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Your essential guide to Lee County • Baldwyn • Guntown • Nettleton Plantersville • Saltillo • Shannon • Sherman • Tupelo • Verona

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Lee County: A shovel-friendly community BY ROBBIE WARD DAILY JOURNAL

TUPELO – Shovel companies love Lee County, Mississippi. Sure, many residents here have plenty of gardens to grow fresh, healthy vegetables. But just as shovel friendly, the county is a part of the micropolitan area ranked by Site Selection magazine for having the second highest amount of new and existing industry activity. This translates into existing companies expanding and new businesses picking the county as the best location to operate. This also means more jobs for the county of 85,000 residents. Lee County’s focused efforts through many decades has earned the area deep respect from state and national economic developers and industry recruiters. The county has nine urban areas, including the largest with Tupelo. Lee County is home to

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some of the state’s largest industries and attractions like BancorpSouth and Renasant banks, North Mississippi Medical Center, the Elvis Presley Birthplace and Museum and The Mall at Barnes Crossing. The county has a blend of rural, small-town and city happenings that satisfy most lifestyles. People who enjoy festivals, parks and other amenities offered in Tupelo can live in the county seat. However, many Lee County residents enjoy calling less populated areas home, often venturing to cities for work and fun. The area also has pieces of Civil War history in nearby Brice’s Crossroads National Battlefield Site and the Tupelo National Battlefield, offering a chance to explore history while staying connected to modern attractions like a fledgling craft beer festival and many outdoor community festivals.


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Twelve-year-old Reece Ott has her picture taken with Elvis by Callie York, 15, far left, as Rachel Anderson, 15, from left, Karah Anderson, 13, and Bailey Ott, 14, all of Mooreville, stand nearby at Fairpark during the Elvis Festival. The annual festival draws people from near and far to Tupelo.

Tupelo: A model city for growth, prosperity BY ROBBIE WARD DAILY JOURNAL

TUPELO – Tupelo continues to retain Northeast Mississippi’s title as economic engine but also thrives in quality-of-life areas of recreation, community events and shopping and dining opportunities. Tupelo’s story of community spirit continues throughout the nation as a model for how to make areas grow and prosper. The Mississippi city of 35,000 has a national reputation of community development built on business, civic and other leaders and volunteers joining to improve the area’s economic and quality-of-life health for all residents. A sense of community pride, spirit and an unwillingness to settle for status quo sets Tupelo apart from many communities throughout the nation. In fact, the city has received the elite designation of All America City by the National Civic League for four years – 2011, 1999, 1989 and 1967.

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A big part of that spirit was molded in the aftermath of a deadly tornado in 1936, and it showed through again in 2014 when another destructive tornado ripped through the city and other parts of Lee County. The city places an emphasis on enhancing an already high quality of life that rivals larger communities. Barnes Crossing shopping areas, downtown and other parts of the city offer local shops and eateries that attract more than millions of customers. Parks and Recreation in the city offers dozens of organized and casual ways to enjoy green space and other community resources. The city’s $12 million aquatic facility opened in 2013 as one of the premiere swimming facilities in the state and region. Other recreational areas include 2.5-mile Music Bend walking trail and Ballard Park, which offers sand volleyball courts, 16 lighted multipurpose fields, an amphitheater and two pavilions.

CITY LEADERS MAYOR – Jason Shelton (662) 841-6513


• Ward 1 – Markel Whittington (662) 871-0568 • Ward 2 – Lynn Bryan (662) 840-2081 • Ward 3 – James “Jim” Newell (662) 401-6187 • Ward 4 – Nettie Davis (662) 871-8394 • Ward 5 – Buddy Palmer (662) 842-4536 • Ward 6 – Mike Bryan (662) 841-8778 • Ward 7 – Willie Jennings (662) 566-2993 The headquarters for the Natchez Trace Parkway, a scenic national highway stretching from Natchez to Nashville, Tenn., is based in Tupelo. Of course, Tupelo has many incredible residents and natives, but one native son – Elvis Presley – brings visitors throughout the world to the city to pay homage to the King of Rock ’n’ Roll at his birthplace, the most visited tourist attraction in all of Mississippi.

CITY CLERK – Kim Hanna (662) 841-6502 CITY PLANNER – Pat Falkner (662) 841-6520 POLICE CHIEF – Bart Aguirre (662) 841-6402 FIRE CHIEF – Thomas Walker (662) 841-6439 CITY ATTORNEY – Ben Logan (662) 840-2059 MUNICIPAL COURT ADMINISTRATOR – Larry Montgomery (662) 841-6516 Among many festivals hosted by the city each year, the Elvis Presley Festival attracts national and international attention for music, history and good times to celebrate a true American music legend. Other community interests include the Tupelo Buffalo Park, symphony orchestra and Automobile Museum.


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A strong public school system is a major draw to Saltillo, which is situated in the northeast part of Lee County.

Public schools a big draw for Saltillo residents BY GINNA PARSONS DAILY JOURNAL

SALTILLO – Lindy Hopkins was born and raised in Saltillo. She left the town as a teen to further her education, but came back home after earning her degree. “I left and went to college but I always knew I would come back to Saltillo to live,” said Hopkins, a retired educator. “It has everything I’ve ever wanted in a community. It’s very close-knit. Even new people immediately become Saltilloans.” Hopkins, 58, said the strong public school system is a major draw to the town, situated in the northeast part of the Lee County. “My sister is a contractor here and she says the number one reason people build in Saltillo is the school system,” Hopkins said.

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“The Saltillo schools are warm and inviting and very giving.When you walk into one of our schools, you just know this is where you want your children to be.” Saltillo was chartered July 20, 1870, by James Waugh Kyle. It had 700 residents. Today, Saltillo is among the fastest growing small cities in Mississippi and has a population of 4,752, according to the 2010 census. While it’s bisected by the fourlane Highway 45 North, each side of the city has small, thriving business and professional centers, as well as scores of middle-class residential developments. In recent years, city officials have sought a wide range of improvements as the population increased. Recreational opportunities range from a city-run sports park on the west side to the sprawling Lake

CITY LEADERS MAYOR – Rex Smith (662) 255-3966


• Scott Knight (662) 871-2387 • Donald Cullum (662) 523-0369 • Brad Woodcock (662) 871-9094 • Terry Glidewell (662) 869-5196 • Jewell Webb (662) 321-5578 Lamar Bruce, where state agencies continue a dam restoration project. Just east of the railroad tracks are 13 Confederate graves. West of town is the first concrete road south of the Mason-Dixon Line. A wide range of churches also dot the town, many new or expanded for congregations swollen by the booming population of the past decade.

FIRE CHIEF – Mark Nowell (662) 869-8656 POLICE CHIEF – Grant Bailey (662) 869-5454 CITY ATTORNEY – Chris Evans (662) 844-6040 CITY CLERK – Mary Parker (662) 397-2848 CITY JUDGE – Pat Carr (662) 842-2472 Historic buildings dot the landscape, especially downtown. “Saltillo is very communityminded,” Hopkins said. “We have our own farmers’ market and things like local pet-grooming – lots of small businesses. It’s nice not to have to deal with large business all the time.”




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Sam Mitchell bought the grocery store he first worked at and stuck around Guntown. He said its a friendly place to live and visit.

Guntown: A place for the present BY RILEY MANNING DAILY JOURNAL

GUNTOWN – Incorporated in 1867 and situated near Civil War battle site Brice’s Crossroads, Guntown has its fair share of history. Legends abound of haunted houses around the Lee County town of about 1,200 residents. Some even say John Wilkes Booth is buried in a private cemetery nearby. But Guntown is a place as much a part of the present as it is of the past. Mayor Bud Herring said the town holds annual events regularly, including a Christmas parade, Fourth of July fireworks show, and a fall festival. “We’re trying to hold a different event each month,” Herring said.

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“In April we had a communitywide Easter egg hunt, and in March we had a kite day.” Guntown’s schools fall within the Lee County School District, and the town is mere minutes from Tupelo and Baldwyn. “It’s kind of like living in the country with all the benefits of the city,” Herring said. For Sam Mitchell, owner of Mitchell’s Super Market on Highway 145, Guntown has been all he’s ever needed. While hitchhiking in 1972, Mitchell missed his ride in Guntown. In need of money, he found work behind the butcher’s counter at the local grocery. A year later, he married a girl from Guntown, and after working a stint in Baldwyn and Booneville cutting meat, Mitchell returned to

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TOWN CLERK – Shelly McKee (662) 415-1557 POLICE CHIEF – Michael Hall (662) 523-2496 FIRE CHIEF – David Wood (662) 348-5300 TOWN ATTORNEY – Drew Stuart (662) 348-5353 MUNICIPAL JUDGE – Pat Carr (662) 680-5759 Mitchell said the town has retained it’s old-school charm. “The face of Guntown is changing, but its still a peaceful place where everyone speaks to you,” he said. “It’s the center of the universe for me, anyway.”

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About 175 volunteers joined together this spring to install a new Kaboom playground in Plantersville’s Grant Wuichet Park. The town won the playground from the Mississippi Mayors Let’s Play Challenge.

Plantersville: Residents band together to improve town BY CHRIS KIEFFER DAILY JOURNAL

PLANTERSVILLE – Plantersville’s latest amenity also is a reflection of the town’s spirit. About 175 volunteers worked this spring to install a new playground in Plantersville’s Grant Wuichet Park. Its attractive design includes climbing walls, slides and walkways, as well as a miniature fire engine for children to explore. “The best part of the project was the whole town came out and worked together, which is the way Plantersville is,” said resident Analyn Weeks. “It is really family oriented, and everyone bands together and takes care of each other and does what needs to be done.” The 1,100-plus resident Lee County town received the Ka-

boom playground as the winner of the Mississippi Mayors Let’s Play Challenge, which asked city residents around the state to pledge 60 minutes of active play each day. Plantersville residents pledged the most active play time per-capita. They then volunteered to construct it, so children would have another place to play. It also helped beautify the park, Weeks said. “The town had agreed awhile back we were going to spend a little extra time each week getting out and enjoying the park and exercising and playing,” Weeks said. “That helped us in being awarded the Kaboom project.” Weeks, 45, has lived in Plantersville for 23 years. It is where her husband, Jon, was raised. What most stands out to

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• Vicky Rigby (662) 840-9709 • Renee Morris (662) 844-2154 • Charles Heard (662) 842-0926 • Sextus Shannon (662) 372-0939 • Shelton Shannon (662) 844-3586 her about the town is its closeknit feel. “It is like a small Mayberry,” she said. “It is a neat place to live. You are close enough you feel like you are in town, but far enough out you feel like you are still in a small town.” Plantersville is located on Highway 6, a few miles south of Tupelo. It is home to Estes Fish and Steak

TOWN CLERK – Norma Ballard (662) 844-2012 FIRE CHIEF – Steve Caygle (662) 213-2201 POLICE CHIEF – Mark Covington (662) 844-2012 MUNICIPAL COURT CLERK – Ruth Fondon (662) 844-2012 House and Nate’s Restaurant, as well as a Dollar General and Better Buy grocery store. Tombigbee State Park also is located nearby. “It is just a great place to live, and everyone is really nice,” Weeks said. “People are warm and welcoming, and everyone gets along.” The Source 2014 | 15

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Verona is a hub for antique shops, which the owner of Raymond Trice and Company Antique Mall said makes the small city a destination.

Antiques a highlight for Verona life BY JB CLARK DAILY JOURNAL

VERONA – As the oldest incorporated city in Lee County,Verona has a little extra credibility in the antique market the small town has cornered – or at least the antique stores have Verona’s downtown cornered. Three antique stores sit at the intersection of Verona’s Main and College streets, The Curiosity Shop, Raymond Trice and Company Antique Mall and Mad Horse Antiques. The shops are positioned between City Hall and the Verona Cemetery, less than a mile west of Highway 45. Nell Hill, part-owner of the Raymond Trice and Company Antique Mall, started selling antiques in downtown Verona just over a decade ago when she moved into the old Raymond Trice Dry Goods building, one of the first general

stores and then the first bank in Lee County, which has grown to become BancorpSouth. Hill is now across the street with four other women in a larger building and the old dry goods store has since been the home of other antique stores and a music venue. Joanne Prince has since moved her store, the Curiosity Shop, into the old dry goods store. Hill said it’s important for an antique store to look the part. “You have to be selective where you have an antique shop,” Hill said. “It needs to be in a little town and it has to have personality. Verona is just a good place to have an antique shop.” The antique personality exuded by the small town is what attracted Prince to open her business at the downtown Verona intersection. “I was in Tupelo, I had a mall there, and wasn’t very happy with

CITY LEADERS MAYOR – Robert Trice (662) 566-2211 ext. 113 or (662) 871-4313


• Margaret Baker (662) 678-1243 • Jesse Gilmore (662) 678-1263 • Brenda Spurgon (662) 397-4349 • Julian Riley (662) 213-4297 • Eddie Tucker (662) 346-6034 FIRE CHIEF – MacDonald McCoy (662) 871-7376 it,” Prince said. “When I came down and saw this building I had to have it, but it wasn’t available at the time, so I was across the street for three years. But I’m finally in it and I love it.” Hill said having plenty of shops in one place gives the city of about 3,000 residents an advantage in

POLICE CHIEF – Anthony Anderson (662) 871-8688 CODE ENFORCER – Shane Davis (662) 397-2013 PUBLIC WORKS – Shane Johnston (662) 871-7375 CITY ATTORNEY – Gary Carnathan (662) 842-3321 CITY CLERK – Nita Westbrook (662) 566-2211 ext. 110 CITY JUDGE – Rickey Thompson (662) 841-9014 the antique market. “The more shops the better,” she said. “It makes it a weekend destination. If you have three or four, they’ll say, ‘Let’s go toVerona. They have three shops downtown there.’” The Source 2014 | 17

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These days Shannon residents describe the town as quiet and peaceful. But there are a few souvenirs from its days as a bustling railroad town. The Double Barrel Steakhouse, which is open Thursday through Saturday nights, is located in the historic Francis store, one of the few original buildings left in Shannon’s old downtown.

Families find peaceful place to grow in Shannon BY MICHAELA GIBSON MORRIS DAILY JOURNAL

SHANNON – Family roots can find fertile ground in Shannon. Teresa Roberts can count at least five generations of her family that have called Shannon home. When she was growing up, neighbors watched out for each other’s children. She and husband Kenneth wanted the peaceful, rural atmosphere with a strong sense of family values for their daughter Alivia, who will graduate from Shannon High School this year. “I wanted her to stay in Shannon so she could experience that,” Roberts said. Situated on a ridge at the southern end of Lee County, the town of Shannon encompasses 4.1 square miles and is home to 1,753 people.

