Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Rez Dedication

The Ross Barnett Reservoir was officially dedicated on Sunday, May 30, 1965.  A large crowd gathered that day to hear public officials speak about the new reservoir.

The caption under the May 31, 1965 Clarion Ledger lead photo read as follows:

The National Anthem opened the program Sunday afternoon at the formal dedication of the Ross Barnett Reservoir.  Standing at attention on the speakers stand during the National Anthem, front row from left, Jackson Mayor Allen Thompson, former Gov. Ross R. Barnett, Gov. Paul Johnson, U.S.Senator James O. Eastland.  In right foreground is R. M. Hederman, publisher of The Clarion Ledger and president of the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District, who served as master of ceremonies.  On the speakers platform (center) during the ceremony were officials from the five counties comprising the District along with members of the legislature and directors of the Water Supply District.  This "fleet" of sailboats opened the program Sunday as they slowly glided by the thousands who lined the dam and spillway for the program.

A copy of the newspaper article is available HERE.

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Christie Cancels Mississippi Visit

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has cancelled a planned appearance at tonight's fundraiser for the Mississippi Republican Party.  Christie had planned to participate in a tribute to Governor Haley Barbour.

Christie is skipping the $250 event at the Jackson Convention Center to stay in New Jersey to lead recovery efforts from Hurricane Irene. 

Story from

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Rez Monster Identified

"Monster" Turns Out To 
Be 40,000,000 Year Old Whale

The April 26, 1963 edition of the Rankin County News carried a front page article identifying the mysterious creature unearthed by workmen at the Pearl River Reservoir a few weeks earlier. 

Willie the Whale probably could not care less, but his bones are now scattered from mantles of souvenir hunters to the fill in the emergency spillway of the Pearl River Reservoir.  After their 40 million year rest, no one wanted Willie's bones bad enough to dig them up and preserve them. 

W.D. Moore, State Geological Survey expert, looked the skeleton over and called it a "basilosaurus," and estimated its age as 40 million years.  With his finding announced, Moore shrugged the matter off as "not uncommon'"and announced that his department didn't have the funds, personnel or enough interest to try to preserve the remains. 

A copy of the newspaper article is available here
The quality is not great, but crank up the zoom and it's legible.

An anonymous commenter speculated the creature was a prehistoric whale.  Congrats.

Did you know Mississippi has a state fossil?
We do, and it's Prehistoric Whales, (Basilosaurus cetoides & Zygorhiza kochii).

A Senate Concurrent Resolution, designating these prehistoric whales, Basilosaurus cetoides Zygorhiza kochii, as the state fossils, was adopted on March 26, 1981 with Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 557.

Another interesting piece of Rez history - "Willie", a Basilosaurus and our State Fossil, is entombed in the emergency spillway of The Rez. 

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Rankin Chamber Gets New Director

The Rankin County Chamber of Commerce has named a new Executive Director.

According to Bridget Hallett, Board Chairman of the Rankin County Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Directors is pleased to announce Mandi Arinder as the new Chamber Executive Director. Arinder has been serving as the Rankin County Chamber of Commerce Special Events Coordinator for the past year.

“An extensive search was conducted over the past 3 months, and we feel that Mandi’s Chamber experience coupled with her hard-work and dedication make her the perfect choice for the Rankin Chamber,” stated Hallett.

Prior to working at the Rankin County Chamber of Commerce, Arinder served as Executive Director of the Forest Area Chamber of Commerce. Arinder was born in Rankin County and moved back to Rankin County two years ago. She and her husband Deckie have two sons, Haze and Haden and reside in Pelahatchie, MS.

“I’m very excited to begin my new role as Executive Director,” stated Arinder. “I have many new ideas and look forward to getting started right away in taking our Chamber to the next level.”

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Monday, August 29, 2011

Monster Discovered At Rez

Skeleton of Huge Prehistoric Monster Uncovered by Workmen at Reservoir

The largest prehistoric fossil ever found in Rankin County was turned up by workmen at the site of the Pearl River Reservoir dam Wednesday morning.  Work in the area has been postponed until experts can inspect the skeleton and decide on its removal. 

