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 If you ask the Revs. Larry Hill and Cordell Phillips what brought them and their churches together, they would tell you it was a God thing. At the time, it was as simple as the buying and selling of a building. Now, though, it’s a fellowship. Since sharing a church […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – With the hustle and bustle of the holidays now in full force, United Blood Services is enticing folks not to forget one of the most important gifts of all. Leading up to Thanksgiving, the United Blood Services gave away vouchers for turkeys, hams and other holiday victuals, senior […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – The Lee County Humane Society has an abundant catalogue of felines for the holiday season. Adoptions of cats have slowed to stagnation, according to Humane Society supervisor Rachel Allred. Allred estimated the overflow of cats to number around 100, many of them moved to the shelter’s foyer to […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – A number of local organizations are doing their part to keep struggling families fed this holiday season with the fifth annual Food 4 Families food drive. The drive will last through Dec. 11. Collected items will go to the Mid-South Food Bank in Memphis and the Mississippi Food […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – After serving the Lee County Humane Society for a year and a half, Donna Jarrell has resigned her post as executive director. “It has become obvious over the past few months that I will not be able to help this community with the construction of a desperately needed […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – Jennie Lynn Johnson may be considered the patron saint of Northeast Mississippi’s branch of The Salvation Army. Johnson has invested her time, energy and heart in the Army since it came to the area in the 1970s, first working out of a small church in South Tupelo. She […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal Following the ISIS attacks in Paris last week, scrutiny toward placing foreign refugees in the United States has reached a fever pitch. Tuesday night, President Obama announced that even though evidence may have found one of the assailants to be Syrian, he will proceed with plans to relocate 10,000 Syrian […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – The Thompson Square Chick-fil-A is making sure Santa doesn’t forget folks in nursing homes and rehabilitation centers. The restaurant’s Golden Angel Tree mimics the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree, except the wish lists on the tree are the requests of the elderly living in five area nursing homes. Trina […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – Operation Christmas Child is already well underway, as area churches stuff shoeboxes that will be delivered to children all over the world. Amory’s First Baptist Church is a drop-off point for the shoeboxes. Verna Coleman, who has worked with Operation Christmas Child for 10 years, said the church […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – Making it big as a hip-hop artist isn’t easy in the rural stretch between the more music-centric cities of Memphis and Atlanta, but hip-hop is on the rise – even in small towns. Eleven underground acts took to the stage Saturday night at Club Heat, hoping to build […]