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Tupelo Wins All-American City Award

TUPELO, Miss.- Not many cities can claim to be an “All-American” city, much less claiming it five times over the last forty-eight years. Well, the city of Tupelo can.

They were awarded the honor of an “All-American City” by the National Civic League over the weekend at the ceremony in Denver.

City Councilman Buddy Palmer was acting mayor while Mayor Jason Shelton was on hand to accept the award.

“When I heard them announce it, cheers went up,” Councilman Palmer said.

Tupelo was one of ten cities to win the award, but they are in elite company, having won it a total of five times.

“It seems like can count back to 1967 and has won one in each decade,” he added. “We’re a five-time recipient. That’s big time. I think we’re one of seven cities in the United States that’s won it five times. That’s, like, unheard of.”

Tupelo was recognized for it’s efforts in inspiring hope and bringing volunteers together to rebuild 235 homes in eight days.

The other recipients of the award were, in alphabetical order by state: Carson, California; Salinas, California; Stockton, California; Tallahassee, Florida; Somerville, Massachusetts; Geneva, New York; Marshall, Texas; Spokane, Washington; and Yakima, Washington.

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