Welcome Center Hosts Two Great Events, Tuesday & Saturday

The Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center was Jackson’s first public school building for African Americans. Recently, there have been exciting changes within the walls of this historic building and the museum’s manager, Pamela Junior, is ready to share all the details during the seminar on Tuesday, July 29th, at Noon.

If visiting museums is on your list of “things to do” this summer, or if you are interested in the new changes at Smith Robertson, please join the discussion.

The seminar is free and open to the community and refreshments will be served. RSVP at 601-979-0883.

August is Art history month and the children at the Boys & Girls club have been working on art pieces over the past few weeks. Students were encouraged to draw a picture of their favorite book that they have read during the summer. On Saturday, the Welcome Center will be hosting the “Art Awards Ice Cream Social” for the Boys & Girls Club from 10-11 a.m.

JSU Art Professor, Jimmy Mumford, will present back to school awards to the top five winners.

The community is invited to join in the fun. Space is limited, so RSVP today at 601-979-0883.

The JSU Welcome Center is located on 1400 J.R. Lynch Street in the JSU Student Center. They also have conference space available for community residents to use. The conference can accommodate approximately forty (40) individuals with the use of additional folding chairs, which are provided by the Center. Conference room attendees are responsible for maintaining the cleanliness of the facility.

Use of the facility can only be conducted within the operating hours of the Center.

Hours of Operation

Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Closed on university holidays

Office: (601) 979-0883
Fax: (601) 979-0954

JSU Tiger Kick-off, Saturday

2014 kick off

Join the Jackson State Tigers for the 2014 Tiger Kick-off, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday, July 26 at the Walmart on HWY 18. The JSU coaching staff and players will be available to take photos and sign autographs. Pepsi will be revealing their new JSU Pepsi can and truck, and Walmart will showcase new JSU apparel. Bring the whole family out for a day of fun and interactive games for the kids. For more information visit http://www.jsutigers.com.

Here is the football schedule for the upcoming season.

New Commercial for Jackson Zoo

Keep your eyes peeled on local Jackson channels for the wonderful new Zoo commercial!

West Central Jackson, Power Meeting

west central jackson power meeting

A power meeting in West Central Jackson means elected officials, multiple topics for discussion, and dozens of concerned residents. This meeting took place on Thursday, July 17th and lasted for 3 hours. West Central Jackson Neighborhood Association is the governing body over all the Neighborhood Associations in West Jackson. There are 12 active neighborhood associations in the area and every month, the presidents from each Neighborhood Association attends the West Central Jackson Neighborhood Association meeting to discuss community plans.

This meeting began with the “Heritage Awards” planning meeting in which the Center for University-Based Development will host a ceremony honoring those people who are making meaningful contributions to West Jackson. The “Heritage Awards” is set for November 23rd at 6:00 pm.

The second informational meeting presented information on the ballet initiative, “Better Schools, Better Jobs.” The Better Schools, Better Jobs initiative will require the Legislature to fully fund the state’s commitment to K-12 education, as it promised in 1997 with the Mississippi Adequate Education Program. MAEP aims to ensure that every public school district has enough state support to provide the basics for a good education. Residents were given packets of ballots to collect signatures. They are trying to collect 200,000 signatures by the end of August.
Go to http://www.betterms.org/ to sign the initiative.

The final meeting was the West Central Jackson Community Improvement Association Executive Meeting and they discussed their accomplishments, infrastructure, and community improvement needs. Residents were able to ask Ward 5 Council Representative, Mr. Charles Tillman, about specific issues, including the re-pavement of J. R. Lynch Street. According to Mr. Tillman, this project has been approved by the city and construction should begin very soon.

Below are a list of our vibrate Neighborhood Associations and their presidents.

Battlefield Park……………………..Janice Adams
Capitol Neighbors Association………….Cassandra Welchlin
Dalton-Deer Park Association…………..Hezekiah Watkins
Pecan Park N.A. ……………………..The Honorable Alyce Clarke
University Park………………………Betty Lyons
Washington Addition…………………..Melvina Deans
Zoo Area Progressive Partnership……….Marcia Reed
Friends of West Jackson……………….Ethel Floyd
Matthew’s East Homeowners……………..Thomas Alexander
West Park……………………………Maggie White
Hemingway N.A………………………..Zenotha Robinson
Jayne Ave. Neighborhood Association…….Oredell Calhoun

Dollhouse Dance Factory has Hit Series on Lifetime, Wednesdays

dancing dolls

Dollhouse Dance Factory is located at 1410 Ellis Ave and was founded back in 2001. Mrs. Dianna Williams is the founder of Dollhouse Dance Factory and she graduated from Jackson State University in May 2005 earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice.

