shooting a man during a robbery will wait another 11 months before trial.
TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — Friends and relatives of inmates in a northeast Mississippi jail can no longer bring them clothing after drugs were found hidden in some clothes.
TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi bank is buying banks in Texas and Florida.
BancorpSouth of Tupelo announced Tuesday that it has agreed to buy Summit Bank of Panama City, Florida, and...
TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's State Auditor says a water management board has illegally paid itself more than $350,000 over the past two decades.
TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — Residents across northeastern Mississippi are cleaning up and digging out after getting hit by both flooding and tornadoes last week.
TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — Authorities say the body of a missing man has been found in a lake in Tupelo.
The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports 30-year-old James K. Parker of Panola...
TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — The city council of Tupelo, Mississippi, is considering a policy regulating surveillance camera use at area public parks.
Mississippi man pleads guilty to killing wife
TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — A northeast Mississippi man is pleading guilty to killing his wife.
James R. Sharp pleaded guilty to second-degree murder on Monday in the 2017 death of 23-year-old...
Mississippi man pleads guilty in DUI deaths and injuries
TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man has pleaded guilty in a drunken driving wreck that killed two people and injured others
News outlets report 36-year-old Joseph Britt of Amory pleaded...
Man indicted in traffic death of child near school bus
TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man has been indicted in the death of a boy who was struck while crossing a two-lane highway to board a school bus.
Mississippi teacher indicted on sex-with-student charges
TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — A former teacher accused of illegal sexual contact with a student has been indicted.
The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports former Tupelo High School teacher...
High court won’t revive Mississippi police shooting lawsuit
TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court will not revive a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of a black man shot to death by a white police officer in Mississippi.
Tupelo schools near completion of $44 million in upgrades
TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — Officials with Mississippi's Tupelo school district say $44 million in upgrades to schools are mostly complete.
The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports renovations have been completed at two elementary schools. Work remains to be done on a tornado shelter and athletic center at Tupelo High School.
Tupelo seeks to hire full-time public defender
TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — Northeast Mississippi's largest city wants to hire a full-time public defender for its municipal court.
The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton has proposed spending $69,000 to hire the lawyer.
Mississippi city sells land as part of redevelopment effort
TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — A northeast Mississippi city is selling land to two developers as part of a continued effort to revitalize rundown areas.
Schools closed in northern Mississippi because of flu
TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — Two public school districts and one private school in northern Mississippi were closed Friday because of an increase in flu cases.
News outlets reported that the North Tippah School District and the South Tippah School District canceled classes because of the illness. Tupelo Christian Preparatory School was also closed.
The Tippah school districts reported nearly 350 students were absent Thursday.
Mississippi man gets 12 years in teen’s shooting death
TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for the shooting death of a teen more than a year ago.
The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reported 26-year-old Brandon Rucker of Okolona pleaded guilty to manslaughter Wednesday in the Oct. 27, 2017 shooting death of 17-year-old Lorenzo Wright Jr. of Verona.
County official attacks black caucus organizations
TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — A white North Mississippi county supervisor has criticized the existence of caucus groups formed by black elected officials.
During a Lee County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday, District 2 Supervisor Mike Smith criticized, and ultimately voted against, a measure allowing the board's lone black member to receive reimbursement for travel to the Mississippi Association of Supervisors' minority caucus education conference in April.
BancorpSouth: 4Q Earnings Snapshot
TUPELO, Miss. (AP) _ BancorpSouth Bank (BXS) on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $47.1 million.
The bank, based in Tupelo, Mississippi, said it had earnings of 47 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs, were 57 cents per share.
The results exceeded Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 54 cents per share.
Renasant: 4Q Earnings Snapshot
TUPELO, Miss. (AP) _ Renasant Corp. (RNST) on Tuesday reported fourth-quarter profit of $44.4 million.
The Tupelo, Mississippi-based bank said it had earnings of 76 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for costs related to mergers and acquisitions, were 78 cents per share.
The holding company for Renasant Bank posted revenue of $173.5 million in the period. Its revenue net of interest expense was $151.8 million, which missed Street forecasts.
