Friday, October 24, 2014

Community Bank is Feeding You Lunch Today

If Ole Miss and MSU keep this up, Egg Bowl tickets will be hard to come by.  You have a chance to win a couple of said tickets, and get fed lunch, at the Community Bank branch off East Metro Parkway.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Fannin Mart Troubles

You saw in my post yesterday where Steve Page, proprietor of the Fannin Mart restaurant, has been experiencing legal woes.  If you want more information, follow this link to Jackson Jambalaya, where Kingfish expands on said woes.

NWR Homecoming Parade Tonight!

Northwest Rankin Homecoming Parade is this evening, beginning at 6 p.m. at the usual location (along Vine Street from the middle school to the high school).  Great opportunity to stock up on Halloween candy.

This Week at the Rez

This week's email from the PRVWSD was to the point:

Smokin’ on The REZ takes place this Friday and Saturday, October 24th and 25th.   McComb native and 2014 Memphis International Blues Competition champion, Mr. Sipp, “The Mississippi Blues Child", and his band will perform at 7 p.m. on Friday.  Gates open at 5pm Friday.   Saturday’s entertainment includes StogDaddy and the Good Time Band at 11, Temperance Babcock, Bill Ellison & Jeff Perkins at 1pm, Acoustic Crossroads at 3pm.  The BBQ awards will be announced at 5pm, then HanaLena takes the  stage at 5:30 and the evenings headlines:   LoCash Cowboys take the stage at 7:30.   Gates open Saturday at 11am.  Single day ticket $10, or two day ticket for $15.

Visit: for more information.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Rez Articles in Rankin County News

Plenty of Rez-centric articles in today's Rankin County News, including:

  -- Another article on interim supervisor Rodney Keith.
  -- Steve Page, owner of Fannin Mart, indicted for tax evasion.  Que? He is alleged to have reported sales of $61,830, when actual sales were $285,674.
  -- Rez Upriver Cleanup Pays Off
  -- Info on NWR Cougar Community Fall Festival this Saturday.
  -- Haunted House at Lake Harbor
  -- Big spread on Smokin' on the Rez

Northwest Rankin High School Homecoming

Northwest Rankin's Homecoming game is this weekend.  The Cougars host a 1-7 Greenville team just looking for a beatdown.  Football tickets go on presale tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Vine Street Office, and all day Friday.  $7 a ticket.  Homecoming Parade is tomorrow!

More Fun Stuff

There are plenty of alternatives to good old fashioned door-to-door trick-or-treating. The City of Flowood offers Kids Night Out on the evening of October 31.  From 5:30 p.m. til 8:00 p.m., out at Liberty Park (behind the Flowood YMCA), there will be jumpies, candy, games, etc. This is free to all.

The day before Halloween, the City of Ridgeland hosts Trunk of Treat at Freedom Park. From the city's Parks and Rec website:  Carnival games, face painting, and lots of treats! Volunteers make this event a smashing success by manning decorated vehicles with trunks full of treats and offering fun activities. Costumed children trick-or-treat from vehicle to vehicle and have an evening to remember. This event is reserved for children ages 10 and under with $3 admission per child. If your organization or business would like to volunteer at this event, contact Wendy Bourdin, special events coordinator, at 601-853-2011.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Another Area Haunted House: Tomb of Doom

I've been skating through life and didn't realize my firm's ATT rep, Buck, is the brains and brawn behind a big haunted house in Madison, the Tomb of Doom.  Just $6 a ticket, and all proceeds over operating costs are split between two Reservoir area charities, the Mustard Seed and Little Lighthouse.  151 Rice Road, Madison.  Just check out the webpage.  All the information you need is there.  This one is legit.

Weekend Jogs Around Town

The weather is again predicted to be perfect this weekend.  Get outside during these days of perfection and enjoy the Lord's creation.  If you are interested in taking a jog or walk in the morning, you have plenty of options.

