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No plans for future Mississippi picnics in NYC, group says

Organizers say they are not planning to continue the annual picnic that brought Mississippi catfish and blues to New York. The Sun Herald reports The New York Mississippi Society made the announcement on its website. The group says for 36 years, the Mississippi picnic “has been wonderful and a positive thing for all those involved.” But, it says with competition ...

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Gulfport selects Georgia firm for work on planned aquarium

Gulfport officials have chosen a Georgia firm to develop and manage the city’s planned aquarium. The Sun Herald reports that Gulfport’s city council approved the selection of Georgia-based David Kimmel and Kimmel Management Services for the work. The newspaper reports that Kimmel will serve as the aquarium consultant, providing development and project management services and operational planning. Kimmel served as ...

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Possibilities abound in downtown Hattiesburg

By BECKY GILLETTE / Hattiesburg Business Today Historic downtown Hattiesburg has a lot of fans of its stately turn-of-the century buildings including treasures like the restored Saenger Theater. The downtown is a center for city, county and federal government facilities, and in the past decade has seen some significant reinvestment that resulted in some popular new retail and dining options ...

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Museum selects Joachim

The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art has named Harry Joachim as its Director of Development. He will be charged with bolstering memberships, admissions and special events for the museum. He will also be responsible for identifying and securing charitable gifts and donations for the beachfront museum. A native of Biloxi, Joachim earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Mississippi. After ...

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Tourism agency: European flights to energize Mississippi market

By JACK WEATHERLY British Airways and Condor Airlines will start offering nonstop flights from London and Germany to New Orleans. Visit Mississippi, the state tourism agency, expects that 30 to 40 percent of an estimated 76,000 Euro visitors will take in Mississippi. Agency Director Craig Ray calls it a “game changer” for the state. Mississippi and the city of Memphis ...

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Cleveland hotel goes ‘grand’ after Trump visit

By JACK WEATHERLY  Suresh Chawla was already thinking bigger. But when then Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump personally encouraged him to ‘think grand” that did it. And so the Lyric Hotel and Spa has grown to become the West End District. The Cleveland project was initially expected to cost about $8 million but it will now be $15 million, Chawla ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — A nocturne for Smith Park

There are signs of life in Smith Park. Office workers stroll through the green space. A few pause for a while on the benches. It wasn’t that way a week or so earlier, before a host of dead or dying trees was taken down. The effect was immediate. You can see all the way through the block-square park in the ...

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UPDATE: Mississippi ranked by Forbes 48th; MDA skeptical

MBJ Staff/Wire According to Forbes magazine, Mississippi is ranked 48th in the country in it’s 11th annual Best States for Business list, which measures which states have the best business climates and are poised to succeed going forward. Leading the way for the third straight year is Utah, which also ranked on top between 2010 and 2012. Only Virginia in 2013 interrupted Utah’s reign ...

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Doe’s replicating its steak and tamales formula

By JACK WEATHERLY  Doe’s Eat Place made a name for itself by keeping it simple. And in this 75th year for the Greenville steaks and tamales eatery, it continues to prove that an original can be replicated. Two franchises will be opened in metro Jackson, making 10 thus far in four states, according to Charles Signa, president of Doe’s Inc. ...

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