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10 Local Stories This Week

Instructor Katherine Fredericks, left, and Heidi Hogrefe, owner of Pure Barre franchises in Jackson and Ridgeland, demonstrate the hottest new trend in the workout world.

Instructor Katherine Fredericks, left, and Heidi Hogrefe, owner of Pure Barre franchises in Jackson and Ridgeland, demonstrate the hottest new trend in the workout world. Photo by Trip Burns.

— In case you missed the Jackson Free Press' signature blend of local news, art and culture, here are 11 stories from the past week:

  1. The Hinds County Board of Supervisors voted to not cut the budget of Sheriff Tyrone Lewis after all. At a special meeting, supervisors reversed course on action taken the previous week in slashing $2.5 million from department's budget.
  2. Local officials sang “Kumbaya” at the ceremonial signing of an agreement between the Levee Board and the U.S. Army-Corps of Engineers that lets local officials move forward with developing its own flood-reduction plan.
  3. WeatherVision, a localized, outsourced weather-forecast service, moves to the Mississippi e-Center, Madison-based Lucky Town Brewery purchased its first fermenting tank and installed it at a brewery in Alabama, and Halloween Headquarters Opens on County Line. Read more about these new local business ventures in this week’s Biz Roundup, compiled by Jacob Fuller.
  4. Read about how artistic competitiveness grew into a marriage and partnership in Brice Media for Talamieka and Charles Brice.
  5. Deputy editor Briana Robinson enters the world of Small Room 9 whose album, "SR9," rose to the top of AirPlay Direct's most-downloaded rock-album chart and song "Paging Ground Control." was selected to be featured as downloadable content for the video game Rock Band
  6. New JPS Superintendent Cedrick Gray unveils a numer of new initiatives, including plans for an advisory committee to develop an early childhood education program in JPS.
  7. Despite Mississippi’s avoiding drought conditions that plagued other farming communities, consumers here could still pay heftier food prices this winter. Why is that? In this week’s cover story, reporter Jacob Fuller heads to the farm to explaiin how water -- having too much or too little -- affects us all.
  8. Kathleen Mitchell dons yoga gear and heads for Pure Barre, the latest trend in exercise, that devotees say can deliver beach abs, Michelle Obama arms and the angelic body of a Victoria’s Secret supermodel.
  9. Officials from FEMA and SBA drop in on the JFP. The federal agencies at the center of post-disaster recovery efforts are encouraging anyone affected by Hurricane Isaac to report it, no matter how little or how much damage is suffered.
  10. Academics and non-profit agency officials weigh “The Outcome of Black Males in Urban Institutions” at Jackson State University. JSU professor Dr. Rodney Washington calls for a sense of urgency to bring about change.

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