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Birdwatching generates big bucks for coastal economy with room to grow

By Tammy Leytham Wildlife watching – including birding – contributes millions of dollars each year to coastal coffers and with the new Pascagoula River Audubon Center opening in 2015, the sky’s the limit. Because birders like to plan trips to areas where they can see multiple natural attractions, the coastal counties are poised for growth in nature-based tourism, said Dr. ...

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Tourism group asks Jackson County for room tax

PASCAGOULA — The Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau has asked Jackson County supervisors for a 2 percent nightly occupancy tax on hotel rooms to support tourism. Harrison and Hancock counties have heads-on-beds taxes in place that raise money to support the Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau. Jackson County does not. Pascagoula, Moss Point and Ocean ...

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Ag Museum to be closed through November; no evidence of arson

JACKSON — The Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum is expected to remain closed to the general public until Dec. 1. Andy Prosser, deputy commissioner of agriculture, tells WJTV in Jackson the facility will be made available to individuals or groups who had already scheduled rentals for events. Three buildings — a children’s barnyard, a veterinary educational building and a maintenance ...

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Investigation underway into cause of massive Ag Museum fire

JACKSON — €” State and local fire investigators began work Friday to determine the cause of a two-alarm fire at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum in Jackson. Chief Deputy Fire Marshal Ricky Davis says investigators were on the scene Thursday night and remained to start going through the debris Friday. He did not give a timetable to complete the ...

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Massive fire at Ag Museum destroys buildings; no injuries

JACKSON — At least two buildings were destroyed but no people or animals were killed or seriously injured as a large fire burned yesterday evening at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum in Jackson, the state agriculture commissioner said. Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith said it was not immediately clear what sparked the fire, which started about 5 p.m. More than 50 ...

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Museum's blues education program garners national award

CLARKSDALE — The Delta Blues Museum Arts and Education Program in Clarksdale is among 12 winners of the 2014 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award. First Lady Michelle Obama will honor the winners today at the White House. One international program will also be recognized with the International Spotlight Award for a youth-based program in India. The program recognizes ...

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Organizers choose Clarksdale for R&B hall of fame

CLARKSDALE — The Official Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame will be in Clarksdale, says founder and CEO LaMont Robinson. Robinson announced the decision at Morgan Freeman’s Ground Zero Blues Club, The Clarksdale Press-Register reports. Detroit, Memphis, Nashville and Jackson also had been named as potential locations. “Clarksdale is the perfect home for this project,” Robinson said. “This area ...

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STS names Museum of Natural Science as year's best attraction

JACKSON — The Mississippi Museum of Natural Science has received a Southeast Tourism Society Shining Example Award as the Escape to the Southeast Travel Attraction of the Year. The museum was recognized for its cooperative work with the Jackson Convention and Visitors Bureau and other attractions that boosted attendance, helped market the entire city and earned statewide publicity for promotions ...

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Number of visitors to Natchez Trace makes big jump

TUPELO — The Natchez Trace Parkway saw a significant jump in the number of visitors last month compared to September 2013. Last month, 728,172 visitors used the Natchez Trace, compared to 534,955 in September 2013. This broke a four-month stretch of monthly declines. Year-to-date, the Trace has entertained 4,675,984 visitors compared to 4,482,480 in 2013.These numbers continue to put the ...

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Department of Agriculture launches new agritourism mobile app

JACKSON — The state is celebrating Agritourism Month in October with events around the community and at its 13 Welcome Centers, and the Mississippi Department of Agriculture (MDAC) has released a new mobile app to help visitors locate agritourism operations around the state. “Agritourism in Mississippi provides our farmers and landowners with the opportunity to show the importance of our ...

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