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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...

Daily Journal JACKSON – Today is the last day for Mississippians to register for disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Today also is the deadline to submit an application for a low-interest disaster loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration. People who sustained damage in Itawamba, Jones, Leake, Lee, Lowndes, Madison, Montgomery, Rankin, […]

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By Robbie Ward Daily Journal TUPELO – Community leaders formally made public Monday a long-term recovery committee to assist residents of Lee and Itawamba counties still in need long after federal disaster workers pack up and go home. A group of more than a dozen nonprofit, faith-based, government and community organizations have created a partnership […]

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Rokendis Coleman, 10, of Tupelo, jumps off the diving board at C.C Agustus Pool on Green Street. The pool is always a good option during a Mississippi summer, and this one is expected to see above-normal temperatures.

By JB Clark Daily Journal TUPELO – Afternoon high temperatures above 90 degrees are officially established in the region, ushered in by today’s beginning of summer. The National Weather Service is predicting temperatures to stay high through the summer. Students are almost an entire month into their summer breaks, but today marks the official beginning […]

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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. […]