Friday, December 31, 2010

Brandon Senior Programs

Brandon has one of the best programs around for Seniors.  A new facility at the Brandon Municipal Center offers meeting rooms for entertainment, exercise programs, and educational events.

The building is located at 1000 Municipal Drive in Brandon.

A 16,000 square foot unfinished area of the building is used as an indoor walking track.  Many days there are over 40 people walking laps around the temperature controlled area.  It's open from 7:30am to 4:30pm each weekday.

Angela Jones is Senior Services Coordinator and Retirement Director for the city of Brandon.  She is shown here in their state of the art computer lab where educational classes are held.

The January Newsletter and Calendar Of Events

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All Senior events are open to the public, so take advantage of this great service provided by The City Of Brandon.
If you would like more info call Angela Jones at 601-824-7095 or email her at:

The Brandon Senior Services website is HERE.

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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Little Willie's Is Moving, Again

It's deja "Little Willie's" vu all over again.

Little Willie's, at Fannin Market. is closed.
A sign on the door says they are moving back to their original location in the shopping area next to the old Rapids location.

The restaurant has a new owner and hopefully the food quality will return to what it was when Willie was doing the cooking.

The new location will be at the east end of the building, they plan to re-open Monday, January 3rd.

We will get a copy of their menu and tell you more next week.

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

MEA Clinic Opens January 3rd

Press Release for the new MEA clinic on Spillway Road. 

Team MEA - Growing to better serve a growing Rankin County

Since 1979, Hinds, Madison and Rankin county residents and their families have turned to MEA Medical Clinics for quality, convenient medical care. MEA’s very first clinic was in Pearl and their newest clinic—the Spillway Clinic—is opening soon at 106 Lake Vista Place in Brandon.

Dr. Amy Hollman, an MEA physician since 2001, has been named Medical Director for the new Spillway Clinic.

Dr. Hollman grew up in the Jackson area. She attended Jackson Prep and is a 1990 graduate of Mississippi College. Dr. Hollman received her medical degree from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine and completed her internship and residency there. She is board certified in Family Medicine.

She is a member of the American Medical Association, the Mississippi and American Academies of Family Physicians, The Mississippi State Medical Association and the Central Medical Society. She is also a member of the MAFP Foundation board, MEA’s recruiting committee and is director of MEA’s Medical Review Officer committee.

Dr. Hollman, her husband Hal and their two daughters live in Brandon. They attend Pinelake Church. When she is not seeing patients, Dr. Hollman enjoys travel, scuba diving, snow skiing, painting and crafts. “I’m so excited about this opportunity,” Dr. Hollman said. “I’ve enjoyed seeing patients at the Castlewood clinic in Rankin County and look forward to serving families in the reservoir area with their healthcare needs at our beautiful new Spillway Clinic opening January 2011,” she added.

Over the years, The MEA concept has been a simple but effective one: To offer extended hours, including Saturdays. It’s not necessary to make appointments and lab work and x-rays are performed at the clinics. The MEA idea caught on rapidly, particularly with young professionals and busy young families on the go who need convenient healthcare for the entire family.

As more and more MEA Medical Clinics opened, they became ideally positioned to offer area industries drug screening through the MEA Drug Testing Consortium (DTC). MEA also offers a comprehensive employee assistance program—MEA CARES. MEA has expanded services to include the full range of services provided by primary care physicians in addition to episodic care.

MEA Medical Clinics are conveniently located throughout the metro area and the new Spillway Clinic planned for the Rankin County area is scheduled to open in 2011. MEA has a drug testing facility in Jackson and Tupelo and a clinic in Laurel.

MEA’s pledge to be “where you need us, when you need us,” has made their network of 12 medical clinics the tried and true source for caring, professional medical attention for thousands of residents in the central Mississippi area.

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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Flowood Senior News for January

Free subscriptions are available to the Flowood Senior Newsletter, contact Chere Stegall at: or call 601-955-6993

All events are open to the public and held at the Underwood Auditorium, 3951 Underwood Drive in Flowood.

For directions click HERE.

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Run A Red Light, See A Blue Light

We heard through the grapevine that there may be extra patrol watching the intersection at Northshore Parkway/Fannin Road and Spillway Road. 

