Tuesday, May 31, 2011


Flowood resident Jeanhee Muse has a comfortable life.  Nice home, clothes and she never goes hungry.

But is wasn't always that way.

She was born in South Korea just 4 years after the end of the Korean War.  Her family of 7 was very poor and survived by growing crops on a small tract of land.  

The valuable crops, like rice, were sold to buy clothes and supplies, what was left fed the family.   

As a child she was once offered a chocolate bar by a passing American soldier.  She ran home and shared it with her family, the sweet taste of the candy made an impression on her taste buds and her determination.  She soon realized that leaving home was the only way to have a better life and escape the poverty around her.   

At 16 she ran away from home, met a G.I. and got married.  Her husband sent her to live with his parents in Missouri and she began a new life in the USA.   

The marriage didn't last but going back to South Korea was not an option, she saw opportunity and that set her in motion.

Years later she began a business with only $800, her business savvy grew it into a million dollar enterprise of game stores and ladies boutiques. 

Today, after selling her businesses, she has slowed down - just a bit.  She owns and operates Weddings By Muse, a wedding and special event company,  and enjoys her family. 

She's shown here with her granddaughter, Hartley, and her daughter-in-law, Ashlie Burch.

She is writing a book about her life and hopes one day it will become a movie.

Her book, titled "Memoir, Run Away", is expected to be completed next year.

Keep up with Jeanhee at her website
and on facebook, http://www.facebook.com/jeanhee.muse

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Ross Barnett Reservoir

Monday, May 30, 2011

Soldiers of Liberty

Memorial Day is about remembering the members of our armed forces.

This group is long gone but left an impressive accomplishment behind.

The photo was taken in 1918 near the end of World War 1.  It's  comprised of 18,000 soldiers at Camp Dodge, Des Moines, Iowa.

(click photo to enlarge)

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Memorial Day

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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Memorial Day Tribute

Update:  Don emailed TRN and said Representative Mark Baker will be joining him on Memorial Day.  

Don Hartness, spends most patriotic holidays at the intersection of Castlewoods Blvd. and Highway 25. It's his way of paying tribute to the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces, past and present.

This Memorial Day will be no exception.

The Castlewood's resident will be raising money for the widow of Sgt. Jason Rogers and the fund that provides flags along Highway 25 in Flowood.

Don will be there from dawn to dusk, if you pass the intersection consider making a donation to these worthy causes.

The Rez News
Ross Barnett Reservoir 

Fire Damages Home On Brenhaven Dr.

Fire swept through a home at 215 Brenhaven Dr. Saturday afternoon.  The residents were attending a family reunion at  Lakeshore Park when they received word their home was on fire. 

The house backs up to Northshore Parkway near the entrance to Lakeshore Park.  The Marsh family, who lived in the house, believe someone may have thrown a cigarette from a passing car igniting grass on the right-of-way where it spread through their back yard and on to the house.  

The house sustained damage to the attic area and smoke and water damage.

No on was injured in the fire.

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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Local Musicians At Kennedy Center

A local band scored a couple of impressive gigs this week.

Bluesman Ben Wiley Payton and The Thundering Harps played a noon time performance at The Library of Congress following by an evening performance at the Millennium Stage at The Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts in Washington D.C.

The band members include Ben Wiley Payton, guitar and vocals, Steve Chester on rhythm guitar, Cyndi Clark on conga drums, and Kindrick Hart on electric bass.

You can see the Kennedy Center performance at their website here

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Ross Barnett Reservoir

Friday, May 27, 2011

PRVWSD Claims Docket

Wonder where the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District spends it's money?

Find out by viewing their Claims Docket here

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Ross Barnett Reservoir

What A Catch

Another Viral Video.

Tampa Bay's third baseman, Evan Longoria, performs a bit of magic.
Or does he?

Many think it's a fake.  Read one analysis  here.

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Ross Barnett Reservoir

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Pet Of The Week

Meet Lena
Our Pet Of The Week.

Lena is a diamond of a dog (look at the diamond on her head) who is a little over a year old, spayed and up to date on all shots.

She was found half starved on the side of the highway when one of our volunteers was coming home from college. Lena is very affectionate, plays well with others and loves to fetch and retrieve.

She weighs about 20 pounds and is full grown!  If you need to give a wife a diamond, this is much more affordable than Abdo's Jewelry and gives more love in return!

She would do best in a family who wanted an inside dog but had a huge fenced back yard for her to romp and play with the family and possibly another dog or cat (and if you don't have another dog or cat, we can help you with that as well!)

Interested in a pet?  Check out Lena or any of the pets at Animal Rescue Fund of Mississippi.

More info at their website:

The Rez News
Ross Barnett Reservoir

Help The Heatwave

The Heatwave Classic Triathlon will be held on Saturday, June 4 at Madison Landing.  The boat ramps will be closed from 12:00 am until about 1:00 pm on June 4. 

The race begins at 7:00 am with a half mile swim, then a 24.5 mile bike ride followed by a 6.2 mile run. 

I am currently in need of support in the water for the swim portion.  Kayaks, jet ski, or boats would be great.  The more eyes on the swimmers the better.  Volunteers for this portion of the race would need to be there by 6:30 am. The swim portion should be over by 8:00 am.  If you are interested in volunteering please e-mail me at 

Wendy Bourdin
special events coordinator

p.o. box 217
ridgeland, ms 39158
304 highway 51
ridgeland, ms 39157
601.853.2011 ext. 1015

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Bye Bye Billy McCoy

This story from the Fire McCoy website.

BREAKING: Billy McCoy will not seek reelection
May 25, 2011
By: frankcorder3

Mississippi House Speaker Billy McCoy of District 3 announced today (Wednesday) that he will not seek reelection this November. This is good news for conservatives around Mississippi.

We thank Mr. McCoy for this decision and hope his retirement is enjoyable.

Read the rest of this story on the FireMcCoy website  here

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Ross Barnett Reservoir

Car Of The Week

Been some time since we've had a "Car Of The Week" but this one was worth the wait.

This gorgeous ride is a 1934 Ford Street Rod owned by Rez resident Paul Tankersly.  Paul lives in Northbay and made the crossing to Flowood where we spotted him.  

The car has been through several transformations, it was converted to a street rod in the 1960's, later it was a race car and in the 1980's restored back to a street rod. 

The car is powered by a 1970 LT1 350 cubic inch V8 with a Turbo 400 transmission.   The engine cranks out over 400H.P. 

The high performance engine needs an octane boost to run at it's best, Paul mixes aviation fuel with pump gas to keep it running smoothly.

You can see this beautiful car and many more like it at the 7th annual Shake Rattle and Roll Car Show at Ridgecrest Baptist Church on Sat. May 28th.   The show is an event by the Mississippi Classic Cruisers, details can be found at their website here.

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PRVWSD Board Minutes

The minutes from the April 2011 meeting of the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District Board of Directors can be seen here.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Marina Inspections

The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District will soon undertake an inspection of all public marinas on the reservoir.

Neel-Schaffer, Inc. will be hired to perform the work. 

A few of the items that will be inspected.

  • Electrical installations and connections to occupied structures.
  • Structural condition of piers, docks and other structures existing on the marina properties. 
  • Condition and operation of sanitary sewer collection and treatment systems. 
  • General grounds maintenance.
Complete details of the inspection can be seen in the Scope of Services document here.

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Ross Barnett Reservoir

Golf Tourney

There will be a benefit golf tournament for the Reservoir YMCA Inclusion Camp.

When:  Thursday May 26th

Where:  Bay Pointe Golf Course

Some info about the camp.

Each summer, the Reservoir YMCA runs an Inclusive Camp for children with special needs.  This program allows special needs children to be a part of a regular summer camp experience.  They go on field trips, swim, play games, and do arts and crafts.

To ensure the highest quality of experiences possible, the Y assigns one counselor to each special needs camper.

This program brings a great sense of joy and accomplishment that children with special needs might not otherwise have.   The camp benefits not only children with special needs but also provides a learning experience for our regular campers who are not often exposed to those different than themselves.

All the details and a registration form are available in the YMCA brochure here.

Got questions?  Call Corey Miller at 601-992-9118 or email cmiller@metroymcams.org

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Ross Barnett Reservoir

Monday, May 23, 2011

Rankin Republican Women

The Rankin County Republican Women will hold their monthly meeting on Monday, May 23rd at the Flowood Public Library. 

The meeting begins at 6:00pm.

This month's speaker will be Frank Corder, co-founder and principle writer of FireMcCoy.com

Sign up for their newsletter and get more information by visiting their website at: http://www.rankincrw.org/

More info is also available at their Facebook site: http://www.facebook.com/RankinCRW  and Twitter (@rcrwms)

Questions? Contact Kristen Windham at kristenwindham@yahoo.com

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Ross Barnett Reservoir

Meet The Candidates

Wood Brown

Seeks Second Term as
Rankin County Supervisor
District 2

During his first term "much was accomplished in the District and County-at-Large," Brown said.  "In the District, a county office was opened on Lakeland Drive for residents to pay their taxes rather than having to drive all the way to Brandon.  New recreational areas were also developed, the libraries were expanded, and important improvements were made to the infrastructure."  Brown stated.  "I am proud of our achievements, but I know there is still much for us to accomplish."

Brown stated that while maintaining the "business-friendly" atmosphere that has made Rankin County one of the fastest growing counties in our state, "supervisors have also worked to put zoning in place that will protect home values, manage land use and make our county an even better place to live, work and raise a family."

"It is my desire to continue serving as Supervisor for the people of Rankin County's District 2 so that I might keep working on the many on-going projects we currently have in place and see them to completion.  I respectfully ask for your consideration and vote in the Republican Primary on Tuesday, August 2," Brown said.

For more information please contact:
Wood Brown
P. O. Box 5623
Brandon, MS 39047
Ph: 601-953-3098
Email: woodbrown2@gmail.com

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Ross Barnett Reservoir

Trash On The Sandbars


May 19, 2011

In an effort to bring awareness to the on-going issue of left behind waste disposal on and in the waterways of the Barnett Reservoir, the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District (PRVWSD) will not be picking up garbage and debris, on a periodic basis, for the sandbars located up-river between U.S. Highway 43 and Lowhead Dam. This is in response to the continual practice of trash dumping and littering of naturally beautiful habitats by the patrons of the Reservoir and more specifically visitors of up-river sandbars.

It should be known that there are approximately 36,586 registered boaters within the PRVWSD’s five county make-up, many of which are recreational users of the Barnett Reservoir. Approximately 22 miles of river with over 25-30 public use sandbars are available, currently at no charge, for picnicking, camping and recreational use. The PRVWSD is a State agency, which receives no tax money to maintain and enhance its serene and naturally beautiful landscapes. Litter, in any form is not only illegal, but is also immoral in today’s environmentally conscious society. In the past, the District has paid contractors to pick up and remove this trash. In doing so the District is enabling and encouraging the continuation of trash dumping and littering by the users of the sandbars. As a result the PRVWSD feels that, by not picking up the trash and debris left behind by violators, it will bring a much-needed awareness to the magnitude of the up-river litter problem. Not only are violators effecting the living environment of surrounding wildlife, but also are contaminating the natural groundwater and surface drinking water supply for the metropolitan area. The District will NOT pick up trash on the weeks following Memorial Day and July 4th holidays. However, the District does not intend to allow this pollution to enter the river. PRVWSD is hopeful that those who leave this litter will be able to view the impact of their practice upon returning to the sandbars on subsequent visits.

This year the PRVWSD would like that when you access and use our public facilities that you “PLEASE, LEAVE ONLY YOUR FOOTPRINTS.” We thank you in advance for your motivation and cooperation!

TRN comments:
A few pictures to illustrate the problem. 

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Ross Barnett Reservoir

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Drive By Cancels Walk On Water

In case you missed it, the world did not end at 6:00pm May 21, 2011.

That was the prediction by Harold Camping, president of Family Radio.  Not his first miss, he made a similar prediction in September of 1994.

Probably an error in his Excel formula.

But, go back 39 years, to the day, and there was another biblical style event scheduled to take place at the Barnett Reservoir.

Rev. W. L. Jenkins, pastor of New Hope Church at Camden, said he would walk on the waters of the Ross Barnett Reservoir on May 21, 1972 at 4:03pm. 

Surely that would draw a crowd larger than Pepsi Pops, right?  We'll never know.

Regrettably, the walk was canceled.

A kidnapping followed by a crucifixion at the Jackson State baseball field was not enough to stop the Reverend.  But, a drive by shooting forced the cancellation of what promised to be an entertaining afternoon.   

Read the Clarion Ledger reports of this bizarre story here.

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Ross Barnett Reservoir

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Mississippi Talent

Interesting website filled with info about Mississippi writers, musicians, actors, and artists.

Check it out here.

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Ross Barnett Reservoir

Rez Cam

Taken from WAPT's Reservoir Camera at Windward Bluff.

The camera refreshes a view of The Rez every few minutes. 
You can see the camera here.

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Ross Barnett Reservoir

Pelahatchie Bay Photos

Great photos from around Pelahatchie Bay.
Taken by Lottie Adams.


click on any photo to enlarge

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Ross Barnett Reservoir

Friday, May 20, 2011

Letter To The Editor

Reservoir property leaseholders,

I attended the Reservoir property leaseholders meeting last Monday night held at the Reservoir Community Center. Approximately forty friends and neighbors attended the event for the purpose of unifying our community to work together in an effort to improve and enhance the desirability of our neighborhoods and stabilize and increase the values of the homes in the reservoir area.

What I gathered from the meeting was that at this point we don't know if our best strategy in gaining assistance will come from the Board of Supervisors, Pearl River Valley Water Supply District, and/or the Mississippi Legislature. It may be that our best long term results will come from the legislature with new legislation giving us an enhanced status as a governing entity, or giving us more seats on the board of directors of the district.  We may need legislation to help us establish an overlay district with governance powers within the county.

Coincidentally, we have local and statewide elections in August and in fact our own Lt. Governor and we think soon to be Governor, Phil Bryant, is a leaseholder, as well as Representative Kevin McGee and his parents, and the parents of District 20 Senate candidate Josh Harkins. We also have a good friend in Representative Mark Baker from the adjoining Rankin County House District. There is a good chance that if Republicans should win control of the House of Representatives, Mr. Baker could become the next Speaker of the House and the first Republican Speaker since reconstruction.

If legislation to allow us to have more self-control is the answer then you can see where it would greatly benefit all of us for the Governor's office, the State Senate, and the State House of Representatives to have someone serving us with a vested interest at the Reservoir.  We all know about the situation with the Rapids property, and how badly we could have used local controls in the past to prevent the un-desirable growth and development that has occurred on Old Fannin Road and on Grant’s Ferry Road.

I suggest that we need to not only vote for these people, but to get out and support all of these men, who have strong ties to our community. Put a yard sign up for these candidates, contact your neighbors, friends, co-workers and family members to help gain support for your candidates from your area. Also, feel free to contact me if I can provide you with information on any of the above candidates.

Not only are our possibilities great they are also critical at this time, as we can see when we come and go every day. Our neighborhoods are deteriorating before our eyes and our home values continue to drop. Together we can move forward to a new era of self governance with proper zoning, planning and property maintenance codes for all of our benefit.

Please go to http://rezhomes.blogspot.com/ and join the effort.

See you at the next meeting ....

Your friend and neighbor,

Rodney Keith, Leaseholder
Audubon Point Subdivision

The Rez News will publish signed "Letters". 
Email your letter to" thereznews@gmail.com 

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Ross Barnett Reservoir

Viral Photo Of Space Shuttle

Stephanie Gordon was on a flight from New York to Palm Springs when she snapped this photo of the Space Shuttle Endeavor's recent launch.

Upon arriving in Florida she tweeted a few comments about the flight and included two photos taken with her iPhone pressed against the window of the plane. 

Little did she know the tweet would change her life. 

Read the details on her blog here.

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Ross Barnett Reservoir

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Upcoming Meeting

Dear Reservoir Homeowners,

The Stennis Institute is conducting a study of the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District. As a first step in this process, citizens will be given the opportunity to address policies and issues that impact the reservoir area.

Because of the likely impact once this study is completed, the Federation of Reservoir Homeowners (FRH) and the Barnett Reservoir Foundation are sponsoring a meeting where residents will be given the opportunity to speak about issues that are important to our area.

The meeting will be held on MONDAY, MAY 23rd at 6:00 p.m. in the cafeteria of Northwest Rankin Middle School. Representatives of the Stennis Institute, local counties and the PRV will be present.

Please come and voice your opinion. We are asking that people who want to speak and voice their concern to email me at ehburns3@bellsouth.net, outlining the main topic of their concern. The plan is to reserve 5 minutes for you to voice your opinion. Others who do not request a slot in advance will be given a limited amount of time to speak at the end of the meeting.

It is important to all of us at the reservoir to work to make this special area more beautiful and more appealing. Your FRH and the Barnett Reservoir Foundation are working to preserve our home values and to improve our quality of life, and we need you to participate in this forum.


Homer Burns

President, Federation of Reservoir Homeowners

Vice President, Barnett Reservoir Foundation


Monday, May 23, 2011

NWRMS cafeteria

6:00 PM


* Barnett Reservoir Foundation
* FRH officers & Steering committee
* Keep America Beautiful
* Elected officials
* Stennis Institute

Short video on Barnett Reservoir
Question & Answer Time
Closing remarks

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

New Leaseholder Group Formed

Forty people attended a meeting Monday night at the Reservoir Community Center to organize a new group that will represent PRVWSD leaseholders.

Many of the attendees voiced concerned about the condition of some neighborhoods around the reservoir and their desire to focus efforts on revitalizing the area.

The group elected Jim McDowell (the writer of this blog) as their president, 3 other residents volunteered to help with the organizational efforts, Chris Merck, Catron Williams, and Bill Stevens.

More information about the group, including how to join, can be found at their website:  http://rezhomes.blogspot.com/

For additional information or if you have questions send an email to:  rezhomes@gmail.com

A permanent link to the group's site has been added to the "Links" section of The Rez News.

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Ross Barnett Reservoir

Harbor Walk Update

The Shoreline Committee of the Reservoir Board of Directors met on Monday and received an update on the Harbor Walk project.

Mr. John Burwell spoke to the group and provided some history on the project, then told them he was in the same position as last year, no financing for the project.

The original lease was structured so that Harbor Walk did not have to lease all the property required for the development at one time. Different parcels were scheduled to be "taken down" over time. This structure provided time for the developer to construct the hotel and generate cash flow that could be used to fund the acquisition and development of future parcels.

Last year Mr. Burwell ask the board if they could work out an arrangement where he could avoid taking down the parcel that was due in July 2010.  A deal was reached where Harbor Walk could delay, by one year, the take down of the scheduled parcel.  For that consideration he would pay the PRVWSD an agreed to sum of money and take down two parcels in 2011.

On Monday the board was put on notice that the Harbor Walk developers will be looking for a similar arrangement this year.   

Mr. Burwell told board members that he wants to stay the course and complete the project.  His words were "We want to build something spectacular".

We'll keep you posted.

You can visit the Harbor Walk web site here

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Ross Barnett Reservoir

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Free Meal

(click to enlarge)

Our Rez area white squirrel grabs a free snack.

Photo by Lottie Adams. 

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Rankin County Supe Meeting

The Rankin County Supervisors met on Monday, May 16th.

An agenda for that meeting can be seen here.

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Ross Barnett Reservoir

Northwest Rankin Teacher Receives Award

The Rankin County Board of Supervisors paid tribute to a Northwest Rankin Middle School teacher on Monday.

Crawford Grabowski, was presented with a proclamation honoring her for service to her students and her receipt of a scholarship from Mississippi Solar, LLC.

The scholarship will allow her to attend a summer instruction workshop in Carbondale, Colorado.

Crawford lives at the reservoir and teaches 6th grade Venture students.

A copy of the resolution can be seen HERE.

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Ross Barnett Reservoir

Monday, May 16, 2011

Reminder - New Leaseholder Group Forming

An organizational meeting to discuss forming a group to represent PRVWSD leaseholders will be held tonight at 6:30pm at the new Community Center on Spillway Rd next to the fire station.

A web site has been set up for communications about the group.


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Ross Barnett Reservoir

Meet The Candidates

Brad Bradshaw
Candidate for Rankin County
Circuit Clerk

I am Brad Bradshaw and it is an honor to be a candidate for the Rankin County Circuit Clerk. I was born and reared in Rankin County. After graduating from Brandon High School and attended Mississippi State University I received my construction management degree from the Southern College of Technology in Marietta, Georgia and have been employed in management in the construction industry since. I met my wife Cindy, while managing a project in North Carolina. We knew we could not rear our family in a better place than Rankin County, and moved back to my hometown shortly after we were married. We have two daughters. Carolyn Kate is 11, attends Brandon Middle School and enjoys playing soccer. Callie Margaret is 3 and spends her days at Sunshine Learning Center in Pearl.

Our family worships at Lakeside Presbyterian Church. Cindy stays busy as the President of the Women’s Ministry. I have the privilege of serving the church on the Diaconate and have served as Chairman of the Deacons and Finance Committee.

The Circuit Clerk manages the office which is responsible for being the clerk for the circuit and county courts, filing of lawsuits, indictments, motions and related papers in civil and criminal cases in circuit and county courts. The office is also responsible for issuing summons and subpoenas, qualifying juror candidates, maintaining records of judgments and executions, issuing marriage licenses, recording medical and other professional licenses, registering voters and handling absentee voting.

My professional career has prepared me for this administrative position to serve the citizens of Rankin County. Managing multi-million dollar building projects, such as the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, Cain-Cochran Hall at Hinds Community College, the McDuffie Island Water Treatment Plant and the Honors Dorm at Alcorn State University has given me in-depth experience in managing people, handling financial issues, legal documentation, local, state and federal regulations, maintaining an ongoing filing system of thousands of documents and responding to immediate and nonnegotiable deadlines.

I know how to establish high expectations, how to develop and energize a team to work together to exceed our goals. I am working now to learn the details of this office. Rankin County has the finest Circuit Clerk’s office in the State and this transition in leadership would be smooth and seamless.

I feel strongly, and hope you will agree, that my work experience and management abilities in the private sector are a perfect fit for the duties and responsibilities of this office. I appreciate your giving me this opportunity to serve and humbly ask for your prayers, your support and your vote in the primary election on August 2.

Keep up with Brad at his website HERE
and his facebook site HERE

The Rez News
Ross Barnett Reservoir

Pet Of The Week - Harriett

Meet Harriet

This week's Pet of the Week is Harriett.

This beautiful basset mix was rescued last November with her litter of 7 pups.  Two of her children have found their forever homes and 5 remain with her.  she is a quiet girl who loves to go on leisurely walks and admire the wildlife around her.

When she was first brought to ARF, she stayed in a foster home until her pups were weened. She never had an accident in the house and would let the foster humans know when she needed to go outside.

Non athletic families who don’t climb mountains or run marathons may want to add this sweet lady to their home so you can couch potato together.

Considering adopting a pet?  Please consider Harriett or any of the other pets at the Animal Rescue Fund.

Details at their website  http://www.arfms.com/

The Rez News
Ross Barnett Reservoir

Sunday, May 15, 2011

White Pelican

This White Pelican was recently spotted on Pelahatchie Bay.

Most of these magnificent creatures have started their migration northward but this bird appears to have an injury that prevents him from flying.

Let's hope it heals soon.

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Ross Barnett Reservoir

St. Peters Barbecue

St. Peter's By The Lake Episcopal Church is having a Community Barbecue Sunday May 15th

Stop by from 11 to 1 and take home a lunch plate for only $8.00.
The church is located on Spillway Rd. near the intersection of Hugh Ward Blvd.

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Ross Barnett Reservoir

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Heatwave Classic Triatlon

Heatwave Classic Triathlon

On Saturday, June 4th, BlueCross BlueShield of Mississippi and Ridgeland Recreation & Parks will host the 26th annual Heatwave Classic Triathlon. Some of the finest athletes from the Southeastern United States will converge on Ridgeland, Mississippi to compete in the triathlon, an event sanctioned by the U.S.A. Triathlon. In 2010, over 500 athletes competed in the Heatwave Classic. Participants return each year because they love the race course.

This year's race will consist of a ½ mile swim in the Ross Barnett Reservoir, a 24 ½ mile bike ride along the scenic and historic Natchez Trace Parkway, and ending with a 10K run along Ridgeland's heavily shaded Multi-Purpose Trail. Participants may register online at www.heatwavetri.racesonline.com.

The Heatwave Classic Triathlon is one of many events sponsored by City of Ridgeland Recreation & Parks Department. For more information on this event please call 601-853-2011.

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Ross Barnett Reservoir

Friday, May 13, 2011

Update: Body Recovered At Reservoir

Authorities are still trying to identify a body recovered from the Barnett Reservoir on Thursday, April 28th. 

Rankin County Undersheriff, Bryan Bailey, said the individual was a white male between 45 and 55 years of age with thinning hair. 

They believe he may be the same person described by a late night boater who encountered a kayaker out from Lakeshore Pointe Apartments.  

There is a possibility that the victims first name was Larry.

We did a previous post about the encounter and pictured a kayak recovered by The Reservoir Patrol, you can review it here.

Investigators have reason to believe that the person lived around the reservoir and ask that residents report any signs that might indicate a homeowner/renter has been away for an extended period of time.

Clues such as a yard that needs mowing, a mailbox with uncollected mail, newspapers accumulating in a driveway or utility services being disconnected for no apparent reason might be important in establishing an identity.

If you have any information that may help investigators with this case please call the Rankin County Sheriff's Department at  601-825-1480.

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Ross Barnett Reservoir

PRVWSD Statement On Property Maintenance


May 13, 2011

Pearl River Valley Water Supply District announces success with newly established Property Maintenance Code Enforcement

In June 2010, the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District’s (PRVWSD) Board of Directors adopted the 2006 International Property Maintenance Code. The property maintenance staff was in full effect at the official start date of July 2010. The property maintenance staff had a full time job awaiting with the passage of this new regulation, as the leaseholders to the area were excited and were anticipating immediate results to an increasingly worsening problem: the lack of upkeep and maintenance of property within residential areas.

Since the inception of this program, the PRVWSD is elated to report the following successes: 153 residences restored to acceptable condition; 15 inoperable vehicles removed; 10 summons to appear in Justice Courts; and four arrest warrants issued for failure to appear in court.

The PRVWSD is pleased with the success and progress of this program thus far and does not anticipate losing any momentum anytime in the future. This program is catching on quickly among residents of the area, in that the District is receiving more input from many different areas. The PRVWSD if not alone in this effort and has received a tremendous amount of support from the Federation of Reservoir Homeowner’s Association, the Rankin Justice Court System and also the Rankin County Prosecutor. John Sigman, Executive Director, states, “The results of the property maintenance code enforcement have been wildly successful, beyond anyone’s dreams.”

Although the property maintenance problem has not been an easy one to rectify, the PRVWSD feels as though it has developed a system of success and results that involve the valued input of area citizens. Complaints can be submitted by going to www.therez.ms and filing online or calling 601-856-6474, please have available the address of the violator and the complaint being filed. 

Note from The Rez News:
A link to the International Property Maintenance Code of 2006 can be found on The Barnett Reservoir Official Web Site under the "Links" section. 

Or click here to go directly to the code. 

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Ross Barnett Reservoir

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Five Guys Open In Flowood

Five Guys Burgers and Fries is now open in the Market Street shopping area in Flowood.

Check them out - they are open 7 days a week from 11am till 10pm.

You can even order online at:

A copy of their menu can be seen here.

Happy eating.

The Rez News
Ross Barnett Reservoir

Dragon Boat Regatta

The 3rd annual Dragon Boat Regatta will be held Saturday, May 14th at Old Trace Park on the Barnett Reservoir.

The race begins at 9:30am.

The event, hosted by the Madison County Chamber of Commerce, will also feature a festival (at Old Trace Park) with food, music, and entertainment for children.

For the uninitiated...Dragon Boat racing is a team event consisting of 20 paddlers rowing a 40 foot boat to the call of a team drummer.

Over 30 teams have entered the race so the competition will be fierce.

The event promises to be entertaining whether you are paddling or spectating so join the fun on Saturday.

More information is available at the Chamber's website here and their Facebook site here.

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Reservoir Leaseholder Group Forming

A group of reservoir residents will be meeting next week to discuss forming an organization to represent PRVWSD leaseholders.  

The meeting will be held Monday, May 16th at 6:30pm at the new Reservoir Community Center on Spillway Road.  (Next to the fire station)

All leaseholders are invited to attend.
More info is available at:  http://rezhomes.blogspot.com

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Reservoir Fire Department

The Reservoir Fire Department recently acquired a new truck and it's an amazing piece of technology.

The custom built truck is a 2011 Pierce Contender.

Pierce, based in Appleton, Wisconsin,  may not be a household name but the company manufactures 48% of the worlds fire trucks.

A few stats about the truck.

  • Can pump 1250 gallons of water per minute
  • Has a 1000 gallon self contained water tank
  • Has a 50 gallon foam tank
  • Has integrated extraction tools (Jaws of Life)
  • Powered by a 425 H.P. Cummins Diesel engine
  • Expected life span - 20 years. 
  • Cost new - $450,000

Deputy Chief, Josh Swales, showed us around the station and explained the structure of the Reservoir Fire Protection District.

The District, one of many in Rankin County, is funded from property taxes paid by residential and commercial land owners and lessee's. The Rankin County Board of Supervisors appoint a 5 person board to oversee the District.

Day to day management of the department is the responsibility of Chief Scott Berry and Deputy Chief Josh Swales.

The department has 3 stations:

Spillway Road, Northshore Parkway at Church Road and Castlewood Blvd.

The 23 full time amd 10 part time  firefighters are assisted by 15 volunteers.  All members of the team are certified fire fighters and EMT's.  Five firefighters are paramedics.

The department also has a dive team.

The Reservoir Fire Department covers 17 square miles and includes the subdivisions around the Rankin County side of the Barnett Reservoir and the homes in unincorporated areas near the reservoir.

Firemen are special people, they lay their lives on the line each day they go to work.  We are lucky to have this professional group of highly trained people watching over us.

Keep up with The Reservoir Fire Department at their website:

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

PRVWSD Claims Docket - April 2011

The total expenditures by The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District for April was: $1,270,623.89

The detail can be seen here.

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Feeding The Ducks

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Feeding the baby ducks at Pelahatchie Shore Park. 

Photo submitted by Chris Merck. 

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Monday, May 9, 2011

Mississippi River Forecast

835PM CDT Mon May 9 2011

MISSISSIPPI RIVER STAGE FORECASTS                                             
STATION        FS   7PM  12HR ....F O R E C A S T.....            
               STG   CHG 0510 0511 0512 0513 0514  CREST/DAT
MEMPHIS        34  47.8   0.0 48.0 47.9 47.7 47.4 46.9  48.0 5/10A
HELENA         44  56.0  +0.2 56.3 56.4 56.5 56.4 56.2  56.5 5/12A
ARKANSAS CITY  37  50.5  +0.4 50.8 51.6 52.3 52.9 53.2  53.5 5/15A
GREENVILLE     48  61.5  +0.3 62.1 62.9 63.5 64.1 64.3  64.5 5/16A
VICKSBURG      43  52.3  +0.5 52.8 53.9 54.8 55.6 56.3  57.5 5/19A
NATCHEZ        48  56.8  +0.5 57.3 58.4 59.6 60.5 61.3  64.0 5/21A
RED RIVER LNDG 48  58.5  +0.4 59.2 60.1 61.1 62.1 62.9  65.5 5/22A
BATON ROUGE    35  41.1  +0.5 41.6 42.4 43.3 44.1 44.7  47.5 5/22P
DONALDSONVILLE 27  30.3  +0.4 30.5 31.2 31.8 32.7 33.5  36.0 5/22P
RESERVE        22  23.4  +0.3 23.7 24.0 24.0 24.5 25.3  28.0 5/23A
NEW ORLEANS   /17/ 16.8  +0.3 17.0 17.0 17.0 17.4 18.1  19.5 5/23A


Latest forecast are available here.

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Main Harbor Fire

At 2:36 am, April 28, 2000, 911 operators were alerted to a fire at Main Harbor Marina on the Ross Barnett Reservoir.  When firefighters arrived they found Pier F fully involved, sparks soon ignited the adjacent Pier E.   

The 30 year old wooden piers and gas from boat tanks provided fuel for a spectacular blaze that destroyed two piers and 64 boats, damage estimates would exceed $3M.

From the April 29th, 2000 edition of the Clarion Ledger:

But property damage was extensive, said Dewitt Deweese, owner of Main Harbor and Boat Works Inc.  

"Sixty-four of the 66 boats docked were lost at an average cost of $15,000-$30,000, not including all the contents, and some houseboats were worth $100,000," Deweese said.  "It will cost me $200,000 to rebuild each of the piers.

"These piers have been here 30 years, and I never remember anything like this happening."

Deweese was visibly fatigued after heroic efforts to save the boats docked to the east at The Breakers condominiums.
When flaming boats freed from burning moorings drifted toward The Breakers at 3 a.m., Deweese went into action.

I held the motor part way out of the water and shot water on the burning boats," Deweese said.  "I tried to keep them away from The Breakers, but a couple were already there when I got there."

Deweese had his personal pump shooting water on top of The Dock to prevent sparks from igniting the popular night spot.

Fortunately, there were no injuries.

Our search for info about the fire lead us to Deputy Fire Chief Kendall Golden with the Ridgeland Fire Department, he helped fight the fire that night.

He recalled that a video of the fire was taken by one of the houseboat owners and obtained a copy for us from the Mississippi State Fire Academy.  Included was a video from a Ridgeland PD dash camera.

Many thanks to Deputy Chief Golden for his help in obtaining the clips. 

The video begins with a Ridgeland Police officer responding to the call, the action begins on Lake Harbour as he heads for The Dock.

The Clarion Ledger articles about the fire can be seen here.

A direct link to the youtube video is here.

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Sunday, May 8, 2011

Pet Of The Week


Homie is a sweet young male dog who loves to hunt down and kill crawfish on the land.

If you are plagued with the mudbugs who make little volcanos in your back yard Homie is the guy for you!

About 25 pounds, neutered and up to date on shots.

He is a bit shy at first, but warms up quickly to you if you give him a belly rub and a brisk walk on the leash.

He would be best as on only dog, because when he was surviving on the streets alone, bigger stray dogs were hurtful to him.

If you are thinking of getting a pet please consider Homie or any of the other animals at The Animal Rescue Fund of Mississippi.

Pets available for adoption and more info about ARF can be found at their website.


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Saturday, May 7, 2011

Cool Water Block Party

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The Cool Water Cafe in Ridgeland is hosting their First Anniversary with a Block Party.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the City of Ridgeland's Adam's Project Boundless Playground. 

Lot's going on.
Face painting - Games - Scavenger Hunts. 
And - The Chill will be performing from 5:00pm till 8:00pm.

When:  Saturday May 7th from 1:00pm till 8:00pm
Where: Cool Water Cafe, 1011 Lake Harbour Rd. Ridgeland MS.

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Friday, May 6, 2011

Tunica Flooding

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Image Gallery Opens On Spillway

The Image Gallery has moved from Grants Ferry Road to a new location on Spillway Road.  They're at the opposite end of the building from the Pizza Hut.  (next door to Little Willie's)

They specialize in custom framing and sell original artwork and prints.
Lots of frames and some very nice paintings - stop in and check out the new store.

Monday thru Friday 9:30am - 5:30pm
Saturday 10:00am - 4:00pm

For more info call them at:  601-992-1181

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Natural Science Museum Events

International Migratory Bird Day 2011 & Upcoming Events at
Jackson’s Attraction of the Year

Jackson, Miss. – Celebrate “International Migratory Bird Day” at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science! Join our Museum educators for bird crafts, nature walks and live birds of prey demonstrations. Several other events will help visitors explore nature this spring.

  • Through Sunday, May 8: "Amazing Butterflies" indoor exhibit featuring a giant maze and live butterflies.
  • May 6, 13, 20, & 27 (10am - Noon): Endangered Species Creature Features - including an Eastern Indigo Snake and Gopher Tortoise.
  • May 7 (10am - 3pm): International Migratory Bird Day: Gather for bird crafts & activities, guided nature walks and bird hikes at 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, & 2:30pm, and live birds of prey programs at 11am,1pm, & 2pm. Make your own hummingbird feeder and help support migratory bird conservation.
  • “WILD about Summer Camps” (June 2011): Registration is open. Call 601-354-7303 for details or http://museum.mdwfp.com/education/wild_camps.html.
  • PLEASE NOTE - May 30: Museum CLOSED.

About the Museum: The Museum was recently recognized as Jackson’s Attraction of the Year by the Jackson Convention & Visitors Bureau. The museum is located at 2148 Riverside Drive in Jackson. Call 601.354.7303 or visit http://www.msnaturalscience.org for directions, parking and details about this event and other programs offered by the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, which is a part of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks. The Mississippi Museum of Natural Science is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Museum Hours: M-F: 8am - 5pm; SAT: 9am - 5pm; SUN: 1pm -5pm. Admission: $6 adults; $4 children ages 3-18; $5 senior citizens (60+); free for children under 3; free for Museum Members; school teachers with classes: call for group information. Prices and schedule subject to change.

Visit Jackson's Attraction of the Year! See www.msnaturalscience.org for a calendar of events.

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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Pepsi Pops

The Pepsi Pops concert is Friday May 6, all the details can be found at the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra's website  here.

Reservoir Patrol Chief, Perry Waggener, offers a few suggestions for those attending the event by boat.

Take you boat for a test run before the concert.  The ethanol content of today's fuels can cause problems for boats that aren't used over the winter, don't let mechanical problems ruin your fun. 

Test your lights.  Many boats will be on the lake after sunset and proper lighting is a must. Not sure what lights are required?  Read the regulations here.

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