The Mall at Barnes Crossing - Tupelo, MS
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The Mall at Barnes Crossing - Tupelo, MS
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Jimmy' Seaside Fries
7/4/2014
Marine vet kicks off week-long campout in mall
6/29/2014
Phillip Wilson, who personified Santa, passes away
6/13/2014
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Jimmy' Seaside Fries
7/4/2014
New eatery, store opening soon at mall Posted on July 4, 2014 by Daily Journal in Business, News More Sharing Services news_business_greenDaily Journal TUPELO – Two new businesses are opening at The Mall at Barnes Crossing. Coming soon in the food court, probably in the next couple of weeks, is Jimmy’s Seaside Fries. Jimmy’s has “topped” and “tossed” fries on the menu with a variety of ingredients and seasonings. It also has funnel cakes and funnel fries. Jimmy’s Seaside Fries will go in the space most recently filled by Krispy Krunchy Chicken next to Sbarro. In addition, a Sleep Number store is going in the former Gap space adjacent to Chico’s. It should open in early August. The company sells beds, pillows and bedding (sheets, comforters, mattress pads). The Minneapolis-based company has 440 stores nationwide and recorded sales of $960 million for 2013.

Marine vet kicks off week-long campout in mall
6/29/2014
Marine vet kicks off week-long campout in mall Posted on June 29, 2014 by JB Clark in Military, News Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on email More Sharing Services Lauren Wood | Buy at photos.djournal.com Veteran Scott Burns tosses out a prize to every kid who was seated at a table in the food court that donated money for Purple Heart Homes on Saturday afternoon at the Mall at Barnes Crossing. The organization builds and modifies homes for disabled veterans, and Burns' week-long fundraising at the mall will benefit that cause and Eight Days of Hope. Lauren Wood | Buy at photos.djournal.com Veteran Scott Burns tosses out a prize to every kid who was seated at a table in the food court that donated money for Purple Heart Homes on Saturday afternoon at the Mall at Barnes Crossing. The organization builds and modifies homes for disabled veterans, and Burns’ week-long fundraising at the mall will benefit that cause and Eight Days of Hope. By JB Clark Daily Journal TUPELO – Scott Burns won’t be leaving the food court of The Mall at Barnes Crossing for the next six days as he raises money for veterans and tornado victims. He kicked off his fundraising rally Saturday during the food court’s lunch rush. Burns, who is hosting his eighth annual 7 Days for the Troops fundraiser, decided to split the money between his usual charity, Purple Heart Homes, and Eight Days of Hope, an organization using volunteer labor to help rebuild or repair hundreds of tornado-damaged homes in the area. Burns is excited to be kicking off the week-long fundraiser, saying he always enjoys the number of different people he comes into contact with just being in the food court for a week. “All kinds of people come through here.” The downside, he said, is relying on the food court bathroom sinks as his only way to get clean. His stage is adorned with about 30 raffle items ranging from recliners and televisions to college football and baseball tickets and coolers. Anyone can buy a raffle ticket for $10 and the proceeds will be split between the two charities. Burns will also be taking donations throughout the week in the food court. “Honestly, most money comes from folks putting money in the bucket, a dollar at a time,” he said. Purple Heart Homes is an organization that helps renovate homes, making them accessible to handicapped veterans. Eight Days of Hope will be taking as many as 3,000 volunteers from all over the country and putting them to work renovating tornado-damaged homes in Northeast Mississippi. Burns set a goal of $15,000 for this year’s fundraiser. He will be trying to get shoppers involved throughout the week by giving out gift cards or finding interested children who will carry a collection bucket in exchange for a prize. Burns was a U.S. Marine before being injured in a training mission almost 20 years ago. He said he has wanted to continue to serve in some way and the week-long fundraisers have been a way for him to give back. Anyone who wants to give can go to the food court in the Mall at Barnes Crossing or go online to www.PurpleHeartHomesUSA.org. Texting PHH to 501501 will automatically donate $10. jb.clark@journalinc.com

Phillip Wilson, who personified Santa, passes away
6/13/2014
Phillip Wilson, who personified Santa, dies in his sleep Posted on June 13, 2014 by Riley Manning in News Phillip Wilson once said playing the role of Santa Claus was "the best job in the world." Wilson died in his sleep earlier this week at age 64. (File photo) Phillip Wilson once said playing the role of Santa Claus was “the best job in the world.” Wilson died in his sleep earlier this week at age 64. (File photo) By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – A beloved part of the Tupelo community’s spirit has passed away. Phillip Wilson, who personified the role of Santa Claus at The Mall at Barnes Crossing, died in his sleep earlier this week at his home in Ripley at the age of 64. Jeff Snyder, the mall’s general manager, said the coming holidays won’t feel quite the same without him. “So many people came and had their pictures taken with him, and put them up in their home or in an album,” Snyder said. “For many people, when they think of Santa Claus, he’s the face they see. He was a really great guy.” In an interview with Mud and Magnolias magazine last year, Wilson said he dove into the Santa character in 2005, when his first grandchild was born. In 2006, he took his first public Santa gig at the Ripley Main Street open-house and Christmas parade. The next year, he dropped off his business card and became Santa at the Barnes Crossing Mall. “I believe I have the best job in the world,” he said in the interview. Salvation Army Angel Tree coordinator Katrina Patty witnessed Wilson’s dedication firsthand as she spent countless hours in the mall tending to the Army’s Christmas campaign. She said over the years she and Wilson became quite good friends. “He’d come over and hide out with us when he needed to catch his breath, but as soon as a child would walk up, he’d snap right back into being Santa,” she said. “My boys are 12 and 16, and we still go get our pictures taken with him. He would be just as silly as he could be, and people loved him for it.” The loss of Wilson has been felt in the community, as evidenced by social media. Mall marketing director Cindy Childs posted a notification of Wilson’s death on The Mall at Barnes Crossing Facebook page Thursday afternoon. Within three hours, the post garnered 106 shares, 358 “likes,” and 60 comments. Comments ranged from a simple, “So sad,” to an emphatic, “BEST SANTA EVER.” “He was Santa 24 hours a day, 365 days a year,” Patty said. “He is so going to be missed.” Wilson’s memorial service will be held Monday at his home church, Ripley First United Methodist Church, at 2 p.m. riley.manning@journalinc.com

