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Tupelo seeks to regain investment from motel demo

By CALEB BEDILLION / Daily Journal TUPELO – With all demolition and grading work at the site of a former Ramada Inn on North Gloster Street complete, the city of Tupelo has taken steps to recoup the more than $400,000 of public money invested into cleaning up the property. A sloping, grassy field now marks the site in Tupelo where ...

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Contour to submit bid to continue Tupelo’s air service

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal TUPELO – Contour Airlines had a record number of boardings last month for its Tupelo-to-Nashville flights, and after 16 months of service, it has proven to be a reliable service. With that in mind, its corporate parent, Corporate Flight Management of Smryna, Tennessee, will be bidding for another two-year contract through the U.S. Department ...

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On the short list: 11 states vying for Toyota-Mazda plant

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal Whether Mississippi is the leading contender for an automotive assembly plant jointly operated by Toyota and Mazda is the $1.6 billion question. The two Japanese automakers said earlier this month they plan to build the plant, which will build the Toyota Corolla and future Mazda crossover vehicles, by 2021. The facility, which requires at ...

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Cartoonist Nobile creates his first book

After 20 years as the Mississippi Business Journal’s cartoonist, Ricky Nobile has created his first book — Homegrown, Home Drawn! 45 Years of Mississippi Editorial Cartoons. Nobile will be part of this year’s 2017 Mississippi Book Festival to be held on August 19th on the grounds of the Mississippi State Capitol beginning at 9 am where his book will be available under the ...

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ANALYSIS: Let’s take a data-driven look at another side of Nissan’s success story

  It’s no surprise that the union vote at Nissan’s manufacturing facility in Canton generated national headlines. This coverage culminated last week when workers voted 2,244 to 1,307 against the union. As I wrote in a recent column about millenials in Mississippi, there’s always another side to a story. I think one of the most compelling stories about Nissan has ...

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DENNIS SEID: Toyota-Mazda partnership would benefit state, region

Toyota’s announcement Aug. 4 that it had signed a joint venture agreement with Mazda to build Corollas and other vehicles sent state and local leaders through a range of emotions – surprise, concern and hope. If you didn’t hear, the two Japanese automakers, which signed an agreement two years ago to work closer together, said they would build a $1.6 billion ...

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Toyota Mississippi production unaffected by Toyota-Mazda venture

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal BLUE SPRINGS – Toyota Mississippi officials said production of the Corolla at the Blue Springs plant won’t be affected by Friday’s announcement that Toyota will be building the vehicle at a new $1.6 billion assembly plant in which it is partnering with Mazda. A location for the plant hasn’t been decided, but the facility ...

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Reed’s store in Columbus closing next year

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal  COLUMBUS – After working with the Reed family for nearly five decades, Lex Jackson is retiring next year. And with his retirement will be the closing of Reed’s department store in the city. “Family businesses go through rhythms, and this is one of those,” said Jack Reed Jr., the president of the iconic department ...

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Economy, not internet, cited for drop in state sales tax revenue

By BOBBY HARRISON State Economist Darrin Webb cites economic angst, not internet shoppers, for the prolonged period of sluggish sales tax collections for the state. The collection of the sales tax, the state’s largest source of revenue, was sluggish during the past fiscal year and started the new fiscal year on an even more dismal note. The anemic sales tax ...

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Musselwhite recognized for dedication to MSU campus safety

Alicia F. Musselwhite (center), Mississippi State’s fire prevention and life safety officer, was recently named 2017 Fire Code Official of the Year by the Building Officials Association of Mississippi, the professional organization whose members administer and enforce state building and related codes. Musselwhite, a Florida native who holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from MSU, assumed her current duties in 2009. ...

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