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Sports stars break ground for restaurant

PEARL — The Rankin County Chamber of Commerce and the Pearl Chamber of Commerce recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for Mac and Bones Golf and Grill. Mac and Bones is expected to open in Oct. 2009, and will be located in Pearl across from Ryan’s Family Steak House. The partners in the business include former Ole Miss and New Orleans ...

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Huntingtons wins DiRoNA Award

JACKSON — Huntingtons Grille at the Hilton Jackson has earned the DiRoNA (Distinguished Restaurants of North America) award for its top quality and distinguished dining. The restaurant was part of the hotel’s recent multi-million dollar transformation, and appointed celebrity chef Luis Bruno, former executive chef for two Mississippi governors’ administrations, as its new director of culinary development. Mississippi’s award- winning ...

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USM's tourism program forms board

HATTIESBURG — One of Dr. Catherine Price’s first objectives as new department chair of Casino, Hospitality and Tourism Management (CHTM) at the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) was to form an advisory board. That goal became a reality when the inaugural meeting of the CHTM Advisory Board was held recently at the Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg. “We have ...

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Bermuda, US coast warned as Bill stays offshore

MIAMI — Rain ahead of Hurricane Bill pelted Bermuda on Friday as the storm roared over the open Atlantic, threatening to flood the island’s coastline in passing and to spread dangerous waves and riptides along the eastern U.S. shore. The Category 3 storm’s maximum sustained winds lost a little strength overnight to near 115 mph, from 125 mph late Thursday. ...

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Hurricane Bill gathers strength out in Atlantic

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — The first hurricane of the Atlantic season loomed far out in the ocean Tuesday, gaining power and moving on a track that forecasters said could take it close to Bermuda by the end of the week. Hurricane Bill was expected to become a major storm in the next couple of days, with winds topping 110 mph (177 ...

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Claudette weakens; Bill forms in Atlantic

PENSACOLA BEACH, FLA. — A quick-forming tropical storm blew into the Florida Panhandle on Monday and quickly lost steam while the first hurricane of this year’s Atlantic season took shape over the open ocean on a track for Bermuda. Claudette was downgraded to a tropical depression Monday morning with top sustained winds near 35 mph after coming ashore a few ...

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DMR seeking public comment on CIAP

BILOXI — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (DMR) is proposing the addition of seven projects to the Mississippi Coastal Impact Assistance Program (CIAP) Plan. DMR is seeking public input before the revised plan is submitted for federal approval. The state CIAP Plan was approved in Feb. 2009 by the U.S. Department of Interior’s Minerals Management Service (MMS) and included ...

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Small group of governors meet in Biloxi to discuss key issues

The spotlight was on Mississippi as the 101st National Governors Association summer conference was held in Biloxi. There were some notable, even surprising, absences among the governors.  NGA staff members and Gov. Haley Barbour’s office were hesitant to say how many governors attended. Some estimates were 19 and others were as low as 15. A few governors, including New Mexico ...

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Old Waverly reworking greens

WEST POINT — Old Waverly is replacing its bent grass greens with Champion Ultra dwarf Bermuda grass. The renovations include the re-contouring of the greens built in 1988 and enlarging several by up to 15 percent. “We visited courses throughout the country and met with some of the most reputable experts in the field leading up to the decision to ...

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Tale of Two Cities

The City of Jackson can create a successful revitalization program in its central business district just like the one now shared by neighboring Baton Rouge, La., and East Baton Rouge parish. More than 60 Jackson area business and civic leaders heard that message often last week, spending parts of two days in the Louisiana capital, admiring the progress in person ...

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