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Update: Millsaps Cabot Lodge Hotel to close Dec. 15

By JACK WEATHERLY The Cabot Lodge Hotel at Millsaps College is scheduled to close before the end of the year as a long-term lease to operate the hotel comes to an end. Employees of the hotel were notified by MMI Hotel Group, which manages the hotel and leases the property from the college. The Cabot Lodge sits on an approximately ...

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Petition drive highlights effort to save Sun-n-Sand motel

  By JACK WEATHERLY The Mississippi Heritage Trust has asked the state Department of Archives and History (DAH) to declare the vacant Sun-n-Sand motel in downtown Jackson a historic landmark to prevent its demolition. The state Department of Finance and Administration (DF&A) bought the property for $1 million early this year and plans to raze the motel, which was shut ...

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Mississippi Aquarium will reach hearts and minds beginning in April

By LYNN LOFTON Occupying 5.8 acres in downtown Gulfport, the Mississippi Aquarium expects to open on April 30, 2020. All Mississippians can be proud of this new attraction that’s located on Highway 90 across from Jones Park and Gulfport Harbor. It will contain more than 80,000 square feet of exhibits connected by landscaped walkways with plants representing all the physiographic ...

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IP recognizes outstanding team members of the month for July and August

IP Casino Resort SPA in Biloxi recognized its Team Members of the Month for July and August. July’s honorees included Yendee Cartwright (Food & Beverage, Banquets), Sandra Ghorla (Bus Tour & Travel, Bus Coordinator), Mike Nguyen (Table Games, Dealer), Mike Hryhorchuck (Facilities, Lead Maintenance), John McDonald (Facilities, Painter) and Georgetta Williams (Food & Beverage, Lead Cook). August’s honorees included Lillian ...

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Ridgeland Tourism announces new staff and promotions

The Ridgeland Tourism Commission (RTC) has announced two new staff members and two promotions within Ridgeland’s destination marketing organization. Hannah Wilkins of Ridgeland, formerly an event planner with Kendall Poole, has been selected as the Group Sales Manager to focus on meetings and conferences, reunions, weddings and the group leisure market. Wilkins was also a leadership development consultant and brings ...

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GTR airport sets all-time passenger record

The Golden Triangle Regional Airport near Columbus set a new record in the month of October for the number of passengers traveling from the airport.  With more than 5,000 passengers boarding flights in October, it exceeded last year’s October total by 25%.  In addition, because of the increased number of travelers the flights were over 90% full. Mike Hainsey, the ...

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There’s more to this ghost town than old, empty buildings

By BARBARA GAUNTT / The Clarion Ledger RODNEY — A dirt road carries visitors to the heart of a town frozen in time. Dust billowing behind the car settles as it stops at the intersection where Rodney Road turns left, and Muddy Bayou Road — or Commerce Street, as it was back in the day — goes right. Alston Grocery ...

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MMI Hotel Group hires Morgan

MMI Hotel Group (MMI) has named Stacey Morgan, the Corporate Director of Revenue Management. Morgan has assumed responsibility for setting the day-to-day rates and sales strategy for a portfolio of hotels to maximize revenues and profitability. She also assists in the training and development of the hotels’ sales teams using a variety of new tools as the discipline of revenue ...

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Tupelo dog hotel listed as top hotel for dogs

TUPELO – Macy’s Townhouse in Tupelo has been named as one of the best hotels for dogs in America, according to the Dog Hotel Critic. The dog hotel was among five currently open and one upcoming dog hotel on the list and was praised for “The small townhouse atmosphere, the George Smith mohair sofas, the arrangement of suites, the 24-hour ...

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Proposed short-term rental limits draw debate in Starkville

Supporters and opponents are clashing over proposals to restrict short-term home rentals in a north Mississippi college town. The city of Starkville held its second public input session Tuesday for proposed changes that would affect rentals in single-family residential neighborhoods. About 50 people attended the forum where supporters said that short-term rental companies, such as Airbnb, threaten the integrity and ...

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