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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Indie Memphis unveils impressive lineup

Indie Memphis unveils impressive lineup: Revealed Wednesday night during a public party at the Rec Room on Broad Avenue, the full schedule of events for November's 18th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival includes screenings of likely Oscar contenders, new work by rising independent auteurs, several unusual cult films and some intriguing celebrity appearances.

The lineup of close to 45 narrative and documentary features is impressive from top to bottom. It includes "Anomalisa," a stop-motion animated drama from writer-director Charlie Kaufman (Oscar-winner for "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind") that a critic at RogerEbert.com described as "a staggering achievement" and "one of those almost Perfect Films"; "Funny Bunny" and "Christmas, Again," both starring former Memphian Kentucker Audley; "The Look of Silence," director Joshua Oppenheimer's lauded follow-up to his harrowing 2012 documentary about Indonesia genocide, "The Act of Killing"; and the notorious "Roar," a rediscovered 1981 instant cult classic with a cast of lions that injured close to 70 actors and crew members.

Lee County Courier > News > Man guilty of pushing wife off Colorado cliff to her death

Lee County Courier > News > Man guilty of pushing wife off Colorado cliff to her death: A federal jury on Sept. 21 convicted a man of murder for pushing his wife to her death off a cliff as they hiked in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park to celebrate their wedding anniversary, rejecting his claim that her fall was a tragic accident.

It took the jury about 10 hours to find Harold Henthorn, 59, guilty of first-degree murder in the death of his second wife, a wealthy Mississippi native. She died after plummeting about 130 feet off a cliff in a remote, rocky area where the couple had been hiking on Sept. 29, 2012, their 12th wedding anniversary.

Gulfport picks aquarium design team; mulls three harbor casino proposals | Casinos | The Sun Herald

Gulfport picks aquarium design team; mulls three harbor casino proposals | Casinos | The Sun Herald: GULFPORT -- The city has received three proposals for casino developments in the harbor, and selected a team to design an aquarium for vacant property north of the harbor and Jones Park.

The city's urban development agency, the Gulfport Redevelopment Commission, is overseeing the projects. GRC attorney Steve Hendrix and Chairwoman Carole Lynn Meadows would not release details about the harbor development proposals, other than to say all three involve casinos.

2015 New Orleans Film Festival to boast Cuban flavor with 'Cine Cubano' sidebar

Travel to Cuba might still restricted for Americans, despite the recent easing of embargo restrictions between the United States and the island nation. That, however, won't stop the New Orleans Film Festival from taking moviegoers there, in its own way.
Amid the 194 films set to screen Oct. 14 to 22 as part of the 26th annual festival -- the schedule for which has just been released -- is a new "Cine Cubano" programming sidebar, featuring a half-dozen films from or about Cuba.

Memphis in May celebrates swine barbecue in carnival style | The Kansas City Star

Memphis in May celebrates swine barbecue in carnival style | The Kansas City Star: The American Royal has a trademark to call itself “The World Series of Barbecue.”

Memphis in May bills itself as “The Super Bowl of Swine.”

Both call themselves a “world championship” of barbecue. So who has earned the ultimate bragging rights?

“We have several world championships, because there is no one arbiter,” says Carolyn Wells, founder and executive director of the Kansas City Barbeque Society, who also served this year as a judge in Memphis. “I could probably have a contest in my backyard and call it a world championship, but it probably wouldn’t be so.”

Memphis airport adds service to New Orleans

Memphis airport adds service to New Orleans: A startup airline charter called Glo plans to offer flights from Memphis to New Orleans beginning in November.�

The carrier will offer twice-daily flights on weekdays and one flights each on Saturday and Sunday. �They�will be operated by Corporate Flight Management Inc. using 30-passenger Saab 340B planes.�

Mississippi Farmers Eligible for Disaster Loans as Drought Parches State

Mississippi Farmers Eligible for Disaster Loans as Drought Parches State: Farmers hit by the drought gripping central Mississippi are now eligible for federal aid.

The U.S. Small Business Administration says it’s offering low-interest disaster loans to small businesses and nonprofit organizations following a drought declaration by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

No. 21 Mississippi State regains momentum after big road win

No. 21 Mississippi State regains momentum after big road win: Mississippi State's season is back on the upswing after a crucial road win against Auburn.

Now the 21st-ranked Bulldogs (3-1, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) are back in the national rankings and have a little momentum heading into another tough road game against No. 14 Texas A&M (4-0, 1-0) on Saturday.

"I'm sure everyone wants to win the SEC West undefeated, but that doesn't happen very often," Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen said. "But if you get two losses early in the season, that's really hard to come back from."

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Hotel Owners Looking to Stay Current Put Money in Properties - The New York Times

Hotel Owners Looking to Stay Current Put Money in Properties - The New York Times: Investing at record levels, owners of hotels across the United States are doing everything from rewiring their rooms and buying smart TVs, to replacing bathtubs with more easily maintained walk-in showers.

These represent some of the latest capital expenditures by American hotel owners identified in a new survey by Bjorn Hanson, a professor at the Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism at New York University, who estimates that this spending will climb to $6.4 billion this year, up 7 percent over last year.

The heavy investments represent not only an effort by hotel owners to stay current, particularly after the 2008 recession, Mr. Hanson said, but also an escalation of standards set by hotel management companies like Hilton, Marriott, Starwood, Hyatt and InterContinental Hotels. Consumer tastes are changing faster than ever, he said, particularly among younger travelers, who have replaced baby boomers as the demographic hotel owners and management companies most covet.

Brief: Dwellxchange Launches Real Estate Crowdfunding Website -�Crowdfund Insider

Brief: Dwellxchange Launches Real Estate Crowdfunding Website -�Crowdfund Insider: Dwellxchange, a real estate crowdfunding website that connects homeowners and investors, will officially launch today. Founded by Eric Eckardt, an online real estate entrepreneur and former investment banker, Dwellxchange will offer homeowners a method by which to extract equity in their homes by connecting with retail and institutional investors through an innovative crowdfunding platform. The company�aims to deleverage the housing market�while empowering homeowners.

Canadians invade Manhattan as real estate buys reach US$3.85-billion record | Financial Post

Canadians invade Manhattan as real estate buys reach US$3.85-billion record | Financial Post: Canadians are invading Manhattan.

The country’s largest real estate investors have bought a record US$3.85 billion in property this year in the New York city borough and spent more than any other foreign country in the last decade, according to data from Real Capital Analytics Inc.

