Archive for May 2013

Inspections 5/31/13: Mary McGuires, Boure

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We’ve expanded the restaurant inspections list beyond Lee County and Tupelo, as you can see. After listing the restaurants inspected in Lee County, we went to other counties in Northeast Mississippi (Alcorn, Clay, Lafayette, etc.) Some counties didn’t have any restaurants 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 Northeast Mississippi facilities were inspected between May 25 and today. The facilities are listed as they are in the MSDH system, even if there are typos.

Quality Discount Deli (Shannon)
Dodge’s Store (Tupelo)
Home Run Cafe (Belden)
Malone’s Road Kitchen (Tupelo)
Mary McGuires Cakes (Tupelo)
Annie’s Restaurant (Holly Springs)
Huddle House (Holly Springs)
Phillips Grocery (Holly Springs)
Peggy’s Concession (Byhalia)
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Written by Sarah Robinson

May 31, 2013 at 12:42 pm

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Sweet Cheeks restaurant coming to Fulton

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Fulton is getting a new sandwich and donut shop this summer.

Tupelo native Alex Williamson is opening up Sweet Cheeks Donut & Sammich Shop at 302 Main Street just between downtown and the ICC campus. sweet cheeks

Williamson has been the assistant baseball coach at ICC for the past 6 years but said he is leaving to open the business.  He said he has always loved food and decided to act when he saw an opening in the market.

He said Sweet Cheeks will be the only place in Fulton that residents can get hot, freshly made donuts. The shop will be open for breakfast and lunch. In addition to donuts, they will serve kolaches in the mornings – a savory, filled pastry.

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Written by Sarah Robinson

May 31, 2013 at 11:57 am

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Gas prices hold steady another week 5/31/13

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Gas prices in the region held steady this week.

Last Friday, our survey of gas stations showed Corinth and Fulton had the lowest gas prices at $3.16.  Today, Fulton and Sam’s Club in Tupelo are tied for the lowest price at $3.15.

The highest price this week is in Amory again at $3.37.  The state average is down one cent to $3.25. This time last year, it was $3.27. 

The national average is now $3.63, the same price as this time last year.

For gas prices around the region…

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Written by Sarah Robinson

May 31, 2013 at 11:36 am

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7 on 7 Qualifying Tournament coming to Tupelo

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The Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau has landed another great sporting event for the city.  The Mississippi National Select 7 on 7 Qualifying Tournament will be held at Sportsplex in Ballard Park June 28-29, 2013. tupeloLogoCVB2

Presented in partnership with the Tupelo Football Association, the tournament is open to MHSAA or AHSAA affiliated high school football teams and is a qualifying event for the national 7 on 7 tournament.

In a statement released by the CVB, Brandon Sheppard, Executive Director of the National Select 7 on 7 said,  “Tupelo is the ideal location in Mississippi for this event. The support from the Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau, Tupelo Parks & Rec, & the Tupelo Football Association is first-class. Teams and their spectators will be treated to the best Tupelo has to offer and, as such, an elite event.”

From the press release…

Teams playing in the Select 7on7 Tupelo Qualifying event can expect to play several games during pool play, and then go through a double-elimination tournament until a winner is named.  All qualifying events are run just like the Select 7on7 Championship event, with each game taking 21 minutes with two MHSAA officials on the field at all times. The winner of the Mississippi National Select 7on7 Qualifying Tournament will be given a bid to compete in the 11th Annual National Select 7on7 Championships.

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Written by Sarah Robinson

May 31, 2013 at 10:46 am

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Japanese auto industry jobs in U.S. grow 5 percent

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The Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association said today that the total number of workers

Workers assembling Corollas at Toyota's plant in Blue Springs.

Workers assembling Corollas at Toyota’s plant in Blue Springs.

employed directly or indirectly by the Japanese auto industry in the U.S. rose 5 percent last year from 2011.

JAMA said 57,939 people were employed in the U.S. by Japanese automakers last year, compared to 53,693 in 2011.

Japanese auto investment in the U.S. also grew to $35.4 billion last year compared to just over $34 billion in 2011.

In Mississippi, Nissan employs some 5,200 workers at its Canton plant, while Toyota employs 2,000 at its plant in Blue Springs. Suppliers for the two companies employ thousands more across the state.

Written by Dennis Seid

May 30, 2013 at 1:10 pm

Advanced Innovations investing $4M, adding 50 jobs

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In 2002, Sleep Innovations got out of sales and marketing and into manufacturing sleep products like mattresses, pillows and toppers.

Mattress folding

This is a queen-sized mattress being folded in half at Advanced Innovations East. Yes, you read that right. It’s being folded. And it’s going to be folded again to fit in a 2-foot by 2-foot box for shipping.

Their first plant opened in Southern California in 2003, followed by a facility in Verona. The company started its Mississippi operations with a handful of people, and two years later, it move

The company, which now employs about 500 people in Lee County, is growing again. It’s Mississippi division, Advanced Innovations East, announced a $4 million, 108,000-square-foot expansion that will serve as a warehouse and distribution center in the Harry A. Martin North Lee Industrial Park.d to a 300,000-square-foot plant in Baldwyn.

Since 2003, the company has invested about $20 million in Lee County. Sleep Innovations has nine facilities across the country, employing about 1,200 people,, nearly half of which are employed in Lee County.

The company plans to add at least 50 employees within the next two years. The work should be completed by October or November, and hiring will begin about that time, officials said.

Read Friday’s Daily Journal for additional info.

Written by Dennis Seid

May 30, 2013 at 12:59 pm

WSJ Blog: Is economy doing better than GDP suggests?

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Check out this Wall Street Journal blog.  We talk about unemployment and jobs coming to the region often.  This is an interesting take on why we are seeing some job growth despite a week GDP.


Why has job growth been decent over the past year, even as gross domestic product has remained weak? Maybe because the economy is doing better than GDP suggests.

Employers have added a bit better than two million jobs over the past year, or about 173,000 jobs per month. That’s hardly robust growth, but it’s significantly better than would be expected given that the economy as a whole — as measured by GDP — has grown only 1.7% over the past year. That’s led some economists to question whether there’s been a shift in longstanding relationships between the labor market and the broader economy.

But Thursday’s GDP report offers an alternate explanation: Perhaps GDP isn’t fully capturing recent economic growth. An alternate, lesser-known measure of output, known as gross domestic income, or GDI, shows the economy growing 2.2% over the same period — still not great, but more in line with recent job gains.

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Written by Sarah Robinson

May 30, 2013 at 11:31 am

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