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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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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.






Even more Insanity

By KELLEY WILLIAMS,

Einstein is said to have said: “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, and expecting different outcomes.” This was the lede in an earlier article about public education. (Fortunately, education is changing.) It also applies to the Mississippi Public Service Commission and the Mississippi Legislature.



The Fit Soul

By AMY RAMSEY,

Special to the Sun

My name is Amy Ramsey, and I motivate and teach people how to live life on purpose and find lasting joy through integrative nutrition, fitness, purpose and faith.


Heart of a Lion

Each year, the Madison Lions Club recognizes a member of the local community that shows “Lion Like” character, but is not currently a member of the Lions Club, which is the world’s largest service organization.  The award recipient epitomizes the Lions motto of “We Serve”.


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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.





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.



At Last

By ANTHONY WARREN,

Mayor secures financing for major North State project

Two years and numerous discussions later, the city of Jackson is finally moving forward on the North State Street and West County Line Road reconstruction projects.

And the projects will be moving forward more than a year ahead of schedule.


Zoo Blues

By ANTHONY WARREN,

Location cited as factor in low attendance at Jackson Zoo

For the Jackson Zoo, it’s all about location, location, location.

The zoo has been hemorrhaging visitors for years, and local and out-of-towners alike cite the park’s surroundings as a major reason why.


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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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Each year sixth-graders at First Presbyterian Day School study ancient Egyptian culture.  Shown are (from left) Mari Lampton Walker, Lauralee Hetzel, Emily Van Uden, Hannah Polk and Addy Katherine