The purchases by Canadian investors such as pension funds, insurers and asset managers are double the US$1.97 billion bought in 2014 and have surpassed the previous peak of US$2 billion in 2007. The investments include the headquarters of 21st Century Fox and Hudson Yards, the biggest private real estate development in U.S. history.

Best Memphis Burger Fest relocates to Tiger Lane, expands activities


Tim James, one of the founders and organizers of the annual Best Memphis Burger Fest, has a confession: He doesn't believe in the concept.
"I get asked a lot, where's the best burger. There really is no such thing as a best burger," said James before naming off a list of revered examples from such diverse spots as Alex's Tavern, Tops BBQ, Babalu and Roxie's Grocery. "Memphis has got some good guys who know how to cook burgers around here. It's a Southern thing, I guess. It's what we do is grill and eat."
http://www.commercialappeal.com/entertainment/food/best-memphis-burger-fest-relocates-to-tiger-lane-expands-activities-20971ee2-e4b7-57f2-e053-0100007f-329803811.html

Movie Review: Mississippi Grind Is a Winning Bet -- Vulture

Movie Review: Mississippi Grind Is a Winning Bet -- Vulture: Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn, betting on the structural integrity of that railing. Photo: Patti Perret
The gambling drama — a genre that ranges from Robert Altman’s California Split to David Mamet’s House of Games to John Dahl’s Rounders�— often walks a fine line between focusing on the minutiae of the game and observing the humans playing it. There’s drama in the game, to be sure — and one sign of a world-class filmmaker is the ability to convey said drama without requiring that viewers be familiar with the game itself. But the real story always lies in the people playing out in the “real world,” where messiness rules and winning and losing mean very different things. Mississippi Grind, from the writer-directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (Half Nelson, It’s Kind of a Funny Story), luxuriates in that real-world messiness. It’s as much a movie about the gamble of friendship as it is about friends gambling.

Monday, September 28, 2015

The Barbecue Bucket List


Try these Southern barbecue joints while you still can

Everyone has a favorite place for barbecue, and we couldn't possibly list all the worthy spots out there. But these fifty joints below the Mason-Dixon line, which serve everything from pork to beef to mutton to mullet, are all worth any serious barbecue lover's time.

D.C. Housing Authority Flipping Houses For Good?

Public housing isn’t what it used to be in the city. While most people associate the D.C. Housing Authority with managing properties for low-income renters, they’ve recently crossed over to the house-flipping business.
With renovations akin to luxury condos like marble countertops, hardwood floors and stainless steel appliances, the Housing Authority is selling single-family homes at market rate, WAMU reports. A city-owned rowhouse at 14th and Euclid streets NW sold for $920,000 last month—after the Housing Authority put in $281,716 worth of work into it. When all is said and done, 26 houses will have been have been renovated and sold at market rate.

This Week: Cruisers roll in, festival-goers feast | Events | The Sun Herald

This Week: Cruisers roll in, festival-goers feast | Events | The Sun Herald: South Mississippi is anxiously awaiting Cruisin' The Coast's sock hops, car shows and social events to kick off this weekend, but before Cruisin' shifts into high gear, there is still seafood, beer and art to be celebrated along the Coast.

The Cole Bros. Circus is back in Biloxi at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum with acrobats, animals and adventurous stunts sure to delight the entire family. See a performance at 4:30 or 7:30 p.m. today and Tuesday at 2350 Beach Blvd. Details/tickets: 594-3707.

The 39th annual Holy Family Seafood Festival welcomes the change in season this week with food, arts and crafts, games, music and rides from 5-10:30 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 10: 30 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at 140 E. Beach Drive, Pass Christian. Work off Friday night's festival food and enjoy the weather during the family fun run or, for the more competitive, a 5K on Saturday.

More waters to open to shrimpers

More waters to open to shrimpers: BILOXI, Miss. — The Department of Marine Resources is getting ready to open additional waters to South Mississippi shrimpers.

Department spokeswoman Melissa Scallan says starting Monday at 6 a.m., all waters south and west of a line beginning at Biloxi Bay Channel Beacon “18,” running northwest to Biloxi Bay Channel Beacon “22,” then northwest to Biloxi Bay Channel Beacon “26,” then west to Beacon “34,” exclusive of the Biloxi Channel, then west to Beacon “30,” in the Biloxi Channel, exclusive of the Biloxi Channel, then due south to a point on Deer Island will be open to shrimpers.

Meet an author and his goats at Algiers Point library | NOLA.com

Meet an author and his goats at Algiers Point library | NOLA.com: Author Michael Patrick Welch will bring goats and his latest books to Hubbell Library, 725 Pelican Ave. in Algiers Point, Oct. 6 at 6:30 p.m.

He has published eight books, including the novel "The Donkey Show"�and a music book, "New Orleans, The Underground Guide."

Welch's latest books include "Transport Instinct.'' It is described thusly: "New Orleans icon Chauncey Gardner the goat evacuated Katrina shortly after his birth. This is his story of living in the 9th Ward for 10 years after the flood.''

His second book, "Listen 2 This!" is a compilation of 10 years of original lyrics, album and reviews and other writing by Welch's after school students. He teaches at International School Louisiana at the Olivier Street campus.

Greenbox Memphis Provides Packing Solution for Movers - Memphis Daily News

Greenbox Memphis Provides Packing Solution for Movers - Memphis Daily News: Melinda Pigors has had her fill of moving, or so it would seem.

Through the years, the Seattle native has traveled up and down the West Coast for college, jobs and family. After attending the University of San Diego, she took a job with FedEx Corp. where she had a sales territory covering Southern California. She met her husband, whose job at FedEx ultimately brought the couple to Memphis nine years ago.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina Panthers: Video Highlights and Recap from Week 3 | Bleacher Report

New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina Panthers: Video Highlights and Recap from Week 3 | Bleacher Report: The Carolina Panthers looked to keep their 2-0 start intact in Week 3, when they faced the New Orleans Saints.�

The 0-2 Saints' early-season struggles were compounded without talismanic quarterback Drew Brees, who was out with an injured shoulder.�

Saints-lose-to-Panthers-fall-3-games-back-in-NFC-South_78068135 - News Sentinel Story

Saints-lose-to-Panthers-fall-3-games-back-in-NFC-South_78068135 - News Sentinel Story: New Orleans return specialist Marcus Murphy believes the Saints are close to getting their first win of the season.

