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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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LaForge to lead Gulf South

Delta State University President William N. LaForge has taken office as the President of the Gulf South Conference. He has spent the past two years as Vice President of the GSC. The President of the GSC oversees the Board of Directors for the league and is responsible for chairing all Board and general session meetings, appoints all standing and special ...

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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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Grammy Museum Mississippi opens doors in Cleveland

Rendering courtesy of Dale Partners

Associated Press/MBJ staff The technologially cutting-edge  Grammy Museum Mississippi opened here on Saturday under beautiful Delta skies. The nearly $20 million project is an updated version of the original museum in Los Angeles and employs high-definition touchscreens and interactive technology second to none to chronicle American music history from before the first Grammy Awards in 1959 to the present. The bedrock ...

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Grammy Museum set to open in Mississippi Delta

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The second and only official Grammy Museum outside of Los Angeles opens Saturday in the Mississippi Delta, cradle of the blues. Organizers chose Cleveland, Mississippi — two hours north of the state capitol Jackson — for the nearly $20 million project and promise one of the most advanced museums in the country. It’s a smaller but updated version of its ...

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Mississippi’s Abney elected as Chairman of the Board at UPS

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UPS has elected Mississippi native David P. Abney, UPS Chief Executive Officer, as Chairman of the Board, effective immediately. Abney succeeds Scott Davis as Chairman, who will retire from his position on the UPS Board effective as of the 2016 Annual Meeting of Shareowners. Additionally, the Board of Directors created a new Lead Independent Director position, and today the independent directors ...

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