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Low pay translates into low numbers for Jackson police

The capital city continues to hemorrhage police officers, something interim Police Chief James Davis said is a direct result of low pay.

Officer Mark Hodges is central vice president of the Mississippi Law Enforcement Officers’ Association (MLEOA). MLEOA is a nonprofit organization that provides training free-of-charge to law enforcement agencies across the state.

Northside students start school year off with campus updates; MRA builds new middle school

Special evening planned

In a press conference today, Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba said Jackson should officially begin a search for a new zoo management firm this week.

Eastover lakes attract alligators annually, pose no threat

Everyone’s trying to get into Eastover, even the alligators.

Coming Soon

By ANTHONY WARREN,

New Costco construction scheduled to start in spring

Construction on the Ridgeland Costco could get under way in the spring, according to Ridgeland city officials.

“The developer plans to begin construction … in March and expects that Costco will be open before Christmas,” said Mayor Gene McGee.




Session Outlook

Changing state flag and ‘livable home tax credit’ top of Sykes list for 2018

Changing the state flag and passing legislation to create a “livable home tax credit” are among top priorities for District 70 Rep. Kathy Sykes.

The 2018 session begins in January, and Sykes has already pre-filed 30 bills.


Fondren Streetscape Project under way; sidewalks, signs, landscape, parking included

By ANTHONY WARREN,

Work is under way on the Fondren Streetscape Project, months after the city of Jackson brought on a contractor.

Crews descended on the Fondren Business District in December to begin the first leg of the project, which includes widening the sidewalk and adding parallel parking in front of Fondren Corner.







Council members question $5.6 million savings on sludge hauling agreement

By ANTHONY WARREN,

A major sludge-hauling project mandated by the federal government recently wrapped up on time and under budget.

However, a request by Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba to reduce the final cost of the contract by more than $5 million had some council members questioning whether the work was over-priced to start with.





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St. Andrew’s Episcopal School recently held the 2018 Honors Day Assembly, recognizing students’ accomplishments over the course of the school year.