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Due to the recent loss in water pressure, the city of Jackson has issued a boil water notice for residents on Robert Drive.

Since May more than 400 potholes in North Jackson repaired

More than 35,000 faulty water meters were installed as part of the city’s $91 million energy performance contract with Siemens.

Mississippi Food and Wine Festival

Grandfather and grandson become traveling partners enjoying tennis tournaments

A national criminal justice reform group wants a federal investigation into Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman.


Legislative Review

By FOREST THIGPEN,

Though both the Mississippi House and Senate are controlled by Republicans, they each have a degree of disdain for the other. With the 2018 session now closed, let’s look more closely at some of the actions taken by this fractious body.



Tetanus (Lockjaw)

By BILL MCKELL,

Tetanus is a serious bacterial disease which affects one's nervous system. The responsible bacteria are found in soil, dust, saliva or manure, and can remain viable for years if not exposed to sunlight.


Walter Scott Club goes on

By WALTER REDDEN,

The Walter Scott Coffee Club is still going strong. The name is to honor the former mayor of Jackson, who served during the 1930s. The club began in 1934. Since there was a serious lack of communication during the Depression, there were very few telephones and only a few radios throughout the city.



Reflections on racial progress

On the recent 50th anniversary of the assassination of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., America naturally reflects on how much progress it has made in race relations and racial justice in the interim.

There are those who look at the glass as half-empty, and with plenty of justification.


Overtesting?

Are Mississippi’s public school students overtested? Yes, but not in the way most educators who make that claim say.

The problem is not the standardized tests that the state requires the schools to administer every spring, starting in the third grade.



Do no harm

It wasn’t a do-nothing session for the Mississippi Legislature, but it was close. The two major items legislative leaders planned to address when they arrived in Jackson in January are, three months later, still unresolved.


Day’s doctor

Dr. Sara Robertson, a pediatric anesthesiologist at the University Medical Center recently served as Legislative Doctor of the Day at the Capitol. In that capacity, Dr. Robertson was available to provide emergency medical treatment to lawmakers and critical staff. Dr. Robertson (right) is shown with Sen.



Garden club hostesses

The Ridgeland Garden Club met at Trace Park Clubhouse for its March meeting. After a prayer and Pledge of Allegiance by the president, Jane McGee, the program was presented by Delores Napoli and Emily Thompson, who gave ideas on incorporating hard scapes into the landscape.


Officer of the quarter

The Rotary Club of North Jackson recently honored Officer Jeremy Jefferson from the Jackson Police Department as the Officer of the Quarter. Officer Jefferson was recognized for his quick actions in capturing a suspect who wounded another officer. Shown are (from left) Rotarian Edley Jones, Officer Jefferson, and Commander James McGowan.


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