Business News for the Mississippi Delta

Reducing the Fear

By Wyatt Emmerich As Our State, and many others, begins to open back up for business, it’s scary as COVID-19 cases begin to rise. But let’s not panic. There’s no way back, only forward. The economic disaster of closing down will cause far more death and destruction than punching through. A couple of things to […]

Greenville Bypass Project Sizable Grant Will Fund the Venture

By Jack Criss Mississippi U.S. Senators Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith recently announced a $71.46 million Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant for the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) to construct the Greenville Bypass Freight Corridor, which will steer U.S. Highway 82 from the Greenville Bridge 15.6 miles to Leland. President Donald Trump also tweeted […]

Robyn Marlow

By Charlotte Buchanan   “Take me to Ruleville,” an advertising slogan for North Sunflower Medical Center has become one of the best known and often repeated phrases in the Delta. Robyn Marlow, Director of Community and Employee Relations at North Sunflower Medical Center has an interesting story to tell about how the slogan originated. “The […]

Bad Apple Blues Club Clarksdale Hot Spot Promises Authenticity and Good Times

By Jack Criss Sean Apple may not have been born in the Mississippi Delta; but he says he’s lived here long enough that it almost feels like he was—and that the state has certainly become his real home. And it’s all because of his devotion to a Delta musical creation and tradition.  The longtime blues musician […]

Bill’s Custom Automatics Three Generations of Gunsmiths in Shelby

By Mark H. Stowers  The name sounds as ordinary as any—Bill’s Custom Automatics. The small white nondescript building in the town of Shelby, the highway now bypasses, became the home for the business in 1991. But, don’t let the façade fool you. Inside, there are generations of gun knowledge and gunsmith excellence rarely found in […]

Upchurch Plumbing Celebrates Fifty Years of Excellence

By Becky Gillette  •  Photography by Johnny Jennings Vennis Upchurch founded Upchurch Plumbing, Inc. (UPI) in Greenwood in 1970 with one truck and one helper. Today, the mechanical and plumbing contractor has grown to be a major powerhouse doing business throughout the Southeast. As it celebrates its 50th anniversary, it has opened offices in Ridgeland […]