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Southwest/AirTran merger leaves Tunica airport to wait and wonder

Just last May, AirTran Airways began flying out of Tunica Airport. The agreement for the airline to provide daily flights to and from Atlanta in and out of Tunica ends in May 2011. If that agreement is extended beyond that date, the planes are going to look a lot different. Last week, Southwest Airlines announced that it was acquiring AirTran, ...

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And they're off …

Church Hill Downs enters casino business with Harlow’s deal For 135 years now, the name Church Hill Downs has been synonymous with horse racing, particularly the Kentucky Derby. But Church Hill Downs Inc. (CDI) is entering a new market — casinos — and it is starting in the Mississippi Delta. Earlier this month, it was announced that Louisville, Ky.-based CDI ...

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Same song, still the Blues for Greenville

Developer takes another swing at the Delta market After a nearly seven-year hiatus, the developers of the Delta Blues Casino are back, proposing again to build the casino/hotel/convention center/blues museum complex in Greenville. A principal with Delta Blues Casino, LLC, says the issues that blocked the company’s first attempt to build on the Port City’s waterfront have largely been resolved. ...

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Utilities’ fuel purchase practices will be scrutinized

Audits of Mississippi’s electric utilities that were performed by HORNE LLP and Nicholson last year for approximately $1 million and $600,000, respectively, will be bid out this year, per a vote last week by the state Public Service Commission. Commissioner Leonard Bentz did not want to advertise for bids. The Commission, like other state agencies, is not required by law ...

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Golden Triangle key for Trustmark

Memphis, Tuscaloosa markets also drawing cards Trustmark National Bank executives looked with envy at competitor Cadence Bank’s dominance throughout the economically resurgent Mississippi Golden Triangle and Cadence’s strengths in such markets as Memphis and Tuscaloosa. They turned envy to action this week with the signing of a “definitive” agreement to acquire the $1.8 billion Starkville-based bank holding company in a ...

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Putting a number value to the Viking

Economic impact study of ‘The Viking’ should get it done The PGA Tour’s Viking Classic at Annandale has what tournament officials believe is its strongest field ever. John Daly, David Toms, Rocco Mediate and Boo Weekley are the most prominent names who will compete in this year’s Viking, which tees off Thursday morning. With all that star power, though, it’s ...

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Volunteers make tourney go

There are 1,200 volunteers whose work at the Viking at Madison’s Annandale Golf Club is done almost exclusively behind the scenes During the Pro-Am that preceded the 2004 Southern Farm Bureau Classic, Derrel Palmer was serving as a walking scorer for the group that included Fred Funk. Several holes in, Palmer sought out a bench adjacent to the tee box ...

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From customer to CEO

Former The Pantry exec, Paci, takes over leadership of McAlister’s As Frank Paci’s career took him across the U.S., there were two constants — positions of ever-increasing responsibility and McAlister’s Deli. Everywhere he went, there was a McAlister’s. Now, Paci and McAlister’s have reached an intersection. Paci begins Monday as the new president and CEO of the quick-casual restaurant chain ...

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Forbes: Shale gas means flat prices until 2020

That’s bad news for Mississippi Power Company, which bet $2.4B of its ratepayers’ money that natural gas prices would not remain flat Forbes blogger Daniel Fisher reports that natural gas from shale will likely keep gas prices flat at around $5 per million Btu through 2020. If Forbes’ numbers come to fruition, Mississippi Power Company customers paying for the $2.4-billion ...

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Investment group sues Mississippi Valley Title

A year into the Evans scandal, a creditor in the case has sued Mississippi Valley Title Insurance Company for damages, alleging negligence. Previously, all lawsuits targeted the Evans brothers, who were originally sued by MVT for allegedly running a commercial real estate scheme that used banks as investors. Ridgeland-based G&B Investments alleges that after the Evans brothers defaulted on a ...

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