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Trump group to team with Delta hoteliers for new chains

The Mississippi Business Journal “article triggered this whole thing.” — Suresh Chawla By JACK WEATHERLY A longshot phone call to real estate magnate Donald Trump nearly 30 years ago by a convenience store owner in Greenwood eager to build a motel started a series of events that has been nothing but good news for the Chawla family. Trump returned the call and told ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — On being a Mississippi tourist at the Grammy Museum

My wife and I became Mississippi tourists on a recent Monday holiday and motored to the Delta town of Cleveland to check out the Mississippi Grammy Museum. We had been meaning to go since its opening in March of 2016. It is, after all, a national attraction in our own backyard. We were not disappointed, but what happened on the ...

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Mississippi shrimp season opens June 7

The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources has set the opening date of the 2017-2018 shrimp season in state territorial waters for 6 a.m. Wednesday, June 7. All regulations of the MDMR will be in full force and effect, and all boats engaged in catching or transporting shrimp from Mississippi waters must be licensed or permitted by the MDMR before beginning ...

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Preleasing pumping life into District Lofts complex

By JACK WEATHERLY Driving past the District at Eastover motorists on Interstate 55 get a two-dimensional picture of the Lofts, which provides a backdrop for the mixed-used project. But the interior courtyards of The District Lofts cannot be seen from the interstate. They create the depth, “the third dimension,” of the six-story, 261-unit building. And preleasing, 77 units as of ...

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Galle named GM at 2 Gulf Coast casinos

Mike Galle has been named General Manager at Boomtown Casino Biloxi and Hollywood Gulf Coast in Bay St. Louis. Both are Penn National Gaming properties. Galle began his career in the gaming industry in Surveillance from 1992 -1995. He joined Penn National Gaming in 2005 and is one of the longest serving property team leaders and has steadily climbed the ...

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Tremont welcome center makes tourism push

By ADAM ARMOUR /Itawamba County Times Nearly 800 visitors to the Itawamba County Welcome Center were treated to a showcase of Itawamba County’s amenities last week. As part of its annual celebration of National Travel and Tourism Week, the Tremont-based Welcome Center hosted a week of programs intended to spotlight area businesses, organizations and attractions. On Wednesday, representatives of several prominent ...

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Kajdan to be top chef at Westin Jackson hotel

By JACK WEATHERLY Matthew Kajdan will bring his culinary skills honed in top restaurants in the Jackson area and elsewhere to Estelle, the wine bar and bistro at the Westin hotel. He has been executive chef for five years at the Parlor Market at 115 West Capitol in downtown, within blocks of the 203-guest-room hotel at 315 Tombigbee St., which ...

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Visits to Mississippi Gulf Coast are on the upswing

RENEE ARENG By ALEXIS WILLIAMS Coast tourism leaders are touting improved numbers for 2016, saying that 6.2 million people visited the Mississippi Gulf Coast last year.  Their goal of 7 million visitors by 2020 is well within reach and hopefully attainable before then. “We truly believe that one voice is working,” said Renee Areng, Executive Director of Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast.  ...

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The Roost brings new rooms and restaurant to downtown Ocean Springs

By ALEXIS WILLIAMS On the west end of Ocean Springs, steps from a vibrant downtown and beautiful Front Beach is a historic building recently renovated for mixed-use as a charming boutique hotel, casual restaurant and office space.  Built in 1894, the building formerly known as The Porter House was purchased and renovated by Joe and Jessica Cloyd, Roxy and Ted Condrey, ...

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