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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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Behind the Scenes

By MEGAN PHILLIPS,

Lynda wright helps make Ballet Mississippi  ‘just so beautiful’

Having taken ballet classes all her life, being in charge of the box office, accounts, and even filling in as “Mother Ginger” for three years during The Nutcracker performances, Lynda Wright could be called the backbone of Ballet Mississippi.







Punitive damages sought against Tulane University over Madison closure

By MEGAN PHILLIPS,

After Tulane University’s abrupt closure in January of this year in Madison, the city is demanding $10 million in punitive damages.

The funds, according to Madison Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler, will cover hard construction costs, used city resources, and damages to Madison’s reputation and economic development credibility.


More Time

By ANTHONY WARREN,

Developers get nine more months to decide on center

Developers have roughly three months to decide if it will lease some 130 acres of airport property to build a $165 million mixed-use project in Flowood.

The property is owned by the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority (JMAA).



Zoo Blues

By ANTHONY WARREN,

Move could help zoo correct problems study concludes

A new location could be key to saving the Jackson Zoo, according to a memo from zoo Executive Director Beth Poff.

The memo, which was sent to city officials in June, states that the zoo’s location is a major deterrent to visitors, and moving may be necessary to save it.


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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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First Presbyterian Day School fifth-graders celebrated National Kite Flying Day by constructing kites out of household materials.