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Foundation gives Jackson $1.2M to aid prekindergarten

A foundation is giving the city of Jackson $1.2 million to study and improve prekindergarten programs. The Clarion Ledger reports Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba on Monday announced the grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Lumumba wants to eventually offer prekindergarten to all Jackson children. Chief Administrative Officer Robert Blaine says the grant is meant as a step toward that goal, ...

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Work begins on $15.8M parking garage for children’s hospital

Work has begun on a $15.8 million parking garage at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. Contractor Brasfield & Gorrie says it is building the five-level 517-space parking deck, which will be located next to an expansion of the medical center’s Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital. The contractor, based in Birmingham, Alabama, is also building the seven-story, 360,000 ...

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Jackson receives $1M grant for bus route improvements

Mississippi’s capital city is receiving a $1 million federal grant to improve a bus line. The Federal Transit Administration announced grants Tuesday to several U.S. communities that are developing new mass transit systems, or expanding ones already in place. Jackson is receiving money to reshape development along a bus system running from the Fondren neighborhood through downtown and to Jackson ...

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Bloomberg announces Jackson to receive $1 million for public art project addressing nutrition and food equity

Philanthropist, public health advocate and former mayor of New York City, Michael R. Bloomberg joined Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba to announce that the city has been named a Bloomberg Philanthropies 2018 Public Art Challenge winner. Jackson will receive up to $1 million for its project, “Fertile Ground: Inspiring Dialogue About Food Access,” which aims to inform policy related to nutrition ...

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‘Parklet’ well-received in downtown Jackson

By JACK WEATHERLY Downtown Jackson’s first “parklet” has been well received. And so the city may move forward with another, according to Travis Crabtree, urban designer for the city. The parklet — wooden benches and planters and spaces for small lightweight tables and chairs — occupies what had been parking spaces on the east side of Congress Street in front ...

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The Quarter in Jackson undergoing transformation, adding apartments

By JACK WEATHERLY The Quarter is getting a new look and a new function. The retail and office center on Lakeland Drive in Jackson just west of the Pearl River is becoming a mixed-use development. The StateStreet Group is adding 12 loft apartments, expanding some retail space and giving The Quarter’s facades a fresh look. The Quarter was built in ...

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The most-recent of three hotels announced for the Fondren District in Jackson is in first place in development

By JACK WEATHERLY The most-recent of three hotels announced for the Fondren District in Jackson is in first place in development. Steel has risen on the Homewood Suites project site by the Ridgeland-based Heritage Hospitality Group, while two other projects announced two years earlier have yet to break ground, though spokesmen for both said about a year ago that dirt ...

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Clinton voters to decide $25M in borrowing for schools

Voters in one central Mississippi school district go to the polls Tuesday to decide whether the district will borrow $25 million. Residents of the Clinton school district are being asked to approve borrowing that would finance a new career complex at Clinton High School. The funds would also help renovate the current complex at Clinton Junior High School and expand ...

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Payne happy to be serving his hometown

By CALLIE DANIELS BRYANT Tommy Payne Residing in Jackson is a third-generation Realtor, Tommy Payne, who is the broker associate and the promising successor to the 58-year old Payne Realty, which serves the Madison, Hinds, and Rankin counties. “I ‘grew up’ in the business you could say,” Payne said. “Having the chance to work with my dad and to be ...

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Aplós opens in Highland Village

By JACK WEATHERLY Alex Eaton says the cuisine at his Manship Wood-Fired Kitchen, opened in October 2013, is “Mediterranean with Southern roots.” The latest restaurant opened Aug. 6 by Eaton and business partner Steven O’Neill is simply Mediterranean. The name of the restaurant, Aplós, is Greek for “simple.” That’s because of a distillation of all those cultural influences, says Eaton, ...

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