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Stories Written by Sarah Robinson

By Sarah Robinson/NEMS Daily Journal TUPELO – A central block in downtown Tupelo is getting a major makeover. Mike Gillentine and his business partner, Scott Wagner, have ramped up their renovation of three buildings that will house retail and residential space as well as a new restaurant. The three sites now under renovation were previously […]

By Sarah Robinson/NEMS Daily Journal TUPELO – Debbie Brangenberg said the decision to increase the expenses for the annual Tupelo Elvis Festival by about $30,000 was “a calculated risk,” and one that she believes paid off. Brangenberg is director of the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association, which puts on the annual festival. “I think we […]

By Sarah Robinson/NEMS Daily Journal Most 26-year-olds would be thrilled to have just a few workers on their payroll. Justin Estes has more than 10 million – worker bees, that is. Hidden on the back roads of Itawamba County, near the Evergreen community, Justin and his wife, Anna have a sizable garden abuzz with the […]

By Sarah Robinson/NEMS Daily Journal EGYPT – Unlike many Northeast Mississippi farmers, Brent Wedel didn’t get into the business because of family ties. “I just got this brainwave to try it,” Wedel said. And he’s not a typical grower, either. Wedel is a catfish farmer. Not growing up in the industry, he learned much of […]

EGYPT – Unlike many Northeast Mississippi farmers, Brent Weedle didn’t get into the business because of family ties. “I just got this brainwave to try it,” Weedle said. And he’s not a typical grower, either. Weedle is a catfish farmer. Not growing up in the industry, he learned much of what he knows today through […]

By Sarah Robinson/NEMS Daily Journal GUNTOWN – A new event is scheduled to take place today at H.O.G.S., the Hot Off the Grill Sports Restaurant on Highway 45 in Guntown. The “Ride for Autism” event aims to raise more than $5,000 in its first year, according to event organizer Vanessa Bowen, who was inspired to […]

By Sarah Robinson/NEMS Daily Journal SHANNON – Percy Maness dutifully served his country in the U.S. Navy, deploying eight times during his 20-year career. He was in the Persian Gulf for both Iraq wars, served on four different aircraft carriers and was stationed all over the world. “It was dangerous,” he said. “People got hurt. […]

By Sarah Robinson/NEMS Daily Journal For the past few years, drivers on McCullough Boulevard likely have seen larger-than-life animals made of iron thanks to Brandie Backes and her whimsical outdoor art store. Irony by Brandie offers an eclectic collection of ornamental outdoor sculptures, chimineas and furniture. And the large iron pig, bull and pistol are […]

By Sarah Robinson/NEMS Daily Journal GUNTOWN – The Lee County Sheriff’s Office continued its search Saturday for a missing 17-year-old. Joshua “Guy” McMillen was last seen on Thursday evening near his home off of Highway 348 on County Road 417 near Rock Bottom Creek in Guntown. Sheriff Jim Johnson said deputies and the fire department […]

By Sarah Robinson/NEMS Daily Journal The U.S. House of Representative rejected the 2013 omnibus farm bill Thursday. “I am very disappointed,” Rep. Alan Nunnelee, R-Miss., said. “This continues to put us on a fiscal path we cannot sustain.” The legislation required a simple majority, or 218 votes, to pass, but the vote was 234-195 against. […]