Tuesday, January 31, 2012

PRVWSD Claims Docket

The most recent Claims Docket for the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District is available HERE.

The docket is a listing of expenditures by the agency.

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Barnett Reservoir

Monday, January 30, 2012

Two Perish As Plane Crashes Into Reservoir

That was the front page headline on the June 3, 1972 edition of the Clarion Ledger. The story brought tragic news - two local men were killed when their plane went down near Overlook Point on the Madison County side of the lake. 

The pilot, Jim Waller, was an experienced aviator with over 5000 hours in the cockpit. He was doing an aerobatics routine while an on-board cameraman took video for a news story.

The man with the camera was WAPT (TV 16) sports anchor, Dick Thames.

Read the Clarion Ledger article about the accident then come back for "The Rest Of The Story".

Article HERE.

Fairchild PT-19
Type plane that crashed into The Rez

The newspaper article said "Another TV Channel 16 newsman was shooting film from the ground at the Madison Airfield".

The other newsman was WAPT News anchor, Jim Jeffries, but he wasn't shooting film.

We tracked Jim down, he lives near The Rez and told us what happened that day.

Flashback to June, 2nd 1972.

Jim and Dick had the idea to film an aerobatic routine for a news story about an upcoming air show at North Jackson Aviation - they grabbed a camera and headed to Madison.  Their idea was to get video of the plane's performance from the cockpit and the ground. 

They agreed that one would go up with the camera and film from the cockpit, after the routine the plane would land and the newsmen would swap places, the camera would remain on the ground so film could be shot from the airfield.

Good plan.

While waiting for the pilot they received a call from WAPT news director, Bert Case.  The president of General Motors was in Clinton to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Packard Electric plant and afterwards doing a walking tour of Clinton.  Bert needed one of them to meet a cameraman in Clinton to cover the story. 

Neither Jim or Dick wanted to go to Clinton, the thrill of a plane ride was much more exciting than a walking tour.  They decided to settle the issue with a coin toss.

A fifty cent piece was produced and tossed into the air.  Dick won the toss and would stay at the airfield, Jim headed to Clinton.   He covered the events in Clinton and was returning to Madison when he heard the news on his car radio -  a plane had crashed into the reservoir.

Jim said his heart stopped.

His worst fears were soon confirmed, Dick Thames was on the plane that went down.

When the plane was recovered the camera was still in the cockpit.  Jim had advised Dick to loop the aircraft seat belt through the camera strap, it would help steady the camera in flight.  Recovery crews gave the camera to the TV personnel - they dried and processed the film.  The results were incredible.  

Amazingly, Dick Thames kept the camera operating until impact and the entire out-of-control spin was caught on film.  WAPT ran the video on several of their news broadcasts.  

We spoke with Bert Case who still has memories of the film - he recalled the spinning motion of the landscape and remembered seeing the Jackson Yacht Club appear 5 times as the plane spun downward. 

We contacted WAPT to see if the they still had the film but it appears to have been lost.



The 1972 WAPT News Team
(L to R) Bert Case, Hank Downey, Jim Jeffries, Dick Thames, cameraman Martel Cook


Jim was having a portrait done at that time, it was complete except for the camera in his hands.

The camera was the same one Dick used in the plane that went down. Jim decided to leave the portrait unfinished, it now hangs in his home as shown above. 




Jim retrieved the wooden propeller from the recovered wreckage, it was splintered on impact but the hub portion survived. It's kept in a corner of his home office - a constant reminder of how losing a coin toss might have saved his life.

Jim is no longer in the news business - he does specialized maintenance on aircraft, his company is Jim Jeffries Airworks

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Barnett Reservoir

Sunday, January 29, 2012

2012 Hot Chocolate Classic

Sunshine and windy conditions greeted participants in Saturday's Hot Chocolate Classic Run/Walk at The Rez Saturday morning. 

