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Clarksdale attorney shot to death; suspect in custody


CLARKSDALE — Police in Clarksdale say a suspect is in custody after an attorney was shot to death in his law office. The shooting happened Friday afternoon. The Clarksdale Press Register reports that the victim was attorney Ellis Pittman. Pittman was in his office for a deposition with other attorneys, including Clarksdale mayor Bill Luckett. Luckett told the newspaper he ...

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SPR: Bryant second term a safe bet; other contests developing

Gov. Phil Bryant (R) was elected in 2011 with 61 percent of the vote, after winning the Republican Primary with 59 percent. This year, he is running for reelection. With the February filing deadline fast approaching, Bryant has no opposition so far. “Its going to be just about a walk-in for Bryant…,” says Bill Minor, dean of Mississippi journalists.  “Bryant ...

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Organizers choose Clarksdale for R&B hall of fame

CLARKSDALE — The Official Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame will be in Clarksdale, says founder and CEO LaMont Robinson. Robinson announced the decision at Morgan Freeman’s Ground Zero Blues Club, The Clarksdale Press-Register reports. Detroit, Memphis, Nashville and Jackson also had been named as potential locations. “Clarksdale is the perfect home for this project,” Robinson said. “This area ...

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Clarksdale’s new fixed-up look has a familiar face

Ten years after setting out to add a spark to downtown Clarksdale’s revitalization with the opening of the Madidi restaurant and Ground Zero Blues Club, Bill Luckett likes what he sees. “I’m very excited. There’s a lot of development of downtown Clarksdale going on now,” says Luckett, who figures he and business partner Morgan Freeman, the Academy Award winning actor, ...

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Luckett, Freeman reach crossroads, decide to sell Clarksdale’s Madidi

Lawyer Bill Luckett and actor Morgan Freeman have decided to end their 10-year run as owners of Clarksdale’s Madidi Restaurant, a fine dining establishment that joined with Luckett and Freeman’s Ground Zero Blues Club to help make the Delta town a destination for visitors seeking a taste of Mississippi’s blues heritage. Other commitments have been piling up on the partners ...

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Speed sues Hosemann to keep eminent domain off ballot

Mississippi Development Authority interim executive director Leland Speed has sued Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, in an attempt to keep the eminent domain petition off November’s ballot. ••• READ THE COMPLETE STORY HERE ••• If you’ll recall, the petition seeks to prevent the taking of private land for private development. It keeps in place the state’s authority to seize private ...

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Dining Out Spotlight: Madidi, Clarksdale

A dream come true for Luckett and Freeman Ten years ago, when Bill Luckett and Morgan Freeman were preparing to open their Clarksdale restaurant, Madidi, they could park just about anywhere they wanted downtown. A few weeks ago as Luckett drove to the restaurant, he lucked out and got the only available parking spot on the block. “There used to ...

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Q&A: Bill Luckett, Democratic candidate for governor

Trying to make a difference Clarksdale lawyer has already done it in his hometown Bill Luckett is an attorney who splits his time between Clarksdale and Jackson. With business partner, Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman, Luckett owns Ground Zero Blues Club and Madidi restaurant. He attended the University of Virginia before earning a law degree from Ole Miss in 1973. Luckett ...

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The electronic handshake

Electronic campaigning, even the unsolicited variety, a big part of 2011 governor’s race A few years ago, before iPhones and BlackBerries gobbled up the mobile phone market share, Bill Luckett and Willie Nelson found themselves in Clarksdale for a meeting of a company’s board of directors on which they both sat. The meeting over, Luckett walked Nelson to his tour ...

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