Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Billboard Vote Count

We heard from the PRV office early Monday morning, 38 emails had arrived regarding the billboard issue.  The count was 38 against the billboards and zero for the billboards.

Two other web sites were getting comments besides The Rez News, Jackson Jambalaya (link HERE) and the Reservoir Facebook page (link HERE).  You can read their comments and see an undeniable trend.

This sign is not wanted.

If you haven't sent the PRV an email then please do so and encourage everyone in your address book to do the same.  This is not just an issue that affects the residents, but the many people who visit the area as well.

Send your thoughts about billboards on Spillway Rd. to the Reservoir Executive Director  jsigman@therez.ms

Monday, August 30, 2010

Boating Registration Reminder

Test time for you boaters/jet skiers.
Study the picture below and then answer the question that follows.

This is a:

A:  A boat registration that expires on Dec. 31, 2010.
B:  A boat registration that expired on June 30, 2010.
C:  A boat registration that expires in ten minutes.
D:  The expiration month can't be determined by looking at the sticker.   

The correct answer is D.

Boating registrations are valid for 3 years from the date of purchase and expire at the end of the month in which they were purchased.  The correct expiration date will be on your registration card,  if you have misplaced your card call the Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks at 601-432-2400, they can help.

Some renewals can be done online,  check the link below, it may save you a trip to the MDWFP office.

Here are the rules about boat registration taken from the MDWFP web site.

Mississippi law requires all sailboats and every undocumented vessel equipped with propulsion machinery, whether or not such machinery is the principal source of propulsion, using the territorial and navigable waters of the State of Mississippi to be registered and numbered for identification.  No person may operate or give permission for the operation of any boat powered by machinery unless it is registered and numbered in accordance with the law.  The owner of any vessel required to be numbered has ten (10) days from the date for acquisition to register the boat. Fees for the award of certificates of number for original, transfer, renewals, livery, dealer and duplicate shall be as follows:
  • Less than 16 feet $10.20
  • 16 feet but less than 26 feet  $25.20
  • 26 feet but less than 40 feet $47.70
  • 40 feet and over $47.70 
  • Dealer Number $40.20
  • Duplicate $7.70  
The certificate of number of a livery boat shall be plainly marked “livery boat.”   Original and renewal certificate of number of a livery boat shall be valid for a period of three(3) years and shall expire at midnight on June 30 of each biennium

If you wish to renew your registration online you will need your hull identification number (HIN).

To get to the online registration site click  HERE.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Flu Shots

Kroger Pharmacy is offering flu shots at their area stores for $25.

Shots are available from 8:00am to 8:00pm Monday through Friday and no appointment is necessary.   High Dose shots are available for those over 65.

In a hurry?  Check the information link below, extra staff will be available on certain dates to get you in and out quickly. 

You can read more information HERE

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Community Calendar

Today we are launching The Rez News Community Calendar.

You can help us keep it up to date by telling us about happenings around The Rez.  Send event info to:  thereznews@gmail.com

To view the calendar click the Community Calendar link under the Facebook icon in the upper right section of the page.  Events will have short descriptions on the day they are to occur, clicking on the event will display any additional details.

The Rez News

Friday, August 27, 2010

Free Tennis Clinic For Kids

Real Deal Tennis is offering a free tennis clinic for kids of all ages and abilities.  The clinic will be held at the Reservoir YMCA on Tuesday, August 31 from 4:30pm to 6:00pm.  A YMCA membership is not required to participate in the clinic.

An online registration is required at www.realdealtennis.com

Speaking of real deals, how about a free tennis racquet?  The details of that offer and all of the fall tennis programs can be found at the Real Deal web site or reading an informational document HERE.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Billboard Update

We recently posted an article about Lamar Advertising asking the PRV Board to consider allowing electronic billboards on Spillway Road.  You can read that article HERE.

John Sigman, the Executive Director of the PRV, has asked area residents to express their opinions on this matter by sending him an email stating if they are for or against the signs.  He plans to tally the votes and present the results at the next PRV Board meeting.

OK, folks, here is your chance to influence an upcoming decision by the board.

For too many years the PRV has made decisions with little or no input from the people that live around or visit The Rez.  Hopefully those days are gone, let's take John up on his offer.

