A final look at Headlines in 2012

December 27, 2012 in News, Top Stories

Stories that impacted Mississippians

Compiled by Ayesha K. Mustafaa

Interim Managing Editor
Over the past 19 years, The Mississippi Link has not missed a week of reporting on impactful events in the state and across the nation. The year 2012 in review shows a continuation of this commitment to bring to its readers the news and views that have shaped the lives of Mississippians and beyond. Out of 52 weeks of continuous publication, we now reflect on the top 20 headlines of 2012….

Protests against President Obama re-election: Ole Miss and Donald Trump

November 7, 2012 in Buzz Report, News, The Buzz, Top Stories

By Lonnie Ross

Not all Americans were happy about the re-election of President Barack Obama, the first African American president in the history of the United States and the first African American to be re-elected to the same office.

Some citizens decided to express their disgust with the election results publicly on social media and on the streets.

Donald Trump, the outspoken businessman and reality TV star told his Twitter followers Tuesday night he wants Americans to march on Washington to protest the “great and disgusting injustice” of Barack Obama being re-elected as U.S. president….

JPS takes next step to ensure its budget is met

September 27, 2012 in Education, News, Top Stories

District files an appeal against city

By Othor Cain

Managing Editor

The Jackson Public School District lived up to its assertion that it would take legal action against the city of Jackson in an effort to ensure its budget is properly met.

The district had 10 days after the city council voted and passed a measure that would give a tax increase of 2.5 mills, which essentially gave the school district $86 million. The district submitted a budget of $88 million that would have required a 5 mills assessment to tax payers. That measure was voted down by the majority of the city council.

The lone standing council member that supported assessing the taxpayers of Jackson the required millage that would have given the school district its recommended budget was Ward 3 councilwoman Larita Cooper-Stokes.

Watch The Video: The Romney Fundraiser Tape

September 20, 2012 in News, The Buzz, Top Stories

This week, online news publication Mother Jones published an exclusive video that captured presidential candidate (GOP nominee) Mitt Romney speaking to donors at a May 17 fundraiser, which was held at the home of private equity mogul Mark Leder.

Romney told attendees of this $50,000-a-plate dinner that 47 percent of Americans—those who back President Obama—are “victims” who are “dependent upon government” and “pay no income tax.” He noted: “My job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”

During his response to a question about the “Palestinian problem,” Romney said…

Jackson City Council raises property taxes for JPS

September 20, 2012 in Education, News, Top Stories

District needs tax hike for debt services

By Othor Cain
Managing Editor

If you live anywhere in the Southeastern portion of the United States, then you should be familiar with yearly events held in this part of the country titled “Battle of the Bands.”
The Jackson City Council recently took to the chambers and staged its own version of the popular competition appropriately titled “Battle of the Budgets.”
In a two-day council meeting, that included the blame game, members of the Jackson city council approved the city’s budget and approved a 2.5 mills (tax) increase to meet the school district’s $86 million budget request….

Sheriff’s budget restored after special meeting and rescinding votes

September 13, 2012 in News, Top Stories

By Ayesha K. Mustafaa
Staff Writer
Hinds County District 1 Supervisor Robert Graham, the board president, said he was “appalled” by the outcome of last week’s 3-2 vote that cut $2.5 million from the Hinds County Sheriff’s budget.
After that vote, Graham scheduled a special meeting for Monday, Sept. 10, in an effort to reverse the board’s decision…

Blistering report reveals problems within Sheriff’s Department

August 10, 2012 in News, Top Stories

The Mississippi Link has obtained a copy of a 300-page report detailing problems that plagued the Hinds County Sheriff’s Department when Malcolm McMillin was the county’s top law enforcement officer.
The report was commissioned by…

Riot at Detention Center leaves one area destroyed

August 2, 2012 in Buzz Report, News, Police Report, The Buzz, Top Stories

Lewis: ‘The situation was contained early as we prepared to take over’ By Othor Cain Managing Editor In the early morning hours of Monday, July 30, during a routine security […]