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Tupelo’s favorite son, Elvis Presley, and his former bride, Priscilla, are portrayed in an upcoming movie.
From Yahoo, here’s an excerpt about the movie:
On Thursday in Los Angeles, actors Ron Livingston (“Office Space”) and Ashley Greene (“Twilight”) were spotted on the set of their latest film – an indie historical fiction pic titled “The Shangri-La Suite” – all decked out in groovy gear as the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll himself, Elvis Presley, and his former lady love, Priscilla Presley.
Interestingly enough, though, even as the pair of pop culture royals was and is storied enough to be featured as the central figures of any film, they are but supporting characters in “The Shangri-La Hotel,” the script for which was written by Chris Hutton and Eddie O’Keefe, with O’Keefe helming in his directorial debut. Instead, the flick surrounds a pair of troubled mental hospital patients (portrayed by Emily Browning and Luke Grimes) who fall in love and plot to drive cross-country to murder Elvis Presley during his concert appearance in L.A. to fulfill the guy’s lifelong dream.
Filed with the city’s Development Services department are the companies’ site plans and architectural drawings so here are what the buildings for Firehouse Subs and Carlock Kia will look like, more or less. You’ll have to scroll down to see The Carlock image. The CarMax image is available on the link provided above.:
The Northern Loop that connects Coley Road to Barnes Crossing Road in Tupelo includes two bridges – one over the Natchez Trace Parkway and one over U.S. Highway 78/future Interstate 22.
Meanwhile, the Mississippi Department of Transportation has announced that the 78 bridge construction will begin this month. Century Construction of Tupelo will be building the $10.5 million bridge, and it should be finished by November.
Just in time for the holidays!
Press release from MDOT:
The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) has announced plans to being a project improving travel around the US 78 and Coley Road intersection in Lee County.
The project includes construction of a bridge over US 78 allowing motorists a more direct route to the Barnes Crossing area. In addition to the bridge, this project will also construct four interchange ramps at the US 78 and Coley Road intersection.
“The goal of this project is to relieve some of the traffic pressure on US 45 and Barnes Crossing Road,” said Transportation Commissioner Mike Tagert. “This new interchange will provide motorists traveling east toward Tupelo on US 78 another route to the Barnes Crossing area. We ask for your patience as we work to improve your commute in Lee County.”
This $10,515,312 construction contract was awarded to Century Construction of Tupelo. Construction is expected to begin this month with a projected completion date of November 2014. This project will involve lane and road closures; however, most of the major closures will occur at night. Once work begins, motorists should expect delays in this area.
Here’s the new Tupelo logo officially unveiled today at the CVB:
Office products superstore Staples is closing 225 of its North American locations by the end of 2015, the company said today.
Staples has two stores in Mississippi – Tupel0 and Pascagoula.
…. the largest U.S. office-supplies chain, will close as many as 12 percent of its North American stores and cut as much as $500 million in costs as online competition continues to hurt sales. The shares fell.
The annual pretax savings, which the company expects to achieve by the end of 2015, will come from areas including the supply chain, sales force, marketing and information-technology services, in addition to the store closings, the Framingham, Massachusetts-based company said in a statement today.
The retailer is facing increased threats from Internet-based rivals such as Amazon.com Inc., a challenge that spurred Office Depot Inc. to merge with OfficeMax Inc. last year. Staples said sales in its fiscal first quarter will fall from a year earlier, the fifth straight quarterly decline, and profit will be as much as 22 cents a share, trailing analysts’ 27-cent average estimate.
The shares fell 15 percent to $11.35 at the close in New York for the biggest one-day decline since May 18, 2011. The stock has slid 29 percent this year, compared with a 1.6 percent gain for the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index.
The Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau has been working on a new branding campaign, and a meeting at 4 p.m.today at the CVB office will unveil what it’s all about.
Here’s a big hint from this notice about the meeting: it has something to do with the “Center of Positivity.”
The current branding has been to “put a little Elvis in it,” but CVB executive director Neal McCoy said last year that while it worked well with some elements of the CVB’s branding, it didn’t translate over to everything, like sports and film.
We’ll get all the details later today.
So… Tupelo is the “Center of Positivity.”
What do you think?
The 16th Tupelo Elvis Festival is three months away, and the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association is putting the call out to get additional sponsors.
At today’s monthly board meeting of DTMSA, it was noted that the festival – to be held June 5-8 – is looking to secure another big sponsor to contribute $50,000 or more. The Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau already is the presenting sponsor of the festival with its $50,000 commitment, but festival organizers would like to add another.
Having several smaller sponsors is another option as well to help fill that funding level. Sponsorships are critical in securing the entertainment for the festival.
There are several levels of sponsorship available. Each level includes special amenities including VIP tickets, tents, T-shirts, framed posters:
- Platinum – $50,000 or more
- Gold – $25,000
- Silver – $10,000
- Bronze – $5,000
- Festival Friend – $4,999 and below
For more information about becoming a sponsor, contact Jessica Hollinger at (662) 841-6598 or email@example.com.
Meanwhile, sales for the Festival have gone well in the early going. In January, a limited offer of special ticket pages garnered about 350 purchasers. Individual tickets went on sale Feb. 10 at the BancorpSouth Arena and Ticketmaster, yielding nearly 300 sales.
In a change for this year’s festival, the Elvis Tribute Artist competition has been moved to the BancorpSouth Arena to accommodate more fans. In the past, the event was held at the Lyric Theater.