Seems some folks are thinking the red lights and turn arrows are mere suggestions.

Please observe the lights, tickets are expensive. 

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Monday, December 27, 2010

Christmas Tree Disposal

Need to get rid of that Christmas Tree?  Here are a few good ideas and one bad one.

Many fishermen collect and dump trees into The Rez as fish attractants. Here is the "official" word from the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District.

Placing old Christmas trees in the REZ is not a good thing. The trees decay and lead to oxygen depletion. The weights used to hold them down will be forever on the bottom of the lake. We will consider this activity to be trash dumping and treat it accordingly.

If fishing organizations have a program approved by the Department of
Wildlife, Fisheries and parks, we will consider it. Larry Bull, Chief of
Fisheries at WFPs, is a source of information.

We encourage people to place their old trees in a county mulching program.

For residents on the Rankin County side of the Rez.
Waste Management will pick up trees on the second pick-up day of the week.

A note from Rankin County regarding recycyling.
Residents may drop off Christmas trees anytime at the recycling center next to the Rankin County Road Maintenance Facility on Marquette Road in Brandon. During normal working hours staff will be available to direct and assist with disposal of trees. After hours, trees may be left next to the facility and will be recycled the following day.

Ridgeland Area.
The Ridgeland Recreation and Parks Department’s Christmas tree recycling program will begin December 28. Trees will be picked up December 28-30 and January 3-7. All lights, ornaments, stands and nails MUST be removed or tree will not be picked up. Trees must be bare. Do not place tree in a bag.
You may drop your tree off at Freedom Ridge Park located at 235 West School. Please follow the signs to the drop off area.
Local fishermen are encouraged to come by and pick up trees for fish habit before they are chipped.
Residents can come by and pick up mulch after chipping is complete. Contact the Recreation & Parks Department at 601-853-2011 for more information.

Jackson Area.
Dizzy Dean Museum (next to Smith-Wills Stadium), 1326 Lakeland Drive
Parham Bridges Children’s Playground (5055 Old Canton Road)

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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas. 

The display above is in front of the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District Main Office.  Very appropriate.

We hope everyone has a wonderful holiday and a prosperous new year.

We'll be back to our regular routine on Monday so come back and find out what is happening around The Rez.

A few stories that will be upcoming.
  • You couldn't wait to put up that Christmas tree, now you can't wait to take it down. We'll tell you some do's and don'ts about how to dispose of it.
  • Everyone knows Bert Case but do you know what he does for entertainment when he is not chasing news stories for WLBT? We'll tell you.
  • In 1986 there was a major explosion of a natural gas line on the north shore of Pelahatchie Bay. We have located some pictures and news articles and will tell you all about it.

And more..........

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Friday, December 24, 2010


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Thursday's sunset as seen from Lakeshore Park. 


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The Digital Story Of The Nativity

Or Christmas 2.0

If the events of 2000 years ago happened today the message might have spread in the following manner.

See it HERE

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

The Pelecanus Erythrorhynchos Are Back

But you may know them as White Pelicans. 

This time of the year we are visited by real snow birds.  White Pelicans make an annual migration to the warmer southern climates and The Rez is a favorite spot for many.

They are huge birds that can weigh up to 20 pounds with 9 foot wing spans. 

Unlike Brown Pelicans who dive for their food, White Pelicans swim for their meals.  Often working in groups, they will circle and entrap their prey.

The small islands in the main lake and bay are favorite spots for them to congregate.   

These photos were taken in Pelahatchie Bay.

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Bill Passes To Build Reservoir

Well, it did in 1958.

Thought you history fans might enjoy seeing an article from the April 19, 1958 edition of the Clarion Ledger. The big news of the day was that the Mississippi House of Representatives passed a bill that would lead to the construction of the Pearl Reservoir.

Notice the name given to the reservoir, Pearl Reservoir.

When the bill passed in 1958 J. P. Coleman was governor of Mississippi. Ross Barnett was governor from 1960 to 1964.

So, how did The Rez come to be known as the Ross Barnett Reservoir?

A discussion for another day.

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Remember The Goats?

