Emergency room construction

New $12 million Baptist emergency department construction on schedule

Baptist Memorial Hospital’s new $12 million emergency department is on schedule for its projected July 18 ribbon-cutting, according to Michael Barney, assistant project manager for Flintco, the general contractor. He added his company should be out of the building in June and then the furnishings and technical equipment will be installed. While the ribbon-cutting is […]

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Blue Springs discusses possible gun, dog codes

Two ordinances – a gun and a dog ordinance – were discussed in detail at Tuesday night’s Blue Springs Board of Aldermen meeting. Blue Springs Police Officer Anthony Anderson brought an example of a gun ordinance for the aldermen members to review and possibly adopt for the town of Blue Springs. The ordinance is as […]

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BNA Bank - Tupelo

BNA Bank breaks ground for Tupelo branch

TUPELO–BNA Bank headquartered in New Albany, broke ground Thursday, for a new 3,325-square-foot banking center in the rapidly growing Barnes Crossing area. The new banking center, to be located at 2919 Tom Watson Dr., is believed to be the first in the Tupelo market to offer a new high-touch personalized banking service to its customers […]

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Union County schools to hold community-wide meeting

The Union County School District’s  community-wide program has been re-scheduled for 6 p.m., Tuesday, May 13, at Ingomar Attendance Center. Topics to be discussed will include the new Common Core Standards, PARCC Assessment and Block Scheduling. This information should be of particular value to parents concerned about their child’s education. The meeting was originally set […]

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wood ducks

Toyota’s wood duck nesting project part of efforts to preserve environment

In addition to rolling out a plethora of Toyota Corollas every day, the Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Mississippi, Inc. facility in Blue Springs is also deemed the model sustainable assembly plant for North American operations. This is due to the many environmental and sustainability practices that are in place every day at the 1,540-acre Blue Springs […]

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City discusses designating certain areas for races

The focus of this month’s meeting of the New Albany Board of Aldermen shifted from sub-standard housing problems to growing pains because of a specific type of public event: runs. While condemnation processes are going on concerning several properties around town, some have been resolved and other are not due for action until the June […]

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Hospital outreach

Two events this week reminded us of the good work that the folks at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County do in outreach programs in our community. On Monday the hospital conducted its annual Baby Fair, with lots of information, vendors, gifts and refreshments in the hospital lobby. Parents and prospective parents could find out just about […]

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Wayne Mitchell

Fortunate to call New Albany home

Five years ago tomorrow, I arrived in New Albany to help out at the Gazette while a search was conducted for a new publisher. My job description at the time was “roving publisher,” meaning I was to go where I was needed to fill in when a vacancy occurred in the company, which owned more […]

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Heritage tourism

The importance of tourism – and attracting the kinds of tourists who stay awhile and spend money in the local economy – was the focus last week of a talk at the annual meeting of the Union County Historical Society. Sarah McCullough, who manages cultural heritage development for the state tourism division, stressed the need […]

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Toyota expansion

The Toyota executive who spoke at the annual meeting of the Union County Development Association delivered some sobering news. Jackie Hogan, human resources general manager at the Toyota plant in Blue Springs, said the company has no plans to expand its plant at the current time. Rumors have persisted since the plant opened that the […]

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