Friday, December 28, 2012

Hot Chocolate Classic 5K-Updated With Form

Now is the time to show how serious you are about that New Year's Resolution to live a healthier lifestyle.  Demonstrate to your spouse you are not just full of good intentions and pecan pie.  Here is how you can do it while helping the Rankin County School District at the same time.  Register for the Hot Chocolate Classic 5K run/walk.  The event will take place on Saturday, January 26, 2013 (plenty of time to digest that Holiday turkey), at the Rankin Landing parking lot on the Spillway.  It's $20 if you pre-register by January 10, and $25 after.  There is also a 1 mile fun run for the kids, so peel them away from the X Box and get them out there.  It's $15 for pre-registered fun run participants.  You get a shirt, you break a sweat, and you leave with a sense of accomplishment.  You can find the registration form here.  

How Hard Core Are You?

The Reservoir YMCA is sponsoring the 2013 Polar Bear Jump.  Apparently, this will entail jumping into the Ross Barnett Reservoir at 11 a.m. on New Year's Day from Lakeshore Park.  You can register for this event at the Reservoir Y.  The Y's website on this event can be found here.  All it says is call Trace at 601.992.9118 for more information.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

(Some of) The Law Behind Fireworks Sales

Fireworks stands are popping up around the Reservoir again.  These little noise-making explosions of joy are either loved or hated in the residential areas around the Rez.  Many concerned citizens may be curious as to the law behind fireworks sales in the State of Mississippi.  Here's your tutorial:

Below is a regurgitation of various laws, ordinances, and statutes.  

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The Future of the East Metro Parkway

The Clarion Ledger recently ran an article about The Blake, a proposed 113 bed assisted-living facility, to be built on the East Metro Parkway behind J. C. Penny's in the Dogwood Mall.  That $16 million facility is expected to open in the Fall of 2013, employ up to 75 people, and provide an upscale residential living facility for the aged and infirm.  See The Blake's webpage here.  The 100,000 square foot facility will itself be significant; however, reading about the future plans for the East Metro Parkway grabbed my attention.  Rankin First Economic Development Authority, through its Executive Director, Tom Troxler, indicated the thrust of the East Metro Parkway will be health care industry related.  With Baptist Health System's facility across the street from The Blake, Rankin County and the City of Flowood already are ahead of the curve.  

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Latest Draft of Proposed Rez Community District Ordinances

The latest draft of the proposed Reservoir Community District (previously referred to as the Overlay District) Ordinances are below.  From what I understand, no more significant changes are expected prior to consideration by the Board of Supervisors.  I believe the "sign" portion of these ordinances simply incorporate identical language employed by the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District.  If so, uniformity is likely a good thing.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Table 100 and Blair E. Batson

Pursuant to an email I just received from Table 100's listserv, they will be donating 10% of all gift card sales made now through Christmas Eve to the Blair E. Batson Children's Hospital.  That's a great reason to buy a few stocking stuffers there.

Scot Allen Announces Candidacy

Continuing with our political theme, we have Scot Allen's formal announcement, reprinted below:

I am Scot Allen and I announce my candidacy for the office of State Representative for House District 59. The District is composed of the Reservoir area in Rankin County, part of Flowood, and part of Brandon. I humbly ask for your vote in the upcoming election on January 8th.

My Wife, Marley, and I live in the Mill Creek subdivision in the Reservoir area. We have 2 daughters, Elizabeth, age 5, and Emily, age 11, who attend Rankin County public schools. Marley and I are small business owners. I am a real estate broker. I also operate a trucking firm with 12 trucks in service and over twenty employees. My proudest accomplishment is creating jobs for other people. Creating jobs for others is what motivated me to seek this office. 

Opening of Thompson Field

The Blue Angels came to Jackson to perform at Thompson Field in 1963.  Here is some Youtube footage of the Blue Angles that day.

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Brent Powell Announces Candidacy

Brent Powell released his formal announcement for House District 59.  It reads verbatim below:

Brent Powell Announces for THE MISSISSIPPI HOUSE OF Representative District 59 OPEN SEAT

BRANDON, MS - Business owner and Rankin County native Brent Powell has officially announced his candidacy for State Representative – District 59.  Powell, a Republican, will be running in a special election on January 8, 2013 to fill the recently vacated House seat. 

Powell, a 40-year resident of the Reservoir area, is a graduate of Northwest Rankin High School.  He attended Mississippi State University, where he earned a B.S. degree in Forest Management.  He has been a licensed real estate broker and licensed forester for 17 years.  Powell is a small business owner, a managing member of three real estate investment companies, and a director of Powell Petroleum, Inc.  He is an avid outdoorsman and a former volunteer fireman, emergency medical technician and rescue diver with the Reservoir Fire Department.

Christmas services in the Rez area

Please post in comments here or send email to  a mention about which church in the Rez area will have Christmas or Christmas Eve services.  Thanks.

Rankin School Board honors teen heroes

The Rankin County School Board honored several students who prevented disaster. The Clarion-Ledger reported: 

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Scot Allen announces his candidacy for House #59 seat

Scot Allen announces candidacy for State House of Representatives—District 59

I am Scot Allen and I announce my candidacy for the office of State Representative for House District 59. The District is composed of the Reservoir area in Rankin County, part of Flowood, and part of Brandon. I humbly ask for your vote in the upcoming election on January 8th.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Brent Powell Meet and Greet

Brent Powell is hosting a meet-and-greet this Monday.  See the invite below:

Powell Evite

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

4 qualify for House #59 race

The Rankin County Circuit Clerk's office said four people submitted qualifying papers for the election to replace Kevin McGee. The candidates are: Bennie Hubbard, Scott Allen, Brent Powell, and Bradley Lum. All candidates are invited to submit a 300-500 word column explaining why they are running for the seat, what their positions are, and what their goals are if elected. Good luck to all of them.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Plane Crash Near Fannin-Updated

WAPT is reporting an experimental bi-wing plane crashed just before 5 p.m. near the Woodbridge Subdivision off Three Prong Road. The pilot walked away; the passenger was more seriously injured.  No names have been released yet. See link to wapt story.

