Jackson Parish “Clean-up” day contest winners announced

The Jackson Parish Cleanup Committee would like to thank the entire parish for their participation in the June 12, 2021, cleanup event. All seven Jackson Parish Police Jury districts were represented with Districts 3 and 6 finishing in a tie for first place in the district division. Hodge had a narrow victory over Quitman to win for the cleanest municipality.

The Committee’s long-term plans are be to have judging categories consisting of:
1. Cleanliness – Fence lines, Ditches, Driveways
2. Attention to detail – Sidewalks, Public buildings, Recreation areas
3. Visual Appeal – Yard art/shrubs, Trees, Flower beds
4. Disabled automobiles

Since this was our first parish-wide event, the judges only used the first two categories, but it won’t be long until we are ready to have continued events comprising of all four.

Districts and municipalities were judged solely on the total exterior appearance of their areas as viewed from the roads. General upkeep of the properties and roadways was paramount. Factors included the overall appearance, tidiness, and neatness of the properties viewed. Walkways and driveways were reviewed for general cleanliness as well as for being clear of safety issues, dirt, and other debris.

Results of competition for Municipalities and Police Jury Districts. Each entity was graded on a scale of 1-5 as follows:

Municipality Fence Lines Ditches Driveways Sidewalks Public Buildings Rec Areas Total Points
Town of Hodge 4 5 4 4 4 N/A 21
Village of Quitman 3 4 5 5 3 N/A 20
Town of Chatham 3 3 4 3 4 2 19
Town of Jonesboro 3 3 3 3 3 4 19
Village of East Hodge 3 3 3 3 3 3 18
Police Jury Districts
District 3 3 3 4 3 4 5 22
District 6 3 4 4 4 3 4 22
District 2 3 3 2 2 4 5 19
District 4 3 3 3 2 3 5 19
District 7 4 4 3 4 4 N/A 19
District 1 3 3 4 4 4 N/A 18
District 5 2 3 3 2 3 4 17

The Jackson Parish Cleanup Committee is dedicated to improving the quality of living and appearance of our community. We encourage residents to take pride in their homes and neighborhoods. In turn, we look to celebrate those who do a superior job in maintaining their yards in such a way that they enhance the overall curb appeal of the entire community.

The Jackson Parish Police Jury would like to extend a special thank you to all of the participants in the event and acknowledge those that stepped up to help us lead our communities, especially the following:
Mayor Gerald Palmer of Hodge, Mayor Gregory Harris of Chatham, Mayor Hal Mims of East Hodge, Mayor Leslie Thompson of Jonesboro, Mayor Joe Vail of Quitman, Calvin Wortham, Dawn and Steve Slezak, Purvis Wiley, Gwen Miles, Pete Stringer, Brenda Bradford, Alayna Jackson, Renda Hicks, and Sarah Lolly.


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