$547,000 and Counting

By ANTHONY WARREN,

Less than two months into the project, Siemens has corrected some 5,400 water bills and $547,000 in back usage fees, according to Public Works Director Bob Miller.

Siemens was brought back on in late April to help the city resolve lingering problems with the city’s water/sewer billing system.



James McGowan retiring

By ANTHONY WARREN,

Former Precinct Four Cmdr. James McGowan is retiring after 27 years with the Jackson Police Department.

McGowan previously headed up the North Jackson precinct before being promoted to district commander under former Police Chief Lee Vance.

On Monday, McGowan announced he was retiring on a social media post.


Catch-22

By ANTHONY WARREN,

Federal funding delays road projects, increases costs

Last February, the city of Jackson received $1.4 million to repave a little more than a mile of East Northside Drive.

Nearly a year and a half later, the city has not bid the project for construction, and cannot do so until after it gets the go-ahead from the state.







N’sider spends spare time cleaning Pearl River

By ANTHONY WARREN,

When he’s not working, John Breland can be found traversing the Pearl River, picking up other people’s trash.

The professional cabinet maker goes out on the river about twice a week to collect garbage.

For Breland, cleaning up the Pearl has become a passion, and something that many people say has made the river a better place.




New state regulations postpones Lake Harbour for estimated two years

By ANTHONY WARREN,

A much-anticipated road project planned for the Northside will take an extra year and a half and $100,000 to complete, thanks to new state regulations.

Work includes building a flyover bridge over I-55 north and adding additional box culverts to improve drainage under the Canadian National Railroad.


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