City Implements FOG Program

Recently, the City of Jackson announced that it has started a program to keep fats, oils and grease, or FOG, out of the city’s sewer system. Here is the press release verbatim. CITY OF JACKSON ENCOURAGES RESTAURANTS TO CLEAN UP HARMFUL FATS, OILS, AND GREASE WITH ‘FOG’ PROGRAM

Jackson, Miss.—The City of Jackson is partnering with local Food Service Establishments (FSEs) to help educate business owners on the importance of keeping fats, oils, and grease—or FOG—out of the City’s sewer system. As they move through the sewers, FOG components congeal, causing line blockages or sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs), which require significant resources to alleviate. In an effort to help combat this issue, the City has launched a new Fats, Oils, and Grease Control Program (FOG Program) as one part of the City’s efforts to meet the requirements of its Consent Decree with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reduce the volume and frequency of sewer overflows. Continue Reading

New Stage Announces Fall Class Schedule

On Tuesday, Sept. 11, New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.) announced its fall 2018 class schedule. Here is a press release verbatim. JACKSON—New Stage Theatre, Mississippi’s professional theatre located in Jackson, Miss., announces its fall class schedule. The fall session begins Sept. Continue Reading

Press is a Tool for Musicians, Not a Destination

Working at the Jackson Free Press, I get quite a few emails from local and national musicians, authors and artists requesting press coverage. That is to be expected—we are a newspaper, after all—and I’m actually grateful for those emails. For one, I’m a fan of the new and the interesting, from music to literature to theater. Finding out about the unfamiliar can be rewarding in itself. For another thing, those emails also serve a practical purpose, of course, in that they tell me things I might otherwise have forgotten or not known about at all. Continue Reading

First Mississippi Writers Trail Marker Prototypes to be Unveiled at Book Festival

 

On Tuesday, Aug. 7, the Mississippi Arts Commission announced that it will unveil the first Mississippi Writers Trail Markers at the Mississippi Book Festival. Here is a verbatim press release:

JACKSON, MISS. (Aug. 7, 2018)—The Mississippi Writers Trail will officially launch with the unveiling of two historical marker prototypes, honoring Eudora Welty and Jesmyn Ward, as part of the Mississippi Book Festival on Aug. Continue Reading

2018 State Fair Music Lineup Announced

There are a few sounds that attendees can always expect from the Mississippi State Fair—the braying of barn animals, kids screaming in delight, the whirring of rides, and of course, the sounds of a star-studded music lineup. On Tuesday, July 17, the Mississippi State Fair Commission announced the headlining artists for the 159th annual fair, which will take place Oct. 3-14. Country singer Chris Janson will be leading off the entertainment schedule on Wednesday, Oct. 3. Continue Reading

Organizers Unveil Indie Music Week Year Four

The eyes of Mississippi music icons, such as Elvis Presley, Muddy Waters and Jaimoe, watched on—quite literally—as a group of Jacksonians met to discuss one of the capital city’s biggest annual events. In a room beside the Iron Horse Grill’s wax-figure-filled Mississippi Music Experience, the team behind Jackson Indie Music Week hosted a press conference Monday, July 16, to announce details of the seven-day festival’s 2o19 installation, which will take place Sunday, Jan. 13, through Sunday, Jan. 20. With the conference came the unveiling of the new JIM Week logo, a golden design honoring Jackson record label Malaco Music Group’s 50th anniversary, as well as announcements about changes on the financial side of the festival. Continue Reading