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Cleveland moving from hospitality to hosting

By JACK WEATHERLY Cleveland will be turning a page in its hospitality handbook to a chapter titled hosting. The Grammy Museum Mississippi, which opened its doors on Saturday, is expected to attract 30,000 visitors in the first year. That figure, adapted from a study on the B.B. King Museum in Indianola, projected a direct and indirect impact of up to ...

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Museum carves a niche for Delta in global music

By JACK WEATHERLY  CLEVELAND – The $20 million Grammy Museum Mississippi has begun carving a niche for itself in the global music industry. Several hundred well-wishers joined government and recording industry officials beneath flawless blue Delta skies Saturday to celebrate the opening, or just being alive. The 28,000-square-foot museum had been alive the day before with last-minute tweaks to the ...

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Grammy Museum spurs plan for boutique hotel in Cleveland

By JACK WEATHERLY Praises are being sung about the Grammy Museum Mississippi, and The Lyric, a boutique hotel, will add its voice to the chorus. The $8 million hotel will be built one mile from the museum on Highway 8 west, according to Suresh Chawla, president of Chawla Hotels Inc. of Greenwood. He made it clear what brought the project about. ...

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Developer selected for Jackson convention hotel has crucial tests ahead

By TED CARTER Marietta, Ga., real estate development firm Engineering Design Technologies has emerged as preferred developer for a convention center hotel but its proposal is entering a critical phase that previous hotel proposals have failed to survive. In recent years proposals from Dallas’s Transcontinental Realty International and Tampa’s Robinson Callen died after the Jackson Redevelopment Authority made them the top ...

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Natchez aldermen to hear Eola Hotel appeal

NATCHEZ — Developers of the former Eola Hotel building are expected to appear before the Natchez Board of Aldermen on Tuesday. Interim City Planner Riccardo Giani and the Natchez Planning Commission denied renovation plans for the first floor of the hotel last month. The developers, including the building’s owner, Robert Lubin, hope to renovate the historic hotel into upscale senior ...

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Horhn: Airport Authority hires lawyer in advance of airport control fight

By TED CARTER The Jackson Municipal Airport Authority has hired Phelps Dunbar lawyer Fred Banks Jr. to handle litigation that could arise over a possible state takeover of governance of Jackson’s airports, state Sen. John Horhn says. Neither Banks nor the Airport Authority would confirm the hiring. Horhn said the Airport Authority has retained the former Mississippi Supreme Court justice specifically ...

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Grammy Museum set to open in Mississippi Delta

The second and only official Grammy Museum outside of Los Angeles opens Saturday in the Mississippi Delta, cradle of the blues. Organizers chose Cleveland, Mississippi — two hours north of the state capitol Jackson — for the nearly $20 million project and promise one of the most advanced museums in the country. It’s a smaller but updated version of its ...

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Mississippi could name beach for ‘Margaritaville’ singer

Mississippi legislators are working to name a Gulf Coast beach for the native son who wrote and sang “Margaritaville.” Representatives voted 119-1 on Monday to pass House Bill 886, which would designate a sandy stretch in Pascagoula as Buffett Beach. Singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett was born in Pascagoula and grew up in Mobile, Alabama. The 69-year-old Buffett also wrote “Cheeseburger in ...

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Gulfport seeks hotel developer for new aquarium plans

GULFPORT — The city of Gulfport is moving ahead with plans for a destination aquarium on a downtown property it owns. The Sun Herald reports that the city’s urban development agency, the Gulfport Redevelopment Commission, is requesting proposals from developers by June 3 for a hotel on the property. The hotel would have to have a minimum of 120 rooms, ...

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Lopez joins Carnival Line

Maria Lopez, a travel industry sales professional with more than 10 years of experience, has been named business development manager for Louisiana and Mississippi for Carnival Cruise Line. In this role, she will work with travel agents in this region on sales and marketing strategies designed to help them develop new business and maximize their sales opportunities. Lopez previously worked ...

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