University Park Meeting Sunday, Blackburn Middle School Garden Coming Soon

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University Park Neighborhood Association will be holding their monthly meeting on Sunday, March 29th in the JSU Welcome Center at 3:00 pm. They will be discussing Blackburn Laboratory Middle School’s garden. The garden is proposed to be in the neighborhood of University Park, which is right next to Blackburn. University Park residents are excited about the garden and want to meet to discuss ways in which they can support the garden. Anyone who is interested is also encouraged to come to the meeting.

Mrs. Betty Lyons is the president of University Park Neighborhood Associations and she has written a letter of support for the garden and has been gathering signatures from residents that support the garden. She hopes that this garden will be a catalyst for positive change in her neighborhood and a template for other vacant properties in the area.

Below is a rendering of the proposed garden and it is slated to break ground on Saturday, April 25th.
blackburn garden

It took several organizations to work together in order to build and raise funds for the garden. Below are the list of organizations that organized and planned the garden and a list of those who gave grant money.

JSU College of Education and Human Development
JSU Center for University-Based Development
MS Roadmap to Health Equity
Blackburn Laboratory Middle School

Financial Supporters
Kids Gardening
Whole Kids Foundation
Home Depot
OneFitJSU & the JSU Recreation Complex

Almost everything is in place to move forward with the garden, however there is still a need for funding to put a fence around the garden. If you are interested in helping sponsor the fence and receive a permanent plaque with your name in the garden, please contact 601-979-5828.

Pecan Park Neighborhood Association Meeting

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Pecan Park Neighborhood Association will be holding their monthly meeting tonight at Lynch Street CME Church at 6:30 pm. They will be discussing their up coming clean up day as well as other issues as it relates to their neighborhood.

There will be representatives from JPD and the Hinds County Sheriffs office to address any concerns.

Pecan Park neighborhood boundaries are Robinson Road to the North, Prentiss Street to the East, J.R. Lynch Street to the South and Pecan Blvd. to the West.

They welcome everyone to come get involved!

Zoo Brew, Friday, April 3rd


The Jackson Zoo’s 8TH ANNUAL ZOO BREW presented by Capital City Beverages Inc. will be held FRIDAY, APRIL 3, FROM 5 P.M.-9 P.M.

There will be over 50 craft beers to sample, live entertainment, free food samples and a wing eating contest!

TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW! Click on link below to purchase tickets.

General Admission $30 – Designated Driver $15 – VIP $60 (VIP Early Entrance Opens at 4 p.m.)

Below are the sponsors of the event.
Capital City Beverages Inc., BankPlus, Jones Walker, Regions, Raise Your Pints, Tyson, Mad Genius, Lucky Town, The Radio People, WLBT, Wing Stop, Hops & Habanas, The Bulldog, Jaco’s Tacos, Twin Peaks, Alliance Business Services, Simply Down South, McB’s, JFP, LD’s Beer Run, MPB, and ESPL Local.

Welcome Center Hosts Seminar about the Jackson Zoo


Are you wondering what’s going on with the Jackson State Tiger Exhibit at the Jackson Zoo? On Tuesday, March 31, from noon until 1 p.m., the Welcome Center will host a seminar featuring speakers from the Jackson Zoo and JSU. The topics for discussion will include the Jackson State Tiger Exhibit Partnership and “JSU Day at the Zoo.” The community is invited to attend and learn about special rates for membership to students, alumni, and friends and about the rare Sumatran male tiger cub named “Eko” that serves as the centerpiece of the Tiger exhibit at the zoo.

The seminar speakers from Jackson State are Dr. Deborah F. Dent, Vice President for Division of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer; and Felix M. Anderson, Events Coordinator from the Events Department. Speakers from the Jackson Zoo are Stacy Crain, Education Registrar/Volunteer Contact; and Angela Harris, Marketing and Communications Manager.

The seminar is open to the community and refreshments will be served. And, they will have fun door prizes!

RSVP today at 601.979.0883.

“Little Free Library” Updates & Application

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In late January of this year, the Center for University-Based Development (CUBD) held the ribbon cutting ceremony for the first “Little Free Library” in West Jackson. The Little Free Library is an outdoor structure that holds books. The books are free for the community and the concept is “take a book, return a book.”

The mission is to promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide.

Since its opening, there have been 188 books that have went into the community and over 1,000 books donated to the library. The Little Free Library is working  and CUBD wants to bring more libraries to the West Jackson communities. In this posting you will find an application to get a Little Free Library in your West Jackson neighborhood. If you are interested in having one in your neighborhood, you must work with the neighborhood association. Below is a list of all the neighborhood associations in the area and their presidents.

