Monday, August 3, 2015

Voting Tips from Sec'y of State Hosemann

Wise words from Mississippi Secretary of State, Delbert Hosemann:

Voting begins TOMORROW (Tuesday, August 4, 2015) for the 2015 Primary Election.  We encourage all Mississippians to head to the polls to cast a ballot in the upcoming election. 

It is has come to our attention several anonymous campaign mailers have been sent statewide.  These mailers are not only gutless, but illegal.  This type of politics denigrates the entire voting process, promotes voter apathy and discourages future candidates.  We believe in the right to free speech, but we also believe in the right to recourse.  We encourage Mississippians to consider their source of information when choosing a candidate and rely on credible resources.

Petition in Opposition to Restaurant Started

I note a concerned Reservoir citizen started a petition on to gather signatures in opposition to the proposed restaurant on Spillway Road (read about the restaurant here and here). The petition is called "STOP Seafood Restaurant Proposal on Spillway Road", and currently has 97 signatures. Here is the link.

Where to Vote

We had an interesting conversation around the teppanyaki at Ichiban last night; few around the table knew the location of their voting precinct, where they should vote. One person from Laurelwood thought it was the Laurelwood clubhouse. Incorrect. One person from Regatta thought it was St. Mark's Church on Grant's Ferry.  Also wrong.

Things have changed, especially if you did not vote in the Senatorial election last year.

There are two easy ways to determine the correct voting location: 1) use the Voter Record Search on the website; or 2) find your precinct on the official Rankin County GIS map (make sure the "Voting Precincts" layer is checked).  Once you know your precinct, find the voting booth address on the Precinct Spreadsheet.

***LAURELWOOD RESIDENTS, I note the Precinct Spreadsheet is incorrect for you.  You will note be voting at the Flowood YMCA.  Instead, you will vote at Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency, across Liberty Road.  Hopefully, there will be plenty of signage to direct confused voters to MORA.  

Friday, July 31, 2015

Firefighter's Challenge at Lakeshore Park

The Firefighter Combat Challenge is here again! Come out to Lakeshore Park this Friday (5-7p) and Saturday (10- till) and see Firefighters in action competing against each other In a fun filled action packed competition! There is also a kids challenge for the little guys and gals to come enjoy!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Candidate Qualification List

There have been some inquiry through this blog as to the qualifications necessary for certain elected offices.  The Mississippi Secretary of State's office conveniently provides a Candidate Qualification List that lays out the requisites.  See below:

Wildlife Extravaganza This Weekend!

The Mississippi Wildlife Extravaganza -- not-so-affectionately referred to by my wife as "Mistletoe for Men" -- is this weekend at the Mississippi Trademart on the Fairgrounds.  This event is put on by the Mississippi Wildlife Federation, and generates the funds necessary for the MWF's many community events and service projects.  This event has much to offer the whole family, not just the males.  

Family events include:

Hand-grabbin' catfish, the famous High Flyin' Retrievers, a Youth archery range, and a youth pellet gun range.  There are plenty of shows for the whole crew, including Herpetologist Terry Vandeventer, Turkey whisperer Preston Pittman, and animals and their experts from the Natural Science Museum. The whole schedule of shows and events can be found on page 21 of this link

Tomorrow, kids 12 and under get in free.  After that, they are $5.  Adults are always $10 a day.  

Tomorrow, the doors open at 3 p.m., and don't close until 9 p.m.
Saturday, the doors open at 9 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.
Sunday, the doors open at 10 a.m. and close at 5 p.m.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Listing of Public Boat Ramps on the Rez

Here is something handy.  It's a list of all parks and ramps open to the public on the Reservoir.

Privatization of Neighborhood Boat Ramps is Happening

The boat ramp in Forest Point Subdivision has been leased to the Forest Point Homeowners Association, thus closing access to non-members.  This is a trend that began with private boat ramps in newer subdivisions like Fox Bay, and continued with the closure of the Safe Harbor launch. The next step is to now close smaller ramps in subdivisions which have long been open to the public.

Jim McDowell warned us of this long ago in June of 2011 with this blog post.
The parks were once private, designated for the use of the residents of the subdivision where the park was located.  The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District even issued bumper stickers to residents so the Reservoir Patrol could identify park users.

Superintendent of Ed Candidate Richard Morrison Q & A

Continuing with our candidate profile series, below are the answers submitted to the Rankin Record by Superintendent of Education candidate, Richard Morrison:

Richard Morrison


Assistant Superintendent of Education for Rankin County School District

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Movies-N-Moonlight Tonight

Movie: Paddington
Sponsored by: Community Bank
Winners Circle Park
Bring a picnic and enjoy this FREE movie
Gates open at 6:30pm
Movie begins at dusk

Tommy's Trading Post

Tommy's Trading Post, home of one of the best burger's in Rankin County, has a website.  Go figure. You can find out what the lunch special was on March 15, 2012.  To keep up, you might have better luck on their Facebook page.

Rankin County Republican Club Meets Tonight

From their Facebook page:

Come out and visit with the candidates!
Next Social - Tuesday, July 28th
Cerami's in Flowood
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Candidates - you are welcome to bring bumper stickers, t-shirts and yard signs to hand out
Please join us and bring a friend!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Superintendent of Ed Candidate Townsend Meet and Greet

Many agree the most important race we will vote on in August is for Superintendent of Education. Long-time Superintendent, Dr. Lynn Weathersby, is not running for reelection. Three candidates qualified for the position, Bobby Franklin, Sue Townsend, and Richard Morrison.  This election has garnered much scrutiny in the media, breakfast booths, and dinner tables across the County. The Clarion Ledger recently ran two spots dedicated to this race, the first was an article by Kate Royals that briefly highlighted the three candidates.  The second was an editorial blog post by Executive Editor, Sam Hall, who I detect is not enamored with Dr. Weathersby.

You have an opportunity to meet one of the candidates this evening at Soulshine in Flowood. Dr. Sue Townsend will be at Soulshine at 6 p.m. There will be free appetizers and drinks at this meet and greet.

Fatal Accident on Grant's Ferry Road - Jackson, MS

According to WLBT, on Saturday evening, Darell Thompson, died in a one-car accident on Grants Ferry Road.  The location of the accident is not known.

Coroner Jimmy Roberts identified the victim as 37-year-old Darell Thompson.
We're told the the Brandon man was ejected, trapped beneath the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Thompson was not wearing a seat belt.
 Investigators with the Rankin County Sheriff's Office said the vehicle was traveling southbound when it left the highway and flipped. 

Link to Story.

Friday, July 24, 2015

JES Performing This Saturday

The singing group, JES, composed of Reservoir residents Jennifer Hall, Emily Cooper and Sharon Ross, are performing at Soulshine Pizza in Ridgeland this Saturday at 7:30 p.m.  Joining them will be Bobby Lowe and Wilson Karges on dobro and bass.