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Supervisor Shawn Jackson to serve on Cornell University board

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Warren County District 3 Supervisor Shawn Jackson.

Cornell University recently announced that Shawn Jackson, Warren County District 3 supervisor, will be serving on the school’s board of directors for alumni affairs.

“It means a lot to me to be a part of this board,” Jackson said. “It’s an honor.”

Jackson received her Bachelor of Science from Cornell University in 1998 in the school of Industrial Labor Relations. Cornell University is the only school in the nation to offer an undergraduate concentration of the major and Cornell is one of only five colleges in the world that offer the major as an undergraduate program. Jackson focused her time in the field to study labor economics, labor law, negotiations and collective bargaining.

The National Alumni Association for the school hosted nominations and Jackson was nominated to serve on the board and was elected to the position.

“There are thousands of alumni who are active, including those who just graduated to individuals who are much older but still are active like classes from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s,” Jackson said. “It will allow me to connect with fellow alumni from all walks of life and all age ranges who are still connected to the university.”

Jackson was born in Vicksburg and grew up on Valley Street, which is located in District 3 where she now presides as supervisor. Most of Jackson’s family lives in Mississippi, but her aunt had a dream of attending Cornell University, and it was a goal she fulfilled. Jackson’s mother followed right behind her sister to the upstate New York town when Jackson was still in elementary school.

“I, being 12, finished my last year at Bowmar,” Jackson said. “So, after my mom made the move to Ithaca, [New York], I finished up school then went to Cornell.”

Upon graduation, Jackson’s career moved her to New York City, Orlando and Atlanta before she returned to the River City, but through all her moves and career changes, she always considered Mississippi home.

“I never saw it as moving or leaving Mississippi,” Jackson said. “For me, it was education and then career and through that, the majority of my close family stayed in Mississippi, so we would come and visit and come for all the holidays.”

Toward the end of 2010, Jackson’s mother was diagnosed with cancer. Jackson, along with her siblings moved her mother back to Mississippi for hospice care.

“So, ultimately, that’s how I got back to Vicksburg, but I never really felt like I left,” Jackson said.

Jackson has a passion to ensure Mississippi children have weighed all opportunities for higher education.

“We have some awesome resources here in Warren County and also resources in Hinds and other adjacent counties,” Jackson said, “but there are a lot of our residents that need to, or should have, other options, so I would love to serve to show kids locally to explore Cornell as they would explore Alcorn, Jackson State or Ole Miss.”

With Jackson’s degree from Cornell, she started Trainspree, which is a workforce development company to train food service workers all the way to top executives.

“We have trained executives from AmeriCorps and executives from the City of Vicksburg,” Jackson said.

Annually, Trainspree educates about 1,000 people across the state, but due to COVID-19 restrictions, her company, like many others, is feeling the effects.

“We’ve been sheltering in place like everyone else,” Jackson said, “so my business is taking a hit, too.”

Jackson chose to run for supervisor to serve locally and make a difference in Warren County; she also expects big things to come for Mississippi politics.

“I think a lot is going to happen politically with leadership in the next five years that’s going to be good for the state,” she said.

Jackson has experience in working with political campaigns, but when it came to make the decision to run for District 3 supervisor, she had to weigh it against other factors in her life.

“I have three small children, and I have a company,” Jackson said. “The best way to get involved, for me, was to be a mechanism to know I could make a difference, but also to be able to support my current lifestyle.”

She added that being a supervisor was the best fit for her to serve locally in the political world. Jackson serves on numerous boards and community committees, but when it came to making a true difference, she knew politics was the answer.

“You can complain about what Warren County does or does not have,” Jackson said, “but if you’re not actually active in helping, then I think it’s what it will continue to be, and that’s just complaints. Or you can find something that fits your time schedule and lifestyle to actually help, and that is how I saw the supervisor position for me.”

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Reeves puts seven more counties under mask mandates

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Gov. Tate Reeves providing a COVID-19 update from home Nov. 12 (image from video screen capture)

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves announced Monday that seven additional counties have qualified to be under more restrictive conditions due to rising COVID-19 cases.

The conditions, listed under his “Safe Recovery” executive order in effect through Dec. 11, include wearing masks in almost all public places.

Counties added to the list Monday are Hinds, Madison, Pontotoc, Tate, Winston, Itawamba and Montgomery. Added to the 15 counties already under more restrictive conditions, Mississippi now has 22 of its 82 counties included in the executive order.

“Let’s keep fighting COVID. Let’s protect ourselves and protect our neighbors,” Reeves said in a statement. “Let’s also keep praying. I believe if we work together, we can make a difference. We can slow the spread and bridge the gap between now and when this vaccine becomes readily available and protect the integrity of our health care system.”

The seven-day average of new cases in Mississippi is currently over 1,000. The state is part of a nationwide surge that is averaging more than 150,000 new cases daily from coast to coast.

Two vaccines have recently shown great promise in early testing. Neither is expected to be available to the general public until the spring of 2021.

The governor and his family are self-isolating after his youngest daughter tested positive for the virus.

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Three Vicksburg police officers test positive for COVID-19

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(Image by Felipe Esquivel Reed, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=87846813)

Three officers of the Vicksburg Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division have tested positive for COVID-19.

Monday, the department announced the results of tests completed earlier in the day.

The officers, who will not be named, will be quarantined for up to 14 days.

The department reminds the public to wear masks when conducting business at the police station.

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VIDEO – Capt. Randy Rippy honored at his retirement from the Vicksburg Fire Department

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Left to right: Pat “PatMan” Scallions, Doris Rippy, Capt. Rippy, Brittany Eaves, Cooper Eaves, Daniel Eaves and Colton Eaves (photo by Thomas Parker)

The Vicksburg Fire Department honored retiring Capt. Randy Rippy Monday.

Family and current and former co-workers gathered at Station 3 to honor Rippy, whose retirement becomes official at the end of his shift Tuesday morning.

Rippy has been a member of the department for 29 years. Chief Craig Danczyk spoke about working with Rippy as a young firefighter and how Rippy set the standard for public service with his work ethic.

Although Rippy is retiring from the Vicksburg department, he will continue to work with the fire department at Continental Tire where he has been working part time since March.

He becomes the third Vicksburg firefighter to retire and accept a position with Continental.

Left to right: Chief Craig Danczyk, Captian Rippy, Deputy Chief Trey Martin, Deputy Chief Derrick Stamps and Battalion Chief Carl Carson (photo by Thomas Parker)

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