By Othor Cain Editor In an ongoing battle since 2012, the city reached a settlement with the company Retro Metro, headed by businessmen Socrates Garrett, Howard Catchings and Leroy Walker. The council voted to go into closed session and then executive session where the discussion, decision and vote took place. In a 4-3 vote that […]
Local photographer honored By Othor Cain Editor For more than 40 years, he has photographed people, events and scenes in Jackson and across the state of Mississippi. Last week, the lens were turned on him. The Jackson city council presented a resolution honoring and commending Johnson as an outstanding citizen for his empowering leadership in […]
By Othor Cain Contributing Writer It took less than 30 minutes for some Jackson City Council members to determine that they had had enough excuses as to why they haven’t been presented with information concerning the city’s budget during the May 9 City Council meeting. Ward 2 City Councilman Melvin Priester, who also serves as […]
Jackson City Council’s regular meeting on March 22 was held at the historic Woodworth Chapel on the campus of Tougaloo College. Occasionally City Council meetings are held on college campuses as a way of engaging students and giving them the opportunity to see government in action. All council members were present. The next regular city […]
By Stephanie R. Jones Contributing Writer Jackson City Council members on Tuesday delayed voting on a contract for disposal of biosolids (sludge) until Nov. 8, saying they wanted the state Attorney General and state Auditor’s office to review the process city administrators used in recommending one company over another. The matter has been controversial, with […]
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – The Jackson City Council has voted down Mayor Tony Yarber’s new infrastructure emergency declaration. The declaration gives the city power to make emergency repairs without going through the bid process. The Clarion-Ledger reports (http://on.thec-l.com/1EaB0ev) Yarber initially declared an infrastructure emergency March 27. It expired after seven days. Yarber then signed a […]
District needs tax hike for debt services
By Othor Cain
If you live anywhere in the Southeastern portion of the United States, then you should be familiar with yearly events held in this part of the country titled “Battle of the Bands.”
The Jackson City Council recently took to the chambers and staged its own version of the popular competition appropriately titled “Battle of the Budgets.”
In a two-day council meeting, that included the blame game, members of the Jackson city council approved the city’s budget and approved a 2.5 mills (tax) increase to meet the school district’s $86 million budget request….
Council members tour the future home of city employees
By Gail M. Brown
Four members of the Jackson City Council and an entourage of others toured the old Belk building at the Metrocenter Mall Wednesday, Aug. 22, in response to a concern of how $50,000 of taxpayers money was used in the project.
The site is slated to become an office complex for city employees,…