Thursday, November 26, 2015

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Rankin Record Folds

A Reservoir institution for many years, the Rankin Record is shutting down its printing press.  Too much competition for those advertising dollars out there.  The Rankin Record was owned and published by Emmerich Newspapers, who operates, among other newspapers, the Northside Sun and Scott County Times.

Circuit Court Judge Steve Ratcliff

Madison County Judge Steve Ratcliff won the runoff election for Madison/Rankin County Circuit Judge yesterday.  It was a good race featuring two good men.  The (unofficial) vote totals are as follows:

Madison County
 Ratcliff      3612
 Miller          512

Rankin County
Ratcliff       1445
Miller         3404

Ratcliff      5057
Miller        3916

Ratcliff pulls 87% of the Madison County vote. Wow. Clarion Ledger article here.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Vote and Pick Up Your Smoked Meat

You have until 7 p.m. to vote and to pick up your Thanksgiving Boston Butt from the NW Rankin High School Athletic Department. When you grab your butt, you will be reminded that the athletic department is already accepting orders for Christmas.  Again an 8-10 lb Boston Butt is $35; and an 8 lb spiral cut ham is $40.

You can order online at  Those orders need to be made by December 14, 2015. The pick up date will be December 22, between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Season of Legal Change for PRVWSD, Rankin County, & Flowood

The PRVWSD, Rankin County Board of Supervisors, and City of Flowood all made recent changes in the legal arena.

About a year ago, long-time PRVWSD attorney, Jim Tohill, retired from practicing law. While Jim's old firm, Jones Walker, continued to provide representation for ongoing litigation, the PRVWSD sought a different path on a "going forward" basis. The PRVWSD began utilizing the services of the Attorney General's office, saving quite a bit of money. At that time, the AG named leaseholder, Mack Cameron, as PRVWSD attorney. Phillip Huskey, was brought on as well as co-counsel. Last month, the PRVWSD renewed the AG's services for another year.  However, Mack Cameron is no longer general counsel; Phillip Huskey is now shown as sole attorney for the PRVWSD. 

In similar fashion, a few years ago, the Rankin County Board of Supervisors made the switch from outside counsel to inside counsel. Board Attorney Lem Adams went from private practice, to in-house counsel for the City of Flowood. At that time, Craig Slay was named as in-house Board Attorney. Recently, Slay submitted his resignation, effective January 1, 2016. That means, the Board of Supervisors will need to name a new lawyer. I'll let you know when that occurs.

Finally, Flowood Municipal Judge Ken Fairly recently stepped down and Lem Adams was named as his replacement. Lem had been serving as general counsel for the City of Flowood, with Erica Jo Lloyd as his assistant counsel. With Lem moving over to Municipal Judge, I imagine this means a change at general counsel for the City of Flowood.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Blair E. Batson Donation Box at Millcreek Animal Clinic

From Facebook:
Millcreek Animal Clinic has a donation box set up in its lobby in memory of Campbell Dale.  All toys, gift cards, money, or other items donated will go to Blair E. Batson Children's Hospital (Cancer Floor).  These items are used year round (Christmas, after chemo, after shots, after surgery, etc.) as happy's for the kids.  Please continue to pray for The Dale Family. Come by and show your support! Thanks!
Campbell's father, David, is one of the partner vets at the Millcreek Animal Clinic.

Turkey Day 8K

I love a good Turkey Day Trot. Let me count the ways:

1) It makes stuffing all that turkey, cranberry sauce, pecan pie and, well, stuffing, into your mouth so much more justifiable.
2) It gets you out of the house and away from the in-laws for a little while.
3) It makes the post-turkey nap that much more meaningful.

