Monday, November 30
Jackson musician Eli Begitta is the sole member of Lost Puppet Society, an indie-electronica project that he admits started from being "the geeky computer kid with too much time on his hands."
After Stewpot Community Services' transitional home for women, the Sims House, on Capitol Street caught fire Sunday night, officials from the nonprofit organization are waiting to hear how much of the damage insurance will cover.
Roughly 20 percent of Mississippi legislative seats will turn over to a different person when the four-year term begins in January, with new members bringing fresh perspectives.
Robert Lewis Dear was arrested in May 2002 when the woman said he looked into her home and put her in fear for her life. Court records show the charge was dismissed less than two months later. Colleton County Court administrator Pamala White said Monday a copy of the restraining order was no longer available because the county destroys them after 10 years.
Friday, November 27
Police in Colorado Springs say three officers have been injured in a shooting near a Planned Parenthood clinic and the gunman has been contained.
Late one night at the University of Mississippi power plant, William Faulkner turned over a wheelbarrow, used it as a makeshift table and began writing the classic novel "As I Lay Dying" — but where in the building did he do it?
Thursday, November 26
Southern Mississippi has won more games over the past six weeks then it did in the previous three seasons combined.
Wednesday, November 25
Southern Mississippi has won more games over the past six weeks then it did in the previous three seasons combined.
University of Mississippi Rebels quarterback Chad Kelly has been better known for his blowups on the field and his troubles off the field.
Tuesday, November 24
Judging by the number of paint-stained overalls and tired faces in the Smith Robertson Museum auditorium, many people who attended Mayor Tony Yarber's recent town-hall meeting came directly from work to press the mayor and his administration on what the heck is going on with their water bills.
Each Thanksgiving, we gather with family, or with friends who have become family. While food may be one of the reasons for this, Thanksgiving has a deeper meaning than just overeating.
It's Egg Bowl week in our state. A player from Mississippi State or the University of Mississippi will have a chance to gain immortality in Bulldog-Rebel lore by making a big play on Saturday.
When Nashville, Tenn.-based band The JAG independently released its sophomore album, "Pondermental Wonderment in Hypocricity," on Oct. 23, the band created quite a stir among fans, many of whom were curious as to what exactly the album was about.
Under most circumstances, one would be correct in assuming that life-changing movements don't begin with a puppet show.
The strategy of exclusivity from political leaders like Gov. Phil Bryant can be described as discriminatory, unrealistic, asinine and very non-Christ-like.
Under the City of Jackson's $91-million contract with Siemens for a water-system overhaul and sewer repairs, at least six firms hold subcontracts with Siemens.
Isn't it interesting that Bryant chose to follow this law even though he disagrees with it, while he and other GOP leaders wantonly flout other state laws they don't like?
Where in the teachings of Jesus does it say that it's fine for Christians to turn their backs on people who have been mercilessly driven from their homes and have no food or shelter and ask it of us?
When Tom Ramsey chose not to renew the lease for his downtown restaurant, La Finestra, in October, he decided to take his next step in the culinary world.
Principal Laketia Marshall-Thomas believes that good behavior at Provine High School is about getting creative.
Leroy C. Smith represents a group of Denver, Colo.-based investors ready to pump $100 million into the Farish Street Entertainment District.
GIRL is a JSU Feminist Majority chapter that is taking to the streets on campus, demanding more safety and awareness about risk female students face.
I was astounded to read in a recent Associated Press story that Mississippi House of Representatives Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, refers to fellow legislators exclusively as "men."
It's been five years since the Oscar gauntlet of Darren Aronofsky's "Black Swan," but I've nonetheless remained a bit fascinated with the world of ballet and dancers.
On Nov. 6, several witnesses took the stand in a federal courtroom for the first hearing in four Mississippi same-sex couples' challenge to the state's adoption ban.
When she first started practicing yoga in 2004, Melanie Vail Fuller says she didn't see herself becoming a yoga instructor.
Monday, November 23
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — A New Albany police officer is suspended with pay during an investigation about whether he punched a spectator at Saturday's Ole Miss-LSU football game.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Even after two Mississippi legislative candidates drew straws to break a tied election, the state House of Representatives will have final say over who will serve the next four years.
The National Alliance of Black School Educators has named Cedrick Gray of Jackson Public Schools its 2015 Joseph E. Hill Superintendent of the Year.
As a thanks to all its community supporters, the Jackson Zoo will offer free admission to all members of the public on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 26, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 22
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Donald Trump on Sunday refused to rule out an independent bid for president in 2016, and he dug in on creating a database to track Muslims in the U.S.
