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Rocky Springs: Walking the Trace in the footsteps of ghosts

 ‘COME SEE US’ – The MBJ’s annual Meetings, Conventions and Tourism magazine (Spring 2014 edition) There is something intriguing about ghost towns, and Rocky Springs in Claiborne County is no exception. The town site off the Natchez Trace Parkway exit at mile marker 54.8 on the southern end of the Parkway is very popular with visitors. The ghost town is ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Nature Tourism, The Hike Inn way

Although now may be the dead of winter in Mississippi, it might be a good time to consider booking a springtime hiking trip to the Hike Inn, an environmentally oriented destination in the scenic Chattahoochee National Forest in north Georgia. A visit to the Hike Inn is an invigorating, educating and relaxing experience as my wife, daughter and son-in-law discovered ...

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Contract awarded for 'whistle stops' along Tanglefoot Trail

PONTOTOC — A Thaxton company has been awarded a $319,000 contract to construct four “whistle stops” along the Tanglefoot Trail in north Mississippi. Karen Heintze, project manager for Three Rivers Planning and Development District, tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal Hooker Construction Company will build “whistle stops” at Ingomar, Ecru, Algoma and Houlka. “Whistle stops” will include restroom facilities, water ...

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Trail reaches southern terminal, but project not finished

NORTHEAST MISSISSIPPI — Tanglefoot Trail has reached its southern terminal, but work on the project is not finished. The leveling and grading is complete with the trail bed ready for crews to start laying asphalt as soon as weather and new year allow. “They have laid the limestone and gotten the surface ready for the asphalt which is the next ...

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Spurs nearly complete connecting trail with city's downtown

HATTIESBURG — The pieces that will link downtown Hattiesburg and the Longleaf Trace finally are falling into place. The spurs that eventually will connect Kamper Park/Hattiesburg Zoo and the Hattiesburg Train Depot to the spear of the Trace nearly are complete. Construction on the main bike path-walkway that will run from just west of U.S. 49 along West Fourth Street ...

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Schools want to re-negotiate 16th Section lease agreement with MDWFP

HANCOCK COUNTY — The Bay-Waveland School District is hoping to re-negotiate a 40-year-old lease in hopes of bringing in more money for the schools. According to public records, the district in conjunction with the Hancock County School District agreed to a 99-year lease of 16th Section land with the state Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks Department for only $2,400 a year. ...

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Significant impact expected from 44-mile Tanglefoot Trail

NORTHEAST MISSISSIPPI — New Albany businessman Travis Wiseman says he’s ready to see rails converted to trails. Wiseman’s Union Appliance and Furniture in downtown New Albany sits next to what will be the start of the Rails to Trails project. Wiseman expects a boost in traffic and business from the trail, which is expected to attract hundreds of local and ...

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BP oil spill funds to be used for new Coast nature center

MOSS POINT — A new $2 million Pascagoula River Audubon Center celebrating the environment of the Mississippi Gulf Coast is scheduled to open in early 2013. The center, one of just 43 such Audubon centers across the country, will be located within walking distance of downtown Moss Point. Audubon president David Yarnold says the center will be located on a ...

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Patriot donates 21-mile MSV Railroad to counties

CALHOUN COUNTY and YALOBUSHA COUNTY — Patriot Rail Corp. has donated its 21-mile Mississippi & Skuna Valley Railroad (MSV) to Calhoun and Yalobusha counties. The donation sets the stage for the counties to pursue creation of the Skuna Valley Trail for public recreational use. The Calhoun County Board of Supervisors accepted the property donation in December 2011, establishing the Mississippi ...

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Cities realize hike-bike trails good for local economy

>> MDOT awards $3 million for metro area improvements Cities are realizing that hike and bike trails are not only important for citizens’ quality of life but are also a powerful economic development tools. Recently, the cities of Jackson, Ridgeland and Flowood received a collective total of $3.1 million for pedestrian trail enhancements awarded through the Mississippi Department of Transportation. ...

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