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Canton distiller turning out corn whiskey

By JACK WEATHERLY  David Rich is turning out corn liquor at his distillery in Canton. He’s pounded the pavement of Madison and Hinds counties getting the word out about Rich Distilling Co., and getting its liquor in package stores. It’s moving off the shelves nicely, he said. McDade’s Wine and Spirits in Jackson’s Maywood Mart, for example, had sold nine ...

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Corn whiskey: old as America, new as now

By JACK WEATHERLY  In the past few years, corn whiskey has made inroads into the liquor menu. An illegitimate child of the Prohibition Era and still in production in the hills and hollows of Southern mountains, the clear spirit has found a home with millenials. And craft distillers, such as the Rich Distilling Co. in Canton, aim to oblige. The ...

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JACK WEATHERLY: A British writer cottons to Mississippi, and vice versa

Richard Grant, a British expat, came to the nether regions of the Mississippi Delta, was quickly mesmerized and decided to write a book about what he saw and experienced. He vowed to relate his impressions of this rarest slice of the Deep South through critical but nonjudgmental eyes. Uh-oh. Here we go again. Another “outsider” tells Mississippians who they are. Well, ...

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L.A. Grammy director: I’m totally committed to Cleveland museum

By JACK WEATHERLY  Bob Santelli wants to make it perfectly clear: He loves Mississippi and he is totally committed to the Grammy Museum of Mississippi. In fact, Santelli, executive director of the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, was in Jackson on Monday  when he was interviewed by phone. “I’m heading up for a meeting” in Cleveland, Santelli said. Santelli had ...

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Grammy Museum attendance exceeds expectations in first month

By JACK WEATHERLY  The Grammy Museum Mississippi staff expected about 3,500 visitors in the first month after it opened on March 5, said Executive Director Emily Havens. The number was more than 5,000 – in line with the first-year projections of 65,000 for the museum in Cleveland, Havens said. “We’re tracking zip codes, states and countries,” she said. “We’ll start ...

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TODD SMITH — Twitter scores NFL streaming deal for 2016 games

Twitter has scored a big win for streaming live NFL games next fall! The social media company beat out heavyweights including Amazon and Verizon for global rights to stream the Thursday night games the league will host next season. The win gives Twitter the ability to show the games to users around the world, without requiring them to sign in ...

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Bryan Adams cancels Mississippi show, citing state’s new law

BILOXI — Canadian rocker Bryan Adams is canceling a performance this week in Mississippi, citing the state’s new law that allows religious groups and some private businesses to refuse service to gay couples. Adams said in a statement Sunday night that he was canceling a show Thursday at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi. The singer says he can’t “in ...

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Major studios, Motion Picture Assoc. of America decry new religion law

By TED CARTER Representatives of Warner Bros., Sony Pictures and Universal have joined the Motion Picture Association of America in opposing Mississippi’s religion-based law that allows circuit court clerks, faith organizations and businesses to refuse service to gay people and others. In response to a query Friday, the Motion Picture Association of America said of the Mississippi law, “The MPAA ...

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