Monday, January 16, 2017

Jaco's Tacos is Open

Jaco's Tacos opened January 12, 2017, at their new location in the gas station across Lakeland Drive from Mill Creek/Hidden Hills.  They've been running some good specials if you "like" them on Facebook.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Reminder to Seek Homestead Exemption

I'm a closing attorney.  As part of my business, I facilitate real estate closings. A common issue that home buyers -- especially first-time home buyers -- must be aware of is the need to take affirmative action to qualify your property for homestead exemption.

State law provides you a significant tax break on ad valorem (property) taxes on property that is homestead exempt.  If you have not already, go to your local tax assessor's office and fill out the necessary paperwork to make your primary residence homestead exempt.

Here is a link to paperwork from Rankin County to get the process started.  Fill this out and take it into the Rankin County Tax Assessor's office between now and April 1.

For Madison County residents, go to this link to start the process.

If you have already qualified your home for homestead exemption, you don't have to do anything more.  The exempt status carries over year after year.  But if you bought a new home in 2016, you must qualify the new property for the exemption.

If you are not sure if your land is homestead exempt, call your local Tax Assessor's office.  Whether Rankin or Madison, both are staffed by helpful, kind people.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Update on School Bond Issue

The School Board of Trustees voted unanimously in favor of the proposed bond issue.  The Board added one item related to Flowood Elementary School.  An updated itemized list is on the School District website.  I also post the final approve bond issue below.  Enjoy!

If you want to hear it from Dr. Townsend herself, you have that opportunity at the Flowood Rotary Club on Tuesday, January 17, 2017, noon at Table 100.  She will speak on the bond issue.  I'm sure she will be making herself available quite a bit as we approach the vote.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

PRVSWD Meeting Coming Up!

The next board meeting of the PRVWSD is Thursday, January 19, 2017.  Get excited.  Below are some of the more interesting committee meeting agendas.

A residential development along Northshore in Rankin County?  That should be interested, and may remove one of my favorite area hunting spots.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 3:30 p.m.

1. Approval of minutes of December 12, 2016 meeting.
2. Property Maintenance Report for December 2016.
3. Approval of changes to fee structure for building permit fees and water/sewer (construction) fees. (
4. Approval of contract for sale of Lot 51 Tavern Hills.
5. Approval of contract with West Rankin Utility Authority for sewer service to a residential development along Northshore in Rankin County.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 3:00 p.m.

1. Approval of minutes of 17 November 2016 meeting.
2. Approval of alcohol permits for Barnett Reservoir Foundation’s 2017 calendar of events.

Friday, January 6, 2017

School Bond Issue

Six years ago, Rankin County voters summarily dispatched the Rankin County School Board Bond Proposal.  Relive those election results here.

Rankin County Superintendent Dr. Sue Townsend prays this year will be different.  The School Board Trustees will vote on the final bond submission on January 11, 2017.  The vote on the school bond issue is March 7, 2017.

A document detailing the scope of work included in the bond issue can be found here.  Insofar as it relates to the Northwest Attendance Zone, there is $58.8 Million in proposed work in there, including a new school for grades 10-12.  The existing high school would be renovated to accommodate grades 6-8.  The existing middle school would be renovated to accommodate 9th grade.

For more detail on the Northwest Attendance Zone, review this document.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Rez FD Facebook

Always fun to keep up with the Reservoir Fire Department on their Facebook page.  They recently posted their December 2016 Emergency Runs:

Residential Fires -4
Commercial Fires -0
Vehicle Fires -0
Grass/Woods Fires -12
Automatic Fire Alarms -16
MVC's -4 (motor vehicle collisions)
Med/Rescue -140

160 total runs for December
2018 total runs for the year 2016

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Municipal Elections

2017 heralds in the year of the municipal elections.  That won't effect many of us on the Rankin County side of the Rez, but it does on the Madison County side.

Candidate qualifying began yesterday.

The qualifying deadline runs through March 3, 2017.

Voter registration deadline is April 1, 2017 at noon.

May 2, 2017, is election day for party primaries.  Keep in mind, only two municipalities in Rankin County hold party primaries, Pearl and Brandon.  May 16 is the runoff, if necessary.

June 6, 2017, is the general election day.  The winners of the party primaries in Pearl/Brandon, and the remaining municipalities, hold their elections.

