Monday, September 17, 2018

Troy Odom for Chancery Judge

My campaign for Rankin County Chancery Judge has understandably usurped much of the time I spent blogging on this site.  I'd like to share a video from the campaign trail.  I'd also appreciate your vote on November 6.


This video was paid for by The Friends of Troy Odom and approved by me.

Pearl River Clean Sweep Pics

By all accounts, the Pearl River Clean Sweep was a success.  Tons of refuse dragged from the bowels of the river by hundreds of volunteers.  Go to the following sites for pics:

  - Pearl Riverkeeper Facebook Page.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

9/11 Memorial Run



Yesterday, the Rez Fire Department ran around Pelahatchie Bay -- many in full gear -- to commemorate their brothers who sacrificed their lives on September 11, 2001.  In my opinion, this is the best tradition/annual event at the Rez.  As a fellow Rez citizen, thank you to the local fire department and other first responders who ran; thank you also to Keep the Rez Beautiful and to Americorp, to the Boy Scouts from St. Marks, and to the many other volunteers who made this special tribute happen.  You are what make the Reservoir the greatest place to live and work.

For photos from the event, check out the following Facebook pages:

 - Reservoir Fire Department
 - Flowood Rotary Club

Monday, September 10, 2018

Weed Spraying in the Rez

Media Release
For Immediate Release
10 September 2018

Giant salvinia found in Barnett Reservoir
Aggressive treatment to begin soon in Pelahatchie Bay

Giant salvinia, an aggressive non-native aquatic plant, has been found in the Pelahatchie Bay area of Barnett Reservoir near Jackson, the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District announced.

Efforts to eradicate giant salvinia will require multiple applications of multiple herbicides, which the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) said will also have an unfortunate impact on important native vegetation, such as lotus (lily pads).

MDWFP first discovered giant salvinia in a small isolated patch along the Bay’s north shore earlier this summer, but recently located more of the problematic plant in pockets spread through a five-acre area. Efforts to contain its spread have begun, and the MDWFP will soon begin an aggressive spraying campaign to eradicate it.

Giant salvinia, an aquatic fern, is native to Brazil and was first found in the U.S. in South Carolina in 1995. MDWFP biologists say it is one of this country’s most dreaded invasive plants because of its rapid growth potential and the difficulty of eradication. Research has found that it is capable of doubling its biomass in 36 hours in optimal conditions, which include warm, still waters.

If unchecked, the plant can take over an entire lake cove in a matter of weeks with mats up to three feet thick, choking out all aquatic life and making boating, swimming or fishing impossible in affected areas.

This is the second time giant salvinia has been found in Barnett Reservoir. In 2013, a biologist recognized a small patch in the harbor at the Goshen Springs Boat Ramp on Mississippi Highway 43. It was quickly eradicated and removed from the water.

Since it is believed the plant is introduced to new waters primarily by boaters, PRVWSD and MDWFP officials say it is important that anglers and boaters clean, drain, and dry their boating equipment after each use to limit the spread of invasive species, and to report all non-native aquatic species they encounter to MDWFP Fisheries Bureau.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Pearl River Clean Sweep

Media Release
For Immediate Release
5 September 2018

Reservoir spillway area to close Sept. 15-16
to facilitate 2nd annual Operation Clean Sweep

Barnett Reservoir officials have announced that the Spillway Recreation Area below the dam will be closed Sept. 15-16 to accommodate the 2nd annual Operation Clean Sweep on the Pearl River.

The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District, the state agency that oversees the 33,000-acre lake, said the gates on the access ramps on both sides of the spillway will be locked at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday Sept. 15 and only volunteers and staff working on the cleanup will be allowed to enter until further notice.

Officials said work is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. Saturday on the west side of the spillway and continue until it is complete. Cleaning on the east side, or Rankin County side, will follow and the east side parking lot will serve as the collection site for all trash gathered in the reservoir and nearby areas.