Update:  The original WAPT story (and, as a result, my link) incorrectly stated the pilot was unharmed, while the passenger was injured.  It turns out the pilot was injured and removed via ambulance.  The passenger, miraculously, walked away.

I apologize for the misinformation.  Thankfully, neither party were seriously injured.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Even More Stuff to Do

Shiloh United Methodist Church is having a Drive Through Nativity Scene this upcoming Sunday and Monday, (December 9 and 10).  The scene will be active from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on both nights The church is located at 2394 Shiloh Road, Pelahatchie, Mississippi.  If mapquest fails you, directions can be found at  As stated on the release: "Please join us . . . as we transform our campground into the streets of Bethlehem.  The goal of the FREE production is that each person will experience a true sense of the real meaning of Christmas."

Merry Christmas, y'all.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Some Upcoming Events

Tonight is the Grand Lighting of Christmas lights at Winner's Circle Park.  We've already talked about that enough.  However, I can tell you that your $5 for chili tasting gets you a 12 ounce bowl of chili from three Chili Cookoff participants (you decide which three you want).  You won't go away hungry.

Tomorrow is the City of Flowood Open House.

Saturday, from 10 a.m. to noon, the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science is hosting "Christmas is For the Birds", where you can take your kids (or grandkids) to the Museum and make Christmas ornaments that will feed the birds all winter long.  Extremely informative website here.  Call 601.576.6000 for more info.

Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Jackson Zoo is hosting "Cookies With Santa", where you and your children can enjoy Holiday story time with local author Stephanie Stamps, cookie decorating, Santa visiting, and much more.  Sounds like fun.  Information can be found here.

Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Mississippi Children's Museum is hosting its own Happy Birthday Party, in honor of its second birthday.  Scooby-doo and Santa will be there.  Rut-Roh!  Check out the information provided on the website.  This looks like a lot of fun.

Broadmoor Baptist Church is singing at the Christmas on Ice event in Madison (as previously discussed here).

Nick's Wonderland, in the parking lot of the old Rapid's on the Reservoir, is open seven days a week.  Head out there and buy your Christmas tree.  A portion of your purchase will go to Blair E. Batson Children's Hospital.  There is far more information posted on this here, including info on train/sleigh rides, etc.

Plenty to do.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Bradley Lum Formally Announces Candidacy

Jackson Jambalaya published Bradley Lum's campaign's formal announcement here.  The complete text is available after the jump.

The Rez News encourages all other candidates to submit their formal announcements to us for publication as well.

Winter Edition of Gator Tales is Out

"Gator Tales" is the name of the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District's semi-regular, electronic newsletter.  The Fall edition can still be found on the PRV's website,  However, PRV just updated it's Facebook page to indicate the Winter edition is out.  I believe it consists of one page, and provides a dredging report update and an appeal to preregister Reservoir car tags.  Check it out if you do the Facebook.  I will post a link to the Winter edition for all once PRV updates its webpage.

Christmas Open House for City of Flowood

The City of Flowood and the Flowood Chamber of Commerce are hosting a Christmas Open House on Friday, December 7, 2012, at Table 100 Conference Center, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  All are invited.  Free food from Table 100?  Why not!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Christmas in the Park (Updated)

This post updates my earlier post concerning the Grand Lighting of the Christmas lights at Winner's Circle Park in Flowood.  The big event is December 6.  Contestant teams for the Chili Cook Off start setting up at noon; judging takes place at 5 p.m.  The rest of the festivities begin at 5:30 p.m.  According to Winner's Circle Park's Facebook page, Santa will be in attendance to oversee the grand lighting.  There will be a special performance by the Flowood Elementary Choir and the Actors Playhouse & Company.  Further, the train will also be back to shuttle good boys and girls around the park.  

Attending the grand lighting is free.  However, you have the option of paying $5 for up to three "samples" of chili.  Drinks will be sold for $1 a piece. is predicting a high of 68 degrees and a low of 55 on Thursday.  So don't bother bringing your sled.  

Santa and the train will also be in the Park on the following dates:  December 7, 8, 10-15, 17-21.  

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Special Election Set

Governor Phil Bryant set January 8 as the date for the special election to fill the vacated District 59 House seat.  Former Representative Kevin McGee resigned in December after having served one year of his second, four year term.  District 59 covers the majority of what is considered the Rankin County side of the Reservoir.  A map of the current lines for District 59 can be found here.  A map of redistricted District 59, to be implemented in 2015 can be found here.  The special election will be pursuant to the current District 59 lines, which includes a portion of Crossgates.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Shop Small

Saturday, November 24, 2012, is Shop Small Business Saturday.  I'd take it one step further and call it Shop Small Locally Owned Business Saturday.

Important News re the Reservoir Community District

Below is an email sent from Homer Burns, President of the Federation of Reservoir Homeowners, addressed to all area homeowners, and concerning the Reservoir Community District:

Dear Reservoir Homeowners,

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Operation P.R.O.P. Benefit Christmas Gala

Century 21 -- Maselle & Associates is sponsoring a Christmas Gala to benefit Operation P.R.O.P. (one of Jim's earlier posts on Operation P.R.O.P. can be found here).  The Gala will take place on December 7, 2012, at Plantation Commons in Madison, Mississippi.  Strung Like a Horse will provide the musical entertainment.  I have it on good authority Santa will arrive at 6:00 p.m., with dinner being served at 8:00 p.m.  Grant Nooe of Grant's Kitchen is sponsoring the meal.  There will be a salute to wounded soldiers, and a silent auction.  Also, renowned speaker, Jessica Cox (who has an incredible story if you'll just check out her website), and local media personality, Linda Allen Ley, will be there as special guest speakers.  The attire is formal per Santa's request.  $50 a seat, and it will be worth every penny.  

