Thursday, May 31, 2012

No Pipe Bomb In Pearl

Suspicious device located in Pearl
Update From The Pearl PD On
 The Possible Pipe Bomb

Pictured is the device in question as it appeared upon discovery yesterday by the Pearl PD.

As you can see it looks very much like a pipe bomb.

The device is known as a G-Cal Permeation Device and used by the gas pipeline industry, it likely wound up at this location by chance. 

The chemical inside the cylinder is best left to the use of and disposal by professionals so all the safety measures were still warranted.

Pearl Police Department

Catching Up With Bobby Cleveland

We had the opportunity to visit with Bobby Cleveland the other morning and chat about his recent transition into retirement.
In April he accepted an early retirement offer from Gannett and, as they say, put the Clarion Ledger in his rear view mirror. 

Not an easy decision for someone who had a dream job - getting paid to write about hunting and fishing.  However, given the state of the newspaper business these days it was an offer he knew he couldn't refuse.

The back page of the Sunday sports section will probably never be the same.  But, there is a good chance we'll be hearing from him again.

His phone has been ringing - he has signed a deal to do public relations work for the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District, he's working on deals to write for several magazines and there may be the opportunity to do a TV spot.  

One of his first duties with the PRVWSD will be to to work with various fishing groups to gather their input on aquatic weed control on the Rez.

Experts from Mississippi State University consult with the District to provide guidance on weed control but those efforts are often at odds with the desires of  bass fishermen.  Bobby plans to spend time bringing the fishing groups together and working out a solution agreeable to all.

He'll be busy with new opportunities but he's assured us that there will still be time to do what he likes best, chase striped bass in the main lake.

And, he said he'll send us a photo every now and then so we can see what he's catching.

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Choctaw Expressions At Crafts Center

Choctaw Expressions Showcased
At Mississippi Craft Center

The Mississippi Craft Center will present Choctaw Expressions as the featured cultural and historical exhibit for the month of June.

The presentation will showcase the rich and unique heritage of the Mississippi Choctaw Indians with traditional cultural arts and artifacts. The exhibition is set to open to the public on Friday, June 1 at 10 a.m.

The Mississippi Craft Center, located in Ridgeland, Miss., is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with free admission and will highlight this unique event through June 31.

Opening day of the exhibit will include cultural educational interactive activities presented by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians’ Department of Chahta Immi. Guests will have the opportunity to participate in five learning stations that include: beading, corn husk doll making, pottery making, rabbit stick throwing, storytelling, and Choctaw social dancing.

Visitors will also have an opportunity to look into Choctaw history through a timeline display that highlights historical events that shaped the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. Choctaw Expressions was designed by the Choctaw Museum for the purpose of sharing Choctaw culture with the general public, to cultivate appreciation and provide insight into Choctaw traditions.

For more information about Choctaw Expressions, contact the Choctaw Museum at (601) 650 –1685 or the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians’ Office of Public Information at (601) 663–7532.

The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, under the leadership of Tribal Chief Phyliss J. Anderson, has an enrolled membership of over 10,000 people and is the only federally recognized tribe in the State of Mississippi. Headquartered in Choctaw, Mississippi, the Tribe has emerged as a leader in economic development. The tribe provides a range of governmental services including schools, a hospital, medical clinics, police and fire protection, courts, an elderly center, among many others. Chief Phyliss J. Anderson serves as the first female Chief in Mississippi Choctaw history.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Rankin County Man Killed in Car Accident

News From The Rankin County Sheriff's Office

At approximately 12:23 p.m. today the Rankin County Sheriff’s Department responded to a report of a one vehicle accident on Bethel Road. When deputies arrived on scene they found that the driver of the vehicle had been ejected during the accident and expired on scene.

It appears that the Chevy Trailblazer ran off the right side of the roadway, struck a culvert and flipped several times.

The driver was identified as 29 year old Jason Curtis Floyd from Rankin County.  Floyd was the lone occupant of the vehicle.

Sheriff Bryan Bailey
Rankin County Sheriff's Office

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Attention Bird Watchers

Bird Watching Opportunities 
At Pearl River 
Wildlife Management Area

For many years, local birders and waterfowl enthusiasts have enjoyed the waterfowl sanctuary at Pearl River WMA. Pearl River WMA is only a short drive from Jackson and is a great place to come and enjoy the outdoors. The observation tower, located just off Highway 43 on Ross Barnett Reservoir, overlooks one of the managed wetlands and is a prime location to view waterfowl during the winter and spring months.

Beginning in mid-June, the tower will be temporarily closed for improvements.

Another favorite bird watching spot on Pearl River WMA is the Rookery. The Rookery is located in a tupelo gum swamp and is a traditional nesting area for many species of wading birds. During the spring and summer months, the Rookery hosts large numbers of adult and young birds. The Rookery is a unique experience with a board walk leading to the rookery for easy access and viewing.

