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Entries for September, 2013


City Issues Boil-Water Notices

The city of Jackson's water system seems to be fighting a battle against shifting Yazoo clay.

Barbara Dunn's Reign of Copy Fee Terror Over?

For about a year, maybe longer, the state court system has slowly been rolling out news of electronic filing coming to certain counties. Now, it's finally Hinds County's turn. Starting on Oct. 1, Hinds Circuit Court and Hinds County Court starts accepting voluntary electronic filing of court documents in civil ...

Quick Hits for Friday Night

There's usually plenty to do on Fridays in Jackson, and if you are like me, you're going to have a tough time deciding exactly which of these awesome events to attend: The city of Jackson is celebrating National Night Out on Friday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at City ...

MS Coverage Under Obamacare May Be as low as $8/month

Mississippi health-insurance rates could be as low as $8 a month after tax credits.

Hattiesburg Election: The Never-Ending Story Part II

When it comes to who has been elected mayor of Hattiesburg, the votes are in, but the results are not. After failing to find a clear winner in the first go-round in June, the Hub City is trying again - and failing miserably. Absentee ballot counting continues late Wednesday afternoon ...

Board of Ed Names New Superintendent

Dr. Carey Wright is Mississippi's new Education superintendent; Lynn House to retire.

Kemper Not the Power Plant of Future

Companies building a new 582-megawatt power plant near DeKalb are not holding it up as a model for plants around the nation. The Kemper County IGCC plant, now about nine months away from completion, will burn low-grade lignite coal and capture carbon emissions. Kemper is the first plant to use ...

Upcoming and Ongoing Fun

The Barnett Reservoir Foundation and the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District will host a Memphis Barbeque Network (or MBN) judging class at the Rankin Reservoir Community Center from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. It's $80 to enter, but this is awesome because A) An MBN team will cook ribs ...

Is This What The Water Will Look Like?

In WAPT's online video they don't identify the Jackson-area creek (is it Town Creek?) that turned into a "raging river" after today's rains, but one look at the video does force me to wonder out loud about the water quality of any lakes or riverwalk projects that we end up ...

Groups: It's OK for the Gay to Stay

In response to a so-called "gay conversion" conference taking place at Lakeside Baptist Church in Hattiesburg over the next few days, pro-gay rights groups are rallying against the pseudo-science of praying the gay away. GetEQUAL Mississippi, OMEGA Mississippi and Walk Fellowship Church of Hattiesburg is holding a“Love and Acceptance” rally ...

Jackson Ranks No. 6 in Generosity

Our fair city ranks as one of the most generous cities in the United States.

Downtown Sets Showcase, Among Other Things

Downtown Jackson Partners is proud to announce it is partnering with the Town Creek Arts Festival to host Downtown on Display, an open house event for downtown Jackson businesses. It'll be held on October 5, 2013. From 2 - 5 PM, visitors will have the opportunity to take architectural tours, ...

Al Jazeera Profiles Chokwe Lumumba

Al Jazeera America published a profile of Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba today, "In Mississippi, America's most revolutionary mayor." Author Siddhartha Mitter a good amount of time in the city this summer. Looks like a good read: “Nowadays you’ve got to call yourself a ‘change agent’ or something, or else you’ll ...

Coalition Forms for Health Insurance Enrollment

Cover Mississippi is taking on the challenges of educating and enrolling Mississippians in the new health insurance market place.

ARF Shelter in Crisis

The Animal Rescue Fund of Mississippi is making a desperate plea for donations.

Federal Wildlife Refuge Planned Along Pearl River

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing a 5,000-acre refuge for Jackson. The proposed area is bounded by the Ross Barnett Reservoir to the north and Lakeland Drive to the south. Features would include 2,712 acres of adjoining property the Mississippi Department of Transportation now owns. The U.S. FWS ...

Developers Announce Eastland Courthouse Project

It appears the Eastland Courthouse on East Capitol Street is getting a renovation and a re-purposing. The JFP received this press release (printed here, unedited) earlier this morning: Tuesday, the developers of the historic Eastland Courthouse unveiled plans to renovate and reopen the 115,000 square foot building as a modern ...

