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Tupelo airport to hire operations director

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal TUPELO – The Tupelo Regional Airport is looking to hire a director of operations, a position that has gone unfilled for about three years. On Tuesday, the Tupelo Airport Authority went into executive session to discuss a letter of investigation from the Federal Aviation Administration. While the contents of the letter were not revealed, ...

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Manager who opened Mississippi Toyota plant returns to Japan

A new manager will take over at Toyota’s Mississippi assembly plant on Jan. 1. The unit of Japanese-based Toyota Motor Corp. says Akitoshi Ichino will become president of the Blue Springs plant, which has more than 1,600 workers. Founding president Masafumi Hamaguchi, who has run Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi since 2010, will return to Japan. The $800 million Blue Springs ...

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DENNIS SEID: Consumers prefer things made here; will they pay?

Reshoring” has been a buzzword in manufacturing of late, perhaps gaining more momentum with the election of Donald Trump as president. Trump, as we’ve heard, has threatened to punish companies that send jobs overseas. Last week,Carrier announced – with Trump in attendance – that it would keep about 800 union and supervisor jobs from being outsourced to Mexico. This is ...

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Bonanza in Tupelo is one of only 12 left nationwide

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal TUPELO – The familiar red roof and sign at the Bonanza restaurant on South Gloster Street have been a welcome sight for more than 40 years to diners, many of whom have gotten into a familiar and comfortable routine. For example, if Albert Fears isn’t on the grill cooking a steak, some of the ...

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Tupelo’s Green Street business district remembered

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal TUPELO – Just a few yards away where Theodore “Ted” Debro Jr. spoke Wednesday was once Debro’s Cafe, a popular spot for Tupelo’s African-American community. The cafe, which was opened by Debro’s father, was an integral part of the Green Street business district that served as the hub of the black community in the early ...

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Tupelo CDF breaks ground on third spec building

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal SHANNON – The Community Development Foundation broke ground on its third speculative building, a 100,000-square-foot facility in the Tupelo Lee Industrial Park South (also commonly called TULIPS). It is the third spec building built by the CDF, which five years ago began the program to provide building shells for prospective companies to use. The ...

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Tupelo planners consider rezoning request on North Gloster

By CALEB BEDILLION / Daily Journal TUPELO – The Planning Commission is poised to approve a rezoning request designed to facilitate additional commercial development in one of the city’s major hubs of business activity. Mitchell Scruggs, a local farmer and developer, has requested that five acres on the west side of North Gloster Street be rezoned from agricultural to regional ...

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Tupelo works to provide utilities to annexed areas

Efforts continue to ensure residents annexed into Tupelo in 2012 receive updated municipal utility services. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Tupelo Water & Light has completed installation of fire hydrants and new drinking water lines in the Chesterville Road area on the city’s western edge. On the other side of town, installation of sewer lines in the Deer Park ...

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Tupelo City Council to address Mississippi state flag

The Tupelo City Council is expected to discuss Mississippi’s controversial state flag this week. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports that council president Lynn Bryan plans to bring up a resolution before the City Council that will ask the Legislature for a new state flag. Mississippi’s current state flag features a Confederate emblem. The council is also expected to discuss ...

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Tupelo Airport to get $950,000 for taxiway

Tupelo Regional Airport is set to get an infusion of cash to repair its taxiway. The Daily Journal reports that Mississippi’s two Republican U.S. Senators, Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker, announced Friday that the Tupelo Airport Authority will receive $948,223. Most of that money comes from the Federal Aviation Administration for airport safety and infrastructure. The taxiway runs parallel to ...

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