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Hedging their bets

Natchez officials want audit of casino developers The group that wants to develop a greenfield space in Natchez into a riverfront casino feels pretty sure they have the financing in order to pull off the $45-million project. Natchez officials want to make doubly sure that’s the case. Aldermen voted Dec. 14 to have the city’s financial advisor conduct an audit of ...

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Natchez tourism tax falling short of expectations

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) – The Natchez tourism tax is generating less revenue than expected, and that could mean a smaller marketing budget to try to lure more tourists to the city and its antebellum homes. Officials originally expected the $2 per room hotel tax to create about $600,000 in new revenue each year. A second estimate bumped that down to ...

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Natchez tourism tax falls short of expectations

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) – The Natchez tourism tax is generating less revenue than expected, and that could mean a smaller marketing budget to try to lure more tourists to the city and its antebellum homes. Officials originally expected the $2 per room hotel tax to create about $600,000 in new revenue each year. A second estimate bumped that down to ...

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New natural gas well being drilled

A Houston, Texas-based company broke ground last week on a $13.5-million natural gas well project near Natchez. Mainland Resources is the only company in Mississippi currently drilling for natural gas in rock called shale at a depth of 22,000 feet. The company hopes its Burkley Phillips No. 1 well in the Buena Vista Prospect will be successful and followed by ...

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Dickens elected to SBCJC board

At its June meeting, board members for the State Board for Community and Junior Colleges (SBCJC) elected Pat Dickens of Natchez as its vice-chair, effective immediately. The term as vice-chair will run until June 30, 2011. The board, composed of 10 representatives from across the state, is a coordinating agency, which establishes standards and guidelines for the operation of the ...

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Pilgrimages, conventions and events

The star of Southwest Mississippi has always held true to its tourism fundamentals   Beautiful, historic Natchez on the Mississippi River with its many antebellum homes has always had a special tourism niche. Like many tourism destinations, this city has suffered during the recession, but things are looking up. “Things are going pretty well here,” said Marsha Colson, manager of ...

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Sullivan named MBJ's Businesswoman of the Year

Janet Sullivan loves her job. In fact, she enjoys it so much that on many weekends while others are having fun, Sullivan can often be found working in her Natchez office. As special projects coordinator for the Southern District of the Mississippi Department of Transportation, Sullivan’s dedication to both her profession and the community has been officially recognized. Last Thursday, ...

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Education alumni receive awards

The Delta State University College of Education recently held an awards luncheon to recognize five outstanding education alumni. They are: (seated from left), Sen. Robert M. Dearing from Natchez; Kimberly Kilpatrick from Memphis, Tenn.; Dr. Robin Wilbourn Lee from Murfreesboro, Tenn.; (standing from left) Dr. Dorothy Lynn Prestwich from Clarksdale; and, Dr. Jacquelyn C. Thigpen from Cleveland.

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