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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 […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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