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BancorpSouth moving closer to $20B with two more mergers

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal TUPELO • BancorpSouth Bank is getting closer to becoming a $20 billion bank, announcing Wednesday it was expanding its presence in Texas and Florida. The Tupelo-based bank said it was acquiring Van Alstyne Financial Corp., the parent company of Texas Star Bank, and Summit Financial Enterprises Inc., the parent company of Summit Bank. The ...

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Tupelo/Lee County ranked top 5 micropolitan again

TUPELO • For the 10th time since 2005, the Tupelo region has been recognized for its economic and business activity by a leading publication. The area was named by Site Selection magazine’s list of most active micropolitan areas for new and expanding industries in 2018. Tupelo ranked fifth in the nation among the 575-micropolitan areas designated by the U.S. Census ...

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New Corolla rollout to be celebrated March 18

BLUE SPRINGS – The 12th-generation Toyota Corolla will officially roll of the assembly line at Toyota Mississippi in Blue Springs on March 18. “The Corolla has been a good-selling car for us, and I think the new model will be even better,” said Jim Nichols, fleet manager and factory relations liaison at Carlock Toyota in Tupelo. Toyota Motor Co. has ...

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City considers surveillance camera policy for public parks

The city council of Tupelo, Mississippi, is considering a policy regulating surveillance camera use at area public parks. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports the policy proposed by Mayor Jason Shelton’s administration would limit access to designated city employees and law enforcement investigators. It would require surveillance video be retained for 30 days, except in cases where video is considered ...

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End of an era: Toyota Mississippi prepares for next-generation Corolla

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal BLUE SPRINGS • At about midnight Friday, a Barcelona Red Corolla came off the final inspection line, destined for some Toyota dealership somewhere. It will be the last one of nearly 1.2 million Corollas that have been built at Toyota Mississippi, which began producing the 11th-generation compact car in October 2011. “For me, it’s ...

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Melissa’s Mattress partners with American Cancer Society

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal TUPELO • Melissa’s Mattress, which debuted at the Winter Tupelo Furniture Market in January, now has a high-profile partnership in hand. Recently, owners Morris and Melissa Miley got the news they were hoping to get – a chance to partner with the American Cancer Society and the organization’s Hope Lodge program. “This is something ...

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Cooper Tire sales and profit down for volume drops

Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. on Tuesday reported earnings of $77 million for all of 2018, a 19 percent drop from the $95 million it earned a year earlier. Sales totaled $2.81 billion, down from $2.85 billion. The results included a $34 million goodwill impairment charge. The Findlay, Ohio-based company said consolidated unit volume fell 2.4 percent. For the fourth ...

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Tupelo schools near completion of $44 million in upgrades

Officials with Mississippi’s Tupelo school district say $44 million in upgrades to schools are mostly complete. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports renovations have been completed at two elementary schools. Work remains to be done on a tornado shelter and athletic center at Tupelo High School. In 2015, district voters agreed to borrow $44 million to upgrade security, make classroom ...

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Auto museum in Mississippi closing next year

An automobile museum in Mississippi is closing next year, with the co-founder saying it’s no longer “sustainable” for her and some volunteers to operate. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reported the co-founder of the Tupelo Automobile Museum, Jane Spain, plans to sell all 178 vehicles the museum owns, with the proceeds for a charitable education foundation her late husband Frank ...

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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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