Baptist breaks ground in Oxford

By Errol Castens Daily Journal OXFORD – Representatives of Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation joined Oxford and Lafayette County...

By Martin Crutsinger AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON – The Federal Reserve cited an improving economy Wednesday as it ended its landmark bond-buying program and pointed to gains in the job market – a key condition for an eventual interest rate hike. The Fed reiterated its plan to maintain its benchmark short-term rate near zero “for […]

By Dennis Seid Daily Journal TUPELO – Exactly six months after the April 28 tornado, Dilworth Small Animal Hospital threw a little party on Tuesday. Not only was it the third annual Howl-O-Ween Celebration featuring a pet costume contest, but it also was a grand reopening of the clinic, which was walloped by the tornado. […]

By Jeff Amy Associated Press JACKSON – With stock market gains replacing steep losses in the accounting ledger, Mississippi’s main public employee pension fund posted stronger results last year. Actuaries reported Tuesday to the board of the Public Employees Retirement System that the funding percentage – the share of future obligations covered by current assets […]

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Brent Farrar, the first passenger to fly SeaPort from Tupelo to Memphis, waves as he boards his flight on Monday morning.

By Dennis Seid Daily Journal TUPELO – Brent Farrar is exactly the type of passenger SeaPort Airlines and Tupelo Regional Airport want. “Ultimately, I’m flying to Dallas, but I’m saving my company $300 by flying to Memphis,” he said, citing the savings they’ll get from not having to pay for gas to drive to Memphis, […]

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By Dennis Seid Daily Journal FULTON – Five years after plans for construction were announced, BlueFire Renewables ethanol plant here may finally be built. The California-based company recently reached an agreement to get as much as $270 million from China’s Export Import Bank to finish building its cellulosic-ethanol plant in Fulton. That project was first […]

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By Dennis Seid Daily Journal TUPELO – It’s not quite business as usual on the busy little stretch of North Gloster Street between McCullough Boulevard and North Green Street. But it’s close. All but a handful of business damaged by the April 28 tornado are back in business, and some of those have indicated they’ll […]

Geoff Dale is manager of community affairs for SeaPort Airlines, which begins service in Tupelo on Monday. The airline will provide 18 round-trip flights to Nashville per week and 12 round-trip flights to Memphis a week on nine-passenger Cessna Grand Caravan planes. He responded to questions from Daily Journal Business Editor Dennis Seid. Q. SeaPort […]

Under-promise and over-deliver. It’s a lesson too many people – and businesses – haven’t learned. Doing the opposite – over-promising and under-delivering – usually isn’t intentional. Circumstances change, and some things can’t be helped. But we’re willing to forgive, if not forget. Which brings us to air service in Tupelo. Around noon today – assuming […]


Trust, but verify. It’s an old Russian proverb; however, it has gained its place in the American lexicon for its use by President Ronald Reagan in 1986 to explain his position on Soviet nuclear disarmament to then-Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev. Reagan explained that it was not a lack of trust in the Soviets, but a […]