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JPS job fair looking to keep schools on the right track  WLBT

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) -Mississippi is currently going through a teacher shortage. And one of those school districts affected is the Jackson Public Schools.

Best of Jackson 2019: People  Jackson Free Press

We here at the Jackson Free Press like to keep our focus on local: local people, local business, local food—you get the idea. There's nothing to us more local ...

WJTV Cool School: Murrah High School  WJTV

WJTV 12's Cool School of the Week is Murrah High School. We are recognizing the Jackson school for its 30 Plus Club.

Shooting threat at a Murrah High School not credible, JPS says  Jackson Clarion Ledger

An image circulating on social media Tuesday night, talking about a possible shooting at Murrah High School in Jackson, is believed to be not credible, school ...

Bond Supporters: 'We're Hoping for Change'  Jackson Free Press

Teachers, students and Jackson Public Schools board members filled the community center in Jackson on July 17 for a people's assembly in support of the ...

Parkland Teens in Jackson: 'We Can't Turn Away from These States'  Jackson Free Press

The "March For Our Lives: Road to Change" students held a town hall in Thalia Mara Hall on Aug. 2. It featured students from Marjory Stoneman Douglass High ...

Murrah Singers go to WorldStrides OnStage Festival Concert Tour in Italy; time to fundraise  Jackson Clarion Ledger

The Murrah High School Concert Singers received an invitation to perform in Italy. Fundraisers are underway.

Murrah High Choir headed to Italy  WJTV

Murrah High Choir heads to Italy to perform in March.

Murrah High swim team makes waves as first team in JPS  WJTV

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) - There's a little known group of athletes making waves over at Murrah High School. It's the swim team. And it's the only team in the ...

Social media threat against JPS school not credible, officials say  WAPT Jackson

A threat on social media regarding Murrah High School has no credibility, Jackson Public Schools officials say.

What's Working: Murrah High School's Choir  WJTV

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) --After earning superior ratings on both the State and National Levels, the Murrah High School Choir has been invited to go on a ...

Anna Jackson's Hall of Fame career  WJTV

10 years ago, former legendary head coach Anna Jackson won her ninth state title with the Murrah High School.

JPS students see Aug. 7 bond vote as a chance to fix old, run-down buildings  Mississippi Today

The average age of the district's school buildings is about 55 years, with the most recent schools built in 2010, a Mississippi Today analysis shows.

OPINION: Fighting a System That Was Not Made for Them  Jackson Free Press

The national and even statewide conversation around gun violence and youth circulates around white students in suburban settings. Only when well-to-do white ...

17 Jackson students inducted into Mayor's Youth Council  Jackson Clarion Ledger

Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba unveiled a list of 17 students into his signature Youth Council program Monday.

What's Working: Murrah High School's "30 Plus" club  WJTV

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) - A new club was formed at Murrah High School this past school year.

OPINION: Young People Are Still Fired Up in Mississippi to Bring Change  Jackson Free Press

Drowning in our sorrow is easy, but in Mike Espy's defeat, I am learning so much about the place I call home. I've learned why I should appreciate my ...

Forest Hill Students Get APAC Program  Jackson Free Press

Forest Hill High School students have an opportunity to be a part of the Academic and Performing Arts Complex, known as APAC, this year.

JPS school bond oversight committee announced  WLBT

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - The Jackson Public School District's Board of Trustees introduced to the public the newly-appointed members of the Bond Oversight ...

Javier Peraza  Jackson Free Press

Mississippi Coding Academies, a joint project between Innovate Mississippi and the Mississippi Development Authority, recently named Belhaven resident ...

How Integration Failed in Jackson's Public Schools from 1969 to 2017  Jackson Free Press

Jackson's public schools, like the majority in the state, remained solidly separate and unequal in the 1950s and 1960s despite the ruling in the Brown v. Topeka ...

$65 Million Bond for JPS Passes in Landslide  Jackson Free Press

The crowd of Jackson Public Schools Board members, students and parents was joyous when they received news that the bond referendum passed on Tuesday ...

What's Working: Murrah High School's Winter Concert  WJTV

Murrah High School hosts its Winter Concert Thursday at 6:30 p.m..

Amazing Teens 2018  Jackson Free Press

In the current political climate in the U.S., teens have shown that they are a force to be reckoned with, and that they are pretty amazing. Each year the Jackson ...

Cultivating the Technology Sprout  Jackson Free Press

If you have ever used the camera search tool on the Amazon app, you can, in part, thank the team behind Partpic, including Jackson native Nashlie Sephus, the ...

JPS Responds to Murrah Fights, Rumors  Jackson Free Press

Rumors about a planned shootout at Murrah High School that originated between students on social media and escalated when local news organizations began ...

