Reed: “I’m ready to serve”

Former ‘railroad’ man steps into political fray

By Othor Cain

Managing Editor

After attending a local Democratic caucus meeting earlier this year at Provine High School in Jackson and at the urging of some in attendance. There James Reed left with the understanding that it was his time to offer himself as a public servant. “I really didn’t have this on my radar,” Reed said. “But after being asked to run, praying about it and discussing it with my wife, I decided to do it.”

Reed is seeking the office of Election Commissioner for District 1 in Hinds County. […]


Trial set for woman accused of sexual battery of a minor

A Jackson woman accused of the sexual battery of a minor – along with her husband – will stand trial next month, the attorney general’s office has confirmed.

Jan Webb, 42, and her husband, William J. Webb, 59, were arrested on Jan. 8 for the sexual battery of a person under the age of 18. While the attorney general did not release specific details about the case, he did say the alleged incident took place in October 2010 at the couple’s residence in the 3500 block of Shady Oaks Street. […]


Casino wants $75M lawsuit dismissed

A gambling company has asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit that claims a Mississippi casino served a heavily medicated man so many free drinks that he collapsed in the bathroom of his hotel room and died.

The lawsuit against IP Casino Resort and Spa in Biloxi was filed in U.S. District Court in Gulfport in July and seeks damages of $75 million. […]


Beyonce, Carole King added to Keys’ Black Ball

Call it ladies night: Beyonce and Carole King are joining Oprah Winfrey and Alicia Keys at Keys’ annual Black Ball event.

Beyonce and King will perform at the fundraising gala for Keys’ charity Keep a Child Alive on Nov. 1 at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom. The night will honor Winfrey and Beninese singer Angélique Kidjo for their philanthropic efforts. Keys, Kidjo and rock group Alabama Shakes will also perform. […]


Houston Stackhouse to get blues trail marker today

While Houston Stackhouse never became a major name in the blues, he still played an influential role in the history of the Delta blues as a sideman and mentor.

A Wesson, Miss. native, Stackhouse will be honored today with a marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail at 2 p.m. in his hometown. The unveiling will take place at 1047 8th Street. This is the 162nd marker on the blues trail. […]