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State's music, musicians take center stage at GRAMMY Week

LOS ANGELES — For the fifth year, Mississippi is showcasing its musical legacy as part of GRAMMY Week, a preamble to the GRAMMY Awards ceremony. Today, the “Mississippi Music Celebration at the GRAMMY Museum” at L.A. LIVE in downtown Los Angeles is celebrating the state’s musical heritage and specifically honoring Mississippi’s pivotal role in the development of American popular music. ...

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Bryant proclaims 'Year of the Creative Economy'

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant has announced a yearlong celebration in 2014 to showcase Mississippi people, communities and enterprises that are moving the state’s economy forward. Bryant made the announcement yesterday with state tourism officials. He says the “Year of the Creative Economy” will bring home many well-known artists, performers and others to join the festivities in their respective home ...

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State erects 173rd Blues Trail marker; honors Handy

CLEVELAND — The “Enlightenment of W.C. Handy” is the subject of the next Mississippi Blues Trail marker to be unveiled Thursday at the Bolivar County Courthouse. The Mississippi Development Authority’s Tourism Division says in a news release that Handy’s account of his “enlightenment” in Cleveland is one of the most widely circulated stories in blues history. Handy, a composer and ...

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Demolition of old hospital for school disappoints some

MERIDIAN — As the planned demolition of the Matty Hersee Hospital/School of Nursing building became publicly known, one group of individuals not only expressed shock and disappoint, but also some confusion. “They announced at our reunion they were going to do something with the building. They even had an architect there with a (architectural) drawing,” said Pamela Stockman McPhearson, who ...

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Restoration begins on Coast's 'other' lighthouse

While the historic Biloxi Lighthouse is an icon of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, there is another lighthouse nearby and it is getting a new paint job. Now, officials will turn to renovating the structure’s interior. Workers are whitewashing the Round Island Lighthouse, rebuilt at the foot of the U.S. 90 high-rise bridge in Pascagoula. City officials said in July the ...

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Former bookstore owner makes donation in honor of new DSU president

CLEVELAND — A former owner of an iconic bookstore in Greenville has donated his extensive collection to the Roberts-LaForge Library at Delta State University. The library holds special meaning to current DSU president William N. LaForge, as it is partly named in honor of his father, Dr. William F. LaForge, who served 35 years at Delta State as a professor ...

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Owner of historic house given deadline for renovations

VICKSBURG — Beck House owner Robert Rosenthall has until Dec. 15 to complete renovations to the house and clean the property. The Vicksburg Post reports that the Board of Mayor and Aldermen set the deadline and ordered Rosenthall to come back with a progress report on Nov. 25. Rosenthall told city officials he would be able to complete repairs to ...

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Commission gets new members after resignation, sunset of terms

CORINTH — Four new members have been named to the Corinth Historic Preservation Commission. The Daily Corinthian reported the Board of Mayor and Aldermen this past week appointed Brian McCullen, Robert G. Moore Jr., Laura Albright and Claire Windsor to open seats. The aldermen were told that the appointments were needed after the resignation of John Frame and because of ...

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Great River Road celebration set for 75th anniversary

ST. LOUIS — The Great River Road, a 3,000-mile stretch of highway along the Mississippi River from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico, is turning 75. The Mississippi River Parkway Commission is gathering tomorrow in St. Louis to celebrate the milestone. A ceremony on the significance, economic and tourism impact of the road is planned at the riverfront stage beneath ...

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Cashing in on Grant's march to Vicksburg

One has to believe that Ulysses S. Grant has just fired up another victory cigar, and all Mississippians ought to join him in the celebration. This week it was announced that a series of historical markers have been erected showing Grant’s path in his famous march to Vicksburg in 1863 during the American Civil War. Brig. Gen. Parker Hills (ret.), ...

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