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GOOD TOWNS — Clarksdale, Mississippi

Home of the Delta Blues, this crossroad of cultures gave birth to a uniquely American sound By DOUG SEGREST » Spotlighting special towns across Mississippi, Good Towns, presented by Regions Bank, is about the character, the history, the people and the unique things that make a town a special place. The intersection of Highways 61 and 49 is where Robert ...

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There’s more to this ghost town than old, empty buildings

By BARBARA GAUNTT / The Clarion Ledger RODNEY — A dirt road carries visitors to the heart of a town frozen in time. Dust billowing behind the car settles as it stops at the intersection where Rodney Road turns left, and Muddy Bayou Road — or Commerce Street, as it was back in the day — goes right. Alston Grocery ...

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Algal bloom cost Mississippi Coast tourism $4.1 million in June, July

By JACK WEATHERLY Beaches on the Mississippi Gulf Coast were given the green light earlier this month after a summer-long shutdown of coastal waters were declared free of  harmful algal bloom caused by an influx of fresh water from upstream flooding. The good news follows a loss of $4.1 million, or 3 percent to 8 percent, in room revenue for ...

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Bacteria found in Mississippi waters prompts beach closure

Environmental officials in Mississippi are warning beachgoers that some coastal swimming areas will be closed after bacteria were found in the water. The state Environmental Quality Department announced Thursday that enterococcus bacteria have been found along a west Gulfport shore, posing an increased risk of illness. The Sun Herald reports that waters are closed from Marie Avenue to Camp Avenue. ...

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Hotel in historic skyscraper now set to open in 2020

Renovations converting a Mississippi city’s tallest building into a hotel are now scheduled to be complete in November 2020. Architect John Campo tells The Meridian Star that demolition of non-historic parts of the 16-story Threefoot Building are complete, with some mechanical, electrical, plumbing and safety systems installed. Developer John Tampa bought the building from the city in 2016 to construct ...

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Saltillo moves ahead with tourism tax referendum

By WILLIAM MOORE / Daily Journal SALTILLO • The Board of Aldermen formally set Nov. 5 as the date for a referendum to add a 2 percent sales tax to hotels and restaurants in Saltillo. During a special called meeting Tuesday, aldermen approved a resolution to establish the tourism tax and set the date for the public referendum. The state legislature ...

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Tupelo sells property to group wishing to build downtown hotel

By TAYLOR VANCE / Daily Journal TUPELO • City officials are partnering with a development company to bring a four-story boutique hotel that will house at least 80 rooms and a restaurant to the downtown area. The Tupelo City Council voted to enter into a contract agreement with Thrash Group, LLC, a hotel development industry based out of Hattiesburg, to sell city-owned ...

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Mississippi firms affected by cyanobacteria can seek help

Businesses along Mississippi’s Gulf Coast might be able to get federal aid if they’ve suffered economic losses due to toxic blue-green bacteria in the water. News outlets are reporting on the process that could enable Small Business Administration loans to affected businesses. At least five businesses from each affected county have to show they’ve suffered substantial economic injury. Gov. Phil ...

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Music aims to bring ambiance to downtown Greenwood

A city in the Mississippi Delta is installing speakers to play the blues or other types of regional music near downtown shops and restaurants. Greenwood Mayor Carolyn McAdams tells the Greenwood Commonwealth the music will bring another mood, or ambience, to downtown. The city is installing 38 speakers that should be ready in time for the Bikes, Blues & Bayous ...

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Archaeologists unveil evidence of lost mound in Mississippi

By SABRINA ROBERTSON / The Natchez Democrat NATCHEZ — How many mounds are located at the Grand Village of the Natchez Indians? Up until very recently, the obvious answer would have been three, researchers said during a presentation at the Grand Village on Thursday evening. However, their recent studies of the land indicate otherwise. The face of the Grand Village ...

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