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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Phyllis Marion Schreiber | Obituaries  Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

Wasilla AK resident, 55, peacefully passed away Friday, March 8, 2019, at home after a long fight with lung cancer. She was lovingly surrounded by family.

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, ...

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.

MHSAA makes ruling on Forest Hill High School band  WJTV

MHSAA levies temporary restrictions on Forest Hill band.

JPS reverses decision to fire Forest Hill band director  WLOX

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Jackson Public Schools have reversed the decision to terminate the Forest Hill High School band director and instead have suspended ...

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 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 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 ...

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 ...

Yet to be determined if Forest Hill's band will perform at halftime this week, Greene says  WAPT Jackson

It has not been determined if the Forest Hill High School band will perform at halftime Friday, Jackson Public Schools Superintendent Errick Greene said.

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 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 ...

Supporters of Forest Hill High School band attend JPS Board meeting; fight back against sanctions  WJTV

Forest Hill High School students and parents are fighting back after band members were banned from performing for the rest of the school year, and according to ...

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 ...

Forest Hill Patriots to play on new football field  WAPT Jackson

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

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 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.

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 ...

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 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.

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.

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 ...

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 ...

School band shocks with halftime show stunt  WTVA

A controversial halftime show by a Mississippi high school marching band has caused its director to be placed on administrative leave.

Statistics released about the state of Forest Hill High School  WJTV

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

MHSAA punishment does more harm than good to Forest Hill band students  Jackson Clarion Ledger

The halftime show performed by the Forest Hill band Oct. 5 at Brookhaven was not just inappropriate given the community was in the midst of mourning the loss ...

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.

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.

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.

Termination Reversed for High School Band Director Fired After Questionable Halftime Show  WKRG News 5

A Mississippi high school band director fired after a questionable halftime show last fall following the slayings of two police officers has had his termination ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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.

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 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

'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 ...

Coming up on WJTV 12 at 6: Dixie National Rodeo in Jackson  WJTV

Coming up on WJTV 12 This Morning at 6:00, the 54th annual Dixie National Rodeo officially kicks off in Jackson today.

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

Natchez Police Chief Walter Armstrong was featured Monday morning on Fox News' “Fox and Friends” show.

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

A lot of the students who aren't from Mississippi, from out north or out west, they're like, 'Really? Your public officials would say something like that?' So they're ...

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.

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Javier Peraza  Jackson Free Press

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

MS top 10 stories of the year: Senate race, sports betting, abortion fight make list  Jackson Clarion Ledger

Senate race, abortion wrangling, officer deaths make list. See what else happened in this look back.

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 ...

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 ...

Former JPS janitor faces rape charge  WAPT Jackson

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

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.

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 ...

Librarian out over alleged racist posts - Daily Leader  Dailyleader

A Co-Lin employee who allegedly made racist remarks on social media last month is no longer with the college. Copiah-Lincoln Community College has ...

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 ...

JROTC program in Jackson Public Schools excels at high level  Jackson Clarion Ledger

One year ago, the Jackson Public Schools narrowly avoided a take-over by the Mississippi Department of Education. The result was a shakeup at the top of JPS.

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.

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.

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.

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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 municipal election  Jackson Clarion Ledger

Candidates for Tuesday's Democratic and Republican primaries.

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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' ...

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 ...

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.

Pastor arrested for alleged rape committed while he was Miss. school janitor  New York Daily News

A Mississippi man working as a Baptist preacher has been arrested for the rape of a Jackson high school student, authorities said.

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 ...

OPINION: When The New York Times Met The Babylon Bee | Mississippi Politics and News  Yall Politics

After a confirmation process that sucked up most of the energy in and around Washington D.C. and the Twittersphere, Judge Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed as ...

Sarah Brown  Jackson Free Press

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

Schools, Guns, Family, Bad Policing: Chief Vance Discusses Crime-Fighting with JFP Editor  Jackson Free Press

In the wake of fears raised after a parent pulled a gun at Forest Hill High School last week, the capital city's top police officer said Monday night that Jackson ...

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 ...

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.

Mississippi Women's Basketball Relies on Key Metro Area Graduates  Jackson Free Press

The metro area is known for producing some of the state's best players. This season, graduates of several local high schools are big contributors to the state's ...

McWillie Chess Champs  Jackson Free Press

McWillie Elementary School, Mississippi's only public Montessori school, boasts of its unique curriculum and its Open Doors program run by Shelah Reeves and ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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.

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