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Robert Shuler Smith shares his platform and vision in bid for governor  WLBT

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith is aiming for Mississippi's highest office. The Democrat is running for governor in a ...

Students evacuated after fire reported in Forest Hill gymnasium  WAPT Jackson

Forest Hill High School students were evacuated from the gymnasium area of the school after a fire was reported, Jackson Public Schools officials said.

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 ...

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, ...

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

The fallout from Forest Hill High School band's controversial performance last week continues with a penalty from MHSAA.

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 ...

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

The Forest Hill High School community came out in droves Tuesday night to plead with district leadership to give their beloved band director a second chance.

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 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

NAACP in Jackson voices support for Forest Hill band students  WLBT

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - The Jackson branch for the NAACP released a statement Thursday saying that it stands in full support of the band students at Forest Hill ...

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 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 ...

MHSAA makes ruling on Forest Hill High School band  WJTV

MHSAA levies temporary restrictions on Forest Hill band.

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 ...

JPS planning to appeal MHSAA’s decision to suspend Forest Hill band for remainder of the year  WLBT

Community is asking the public to consider the students who are now being suspended following the controversial halftime performance.

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 ...

Neighborhood association donates uniforms to south Jackson high schools  WLBT

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - Some Jackson parents often struggle to provide the basics for their children. It's even tougher if those students are involved in school ...

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.

Comic Con at Forest Hill High School  WJTV

Forest Hill High School threw an event for kids, which they called Comic Con on the Hill, full of comic books and action figures. The school's event was free to the ...

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.

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.

Forest Hill Patriots to play on new football field  WAPT Jackson

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

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 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.

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. A day after the fight, ...

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 ...

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.

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 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.

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 ...

5K run/walk honors student athlete killed by drunk driver in Jackson  WLBT

The Michael D. Johnson Memorial Foundation give scholarships to graduating student athletes at Jackson Public Schools.

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.

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

At Forest Hill High School, in Jackson Public Schools, parents, students and teachers are fed up with the fighting. What's the solution?

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.

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

Mississippi charter schools: With so many public schools failing, there will be calls for more charter schools in Mississippi; some educators think that's a bad idea ...

New Council Leadership, LFA Fellowships and Remembrance at City Council  Jackson Free Press

The Jackson City Council held elections for a new council president and vice president at the July 9 council meeting.

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 ...

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 ...

'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 ...

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.

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.

FFF: Forest Hill Cheerleaders  WAPT Jackson

Forest Hill High School's cheerleaders get fired up for Food for Families.

Alumnus Comfortable as a Difference Maker - Ole Miss News  Ole Miss News

OXFORD, Miss. – As the camera came into focus on the set of the faith-based movie “Same Kind of Different as Me,” University of Mississippi alumnus Stephen ...

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 ...

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 ...

Former HPSD superintendent hired by JPSD  WDAM-TV

Former Hattiesburg Public School District superintendent James Bacchus has been hired as the principal of Forest Hill High School in Jackson.

Gulfport Sports Hall Class of 2019 loaded with talented athletes and legendary coaches  Biloxi Sun Herald

The Gulfport Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2019 is set for induction in June. Gerald Austin and Tommy Armstrong are among the group of former athletes and ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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.

Power outage, fight at Jackson high school  Jackson Clarion Ledger

"It's not mayhem," JPS spokesperson Sherwin Johnson said.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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.

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 ...

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.

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 ...

Marc Rowe Camp Player Interviews and Afternoon Session  Jackson Free Press

If you missed yesterday's post on">Marc Rowe's Adidas Crossroads of the South basketball camp, be sure to check it out ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

Local track stars shine at USATF National Junior Olympics  WJTV

WJTV – This past weekend in Sacramento, three local track athletes made their mark at the USA Track and Field National Junior Olympics. Clinton High School's ...

Jackson municipal election  Jackson Clarion Ledger

Candidates for Tuesday's Democratic and Republican primaries.

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, ...

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 ...

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' ...

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 ...

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 ...

Sarah Brown  Jackson Free Press

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

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 ...

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.

Jackson pastor charged with forcible rape  Jackson Clarion Ledger

Pastor LeNell McGee was arrested by the U.S. Marshals.

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.

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.

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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

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

Vanessa Dean  Jackson Free Press

Vanessa Dean, a fourth-grade teacher at Casey Elementary School, is one of five educators who will receive a 2013 Outstanding Educator Award.

Out of the Shadows: Ronnie Crudup Jr. Brings Youth, Business to Forefront  Jackson Free Press

Many Jacksonians did not know Ronnie Crudup Jr. before he announced as a candidate for mayor.

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.

UPDATED: Woman Sues Mayor Yarber for Sex Discrimination, Mayor Calls Her 'Disgruntled'  Jackson Free Press

Mayor Tony Yarber's former executive assistant today filed a complaint in federal court accusing him of sex discrimination, sexual harassment and a hostile ...

What would you do with $100 million? This Miss. man made a movie  Jackson Clarion Ledger

"Same Kind of Different as Me" was filmed in Mississippi. But first it needed money. Enter Stephen Johnston, who'd sold his company for $100 million.

MSU building 'car of the future'  The Commercial Dispatch

Driven to lead in vehicle performance and energy efficiency, Mississippi State University engineers are steering development of the "Car of the Future." Though ...

Middle School Boys Rankings: Cade Flatt A Triple Threat  MileSplit

One athlete who stands out is Jacari Kennedy from West Oaks Academy in Florida. Kennedy holds the top middle school time in the 100m dash with an 11.16 ...

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