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$2 million makeover for Jackson’s Smith Park in conceptual stage

A vision for the first revamp of downtown Jackson’s Smith Park in more than 40 years is taking shape. A project committee of downtown business leaders hope to raise private money to secure a contribution from state government for a $2 million redo that involves opening up the 2.4-acre park’s visibility and access, building a new bandstand and eliminating water ...

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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 Chokwe Antar Lumumba, the late ...

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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 upon taking office and had ...

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Voters overwhelmingly approve new sales tax

JACKSON — City of Jackson voters have overwhelmingly approved a one percent sales tax in what city leaders hope will represent a turning point in their push to reverse decades of urban decay. With 97 percent of the precincts reporting yesterday evening, The Clarion-Ledger reports some 90 percent of voters had voted in favor of the tax. Mayor Chokwe Lumumba ...

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City proposes sales tax to fix infrastructure woes

JACKSON — The city of Jackson is proposing an increase in sales tax to bring in additional revenue for its crumbling infrastructure. WJTV reports Mayor Chokwe Lumumba held a town hall meeting last night to discuss the one percent increase and answer questions from the community. The mayor says the city needs an estimated $1.2 billion to completely fix its ...

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New mayor proposes rate, tax hikes in Capital City

JACKSON — Mayor Chokwe Lumumba has proposed sweeping water and sewer rate hikes and a one-time tax increase that together will raise more than $36 million in new revenue. In his remarks to the Jackson City Council yesterday, Lumumba repeatedly returned to the theme of doing what is necessary, instead of what is politically convenient. “We have to take a ...

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New mayor to weigh city's $90M infrastructure plan

JACKSON — The city of Jackson’s $90-million water and sewer project remains in limbo while a new administration and City Council subject it to another round of scrutiny. Under the terms of the project, known as an energy performance contract, Siemens would install new waters meters, upgrade the city’s billing software, replace equipment at the two water plants and repair ...

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