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KNEEL-IN MOVEMENT

PROGRAMS SCHEDULED TO COMMEMORATE INTEGRATION OF JACKSON CHURCHES

A week before the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum opens, local religious, educational and civic leaders will commemorate another milestone in the struggle for civil rights in Mississippi - the Kneel-In Movement.


Zoo Blues

By ANTHONY WARREN,

Attendance, money woes plague future of Jackson Zoo

Recently, the Jackson Zoological Park announced the unexpected death of Casper the giraffe.

Prior to the death, zoo keepers reported that the 14-year-old reticulated giraffe was not feeling well.







Honor Roll

Students listed to the honor roll at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School for the first quarter include:

 

Seventh Grade




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Traffic changes

The county is looking to change their policy for homeowner associations that want to make positive traffic changes to their subdivisions, such as reducing speeding, adding speed bumps, or other deterrents of reckless driving.






Joe Deason on his plans for MCEDA

The Madison County Economic Development Authority (MCEDA) has a new executive director. Joey Deason has a degree in accounting from Mississippi State University, and he is a graduate of Ethel High School in Attala County. Deason has worked for General Motors for 17 years in Mississippi, Alabama, South Carolina and Michigan.


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City meet

The River Hills parent relay team (from left) Ben Kerr, Will McCraney, Tal Hendrix, and Parker Ellison swam to a first place finish during this year’s event at the Jackson Swim Association’s City Meet.


Court denies R’land request

By ANTHONY WARREN,

Opponents of the Ridgeland Costco Wholesale scored a minor victory recently in their efforts to keep the wholesaler from locating on Highland Colony Parkway.

Last week, the Mississippi Supreme Court denied the city of Ridgeland’s request to expedite the appeal of the city’s 2015 vote to amend the zoning ordinance.



Dealership requests to be left out of Gluckstadt and Canton annexation issue

By MEGAN PHILLIPS,

The Gluckstadt incorporation is making slow and steady progress, but there is one commercial entity that wants to stay out of the issue.

The Mak Haik car dealership, located north of Glucksadt Road and west of I-55, does not want to be part of the incorporation. The car dealer does not want to be part of Canton’s annexation either.


Watters honored for contributions

Betti Watters was the recipient of the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Social Workers, Mississippi Chapter.

This award goes to Mississippi NASW members who have made significant contributions to the field of professional social work throughout their professional careers in Mississippi.


Trying Again

By ANTHONY WARREN,

Michel still wants neighborhood improvement district

District 25 Sen. Walter Michel hopes the fourth time will be the charm when it comes to seeing a “neighborhood improvement district” bill passed.

The Northside senator is planning to introduce a bill creating the NIDs in the 2018 session.



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Behind the Scenes

By MEGAN PHILLIPS,

Lynda wright helps make Ballet Mississippi  ‘just so beautiful’

Having taken ballet classes all her life, being in charge of the box office, accounts, and even filling in as “Mother Ginger” for three years during The Nutcracker performances, Lynda Wright could be called the backbone of Ballet Mississippi.



More Time

By ANTHONY WARREN,

Developers get nine more months to decide on center

Developers have roughly three months to decide if it will lease some 130 acres of airport property to build a $165 million mixed-use project in Flowood.

The property is owned by the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority (JMAA).





Miss Veazey and Rees to exchange wedding vows August 26 at Livingston

Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Day Veazey Jr. announce the engagement of their daughter, Mary Garner Veazey, to Charles Phillip Rees, son of Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Henry Rees of Baton Rouge.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Garner Watkins Jr., and Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Day Veazey, all of Madison.


New Traffic signal

A traffic signal at the intersection of Highland Colony Parkway and Old Agency Parkway is up and running.

However, Ridgeland officials are still waiting on CSpire to finish relocating fiber optic cables before the city’s project can be completed.


Punitive damages sought against Tulane University over Madison closure

By MEGAN PHILLIPS,

After Tulane University’s abrupt closure in January of this year in Madison, the city is demanding $10 million in punitive damages.

The funds, according to Madison Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler, will cover hard construction costs, used city resources, and damages to Madison’s reputation and economic development credibility.


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The Jackson Academy Accents won in the MAIS Spirit Competition, taking first place in both the AAAA Kick division and the AAAA Pom division against teams from across the state.