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Sugar Daddy: Tupelo couple takes on bakery business

By GINNA PARSONS / Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal Rob and Leeann Lesley just keep growing their food empire. In 2001, he started Rob Lesley Catering, followed by Romie’s Grocery in 2005 and R.L. Foods, a cafeteria and vending service, in 2013. A year ago, they ventured into new territory: a bakery. “The manager at Romie’s kept coming to me and ...

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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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Argent Trust, Wealth Services open Oxford office

Argent Trust Co. and its Argent Family Wealth Services have opened a new office in Oxford. The location at 613 South Lamar Boulevard, a National Historic Landmark building, accommodates a larger staff who provide a wider range of wealth management services. Family Wealth Services Managing Director Mark Hartnett will lead the expanded team and focus on further growing Argent’s presence ...

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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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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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At 96, Okolona businessman still shows up for work each day

By LESLIE CRISS / Daily Journal A charcoal portrait of Harold Turner was done by a young Belgian artist who was dressing as a woman to evade the draft. Turner discovered him going through the garbage, so Turner started saving food for him. To show his appreciation for Turner’s friendship, he did this portrait of the young Mississippi soldier. It’s ...

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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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