Life revolves around church on Sunday, Shannon High School Red Raider football games in the fall and baseball and softball games in the spring and summer. According to the town’s official history, founder Samuel Shannon built a log cabin on land purchased in the early 1800s.With the arrival of the Mobile and Ohio Railroad and a rail station, Shannon was incorporated in 1860. Much of the original downtown was built on land owned by his sons, George and Ed Shannon. The opportunity for family connections to flourish still exists today in Shannon. Chris Nash came to Shannon as a kid when his father Charlie became co-owner of Quality Discount Foods. The town where he grew up and graduated from high school has been a good place to raise a

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• Ward 1 – Bryant Thompson (662) 231-2268 • Ward 2 – Joey McCord (662) 767-3320 • Ward 3 – James Oswalt (662) 767-3202 • Ward 4 – Paul Lyles (662) 767-3196 • At-large – Carl Trice (662) 767-8802 family and run a business. “It’s quiet and peaceful,” said Chris Nash, who runs Quality Discount Foods with wife Gidget. Daughters Mary-Megan Nash, graduated from Shannon High and attends college, and AnnaGarrett, who will graduate from Shannon this year, help as their

TOWN CLERK Kizzy Johnson (662) 767-9747 POLICE CHIEF Desiree Kershner (662) 767-8369 FIRE CHIEF Jamey Burrow (662) 767-9747 TOWN ATTORNEY - Gary Carnathan (662) 842-3321 MUNICIPAL JUDGE John H. Sheffield (662) 432-2552 schedules allow. The elder Nashes, Charlie and Martha, are still part of the business. “I guess you could say I run it for him … but he still does a lot,” Chris Nash said. The Source 2014 | 21

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Steady expansion has come throughout Sherman due to nearby Toyota, and the town has a lot to offer in a “wholesome” setting.

Sherman: In the middle of it all BY RILEY MANNING DAILY JOURNAL

SHERMAN – Slap in the middle of three counties, and halfway between Memphis and Birmingham, the budding town of Sherman exemplifies the old adage, “location, location, location.” Just off Highway 78, Sherman’s proximity to big-time industries, such as the Toyota plant in neighboring municipality Blue Springs, and the Caterpillar plant in Corinth, has resulted in steady expansion over the past few years. But Sherman isn’t just a stop along the way. The town of around 650 residents has plenty to offer on its own. Town Clerk Connie Allen said

Sherman is a wholesome, Mayberry sort of place. “It’s quiet, old-timey,” she said. “The type of place where we still know your name when you come to pay your water bill.” Sherman boasts a lively parks and recreation program, as well as a pharmacy, medical clinic and a healthy community of active churches. It’s Cravin’ Catfish restaurant, which offers all-you-can-eat catfish, draws crowds from all over neighboring Lee, Union and Pontotoc counties. The first landmark one is likely to encounter in Sherman is the Wild Bill’s gas station, famous for its low gas prices and steaming all-day buffet of chicken tenders, corndogs, gizzards and biscuits. Delores Myers, manager of

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Wild Bill’s, said the rest stop gets an equal mix of interstate traffic and Sherman locals. “Sherman’s a great little town,” Myers said. “The people here are nice and helpful. We have regulars who come in every day.”

Allen said in the summer, the town holds a huge Fourth of July celebration, complete with picnics and fireworks and its annual festival, Sherman Day.

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Nettleton is home to three furniture factories, two grocery stores, a park, a library, two medical clinics, six restaurants, two funeral homes and a host of churches.

Nettleton: A lot to offer for a small city BY GINNA PARSONS DAILY JOURNAL

NETTLETON – Twenty-two years ago, Jimmy Taylor and his wife were looking to buy a home in Tupelo. And then a friend told them about a house in Nettleton that came with a barn. “That was just what we needed,” said Taylor. “Once we got here, it felt like home and we’ve never wanted to leave.” Today, Taylor is a first-term mayor of Nettleton, which sits on the boundary line between Lee County on the north and Monroe County on the south. “We’re unique in that we have access to all the resources in both counties and that works really well for us,” Taylor said. Incorporated in 1888, Nettleton was named after George Henry Nettleton, then president of the

Kansas City, Memphis & Birmingham Railroad (later Frisco, then Burlington Northern and now the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe). George Nettleton was an instrumental leader in the founding of the city. In the 1950s, the residents of Nettleton chose not to elect public officials and the state of Mississippi rescinded the town’s charter. In 1964, Nettleton was reincorporated so the community could receive state funding for a medical clinic. The current population of Nettleton is 1,992, according to the 2010 census. The mayor said the town has seen a lot of clean-up and straightening-up recently. “When people are looking for a place to live, they want something that looks good,” he said. “And they want a good school system,

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and we’re working on getting ours improved.” Nettleton has its own separate school district with two campuses: one for kindergarten through third grade and the other for grades four through 12. It also has three furniture factories, two grocery stores, one park and two under construction, a li-

brary, two medical clinics, six restaurants and two funeral homes. “And it seems like we’ve got a church on every corner,” Taylor said. “We’re fortunate that people can worship where they want to and how they want to.”

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Life is being breathed into downtown Baldwyn, sparking rejeuvination and new businesses.

Downtown Baldwyn is on the rise BY JB CLARK DAILY JOURNAL

BALDWYN – Mayor Michael James has lived in Baldwyn his whole life and said for the last 30 years, downtown has been on a downhill slide – until now. Community members and city leaders have come together to have the Main Street area adopted in the National Registry of Historic Places because of the many buildings built around 1900 still standing. When James and Chamber of Commerce Director Lori Tucker began revitalizing downtown in 2009, 10 of the storefronts were completely vacant and now, five years later, only three are vacant but two of those three are being renovated. “When I was real small there were a lot of stores – the old fiveand 10-cent stores – but, as I got older, your Walmarts started coming in and hurting the small downtowns,” James said. “As that happened, our downtown – for

the last 30 years or longer – has been on the downslope.” When officials began working toward national historic recognition and attracting businesses, a grant was used to add lighting, landscaping and renovate the sidewalks and crosswalks along Main Street. James said for a while though, it was just a nice street with abandoned buildings. Thanks to the community getting on board with the renovation and committing to the city of about 3,300 people, the two-block strip is a happening historic destination. “We started with some small retail – some boutiques – and when we saw they were drawing enough of a crowd we thought we might could bring in a community theater,” Tucker said. “That was something we just completed and they do six productions a year now. It’s pulled outsiders to the downtown and is promoting tourism. We recently had a building turned into a cafe so that’s given us some dining

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• Lee Bowdry (662) 365-2383 • Richard M. Kohlheim (662) 365-2013 • Tom Nelson (662) 365-5769 • Jason McKay (662) 365-7768 • Ricky Massengill (662) 365-2383 downtown, too.” Tucker believes in Baldwyn’s downtown so much she’s moved her family into one of the new second-level apartments over the community theater. Along with renovations to storefronts, developers have put in upstairs living areas. As she walks down the street, Tucker will point to the few empty storefronts and tell those with her what is coming next, like the ’50sthemed burger diner going in next to the art gallery.

FIRE CHIEF – Jerry Ozbirn (662) 365-1049 POLICE CHIEF – Troy Agnew (662) 365-1047 CITY ATTORNEY – John Haynes (662) 365-1200 CITY CLERK – Nan Nanney (662) 365-1040 CITY JUDGE – Thomas Comer (662) 728-8101 The historic downtown is less than five miles from the Final Stands Brice’s Crossroads battle museum which helps generate traffic for both downtown businesses and the historic battlefield. “The thing that really make it enjoyable for me is people coming by and saying they’ve lived here 50 years and see more taking place now than they have in their life,” James said. The Source 2014 | 27



Cooper Tire, one of the area’s largest employers, is currently making a modern investment at its plant and securing its workforce.

Economy continues to grow in county, region BY DENNIS SEID DAILY JOURNAL

TUPELO – The economic hub of Northeast Mississippi hasn’t lost its mojo, having recently been named the No. 2 micropolitan for new and expanded corporate facilities in the country. That designation by Site Selection magazine isn’t the first for Tupelo and Lee County; it also was ranked second in 2006, and the area has been in the top 10 several other times. The magazine annually rates metropolitans (cities with populations from 200,000 to 1 million) and micropolitans (cities of 10,000 to 50,000). This year Tupelo trailed only Wooster, Ohio., in the ranking, which included the nation’s 576 micropolitan areas. After Tupelo were Cullman, Ala.; Findlay, Ohio; and Morgan City, La. Ohio led as the state with most top micropolitans. For this year’s ranking – which was based on activity for 2013 – Tupelo was noted for its 19 projects, $78 million in new capital investment and more than 900 new jobs with more than $27 million in new annual wages. And according to the Tupelobased Community Development Foundation – the chief economic development agency for the city

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and county – the numbers are even more impressive, as they’re broken down over its fiscal year. For FY 2013-14, CDF tallied 15 new or expanded industries; 1,264 new jobs; $37 million in new payroll and $240 million in capital investment. Among the expansions during the fiscal year: • Grammer AG – The German automotive supplier announced in January that it would invest $30 million over the next five years at its new U.S. headquarters in Verona in the Tupelo Lee Industrial Park South. The company expects to employ 350 workers during its first phase of operations, with another 300 added during a second-phase expansion. • Tecumseh last summer announced a $10 million expansion to begin manufacturing of an advanced compressor that will be shipped worldwide. That project will add 150 jobs. • Posturecraft Mattress moved its operations from Alabama to Plantersville, where it will grow to 100 employees in the next two years. • General Atomics is adding 80 employees as it expands for the eighth time since it opened nearly 10 years ago. • Ashley Furniture, the world’s largest furniture manufacturer and retailer, bought a former mat-

tress plant inVerona and added 60 workers. • Advanced Innovations East in Baldwyn invested $4 million to build a new 108,000-square-foot distribution center and is adding 50 employers. While the news was mostly positive for Tupelo and Lee County, there was one major hiccup. Lane Furniture Industries closed its plant in Saltillo in March, putting 480 people out of work. Lane’s parent company, the former Furniture Brands International, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last fall. It was subsequently acquired by a private equity firm, which changed its name to Heritage Home Group. The new owners then announced several plant closures which also affected some of Lane’s sister companies, and HHG recently placed 17 properties on the auction block. Despite that news, other furniture companies in Northeast Mississippi said there were enough job openings to absorb those Lane losses. United Furniture Industries, Ashley, Southern Motion, Max Home and others said they were hiring, and Tennessee-based Jackson Furniture opened two facilities in Mantachie and Myrtle. Also, two of Mississippi’s largest banks – headquartered in Tupelo – grew bigger last year.

Renasant Bank merged with Kosciusko-based First M&F Bank in a deal valued around $140 million. With the merger. Renasant became the fourth-largest bank in the state, with a combined $5.8 billion in assets, $3.8 billion in loans and $4.9 billion in deposits. BancorpSouth, whose last bank merger was in 2007, announced two acquisitions to start this year. It started with a merger with Ouachita Bancshares of West Monroe, La., in a deal worth $112 million. Then it followed that with a $209.5 million deal to acquire Temple, Texas-based Central Community Corp., the parent of Austin-based First State Bank Central Texas. And economic grown isn’t limited to Tupelo and Lee County. For example, in the past 12 months: • In Burnsville in Tishomingo County, Mississippi Silicon announced its plans to open a production facility that will employ about 200 workers. • Aluma-Form in Walnut said it would add 125 workers. • Yokohama Tire is investing $300 million and will employ 500 people for a commercial tire facility in West Point. Future expansions could bring another $700 million in investment and another 1,500 jobs, officials said.






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Armed by the British, the Chickasaw tribes who populate the area fight a fierce battle with the French about three miles northwest of modern-day Tupelo. The May 26 conflict is called the Battle of Ackia, and the Chickasaws ultimately defeated the French, as well as the Choctaws who were helping them. This battle set the stage for early British rule of the American territories. U.S. Maj. Gen. Andrew Jackson, U.S. Gen. David Meriwether, and the Council of the Chickasaw Nation gather at the Chickasaw Council House in what soon will become Lee County to sign the Treaty of Chickasaw. The treaty is “to settle all territorial controversies, and to perpetuate that peace and harmony which has long happily subsisted between the United States and Chickasaw Nation.”


Guntown is incorporated on Feb. 16. Various publications link the town’s naming either to a gunsmith who ran a shop there or to James Gunn, a Virginia native who owned land in the area.


Saltillo, Shannon and Tupelo all are incorporated on July 20. Tupelo had changed its name from Gum Pond to Tupelo, after the Battle of Tupelo.


The Bank of Verona opens its doors. It later moves to Tupelo and is renamed the Bank of Tupelo. Today it is BancorpSouth, the largest state-charted bank in Mississippi.

Verona is incorporated, becoming the first city in Lee County. Baldwyn is incorporated on April 1 in Tishomingo and Itawamba counties. The town, named after an engineer, was settled along the Mobile and Ohio Railroad. When Lee County is formed five years later, it absorbs part of Baldwyn.


Tupelo beats out Verona as the county’s railroad hub when the two railroads – the Mobile & Ohio (M&O); and the Kansas City, Memphis & Birmingham (KCMB) – converge in the 17-year-old city. The railroads bring both jobs and opportunity and help spur Tupelo’s growth. Today, most residents know the two railroads as the Kansas City Southern (formerly M&O) and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (formerly KCMB).

Confederate Lt. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest chooses Verona for his headquarters during the Civil War. The Battle of Brice’s Crossroads begins late in the morning of June 10 near Baldwyn and ends at 5 p.m. with the Union Army retreating. Today, Brice’s Crossroads is a national park. Less than five weeks later, on July 14, another conflict erupts in Tupelo. This time, the Union forces succeed during the day-long Battle of Tupelo – or Battle of Harrisburg, as it’s sometimes called. A small monument on West Main Street today commemorates the fight. Lee County is formed on Oct. 26 from parts of Itawamba and Pontotoc counties and is named after Confederate Army Gen. Robert E. Lee. By the time of the first U.S. census four years later, the county’s population is 15,955.

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The town of Sherman is incorporated on March 3; the town of Nettleton is incorporated on March 9.


Tupelo becomes the first city to get electricity from Tennessee Valley Authority; George McLean purchases the then-bankrupt Tupelo Journal.


U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt visits Tupelo and dubs it the “First TVA City;” Elvis Aaron Presley is born Jan. 8 to Tupelo residents Vernon Elvis and Gladys Love Presley in a small shotgun house. Today, that house and the adjacent Elvis Presley Museum draws about 100,000 tourists annually.





The fourth deadliest tornado in U.S. history strikes Tupelo the evening of April 5, destroying a large swath of downtown and killing more than 230 people. The tornado, while devastating, proved a turning point for the town whose residents rallied together to rebuild.

The new 50-bed Tupelo Hospital is built by a New York nonprofit agency at the urging of several Tupelo business leaders. The facility welcomes its first patient on Oct. 18. The hospital today is called North Mississippi Medical Center and is the nation’s largest rural hospital.

Noticing the region’s declining cotton industry, McLean raises $50,000 from local merchants to launch a dairy industry. He uses the funds to purchase a prize bull and sire dairy cows. The first year of milk production brings in $1 million for the investors and creates numerous jobs. Within a decade, Lee County becomes the nation’s top dairy producer.


Two tornadoes touch down March 16 in Baldwyn, killing 65 people.


McLean raises $40,000 from local businessmen to create The Tupelo Plan, a strategic guide to growing wealth and industry for the Tupelo-Lee County area.




The Community Development Foundation is founded in the Blue Room of Hotel Tupelo as a means to coordinate the region’s various economic and community development activities. Today, the organization boasts a full staff, board of directors and more than 1,400 members.

CDF sends a delegation to Chicago to meet with Morris Futorian, who manufactures upholstered furniture, in an effort to lure his company to Northeast Mississippi. The group eventually raises $150,000 and succeeds, thereby launching the region’s prosperous furniture industry.

