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Legendary bluesman Robert Johnson’s son dies in Mississippi

FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2006 file photo taken in Crystal Springs, Miss., Claud Johnson, seated, son of legendary Mississippi blues artist Robert Johnson, shown in the poster on the right, has died at age 83. Johnson who posed with his own son Michael Johnson, won a legal fight in 2014 to keep the profits from the only two known photographs of his father. (Greg Jenson/The Clarion-Ledger, via AP Photo)

JACKSON — A son of legendary Mississippi blues artist Robert Johnson became rich by winning a court fight over his father’s estate. But even when finances were no longer a concern, an attorney said Claud Johnson kept the gravel truck he had driven for years — a reminder of the hard work that guided his own life. Claud Johnson was ...

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Museum of the Mississippi Delta reopens with fresh look

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GREENWOOD — The Museum of the Mississippi Delta is open again after a $450,000 renovation that took five months. The museum’s executive director, Cheryl Taylor, told The Greenwood Commonwealth that she’s pleased with the freshly updated space. “I didn’t have a vision of what it was exactly going to look like, but I had a vision that it needed to ...

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DAVID DALLAS — Mississippi’s greatest ambassador ‘irreplaceable’

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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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Team Cleveland Main Street receives 2015 National Main Street accreditation

Team Cleveland Main Street has been designated as an accredited National Main Street Program for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Main Street Center®, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Each year, the National Main Street Center and its partners announce the list of accredited Main Street® programs in recognition of their exemplary commitment to historic preservation ...

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Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame planning gets underway

CLARKSDALE — Los Angeles-based architect, Kulapat Yantrasast of wHY Architecture Inc., is teaming up with organizers of the Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame to get the Clarksdale, Mississippi, project moving. Yantrasast and his team met with Hall of Fame founders LaMont Robinson and Cheryl Ruffin in Clarksdale this past week. “What we believe as architects,” said Yantrasast, “is that ...

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Jury selected in case of slain Clarksdale mayoral candidate

MARKS — Trial began Monday for a man accused of killing Clarksdale mayoral candidate Marco McMillian in 2013. Lawrence Reed faces murder charges for allegedly strangling McMillian in Quitman County in February 2013, then dumping his body near the Mississippi River levee in Coahoma County, dousing it with gasoline and setting it on fire. A jury was selected Monday, following ...

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Greenwood school board hires superintendent's wife

GREENWOOD — The Greenwood School Board has hired the superintendent’s wife as an instructional coach for the school district. Superintendent Montrell Greene left the room Friday when board members voted 5-0 for the hiring of Robie Green, The Greenwood Commonwealth reported. Robie Greene was previously an education professor at Mississippi Valley State University. The school district said in a news ...

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Rival plans filed to end Cleveland schools federal oversight

CLEVELAND — Local school officials and the Justice Department have filed with a Mississippi federal court competing plans to desegregate the Cleveland, Miss., school system. The Cleveland school district is seeking to come out from under federal oversight that has been in place since 1965, when plaintiffs sued the Bolivar County school system, including Cleveland, to end white-only and black-only ...

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Summit explores efficient water usage across the Delta

STONEVILLE — Mississippi’s agricultural industry is not going about “business as usual” above ground while the underground water supplies decline every year. More than 200 farmers, ag consultants, natural resource professionals and others with connections to agriculture met at the Mississippi State University Delta Research and Extension Center on Dec. 10 to review options. The Delta Sustainable Water Resources Task ...

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