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‘Proud to call it home’: Richland looks to grow community spirit

There are three faces of the Rankin County city of Richland, two of which are readily visible from U.S. Highway 49. In the north half of the city, its two industrial parks and the transportation/trucking-related businesses clustered around them are bustling, and the busy retail corridor in the heart of the city attracts not only […] [...]

Java and community: Drip Drop Coffee Shop makes splash

It appears to be a perfect match — a small city wants to enhance its sense of community, and a couple of local entrepreneur-brothers want to build a business where people come together. The Drip Drop Coffee Shop held its grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony last week in Richland to a packed house of well-wishers […] [...]

Are I-gaming, sports betting right for Mississippi?

by Published: May 16,2014

Tags: Business, gambling, gaming, Gulf Coast, Mississippi

BILOXI — With casinos revenues sliding, gaming officials and operators in Mississippi could be on the verge of making a sizeable gamble to protect the state’s interests. The state Legislature recently asked Allen Godfrey, executive director of the Gaming Commission to lead a task for looking into the viability of internet gaming and sports betting […] [...]

Attracting younger players may be casinos’ biggest challenge

by Published: May 16,2014

Tags: Business, gambling, gaming, Gulf Coast, Mississippi

BILOXI — Forbes says Tilman Fertitta is worth $2.4 billion. He became a wealthy businessman by making smart decisions, being opportunistic and having a business-is-business attitude. But even when the owner and CEO of Fertitta Entertainment walks into one of his three Golden Nugget casinos, one thing scares him — the changing landscape of the […] [...]

Gaming world divided about Internet

BILOXI — One year ago, Internet gaming was about to make its big splash. New Jersey was on the forefront and some estimates put the potential revenue haul at $1.2 billion in the first year. Today, there is a shortage of players, a shortage of credit card companies participating and a lack of unity among […] [...]

Houstons bringing new restaurant to Fondren

JACKSON — Chef Jesse Houston and his wife, Rachel Horn Houston, have unveiled plans to open Saltine this fall in Jackson. The 100-seat oyster bar, to be located in the former Duling School building in Fondren, will focus on Southern cuisine highlighting fresh seafood and seasonal vegetables to share. Open for lunch and dinner Tuesday […] [...]

Bird of a different feather — Eurasian collared-dove’s impact minimal so far, authorities say

by Published: May 9,2014

Tags: Business, Mississippi, outdoors

The state’s newest invasive species of birds has conquered the Magnolia State and is now a common resident of backyards, farms and all points in between from the Tennessee border to the Gulf Coast. The good news is that the impact of the Eurasian collared-dove, at least for now, seems to be minimal on native […] [...]

City gives restaurants more time to serve alcohol

TUPELO — People will soon be able to buy alcoholic drinks until 1 a.m. every day in Tupelo. The city council approved the change in a 4-3 vote. New hours restaurants can serve alcohol approved by the council are from 10 a.m. until 1 a.m. each day. Current hours are 10 a.m. until midnight on […] [...]

Gaming summit may provide a splash in the face for industry leaders

by Published: May 2,2014

Tags: BILOXI, Business, gaming, Mississippi, summit

BILOXI — There’s few things more refreshing than a splash of cold Gulf of Mexico water in your face while visiting a Mississippi beach. Larry Gregory hopes participants in next week’s Southern Gaming Summit will leave Biloxi with that same sensation about casinos in Mississippi. Gregory is executive director of the Mississippi Gaming and Hospitality […] [...]

ALAN TURNER — McClain Lodge is an entrepreneurial family affair

by Published: April 14,2014

Tags: Business, hospitality, Mississippi

Joni and Buddy McClain are a great Mississippi success story. When we met recently at their property, the McClain Lodge (located on Clark Creek Road in Brandon), we discussed their various business ventures and how they came to be so successful. For those who might not know, Buddy owns over 60 Sonic locations throughout Mississippi, […] [...]

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