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Hard Rock Casino sells to Rhode Island company for $250M

BILOXI — A company from Rhode Island is buying the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Biloxi for about $250 million. Twin River Worldwide Holdings of Lincoln, R.I., made the announcement yesterday. The sale is expected to be complete in June. The casino is currently owned by Premier Entertainment Biloxi LLC, a subsidiary of Leucadia National Corporation. The casino property boasts ...

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HOME RUN! Tupelo lands 2014 national softball convention

Like a number of communities across the state, the city of Tupelo has targeted sports and sports-related events as source of new money into the community. And officials have snagged a gem. The city of Tupelo has won a bid to host a national softball convention in 2014. Mayor Jason Shelton and Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau executive director Neal ...

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Public meeting called to mull future of convention center

OXFORD — The city of Oxford is planning a public meeting for Dec. 17 about the future of a local convention center. The city took back control of the Oxford Conference Center in November from the Oxford Tourism Council. Mayor Pat Patterson said at that time that no decisions had been made as to its future. Patterson said he had ...

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JRA starts again to find developer for convention complex hotel

JACKSON — The Jackson Redevelopment Authority will start anew in finding a developer to build a long-delayed hotel across from the Jackson Convention Complex. JRA interim executive director Willie Mott tells The Clarion-Ledger the agency hopes to issue a formal request for proposals early next year after agency officials said a deal announced in June for Savannah, Ga.-based Robinson Callen ...

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Kirklin replacing Thorn as director of convention center

VICKSBURG — The Vicksburg Convention Center is getting a new executive director. The Vicksburg Post reports that Annette Kirklin’s hiring was announced Friday by VenuWorks, an Iowa-based company that manages the convention center under a city contract. Kirklin has served as director of the Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation and Center for the past six years. She is scheduled to start ...

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CVB director resigns; board president surprised

BILOXI — The director of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau has resigned. Beth Carriere submitted her resignation Friday, the Sun Herald reports, in what board president Duncan McKenzie describes as a surprise. McKenzie, who heads the Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional Tourism Commission, declines to discuss why Carriere is leaving. She couldn’t be reached for comment. Carriere’s ...

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Convention center director reassigned; praised by company president

VICKSBURG — The operator of the Vicksburg Convention Center is moving VCC executive director Troy Thorn to another post and will begin looking for new leader. The Vicksburg Post reports that Thorn came to the VCC in January 2012 replacing Larry Gawronski, who left to accept a similar position managing the Bridge View Center in Ottumwa, Iowa. During Thorn’s tenure ...

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Officials hopeful voters will vote in new lodging tax

HORN LAKE — Horn Lake officials are hoping voters will turn out in significant numbers tomorrow to approve a hotel-motel tax designed to generate revenue to promote the city. The proposal calls for a $2-per-night tax on all hotel and motel stays within the city limits, potentially generating thousands of dollars a year that would go into the city’s tourism ...

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Casino developers given 15-day deadline for lease renewal

D’IBERVILLE — The developers of Oyster Bay Casino have 15 days to renew their lease for Fountain Beach and they say they will. The Sun Herald reports the lease has expired today on the city-owned Back Bay land where the developers want to build a casino. The mayor and City Council voted this week to notify the developers they have ...

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Construction of new casino hotel tower celebrates milestone

BILOXI — The roof is now on and the topping-off ceremony was celebrated to mark that milestone for the new 12-story hotel tower at Hard Rock Casino Biloxi. Yesterday, a crane hoisted a pine tree to the hotel’s roof and a flag unfurled down the face of the building. A rainy summer delayed concrete pouring and pushed back the completion ...

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