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BRIDGING THE BLUES — Multi-state effort expects to boost blues-related development

At first take, the Bridging the Blues initiative sounds like a case of misplaced loyalty. Why would a bunch of Mississippians work so hard to boost attendance at the upcoming King Biscuit Blues Festival in Arkansas, and why would Mississippi tourism organizations and leaders — and their counterparts in Tennessee — back their effort? However, organizers of Bridging the Blues, ...

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Airlines take flights — Decisions on adding and subtracting routes ‘the secret recipe of our industry’

In its 50 years of operation, Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport, has seen flights and airlines come and go. Delta dropped its service to Memphis earlier this year and most recently Southwest Airlines said it is going to discontinue its Jackson-Baltimore service. “We anticipate a dropoff in passenger load as well,” said Rene Woodward, chief administrative officer of the Jackson ...

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City of Greenville hires Korey Adams

Greenville City Council recently voted to hire Korey Bennett Adams for the manager position in the Water Department. Born and raised in Greenville, Adams attended Jackson State University and majored in psychology. In 1998, Adams graduated at the top of his class with magna cum laude honors. After college, Adams took a position as career counselor and later as a ...

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Nurse practitioners fill void in state health care

The number of nurse practitioners is increasing in Mississippi. Their role in health care is also increasing as these highly trained nursing professionals are specializing and giving patients a higher level of care. According to Gayle Harrell, president of the Mississippi Nurses Association, there are 3,300 advanced practicing nurses and approximately 2,800 to 2,900 of those are nurse practitioners. “Most ...

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Nature unleashes fury, from the Delta across to East Mississippi

Bad weather made 2011 a year to forget. The losses from tornadoes, flooding and drought are still being calculated. In April, the state suffered one of the worst tornado outbreaks in history. Hardest hit was the Town of Smithville, a community of less than 1,000 that was hit by an EF-5 tornado on April 27 leaving 16 dead. >> See ...

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Getting off the bottom

As the historic crest of the Mississippi River rolled past the Delta last month, the catfish industry started breathing a little easier. If the Yazoo Backwater Levee had failed, practically the entire catfish industry in Mississippi would have been underwater, and after a decade of struggles, could have meant the industry’s death. Even if the levee held, some forecasted nearly ...

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A good economic model for the Miss. Delta?

By Amy McCullough This week’s Q&A, former Community Coffee CEO Randy Russ, is now leading Jackson’s Christ United Methodist Church in “Business As Mission” work on an African coffee farm. The MBJ asked whether such an economic model might help in Mississippi’s economically depressed Delta. His response: Q – Tell us about your “business as mission” work on an African ...

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Delta ingrained in Brown

You can take Bill Brown out of the Delta, but you can’t take the Delta out of Bill Brown. That’s because a conversation with Brown is sprinkled with references to the flatland region that is often romanticized by the folks that are born and reared there. “There’s no place like the Mississippi Delta,” said the Greenville native. “I went to ...

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It ain’t just about the music

Delta getaway includes great music, food, people and attractions Sometimes people don’t appreciate what is in their own backyard. A case in point might be a blues getaway to the Mississippi Delta. While many people in the state might not know how many great blues attractions there are in the Delta, it is no secret to people in Europe and Australia. ...

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