Saturday, November 21
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Democrat John Bel Edwards won the runoff election for Louisiana governor Saturday, defeating the once-heavy favorite, Republican David Vitter, and handing the Democrats their first statewide victory since 2008.
Friday, November 20
Rep. Blaine ‘Bo’ Eaton, D-Taylorsville, won a tiebreaker for his current House seat on Friday by drawing a box holding a green straw out of a bag. (Yes, you read that correctly.)
Despite what top brass of the Jackson Police Department describe as a hectic night of arrests, statistics show a steady decrease in major crimes.
Comedian Katt Williams kicked off his latest arena tour, "Conspiracy Theory," in October.
In-state tuition at Mississippi's eight public universities is set to rise by 4.1 percent on average next fall, with the average price of tuition and fees crossing $7,000 for the first time.
Thursday, November 19
Mississippi senior linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche has been hospitalized this week for an undisclosed reason in Oxford, Mississippi, and will not play on Saturday.
BRANDON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man was sentenced to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to drunken driving and killing a college football player who was riding a bicycle home from work last Christmas Eve.
The Jackson Police Department partnered with the U.S. Southern District of the Mississippi Attorney's Office to host a "Law Enforcement and the Transgender Community" training session on Thursday, Nov. 19.
Jackson State University has nominated stud defensive end Javancy Jones. He will try to become the first player from Jackson State to win the 2015 C Spire Conerly Trophy.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Members of the Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus said Wednesday that they will oppose any effort by Republicans to push tax cuts during the 2016 session.
Wednesday, November 18
Long-time Jackson restaurateur and businessman Malcolm White is no longer with the Mississippi Tourism Office.
The Centers for Disease Control recommends that people 6 months of age and older get a yearly flu shot.
Thanksgiving is a day to give thanks and feast, so why not give back to local restaurants by letting them cater your holiday?
We know, we know. It's not even Thanksgiving, yet. But it's never too early to start making decorations for your Christmas tree.
The 2015 New Orleans Saints defense is starting to closely resemble their 2012 defense, which holds the NFL record for most yards surrendered in league history.
Thanksgiving is a time when we get together with family and friends, and give thanks for another year. In between the feasting, naps, leftover turkey, holiday shopping and more naps, there's plenty of great football.
Regardless of what religion you've aligned yourself with or what terminology is used, ultimately, wholeness and completion is what we are aiming for, right?
Perhaps Roe v. Wade was ahead of its time, or late in coming. Regardless, abortion has been legal in the U.S. for decades and to reverse it would mean reversing women's rights.
If we chose to live in fear and base our decisions on our own safety instead of the needs of others, the terrorists win.
Cajania "CoCo" Brown, 24, says that she, her colleagues at Popeye's Lousiana Kitchen, and all other minimum-wage workers are worth more than what their bosses and the State of Mississippi say they deserve to be paid.
Three people have been killed in the past three years in wheelchair-related accidents in Jackson, and some 100 in the past decade, according to local news clippings included in a presentation Crawford gave to the ADA council earlier this year.
Leonard Pitts Jr. will sign copies of Grant Park at Lemuria Books on Nov. 18 at 5 p.m. He recently spoke to the Jackson Free Press about race, writing and reckoning.
Mississippi's only abortion clinic will become an official health provider for insurance companies within weeks.
A chef will battle a former trainee in a culinary showdown, and folk-art apprentices and masters' works will be on display side by side at the Mississippi Museum of Art's November Museum After Hours.
Vote with your dollars and your nomination to support local businesses this holiday season.
In the blues world, you have families: your biological one and your blues one. Holly Springs-based musician Garry Burnside carries both with him at all times.
Growing up on the south side of Chicago, Andre Carter always had a fascination with comic books and superheroes, but he often found himself wondering why none of the heroes he read about ever looked like him or the people he knew.
Tuesday, November 17
Mississippi's athletics department says it has received a $25 million donation from Dr. Gerald "Doc" Hollingsworth.
Gov. Phil Bryant joined several governors on Monday in pledging to refuse Syrian refugees should they be sent to Mississippi following the terrorist attacks in Paris that left 129 people dead and hundreds more wounded.
After more careful review, city officials say that potential causes of exorbitant water bills go deeper and are more complicated than previously thought.
Madison-based Cathead Distillery, Mississippi's first legal distillery, is relocating to 422 S. Farish St. in downtown Jackson.
Mississippi State beat Eastern Washington 106-88 on Friday night in Ben Howland's coaching debut with the Bulldogs.