Cast your vote for or against signs around The Rez.

Send to jsigman@therez.ms  

The Rez News

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Nuisance Property Update

Monday evening there was a meeting of the Federation of Reservoir Homeowner Associations.  The principal speakers were John Sigman, Executive Director of the Pearl River Water Supply District, and Wood Brown, District 2 Supervisor for Rankin County.

Much of the talk was about nuisance property and how each of them are dealing with the problem.  Both the county and the PRV have adopted the International Property Maintenance Code of 2006 and both have similar inspection processes that work like this:
  • When a complaint is received an inspector visits the property and determines if a violation is present. 
  • The property owner is sent a letter advising them of the violation.
  • A follow-up inspection is done 30 days later
  • If the violation has been corrected the case is closed, if work is in progress more time may be granted.  If the property owner refuses to take action they can be ticketed and taken to Justice Court. 
Both the county and PRV are taking aggressive measures to clean up residential areas.  A few examples of IPMC violations are:
  • Dwelling with rotten wood exposed and in need of paint
  • Inoperable vehicles parked in yards
  • Junk/trash on property
  • Tall grass/weeds
If you live on PRV property and want to report a suspected violation call the PRV office at 601-856-6574.  If you are not on PRV property but in Rankin County call the Rankin County Community Development Department at 601-824-2570.

Both departments accept anonymous complaints. 

The Rez News

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Dollar General To Get Makeover

The Dollar General store at Reservoir Square Shopping Center is about to get a face lift.  Construction trailers have been placed on site and work will soon begin to change the design of the store into what Dollar General Corp. calls its new "consumer-centric" plan.  The store is one of 500 that the company plans to remodel this year.  

We spoke with manager Greg Workman and this is what he told us.

The store will close on Sunday August 29 at 5:00pm and renovations will begin.   It will re-open at 8:00am on September 1 and a "Grand Re-Opening" event will be held September 3rd.    The new design will add a 3rd checkout counter, the floor layout will be improved, and new products added.

Dollar General is a very large company, here are some fast facts:
  • Sales were $11.8 billion in fiscal 2009
  • 8,800+ stores in 35 states
  • 9 distribution centers
  • 79,000 employees
  • The average DG shopper completes their shopping in less than 10 minutes
  • DG corporate headquarters are in Goodlettsville, TN

Monday, August 23, 2010

Parkway Improvements

Bids were recently opened for construction projects to make improvements along the Bob Anthony Parkway.   The winning bid was $1,766,848 from Coleman Hammons Construction Co.  The contract called for:
  • Repaving the lower road and multi-use trail.
  • Completing the multi-use trail from the west end of the dam to Old Trace Park.  The trail will run through the Harbor Walk area. 
  • Rework the exit ramp off of the upper road to straighten the curve onto Lake Harbor Drive.
Federal funds will be used for the project so there is no impact to the PRV budget.

The Mississippi Department of Transportation oversees the contracts, once they grant their approval work can begin.

At this time there is no word on when the work will start.   

    Saturday, August 21, 2010

    Traffic Alert

    From: John Sigman, Executive Director, PRVWSD

    Re: Lane Closures

    The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District advises motorists that there will be periodic closures of one lane of both the eastbound and westbound roadways of the Bob Anthony Parkway (formerly Spillway Road) from Monday, August 23, 2010 through Friday September 3, 2010, for construction work.

    Please adhere to local traffic control devices and be prepared for delays.

    Alternate travel routes should be considered.

    The Rez News

    PRV Board Of Directors Change

    At the Aug. 19th PRV board meeting a resolution was adopted honoring longtime board member Mr. Walter Crapps who is retiring at the end of August.  He was appointed to the PRV board in July 2000 by the Scott County Board of Supervisors. 

    His replacement, also appointed by the Scott County Supervisors, is Mr. Kenny Latham.  Mr. Latham retired from the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks after 25 years of service as a conservation officer.  He resides in Ludlow, MS.

    Friday, August 20, 2010

    Rez Area Homeowner Meeting

    The Federation of Reservoir Homeowner Associations is hosting a meeting on Monday, August 23, 2010 in the cafeteria of the Northwest Rankin Middle School.  The meeting starts at 6:00pm.

