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Downtown Jackson getting new hotel

JACKSON — Visitors to the Capital City will soon have new place to stay in the downtown area. On June 17, city leaders and company officials held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Downtown Sleep Inn and Suites at the site on Gallatin Street. “This project is another component of the changing landscape of downtown Jackson, and will be valuable ...

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Airline still cutting jobs

WASHINGTON — U.S. scheduled passenger airlines employed 5.5 percent fewer workers in April 2009 than in April 2008, the 10th consecutive decrease in full-time equivalent employee (FTE) levels for the scheduled passenger carriers from the same month of the previous year, the Bureau of Transportation Statistics reports. All the network airlines decreased employment from April 2008 to April 2009 as ...

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Airlines, even Southwest, lose money

WASHINGTON — The seven network airlines, as a group, reported an operating loss margin of 4 percent in the first quarter of 2009, the sixth consecutive quarterly loss margin since the group reported a profit margin in the third quarter of 2007, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS). BTS reports that five of the seven reporting network airlines, ...

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Harrah's cleaning house with auction

TUNICA — Harrah’s Entertainment has retained Morris Auction Group of Memphis to conduct the Harrah’s Tunica Casino Surplus Auction. The live auction will be held June 20 at 10 a.m. at Harrah’s Convention Center. The auction is open to the public, and bidder’s registration will begin at 8 am. The auction will include new and used inventory from the gaming ...

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Katrina recovery project underway

BAY ST. LOUIS — The Washington Street Project, seen as a major component of Bay St. Louis’ Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts, has begun. The $3-million initiative was funded by Mississippi’s federally-sourced Katrina recovery program. “The Washington Street Project is another excellent example of the state stepping aside and letting the local community plan and prioritize its needs in the ongoing ...

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Quest named agency of record

COLUMBUS — Eat With Us Group and Sweet Peppers Deli Franchise Systems have named Quest Group as agency of record for their advertising and marketing needs. The Eat With Us Group includes Harveys, Fairpark Grill, Jackson Square Grill, Cotton District Grill, Bulldog Deli and Park Heights restaurants in Tupelo, Columbus and Starkville. “We are very pleased and excited to have ...

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Air travelers remain on ground

WASHINGTON — The number of scheduled domestic and international passengers on U.S. airlines in March 2009 declined by 9.1 percent from March 2008, dropping by 6.1 million to 61 million, the Bureau of Transportation Statistics reports. March was the 13th consecutive month with a decrease in passengers from the prior year. U.S. airlines carried 8.6 percent fewer domestic passengers than ...

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Harrah's makes donation

TUNICA — Harrah’s Entertainment Mid-South Region, which includes Harrah’s Casino Tunica, Horseshoe Casino and Hotel Tunica and Sheraton Casino and Hotel Tunica, recently announced a $22,500 sponsorship to the American Heart Association for 2009. “Thanks to Harrah’s cash and in-kind support this year, several of our fundraising events have been and are promising to be tremendous successes,” said Russ Ellis, ...

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Airlines' performance improves

WASHINGTON — The nation’s largest airlines had a rate of on-time flights this past April that was higher than both the same month last year and the mark posted in March 2009, according to the Air Travel Consumer Report released by the U.S. Department of Transportation. According to information filed with the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, the 19 carriers reporting ...

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'Rankin Living' returning

BRANDON — The Rankin County Chamber of Commerce is preparing to publish the third edition of “Rankin Living,” a relocation guide for Rankin County. This annual publication is a tool that the Rankin Chamber utilizes to assist area newcomers in choosing in which area of the county to reside. “Rankin Living” will include county information, details about area school zones ...

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