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Hard history: Mississippi museums explore slavery, Klan era

In the 1950s and ’60s, segregationist whites waved Confederate flags and slapped defiant bumper stickers on cars declaring Mississippi “the most lied about state in the Union.” Those were ways of making a dig against African-Americans who dared challenge racial oppression, and journalists covering the civil rights movement. Decades later, as Mississippi marks its bicentennial, the state is getting an ...

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Analysis: Many parents for 2 Mississippi history museums

Two museums telling the story of Mississippi are opening on the eve of the state’s bicentennial, culminating years of planning. Many people deserve credit for pushing the projects from vague concepts into see-it-and-touch-it reality. High on that list is former Gov. Haley Barbour. During his final year in office, in 2011, Republican Barbour persuaded lawmakers to approve $38 million in state financing ...

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Promotions at The Natchez Grand Hotel in Natchez, Mississippi

The Natchez Grand Hotel recently made two promotions. Naomi Jones was promoted to Assistant General Manager, where she will be responsible for supporting the Hotel Manager with daily hotel operations and services. She also oversees all facets of hotel operations in the absence of the Hotel Manager. Jones joined The Natchez Grand Hotel in March 2008 as a reservationist and ...

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MGM Promotes Johnson from General Manager to President & COO at Gold Strike

MGM Resorts International recently promoted Melonie Johnson to president and COO at Gold Strike Casino Resort in Tunica. In June 2015, Johnson joined the Company as general manager of Gold Strike. Previously, she served in leadership roles with Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races in West Virginia, Penn National Gaming and Caesars Entertainment, among others. She has a Bachelor of ...

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Paddlewheeler tours to get started on Coast

By LISA MONTI On his last day working as a Mississippi River boat captain, Michael White talked about his next career move — taking the helm of a paddle wheeler he’s bringing to the Mississippi coast this month. White and his wife, Dayna, both Gulfport natives, are the new owners of the Betsy Ann, a 85-foot stern-wheel paddlewheeler that will ...

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UPDATE: Leasing agents say Northpark will undergo $50 million redo

By JACK WEATHERLY The official plans had not been made public, but leasing agents reached out in advance on Tuesday to say Northpark Mall in Ridgeland will undergo a $50 million upgrade. Brooks Corr of Retail Specialists LLC of Birmingham told the Mississippi Business Journal  that work on the 958,000-square foot mall on County Line Road will begin in the first quarter. Najla ...

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Boasberg Named President & COO of Beau Rivage

MGM Resorts International has appointment Bill Boasberg as president and chief operating officer of Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, where he will oversee daily operations while providing strategic direction. Boasberg began his career in hospitality and gaming in New Orleans, his hometown. Most recently, he has served as the top executive at MGM National Harbor in Maryland, which ...

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Hotel Vue names new food & beverage director

Charles Weber was recently name Food & Beverage Director for the Hotel Vue and The Pilot House Restaurant in Natchez. Weber has more than 30 years experience in the food and beverage industry. His primary responsibilities include overseeing all aspects of The Pilot House and catering functions for Hotel Vue.

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