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Delta city petitioning lawmakers to extend tourism tax

GREENWOOD — The city of Greenwood is asking the Legislature to reauthorize of the local tourism tax. The 1 percent tax on lodging and restaurants funds the Greenwood Convention and Visitors Bureau. The tax would expire at the end of September without legislative reauthorization. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports Paige Hunt, executive director of the CVB, told the city council that ...

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State's music, musicians take center stage at GRAMMY Week

LOS ANGELES — For the fifth year, Mississippi is showcasing its musical legacy as part of GRAMMY Week, a preamble to the GRAMMY Awards ceremony. Today, the “Mississippi Music Celebration at the GRAMMY Museum” at L.A. LIVE in downtown Los Angeles is celebrating the state’s musical heritage and specifically honoring Mississippi’s pivotal role in the development of American popular music. ...

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Court rules against businessman in tour bus case

TUPELO — The state Court of Appeals has upheld a ruling that Tupelo businessman Bill Kinard was competent when he agreed in 2011 to sell a tour bus at auction. For the past three years, Kinard and Larry Michael of Nashville have disputed debts associated with retrieval of the bus from Washington State in early 2009 and some $134,000 in ...

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Coast runners take no bull during run

More than 100 people decided to save the airfare to Spain and instead run with the bulls on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The bigger news is all participants lived to tell about it. Rodeo cowboys got to watch as about 150 runners, from a high-school teacher to a coliseum official, dashed to stay ahead of 10 bulls for quarter-mile around ...

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Proposed Ocean Expo Aquarium still in limbo

D’IBERVILLE — Dr. Moby Solangi can’t say when construction might begin on the $70 million to $80 million Ocean Expo Aquarium that was envisioned as a big tourist attraction. The city of D’Iberville has already spent millions on the deal, but the project is at a standstill. On Dec. 9, 2011 when D’Iberville city officials broke ground on the Ocean ...

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City leaders want extension of tourism tax

SOUTHAVEN — The city of Southaven’s 1-cent tourism tax on restaurant tabs is set to expire this year, and officials are working to stop that from happening. The Commercial Appeals reports the Board of Aldermen this week unanimously passed a resolution asking that the Mississippi Legislature to remove the repealer clause that would cause the tax to expire. The board ...

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Hard Rock Casino sells to Rhode Island company for $250M

BILOXI — A company from Rhode Island is buying the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Biloxi for about $250 million. Twin River Worldwide Holdings of Lincoln, R.I., made the announcement yesterday. The sale is expected to be complete in June. The casino is currently owned by Premier Entertainment Biloxi LLC, a subsidiary of Leucadia National Corporation. The casino property boasts ...

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HOME RUN! Tupelo lands 2014 national softball convention

Like a number of communities across the state, the city of Tupelo has targeted sports and sports-related events as source of new money into the community. And officials have snagged a gem. The city of Tupelo has won a bid to host a national softball convention in 2014. Mayor Jason Shelton and Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau executive director Neal ...

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Bryant proclaims 'Year of the Creative Economy'

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant has announced a yearlong celebration in 2014 to showcase Mississippi people, communities and enterprises that are moving the state’s economy forward. Bryant made the announcement yesterday with state tourism officials. He says the “Year of the Creative Economy” will bring home many well-known artists, performers and others to join the festivities in their respective home ...

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Council wants more info on proposed baseball stadium

BILOXI — The Biloxi City Council has tabled a vote on a minor league baseball stadium while those working to bring a team to the city are in Orlando at the Major League Baseball’s winter meetings. On yesterday’s Council agenda was an application for conditional use to build the stadium north of the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino. City attorney ...

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