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Yahoo names favorite brunch spots in Tupelo

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From Yahoo Voices comes this story about what it calls the top brunch spots in Tupelo.

Now, mind you, this is their opinion and not Biz Buzz, so don’t get your feelings hurt if you’re not mentioned.

Yeah, chicken and waffles. Not sure if any of the places listed have them, but it sure looks good.

Yeah, chicken and waffles. Not sure if any of the places listed have them, but it sure looks good.

But needless to say, any of these locations are fine. Click here for the full story and a description of each place.

The list of restaurants include:

  • Stables Downtown Grill 
  • Woody’s Steakhouse 
  • Connie’s Fried Chicken 
  • Cafe 212 
  • Sweet Peppers Deli 

What do YOU think Yahoo’s choices?


Written by Dennis Seid

April 24, 2014 at 4:15 pm

Northeast Mississippi jobless rate ticks up a notch

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For the first time in nine months, the unemployment rate for Northeast Mississippi increased. unemploymen image

The 16-county region posted an 8.9 percent jobless rate in March, up from 8.3 percent in February and the highest since September’s 9 percent showing.

Still, the March unemployment rate was better than last year’s 10.1 percent figure.

Also, so far this year the region hasn’t recorded a double-digit unemployment rate. In 2013, the first quarter averaged 10.3 percent unemployment; this year,  the average is  8.5 percent.

The Mississippi Department of Employment Security said last week that the state’s unemployment rate rose to 7.6 percent, from 7.4 percent a month earlier. Last year, it was 9 percent. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Dennis Seid

April 23, 2014 at 3:13 pm

Silver Airways to continue service at least through Aug. 7

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As expected, the U.S. Department of Transportation has ordered Silver Airways to continue service to five markets– including Tupelo – after the airline announced two weeks ago its intent to end service there (click here for previous coverage).

The other affected cities are Muscle Shoals, Ala.; and in Mississippi,  Greenville, Meridian and Laurel/HattiesburgSilver Air plane
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Written by Dennis Seid

April 23, 2014 at 1:24 pm

Acco Brands adding 162 jobs with call center in Booneville

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As mentioned last week, Acco Brands is expanding its plant in Booneville. The official announcement was made today, and it’s great news  162 new jobs with the addition of a call center.

Press release from Gov. Phil Bryant’s office and the Mississippi Development Authority: ACCO

Gov. Phil Bryant and officials from office products supplier ACCO Brands announced today the company is adding call center operations at its location in Booneville, Miss. The project represents a corporate investment of $1.6 million and will create 162 full-time jobs.

ACCO Brands last expanded its operations in Booneville in 2008. That project was a $55 million corporate investment that created 300 jobs.

“ACCO Brands is a great corporate citizen in Mississippi, which is demonstrated by the addition of these new call center operations and the jobs being created. With this announcement, we have reached a milestone of announcing the creation of more than 10,000 new jobs since January 2012,” Gov. Bryant said. “I thank the company for once again investing in our state and placing its confidence in our business climate and trust in our quality workforce. I wish the company many more years of success in Prentiss County.”

“We value our partnership with the state of Mississippi and continue to expand our Booneville facility because of the business-friendly environment that the state provides,” said Mark Gams, senior vice president, U.S. Operations, ACCO Brands.  “Since the opening of our state-of-the-art manufacturing and distribution facility in 2008, we have moved a variety of manufacturing and customer care positions into Booneville from China, Canada and other U.S. locations.  We are always looking for opportunities to take advantage of the well-trained and well-educated workforce defining Mississippi as a business destination.”

The Mississippi Development Authority provided assistance in support of the project for building upgrades. The Tennessee Valley Authority provided assistance for the project, as well.

“We are grateful to ACCO Brands for selecting its north Mississippi location as the home of these new operations. Job creation remains a top priority for MDA and the state, and we thank the ACCO team for providing so many job opportunities for the residents of Booneville and Prentiss County,” said MDA Executive Director Brent Christensen. “We thank our partners at TVA, the Prentiss County Development Association, Prentiss County and the City of Booneville for helping make this expansion possible.”

