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Amber Helsel

Managing Editor Amber Helsel is a Gemini, feminist, writer, artist and otaku. She loves travelling, petting cats, hoarding craft supplies and more. Email story ideas to amber@jacksonfreepress.com. She attended Hinds Community College and the University of Mississippi.

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Emelie Hebert

Artist and massage therapist Emelie Hebert has a lot of land—almost 3 acres to be exact—where she creates her artwork, glass beads and ceramics, and also hosts workshops, demonstrations and other events.

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Chalking Downtown Up

While Eli Childers has been busy around Jackson painting murals for places like Coffee Prose, he has also been using another medium: chalk.

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Joanne Bell Wright

A few years ago, Joanne Bell Wright hit a rough spot in her life and was having issues with things like relationships and finances.

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A Fresh Look at Art Museum’s Permanent Collection

The Mississippi Museum of Art is reinstalling its permanent collection, but this time, the institution is telling the story a little differently.

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Finding Belonging Amid ICE Raids and Hatefulness

"Amid the horrible news that kept breaking around the ICE raids, there was some hope, as always. Yes, there was a lot of deserved condemnation of what was 
happening, but people were also asking how they could help."

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Newcomers Need to Know ‘the Best’

At the Jackson Free Press we track the pulse on the community in a lot of ways. One is through the annual Best of Jackson contest. Here are some categories from the 2019 contest that we believe would be beneficial to newcomers.

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Need to Know Info

Important information on utilities and other services for people living in Jackson.

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Jon Corey Jackson

Mississippi State Hospital Service Chief for Female Receiving Jon Corey Jackson's hero when growing up was his family medicine doctor, Dr. Henry Lewis, who still practices in Jackson's hometown of McComb, Miss. The doctor's work inspired Jackson to pursue the field.

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Black Rose Performs 'The Music Man'

Black Rose is performing the musical "The Music Man" Aug. 2-4 and 8-11. The theater's performance will be more stripped down than some other versions, says director Joshua Harris.

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Stephanie Adlington & Aaron Lessard: A Tale of Two

In 2017, Stephanie Adlington needed a new guitar player, and a mutual friend connected her to Aaron Lessard, whose music fuses roots rock with genres such as rockabilly, jazz and blues. The two bonded over their shared love of vintage music.

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