Are you ready for some football?
The JSU Tigers are set to kick off their first game of the season on Saturday, August 30th at 6 pm and they will be playing FAMU.
Click on the link below to see the freshman class get excited about the Sonic Boom of the South!
Mayor Tony Yarber invites the public to the Lynch Street ground breaking press conference on Thursday, August 28th at 2:00 pm. The press conference will be held at Christ The King Catholic Church located at 2303 J.R. Lynch St.
The Lynch St project from Wiggins Street to Hwy 80 is a federally-funded City project with MDOT oversight. The construction plan will repave the street, replace traffic lights, and make drainage upgrades as needed. This plan has been presented to various groups along the Lynch Street Corridor.
For more information contact 601-960-2414.
This past week was orientation for JSU students and they became acclimated with the rules and regulations of the university. One of the requirements is that all undergraduate students must complete 120 hours of community service work in order to graduate. Well this past Saturday many freshman got a head start on their community service work by showing up at eight in the morning to volunteer at Blackburn Laboratory Middle School.
Dozens of students painted ceiling tiles, organized books, made inspirational message boards, and had fun. These hours will be logged in and added to their student profile for graduation.
Here is a short video of the event.
This project would not have been possible with out the commitment and collaboration of Blackburn Middle School, Alice Harden Center for Service and Community Engaged Learning, and the Center for University-Based Development.
For more information about each group click on the links below.
Blackburn Laboratory Middle School http://blackburn.jpsms.org/
Alice Varnado Harden Center for Service and Community Engaged Learning http://www.jsums.edu/studentlife/center-for-service-community-engaged-learning/
Center for University-Based Development http://www.jsums.edu/cubd/
On Monday evening, West Jackson will welcome many elected officials. Although these officials will not be in the same place, it is an opportunity for you to voice any positive or negative concerns happening in your neighborhood.
Congressman Bennie Thompson will be speaking on legislation affecting the state and city on Monday, August 25th at 5:30 pm in the MetroCenter Mall. The meeting will be held at the MetroCenter Mall Events Center located at the first floor entrance near the City of Jackson entrance. District 28 Mississippi Senator, Sollie B. Norwood will also discuss legislation passed in the 2014 Regular Session that affects the state. The congressman and senator will answer questions during the event. The forum is free and open to the public.
For More information contact Senator Sollie B. Norwood at 601-672-0048.
In addition to this meeting, Mayor Tony Yarber will be hosting his “We Are Jackson Listening Tour,” at the Jackson Zoo at 6pm. This tour gives Jacksonians the opportunity for their ideas and solutions to be heard. This event is free and open to the public.
For more information contact 601-960-1084.
At the corner of Dalton Street and Topp Avenue, in the Washington Addition Neighborhood, is a little building that serves up a big ole burger. The name of this place is Stamps Super Burger. Founded in 1970 by Algernon Stamps, Sr., Stamps had its beginnings as a small grocery called Al’s Deli Mart–a place that became known for its signature Stamps Burger.
In 1986, Stamps changed the name of his restaurant to Stamps Super Burger and serves up a product that has been well marinaded over the restaurant’s 40 year history.
The signature Super Burger is 12-13 ounces of 100% fresh ground beef and can be topped with your choice of lettuce, tomato, pickles, onions on a…BIG bun.
Stamps also offers Turkey burgers and they are just as big and just as good.
Stamps is located at 1801 Dalton Street and is open from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
Feel free to call your order in for pickup at 601.352.4510. Below is a link to their entire menu.
Last year, Voice of Calvary Ministries received a grant through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Disaster Relief funds. The boundaries for the West Jackson Plan were set by the funding agency and are bounded by Fortification to the North, Gallatin Street to the East, Highway 80 to the South and Ellis Avenue to the West. Voice of Calvary Ministries contracted with Duvall Decker Architects to take the lead with planning and researching for the designated area. After a year of working on the plan, Duvall Decker Architects will be unveiling the plan to the community on Tuesday, August 19th, at 6:00 pm. at Voice of Calvary.
If you are unable to attend this meeting there are two other meetings scheduled.
Friday, August 29th at Koinonia Coffee House at 9:00 am.
Saturday, August 30th at the Jackson Zoo at 1:00 pm.
The purpose of the West Jackson Plan is to serve as a guidebook that empowers residents and stakeholders to invest in sustainable and inclusive social, physical and economic development within the community.
For more information about the plan please contact Duvall Decker Architects at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 601.713.1128.
The first day of school can be stressful to students as well as their parents. As school begins on Monday, August 18th, remember to slow down and take your time when getting out and about. JPS will begin transporting thousands of children daily and drivers should pay special attention to school buses.
If you have any questions or concerns, please call the hotline for assistance at 601-987-3767.
The Jackson Police Department and Hinds County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting a multicultural awareness training on Wednesday, August 13th at 10 am. This session will inform community members about ways to prevent themselves from being a victim of a crime. The training session will be held at the Crime Prevention Unit on 3000 Saint Charles Street.
For more information contact JPD @ 601-960-1808 or the Hinds County Sheriff’s Office at 601-974-2900.
The Jackson Zoo welcomed their first Sumatran tiger cub on May 20th to first time mom and dad, Sari and Emerson. Now, they need your help! The cub will be making his debut soon and he doesn’t have a name yet.
The Zoo is very excited to have you pick the little cub’s name from a list of names selected by the Zoo staff.
Please choose one of the three names listed below and make a $1.00 contribution to make your vote truly count for tigers. Every dollar raised will go directly to the tiger animal care team to make sure this little guy has everything he needs growing up. You can vote as many times as you choose. Each transaction will need to be processed separately.
Voting closes Wednesday, September 3, at 3 PM!
The winning name will be revealed soon after!
Names to choose from…
Faulkner: Dad, Emerson, was named after author Ralph Waldo Emerson (his brothers also had literary names). Faulkner follows this tradition.
Harapan: This name is based on the Indonesian word for “hope”, as every Sumatran tiger birth is a hope for the future for their species.
Eko: Sari and Emerson are first time parents and this name honors that, with Eko being an Indonesian expression for “the first child”.
Click on link below to vote.
Also if you are interested in getting involved with things happening in and around the Zoo, there is a special group for you. The Zoo Area Progressive Partnership (ZAPP) is a neighborhood group that meets every second Tuesday at Noon. On tomorrow, they will be meeting in the Zoo Education Building to plan ways to revitalize the West Capitol Street corridor.
Over the past week, JSU installed a large electronic billboard on the Student Center and it is helping transform the intersection of J.R. Lynch St. and Dalton St. This corner encompasses every aspect of a modern city including plazas, restaurants, apartments, shopping, and now an electronic billboard. If you blink, you may think you are in Times Square!
JSU President, Dr. Carolyn Meyers is leading the university into a more technologically advanced campus. The billboard is just one example of her vision. Recently she was named HBCU’s Digest Female President of the Year.
Jarrett Carter Sr., HBCU Digest’s publisher, said Meyers more than deserved the honor.
“Dr. Meyers for the last two years has really etched out a strong case for how HBCU leadership should go,” Carter said.
“She has been strategic about enrollment and technology and she hasn’t been afraid to go out and get the resources to make this happen. She was a runaway choice this year.”
Dr. Meyers lead Jackson State to record enrollment last year and opened a campus-authorized Apple store, the first in Mississippi and one of few in the country. The university also continued implementation of the nation’s largest freshmen iPad initiative, which provides all first-year students with iPads to help with coursework.
The corner of Lynch and Dalton is the hub of Jackson State University and the place to be, so go check it out!