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Po’ Monkey’s will rock the house again

By JACK WEATHERLY If you drive down a country road a mile or so west of Merigold next summer you might hear some familiar sounds above the crunch of the gravel beneath your tires. Not large farm machinery in the distance working the Delta land. It won’t be an illusion. It will be Po Monkey’s Lounge, the world-famous sharecropper’s shack turned into ...

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DESTINATION DOWNTOWN — New kid on block ready to shake things up in downtown Jackson hotel market

By JACK WEATHERLY When ground was broken two years ago on the Jackson Westin hotel in downtown, the brand was owned by Starwood Properities. Since then, the Westin brand was sold to Marriott International. A Marriott hotel has long been operating in downtown Jackson. So now will Marriott be competing against itself? Somewhat. Marriott, with the $13 billion acquisition in ...

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A FOCUS ON TOURISM: 5 boutique hotels we think you’ll like

A trend is growing among travelers for more intimate lodging with a bit of surprise By LYNN LOFTON Large hotels and chain lodgings sell consistency so travelers know what to expect. However, an increasing number of travelers prefer intimacy and an element of surprise which have fueled the popularity of boutique hotels. Generally defined as a small hotel with 10 ...

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Ship Island: A coast tradition

  By LYNN LOFTON Think Gulf Coast family vacation and Ship Island Excursions will probably come to mind. Since 1926, Ship Island Excursions has been a part of the Mississippi Gulf Coast experience with members of the Skrmetta family running this ferry service from the mainland to Ship Island for relaxation, recreation and history. If you look closely, you may ...

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Construction tour of downtown Jackson hotel shows shape of future

By JACK WEATHERLY Mike Burton loves to point out the subtleties of the Jackson Westin as he conducts a walking tour of the hotel under construction. Such as the walls of the ground-floor passage from the east-facing lobby that are on a slight angle for a few paces, then an inset and another angled wall and so on, till the ...

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Groundbreaking held for $35 million Hattiesburg mixed-use development

By BECKY GILLETTE Ground was broken March 23 on the $35-million District at Midtown mixed-used development that will take up an entire block at Hardy Street and 31st Avenue across from the University of Southern Mississippi. While this isn’t a new industrial development, it still packs a whammy when it comes to job creation. » READ COMPLETE STORY at Hattiesburg ...

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Mississippi businesses see potential for trade with Cuba

By LISA MONTI Biloxi businessman Mike Alise was among a delegation from Mississippi who traveled to Cuba in February to look for trade opportunities. Alise, the owner and operator of Gulf Coast Produce, said he was struck by the lack of available food on the island and the fact that Cuba has to import the most basic commodities from Vietnam ...

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Hodge joins Visitors Bureau

Forrest Hodge has been hired as the Sales and Marketing Coordinator at the Greenwood Convention & Visitors Bureau. Hodge is a native of Greenwood and a graduate of Delta State University, where he received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing. His experience ranges from the hotel industry to coordinating programming for the Greenwood-Leflore Public Library. Hodge is on ...

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Mississippi Confederate flag fight moves to new battlefield

A long-running feud over the Confederate battle emblem on the Mississippi flag is moving onto a new legal battlefield. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans is scheduled to hear arguments Tuesday over reviving a 2016 lawsuit filed by an African-American attorney, Carlos Moore. He contends the flag is “state-sanctioned hate speech.” In a state with a ...

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