RSVP no later than November 26, by emailing Melinda Hutzel at, or call 601.718.4029.

The official webpage for this event can be found here.

Local Legislator Resigns

Yesterday, State Legislator Kevin McGee tendered his resignation as a member of the Mississippi House of Representatives.  McGee represented District 59, which encompasses the Reservoir area of Rankin County, since 2008.  Pursuant to the Clarion Ledger's article, linked here, Governor Bryant will set a special election to fill the vacated seat.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Christmas on Ice

The highly anticipated (especially by my children) Christmas on Ice opens Saturday at the Madison Campus of Baptist Medical Center, at the corner of Highland Colony Parkway and Highway 463.  There will be an ice skating rink, a 125 foot long "ice slide", a 32 foot tall musical Christmas Tree, and a Christmas Story Trail, among other attractions.  In addition, Trustmark is sponsoring a stage for free, nightly concerts.

There is a cost of $15 per person that applies to the skating rink and ice slide only.  All other attractions are free, including the concerts.  The $15 buys you a daily pass and includes skate rental, but not ear muffs.  Check out this page for information on coupons.  

Christmas on Ice is open daily (Noon to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday) and runs through January 6, 2013.  Apparently, the only day it will be closed is December 18, 2012.  

The Clarion Ledger story (found here) on this indicates there have already been 200 birthday parties booked for the venue, along with 40 concerts.  

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Local, Creative Talent on Display

A local group of home school students is putting on a play to raise funds for area families to adopt.  The play is an adaptation of Lucy M. Montgomery's beloved children's tale, Anne of Green Gables.  The play will be performed on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, November 15-17, at 6 p.m. in the Kid's Life Theater at Word of Life Church, 5401 Lakeland Drive, Flowood.  Local resident, Mrs. Kim Lepone, wrote and is directing this adaptation.  

Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students.  As indicated, and all proceeds go to help defray the cost for five area families to adopt children, both domestic and international. Contact Kim Lepone at or 601-454-1643 for tickets.

It's a worthy cause.  I imagine these kids worked hard on this.   

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Local Teacher Wins $25,000 Award

Reservoir resident, and Brandon native, Sabrina Morgan, is this year's Mississippi winner of the Milken Education Award.  Sabrina is a first grade teacher at Pearl Lower Elementary.  This award resulted from Sabrina's work in setting up a program challenging students at the elementary school to read 10,000 books in a month.  The honor comes with an unrestricted check for $25,000.  

The Milken Education Award is a national program, described by Teacher Magazine as "the Oscars of Teaching."  The award is funded and presented by the Milken Family Foundation who, to date, has given over $63 million in awards to teachers who go above and beyond.  It's sort of a big deal.  

Read the Clarion Ledger's write up here.  Video of the surprise announcement can be found there, or at the Milken Family Foundation website.  Great stuff!

Lakeland Drive Shut Down Near River

Downed power lines caused authorities to shut down both lanes of traffic on Lakeland Drive the Pearl River Bridge earlier this morning.  The cause was apparently a power pole that snapped around 2 a.m.  As of 7 a.m., authorities opened up Lakeland Drive for rush hour traffic.  However, Lakeland will again shut down at 9 a.m. for further work.

A look at the MS Department of Transportation's traffic cams indicates that as of 7:17 a.m., traffic is moving smoothly.  Take a look at the camera yourself here.

See the Clarion Ledger write up here.

And, some more bad news.  Due to an accident at the Airport Road exit, all traffic eastbound on Interstate 20 is shut down until approximately 9:30 a.m.  It is a parking lot out there.  Therefore, if you must access I-20 from Rankin County, do it in Pearl.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Langford Volunteer Fire Department Fundraiser

The Langford Volunteer Fire Department at 1771 Highway 471, Brandon, MS 39047, is selling "Legendary Langford Style Boston Butts" to raise funds for its important work.  These butts are only $25 for an 8 pounder.  Pre-order by calling Kim Baker at 601.201.5171, or Raymond Spratley at 601.238.0647.  Pick up will be December 8, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., at the fire station.  

Run Off Election November 27

Rankin County will hold a run-off election on November 27 for District 1 and 2 Election Commissioner.  The run-off is necessary insofar as no candidate received a majority of the votes.  

District 1 represents Southwest Rankin County (all West of Highway 49, plus the Cities of Richland and Florence).  In the general election, Kenneth "Kenn" Munn led Kelly Goff Wedgeworth 4,115 votes to 3,284 votes.  

District 2 represents the Reservoir (nearly all residential property North of Lakeland Drive).  In the general election, Thomas E. Yates led Leslie Foshee Lewis 5,396 to 4,826 votes.  

Election Commissioners share the same districts as Supervisors.  A map of the Supervisors' Districts can be found here.  Check the map to see if you are affected by the run-off election.  Keep in mind, the late November date may be a time for vacationing or visiting out of town family.  If so, remember to vote absentee before you leave town.  

Friday, November 9, 2012

Public Notice re Pipeline Across Rez

I note the PRV just issued a Public Notice regarding Denbury Onshore, LLC's, pipeline construction across a portion of the Reservoir.  The location is approximately 1.5 miles South of Highway 43.  The construction will begin on Monday of next week (the 12th of November), and is scheduled to terminate by the end of the year.  Once the construction reaches the present channel, an alternate channel will be made so that boat access can continue.  

Here is a link to the only online copy of the Public Notice I can find at this time.  It is from the PRV's Facebook page.  A map of the actual location of the pipeline can also be viewed there.  Once the PRV updates its website with the Public Notice, I will provide that alternate link.  

Chili Cook Off Coming Up!

As a member of the Flowood Rotary Club, this one hits close to home.  On Thursday, December 6, 2012, the City of Flowood will hold its annual Grand Lighting of the Christmas Lights at Winner's Circle Park.  The lighting will take place at 5:30 p.m.

