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Francis Smith: Pastor and Politician

Francis Smith calls himself a non-politician. The pastor of Total Praise and Worship on Cedar Lane in south Jackson is taking to the campaign trail this spring though, as an ...

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From Veteran to Councilman

De'Keither Stamps has worn many hats: farmer, Marine, Army patrolman, veteran's advocate and public speaker. This summer, he hopes to add Ward 4 Jackson city councilman to that list.

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Resurrecting 309 Farish

Local musician Sherman Lee Dillon is trying to raise money to turn the former home of Trumpet Records into a museum and recording studio.

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Alexander: Third Time a Charm?

When Charles Alexander first ran for the Jackson City Council Ward 5 seat in 2005, he was just 29 years old. Two defeats later, Alexander is back on the ballot ...

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Marshall Henderson and Martha Alwal

C Spire named Ole Miss' Marshall Henderson and Mississippi State's Martha Alwal the state's best college basketball players Monday at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame.

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Mayoral Candidates Square Off

The People's Assembly Task Force hosted eight candidates for mayor of Jackson Saturday in the first public forum of the 2013 election season.

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Local Option Dies Again

Once again, the Mississippi Legislature has left Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. with a local-option sales-tax law he refuses to implement.


The Slate

March Madness officially begins as NCAA teams begin conference tournaments over the next seven days.

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Liberty’s Kitchen: Jackson Bound?

Syrena Johnson never thought anyone evaluating scholarship applicants would even give her a second look.

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JSU Aims High in Stadium Bid

Jackson State University is aiming for a lofty peak, hoping to fill what some see as a real need in the capital city with its plan to build a $200-million ...

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Robert Thompson: Family Man

Robert Thompson is no stranger to comebacks. This May, he's hoping to rally from a 2005 defeat by Frank Bluntson to win the election for Jackson's Ward 4 City Council ...

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Local Sales-Tax Option Still Alive for Jackson

Jackson's hopes for a local-option sales tax remain alive in the state Senate, while bills that would have extended that choice to voters across the state died in both the ...

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Where’s the Celebration?

The city has contractors sitting on their hands as the Celebrate Jackson public-relations campaign continues to stagger down an unclear path.

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Lindsey: Man of Faith

Jerry Lindsey never thought about running for public office until, he said, God stepped in and changed his mind.

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Council Rejects Street-Repair Proposal

Mayor Harvey Johnson's biggest election-year project hit a dead end Monday when an overwhelming majority of the Jackson City Council's Budget Committee voted against a $10-million bond issue for street ...

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JSU Announces $200 Million Dome

Jackson State University officials spoke publicly about a plan to build a state-of-the-art domed football stadium for the first time this morning.

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Jackson to Reward Citizens for Crime Tips

Jackson is using rewards to encourage citizens to report tips on crime, specifically focusing on convicted felons in possession of firearms.

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Lady of the Pack: Quinn Joins Crowded Mayor's Race

In the crowded pack of no less than nine mayoral candidates in Jackson, most will have to work hard to stand out and get the majority of votes in May. ...

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Sanders: Never Too Young to Lead

It didn't take long for Corinthian Sanders, 20, to face adversity in his bid for Jackson's Ward 5 City Council seat.

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Senate Rethinks School Board Elections

The state Senate changed its plans Thursday on a bill that would have created elections for all school board members.

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Farish on Thin Ice, Fondren Getting Pub

The Jackson Redevelopment Authority had some big questions for the Farish Street Group at the monthly JRA meeting in January.

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A Political Family: Melvin Priester Jr.

Attorney Melvin Priester Jr. first dove into politics when he helped manage his father's campaign for Hinds County Court Judge in 2010.

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Jackson Eyes $300 Million for Water Needs

Jackson is facing about $300 million in needed improvements to the city's water system over the next 20 years, a new study shows.


World Cup Qualifiers Begin

The U.S. Men's Soccer Team begins the final round of World Cup Qualifying Wednesday at 3 p.m. against Honduras in the city of San Pedro Sula. Here's what to watch ...

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Belhaven Joins Register, Kellogg Opens

The State Department of Archives and History announced in January that the Belhaven neighborhood has become part of the National Register of Historic Places.

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Madison Mayor Tries to Block JSU

Jackson State University President Carolyn Meyers didn't imagine she would face opposition when she announced in January the school's plans to open a satellite campus in Madison.

