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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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Casinos' revenues down slightly from last year

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s 30 state-licensed casinos last month almost matched the take from gamblers recorded in August 2009. The state revenue department says the casinos won $202 million, down only 1.6 percent from the previous August. Along the Gulf Coast, 11 casinos won $101.3 million, up 5.6 percent from August 2009. On the Mississippi River, 19 casinos experienced a ...

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Rails-to-trails project getting TEP assistance

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — According to Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) executive director Larry L. “Butch” Brown, MDOT has committed funding for a Transportation Enhancement Project in Chickasaw, Pontotoc and Union counties. Funding in the amount of $4.5 million is to be allocated to The GM&O Rails to Trails Recreational District for the construction of a multi-purpose public trail along a ...

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Churchill Downs buying Delta casino

GREENVILLE — The parent of Churchill Downs race track is getting into the full-fledged casino business. Churchill Downs Inc. said it has agreed to acquire Harlow’s Casino Resort & Hotel in Greenville for about $138 million. Churchill said the cash deal is subject to regulatory approval but is expected to be completed in the next three to six months. Harlow’s ...

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State's second entertainment district unveiled

TUPELO — The state’s second official entertainment district will be in Tupelo. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann joined city leaders to make the announcement Friday. The site will be located at the Elvis Presley birthplace. Meridian was named Mississippi’s first entertainment district in July. Hosemann says the designation will provide incentives to developers looking to move into the Tupelo. The ...

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One Block East bought by California company

GREENVILLE — A long-time Greenville nightspot has been sold to a California company, and the new owners are mulling plans for its future. Commercial Realtor Mal Kretschmar, GRI, CRB, RIM, reports that Jet Stream Limited, LLC, of Santa Barbara, Calif., has purchased One Block East. Terms were not disclosed. One Block East has operated as a bar/lounge/restaurant for approximately 40 ...

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McAlister's names Paci as new president, CEO

RIDGELAND — McAlister’s Deli has named Frank G. Paci as its new president and CEO effective Sept. 27. He is replacing Phil Friedman. “We are delighted to welcome Frank as the new leader of McAlister’s Deli. He brings with him a broad range of experience in strategic planning, operations, franchise development and finance,” said Steve Romaniello, member of the board ...

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