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Rainbow Co-op to Reopen in Northpark Mall

Rainbow Co-op, which closed the doors of its long-time Fondren location in the middle of last year, announced this weekend that it would re-open in Northpark Mall in Ridgeland this summer. According to a letter to Rainbow supporters sent out today, Rainbow will offer a more limited range of products than the natural food store had previously carried, focusing on its popular bulk items, herbs, spices and its supplements department. The notice says the co-op will carry some popular natural food grocery and beauty items, and that they’re “in the process of developing a more robust special-order system.” “We loved the energy and history of our Fondren location. We tried to stay in Jackson, but in the end, our criteria could not be met there,” the letter reads. Continue Reading

Pam Confer - Let's Talk Jackson

Let’s Talk Jackson: Pam Confer 7×05

JFP Editor-in-Chief Donna Ladd has a spirited conversation with Pam Confer, a local musician, songwriter, marketing expert and political organizer on the day the governor recognized as “Mississippi Beautiful Day.” They discuss the challenges that Mississippi faces in race relations and gender equality, how far the state has come, and how to keep up the energy of progress and community building in Jackson.

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Ronnie Crudup Jr - Let's Talk Jackson

Let’s Talk Jackson: Ronnie Crudup 7×05

In this episode of Let’s Talk Jackson, Donna Ladd sits down with Ronnie Crudup, Jr., the executive director of New Horizons Ministry Inc., and the recently elected Mississippi Representative from District 71. Donna and Ronnie talk about the effects of demographic shifts in South Jackson and how he’s trying to reverse the results. Also, find out why he thinks “God has a sense of humor.”

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Mayor Chowke A. Lumumba Issues Statement on Water Billing and Metering Investigation

Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba issued a statement on the water-billing and meeting issue in the City on Monday, April 29. Here it is verbatim:

“For too long, City of Jackson residents and businesses have been burdened by water and sewer billing problems since the system was first implemented. This system, which was intended to provide more timely and accurate bills to customers and additional revenue to the City, instead, caused many customers to frequently receive inexplicably high bills while even more customers received no bill at all for months at a time. Consequently, the financial resources of the water and sewer system have been nearly depleted by lower billed and collected revenues. This contract represents the largest investment in the City’s history- nearly $90 million which requires the City to make annual debt payments of $7 million through 2041. Continue Reading

JFP Seeking News Intern

The JFP is seeking an enterprising, high-energy, passionate news intern to help cover the city and county. Ideal candidate must be comfortable with talking to people, a clear and concise writer, a deep thinker with insatiable curiosity and someone who will walk in the door with a learning attitude. The JFP is a fun but intense collaborative office environment where the staff together decides values including having a good attitude every day, a strong work ethic and leaving drama at the door. You must be willing to be accountable to the team and work well with co-workers and managers. You must also believe you have something to learn from the team every day to fit our culture of excellence. Continue Reading

City Council Updates: Public Programs Suffer Under Budgetary Constraints

The following is an overview of the April 2 meeting of the Jackson City Council. HR Opts for Outside Opinion on Untrained Staff
The Jackson City Personnel department has opted for an outside audit of each department in the city to provide an objective view of internal weaknesses. Director Wilma Scott explained that she has identified communication and management issues as a source of a detrimental amount of grievances. The director believes that many of these issues stem from certain personnel occupying management positions that they do not have the qualifying experience to execute appropriately. “With this information, we hope to improve communications and reduce grievances that, if left unaddressed, could lead to legal action against the city.” Continue Reading