Hinds County Supervisor Peggy Hobson-Calhoun (not pictured) wants to give the elevators in the Hinds County courthouse a facelift.
Photo by Courtesy Peggy Hobson-Calhoun
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:
- A Utah-based private-prison firm hopes that it can turn things around at the Wilkinson County Correctional Center in Woodville.
- This week's Democratic primary runoff saw a huge spike in white voter turnout while black turnout held steady. But the effect on the results seemed negligible: Councilman Chokwe Lumumba defeated businessman and newcomer Jonathan Lee 54 percent to 46 percent.
- The elevators in the Hinds County Circuit Court building are hanging on by a thread. For weeks, the elevators have been plagued with issues that appear to be a combination of age, sabotage or both.
- The long-dormant Valley Title Building, located at 315 Tombigbee St., will not have taxpayer-paid utility services—but it does have a new owner. However, officials from Hinds County, which owns the property, are mum on who the owner is or how the deal was struck.
- FIGMENT 2013 stretched nearly five blocks, much more spread out than it had been in past years, when it was held in the old Coke plant on Highway 80.
- Mississippi is consistently behind the eight ball when it comes to public education, but a new plan being implemented right now could change our students' educational outcomes in the future.
- The quagmire that ensnared Jackson mayoral candidate Jonathan Lee's family business, Mississippi Products, raises questions about the relationships between government agencies, group purchasing organizations and intermediary distributors such as MPI.
- The LiveStrong community project, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by cancer, recently presented a $10,000 grant to the Blair E. Batson Children's Hospital's Palliative Care program.
- Running can be a mind-clearing and eye-opening therapeutic process. Read more here.
- See the JFP's listing of upcoming running events in the state here.
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