All users must possess a WMA User Permit unless they are exempt from purchasing an annual hunting or fishing license.

For more information regarding Wildlife Management Areas in Mississippi, visit the Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks website at or call us at 601-432-2199.

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Rez Car Tag Update

Update on Rez Car Tag:

The PRVWSD is making it easier for those living near The Rez to submit their application for "The Rez" specialty car tag.  A drop box is located in the parking lot of the PRVWSD Maintenance/Reservoir Patrol office located at the east end of the dam.  The entrance to the facility is next to the old Rapids Parking Lot at 100 Reservoir Park Rd.

Leave your application form and check in the drop box - enclose them in an envelope clearly marked:  ATTN CINDY FORD - TAG.

Drop Box Location


About The Rez tag:

The 2012 Mississippi Legislature passed a bill that authorizes a "Distinctive" car tag for the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District aka The Rez. 

The PRVWSD is required to get orders for 300 tags before any are manufactured - so - get out the check book, fill out the application form and get your order to PRVWSD.  It will likely be later in the year before the tags are available as the bill does not become law until July 1, 2012.

The PRVWSD is considering having a contest to produce a design for the tag, more details on that when they become available.

Like all, specialty tags, there will be a $31 additional charge, of that $24 will go back to the PRVWSD and be deposited in a fund that will be used to improve The Rez facilities such as parks, boat launches, etc.

Show the world you support The Rez - pre-order your tag now.

Print off the application form and return it with a check to the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District office in Ridgeland at 115 Madison Landing Circle
or mail the form and check to:

Attn: Cindy Ford
P. O. Box 2180
Ridgeland, MS 39158


We'll keep a link to the tag application info at the top of The Rez News sidebar -  tell your friends.

The Rez News
Barnett Reservoir

Katfishin' Kids This Saturday

Katfishin' Kids

June 2, 2012
7:00 A.M. - 10:30 a.m.

Turcotte Lab of Highway 43
 at the Ross Barnett Reservoir

The Mississippi Wildlife Federation, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, The Clarion Ledger,, Tom Smith Land and Homes, Sport Fish Restoration, Studio Chane, Academy Sports and Outdoors, Southern AgCredit, Sunbelt Sealing, Inc., Allied Waste Services, Brown Bottling Group, and all local Wal-Mart stores are working together to bring this free event to children aged 15 and under to teach them all about fishing.

Bring the kids and join us for a fun-filled day where children can learn the basics of fishing. We'll teach them how to tie a knot, select the correct lure, bait hooks and cast. In addition, they will learn what a fish is and become familiar with it's habitat. We'll stock the pond with catfish and let them try their hand at fishing. Each child participating will receive a free t-shirt and goodie bag while supplies last. Lunch will also be provided free of charge.

This event is free to all and no equipment is needed. Mark your calendar and make plans to join us on June 2nd for a fun-filled day at Katfishin' Kids!


From Lakeland Drive - From I-55 take Lakeland Drive to Highway 471 Exit (Goshen Springs Exit). Turn left onto 471 and travel until you get to Highway 43. Turn left (west) and go until you see the signs.

From the Natchez Trace - Get on the Natchez Trace at the I-55 North intersection going east(right). Stay on the Trace for about 11 or 12 miles. At that point you will see an exit sign for Highway 43. Take that exit. Turn right onto Highway 43. The event is on the left. Signs will be posted.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

MDWFP Events For Fishing & Boating Week

Mississippi Department of Wildlife 
Fisheries & Parks Celebrates 
National Fishing and Boating Week

Mark your calendar now for National Fishing and Boating week (NFB) June 2 - 10, 2012, a national celebration of fishing and boating.

The first weekend of National Fishing and Boating Week in June of each year is designated as Free Fishing Weekend. Any person may sport fish without a license on Free Fishing Weekend (June 2-3), additionally, July 4 is still designated as free fishing day on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Anglers will be able to fish for free on any public waters, the first weekend of June. Also, licenses and permits are not required to fish any State Fishing Lakes or State Parks Lakes on this weekend.

The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) will honor this national week by hosting several events during the week. During NFB week, five Youth Fishing Rodeos will be held across the state.

Fishing Rodeo Location County Date Time
Katfishin Kids Turcotte Ed
Madison June 2 7am
Sardis Lake Sardis Lake Panola June 2 7am
Coahoma Cty. Fair Grounds Coahoma June 2 10am
Neshoba Rodeo Neshoba Lake Neshoba June 9 7am
Grenada Lake Grenada Rodeo Ponds Grenada June 9 7am

For more information regarding fishing in Mississippi, visit MDWFP website at or call 601-432-2212.

