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Tourism agency: European flights to energize Mississippi market

By JACK WEATHERLY British Airways and Condor Airlines will start offering nonstop flights from London and Germany to New Orleans. Visit Mississippi, the state tourism agency, expects that 30 to 40 percent of an estimated 76,000 Euro visitors will take in Mississippi. Agency Director Craig Ray calls it a “game changer” for the state. Mississippi and the city of Memphis ...

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Cleveland hotel goes ‘grand’ after Trump visit

By JACK WEATHERLY  Suresh Chawla was already thinking bigger. But when then Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump personally encouraged him to ‘think grand” that did it. And so the Lyric Hotel and Spa has grown to become the West End District. The Cleveland project was initially expected to cost about $8 million but it will now be $15 million, Chawla ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — A nocturne for Smith Park

There are signs of life in Smith Park. Office workers stroll through the green space. A few pause for a while on the benches. It wasn’t that way a week or so earlier, before a host of dead or dying trees was taken down. The effect was immediate. You can see all the way through the block-square park in the ...

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UPDATE: Mississippi ranked by Forbes 48th; MDA skeptical

MBJ Staff/Wire According to Forbes magazine, Mississippi is ranked 48th in the country in it’s 11th annual Best States for Business list, which measures which states have the best business climates and are poised to succeed going forward. Leading the way for the third straight year is Utah, which also ranked on top between 2010 and 2012. Only Virginia in 2013 interrupted Utah’s reign ...

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Doe’s replicating its steak and tamales formula

By JACK WEATHERLY  Doe’s Eat Place made a name for itself by keeping it simple. And in this 75th year for the Greenville steaks and tamales eatery, it continues to prove that an original can be replicated. Two franchises will be opened in metro Jackson, making 10 thus far in four states, according to Charles Signa, president of Doe’s Inc. ...

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Biloxi council wants to know more about waterfront plan

The Biloxi City Council had the first reading on rezoning the land around Margaritaville Resort but slowed down action on the proposed waterfront plan. The Sun Herald reports the council voted unanimously Tuesday to table the first reading and hold a public hearing to get more information about what the plan involves, the cost and possible funding. City Attorney Gerald ...

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Country music superstar Kenny Chesney to headline 2017 C Spire Live concert in Madison

Country music superstar Kenny Chesney will be the featured headliner artist for a special C Spire Live concert on May 20, 2017 at the Baptist Health System campus in Madison, Mississippi. Dubbed “Day of Country,” the live outdoor music event sponsored by C Spire and presented by Baptist FastPass also will feature performances by contemporary country music artists Thomas Rhett, ...

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Eric Clapton sued by Mississippi musician’s estate over iconic song

The heirs of a Mississippi blues musician claim rock guitarist Eric Clapton gave a songwriting credit to the wrong artist. A lawsuit filed in Nashville federal court says Eric Clapton attributed the song “Alberta” to Huddie Ledbetter — better known as Lead Belly — in the 2013 re-release of Clapton’s “Unplugged” album, when the credit should have gone to Bo ...

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IP recognizes 6 employees

In a new service recognition program, six IP Casino Resort Spa team members were recently recognized for their dedication to customer service. The Team Members of the Month were honored for being nominated in the month of July. Those honorees included front-of-house team members Charity Battle (Housekeeping), Ashley Possemato (Hotel), and Yelkin Von Chong Sanchez (Food and Beverage); and back-of-house ...

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