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Buildings to be razed for new arts center

MERIDIAN — Officials in Meridian are getting closer to approving demolition of two old buildings at the site of a planned arts and entertainment center. WTOK reports that the board of the Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Center is to meet the first week in September and is expected to approve demolition of the old Hotel Meridian and a structure known ...

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Moody's downgrades Choctaws' securities post-raid

CHOCTAW — Moody’s Investors Service has downgraded $200 million in securities borrowed by the Choctaw Resort Development Enterprise to junk bond status. That action came two days after the FBI raided the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians’ casinos at the Pearl River Resort near Philadelphia, The Clarion-Ledger reported. The FBI’s investigation may “indicate potential internal control weaknesses and could affect ...

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State’s casinos want non-gamblers and families to visit, too

You don’t have to be a gambler to visit Mississippi casinos. With the state’s increasing emphasis on the tourism and hospitality industry, Mississippi’s gaming properties want non-gamblers and families to know they’re welcome to visit. Since the state’s legal gambling halls began opening in the early 1990s, the casinos have proclaimed they have something for everyone, and that message continues. ...

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City mulling plan for entertainment district designation

PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia could become the fifth city in Mississippi to have a designated Arts and Entertainment District. Meridian, Tupelo, Columbus and Ocean Springs have entertainment districts. The Philadelphia Board of Aldermen has not officially decided to designate an arts and entertainment district within the city, but Mayor James Young says he can’t see many reasons not to. City officials ...

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Owners of Hub City nightclub file Chapter 11

HATTIESBURG — The owners of a Hattiesburg nightclub where three University of Southern Mississippi football players were shot and wounded in November have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. William D. Norris, along with several limited liability corporations he controls, filed petitions March 15 in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Northern District of Mississippi, The Hattiesburg American reported. After four ...

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Hub City bar owners balk at early closing

HATTIESBURG — It is looking less likely that Hattiesburg will make bars and nightclubs close earlier. The City Council has been discussing whether to mandate a midnight closing time. The city currently lets bars and clubs stay open until 2 a.m. Monday through Saturday, and midnight Sunday. The Hattiesburg American reports that during a public hearing Dec. 14, several bar ...

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State's second entertainment district unveiled

TUPELO — The state’s second official entertainment district will be in Tupelo. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann joined city leaders to make the announcement Friday. The site will be located at the Elvis Presley birthplace. Meridian was named Mississippi’s first entertainment district in July. Hosemann says the designation will provide incentives to developers looking to move into the Tupelo. The ...

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One Block East bought by California company

GREENVILLE — A long-time Greenville nightspot has been sold to a California company, and the new owners are mulling plans for its future. Commercial Realtor Mal Kretschmar, GRI, CRB, RIM, reports that Jet Stream Limited, LLC, of Santa Barbara, Calif., has purchased One Block East. Terms were not disclosed. One Block East has operated as a bar/lounge/restaurant for approximately 40 ...

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City earns first Entertainment District designation

MERIDIAN — Meridian Mayor Cheri Barry, along with Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, announced yesterday Meridian’s designation of an Entertainment District. The City of Meridian is the first city in the State of Mississippi to receive the designation. Under the Entertainment District Act, a local governing body may apply for an area to be deemed as an entertainment district through ...

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FTC settles with Ticketmaster

WASHINGTON — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced it has settled charges that Ticketmaster and its affiliates used deceptive bait-and-switch tactics to sell event tickets to consumers. Ticketmaster has agreed to pay refunds to consumers who bought tickets for 14 Bruce Springsteen concerts in 2009 through its ticket resale web site TicketsNow, and to be clear about the costs and ...

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