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Holly Springs Elvis “museum” to be auctioned off Jan 31

HOLLY SPRINGS — Hundreds of Elvis Presley vinyl singles and albums, a pink Cadillac and the antebellum mansion that became a quirky Elvis shrine will be auctioned this month. Everything that was “Graceland Too” and all of owner Paul MacLeod’s vehicles will be auctioned Jan. 31 at the mansion in Holly Springs, Attorney Phillip Knecht […] [...]

Miss. court to hear case of casino barge, Katrina damage

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court will consider whether a judge was wrong in finding that an insurance company was not liable for damage caused when the Grand Casino barge was torn from its moorings during Hurricane Katrina and smacked into a Biloxi beachfront home. The Supreme Court agreed Thursday to look at an appeal […] [...]

Miss. casino revenue flat in December, down for all of 2014

JACKSON — Mississippi’s 17 casinos along the Mississippi River won less than $1 billion for gamblers last year for the first time since 1994. The decline along the river, punctuated by the June closing of the Harrah’s Tunica Hotel & Casino, continued to drag down overall gambling revenue in Mississippi in 2014. The statewide total […] [...]

ANITA MODAK-TRURAN — Mississippi’s motion picture renaissance

by Published: January 22,2015

Tags: accounting, Anita Modak-Truran, Business, Butler Snow, law, Mississippi, NEWS

SCENE 1 — Thalia Mara Hall, located in downtown Jackson, transformed into a Paris theatre for Get On Up, a foot-stomping biopic based on music legend James Brown. Hundreds of extras from the community filled the theater and participated in the “magic” of moviemaking. The film’s producer Mick Jagger and director Tate Taylor could be […] [...]

Hairston exiting early from Mississippi Gaming Commission

by Published: January 15,2015

Tags: Business, casinos, gaming, John Hairston, Mississippi, NEWS, Wally Carter

GULFPORT — Mississippi Gaming Commission member John Hairston says he will resign from regulatory board effective Jan. 31. Hairston was appointed to the Gaming Commission in 2005 and again in 2010. He made the announcement at a commission meeting Thursday. Hairston was recently named president and chief executive officer of Hancock Holding Co. and he […] [...]

Tall Boy, Buffalo Park’s male giraffe, dies

by Published: January 15,2015

Tags: Business, education, Mississippi, NEWS, Tupelo, zoo

TUPELO — The Tupelo Buffalo Park and Zoo says its male giraffe, Tall Boy, has died of natural causes. Tall Boy was estimated to be at least 20 years old, according to the giraffe’s veterinarian. He was born in Africa and came to the Tupelo Park from Miami, in 2004. Park officials say Tall Boy […] [...]

Mississippi Blues Trail to honor Gulfport musicians

by Published: January 12,2015

Tags: Blues, Business, Gulf Coast, GULFPORT, Mississippi, NEWS

GULFPORT — The Mississippi Blue Trail will unveil a new marker Tuesday honoring several Gulfport musicians, including Allman Brothers Band drummer Jaimoe. The dedication will be held at 3 p.m. at the “Four Corners” intersection of Arkansas Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The “Four Corners’ was a central location in the decades when […] [...]

Two Mississippi history museums close to private fundraising goal

JACKSON — Two Mississippi history museums being built in Jackson are moving closer to their private fundraising goal. Including a new donation announced Friday, the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum have raised $11.3 million. The goal is $16 million of private money to go with an estimated $87 million in […] [...]

Deerfield Golf Club owners say club on par

by Published: January 9,2015

Tags: Business, Deerfield, Golf, Mississippi, real estate

By JACK WEATHERLY Mark Twain is credited with saying that “golf is a good walk spoiled.” If he were to stroll across the 150 acres that had been Jackson’s Colonial Country Club till it closed last year, the famed author’s musing might not be disrupted, save for navigating the tall weeds that have overtaken the […] [...]

Presley’s 1st record, ‘My Happiness,’ auctions for $300,000

by Published: January 9,2015

Tags: Business, Elvis, guitar, Mississippi, NEWS, Sun Records, Tennessee

MEMPHIS — An acetate recording of the ballad “My Happiness,” the first song Elvis Presley ever recorded, sold at auction Thursday night for $300,000. An undisclosed Internet buyer placed the winning bid at Graceland, the museum and tourist attraction that was Presley’s former home. The auction was held on what would have been the late […] [...]

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