House Speaker Paul Ryan called Tuesday for a "pause" in Syrian refugees coming to the U.S. in the wake of the Paris attacks, and assembled a task force to bring legislation to a vote as soon as this week.
If the University of Missouri succeeds in meeting a student demand for a faculty that's 10 percent black in two years, it will likely be alone among its peers.
A homemade explosive device brought down a Russian passenger plane over Egypt last month, the head of Russia's FSB security service said Tuesday, telling President Vladimir Putin it's now clear the crash that killed 224 people was a "terrorist" act and offering a $50 million reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible.
A Mississippi State University faculty member has earned an invitation to the White House for a conference focused on better rural development.
Budget writers say Mississippi government will have slightly less money to spend during the current fiscal year because of slow economic growth.
Monday, November 16
A rubbish dump near Clinton will nearly double in size after action from the Hinds County Board of Supervisors today.
Mary Jo McAnally, a longtime community leader who served more than 15 years as the associate director of the Fondren Renaissance Foundation, died at her home on Nov. 3.
Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn has been traveling the state telling voters the same thing months: if you want your man's voice to be heard at the Capitol, you'd better make sure he's a Republican.
Saturday, November 14
Pioneer Community Hospital of Newton will close Dec. 1, becoming the fourth Mississippi hospital to close since 2013.
Friday, November 13
PARIS (AP) — A series of unprecedented attacks on popular night spots killed more than 100 people in the deadliest violence to strike France since World War II, officials said. President Francois Hollande condemned it as a terrorist attack and pledged that France would stand firm against its foes.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court is taking on its first abortion case in eight years, a dispute over state regulation of abortion clinics.
A retired federal judge will be the Mississippi chairman of Republican Ben Carson's presidential campaign.
Jackson State University will have a journalism school, officials announced yesterday evening.
Healing a campus riven by student protests over race relations and recent online terror threats isn't just a mandate for interim University of Missouri system president Mike Middleton.
Thursday, November 12
BOSTON (AP) — It's not always the slurs and the other out-and-out acts of racism. It's the casual, everyday slights and insensitivities.
Two days before the inaugural 3rd Eye Music Festival was scheduled to take place in Fondren Park, the event is in flux following a City of Jackson decision against the multi-genre event.
It hasn't been an easy road to basketball greatness for Mychal Ammons, as many may have guessed.
JFP is live-blogging TEDxJackson 2015. The theme this year is "lift off."
The Mississippi Department of Corrections is temporarily closing its community work center in Alcorn County.
Mississippi Power Co. said Tuesday it will accept a smaller rate increase for part of the $6.4 billion Kemper County power plant it's building.
Wednesday, November 11
Mississippi State University quarterback Dak Prescott has just four games left in his illustrious college-football career, as he prepares to take on the University of Alabama, the University of Arkansas, the University of Mississippi in the Egg Bowl and a currently unknown opponent in another bowl game.
It's a big week in Starkville for Mississippi State fans. The No. 20 Bulldogs host Alabama, and basketball fans get a first look at Callaway High star Malik Newman on a college court.
Steve Deaton went back to his musical roots for his newest record—roots wrapped around loud car stereos and ZZ Top on an eight-track tape.
The Mill, a new incubator space for local artists and small businesses, grew out of one man's quest to find a parking spot in midtown.
Anti-Initiative 42 advocates formed KidsFirst and Improve Mississippi, which were all funded, at least in part, through outside organizations and dollars.
On Nov. 3, media outlets reported steady turnout throughout the day in Hinds County, but in the end, the number of Hinds Countians who participated in the 2015 cycle was lower than the previous two cycles.
As soon as the Mississippi Legislature proposed an alternative measure to Initiative 42, a citizens' initiative to fully fund the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, its advocates cried foul, saying the alternate was only there to confuse voters.
I want to share some thoughts and insights about the concept of assessment and why we should remain calm and focus as we anxiously await the Partnership for Assessment and Readiness for College and Careers to release the results of the most recent administration of statewide tests for students in grades three through 12.
Last week, the state—via the Democratic-led Mississippi attorney general's office—again stood on the wrong side of a federal judge in an individual-rights case.
Even the University of Mississippi, which has often had to be dragged kicking and screaming into modern times, is on the right side of this issue.
More than 8,000 people have commented on the video of the South Carolina man speaking passionately about the incident at Spring Valley High School, where a young, black girl was tossed around like a rag doll by what I would label an overzealous law enforcement officer.
Six members of Cooperation Jackson lent their voices and efforts to the global fight against climate change at the United Nation's annual climate conference.