They were in position to do that Sunday against the Carolina Panthers, leading early in the third quarter before the Panthers came back to win 27-22.

Luke McCown, starting in place of the injured Drew Brees, completed 31 of 38 passes for 310 yards, but it wasn't enough to save New Orleans (0-3) from falling three games behind division-leading Carolina and Atlanta Falcons in the NFC South.

El Nino takes toll on US rice farmers – and points to even higher prices | Environment | The Guardian

El Ni�o takes toll on US rice farmers – and points to even higher prices | Environment | The Guardian: Blame El Ni�o. The weather phenomenon is causing havoc for US rice farmers and a sharp price spike in the world’s most important staple food may foreshadow possibly higher prices in Asia in the coming months.

While other commodities have hit recent lows, US rice futures prices are up nearly 40%, to about $12.90 per hundredweight, their highest level since August 2014. In sharp contrast, soybean and cotton prices are at their lowest level since early 2009, while sugar prices are just off their lowest levels since 2008. And matters are likely to get worse.

The latest El Ni�o pattern is cheering some in drought-ridden California where it promises some much needed rain and snow. But it caused planting delays this spring in the Mississippi Delta – Arkansas, Missisissipi and Louisiana – and Texas, the main US rice-growing regions. During the growing season, perpetually cloudy days and warm nights, caused by another weather system, created the worst conditions for rice production, said Shawn Hackett, president of Hackett Financial Advisors, an agricultural advisory firm. He noted harvests in Arkansas and Texas are likely to be about 15 to 20% below average. “The crop is an unmitigated disaster,” he said.

Tropical disturbance expected to head north toward Gulf Coast


A reconnaissance aircraft is scheduled to fly to the southern Gulf of Mexico on Sunday to get a look at a tropical disturbance that will affect the northern Gulf Coast over the next few days.
The National Hurricane Center was monitoring an area of low pressure that was located over the northeastern Yucatan Peninsula and an upper-level low over the western Gulf on Sunday morning.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

New era for Antoine's

New era for Antoine's: NEW ORLEANS — When customers started using the telephone to make reservations at Antoine’s Restaurant, owner Roy Alciatore was insulted that anyone would refuse to send a letter requesting a table.

Fast forward many decades and technology once again is upending the way New Orleans’ oldest restaurant does business. Alciatore might be horrified to learn that Antoine’s has now embraced online reservation service OpenTable. And that’s just one of the changes as the restaurant celebrates its 175th anniversary and strives to balance the old with the new.

“One of the roles that we have in New Orleans is that we are the old guard. We are the oldest example of this French-Creole cuisine that New Orleans is so famous for,” said Rick Blount, the fifth generation to run the restaurant.

Details About New Orleans Pelicans Plan for Jrue Holiday

Details About New Orleans Pelicans Plan for Jrue Holiday: About a month ago, reports came out that the New Orleans Pelicans would be exercising a minutes limit for Jrue Holiday to start the season after offseason surgery on his leg. What was not clear on that day was exactly what the restrictions would be and on Thursday night those restrictions became a bit more clear.

All of these reports come from Alvin Gentry at the Pelicans 3-point Club Meeting tonight. The news started with some unclear reports on a 15 minute limit and how long it would last.

Saints vs. Panthers: What's the Game Plan for Carolina? | Bleacher Report

Saints vs. Panthers: What's the Game Plan for Carolina? | Bleacher Report: Can the Carolina Panthers rattle off three wins in a row, which would be their best start in more than a decade?� To do so, they’ll have to cut through their division rivals, the New Orleans Saints.

For years, this has been a tall task.� From 2009 through last season, New Orleans put up a 62-34 record with multiple postseason appearances, with a 7-5 record against Carolina, including sweeps in 2010 and 2011.� It’s the third-best record in football over that time span, behind only the New England Patriots and Green Bay Packers.� The Saints have�been a dominant force in football over the past five seasons.

French Quarter Morning

Godfather of Nola Cocktail Industry Chris McMillian Plans New Mid City Concept


Mid City's stuffed-burger joint Juicy Lucy's has shuttered for good, and Gambit'sHelen Freund reports that legendary New Orleans barman Chris McMillian and wife Laura McMillian are planning to open a concept at the location:


How to watch Vanderbilt vs. Ole Miss on TV or online, plus 3 things to know - SBNation.com

How to watch Vanderbilt vs. Ole Miss on TV or online, plus 3 things to know - SBNation.com: e No. 3 Ole Miss Rebels,�newly minted as a playoff contender after last week's huge win in Tuscaloosa, have to come down and continue with the rest of their SEC schedule with a visit from the Vanderbilt Commodores.

The 'Dores appear to be making some nice progress in year two under Derek Mason,�currently 75th in F/ after finishing 115th in 2014. Vandy was competitive in a season-opening loss to Western Kentucky and gave Georgia a tougher than expected game before picking up their first win of the season last week versus Austin Peay, 47-7. Quarterback Johnny McCrary passed for 368 yards and two touchdowns. On defense, the 'Dores are giving up just 17 points a game and holding opponents to 4.49 yards per play.

LSU vs Syracuse live stream, Time, TV channel, point spread, how to watch online | AL.com

LSU vs Syracuse live stream, Time, TV channel, point spread, how to watch online | AL.com: LSU travels to Syracuse for a non-conference college football showdown on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, at 11 a.m. at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York.

ESPN will broadcast the game live, with live streaming available via Watch ESPN.

LSU is a 24-to-24.5-point favorite, according to Las Vegas. The Tigers and Orange have not met since the 1989 Hall of Fame Bowl, which LSU won 23-10.

LSU is 2-0 and ranked No. 8 nationally, having beaten Auburn 45-21 last week. Leonard Fournette ran for 228 yards and three touchdowns for the Tigers.

College football preview: Southern Mississippi vs Nebraska Cornhuskers | Examiner.com

College football preview: Southern Mississippi vs Nebraska Cornhuskers | Examiner.com: The Nebraska Cornhuskers come into their Homecoming game vs. Southern Mississippi with a (1-2) record. So far, these Huskers have played one of the most exciting schedules in college football, but the endings haven’t gone right. Their two losses have come on the final play of the game.

