Random screenings of people applying for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefits is one of the keystones of Gov. Phil Bryant's legislative agenda.
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:
- Some lawmakers worry that proposed changes to state courts and prisons, such as Mississippi State Penitentiary, do not go far enough to alleviate racism in the criminal justice system.
- The capital city wants legislative funding to pay for emergency services the city provides to state buildings and agencies, to move to elected school-board members and the ability to appoint more municipal judges.
- Parents were shocked to know how often their children communicate electronically—and how damaging all those texts, Tweets and Instagrams can be in teens’ lives.
- Jackson City Council President Charles Tillman's effort to ban firearms in certain public areas is encountering new obstacles that could ultimately sink the measure.
- On Jan. 10, Whole Foods Market issued a press release announcing the opening date for the new store opening in Highland Village. The doors will open Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 9 a.m.
- Nothing rivals the level of disappointment over what has happened on Farish Street, the historic area on downtown Jackson's periphery designated as the future site of an entertainment district.
- Harold Jackson—who played college ball for the JSU Tigers before going on to play and coach in the NFL—takes over for Rick Comegy as the team's head coach.
- Fresh off a landslide win for the local-option sales tax he had pitched for two months—arguably his most ambitious move since taking over the reins at City Hall in July—Mayor Chokwe Lumumba called the vote a win for all Jacksonians.
- Random screenings of people applying for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefits is one of the keystones of Gov. Phil Bryant's legislative agenda.
- The vacancy rate of offices in the downtown Jackson area will soon see a spike, thanks to two moves from state-level government entities.
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