    Dr. Homer Burns is the president of that group and said that all reservoir area homeowners are invited.

    FRH Meeting Agenda

    John Sigman, Executive Director PRV and Staff
    • Property Maintenance Codes
    • Land Usage for PRV property
    • Mortgage companies requiring flood insurance on PRV properties.
    • Electronic billboards on PRV property
    • Christmas tree sales on PRV property
    • Questions and Answers
    Wood Brown, Supervisor Rankin County, and Staff
    • Nuisance Property
    • Land Usage for Rankin County
    • Questions and Answers

      The Rez News

      Thursday, August 19, 2010

      Mayfly Time

      If you have been around The Rez for the last 24 hours you have probably noticed zillions of flying insects near the waters edge.  They are Mayflies.

      The Mayfly belongs to the order Ephemeroptera which is Greek for "Lasting but a day". 

      There are approximately 2500 different species of Mayflies and they exist all around the world.  About 600 of those species call North America home.  The flies are very sensitive to pollution so their presence is an indication that the reservoir has high water quality.    

      Their life cycle goes something like this:
      • Mature females lay thousands of eggs in the water.
      • The eggs sink and attach themselves to rocks, plants, or other objects. 
      • The eggs usually hatch within 1 to 3 months.
      • The nymphs feed on organic matter, algae, and plant debris
      • Some species take from 2 to 3 years to mature.
      • Once mature the nymphs emerge from the water and undergo a molting process. 
      • They emerge from the molt as sexually mature adults.
      • As adults they have one to two days to live, during that time they will mate, the females then lay eggs that will continue the cycle.  
      The flies are harmless, they have no stingers and can't bite as they don't have functioning mouths.

      If you drive through swarms of the critters you should wash your car, their residue has been known to stain automotive paint.

      So, be patient, they will be gone in a few days.   

      The Rez News

      Wednesday, August 18, 2010

      Dog Days

      "Dog Days of Summer" is a term that refers to the hottest part of the year, which would be about....right now.

      But, there is another "Dog Days of Summer" that promises to be more fun, the Third Annual Dog Days of Summer fund raiser for Community Animal Rescue & Adoption Inc.

      CARA is a non profit "no kill" animal rescue group located in Jackson that provides food, shelter and care for hundreds of abused, unwanted, and stray animals.

      The organization will hold a fund raising event at Pelahatchie Shore Park on Saturday, August 28th from 10am to 3pm.

      Meal tickets are $10 and that will get you some great barbecue.

      There will also be live music, a silent auction,  children's carnival, and much more!

      Your dog is welcome, but please have him/her on a leash.  

      This is a great way to help out a very worthy cause and we hope you can make it.

      Much more information is available on the CARA web site, pay them a visit and see all the great things they do to help animals in need.

      To go to their website click HERE.

      Tuesday, August 17, 2010

      Electronic Billboards At The Rez?

      The Shoreline Committee of the PRV board met Monday afternoon and discussed one topic that has the potential to get some folks stirred up.

      A representative from Lamar Outdoor Advertising asked the committee to consider letting their company install a digital outdoor sign on reservoir property.  They showed a picture of how a sign might look at the intersection of Spillway and Old Fannin Road.

      The sign is one of the large digital billboards that displays up to 7 different images.  Lamar said they would lease 6 of the spots and donate one to the PRV for their use.

      Lamar currently has a sign on Old Fannin Road near the Flowood city limits.
      Below is a typical digital sign as shown on the Lamar web site.


      The company rep said they had several designs for the post, including brick.
      The PRV committee took no action and wants to hear from area residents.

      What didn't come up in the conversation was how many communities have banned digital signs.  Cities like Los Angeles, St. Louis, and Denver, have banned the signs and cite driver distraction as a primary concern.  Montana has a statewide ban on the signs.

      Writers have dubbed them "Television On A Stick" and "Weapons of Mass Distraction".

      An article appeared in U. S. A. Today that has an interactive map showing where the signs are prohibited.  To see the article click HERE

      So, speak out area residents! 