First, the BYU Cougars shocked the Cornhuskers’ defense with a 42-yard Hail Mary pass. Last week, Nebraska ruined a 23-point fourth quarter comeback, with an interception on the first play of overtime. The Miami Hurricanes eventually kicked the game winning field goal, sending the Huskers to their second loss before the end of September. Now the Huskers are trying to avoid a third defeat prior to conference play.

Tiger Buzz: Auburn vs. Mississippi State TV, key matchups, players to watch | AL.com

Tiger Buzz: Auburn vs. Mississippi State TV, key matchups, players to watch | AL.com: Auburn (2-1, 0-1 SEC) vs. Mississippi State (2-1, 0-1)

When: 6:30 p.m. CT, Saturday
Where: Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn
TV: ESPN2
Line: Auburn by 2 1/2

This game will determine...

Whether Auburn still has a fighting chance left in the SEC West. The Tigers look nothing like the College Football Playoff contenders many thought they would be, and are now in danger of following to 0-2 in conference play. It appears Saturday's game is a do-or-die s

Friday, September 25, 2015

The weather is cooling, but the D.C. housing market isn’t


The District’s real estate market remained in fifth gear even from June to August when activity typically slows down considerably, experts say, a strong harbinger for the fall.
“D.C. is the queen of the show in the region,” says Donna Evers, broker and owner of Evers and Co. Real Estate in Washington. “Demand for homes in the city really never slowed down this summer, the way it normally does, and we expect the momentum to continue right into the fall.”

Hunting Land Tracts For Sale

Good hunting land is becoming increasingly difficult to find for sale in some areas of Mississippi. Contact us if you are interested in buying a small tract for personal use or a large tract for a corporate or hunting club use. You have a right to have a real estate agent to represent you when you purchase property and there is no additional cost in doing so. If you do not have an agent to represent your side in a transaction, you may not be able to get the best price and best deal. Feel free to let us know what type of property you would be interested in. Robert W. Neill, Jr., Real Estate Broker, 601-519-0075 (Text or Talk)  504-613-0025 (Text or Talk) or use our contact form on this page. 

Weekend Picks: Landing Festival, Little Flea NOLA, and More


It’s officially fall (!) so no surprise the first weekend of the equinox is packed with events right in line with the season’s festival-focusedmindset. A horror film fest happens all weekend and the inaugural Landing Festival, also all weekend, pairs music from artists like Cake and Grace Potter with a beautiful lakefront location. One-day events on Saturday will make it tough to choose: attend Little Flea NOLA in the Lower Garden District, hop the ferry to Algiers for the Algiers Fall Festival, or help kick off Oktoberfest at NOLA on Tap in City Park.

http://gonola.com/2015/09/23/weekend-picks-landing-festival-little-flea-nola-and-more.html?hootPostID=3889954cf7e172359893c05217c2f226

Jennifer Biggs talks Trader Joe's, Memphis food; Bob Mehr on music



In this week's Go Memphis Podcast, Jennifer Biggs makes her debut and talks to Chris Herrington about the announcement of a Trader Joe's coming to Memphis, some of her recent dining reviews and other local food topics.
Bob Mehr joins in the second segment to talk about the death of Ben Cauley, news relating to late Sam Phillips and this weekend's Gonerfest 12. Bob and Chris wrap-up with a look at what else is happening in Memphis this weekend.


Theo's Neighborhood Pizza will add Metairie shop | NOLA.com

Theo's Neighborhood Pizza will add Metairie shop | NOLA.com: Around New Orleans, thin must be in. Theo's Neighborhood Pizza, which makes a pie with an almost cracker-like crust topped with quality ingredients, has grown to three locations and a food truck since it opened in Oct. 2005.

Now a fourth pizzeria is planned for Metairie at 2125 Veterans Memorial Blvd.

After some cosmetic upgrades, the new Theo's, a former Rotolo's Pizzeria location, is scheduled to open in early 2016.

GULFPORT, Miss.: Gulfport seeks new harbor deal; casino plan in doubt | State | The Sun Herald

GULFPORT, Miss.: Gulfport seeks new harbor deal; casino plan in doubt | State | The Sun Herald: GULFPORT, MISS. — The Gulfport Redevelopment Commission is seeking new development proposals for the city's harbor after the commission terminated its lease with Rotate Black, the company with state site approval for Hemingway Resort and Casino.

Multiple media outlets reported Thursday that Rotate Black had its lease terminated in October 2014 by city officials because the developer owes the city $375,000 in back rent.

New proposals to develop the 3-acre parcel of land near Jones Park are due on Monday.

Casino developer $375,000 behind on Gulfport rent; city seeks new harbor deal | Casinos | The Sun Herald

Casino developer $375,000 behind on Gulfport rent; city seeks new harbor deal | Casinos | The Sun Herald: GULFPORT -- The city might be back to square one on a casino for its showcase harbor.

Rotate Black, the company with state site approval for Hemingway Resort and Casino, owes the city $375,000 in back rent.

The City Council wants it collected. The city's urban renewal agency, the Gulfport Redevelopment Commission, has asked for new development proposals for its 3-acre portion of the casino site. GRC terminated Rotate Black's lease almost a year ago because of the overdue rent.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Holiday Inn site, two other South Mississippi properties going up for auction | Business | The Sun Herald

Holiday Inn site, two other South Mississippi properties going up for auction | Business | The Sun Herald: BILOXI -- The former Holiday Inn site near the Coast Coliseum is one of three properties in South Mississippi that will be sold at auctions in October.

John Dixon & Associates, a real estate auction company based in Atlanta, will auction the bank-owned vacant land that includes 3 acres on U.S. 90 in Long Beach and nearly 7 acres of residential land on Back Bay in North Biloxi.

The commercial site at 2400 Beach Boulevard in Biloxi, where Holiday Inn operated before Hurricane Katrina, will be sold by sealed bids that are due by 3 p.m. Oct. 20. The owner is BancorpSouth.

In housing, 'different ways to define affordable'

In housing, 'different ways to define affordable': As rent prices in the Portland area continue to skyrocket, many new affordable and low-income housing complexes have started popping up all over the city.

But even these new, low-cost housing alternatives are still too expensive�for some.

Now, many are wondering what the term ‘affordable’ actually means.

New Orleans Chef Alon Shaya Is in New York City for a 2-Day Pop-Up This Weekend - The Daily Meal

New Orleans Chef Alon Shaya Is in New York City for a 2-Day Pop-Up This Weekend - The Daily Meal: Alon Shaya, the Israeli chef who is this year’s James Beard Award Winner for “Best Chef: South,” is in New York City this weekend, September 25 and 26, for a popup of Shaya, his restaurant in New Orleans, to be be located at Emporio in Little Italy at 231 Mott Street.

