A full story is up on the site about Harvey Johnson’s speech to the Downtown Jackson Rotary Club today. What struck me the most was the reception Johnson got from the 400 or so in attendance at the Jackson Convention Complex. (About the JCC: If you haven’t been there, make time to check it out. It’s easy to get to and the air conditioners are phenomenal.)
Johnson got two standing ovations, one when he was introduced and another when he was finished. That’s news by itself, because when Johnson lost to Frank Melton in 2005, he left office a pretty unpopular figure, with some who were in attendance today working hard to help Melton defeat him. A lot of folks there today also supported Marshand Crisler, Johnson’s opponent in the runoff this past spring.
In a stroke of absolutely perfect timing, Johnson took office about a month before a major repaving operation started on the city’s streets. The $26.2 million bond to pay for it was actually issued before Melton left office.
My commute to Downtown from Northeast Jackson takes me over Old Canton Road and Adkins Boulevard, two roads that badly needed improving. The worst parts of Adkins have gotten new asphalt, and preliminary work has started on Old Canton. As for me and my car, that’s worth a standing O.