Monday, January 31, 2011

The Main Lake Before Water

The shot below date's to the early 1960's and shows a bridge that crossed the Pearl River in front of the Control Tower.  The view is looking northward from the Tower out into what would become the Main Lake.  The concrete wing wall in the lower portion of the photo is on the west side of the Tower. 

We are told the bridge was constructed as a temporary means of crossing the Pearl River while the dam and spillway were under construction.

There are two channels noticeable, the one on the right side of photo was man made and used to divert the flow of the Pearl River through the gates of the Spillway.  The channel on the left is the original river channel. 

You can click on the photo to enlarge.

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Hot Chocolate Run Across The Rez

And they're off!

Saturday's "Hot Choclolate" fundraiser for the Rankin County School Foundation was a huge success.  Over 600 runners and walkers made the round trip across the dam.

The weather could not have been better for the large crowd that turned out.

Mr. Jack Ward with the Mississippi Track Club uses a megaphone to guide runners across the finish line.

The winners.

Men 5K Runners
Overall  - Caleb Hammons    - 16:40
Masters  - Jerry White      - 17:47

Women 5K Runners
Overall  - Bridgett Jolly   - 20:54
Masters  - Dawn Polo        - 23:14 

Men 5K Walk
Overall  - Dale Stewart     - 34:31
Masters  - Ken Holm         - 44:00

Women 5K Walk
Overall  - Carolyn Graham   - 32:59
Masters  - Martha Smith     - 38:28

The complete results HERE (provided by the Mississippi Track Club)

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Sunday, January 30, 2011

More Rez Scenes

More great pictures from around The Rez.

Click on any photo to enlarge.

White Pelican and a Great Blue Heron
photo by Lottie Adams

Great Blue Heron
photo by Lottie Adams

Photo by Lottie Adams

Sunning near the North Shore

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14th Annual SOUPer Bowl

The Salvation Army of Jackson will hold its 14th annual SOUPer Bowl at the Sparkman Auditorium of the Mississippi Ag Museum Sunday February 6th. Artisan Gail Pittman is back in the metro area and will be on hand to sign bowls.

This is a great event for the public to enjoy gourmet soup from some fantastic local restaurants while at the same time helping support our efforts at The Salvation Army to feed those in need in our community,” said Captain Ken Chapman.

Money raised for the event helps feed thousands in the metro area through the social service programs of the The Salvation Army, Jackson Corps.

The Salvation Army SOUPer Bowl is the premiere competition for local restaurants to showcase their soups while competing for “Best Soup of Jackson trophy. SOUPer Bowl will begin at 11:00 a.m. and continue until 2:00 p.m. There will be a “silent auction” held with items on hand such as a signed football from the Gator Bowl Championship Coach Dan Mullen from Mississippi State.

Tickets can be purchased online HERE or purchased at the door for $25 for soup with a Gail Pittman bowl or $10 for a bowl of soup only.

The “SOUPer Bowl” is sponsored by BankPlus, McAlisters Deli, Gail Pittman Designs, and Buy From A Christian . Com

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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Rez Scenes

More great pictures of the Rez.
Got any cool shots?  Send them to us -

You can click on any photo to enlarge it. 

Sunrise over Pelahatchie Bay

Another sunrise over Pelahatchie Bay
photo by: Lottie Adams

Dusk on Pelahatchie Bay
Photo by:  Will

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Friday, January 28, 2011

Traffic Alert

From the Pearl River Water Supply District.

The outside, West bound lane, of Bob Anthony Parkway from Reservoir Park Road to near the Ridgeland City Limit will be temporally closed between 6 AM & 12 PM on Saturday, January 29, 2011 to allow for the Hot Chocolate 5k Run, a fundraising event for the Foundation for Rankin County Schools.

Traffic control devices as well as Officers from the Reservoir Patrol and Deputies from The Rankin County Sheriff's Office will be present to assist participants and motorists in safe passage.

Additionally, the Rankin Boat Ramp, located at the East most end of the main dam will be closed from 6 AM to noon and used as a staging area for the event.

The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District requests motorists use caution and watch for pedestrians during this brief period.

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Who's Running In Rankin County

Want to run for office in Rankin County?

Head  to the Circuit Clerks office and fill out the paper work, the deadline for filing is March 1 at 5:00pm. 

As of late yesterday afternoon the list of candidates for Rankin County offices looks like this.

Note:  All candidates below are Republicans, no Democrats have filed at this time.  