Morning in French Quarter

Japan Fest features dance, music, food at NOMA | NOLA.com

Japan Fest features dance, music, food at NOMA | NOLA.com: The Japan Club of New Orleans, the New Orleans Museum of Art and the Consulate General of Japan in Nashville will jointly present the 2015 Japan Fest,�Oct. 10, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at�NOMA, 1 Collins Diball Circle, New Orleans.

The event will feature Kaminari Taiko,�Japanese dance, music,�dance, Noh performances, martial arts demonstrations, fashion shows, arts and crafts, children's activities, guided tours of NOMA Japanese Art Gallery, Bonsai exhibits, Suzuki Forum, as well as Japanese cuisine and more.

Noh is a major form of classical Japanese musical dance that has been performed since 14th Century. Noh integrates masks, costumes and various props in a dance-based�performance.

The� local participants will includ

South Mississippi's Mardi Gras, Cruisin' The Coast ranked among the best | Tourism | The Sun Herald

South Mississippi's Mardi Gras, Cruisin' The Coast ranked among the best | Tourism | The Sun Herald: Two of the favorite events in South Mississippi -- Cruisin' The Coast in the fall and Carnival season on the Coast -- have landed on the American Bus Association's coveted list of Top 100 Events in North America for 2016.

The selection was made by a tourism-industry selection committee and the list is published as a supplement to the September/October issue of Destinations magazine.

"We have strived for over 100 years to create a fun, family-oriented celebration, which is grounded in tradition while always remaining fresh and exciting," said Steve Polk, Gulf Coast Carnival Association captain.

Hundreds of hungry sharks gather for lunch in mesmerizing video

Hundreds of hungry sharks gather for lunch in mesmerizing video: In a video from production company Birds i View, which uses FAA-approved drones to film its content, a huge gathering of sharks are seen swimming around the sandbar outside of Destin East Pass in Florida.

‘Memphis The Musical’ hits the Opera House stage - Town Times: Entertainment

‘Memphis The Musical’ hits the Opera House stage - Town Times: Entertainment: THOMASTON — The third musical of the 2015 Season features the sensuous, soulful sound of rhythm ‘n’ blues, “Memphis,” showing at 8 p.m. September 25, 26 and October 2 and 3; and at 2 p.m. September 27 and October 4.
Memphis is set in the places where rock and roll was born in the 1950s: the seedy nightclubs, radio stations and recording studios of the musically-rich Tennessee city.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Scaled-down version of Buntyn Restaurant to open


Buntyn's yeast rolls and peach cobbler will be back before long. Mike Wiggins, son of former Buntyn owners Milton and Betty Wiggins, is opening Buntyn Corner Cafe in White Station Tower, hopefully in November. He's leased the space but is delaying the opening until he recovers from surgery scheduled next month.

http://www.commercialappeal.com/blogs/entertainment/go-eat/Scaled-down-version-of-Buntyn-Restaurant-to-open-328896271.html

Build a beach house, get a tax break from Gulfport


GULFPORT -- It's possible to build a house on some of the priciest property in Gulfport and live in it for seven years without paying city taxes -- at least on the house itself.
Gulfport officials said the city tax-incentive program is new to Mississippi. They are trying to bring businesses and residents back to the beach, where 2005's Hurricane Katrina left so many empty lots.
"I think we're the first ones" to offer the tax break, Urban Development Director Greg Pietrangelo said. "We had to go through extensive discussions with the Attorney General's Office to make sure what we are doing is legal."



Read more here: http://www.sunherald.com/2015/09/22/6428685_build-a-beach-house-get-a-tax.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy

Superlo Finds Winning Formula in Sticking to the Basics

Randy Stepherson recalls the advice his father once gave him.
It’s a bit of wisdom that on the surface was meant to help him navigate everyday life but which also reflects Stepherson’s conservative, no-frills approach to business.

Natchez Trace Parkway

Natchez Trace Parkway: Imagine: An open road, the top rolled back, the windows down, pastoral views drifting by, with your favorite tunes streaming from your stereo. Once the Greatest Generation refocused on home life after World War II, they were able to, “See the USA in your Chevrolet.” Highways and byways meant relaxation, recreation, all with a backdrop of roadside nostalgia.

While those push-button dashboard radios of the 1950s are now antiques, the American music of that era can still be found along the Natchez Trace Parkway. Starting in Nashville, Tennessee, then south to Natchez, Mississippi, take your wheels and cruise from Music City to Muscle Shoals, Alabama, for blues, then end up at the boyhood home of Elvis Presley in Tupelo, Mississippi.

The Natchez Trace is, literally, an All-American Road; rich in heritage, history, and culture. It ties together the heart of the American Music Triangle; a cross-section of three states where blues, jazz, Cajun, bluegrass, and even rock ‘n roll were born and are embedded in the countryside.

First Day Of Fall



Photo: Fox8

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Accessible Real Estate Services For The Disabled



The purchase of real estate can be challenging for individuals and families with disabilities. If you need assistance finding a real estate agent to help you in your search for the purchase of accessible housing anywhere in the United States, please let us know and we will try to locate an local agent to assist you. We have in place a number of communication methods to assist clients with communications disabilities including text messages and video conferencing by FaceTime, Skype, Viber, Blackberry Messenger, ICQ, Tango, and other platforms. Send us an initial message through the contact form on this page or text message us at (504) 613-0025 or (601) 519-0075 and let us know what communications platform works best for you and how we may assist you.


Six Biloxi Shuckers Promoted to Milwaukee - OurSports Central - Independent and Minor League Sports News

Six Biloxi Shuckers Promoted to Milwaukee - OurSports Central - Independent and Minor League Sports News: BILOXI, MS - The Milwaukee Brewers have announced the following promotions from the Biloxi Shuckers to the major league roster after the conclusion of the Shuckers' season on Monday night. Pitcher Tyler Wagner returns to the Brewers major league roster after making one start with the club on May 31 and has been selected along with fellow pitchers Jorge Lopez, Adrian Houser and Yhonathan Barrios. Infielder Yadiel Rivera and outfielder Michael Reed have also been selected.