Author Q&A: 'Lines Were Drawn'  Jackson Clarion Ledger

Three graduates of Jackson's Murrah High School class of 1973 come together in a new book to describe the “social experiment” they thought was going to work ...

Kit Fields  Jackson Free Press

As a child, local artist Kit Fields says she recalls loving to paint and draw, but it wasn't until age 45 that she started taking painting lessons. Her first class was ...

JPS Set to Start Clearing Standards in Corrective Action Plan  Jackson Free Press

The Jackson Public School District has a new 400-page corrective action plan to begin work on, and it is already asking the Mississippi Department of Education ...

Tomekia Reed reflects on journey back to JSU  WJTV

Tomekia Reed always knew coaching at Jackson State was a goal she wanted to achieve. She said she didn't know when it would happen, but after the recent ...

Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame inducts six new members  WTVA

The class of 2018 was enshrined Saturday night at a ceremony at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in Jackson.

MTV takes a look at sex education law in Mississippi  WAPT Jackson

MTV News crews recently spent time in Jackson to profile a group of students who are fighting to change Mississippi's sex education law.

Award-winning choir earns L.A.; now they have to get there  Jackson Clarion Ledger

Fundraising efforts continue to get the 52-member Murrah H.S. Concert Singers to L.A..

How the JPS Takeover Affects Students  Jackson Free Press

JPS has been under scrutiny for 18 months, and I would not claim that the district does not need major improvements. But is JPS in such bad shape that the state ...

Joshua Mannery  Jackson Free Press

Murrah High School senior and Student Body President Joshua Mannery, 17, is both a scholar and an activist.

Ashley Robinson  Jackson Free Press

Jackson State University is hoping that Ashley Robinson, the school's new vice president and athletic director, will repeat the success he earned while at Prairie ...

Public Will Have Input on JPS Superintendent Search, Board Says  Jackson Free Press

The Jackson Public Schools Board of Trustees wants the community's input as they work to hire a new superintendent this spring.

JPS: Bond Can Help District Deficiencies  Jackson Free Press

Jacksonians will head to the polls in August to vote on whether Jackson Public Schools will keep its current interest rates on bonds to help fund facility ...

Amazing Teens 2017  Jackson Free Press

A major part of our mission at the Jackson Free Press is to celebrate youth in the Jackson metro area. These 13 teens plus this week's Jacksonian are part of ...

'Cool, old school bro' voted favorite bartender in Jackson Metro area  Jackson Clarion Ledger

Voters' favorite bartender has been serving drinks for 29 years in the Jackson Metro area. "This was what I was supposed to do in life," he says.

JROTC Preps Students for College, Life  Jackson Free Press

Willie Day, a senior at Callaway High School, just got his acceptance letter in the mail. "I think I'm going to Hinds Community College. I'm going for graphic ...

Alcorn State student killed in storm-related crash  Jackson Clarion Ledger

Alcorn State University student Jayla A. Gray and two friends had just left a Waffle House after attending a Halloween party. Gray and her friends were headed ...

Since Florida shooting, number of school threats explode in Mississippi  Jackson Clarion Ledger

There have been more than a dozen school threats in Mississippi in the days since the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida ...

Billy Brewer  Jackson Free Press

Former University of Mississippi head football coach Homer Ervin "Billy" Brewer lived long enough to find out he would be inducted into the Mississippi Sports ...

New Tigers coach Grady takes over following Smith’s departure  Meridian Star

NEWTON — Newton High School has found its next head football coach.

Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame set to induct Class of 2018 on Saturday  Jackson Clarion Ledger

The Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame will induct six new members in its class of 2018 in a ceremony Saturday at the Jackson Convention Center.

People on the Streets  Jackson Free Press

The Jackson Free Press asked people on the streets the question, "What does Jackson need?"

JPS Students: 'Takeover' Could Empty Schools, Fill Jails  Jackson Free Press

State of Mississippi takeover of Jackson Public Schools could be devastating to young people, a group of JPS students told reporters outside City Hall Monday.

Youth Take Lead on Guns in Schools  Jackson Free Press

As the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School take the world stage to demand stricter gun laws, many people in the Jackson metro area recall that ...

Melvin Priester on city of Jackson's affairs  Northside Sun

Melvin Priester was recently elected as president of the Jackson City Council. Priester, who is now in his second term, is a graduate of Murrah High School, ...

Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Breakfast at MSU, USM AIM Awards and Tougaloo Scholarship Campaign  Jackson Free Press

Mississippi State University will honor Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and legacy as a minister, humanitarian and civil-rights activist during the school's 25th annual ...

