Committee to help with recovery

By Robbie Ward Daily Journal TUPELO – As debris-removal trucks drove away last week, a former math teacher from south Mississippi...

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A tree lies uprooted next to a house along Green Street after the April 28 tornado. Removal of stumps and rootballs has been an issue following the storm.

By Robbie Ward Daily Journal TUPELO – Federal and state officials agreed Friday to pay for removal of stumps and rootballs until July 26, reversing the position taken earlier this week. The Federal Emergency Management Agency and Mississippi’s state-level counterpart agreed to pay for removal of heavy tree chunks, some weighing more than a ton. […]

Daily Journal TUPELO – Local officials will wait longer for clarification on whether federal and state resources will cover removal of stumps and rootballs. Tupelo officials say the Federal Emergency Management Authority provided documentation agreeing to pay for tree parts damaged from the April 28 tornado. FEMA officials recently denied request to pay the costs. […]

By Robbie Ward Daily Journal TUPELO – Public officials agree rootballs and tree stumps decorating Tupelo and Lee County residential areas after the tornado seven weeks ago will be removed. They disagree, however, on who will pay for it. Dozens of conversations among local, state and federal officials have led to increased stress levels and […]

By Robbie Ward Daily Journal TUPELO – Residential and commercial property damaged and destroyed from the tornado but rebuilt at a higher assessed value will receive tax breaks, an effort to encourage spur recovery efforts. The City Council unanimously approved Tuesday a five-year tax abatement for all property owners who rebuild damaged or destroyed homes […]

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Work crews unload debris from the April 28 tornado at the TMCO Rubbish Site in Saltillo.

By Dennis Seid Daily Journal SALTILLO – Under a 5-acre hill lie millions of pounds of debris from the April 28 tornado. The remains of homes, businesses and buildings mixed with vegetative material – like trees and limbs – are in the pile that measures up to 50 feet high. Bulldozers and excavators are at […]

Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – The National Weather Service was called to survey damage from a Thursday night storm and determined a tornado apparently hit northeast Chickasaw County. The storm swept through about 9 p.m. Thursday on County Road 135 west of Okolona. There were no National Weather Service alerts or warnings issued for this storm. […]


By JB Clark Daily Journal TUPELO – The CREATE Foundation’s Northeast Mississippi Tornado Relief Fund has surpassed $300,000 in funds raised, and this week gave out its biggest disbursement so far. Eight Days of Hope received $100,000 from the Northeast Mississippi Tornado Relief Fund. The nonprofit is aiming to do $4 million to $6 million […]

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Cleanup is a time-consuming process in areas damaged by the April 28 tornado.

By JB Clark Daily Journal TUPELO – With the first phase of debris removal nearing completion in the city, Mayor Jason Shelton said the second phase will rely on the general public helping homeowners move the rest of their debris to the curb. “We’re going to keep working until the job is done,” Shelton said […]

Daily Journal TUPELO – FEMA’s disaster recovery center in Tupelo will close at 6 p.m. today and will reopen at 8 a.m. Thursday as a disaster loan outreach center. Representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration will be available to assist tornado survivors in completing their low-interest disaster loan applications and answer questions about the […]