$3.7 million HUD grant to help improve low-income housing - FOX13 News, WHBQ FOX 13

$3.7 million HUD grant to help improve low-income housing - FOX13 News, WHBQ FOX 13: The city of Memphis will receive a $3,714,272 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The money from HUD will be used for a three-year program that aims to reduce lead hazards in 240 homes built before 1978. The homes are in 12 targeted zip codes.

The grant includes funds for healthy home assessments, but it will also help create job opportunities. That's because some money will be used to�train low-income individuals as lead hazard workers and supervisors.

Pulled Pork Eggs Benedict! From The Ruby Slipper

10 New Orleans museums to offer free admission on Saturday - FOX 8 WVUE New Orleans News, Weather, Sports, Social

10 New Orleans museums to offer free admission on Saturday - FOX 8 WVUE New Orleans News, Weather, Sports, Social: NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -
Ten New Orleans museums will offer free admission on Saturday (Sept. 26) as part of Museum Day Live.

It’s an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the nation open their doors for free.

Two tickets can be obtained to one of the museums for free by registering here. Free admittance will be offered only to individuals who reserve their tickers online. �

Keeping an Eye on the Gulf this weekend | abc13.com

Keeping an Eye on the Gulf this weekend | abc13.com: HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Other than the highly disorganized Tropical Storm Ida, tropical activity remains limited over much of the Atlantic basin. That might change as early as this weekend over the Gulf of Mexico, and residents all along the Gulf coast will need to be weather aware.

Nearly every computer model we track is trying to spin something up in the Gulf, but they all differ on exactly where it forms and thus where it tracks. Given that the weather pattern also favors low pressure development in the Gulf, we believe the computer models are on to something and giving them a little more confidence than normal this far in advance.

Historically, Texas is vulnerable to tropical activity thru mid-October, so we'll keep you well informed on this potential development.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Scott Bakula returns for second season of hit CBS drama "NCIS: New Orleans" - CBS News

Scott Bakula returns for second season of hit CBS drama "NCIS: New Orleans" - CBS News: Actor Scott Bakula is recognized for his role as the time-traveling physicist in the popular sci-fi series, "Quantum Leap." The role earned him a Golden Globe for best actor in 1992.

He now stars as special agent Dwayne Pride on "NCIS: New Orleans," which returns Tuesday for its second season. The season premiere jumps right into the drama and action, as the cast searches for bombers of a military convoy on a New Orleans bridge.

Will the wave of national retailers to New Orleans continue? | NOLA.com

Will the wave of national retailers to New Orleans continue? | NOLA.com: In a single�day last year, New Orleans could�suddenly count�more than 40�national retail brands as new tenants in the city's nascent chain store scene.

The once-struggling Riverwalk mall reopened as the Outlet Collection after an $82 million investment from The Howard Hughes Corp., a publicly traded national developer. �

Sales of existing home sales drop 4.8% in August

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) - Sales of previously owned homes in the U.S. fell 4.8% in August to an annual pace of 5.31 million, marking the first decline in four months, the National Association of Realtors said Monday. The sales rate in July was revised down slightly to a seasonally adjusted 5.58 million, but that was still the highest level in eight years. Economists surveyed by MarketWatch had expected sales to drop to a rate of 5.52 million. The median price of homes sold was up 4.7% to $228,700 from 12 months ago. Inventories of existing homes on the market rose 1.3% to 2.29 million, representing 5.2 months' supply at current sales trends. Sales fell in all major regions except the Northeast, where they were unchanged.

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/sales-of-existing-home-sales-drop-48-in-august-2015-09-21

Gulf Coast Alley Cats Bowling League rolls plenty of strikes



The Island Strikz Bowling Alley in Gulfport filled with sounds of laughter and chattering on a recent Saturday morning as the Gulf Coast Alley Cats Bowling League started up for another season. The Alley Cats is not the typical bowling league. All the bowlers have special needs from Down syndrome to seizure disorders.
Sarah Holderer, 43, of Gulfport, is one of the bowlers who is very happy to be back at the lanes.




Read more here: http://www.sunherald.com/2015/09/19/6423943_a-league-of-their-own-gulf-coast.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Ole Miss jumps to No. 3 in AP poll with big win over 'Bama - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Ole Miss jumps to No. 3 in AP poll with big win over 'Bama - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS: Mississippi is on the rise again after knocking off Alabama in a game full of turnovers and lucky bounces.

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The Rebels ran off to a big lead and then held on for a 43-37 win in Tuscaloosa on Saturday night that made a huge impression in the college football rankings.

The victory saw Ole Miss (3-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) jump 12 spots to No. 3 in the AP Top 25 poll Sunday.

Southaven among top cities for eats


Among the top ten cities to start a new restaurant, according to a financial website called NerdWallet.com, are places like Franklin, Tenn., Smyrna, Ga., Frisco, Texas, Milpitas, Calif. and….. Southaven. 
The DeSoto County city was recently ranked 10th among American cities for new eateries and a number of franchises are looking to start or expand its market reach into Southaven.

Winston wins for first time as Bucs QB, 26-19 over Saints - US News

Winston wins for first time as Bucs QB, 26-19 over Saints - US News: ameis Winston passed for a touchdown and ran for another, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers held on to defeat the mistake-prone New Orleans Saints 26-19 on Sunday.

Winston, who was intercepted twice and sacked four times in a losing NFL debut at home a week earlier, remained largely composed in the hostile Superdome. He completed 14 of 21 passes for 207 yards and was not intercepted. He lost one fumble, but the Saints couldn't cash in, missing a 42-yard field goal.

His touchdown pass was a 15-yarder to Vincent Jackson.

The Saints turned the ball over twice on fumbles — one each by running back Mark Ingram and receiver Willie Snead — and once on Chris Conte's interception of Drew Brees. Still, New Orleans had two plays to tie it from the Bucs 27 in the final 8 seconds, but both passes fell incomplete.

Cats In The Window


Alexandra is on a trip to the East Coast so I have the mama cat and little black kitten. The little black kitten is finally big enough to climb up in the high window in the bathroom to join the mama cat in watching birds outside.

The sweet science: Saints need to master the art of the pass rush Sunday against Tampa Bay | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, Louisiana

The sweet science: Saints need to master the art of the pass rush Sunday against Tampa Bay | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, Louisiana: A single, overwhelming burst of athleticism, a spontaneous combustion of pure athletic ability that ends with the destruction of a quarterback.

But rushing the passer is so much more complicated than it appears.

