Archive for January 2014

Inspections 01.31.14: Harvey’s, Sao Thai, The Library, Mel’s Diner, more

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And here’s this week food inspection report. Scroll down to the B’s and C’s, and I think Mississippi State might want to chat with Aramark. They’re a bit inconsistent.

The state Department of Health regularly inspects restaurants and food facilities. MS Food Inspection
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 faciliaties were inspected between Jan. 24-31.
The facilities are listed as they are in the MSDH system, even if there are typos.

• Baldwyn – Lula Lee’s Coffee Corner
• Tupelo – Harvey’s-Tupelo, Kentucky Fried Chicken (West Main), Creative Cakes, Captain D’s (S. Gloster), Wendy’s (N. Gloster), The Summit Center, The Clarion Hotel, D’Casa (W. Main), New China Buffet, Sao Thai, Marthee Kitchen (W. Main)
• Saltillo – Momma Hazel’s Pizza
• Oxford – Lindsey’s, The Library Sportsbar, The LIbrary Bar 1, The Library, Lenora’s Restaurant, Cashtle Hill _ The Colonial’s Quarters Restaurant, Castle Hill–The Colonel’s Quarters Bar, Rival BBQ c/o Lenora’s
• Corinth – Refreshments, Inc.; Catering, Refreshments, Inc.; Flash Market #187, Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Dairy Queen: Taqueria Azteca #2 Mobil Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Dennis Seid

January 31, 2014 at 4:46 pm

Cooper Tire, joint-venture partner reach agreement on Chinese factory

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Cooper Tire has reached an agreement with its Chinese joint venture partner , the labor union and their shared facility, Cooper Chengshan (Shandong) Tire Co., or CCT. 

Cooper owns 65 percent of the plant, but its partner put a halt to a $2.2 billion merger between Cooper and Apollo Tyres  late last year after it went on strike and refused to make Cooper-branded tires. The 5,000 employees there also prevented Cooper management from getting to plant offices or allow them to access financial information. Cooper has been unable to file its required financial reports because of that.

In the new agreement, Chengshan Group – Cooper’s JV partner – has the first option to buy Cooper’s 65 percent stake or sell its 35 percent stake to Cooper. If Chengshan decides to do neither, Cooper can buy Chengshan’s 35 percent share.

More details in the press release:

Cooper Tire & Rubber Company (NYSE: CTB) today announced it has signed an agreement with Chengshan Group Company Ltd. and the CCT labor union establishing a path forward for the Cooper Chengshan (Shandong) Tire Company Ltd. (CCT) joint venture.

The agreement establishes a process for determining the future ownership of CCT, which begins with engaging an independent valuation firm to determine the fair market value of CCT. Once a valuation is established, Chengshan will have the first option to either purchase Cooper’s 65 percent interest or to sell its 35 percent interest to Cooper, making CCT a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cooper. If Chengshan determines not to exercise either of these options, Cooper has the right under the agreement to purchase Chengshan’s 35 percent interest. The options are conditioned on Cooper reporting its financial results within a specified timeframe. In the event that neither party elects to purchase the others’ interest, the agreement allows for continuation of the joint venture as currently structured. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Dennis Seid

January 31, 2014 at 6:42 am

TVA to mark 80th anniversary at Tupelo ceremony

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The Tennessee Valley Authority is commemorating its 80th anniversary this year, and among the events the TVA is having will be in Tupelo next Friday. 

Tupelo, the first city to receive TVA electricity – thus “The First TVA City” designation – ,will be host to TVA president and CEO Bill Johnson, TVA board member Richard Howorth of Oxford, former TVA chairman and former Tupelo Mayor Glenn McCullough Jr.,  current Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton, and others.

The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. at Church Street School, and TVA says, “The hour-long event will highlight the significance of TVA in Tupelo, Northeast Mississippi and the Tennessee Valley. The program will feature historical accounts of TVA’s early days of service to the area and TVA’s continued partnerships that help drive low-cost electricity and economic prosperity today.

Written by Dennis Seid

January 30, 2014 at 10:35 am

Subway to anchor new retail center in east Tupelo

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Pete Malone, the Tupelo-based Subway franchisee, is opening lucky store number 13 soon in east Tupelo.

