By William Moore Daily Journal TUPELO – The City of Tupelo should start saving $140,000 or more each year for the next two decades by upgrading to more efficient lighting at athletic fields, parks and government buildings. Under the energy savings contract with Schneider Electric, the city will spend about $5.3 million to replace the […]

By William Moore Daily Journal TUPELO – The storms that rolled through early Wednesday morning took their toll on downtown Okolona. Two century-old buildings in the 200 block of West Main Street were destroyed and a third was damaged. And officials are closely watching the buildings on either side. “(Around Nov. 7), we had some […]

By William Moore Daily Journal TUPELO – The committees, boards and commissions that help the city of Tupelo run smoothly could look different in 2016. Mayor Jason Shelton wants to bring in new people and new ideas. In some cases, people have been in committees much longer than the bylaws allow. “On some committees, if […]

By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – Chickasaw County Sheriff Jimmy Simmons voiced his concern over cuts to the sheriff’s department budget two days before the county elected a new sheriff. Simmons said he has been included in forming a budget every year he has been sheriff but was not informed the department would be […]

By William Moore Daily Journal TUPELO – The Tupelo City Council is set to approve a zoning variance that would return a day care to South Canal Street. The structure at 811 S. Canal St. was built by LIFT Inc. to be a day care and was operated as a day care by Head Start […]

Daily Journal TUPELO – The Lee County Board of Supervisors on Monday approved a federal grant to add a generator to the Lee County Emergency Operations Center. The hazard mitigation grant is estimated to cost $47,200. Federal funds will cover 75 percent of the project – an estimated $35,400. County funds will handle the remaining […]

Daily Journal TUPELO – The Lee County Board of Supervisors accepted a $1.3 million bid from a Walnut contractor to extend infrastructure for the H.M. Richards expansion. The project will extend water, sewer and an access road to the Harry A. Martin North Lee Industrial Complex site, where the Baldwyn furniture manufacturer is building a […]

By William Moore Daily Journal TUPELO – Viola Foster, the town of Plantersville’s first female and first black elected mayor, died Friday at the age of 88. After retiring as a schoolteacher, Viola Magnolia Morris Foster wanted to give back and make her community a better place. She served the town for 20 years, beginning […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Lee County crews will start emergency repairs on the Campbelltown Creek Bridge on County Road 941 this week. The Lee County Board of Supervisors approved a $15,000 request to fix the bridge near Baldwyn for repairs at its Monday meeting. Cracks were discovered in the southern truss […]