THE UNVARNISHED TRUTH: Sociologist, Rommel W. Benjamin, Speaks Out On Mayor’s Race, Racism and Myths

Some recent events in the State of Mississippi have forced attention on the critical need for citizens to exercise rational logical thinking: The rush for candidacy into the Jackson Mayor’s Race, the vandalism of the statue of James Meredith at the University of Mississippi and the electorate (voters) being faced with making political decisions based […]

HCC Utica Campus donates to Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital

Jamessia Davis, beer known as “Peaches”, is a 10-year old who has been baling Ewing's Sarcoma (a rare form of bone cancer) for the past 6 months or so. She is a member of Greater New Hamilton Grove Baptist Church in Raymond, MS. Jamessia received two wigs and one cap that was donated to Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital by Hinds Community College, Utica Campus.
The Make-A-Wish Foundaon recently granted Jamessia's most heart-felt wish, an iPad. Jamessia also received a shopping spree. Her first stop was Justice, a clothing store for young girls.
Other stores Jamessia shopped included Best Buy, Toys R Us, Hibbe Sports, and Wal-Mart.
“Jamessia's cancer has been upgraded to Stage 4, but she is a true fighter, full of courage and inspiraon,” said Kris Johnson, HCC Uca Campus cosmetology student and Jamessia’s church member. “Jamessia’s favorite
saying is, ‘By His stripes I AM healed!’”

JANS – “When I came to the Utica Campus as a student in 1984, it was known for helping others and community service,” said Hinds Community College, Utica Campus cosmetology instructor Ouida Theriot. “We are simply continuing that legacy.” Approximately 30 freshmen and sophomore Utica Campus cosmetology students wanted to do something to help the cancer patients at Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital in Jackson. So, […]

Jessie Whitley selected to lead Greenville’s Water Department

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JANS – After a thorough search process that yielded 29 candidates, the Greenville City Council selected Jessie Whitley for the manager position in the Water Department. Born and raised in Greenville, Whitley attended Greenville Public Schools. After graduating from T.L. Weston High School in 1991, Whitley attended Mississippi Delta Community College and majored in Business Administration. In 1997, Whitley graduated from Delta State University with a BA in Marketing. […]

Faulkner sworn into Mississippi House of Representatives

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Rep. John Faulkner (D-Holly Springs) was sworn in to the Mississippi House of Representatives Dec. 19. He won the special run-off election on November 26 to fill the seat vacated by former Rep. Kelvin Buck, who is now the Mayor of Holly Springs. Rep. Faulkner was joined by family members and friends including his mother, Celestine Faulkner; brother, Ivory Faulkner; brother, Rodney Lowe; uncle, Reverend Robert Smith; Holly Springs […]

Compassionate Care partners with Operation Shoestring for toy giveaway

Local nonprofit Compassionate Care made it a very merry Christmas for many children throughout Jackson. “Partnering is the key to being able to serve more children,” said Bobbie Brown, executive director of the organization. Combining forces was paramount in the efforts of Compassionate Care as demonstrated when it joined its giving power with Operation Shoestring, another local prominent group with a long history of providing services to children […]

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JFD adds new truck to fleet

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The Jackson Fire Department will add another new truck to its fleet. A newly designed Mobile Command Unit will be commissioned into service for the JFD. This command vehicle, along with seven newly acquired trucks, will be used as a command post for large-scale incidents. Fire Chief Willie Owens will re-establish the Mobile Command Division of the department, complete […]

Attorney Fred Banks receives top award

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JANS – Jackson attorney Fred L. Banks, Jr., has been recognized again for his years of service in the field of law. He received the prestigious American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the 5th Circuit in May. “Mr. Banks’ success in civil rights litigation in Mississippi was certainly a product of his immense legal talent but even more so because of the dignity, civility, and consummate […]

Natchez Branch NAACP attends CBC conference in search of answers on voting rights laws

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By Joyce Arzeneaux Mathis Jackson Advocate Contributing Writer One of the breakout sessions during last week’s Congressional Black Caucus Mississippi Policy Conference in Tunica addressed the Supreme Court’s decision to basically delete pre-clearance from Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act until Congress could review the current formula which decides which states have to pre-clear. The City of Natchez is a special charter and because of that classification, […]

Moman files EEOC complaint against local library system

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By Alice Thomas-Tisdale Jackson Advocate Publisher Last week, Charlotte Moman, a longtime employee of the Jackson Hinds Library System (JHLS), filed a charge of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission. Moman contends that JHLS filled the executive director position in violation of its posted notice for applications. The deadline for applications posted on both the JHLS and Mississippi Library System websites was August 1, 2013. The position was filled on June 24, 2013. However, […]