10 Jackson Stories This Week

Gov. Phil Bryant toured the dam at Lake Tangipahoa Thursday with engineers and officials from several state departments.

Gov. Phil Bryant toured the dam at Lake Tangipahoa Thursday with engineers and officials from several state departments. Photo by Jacob Fuller.

— Isaac, a slow-moving tropical storm that became a hurricane before reverting back to tropical storm status, dominated local news this week. Here's a look at some of the week's top stories from around the capital city:

  1. When Hurricane Isaac blew ashore, reporter Jacob Fuller was dispatched to the Mississippi Gulf Coast, where he filed stories about the storm's initial impact as well as the after effects, including the threat of an earthen dam breach. For a gallery of Fuller's photographs, go here.
  2. Trip Burns photographs Isaac's effects on Jackson while R.L.Nave writes on city and electric utility crews efforts to remove fallen debris and restore power to residents after the storm.
  3. JFP intern Piko Ewoodzie profiles visiting Jackson State University professor Venkata Dodla, who created a new hurricane-tracking model that is at least as accurate as that of the National Weather Center.
  4. Bryan Flynn sizes up the New Orleans Saints going into the start of the NFL season.
  5. Jacob Fuller reports on a storm of a different nature, shedding light onto the legal issues of a MetroCenter restoration project and getting former project partner David Watkins' side of the story.
  6. Managing editor Ronni Mott chronicles Mississippi's efforts to introduce a mandatory voter-identification law and examines where the state law currently stands.
  7. Ward 5 Jackson city councilman Charles Tillman dishes on city redistricting and economic development in his ward in a Q & A with reporter Jacob Fuller.
  8. Nationally-acclaimed chef Luis Bruno and business partner, Aimée Dickerson, demonstrate their commitment to creating a healthier Mississippi and to downtown Jackson. Intern Matthew Bolian tells the story of Adobo, Bruno's newest restaurant now open in the Standard Life Building.
  9. Deputy editor Briana Robinson and intern Whitney Menogan go inside one of Jacktown's newest chill-out spots, Soul Wired Cafe on Millsaps Ave.
  10. After a purported slight by the Weather Channel sparked outrage among Mississippians, R.L. Nave looks at the meaning behind Landmassgate.

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