In addition to the the activities, festivities, and nativities, the City of Flowood, the Flowood Chamber of Commerce, and the Flowood Rotary Club will be hosting a Chili Cook Off, benefiting the charities sponsored by the Rotary Club.  There is no entry fee; anybody with an awesome chili recipe is encouraged to form a team to compete.  Set up begins at noon at the park.  Judging takes place at 5:00 p.m.

Contact the Flowood Chamber of Commerce at 601.932.8007 to enter your team in the cook-off.  

Rotary International, among other things, is at the forefront of eradicating polio throughout the world.  The local Club meets every Tuesday at noon at Table 100.  We are passing out dictionaries to local third graders, we are raising funds for the Salvation Army, we are rolling up our sleeves in the community.  All those motivated by serving others are encouraged to join us.  Take part in an organization that means something.  

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Harvest Festival at the Ag Museum

One of the goals of The Rez News is to inform our reader(s) of interesting and enjoyable events happening in or near the Rez community.  I will tell you of recreational opportunities provided by the City of Flowood, the Museum of Natural Science, the Jackson Zoo, the Children's Museum, the PRV, etc.  We ought to take advantage of local, cultural offerings; it's good to get out and do something.  I hope you don't mind.

One of the events happening in our area is the Harvest Festival put on by the Mississippi Ag & Forestry Museum.  It is running now through November 10, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., and has quite a bit to offer.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

America Recycles Day at the Rez

Hopefully you are familiar with the organization called Keep the Rez Beautiful.  It's webpage can be found here.  I encourage all my readers to visit the webpage and learn more about this volunteer organization.

On Saturday, November 17, 2012, Keep the Rez Beautiful, along with Advantage Recycling, the PRVWSD, Waste Management, Rankin County, and Keep Mississippi Beautiful, are sponsoring America Recycles Day @ the Rez.

Election Results

By 11:00 p.m. last night, the Rankin County Election Commission had counted 52 of 53 precincts, or 98.11% of the vote.  Oakdale, with 3,172 registered voters, was the one precinct that had not been counted.  All of the below numbers are subject to these unofficial results, and Oakdale's uncounted votes.

So far, voters turned in a total of 56,804 ballots.  Not surprisingly, the Romney/Ryan ticket carried Rankin County with 75.04% of the Presidential vote.  Surprisingly, the Green Party's offering of Stein/Honkala actually garnered 85 votes.

In the Senate, Roger Wicker received a higher percentage of the vote in Rankin County than Romney/Ryan (by 1.5%).

Fellow Rankin Countian, Gregg Harper, scared off all but a Reform party opponent in his Congressional Race.  As a result, he coasted to victory with over 88% of the vote.

Rankin County voters also made certain their ideology transferred to the Mississippi Supreme Court.  There, we gave Bill Waller 76.76% of the vote.

More local results after the jump.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012


I just returned from voting at the Grant's Ferry Precinct (St. Mark's Methodist Church).  Good turnout so far.  Here is a tip that likely applies no matter the precinct:  Don't just walk up and stand in line.  Investigate whether there are different lines depending on last name.  For example, the line out the door at St. Mark's was solely for M-Ps.  Folks walking up would automatically assume the line was for all voters.  However, the lines for A-G, H-L and Q-Z were short, and completely inside the building.  Someone with the last name of Adams could vote fairly quickly.  Odom, on the other hand . . . .

Voting is such a negligible obligation for the benefit of living in this great country.  I'm thankful every day for our freedom, which includes the right to elect our leaders.

Remember to thank the poll workers.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Table 100 Wine & Cooking School

Table 100 continues their Wine and Cooking School program on Wednesday, November 7, 2012.  See link here.  Anyone who has been to their earlier offerings care to share about the experience?

Friday, November 2, 2012

All Points Bulletin for Kathryn Barkett Byrd

The following is a repost from a Flowood Chamber of Commerce email to all members.  Kathryn Barkett Byrd is a former Miss Flowood, and the daughter of Dr. Linda Barkett, a Dentist in Flowood.  The email, authored by her employer, Tempstaff, Inc., is as follows:

We need your help!  Kathryn Byrd is a TempStaff Staffing Supervisor in our Jackson Office Support Division.  She was recently diagnosed with e.Coli and she has started to go into kidney failure.

Katherine is in desperate need of plasma in order to do her next treatment.....and they need do it today! The plasma does have to be a match of O+, O or AB+.

She is also in need of whole blood.  You do not have to be a match for her blood, she will still get credit if you give.

Please visit your local Mississippi Blood Services location to donate.  If you are unable to donate today, please donate as soon as possible.



Rankin County Elections (Sample Ballot Included)

Tuesday, November 6 is election day.  In addition to voting for President, Senator, Congressman, and Mississippi Supreme Court Justice, there are a couple of elections that effect just those of us in the Reservoir District, to wit:

Election Commissioner (District 2):  Thomas E. Yates, III, is the incumbent.  He is challenged by Sharon Berry and Leslie Foshee Lewis.

School Board (District 4):  Ann M. Sturdivant is the incumbent.  She is challenged by Jeffrey Payne and James Roberts.

A sample ballot for Rankin County can be found here.

Please vote.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Keeping Us Safe During Halloween

Here is a good story on the men and women in uniform keeping our streets safe.  May we never take for granted the benefits of living in such a low crime area.  Beginning at 5 p.m., and at least three times thereafter, Rankin County deputies slowly patrolled my neighborhood's (Millcreek) streets.  I was grateful each time I saw their lights.  I thought it was a cool idea for WJTV to hitch a ride.

The pelicans are back

WLBT reported last night the white Pelicans are back in this video.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Bald Eagle at the Rez

The symbol of our great Nation was recently photographed surveying his domain at a secluded spot on the main lake.  Many thanks to Hays Collins for providing this photo.  

Conservation Celebration

The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks is celebrating 80 years of Conservation this weekend.  On November 3, the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science is admission free between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.  In addition to the awesome Dinosaur exhibit, they will have laser shooting, a zip line, creature features, archery, face painting, etc.  

