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Cruisin’ the Coast under way along Mississippi Gulf

Thousands of classic cars and trucks are on the Mississippi Gulf Coast this week for Cruisin’ the Coast. Gulf news outlets report that more than 8,000 participants were expected to bring their antique, classic and hot rod cars this year for a festival that started in 1996 with a few hundred cars. They participate at venues along a 30-mile stretch ...

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The most-recent of three hotels announced for the Fondren District in Jackson is in first place in development

By JACK WEATHERLY The most-recent of three hotels announced for the Fondren District in Jackson is in first place in development. Steel has risen on the Homewood Suites project site by the Ridgeland-based Heritage Hospitality Group, while two other projects announced two years earlier have yet to break ground, though spokesmen for both said about a year ago that dirt ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Reflections on five days in Iceland

PHIL HARDWICK Our plane landed on schedule at Iceland’s modern Keflavik International Airport. It was in early afternoon on a midsummer’s day. The weather was cloudy; the temperature in the upper 50’s. Unlike most countries my wife and I have visited there was no customs check-in. We simply picked up or bags and caught our pre-arranged bus to downtown Reykjavik, ...

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Mississippi anglers get 1 more weekend to catch red snapper

Mississippi fishermen will get one more weekend to catch red snapper. The state Department of Marine Resources said Monday it will reopen the recreational fishing season for the prized catch at 12:01 a.m. Friday. The agency will close it again at 11:59 p.m. Sunday. The department says catch data from Mississippi’s season that closed in August shows anglers can fish ...

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Eudora Welty gets first marker on Mississippi writers trail

Mississippi has markers noting a blues trail, a country music trail, a civil rights trail and even an Indian mound trail. Now, with the dedication of a marker to author Eudora Welty, the state is starting a writer’s trail. Gov Phil Bryant and National Endowments for the Humanities Chairman Jon Parrish Peede dedicated the first marker Monday at Welty’s Jackson ...

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The MAX to induct five more into Hall of Fame

The five Mississippi artists chosen for the 2018 Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience (The MAX) Hall of Fame class were celebrated August 25. The 2018 class members are: Country music artist Charley Pride Born on March 18, 1934, in Sledge, Mississippi, into a sharecropping family, and inspired by Grand Ole Opry broadcasts, Charley Pride picked cotton to purchase his first ...

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Talks loom on dividing Mississippi’s oil spill damage money

Mississippi lawmakers are trying to determine how $700 million in oil spill damage payments should be divided, and who should spend the money. Legislators were working on answers Wednesday, a day before the start of a special session, even though Gov. Phil Bryant didn’t include the issue on a list of items to be considered. Bryant spokesman Clay Chandler dividing ...

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Executive director of Beauvoir fired

The executive director of a historic home and museum in Mississippi has been fired. WLOX-TV reported Friday that Stephen McKinney’s firing comes less than two months after he was hired to lead Beauvoir, a home of Confederate States of America President Jefferson Davis. McKinney was hired June 22. The station says the board declined to comment on McKinney’s termination, saying ...

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MMI Hotel Group executive team grows

MMI Hotel Group recently added two new executives to its family. Dave Jenner (left) has been named Chief Financial Officer at MMI, and Rich Byrd (right) has been named the Group’s Vice President of Operations. Also pictured is Micajah Sturdivant, President of MMI Hotel Group. MMI Hotel Group, formerly known as Mississippi Management, Inc. is a private, full-suite hotel management ...

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Zoo chief takes blame for improper borrowing of state money

A financially imperiled zoo in Mississippi has been borrowing state capital improvement money to cover operating expenses, a maneuver the zoo’s leader acknowledges is improper. The Clarion Ledger reports the Jackson Zoological Society used $395,000 to cover operational expenses, repaying it in December after the city of Jackson made its twice-a-year payment supporting the zoo. The zoo then again borrowed $350,000 ...

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