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Destination: Vicksburg wedding

VICKSBURG — Vicksburg’s antebellum homes, its history, its Southern charm and the Mississippi River are assets the Vicksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau hopes will draw brides and grooms to the city. “Destination weddings are big business for tourist locations,” said Bill Seratt, VCVB executive director. “For years, people have gone off to the islands and Colorado.” To keep up, VCVB ...

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Jackson Blues Trail marker unveiled Thursday

JACKSON – A Mississippi Blues Trail marker will be unveiled Thursday in downtown Jackson to honor was one of the first businesses to offer professional recording technology. The marker will honor Scott Radio Service Company, which was used by Jackson-based Trumpet Record Label for its first sessions with blues artists from 1950 to 1952. The business closed in the 1970s. ...

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Manning to open restaurant in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Former New Orleans Saints quarterback Archie Manning will open a restaurant in association with the Harrah’s Hotel and Casino complex in downtown New Orleans. The Times-Picayune reports the restaurant, called Manning’s, will have a bar and courtyard. It is scheduled to open in fall 2011. Manning, a Mississippi native, starred at Ole Miss before joining the ...

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City to vote on proposed tourism tax

SOUTHAVEN — A 1 percent tourism tax is on the ballot Tuesday in Southaven. The Commercial Appeal reports the money generated from the tax on restaurant bills is expected to pay for the proposed $35 million parks expansion and improvement plan. The city received clearance last week from the U.S. Justice Department to hold the special election. Southaven Mayor Greg ...

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Rails-to-trails project getting TEP assistance

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — According to Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) executive director Larry L. “Butch” Brown, MDOT has committed funding for a Transportation Enhancement Project in Chickasaw, Pontotoc and Union counties. Funding in the amount of $4.5 million is to be allocated to The GM&O Rails to Trails Recreational District for the construction of a multi-purpose public trail along a ...

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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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Deer Island finally getting Katrina repairs

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — The job of repairing hurricane damage to Deer Island has begun. WLOX-TV reported today that a Louisiana company will spend the next five months filling in the gap Hurricane Katrina cut in the island, just off shore in Biloxi. Sand is being dredged from a barge about a mile west of the island and is being ...

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Tourists flee as Hurricane Earl approaches

RALEIGH, N.C. — Tourists on a North Carolina vacation destination island were preparing to board the ferries and head for the mainland early today and more evacuations could be on the way as powerful Hurricane Earl threatened to sideswipe the East Coast. Hyde County spokeswoman Jamie Tunnell, said about 30 cars, including trucks pulling campers, were lined up to board ...

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State applies for funding for Crescent Corridor

Earlier this week, lead state Pennsylvania, joined by Mississippi, Alabama, Virginia, Tennessee and North Carolina, applied for federal money under the TIGER II Discretionary Grant program administered by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The application seeks $109.2 million. “On behalf of Norfolk Southern, I commend and thank our partners for their recognition of the value the Crescent Corridor offers their ...

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