Now an international music star, Elvis Presley returns to Tupelo for a homecoming concert at the Mississippi-Alabama State Fair & Dairy Show.


Tupelo is named an All America City by the National Civic League, an honor it would again receive in 1989, 1999 and 2011.


The nonprofit CREATE Foundation is formed by McLean and his wife, Anna Kiersey, to benefit Northeast Mississippi communities through grants, endowments and leadership.


The Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway gets under construction.


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The Mall at Barnes Crossing opens as the first regional mall in Northeast Mississippi, attracting more than 3.8 million shoppers its first year.


The BancorpSouth Coliseum – now the BancorpSouth Arena – opens on Oct. 9 with comedian Bill Cosby as its first act. It has since gone on to host numerous acts such as Aerosmith, Willie Nelson, the Broadway musical Cats, Elton John and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.


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BAPTIST AUBURN BAPTIST CHURCH 1138 Road 931, Tupelo 842-5638 Pastor: Bro. Jimmy Henry Sunday Worship, 8:00am Sunday School 9:15am, Worship 10:30am, Evening Service 5:30pm Wednesday Awana 6:30pm Youth 6:30pm Adult Bible Study 6:30pm BARNES CROSSING BAPTIST CHURCH 2496 Barnes Crossing Road Saltillo, MS 662-844-3411 Bro. Jackie Spencer, Pastor SUNDAY SERVICES Sunday School 10:00 a.m. Worship Service 11:00 a.m. Children’s Church 11:00 a.m. Evening Worship Service 6 pm WEDNESDAY NIGHT Adult, Youth & Children’s Bible Study ~ 6:00 p.m. BELDEN BAPTIST CHURCH 4121 McCullough Blvd., Belden 662-842-6341 Jim Holcomb, Pastor Sunday - Sunday School 9am, Worship 10am, Evening Worship 5pm Wednesday - Prayer Meeting 10am & 6:00pm, Discipleship 6:00pm, Supper 5:00 pm, Awana 6:00-7:30 pm BISSELL BAPTIST CHURCH 4662 West Main, Tupelo 662-842-2183 Roger Smith, Pastor Vic Bonner, Worship Leader Sunday - Sunday School, 10am, Worship 11am & 6pm Wednesday - Children’s Ministry, Youth & Prayer Meeting 6:30pm EAST HEIGHTS BAPTIST CHURCH 205 Lake Street Tupelo 662-842-4947 Dr. Tim Brown, Senior Pastor Gary Townsend, Minister of Music Nathan Fitts, Youth Minister Hunter Slay, Children’s Director SUNDAY 9:00am, Sunday School 10:00am, Worship and Children’s Worship 5:00pm, Worship and Life Groups WEDNESDAY 6:00 pm Bible Study

*Nursery for All Services Morning Worship Broadcasts WTVA (Comcast Channel 6) Sunday, 11:00am WEPH ( Comcast Channel 4) Thursday & Sunday, 5:30pm MS 98 (97.5 FM) Sunday @ 10:30am FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF MANTACHIE 6080 Highway 363, Mantachie 282-7425 FAX: 662-282-7500 Pastor: Dr. John M. Adams Sunday -Sunday School 10am Morning Worship 11am Evening Worship 6pm Wednesday Adult Bible Study 7:00 pm Awana (Ages 3 Years-6th Grade) 6:30-8pm Student/Main Event (7th-12th Grades) 6:45-8pm, Brother Trent Thompson, Youth Pastor. FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH TUPELO 300 N. Church Street, Tupelo 662-842-1327 Pastor: Dr. Chad Grayson Sunday - Worship 8:15am 11am, & 6pm Casual Worship 9:45 am Bible Study - 9:45am and 11:00 am Wednesday Family Supper 4:45pm Midweek Service 6pm FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH PLANTERSVILLE 284 Old Planters Road Plantersville, 842-8486 Bro. Danny Balint, Pastor Sunday - Sunday School 9:45 am, Worship 10:45 am & 6 pm Discipleship Training 5 pm, Choir 7:15 pm Wednesday - Youth Bible Study & TeamKids (Preschool Age 4-6th Grade) 6 pm, Adult Prayer Meeting 6:30 pm HARRISBURG BAPTIST CHURCH 4675 Cliff Gookin, Tupelo 662-842-6917 Dr. Forrest Sheffield, Pastor Sunday Worship: 8:30am & 11:00am Sunday School: 9:45am 04/20/2014 **No Evening Services** Wednesday Family Supper 4:45pm Music & Missions 6:00pm Prayer Service 6:00pm Student Revolution 6:00pm Choir Rehearsal 6:30pm Mother’s Day Out Program Monday and Thursday 8:30am - 1:30pm LAKEVIEW BAPTIST CHURCH Independent, Fundamental 830 Shumacola Trail, Tupelo 842-4005 Robert Garland, Pastor Sunday - Sunday School 9:45am, Worship 11am & 6pm Wednesday - Children’s class 6:30pm C.H.O.S.E.N. Teen Church 7pm Prayer Service 7pm

LIVING HOPE CHURCH A GREAT COMMISSION BAPTIST CHURCH (SBC) 522 CR 911 Guntown, MS 38849 (HWY 45 N. @ entrance to Guntown Hills Subdivision) 601-551-9116 Carl Estes, Pastor

SPRINGHILL MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH P. O. Box 574 593 North Green Street Tupelo, MS 38802 662-844-2466 Rev. Gary Long, Sr., Pastor SUNDAY - Sunday School 9:45am Morning Worship Service 11am Baptist Training Union 5:30pm Evening Worship Service 6pm

SUNDAY Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Worship: 10:30 a.m. Evening Worship: 5:00 p.m. WEDNESDAY 6:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY - Intercessory Prayer Service 12 Noon Golden Age Bible Study 1pm Mid-Week Bible Study 6pm Youth & Children Activities 6pm

MUD CREEK M.B. CHURCH 454 County Road 653-A/ Mud Creek Road Saltillo, MS 38866 Phone: 620-8957 or 871-9165 Rev. H.B. Sadler, Pastor/Teacher Sunday - Sunday School 9:00 am, Worship services 10:30am Wednesday - Prayer Service 6:30 pm, Bible classes for adults, Youth & Children 7pm


NEW PROSPECT M. B. CHURCH 30100 Prospect Road, Nettleton, MS 38858 Phone: 662-256-1435 Pastor: George Taylor SUNDAY: Sunday School 9:45am Morning Worship: 11am Brotherhood: 1st Sunday, 7am 3rd Sunday, 8am WEDNESDAY: Mission 6pm, Prayer Meeting, 7pm, Bible Study 7:15pm, BTU 7pm NEW DIMENSION FULL GOSPEL BAPTIST CHURCH 107 South Canal Street Tupelo, MS 38802 Church Phone: 662-523-6159 Senior Pastor: Harold B. Wilson SUNDAY Sunday Morning Worship 9:00am WEDNESDAY Adult Bible Study & Youth Activities: 6:30-8:00pm OLD UNION BAPTIST CHRUCH 531 Road 600, Shannon, MS 767-8831 Billy Langley, Pastor Sunday - Sunday School 9am, Worship 10am & 6:30pm, Discipleship Training 6pm Wednesday - Bible Study 10am & 7pm PALESTINE BAPTIST CHURCH 730 Road 598, Nettleton, MS (P O Box 312) Bro. Mark Hoover, Pastor 662-610-5455 662-205-4331 SUNDAY Sunday School - 10:00am Worship Service - 11:00am Church Training -5:30pm Evening Worship Service - 6:30pm WEDNESDAY Prayer Meeting - 7:00pm Children/Youth Activities 7:00pm

WHITE HILL M.B. CHURCH 1987 South Eason Blvd, Tupelo 842-3783 Reverend Jeffrey Daniel, Pastor Sunday-Early Morning Worship 8 am, Sunday School - 9:45 am, Sunday Worship 11 am Wednesday-Bible Study 6 pm Awana ages 2-18 6 p.m.

ST. JAMES CATHOLIC CHURCH Tupelo, MS Rev. Lincoln Dall, Pastor 1911 North Gloster 662.842.4881 Church Office 8:30am-3:30pm Schedule Saturday Vigil 4:30 St. James Sunday Mass Schedule for St. James 10:30am & 5:00pm (Nursery Available) 1:00pm Hispanic Mass Daily Mass Schedule Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 8:00am , Friday 12:10 noon St. James Wednesday-6 pm St. James

CHRISTIAN CHURCH FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH (Disciples of Christ) Reverend Sherry Horton 1590 McCullough Boulevard, Tupelo, 842-4571 Sunday School 9:30 a.m.; Worship 10:50 a.m. Wednesday Night Meal 5:30 p.m. Wednesday Night Bible Study 6:00 p.m.

OAK VALLEY CHRISTIAN CHURCH Reverend Danny Horton 258 Road 261, Tupelo, MS, (Old Union/ Palmetto Community) 662-231-1082 Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Worship 10:30 a.m. Evening Service 5:30 p.m. Wednesday Night Bible Study 6:30 p.m. Everyone Is Welcome!

OAK RIDGE CHRISTIAN CHURCH 1325 Fletcher Street, Tupelo 842-4284 Pastor Anthony Pierce Sunday Sunday School 9:30 am, Worship 10:30 am & 6 pm Wednesday Bible Study 6:30pm

CHURCH OF CHRIST EGGVILLE CHURCH OF CHRIST 1066 CR 1498, Tupelo 844-7383 Leon Willis, Minister Sunday -Worship 10am & 5pm Bible classes 11 am Wednesday-Bible classes 7pm

CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH 501 West Main Street, Tupelo Phone: (662) 842-3338 Fax: (662) 842-2938

SUNDAY Sunday School - 9:15 a.m. Morning Worship - 10:30 a.m. Evening Worship - 6 p.m. Family Fellowship Meal - 4:30 p.m. Prayer Service Wednesday 6 p.m.


THE ROCK PENTECOSTAL APOSTOLIC CHURCH 2406 Main Street, Plantersville (662) 205-4146; (662) 844-2259 Bishop Ledentry Forster, Pastor Sunday - Sunday School, 9:15 a.m., Morning Worship 10:30 a.m. & Evening Worship 6 p.m. (1st & 3rd Sundays only) Wednesday Bible Study, 6:30 p.m.


AUBURN BAPTIST CHURCH 1138 Road 931, Tupelo (662) 842-5638 Pastor: Bro. Jimmy Henry Sunday Worship, 8 a.m. Sunday School 9:15 a.m., Worship 10:30 a.m., Evening Service 5:30 p.m. Wednesday Awana 6:30 p.m. Youth 6:30 p.m. Adult Bible Study 6:30 p.m.

BARNES CROSSING BAPTIST CHURCH 2496 Barnes Crossing Road Saltillo, MS (662) 844-3411 Bro. Jackie Spencer, Pastor

SUNDAY SERVICES Sunday School 10 a.m. Worship Service 11 a.m. Children’s Church 11 a.m. Evening Worship Service 6 p.m. WEDNESDAY NIGHT Adult, Youth & Children’s Bible Study 6 p.m.

BELDEN BAPTIST CHURCH 4121 McCullough Blvd., Belden (662) 842-6341 Jim Holcomb, Pastor Sunday - Sunday School 9 a.m., Worship 10 a.m., Evening Worship 5 p.m. Wednesday - Prayer Meeting 10 a.m. & 6 p.m., Discipleship 6 p.m., Supper 5 p.m., Awana 6 to 7:30 p.m.

BISSELL BAPTIST CHURCH 4662 West Main, Tupelo (662) 842-2183 Roger Smith, Pastor Vic Bonner, Worship Leader Sunday - Sunday School, 10 a.m., Worship 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Wednesday - Children’s Ministry, Youth & Prayer Meeting 6:30 p.m. EAST HEIGHTS BAPTIST CHURCH 205 Lake Street Tupelo 662-842-4947 Dr. Tim Brown, Senior Pastor Gary Townsend, Minister of Music Nathan Fitts, Youth Minister Hunter Slay, Children’s Director SUNDAY 9:00am, Sunday School 10:00am, Worship and Children’s Worship 5:00pm, Worship and Life Groups WEDNESDAY 6:00 pm Bible Study

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*Nursery for All Services

Morning Worship Broadcasts WTVA (Comcast Channel 6) Sunday, 11 a.m. WEPH (Comcast Channel 4) Thursday & Sunday, 5:30 p.m. MS 98 (97.5 FM) Sunday, 10:30 a.m.

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF MANTACHIE 6080 Highway 363, Mantachie 282-7425 FAX: (662) 282-7500 Pastor: Dr. John M. Adams Sunday -Sunday School 10 a.m. Morning Worship 11 a.m. Evening Worship 6 p.m. Wednesday Adult Bible Study 7 p.m. Awana (Ages 3 Years-6th Grade) 6:30 to 8 p.m. Student/Main Event (7th-12th Grades) 6:45 to 8 p.m., Brother Trent Thompson, Youth Pastor.

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH TUPELO 300 N. Church Street, Tupelo (662) 842-1327 Pastor: Dr. Chad Grayson Sunday - Worship 8:15 a.m. 11 a.m., & 6 p.m. Casual Worship 9:45 a.m. Bible Study - 9:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. Wednesday Family Supper 4:45 p.m. Midweek Service 6 p.m.

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH PLANTERSVILLE 284 Old Planters Road Plantersville, (662) 842-8486 Bro. Danny Balint, Pastor Sunday - Sunday School 9:45 a.m., Worship 10:45 a.m. & 6 p.m. Discipleship Training 5 p.m., Choir 7:15 p.m. Wednesday - Youth Bible Study & TeamKids (Preschool Age 4-6th Grade) 6 pm, Adult Prayer Meeting 6:30 pm HARRISBURG BAPTIST CHURCH 4675 Cliff Gookin, Tupelo (662) 842-6917 Dr. Forrest Sheffield, Pastor Sunday Worship: 8:30 a.m. & 11 a.m. Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. 04/20/2014 **No Evening Services** Wednesday Family Supper 4:45 p.m. Music & Missions 6 p.m. Prayer Service 6 p.m. Student Revolution 6 p.m. Choir Rehearsal 6:30 p.m. Mother’s Day Out Program Monday and Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

LAKEVIEW BAPTIST CHURCH Independent, Fundamental 830 Shumacola Trail, Tupelo (662) 842-4005 Robert Garland, Pastor Sunday - Sunday School 9:45 a.m., Worship 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Wednesday - Children’s class 6:30 p.m. C.H.O.S.E.N. Teen Church 7 p.m. Prayer Service 7 p.m.

LIVING HOPE CHURCH A GREAT COMMISSION BAPTIST CHURCH (SBC) 522 CR 911 Guntown, MS 38849 (HWY 45 N. @ entrance to Guntown Hills subdivision) (601) 551-9116 Carl Estes, Pastor SUNDAY Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Worship: 10:30 a.m. Evening Worship: 5 p.m. WEDNESDAY 6:30 p.m.

