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Mississippi sales tax holiday includes school supplies

Mississippi will soon have its annual sales tax holiday but this year there’s more to celebrate. News outlets report school supplies are officially on the tax exemption list for the holiday, which is on July 26 and 27. All clothing, footwear and school supplies under $100 can be purchased minus the 7% state sales tax. Sen. Chuck Younger co-authored the ...

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Changes in store as expansion, renovation on horizon for Tupelo’s BancorpSouth Arena

By W. DEREK RUSSELL / Daily Journal TUPELO • It’s been more than 25 years since the BancorpSouth Arena opened its doors to the public, and soon, those doors will open a little wider. Plans have been underway for some time for the entertainment venue to stretch its legs, but with the project going out for bids in mere weeks – ...

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Entrepreneurs offer advice for those looking to follow their footsteps

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal TUPELO • Since 2006, the Renasant Center for IDEAs has served as a business incubator for dozens of up-and-coming businesses. Among the highly successful “graduates” are Hyperion Technology and Mabus Agency, which have grown and expanded their businesses over the years. Shirley Hendrix of R&B Specialty Printing and Letisha Jackson of Jackson Insurance Group have each been at ...

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Marshalls to open July 25 in Corinth

By JOSH MITCHELL / Corinth Today The long-awaited Marshalls store will open this month in the Harper Square Mall in Corinth. Marshalls will open its Corinth store on July 25, which is just two weeks away, the company announced Thursday. “Our newest store in Corinth will offer an ever-changing selection of high-quality, on-trend, and brand-name merchandise at the amazing prices ...

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Mississippi ranked high in states with student loan debts, ranked low for millennials

By DANNY McARTHUR Mississippi may be one of the hardest states for millennials and student loan debt may play a role, according to two studies from personal finance website WalletHub. Mississippi is among one of the worst states for people with student loan debt, according to a July 2019 study from WalletHub. Mississippi ranked 7th overall in most student debt. According to the website, the ...

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Ridgeland Cabot Lodge bought for $3.7 million

By MBJ STAFF The 200-room Cabot Lodge Jackson North, located in Ridgeland, has been sold by MMI Hotel Group to a group of investors for $3.7 million, according to Marcus and Millichap, a commercial real estate investment services firm with offices throughout the United States and Canada. The investors, including Heritage Hospitality of Ridgeland and Fusion Hospitality of Tupelo, have ...

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Conventions continue to bring big money to Mississippi

By BECKY GILLETTE Conventions that bring hundreds or even thousands of people to town are in full swing in Mississippi bringing in visitors who have a major financial impact with spending for hotel rooms, gas, meals and visiting local attractions. Some of the biggest conventions happening at the Jackson Convention Complex are related to religious events, said Shun Hatten, vice ...

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Youth sports tourism a home run when it comes to economic impact

By BECKY GILLETTE Some parents encourage their kids to get involved with sports as a way to keep them from spending too much time with their phones and electronic devices, or from getting into trouble. Sports are also helpful to help build self-esteem and combat childhood obesity. But the bottom line is that many kids love to play sports and ...

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Economic impact growing as girls’ volleyball becomes more popular

By BECKY GILLETTE Girls rule in youth volleyball. Volleyball is the most played girl’s sport in the world. But Mississippi has been slower to catch on to this trend than many other states, possibly in part because competitive volleyball is an expensive sport. Not all parents can afford to pay for club dues and travel expenses. It is a high ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Sundays make me want for Mondays

It is 7:32 a.m. on a beautiful Sunday morning in mid-summer. Birds are chirping, crepe myrtles and magnolias are in full bloom, the green pollen has long since stopped falling and the sun is shining. The back porch, the Sunday newspapers and the second cup coffee of coffee provide solace. And then it begins. Noise from a nearby lawn mower, ...

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