Veteran camps out at mall to help other veterans
7/4/2013
Veteran camps out at mall to help other veterans by M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal 8 days ago | 962 views | 0 Comments and 0 Reactions | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print Scott Burns, a disabled veteran, slept on a bed beneath the stage at The Mall at Barnes Crossing Food Court for seven days to raise money to help other disabled veterans. Visit isupportthetroops.org to donate. (Lauren Wood) Scott Burns, a disabled veteran, slept on a bed beneath the stage at The Mall at Barnes Crossing Food Court for seven days to raise money to help other disabled veterans. Visit isupportthetroops.org to donate. (Lauren Wood) TUPELO – The Mall at Barnes Crossing became a veteran’s house for a week, so other veterans could get better houses. Tupelo resident Scott Burns, 41, a disabled veteran, camped at the food court for seven days to raise money for Purple Heart Homes. “I have a bed under the stage and a little office area,” Burns said Wednesday, his last day at the mall. Thanks to his efforts, people have donated more than $43,000 to the program over the past seven years. This year’s total was more than $7,500. “It makes it a lot easier to sleep out here when the money comes in,” he said. He entertained mall visitors and gave out prizes to people who donated. One woman won an American flag, which turned out to be a special moment for her. “I found out her husband had just left for his third tour in Afghanistan,” he said. Burns, a Tupelo disc jockey, was injured while serving in the Marines and later had his left leg amputated. The money he raised will support other disabled veterans. Garrett Garland, vice chairman of Purple Heart Homes’ board of directors, said the organization modifies homes to make them wheelchair accessible, and also helps disabled veterans buy homes. Mitch Beard, 56, of Tupelo, is a Marine veteran who injured both knees when he jumped off a tank. The injury has gotten worse over the years. “I was waiting a couple of years for Veterans Administration grants,” he said. “I filled out applications with (Purple Heart Homes) in March. By May, I was approved.” He’ll be the group’s first Mississippi-based veteran. The doors to his house will be widened, his bathroom will be made accessible and he’ll get a wheelchair ramp. “It’ll cost $20,000 to $30,000 to redo the house,” he said. Visit isupportthetroops.org to make a donation. Read more: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal - Veteran camps out at mall to help other veterans

United Way makes changes to Back 2 School resource
6/29/2013
United Way makes changes to Back 2 School resource fair by Sarah Robinson/NEMS Daily Journal 23 days ago | 1075 views | 1 Comment and 0 Reactions | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print The United Way of Northeast Mississippi is helping more families get ready for the upcoming school year. The Back 2 School resource fair, now in its third year, distributes free backpacks and school supplies to area children. “No one is turned away,” said Robin Matkin, the campaign and funds distribution assistant for the organization. Backpacks are available to any child entering kindergarten through sixth grade. Children must be present to receive a backpack. The 2013 resource fair will be a little different from last year’s event. Instead of holding one fair at the BancorpSouth Arena, the agency will host fairs at six locations throughout the region to try to reach a larger audience. According to Matkin, the United Way last year gave away about 3,200 backpacks, and about 250 kids got extra supplies. “This year we’re looking to give away more than 5,000 backpacks,” she said. Also in a change from last year, parents do not need to preregister for the event. The first two events will be held July 20 in Tupelo and Fulton. Four additional events will be held July 27 in Pontotoc, New Albany, Iuka and Booneville. Matkin said the United Way also is looking for additional help with the event. Those who wish to donate to the Back 2 School Resource Fairs can do so online at www.unitedwaynems.org. A donation of $10 offsets the cost of a backpack and supplies for one child. Volunteers are also needed to work at the resource fairs. Businesses and other nonprofit organizations can get on board by setting up a booth at one of the events. The United Way asks that all vendors provide attendees only with information, activities or giveaways. Back 2 School Resource Fairs • Lee and Chickasaw counties: July 20 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.,The Mall at Barnes Crossing in Tupelo • Itawamba County: July 20 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.,at Itawamba Attendance Center in Fulton • Pontotoc County: July 27 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.,West Heights Baptist Church in Pontotoc • Prentiss County: July 27, from 9 a.m. to noon, Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville • Tishomingo County: July 27 from 9 a.m. to noon, Families First Resource Center in Iuka • Union County: July 27, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., New Albany Elementary Read more: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal - United Way makes changes to Back 2 School resource fair

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