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Consultant calls Biloxi stadium site a “9 or 10″

August 20, 2013

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Proposed Biloxi minor league baseball stadium (Courtesy of Dale Partners)

How much will a minor league baseball stadium mean to the Biloxi economy? According to consultant Charles Johnson IV of Johnson Consulting in Chicago, Biloxi’s downtown stadium site rates a “9 or 10″ on a 10-point scale. Comparing it other Southern League stadiums, he said the potential attendance is “far and away the leader from […]

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Biloxi City Council wants economic study on planned stadium

August 7, 2013

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Proposed Biloxi minor league baseball stadium (Courtesy of Dale Partners)

By Frank Brown Mississippi Business Journal BILOXI, Mississippi — The Biloxi City Council wants to know what it’s paying for before it OKs a $21 million investment to build a minor league downtown baseball stadium. The Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to commission an economic analysis on the impact of the $36 million stadium that […]

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With gambling revenues falling, Tunica looks for an ace in the hole

July 30, 2013

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The people of Tunica County have toiled through the worst of economic times, and basked in the bright lights of success. But their King Midas, better known as the gaming industry, is losing its touch. Recently released numbers for the first half of this year support the trend that Mississippi is on pace for one […]

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Former MSU coach in initial Southern League Hall of Fame class

July 26, 2013

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Former Mississippi State University player and head baseball coach Jimmy Bragan is among three initial inductees into the Southern League Hall of Fame. Also in the first class are former league presidents Billy Hitchcock, a former Atlanta Braves coach, and Don Mincher, a 13-year Major League veteran. The league announced the creation of the hall […]

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Biloxi baseball project still alive, but it may be for 2015

July 25, 2013

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Proposed Biloxi minor league baseball stadium (Courtesy of Dale Partners)

When the Southern League baseball season begins next April, there probably will not be a team in Biloxi as was originally proposed. Instead, it probably will be in town by April 2015 – but there’s an outside chance it could be on the coast as early as next summer. “We’re close to closing the window […]

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Biloxi restaurant owner lands record 845-pound blue marlin

July 16, 2013

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BILOXI, Mississippi — Biloxi restaurant owner Chris Ferrara landed a record-setting 845.8 pound blue marlin over the weekend during the Blue Marlin Grand Championship at The Wharf in Orange Beach, Ala. Ferrara, owner of Biloxi Boardwalk Marina and The Hook Up Bar & Restaurant, fought the 10-foot, 5-inch fish for 6 ½ hours. Before the […]

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Jerry Lawler Museum moving to Tunica casino

July 15, 2013

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The Jerry Lawler Museum will move to Resorts Casino in Tunica County, according to a tweet by the professional wrestling legend over the weekend. The museum was in the process of moving from the now-closed Wynn Automotive Sales & Service in Memphis to Harrah’s Casino in Tunica, according to Memphisport.com, but the switch to Resorts […]

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Veterans, military spouses job fair is Tuesday in Jackson

July 10, 2013

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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation will host “Hiring Our Heroes – Jackson,” a hiring fair Tuesday for veterans and military spouses. The event begins with a 9 a.m. workshop, followed by the job fair from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. It will be held at the Mississippi Trade Mart at the State Fairgrounds in downtown Jackson. […]

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Biloxi’s Lyons, former Jackson Mets to join baseball All-Star festivities

July 10, 2013

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1989 Barry Lyons New York Mets baseball card

Biloxi native Barry Lyons and several Jackson Mets from the 1980s will participate in Major League Baseball All-Star Game festivities leading up to Tuesday’s game at Citi Field in New York. Lyons, who played on the New York Mets’ 1986 world championship team, will be one of the legends of the game signing autographs during […]

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Wildlife tourism a $19 billion industry to Gulf of Mexico states

July 8, 2013

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The wildlife tourism industry in the Gulf of Mexico states is a $19 billion industry and generates 2.6 million jobs, according to a report released today by Datu Reseach, an economic research firm. The study was funded by Environmental Defense Fund with support from the Walton Family Foundation. “Wildlife Tourism and the Gulf Coast Economy” concluded […]

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