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Ag Museum to be closed through November; no evidence of arson

JACKSON — The Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum is expected to remain closed to the general public until Dec. 1. Andy Prosser, deputy commissioner of agriculture, tells WJTV in Jackson the facility will be made available to individuals or groups who had already scheduled rentals for events. Three buildings — a children’s barnyard, a veterinary educational building and a maintenance ...

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Museum's blues education program garners national award

CLARKSDALE — The Delta Blues Museum Arts and Education Program in Clarksdale is among 12 winners of the 2014 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award. First Lady Michelle Obama will honor the winners today at the White House. One international program will also be recognized with the International Spotlight Award for a youth-based program in India. The program recognizes ...

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Part of U.S. 51 to be dedicated to influential bluesman

CRYSTAL SPRINGS — A segment of U.S. Highway 51 will be dedicated Thursday to blues artist Tommy Johnson. The dedication will be held at 1 p.m. at the intersection of Mississippi Highway 27 and U.S. 51 in Crystal Springs. The Legislature designated the segment of U.S. 51 beginning from its intersection with Highway 27 and extending south to Pat Harrison ...

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Number of visitors to Natchez Trace makes big jump

TUPELO — The Natchez Trace Parkway saw a significant jump in the number of visitors last month compared to September 2013. Last month, 728,172 visitors used the Natchez Trace, compared to 534,955 in September 2013. This broke a four-month stretch of monthly declines. Year-to-date, the Trace has entertained 4,675,984 visitors compared to 4,482,480 in 2013.These numbers continue to put the ...

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Hoyt Ming gets marker on Mississippi Country Music Trail

ACKERMAN — Hoyt Ming, the founder, leader of and fiddler in Hoyt Ming & His Pep Steppers, was honored yesterday with a marker on the Mississippi Country Music Trail. The marker was unveiled at 11 a.m. at East Main and North Hobson in Ackerman. The Pep Steppers was a Tupelo-based country string band consisting of Hoyt, his wife Rozelle, and ...

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Sonny Boy Williamson getting Mississippi Blues Trail marker

HELENA, Ark. — Sonny Boy Williamson, a blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter from Mississippi, will be recognized with a marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail tomorrow at 5 p.m. The unveiling will take place at 324 Phillips in Helena, Arkansas, a city in which Williamson lived and performed. Helena was home to a flourishing blues scene that inspired Williamson ...

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Narmour, Smith getting marker on Country Music Trail

CARROLLTON — Fiddler William “Willie” T. Narmour and guitarist Shellie “Shell” W. Smith will be recognized with a marker on the Mississippi Country Music Trail. The unveiling is scheduled for at 11 a.m. Saturday on Lexington Street in Carrollton. Blending blues and old-time dance tunes, Narmour and Smith became an influential duo with 48 recordings for Okeh and Bluebird records ...

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Mississippi sounds coming to Americana Music Festival & Conference

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Visit Mississippi, the state tourism office of Mississippi, is partnering with the Americana Music Festival & Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, to present a Mississippi theme at the 15th annual event. As part of the five-day conference, Mississippi musicians, writers and advocates will be featured as part of panel discussions, musical showcases and exhibitions. “This partnership is all ...

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The Oaks House Museum to reopen Saturday

JACKSON — After closing for six months for renovations, The Oaks House Museum in Jackson is reopening with a party. An open house will be held from 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Sept. 6 at The Oaks, which is located at 823 Jefferson Street in the Belhaven Heights neighborhood. The public is invited to this free event that will offer tours ...

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Hancock Bank hosting event to raise funds for lighthouse restoration

PASCAGOULA — Hancock Bank is hosting a “Come Light Up The Night” Round Island Lighthouse fundraiser Aug. 7 to complete interior and lighting work at the top of the historic structure. The event will take place under the historical oaks at Lighthouse Park, on the north side of the Pascagoula bridge. Preservationists and the city of Pascagoula have spent a ...

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