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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 […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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