That was the headline from the April 19, 1962 edition of the Rankin County News. 

Workers were excavating an area near the emergency spillway when the giant skeleton was uncovered.

An interesting tidbit of history about The Rez.

A copy of the newspaper article can be seen HERE.  

Notice that the reservoir was called The Pearl River Reservoir, it wasn't until May 1963 that the lake was named after Governor Ross Barnett.

A copy of the proclamation authorizing the name change can be seen HERE

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Braves Finale Benefits Salvation Army

The Mississippi Braves will close out their season Tuesday evening against the Birmingham Barons at Trustmark Park in Pearl.

The Braves will donate $2.00 from each ticket sale to the Salvation Army -  so load up the family and catch this last chance for baseball and help a great cause.

All the details are available HERE.

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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Rez Scenes

A few photo's submitted this week

Ruby Throated Hummingbird
photo: Rita Hall

Election Day Sunrise
on Pelahatchie Bay

Pelahatchie Bay Goats
photo: Alicia Carpenter

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Saturday, August 27, 2011

PRVWSD Board Minutes - July 2011

Copy of minutes from July PRVWSD Board Meeting

Page 1


The regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District was held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, July 21, 2011 at the District’s main office. Jack Winstead, President, who presided, called the meeting to order.

Members Present: Jack Winstead, Jim Carraway, Vernard Murrell, W. C. Gorden, Phillip Crosby, Kenny Latham, Pete Burke, Samuel Mitchell, Trey Bobinger, John Arledge, John Locke

Members Absent: Keith Allen, Robert Webb, Ramie Ford
Others Present: John Sigman, Sharon Larry, Jason Temple, Ronnie Tew, Jim McDowell, Susan McMullan, Craig Hunt, David Ash, Whit Rayner, (WLW&S) Leigh Ann Leach, Linda Horton, Josh Hawkins

Others Absent: Perry Waggener, Jim Tohill

Friday, August 26, 2011

CARA Event At Rez Saturday

Day In The Park

4th annual day in the park to benefit Community Animal Rescue And Adoption.

Saturday, August 27
10 am till 3 pm

Pelahatchie Shore Park
Barnett Reservoir

Festivities will include BBQ lunch, live music, pet parade, silent auction, children's carnival, arts & crafts and more.

Francis, the wonder pup, will be our special guest for the day! 10 x 10 spaces are available for crafts people to set up for only $30.00.

We just ask that you donate an item of your choosing to our silent auction!

Keep up with CARA at their Facebook site

click on image to enlarge

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ARF Work Day

Helping Hands
Community Work Day

A work day will be held at the Animal Rescue Fund of Mississippi's farm, 963 Holly Bush Road, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday August, 27.

Volunteers will be planting more bushes donated by local nurseries, cutting grass, doing a little construction, cleaning, and walking/bathing/playing with dogs.

Prior volunteer training is not required to participate in the work day. Everyone is invited but kids under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

You do not have to stay the entire time. Any work will be appreciated.  Wear your country clothes.

Please bring a bag of Purina or Pedigree dog food for the dogs.

Questions?  Phone 601-665-2212 or email

The next volunteer training session will be the Saturday of Labor Day weekend, September 3, from 10 a.m. until noon. Be sure to wear old clothes.

Visit ARF at:

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Hardware Auction

An overflow crowd turned out for the auction at The Reservoir Square shopping center.

The contents of the First Stop Hardware were sold to the highest bidder.

The store will be missed.

But, you may have noticed some construction occurring on the building.

The owners are reworking the front of the building and will be adding green panels to the edge of the roof line.  The panels will be similar to what is currently installed in front of the old old grocery store location.

The panels will run the length of the building but not include the Dollar General. 

We spoke to the constructions workers who told us the building facade will be similar to the way the panels are installed at the Kroger.  

Let's hope the new look draws a business or two to the area.

Anyone want to open up a hardware store?

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Tony's Tamales

Tony's Tamales has been a fixture in Jackson for over 35 years.

