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July 31, 2014, 6:40 pm
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       Daily Tidbit for Thursday:  Yes, it is Thursday and Birthday time for Nancy “I wish my name was Julia!” Chiles, Taylor “I have a song!” Craven, and Harvey Groves!  Happy Birthday Harvey, Taylor and Nancy!
       In case you missed it yesterday, today is the last day to pay your final installment on your 2013 property taxes without additional penalties.
       At a hearing yesterday the date for set for the trial on the question of whether or not the folks out around Wright Road would be annexed into the City of Clarksdale.  The date was set for March 23rd.  The time was not given to us, but you can probably assume it will be at 10:00 a.m.
       This will be the deciding factor on the annexation issue.  But in our opinion, there has been so much tax money spent on this issue, we think that maybe the politicians involved should foot that bill, not the taxpayers.  Maybe then elected officials would think twice before they start doing something the electorate doesn’t like.
       And this in from Lisa G. Rhoden at the Coahoma County Tourism Commission: “We need volunteers for the beer tent and the hospitality tent for the Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Fest August 8th and August 9th.  Please ask anyone who wants to help to call The Chamber of Commerce at 627-7337.”
       Just received a head’s up from Angenette Johnson, Big Jack’s wife, that yesterday was Big Jack’s Birthday.  She will be bringing a cake and celebrating his Birthday tomorrow at 7:00 p.m. @ Red’s Blues Club on Sunflower Avenue.  Friends and family are invited.
       We also received a “RFP” for nominations your favorite Librarian.  There is a substantial award and national recognition for the Librarian who wins this competition.  If you would like to nominate your favorite Librarian, Click Here to read the rules and get to the voting link.  It will cost you nothing to make one of our hardworking Librarians feel rewarded!
       Like the Effcient Gov newsletter?  Here is a link for today’s Click Here.
       And, the Delta Business Journal’s e-newsletter is available as well.  There isn’t anything about Clarksdale this week, but there are always interesting articles about neighboring towns and people.  For example, there is an article about Archie Manning in this week’s edition.  Click Here for the most recent edition.
       There is an article in the headline line-up to the right sent in by Brittany Davis about the Tiny Tigers Cheerleading Camp @ Coahoma Community College.  Cute photos!
    One Way 300x193 Hometown Happenings   Look at this photo and see if you can spot the conundrum we faced yesterday when we turned on to East Second Street.  Here is a hint:  It is illegal to back down a main street in most cities in this country!  Second hint:  Look at the One Way signs on the alley entrances!
       There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. for the new We Wireless store at 802 South State Street.  Welcome We!
       Check back next week for the line-ups from the Blues Festival and out at Hopson Commissary.
       Have a great day Clarksdale and Coahoma County.

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    photo 150x150 Nathans Notes   Ok, so I may have been premature last week when I announced the end of the cool snap…this has definitely been a summer with multiple-personality disorder!  Tuesday and Wednesday have seen record low temperatures all over the region, and the high Tuesday was only 82 degrees in Clarksdale.  It is the last week in July, isn’t it?  Or is someone messing with my calendar?

    Hopefully this trend will last through the weekend of the Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival, although the Weather Channel predicts a return to the low 90′s next week, with some rain in the forecast.  High temperatures festival weekend are expected to be in the mid 80′s.  If that holds up, it will be the most comfortable weather I can ever remember for a Sunflower Fest weekend.  Regardless of the weather, the music is going to be hot, the beverages will be cool, and it will be another great celebration of what makes Clarksdale so unique.  Make your plans now!

    I also wanted to remind you to tune in to 105.7 WROX/AM 1450 this and every Friday for Newsweek in Review.  I join WROX owner Paul Wilson and Clarksdale Press-Register publisher Jessie Wright at 8:40 a.m. on Fridays to discuss local issues and events, and you can bet we will have some interesting things to talk about this week.

    Another feature that Paul has running now is old recordings of Early Wright, and it is great being able to hear the Soulman doing his thing from back in the day.  I had the afternoon shift that led into Early’s show for a couple of years, and it is impossible to overstate the importance of his show and the lasting legacy that he built in our community.  I remember one of my first encounters with a blues tourist, Christmas night, 1989, and the building was empty when I saw a man wandering around the second floor of the Central Building (as the Alcazar Hotel was called at the time).  This was more than a decade before Ground Zero and Roger Stolle ignited our current tourist industry, but here was this guy, from Minnesota, wandering around Clarksdale with a tattered guidebook of some sort, looking for WROX and Early.  I explained to him that Early was off for the holiday, and that I was filling in for his shift.  He tried to not appear disappointed at finding me, instead of the Soulman, behind the mic.

    Early’s legacy has continued to spread far and wide, and Clarksdale was lucky to have him for as long as we did.  Tune in to WROX regularly for a rich, mellifluous, and wise dose of Clarksdale history.

    This note from Panny Mayfield:  “The check-in site for Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival artists and for media covering the event has been moved to the former Greyhound Bus Station on the corner of Issaquena and Third Street.  Located next to the Clarksdale Station – the usual check-in-site – the Bus Station features a large Greyhound Sign.”  If you have any questions regarding artist or media access to the festival, contact Panny at pmayfield@coahomacc.edu.



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