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Golden Nugget stakes its claim on the Coast

Late on the afternoon before the Golden Nugget’s big debut in Biloxi, general manager Jim Hoskins sounded calm and cool. “We have a great team,” Hoskins said by way of explaining his no-sweat attitude before the official unveiling of the new brand. The next day, on June 21, the ribbon was ceremoniously cut on the first phase of a transformation ...

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Convention centers across state throw open doors

The economy is shaky and casino business – a major player in tourism – is down. So, how are meetings and conventions – another important part of tourism – faring? Three of Mississippi’s most popular places for meetings and conventions – the Gulf Coast, Jackson and Natchez – say business is good. “Our convention and meeting business in Natchez has ...

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Ribbon to be cut on new interactive exhibit at Ag Museum

JACKSON — Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Cindy Hyde-Smith, along with the members of Farm Families of Mississippi, will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony this week to showcase a new agriculture exhibit on display at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum. The exhibit, donated by the Farm Families of Mississippi, showcases the importance and contributions of Mississippi agriculture. The exhibit ...

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Group says purchase of historic home should wrap up this fall

VAIDEN — Organizers say the acquisition of Cotesworth as a cultural and heritage landmark should be complete by late fall. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports state Sen. Lydia Chassaniol, R-Winona, told Carroll County supervisors this week that with the help of $2 million from Legislature and private donations, the ancestral home of 19th century U.S. Sen. J.Z. George will be purchased, ...

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Gaming expert: City could wait years for casino growth

NATCHEZ — Despite increased revenues since the city’s second casino opened in December, a Mississippi gambling expert says it could take several years for Natchez to see substantial growth to the local casino market. Former University of Southern Mississippi professor, researcher and author Dr. Denise Runge said she would, of course, not have expected local gambling revenues to instantaneously double ...

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Casino hotel construction playing beat the clock

BILOXI — The countdown is on and those driving by the new hotel construction on U.S. 90 are watching to see if the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Biloxi can make its planned opening by New Year’s Eve. Todd Raziano, CFO at the casino, tells The Sun Herald Premier Entertainment Biloxi and Hard Rock International are investing $32.5 million for ...

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Commission gives nod to micro-distillery proposal

NATCHEZ — Businessman Doug Charboneau has cleared the first hurdle to opening a micro-distillery in Natchez. The Natchez Democrat report the city Planning Commission recommended to the board of aldermen an ordinance amendment that would add micro-distillery and micro-winery to the definition of micro-brewery. Micro-breweries are currently allowed in the city. The board of aldermen has the final say. If ...

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Commission approves sale of Ameristar to Pinnacle

JACKSON — The Mississippi Gaming Commission has unanimously approved the Pinnacle Entertainment’s proposed acquisition of Ameristar Casinos. According to a release from Pinnacle, completion of the transaction remains subject to the receipt of additional required regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions. “Ameristar Casino Hotel Vicksburg is a terrific addition to our portfolio and nicely complements our existing operations in the ...

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MDEQ lifts beach closure prompted by sewage release

BILOXI — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, has lifted a beach closure issued June 17. The stretch of beach is from Grande View Drive to Brady Drive in Biloxi (approximately from east of Edgewater Mall to just past Beauvoir). The City of Biloxi reported to MDEQ Monday that a pump station malfunctioned and ...

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