As lead dance instructor, she focuses on providing young women and men with skills that promote high self-esteem, determination, persistence, high academic achievement, and community involvement.

The Dancing Dolls have become one of the most popular dance teams in the Southern Region and they have won numerous dance championships and performed at countless events.

Currently, the Dancing Dolls have become popular on Lifetime TV’s hit television show “BRING IT.” The season premier is a week away and airs on Lifetime TV on July 23rd at 8:00 pm.

For more information about the Dollhouse Dance Factory call 601-969-4000 or like their facebook page at


They have over 176,000 likes!

JSU and City of Jackson announce collaboration for sales tax revenue

city of jackson 1 sales tax
Representatives from Jackson State University and the City of Jackson held a news conference at the Mississippi eCenter@JSU on Friday, June 11 to announce their collaboration in crafting the Master Plan for the 1 percent sales tax revenue.

“Jackson State University, for a long-time, has been a lasting partner, not only with the city, but with the state of Mississippi,” said Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber.

Yarber announced JSU’s role in the city’s “new direction.”

“This new direction will be lead by JSU’s Institute of Government,” said Yarber.

JSU’s Institute of Government is lead by founding Executive Director Dr. Otha Burton. Burton has been in the forefront of carrying out the Institute’s mission of providing leadership development, research, consulting and training aimed at assisting urban regions and public service organizations in delivering effective and efficient services that meet the needs of the community.

“This is indeed an exciting opportunity to be able to work with the city from the university perspective,” said Burton. “There’s a lot of important projects that need to take place through our community to make it the kind of community we’re proud of.”

JSU Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. James C. Renick also gave remarks at the conference.

“We are Jackson’s public university,” said Renick. “We’ve had relationships with the government for some time, but it’s really wonderful to see the chief executive of the city call on a resource like the university to ensure that Jackson State continues its relevancy. We’re looking for more partnerships. This is the beginning of things yet to come.”

Tigers, Ice Cream, and Car Tags… Jackson Zoological Park

zoo Ice cream

On Saturday, Trustmark will host the 20th annual Ice Cream Safari at the Jackson Zoo from 10:00 am-1:00 pm! This event is one of the Zoo’s biggest fundraisers and they will have 20 celebrity scoopers and 20 animal-”tastic” flavors presented by Blue Bell Ice Creameries. So come out and enjoy all the ice cream you can eat along with all the wonderful zoo animals.

Ticket Cost: $12.25 (adults); $9.75 (children ages 2-12); $3.00 (members)

Another way to support our local Zoo is by purchasing an exclusive Jackson Zoo car tag. These tags just went on sale and only cost $31 dollars (in addition to the regular fee). 90% of the proceeds go directly to the Zoo.

tiger tag

This is a picture of what the tag will look like. It is great that the Jackson Zoo picked a Tiger for the picture on the car tag, because everyone knows this is Tiger Country!

Below is the link to get your own Jackson Zoo car tag.


Also the Jackson Zooilogical Park has a new website and you should check it out at http://jacksonzoo.org/

Shred It, Friday

2014 JSU Shred Day Flyer July

There will be a paper shred day from 10 – 2 p.m. on Friday, July 11 at the JSU E Center. Bring your documents to shred, it is simple and fast.There is even a monitor so that you can watch the documents being shredded.

What a wonderful opportunity to clean out your desk and file cabinets.

There is no charge for this service.

Cellular Network Center and CUBD Hold Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

cellular network ribbon cutting ceremony

The Center for University-Based Development (CUBD) created the University Business Association last year and works with local businesses to revitalize the West Jackson area through several projects.

Mr. R. Andrae Dobbey, owner and operator of our newest West Jackson business, Cellular Network Center, has joined the University Business Association (UBA). CUBD assisted his business with a ribbon cutting ceremony in June. Several customers, friends, and other business owners came out to celebrate the opening of the new business to our area.

Cellular Network Center is located at 1008 University Boulevard and provides an array of services and sells high quality phones and individual plans starting at $50.00 a month. In addition to providing cellular services, customers can also pay their mortgage, car notes, Entergy, Atmos, Comcast, Dish, AT&T, U verse, and ADT Alarm Systems bills. Customers can also make payments to the State of Mississippi and the Department of Corrections. Customers are pleased with the one-stop service.

Through the University Business Association, CUBD helps local businesses increase revenue while creating and maintaining an attractive place to shop, work, and live.

Cellular Network Center hours of operation
Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

For more information call 769-524-4450 or check out their website at http://cellularnetworkcenter.com/

Bikes, Helmets, & Health…. This IS “Cruising the Community”

“Cruising the Community” was a huge success and it would not have been possible with out our sponsors. Below is a list of all 32 sponsors and we say THANK YOU!

sponsors cruising the community


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