Weinermobile coming to Rankin County Today

Come visit the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile at Brandon's local Kroger and get your limited edition Wiener Whistle while supplies last!

Monday, October 29, 2012


Apparently the surge brought in some unwanted pets up in New Jersey:

New Grocery Store Coming to the Rez

Anyone driving down Spillway Road has likely noticed new activity in the Reservoir Square Shopping Center on Spillway Road.  Look for a Ramey's Marketplace brand grocery store to fill the Old Jitney Jungle/Winn-Dixie location.  See one of Jim's old post's on this location here.

Laurel Park Apartment Fire

Sunday evening, a portion of the Laurel Park Apartments, located across Lakeland Drive from Lowe's Home Improvement Store, went up in flames.  Quoting from the write-up on, "[w]itnesses say they heard a boom, then saw smoke and flames coming from the attic [of Building 37]".  Depending on which news outlet you use, either seven or eight families' units were destroyed.

Clarion Ledger's write-up can be found here.

Photo was taken by Lashetta Wilder and can be found at

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Crechale's is Coming!

WLBT posted on its website that Crechale's Restaurant, a staple of the City of Jackson for 42 years, will soon be moving operations to Flowood!  See link here.  I remember my grandparents introducing me to Crechale's when I was little.  I'd sit quietly while they and their friends would enjoy fellowship around a good meal.  I enjoyed the atmosphere, and the taste of those onion rings stayed with me for a long time.  When I returned to the Jackson area after graduating college, I was pleased to see that little changed, either in atmosphere or quality of food.  Another good pick-up by the City of Flowood and, apparently, a corollary benefit of Puckett Machinery moving out of Jackson.  Thoughts?

Area Halloween Happenings

- Haunted House.  Lake Harbor Fire Department is having a haunted house this Friday and Saturday.  The frights begin at dark and stop when the last body leaves.  Admission is $5 a person, and there will be a concession stand available in case you lose your supper.  Take the Goshen Springs or Sandhill Exit from Lakeland Drive/Hwy 25, and follow the signs.  Click the link for more details.

- Dark Zone Haunted House.  This weekend, the Exchange Club of Crossgates hosts Dark Zone behind Rogers Dabbs Chevrolet.  Park at the soccer fields and a haunted hay ride will guide you to the fun.  $8 admission this weekend.  They also have light concessions.  I hear folks are dying to go.  Click the link for more details.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

City of Flowood's Kids Night Out

On the evening of Wednesday, October 31, 2012, the City of Flowood is sponsoring Kid's Night Out at Liberty Park, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Liberty Park is located behind the Flowood YMCA on Liberty Road.  There will be a petting zoo, there will be plenty of space jumps, there will be carnival games, and, yes, there will be candy!  Come in your favorite costume, bring your kids.  If you don't have kids, borrow some.  The best part about it is it's free.  MISS 103 will provide music; the Northwest Rankin Art Department will provide face painting, and there will be a ton of other activities going on.  Chick-Fil-A, McLaurin High School Key Club, Hungry Howie's, Flowood Kiwanis, Liberty Baptist Church, Flowood Baptist Church, Crown Trophies, are more are all helping provide this activity for area families.  There's plenty of parking.  Everyone's welcome, just be careful to watch for miniature ghosts, super heroes, and princesses.  Contact the Flowood Parks and Recreation Department if you have any questions.  601.992.4440.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Northwest Rankin Baseball Smoke Off

Start preparing your Thanksgiving table now by ordering a Boston Butt ($30; 7-8 lbs), Turkey ($35; 10-12 lbs), or Ham ($40; 8 lbs) from the NW Rankin Baseball Team.  Call Coach McClaskey at 601.992.2236, or talk to a player, to order.  You can pick up your order on Tuesday, November 20, 2012, between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. by the athletic fields behind NW Rankin High School.  Delivery can be arranged for orders over $250.

Spillway Road at the Rez: Making the Rez Beautiful

The Rez News is back! And for starters, we wanted to share some positive news out here at the Rez in honor of our friend, Jim McDowell In short, we've all missed Jim and his tenacity for getting things done and for his leadership in our community. Jim would have loved to see this! His committment to the Reservoir Community was unwavering. This past weekend a number of people were out and about enjoying the unusually warm October weekend and making some improvements to the new park area along Spillway road (see map below for the area).

September crime reports for PRVWSD

Monday, October 22, 2012

State Champions

Congratulations to the Lady Cougars of Northwest Rankin High School for earning the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A Championship for Slow Pitch Softball!  On Saturday, October 20, 2012, the Lady Cougars defeated Grenada High School 17-3 and 2-0, sweeping a best-of-three series.  The games were played at Freedom Ridge Park in Ridgeland, Mississippi, and showcased the Lady Cougars' offensive, and defensive, skills.  Great job, Cougars!  If you know one of the girls on the team, let them know how proud you are of them for this accomplishment.

Photo courtesy of Laurie Johnson.

Rankin School Board meets Wednesday

The Rankin County School Board will meet in Special Session on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 8:00 a.m. in the library at Brandon High School, 3090 Hwy. 18, Brandon, MS.

 The agenda is attached below.

We're back.

The Rez News is back. Jim McDowell was a good friend of mine and I know how much his blog and the Reservoir meant to him. He was a one-man archive of all things Ross Barnett Reservoir. It seemed a shame to see his work go away when he unexpectedly left us a few week ago. Jim was loved and well-respected by many. This blog was his baby and it deserves a better fate than to disappear into internet never-never land.

 His son and I are now operating TRN. Jim told me more than once Jackson Jambalaya inspired him to start his blog. He always thought the people who lived around the Rez were not properly represented and had no voice. If there was one thing he believed in, it was in helping his neighbors have more of a say in how they are governed than they do now. Jim later started posting more news about Rankin County but the Rez above all is what mattered most to him. We are going to keep the blog going in the same vein as Jim did: a source of info and dialogue for those who live around the Rez.

