On Facebook last week there was a post reminiscing the good old days when Tupelo had a water park of some kind. Tupelo natives – of which I am not – talked about Grady’s having a water slide, miniature golf course and go-cart track back in the day. So, fans commented, why not have something […]


I don’t think it has gotten past most investors that the Dow Jones Industrial average (the most watched index in the world) has hit new all-time highs lately. We are a far cry from the depths of depression that invaded our minds during the Great Recession. The Dow bottomed out in early March 2009 and […]

Q. My wife and I have $25,000 in credit card debt, $2,500 in medical bills and $89,000 each in student loan debt from when we each got our masters’ degrees. We make about $100,000 combined. Our son is 6 years old, and we have $18,000 in a 529 plan for him. Should we use that […]

By Dennis Seid Daily Journal BURNSVILLE – The Brazilian company financing the bulk of the Mississippi Silicon plant said a “desperate” lawsuit by a competitor will not derail its efforts. Rima Industrial S/A is being sued in federal court by Ohio-based Globe Metallurgical Inc. The 39-page complaint alleges “a series of criminal and otherwise unlawful […]

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Customers walk past a tax-free sales sign at Reed's in The Mall at Barnes Crossing on Friday in Tupelo.

By Dennis Seid Daily Journal TUPELO – Back-to-school and back-to-college spending this year is expected to ring up nearly $75 billion in sales, even as shoppers look for deals and take advantage of sales tax holidays. Back-to-school spending trails only the Christmas holiday as far as overall spending goes. Mississippi’s fifth annual sales tax break […]

By Dennis Seid Daily Journal TUPELO – Krispy Kreme doughnut lovers who have had to settle for the pre-boxed treats at area grocery stores, convenience stores and gas stations may be buying them fresh soon. A new retail center on West Main Street in Tupelo has been proposed by a Columbus developer, and anchoring the […]

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Bruce Patel, owner of Fusion Hospitality, speaks with Robert Forster, left, the associate director of the Mississippi Small Business Development Center, on Thursday evening before the start of the Mississippi Small Business Awards at BancorpSouth Conference Center. Patel was awarded the Small Business Person of the Year.

By Dennis Seid Daily Journal TUPELO – Bruce Patel was named the Mississippi Small Business Person of the Year earlier this year, and was officially recognized Thursday at an awards ceremony at the BancorpSouth Conference Center. “This is very humbling and greatly appreciated,” he said. The owner of Fusion Hospitality in Tupelo, Patel has helped […]

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Don Lewis, center from left, Zell Long and Melanie Cleveland take a look at the rendering of what the new Brooks Grocery will look like when it opens in 2015.

By Dennis Seid Daily Journal TUPELO – It took more than six years, countless visits, traffic pattern studies and plenty of discussion, but west Tupelo finally is getting a large grocery store of its own. Iuka-based Brooks Grocery will open a 27,000-square-foot supermarket next spring in the densely populated and fast-growing area of the All-America […]

RIPLEY (AP) – Barefoot Carriers is expanding its operations in Ripley. Officials say in a news release Thursday that the project represents a $2 million corporate investment and will create 25 new jobs. The expansion involves the addition of 12 trucks and trailers, new equipment, and the extension of the company’s truck and trailer parking […]