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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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Poll puts insurance challenger in good light, but expert says it’s flawed

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By JACK WEATHERLY  A poll commissioned by John Mosley puts him, a challenger to two-term Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney, in a good light. But a political analyst said the three-question poll of 1,613 voters who are “highly likely” to vote in the Aug. 4 Republican primary is flawed. The second question is: “If you knew that Commissioner Mike Chaney supported ...

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Mississippi cities finding their place for growth

Tupelo was an early state leader in this movement when it received a grant in 1999 to develop Fairpark on what was once the county fairgrounds and extend the connection between downtown and Elvis Presley's birthplace. Fair Park incorporates businesses, restaurants, entertainment, retail shops and hotels. This view is from the rooftop of the Park Heights Restaurant.

By LYNN LOFTON  Cleveland, Water Valley, Tupelo, Columbus, Bay St. Louis, Natchez, Vicksburg, Ocean Springs — what do these Mississippi cities have in common? These are some of the municipalities that are good examples of the Main Street concept of placemaking. Public spaces in these towns have a real sense of place. They are designed to attract and serve people, ...

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Daily Journal editor to head education foundation

TUPELO — Lloyd Gray, executive editor of the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal for 23 years, is leaving the newspaper to become executive director of The Phil Hardin Foundation. The announcement was made Tuesday in the newspaper by Journal Publisher and CEO Clay Foster. Foster says no decision has been made on Gray’s successor. “Lloyd is an outstanding editor and an ...

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Mississippi man cleared of poison-letters charges sues feds

JACKSON — An Elvis impersonator and singer in Mississippi is suing the federal government for wrongful arrest after he was charged and later cleared of sending poisoned letters to President Barack Obama. Paul Kevin Curtis filed a lawsuit April 30 in federal court, claiming that prosecutors continued to hold him in jail even after they knew there was no evidence ...

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Mississippian Glenn McCullough Jr. gets nod as new MDA chief

Glenn McCullough takes over as the head of the Mississippi Development Authority Monday, June 8.

By TED CARTER An executive search that never left Mississippi has led to the appointment of Glenn L. McCullough Jr., former mayor of Tupelo and chairman of the Tennessee Valley Authority board, as executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority. Speaking to luncheon guests at the Mississippi Economic Council’s annual meeting, Gov. Phil Bryant said he kept the search within ...

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1 year later: Rebuilding from devastating Mississippi storms

LOUISVILLE — One year ago, an outbreak of 23 tornados devastated parts of Mississippi, killing 14 people and destroying hundreds of buildings. In Tupelo, a storm hit hard in neighborhoods and a commercial district. But the most powerful twister was in less-populous Winston County. There, a storm with winds reaching an estimated 185 mph ripped diagonally across the county on ...

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Tupelo voters approve $44M school bond request

TUPELO — Voters have approved a $44 million bond request from the Tupelo Public School District. School officials say over 85 percent of the voters approved the request. It required 60 percent to pass. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports voters cast 3,276 ballots, with 2,800 supporting the request to issue the bonds to fund infrastructure upgrades, security features and ...

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MDA to close all its regional offices

The Mississippi Development Authority will close all eight regional offices around the state effective June 30. Eleven positions will be eliminated, 10 of which are currently filled, said Jeff Rent, public relations and media manager for the agency. The offices are located in Senatobia, Tupelo, Greenwood, Meridian, Summit, Hattiesburg and Gulfport, as well as Jackson. The agency employs about 300. ...

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Source: McCullough a leading candidate for MDA job

        By JACK WEATHERLY Glenn L. McCullough Jr., former mayor of Tupelo and chairman of the Tennessee Valley Authority board, is a leading candidate to become executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority, according to a source familiar with the situation. McCullough said in a telephone interview with the Mississippi Business Journal  Thursday afternoon that “the MDA is very important ...

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