Mayor Harvey Johnson becomes emotional at the beginning of his State of the City speech

May 30, 2013 in News, Top Stories

WATCH VIDEO: Mississippi outgoing Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. broke down at the beginning of his State of the City speech in front of an overflow crowd on May 29 2013 at the Smith Robertson Museum.
When he started thanking his wife, he paused in tears during the audience’s applause….

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.

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.

MAYOR JOHNSON PREPARES CITY FOR STORMY WEATHER

January 9, 2013 in News, Top Stories

Mayor Harvey Johnson, Jr. held a press conference detailing the City’s preparations for approaching inclement weather and possible flooding.

The National Weather Service predicts between 3 to 5 inches of heavy rain over the next few days. According to the National Weather Service’s website, the Pearl River is currently at 18 feet. If it reaches the flood stage of 28 feet, the river could cause creeks to drain much slower which could contribute to flooding in certain areas….

Dedication ceremony held for the Richard J. Porter Municipal Building

December 20, 2012 in News, Top Stories

The Mississippi Link Newswire

City, community and religious leaders came out to celebrate the life of the late Richard J. Porter with the naming ceremony for the Richard J. Porter Municipal Building at 218 S. President St., Jackson, Friday, Dec. 14, at 3 p.m., hosted by the Jackson Redevelopment Authority.

The former and present mayors of Jackson paid tributes, Kane Ditto and Harvey Johnson Jr., respectively. The invocation was given by Dr. Jerry Young, pastor of New Hope Baptist Church….

Grand send-off for leading educator Glenda Baskin Glover

December 20, 2012 in Education, News, Top Stories

The Mississippi Link Newswire

Community and business leaders, friends and family, attended the grand send-off for Jackson State University’s dean of the College of Business, Dr. Glenda Glover, who will be the next president of her alma mater, Tennessee State University in Nashville, starting January 2013. The Tennessee Board of Regents confirmed the Memphis native’s new position in November 2012….

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….