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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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State’s only Whole Foods Market is ‘changing the way people shop’

By BECKY GILLETTE The only Whole Foods Market in Mississippi, located in Highland Village in the heart of Jackson, recently celebrated its fifth anniversary. Billed as “America’s Healthiest Grocery Store,” Whole Foods has become an even better shopping destination since being acquired by Amazon, said Masa Liles, general manager of Highland Village. “When you see what Amazon is doing, they ...

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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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Court tosses embezzlement conviction of Jackson ex-official

The Mississippi Court of Appeals is tossing out the embezzlement conviction of a man who used to run a downtown Jackson business organization. The Clarion Ledger reports the court ruled Tuesday in favor of Ben Allen, a former Jackson City Council member who worked for Downtown Jackson Partners. Allen was convicted of a single count of embezzlement in 2017 in ...

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‘Moveable feast’: food hall debut attracts throngs

By JACK WEATHERLY “It was the hardest soft opening ever. It was crazy,” said April Baucum, a mixologist at the Gold Coast Bar. She was not alone in that sentiment. She was helping to hold down one of the nine vendorships in the new Cultivation Food Hall. Friday and Saturday were supposed to be the “soft days,” leading up to ...

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Cultivation Food Hall offers variety of cuisines

By JACK WEATHERLY Cultivation Food Hall will open this weekend in The District at Eastover and feature nine artisanal vendors. It has been developed in consultation with St. Roch Market in New Orleans, one of the pioneers in the food hall movement. Cultivation Food Hall is on the ground floor of the BankPlus Building and encompasses 8,260 square feet, not ...

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22 injured when bus overturns on Mississippi interstate

A Greyhound bus driver has been charged with driving under the influence after the bus overturned on an interstate highway in Mississippi and caused injuries that sent nearly two dozen passengers to hospitals. Jackson Police Sgt. Roderick Holmes said in a news release the wreck happened about 8 p.m. Wednesday on an entry ramp on Interstate-55 during heavy rains. Holmes ...

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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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