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Taylor Swift breaks Whitney Houston’s Billboard charts record

Taylor Swift tops Whitney Houston's record for most weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Pandemic chases ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ to Dec. 25

Bruce Springsteen and E Street Band plan new album in Oct.

  Orpheum Theatre remembers Chadwick Boseman in special movie screening

Pop icon Huey Lewis raising money for Stax Music Academy with art created from audio recording

  People enjoying Labor Day weekend at Wappapello Lake

  Tow Mater in Jackson to relocate to Australian Disney museum

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  In mock funerals and ’42′ jerseys, kids mourn Black Panther

  Local artist gives tribute to Chadwick Boseman with digital painting

Independent music venues face extinction amid virus shutdown

Chadwick Boseman, who embodied Black icons, dies of cancer

Smile!: Katy Perry gives birth to a baby girl named Daisy

  Cheers! Malco reopens with alcohol sales

  Zach Williams, Big Daddy Weave to perform Oct. 11 at Stone Drive-In

It will be an opportunity to hear Christian rock music later this year when Zach Williams and Big Daddy Weave will be performing at a Stone County drive-in theatre.

Dolly Parton: ‘Of course, Black lives matter’

The country singer addresses the demonstrations against racism and police brutality that swept the nation after George Floyd's death in a wide-ranging Billboard magazine article.

  Mid-South Fairgrounds will soon be known as Liberty Park

Conversations about renovating the fairgrounds have been going on for years, but now things are concrete.

Graceland to host first-ever drive-in during Elvis Week

Graceland will be hosting its first-ever drive-in for three nights during Elvis Week.

Memphis International Raceway postpones 34th Annual Super Chevy Show due to coronavirus concerns

  Metallica: Encore Drive-In Nights Concert coming to Region 8

James Harris, a wrestler known as Kamala, dies

Harleys everywhere, masks nowhere: Sturgis draws thousands

Water park owners pulling the plug

Peabody named #1 historic hotel in US

Racing commission rejects appeal over Pope County casino

The panel previously awarded the license for a new casino in Pope County to Gulfside Casino Partnership of Mississippi.

DeGeneres apologizes to show’s staff amid workplace inquiry

Steps are being taken to make several staffing changes and implement other steps, Warner Bros. said, without citing specifics.

Drake bests Madonna for most Top 10 hits

Two new collaborations from Drake with DJ Khaled entered the charts at No. 3 and No. 8.

Missouri tourist town of Branson to require face coverings

The popular Missouri tourist town of Branson will require face coverings in most public places in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

  Former MPD detective, ‘First 48 Star’ dies from COVID-19

A former Memphis homicide detective with a reputation for outsmarting the bad guys is the latest victim of COVID-19 in the community.

Elvis Presley’s ‘Sun Sessions’ guitar up for auction

Elvis Presley’s “Sun Sessions” guitar, which is currently on display at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, will be up for auction this week.

  Lauren Daigle to perform at FNB Arena in March 2021

In a Facebook post, First National Bank Arena announced Lauren Daigle is to perform with special guest JOHNNYSWIM at First National Bank Arena on Saturday, March 27, 2021, at 7:30 p.m.

  Elvis Week 2020: No live performances, virtual fan experience available

Organizers say any potentially high-risk activities are now eliminated from the schedule, including live performances and appearances, group parties and meals, autograph signings and meet-and-greets.

  Elvis Costello raising money for Stax Music Academy with art created from audio recording

Singer-songwriter Elvis Costello is teaming up with Soundwaves Art Foundation to sell artwork created from the audio recording of his hit 1978 song “Pump It Up.” Proceeds benefit Stax Music Academy

Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo adds Nelly to line up

The Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo added Nelly to follow Wednesday night’s rodeo events.

Lizzo feeds DeSoto County hospital employees

Award-winning Singer Lizzo decided to give back to DeSoto County hospital employees who have been on the frontlines throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

‘Mr. Magic’ of WMC-TV’s ‘Magicland’ dies at age 92

The man behind the longest-running magic show in history, Dick “Mr. Magic” Williams has passed away.