The event was a big success - over 900 people signed up for the annual fundraiser that benefits the Foundation for Rankin County Schools.   

MS Race Timing provided state of the art timing for the event - many thanks to them for providing us with the results.

Race results HERE

Start for the runners.



Start for the walkers.



A few pictures.




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Barnett Reservoir

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Hunting Leases


The Mississippi Secretary of State serves as supervisory Trustee overseeing management and leasing of more than 640,000 acres of 16th section public school trust lands by 108 local school districts. The Secretary of State and Mississippi Forestry Commission work cooperatively with the local school districts to manage their timber lands.

108 local school districts manage or receive income from 16th section public school trust lands. The local school boards serve as trustees of 16th section lands and are responsible for day to day management of the lands and leasing. The Secretary of State serves as supervisory trustee working with the local school districts to insure that the lands are managed well and that the revenue from leasing is maximized.
source: Ms. Secretary of State

Much of Mississippi's 16th section land is leased to hunters.

The Secretary of State's web site provides a map with the location of areas currently under lease, the lease amount and when the lease expires. 

Great info for deer hunters wanting to lease land.
The map can be seen at:

http://maps.thegeospatialgroup.com/SOS/HuntingLease/#

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Barnett Reservoir

Friday, January 27, 2012

Car Of The Week

Spotted this British beauty in the Kroger parking lot.


A 1959 MGA owned by Rez area resident Keith Anderson.

Keith bought the car in 1973 - restored it and spent 14 years racing in vintage road race events all over the south.

Now he enjoys trips to the Kroger and the occasional "cruise in" with other vintage car owners.


 
A bit of history about the MGA produced by British Motor Corporation.

Introduced in October 1955, the MGA roadster was the fully-modern sports car MG needed.  The new car was fitted with a streamlined body which helped the modest 68bhp, 1589cc pushrod engine to boost it to nearly 100mph.

Prices ranged from$2,195 for the basic MGA 1500 roadster to $3,550 for the MGA Twin Cam with a coupe body.  The MGA also set a record for sports cars: over 80 percent of the more than 100,000 units built were imported to the United States.

From the book British Sports Cars in America 1946-1981 by Jonathan Stein



A video history:



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Barnett Reservoir

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Traffic Notice For Spillway Road

The right lane of the upper west bound Bob Anthony Parkway, also known as Spillway Road, will be temporally closed from Reservoir Park Road to near the Ridgeland City Limit between 6 AM & 12 PM on Saturday, January 28, 2012 to allow for the Hot Chocolate Classic 5k Run, a fundraising event for the Foundation for Rankin County Schools.

Traffic control devices, as well as Officers from the Reservoir Patrol, and Deputies from the Rankin County Sheriff's Office will be present to assist participants and motorists in safe passage.

Additionally, the Rankin Boat Ramp, located at the east end of the main dam, will be closed from 6 AM to 12 PM and used as a staging area for the event.

The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District requests motorists use caution and watch for pedestrians during this brief period.

For questions regarding the event, please contact the Hot Chocolate Classic by phone at 601-825-5590, by fax at 601-825-2618, or by e-mail at robin.haney@rcsd.ms.

More info about the event here.


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Barnett Reservoir

Rankin School Board Meeting

The Rankin County School Board met Wednesday morning at Pisgah High School.

The program began with a performance by the Pisgah High School INNERGY Show Choir.  The choir will be competing in the upcoming Mississippi All-State Show Choir Competition.

They are a talented group - we wish them well. 

The board elected officers for the upcoming year, board member Debbie Tolleson made the motion to keep the current slate of officers for another year - after a second the board voted.  The motion passed with only one nay vote by Grumpy Farmer.

Mr. Farmer told TRN he opposed the proposal because he felt the officer positions should rotate among the other members.