The roots of the student-led movement that spurred the resignations this week of University of Missouri's president and chancellor, Tim Wolfe and R. Bowen Loftin, respectively—can be traced back to Yalobusha County.
Two Jackson Public Schools middle schools outscored all other JPS middle and high schools on math assessments students took last year.
The banner for Patti Igoe-Bett's business, MsPattiCakes, features a Charles H. Spurgeon quote: "There is hardship in everything, except eating pancakes."
In recent weeks, Mayor Tony Yarber and members of the Jackson City Council have clashed over a number of high-dollar contract negotiations, but the key players offer different perspectives on the root causes of the disagreements.
Though hip-hop dance was initially just a hobby for Karlos Lyons, it has become a job and a lifestyle.
Roberta Kaplan is challenging the provision in Mississippi adoption law that states, "Adoption by couples of the same gender is prohibited."
As an avid consumer of pop, fashion, and celebrity culture, I know full well about the cult of youth and the pursuit of it.
Failing to pass Initiative 42 punished Mississippi's children simply because they were born into the wrong demographic.
Tuesday, November 10
Access to health care and services makes life for women in the Mississippi Delta difficult.
A lifelong Jackson resident, Brad "Kamikaze" Franklin is dedicating his TEDx Talk to community building and the importance of the city's hip-hop scene in building up Jackson.
TEDxJackson is hosting the second "Ideas Worth Spreading" event at the Jackson Convention Complex on Thursday, Nov. 12, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
A bond rating agency downgraded Mississippi Power Co.'s debt to the lowest investment-grade level, saying the election of two new members of the state Public Service Commission "increases regulatory uncertainty."
Monday, November 9
Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi told The Associated Press he has known Clinton since the 1980s, when he was a Hinds County supervisor and she was an attorney in Arkansas. Her husband, Bill Clinton, was governor there before being elected president in 1992 and 1996.
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State will host a memorial service on Thursday in honor of a father and son who both played for the Bulldogs and were killed in a car accident on Friday.
The president of the University of Missouri system resigned Monday with the football team and others on campus in open revolt over what they saw as his indifference to racial tensions at the school.
Northwest Rankin High School is out of legal trouble after several weeks of back-and-forth with the American Humanist Association.
Eric Riggs created The Detectives Comedy Dinner Theatre with lead actress Keni Bounds in 2009.
Southern Mississippi says it is self-imposing a postseason ban for the basketball program for a second straight season because of an ongoing NCAA investigation regarding former coach Donnie Tyndall's tenure.
Sunday, November 8
Student protests over racial incidents on the University of Missouri campus escalated dramatically over the weekend when at least 30 black football players announced they will not participate in team activities until the school's president is removed.
Friday, November 6
Jackson Police Chief Lee Vance wants more money—not necessarily just for more cops, gear, or squad cars, but for schools.
David Sollish, Belhaven University's associate professor of musical theater, is directing the university's production of "Shrek the Musical."
Sentencing has been indefinitely delayed for a Carthage man who pleaded guilty to bribing former Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps.
Thursday, November 5
Mississippi middle- and high-school students are slowly adapting to more rigorous College and Career Ready standards according to state test results released on Thursday.
State Superintendent Carey Wright said standards on Mississippi's old tests were too low.
The Mississippi Supreme Court has ruled Lauren Czekala-Chatham's divorce legal in concurrence with the ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Department of Education has released the share of students in each school district that met or exceeded grade-level expectations for new tests in algebra I and English II.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Republicans are closer to having a three-fifths majority of 74 votes in the Mississippi House because a newly re-elected Democrat is switching parties.
As the dust continues to settle on the failed education-funding Initiative 42, new battle lines appear to be forming over the formula Mississippi uses to fund public schools.
Anne MacMaster, associate professor of English at Millsaps College, recently received the school's 2015 Humanities Teacher Award.
Led by prolific quarterback Dak Prescott, the Bulldogs could give Missouri (4-4, 1-4 Southeastern Conference) its biggest test of the season. Mississippi State is averaging 35.1 points and has topped 42 each week with victory margins of 28, 25 and 26 points.
Wednesday, November 4
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Republican legislative leaders said Wednesday they want to change Mississippi's education funding formula to try to push more money into classrooms and less into administrative expenses.
OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) — While he supports removing the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag, Mississippi State University President Mark Keenum said it will continue to fly on the Starkville campus.
About a quarter of the college football season is left, and most teams are down to their final few games as this week's prepare to kickoff.
