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Voters to decide on city's proposed hotel tax

BROOKHAVEN — City of Brookhaven voters are deciding whether to set a 2 percent tax hotel tax to pay for tourism promotion. The election is today. The Daily Leader reports that the tax, if approved, would be imposed on overnight stays at hotels or bed-and-breakfast inns with six or more rooms. Alderman David Phillips estimates the tax could generate $100,000 ...

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D’Iberville casino approved; Diamondhead site rejected

The Mississippi Gulf Coast is gaining one casino, but a second casino proposal was denied by the Mississippi Gaming Commission at its monthly meeting last week in Jackson. After receiving approval for its financing plan, Land Holdings 1 was given the okay to begin construction on the Scarlet Pearl casino, which will be located east of Interstate 110 on the ...

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Harrah’s Gulf Coast – Best Places to Work 2014

THIRD PLACE WINNER OF MEGA-LARGE CATEGORY Harrah’s Gulf Coast, formerly the Grand Biloxi Casino, Hotel and Spa, is fancied by management as a resort brand that celebrates a place where guests can come to escape from their daily routines. Last January, casino officials announced that the property would undergo a complete revamping, from hotel room upgrades to the introduction of ...

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The Blues and higher education — Delta State launches the International Delta Blues Project

While the debate continues over the location of “The Crossroads” where legend has it that Robert Johnson made a pact with devil to become the greatest bluesman ever, Delta State University is looking to solidify the city of Cleveland as the place where the blues and academia intersect. DSU recently announced the establishment of the International Delta Blues Project, funded ...

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Voters view casinos more favorably, industry poll shows

In an attempt to find national political support for the gaming industry, the American Gaming Association Tuesday released highlights of a poll that it says shows voters view gaming more favorably than in previous years. According to the poll, more Americans embrace gaming, and more Americans believe casinos create jobs and strengthen local communities. It also says a portrait of ...

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Tupelo residents to enjoy a drink a little longer

TUPELO — Starting Friday, alcohol can be sold until one a.m. in Tupelo restaurants and bars. The city council approved the ordinance a month ago, triggering the extended sales of beer and light wine beginning Friday. Area residents are still weighing in on the new hours: 10 a.m. until 1 a.m. each day. Previously, the hours were 10 a.m. until ...

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Air service to Orlando could be on the horizon

Direct service from Jackson-Medgar Evers International Airport to Orlando could resume after Southwest Airlines’ departure  if airport officials receive a U.S. Department of Transportation grant they say they are confident of getting. The grant is the same one by which the airport gained service to New York City. The direct service to Orlando ceases with Monday’s departure of Southwest Airlines ...

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Vaya con Dios Southwest — last flight departed Jackson Saturday night

Southwest Airlines’ 7:05 p.m. Saturday flight to Houston’s Hobby International Airport brought to a close Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International’s 17-year relationship with the Dallas-based carrier.   The elimination also marks the airline’s first severing of service to a second-tier market serving a population of over 500,000 people. The only other two service closings occurred in Denver and Detroit, though in 1973 ...

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Oxford's new sportsplex — State-of-the-art complex of 4 ball fields, 6 soccer fields making bid to become destination for high-level youth sports competition

The Oxford-Lafayette Sportsplex — Mississippi’s newest venue for elite level youth team sports — is wrapping up a tryout of its own this spring. The newly opened 73-acre complex of four fields for baseball and softball as well as a half-dozen combination soccer/football/lacrosse fields has moved slowly into the growing business of “select” youth sports with just a handful of ...

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