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State asks judge to dismiss suit over Jackson airport board

Mississippi officials are asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit that seeks to maintain the city of Jackson’s control over the state’s largest airport. Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signed a law in May to create a nine-member regional board, rather than a five-member city board, for Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport. Critics say creating a new board is a ...

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Casino makes key changes

Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino in Biloxi recently announced three executive changes. John Guy was promoted to Assistant General Manager. He previously served as the Vice President & Chief Financial Officer of Golden Nugget Biloxi. He is a native of Bay St. Louis and a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with a BSBA degree in Accounting. He has ...

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Go cups almost good to go in Bay St. Louis

Those attending the Second Saturday Frida Fest weren’t allowed to travel the streets of Old Town Bay St. Louis with portable adult beverages. But they soon will be. After more than a month of public hearings and discussions, The Sun Herald reports the city council voted Tuesday to allow alcoholic beverages to be transported in to-go cups in the city’s ...

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New sales manager at VCC

Elyce Curry has been named the new Sales and Marketing Manager at the Vicksburg Convention Center and VenuWorks of Vicksburg. The Vicksburg Convention Center is located in the heart of historic downtown Vicksburg. The building is managed by VenuWorks which is based in Ames, Iowa. Curry has more than 11 years experience in the hospitality and tourism industry. She previously ...

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WHEN BUSINESS MEETS PLEASURE: Sales professionals use new and traditional methods to book meetings and conventions

By LYNN LOFTON Meetings and conventions are a big part of the state’s tourism industry with various cities and properties vying to play host. Trade associations and other groups are courted by sales personnel in an effort to keep this business in Mississippi, but how do they solicit with all the competition from surrounding states? A few sales professionals reveal some ...

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No casino, but Margaritaville Resort Biloxi provides an ‘escape’ and more

By NASH NUNNERY Once…twice…three times a resort. Margaritaville Resort Biloxi, to be exact. With Biloxi mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich in attendance, the highly anticipated ‘coastal-luxe’ resort opened June 23 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and signature margarita toast. “This development means so much to Biloxi and the Gulf Coast on so many levels,” said Gilich. “It transforms a site that had been ...

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Hatcher represents state

Greg Hatcher, Executive Director of the Mississippi Industrial Heritage Museum in Meridian, represented Mississippi Makers recently at the White House’s celebration of the National Week of Making. Libraries, museums, recreational centers, schools, universities and community spaces were invited to support and grow the number of our citizen-makers by hosting events, making commitments, and highlighting new innovations in their local communities ...

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Graydon takes GM position

Mary Graydon was recently named General Manager for the 73-room Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Grenada. Graydon previously served as Event Manager with Iowa Pacific LLC for the franchise of the Warner Brothers Polar Express in Batesville. Her primary duties as General Manager include directing and overseeing all operational activities and departments while delivering a positive experience and exceptional ...

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Renovation of Natchez’s Eola Hotel delayed

Construction on the former Eola Hotel has been delayed by damage to the building, but work is expected to begin this fall. The historic Eola Hotel was purchased in 2014 by Virginia attorney Robert Lubin. His plans to renovate and transform the building into senior-living apartments were approved by the city in April. A draft of the construction plan was ...

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Margaritaville comes back big in Biloxi

Jimmy Buffett again has a presence in Biloxi, and a crowd turned out to open the new Margaritaville Resort Biloxi. The Sun Herald reports stilt walkers helped cut the ribbon and huge margaritas appeared for dignitaries Thursday before the first customers hurried inside. Buffett couldn’t attend the ribbon-cutting, but sent a message. Buffett said he hopes to get to the ...

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