Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership annual luncheon features “Vision 2022 – One Voice

By Ayesha K. Mustafaa


The Jackson Convention Center banquet hall was filled Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, as the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership luncheon and annual meeting brought together many of its 2,600 plus members along with many public officials.

The Partnership has a 10-year plan termed “Vision 2022 – One Voice” where it has launched a multi-year plan to “transform the Greater Jackson Region into a destination community attracting businesses, families and tourists for its quality of place and economic opportunity.”…. […]


JSU president Meyers responds to opposition to expansion into Madison

By Lonnie Ross

Online Editor

Jackson State University (JSU) President Carolyn Meyers held a news conference to discuss the institution’s plans for an expansion location in the city of Madison.

Meyers said JSU’s entire community is “excited” about the project as it is an opportunity to continue to address the educational needs of the Jackson-metro area. The campus will accommodate non-traditional students by offering evening, weekend and online courses.

However, not everyone is excited about the planned expansion. Tulane University issued a letter to Higher Education Commissioner Hank Bounds and the College Board asking the board to rescind the approval of JSU’s plans to open a Madison campus this summer…. […]


Incumbent Mayor Johnson re-entering the race

The Mississippi Link Newswire

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…. […]


Mississippi Alliance for Fairness at Nissan brings Danny Glover to town

By Ayesha K. Mustafaa


Danny Glover came to town Tuesday night, Jan. 29, 2013, to join with the Mississippi Alliance for Fairness at Nissan (MAFFAN), the Mississippi Student Justice Alliance (MSJA) along with political, religious and community leaders from across the state.

The objective announced was to “build a growing coalition of Nissan workers and religious, civic, student and community groups to expand Nissan workers’ rights onto a global audience.”…. […]


Brooksville city employee charged with embezzlement

A 23-year-old woman has been released on a $2,000 bond after she allegedly took money while working as a deputy clerk for the town of Brooksville.

Shanice McCloud of Macon turned herself into authorities on Jan. 24 and was charged with embezzlement. The missing money was brought to Mayor Tammie Holmes’ attention earlier last week. […]


Hostess sells Wonder bread to Tastykakes maker

Hostess has found a new home for its most popular breads, including the iconic Wonder bread.

The bankrupt maker of Twinkies, Devil Dogs and other snack cakes said this month that it selected bids by rival bakery Flower Foods Inc. to buy six of its bread brands for $390 million. Flower Foods, based in Thomasville, Ga., is best known for Tastykakes but also makes breads including Nature’s Own and Cobblestone Mill.

Hostess is expected to announce buyers for its famed dessert cakes in the coming weeks. […]


Convicted cop killer dies in prison

A man convicted of shooting a police officer with his own gun in 1977 has died, prison officials said.

Marion Stanley Osborne died Jan. 22, of natural causes at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman.

Osborne, 58, was serving a life sentence for killing Belmont Patrolman Mickey Gene Johnson. He was convicted of capital murder in Tishomingo County and sentenced on April 14, 1978. […]


Diamondhead celebrates first birthday

Diamondhead turns a year old today.

Incorporation papers were signed Jan. 30, 2012, though the city’s first mayor and council weren’t sworn in until a week later. Officials will be in Jackson for the Mississippi Municipal League Mid-Winter Conference on the anniversary, so they plan to celebrate at a public party with birthday cake at 10 a.m. Feb. 6 at City Hall. […]