It wasn’t my first assignment, but it came early in my days as a newspaper reporter when I was mostly writing obituaries and police news. It’s a chore I never assigned when I later became an editor, nor do I recommend it to today’s bosses.
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Notable successes and failures contribute to JRA’s history.
Since its inception, the Jackson Redevelopment Authority (JRA) has pretty much flown under the radar.
Although the agency generally keeps a low profile, at the same time it serves as lead redeveloper for the capitol city.
JA plans community-wide event.
New attorneys have been appointed in six customers’ seeking to stop the city of Jackson from shutting of water in the wake of the Siemens case.
On October 8, plaintiffs notified the court that they would be represented by the Cochran Firm, which has offices in Grenada and Los Angeles.
St. Andrew’s Episcopal School eighth graders enjoying the first day of school are (from left) Lauryn Chambers, Madison Cox, Casey Young, Micah Davis, Isabel Mitchell, Jennifer Chen, Jessica Livingston, and Hannah Moore.
Work on the Ridgeland Costco finally appears to be moving forward, thanks to several weeks of dry weather.
“They’ve been going full-tilt boogie to get the gas station opened by January and the store opened by March 1,” said Ward One Alderman Ken Heard. “They’ve been going strong since it got dried out.”
The Women’s Foundation of Mississippi will host its “Women of Vision” event and honor four women who have been selected as innovators and visionaries in their respective fields. The event will be held October 21.
They include Betsy Bradley, Rita Brent, Oleta Fitzgerald and Holly Lange.
From jail overcrowding to a backlog on autopsy reports, Hinds County’s criminal justice system is faced with a number of challenges.
Assistant District Attorney Jamie McBride discussed those issues recently with the North Jackson Rotary Club.
On October 9, Judge Carlton Reeves entered an Order approving the Consent Decree in Brown v. Madison County, a lawsuit brought by the law firm Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Mississippi and the ACLU, which alleged racially motivated policing by the Madison County Sheriff’s Department.
I recently needed a new cell phone case and stopped by the Apple Store planning to grab a new version of the same one I have. It’s solid light blue with a clear back—nothing fancy, but did a good job protecting my phone from the abuse inflicted on it by my children and myself.
The Rotary Club of North Jackson recently heard a talk on Lake Okhissa Project of the Scenic Rivers Development Alliance in Franklin County from member and architect Jack Allin (right) and businessman Wade Creekmore (center).
The Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi will host its annual Mississippi’s Walk for Diabetes on Sunday, October 6 at Southern Farm Bureau Life, 1-220, Watkins Drive exit. Registration starts at 1 p.m. with the walk ribbon cutting at 2 p.m. Participants can choose to walk or run the one-mile family fun route or 3.1/5K route.
Madison-Ridgeland Academy was honored to have Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler, Alderman Tawanna Tatum, and Alderman Pat Peeler as guests at the first elementary chapel of the year. the mayor talked about how God uses each student.
Grace Lynnley Miller, a recent homeschool graduate, was awarded a President’s Gold Scholarship from Baylor University in Waco. She will be enrolled at Baylor in their Honors College majoring in classical studies. She also received one of the two Christian Home Educators Connection (CHEC) Matthew 5:16 Scholarships awarded yearly.
St. Richards plans special event.
Madison-Ridgeland Rotarian Nelson Atehortua discussed his recent travels to Europe and South America with fellow club members during a club luncheon. Shown are (from left) Johnny Black, Jara Miller, Atehortua, Fran Flood, and Felipe Zuluaga.
The Rotary Club of Jackson was recently presented a program by Sandra Shelson, executive director, Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi. Shelson has been a member of the Rotary Club of Jackson since 2013. She talked about the latest crisis in the health of our children “vaping”, specifically e-cigarettes.
The Rotary Club of Jackson welcomed Hezekiah Watkins with the Freedom Riders to a recent meeting. He has written about the experience in his book. However, he shared part of his story with club members. In 1961, the Freedom Riders came to Jackson. Watkins was a 13-year-old boy at Rowan Junior High and was told to avoid the situtation.
Belhaven is getting ever closer to establishing the city of Jackson’s first community improvement district, or CID.
The Greater Belhaven Foundation (GBF) recently submitted its draft petition for review by the city clerk and city legal department.
OMAHA — This is written from the College World Series where a packed house of more than 22,000 fans pays to watch each game at sparkling TD Ameritrade Park.
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.
The District at Eastover will add a new addition in the spring of 2018, Eastover Market, the state’s first food hall. Eastover Market will be developed in consultation with the esteemed St. Roch Market of New Orleans, and will showcase a curated collection of local, boutique restaurant concepts.
Mississippi's state accountability model is designed to measure the instructional effectiveness of schools and districts in the state. It includes students' scores on language and math tests as well as attendance and graduation rates. Schools and districts are given a letter grade from A to F according to their performance.
“The DEA is on the phone.” Those are words you really never want to hear. To my relief the call wasn’t about my practice. The next week I found myself meeting with two United States District attorneys as well as DEA agents. I was asked to be an expert in a case against two pain specialists in Alabama.
The second and third phases of Renaissance are on track to be finished next year, complete with another show fountain and Malco theater.
The city of Ridgeland director of community development Alan Hart said, based on reports from the developer, that phase two of Renaissance should be open by summer or fall of 2019.
During the 2016 fiscal year, the U.S. Postal Service’s Postal Inspection Service received 60,000 customer complaints regarding attempts to steal mail.
A Madison County couple is finding out just how easy it is for mail to be stolen, even in person.
Over the past 15 years, the subdivision of Reunion has become the place to call home for many Madison County residents.
Although the development is almost two decades old, it continues to add new homes and amenities for residents.