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On Nov. 12, 2021, late Friday evening, Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson was in Memphis, when he got a call from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

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Tupelo native and Elvis enthusiast Roy Turner has been named Executive Director of the Elvis Presley Memorial Foundation to replace the retiring Dick Guyton. Elvis Presley Memorial Foundation Chairman Henry Dodge made the announcement today (Nov. 15).

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On Oct. 25, 2021, Tupelo Police Department officers working a special burglary detail located suspect William Rickey Allred Jr., of Tupelo, and a vehicle behind a closed business on McCullough Boulevard.

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi prison employees will conduct once-a-week rehearsals as the state prepares for its first execution since 2012, Corrections Commissioner Burl Cain says.

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Need a little variety in your walking regimen? Try joining up with “Walk with a Doc” tomorrow (Friday) when medical clinicians hit the track and offer tips and suggestions for improving health outcomes.

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A high-speed pursuit through Tupelo Thursday, October 7, resulted in an accident, arrests and injuries. It began about 8:30 p.m. on McCullough Boulevard. According to Capt. Charles McDougald, Tupelo Police Department public information officer, the TPD Street Crimes Unit attempted to stop a …

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Sherry Jenkins kicked off her Hope Unbridled Equestrian Program six years ago. By all accounts, it has been successful: “We have a waiting list,” said Jenkins. HUEP is a horsemanship opportunity for children, youth and adults with handicaps. According to Jenkins, her clients include emotiona…

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When a carnival comes to town, people expect to have some fun. Almost no one expects the carnival to be a catalyst for criminal behavior and chaos. The carnival currently on the parking lots of the Tupelo Furniture Market at 1879 Coley Road turned out Saturday night to provide a backdrop for…

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has deployed a Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) to help care for the surge of COVID-19 patients at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. DMAT is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Disaster Medical S…

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Wanda Palmer has been on the job about a year, now. She was hired as curator of the Mississippi’s Last Stands Interpretive Center in Baldwyn to replace former curator Edwina Carpenter upon her retirement about 18 months ago. Palmer formerly served as administrative assistant to the superinte…

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Afternoons and evenings are busy at the UFM (Ultimate Fighting & Mixed Martial Arts) gym on McCullough Boulevard. Owner and head coach Grady Sue Hurley said there is a definite trend toward boxing instruction at the gym; that’s true for both men and women, as well as children of both gen…

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While three men accused of capital murder sit in the Lee County Jail with no bond offered, local law enforcement is searching for a fourth suspect, 17-year-old Jaylen Wells. He will also be charged with capital murder in the deaths of three people on Maynard Drive in west Tupelo July 24 afte…

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It has been a busy week for the Tupelo Police Department. Beginning early Saturday morning the department has been called to investigate a string of murders and shootings. There have been four murders and two shootings in the city in three separate incidents.

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Robert Thames was diagnosed with lung cancer in late 2014. Since then, he has been in remission several times but is now in Stage 4 of the disease. The Belden-area resident, within the past couple months, has been a regular customer of The Green Guys Dispensary in Saltillo, where he buys his…

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It’s time to think about the fall. Well, fall sports anyway. Some Lee County cities will be offering football, softball, soccer and even kickball programs so now and in coming weeks is the time to get the kids registered for them. Some municipalities will also have adult sports programs.

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They are literally a dying breed. Many decades ago, they were the only force facing a global onslaught of fascism. Today, if they are still alive, they are old men with pasts worth remembering and celebrating. And Harry Martin is among that dwindling number. The 95-year-old Martin, former lo…

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It has been a long time coming, but it is getting near. Chief Bart Aguirre leaves the Tupelo Police Department on the last day of this month. After 36 years there, he will be spending future days much differently. “My wife and I went to the post office last week and got our passports,” said …

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Itawamba Community College’s film students had an opportunity in Clarksdale recently to screen a documentary that has been a year in the making. The screening was presented at a conference entitled “Rolling on the River.” The film, “Flights of the Mississippi June Bugs: A Greater Truth in Mo…

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Crime Stoppers of Northeast Mississippi and the Prentiss County Sheriff's Department need your help with finding Demaro Rashad Hubbard, 24, who is wanted for felony breaking and entering a dwelling.

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Tuesday was general election day for many towns and cities across Mississippi and Lee County was no exception.

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Lee County Schools, along with most other districts in the county, are offering summer school opportunities of one form or another for students who need a boost to advance to the next grade. In the case of Lee County Schools, it has been many years since a summer school program has been offe…

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Rumor has it that the Elvis Presley Festival is back. After last year’s hiatus due to pandemic concerns, it returns next week. It begins on Wednesday, June 9, and winds up Sunday, June 13.

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Itawamba Community College’s Dr. Cheryl Ware of Belden and TZ Waters of Tupelo are among the 2021 graduates of the Mississippi Community College Leadership Academy. A member of the ICC faculty since 1996, Ware was named Physical Therapist Technology program director in 2016. She earned the b…

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BY donna thomas special to the courier A team from Itawamba Community College has been selected as a finalist for the 2021 Community College Innovation challenge, which is sponsored by the American Association of Community Colleges and the National Science Foundation. Members include Diana S…

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On May 5, 2021, the Lee County Sheriff's Department responded to a call at a residence on County Road 231 in Guntown regarding a possible burglary in progress.

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Back in March of this year, the Lee County Courier ran an article asking for the public’s assistance in capturing five felons.

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OXFORD, Miss. – In his 94 years, John Stone has witnessed the evolution of modern technology: from a time when families gathered for radio shows to today, when dads, moms, brothers and sisters each stream a different show on their own devices. The 1949 University of Mississippi graduate reme…

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Ashley Seals has been named Parent of the Year for Lee County Schools. She is the mother of Riley, 7, a first grader in Christy Adkins’ class at Mooreville Elementary School; Seals and her husband Roger also have a son, 5-year-old Tripp, who will be in kindergarten next year. “I told them I …