Yolanda “Lala” Kirkland has been at Stewpot Neighborhood Children’s Program for 17 years, working with homeless middle and high-school students to make sure they graduate high school and, hopefully, college.
Photo by Imani Khayyam.
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:
- Property owners in Jackson will see their tax rate remain unchanged from last year, but the city anticipates lower revenue collections from property taxes.
- The Obama administration has barred medical providers and insurers from discriminating based on gender in treatments or access to facilities or services.
- Two new charter schools in Jackson are getting a big boost from a former chief executive officer, philanthropist who donates money to conservative Republicans.
- After nearly $9,000 out of pocket in renovation, Ron Chane unveiled The Wonder Lab, a collection of studio spaces that he hopes will be a springboard for Jackson creatives.
- Mayor Tony Yarber signed an executive order to create a portal within its existing website to make public information more readily available.
- Re-housing residents along the Mississippi coast became the most daunting problem of the post-Katrina recovery—logistically and politically speaking.
- Stewpot Community Services is one of several programs that serve homeless youth in the Jackson area. More than 3,000 students in Jackson Public Schools are homeless.
- Officials with the public-school advocacy group Better Schools, Better Jobs are exploring their options after top lawmakers denied the group's public-records request for emails.
- Local chef Tom Ramsey, owner of La Finestra, is hosting a series of pop-up dinners at Taste of the Island Caribbean throughout October.
- City officials recently announced that upgrades to the city's water system, which cost $25 million, are complete.
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