Saturday, December 31, 2011

Wreck On Spillway Road

Emergency personnel responded to the scene of a one car accident on Spillway Road about 1/2 mile west of Highway 471 - it happened shortly after noon Saturday.  

An 2004 silver Toyota, traveling east bound on Spillway Road, left the road and skidded out of control for about 100 yards before landing on it's top - debris from the car was scattered along both sides of the road.

The driver, identified as David Ellis Gore, was ejected from the car - no other passengers were in the vehicle.




Emergency  personnel administered treatment to Mr. Gore who suffered severe head trauma, according to one emergency responder.   A call was placed for an Air Ambulance.



Traffic on Spillway Road was stopped while it became a landing zone. 



Mr. Gore was transported to University Medical Center.




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Fireworks

Love fireworks but can't stay up late enough to catch the action?

Technology to the rescue.

Travel to London - listen to Big Ben launch 2011 and watch a spectacular fireworks display. 

Very impressive!


Click Here

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Friday, December 30, 2011

Christmas Bird Count


Each year the National Audubon Society conducts a bird census, they call it the Christmas Bird Count. 

Members of the Mississippi Chapter will be counting birds around The Rez on Saturday, December 31rst.

About the Christmas Count:

From December 14 through January 5 tens of thousands of volunteers throughout the Americas take part in an adventure that has become a family tradition among generations. Families and students, birders and scientists, armed with binoculars, bird guides and checklists go out on an annual mission - often before dawn. For over one hundred years, the desire to both make a difference and to experience the beauty of nature has driven dedicated people to leave the comfort of a warm house during the Holiday season.  Read more at the Audubon Society Site.


The Jackson Chapter of the Audubon Society coordinates the local Christmas Count - this year they have 39 volunteers lined up to count our feathered friends.   More info about the Jackson chapter is available here or by contacting Mary Stevens at: 601-956-7444.

The Mississippi Audubon Society contains a wealth of info about local birds and birding activities around the state, info is available at their website here.   They also publish a great newsletter, the Winter 2011 edition is available here.

The Rez is a popular bird watching area so expect to see people with binoculars cruising around the community on Saturday - they will be out from dawn to dusk.

Wondering about the bird demographics for our area?  Check out the totals from the 2010 Christmas Count. 

Canada Goose 275
Wood Duck 60
Gadwall 6
Mallard 106
Northern Shoveler 4
Canvasback 90
Ring-necked Duck 87
Lesser Scaup 27
Bufflehead 173
Hooded Merganser 54
Red-breasted Merganser 3
Ruddy Duck 14
Wild Turkey 5
Common Loon 21
Pied-billed Grebe 61
Horned Grebe 82
American White Pelican 390
Double-crested Cormorant 646
Anhinga 3
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 107
Great Egret 169
Black Vulture 86
Turkey Vulture 90
Bald Eagle 5
Northern Harrier 5
Cooper's Hawk 3
Red-shouldered Hawk 5
Red-tailed Hawk 30
American Kestrel 1
Common Moorhen 1
American Coot 69
Killdeer 75
Franklin's Gull 1
Bonaparte's Gull 62
Ring-billed Gull 233
Herring Gull 7
Forster's Tern 49
Rock Pigeon 10
Eurasian Collared-Dove 5
Mourning Dove 182
Great Horned Owl 6
Barred Owl 3
Belted Kingfisher 12
Red-headed Woodpecker 73
Red-bellied Woodpecker 80
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 27
Downy Woodpecker 28
Hairy Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker 40
Pileated Woodpecker 11
Eastern Phoebe 58
Loggerhead Shrike 14
Blue-headed Vireo 6
Blue Jay 194
American Crow 258
Fish Crow 12
Carolina Chickadee 95
Tufted Titmouse 55
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Brown-headed Nuthatch 17
Brown Creeper 2
Carolina Wren 93
House Wren 3
Winter Wren 3
Sedge Wren 1
Marsh Wren 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 10
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 67
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
Eastern Bluebird 173
Hermit Thrush 5
American Robin 478
Northern Mockingbird 117
Brown Thrasher 25
European Starling 392
American Pipit 3
Cedar Waxwing 222
Orange-crowned Warbler 4
Yellow-rumped Warbler 355
Pine Warbler 35
Palm Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 4
Eastern Towhee 58
Chipping Sparrow 184
Field Sparrow 1
Vesper Sparrow 33
Savannah Sparrow 89
Fox Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 75
Lincoln's Sparrow 12
Swamp Sparrow 35
White-throated Sparrow 485
White-crowned Sparrow 25
Dark-eyed (Slate-colored) Junco 123
Northern Cardinal 183
Red-winged Blackbird 519
Eastern Meadowlark 103
Rusty Blackbird 25
Common Grackle 898
Brown-headed Cowbird 6
House Finch 13
American Goldfinch 85
House Sparrow 27