Start things off Friday after work at the Purple Dress Run, bringing attention to domestic violence.  Begins and ends at Jaco's Tacos downtown Jackson.  The entry fee of $35 includes a post-race beverage.

The inaugural Witchcrafted 5K Fun Run and Superheroes 1-Mile Jog takes place at Old Trace Park in Ridgeland.  $30 for the 5K and $20 for tikes.

You also have the 3rd Annual Laps for Little Ones 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run, benefiting the Little Lighthouse.  This takes place at the track at Jackson Academy.  Again, $30 for the 5K (with a $80 family max).

And then you have the Sickle Cell 5K Jack O Lantern Jog, put on by the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at UMC.  Again, $30 for the 5K (I remember when these things were $15 for the expensive ones).  This race takes place on UMC's campus.

Morrison Heights Baptist Church hosts the Great Race in Clinton.  It's only $25.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Joe Mac Hudspeth at Flowood Rotary Tuesday, October 21

Reservoir area resident, author, and wildlife photographer, Joe Mac Hudspeth, will present tomorrow (Tuesday, October 21, 2014), at the Flowood Rotary Club. Noon at Table 100.  If you haven't seen him present his slideshow, I recommend it.  Guests are invited.

Check out his webpage here.

More Fall/Halloween Festivals this Weekend.

Boo at the (Jackson) Zoo on Friday and Saturday, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.  It’s Halloween at the Zoo, so bring your little ghouls and boys for trick-or-treatin’ at the Zoo! 
General Admission: Adults $9.25/Children $6.75; Members: Adults & Children $3.00 each.
A Costume Parade, Carnival Games, Monster Mash Dance Party, Face Painting & Photo Booth! PLUS – A Life Size Candy Land Area AND Free Carousel & Train Rides!  There will also be a Haunted Hay Ride!  This event has all your Halloween Features right in one place – At The Jackson Zoo!!!!!

Park After Dark at the Children's Museum and Museum of Natural Science this Friday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
River of Life Church hosts a Community Block Party on October 25, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Free games, inflatables, costume contests, food, giveaways, trunk or treat, etc.
Of course, you have the Smokin' on the Rez BBQ and Blues Fest this Friday and Saturday.

Witchcrafted, sponsored by the Craftmen's Guild of Mississippi, begins Saturday, and runs through Halloween.  5k Run, Pumpkin carving contest, decoration making contest, and culminates with a Monster Bash on Halloween Night.
Trustmark's Red Beans and Rice Festival at Trustmark Park, benefiting Stewpot's ministries is on Saturday.
Mississippi Agricultural Museum's Great Pumpkin Adventure takes place Wednesday through Saturday.  Hayrides, snacks, and your choice of pumpkin.
Cap it all off with a Reformation Celebration at Lakeland Presbyterian Church; games, food, costumes (nothing scary, please) , and lots of candy.

Care to venture out a bit further this weekend, check out the Great Delta Bear Affair in Rolling Fork.

Friday, October 17, 2014

New Haunted House to Add* UPDATED

*UPDATED*  Be advised, there is significant information on line indicating this is a scam. The website is still up, and it still lists Jackson, MS as a location. I certainly would not buy tickets to this thing online.  Rather, (if I was into this sort of thing) I would buy tickets at the door.

So, apparently there is a company called "America is Haunted", that operates high-end haunted houses around the country, including one in Jackson, Mississippi.  The Jackson version is called Terror in a Barn, and is located at 197 North Gallatin Street, Jackson, MS.  It takes 45 minutes to an hour to complete, and is limited to ages 17 and older.

According to the America is Haunted website:

America Is Haunted is a night time experience designed to take you back to the fright-filled  state Halloween should be. With more than 42 locations around the country we have built a two-year track record of sold out haunts! Our unique combination of eccentric gory entertainment draws tens of thousands in revellers annually.

Inside the technicolour maze a selection of horrific surprises awaits as you visit an inner chamber where things take an incredibly scary turn. Here, visitors are taken into a maximum-security prison taken over by the unhinged inmates.

