April 14, 2015

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Percy Sledge, who sang ‘When A Man Loves a Woman,’ dies

BATON ROUGE, La. — Percy Sledge, who soared from part-time singer and hospital orderly to lasting fame with his aching, forlorn performance on the classic “When a Man Loves a Woman,” died Tuesday in Louisiana. He was 74. Dr. William “Beau” Clark, coroner for East Baton Rouge Parish, confirmed to The Associated Press that Sledge […]

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April 14, 2015

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State press association denounces Delta State for eliminating journalism major, shuttering newspaper print product

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JACKSON — The state newspaper association is condemning a plan that will eliminate journalism courses at Delta State University and shutter the school’s 83-year-old student newspaper print product. In a cover letter to the Mississippi Press Association says it sent to DSU President William LaForge dated April 13, MPA President Joel McNeece said the cuts are a “terrible and […]

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April 13, 2015

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Jackson issues RFP in 3rd try for convention center hotel developer

The Jackson Redevelopment Authority is taking a third swing at getting a convention center hotel built. With the backing of Jackson’s elected officials, the JRA late last month issued a Request for Proposals for a hotel of at least 300 rooms on Pascagoula Street across from the Jackson Convention Complex, an approximately 300,000 square-foot conventions and […]

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April 13, 2015

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Team Cleveland Main Street receives 2015 National Main Street accreditation

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Team Cleveland Main Street has been designated as an accredited National Main Street Program for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Main Street Center®, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Each year, the National Main Street Center and its partners announce the list of accredited Main Street® programs in recognition of their […]

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April 13, 2015

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Railroad ‘quiet zone’ still Tupelo’s goal

TUPELO — In order to silence the horns and whistles that blare from the trains traveling through Tupelo, the city must first look at spending more than $5 million to make safety improvements at 22 intersections. Finding a way to improve the quality of life in a city split by railroad tracks isn’t a new […]

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April 13, 2015

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Bozo’s: A stack of paper bags, a permanent marker and Kihyet

PASCAGOULA — A first-time diner at Bozo’s Grocery would notice things when walking in the door — the smell of seafood and a long line of hungry customers crowded around a small table where Anton Kihyet is seated. The setup is simple: a stack of paper bags, a permanent marker and Kihyet. It’s been that […]

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April 12, 2015

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Russian ballet to headline final spring Lyceum event

STARKVILLE –The Russian National Ballet Theatre’s April 22 presentation of “Sleeping Beauty” will conclude Mississippi State’s 2014-15 Lyceum Series schedule. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Bettersworth Auditorium of the university’s historic Lee Hall. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased in advance via www.lyceum.msstate.edu. MSU students are admitted free with identification cards. […]

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April 12, 2015

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Butler showing home for 46th year for Columbus Pilgrimage

COLUMBUS — When Dixie Butler moved into Temple Heights in the summer of 1969, she had no way of knowing she would spend the next 46 winters and springs preparing the house for visitors to the Columbus Spring Pilgrimage. Every year since, Butler has spent months on preparations for the tours before opening her home […]

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April 11, 2015

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Feds to set new off-shore drilling rule, 5 years after BP oil spill

The New York Times reports the Obama administration is planning to impose a major new regulation on offshore oil and gas drilling to try to prevent the kind of explosions that caused the catastrophic BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, administration officials said Friday. The announcement of the Interior Department regulation, which could […]

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April 10, 2015

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United Furniture Industries returning to Tupelo Furniture Market

TUPELO — United Furniture Industries is returning to the Tupelo Furniture Market after a three-year hiatus. Jay Quimby, United’s executive vice president of sales, tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that the company has signed a three-year lease on a 17,000-square-foot showroom. Quimby says United will open its new showroom at the Fall Tupelo Furniture […]

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