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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:
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.
From the Natchez Trace Parkway:
A new National Park Service (NPS) report for 2012 shows that 5.6 million recreational visitors to the Natchez Trace Parkway spent $125.9 million in the communities surrounding the Park. This spending supported over 1,550 jobs in the local area.
“The Natchez Trace Parkway extends 444-miles through 41 county and municipal jurisdictions in the states of Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi,” said Parkway Superintendent Mary Risser. “We attract visitors from across the U.S. and around the world. We are delighted to share the story of this place, the experiences it provides, and to use the Park as a way to introduce our visitors to this part of the country and all that it offers. National Park tourism is a significant driver in the national economy – returning $10 for every $1 invested in the Nations Park Service – and it’s a big factor in our local economy as well. We appreciate the partnership and support of our neighbors and are glad to be able to give back by helping to sustain local communities.” Read the rest of this entry »
If you missed it, Spring Street Cigars had a ribbon-cutting ceremony last Thursday in downtown Tupelo.
The store, at 208 N. Spring St., is open 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
Store owner Dalton Healy opened his first cigar store in Starkville two years ago.
Healy will be adding portable humidors and accessories like lighters, cutters, ashtrays and holders soon.
For more information, visit the store’s Facebook page or call (662) 842-6777.