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Monmouth Historic Inn receives Four Diamond rating by AAA

The Monmouth Historic Inn & Gardens in Natchez has been awarded the Four Diamond Rating by AAA for the 39th consecutive year, the longest of any Southern hotel. The 26-acre property was purchased by Nancy and Warren Reuther seven years ago, when they feared for the future of the historic building. Built in 1818 by Mr. and Mrs. John Hankinson ...

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Pearl River Resort Public Relations wins award

Pearl River Resort won a PRism Award at Public Relations Association of Mississippi (PRAM) state conference. It was recognized for it long-term strategic special events programs for the department’s involvement in the Resort’s annual Angel Tree project. The Pearl River Resort Public Relations team is, from left: Erica Clemons Moore, Todd Adams, Katheline McDaniel, Cassandra Hickman, and Dominique Lewis.

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Tourism plays key role in Mississippi’s economy

When we think of economic drivers, we often think of work – the number of jobs, the number of employees, and the amount of revenue and tax collections generated. But sometimes fun can drive the economy too. Tourism plays a key role in Mississippi’s economy. In its Fiscal Year 2018 Annual Report, the Mississippi Development Authority reports that “Mississippi’s unique ...

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Ocean Springs will build beach sidewalk after legal battle

A city on the Mississippi Gulf Coast is moving ahead with plans to build a new sidewalk by a beach, after homeowners lost a legal battle to block the project. The Mississippi Press reports Ocean Springs is receiving $384,000 from the Mississippi Department of Transportation for the East Beach sidewalk. The city will contribute another $96,000, and work could begin ...

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HOME TOWN — Rasberry helps make Laurel a special place to live

By NASH NUNNERY To say Jim Rasberry loves his hometown of Laurel might be the understatement of the century. In 2006, Rasberry Financial Services was one of a handful of tenants occupying the city’s once-bustling downtown. Many small businesses had left for other areas of town. Federal urban renewal projects had turned the center of Laurel into what resembled a ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — Mobile: not all sleepy time down South

We are driving through southeast Mississippi, heading toward Mobile. Richton is a sleepy little town whose underground salt dome was to be the site of the U.S. strategic petroleum reserve. That didn’t happen.  A fighter jet escorts us as it swoops and loops overhead when we enter Alabama at Wilmer. Other than  maybe an imagined whiff of jet fuel, the ...

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ROSS REILY: House that Mayers built gets its deserving name

Dr. Ronnie Mayers had a vision. He wanted to build a world-class competition swimming pool to serve the community, house classrooms for students and be home to one of the best college swim teams in America. No, it wasn’t in Oxford or Starkville or Hattiesburg or even in Jackson. It was in Cleveland — yes, Cleveland. Delta State University has ...

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LeFleur Museum District recognized with regional award

The LeFleur Museum District in Jackson has been recognized by the Southeast Travel Society with the Shining Example Partnership Award for cooperative tourism work in 2018. The LMD is comprised of the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum, the Mississippi Children’s Museum, MDWFP’s Museum of Natural Science, and the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame & Museum. The LMD produced an economic ...

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Natchez Convention Center welcomes Crocker

Natchez Convention Center has announced Hy Crocker as the Director of Event Services. Crocker will be responsible for coordinating event set ups, catering services, staff scheduling as well as general management responsibilities. Crocker comes to the Convention Center with 13+ years of experience with H.E. Management Company where she served as Board Administrator and Executive Director for Mississippi Board of ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Mississippi conferences and conventions

The Mississippi Municipal League Annual Conference is the largest in the state. Held in the summer of each year at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center, it is attended by some 3,000 local elected officials, presenters, vendors, and a variety of other parties. It is only one of hundreds of conferences and conventions each year in the Magnolia State. ...

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