Drew Brees threw seven touchdowns against the Giants on Sunday, Nov. 1, but it was kicker Kai Forbath who propelled the Saints to a win with a 50-yard field goal. The win puts New Orleans at .500 with a 4-4 record.
Best of Jackson voting is divided into two stages—a nominations ballot and a final ballot!
While New Orleans may be nearly three hours away, it's easy to find Cajun dishes reminiscent of the ones you'd find in the Crescent City at Drago's Seafood Restaurant in Jackson.
Lakeisha Marie Stewart (then Lakeisha Marie Alexander) wanted a wedding that would be completely her own.
No Shave November began in 2004 as a way to raise awareness for cancer—since many people with the disease often lose their hair— and men's health issues.
Victoria Walker has been doing manicures, pedicures, shellac, acrylic and other nail services in the Fondren Village Shopping Center for more than 10 years.
The Nail Bar, which is the brainchild of co-owners Cathy Campbell and Melissa Harrison, recently celebrated its second year of operation on Oct. 8 of this year.
Many Jacksonians have great style, whether they're at the Mississippi Museum of Art's Museum After Hours, Fondren's First Thursday or just walking around the city.
If you woke up this morning feeling like today was just another day, it's because voters largely voted to preserve the status quo on Election Day.
One election is behind us, but several others are on the horizon.
On Monday, Nov. 2, Delbert Hosemann told the Associated Press that he predicted a light turnout in the Nov. 3 elections despite his role as the secretary of state.
Rev. Cletus: "This is your car-sales pastor broadcasting live from WGSR, Ghetto Science Radio, your friend at the end of the FM dial."
Jackson City Council members and citizens are growing impatient with the slow rate of progress and administrative morass as the capital city continues to collect funds for infrastructure improvements.
For the first time in a single year, Mississippi voters have re-elected all eight statewide officials.
The New York Times reported that the number of Mississippians without health insurance has grown over the past year.
As election returns are finalized in the next few days, Republicans are within striking distance of a 74-vote supermajority in the state House.
Academic progress primarily comes from good instruction, and staffing schools, especially in south Jackson, has presented JPS recruiters with problems.
Lauren Beth Czekala-Chatham cannot put her past behind her, because a court won't let her.
For Tiffany Turner, owner and stylist of T-Stylez Hair Studio, everything is about being passionate and having faith.
Andrew Sauerwein says people often think of classical music as something in history, not realizing that there are thousands of working composers today.
When James Meredith became University of Mississippi's first African American student, a cub reporter and part-time university employee named Edwin Meek was there, photographing him every step of the way.
In 2006, when local voters approved a $150 million bond for Jackson Public Schools, a then-Jim Hill High School sophomore named Treshika Melvin thought about how the money would help her former middle school.
Lauren Miltner calls herself a "jack of all trades, master of none."
Tav Falco, enfant terrible of the 1980s, walked onto the stage at Lafayette's Music Room here, dressed in black, his hair a Nuevo-'50s coif, picked up his guitar and let loose.
I'd rather be "not normal" than stick with the status quo. I'd rather judge people based on the quality of their character, not by the way they look.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi voters rejected any change to the state constitution to bolster public school funding, defeating Initiative 42 on Tuesday.
Tuesday, November 3
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Gov. Phil Bryant's Democratic challenger, a long-haul truck driver, held a prayer vigil Monday in a park near the Governor's Mansion, with fewer than a dozen people participating.
For Clinton native Drew Mellon, the U.S. director for international nonprofit The Hard Places Community, his connection to Cambodia isn't a question of geography, but of compassion and calling.
The Jackson City Council has again shot down a proposal to award a roughly $13.6 million contract to remove years worth of sludge from a wastewater treatment plant.
South Louisiana-based coffee chain CC's Community Coffee House arrived in Mississippi about six weeks ago.
The only pot-related question on any state ballot this year is in Ohio, where voters were deciding Tuesday whether to legalize marijuana for recreational and medical use in a single stroke.
Mississippi voters are deciding whether to elect Republican Gov. Phil Bryant to a second term and their attorney general to a fourth. They also are filling all 174 legislative seats and choosing between two school funding initiatives.
Monday, November 2
TORONTO (AP) — The company behind the controversial Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the U.S Gulf Coast has asked the U.S. State Department to pause its review of the project.
Although redistricting will make their jobs a bit tougher, Mississippi Democrats see an opportunity on Nov. 3 to win back the House and possibly pick up some key Senate seats.
This year's keynote speaker at the second annual Women's Day at the Country Club of Jackson is Jenna Bush Hager.