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1,200 Reasons

By ANTHONY WARREN,

State eyes undeveloped land in attempted takeover

State officials have at least 1,200 reasons they’re trying to take over the Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport, namely the 1,200 acres of undeveloped land surrounding it.





SMITH PARK RENOVATIONS IN CLEANUP PHASE; FENCES REMAINING UP TILL FINISH

By ANTHONY WARREN,

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.





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parent volunteer

Natalie Gibbs finds time to support children’s school as PAT president

Natalie Gibbs claims she’s not a very interesting person, but that could not be further from the truth.






Canton Academy

By ALISON MARTIN,

Special to the Sun

Caroline Terry’s very earliest memory of being at Canton Academy is being in Mrs. McKay’s five-year-old kindergarten class. “I always got in trouble for not sitting still and wanting recess to be an all day, every day event,” remembers Caroline - who has trouble sitting still even now.




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Juried winners

Fondren Renaissance Foundation recently announced winners of the sixth annual Cedars Juried Show.  This year’s show was presented by Jan and Lawrence Farrington and Bulter Snow, LLP and represented works from all across the state including 28 Mississippi cities. Juror for the show was George Bassi, director of The Lauren Rogers Museum of Art.


Another startup failure

Mississippi could be holding the bag for yet another “green-energy” startup that is fizzling out.

Last week, solar panel maker Stion announced that, due to its inability to compete effectively against imports, it would have to close its plant in Hattiesburg, laying off 137 employees.


Intersection work

The Stribling and Catlett intersection is finally about to receive improvements that could improve traffic.

Madison County officials recently approved advertising for bids for improvements to the Stribling and Catlett roads intersection.  The work would include a 300-foot turn lane on Stribling Road, turning southward onto Catlett.


Football Friday

The Jackson Academy Raiders kicked off their first football Friday of the year with a pep rally led by the JA accents, varsity cheer, band, and the Rowdies, an organized spirit group made up of senior boys. Ready to cheer on the Raiders are (from left) Parker Guy, Tre Lewis, David Robertson, Garrett Clarke.


Officer of the Month

City of Ridgeland Detective Mike McGahey (center) was selected as Officer of the Month for August 2017. Due to Detective McGahey’s initiative, work ethic and diligence, two major theft cases were solved in the City of Ridgeland along with additional cases in neighboring jurisdictions.


Wicker defeat unlikely

The defeat of an incumbent U.S. Senator in Alabama is encouraging Tea Party conservative Chris McDaniel to consider taking another stab at pulling the improbable in Mississippi — unseating a longtime congressional incumbent.





State takeover of JPS

According to a recent audit by the Mississippi Department of Education, the Jackson district is a managerial and pedagogic disaster. Rated “F” on the state’s A-to-F accountability grading, it was in violation of 24 out of 32 of the state’s accreditation standards, even after being given a year to try to correct its mess.


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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.






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.



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Refill Café is a developing organization, run by Jeff Good, that will open late this year.