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Mayor says he’ll personally pay for criminals to leave town

The mayor of one Mississippi Delta city says he’s willing to spend up to $10,000 of his own money to pay criminals to move out of town. Clarksdale Mayor Chuck Espy said Monday that if lawbreakers don’t think they can turn their life around there, he’ll pay for them to move elsewhere. Espy says that’s just part of his plan ...

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Outsourcing firm expands in Mississippi Delta, hiring 175

A business outsourcing firm is expanding in the Mississippi Delta, with plans to invest $500,000 and hire 175 people over two years. PeopleShores of San Jose, California, announced Tuesday that it will expand from its current 25 employees in Clarksdale. Employees perform tasks for technology, insurance, retail, financial and travel firms. Mississippi Development Authority spokeswoman Tammy Craft says workers will ...

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Rural hospital in north Mississippi sold to new owner

A rural hospital in the Mississippi Delta has been sold by one Tennessee company to another. Northwest Mississippi Medical Center, in Clarksdale, has 181 beds. Community Health Systems, Inc., based in Franklin, Tennessee, said in a news release that one of its subsidiaries completed the sale of the hospital Nov. 1 to Curea (CURE-a) Health, based in Clinton, Tennessee. Curea ...

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Clarksdale company shifts emphasis to meet manufacturing needs

By JACK WEATHERLY Standard Industrial in Clarksdale has met the needs of manufacturing in its nearly 30 years of existence. Standard Industrial builds hydraulic presses, brakes and shears, “things that make stuff,” Standard Industrial President Steve Hays said. It is putting in a new line that will cost $1.357 million and create 25 jobs. Standard Industrial is expanding within its ...

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Bramlett, 1983 GOP nominee for Mississippi governor, dies

JACKSON — Leon C. Bramlett, the Republican whose nomination for Mississippi governor in 1983 was eclipsed by discredited sexual accusations against the Democrat who defeated him, died Monday. He was 92. An employee at Meredith-Nowell Funeral Home in Clarksdale said Bramlett, a businessman and farmer, died at his son’s home in Clarksdale. Plans for services were pending. Bramlett was an ...

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Dispute over Medicaid payments kicked back to chancery court

JACKSON — A long legal battle between the Mississippi Division of Medicaid and a dozen hospitals is headed back to chancery court. The dispute is about payments Medicaid made to the hospitals for outpatient services in 2001. Medicaid said in 2010 that it had mistakenly overpaid hospitals nine years earlier because it used an outdated payment formula. The hospitals, in ...

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Drop in casino revenue means tax hike likely by levee board

CLARKSDALE — The Yazoo Mississippi Delta Levee Board has scheduled a public meeting July 9 on a proposed tax increase. Since 1996, levee board has not raised taxes. The Clarkdale Press Register reports that’s likely to change. The levee board — which is tasked with maintaining the levee system in 12 counties — got its revenue from casino rentals. The ...

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Clarksdale attorney shot to death; suspect in custody

CLARKSDALE — Police in Clarksdale say a suspect is in custody after an attorney was shot to death in his law office. The shooting happened Friday afternoon. The Clarksdale Press Register reports that the victim was attorney Ellis Pittman. Pittman was in his office for a deposition with other attorneys, including Clarksdale mayor Bill Luckett. Luckett told the newspaper he ...

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Florence, Alabama, to receive Mississippi Blues Trail marker

The Mississippi Blues Trail will celebrate the legacy of W.C. Handy, the “Father of the Blues,” by placing a historical marker at Handy’s birthplace in Florence, Alabama. The ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday. Handy was born in Florence in 1873. Handy’s contributions to the blues have also been commemorated with Mississippi markers in Tutwiler, Clarksdale and ...

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Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame planning gets underway

CLARKSDALE — Los Angeles-based architect, Kulapat Yantrasast of wHY Architecture Inc., is teaming up with organizers of the Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame to get the Clarksdale, Mississippi, project moving. Yantrasast and his team met with Hall of Fame founders LaMont Robinson and Cheryl Ruffin in Clarksdale this past week. “What we believe as architects,” said Yantrasast, “is that ...

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