      Do you want to see a digital flashing sign on reservoir property?

      Please leave your comments, they will be seen by PRV officials.

      Rental and Property Maintenance Update

      The PRV recently passed a Rental Property Ordinance and adopted the International Property Maintenance Code of 2006.  The Rental Ordinance requires all rental property on PRV land to be inspected and licensed.  The IPMC/2006 specifies minimum maintenance standards for homes in the area.   

      As for the rentals, 478 letters have been mailed to potential rental property owners.  One hundred nineteen rental licenses have been issued, a license is $100 per year.

      83 property maintenance code violations were identified in the first month of the new ordinance, 19 in Madison County and 64 in Rankin County.  Forty letters have been mailed notifying homeowners of violations.  Those receiving notices have 30 days to begin corrective actions on their property.  The first 30 day followups will begin next week.

      Homeowners who violate either the Rental Ordinance or the IPMC/2006 can face a fine of up to $1000 and/or 15 days in jail.

      The PRV is serious about cleaning up run-down property.

      Please support them in this effort.

      Monday, August 16, 2010

      Reservoir Video

      A great video has been placed on the Rezonate web site about The Rez. 

      It shows some early construction footage and interviews with people who talk about the project.

      Very Cool!

      Watch it HERE.

      Listen To Police and Fire Calls

      In the good old days one needed a radio called a scanner to listen to police and fire broadcasts.  The Rez News has such a gadget and we occasionally record broadcasts that appear on the site.   Our all time favorite is this one from Ridgeland, click HERE to listen.

      Many emergency broadcasts are now streamed over the internet.   Jackson PD and several Rankin County frequencies can be heard by going to The Radio Reference site, (link at the end of the article).  The map below shows Mississippi counties with live feeds.

      After you select a county you will be presented with your options.
      Currently the following Rankin County frequencies are streamed:
      • Flowood
      • Brandon
      • Pearl 
      • Richland 
      • Florence
      • Reservoir Patrol
      • Rankin County Fire
      • Rankin Sheriff
      One thing you will notice is that they all use "TEN" codes, such as 10-8 (means a unit is in service) or 10-4 (affirmative, OK).   Unfortunately. the codes are not standard between departments so it is often confusing.  You can do google searches for TEN codes but whatever you find won't get you 100% accuracy.    

      Both the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security have asked local agencies to abandon the TEN codes and go to simple english language descriptions.  During large emergencies, like Hurricane Katrina, the codes can hamper communications between different agencies.

      To get to the Radio Reference site click HERE.

      There are a number of apps that will stream scanner broadcasts directly to your iPhone.
      Google "police scanner iphone app" to find one that fits your needs.

      Saturday, August 14, 2010

      Soccer Time

      The Rez YMCA is accepting registrations for Soccer and Blastball, deadline for registration is August 19th.  The Y needs volunteer coaches so why not lend a hand?
      Soccer is for 4 and 5 year olds and Blastball is for 3 and 4 year olds.

      More information is available on the sign up sheet.  You can view or print it HERE.

      Got older kids?  Try the Northwest Rankin Athletic Association, they are currently registering for fall baseball, football, and soccer.
      More information can be found at their website HERE.

      Friday, August 13, 2010

      Author In Our Midst

      We recently had the pleasure of speaking with Steve Yates about his new novel, Morkan's Quarry.  Steve lives in Flowood, he moved here from Springfield, Missouri after accepting a job with The University Press of Mississippi where he is Assistant Director/Marketing Director.

      The book is Steve's first novel but he tells us a sequel may be on the way.
      The following description of the book was taken from The University Of Arkansas Press web site.

      In 1861, the Civil War severs Michael Morkan from everything he loves and all that defines him - from his son, Leighton; from his love, Cora Slade; and from the quarry he owns in Springfield, Missouri. Forced to give his black powder the Missouri State Guard, he finds himself indelibly labeled a rebel traitor and is imprisoned in St. Louis. Back in the Ozarks, Leighton joins the Federal Home Guards in hopes of paroling his father. When Leighton finally frees him, the two are pitched in a last gambit for their quarry and for the legacy of the name Morkan.

      There are excerpts from the book on Steve's web site, you can read them HERE.