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Hometown Candidate

When Courtney Walker was 14, one of the local TV channels came to his central Jackson neighborhood and interviewed him. The focus of the story was crime, as it is ...

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Oklahoma Mayor Helps Guide Jackson Vision

Gov. Phil Bryant gave an introductory speech before Oklahoma City, Okla. Mayor Mick Cornett gave some resounding words to the more-than 500 audience members at the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership's ...

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Robert Amos: Bring in the Bucks

Robert Amos ran for mayor of Jackson in 2009 and for a seat on the Hinds County Board of Supervisors 2011.

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Repaved Streets, Bike Helmets and Taxi Cabs

Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. announced last week that, pending Jackson City Council approval, the city will use a bond issue to fund $10 million in street repaving this year.

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Arena Study Unveiled

After nearly five years of discussions, fundraising and bid evaluation, the city of Jackson finally has the results of a feasibility study for a new downtown arena.

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Restaurants, SBA, BBB, New Paper Plant and Zippity Doo Dah

Babalu Tacos and Tapas led a December food drive that collected more than 1,000 cans of food for Stewpot Community Services.

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Johnson Asks for Four More Years

A chant of "Four more years, four more years," sprang from the crowd of a few dozen supporters as Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. took the stage at Fondren Plaza Saturday ...

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Mail Scam May Have Cost Stewpot $100K

Stewpot Community Services CEO Frank Spencer said Stewpot may have lost more than $100,000 in a mail-fraud scam.

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City Sets Fine for Riding Without Helmet

The Jackson City Council passed an ordinance Tuesday that requires cyclist to wear a helmet, or face a $75 fine.

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AudiTour Wins Gold at Startup Weekend

Last Friday afternoon, all Craig Kinsley had was an idea for a new mobile app. By Sunday night, the idea had a six-person development team, a Facebook page, a mockup ...

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JSU Expands, Vicksburg Tops Tourist List and Hong Kong Visits Jackson

Jackson State University will be expanding with a new campus in Madison as early as this summer.


ALEC Pushes Stand-Your Ground Bills

Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law, which received widespread media coverage after the shooting death of Trayvon Martin Feb. 26, 2012, is similar to Mississippi's Castle Doctrine, with one major difference: ...

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More Gun Control in Mississippi

With statewide household gun ownership at 54 percent in Mississippi, it's no secret that heightened gun-control laws aren't likely to get much support from the state Legislature.

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Castle Doctrine: Not So Cut and Dry

In 2008, Justin Vanquez Thomas, 24, shot and killed Dexter Harris outside the Southaven Performing Arts Center.

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One City, United and Divided

Within two months, the city of Jackson and community leaders have unveiled several programs that claim the same goals: to unite Jacksonians, promote the capital city's positive features and move ...

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JPS to Focus on Reading, Early Childhood

Jackson Public Schools Superintendent Cedrick Gray wants the district to focus on two key areas: reading and early childhood education.

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New Directions for UMMC, Viking Corp

On Monday, Gov. Phil Bryant and University of Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones helped usher in what they believe will be the first step to a healthier population in the state.

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City Begins Improvement Project

The city has a long list of needed repairs, replacements, and upgrades to its water and sewer systems--about $400 million worth, in fact.

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New Med School, Viking Sold, Team Jackson, Film Festival, More

Mississippi ranks near or at the bottom of almost every health indicator. Gov. Phil Bryant hopes a new School of Medicine will be the remedy not only for health issues, ...

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City Signs $90 Million Contract, Sets Meetings

Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. signed a $90 million contract with Siemens Corp. over the holidays for a water and sewer improvement project.

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City Responds to William Bright

In the Nov. 28 interview with mayoral candidate and former Jackson Police Department officer William Bright (Vol. 11, Issue 12), the Jackson Free Press misquoted Bright in talking about the ...

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Taste of the Caribbean

Alex Sivira is working to bring an affordable, fresh take on the food of his homeland and other Latin American cultures to Fondren with Cafe Ole.

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Home Brews

Mississippi home brewers may not have the law fully on their side, but they now have a place to buy all the hops, barley, yeast and equipment they need to ...

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Farish: No Foundation, No Funding

The Farish Street entertainment district has been on metaphorical shaky ground for nearly three decades. In 2012, its developer says it was a literal lack of foundation that stopped the ...