What it's like to attend an underfunded school  Jackson Clarion Ledger

Ask Murrah High School junior Kaitlyn Fowler what her school district could have done with the $11.5 million it was shorted by the Legislature this year, and her ...

JPS Set to Begin $2.5 Million School Renovations to Wingfield, Brinkley, Murrah, Forest Hill  Jackson Free Press

Students at Wingfield High School and Brinkley Middle School will see renovations and improvements to their facilities in the coming months after both the ...

Jacksonians to consider $65M school bond  Jackson Clarion Ledger

A day before thousands of students return to the Capital City's schools, Jacksonians will decide whether to approve a $65 million bond referendum that ...

Jackson student's prom attire gets national attention  WAPT Jackson

Student says custom jumpsuit is Kardashian-inspired.

Jackson Prep legend William 'Buddy' Crosby dies at age 78  Jackson Clarion Ledger

Former Jackson Prep football coach and athletic director Buddy Crosby died on Tuesday.

The Right, and Wrong, Way to Change the Mississippi Flag  Jackson Free Press

It's hard to know whether it cost him votes, but there was a moment during Mississippi Rep. David Baria's unsuccessful campaign for the U.S. Senate that caused ...

Here are the MHSAA girls' basketball playoffs scores, schedules  Jackson Clarion Ledger

Find out which teams are still in the running to win the Mississippi high school state championships.

A Platform for Community  Jackson Free Press

On Thursday, March 22, Cathead Distillery in downtown Jackson was bustling with activity at JXN Gumbo as J.J. Townsend launched his nonprofit community ...

Meridian boys beat Murrah to win first title since 2011  Meridian Star

JACKSON — LeDarrius Brewer pulled up from just beyond the arc before letting his shot fly. As the ball rolled down the net, Wildcats coach Ron Norman ...

Tomekia Reed  Jackson Free Press

On Monday, April 16, JSU named Tomekia Reed, the former head coach at Hinds Community College in Utica, as the Tigers' new head coach.

Iconic coach legend succumbs  Themississippilink

By Tim Ward. Coach Orsmond Jordan Jr. with Callaway star Malik Newman. Before there was coach TJ Billups, before coach Wayne Brent, ...

Celebrating Mississippi Composers  Jackson Free Press

When the Mississippi Chorus began looking ahead to the launch of its 30th season this fall, Artistic Director Mark Nabholz says that the board faced an important ...

Dyshante Bennett  Jackson Free Press

Lifelong Jackson resident Dyshante Bennett is among three Murrah High School seniors who recently became 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program ...

OPINION: Racists Can Change After All  Jackson Free Press

By the time I got to middle school, I'd come to terms with the world we live in. I was aware that people weren't always welcoming and that racists ruled the world.

Olivia Coté  Jackson Free Press

Olivia Coté, a 9th grade English teacher at Murrah High School, grew up watching her mother, Anne Karges, hard at work at her craft.

Joshua Mannery and Maisie Brown  Jackson Free Press

Joshua Mannery, a 17-year-old Jackson resident and senior at Murrah High School, was attending a rally to change the state flag at the state capitol in March ...

Super 25 Preseason Girls Basketball: No. 25 Murrah (Jackson, Miss.)  USA TODAY High School Sports

Check out the Super 25 teams as they are revealed or teams that have already been revealed here No. 25: Murrah Location: Jackson, Miss. 2015-16 record: ...

Former Mr. Basketball Jesse Pate dies at 41  Jackson Clarion Ledger

Pate was the fourth-leading career scorer at Murrah High School.

Dropout, Navy, KKK, coup, BP oil spill cleanup: George Malvaney shares life in 'Cups Up'  Jackson Clarion Ledger

Jackson native George Malvaney predicted his life would end badly. He dropped out, enlisted, was in KKK. Then he went to college. See what happened.

VA Patterson  Jackson Free Press

As a young child, V.A. Patterson's mother, Mary Alice Bookhart, who was a long-time women's editor for The Clarion-Ledger, would take her to art shows and the ...

Best of Jackson 2018: People  Jackson Free Press

We here at the Jackson Free Press like to keep our focus on local: local people, local business, local food--you get the idea. There's nothing to us more local ...

Famous Athletes from Jackson  Jackson Free Press

Besides blues music and many other things, Jackson has also had many great athletes come out of it. Here are a few of them.

'March for our Lives' panel advocates voting, conversation to promote harmony on gun issues  Jackson Clarion Ledger

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, came to Jackson to discuss gun violence as part of the March for our Lives tour.

Black Women Weigh Hyde-Smith's Win, Say Not 'Senator for All'  Jackson Free Press

While Cindy Hyde-Smith made history as the first woman from Mississippi elected to Congress, it is hard for some black women to celebrate strictly on the basis ...

