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City gives restaurants more time to serve alcohol

TUPELO — People will soon be able to buy alcoholic drinks until 1 a.m. every day in Tupelo. The city council approved the change in a 4-3 vote. New hours restaurants can serve alcohol approved by the council are from 10 a.m. until 1 a.m. each day. Current hours are 10 a.m. until midnight on Monday through Saturday and from ...

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ALAN TURNER — McClain Lodge is an entrepreneurial family affair

Joni and Buddy McClain are a great Mississippi success story. When we met recently at their property, the McClain Lodge (located on Clark Creek Road in Brandon), we discussed their various business ventures and how they came to be so successful. For those who might not know, Buddy owns over 60 Sonic locations throughout Mississippi, Alabama, and parts of Florida. ...

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Construction underway on The Mill at MSU

STARKVILLE — Campus and community leaders officially broke ground yesterday on a $40-million economic development project in “Mississippi’s College Town.” The Mill at Mississippi State University features three main projects: Transforming a landmark former cotton mill into a conference center and related office space; building an adjacent hotel and parking garage; and developing mixed-use business parcels on the land around ...

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Tourism officials to gather for 'MTA Day at the Capitol'

The tourism agency will take center stage tomorrow in the Capital City. The Mississippi Development Authority’s Tourism Division will join the Mississippi Tourism Association for “MTA Day at the Capitol.” Beginning tomorrow at 2 p.m. in the rotunda of the State Capitol Building in Jackson, tourism professionals from around the state will converge to tout the economic impact and importance ...

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Hub City wants lawmakers to extend lodging tax

HATTIESBURG — Travelers stopping for the night in the city of Hattiesburg could continue to pay a 2 percent lodging fee until June 2018 if legislators act on city officials’ request. The Hattiesburg American reports the city council unanimously adopted a resolution, requesting that the Legislature amend the legislation that created the Hattiesburg Tourism Commission and extend the special tax. ...

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Young Mississippi restaurateurs carving careers

If you ask to see the owner at certain Coast restaurants, you may be surprised to find that four of them are in their early 20s. Consider Jourdan Nicaud. He opened his third restaurant this month at the age of 24. Brandon Atwell, Frankie Penn and Thomas Young are buddies from high school and they share ownership of Murky Waters ...

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Delta city petitioning lawmakers to extend tourism tax

GREENWOOD — The city of Greenwood is asking the Legislature to reauthorize of the local tourism tax. The 1 percent tax on lodging and restaurants funds the Greenwood Convention and Visitors Bureau. The tax would expire at the end of September without legislative reauthorization. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports Paige Hunt, executive director of the CVB, told the city council that ...

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Julie Ford named sales, marketing manager at Vicksburg Convention Center

Julie Ford has been named the sales and marketing manager at the Vicksburg Convention Center. Ford has over 14 years of sales and marketing experience and 12-plus years in the tourism and hospitality industry. She was previously a part of the Vicksburg Convention Center team from 2002-2006. Ford most recently was the sales manager for the Jackson Convention Complex.

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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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Casino signs lease with port for hotel tower renovation

GULFPORT — Island View Casino owners are ready to refurbish the hotel tower south of U.S. 90 after signing a 50-year lease with the Mississippi state Port Authority. Casino owner Rick Carter tells The Sun Herald the agreement begins with a 10-year lease and has multiple extensions. Carter said 35 years remained on the lease assumed when he and his ...

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