Sunday, June 23, 2013
There's never a slow news week in Jackson, Miss., and last week was no exception. Here are the local stories JFP reporters brought you in case you missed them:
- Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. wants to nominate a new school board member, but Mayor-elect Chokwe Lumumba contends a new administration should fill the position.
- Hinds County Board of Supervisors President Robert Graham doesn’t consider county board meetings appropriate public forums for discussing some county business.
- Jackson Public Schools Board members spent a good chunk of their June 12 budget meeting discussing millage rates.
- In Mississippi, the geography and the interstate highways make Jackson a stopping-off point for the sex trade, which is highly portable.
- One of Jackson's hottest watering holes is giving patrons a chance to take in some fresh air with the addition of an outdoor bar area. Underground 119 Chef and General Manager Tom Ramsey reported Monday that the first weekend of the outdoor bar and lounging area was a huge success.
- The Mississippi State Bulldogs (50-18) are one win over Oregon State (52-12) away from earning their first-ever berth in the best-of-three championship series at the College World Series at T.D. Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb.
- Mayor elect Chokwe Lumumba introduced some familiar faces on his Transition Executive Committee this week. The executive committee is co-chaired by Dr. Safiya Omari, a Jackson State University professor, and Synarus Green, a legislative aide to U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson.
- At its regular meeting, the Hinds County Board of Supervisors agreed to provide $95,000 this year to the offices of Hinds County Attorney Sherri Flowers, District Attorney Robert Smith and County Court Judge William Skinner.
- Chokwe Lumumba takes on the job of mayor in Jackson on July 1.
- Chokwe Lumumba believes the best way to lift Jackson’s economy is to put money in the pockets of the city’s poor residents.
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