MUD CREEK M.B. CHURCH 454 County Road 653-A/ Mud Creek Road Saltillo, MS 38866 Phone: 620-8957 or 871-9165 Rev. H.B. Sadler, Pastor/Teacher Sunday - Sunday School 9 a.m., Worship services 10:30 a.m. Wednesday - Prayer Service 6:30 p.m., Bible classes for adults, Youth & Children 7 p.m. NEW PROSPECT M. B. CHURCH 30100 Prospect Road, Nettleton, MS 38858 Phone: (662) 256-1435 Pastor: George Taylor SUNDAY: Sunday School 9:45 a.m. Morning Worship: 11 a.m. Brotherhood: 1st Sunday, 7 a.m. 3rd Sunday, 8 a.m. WEDNESDAY: Mission 6 p.m., Prayer Meeting, 7 p.m., Bible Study 7:15 p.m., BTU 7 p.m. NEW DIMENSION FULL GOSPEL BAPTIST CHURCH 107 South Canal Street Tupelo, MS 38802 Church Phone: (662) 523-6159 Senior Pastor: Harold B. Wilson SUNDAY Sunday Morning Worship 9 a.m. WEDNESDAY Adult Bible Study & Youth Activities: 6:30 to 8 p.m.

OLD UNION BAPTIST CHRUCH 531 Road 600, Shannon, MS 767-8831 Billy Langley, Pastor Sunday - Sunday School 9 a.m., Worship 10 a.m. & 6:30 p.m., Discipleship Training 6 p.m. Wednesday - Bible Study 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. PALESTINE BAPTIST CHURCH 730 Road 598, Nettleton, MS (P O Box 312) Bro. Mark Hoover, Pastor (662) 610-5455 (662) 205-4331 SUNDAY Sunday School - 10 a.m. Worship Service - 11 a.m. Church Training -5:30 p.m. Evening Worship Service - 6:30 p.m. WEDNESDAY Prayer Meeting - 7 p.m. Children/Youth Activities 7 p.m. WHITE HILL M.B. CHURCH 1987 South Eason Blvd, Tupelo (662) 842-3783 Reverend Jeffrey Daniel, Pastor Sunday-Early Morning Worship 8 a.m., Sunday School - 9:45 a.m., Sunday Worship 11 a.m. Wednesday-Bible Study 6 p.m. Awana ages 2-18 6 p.m.

SPRINGHILL MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH P. O. Box 574 593 North Green Street Tupelo, MS 38802 (662) 844-2466 Rev. Gary Long, Sr., Pastor SUNDAY - Sunday School 9:45 a.m. Morning Worship Service 11 a.m. Baptist Training Union 5:30 p.m. Evening Worship Service 6 p.m.

WEDNESDAY - Intercessory Prayer Service Noon Golden Age Bible Study 1 p.m. Mid-Week Bible Study 6 p.m. Youth & Children Activities 6 p.m.


ST. JAMES CATHOLIC CHURCH Tupelo, MS Rev. Lincoln Dall, Pastor 1911 North Gloster (662) 842.4881 Church Office 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Schedule Saturday Vigil 4:30 p.m. St. James Sunday Mass Schedule for St. James 10:30 a.m. & 5 p.m. (Nursery available) 1 p.m. Hispanic Mass Daily Mass Schedule Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 8 a.m. , Friday noon St. James Wednesday - 6 p.m. St. James

CHRISTIAN CHURCH FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH (Disciples of Christ) Reverend Sherry Horton Tupelo, 842-4571

Sunday School 9:30 a.m.; Worship 10:50 a.m. Wednesday Night Meal 5:30 p.m. Wednesday Night Bible Study 6 p.m. OAK VALLEY CHRISTIAN CHURCH Reverend Danny Horton 258 Road 261, Tupelo, MS (Old Union/ Palmetto Community) (662) 231-1082 Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Worship 10:30 a.m. Evening Service 5:30 p.m. Wednesday Night Bible Study 6:30 p.m. Everyone Is Welcome! OAK RIDGE CHRISTIAN CHURCH 1325 Fletcher Street, Tupelo (662) 842-4284 Pastor Anthony Pierce Sunday Sunday School 9:30 a.m., Worship 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m. Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 p.m.


EGGVILLE CHURCH OF CHRIST 1066 CR 1498, Tupelo (662) 844-7383 Leon Willis, Minister Sunday - Worship 10 a.m. & 5 p.m. Bible classes 11 a.m. Wednesday - Bible classes 7 p.m.

GLOSTER STREET CHURCH OF CHRIST 307 North Gloster Street, Tupelo, (662) 842-6082 Chad Ramsey, Minister Sunday - Worship 9 a.m. 6 p.m., Bible Study 10 a.m., Wednesday-Bible Study 7 p.m. Dayspring TV Program Monday-Friday - 6 a.m. & 6:30 a.m., My Mississippi Sunday - 8-8:30 a.m., My Mississippi Sunday - 8-8:30 a.m. ABC WTVA Tupelo Comcast Channel 7. Sunday - 9 a.m. WTVA Comcast, Channel 6 LEE ACRES CHURCH OF CHRIST 1400 South Lawndale, Tupelo (662) 844-3111 Sam Garner, Minister Sunday- Worship 9:30 a.m. Classes- Sunday mornings 11 a.m. Wednesday-services at 7 p.m.


TUPELO CHURCH OF GOD 1813 Briar Ridge Road, Tupelo (662) 844-5836 Live Streaming Sunday Service Jack Ezell Pastor Emeritus Judd Vowell, Lead Pastor Sunday - Sunday School 9:45 a.m. Worship/Children’s Church 10:45 a.m., Worship 5 p.m. Tuesday - Community Prayer Meeting 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday - Bible Study(Graded Classes) 7 p.m.; Emmaus Road Youth Group

TUPELO CHURCH OF GOD OF PROPHECY 1198 Elvis Presley Drive, Tupelo, MS 620-1094 Pastor Marvis Bostick Sunday - Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 11:00 a.m., Youth Service 5:00 p.m. Wednesday-Bible Study 6 pm


ALL SAINTS’ EPISCOPAL CHURCH 608 Jefferson Street, Tupelo (662) 842-4386 Fax: (662) 842-0204 The Rev. Paul J. Stephens, Rector The Rev. H. Stanford Adams Jr., Curate Sunday 8:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist* 10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist* 5:30 p.m. Holy Eucharist Wednesday 7 a.m.Holy Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes (Chapel) 12:05 p.m. Holy Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes (Chapel) 6:30 p.m. Holy Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes (Church) * Nursery Provided


THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS (Mormon) 1085 South Thomas Street Tupelo, MS 38801 Bishop Matt Westcott SACRAMENT MEETING: 9 a.m. to 10:10 a.m. SUNDAY SCHOOL Adults & youth 10:20 a.m. to 11 a.m. RELIEF SOCIETY &PRIESTHOOD For men, women & youth 11:10 a.m. to Noon PRIMARY CLASSES and singing time for children 10:20 a.m. to Noon FAMILY HISTORY LIBRARY (Genealogy) WEDNESDAY: 5:30 to 8 p.m. All other times by appointment only. To meet with local missionaries please call: (662) 648-0388 “Come and See.”


CHRIST THE KING LUTHERAN CHURCH (ELCA) 1002 South Lawndale Drive, Tupelo Phone: (662) 840-8207 Pastor Rev. Will Rogers, D. Min. SUNDAY 8:30 a.m. Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Worship Service & Holy Communion

SATURDAY Saturday 9 a.m. to 10 am Tumblin’ for Jesus Free Gymnastics Class. All ages welcome Come walk the LABYRINTH. It is always open. Follow us on Facebook

HOLY TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH (LCMS) http/ 1305 Lawhon Dr., Tupelo, MS (662) 842-0364 Rev. David Mac Kain, Pastor (662) 610-5674 SUNDAY Easter Potluck Breakfast - 8 a.m. Easter Divine Service - 10 a.m. Sunday School & Easter Egg Hunt - 11:30 a.m. WEDNESDAY Choir Practice - 5:30 p.m. Vespers - 7 p.m. Bible Class- (Revelation) - 7:45 pm THURSDAY Hannah Circle - 9 a.m. SPECIAL Church will supply eggs for Easter Egg Hunt Confession and Absolution by Appointment


ST. MARK UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 175 Elvis Presley Drive, Tupelo, MS 38804 Phone: (662) 842-7463 Rev. Don McCain - Pastor SUNDAY Sunday School - 10 a.m. Worship - 11 a.m. Evening - 5 p.m. WEDNESDAY Bible Study - 5:30 p.m.



Mooreville United Methodist SUNDAY Sunday School - 10 a.m. Worship - 11 a.m. TUESDAY Adult Bible Study 6:30 p.m. WEDNESDAY Somebodies and MYF Youth Group 6:30 p.m.

Andrews Chapel Methodist Sunday Worship 10 a.m. Sunday School 11 a.m. Allen’s Chapel Methodist Sunday Worship 9 a.m. Sunday School 10 a.m.

NON-DENOMINATIONAL King’s Gate Worship Center (formerly Good News Church) 2018 West Jackson Street Tupelo,MS (662) 841-1401 email: Terry & Dori Garrett, Pastors Sunday - Sunday School 9:30 a.m., Worship 10:30 a.m. Sunday & Wednesday Services Streamed Live Sunday Night Services for Nursery, Children, and Youth 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Wednesday - Bible Study All age groups 6:30 p.m. Thursday-Prayer 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Second Saturday - Men’s Breakfast 7:30 a.m. - 9 a.m.


ST. PAUL ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN MISSION 2436 1/2 West Main St., Suites B & C, Tupelo, MS 38801 Father Nikolai Meyers (901) 274-4119 Next Divine Liturgy Sunday March 2 Saturday March 15 Sunday March 30 Sunday April 13 Regular Service without Priest Wednesdays: Wednesdays: Vespers, 6 p.m. Saturdays: 9th hour & Great Vespers, 6 p.m. Sundays: Orthros and Typica, 10 a.m.


FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 400 West Jefferson Street Phone - 842-5681 Fax – 842-1696 PASTOR – DR. TOM GROOME ASSOCIATE PASTOR Rev. Carson Overstreet WORSHIP SERVICES 8:30 a.m. & 11 a.m. SUNDAY SCHOOL 9:45 a.m. WEDNESDAY FAITHBUILDERS - 5 p.m. SUPPER 5:30 p.m. Program for all ages 6:15 p.m

GUMTREE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (ARP) 1011 S. Thomas Street P.O. Box 2762 Tupelo, MS 38803 Charles Covington, Bible Teacher Sunday Sunday School - 9:30 a.m. Worship - 10:45 a.m. WEDNESDAY Youth & Family Night, 6:30 p.m. Nursery available

LAWNDALE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, PCA 1500 Lawndale Drive, Tupelo (662) 844-6795 Bill Bradford, Pastor Sunday - Sunday School 9:30 a.m., Worship 10:30 a.m. Wednesday 5:45 p.m. Fellowship Supper 6 p.m. Classes ZION PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 10211 Hwy 6 East Pontotoc Ms 38863 (662) 871-0271 PASTOR Tom Hewitt CLP Gary Carnathan Lay Preacher Sunday School - 9:45 a.m.; Worship Services 11 a.m. Established 1840


FIRST SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH 836 Chester Avenue, Tupelo (662) 844-4671 Ray Elsberry, Pastor

Saturday - Sabbath School 9:30 a.m., Church Services 10:45 a.m. Spanish Service 9:30 a.m. Sabbath School Worship 11 a.m.


UNITARIAN-UNIVERSALIST CONGREGATION OF TUPELO (member of the UU Association of Congregations) A “Welcoming Congregation” open and inclusive of all people without exception. Meets every Sunday at 11 a.m. at Temple B’Nai Israel 1301 Marshall Street Tupelo, MS Service details and other activities may be found at and on our Facebook page: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Tupelo, Mississippi

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• Northeast Metal (cans, metal) 797 Central St., Plantersville (662) 844-2164 • Sims Metal Management Mississippi (cans, metal) 2337 S. Veterans Blvd., Tupelo, MS (662) 842-7452 • Liberty Tire Recycling (tire recycling) 2058 Highway 145 North, Saltillo (662) 869-1840 • SMC Recycling (scrap metal) 1000 Park Lake Road, Tupelo (662) 842-6060 • Waste Management Curbside pickup every other Wednesday in Tupelo (800) 284-2451 or (662) 844-5523 • City of Tupelo dropoff sites (newspaper, cardboard, aluminum and steel cans, No. 1 and No. 2 plastic): 338 Commerce Street. Call (662) 841-6510 for more information. • Tupelo Recycling 669 Westmoreland Drive, Tupelo (662) 407-0708


• Tupelo Regional Airport 2704 W. Jackson St., Tupelo Administration: (662) 841-6570 • Silver Airways – commercial carrier (800) 499-7450 or (662) 269-4055 • Tupelo Aviation Unlimited (noncommercial/private planes) 105 Lemons Drive, Tupelo (662) 823-4359


• Greyhound Bus Lines at T Mart Travel Center 1360 Barnes Crossing Road, Tupelo (662) 842-4557


• A-1 Cab Co. 813 Varsity Drive, Suite 9, Tupelo (662) 840-4300 or 842-1133


• Budget 2763 W. Jackson St. (inside Tupelo Regional Airport) (662) 840-3710 • Danco Auto and Van Rental (15-passenger vans) 1223 W. Main St., Tupelo (662) 841-5085 • Discount Rent-a-Car 1480 E. Main St., Tupelo (662) 842-5404 • Enterprise 551 Daybrite Drive, Tupelo (662) 842-2237 • Hertz 2763 W. Jackson St. (inside Tupelo Regional Airport) (662) 680-9482

• U-Save Car & Truck Rental 1973 Cliff Gookin Blvd., Tupelo (662) 840-8888

Media Daily newspaper • Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal P.O. Box 909 Tupelo, MS 38802 1242 S. Green St. Tupelo, MS 38804 Phone: (662) 842-2611 Fax: (662) 842-2233 Weekly newspapers • Lee County Courier 303 W. Main St. Tupelo, MS 38804 Phone: (662) 840-8819 Fax: (662) 840-9051 • The Baldwyn News/The Saltillo Sun P.O. Box 130 116 W. Main St. Baldwyn, MS 38824 Phone: (662) 365-3232 Fax: (662) 365-7989 • Saltillo Gazette/Guntown Gazette/ Prentis County Progress P.O. Box 647 Saltillo, MS 38866 Phone: (662) 869-8380 Fax: (662) 728-3114 Radio stations • WWMS 97.5 Miss 98 FM – 2214 S. Gloster St., Tupelo, (662) 842-7658. • WZLQ Z98.5 FM – 2214 S. Gloster St., Tupelo, (662) 842-7658. • WSYE Sunny 93.3 FM – 2214 S. Gloster St., Tupelo, (662) 842-7658. • WELO The Pulse 104.3 FM/580 AM – 2214 S. Gloster St., Tupelo, (662) 842-7658. • WWKZ 103.9 FM – 5026 Cliff Gookin Blvd., Tupelo, (662) 842-1067. • WWZD Wizard 106.7 FM – 5026 Cliff Gookin Blvd., Tupelo, (662) 842-1067. • WESE 92.5 FM JAMZ – 5026 Cliff Gookin Blvd., Tupelo, (662) 842-1067. • WKMQ 1060 AM – 5026 Cliff Gookin Blvd., Tupelo, (662) 842-1067. • WTUP 1490 AM – 5026 Cliff Gookin Blvd., Tupelo, (662) 842-1067. • WFTA Power 101.9 FM – 1241 Cliff Gookin Blvd., Tupelo, (662) 842-7625. • WCNA Max 95.9 FM – 1241 Cliff Gookin Blvd., Tupelo, (662) 842-9595. • WAFR 88.3 FM – 107 Parkgate Drive, Tupelo, (662) 844-8888. • WAQB 90.9 FM – 107 Parkgate Drive, Tupelo, (662) 844-8888. • WAJS 91.7 FM – 107 Parkgate Drive, Tupelo, (662) 844-8888. • WWMR Super Talk Mississippi 102.9 FM – 306 Troy St., Tupelo, (662) 6801606. • WXWX ESPN Radio 96.3 FM – 306 Troy St., Tupelo, (662) 680-1606.

