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Caroline Moss, general manager of Quality Inn,, said the award means a lot since the hotel has been around for more than 25 years.

By Dennis Seid Daily Journal TUPELO – It might be the cookies. Or the homemade soup. Whatever it is, Quality Inn in Tupelo has won a Gold Hospitality Award from Choice Hotels International, its parent company that owns more than 6,300 hotels across the world. “This award means a lot, especially since we’ve been around […]

By Jeff Amy Associated Press JACKSON – Nissan Motor Co. says it has settled an unfair labor practice charge with a pro-union worker at its assembly plant in Canton, Miss. The charge focused on a dispute over when and where Willard “Chip” Wells, a United Auto Workers supporter, could hand out union literature at the […]

By Dennis Seid Daily Journal NEW ALBANY – The January fire and explosion at JNS Biofuels plant has been ruled an accident by the state fire marshal, although investigators could not pinpoint a specific cause. The five-page report said the fire likely was caused by a problem with a thermal oil heater or pump used […]


By Dennis Seid Daily Journal TUPELO – It’s the news many of you have been waiting for: The Daily Journal has gotten confirmation that the lease is signed, and Five Guys Burgers & Fries is opening a location in Tupelo. As the Journal first reported last year, the restaurant will open in the King’s Crossing […]

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Gloria Mayhorn Hayes, a Tupelo native visiting from Kernersville NC, shops at Reed's Department store on Tuesday. Sales tax collections in Northeast Mississippi were generally up in January from a year ago.

By Dennis Seid Daily Journal After a pullback in December, shoppers in Northeast Mississippi opened their wallets and purses again in January. For Tupelo, the region’s retail hub, January’s sales tax diversion was essentially flat from a year ago, but its year-to-date collections are off by only $6,000. Meanwhile, Oxford collected $523,100 in January, up […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Both chambers of the Legislature on Monday gave approval to the Mississippi Development Authority to commit $20 million to Cooper Tire over a three-year period for the modernization of its Tupelo manufacturing plant. Unless a legislator holds the proposal on a motion to reconsider today or […]


By Dennis Seid Daily Journal TUPELO – James Kelley, the president and chief operating officer of BancorpSouth, is retiring from the company on Aug. 15. Kelley, 64, has served in those positions since 2000, when BancorpSouth merged with First United Bancshares of El Dorado, Ark. Before the merger, he was chairman, president and CEO of […]

By Lena Mitchell Daily Journal Corinth Bureau IUKA – The Tishomingo County Electric Power Association board on Monday let stand its decision that the owner of Pattie’s One Stop must pay the full balance of an underbilling that dates back about two-and-a-half years. A motion to rescind a vote in December 2013, establishing a payment […]

By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal OXFORD – A Lafayette County jury has ruled Ausbern Construction is due $570,293.60 in costs and damages following a lawsuit with Chickasaw County that has stretched over two years. Ausbern Construction, owned by Terry Ausbern, of Okolona, sought payment from the Chickasaw County Board of Supervisors for work his company […]