Applications are due back to CUBD’s office by April 30th and can be emailed to Heather Wilcox at After the applications are reviewed, there will be a selection process in which CUBD will choose 3 neighborhoods to get a Little Free Library. Once those libraries are built and installed, CUBD will continue to work with the rest of the neighborhoods to get them a library.

CUBD is working with Patty Patterson, owner of Repurposed Projects, to create custom libraries. Each neighborhood will be involved in the design and the creation of their library.

Application can be found at the link below. For more information please call Heather Wilcox 601-979-5828.

Little Free Library Applications

Neighborhood Associations in West Jackson

Battlefield Park……………………………………………..Willa Womack
Capitol Neighbors Association………………………..Cassandra Welchlin
Dalton-Deer Park Association………………………..Hezekiah Watkins
Pecan Park Neighborhood Association……………Representative Alyce Clarke
University Park…………………………………………….Betty Lyons
Washington Addition……………………………………Felicia McClinton
Zoo Area Progressive Partnership………………….Marcia Reed
Friends of West Jackson……………………………….Ethel Floyd
Matthew’s East Homeowners………………………..Thomas Alexander
New West Jackson Cooperative Community…..Nia Umoji
West Park……………………………………………………Maggie White
Hemingway Neighborhood Association………….Zenotha Robinson
Jayne Ave. Neighborhood Association……………Oredell Calhoun
Poindexter Park…………………………………………..Grace Harper
West Central JXN Improvement Association….Senator Sollie Norwood

West Central Jackson Improvement Association Meeting, Other Meetings

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West Central Jackson Improvment Associaiton (WCJIA) will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, March 19th at 6:00 pm at Lynch Street CME Church. WCJIA is the umbrella organization for all 14 neighborhood associations in the area. On Thursday, they will welcome JSU’s Vice President of Business and Finance, Michael Thomas and he will present the JSU Master Plan.

For additional information contact Senator Sollie Norwood at (601) 352-1205 or Fran Bridges (601) 454-6349.

Additional WJ Meetings/Events listed below.

Tuesday, March 17
5:30 PM – Jackson Public Schools Board – 621 South State Street

7:00 PM – “The Noose and Pyre: Lynching and Racial Violence as
Social Control” with Dr. Deborah H. Barnes – Ayer Hall, JSU

Wednesday, March 18
9:00 AM – West Jackson Alliance – Koinonia Coffee House
Our chance to find roles to fill in revitalizing West Jackson

12:00 PM – Dr. K. C. Morrison – Old Capitol Museum, 2d floor
“African American Political Participation in MS Reconstruction”

5:30 PM – “Sister Act: Margaret Walker and Eudora Welty”
with biographer Dr. Carolyn Brown – Eudora Welty Education and
Visitors Center, 1109 Pinehurst Street

6:00 PM – “From Selma to Ferguson, African American Women as Change Agents” – JSU Student Center Ballroom
Nsombi Lambright, One Vice
Dr. Ivye Allen, Foundation for the Mid South
Kenya Collins, State Director – Obama for America
Constance Gordon, Gordon Consulting Group
Natalie Nicholson, JSU Women’s Council on Philanthropy

Thursday, March 19
1:30 PM – Central MS Continuum of Care – Stewpot Community Center
new members welcome to the re-organized community-wide coalition
of people who want to work to end homelessness in MS – board elections,
ongoing discussion of what needs to be done and how best to do it together

6:00 PM – “Jackson State University’s Master Plan” is the main topic for the
West Central Jackson Improvement Association meeting at
Lynch Street CME Church, 2175 John R. Lynch Street

Friday, March 20
9 AM – Friday Forum – Koinonia Coffee House

Saturday, March 21
10:00 AM – “A Day in the Life of a Judge” with Circuit Court Judge Tomie
Green – League of Women Voters meeting, MS College School of Law,
Room 300, 151 East Griffith Street

Monday, March 23
4:00 PM – Jackson City Council Work Session – City Hall
These Monday work sessions the day before regular, televised formal
Council meetings are where you hear issues discussed in detail.

Tuesday, March 24
9:00 AM – Vision 2022 Housing Subcommittee – Jackson Chamber,
old fire station next to City Hall – all individuals and groups concerned
about housing in Jackson should attend to work toward what is needed

6:00 PM – Jackson City Council Meeting – JSU e-Center

6:00 PM – “The Furrow of His Brow: The Lost History of Black Lynch Mobs”
with Dr. Deborah H. Barnes – JSU COFO Center, 1017 John R. Lynch St.

