Boasting the largest population of any city in the state, the City of Jackson serves as the capital of the state of Mississippi. While Jackson itself has a population of 173,514 people, the metropolitan area, which encompasses five counties, has a population of 539,057. Jackson was originally property of the Choctaw Nation, but around 1820 after the Treaty of Doak’s Stand, European-American people began to settle the area. First named “Parkerville,” the Jackson area was settled by Louis LeFleur, a French-Canadian trader operating on the Natchez Trace trade route. Jackson is named after the seventh United States President, Andrew Jackson, but LeFleur’s Bluff State Park now exists to honor Louis LeFleur.
Jackson’s cultural heritage is rich, evidenced by the city’s motto, proclaiming it to be the “City with Soul.” One of the stops on the Mississippi Blues Trail and home to world-famous Malaco Records, the city is famed for not only its musicians, but its literary figures as well. Famous authors such as Willie Morris and Eudora Welty called Jackson their home. Civil Rights icon Medgar Evers’ home is located in Jackson as well. Jackson is also the official home of the United States International Ballet Competition.
A little known fact about Jackson is that the city is the only capital in the entire United States to rest atop a volcano. Jackson sits on top of the dormant Jackson Volcano, located deep below the Mississippi Coliseum. Also, the first state law allowing married women to own property separate from their husbands was passed in the city of Jackson in 1839. Jackson is home to eleven colleges and universities, including graduate schools such as Mississippi College School of Law and University of Mississippi Medical Center. The city is also home to nine public high schools and six private high schools, including the elementary campus of St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, which has previously been named by Time Magazine as one of the top one hundred schools in the nation. Jackson’s public schools are within the Hinds County School District and can be found online at: http://www.hinds.k12.ms.us. Clarion Ledger is the City of Jackson’s preeminent News Paper.
The City of Jackson’s Municipal Court Judges are Judge Waller, Judge Clay, Judge Page and Judge Studebaker and the Chief City Prosecutor is currently Barbara A. Bluntson. The City of Jackson’s official website is City of Jackson Official Website.
M. Devin Whitt is an experienced criminal defense, divorce and family law and personal injury attorney who has actively practiced law since 2002. Devin routinely practices criminal defense in the City of Jackson Municipal Court assisting his clients with various legal issues including Arson, DUI and DWI, Misdemeanor Expungement, Fleeing, Eluding Law Enforcement, Simple Assault, Aggravated Assault, Hit and Run, Battery, Fraud, Forgery, Conspiracy, Destruction of Public Property, Disorderly Conduct, Disturbing the Peace, Drug Possession, Drug Trafficking, Drug Distribution, Drug Manufacture, Domestic Violence, Embezzlement, Extortion, Forgery, Public Intoxication, Shoplifting, Larceny, Burglary, Armed Robbery, and various Traffic Violations.
To contact Devin, please visit http://www.whittlawfirm.com or call (601)-607-5055 for a free consultation. M. Devin Whitt, PLLC is located at 774 Avery Blvd. N., Ridgeland, MS 39157. Driving Directions: From the City of Jackson, take Interstate 55 North and exit at County Line Road (Exit 103), turning right onto East County Line Road. Continue straight down East County Line Road crossing through the light at Pear Orchard Road, to the light at Avery Blvd. N. At the light for Avery Blvd., turn left. Continue straight, passing through one stop sign at Northpark Drive. Devin’s office will be located on the right.