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Monta Ellis Donates to Sonic Boom, USM Children’s Center Donation and POPSpera at MSU

Former NBA shooting guard Monta Ellis, also known as the “Mississippi Bullet,” recently donated $60,000 to Jackson State University's Sonic Boom of the South marching band.

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Vasilios "Bill" Matheos

Vasilios "Bill" Konstantinos Matheos, owner of Bill's Greek Tavern in Jackson and a man many in the city knew and referred to as "God Bless America" for his habit of ...

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Mississippi Boychoir "Be the Light" 5K, Mangia Bene 12 Days of Giving and Black Axes at the Outlets

The Mississippi Boychoir recently announced its inaugural "Be the Light" 5k run and walk and fun run event, which will take place Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Flowood Nature Trail.

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Sonic Boom YouTube Event, Tougaloo Endowed Scholarship and SAA 2021 Schedule

Jackson State University announced that its Sonic Boom of the South marching band is partnering with YouTube for a livestream event called “HBCU Homecoming 2020: Meet Me on the Yard.”

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Scott Crawford

Scott Crawford, a retired clinical neuropsychologist and a member of Jackson’s ADA Advisory Council, has spent years advocating on behalf of people with physical disabilities in the City and working ...

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Mississippi Invitational, New Stage Virtual Events and Fiber Internet for State Libraries

The Mississippi Museum of Art recently announced that it will host the Mississippi Invitational, which features contemporary artwork from around the state, in the fall of 2021.

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JSU Social Justice Presentation, Tougaloo 151st Founders' Week and MSU Bulldog Blitz Virtual 5K

Leneice T. Smith, associate professor of political science at Jackson State University, is sponsoring a virtual Zoom presentation featuring her father, former Black Panther Party member and pastor Wayne Jenkins, ...

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Tony Sultani

Tony Sultani, an oncology specialist who has practiced in the Mississippi Delta for 23 years, recently donated to Delta State University to support the construction of the university's new Financial ...

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Inaka Tea Company, Thailicious and Shower Power MS Donation

Belhaven resident Chat Phillips recently launched his own bottled beverage business, Inaka Tea Company, in Jackson.

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USM Trombonist Livestream and Sports Safety Conference, MSU Revised 2021 Spring Calendar

Brass faculty at the University of Southern Mississippi will partner with virtuoso trombonist Wycliffe Gordon to conduct a live streaming event on Oct. 29 at 1 p.m. Gordon is a ...

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Jackson Planetarium Crowdfunding, Hilton Garden Inn Renovations and Mississippi Delivery

Jackson's Russell C. Davis Planetarium, which is currently undergoing a restoration due to a roof leak and resulting interior damage that forced it to close in April 2018, recently opened ...

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Research Grants for USM and JSU, Historical Markers for The Mill at MSU

The Institute for Disability Studies at the University of Southern Mississippi recently received a $100,000 grant from the Administration of Community Living, which will go toward creating a network of ...

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City in the Grass at the Museum, Connect JXN and MPB Classroom TV

The Mississippi Museum of Art debuted a new exhibit called "Leonardo Drew: City in the Grass" on Saturday, Sept. 26.

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Pandemic Course and Giveback Event at USM, JSU/U of M Collaboration Grant

The University of Southern Mississippi recently released a free online course to help the public better understand COVID-19 and other pandemics.

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Isiah Marshall Jr.

Isiah Marshall Jr., associate dean and professor for Jackson State University's School of Social Work, became a member of the Council on Social Work Education Commission on Accreditation in July. ...

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WellsFest Cancelled, Emerging Solutions Project and Flu Fighters Coalition

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Wells United Methodist Church in Jackson has cancelled its annual WellsFest events, including the Sept. 22 Art Night, the Sept. 23 golf tournament and the ...

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Grrrl Justice at JSU, Virtual Learning at USM and Suicide Prevention Symposium at MSU

The Margaret Walker Center at Jackson State University and JSU’s student organization Gathering Information Related to Ladies are partnering to host a screening and panel discussion of the short narrative ...

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Stuffed at Cultivation Food Hall, Mangia Bene Charity and La Brioche Pop-up Shop

California native Rachel Phuong Le, owner of the Poké Stop sushi restaurant at Cultivation Food Hall at the District at Eastover, recently launched a new restaurant inside the food hall ...

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Grants for Projects at MSU and USM, JSU to Serve as Polling Place

The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, an organization devoted to curing spinal cord injury by advancing research and improving the quality of life for individuals with paralysis, recently awarded a ...

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LaShanda Jordan

The Jackson Workforce Leadership Academy, a leadership fellowship for workforce development professionals, recently accepted LaShanda Jordan, executive director of Jackson State University's Career Services Center, into its inaugural Class of ...

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Charles Araujo

Charles Araujo, an adjunct instructor for Jackson State University’s School of Social Work, became president-elect for the Mississippi Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers on July 1.

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MSU Receives Grants for Blindness Research and Solar Fuel, USM Online University Forum

The National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research recently gave a five-year, $4 million grant to Mississippi State University's National Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low ...

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Businesses Soldier on Amid Pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues on, so does Mississippi. Businesses across the capital city and beyond are adapting, reopening or doing whatever they can to help or become better connected ...

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Jackson Building and Rebuilding in Equal Force

Even though the pandemic has slowed many things down or brought them to a halt, Jackson continues to work toward growth and change with both new construction and renovation.

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Dave’s Triple B Relocating, Virtual Mississippi Science Fest and Celebrate the Pearl Challenge

Madison resident and professional chef David Raines announced that he is moving his restaurant, Dave’s Triple B, Restaurant from its present location at 970 High St. in Jackson to Main ...

