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38th annual Delta Blues Festival set for Sept. 19

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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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Young bankers keeping watch on young customers

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By LISA MONTI When Parker England, first vice president of Planters Bank & Trust Co. in Greenville, looks to the future of the banking industry, a couple of things grab his attention. One is finding ways for his bank to make a profit in an increasingly competitive market. The other is providing his customers with what they need and expect in ...

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Daily Journal editor to head education foundation

TUPELO — Lloyd Gray, executive editor of the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal for 23 years, is leaving the newspaper to become executive director of The Phil Hardin Foundation. The announcement was made Tuesday in the newspaper by Journal Publisher and CEO Clay Foster. Foster says no decision has been made on Gray’s successor. “Lloyd is an outstanding editor and an ...

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IKE TROTTER: Weighing in on reverse mortgages

More and more we see on TV or read in the paper about Reverse Mortgages and the opportunities available for homeowners to “unlock” the equity in their home. I thought it might be helpful to discuss this unique type of home equity loan and the resulting implications they offer to homeowners, particularly those who are retired and elderly. Created in ...

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American Queen to dock in Greenville through '18

GREENVILLE — The American Queen, which last month took on Greenville as a regular port of call, has extended the relationship another three years. The Delta Democrat-Times reports the city council has signed off on the long-term docking agreement with the flagship of Memphis, Tennessee-based American Queen Steamboat Co. The American Queen so far has docked in Greenville twice with ...

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Greenville council members discuss pay raise for employees

GREENVILLE — The Greenville City Council remains split over pay raises for employees. The Delta Democrat-Times reports that figures reported to the council show it would cost $1.1 million to give city workers a 7.5 percent across-the-board raise, while it would cost $400,000 for a 3 percent raise. Councilman Errick Simmons is urging council members to increase pay in the ...

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FIXING GREENVILLE — Fixing storefronts, painting murals part of revitalization

GREENVILLE — Visitors and locals alike have noticed Greenville’s resurgent downtown. Facades are being replaced; tenants are occupying buildings; and festivals are being born in the heart of the city. Greenville’s downtown looks alive, and it’s in part because of Main Street Greenville. The organization has worked to create a sense of excitement when it comes to revitalizing and rejuvenating ...

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IKE TROTTER: Protect yourself from identity theft

Whether they’re snatching your purse, diving into your dumpster, stealing your mail, or hacking into your computer, there are bad people out there. Who are they? Identity thieves. Identity thieves can empty your bank account, max out your credit cards, open accounts in your name, and purchase furniture, cars, and even homes on the basis of your credit history. If ...

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Grain scandal takes its toll on Delta farmers

By JACK WEATHERLY  Harper Ross will not be planting this year for the first time in 24 years, he says, because of the losses he suffered at the hands of an Arkansas-based grain dealer. Ross sold off most of his 6,000 acres in Leland after he and five other Mississippi farmers lost $1.8 million on corn they sold last year ...

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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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