      You can order Morkan's Quarry at the University of Arkansas Press web site.  Click HERE to go there.

      The Rez News

      Thursday, August 12, 2010

      Competition Of The Year

      Candy's Confections is hosting the hottest competition of the year.

      The competition is open to professionals and amateurs so don't be shy.
      Some insiders are saying that cupcake eating may become an official sport in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London! So start your training early!
      Training materials (cupcakes, brownies, candy) are available at Candy's Confections in the Fannin Market shopping area.

      The event will benefit the Rankin County Mentoring Program so sign up and have some fun. 

      Candy's specializes in custom cakes and other baked goodies.  They have a fountain that sells assorted drinks and a room for hosting birthday parties.  

      Owners Jim and Ginna Stewart invite everyone to stop by and say hello.

      You can learn more about the store and their products by visiting their web site   www.fatcakeguy.com

      Click HERE for a free ride.

      Wednesday, August 11, 2010

      Dear Heart

      The following recording is a 911 dispatch from Ridgeland that occurred Tuesday.  Please listen to the call, it puts the following information in perspective. (The address was edited out of the call.)     To listen click HERE

      According to  The American Heart Association, Mississippi leads the nation in deaths from Cardiovascular Disease, and is near the top in deaths from Coronary Heart Disease and Strokes.  You can read more stats from the AHA HERE.  (3meg PDF)

      A few facts from the Centers for Disease Control:
      • In 2006, 631,636 people died of heart disease. Heart disease accounts for over 1 in 4 deaths in the United States.
      • Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. Half of the deaths due to heart disease in 2006 were women.
      • Coronary heart disease is the most common type of heart disease.
      • Every year about 785,000 Americans have a first heart attack. Another 470,000 who have already had one or more heart attacks have another attack.
      • Coronary heart disease is the nation’s single leading cause of death.
      Safe Heart Health Screens will be at the Reservoir YMCA on Thursday, August 19, 2010 from 9am till 2pm and provide five important health tests for only $119.

      These tests could save your life. Here is what is included.
      • Carotid Artery Ultrasound Screen
        • This test identifies buildup of plaque and blockages in the carotid arteries.  Carotid Artery Disease is THE leading cause of stroke.
      • Carotid Intima Media Thickness (CIMT) Screen
        • This test assesses the risk of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) through the use of non-invasisve ultrasound, measuring artery wall thickness.  An abnormal CIMT indicates risk of Cardiovascular Disease.
      • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screen
        • This test will identify any abnormal enlargements of the abdominal aorta.  Usually patients will not notice any symptoms of an aortic aneurysm until a catastrophic rupture occurs.
      • Peripheral Vascular Disease Screen
        • This test will evaluate any decreased circulation to the lower extremities which may indicate a higher risk of heart disease and stroke.
      • Atrial Fibrillation Screen
        • This test will evaluate the presence of atrial fibrillation (abnormal heart rhythm) which may lead to blood clot formation within the heart chambers.  It is also the cause of approximately 15% of all strokes.
      All that for $119. 

      There are more details and sign up instructions in an document that you can read HERE.

      If you have questions call Safe Heart Health Screens at 866-548-3006

      Tuesday, August 10, 2010

      No No Smoking

      Being able to "light one up" is getting harder to do.

      Pearl and Brandon recently enacted no smoking bans, a  Clarion Ledger article describes the Pearl ordinance, you can read it HERE.

      Other areas around the Rez are mixed.  Rankin County, Flowood, and the PRVWSD do not ban "smokes" but Ridgeland put a no smoking policy in place 3 years ago.

      There is a link to Pearl's new ordinance in the article mentioned above.
      You can read Ridgeland's ordinance HERE.

      What do you think, should Rankin County and the PRVWSD ban smoking in public places?

      Monday, August 9, 2010

      Bob Anthony Parkway

      Maybe you have noticed this sign as you approach the lower road that crosses the Rez.   It lets you know you are about to travel the Bob Anthony Parkway.

      Who was Bob Anthony and why were the roads named after him?

      Some history.
      Prior to 2002 there was only one way to cross the lake, the existing two lane road on top of the dam.  Most weekday afternoons eastbound traffic would stall near McB's on Lake Harbor and crawl to the intersection of Spillway and Northshore Parkway.