  Iconic New Orleans restaurant K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen permanently closed due to COVID-19

The decision to shut down the restaurant came after repeated closings this year due to mandated business restrictions

Chris Lane no longer headlining at Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo

The Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo Board of Directors is working to find a new entertainment act to follow Wednesday night’s Rodeo.

  A family tradition: 1960s Pontiac GTO passed down from grandmother to grandson

It’s a piece of family history that started when his grandmother bought it in 1967.

  Walmart turning 160 parking lots into drive-in theaters

Walmart is transforming 160 of its store parking lots into drive-in movie theaters starting in August.

Mississippi Gaming Commission orders that masks be worn in all casinos

The Mississippi Gaming Commission is requiring all players, spectators and guests to wear a mask inside Mississippi casinos starting Friday at 8 p.m.

Hugh Downs, genial presence on TV news and game shows, dies

Longtime television personality and newscaster Hugh Downs passed away Wednesday at the age of 99.

  Fireworks and hand sanitizer can be a dangerous combination

“It can be a third degree burn because alcohol is potent and flammable,”

Malco Theatre in Jonesboro open 3 days a week beginning July 3

The Malco Theatre will only be open three days a week in Jonesboro beginning July 3.

  COVID-19 shakes up ‘America’s Got Talent’ show on NBC

There was no audience in the Pasadena Theater for this episode when it taped in mid-March just as concerns about the coronavirus were setting in.

  Malco reopens since pandemic’s closure

Fresh popcorn, soft drinks, and movies, now available at the Malco Jonesboro Towne Cinema.

Country music reckons with racial stereotypes and its future

The country music industry has long been hesitant to address its long and complicated history with race, but the death of George Floyd in police custody and the protests it sparked in the U.S. and around the world became a sound too loud for the genre to ignore.

ZZ Top pulls out of Sikeston rodeo lineup, Jaycees working to find replacement

The Jaycees announced on Friday, June 26 that the band ZZ Top will no longer perform at the Sikeston Bootheel Rodeo.

Dixie Chicks drop the ‘dixie’

The Chicks also released a new video for their new song, "March March" that features videos and images from the recent Black Lives Matter rallies.

Freedom Fest fireworks display set for July 4th

The annual Freedom Fest Fireworks Display will be held Saturday, July 4, at the Southside Softball Complex in Jonesboro.

Fireworks allowed in Caruthersville on trial basis

A new ordinance allows fireworks to be discharged within the city limits of Caruthersville on July 3 and July 4 only in 2020.

  Malco theater in Jonesboro to reopen Friday

Malco Theatres announced Monday it would reopen its Jonesboro Towne Cinema Grill on Friday, June 26.

Amid pandemic, Live Nation announces drive-in concert series

“Live from the Drive-In” will be a set of nine shows taking place July 10-12 in Nashville, Tennessee; Maryland Heights, Missouri; and Noblesville, Indiana.

  Memphis in May 2020 events canceled because of ongoing COVID-19 pandemic; 2021 festival dates announced

“The difficult decision was made based on information in consultation with local health officials who advised that it would not be reasonable to host festival events as planned in 2020,” reads the announcement. “Our board of directors met this morning and voted to cancel the 2020 events.”

Billie Eilish gets 3-year restraining order for trespasser

Prenell Rousseau of Farmingville, New York, can't attempt to contact or come within 100 yards of the 18-year-old pop star or her parents.

`That 70s Show’ actor Danny Masterson charged in 3 rapes

Danny Masterson is charged with raping a 23-year-old woman in 2001, a 28-year-old woman in early 2003 and a 23-year-old woman in late 2003.

  Productions halted in Hollywood, Memphis amid pandemic; primetime series ‘Bluff City Law’ canceled

NBC has canceled “Bluff City Law,” the show of a father-daughter civil rights law team. The announcement comes as productions in Hollywood, Memphis and across the world screeched to a halt.

