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Weather created issues on the Saturday of Juke Joint Festival weekend for the third consecutive year.

Colleen Buyers from Jade Lake Media out of San Francisco has been putting together a GPS walking tour of approximately 1.4 miles about the history of Clarksdale.

Members of the police and fire departments from the city of Clarksdale and Coahoma County got together Friday for the first-ever Fireman’s Challenge.

At least one member of a board that oversees a youth program in Coahoma County said he has no interest in serving as an advisor.

Dione Thomas believes it’s discipline that makes a good drummer and a willingness to devote countless hours of playing to perfecting the craft.

Two of the top leaders of a state organization geared toward serving industry were impressed with the workforce found in Coahoma County during a recent visit here.

Billy Joe Haley

Billy Joe Haley, 53, a retired captain with the Clarksdale Police Department and Coahoma County Sheriff’s Office, died Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, at Methodist Central in Memphis, Tenn.

Billy Joe was a member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church.

Noel Monaghan Russell

Noel Monaghan Russell, 63, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, in Stuart, Fla., from complications from a heart attack he suffered several days earlier.

Noel was born in Clarksdale on June 24, 1955, to Mr. and Mrs.  James A. Russell, Jr. and raised on his family’s farm near Jonestown.  

Shirley Gee Busby

Shirley Gee Busby, 88, passed away Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, at Providence Assisted Living in Batesville.

Funeral services will be 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, at Shiloh United Methodist Church with interment to follow in the Shiloh Cemetery in Batesville. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the funeral service.

Mamie Nell Williams

Mamie Nell Williams, 74, of Marks, died Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, at Baptist Desoto Hospital in Southaven.

A public viewing will be held Friday, March 1, 2019, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the New Paradise Baptist Church in Marks.

Hazel L. Cotton

Hazel L. Cotton, 82, of Friars Point, died Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, at her home in Clarksdale.

A public viewing will be held Friday, March 1, 2019, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Delta Burial Funeral Home on 615 S. State St. in Clarksdale.



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Curtis Butler, Jr., 56, of Nashville, Tenn., died Saturday, April 13, 2019, in Smyrna, Tenn.