The article below was from a March 1986 edition of the Jackson Daily News.

Do you remember the goats?

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PRVWSD Board Minutes For November

Minutes from the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District Board of Directors meeting held November 18th.

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Crafts Y'all

From a Ms Craft Center brochure:

Tired of looking at tacky ties and gimmicky gadgets? Shop the Gallery at the Mississippi Craft Center for the gifts that will get all the ooh's and aah's this holiday season.

Fine American crafts always fit and are always in style. 

Especially crafts made in Mississippi, about 85% of the merchandise in the store is made by local craftsmen.

The Gallery is having a sale this week with 10% off all merchandise.  The shop is convenient to Rez area residents and away from traffic at 950 Rice Road in Ridgeland.  Hours are 9am to 5pm, seven days a week.  They will be open till 5pm Christmas Eve.

Got questions?  Call the Gallery at 601-856-7546 or visit their website at

A few ideas.


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Floating Christmas Parade

The Floating Christmas Parade planned for last Saturday was canceled due to bad weather.

Julie Cox, with Ridgeland's Parks and Recreation Department, took photos of many of the boats while they were still in their slips and shared a few with us. 

Check out the entire collection on their Facebook site. See them HERE.


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The Spill Grill Is Open

Got word today that The Spill Grill has opened at Reservoir Square Shopping Center.  One reader told us the burger and sweet potato fries were excellent. Check em out!

We posted their menu in an earlier article, you can see it HERE, it's also been added to our "Area Restaurant" section located near the top of the page. 

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Monday, December 20, 2010

Reservoir History Page

TRN has posted a number of articles documenting the history of the Ross Barnett Reservoir.  To make them easier to locate we have created a page with links and a brief description of each article.

Selecting the Rez History tab (near the top of the page) will take you there.

Or you can click HERE.

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Senior Texting Codes

Seniors are joining the digital revolution at an increasing rate. Be it texting, Twittering, or IMing, the "Greatest Generation" and "The Boomers" can be seen at the Senior Centers tapping away on those smartphones.  

There is, however, a generational language gap.

As a public service announcement, TRN is providing a list of shortcuts one might encounter while having a digital conversation with a senior.  

Consider printing these and carrying them with you until you have them memorized.

ATD       At The Doctor's
BFF       Best Friend Farted
BTW       Bring The Wheelchair
BYOT      Bring Your Own Teeth
CBM       Covered By Medicare
CUATSC    See You At The Senior Center
DWI       Driving While Incontinent
FWB       Friend With Beta Blockers
FWIW      Forgot Where I Was
FYI       Found Your Insulin
GGPBL     Gotta Go, Pacemaker Battery Low!
GHA       Got Heartburn Again
HGBM      Had Good Bowel Movement
IMHO      Is My Hearing-Aid On?
LMDO      Laughing My Dentures Out
LOL       Living On Lipitor
LWO       Lawrence Welk's On
OMMR      On My Massage Recliner
OMSG      Oh My! Sorry, Gas.
ROFLCGU   Rolling On The Floor Laughing, Can't Get Up
SGGP      Sorry, Gotta Go Poop
TTYL      Talk To You Louder
WAITT     Who Am I Talking To?
WTFA      Wet The Furniture Again
WTP       Where's The Prunes?
WWNO      Walker Wheels Need Oil
GGLKI     Gotta Go, Laxative Kicking In

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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Before Harbor Walk

The dream of a major resort facility at the Barnett Reservoir has been around a long time.  The article below appeared in the Clarion Ledger on September 1, 1977.

Another interesting piece of history about The Rez.

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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Ridgeland Christmas Decoration Winners

The Ridgeland Beautification Committee announced the following winners in the 2010 Christmas Decorating Contest.

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Friday, December 17, 2010

PRVWSD Honors Rescuers

At their monthly meeting on Thursday the PRVWSD Board of Directors paid tribute to the 3 individuals who dove into the water to rescue the victim of a car crash last week.

From left to right: Chief of The Reservoir Patrol, Perry Waggener; PRVWSD Board President, Jack Winstead; rescuer, Jeff McDaniel; rescuer, Howard Foster; and Flowood Fire Chief, Tim Pace accepting for rescuer Nelson Peden who could not be present.

