Wednesday, September 17, 2014

This Week at the Rez

Here it is, straight from the PRVWSD office:

This week at the REZ:

·               Rankin Resort Area vote on Sept. 23   Registered voters of Rankin County who live on PRVWSD property will decide on Sept. 23 if the District’s lands in their county will have Resort Area status. Only one polling place will be used, the Rankin Reservoir Community Center at 2232 Spillway Road, and it will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Absentee votes can be cast prior to Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Rankin County Circuit Clerk’s office in Brandon.

·               The Gator Bait Race will take place at Pelahatchie Shore Park on Saturday Morning September 20th.  Join the 5.5 mile kayak race in Pelahatchie Bay.  For more information on the kayak event and the Gator Bait Paddlers organization, visit: www.gatorbaitrace.com


·               LatinFest 2014 will take place at Old Trace Park on September 20th at noon.  For more information on the event visit: http://lisette.co/LatinFest/

Gator Bait This Weekend!



The Gator Bait Race is this weekend! All the information you need to know is at their website. Don't know about the Gator Bait? It's a 5.5 mile paddle race around Pelahatchie Bay.  It's a big deal, lots of participants, lots of fun, doing lots of good for the Reservoir.

Friday, September 12, 2014

2014 Chamber Business Expo Coming Soon


Registration Form for businesses below the jump

Hilton Garden Inn Ground Breaking

Remember when there used to be only the Sleep Inn at the Airport and Lakeland intersection?  Now, we have a Hampton Inn, Comfort Suites, Holiday Inn Express, and Candlewood Suites to go along with that.

And today, there is a groundbreaking for the Hilton Garden Inn at 9:30 a.m., in front of the Flowood Chamber office.

The face of Flowood has sure changed with the addition of Dogwood Marketplace.

Gator Tales Has FAQ on Resort Status Vote

The latest edition of Gator Tales has plenty of information concerning upcoming events at the Rez, including Latin Fest at Old Trace Park, the Resort Status vote, and Smokin' on the Rez. Particularly helpful might be the Frequently Asked Questions section, which also ran in this week's Rankin Record.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Rankin Chancellors Flex Their Muscles

As reported in the Clarion Ledger, on September 9, 2014, the Rankin County Chancery Judges issued an Emergency Order (published below) whereby they directed the Rankin County Board of Supervisors to erect a new Chancery Courthouse.  Today, they amended the order (also below the jump) to remove language calling the decision to allocate $5 Million in public funds to the construction of a convention center in Flowood "repugnant".

Here is the only commentary I have:  As a Rankin County practitioner, we are well beyond the point where it is necessary for this County to build a new Chancery Courthouse. The Chancellors are in an even better position than I to hold this opinion. I imagine the only reason they would issue this opinion is if things are at the breaking point. I look forward to seeing the response from the Supervisors. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Bonny Blair's Makes a Bold Move

Bonny Blair's went smoke-free as of September 8. I don't mind saying it, good for them.

From their Facebook page:


So far, in the comments section of their Facebook page, only one person had rather stop patronizing Bonny Blair's altogether than step outside to smoke. The rest of the comments have been positive. What say you?

This Week at the Rez Email

This week's email from PRVWSD.  A lot of good stuff here:

Parks closed on Saturday
Both Lakeshore Park in Rankin County and Old Trace Park in Ridgeland will be closed to the public Saturday, Sept. 13. In addition, the walking trail through Old Trace Park will close at 10 a.m. on Saturday. The parks, which have been reserved for a private function, will reopen to the public on Sunday at the regular time.

Rankin Resort Area vote on Sept. 23
Registered voters of Rankin County who live on PRVWSD property will decide on Sept. 23 if the District’s lands in their county will have Resort Area status. Only one polling place will be used, the Rankin Reservoir Community Center at 2232 Spillway Road, and it will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Absentee votes can be cast prior to Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Rankin County Circuit Clerk’s office in Brandon.

Smokin’ music lineup set
The 2nd annual Smokin’ on The Rez BBQ and Music Festival will be held Oct. 24-25 at Old Trace Park in Ridgeland. In addition to the Memphis BBQ Network-sanctioned cooking contest, the music lineup on the ComCast stage is sure to please all tastes.   Friday night’s show is a combination of blues and rock, kicking off with DoubleShotz opens at 5 p.m., followed at 7 p.m. by Mr. Sipp, the “Mississippi Blues Child” and winner of the 2014 Memphis International Blues competition.   Saturday’s lineup starts with local groups Stogdaddy and the Good Time Band at 11 a.m.; Bill Ellison, Temperance Babcock and Jeff Perkins at 1 p.m.; and, Acoustic Crossroads at 3. Two Nashville-based groups will close the show. HanaLena, which features a pair of Starkville native sisters, will take the stage at 5:30 and the LoCash Cowboys will give the crowd a contemporary country musical feast beginning at 7:30.

Notice of Bike Trail Closing

The Mule Jail Bike Trail will be closed from October 1st, 2014 until January 31st, 2015, which is the end of archery season.  

New Visitors to Lakeshore Park

Below is a video taken at Lakeshore Park at the Rez on or about September 8.  Enjoy that new sand beach.


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Keep the Rez Beautiful at Flowood Rotary

The Flowood Rotary Club meets every Tuesday at noon at Table 100.  Each week, they have a speaker, usually someone from the community.  This week, Jeannine May, Executive Director of Keep the Rez Beautiful, is our speaker.  You are invited as my guest to join us.  Free lunch at Table 100; what's not to like.  

I've said it on here numerous times, and I'll say it again: I have the utmost respect for KRB as a volunteer run, community-based service organization.  KRB is active, successful, and relentless in its stride toward its goal. KRB is a model for other service organizations.  Anyone interested in the beautification of our community should be interested in KRB.  

Monday, September 8, 2014

9/11 Memorial Half Marathon in the Books for 2014

Outstanding 9/11 Memorial Half Marathon.  Stinky Feet, the Rez FD, the planning committee, and numerous volunteers put on a great event.  The weather was good, and the time change from an afternoon jog to a morning run worked out.  Good job all!  Photos of the event are being posted by Stinky Feet Athletics at their Facebook page, here.

Outback Steakhouse Ribbon Cutting

Outback Steakhouse officially opens today with a ribbon cutting at 10:45 a.m.  I believe a portion of proceeds from today benefits Blair E. Batson Children's Hospital.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Lane Closure Notice for This Weekend on Northshore Parkway

See Notice below concerning a lane closure on Northshore Parkway this Saturday.  Also, keep in mind the 9/11 Memorial Half Marathon is taking place Sunday morning.  That will cause some delays, I imagine, too.
PRVWSD Media Notice Lane Closure - NorthShore Sept62014

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Share Coffee With Senator Kirby

Construction Ongoing in Farmington Station



A drive through Farmington Station subdivision indicates construction on both ends. Most recently, a developer began the process of deforesting the West end of Farmington Boulevard (pics above), to make way for fifty new houses, 2400 square foot minimum. Meanwhile, on the East end, a rouge lynx (in Amite County, they call them souped up wildcats) had to be mercifully put out of its misery on Labor Day after being hit by a car on Hugh Ward. If any of you heard a gunshot, that's what that was.