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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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Cuba opportunities, pitfalls dominate MDA trade summit

By JACK WEATHERLY The Republic of Cuba was depicted as a land of opportunity for Mississippi businesses, though with a heightened sense of risk. About 150 people attended the “Doing Business in Cuba Summit” on Thursday at the South Warehouse in Jackson. Speakers at the Mississippi Development Authority event told of a country struggling to emerge from more than a half-century ...

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Rezoning near Margaritaville could cost Coast millions

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann says the Mississippi Gulf Coast will lose millions of dollars in tax revenue if Biloxi’s proposal to rezone 20 acres of waterfront property where Margaritaville developers want to build a $140 million expansion. Hosemann says rezoning the property and leasing it for only $2 per square-foot would result in the Coast losing $25 million. Local ...

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Developer of Madison mixed-use project mulls hotel, conference center

By TED CARTER Developers of a yet-to-be-announced mixed-use project in Madison County have agreed to consider adding a hotel and conference center to their plans. The Madison County Economic Development Authority and business leaders have been pursuing the hotel and conference center the past couple of years, after having originally raised the idea 13 years ago before concluding costs and projected ...

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First of the new hotels soon to open in Pass Christian

By LISA MONTI Hotel Whiskey in Pass Christian is running behind schedule but just by a couple of weeks. “Typical delays,” said owner Thomas Genin of the final touches. Opening now is set for the end of the month, when the 11-room boutique hotel in the city’s historic downtown welcomes its first guests. The staff spent the past week in training, ...

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Commuter airline starts Jackson-to-Nashville service

By JACK WEATHERLY  The eight-seat Cessna 208 Caravan lifts off a runway on Southern Airways Express’ inaugural Jackson-to-Nashville flight on Monday. The single-engine turboprop plane heads to the Tennessee capital, with a brief stopover in Memphis. Takeoff from Jackson International is 9:03 a.m. The plane climbs to 9,000 feet and reaches cruising speed of about 200 miles per hour. The ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — Nashville: city of big britches

NASHVILLE – This city reminds me of Atlanta 30 years ago. We moved from Little Rock to Atlanta where I had landed a job with the Journal-Constitution, the biggest paper in the Southeast. We were struck by the perpetual motion machine – driving, building and dealing. For the past decade or longer, Nashville has taken on the mantle of a new ...

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New Marriott Courtyard to be Madison’s second hotel

By BECKY GILLETTE A four-story, 125-room Marriott Courtyard being built by Kerioth Corp. near the Baptist Madison Campus will be just the second hotel inside the city limits of Madison. “Madison is a growing sub market in the Jackson metropolitan area,” said Clint Herring, president and CEO, for Kerioth. “It is underserved from a hospitality perspective right now. The new ...

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Aviation museum ready to take flight in Gulfport

The Mississippi Aviation Heritage Museum finally has a home. The Sun Herald reports the Gulfport City Council has agreed to a lease a former furniture store building to the John C. Robinson Brown Condor Association. The association is named for a Gulfport native who was at one time the most famous black aviator in the world and father of the ...

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Natchez accepting applications for city’s tourism director

The city of Natchez is looking for a new director of tourism and the Convention and Visitors Bureau. The Natchez Democrat reports applications are due to the city’s personnel office by Oct. 14. The director will take the position left vacant after former director Kevin Kirby was terminated in April following ongoing personnel issues at the city’s Convention and Visitors ...

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