Friday, October 2, 2015

How to Make a Public Records Request

Ever wondered how to make a public records request to the Rankin County? The form is below. Enjoy!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Fatal Accident on Lakeland Drive

A young man from Florence died yesterday afternoon on Lakeland Drive by Pinelake Church after his vehicle crashed into a pine tree on the side of the road. A passenger in the car was airlifted and remains at UMMC.

WJTV story on the accident here.
WAPT story here.

Garage Sale Weekend

Big weekend coming up for neighborhood garage sales in the Rez area.  Those I know of are Farmington Station, Huntington Lakes, Regatta, Avalon, Hidden Hills (40 homes participating), and Basswood.  Let me know if any other neighborhoods are having theirs.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Boil Water Notice Lifted

Per PRVWSD, the boil water notice for parts of the Marblehead Subdivision has been lifted.

RyanMan Triathlon Saturday

The Ryanman Triathlon is this Saturday at Lakeshore Park.  What is Ryanman, you ask?
The RyanMan Foundation was founded in 2014 with the mission to support the fight against childhood cancer, within the State of Mississippi.  The Foundation was established in honor of Ryan LaSource, who, at the age of 2, has fought and beat Leukemia, twice!  The RyanMan Foundation is committed to supporting this fight and is organizing the RyanMan Triathlon as our main platform in raising money to support this mission.
Learn more about little Ryan LaSource here, or check out Ryan's Journey on Facebook.

The Clarion Ledger recently carried a great story on Ryan and the triathlon.

All the information you need about the race is at the RyanMan website, but here is are the essentials:

The race starts at Lakeshore Park at 7 a.m. with a 1.2 mile swim, then a 56 mile bike ride, then a 13.1 mile run around Pelahatchie Bay. Proceeds benefit Batson's Children's Hospital.

Registration is closed, but there are plenty are ways you can help through volunteering, or buying a raffle ticket for a Viking dishwasher, or cheering on the athletes.

(Part of) Marblehead Boil Water Notice

Two days ago, the PRVWSD issued a boil water notice for 15 +/- homes in the Marblehead Subdivision, as follows:

Effective immediately, the PEARL RIVER VALLEY WATER SUPPLY DISTRICT has issued a Boil Water Notice for Mallard Drive in Marblehead subdivision on the Pelahatchie Bay water system PWS# 610036. This notice was issued due to loss of water or water pressure. The loss of water or water pressure was due to a repair on a broken 6 inch main water line. There are 15 water connections affected in the subdivision. The Mississippi State Department of Health was notified by telephone and this email. We will take the first of the two samples from the affected area on September 28, 2015. This boil water notice will be in effect for at least 48 hours or until we receive two consecutive days of clear sampling. Door hangers have been posted to alert the water customers to vigorously boil for one minute any water to be consumed.

Today, we should learn whether that boil water notice can be lifted.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Cutting of Trees Along Old Fannin Road

For those curious about the thinning of trees along Old Fannin Road, across from Farmington Station, the land owner (Denmiss, LLC) is cutting the trees close to the road for safety/aesthetics.  There are no immediate plans for that tract and no further thinning is anticipated at this time.

Lake Harbor VFD Haunted House

Halloween is around the corner. Like last year, I will eventually have a post with all the area events. For now, Lake Harbor Volunteer Fire Department is the first to advertise.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Hunting Season Approaches

White-tailed deer archery draw hunts on PRVWSD property begin this Thursday, October 1, 2015, and run through the end of the day on Sunday, January 31, 2016.  During this time, the land upon which draw hunts take place are closed to the general public (with the exception of the drawn hunters and their guests). This includes the popular wooded areas between Fox Bay Subdivision and Windward Oaks Subdivision, and the walking/biking paths in Mule Jail Trail.  For a map of the draw hunt properties, click here.

In addition to archery season for deer, squirrel hunting opens October 1, so you are apt to see squirrel hunters coming in and out of PRVWSD woods during that time.

Burn Bans Continue

Upon the recommendation of the Mississippi Forestry Commission, Rankin and Madison Counties are presently under burn bans.  Madison County issued theirs on July 20; it is set to expire October 24. Rankin County's went into effect September 3, and is set to expire this Thursday.  There is an exemption for agricultural field burning in Rankin Counties, but that is it.

