Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Brandon Christmas Parade

Brandon's Christmas parade will be held at 7:00pm, Friday December 3rd.

The parade route starts at the corner of S. College and Jasper and goes North to Hwy. 80. The parade then turns East on Hwy 80 to Louis Wilson Dr. At Louis Wilson Dr. the parade will head South back to Jasper St. and then West to end at the corner of Jasper and S. College.

Past themes have included "A Christmas Vacation", "Holiday Lights", "Hometown Christmas", "A Birthday Celebration" (in honor of Brandon's 175th anniversary), "A Dr. Seuss Christmas" and more.

Cash prizes are awarded to float winners and a coloring contest is held for the students in K-2nd grades.

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Ross Barnett Reservoir
Brandon, Mississippi

Gingerbread House Gift Show

The 14th annual Gingerbread House Christmas Show is Friday Dec 3rd, 4pm to 8pm and Sat 4th from 9am to 4pm.

About 50 artisans and merchants from the Rankin, Hinds, Madison and surrounding areas will be selling great Christmas gifts.

Location: MS Agriculture and Forestry Museum, Sparkman Auditorium.

More information is available at their website: http://www.msgingerbreadhouse.com
or visit their Facebook site HERE.

The Rez News
Ross Barnett Reservoir
Brandon, Mississippi

Monday, November 29, 2010

The Jackson Yacht Club

In 1960 a group of sailing enthusiast laid the groundwork for The Jackson Yacht Club. The Pearl River Reservoir, as it was known in those days, was under construction so a temporary home was needed. The group made arrangements to use Lake Hico in Jackson.

Construction of a new club house began in 1964, in 1966 the membership moved into a brand new club house on a brand new reservoir.

In 1998 the clubhouse burned to the ground and the group had to start all over.
Groundbreaking for a new home began in 2002.

The new club has a gorgeous view of the main lake and overlooks their harbor. Membership certainly has its privileges. The club's 400 members enjoy social activities, great food, a swimming pool and a view that is as good as it gets.

It's not far down to paradise
At least it's not for me
And if the wind is right you can sail away
And find tranquility
The canvas can do miracles
Just you wait and see
Believe me

Christopher Cross

If you would like to learn more about the Jackson Yacht Club then visit their web site. Information is available about events, membership, and their history.


The Rez News
Ross Barnett Reservoir
Brandon, Mississippi

Sunday, November 28, 2010

The Old Jackson Yacht Club

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This old photo shows the Jackson Yacht Club before it was destroyed by fire in 1998.

Our next post will show you the "New" Yacht Club and tell you more about the oldest establishment on The Rez. 

Stay Tuned.

The Rez News
Ross Barnett Reservoir
Brandon, Mississippi

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Chimneyville Crafts Festival

The Chimneyville Crafts Festival will begin its annual 2 day event at the Mississippi Trade Mart Building Dec. 4th and 5th.

Over 190 craftsmen will display and sell their unique items with some offering demonstrations of their skills.

Don't miss it.  More info can be found HERE.

The Rez News
Ross Barnett Reservoir
Brandon, Mississippi

Friday, November 26, 2010

Name The Three Legged Cat

Tis the season to go to Fat Cat Ceramics and paint your New Orleans Saints Christmas Ornament. Of course there are other choices so drop by and make an artistic statement.

While there be on the look out for an unusual creature roaming the premises.

This kitten was hit by a car and near death when Fat Cat owner Bethany Pepper happened by. She rescued the kitten and got it to a vet, its badly injured rear leg had to be removed.

Thanks to the skill of the vet and Bethany's care the kitten survived.

After getting off to a rough start it's healthy and doing well.

The young lady is Jessica Wilson but the cat doesn't have a name.

So, to correct that problem Bethany has decided to have a contest to name the cat. She plans to place a ballot box in the store and solicit entries on her Facebook site.

So get those creative juices flowing and "Name The Three Legged Cat"

The Fat Cat Facebook site is:

Vote early and vote often!

