TUPELO • Below the nose, under the chin, over the head: If you’re wearing a face mask incorrectly, then you’re not protecting yourself or others.
TUPELO • Tupelo Public School District held its first Parental Advisory Committee meeting on…
The Mississippi State Health Department on Tuesday reported 268 new cases of COVID-19 and 28…
TUPELO – Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…
TUPELO • A Lee County employee has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, according to L…
The Mississippi State Health Department on Monday reported 251 new cases of COVID-19 and 5 n…
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TUPELO - Older adults and people who have serious medical conditions are at higher risk of getting sick from (COVID-19) coronavirus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Larry Harmon, a beloved former Tupelo High School baseball coach who most recently worked as Tupelo Public School District’s Director of Transportation, is retiring in June after 34 years with the district.
TUPELO - The novel coronavirus has caused some regional emergency shelters to prepare for a potentially growing need for services as state safer-at-home orders reach an end.
The Mississippi State Department of Health on Saturday morning reported 439 new cases of COVID-19, the largest single-day total of reported cases, and 13 new deaths.
JACKSON • Gov. Tate Reeves on Friday unveiled a newly launched website that small business owners will eventually be able to use to apply for grant assistance money to help with the economic downturn of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Mississippi State Health Department on Friday reported 418 new cases of COVID-19 as identified through testing, with 17 new deaths — including one in Lee County.
BOONEVILLE - Northeast Mississippi Community College will offer learning opportunities to more than 1,000 people during its 12th annual Mobile Learning Conference.
TUPELO • Vacation Bible School is a potential COVID-19 storm looking for a place to happen. The thought of crowds of young children huddling in circles for Bible classes, sharing snacks, making sticky crafts, and singing shoulder-to-shoulder led many churches to cancel this longtime summer staple.
BALDWYN • A funeral event that took place in Baldwyn has led to a cluster of new COVID-19 cases, according to the Mississippi State Department of Health. At least nine people have tested positive for the virus as a result of the event.
FULTON - Itawamba Community College is actively making plans to safely open its doors for the 2020 fall semester with the appointment of a task force that will examine all options.
TUPELO • Tupelo Public School District and Lee County School District will apply lessons learned during the spring semester, when schools closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as they work to reopen this fall.
BOONEVILLE - Each May, Northeast Mississippi Community College graduates line up along Cunningham Boulevard to process into Bonner Arnold Coliseum for the college’s annual commencement ceremonies. This year, however, due to restrictions on large social gatherings and distancing guidelines du…
Houses of worship face issues aplenty as they discern how best to safely resume in-worship services that were largely paused in mid-March amid the rise of COVID-19 in the state.
TUPELO • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Mississippi is encouraging virtual mentorship in order to serve children in the community during COVID-19.
TUPELO • Even as COVID-19 has halted major clean up projects for Keep Tupelo Beautiful, director Kathryn Rhea said there are still ways for people to help keep the community clean.
TUPELO • Usually, soon-to-be 11-year-old John Coley Elliott is playing travel baseball this time of year. But with the coronavirus disrupting plans from businesses to ball teams, young Elliott rediscovered the joys of riding a bicycle.
TUPELO • Before COVID-19, the Parish Hall at All Saints Episcopal Church on Jefferson Street in Tupelo would be bustling with life every Sunday morning.
TUPELO • The city’s Memorial Day ceremony is scheduled to go on Monday, but precautions will be in place to comply with recommendations that mass gatherings remain largely curtailed or restricted amid ongoing transmission of COVID-19.
JACKSON - The Board of Trustees of Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning voted to reopen campuses this fall during a meeting on Thursday morning.
TUPELO • After falling for four consecutive weeks, the number of Mississippians filing for unemployment benefits drifted higher, but at a rate that would be deemed “flat.”
HOLLY SPRINGS • Holly Springs Police Department and Marshall County Sheriff’s Department officials received a call early Wednesday morning about a fire that burned down First Pentecostal Church in Holly Springs.
TUPELO • The Rotary Club of Tupelo recognized 13 senior Rotary Scholars on Wednesday who have earned the honor every year since seventh grade.
BOONEVILLE • Northeast Mississippi Community College is considering an earlier start and end to the upcoming fall semester due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Mississippi State Health Department on Tuesday reported 227 new cases of COVID-19, and 27 new deaths, including one new death in Lee County and two in Oktibbeha County.
TUPELO • Tupelo Public School District has moved forward with several construction projects even as schools have remained closed due to COVID-19.
SHANNON • What was supposed to be graduation day for Shannon High School seniors turned into a candlelight celebration, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Incoming and current college students are uncertain about the future of their education due the COVID-19 pandemic, and institutions of higher learning are likely to see enrollment numbers change as a result.
TUPELO • Mutual aid projects in Northeast Mississippi are rallying for communities to take care of each other’s needs during the coronavirus pandemic.
TUPELO • The Tupelo Regional Airport Authority on Friday voted to hire an airline consultant to review the two airline service bids it believes has the most promise for the airport.
The Mississippi State Health Department on Friday reported 318 new cases of COVID-19 identified through testing, and 13 new deaths linked to the disease.