Larry Swales - Chancery Clerk

Judy Fortenberry - Tax Collector

John Sullivan - Tax Assessor

Rebecca (Becky) Boyd - Circuit Clerk

Richard Wilson - County Attorney

Jimmy Lee Roberts - Coroner

Richard Redfern - Justice Court Judge - District 1

John Shirley - Justice Court Judge - District 2

Prentiss Grant - Justice Court Judge - District 2

Joshua McCrory - Justice Court Judge - District 3

Ken Fairly - Justice Court Judge - District 4

Bryan Bailey - Sheriff

Glen McCoy - Sheriff

Jared Morrison - Supervisor - District 1

Wood Brown - Supervisor - District 2

Scot Allen - Supervisor - District 2

Greg Wilcox - Supervisor - District 3

Walter Johnson - Supervisor - District 4

Louie Parkman, Jr. - Supervisor - District 4

Paul Buisson - Supervisor - District 4

Jay Bishop - Supervisor - District 5

Jeri Ausbon - Supervisor - District 5

Von Brown - Constable - District 1

Brad Patridge - Constable - District 2

Barry Bean - Constable - District3

TIm Gardner - Constable - District 4

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

More Photos

Last weekend's photos were great.  Let's do it again.  If you have some interesting Rez photos you would like to share then send them to us.  We'll try to post as many as possible.   Send to

Here is an old one just to get you pumped.

This photo dates to the early 1960's and show workers standing in front of the spillway.  They are on the main lake side of the structure.

(click photo to enlarge)

A sight that will probably never be seen again.

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Dixie National Rodeo

It's time for the annual Dixie National Rodeo and Livestock Show. Livestock events begin January 29th and the Rodeo is February 10 - 16.

Entertainment this year includes Easton Corbin, Little Big Town, Marty Stuart, Bellamy Brothers, Josh Turner, Rodney Atkins, and Craig Morgan.

A complete schedule of events including ticket information is below. 

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Call For Help

We received the following email from Cindy Cheeks with the Salvation Army.  If you have some time and would like to help out this great organization please give her a call.

Good Morning friends. 

So many of you answered our call for help in December with food that now our cupboards runneth over!!  Thank you so much!!
We now have a need for help sorting canned food donations and putting together food baskets in our pantry area.  
If you or your group would like to come help, please let me know.  The room is small, therefore only 2 or 3 at a time could work comfortably on this project.  
The hours this project is available is 8:30 to 12:00 and 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm any day this week.  Together - we can help get this food to those who need it most!
Thanks again for all of your support!! 

Cindy Cheeks
Director of Events and Volunteers
Greater Jackson Metro
110 Presto Lane, Jackson MS 39206
601.982.4881, ext. 115

"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13

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We recently had the pleasure of visiting with Thomas Gamblin at the Mississippi Craft Center.  Thomas is a member of the Craftsmen Guild and a expert chair seat weaver.

Thomas got started after discovering the high cost of having some of his own chairs repaired.  Instead of paying the price he decided to invest in books and materials and learn how it was done.

He learned it well and has since done over 300 chairs.  He uses numerous materials and patterns to create his designs.

Have a chair that needs a new seat or back?  He can help, give him a call at 601-898-7465.

A few samples of his work.

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011


Last weeks post (here) about adding 2 additional Jackson residents to the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District Board of Directors provoked a few comments.

Let's expand the conversation.

In 2004 the Mississippi PEER Committee did a review of the PRVWSD. Below is a 6 page segment of the report entitled "The District's Accountability to Residents".
It discusses how board members are appointed and raises the issue that board members do not have set term limits, PEER states the lack of term limits is contrary to state law.

The entire report is on PEER's website, you can access it HERE.
There are portions of the report that are no longer relevant, the District no longer provides the Executive Director with a home or vehicle.

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PRVWSD Expenditures

John Sigman, Executive Director of the PRVWSD, sent a response to a comment about the PRV Claims Docket.

The $30,000 was for purchase of the de-icing chemical we use on the spillway. It is expensive but it is non-corrosive in order to protect all of the machinery below the bridge. This chemical is also environmentally neutral in that we apply it over a waterway. We do not use salt. Because of the high number of freezing nights this year, we have had to use a lot.

The $25,000 is an annual payment to DWFP for maintenance of the two large pumps you can see just off of Highway 43 at the Turcott Center.


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Monday, January 24, 2011

PRVWSD Claims Docket

The monthly expenses for the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District.

