Posts Tagged ‘tourism’

Coast city to repay BP grant funding for Ocean Expo

D’IBERVILLE — D’Iberville must refund more than $1 million of a $3-million BP grant awarded to cover some of the expense of bringing Ocean Expo aquarium to the city. The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality administered the grant for BP. The agency has spent nine months reviewing the circumstances that led to the firing of […] [...]

State of Louisiana mulling plan for Amtrak route

NORTH LOUISIANA — Louisiana is studying a plan for Amtrak passenger trains to cross north Louisiana, connecting Texas to Mississippi. Department of Transportation and Development secretary Sherrie LeBas tells the Minden (La.)  Press-Herald she’s ready to start, using $250,000 secured by state Rep. Roy Burrell of Shreveport. Existing Kansas City Southern Railway tracks could connect […] [...]

State erects 173rd Blues Trail marker; honors Handy

CLEVELAND — The “Enlightenment of W.C. Handy” is the subject of the next Mississippi Blues Trail marker to be unveiled Thursday at the Bolivar County Courthouse. The Mississippi Development Authority’s Tourism Division says in a news release that Handy’s account of his “enlightenment” in Cleveland is one of the most widely circulated stories in blues […] [...]

Park Ranger Jane Farmer receives Freeman Tilden Award

by Published: November 29,2013

Tags: America, Business, Mississippi, Natchez Trace, tourism

Park Ranger Jane Farmer from Natchez Trace Parkway in Mississippi is the 2013 recipient of the National Park Service’s Freeman Tilden Award for interpretive excellence. The honor recognizes Farmer for her role in connecting American Indian students to their ancestral homelands in the park. [...]

Cochran introduces bill to preserve nation’s battlefields

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) has introduced bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the program that helps preserve historic battlegrounds in the United States, including battlefields in Mississippi. Cochran joined Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) to introduce the American Battlefield Protection Program Amendments Act (S.916). The bill reauthorizes the Civil War Battlefield Preservation Program (CWBPP) that provides […] [...]

JRA starts again to find developer for convention complex hotel

JACKSON — The Jackson Redevelopment Authority will start anew in finding a developer to build a long-delayed hotel across from the Jackson Convention Complex. JRA interim executive director Willie Mott tells The Clarion-Ledger the agency hopes to issue a formal request for proposals early next year after agency officials said a deal announced in June […] [...]

Mississippi Film Office celebrates milestone of 40 years in business

by Published: November 22,2013

Tags: Business, film, Mississippi, taxes, tourism

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Mississippi Film Office, created by Gov. Bill Waller in 1973 to promote the industry in the state. As 2013 winds down, there is a movie about James Brown (Get on Up) being filming in Natchez, and another, The Sound and the Fury directed by James Franco, is […] [...]

Fair officials mulling a second event to be held in Memphis

SOUTHAVEN — The Mid-South Fair has no plans to move from the Landers Center in Southaven, but officials are exploring the possibility of adding a second fair in Memphis. The Commercial Appeal reports Michael Doyle, president of the Mid-South Fair board of directors, told the Memphis City Council earlier this week that organizers want the […] [...]

Work begins on demolition of harbor facilities

OCEAN SPRINGS — Demolition has begun on a vacant boat storage shed and a restaurant will be come down next at the Ocean Springs Harbor. The Sun Herald reports that Southern Recycling and Demolition Inc. of D’Iberville has 90 days to do the work. Thomas Hickman, owner of Southern Recycling, said once workers get the […] [...]

Two years later and aquarium project remains in limbo

D’IBERVILLE — Two years after ground was broken for Ocean Expo Aquarium along Interstate 10, the lot remains vacant and the lease between the city and aquarium developer Moby Solangi has expired. The attraction that was forecast to draw a million visitors a year when it opened in 2014 still exists only on paper, and […] [...]

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