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April 15, 2014, 7:46 pm

Daily Tidbit for Wednesday: It is Birthday time for Taylor Cauthen, Stella Erich, Carlisle Jones, and Pennie Radicioni! Happy Birthday Pennie, Carlisle, Stella and Taylor!

There is a flyer on the Musings Page about a Retirement Celebration for Lorna Dodd-Fuller. She is retiring from the Delma Furniss Hospitality Station and the celebration is today. Click Here for the flyer.

If you have a ticket for the Lee Academy Fish Fry today, don’t forget to pick up your plates between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m..

In his latest e-newsletter, John Ruskey talks about the new expansion of Quapaw Canoe Company. Click Here to read about it or maybe even make a reservation.

As you may have noticed, we normally put press releases on the Musings Page. However, this one is just too good to not put in the blog. After reading this, see if you can’t match what these kids did!

From Coahoma Community College: Most people walk by Clarksdale’s Carnegie Public Library with no clue about the historical reference behind the building’s name. Soon, that will no longer be the case with the help of a generous donation from Coahoma Community College’s Social Science Club.

During the library’s 100th Anniversary celebration on Saturday, April 12, CCC sophomores Eddie and Jennine Wyatt of Clarksdale presented a $325 check on behalf of the college’s Social Science Club. The donation kicked-off a drive to raise the funds needed to place a historical marker at the location.

“We really appreciate Coahoma Community College’s support, and we’re thankful for the Social Science Club’s efforts. This is a great start for our campaign,” said Library Director Sarah Ruskey. “We’re so happy to see these students reaching out and giving back to the community.”

The library is named in honor of Andrew Carnegie, an immigrant who went from rags to riches to become a self-made man and the king of the steel industry. Carnegie preached the obligation of the wealthy to return their money to the societies where they made it.

 “Last year while studying Andrew Carnegie, the students learned about his philanthropy,” said Advisor Barbara Boschert, CCC history instructor. “The students decided that our library needed a historical marker to honor Carnegie and his initial contribution to the library.”

Sponsored by CCC’s Social Science Department, the Social Science Club provides students the opportunity to make use of current reading material in discussing vital social problems. The organization raised the donation through various fundraisers.

The total cost of the historical marker project is $2000.

Way to go Social Science Club!

There are two more articles from Brittany Davis that are on the Musings Page for today. The first one deals with an event on April 23rd @ CCC. They will be having their annual Presidential and Vice-Presidential Scholars Program and their guest speaker will be Dr. I. D. Thompson. Click Here to read the articles.

The second article is about a FREE workshop on starting your own business. As many people are now unemployed and thinking about going into business for themselves, CCC has offered this workshop to help people understand how to do some of the things that have to be done when doing a startup. There is a deadline for registration for this FREE class. For more info, call Angela Collins at (662)621-4685 or e-mail her at acollins@coahomacc.edu

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Have a great day Clarksdale and Coahoma.



 

April 14, 2014, 7:25 pm

Daily Tidbit for Tuesday: Chris Chicorelli and Jimmy Walker, Sr. may be trying to avoid the cake and ice cream today, but they have both earned it by turning another year younger! Happy Birthday Jimmy and Chris!

The video of yesterday’s meeting of the Mayor and /Commissioners can be found on the City Council Video Page, or Click Here. But here is a word of warning, the meeting was 2 hours and 26 minutes long!

And, before you ask, yes, the racist commissioner was at it again. After he went on a rant about the race of the new Animal Shelter Director, he went on another rant about a C.P.D. Officer telling him that he did not care if he was a Commissioner or not. (Bravo to the Officer!)

City Attorney Curtis Boschert appeared to have had enough as he took to the podium to warn the Commissioners that asking about race and citing race as a prerequisite for any reason was illegal and that any Commissioner engaging in such behavior was putting their financial well-being at risk. That part of the meeting takes place within the first 30 minutes of the video.

Towards the end of the video, City Clerk Cathy Clark requested permission to hire two employees and Commissioner Bigot asked what nationality the prospective employees were. As another uproar was getting started, Commissioner Seals smiled, leaned towards the microphone and stated, “Uh, Commissioner? I believe they are both Americans!” Thus easing the tension and actually eliciting laughter from the viewer gallery.

In other action, the Mayor welcomed the new Animal Shelter Director, Rob Harris and then he told a story about a couple who came to Clarksdale this past weekend and got “married” while they were here. Watch the video for a good chuckle about that one.

Paul Wilson from WROX was there to request the closing of the MLK Bridge on June 27th. There will be fireworks and music on the MLK Park stage to celebrate the 70th anniversary of WROX Radio! Happy Birthday WROX!

Cindy Mitchell gave a report about the CARES plans and how they are progressing.

Pastor L.B. Howard reported to the board that he could no longer take care of the Crossroads and expressed his hope that this Board would take better care of it than was done in the past.

James Burgess was on hand to talk about the new Voter I.D. law and how easy it is to get an I.D.

Milton Gardner was there but we have no idea what his message was because ot appeared to be more word salad than understandable.

There were a ton of Property Hearings. The good news is that the few people who did show up for the hearing were apparently making good strides towards the renovation of their properties.

There was a short period of normal business before the subject of appointees to the City Election Commission came up. The shrinkage of our population has resulted in the City Election Commission shrinking from 4 positions to only three.

When Commissioner Moton stated an objection to the reappointment of Deacon John Brown, the Board found themselves at odds as to who would take the third position. The stalemate was finally ended when Mayor Luckett asked to open up the nomination to any citizen who might be interested in serving on the Election Commission. If you are interested, call City Clerk Cathy Clark at (662)621-8136.