Television stations • WCBI – 339 E. Main St., Tupelo, (662) 841-0044. • WLOV – 1359 Beech Springs Road, Saltillo, (662) 842-7620. • WTVA – 1359 Beech Springs Road, Saltillo, (662) 842-7620.

Government U.S. SENATE

Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss. • Oxford office U.S. Federal Courthouse 911 East Jackson Ave. Suite 249 Oxford, MS 38655 Phone: (662) 236-1018 • Washington office 113 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510-2402 Phone: (202) 224-5054 Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss. • Tupelo office 2801 West Main St. Tupelo, MS 38801 Phone: (662) 844-5010 Fax: (662) 844-5030 • Washington office 555 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 Phone: (202) 224-6253 Fax: (202) 228-0378


U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee, R. Miss • Tupelo office 431 West Main St., Suite 450 Tupelo, MS 38804 Phone: (662) 841-8808 Fax: (662) 841-8845 • Washington office 1427 Longworth House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 Phone: (202) 225-4306 Fax: (202) 225-3549


Rep. Steve Holland, D-District 16 • P.O. Box 2 Plantersville, MS 38862 (662) 844-2004 (H) (662) 840-5000 (W) • Jackson (601) 359-2435 • Capitol: (601) 3593348 Room: 201 P.O. Box 1018 Jackson, MS 39215 (601) 359-2435 Rep. Randy Boyd, R-DistrIct 19 • 492 Sonny Road

Mantachie, MS 38855 (662) 282-4045 (H) (662) 231-0133 (W) (662) 231-0133 (C) Room: 400-F P.O. Box 1018 Jackson, MS 39215 (601) 359-2435 Rep. Brian Aldridge, R-District 17 • P.O. Box 2611 Tupelo, MS 38803 Phone: (662) 401-0823 • Capitol: (601) 3592420 Room: 400-E P.O. Box 1018 Jackson, MS 39215 (601) 359-2420 Rep. Jerry Turner, R-District 18 • 1290 Carrollville Ave. Baldwyn, MS 38824 (662) 365-5135 (H) (662) 365-8484 (W) • Capitol: (601) 3599473 Room: 201M-4 P.O. Box 1018 Jackson, MS 39215 (601) 359-9473


Sen. Nancy Adams Collins, R-District 6 • 1604 Briar Ridge Road Tupelo, MS 38804 (662) 844-1690 • Capitol: (601) 3592395 P.O. Box 1018 Jackson, MS 39215 (601) 359-2395 Sen. Hob Bryan, D-District 7 • P.O. Box 75 Amory, MS 38821 (662) 256-9989 (H) (662) 256-9601 (W) • Capitol: (601) 3593237 Room: 409 A P.O. Box 1018 Jackson, MS 39215 (601) 359-3237 Sen. Russell Jolly, D-District 8 • 369 Hwy. 47 Houston, MS 38851 (662) 456-3118 (H) (662) 542-6701 (W) (662) 542-6701 (C) • Capitol: (601) 3592886 P.O. Box 1018 Jackson, MS 39215 (601) 359-2886

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Listings Seamstress of Strategy Kathy Tucker throws foam balls while playing a lava game with kids during the HealthWorks! fifth birthday party.


Health Tupelo and Lee County have a wealth of medical resources usually only found in much larger cities. The county boasts nearly 400 physicians representing 49 specialties. North Mississippi Medical Center-Tupelo is one of the nation’s largest nonmetropolitan hospitals and has been recognized repeatedly for its commitment to quality improvement. The hospital provides a number of community health services, including wellness centers in Tupelo and Baldwyn, an annual Live Well Health Fair and a school nurse program. In addition to the main unit, it includes a women’s hospital, behavioral health center and a growing complement of outpatient services, including clinics offered in partnership with Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center and University of Mississippi Medical Center. It is the flagship of the six-hospital North Mississippi Health Services system, which earned the National Baldrige Award for Quality in 2012. Also in Tupelo, North Mississippi State Hospital provides inpatient and outpatient mental health services.

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pelo, general information (662) 377-3000 • NMMC Behavioral Health Center (662) 377-3161 • NMMC Insurance Claims/Billing Department (662) 377-3219 • NMMC Surgery Center (662) 377-4700 • NMMC Women’s Hospital (662) 377-4800 • North Mississippi State Hospital (662) 690-4200


Jazzercise is offered at 8:30-9:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; at 12:15 -12:45 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday; and 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at the Tupelo Furniture Market Mississippi Building on Coley Road. Starting May 1, classes will be at King’s Gate Worship Center on West Jackson Street in Tupelo. Monthly fees start at $32. Contact Sherry Reppert at (662) 2552696 or Tupelo Parks and Recreation organizes a number of adult and children’s fitness and sports programs and operates parks, aquatic center and recreational facilities in the city. (662) 841-6440. NMMC Wellness Center offers fitness programs for members and a number of events and classes that are open to the public. (662) 377-4141 or (800) 843-3375. Beginner Yoga is offered at 9:30 a.m.

and 5:15 p.m. Tuesdays at the Yoga Center in Tupelo. All classes are based on donation. Pay what you can afford to pay. (662) 372-3233. TUPELO FIT is public fitness initiative in Tupelo. Free weekly fitness activities are offered around the city. Activities are posted at Tupelo FIT Facebook page.


Access Family Health Services, a federally qualified health center, offers services on a sliding scale. Also serves as community-based outpatient clinic for the Memphis VA hospital. Located at Gloster Creek Village in Tupelo. (662) 690-8007. ACTS – Alcohol Chemical Treatment Series – is a free curriculum-based self-help, recovery and educational program for anyone wanting to recover from alcohol or drugs, along with families. ACTS meets from 6 to 7 p.m. every Tuesday at Cedar Grove United Pentecostal Church on North Veterans Boulevard, Tupelo. (662) 844-9637. Anger Management classes are offered 6 to 7 p.m. every Tuesday at Cedar Grove United Pentecostal Church on North Veterans Boulevard in Tupelo. (662) 844-9637. Antone Tannehill Good Samaritan Free Clinic provides health care to working or temporarily unemployed Lee County residents who cannot af-

ford health insurance but are not eligible for government health care programs. (662) 844-3733. Autism Center of North Mississippi provides free assessments and early intervention for children with autism on a sliding-fee scale. The nonprofit is located at 146 S. Thomas St., Suite E, Tupelo. (662) 840-0974. CATCH Kids offers free health care to children under 18 through schoolbased and community clinics in Lee, Pontotoc and Chickasaw counties. In Lee County, weekly community clinics are offered at 5 p.m. Mondays at the North Green Street Clinic and Tuesdays at the Haven Acres Clinic. Weekly school clinics are offered at Lawhon Elementary in the Tupelo Public School District and all Lee County schools. (662) 377-2194 or CPR and first aid classes are regularly offered through the American Red Cross, Northeast Mississippi chapter, 4127 West Side Drive. (662) 680-6101. Educational opportunities for expectant parents are offered through the NMMC Women’s Hospital. Classes include Early Pregnancy Class, Preparation for Birth, Preparation for Cesarean Birth, Lamaze Class, Breastfeeding Class, Grandparenting Class, Sibling Class and Infant CPR. Call (662) 377-4934 for infant CPR and (662) 377-4956 for all other classes, or (800) 843-3375.



Instructor Nelda Clayton leads a Yin-Yang yoga class at Shanti Yoga.

The Extra Mile is a sober living center for men 18-55 who have completed primary residential treatment for chemical dependency. Located in between Saltillo and Mantachie. (662) 282-7807 and (662) 397-2854. Family Resource Center of Northeast Mississippi offers parenting classes, Parents as Teachers program, fathers-only classes and parenting during divorce classes. (662) 844-0013. HealthWorks! Children’s Health Education Center takes an interactive, hands-on approach to teaching children about healthy lifestyles and is located at the corner of Robert E. Lee and Industrial drives in Tupelo. Programs, exhibit floor and special events. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. General admission is $5. Call (662) 377-5437. Lee County Health Department provides public health services for children and adults through the Mississippi Department of Health. 532 Church St., Tupelo. (662) 841-9096. Mental health assessment interviews by a licensed professional counselor are offered through North Mississippi Medical Center Behavioral Health Center by appointment, Monday-Friday at the Eason Boulevard center. (800) 442-2238.

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency provides free confidential information, assessments and treatment referrals for people struggling with addiction. Maintains listings of area support group meetings. (662) 841-0403. North Mississippi Birthing Project offers support for pregnant women by pairing them with volunteer mentors and offering pregnancy and life-management related classes. (662) 2558283 or email NMMC Breast Care Center offers free, private sessions by appointment with a breast health specialist to help women learn proper breast self-examination skills. (662) 377-4910. NMMC Diabetes Treatment Center offers a Comprehensive Diabetes SelfManagement Program. (662) 377-2500 or (800) 843-3375. NMMC The Desk provides physician referrals and information on hospital health programs open to the public. (800) 843-3375. Nurse Link, a free health care information service provided by NMMC, connects callers with a registered nurse from 4 p.m. to midnight Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to midnight weekends and holidays. (800) 8826274.

Regional Rehabilitation Center provides long-term outpatient, therapeutic rehabilitation services free of charge to individuals with disabilities. (662) 842-1891. Region III Mental Health Center provides outpatient mental health services on a sliding scale. (662) 844-1717. Free smoking cessation classes are regularly available through the NMMC Community Health Department. (800) 843-3375. Sisters Network, a chapter of the national black breast cancer survivors support group, offers support group meetings, free temporary prosthesis and funding for mammograms for medically underserved women. Call Norma Derring at (662) 842-3440. Tree of Life Free Clinic offers basic medical care free of charge to those without private health insurance, Medicaid or Medicare. Limited dental care – extractions only – is offered to the clinic’s patients. The clinic has no income or residency requirements. Clinic is open at 4:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month and at 9 a.m. the first Saturday of the month. (662) 841-8777. Women First Resource Center, 215 N. Gloster St., Suite D, Tupelo, offers assistance and support for women fac-

ing cancer and other health concerns. Wig and prosthesis programs, casseroles ministry, support group meetings. (662) 842-5725. A Woman’s Place Lunchtime Learning Series, a series of free educational programs for women, is sponsored by the Health Care Foundation of North Mississippi. Lunch is $5; preregistration required. (800) 843-3375.


Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women working to solve their common problem of alcoholism. There are no dues or fees. In Tupelo, meetings 31 times a week. Call (662) 844-0374 or visit for listings. Al-Anon is a fellowship of friends and relatives of alcoholics. The group has meetings at several locations: • Tupelo Serenity Group, 8 p.m. Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays at 613 Pegram Drive. (662) 610-5950. • First Presbyterian Church, Tupelo 8 p.m. Tuesday. (662) 844-0374 or (800) 344-2666. • Peace Seekers Al-Anon Family Group meets at noon Wednesday and Friday at Calvary Baptist Church, Tupelo. (662) 401-8094 or (800) 3442666.

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Listings • Solution Seekers – Adult Children of Alcoholics meets at noon Mondays at Calvary Baptist Church fellowship hall, Tupelo. Call Nancy P. at (847) 902-6267. Addiction support group listings available from National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependency. (662) 8410403 or ALS Connections Support Group meets at noon the second Tuesday of the month in the conference room at Longtown Medical Park in Tupelo. Sponsored by the ALS Association Louisiana-Mississippi Chapter. Open to patients, family members, caregivers. Call Brandi Nickles at (601) 364-3326 or Jasmyne Searcy at (662) 377-7215. The Alzheimer’s Support Group meets at 6 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at the Cedars Health Center Activity Room, Tupelo. Open to anyone who has a relative or friend suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or any dementia-related illness. Call Terri Armstrong at (662) 844-1441. An Amputee Support Group meets at noon the first Tuesday of each month at NMMC Outpatient Rehabilitation Center in Tupelo. (662) 377-7225 or (800) 843-3375. Bereavement Support Group meets 10 a.m. the fourth Wednesday of the month at Darlington Oaks on Skeet Drive in Verona. Call Community Hospice at (662) 566-4011. Cancer Survivor 101 support group for newly diagnosed patients actively undergoing treatment will meet at 2 p.m. the second Thursday of the month. Call Cindy Edwards at (662) 377-4049 or (800) 843-3375. Celebrate Recovery is a Bible-based group open to those struggling with addiction, anger issues, grief, guilt, shame, financial loss, abuse, eating disorders or compulsive behaviors. Groups meet at: • 7 p.m. Fridays in the youth building at West Jackson Street Baptist Church, Tupelo. Contact Neil Naron at (662) 891-1773 or Susan Naron at 871-3872. • 6 p.m. Saturdays at NorthStar Church, 112 Bauhaus, Saltillo. Call (662) 869-7778 or email The Compassionate Friends-Tupelo, a support group for families who have suffered the death of a child of any age, meets at 6 p.m. the fourth Thursday of the month at NMMC Wellness Center in Tupelo. Call Dave Jensen at (662) 842-1327 or (662) 231-1305. Parents, stepparents, grandparents and siblings are invited to attend. Diabetes Support Group-Tupelo meets at 11 a.m. the second Thursday of the month at the NMMC Wellness Center in Tupelo. Sponsored by the NMMC Diabetes Treatment Center. (662) 377-2500 or (800) 843-3375.

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The Disability Support Group meets at 2 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at LIFE office, Cliff Gookin Boulevard, Tupelo. People with all types of physical and mental disabilities are welcome. Call Wayne Lauderdale or Emily Word at (662) 844-6633. Domestic Violence Support Groups meet regularly in Tupelo: • 6 p.m. every Thursday. Call (800) 527-7233 for location. Child care is provided. • 3:30 p.m. the first Thursday of the month at the Lee County Family Resource Center in Tupelo. Child care available. (662) 844-0013. Fibromyalgia Support Group-Tupelo meets at 6 p.m. on the fourth Monday of the month at the Women First Resource Center 215 N. Gloster St., Suite D, in Tupelo. (662) 842-5725. Gray Matters Support Group for anyone diagnosed with a brain tumor and their caregivers meets at 6 p.m. the last Tuesday of the month at the NMMC Cancer Center in Tupelo. Call Cindy Edwards at (662) 377-4049 or (800) 843-3375. I Can Cope cancer support group meets at noon the second Friday of the month at Bridgepoint on South Gloster Street. Guest speakers. Lunch provided for cancer survivors and caregivers. Sponsored by the American Cancer Society. Call coordinator Donna Kingsley at (662) 213-8478. La Leche League of Lee County offers mother-to-mother support for breastfeeding. The group meets at 11 a.m. the first Thursday of the month. All pregnant and breastfeeding mothers are invited to attend. Other LLL services include a lending library and 24hour telephone help. For information about meeting location or help with a breastfeeding concern, call Toni at (662) 255-8283. Lupus Support is available in Northeast Mississippi sponsored by the Lupus Foundation of America. Open to anyone interested in lupus. Contact Michelle Harris at (662) 825-0224 or (662) 256-2604. Man-to-Man prostate cancer support group meets at 6 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month in the NMMC-Tupelo education center. (662) 377-3985 or (800) 843-3375. Mended Hearts-Tupelo a support group for people who have had heart bypass surgery, heart disease or other physical ailments of the heart, meets at 5:45 p.m. the last Thursday of each month except December at Room 21 of the NMMC East Tower Education Center. Call Frances Cobb at (662) 840-4335 to register. Mississippi Chapter of Parents of Blind Children will meet at 9 a.m. the last Saturday of the month at the Harden House office on North Gloster Street in Tupelo. Contact Pat Sartain at (662) 871-8262.

