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When traveling SEC and ACC fans collide in Nashville for the Music City Bowl, the real winners are downtown hotels, bars and restaurants, and those businesses were hoping to cash in on the big game again this New Year's eve.
"We were highly anticipating a traveling team to be coming to the Music City Bowl this year," said Lisa Hurley, marketing director for B.B. King's on 2nd Avenue.
Hurley is worried there will be less Vandy fans downtown this year than there were Mississippi State fans last year.
"They don't travel near as well and they don't book the hotel rooms and from it being a long New Year s eve weekend, I think that the city of Nashville is definitely going to suffer from that," Hurley said.
History supports those worries. The lowest attendance for the Music City Bowl in the last six years was in 2008, when only 54,250 fans watched Vandy take on Boston College.
That's almost 15,000 less than the 69,143 that turned out for the 2010 matchup between the Vols and the Tar Heels.
Businesses aren t the only ones feeling anemic. Vandy fans like freshman Collin Jackson are also dismayed the Dores will be playing so close to home.
"It's a little bit of a disappointment I mean we're here in Nashville and just to go down the street, Jackson said. "You know it would have been nice to go somewhere else other than kind of our home turf I guess to say so it's a little bit of a let down"
Music City Bowl president Scott Ramsey says the growing football culture at Vanderbilt will make for a great turnout.
"I certainly think the way they played this season and the energy coach Franklin and the players have shown is really going to lend itself to an incredible environment on New Year's Eve in LP Field," Ramsey said.
Tuesday, December 4 2012, 05:21 AM CST
Miss. chooses new firm to run Woodville prison
May 18, 2013 20:50 GMT
WOODVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi officials have picked a new company to run the Wilkinson County Correctional Facility.
Utah-based Management and Training Corp. announced Friday that the Mississippi Department of Corrections has chosen it to run the 1,000-bed prison starting July 1, the Natchez Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/10MvOGv).
Corrections Corporation of America, based in Nashville, Tenn., had run the prison since 1998. MTC says it will keep "the vast majority" of employees.
MTC will get a five-year contract to run the prison with two one-year options. Last year, officials chose MTC to take over East Mississippi Correctional Facility, the Walnut Grove Correctional Facility and the Marshall County Correctional Facility from the GEO Group. MTC won 10-year contracts for each.
CCA still runs the Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility and the Adams County Correctional Center in Mississippi.
Information from: The Natchez Democrat, http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- A measure of the U.S. economy's future health rose in solidly in April, buoyed by a sharp rise in applications to build new homes and apartments.
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