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Some of 840 Ashley jobs coming to Mississippi


By DENNIS SEID Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal Ashley Furniture Industries is laying off 840 workers at its manufacturing plant in Colton, California, and shifting production to plants in North Carolina, Mississippi and Wisconsin. Already one of the largest private employers in Northeast Mississippi, Ashley employs some 4,000 workers at its plants in Ecru, Ripley and Verona. The company says the ...

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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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Tupelo Furniture Market goes ‘soft’ to strengthen its position

Forty-four mattress makers will have displays at the market from Aug. 18-21.

By JACK WEATHERLY Northeast Mississippi is known as the upholstered-furniture capital of the United States. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that it is playing the “soft” card as it seeks to further distinguish itself from other furniture centers – especially High Point, N.C. Forty-four mattress and box spring makers will be on hand for the semi-annual Tupelo Furniture ...

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Businesses welcome Elvis Presley Birthplace Trail completion

Elvis Presley Birthplace

By DENNIS SEID / Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal TUPELO — No more orange barrels to drive around, no more lane shifts, no more trouble getting in and out of parking spaces. “Hallelujah,” said Pam Fair, a co-owner of Sparrows on Main, a boutique on East Main Street that opened in May 2014. Four months later, work began on the Elvis ...

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Tupelo apartment complex demolition delayed amid possible sale

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By CALEB BEDILLION/Daily Journal The Tupelo city council pulled back Tuesday night from ordering the demolition of three local apartment buildings following the report of a potentially imminent sale. Tupelo’s Code Enforcement division has for years wrangled with President’s Gate Apartments, located on Lawndale Drive. Code Enforcement had this week requested the Tupelo City Council approve an order of demolition ...

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JOSH MABUS — A smile remembered, Jack Reed


I didn’t have a deep personal relationship with Jack Reed Sr. Most of my time spent with Mr. Jack was at weddings, community events or quick conversations in restaurants around Tupelo. Through these brief interactions, I have been lucky to observe at least part of an incredibly beautiful life and no doubt absorb a great amount of inspiration. In the ...

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Northeast Mississippi has lowest unemployment rate in years


JACKSON — Northeast Mississippi has posted the lowest monthly jobless rate in 10 years. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports the 16 counties in the region posted a collective unemployment rate of 5.1 percent in October. There were 11,490 people unemployed last month, down from 12,840 in September. The figures, provided by Mississippi Department of Employment Security, mark the lowest ...

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Furniture maker adding jobs in Ecru


ECRU — Upholstered furniture manufacturer Fusion Furniture Inc. is expanding operations at its facility in north Mississippi’s Pontotoc County The company announced Tuesday that it will invest $1.6 million and create 100 jobs, bringing employment in Ecru location to 430. Fusion Furniture will build a 100,000-square-foot addition at its existing facility. Mississippi Development Authority is giving a $200,000 grant to ...

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City of Tupelo awarded top municipal honor in Mississippi

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BILOXI — The city of Tupelo has received a top honor among Mississippi municipalities by winning the Mississippi Municipal League Overall Award for Excellence for 2015. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Tupelo received the honor during an awards program Wednesday as part of the league’s annual conference. The award recognizes and encourages the achievement of Mississippi cities in meeting ...

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Emerald Home Furnishings plans furniture plant in New Albany


NEW ALBANY — Emerald Home Furnishings announced Wednesday that it will open an upholstered furniture factory in New Albany, investing more than $2 million and hiring 150 workers. The company, based in Seattle, Washington, will move into a building formerly occupied by furniture component manufacturer Hickory Springs, which closed its New Albany plant in June 2012. Federal, state and local ...

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