Organized by Pearl Riverkeeper Abby Braman of Madison, Operation Clean Sweep targets the entire Pearl River watershed, from the headwaters at Nanih Waiya above Philadelphia to the Pearl’s mouth on the Mississippi and Louisiana border at the Gulf of Mexico. It involves 490 miles of river flowing through 15 Mississippi counties and two Louisiana parishes. Using over 30 collection sites, the 2017 Sweep saw 1,015 volunteers pull 36,782 pounds of trash from the Pearl River.

For more information on or to volunteer for Operation Clean Sweep, visit https://www.pearlriverkeeper.com/pearl-river-clean-sweep-2018

Thursday, August 30, 2018

The Passing of Lt. Wayne Cockrell

There is a void left at the Reservoir with the passing of Lt. Wayne Cockrell.  Information on his arrangements is below:

FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR Lt. WAYNE COCKRELL
We are deeply saddened to announce Lt. James "Wayne" Cockrell passed away this morning while preparing for duty. Wayne was a 22 1/2 year veteran of the Reservoir Police Department. He was 50 years old.
Visitation will be Thursday, August 30, 2018 from 6 PM until 8 PM at Lakeside Presbyterian Church, 2070 Spillway Road, Brandon, Mississippi 39047.
Funeral Services will be Friday, August 31, 2018 at 2 PM also at Lakeside Presbyterian Church with burial at Lakewood Memorial Park, 6000 Clinton Boulevard, Jackson, Mississippi immediately following.
We ask you be in prayer for his family of blood and blue. Wayne made a "larger than life" imprint on the lives he touched and his unexpected passing has left void in our hearts that will take time to heal.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Photos from CARA's Dog Days of Summer

Here is a link to the photos CARA published on its Facebook page from the Dog Days of Summer Festival at Pelahatchie Shore Park, including one of Yours Truly on the campaign trail. 


110 Photos of all the fun at the Rez that day.

Monday, August 27, 2018

IHOP Coming to Flowood

I like breakfast food.  I have the best memories as a child of going to IHOP, or some other greasy spoon as a treat for breakfast.  The pancakes just tasted better among the clatter of plates, the smell of coffee, the sizzle of bacon, and the clamor of voices among the patrons.  While I still lament the loss of breakfast at Fannin Mart, I'm sure Odom Family Fun will be eating here soon.

The City of Flowood announced that IHOP (or is it IHOB) is coming to Flowood.  The location is on Lakeland Drive, across Luckney Road from Hartfield Academy. 

Thanks to a regular reader for the tip!

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Kimmiesweet Cupcake Shop

Kimmiesweett is a new cupcake shop at the Rez.  However, her reputation began at Northpark Mall a while ago.  She is at 1149 Old Fannin Road, next to Fernando's.  Her creations get rave reviews.  Check her out.

Dustin Cardon of The Jackson Free Press recently wrote an article about Kimmieesweett.  Below are excerpts:

Kimberly Ruffin, a Clinton resident and owner of bakery Kimmiesweett (1149 Old Fannin Road, Brandon), recently decided to turn part of her business into a baking-centered co-working space that will also offer classes focused on decorating and the artistry of baked goods.
The menu changes daily and often includes items such as bread pudding, cakes, brownies, cookies, cupcakes and more.
"At Kimmiesweett, you never know what you're going to get until you get here," Ruffin said. "Each day, I get up in the morning and think about what I want to make, and there's something new each day I want to try. I want my bakery to blur the line between structure and chaos, to be something refreshing and full of ideas like what I want people to be able to find for themselves here."

"Coming to this new space has been a blessing both for me and the community," Ruffin said. "When I left Northpark Mall, I wanted my new bakery to be somewhere that people could come in to chat as well as find something sweet. I want it to be like a breath of fresh air every time you come in, like when you're a kid and you walk into a candy shop. We have a space now for people to come and work, share ideas, have meetings over coffee and enjoy the moment."



Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Busy Saturday at the Rez

You have plenty of options of things to do this Saturday at the Rez.

Shaggy's Kids Fishing Fest begins at 9 am at Lakeshore Park.

Community Animal Rescue and Adoption (CARA) hosts their 11th Annual Dog Days of Summer Event at Pelahatchie Shore Park from 10 am to 3 pm.  From the website: 
Join us for a day of fun and remember to bring your leashed pets. Voluntary admission is a bag of dog food for our precious shelter dogs.
We will have our pet parade with contests for your pups. A children's carnival ($5) and lunch by Outback and Pizza Shack. There will be live music, arts and crafts vendors plus a petting zoo. Other entertainment will include agility, training, & K9 demo units. Be sure to check out our Silent auction of unique items all donated to raise funds for CARA.

The music at Smokin' on the Rez starts at 3:30 p.m.  The headliners, Vince Vance and the Valients, start at 6:30 p.m.  However, if you want to head to Lakeshore Park earlier to try some BBQ, you are more than welcome.


Wednesday, August 15, 2018

PRVWSD Board Meeting

The Board of Directors for the PRVWSD meets tomorrow at 4 p.m. at the Reservoir Community Center off Spillway Road.  This is a decent opportunity for Rankin County Rezidents to attend a meeting (or, at least better than 9 a.m. in Ridgeland).

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Alex Deaton Pleads Guilty to Castlewoods Murder

You remember this case:  Alex Deaton murders Heather Robinson in Castlewoods, shoots a jogger on Castlewoods Boulevard as he's leaving the scene, drives to Neshoba County and murders a 69 year old woman in a church, then goes on a nation wide crime spree, eventually being caught out West. 

He pleaded guilty yesterday to the Rankin County to murder, aggravated assault and grand theft.


Clarion Ledger article about the plea.
Old article from WJTV about the Neshoba County murder.

Monday, August 13, 2018

PRVWSD Committee Agendas Part II



AGENDA
FORESTRY & WILDLIFE COMMITTEE
Monday, August 13, 2018 2:15 p.m.

1. Approval of minutes of June 2018.

2. Award of timber sale for Rankin X, a lump sum clear cut harvest.

3. Permission to advertise Leake I, a lump sum, clear cut harvest.

AGENDA
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Monday, August 13, 2018 3:15 p.m.

1. Approval of minutes of November 8, 2017 meeting.

2. Confirmation of Tammie Ballard as the District’s Building Official.

PRVWSD Committee Agendas Part I



AGENDA
PARKS POLICY COMMITTEE
Monday, August 13, 2018 2:30 p.m.

1. Approval of minutes of July 18, 2018 meeting.

2. Campground and Parks Report for June 2018

3. Approval of Barnett Reservoir Foundation request for special beer permit for the October 28th Grand Fondo Bike Ride event at Old Trace Park.

4. Request for project closeout for the Madison Landing Breakwater Construction contract with Hemphill Construction.

5. Approval of Change Order No. 1 for Southern States Construction LLC for the Comfort Stations project.

6. Consideration of changes to regulations regarding hunting

7. Consideration for changes in fishing regulation concerning trash receptacles

8. Discussion of Campground Guidelines and Monthly Rental Contract.


AGENDA
SHORELINE DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
Monday, August 13, 2018 3:30 p.m.

1. Approval of minutes of the 18 July and 31 July 2018 meetings.

2. Request for approval of the final change order and for project closeout on the Shoreline Protection Phase II construction project at Sunrise Pointe and Paradise Pointe with Hemphill Construction.

3. Request to approve Supplemental Agreement No. 1 for the construction engineering and inspection contract with Neel Schaffer Engineers for the Upper Spillway Road Resurfacing Project.

4. Approval of general engineering services contract with Pickering Engineers, Volkert Engineering and Neel Schaffer Engineering.

5. Executive session to discuss potential leasing of District property.