Riley Manning


Hello! I'm Riley Manning, Religion editor here at the Journal. I graduated from Millsaps in 2011 with a degree in English and a bad habit of correcting other people's grammar. My favorite places to be are on the beach with a book or in a hay field at sun down.

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By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – After a year of investigation, the Freedom From Religion Foundation released a report last week advising 25 major universities to dismantle or restructure the position of the football team chaplain. Ole Miss and Mississippi State, along with Auburn, Louisiana State, Clemson, the University of Alabama and others, raised […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – Tickets for the Tupelo Reads event, “The Delta Comes to Tupelo,” have sold out nearly a month ahead of the Sept. 24 date. Executive vice president of the Delta Council Eddie Morgan Jr., will speak on the Delta, and Dr. Alphonso Sanders, a Delta saxophonist, will offer his […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – Some 37 million Americans learned this week how quickly life can change with the click of a mouse, as notorious affair website fell victim to hackers who released a list of user names and information. The list, broken down by state and city, quickly hit social media. […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal In 1990, when French high school student Frederic Martinez boarded a plane to America, to embark on his adventure as a foreign exchange student in Tupelo, he expected it to change his life. Twenty-five years later, Martinez said he had been right, but not in the way he expected. His […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – Workers capped off gas lines to two Madison Street houses on Wednesday in anticipation of destruction. The two neighboring structures belong to the First Baptist Church, and according to associate pastor Lee Allred, they are beyond repair. “We don’t have any set plans, but we’re going to clear […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – The Orchard church’s latest project is finally coming down to the wire, and on Sept. 3, the Thrive church will meet for the first time. Thrive aims at netting those struggling with addiction and substance abuse and uses rehab language to explore and heal other life struggles. “People […]

The United Way of Northeast Mississippi kicked off its campaign season with a back-to-school giveaway of backpacks stuffed with assorted school supplies. The event was held in each of the United Way’s seven counties, bringing out scraping-by families in droves. The United Way’s communications associate Robin Matkin said the turnout was evidence of the increased […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal PONTOTOC – The congregation of Pontotoc First Presbyterian Church and its pastor, the Rev. Michelle Wood, may seem like an odd coupling. It’s unusual for a pastor’s first assignment to be a church that will turn 100 next Sunday. “We get along well,” Wood said. “It’s interesting to be a […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – Fairpark will play host to a new style of praise Friday, as a few local ministers present a “pop up” worship service at 7 p.m. It will feature music and a message given by three area pastors. “It started as kind of a daydream,” said Tupelo resident Tony […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal In 2009, Dr. Joe Edd Morris – once the Rev. Joe Edd Morris – filled in for his pastor for World Communion Sunday. Though the retired minister hadn’t preached in years, he was eager to conduct the holy ritual of communion. “I’m up at the altar, breaking the bread, and […]