NOT guilty on nine counts; guilty on one By Othor Cain Contributing Writer After a little more than six hours of deliberations, a 12-member jury hearing the embezzlement trial of Downtown Jackson Partners President Ben Allen, found him guilty of only one count in a ten count indictment. That one guilty verdict was for paying […]
By Othor Cain Contributing Writer Former Jackson City Councilman Ben Allen, who now heads the not-for-profit Downtown Jackson Partners (DJP) group is in court this week, to answer the ten-count indictment of embezzlement charges that were leveled against him in March 2016. Among the charges Allen is facing includes, having DJP pay $38,373 for his […]
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – The business community and local churches in Jackson are at odds over feeding the homeless at Smith Park. The Clarion-Ledger (http://on.thec-l.com/1bEwH0p) reports some local businesses have been complaining of trash and other debris left behind on the weekends at the park. Ben Allen, Executive Director of Downtown Jackson Business Partners, says […]
Chokwe Lumumba was sworn in Monday as the mayor of Jackson, Mississippi’s capital and the largest city in the state.
Lumumba is an attorney who served the past four years on the Jackson City Council. A civil rights activist, he was active in a black nationalist group decades ago, but ran as a mainstream candidate who would represent all city voters.
The Clarion-Ledger reports that the first true test for Lumumba will come quickly – a Sept. 15 budget deadline, which he’ll face with a new City Council.