Live Music at the Penguin Every Weekend

penguin live music

The Penguin Bar & Grill provides live music every weekend! Tonight they will feature Akemi Graham & the Key of the G. For more information about the Penguin, check them out on their facebook page listed below.

Below is a picture of their rib plate special.

rib plate

3rd Annual Cruising the Community Video, Pictures, & Final Report

The 3rd Annual Cruising the Community event was held Friday, July 31st and by all measures the event was a success. Attached is the final report detailing the fundraising efforts, participation rates, and results from the collected surveys.

We want to thank all the sponsors who helped pull this event off, because without them, Cruising the Community would not be possible.

Below is the final report and the pictures from the event.

Third Annual Cruising the Community Report for July 31, 2015 final

Jim Hill Cheerleaders Make it to Nationals, Go Fund Them

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This past June, the Jim Hill High School cheerleaders participated in an NCA cheerleading camp at the University of Southern Mississippi. At this camp, Jim Hill earned a bid to the 2016 NCA Senior and Junior High School Nationals to be held in Dallas, Texas, January 23-24. This will be the cheerleaders third time competing at a national competition and their second time competing at this particular competition.

Earning a Nationals bid is an outstanding achievement and they are already working hard on their competition routines.

Jim Hill cheerleaders are the FIRST squad from Jackson Public School District to compete on a national level. However, a trip of this magnitude requires major funding. In the past, it has been the donations and sponsorship’s from community members and leaders that has allowed them to represent Jackson Public School District on the national level.

In order to make their third trip a success, Jim Hill is soliciting the help of family, friends, and the community. The money that they raise will cover transportation, lodging, and all registration fees for a squad of 30.

Please click on link below to help fund Jim Hill High School Cheerleaders go to Nationals!

Support the Sonic Boom of the South, Sunday

thee i merge

The Sonic Boom Merging will be held this Sunday, August 23 at 6 p.m. at Lee E. Williams Athletic & Assembly Center (AAC). Admission is $5.00 dollars and all proceeds will go to the Sonic Boom. They are trying to raise funds so they can travel with the football team all season.

So if you need a family fun outing in the West Jackson community, please come out and support the Sonic Boom of the South!

Community Bank Offers Financial Literacy Training, Saturday

Community Bank fin literacy flyer

Meet Keep Jackson Beautiful, Thursday

2015 Meet and Greet KJB

Keep Jackson Beautiful will be hosting a Meet & Greet, Thursday, August 20th at Noon in the Hood Building. This is an opportunity to get to know Keep Jackson Beautiful and what they do for the City of Jackson. They also will be serving lunch.

Keep Jackson Beautiful, Inc. is a non-profit, certified local affiliate of Keep America Beautiful dedicated to changing attitudes and behavior towards environmental issues such as littering and recycling. Their programs focus on education, litter reduction, recycling and beautification of Jackson.

Marsha Hobson is the executive director of Keep Jackson Beautiful is she is very active in the community. Keep Jackson Beautiful supplies groups with trash bags and gloves for cleans ups and they also secure funding for planting trees and building gardens. Most recently they helped secure funding for building a pavilion at the Jackson Zoo and built two butterfly gardens in Battlefield Park.

For more information, check out their website at or contact Marsha Hobson at 601-398-5219.

3rd Annual Cruising the Community, Friday

3RD Cruising the Community Final FINAL

On Friday, July 31st the Center for University-Based Development will host the 3rd Annual Cruising the Community event at the Walter Payton Center from 8 am to Noon. Cruising the Community promotes the biking and walking trails on the campus of JSU as safe places for children to bike and walk.

The event features a 1-3 mile ride around the campus of JSU and children can ride anything on wheels. This includes bikes, scooters, skateboards, skates, wagons and strollers.

The event is free and will feature appearances by Dr. Robert Smith Sr., Mayor Tony Yarber, and an exhibition game by the Rollin Tigers wheelchair basketball team.

All participants who preregister will receive a free helmet, a free t-shirt, free books, and lunch.

There is still time to register, please go to

This event and all the items given away would not be possible with out our sponsors. Below are the sponsors and we say THANK YOU so much for giving!

