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Hotel hit by Hurricane Nate will reopen half of rooms Sunday

A Mississippi hotel damaged by Hurricane Nate will reopen half its rooms Sunday. Margaritaville Resort Biloxi spokesman Cono Carana tells news outlets that the storm damaged elevators and escalators. Hotel officials estimate $7.5 million in damage. Carana says two elevators will be repaired, and the hotel will reopen 170 rooms. Its restaurants, rooftop water park and large entertainment center also ...

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Lumumba undaunted on Jackson convention hotel after latest deal unravels

JRA dropped developer EDT after it insisted on $60 million public contribution By TED CARTER New Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba is not ready to call it quits on a convention center hotel after the demise of the Jackson Redevelopment Authority’s two-year effort to complete a deal for one. A Sept. 27 Redevelopment Authority decision to drop Washington, D.C.-based Engineering Design Technologies ...

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Airbnb starts collecting 7 percent hotel tax in Mississippi

By JACK WEATHERLY Airbnb announced on Wednesday that effective Oct. 1 it began collecting from its member hosts a 7 percent hotel tax and will remit it the state of Mississippi. The announcement came two days after the state Department of Revenue revised its regulation on such accommodations to clarify with language from state law 41-49-3 in which “hotel” is defined ...

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Demolition moves forward to make way for Fondren hotel

By JACK WEATHERLY The dust is rising with on the demolition of property on the two-acre site for a 125-guestroom Homewood Suites. Of particular interest was the so-called Fondren House, which dated to the early 20th century. While “contributing” to the history of the Fondren Downtown Business District, it was not protected by historical status from being moved or razed. ...

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Graduate Hotel developer turns attention to Memphis project

By JACK WEATHERLY Luke Chamblee’s company built the Graduate Hotel in Oxford, which was designed to reflect the unique culture of the town. Now LRC2 Properties has partnered with Loeb Properties to build a 100-room hotel to serve a burgeoning theater district in Memphis. Loeb has rejuvenated Overton Square, which had fallen on hard times since it sprang up following ...

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Hotel Row for Fondren? Latest plan raises possibility for lineup of lodging in district

By JACK WEATHERLY Three planned hotels stand to change the look if not the character of downtown Fondren. The north Jackson arts and entertainment district with a bohemian flair awaits the outcome of the hotels, two of which were announced 20 months ago. The most recent plan, a 125-room Homewood Suites, was revealed late last month. They would create a ...

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Plans announced for 125-room Hilton hotel in Fondren

  By JACK WEATHERLY The Heritage Hospitality Group announced plans on Wednesday to build a 125-guestroom Hilton Homewood Suites Hotel in Fondren. The hotel will be built with the medical corridor in mind. Otherwise, it is geared toward multi-day business travelers and others, according to Chico Patel, chief executive of the Ridgeland-based group. The project will add “another piece to the Fondren ...

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Jennifer Prather named Director of Tourism for the Greater Starkville Development Partnership

Jennifer Prather has been named Director of Tourism, for the Greater Starkville Development Partnership. Prather joined the Greater Starkville Development Partnership in January 2013 as Special Events and Projects Coordinator to direct and oversee multiple special events for the GSDP and has served as Interim Director of Tourism since April 2016. In this role, Prather will lead the Starkville Convention ...

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Baptist’s Madison property continues mixed-use expansion

By JACK WEATHERLY The southeast quadrant at the intersection of Mississippi 463 and Highland Colony Parkway in Madison was originally envisioned as a second medical campus for Mississippi Baptist Health Systems. But the 60-acre site bordered on the east by Interstate 55 has evolved into a mixed-use development – still with the possibility of a hospital being built there – ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — Book festival brings together thousands for solitary passions

The Mississippi Book Festival is held a week before the thunder of college football season just about drowns out everything else that is good in the state. Thousands packed the rooms of the state Capitol on Saturday for the third annual event celebrating the solitary passions of writing and reading. The sounds of music and smells of cooking emanating from ...

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