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Whitney Place Development Group announces plans for Fondren hotel

According to findinfondren.com, The Whitney Place Development Group has formally announced their partnership today with Jackson-based Desai Hotel Group to construct a 111 room hotel in Fondren. The “boutique-style” Hampton Inn will be located at 3111 North State Street between Butterfly Yoga and The Pig & Pint on the site long occupied by Rankin Interiors. Construction is set to begin ...

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MDA names temporary replacements to key positions

MBJ staff In the wake of two departures this week, Mississippi Development Authority Executive Director Glenn McCullough, Jr., has named two members of the agency as temporary replacements. Daron Wilson is the interim director of Visit Mississippi, and Jeff Rent has taken the role of interim chief marketing officer. Wilson replaces restaurateur Mal White, who held the position since 2012, ...

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New Audubon Center adds to ecotourism attractions

By LISA MONTI  Jackson County just added a major new ecotourism attraction, the Pascagoula River Audubon Center, which opened Oct. 15 in Moss Point. Along with swamp cruises, birding excursions, kayak tours and nature trails, the center should help to attract more visitors to the state who like the experience of being in nature and who spend money doing it. ...

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Innovate Mississippi has job of putting great ideas on a path to market

By TED CARTER Every so often someone walks into the Innovate Mississippi office certain he has devised a surefire perpetual motion machine. Tony Jeff will probably be the one hearing the claim. The market indeed needs a machine that outputs more energy than it takes in. But what the Ridgeland office of Innovate Mississippi wants to see today is a great ...

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JRA’s $9 million Westin hotel bond gets no takers

By TED CARTER A failure to find a buyer for $9 million in bonds for construction of a downtown Westin Hotel is expected to force the Jackson Redevelopment Authority to ask the City Council to make the bonds more attractive to investors. The $9 million loan to the Westin developer is the JRA’s contribution to a financing package that also includes ...

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Oyster season set by commissioners

By LISA MONTI For the second consecutive year, the Commission on Marine Resources put aside recommendations by the Department of Marine Resources’ scientific staff on when and where oyster harvesting should be. At the commission’s October meeting, Kelly Lucas, DMR’s chief scientist, presented the staff’s findings based on months of surveys of the oyster reefs, including sampling done by divers. Lucas ...

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Oxford joins league of college town hotel chain

By JACK WEATHERLY You might say Oxford has joined another league. No, Ole Miss hasn’t left the Southeastern Conference. But a hotel in a chain situated in college towns around the country has opened there. Graduate Oxford, a 136-room, four-story hostelry with what could be called a studied local theme, recently opened. “Every square inch of Graduate Oxford has been ...

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Turning City Centre into convention center hotel is option, new owner says

By TED CARTER The new owner of downtown Jackson’s City Centre will consider converting the two-tower office complex on South Lamar Street into a convention center hotel should it lose a main tenant whose lease is up at the end of 2016. Hertz Investment Group, the Central Business District’s dominant landlord, emphasized it bought the 266,700 square feet of buildings and ...

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Historic music venue, 100 Men Hall, for sale

By LISA MONTI The 100 Men Hall is up for sale. The historic music venue built in 1922 in Bay St. Louis is where Etta James, Ike and Tina Turner and many others have performed. The building was put on the market a couple of weeks ago and has a sale price of $699,000. It has 4,500 square feet, two bedrooms ...

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Grammy Museum to open in March

MBJ staff The opening of the Grammy Museum Mississippi in Cleveland will be held on March 5-6, nearly four months later than had been planned, according to a news release issued by the museum on Wednesday. The museum announced earlier this month that the scheduled opening on Nov. 14-15 would not happen because of the complexity of the highly sophisticated ...

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