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Thursday, December 29, 2011

PRVWSD Claims Docket

A copy of the most recent PRVWSD Claims Docket is available HERE.

The claims docket is a detailed listing of the monthly expenses of the agency.

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Barnett Reservoir

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Body Of Missing Fisherman Recovered

The body of Larry Wayne Thomas was recovered at 5:05pm Tuesday afternoon.  Mr. Thomas's boat was discovered on Dec. 20th spinning out of control near the Highway 43 bridge.   

Rescue teams have been searching the area as weather permitted.

Randy Newell,  with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks, told TRN Mr. Thomas was located about a quarter of a mile north of the 43 bridge in water approximately 20ft deep.  According to officials Mr. Thomas was wearing a pull type inflatable life preserver but it had not been deployed. 

Help in the recovery came from an unlikely source - a volunteer from Monticello, Buddy French.  Buddy heard news of the possible drowning and drove to the reservoir on Christmas Eve to help.


Buddy has the latest sidescan sonar installed on his boat and has used it 4 other times to help authorities locate drowning victims.

He scanned the search area several hours on Saturday then headed home to Monticello.  Monday night he reviewed the data accumulated from Saturday's search and noticed an image that could have been a body.   

Buddy called his employer and asked for the day off so he could return to the reservoir and share the info with the search teams.   The teams used Buddy's info to narrow their search and eventually located the victim.  

During the search efforts Tuesday afternoon a Reservoir Patrol boat overturned throwing 6 searchers into the chilly waters.  One official told us the boat began taking on water after a dive door was opened, the extra weight of the water caused the Boston Whaler to capsize.  None of the passengers on the Reservoir boat were injured.  

Seatow was called to rescue the rescue boat.  They managed to get it upright and towed to the ramp.


After numerous attempts the boat was loaded on a trailer and removed from the water.

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Rez Eagles

Great photos of two Bald Eagles taken by Forest Point resident Skip Macdonald.

They were spotted in early December at the end of Forest Point Drive.


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Have you taken some great photos around The Rez?
Send them to us, we'll share them with the community.

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Barnett Reservoir

Monday, December 26, 2011

Search Continues

News from the Reservoir Patrol.

PRESS RELEASE

December 25, 2011


Missing Boater Search Continues On Christmas Day


Search and rescue personnel resumed their search for a missing boater Christmas morning. Officers from the Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks along with officers from the Reservoir Patrol initiated their search at daylight.

The missing boater has been identified as Larry Wayne Thomas, 64, of Jackson, Mississippi.

“We are again facing weather concerns and limitations today,” stated Perry Waggener, Chief of the Reservoir Patrol.  “We have used breaks in the precipitation to conduct quick operations.  Unfortunately, the forecast for Monday will also present weather challenges but we will remain on site until we bring Mr. Thomas home to his family.”

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Sunday, December 25, 2011

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Digital Nativity

A recycled video from last year.

But, worth watching again.





If the events of 2000 years ago happened today the message might have spread a bit differently.

See it HERE




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Barnett Reservoir

Friday, December 23, 2011

Search Continues For Missing Boater

Press Release From The Reservoir Patrol

Search for Missing Boater Enters Fourth Day


Search and Rescue Personnel resumed their search for a missing boater this morning. Officers from the Reservoir Patrol, Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks and the Rankin County Sheriff’s Office along with Rescue Personnel from the Lake Harbor Fire Department began their search at 8 AM today. Personnel from the American Red Cross were also on scene to support the rescuers and the family of the victim.