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White Squirrel

Thanks to everyone who sent us pictures this weekend, there were some great shots.

Hey, let's do it again next week-end!

This photo was sent to us by Lottie Adams and features a rare Rez sighting, a white or albino squirrel.  Not all white squirrels are albinos, certain genetic conditions can cause white fur.  Pink eyes indicate an albino and these shots aren't enough evidence to say one way or the other. 

Regardless, they are great photo's.  Thanks for sharing them with us Lottie.

click photos to enlarge

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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Muscle Car Of The Week

Found this weeks Car Of The Week parked in front of the Crafts Center.
A fully restored 1971 Chevrolet Chevelle convertible - SS454.

That's 454 cubic inches of asphalt ripping performance.

The mid-sized Chevelle was produced from 1964 through 1977.

The Chevy is one of two Chevelle's owned by Ty Rogers who uses them in a business he owns called Classic Rides, a chauffeured wedding service.  Want to show up to that special event is style?  Call Ty at 601-918-2035.

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More Rez Scenes

Sent to us by a reader, this 5-6 ft. gator was chillin' behind a house on the Northshore.

The following photos sent to us by Rez resident Gary Theilman.

Click on any photo to enlarge.

The following photos taken at Main Harbor by Lottie Adams.

Notice the Gull trying to steal a bite of food. 

A Rainbow

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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Rez Scenes

Our call for photos was answered quickly.
Gary Theilman, a resident of Pelahatchie Woods, sent us a few shots he has taken around the Rez. We'll post a few more of his great photos tomorrow.

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Lewis Cemetery is on the south side of Spillway Road between St. Peter's Episcopal Church and Lakeside Presbyterian Church, located HERE.

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St. Peter's By The Lake Episcopal Church located on Spillway Road.

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The Island

(click photo to enlarge)

Many thanks to Rez resident Billy Mitchell for sending us this incredible photograph.  The shot was taken from the Audubon Point boat landing on January 16th at 5:00pm.  

The island is located in Pelahatchie Bay.  The fog and mist give it a surreal quality.   

Got a great photo of The Rez?  Send it to us and we'll share with the rest of the gang. 

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Friday, January 21, 2011

Barrier Installed On Dam

Concrete barriers, called K-Rails, were installed Thursday at the Control Tower.

On December 9th an out of control vehicle plunged into the lake next to the tower. It entered the water at the only location on the dam not protected by guard rails.  The new wall will fill that gap and provide protection for the vehicles driven by tower employees.

The K-Rails are removable in the event the PRVWSD decides to install a different form of protection for the area.

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No Camping Zones Proposed

The PRVWSD Board of Directors voted to create an ordinance prohibiting camping within 1/2 mile of a platted subdivision. 

The board was shown pictures of areas around Pelahatchie Bay that have been used by campers.  Trees were cut and litter left behind.  The areas were near the multi-purpose trails and residential areas.

The PRVWSD staff will draft the ordinance and post it for 30 days to allow public comment.

We will post a copy of the ordinance once it has been completed. 

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

More PRVWSD Board Members?

Senator John Horhn (D-Hinds, Madison) introduced Senate Bill 2482 that would add 2 additional members to the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District Board of Directors. The new members would have to be from the City of Jackson.

The PRVWSD Board has 14 members as required by law. The current board members are listed below along with their city/town of residence.

  • Samuel Mitchell - Jackson, MS
  • W. C. Gordon - Jackson, MS
  • John Locke - Jackson, MS
  • Keith Allen - Jackson, MS
  • Don Brazil - Jackson, MS
  • Jack Winstead - Lawrence, MS (Board President)
  • Trey Bobinger - Madison, MS
  • Robert Webb - Madison, MS
  • Pete Burkes - Carthage, MS
  • Phillip Crosby - Carthage, MS
  • Kenny Latham - Lena, MS
  • Vernard Murrell - Forest, MS
  • John Arledge - Brandon, MS
  • Jim Carraway - Brandon, MS

Your comments?

Senate Bill 2482

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Blacksmithing 101

Rings and Things. Want to create jewelry using traditional blacksmithing techniques? Learn from Master Craftsmen Brian Brazeal and Lyle Wynn.
January 22-23, 2010
Hours: 9-4
Tuition: $200
Mississippi Craft Center
950 Rice Road
Ridgeland, MS 39157

Be prepared to be dazzled and make rings, bangle bracelets and key fobs. Students will need to bring hand hammers. Supplies are included.
Give the class as a gift to a friend or to yourself! Check out the instructor’s website at

For any questions and to register, call Sheri Cox, Education Coordinator, 601-856-7546 or email

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Run Across The Rez

The second annual Hot Chocolate Classic Run/Walk event will be held Saturday, January 29th at The Rez. Join the fun, it begins at 8:00am at the Rankin Landing on the east side of the dam.