UPDATE: To vote go to:

The Rez News
Ross Barnett Reservoir
Brandon, Mississippi

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Christmas Trees For Blair E. Batson Hospital

It's on! 

Fresh Christmas trees have arrived at the old Rapids parking lot and they are looking for a good home.

Nick Trees is kicking off their annual Christmas Tree sale to benefit Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children.  Great trees, great prices, and a great cause.     

The sale begins Friday Nov. 26.

Trees will be available 7 days a week from 9:00am till the last customer leaves. 

The Rez News
Ross Barnett Reservoir
Brandon, Mississippi

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The Gift


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Ross Barnett Reservoir
Brandon, Mississippi

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Turkey Recipe

Thinking of something less than a whole Butterball this year?

We got you covered.

Enjoy a "Turkey For One"


* Double Stuff Oreos (2 per turkey)
* Small Reese's Peanut Butter Cups (1)
* Whoppers (1)
* Candy Corn
* White Frosting
* Black Frosting


1. First place your peanut butter cups in the fridge. They will cut cleaner cold. Then take an Oreo and carefully separate one of the cookies from the frosting. Gently press the pointed tips of 6 candy corns around one half of the Oreo. Take some white frosting and cover the frosting and re-attach the cookie.

2. Now, take the second Oreo and lay it flat on the table. Pick up your Oreo with the candy corn and put some icing on the bottom of the Oreo opposite from the candy corn and attach the Oreo onto the flat Oreo so that it is on the back half. Prop the stuck together Oreos against a book or a wall to hold it up while the icing dries. If it does not stand up well, add some more icing.

3. Now take a cold peanut butter cup and cut a small section off of it so that it will have a flat side. Place some frosting on the flat section and the top of the peanut butter cup and attach it to the Oreo with the candy corn so that it becomes the body of the turkey.

4. Take the Whopper and put icing on the back side of it. Attach it so that it is right on top of the peanut butter cup and iced to the Oreo and Whopper. Add two drops of white icing for the eyes and a smaller drop of the black for the pupil.

5. For the wings, cut the very tip of a candy corn and glue a wing on both sides of the peanut butter cup. For the feet, you can use the same tip you cut off when making your wings. Let dry for about 20 minutes before handling.

The Rez News
Ross Barnett Reservoir
Brandon, Mississippi

Minutes From Rankin County Supervisor Meetings

The Rankin County Supervisors meet twice a month to conduct county business.

Minutes from the meetings are posted on the county web site after approval. A link to that site is HERE.

The most current approved minutes are from Oct. 15th.

The Rez News
Ross Barnett Reservoir
Brandon, Mississippi

Monday, November 22, 2010

Rankin County Sheriff's Department

For most folks around the reservoir area law enforcement is provided by the Rankin County Sheriff's Department. Sheriff Ronnie Pennington's department covers a county with 806 square miles and 144,000 people.

They do it with a staff of 200 people and a $13.3 million budget.  Some of their responsibilities are:
  • Patrol of the county
  • Criminal investigations
  • Court Security
  • Operation of the Adult Detention Center
  • Operation of the Juvenile Detention Center
  • Administration
  • Providing school resource officers
  • Operation of the 911 call center

Undersheriff Bryan Bailey is second in command and responsible for the day to day operations of the department.

Sheriff Pennington plans to retire at the end of his term and Bryan says he will be a candidate for sheriff.

The 911 center is filled with computers, monitors, and radios.  Calls from all unincorporated areas of the county are dispatched here, the Reservoir Patrol and Fire Departments are dispatched through this center. 

Richard Lawrence is legal counsel to the department and showed us around their office, he is seen here at the adult detention center's booking desk. The facility is used to house county inmates, no state prisoners are held at the 500 bed facility.  The inmate population averages around 450 people.  

The county is building a new 48 bed juvenile facility in Pelahatchie, it's scheduled to open next year.

