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City petitioning Legislature for tourism tax

SOUTHAVEN — Last fall, voters in the city of Southaven gave overwhelming support, in a nonbinding election, to a proposal to place a 1 percent sales tax on restaurants. Now, the city has asked the Legislature to approve the tourism tax without the necessity of another election. Mayor Greg Davis tells [ITAL]The Commercial Appeal[ITAL] that proceeds from the tax would ...

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CVB hires consultant to conduct tourism study

TUPELO — The Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau board has hired a consultant to a comprehensive local tourism market analysis. North Carolina-based Young Strategies will be paid $9,500 to initially look at the CVB’s current in-house programs, such as sports and film development, to see how the efforts are going and what can be improved. CVB executive director Neal McCoy ...

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Diamondhead Casino extends LOI with Phoenix

DIAMONDHEAD — Diamondhead Casino Corporation (DCC) has agreed to extend a letter of intent entered into with Phoenix Gaming and Entertainment, LLC, for 60 days. DCC owns, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Mississippi Gaming Corporation, approximately 404 acres of land in Diamondhead on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The property fronts Interstate 10 for approximately two miles and the Bay of St. ...

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Study: Viking Classic has $22M impact on state

MADISON — Researchers at Mississippi State University have determined the Magnolia State’s only PGA Tour event, the Viking Classic, has an impact on the Mississippi economy in gross output or sales of approximately $22 million. Commissioned by the Mississippi Development Authority, the study surveyed about 2,500 attendees at the Sept. 27-Oct. 3 tournament at Annandale Golf Club in Madison. The ...

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Moak: No new taxes for state's casinos

JACKSON — The chairman of the Mississippi House Gaming Committee said Monday he expects no serious effort by lawmakers to increase casino taxes in Mississippi this year. Rep. Bobby Moak, D-Bogue Chitto, said if casino companies are deciding where to develop new projects, a change in tax rates could make Mississippi less competitive. Casinos pay 8 percent to the state ...

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Vision Airlines adding Gulfport-Biloxi flights

GULFPORT — Low-cost carrier Vision Airlines is expanding flights out of Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport. Airport executive director Bruce Frallic says he doesn’t know the frequency of service but flights will go to Atlanta, Houston (Texas) Hobby airport and St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Fla. Frallic says Vision Airlines has been providing charter service for Beau Rivage since 2009, when AirTran left the market ...

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Northrop, Isle of Capri lays off workers

PASCAGOULA and BILOXI — Layoffs are on the way at a Mississippi Gulf Coast casino and at a shipyard. Northrop Grumman yesterday confirmed a WLOX television report that it laid off 76 workers Friday. A company statement issued by spokesman Bill Glenn notes the cyclical nature of the shipbuilding industry. Meanwhile, WLOX reports that the Isle Casino Hotel in Biloxi ...

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Nooe sells two restaurants, opens Grant's Kitchen

JACKSON — Chef Grant Nooe, whose past restaurant projects include Brick Oven Cafe, Pan Asia, Fresh Market Cafe and 400 East Capitol, has opened a new “quick cuisine” restaurant. Grant’s Kitchen is located at the corner of  River Oaks and Lakeland Drive. While fast casual dining has seen exponential growth nationally as well as right here in Jackson in a ...

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Horseshoe found liable for fatal accident

ROBINSONVILLE — Horseshoe Casino is liable for damages under the state’s “dram shop” law related to a fatal accident in Tunica County in 2002, the Mississippi Supreme Court has ruled. However, the Supreme Court yesterday found the casino liable only 50 percent of the $1.1 million awarded by a Tunica County jury in 2010. Three people died in the accident ...

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Margaritaville Casino still alive, but moving

BILOXI — The Jimmy Buffett-backed Margaritaville Casino has new life. But the site has changed — motorists will not see it on the beach along U.S. 90. Planners said it will be moved to the Back Bay of Biloxi. And they hope to have all the paperwork and license approvals so the proposed 68,000-square-foot, $48-million Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Casino and ...

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