The Missing Boater has been identified as Larry Wayne Thomas, 64, of Jackson, Mississippi.

“Unfortunately severe weather hampered our efforts much of the day yesterday.” Stated Perry Waggener, Chief of the Reservoir Patrol. “Even with the storms Thursday morning, The Metro One Law Enforcement Helicopter was able to assist our boats in the water with an Arial search in the early afternoon.  Today we have five boats in the water and expect Metro One to join us again in the afternoon.”



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Barnett Reservoir

Madison County Tea Party Meeting


The Madison County Tea Party will meet at 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at the Madison Justice Complex at the intersection of Main and Crawford Streets.

Guest Speaker is Congressman Gregg Harper who will speak about the recent congressional redistricting and other important issues in the U. S. House of Representatives.

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Barnett Reservoir

Thursday, December 22, 2011

RCSD Awards For November

Rankin County School District Honors November Faculty and Student of the Month Winners

Brandon, MS – The Rankin County School District in joint efforts with the Rankin Chamber of Commerce Education Committee and other community sponsors, recently honored the district’s November honorees for outstanding contributions to the Rankin County School District.

Each month an administrator, teacher, staff member and student are honored for their outstanding contributions. Faculty, students, parents and community members nominate individuals throughout the district who they feel are deserving of this recognition. The nominations are then sent to a committee that selects one winner from each category.

November winners for Rankin County School District are Administrator, Kevin Vance, Flowood Elementary School; Assistant Principal, Teacher, Kristi Trisdale, Northwest Rankin Middle School; Staff Member, Jason Kingery, Rankin County School District and Student, Olisha Adams, Florence High School.


 
Pictured back row from left are Jason Kingery, Rankin County School Board President Ann Sturdivant and Kevin Vance. Front row from left are Olisha Adams and Kristi Trisdale.

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Barnett Reservoir

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Search Continues For Missing Boater

The search continues for the operator of a boat found unoccupied near the Highway 43 bridge.

The Reservoir Patrol issued the following press release identifying the owner of the boat as Larry Wayne Thomas, 64, of Jackson.

Search for Missing Boater Continues

Search and rescue Personnel continued their search this morning for a boater believed to be missing in the Pearl River just North of Highway 43.  The Reservoir Patrol was notified just before 1 PM Tuesday, December 20, 2011 that an unoccupied boat was found running by another boater.  The Metro One Law Enforcement Helicopter was dispatched to the area to search the area soon after the report.  Law Enforcement and Search and Rescue personnel responded and searched the surface area by boat and with divers until just past dark when a severe storm was approaching the area.

The Missing Boater has been identified as Larry Wayne Thomas, 64, of Jackson, Mississippi.

The Multi-jurisdictional Search and Rescue Team is made up of personnel from the Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks, Lake Harbor, Reservoir, Pelahatchie & Leesburg Fire Departments, Rankin EOC’s Special Response Team and the Reservoir Patrol.  With the brisk temperatures the American Red Cross was on hand with warm beverages for the personnel on the scene.

“We are working diligently to bring Mr. Thomas home to his loved ones.”   Stated Perry Waggener, Chief of the Reservoir Patrol.   “Because no witnesses have been located that actually saw Mr. Thomas enter the water, our search area is expansive.  We remain hopeful for a quick resolution.”

Officials told TRN that Mr. Thomas's boat had a GPS installed.  Rescue personnel took his boat out this morning to see if the GPS would pinpoint the location of any unusual event.

Mr. Thomas's boat
Shortly afterwards the search teams relocated about a quarter of a mile up-river near an area where the boat canal from Goshen Springs Campground intersects with the river channel. 


arrow indicates approximate search area - click to enlarge

The Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks deployed an air boat this morning to have access to shallow areas.



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WLBT Report on Missing Fisherman



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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Rescuers Searching Upper Lake


The following call went out to Lake Harbor rescue personnel at 1:16pm Tuesday afternoon.