• Center for University-Based Development
• JSU Recreation Complex
• Jackson Medical Mall Foundation
• JSU Auxiliary Services
• Rollin Tigers Basketball Players
• Lemonade Day
• Safe Routes to School STARS Program
• MS Department of Health
• City of Jackson
• Parent’s and Kids Magazine
• MS Department of Rehabilitation Services
• JSU Bookstore
• Atmos Energy
• Zion Travelers Baptist Church
• Voice of Calvary Ministries
• Cash & Carry
• Whole Foods
• City of Jackson
• Jackson Police Department
• Entergy
• My Brother’s Keeper
• Hilton Garden Inn, Downtown
• Walter Payton Family Foundation
• Sedexo
• Bankplus

Below is the map of the route for the event. For more information please call 601-979-5828.

3rd route, ctc

National Night Out Kickoff Celebration, Thursday


The City of Jackson and the Hinds County Sheriff’s Office will host the annual National Night Out Kick-Off Celebration on Thursday, July 30th at the MS Agriculture Museum. Gates open at 5:00 pm and the event starts at 6:00 pm.

The City of Jackson and Hinds County Sheriff’s Office encourage all neighborhood associations to participate in the event.

Welcome Center Hosts Ice Cream Social, Today

ice cream social

July is National Ice Cream Month and you are cordially invited to join the Welcome Center on Tuesday, July 28, between 11:30 am and 1:30 pm to enjoy a delicious ice cream treat! Joann Jones, president of the Jackson State University Blue Bengal Association; and Yolanda McElroy with McElroy Logistics will be present to sell season tickets and provide updates on the new JSU Athletics “Fear the Tigers” football ticket sales campaign.

This event is free and open to the community and ice cream will be distributed on a first come first serve basis. The forecast for tomorrow is HOT, so come get some ice cream to cool you down and get ready for the 2015 Football Season. GO TIGERS!

JSU Assists Young People in Developing Apps

Jackson State University staff and volunteers joined TECH JXN and #YesWeCode Hackathon on Tuesday, June 30, in the downtown Jackson Convention Center for an innovation summit to help young people create apps to tackle social and civic issues.

Florida attendees, who traveled to the conference via Estella’s Brilliant Bus, joined young participants from Jackson Public Schools. The customized bus mobile learning center is the brainchild of 79-year-old Estella Pyfrom of Belle Grade, Fla. Recognized as a CNN Hero, Pyfrom, a daughter of migrant farm workers, recounted growing up in an impoverished community with a lot of unskilled labor in southern Florida. She said she developed the idea to bring computers and technology to underserved areas.

Below are those who won during the competition. Mayor Yarber will recognize the JPS students that participated and won the Hackathon.

Grand Prize
Application: “Global Emergency Community Contact (GECC),” a crowd sourcing app to report infrastructure or emergency issues to government officials, including law enforcement, fire department, public works, etc.

Team members: Devon McNeil (Provine High School), Ariel Dille (Provine High School), Rachael Griffin (Bailey APAC), Zadarius Macklin (Provine High School) and Elexis Daniels (Terry High School).
GECC Team Chaperone was Sadie Harris, Provine High teacher.
The winning team received new Samsung Galaxy Tablet 4s and six months of mentorship from Matt Kurt, Chief Technology Officer, of the New Orleans-based e-commerce company, Turbo Squid.

Runners Up
First Runner-Up: “E-Lert”
Team members: Joel May (Murrah High School), Dejoure Mister (Wingfield High School), Joseph White (Clinton Jr. High School), Jordan Taylor (Callaway High School) and Dante Moore (Callaway High School). E-Lert Team Chaperone was Martina Henderson, a JSU student.

Second Runner-Up: “Catfish Catch”
Team members: Hugh Smith (Clinton Christian Academy), LaToria Hicks (Olde Town Middle School), Brianna Colton (Sumner Hill), Peighton Powe (Lovett Elementary School) and Jeremy Grant (Cordoza Middle School). Catfish Catch Team Chaperone was Alis DeJohn, recent USM graduate and (MS)CEI Intern.

The 4th Jackson team won overall in Jackson, but did not make it to the final round in New Orleans. The Real “U” team members are: Miguel Harrison (Lakeview Middle School), Raquel Griffin (Bailey APAC), Tiara Mister (Wingfield High School), Elexis Peyton (Provine High School), Tamia Singleton (Murrah High School), and Mimi Bishop (Madison Central High School). The Real “U” Chaperone was Bryan Eason youth leader with the the CDF Southern Regional Office.


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