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10 Local Stories of the Week

Harvey Johnson Jr.

Age: 66

Home Town: Vicksburg

Education: Rosa A. Temple High School, Vicksburg; Bachelor's degree in political science, Tennessee State University; master's degree in political science from the University of Cincinnati.

Professional Experience: 25 years in planning and community development. Jackson State University, professor; founding Executive Director of the Center for University-Based Development at JSU. Mississippi Gaming Board, commissioner; City of Jackson, mayor, 1997-2005; 2009-present.

Family: Wife, Kathy Ezell Johnson; two adult children, Harvey III and Sharla

Harvey Johnson Jr. Age: 66 Home Town: Vicksburg Education: Rosa A. Temple High School, Vicksburg; Bachelor's degree in political science, Tennessee State University; master's degree in political science from the University of Cincinnati. Professional Experience: 25 years in planning and community development. Jackson State University, professor; founding Executive Director of the Center for University-Based Development at JSU. Mississippi Gaming Board, commissioner; City of Jackson, mayor, 1997-2005; 2009-present. Family: Wife, Kathy Ezell Johnson; two adult children, Harvey III and Sharla Photo by Trip Burns

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:

  1. Read the JFP's endorsement for Harvey Johnson Jr. here.
  2. Read about which candidates for contested City Council races the JFP endorses here.
  3. The week before the Democratic primary went from bad to worse for mayoral candidate Jonathan Lee when news emerged Monday that a fifth supplier, Diversey Inc., is suing his family business, Mississippi Products Inc., for non-payment.
  4. After a day-long special legislative session and an announcement in West Point on Monday, April 29, a deal to bring a Yokohoma Tire Co. manufacturing plant to northwest Mississippi is now official.
  5. Read the JFP's full interview with Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. here.
  6. Have you ever wondered who’s behind the mayoral candidates? So did we. Here’s what we found out about four of them.
  7. For many people, Cinco de Mayo is the real kickoff to summer. Bring on the season with local margaritas and Mexican fare May 5.
  8. If you see a funny-looking white van canvassing the streets of Jackson, don't get too excited. It's not the ghost busters. But it might help Jackson target its worst thoroughfares for repaving.
  9. Scott Stringer is a co-owner at Lott Furniture Company on Capitol Street. He has a business to run and a budget to balance. Lately, the latter is proving a lot harder to do in the downtown area.
  10. Democratic mayoral challenger Jonathan Lee has raised $334,560.03 since the start of the new year, according to a campaign finance report filed by his political action committee Friends of Jonathan Lee on Tuesday.

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