The heroes received a letter of thanks from the PRVWSD and gift cards from the Reservoir Fire Department.

A copy of the letter follows.

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PRVWSD Claims Docket For December

The PRVWSD Board of Directors met Thursday, Dec. 16 and approved the following claims docket.

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Rez Trivia

A reader sent an email wondering about a few things related to the Reservoir Square Shopping Center.

So, lets play Rez Trivia.

Here is the email.

I was trying to remember the name of a Chinese restaurant (and when it
opened and closed) that was located in the Reservoir Square shopping center
on Spillway Road back in the late 90's or early 2000's. It may have been the
"China Royal", but I'm not sure. It was somewhere between the old Reservoir
Jitney and the Bill's Dollar store, but can't remember exactly where in the
store lineup. Also, couldn't remember when the Melvanos Pizza became the
Pizza Hut. Those pieces of information would be neat to know.

Leave a comment if you know the answer(s).

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Rankin County Supervisor Meeting Agenda

The Rankin County Board of Supervisors met Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010.

Below is the meeting and consent agenda.

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

PRVWSD To Honor Heroes

The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District (PRVWSD) will be recognizing and honoring the local heroes who helped rescue the victim of a recent car crash on the Dam.

This recognition will take place at the regular Board meeting on Thursday, December 16, 2010 at 9:30 a.m. at the PRVWSD's main office located at 115 Madison Landing Circle, Ridgeland, MS.

This meeting is open to the public and all are invited to attend.

If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Harrison at 601-605-6898.

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PRVWSD Board Meeting Agenda For December

The full Board of Directors for the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District will meet Thursday Dec. 16, 2010 at 9:30 a.m.

Board meetings are open to the public and held at the PRVWSD office located at 115 Madison Landing Circle, Ridgeland.

The agenda:

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NickTrees For Blair Batson. SOLD OUT!

You may have noticed that the signs are gone from the tent at the Rapids parking lot.  The reason?  They sold all their trees. 

We spoke with Mr. Roy Nichols of NickTrees, he said their benefit sale for Blair Batson Children's Hospital exceeded all expectations.  They sold out of trees at the Rapids and Fair Grounds location.

Roy asked us to pass along his thanks, and those of the corporate sponsors, for the support shown by the Reservoir Community.

We would add our personal thanks to the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District and BankPlus for allowing it to happen.  

Roy has big plans for next Christmas. Be thinking Winter Wonderland.  Snow maybe?  A Children's Train Ride maybe? A circus size tent maybe?

Stay tuned.

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Help The Salvation Army This Christmas

Everyone knows that The Salvation Army helps many people at Christmas, but did you know they have a Christmas Wish List as well?

They want and need volunteers.

Consider donating some of your time to help with the huge job of getting toys to the 8000 children on their Angel Tree. Toys need to be sorted, assembled and organized at their warehouse. The location is 113 Briarwood Drive, the former home of North Jackson Honda.

Map directions HERE.

If you need more info contact Cindy Cheeks with the Salvation Army, call at 601-982-4881 Ext. 115 or email

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Spill Grill Opening Soon

The Spill Grill, in front of Reservoir Square Shopping Center, is planning to open on Dec. 20th. Check out the menu, looks like something for everyone.

Fried Green Tomatoes served with ComeBack....Yummy.

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More Rez History

A long overdue photo for you Rez history fans.

Your mission is to identify what this structure is and where it was located. 

You can click on the photo to enlarge it.

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Brandon, Mississippi

Monday, December 13, 2010

Where The PRVWSD Funds Go

Each month the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District Board of Directors review and approve a monthly expense docket. The document details the expenses the agency incurs each month.

Copies of the last two dockets follow. 

November 2010

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Old News Article About The Rez

An interesting piece of history about the early PRVWSD Board and it's relationship with an engineering firm.

Also, some legislators proposed changes to the make up of the board, almost 49 years ago.

The article was from the Jackson Times and dated March 15, 1962.

The quality is not the greatest so a zoom or fullscreen mode will be in order.

