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Developer could reopen Natchez hotel, scrap apartment plan

NATCHEZ — The tallest building in Natchez could once again become a hotel. A developer tells the Natchez Board of Aldermen that he may reopen the former Eola Hotel instead of converting it into apartments. The Natchez Democrat reports owner Robert Lubin was asked to appear Tuesday by Mayor Darryl Grennell to discuss concerns about the empty building’s condition. Lubin ...

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Township at Colony Park to build penultimate phase

By JACK WEATHERLY Kerioth Corp. is planning to add two hotels and a conference center as one of the last two phases of The Township at Colony Park. And latest aspect of the mixed-use development in Ridgeland will be in keeping with the upscale nature of the project that began 2003, said Kerioth President and Chief Executive Clint Herring. Two ...

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Hattiesburg airport director: Essential Air Service program needs to be revised, not eliminated

By BECKY GILLETTE The proposed elimination of the Essential Air Service (EAS) program under the budget proposed by President Donald Trump is of concern in rural states such as Mississippi, where four of the seven commercial service airports in the state receive EAS subsidies. Getting rid of the program is not a new idea. » Read complete story at HATTIESBURG ...

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Smith takes Weston post

Jan Smith has been appointed by Wischermann Partners as Director of Sales and Marketing of The Westin Jackson, which is set to open in late summer in downtown Jackson. With more than 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Smith will oversee all aspects of sales and marketing of the newly constructed hotel. A resident of Jackson, Smith most recently served as ...

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Hattiesburg’s tourism industry sees gains over previous year

City officials say tourism spending is up in Hattiesburg. The Hattiesburg American reports (http://hatne.ws/2pCBGcH ) that annual audits from the Hattiesburg Convention and Tourism Commissions were recently shared with the city council. They show that in fiscal year 2016, visitors spent $274 million in the local economy. Rick Taylor, executive director of the commissions, said that number is an increase of ...

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Questions as Mississippi seeks to tax online lodging rentals

Mississippi’s tax collector wants to make sure people renting rooms or vacation properties online pay sales and lodging taxes. Some people, though, told Revenue Department officials at a Wednesday hearing that the department was overstepping its legal power, as well as not correctly following procedures for issuing new government rules. At stake is whether Mississippi and local governments will collect ...

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Another Mississippi city lowers Confederate-themed flag

A city that relies heavily on tourism is joining several other local governments in abandoning the Mississippi flag because it contains the Confederate battle emblem. Biloxi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gillich has ordered the state flag pulled from display at all municipal buildings. City spokesman Vincent Creel said Monday that Gillich believes removing the flag will help the city’s 5.7 million ...

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Po’ Monkey’s will rock the house again

By JACK WEATHERLY If you drive down a country road a mile or so west of Merigold next summer you might hear some familiar sounds above the crunch of the gravel beneath your tires. Not large farm machinery in the distance working the Delta land. It won’t be an illusion. It will be Po Monkey’s Lounge, the world-famous sharecropper’s shack turned into ...

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DESTINATION DOWNTOWN — New kid on block ready to shake things up in downtown Jackson hotel market

By JACK WEATHERLY When ground was broken two years ago on the Jackson Westin hotel in downtown, the brand was owned by Starwood Properities. Since then, the Westin brand was sold to Marriott International. A Marriott hotel has long been operating in downtown Jackson. So now will Marriott be competing against itself? Somewhat. Marriott, with the $13 billion acquisition in ...

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