 ACCO Brands Corporation is one of the largest suppliers of branded office products, including brands such as At-A-Glance, DAY-TIMER, Five Star, GBC, Hilroy, Kensington and Swingline. ACCO Brands markets its products in more than 100 countries through its sales and distribution networks and has more than 6,000 employees worldwide. For more information, visit

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Written by Dennis Seid

April 22, 2014 at 1:20 pm

Tupelo’s Wine Downtown Thursday, tickets near sellout

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The fifth annual Wine Downtown in Tupelo is Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.mWineDowntown-2C

This year, 17 businesses are participating, a record.

And if you haven’t gotten your tickets, you might want to hurry. Only 300 tickets are available, and they’re going fast.

The price is $30 in advance and $35 the day of the event.

Appetizers made by local restaurants will be paired with the wine at each location.

You can get your ticket(s) at the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association office at 108 S. Broadway, or reserve with a credit card by calling (662) 841-6598.

Needless to say, you must be 21 or older, and you must have a valid ID.

Tickets can be redeemed at Trustmark Bank, which is the sponsor of the event.

The participants this year are: About the South, Caron Gallery, Farmhouse, Gumtree Gif Shop, His Hers, Kirksey Brothers, MLM, Mississippi Hills Heritage, Northwestern Mutual, Reed’s Ladies’, Rumor Chanin, Serendipity Too, Shanti Yoga, Spring Street Cigars, Swirlz, The Main Attraction and Voe’s.


Written by Dennis Seid

April 22, 2014 at 10:55 am

Tupelo Food Truck-Apalooza set for May 2

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There’s Food Truck Fridays in Tupelo, but on May 2, it’s a little more amped up.

Illustration courtesy of Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Illustration courtesy of Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau is having Food Truck-Apalooza at its office on Main Street that day from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

In addition to the three food trucks now on the streets in Tupelo – Local Mobile, Two Dudes Mexican Foods and Memphis Style BBQ on Wheels, there are a few more that the CVB is talking to but has not confirmed.

We’ll update you when we hear.

Food Truck-Apalooza also will cap off the next Tupelo Foodie Challenge, which starts Monday, April 28. Click here for our previous story on what that Tupelo Foodie Challenge is all about.

Tupelo participating in TVA Sustainable Communities Program

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Tupelo has been accepted to participate in the Valley Sustainable Communities Program. This program, now in its second year, is sponsored by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and managed by Boyette Strategic Advisors (BSA). TVA logo

The Valley Sustainable Communities Program was initiated by TVA Economic Development in 2013 as part of its community preparedness offerings. Sustainability has become a key issue for economic development organizations and communities as more corporations have demonstrated an increasing commitment to sustainability. In addition, more than 90 percent of corporate real estate Tupelo city logoexecutives who responded to a CoreNet Global survey said that sustainability is a consideration in their company location decisions. The typical reasons for this corporate commitment are reduced operating costs for increased profitability and greater employee satisfaction.

The goal of the program is to increase the likelihood that communities will be viewed as progressive and competitive by companies planning to invest in new or expanded business locations. BSA and TVA staff will be administering the program and meeting in person with communities’ sustainability teams to help inventory, develop and implement sustainable initiatives and increase awareness of their sustainable assets.

The program recognizes communities at three levels – Silver, Gold and Platinum – based on the sustainability programs in place. While a wide variety of sustainable initiatives contribute to a community’s level of recognition, those programs directly related to business and industry support and economic development receive greater emphasis. In its first year, the Valley Sustainable Communities program recognized 13 communities throughout the Valley for their commitment to sustainability.

“Tupelo has already made a significant commitment to sustainability. This new program provides us with the opportunity to document, further develop and be recognized for our sustainable initiatives, which will help differentiate us in the tough competition for new corporate investment and job creation,” said Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton.

Written by Dennis Seid

April 21, 2014 at 12:44 pm