Jackson mayor Harvey Johnson defeated in primary

May 8, 2013 in News, Statewide News, Top Stories

Local businessman Jonathan Lee will face city Councilman Chokwe Lumumba in a May 21 primary for the Democratic race for mayor.

Incumbent Mayor Harvey Johnson, who was facing 10 Democratic challengers on the ballot, conceded defeat Tuesday evening.

“I’m obviously disappointed in the results of the election, but this is the American way. We have to respect the Democratic process, we’ll do that and move forward,” Johnson said. “I’m looking at accomplishments. I’m looking at a legacy and I’m fairly sure whoever assumes the office of mayor in the next four years will build on that foundation we’ve built over the past 12 years.”

Businessman Jonathan Lee and Jackson Councilman Chokwe Lumumba advance to a mayoral runoff election on May 21.

Most Miss. cities hold mayoral primaries Tuesday

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

Most Mississippi cities are electing mayors this year, and party primaries Tuesday will narrow the fields of candidates.

Some of the toughest primaries will be in Jackson, Vicksburg and Madison, where incumbents are seeking re-election, and in Clarksdale, where the seat is open because the current mayor chose not to run.

Primary runoffs are May 21 and the general election is June 4. New four-year terms begin July 1.

Murder suspect shoots cop dead inside police station

April 5, 2013 in Top Stories

A murder suspect being interviewed at the Jackson police headquarters shot a detective Thursday and those who came to investigate the gunfire found both men dead, authorities said.

The suspect, who was not identified, was being questioned on the third floor of the building when the shooting happened, Police Chief Rebecca Coleman said.

Police did not release any details on the sequence of what happened but scheduled a news conference for later Thursday night.

The officer was identified as Eric Smith, a homicide detective.

Jump starting the Jackson mayoral race

March 14, 2013 in Top Stories

By Artaymis Ma’at

Special to The Mississippi Link

The People’s Assembly Task Force did not hesitate to jump start the first public forum for who’s the best person to serve the people as mayor of Jackson. The forum took place Saturday, March 9, 2013, at Word and Worship Church, 6286 Hanging Moss Rd.

Eight mayoral candidates – six Democrats and two Independents – seized the opportunity to showcase their credentials.

Incumbent Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr.’s campaign manager attended on his behalf. Frank Bluntson, Audrey Nichols, Robert Amos and Charles Taylor Sr. were not in attendance. Also qualifying as a candidate is Victoria Jacobs. There are now 14 candidates….

Kwanzaa: Port Gibson celebrates in grand style

January 3, 2013 in News, Top Stories

By Dr. Jerry Komia Domatob

Contributing Writer

Unlike some communities all over the globe that thirst in vain for Kwanzaa celebrations, in Mississippi it was the city of Port Gibson that stood out as it observed the event with splendid activities.

Gracing the occasion were enthusiastic drumming, inspiring speeches, historical analysis, deep reflection, symbolic rituals, delicious food and pleasantry exchanges which attracted young, old, rich and poor Sunday, Dec. 30….

Oldest Greek-letter African American organization dedicates new center

December 13, 2012 in News, Top Stories

By Ayesha K. Mustafaa
Interim Managing Editor
The proud, beautiful, progressive ladies of Beta Delta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. issued the statement that they “now have a place to call their own.” The chapter held its dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony at their center located at 5330 Executive Place, in North Jackson, Sunday, Dec. 9 at 3 p.m.

In the midst of the ladies in pink and green were Jackson and Hinds County leaders: Mayor and Mrs. Harvey Johnson Sr., Sheriff Tyrone Lewis, President of the Hinds County Board of Supervisors Robert Graham and City Councilman Chokwe Lumumba of Ward Two….

City Council approves changes to Jackson’s aging infrastructure

October 11, 2012 in News, Top Stories

By Othor Cain

Managing Editor

In a heated exchange during a special council meeting Monday, Oct. 8, council members voted 3-2 agreeing to spend in the neighborhood of $400 million to rebuild its sewage system and pay a fine. This is part of the consent decree provided by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

All of the details involving the decree – including the amount of time the city will have to finish the work and the cost of the fine – remain secret, pending Mayor Harvey Johnson’s signature and the filing of the decree in court….