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Host families prepare for Mississippi Braves’ season

Some baseball fans in Jackson go above and beyond supporting the hometown Mississippi Braves by providing a home-away-from-home for players who have their sights set on playing for the major league Atlanta Braves. In a recent letter to Braves fans about hosting players, Jim Bishop, the team’s assistant general manager, said, “Stopping in Mississippi on their path of aspiring to ...

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Plan would give up to $1.5M to music recording, concerts

JACKSON — Mississippi license plates and highway welcome signs proclaim the state as the Birthplace of America’s Music, bowing to the state’s blues heritage. Now, a legislative proposal wants to pay to make sure more music makes a home in Mississippi. The House Tourism Committee passed House Bill 907 on Wednesday, moving to subsidize some music recordings, concerts and theater ...

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Holly Springs Elvis "museum" to be auctioned off Jan 31

HOLLY SPRINGS — Hundreds of Elvis Presley vinyl singles and albums, a pink Cadillac and the antebellum mansion that became a quirky Elvis shrine will be auctioned this month. Everything that was “Graceland Too” and all of owner Paul MacLeod’s vehicles will be auctioned Jan. 31 at the mansion in Holly Springs, Attorney Phillip Knecht said. MacLeod, who gave tours ...

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ANITA MODAK-TRURAN — Mississippi’s motion picture renaissance

SCENE 1 — Thalia Mara Hall, located in downtown Jackson, transformed into a Paris theatre for Get On Up, a foot-stomping biopic based on music legend James Brown. Hundreds of extras from the community filled the theater and participated in the “magic” of moviemaking. The film’s producer Mick Jagger and director Tate Taylor could be seen dining in Walker’s, talking ...

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Hairston exiting early from Mississippi Gaming Commission

GULFPORT — Mississippi Gaming Commission member John Hairston says he will resign from regulatory board effective Jan. 31. Hairston was appointed to the Gaming Commission in 2005 and again in 2010. He made the announcement at a commission meeting Thursday. Hairston was recently named president and chief executive officer of Hancock Holding Co. and he says he is very busy. ...

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Tall Boy, Buffalo Park's male giraffe, dies

TUPELO — The Tupelo Buffalo Park and Zoo says its male giraffe, Tall Boy, has died of natural causes. Tall Boy was estimated to be at least 20 years old, according to the giraffe’s veterinarian. He was born in Africa and came to the Tupelo Park from Miami, in 2004. Park officials say Tall Boy was buried Monday under his ...

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Mississippi Blues Trail to honor Gulfport musicians

GULFPORT — The Mississippi Blue Trail will unveil a new marker Tuesday honoring several Gulfport musicians, including Allman Brothers Band drummer Jaimoe. The dedication will be held at 3 p.m. at the “Four Corners” intersection of Arkansas Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The “Four Corners’ was a central location in the decades when the African American communities in ...

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