Before the meeting went into Executive Session for reasons of possible litigation and disciplinary action among other reasons, the Mayor opened a dialogue concerning the City’s rules regarding City employee residence requirements. Currently the rules state that ANY city employee must reside inside the city limits of Clarksdale.

As the Mayor pointed out, past administrations have treated this ordinance with total disregard and, as a result, there are a good many employees working for the City who live as far away as Southhaven. He ended the dialogue for now by saying that he would like to have input from the public as well as current employees as to the possibility of a grandfather clause for current employees and many other considerations. If you would like to have your say on this matter, call City Hall.

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Have a great day Clarksdale and Coahoma County.



April 13, 2014, 6:47 pm

Daily Tidbit for Monday:  Yes, the Birthdays just keep on coming! Today, Albert Britt, Sid Bird Elliot, Robert Fava, Mary Ashton Fowler, Henry White and Janet Wilson are expecting cake and ice cream to celebrate their Birthdays with. Give them a call and a really hard time! Happy Birthday Janet, Henry, Mary Ashton, Robert, Sid, and Albert!

After attending yet another successful Juke Joint Festival, even though we knew that a new Photo Gallery was due, we are still so tired that the best we could come up with for the Photo Gallery is a rerun of some pics from the 1970 Clarksdale High School yearbook. There are 15 pics in there for you to view of your friends, your parents or your grandparents. The photos were scanned and sent to us by Paul Pearson. Hope you enjoy them!

Speaking of photos, we were walking down the sidewalk when the Juke Joint Festival’s Children’s Parade almost ran over us! Here are a couple of local cuties who were taking part in the parade with their Dad.

 

 

This week starts out with the Mayor and Commissioners meeting today at 4:00 p.m. It will be in the Chamber Room of City Hall.

Other events on the Events Calendar for this week include Good Friday Services and “Friday After Five, Sidewalk Sounds” in downtown Clarksdale. You can read more about all of these events on the Events Calendar by Clicking Here.

Lest we forget, don’t forget the BIG event this week: TAX DAY! Tomorrow is April 15 and your taxes must be postmarked no later than tomorrow. If you have not done them yet, you had best get busy!

There will be a Catfish Lunch next week that will be open to the public. It will take place at the Clarksdale Country Club and the Guest Speaker will be Desha Townsend, Assistant Coach of the M.S.U. Bulldogs. Tickets are limited and are on a first-come, first-served basis. Call Richard Noe (662)645-4040 or Badley Lunceford (902-9843 to get your tickets now!

This is a short blog today because we are tired and there is not much going on to write about. However, we would be remiss if we did not reflect on the passing of a friend this past weekend. Whitman Bell passed away suddenly and went quickly from what we have been told. His services are scheduled for Tuesday afternoon with visitation at 1:00 p.m. Meredith-Nowell Funeral Home is in charge of the services. We will miss him, his sarcastic sense of humor and his always interesting conversations.

Don’t forget to check the menu from the Ranchero so that you can plan your lunch! And remember, the menu changes every day Monday through Friday!

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Have a great day Clarksdale and Coahoma County.



April 10, 2014, 8:44 pm

Daily Tidbit for Friday: There are no Birthdays in our files for today! How boring!

Tomorrow brings Birthday celebrations for Patrick Montgomery, Jen (I’m only 34!) Waller, Keith Phelps and Charlotte Young! Happy Birthday Charlotte, Keith, Jen and Patrick!

We only have one Birthday listed for Sunday and he probably won’t read it today because he is busy with the Juke Joint Festival! Happy Birthday Roger Stolle!

On the Events Calendar for today: Taste of Clarksdale from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. @ The Civic Auditorium, Conversation in the Blues @ Delta Blues Museum (No time was given so call the Museum for more info), Life and Music of Bessie Smith 1:00 p.m. @ Delta Blues Museum, Book Signing 4:00 p.m. @ Carnegie Public Library, and the Welcome Home Aussie Reception 5:00 p.m. @The Bank. For more info on all these events Click Here.

Tomorrow, in addition to all the things happening at the Juke Joint Festival, there is a Motorcycle Rally at 8:30 a.m., a Conversation on “The Beautiful Music All Around Us” 10:30 a.m. @ the Delta Blues Musuem and the Carnegie Public Library Birthday Party @ the Library! Again, Click Here for more info.

Younglife, a Christian Youth Organization (i.e., our description), is having a fundraiser that you might be interested in. They are selling smoked hams for $35 each and they can be picked up on April 17th from 5:00p.m. to 7:00 p.m. If you would like to help a great organization and get a good ham in the process, call Michael Dees at (662)902-8365 and ask him for more info. We have already ordered ours!

We found out about the ham sale from two different sources. One, a friend texted us and twisted our arm into buying a ham (Just kidding about the twisting!) and the second source was through the Methodist Church newsletter. We now receive several church newsletters and we do enjoy reading them. Please keep sending them!

There are two articles on the Musings Page sent in by Brittany Davis out at Coahoma Community College. The first article is about the most recent Phi Theta Kappa initiates at the school. And the second is about a recent honor bestowed on Rico Smith. The articles are underneath the line-ups for a couple of venues around town for the Juke Joint Festival. When we remove the venues on Sunday, the articles will rise to the top. Click Here and then scroll down a bit for the CCC articles.

The Lee Academy Colts won the first game of their double-header against the Winona Christian Academy Stars before succumbing in the second game. They play again tonight in Winona.

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Have a great weekend Clarksdale and Coahoma County.



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