But, no more.

Their Woodrow Wilson store closed recently and they packed up their corn shucks and moved to Ridgeland.

Their new location is near the intersection of Old Canton Road and Lake Harbour Drive, across from Walgreens.

The building, formerly a drive through coffee shop, has no seating available but the drive in service is fast and you'll be back home in a flash with fresh tamales, chili, or even gumbo.

The culinary review board for The Rez News had the pleasure of sampling the tamales on a recent stop.  Our rating?  In a word, Yum.  Tamales are offered in mild and hot, try both, you won't be disappointed. 

Alicia Grant will greet you at the window and help you with your selection, she is part of the Mosley family who has owned and operated Tony's for many years.

Tony's Tamales
6961 Old Canton Road
Ridgeland, MS
Monday thur Friday, 10:30am to 8:00pm
Saturday 11:00am till 6:00pm.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Vote Today

 Polls Open From 
7am to 7pm

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Cotton Patch Gospel At St. Marks

Cotton Patch Gospel

A fun, leg slappin', toe tappin', hand clappin' good time, is coming alive at Saint Mark's United Methodist Church.


It's FREE to the public -  everyone is invited to attend.

There will be two performances:

Wednesday, August 24
Thursday, August 25

Both performances will be at 6 p.m. in the Sanctuary of Saint Mark's United Methodist Church on Grants Ferry Road.

This musical will entertain everyone as the performers bring us Clarence Jordan’s Cotton Patch. This comedy and musical translates the Gospels of Matthew & John into present-day Southern settings.

The Cotton Patch is produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock,Illinois.

For more information, please contact Saint Mark's at 601.992.2131 or visit online at

Click here for a large version of the flyer

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Monday, August 22, 2011

Gator Bait Regatta

The first annual Gator Bait Regatta was a big success.

Over 30 boats participated in the 9 mile event across the Barnett Reservoir on Saturday.

David Moore, an event organizer, was pleased with the turnout and promised a bigger and better event next year.

Results for the race are available HERE

A few photos provided by Russ Warner.

Note:  click on any photo to enlarge

Photos by TRN

KK and Tim McCarley from Vicksburg

That's not a bad case of athlete's foot, 
it's KK's footwear, Five Fingers Sport Shoes

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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Rez Scenes

Rez photos submitted this week.

American Green Tree Frog
photo:  Russ Warner

Rez Moon Rise
photo: Karen Cadle
Old Glory
photo: Karen Cadle

photo: Karen Cadle
Moon Shine
photo: Karen Cadle

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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Spillway Discharge Back To Normal

News from MDEQ and the PRVWSD

PRVWSD Discharge From Spillway Back To Normal
(JACKSON, Miss.) – The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District (PRV) has resumed normal operations of its fresh water discharge into the Pearl River from the Ross Barnett Reservoir.

For a two-day period the PRV had increased that discharge in an effort to assist the people on the lower Pearl River as they recover from the recent fish kill.  The difference in elevation on the lake from the start of the increased discharge to the end of it was a loss of 0.25 feet or 3 inches.

The lake continues to maintain a normal operating level for this time of year. According to the U.S. Weather Service river stage forecasts, this release is projected to provide a 2.8 foot rise in the river in the Pearl River County area on Monday August 22.  In addition, severe thunderstorms that raked Central Mississippi Thursday afternoon provided an additional pulse of freshwater to the lower Pearl River.

The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality will continue to monitor flows and water quality on the Pearl River to determine the success of the release.

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Design A Park

Help Us Design a
Park Near You!

Keep the Rez Beautiful (KRB) has received a grant to beautify a public space between the Turtle Creek and Forest Point subdivisions.

They need your help to develop a design for this place. The site is located on Scenic Drive between Oak Drive and Turtle Creek Drive.

The charrette, or design exercise, will be held Saturday, Sept. 10 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Reservoir Community Center (next to fire station on Spillway Road).

To register contact Justin Fritscher at 601-759-1472.

For more information on Keep The Rez Beautiful visit

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Friday, August 19, 2011

Madison County Deputies Endorse Randy Tucker

This post is a paid advertisement.

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Ross Barnett Reservoir

Storm Destroys Fishing Pier

Fisherman Jim Settlemire will have to find another fishing spot after Thursday's storms demolished his favorite fishing place, the pubic fishing pier at the Rankin County Landing.

Jim and 4 others were on the pier as the storm approached from the north end of the lake.

"We need to get out of here" Settlemire shouted to the others and began helping them get to their cars.  He made a return trip to help an elderly fisherman off the pier.

The vehicles, however, didn't provide enough shelter, they begin rocking as the winds picked up.

"I remembered that the restrooms survived Hurricane Katrina, so we got out of my van and made a run for them", said Settlemire.

He peeked outside a few minutes later to see the piers being torn apart by the waves.

No one was injured but the pier was heavily damaged.  Debris was scattered all along the shoreline around the landing.

Reservoir personnel had removed most of the debris from the water's edge  by late morning and had it piled up awaiting removal.

Greg Burgess, Chief Engineer for the PRVWSD, said the pier would be rebuilt but had no timelines at this time.

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High Winds Hit Rez Control Tower

High winds accompanied a storm that ripped through the Rez area Thursday afternoon.

Control Tower manager, Dick Gilbert, said a  weather station atop the tower recorded 83 mph winds.  Several antennas on the structure were blown over and the pole supplying power to the tower was snapped by the high winds.

The tower is operating on emergency power provided by an on site generator that automatically kicks on in the event of an outage. All functions at the tower, including gate operation, are operational with the generator.

Almost 3 inches of rain were recorded at the tower from the fast moving storm.

An antenna, maintained by The United States Geological Survey, was also taken out of service by the storm.  The antenna transmits the water level of the Rez to a satellite, that info is available on the Internet HERE.

The service has been down since yesterday but a USGS technician was working to restore the system Friday morning and expected it to be back online mid-day Friday.

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PRVWSD Board Meeting Agenda

The Board of Directors of the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District met Thursday.
A copy of their agenda follows.


1.  Opening prayer - Vernard Murrell

2.  Pledge of Allegiance - W. C. Gorden

3.  Request for acceptance of Minutes from a regular
    meeting held on July 21, 2011

4.  Report from Department of Wildlife, Fisheries
    and Parks - Ramie Ford

5.  Dragon Boat Regatta Report - Casey Perry, 
    Madison County Chamber of Commerce

6.  Report from Attorney:

7.  Recommendations: (Tab 2)

    Shoreline Development and Environmental
    Quality Committee:
    a. Advertize for Master Planning Firm
    b. Bid on Long Reach Track Hoe
    c. Approval of Geotechnical Preliminary 
       Design at P-6 by Bums Cooley Dennis
    d. Approval of Rules and Regulation
       for Bridgetowne

8.  Appoint Nominating Committee - Jack Winstead

9.  Committee Minutes and Miscellaneous 
    Correspondence (Tab 3)

10. Per diem and travel for the month
    of July (Tab 4)

11. Consideration and approval of Cash
    Balance Report (Tab 5)

12. Consideration and approval of Claims 
    Docket (Tab 6)

13. Patrol Report (Tab 7)

14. Executive Director's comments

15. Next Regular Meeting - September 15,2011 
    at 9:30 a.m.

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Kayak Race Saturday

David Moore is helping put this event together, he sent us this update.

The Race registration is going really well and we expect good participation.
We have Cock of the Walk and Bruster's Ice Cream catering the event. 

Keep the REZ Beautiful will be selling raffle tickets for a Kayak donated by Bass Pro

We are in a shaded area of the park where people can sit and relax, there will be 
live music and spectators will be able to watch the race the over most of the course. 