The Rez News

Traffic & Closure Notices for Heatwave Classic

Madison Landing Boat Ramp Closed
and Traffic Delays on Rice Road

The Ridgeland Recreation and Parks Department will be hosting the 27th Annual Heatwave Classic Triathlon on Saturday, June 2, 2012. Due to this event, there may be some delays on Post Road, Rice Road, Harbor Drive and Old Canton Road from 7:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. The Ridgeland Police Department will control all traffic flow at intersections during this event. The patrolmen will direct motorists through these areas as quickly as possible.

For the safety of our Heatwave Classic Triathlon participants, the Madison Landing boat ramp at the Ross Barnett Reservoir will close in preparation for and during this event. The boat ramp will close at midnight Friday night and re-open around noon on Saturday, June, 2.

For more information regarding the Heatwave Classic Triathlon, contact the Ridgeland Recreation and Parks Department at 601-853-2011.

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Rez To Rebuild Fishing Peir

Rankin Fishing Pier

Work will begin soon to rebuild a popular fishing pier at the Rankin Landing.

The pier was destroyed by high waves generated by a severe thunderstorm last August.  If you missed our post on the storm you can read it here.

The PRVWSD awarded the bid for reconstruction of the pier to Key Constructors, LLC.  The winning bid was $299,500 but may be slightly less due to engineering changes.

Neel-Schaffer was also awarded a contract for construction engineering and inspection services, the amount of that contract was not to exceed $16,000.

The new pier will be a different design, a engineering drawing of the project is available here.

The documentation from Neel Schaffer regarding the bid and engineering services is available here.

The Rez News

Monday, May 28, 2012

Truck Hits Two Cars In Flowood

Around 8 pm Monday evening an 18 wheeler traveling south on Highway 25 collided with two passenger vehicles.  The accident happened just north of Dogwood Festival Market.

Officials told TRN one person was transported to the hospital but their injuries did not appear to be serious.

According to one source, a white SUV leaving Dogwood subdivision crossed Hwy 25 and was struck by the southbound 18 wheeler.  The truck then veered across the media into the northbound lane and struck a white Lexus. The driver of the Lexus was trapped in the vehicle and had to be extricated by emergency personnel. 

The driver of the truck was not injured. 

SUV struck by truck

A passenger was trapped in this vehicle

Truck was hauling lumber

The Rez News

Memorial Day 2012

Memorial Day
May 28, 2012

Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am in a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glint upon the snow.

I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awake in the morning hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush,

Of quiet birds in circling flight.
I am the soft starlight at night.
I am in the flowers that bloom.
I am in a quiet room.

I am the birds that sing,
I am in each lovely thing.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there. I did not die.

Mary Frye (1932)

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Memorial Day's Mississippi Roots

Civil War Commander John A. Logan
declared the first official
Memorial Day in 1868
The First Official Memorial Day
May 30, 1868

Do you celebrate Memorial Day? In 1868, Commander in Chief John A. Logan of the grand Army of the Republic issued what was called General Order Number 11, designating May 30 as a memorial day.

He declared it to be "for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet churchyard in the land." Where do you suppose that first Memorial Day took place?

The first national celebration of Memorial Day (originally Decoration Day) took place May 30, 1868, at Arlington National Cemetery. The national observance of Memorial Day still takes place there today, with the placing of a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the decoration of each grave with a small American flag.

The holiday has changed a bit since it first began, which some argue was even earlier than Logan's dedication.

Southern women decorated the graves of soldiers even before the end of the Civil War. After the war, a women's memorial association in Columbus, Mississippi, put flowers on the graves of both Confederate and Union soldiers in 1866, an act of generosity that inspired the poem by Francis Miles Finch, "The Blue and the Gray," published in the Atlantic Monthly.

In 1971, federal law changed the observance of the holiday to the last Monday in May and extended it to honor all those who died in American wars. People pay tribute not only with flowers but also with speeches and parades. Whom do you honor on Memorial Day?

Article and photo source: Library of Congress

The Rez News
Barnett Reservoir

Sunday, May 27, 2012

The Eagle Cam

The live eagle cam is back. Located in Decorah, Iowa, it streams live video day and night - an amazing view into the life of an eagle family.

Adult eagle with 2 of her 3 eaglets

If your lucky you'll catch one of the adults bringing prey to the hungry 8 week old raptors.

Watch the eagle cam HERE.

The Rez is also home a home to many eagles with a number of nesting locations having been identified over the years.

Last December we posted a few eagle photos that were taken in Forest Point just off Spillway Road.  If you missed the photos you can catch them here.

The Rez New
Barnett Reservoir

The Blue And The Gray

A poem written shortly after the close of the Civil War - a memorial to many soldiers killed in a war that claimed the lives of more men than any war in U.S. history.  

Written by Francis Miles Finch, it was originally published in the September 1867 edition of The Atlantic Monthly.

Link to magazine 

Francis Miles Finch

By the flow of the inland river, 
Whence the fleets of iron have fled, 
Where the blades of the grave-grass quiver, 
Asleep are the ranks of the dead;
Under the sod and the dew, 
Waiting the judgment day;
Under the one, the Blue; 
Under the other, the Gray.