The Rankin County Board of Education for 2012:



Front row, from left: Dr. Lynn Weathersby, Superintendent; Cecil McCrory, Vice President; David "Grumpy" Farmer; Fred Harrell, Board Attorney. Back row, from left: Ann Sturdivant, President; Debbie Tolleson, Secretary; Dr. Ruth Burgess.

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Barnett Reservoir

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Good Sundays

Spotted in Brandon Tuesday morning.


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Barnett Reservoir

PRVWSD Board Minutes

Latest approved minutes from the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District



MINUTES OF A MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF
THE PEARL RIVER VALLEY WATER SUPPLY DISTRICT 
HELD ON THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2011 AT 9:30 A.M. 
IN THE OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT LOCATED AT 115 MADISON
LANDING CIRCLE, RIDGELAND MS 39157


The regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District was held at 9:30 a.m., on Thursday, December 12, 2011 at the District’s main office. Samuel Mitchell, who presided, called the meeting to order.

Members Present: Pete Burkes, John Locke, Kenny Latham, Phillip Crosby, Samuel Mitchell, Vernard Murrell, Ramie Ford, Jim Carraway, John Arledge, Keith Allen, Trey Bobinger
Members Absent: Jack Winstead, Robert Webb 
Others Present: John Sigman, Greg Burgess, Jim Tohill, Craig Hunt, Susan McMullan, Steve Clark, Jason Temple, Perry Waggener, Issac Morris, Sharon Larry

Upon consideration of the minutes of a regular meeting of the Board of Directors held on November 17, 2011, a motion was made by Kenny Latham, seconded by W. C. Gorden, for the minutes to be approved as presented. The vote was as follows: For: Burkes, Locke, Latham, Crosby, Mitchell, Murrell, Ford, Carraway, Arledge, Allen, Bobinger. Abstained: None. Against: None. MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

Jim Tohill presented the commissioning of Issac Morris, as an Officer of the Reservoir Patrol. Based on information presented, the Board made a finding that Mr. Morris has completed the educational training requirements of a course of study, prescribed and conducted by the Mississippi Law Enforcement Officers’ Training Academy, is of good moral character and has not been convicted of any crime involving moral turpitude, and that he is qualified to be commissioned as a Patrol Officer of the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District pursuant to “Pearl River Valley Water Supply District Security Act of 1978” upon taking the Oath of Office. Upon recommendation of the Patrol Chief and General Manager, a motion was made by John Arledge, seconded by John Locke, that Mr. Morris be so commissioned as an Officer of the District and that his commission with the Oath endorse upon it shall be entered in “Exhibit to Minutes” file, thereby becoming a part of these minutes. The vote was as follows: Burkes, Locke, Latham, Crosby, Mitchell, Murrell, Ford, Carraway, Arledge, Allen, Bobinger. Abstained: None. Against: None. MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

John Arledge presented the following: Shoreline Development and Environmental Quality Committee recommendations:
I. John Sigman presented the request for an easement modification at Grants Ferry and Spillway Road. He stated that there was a BP gas station that has been closed for three years, located on the south west corner of Grants Ferry and Spillway Road, and that Mr. Bradley Morris is renovating the property. Mr. Morris is asking for permission to put a sign on the ingress and egress easement that the District granted BP near Spillway Road. The District is working with Mr. Morris to propose a low profile logo type sign. John Sigman stated in return, Mr. Morris has agreed to landscape and maintain landscaping on the easement. A motion was made by John Arledge, seconded by, Pete Burkes to approve an easement modification at Grants Ferry and Spillway Road to require landscaping and maintenance, without rights of succession. The vote was as follows: For: Burkes, Locke, Latham, Crosby, Mitchell, Murrell, Ford, Carraway, Arledge, Allen, Bobinger. Abstained: None. Against: None. MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