Get some fresh air as revelers drift towards Night of The Dead and join adult spirits.  It is believed that the gates of hell are opened and the spirits come back to visit their families.  Only no one here is related to them!

Groupon is offering a deal for the next two days.  The description from the Groupon site:

As Halloween approaches, dozens of macabre vistas appear across the country, frightening but somehow also beckoning groups of visitors. The masterminds behind these apparitions? America Is Haunted, a company that has fear down to a science. That starts with the element of surprise, as each location holds its own secrets and scares. Six terrifying mazes, eight mini-shows, more than 300 monsters, goblins, and ghouls including larger-than-life rats, spiders, and gargoyles, as well as interactive experiences, gory vignettes, and costumed actors await throughout each attraction. The escorted journey may begin with a disorienting, technicolor maze where each turn brings guests face to face with some new horror. Other locales might include a maximum-security prison where the inmates run wild or a grocery store where the cereal is all the healthy kind.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Rankin Counties Blues Trail Markers (Part II)

Rankin County's three Mississippi Blues Trail markers stretch to the farthest points of the county, all close to the county line.  Only one commemorates an individual, the other two 

1. Piney Woods School.  This marker begins: "The musical programs of the Piney Woods School have produced many fine artists over the decades, including bluesman Sam Myers, who sang in vocal groups while attending a school for the blind located here. The International Sweethearts of Rhythm, a renowned all-female jazz orchestra, was founded at the school, and the original members of the Five Blind Boys of Mississippi first sang together here as members of the Cotton Blossom Singers."

2.  Gold Coast.  This marker begins: "This area of Rankin County, formerly called East Jackson and later the Gold Coast, was a hotbed for gambling, bootleg liquor, and live music for several decades up through the 1960s. Blues, jazz, and soul performers, including touring national acts and locally based artists Elmore James, Sonny Boy Williamson No. 2 (Rice Miller), Sam Myers, Cadillac George Harris, and Sam Baker, Jr., worked at a strip of clubs along Fannin Road known to African Americans as 'cross the river.'"

3.  Rubin Lacy, Pelahatchie.  This marker begins: "Rubin Lacy was one of the most talented and influential artists in Mississippi blues during his short career as a secular performer. The grandson of a minister, Lacy was born in Pelahatchie on January 2, 1901. He was a well-known blues performer in the Jackson area and the Delta until 1932, when he put his guitar down and became a preacher. In the 1950s he moved to California, where he died on November 14, 1969. He is buried in Pelahatchie."  * Following the erection of the marker, it was discovered Rubin Lacy is actually buried in Bakersfield, California.

The level of research that go into these markers is remarkable.  I encourage you to explore the MS Blues website and learn more.  One of the Reservoir's own sits on the MS Blues Commission, Bobby Peoples.

Rankin County's Blues Trail Markers

"The Mississippi Blues Trail was created by the Mississippi Blues Commission in 2006 to place interpretive markers at the most notable historical sites related to the birth, growth and influence of the blues throughout (and in some cases beyond) the state of Mississippi." Wikipedia.

According to the Blues Trail website: "The Mississippi Blues Trail markers tell stories through words and images of bluesmen and women and how the places where they lived and the times in which they existed–and continue to exist–influenced their music. The sites run the gamut from city streets to cotton fields, train depots to cemeteries, and clubs to churches."

The MS Blues Commission staked the first marker in 2006, in Holly Ridge, Mississippi, honoring Charley Patton.

Without Googling, can anyone tell me the location of Rankin County's three MS Blues Trail markers?  

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Interim Supervisor Named

Rodney Keith has been named interim supervisor for District 2 of Rankin County.  Check out Kate Royals' article on this at the Clarion Ledger, there, you will get to know Rodney better.  He will serve the remaining 14 months of Wood Brown's term. Rodney agreed not to run for the position next year.

From the article: "When this position came open it was an opportunity for me to give even more to the county and the party for 14 months," Keith said of his decision to seek the seat.