UPDATE: Tupelo mail processing will go to Memphis

TUPELO – The U.S. Postal Service confirmed today it will move Tupelo’s mail processing operations to Memphis despite stiff opposition from local postal employees, as well as city, regional and state officials.
The move will save save $181,000 annually and eliminate six positions.
It’s among dozens happening nationwide to save the embattled USPS money as mail volume continues to decline.
“We’re doing what any other business would do, which is to take a look at things and see where we can reap some savings,” said USPS spokeswoman Beth Barnett.
Tupelo workers were notified today.
Mail processing in Tupelo happens at the Thomas Street branch and includes sorting, categorizing, stamping and shipping letters and packages.
Postal workers here largely oppose the plan and have the support of Tupelo’s mayor and City Council, the Lee County Board of Supervisors, both Mississippi senators and U.S. Rep. Travis Childers, a Democrat from Booneville.
The move will be complete by Oct. 1.

Read the full story in Thursday’s Daily Journal.

Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal