Monday, February 28, 2011

Got Shrubs?

You're thinking auto repair, right?

It's a nursery, feed store, and piece of history.

At the intersection of Mt. Helm Road and Highway 471 is an old building constructed in 1969. The DeWitt Bros. Garage sign lets you know what it used to be,  an auto repair shop.  The shop closed in the mid 1980's but the building got a new life a few years ago when it opened as a feed/seed and garden supply store.    

We talked with owner Tommy Long whose family has lived in the Fannin area over 100 years.   He said the building was built in 1969 with material from the old 2 room Fannin School less than a half mile from the store location. 

So, need a Crapemyrtle?  Chicken or horse feed?  Now you know where to go.

Spring is almost here, if your green thumb is itching stop by and see their selection of plants, fertilizers, and other yard and garden needs.  Vegetable and garden plants are in stock now.

The details.

Tree Source Farms
Intersection of Highway 471 and Mt. Helm Road
(about a 2.5 miles north of Pelahatchie Bay Trading Post on 471)
phone 601-829-1749

Hours of operation:
Monday - Friday 7:30am - 5:30pm
Saturday 7:30am to 3:00pm
Sunday (Spring only) 1:00pm to 5:00pm

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Sunday, February 27, 2011

St. Francis Of Assisi Golf Tourney

St. Francis of Assisi Golf Tourney coming up.

For a PDF copy of the registration form click here.

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Rez Scenes

More great photography from Northwest Rankin student Will Jacob.

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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Winner Circle Park Closing For Renovations

February 24, 2011

City Of Flowood
Press Release
Winner Circle Park Phase Two Expansion

A Bitter Sweet beginning for a Brighter future for Winner Circle Park.  Starting on March 8th 2011, new construction will begin on all phases of our all metro award winning park. It is with deep regret that the park will be completely shut down for use to All patrons. This includes walkers, joggers, playground, tennis players, birthday parties, family functions, amp- theater /center court etc.  This project has a 240 day completion time.  When construction is totally  completed we will reveal a new, improved, and expanded area at Winner Circle Park. Some of the improvements will include 3 age specific playground areas, 3 more tennis courts, added parking, additional pavilions with picnic tables, and all playground areas will be completely shaded. This will all be placed on poured in place rubberized material.

All major events including the Annual Easter Egg Hunt on April 23rd2011 , Flowood Family Festival/June 4th 2011, and Kids Night Out / October 31st  2011, will be held at Liberty Park behind the Flowood YMCA. Please work with the City of Flowood during this time of growth to insure safety and well being by refraining from visiting Winner Circle Park.  We look forward to seeing you and the smiling faces of Flowood on opening day. (to be announced at a later date)

Thank you,

Mayor Gary Rhoads

Kay Jackson
Mayor's Office
City of Flowood

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Friday, February 25, 2011

Old Photo Taken From Control Tower

At the beginning of the week we showed a photo of the Control Tower as it was being constructed.  (see it here).

The photo below was on the same roll of film and shows a view from the Control Tower looking east (toward Rankin County).

Extra credit if you can if you can zoom in and identify the makes and year models of the cars parked on the Spillway.

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Mississippi Severe Weather Awareness Week

Chief of the Reservoir Patrol, Perry Waggener, sent us the following document to share with you about Severe Weather Awareness Week.

Spring weather in Mississippi can turn violent quickly.

Don't know the difference in a watch and a warning? Read on!

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Rankin County Republican Women

The monthly meeting of the Rankin County Republican Women will be held Monday, February 28th, at 6:00pm at the Flowood Public Library, 103 Winners Circle, Flowood, MS.

This month's guest speaker is Shirley Hall, former Mayor of Richland and 2004 delegate to the Republican National Convention.

The meeting is open to the public.

You can sign up their newsletter and get more information by visiting their website at:

More info is available at their Facebook site:
and Twitter (@rcrwms)

Questions? Contact Kristen Windham at

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PRVWSD Legal Fees

The most recent invoice to the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District for legal services from Watkins Ludlam.
The amount ($20, 624.68) was listed on the most recent PRVWSD claims docket posted HERE.

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Derrel Palmer Running For Rankin Supervisor

Another post in our "Meet The Candidate" series.
A bio sent to us from Derrel Palmer, candidate for Rankin County Supervisor, District 2.

Derrel Palmer (DP)

P.O. Box 4322
Brandon, MS 39047

After spending over 23 years in the insurance and financial services industry, where I earned the Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) and Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow (LUTCF) designations, moderated numerous LUTC classes and served as President of NAIFA-Jackson in 2005-2006, I made a career change by becoming General Manager of the local ESPN Radio affiliate, WPBQ 1240 AM. There I was the play-by-play voice for Millsaps Majors athletics including football, basketball and baseball. I was also responsible for sales and programming of the 24 hour sports talk station and the host of “Friday Night Under the Lights”, a weekly high school football scoreboard show. In the fall of 2007, I began a weekday sports talk show airing from 11-1 PM Monday-Friday talking about local high school and college sports as well as other sporting events in the Jackson Metro area.

“Voice of the Mississippi Braves”! After starting the 2005 season as a spectator behind the home dugout, I took over the PA position in the 4th inning of game 2 at Trustmark Park and never looked back. Once given the opportunity to perform, I proved to management that I not only had the skills to announce, but also the ability to assist in coordinating the activities of the production room. This will be my 7th season to announce all Mississippi Braves home games as well as most other games played at Trustmark Park.

In 2009 I became the Play-by-Play broadcaster for the Pearl HS Football Team. The broadcasts are aired locally on The Score SportsRadio 620 WJDX as well as globally, audio as well as video, on the internet. The games are also replayed on Comcast Cable channel 18 in Pearl every Saturday morning.

This year will be my 12th as “Voice of the Cougars” for perennial high school baseball powerhouse and 2005 5A State Champion Northwest Rankin. At Northwest, I am responsible for the scoreboard, message board, computer-generated sounds, between-inning music and walkup music for players as well as announcing activities and special promotions. I have also been a color commentator for the radio broadcast and substitute play-by-play announcer.

I have been the “Official EXPO Announcer” for the Mississippi Business Journal’s Mississippi Business and Technology Showcase for the past seven years. My role is to announce promotions, giveaways and special events during the 2-day tradeshow. I have also served as the master of ceremonies of the “Best Places to Work in Mississippi” awards breakfast.

As Chairman of the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership Ambassadors for two years, I was the “MC” for most grand opening/ribbon cutting ceremonies sponsored by the Chamber. I then spent 2 years as chairman of the Rankin County Chamber Ambassadors. I currently serve on the Board of the Rankin County Chamber of Commerce.

I have been active in charitable and service organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Make-A-Wish foundation, and the Lions Club. I am a Past-President of the Reservoir Lions Club and have served as Zone-Chairman for the Lions of Mississippi. I served as Sales and Marketing Co-chairman for the Promise Keepers event held in Jackson in August 2006. I have also served on the Board of Directors of Young Business Leaders, a Christian businessmen’s organization. I am Past-President of the Mississippi Braves Booster Club.

I have been married to Melinda for over 33 years and am an active member of Pinelake Church where I have served as Elder, Deacon Chairman, Worship Choir President, and Bible Study Leader. I presently serve as a Decision Counselor and as a Greeter. I have participated in a number of short-term mission projects to Mexico. In my spare time, I am an avid golfer.

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

PRVWSD Claims Docket Feb. 2011

The most recent Claims Docket from the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District.

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Rankin County Video

A great video about Rankin County.

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Monday, February 21, 2011

The Birth Of The Control Tower

We'll start the week with a picture of the Rez Control Tower - like you've never seen it before.

The photographer was standing in what is now the main lake area, the date is late 1961 or early 1962.

You can learn more about the Control Tower from an article we posted in July 2010, HERE.

(click on photo to enlarge)

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Northwest Rankin Relay For Life

Want to help the American Cancer Society?

A reader sent us the following information about how you can help a local group join the fight against cancer.

On Thursday February 24, 2011, McAlister's Deli at Dogwood Festival will donate part of the profits from everyone dining between 5 and 9 pm to the American Cancer Society Northwest Rankin Relay For Life.

Please eat at Dogwood McAlister's that night and help us raise money for a cure!

Dell Zubkowski
American Cancer Society volunteer and 4 year cancer survivor

Hey, that sounds easy!

Money raised by the American Cancer Society is used for research to cure the many forms of cancer. The ACS provides research grants to doctors and scientists, including the University Medical Center, and money to support programs in Jackson that donate wigs and prostheses to cancer patients, transportation to treatments and many educational programs.

The McAlister's event is one of several fundraisers the various teams will have leading up to the main event, the actual Relay at the Reservoir Soccer Complex on April 29th.

More info about the Northwest Relay For Life can be found at:

and their facebook site HERE

So, mark your calendar for the evening of Thursday, Feb. 24th and eat at McAlister's.

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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Lucy's Revenge Tour

Keith Plunkett will be paddling through Mississippi waters to raise awareness about Alzeheimer's Disease.
He will end his tour with a trip down The Rez on July 9th.

The details.

Flora, MS. February 18, 2010—Keith Plunkett, Mississippi paddler and organizer of Lucy’s Revenge, launched the Spring/Summer Tour of Mississippi waterways Saturday in Grenada, Mississippi. Plunkett, along with his wife Sharon, were joined by fellow paddlers at The Bait Shop at 22106 Highway 8 in Grenada for breakfast and a pre-launch meeting at 7:00 am. The group of 13 paddlers launched at the Grenada Lake Spillway at 9:30. The 52-mile trip down the Yalobusha River will take 3-days and 2-nights and end at the Fulton Street Bridge in downtown Greenwood at approximately 3:00 pm Monday afternoon.

The effort will continue in the Delta throughout February and March before moving into waterways in Southwest Mississippi in April.

During the trips the Yazoo County native and Flora resident will meet with Alzheimer’s patients and caregivers in each region, and will highlight ongoing efforts by the Alzheimer’s Association and medical professionals to defeat the disease. 

Plunkett will also speak with groups across the state to raise awareness and money to aid families affected by the disease with support services. He expects to complete 876 miles by the end of the project in early July. Stories, videos, and photos are posted regularly to the website, .

The project is named in memory of Plunkett’s Grandmother, Lucy Plunkett, who suffered from Alzheimer’s before succumbing to the disease in 1993.  The matriarch of the Plunkett family reared six children, and oversaw the upbringing of 9 grandchildren. She was a housewife and an active member of her church and the rural community of Little Yazoo in Yazoo County.

Alzheimer's AssociationThe Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer's. For more information, visit

The remaining dates for the Lucy’s Revenge Tour are as follows:

Spring/Summer Dates
Saturday February 19-Monday February 21: 3-day, 2-night trip on the Yalobusha River from Grenada to Greenwood.
52 miles.
Sponsored by Lifehelp Region 6 Mental Health Center-Garden Park Adult Day Center.

Saturday February 26-Sunday February 27: Overnight trip on the Sunflower River in celebration of Sunflower River month from Eagles Nest to New Africa.
20 miles.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Sunflower River.
For more information contact Quapaw Canoe Company in Clarksdale, Mississippi (662)627-4070

Saturday March 12: The second running of the Battle on the Bayou on Old Fort Bayou Ocean Springs. 9.5 miles.
For more information go to

Saturday March 19: Coldwater River.
Mileage TBD
Highlighting the conservation efforts of the Upper Coldwater River Watershed.
For more information go to

Saturday March 26-Sunday March 27: Overnight on the Mississippi River Muddy Waters Wilderness.
100 miles. Quapaw Landing to Warfield Point.
Sponsored by Quapaw Canoe Company
For more information contact Quapaw Canoe Company in Clarksdale, Mississippi (662)627-4070
Saturday April 16-Sunday April 27: Overnight on Bogue Chitto River.
27 miles. McComb to Dillon Bridge

Saturday April 23-Sunday April 24: Overnight on Bayou Pierre
50 miles. Dentville to Port Gibson

Saturday April 30-Sunday May 1: Overnight on the Yazoo River
43 miles. Satartia to Steele Bayou.

Saturday May 7-Sunday May 8: Overnight on the Homochitto River
36 miles. Eddiceton to Rosetta

Friday May 13-Sunday May 15: Overnights on the Leaf River
64 miles. Taylorsville to Old River Road

Saturday May 21-Sunday May 22: Overnight on the Red Creek
45.5 miles. Perkinston to Vestry

Saturday June 4-Sunday June 5: Overnight on Bear Creek
23 miles. Golden to Hwy 30.

Saturday June 11: Day trip on Chunky River
10 miles. Stucky Bridge to Enterprise

Saturday June 18-Sunday June 19:  Overnight on the Bowie River.
26.5 miles. Highway 589 to Leaf River at Hattiesburg

Saturday July 2: Day Trip on the Pearl River
20 miles. Lefleurs Bluff through Jackson to Byram at the Swinging Bridge

Saturday July 9: Finale at the Ross Barnett Reservoir
13 miles. Tommy’s Trading Post to Madison Landing

Total Mileage for Spring/Summer Dates: 539.5 miles

Total Mileage since July of 2010: 336.5 miles

Grand Total: 876 miles

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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Upcoming Events At The Craft Center

Always something interesting going on at the Mississippi Craft Center.
Check out these classes.

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Summer Camps At The Rez YMCA

Registration for summer programs at The Reservoir YMCA will begin soon.  

Stop by the Y or give them a call at 601-992-9118 for more information.

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Friday, February 18, 2011

WLBT Coverage of Stennis Study

WLBT takes a look at the upcoming study of The Rez.

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Rankin Supervisor Meeting Agenda

The Rankin County Supervisors met this week, their agenda follows.

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Old Mill Creek Brochure

If you were shopping for a home around the Rez in the late 1970's you might have seen a brochure like this.

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Stennis Institute of Government To Study Rez Agency

The Stennis Institute of Government will be conducting a study of the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District.

The Stennis Institute is often used by members of the legislature to study government policies and issues and has a long and impressive list of accomplishments.

You can learn more about the Stennis Institute at their website HERE.

The Announcement:

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Rez Native Josh Harkins Announces Run For Senate

Another post in our "Meet The Candidate" series. Mr. Harkins is running for the senate seat being vacated by Sen. Lee Yancey.

Josh Harkins Announces Run
For Mississippi State Senate

Will Bring Conservative Values and Fiscal Responsibility to District 20

Phone 601-209-8448

February 11, 2011, Rankin County, MS -- Josh Harkins today announced he has qualified with the Mississippi Republican Party to run for Mississippi Senate in District 20 representing Northwest Rankin and Southeast Madison Counties.

Josh is a longtime resident of Rankin County who attended Northwest Rankin High School and graduated from Mississippi State University. A longtime conservative, he will work to promote economic development in the district, reduce government spending and balance the state budget.

“I am running for state Senate because we are facing many challenges, but there are also great opportunities in our area and our state. I’ve been in commercial and residential real estate development, construction and property management for 14 years, so I know what it’s like to make a payroll, prepare budgets, and run a business. I understand the challenges our families and our businesses are facing,” said Harkins.

Harkins will also work to lessen the burdens of regulation on Mississippi businesses, support the public education system, strong law enforcement and protect our environment.

“I want to be part of the solution for the people of Mississippi. I am a conservative, with conservative values and I will work to promote a greater sense of liberty and freedom for the people of the 20th district.”

Josh Harkins is married to the former Andrea Scales of Brandon, MS. They are the parents of two daughters, Emerson and Carlysle and reside in Rankin County.

To volunteer or to donate, email

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Knox Ross Announces Bid For Rankin Senate Seat

More in our "Meet The Candidates" series.  Mr. Ross is a candidate for the seat being vacated by Sen. Lee Yancey.


PELAHATCHIE – Three term Pelahatchie Mayor, Knox Ross, has qualified as a Republican candidate for the Mississippi State Senate District 20.

Ross, a certified public accountant, has served as mayor of the Rankin County town for 10 years. He is now president of the Central Mississippi Planning and Development District and chairman of the Greater Jackson Partnership’s Transportation Advocacy Committee. He also serves on the board of directors of the Stennis Institute of Government at Mississippi State University.

He has also been president of the Mississippi Municipal League and a member of the Mississippi Wireless Commission.

Ross and his wife, Jamie, (pictured with him) are parents of three children and are longtime members of Pelahatchie Baptist Church where he serves as a Deacon.

“Mississippi needs people to stand for political office with practical experience in both the private and public sectors,” Ross said. “The government’s money is the citizens’ money and it needs to be used for the common good in the most effective and efficient way possible.”

“We need leaders who understand government should position itself to encourage wealth creation — not inhibit it,” he said.

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Five Guys Coming To Flowood

Five Guys Burgers and Fries is coming to Flowood.


This will be their second location in the Metro area, the other is in the Renaissance at Colony Park in Ridgeland.

The Flowood location will be near Dick's Sporting Goods.

Visit the Five Guys website and learn interesting facts like:
they served 127, 042,520 lbs. of potatoes in 2010.

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Monday, February 14, 2011

Change To PRVWSD Board Passes House

Representative Mark Baker (R - District 74) added an amendment to House Bill 105 that would change the requirements for some Pearl River Valley Water Supply District board appointees.  

Four appointees of the 14 member PRVWSD board come from Mississippi state agencies.
Here is the current law:

§ 51-9-107. Board of directors.

(b) The Mississippi Commission on Environmental Quality, the Mississippi Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, Forestry Commission and the State Board of Health of the State of Mississippi shall each appoint one (1) director from that department to serve on the Board of Directors of the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District to serve at the pleasure of the respective board appointing him.

Amendment 6 to House Bill 105 changes that law to require the appointees from those commission/boards to be leaseholders of PRVWSD property. If the agency does not have an employee that is a PRVWSD leaseholder then the commission/board may go outside of their agency to find an appointee who is a leaseholder.

You can read the proposed amendment HERE.

The PRVWSD board currently has 3 members who are leaseholders, 2 in Rankin County and one in Madison County. Adding more leaseholders to the board has been an objective of many Rez area residents who feel the board has not always been responsive to their needs.

The bill passed the house on Thursday, Feb. 10 and is now awaiting senate action.
If it passes the senate and is signed by the Governor it would take effect July 1, 2011.

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Waterfest 2011

WaterFest 2011 is scheduled for Saturday, April 16, 2011 at Lakeshore Park on the Ross Barnett Reservoir, hours are 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

WaterFest, an education and outreach event, provides public awareness about the importance of protecting and restoring the water quality of Mississippi's largest drinking water source, the Reservoir.

Last year over 2,500 people attended WaterFest and that number is expected to increase as the public continues to be more aware and concerned about environmental issues that affect their everyday lives.

You can learn more about last year’s WaterFest at

There will be new exhibitors this year with attractions for all ages.

To name a few: The Natchez Trace Parkway/National Park Service will be showing animal artifacts and hands-on activities for children. Both the Natural Science Museum and the Children’s Museums will be exhibiting along with MS Wildlife Federation, Keep MS Beautiful, Keep the Rez Beautiful, Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks, The Jackson Zoo and many others.

There will be free food, drinks, games and music by Sherman Lee Dillon and the Dillonaires and The Dixie Nationals. Vendors will be present selling food and other items.


The event needs groups and individuals to volunteer for all or part of the day. Help is neeed for parking, crafts, space jump, face painting, welcome/information areas, exhibitor assistance, “runners”, set up and tear down, and Kayak race assistance.

All volunteers registered by March 25, 2011 will get a WaterFest 2011 T-shirt. If you are interested fill out the volunteer registration form and mail/email it to Sabrina Cummings at or the address on the form.

Sponsorships for the event are also available.

If you have any questions contact Sabrina at 601-987-3040.

Volunteer forms are HERE.

Sponsorship info is HERE.

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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Scot Allen, Rankin Supervisor Candidate

Meet Scot Allen, Republican candidate for Rankin County Supervisor, District 2.

He was born in Jackson but now lives in Millcreek IV. He and wife Marley have two children, Emily and Elizabeth.

Scot is in the real estate business and making his first attempt at public office.

We'll be bringing you more info about all the candidates that will represent people living around The Rez.

The deadline for qualifying for a county office is March 1, 5:00pm.

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Rez Scenes

A few more pictures from Northwest Rankin student, Will Jacob.

Note:  click on the photo to enlarge


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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Dixie National

The Dixie National is in town with a full agenda of events this weekend. 

A parade down Capital Street will begin at 9:00am. 

The rodeo has 3 shows on Saturday, Noon, 4:00pm, and 8:00pm.  Mississippi native Marty Stuart will be performing at all 3 events.

Tickets can be purchases at the Coliseum box office or online at Ticketmaster, ticket prices are $16, $20, and $24. 

Sunday's events start off with a free hot breakfast served at the Farmers Market Grill (corner of Jefferson and High Street).  How's that for a deal?

The rodeo will be held at 3:00pm and 7:00pm on Sunday.

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Friday, February 11, 2011

Below The Spillway

We have obtained a new collection of photographs showing the construction phase of the Barnett Reservoir.  Many thanks to PRVWSD folks for allowing us to share this priceless collection with you.  The photo's will appear from time to time so stay tuned.  

Yesterday's photo showed a view of the spillway in April 1962, today's shot pre-dates that and shows the downstream side of the spillway.  

