Students have moved back in at Jackson State University. Welcome to the City With Soul! Image: JSU

In case you missed it, here are a handful of positive, uplifting features from the past couple of weeks.

Jackson State University welcomed 800 first-year and transfer students into their dorm rooms on Saturday. As the Delta variant cases continue to rise, students who moved had to show proof of vaccination or take a COVID-19 test with the option to get vaccination on-site. Parents said based on the precautions shown, they are not worried about their child living on campus.

Jackson native Will Puckett has opened a Thai restaurant in Jackson’s Highland Village. Tuk Tuk Boom will be catered to takeout with the option of dining in. The restaurant offers traditional Thai fare as well as specialty items Puckett and his chefs, Chris Hamilton and Soi Ha, put together. Another new restaurant – French-inspired-meets- American Southern La Cour Kitchen and Bar – opens at Highland Village later this fall.

New Stage Theatre has announced their 2021-2022 season. Beginning October 5, shows include “Little Shop of Horrors,” “A Christmas Carol,” “I Just Stopped By To See the Man,” “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime,” and “9 to 5: The Musical.” Single ticket prices are $30 for adults and $25 for students, seniors & military. also at New Stage, registration for Youth Acting Troupe is now open.

The Quarter House, Jackson’s newest apartment community at The Quarter on Lakeland Drive, is moving in residents. 138 luxury units are outfitted with smart thermostats, granite countertops and washers and dryers in each home. Only a handful of apartments remain for rent.

A record shop will open in the Fondren neighborhood in October. The End of All Music, an independent record store with roots in Oxford, will open at 3011 North State Street next to Campbell’s Bakery. The store will carry old and new vinyl records, CDs and LPs, as well as turntables and audio gear.

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