Fondren After 5 Begins in April

For this year, the first Fondren After 5 has been pushed back to April 5. In a statement to area businesses and restaurants, Fondren Renaissance Foundation Executive Director Jim Wilkirson said that due to unseasonably cold weather and ongoing construction to sidewalks in the neighborhood, the event will begin later than usual this year. “Some area businesses may elect to start earlier than this date, and some may be open this month, but we will not officially publicize the event as a neighborhood until our kickoff on April 5.” Events for FA5 will center around three areas: Duling Avenue, State Street and Rainbow Plaza. The plan is to have Duling Avenue blocked off each month, activities in Rainbow Plaza from Hops & Habanas to Cups, and Sneaky Beans serving as the anchor for the State Street area, though these plans may change due to construction. Continue Reading

Hal’s St. Paddy’s Lineup Announced

Jackson restaurant Hal & Mal’s and entertainment company Ardenland announced plans for the 2018 Hal’s St. Paddy’s Parade & Festival, one of the largest annual events in the downtown area. This year, the grand marshal will be V.A. Patterson, a founding member of the Krewe of Kazoo parade group and 2017 Governor’s Arts Award recipient. The theme of the parade, which will take place on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, is “Artfully Alive at 35,” and celebrates the event’s 35th anniversary. Continue Reading

JPS Sends Students Home Early; Governor Declares Weather Emergency for Schools

Jackson Public Schools had to send students home early from school today, after the city of Jackson experienced even more water main breaks due to the icy cold weather. JPS students have missed seven days of school so far in the new year, and students had just returned to classes on Thursday, Jan. 18. Gov. Phil Bryant declared a state of emergency for schools, due to the inclement weather starting on Monday Jan. 15, this week. Continue Reading

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City of Jackson Update on Water

Since Jan. 1, Jackson has experienced water-main breaks due to below-freezing temperatures. Here is a press release from the City of Jackson about ongoing repairs to the breaks:

Jackson, MS—Water pressures and flows are beginning to return to normal in many areas within the City of Jackson water-distribution network of pipelines. The number of new main breaks has subsided while repairs continue. However, other areas continue to experience low pressure in areas immediately near main break sites, which will have little or no pressure or flow available until those breaks are repaired. Continue Reading

City of Jackson Declares Water Emergency, Brings in Contractors

The following is a verbatim press release from the City of Jackson, regarding the low temperatures and challenges with water. The City of Jackson began experiencing near-record low temperatures on Sunday evening following the arrival of an Arctic cold front. As a result, the water treatment system, the water elevated storage tanks, and the water distribution system are experiencing challenges in meeting customer demand. Some areas are also experiencing low water pressure due to several water main breaks throughout the city. The Director of Public Works has declared an emergency in order to bring in contractor crews to supplement the City workforce. Continue Reading