A fisherman traveling northward under the bridge at Highway 43 encountered a bass boat running in circles several hundred yards northeast of the bridge, as he approached the boat he noticed no one was in the craft - he immediately called 911 and summoned help. 

He called out to other fishermen under the bridge who came to help, the fisherman who spotted the boat was able to get the unmanned boat stopped.   

An eyewitness told TRN that the the boat was a Nitro bass boat with a 150hp motor.  He also said the windshield appeared to be damaged.

arrow indicate search area - click to enlarge map

Rescue boats proceeded to the area and began a search.


At 4:54pm divers were in the water searching an area approximately 30ft deep but indicated search efforts would likely be stopped due to approaching bad weather.


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Barnett Reservoir

Rankin Ceremony

The public is invited to a Swearing-In Ceremony of all newly elected Rankin County Officials.

The event will take place on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at 10:00am in the Rankin County Justice Center Building at 215 East Government St. in Brandon.

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Barnett Reservoir

Monday, December 19, 2011

RCSD Recognized By State Auditor




State Auditor’s Office Recognizes RCSD’s
Excellence In Financial Management


Brandon, MS – On Wednesday, December 14, the Rankin County School District’s (RCSD) Director of Finance Kevin Brantley presented the RCSD Board with a Certificate for Achievement in Reporting from the Office of the State Auditor.

This is the highest recognition given to school districts by the Auditor’s office.



RCSD Board President Ann Sturdivant with Director of Finance Kevin Brantley

The recognition is the result of a yearly audit conducted at each school district by an independent Certified Public Accounting firm that reviews a district’s financial statement, internal controls, and compliance with state and federal laws.

RCSD has received this Certificate from the Auditor’s Office for eight of the past 10 years.

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Barnett Reservoir

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Food Court Surprise

A recycled video from last year - but worth watching again.

Imagine, if you will.

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

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

The voice of an angel, perhaps?

A spontaneous voice answers her from across the way, then another, and another. 

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

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

The music is Handel's Messiah.

Enjoy.




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Barnett Reservoir

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Two Car Ten Fifty Possible Injuries

Ever wonder what the Rez Fire Department hears when dispatched to an accident?

This call went out at 11:26am Saturday morning.




No one was seriously injured in this accident.

An eyewitness told TRN the white truck was headed northbound on Northshore Parkway when it struck the red car, the car was crossing Northshore to enter the crossover in front of Lakeshore Park.  The impact spun the car around almost 180 degrees.



Note: click any photo to enlarge


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Rankin County Supervisor Meeting

Agenda for the Rankin County Supervisor meeting held Thursday, December 15th available HERE.

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Barnett Reservoir

Friday, December 16, 2011

Santa Claws

Pictures With
Santa Claws


Jackson Friends of the Animal Shelter and Santa Claws will be at Petsmart in Flowood Saturday.

Stop by and have your pet's picture made with Santa -  Mr. Claws will be available from 11am till 4 pm Saturday and Sunday (Dec. 17 -18). 

Photos are $10 and that includes a nice frame.

Jackson Friends, in cooperation with Petsmart Charities,  will have pets available for adoption.




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Barnett Reservoir

Minutes From PRVWSD Board Meeting.

Minutes from November meeting of the PRVWSD Board. 


MINUTES OF A MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE
PEARL RIVER VALLEY WATER SUPPLY DISTRICT HELD ON
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17, AT 9:30 A.M. IN THE OFFICE OF THE
DISTRICT LOCATED AT 115 MADISON LANDING CIRCLE, RIDGELAND
MS 39157.

The regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District was held at 9:30 a.m., on Thursday, November 17, 2011 at the District’s main office. Jack Winstead, President, who presided, called the meeting to order.

