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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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WestRock adding 25 jobs with plant upgrade

  SALTILLO – Bigger isn’t always better, but in the case of paper and packaging provider WestRock, installing a 132-inch corrugator – the largest in the Western Hemisphere – fits the bill. Company officials announced on Wednesday that the company’s Saltillo location will have the equipment installed by August. WestRock declined to put a value on the cost of the ...

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Tupelo airport, Contour land $10M contract

TUPELO – The Tupelo Regional Airport and Contour Airlines got what they wanted – now it’s time to hammer out the details. Contour will continue to provide air service in Tupelo, connecting the All-America City with Nashville – or to a different or additional destination, if it chooses – as the U.S. Department of Transportation agreed to a 30-month contract ...

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TOWERING OVER TUPELO — First Fairpark Tower building filling fast

TUPELO – Completion of the first of two planned buildings for Fairpark Towers in downtown Tupelo is still several months away, but the four-story, 40,000-square-foot structure is quickly getting filled. “We’ve got it 68 percent leased,” said Colin Maloney, the owner of Maloney Development Properties. “We’ve got some space on the first floor and some space on the third floor. ...

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Restaurants weigh in on food truck regulations

TUPELO – Regulations, if any, for food trucks and any mobile food vendor doing business in the city of Tupelo won’t be introduced anytime soon, officials say. On Tuesday, a meeting was held for brick-and-mortar restaurant owners to voice their concerns at City Hall. In December, a meeting was held for the food truck owners. City officials said they are ...

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Former Tupelo Mayor Ed Neelly dies

TUPELO – Former Tupelo Mayor Edwin “Ed” Neelly III died Wednesday at the age of 78 after a short stay in hospice care. Neelly served a single term as mayor of Tupelo from 2005 to 2009, holding office as a Republican. He decided not to seek re-election. Before that, Neelly held an at-large seat on the City Council for a ...

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Lee County moves to acquire property for new business park

By CALEB BEDILLION / Daily Journal    TUPELO – The Lee County Board of Supervisors has agreed to spend a little more than $3 million to purchase land for a new industrial park called the Hive. Under a proposal approved by supervisors Monday morning, the county will acquire nearly 500 acres, which comprises half of a potentially 1,000 acre site ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: If only Tupelo’s unifying culture reached statewide

Do you know the “Tupelo Story,” the uplifting chronicle of Tupelo’s self-transformation from “a hardscrabble hamlet” (Aspen Institute) to a prosperous small city and “national model for homegrown development” (William Winter)?   Vaughn Grisham, Jr., built a career around telling the Tupelo Story and was the founding director of the McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement at Ole Miss. ...

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Tupelo selects designer for public Fairpark plaza

By CALEB BEDILLION / Daily Journal TUPELO – Tupelo has agreed to pay $25,000 to a local firm to design the streetscape and landscaping of a public plaza to be built as part of a new commercial development within the downtown Fairpark District. By unanimous vote, the Tupelo City Council on Tuesday agreed to award the project contract to Sloan ...

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Tecumseh Products Company expanding in Verona, creating 60 jobs

Tecumseh Products Company is expanding in Verona, investing $1.1 million and creating 60 jobs. Tecumseh, manufacturer of refrigeration and A/C products, is consolidating its Canada operations to Verona. The Verona facility also will begin to manufacture the company’s AK2 line of compressors. Production of the AK2 line began in the second quarter of this year. “Tecumseh is pleased to have ...

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