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UK, Canada, Germany and Brazil top list of tourists in Mississippi

By LYNN LOFTON  It may be surprising to learn that 11 percent of  jobs in Mississippi are in the hospitality industry. With 122,850 jobs in tourism, that sector is now the fourth largest private employer in the state. Other impressive numbers include 24.7 million visitors who came to the state and spent $6.7 billion in fiscal year 2019. Mississippi Development ...

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Mobile dims chances for Amtrak renewal on Gulf Coast

Leaders in Alabama’s port city of Mobile are dimming chances for reviving passenger train service along the northern Gulf Coast. Member of the City Council’s finance committee withheld support for funding service through Alabama’s port city during a meeting Tuesday. Al.com reported the full council could vote on the issue next week. Amtrak hasn’t operated along the coast since Hurricane Katrina in ...

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Effort builds to purchase, restore historic Parkway Hotel

By RAY VAN DUSEN / Monroe Journal ABERDEEN – Following the same idea of how the Elkin Theatre was purchased by numerous families in the 1980s, Aberdeen Main Street Director Ann Tackett is leading an effort to potentially purchase the former Parkway Hotel and restore it to its prime. The hotel is currently occupied by the Tombigbee Inn alongside Commerce ...

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Park Hotel has new owner with big plans

By JOHN H. WARD / Monroe County Journal AMORY – A deal to purchase the Park Hotel closed last week, and its new owner, Orein Holley of Hamilton, has plans to revitalize the 1926 landmark into living and restaurant space to make it a downtown destination. “Each floor has its own individual character. The overall plan is to convert the ...

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Bay St. Louis voters say no to tax for parks and recreation

A proposed local sales tax has been rejected by a wide margin in one city on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. In an election Tuesday in Bay St. Louis, 1,726 people voted against the tax and 422 people voted for it, WLOX-TV reported. The 2% tax would have been used to generate money for parks, recreation and tourism promotion. City officials ...

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France shuts down: Mass strike hits trains, Eiffel Tower

PARIS — The Eiffel Tower shut down, France’s vaunted high-speed trains stood still and several thousand people protested in Paris as unions launched open-ended, nationwide strikes Thursday over the government’s plan to overhaul the retirement system. Paris authorities barricaded the presidential palace and deployed 6,000 police as activists – many in yellow vests representing France’s year-old movement for economic justice ...

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Closed golf course could be sold to new owner for $1.5M

The owners of a closed Mississippi Gulf Coast golf course say there’s a $1.5 million offer to buy it. WLOX-TV reports current owners have voted 211-57 to accept the offer, and that a contract could be signed in early December. It would likely be complete in early 2020. The course is part of a historic resort that frequently hosted Elvis ...

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GOOD TOWNS — Clarksdale, Mississippi

Home of the Delta Blues, this crossroad of cultures gave birth to a uniquely American sound By DOUG SEGREST » Spotlighting special towns across Mississippi, Good Towns, presented by Regions Bank, is about the character, the history, the people and the unique things that make a town a special place. The intersection of Highways 61 and 49 is where Robert ...

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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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Algal bloom cost Mississippi Coast tourism $4.1 million in June, July

By JACK WEATHERLY Beaches on the Mississippi Gulf Coast were given the green light earlier this month after a summer-long shutdown of coastal waters were declared free of  harmful algal bloom caused by an influx of fresh water from upstream flooding. The good news follows a loss of $4.1 million, or 3 percent to 8 percent, in room revenue for ...

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