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Reeves talks business, women’s issues in DeSoto County stop

Photo: Gov. Tate Reeves and First Lady Elee Reeves learn about the new Olive Branch Domino’s Pizza location during a stop on Tuesday, Sept. 26. (Bob Bakken/

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves returned to DeSoto County on Tuesday, Sept. 26, when he finished a day on the campaign trail with stops in Olive Branch and Southaven.  

Reeves, facing a challenge in the November general election from Democrat Brandon Presley, first stopped in Olive Branch to visit the new Domino’s Pizza location at 10201 Old Goodman Road.  

Reeves and First Lady Elee Reeves were greeted by Jason Shifflett, known as the “Chief Enthusiasm Officer” for now three Domino’s locations that serve Olive Branch. Shifflett showed Reeves and Olive Branch Mayor Ken Adams, through the store, and crew members described to Reeves and Adams how they quickly make pizza for pick up or delivery.  

“The state of Mississippi is open for business,” Reeves said as he remarked about Shifflett’s three decades of work in the pizza business.  “We’ve seen tremendous growth economically in our state in the last 4-5 years. We have got the lowest unemployment rate in state history.”

Shifflett said the new Domino’s location, which just opened on Monday, has some unique features.  

“We saw there was a need for electric vehicle charging stations,” Shifflett said. “Being cutting edge as we were with the building, we wanted to give an opportunity to provide these as an amenity for the public. Through the month of October, we’re going to provide those free of charge to whoever wants to use it.”  

Shifflett said he has noticed the eastward progression of his customer base in Olive Branch and built the store to service the eastern part of the city.  

Reeves ended his day in DeSoto County with a campaign stop at the Snowden House in Southaven, where he appeared with Riley Gaines and Paula Scanlan, who have been appearing with the Governor in recent days to talk about women’s sports and women’s rights. 

The Governor came to DeSoto County from a similar stop with Gaines and Scanlan in Tupelo.  It was his second visit to the county in nearly two weeks, as he was on hand for the groundbreaking of OSB Services in Olive Branch and to view the site of the new National Guard Readiness Center in Nesbit on Friday, Sept. 15.  

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