Oral arguments scheduled in Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals for airport lawsuit

By ANTHONY WARREN,

Lawmakers hoping to block the city of Jackson’s efforts to determine motives behind the state’s takeover of the Jackson Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport will soon have their day in court.

Oral arguments are slated for June 10, in the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in downtown Jackson.




Progress

By ANTHONY WARREN,

City talks achievements, challenges with water billing system

Nearly 92 percent of Jackson’s 52,000 customers are now receiving regular water bills, a sign the city has made significant progress in addressing problems in its water billing department.




New meters prevent residents from turning on water; system controlled by software

By ANTHONY WARREN,

As the city of Jackson ramps up its water collections efforts, turn offs for delinquent customers will be inevitable.

That being said, residents who have had their water cut off for nonpayment shouldn’t reach for their water meter keys to turn the water back on. The keys no longer work.


Coming Soon

By ANTHONY WARREN,

More than $26 million earmarked to rehab North State Street

For the thousands of motorists who drive North State Street each day, the commute could soon be a lot smoother, with $26.3 million in projects ongoing or planned for the roadway.



Attendance, revenues continue to decline for Jackson zoo; director hopes program helps

By ANTHONY WARREN,

Things are going from bad to worse for the Jackson Zoological Park, which continues to hemorrhage visitors and revenues in the wake of the city’s plans to bring on new management.

Through the end of March, the zoo has attracted just 18,736 visitors, down 30 percent for the same time in 2018.




Lack of action results in loss of 34,000 library books

By ANTHONY WARREN,

Inaction by library officials has resulted in the loss of approximately 34,000 books at the now defunct Charles Tisdale Library. The books were destroyed by black mold.

Meanwhile, any hopes of cleaning the collection were dashed recently, when an insurance claim filed to cover the books’ restoration costs was denied.



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Aaron Pelch, interim athletic director and head football coach at Millsaps College, has been formally named as athletic director. Pelch will continue to serve as head football coach.