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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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Higher education, tourism officials ask for more state funding

JACKSON — The two systems that run Mississippi’s public universities and community colleges each want lawmakers to increase their budgets by more than $75 million, arguing more state spending on higher education will help residents earn higher incomes and bolster the future of the state. State agencies are presenting requests to the 14-member Joint Legislative Budget Committee this week, setting ...

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Travis retiring as head of Mississippi World Trade Center

JACKSON — Barbara Travis is retiring today after 13 years as the executive director of the Mississippi World Trade Center. The Mississippi World Trade Center is a nonprofit organization that fosters international trade and economic growth in Mississippi and the Mid-South region. The center was created in 2001 and Travis was its first executive director. She has worked on international ...

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Council rebrands in effort to push more visitors to Oxford Square

OXFORD — The Oxford Downtown Council has recently been rebranded as the Oxford Square Alliance. The Alliance has a new logo, and decals with the logo will be placed at member locations around the historic Oxford Square. “People from all over the world know about the Oxford Square,” says Mark Huelse, chair of the Oxford Square Alliance and co-owner of ...

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Another marker going up on Mississippi Country Music Trail

POLKVILLE — On Sept. 19, one of Mississippi’s longest-running country music festivals will be honored with the newest marker on the Mississippi Country Music Trail. The unveiling ceremony will take place at 3 p.m. at 6334 Highway 13 in Polkville, across the street from the Polkville Music Barn. This will be the 26th marker on the Mississippi Country Music Trail. ...

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Natchez Trace sees drop in visitors in August; year-to-date numbers flat

TUPELO — The number of visitors to the Natchez Trace Parkway so far this year is essentially flat compared to 2013, and the Trace saw a significant decrease last month. Superintendent Mary Risser said, “This year, 496,436 people used the Parkway in August, compared to 533,555 who were counted in 2013.” In 2013, the Trace reported 3,947,525 visitors from January-August. ...

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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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