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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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PHIL HARDWICK — Mississippi is a paradox in so many ways

August 10, 2017. It is the final morning of a wonderful vacation in Ireland. Up early, I reflect on the kind and welcoming people of Ireland we have met. I marvel at Ireland’s ability to attract businesses to the Emerald Isle. Google, Accenture, Facebook, Paypal. The list goes on and on. I compare and contrast Ireland’s business attraction efforts with ...

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Tammy Wynette restaurant opens to big crowds, long waits

By ADAM ARMOUR / Itawamba County Times TREMONT – The restaurant that will fund Tremont’s memorial to the “First Lady of Country Music” has opened its doors. The Tammy Wynette Legacy Park Restaurant, located inside the park’s main building, held a soft opening this past weekend. Turnout was larger than expected, and the small staff faced large crowds and a few ...

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Silver Slipper Casino on a roll with new amenities

By LISA MONTI A casual new seafood venue and a Caribbean-inspired pool area are the newest amenities at Silver Slipper Casino Hotel in Hancock County. The Bayou Caddy Oyster Bar and the Beach Club are the latest investments that casino owner Full House Resorts has made in Silver Slipper in the last couple of years. The $20 million  hotel opened ...

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Tupelo seeks to regain investment from motel demo

By CALEB BEDILLION / Daily Journal TUPELO – With all demolition and grading work at the site of a former Ramada Inn on North Gloster Street complete, the city of Tupelo has taken steps to recoup the more than $400,000 of public money invested into cleaning up the property. A sloping, grassy field now marks the site in Tupelo where ...

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New Ocean Springs development part of condo trend

By LISA MONTI The Thrash Group of Hattiesburg is basing its new all-inclusive condo community in Ocean Springs on similar developments thriving throughout the country. The Inlet will offer an upscale place to live along with a restaurant, shops, a clubhouse and resort-style pool, fitness center, dog park and water views with access to nature trails. “There isn’t one in ...

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Westin throws open its doors in downtown Jackson

By JACK WEATHERLY Seven years since planning and financing started and two years under construction, the Jackson Westin hotel opened its doors Thursday morning. But first a gathering of about 150 seated in padded white folding chairs beneath the slatted porte cochere offering dappled shade from sunny skies, though not from humidity,  put Westin hand fans to good use as speakers ...

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Hotel Vue names sales and catering coordinator

Christy Williams was recently named Sales and Catering Coordinator for Hotel Vue located in Natchez. The announcement was made by Wendy Grandin, General Manager of the 91-room property. Williams will design, plan and execute events including weddings, birthdays, business meetings and other social soirees. Williams, originally from Jackson, has lived in Natchez for over 30 years promoting the area as ...

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