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Florence, Alabama, to receive Mississippi Blues Trail marker

The Mississippi Blues Trail will celebrate the legacy of W.C. Handy, the “Father of the Blues,” by placing a historical marker at Handy’s birthplace in Florence, Alabama. The ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday. Handy was born in Florence in 1873. Handy’s contributions to the blues have also been commemorated with Mississippi markers in Tutwiler, Clarksdale and ...

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Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame planning gets underway

CLARKSDALE — Los Angeles-based architect, Kulapat Yantrasast of wHY Architecture Inc., is teaming up with organizers of the Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame to get the Clarksdale, Mississippi, project moving. Yantrasast and his team met with Hall of Fame founders LaMont Robinson and Cheryl Ruffin in Clarksdale this past week. “What we believe as architects,” said Yantrasast, “is that ...

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Deputy says Reed confessed to killing Clarksdale mayoral candidate

MARKS — A Mississippi deputy testified Tuesday that a man accused of killing Clarksdale mayoral candidate Marco McMillian confessed while hospitalized. Lawrence Reed faces murder charges in McMillian’s 2013 death. Reed doesn’t dispute that he killed McMillian, but claims he acted in self-defense after McMillian, who was gay, tried to rape him. Premeditation and motive are the crucial issues in ...

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Jury selected in case of slain Clarksdale mayoral candidate

MARKS — Trial began Monday for a man accused of killing Clarksdale mayoral candidate Marco McMillian in 2013. Lawrence Reed faces murder charges for allegedly strangling McMillian in Quitman County in February 2013, then dumping his body near the Mississippi River levee in Coahoma County, dousing it with gasoline and setting it on fire. A jury was selected Monday, following ...

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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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Barnes-Pettey's Dudley Barnes makes national ranking

Dudley M. Barnes, CFP, financial advisor at Barnes-Pettey Financial Advisors, LLC, and with Raymond James Financial Services, was recently named to Barron’s list “The Top 1200 Advisors” in the country. The 2014 list, published in February, ranked 1,200 advisors from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Barnes, offers his clients financial planning and wealth management at his Clarksdale ...

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Barnes-Pettey’s Dudley Barnes makes national ranking

Dudley M. Barnes, CFP, financial advisor at Barnes-Pettey Financial Advisors, LLC, and with Raymond James Financial Services, was recently named to Barron’s list “The Top 1200 Advisors” in the country. The 2014 list, published in February, ranked 1,200 advisors from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Barnes, offers his clients financial planning and wealth management at his Clarksdale ...

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Delta downtown officials form new organization

GREENWOOD — The Delta Downtown Alliance (DDA), an alliance of downtown representatives from throughout the Mississippi Delta, has been founded. The DDA’s mission is to strengthen the promotion and publicity of events and projects in historic downtowns throughout the Mississippi Delta in order to unite the region through information sharing and coordinated communication. There are no membership fees for joining, but any ...

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Quapaw Canoe Company gains legislative support in battle with tax department

A small business owner fighting what he feels is unfair state taxation can feel pretty lonely. John Ruskey of Quapaw Canoe Company of Clarksdale has run up $20,000 in legal and accounting bills fighting a $41,000 bill from the Mississippi Department of Revenue (DOR) for sales taxes on Quapaw’s educational canoe tours from 2009 to 2012. Ruskey hasn’t been collecting ...

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Contract or not, HMA treating Blue Cross Blue Shield patients as ‘in-network’

Having lost their contract with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi with its expiration last week, 10 Mississippi hospitals owned by Health Management Associates will continue charging Blue Cross Blue Shield patients the same fees specified in the contract. On one hand, such health care providers as Central Mississippi Medical Center, River Oaks Hospital in Brandon and Biloxi Regional Medical ...

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