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  1. JPS reversal: Band director fired after Forest Hill high halftime show gets his job back  Jackson Clarion Ledger
  2. JPS reverses decision to fire Forest Hill band director  WLOX
  3. Forest Hill Band Director reinstated  WJTV
  4. Now that Forest Hill’s band director has his job back, how do residents in Brookhaven feel?  WLBT
  5. Forest Hill band director gets job back after JPS board review  WAPT Jackson
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EXCLUSIVE: Newly-released document spells out JPS’ defense of Forest Hill High School band after sanctions  WLBT

Jackson Public Schools' Oct. 14 appeal to the Mississippi High School Activities Association points the blame squarely at Forest Hill High School's band director, ...

Embattled Forest Hill Band Director, Students May Get Council Support  Jackson Free Press

The Jackson City Council will launch itself into the contentious Forest Hill High School Band fallout with two tasks: reinstate the band director and lift the ...

Sanctions upheld against band after questionable program  Jackson Clarion Ledger

Forest Hill High School has lost an appeal of a notice penalty against the school's marching band for what the Mississippi High School Activities Association ...

Forest Hill Band Skit Causes Stir; School Has Old History of Offensive Displays  Jackson Free Press

Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba is rebuking Forest Hill High School after social media exploded this morning over a Friday-night half-time skit depicting students ...

Firefighters check out reports of smoke at Forest Hill High  WJTV

Fire and smoke damage isolated to the concession stand area of the gym.

JPS intends to appeal Forest Hill High School band's penalty from MHSAA  WAPT Jackson

According to Jackson Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Errick L. Greene, JPS intends to appeal the Mississippi High School Activities Association's penalties ...

'Personnel action taken' over Forest Hill halftime show; Brookhaven officials say ban should be lifted  Mississippi Today

Supporters applaud as Jennifer Lloyd voices her support for Forest Hill High School band director, Demetri Jones, during the Jackson School Board meeting ...

Community leaders rally around Forest Hill High School Band after halftime performance controversy  WJTV

Community leaders are speaking out regarding the Forest Hill High School Band controversy.

Parents want suspended Forest Hill band director back on the job  WAPT Jackson

The new Jackson Public Schools superintendent wants to fire Forest Hill High School band director. Advertisement. Related *Content*. Brookhaven leaders show ...

Jackson NAACP stands in full support of Forest Hill High School Band students  WJTV

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) - The Jackson Branch NAACP stands in full support of the band students at Forest Hill High School. The organization released its ...

Forest Hill band director on leave after controversial performance  WAPT Jackson

The Forest Hill High School band director is on administrative leave and an investigation is underway after a controversial performance that appeared to show ...

Forest Hill High School band director speaks out after controversial halftime performance  WAPT Jackson

Forest Hill High School band director, Demetri Jones, is speaking out after a controversial halftime show at Brookhaven High School. Advertisement ...

MHSAA makes ruling on Forest Hill High School band  WJTV

MHSAA levies temporary restrictions on Forest Hill band.

Forest Hill band plays from stands at home football game  WAPT Jackson

Forest Hill High School hosted Laurel High School Friday night in football. Advertisement. Related *Content*. MHSAA upholds penalty for Forest Hill band, ...

Forest Hill Band Gets Full Support from Jackson Council  Jackson Free Press

The Jackson City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to support the students of Forest Hill High School and ask for the band director to be reinstated after an ...

Forest Hill teacher named JPS Teacher of the Year  WLBT

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - A 10th grade English teacher at Forest Hill High School is the 2018-2019 Jackson Public Schools Teacher of the Year. Adrienne ...

Brookhaven leaders show support for Forest Hill band students  WAPT Jackson

The Brookhaven Board of Aldermen signed a resolution in support of the Forest Hill High School band students. Advertisement ...

Stokes says Forest Hill band director should get to keep his job  WLBT

Band director Demetri Jones says he was fired after a controversial halftime performance in Brookhaven earlier this month. The performance included students ...

Jackson NAACP head pulled over, threatened for Forest Hill comments, he says  Jackson Clarion Ledger

The Rev. Wayne McDaniels was driving home Saturday evening, he said, when he was pulled over off Fortification Street in Jackson by what appeared to be an ...

Forest Hill Patriots to play on new football field  WAPT Jackson

Forest Hill High School is officially unveiling its brand new football field.​​

FACT CHECK: Did a High School Band Perform a Skit That Depicted Police Officers Being Shot?

A half-time performance loosely based on the movie 'John Q' caused widespread controversy in Mississippi and beyond.

Jackson school given 5 days to accept or appeal punishment  WJTV

The Forest Hill High School band in Jackson is being barred from a state competition and some performances by the Mississippi High School Activities ...

