Tupelo celebrates 14 decades as a city

TUPELO – More than 100 people gathered in front of City Hall on Tuesday evening to celebrate Tupelo’s 140th birthday with song and cake.
The one-hour event was organized by the municipality and open to the public.
The city’s own Kay Bain performed an original song written by her late husband and fellow performer, Buddy, that honored Tupelo and its people. Party-goers enthusiastically clapped along as Bain sang the tune.
Then everyone joined in to sing “Happy Birthday” as Mayor Jack Reed Jr. pretended to blow out the candles on a large tiered cake. Reed earlier had welcomed the group with a small speech in which he promised a simple and festive event with no political stumping.
In addition to the mayor, most City Council members also attended as did numerous municipal department heads and dozens of city employees. Residents turned out, too, many bringing their families.
Among them was Tonya Witherspoon and her children. Witherspoon said she heard about the celebration earlier in the day while applying for a job at City Hall. She gladly returned that evening to share in the fun.
“I’ve been here 15 years,” said the Delta native. “I think Tupelo is the place to be. The hospitality, you just couldn’t get it in a better place.”
In conjunction with the city’s birthday, municipal officials stuffed a large time capsule with mementos from each of Tupelo’s seven wards. They’ll bury the sealed tube somewhere on city property to be unearthed in 100 years.
Contact Emily Le Coz at (662) 678-1588 or emily.lecoz@djournal.com.

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