Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Second Amendment Tax Free Weekend

This weekend marks the Second Amendment Tax Free Weekend. For those anticipating taking advantage, I direct you to last year's post on this topic.  It provides all the information you need to determine what is, and isn't, tax free.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Pray for Bert Case

One of Mississippi's favorite sons, and also one of the Reservoir's biggest advocates, is in the hospital.  Bert Case was admitted yesterday. According to Associated Press reporter, Emily Wagster Pettus, he is in critical condition.

Roberts for Chancery Judge Fundraiser/Reception

Haydn Roberts, candidate for Rankin County Chancery Judge, is having a reception tonight at the Elliott Law Firm, PLLC.

Record Gators Caught

Gator season is in full swing. Mississippi records are falling, it seems, on a daily basis. The Clarion Ledger has an article on a couple of new records pulled from the ebon depths.  As it presently stands, the largest gator killed so far is 14 feet in length and 826 pounds of pure killing machine. Here is an article written just a day earlier.

Public water gator season ends Labor Day, so there is still a week left to break more records.

I will occasionally pop onto Tommy's Trading Post's Facebook page to keep up.  Keep up the good work, hunters.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Shipley's Donuts Coming to Dogwood Promenade

I am sure many of you have seen the sign on Lakeland Drive by Kirkland's Home Furnishings. Shipley's Donuts Coming Soon! That which I have longed for shall soon come to pass. No longer must I wait until Southern Miss game days to partake in the glory of a Shipley's glazed donut. 

I don't know if this will damage Donut Palace's corner on the market in the Castlewoods area, but I'd be nervous if I was Pillow Donuts.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Safe Zones for "Craigslist" Transactions

Many are aware of the recent Craigslist transaction gone wrong that occurred in the Reservoir area not long ago.  That incident left two victims injured, and the culprit arrested. It is wise, when meeting up with an unknown element to conduct a transaction, to do so in a very public place. The Rankin County Sheriff's Department, along with the various municipal police departments within the County, teamed up to offer their parking lots as "safe zones" for these transactions.  The Sheriff's press release is below:

The Rankin County Sheriff’s Office and several police departments in the county are offering their parking lots as “Safe Zones” for “Craigslist” type transactions.
Sheriff Bryan Bailey and several of the police chiefs in Rankin County are hoping the public’s new place of choice for transactions will be the law enforcement agencies parking lots and/or lobbies.
The Rankin County Sheriff’s Office parking lot and lobby, as well as many of the police department parking lots, are under 24-hour video surveillance and have constant flow of police officers in and out at all hours.
Sheriff Bryan Bailey believes this will prevent robberies and violent crime, and hopes it will make people feel safer. 
During recent meetings, the following Chiefs have allowed their police departments to use their parking lots as “Safe Lots”:
  • Brandon- Chief Thompson
  • Pearl- Chief Sarrett
  • Flowood- Chief McCluskey
  • Florence- Chief Thomas
  • Pelahatchie- Chief Shoemaker
  • Reservoir- Chief Waggoner 

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Luckenbach, Pearl

Your coat and tie choking you?  Local boys, Luckenbach, the Willie Nelson Tribute Band, play both before and after the Saturday, August 29, 2015, M-Braves v. Biloxi Shuckers game.  They crank up at 3 p.m. until game time, and then will play one more set after the game immediately after the fireworks show.  They don't need their name in the marquee lights, they just need you.

Check out the band's Facebook event page for more details.

Gas at $1.85 a Gallon in the Rez Area?

UPDATE:  ** Confirmed by preacher **

At this stage in the game, this post is strictly rumor, but it was substantive enough to publish.  Today, the gas station behind Walgreens on Hugh Ward Boulevard opens. To entice folks to stop by, they are offering gas at an introductory rate of $1.85 a gallon.

If anyone can verify this on their way into work, do so by sending me an email at, and I will update the post.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

T'Beaux's Coming to Flowood

The Seafood King, besides the Safe-Store Self Storage facility on Lakeland Drive (across from Mill Creek), is apparently going the way of Cajun Crawlers, and will soon be replaced by T'Beaux's Crawfish and Catering.  T'Beaux's presently has two locations, one in Clinton, and one in Byram. When they open up, I don't know.  I attach a pic of their Byram menu. I imagine the Flowood location will be substantially similar.

Walker Announces Candidacy for Circuit Judge Position

Chris Walker officially announces his candidacy for the newly created Circuit Court Judge seat, encompassing Rankin and Madison counties. Due to increasing population growth in our two counties, the Mississippi Legislature added an additional Circuit Court Judge for the 20th Circuit Court District. It is my desire to be your new Circuit Court Judge.

Cross Wins Supervisor Race

Daniel Cross won yesterday's run-off election for the District 2 Supervisor's race.

1754 votes for Cross.
1118 votes for Brown.

With one write-in vote, that is a total of 2,873 votes cast in the District 2 race.

On the flip side, Steve Gaines edged Kenny Miller to win the District 4 Supervisor's race 1748 votes to 1421 votes.  I cannot find a precinct-by-precinct breakdown of the vote. Once that is made available, I will publish for you.

Three weeks ago, there were a total of 5,646 votes cast for Supervisor District 2.

But that is not the Stat of the Day.  Here is the Stat of the Day:  Rankin County Democrats held a runoff election for Transportation Commissioner. Every one of the 50 precincts in Rankin County was open for voting.  A grand total of 359 Rankin County Democrats felt the civic obligation to cast a vote.

The results are here.

And here is the link to Anna Wolfe's article in the Clarion Ledger.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Run-off Election Day

The mad, morning rush is over.  By 7:45 a.m., a grand total of 11 had voted at Reservoir West.  There appeared to be a bad wreck on Spillway at the intersection of Old Fannin Road. If you were planning on heading that way, take the time to vote (you're going to be spending it anyway).

I'll be live-tweeting (@usmjacksonalum) the votes as they are counted at the EOC Building this evening. Polls close at 7 p.m.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Northwest Rankin Athletic Luncheon

Are We Getting a Panera Bread Company?

Rumor of the day: Panera Bread Company is coming to the old El Sombrero location in the Dogwood Promenade.  Anyone else heard this?

Homer Burns Endorses Brown

Homer Burns, stalwart community organizer in the Reservoir area, provided his own endorsement in the District 2 Supervisor race this morning.

To the Voters of District 2, Rankin County:

The Supervisor is one of the most important elected officials in our county because his decisions impact our daily lives. A supervisor oversees issues concerning zoning and land usage, drainage, potholes, nuisance property, roads, bridges, and infrastructure, garbage pickup, ambulance service, and mosquito spraying, among others.