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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 […] [...]

Speckled Trout World Championship moves to Gulfport Harbor

GULFPORT — The Speckled Trout World Championship is ready to move into bigger waters. The fishing tourney is scheduled for May 14-16 at Gulfport Harbor. John Rea, President of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Fishing Tournaments Inc., tells WLOX-TV in Biloxi that the tournament it has grown too big for the previous location at the Dock Bar and […] [...]

Tupelo plans city-wide events celebrate Elvis birthday

TUPELO — On Thursday, Tupelo launches a birthday celebration fit for the king of rock and roll. Seven organizations will participate in a city-wide event schedule, culminating with an Elvis Presley-themed concert from the North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and Richard Marx. The Elvis Presley Birthplace will host their annual birthday party Thursday. There will be a sing-along […] [...]

CUBA — ¿si? or ¿no? Mississippi’s cigar lovers hold their breath

By Jack Weatherly Cuban cigars have become, for many Americans, the stuff that dreams are made of. That’s because the trade embargo imposed by the United States more than 50 years ago on the communist nation 90 miles off the coast of Florida has blocked legal sales in this country. Now President Obama has struck […] [...]

Birdwatching generates big bucks for coastal economy with room to grow

by Published: December 24,2014

Tags: birding, Business, Gulf Coast, Jackson County, Mississippi, NEWS, tourism

By Tammy Leytham Wildlife watching – including birding – contributes millions of dollars each year to coastal coffers and with the new Pascagoula River Audubon Center opening in 2015, the sky’s the limit. Because birders like to plan trips to areas where they can see multiple natural attractions, the coastal counties are poised for growth […] [...]

Boomtown adds daiquiri bar to welcome center

by Published: December 23,2014

Tags: Business, Gulf Coast, Harrison County, Mississippi, NEWS

BILOXI — Boomtown Casino Biloxi will convert its Welcome Center property across from Beau Rivage into Fat Tuesday at Boomtown Daiquiri Bar and Welcome Center. The Sun Herald reports the target opening date is early February. The company said Monday Fat Tuesday will offer more than 12 varieties of New Orleans-style daiquiris. The bar and […] [...]

Hattiesburg hires counsel to handle complaint

by Published: December 23,2014

Tags: Business, HATTIESBURG, Hilton Garden Inn, Mississippi, NEWS

HATTIESBURG — A long-lingering dispute between the city of Hattiesburg and commercial property owners over discontinued sewer service will go to trial in July of 2015 in Forrest County Circuit Court. The Hattiesburg American reports the city hired the Hicks Law Firm. The incident that led to a complaint filed by Bryan Saliba and Dennis Pierce dates […] [...]

Miss. casino revenue falls on river casino weakness

JACKSON — Mississippi casino revenue fell in November, as continued weakness at casinos along the Mississippi River outweighed gains on the Gulf Coast. State Department of Revenue figures show casinos statewide won $156 million from gamblers in November, down 5 percent from $164 million in November 2013. The 12 coastal casinos won $82.8 million, up […] [...]

Hyatt-Place is Columbus’ newest hotel option

by Published: December 18,2014

Tags: Business, Columbus, hospitality, hotel, Lowndes County, Mississippi, NEWS

The Columbus and Lowndes County hospitality market is continuing a growth spurt with the opening of a Hyatt- Place Hotel that joins a new prototype Hampton Inn scheduled to open next month. Those properties follow a Courtyard By Marriot and a Fairfield Inn that have opened in the last three years. Hyatt-Place Columbus is only […] [...]

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