Thursday, March 30, 2017

Pinelands Neighborhood Garage Sale

The Pinelands Neighborhoods (Deer Park, Turtle Ridge, Pinebrooks, Huntington Lakes, etc.).  This Saturday morning from 7 a.m. to noon.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Are the Reservoir Police Department's Days Numbered?

HB 1520 is the appropriations bill for the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2017, and ending June 30, 2018.  An appropriations bill comes up every year.   

Total approved for expenditure for the upcoming year is $18,209,440.00.  Of particular interest, however, is Section 9 of the proposed bill.  I include a link to the Conference Committee report that was adopted by the joint conferees on Sunday, March 26, 2017.  Section 9 directs the PRVWSD to provide the legislature with a comprehensive analysis "of the current and future needs of the district and allocation of the funds . . . for the operation and staffing" of the Reservoir Police Department. The analysis is to address the benefit of either maintaining the Reservoir Police Department or entering into intergovernmental agreements with other law enforcement agencies (presumably the sheriff's departments or city police) to provide some or all of the functions of the Reservoir Police.  

Quoted in its entirety is Section 9 of the Conference Report:

Of the funds appropriated herein, the district agrees to provide to the members of the Legislature, the Governor and Lt. Governor, on or before January 1, 2018, a comprehensive analysis of the staffing and manpower allocation of the district. This report shall include an analysis of the current and future needs of the district and allocation of the funds appropriated by the Legislature for duties of the district including the operation and staffing of the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District Patrol. The report should address the various functions, duties and limitations of the Patrol and the benefit, to the district, in lieu of maintaining the Patrol in its current form, in entering intergovernmental agreements with other state agencies and/or law enforcement authorities to encompass and provide some or all the functions of the Patrol for the district. The report should also address the associated financial and societal benefit, savings, and relative improvement of services for leaseholders, tourists, visitors and other parties in interest. 

What are your thoughts?

Monday, March 27, 2017

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Good College Baseball in Pearl Tonight

Southern Miss baseball sits at 16-4, and comes off a three game sweep of No. 23 La Tech. Mississippi State holds a more modest 12-9 record, themselves swept this past weekend by Arkansas; still, they've won their last 5 non-conference games.

Tonight, they face off at Trustmark Park in Pearl.

Southern Miss will throw Taylor Braley (1-0, 3.38 ERA).  Mississippi State is more coy in announcing their starter.

First pitch is at 6:30 p.m.  Tickets can be purchased through the Mississippi Braves website, or at the ticket window.  $5 for po' folks; $14 for field level; $18 for dugout level; and $25 for big shots.  Good tickets still available.

Purchase tickets and get more info here.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Rez Sunset Concert Series Starts Thursday!

From PRVWSD publicity boss, Bobby Cleveland:

Barnett Reservoir Foundation's Sunset Concert Series presented by the Crawfish King debuts Thursday night at 6 at Lakeshore Park, featuring Jay Herrington. Six concerts over 12 weeks -- every other Thursday with differing genres of music at Lakeshore -- open to all but designed to give Rez residents an enjoyable neighborhood event at sunset. $5 per car but free for Rez tags; $1 walkup or bikes. There are $20 patron passes available to help sponsor the series.
Tunes, cold beer, hot boiled crawfish and shrimp. Hot dogs for kids.
Bring bag chairs, or blankets but leave coolers at home. 
Show some Rez pride and get behind this unique series and let's let it grow.
Here is a prior post about the concert series.  

Racin' for the Seed Around the Corner

The Mustard Seed raised over $35,000.00 through this race last year.  Check out the website here.  

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Coupon for Vintage Market Days

Check out the prior post here about the upcoming Vintage Market Days in Brandon.

If you are interested in going, Living Social has a coupon for you, here.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Road Work on Bob Anthony Parkway Finished

Media Release
For Immediate Release
15 March 2017

Upper Road Temporary Closure on Bob Anthony Parkway
Effective on Wednesday, March 15

The repair work that caused the northwest-bound upper lanes of Bob Anthony Parkway, also known as Spillway Road, to close at 9 a.m. on Wednesday was completed ahead of schedule and both lower and upper roads are flowing normally.

Rez Articles in the Weekly Leader

Pick up your copy of the Weekly Leader from the foot of your driveway and you'll see the following articles concerning the Rez:

 - Pearl man dies in Reservoir accident.  Concerns the fatal car wreck on the Causeway.  Rami Hausey lost his life.

 - Hartfield Academy announces plan for expansion & renovation.  A new high school building, science labs, 300+ seat theater and enhancing parking/traffic flow are all part of the plans.

 - Rez app ready for Apple devices.  See here.

 - Registration underway for Flowood golf tourney.  The Mayor's annual golf tournament is May 17 and 18.

 - Register now for Flowood Clay Shoot.  The Flowood Chamber wants you to bust some clay pigeons on March 30.

 - Flowood Chamber hosting Blood Drive April 7th.  At Chamber headquarters.

 - Keep the Rez Beautiful's 2017 Great American Cleanup.  See here.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Bob Anthony Parkway Will Be Two Lane Tomorrow

Media Release
For Immediate Release
14 March 2017
Upper Road Temporary Closure on Bob Anthony Parkway
Effective on Wednesday, March 15

The northwest-bound upper lanes of Bob Anthony Parkway, also known as Spillway Road, will close at 9 a.m. on Wednesday with all traffic rerouted to the lower road. The lower road will be converted to accommodate two-way traffic during this time. This closure is expected to end by 4 p.m. that same day. This closure is needed due to new equipment being delivered to and installed at the Reservoir Control Tower.

Drivers should plan ahead and expect delays. Please be careful, slow down and respect the workers in this area.

Hammond Playing at Cerami's

Rez Resident Dan Hammond will play live at Cerami's on Saturday, March 18, 2017, from 6 to 9 p.m. In honor of St. Patrick's day, he will play Irish songs along with some favorite oldies.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Armed Standoff at the Rez

There was an armed standoff in the Bellegrove subdivision on March 6, 2017.  It began as a domestic incident, where Anthony Todd Payne, a former Marine, held his estranged wife and two-year old child at gun point in their home.  The wife contacted police by dialing 911 and then hiding the phone with an open line.  When Rankin Sheriff's officers arrived, Payne threatened to shoot them.  Eventually, Payne released his wife and child, then peacefully surrendered.  According to the Rankin County News, "When the suspect was patted down, it was found he had numerous magazines for an AR rifle on him."  His home contained numerous weapons and a gas mask.  The suspect was wearing a ballistic vest.  

This could have been much worse.  Hats off to the brave men and women of law enforcement for resolving this matter without bloodshed.