Malone bought the lot where Trulove’s Auto Center once stood on East Main Street (next to Anytime Fitness), and is converting the space to a 6,200-square-foot retail center. subway-logo

On the east side of the all-brick-and-glass building will be a 2,300-square-foot Subway with a drive-thru.

“It’s not the first Subway with a drive-thru, but it’ll be the first in Tupelo,” said Malone, who owns 12 Subway stores in Northeast Mississppi.

Subway has a popular breakfast menu that sells well, and Malone said the drive-thru is ideal for customers buying from it.

Sharing space in the building will be three 1,300-square-foot spaces for retailers Malone hopes to attract.

“We’re looking to open by May,” he said.

Including the land purchase and construction, Malone said he’s spending $600,000 to $700,000 on the project, a significant private-sector investment.

Malone said his ties to Subway made it possible, having been with the company for more than 30 years.

“Subway has staying power,” he said.

Indeed, the company has exploded since it’ founding in 1965. It is now the world’s largest sandwich chain, with more than 37,000 locations worldwide.



Written by Dennis Seid

January 30, 2014 at 10:22 am

Study: What you drive may affect who’s attracted to you

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From Yahoo News, we have this story about cars and trucks. But not just any story…. :

If you find yourself without a date this Valentine’s Day, maybe it’s not you. Maybe it’s your car. ford-f150-black

According to a new survey by, women say that attractive men tend to drive black Ford pickup trucks. Men report that attractive women drive red BMW sports cars.

The survey of 2,000 men and women asked what type, brand and color of vehicle are driven by the most fetching members of the opposite sex.

Women ranked these styles as cars that attractive men drive:

  • Pickup trucks: 32%
  • Sports cars: 27%
  • SUVs: 16%
  • Sedans: 11%
  • Hybrid or electric: 9%
  • UPS truck: 4%
  • Minivans: 2%
  • Mail truck: 1% Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Dennis Seid

January 30, 2014 at 9:56 am

Waste Management pickups may be delayed, but not in Tupelo

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Waste Management North Central Mississippi said winter weather conditions and road closures could mean customers may experience garbage collection service delays for the rest of the week and through Saturday.

However, it said there are no delays in Tupelo, which escaped the ice and snow. waste-management-logo

Any regularly-scheduled Wednesday residential collection routes not picked up will receive service on Saturday, the company said.

Any commercial and industrial customers not serviced Tuesday, Jan. 28, will receive service on Wednesday, Jan. 29, weather and road conditions permitting. All commercial and industrial customers will be serviced by Saturday, Feb. 1.

“Waste Management is in frequent communication with local officials and has informed them of our plans to operate on a delay, due to icy road conditions. We have made this change to collection service schedule as an added safety precaution and thank our valued customers for their patience and cooperation,” said Kevin Shackelford, district manager, Waste Management of North Mississippi.


Written by Dennis Seid

January 29, 2014 at 9:33 am

ICYMI: German auto supplier bringing 600-plus jobs to Lee County

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In case you haven’t visited our Daily Journal website, we broke this great news last night:

A German automotive supplier, Grammer AG, is bringing more than 600 jobs to Lee County. Grammer LOGO

Some excerpts:

Today, local and state economic development leaders will gather at the Tupelo Lee Industrial Park South in Shannon to make the announcement.

State and local leaders declined to give details about the project, and said more information will be released at the 1:30 p.m. ceremony.

The Daily Journal has learned the company is Grammer AG of Amberg, Germany, and the project will bring more than 600 jobs.

Grammer AG has two major divisions:

Automotive, which supplies headrests, armrests, center consoles, head restraint systems, integrated child safety seats and side cushions to vehicle manufacturers.

Seating Systems, which provides driver’s seats for trucks and off-road vehicles, including tractors and agricultural machinery, construction machinery and forklifts, as well as driver and passenger seating for regional and high-speed long-haul trains, coaches and buses.

In November, Grammer said its Automotive division saw “very dynamic growth,” powered by higher sales in China and North America. The company also said its Seating Systems division “could also achieve higher revenues in the North American off-road market.”

It is unclear who Grammer will supply, but more details will be revealed Wednesday.

The company will occupy the 75,000-square-foot shell building in the industrial park, where Wednesday’s ceremony will be held.