II. John Sigman presented the Telepak Easement. John Sigman stated that Telepak is a company that installs fiber optic cable. He stated that Telepak is asking for permission to install cable from the Madison side below the dam to Highway 471. He stated that the District appraised the easement at $105,000.00. John Sigman stated that Telepak is aware that the District will be installing a new sewer line and Telepak has agreed that at the locations where the communication cable system crosses the route of the sewer line, Telepak shall, at no cost to the District, relocate and maintain its buried cable system in a manner as to not interfere with the installation of sewer lines. John Sigman recommends approval subject to final review by the District’s attorney. A motion was made by John Arledge, seconded by Pete Burkes, to approve the Telepak Easement. The vote was as follows: For: Burkes, Locke, Latham, Crosby, Mitchell, Murrell, Ford, Carraway, Arledge, Allen, Bobinger. Abstained: None. Against: None. MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

III. Greg Burgess discussed the Federal Highway mandated requirement to maintain traffic sign retroreflectivity. He stated that this plan can be adopted by the local entity. Greg Burgess is asking the Committee for approval to develop a regional traffic sign retroreflectivity maintenance and management plan. He stated the District will follow the regulations set by the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) in regard to traffic signs retroreflectivity maintenance. Greg Burgess stated that the study is based on National requirements. A motion was made by John Arledge, seconded by Vernard Murrell, to develop a regional traffic sign retroreflectivity maintenance and management plan. The vote was as follows: For: Burkes, Locke, Latham, Crosby, Mitchell, Murrell, Ford, Carraway, Arledge, Allen, Bobinger. Abstained: None. Against: None. MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

IV. Greg Burgess presented a proposal from Burns Cooley Dennis Engineering on Geotechnical Final Design for the P6 area. He stated the Burns Cooley Dennis Engineers submitted a proposal to conduct final geotechnical design and provide construction oversight and remedy of the seepage conditions in the vicinity of Ross Barnett Dam Station 194+90 (P6 area). He advised the Board that the total estimated fee for completing the final geotechnical design is $62,000.00 and the construction engineering services is estimated to cost $ 83,000.00. Greg Burgess recommends that the Committee accept the proposal from Burns Cooley Dennis Engineers on Geotechnical Final Design and Construction Engineering Services. Greg Burgess stated that Mr. Dennis indicated to him that the completed plan will be submitted in March of 2012. A motion was made by John Arledge, seconded by W. C. Gorden, to accept the proposal from Burns Cooley Dennis Engineers on Geotechnical Final Design and Construction Engineering Services as included in the Exhibits to these minutes. The vote was as follows: For: Burkes, Locke, Latham, Crosby, Mitchell, Murrell, Ford, Carraway, Arledge, Allen, Bobinger. Abstained: None. Against: None. MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY

Jack Winstead presented the following: Executive Committee recommendations:
Perry Waggener presented a proposed MOU between Pearl River Valley Water Supply District on behalf of the Reservoir Patrol and Mississippi State University on the behalf of the Social Science Research Center for the Mobile Officer Virtual Environment and e-City Mississippi, (Electronic Citation) Project. Perry Waggener stated last month he presented a MOU on Mobile Data Terminals (MDT), form the Mississippi Department of Public Safety. Chief Waggener stated that the e-Cite MOU is an extension of the Mobile Data Terminals MOU from Mississippi Department of Public Safety. He stated that Reservoir Patrol Office was asked to be a pilot project for e-Cite. Chief Waggener stated that e-Cite is an Electronic Citation program, which will allow the patrolman to have a scanner in the vehicles that will allow the officer to transmit citations electronically to the courts; the officer will not have to be present in court to swear to the citation. He stated that this is a great opportunity for the District. Pearl River Valley Water Supply District will be the only agency, other than the Highway Patrol Office, to have the capability of issuing Electronic Citations. A motion was made by Phil Crosby, seconded by Trey Bobinger to approve the MOU with Mississippi State University as included in the exhibits to minutes therefore becoming part of the minutes. The vote was as follows: For: Burkes, Locke, Latham, Crosby, Mitchell, Murrell, Ford, Carraway, Arledge, Allen, Bobinger. Abstained: None. Against: None. MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY

Kenny Latham presented the following: Parks Policy Committee recommendations:
I. Greg Burgess asked for permission to accept the proposal from Neel-Schaffer for design and construction engineering services of Phase I of Fannin Landing Boat Ramp Project. Greg Burgess stated that last month the Committee discussed an update of the MOU with the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks. He stated that the District is waiting on the Federal funding commitment prior to entering into the final agreement. Greg Burgess stated that the estimated cost will not exceed $25,000.00 for design and $ 25,000.00 for construction engineering services of Phase I of Fannin Landing Boat Ramp Project. Greg Burgess recommends approval of the proposal from Neel-Schaffer Engineering for design and construction engineering services of Phase I of Fannin Landing Boat Ramp Project, pending the confirmation of the federal grant by the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks. A motion was made by Kenny Latham, seconded by Phillip Crosby, to approve the proposal from Neel Schaffer Engineering for design and construction engineering services of Phase I, of Fannin Landing Boat Ramp Project, with execution of the agreement subject to approval of the federal grant. The vote was as follows: For: Burkes, Locke, Latham, Crosby, Mitchell, Murrell, Ford, Carraway, Arledge, Allen, Bobinger. Abstained: None. Against: None. MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY

II. Greg Burgess asked for permission to advertise for construction of the Rankin Landing Fishing Pier Project. Greg Burgess stated that the Rankin Landing Fishing Pier was destroyed by a storm back on August 18, 2011. Greg Burgess stated that the design has been received. He stated that the estimated cost will be $220,000.00. A motion was made by Kenny Latham, seconded by Pete Burkes, that the Committee recommend approval to advertise for construction of the Rankin Landing Fishing Pier Project as presented and included in the documentation included in the Exhibits to these minutes. The vote was as follows: For: Burkes, Locke, Latham, Crosby, Mitchell, Murrell, Ford, Carraway, Arledge, Allen, Bobinger. Abstained: None. Against: None. MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY

III. Craig Hunt discussed the monthly camping pad rental agreement with the Committee. He stated that this agreement is labeled for Coal Bluff but is used throughout all of the campgrounds. Craig Hunt recommends the revised agreement be accepted. A motion was made by Kenny Latham, seconded by Trey Bobinger, to accept the campground rental agreement as included in the exhibits to these minutes. The vote was as follows: For: Burkes, Locke, Latham, Crosby, Mitchell, Murrell, Ford, Carraway, Arledge, Allen, Bobinger. Abstained: None. Against: None. MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY

Upon consideration of the per diem and travel for the month of November, a motion was made by Kenny Latham, seconded by John Locke that the per diem and travel report be approved for the month of November. The vote was as follows: For: Burkes, Locke, Latham, Crosby, Mitchell, Murrell, Ford, Carraway, Arledge, Allen, Bobinger. Abstained: None. Against: None. MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

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

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

Chief Waggener presented the patrol report. Chief Waggener stated that the writing of citations is down this month. He stated that the installation of gates at some of the neighborhood parks and posted hours of operation have helped the problems that were accruing. Chief Waggener stated that he has locking the gates on the bike trail.

John Sigman presented the following Executive Director’s comments:
• Lake level is currently at 296.27

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

Jack W. Winstead, Chairman
____________________________


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Tuesday, January 24, 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 January 25, 2012, beginning at 8:00 AM at Pisgah High School Library, 115 Pisgah High Rd., 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.