These days a patrol car is a mobile electronics center.  When a deputy is dispatched he is notified via radio as to the nature of the call and the address.  Additional information is sent to his computer, important things like, have they been to this location before, are their weapons known to be at the address,  things that can be invaluable to the responder.

When the call is completed the deputy enters details of the incident into the computer which transmits a report back to the office.   Less paperwork for the officer means more time spent patrolling.

Global Positioning Systems are used to track each patrol car, the 911 center uses this information to dispatch the closest available officer to a call.
Everyone in the department does a great job to help keep Rankin County safe.
Our thanks go out to all of them.

The Rez News
Ross Barnett Reservoir
Brandon, Mississippi 


    Sunday, November 21, 2010

    Car Of The Week

    Reservoir resident Mark Hale stands beside this weeks "Car Of The Week", his 1950 Bentley Mark VI.  The car is powered by a straight 6 cylinder Rolls Royce engine.  It was made in the U.K but found its way to the U.S. in 1977, note the location of the steering wheel. 

    There was a time when a hood ornament was an important part of a cars styling.  The Bentley's elegant decorations let you know this car was special.

    Bentley was founded in England in 1919, Rolls Royce purchased the struggling company in 1931 and operated it until 1998.  The current owner, Volkswagen, still produces elegant luxury cars with the Bentley name.

    Fine wood was used as trim on the dash and door panels.

    Mark is considering selling this car, if you're interested stop by his business, Lakeland Music at 5200 Highway 25 in Flowood.

    The Rez News
    Ross Barnett Reservoir
    Brandon, Mississippi

    Saturday, November 20, 2010

    Mississippi Memories

    Taken on Mississippi Highway 22
    Ashley Rennie Photography

    We recently discovered a great blog called Mississippi Memories.   It's done by Janice Tracy and was recently listed as one of the top 50 genealogy blogs.

    You'll find lots of interesting stories about Mississippi people and places plus great photos (like the one above) by Janice's daughter who owns Ashley Rennie Photography.

    Visit Mississippi Memories by clicking HERE.

    Janice does another blog loaded with Mississippi history, Cemeteries of Dancing Rabbit Creek, see it HERE.

    The Rez News
    Ross Barnett Reservoir
    Brandon, Mississippi

    Speeding Statistics Around The Rez

    Last month we did an article about radar and The Reservoir Patrol, if you missed it you can see it HERE.

    The folks at PRV sent us some statistics recently gathered from the device shown above.

    You might find it interesting.

    Over a 58 day period the radar feedback device monitored approximately 138,000 cars on Northshore Parkway, of those 87% were exceeding the speed limit.

    The Rez News
    Ross Barnett Reservoir
    Brandon, Mississippi

    Friday, November 19, 2010

    PRV Board Meeting Minutes - Oct. 2010

    Minutes from the October board meeting of the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District.

    Selecting the "Fullscreen" option at the top of the SCRIBD window is the best way to view the document.

    The Rez News
    Ross Barnett Reservoir
    Brandon, Mississippi

    WLBT Video On Rez Boat Ramp

    Story from WLBT about the boat ramp at Fannin Landing Circle.
    The video follows a short commercial.

    The Rez News
    Ross Barnett Reservoir
    Brandon, Mississippi

    Thursday, November 18, 2010

    Artist In Our Midst

    Reservoir area resident Beth Sartin has been busy getting ready for the holiday season, she is a multi-talented artist and her hand painted pottery is a popular gift item. She travels the south selling her work and her booth at the Canton Flea Market is always a popular spot.

    Beth's talents were recognized early, while attending high school in Tylertown she was in demand to paint everything from store windows to lettering on delivery vehicles.

    This weekend she will be at the Handworks Arts and Crafts show at the Mississippi Trade Mart, stop by and say hello. The items shown above will be for sale at her booth.

    Next time youre in Soulshine Pizza Factory take a close look at the paintings on the wall, Beth painted them. 

    The Handworks Market is this Friday and Saturday at the Trade Mart, more information is available HERE.