 A group of us will be contributing authors. Senator Josh Harkins will keep us updated on all things legislature. I'll keep posting the crime reports, PRVWSD minutes, and other relevant information. Kaptain Kangaroo is a Rez Rat and will contribute as well. There are some others who have agreed to contribute on a regular basis. Feel free to submit your photos, suggestions, and tidbits as we move along. If there is a bake sale on Spillway or something happening on the Ridgeland side, even a lost dog, tell us about it. Feel free to email me at This blog is going to be a team effort so any offers to join the team are welcome.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Farewell, Dad

Thanks for reading my father's blog.  He lost his battle to cancer and passed away Wed. morning at 6am with his family by his side.  My father loved doing this blog and loved the res. with all his heart.  We will miss him dearly.  He has taken care of our family as good as any man can.  He also has saved my life more times than I can count on two hands.  To me my father was the smartest and most principled man in the world.  So thanks to all the readers and supporters.  We will continue to celebrate my father's life everyday.  So until we meet again Dad rest in peace. Services will be held at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Flowood, MS.  Visitation is at 9am and funeral at 11am Friday the 21st of September.  Thanks again for reading, Mike McDowell

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Gator Tales -Two

Great newsletter produced by the PRVWSD that covered the events of the 2nd annual GATOR TALES event. Also news specific to Rez leaseholders.


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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

NWRHS Grand Opening For S.T.A.R.T Center

Northwest Rankin High receives $20,000 grant for student and community career center

Grand Opening scheduled for Monday, August 27, 4-6 p.m., NWR High Library

Brandon, Miss. – The Mississippi Department of Education has awarded Northwest Rankin High School (NWR) with a $20,000 grant for Mississippi’s first S.T.A.R.T. Center – Student, Teacher, and Adult Research and Technology Center.

The public is invited to a grand opening on Monday, August 27, 4-6 p.m. at NWR’s Library. Attendees can tour the Center and try out new research databases as well as enjoy refreshments and a chance to win door prizes.

The S.T.A.R.T. Center expands the traditional high school college and career center and makes those services available to the local community. NWR’s Library and Media Center will be open daily during school hours, extended hours every other Tuesday evening, and upon special request. Patrons will have access to online courses, research and information on job preparation, test preparation, literacy skill development, and other services.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Rankin School Board Meets Wednesday

Agenda of Special Called Meeting
The Board of Education
Rankin County School District

A Special Called meeting of the Board of Education of Rankin County School District will be held August 22, 2012, beginning at 7:30 AM at Board Room, 1220 Apple Park Place, Brandon.

The subjects to be discussed or considered or upon which any formal action may be taken are as listed below. Items do not have to be taken in the order shown on this meeting notice.

Unless removed from the consent agenda and placed under discussion / action, items identified within consent agenda will be acted on at one time with no discussion.

       FISHING LEASE - 16-4-2
       - DAVIS
       - 16-7-5 - MCLAURIN
       - 16-4-3 - SOUTHERN PINE    ELECTRIC

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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Waterspout Over Rez Sunday Afternoon

Residents from Paradise Point sent us some great photos of a waterspout that occured around 7pm Sunday evening.  The view is from Paradise Point looking northward toward Northshore Parkway.

Click photos to enlarge.

The water tower at the right of the waterspout is loacated
at the Reservoir Fire Station on Northshore Parkway.

photo submitted by reader in Woodlake

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

FBI Warns Of New Internet Virus


There is a new “drive-by” virus on the Internet, and it often carries a fake message—and fine—purportedly from the FBI.

Known as Reveton ransomware, it’s described as drive-by malware because unlike many viruses—which activate when users open a file or attachment—this one can install itself when users simply click on a compromised website. Once infected, the victim’s computer immediately locks, and the monitor displays a screen stating there has been a violation of federal law.

Read more at the FBI website HERE

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

TRN Blog Update

The Rez News blog author is having a few health problems (writing this post from a St. D. hospital room).

So the postings will be on a reduced schedule but - we hope back on be back to normal soon.  

Thank you all for your kind words and loyal participation in the blog and helping our reservoir community stay informed of the many things that are important to us all. 


Monday, August 6, 2012

Rankin County School Board Meets This Week

The Rankin County School Board will meet in Regular Session on Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at 7:30 a.m. in the Board room of the Administration Building, 1220 Apple Park Place, Brandon, MS.

The agenda is attached.

Frankie Boone
Administrative Assistant to
Superintendent, Dr. Lynn Weathersby
Rankin County School District
1220 Apple Park Place
Brandon, MS 39042
(601) 825-5590, ext. 203

The mission of the Rankin County School District is to prepare every student with the cognitive and social skills necessary to be productive members of an ever-changing global society.

This email and any attachments to it may be confidential and are intended solely for the use of the individual to whom it is addressed. If you are not the intended recipient of this email, you must neither take any action based upon its contents, nor copy or show it to anyone. Please contact the sender if you believe you have received this email in error.

Copy of agenda HERE.

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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Popular Dove Hunting Program Begins August 6th

News From The Mississippi Department
Of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks

Private Land Dove Field Permits Available August 6

Jackson – Hunting permits for Private Land Dove Fields will be available for purchase beginning at 8:00 a.m. on August 6, 2012. The Private Land Dove Field Program is a popular program in which MDWFP biologists work with private landowners to prepare fields and manage public access on private lands.

In 2012, these private fields will be located in Alcorn, Tate, Madison, Kemper, Jones, and Lincoln Counties. These fields were planted to a variety of crops favored by doves, including sunflowers, millet, and corn. Permits allow hunters to hunt three days per week (Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday) during the first two dove seasons. These permits provide an excellent opportunity to introduce youth to hunting, as each permit allows up to two youth to hunt with an adult hunter at no additional cost.

To ensure safety and hunt quality, only a limited number of permits are available for each field. “It is the MDWFP’s goal to provide a safe, quality hunt for Mississippi’s dove hunters. Since these hunts are administered by MDWFP, hunters can rest assured that fields have been prepared properly.” states Scott Baker, Dove Field Program Leader.