Members Present: Jack Winstead, Jim Carraway, Kenny Latham, Samuel Mitchell, Phillip Crosby, W.C. Gorden, Pete Burkes, Ramie Ford, John Arledge, Vernard Murrell

Members Absent: Trey Bobinger, John Locke, Robert Webb, Keith Allen

Others Present: John Sigman, Greg Burgess, Jim Tohill, Craig Hunt, Steve Clark, Jason Temple, Perry Waggener, Sharon Larry, Susan McMillan, Linda Horton, Homer Burns, Jim McDowell, Dustin Barnes, Ronnie Tew

Upon approval of the minutes of a regular meeting of the Board of Directors held on October 20, 2011, a motion was made by Kenny Latham, seconded by W. C. Gorden, for the minutes to be approved as presented. The vote was as follows: For: Winstead, Carraway, Latham, Mitchell, Crosby, Gorden, Burkes, Ford, Arledge. Abstained: None. Against: None. MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY

Ramie Ford presented the Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks Report. Mr. Ford commented on safety issues in connection with hunting. 

Jack Winstead presented the following: Executive Committee recommendations:

I.  Approval of a Department of Public Safety MOU. Perry Waggener presented a MOU between  Pearl River Valley Water Supply District (PRVWSD) and the Department of Public Safety (DPS). He stated that the estimated cost of this project is $ 11,000.00, which is a one-time fee. Chief Waggener stated that there is a $ 40.00 data activity charge per month. A motion was made by Phillip Crosby, seconded by Vernard Murrell to approve the MOU with The Department of Public Safety as included in the Exhibits to Minutes thereby becoming a part of these minutes. The vote is as follows: For: Winstead, Carraway, Latham, Mitchell, Crosby, Gorden, Burkes, Ford, Arledge. Abstained: None. Against: None. MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY

Jack Winstead presented the following: Shoreline Development and Environmental Quality Committee recommendations: 

I. Approval of final plat for Arbor Landing, Phase 2A. Greg Burgess stated that Arbor Landing is asking for approval of final plat of phase 2A which consists of 26 lots. He stated that Arbor Landing is requesting that the Board of Directors consider this plat for final approval pending resolution of staff and attorney comments. A motion was made by John Arledge, seconded by Phillip Crosby to approve the final plat for Arbor Landing, Phase 2A. The vote was as follows: For: Winstead, Carraway, Latham, Mitchell, Crosby, Gorden, Burkes, Ford, Arledge. Abstained: None. Against: None. MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY

II. Approval of request concerning Overlay District. John Sigman stated that the Association of Reservoir Area Homeowners Associations is considering the formation of an Overlay District. John Sigman stated that the area of land is in Rankin County and includes PRVWSD land as well as fee simple property. John Sigman stated that the District will retain all permitting authority and will be involved at every stage in the development of the ordinance. Dr. Burns stated that the Overlay District will help individuals, Rankin County, Schools, and the cities around the District. A motion was made by John Arledge, seconded by Jim Carraway to approve the concept of the Overlay District. The vote was as follows: For: Winstead, Carraway, Latham, Mitchell, Crosby, Gorden, Burkes, Ford, Arledge. Abstained: None. Against: None. MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY

Jack Winstead presented the following: Parks Policy Committee recommendations:

I. Approval of Amendment of MOU for Mississippi Department Wildlife, Fishier and Parks to include construction of new Fannin Boat Ramp. Greg Burgess presented the proposed Memorandum of Understanding between the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks and the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District for promotion of boating access to public waters for fishing, recreation or navigation on the Reservoir and Pearl River. Greg Burgess stated that this MOU had been discussed in detail by the Shoreline Committee and that staff has followed up on the concerns expressed about the proximity of the project to a residential subdivision. Greg Burgess stated that the breakwater, ramps and parking lot should be completed this year with an estimate total price of $ 590,000.00, which includes designs and construction. Greg Burgess stated that 2012 estimated price will be $ 463,000.00. He stated that the grant will be for the District to pay 25% cost share with the MDWFP paying 75%. A motion was made by Kenny Latham, seconded by Pete Burkes, to approve the MOU with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks as included in the Exhibits to Minutes thereby becoming a part of these minutes. The vote was as follows: For: Winstead, Latham, Mitchell, Crosby, Gorden, Burkes, Ford, Arledge. Abstained: None. Against: Jim Carraway. MOTION CARRIED

