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Natchez a winner in a tri- and bi-centennial whirl

By JACK WEATHERLY jack.weatherly@msbusiness.com Natchez’ 300th birthday last year was big for the antebellum tourist destination on the Mississippi. Next year, the city of 15,000 is counting on a fair number of travelers making their way to New Orleans for its tricentennial celebration. “We have three historic communities in the Deep South that are two years apart on their 300th ...

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Developer could reopen Natchez hotel, scrap apartment plan

NATCHEZ — The tallest building in Natchez could once again become a hotel. A developer tells the Natchez Board of Aldermen that he may reopen the former Eola Hotel instead of converting it into apartments. The Natchez Democrat reports owner Robert Lubin was asked to appear Tuesday by Mayor Darryl Grennell to discuss concerns about the empty building’s condition. Lubin ...

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Natchez-Adams County school leaders talk costs new school

The Natchez-Adams School District superintendent says costs for a new high school were cut from $42 million to $22 million mainly by decreasing the size of the proposed facility. The Natchez Democrat reports the district’s architecture firm, M3A of Jackson, presented plans for a two-story high school to go next to the current high school at a cost of $22 ...

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Natchez receives 28 applications for convention director

Nearly 30 candidates have applied to be the next director of the Natchez Convention and Visitors Bureau. Mayor Darryl Grennell tells The Natchez Democrat 28 applications have been submitted and are currently being reviewed by the committee charged with vetting applicants. The director position was left vacant after former director Kevin Kirby was terminated in April following ongoing personnel issues ...

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Hotel Vue names new chef

Brad Seyfarth was recently named Executive Chef for Hotel Vue located Natchez. The announcement was made by Wendy Grandin, General Manager of the 91-room property. Seyfarth previously served as Executive Chef at Monmouth and Dunleith Plantations. His primary responsibilities include managing all aspects of the culinary department while promoting southern hospitality and maintaining the highest quality food standards.

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Natchez accepting applications for city’s tourism director

The city of Natchez is looking for a new director of tourism and the Convention and Visitors Bureau. The Natchez Democrat reports applications are due to the city’s personnel office by Oct. 14. The director will take the position left vacant after former director Kevin Kirby was terminated in April following ongoing personnel issues at the city’s Convention and Visitors ...

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Natchez hires accounting firm to conduct forensic audit

The city of Natchez has hired a Madison accounting firm to conduct a forensic audit of the city’s finances. The Natchez Democrat reports Mayor Darryl Grennell signed an agreement Friday to hire Collins, Barr & Hembree to conduct the audit. The concerns or specific problem areas outlined by the mayor and board of aldermen will direct the work of the ...

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Natchez to take out emergency loan for payroll, bills

Natchez officials plan to borrow approximately $166,000 to cover expenses for payroll and bills this month. The Natchez Democrat reports the emergency loan is a change from the city’s original plan to ask Magnolia Bluffs Casino to pay in advance the $250,000 in remaining lease payments for the year or take out a three-month loan for the expenses. That plan ...

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World Energy acquires Elevance Renewable Sciences

A biofuels company has purchased Elevance’s biorefinery facility in Natchez and may potentially add 15 jobs at the plant. The Natchez Democrat reports World Energy announced Wednesday it had purchased from Elevance Renewable Sciences. World Energy has been supplying certified biodiesel from the plant under a production contract with Elevance since January 2013. Natchez Inc. Executive Director Chandler Russ says ...

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Commission requires owner to stabilize endangered house

The owners of one of the state’s most endangered historic mansions have until October to submit plans to Natchez officials to stabilize the house. The Natchez Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/2ax5pt9) the Natchez Preservation Commission recently set a 90-day deadline for Frances Oberlin Stephens and Sam Oberlin, who own Melmont, which was placed on the Mississippi Heritage Trust’s most endangered historic places ...

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