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Tornado book arrives

Pam Lowery, pictured above, stops by the Daily Journal office on Monday to be one of the first to pick up a copy of “31 Miles of...

By Robbie Ward Daily Journal TUPELO – National disaster recovery money finally has started to arrive to cover the city’s debris removal costs from the April 28 tornado. Federal Emergency Management Agency officials approved a $1.39 million check for Tupelo this week to pay a portion of costs from the first 30 days of removing […]

By Joe Rutherford Daily Journal Those cool early mornings and mild days that Northeast Mississippians experienced in July weren’t just pleasant, they were record-setting. July temperatures measured in Tupelo by the National Weather Service set a record low daily average – 76.5 degrees F – edging the previous low average of 76.6, set in 1967. […]

By Robbie Ward Daily Journal TUPELO – As debris-removal trucks drove away last week, a former math teacher from south Mississippi arrived – a secret weapon to long-term tornado recovery. Clay Brown, a teacher turned counselor, has committed a year to coordinating recovery. A survivor of Hurricane Camille in 1969 and recovery leader 36 years […]

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Daily Journal Clay Brown, the longterm recovery committee’s case management coordinator, Daily Journal reporter Robbie Ward and Tupelo neighborhood association presidents Keith Kantack, Kathryn Rhea and Sherry Elmore – representing Joyner, Bel Air and Sharon Hills – met Tuesday to discus city-wide and residential recovery efforts after tornado destruction three months ago. Click here to […]

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A sign reading "Moore, Oklahoma says it will be OK," hangs from a light post near the chapel of St. Luke United Methodist Church, which was damaged in the April 28 tornado.

Join the conversation 6 p.m. Tuesday at djournal.com. Neighborhood association presidents for Joyner, Sharon Hills and Bel Air – Keith Kantack, Kathryn Rhea and Sherry Elmore – and reporter Robbie Ward will discuss the tornado’s impact and recovery challenges, along with current and future needs. Ask questions/comment with Google+ or the Twitter hashtag #3tup. By […]

By Robbie Ward Daily Journal TUPELO – The army of debris removal trucks packed into the city months ago has diminished to a fraction compared to peak operation one week after the April 28 tornado. As Saturday’s deadline nears for pickup in Tupelo of eligible materials, the presence of both trucks and debris dwindles. Long […]

By Robbie Ward Daily Journal TUPELO – Bel Air residents plan to follow two city neighborhood associations that have agreed to add another layer of protection for property owners worried about undesirable houses replacing those destroyed by the April 28 tornado. After the City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a neighborhood conservation overlay district for […]

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Clean-up and rebuilding continues in the back section of Lynn Circle in the Sharon Hills neighborhood on Monday morning in Tupelo.

By Robbie Ward Daily Journal TUPELO – A second neighborhood plans to officially accept an added layer of regulation bureaucracy in exchange for added peace of mind as homes are repaired and rebuilt. The City Council will likely approve a process to allow a five-member design review committee in Sharon Hills to decide whether to […]

Daily Journal TUPELO – Workshops for those dedicated to the tornado relief effort will be held next Wednesday and Thursday in Tupelo and Louisville. The program, “Recovery Tools and Training,” is aimed at faith-based groups, community leaders, social service organizations and disaster case managers. Anyone interested in the program, which will focus on meeting the […]