Mississippi 2014 deaths: Former Miss America Mary Ann Mobley among state notables who died this year

December 31, 2014 in News, Obituaries

JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — A former Miss America, a former White House spokesman and a Jackson mayor who had a high-profile legal career before taking office were among the notable […]

Jackson police officer hit by car on I-55

July 23, 2013 in News, Police Report, Statewide News, The Buzz, Top Stories

Police Chief Lindsey Horton has confirmed the death of a Jackson Police Officer, his first since being named to his new post earlier this month. Horton said 35-year Bruce Jacob was killed Saturday afternoon after being hit by a motorist in the southbound lanes of I-55 and Northside Drive.

Jacob, a Precinct Four officer, and a five year veteran of the police force, received a call about debris on the roadway of I-55 south about 1:30 p.m. He had reportedly retrieved a barbecue grill that had fallen off a truck and was putting it in the trunk of his cruiser when another vehicle came from behind and hit him.

Jacob was taken to UMC where he died of multiple blunt-force trauma, Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham Stewart said.

Bodies of 6-year-old twins found in river

July 5, 2013 in News, Statewide News, Top Stories

Officials in Greene County have found the bodies of 6-year-old twin boys who fell into the Chickasawhay River last Saturday.
Greene County Emergency Manager Trent Robertson told WLOX-TV in Biloxi that one of the boys was found late Sunday night and the other around 5:30 a.m. Monday.

James Scott and Isaac William McGowan, who lived in the St. Ellen community in Leakesville, disappeared Saturday in the Chickasawhay River, on the southern part of Greene County. Robertson said a friend of the family saw the two boys stepping into a deep part of the river and being swept away by the current.

Lumumba sworn in Monday as Jackson mayor

July 2, 2013 in News, Statewide News, Top Stories

Chokwe Lumumba was sworn in Monday as the mayor of Jackson, Mississippi’s capital and the largest city in the state.

Lumumba is an attorney who served the past four years on the Jackson City Council. A civil rights activist, he was active in a black nationalist group decades ago, but ran as a mainstream candidate who would represent all city voters.

The Clarion-Ledger reports that the first true test for Lumumba will come quickly – a Sept. 15 budget deadline, which he’ll face with a new City Council.

Chokwe Lumumba, ex-black nationalist, wins Jackson mayor’s race

June 6, 2013 in News, Statewide News, Top Stories

A Mississippi attorney and one-time civil rights activist who was involved in a black nationalist group decades ago has been elected mayor of Jackson, the state capital.

The Clarion-Ledger reported late Tuesday that Jackson City Councilman Chokwe Lumumba was elected mayor, receiving about 85 percent of the vote against three independent candidates.

He will succeed Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr., who finished third in this year’s Democratic primary.

Chokwe Lumumba celebrates win in Jackson mayoral democratic runoff (VIDEO)

May 22, 2013 in News, Top Stories, Videos

Jackson city councilman Chowke Lumumba along with family and supporters celebrates his victory over Jonathan Lee in the Jackson Mayoral Democratic Runoff on Tuesday, May 21 2013….

Dems pick Lumumba in Jackson mayor runoff

May 22, 2013 in News, Statewide News, Top Stories

Jackson City Councilman Chokwe Lumumba (SHOW-kway Lu-MOOM-bah) has defeated businessman Jonathan Lee in the Democratic primary runoff for Jackson mayor.

The Clarion-Ledger reports that unofficial results show the 65-year-old Lumumba winning 55% of the vote Tuesday.

The Democratic nominee is expected to become mayor. No Republican is running, though independent candidates Francis Smith, Jr., Richard Williams, Jr., and Cornelius Griggs are on the June 4 general election ballot. The new term begins July 1.

Miss. mayoral candidate: Radical or mainstream?

May 20, 2013 in News, Statewide News, Top Stories

An attorney who was active in a black nationalist group decades ago and still refers to a client as a “former Black Panther heroine” is running for mayor of Mississippi’s capital city.

Can Chokwe Lumumba persuade voters that he’s a mainstream politician concerned about a diverse swath of people?

That’s a big question he faces businessman Jonathan Lee in Tuesday’s Democratic primary runoff in Jackson.