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Officials: City damaged by tornado won’t get federal funds

Officials say a Mississippi city recently hit by a tornado won’t get state or federal funding to help repair related damages. WTVA-TV reports Tupelo leaders announced Thursday that victims of the tornado, rated EF-2 on the enhanced Fujita scale, won’t receive funding from state or federal emergency management agencies. Chief Operations Officer Don Lewis says the damage isn’t considered a ...

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Bryant names new district attorney to replace incoming judge

Gov. Phil Bryant is naming a deputy prosecutor to take over as district attorney in southeast Mississippi.Bryant on Wednesday named Angel Myers McIlraith to replace Tony Lawrence, who was elected last week to the state Court of Appeals and will take office in January. Once Lawrence becomes judge, McIlraith will become district attorney for Jackson, George and Greene counties. McIlraith ...

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Mississippi garment factory says it may close without new contract

A northeast Mississippi factory that makes military garments warns it may close if it can’t get another contract.Mississippi Department of Employment Security records show Golden Manufacturing has warned its 80 employees that they could be laid off by Jan. 4.The company, located in the town of Golden, tells the state agency that its current government contract is ending. Managers are ...

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School district to apply for district of innovation status

Officials say a northeast Mississippi school district will seek to become the state’s seventh district of innovation. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports the Tupelo school district plans to apply for the status in 2019, seeking a waiver from certain state rules beginning in fall 2020. The district last week began surveying people on strengths and needs. If Tupelo is ...

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Tupelo River provides specialty coffee, something extra

By DENNIS SEID, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal of Tupelo Peter and Kelley Vance were driving down a road one night, looking for a place that offered a good cup of coffee and maybe a beer. But there wasn’t a place that offered both, and Peter thought of the possibilities of having a storefront. The beer idea was dropped in favor of ...

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Computer switch tied to delays for some Mississippi car tags

Some Mississippi drivers say they are frustrated by delays in getting license plates. Lee County resident Norma Kolarik told the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that she and her husband bought a car in May in Alcorn County. She said they couldn’t get a tag until September, and even then it took help from a state lawmaker. “The citizens of Mississippi ...

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Renasant nearly a $13 billion bank with latest merger

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal TUPELO – In just three years, Renasant Corp.’s assets have more than doubled. Acquisitions have played a large role in that growth, as the parent company of Renasant Bank has merged with four other banks during that time. The most recent is its merger with BrandBank of Georgia. The $452 million deal is the ...

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Renasant gets approval for Brand Group merger

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal TUPELO – Renasant Corp. has received approval from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. to complete its proposed merger of Brand Group Holdings Inc. Renasant Corp., the parent of Renasant Bank, announced in March its plans to acquire Brand in a deal valued at about $452.9 million in cash and stock. The merger, expected to ...

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206 Fish, Steak & Seafood House opening downtown Tupelo

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal TUPELO – After nearly three years of running Southern Steak & Fish, owner Blake Estes has decided to go in another direction. He closed the restaurant on Industrial Road over the weekend, but is opening a new restaurant in about three weeks. It will be called 206 Fish, Steak & Seafood House. It will ...

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Tupelo’s Pinnacle Point site work resumes, still on schedule

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal TUPELO – Site work for the multi-million-dollar Pinnacle Point development on North Gloster Street resumed this week after getting approval from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. The state agency had put a temporary stop on the site work to allow developer Bruce Patel and his Fusion Hospitality group to address environmental concerns with ...

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