    The Rez News
    Ross Barnett Reservoir
    Brandon, Mississippi

    Wednesday, November 17, 2010

    Federation Of Reservoir Homeowners

    We recently posted several articles about a proposed skating rink/entertainment center near residential areas. The project was denied by the Rankin County Board of Supervisors after numerous parties objected, one voice that spoke for many was the Federation of Reservoir Homeowners.

    Many areas around the reservoir don't have active homeowner associations and may not be familiar with the federation so we asked its president, Dr. Homer Burns, to tell us about the organization. His response follows.

    The Federation of Reservoir Homeowners (FRH) is an organization that has members from approximately 60 subdivisions in the Reservoir area of Rankin and Madison counties. The purpose of the FRH is to promote activities that increase the quality of life in our area and to maintain or improve property values.

    The FRH works closely with the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District and the elected officials of Madison and Rankin counties to provide input from homeowners in our area. Once input is given, our voices are heard and appreciated. We have voiced our opinions about proposed apartment and commercial developments, as well as multiple zoning issues. We will continue to voice our support for an Overlay District for the highly populated areas around Highway 25, Spillway Road, Grants Ferry, and Old Fannin Road. This area has grown phenomenally from 10,000 residents in 1990 to 30,000 in 2010. This area is unique to Rankin County, and homes with families in close proximity to one another have different zoning needs than areas with a less dense population.

    The FRH officers are:

    President: Homer Burns
    Vice President: Jim Cooper
    Secretary: Jeannine May
    Treasurer: Linda Smith

    Advisory Board Members are:

    Mark Baker Representative District 74, Madison and Rankin
    Mary Hawkins-Butler Mayor of Madison
    Greg Wilcox Supervisor, Rankin County, Parks and Recreation- Flowood
    Dr. Hines Bostwick Pathologist, Madison County
    Thomas Harvey President, Metro Division of Bank of Yazoo
    Cherry Deddens Realtor, Madison
    Jim Carraway PRV, Chairman of Shoreline Committee
    Brian Bailey Undersheriff, Rankin County
    Jim Cooper Chairman of Advisory Board

    For Membership

    If you share our goals and would like to become a member, please contact us at: ehburns3@bellsouth.net

    We have 3 types of membership:
    • Homeowners’ Associations
    • Groups in a subdivision that do not have Homeowners’ Association
    • Individuals in our Reservoir area who want to be informed about events that impact our homes.
    Homer Burns, FRH President

    The Rez News
    Ross Barnett Reservoir
    Brandon, Mississippi

    Tuesday, November 16, 2010

    Going For The Juggler

    There are some things you just wouldn't expect to see on a drive around The Rez, a juggler, for example.

    But, that's exactly what we saw Sunday morning in front of the The Life Church, a non-denominational church across from Regions Bank on Grants Ferry Road. Steve Braddock was honing his juggling skills while waiting to attend services.

    Steve is from Indiana and traveled a difficult road to the reservoir area, a gambling problem cost him everything he owned. After hitting bottom he left Indiana and moved to a recovery facility in Florida.  Steve said that year long stay changed his life when he realized that God had a plan for him.

    He heard about The Life Church and moved here after the church helped him find a job and a place to live, that was 5 years ago. He now has his own handy man service and entertains people with his juggling skills.

    If you need a handy-man consider giving him a call, Steve can be reached at mshousedoc@gmail.com or by phone, 601-826-2115.

    The Rez News
    Ross Barnett Reservoir
    Brandon, Mississippi 

    Changes to Rankin Zoning Ordinances Delayed

    At a public hearing Monday morning the Rankin County Board of Supervisors voted to delay adoption of a new county wide zoning ordinance.  Public comments were made about two parts of the ordinance, the lack of strong commercial regulations for the area around the Barnett Reservoir and  the rezoning of approximately 40,000 acres from agricultural to mixed residential estate.

    Representatives from the Mississippi Manufactured Housing Association told the supervisors that the changes would unfairly impose restrictions on future mobile home purchasers.  Others commented that the proposed changes needed to be discussed with the public at a series of town hall meetings and suggested they be held at night when more people could attend.