David J. Moore

Mark Your Calendar

Gator Bait Paddlers 1st Annual
Reservoir Regatta

Benefiting Barnett Reservoir Foundation
August 20th Pelahatchie Shore Park, Brandon MS

9 Mile Race across the Reservoir

Open to all human power craft

Medals and T-shirts will be given out
Registration online at $20.00

Or Register Day of race at Pelahatchie Shore Park

Cock of the Walk Restaurant will cater the Post Race Party


David Christopher,

Gator Bait Reservoir Regatta Overview

The Gator Bait Reservoir Regatta is a 9 mile open water race across the Reservoir and back. The Race Benefits the Barnett Reservoir Foundation. 

Participants will row or paddle or pedal small boats in the reservoir starting from Pelahatchie Shore Park across the Reservoir and back. All participants should be comfortable in their boats in windy conditions. We will have some power Boats on the course to monitor check points. Safety is the upmost importance during the race and fellow competitors should always lend a helping hand to paddlers who get in trouble.

There will be no rain date; the event will go on unless conditions are considered too rough. 

The Regatta is open to all Human powered seaworthy craft using oars, paddles, and pedals. Boat classes include Row Boats of all kinds, Rowing Shells, Outriggers, Canoes, Kayaks, Surf Skies, Pedal crafts, Stand up Boards and paddleboards. 

Double or Multiple teams may participate the final Classifications will be revealed at the captains meeting.

Reservoir Regatta Day of the Race Info
  • Online Registration or Register the Day of the race.
  • Or mail to Barnett Reservoir Foundation, In care of PRVWSD, PO BOX 2180, Ridgeland, MS 39158
  • Race Fee $20.00
  • Fee will include T shirt and Swag Bag
  • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM Registration Check in.
  • 9:00 AM Captains Meeting
  • 9:30 AM Start the Recreation Boats
  • 10:00 AM Start the Racing Boats
  • 2:30 PM Awards Ceremony
  1. All Racers must sign a waiver in person day of race. All Racers will be required to wear a coast Guard approve life vest with some exceptions depending on class of boat in which case the vest must be in the boat. The Race numbers should be taped to both sides of the Bow if practical otherwise pinned to the Life Vest.

  2. Anyone who drops out of the race early should report into the Registration Table in person or Call in at 601-376-7226. Otherwise people will be needlessly searching for a missing Boat

  3. Equipment should include Life Jacket and a whistle or noise maker.

  4. Remember to bring fluids and energy food for the event
There will be food and Drinks after the Race the food and drink will be free for the Registered Racer and $8 dollars for Guest.

Reservoir History

Race Class will be divided by Gender and may be divided by Age Group.
K1 REC Boat, <12ft
K1 Tour Boat, 12’ 1” – 16’
K1 Tour Boat, > 16’ 1”
K1 Fast Kayak, Beam > 20”
K1 High Performance Kayak (HPK), Beam < 20”
K2 REC Boat
K2 Fast Kayak
K2 HPK Kayak
C1 Solo REC Canoe
C1 Solo Race Canoe
C2 REC Canoe
C2 Race Canoe
K1 Pedal Craft
K2 Pedal Craft
Row Boats, Dories
Fixed Seat
Sliding Seat Touring
Sliding Seat Racing
Stand Up Paddle Board
Paddle Board
Misc. Class Full Description
More than 3 People
First Name __________________
Last Name __________________
AGE __________________
Gender __________________
Address __________________
City __________________
State __________________
ZIP __________________
Phone # __________________
Alt Phone # __________________
Email __________________
Emergency Contact and Medical Info
First Name __________________
Last Name __________________
Phone # __________________
Alt Phone # __________________
Medical Conditions ______________________________________________
T Shirt Size __________________
Are you an ACA Member (Yes/No)
ACA # __________________
Class Boat __________________
Description of your Boat ______________________________________________

To download/print form click here.

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

MHP Launches Drunk Driver Blitz

Drive Sober or
Pulled Over

Mississippi Department of Public Safety, Albert Santa Cruz, spoke to reporters Thursday morning at Overlook Park at the Barnett Reservoir.  

His message - The Mississippi Highway Patrol will launch a Labor Day drunk driving blitz beginning August 19 and running through midnight Labor Day, September 5.

Extra patrol will be on the road during these time and local law enforcement agencies, including the Reservoir Patrol, will also step up enforcement measures to stop drunk drivers.