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USM Mask Distribution, JSU/UVM Online Lead Course and Tougaloo #VoteHBCU Competition

The University of Southern Mississippi recently partnered with the Fannie Lou Hamer Cancer Foundation and the Mississippi Network for Cancer Control and Prevention on an effort to distribute thousands of ...

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Mississippi Boychoir Recruiting, MS-SBDC and MSU Small Business Videos and Fresh Market Ultimate Dinners

The Mississippi Boychoir is currently recruiting members for both its Jackson and Vicksburg divisions. Recruitment is open for second graders through high school seniors.

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Heather Denné

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba appointed Heather Denné, director of community engagement at Jackson State University, to the nine-member board of the Jackson Historic Preservation Commission in late July.

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MSU Outstanding Economic Impact Award, UM Virtual Internship Course and Tougaloo/Nike Partnership

The Mississippi Main Street Association presented its Outstanding Economic Impact Award to Mississippi State University and the City of Starkville for their “Orientation Dine Around Downtown” project.

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JSU’s New Director of Bands Talks Virtual Musicianship

Robert Little, Jackson State University's new director of bands since July 1, says music is something that dwells throughout his entire family.

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Tommy Wright

Tommy Wright, a partner at the Anderson, Crawley and Burke law firm in Ridgeland, has been handling cases such as worker's compensation, personal injury, construction accidents and premises liability as ...

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Newk's Cares, Virtual Mississippi Book Festival and Jackson Tablet Donation

In honor of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month in September, Newk’s Eatery is preparing to launch a series of virtual events and in-store initiatives at all of its locations. Newk's is ...

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MSU Partnership Middle School, Grants for JSU Students and USM Faculty

Mississippi State University and the Starkville Oktibbeha School District recently established the new Partnership Middle School at MSU. MSU and SOSD officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, Aug. 4.

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Angie Moncrief

Flowood native Angie Moncrief has owned and operated Action Talent Agency since 2014.

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Mississippi Coliseum Complete, New Stage Scholarships and Malco Reopenings

Mississippi Agriculture and Commerce Commissioner Andy Gipson recently announced that work finished five months early on renovations to the Mississippi Coliseum at the Mississippi State Fairgrounds, partially due to event ...

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MSU Fall Return Policy, JSU Endowment Donation and USM Memorabilia Donation

Mississippi State University's Safe Return Task Force recently developed a comprehensive health and safety return plan for students and faculty returning to school for the upcoming fall semester amid the ...

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Latoya Cutts

The Jackson Redevelopment Authority recently named Latoya Cutts, a former downtown manager and head of development for the City of Albany, Ga., as the organization's new executive director. Cutts officially ...

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Fresh Market Summer Cookout, Sunshine for All Program and Green Bean Cafe

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic limiting access to restaurants, The Fresh Market recently announced a special summer cookout meal deal for August.

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USM COVID-19 Oral Histories, Belhaven Online Scholarships and Millsaps Testing Waivers

Students at the Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage at the University of Southern Mississippi recently put together a collection of oral histories concerning the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and ...

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Malcolm White Retires from MAC, State Opioid Overdose Data to Action Initiative and NAMI Conference

Malcolm White, owner of Hal & Mal’s restaurant in downtown Jackson and founder of the annual Hal’s St. Paddy’s Parade, will retire as executive director of the Mississippi Arts Commission ...

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JSU Health Accelerator, USM Doctoral Program Study and MSU Mobile Ticketing

Jackson State University is partnering with the University of Kentucky and national startup accelerator XLerateHealth to launch a program that will help commercialize human health-focused ideas from historically black colleges ...

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UPDATED: Schools Reopen, Tri-County Battleplan Breakdown

Local school districts are all making their own preparations and putting health, social distancing and other protocols into place to prepare for the attempt to return to in-person learning for ...

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JXN Icons Mural Unveiling, JHLS Curbside Service and Mississippi PPE Donations

Visit Jackson will hold an official unveiling ceremony for the “JXN Icons” mural at the Old Capitol Inn on Thursday, July 23, at 6 p.m.

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MSU Emmett Till Memorial Project; USM and Tougaloo Fall Opening Plans

Thirty-six freshman Mississippi State University architecture students will showcase their final first-year studio projects as part of an “Emmett Till River Site Memorial” poster exhibition at the Emmett Till Interpretive ...

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Scott Sorensen

Scott Sorensen, a well-known Fondren artist, died of pancreatic cancer on July 7 at age 53.

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Mustard Seed Christmas in July, Museum to Market Trail Groundbreaking and MDAH Virtual Reality App

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, The Mustard Seed, a community for adults with developmental disabilities, has made changes to its annual Christmas in July event for 2020.

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JSU COVID-19 Research Grant, USM Stadium Plaza Renovation and MSU Dual Degree Program

The National Science Foundation recently awarded Jackson State University's Department of Chemistry, Physics and Atmospheric Sciences a $200,000 Rapid Response Research grant to develop a new optical technique to detect ...

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Rudolph 'Cotton' Baronich

Rudolph "Cotton" Baronich, a longtime Jackson resident who once worked as a bartender at city landmarks like the Sun-N-Sand, George Street Grocery, Hal & Mal's and the Edison Walthall Hotel, ...

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Mangia Bene COVID-19 Measures, Grants from LGBTQ Fund of Mississippi and National Endowment for the Arts

In light of the City of Jackson's recent mandate requiring people to wear masks in public, Mangia Bene restaurant group, which operates BRAVO! Italian Restaurant and Bar, Sal and Mookie's ...

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JSU Virtual Margaret Walker Celebration, New MSU Fall Calendar and USM Historical Site

The Margaret Walker Center at Jackson State University will partner with Foot Print Farms and Fauna Foodworks to host a 30-minute virtual cooking demonstration to celebrate Margaret Walker’s 105th birthday ...