National EPA Pisces Award for Innovation – A First for Florida

MARIANNA, Fla. (WMBB) — Earlier this month the City of Marianna received a Pisces Award from the Environmental Protection Agency for innovation — a first for the sunshine state. Marianna is the first city in Florida to receive the Pisces Award in the innovation category. The State of Florida submitted Marianna’s solar powered wastewater treatment facility to be considered for the award. City Manager, Jim Dean, said this was a national award and added that he did not realize how competitive it would be. “We thought it was innovative ourselves and we are very proud of it; it has helped

Improvements Slated for two Marianna Streets, and the West End Lift Station

Special to the Jackson County Floridan Pictured here, from left are Marianna City Commissioner, Rico Williams, Public Works Director, Joseph Richey, and City Manager, Jim Dean. The City of Marianna, with funding from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, has started work on the “Edenfield-Evelyn Street Project.” City officials say the project will involve improvements to the West End Lift Station and surface improvements for Edenfield and Evelyn streets. Evelyn Street will receive flood and drainage improvements and water and sewer line improvements. David H. Melvin, Inc. (DHM, Melvin Engineering) designed the upgrades and Blankenship Contracting, Inc. from Dothan, Alabama

JTrans Partners Install New Bus Shelters – After the Storm

In the Fall of 2017, Jackson County Transportation, Inc. of Florida (JTrans) partnered with the City of Marianna, Jackson County School Board, and DHM to install brand new 12’ by 5’ bus stop shelters. October 10, 2018, Hurricane Michael destroyed both shelters. On Friday, February 8, 2019, the City of Marianna, Jackson County School Board, JTrans and Melvin Engineering joined forces to replace and rebuild what Hurricane Michael destroyed. Both bus shelters are at their original locations: On Orange Street, across from St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church, and the corner of Jefferson and Clinton Streets, adjacent to the Jackson County

Jackson County explores old Dozier School grounds, looking to build a museum

As part of the Endeavor project, Jackson County leaders are considering converting the old Dozier school dining hall into a historical and educational museum for residents and visitors alike to benefit from. The 10,000 square foot space they envision as a museum destination to showcase various aspects of the diverse history and abundant natural resources of Jackson County, including generations of agriculture in the County, the diverse tapestry of African-American families of the area, and the vast 111-year history of the Dozier school.