    The supervisors agreed to delay the vote until December 6th and committed to set up meetings that would inform the pubic about the proposed changes.

    The Rez News
    Ross Barnett Reservoir
    Brandon, Mississippi

    Monday, November 15, 2010

    Jackson Arena

    (click on image to enlarge)

    What do you think about an Arena in Jackson?  

    A group of people are trying to advance that idea with a "RollOut Extravaganza" Tuesday night, Nov. 16th from 5pm to 7pm at the Jackson Convention Center.

    There is much more information about the arena project at their web site,  http://www.downtownjacksonarena.com/

    The Rez News
    Ross Barnett Reservoir
    Brandon, Mississippi

    The Pinelake CareCenter

    It's easy to miss the building at the intersection of Marshall Road and Highway 25, its a simple metal structure with a sign declaring it as "Marshall Place" with an all too familiar "For Lease" banner hanging below. That small building has to compete for your attention with a much larger complex across the road, Pinelake Church.

    It may not be obvious but the two buildings have a connection.

    The Pinelake CareCenter opened at Marshall Place in June 2009 and serves as a food pantry for the needy. On their first day of operation they served 4 families, last week they served 80.

    The CareCenter is operated by church volunteers, center director, John DerryBerry along with Janie Renfrow coordinate activities to keep the shelves stocked and their clients served.

    Pinelake member Rick Lacey fills an order.

    The CareCenter receives food from the Mississippi Food Network and donations from businesses and individuals. A recent food drive by Northwest Rankin Schools netted the center 15,000 cans of food. Bimbo Bakery in Flowood donates fresh bread each week.

    People served by the church ministry must meet certain income eligibility requirements as prescribed by the United States Department of Agriculture.

    Anyone seeking help from the center should call 601-829-3501 to schedule an appointment. Those wishing to make donations are also invited to call.

    Pinelake CareCenter is open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9:00am till 1:00pm.

    The Rez News
    Ross Barnett Reservoir
    Brandon, Mississippi

    YMCA Annual Prayer Breakfast

    The Downtown YMCA will host it's 42nd Annual Thanksgiving Prayer Breakfast on Friday Nov. 19, 2010.

    The featured speaker will be Dr. Roger Parrott, President of Belhaven University.

    For more info call 601-948-0818 ext. 205.

    The Rez News
    Ross Barnett Reservoir
    Brandon, Mississippi

    Sunday, November 14, 2010

    Car Of The Week

    Reservoir area resident Mark Scott shows off this week's Car Of The Week,  a sparkling white 1970 Oldsmobile Cutlass S.  Mark is the third owner of this classic GM ride.

    The car's new paint and interior are the original color scheme.

    The Cutlass is original under the hood, a 350 cubic inch Rocket V8 with a 2 bbl carburetor.

    If you were lucky enough to own one of those newfangled color TV's back in 1970 you would have seen ads like these.

    Or if you were reading the November 1969 issue of Life Magazine you might have seen this ad.

    The Rez News
    Ross Barnett Reservoir
    Brandon, Mississippi

    Saturday, November 13, 2010

    Tip For Ole Miss

    LSU had several last minute wins this year including a fake field goal against SEC rival Florida. Ole Miss faces the Tigers on Nov. 20th and will need every trick in their playbook to post a W.

    A reader sent us this link and it may be just the play that can win the game for Ole Miss.

    Please don't forward this to any LSU fans, we want coach Les Miles to be in shock when he is the victim of this play.

    The Rez News
    Ross Barnett Reservoir
    Brandon, Mississippi

    Friday, November 12, 2010

    Planes and Planes and Planes

    The Central Mississippi Light Flyers Club will hold their annual November Fish-Fry and Fly in this Saturday, Nov. 13th from 9:00am to 3:00pm at Harrell Field in Pisgah.

    There will be many types of aircraft on display and flights are available, so load up the family and head out to enjoy a fall afternoon of flying.