Specific information on each field including maps, size of the field, type of crop planted, number of available permits, and cost may be found at

For more information regarding dove hunting in Mississippi, visit our website at or call at 601-432-2199.

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Saturday, August 4, 2012

MDWFP Offers Great Hunting on WMAs


Deer, Early Teal, and Rabbit Hunting Applications Available August 1st

JACKSON – Beginning August 1st, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks began accepting draw permit applications for early season teal and deer hunting on Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs). Applicants must apply online at from August 1 – 31. There will be a charge of $5 for each permit application. Permitted early season teal hunts will be available at Howard Miller and Muscadine Farms WMAs. Permitted rabbit hunts will be available at Nanih Waiya WMA.

Permitted deer hunts are available for at Natchez State Park, Black Prairie, Charles Ray Nix, Hell Creek, Mahannah, Sardis Waterfowl, Sky Lake, Twin Oaks, Trim Cane, and Yockanookany WMAs. Youth and handicapped hunting opportunities are available at Sardis Waterfowl and Trim Cane WMAs. Applicants for youth deer hunts at Sardis Waterfowl WMA must be 15 years of age or younger. Applicants for deer hunts at Trim Cane WMA must have a physical condition which makes them fully dependent on a wheelchair for mobility or be 15 years of age or younger.

For more information regarding Wildlife Management Areas in Mississippi, visit our website at or call MDWFP at 601-432-2199.

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Friday, August 3, 2012

Rankin Schools Morn Loss of Long Time Educator

News From The Rankin 
County School District


"Our entire Rankin County School District family is deeply saddened at the passing of Assistant Superintendent Matthew Evans. He passed away yesterday evening playing basketball.

He was a valued member of our RCSD family for 31 years where he provided outstanding leadership to multiple programs and schools within our district. He was a well-respected educator and we will all miss him.
Matthew Evans

Matthew was a lifelong resident of Rankin County and a graduate of Pisgah High School and Mississippi College where he was an outstanding athlete. He was a devoted husband, father and brother and our thoughts and prayers are with his family: his wife, Lois, and three children."

Additional information:
  • Graduate of Pisgah High School and Mississippi College
  • 55 years of age
  • RCSD Assistant Superintendent – 16 years. Responsible for oversight of
    • Federal Program
    • Title I
    • Special Education    
    • Dropout Prevention
    • Adult Education/GED
    • Child Nutrition
    •  Supervised Puckett HS, Pisgah HS, Pelahatchie HS, The Learning Center, McLaurin HS, Richland HS, and Richland Upper Elementary School
  • Outstanding Athlete
    • Played Varsity basketball at Mississippi College, at that time an NCAA Division II school, under Coach Doug Hines
    • Member of MC’s M-Club 

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Florida Fugitive Arrested After Manhunt

Stefan Tyron Bibb, 27
3005 East Gonzales Street
Pensacola, FL 32503
News From The Rankin
County Sheriff's Department

On Thursday August 2nd at approximately 3:30 pm Rankin County Deputy Rebecca Goldman made contact with a stolen silver Chrysler passenger car on Shiloh Road just outside the Brandon city limits.

Deputy Goldman attempted to stop the vehicle near the intersection of Shiloh road and Deer Ridge Road. The driver attempted to evade the deputy and fled south on Deer Ridge Road which is a dead end road. When the suspect made it to the end of the Deer Ridge Road it crashed through a metal gate and then through a barbed wire fence.

The vehicle continued to flee into a field where it crashed into a gully. The driver of the vehicle, later identified as Stefan Tyron Bibb, exited the vehicle and fled on foot. A female and two other young adult males were apprehended at the vehicle.

Several law enforcement agencies responded to assist the Rankin County Sheriff’s Office with the hunt for Bibb. The Mississippi Highway Patrol, Brandon Police Department, Flowood Police Department, Pearl Police Department, Richland Police Department, U.S. Marshal’s Task Force, Pelahatchie Police Department along with Metro One Helicopter all responded and assisted in setting up a perimeter and searching for the suspect.

Manhunt Underway In Rankin County ***Updated***

The suspect was captured shortly after 7am Friday morning walking along Shiloh Road.

WLBT reports on manhunt in Rankin County.

Link to WLBT article

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Rankin Schools Launch Scholarship Resource

News From The Rankin 
County School District

Rankin County School District launches scholarship page for parents and students

Brandon, MS--- Preparing for college can be overwhelming mentally, emotionally and financially. To assist parents and students with this, the Rankin County School District (RCSD) launched a college preparation and scholarship page on the RCSD website to help them with information and financial support. The website has information on various types of financial assistance, college preparation, information on state and out-of-state colleges and universities and the United States Military.

“The scholarship page isn’t just for high school students—it’s for everyone. Even the parents of our youngest students can begin to discover the wide variety of scholarships are available to help with the expenses of college,” said RCSD Superintendent Dr. Lynn Weathersby.

The website lists a variety of scholarships such as academic, athletic, national, state and local, the arts and minority scholarships. Although the scholarship opportunities listed are not exhaustive, it does provide a starting point for scholarship search.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Rez Firefighters Planning 9/11 Tribute

News From The
Reservoir Fire Department

Some of you may remember that several local Fire Departments and civilians groups met at Reservoir Fire Station 1 (on Sept. 11, 2011) to set out on a 9/11 Memorial Run/Walk, we began at Station 1 (on Spillway Road) and worked our way around the Pelahatchie Bay area for a total of 11 miles!

Almost all of the Firefighters completed this tremendous feat in their bunker gear and carrying American Flags - all to show their support for our GREAT Nation!

This was WELL received in the community and turned out to be a Chill Bump raising event - tons of people have asked us to do it again.

So, we will.

This year on 9/9/12 (Sunday) we are going to be putting on the same run/walk along with an event to remember at Lakeshore Park - events at the Park will begin at 1pm.