      It was a nightmare.

      Mr. Anthony led the charge to get a new road built that would solve the traffic woes.  Several plans were discussed including adding a third, reversible, lane across the dam, two lanes westbound in the mornings and two eastbound in the afternoon.  That idea was discarded after contacting members of the original design team for the reservoir.  The engineers said that a road could be built along the base of the dam and a new bridge built on top of the existing concrete pads of the spillway.

      Mr. Anthony.
      Bob was a loving father, husband, friend, and well respected business man.  He was a native Mississippian and U. S. Army Veteran.  After the army he obtained B.S and M.S degrees from Mississippi State University.

      Bob worked for MFC Services,  The National Broiler Marketing Association, American Poultry International LTD, and was the founder and president of Anthony Investments Inc. He was active in numerous groups such as the Metro Jackson Chamber of Commerce, Rankin County Chamber of Commerce, the Mississippi Republican Party, and served on the Board of Directors of the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District.

      While serving on the PRV Board, Bob worked tirelessly to obtain funding to build a new road across the dam.  The 2000 session of the Mississippi Legislature funded the project with $5 million in bond funds.  Construction started in the spring of 2001 and finished in the fall of 2002, ahead of schedule and under budget.  The new road was named Riverview Parkway.

      Several years after the road opened the PRV board voted to honor Bob for his efforts by renaming Spillway Road and Riverview Parkway to The Bob Anthony Parkway. A dedication ceremony was set for February 10, 2006, a copy of the invitation is below.  (Click on the image to enlarge, use your browser back button to return.)

      This photo of Bob and his wife Tiny Belle was taken at the ceremony.

      On March 3, 2006, less than a month after the dedication, Bob passed away after a 4 year battle with Lymphoma.

      The next time you approach the dam make sure you notice the signs, they are more than street signs, they are tributes to a man who made a difference.

      The Rez News

      Sunday, August 8, 2010

      After School Days

      Wondering what to do with the kids after school?
      The YMCA has a great after school program.

      For more information contact Owenne Outlaw at 601-992-9118 or email at: ooutlaw@metroymcams.org

      To view a brochure that will provide you more details click HERE.

      School Days

      The first day of school for Rankin County students is Monday August 9th.  Please drive carefully through our neighborhoods as you pass all those happy faces awaiting the school bus.

      Here are a few interesting stats taken from the Rankin County School District website:

      • RCSD is third largest school district in Mississippi with 27 schools, 18,800+ students and 300 employees.
      • In 2010, RCSD  seniors were awarded nearly $16 million in scholarships from colleges and universities in Mississippi and across the nation.
      • RCSD is home to 208 National Board Certified teachers, the most in Mississippi and among the highest in the nation
      • RCSD has the lowest tax rate in the metro Jackson area.
      The district has published a document listing class times for all schools, you can view it HERE.

      Saturday, August 7, 2010

      Reservoir YMCA

      Q.   What's better than a free visit to the Reservoir YMCA?

      A.   Five free visits to the Reservoir YMCA.

      The Rez Y is offering you 5 free visits.  Pretty good?  It gets better.
      Each of those visits earns you a $5 discount off of the joining fee.  (That's $25 for the math challenged.)

      To get started you will need a form to record your visits, you can request one at the Y or view and print one by clicking HERE.

      Present your card at the front desk, they will mark it to indicate your visit then you are free to enjoy the facility.

      Please take them up on this offer and consider joining.  The YMCA dues are very reasonable and you can't beat the convenience.

      If you would like more information about the facilities and pricing click HERE or give them a call at 601-992-9118.

      The Y is located on the grounds of Lakeshore Park on Northshore Parkway.

      Friday, August 6, 2010

      Losing Rabbit

      The Kingfish has a good article about the continuing legal problems for the developers of Lost Rabbit.

      Check out the article on  Jackson Jambalaya  HERE

      New Church On Lakeland Drive

      A new construction project recently started on Lakeland Drive just west of Wal-Mart.  The site will become the new home for The Word of Life Church, they are presently located on Highway 18W in Jackson. 

