Tupelo’s FBI moving operations to Oxford

Tupelo’s FBI office is nearly closed, with federal belt-tightening the culprit.

Its consolidation with the larger Oxford office also brings into question the future of its old home, the multi-story federal building at 500 W. Main St.

Chris Gallegos, a spokesman for U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, said a Tuesday discussion between Cochran’s staff and a U.S. Postal Service official concluded that cost-savings could result from consolidation of Main Street with the South Thomas Street facility, although “no changes are planned” in that direction.

Tupelo Realtor Tommy Morgan, who manages the property through TM of Tupelo LLC, said he’s known about the FBI’s impending departure since March but that the USPS contract is still in effect.