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YMCA Christmas Camp

Reservoir YMCA Christmas Camp coming up.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Ridgeland Floating Christmas Parade

We got word late Saturday that Ridgeland's Floating Christmas Parade was canceled because of the weather.

No word yet on if or when it will be re-scheduled. 

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PRV Board Meetings

On Monday, December 13th there will be 2 committee meetings of the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District Board of Directors.

The Audit Committee meets at 2:30 p.m. followed by the Shoreline Development and Environmental Quality committee's at 3:30 p.m.

Meetings are held at the Main Office of the PRV at 115 Madison Landing Circle and are open to the public.

Tentative agendas are below.

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Sand Art

This 2009 video shows the incredible skills of artist Kseniya Simonova, the setting was a television show in the Ukraine similar to "America's Got Talent".  Miss Simonova's performance won the hearts of the crowd and judges. She went on to win the top prize.

The following description was taken from the British newspaper, The Telegraph.

She begins by creating a scene showing a couple sitting holding hands on a bench under a starry sky, but then warplanes appear and the happy scene is obliterated.

It is replaced by a woman’s face crying, but then a baby arrives and the woman smiles again. Once again war returns and Miss Simonova throws the sand into chaos from which a young woman’s face appears.

She quickly becomes an old widow, her face wrinkled and sad, before the image turns into a monument to an Unknown Soldier.

This outdoor scene becomes framed by a window as if the viewer is looking out on the monument from within a house.

In the final scene, a mother and child appear inside and a man standing outside, with his hands pressed against the glass, saying goodbye.

The Great Patriotic War, as it is called in Ukraine, resulted in one in four of the population being killed with eight to 11 million deaths out of a population of 42 million.

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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Follow-up To Car Crash On The Dam

In case you missed it, WLBT had a great follow-up on the car crash that occurred Thursday.

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Visit Possum Ridge For The Holidays

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You've never heard of Possum Ridge?  Maybe a few more photos will refresh your memory.

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One more.

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Possum Ridge is located at the William F. Winter Archives and History Building in Jackson.  It's a model town complete with an elaborate (and functioning) collection of  model trains.

A very nice display for young and old.

The details:   

December 4–23 at the William F. Winter Archives and History Building. Winter Holidays Enjoy the 1940’s train town of Possum Ridge and the historic Christmas trees and artifacts (toys). Exhibit is open Mondays, noon–4 p.m., Tuesday–Friday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., and Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Tours for school groups are available by reservation Tuesdays through Fridays, December 7–17, 9 a.m.–noon. For information call 601-576-6800.

Directions to the Mississippi Department of Archives and History are HERE.

Their web site is:

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Friday, December 10, 2010

Christmas Events At The Ag Museum

The Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Museum has several Christmas events this weekend. Why not pay them a visit?

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Rankin County Supervisors Meeting

The Rankin County Supervisors met Monday, there was much media coverage about the zoning changes but other business was conducted as well.

The agenda for that meeting follows.

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Brandon, Mississippi

Ridgeland Senior Events For December

Ridgeland Parks and Recreation offers great events for Seniors. You can read all about them in their December Newsletter.

A free subscription to the newsletter is available and can be emailed or sent via regular mail. To get your copy contact Lynda Assink and provide her with your email address or street address, her email is If you prefer to speak with her she can be reached at 601-856-6876.

Activities, unless otherwise noted, take place at the Old Trace Lodge, (formerly Fowler Lodge) at Old Trace Park on the Barnett Reservoir.  There may be fees for some events so check the newsletter for details.

All events are open to the public so come enjoy the activities and the great view!

Directions to the park can be found HERE

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Reservoir Trivia

Found this note in a file at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History while searching for info about a gas line explosion that occurred at The Rez in 1986.

We will bring you info about the explosion over the next few days but thought you might enjoy seeing this bit of Rez trivia.  

If anyone has any photos of the gas line explosion please let us know, we have been unable to locate any and would love to shown them.   Email us at:

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Auto Accident On The Dam This Morning

An automobile went out of control Thursday morning and into the waters of the main lake near the control tower. 

A video report from WLBT is below.

Reservoir Patrol Chief Perry Waggener told us the cause of the accident is still under investigation and that ice on the roadway is one possibility.  