Wednesday, March 25
12:00 PM – Stephen Middleton – Old Capitol Museum, 2d floor
“The Politics of Expedience: Reconstruction and the Enfranchisement
of African American Males in the South”

Thursday, March 26
8:30 AM – 12 noon – Utility Energy Efficiency Programs Showcase –
for home, business and industrial users – Jackson Convention Complex

5:30 – 7 PM – Discussion of Margaret Walker’s Jubilee led by
Dr. Alferdteen Harrison – Smith Robertson Museum & Cultural Center,
Bloom Street – part of “Jackson Reads” initiative of the City of Jackson

Friday, March 27
9:00 AM – Friday Forum – Koinonia Coffee House

Tuesday, March 31
6:00 PM – “Written in Blood: Discourses in Lynching” with Dr. Deborah H.
Barnes – Gallery 1, University Place, John R. Lynch Street near Dalton

Wednesday, April 1
5:00 PM – Jackson Housing Authority Public Hearing on its proposed
Annual and 5-Year Plan Modifications for FY 2015 – Board Room
(enter south side of building), JHA, 2747 Livingston Road – Draft plan
available now at JHA office

If you want to get regular emails about upcoming meetings in the area, please email Jan Hillegas at

Authentic Mexican Food at “Celaya”


Celaya is a Mexican grocery store located at 1335 Ellis Avenue. The owner is Martin Gonzales and the business has been open for three years.

Celaya is named after a large city in Mexico and they have an array of Mexican products like beans, tortillas, seasoning, and soft drinks. The also have pinatas for parties and tiaras for quinceaneras.

The most unique thing about this business is that you can get authentic Mexican food from the diner in the back of the store. They have soft tacos, burritos, and quesadillas which are all made from scratch.

So next time you are in the shopping plaza on Ellis Avenue, stop by Celaya for all your Mexican cravings.

C.O.P.S. Meeting for Precinct 2


Precinct 2 will holds its regularly scheduled C.O.P.S. meeting on Thursday night at 6:00 pm in Precinct 2, located on the lower level of the Metrocenter Mall. C.O.P.S. is a acronym for Community Oriented Police Services and it is a tool to engage and get feedback from the public.

Tonight, Chief of Police, Lee Vance will be in attendance to address any concerns the public may have.

Precinct 2 has a total of 24.6 square miles. The population is estimated to be 64,285 people and there are 13 beats in Precinct 2.

The boundaries are north to Fortification Street, east to the Pearl River, west to the Clinton City Limits and South to I-20.

Jarratt Taylor is the Commander of Precinct 2.

For more information call (601) 960-0002.

Bold New City Releases Hot New Video & Infrastructure Master Plan

Over the last few months Red Squared Productions, LLC. has been working on a promotional video for the City of Jackson. Last week the video was released and it has been creating buzz ever since. Check it out!

Also the City of Jackson just released its Infrastructure Master Plan for the 1% Sales Tax.

In 2014, the Citizens of Jackson voted overwhelmingly to support passage of a 1% Sales Tax for infrastructure improvements. The City maintains the sales tax revenue in a separate special municipal fund in contingency until this master plan, required by the legislation, is approved. The sales tax may only be used to fund capital projects and efforts to pay costs of road and street repair, reconstruction/resurfacing projects and water, sewer and drainage projects.

The legislation for the Municipal Special Sales Tax requires the City to develop an Infrastructure Master Plan (IMP) to capture the proposed projects that will be funded in part or whole by the 1% Sales Tax Revenue. This IMP will serve as a road map for the Municipal Special Sales Tax expenditures and is required to be voted upon by the Municipal Special Sales Tax Commission also established by the legislation.

Below is the link to the Infrastructure Master Plan.

9th Annual Sweetness 5k Run, April 18th

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The JSU Recreation Complex is proud to host its 9th annual Sweetness “Fight Against Obesity” 5K Run/Walk and One Mile Fun Run on Saturday, April 18th. The purpose of this event is to increase obesity awareness in Mississippi and to promote physical activity in the community.

The event is slated to take place on the main campus of Jackson State University where the 5K Run/Walk and One mile Fun Run ending at the Walter Payton Center.

You can register for the run/walk at The race begins at 8:00 am and will be followed by a health fair from 11:00 am -2:00 pm.

For more information call 601-979-1368 or email


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