The Run/Walk is a fundraiser for the Foundation for the Rankin County Schools Inc. Last year over 400 runners participated in the event and this years race looks to be even bigger.

The registration form below provides more info, online registration is available HERE.

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Advantage Rankin

On January 11th the Rankin County Chamber of Commerce held their quarterly "Chamber 1 on 1" luncheon.

The featured speaker was Mr. Wood Brown, President of the Rankin County Board of Supervisors. Mr. Brown gave a "State Of The County" type presentation titled "Advantage Rankin".  It contained demographic data, highlights of county services, and overviews of major road, drainage, and building projects.

Many thanks to Mr. Brown for allowing us to share his presentation with our readers.

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Monday, January 17, 2011

Door To Door Sales In Rankin County

A few weeks ago we picked up some chatter on the police scanner about people conducting door to door sales around The Rez.  Some residents complained that the "sales reps" were suspicious.

Several Rankin Deputies responded and put a stop to the activities. We asked Rankin County Undersheriff Bryan Bailey if he would tell us what happened.

Bryan's response. (names removed by TRN)

On December 26th 2010 around midday, the Rankin County Sheriffs Office received a complaint of a subject going door to door at Bridgewater Apartments attempting to sell magazine subscriptions. A Rankin County deputy responded and met with a xxxxx xxxxxxx xxxxxxxx of Chicago,IL and xxxx xxxxxx xxxxxx of Chicago, IL. The deputy questioned both suspects and learned that neither had obtained a transient vendor permit from Rankin County. Both suspects were arrested and transported to the Rankin County Jail.

On December 30, 2010 at approximately 4:00 p.m. the Rankin County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint of a male subject going door to door on Bay Park Drive attempting to sell cleaning products. The subject was identified as xxxxx xxxxxx xxxxxx of Detroit, MI. He was unable to produce a transient vendor permit and was taken into custody and transported to the Rankin County Jail.

On December 30, 2010 at approximately 6:10 p.m. the Rankin County Sheriffs Department received a complaint of a subject going door to door in the Oakgrove Subdivision selling cleaning supplies. A deputy made contact with the subject who was identified as xxxxx xxxxxxx xxxxxxx of Chicago, IL. He was unable to produce a transient vendor permit and was taken into custody and transported to the Rankin County Jail.

I have attached a copy of the Rankin County Transient Vendor Ordinance.
Please call if you have any questions

Undersheriff Bryan Bailey
Rankin County Sheriffs Office
221 North Timber Street
Brandon, MS 39042

Ever noticed people selling puppies on Old Fannin Road?  That is just one thing this ordinance is designed to prohibit.  The ordinance excludes the following:
  • Civic Clubs
  • Religious Organizations
  • Students currently enrolled in public/private/home schools, colleges and/or universities.  

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Sunday, January 16, 2011

JJ Poll: Change The Name Of The Rez?

The Kingfish has posted a poll on his Jackson Jambalaya website.

Is it time to change the name of The Rez?

Vote early and vote often HERE.

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Upcoming PRVWSD Board Meetings

The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District Board of Directors have several meetings this week.
  • Audit Committee: Tuesday, Jan. 18 - 2:30pm.
  • Shoreline and Environmental Quality Committees: Tuesday,  Jan 18 - 3:30pm.
  • Full Board of Directors meeting: Thursday, Jan 20 - 9:30am.
All meetings are open to the public and held at the PRVWSD main office at 115 Madison Landing Circle, Ridgeland.

Agendas follow:

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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Name Change For The Rez?

A Letter To The Editor in today's Clarion Ledger. 

Read it Here.

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Rankin Supervisors Met Friday

The Rankin County Board of Supervisors met Friday to conduct county business.

A copy of their agenda follows.

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Friday, January 14, 2011

Listen To Police And Fire Calls

Ever heard sirens around The Rez and wondered, "What's happening?"

Several options are available to hear police/fire broadcasts. Buy a scanner, listen on the internet, or listen on a smartphone.

While scanners are the most flexible they are the most complicated and expensive to use. 