At the NFL level, the pass rush is every bit the sweet science that boxing can be. A great pass rusher has to approach every game like a heavyweight bout: a long game of preparation, strategy and counter moves that sometimes culminates in a single act of domination.

Sunday Night Football Seattle Seahawks at Green Bay Packers Start Time, NFL Odds - News - Stories - Pregame.com

Sunday Night Football Seattle Seahawks at Green Bay Packers Start Time, NFL Odds - News - Stories - Pregame.com: The Green Bay Packers host the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday Night Football. The game is scheduled for an 8:30 p.m. start time and it will be televised nationally on NBC. Currently the NFL Odds for the game have the Packers favored by about a field goal to pick up the win.

Seattle and Green Bay have played some memorable games in recent history. The Packers are looking to get some payback from last year, when Seattle claimed a pair of victories against them. The Seahawks beat up on Green Bay to open the season and also claimed a win in the NFC Championships game, en route to a Super Bowl loss to the New England Patriots.�

Russell Wilson and the Seahawks are obviously still a great team, but without Kam Chancellor on the field Seattle looked poor defensively last week. Playing in the early game on the East Coast is always tough for a team from out West, and the Rams defense has a terrific front seven, but Seattle gave up 34 points last week to a team led by Nick Foles. The Rams did get a touchdown on a punt return from Tavon Austin, but Seattle should not be happy about allowing St. Louis to go 12 plays and 84 yards down the field in just under four minutes to tie the game late.�

Cleveland Browns to take on Tennessee Titans in CLE home opener | fox8.com

Cleveland Browns to take on Tennessee Titans in CLE home opener | fox8.com: CLEVELAND – A pair of flamboyant, Heisman Trophy-winning quarterbacks could take center stage when the Cleveland Browns host the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.

Time’s now for Eli Manning to show he’s worth $84 million | New York Post

Time’s now for Eli Manning to show he’s worth $84 million | New York Post: There was a time when he didn’t look like he would make it here, when the boobirds let him hear it. He was too easygoing for this market. His body language inspired no confidence. He wasn’t a leader. He wasn’t his brother.
No one could see the winner within Eli Manning.
The $84 Million Quarterback let New York down against the Cowboys.
The $84 Million Quarterback comes back home for the home opener against the Falcons with a mandate ready to pick New York back up.

What the first iPhone 6s deal means for future iPhone prices

As we've mentioned before, cell service providers are moving away from contracts and the subsidization model that many shoppers are familiar with. And as a result, many of us may have to pay full price for our next phone. With this drastic change to the pricing landscape, it begs the question: How will this affect phone deals?
Well, the first promotion for the iPhone 6s might have given us our answer.

Will Mississippi mark its rich literary trail?

Will Mississippi mark its rich literary trail?: Mississippi has 218 markers on trails honoring its heritage in blues and country music, but there is no trail for literary luminaries ranging from Noble Prize-winning author William Faulkner in Oxford to Gulfport’s Natasha Trethewey, the nation’s two-time poet laureate.

“Mississippi has arguably the richest literary tradition of any state in the nation,” said Bill Ferris, who has chronicled many of the state’s creative souls in his books. “Richard Wright, Eudora Welty, Tennessee Williams and William Faulkner rank among the finest writers in the English language.”

Mississippi unemployment rate dips in August, but payrolls also fall, giving

Mississippi unemployment rate dips in August, but payrolls also fall, giving: Total employment has increased to nearly 2.1 million people and during the past year the state's labor force has grown by nearly 52,000 workers. Employment was up in 32 states vs. July and decreased in 18 states and the District of Columbia.

Memphis Grizzlies: How To Work Around The Age Issue

Memphis Grizzlies: How To Work Around The Age Issue: The Memphis Grizzlies have reached the moment when the age of players may impact their competitive capacity. This is an inevitable aspect of continuity, as Marc Gasol, Mike Conley and Zach Randolph went from being part of an intriguing quartet with Rudy Gay in 2010-11 to a limited trio with two players possessing age or injury issues.

No. 15 Mississippi holds on to topple No. 2 Alabama, 43-37

AP News : vcstar.com : Ventura County Star: TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- With a desperation fling and an array of big plays, Chad Kelly and No. 15 Mississippi ended a quarter century of futility at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Kelly completed a deflected 66-yard touchdown pass and added two more long ones in the fourth quarter, and the Rebels held on to beat No. 2 Alabama 43-37 on Saturday night.

The Rebels (3-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) left the topsy-turvy game with their first victory in Bryant-Denny Stadium since 1988, and second straight in a one-sided series. The Crimson Tide (2-1, 0-1) had been 25-1 in Tuscaloosa against Ole Miss and had never lost two straight in the series.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Mississippi Songwriters Festival bringing bigger-than-ever crowds to downtown Ocean Springs | gulflive.com

Mississippi Songwriters Festival bringing bigger-than-ever crowds to downtown Ocean Springs | gulflive.com: OCEAN SPRINGS, Mississippi -- The Mississippi Songwriters Festival got off to another great start Friday night, with bigger and better crowds than ever before.

Up and down the streets in downtown Ocean Springs, where several of the festival venues are located, crowds filed in to see an array of talented performers ply their trade.

In some locations, crowds were so thick they poured out into the street.

"It's been a good turnout," said Aaron Bond, General Manager at Tom's Extreme Pizza. "Probably a little more than last year.

The Alabama-Ole Miss College Gameday sign battle is heated



ESPN's College Gameday is in Tuscaloosa, Ala. where the Crimson Tide are looking to avenge a 2014 suffered againt Ole Miss. 
Kickoff at Bryant-Denny Stadium isn't until 9:15 p.m. EST, but the trash talking via signs behind the set are in fourth-quarter form. Second-ranked Alabama is the favorite against No. 15 Ole Miss, but who do you think is winning the pregame war of words? 

Mississippi Day to fill Albany's Lincoln Park with Southern food, music


Here's what's cooking for Saturday's fourth annual Mississippi Day in Lincoln Park: 100 pounds of pulled pork, 10 cases of ribs, 10 cases of chicken, 12 cases of collard greens, 50 large pans of cornbread and big pots of black-eyed peas, ham hocks and chitlins.
It's a feast of Southern food, and it's all free.
Organizers from the grass-roots South End neighborhood organization, AVillage, whose leaders are natives of Mississippi, are prepared to feed 1,000 people.
They've enlisted a team of folks skilled in Southern cooking and 150 student volunteers who will help with food preparation from the University at Albany, The College of Saint Rose and Siena College.
http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Mississippi-Day-to-fill-Albany-s-Lincoln-Park-6512779.php

Locked out of boom, buyers hunt for new housing hot spots | Miami Herald

Locked out of boom, buyers hunt for new housing hot spots | Miami Herald: Lionel and Tanya Lightbourne have been house hunting for 11 years — longer than they’ve been married.

