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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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PHIL HARDWICK — On being a Mississippi tourist at the Grammy Museum

My wife and I became Mississippi tourists on a recent Monday holiday and motored to the Delta town of Cleveland to check out the Mississippi Grammy Museum. We had been meaning to go since its opening in March of 2016. It is, after all, a national attraction in our own backyard. We were not disappointed, but what happened on the ...

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Cleveland hotel goes ‘grand’ after Trump visit

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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L.A. Grammy director: I’m totally committed to Cleveland museum

By JACK WEATHERLY  Bob Santelli wants to make it perfectly clear: He loves Mississippi and he is totally committed to the Grammy Museum of Mississippi. In fact, Santelli, executive director of the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, was in Jackson on Monday  when he was interviewed by phone. “I’m heading up for a meeting” in Cleveland, Santelli said. Santelli had ...

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Grammy Museum attendance exceeds expectations in first month

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

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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Grammy Museum receives $100,000 from Entergy

The Mississippi Grammy Museum has received a $100,000 gift from Entergy Mississippi to support the museum’s operations, education outreach and public programs, according to a news release. The Museum expects to see 15,000 to 20,000 students per year and 80 percent of its focus will be on education, according to Jane Marie Dawkins, manager of education and public programs for ...

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DAVID DALLAS — Mississippi’s greatest ambassador ‘irreplaceable’

The “King of the Blues,” Mississippi’s B.B. King, passed away last week. His trajectory to fame and fortune was much like that of Elvis Presley’s, the “King of Rock and Roll.” Both were born in Mississippi and moved up to Memphis to hit it big. But this King, B.B. King, did so much more for his home state of Mississippi. ...

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EDA awards grant for new access road to Grammy Museum

CLEVELAND — The U.S. Commerce Department is giving $1.25 million to the city of Cleveland to build an access road to the new Grammy Museum of Mississippi. The money will also help upgrade infrastructure on the campus of Delta State University, which is hosting the museum. The Commerce Department announced the grant from its Economic Development Administration yesterday. “We’re just ...

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The Blues and higher education — Delta State launches the International Delta Blues Project

While the debate continues over the location of “The Crossroads” where legend has it that Robert Johnson made a pact with devil to become the greatest bluesman ever, Delta State University is looking to solidify the city of Cleveland as the place where the blues and academia intersect. DSU recently announced the establishment of the International Delta Blues Project, funded ...

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