Info gathered indicates the incumbent mayors of Richland and Pelahatchie will not run for re-election. Pearl mayor, Brad Rogers already has a challenger in Jake Windham.  

M-Braves are Hiring Seasonal Workers

The Mississippi Braves are hiring.  From an email I received today:

It's time for the Mississippi Braves to gear up for another season at Trustmark Park. We're looking for energetic, hardworking people with outgoing personalities--who know how to SMILE--to add to our seasonal game day staff. 

The Mississippi Braves are committed to providing exceptional customer service to season ticket holders, sponsors and fans. With a major emphasis on this in 2017 and with extensive training for our staff, we are looking for seasonal staff members who are willing to learn and have a passion for making the fan experience at Trustmark Park better than any other sports venue in the United States. That is our goal, and we want our staff partners to share our goal.

Stop by the M-Braves Front Office located at Trustmark Park to fill out an application today. All applicants are required to attend the M-Braves Job Fair Saturday, January 28, 2017, in the Farm Bureau Grill at Trustmark Park for one of two sessions that day (either 9:00 AM or 1:00 PM). The job fair will feature a brief presentation from Mississippi Braves management and an initial screening interview.

All applicants must be at least 16 years of age and able to work nights, weekends and some holidays. Online applications/resumes are not accepted. We accept applications from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM Monday - Friday. Below is a list of positions for the 2017 season. For more info, call 888-BRAVES4 or 601-932-8788

Positions Available
  • Bartender
  • Bat Boy
  • Beer ID Station
  • Birthday Party Attendants
  • Camera Operator
  • Catering Food Prep
  • Concession Stand Attendant
  • Concession Stand Cook
  • Dishwasher
  • Fun Zone Attendants
  • Grounds Crew
  • Hawkers/Vendors
  • Head Lead Concessions
  • Host/Hostesses
  • Kitchen Prep Staff
  • Line Cooks
  • Mascot Attendants
  • Mascot
  • Merchandise Store Attendant
  • Money Audit Staff
  • Parking Attendant
  • Press Box Staff
  • Promotions Team
  • Restaurant Wait Staff
  • Security
  • Suite Attendants
  • Ticket Seller
  • Ticket Taker
  • Usher
  • Video Board Operators
  • Video Production Crew
  • VIP Attendants
Warehouse Attendants 

PRVWSD Nov. 2016 Board Minutes

Below are the minutes for the 2016 PRVWSD Board of Director's Meeting.  A few highlights:

  - Workout stations will come to Lakeshore Park as part of a "Multi-Purpose Trail Improvement Project".  Estimated cost, $120,000.00.

  - In preparation for the large B.A.S.S. tournament at the Rez in April, the Barnett Reservoir Foundation requested and received from the Board a "less restrictive beer service area" at Old Trace Park.  It appears that instead of a "beer garden" -- which has become typical -- now, alcohol sales or consumption will be allowed throughout the entirety of Old Trace Park with some exceptions (kids' area and educational booths).  Unanimous vote in favor.

 - Due to the inability to offer a competing salary for a permanent forester, the PRVWSD will go with a consulting forester.  In the meantime, David Stodghill was hired as contract forester to fill the gap until a permanent consulting forester can be hired. David, I believe, is the former PRVWSD forester who previously retired.

  - A $179,900.00 John Deere Excavator was purchased.

  - The Board approved promulgation of new Sea Wall Construction Specifications.  The existing 1977 Specifications were scrapped.

  -  Holiday wishes were exchanged by all.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Financial Peace University at Lakeside

At Lakeside Presbyterian: 

Dave Ramsey Financial Peace Class - We will be hosting a Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University class beginning January 11! This 9-week course will meet from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. If you are interested in participating, contact Tyson Taylor at 601-992-2835 to order your materials. The cost is $95.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Rankin County Gets New Voting System

Below is the press release from the maker of the voting system.  Expect it to be in place in time for the school bond issue vote in March.

After a thorough evaluation process, the selection committee's decision to choose Verity was unanimous. Hart stood out in the bidding process; versatile Verity technology allows counties to choose between electronic and paper ballot configurations.

