303 Jefferson unofficially opens this Saturday

My column in yesterday’s Hinds Ledger nondaily featured a new restaurant opening this weekend in Clinton, 303 Jefferson. The columns aren’t posted online unfortunately, but I want to share some photos so you can see how the place looks. The restaurant, at 303 Jefferson Street in Olde Towne, will serve hot Blue Plate lunches and dinners (this August) at reasonable prices.

From co-owner, restaurateur Raymond Jackson on the restaurant’s Facebook page: “Hey everybody! Thank you for all the great feed back and compliments and patiently work ing with us as we solve the few issues we have.
We cannot officially open until we have our Health Inspection from the State Health Department. We are taking the next couple of days to do some regrouping but on Saturday (June 29) we will be doing BBQ and Burgers and Grilled Chicken as an ‘unofficial open day’
Our Scheduled official open date is set for July 8th but we will be doing lunch on 1st, 2nd,and 3rd before the holiday weekend.
I pray for a safe and happy Fourth of July for everyone and hope to see you all real soon. 
Again thank each of you for all your support and encouragement.
Raymond Jackson”

I can’t wait to have lunch at 303 Jefferson the next time I’m in Clinton! “Like” the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/303jefferson and follow on Twitter at @303Jefferson.


Grace House donation drive

Grace House donation drive

Grace House, located in midtown Jackson, operates a transitional living facility for people living with HIV/AIDS that are denied housing. Take a look at the needs list for the Grace House should you attend this event THIS Saturday at Soul Wired Cafe, 111 Millsaps Avenue, 2-6 p.m. There will be free food, a live band, D.J., kids activities, guest speakers, all Military Active Military/Veterans/Law Enforcement will receive a 10 percent discount for any purchases made at Soul Wired Cafe. Also, if you are not registered to vote or know someone that needs to be registered, MS M.O.V.E. will be on-site. There also will be Grace House representatives on site to receive donations. For questions, call (601) 750-0841.

Nugget of wisdom from Therese.

My colleague Therese Apel is leaving The Clarion-Ledger today to go and do great big ol things for the MS Emergency Management Agency’s public affairs department. At least we still get to work together on emergency situations, so there are no goodbyes over here! I know she’ll do great work. 

Here’s something she left with us that I will never forget: “Passions change, but people are always people, and WE are their voices.” (“we” in caps for emphasis)


Clinton schools supplying backpacks, laptops to students this fall

Stylish, huh?

Stylish, huh?



Sixth-through 12th graders in the Clinton Public School District will receive MacBook Air laptops this fall as part of the district’s 1:1 Digital Learning Initiative. They will also get a large, padded backpack to protect their new device, binders and other supplies. Teachers received new MacBook Pro laptops in the 2012-13 school year.

The bags and laptops will have to be returned at the end of the school year, so students have to keep the bag’s ID tag attached to it. Students are encouraged to add non-permanent accessories because all backpacks look the same. The backpacks are very durable and have a lifetime warranty, district officials said. The district is planning a series of mandatory “Meet your Mac” meeting days in July for parents and students with more information about the new technology initiative. Dates and times will be announced later in the summer, but for more information, visit the 1:1 pages on http://www.clintonpublicschools.com.