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Railroad 'quiet zone' still Tupelo's goal

TUPELO — In order to silence the horns and whistles that blare from the trains traveling through Tupelo, the city must first look at spending more than $5 million to make safety improvements at 22 intersections. Finding a way to improve the quality of life in a city split by railroad tracks isn’t a new development. But city leaders are ...

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Tupelo mayor chooses Hooper to lead city's development

TUPELO — €” Mayor Jason Shelton is nominating a prominent Tupelo businessman to be the city’s next development services director. The nominee, Shane Hooper, 44, is a member of the state College Board and current chairman of the Tupelo-based Community Development Foundation. He is president of the educational support services company, Success Learning Inc., which he created in 2005. BJ ...

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Legislature passes $17M in tornado relief funding

JACKSON — The Mississippi Legislature met in a three-hour session yesterday and approved $17 million to help pay for recovery from disasters, including tornadoes that recently pounded the state. Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signed the funding measure, Senate Bill 2001, and it became law immediately. The governor originally said he would ask lawmakers for up to $20 million. However, officials ...

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City taking bids for project featuring Elvis Presley

TUPELO — The city of Tupelo will accept bids through May 29 for a project that officials say will connect the cultural roots of Tupelo with its downtown. The Federal Highway Administration and Mississippi Department of Transportation recently gave the city approval to seek bids for the Elvis Presley Birthplace Trail project. The project includes construction of overlay, roadway and ...

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Mayors ask airline to reduce its service to boost passenger volume

TUPELO — The mayors of two Mississippi cities are asking Silver Airways to reduce its flight schedule at their airports. They said fewer flights mean more passengers on planes flying out of the Tupelo and Greenville airports and give more rest to pilots between flights. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports that Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton and Greenville Mayor John ...

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HOME RUN! Tupelo lands 2014 national softball convention

Like a number of communities across the state, the city of Tupelo has targeted sports and sports-related events as source of new money into the community. And officials have snagged a gem. The city of Tupelo has won a bid to host a national softball convention in 2014. Mayor Jason Shelton and Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau executive director Neal ...

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Newspaper wants ruling from Ethics Commission on emails

TUPELO — A Tupelo newspaper is asking the Mississippi Ethics Commission for advice on whether an email between the mayor and a department head regarding city business is exempt from the public records law. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal is seeking access to emails between Mayor Jason Shelton and former city Development Services director BJ Teal. Tupelo city attorney Ben ...

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Mayor proposes using rainy day money for city's debt

TUPELO — Mayor Jason Shelton wants to use about $5 million from the city’s rainy day fund to pay off part of its $30 million in bonds. That could save up to $825,000 in interest over seven years, freeing up cash for big capital items such as fire trucks or tornado sirens, he told The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal. Shelton ...

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