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Historic music venue, 100 Men Hall, for sale


By LISA MONTI The 100 Men Hall is up for sale. The historic music venue built in 1922 in Bay St. Louis is where Etta James, Ike and Tina Turner and many others have performed. The building was put on the market a couple of weeks ago and has a sale price of $699,000. It has 4,500 square feet, two bedrooms ...

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Pascagoula Beach preparing for $3.5 million dollar makeover


PASCAGOULA — Pascagoula plans to spend $3.5 million giving its beach a face lift. The improvements are part of the city’s promenade project that began after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The city’s recreation Director Darcie Crew tells WLOX TV expanding the sidewalk more than a mile is on the to-do-list. The expansion will ensure that people who ...

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Job ad’s bogus pay figure for new JRA chief creates confusion


By TED CARTER A fraudulent Internet job posting that listed the annual pay for the next executive director of the Jackson Redevelopment Authority at $160,000 may have confused the final two candidates but won’t force a restart of the effort to fill the job. That’s the assessment the chairwoman of the Jackson Redevelopment Authority and the head of a search firm ...

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Convention center hotel proposals ask for $41M in loan support

Engineering Design               Technologies Inc.,                     Mississippi Developers LLC

Hotel: Full service; eight floors, 304 rooms; total square footage 340,000;
Parking: 300-space combination surface & structured spaces;
Function space: 21,000 square feet; 
Master Site Plan: (Option 1) Front of the hotel faces the convention center along Pascagoula Street, with a courtyard and improvements to street façade; (Option 2) Front of the hotel faces Farish Street and function space fronts Pascagoula Street;
Cost: $75.1 million
Flag: Marriott
Completion: January 2018

Development Team
» Engineering Design Technologies Inc. (Master Developer), Mississippi Developers LLC
» Jones Walker (Legal Counsel)
» Fountain Construction Co. (Contractor)
» M3A Architecture PLLC/William L. McElroy AIA NCARD (Architect); Integrated Management Services (Engineering); Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart Associates Inc. (Design)
» Public Finance Authority (Financial Services Consultant)

By TED CARTER Two of the three convention center hotel proposals presented to the Jackson Redevelopment Authority rely heavily on public-sector backing for development loans, though both forgo asking for direct financial contributions from either the City or JRA. A JRA-appointed review committee will look over the proposals and recommend a developer to the Authority in time for a selection or ...

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Jackson County voters to consider 2 percent tourism tax


PASCAGOULA — Jackson County voters will decide Tuesday whether to levy a 2 percent tax on hotel stays to pay the local share to support the work of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau. The tri-county tourism group — encompassing Harrison, Hancock and Jackson counties — was created to promote the whole Gulf Coast. The Sun Herald ...

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Columbus lands 2016 rural tourism conference


COLUMBUS — The Mississippi-Alabama Rural Tourism Conference is coming to Columbus. The conference will be held Oct. 24-26, 2016, at the Courtyard Marriott The annual conference is hosted alternately between Mississippi and Alabama. This year’s conference will be held Oct. 19-21 in Rogersville, Alabama. Greenwood, Mississippi, hosted the 2014 conference Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Nancy Carpenter says ...

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Ag development, tourism reinforce Delta Council mission

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By Jack Weatherly CLEVELAND — The Bologna Performing Arts Center is a sea of seersucker suits and dresses. There’s as much cotton in this nearly full 1,170-seat arena on the Delta State University campus as in one of the cotton fields that made the region famous. Tradition is the watchword for this, the 80th annual meeting of the Delta Council. ...

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Once vilified, BP now getting credit for gulf tourism boom

In this Wednesday, May 13, 2015 photo, tourists line the beaches in Gulf Shores, Ala., a prime spot along the Gulf of Mexico for conventions. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. — With the Memorial Day holiday here, fallout from the oil spill that left Gulf Coast beaches smeared with gooey tar balls and scared away visitors in 2010 is being credited, oddly, with something no one imagined back then: An increase in tourism in the region. Five years after the BP disaster, the petroleum giant that was ...

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B.B. King to be laid to rest next week in Mississippi Delta

FILE -  In this file photo taken Aug. 22, 2012, B.B. King performs at the 32nd annual B.B. King Homecoming, a concert on the grounds of an old cotton gin where he worked as a teenager in Indianola, Miss. The Blues legend King died May 14.

JACKSON — The body of blues legend B.B. King will return next week to the Mississippi Delta where his life and career began. His body will be flown on Wednesday to Memphis, Tennessee, the place where a young King was nicknamed the Beale Street Blues Boy. It is expected to arrive at the airport at about noon, and will be ...

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Island View unveils new hotel tower in Gulfport

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By LISA MONTI The local owners of Island View Casino Resort in Gulfport unveiled their 18-story hotel April 29 for guests and officials from the Coast and Jackson. Rick Carter and Terry Green invested $58 million in the tower which had been vacant since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The beach tower was built on a 10-acre site on the south side ...

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