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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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