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Saltillo moves ahead with tourism tax referendum

By WILLIAM MOORE / Daily Journal SALTILLO • The Board of Aldermen formally set Nov. 5 as the date for a referendum to add a 2 percent sales tax to hotels and restaurants in Saltillo. During a special called meeting Tuesday, aldermen approved a resolution to establish the tourism tax and set the date for the public referendum. The state legislature ...

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Donna Gray earns CVP Designation

Donna Gray, Vicksburg Convention Center Business Manager, earned her Certified Venue Professional designation. Venue professionals who earn the CVP designation are recognized, by those inside and outside the industry, as skilled in their profession.

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Cash cow on a cul de sac — Oxford homes getting top rental rates for Ole Miss football weekends

Hotel market inventory finally meeting demand     By TED CARTER Home is where the heart is, but it’s also where the money is for Oxford residents willing to rent out their pads on Ole Miss football weekends. Accommodating the lodging needs of out-of-town game-goers is so popular, in fact, that the short-term rental Web-based operator Vrbo has designated the ...

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IP recognizes team members for June and second quarter

IP Casino Resort Spa recognized team members for their service, dedication and work ethic, honoring the Team Members of the Month for June and the Second Quarter. June’s honorees included team members Anslem Bogan Roberson (Food & Beverage, Bay View Café), Janet Crafton (Food & Beverage, Bay View Café), Wayne Morgan (Table Games), Laura Shoemake (Advertising), Trishten Thornton (Food & ...

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Tupelo sells property to group wishing to build downtown hotel

By TAYLOR VANCE / Daily Journal TUPELO • City officials are partnering with a development company to bring a four-story boutique hotel that will house at least 80 rooms and a restaurant to the downtown area. The Tupelo City Council voted to enter into a contract agreement with Thrash Group, LLC, a hotel development industry based out of Hattiesburg, to sell city-owned ...

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Mississippi firms affected by cyanobacteria can seek help

Businesses along Mississippi’s Gulf Coast might be able to get federal aid if they’ve suffered economic losses due to toxic blue-green bacteria in the water. News outlets are reporting on the process that could enable Small Business Administration loans to affected businesses. At least five businesses from each affected county have to show they’ve suffered substantial economic injury. Gov. Phil ...

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City aims to set watermelon eating world record

By JAKE THOPMSON / Oxford Eagle WATER VALLEY — Water Valley held the 50th Watermelon Carnival this past weekend, and to commemorate the milestone, etched the town’s name into the record books. Residents of Water Valley, along with visitors from across the country, descended upon the Crawford Sports Complex Saturday (Aug. 3) night to form the world’s largest watermelon-eating contest, ...

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Nikki Moon appointed as president of Coastal Mississippi Board of Commissioners

Coastal Mississippi has announced the appointment of Nikki Moon as President of its Board of Commissioners. Moon will lead fellow Coastal Mississippi commissioners, charged with overseeing the promotion of the tri-county region as a tourism and convention destination worldwide. Its mission centers on attracting ever-increasing numbers of leisure, convention, sports and business visitors to the area. With 30 years of ...

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Coastal Mississippi announces Patrick Clay as Digital Content Manager

Coastal Mississippi has announced its latest addition to the Coastal Mississippi Communications and Engagement Department: Patrick Clay, Digital Content Manager. The Coastal Mississippi Communications and Engagement Department is charged with the following: showcasing the vivid, varied character of coastal life through the development of unique and compelling content that inspires action; effectively communicating the incredible economic impact of the region’s ...

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Mississippi Coast Coliseum closer to having hotel

The Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center could have a hotel operating on its Biloxi beachfront property as early as the fall of 2021. Mississippi news outlets report that the Harrison County Board of Supervisors on Monday approved a 99-year lease between the Coliseum Commission and a developer. The 150-room hotel would be under the Marriott flag. Coast Coliseum officials ...

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