The Multiple Sclerosis Support Group meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at NMMC Wellness Center in Tupelo. Contact Allison Holloway at (662) 231-5829, Karan Woods at (662) 231-9160 or (800) 843-3375. Narcotics Anonymous, a communitybased association of recovering drug addicts, meets in Lee County. • Tupelo group meets at Salvation Army on Carnation Street at 6 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sundays. • Mooreville group meets at 4:30 p.m. Sunday and 6 p.m. Wednesday at Living Waters Community Church on County Road 1554. Call (662) 841-9998 or (866) 8419998 for information. The North MS Pediatric Cancer Support Group (PECANS) meets at 6 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. Call Teresa Farris at (662) 791-1228 for meeting location. Northeast Mississippi Down Syndrome Society offers support and information resources for families of children with Down Syndrome. The group hosts the Buddy Walk in October. Call (662) 871-2387 or (662) 869-3211, email or visit Parkinson’s Disease Support Group meets at 3 p.m. the first Sunday of the month at NMMC Wellness Center in Tupelo. Open to people with Parkinson’s and their families. Call Ginger Gore or Amanda Allen at (662) 3773729 or (800) 843-3375. Second Chance Transplant Awareness Group meets at 6:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month except for June at McAlister’s Deli on South Gloster Street in Tupelo. Call Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency, Tupelo office (662) 841-1960. A Sexual Addiction Support Group meets in Tupelo. (662) 841-0403. A Sexual Assault Support Group meets at 11 a.m. every Wednesday. (800) 527-7233 for location. Sisters Network, Tupelo chapter of the black breast cancer survivor’s support group, meets at 5:30 p.m. the first Monday of the month at the Link Centre in Tupelo. Call Norma Derring at (662) 842-3440. Stepping Stones cancer support group meets at 4 p.m. the last Monday of the month at NMMC Cancer Center. Open to cancer surviviors and their caregivers. Call social worker Cindy Edwards at (662) 377-4049 or (800) 843-3375. Stroke support group meets at 5 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month in NMMC East Tower Room 21 in Tupelo. Call Stacy Scruggs at (662) 3774058. T.A.A.P. (Teen Addiction Awareness Program) meets from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence building, 200 N. Spring St., Tupelo. The program is free for ages 13-17. There will be educational sessions on every aspect of drug and alcohol use and abuse. Call NCADD at (662) 841-0403. TOPS, a weight loss support group, meets at 4:30 p.m. Thursdays at Salvation Army at 527 Carnation St. Fees are $28 for annual membership; $14 for spouses and teens. Call Ann Ivy at (662) 566-2816 or (662) 397-4998, area captain Tina Evans at (662) 3697151, state coordinator Pat Harris at (662) 386-0249 or (800) 932-8677 or visit Tupelo Lost Chords Club meets at noon the fourth Thursday of each month at the Longtown Medical Park conference room at 4381 S. Eason Blvd. The club is open to all laryngectomees, spouses of laryngectomees and interested professionals. Call Lisa Renfroe at (662) 377-3248. Weight Loss Support Group meets at 6 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at NMMC Wellness Center in Tupelo. The group provides education and emotional support for those who are considering or have had weight loss surgery. The meeting is free, but participants must register. Contact registered nurse Cherri Cox at (662) 377-7546 or (866) 908-9465. Women with Cancer Support GroupTupelo meets at 6 p.m. the third Monday of each month at Women First Resource Center, 215 N. Gloster St., Suite D, Tupelo. (662) 842-5725.

Financial Note: Some of the bank locations and phone numbers are for main offices. Other branches throughout the county are available for service. • BancorpSouth, 1 Mississippi Plaza, 201 S. Spring St. Tupelo, (662) 6802000. • BNA Bank, 3041 McCullough Blvd., Belden, (662) 842-8005. • BrightView Federal Credit Union, 924 Harmony Lane, Tupelo, (662) 8449531. • CB&S Bank, 86 S. Thomas St. Tupelo, (662) 620-1120. • Community Bank, 1317 N. Gloster St., Tupelo, (662) 844-8653. • FAA Federal Credit Union, 3182 Tupelo Commons, Tupelo, (662) 680-5620. • Farmers & Merchants Bank, 111 W. Clayton St., Baldwyn, (662) 3651200. • First American National Bank, 431 W. Main St., Tupelo, (662) 841-3419. • FNB Tupelo, 337 E. Main Street, Suite B, Tupelo, (662) 842-6678. • Land Bank of North Mississippi-Tupelo, 3517 Tom Watson Drive, Tupelo, (662) 842-1202.



Teacher Mark Enis talks about the Roaring ’20s to his U.S. history class at Tupelo High School.

• MIssissippi Employees Federal Credit Union, 924 Harmony Lane, Tupelo, (662) 844-4795. • North Mississippi Health Services Employees Federal Credit Union, 830 S. Gloster St., Tupelo, (662) 377-3235. • Regions Bank, 331 W. Main St., Tupelo, (662) 842-2666. • Renasant Bank, 209 Troy St., Tupelo, (662), 680-1001. • TPC Employees Federal Credit Union, P.O. Box 527, Tupelo, (662) 566-4810. • Trustmark Bank, 110 E. Main St., Suite A, Tupelo, (662) 841-2983.

Education The Tupelo Public School District celebrated two “A” schools when the Mississippi Department of Education released its latest rankings in the fall. The district received a “B” grade for the second year in a row, based on results of state tests. The two “A” schools were Lawndale Elementary and Tupelo High Schools. THS also celebrated its 100th anniversary and earned multiple sports state championships during the year. The 7,300-student district also won numerous extracurricular competitions – including state championships for its newspaper and broadcast staffs, three

teams that qualified for the National Bridge Building championships and an individual champion of the Mid-South spelling bee. Tupelo Schools expanded a district-wide arts integration program that uses drama, music, theater and visual art to help teach academic concepts. The Lee County School District is undergoing much construction and renovation thanks to a $13.5 million bond issue approved by voters in July. That includes work on nine of the district’s 11 campuses, much of which will be done this summer. Saltillo Primary, Saltillo High, Guntown Middle, Shannon High and Plantersville Middle Schools each will receive new wings or buildings. The 7,200-student district had two National Merit Semifinalists. Six of its schools earned a “B” grade – Guntown, Mooreville High, Mooreville Middle, Saltillo Elementary and Saltillo High Schools – while the district received a “C.” Both the Tupelo and Lee County school districts completed their first year of a dual enrollment program through Itawamba Community College that allows students to earn college credit while in high school. Parts of two other school districts are located within Lee County. The

Baldwyn district is in both Lee and Prentiss counties, while the Nettleton district is in Lee and Monroe counties. Each is looking for a new principal.

Chris Kieffer


The Tupelo Public School District has four K-2 schools, four third- to fifthgrade schools, a K-1 school, a secondto fifth-grade school, a sixth-grade school, middle school and high school. The district also has the Early Childhood Education Center for 4-year-olds. PRE-KINDERGARTEN • Martin Luther King Jr. Early Childhood Education Center Phone: (662) 840-5237 Address: 1402 N. Green St. Principal: Anita Buchanan GRADES K-2 • Carver Elementary School (K-1) Phone: (662) 841-8870 Address: 910 N. Green St. Principal: Christy Carroll • Joyner Elementary Phone: (662) 841-8900 Address: 1201 Joyner Ave. Principal: Kim Foster • Parkway Elementary Phone: (662) 844-6303 Address: 628 Rutherford Road Principal: Mitzi Moore • Thomas Street Elementary

Phone: (662) 841-8960 Address: 520 S. Thomas St. Principal: Chad Chism GRADES 3-5 • Lawhon Elementary School (2-5) Phone: (662) 841-8910 Address: 140 Lake St. Principal: Corlis Curry • Lawndale Elementary School Phone: (662) 841-8890 Address: 1563 Mitchell Road Principal: Brock English • Pierce Street Elementary School Phone: (662) 841-8940 Address: 1008 Pierce St. Principal: Art Dobbs • Rankin Elementary School Phone: (662) 841-8950 Address: 1908 Forrest St. Principal: Amy Barnett GRADE 6 • Milam Elementary School Phone: (662) 841-8920 Address: 720 W. Jefferson St. Principal: Paul Moton GRADES 7-8 • Tupelo Middle School Phone: (662) 840-8780 Address: 1009 Varsity Drive Principal: Kristy Luse GRADES 9-12 • Tupelo High School Phone (662) 841-8970 Address: 4125 Cliff Gookin Blvd. Principal: Jason Harris

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Fourth-grade teacher Keletha Dancy helps Dailin Cooperwood with a math problem at Verona Elementary School. OTHER DIVISIONS Administrative Office Phone: (662) 841-8850 Address: 1242 S. Green St. Superintendent: Gearl Loden BOARD OF TRUSTEES • President: Rob Hudson (662) 8417770 • Vice President: Kenneth Wheeler (662) 610-6953 • Secretary: Joe Babb (662) 620-1892 • Sherry Davis (662) 871-9224 • Eddie Prather (662) 840-8514 CAREER-TECHNICAL CENTER • Phone: (662) 841-8990 Address: 4125 Cliff Gookin Blvd. Director: Evet Topp FILLMORE CENTER • Phone: (662) 690-5004 Address: 903 Fillmore St. Director: Larry Harmon AEE The Association for Excellence in Education is a community organization designed to raise private money to fund public school projects that aren’t covered by state, local or federal money. Phone: (662) 844-8989 Address: AEE, C/O of CREATE Foundation P.O. Box 1053, Tupelo, MS 38802

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President: Ryan Roper


The Lee County School District has 13 schools located in communities throughout the county. Mooreville Elementary School (Grades K-5) Phone: (662) 844-7105 Address: 967 County Road 1409 Principal: Joanna Peugh Mooreville Middle School (Grades 6-8) Phone: (662) 680-4894 Address: 964 County Road 1409 Principal: Roman Doty Mooreville High School (Grades 9-12) Phone: (662) 842-6859 Address: 115 County Road 1429 Principal: Lee Bruce Saltillo Primary School (Grades K-2) Phone: (662) 869-3724 Address: 1806 Highway 45 Principal: Ken Smith Saltillo Elementary School (Grades 3-5) Phone: (662) 869-2211 Address: 424 S. 3rd St. Principal: Belinda McKinion Guntown Middle School (Grades 6-8) Phone: (662) 348-8800

Address: 1539 Main St. Principal: Steven Havens Saltillo High School (Grades 9-12) Phone: (662) 869-5466 Address: 146 Tiger Drive Principal: Tim Devaughn Plantersville Middle School (Grades 5-8) Phone (662) 842-4690 Address: 2657 Main St. Principal: Rodney Spears Verona Elementary (Grades K-4) Phone: (662) 566-7266 Address: 212 College Ave. Principal: Temeka Shannon Shannon Primary School (Grades K-2) Phone: (662) 767-0135 Address: 6408 Noah Curtis St. Principal: Shelly Brooks Shannon Elementary (Grades 3-5) Phone: (662) 767-9514 Address: 695 Romie Hill Ave. Principal: Allen Stanford Shannon Middle School (Grades 6-8) Phone: (662) 767-3986 Address: 232 Cherry St. Principal: Barry Woods Shannon High School (Grades 9-12) Phone (662) 767-9566

Address: 218 Cherry St. Principal: Bill Rosenthal OTHER DIVISIONS Administrative Office Phone: (662) 841-9144 Address: 1280 College View Drive Superintendent: Jimmy Weeks SCHOOL BOARD • President: Sherry Mask: • Vice President: Mike Mitchell: • Secretary: Mary Edwards: • Hal Swann: • Ronnie Bell: BELDEN CENTER Phone: (662) 842-2050 Address: 4677 Endville Road, Belden Director: Pam Blissard EXPECT Exceptional Progress in Education through Curriculum and Technology is a community organization designed to generate private money to fund various projects in Lee County’s schools. Phone: (662) 841-9144 Address: 1280 College View Drive Tupelo, MS 38804 President: Angel Wiginton



Circulation Assistant Jill Rogers grabs a book from the shelf at the Lee County Library.


The Nettleton School District has four schools serving students in southeast Lee County and northwest Monroe County. Nettleton Primary School (Grades K-3) Phone: (662) 963-2360 Address: 4386 Highway 6 North Principal: David Tutor Nettleton Upper Elementary School (Grades 4-5) Phone: (662) 963-7406 Address: 170 Mullen Ave. Principal: Robert Black Nettleton Junior High School (Grades 6-8) Phone: (662) 963-7400 Address: 170 Mullen Ave. Principal: Marshall Johnson Nettleton High School (Grades 9-12) Phone: (662) 963-2306 Address: 165 Mullen Ave. Principal: To be announced Administrative Office Phone: (662) 963-2151 Address: 179 Mullen Ave.


Baldwyn has three schools serving students in north Lee County and southwest Prentiss County. Baldwyn Elementary School

(Grades K-4) Phone: (662) 365-1010 Address: 515 Bender Circle Principal: To be announced Baldwyn Middle School (Grades 5-8) Phone: (662) 365-1015 Address: 452 N. 4th St. Principal: Danny Ramsey Baldwyn High School (Grades 9-12) Phone: (662) 365-1020 Address: 512 N. 4th St. Principal: To be announced Administrative Office Phone: (662) 365-1000 Address: 107 W. Main St.


Itawamba Community College, Tupelo campus Phone: (662) 620-5000 Address: 2176 S. Eason Blvd. Vice President of Instructional Services: Sara Johnson Phone: (662) 862-8050 President: Mike Eaton Phone: (662) 862-8001 Mississippi University for Women Division of Nursing, Tupelo campus Phone: (662) 620-5380 Address: 1918 Briar Ridge Road Coordinator: Rosemary Marecle University of Mississippi Advanced Education Center

Phone: (662) 844-5622 Address: 1918 Briar Ridge Road Dean: To be announced

Events Helen Foster Lecture: Each spring at the Lee County Library, 219 Madison St., Tupelo. Features well-known authors. (662) 841-9029. Madrigal Singe Feaste: Each Christmas season. Features Tupelo High School Madrigals. For information, call the Tupelo High School choral department at (662) 841-8977.


Lakeview Baptist Academy (Grades Pre-K-12) Phone: (662) 842-4005 Address: 830 Shumacola Trail, Tupelo Principal: Robert Garland Tupelo Christian Academy (Grades Pre-K-12) Phone: (662) 791-7731 Address: 1801 E. Main St. Principal: Jennifer Lawrence Tupelo Christian Preparatory School (Grades Pre-K-12) Phone: (662) 844-8604 Address: 5440 Endville Road Headmaster: Brian Benscoter

1010 N. Gloster • Tupelo • 205-8751 • Lunch: M - F & Sun 11am - 2pm • Supper: M - Sat 5 - 9:30pm

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Listings People eat their barbecue lunch during the Don't Be Cruel BBQ Duel at Fairpark held each March.


Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference: Summer, University of Mississippi, Oxford. Focuses on life and writings of Oxford’s Nobel Prize-winning author William Faulkner. Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Southern Culture. Features readings, lectures, discussions, reception. (662) 915-7283 or Charity Ball: February celebration sponsored by the Tupelo Junior Auxiliary. Recognizes Tupelo outstanding citizen. Attire is black tie optional. Proceeds benefit local charities. Tickets are available from Junior Auxiliary members. (662) 678-3876. Don’t Be Cruel BBQ Duel: March event in Tupelo. Professional, amateur barbecue teams compete. The event is sanctioned by the Memphis Barbecue Network. or (662) 690-4011. Presley Heights Azalea Festival: First weekend in April at Veterans Park, Tupelo. Kids’ games, entertainment and more. or (662) 213-5599. Tupelo Blue Suede Cruise: First weekend in May in Tupelo. Classic car owners show off their wheels and drive around Tupelo. There’s music, vendors, a poker run and more. (662) 213-8873 or Dudie’s Burger Festival: First Saturday in May at the Oren Dunn City Museum, Tupelo. Celebrates a downtown

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Tupelo landmark with music, food and more. or (662) 841-6438. GumTree Festival of the Arts: Tupelo’s annual arts festival held every Mother’s Day weekend. Features juried art competition, songwriting contest and short story and poetry contest, entertainment, musical production and more. (662) 844-2787 or Tupelo Film Festival: Spring event in Tupelo. Spotlights independent films with screenings and workshops. (800) 533-0611, (662) 841-6521 or Elvis Presley Festival: First weekend in June, downtown Tupelo, fully licensed and supported by the city of Tupelo and Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc. Features all types of music with emphasis on rock ’n’ roll, gospel and blues. Includes Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist competition. (662) 841-6598 or Northeast Mississippi Livestock Exposition: Fall livestock exposition at Lee County Agri-Center, 5395 Hwy. 145, Verona. (662) 841-9000. Verona Heritage Festival: June event in downtown Verona. Features re-enactment of Vernon and Gladys Presley’s wedding, plus music and more. (662) 213-4297. Down from the Hills Music Festival: May 17, Union County Fairgrounds,

New Albany. Features Mississippi Bluegrass Championships for fiddle, Dobro, guitar, mandolin, banjo and bluegrass band. Workshops Dobro and banjo May 17. Campsites available. (662) 538-0014, 534-1916, email or visit Amory Railroad Festival: April festival in downtown Amory in Frisco Park. Arts and crafts, food, entertainment, carnival, live entertainment, 5k run, locomotive display and more. (662) 256-3213, 315-5771 or Oxford’s Double Decker Festival: Spring festival the last Friday and Saturday in April on the square in Oxford. Music, arts and crafts, children events, food vendors, 5k walk and 10k run, and more. (662) 232-2477 or Oxford Conference for the Book: Spring event at the University of Mississippi in Oxford. Authors, readers and academics gather for book-related events. Call the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at (662) 915-5993, Okeelala Festival: Held the first Saturday in October in Latimer Park in Baldwyn. Features arts and crafts, entertainment, food, car show, beauty pageant, talent show, 5k run. (662) 365-1050

or Bodock Festival: Sept. 26-27 on the court square in Pontotoc. Features arts and crafts, art gallery, motorcycle run, twilight run, car show, carnival, golf tournament, entertainment. (662) 489-5042. Flywheel Festival: April 25-26 and Sept. 26-27, Joe Brigance Park in Houston. Fish fry, flywheel living history demonstrations, vendors, arts and crafts, 5k run. (662) 456-2321. Heritage Day Festival: Labor Day weekend at Mineral Springs Park on Highway 172 East in Iuka. Features musical entertainment, kids’ games, arts and crafts, car show, Indian powwow. (662) 423-3954 or Jacinto Foundation: July 4 festival on the grounds of the Jacinto Courthouse in Alcorn County. Features political rally, Chucalissa Indians, arts and crafts, flea market and more. (662) 286-8662. Slugburger Festival: July 10-12, downtown Corinth. Features local and mainstream entertainment, carnival, slugburger eating contest. (662) 2871550 or Hog Wild BBQ Festival: Oct. 2-4 in downtown Corinth. The event is sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Society. It includes music and a carnival. or (662) 287-1550



People look at artwork by Michael Banks as they pass by his booth during the 42nd annual GumTree Festival. The festival is held each May. Prairie Arts Festival: Saturday before Labor Day in downtown West Point. Features 5k run, barbecue, entertainment, flea market. For information, call the Growth Alliance at (662) 4945121, or visit Howlin’ Wolf Blues Festival: Friday before Labor Day at the West Point Civic Center. Musicians celebrate Chester “Howlin’ Wolf” Burnett. Call (662) 605-0770 or visit Mantachie Fest: Third Saturday in September at Mantachie City Park. Arts and crafts, carnival rides, entertainment. (662) 790-4718. Bukka White Blues Festival: Annual fall festival the third weekend in October at Blue Bluff Recreation Area, Aberdeen. Authentic blues, kids’ activities, arts and crafts, and more. Call (662) 369-9440 or (800) 634-3538, email or visit Vardaman Sweet Potato Festival: First week in November beginning on the first Saturday in Vardaman. Arts and crafts, and 5k run on first Saturday. Beauty contests on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Banquet and sweet potato recipe contest on second Saturday. (662) 682-7561 or 682-7559. Eudora Welty Writers’ Symposium: An October event at Mississippi University for Women, Columbus. It includes

lectures, author roundtables and more. (662) 329-7386 or


Tupelo Ballroom Dance Club: 7-10 p.m. one Saturday per month, First Presbyterian Church, Tupelo. Check for date. $10/nonmembers, $5/members. (662) 348-5773 or 869-2380. Young at Heart, Adults 50+: 7-9 p.m. every Thursday except fifth Thursdays. $5. Bel-Air Center, Tupelo. (662) 841-6440.


Cinemark 8: Located on the east side of The Mall at Barnes Crossing, Hwy. 45 and Barnes Crossing Road, Tupelo. 8 screens. (662) 844-8256, Malco 10: Located at 3088 Tupelo Commons Ave., Tupelo. 10 screens. (662) 841-2088 check


Amory Regional Museum: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Fri. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. 1-5 p.m. Sun. Free. 801 3rd St. S., Amory. (662) 256-2761. Mississippi Final Stands Interpretive Center: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.Sat., 607 Grisham St., Baldwyn, near Hwy. 45 Bypass; exhibit fea-

turing the Battles of Brices Crossroads and Tupelo/Harrisburg. $5. Group rates available. Battlefield 5 miles west of Baldwyn on Hwy. 370 and is open dawn to dusk. (662) 365-3969. GumTree Museum of Art: 211 W. Main St., Tupelo. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tues., Thurs. and Fri., 10 a.m.-noon Wed. All other times by appointment. Free. Group tours available. Handicap accessible. (662) 8442787. Oren Dunn City Museum: Highway 6 at James L. Ballard Park, Tupelo. $3/adults, $2/60+, $1.50/4-14, free/4 and under. Group rates available. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tues.-Fri. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. Closed on holidays. Handicap accessible. On Facebook. (662) 8416438. L.Q.C. Lamar House: 616 North 14th St., Oxford. 1-4 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. $5/per person, free/infants and Ole Miss students. (662) 513-6071. Elvis Presley Birthplace & Museum: 306 Elvis Presley Drive, Tupelo. Clothing, furniture, personal items and rare photos. Tours: 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon. through Sat. from May to September. 9-5 p.m. Mon. through Sat. the remaining months. 1-5 p.m. Sunday year-round. • Birthplace: $6/adults, $3/children, free/7 and under. Grand tour, includes

house, museum and church: $15/adults, $12/students and seniors, $6/children. Group rates available. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas. Handicap accessible. (662) 841-1245. Itawamba Community College Fine Arts Gallery: ICC campus, Fulton. Open during school year. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Free. Handicap accessible. (662) 862-8304. Tupelo Automobile Museum: More than 100 collectible automobiles. Self-guided tours, gift shop, gift certificates. 9-4:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat., noon-4:30 p.m. Sun. $10/adults, $9/over 60, AAA members and military. $5/12 and under, $8/pre-scheduled groups of 10 or more. (662) 842-4242. Tupelo Veterans Museum: 689 Rutherford Road, Tupelo. (662) 842-1515. Art at Tupelo City Hall: Downtown Tupelo. Open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Free. Northeast Mississippi artists may participate by calling (662) 841-6513. Caron Gallery: 128 W. Main St., Tupelo. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Wed. and Fri., 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Thurs., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. (662) 205-0351. Town Square Post Office and Museum: 59 South Main St., Pontotoc. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday and by appointment. Closed weekends. Free, with donations accepted. (662) 4880388.

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Listings The Tupelo Veterans Museum has memorabilia collected by curator Tony Lute that is associated with the Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War. Exhibits also include items donated from area residents.


Jamie L. Whitten Historical Center: 4 miles north of Fulton. Hours: 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Nov. 1-March 28; 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. every day March 29-May 23; 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. every day May 24-Aug. 29; 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. every day Aug. 30-Oct. 31. Free tours. 120-seat auditorium & covered terrace picnic area. Groups should call ahead; $75/per day for auditorium. Charges for special occasions after hours are $100/per hour with two-hour minimum, with a $75 clean-up fee that will be refunded if clean. Reservations (2 weeks in advance) (662) 862-5414. Marshall County Museum: 220 East College Ave., Holly Springs. Civil War Room; 11 Wars Room, etc. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri. and by appointment. Closed holidays. Christmas tour first weekend in December. $5/adults, $3/12 and under with an adult. (662) 252-3669. Kate Freeman Clark Art Gallery: 300 E. College Ave., Holly Springs. For appointments, (662) 252-2838, 2525934. Southside Gallery: 150 Courthouse Square, Oxford. Monthly exhibits. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat., Sunday and Monday by appointment. Free. Handicap accessible. (662) 234-9090 or Tippah County Historical Museum: 106 N. Siddall St., Ripley, 10 a.m.-2

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p.m. Mon.-Sat. Special tours by appointment. Free, with donations accepted. (662) 512-0099. University Museums: Corner of Fifth & University Ave., Oxford. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Free. Suggested admission for traveling shows is $5/adults, $4/seniors, $3/6-17. Free/5 and under, Ole Miss students and Museum Members. Handicap accessible. (662) 915-7073. Union County Heritage Museum: 114 Cleveland St., New Albany. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Sat. Exhibits include New Albany native William Faulkner, Paul Rainey, Faulkner literary garden, more. Free, with donations accepted; guided tours for classes, etc., (662) 5380014, Bay Springs Lake Visitor Center: off Hwy 4 on east side of Bay Springs Lake near Jamie Whitten Lock & Dam. 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Mon. - Fri. Closed on federal holidays. 7:30 a.m.4 p.m. weekends from Memorial Day to Labor Day. (662) 423-1287. The Verandah-Curlee House: 705 Jackson St., Corinth. Tours by appointment. (662) 287-9501. Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center: 501 W. Linden St., Corinth. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Closed Christmas Day. Free. (662) 287-9273. Jacinto Courthouse: Includes a park area, walking trails and R.V. hookups.

367 County Road 367, just off Hwy. 356, Jacinto. 1-5 p.m. Tues.-Fri. and Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., Memorial Day through Labor Day. Only open on weekends otherwise. Free. (662) 2868662. Crossroads Museum: Civil War artifacts, historical photos, Chickasaw artifacts, Paleozoic and Cretaceous fossils. 221 N. Fillmore St., Corinth. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 1-4 p.m. Sun. $5/adults, $3/seniors, students, military. Free for 16 and under. On Facebook. (662) 287-3120. Corinth Artist Guild Gallery: 609 N. Fillmore St., Corinth. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tues.-Sat. (662) 665-0520. Corinth National Cemetery: Final resting place for 1,793 known and 3,895 unknown soldiers, and 273 regiments from 15 states. Horton Street, Corinth. Hours: dawn to dusk. Free. (901) 3868311. Battery Robinett: The site of fierce fighting during the Civil War Battle of Corinth. Linden Street, Corinth. Hours: dawn to dusk. Free. (662) 287-9273. Cobb Institute of Archaeology Museum: Mississippi State University, Starkville. 1-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Closed in summer. Groups by appointment; give two weeksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; notice for appointments. Opens in September, closes in May. Handicap accessible. Free. (662) 325-3826.

Charles H. Templeton Sr. Music Museum: MSU Mitchell Memorial Library, Starkville. Musical instruments, sheet music, records, more. 9-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri. (662) 325-6634 Ida B. Wells Art Gallery: Located at 220 N. Randolph St., Holly Springs. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., noon-5 p.m. Saturday. Closed Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving and New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day. $5/adults, $3/12 and under and with an adult. New featured exhibit every 4-6 weeks of African and African-American art. (662) 252-3232.