II. Approval of new campground Rates. Craig Hunt discussed the recommended increases in campground rates. He stated that the new campground rates will commence on January 1, 2012 and affect only Goshen Springs. He stated that reason for the increase was due to a major campground improvement completed several years ago and that the new rates would be comparable to Timberlake. A motion was made by Kenny Latham, seconded by Pete Burkes, to approve the campground rates as presented and as included in the Exhibits to Minutes thereby becoming a part of these minutes. The vote as follows: For: Winstead, Carraway, Latham, Mitchell, Crosby, Gorden, Burkes, Ford, Arledge. Abstained: None. Against: None. MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY 

Upon consideration of the per diem and travel for the month of June a motion was made by Samuel Mitchell, seconded by Phillip Crosby that the per diem and travel report be approved for the month of October. The vote was as follows: For: Winstead, Carraway, Latham, Mitchell, Crosby, Gorden, Burkes, Ford, Arledge. Abstained: None. Against: None. MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY

Upon consideration of the cash balance report for the month of October, a motion was made by Samuel Mitchell, seconded by Kenny Latham that the cash balance report be approved. The vote was as follows: For: Winstead, Carraway, Latham, Mitchell, Crosby, Gorden, Burkes, Ford, Arledge. Abstained: None. Against: None. MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY 

The Board of Directors reviewed the monthly Claims Docket and a motion was made by Samuel Mitchell, seconded by Phillip Crosby, that the claims docket be approved. The vote was as follows: For: Winstead, Carraway, Latham, Mitchell, Crosby, Gorden, Burkes, Ford, Arledge. Abstained: None. Against: None. MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY

John Sigman presented the following Executive Director’s comments:
• Board of Directors will host a Christmas luncheon for all staff after the December Board Meeting to be paid for with funds contributed by the Board
• Lake levels is currently at 296.3

There being no further business to come before the Board at this time, the meeting was adjourned at 10:06 A.M.

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Flowood Wants Northwest Rankin School District

Flowood Mayor, Gary Rhoads, spoke at Wednesday's meeting of the Rankin County School Board - he made a request that will add an interesting twist to discussions about Rankin County Schools and any future bond issues.

He asked the board to allow Flowood to take the Northwest Rankin School District and convert it to an independent school district.

The NWR District has 7 schools and over 5000 students. 

With the rejection of a recent $169 million school bond issue the Mayor said he was concerned about the condition of area schools and overcrowding.  He used Northwest Rankin Middle School as an example saying the school had only 8 commodes to accommodate over 700 male students.

"With these types of facilities I can't compete with Madison or Ridgeland or keep getting the medical community out here" said Rhoads.  "Our inmates over at the Rankin County Jail have a better facility than y'all do at the middle school, they have a commode in their cell," he added.

Mayor Rhoads explained to the board how important school systems are to businesses evaluating new locations or considering expansions  and said if Flowood is to remain competitive the schools must improve.

The Mayor was complementary of the school district employees, teachers and administrators and made it clear his concern was with the physical facilities and overcrowding.

Rhodes was firm with his request and said if the board did not approve it he was prepared to go to the voters and start a petition drive to create the separate district. 

We'll bring you more info on this story as events unfold.

TRN was at the meeting and recorded the Mayor's comments, below is an edited version containing 4 minutes of his 20 minute discussion with the board.





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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

View From The Main Lake

A history tidbit for today.

This photo shows a view of the Spillway and Control Tower taken from what would be the Main Lake.

Photo taken in the early 1960's.

click to enlarge

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Rankin County Supervisors Meeting

The Rankin Supervisors met Tuesday morning, a copy of their agenda is available HERE.

Ms Ester Ainsworth spoke to the board and asked that they consider implementing a new concept for the county planning commission.  Currently the 5 Rankin Supervisors are the only members of the planning commission. 

Most municipalities and some counties establish planning commissions made up of residents of the area.  Ms Ainsworth suggested a commission consisting of 15 registered voters from various parts of the county.

The planning commission would hear matters regarding zoning and planning and serve in an advisory capacity to the Rankin County Board of Supervisors.

The supervisors said they would consider the proposal.