Airline to fly jets to Tupelo, switching from turboprops
TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — A regional airline will begin flying jets between a northeast Mississippi airport and Nashville, Tennessee.
The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Contour Airlines announced on Thursday that jet service at Tupelo Regional Airport begins April 1.
2 northeast Mississippi airports see more passengers in 2018
COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — Two northeast Mississippi airports saw notable increases in the number of passengers they served in 2018.
Mississippi man arrested in Alabama woman’s death
TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man has surrendered to police in a hit-and-run that killed an Alabama woman last month.
News outlets reported 19-year-old Tyler Jernigan of Nettleton turned himself in to police in Tupelo on Tuesday and has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident with an injury.
Officers were called to road Dec. 20 and found a woman who appeared to have been struck by a car. Forty-two-year-old Brandi Oliver of Birmingham, Alabama, was killed.
Elvis Presley’s jewelry, clothing sold at Graceland auction
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Jewelry, clothing and other Elvis Presley-related memorabilia have been sold at auction in Tennessee.
Elvis Presley Enterprises says the auction at The Guest House Graceland netted more than $600,000 Tuesday on what would have been his 84th birthday. The Guest House is a hotel located steps from the Graceland home, where the singer lived in Memphis.
Officials: No favor sought for attorney after DUI arrest
TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — The mayor of northeast Mississippi's largest city says he and other officials didn't try to shield the city attorney from a drunk-driving arrest.
Mississippi city pays $34,000 to man in traffic stop arrest
TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — A northeast Mississippi city is paying $34,000 to settle a federal lawsuit by a man who claimed he was wrongfully arrested.
The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Tupelo and its insurer agreed Dec. 26 to pay the money to Cameron Robinson.
North Mississippi Health Services buys hospital in Amory
AMORY, Miss. (AP) — A hospital is changing hands in northern Mississippi after its previous owner filed for bankruptcy.
Gilmore Memorial Hospital in Amory became part of North Mississippi Health Services on Tuesday. The new name is North Mississippi Medical Center Gilmore-Amory.
With community support, Keshun Vasser regaining independence
TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — Recently, Teeta Vasser set her mini van's radio to Christmas music. From the back seat, 13-year-old Keshun prefered other genres, but it was less than a mile from their new house to Tupelo Middle School.
Since Keshun was shot 15 months ago, the two have spent a lot of time driving together to see doctors and therapists. With community support and a ride from mom, Keshun has survived, returned to school, and regained some independence in his teenage life.
Retired educator shares story of fight for desegregation
TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — Whether his audience is a large group or a single listener, Julian Prince speaks with precision and passion, especially if the subject is the desegregation of Mississippi schools.
It's no surprise.
Prince was, after all, a key player in this important part of his state's history.
And now the 91-year-old retired educator has told his story in a book, "Balancing the Scales: A Turbulent Age of Mississippi History During School Integration."
Third man charged in shooting of Mississippi sheriff’s son
MACON, Miss. (AP) — Three Mississippi men have now been arrested in connection with the drive-by shooting of a sheriff's son.
News outlets report 27-year-old David Jaquan Hampton of Meridian has been charged with attempted murder and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and has been jailed in Meridian.
Ramon Mattox, son of Noxubee County Sheriff Terry Grassaree, was shot three times in the chest in Macon on Friday. He was released from a Tupelo hospital Tuesday.
1 charges in drive-by shooting of Mississippi sheriff’s son
MACON, Miss. (AP) — One person faces charges for the drive-by shooting of a Mississippi sheriff's son.
More Mississippians signing up for Affordable Care Act
TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney says an increasing number of Mississippians are getting health insurance through the Affordable Care Act.
Family intends to sue in drive-by shooting of a grandmother
TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — The family of a 66-year-old grandmother killed in a drive-by shooting in northeast Mississippi has signaled it intends to sue a city and a police chief.
Local news outlets report that the family of Annie Walton has filed a notice of claim against the city of Verona and Police Chief J.B. Long. That warning is required before suing a Mississippi government.
Teen charged with third shooting, second murder in 8 months
TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi teen is jailed after officials arrested him for the drive-by shooting death of a 66-year-old woman.
Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson tells news outlets 17-year-old Latavious Betts is charged as an adult with murder and aggravated assault in Annie Walton's Dec. 7 death.
Johnson says Betts fired a dozen or more shots into a house near Verona, killing Walton and wounding four others.
Auto museum in Mississippi closing next year
TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — An automobile museum in Mississippi is closing next year, with the co-founder saying it's no longer "sustainable" for her and some volunteers to operate.
Sheriff: Police mistake released murder suspect from custody
TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi sheriff says a police paperwork mistake allowed a teenager charged with murder to walk out of jail and commit more crimes including a fatal drive-by shooting.
Paralyzed teen gets 5 years in shooting death of his friend
TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — A paralyzed teenager in Mississippi has been sentenced to five years in prison in the shooting death of another teen he described as his best friend.
City attorney driven home after arrest without jail booking
TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — A city attorney in Mississippi was arrested and driven home by a police officer without being booked at the jail, fingerprinted or photographed.
Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that Tupelo city attorney Ben Logan was brought to the county jail Friday but never booked on DUI-related charges.
City worker rebuked for implying US senator is racist
TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — A black Tupelo, Mississippi, worker has been rebuked by the city's mayor for implying in an online post that a recently-elected U.S. senator is racist.
Paralyzed teen faces 10 years for fatally shooting friend
TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — A paralyzed teenager charged as an adult in another's slaying has pleaded guilty to a lesser offense and will likely spend a decade in Mississippi prison.
Trump sticks with old playbook in return to campaign trail
TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — President Donald Trump brought back the playbook he used during the leadup to the midterm elections, warning of the dangers of illegal immigration and painting Democrats as radical "socialists," as he returned to the campaign trail Monday to try to keep a Mississippi Senate seat in GOP hands.
The Latest: Coliseum decked out in Christmas decor for Trump
TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump in Mississippi (all times local):
Christmas has come to Biloxi, Mississippi, as President Donald Trump holds his second rally of the day in the state.
Man accused of trying to post bail using counterfeit money
TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — A north Mississippi man is accused of trying to post bail using counterfeit money.
Local news outlets report 25-year-old Jacob Shane Coleman of New Albany was arrested Saturday for shoplifting in Tupelo.
Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson says Coleman tried to post his bail on the misdemeanor charge using a stack of 11 $100 bills. Johnson says the jailers checked the money, determined it was fake, and charged Coleman with false pretense, a felony.
Officials: City damaged by tornado won’t get federal funds
TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — Officials say a Mississippi city recently hit by a tornado won't get state or federal funding to help repair related damages.
WTVA-TV reports Tupelo leaders announced Thursday that victims of the tornado, rated EF-2 on the enhanced Fujita scale, won't receive funding from state or federal emergency management agencies.
Federal utility’s CEO announces plans for retirement
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The chief executive officer of the nation's largest public utility has announced his plans to retire.
Bill Johnson of the Tennessee Valley Authority revealed his plans during a board meeting Wednesday in Tupelo, Mississippi.
Johnson joined the federal utility in 2013. He turns 65 in January.
Mississippi bank buys banks in Texas, Alabama for about $90M
TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi bank is buying banks in Texas and Alabama.
BancorpSouth Bank announced Tuesday that it's buying Grand Bank of Texas and Merchants Bank of Alabama.
The Tupelo bank will pay $51.75 million in stock and cash to purchase Casey Bancorp of Dallas, owner of Grand Bank. The Texas bank has four branches and $353 million in assets.
The Latest: GOP senator won’t comment on ‘hanging’ remark
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi making reference to a "public hanging: (all times local):
A Republican U.S. senator in Mississippi says she won't answer questions about a "public hanging" comment she made at a campaign event.
Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith said in response to repeated questions Monday that she issued a statement Sunday and has nothing to add.
Cat in a crate: A state trooper’s unlikely mission to help
TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — Traveling across the country with her furry little friends, Ellie Gale made a pit stop in Tupelo in hopes of getting some rest before she hit the road again.
The Tallahassee, Florida, resident didn't plan to stay long, but car trouble added an extra two days.
While staying at the Wingate Hotel, Gale went to her car one evening to get luggage and her Maine coon cat bolted from the vehicle into the nearby woods.