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Higher education, tourism officials ask for more state funding

JACKSON — The two systems that run Mississippi’s public universities and community colleges each want lawmakers to increase their budgets by more than $75 million, arguing more state spending on higher education will help residents earn higher incomes and bolster the future of the state. State agencies are presenting requests to the 14-member Joint Legislative Budget Committee this week, setting ...

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Travis retiring as head of Mississippi World Trade Center

JACKSON — Barbara Travis is retiring today after 13 years as the executive director of the Mississippi World Trade Center. The Mississippi World Trade Center is a nonprofit organization that fosters international trade and economic growth in Mississippi and the Mid-South region. The center was created in 2001 and Travis was its first executive director. She has worked on international ...

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Council rebrands in effort to push more visitors to Oxford Square

OXFORD — The Oxford Downtown Council has recently been rebranded as the Oxford Square Alliance. The Alliance has a new logo, and decals with the logo will be placed at member locations around the historic Oxford Square. “People from all over the world know about the Oxford Square,” says Mark Huelse, chair of the Oxford Square Alliance and co-owner of ...

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Another marker going up on Mississippi Country Music Trail

POLKVILLE — On Sept. 19, one of Mississippi’s longest-running country music festivals will be honored with the newest marker on the Mississippi Country Music Trail. The unveiling ceremony will take place at 3 p.m. at 6334 Highway 13 in Polkville, across the street from the Polkville Music Barn. This will be the 26th marker on the Mississippi Country Music Trail. ...

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Natchez Trace sees drop in visitors in August; year-to-date numbers flat

TUPELO — The number of visitors to the Natchez Trace Parkway so far this year is essentially flat compared to 2013, and the Trace saw a significant decrease last month. Superintendent Mary Risser said, “This year, 496,436 people used the Parkway in August, compared to 533,555 who were counted in 2013.” In 2013, the Trace reported 3,947,525 visitors from January-August. ...

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Mississippi sounds coming to Americana Music Festival & Conference

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Visit Mississippi, the state tourism office of Mississippi, is partnering with the Americana Music Festival & Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, to present a Mississippi theme at the 15th annual event. As part of the five-day conference, Mississippi musicians, writers and advocates will be featured as part of panel discussions, musical showcases and exhibitions. “This partnership is all ...

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The Oaks House Museum to reopen Saturday

JACKSON — After closing for six months for renovations, The Oaks House Museum in Jackson is reopening with a party. An open house will be held from 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Sept. 6 at The Oaks, which is located at 823 Jefferson Street in the Belhaven Heights neighborhood. The public is invited to this free event that will offer tours ...

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First phase of restoration begins on Elvis' Circle G Ranch

HORN LAKE — Phase 1 of restoration has commenced at Circle G Ranch, formerly owned by Elvis Presley. Plans include the relocation and restoration of the historic Honeymoon Cottage to the interior of the property near the horse stables, which will also be restored. An arena will be created next to the stables for horse and pony rides, shows, and ...

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Hancock Bank hosting event to raise funds for lighthouse restoration

PASCAGOULA — Hancock Bank is hosting a “Come Light Up The Night” Round Island Lighthouse fundraiser Aug. 7 to complete interior and lighting work at the top of the historic structure. The event will take place under the historical oaks at Lighthouse Park, on the north side of the Pascagoula bridge. Preservationists and the city of Pascagoula have spent a ...

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