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10 Local Stories of the Week

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.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Cedric Morgan wants to bring his tech savvy and management skills and become the next Hinds County circuit clerk.
  6. Vikki Mumford talked to the Jackson Free Press about why she is running for Hinds County circuit clerk for a third time.
  7. The Cherokee Drive Inn, long-time Best of Jackson winner for Best Dive Bar and Best Hangover Food, has closed down.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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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