1.  ROLL CALL AND ESTABLISHMENT OF A QUORUM

2.  COMMUNICATIONS TO THE BOARD

3.  CONSENT AGENDA
     A.  APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF JANUARY 11, 2012
     B.  STUDENT TRANSFER REQUESTS
     C.  FIELD TRIP PERMISSION REQUESTS
     D.  BUS TURN AROUNDS
     E.  MONTHLY FINANCIAL STATEMENT - DECEMBER, 2011
     F.  MISCELLANEOUS CONTRACTS

4.  PERSONNEL CHANGE REQUESTS

5.  SELECTION OF OFFICERS FOR 2012

6.  SELECTION OF ATTORNEY AND COUNSEL FOR 2012

7.  CONSIDERATION OF EXECUTIVE SESSION

8.  SPECIAL STUDENT TRANSFER REQUEST

9.  ADJOURNMENT OF THE BOARD


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Rez Crime - Back To Normal

Many thanks to the Rankin County Sheriff's Department for capturing the people responsible for the house burglaries around The Rez.

But, crime takes no holiday.

This call came in to the Rankin S.O. around 8:30 p.m. Monday evening.




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Barnett Reservoir

Monday, January 23, 2012

PRVWSD Proposes New Ordinances

The Board of Directors for the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District is moving forward with a set of new ordinances for District property and amending a few existing ones.      

Before any changes become law the new rules have to be published by the Mississippi Secretary of State's Office for a 30 day period.

During that time the public will have a chance to comment on the proposed changes.  After the comment period the PRVWSD Board will meet and take a final vote on the changes, that meeting will likely be in March. (TRN will post the meeting date later)

At this time the procedure for public comments has not been set but we will publish that info as soon as it is available.

Here are a few of the proposed changes:

  • Prohibit glass containers on any public PRVWSD property
  • Prohibit rope swings on PRVWSD public property
  • Set distance restrictions around Lowhead Dam
  • Amended the rules for use of primitive weapons on PRVWSD property
  • Amended the rules for possession of alcohol in public parks (sec. 3.7.5)
  • Established parking restrictions for some commercial trucks
  • Created an ordinance regulating the use of "PODS" (portable storage units)
  • Amended the ordinance dealing with political signs

The complete list of changes can be seen HERE.

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Barnett Reservoir


 

Sunday, January 22, 2012

More Rez Burglars Arrested


Two Women Arrested by Rankin County
Deputies for Recent Residential Burglaries


Sheriff Bryan Bailey Reports:

Rankin County Sheriff’s Department Deputies and Investigators with assistance from the Hinds County Sheriff’s office, the Jackson Police Department and the U.S. Marshals Service arrested Melissa Comans and Carrie Aycock Friday night at a South Jackson Motel for burglary and attempted burglary of residences in Rankin County.

Over the past seven days the Rankin County Sheriff’s Department has responded to three residential burglaries and one attempted burglary in the northern Rankin County subdivisions of Castlewoods, Hidden Hills and Forest Point. In all three cases the suspects forced entry into the residences and took mainly electronics including flat screen televisions, computers, game consoles and assorted other items.

Deputies received a break in the case when a neighbor of one of the victims provided a description of the suspects and the suspect’s vehicle. Investigators were able to identify Comans and Aycock as suspects and tracked them down to a South Jackson Motel.

At the time of their arrest, Comans and Aycock had some of the stolen property in their possession along with narcotics and burglary tools.

Both women are suspected of other Metro Area thefts.

Comans and Aycock are both in the Rankin County Jail awaiting an initial appearance Tuesday morning before Rankin County Court Judge Kent McDaniel.

Sheriff Bailey states “Once again, our citizens have come through; when neighbors look out for neighbors we are all a lot safer!  I am so proud of the hard working team of men and women who make up the Rankin County Sheriff’s Department; they all have worked tirelessly to arrest these suspects in a timely manner. I also appreciate the support of Sheriff Tyrone Lewis and the Hinds County Sheriff’s Department, Chief Rebecca Coleman and the Jackson Police Department as well as U.S. Marshal George White and his Fugitive Task Force.  All three agencies responded immediately to our request for assistance in arresting these women”.

