Indie Music Week Announces Third Year

Brad “Kamikaze” Franklin, co-founder of Jackson Indie Music Week, stood in front of a small group of local musicians, influencers and media members, who were waiting for details on the festival’s upcoming third installment. Although much about the press conference mirrored last year’s announcement, which also took place in the second-floor dining room at the Iron Horse Grill, Franklin shared a few pieces of information that suggest new territory for the festival. For one, the 2018 JIM Week, which will run Jan. 7 through Jan. 15 around Jackson, has picked up a particularly notable sponsor, with more to be come. Continue Reading

Saints Fire Two Doctors

There is one group of people that both NFL coaches and players want to have absolute trust in their dealings, and that is team doctors. Coaches need to accurately know how a player is injured and a player’s career depends on proper diagnosis of injuries. That is the exact opposite of what happened with the New Orleans Saints. Mike Triplett of ESPN reported that New Orleans has fired a pair of orthopedists that misdiagnosed an injury to cornerback Delvin Breaux. Deryk Jones and Misty Suri diagnosed the player with a contusion, but coaches later learned that he actually had a fractured fibula. Continue Reading

Part of Ridgewood Road Closed Until Saturday Due to Sewer Maintenance

The City of Jackson issued a press release today about road closures due to sewer maintenance this week:

Ridgewood Road northbound from Douglass Drive to Meadowbrook Road will be closed starting Wednesday, August 16, to allow sewer maintenance to replace a caved in section of sewer line in the middle of the intersection of Ridgewood Rd. and Meadowbrook Rd. Traffic will be detoured onto Eastover Dr. west, I-55 Frontage Rd. north, and Meadowbrook Rd. east to Ridgewood Rd. Continue Reading

Hinds County Residents Overwhelmingly Pass School Bond Measure

Residents who live in the Hinds County School District approved a bond measure by almost 85 percent of the vote cast on Tuesday, August 15 to help improve their district’s schools. The bond will fund building renovations, construction and in-class improvements within the district. The vote allows HCSD to issue a $59.9 million bond to make their planned improvements to the school district in the next three years. There are 55 planned projects in the school district. “I would like to thank Hinds County residents for displaying their overwhelming supporting for our children and our schools by passing this bond,” Superintendent Dr. Delesicia Martin said in a press release. Continue Reading

Saints Drop Another Preseason Game

Here is an interesting question to ponder after the Cleveland Browns defeated the New Orleans Saints 20-14: Do you know when the last time time the Saints won a preseason game was? If you said Aug. 23, 2014, you would be a winner. Since that 23-17 win over the Indianapolis Colts, New Orleans has gone 0-10 in the preseason since its last victory. In the first quarter, New Orleans looked solid on defense as they held the Browns without a first down and three punts in the first quarter. Continue Reading

Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus Asks Gov. Bryant for Special Session to Change State Flag

The Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus has renewed its calls for lawmakers to change the state flag, and in the wake of violence at the Charlottesville white supremacist rally this weekend, MLBC members sent Gov. Phil Bryant a letter asking for a special session to change Mississippi’s state flag. The full text of the letter is reproduced below:

Dear Governor Bryant:

The deaths and acts of terror in Charlottesville are the latest evidence of a rising tide of white-nationalism and hatred in America. The images out of Virginia were another clear reminder that Confederate symbols have no place in Mississippi’s state flag. Governor Bryant, the Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus, strongly urges you to call an immediate extraordinary session of the Mississippi legislature to change the state’s flag. If a pending economic development deal required legislation, you would rightly call representatives and senators back to Jackson to do their job. Continue Reading

House Speaker Gunn Calls (Again) to Change State Flag After Charlottesville Rally

After several state officials weighed in on the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend, House Speaker Philip Gunn decided to weigh in on the situation on Monday afternoon. His first Facebook post, posted in the afternoon on August 14, condemned white supremacy and bigotry. “Bigotry, hatred and the promotion of racial superiority, like that of white supremacists and the Ku Klux Klan, have no place in our society. I condemn, in the strongest sense possible, what occurred in Charlottesville. These are not the acts of true Americans. Continue Reading