These in the robings of glory, 
Those in the gloom of defeat, 
All with the battle-blood gory, 
In the dusk of eternity meet;
Under the sod and the dew, 
Waiting the judgment day;
Under the laurel, the Blue; 
Under the willow, the Gray.

From the silence of sorrowful hours 
The desolate mourners go,
Lovingly laden with flowers 
Alike for the friend and the foe;
Under the sod and the dew, 
Waiting the judgment day;
Under the roses, the Blue; 
Under the lilies, the Gray.

So with an equal splendor 
The morning sun-rays fall, 
With a touch, impartially tender, 
On the blossoms blooming for all; 
Under the sod and the dew,
 Waiting the judgment day;
Broidered with gold, the Blue; 
Mellowed with gold, the Gray.

So, when the Summer calleth, 
On forest and field of grain
With an equal murmur falleth 
The cooling drip of the rain;
 Under the sod and the dew, 
Waiting the judgment day;
Wet with the rain, the Blue;
 Wet with the rain, the Gray.

Sadly, but not with upbraiding, 
The generous deed was done; 
In the storm of the years that are fading, 
No braver battle was won;
Under the sod and the dew, 
Waiting the judgment day;
Under the blossoms, the Blue, 
Under the garlands, the Gray.

No more shall the war-cry sever, 
Or the winding rivers be red; 
They banish our anger forever 
When they laurel the graves of our dead! 
Under the sod and the dew, 
Waiting the judgment day;
Love and tears for the Blue. 
Tears and love for the Gray.

The Rez News
Barnett Reservoir

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Rez Boat And Tote Program

WLBT coverage of the Boat & Tote program by the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District and Keep The Rez Beautiful organization.

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Barnett Reservoir

New Traffic Lanes Open At Rankin Landing

New Entry/Exit to Rankin Landing

The new entry/exit lanes at Rankin Landing are now open.

Traffic leaving the popular boat launch can now cross the west bound (upper) road and turn left toward Old Fannin Road/Northshore Parkway.

The Rez News
Barnett Reservoir

One Week Till Heatwave Classic

*** Reminder ***

On Saturday, June 2nd, BlueCross BlueShield of Mississippi and Ridgeland Recreation & Parks will host the 27th annual Heatwave Classic Triathlon. Some of the finest athletes from the Southeastern United States will converge on Ridgeland, Mississippi to compete in the triathlon, an event sanctioned by the U.S.A. Triathlon. Participants return each year because they love the race course.

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

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

The Rez News
Barnett Reservoir

Friday, May 25, 2012

MDOT Update On I-20

JACKSON, MISS., Friday, May 25, 2012--- The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) would like to update motorists on a temporary lane closure in Rankin County.

The right lane of I-20 eastbound, just past the Pearson Road Exit (Exit 48), has been closed for cleanup of an 18-wheeler accident that occurred earlier this morning.

Prior to the evening rush hour traffic, crews will open all lanes of I-20. MDOT crews have postponed the recovery of the 18-wheeler and will not shut down the interstate today.

There will be temporary closures on I-20 tomorrow, May 26 to allow crews to remove the 18-wheeler.

MDOT will keep motorists posted on road conditions as information becomes available. Motorists are encouraged to take an alternate route and expect delays when traveling in this area while crews work on the cleanup of this accident.

For the most up-to-date information in your area, please visit and sign up for your traffic alerts. Also, visit to get the latest traffic information from on your mobile device.

MDOT advises the public to pull off the road to a safe location if you need to check the website while driving. MDOT’s number one concern is the safety of the traveling public.

The Rez News
Barnett Reservoir

Child ID App For Smartphones

News From The FBI

The Child ID App for Androids

Today, to help observe National Missing Children’s Day, we’re launching a new version of our Child ID App built specifically for Android mobile phones. The application can be downloaded for free from the Android Apps section of Google Play.

The Child ID App, first released in August 2011 for iPhones, provides parents with an easy way to electronically store pictures and vital information about their children in case they go missing—whether it’s a toddler wandering away at the mall or a teen who has been snatched by a stranger.

Using the app, you can show pictures of your kids and provide physical identifiers such as height and weight to security or police officers on the spot. You can also quickly and easily e-mail the information to authorities with a few clicks. The app also includes tips on keeping children safe as well as specific guidance on what to do in those first few crucial hours after a child goes missing.

To date, the iPhone version of the app has been downloaded more than 121,000 times.

- Download the Android app on Google Play
- Download the iPhone app on iTunes
- More on the Child ID App

The Rez News
Barnett Reservoir

Rankin Supes Award Bid For Old Fannin Road

The Rankin County Board of Supervisors awarded the bid for the Old Fannin Road project on Thursday.  The winning bid was submitted by Southern Rock LLC in the amount of $11,717,341.  Southern Rock was also the contractor for the project that widened Old Fannin Rd. some years back.
The contracts will be submitted to MDOT for approval - work is not expected to begin for several months.

