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Investigation underway into cause of massive Ag Museum fire

JACKSON — €” State and local fire investigators began work Friday to determine the cause of a two-alarm fire at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum in Jackson. Chief Deputy Fire Marshal Ricky Davis says investigators were on the scene Thursday night and remained to start going through the debris Friday. He did not give a timetable to complete the ...

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Massive fire at Ag Museum destroys buildings; no injuries

JACKSON — At least two buildings were destroyed but no people or animals were killed or seriously injured as a large fire burned yesterday evening at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum in Jackson, the state agriculture commissioner said. Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith said it was not immediately clear what sparked the fire, which started about 5 p.m. More than 50 ...

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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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Organizers choose Clarksdale for R&B hall of fame

CLARKSDALE — The Official Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame will be in Clarksdale, says founder and CEO LaMont Robinson. Robinson announced the decision at Morgan Freeman’s Ground Zero Blues Club, The Clarksdale Press-Register reports. Detroit, Memphis, Nashville and Jackson also had been named as potential locations. “Clarksdale is the perfect home for this project,” Robinson said. “This area ...

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STS names Museum of Natural Science as year's best attraction

JACKSON — The Mississippi Museum of Natural Science has received a Southeast Tourism Society Shining Example Award as the Escape to the Southeast Travel Attraction of the Year. The museum was recognized for its cooperative work with the Jackson Convention and Visitors Bureau and other attractions that boosted attendance, helped market the entire city and earned statewide publicity for promotions ...

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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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Department of Agriculture launches new agritourism mobile app

JACKSON — The state is celebrating Agritourism Month in October with events around the community and at its 13 Welcome Centers, and the Mississippi Department of Agriculture (MDAC) has released a new mobile app to help visitors locate agritourism operations around the state. “Agritourism in Mississippi provides our farmers and landowners with the opportunity to show the importance of our ...

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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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