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.

300 Mississippi girls to enter SEEK – a free Summer Engineering Experience for Kids

March 21, 2013 in Top Stories

By Ayesha K. Mustafaa


Females only – third and fifth graders, students of color, from Jackson Public Schools and surrounding area have a friend in the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE).

While the NSBE acknowledges that a significant disparity persists in the STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics – participation rates among African Americans, it has not taken this bleak assessment lying down….

W.K. Kellogg Foundation opens regional office in Jackson

February 7, 2013 in News, Top Stories

Demonstrates commitment to Mississippi’s and New Orleans’ vulnerable children

By Ayesha K. Mustafaa


The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) held a reception Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, with the Mississippi Children’s Museum as the venue, where its officials came to town to launch the opening of the Foundation’s Jackson office, at Capital Towers, 125 S. Congress….

Incumbent Mayor Johnson re-entering the race

January 31, 2013 in News, Top Stories

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Hundreds of Mayor Harvey Johnson’s supporters were on hand Saturday afternoon, Jan. 26, as he ended speculation as to whether or not he planned to seek re-election.

“I’m ready, I’m willing, I’m able and I am the most prepared person to continue to fight every single day for you as mayor of this great city,” Johnson announced….

Marking King day with service in Miss.

January 23, 2013 in News, Statewide News, Top Stories

Volunteers marked the national holiday for slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. with service projects in Mississippi’s state capital, engaging in community cleanup work and donating items to a soup kitchen. Others marched in parades around the state.

Students from the Jackson Appreciation Club and Belhaven College said the day of service follows Dr. King’s teachings.

The season to bring families together, communities unite

December 6, 2012 in News, Top Stories

By Ayesha K. Mustafaa

Interim Managing Editor

Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. stood on the steps of city hall in downtown Jackson and welcomed all to witness the traditional lighting of the Christmas tree, Friday, Nov. 30, at 6 p.m. The occasion afforded the mayor the opportunity to greet his constituents in the sense of family and community unity.

One of his treasured moments, the mayor said, was to introduce the grand marshal Juadine Cleveland of the Jackson Holiday Parade to step off Saturday, Dec. 1 at noon….

Mississippi returns to its roots with new Teaching Garden initiative

October 4, 2012 in Education, News, Top Stories

By Ayesha K. Mustafaa

Staff Writer

Davis Magnet Elementary School set the new pace for changing the trend that shows Mississippi as the leading state in obesity and in food insecurity, when it became the first school in Mississippi to receive a Teaching Garden, piloted by the American Heart Association (AHA) last year on a national level.

The American Heart Association’s Teaching Gardens program selected Davis, thanks to a sponsorship by the Jackson Heart Foundation. This program uses a school garden to teach students about nutrition and inspire them to eat more fruits and vegetables….


September 21, 2012 in Education, News, Top Stories

Davis Magnet Elementary school will reap fresh veggies and fruits this Spring

JACKSON, MS – On September 20, the American Heart Association unveiled Mississippi’s first Teaching Garden with the support of the Jackson Heart Foundation. The first school to receive the garden is Davis Magnet Elementary in the capital city, which is locally sponsored by the Jackson Heart Foundation.

The American Heart Association Teaching Gardens is an innovative national, school-based program to re-establish what it means to be healthy. Aimed at elementary school students, the Teaching Garden program provides hands-on learning experiences rooted in offering nutritional choices.