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Natchez accepting applications for city’s tourism director

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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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MBJ SHOWCASE: Old Capitol Inn and Mende Alford

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When you hear the term “boutique hotel”, you might tend to associate the concept with a quaint inn located in, say, Boston, or Manhattan, or perhaps in the south of France. However, Jackson is home to its own boutique hotel at the Old Capitol Inn, on State Street. Recently, I had the opportunity to spend a few nights at the ...

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Developer plans condo-hotel on Bay St. Louis beachfront

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By LISA MONTI A condo-hotel development on Court Street at Beach Boulevard in Bay St. Louis has conceptual approval from the Historic Preservation Committee and is awaiting the city’s final approval before its developer can start construction. Charles Webb, the owner, developed several properties in the Florida Panhandle before moving back to his hometown of Gulfport. Bay St. Louis has seen ...

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Condos coming to Bay St. Louis beachfront

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By LISA MONTI It took developer Chet LeBlanc 11 years, but his nine-unit Front Street Inn condo development on North Beach Boulevard in historic Old Town Bay St. Louis is set to break ground this month. “This will be first place where you can own property downtown and live their full-time if you choose to,” LeBlanc said. The original project, which ...

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Hotel to open Aug. 18 at District at Eastover

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By JACK WEATHERLY  The Marriott Residence Inn will open on Aug. 18, marking the completion of the second major aspect of the 585,000-square-foot District at Eastover mixed-use development in Jackson. The four-story hotel’s 95 suites will have separate sleeping and living areas and are designed for business travelers and others needing an extended stay. It will also have a swimming ...

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No casino, but Margaritaville Resort Biloxi provides an ‘escape’ and more

Margaritaville has a 5,000-square-foot indoor-outdoor entertainment center with lazy river, splash pad, indoor zip-line roller coaster and arcade games. The Escape entertainment center includes a 40-foot volcano rock climbing wall, two multi-game golf simulators and six boutique bowling lanes and a waterpark that is reserved for hotel guests.





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By NASH NUNNERY Once…twice…three times a resort. Margaritaville Resort Biloxi, to be exact. With Biloxi mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich in attendance, the highly anticipated ‘coastal-luxe’ resort opened June 23 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and signature margarita toast. “This development means so much to Biloxi and the Gulf Coast on so many levels,” said Gilich. “It transforms a site that had been ...

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Houston voters approve tourism tax

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Houston voters have approved a tourism tax by a roughly 50-vote margin. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports voters cast 435 ballots Tuesday for the proposed 2 percent tax and 196 voted against it for a 68.93 percent margin for the measure. The revenue referendum needed 60 percent approval to pass. This was Houston’s second attempt to pass the tax ...

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Massive rocket booster arrives at Mississippi space museum

The Saturn V rocket arrives at the parking lot of Infinity Science Center in Pearlington on Tuesday.

A massive rocket booster that never made it to space instead made its way Tuesday to Mississippi’s Infinity Science Center after a carefully orchestrated days-long move over land and water from New Orleans. The rocket booster was part of the Saturn V rocket used to support the Apollo moon program. This particular piece of equipment was intended for the Apollo ...

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Mission S-IC: NASA Saturn V moon rocket stage moving to Mississippi

The last Saturn V stage to be built departs the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans on June 16. (NASA/MSFC)

More than four decades after its mission to the moon was canceled, NASA’s last-assembled Saturn V rocket stage has been launched on a journey to become a roadside attraction. “We are putting it on display along Interstate 10, one of the most heavily traveled interstates in the country. People will be able to see it as they enter Mississippi from ...

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Mississippi hotel group racing to become major player

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By JACK WEATHERLY A whippet is a small racing dog related to the greyhound. It seems a fitting image for MY Hospitality Investments LLC, whose top officers hail from Kosciusko, where the high school mascot is the whippet. President and Chief Executive Chico Patel, 34, said that in the past seven years, MY Hospitality has built 35 hotels, with 22 ...

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