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First phase of restoration begins on Elvis’ Circle G Ranch

HORN LAKE — Phase 1 of restoration has commenced at Circle G Ranch, formerly owned by Elvis Presley. Plans include the relocation and restoration of the historic Honeymoon Cottage to the interior of the property near the horse stables, which will also be restored. An arena will be created next to the stables for horse […] [...]

Hancock Bank hosting event to raise funds for lighthouse restoration

PASCAGOULA — Hancock Bank is hosting a “Come Light Up The Night” Round Island Lighthouse fundraiser Aug. 7 to complete interior and lighting work at the top of the historic structure. The event will take place under the historical oaks at Lighthouse Park, on the north side of the Pascagoula bridge. Preservationists and the city […] [...]

MDOT study: State’s airports generate $2.5B-plus in economic activity

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — According to a recent study by the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT), the state’s 73 airports generate more than $2.5 billion annually in economic activity, provide vital connectivity links enabling businesses to function more efficiently and improve the quality of life for residents in airport communities. “This study indicates how substantial the […] [...]

State erects second international Blues Trail marker in France

CAHORS, France — Mississippi’s second international Blues Trail marker was unveiled yesterday in Cahors, France. Malcolm White, director of Visit Mississippi, and Robert Terrell, director of operations at the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center, joined local officials for the unveiling. The event took place just before the opening of the 33rd Annual Cahors […] [...]

Retreats allow for peaceful planning

Sometimes businesses and other organizations feel they need more than an on-premise staff meeting. An off-site conference, retreat or team building session may be necessary for a variety of reasons. Consultant Phil Hardwick has facilitated a number of strategic planning retreats for non-profit organizations, economic development agencies and businesses. He says it’s a definite advantage […] [...]

Officials to break ground on new D’Iberville casino next week

D’IBERVILLE — Land Holdings 1, LLC will host a groundbreaking for the Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort in D’Iberville next week. The Mississippi Gaming Commission recently approved construction of the Scarlet Pearl after Land Holdings I closed all of its necessary financing.  Construction will include the 60,000-square-foot gaming facility and a 300-room hotel. The groundbreaking will […] [...]

Voters to decide on city’s proposed hotel tax

BROOKHAVEN — City of Brookhaven voters are deciding whether to set a 2 percent tax hotel tax to pay for tourism promotion. The election is today. The Daily Leader reports that the tax, if approved, would be imposed on overnight stays at hotels or bed-and-breakfast inns with six or more rooms. Alderman David Phillips estimates […] [...]

City changes rules on serving alcohol outside

MERIDIAN — Some restaurants in downtown Meridian can legally start serving beer, wine and cocktails to customers dining at tables on sidewalks. The city council recently changed the rules that regulate alcohol consumption on public streets. The new policy allows alcohol to be served at tables that restaurants put on sidewalks just outside their buildings, […] [...]

Dancing starts at USA International Ballet Competition

JACKSON — Young dancers from six continents are gathering in Jackson for the USA International Ballet Competition, aiming to win prizes and further their careers. The 2014 competition runs from today through June 29, with 92 competitors vying for medals, scholarships, cash and maybe a job offer from a ballet company. Dancers like Katherine Barkman, […] [...]

Tupelo residents to enjoy a drink a little longer

TUPELO — Starting Friday, alcohol can be sold until one a.m. in Tupelo restaurants and bars. The city council approved the ordinance a month ago, triggering the extended sales of beer and light wine beginning Friday. Area residents are still weighing in on the new hours: 10 a.m. until 1 a.m. each day. Previously, the […] [...]

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