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

GUEST COLUMN: AskRail App Helps Mississippi Emergency Responders

 
AskRail App Helps Mississippi Emergency Responders
By George Horn
The freight rail industry’s focus on improving rail infrastructure has enhanced safety in Mississippi and across the U.S., making accidents an increasingly rare occurrence. But they can still occur. This is why it’s imperative that the industry continues to support first responders in their efforts to save lives and protect their communities. One way they do this is by deploying technologies like the AskRail mobile app. Rail accidents present unique challenges to first responders. Continue Reading

FDA Investigating New E. coli Outbreak in Romaine Lettuce

 

On Nov. 20, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it is investigating a new outbreak of E. coli in romaine lettuce. Here is the press release verbatim:

 
FDA Fast Facts: FDA, CDC and partners investigate new E. coli O157:H7 outbreak, urge consumers to avoid romaine lettuce

For Immediate Release: November 20, 2018
Media Inquiries: Peter Cassell, 240-402-6537, peter.cassell@fda.hhs.gov
Consumer Inquiries: 888-INFO-FDA
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with state and local partners, are investigating a multistate outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 likely linked to romaine lettuce. Continue Reading

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

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 Mississippi Book Festival Announces Schedule

On Wednesday, July 11, the Mississippi Book Festival announced its lineup, which includes panels that cover topic such as food, race, literature and more. See the schedule here. The festival, also known as the “literary lawn party,” will be at the Mississippi State Capitol (400 High St.) on Saturday, Aug. 18, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Along with the panels, the event will have vendors, food trucks and more. For more information, visit msbookfestival.com. Continue Reading