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Tupelo Regional passenger boardings hit 10,000

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal  TUPELO – Passenger boardings at Tupelo Regional Airport reached 1,300 in August, marking the fastest period since 2008 that airport reached 10,000 boardings for the year. That also means airport is eligible for $1 million in federal grants for airport improvements. Tupelo Regional has reached at least 10,000 boardings for the third consecutive year. ...

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Saltillo moves ahead with tourism tax referendum

By WILLIAM MOORE / Daily Journal SALTILLO • The Board of Aldermen formally set Nov. 5 as the date for a referendum to add a 2 percent sales tax to hotels and restaurants in Saltillo. During a special called meeting Tuesday, aldermen approved a resolution to establish the tourism tax and set the date for the public referendum. The state legislature ...

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Tupelo settles police officer’s discrimination lawsuit

A Mississippi city is settling a discrimination lawsuit filed by a police officer, and attorneys for both sides say the terms of the settlement are confidential. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports the Tupelo City Council met behind closed doors Tuesday before approving the deal. The lawsuit was filed by Sgt. Tiffany Gilleylen, who is African American. The suit said ...

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NAACP accepts apology from sheriff for racist text message

A Mississippi chapter of the NAACP has accepted an apology from a sheriff who sent out a racist text message. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports the Lee County NAACP chapter released a hand-written apology letter from Sheriff Jim Johnson Wednesday. Chapter President Chris Traylor asked Johnson to apologize for a text he sent to County Supervisor Phil Morgan that ...

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Financial responsibility: Hardy Reed maintains high fiduciary standard

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal TUPELO • When Scott Reed and John Hardy opened their own financial advisory firm in 2006, they wanted to stand out from the crowd. With more than two decades of experience at their previous firm, the longtime friends and business partners opened Hardy Reed Capital Advisors (now called simply Hardy Reed). As Registered Investment Analysts, ...

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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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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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