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Customers line up to check out at Todd's Big Star on Thursday afternoon in Tupelo.

Businesses roll with the weather

By Dennis Seid Daily Journal TUPELO – As usual, Bob Knight opened his Todd’s Big Star at 7 a.m. on Thursday. That couldn’t be said...

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Valley Authority says cold temperatures this week drove customers to set a record for demand for February. TVA says the power demand hit an estimated 32,129 megawatts at 6 a.m. CST on Thursday. At that time, average temperatures in its coverage area hovered around 7 degrees. The previous record […]

By Errol Castens Daily Journal OXFORD – One might say Oxford WeeCycle, a twice-a-year consignment sale for babies’ and children’s clothes, furniture, accessories and toys, is an “eco” business, contributing to both economy and ecology. “We believe that this seasonal sale helps parents make money from selling their gently pre-owned, top-quality items while also helping […]

By Dennis Seid Daily Journal TUPELO – The first of what could be as many as three smaller-format Walmart stores in Tupelo is expected to be built this year. On Thursday, Tupelo Development Services Director Shane Hooper confirmed that Wal-Mart Stores Inc. had officially requested a permit to build a 40,000-square-foot Walmart Neighborhood Market in […]

By William Moore Daily Journal TUPELO – With an arctic cold front dropping temperatures 20 degrees below normal, the Tennessee Valley Authority is asking consumers to conserve energy over the next two days. “TVA is predicting they could set an all-time peak load during this cold front,” said Tupelo Water & Light Director Johnny Timmons. […]

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From left are Perry Knowles, Morgan Knowles, LaDean Knowles, Joe Phillips and Patrick Garth.

By Dennis Seid Daily Journal TUPELO – A family that stays fit together also grows a business together. Last month, BAM! Fitness and Tanning Center opened its second location. The newest center is located on Auburn Road in Tupelo, while the first location is in Nettleton. Behind the efforts are Perry and LaDean Knowles, and […]

Daily Journal PONTOTOC – Three Rivers Planning and Development District Executive Director Vernon R. “Randy” Kelley III has been named one of North America’s top 50 economic developers for 2015. Kelley was named to the list by Consultant Connect, a Kalamazoo, Michigan-based consulting agency that links economic developers and site consultants. The economic developers selected […]

By William Moore Daily Journal TUPELO – Academy Sports withdrew its request for a sign that was twice the size allowed by city codes. Instead, the Katy, Texas-based sporting goods and outdoors retailer will go with a much smaller design that meets the Tupelo sign ordinance. According to the city code, Academy is allowed up […]

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Mooreville Middle School teachers Kevin Long, left, and Jimmy Young view a light fixture panel held by Bryan Hawkins during a Monday morning tour of Hawkeye Industries, Inc., as part of Industry Education Day for the Lee County School District. Hawkins is president and CEO of Hawkeye, where the panel was made.

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – Lee County School District educators spent Monday learning about the impact their lessons can have. The district’s teachers attended the 38th-annual Industry Education Day. Organized by the Community Development Foundation, the event aims to introduce city and county educators to Lee County’s industries and to provide a better […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Legislation designed to prevent the state from contracting with companies that do business with Iran and perhaps affecting the state’s relationship with Toyota Motor Corp., died a quiet death Monday in the Senate. The bill, which passed overwhelmingly last week, died on the Senate calendar when […]