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Nowlin joins Fairview Inn as Events Manager

Stephanie Nowlin has joined the Fairview Inn team as the new events manager. Previously, she served as the Catering Sales Manager at La Brioche in Fondren, where she managed all corporate and social events. Stephanie also has marketing experience through her time at Medicomp Physical Therapy and Capital Orthopaedic. Nowlin lives in Brandon with her husband, Damon, and is a ...

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State tourism, CVBs respond to pandemic

By LYNN LOFTON Tourism is a major economic factor in Mississippi.  So, how in the age of COVID-19 are convention and visitors bureaus around the state faring? Tupelo, Ridgeland, Jackson and the Gulf Coast are among the state’s CVBs that are back in business while following CDC guidelines. “Tupelo’s tourism industry has been significantly impacted by COVID-19 and we continue ...

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Lyric Hotel to open in Cleveland on Aug. 4

By JACK WEATHERLY The Lyric Hotel in the West End District in Cleveland will open on Aug. 4, developer and owner Dinesh Chawla said in a release issued late Sunday. The opening had been pegged to July 27, but “we cannot compete with the generous offer by the federal government of $600 a week on top of regular unemployment. That ...

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MMI, LRC2 offer update on Memphis hotel

By JACK WEATHERLY   Two Mississippi hotel firms have offered an update on their project in Memphis, a seven-story, 106-room project in Overton Square. The last steel has been put in place as a “topping out.” A ground-floor restaurant, the Complicated Pilgrim, and a rooftop bar, the Tiger and the Peacock, will be included, according to the firms, MMI Hotel ...

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Plan unveiled for $1.2 billion Broadwater complex

The site of legendary Broadwater Beach Hotel would be reborn as a $1.2 billion entertainment complex in Biloxi if plans move forward. Dakia Entertainment Hospitality and Broadwater Development LLP announced on Tuesday the signing of a formal letter of intent, subject to finalizing financial commitments, to redevelop the historic, former Broadwater Beach hotel, marina and golf course site into a ...

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Ameristar Casino to lay off 150 workers in Mississippi

Officials for a riverfront casino in Mississippi have announced plans to permanently lay off 150 workers as the industry faces challenges amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Ameristar Casino, which sits along the Mississippi river in Vicksburg, will remain open, but will reduce its staff beginning in August, according to a letter notifying city officials of the layoffs. The Mississippi Gaming ...

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Cruises halted by virus plan return to Mississippi River

Efforts to reduce the spread of the coronavirus have further delayed the return of cruises along the Mississippi River. American Cruise Lines announced this week that it would resume operations on the river July 11, The Vicksburg Post reported. It was previously expected to resume in late June. Vicksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Laura Beth Strickland told the ...

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Hotelier Chawla looking to a brighter future

Police matter, dissolution of alliance with Trump organization behind him   By JACK WEATHERLY Dinesh Chawla is looking to the future. Not the recent past. That is understandable, given the turn of events in the past year for the man who is looking forward to the opening of the Lyric Hotel in Cleveland. The luxury hotel, which will be a ...

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Hotels treading water in Coronavirus tide

By JACK WEATHERLY Hotels across Mississippi and the nation are treading water as they wait for the Coronavirus tide to recede and the economy to fully reopen. Occupancy ranges from single digit percentages to low 20 percentages, according to two lodging associations in Mississippi. Target occupancy rates are 60 to 70 percent “at the very least” said Pat Fontaine, executive ...

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Massive tuna caught in Mississippi breaks state record

There’s a new state record in place in Mississippi for Yellowfin Tuna. Michael McElroy III, of Hattiesburg, landed a fish weighing 236 pounds, 9.6 ounces (107 kilograms, 272 grams) last month. The state Commission on Marine Resources on Tuesday certified the catch as a state fishing record for the species using conventional tackle, the agency said in a news release. ...

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