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Katy Simpson Smith

All her life, Katy Simpson Smith has been a storyteller. She recalls telling her parents—both Millsaps professors—imaginative and silly stories as a child, while they sat and listened attentively.

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10 Local Stories of the Week

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.


Plans for Fondren 'Boutique' Hotel Unveiled

Construction on a hotel in Fondren needs approval from state officials, but could commence before the end of the year, according to the developer.

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Jeremy Gordon

When Jeremy Gordon, now 35, moved to Jackson to attend college at Jackson State University, he brought martial arts with him.

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Lawsuit Challenges State's Failure to Fund MAEP

Angered by the state's failure to fully fund the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, 14 Mississippi school districts filed legal claims in Hinds County on Aug. 28.

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Democrats Blast Child Support Privatization

The Mississippi Department of Human Services is rolling out a pilot program in 17 southwest Mississippi counties to privatize its child-support enforcement program.

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Antar Lumumba: Costco Detractors 'Holding the City Hostage'

Former Mayor Chokwe Lumumba quietly worked with Costco to agree on its proposed location on Lakeland Drive.

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LaMontiez Ivy

Harold Jackson's first season at Jackson State will be successful or unsuccessful based on a number of factors, the biggest being that the Tigers' season outcome will be on the ...

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Crudup Ousted as JRA Chairman; Jones Walker Out as Board Attorney

The Jackson Redevelopment Authority this morning elected Jennifer Johnson as board president, replacing Bishop Ronnie Crudup. Commissioners selected Mat Thomas, an insurance-sales business owner, as JRA vice chairman even though ...


Updated: Yarber Responds to Failed Costco Rezoning Vote

The Jackson City Planning Board voted against the city’s comprehensive zoning proposal for 50 acres of land surrounding Lakeland Dr. at the I-55 intersection on August 27. The proposal would ...

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With Open Arms

With the fight for LGBT equality and a lack of Medicaid expansion at the forefront of the Mississippi politics, Open Arms Healthcare Center could not have been created at a ...

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Left to Fend: The State’s Mental Health Failure

In 2013, MSH decided, with help from the Mississippi Department of Mental Health, to close their community-based services and prioritize their acute inpatient care at Whitfield.

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Lessons from Ferguson

Understanding the historical significance of the Ferguson uprising is what drove a handful of activists from Jackson to go to Ferguson in support of protesters and observe organizing strategies being ...

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JPS Implements Changes, Fires Administrators

While Jackson Public Schools has been very vocal about the changes it is implementing this year to help students excel, it has been less open about recent changes in their ...

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Costco Moving Ahead, Despite Pushback

Despite some community concern, Mayor Tony Yarber is moving forward in pursuit of a Costco on Lakeland Drive where Smith-Wills Stadium and the Michael D. Johnson Memorial Ballpark currently sit.

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Lauren Clark

Lauren Clark, now 26, started working at the Mississippi Children's Museum part-time before becoming the museum's school-programs coordinator in July 2013.

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Hendrix Wants City Pay Raises

City employees could see a pay increase under a proposal from Jackson Ward 6 Councilman Tyrone Hendrix.

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Saltine, SweetWater Brewing Open; New Stage Season Announced

Following a $19 million expansion, Atlanta-based SweetWater Brewing Company, which the Brewer's Association ranks as one of the nation's top 20 craft breweries, is bringing its craft-beer lineup to Mississippi ...

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Charles H. Beady Jr.

The Board of Directors of the Mississippi Food Network named Charles H. Beady Jr., the former president of the Piney Woods School south of Jackson, the new CEO of the ...


Miss. House Speaker Plans Listening Tour of State

Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn will travel the state in late September to gather ideas for the 2015 legislative session, and he said he'd like to hear possible ways to ...


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