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Last day to get $20 pass to Elvis Festival

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Today is the last day to get the Fairpark Weekend Pass for only $20 for the Tupelo Elvis Festival.  ElvisFest

The pass includes entry to the Friday night concert featuring Cowboy Mouth and the Saturday night show with Montgomery Gentry. You can purchase tickets online at or by calling 662-841-6598.

The Tupelo Elvis Festival wil be held June 6 – 9.

More about the Festival from the website:

Tupelo Elvis Festival is a musical celebration designed to honor Elvis Presley, Tupelo’s native son, and the impact that his music has on the world. Next year’s festival will take place June 6, 7, 8 & 9.

Each year’s festival features regional, national and local artists along with a Sunday Gospel Concert and a Tribute Artist Contest that serves as a preliminary round of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest. Fans come from near and far to see who will be chosen to represent Tupelo in Memphis during August.

In addition to all of the great music, the festival features a number of local food vendors, a carnival midway, pet parade, beauty pageant, 5k run, parade, disc golf, movie poster exhibit, and much more.

Written by Sarah Robinson

April 30, 2013 at 12:54 pm

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Drive-by: Old South Gloster restaurant building makes move

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If this looks vaguely familiar, here’s a refresher: It used to be on South Gloster Street in Tupelo. Old Krystal 1

Last week, we told you about Sonic Drive-In relocating it’s South Gloster location a little farther north – next to McAlister’s (Click here for previous coverage).

Well, the buildings making up the former Krystal/Guthries Fried Chicken Tenders/Peggy’s Place/Chips and Salsa were dismantled, but the main shell – what you see here – has been moved to the corner of West Main and Lumpkin.

Tommy Morgan Realtors has it for sale if you’re interested.


Written by Dennis Seid

April 30, 2013 at 9:41 am

MDES, Miss. State partner on job-search engine

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It was initially designed for students and alumni of Mississippi State University, but officials say it’s open to other state Employment adcolleges and universities will be included soon.

What is “it?” An online job-search program the Mississippi Department of Employment Security and MSU have developed.

More from MSU:

As spring graduation approaches, officials at Mississippi State and the Mississippi Department of Employment Security are launching a new service that enables state employers to easily announce job openings to university students and alumni.The online program is the culmination of combined efforts by MDES, MSU’s Career Center and the campus-based National Strategic Planning and Analysis Research Center, known to most by its acronym nSPARC. The new site’s address is

“Employers in the state now have another venue to list available professional positions they are seeking to fill and have those postings reach a larger pool of qualified applicants,” said MSU President Mark E. Keenum, in making the announcement. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Dennis Seid

April 29, 2013 at 10:30 pm

McDonalds CEO talks deliveries, breakfast

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McDonald’s President and CEO Don Thompson spoke on CNBC this morning about changes and improvements the fast food titan will soon

Sounds like the chances of having an egg McMuffin delivered to your dorm room are improving.


Consumers can expect one of the world’s largest restaurant chains to look very different in the future, with new menu items, delivery services, loyalty programs, and maybe even all-day breakfast options.McDonald’s President and CEO Don Thompson, in a wide-ranging interview with CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” offered a peek into the future of the fast-food chain.

When asked whether there was potential for McDonald’s to serve breakfast all day, Thompson replied: “Yes, we would consider it. We have the focus on our existing menu, but we have looked at breakfast across the day. We have it in some markets around the world.”

He added that the McDonald’s has looked at some “innovative ways” to expand breakfast hours for customers. “I think we’ll be seeing some of those things in the near future,” Thompson.

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Written by Sarah Robinson

April 26, 2013 at 1:07 pm

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Inspections: Lost Pizza, Stables

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Another good week for restaurant inspections. Only one of the sites inspected this week received a B.  restaurant inspection image

The state Department of Health regularly inspects restaurants and food facilities.

The facilities are graded from A to C. “A” is the best. “C” is the equivalent of failing, but the inspection isn’t bad enough to merit the closure of the restaurant.

The following Lee County facilities were inspected between April 21 and today.

The facilities are listed as they are in the MSDH system, even if there are typos.

— A’s —-

  • S’Barro’s #390 (Barnes Crossing)
  • The Great American Cookie Company (Barnes Crossing)
  • Pretzel Twister (Barnes Crossing)
  • Stables Downtown Grill (North Spring Street) Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Sarah Robinson

April 26, 2013 at 12:50 pm

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Gas prices: Sam’s again lowest in region 4/26/13

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Last Friday, our survey of gas stations showed Sam’s Club in Tupelo with the lowest gas price at $3.13 a gallon.Gas pump

Sam’s Club in Tupelo reported the lowest gas prices again today for the third straight week  at $3.08.

The highest price this week is again in Amory at $3.36.  The state average is down again to $3.27. This time last year, it was $3.68. 

For gas prices around the region…

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Written by Sarah Robinson

April 26, 2013 at 11:51 am

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Yokohama Tire headed to Clay County

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As we speculated yesterday on Biz Buzz, the tire company headed to Clay County would be Yokohama Tire Co.Yokohama-logo

Tire Review posted a story morning, confirming it is indeed the Japanese tire maker. Yokohama Rubber Co., the parent of Yokohama Tire, also confirmed the news in this statement.

From Tire Review:

In the end, Yokohama Rubber Co. was the unnamed mystery “Japanese tire company” looking to build a plant in Mississippi.

The Tokyo-based YRC announced this morning that it would build a radial truck and bus tire plant on a 500-acre site near West Point, Miss., pending legislative approval of a host of financial incentives.
That approval is expected later today.
YRC’s proposed $300 million tire plant will have an annual capacity of one million tires. This will be “Phase I of Yokohama’s overall plan for the site. Potential expansions could increase the original business size up to four times or so in scale in accordance with future business growth.”
YRC said it expects to begin construction this September, with production beginning in October 2015.
Currently, Yokohama Tire Corp.’s truck/bus tire needs have been serviced by YRC plants in Japan and Thailand, as well as its allocation from GTY Tire Co., the joint venture truck tire plant located at Continental Tire the America’s plant in Mt. Vernon, Ill.


Written by Dennis Seid

April 26, 2013 at 9:41 am