Holidays Under the Stars, December 3rd


Poindexter Elementary Gets Garden


This past week Keep Jackson Beautiful helped build a vegetable and fruit garden for Poindexter Elementary School located at the corner of Rose and Robinson Road. Marsha Hobson, Director of Keep Jackson Beautiful, was able to receive a $5,000 dollar grant from Lowe’s to build the garden.

Students from Jackson State University and Hinds Community College as well as other volunteers showed up to complete ten raised beds for the garden. Everything is ready for the children to plant vegetables in the spring. The garden will have butter beans, cucumbers, tomatoes, and fresh herbs. They have also planted some fruit trees around the garden.

Welcome Center Hosts Drunk Driving Defense Seminar, Today

drunk driving

This time of year, with all the holiday parties and other festive occasions, many partygoers will be drinking. If you are celebrating with alcohol this holiday season, you need to understand the “Dangers and Consequences to Driving Under the Influence.”

This topic will be covered during the seminar in the Welcome Center on Wednesday, November 18 from noon until 1 pm. The guest speaker is Velesha P. Williams, director of the Metro Jackson Community Prevention Coalition in the Office of Community Engagement at Jackson State University.

Williams will share strategies to help keep our roads safe and talk about the legal and administrative consequence of a DUI charge and the physical and legal impact of the blood alcohol content (BAC).

The seminar is free with refreshments and door prizes. RSVP at 601-979-0883.

Training for Jobs, Employment Oppurtunities

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Below are the dates and times for Interest Sessions that will inform those desiring to apply for training for living wage jobs. These sessions are organized by Jackson 500, the partnership between Working Together Jackson, the City of Jackson and Hinds Community College.

To apply you do not need a GED or a High School Diploma and generous financial support is available for Jackson Residents wanting to learn skills for jobs with living wages, a career path and benefits.

The Orientation and Registration times are also listed below.

January Class Recruitment Schedule

Interest Sessions

Tuesday, November 17th, 6:30 p.m., New Horizon Church International, 1770 Ellis Ave.

Thursday, November 19th, 10 a.m., Stewpot Community Services, 1100 West Capitol

Thursday, November 19th, 6 p.m., Prosperity Center of Greater Jackson, 329 Adelle St.
(There may be one other session scheduled.)

Orientation Registration Schedule

Day Class Orientation: Monday-Thursday, November 30th through December 3rd, 8:30 to 3 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 8:45 to Noon on Thursday
Raymond Campus Gibbs Hall

Night Class Orientation: Monday-Tuesday, Dec. 7th -8th, and Monday-Tuesday, Dec. 14th-15th, Times to be announced.

For more information contact , 601-460-0797 or Robin Parker at (662) 418-8865,

JSU Builds “Circle of Humanity”

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JSU recently constructed the Circle of Humanity at one of the key gateways into campus on the corner of Dalton and Lynch Street. The Circle of Humanity displays 60 flags which showcase the many different countries that JSU students represent. Some of these countries include Jamaica, Mexico, and Great Britain.

According to President Meyers, “This concept is letting Mississippi and the world know that Jackson State University welcomes anyone and everyone from wherever who wants to learn. The students picked the location so that our message is front and center as people approach our campus, and the College of Liberal Arts touches all learners”.

The Circle of Humanity is almost finished and when it is complete it will feature a fountain in the center.

Happy Veterans Day, Thank You

veterans day

We want to say thank you to all of our veterans on this day. Above is a picture of Fire Station 28 raising the American flag on the campus of JSU.

Specials for Veterans in West Jackson:

All veterans can get free admission to the Jackson Zoo today.

You also can go to IHOP and get breakfast for free. This includes eggs, choice of meat, hash browns, and pancakes.

Christ the King Catholic Church Presents “An Evening with James Meredith,” Friday

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The second annual Sister Thea Bowman Catholic School (formerly Christ the King Catholic School) Scholarship Banquet entitled, “An Evening with James Meredith” Scholarship Banquet will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, November 13, in the Christ the King Catholic Church Multiple Purpose Building (Tunica Street, Jackson, MS 39209).

The guest speaker is Mr. James Meredith, the first African American to enroll in the University of Mississippi. He has many similarities to Sister Thea Bowman, they were both trailblazers in education, civil and human rights. More than a half century has passed since Meredith dared to get a quality education at the premiere university in the state of Mississippi.

Education has been the catalyst to lift people out of poverty. Today a quality private school elementary education can cost in excess of $10,000 annually. All students who attend Sister Thea Bowman Catholic School are eligible for tuition assistance.

For more than 50 years access to a Catholic education has been available to the citizenry of Jackson. Christ the King Pre-School and St. Mary’s Elementary School merged resulting in the name change to Sister Thea Bowman Catholic School.

Tickets for the scholarship banquet are $100 individual and table sponsorship is available. For tickets contact the school at (601) 352-5441 or the parish office at (601) 948-8867.

Jackson Zoo Releases Master Plan

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Over the past year the Jackson Zoo contracted with PJA, a Seattle-based architecture firm specializing in zoo design, to complete a ten year plan for the zoo. The Jackson Zoo Master Plan proposes major new exhibits, visitor services, and significant revisions to the entry and exit ways. These changes will improve visitor circulation throughout the Zoo, diversify the zoo’s animal and plant collections, improve visitor experience, and improve revenue generation opportunities.

The new Master Plan also seeks to increase and improve interactive and interpretive experiences, including visitor-animal interaction, as well as families interacting together. They want to add a lions den, a rain forest, and a restaurant.

The anticipated yearly attendance for the new Jackson Zoo is between 250-300,000 visitors annually, when the renovations are complete.

The timeline depending on funding is 10 to 15 years before full completion.

To review the entire Master Plan please click on link below.


JSU RecPlex Wants To Hear From You

jsu survey

The JSU RecPlex is conducting a community-wide survey in order to get a better understanding of facility usage, satisfaction, and engagement at the JSU RecPlex. Your opinions are important and this survey is your chance to express those opinions.


Please see the survey links below and choose the survey that best fits you based on your status with the Walter Payton Center of the JSU Recreation Complex:

Community Member

Community Non-Member

4th Annual Zoo Run, Saturday

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Jackson Youth for Christ and the Jackson Zoo is hosting On the Road to Health’s 4th Annual Zoo Run on October 31. The 5K race will begin at New Horizon Church and end at the Jackson Zoo. Participants are encouraged to wear costumes and will also receive ½ off zoo admission.

The run/walk will begin at 8am and the Kids run at 8:45 a.m. Shuttles will be available for a ride back to the starting point.

First 100 registrants will receive the ZOO Walk/Run Tech Shirt, all others will receive the Zoo Walk/Run Fandana. Registration fee is $25, and must be paid before the run.

PARKING is available at the church.

AWARDS CEREMONY will take place at 9:15 a.m. at the Zoo Community Room.

CASH COSTUME prizes for the walk/runners with the best Halloween costumes.

Cost: Register at: Keyword: Zoo Run
Individual Runner: $25, Kids Fun Run: $5 Includes race shirt.
Contact: Angela Harris,,


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