Tuesday, August 31
Tropical Storm Ida has lost much of its initial power after landfall, but it continues to scale Mississippi, bringing harsh winds and heavy rainfall to areas along the coast and southwestern portion of the state.
The Mississippi Black Business Pages will host two events in Jackson and Gulfport next year, bringing together Black-owned businesses at those locations.
Madison County native Bernice Rivers became inspired to take up crafting and selling her own handmade jewelry out of her Camden home after a visit to Village Beads in Ridgeland in July.
Monday, August 30
Ridgeland comic, card and game store Van's CCG is hosting a Pop-Up Gen Con 2021 event on Saturday, Sept. 18. Gen Con is an annual tabletop game convention that features traditional pen-and-paper, board, and card games.
Almost 113,000 Mississippians were without power Monday morning as Hurricane Ida wound its way through the state, after causing at least one death in Baton Rouge, La., and sowing damage throughout that state.
Hurricane Ida blasted ashore Sunday as one of the most powerful storms ever to hit the U.S., knocking out power to all of New Orleans and reversing the flow of the Mississippi River.
Sunday, August 29
Hurricane Ida is looking eerily like a dangerous and perhaps scarier sequel to 2005’s Hurricane Katrina, the costliest storm in American history. But there are a few still-to-come twists that could make Ida nastier in some ways, but not quite as horrific in others.
Friday, August 27
The weekend is here again, and there are lots of fun things going on in the Jackson metro area! Whether your idea of fun is listening to live music, shopping for a bargain, or getting in touch with nature, we’ve got something for you.
Hinds County will take applications from intending participants of its reentry program on Wednesday, Sept. 1, at the Jackson Convention Center from 9:30 a.m to 4 p.m.
For much of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Eric Topol, founder and director of the Scripps Research Translational Institute in La Jolla, CA has been a leading voice for a unified, swift response to the virus.
Edward G. Cortright Jr., who served as chancellor for Mississippi's 11th Chancery District for 26 years, died on Wednesday, Aug. 11, at age 94.
Girl Scouts of Greater Mississippi will honor Ebony Lumumba, an associate professor of English at Jackson State University, and four other leaders at its Women of Distinction event on Thursday, Sept. 16, at the Westin Hotel in downtown Jackson.
Thursday, August 26
A sixth child has died in Mississippi due to complications from COVID-19, the Mississippi State Department of Health said Wednesday.
The New Orleans Saints are starting the 2021 season without Drew Brees since he retired after the 2020 season, leaving a major hole in the Saints’ offense as the franchise tries to replace the future Hall of Fame quarterback.
Some members of the Republican-controlled Mississippi Legislature are renewing an effort to eliminate the state income tax—a proposal that failed earlier this year amid concerns it would drain budgets for schools, roads and other services in one of the nation's poorest states.
Wednesday, August 25
Jackson Public School District parents have until 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27, to fill out a survey indicating if they want the virtual-learning option for their pre-kindergarten to sixth-grade students.
Mississippi's top health official said Tuesday that he has received threats from people who are spreading lies about his family as he urges the public to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
Tuesday, August 24
Jackson Public Schools will hold a virtual meeting at 6 p.m. this evening, where the JPS Board of Trustees will discuss possible virtual learning options for students due to the fourth wave of increased COVID-19 numbers in Mississippi.
More than 1,000 out-of-state medical workers were starting to deploy to 50 Mississippi hospitals Tuesday to help with staffing shortages as the state continues dealing with a surge of COVID-19 cases.
Monday, August 23
Poké Stop, a restaurant that California native Rachel Phuong Le originally opened in Cultivation Food Hall at the District at Eastover in Jackson, is set to reopen in Dogwood Festival Market in Flowood later this year.
The City of Jackson has until Sept. 30 to get a new garbage-collection contract after the city council voted twice in two weeks—Aug. 9 and 19—against approving the agreements that Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba's team negotiated with the FCC Environmental Services LLC.
Mississippi Republican Gov. Tate Reeves stared into cameras during a news conference and said he is not advancing any political agenda in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic as the state experiences a sharp rise in new cases and hospitalizations.
Cooling centers have opened in Mississippi’s capital city as a heat wave scorches temperatures in several states in the South and Midwest.
Friday, August 20
Whatever you decide to do this weekend, be sure and check out the COVID safety rules at any locations you visit, as many are changing in the face of the current crisis situation.
At least one individual has been hospitalized in Mississippi after ingesting a drug intended for treating worms in livestock, the Mississippi State Department of Health revealed today. The medicine, ivermectin, is not approved for treating COVID-19.
The University of Southern Mississippi Museum of Art recently opened submissions for entries in its Little Things Matter: National Juried Small-Scale Sculpture Exhibition. The exhibition features small-scale sculptures by artists across the United States.
Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said Thursday that his goal is to keep as many schools open as possible, even as COVID-19 cases continue to rise sharply in the state, because he does not want children to lose academic advancement.