Ousted Forest Hill band director says he was unaware of shooting that killed Brookhaven officers  WAPT Jackson

Forest Hill High School's former band director, who was ousted after a controversial halftime performance in Brookhaven, is fighting to get his job back.

Football halftime show sparks outrage for depiction of police shooting

A football halftime show by Forest Hill High School in Jackson, Mississippi, put up during a game with Brookhaven High School has sparked outrage for its ...

Forest Hill band director appeals his firing after controversial halftime show  WAPT Jackson

The former Forest Hill High School band director, Demetri Jones, appealed his termination Monday at Jackson Public School headquarters.

Alcorn State University to hold auditions for Forest Hill band students  WLBT

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Band directors from Alcorn State University say they will be in Jackson Monday to audition Forest Hill High School students for band ...

Mississippi governor calls for terminations after viral band performance  WREG NewsChannel 3

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant called for the termination of those responsible for a band performance that depicted police officers being held at gunpoint.

Forest Hill students pick up litter on Martin Luther King Jr. Day  WLBT

The students wanted to commemorate Dr. King's memory on this National Day of *Service* by taking care of their own community.

Forest Hill band criticized for halftime show | News  Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal

The halftime performance by the Forest Hill High School band has drawn criticism, as students held toy guns and acted out an apparent shooting.

Statistics released about the state of Forest Hill High School  WJTV

Shocking statistics were revealed during the Jackson Public School District board meeting Wednesday.

Parents React to Forest Hill High School Fight  WJTV

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) - A viral video of a parent and students fighting at Forest Hill High School has the district beefing up their security.

Forest Hill teacher surprised with award  WAPT Jackson

A prestigious and surprise honor for a Jackson public school teacher. English teacher Adrienne McDowell is the recipient of this year's teacher of the year award.

Vidalia must wait until Monday to learn its seed - Mississippi's Best Community Newspaper | Mississippi's Best Community Newspaper  Natchez Democrat

VIDALIA — Tyreke Tolliver led Sicily Island High School with 16 points and Keonte Dunbar added 12 points as the Tigers defeated the Vidalia High School ...

Amazing Teens 2019  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 ...

Canton defeats Jim Hill on brand new turf  WLBT

A big moment for JPS football Friday. The first Friday night under the lights on the brand new turf field at Forest Hill High School.

From halftime show to teacher morale: 7 questions with JPS' new superintendent Errick Greene  Jackson Clarion Ledger

Jackson Public Schools' new leader speaks with the Clarion Ledger about the controversial halftime show and how he hopes to move the district forward.

MHSAA Basketball: Callaway 83, Canton 55  WJTV

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) - Callaway sophomore point guard Daeshun Ruffin had 19 points in his team's win over Canton Friday night at Forest Hill High School.

Power outage, fight breaks out at Forest Hill High School  WJTV

Forest Hill High School parents are upset after a fight broke out at the school on Thursday.

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.

Natchez police chief interviewed on Fox News show - Mississippi's Best Community Newspaper | Mississippi's Best Community Newspaper  Natchez Democrat

NATCHEZ — Natchez Police Chief Walter Armstrong was featured Monday morning on Fox News' “Fox and Friends” show. In the segment, Fox News' Ed Henry ...

Lessons from NOLA: Ailing Mississippi district should be wary of charter schools  The Hechinger Report

Forest Hill High School is a picture of strength and prosperity, but it received an “F” rating on its most recent state evaluation, as did almost a third of the schools ...

JPS Bond Issue passes: What now?  WLBT-TV

Tuesday Jackson voters approved a 65 million dollar bond for improvements to Jackson Public Schools. Today, the Jackson School Board announced it's plan ...

10 Local Stories of the Week  Jackson Free Press

There's never a slow news week in Jackson, Miss., and last week was no exception. Here are the local stories JFP reporters brought you in case you missed ...

Frustration over instability, violence at Mississippi high school  The Hechinger Report

JACKSON — The auditorium of Forest Hill High School was packed Wednesday night with parents, students and teachers who sounded off to Jackson Public ...

'Public hanging' comment creates a stir in Hyde-Smith's hometown as race emerges as key issue in Senate runoff  Mississippi Today

A cattle farmer bids on a cow at the Lincoln County sale barn, operated by Cindy Hyde-Smith's family. BROOKHAVEN — As Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith flew to ...

SAVE Promise Clubs help prevent school violence  WLBT

BRANDON, MS (WLBT) - They are trained to be the eyes and ears of the schools and to get involved if they see something wrong going on in their schools.

Mississippi community college worker no longer employed after racist comments on social media  Jackson Clarion Ledger

WESSON, Miss. — A Mississippi community college employee no longer has her job after racist remarks on social media. The Daily Leader of Brookhaven ...

