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COLUMN: Most integrated school in Mississippi ruled to desegregate

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This story was originally posted Feb. 3, 2015 … We thought it relevant to post again in light of the fact that U.S. District Judge Debra Brown ruled Friday that the town of Cleveland must merge its two high schools and two middle schools. “The delay in desegregation has deprived generations of students of the constitutionally guaranteed right of an integrated ...

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

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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

Grammy Museum at night — By Rory Doyle

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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Dorothy Moore: From Farish Street to the world

Dorothy Moore and manager Marcia Weaver have had a professional relationship for 15 years. ... Photo by Jack Weatherly

By JACK WEATHERLY A woman sat on a stool, microphone in hand, while she and a keyboardist noodled on a song on the “front porch” of the museum. She sounded pretty good. No. Much better than that. They were working on a song, “Misty Blue.” The singer was Dorothy Moore, the Jackson native who made the tune a standard in the recording ...

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Cleveland moving from hospitality to hosting

Grammy Museum at night — By Rory Doyle

By JACK WEATHERLY Cleveland will be turning a page in its hospitality handbook to a chapter titled hosting. The Grammy Museum Mississippi, which opened its doors on Saturday, is expected to attract 30,000 visitors in the first year. That figure, adapted from a study on the B.B. King Museum in Indianola, projected a direct and indirect impact of up to ...

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Museum carves a niche for Delta in global music

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By JACK WEATHERLY  CLEVELAND – The $20 million Grammy Museum Mississippi has begun carving a niche for itself in the global music industry. Several hundred well-wishers joined government and recording industry officials beneath flawless blue Delta skies Saturday to celebrate the opening, or just being alive. The 28,000-square-foot museum had been alive the day before with last-minute tweaks to the ...

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Grammy Museum spurs plan for boutique hotel in Cleveland

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By JACK WEATHERLY Praises are being sung about the Grammy Museum Mississippi, and The Lyric, a boutique hotel, will add its voice to the chorus. The $8 million hotel will be built one mile from the museum on Highway 8 west, according to Suresh Chawla, president of Chawla Hotels Inc. of Greenwood. He made it clear what brought the project about. ...

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Team Cleveland Main Street receives 2015 National Main Street accreditation

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 exemplary commitment to historic preservation ...

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Rival plans filed to end Cleveland schools federal oversight

CLEVELAND — Local school officials and the Justice Department have filed with a Mississippi federal court competing plans to desegregate the Cleveland, Miss., school system. The Cleveland school district is seeking to come out from under federal oversight that has been in place since 1965, when plaintiffs sued the Bolivar County school system, including Cleveland, to end white-only and black-only ...

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Winter weather expected this morning in Delta

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for three Delta counties that runs through noon today. The highest chance for ice accumulation is between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. this morning in Bolivar, Sunflower and Washington counties. A few hundredths of an inch is expected, mainly on elevated roadways and bridges. The Mississippi Emergency ...

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