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Tupelo airport board looks to end SeaPort contract

SeaPort has seen enplanements – the number of passengers boarding a plane – in Tupelo fall from more than 350 when it started service in October to fewer than 100 last month. THOMAS WELLS | BUY at PHOTOS.DJOURNAL.COM

For several months, the Tupelo Airport Authority has threatened to end the air service contract with SeaPort Airlines due to its poor performance. Late and canceled flights have plagued the airline, which blames a nationwide shortage of pilots for many of its problems. Since beginning service last October, SeaPort has seen enplanements – the number of passengers boarding a plane ...

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Former Saltillo mayor released from federal lawsuit

OXFORD —Former Saltillo Mayor Bill Williams has been dismissed as a defendant in a wrongful termination suit filed by an ex-police officer. In September, former Assistant Police Chief Prentice Brown filed a First Amendment free speech retaliation complaint and a separate malicious interference claim against Williams and others. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports U.S. District Judge Glen Davidson this ...

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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 leaders break ground on new police headquarters

TUPELO — Tupelo city and community leaders have broken ground for a new headquarters for the Tupelo Police Department. Officials braved the rain Monday to gather under a canopy for the ceremony. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports work on the project began eight years and three city administrations ago. Police Chief Bart Aguirre says the reason for the extended ...

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Lessons available from past Tupelo bond votes

TUPELO — The road toward the Tupelo Public School District’s latest bond referendum began with a request district officials made to voters 25 years earlier. In 1990, 87 percent of those voters supported an appeal to issue $17 million in new bonds. At the time, it was the largest single bond issue for local education facilities to be passed in ...

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Hilton suites brand to replace hotel razed after tornado

TUPELO — An 80-room Tupelo hotel demolished because of heavy damage from the tornado last April will be replaced by a larger hotel — one with the Hilton brand. Fusion Hospitality owner Bruce Patel tells The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that a 108-room Home2 Suites will be built where the Comfort Suites once stood. It will be the second Hilton ...

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Frozen sandwich maker to hire 200 for plant near Tupelo

SHANNON — A California company will soon be making sandwiches in a former meat processing factory near Tupelo. Raybern Foods plans to invest more than $10 million and hire 200 people to make frozen deli sandwiches in a 130,000 square foot building in Shannon. Raybern, of Hayward, California, makes frozen sandwiches that it sells through grocers including Wal-Mart. The company ...

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Tupelo plans city-wide events celebrate Elvis birthday

TUPELO — On Thursday, Tupelo launches a birthday celebration fit for the king of rock and roll. Seven organizations will participate in a city-wide event schedule, culminating with an Elvis Presley-themed concert from the North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and Richard Marx. The Elvis Presley Birthplace will host their annual birthday party Thursday. There will be a sing-along version of the film “Jailhouse ...

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Wal-Mart Markets invading small neighborhoods in Northeast Mississippi

TUPELO – Some Tupelo businesses and residents aren’t too thrilled about the possibility of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. building three of its smaller-format Walmart Neighborhood Markets in the city, but they may not be able to halt what appears to be inevitable. The retailer is quickly making good on its pledge to open 300 Neighborhood Markets across the country this year, ...

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SBA disaster loan application deadline is Monday for Tupelo, Louisville

Disaster Loan Outreach Centers in Louisville and Tupelo will cease operations at the close of business Monday, the U.S. Small Business Administration said in a news release today. Monday is also the final day to file an SBA Disaster loan application, including homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes for physical damage caused by severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that ...

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