I was fortunate enough to be in Tupelo last May shooting part of a 3-hour documentary on the spiritual life of Elvis Presley for Canadian Television.
Tupelo was by far the most friendly and helpful stopover on our 40 days of shooting in the United States. It truly is a wonderful place to visit and we were so appreciative of the generous time and access that residents and local businesses gave us.
I wanted to specifically thank Pat Rasberry at the Tupelo Film Commission who went way out of her way when we were there to make sure that we could find directions, locations, places to eat – not to mention the advice she gave us before we left home.
As well I wanted to thank historian Roy Turner for his advice, time, efforts on our behalf, and his interview. Tupelo is really lucky to have people such as Pat and Roy promoting and celebrating it.
I would like to thank these locals who were generous with their time, stories and locations: Shirley Gillentine, WELO: Craig Horton, Elvis Birthplace Memorial: Dick Guyton, James Ausborn, Sybil Presley, Magdalene Morgan, The Victory Temple Holiness Church: Pastor William Thornton, and wonderful congregation, Tupelo Hardware: Howard Hite, Guy Harris, Sam Bell, Elois Sandefun, The Lyric Theatre, Lawhon School (thanks to the students and especially the staff), Johnnie’s Drive In (thanks for letting us shoot during the lunch rush), and Harvey’s Restaurant (thanks for letting us lock up the camera in the manager’s office when we were were eating!).
In Canada people are still very interested in the life of Elvis and people I meet keep asking what is Tupelo like, and I say “super friendly, wait to see our film next year.” Our airdate in Canada is next January on Vision TV, Canada’s multi-faith broadcaster and I have a funny feeling that over the next few years you will see more and more Canadian license plates or tours in town as word spreads about how great a town Tupelo is.
Scott Dobson, director
“The Church Of Elvis”
Transit system seen as a big financial risk
I am writing to you about the public transit that is being proposed for Tupelo.
I am not sure when the last transit line failed in Tupelo, but it was somewhere around the ’80s. The old buses sat in the parking lot across from Tupelo Hardware and the police station. I believe they were to be sold or maybe given away.
I am against a new transit system as this will take away from our current taxi business in Tupelo. The last time I used a taxi, the fee was $5 or $6. I am proposing that in lieu of the city getting into the transportation business that they set up a dedicated phone line for special needs to call when they need a taxi to take care of their needs. Now, I do not expect all persons to use this benefit as, like Medicaid, you must qualify for this assistance. This could be done by them applying at city hall that the taxi fees put a hardship. By paying these fees you actually could do like insurance co-pay. The resident would pay the first dollar and the city could pick up the difference. Maybe the taxi company would give these needy a discount to help the truly needy in our great city.
We have grown since the ’80s, but are we big enough to afford another failed transit system? Please call your council person to express your feelings. This always lets them know how you feel about an issue.