Per Miss. Code Ann. 49-19-351, intentional violations of burn bans are subject to prosecution for a misdemeanor, and can be fined up to $500.

Friday, September 25, 2015

WellsFest This Weekend

This weekend, in addition to Outdoorama on the Rez, you have another choice.  This one's just down Lakeland Drive at Jamie Fowler Boyll Park on the Hinds County side of the river.  Wellsfest 2015 is hosted by Wells United Methodist Church. According to their website, WellsFest is:
  • A family friendly music festival, admission-free, drawing the best groups around. Entertainers donate their time and talent to provide continuous music.
  • A fun fair for children, featuring easy-to-win games and creative activities at low, low prices.
  • An art auction where you can bid on works donated by prominent Jackson area artists.  
  • A silent auction where you can pick up bargains donated by local merchants,innkeepers and restauranteurs.
  • An outdoor coffee house where you can relax with friends and enjoy fantastic homemade desserts.
  • A diner's delight, where you can enjoy fine grilled treats from WellsFest Chefs.
  • A crafts fair, featuring the top artisans from around Mississippi.
  • A pet parade and blessing for our leashable friends at 9 a.m.
  • A giant plant sale with some living bargains.
 This years' music line-up is below the jump:

Thursday, September 24, 2015

JPD Won't be Patrolling Outside of State Fair This Year

A commentor noted in the previous State Fair post that the City of Jackson will not be providing any security for the Mississippi State Fair this year. This is a source of concern for many typical fair-goers. Because safety and crime prevention are important, I researched it a bit and found the below articles concerning the City of Jackson PD's decision.

Clarion Ledger article.  This article reminds its readers that the Hinds County Sheriff's Department will still provide security within the Fairgrounds.  JPD usually assists with traffic and safety outside of the fairgrounds.

WAPT article.

WJTV article, wherein State Fair Commission Executive Director recognizes that safety is the utmost priority, and alternatives to JPD, including private security, are being reviewed.

Review of Half Shell Oyster House

I had lunch there Wednesday and ordered the Blackened Tuna Sandwich.  It was everything I dreamed it would be; cooked as requested, full of flavor, divine.  Plus, I was such a big fan of the cheese grits my wife ordered, she's still not speaking to me.

The dining room is large. There is a private room for medium sized dinner parties. Our server was fantastic. The manager made sure to visit our table. I'm a big fan and will be back. Often.  It's a big plus for our area.

There was just a short wait at 11:30 a.m., but quite a line at 12:30 when we left.

Here is the menu.
Here is the contact info for the Flowood branch.
Here is the home page of the website.
Here is the Facebook page.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Proposed Boathouse and Pier Policy

The Attorney General provided his opinion (which we discussed here) stating PRVWSD did not have to charge additional fees to lease the area over the water, adjacent to the shore, for piers and boathouses.  The AG opined that the concept of littoral rights likely provided PRVWSD with the authority to permit upland lessees to construct boathouses and piers without the need for a submerged land lease.

In response to the AG's opinion, the PRVWSD recently published a proposed Boathouse and Pier Policy applicable for all new construction, remodeling, or renovation.  They seem basic enough. Someone educate me on why boathouses cannot contain living quarters.

(The Policy is below the jump)

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Additional Info on Outdoorama on the Rez This Weekend

Outdoorama on the Rez

September 26, 2015   *   8am-1pm

Where: Turcotte Education Center
            506 Hwy 43 South
            Canton, MS 39046
When:  September 26, 2015
Time:   8:00am - 1:00pm

In celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day, the purpose of this event is to get kids and anyone interested in the outdoors to step outside for a hands-on experience with the tools and concepts of hunting and fishing in Mississippi. They will learn how to reload shells, shoot skeet and sporting clays, learn how to tie flies, fish for catfish, learn how knives are made, shoot bows and arrows, learn about recycling, try their hand at canoeing, experience electrofishing, watch a retrieving dog demonstration, learn the importance of clean water, see snakes and alligators, and so much more!

This is a
FREE event and no equipment is needed.

For more information,