Wednesday, January 15, 2020

PRVWSD Reservoir to Mitigate High Water

The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District issued the following press release:

PRVWSD Media Release - 01152020 Reservoir to Mitigate High Water (1) by on Scribd

According to the release, the National Weather Service is predicting the Pearl River at Jackson to crest on Saturday at 35.5 feet.  This would be the highest crest since reaching 34.30 feet in April 2014.

Historic Crests for the Pearl River at Jackson, MS.

Historic Crests
(1) 43.28 ft on 04/17/1979
(2) 39.58 ft on 05/25/1983
(3) 36.30 ft on 03/31/1902
(4) 36.30 ft on 12/05/1880
(5) 36.07 ft on 12/07/1982
(6) 36.04 ft on 12/21/1961
(7) 36.00 ft on 04/25/1874
(8) 35.74 ft on 04/03/1976
(9) 35.63 ft on 04/15/1980
(10) 35.58 ft on 01/25/1983

Source: NWS

At the forecast 35.5 feet at the Jackson gauge, the Pearl River would be close to the 10th highest crest on record. Notably, the most recent top ten historical crest was about 37 years ago in 1983.

Here is a previous article on the proposed One-Lake Flood Control Plan.   

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Medical Marijuana Officially Meets 2020 Ballot Threshold

On Tuesday, January 7, 2020, the Mississippi Secretary of State confirmed the medical marijuana ballot initiative has successfully garnered the requisite signatures to be placed on the November 2020 ballot. 

The ballot initiative will allow Mississippians to vote whether or not to join the 34 other states (there are 50 states total for those that don't know) that permit marijuana use for medical purposes.   Of course, some states even permit the recreational use of marijuana but this ballot initiative is expressly limited to medical marijuana. 

Mississippians for compassionate care, the group behind the ballot initiative, provided the following fact sheet about the matter. 

MM2020 Fact Sheet SOS Issues Official Verification by on Scribd

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As noted above, the requirements to actually place a ballot initiative on the ballot are arduous.  No matter the result, the individuals involved in this matter should be proud of their efforts to directly involve the electorate and influence the public policy of Mississippi. 

Notably, the Mississippi Department of Health issued the following resolution, coming out against the initiative. 

Mississippi Department of Health - Medical Marijuana Resolution by on Scribd

br /> This sets up for a debate that probably won't follow standard partisan battle lines and will likely be "old-school" versus "new-skool". 

Either way, my sense is that the initiative will pass but not without some weeping and gnashing of teeth by the old-school guard.  We'll see. 

Monday, January 6, 2020

Strong Point Self Storage Coming to Old Fannin Road

A new 83,000 square foot self-storage facility is under construction just south of Tire Depot on Old Fannin Road northbound. 

The approximately 4.7-acre property was acquired by Tower Storage of Flowood, LLC, and will be operated by Strong Point Self Storage.

The facility will be climate-controlled and have the appearance of a "Class A" office building as shown above.

According to Chris Holyfield, of Holyfield Construction, Inc., the facility is expected to open in late fall 2020.

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Tips, Comments, Notes - Email Address

If you have any tips, events or would like to circulate notice of an event in the Reservoir area, please shoot an email to 33000acres(at) (use the @ symbol in your email)

Unfortunately, we cannot access the old gmail account or @thereznewsblog on twitter at this time. 

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Update on NWR High School at Flowood Construction

Thrash Commercial Contractors, the GC on the new Northwest Rankin High School at Flowood, posted this construction update to its Facebook Page


The new high school is scheduled to be open for students in Fall, 2021.

More bond project information can be found on the RCSD website

Friday, December 13, 2019

Firestone Complete Auto Care Coming to the Pinelands

A new option for tire repair, oil changes, and other mechanic services is coming to the Pinelands.  This property is just east of Walgreens and north of Lakeland Drive (although it appears will be accessible from a new road just north of the building).

Monday, November 25, 2019

Yakiniku Korean & Japanese BBQ Restaurant Coming to Flowood

Yukiniku Korean and Japanese BBQ is coming to the former Mellow Mushroom location at Dogwood in Flowood.  According to the new owner, Yukiniku means BBQ in Japanese and will feature Korean food, Japanese hibachi, and signature Asian dishes.  The restaurant is expected to open sometime in late December.  The new owner provided the following pictures of their proposed build.  

Here is the site where the restaurant will be located.  The picture was taken from Lakeland Drive and Chick-fil-a is located to the right of this building.    

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Mississippi Lottery Starts November 25, 2019

The Mississippi Lottery kicks off Monday, November 25, 2019, with the following four scratch-off games, according to the Mississippi Lottery's website.

The games will have a cost of either $1, $2, or $5 and have a maximum pot of $100,000.

The traditional lottery and multistate games (i.e. MegaMillions and Powerball) with purses sometimes reaching over a Billion Dollars will start in Mississippi on January 30, 2020

According to, there are several participating retailers in the Flowood area and likely will be more soon.  However, as of November 14, 2019, none of the gas stations around the intersection of Spillway Road and Old Fannin Road are participating.  Perhaps this will change as retailers earn a 6% commission on lottery ticket sales.

