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Country music star eyeing site for new museum

PHILADELPHIA — Country music star Marty Stuart has talked with business and community leaders about locating a museum in Philadelphia to house his memorabilia. The Neshoba Democrat reports Stuart, a Philadelphia native, and his wife recently talked with the Mississippi Country Music Commission about the project. Talks about opening a facility to house Stuart’s collection began a year ago. No ...

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City leaders approve funding for Ohr-O'Keefe museum

BILOXI — The Biloxi City Council has voted 6-1 to support the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art. Mayor A.J. Holloway said after yesterday’s vote he would not veto the Ohr funding. The Sun Herald reports the council approved paying the minimum insurance on the city-owned buildings, covering half of the monthly utility bill up to $4,500 and providing maintenance at the ...

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Steamboat American Queen is planning to dock in Vicksburg

In 2008 when the historic steamboat Delta Queen discontinued Mississippi River tours, communities up and down the river not only lost a piece of cultural history, they also lost an important tourism asset. Thus, the state’s Mississippi River communities, still reeling from the recent flood, are all smiles with the announcement this month that the American Queen, a more modern, ...

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Creating a new economy

Empty seats were at a premium Aug. 10 at the Jackson Convention Complex as hundreds gathered for the state’s first-ever Creative Economy Summit. Attendees came to learn more about the creative economy, what it is, where it is and how communities can grow it, adding jobs and enhancing their quality of life. The event, the brainchild of Mississippi Arts Commission ...

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Mayor: No more taxpayer money for museum

BILOXI — Biloxi Mayor A.J. Holloway is making it clear that he does not want to use tax dollars to support the Ohr O’Keefe Museum of Art. Holloway discussed the issue yesterday morning at his annual “Breakfast with the Mayor.” As he discussed the city budget that he and the City Council are working on, Holloway said the museum has ...

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Senators urge panel to approve battlefield expansion bill

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) are encouraging a Senate panel to advance their legislation authorizing the expansion of three units of the Vicksburg National Military Park. The National Park Subcommittee of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee has received testimony on the Champion Hill, Port Gibson and Raymond Battlefield Addition Act (S.265). Cochran ...

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Coast museum to be rebuilt on original site

BILOXI — The Biloxi Maritime and Seafood Museum will be rebuilt at its original site on Point Cadet. The Sun Herald reports that FEMA and MEMA have told Biloxi officials they won’t fund any additional archaeological studies to determine whether the Tullis-Tulledano property was a Native American burial site or for remediation costs should it prove be a burial site. ...

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Senate passes its own civil rights museum bill

JACKSON — The Mississippi Senate has passed its own bond bill to partially fund two museums — one focusing on all types of history and one focusing specifically on civil rights. The bill passed 36-10 yesterday. It would provide $30 million for the first phase of the museums. The House earlier passed its own separate bill for the projects, providing ...

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Cochran reintroduces park expansion bill

CLAIBORNE COUNTY and HINDS COUNTY — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) has reintroduced his legislation to authorize the expansion of the Vicksburg National Military Park in Claiborne and Hinds counties. Cochran and U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), the measure’s primary cosponsor, indicated their intent to push for Senate consideration of the Champion Hill, Port Gibson and Raymond Battlefield Addition Act. ...

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Winters brothers honored with Blues Trail marker

LELAND — Blues-rock guitarist Johnny Winter and singer-keyboardist brother Edgar Winter were honored yesterday with the placing of a Mississippi Blues Trail marker in Leland. The dedication site is the address where the Winter brothers’ father and grandfather once operated a cotton brokerage firm. The dedication ceremony followed yesterday’s Highway 61 Blues Festival, where Johnny Winter appears as the headliner. ...

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