In 2010, alcohol related deaths are down 12.5% to 231 fatalities from 264 in 2009. Within the same time frame DUI's are up 3.17% to 33,153 from 32,099 in 2009.

"We are making Mississippi roads safer.  Still, 231 deaths due to drinking and driving is far too many.  How many lives could be saved if a designated driver is chosen at the beginning of the night, or if a friend is called to pick up the person drinking?" said Colonel Donnell Berry, Mississippi Highway Patrol Director.

The Mississippi Department of Public Safety has produced a video that will run during the blitz entitled "What's A DUI Cost?"

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Fish Kill On Lower Pearl River

WLBT report on a fish kill on the Pearl River near Bogalusa, La.

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Block Party

St. Mark's United Methodist Church is hosting a FREE Block Party this weekend.

This party is open to the public - come out and have some good clean family fun.

On Saturday, August 20, from 3 - 6 p.m. there will be live music, hot dogs, games, face painting, inflatables and more for families.

The location is Saint Mark's United Methodist Church, 400 Grants Ferry Road, Brandon, 39047.

Got questions?  contact the church office at 601.992.2131 or visit

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Traffic Alert For Spillway Road

News From The PRVWSD

Periodic Lane Closure
on Spillway Road

On Thursday, August 18, 2011, construction work associated with installing a multipurpose trail along Spillway Road in the vicinity of Old Fannin Road will begin and is expected to last the next several days.

This work is part of a 3-phased Bob Anthony Roadway Improvement project which consists of the overlay of the lower road, the Harborwalk multipurpose trail, and certain roadway safety improvements.

The overall construction project has an estimated cost of $1.77 million dollars. Funding for this project has been made possible through federal transportation grants administered through the Mississippi Department of Transportation.

The right lane travelling eastbound along this five-lane portion of Spillway Road just west of Old Fannin Road may be closed at times over the next several days. Expect this right lane travelling eastbound to be closed starting each morning. It is anticipated that the lane will be reopened each afternoon by approximately 4:00 p.m.

Please be careful, slow down and respect the workers in this area.

For the latest information and pictures on this issue and other related activities on the Barnett Reservoir, please check out our facebook page at

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PRVWSD Increasing Discharge At Spillway

News from MDEQ and the PRVWSD

Fresh water should help replenish
oxygen in the Pearl River

(JACKSON, Miss.) – The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District (PRV) has temporarily increased the discharge from the Ross Barnett Reservoir to help the lower Pearl River recover from a massive fish kill.

After discussions with the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), the PRV has increased the discharge to provide an increase of fresh water to help replenish oxygen in the Pearl River system and dilute remaining pollutants in the river. The discharge began Tuesday night, and the agencies estimate it will take several days for the water to reach the affected area.

“We are grateful to the PRV for their assistance to help ease this tragedy on the Pearl River. MDEQ staff will monitor the release of water as it progresses south using existing stream gauges, and we may take some physical flow measurements as well. We are hopeful that we will see positive effects in the next few days,” said Trudy D. Fisher, MDEQ Executive Director.

“Residents, boaters, and fishermen may notice a slight decrease in water levels, but we expect no significant impact on recreation, fishing, or water supply. We will return to normal discharge rates after we are able to determine the effects on the lower Pearl River,” said John Sigman, General Manager of the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District.

MDEQ biologists, engineers, scientists, and emergency responders continue to actively monitor the fish kill that has killed hundreds of thousands of fish and mussels over a 35 to 40 mile stretch of the Pearl River from Bogalusa, Louisiana, downstream to the Mississippi Sound.

The kill has severely damaged fishing and other water-based recreation in this portion of the river and has affected several threatened and endangered species including the Gulf Sturgeon, Ringed Sawback Turtles, and an endangered mussel.

Questions? Contact:

Mr. Robbie Wilbur
Communications Director
Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality
Post Office Box 2261
Jackson, Mississippi 39225

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Runoff Elections 2011

Primary runoff elections will be held Tuesday, August 23, 2011.