According to the lottery's website, the first $80 Millon in net proceeds generated from the lottery (you probably won't win) will be used to fund road maintenance and infrastructure improvements (you might win if you're in the road construction business).  Net revenue in excess of $80 Million will be directed to the education enhancement fund.  The designation that the first $80 Million lottery net proceeds fund infrastructure improvements expires after 10 years and then will be directed to the state general fund.  Reservoir area Representative, Brent Powell (HD 59) and Senator, Josh Harkins, (SD 20) voted in favor of the lottery.

In creating the lottery, the Legislature clearly sought to provide funding an additional direct funding source for infrastructure improvements (but only for 10 years).  Perhaps this provided cover for some legislators to vote in favor of the lottery since all recent efforts to raise the state gas tax, which is currently about $0.18/gallon, have failed.  So, it's interesting to consider whether the lottery would have passed the Legislature had the gas tax been raised recently. 

Now that Mississippi has a lottery, only 5 states (Alabama, Hawaii, Alaska, Nevada, and Utah) do not have some form of lottery according to PlayUSA.  Hopefully, Alabama politicians remain obstinate and Alabamians travel to Mississippi to play their luck, allowing Mississippi to reap the revenue.  Hopefully, the Mississippi lottery will fare better against Alabamians than our college football teams. 

Monday, November 11, 2019

Possession of Alcoholic Beverages Illegal In Rankin County

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Under Mississippi law, all counties are dry until there is a vote to "come out" from the prohibition of beer and/or alcoholic beverages. Beer and alcoholic beverages (liquor) are regulated differently in Mississippi.   Beer of less than 8% by weight and light wine (e.g. wine coolers of less than 5% alcohol by weight) are not, according to Mississippi statues, "alcoholic beverages".  An alcoholic beverage is a substance that contains more than 5% alcohol by weight (other than beer). 

DOR has a great map illustrating the patchwork quilt of wet/dry counties/municipalities across the state.

As noted in the linked map, Rankin County remains a "dry" county for alcoholic beverages but wet for beer.  To my knowledge, we've not had a vote since at least 2009 to "come out" from the dry county status.  However, since then, several cities and areas have voted to grant certain restaurants and clubs "resort status" to allow the sale of certain alcoholic beverages by the glass.  This was a major legislative victory for economic development in Rankin County and allowed the margaritas to flow at certain Rankin County Mexican restaurants.   Ole!

Nonetheless, if you want to enjoy a nice bourbon or glass of wine in the comfort of your own home, you'll have to: (a) purchase the bottle of wine or bourbon at a package store outside of Rankin County (note the liquor stores just over the county line in Hinds or Madison County), and (b) break the law by bringing the alcoholic beverage to your home in Rankin County.  Freedom!

Yes, possession of alcoholic beverages is illegal in Rankin County (except at a qualified resort area) pursuant to Miss. Code. Ann. § 67-1-17, and § 97-31-27.  Of course, this is generally not enforced but it remains a law on the books.  Perhaps if the law was enforced, the law would change?   Here is a 1989 Mississippi Supreme Court decision that affirmed a conviction for possession of beer in a dry county that was legally purchased in a wet county and also summarizes the history of Legislative action on the subject.  Can you imagine being prosecuted for simply possessing a bottle of whiskey or wine in your own home?

Notably, Simpson County, immediately south of Rankin County, voted this November 61% to 39% to "come out" for alcoholic beverage sales.

Is it time for Rankin County to vote?   

Finally, when talking about alcohol in Mississippi, one must mention Soggy Sweat's "if by whiskey" speech. This is a great Mississippi story that simply needs to be told.   Soggy was a young legislature that gave a great speech about whiskey when the Legislature was debating prohibiting in 1966: 

Here is the speech from Wikipedia:

My friends, I had not intended to discuss this controversial subject at this particular time. However, I want you to know that I do not shun controversy. On the contrary, I will take a stand on any issue at any time, regardless of how fraught with controversy it might be. You have asked me how I feel about whiskey. All right, here is how I feel about whiskey:
If when you say whiskey you mean the devil's brew, the poison scourge, the bloody monster, that defiles innocence, dethrones reason, destroys the home, creates misery and poverty, yea, literally takes the bread from the mouths of little children; if you mean the evil drink that topples the Christian man and woman from the pinnacle of righteous, gracious living into the bottomless pit of degradation, and despair, and shame and helplessness, and hopelessness, then certainly I am against it.
But, if when you say whiskey you mean the oil of conversation, the philosophic wine, the ale that is consumed when good fellows get together, that puts a song in their hearts and laughter on their lips, and the warm glow of contentment in their eyes; if you mean Christmas cheer; if you mean the stimulating drink that puts the spring in the old gentleman's step on a frosty, crispy morning; if you mean the drink which enables a man to magnify his joy, and his happiness, and to forget, if only for a little while, life's great tragedies, and heartaches, and sorrows; if you mean that drink, the sale of which pours into our treasuries untold millions of dollars, which are used to provide tender care for our little crippled children, our blind, our deaf, our dumb, our pitiful aged and infirm; to build highways and hospitals and schools, then certainly I am for it.
This is my stand. I will not retreat from it. I will not compromise.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Election Roundup

A few days late, but here is a quick election roundup. 

