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Wicks n’ More continues rebuilding

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal SALTILLO – It’s been a journey filled with peaks and valleys, but candle company Wicks n’ More continues to fight its way back to regain its place in the market. With a new home, the company hopes to re-establish accounts and develop new ones for its still-popular signature pillar candles, as well as its ...

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DENNIS SEID: Deja vu all over again for market

Eleven years ago, Tupelo Furniture Market officials surveyed retailers and exhibitors, and the results showed a desire to move the twice-yearly trade shows. The market has traditionally held its shows in February and August, calling them the spring and fall markets, respectively. And so, the market shifted the dates to January and June. “This was requested by them, who said ...

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NMHS, United Health reach agreement

By MICHAELA GIBSON MORRIS / Daily Journal TUPELO – North Mississippi Health Services and United Health Care have mended fences. Days before its provider participation agreement was set to expire, the Tupelo-based health system and the Minnesota-based insurer announced Friday they had signed a three-year agreement and resolved outstanding questions about more than $40 million in disputed claims. The agreement ...

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Fire destroys bathware company’s facility

DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal GOLDEN – A fire early Sunday morning at the 110,000-square-foot Baymont Bathware facility took firefighters nearly all day to put out, but the building was all but destroyed. No one was hurt during the blaze, which started around midnight Saturday. Nearly 150 people work at the plant, and company officials said they hoped to get ...

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Retail center proposed for West Main in Tupelo

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal TUPELO – A 23,000-square-foot commercial retail center has been proposed at 1507 W. Main Street, where a former Bumpers Drive-In was located. The development is being leased by Kiamie Real Estate in Oxford. “The project’s idea comes from a long-standing client of ours, Jackie’s International,” said Brian Carpenter, broker/associate with Kiamie. “They’ve been looking ...

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Toyota plans $10M visitor and training center in Mississippi

Toyota Motor Co. says it will build a $10 million center for visitors and interactive training at its northeast Mississippi assembly plant. The Japanese automaker’s announcement came Thursday as it marked the 10th anniversary of the plant’s groundbreaking. The factory, with 2,000 workers assembling Corolla sedans, began production in 2011. Toyota says construction on the 15,000-square-foot building will begin in ...

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Cooper Tire in Tupelo wins national safety award

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal TUPELO – Cooper Tire was among four tire manufacturers recognized for excellence and improvements in worker health and safety by the Rubber Manufacturers Association. Cooper’s plant in Tupelo was one of 12 tire-making facilities – and the only Cooper plant – to win an award. The Tupelo plant, which opened in 1984 and employs ...

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Tupelo Furniture Market president moving on after five years

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal Kevin Seddon, who has been president of the Tupelo Furniture Market since 2012, has resigned. Seddon’s last day was Friday, having told market officials two weeks earlier he was stepping down. Seddon said today he felt like he had done all he could do in his role to market and promote the 30-year-old furniture ...

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Leggett & Platt expanding Tupelo operations

Daily Journal Furniture industry supplier Leggett & Platt said Thursday it has expanded its Super Sagless operations in Tupelo, investing in new manufacturing equipment for motion furniture. The expansion doesn’t add new jobs, but L&P said the move helped retain the current workforce at 274. “I appreciate the Leggett & Platt team for choosing to once again expand its Tupelo ...

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Steve Holland will retire due to dementia

A long-serving Mississippi lawmaker says he has dementia and will retire after this legislative term. Rep. Steve Holland, a Plantersville Democrat, says he was only diagnosed last week. While he does well on some days, he says, there are other days where his short-term memory suffers. Holland says he knows it will get worse, but says he will try serve ...

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