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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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Fondren hotel developers turn dirt, hope to turn around attitudes

By JACK WEATHERLY Dirt has been literally and ceremonially turned for the Hilton Homewood Suites hotel and the developers continue to work on winning over the Fondren community in north Jackson. About 100 people, including neighbors, and city and state officials, gathered beneath a white pavilion on a brisk sunny Tuesday morning on the two-acre State Street  site. A community ...

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Tupelo stays with Contour for commercial air service

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal Contour Airlines will continue to provide air service for the All-America City after the Tupelo Airport Authority voted 4-1 today to stick with the company. The lone dissenter was board chairman Larry Decker, who wanted more time to look at the proposals by Contour and Boutique Air. And in an expected move, the affirmative ...

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Silver Slipper names Employees of the Month

Silver Slipper Casino recently recognized its July Employee and Supervisor/Manager of the Month Nominees and winners. Employees of the Month were Brandi Wyman, Palm Court, and Andrew Smith, Surveillance. Supervisor/Manager of the Month was Martine Fairconnetue, Food and Beverage supervisor. Other nominees were Victoria Langlinais, Advertising & Publicity Manager; Aundra Jama, Player Services; John Harrison, Buffet; Devin Bermond, Buffet; Tereasa ...

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