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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 be second comeback for Johnson, ...

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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, coders and designers embark on ...

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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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Law firm commits to new Eastover office building

JACKSON — The law firm Baker Donelson has signed a lease to relocate to a new, state-of-the-art office building at The District at Eastover, a 21-acre mixed-use development that will feature approximately 585,000 square feet of retail, residential and office space. When it makes the move in the fall of 2015, the firm will be the lead tenant in Holder ...

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Fire that destroyed city shop ruled an accident

JACKSON — Fire authorities in Jackson have ruled that a fire that destroyed the city’s maintenance shop Jan. 9 started by accident. Investigators tell WAPT-TV they believe the fire at the Jefferson Street building began in the electrical wiring of an exhaust fan, then was fueled by paint and other materials stored there. No one was in the building when ...

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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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Shooting begins in Jackson for biopic on James Brown

JACKSON — Filming is underway in Jackson for the James Brown biopic “Get On Up.” Extras arrived last week at Thalia Mara Hall, where they were transformed into fans from concert scenes in various time periods. Details of the productions are being kept under wraps, but Trish Hoffman, executive producer of the film, said filming is going great. Hoffman tells ...

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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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After three years, voters finally to weigh in on sales tax

JACKSON — A local option sales tax that has sat on the books for three years finally will be offered to Jackson voters. The Clarion-Ledger reports the Jackson City Council yesterday voted to raise sales taxes one cent on every dollar, on the condition that voters approve in a referendum the higher rate By law, the proceeds all would be ...

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City-schools squabble continues even after settlement

JACKSON — Months after a court order supposedly settled the issue, the Jackson Public School District is once again at odds with the city government over school taxes. According to emails and a settlement offer obtained by The Clarion-Ledger, the school system contends the city broke the agreement struck in July that set the district’s operational millage at 65.91 mills. ...

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