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

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

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