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vaping on the rise

By NIKKI ROWELL,

JUUL Labs has since responded to our story published in print and online. Their statement is in the story below.

 

Local school officials and parents are working to fight the vaping epidemic that is sweeping the nation.


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Spillway Road Project

Work is slated to begin soon to improve traffic at the intersection of Spillway Road and Northshore Parkway/Old Fannin Road.

The long-term goal is to ease traffic at the busy intersection, which has approximately 30,000 vehicles using it daily.


City to hire consultants

Jackson could soon bring on private consultants to help draw up its next one-percent master plan.

Public works is expected to issue a request for qualifications (RFQ) this month for firms interested in helping the city draw up a plan and map out how Jackson will spend revenues from its one-percent infrastructure sales tax.



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Stan Buckley on But God Ministries

Stan Buckley is founder and director of But God Ministries in Ridgeland. The Madison resident started the group in 2011, around the time he stepped down as pastor of First Baptist Church of Jackson. He graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi and received his Juris Doctorate from the Mississippi College School of Law.






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Geography bee winner

Andrew Smith, (left) an eighth-grader at St. Joseph Catholic School, recently won the 2019 St. Joe Middle School National Geographic GeoBee. Smith now takes a written test to qualify for the state competition. Smith is shown with the St. Joe GeoBee moderator Brenda Cofer (right), who teaches seventh-grade social studies.


Boys soccer

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School recently celebrated Senior Night, recognizing senior members of the boys soccer team. Shown are (from left) John Watt, Jack Ferguson, Luis Flores, Tucker Shelson, Charley Blount, Hunter Bryson, Hamza Qureshi, and head coach Simon Barinas.

 



Common sense

Now-retired Madison County Circuit Judge William Chapman, before his retirement in January, set aside Patrick Beadle's conviction for drug trafficking and allowed him to plead guilty to simple possession.


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Zoo Closer to New Management

Talks could wrap up in a matter of days and a new zoo management team could be in place next month.

Since January, the Lumumba administration has been in talks with the ZoOcenarium group, an international firm they’re backing to take over leadership of the Jackson Zoological Park.


Elementary chapel

J Nelson from Christ United Methodist Church spoke recently at elementary chapel at Madison Ridgeland Academy. His daughter Ella Kate’s class led chapel that day.


Convocation

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School lower school students served as acolytes during the opening convocation and installation of Head of School Tom Sheppard. Shown are (from left) Sohan Reddy, Addison Tatum, Bryant Weatherspoon, Alice McElroy, Ben Croft, the Rt. Rev. Brian R. Seage, Baani Bedi, Ellie Brown, Mary Mac Sorrell, and Johann Bhagat.


All about D.C.

The third grade at Madison Ridgeland Academy enjoyed having Sandy Sanford, Wells Sanford’s dad, speak to them about Washington, D.C. Shown are (from left) Taft Webb, Mary Catherine Smith, Crew Smith, Wells and Sandy Sanford, Luciana Universal, Anderson Sullivan.

 


Eating well

First Presbyterian Day School second-graders enjoyed a Thanksgiving Feast. Shown are (from left) Deviney Claire McElveen, Sawyer Simpson and Charlotte Lucas.


Mental illness

Sitaniel Wimbley, program director of NAMI (The National Alliance On Mental Illness) of Mississippi spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson recently. Wimbley informed members and guests what NAMI Mississippi does to help identify, educate and support those with mental illness.


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JA student killed in car crash, one day before she was to graduate

By ANTHONY WARREN,

A vigil will be held tonight for the Jackson Academy (JA) student killed in a car crash today.

Frances Anne Fortner was driving along Ridgewood Road around 1:30 p.m., when she hit a manhole cover and her car flipped, according to Precinct Four Cmdr. Keith Freeman.

The vigil will be at 7 p.m., on the school's campus.








Child's Prayer

Van Devender family donates for expansion of Batson Children’s Hospital

The simple prayer of a child for the patients of Batson Children’s Hospital brought about a $1.5 million gift from the Van Devender Family Foundation to expand pediatric care at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC).



Trying Again

By ANTHONY WARREN,

Michel still wants neighborhood improvement district

District 25 Sen. Walter Michel hopes the fourth time will be the charm when it comes to seeing a “neighborhood improvement district” bill passed.

The Northside senator is planning to introduce a bill creating the NIDs in the 2018 session.


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Kindergarteners (from left) Jaycee Baker, Paylor Jordan, Lucy Hines, Hart Noblitt and Carter Haralson recently dressed for their hundredth day of school at Jackson Academy.