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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Rankin Republican Women Meet Monday


Rankin Co. Republican Women 
to Host Chairman of MS Republican Party 

Flowood, MS—The Rankin County Republican Women will host newly elected Chairman of the Mississippi Republican Party, Joe Nosef, at their January meeting to be held at 6:00 pm on Monday, January 23, 2011 at the Flowood Public Library. (directions)

Nosef was unanimously elected by the Mississippi Republican Party’s Executive Committee shortly after the resignation of former Chairman Arnie Hederman.

Upon his inauguration in January of 2004, Governor Haley Barbour appointed Nosef to serve as Chief Counsel where he served until November 2006, when Governor Barbour named him as Campaign Manager for his re-election campaign in 2007. After Governor Barbour’s successful reelection, Nosef served as Chief of Staff for then Lt. Governor Phil Bryant in 2008.

He served as Chairman of the Phil Bryant Campaign for Governor and Executive Director of the Phil Bryant Gubernatorial Transition Team.

Nosef currently practices law at Watkins & Eager, PLLC in Jackson. He is married to the former Amy Wallace of Laurel, and they have two children.

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Friday, January 20, 2012

Construction On Upper Road

Several MDOT projects are underway along Spillway Road.

Caution lights are being installed at a multi-purpose trail crosswalk under construction between the end of the dam and Harbor Drive. 


The lights will operate when a pedestrian/cyclist pushes a button located on the light pole, similar to a walk/don't walk light.  The lights will not stop traffic but indicate to oncoming motorist that a person may be attempting to cross the road.

The other project involves replacing all the guardrails on the upper road.  That work started Thursday.



MDOT issues the following statement regarding the guardrails.


JACKSON, MISS., Thursday, January 19, 2012 ---The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) would like to announce that work on the guardrail replacement project on the northbound lanes of Spillway Road will begin this morning, according to MDOT officials.

The project is for the replacement of the existing guardrails on the northbound lanes along three miles of Spillway Road, which connects Madison and Rankin counties, between Old Fannin Road and Harbour Road. The existing guardrails are too low to meet current safety standards and thus are being replaced with new, compliant guardrails, MDOT officials said.

During the project, motorists will encounter lane closures on the northbound lanes with slight delays being possible. Lane closures are prohibited between 6:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. and there will be no weekend closures. MDOT urges motorists to obey all posted signs while driving through the work zone.

Work on the project is expected to be completed by the end of March. Atwood Fence Company, Inc. is the contractor on this $489,344 project. 

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Rankin Supes Support Radar

On Tuesday the Rankin County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution asking their legislative delegation to submit and support legislation permitting the use of radar by sheriff's departments in counties with a population of 95,000 or greater.

Read their resolution here.

The 2010 census states that Rankin County's population is 141,617.
(More Rankin County census facts here.)

Under current law sheriff's departments (and the Reservoir Patrol) are prohibited from using radar.

The Mississippi Code says:

§ 63-3-519. Use of radar speed detection equipment; authorization and limitations

It shall be unlawful for any person or peace officer or law enforcement agency, except the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol, to purchase or use or allow to be used any type of radar speed detection equipment upon any public street, road or highway of this state. However, such equipment may be used:

1. By municipal law enforcement officers within a municipality having a population of two thousand (2,000) or more upon the public streets of the municipality;

2. By any college or university campus police force within the confines of any campus wherein more than two thousand (2,000) students are enrolled;

3. By municipal law enforcement officers in any municipality having a population in excess of fifteen thousand (15,000) according to the latest federal census on federally designated highways lying within the corporate limits.

The Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol will not set up radar on highways within municipalities with a population in excess of fifteen thousand (15,000) according to the latest federal census.

Senate Bill 2127, submitted by District 25 Senator Billy Hudson, would permit all county sheriffs to use radar regardless of population.  Read his bill here.

Each year numerous bills are introduced to change the rules about radar, this year will be no exception. 

What do you think?  Radar for sheriffs -  good idea or bad idea?

