Posts Tagged ‘Heritage’

Old depot to begin new life as shopping destination this week

GULFPORT — The city of Gulfport is trying to turn what was once a busy train depot into a shopping destination. The historic old train depot in downtown Gulfport stopped operating in the early 1950s. Since then, it has served as a temporary site for a restaurant and a museum. The city spent about half […] [...]

City looks to honor former Catfish Alley business owners

COLUMBUS — Columbus Mayor Robert Smith says the city hopes to place a monument to honor the black men and women who operated businesses on Fourth Street South between Main Street and College Street, commonly known as Catfish Alley. Smith tells The Commercial Dispatch plans are for a mid-April dedication. The city is spending $25,000 […] [...]

Report: Visitors spent $93M along Natchez Trace

by Published: February 28,2013

Tags: culture, Heritage, history, national park, roadway, tourism, tourist, vacation, visitor

TUPELO — A new National Park Service (NPS) report for 2011 shows that 5.7 million recreational visitors to the Natchez Trace Parkway spent $93 million in the communities surrounding the Park. This spending supported over 1,200 jobs in the local area. The statistical information for the Parkway is part of a peer-reviewed spending analysis of […] [...]

Civil War battlefield bill reintroduced by senators

VICKSBURG — Legislation to authorize the expansion of the Vicksburg National Military Park has been reintroduced by U.S. Senators Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.). The Champion Hill, Port Gibson and Raymond Battlefield Addition Act (S.305) would authorize the National Park Service (NPS) to acquire approximately 10,000 acres of property deemed significant to the […] [...]

AG approves opt-out in historic district ordinance

GREENVILLE — A clause in Greenville’s historic district ordinance that allows businesses to opt-out of the program is valid, according to an opinion from the state attorney general’s office. The Joint Greenville Washington County Historic Preservation Commission had sought the clarification. An attorney general’s opinion does not carry the weight of law but is designed […] [...]

CVB creating heritage trails in city, county

TUPELO — New markers are planned in Tupelo to point out special places in the city’s history. WTVA-TV in Tupelo reports the Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau is creating heritage trails featuring Chickasaw Indian, civil rights and Civil War sites in Tupelo and Lee County. CVB director Neal McCoy says the first marker could go […] [...]

Lease signed for site of Grammy Museum Mississippi

CLEVELAND — Delta State University has entered into a lease agreement with the Cleveland Music Foundation to provide the property for the construction of the Grammy Museum Mississippi in Cleveland. Delta State University president Dr. John M. Hilpert and Lucy Janoush, president of the Cleveland Music Foundation, the non-profit entity set to build the museum, […] [...]

Historic business district getting needed upgrades

JACKSON — Upgrades are coming to the Fondren Business District. The Clarion-Ledger reports it’s a move that community leaders applaud as the area continues to see a boom in business and population growth. The upgrades come on the heels of an announced $2.5 million in a mix of federal and local funds to help enhance […] [...]

Contents of historic mansion going on block

PORT GIBSON — The contents of an Old South mansion in Port Gibson are going up for sale. An estate tag sale is set for Feb. 1-3 at the historic Oak Square home. The Clarion-Ledger reports Oak Square was once the town home of a cotton planter. It was later divided into apartments. More recently […] [...]

Expansion project nears completion at Coast museum

OCEAN SPRINGS — Rosemary Roosa and her staff at the Walter Anderson Museum of Art in Ocean Springs are awaiting the completion of the museum’s $750,000 expansion project. Roosa, the museum’s executive director, says the end of January is the deadline. Groundbreaking on the project was in July. The project is being paid for through […] [...]

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