Tarasa Brierly-Harp  Jackson Free Press

Tarasa Brierly-Harp attended the Mississippi University for Women and has been teaching at Murrah for more than a decade.

Students share classroom stories  Jackson Clarion Ledger

A nonprofit brings students from private and public schools together to talk about their educational experiences.

UPDATED: Teens Quiz Mayor Hopefuls on Crime, Sidewalks and Myths About Youth  Jackson Free Press

Five teenagers of the Mississippi Youth Media Project challenged seven mayoral candidates during Jackson's first Youth Mayoral Forum held at Provine High ...

Certification tests a barrier for some aspiring Mississippi teachers  Jackson Clarion Ledger

He wants to be a teacher. This test is standing in the way.

Jack Carlisle  Jackson Free Press

Legendary football coach Jack Carlisle will be the subject of the first annual Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum Roast this Tuesday, Oct. 16.

Amazon manager to give Engineering Innovation Talk  Mississippi State Newsroom

October 29, 2018. After years in an academic environment, many college graduates can find it challenging when they transition into the workforce. But one ...

Jordan Butler on purpose of Refill Café  Northside Sun

Refill Café is a developing organization, run by Jeff Good, that will open late this year. It will provide young adults with the tools to take their first steps in the ...

Dr. Freddrick Murray: In the Eye of the Hurricane  Jackson Free Press

Until recently, Freddrick Murray was the chief academic officer of high schools in JPS. Now, with the departure of former superintendent Dr. Cedrick Gray from ...

'A right turn from stardom': Rita B takes center stage on the comedy scene  Mississippi Today

Jackson native Rita Brent started her comedy career late, but she's received big attention in a short amount of time.

Young educators called to teach, inspire next generation  Jackson Clarion Ledger

Mississippi's young educators are committed to our children and up to the job. They're inspired.

Student charged for false threats against Pearl High School  Jackson Clarion Ledger

A student has been charged for making false statements about a shooting threat against Pearl High School.

Jackson's First Couple: How the Lumumbas Met and Why They Love Jackson  Jackson Free Press

Jackson's first couple's story begins in a kindergarten classroom at North Jackson Elementary School. They both remember walking to school together with other ...

Adria Walker  Jackson Free Press

I am writing to enthusiastically support Adria Walker for the honor of MSPA Journalist of the Year. I have never worked with a high-school journalist who ...

Educating the Next Generation's Workforce  Jackson Free Press

Houston Sherrod spoke to students Oct. 14 at the Jackson Public Schools Career and Development Center about his work as a senior *service* technician at ...

Tale of Two Charter Schools in Mississippi  Jackson Free Press

Charter schools weren't legal in Mississippi until 2013, when the Legislature passed the Mississippi Charter School Law, allowing nonprofit charter schools to ...

Krystal Jackson  Jackson Free Press

Art and music flow through Krystal Jackson's veins.

She's bringing the laughs to Mississippi with prayers to 'Student Loan Jesus' and 'Soft Serve Jesus'  Sun Herald

Rita Brent of Jackson, Mississippi, is a rising comedy star in the state most known for her devout prayers to 'Student Loan Jesus' and McDonald's 'Soft Serve ...

How Jackson State found and hired Ashley Robinson, its new athletics director  Jackson Clarion Ledger

JSU President William Bynum had been talking to candidates vying to be Jackson State's new vice president and director of athletics for several days when he ...

Alyssa Pennington  Jackson Free Press

Jackson native Alyssa Pennington recently became the first woman to referee for a semi-professional soccer game in Mississippi.

JPS Game Calls for Venue Change  Jackson Free Press

It was supposed to be the showcase act for the main event in Jackson Public Schools athletics: big-time high school basketball. Unfortunately, the actual stage ...

Team JPS: Public Schools Need Community  Jackson Free Press

On a drizzly early April evening, a group of students, parents and educators gathered at Provine High School's auditorium for a town hall meeting. The subject ...

Baseball's Healing Bond  Jackson Free Press

Sports can seem trivial in times of great tragedy. But after two recent events in Jackson, I'm more convinced than ever of their power to help heal in the painful ...

Rapids on the Reservoir remembered for its thrills, music and radio ads  Jackson Clarion Ledger

The metro Jackson water park featured water slides, concerts and other summer activities from 1984 to 2007. It also featured an area dog, sometimes.

High School Football Preview 2015  Jackson Free Press

Football season starts on Friday nights in Mississippi. Here are 10 big stories to follow for the high-school football season.

UMMC Epic Connect, Poetry Out Loud and Ezra Jack Keats Book Awards  Jackson Free Press

The University of Mississippi Medical Center has partnered with the Mississippi Department of Health to launch a project called UMMC Epic Connect, which will ...

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