Sunday, September 29, 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:
- Faced with steep spending increases to meet the challenges of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's consent decree and Jackson's crumbling roads, Mayor Chokwe Lumumba says he is moving ahead with a 1-percent sales tax.
- Construction on Fortification Street continues, despite the Jackson City Council's denial of a change order for an additional $151,000 to clear a 42-inch drainage line.
- When a fire broke out at the Hinds County Armory, located on state property, the Jackson Fire Department put it out. Nevertheless, Jackson is unlikely to benefit from state budget negotiations.
- At a Sept. 4 meeting, school-district officials stressed that a new bullying policy is in place.
- The front of the Eastland Federal Building displays the art-deco style that was popular at the time a firm out of Cincinnati constructed the building.
- Real estate broker The Overby Company is listing Metrocenter Mall, once a commercial powerhouse, for sale at $6.5 million.
- Even if the Jackson Zoo retains its accreditation, questions will remain about its long-term viability if it remains in West Jackson.
- More than three years after Congress passed the Affordable Care Act, and a week before a key provision of the health law takes effect, Mississippi federal lawmakers continued vows to repeal Obamacare.
- Robert St. John’s restaurant complex recently underwent a huge renovation and expansion.
- People are going back to their "hunter-gatherer" roots and attempting to emulate caveman eating habits. This growing lifestyle trend is called the paleo—short for paleolithic—diet.
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