Project Homeless Connect Week

Seventh Annual Project Homeless Connect Week is happening this week.

Barbour, Lumumba, Tonkel Together on Community

Operation Shoestring just announced the panelists for its annual "Conversation About Community" luncheon: Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba, former Gov. Haley Barbour and Wells Church pastor Rev. Keith Tonkel. The event, which highlights and raises funds for Operation Shoestring's work with children and families in central Jackson, is scheduled for Thursday, ...

Graduation Matters Job Fair Set for Sept. 25

Job seekers and students will receive a helping hand as Mayor Chokwe Lumumba and the city of Jackson host the Third Annual Jobs for Jacksonians Job Fair: Graduation Matters on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at Metrocenter Mall. Jacksonians who are seeking employment are urged to attend to discuss employment opportunities with ...

With Jackson Budget OK, Zoo Hopes to Reverse Accreditation Denial

With this morning's approval of a city budget, Jackson Zoo officials are hoping to reverse the recent decision to deny the park accreditation. On Sept. 8, an Association of Zoo and Aquariums (AZA) committee denied renewal of the Jackson Zoo's accreditation citing "concerns of the zoo's financial stability at the ...

Tragedy: A Marketing Plan

One day only special, $9.11.

Jackson Launches New Web Site

The city of Jackson has relaunched an updated version of, the city's official web site. The revamped site is more aesthetically pleasing, and features easy-to-follow links to basic information about the city. Another re-vamped feature is video of the city council meetings, which had been spotty in the past. ...

Trustmark at Baptist Grand Opening Tomorrow

The City of Jackson is proud to announce the grand opening of Trustmark Bank at the Baptist Healthcare Complex is set for Thursday, Sept. 12 at 11 a.m. The city sent out a press release Wednesday morning announcing the event.

James Shearer, JSU Student, Mourned; Vigil Planned

Jackson State University has announced plans for a vigil for a student who died over the weekend. James Shearer, a senior political science major, died the morning of Sept. 8. He was a member of the Mississippi Army National Guard and was active in the Student Government Association, JSU’s Army ...

Jackson to Host Another Town Hall Meeting

The city of Jackson will host a town hall meeting to discuss and answer questions the public may have regarding the proposed water and sewer upgrades. The next Town Hall Meeting will take place in Ward 3 on Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 6:30 p.m. at Progressive Missionary Baptist Church at ...

Jackson Job Fair Sept. 25

If you're looking for work or you're ready for a change, it's time to polish your resume.

AFA Declares Dubious Victory

If you hold a boycott and no one notices, did it ever happen?

La. Parish Council Rejects 'One Lake'

The chorus of opposition among environmental advocates and downriver residents against a flood-control lake project is growing louder. Thursday night, the St. Tammany Parish, La., council passed a resolution opposing a plan proffered by groups with ties to petroleum businessman John McGowan. Known locally as "One Lake," the flood-control plan ...

Drink Up, the Brown Water's Fine

If after working out in the sweltering sun all day today, and you turned on your faucet for a cool drink only to get a glass full of brown of liquid, don't worry. It's just a little "discoloration." The city sent out a discolored water alert today after "experiencing a ...

Public Hearing Tonight at City Hall

The Jackson City Council will hold a public hearing on the subject of Chokwe Lumumba's proposed budget at 6 p.m. tonight in council chambers at City Hall. The meeting follows a 4 p.m. meeting of the council's Budget Committee, chaired by former City Council President Tony Yarber (Ward 6). All ...

Gain an Understanding of Race

Are you interested in understanding how race and other forms of diversity affect all of us?

Park-N-Ride to the JSU Game

Leave your parking and traffic worries behind and let Jackson's JATRAN do the driving.

ZAPP Collecting Letters of Support for Zoo

An email distributed by former mayoral candidate Jonathan Lee and his "Friday Forum" group, which meets every Friday morning at Koinonia Coffee House, is asking for letters of support for the Jackson Zoo. The Jackson Zoological Park's accreditation is up for review later this month, and the Community Outreach Committee ...