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Barnett Reservoir 

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

New Entrance For Rankin Landing

Construction crews took advantage of Monday's sunny weather to work on a new access road for Rankin Landing.


While it may appear that the crews are cutting into the dam, that is certainly not the case.




The new roadway will provide improved access to the popular launch area. 

Currently west bound traffic has to negotiate a u-turn in order to enter the launch facility.  Traffic wanting to leave the landing and return eastward have to go completely across the dam and use a turn-around at Harbor Drive.

The new access road will allow departing east-bound traffic to merge onto the lower road by way of a new crossover lane.

If the weather cooperates the road should be ready for the boating season.

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Barnett Reservoir

Monday, December 12, 2011

Meeting Week

A busy week for meetings.


Monday, December 12
Pearl River Valley Water Supply District Shoreline Development Committee
Time:  3:30pm 
Place:  PRVWSD Main Office - 115 Madison Landing, Ridgeland

Tuesday, December 13
Rankin County Board of Supervisors
Time:   9:00am
Place:   Rankin County Court Annex Bldg. - 211 East Government St. Brandon

Wednesday, December 14
Rankin County School District
Time:  7:30am
Place:  Rankin County School District Office - 1220 Apple Park Pl. Brandon

Thursday, December 15
Rankin County Board of Supervisors 
Time:  9:00am
Place:  Rankin County Court Annex Bldg - 211 East Government St. Brandon

PRVWSD Board of Directors meeting
Time:  9:30am
Place:  PRVWSD Main office - 115 Madison Landing - Ridgeland

All meetings are open to the public.

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Barnett Reservoir

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Rez Board Committee Meeting Monday

The Shoreline Development and Environmental Quality Committee of the Pearl River Valley Water Supply Board of Directors will meet Monday at 115 Madison Landing Circle in Ridgeland.

The meetings are open to the public.

AGENDA
SHORELINE DEVELOPMENT AND ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY COMMITTEE
Held on Monday, December 12, 2011 3:30 P.M.

Old Business:

1. Status Report on Property Maintenance Code – D. Mitchell

New Business:

1. Consideration of lease extension of Reservoir Square Shopping Center
    – John Sigman / Gabriel Jeidel

2. Request of easement at Grants Ferry and Spillway Road – John Sigman

3. Approval of resolution adopting a regional traffic sign retroreflectivity 
    maintenance and management plan – Greg Burgess

4. Permission to accept proposal from Burns Cooley Dennis Engineers 
    on Geotechnical Final Design for P6 area. – Greg Burgess 


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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Craftsmen's Guild Recognized By USA TODAY

USA Today Names Mississippi Craft Center
Gallery One of Ten Places to Shop

"Anyone who thinks American ingenuity has faded hasn't visited a craft gallery. From vibrant quilts to such edgy creations as handmade decorative robots, artisans are constantly at work." USA Today

The Mississippi Craft Center Gallery was named one of the Ten Places to shop for handcrafted this holiday season. Wendy Rosen, editor of American Style magazine, chose her top ten favorite galleries in the nation for handcrafted work.

"It's (the Mississippi Craft Center) one of the country's top non-profit galleries, Rosen says. "They're having a banner year." She suggests looking for folk art, recyclables, dolls, glass and pottery at the Center.

Featuring the work of more than 400 artisans, the Mississippi Craft Center has been named the "Travel Attraction of the Year" by the Mississippi Tourism Association and a "Top Three Galleries in the Southeast" by AAA in Travel South Magazine.

"The rest of the country is just discovering what those of us in Mississippi have known for a long time," stated Julia Daily, Executive Director of the Craftsmen's Guild of Mississippi that operates the Mississippi Craft Center. "This is truly a remarkable place with products by the most talented artisans."

Located at 950 Rice Road, Ridgeland, MS, and a satellite in Fondren at 2906 North State Street in Jackson, MS, the galleries of the Mississippi Craft Center promote locally made and the work of the hand.

The Mississippi Craft Center in Ridgeland is open 7 days each week, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and is closed only four days per year. The Mississippi Craft Center at Fondren Corner in Jackson is open Monday-Saturday, from 10:30 a.m.-5:50 p.m.