Republicans win all 8 statewide positions.
Republicans will control 75 of 122 seats in the Mississippi House of Representatives
Republicans will control 36 of 52 seats in the Mississippi State Senate. 

Republicans will control redistricting after the 2020 census. 

Rankin County Results

Lee Yancey (R - Castlewoods) wins House District 74, which had been held by Mark Baker. 
Hood outperformed the other Democrats. 

Congrats to all the candidates, for putting themselves out there, and the winners, of course.  Now comes the hard part.

What, if anything, will change? 

  • Can Republicans successfully increase per capita income in Mississippi?
    • Side Note: The best way to increase per-capita income in Mississippi is for Jackson to become a rapidly growing metropolitan area.  
  • What happens to teacher pay? 
  • Who will win intra-party policy disputes (i.e. expanding Medicaid has both been supported and rejected by Republican leaders)? 
    • Who will be able to influence policy more the Governor or Lt. Governor? 
  • What happens with the state flag, if anything?
  • What happens to PERS, if anything?
  • What happens to state tax policy and the gas tax, if anything?
  • What happens to Jackson?
  • Will Rankin County vote on liquor?

The Mississippi Lottery starts November 25, 2019, interestingly only a few weeks after the election.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

High turnout at Life Church precinct

Photo taken at approximately 8:10 am
Thank a poll worker today. Most are volunteers and will work 12+ hours today!

Election Day Thread - VOTE TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2019

Open thread for Mississippi election day. 

  • Do the Republicans sweep statewide offices or does Jim Hood or someone else pull an upset?  
  • Does any non-mainstream candidate garner more than 3-5% of the vote?
  • How does Tate Reeves perform in Rankin County?  Notably, he did not win Rankin County in the Republican Primary (Bill Waller).  
    • Does the Presidential and Vice Presidential visit push Tate over the top?
  • Turnout high or low? 
  • Do we know the election winners late on Tuesday night or does this drag into Wednesday or even later (House vote)?  
  • Is any statewide candidate obviously good for the Reservoir area? 
    • What needs to change, if anything for the Reservoir area to grow and flourish?
  • Several Unopposed Local Races: 
    • Sen. Josh Harkins (Sen. District 20) is unopposed
    • Rep. Brent Powell (House District 59) is unopposed
    • Rep. Joel Bomgar (House District 58) is unopposed
    • County Supervisor Daniel Cross (District 2) is unopposed 
    • District Attorney (Bubba Bramlett) is unopposed
  • Should some of these elected positions be appointed? 
    • County Surveyor, County Attorney, Coroner, Chancery Clerk, Circuit Clerk, and Constable, and Justice Court Judges
  • Will State beat Saban ever again and will Coach Moorhead be re-elected?

Friday, November 1, 2019

Northshore Landing Subdivision

Northshore, LLC, filed the below subdivision plat for Northshore Landing, Part 1 earlier this year.

This new subdivision is located on the south side of Fannin Landing Circle east of Arbor Landing.

Here is a map showing where the new development is located relative to the Reservoir and Arbor Landing.

Part 1 includes 49 lots, but future expansion south could happen.

Why does a subdivision plat matter?
  • A new subdivision plat represents the birth of a new neighborhood.  How long will these houses, streets, and neighborhood be here?  50 years? 100 years? More?
  • The subdivided property will be much more densely populated than before and represents a transition from rural property to, you guessed it, suburban property.  This means more families in local schools, sports associations, more people shopping locally, traffic, and growth.  
  • A final subdivision plat such as the plat above requires the approval of the local government, in this case, Rankin County. Upon approval of the plat, the local government generally agrees to accept the infrastructure built by the developer (assuming it meets certain standards) and maintain such infrastructure in the future (i.e. forever). 
  • Since the final plat has been approved (and some houses will be sold) prior to the final improvements being completed (e.g. final asphalt layer on streets), the county or city will generally require the developer provide a performance bond to ensure that the final improvements are completed in the development.   The performance bond legally requires completion of the project by a third party bonding company if the developer fails to complete their end of the deal.  
  • When transferring lots in a subdivision, a deed no longer has to include a lengthy description of the property (e.g. a metes and bounds description) but the property can simply be described as Lot X of Northshore Landing, Part 1, a subdivision filed at plat cabinet E, Slot 189.  Basically, it's much more simple and significantly reduces the need for a surveyor. 
Welcome to all the future families and neighbors in Northshore Landing.  

Rankin County Sample Ballot - November 5, 2019 - General Election

General Election Sample Ballot

Most of the contests are unopposed, unfortunately.  

Rankin County Sample Ballot - November 5, 2019 - General Election by on Scribd