By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Thousands crossed the finish line in October, but the money raised by the 2013 Komen North Mississippi Race for the Cure is beginning a new race against breast cancer. The North Mississippi affiliate board announced $135,000 in grants to 10 organizations to provide screening programs to the […]


By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Health insurance shoppers kept Northeast Mississippi organizations busy with last-minute sign-ups on Monday. “Today is extremely busy with walk-ins and appointments,” said Melissa Kuykendall, certified enrollment counselor with Access Family Health in Tupelo. Other Northeast Mississippi organizations offering in-person assistance, like CATCH Kids in Tupelo and Gilmore […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – It’s crunch time for folks considering health insurance. March 31 is the last day for open enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace, where people who don’t receive health insurance through employers can access plans and apply for federal subsidies under the Affordable Care Act. “We hope this […]

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Brandi Dabbs, from left, was inspired by son Dawson and the Autism Center of North Mississippi to create the Small Town Run Around 5K. The entire family, including dad Steven and younger brother Everett, all get into the act.

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal NETTLETON – Brandi Dabbs isn’t a runner, but she had to chart a course. Inspired by her son Dawson’s struggles with autism, the Nettleton mom founded the Small Town Run Around 5k to support the Autism Center of North Mississippi. The third annual race will start at 9 a.m. […]

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Shane Spees is the new chief executive of North Mississippi Health Services.

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Shane Spees’ career in health care administration took him to Houston, Texas, and Birmingham, Ala., before circling back home. Now, the new chief executive of North Mississippi Health Services has an office on the same campus where he was born and had his tonsils removed. “We’ve been […]

March is National Nutrition Month, a nutrition education and information campaign created annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This year’s campaign, “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right,” focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. Consumer research confirms that taste tops nutrition as the […]

Special to the Journal TUPELO – Katy Franks leads a patient and his wife into a pre-operation room in Short Stay Surgery at North Mississippi Medical Center. After the patient changes into a gown, Franks returns to go over the basic pre- and post-operation routines, as well as answer any questions. While not typical responsibilities […]

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After 64 years as a physician in Tupelo, Dr. Gene Murphey chose to officially retire earlier this month on Mardi Gras day.

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – When Dr. Gene Murphey came to Tupelo, North Mississippi Medical Center was still the hospital on the hill and house calls were part of the job. Sixty-four years later, the internal medicine physician has hung up his stethoscope. “I enjoyed helping people,” said Murphey, 93. “I just […]

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Leigh Ann Foster laughs at one of the many funny stories from two-time breast caner survivor Lillie Shockney during the annual NMMC Spirit of Women Pretty in Pink luncheon. Lisa Diallo of Tupelo, not pictured, won the prize for "Prettiest in Pink" at the annual breast cancer awareness event.

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – A year and two snow storms later, nurse and breast cancer survivor Lillie Shockney finally got her chance to tickle Tupelo pink. Shockney is a registered nurse who was set to come to the 2013 Pretty in Pink breast cancer awareness lunch when a winter storm derailed […]