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Councilmen mull what to do with historic structure

TUPELO — The clock is ticking on a proposal before the Tupelo City Council to move the historic Spain House to another location. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports the city has six months to move Spain House before a two-year deadline expires and reopens the possibility of demolition. The century-old Spain House has served as a home, a funeral ...

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NPS closing section of Natchez Trace due to 'major safety hazard'

CENTRAL MISSISSIPPI — An eight-mile section of the Natchez Trace could be closed for a year. WAPT-TV reports a major safety hazard will lead to the closure near milepost 94.8 between Ridgeland and Clinton. The National Park Service says the closure will begin today between Interstate 55 and U.S 49. Engineers say there’s the potential for collapse of the roadway ...

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Farish Street Group getting $10.2M loan from JRA

JACKSON — Developers of the Farish Street Entertainment District have taken the first step toward securing money needed to finish construction on the first block of the $100 million project in downtown Jackson. Yesterday, the Jackson Redevelopment Authority approved a non-binding agreement with Farish Street Group for a $10.2 million loan. As collateral, developers would put up $11 million in ...

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NPS report shows economic impact of Vicksburg battlefield

VICKSBURG — A new National Park Service report shows that 581,459 visitors in 2010 spent $28.9 million in the Vicksburg National Military Park and in communities near the park. The NPS says that spending supported 449 jobs in the local area. Park Superintendent Michael Madell says the NPS report found 52 percent of the spending/jobs was related to lodging, food, ...

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Delta group wants state funds for Grammy Museum

CLEVELAND — A Cleveland group raising funds for a Grammy Museum to celebrate the state’s musical heritage is seeking $6 million to support its cause. Project manager R. Allan Hammons told a crowded room of legislators that the museum would be the first satellite of the national Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. The Cleveland Music Foundation, a nonprofit created to ...

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Park grant funds consultant to help improve Natchez Pilgramage tours

NATCHEZ — A consultant will work with the owners of historic homes in Natchez to improve the local home tours. The Natchez National Historical Park has used a $23,000 grant to hire Mary Ruffin Hanbury to work on how the home tours can be better conducted. Park superintendent Kathleen Jenkins tells the Natchez Democrat Hanbury will meet people who are ...

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Blues Archive gets memorabilia of Mayfield, Fulson

OXFORD — The memorabilia of two legendary bluesmen has found a home in the Blues Archive at the University of Mississippi, thanks to two patrons who generously donated the materials. Thousands of items once owned by singer-songwriters Percy Mayfield and Lowell Fulson were donated by Mick and Molli Kolassa to the archive housed in UM’s J.D. Williams Library. The collection ...

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Owners of historic building plan multicultural center

VICKSBURG — The new owners of the Old Monte Carlo Building want to turn the 100-year-old building into a multicultural center. The Vicksburg Post reports Linda and James Fondren, the new owners, want to turn it into a museum where people can learn more about Vicksburg’s heritage. Plans to turn the building into an African-American history museum fell through before ...

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Plans begin for Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area

STONEVILLE — The board of the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area has begun its planning phase. The board announced it had begun planning at a public meeting in Stoneville. Almost 600 individuals and organizations, representing a broad cross section of the Delta’s museums, interpretive centers, tourism agencies, elected officials and educators were invited to attend. The team of professional planners ...

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Iconic Delta bookstore to close at month's end

GREENVILLE — A neighborhood gathering place, the only spot in Greenville to get a Sunday New York Times, a stop for visiting writers and tourists and a Greenville Main Street landmark since 1965 is shutting its doors. Hugh and Mary Dayle McCormick, the owners of McCormick Book Inn, tell the Delta Democrat Times the shop will close Nov. 30. The ...

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