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Oyster season set by commissioners

By LISA MONTI For the second consecutive year, the Commission on Marine Resources put aside recommendations by the Department of Marine Resources’ scientific staff on when and where oyster harvesting should be. At the commission’s October meeting, Kelly Lucas, DMR’s chief scientist, presented the staff’s findings based on months of surveys of the oyster reefs, including sampling done by divers. Lucas ...

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Oxford joins league of college town hotel chain

By JACK WEATHERLY You might say Oxford has joined another league. No, Ole Miss hasn’t left the Southeastern Conference. But a hotel in a chain situated in college towns around the country has opened there. Graduate Oxford, a 136-room, four-story hostelry with what could be called a studied local theme, recently opened. “Every square inch of Graduate Oxford has been ...

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Turning City Centre into convention center hotel is option, new owner says

By TED CARTER The new owner of downtown Jackson’s City Centre will consider converting the two-tower office complex on South Lamar Street into a convention center hotel should it lose a main tenant whose lease is up at the end of 2016. Hertz Investment Group, the Central Business District’s dominant landlord, emphasized it bought the 266,700 square feet of buildings and ...

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Historic music venue, 100 Men Hall, for sale

By LISA MONTI The 100 Men Hall is up for sale. The historic music venue built in 1922 in Bay St. Louis is where Etta James, Ike and Tina Turner and many others have performed. The building was put on the market a couple of weeks ago and has a sale price of $699,000. It has 4,500 square feet, two bedrooms ...

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Grammy Museum to open in March

MBJ staff The opening of the Grammy Museum Mississippi in Cleveland will be held on March 5-6, nearly four months later than had been planned, according to a news release issued by the museum on Wednesday. The museum announced earlier this month that the scheduled opening on Nov. 14-15 would not happen because of the complexity of the highly sophisticated ...

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Pascagoula Beach preparing for $3.5 million dollar makeover

PASCAGOULA — Pascagoula plans to spend $3.5 million giving its beach a face lift. The improvements are part of the city’s promenade project that began after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The city’s recreation Director Darcie Crew tells WLOX TV expanding the sidewalk more than a mile is on the to-do-list. The expansion will ensure that people who ...

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SeaPort Airlines looks to end Tupelo service by November

TUPELO — SeaPort Airlines has asked the U.S. Department of Transportation to discontinue service in Tupelo no later than Nov. 13. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1OcvPzm) the airline, which has been criticized by the Tupelo Airport Authority for its poor performance, also seeks to end service in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. In Tupelo, SeaPort is being subsidized $2.5 million ...

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JACK WEATHERLY: Healing on the coast — A sunny mortality

BAY ST. LOUIS – We sit on the porch of our rental cottage two blocks from the Gulf. Palmettos embrace the screened enclosure with their large fronds resembling the human hand. Hence their name. It’s hard not to think we’re in paradise. Or should I say paradise regained? The lane is always quiet, but more so in the morning, disturbed only ...

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Visit Oxford to get new headquarters

OXFORD — A historic building that most recently housed the Freeland Law Firm and was once home to the practice of Phil Stone, William Faulkner’s attorney and friend, will be the new headquarters for the city of Oxford’s tourism promotion agency. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1J5ByXe) the building is currently undergoing minor renovations such as new roofing, restoration ...

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Convention center hotel proposals ask for $41M in loan support

By TED CARTER Two of the three convention center hotel proposals presented to the Jackson Redevelopment Authority rely heavily on public-sector backing for development loans, though both forgo asking for direct financial contributions from either the City or JRA. A JRA-appointed review committee will look over the proposals and recommend a developer to the Authority in time for a selection or ...

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