In 2017, Rankin County voters will cast their votes by scanning their marked paper ballots in the polling place. This marks a shift from the electronic voting method the county has used for more than 10 years. Hart's 100+ years of election experience and its expertise in the change management methods needed to transition to new voting technology were factors in the county's decision.
"We look forward to working with Rankin County not as just a vendor, but as a partner," said Phillip Braithwaite, President and CEO of Hart InterCivic. "We see growing interest in Mississippi in the efficiency and transparency Verity brings to the election process. We are committed to the success of elections in Rankin County and across the state."
With Rankin's selection of Verity, Mississippi becomes the sixth state in the U.S. to adopt this forward-looking technology. The system includes ADA-compliant features that enable all voters to vote privately and independently. Other features that caught decision-makers' eyes include:
  • Easy-to-use scanning and ballot marking for voters
  • Powerful new election management software for increased efficiency and security
  • Compact, lightweight briefcase-style machines, saving storage space
  • Efficient transport, set-up and take-down at precincts
  • First-class training and support
Another Verity advantage may not be as visible, but is critical to Rankin County. Verity enables straightforward import of data from the state election management system, making the process of building ballots much easier for election workers. It also automates the transmission of election results for state reporting.
Based in Austin, Texas, Hart currently provides election solutions to more than 560 jurisdictions nationwide, including the State of Oklahoma, the State of Hawaii and two of the five largest counties in the nation - Harris County, Texas, and Orange County, California.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Services

St. Marks UMC -- Christmas Eve at 4:30 and 6 p.m.; Christmas Day at 10 a.m.

St. Paul Catholic Church -- Christmas Eve Vigil at 5:30 p.m.; Midnight Mass begins at 11:30 p.m.; Christmas Day at 10:30 a.m.

St. Peter's By The Lake -- Christmas Eve Holy Eucharist and Children's Pageant at 5:30 p.m. and Christmas Carols at 10:15 p.m.; Christmas Day at 9:30 a.m.

Lakeside Pres -- Christmas Eve at 5 p.m.; Christmas Day at 11 a.m.

Pinelake Church -- Christmas Eve at 3 and 4:30 p.m.; Christmas Day at 10:30 a.m.

Lakeland Pres -- Christmas Eve Communion Service at 6 p.m.; Christmas Day Worship Service at 10 a.m.

Word of Life Church -- Christmas Eve at 4:30 and 6 p.m.; No service on Christmas Day.

Vineyard Church -- Christmas Eve at 6 p.m.; Christmas Day at 10 a.m.

Christway Church -- Family Christmas Candlelight Communion at 10:30 a.m.

Oakdale Baptist Church -- Christmas Eve at 6 p.m.; Christmas Day at 8:30 and 10 a.m.

Fannin Methodist Church -- Christmas Eve at 6 p.m.; Christmas Day at 10 a.m.

Fannin Baptist Church -- Christmas Day at 9:30 a.m.

There are many other churches in the area; some of which do not update their webpages or Facebook pages. If you have information concerning their Christmas Eve or Christmas Day services, please let me know and I will post it here.  Like Mother's Day, the church body swells during Christmas; let's make it as easy as possible for everyone to find their way into church.

Santa Soon Departs for the North Pole

FYI, tonight and Thursday night are your last opportunities to catch the lights, Santa, the train, and hot cocoa at Winner's Circle Park in Flowood.

Canton, the City of Lights, has their Victorian Christmas spectacular running through December 23.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Area Church Christmas Services

Let's start a list of the area church Christmas Services.  Post in the comments when your church is having a special service.

Lakeside Presbyterian Church -- Lakeside Pres Worship Ministries will present I Hear the Prophet Callin’ by Pepper Choplin at 6:00 p.m. Sunday, December 18. This musical draws its Biblical inspiration from the prophecies of Isaiah and its musical inspiration from the folk and ethnic musical traditions of Appalachia (with a bit of cajun fun thrown in!). The evening will also include musical offerings from the iPraise children’s choir and various soloists. 

St. Mark's UMC -- Christmas in His Presence: the Timeless Story of His Coming, tonight! (Dec. 14) at 6:30 p.m.  Pammy says this will be a full production.

Covenant Presbyterian Church -- 4000 Ridgewood Road, Jackson, MS, their Christmas Eve Service, Lessons and Carols, is at 5 p.m.  Their Christmas morning service is at 10:25 a.m.