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Jackson Zoo workers get pay cuts as revenue keeps falling

Workers at the Jackson Zoo will see deep pay cuts amid declining revenue. Jackson Zoological Society Executive Director Beth Poff says the zoo is in “a dire situation.” She says the pay cuts will affect all employees. » HERE’S WHAT THE MBJ HAD TO SAY ABOUT THE JACKSON ZOO IN 2013 Poff says the zoo is operating with 32 employees, ...

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Board approves recommendation toward next step for new zoo

The board of directors for the Jackson Zoological Society has approved a recommendation to find a more optimal location for the animals and their visitors within the Mississippi city.News outlets reported Wednesday that the final recommendation was to investigate the adaption of 25 acres (10 hectares) of LeFleur’s Bluff State Park into a new zoological and family attraction. » HERE’S ...

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JSU hires Carol Woodson as events director

Carol J. Woodson is the new events director at Jackson State University. She has more than 15 years experience in the event planning and management industry. She has spent the last four years as event manager for the Jackson Zoo. She’s a member of 2015 class of Greater Leadership Jackson and vice president of Metro Jackson Attractions Association. She has ...

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Investigators find massive Ag Museum fire was an accident

JACKSON — The fire that destroyed three buildings at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum started by accident, the fire marshal said yesterday. Mike Chaney, who is also the state insurance commissioner, said investigators believe the Nov. 13 fire started because hay was stacked too close to wall-mounted light fixtures on the upper floor of a barn. “There were no ...

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Zoo loses accreditation; location keeping visitors away

Mississippi no longer has a fully-accredited zoo. The national Association of Zoos & Aquariums has pulled its accreditation the Jackson Zoo, which keeps 773 animals on 30 acres next to Livingston Park in west Jackson, though it will keep provisional accreditation during an appeal process that ends in March, according to The Clarion-Ledger. Financial instability due to a lack of ...

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Jackson Zoo selects Rhonda Keenum

Mississippi State University First Lady and Starkville public relations professional Rhonda Newman Keenum has been named to the board of directors of the Jackson Zoological Society Inc., the formal operating entity of the Jackson Zoo. Keenum is president of Keenum Company, a public affairs firm that provides strategic counsel, government relations and communication services to a diverse group of leading ...

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MBJ: Funding for Jackson Zoo should be reconsidered

There needs to be a long-term plan put in place for the Jackson Zoo, which could be a crown jewel for tourism in Jackson. It is in many other cities, like Memphis and Birmingham. The state Bond Commission recently approved the sale of $199 million in tax-exempt bonds for which the Jackson Zoo will receive $1 million. Several other local ...

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MBJ Editorial: Legislature sets flame to money with handout to zoo

Mississippi will be throwing good money after bad when it chucks $1.3 million at the Jackson Zoo. The state Bond Commission last week unanimously approved the sale of $354 million in tax-exempt bonds for which the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum will get $40 million together in bond funding. However, other projects benefiting from state ...

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