On this Labor Day holiday weekend, State Economist Darrin Webb answered questions from the Daily Journal’s Bobby Harrison about Mississippi’s economy and workers. Q. What is the jobs situation right now in the state? What is the short-term outlook and the longer term outlook, say over a 10-year period? A. Right now I would characterize […]

There was much excitement earlier this month when Iuka-based Brooks Grocery broke ground on a planned 27,000-square-foot store in west Tupelo. Located strategically at the corner of West Jackson Street and Coley Road, the property sits in the middle of a fairly densely populated area that has grown quickly in recent years. The nearest grocery […]


There is financial noise everywhere. Everyone knows about CNBC and Bloomberg. They know about the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Forbes, Money and a whole host of magazines that want to tell you what you should know. They all have smart people talking about important events. Often I see really smart people who disagree with each […]

Q. I’m driving a 10-year-old car with 195,000 miles on it. The car needs $1,500 in repairs, and it’s worth $5,000. I have $40,000 in cash saved, $40,000 in investments and I make $80,000 a year. I also have $15,000 in student loan debt, but the only other thing I owe on is my house. […]

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Tom Sieber, SeaPort Airlines' executive vice president, stands in front of one of the company's Cessna Grand Caravan planes during a July presentation at the Tupelo airport.

By Dennis Seid Daily Journal TUPELO – As expected, the U.S. Department of Transportation selected SeaPort Airlines to provide air service for Tupelo, following recommendations by the city and airport officials. SeaPort begins its two-year contract once it determines when to launch its service in Tupelo. Officials hope it can begin in October, but details […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Many Northeast Mississippians shopping for insurance on healthcare.gov will see lower premiums for 2015. Premiums for Magnolia Health, which offers the only plans available for Northeast Mississippi counties except for Alcorn and Tishomingo, are expected to go down by about 25 percent, according to a report in […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Mississippi’s small business health insurance marketplace is up and rolling. Already 226 employers have shown an interest in the One, Mississippi exchange, and 90 have completed applications, Bob Williams of the Mississippi Insurance Department told nearly 200 attendees at the annual Health Link Managed Care Conference Tuesday. […]

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Jan Mattox, postmaster for the city of Tishomingo and administrative officer over the Village Post Office in Dennis, shows customer and Dennis resident Jimmy Nunley boxes and envelopes the village post office offers. It is located inside Dennis Discount Grocery.

By Lena Mitchell Daily Journal Corinth Bureau DENNIS – The U.S. Postal Service concept of a Village Post Office is taking a firm hold in Northeast Mississippi with opening of the state’s second village post office site in Dennis, on Highway 25 south of Tishomingo. A ribbon-cutting at Dennis Discount Grocery on Tuesday announced the […]

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The Comfort Suites on North Gloster Street in Tupelo was heavily damaged in the April 28 tornado and has remained closed without work on it since. The city will hold a public hearing to determine whether the hotel should be demolished at the owner's expense.

By Dennis Seid Daily Journal TUPELO – It’s been nearly four months since the April tornado swept through the city and damaged or destroyed scores of homes and businesses. Among the most heavily damaged was the four-story, 80-room Comfort Suites on North Gloster Street. What’s left of the building still stands and is fenced off […]