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Bonnet Carre Spillway shut down as river falls below flood stage

By JACK WEATHERLY The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over the weekend completed the shutdown of the Bonnet Carre Spillway north of New Orleans, starting a process that will lead to the return of normal saltwater conditions in the Mississippi Sound. The river at New Orleans fell below flood stage over the weekend. The return to normalcy in the Sound ...

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Red snapper fishing season reopens off Mississippi coast

One of Mississippi’s most popular saltwater fishing seasons is reopening. The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources says red snapper season will resume Monday and run seven days a week. Spokeswoman Charmaine Schmermund says the department hopes to keep the season open through Sept. 2. Officials say the season will close early if recreational or for-hire boats catch their quotas early, ...

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Music aims to bring ambiance to downtown Greenwood

A city in the Mississippi Delta is installing speakers to play the blues or other types of regional music near downtown shops and restaurants. Greenwood Mayor Carolyn McAdams tells the Greenwood Commonwealth the music will bring another mood, or ambience, to downtown. The city is installing 38 speakers that should be ready in time for the Bikes, Blues & Bayous ...

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Archaeologists unveil evidence of lost mound in Mississippi

By SABRINA ROBERTSON / The Natchez Democrat NATCHEZ — How many mounds are located at the Grand Village of the Natchez Indians? Up until very recently, the obvious answer would have been three, researchers said during a presentation at the Grand Village on Thursday evening. However, their recent studies of the land indicate otherwise. The face of the Grand Village ...

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Cotton House hotel opens in Cleveland

By JACK WEATHERLY The Cotton House will hum and speak the language of the South on this, the first, weekend for the luxury hotel in downtown Cleveland. The Mississippi Writers Guild will hold a conference at the Grammy Museum Mississippi, one of several groups that will draw people to Cleveland with its 95-guestroom hotel. That will give the hotel a ...

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DMR: The fish are ok to eat but the beaches remain closed

By JACK WEATHERLY It’s okay to eat seafood from the Mississippi Sound. That statement to the Mississippi Business Journal by the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (DMR) is the first good news that the coastal counties have had this summer. Another agency, the state Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), closed all 21 beaches, starting with some in late June to ...

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Reno-based Eldorado selling casinos in Mississippi, Missouri

Casino company Eldorado Resorts Inc. says it is selling two of its 26 properties and will use the proceeds to help it buy Caesars Entertainment Corp. Reno-based Eldorado announced Thursday that Rhode Island-based Twin River Worldwide Holdings Inc. will buy the Lady Luck Casino in Vicksburg, Mississippi, and the Isle of Capri property in Kansas City, Missouri, for a combined ...

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Conventions continue to bring big money to Mississippi

By BECKY GILLETTE Conventions that bring hundreds or even thousands of people to town are in full swing in Mississippi bringing in visitors who have a major financial impact with spending for hotel rooms, gas, meals and visiting local attractions. Some of the biggest conventions happening at the Jackson Convention Complex are related to religious events, said Shun Hatten, vice ...

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Youth sports tourism a home run when it comes to economic impact

By BECKY GILLETTE Some parents encourage their kids to get involved with sports as a way to keep them from spending too much time with their phones and electronic devices, or from getting into trouble. Sports are also helpful to help build self-esteem and combat childhood obesity. But the bottom line is that many kids love to play sports and ...

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