Details of the project can be found HERE.

The agenda from Thursday's meeting.

May 24, 2012 - 9:00 A.M.


      A. HPP-7331-00(00S)/104626-801000 [Old Fannin Road
         Federal Project] - Approval to accept the 
         recommended bid of Southern Rock, LLC in the
         amount of $11,717,341.00 and approval of all
         documents as required per the Mississippi
         Department of Transportation Bid Concurrence

      A. Monterey Road Improvements - Adjustment of Entergy 
         Distribution Facility and authority to issue check
         at a total cost to Rankin County in the amount 
         of $104,252.00

      B. Monterey Road Improvements - Authorize to advertise
      C. Authority to purchase police equipment package for
         Constable Tim Gardner's Vehicle and approve the
         budget amendment in the amount of $4,662.00
      D. Authority to pay 2012 membership dues to MCDEMA for 
         Scott Davis in the amount of $25.00
      E. Authority for Bob Wedgeworth and Scott Davis to
         attend the 2012 MCDEMA Conference on June 4 - 6, 
         2012, at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention 
         Center in Biloxi, Mississippi 
         (This is at no cost to the county)
      F. Authority to pay Grant Management Invoice No. 5 to
         EnviroSafe Solutions in the amount of $6,741.70 for
         Rankin County Community Safe Room and authority to 
         issue check
      G. Authority to pay A2H Invoice 29834 for Architectural 
         Services and Invoice 29835 for Civil Design for a 
         total of $13,233.17 for the Rankin County Community
         FEMA Safe Room and authority to issue check
      H. Authority to issue check in the amount of $46,148.00 
         to the East Metro Corridor Commission for Pay
         Estimate No. 15 as part of the County's contribution
         to the East Metro Corridor in accordance with the 
         Interlocal Agreement 
      I. Authority to issue check to the Lutheran Episcopal
         Services of Mississippi (LESM) for partial payment
         of reimbursement in the amount of $15,389.15 for
         the JUMP Grant


VI.   RECESS UNTIL MAY 31, 2012, at 9:00 A.M.

The Rez News
Barnett Reservoir

Operation PROP Event Scheduled

News From Operation PROP


Operation PROP is pleased to announce the third Let's Go Flying event on Saturday, June 2, 2012 from 10 AM - 2 PM* at the John Bell Williams Airport in Raymond, MS.

Operation PROP is a nonprofit organization for People Reaching Outrageous Potential by introducing people with disabilities and Wounded Warriers to recreational and employment opportunities they may not know exist.

Operation PROP is a gathering of pilots with a special purpose - to offer people of all ages with all kinds of disabilities the opportunity to break the bonds of earth and experience the joy of flight. Flying can be a life-changing experience that brings new adventures and builds self-confidence to better handle life's challenges for persons with special needs.

A fun day is guaranteed for all! A few of the exciting activities include the joy of flying in an airplane for persons with disabilities, exhibition by Jackson's own wheelchair basketball team, "The Rollin Tigers", art classes, face painting, lunch and more! And IT IS ALL FREE thanks to event funding by the Mississippi Paralysis Association!

Go to for more information. Main event contact: Linwood Nooe 601.624.4400,

We look forward to seeing you on June 2! In the meantime, we wish you Blue Skies and Tail Winds!

Click on the following link to view a short video from our last "Let's Go Flying" event.





*One more thing....It is our sincere mission to provide a day of fun and skyward opportunity for all of the participants involved, but the weather is out of our control. We ask that you monitor the weather closely. At this time we DO NOT have an alternative date for the activity. Thank you for your understanding.

"Never interrupt someone doing something you said couldn't be done." --Amelia Earhart

The Rez News
Barnett Reservoir

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Rankin County Man Arrested

Rankin County Resident Arrested and 
Charged with Exploitation of a Child

Jackson, MS—A Rankin County resident has been arrested and charged with two counts exploitation of a child, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.

Charles Crownover, age 32, of Brandon was arrested yesterday by investigators with the Attorney General’s Cyber Crime Unit with assistance from the Madison Police Department and the Rankin County Sheriff’s Department, all partners in the Attorney General’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. Crownover is charged with two counts Exploitation of a Child.

“This case is a great example of the effectiveness of a task force like ours,” said Attorney General Hood. “We began with information originating in one area that instead led us to another. Through communication and cooperation, we made this arrest. I appreciate the assistance of Chief Waldrop and Sheriff Bailey and their officers in this case.”

Crownover was taken to the Rankin County jail. His initial appearance has not yet been set. If convicted, he faces up to 80 years behind bars. As with all cases, the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

The case will be prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Brandon Ogburn of the Attorney General’s Cyber Crime Unit.

