City of Jackson Weekly Update

  • City of Jackson’s Operation Orange Cone Initiative Restoring City Streets
    Mayor Tony T. Yarber and Department of Public Works Director Kishia Powell have announced details about Operation Orange Cone, an initiative to restore the city’s streets. Public Works employees work diligently each day to respond to 311 calls about road problems. However, Operation Orange Cone is a focused effort on street restoration. It will include paving, rehabilitation, maintenance and roadway reconstruction projects. The initiative is an effort to remove idle orange cones from streets throughout the city.
  • ·         The 1 Percent Commission OKs Infrastructure Master Plan
    The next stop for the infrastructure master plan is the Jackson City Council. Mayor Tony T. Yarber presented the final draft of the IMP to the Sales Tax Commission last month, and members overwhelmingly approved the first round of projects. The multi-year plan will address the comprehensive needs of the city’s crumbling infrastructure, including roads, bridges, sewer and water. Jackson citizens voted in 2014 to tax themselves to help finance repairs to the city’s infrastructure. The commission approval allows for the release of some $13 million to help pay for the first-year projects.



  • Join Us for Family Day on the Green on Monday, May 25
    On Memorial Day, the City of Jackson and 97.7 WRBJ present the “Family Day on the Green,” an inaugural event that mixes food, fun, arts, entertainment  and a salute to our service men and women with the City’s first volunteer call. The event will be held May 25 from noon to 5 p.m. on the BankPlus Green between Thalia Mara Hall and The Mississippi Museum  of Art, located at 380 Lamar St. Admission is free and it’s open to the public. Other event sponsors include Fox 40 and US 96.3 and Yardboy.

Activities include space jumps, a video game truck, balloon creations and face-painting. There will also be music and live entertainment from some of Mississippi’s top talents. The event is an opportunity for citizens to visit downtown venues, such as the Planetarium, the Arts Center and the Mississippi Museum of Art (MMA) — all of which will be open to the public.


  • Bike to Lunch at Smith Park Thursday, May 28
    The City of Jackson officially launches its proposal for a federal bicyclist and pedestrian safety initiative on Thursday, May 28, by hosting the event, Bike to Lunch at Smith Park, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Residents are encouraged to ride their bikes to Smith Park for the event, which will feature music, food trucks, a bike rack unveiling ceremony and other activities.  Pedestrians are also welcome. Mayor Tony T. Yarber issued a proclamation on Tuesday, May 19, for the city to join in the observance of May as National Bike Month. The city is participating in the U.S. Department of Transportation’s bicyclist and pedestrian safety initiative, dubbed the “Mayors’ Challenge for Safer People and Safer Streets.”


  • Pothole Patrol
    The Department of Public Works pothole patrol continues to make daily rounds to address problems on city streets. Now, the public can get a list of the streets getting repaired each day. Just visit to find out if your street is on the list. Residents are encouraged to call 311 to report a pothole.
  • ·         Sign Up for Code Red
    The city is urging Jackson citizens to sign up for the emergency alert system Code Red. It’s easy to do, just visit the website at and click on Code Red. The system informs you about emergencies and provides other alerts, including boil water notices and evacuation notices.

In other Jackson News:


 Zoo Brew

The Jackson Zoo Day is June 27. Residents receive 1/2 off admission with a valid ID. Local businesses, chambers, and city officials are invited to set up booths to greet guests.


Each Friday in May, the Museum hosts “Live at Lunch!” (sponsored by Pepsi) with live performances by local musicians on the C-Spire Stage in The Art Garden at the Mississippi Museum of Art (The Art Garden) from 11:30 AM until 1:30 PM.
Enjoy live music in the spring ambiance with lunch from the new menu in The Palette Café by Viking prepared by Chef Nick Wallace. The menu includes a selection of soups, signature salads, sandwiches, “taco of the day” and “pasta of the day”, plus fresh garden-sourced appetizers carefully crafted by Chef Wallace himself. The café is open from 11 AM until 2 PM, Tuesday through Saturday.
The Live at Lunch! lineup for the rest of May is as follows:

* May 29 – Dylan Lovett of Young Valley

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