The free RadioReference web site offers live streams for many counties in Mississippi, Rankin and Hinds are included.

To listen to Rankin County using your computer click  HERE. When the web page appears click on the speaker icon and the audio stream will begin.  The scanner feed covers police and fire departments for Flowood, Brandon, Pearl, Richland, Florence, Reservoir and the Rankin County Sheriff's Office.

On a smartphone browser point to and navigate to the location you wish to monitor.

If you would like to listen to feeds from other parts of the United States click HERE and navigate to the state/county/city you would like to monitor.

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Tea Party Meeting

The Central Mississippi Tea Party held their monthly meeting Monday night at the Flowood City Hall.

Attorney Russ Latino spoke to the crowd about the history of the U. S. Constitution and Cal Zaztrow discussed ballot initiatives.

More information about the Mississippi Tea Party can be found at their website:

The meeting agenda follows.

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A Swan - Up Close

Rez News reader Lottie Adams sent us this great close up of one of the swans in Main Harbor.

The 4 Mute Swans have adapted nicely to their new home and made many friends in the neighborhood.        

If you don't know about the swans then you need to catch up.

Read this

and this

Click the photo to enlarge

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Reservoir Community Center

The new Reservoir Community Center is well past it's scheduled opening date.  We spoke with Rankin officials who told us there had been issues with the contractor on the project.  The building is located next to the Reservoir Fire Station/Library Complex.

Rankin County had to call the bond that was posted for the project and is now working with the bonding company to complete the construction.

They are hopeful that it will be opened in less than 90 days.

The facility will be used as a polling place and available to rent for community functions.

We'll keep you posted.

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Rankin Supervisor Meetings

The Rankin County Board of Supervisors have two meetings this week.
  • A work session on Wednesday, January 12, 2010 at 9:00am.
  • A regular board meeting Friday, January 14, 2010 at 9:00am.
The meetings are held at 211 East Government St. in Brandon (where you purchase car tags).

All meetings are open to the public.

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House Bill Seeks Radar For Reservoir Patrol

House Bill 307 has been introduced in the Mississippi Legislature, it would authorize the use of radar speed detection equipment for the Reservoir Patrol. 

Current Mississippi law prohibits the use of radar by any law enforcement agency except the following:
  • The Mississippi Highway Patrol
  • Municipal law enforcement agencies with a population of 2000 or more.
  • College or University Police on a campus where 2000 or more students are enrolled. 
Several other bills have been introduced that would add Sheriff Departments to the list of agencies that can use radar. 

Representative Rita Martinson, Republican - District 58 Madison County, filed HB307.

A copy follows:

Numerous accidents on the dam have been blamed on excessive speed and radar is an effective way to enforce speed limits. 

What do you think? Good idea or bad idea?

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Monday, January 10, 2011


At 3:20am, Saturday December 6, 1986, residents near the Barnett Reservoir were awakened by a thunderous blast.

A 30 inch natural gas pipe line under Pelahatchie Bay exploded near the water's edge on the north shore of the bay.

These pictures of the fire were taken near the Audubon Point boat landing, about 1 1/2 miles from the site of the explosion.

The north side of Pelahatchie Bay was sparsely populated at the time and, amazingly, there were no serious injuries or property damage.

The blast was so intense that is set off sensors in a U. S. Department of Defense satellite 22,000 miles above the Earth. The satellite notified officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency who called the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency on a special telephone line to find out what was causing the intense heat.

Dusty Perkins, spokesman for MEMA at the time, said the glow of the fire was so bright that airline pilots flying near Houston, TX and Nashville, TN reported seeing it.

Crews from the pipe line owner, United Gas Pipe Line Co. of Houston, TX, shut off valves to the north and south of the explosion around 5:00am. The fire eventually burned itself out at 6:45am.

Most of the pipeline was built in 1952, the 30 inch section that ruptured was built in 1961-62. A spokesman for United Gas said that the line was used to move natural gas from the Gulf of Mexico to a system in Kosciusko, from there it was routed all over the south.

The photo above shows the explosion site as it looks today, it's about 250 ft from Northshore Parkway. Homes from the Windward Oaks subdivision can be seen at the left of the photo. Northshore Village would be to the right.

Flames were estimated to reach heights of 700 ft and prompted the FAA to restrict aircraft from flying below 7000 ft within a two mile radius of the blast.

