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Forecasters: ‘Potentially historic’ flooding threatens South

Scientists are warning that historic flooding could soon deluge parts of several Southern states along the lower Mississippi River, where floodwaters could persist for several weeks.The flood threat in the South will be discussed Thursday, when the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration releases its 2019 spring outlook. Experts plan a briefing on their flood forecast at the National Water Center ...

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ROSS REILY: EPA should have historical background of Delta

If you first listen to environmentalists and the Environmental Protection Agency as to why they are opposed to the Yazoo Backwater project, they make a pretty compelling argument. The EPA has said the project would have incurred “unacceptable damage to these valuable resources that are used for wildlife, economic and recreational purposes.” In an interview I did with a representative ...

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Mayor: Mississippi town surrounding by overflowing rivers

The mayor of Glendora, Mississippi, says overflowing rivers swollen with recent rain have encircled his town and forced some families to leave their homes. The Greenwood Commonwealth reported Wednesday that the town of 151 people is caught between the flooded Tallahatchie River to the north and the Black Bayou to the south. Mayor Johnny Thomas says the recent flood is ...

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Illinois medical equipment maker expanding in Mississippi

Medical equipment maker Baxter International is expanding a Mississippi Delta plant, with plans to add 50 to 100 new employees in about two years. Baxter spokeswoman Lauren Russ told The Associated Press that the company is doubling capacity at its Cleveland plant to fill bottles of irrigation solution used to clean tissue and wounds. Baxter is also adding equipment to ...

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MATTHEW McLAUGHLIN: The Green Rush — Hemp may be the savior for Mississippi agriculture

The struggles of the Mississippi Delta and Mississippi farmers are well documented. But relief may be on the horizon if the State of Mississippi is willing and able to build the infrastructure necessary to capture its share of an agricultural market that is expected to increase from $820 million this year to $22 billion in 2022.  Yes, you read that ...

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School district says state will intervene in finances

The superintendent of a Mississippi Delta school district says the state Department of Education will take oversight of finances because the district can’t produce audited financial statements. The Bolivar Commercial reports North Bolivar school district Superintendent Maurice Smith told the school board Monday that the district had produced an audited financial report for the 2015 budget year. However, he says ...

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Historic stoplights give retro feel to Greenwood

Greenwood technically may no longer be a Cotton Capital, but it just might be the Historic Stoplight Capital of the World.That’s according to Barrett Williams, a historic preservationist dedicated to preserving and recreating streetscapes to match the historic buildings that line them. Along with Mayor Carolyn McAdams, former Chief Administrative Officer Thomas Gregory, the late state Rep. May Whittington and ...

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GRAMMY Museum Mississippi has attracted 80,000 visitors since opening

By BECKY GILLETTE Emily Havens The GRAMMY Museum Mississippi, which opened in March 2016, has been a game changer not just for Cleveland, but the entire Delta music tourism scene. Asked if this has been as big a deal as anticipated, Cleveland Mayor Billy Novell answers unequivocally, “Absolutely! It has been better than anticipated. The Grammy Museum Mississippi is the ...

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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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Another luxury hotel to open in Cleveland

By JACK WEATHERLY The Cotton House. Is there better name for a luxury hotel in the Delta? Tradition with a wink. The $17.6 million, 95-room hotel will open early next year in downtown Cleveland, dead center in the region known for the richest soil and earthiest music in the world. “It’ll be a very high-end product,” said Luke Chamblee, president ...

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