For more information, call 601-856-7546 or visit www.mscrafts.org

Link to USA Today article
http://travel.usatoday.com/destinations/10great/story/2011-12-08/10-great-places-to-shop-at-crafts-galleries/51749552/1

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Barnett Reservoir

Friday, December 9, 2011

Seniors Get Reduced Fees For Garbage Pickup

Waste Management offers a 50% discount for Rankin County Senior Citizens.

Those 65 and over or anyone with a 100% disability can get the rate by filling our a form and taking it to the Waste Management office at the Rankin County Court Annex Building - 211 East Government St. in Brandon.  Hours are 8am till 5pm Monday through Friday.

A copy of the form is available HERE.

The regular rate for garbage pickup is $42 a quarter - $21 for those who qualify for the discount.

Questions?  Call Waste Management at 601-825-9213.

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Barnett Reservoir

Godfather Cigars Joining Toys For Tots


GODFATHER JOINS 
THE TOY DRIVE


No child should be without a toy on Christmas morning.

Tha's why Godfathers Cigars is teaming up with the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve to collect new toys for the annual Toys For Tots campaign.

As a bonus they are offering a 10% discount on selected purchases for those donating a toy to this very worthy cause.

Godfathers is located in Fannin Market and open Monday through Friday from 10am till 7pm, Sunday from noon to 6pm.

For more information contact Chris, Neal or Richard at 601-992-5222.

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Barnett Reservoir

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Rankin Supervisors Vote On Overlay District

The Rankin County Board of Supervisors agreed to take the next step in their consideration of an Overlay District for areas around the Reservoir.

Dr. Homer Burns, President of The Federation of Reservoir Homeowners, addressed the board and explained that an Overlay District would provide the county with a means to address problems in densely populated areas around the reservoir and not impact rural areas.

Other area residents, including representatives from Fox Bay and Castlewoods Homeowner Associations, also spoke in support of the proposal.

The four supervisors present at the meeting (Supervisor Greg Wilcox was absent) gave unanimous approval to the following motion:

Motion: That The Federation of Reservoir Home Owners Association be requested to proceed with further investigation and study relative to the creation of an Overlay District.

The Federation can now move forward with defining a boundary and studying ordinances for the proposed district - all of which would have to be presented to and approved by the Rankin County Supervisors. 

The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District adopted a similar measure, the details of their approval along with a link to draft copy of the Overlay District map can be seen HERE.

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Barnett Reservoir

Rankin School District Announces Awards

Four RCSD Elementary Schools 
Named Model Schools


Brandon, MS – The Rankin County School District (RCSD) recently recognized four of its elementary schools for being named Model Schools by the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support program (PBIS). The model schools are Flowood, Northwest Rankin, Pelahatchie and McLaurin.

PBIS is a program that encourages students to make good decisions concerning their behavior and their academic studies.

Pictured are front row, left, Dr. Kathy Martin, Flowood Elementary principal; Kara Killough, Northwest Rankin principal; Michelle Nowlin, McLaurin principal; and Suzanne Conquest, Florence Elementary principal and former principal of McLaurin. Middle row, left, Dr. Lynn Weathersby, RCSD Superintendent; Devona Dew, Pelahatchie principal; Shea Hutchins and Charlene Fowler, RCSD Behavioral Specialists. Back row, Matthew Evans, RCSD Assistant Supertinendent.

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Barnett Reservoir

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

December 7, 1941

Seventy years ago today.



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Barnett Reservoir

Pet Of The Week


Meet Chuck. This beautiful golden retriever would make a great addition to any family.

He is house trained, cat trained and small dog trained. However, he is none to fond of unaltered male dogs, so they should not apply.

He Loves to play catch the ball and is a fine car rider.


Chuck was abandoned by his family at a trailer and his neighbors brought him to us in hopes of getting him a better option in life.

Approximately 4 years old this fella deserves to have a great home for Christmas, won’t you be the one to offer him one?

For more information about Chuck or any of the pets available for adoption visit the Animal Rescue Fund of Mississippi's web site.

http://www.arfms.com/

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Barnett Reservoir