By Dennis Seid Daily Journal NEW ALBANY – Carla Shackelford’s birthday was Tuesday, and she celebrated by stitching pillows for the first time on the first day of her new job. Shackelford also happened to be the first graduate of the newly formed Furniture Academy, which meant her job application was given priority, and she […]

JACKSON (AP) – Mississippi senators want more industrial projects to qualify for property tax breaks. Senate Bill 2939, which passed the Mississippi Senate on Tuesday, lowers the threshold to qualify for a fee in lieu of taxes from $100 million to $60 million. Under such an arrangement, the Mississippi Development Authority negotiates a tax rate […]

By Ray Van Dusen Monroe Journal Just as cities and counties have to set themselves apart from global competitors to attract industry, individuals have to set themselves apart from highly skilled job applicants to land a job. An evolving part of the process to even land an interview with certain employers is a three-hour test […]

The restaurant industry is big business: nearly $790 billion in annual sales in the U.S. Mississippi’s portion is small, but $4 billion is still a nice chunk of change. If you work in Tupelo and spend most of your time in the All-America City like I do, there are plenty of choices, and more are […]

Q. My husband and I have four kids, and I make $50,000 a year. He runs a small business that has been floundering for a while now, so we’re basically living off my income. Part of that income is going into the business. Plus, we don’t have much in savings, and we’re behind on our […]

Daily Journal TUPELO – McAlister’s Deli in Tupelo is moving to what was originally the Atlanta Bread Co. building, and which was most recently a Bim Bam Burgers & Wings location. David Blackburn, whose Southern Rock Restaurants is the second-largest franchisee of McAlister’s, said the move should be completed by early summer. “We love Tupelo,” […]

WEST POINT (AP) – Navistar International Corp. has been awarded a $35 million contract to deliver 40 armored vehicles to Pakistan from its Mississippi plant. The U.S. Army announced the contract Thursday, saying Navistar, based in Lisle, Illinois, had made the only bid for the mine resistant ambush protected MaxxPro Dash DXM trucks. Work is […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Mississippi has a low work force participation rate, at least in part because it has more disabled people, state Economist Darrin Webb told legislators Thursday morning. The state’s work force participation rate is 56 percent. West Virginia is the only state with a lower work force […]


By Thomas Simpson Daily Journal TUPELO – A former Oxford mayor and bookstore owner was selected as the chair-elect by the Tennessee Valley Authority board of directors during its meeting Thursday. Richard Howorth is in his second term on the TVA board and will assume the chair duties May 19 for the next two years. […]