Tupelo, Mississippi

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" The symphony's free annual July 4 outdoor concert at Ballard Park draws thousands of fans. * In 2005, the Rotary Club sponsored a commission for a statue to honor Chief (Tribal chief) Piomingo, a leader of the Chickasaw people. It was erected in front of the new Tupelo City Hall. * The Oren Dunn City Museum tells the ''Story of Community Building'' through permanent exhibits and a collection of historic structures. The Special Exhibit Gallery provides a venue


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are served by the Tupelo Public School District. In 2008, ''Sports Illustrated'' ranked the high school athletic department as the third best high school athletic program in the nation. In September 1959, it moved from channel 9 to channel 7 in order for WAFB-TV in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to move from UHF channel 28 to VHF channel 9 and to protect Tupelo (Tupelo, Mississippi)'s WTWV (now WTVA) that also broadcasted on channel 9. Several years later in 1962, WDAM dropped its secondary ABC affiliation to become a sole NBC affiliate which it remains today. airdate July 13, 1956 location Columbus (Columbus, Mississippi) Tupelo (Tupelo, Mississippi) West Point, Mississippi callsign_meaning '''C'''olumbus '''B'''irney '''I'''mes (station founder) 133. Columbus (Columbus, Mississippi) - Tupelo (Tupelo, Mississippi) - West Point (West Point, Mississippi) '''WCBI-TV 4 (35)'''


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: www.midsouthtornadoes.msstate.edu info.php?id 162&county Itawamba&state MS&count 2 "Significant Tornadoes Update 1992-1995" , Mid-South Tornadoes, Mississippi State University Martis D. Ramage, Jr. ''Tupelo, Mississippi, Tornado of 1936'', Fire broke out at the Lee County Training School, which was destroyed. Its bricks were salvaged for other uses. The area is subject to tornadoes. In 2008 one rated an EF3 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale struck the town. On April 28


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of Mississippi with a total enrollment of 20,844 in fall 2011. The Oxford campus is the second largest main campus in the state with a fall 2011 enrollment of 16,586. Popular culture and related geography * The city of Tupelo, Mississippi is named for the tree. It is the birthplace of Elvis Presley. *Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds wrote a song called "Tupelo" (Tupelo (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds song)), describing the birth of Elvis Presley. Image:TishomingoSPbridge.jpg


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In September 1959, it moved from channel 9 to channel 7 in order for WAFB-TV in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to move from UHF channel 28 to VHF channel 9 and to protect Tupelo (Tupelo, Mississippi)'s WTWV (now WTVA) that also broadcasted on channel 9. Several years later in 1962, WDAM dropped its secondary ABC affiliation to become a sole NBC affiliate which it remains today. airdate July 13, 1956 location Columbus (Columbus, Mississippi) Tupelo (Tupelo, Mississippi) West Point, Mississippi callsign_meaning '''C'''olumbus '''B'''irney '''I'''mes (station founder) 133. Columbus (Columbus, Mississippi) - Tupelo (Tupelo, Mississippi) - West Point (West Point, Mississippi) '''WCBI-TV 4 (35)'''


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, was a number one hit. He became the leading figure of the newly popular sound of rock and roll with a series of network television appearances and chart-topping records. His energized interpretations of songs, many from African American sources, and his uninhibited performance style made him enormously popular—and controversial. In November 1956, he made his film debut in ''Love Me Tender (Love Me Tender (1956 film))''. File:Elvis' birthplace Tupelo, MS 2007.jpg thumb right alt Present


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together, with Presley "...hanging out more and more with Nick and his friends" and glad his manager "liked Nick." Guralnick, ''Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley'', p.336, 339. See RED WEST INTERVIEW. Memphis Mafia member Red West later wrote Adams "was a friend of Elvis's and I went to Hollywood and met him. He helped me get into the first door and then Robert Conrad


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in an automobile accident. A friend, who had been driving, was pinned by the steering wheel. Perkins managed to drag him from the car, which had begun burning. Clayton had been thrown from the car, but was not injured seriously. Perkins, pp. 122–124. (#gocatgo) A family in Kentucky saw the episode and reportedly interpreted the scene as Mighty Mouse snorting cocaine. The family called the American Family Association in Tupelo, Mississippi. The group


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for a variety of traveling and temporary shows throughout the year. * In June 1956 Elvis Presley returned to Tupelo for a concert at the Mississippi-Alabama State Fair & Dairy Show. The event was recreated at the eighth "Elvis Presley Festival" in Tupelo on June 3, 2006. The fairgrounds is now part of Tupelo's Fairpark District. The documentary film, ''The Homecoming: Tupelo Welcomes Elvis Home,'' premiered at the 2006 festival. * The Lee County Library has an annual lecture series

featuring nationally known authors. * Built in 1937, the Church Street Elementary School was hailed as one of the most outstanding designs of its time. A scale model of this Art Moderne structure, described as "the ideal elementary school," was displayed at the 1939 New York World's Fair. * The BancorpSouth Arena opened in 1993 and is a venue for large events. Government Tupelo's current mayor is Jason L. Shelton. The Tupelo


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Presley . Elvis was planning to sing his rock hits, but refrained out of respect of his gospel idols, the Statesmen and Blackwoods. The Statesmen exerted a powerful influence on young Elvis, who idolized and imitated Jake Hess' vocal stylings and Big Chief's leg shaking. In an interview with songwriter Bill Gaither (Bill Gaither (gospel singer)), Hess remembered seeing young Elvis coming to Statesmen shows in Tupelo (Tupelo, Mississippi) when Presley was only nine or ten. Hess said

Tupelo, Mississippi

thumb Students clearing the ruins of the Lee County Training School, a month after the 1936 tornado (File:1936 Tupelo Miss. tornado cleanup.png)

'''Tupelo''' is the county seat and the largest city of Lee County (Lee County, Mississippi), Mississippi. It is also the seventh-largest city in the state. It is situated in northeast Mississippi, between Memphis, Tennessee, and Birmingham, Alabama, and is accessed by U.S. Route 78. As of the 2010 census (2010 United States Census), the population was 34,546, with the surrounding counties of Lee, Pontotoc (Pontotoc County, Mississippi) and Itawamba (Itawamba County, Mississippi) supporting a population of 138,976.

This city is best known as the birthplace of Elvis Presley. As a one-year-old in Tupelo on April 5, 1936, Presley and his family survived a tornado (1936 Tupelo–Gainesville tornado outbreak) that was ranked as the fourth deadliest in United States history. It took 216 lives.

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