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Cleveland appeals order in desegregation case

A Mississippi school board has voted along racial lines to appeal a federal judge’s order in a long-running desegregation case. The Cleveland School District filed papers Monday asking the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to review the order that requires campus consolidations. Board attorney Jamie Jacks said Tuesday that the district is requesting a quick appeal and is asking ...

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Mississippi River levee repairs underway near Greenville

Workers from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are in the Greenville area to repair several levee slides after the area had high water earlier this year. Forty slides have been found along the 212mile Mississippi Levee District, which runs from the Gulf of Mexico to Cairo, Illinois. The Delta Democrat-Times reported that 14 of those are in Washington County, ...

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Museum carves a niche for Delta in global music

By JACK WEATHERLY  CLEVELAND – The $20 million Grammy Museum Mississippi has begun carving a niche for itself in the global music industry. Several hundred well-wishers joined government and recording industry officials beneath flawless blue Delta skies Saturday to celebrate the opening, or just being alive. The 28,000-square-foot museum had been alive the day before with last-minute tweaks to the ...

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BOOK BIZ — An Englishman adjusts to his new Mississippi Delta home

It sounds like the start of a classic fish-out-of-water tale: take one man from England who’s been living in New York City, plop him down in a tiny town in the Mississippi Delta, and hilarity ensues. It’s a true story, though, and Richard Grant writes about his adventures in the entertaining and enlightening Dispatches from Pluto: Lost and Found in ...

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Hope Credit Union adding Shaw, Drew to Delta network

By TED CARTER Hope Federal Credit Union is extending its reach into the Mississippi Delta with full-service branch openings in Drew and Shaw. The openings are the community development financial institution’s newest effort to reverse the state’s increase in “banking deserts,” a trend that has left 38.7 percent of Mississippi households unbanked or under-banked. The branches will occupy buildings vacated by ...

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Rice harvest underway, yields, acreage in question

STONEVILLE — Rice harvest has begun in Mississippi, but only time will tell how many acres were actually planted and how good yields will be. “There’s not a lot of yield reports yet, but I think we’re going to have a good crop,” said Bobby Golden, rice agronomist with the MSU Extension Service and researcher with the Mississippi Agricultural and ...

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Legendary bluesman Robert Johnson’s son dies in Mississippi

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

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’

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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