Anyone who has been below the spillway has probably wondered what the bottom of the channel looks like.   Some may have heard the legend of divers exploring the extreme depths of the channel and seeing catfish large enough to swallow a man.    

As this photo shows, the bottom is a pretty boring, rock covered surface.  As for the catfish....well don't believe that one either.

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Brandon Senior Events For February

The City of Brandon has scheduled a great series of events for Seniors.
The February Newsletter follows and contains a calendar of events.

If you would like more info on Brandon's Senior programs contact the Senior Center at 601-824-7095

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

View From The Spillway - 49 Years Ago

Imagine standing on the Spillway looking down river.  Now imagine it's April 1962.
This is what you would see. 

The first picture is the east side of the spillway before the  river bank had been completely lined with rip-rap and the parking lots constructed.

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Next is the west side before parking lots and boat ramps.

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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

PRVWSD Legal Expenses

Recently we began publishing the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District Claims Docket, a listing of monthly expenditures by the agency.

Links to previously published dockets:
January here
December here

Several comments were made about legal expenses which average $23,000 a month. So, we suggested that the PRVWSD send us an invoice detailing the charges from Watkins Ludlum Winter and Stennis, the law firm used by the PRVWSD.

Instead of the actual invoice we were sent the document below. The explanation for not sending an invoice was that it contained the names of people involved in some form of legal action with the District.

The document is not on WLWS letterhead, our assumption is it was prepared to satisfy our request.

We're not sure if this document answers any questions or raises more.
Noticeably absent is detail such as meeting dates, billable time spent at the meeting etc.

But, you be the judge.

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Mississippi Census Data

Mississippi's 2010 census data has been released.

The Census Bureau created an interactive map that provides a quick view of current and past population data by county and a chart with demographic information.

Study it carefully and you can impress your friends with interesting facts like:  The number of native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders in Mississippi increased 78%. 

Click on the link and scroll your mouse over a county to see the numbers.

Check it out HERE.

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Rankin Supervisor Meeting

The Rankin County Supervisors met Monday, a copy of their agenda follows.

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Monday, February 7, 2011

Rankin County Claims Docket

The Rankin County Claims Docket is a monthly listing of expenses incurred by the county.

The latest docket follows:

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Rez Response To Recent Icy Roads

Many thanks to the hard working employees of the PRVWSD for keeping the roads around The Rez safe during the recent wintry conditions.

We received the following email from Reservoir Patrol Chief Perry Waggener, it provides behind the scenes insight into their severe weather preparations.

The PRVWSD receives routine as well as advance severe weather briefings on weather events that may affect our jurisdiction from the National Weather Service. With this last event, Department Heads and PRVWSD Administration began receiving regular advance weather briefs this Past Friday( January 28th) on a significant Rain event for Tuesday. 

By Monday the briefings began to indicate a “wintery mix” behind the Tuesday rain event for Thursday Night. This initiated preparation well in advance of the actual event to insure chain saws and other emergency equipment were operational and deployed appropriately, De-icing material was on hand and distributed to our five county jurisdiction where needed. Personnel were placed on stand-by to be available throughout the event. Emergency plans were re-visited with all personnel and vehicles were topped off with fuel and made ready for operation in adverse conditions. 

Public works Personnel and Reservoir Patrol scheduled additional staff to handle any situation that might arise. PRVWSD Administration ensured staff were prepared to man a communications bank to expeditiously respond to the needs of the families we serve. 

By Thursday at 11 AM, seven hours in advance of the forecast event, an emergency planning meeting with PRVWSD Administration and Department Heads was held to ensure all Emergency Planning was in place as well as a briefing with current weather conditions and forecasts.

Throughout Thursday night as the weather deteriorated and local news crews showed impassable roadways in and around the metro Jackson area, Reservoir Patrol Officers and PRVWSD Public Works Personnel checked and de-iced the main thoroughfares within our area of responsibility. Conditions dictated the de-icing almost hourly. Although prepared to do so for public safety, our efforts were successful and no roadways were closed. All PRVWSD maintained roadways remained open and passable.

The employees of the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District are professional and dedicated and never questioned the added duties and responsibilities placed upon them in preparation of this Winter Storm. They consider your safe passage on our roadways, as well as the integrity of your water and sewer services a critical component of their job. In fact, despite Governor Barbour closing state offices until noon today, the majority of the PRV staff reported to work in order to address public works issues. A

All these behind the scenes preparations were achieved without overtime costs since overtime is simply not in our budget. Emergency coverage was attained through compensatory time as well as flex scheduling.

This account details the preparation and response for just one extraordinary event, but occurs regularly when severe weather or other extraordinary circumstances impact our area. Due to the small size of our organization, our employees wear many hats. The crew you see preparing one of our parks for your children or installing a water meter for a new home today might very well be the same crew clearing your street for emergency services access after a major storm tomorrow. 

Please know the Staff and Administration of the PRVWSD takes your safety as well as your need for essential services very seriously and will continue to work diligently to maintain the level of service you expect from us.

Perry Waggener
Reservoir Patrol Chief
Post Office Box 2180
Ridgeland, Mississippi 39158
Telephone: 601-992-9894
Facsimilie: 601-992-4621

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Sunday, February 6, 2011


The many rocks that protect the shoreline around The Rez also provide shelter for a cute little creature prized for it's fur.

Mink are very common around the lake's edge although many people are unaware of their existence.  Fishermen drifting along the dam or causeway often see them scampering along the waters edge in search of food.  Fish, crawfish, frogs and snakes make up a large portion of their diet.  

If you have ever noticed a small brown furry carcass on the dam or Northshore Causeway it was probably a mink who lost a battle with a car.  

Ray Causey took this great photo of a Rez mink, it was at the waters edge by his Eastpoint Condo at Woodlakes.

Thank you Ray for sharing it with us.

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Rez Scenes

Some great photo's from Will Jacob.

Will is a student at Northwest Rankin High School and tells us his passion is photography.

We hope you enjoy this sample of his work.

The Rez News
Ross Barnett Reservoir

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Rez Boat Ramp Closure

The PRVWSD will be making improvements to the boat launch facilities at Goshen Springs Boat Launch. (The ramps by Tommy's Trading Post on Highway 43.)

The following press release describes the details.

For Immediate Release

February 4, 2011

Please be aware that the Goshen Springs Boat Launch, which is located off of Highway 43 in Rankin County, will have one of the three launches closed from today’s date until July 1, 2011. PRVWSD crews will be working to replace 2 of the 3 ramps in that area. The improvements will also include replacing the existing piers with new floating piers, one of which will be ADA-accessible. The other launch will be unaffected during this time.

PRVWSD crews will be doing their best to keep one of the two launches, that are being replaced, open throughout this renovation. However, there may be short periods of time that it may be necessary for both launches to be closed at the same time. This work is being made possible through a grant from the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks. We ask for your patience during this time of renovations in hopes of having better amenities available to the Barnett Reservoir boating population.

For your convenience, please note that there are additional public boat ramps available at Browns Landing, located on Highway 43, as well boat launches adjacent to Safe Harbor Marina, which is also located on Highway 43. Again, we thank you for your patience during this improvement period. If you have any questions, you can contact PRVWSD at 601-856-6574.

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Ross Barnett Reservoir

Flowood Senior Events

Flowood has activities scheduled for Seniors throughout the month and ALL Seniors are invited to join the fun.

Note: The Men's Coffee Club has been canceled for the month and will resume in March. 

Chere Stegall, Flowood's Senior Coordinator, can answer any questions you may have, contact her at 601-992-4440 or 601-955-6993.

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Ross Barnett Reservoir

Friday, February 4, 2011

Rankin County Meetings

The Rankin County Supervisors conducted a Planning Commission and work session meeting Thursday morning.

A couple of topics came up that we'll be hearing more about.

Mr. Jeff Hobby made a brief presentation to the board describing his intention to open a medical waste processing facility in Flowood.  The county would have to sign off on his plans since the treated medical waste would be placed in a county landfill.

Mr. Hobby said there are only two other medical waste treatment facilities in Mississippi, one in Canton the other in Hattiesburg. His facility would collect medical waste and treat it with high temperature steam to kill any infectious remains. Once treated the waste goes to a landfill.

In other business, Ms Leslie Scott, an attorney with Butler Snow,  discussed the process of redistricting.  She said the U.S. Census Bureau is scheduled to release detailed census data on Mississippi this week, once that is available the process of examining districts can begin.

If required, Central Mississippi Planning and Development will redraw the districts. Butler Snow will work with the county to ensure all legal requirements are followed and assist in reporting data to the feds.

The next Supervisor meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 7, at 9:00a.m. at 211 East Government St. Brandon, MS.

