By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal TUPELO – The catchy tunes and strong theme of 1998’s “Mulan” are the focus of Tupelo Community Theatre’s upcoming youth summer production. Disney’s “Mulan Jr.” features more than 30 children on stage bringing ancient China to life. “It’s a story I’m really passionate about,” said director Mallory Davidson. “I […]

By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal TUPELO – If there’s one thing TCT knows, it’s the arts. If there’s two things they know, it’s how to throw a party. Expect just that Saturday night outside the Lyric. “It happens right out front,” said John Young with the Lyric Krewe, a volunteer organization for the theater […]

By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal TUPELO – Whitey Morgan is no stranger to finding his music in different places. A native of Flint, Michigan, Morgan now calls Northern California home. Well, at least that’s where his hat hangs. “Home is on the road,” Morgan said in an interview with the Daily Journal. “People ask […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal Melissa McCarthy and I have a strange relationship. She annoys me, but only to a point. If I’m forced to spend more than a few minutes with her – stuck in a movie that’s just begun, let’s say – she grows on me, and by the end of the […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – The Elvis Festival came full circle Sunday morning, closing out where the King began: in church. Jeff Lewis and the EAS band led a two-hour long gospel concert with appearances by Elvis tribute artist champions of past and present, including Cody Ray Slaughter, Bill Cherry, Ben Thompson, Jay […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – Over the past eight years, four of the winners of Graceland’s Elvis tribute artist contest first claimed victory at Tupelo’s Elvis Festival. Come August, Graceland might just get its first Brazilian contestant courtesy of Diogo “Di Light” Leichtweis, of Porto Alegre, Brazil, who won this weekend’s Tupelo competition. […]

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Di Light from Porto Alegre, Brazil, performs.

By Emma Crawford Daily Journal TUPELO – First-time Tupelo visitors Chris and Ron Bowden of Syracuse, New York, came to the 2015 Tupelo Elvis Festival to support their tribute artist friend Jeff Barnes, not knowing what they would find in Tupelo among so many Elvis fans. “We weren’t sure what to expect, but we have […]

By Emma Crawford Daily Journal TUPELO – This time last year, 19-year-old Jake Rowley had just finished high school and begun his musical career as an Elvis tribute artist, or ETA. Rowley hails from Nederland, Texas, and he said Tupelo reminds him of home. He said making the trip to Tupelo is especially sentimental because […]

ABOUT THIS STORY: This article is the second in a series produced under a partnership between the Daily Journal and the Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area. Additional articles will appear in future editions of the Journal. ––––– By Todd Childs Special to the Journal TUPELO – Sitting across a table from Joe “Bitsy” Savery, a […]