Posts Tagged ‘City of Jackson’

City leaders craft cost-cutting budget with no tax increase

JACKSON — Mayor Tony Yarber and his team have devised a financial plan that he says will reduce city of Jackson spending by $110 million without any tax hike. Yarber outlined about his proposed budget with city council members yesterday. The budget is nearly a 22 percent decrease from fiscal year 2014. The total budget […] [...]

Baseball stadium for Farish Street? It’s possible

JACKSON, Mississippi — The City of Jackson, Jackson State University and Tim Bennett, owner of Overtime Sports, may begin talks in the next few weeks on the feasibility of building a baseball stadium for JSU in the Historic Farish Street District. “This is just in the observation stages,” said Bennett, who was the force behind […] [...]

Jackson becomes seventh city to pass anti-discrimination resolution

JACKSON — The Jackson City Council has passed an anti-discrimination resolution recognizing the dignity and worth of all city residents — including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. The council voted 3-1 yesterday to approve the resolution. Two council members were absent. Councilwoman LaRita Cooper Stokes voted against it. The movement in the […] [...]

Ford, Perry chosen to manage Capitol City’s new tax

JACKSON — A former speaker of the Mississippi House and a prominent Republican will help oversee how the city of Jackson spends money generated by a 1 percent sales tax that took effect earlier this year. The Clarion-Ledger reports that former Speaker Tim Ford and Hinds County Republican chairman Pete Perry will serve on a […] [...]

Yarber could be sworn in today as new Jackson mayor

JACKSON — Jackson’s new mayor could be sworn in as early as today. Eight weeks after Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba died not even a year into his term, Councilman Tony Yarber will be his successor. Complete, but officials, results from yesterday’s election show Yarber received 54 percent of the votes to 46 percent for attorney […] [...]

Capital City voters to elect new mayor in runoff

JACKSON — Jackson voters will choose today between City Council member Tony Yarber and Chokwe Antar Lumumba, son of the late Mayor Chokwe Lumumba, for mayor. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. The election comes a month after the funeral of the elder Lumumba, who was elected last June and died […] [...]

Yarber, Lumumba headed to runoff for Jackson mayor

JACKSON — City Council member Tony Yarber and Chokwe Antar Lumumba, son of the late Mayor Chokwe Lumumba, will be in an April 22 runoff to see who will become Jackson’s next mayor. Complete, but unofficial, returns from yesterday’s election show only 10 votes separate the two. Affidavit and absentee ballots are still to be […] [...]

Crowded field lines up for Jackson mayoral election

JACKSON — The race to fill out the remaining three years of the late Chokwe Lumumba’s mayoral term is likely to be a blend of familiar and fresh faces. Three-term Jackson mayor Harvey Johnson Jr., who lost in the 2013 Democratic primary, announced yesterday that he will seek to reclaim his former seat. It would […] [...]

StartupBus to make stop in Jackson; looking for riders

JACKSON — The Tennessee StartupBus will make a stop in the Jackson metro area March 3 on its way to compete in the National StartupBus Competition in San Antonio, Texas, and Innovate Mississippi is seeking two Mississippi entrepreneurs to join the Tennessee bus. StartupBus North America is a mobile competition where busses filled with entrepreneurs, […] [...]

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba dead at 66

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba died unexpectedly Tuesday at age 66. Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham confirmed the mayor’s death. No cause of death has been released. However, in an Associated Press story, it was reported he joked about having had a cold on Monday. Lumumba had been reported to have been suffering from an illness […] [...]

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