Amazingly, Fleet Feet hosts the only Thanksgiving day race in the Jackson Metro Area.  It's an 8K (5 miles) in Ridgeland.
Continue a Thanksgiving Day tradition or start a new tradition by participating in the Sixth Annual Turkey Day 8K presented by Fleet Feet Sports.  The race will begin and finish at Fleet Feet Sports in Ridgeland at 7:00 AM.  Proceeds from the race will benefit the Ridgeland Multi-Use Trails. The course is USATF certified, and the race will be chip timed.  There will be a run division, walk division, and free 1/4 mile run for kids.  The entry fee includes a long sleeve tech shirt and post-race food and beverages.  Prizes will be given to the overall winners and age group winners. Packet pick-up will be the day before the race from 10 to 6 at Fleet Feet Sports.
Here is the link to register.

Friday, November 20, 2015

PRVWSD October 2015 Minutes

Below are the Minutes from the PRVWSD Board of Supervisors Meeting in October.  Highlights include:

The PRVWSD renewed the contract with the MS Attorney General for representation for another year. As of today, the staff contact page of the PRVWSD's website indicates the attorneys provided by the AG's office are Mack Cameron and Phillip Huskey.

Nick Trees was approved to sell Christmas Trees in the empty lot by Reservoir Square Shopping Center.

Certain seawall repairs will be made in Sunrise Point and Paradise Point subdivisions.

The Board unanimously approved functional specifications for a mobile app.  Base cost to create said app is $30,180.00, with an annual maintenance fee of $6,036.

The District is looking to purchase new furniture for the board room.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Handworks Market

In anticipation of Christmas, the Handworks Holiday Market is this weekend at the Mississippi Trade Mart.  Admission is $8, children under 12 are free.  It's the 34th edition of this show, featuring "fine art, exquisite jewelry, custom-made children's clothing and unique gifts from more than 150 exhibitors."  Go to for more info.

Restaurant Vote Passes Full PRVWSD Board

An outstanding resource, Anna Wolfe, just tweeted the following:
The PRVWSD board just voted to advertise the location on Spillway for development. Only one voted Nay.
Residents David Blake and Jim Roberts spoke to the board, expressed concerns that the plans for a restaurant will fail
Follow Anna at Twitter, she is the Rankin County correspondent for the Clarion Ledger.

Sample Ballot for Election

Below is a copy of the sample ballot for the runoff election for Madison/Rankin Circuit Judge.  That runoff is Tuesday, November 24.  Thankfully, the ballot is a tad less involved then the one used November 3. Please vote that day. It will take you a mere two minutes to sign in, show you ID, and vote. Paper ballots only will be used, so it will be clean and easy.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

CL Article on Proposed Restaurant

Anna Wolfe of the Clarion Ledger with an article on the Shoreline Committee's vote to recommend approval of bidding for the four acre tract on Spillway Road near Hwy 471.  From the article:
The Pearl River Water Supply District will consider a recommendation from the Shoreline Development Committee to advertise for development on a 4-acre plot on East Spillway Road in its Thursday morning meeting.
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The PRWSD board will meet Thursday at 9:30 a.m. to discuss advertising the location, which is the first step in getting the ball rolling on plans for new development. Developers could propose anything from restaurants and retail establishments to office spaces and residential buildings.
Developer Niles Bryan presented his plans for a seafood restaurant on the heavily wooded plot to the Shoreline Development Committee on Monday. He is looking at taking an integrated approach to his building by utilizing nature in his design, which includes a playground for children.
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Sigman said the PRVWSD is more than likely going to approve Shoreline Development Committee’s recommendation. The advertising period would last at least 60 days, after which the board could enact a lease agreement with a developer in February.

Flowood Chili Cookoff and Grand Lighting

Brandon Christmas Parade

The City of Brandon will host its 2015 Christmas Parade, themed, "Home for the Holidays" on Friday evening, December 4, beginning at 7 p.m.  The route begins at the middle school on College Street. Don't just watch, take part in the fun! The application for float is below. There is some serious prize money to be won.

New Website for Flowood

The City of Flowood finally improved their website.  Check out the new design.  Thankfully, the City puts their ordinances online, as well as various applications for variances, and other forms. You can pay your water bill online, pay a court violation, etc. It's a good resource