  Paragould Cinema 8 to reopen Friday, June 19 with limited seating

Paragould Cinema 8 announced Tuesday they plan to reopen Friday, June 19 with limited seating.

  NBC’s ‘Bluff City Law’ canceled

The show drew strong support from Mid-Southerners proud to see the lights of Hollywood shine on our city.

Oscars to set best picture noms at 10, commits to new phase of equity and inclusion standards

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Friday that there will be 10 best picture nominees beginning with the 94th Academy Awards in 2022.

Kelly Clarkson seeks divorce from husband of nearly 7 years

The singer, talk show host and judge on “The Voice” filed court papers to end the marriage under her married name Kelly Blackstock on June 4 in Los Angeles.

Bonnie Pointer, early member of Pointer Sisters, dies at 69

Pointer died of cardiac arrest in Los Angeles, publicist Roger Neal said. She was 69.

  Orpheum Theatre announces schedule changes to 2020-2021 season

The Orpheum has announced changes about what’s to come for the Broadway season.

Hydro Adventures in Poplar Bluff to remain closed for now

The water park will remain closed in compliance with Governor Mike Parson and Butler County’s extension of the Phase 1 recovery plan to June 15.

Century Casinos reopen in Cape Girardeau, Caruthersville

Casino patrons will notice a few changes as they enter each gambling location.

  Painting chairs for fun with Pops

During the coronavirus pandemic, a 13-year-old girl took it upon herself to come up with a unique idea to bide her time involving chairs.

Matthew McConaughey delivers 110K face masks to hospitals in rural Texas

The actor is out delivering personal protective equipment to rural Texas hospitals.

  Mississippi casinos reopen to the public

Ready to bet it all? Well, now you can. Casinos in Mississippi have now reopened.

  Graceland reopens to Elvis fans with limited capacity

Elvis Presley’s Graceland is ‘taking care of business’ when it comes to opening during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Graceland reopening May 21 amid coronavirus pandemic

Graceland may be one of the city’s biggest attractions, but right now they don’t want big crowds inside.

Memphis in May to remain in Tom Lee Park for 2021 festival; park redesign postponed

Memphis in May has announced the annual international festival will remain on the downtown riverfront in Tom Lee Park next year!

James Taylor, Jackson Browne tour stop in Memphis rescheduled

Fans of James Taylor and Jackson Brown will have to wait another year before they see the duo perform in Memphis.

  Gold Strike Casino Resort announces reopening date amid COVID-19 pandemic

MGM Resorts International has made a big announcement for Gold Strike Casino in Tunica, Mississippi.

  Malco Summer Drive-In reopens to sold-out crowd

Families who had been cooped up for weeks because of the coronavirus enjoyed a Friday night at the movies.

What to expect when visiting the Memphis Zoo during the COVID-19 pandemic

The Memphis Zoo is finally reopening after weeks of being closed.

  National parks visitors should plan for ‘new normal’

Parks are staffing up and will increase access as workers are in place to patrol trails and roads, host campgrounds and operate visitor centers and museums.

Little Richard, flamboyant rock ‘n’ roll pioneer, dead at 87

Little Richard, considered the one of the founding fathers of rock and roll, has died at 87, according to a report from the Rolling Stone.

  Arkansas Dept. of Health to release reopening guidelines for casinos Friday

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson has given the go-ahead for the state’s three casinos to reopen after being closed since late March because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Livestreaming with Rolling Stones, Sarah Brightman, Motörhead

Viewers can help support musicians undergoing financial hardship by giving to the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund or MusiCares' COVID-19 Relief Fund.

  Local theaters looking to reopen soon

Some of the last businesses to reopen under Memphis’ Back-to-Business plan are indoor venues. Some theaters have cancelled the rest of their season, and other venues are asking for your help to secure funding.

  Beale Street shops, restaurants reopening but entertainment remains on hold

Beale Street shops and restaurants are now allowed to open to customers beyond carry-out and to-go orders.

Kraftwerk co-founder Florian Schneider-Esleben dies aged 73

Florian Schneider-Esleben had been suffering from cancer, German news agency dpa reported.