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Coastal Mississippi’s Beau Rivage wins award

The ninth annual Atlanta Food & Wine Festival (AFWF) has announced that Beau Rivage Resort & Casino’s Executive Chef Kristian Wade is this year’s winner of the PNC “Best of the Fest” competition. As part of a collaborative effort between Coastal Mississippi, Visit Mississippi, and Beau Rivage Resort & Casino to showcase the destination, Chef Wade delighted attendees with his ...

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Cotton House names GM, is taking reservations

By JACK WEATHERLY jack.weatherly@msbusiness.com The Cotton House hotel has hired James McAfee as its first general manager for the upscale lodge to open soon in downtown Cleveland. McAfee comes to Mississippi from Mongomery, Ala., where he was director of services at the 345-guestroom Renaissance Hotel and Spa, a Marriott property. “After working in Montgomery . . . at the Renaissance ...

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No swimming: Toxic bacteria afflicts Mississippi coast

An outbreak of toxic bacteria is ruining some beach plans in Mississippi, where authorities are warning people not to swim or eat seafood from polluted coastal waters.The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality released a list of closed beaches to news outlets. Residents shouldn’t even allow their pets to come in contact with water that has a greenish-blue hue. The toxic ...

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Senators: 18 Mississippi airports receiving federal money

Eighteen airports in Mississippi will receive federal money to make improvements, including rehabilitation of some runways. U.S. Sens. Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith on Monday announced $4.8 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The single largest grant is just over $1 million to the Magee Municipal Airport for runway improvement. Other grants include $600,000 to Columbia-Marion County ...

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Historical marker commemorates reported alien abduction

A historical marker has been placed near the river where two men in southern Mississippi said they were abducted by aliens in 1973. News outlets report the city of Pascagoula dedicated the marker Saturday at Lighthouse Park. Charles Hickson and Calvin Parker said they were on the shores of the Pascagoula River when what appeared to be aliens pulled them ...

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Mississippi shrimp season opens Thursday

Shrimping in Mississippi waters opens Thursday. The Mississippi Commission on Marine Resources has set the opening date of the 2019-2020 shrimp season in state territorial waters for 6 a.m. Recreational and commercial shrimp season north of the Intracoastal Waterway will close at 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2020. In areas south of the Intracoastal Waterway and west of the Gulfport ...

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IP announces team member of the year

IP Casino Resort Spa in Biloxi named James Cartwright (Security Officer), as the 2018 Team Member of the Year. As a contender for Team Member of the Year, Cartwright was first honored in January 2018 as Team Member of the Month. Since he was selected as Team Member of the Year, he will receive $1,000, an all-expenses-paid trip for two ...

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Money will preserve part of Civil War site in Mississippi

A grant will buy a tract of land to help preserve a Civil War battlefield in central Mississippi. The Vicksburg Post reports that the Mississippi Department of Archives and History is receiving nearly $110,000 from the National Park Service. The money from the American Battlefield Trust will purchase 58 acres (23 hectares) at the Champion Hill Battlefield, about halfway between Vicksburg and ...

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Tupelo Regional boardings highest-ever for Contour

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal TUPELO • For the first five months of the year, passenger boardings at Tupelo Regional Airport totaled 6,024, a 40 percent increase compared to the same period a year ago. But the numbers are skewed by the fact Contour Airlnes was flying only nine-passenger Jetstream planes through April of last year before switching to ...

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Near-record ‘dead zone’ predicted in Gulf of Mexico

Scientists are predicting a near-record Gulf of Mexico “dead zone” — an area where the water holds too little oxygen to sustain marine life. Widespread downpours around the Mississippi River Basin have led to record amounts of water, carrying large amounts of fertilizer and other nutrients downriver. The nutrients feed algae, which die and then decompose on the sea floor, ...

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