* Fulton railway receives $2.6 million for improvements Although struggling financially just a few years ago, the 25-mile railway that runs between Itawamba and Monroe counties is getting back on track with the help of state dollars. On Thursday, Gov. Phil Bryant and a host of state and local leaders were in Fulton to announce […]
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Mueller Industries, which has been a staple in the business community in Itawamba County for 43 years, is in the midst of a nearly $60 million renovation of its Fulton facility. The Mueller facility began as one mill, but has grown to two mills. The company makes copper tubes, copper tube fittings and line sets […]
By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal The next time someone’s stopped by a train at Crosstown in Tupelo, consider blaming Larry Homan. “Two cars,” Homan said. “You don’t have to wait long for our two cars to pass. They should take about 15 seconds, maybe 10, probably less than that.” He’s chairman and CEO of […]
“It’s taken off more than we ever thought it would,” Cory Lindsey said of his business, L&L Screenprinting. Located in Baldwyn according to the phone book, but in Itawamba County according to geography, the small business Cory opened with his mother, Teresa, four years ago isn’t so small any more. Boxes of T-shirts line the […]
There’s a sign stuck in the mud just outside the main office of Barnyard Mudboggers that reads “Life begins when the pavement ends.” For owner Carson Wallace, that’s more than just an amusing, bumper-sticker saying; it’s a maxim as true as the earth below his feet. “Me and my friends, we used to mud ride […]
Beth Craft, owner and therapist at Fulton Rehab Services, said she’s in the business of helping people’s bodies feel and work better. “Pain brings people here,” she said. “Our goal, always, is to reduce that pain and improve their quality of life.” Craft began working in Fulton in 1996 but didn’t open her own clinic […]
Jesse Emerson held up a pencil. “When I heard you were coming, I went and sharpened my computer so I’d be on top of what I’m talking about,” he said, humor tinging the deep gravel of his voice. Emerson, owner of the 56-year-old Fulton Grain Company, is as pleasantly old fashioned as his business. In […]
Despite having access to all the best medications money can buy, independent pharmacies are dying. “Nope, there’s not many of us at all,” said Trent Bennett, owner of S&W Pharmacy and Gifts, Itawamba County’s sole locally-owned pharmacy. Whereas most pharmacies are either associated with large retail companies (Walmart, Fred’s or the like) or are dotted […]
T.J. Denson isn’t shy about sharing her thoughts on how a customer looks in one of her dresses. That’s a sword that cuts both ways. “We’re very vocal about what looks good on a client,” said the owner of TJ’s Pageant and Formal Wear in Fulton. After a pause, she added, “We’re also very vocal […]
Mantachie Rural Health Care will be promoting its services next week as part of National Community Health Center Month. On Aug. 10-16, the federally-funded company, which offers medical and dental services based on sliding scale fees to accommodate lower income families, will be making a big push to show the community everything its two clinics […]
FULTON – Buster Davis was happily coaching basketball at what was then Itawamba Junior College when his twin brother, Bud Davis, heard that the local Ford dealership was for sale. “He said I should buy it, and I did,” he said. That was 50 years ago, and Davis has never looked back. His brother, who […]
Herman “Fuzzy” Clark, owner of Custom Upholstery by Fuzz in Fulton, laments that classic cars can be all curb appeal and no comfort. “I’ll meet a guy who’s dropped $20,000 on a paint job but then doesn’t have any money left for the interior,” Fuzzy said. “I don’t get it.” Which is a shame, […]
* Town officials are concerned zoning of potential site will be an issue. Mantachie is reportedly being eyeballed for a Huddle House restaurant. Last week, Mantachie Alderman Dan Moore, Jr. told the board he’s spoken with representatives of Oxford-based company M&C Management, a group he claimed have expressed interest in opening a branch of the […]
Even before stepping through the front doors, the atmosphere around Lily’s Cafe is unlike any other restaurant in Itawamba County. The shuffling, swingy style of New Orleans jazz greets guests, piping through speakers above the entrance and bouncing off the buildings in downtown Fulton, turning the entire square into a dance hall. Or, if it’s […]
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