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DAVID HAMPTON — 50 years after Delta tour, we still struggle to face the challenges

Given the facts and the right information, people will do the right thing. I have often said this in speaking to students about the importance of good journalism — reporting that examines and analyzes and helps people reach logical and helpful solutions to the problems we all face. Yes, we differ, we debate, we filter things through our political leanings, ...

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Po’ Monkey’s still silent a year after Seaberry’s death

By JACK WEATHERLY jack.weatherly@msbusiness.com Plans for reopening Po’ Monkey’s Lounge, a famous juke house in the Delta, are up in the air. Daniel Morris, attorney for the Willie Seaberry estate, said in April that Seaberry’s heirs wanted to reopen the place around July 14, the anniversary of the death of Seaberry, aka Po’ Monkey. That didn’t happen. Closing out the ...

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Trump group to team with Delta hoteliers for new chains

The Mississippi Business Journal “article triggered this whole thing.” — Suresh Chawla By JACK WEATHERLY A longshot phone call to real estate magnate Donald Trump nearly 30 years ago by a convenience store owner in Greenwood eager to build a motel started a series of events that has been nothing but good news for the Chawla family. Trump returned the call and told ...

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Grammy Museum spurs plan for boutique hotel in Cleveland

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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38th annual Delta Blues Festival set for Sept. 19

GREENVILLE — The Mississippi Delta Blues & Heritage Festival will pay tribute this year to the blues legacy of Bobby Rush. The 38th annual festival is scheduled for Sept. 19 in Greenville. Rush, who lives in Jackson, began his musical career on Chicago’s West Side blues circuit in the 1960s, nabbing his first hit, “Chicken Heads” in 1971. His sound ...

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Drop in casino revenue means tax hike likely by levee board

CLARKSDALE — The Yazoo Mississippi Delta Levee Board has scheduled a public meeting July 9 on a proposed tax increase. Since 1996, levee board has not raised taxes. The Clarkdale Press Register reports that’s likely to change. The levee board — which is tasked with maintaining the levee system in 12 counties — got its revenue from casino rentals. The ...

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Cox won't seek a second term as Greenville mayor

GREENVILLE — Greenville Mayor John Cox says he will not run for re-election in November. Cox tells the Delta Democrat-Times his decision not to run for a second term came after lengthy deliberations, principally with family members. Cox won a special election in October 2012, a month after his predecessor, Chuck Jordan, stepped down after receiving a diagnosis of advanced-stage ...

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Thousands of acres of Delta farmland to go on auction block

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — Approximately 4,783 acres of cropland in Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi has been slated for auction Oct. 22. Schrader Real Estate and Auction Company is managing the auction, in cooperation with Walker Auctions and Paul A. Lynn & Associates, LLC. Almost half the land — 2,357 acres — is located in Sunflower County, and will be offered in ...

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