JACKSON • The decision to extend Mississippians’ tax deadline until July 15 will likely force Gov. Tate Reeves and the Legislature to dip into the rainy day fund to balance the budget for the current fiscal year that ends on June 30.
JACKSON • The Mississippi Legislature late Wednesday night passed a bill that provides $300 million to small businesses in the state that have been adversely impacted by the novel coronavirus.
TUPELO • A U.S. Senate committee chaired by Mississippi’s Roger Wicker examined the challenges posed by inadequate broadband internet access in rural areas and probed the best way forward.
JACKSON • Mississippi lawmakers on Wednesday discussed how much coronavirus relief funding could be spent to improve distance learning for the state’s educational institutions.
Tupelo • The Mississippi Prison Reform Coalition and national advocates continued calls for immediate action to protect prisoners, including mass release of groups they name as eligible, less than a week after Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves rejected the concept of early release for inmates in …
OXFORD • When Alena Tikhova, owner of Dodo Pizza in Oxford, started the Restaurant Workers Relief Center a month and a half ago, she knew the challenges facing laid off restaurant workers needed to be met by community efforts. She wanted to help pay off bills while encouraging the community …
STARKVILLE • Mississippi State University announced that plans to resume in-person instruction for the fall 2020 semester are “on schedule and taking solid form.”
JACKSON • Mississippi lawmakers returned to the Capitol on Tuesday to discuss how the state should spend more than a billion dollars in federal coronavirus relief funds.
BOONEVILLE • Northeast Mississippi Community College’s Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program held a drive-by pinning ceremony for its 83 graduates on Tuesday.
NEW ALBANY - There will be no baseball and softball in New Albany for local little league players this season due to the coronavirus pandemic. The New Albany Board of Aldermen decided to cancel the season after much thought and deliberation.
TUPELO • Regulations on movement and commerce throughout the region’s key cities are increasingly converging toward the statewide orders imposed by Gov. Tate Reeves.
The Mississippi State Health Department reported 173 additional new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, with 5 additional deaths, including one in Itawamba County.
TUPELO • As masks continue to be recommended as a way to prevent spreading COVID-19, community members have begun sewing cloth masks to distribute for free to those who need them.
TUPELO • At Todd’s Big Star in Tupelo, the meat department has always been the centerpiece of the store. But the past few weeks have put extra stress on the meat cutters and workers there as demand has soared and supply has tightened.
Mississippi posted a single-day record of new COVID-19 cases reported, with the state Health Department indicating that testing has identified 404 new cases, with 13 death also reported.
As I was looking for a book recently in my study library, I realized that if some people could see my collection, they might consider me a “liturgy nerd.”
Tupelo • The number of Mississippians filing for unemployment remains historically high, but the total declined for a third consecutive week.
OXFORD • Restaurants across the state have permission from the state to open their dining rooms to patrons beginning Thursday, but restaurants in the city of Oxford remain limited for now to drive-thru, curbside pickup and delivery.
TUPELO • Instead of walking across the stage at BancorpSouth Arena in front of thousands of people, Tupelo High School’s Class of 2020 seniors are walking across a stage at one of five locations throughout the district with no more than four guests in attendance.
BLUE SPRINGS • A black Corolla sits at the edge of the inspection line, where it and scores of other Corollas have been motionless for seven weeks.
Mississippi saw its highest number of COVID-19 deaths reported by the State Health Department in a single day on Tuesday, with 32 deaths, alongside 330 new COVID-19 cases.
TUPELO • The halls of Regional Rehabilitation Center are a lot emptier since COVID-19 first forced the staff to temporarily close their physical doors, but they have learned to adapt to the new challenges.
With shelter-in-place orders in effect, along with restrictions on how they can serve customers, restaurant owners are finding avenues to connect with diners.
Northeast Mississippi is blessed to have fantastic and creative chefs and cooks who offer a variety of mouth-watering offerings. On any day you can find almost everything from Southern comfort to soul, from Mexican to Thai, from Indian to Japanese, from barbecue to Italian.
TUPELO • Starting a new group is challenging even amid normal circumstances, but Arc of Northeast Mississippi is determined to expand its outreach and fundraise even amid pandemic challenges.
TUPELO • The novel coronavirus not only caused layoffs and pressured citizens to stay at home, it also forced law enforcement across the region to take another look at how they do their job.
TUPELO • Spencer Kirkpatrick didn’t get to walk across a stage in front of thousands of well-wishers to receive his college diploma, but the 24-year-old was far from disappointed Friday.
TUPELO • All of the state lawmakers from Northeast Mississippi on Friday voted to approve a bill that removes Republican Gov. Tate Reeves’ power to be the sole person responsible for disbursing more than a billion dollars in federal COVID-19 relief funds.
HOLLY SPRINGS • Care Now Food Pantry is connecting with MidSouth Food Bank to host its first mobile food pantry on Wednesday.
AMORY • Monroe County reported Northeast Mississippi’s first identified case of COVID-19 in mid-March, but not till about two weeks ago did the county’s total case count begin to soar well above its regional neighbors.
FULTON - Itawamba Community College has extended the deadline for video auditions for Indianettes and Color Guard to May 16 due to responses received about circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 virus and potential technical difficulties that come with submitting video auditions, according t…