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TUPELO, Miss. (FOX13) -

'TCB.' That's Elvis code for "Takin' Care of Business."

Now it seems there's some unfinished business in Tupelo regarding a 1976 tour bus that apparently has a connection to The King. But what that connection to Elvis is depends on whom you talk to.

Now a battle over this bus is headed before the Mississippi Supreme Court.

A few years back, Bill Kinard says he signed a contract with Larry Michael of Celebrity Coaches in Tupelo, to get a 'TCB' bus transported from the west coast to Tupelo.

"Well once he had the bus back, he never delivered the bus, and that was February of 2009," Kinard said.

Michael said that Kinard agreed to pay him to restore the bus.

"It was in filthy condition," Michael said. "It had the roof air off of the bus, there were dogs living in the bus, and the carpet was ruined."

"He went and restored the bus without our permission, without our permission and without a work order," Kinard said. " Then hits us with a bill for $180,000, and that's why he is claiming possession of the bus."

Kinard claims that Michael destroyed the integrity of the bus and is now suing for $12 million among other things.

"Oh, absolutely he destroyed the value of the bus, because you don't take an antique and destroy it," Kinard said.

Michael said he just did to the bus what Kinard asked him to. He restored it, and until Kinard pays up, Michael will keep the bus. He doesn't want the bus, he wants the bus sold.

"That's exactly what I'd like to have, or a good offer thereof," Michael said.

All of this over a bus that Elvis may have had little to do with, or a lot to do with. Some say the bus belonged to Elvis' friend J.D. Sumners and Elvis bought it for him.

"He's always portrayed it as Elvis' bus, not J.D. Sumners'," Michael said. "It did travel with Elvis, but it wasn't Elvis' bus."

"I believe based on documents that we have, that we have not shown to the public that this particular bus (that we have documentation on the bus) was ordered for Elvis Presley," Kinard said.

Michael claims Kinard is out of control with his Elvis claims and makes wild claims about Elvis on a regular basis.

"He said the birthplace was a phoney, and that Elvis wasn't born in the birthplace, that Elvis was born in the house that he lives in," Michael said.

Kinard said that Elvis very well could have been born in his house because he lives in East Tupelo. Kinard also claims that when he sent Michael to get the bus, he stole memorabilia out of the bus, and that Michael's claims about the bus being filthy are not true.

"It was clean, no dogs living in it," Kinard said.

It has gone to the Mississippi Supreme Court; justices will be ruling on it.

Kinard said at one point he signed a legal agreement turning the bus over to Michael, but he has appealed it to the Mississippi Supreme Court on the grounds that, when he signed the bus over to him, he was incompetent to do so at the time because he was on medication that made him think he was both God and Jesus.

"If they rule that he was incompetent it comes back to us, and he still owes the money," Kinard said.

This bus has tremendous ties to Elvis Presley, and people believe that anything that has ties to Elvis is very valuable.

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