Jackson City Council members will meet on Wednesday morning to discuss the confirmation of five nominees for the Jackson Public Schools Board of Trustees. In Jackson, the mayor appoints school board members, and the city council must confirm each member. The school board, like council, consists of seven members–one from each ward of the city. Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba has nominated five new board members, the agenda for the special meeting shows. The JPS School Board previously had four members before the State threatened a takeover of the school district.
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
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
The Jackson City Council passed an ordinance to supply an additional 141 JPD officers with Taser brand conducted electrical weapons. After the acquisition of this grant, 184 police officers in the Jackson area will be equipped with “Tasers.”
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
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