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 On any given day, Ben Creekmore sees first hand the best and worst that human nature has to offer. By day, the hardline attorney prosecutes cases as New Albany’s District Attorney, and by night, he can be found with his electric guitar in front of a stack of Marshall-brand amplifiers, […]

Editor’s note: The names in this story have been changed to protect the anonymity of those who have participated and are participating in the Alcoholics Anonymous 12-step program. ––––– By Riley Manning Daily Journal There’s a saying within groups of Alcoholics Anonymous, usually employed by veterans of recovery, addicts on the good side of sobriety: […]

By William Moore and Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – Tupelo officials paused Thursday morning to remember not only the emergency responders who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, but also a city policeman who died in the line of duty in December. “We have seen firsthand in Tupelo the sacrifice that officers […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – Burke Masters achieved college baseball glory in 1990, when he stepped up to the plate for Mississippi State University against Florida State during the season’s regional tournament. The Bulldogs were down 9-8 in the eighth inning. “I was not a home run hitter,” Burke said. “But you hear […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal Not very long ago, pastor Mark Driscoll stood on top of the world. The Seattle–based megapastor’s church, Mars Hill, boasted 15,000 members in its 15 satellite locations spanning five states. Author of numerous books, Driscoll also founded the Acts 29 church–planting network, which reached a peak of 410 churches in […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – Hope Church’s sanctuary filled Thursday night as individuals and youth groups filtered in to hear former Victoria’s Secret model Kylie Bisutti give her testimony about leaving the industry, abandoning what she thought was her dream, to stay true to her Christian values. “Our society is so focused on […]

Associated Press STARKVILLE – The City of Starkville is revising its health insurance plan to let municipal employees buy coverage for one other adult, including possibly a same-sex partner. Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman said Friday that the new insurance plan is an attempt to save money – not to make a political statement. A gay-rights […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – The seven candidates in Thursday’s special Ward 3 City Council election made their lone joint campaign appearance Tuesday night at a forum co-sponsored by the Lee Acres Neighborhood Association and the Daily Journal. Sherry Ashley, president of the Lee Acres Neighborhood Association, said electing a quality representative for […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – The annual Tupelo Reads program promises to be bigger than ever this year with the community-wide reading of Winston Groom’s classic “Forrest Gump.” This will be the first year the actual author will be present. Groom will appear at the Lee County Library’s Lunching with Books from 11:30 […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal “Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed… The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” Genesis 2:8 and 15 It is […]