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 AMORY – Much of Amory was shut down Tuesday following the town’s double-dose of brief but intense tornadoes. According to the National Weather Service, the first tornado occurred at 8:41 a.m. and lasted six minutes. The EF0 storm mainly struck the Coontail Road area, with winds reaching speeds of 75 […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal AMORY – A tornado briefly touched down in Amory on Monday morning, affecting homes in a 25-block radius of the downtown area. No one was killed or injured. Monroe County Emergency Management Director Robert Goza said two homes were destroyed, 11 had major damage and 52 sustained minor damage. The […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal The Rev. David Pannell has long considered himself an outcast, of sorts. The son of a fire-and-brimestone Christian Church pastor, over the years he has been a farmer, a journalist, a man of almost no faith, a Unitarian, as well as a father, husband and now preacher. “But I have […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal Verona Elementary School first-graders in teacher Kierra Tumblin’s class waited out the final dismissal bell of the year Friday with a game of word bingo. “It’s bittersweet,” Tumblin said. “Teaching first grade, you get attached. I feel like I am saying ‘goodbye’ to 23 of my own children. But I […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal Maybe you know how it is. It’s a middle-of-the-week night and one of your children needs help with their homework, perhaps another is crying. You or your spouse is trying to whip up something to eat while the other is trying to get another child dressed for a little league […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – The Northeast Mississippi Law Enforcement Memorial shed honor on the spouses and other loved ones of police officers Monday evening. Under the weight of the killing of two Hattiesburg Police Department officers over the weekend, the previously planned ceremony struck chords all too familiar for law enforcement families […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – This year’s Tupelo Reads book selection was promised by its authors to be a mix of research and romance, motherhood and moonshine. Husband-and-wife duo Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly joined the Tupelo Reads committee on Monday to reveal their novel, “The Tilted World,” as this year’s focus. […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal There seems to be a particular brand of wit that belongs especially to mothers. Often a blend of wisdom and snark, a mother’s quips tend to stick with their children well into their own adulthood and parenthood. Tremont native Tony Palmer, 42, said his mother, Nellie Palmer, used to say, […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal After a 40-year run, the Landmarks gospel quartet are hanging up their hats with a farewell concert on May 16th. “It’s mixed emotions,” said founding member and baritone singer Larry Kirk. “When we came back from a hiatus in ‘98, we never thought it’d last 17 years. But the past […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – When Tupelo native Bryan Reynolds first stepped foot into a boxing gym, he didn’t know what to expect. Now, with less than a year of training under his belt, the heavyweight is set to compete on amateur boxing’s biggest stage: the Golden Gloves national tournament in Las Vegas. […]