The Spillway area should be approached with caution on cold days.  Flashing warning  signs near the spillway turn on automatically when the temperature reaches 34 degrees.

Mist from the spillway gates can blow back on the road and create dangerous icy conditions.   PRV maintenance crews spread deicer on the road as needed but slower speeds should be observed.  

The flashing yellow caution light sets the speed limit at 10 MPH, it is there for everyone's safety so please use extra caution when it is in operation.

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Digital Sign Update

Several days back we told you about a proposal to put a digital sign at the entrance to the Regatta subdivision on Old Fannin Road. 

The Regatta Homeowners Association met Tuesday night and heard from Rankin County District 2 Supervisor Wood Brown.  He told the crowd that the sign would not be going up and cited several points in the Rankin County Billboard Ordinance that would prohibit any such sign going up at that location. 

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Ridgeland Christmas Parade

Ridgeland put on a great Christmas Parade last Saturday.
Congratulations to the winners of the Float and Vehicle competitions.

First place Float winner - The Orchard

Second place Float winner - Apostolic Revival Church

First Place Vehicle Winner - Cool Water Cafe and Catering.

1st Place Corp Winner - Olde Towne Middle School Band

 2nd Place Corp Winner - Princess Diamonds

Lots more photos on the Ridgeland Parks and Recreation Facebook site.
You can see them HERE.

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Mis-Fortune Cookie

Got takee outee at the Jumbo (in Reservoir Square) a few nights back.  After chicken and mixed vegetables (or as they call it, the number 98), and with great anticipation, a fortune cookie was cracked open to see what the future held.

The verdict? They don't make fortune cookies like they used to.

One side English, the other side Spanish, a disappointing forecast in any language.

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Thinking Of A Cruise?

We hear the weather is nice near the Antarctic this time of year.
Be sure to send us your photos!

This lovely cruise will set you back from $8000 - $15,000.

You can read about the adventure HERE

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Flowood Senior Newsletter

We had a few questions about the Flowood Prime Time Seniors Newsletter - so, additional information is in order.  

You can subscribe to the newsletter and have it delivered to your email box monthly.  To request it send an email to:
Provide her with your name and email address and she will make sure that you get a copy. 

The newsletter can also be mailed to you, specify that it how you want it delivered when you email her. 

If you prefer to speak with someone call Chere at 601-955-6993

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Flowood's Christmas In The Park

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A fun event is planned for Thursday Dec. 9th in Flowood's Winner's Circle Park.  The "Grand Lighting" ceremony and a Chili Cook Off will be held from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

And, we are told there will be "Special Live Performances" so don't miss it!

Bring the kids to ride The Holiday Train, it will run on Dec. 10th, 11th, 13th, 14th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 20th, and 21st.  Rides are $1.00.

Need directions?  Look  HERE

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Flowood Prime Time Senior Newsletter

Flowood is producing a newsletter for seniors that provides useful information and a calendar of upcoming events. Activities are not restricted to Flowood residents and all seniors, regardless of where they live, are invited.

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Rankin County Rezoning

There is much confusion about the zoning changes adopted by the Rankin County Board of Supervisors yesterday and what, if any, impact it would have on property around the reservoir.

The short answer is, not much.

The large and vocal crowd at the Supervisor meeting complained about a proposal to re-classify large tracts of land from agricultural use to Residential Estate  Mixed (RE-1A).  The change would have caused anyone wanting to place a mobile home on the RE-1A property to undergo an administrative review by the Rankin County Community Development Department.

The Supervisors removed that change from the ordinance yesterday so what was classified as agricultural land will stay agricultural land.

WAPT reported last night that the proposed changes would cause a tax increase.  This is not true, no ones taxes would have changed. 

The other item voted on by the board was to accept a zoning agreement worked out between the county and the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District.  The zoning for all PRV property had been  "Special Use District", under the new agreement reservoir property will have multiple classifications such as, residential, commercial, etc.

There are major questions as to the authority Rankin County has over zoning on PRV property.  While it is a good thing that the county and the PRV are working together, ultimately, we believe, the PRV has the final authority over any permits issued on their lands.

