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Cleveland hotel goes ‘grand’ after Trump visit

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By JACK WEATHERLY  Suresh Chawla was already thinking bigger. But when then Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump personally encouraged him to ‘think grand” that did it. And so the Lyric Hotel and Spa has grown to become the West End District. The Cleveland project was initially expected to cost about $8 million but it will now be $15 million, Chawla ...

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CORRECTION: Cleveland School Board OKs alternate desegregation plan

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KATE ROYALS, Mississippi Today The Cleveland School Board is expected to begin steps Monday to raise $3.65 million to build a new 9th grade wing and make other improvements to buildings as part of its plan to desegregate the school district. The school board called a special meeting Monday night to begin the process of borrowing money to pay for ...

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Cities gain national accreditation

The following Main Street communities in Mississippi have been designated as accredited Main Street America programs for meeting standards set by the National Main Street Center: Aberdeen, Amory, Baldwyn, Batesville, Belhaven, Biloxi, Booneville, Canton, Carthage, Cleveland, Clinton, Columbia, Columbus, Corinth, Crystal Springs, Greenville, Greenwood, Gulfport, Hattiesburg, Hernando, Holly Springs, Houston, Indianola, Kosciusko, Laurel, Louisville/Noxapater, Macon, Meridian, New Albany, Ocean Springs, ...

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Cleveland appeals order in desegregation case

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A Mississippi school board has voted along racial lines to appeal a federal judge’s order in a long-running desegregation case. The Cleveland School District filed papers Monday asking the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to review the order that requires campus consolidations. Board attorney Jamie Jacks said Tuesday that the district is requesting a quick appeal and is asking ...

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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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L.A. Grammy director cancels trip with gay son to Mississippi museum

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MBJ staff and wire reports After the opening of a Grammy Museum in the Mississippi Delta, the first  outside Los Angeles, the California museum’s’ director,  Bob Santelli, said he and his 28-year-old gay son have canceled plans to visit the high-tech facility in Cleveland, Mississippi. The Delta museum opened March 5 and Executive Director Emily Havens said in a recent interview ...

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Grammy Museum attendance exceeds expectations in first month

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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

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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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