The Rez News
Barnett Reservoir

Highway Patrol Out In Force

News From The Mississippi 
Highway Patrol

No Repeat of Last Memorial Day Weekend

Even though there has been a remarkable reduction in the number of fatalities in Mississippi over the past seven years, last year’s Memorial Day Weekend was particularly deadly.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol recorded nine fatalities on the roads and highways covered by troopers during the 2011 Memorial Day Weekend. The 78 hour Memorial Day Holiday begins at 6:00 p.m. Friday, May 25th and ends at midnight Monday, May 28th (Monday night into Tuesday morning).

“The Memorial Day weekend is the traditional beginning of the summer holiday travel season,” Public Safety Commissioner Albert Santa Cruz said. “One fatality is too many but nine in a 78 hour period is something no one wants to see. We plan to have all available resources out this Memorial Day Weekend to encourage motorists to obey the rules of the road.”

Over the past seven years, there has been a steady decline in the number of statewide fatalities. In 2005, 931 people died on Mississippi roads and highways. Last year, 630 people were killed in traffic crashes.

“Seat belts save lives,” Santa Cruz added. “The motoring public is better educated about the importance of wearing their safety belts and it is making a difference. As a result of the seven-year decline in fatalities, more than 300 people are at home with their families today who did not die in a car crash.

Additionally, MHP will use about $140,000 in federal grants to beef up patrols as the Click It or Ticket campaign continues. Mississippi was one of eight states where the Click It or Ticket campaign began in 2002.

“In 2002, Mississippi’s seat belt usage rate was 50-percent – only half of our motorists wore their safety belts,” MHP Director Colonel Donnell Berry said. “Since then, we have increased seat belt usage to nearly 82%. Even though we’ve had this increase, we are still below the national and regional average and still have work to do.”

The Click It or Ticket grants will increase the patrol’s presence statewide by 378 troopers during the enforcement effort, which began May 21st and will continue until June 3rd.

During the 2011 Memorial Day Holiday, MHP issued 4,643 tickets, investigated 92 crashes, made 117 DUI arrests, and issued 382 seat belt violations and 43 child-restraint violation tickets.

The Rez News
Barnett Reservoir

Fireworks At The Rez

The Barnett Reservoir Foundation and
Pearl River Valley Water Supply District

1st Annual Independence Day Celebration
June 30, 2012 - 5p.m. Till
Grand Marshals: Wounded Warriors and Operation PROP

The Independence Day Celebration will be a salute to our country’s troops. The event will include activities in both Old Trace Park and Lakeshore Parks. The parks will host kid zones, live music, food vendors and static military displays.

Patrons of both parks will enjoy the lighted boat parade, and a grand fireworks display which will finish the evening. Admission will be free to all! Both Rankin County and Madison County sides of the reservoir will be able to partake in the celebrations in their local parks.

The Barnett Reservoir Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)3, was recently established to promote the reservoir and surrounding businesses. The Foundation looks forward to introducing ourselves to the community with the Independence Day Celebration.

Fireworks had been a tradition at the Barnett Reservoir since the 1980’s. With changes in business ownership around the reservoir, the fireworks went silent after the 2005 show. We hope to make this an annual tradition, becoming bigger and better each year.

Wounded Warriors and Operation PROP will serve as our Grand Marshals for the 1st Annual Lighted Boat Parade. We are honored to be able to partner with these organizations during our salute to our country and troops.

Sponsorship, volunteer help and advertisement are a must to make this event a success.

A VIP section will be provided at the Jackson Yacht Club and tents with parking area will be available for the significant sponsors use.

The Foundation is willing to take any amount of donation. (Remember all donations are tax deductible.)

Levels of sponsorship:

Platinum - $5,000 or more 
  • Radio and TV advertisement recognition
  •  Judging seat in VIP section 
  • Leader Recognition on all banners and flyers 
  • Tent for sponsor’s use Leader Recognition on T-shirts
Gold - $2,500 
  • Judging seat in VIP section 
  • Tent space for sponsor’s use 
  • Recognition on all banners and flyers 
  • Recognition on T-shirts
Silver – $1,000
  • Recognition on all banners and flyers 
  • Recognition on T-shirts
 Donations above $250
  • Recognition on banners and flyers

 We are more than willing to work with any level of donated services. The admission is free, therefore, we expect a very large audience. Please consider helping the Foundation in any way possible.

Vendors are invited to provide services for the events. In order to prevent duplicate product sales, vending areas will be assigned on a first come/first serve basis. Vending fees for the event will be $200.00 per slot. Interested vendors should contact the representatives listed below for detailed information.

We are asking for any level of sponsorships/publicity/volunteers. Knowing your interest in the area, I wanted to make you aware of this opportunity for your organization to be a part of this community event.

Please contact:
Susan McMullan at 601-605-6880 or
or Cindy Ford at 601-605-6898 or

Thank you.

