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Medical marijuana ballot initiative signatures submitted

Mississippians for Compassionate Care submitted 105,686 certified signatures from registered voters to the Mississippi Secretary of State’s office, placing medical marijuana on the 2020 ballot. [Steve Wilson]


No Relief

By ANTHONY WARREN,

No raise again for beleaguered Jackson Police Department.

Jackson has lost 86 police officers in the last year. Even so, a pay raise likely won’t be on tap for Jackson’s finest as part of next year’s budget.

The Jackson City Council is expected to vote on the city’s 2020 fiscal year budget today, Thursday, September 12.






Too many students on the wrong side of the digital divide

By CHIP PICKERING,

As students across Mississippi get back to school, it is vitally important our policymakers keep in mind those students and families who continue to struggle, stuck on the wrong side of the digital divide.  As the CEO of INCOMPAS, an association that promotes competition, innovation and economic development in network systems, I am particularly




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Studying Options

Madison County officials are eyeing other options for juvenile detention, as the county does not have its own juvenile detention center and availability is dwindling at local facilities.








Kick off

Jackson Academy student council members (from left) Land Gebhart, Kennedy Nations, Lily Grace Thigpen, and Sydney Guy led Upper School students in an assembly to kick off the new year that was held on their first day of school.



Another individual has been charged with stealing Jackson water

By ANTHONY WARREN,

Jackson’s investigation into the water/sewer billing department continues to lead to arrests.

Today, another suspect, Willie McClendon, 64, was charged in connection with having an illegal hookup at his residence.

According to JPD’s Twitter account, the hookup had been in place for a “substantial period.”


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Growing Pains

By NIKKI ROWELL,

Decade later Germantown Middle School doubles enrollment

When Germantown Middle School opened its doors 10 years ago, there were 470 students enrolled and 40 faculty and staff members.


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.



New mixed-use development planned for Madison featuring businesses and housing

By NIKKI ROWELL,

Work will soon be under way on a new mixed-use development in Madison, which is designed to have the feel of a historic downtown neighborhood.

The Village at Madison will be located off Main Street near the police department and will be home to the newest Half Shell Oyster House location.




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New Eagle Scout

Walker Box (center) was recognized for earning his Eagle Scout rank at Troop 8’s May Court of Honor at First Baptist Church of Jackson. For his Eagle project he constructed raised flower beds for the Payton City Farm Learning Garden at the Mississippi Museum of Art.  He is shown with his parents Sharon and John David Box.


Confederate heroes

The W. D. Holder Chapter United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Jefferson Davis Camp Sons of Confederate Veterans held a joint Confederate Heroes Luncheon recently at a local restaurant.  Guest speaker was the Rev. Glenn Shows, who presented a program on “Battle of Cotton Bales at Red Lick, MS on July 4, 1864”.


School production

Madison Middle School recently presented Mary Poppins, Jr. as their school-wide musical. Sixth-grade choir students sang as the chorus, selected art students assisted with the sets, and former students now in high school served as crew. Shown are (from left) eighth-graders Lilly Ross and Conner Nguyen as Mary Poppins and Bert.



Spirited

Madison Ridgeland Academy K5 students (from left) Eric Lee Patterson, James Henry Gosa, Elliott Herron and Walker Britt enjoy spirit day on Fridays.


Decorate tree

Advisory groups at Jackson Prep helped decorate the senior high counseling office Christmas tree.  Members of Anne Duncan’s advisory group are Gayle Grantham, Cassidy ZumMallen, Anna Regan Mask, Olivia Moore, Elizabeth Downing, Kate Oliver, and Hartley Carroll.


Boys red team

The 2018-2019 Jackson Prep eighth-grade boys basketball red team includes members (from left, back) Rives Reynolds, Owen Ishee, Will Skipper, Maddox Noe, Charles Phillips; (front) Paxton Thompson, Will Upton, Ford McDaniel, Trey Welch and Harrison Jones.

 


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Bragging rights for another year are on the line tomorrow night, as St. Joseph Catholic School takes on St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, in a storied matchup formerly dubbed “The Holy War.”