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Analysis: School takeover tangled in web of other issues

The potential state takeover of Mississippi’s second-largest school district has highlighted the depth of anger some people feel about how policymakers treat public education and how some legislators have acted toward the capital city. The state Board of Education last week asked Republican Gov. Phil Bryant to declare that an “extreme emergency” exists in Jackson Public Schools. That is a ...

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Former restaurant owner indicted for embezzlement

A former Mississippi restaurant owner accused of embezzling child support money from a former employee has been indicted. The Clarion-Ledger reported Friday that Patrick Kelly, owner of the defunct Mint and Julep’s restaurants, was indicted on a charged of embezzlement of child support money from Charles Wiggins. Wiggins had his wages garnished by the Mississippi Department of Human Services to pay his ...

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Hotel Row for Fondren? Latest plan raises possibility for lineup of lodging in district

By JACK WEATHERLY Three planned hotels stand to change the look if not the character of downtown Fondren. The north Jackson arts and entertainment district with a bohemian flair awaits the outcome of the hotels, two of which were announced 20 months ago. The most recent plan, a 125-room Homewood Suites, was revealed late last month. They would create a ...

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City settles sexual harassment lawsuit against former mayor

Mississippi’s largest city is settling a sexual harassment lawsuit against a former mayor. WJTV reports that the Jackson City Council on Tuesday approved a city payment of $10,000 to settle the lawsuit filed in 2016 against Tony Yarber, who was mayor at the time. Kimberly V. Bracey was hired as Yarber’s executive assistant when he became mayor after winning a 2014 special ...

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Plans announced for 125-room Hilton hotel in Fondren

  By JACK WEATHERLY The Heritage Hospitality Group announced plans on Wednesday to build a 125-guestroom Hilton Homewood Suites Hotel in Fondren. The hotel will be built with the medical corridor in mind. Otherwise, it is geared toward multi-day business travelers and others, according to Chico Patel, chief executive of the Ridgeland-based group. The project will add “another piece to the Fondren ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — Book festival brings together thousands for solitary passions

The Mississippi Book Festival is held a week before the thunder of college football season just about drowns out everything else that is good in the state. Thousands packed the rooms of the state Capitol on Saturday for the third annual event celebrating the solitary passions of writing and reading. The sounds of music and smells of cooking emanating from ...

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Cantina Laredo: Mexican on the high end

By JACK WEATHERLY A Sunday brunch may not be the best test of a Mexican restaurant. But it was fair, I felt. So this is how we approached it at the Cantina Laredo, the new, airy eatery at the District at Eastover. Just to make sure that we had a benchmark order for basis of comparison, my wife ordered her ...

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Westin throws open its doors in downtown Jackson

By JACK WEATHERLY Seven years since planning and financing started and two years under construction, the Jackson Westin hotel opened its doors Thursday morning. But first a gathering of about 150 seated in padded white folding chairs beneath the slatted porte cochere offering dappled shade from sunny skies, though not from humidity,  put Westin hand fans to good use as speakers ...

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TODD SMITH: The state of local TV news continues to diminish

Local television news has shed audience over the past decade, including this past year in most timeslots according to a new Pew Research Center study. Even with these viewership losses, local TV news still garners more viewers on average than cable and network news programs. However, for election news in particular – a big part of last year’s news agenda ...

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Trustmark net income rises 11.8 percent for quarter

  MBJ staff Trustmark Corp. reported on Tuesday net income of $24 million, or 35 cents per share, for the second quarter, an 11.8 percent increase beyond $21.5 million, or 32 cents, from the year-earlier period. The results reflect non-routine and one-time gains and losses. Exclusive of those, the Jackson-based holding company registered a $32 million net income, or 47 ...

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