    Directions to Harrell Field:

    North on Highway 25 to the Highway 43 exit.; Exit on to 43 and follow the signs.

    You can see a brochure with more info HERE.

    Or visit their web site HERE.

    The Rez News
    Ross Barnett Reservoir
    Brandon, Mississippi

    Thursday, November 11, 2010

    Veterans Day 2010

    Today is the day we honor the brave men and women who have served in our armed forces. Please take a moment and reflect on the sacrifices they have made for each and every one of us.

    Now, take a few more moments and watch the following message from Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North, USMC (Ret.)

    It will move you.

    The Rez News
    Ross Barnett Reservoir
    Brandon, Mississippi

    Wednesday, November 10, 2010

    What Doctor's Prefer

    We still get comments about an article we posted on the various no smoking ordinances around The Rez. If you would like to read it click  HERE.

    Thought it might be fun to step back in time and see how attitudes have changed. 

    Take a look at this 1949 commercial.

    The Rez News
    Ross Barnett Reservoir
    Brandon, Mississippi

    More Reservoir History

    The photo above shows water flowing through the newly constructed spillway. Our best guess on a date is the first half of 1961.

    We found a Clarion Ledger article that was written just before the spillway was used for the first time, no date on it, but likely 1961.

    The article has information about the early construction phase and is a great historical record.

    You can see it HERE.

    The Rez News
    Ross Barnett Reservoir
    Brandon, Mississippi

    Tuesday, November 9, 2010

    Got Water?


    Did you know that  water used by the Nissan Plant in Canton comes from the Barnett Reservoir? The 1.5 million gallon tank shown above provides the huge facility with water for personal and industrial use as well as fire protection. Some of the Nissan suppliers, such as Tower Automotive, also get water from the reservoir.

    It all starts here. The structure shown above is the intake point for Jackson's O.B. Curtis Water Treatment Facility. Valves there control the flow of water from the main lake into pipes that run under the dam and to the treatment plant about a mile behind the dam. Once purified the water enters a pipeline for a 13 mile journey to Canton.

    The system is high tech, monitoring stations along the pipeline measure flow and pressure and constantly transmit the data to a PRV computer. Tommy Jackson is the PRV employee responsible for the line, from his desk he can monitor all points of the system.

    But, don't look for Tommy at his desk, his primary office is his truck.  Most days he is somewhere on that 13 mile stretch taking readings, inspecting the line, or keeping an eye out for any construction crews that might pose a danger to the line.

    If you travel around the Reservoir, Ridgeland, or Madison you may cross the pipeline several times and not even know it. The photo above is the Chick-Fil-A in Madison. The small blue pole in the grassy area marks the Nissan pipeline, it runs underground at the edge of their parking lot.

    The pipeline was built with funds from The Mississippi Major Economic Impact Authority. The PRV is paid $110,000 annually by MMEIA to manage the line. That money covers the personnel and equipment used to keep it operational, PRV makes no money from the line, it is a break even service they provide.

    Although the water goes directly to Nissan the billing is not as simple.

    Nissan's water bill comes from Canton Municipal Utilities, the Nissan suppliers, like Tower, are billed by Bear Creek Water Association.

    Canton and Bear Creek pay MMEIA for the water used, MMEIA then disburses funds to the City of Jackson to cover their cost of processing and pays PRV for their services.

    Like the movie, "It's Complicated".

    A few facts about the water line.
    • 13 miles long
    • The line is 30" ductile iron pipe
    • At any point in time there is 2,341,753 gallons of water in the line.
    • Normal operating pressure is 80 to 100 psi
    • The line moves 1.2 to 1.3 million gallons a day.
    • No pumps are used to move the water, the O.B. Curtis plant maintains a minimum pressure of 65 psi which forces water through the line. 
    • In the event of an outage valves can be switched allowing Canton Municipal Utilities to provide Nissan with water until the line is back in service.

    The Rez News
    Ross Barnett Reservoir
    Brandon, Mississippi