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Swamp, river tour puts Mississippi’s amazing nature in spotlight

By LISA MONTI For 17 years, McCoy’s River & Marsh Tours has been giving nature lovers of all ages a closeup look at the creatures and natural beauty found on one of America’s most pristine river swamps. Captains Benny, Garrett and Lynn McCoy take their passengers on a circular two-hour ride along the beautiful Pascagoula River. The brothers turned their love of ...

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Mississippi plays host to tourists, business travelers by the millions

By LISA MONTI Leisure and business travelers arrive in Mississippi by the millions every year to play or work at the state’s wide ranging event and entertainment venues, historical sites, state parks and various attractions. For small groups and family reunions to major conventions, meeting planners can choose from a variety of outstanding attractions and accommodations across the state. Options are ...

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Expect selection of new Jackson airports board right after bill signing

By TED CARTER The author of the successful Senate bill to transfer control of Jackson’s airports to a state board with metro-wide representation expects appointments to the new board will begin soon after Gov. Phil Bryant signs the bill. “I would assume that they will appoint right away,” said Sen. Josh Harkins, a Flowood Republican whose bill, SB 2162, led ...

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Gulfport officials to unveil design for proposed aquarium

GULFPORT — City officials will unveil a design for the proposed Mississippi Aquarium in Gulfport. The Sun Herald reports the city announced Monday that the unveiling will be held Friday morning. City spokesman Chris Vignes says in an email that the event will be an opportunity to see what the aquarium will look like and learn about some of the ...

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Commercial air service returns to Tupelo April 5

TUPELO — City officials and Contour Airlines are giving travelers a sign that commercial air service will soon resume at Tupelo Regional Airport. WTVA-TV reports Contour flew one of its nine-passenger planes in Tuesday for the public to tour. It’s one of two that will be used when flights start April 5 to and from Nashville. Contour Airlines CEO Matt ...

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Will Gulf Shores beach booze ban bring breakers to Miss.?

Some college students are telling a Mississippi Gulf Coast television station that a ban on alcohol at a popular Alabama beach destination will bring more spring breakers to Mississippi. WLOX interviewed students, the operator of a jet ski business and others who think the Gulf Shore alcohol ban could help Mississippi’s spring beach business. Alcohol is allowed on the beaches ...

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Legislators: Yarber has no grounds for quid-pro-quo claim on airport, sales tax bills

Legislators are baffled by Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber’s March 11 Facebook claim that a Senate bill to dedicate more sales tax money to Jackson has become leverage for passage of another Senate bill to transfer policy control for Jackson’s airports to a state-appointed board. Yarber’s office did not respond to requests made Friday, Monday and Tuesday for clarification on the ...

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Looking ahead 5 years, airport plan proposes terminal upgrade, new rental car center, hotel

By Ted Carter Terminal modernization, a consolidated car rental facility and hotel are among key capital projects the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority will pursue under a 5-year strategic plan adopted earlier this year. The plan, prepared with the help of Jacobsen/Daniels, a multi-state transportation consulting firm with an office in New Orleans, details strengths and weaknesses of Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers ...

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Dorothy Moore: From Farish Street to the world

By JACK WEATHERLY A woman sat on a stool, microphone in hand, while she and a keyboardist noodled on a song on the “front porch” of the museum. She sounded pretty good. No. Much better than that. They were working on a song, “Misty Blue.” The singer was Dorothy Moore, the Jackson native who made the tune a standard in the recording ...

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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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