Officials said the cause of the blast was likely a "mechanical malfunction", one speculated that shifting Yazoo clay could have caused a stress crack in the line.  The line had pressures from 600 to 900 pounds per square inch and a leak would immediately ignite due to the friction of escaping gas.

If you have any special memories of the event please share them in the comments section.

Note:  click on any of the photos to enlarge

Information for this article (excluding photos) was compiled from Clarion Ledger/Jackson Daily News articles on Dec. 7-8 1986 written by Grace Simmons, Dewey English, Leesha Cooper and Jeff Copeskey.

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Upcoming Class At The Crafts Center

Baby, It’s Cold Outside! But, it is warm and toasty in the Blacksmith Shop at the Mississippi Craft Center where Master Craftsmen are at work. If you are longing to learn the basics of blacksmithing, now is the time to sign up for January classes. Makes a great gift for a future craftsman.

Blacksmithing 101, Bill Pevey, instructor
January 15-16, 2011
Hours: 8:30-5:00, one hour lunch break
Tuition: $215
Mississippi Craft Center
950 Rice Road
Ridgeland, MS 39157

Students will be taught the basics of Blacksmithing while making several items, such as a wall hook, a nail and a leaf. For the student who desires to pursue a more advanced track, there will be an opportunity to work on more detailed projects, such as a steak turner, a pot rack or a fire poker. Also, students will create at least two tools during this course, a chisel and a punch. Skills of heat treating and tempering steel will be learned.

For any questions and to register, call Sheri Cox, Education Coordinator, 601-856-7546 or email

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Sunday, January 9, 2011


Rankin County Emergency Operations Center has passed along the following information.
Time posted 9:13pm

The following schools have reported that they will be closed tomorrow due to the winter weather event.

University Christian School
East Rankin Academy
Piney Woods
Rankin County Schools
Pearl City Schools

Jackson Prep advises that they will make their decision early in the morning.

An updated report will be issued around 5 am in the morning unless something changes.

Letter from Rankin EOC

A message from Rankin County Emergency Operations Director, Bob Wedgeworth.

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Saturday, January 8, 2011

Happy Birthday Elvis

Elvis Aaron Presley
Jan. 8, 1935 - Aug. 16, 1977

The "King" would be 76 years old today.

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Gubernatorial Candidate Speaks In Flowood

Republican Gubernatorial candidate Dave Dennis was in Flowood on Friday and fielded questions from members of the Central Mississippi Tea Party.

Mr. Dennis, a businessman from the Gulf Coast, is making his first ever attempt for public office. 

He told the crowd that his 34 years in business sets him apart from the field.

He is expecting a new web site up and running soon but until then you can visit
for more information.

More information about The Mississippi Tea Party can be found at:

The primary elections in Mississippi are scheduled for August 2, 2011.

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MEA Clinic Open For Business

The new MEA clinic on Spillway Rd. opened this week and is seeing patients.

Hours of operation are 9:00am to 7:00pm Monday through Friday.

The Spillway clinic is closed Saturdays but the Castlewoods MEA is open on Saturday from 9:00am to 7:00pm.

Receptionist Elizabeth Brown will greet you with a smile and make sure you see a doctor as quickly as possible. 

Dr. Amy Hollman, Medical Director for the new clinic, is originally from the Reservoir area.

Welcome back Dr. Hollman. 

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Friday, January 7, 2011

The Low Head Dam

We received an email this week from a reader wanting information about the Low Head Dam located upriver from Ratliff's Ferry.

I am originally from Neshoba County, MS. My dad used to take me fishing down at the low head dam when I was a kid. I recently was in the area and went by to visit the dam. It brought back a lot of good memories and also a couple of questions. What was the low head dam built for? What purpose does it currently serve?

Appreciate any info you can provide on this. I have asked a few folks, but no one seems to know.

Barry Dale Green
Knoxville, TN

The answer provided by the Executive Director of the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District, John Sigman.

The low head dam was built to provide impounded water in Leake and Scott Counties. It raises the level of the Pearl about six feet (thus the name “Low Head”). The Low head Dam increases the fishing and recreational opportunities in Leake and Scott.

It was built along with the main dam although it was started later it was finished about the same time as the rest of the work. There used to be a boat lift, a store, gas pumps and a lot of activity at Low Head. The area is still very popular for fishing and we have a small campground there.

This link will get you a PDF copy of the Camp Ground info at Low Head including directions, click HERE

A few old photos of the Low Head Dam area.
Click on the photos to enlarge.

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