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Percy (Bethany Ramsey, right) has a tough first day on the job at the Spitfire Grill in TCT’s production of “The Spitfire Grill.” Her customers are, from left, Caleb (Clark Richey) and Joe (Mickey Gousset), and her boss is the tough-as-nails Hannah (Jennifer Cummings, center).

By Sheena Barnett Daily Journal TUPELO – Everyone who comes to the Spitfire Grill is looking for a new life, and maybe a pardon for past sins. Tupelo Community Theatre’s season opener is a moving musical version of the 1996 movie “The Spitfire Grill.” Fresh out of jail, Percy (Bethany Ramsey) arrives in a small […]

By Sheena Barnett Daily Journal TUPELO – Water Liars makes music that sounds like Mississippi. The indie rock band has slow songs as graceful and calming as a lazy river. But when the guys turn it up to 11, their music is as raw and unrelenting as the Mississippi summer heat. Water Liars will bring […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal Coincidences happen regularly in real life, but they shouldn’t happen too often in fiction. And that’s a problem for “The Identical,” a straightforward, good-hearted tale that relies on events lining up just so. It’s not about Elvis Presley – a character makes a point to mention Elvis – but […]


From staff reports SANTA MONICA, Calif. – The Miss America Organization and dick clark productions are joining forces. Amory native and Oxford resident Sam Haskell said in a press release that “dick clark productions is the leader in live event television and we look forward to growing the show’s legacy and elevating the Miss America […]

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While Debbie Brangenburg, left, and Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton look on, Jack Reed Jr. announces that Matt Laubhan and Emily Leonard, both from WTVA, will be grand marshals for the 2014 Reed's Tupelo Christmas Parade.

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – With the words “Basement, now!” meteorologist Matt Laubhan became a YouTube sensation after the April 28 tornado. Months later, Laubhan and his wife, Emily Leonard, both with WTVA news, have been selected to be grand marshals for the 2014 Reed’s Tupelo Christmas Parade. “They’re great representatives of […]

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Brian West, left, and James Pirkle will host Tupelo Acoustic Blues Jam twice a month in Fairpark. Musicians can join in for free, and it's free to attend.

By Sheena Barnett Daily Journal TUPELO – Musicians who have always wanted to play in Elvis Presley’s hometown will now get their chance. Two musicians, Brian West and James Pirkle, are hosting a bi-monthly jam in Fairpark, called Tupelo Acoustic Blues Jam. It’s open to anyone who wants to play blues, country and rock ’n’ […]

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The men of Laff Co. – from left, Joe Stinchcomb, Jayson Wirth and Bruce Butler – make up Oxford’s improv comedy troupe, and they often perform at the Powerhouse. Keep up with the group at

By Sheena Barnett Daily Journal OXFORD – Laff Co. wants to make you laugh – and keep you laughing. Oxford’s improv comedy troupe has kept audiences in stitches for 10 years now, performing a few times a month at venues like the Powerhouse Community Arts Center and Proud Larry’s. But as the host of the […]

By Lynn Elber AP TV Writer Joan Rivers, the raucous, acid-tongued comedian who crashed the male-dominated realm of late-night talk shows and turned Hollywood red carpets into danger zones for badly dressed celebrities, died Thursday. She was 81. Rivers was hospitalized last week after she went into cardiac arrest at a Manhattan doctor’s office following […]

Michael Houser was the founding guitarist of Widespread Panic. He died from pancreatic cancer in 2002. (Courtesy)

By Sheena Barnett Daily Journal TUPELO – Michael Houser’s music lives on, thanks to his friends and fans. Houser was the founding guitarist for Widespread Panic, and he died from pancreatic cancer in 2002. Since about 2010, Houser’s guitar tech Sam Holt has hosted concerts called “Remembering Mikey: A Tribute to Michael Houser and Widespread […]