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Analyst: Casinos to see mixed results

GULF COAST — A Jefferies & Co. analyst said casinos along the Gulf Coast should report mixed results in upcoming revenue reports, noting the region still lags other markets. Analyst David Katz said he expects Penn National Gaming Inc.’s Hollywood Casino to report a 12.2 percent decline in fourth-quarter revenue at $27.9 million. Pinnacle Entertainment Inc.’s Boomtown property should post ...

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Planners eyeing Under-the-Hill for development

NATCHEZ — City planners are discussing plans to allow Natchez Under-the-Hill to open its doors for overnight guests. The Natchez Planning Commission will meet Nov. 23 to hear from the public on a proposal to rezone the historic district under the Mississippi River to allow for guest houses. City Planner Bob Nix tells The Natchez Democrat that opening a new ...

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'Gatemouth' Moore honored with Blues Trail marker

YAZOO CITY — Bishop Arnold Dwight “Gatemouth” Moore, a former national blues star who left the nightclub stage for the pulpit, is being honored with a marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail. The marker was unveiled Monday in Yazoo City. Moore, a blues singers of the 1940s, experienced a dramatic conversion when he went onstage at the Club DeLisa in ...

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Ohr-O’Keefe Museum gets $3 mill grant

Part of museum to open this weekend BILOXI – The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum in Biloxi has received $3 million grant by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, according to the Sun Herald. The grant will be used to complete the gallery that will display the work of George Ohr. The grant supplies the final funding necessary for the museum’s ...

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Harrah's in Tunica to lay off nearly 200

TUNICA — Harrah’s Entertainment Inc. says it will eliminate nearly 200 jobs at its Horseshoe Casino & Hotel in Tunica. That’s about 5 percent of the 4,000 employees at the properties. Harrah’s is citing a decline in the casino industry as the reason for cutting a variety of jobs, from senior management to hotel and restaurant employees. R. Scott Barber, ...

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Destination: Vicksburg wedding

VICKSBURG — Vicksburg’s antebellum homes, its history, its Southern charm and the Mississippi River are assets the Vicksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau hopes will draw brides and grooms to the city. “Destination weddings are big business for tourist locations,” said Bill Seratt, VCVB executive director. “For years, people have gone off to the islands and Colorado.” To keep up, VCVB ...

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Choctaw casino in Jones Co. hires 184

SANDERSVILLE — Officials say about half the jobs at the planned Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians casino in Jones County have been filled. Tribe spokesman Warren Strain tells the Laurel Leader-Call that 184 people were offered jobs after two recent jobs fairs. He says another 170 positions are to be filled before the Bok Homa (BOHK HO-MUH) Casino opens in ...

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Choctaw casino expansion to be overseen by casino veteran

LAUREL — The man who will oversee the operations of the Bok Homa Casino near Sandersville is no stranger to Mississippi gaming. Retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Paul Harvey was the first executive director of the Mississippi Gaming Commission. Harvey was hired by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians in November 2007. Harvey, 73, who currently serves as president and ...

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National preservation group applauds Jackson's King Edward Hotel

JACKSON — The revitalized King Edward Hotel in downtown Jackson is receiving national recognition. It is one of 23 restoration projects being honored next week during a conference of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The group will meet in Austin, Texas. The 12-story King Edward first opened in 1923 a few blocks from the Mississippi Capitol. The Neoclassical-style hotel ...

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Viking Classic has $20 mill economic impact

Source: Buffalo Communications press release JACKSON — The Viking Classic not only brought some of the biggest names on the PGA TOUR and as many as 50,000 golf fans to Annandale Golf Club in Madison, but, according to estimates by the tournament director, the event also had an economic impact of nearly $20 million on the state. In addition, more ...

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