Let’s Talk Jackson Politics: Colendula Green LTJPx09

In this episode of our special series for the 2019 political season, Donna Ladd talked with Colendula Green, a candidate for Sheriff in Hinds County. Green currently serves as the public information officer for the Jackson Police Department, where she’s the first women ever in the role. She’s been in law enforcement for 14 years, with a bachelors degree in criminal justice and a masters degree in elementary education, both from Jackson State University. In her platform for sheriff, she’s focused on something she’s been known for as a JPD officer—increasing community engagement and outreach to citizens. She says she’ll increase transparency, bring the Hinds detention centers into compliance and work on the Sheriff’s department’s accountability. Continue Reading

Let’s Talk Jackson Politics: Darla Palmer LTJPx08

In this episode of our special series for the 2019 political season, Donna Ladd talked with Darla Palmer, a candidate for District Attorney in Hinds County. Palmer has been a public defender, a prosecutor, an attorney in private practice, and a staff attorney for the city of Jackson. She’s running for district attorney because she’s concerned about the rise in violence crime in Jackson and she’d like to see cases move more quickly through the district attorney’s office. She’s also running on her determination to instill a sense of respect in the DA’s office and its ability to bring criminals to justice. www.facebook.com/DarlaforDA/
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Let’s Talk Jackson Politics: Stanley Alexander LTJPx07


In this episode of our special series for the 2019 political season, Donna Ladd talked with Stanley Alexander, a candidate for Hinds County District Attorney. Alexander is a Democrat who currently serves as the Director of the Public Integrity Division of the Mississippi Attorney General’s office. There he has prosecuted police officers who shot unarmed people; public corruption by officials… and even current Hinds DA Robert Shuler Smith. He calls the system “broken” and wants to overhaul the system to speed up trials and reduce the jail backlogs. He was previously an assistant DA in then-DA Faye Peterson’s office and points out that he is the only candidate for Hinds DA who has prosecuted a felony. Continue Reading

Mississippi Blues Trail Unveils 204th Marker in Downtown Jackson

The following is a verbatim press release from Visit Jackson:
The Mississippi Blues Commission will recognize the blues contributions of H.C. Speir with the 10 a.m. unveiling Thursday, May 23, of a Mississippi Blues Trail marker. “The seeds of the blues may have taken root in the Mississippi Delta, but they grew in part because of the efforts of individuals like H.C. Speir on Farish Street,” said Visit Mississippi Director Craig Ray. “This historic area was fertile ground for the genre to flourish into an art form consumed by the masses.” Henry Columbus (H.C.) Speir played a crucial role in the recording of dozens of blues, country and gospel artists in the 1920s and ’30s. In his position as owner of Speir Phonograph Company, founded at 225 N. Farish St., he located, recommended or auditioned talent for various record labels and supervised recording sessions in Jackson and Hattiesburg. Continue Reading

Mississippi Museum of Natural Science and Saltine Hosting “Dinner and a Dive”

The Mississippi Museum of Natural Science is partnering with Saltine Restaurant to host a new event called “Dinner and a Dive” on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
“Dinner and a Dive” will include a four-course meal from Saltine, live music by local musician Richard Smith and a scuba-diving show in which museum staff will give a presentation on the aquatic life inhabiting the museum’s aquariums. Guests can also explore the museum’s exhibits after the dinner. The menu will include entrees such as Gulf shrimp and grits, eggplant parmesan and marinated sirloin; hors d’oevres such as pimento cheese balls and Cajun shrimp shooters; Saltine Salad with baby greens, radishes, cucumber, tomatoes, oyster crackers and dressing; and key lime pie, banoffee or s’mores cake for dessert. Guests will also receive two alcoholic beverages of their choice. Admission is $75 per person. Continue Reading