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2010 Miss. state fair sets record

JACKSON — The 2010 Mississippi State Fair set an attendance record of 673,098, about 10,000 more than the former record set in 2005. The fair ended Sunday. Fair director Billy Orr tells The Clarion-Ledger that while numbers aren’t final, ticket sales netted around $3 million. Orr says good weather contributed to the attendance. Rain slowed attendance at last year’s fair ...

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$223,000 allotted for Ship Island ferry terminal

Source: Office of Thad Cochran press release Federal Highway Administration Awards Funds to Terminal Upgrades WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Federal Highway Administration has approved a $223,020 grant to support improvements to the Ship Island ferry boat terminal at Gulfport, U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) today announced. The FHWA funding was awarded to the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) to support ...

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Jackson Blues Trail marker unveiled Thursday

JACKSON – A Mississippi Blues Trail marker will be unveiled Thursday in downtown Jackson to honor was one of the first businesses to offer professional recording technology. The marker will honor Scott Radio Service Company, which was used by Jackson-based Trumpet Record Label for its first sessions with blues artists from 1950 to 1952. The business closed in the 1970s. ...

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Ceres Plantation's future still in doubt

VICKSBURG — Denial of landmark status for the Ceres Plantation House means Warren County officials must decide whether to raze the structure or preserve it another way. The Mississippi Department of Archives and History trustees this past week rejected the application. With the landmark tag, any changes to the old house, parts of which date back to the 1830s, and ...

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Natchez tourism tax falling short of expectations

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) – The Natchez tourism tax is generating less revenue than expected, and that could mean a smaller marketing budget to try to lure more tourists to the city and its antebellum homes. Officials originally expected the $2 per room hotel tax to create about $600,000 in new revenue each year. A second estimate bumped that down to ...

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Natchez tourism tax falls short of expectations

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) – The Natchez tourism tax is generating less revenue than expected, and that could mean a smaller marketing budget to try to lure more tourists to the city and its antebellum homes. Officials originally expected the $2 per room hotel tax to create about $600,000 in new revenue each year. A second estimate bumped that down to ...

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City to vote on proposed tourism tax

SOUTHAVEN — A 1 percent tourism tax is on the ballot Tuesday in Southaven. The Commercial Appeal reports the money generated from the tax on restaurant bills is expected to pay for the proposed $35 million parks expansion and improvement plan. The city received clearance last week from the U.S. Justice Department to hold the special election. Southaven Mayor Greg ...

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Burgers & Blues completes major expansion

JACKSON — Burgers & Blues has nearly doubled its space at Centre Park Shopping Center to 5,668 square feet. Speed Commercial Real Estate, together with Stonemar Properties, the owner of the center, brokered the four-year lease. The new lease transaction, an extension of 16 months over the original lease, is valued at over $140,000. Special features of the new lease ...

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Corchis promoted to newly created position

BILOXI and TUNICA — MGM Resorts International has appointed George P. Corchis Jr. to the newly created position of president and COO of Regional Operations for MGM Resorts International. In his new position, Corchis has assumed responsibility for managing the strategic direction of MGM Grand Detroit while maintaining responsibility for overseeing Beau Rivage in Biloxi and Gold Strike in Tunica. ...

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Tribe members drop Choctaw casino challenge

SANDERSVILLE — Three members of the Mississippi Band of Choctaws Indians have dropped their challenge to the location of a casino on tribal lands in Jones County. The Laurel Leader-Call reports that Vickie Rangel, who led the group that had fought for an election on the casino, notified tribal officials this week that no other challenges would be pursued. Rangel ...

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