News Briefs

One percent sales tax public information meeting set for Sept. 1


Jackson Mayor Tony T. Yarber and the city of Jackson Department of Public Works will host a public information meeting regarding the city’s Special Municipal Sales Tax Program at 6 p.m. Sept. 1, at Thalia Mara Hall, located at 255 East Pascagoula St.

The meeting will allow residents to hear firsthand how their 1 percent sales tax funds are being spent and provide their feedback.

More than 30 infrastructure improvement projects have been approved by the city’s Special Municipal Sales Tax Commission for year one. During this meeting, city staff and its program manager will provide an update on the progress of those projects.

Residents can learn about projects currently under construction, such as the Eastover Drive Waterline Improvement, as well as those that have been completed, including the Hanging Moss Road Bridge. Sections of more than 20 streets have been resurfaced using 1 percent sales tax funds.


Veterans encourage to attend homeless stand down event


The G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center will present its annual homeless stand down titled “Reaching Out to Homeless Veterans” from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 26, at the Salvation Army, 570 E. Beasley Road, in Jackson.

This annual event continues to be a great resource for veterans as they are given personal hygiene kits, food, clothing, health screenings and other necessary services, such as health care, housing, employment and substance use treatment.

Veterans receiving VA benefits may attend this event.

For more information, contact Kimberly Moore, LCSW, Homeless Program coordinator at (601) 362-4471- ext. 55504.


Residents urged to sign up for CodeRED


The city of Jackson is urging residents to sign up for CodeRED, a free emergency notification system that simply requires a phone number or email address to deliver alerts.

The CodeRED system offers Jackson officials the ability to quickly deliver messages to targeted areas or the entire city. CodeRED is a critical tool in time of crisis. It is recommended that all businesses register, as well as all individuals who have unlisted phone numbers, who have changed their phone number or address within the past year, and those who use a cellular phone or as their primary number.

To sign up, visit and click on CodeRED on the homepage. Those without internet access may call the Mayor’s Action Line at (601) 960-1111 and a customer representative will assist in the sign up.

CodeRED Weather Warning is an opt-in only weather warning product that taps into the National Weather Service’s Storm Based Warnings. CodeRED Weather Warning automatically alerts affected citizens in the path of severe weather just moments after a warning has been issued. Additionally, the city of Jackson uses CodeRED to alert citizens about boil water notices, evacuations and to issue crisis communication.


‘Roll In and Showing Out’ car, truck show slated


The City of Jackson Department of Parks and Recreation will host the first “Roll In and Showing Out Explosion Car and Truck Show” Aug. 27, at the VA Legion softball field, located at 4500 Officer Thomas Catchings Dr. The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 pm. It is free and open to the public.

The car and truck show is open to all classes of vehicles, any make, model or year.  Food vendors and music will be on site.

For more information, contact Vickie Dykes at (601) 960-0643 or email at

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