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Looking south for trade with Cuba

By JACK WEATHERLY  Mississippi is joining the hunt for “gold” in Cuba as the United States appears to be moving toward resumption of trade with the island nation 90 miles off the tip of Florida after a 55-year embargo. The nation of 11 million in so many ways is frozen in time, typified by 1950s autos that have been recycled ...

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IP Casino recognizes 4 for service

IP Casino Resort Spa in Biloxi recognized outstanding team members for their service, dedication and work ethic, selecting the Team Member of the Month for June, as well as honorees for second-quarter 2016. June’s recipients included Front of the House honoree Katrina Brooks (Retail) and Back of the House honoree Tatiana Watson (Finance). The second-quarter honorees included part-time team member ...

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Boggs named controller

The Washington County Economic Alliance in Greenville has hired Hillary Boggs as Controller. Boggs will handle the organization’s finances and investments. Boggs joins the WCEA with 10-plus years of work experience in advanced statistical and financial analysis as well as business development. She has experience in grant writing and business development, specializing in helping businesses develop marketing and financial plans. ...

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Char restaurant to expand by 50 percent

By JACK WEATHERLY Sometimes, a business solution is right out the back door. The owners of Char restaurant, the 4-Top Hospitality Group, seized the opportunity of leasing 3,000 square feet behind it in Highland Village. The expansion, which brings the total space under the Char roof to 9,300 square feet, will provide special events space. “We look forward to hosting ...

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The ‘Blue Economy’ to get a boost with $10M Marine Science Facility at Port of Gulfport

By BECKY GILLETTE GULFPORT — It has been estimated that 35 percent of the Coast’s economy is based on maritime businesses like shipbuilding, transportation, fishing and tourism. And now what has been dubbed the “Blue Economy” will get another boost with the construction of a new $10-million Marine Science Facility that will be built by the Port of Gulfport for the University of ...

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MBJ SHOWCASE: Old Capitol Inn and Mende Alford

When you hear the term “boutique hotel”, you might tend to associate the concept with a quaint inn located in, say, Boston, or Manhattan, or perhaps in the south of France. However, Jackson is home to its own boutique hotel at the Old Capitol Inn, on State Street. Recently, I had the opportunity to spend a few nights at the ...

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Developer plans condo-hotel on Bay St. Louis beachfront

By LISA MONTI A condo-hotel development on Court Street at Beach Boulevard in Bay St. Louis has conceptual approval from the Historic Preservation Committee and is awaiting the city’s final approval before its developer can start construction. Charles Webb, the owner, developed several properties in the Florida Panhandle before moving back to his hometown of Gulfport. Bay St. Louis has seen ...

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City of Biloxi takes state to court over rent payment

Attorneys for the city of Biloxi are headed to court trying to collect more than $1 million owed to the city in rent paid by the Golden Nugget Casino Biloxi and inadvertently swept into the general fund by the state Legislature last year. The Sun Herald reports Thursday’s hearing will be before Judge Jennifer Schloegel. Biloxi, the Secretary of State, ...

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Biloxi to join lawsuit seeking more oil spill money

Biloxi plans to join a class-action lawsuit against other companies besides BP that were involved in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The Sun Herald reports that the City Council on Tuesday hired attorneys to file a claim in a class-action lawsuit under the HESI/Transocean Settlement Program. The newspaper reports that potential claims will be filed against Halliburton Energy ...

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Tupelo Airport to get $950,000 for taxiway

Tupelo Regional Airport is set to get an infusion of cash to repair its taxiway. The Daily Journal reports that Mississippi’s two Republican U.S. Senators, Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker, announced Friday that the Tupelo Airport Authority will receive $948,223. Most of that money comes from the Federal Aviation Administration for airport safety and infrastructure. The taxiway runs parallel to ...

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