Three senators said Thursday they have tested positive for COVID-19 despite being vaccinated, a high-profile collection of breakthrough cases that comes as the highly infectious delta variant spreads rapidly across the United States.
Thursday, August 19
Children at the Jackson Early Childhood Development Centers recorded a 40% increase in kindergarten readiness scores in the 2020-2021 session.
Former University of Mississippi quarterback Jordan Ta’amu is getting another shot at the NFL. Injuries to Detroit Lions backup quarterbacks Tim Boyle and David Blough led the squad to sign Ta’amu.
Mississippi health officials say almost 1,000 hospital beds that could be used to treat patients during the latest surge of coronavirus in the state are unstaffed because of a shortage of healthcare workers.
Wednesday, August 18
COVID-19 booster shots may soon be available to all Americans, thanks to new guidance from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
A college wrist injury altered the trajectory of Rashad Smith’s life and career.
School districts statewide have responded to mounting COVID-19 cases and outbreaks with a patchwork of remedies, with many reimplementing mask mandates or moving to all-virtual instruction.
Tuesday, August 17
Friends, family and associates of Sheriff Lee Vance, along with local leaders, gathered at the Mississippi Coliseum on Saturday, Aug. 14, the Jackson native’s burial ceremony. Vance died Aug. 4 at home after testing positive for COVID-19.
William “Bill” Moak, chair of the Communication Department at Belhaven University, recently became one of two Mississippians inducted into the Public Relations Society of America’s College of Fellows this year, bringing the total of Mississpians who have earned the honor to five.
Mississippi's only Level 1 trauma center is setting up a second emergency field hospital in a parking garage that will handle some of the sickest COVID-19 patients as the virus continues to ravage the state.
Monday, August 16
The Mississippi State Department of Health instituted an extended policy this weekend aimed at managing the state’s overburdened health-care system.
The Duling Hall event venue in Jackson recently announced that beginning Monday, Aug. 30, visitors, staff and artists entering Duling Hall must present proof of a full-course COVID-19 vaccination.
Mississippi's two Republican U.S. senators agree on many issues, but they split on a proposal for the federal government to spend $1 trillion on highways, water systems, broadband expansion and other infrastructure projects.
Friday, August 13
Jackson Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba signed an executive order Wednesday requiring all City workers to produce proof by Aug. 31 of receiving at least one vaccine dose or a negative COVID-19 test result once a week on their dime.
Two departments in Mississippi State University’s College of Forest Resources are adding new online master’s degrees, making online degree options available in all three of the college's departments.
Through Knowledge Camp University, Robert Martez Hopkins ministers to his community, serving more than 200 children across south Jackson in various ways, alongside head coach David King and assistant head coach Sherman Amos.
Mississippi has broken its single-day records of COVID-19 hospitalizations, intensive-care use and new coronavirus cases.
Thursday, August 12
Belhaven University football did something in the spring of 2021 that the program hadn’t done since 2012. The Blazers finished the season with a winning record at 3-2 overall, the longest winning streak since 2012.
With COVID-19 patients overflowing at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, including in its pediatric center, hospital leaders are warning that the medical system statewide could be on the verge of failing without drastic intervention.
Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said Thursday that he is extending his state-of-emergency order that gives public health officials and other government leaders some flexibility in responding to the coronavirus pandemic.
Mississippi will open a 50-bed field hospital and the federal government will send medical professionals to help treat patients as COVID-19 cases continue surging in a state with one of the lowest vaccination rates in the U.S., officials said Wednesday.
Wednesday, August 11
The City of Jackson, working with blight-elimination partners, has demolished 117 properties across the city using a $2.95 million grant from the Mississippi Home Corporation, officials announced at a press briefing on Monday, Aug. 8.
Mississippi is approaching its record number of COVID-19 hospitalizations as the virus continues spreading rapidly in a state with one of the lowest vaccination rates in the U.S.
Tuesday, August 10
With less than one-third of Mississippi schools reporting COVID-19 data, a new report from the Mississippi State Department of Health shows that nearly 1,000 students were infected with COVID-19 for the week of Aug. 2-6.
Marina Brito, a native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and a member of the Jackson State University women's volleyball team, received a full scholarship in April to pursue a master's degree in business education at JSU this fall.
The Mississippi Ethics Commission has ordered the city of Jackson to pay more than $170,000 in legal fees for violating state law by taking more than a year to provide public records that a TV station requested.
Monday, August 9
Ridgeland native Wendell Brewster opened his own Caribbean fusion food truck, Jerk City Grille, in April 2021. On Friday, Aug. 6, Brewster opened a new indoor location for his restaurant on 4157 Robinson Road in Jackson.
Veronica Coleman, 33, graduated from the Hinds Circuit Drug Court on July 28, 2021. The mother of four believes the program was a lifeline.
For more than a century, one of Mississippi's largest and most elaborate Confederate monuments has looked out over the lawn at the courthouse in the center of Greenwood, a Black-majority city with a history of civil rights protests and clashes.
