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Allison Washington of Jackson has been named Director of Communications for the Mississippi Arts Commission. For the past 10 months, Washington served as Special Initiatives Director for the Mississippi Arts Commission. Previously she was the Music Trails Program Manager for Visit Mississippi, the state’s tourism division under the Mississippi Development Authority. Washington holds a B. A. in Communications from Belhaven ...

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WJTV adds Brittany Noble-Jones

Brittany Noble-Jones has joined WJTV in Jackson as its new morning show anchor. Noble-Jones will co-anchor News Channel 12 This Morning, Monday through Friday, with Andrew Harrison. Noble-Jones earned her bachelor’s degree at Alcorn State University and her master’s degree from Arkansas State University. She was recently named the 2015 Emerging Journalist of the Year by the National Association of ...

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BOOK BIZ — Revisiting the life story of a civil rights pioneer

Reading Anne Moody’s searing autobiography of her time growing up in Wilkinson County, I was struck again and again by her bravery. I’d read the book before, years ago, but felt drawn to it again recently, and found it just as powerful now as ever. Born in poverty and raised by a mother who worked multiple jobs to put food ...

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REPORTER’S NOTEBOOK: Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ sequel clears the air

“Go Set a Watchman” is the sequel to Harper Lee’s first published novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird.” “Watchman” was written first – as is widely known now thanks to the ballyhooed discovery of the manuscript. Then it was rewritten and turned into the acclaimed, nay, beloved “Mockingbird.” The original manuscript was put away and all but forgotten. “Watchman” removes any ...

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White’s ‘Outcasts’ being taken to the big screen

  Neil White’s memoir, “In the Sanctuary of Outcasts,” details White’s conviction for bank fraud and his incarceration at the Federal Medical Center in Carville, Louisiana, which also housed more than 100 men and women with leprosy. And now, producer Stratton Leopold of Mission: Impossible III fame has hired award-winning writer-producer-director Dax Phelan to pen an adaptation of “In the Sanctuary ...

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Coroner: No evidence B.B. King was poisoned before death

LAS VEGAS — Medical examiners found no evidence to prove the allegation that blues legend B.B. King was poisoned before he died of natural causes in May, according to autopsy findings made public Monday. Tests conducted after two of the musical icon’s 11 adult children said their father had been murdered showed the cause of death was Alzheimer’s disease, plus ...

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38th annual Delta Blues Festival set for Sept. 19

GREENVILLE — The Mississippi Delta Blues & Heritage Festival will pay tribute this year to the blues legacy of Bobby Rush. The 38th annual festival is scheduled for Sept. 19 in Greenville. Rush, who lives in Jackson, began his musical career on Chicago’s West Side blues circuit in the 1960s, nabbing his first hit, “Chicken Heads” in 1971. His sound ...

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Legendary bluesman Robert Johnson’s son dies in Mississippi

JACKSON — A son of legendary Mississippi blues artist Robert Johnson became rich by winning a court fight over his father’s estate. But even when finances were no longer a concern, an attorney said Claud Johnson kept the gravel truck he had driven for years — a reminder of the hard work that guided his own life. Claud Johnson was ...

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PHIL HARDWICK’S THE ALIBI, a serial novel: Chapter 9 The Chase is On

» Jack Boulder, Mississippi’s premier private investigator, seeks to recover the special Brett Favre MVP exhibit that has been stolen from the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame & Museum. George Turnage spilled his guts to Jack Boulder. The two men were sitting at the dining room table at the Turnage home at Old Waverly. Across the hall was Turnage’s remarkable ...

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PHIL HARDWICK’S THE ALIBI, a serial novel: Chapter 8 Trophies found at Old Waverly

» Jack Boulder, Mississippi’s premier private investigator, seeks to recover the special Brett Favre MVP exhibit that has been stolen from the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame & Museum. Wednesday, March 4 Jack Boulder arrived at the Elite Restaurant in downtown Jackson at 7:30 a.m. and was shown to a booth next to a mirrored wall. Outside, a chilly rain ...

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