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Choctaws considering Jones Co. casino

JONES COUNTY — The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians is considering building a casino in Jones County, a development that would be the tribe’s second gambling area in the state. Tribal spokesman Warren Strain said last week the tribal council is tentatively set to vote on the proposed development May 19. The site is located near Sandersville on the tribal-owned ...

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Flights resume as volcanic ash dissipates

BRUSSELS — Flights across Europe were operating normally today after a plume of volcanic ash that disrupted air traffic and forced some airports to close over the weekend dispersed, aviation officials said. But delays on trans-Atlantic flights were expected because another band in mid-ocean was still blocking the air routes between Europe and North America, the European air traffic agency ...

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AirTran flies into Delta city

TUNICA — AirTran Airways has launched nonstop service from Tunica Airport in Tunica to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. “Atlanta residents will now have convenient access to Tunica and see all it has to offer,” said Matt Klein, director of pricing and distribution planning for AirTran Airways. “We pride ourselves on low costs and quality service, and we are confident that ...

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Casino company launches re-branding

GREENVILLE — The Jay Daniel Company has successfully completed its first year of management of Harlow’s Casino Resort, and announced that it is re-branding itself as Foundation Gaming Group to more accurately reflect the company’s position as a full-service gaming company and its strategic vision for the future. “When Danny Davila and I formed the company in 2008, we successfully ...

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Weidmann's restaurant closes with no fanfare

MERIDIAN — Weidmann’s, a famed landmark restaurant in downtown Meridian for 140 years, has closed its doors. WTOK-TV reports the restaurant closed April 26 with no fanfare and owners won’t say right now why it has closed. City officials hope a new owner will reopen the restaurant. Weidmann’s first opened in 1870 as a restaurant-hotel called the European House. It ...

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Museum believes it can raise funds for Elvis

TUPELO — An official with the Elvis Birthplace and Museum expects little trouble in coming up with a 20 percent local match to garner $2.8 million from the state to enhance the Tupelo tourist destination. “We don’t see a problem raising our share,” said Elvis Presley Memorial Foundation Executive Director Dick Guyton. The funds to improve the Tupelo birthplace of ...

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Oyster Bay Casino receives site approval

D’IBERVILLE — The Mississippi Gaming Commission today approved the site for the proposed Oyster Bay casino project in the City of D’Iberville. Developers say the $150-million project could be built and ready for business in two years. It will recreate an 1850s fishing village with oyster schooners and shrimp boats and will include restaurants, shops and an artists’ village. The ...

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Officials give go-ahead to resort status

GREENVILLE — With a 4-2 vote, Greenville City Council granted its approval of The Walnut Street Project’s plan to gain resort status from the state. If successful, restaurants and bar owners will be able to remain open and serve alcohol after 2 a.m. The group hopes it will give the city’s entertainment district a boost the way similar ventures have ...

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Pinnacle looking to expand La. casino plans

BATON ROUGE, La. — The head of Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. says the casino company might expand its plans for a new gambling riverboat and hotel complex in Baton Rouge. CEO Anthony Sanfilippo said, during a Tuesday conference call with investment analysts, that Pinnacle is confident it can establish a “best-in-market” gambling complex in Baton Rouge. Pinnacle plans to compete with ...

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