» Subscribe Today!
More of what you want to know.
The Daily News
X

Forgot your password?
Skip Navigation LinksHome >
VOL. 127 | NO. 69 | Monday, April 09, 2012

Possession of Elvis Tour Bus Not Yet Settled

AP

Print | Front Page | Email this story | Comments ()

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) – A two-year-old feud over who owns the so-called Elvis Bus continues in a Mississippi court.

It may be a while longer before the issue is settled.

The North Mississippi Daily Journal reports that Lee County Chancellor Talmadge Littlejohn postponed a hearing this week into a challenge to the bus' title, presently held by Bill Kinard of Tupelo.

Kinard said he never wanted to sell the bus and that Tupelo bus rehabber Larry Michael stole it when he moved it to Nashville.

Michael claims Kinard owes him $134,000 for paying the bus' promissory note and for its retrieval from Washington State in early 2009. He also wants to be paid for certain "restoration" of the vehicle.

On Wednesday, Michael's attorneys agreed to delay the hearing after meeting with the judge and Kinard's lawyers.

John Spelling at busforsale.com in Nashville said when the March 31 sale deadline passed, Larry Michael's bid was the only offer for the 40-foot long, eight-foot wide 1976 vehicle with the Elvis trademark "TCB" logo.

Before court Wednesday, Kinard backed off a bit from his certainty that the King of Rock 'n' Roll actually owned the bus, saying instead that Elvis gave its purchase money to music colleague J.D. Sumner to tour with his Stamps Quartet.

Kinard and Michael have been feuding over the vehicle at least two years.

Kinard said he wants to keep the bus and take it on tour to make a living away from his Legacy Hall of Fame museum in Tupelo.

In court documents, Michael denies Kinard's allegations and countersued for the money he claims he's owed.

On Dec. 12, all sides apparently agreed to a court-filed compromise to put the bus up for sale.

But Kinard said he was under a doctor's care and should not have signed anything, which was told to Littlejohn on Wednesday.

Spelling says he expects Michael to take possession of the bus "as soon as that other fellow relinquishes the title."

Information from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, djournal.com

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Sign-Up For Our Free Email Edition
Get the news first with our daily email


 
Blog Get more from The Daily News
Blog News, Training & Events
RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 72 206 16,619
MORTGAGES 84 228 21,660
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 35 4,301
BUILDING PERMITS 0 209 39,587
BANKRUPTCIES 73 222 15,764
BUSINESS LICENSES 23 51 5,542
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 86 287 23,860
MARRIAGE LICENSES 21 72 5,107

Weekly Edition

Issues | About

The Memphis News: Business, politics, and the public interest.