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State erects second international Blues Trail marker in France

CAHORS, France — Mississippi’s second international Blues Trail marker was unveiled yesterday in Cahors, France. Malcolm White, director of Visit Mississippi, and Robert Terrell, director of operations at the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center, joined local officials for the unveiling. The event took place just before the opening of the 33rd Annual Cahors Blues Festival. White says in ...

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Retreats allow for peaceful planning

Sometimes businesses and other organizations feel they need more than an on-premise staff meeting. An off-site conference, retreat or team building session may be necessary for a variety of reasons. Consultant Phil Hardwick has facilitated a number of strategic planning retreats for non-profit organizations, economic development agencies and businesses. He says it’s a definite advantage to get away from the ...

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Officials to break ground on new D'Iberville casino next week

D’IBERVILLE — Land Holdings 1, LLC will host a groundbreaking for the Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort in D’Iberville next week. The Mississippi Gaming Commission recently approved construction of the Scarlet Pearl after Land Holdings I closed all of its necessary financing.  Construction will include the 60,000-square-foot gaming facility and a 300-room hotel. The groundbreaking will be held July 15, beginning ...

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Voters to decide on city's proposed hotel tax

BROOKHAVEN — City of Brookhaven voters are deciding whether to set a 2 percent tax hotel tax to pay for tourism promotion. The election is today. The Daily Leader reports that the tax, if approved, would be imposed on overnight stays at hotels or bed-and-breakfast inns with six or more rooms. Alderman David Phillips estimates the tax could generate $100,000 ...

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City changes rules on serving alcohol outside

MERIDIAN — Some restaurants in downtown Meridian can legally start serving beer, wine and cocktails to customers dining at tables on sidewalks. The city council recently changed the rules that regulate alcohol consumption on public streets. The new policy allows alcohol to be served at tables that restaurants put on sidewalks just outside their buildings, said Michael Goggans, a former ...

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Natchez Trace officials warn of dogs following cyclist's attack

Bicyclists using a stretch of the Natchez Trace in the Madison area have more to look out for than just vehicular traffic, and this hazard really bites. Yesterday morning, a 64-year-old bicyclist was attacked and bitten by a pack of dogs near mile marker 113.5 on the Natchez Trace Parkway. The cyclist was traveling southbound when he stated that a ...

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Dancing starts at USA International Ballet Competition

JACKSON — Young dancers from six continents are gathering in Jackson for the USA International Ballet Competition, aiming to win prizes and further their careers. The 2014 competition runs from today through June 29, with 92 competitors vying for medals, scholarships, cash and maybe a job offer from a ballet company. Dancers like Katherine Barkman, a 17-year-old soloist from Richboro, ...

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Tupelo residents to enjoy a drink a little longer

TUPELO — Starting Friday, alcohol can be sold until one a.m. in Tupelo restaurants and bars. The city council approved the ordinance a month ago, triggering the extended sales of beer and light wine beginning Friday. Area residents are still weighing in on the new hours: 10 a.m. until 1 a.m. each day. Previously, the hours were 10 a.m. until ...

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MDA to sponsor ISPS Handa Cup at Old Waverly

One of Mississippi’s most venerable golf courses will soon play host to legends, and the state is throwing in its support. The Mississippi Development Authority will help sponsor the ISPS Handa Cup, the longest-running tournament on The Legends Tour, at Old Waverly Golf Club. Pitting a team of 12 U.S.-born LPGA Legends against a team of 12 internationally-born LPGA Legends ...

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