Geoff Dale is manager of community affairs for SeaPort Airlines, which begins service in Tupelo on Monday. The airline will provide 18 round-trip flights to Nashville per week and 12 round-trip flights to Memphis a week on nine-passenger Cessna Grand Caravan planes. He responded to questions from Daily Journal Business Editor Dennis Seid. Q. SeaPort […]

Under-promise and over-deliver. It’s a lesson too many people – and businesses – haven’t learned. Doing the opposite – over-promising and under-delivering – usually isn’t intentional. Circumstances change, and some things can’t be helped. But we’re willing to forgive, if not forget. Which brings us to air service in Tupelo. Around noon today – assuming […]


Trust, but verify. It’s an old Russian proverb; however, it has gained its place in the American lexicon for its use by President Ronald Reagan in 1986 to explain his position on Soviet nuclear disarmament to then-Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev. Reagan explained that it was not a lack of trust in the Soviets, but a […]

Q. My husband will be leaving his full-time job in a year so he can go back to school full-time and finish his degree. We’ve both agreed this is what we want to do, but it means that we’ll go from a yearly income of $90,000 to $45,000. We’ll have tuition assistance from my job […]

Daily Journal The unemployment rate for Northeast Mississippi dropped for the third consecutive month in September. The 7.7 percent rate was only a slight decrease from August’s 7.8 percent, but it marked the third time this year that the region’s jobless rate was under 8 percent. It’s been six years since the last time the […]

BELMONT (AP) – A California company will open a recreational vehicle furniture factory in northeast Mississippi, with plans to hire 75 employees over five years. Villa International, based in Cerritos, California, will invest $250,000 to expand into Tishomingo County. It will pay an average annual salary of $35,360. The Mississippi Development Authority will loan Tishomingo […]

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By Dennis Seid Daily Journal TUPELO – It’s not unusual for Geoff Dale to work 60-to-80 hour weeks juggling two jobs – the mayor of Imperial, California, and the manager of community affairs for SeaPort Airlines. The two jobs complement each other, since SeaPort provides air service to his city. Dale is in Tupelo this […]

BILOXI (AP) – Ella Mae Barq, the granddaughter of the founder of Barq’s Root Beer and the company’s vice president, has died at the age of 90 in Biloxi. Gary Dubaz with Bradford O’Keefe Funeral Homes say she died Sunday of natural causes. Her grandfather, Edward Charles Barq Sr., founded the company in 1890 and […]

By Dennis Seid Daily Journal VERONA – United Furniture Industries and McCormick Drive LLC have bid on a former Lane Furniture Industries facility. The companies have offered to buy Lane’s former office and warehouse facility in Verona, according to a bankruptcy filing by FBI Wind Down Inc. Earlier this year, Heritage Home Group – the […]