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Smithville transitions from devastation to setting vision for future

On April 27, 2011, the people of Northeast Mississippi’s tiny farming town of Smithville could hardly see a future beyond the next 24 hours. Today, the survivors of one of the deadliest tornadoes to strike Mississippi are looking nearly 20 years ahead at the Smithville of 2030. The one-time trading post has been framing a picture of its future as ...

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CARTER: Mississippi hypocrisy on disaster help reversed by half

The theory of evolution has drawn a lot of skeptics recently, including a member of the U.S. House from Georgia who swears man and dinosaurs roamed the Earth together back in the day. In fact, says the Peach State’s Rep. Paul Broun, a physician who sits on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, evolution amounts to nothing more than ...

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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 leaving 16 dead. >> See ...

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Smithville banking on keeping Highway 25 coming through town

Smithville’s business district is on track to recover from the strongest tornado to strike Mississippi in nearly half a century. But whether or not that recovery is permanent could hinge on the future routing of Mississippi Highway 25. The Mississippi Legislature has already approved a controlled-access realignment of a stretch of the highway from Amory to Fulton that would by-pass ...

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Hope abounds after tragedy, destruction

Days are good in Smithville again. People there see sky above and ground below — that adds up to a happy circumstance if your world has been flipped upside down in deadly fashion. Returning to normal from the death and destruction that roared down Main Street at 3:44 in the afternoon on April 27 still has a distance to go. ...

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2011 MBJ BUSINESSPERSON OF THE YEAR: SURVIVING THE STORM

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 have built back — bigger ...

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