Finally, one item of interest is Tattoo Parlors, Check Cashing stores, Title Loans, and Gold and Silver Buyers.

The new zoning ordinance does not forbid these operations but allows them as conditional use in commercial district zones (C2).   Before one of those businesses can open a public hearing would have to be held before the Board of Supervisors.  Public comment would be heard from those supporting or opposing the business, after that process the board would vote to permit or deny the business.

Apartments have been under a moratorium which expires this month.  According to Roy Edwards with the Rankin County Community Development Department, apartments are only allowed on property zoned R4 and there is no R4 zoned property around the reservoir at this time. 

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December 7, 1941

"Yesterday, December 7, 1941, a date which will live in infamy, the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan."  Franklin Delano Roosevelt

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Ridgeland Floating Christmas Parade

Saturday, Dec. 11 is the date for Ridgeland's annual Floating Christmas Parade at the Barnett Reservoir.  The boats start moving at 5:30 p. m.  There are many nice prizes for the winners so join the fun.

You can view and/or print the entry form and rules below.

Entries should be submitted to the Ridgeland Parks and Recreation department by Thursday, Dec. 9th.  If you have questions contact Wendy Bourdin at 601-853-2011.

Wendy tells us that the best viewing areas will be at Old Trace Park or Madison landing.

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Ridgeland, Mississippi

Monday, December 6, 2010


We would like to welcome a new advertiser to The Rez News.

Gieb Embroidery is a local (rez area) business specializing in printing and embroidery.  They have a great web site showcasing their merchandise so please consider them for all your printing and embroidery needs.

Got a family reunion coming up?  Surprise everyone with shirts or caps made up to celebrate the event.

You can visit their web site by clicking on their ad on the right of the page.

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Ross Barnett Reservoir

Digital Signs, They're Back

Last week the Rankin County Supervisors heard a proposal by Lamar Advertising regarding digital billboards. Lamar wants to erect a two-sided billboard on Old Fannin Road at the entrance to Regatta subdivision.

The photo above was shown by Lamar, the sign was "digitally" inserted into the picture to give the supervisors an idea of what it would look like.  Penn's Restaurant is in the background.

Lamar offered the Supervisors a deal, if allowed to erect the sign on Old Fannin they would take down two signs near the intersection of Grants Ferry and Spillway Road (behind the convenience store).  However, Lamar was recently granted permission by Flowood to replace an old billboard on Grants Ferry with a digital sign. That new sign will be located directly across the street from Millcreek Subdivision.

Last August Lamar made a pitch to the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District, they proposed a digital sign at the intersection of Old Fannin and Spillway Road. We told you about it in an article which you can see HERE. Also, read the comments to the story, they were overwhelmingly against the signs.

The PRVWSD rejected the request by Lamar.

Many cities have bans on digital billboards, Denver, St. Louis, Los Angeles, Austin, to name a few. Some states ban them outright. If you would like to do your own research then google "digital billboard ban". The list is long.

The decision on the sign will ultimately rest with the Rankin Supervisors. The area in question is District 2 which is represented by Wood Brown. We encourage you to email or call him and let him know how you feel about digital billboards.

Supervisor Brown can be reached by phone at 601-825-1475 or email at

We'd love to hear from you as well. Leave us your comments about digital billboards.

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Ross Barnett Reservoir

Sunday, December 5, 2010

A Food Court Surprise

Imagine, if you will.

You're  Christmas shopping at a crowded mall and decide to stop at the food court to grab a bite and rest your feet. A piano player ends a bland performance of Jingle Bells and the murmur of the crowd continues a cappella.  

An organ begins to play, a young lady stands up and begins singing.

The voice of an angel, perhaps?

She is answered by a spontaneous singer from across the way, then another, and another. 

That happened at Welland, Ontario's Seaway Mall recently and a video of the event has, as they say, gone viral.

The young lady that starts things off is Stephanie Tritchew, 22, a student at the University of Western Ontario's Don Wright Faculty of Music, her musical partners, about 100 of them, are members of Chorus Niagra.

The music is Handel's Messiah.


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Ross Barnett Reservoir
Ridgeland, Mississippi