The Clarion-Ledger, 7/1/8

Despite opposition from some City Council members, Jackson Mayor Frank Melton’s expansion of a summer youth employment program became official Monday as about 60 young people showed up at City Hall for the first day of work.

Melton said he plans to continue to expand the program, placing more young people in part-time jobs with the city and private businesses.

“It has taken on a life of its own, and I’m very happy about it,” he said.

Some council members are not happy with it, however. Last month, the council turned down Melton’s request for nearly $1 million from the city’s financial reserves to hire 900 young people.