Mini News Roundup 9-19-2011

Not a lot of news this week – but Roundup will be taking next week off and I didn’t want to hold these for that long.

NBC station WTVA reported that the Cates-Gaither Home in Fulton – commonly known as “The Cedars” – was designated as a Mississippi Landmark by MDAH.  The designation was actually made by MDAH’s Board of Trustees at their last quarterly meeting this summer, but according to the story there was a slight delay in the public announcement until the status was added to the deed records.

In Jackson, the Free Press featured a couple of articles on on-going redevelopment of Farish Street – which have been a “Long Time Coming.”  The same issue also described current businesses in the area, described landmarks in “The Past Lives On” and talked with those involved in the Farish Street / Main Street project and what it means.

The Clarion Ledger ran a nice feature on the Riverside Hotel in Clarksdale. 

“It’s not the Heartbreak Hotel or the Ritz, and George Washington didn’t sleep there. But The Riverside Hotel in Clarksdale is widely regarded as a history exhibit of blues music. And, oh yes. Muddy Waters did sleep there and Bessie Smith died there.”

The piece gives some history of the hotel (a converted hospital actually) and, thankfully, tells readers that the hotel is still in the family – and they plan to continue running it.

Okay – ending on a downer where the NMissCommentor blog links to a slideshow chronicling the demolition of the Calhoun County Courthouse in Pittsboro.  W. White noted this plan back in a news roundup last year. The handful of comments on both of these posts are in the “that building needed to come down” vein.

Categories: Clarksdale, Cool Old Places, Fulton, Historic Preservation, Jackson, News Roundups, Pittsboro

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