They still haven’t closed a deal.

Their credit is good. They’ve found financing. But skyrocketing home values have priced them out of South Florida’s housing boom, even in the inexpensive North Dade area of Ives Estates where they want to live. Too often the old and creaky homes they can afford fail inspections required by first-time home buyer mortgage programs.

“We’re looking anywhere from $150,000 to $250,000,” said Lionel Lightbourne, a social worker in Liberty City. “We’re finding stuff in our price range, but we keep getting outbid.”

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Friday, September 18, 2015

New Orleans Saints need a convincing win over Tampa to bring back some fear factor: Larry Holder

Drew Brees said starting another season 0-2 "is not even an option" for the New Orleans Saints.
"We have to find a way to win," Brees said leading up to Sunday's home opener against Tampa Bay. Kickoff is at noon.
I'm sure the Saints would take a win by one point or 100 points at this point. But beating the hapless Buccaneers in a nail-biter shouldn't cut it. The Saints need to win, and win big, to give their 2015 season a jump-start.


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Three keys to Memphis-Bowling Green


The University of Memphis goes for its third straight win of the season on Saturday at Bowling Green. Here are three keys to the game for the Tigers:
1. Pressure, pressure, pressure: The Falcons want to play fast. You've probably heard this by now. One counter-intuitive way to slow them down is actually to speed them up, by pressuring quarterback Matt Johnson. Sacks and incompletions are the best way to disrupt the rhythm of a fast-paced offense, and hurried, off-balance throws often lead to interceptions. The Tigers' defensive line needs to create pressure, or the coaching staff needs to call more blitzes to prevent Johnson from being comfortable.


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Priciest housing markets getting further out of reach


If interest rates rise, so will the cost of buying a house, pushing some would-be homebuyers to the sidelines.
Many of those home shoppers are already getting priced out, as the full cost of homeownership chews up a bigger share of the median household's monthly paycheck, according to an analysis of homeownership costs by real estate site Trulia.
Most housing affordability measures look only at direct costs of ownership such as mortgage payments, taxes and insurance. But homeowners still have to pay monthly utility bills and get to work every day. When those costs are accounted for, the numbers look a lot different, according to Trulia's data.
http://www.cnbc.com/2015/09/17/priciest-housing-markets-getting-further-out-of-reach.html

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The Housing Market's Chicken-Or-Egg Conundrum - Forbes

The Housing Market's Chicken-Or-Egg Conundrum - Forbes: Which comes first, the house or the homebuyer?

These days, it’s the homebuyer. Yesterday, the Federal Reserve kept a lid on interest rates, citing the housing market’s slow recovery as one cause for concern. Chair Janet Yellen said housing is “very depressed” and �“demand for housing should be there.”

She has it backward. There’s plenty of�demand�for housing. What’s missing is supply.

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Exhibit, convoy, festival spotlight veterans

Exhibit, convoy, festival spotlight veterans: On September 24, 2010, the life of Quita Dawson and her family changed forever, when she learned that her eldest child, 19 year old Brandon, had been killed in Afghanistan by an improvised explosive device.
Now, five years later, the anniversary of her son’s death is getting new life with a larger celebration of Tunica’s fallen hero and the many veterans who lost their lives in times of war.
In conjunction with the Tunica Chamber of Commerce, the Dawson/Weeden/Williams family is planning the first Hero Fest MS on Saturday, October 3, “in honor of those who serve and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.”

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Biking the Natchez Trace: 444 miles, thousands of years of history, one Elvis stop

At the northern terminus in Nashville, a sign declares “Entering Natchez Trace Parkway.” The placard features the silhouette of a man on horseback, his sturdy hat nearly grazing a bough draped in Spanish moss. He sits straight in his saddle. I improve my own posture and give my black Cannondale bike an energetic kick.
The Trace’s two-lane road is quiet and empty. Several factors — maximum speed limit of 50 mph, ban on commercial traffic, limited access to urban centers — deter most motorists. The lateness of the day (5-ish) and the season (November) dissuade most other cyclists from taking a spin on the National Park Service road.
My eyes wander from the unfurling ribbon of asphalt to the mini-wilderness along the sidelines. Swaths of still-green grass. Hardwood trees succumbing to autumn’s palette. Deer peering through gaps in the forest.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/travel/in-biking-the-natchez-trail-she-was-traveling-through-southern-history/2015/09/08/4a27ca48-153e-11e5-9518-f9e0a8959f32_story.html

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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Gilley's Honky Tonk Grill opening soon in Gulfport



Honky-tonk is coming to downtown Gulfport, and we bet you'll recognize the country music legend's name attached to the project. Gilley's Honky Tonk Grill, inspired by country star Mickey Gilley, is set to open soon.
Stephen Barnette and his dad, Gary, set their sights on downtown Gulfport, Stephen's hometown.
"It just seemed like a natural fit for the concept we wanted to do," said Barnette.
That concept was a classy, casual saloon, all centered around award winning country music legend Mickey Gilley.
Gary took a chance on a past connection with Gilley, and soon he was on the phone with the man himself.
http://www.wlox.com/story/30046465/gilleys-honky-tonk-grill-opening-soon-in-gulfport

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El Libre, new Cuban cafe, opens in the French Quarter



A tiny Cuban cafe and bar, called El Libre, opened Wednesday (Sept. 16) in the French Quarter. Here are five things to know about the new restaurant:
http://www.nola.com/dining/index.ssf/2015/09/el_libre_new_cuban_cafe_opens.html

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Vicksburg Mall movie theater set to re-open

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VICKSBURG, Miss.–The Vicksburg Mall movie theater will re-open after a temporary closing.
B&B Theatres leased the Vicksburg Mall cinema after it recently closed.
The group plans to bring more movie options to the Vicksburg area, and says they will make several improvements including to the box office and concession stand.
http://wjtv.com/2015/09/17/vicksburg-mall-movie-theater-set-to-re-open/

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