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Mississippi businesses shift production during pandemic

As the nation hunkers down and people shelter in place amid the coronavirus pandemic, several Mississippi businesses have stayed open, switching gears to make much-needed products. A jeans company is making face guards, a coffeehouse is making loaves of bread and distilleries are making hand sanitizer. They’re hoping to keep their employees working as they help fellow Mississippians battle the ...

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Tupelo building new fire station, renovating reception hall

A city in northeast Mississippi is working toward building a new fire station and renovating a facility that is rented out for wedding receptions and other activities. The Tupelo City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to award contracts to local architecture companies, the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reported. ArchitectureSouth received a contract to draft plans for renovations to the Bel Air Center. ...

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TPSD awarded District Of Innovation Distinction

In the midst of unparalleled uncertainties regarding education due to COVID-19, the Tupelo Public School District received some highly-anticipated news Thursday morning when it was named a District of Innovation. The 18-month process, led by Innovative Program Facilitator Stewart McMillan, was officially finalized during the Mississippi Board of Education’s meeting in Jackson with a unanimous vote. This coveted distinction, which was also awarded to ...

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Tupelo No. 2 ‘micropolitan’ area in one survey, No. 102 in another

By JACK WEATHERLY Two recent reports on “micropolitan” areas are markedly different because of how they measure economic strength. Oxford ranked No. 8 among 542 areas whose populations range from 10,000 to 50,000 in a report from the Policom Corp. Oxford is not even mentioned in a ranking of such areas in a report from Site Selection magazine. Tupelo was ranked 102nd in ...

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Elvis museum helps drive business in Tupelo

By LYNN LOFTON He’s been deceased 43 years but Elvis Presley is still making money for Tupelo, his hometown. The Lee County city is about all things Elvis — his birthplace and museum, a festival and sites around town such as the hardware store where he purchased his first guitar and the restored Lyric Theater where he saw movies and ...

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Toyota adding 1.2 million vehicles to fuel pump recall

In January, Toyota recalled nearly 700,000 vehicles in the U.S. for the same problems. Engine stalling can increase the risk of a crash, although the company wouldn’t say if there have been any. Toyota Motor Corp. is adding 1.2 million vehicles to a major recall in the U.S. to fix possible fuel pump failures that can cause engines to stall. ...

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Emily Lauder named MBJ’s Business Woman of the Year

Emily Lauder, Vice President of Administration at Toyota Mississippi, was named Mississippi’s Business Woman of the Year for 2020 Thursday by the Mississippi Business Journal. Lauder was joined by 10 finalists and 39 other honorees at an event at the Old Capitol Inn in Downtown Jackson. Lauder was named Vice President of Administration at Toyota Mississippi in June 2018. The ...

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Renasant signs ESPN’s Herbstreit as brand partner and spokesperson

Emmy Award-winning broadcaster Kirk Herbstreit has joined Renasant Bank as a brand partner and spokesperson, the Tupelo-based bank announced today. Herbstreit is “an American sports broadcasting icon,” the bank said. “We’re thrilled to add Kirk to the Renasant team as a brand partner and ambassador,” said John Oxford, Renasant’s director of marketing. “As one of the most recognizable names and ...

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CREATE sees record $21.3 million in contributions last year

The CREATE Foundation received a record $21.3 million in contributions last year, pushing its assets from $108.8 million at the end of 2018 to $137.3 million in 2019. Bo Collins, chairman of CREATE, said the confidence and trust in CREATE from people in Northeast Mississippi has been amazing. “While the numbers are certainly impressive, the real significance is found in ...

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BancorpSouth posts record $234.3M profit for 2019

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal BancorpSouth Bank reported fourth-quarter net income of $65.8 million, or 63 cents per share. The results exceeded Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 60 cents per share. The bank posted revenue of $278.5 million in the period. Its revenue net of interest ...

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