Riley Manning


Hello! I'm Riley Manning, Religion editor here at the Journal. I graduated from Millsaps in 2011 with a degree in English and a bad habit of correcting other people's grammar. My favorite places to be are on the beach with a book or in a hay field at sun down.

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By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – For the past year and some months, the Rev. Sherry Horton of First Christian Church has been making a lot out of a little. She works out of a mobile unit behind what used to be her church, flattened in the tornado of April 2014, and does everything […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – National Guard recruiting stations reopened across the state Monday after a brief hiatus in response to the assault on a Marine recruiting office in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The closings were purposed with a re-assessment of the security measures in place at storefront offices, 10 in total across Mississippi. “Now […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal At last month’s annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention, pastors gathered to discuss a plethora of topics, from the general revitalization of the church to the then-impending Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage. But for the most part, North Mississippi pastors reported, the convention kept full steam ahead on […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – Candidates running for the open House District 17 seat will find themselves in the hot seat Monday night as the Parents for Public Schools, the local chapter of the NAACP and the Tupelo Ministerial Association host a forum to allow the candidates to address issues on education. “This […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – Two houses on Green Street are receiving the royal treatment this week, courtesy of a fresh batch of World Changers. World Changers is a branch of LifeWay Christian Resources, and is based out of Nashville. World Changers sends groups to nearly 90 cities each year, and specifically targets […]

In 2013, the Boy Scouts of America held at their National Annual Meeting a divisive vote on allowing openly gay boys to participate in the program. On Tuesday, Scout leadership voted again, this time on whether to allow openly gay troop leaders, and the amendment passed. Daily Journal religion reporter Riley Manning recently spoke to […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal The Rev. Jeffery Daniel, pastor of White Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Tupelo, told a smattering of attendees Wednesday night that it is time for the church to stop turning a blind eye to unplanned pregnancy and abortion. “You’d be surprised about how many churches don’t want to touch this, […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – After a 24-year-old gunman opened fire at a Marine recruitment office in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Thursday, the military recruitment stations in Tupelo are on the alert as much as ever. “Security is always a priority,” said Staff Sergeant Nicholas Webb with the office in Tupelo. The suspected gunman, […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – For the past several years, there’s been a drought in licensing from China to U.S. adoption agencies to help facilitate the adoption of Chinese children. But New Beginnings Adoption and Family Services in Tupelo announced this month it is good to go in arranging adoptions with China. “I’m […]

Of all the biblical characters, the he-man Samson may seem to be a ready-made subject for a big-budget action flick. Like Bruce Banner who transforms into the Hulk when enraged, so does Samson paint a long-haired picture of brawn and violence when the spirit of the Lord descends upon him. “I think the concept of […]