Polls will be open from 7:00am to 7:00pm. 

Rez area residents will choose between the following candidates:

Statewide offices:

Governor (Democrat)
Bill Luckett vs Johnny Dupree

State Treasurer (Republican)
Lynn Fitch vs Lee Yancey

Local offices Rankin County

Mississippi Senate District 20
Josh Harkins vs Knox Ross

Rankin County Supervisor, District 4
Walter Johnson vs Robert Morrow

Rankin County Coroner
Jimmy Lee Roberts vs David Ruth

Local offices Madison County

Mississippi Senate District 20
Josh Harkins vs Knox Ross

Mississippi Senate District 25
Charles Barbour vs William Longwitz

Madison County Sheriff
Jimmy R. Houston, Sr.  vs  Randall Tucker

Justice Court Judge Distict 4
Michael Louvier vs Bruce McKinley

Supervisor District 5
David M. Buchanan vs Michael Jolly

Justice Court Judge District 1
Gregory J. Weber vs Marsha Weems Stacey

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Remembering The King

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

Today is the anniversary of the death of "The King" of Rock and Roll, he would be 76 years old if he were alive today.

A memory from his hit 1957 movie -  Jailhouse Rock.

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ARF Criticized At Rankin Supervisor Meeting

At Monday's Rankin County Supervisor meeting a group of concerned citizens ask the board to help them resolve problems at the Mississippi Animal Rescue Fund's facility on Holly Bush Road.

Six property owners in the area told the board about problems they have experienced living near the facility. They complained of constant noise from barking dogs and raised issues about disease, sanitation and waste disposal for the 250+ dogs housed at the facility.

The individuals spoke for almost an hour. Some have signed affidavits alleging violations of the Rankin County Animal Control ordinance.

One of those complaints was scheduled to be heard by a Rankin County Court on July 29th but the case was postponed and rescheduled for October.

We contacted Elizabeth Johnson, Executive Director of Mississippi Animal Rescue Fund, and she provided the following comments.

Rankin Supervisors Meeting

The Rankin County Board of Supervisors met Monday, a copy of their agenda is available here.

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Monday, August 15, 2011

The Southern Wild

Photography is about being at the right place at the right time - and capturing the moment.

Today that is commonplace - few things happen that don't get recorded by an iPhone.

But, luck and a smartphone won't get you very far in the world of wildlife photography.

Meet Rez area resident Joe Mac Hudspeth Jr.,  he can tell you all about it.  He's been taking wildlife photographs for much of the last 30 years - and doing it better than most.   

Countless hours in cold duck blinds and cramped kayaks have enabled him to capture shots that have won numerous national awards.

He spends much of his time shooting around the Barnett Reservoir, the photo used on the cover of his latest book was taken just above Ratliff Ferry.  The picture, called Top of The Morning, has been a number 1 revenue producer at Ducks Unlimited banquets. 

Return To The Southern Wild is Joe's second book and features a collection of images taken over 30 years in his native Mississippi.

With a forward by former Mississippi Game and Fish Commissioner Billy Joe Cross, this volume boasts 144 pages of full-color photographs .  “Joe Mac has a sincere love for Mississippi wildlife and the special places he’s captured on film,” says Cross.  “His images of wildlife remind all of us why we cherish Mississippi’s natural resources.”

In a unique section at the end of the book called “How I Got The Shot”, Hudspeth retells the colorful stories surrounding a dozen photographs and what he had to go through to capture each one on film. Included is background on the book's cover photo.

A few samples.
Note:  click on any photo to enlarge.

Blue Winged Teal
Selected for Mississippi Duck Stamp 2009/10
photo: Joe Mac Hudspeth, Jr.

Purple Gallinule
photo: Joe Mac Hudspeth, Jr.

Signed copies of Return To The Southern Wild are available at two Rez area locations, Polk's Discount Drugs on Spillway Road and Apple Annie's on Grants Ferry Road.

If you prefer a personalized copy contact Joe Mac at (601) 992-0752.

Learn more about Joe Mac and his photography at his website:

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