Today's Top Stories

Report could determine future of Jackson’s tourism tax

The future of Jackson’s tourism tax could be decided by a report expected to be wrapped up in December.

Donna Yowell, a Brookhaven native, now lives in Madison. She earned her bachelor’s degree in horticulture and forestry from Mississippi State University. Yowell now serves as the executive director for the Mississippi Urban Forest Council.

Former Jackson City Councilman and current Judge Jeff Weill is a candidate for the Mississippi Court of Appeals – 4th district.

Markell Young is so dedicated to football, he’s going to start running track.

When track season begins, the Ridgeland Titans’ leading running back will be running track, mainly because he wants to get better at football.

A master developer could be in place by the spring to help redevelop a now vacant eight-acre site across from the Jackson Convention Complex.

Action Plan Includes Total Boating Ban in Pelahatchie Bay

Man of faith


Rambo lands at Christ Methodist via Baptist church, schools and grocery store

Reverend Bob Rambo, the senior pastor at Christ United Methodist Church, has been with his current congregation for four years.

State senator Polk leading the charge for bidding reform


MISSISSIPPI state senator John Polk is one of the good guys helping to improve our state.

As a young boy, he saw the potential in his parents’ retirement project of preparing hickory smoked meats. Today, you can see the modern Polk Meats facility on the south side of Highway 49 in Magee. They distribute all over the country.

Good Supreme Court rulings

Unless you’re a fan of an Asian-American rock band called the Slants; or of the NFL’s Washington Redskins, a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last week probably didn’t catch your attention. But there’s a second story to the ruling that’s important.

Set realistic education goals

Goal-setting is a delicate business if you are trying to use it to motivate a person, or lots of persons.

Set the goal too high and people get discouraged when they can’t get anywhere close to it. Set the goal too low and they don’t push themselves, since they can reach the goal without much effort.

The PSC and MRC


What do the Mississippi Public Service Commission (PSC) and the Mississippi River Commission (MRC) have in common? Both have presided over multi-billion-dollar project failures. The PSC’s is the Southern Company’s unworkable Kemper County Lignite plant. The MRC’s is the Mississippi River and Tributaries Project (MR&TP).

Craft breweries take us back to the future


Those intrigued by the ongoing reinvention of old bombed out spaces in cities across the country would do well to read “Masters of Craft – Old Jobs in the New Urban Economy.” The author, Richard Ocejo, is a professor of sociology at John Jay College in New York City and he has immersed himself in these once industrial but now gentrifying urban