Kishia Powell learns how to clean filters at the city’s 100-year-old J.H. Fewell Water Treatment Plant from Terrance Byrd, the plant’s operations manager. Later that day, she also helped repair a broken sewer line, resurface a street, mop floors and process water payments, all tasks that fall under her direction as public-works director.
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:
- Siemens, the company which Jackson is paying $91 million for water upgrades, said today that the portion of the contract that calls for water- and sewer-line improvements is complete and that the company has a green light to finish the other half of a massive water-meter change-out.
- On May 27, members and supporters of the recently formed Mississippi Women's Economic Security Initiative unveiled plans to create an economic-security policy agenda that includes childcare, housing, transportation and equal pay for equal work.
- Statewide, 14.83 percent of third graders—5,612 students—failed to reach the minimum score needed for entrance into fourth grade on the first test.
- Reminiscent of scenes where a commander-in-chief visits troops in a conflict zone, Kishia Powell, Jackson's public-works director, spent a day touring facilities and meeting with workers under her command.
- Cedric Morgan wants to bring his tech savvy and management skills and become the next Hinds County circuit clerk.
- Vikki Mumford talked to the Jackson Free Press about why she is running for Hinds County circuit clerk for a third time.
- The Cherokee Drive Inn, long-time Best of Jackson winner for Best Dive Bar and Best Hangover Food, has closed down.
- Trent Kelly, 49, of Saltillo, faces Democrat Walter Zinn, a 34-year-old attorney and political consultant from Pontotoc, in a Tuesday runoff for an open U.S. House seat in north Mississippi's 1st District.
- Inherently, a certain amount of pressure goes along with producing a musical revue about the blues in the Magnolia State. New Stage Theatre is gearing up to tackle that tough number this month.
- Ole Miss baseball's run to the College World Series semifinals last summer was a breakthrough for 14-year head coach Mike Bianco.
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