Posts Tagged ‘EF-5 tornado’

Re-election of Smithville mayor signals growth for tornado-ravaged town

by Published: June 14,2013

Tags: disaster recovery, EF-5 tornado, FEMA, Gregg Kennedy, Smithville

SMITHVILLE — The question of whether this tiny community ravaged two years ago by a killer tornado is ready for land-use controls and an annexation strategy received an affirmative answer from voters last Tuesday. In a campaign seen as an up-or-down vote on his call for comprehensive land-use planning and the annexation of nearby unincorporated […] [...]

Nature unleashes fury, from the Delta across to East Mississippi

Bad weather made 2011 a year to forget. The losses from tornadoes, flooding and drought are still being calculated. In April, the state suffered one of the worst tornado outbreaks in history. Hardest hit was the Town of Smithville, a community of less than 1,000 that was hit by an EF-5 tornado on April 27 […] [...]

Families behind return of Mel’s Diner and Doughbellys are given MBJs highest honor

In any business you figure on periods of slow sales, rising costs and tight credit. But you never expect to be in the path of the strongest tornado to strike your state in nearly half a century and see all you have worked for left in ruins. Cutting your losses and walking away has to […] [...]


In our inaugural Businessperson of the Year award, we are honoring the grit and guile of two Smithville small business ownerships, who stared down a community-destroying EF-5 tornado. Theirs, along with all but two businesses, were destroyed last April. But Phillip and Tiffany Lockhart of Doughbellys Pizzeria and Bobby and Melanie Edwards of Mel’s Diner […] [...]

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