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Arena bids halted in midst of expansion project

By TAYLOR VANCE / Daily Journal TUPELO • City officials are momentarily halting progress on BancorpSouth Arena renovations due to a problem with one of the bids. The Tupelo City Council voted Thursday night to hold 11 construction bids  for 60 days and to reject another bid for drywall work and request new bids for that work. The council did this ...

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BancorpSouth expansion needed as business continues to grow

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal TUPELO • Last week, BancorpSouth put the finishing touches on its seventh bank acquisition since 2018, further expanding its footprint in eight states. With that growth comes the need to add more to the “back office” staff that helps keep the nearly $20 billion financial institution running smoothly. A more than $15 million project will ...

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BancorpSouth to add 100 jobs in new expansion

By TAYLOR VANCE / Daily Journal TUPELO • BancorpSouth is investing $15 million in an expansion project at its Jackson Street Operations Campus that will add at least 100 full-time jobs. The company is expected to release the full details of the expansion at a groundbreaking ceremony today. The expansion will help the city help secure a Development Infrastructure Program grant ...

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Tupelo sells property to group wishing to build downtown hotel

By TAYLOR VANCE / Daily Journal TUPELO • City officials are partnering with a development company to bring a four-story boutique hotel that will house at least 80 rooms and a restaurant to the downtown area. The Tupelo City Council voted to enter into a contract agreement with Thrash Group, LLC, a hotel development industry based out of Hattiesburg, to sell city-owned ...

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THE I-10 ROCKET REGION — To Stennis and beyond

» Boeing is building the heavy-lift Space Launch System rocket in New Orleans, now Relativity will build 3D printed light launch vehicles 35 miles away at Stennis Space Center, Miss.   An intriguing cluster is growing along the Interstate 10 corridor between Southeast Louisiana and South Mississippi. The Stennis-Michoud corridor in the near future will be where not one but ...

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TODD SMITH — Ohio State seeks to trademark ‘The’

The Buckeyes are aiming to be “The” brand in college sports! Ohio State University is seeking to trademark the word “The” when used on items marketed for sale, according to a trademark application filed to the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The filing, made a couple of weeks ago, aims to protect the school’s formal name – The Ohio State ...

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AARON RICE: Don’t thread on me

If you haven’t seen an eyebrow threading salon yet, you will soon. The brow-shaping trend is sweeping the nation, and devotees of the practice swear by the technique for its precision, convenience, and affordability compared to waxing and tweezing.  The threading craze is also inadvertently accomplishing something besides perfecting American arches: it’s exposing the shameless rent-seeking that litters the occupational ...

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United Furniture looking to add 275 workers to Mississippi plants

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal One of the largest furniture manufacturers in the country is looking to add 500 employees, with most of them in Mississippi. United Furniture Industries, the Tupelo-based upholstery and case goods furniture company, said it is hiring 500 people at its plants in California, North Carolina and Mississippi to help meet the growing demand for ...

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Tupelo Regional Airport looks to update runway study

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal TUPELO • A 2016 study of the runway at Tupelo Regional Airport revealed some deficiencies, and to ensure that those deficiencies haven’t gotten worse, airport executive director Cliff Nash has asked the airport board to approve another study to be conducted. The cost of the study – at airport expense – is almost $90,000, and ...

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ANDY TAGGART — Will be a steward of the state’s law enforcement resources

Life often brings the realization that something must be done just because it is the right thing to do.  Such a time arose for my wife Karen and me this past spring when I concluded that I should enter the race for Attorney General. For nearly 150 years, Mississippi has waited for the opportunity to elect a conservative Republican to ...

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