Tupelo, the county seat of Lee County, was incorporated in 1870. In 1934, it made history as the first city in America to receive electric power from TVA. Its Community Development Foundation was begun in 1948 to unify the economic development activities of the region and has itself been a model attracting national attention. Tupelo has twice earned the “All America City” title, the oldest and most respected community recognition award in the nation. The city of nearly 40,000 is the largest producer of upholstered furniture in the U.S. and the second largest manufacturer for all furniture sold in the world. Tupelo’s North Mississippi Medical Center is the nation’s largest non-metropolitan hospital. Located in the hill country of northeast Mississippi, this manufacturing, retail and distribution center has also been recognized as a national model for technical and public education. While Tupelo may lack a “college of its own,” it boasts an advanced education center which serves as local campus for two state universities and two regional community colleges. Perhaps Tupelo’s most popular and recognizable claim to fame is as the birthplace of Elvis Presley. That 2-room shotgun house attracts nearly 100,000 visitors a year, contributing heavily to Tupelo’s $46 million tourism and hospitality industry. Tupelo is also the headquarters for the Natchez Trace Parkway, a unique 450 mile long scenic highway which is a component of the National Park Service.
Mitchell, McNutt & Sams got its start in Tupelo in the early part of the last century and from the beginning was a visible law firm, its attorneys closely linked with the community. Newspapers from the early days describe the firm’s founder as an active and eloquent citizen, a “young man of fine qualifications” who would “not stop short of the highest standards.” Guy Mitchell, Sr. was eventually engaged as City Attorney, and the firm has served as counsel for the city of Tupelo through three generations. MM&S attorneys have consistently tempered their lives as lawyers with community service and cultural activity. They have been founders and supporters of local symphony orchestras and proponents and performers of community theatre. The firm is amply represented on boards and rosters of most major banks, churches, civic clubs, arts councils and philanthropic and charitable endeavors in the county.
All areas of law engaged in by the firm are represented in the practice of attorneys resident in the Tupelo office.