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Trapani’s Eatery returning to the beachfront in Old Town Bay St. Louis

Trapani’s Eatery is returning to Beach Boulevard in Bay St. Louis, anticipating an August opening. The popular restaurant, operated by Jolynne and chef Tony Trapani, was a fixture in Old Town before Hurricane Katrina wiped it out, even partially removing the concrete slab. The unsinkable couple, who also lost their home, is presently operating a temporary Trapani’s on U.S. 90. ...

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Our best gatherings

No shortage of contenders for best five conventions in the state What are the best five conventions in the state? There is no shortage of possible contenders. Walter Tipton, director, Natchez Convention Center, likes the Harley Davidson convention. “Obviously, this attracts people who like to travel,” Tipton said. “Because of the nature of their conference, they also like to tour ...

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Gulf Coast seafood safe to eat and readily available

Mississippi Gulf Coast seafood is available and safe. Stringent measures are taken by the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources to ensure seafood safety. The regulatory state agency has always been responsible for taking those measures but stepped up their efforts during last year’s BP oil spill drama. “Our seafood is most certainly safe to eat. It always was,” said Joe ...

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Cruisin’, catfish and Elvis

Mississippi has a wealth of festivals in every nook and cranny of the state. But, do these myriad festivals which showcase our history, culture, heritage and people bring any wealth to the communities that host them? There seems to be no central clearing house tracking the economic impact of festivals. Dr. Bob Neal, senior economist with Mississippi Institutions of Higher ...

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Community pride key

Small-town upbringing, values lead Green to his ‘dream job’ Tommy Green admits he enjoyed a bucolic childhood growing up in the Mayberry-like town of Booneville. Typical of most of the small towns that dot the Northeast Mississippi landscape, Booneville is considered by its inhabitants as a mecca of family values and relationship building, says Green, who recently was selected over ...

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Bridging divide to lending institutions

Forum on financial health held for small business owners, more planned Three pro-business entities came together to sponsor a forum to help minority and small business owners navigate the financial world, and planners say it won’t be the last such event. The forum, Preserving and Promoting the Financial Health of Mississippians, was held last week through the efforts of the ...

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Metrocenter owner: Debt paid

Los Angeles-based owners will consider purchase offers for ailing mall but portions of mall to be shuttered A Los Angeles real estate investment partnership that owns Jackson’s Metrocenter Mall says it has caught up on the mall’s tardy debt and will avoid foreclosure. Meanwhile, Jackson Metrocenter Group, LLC, is willing to consider offers from prospective buyers, said Shervin Mateen, general ...

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Land-use changes first up in U.S. 80 transformation plan

Jackson mayor wants timely movement on ‘Go-80’ strategy With the ailing Metrocenter Mall tagged as ground zero, Jackson’s U.S. 80 corridor would see a sweeping rezoning under a city strategy for attracting businesses that are more economically viable and more beneficial to the community than the string of used car lots, fast-food restaurants, lounges, liquor stores, auto-repair garages and pawn ...

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Despite economy and oil spill, officials say Coast had a good year in 2010

Economic development activity continues in Hancock, Harrison and Jackson counties Against the backdrop of a lingering recession, ongoing hurricane recovery and massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, economic development continued this year in Hancock, Harrison and Jackson counties. “We have been quite fortunate with our resident industries at Port Bienville and Stennis Airpark,” said Jack Zink, executive director ...

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State’s retailers optimistic about season economy

Crucial final weeks before Christmas will tell the tale of potential success for retail business in 2010 The last weeks of the year are crucial for retailers who look to the holiday shopping season to improve the year’s bottom line. Like their national counterparts, Mississippi business owners welcome this time of year. “We’re cautiously optimistic,” says Johnny Miller, owner of ...

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