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Natchez a winner in tri- and bi-centennial roulette

By JACK WEATHERLY jack.weatherly@msbusiness.com Natchez’ 300th birthday last year was big for the antebellum tourist destination on the Mississippi. Next year, the city of 15,000 is counting on a fair number of travelers making their way to New Orleans for its tricentennial celebration. “We have three historic communities in the Deep South that are two years apart on their 300th ...

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History, Civil Rights museums anticipate Dec. 9 openings

By BECKY GILLETTE mbj@msbusiness.com The Mississippi Department of Archives and History recently held a sneak preview of the long-anticipated two Mississippi Museums — the new Museum of Mississippi History (MMH) and Mississippi Civil Rights Museum (MCRM) at 222 North St. Groundbreaking on the museums was in October 2013, and the work to obtain artifacts that illustrate the state’s rich history ...

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In April, Meridian’s MAX will expose visitors to state’s music, literature, performing arts

By NASH NUNERY mbj@msbusiness.com After years of planning, and despite hardships incurred from the economic recession and Hurricane Katrina, construction on the Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience in Meridian is progressing without a hitch. Better known as The MAX, the 58,000-square-foot evolutionary high-tech museum will expose visitors to Mississippi icons in literature, music, performing, design, and the visual and culinary ...

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Po’ Monkey’s still silent a year after Seaberry’s death

By JACK WEATHERLY jack.weatherly@msbusiness.com Plans for reopening Po’ Monkey’s Lounge, a famous juke house in the Delta, are up in the air. Daniel Morris, attorney for the Willie Seaberry estate, said in April that Seaberry’s heirs wanted to reopen the place around July 14, the anniversary of the death of Seaberry, aka Po’ Monkey. That didn’t happen. Closing out the ...

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USM makes waves graduating first Unmanned Maritime Systems class in U.S. history

By BECKY GILLETTE It has been said that the ocean is the last frontier for exploration on Earth. According to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), only about five percent of the ocean has been explored. And just as aerial drones have revolutionized flight, underwater robotic vehicles are revolutionizing ocean research, defense and natural resources exploration. But, until recently, ...

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New Coca-Cola museum free to public opens in Mississippi

A new Coca-Cola museum free to the public has recently opened in Mississippi. Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports that Coke floats from an old-fashioned soda fountain were served to the crowd at the museum’s grand opening on Monday in Corinth. It houses memorabilia that is from beyond roughly 100 years ago. Corinth Coke Chairman Sandy Williams says the museum, located downtown, ...

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Slowboat Brewing Co. owner says the future is ‘bubbly’

By BECKY GILLETTE Kenny and Carrie Mann are making things happen in downtown Laurel. The young couple left their 9-5 jobs to follow their dreams of owning a brewery. “And they are doing an incredible job,” said Jim Rasberry, chairman of the Economic Development Authority (EDA) of Jones County. Slowboat Brewing Company distributed its first batches of beer on Dec. ...

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Award-winning chef opening Italian Bistro in Old Town Bay St. Louis

By LISA MONTI Chef David Dickensauge is bringing upscale Italian fare to Old Town Bay St. Louis. Dickensauge and Lee Parrish are opening Corks & Cleaver Italian Bistro this month in the spot that was vacated by Old Cuevas Bistro after about a year. The two have partnered on the Italian restaurant through their newly formed restaurant group. The Parrish ...

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Northpark faces brave new world of mall retailing

By JACK WEATHERLY Credit Suisse predicted earlier this month that up to 25 percent of U.S. malls will be closed within five years. The Switzerland-based financial services giant’s outlook sent ripples across the world of malls, which have dominated the retail landscape for several decades. Credit Suisse and other observers see an overbuilt market, not unlike the housing market of ...

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