Mississippi has not executed a death row inmate since June 2012, and no executions are currently scheduled. But a new court filing shows that the state Department of Corrections in recent months has acquired drugs to carry out lethal injections.
Friday, August 6
Mississippi lawmakers are traveling the state to gather ideas about how congressional and legislative districts should look in the coming decade—a series of public hearings that was scheduled before the recent spike in COVID-19 cases.
Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said Thursday that he is authorizing a state takeover of a troubled school district in one of the poorest parts of the state.
Jackson State University recently announced that it will require face masks or coverings in all public indoor campus spaces for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals, regardless of academic or extracurricular activity.
The Jackson Public School system is set to begin the fall semester on Aug. 9, where almost 21,000 students will be required to attend full-time, traditional in-school curriculum.
Thursday, August 5
Mississippi's top health official said the delta coronavirus variant is “sweeping across Mississippi like a tsunami” as the state reported more than 3,000 new cases of the highly transmittable virus in a single day Thursday.
When it comes to quarterbacks heading into the 2021 college football season in the Southeastern Conference, uncertainty is in the air.
Wednesday, August 4
Mississippi’s health-care system is under increased strain as the fourth wave of COVID-19 continues to add increased hospitalizations and intensive-care unit patients every week.
The sheriff of Mississippi's largest county has died, almost two weeks after he tested positive for COVID-19 amid an outbreak of the illness at a jail he oversaw.
The city council in Jackson has approved more than $120,000 for the Jackson Zoo to help the facility maintain its license to operate.
Unless the current Delta variant spike causes changes—stay tuned—this new season could end up resembling, at least in part, football seasons of years past—with full stadiums and all teams opting into play.
Whether you’re new to the metro or are looking for something to do, the Jackson area features a number of vibrant public artworks you can soak in at your leisure.
The annual Mississippi Book Festival features panel discussions, book signings and sales, food trucks and more.
Despite the current ban on water-based activities, visitors of Belhaven Beach can still enjoy a myriad of activities commonly held on sandy shores.
Yolanda Singleton, a Jackson native concert promoter who owns her own company called Xperience Jxn, has partnered with the Black Leadership AIDS Crisis Coalition and the AIDS Healthcare Foundation to host the #StandAgainstHate Old School Hip Hop Reunion on Saturday, Aug. 28, at the Mississippi Coliseum
With a month and change left in the summer, Chef Alex Eaton of The Manship Wood Fired Kitchen and Aplos Simple Mediterannean has provided the Jackson Free Press with a summer salad recipe to share with its readership.
Mississippi Black Pages supports and promotes more than 1,000 Black-owned businesses in the state, with many based in Jackson metro. More than 200 of these businesses will attend this year’s Mississippi Black Business Expo to sell their wares.
Having worked in the restaurant industry since she was 15, Samantha Busby thrives when she is serving guests and making them happy.
Bob Moses used a MacArthur Foundation genius grant to create and launch the Algebra Project in 1982 to help rural and urban students achieve math literacy and to train teachers, administrators, and community activists to be math coaches. He taught math himself from Lanier High School in Jackson for years.
Parts of Mississippi’s capital city are seeing a “saturation” of state police that Gov. Tate Reeves promises will counter a spike in crime and violence that has worsened since the pandemic began.
Hezekiah Watkins was looking for a hero. As a 13-year-old middle schooler in 1961 in Jackson who had lost his father three years earlier, he thought that seeing and possibly touching a Freedom Rider would fulfill him.
We have the means to end this pandemic that has taken so many from us and, for those of us fortunate enough to simply be inconvenienced, been such a previously unimaginable disruption to our lives. Editorial Assistant Shaye Smith views Mississippians as generous people who care about their neighbors and take care of one another. As such, she encourages residents to receive their COVID vaccines to reduce chances of viral mutation and a prolonged pandemic—a way to stop the “virus-animal,” she writes.
At 18 years old, Jackson native Cameron Yarber has held more leadership roles than many who are years older.
Tuesday, August 3
Mississippi and a handful of other southern states have been thrust into unwanted spotlight for the second time in the pandemic, with their rock-bottom vaccination rates driving unprecedented spread of the virus.
Jackson native author Jerry Palmer will appear at Author's Alley at the annual Mississippi Book Festival on Saturday, Aug. 21.
The Mississippi Commission on School Accreditation said Monday that an “extreme emergency” exists for schools in one of the poorest parts of the state because of lingering problems with financial management and academic performance.
Monday, August 2
O Hashi Sushi, the latest addition to Cultivation Food Hall in Jackson, opened for business on Monday, July 26. The new restaurant features signature rolls, fried rolls, appetizers, fried ice cream and more.
A federal freeze on most evictions enacted last year is scheduled to expire Saturday, after President Joe Biden's administration extended the original date by a month.
A school board member in a Mississippi school district says he is planning to propose making COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for all employees.
Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn promised attendees at the Neshoba County Fair yesterday that he will back legislation next year to ban “critical race theory” in Mississippi’s K-12 classrooms—despite the fact that it is not taught in K-12 classrooms.