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Barnett Reservoir

Frauds From A to Z

News From The FBI

Frauds from A to Z

The following list provides links to information on many of the common and emerging frauds—both specific schemes and larger categories of crime—investigated by the FBI and its partners. We will be adding more links and information as time goes on, so check back often.

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Barnett Reservoir

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Governor Bryant Signs Rez Bill

(L to R) Rep. Mark Baker, Governor Bryant, Sen. Josh Harkins
Governor Phil Bryant signed Senate Bill 2703 Tuesday afternoon.  The bill makes changes to the makeup of the 14 member board of directors for the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District.

The bill, introduced by Senator Josh Harkins, sparked lively debate and survived many amendments before finally passing both chambers.

SB 2703, which takes effect January 1, 2013, requires 8 of the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District board members to be holders of residential leases from the PRVWSD or live in a subdivision that contains leasehold property.  The current law requires only one leaseholder. 

After January 1, 2013 the PRVWSD board of directors will be made up in the following manner:

1 member directly appointed by the board of supervisors from Hinds, Leake, Scott, Rankin and Madison counties.  The appointees from Madison and Rankin counties must be a leaseholder.  Five board members are appointed by this rule.

1 member appointed by the governor from a list of 3 names submitted by the board of supervisors from Hinds, Leake, Scott, Rankin and Madison counties.   The names submitted by Madison and Rankin counties must be leaseholders.  Five board members are appointed by this rule.

The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, Mississippi Forestry Commission, Mississippi State Board of Health and the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, each get one appointment.  Their appointee must be a leaseholder.  Four members are appointed by this rule.

The full text of the bill is available HERE.

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Barnett Reservoir

PRVWSD Board Minutes

Minutes from the April 2012 meeting of the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District Board of Directors.

Minutes HERE.

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Barnett Reservoir

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Bids In For Old Fannin Road Project

Bids were opened this morning at the Rankin County Board of Supervisors office for the widening project for Old Fannin Road.

Six firms submitted bids. 
The results:

Hemphill Construction      $12,130,746.00

Eutaw Construction         $13,744,450.65

Joe McGee Construction     $13,974,926.35

Southern Rock LLC          $11,717,341.00

Jay Bearden Construction   $13,793,982.85

Superior Construction      $15,869,126.88

The bids will be reviewed by county personnel who plan to make a recommendation to the board of supervisors at a meeting Thursday, May 24th at 9:00 a.m.

We posted the details of this project in April -  a link to that article is HERE

Once the contract is awarded the paperwork begins - bids and forms are sent to MDOT for their review and approval.  Once MDOT approves the contract the project will begin.  

County officials believe that it will be late summer before construction begins.

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Barnett Reservoir 

Click It Or Ticket Campaign

News From The Governors
Office Of Highway Safety

On May 25, 2012 the MS Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is partnering up with the Alabama Highway Safety Office for a Hands Across the Border Program. This program will involve State Law Enforcement Agencies, Local Police and Sheriff’s Departments from both states partnering up to Educate and Enforce the Seat Belt Laws of both states.

The event will start with a Press Conference on May 25, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at the Mississippi Welcome Center, located on I-20 West in Lauderdale County. From there Law Enforcement and State Officials from both states will come together with the media to announce the partnership and commitment to save lives on our roadways.

Rez Community Meeting Tonight


The Federation of Reservoir Homeowners will host a community meeting Tuesday, May 22nd, at 6 p.m.   The meeting will be held in the cafeteria at the Northwest Rankin Middle School.

The purpose of the meeting is to continue discussions about the formation of a Reservoir Community District (previously called the overlay district) on the Rankin County side of the reservoir and to identify possible ordinances that may be considered for the District. 

All Rankin County residents living on or near the Reservoir are invited to attend.

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Barnett Reservoir

Reservoir Patrol Report For April

A report generated by The Reservoir Patrol of their activities for the month of April is attached below.

We have asked for crime data for The Rez area from the Rankin County Sheriff's office but their system is, at present, unable to generate area specific reports.

Sheriff Bailey has said he hope to have a solution soon that will allow us to publish crime stats for The Rez area.  

Reservoir Patrol report HERE

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Barnett Reservoir

Monday, May 21, 2012

Largemouths Stocked In Oxbows

News From The Mississippi Department
of Wildlife Fisheries & Parks

Largemouth Bass Stocked at Lake George & Dump Lake

JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, & Parks (MDWFP) stocked approximately 46,000 largemouth bass fingerlings into Lake George and 16,000 into Dump Lake on May 16, 2012.

 Both of these oxbow lakes were formed by the Yazoo River and are located in Yazoo County, near Satartia.  Recent population assessments have indicated low numbers of young bass; the additional fish were added to help improve the fishery. “Stocking largemouth bass will provide anglers with more fishing opportunities and help boost the overall fishery at these lakes,” according to MDWFP fisheries biologist Jerry Brown. The bass were reared at the North Mississippi Fish Hatchery.

