The Order of the Arrow (OA) is the national honor society of the Boy Scouts of America. Its officers and voting members are under the age of 21. Each council of the Boy Scouts of America has an OA lodge; think of it as a troop that covers the entire council. In the case of our local council,…

Q. My husband and I are completely debt-free, and we’re saving up for our first house. We currently have about $90,000 in savings, and we’d like to buy a home with cash in the next few years. Where should we put our money, so it will work for us while we save more?

JACKSON • Gov. Phil Bryant presented awards to four Mississippi companies at the 2018 Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Exporting event held at the Old Capitol Inn on Friday. The awards recognize Mississippi companies for their success in beginning, maintaining or increasing export sales t…

Q. I’ll be graduating from college with no debt in a couple of weeks, and I have a good job waiting for me in January. During the last few years, I’ve managed to save almost $25,000 from my part-time jobs while in school. My car is pretty beaten up and old, so I’ve been shopping at a couple …

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TUPELO • The holiday shopping season brings in a high volume of sales for American businesses, but brick-and-mortar retail sales are still down from earlier years while online sales are climbing. So national, local and online retailers alike are on the hunt for unique ways to accommodate con…

RED BAY, Ala. • Sunshine Mills, Inc. is issuing a voluntary recall of select products of Evolve® Puppy, Sportsman’s Pride® Large Breed Puppy and Triumph® Chicken and Rice Dog Food (reference below) due to potentially elevated levels of Vitamin D.

TUPELO • Central Service Association, a member-owned technology cooperative based in Tupelo, has reached an agreement to purchase the assets of Professional Computer Systems Co. based in Denison, Iowa. The agreement will expand both the product offerings and service area for each company.

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TUPELO • Hunter Stanfield was trained to build and manage internet connections. After months of boot camp and specialist training, the North Pontotoc native spent most of his time in the Marines as a Cyber Network Operator. From a base in North Carolina, he provided technical support to unit…

Q. My fiancé and I are getting married in three weeks, but he lost his job as an experienced HVAC technician at a hospital a few days ago. Do you think we should still go on a honeymoon, or wait until things are more stable?

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Tupelo • After surviving several rounds of closings over the years, the Sears department store at The Mall at Barnes Crossing in Tupelo will shutter its own doors for good by February.

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TUPELO • A recent survey by CNBC Make It/Morning Consult found that millennials may be taking out or considering payday loans more than ever, but poverty may be a factor closer to home for Mississippi residents.

Q. I borrowed some money from my parents in January, and it took a few months longer to pay them back than originally planned. Since then, I’ve noticed our relationship seems to be strained. They will sometimes make remarks about money when I’m around, and it’s obvious the things they say ar…

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Ask investors to define estate planning and chances are they will paint a picture of long meetings and complicated forms. While advanced estate plans can be very in-depth, there is a way to simplify one’s estate planning process. Many investment products allow an investor to designate a bene…

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TUPELO • Whole Family Nutrition & Market focuses on simple and natural products for the entire family, and although the business has moved and expanded over the last several years, it has been a mainstay in the region for 27 years.

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Prudence Hatchett is a behavioral specialist/counselor, and is responsible for creating, building and maintaining a behavior program for the Special Education Department and Alternative Program for Pontotoc County School District. She created, built and maintains the online behavior training…

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Steven Blaylock is executive director of philanthropy for North Mississippi Health Services, focusing on implementing key philanthropic activities to support 24 counties in North Mississippi. NMHS Employee Recognition Award winner (2007 and 2010), CDF Jim Ingram Leadership Institute graduate…

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Tommy Abney is the vice president of employee benefits for Fisher Brown Bottrell Insurance, where he oversees corporate employee benefits counseling and sales. He was a Jim Ingram Community Leadership Institute 2015 graduate. Activities include Down on Main Summer Concert Series, Tupelo Comm…

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Sadie Smith – A Realtor at Tommy Morgan Inc. Realtors, Smith was a multi-million-dollar producer from 2015-17. She was named 2015 Rookie of the Year. A member of several organizations including several Realtors' groups; BNI - Lee County, Tupelo Young Professionals, Parkgate Pregnancy Clinic …

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Ty Lambert is chief data analytics officer for Bancorpsouth, overseeing the company’s data analytics operations across its nine-state footprint. He is a published author and contributor to RMAJournal, a nationally distributed risk management magazine for banking professionals. Appointed advi…

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Roxie Clayton is owner of Vow Fitness, artistic director of Doniphan Dance Project, adjunct faculty of dance at University of Mississippi and dance teacher at North MS Dance Centre. Teaches dance, choreography and composition to students as young as 3 to college-age students. While living in…

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Finalists for the 2018 Daily Journal Top 40 Under 40 have been announced. The honorees will be recognized and the winner will be selected during a ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 25. This year's event sponsor is BankPlus. 

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Shipman Sloan – A landscape architect working with a wide range of project types from high end residential to commercial, recreational and municipal work, Sloan started his own firm in January 2017. Among his projects in which he was involved are the Main Street Enhancement Project, Vietnam …

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Paul Mize – A commercial lender and first vice president with BankPlus in Tupelo, Mize administers a large commercial loan portfolio and managing general operating functions in his area of the bank. Selected by Mississippi Business Journal as one of Mississippi’s Top 40 Under 40 business pro…

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