State eyes undeveloped land in attempted takeover
Smith Park likely won’t be reopened for another month, but downtown officials say the wait will be well worth it once they see the improvements.
Last week, the large construction fences still blocked off the downtown Jackson destination.
However, much work had been completed to transform the park into a premier green space.
What was a $405 million problem for Jackson five years ago is likely a more costly one today, at least according to one city official.
A 2013 assessment of the city’s water system showed Jackson needed $405 million to bring the system up to par.
Work is moving forward slowly but surely on two road repaving projects on the Northside.
Last February, the Central Mississippi Planning and Development District (CMPDD) announced that it had allocated around $3.3 million for road projects in North Jackson.
Jackson city officials are reflecting on their response to the recent water crises, and determining how they can better respond to the next one.
In January, two rounds of sub-freezing temperatures blew through the area, causing water to freeze and mains across the city to burst.
USE OF the Jackson Convention Complex was down in 2017, when compared to the previous year.
For budget year 2017, the center hosted 151 events, which drew about 132,000 people to the facility, according to General Manager Al Rojas.
By comparison, there were 223 events at the center in 2016 and 50,214 more visitors.
Northside leaders differ on how to address the city of Jackson’s library crisis.
Since April, the Charles Tisdale Library has been closed, with no signs the branch will be reopening soon.
And since October, the Eudora Welty Library’s second floor has been off limits to the public, per an order of the state fire marshal.
A new partnership between the capital city and federal and state law enforcement has led to the indictment of 24 dangerous criminals.
The partnership is called Project EJECT, or “Empower Jackson Expel Crime Together.”
U.S. Attorney for the Southern District Mike Hurst began the program in October, and announced it in December.