Remembering 2018's top Mississippi headlines  WJTV

2018 has flown by for many of us, but over the course of these short, 12 months, some news stories have made long-lasting impressions on our lives.. and in our ...

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.

Prep basketball roundup: Delta Charter girls fall to Delhi in second half - Mississippi's Best Community Newspaper | Mississippi's Best Community Newspaper  Natchez Democrat

FERRIDAY — It was a tale of two halves between the Delhi High School Lady Bears and the Delta Charter School Lady Storm Tuesday night in a pivotal LHSAA ...

Forest Hill student arrested, accused of stealing teacher's SUV, police say  WAPT Jackson

A Forest Hill High School teacher's car was stolen allegedly by a student.

Mississippians Call for Hyde-Smith to Resign at Protests Following Videos  Jackson Free Press

Alvin Jackson, president of the NAACP chapter at Tougaloo College, led a call-and-response outside Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith's downtown Jackson office during ...

Avoiding the School-to-Prison Pipeline  Jackson Free Press

When the parents, students, faculty, and staff at Forest Hill met in the auditorium to discuss violence and fighting at the community chat the night of May 4, the ...

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 ...

Plugging Kids into Mental Health  Jackson Free Press

NFusion Metro is a community-based mental-health-care program primarily for ages 11 to 18 years old in the Jackson area. During the summer, counselors are ...

Javier Peraza  Jackson Free Press

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

Project EJECT 'Prevention Piece' Begins at Local Boys and Girls Clubs  Jackson Free Press

Assistant U.S. Attorney Candace Mayberry delivered a presentation to middle and high schoolers at the Boys and Girls Club on Raymond Road on June 27 and ...

Dance competition raises awareness of childhood cancer  WLBT

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Childhood cancer remains the number one disease killer of children in the United States today, and it is the leading cause of death for ...

Aaron Banks: New Kid on the Ward 6 Block  Jackson Free Press

Although new Ward 6 Councilman Aaron Banks is a new kid on the City Hall block, he is not new to Jackson.

Prep basketball round up: Delta Charter girls drop pivotal district game - Mississippi's Best Community Newspaper | Mississippi's Best Community Newspaper  Natchez Democrat

FERRIDAY — After being held in check in the first half, Tensas High School senior Toya Bethel scored eight of her 11 points after halftime as the Lady Panthers ...

Former JPS janitor faces rape charge  WAPT Jackson

A former janitor at Forest Hill High School is charged with forcible rape.

JPS: School Bond Issue to Go Before Jackson Voters this Summer  Jackson Free Press

District leaders and school board members are preparing to bring a bond issue to Jackson voters, likely in June, to keep Jackson Public Schools' current millage ...

Prep baseball round up: Oak Grove defeats Vikings - Mississippi's Best Community Newspaper | Mississippi's Best Community Newspaper  Natchez Democrat

OAK GROVE, La. — A solo home run by R. Morgan in the bottom of the fifth inning proved to be the difference as the Oak Grove High School Tigers defeated the ...

JPS students give injured Coast student a hand in cross country race  Jackson Clarion Ledger

A photo of a Jackson Public Schools student helping an injured competitor during a race is inspiring people as it is shared on social media.

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 ...

HPSD's James Bacchus hired as principal in Jackson  Jackson Clarion Ledger

James Bacchus, the superintendent who left the Hattiesburg Public School District in financial chaos, has been hired as an administrator by the Jackson Public ...

Digging Up the Roots of Jackson's 'Numbing' Crime with Mayor Tony Yarber  Jackson Free Press

Tony Tarzel Yarber, 16, waved at his best friend, Lakenya Bolden, as he drove past him in Jackson's Subdivision 2 on Aug. 4, 1994. Bolden was driving into the ...

Garrad Lee  Jackson Free Press

Hinds Community College history professor Garrad Lee has crafted a niche for himself as an advocate for arts and music in the capital city.

Debra Mays-Jackson  Jackson Free Press

Jackson State University named Debra Mays-Jackson its chief of staff for JSU President William Bynum Jr. on July 24.

Connecting Through Art  Jackson Free Press

Eli Childers' home is filled with artwork that may shift viewers' moods from somber to hopeful with the contrast of emotions that he presents in each piece.

Stephen Johnston  Jackson Free Press

Making movies was not necessarily part of the planned career trajectory for "Same Kind of Different as Me" Executive Producer Stephen Johnston.

Jackson municipal election  Jackson Clarion Ledger

Candidates for Tuesday's Democratic and Republican primaries.

Tim Martin  Jackson Free Press

For Tim Martin, pursuing a career in public education did not always seem a likely career path, but it's one that he says has become a lifelong passion.