      The church purchased the Lakeland Dr. site in June of 2000 and construction started shortly thereafter.  However, their plans came to an abrupt halt when the church leader, Pastor Ronnie Sims, passed away in 2001.  Since that time the land has sat idle with only the parking area completed.

      Pastor Joel Sims, the son of the late church founder, is now the church leader and construction is back underway.  Plans call for the congregation to move into the new building in the summer of 2011.

      The Word of Life Church is non-denominational and averages 1350 worshipers each Sunday.  They have produced a very nice video that tells about their history and shares their plans for the future.

      To watch the video go their web site  HERE and click on the "Our New Home" link.

      Thursday, August 5, 2010

      Pelahatchie Bay Trading Post

      Pelahatchie Bay Trading Post has been around almost as long as The Rez.  The store, located on Highway 471 between Spillway Road and Fannin Landing Circle,  was built in 1967 by Tom Freeny.  In those days It was the only place around to buy gas, bait, and fishing tackle.  In fact, it's still the only place around there to buy those items.  

      In 1982 brothers Roy and Bobby Herrington bought the store and launched their new careers as merchants.  Roy bought out Bobby in 1994 and is now the sole owner.  Roy's wife Brenda and her parents work in the store so it is truly a family affair.
      Bobby still lives at the Rez and works for a local electrical supply company.

      The store has a diverse group of customers including locals, fishermen/boaters, and anyone who is hungry.   The store serves breakfast and a great lunch buffet, if you haven't eaten there then please do, you won't be disappointed.

      The store carries the usual items you would find in any convenience store plus fishing tackle and bait.  However, they sell one commodity that seems out of place, golf balls.

      Roy, said he started playing golf a few years back, one day a guy came in wanting to sell golf balls recovered from nearby Bay Pointe Golf Club.  He bought the balls, the guy came back and Roy bought more, and more.  After accumulating several thousand balls he decided to part with a few. 

      if you need used golf balls on your way to Bay Pointe then stop in.  They are a bargain.  The lower grade balls are 3 for a dollar and the premium brands are 2 for a buck.

      If you pass by the store you may notice there is no sign on the building.  Roy said that he put a new metal roof on the store several years back and it looked so good that he hated to drill holes in it to re-install the sign, so he didn't.
      It keeps him consistent within his advertising budget which is zero.  Seems word of mouth serves him well.

      The store is open 7 days a week from daylight to dark and is closed on Christmas and Easter.

      Breakfast is served 7 days a week and the lunch buffet Mondays thru Fridays.

      You can reach the store at  601-829-1703

      The Rez News

      Wednesday, August 4, 2010

      The Weather

      An ugly forecast from the weather service.  

      Don't know about you but we miss the best weatherman ever, Al Sleet, the hippy-dippy weatherman - aka George Carlin.

      You may not like the forecast, but the forecaster was funny. 
      Here is a short audio clip taken from youtube.

      To hear it click HERE 

      The Rez News

      Stop Your Ditching

      There is construction going on along Spillway Road just East of Fresh Market Cafe. Rez maintenance crews are improving an area where a deep ditch runs from the side of the road to the bike trail.

      The pipes shown below run under the bike trail.

      PRV crews are installing a lighted and air conditioned tunnel that will provide our geese with a safe path to cross the road. 

      Just kidding.

      After an existing water line is relocated pipes will be installed that connect the drain under the bike trail to the drain under the road.   

      The last step will be to fill in the area and smooth it out.

      The Rez News

      Free Tennis Tournament

      The Reservoir YMCA is hosting an adult tennis tournament on August 13th from 6pm to 9pm.  There is no charge to play but you must register online prior to the event.    

      Food, snacks, prizes, and beverages will be provided.

      The YMCA pool will be open (for children that can swim) and a lifeguard will be present.  What a deal!

      If you have questions please call 601-992-2577.

      To get to the online registration site click HERE.

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      Tuesday, August 3, 2010

      The Reservoir Patrol

      If you travel the roads around the Rez you have probably seen the blue lights of the Reservoir Patrol.

      Who are they, what do they do, and where do they do it?

