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Tupelo’s Cafe 212′s Elvis-inspired sandwiches make Zagat list

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Zagat recently featured “50 States, 50 Sandwiches,” and Tupelo’s own Cafe 212 was featured for the Magnolia State. Cafe 212 logo

Every state has its own specialty dishes, but it’s often the unique regional sandwiches you find all around the U.S. that best embody the spirit of each community and its local cuisine. August is National Sandwich Month, so what better time to take a look at the 50 States of America and the delicious regional sandwiches found in each?

And for Mississippi, Zagat picked the Elvis Sandwich from Cafe 212:

Since Elvis was born in Tupelo in 1935, we have to give this state credit for the Elvis sandwich. True, he was probably eating this bomb of peanut butter, fried banana and bacon when he lived (and subsequently died) in Memphis, but hey, let’s give this one to Mississippi. You can of course get one of these infamous sandwiches at the Tupelo Elvis Festival, which takes place in Elvis’ birth town at the beginning of June. Or, for all the other days of the year, you can head to Café 212, where they not only serve this classic sandwich under the moniker Blue Suede Grill, but they also serve other Elvis-inspired sandwiches, including the Blue Hawaii Grill with ham, pineapple and mayo grilled on sourdough bread, and a hot dog dish lovingly called The Hound Dog. The King would be proud.

Written by Dennis Seid

August 30, 2013 at 3:37 pm

Restaurant inspections 8/30/13: Ryan’s, China Capital, Malibu’s, Lackie’s, more

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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 Aug. 23-30.
The facilities are listed as they are in the MSDH system, even if there are typos.
          —– A’s —–
• LEE COUNTY (locations Tupelo unless otherwise indicated)
BCP Machines, LLC
Guntown School
Nettleton Primary School
Saltillo High School
Tupelo Movie 8
Saltillo Elementary
Ryan’s Steak House
The Country Inn (Baldwyn)
China Capital
Billie’s Catering and Flowers (Guntown)
Saltillo Primary School
Shannon Primary School
Wendy’s; West Main
Chef’s; Eason Blvd 
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Design Your Way (Shannon)
Express Shop #34 (Saltillo)
Tea for T’Arts at His/Hers
Sweet Tea & Biscuits
Steele’s Restaurant  Read the rest of this entry »

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August 30, 2013 at 3:25 pm

New restaurant opening soon in west Tupelo

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UPDATE 9/18/13: Steele’s Dive is indeed open. I dropped by their for lunch and got a plate with chicken and dumplings, green beans and fried okra. Can’t get much more Southern than that.

There’s no website or Facebook page yet, but the phone number is (662) 205-4345


A new restaurant in west Tupelo is expected to open sometime next week.Steele's Dive logo

Steele’s Dive is the brainchild of Jason Steele and Greg Patterson, whoe are opening their 96-seat restaurant on West Main Street in Tupelo in the former Mo’s Bar-B-Que location. For reference, if you’re headed toward Pontotoc on West Main/Highway 6, it’s on the left.

Steele calls it “upscale mom-and-pop” food.

Breakfast will be served Monday through Saturday, and dinner also will be served Thursday-Saturday. On Sundays, a lunch buffet will be served.

Plate lunches will be served during the week with homemade foods like fried chicken, meatloaf, veggies, desserts, etc. At night, steaks, catfish, ribs and barbecue will be served.

A short-order menu is also available if you’re not interested in getting served off the buffet.

Read more and see more photos after the jump:
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August 30, 2013 at 1:35 pm

Northeast Miss. gas prices going up 8/30/13

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Pretty sure you’ve noticed gas prices going up all week, prompted no doubt by the tension over Syria. Any crisis in the MIddle East leads to worries over the oil supply, and you know what happens – oil prices, and thus gas prices – go up, too.

In Northeast Mississippi, there’s a wide range of prices, with a difference of 17 cents between the lowest and highest prices.

At least for now, the low price can be found in New Albany at $3.22 a gallon.

The high price of $3.37 can be found in several places, including Booneville, Oxford and Ripley.

So, as usual, find the cheapest gas you can and fill up.

Other gas prices in the region: Read the rest of this entry »

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August 30, 2013 at 11:46 am

Cooper Tire-Apollo Tyres merger goes to a vote Sept.30

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Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. announced that the $2.5 billion merger with India-basedApollo Tyres will be voted on by shareholders on Sept. 30.

Cooper stockholders of record as of the close of business Aug. 30 are entitled to vote at the special meeting, which will take place at the law offices of Jones Day, 901 Lakeside Ave., North Point, Cleveland, Ohio 44114.

Cooper Chairman, CEO and President Roy Armes said, “Having already received the U.S. and foreign regulatory clearance necessary to close the transaction, we are pleased to announce another step toward Apollo-Tyres-Logofinalizing the merger with Apollo Tyres. When completed, the transaction will join two great companies to create a global leader in tire manufacturing and distribution. Our combined company will offer customers a comprehensive portfolio of products and brands in the world’s largest tire market of North America as well as the fastest growing geographies of China and India, among others. We are pleased the transaction continues to move forward to closing.”

Cooper and Apollo announced the proposed acquisition June 12, 2013 following unanimous approval by the boards of directors of both companies.

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August 30, 2013 at 6:33 am

Former Lane president joins Dufresne Spencer Group

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Greg Roy, who resigned earlier this month as Furniture Brands International’s vice president of new product development, has Greg Royjoined Saltillo-based Dufresne Spencer Group.

Roy, who was president of Lane Furniture before assuming his last role with Furniture Brands, will lead DGS’s Stash division. Stash is an eclectic furniture and accessories retail format, and the company has two stores – one in Memphis and one in Oxford.

The company has plans to add five stores by mid-2014 in various markets, and Roy will oversee those expansion plans.

Jim Spencer, the CEO of DSG, said Roy “will be our champion for Stash. We’ve known him for a number of years, and we felt like he fit our culture.”

He said Roy also would play a key role in the executive management team of DSG. Roy officially starts Tuesday.

The Dufresne Spencer Group was formed last year, according to Furniture Today, and the company is the 59th largest furniture retail in the county, with about $98 million in sales.  Read the rest of this entry »

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August 29, 2013 at 10:49 am

BancorpSouth raises dividend to 5 cents

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BancorpSouth announced it will a dividend of 5 cents a share on Oct. 1. BXSLogoHorizontalColor

It’s the first time BancorpSouth has raised its dividend after it cut its quarterly payment to 1 cent a share in the second quarter of 2011.

Here’s what the Tupelo-based bank had to say:

Dan Rollins, Chief Executive Officer of BancorpSouth, commented, “We are very pleased to announce this increased payment to our shareholders; a level of payment that is consistent with current industry dividend payout ratios, which measure the size of a dividend payment compared to the company’s net income.  As shareholders, our Board has clearly understood and shared the desire to enhance our dividend and return more capital to our shareholders.  Our decision reflects the confidence that we have in the strength of our enterprise risk management system, the strength of our core capital base, and the belief that our strategic plan will continue to produce profitable growth.”

The $0.05 per share payment is the first increase in the Company’s cash dividend since the reduction of the quarterly payment to $0.01 per share in the second quarter of 2011.

CEO Dan Rollins continued, “I am encouraged with the progress made through the first half of this year towards our efforts to improve our efficiency and expense control, our continued progress in improving asset quality, and our revenue growth opportunities as we continue to emphasize to our people the importance of growth, both in our loan portfolio and in our lines of business.” Read the rest of this entry »

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August 28, 2013 at 4:22 pm