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More money needed to get Biloxi baseball stadium open on time

BILOXI — The city of Biloxi will either have to pay a $10,000 fine for every home game that can’t be played in the new Shuckers’ stadium, or chip in $1 million to get it ready for opening day on April 21. City attorney Gina Tompkins said Tuesday the city doesn’t have a $1 million. […] [...]

2014 a good year for filmmaking in Mississippi

COLUMBUS — In 2014, 19 feature films along with six reality shows and six documentaries were shot partially or entirely in Mississippi. “We had a rather remarkable year last year and we expect that to continue,” said Ward Emling, director of the Mississippi Film Office. While in the past, movies filmed in Mississippi were based […] [...]

AG opinions: Biloxi can’t sell naming rights to ball field

BILOXI — A Mississippi attorney general’s office opinion has derailed an agreement between Biloxi and the Shuckers minor league baseball team to sell the naming rights for MGM Park’s playing field. The agreement had called for the city to earn an extra $50,000 a year to help repay the construction bond for the stadium. The […] [...]

Mississippi rapper Afroman arrested for punching fan

by Published: February 18,2015

Tags: Business, Gulf Coast, Mississippi, NEWS, rapper

BILOXI — Mississippi rapper Afroman has been arrested for misdemeanor simple assault after punching a fan at a Tuesday night concert in Biloxi. The 40-year-old rapper, whose real name is Joseph Foreman, was released by Biloxi police after posting $330 bond. A video posted on various news outlet websites appears to show a female fan […] [...]

Hilton suites brand to replace hotel razed after tornado

TUPELO — An 80-room Tupelo hotel demolished because of heavy damage from the tornado last April will be replaced by a larger hotel — one with the Hilton brand. Fusion Hospitality owner Bruce Patel tells The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that a 108-room Home2 Suites will be built where the Comfort Suites once stood. It […] [...]

House approves recording, concert, theater incentives

by Published: February 5,2015

Tags: Business, government, JACKSON, Mississippi, NEWS

JACKSON — House members favor subsidies for people who record music or produce concerts or theater performances in Mississippi. The House voted 110-5 to pass House Bill 907 Thursday, sending it to the Senate. House Tourism Committee Chairwoman Rita Martinson, a Madison Republican, says the measure will lure more recording and concerts to Mississippi. An […] [...]

Host families prepare for Mississippi Braves’ season

Some baseball fans in Jackson go above and beyond supporting the hometown Mississippi Braves by providing a home-away-from-home for players who have their sights set on playing for the major league Atlanta Braves. In a recent letter to Braves fans about hosting players, Jim Bishop, the team’s assistant general manager, said, “Stopping in Mississippi on […] [...]

Plan would give up to $1.5M to music recording, concerts

JACKSON — Mississippi license plates and highway welcome signs proclaim the state as the Birthplace of America’s Music, bowing to the state’s blues heritage. Now, a legislative proposal wants to pay to make sure more music makes a home in Mississippi. The House Tourism Committee passed House Bill 907 on Wednesday, moving to subsidize some […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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