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About 20 years ago, when Greg Snowden became a representative in the Mississippi House, the Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience seemed like a fantasy.

Most widely known for his work with The Muppet Show and Sesame Street, some might be surprised to learn that the Mississippi-born Jim Henson frequently played with television as a medium, creating new techniques and shows that cemented his place in cultural history.

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About 20 years ago, when Greg Snowden became a representative in the Mississippi House, the Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience seemed like a fantasy.

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The $50 million Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience passed a milestone Sunday, the first year anniversary of opening its doors with great fanfare and expectant crowds.

Most widely known for his work with The Muppet Show and Sesame Street, some might be surprised to learn that the Mississippi-born Jim Henson frequently played with television as a medium, creating new techniques and shows that cemented his place in cultural history.

The Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience named Jerome Trahan, a native of Biloxi and long-time resident of Meridian, as its new marketing director.

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After adding five more stars to the Hall of Fame on Saturday, the Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience will work this week on next year's stars. 

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Country musician Charley Pride, one of five artists to be inducted this year into the Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience Hall of Fame, will be present Saturday to collect his award.

The Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience had its best attendance day since its opening in April on Saturday, with more than 1,300 visitors attending Meridian Day.

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After three months with The Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience, parking hasn't been as scarce as expected nor has business boomed in downtown Meridian. 

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Two-year-old Kyson Drake fiercely gripped every marker in the box, mixing brown with green and blue on a face mask as a souvenir from his visit to the Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience on Sunday. 

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Many businesses along Front Street and up 22nd Avenue in Meridian saw a bump in sales Saturday after the public ribbon cutting ceremony at the Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience at 9 a.m.

The Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience has been branded as a highly interactive – even immersive – experience designed to showcase Mississippi artists and entertainment entrepreneurs. But some local builders and contractors also view the project as an opportunity to show off the qu…

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It was a night to be proud for the hundreds who attended Friday’s VIP reception and dedication of the Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience in Meridian.

The first international visitors didn't have to wait until doors officially open Saturday at 10 a.m., but rather took a brisk tour of the Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience just after noon on Friday. 

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While some of the public has witnessed the transformation of the Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience from a patch of land to a two-story addition to the Meridian skyline, most haven’t seen what happens on the inside.

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This week’s opening of the Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience in downtown Meridian marks the completion of a longtime development presented with many challenges, but none too big to those committed to its fulfilment.

1998: Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture Jim Buck Ross seeks to create a country music museum at the Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum in Jackson.

Stacey Wilson, The Max curator of exhibits, list of “must sees” for your visit to The Max:

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In 1998, a comprehensive arts and entertainment museum in Mississippi seemed like a far-off idea, something the former Commissioner of Agriculture, Jim Buck Ross, originally imagined as a country music museum at the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Museum in Jackson.

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On the morning of Saturday, April 14, Alex Manuel bid farewell to her Solomon Group colleagues for what she thought was the last time before getting in her vehicle and setting off for her hometown of New Orleans.

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Residents in Meridian might have noticed that workers at the Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience aren't the only ones rushing to make everything just right in time for the weekend's grand opening of The Max. 

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Sharon McConnell-Dickerson’s “Cast of Blues” lifecast exhibit has taken her all over the world: Cognac, France; Chicago, Illinois; Kansas City, Missouri; and Albuquerque, New Mexico, are just a few places where her lifelike sculptures of jazz and blues greats have been displayed.

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Obituaries

Services for Mae Francis Jennings will be Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, at 11 a.m. at Berry and Gardner Funeral Home's OP Chapel. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to services.

Arrangements were incomplete at Berry and Gardner Funeral Home for Mrs. Mary McCoy, 88, of Meridian, who died Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, at her residence.

Services: Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, at 2 p.m. at East Galilee Baptist Church, Rose Hill. Burial: East Galilee Baptist Church Cemetery with Berry and Gardner Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Visitation: one hour prior to services.

Graveside services for Mr. Willie J. Hedgepeth will be held Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, at 11 a.m. at Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery on Bethel Road in Monticello, Mississippi, with Brother Jim Hutchison officiating. Burial will follow the services. Robert Barham Family Funeral Home has been ent…

Funeral services: Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, at 2 p.m., at Christian Fellowship Church, Yantley, Alabama. Burial: Gilfield Church Cemetery, Lisman, Alabama. Visitation: Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, from 6-7 p.m., at Berry and Gardner Funeral Home's OP Chapel.