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 – Workers capped off gas lines to two Madison Street houses on Wednesday in anticipation of destruction. The two neighboring structures belong to the First Baptist Church, and according to associate pastor Lee Allred, they are beyond repair. “We don’t have any set plans, but we’re going to clear […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – The Orchard church’s latest project is finally coming down to the wire, and on Sept. 3, the Thrive church will meet for the first time. Thrive aims at netting those struggling with addiction and substance abuse and uses rehab language to explore and heal other life struggles. “People […]

The United Way of Northeast Mississippi kicked off its campaign season with a back-to-school giveaway of backpacks stuffed with assorted school supplies. The event was held in each of the United Way’s seven counties, bringing out scraping-by families in droves. The United Way’s communications associate Robin Matkin said the turnout was evidence of the increased […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal PONTOTOC – The congregation of Pontotoc First Presbyterian Church and its pastor, the Rev. Michelle Wood, may seem like an odd coupling. It’s unusual for a pastor’s first assignment to be a church that will turn 100 next Sunday. “We get along well,” Wood said. “It’s interesting to be a […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – Fairpark will play host to a new style of praise Friday, as a few local ministers present a “pop up” worship service at 7 p.m. It will feature music and a message given by three area pastors. “It started as kind of a daydream,” said Tupelo resident Tony […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal In 2009, Dr. Joe Edd Morris – once the Rev. Joe Edd Morris – filled in for his pastor for World Communion Sunday. Though the retired minister hadn’t preached in years, he was eager to conduct the holy ritual of communion. “I’m up at the altar, breaking the bread, and […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal Recess isn’t what it used to be for area schoolchildren. Many Tupelo and Lee County district students took to the shade or even classrooms in lieu of their traditional outside time Monday, as the National Weather Service issued a heat advisory under expected heat indices of 105 degrees. “They’ll get […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal With a round of local elections freshly in the rear view and a presidential election ramping up, it is perhaps only a matter of time before discussions flare up over the religious vote, the evangelical vote, the Catholic vote, and so forth. The Rev. Brian Collier, pastor of The Orchard […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – Lawhon fifth-grade teacher Shannon Tweedy greeted her students Monday afternoon with a handful of popcorn and a smile as they “popped in” for the Tupelo School District’s meet your teacher day. “When I was a student, I was nervous on the first day of school,” Tweedy said. “If […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – When the Tupelo Aquatic Center hosted the Mississippi high school state championship swim meet last year, it was filled to capacity, with more than 900 spectators and hundreds of swimmers packed into the venue. This week, the Aquatic Center will host the Southern Zone swim meet, and will […]