Lasherica Thornton, The Jackson Sun

Lasherica Thornton

The Jackson Sun

Jackson, TN, United States

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Past articles by Lasherica:

SWAG is ‘bigger than a mentoring program’

“Where do you want to go in life?” That’s the question Ella Watkins has asked more than 300 girls since founding the nonprofit mentoring program Sisters With Aspiring Goals. → Read More

Therapy barn with farm animals will join Liberty’s Ag department

Chickens, sheep and goats will start being housed at Liberty High School once a therapy barn is built at the school. → Read More

‘I just speak my mind with a brush:’ Jackson teen designs shoes

Under a bright light in his shed at home, 16-year-old Jamarious “Jay” Brown takes a plain pair of Air Force 1s and paints or designs whatever he can come up with. → Read More

‘Are you my Jane?’ Childhood best friends reunite on their 94th birthdays

For two childhood best friends who grew up living in the same neighborhood and playing together, their paths unknowingly kept crossing after graduating high school, including living at a Jackson senior living home. → Read More

JMCSS revises upcoming school calendar by adding employee development days

JMCSS revised its upcoming school calendar by increasing its staff professional development days. Here's how and why. → Read More

JMCSS reports damage, no power at some of its schools; district will be closed Thursday

JMCSS will be closed Thursday after damaging winds downed power at some buildings and damaged others. → Read More

How JMCSS’ partnership with, building purchase from Union University affects students

JMCSS' dual enrollment partnership with Union and offsite building purchase from the college triggered questions and concerns. Here are those answers. → Read More

Pope parents excited that Madison County is funding new building

Parents were filled with emotion and excitement at the fact that the Madison County Commission is funding a new building for 73-year old Pope School. → Read More

$48 million for new Pope gets closer to full commission approval

The Madison County Commission's financial management committee will recommend that the full commission fund a new Pope for $48 million. → Read More

Committee recommends using $32 million bond, $16 million in federal money for new school

Madison County's budget committee voted 3-1 Monday to recommend borrowing $32 million and using $16 million in federal money to build new Pope School. → Read More

If funding approved, 1,250-student Pope School would be more than a PreK-8

As funding discussions and meetings continue about the new Pope School, superintendent Marlon King says school will have two buildings for all grades. → Read More

Feb. 2022 boardroom bits: Flip phones, a $1 building are first steps in JMCSS grant usage

The JMCSS is taking the first step in the process to use grant funding for Oman Arena, the central office hub and a new phone system. → Read More

Haywood County school leader under investigation for alleged racial slur against student

A school administrator was disciplined for repeating a racial slur back to a student. With new info, the district has reopened the investigation. → Read More

Schools to close on Friday, Feb. 4, due to icy weather conditions in West Tennessee

School districts in West Tennessee have announced Friday closures because of icy weather conditions still across the region. → Read More

Schools closing in Jackson area, Northwest Tennessee on Feb. 3, 2022

Freezing rain is expected Wednesday night into Thursday night across northwest Tennessee, where school districts have started to announce closures. → Read More

JMCSS will spend $1.8 million on Union University building for cyber students

JMCSS voted to buy a $1.8 million Union University building for cyber students as the multi-million cyber hub remodel continues at Malesus. → Read More

West Carroll schools did remote learning 'as best as we can' with so many sick kids, staff

Using the state's remote learning waiver was a challenge for the same reason that in-person learning couldn’t happen in West Carroll schools. → Read More

Jan. 2022 boardroom bits: ethics, charter school committees appointed

The JMCSS board appointed its ethics and charter school committees, → Read More

Schools announce closures or virtual days to address illness during COVID-19 surge

This year, school districts are either using their stockpile days to close the district or requesting a remote learning waiver for classes or schools. → Read More

Schools announce Jan. 18 closures, delays after weekend weather

West Tennessee school districts announced Jan. 18 closures and delays . → Read More