There will be a kids fun run around the park along with face painting, inflatable jumpies , food, sno cones, a band playing and much much more! We are looking for a great turnout and we would love to get as many Firefighters and civilians to come out and join us as possible! We would love to have you run with us, but if you would rather just come out to the event or stand along the run route and wave a flag that would be awesome too!!

If you want to run/walk but really aren’t sure about running the full 11 miles please come join us for whatever distance you want to run/walk. There is no charge for coming to hang out at the event in Lakeshore Park, the run/walk has a registration fee of $25 and the kids run is $10, you will receive a really cool shirt and goodie bag if you register to run.

All the proceeds from this are going directly to the building fund for the Joseph M Still Burn Center Lodge. Please know that you may join in anywhere along the route and run/walk and all that is required is an American Flag - no need to pay if you don’t want the shirt or goodie bag

Please help us spread the word.  Below is a link to a video that Shannon Sandridge put together for us from the run/walk last year, please take a moment to view it and tell your friends.

Look forward to seeing you there and ..DON’T FORGET TO BRING A FLAG!!!!!!!

Video from last year's event

Questions or need more info?  Contact the station at 601-992-2657
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Josh Swales
Deputy Fire Chief
Reservoir Fire Department
2232 Spillway Road
Brandon, MS 39047

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Gov. Bryant At Neshoba County Fair

Governor Phil Bryant 
to Address Fairgoers

JACKSON – Gov. Phil Bryant will outline his vision for a Path Forward for Mississippi when he speaks at the annual Neshoba County Fair on Thursday at 10:50 am in Founders Square, Philadelphia, Miss.

Gov. Bryant will discuss his first seven months in office since being elected Mississippi’s 64th governor, his Mississippi Works initiatives, economic development improvements and other agenda items.

What: Gov. Phil Bryant to give remarks at Neshoba County Fair

When: Thursday, August 2 at 10:50 a.m.

Where: Founders Square, Neshoba County Fair, Philadelphia, Miss.

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Rankin School Board Votes To Settle With Pearl

In a hastily called meeting yesterday, the Rankin County School Board voted to settle a lawsuit between Rankin County Schools and the Pearl Public School District.

The lawsuit, filed by Pearl last year, attempted to change the status of land belonging to the RCSD but within the Pearl City Limits.  The land in question was along the El Dorado Road area and the Patrick Farms subdivisions.

The Rankin School board voted 3 to 1 to agree to the settlement.  Those voting for the settlement:  Cecil McCrory, Grumpy Farmer and Ruth Burgess.  Voting against the settlement was Ann Sturdivant - board member Debbie Tolleson was out of town but had previously voted against the settlement.

Highlights of the settlement:

  • Children living in the annexed area who made choices in previous agreements will be allowed to complete their education in the school of their choice
  • Children living in the annexed will have 1 year from the date of settlement to choose what school district they wish to attend.  
  • After the one year selection option expires all new children moving to the area or those who did not make a choice will be required to attend Pearl Public Schools. 
  • Neither Pearl or the Rankin School District will file any legal action seeking to change the agreement for a period of 12 years. 
  • Rankin County School District will continue to collect the ad valorem tax and pay Pearl a fee for each student in the settlement area that attends Pearl Schools. 
The agreement will have to go before a U.S. District Court and the U.S. Department of Justice before it becomes final.

Copy of the legal documents here:

Consent Order For The Enlargement Of Pearl Attendance Zone

Joint Motion For Approval and Entry Of Consent Order For Enlargement
of Pearl Attendance Zone

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McEwen Receives Award

Northwest Rankin
Middle School Principal
Jacob McEwen

News From The Rankin County
School District

Jacob McEwen named 
Third Congressional  District 
2012 Administrator of the Year

Brandon, MS – Jacob McEwen, principal at Northwest Rankin Middle School, has been named the Third Congressional District 2012 Administrator of the Year by the Mississippi Department of Education.

He has over 26 years of educational leadership and has been employed by Rankin County School District (RCSD) since 1997. He first started at RCSD as an assistant principal at Northwest Rankin High School.

As the principal of Northwest Rankin Middle, McEwen inspires and motivates his teachers and students to succeed. He recognizes the uniqueness of the individual student and challenges them to become lifelong learners.

“I have watched him grow and develop into an accomplished and effective leader,” said RCSD Superintendent Dr. Lynn Weathersby. “As principal of Northwest Rankin Middle he has developed partnerships between the parents and the community that encourage students to succeed.”

He and his wife Sandra are the parents of two children.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Rankin School Board Calls Special Meeting

Agenda of Special Called Meeting
The Board of Education
Rankin County School District

A Special Called meeting of the Board of Education of Rankin County School District will be held July 31, 2012, beginning at 5:30 PM at Board Room, 1220 Apple Park Place, Brandon.

The subjects to be discussed or considered or upon which any formal action may be taken are as listed below. Items do not have to be taken in the order shown on this meeting notice.
Unless removed from the consent agenda and placed under discussion / action, items identified within consent agenda will be acted on at one time with no discussion.





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Wildlife Extravaganza 2012

News From The Mississippi Wildlife Federation

It's Back!

The 26th annual Mississippi Wildlife Extravaganza will be held this weekend at the Mississippi Trademart Building. 

Where:   Mississippi Trademart Building at the fair grounds

When:    Friday (Kids Day), August 3rd from 3pm till 9pm
         Saturday, August 4th from 9am till 7pm
         Sunday, August 5th from 10am till 5pm

Over 200 exhibitors from all over North America will at the event to show the latest in hunting gear.  The show is also a great place to bring the kids - plenty of demos geared at entertaining the whole family.

A few of the scheduled events:

  • Snakes of Mississippi with Terry Vandeventer
  • Fetch Tub with Jason Reynolds and his High Flying Retrievers
  • Talking Turkey with Preston Pittman
  • Grabblin' Mississippi Style
And much more.  See the entire event schedule HERE

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