For more information regarding fishing in Mississippi, visit our website at or call us at 601-432-2212. Follow us on Facebook at or on Twitter at

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Barnett Reservoir

Rez Gets Specialty Car Tag

The 2012 Mississippi Legislature passed a bill that authorizes a "Distinctive" car tag for the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District aka The Rez. 

The PRVWSD is required to get orders for 300 tags before any are manufactured - so - get out the check book, fill out the application form and get your order to PRVWSD.  It will likely be later in the year before the tags are available as the bill does not become law until July 1, 2012.

The PRVWSD is considering having a contest to produce a design for the tag, more details on that when they become available.

Like all, specialty tags, there will be a $31 additional charge, of that $24 will go back to the PRVWSD and be deposited in a fund that will be used to improve The Rez facilities such as parks, boat launches, etc.

Show the world you support The Rez - pre-order your tag now.

Print off the application form and return it with a check to the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District office in Ridgeland at 115 Madison Landing Circle
or mail the form and check to:

Attn: Cindy Ford
P. O. Box 2180
Ridgeland, MS 39158


We'll keep a link to the tag application info at the top of The Rez News sidebar -  tell your friends.

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Barnett Reservoir

Rankin School Board Meets Wednesday

A Special Called meeting of the Board of Education of Rankin County School District will be held May 23, 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.

      A. APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF MAY 9, 2012 AND MAY 10, 2012
         TAX EFFORT
         16-3-5 - O'BRYAN
         16-5-3 - ENTERGY MS, INC.
         - 16-5-5 - SAWYER
         - 16-5-5 - QUICK

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Barnett Reservoir

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Failure To Appear

Radio traffic recorded shortly after 8 p.m. Saturday night.

A Reservoir Patrol officer made a traffic stop and radioed in the license number of the driver.  The dispatcher runs the number against files maintained by the Mississippi Highway Patrol to make sure the license if valid.
Here is the conversation. 
(name and ID info edited out)

When a driver gets a citation and does not pay the fine or show up on their court date a judge will suspend their drivers license.  The suspension order is sent to the Mississippi Highway Patrol where it is recorded on their computer database.  The reason for the suspension is noted as a "Failure To Appear" or FTA.

This driver had at least 10.

But, the Reservoir Patrol had charges on him and they were kind enough to reserve a room for him at the Rankin County Jail. 

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Barnett Reservoir

Teddy Bear

No, that's not a Polar Bear, it's a Teddy Bear. 

Teddy Bear with Will and Will Stuart

Spotted him taking his owners for a walk around The Rez recently and had to snap a picture of this very big dog.

The dog's name is Teddy Bear, he's joined by Will (the second) and Will (the third) Stuart.

Teddy is a Great Pyrenees - 16 months old and weighs 135lbs.

A bit of info about the Great Pyrenees from the American Kennel Club:

The Great Pyrenees dog conveys the distinct impression of elegance and unsurpassed beauty combined with great overall size and majesty. He has a white or principally white coat that may contain markings of badger, gray, or varying shades of tan. He possesses a keen intelligence and a kindly, while regal, expression. Exhibiting a unique elegance of bearing and movement, his soundness and coordination show unmistakably the purpose for which he has been bred, the strenuous work of guarding the flocks in all kinds of weather on the steep mountain slopes of the Pyrenees. 
Read more here.  

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Barnett Reservoir

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Camp Fish 2012

Camp Fish 2011 - source:  MDWFP

2012 Camp Fish
Events Scheduled

The MDWP Fisheries Bureau and the Mississippi Bass Federation have announced the 2012 Camp Fish schedule.

Camps will be held June 4-7 at Leroy Percy State Park near Hollandale, June 18-21 at the Turcotte Education Center in Madison County, and July 23-26 at Paul B. Johnson State Park near Hattiesburg.

The camp's purpose is to provide opportunities, skills, and resources to Mississippi's youth and introduce them to the sport of fishing. Some of the topics covered during the 4-day camp will include fish identification and aging, fishing tackle and lure selection, casting techniques, types of boats, and conservation techniques. "The camp is much more than kids going fishing," said MDWFP Fisheries Bureau Assistant Director Larry Pugh. "Classroom discussions and hands-on exercises led by MDWFP fisheries biologists will help students gain a better understanding of fish, fishing, and fisheries management."

CAMPFISH Youth ages 11-15 are encouraged to apply. Because of limited space, only 20 applicants will be accepted for each camp. Applications can be downloaded here or visit our our website at for more information.

Contact the MDWFP Fisheries Bureau at 601-432-2200 with further questions. Return completed applications to: MDWFP Camp Fish 2012, Attention: Larry Pugh, 1505 Eastover Drive, Jackson, MS 39211.

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Barnett Reservoir