      Title 51, Chapter 9, Article 5 of The Mississippi Code of 1972 is titled "The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District Officer Law of 1978".  The law describes the purpose, scope, and authority of the Reservoir Patrol.   Here are a few important points from the law:
      • The officers are appointed/commissioned by the PRV Board of Directors and accountable to them. 
      • All officers must be certified by the Board of Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Training.
      • The officers have the same powers of arrest and right to bear firearms as any other state or municipal police officers.  Their jurisdiction covers land owned by the  The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District.
      • There is a provision that allows the Reservoir Patrol to enter into agreements with other county or municipal entities to provide law enforcement services under certain emergency situations.
      • Any person arrested by The Reservoir Patrol is to be processed by the county or municipality where the offense was committed.  
      The Chief of The Reservoir Patrol is Perry Waggener.  Normally he has a staff of 10 full time patrol officers but is down to 9 because of a vacancy.  The Parks Division of the PRV also has 7 certified officers.  The manager and assistant manager of each of the PRV's campgrounds are officers and have full law enforcement authority.   

      The Patrol has a diverse area of geography to cover that includes 33,000 acres of water and 17,000 aces of land.  

      Their equipment consists of motor vehicles, patrol boats, jet ski's, ATV's, and a mobile command center that can be deployed wherever needed.  They have certified divers on their team that can assist in rescues and perform underwater inspection of reservoir facilities.

      The Reservoir Patrol keeps a boat in a wet slip near the dam and is planning to station one at the north end of the lake.   Officers of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks help patrol the waters on busy summer and holiday weekends.

      The Patrol is primarily responsible for the public areas on PRV property.   Here is a list of the main areas:

      • All boat launch facilities.
      • All public parks and recreation facilities.
      • The Dam and fishing area below the spillway.
      • Northshore Parkway.
      • All PRV campgrounds.
      • The neighborhood parks in the subdivisions.
      • The waters of the reservoir.
      You may note that the subdivisions on PRV property are not listed.

      Prior to the mid 1980's the Reservoir Patrol was the primary law enforcement for all PRV subdivisions.  In the early 1980's a lawsuit was filed by Hinds County that challenged the PRV's authority to provide such services to the leaseholders.  After much legal wrangling the parties of the suit agreed that the the PRV would stop providing services to the residents unless they charged an appropriate fee AND, the annual leaseholder fees couldn't count as a fee.

      At that time the Reservoir Patrol stopped serving the residential areas and the coverage was picked up by the local governments.  All of the subdivisions in Rankin County are now the responsibility of the Rankin County Sheriff's Department. 

      The history surrounding the court case is deserving of an article of its own which we will bring you another time.

      It can be confusing but the net is this.
      If you have an emergency dial 911, the operator will know who to dispatch to help you.

      If you need to reach The Reservoir Patrol the number is 601-992-9894.

      Monday, August 2, 2010

      No More Booms!

      We spoke to a representative with Denbury to get an update on the testing they will conduct in the Fannin Landing Circle area over the next three weeks.  

      The tests will study the flow of CO2 from a well that was recently drilled and DO NOT involve explosives.

      So, you can put away those doggie tranquilizers, you won't need them. 

      However, there will be noise generated by certain test that allow the high pressure gas to be released from the well.  Those sounds may resemble the noise made by a jet engine.   

      We were also told that the escaping CO2 does not pose any danger or health risks to area residents. 

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      Sunday, August 1, 2010

      Tax Money

      Yesterday we told you about the satellite Rankin County Tax office on Lakeland Drive.   Today we present a few details about taxes.

      Many dollars flow to the county through tax revenue and the people around The Rez pay a large portion of the total. 

      The majority of the Rez area is in District 2 of Rankin County, here are a few stats you may find interesting. 

      • 2009 est. population for Rankin County, approximately 141,000.
      • 2009 est. population for District 2, approximately 31,800, 23% of the total. 
      • 2009 car tag revenue for the county was $3,960,752.
      • 2009 car tag revenue for district 2 was $1,634,576, 41% of the total.
      • 2009 ad valorem taxes collected by the county, $81,280,643.
      • 2009 ad valorem taxes collected in district 2, $39,208,543 or 48%
      There are 5 districts in the county. 

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