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Mississippi Confederate flag fight moves to new battlefield

A long-running feud over the Confederate battle emblem on the Mississippi flag is moving onto a new legal battlefield. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans is scheduled to hear arguments Tuesday over reviving a 2016 lawsuit filed by an African-American attorney, Carlos Moore. He contends the flag is “state-sanctioned hate speech.” In a state with a ...

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Coast Roast perking despite two hard blows

By LISA MONTI Shawn and Lynn Montella started their Coast Roast coffee business 16 years as a modest venture centered on Shawn’s interest in roasting coffee beans. “We never had big plans, we were just doing it on the fly, adjusting as we went,” Shawn Montella said. “It just grew on its own.” Grew it did. In spite of the ...

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Biloxi, Coast seeing more non-casino hotel rooms

By LISA MONTI Biloxi and other tourist-friendly coastal cities are seeing new investment in non-casino hotel rooms with more planned. For a tourism market that had to comeback from Hurricane Katrina, the BP oil spill and then the recession, the additional rooms and new brands are making 2017 look promising. In the past year, Biloxi added about 500 rooms, mainly ...

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Southern Prohibition Brewery hopes Legislature removes restrictions

By BECKY GILLETTE Because of restrictions in the law, Mississippi is one of the last states to cash in on the hot microbrewery trend. Quinby Chunn, owner of Southern Prohibition Brewery, is hopeful that legislation currently being considered in Jackson will allow direct sales at breweries. “We’re trying to get House Bill 1322, which has been approved by the Mississippi ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — The man who created a new music

It’s time to clear up some misconceptions about a man who continues to change the world as it had been known. No, this is not about Donald Trump. We are talking about another world-shaker. Sam Phillips. Or as acclaimed biographer Peter Guralnick calls him in the subtitle of his book: “The Man Who Invented Rock ’n’ Roll.” Read this 660-page ...

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GM named for new Westin hotel in downtown Jackson

By JACK WEATHERLY A veteran in the hospitality industry has been selected as general manager of the Westin Jackson hotel, according to Wischermann Partners, the operator. Mike Burton will oversee operations of the 204-room hotel at 315 Tombigbee St. in downtown, which, according to the Westin website, is scheduled to open Aug. 3 – one day after the hoped-for Southern ...

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Civil Rights, History Museum directors, administrator hired

The leadership team for the 2 Mississippi Museums is now in place with Cindy Gardner as site administrator, Pamela Junior as director of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, and Rachel Myers as director of the Museum of Mississippi History. “We could not ask for a better group to head up these world-class museums,” said MDAH director Katie Blount. “Cindy Gardner ...

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Portofino owners: plans for old hotel in mid-February

The owners of a shuttered Vicksburg hotel say they’ll announce their plans for it by mid-February. Company representative Greg Stewart won’t say what Vicksburg Hotel LLC plans for the Portofino Hotel, but tells the Vicksburg Post that it won’t include a casino. Harrah’s Casino owned the hotel and associated riverboat casino from 1993 until 2003. It was a Horizon casino ...

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Hotel Pass Christian is big on amenities

By LISA MONTI Hotel Pass Christian, under construction on the beachfront in the small town it is named for, will open late next month with plenty of amenities plus more to come in the spring. Owner Jourdan Nicaud’s Bacchus on the Beach restaurant, across Scenic Drive from the boutique hotel, will prepare all room service for guests. Nicaud also owns ...

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