Who doesn’t like a heaping pile of spicy crawfish? And throw in some corn and potatoes while you’re at it.
From the Associated Press:
The long, cold winter means crawfish are scarce and expensive.
During cold weather, crawfish stay at the bottom of their ponds or streams, and don’t eat. That means they’re much smaller than usual for this time of year — and they’re not taking the bait in crawfish traps.
Todd Quebedeaux, owner of All Dat Seafood in Houma, said he’s waiting for the price to drop before selling mudbugs again. Cajun Critters Seafood and Big Al’s Seafood restaurants on Tunnel Boulevard in Houma both were selling boiled crawfish for $7 a pound.
Restaurants usually charge $3 to $4 a pound for boiled crawfish, but the price is nearly $8 at restaurants and markets across the state, according to the Gulf Seafood Institute.
Tupelo’s favorite son, Elvis Presley, and his former bride, Priscilla, are portrayed in an upcoming movie.
From Yahoo, here’s an excerpt about the movie:
On Thursday in Los Angeles, actors Ron Livingston (“Office Space”) and Ashley Greene (“Twilight”) were spotted on the set of their latest film – an indie historical fiction pic titled “The Shangri-La Suite” – all decked out in groovy gear as the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll himself, Elvis Presley, and his former lady love, Priscilla Presley.
Interestingly enough, though, even as the pair of pop culture royals was and is storied enough to be featured as the central figures of any film, they are but supporting characters in “The Shangri-La Hotel,” the script for which was written by Chris Hutton and Eddie O’Keefe, with O’Keefe helming in his directorial debut. Instead, the flick surrounds a pair of troubled mental hospital patients (portrayed by Emily Browning and Luke Grimes) who fall in love and plot to drive cross-country to murder Elvis Presley during his concert appearance in L.A. to fulfill the guy’s lifelong dream.
Filed with the city’s Development Services department are the companies’ site plans and architectural drawings so here are what the buildings for Firehouse Subs and Carlock Kia will look like, more or less. You’ll have to scroll down to see The Carlock image. The CarMax image is available on the link provided above.:
The Northern Loop that connects Coley Road to Barnes Crossing Road in Tupelo includes two bridges – one over the Natchez Trace Parkway and one over U.S. Highway 78/future Interstate 22.
Meanwhile, the Mississippi Department of Transportation has announced that the 78 bridge construction will begin this month. Century Construction of Tupelo will be building the $10.5 million bridge, and it should be finished by November.
Just in time for the holidays!
Press release from MDOT:
The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) has announced plans to being a project improving travel around the US 78 and Coley Road intersection in Lee County.
The project includes construction of a bridge over US 78 allowing motorists a more direct route to the Barnes Crossing area. In addition to the bridge, this project will also construct four interchange ramps at the US 78 and Coley Road intersection.
“The goal of this project is to relieve some of the traffic pressure on US 45 and Barnes Crossing Road,” said Transportation Commissioner Mike Tagert. “This new interchange will provide motorists traveling east toward Tupelo on US 78 another route to the Barnes Crossing area. We ask for your patience as we work to improve your commute in Lee County.”
This $10,515,312 construction contract was awarded to Century Construction of Tupelo. Construction is expected to begin this month with a projected completion date of November 2014. This project will involve lane and road closures; however, most of the major closures will occur at night. Once work begins, motorists should expect delays in this area.
Here’s the new Tupelo logo officially unveiled today at the CVB:
Office products superstore Staples is closing 225 of its North American locations by the end of 2015, the company said today.
Staples has two stores in Mississippi – Tupel0 and Pascagoula.
…. the largest U.S. office-supplies chain, will close as many as 12 percent of its North American stores and cut as much as $500 million in costs as online competition continues to hurt sales. The shares fell.
The annual pretax savings, which the company expects to achieve by the end of 2015, will come from areas including the supply chain, sales force, marketing and information-technology services, in addition to the store closings, the Framingham, Massachusetts-based company said in a statement today.
The retailer is facing increased threats from Internet-based rivals such as Amazon.com Inc., a challenge that spurred Office Depot Inc. to merge with OfficeMax Inc. last year. Staples said sales in its fiscal first quarter will fall from a year earlier, the fifth straight quarterly decline, and profit will be as much as 22 cents a share, trailing analysts’ 27-cent average estimate.
The shares fell 15 percent to $11.35 at the close in New York for the biggest one-day decline since May 18, 2011. The stock has slid 29 percent this year, compared with a 1.6 percent gain for the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index.
From Mississippi Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley’s office:
National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners President Colette D. Honorable of Arkansas today named Commissioner Brandon Presley of Mississippi as Chair of the Association’s Committee on Consumer Affairs.
Commissioner Presley is replacing outgoing Committee Chair Betsy Wergin of Minnesota, whose three-year term expired. Commissioner Jack Betkoski of Connecticut will remain as Vice Chair of the committee.
The Consumer Affairs Committee is chartered to analyze the important role State utility regulators play in protecting consumer interests. It also is one of the only NARUC committees that cut across all utility disciplines, with a particular focus on the energy and telecommunications industries. With the onset of restructured markets, the committee addresses related challenges such as slamming, information protection, and consumer education. (more…)