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Effort builds to purchase, restore historic Parkway Hotel

By RAY VAN DUSEN / Monroe Journal ABERDEEN – Following the same idea of how the Elkin Theatre was purchased by numerous families in the 1980s, Aberdeen Main Street Director Ann Tackett is leading an effort to potentially purchase the former Parkway Hotel and restore it to its prime. The hotel is currently occupied by the Tombigbee Inn alongside Commerce ...

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Park Hotel has new owner with big plans

By JOHN H. WARD / Monroe County Journal AMORY – A deal to purchase the Park Hotel closed last week, and its new owner, Orein Holley of Hamilton, has plans to revitalize the 1926 landmark into living and restaurant space to make it a downtown destination. “Each floor has its own individual character. The overall plan is to convert the ...

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Bay St. Louis voters say no to tax for parks and recreation

A proposed local sales tax has been rejected by a wide margin in one city on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. In an election Tuesday in Bay St. Louis, 1,726 people voted against the tax and 422 people voted for it, WLOX-TV reported. The 2% tax would have been used to generate money for parks, recreation and tourism promotion. City officials ...

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Boutique hotel going up on Bay St. Louis beachfront

By LISA MONTI Construction of The Pearl Hotel in the center of Old Town Bay St. Louis is about a quarter of the way completed and the targeted opening is Winter 2020. Hancock  County-based Cure Land Co. is the developer. Work at the corner of Beach Boulevard and Main Street, where a small shopping mall had been before Hurricane Katrina, ...

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GOOD TOWNS — Vicksburg, Mississippi

This Mississippi River hotspot is known for history, haunts and a 20th Century phenomenon. By Doug Segrest » Spotlighting special towns across Mississippi, Good Towns, presented by Regions Bank, is about the character, the history, the people and the unique things that make a town a special place. High above downtown Vicksburg, overlooking the Yazoo River as it snakes its ...

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France shuts down: Mass strike hits trains, Eiffel Tower

PARIS — The Eiffel Tower shut down, France’s vaunted high-speed trains stood still and several thousand people protested in Paris as unions launched open-ended, nationwide strikes Thursday over the government’s plan to overhaul the retirement system. Paris authorities barricaded the presidential palace and deployed 6,000 police as activists – many in yellow vests representing France’s year-old movement for economic justice ...

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Slain civil rights leader Vernon Dahmer honored with statue

A statue of slain civil rights leader Vernon Dahmer now sits outside the Forrest County Courthouse in Mississippi. The Hattiesburg American reports the bronze sculpture, created by artists Vixon Sullivan and Ben Watts, was commissioned in 2018 by the Forrest County Board of Supervisors to honor Dahmer who was killed for trying to get black people registered to vote. Dahmer was a ...

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Major New Orleans hotel group buys historic Mississippi home

One of New Orleans’ largest hotel groups has announced its purchase of a historic mansion in a Mississippi city. The Natchez Democrat reports the J Collection said in a statement Monday that it had acquired the Natchez landmark, mansion Dunleith. The newspaper says United Mississippi Bank had owned Dunleith since it foreclosed on the property earlier this year when the former owner ...

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Closed golf course could be sold to new owner for $1.5M

The owners of a closed Mississippi Gulf Coast golf course say there’s a $1.5 million offer to buy it. WLOX-TV reports current owners have voted 211-57 to accept the offer, and that a contract could be signed in early December. It would likely be complete in early 2020. The course is part of a historic resort that frequently hosted Elvis ...

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GOOD TOWNS — Clarksdale, Mississippi

Home of the Delta Blues, this crossroad of cultures gave birth to a uniquely American sound By DOUG SEGREST » Spotlighting special towns across Mississippi, Good Towns, presented by Regions Bank, is about the character, the history, the people and the unique things that make a town a special place. The intersection of Highways 61 and 49 is where Robert ...

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