By Dennis Seid Daily Journal TUPELO – As one of 26 “right-to-work” states, Mississippi’s union membership is not surprisingly low. According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2015, about 11.1 percent of workers in the United States were members of a labor union. In Mississippi only about 60,000 of the […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Mississippi legislators, including Speaker Philip Gunn and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, fresh off of promoting back-to-back months of sales tax holidays, have been told by an economist that those events are bad tax policy. Nicole Kaeding, an economist with the Washington, D.C.-based Tax Foundation, told legislators […]

By Zack Orsborn Daily Journal TUPELO – In the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association office, a large whiteboard – almost entirely full of plans, ideas and to-do lists for upcoming events in September through October – hangs on the conference room wall. Even after the Elvis Presley Festival and completing the 12-year, $11.5 million Elvis […]

By Dennis Seid Daily Journal OXFORD – Karen Ganovsky admits she suffers from what many call the “plague of the 40s,” but the issue has turned into an opportunity that could pay big dividends. About three years ago, Ganovsky visited her eye doctor after noticing that reading menus, price tags and other small type had […]

As clearly demonstrated last week, the furniture industry in Northeast Mississippi is doing well. Southern Motion said it was adding 12 production lines and 600 workers over the next five years at its newest facility in Baldwyn. The company bought Hancock Fabrics’ former warehouse, distribution center and headquarters, and has plenty of room to grow. […]

Q. Our three kids are enrolled in a private Christian school. It’s a great place, and we truly believe our kids are getting a wonderful, faith-based education, but the tuition is pretty expensive. We’ve already had to start digging into our savings to make this happen, and the kids are only in elementary school. Should […]

By Dennis Seid Daily Journal Some college football fans may have to do without this weekend as the ongoing contract dispute between WTVA and DirecTV drags into a fourth week. On Thursday, Robert Thun, senior vice president of content and programming for AT&T Entertainment Group – which owns DirecTV – sent a letter to the […]

JACKSON (AP) – Leaders of two Baptist hospital systems say they’re exploring a merger. Officials with Jackson-based Mississippi Baptist Health Systems and the larger Baptist Memorial Health Care of Memphis, Tennessee made the announcement Thursday. They say a merger could create one of the largest Baptist health systems nationwide, and extend an electronic health record […]

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Gov. Phil Bryant walks with Guy Lipscomb, chairman and founder of Southern Motion, to the press conference announcing Southern Motion’s move into the old Hancock Fabrics building in Baldwyn and the creation of 600 jobs over five years Wednesday in Baldwyn.

Dennis Seid Daily Journal BALDWYN – Pontotoc-based Southern Motion, which already employs 1,200 at its main campus in Pontotoc and another 250 at a separate Baldwyn site, is putting in 12 production lines in its latest addition. Company CEO and President Roger Bland said the employees at the other Baldwyn facility should be moved into […]