Skate Zone: 103 Parkgate Drive, Tupelo. School hours are: Tuesday, 6-8 p.m., $1 plus skate rental; Friday, 7 p.m.midnight, $8 plus skate rental; Saturday, noon-11 p.m., $6 plus skate rental; Sunday, 2-6 p.m., $6, skate rental included. Summer hours are: Thursday and Tuesday noon-4 p.m., $4 plus skate rental; Tuesday, 6-9 p.m., $2 plus skate rental; Thursday, 6-9 p.m., $4, skate rental included; Friday, 10 a.m.-noon is for children 10 and under only, noon-4 p.m. all ages, $4 plus skate rental; Friday, 7-midnight, $8 plus skate rental. Saturday and Sunday hours and prices are same as in school hours. $2/skate rental. (662) 841-1260. Ballard Park: Hwy. 6, Tupelo. Walking



Drake Huddleston, 7, runs into the wind as he tries to get his kite airborne at Veterans Park. The park offers a plethora of activities for residents.

track, small lake, picnic facilities, sports fields, playground, disc golf, museum. (662) 841-6440. Veterans Park: Veterans Boulevard, Tupelo. Walking track, lake, picnic facilities, playground, community center, disc golf. (662) 841-6440. Tupelo Baseball Sportplex and Tupelo Soccer Sportplex: Rutherford Road, Behind Ballard Park. Sports fields. (662) 841-6440. Saltillo City Park: Cartwright Drive, Saltillo. High school and Little League fields, tennis courts, walking track, playground, grandstand, picnic pavilions, community center and senior citizens center. (662) 869-5668. Blue Bluff Campground and Recreation Area: Aberdeen Lake, Tenn-Tom Waterway. 92 camp sites with concrete pads, picnic tables, grills, water hookups, handicap/special access sites, laundry, rest rooms, hot showers & playgrounds. Open all year 6 a.m.10 p.m. Beach open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Boat ramps open 24 hours. Annual passes $30. $20/regular hookup, $22 hookup water front. 8 people allowed per site. Half price for seniors. (662) 369-2832. Elvis Presley Lake & Campground:

Open all year, 212 County Road 995, northeast of Tupelo. Bicycle trails, nature trail, pavilions, volley ball. Office open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. (662) 620-6314. (662) 840-5172, Holly Springs National Forest: Covers portions of Marshall, Benton, Tippah, Union, Lafayette and Yalobusha counties. 38 lakes with ramp facilities, 60 hunter camps and more than 140 camp and picnic sites, fishing. (662) 236-6550. Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center: 6 miles north of Tupelo on Natchez Trace Parkway. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. every day, except Christmas Day. Features Natchez Trace orientation film, travel information, history exhibits, bookstore & Beech Springs Nature Trail. (662) 680-4027 or (800) 305-7417. Natchez Trace R.V. Camp: 189 County Road 506, Shannon. Campground open all year. Full hookups with pullthrough spaces, cabin, nature trail, tent sites, two fishing ponds, pool, pavilions, grills, laundry, restrooms & showers. $24/daily, $145/weekly. Monthly rates available. (662) 767-8609. Bay Springs Lake Beaches: Old Bridge Beach and Piney Grove Beach open

May 1 to Labor Day from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. $4/private vehicle, $1/person for walk-ins and bikers (12 years or older), $1/person (12 years or older for commercial vehicles but not less than $4.) $30/annual pass. $3/vehicle for boat launching. Fee for Golden Age Access cardholder and America the Beautiful Access is half price. (662) 423-1287 Whitten Park Campground: Near Fulton. Campsites with grill, picnic tables and utility hookups. Rest rooms, showers and laundry facilities, playgrounds, nature trails, boat docks and beach area, picnic shelters and open picnic area. Some campsites are handicap accessible. (Only a part remains open during the winter.) Gatehouse open 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Boat launch $3/vehicle, $1.50/seniors. Camping $22/night, $24/night for waterfront. (662) 423-1287. Piney Grove Campground: West side of Bay Springs Lake, 141 campsites, picnic tables, hookups, grills, fire rings, boat ramp, playgrounds, game courts, more. Some handicap facilities. $22/night for nonwaterfront, $24/waterfront sites. Information: (662) 728-1134. Reservations: (877) 444-6777 or


Aberdeen: Held each spring in Aberdeen. Features tours of antebellum homes and churches, exhibits, storytelling, cemetery tour, library displays. For information, call Aberdeen Visitors Bureau, (800) 634-3538 or (662) 369-9440, email, or visit Holly Springs: Held each spring in Holly Springs. Features tours of antebellum homes and churches, cemetery tour, re-enactments. Call (662) 252-2515 or (888) 687-4765, or visit Columbus: Held each spring in Columbus. Features tours of antebellum homes, some with original furnishings, graveyard tour, candlelight tour, carriage rides, double decker bus rides, pilgrimage pageant and more. Tickets at Pilgrimage Headquarters, The Mississippi Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau, 117 3rd Street South, Columbus. For information, call the Columbus Cultural and Heritage Foundation at (800) 920-3533 or

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Baldwyn Main Street players offer theatrical entertainment for Lee Countians.


BancorpSouth Arena: 375 East Main St., Tupelo. Concerts, conventions, meeting rooms, rodeos, truck and tractor pulls, sporting events, etc. Tickets at box office, arena outlets,,, (800) 745-3000 and (662) 841-6528. Lee County Agri-Center: 5445 Hwy. 145, Verona. Rodeos, livestock shows, entertainment and more. (662) 566-5600. Tupelo Symphony Orchestra: Link Center, Tupelo. Season features concerts with a professional symphony and guest artists. (662) 842-8433, Tupelo Ballet Company: 775 Poplarville Drive, Tupelo. Each season features several performances with guest artists, including The Nutcracker each Christmas season. (662) 844-1928, Tupelo Concert Association: Four performances are held each season at the Tupelo Civic Auditorium. Season tickets sold last week of January and first week of February. (662) 8423173, 840-7505 or 841-1083.


Tupelo Flea Market and Craft Show: Held the weekend of the second Saturday of every month at the Tupelo Furniture Market Buildings at 1879 N. Coley Road, Tupelo. Fea-

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tures arts and crafts, knives, quilts, glassware, clothing, plants, etc. Free parking, $1/admission, free/5 and under. Friday nights, 5-9 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.- 7 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. (662) 8424442.


Baldwyn Main Street Players: Claude Gentry Theater, 112 West Main St., Baldwyn. (662) 678-3931 or Pied Piper Playhouse: Theater troupe geared for children. Season features several plays a year. (662) 346-3899 or 678-3844, Tupelo Community Theater: The Lyric Theater, North Broadway Street, Tupelo. (662) 844-1935, Tallahatchie River Players: The Ciné Theatre, 127 E. Bankhead St., New Albany. (662) 534-3438, Corinth Theatre-Arts: Crossroads Playhouse, 303 Fulton Drive, Corinth. or (662) 287-2995. Starkville Community Theatre: Playhouse on Main, 108 East Main St., Starkville. (662) 323-6855, Saltillo Performing Arts: Children’s theater organization. (662) 8429031,

Sports, Recreation ADULT SPORTS

For information on any of the following sports, call Tupelo Parks and Recreation at (662) 841-6440 or visit Adult Softball: Registration held in February for summer sessions and July 8-Aug. 2 for fall. Men’s, women’s and coed leagues. Adult Flag Football: Registration July 7-Aug. 1; play starts mid-August. Men’s, women’s and coed leagues. Fall Coed Softball: Registration July 7-Aug. 1; spring ball and 40 & over and 50 & over league registration in February. Fall Coed Kickball: Registration July 7-Aug. 1.


Youth baseball/youth softball: Outside Tupelo, it is organized by communities. Contact the local town hall for information. Elite Sports Academy: Located in Chesterville. Baseball fields and a 6,500-square-foot climate-controlled indoor facility with indoor/outdoor hitting areas, pitching areas and pitching machines as well as media room. Private lessons. Home Run Cafe. Open

Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, 1-5:30 p.m. Contact: Buddy Dickerson (662) 680-8020 or (662) 321-2310. Tupelo Parks and Recreation Department offers a variety of sports activities including basketball, football, cheerleading, T-ball, disc golf, aquatics and soccer. Regular office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Offices are closed on all national holidays. For information on any of the following sports, call Tupelo Parks and Recreation at (662) 841-6440. • Tupelo Youth Baseball Association: Ages 4-18. Registration in January. Three levels of play are Recreational, All-Star and Rangers. • Tupelo Youth Soccer Association: Ages 4-18 in separate boys and girls leagues at both recreational and select levels in fall and spring. TYSA plays all games at the Sportsplex and James L. Ballard Park. • Tupelo Aquatic Club. Aquatics Division of Tupelo Parks and Recreation offers Shockwave Aquatics competitive swimming for age 5 and up, including Masters program for adults age 20 and up. • Tupelo Softball Association. For girls 4-14. Registration in January. Play begins in April.



Tommy Caldwell of Tupelo walks with his dogs Cisco, left, and Pearl at the Chickasaw Village Site on the Natchez Trace Parkway. Caldwell walks there with his dogs three or four times a week.


Various churches throughout Lee County are involved in basketball and softball leagues. Contact the church of your choice for more information.


Bel-Air Golf Course: Public, 2107 Country Club Road, Tupelo, (662) 841-6446. Monday-Thursday, 18 holes $20 plus tax, with cart, $15 for nine; Friday-Sunday plus holidays, 18 holes $25, with cart, $20 for nine; Tuesdays and Thursdays, senior rate $11, with cart, 18 holes. Monday-Thursday special after 2 p.m., all-you-can-play for $20 with cart. Walkers, MondayThursday, $12 and Friday-Sunday plus holidays, $14. Hours: 8 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. Big Oaks: Public, par 72; 3481 Big Oaks Blvd., Saltillo, (662) 8448002; m. Monday-Friday (except Thursday), 18 holes, plus tax, with cart, $26; Saturday-Sunday, 7 a.m., 18 holes, $36 and after 2 p.m., $26; Sunday, 7-11 a.m., $26; Wednesday, seniors, $20; walking rate and nine holes, $26; Ladies’ Day, Thursdays, $20. Driving range. Pro shop. Natchez Trace Golf Club: Semi-public, par 72, Old Highway 45 North,

Saltillo, (662) 869-2166. MondaysFridays, $35; weekends and holidays, $45; every day after 3 p.m., $27, all including cart and tax. Call for tee time. Open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Pro shop, driving range, practice green, snack bar, lounge and bar. Tupelo Country Club: Private, Winged Foot Road, Tupelo, (662) 840-4725. Members and guests only.


Whitetail Ridge Outdoors: 44 Birmingham Ridge Road, Blue Springs. One 5-15 station sporting clay course, 10 skeet fields with five lighted fields, two trap field overlays with lighted fields, one five-stand sporting clay field, rifle/pistol/archery ranges, pro shop for shooting or paintball needs, paintball field, 7,000-square-foot clubhouse, locker room, two fishing lakes, two picnic pavilions and 50 motor home hookups with water, electric and sewer. Named 2003 Gun Club of the Year by the National Skeet Shooters Association. Contact: Dick Hollaway, (662) 891-1982. Ridge Crossing Shooting Club: 218 Birmingham Ridge Road, Blue Springs. Ridge Crossing is affil-

iated with the International Defensive Pistol Association, which uses practical equipment in scenarios set up to mimic real-world encounters. Practical handguns and holsters are a requirement – no competitiononly gear. Classes, training, lessons, classifiers and pistol matches. Contact: Nicky Carter, (662) 871-3346.


Rebelanes, 625 Robert E. Lee Drive, Tupelo; Bowling lanes, pro shop, snack bar, game room and party room. Open 9 a.m. winter months and 1 p.m. summer months (Wednesdays, 9 a.m.). Daily specials include Mondays, 1 p.m. to close, $12 an hour for up to six people per lane, $3 each shoe rentals; Tuesdays, 1 p.m. to close, $2 games, $2 shoe rental; Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to close, $10 per person all-you-can-bowl, $3 shoes; Thursdays, 1 p.m. to close, $10 allyou-can-bowl, shoes included; Fridays and Saturdays, 1 p.m. to close, $12 cash and $13 debit or credit card all-you-can-bowl for three hours, includes shoes; Sundays, 1 p.m. to close, $10 per person allyou-can-bowl, $3 shoes. Visit website or call for league information, other specials, discounts and coupons. (662) 842-1132 or


For more information on Mississippi State Lakes, including fishing reports and depth maps, visit Tippah County Lake – 145-acre lake, 2.5 miles north of Ripley on Highway 15, then west three miles. Facilities include restrooms, boat ramp, picnic tables, grills, tent camping, camping pads with electric and water hookups and a pavilion. Skiing is available from noon to sunset Saturday and Sunday. Contact: Lake manager Jim Cutberth at (662) 837-9850. Lake Lamar Bruce – 300-acre lake in Lee County. Closed for renovation. Lake Monroe – 99-acre lake in Monroe County. Closed for renovation. Elvis Presley Lake – 322-acre lake, northeast of Tupelo on Veterans Boulevard, off Hwy. 78 East. Facilities include restrooms, boat ramp, picnic tables, grills, camping pads with electric and water hookups, tent camping and a pavilion. Skiing is available noon to sunset daily. Contact: Lake manager Ken Stanford at (662) 6206314.

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Most days you will find Belden resident Jerry Massa at Trace State Park. He and his wife are regular visitors.


• Entrance/Fishing (ages 16-64) – $5; launching/fishing/entrance/skiing for boats – $7; youth fishing (under age 16) – free; boat launching/disabled/exempt fishing (age 65 and over) – $6; camping/per day – $18; disabled/senior citizen camping/per day – $13. • Camping permit (30 days) – $360; disabled ⁄ senior citizen camping (30 days) – $270. • Disabled/exempt fishing – $3. • Tent camping without electricity/per day – $13. • Pavilion rental (without restrooms) – $36. • Pavilion rental (with restrooms) – $51. • Annual permits: duplicate – annual/lifetime permit $7.29; fishing/entrance (no launching) ages 1664 – $52; boat launch/skiing/entrance/fishing – $102; annual exempt launch/fish – $72; senior citizen/disabled bank fishing (no launching) – $32. • Daily cabin rental without linens, weekday – $65; weekend – $75.


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J.P. Coleman – Perched on a rocky bluff overlooking the Tennessee River, J.P. Coleman State Park offers all types of water sports. Visitors can enjoy sailing, swimming, skiing and fishing for smallmouth bass in Pickwick Lake and experience camping and exploring along the banks of the Tennessee River. J.P. Coleman State park is located on Pickwick Lake and the Tennessee River, 13 miles north of Iuka off Highway 25. The park offers a four-lane boat ramp, 150-foot floating dock and 52 additional parking spaces for boat and trailer combinations. Services and amenities: three townhouses, 16 motel rooms, 69 developed camping sites, 17 tent camping sites, 20 vacation cabins, laundry facilities, a 15by-60 swimming pool and children’s pool, visitor/activity building, miniature golf, bath houses, biking, boating, comfort station, dump station, fish-cleaning station, fishing and houseboating. Contact: park manager Ruth Watson at (662) 423-6515.

area now encompassed by the park as early as 7000 B.C.; the park takes its name from the leader of the Chickasaw Nation, Chief Tishomingo. The Natchez Trace Parkway, the premier highway of the early 1800s and a modern scenic parkway, runs directly through the park. Tishomingo State Park offers a unique landscape of massive rock formations and fern-filled crevices found nowhere else in Mississippi. Massive boulders blanketed in moss dot the hillsides, and wildflowers border trails once walked by American Indians. Services and amenities: 62 developed camping sites, tent camping in a large wooded area overlooking Haynes Lake, six rustic rental cabins, group camping, swimming pool, canoe rental, disc golf, dump station, fire rings, firewood sales, fishing lake, geological formations, historic sites, jogging/running, laundry, meeting hall, nature study, picnic pavilion, picnic tables, rock climbing and hiking trails. Contact: park manager Bill Brekeen at (662) 438-6914.

Tishomingo State Park – Tishomingo State Park, one of the nation’s top canoeing spots, is located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains and steeped in history and scenic beauty. Archaeological excavations confirm the presence of Paleo Indians in the

Tombigbee State Park – Located six miles south of Tupelo, Tombigbee State Park offers outdoor recreation opportunities just minutes from one of Mississippi’s premier shopping, dining and entertainment areas. Services and amenities: Boat ramp,

boating, seven air-conditioned cabins, disc golf, fire rings, fishing, hiking, tent camping, 20 camping pads with hookups, information center, jogging/running, meeting hall, nature trail, picnic tables, playing field and playground. Contact: park assistant manager Donna Perkins at (662) 842-7669. Trace State Park – Trace State Park is an ideal family campground and fishing spot located only minutes from Tupelo. It has a variety of outdoor activities ranging from fishing and water sports to exploring miles of secluded nature trails. An arrangement with the Pontotoc Country Club allows Trace State Park campers to play the 18-hole course without paying green fees. Services and amenities: 10 rental cabins, 10 shaded tent camping sites, 52 developed campsites with full hookups, 25 picnic sites, bath house, biking, bird-watching, boat ramp, laundry facilities, Old Warrior Run Disc Golf Course, fire rings, firewood sales, fishing, bait sales, playground, souvenir shop, hiking and 35 miles of trails for all-terrain vehicles, motorcycles, horses and mountain bikes. No swimming area is provided within the park. Water-skiing, however, is allowed year-round. Contact: park manager Donald Campbell at (662) 489-2958.


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