Region’s jobless rate falls again

Daily Journal The unemployment rate for Northeast Mississippi dropped for the third consecutive month in September. The 7.7 percent rate...

BELMONT (AP) – A California company will open a recreational vehicle furniture factory in northeast Mississippi, with plans to hire 75 employees over five years. Villa International, based in Cerritos, California, will invest $250,000 to expand into Tishomingo County. It will pay an average annual salary of $35,360. The Mississippi Development Authority will loan Tishomingo […]

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By Dennis Seid Daily Journal TUPELO – It’s not unusual for Geoff Dale to work 60-to-80 hour weeks juggling two jobs – the mayor of Imperial, California, and the manager of community affairs for SeaPort Airlines. The two jobs complement each other, since SeaPort provides air service to his city. Dale is in Tupelo this […]

BILOXI (AP) – Ella Mae Barq, the granddaughter of the founder of Barq’s Root Beer and the company’s vice president, has died at the age of 90 in Biloxi. Gary Dubaz with Bradford O’Keefe Funeral Homes say she died Sunday of natural causes. Her grandfather, Edward Charles Barq Sr., founded the company in 1890 and […]

By Dennis Seid Daily Journal VERONA – United Furniture Industries and McCormick Drive LLC have bid on a former Lane Furniture Industries facility. The companies have offered to buy Lane’s former office and warehouse facility in Verona, according to a bankruptcy filing by FBI Wind Down Inc. Earlier this year, Heritage Home Group – the […]

Daily Journal TUPELO – Renasant Corp. reported record earnings for the second consecutive quarter, as its merger with First M&F Corp. continued to pay dividends. The parent company of Renasant Bank said net income for the third quarter ending Sept. 30 more than doubled to $15.5 million, or 49 cents a share. That compares to […]

By Robbie Ward Daily Journal TUPELO – City Council approval Tuesday for possible legal action against a rural water association serving parts of the city followed support for making $11.3 million in water and sewer infrastructure improvements in related annexed areas. Tupelo leaders and North Lee County Water Association’s board of directors both desire a […]

By Dennis Seid Daily Journal TUPELO – State Treasurer Lynn Fitch says women shouldn’t be afraid of talking about money. “Empowerment of your money means being money-savvy and planning our future,” she said at the fifth annual Renasant Women’s Business Symposium at the Tupelo Country Club on Tuesday. Fitch said women face financial barriers – […]

By Jeff Amy Associated Press JACKSON – Mississippi’s employers added 6,000 jobs to their payrolls in September and the state’s unemployment rate fell again, although it remains the second-highest in the nation. The state’s jobless rate fell to 7.7 percent, down from 7.9 percent in August and 8.4 percent in September 2013. The decrease was […]

By Dennis Seid Daily Journal TUPELO – In less than a week, SeaPort Airlines’ service begins, with the inaugural flight leaving Tupelo for Nashville around 6:30 a.m. on Monday. “All the pieces are in place for a successful transition,” said Tupelo Regional Airport executive director Josh Abramson. “And it couldn’t come at a better time, […]