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Mississippi plays host to tourists, business travelers by the millions

By LISA MONTI Leisure and business travelers arrive in Mississippi by the millions every year to play or work at the state’s wide ranging event and entertainment venues, historical sites, state parks and various attractions. For small groups and family reunions to major conventions, meeting planners can choose from a variety of outstanding attractions and accommodations across the state. Options are ...

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State film office won’t address movie industry reaction to anti-gay law

By TED CARTER The state agency that recruits movie and television production to Mississippi said Thursday no films or shows in production have pulled out of the state in protest of a new religion-focused law that opponents say legalizes discrimination. But beyond that, neither the Film Office nor the Mississippi Development Authority that oversees the office has anything to say. ...

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Mississippi Braves — Some things new, some things old for 2016

By TED CARTER The Mississippi Braves will have the Pensacola Blue Wahoos in town April 7 to mark the start of their  11th season at Pearl’s Trustmark Park. First pitch is 7 p.m. The 2016 season for the Double A Southern League club brings the return of many of the same promotions as last year, minus the bobblehead doll giveaways ...

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BOOK BIZ — An arresting memoir about childhood, illness and loneliness

Lucy Grealy’s remarkable memoir, “Autobiography of a Face,” was published over twenty years ago. Discovering it now leaves me wondering how I missed it all this time, but grateful that I finally read it. Grealy was diagnosed at age nine with Ewing’s sarcoma, an extremely rare form of bone cancer that most often affects children and adolescents. For Grealy, the ...

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Dorothy Moore: From Farish Street to the world

By JACK WEATHERLY A woman sat on a stool, microphone in hand, while she and a keyboardist noodled on a song on the “front porch” of the museum. She sounded pretty good. No. Much better than that. They were working on a song, “Misty Blue.” The singer was Dorothy Moore, the Jackson native who made the tune a standard in the recording ...

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Cleveland moving from hospitality to hosting

By JACK WEATHERLY Cleveland will be turning a page in its hospitality handbook to a chapter titled hosting. The Grammy Museum Mississippi, which opened its doors on Saturday, is expected to attract 30,000 visitors in the first year. That figure, adapted from a study on the B.B. King Museum in Indianola, projected a direct and indirect impact of up to ...

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Museum carves a niche for Delta in global music

By JACK WEATHERLY  CLEVELAND – The $20 million Grammy Museum Mississippi has begun carving a niche for itself in the global music industry. Several hundred well-wishers joined government and recording industry officials beneath flawless blue Delta skies Saturday to celebrate the opening, or just being alive. The 28,000-square-foot museum had been alive the day before with last-minute tweaks to the ...

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Comcast opening 7-day-a-week customer center in Flowood

Comcast is opening a new Xfinity customer center in Flowood’s Lakewood Commons shopping center, 350 Ridge Way. The 4,500-square-foot store will offer customers Internet, advanced video, voice, and home security products and services.  Opening is planned for mid February. The center will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on ...

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Washington promoted

Allison Washington of Jackson has been named Director of Communications for the Mississippi Arts Commission. For the past 10 months, Washington served as Special Initiatives Director for the Mississippi Arts Commission. Previously she was the Music Trails Program Manager for Visit Mississippi, the state’s tourism division under the Mississippi Development Authority. Washington holds a B. A. in Communications from Belhaven ...

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WJTV adds Brittany Noble-Jones

Brittany Noble-Jones has joined WJTV in Jackson as its new morning show anchor. Noble-Jones will co-anchor News Channel 12 This Morning, Monday through Friday, with Andrew Harrison. Noble-Jones earned her bachelor’s degree at Alcorn State University and her master’s degree from Arkansas State University. She was recently named the 2015 Emerging Journalist of the Year by the National Association of ...

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