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Lauren Rogers museum celebrates 90 years as cultural hub

The Lauren Rogers Museum of Art is a treasure for Laurel, Jones County and the whole state of Mississippi. This gem opened in 1923 on a tree-lined street in the historic district of Laurel. It was established by the family of Lauren Rogers as a legacy to this young man who died at the age of 23. He was an ...

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Golden Nugget stakes its claim on the Coast

Late on the afternoon before the Golden Nugget’s big debut in Biloxi, general manager Jim Hoskins sounded calm and cool. “We have a great team,” Hoskins said by way of explaining his no-sweat attitude before the official unveiling of the new brand. The next day, on June 21, the ribbon was ceremoniously cut on the first phase of a transformation ...

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Convention centers across state throw open doors

The economy is shaky and casino business – a major player in tourism – is down. So, how are meetings and conventions – another important part of tourism – faring? Three of Mississippi’s most popular places for meetings and conventions – the Gulf Coast, Jackson and Natchez – say business is good. “Our convention and meeting business in Natchez has ...

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Inspectors help keep eateries safe

Next time you enjoy a meal in a restaurant, don’t just compliment the chef. You might also want to thank the county Health Department inspector who pokes around in the kitchen to make sure diners stay safe from nasty food borne illness. John Luke, director of food protection with the state Department of Health, estimates there are about 90 employees ...

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Best Steakhouses in Mississippi: COMO STEAKHOUSE

Come into The Como Steakhouse for not just an exceptional meal, but a trip down history lane. The restaurant known for not just great steaks, but salmon, shrimp, catfish and chicken prepared on open charcoal pits, is located in a 135-year-old former mercantile store on land purchased for 50 cents an acre from local Native Americans in 1825. “I think ...

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Best Steakhouses in Mississippi: TICO’S STEAKHOUSE

In the past 20 years that Tico’s Steak House has been around, there has been a trend towards eating less red meat. But people still get that craving for a good steak, and Tico’s Steak House in Jackson serves them up with style and elegance. Tico Hoffman, owner of Tico’s Steak House, said a memorable steak starts with getting top ...

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Best Steakhouses in Mississippi: CRAWDAD’s

Start a conversation about good places to eat in the Mississippi Delta, and you’re eventually going to mention Crawdad’s. The landmark in Merigold opened in the early 1980s as a takeout crawfish place. “That place has morphed into one of the finest eating establishments in the Delta,” said Rep. David Norquist, D-Cleveland, who said he’s been going to Crawdad’s “as ...

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Best Steakhouses in Mississippi: DOE’S EAT PLACE

One of the measures of success is if people copy what you do. By that standard—and many more—Doe’s Eat Place has it made. It has been replicated 14 times now, with the family business owned by the Signa family since 1941 now having 13 franchises in the Southeast and a second family-owned Doe’s in Paducah, Ky. “We have been in ...

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Best Steakhouses in Mississippi: SHAPLEY’S

For a quarter of a century, Shapley’s Restaurant in Ridgeland has been serving up steaks that keeps customers coming back time and again. “The reason for our longevity in the restaurant arena is the quality of the product we serve to choose,” said Scott Koestler, the owner of the restaurant since 1998. Koestler started working in the restaurant in 1992, ...

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Beer party!

Dinners pairing beer with food are a growing trend in Jackson and the rest of the country Move over wine snobs; beer drinkers are going upscale with a burgeoning number of craft breweries offering more variety. Dinners pairing beer with food dishes are showcasing the versatility and compatibility of beer.  In Jackson, these dinners began about three years ago at ...

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