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Mayor, Law Enforcement Meet to Make Jackson Safer

JACKSON, Tenn. -- The mayor and city judge for Jackson met with residents Tuesday to talk about making Jackson a safer and better place to live.

The educational forum on community progress featured representatives from environmental law, codes enforcement and the Jackson Police Department discussing neighborhood revitalization, codes enforcement, blight, and crime reduction.

The forum was intended to identify strengths, establish partnerships and spur citizen responsibility.

"Right now it takes years to get a house down when we have people leaving their home," Mayor Gist said. "Banks will not foreclose because then they have to take care of the home. So, we're left to keep the lawn mowed and keep it looking habitable."

City leaders say keeping a neighborhood up helps prevent crime.