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Officials looking for missing Tupelo man

TUPELO - Police are looking for an elderly man who walked away from a Tupelo hotel Tuesday. According to the Tupelo Police Department, Rommie Lee Essex, 80, was last seen Feb. 19 in the area of the Best Western hotel at 3158 North Gloster. The family says Essex might have dementia and should be walk


U.S. Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Shumpert Case in Tupelo

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COOK OF THE WEEK: Tupelo transplant influenced by many cooks

TUPELO • Carla Underwood-James can list several people who have been influential in her culinary life. First, there was her maternal grandmother. “She’s the reason I know how to cook,” said Underwood-James, 48. “I could make a mess in her kitchen. There could be flour on the ceiling and she didn’t c


SPORTS NOTES: Games, events and more

n The City of Houston will open registration for youth baseball and softball Jan. 2 through Feb. 23, 2019. The league is open to kids ages 3 to 16. Practices start March 2019 with first game April 15. Please go to Houston City Hall Mon-Fri. From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to pick up a form. The fee is $50. Th


Two accidents cause traffic tie-ups on Highway 45 in Tupelo

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - It was not the easiest drive through Tupelo on Highway 45 Wednesday evening. Traffic was backed up on the northbound side of the highway north of Main Street after 5 p.m. because of an accident.


Silver Alert issued for Tupelo man

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation issued a Silver Alert for a 55-year-old Tupelo man. According to investigators, Rommie Lee Essex was last scene at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, February 18, 2019, in the area of 4100 North Gloster Street in Tupelo. He was in the Mall at Barnes Crossing area.


In Season: Tupelo restaurant serves up soul food, blessings

It’s a little late for lunch and a bit too early for supper. But the clientele at this soul food restaurant doesn’t care about that. They’re here for the chitterlings. “We sell between 120 and 140 pounds of chitterlings a day and we could sell more if we could cook and clean more,” said Carolyn Nune


Marshals: Mississippi man believed to have faked death to escape sex charges possibly in Colorado

JACKSON COUNTY, Miss. — U.S. Marshals believe a wanted fugitive from Mississippi who faked his own death days before he was set to plead guilty to charges may be in Colorado.


Mississippi woman pleads guilty in massive $200 million pharmacy fraud

JACKSON, Miss. — A Mississippi woman charged in a fraud case that prosecutors say reaped more than $200 million from a federal military health insurer and others pleaded guilty Wednesday.


Heavy rains bring flash flooding but no records

TUPELO- With all the rain North Mississippi has received this week, it might seem tempting to start building an ark, but there's nothing unusual about this amount of rainfall; it's just coming a little earlier than usual.


Tupelo police seek cigar thief

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Police are trying to find the person responsible for stealing $5,000 worth of cigars. According to the Tupelo Police Department, the burglary happened on Jan. 19 at Spring Street Cigars.


Former Shannon star leads Pearl River

The road most taken for area athletes hoping to play at the community college level would be the one close to home. The road less taken has paid off for former Shannon basketball star C.J. Brim, a sophomore guard at Pearl River.


Viral video 'Superhero' tackles the pothole problem in Holmes County, Mississippi

On Wednesday's episode of "Pat Gray Unleashed," Pat Gray and Keith Malinak highlighted Mississippi man running for Beat 1 supervisor in Holmes County and the campaign ad he recently released that has since gone viral.


Man killed during Mississippi road rage shooting identified by coroner

HORN LAKE, Miss. - An apparent road rage incident ended in a stabbing and deadly shooting outside a store in Mississippi. According to Horn Lake police, two men were involved in an apparent road rage incident near Hurt Road and Goodman Street around 4 p.m. Tuesday.


Year-round school? One Mississippi district tries a new approach to the class calendar

The Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting, a new nonprofit news organization, collaborated with news outlets across the state, including the Sun Herald, to produce this series on the lack of education funding in the state and its affects.


Separate and unequal: Mississippi has left its public schools in the hole

The Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting, a new nonprofit news organization, collaborated with news outlets across the state, including the Sun Herald, to produce this series on the lack of education funding in the state and its affects.


This Mississippi mom hit by an 18-wheeler on I-10 just won a big jury verdict

Gulfport — Greenwood Motor Lines Inc. must pay almost $3 million to a single mother of three badly injured when an 18-wheeler rear-ended her on Interstate 10 near Gautier. A jury in U.S. District Court in Gulfport originally awarded more than $4 million to Ylonda Woullard of State Line over the acci


Study finds 31 Mississippi rural hospitals at high risk of closure

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) -A new study released today shows one in five rural hospitals across the country are at risk of closing.That’s despite the fact that many of them are vital to their communities.


Harris receives brick to honor POW experience

Above, Vietnam Veterans of America local chapter president Rex Moody, right, presents a brick salvaged from the “Hanoi Hilton” to retired Air Force Col. Carlyle “Smitty” Harris, left, as Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton, center, looks on. Harris was held as a prisoner of war at the infamous North Vietnam


Sadie Holland withdraws from justice court race

TUPELO - Incumbent Justice Court Judge Sadie Holland has withdrawn her candidacy for re-election. Her departure comes as the field of candidates for the justice court District 3 race has grown to three Republicans.