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A few weeks back, Tupelo had the cheapest gas price in the state, and it could be found at Murphy Express on West Main Street.
It’s at $2.79. At the Murphy Express, it’s 2.85, so it’s no longer the low-price leader it has been the past month – at least for now.
And as usual, gas prices vary widely in Tupelo, selling for as much as $3.07. Three other cities – Oxford, Ripley and Starkville – match that price as well.
Prices across the region:
- Amory $3.01
- Belden $2.99
- Booneville $3.05
- Corinth $3.06
- Fulton $2.99
- New Albany $2.99
- Pontotoc $3.04
- Sherman $2.97
A lot of you have been watching the progress on Earnest B’s Barbecue in downtown Tupelo, and I’m happy to report that the restaurant is having its grand opening on Tuesday.
The restaurant, located at 206 Troy Street in downtown Tupelo, will be open Monday-Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch and Thursday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. It will be closed on Sundays
Earnest B. Morgan and his wife, Cicely, are the owners.
And yes, they have closed their old Amory location after a great five-year run.
Earnest B. at first wanted to keep both restaurants going, but decided he would be spread a little too thin to keep it up. So, he’s all in with the Tupelo location, which is the former spot of the Rib Cage, and most recently, Romie’s Barbecue.
Earnest B’s specializes in Texas-style ribs, which means it’s a combination of the dry rub, the smoke and the special sauce, “Momma’s Sweet Heat” barbecue sauce, which was developed by his mother.
The restaurant will serve beef, pork, hicken, turkey, nachos, sides and other items you would expect.
No beer or alcohol will be served. Morgan is a pastor and said the focus of the restaurant is “family, food and fun.”
We’ll have a more extensive interview in Saturday’s Daily Journal. But we wanted to get the initial news out now to ya.
You’ve got another week left for your chance to win more than $2,000 worth of prizes from downtown Tupelo merchants. Between now and Dec. 12, shoppers who spend at least $20 at participating merchants gift certificatess, cupcakes, clothing, a gas card, gift baskets, framed art and more.
It’s the second annual “Win the Window”Christmas promotion sponsored by the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association.
You can see all the prizes in the window at 207 Main Street, the office of the Laher Law firm.
Every purchase of $20 or more gets you an entry into the contest.
Last year, some 2,500 entries were received. So far, more than 1,000 entries have been received.
The drawing will be held next Friday, Dec. 13.
Participating businesses include Bar-B-Q by Jim, Cafe 212, Caron Gallery, Fairpark Grill, Farmhouse on Main, His Hers Antiques & Collectibles, J. Edward Design Co., MLM Clothiers, Pava V’s, Park Heights, Reed’s Regions Bank, Rosie’s, SprintPrint, Swirlz, The Dance Studio, The Main Attraction, Tupelo Community Theatre, Tupelo Hardware and Voe’s Boutique.
AT&T has added additional cell towers in Pontotoc and Tupelo to expand its 4G LTE coverage.
In Pontotoc, a new tower is located on South Martin Luther King Drive near the Lyle Hansburger Sportsplex.
In Tupelo, the additional tower is along South Gloster Street and is meant to add capacity and coverage to North Mississippi Medical Center and surrounding businesses and homes.
AT&T launched its 4G LTE service in Tupelo and Pontotoc in August.
“Our goal is for our customers to have an extraordinary experience, and they’ll be able to download, upload, stream and game faster than ever before on our 4G LTE network,” said Rich Guidotti, vice president and general manager of AT&T Consumer and Mobility, Gulf States.
Tupelo has one new restaurant opening, but another one’s future is unknown.
The Ole State Grill is the newest addition, and a soft opening is planned Friday.
But the one we’re wondering about is Eli’s BBQ Grill. It’s been closed for more than a week, and we don’t know why.
First, a little more on the Ole State Grill. It’s going In the former The Bakery location on North Gloster Street .
As you might have guessed, the restaurant’s name is a mashing together of Ole Miss and Mississippi State. And inside, there’s an Ole Miss Rebels/Hoddy Toddy wall and a MSU Bulldogs/Hail State wall for those of you who want to pick a side. There’s also a bar, but it will be for beer only. The permit awaits, however.
The Ole State Grill will serve All-American fare like freshly made burgers, phillies, patty melts, salads, fries, cole slaw, baked beans, desserts, etc. On Friday and Saturday nights, wood-fired steaks will be sold as well.
Entertainment is planned during the week as well, from live bands to karaoke.
Hours are Monday-Friday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday 11 to midnight.The phone number is (662) 690-1111.
Althouse has 15 years of restaurant industry experience, having worked previously at IHOP, D’Casa and Stafford’s Barbecue.
Some barbecue items will be added later, Althouse said. For now, the focus is on getting the restaurant open and seeing what diners like and want.
And now for the restaurant we’re not sure about: Eli’s BBQ Grill on West Main Street.
The restaurant was closed last week and hasn’t opened this week. No sign on the doors or windows, nobody’s answered the phone and theres been no word from management/owners about what’s happening.
Now that bankrupt Furniture Brands International has completed the sale of most of its assets to KPS Capital Partners, it’s time to wind down what’s left of the company.
To that end, Furniture Brands is now FBI Wind Down Inc.
Former FBI chief administrative officer, general counsel and corporate secretary Meredith Graham, 41, is leading FBI Wind Down as it closes its books and ties up loose ends. She’ll be paid her base salary of $286,000 on a pro-rated basis. She’ll be employed up to six months.
KPS completed its $280 million purchase of Furniture Brands on Nov. 25, getting Lane, Broyhill, Thomasville, Drexel Heritage, Maitland- Smith, Henredon, Hickory Chair, Pearson, La Barge and Lane Venture.
KPS put all of the brands under control of a new company, Heritage Home Group, which has assumed Furniture Brands’ former website.
Lane Furniture Industries employed about 1,400 people in Northeast Mississippi prior to Furniture Brands’ Sept. 9 Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing. It’s not known how many remain employed at Lane or at the other brands. However, KPS said it would offer employment to most of the employees of the brands.
Also as a result of the KPS purchase, Ralph Scozzafava, the former CEO of Furniture Brands, and Vance Johnston, its former CFO were ousted from the company. Also let go were the presidents of Lane and Hickory Chair.
In addition, the former board of directosr for Furniture Brands – Ira D. Kaplan, Ann S. Lieff, Aubrey B. Patterson, Dr. George E. Ross and Scozzafava – was let go. Read the rest of this entry »
With the finalization of Renasant Bank‘s merger with M&F Bank, the last six of nine planned branch closures will be completed by Monday, when conversion officially happens.
On Friday, former M&F Bank locations in Tupelo – on South Gloster Street, in downtown Tupelo and on West Main Street – will close for good at 5:30 p.m.
The three remaining branches in Kosciusko, Southaven and Birmingham will close on Monday. All are former M&F Bank locations except Birmingham.
Renasant had earlier closed its Oxford Square location, and M&F’s branch in Starkville and Grenada.
John Oxford, vice president of external affairs for Renasant, said all of M&F will be fully consolidated with Renaasant, including systems, products and services.