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James McGowan retiring

By ANTHONY WARREN,

Former Precinct Four Cmdr. James McGowan is retiring after 27 years with the Jackson Police Department.

McGowan previously headed up the North Jackson precinct before being promoted to district commander under former Police Chief Lee Vance.

On Monday, McGowan announced he was retiring on a social media post.


Ubering in Jackson

By NIKKI ROWELL,

A pregnant woman, Italian blues guitarist and a serviceman, Clark Carpenter never knows who will end up getting into his car.

That’s because he’s one of more than 16,000 drivers employed across the globe as an Uber driver.



Catch-22

By ANTHONY WARREN,

Federal funding delays road projects, increases costs

Last February, the city of Jackson received $1.4 million to repave a little more than a mile of East Northside Drive.

Nearly a year and a half later, the city has not bid the project for construction, and cannot do so until after it gets the go-ahead from the state.




St. Andrew’s alumni board

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School members of the 2017-2018 Alumni Board of Directors are (back, from left) Taylor Triplett, Judy Varney, Abram Orlansky, Tina Wells, Katie Browning, Justin Croft, Andrew Neely, Paul Buckley; (front) Amy Brooks, Bradford Blackmon, Cab Green, Erin McCain, and Ann Heidke.




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Boosting Ranks

By ANTHONY WARREN,

JPD hoping new recruit class will increase numbers

The Jackson Police Department (JPD) is short about 100 officers, but a new recruit class and new recruitment efforts promise to help boost those numbers.

A new class is expected to begin at the Jackson Police Training Academy on June 24.







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JA student killed in car crash, one day before she was to graduate

By ANTHONY WARREN,

A vigil will be held tonight for the Jackson Academy (JA) student killed in a car crash today.

Frances Anne Fortner was driving along Ridgewood Road around 1:30 p.m., when she hit a manhole cover and her car flipped, according to Precinct Four Cmdr. Keith Freeman.

The vigil will be at 7 p.m., on the school's campus.





SESSION OUTLOOK

Bomgar tackling transparency, the economy and Justice system in 2018

Mississippi House District 58 Rep. Joel Bomgar has a lot in store for the 2018 legislative session.


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.


Child's Prayer

Van Devender family donates for expansion of Batson Children’s Hospital

The simple prayer of a child for the patients of Batson Children’s Hospital brought about a $1.5 million gift from the Van Devender Family Foundation to expand pediatric care at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC).





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golden handcuffs

Northsiders honor Det. Sharon Jordan for solving area home invasions

Det. Sharon Jordan can add a pair of golden handcuffs to her trophy case. 

The Jackson Police Department (JPD) veteran was recently honored by Northsiders for solving a string of home invasions in the Highland Circle neighborhood.










Lean Forecast

By ANTHONY WARREN,

Collection shortfalls challenge city officials with budget issues

Jackson could have a draft budget next week, but even before that plan is released, city officials expect 2018 to be a lean year.


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The Home Place has been a part of the Northside community since 1946, but Lucille Nichols is who really makes it feel like home.