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Author: Kayode Crown

Outdoor shot of some buildings behind a chain link fence. A water tower on the right says "Hinds County Detention Facility"
In-Depth

One Jail’s Tale: Hinds County Detention Center At Risk of Federal Takeover  

The jail designed to improve conditions for detainees has faced a myriad of problems: structural deficiencies, chronic understaffing and poor management. But fixing those problems have been elusive under whatever sheriff and Hinds County Board of Supervisors are in elected office at a given time. Now, 27 years later, the federal government may take over the Hinds County Detention Center, wresting control from local officials.

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Hope Credit Union Vice President Dwight Rawls and Senior Credit Officer Danielle Ware
In-Depth

Black Vision Fund: Deploying Capital To Black Business Will Reduce Wealth Gap

Altogether, 18 business owners gathered at The Synergy Link at 135 Bounds St. in the capital city on Sept. 17, 2021, to listen to Hope Credit Union Senior Credit Officer Danielle Ware and Vice President Dwight Rawls. Mississippi Black Pages, a statewide platform for Black entrepreneurs to connect for exposure and development, organized the event as part of their monthly series tagged “Network your Net Worth Professional Mixer.”

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Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba in a mask, blue suit and no tie, addressing a wall of reporters
News

Crisis Averted: Jackson Mayor, Council Allow Waste Management Six Months of Trash Pickup

Waste Management Inc. will continue to pick up trash for six more months with the City going through another round of contract procurement during that period, ending a standoff between Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba and the Jackson City Council, at least for now. Today, the city council decided to dismiss the case it had brought on Monday, Sept. 27, and provide a service continuity after the current Waste Management contract lapses at midnight tonight.

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Major Robert Lyle passing out food to the homeless
In-Depth

A Shower, Then a Hotel: Service on the Critical Front Line of Solving Homelessness

Realtor and Flowood resident Teresa Renkenberger founded Shower Power and has been courting homeless Mississippians since 2019, offering free showers and hot tea to them once a week. But, when the temperature began to drop in Jackson first in January and then a major freeze hit in February, she was full of concern that some of the people she has developed relationships with might die out there in the cold from hypothermia. 

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