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MDEQ gives Patel June 30 deadline to correct issues

TUPELO – The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality has told Tupelo hotelier and developer Bruce Patel that he has until the end of the month to correct issues the department found on a site visit last month to the Pinnacle Point development on North Gloster Street. Patel’s initial plans call for an $18 million investment in a senior living facility ...

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Bronson named CEO, publisher of Journal Inc. in Tupelo

TUPELO – William H. Bronson III, a Louisiana native and third-generation community newspaper publisher, has been named CEO and publisher of Journal Inc and the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal. Most recently, Bronson was the publisher of The Daily Citizen-News in Dalton, Georgia – a 9,000-circulation daily newspaper that serves a community of nearly 40,000 citizens in the city and 110,000 ...

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DENNIS SEID: Toyota begins search for 400 new team members

Just two weeks after announcing a $170 million expansion and the need for another 400 workers, Toyota Mississippi had its first in-house job fair Thursday to begin the search for that additional help. And for six hours, some 375 people came to the plant, got a brief tour and submitted their applications. How many will get hired remains to be ...

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Tupelo airport plan looks to expand, improve services

TUPELO – With commercial air service providing reliability and dependability once again, the Tupelo Regional Airport can focus more attention on the long-term viability of the airport. In a meeting Friday at the Community Development Foundation, airport officials and consultant Allen & Hoshall, spoke to some city and business leaders about the airport’s strategic plan. “The purpose of the meeting ...

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DENNIS SEID: Toyota expansion could lead to further expansion

It wasn’t the big “second-phase” expansion officials have been hoping for since the plant opened, but last week’s announcement that Toyota Mississippi was adding 400 jobs was by no means a disappointment. With the 1,500 team members already on board at the plant, plus another 400-500 contract workers, employment will reach 2,400 within a year. The 12th-generation Corolla will be ...

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Northeast Mississippi city could create bus system

Northeast Mississippi’s largest city could be getting a public bus system. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Tupelo leaders appear to support a one-year pilot program creating three bus routes. A plan was presented Thursday. Tupelo would pay $190,000 and the Mississippi Department of Transportation would pay $400,000. Booneville-based Northeast Mississippi Community Services would run buses from 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 ...

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BancorpSouth to pay $146 million to acquire Texas bank

 BancorpSouth announced Thursday that it will pay $146 million in stock and cash to buy a Texas bank. Tupelo-based bank would buy Icon Capital Corp, whose Icon Bank has seven offices and $794 million in assets in the Houston area.BancorpSouth will pay stock valued at $128.3 million, plus $17.5 million in cash. The move will more than double BancorpSouth’s presence ...

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BancorpSouth reports record earnings of $53.5M

TUPELO – BancorpSouth on Wednesday reported record earnings for the first quarter, with $53.5 million, or 54 cents per share. That compares to $38.1 million, or 41 cents per share, a year earlier. The results surpassed Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 50 cents per share. BancorpSouth posted ...

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Contour to add more seats starting May 1

TUPELO – Passengers flying between Tupelo and Nashville will soon have more company on the planes. Starting May 1, Contour’s twin-engine Jetstream aircraft will be back to their original configuration of 19 seats. Since April of 2016, the planes have only had nine seats. But with nearly 10,000 boardings last year and a clear demand for more seats, Contour proposed ...

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Democratic mayor jumps into US Senate race in Mississippi

Another Democrat is entering the race for a U.S. Senate seat in Mississippi, and the governor has set a filing deadline for candidates. Second-term Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton said Tuesday that he’s running in the special election for the seat long held by Republican Sen. Thad Cochran, 80, who retired Sunday because of poor health. Gov. Phil Bryant appointed fellow ...

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