Thursday's agenda.

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Ross Barnett Reservoir


The Mississippi Craft Center is hosting a book signing featuring more than 20 local and Mississippi authors on Tuesday, February 8, from 2-6 p.m. at the Center.

An event for all ages and literary tastes; books on music, art, fiction and non-fiction, stories for children, and more will be featured. Some of the special guests include: nationally syndicated political cartoonist Marshall Ramsey, artist and author HC Porter and children's book author Kathy Chase Smith.

Attendees will have a special opportunity to watch Marshall Ramsey at work and win his original drawing in a raffle. The event will also include live music by local musicians who will be available to sign their CD's and a children's area including treats and story time with four children's book authors. Come out and support the fine art of crafting a literary work at a fun event the whole family will enjoy.

A brief discussion about "How to get Published" by Walter Biggins, Acquisitions Editor at the University Press of Mississippi will be at 5:30 p.m.

The "2011 Expose Yourself to Craft" calendars will be sold at the event with the pinups' signed inaugural calendars available on a very limited basis.

For more information, please contact Carmen Castilla, at 601-856-7546.

The Rez News
Ross Barnett Reservoir

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Got Fish?

Calling all fisherpersons.

It's time to put away the hunting gear and get out the fishing poles.

But first get smart by attending the annual "Got Fish" seminar at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science on Saturday, February 5.

Three sessions will be held, Bass, Saltwater, and Crappie.

Details follow.

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Ross Barnett Reservoir

Jackson, 100 Years Ago

A photo from the Library of Congress showing a panoramic view of Jackson, circa 1910.  

 Click on photo to enlarge

To view a higher resolution copy HERE.

The "New Capitol" is on the left, it was really new at this time opening in 1903. To the right of the Capitol is the Governors Mansion. The Mansion fronted Capitol Street which ends at the "Old Capitol". On the far right is St. Andrews Episcopal Church, it opened 1903.

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Ross Barnett Reservoir

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

A Master Of Wood

Most people look at a piece of wood and see, well, a piece of wood.  Long time reservoir resident and Master Wood Turner, Adrian Sturdivant, looks at a piece of wood and visualizes a bowl, Christmas ornament, or maybe a vase.

Adrian, a member of the Mississippi Craftsmen's Guild, shares his knowledge by offering beginning, intermediate and advanced wood turning classes.  Sheri Cox with the Craftsmen's Guild coordinates the classes and can provide more information, she can be reached at 601-856-7546 or

Judy Douglass of Madison recently attended one of Adrian's classes and prepares to turn beads and coves, patterns common to chair legs.

A great before and after example.  The raw materials on the right, a piece of Big Leaf Maple Burl, below it a piece of ebony.  The finished product on the left is a beautiful Christmas Ornament.

He primarily uses Mississippi wood and prefers "figured" hardwood such as burls, stump, or crotch wood.  He air dries his wood, often for years, before turning it.  

If you are interested in purchasing a piece of Adrian's work or would like more information contact him at

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Ross Barnett Reservoir

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

How The Rez Got It's Name

Many thanks to John Sigman and Michelle Harrison with the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District for uncovering the mystery of how The Rez came to be known as The Ross R. Barnett Reservoir.

When the reservoir was being considered by the legislature it was referred to as the Pearl Reservoir or the Pearl River Reservoir.  The law that created the reservoir was passed in 1958 when J. P. Coleman was governor.

However, on May 10, 1963 the Board of Directors of the PRVWSD named the lake after then governor Ross R. Barnett.  We heard from one person familiar with the proceedings that the idea was promoted by R. M. Hederman, Publisher of the Clarion Ledger/Jackson Daily News.  Mr. Hederman was President of the PRVWSD Board at that time.

The proclamation begins with the third paragraph in the following board minutes.

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Ross Barnett Reservoir

The Cost Of The Barriers

On January 20th the PRVWSD installed concrete barriers at the Control Tower.  We posted an article about them the next day, if you missed it you can view it here.

On January 30 the Clarion Ledger did an article on the barriers that made the following statements.

The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District installed the eight concrete barriers earlier in January, said Executive Director John Sigman.

The 10-foot-long-barriers cost $3,400 each. 

Well, not exactly. We spoke with Mr. Sigman who told us the $3,400 was the total price paid for all eight barriers.

The Rez News
Ross Barnett Reservoir