Jackson's 'Deplorable' Pipes Still Bursting, Causing School Closures  Jackson Free Press

The City of Jackson is somewhere between praising its public-works department for its hard work this year and quickly patching the aging infrastructure and ...

Teens Expect JSU Hazing  Jackson Free Press

A Former Forest Hill High School band director and a local Jackson attorney say that high-school students know what they're getting into when they try out for the ...

The No. 1 player in Mississippi just committed to Mississippi State  Jackson Clarion Ledger

COLUMBUS —Columbus fans lined up around the corner of the gym to get in for Tuesday night's game. Columbus was hosting Starkville but the pregame ...

Congregation votes on pastor accused of rape  WAPT Jackson

The congregation of Livingston Greater Missionary Baptist Church voted to keep its pastor, Lenell McGee, who was charged with rape.

Jason Wells' GOP Dream: First Mayor, Then President  Jackson Free Press

The Republican nominee for Jackson mayor, Jason Wells, 34, has returned to the polls once again in hope of successfully finding what he desires in life, ...

Buchanon-Williams: 'Plan, Prioritize and Execute'  Jackson Free Press

A woman of many trades A. Shae Buchanon-William is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, mother and business owner. Buchanon-Williams works with communities in ...

Patti Gandy  Jackson Free Press

The Mississippi College School of Law awarded Patti Gandy, who is the founding director of the Mission First Legal Aid Office in Jackson, with the school's ...

A Mayor's Story: Tony Yarber on His Past Mistakes and Evolving Vision  Jackson Free Press

Mayor Tony Yarber is different this time around. During his first run for the job vacated when Mayor Chokwe Lumumba died in 2014, a bunch of urgent business ...

JPS holds town hall meeting to gain support for bond referendum  WAPT Jackson

JPS holds town hall meeting to gain support for bond referendum.

Rapper T.I. receives key to city of Jackson  Jackson Clarion Ledger

Clifford "T.I." Harris Jr. received the key to the city of Jackson today. The well-known, Atlanta-based rapper, actor, music producer and reality star, is was in ...

Iyanla Thomas, BGCCM Youth of the Year  Jackson Clarion Ledger

The 2017 Youth of the Year for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi is a Murrah High School student who dreams of starting a program that would use ...

Robert Day  Jackson Free Press

Robert Day, a local magician and balloon artist who was a regular entertainer at events such as Jubilee Jam, KidFest! Ridgeland and the Jackson Free Press' ...

Mississippi Scholastic Art and Writing award recipients honored  WJTV

Mississippi Museum of Art recognizes national and regional award winners of the 2018 Scholastic Art Awards.

Amazing Teens 2016  Jackson Free Press

A major part of our mission at the Jackson Free Press is to highlight the positives in the metro area. These 14 teens plus this week's Jacksonian are part of how ...

Straight, LGBT Teens Fight to Support Each Other  Jackson Free Press

Presley McCord, who is a board member of the Gay-Straight Alliance at Brandon High School, said she hopes the group helps to make a difference and improve ...

Sarah Brown  Jackson Free Press

This May, Sarah Brown will be the first in her family to obtain a bachelor's degree.

Pam Anglin  Jackson Free Press

Pam Anglin doesn't quite know how she got into the antiques business. The job just fell into her lap.

Ranking 10,007 Boys By Average XC Finish  MileSplit

10007 cross country runners ranked by their average finish place during the cross country season with a minimum of three races.

UPDATED: Complete list of athletes honored at Best of MS Preps  Jackson Clarion Ledger

On Thursday, May 28 - The Clarion-Ledger will honor more than 1,500 student athletes in 22 sports at the Best of MS Preps banquet. It's going to be a great night ...

De'Keither Stamps  Jackson Free Press

When the Jackson Free Press first met De'Keither Stamps, he invited reporters to his home to talk about the issues facing Jackson and his candidacy for the ...

Milton Ray settling in as new West Harrison boys basketball coach  WLOX

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - It's a rare occasion for the newest boys basketball coach for West Harrison High School. Milton Ray hasn't had much time to sit down ...

The Year in Photos 2018: Images from across Mississippi  Mississippi Today

Check out Mississippi Today's year in photos, including work by photojournalist Eric Shelton.

It's My Job: Rankin County Chancery Clerk  Jackson Clarion Ledger

My name is Larry Swales, and I'm the chancery clerk for Rankin County. I've been in this position since 2008, and am now serving my third four-year term.

Austin: Ready to Lend an Ear  Jackson Free Press

As a barber, it's Gerald Austin Sr.'s job to spark conversation with his customers, and he hears their problems loud and clear.

Co-owner of closed gas station was suspect in 2012 death  Jackson Clarion Ledger

The co-owner of a gas station shut down Tuesday for being a nuisance was implicated by a homeless man as his killer, police records show.

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