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Culture

Dr. Joshua A. Cable Day Honors Hinds County Farmers for Community Service

Joshua Cable owns and operates Kingdom Cities Network, a business-focused ministry, alongside his wife, Monica Cable. After receiving Mayor Lumumba’s signed proclamation on Feb. 1, 2020, Cable has annually used the honor to spotlight members of the Jackson metro community and their own contributions to lifting up those around them. This year, Cable partnered with the Best of Mississippi awards to present certificates of honor to local farmers: D.J. Baker, owner of Esculent and a food consultant for public and private food businesses and edible-landscaping projects; Foot Print Farms President and Chief Executive Officer Cindy Ayers Elliott; and Chris and Caroline Ratliff, owners of Ratliff’s IronHorse Ranch in Raymond, Miss.

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Shot of Malik Richardson standing outside by brick stairs
In-Depth

Despite Deaths Behind Bars, Hinds County Wants Out of Consent Decree

The Hinds County Detention Center has been under a federal consent decree since 2016. Elizabeth E. Simpson, the federal court appointee tasked with monitoring the consent decree, reviewed the video footage of how Michael Richardson died and wrote to the court about it on Oct. 28, 2021, identifying this incident as the latest in a series of deaths at the jail that year. Malik Richardson, 22, said that his father unexpectedly dying in jail left a hole in his heart.

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Hinds County residents lined up to vote absentee in person
News

Harrison, Hinds Closed Most Polling Places Since 2013 Holder Decision Lifting Election Oversight

In the seven years since the Holder decision, Mississippi has closed 6% of its precincts, a total loss of 120 polling places across the state. The two counties that have experienced the largest precinct loss since Shelby County vs. Holder are also the two most populous counties in the state: Hinds and Harrison, each with a population well over 200,000. 

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