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Auditor calls to abolish Blues Commission, cites misspending

Mississippi’s state auditor says accounting and contracting problems at the state’s Blues Commission are so severe that the commission should be abolished and its responsibilities handed to a nonprofit. State Auditor Shad White, in a Thursday report, says the commission has spent $1.9 million without filed contracts and didn’t retain documents for $965,000 in spending. The Legislature created the commission ...

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Po’ Monkey’s items to be auctioned

By JACK WEATHERLY Po’ Monkey was not a rolling stone. He stayed put for decades in a shack on flat Delta farmland near Merigold. Willie Seaberry (aka Po’ Monkey) left the house for the last time in July 2016. But his spirit is still in much demand. In fact, the decorations in his juke house will be sold in auction ...

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Po’ Monkey’s will rock the house again

By JACK WEATHERLY If you drive down a country road a mile or so west of Merigold next summer you might hear some familiar sounds above the crunch of the gravel beneath your tires. Not large farm machinery in the distance working the Delta land. It won’t be an illusion. It will be Po Monkey’s Lounge, the world-famous sharecropper’s shack turned into ...

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Tunica blues museum progressing

TUNICA — The second phase of a blues museum project will begin within two weeks when a train depot built in the 1800s is moved about 13 miles from Dundee to Tunica. The depot will be moved to the site of the Tunica Convention and Visitors Center on U.S. 61, and construction is slated to begin in the spring or ...

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Searching begins in Yazoo City

YAZOO CITY — Rescuers stood ready Sunday to comb neighborhoods of splintered homes and twisted debris in Mississippi, a day after a devastating tornado sliced through the state and killed 10 people, including three children.James Jackson, a deputy state fire marshal, said crews took a break overnight but were organizing at first daylight to resume search and rescue operations. All ...

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