We've posted a new poll on the issue so cast your vote.  

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Barnett Reservoir

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

New Rez Board Member

Ridgeland Mayor, Gene McGee, has been appointed by Governor Haley Barbour to serve on the Board of Directors of the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District.

Mayor McGee will fill the seat previously occupied by Robert Webb.

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Rez Board Meeting Thursday

The Board of Directors of The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District will meet Thursday January 19th.

A draft copy of their agenda follows:

AGENDA FOR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF
DIRECTORS OF THE PEARL RIVER VALLEY WATER
SUPPLY DISTRICT HELD AT THE DISTRICT’S MAIN
OFFICE, AT 9:30 A.M. ON THURSDAY, January 19, 2012


1. Opening prayer – Vernard Murrell

2. Pledge of Allegiance – W. C. Gorden

3. Request for acceptance of Minutes from a regular meeting
    held on December 15, 2011

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

5. Report from Attorney:

6. Committee Recommendations:
    Shoreline Development and Environmental
    Quality Committee:
    I.   Approval of NFIP Ordinance (Tab 2)
    II.  Approval to accept lowest and best bid for Pavement
         Repair (Tab 3)
    III. Approval to accept lowest and best bid for
         two (2)- 50KW Generator (Tab 3)
    IV. Executive Session – prospective leasing of property

    Audit Committee:
    I.   Approval of Audit Review (Tab 4)
    II.  Approval of Authorization of Depositories
    III. Approval of the Claims Docket
    IV. Approval of Board of Director’s Per Diem
     V. Approval of Cash Balance Report

    Executive Committee:
    I.  Approval of Regulation Changes (Tab 5)
    II. Long Range Planning – discussion of issues for future
        consideration

    Parks Policy Committee:
    I.  Approval of Wounded Warrior Program – Linwood Nooe
    II. Approval of Special Event’s Fees (Tab 6)

7. Committee Minutes and Miscellaneous Correspondence (Tab 7)

8. Patrol Report (Tab 8)

9. Executive Director’s comments

10. Next Regular Meeting – February 16, 2012 at 9:30 a.m.

MEETING ADJOURNED


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Rankin Supervisors Met Tuesday

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

The Animal Rescue Fund situation was discussed but the board took no action.  Some supervisors have asked for additional information about how other animal shelters, like CARA in Jackson, operate. 

A proposed new ordinance addressing animal shelters has been discussed and will likely be introduced at a future meeting.  Elements of the proposed ordinance may include a restriction on the number of dogs a shelter can house, set a minimum square footage per animal and require all animals to be kept in an indoor facility. 

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Barnett Reservoir 

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Power Loading

TRN recently ran a post about a boat trailer getting stuck at a Pelahatchie Shore Park boat ramp - an all to common event during times of low water.  (read that post here).

One commenter, our friend anonymous, correctly identified a big problem at many Rez ramps.


Anonymous said......
The drop off at the end a boat ramp did not just happen. Years ago the Rez and DWFP officials suggested if boaters would stop power loading, the ramps would last longer as well as improving fish habitat near ramps. Thanks boaters for not power loading.

For those that still have to power load, well bless their hearts for their inability to see or appreciate others. It must be terrible to wander around in such a deep hole of self absorbed behavior.

So, what is power loading?

Simply put it is using the motor to push a boat on to the trailer while loading.

The following graphic is helpful in describing the problems caused by power loading.

 

Watch a full animation of the above slides here.

No doubt power loading has created drop-offs at many ramps around The Rez.  Some states have regulations prohibiting the process.

Maybe it's time to implement a similar regulation at The Rez - what do you think? 

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Barnett Reservoir 

Monday, January 16, 2012

How Cities Work

The latest edition of The Mississippi Municipal League's magazine, "Mississippi Municipalities", explains the sources of revenue for Mississippi cities and towns.  

A few interesting stats from the publication:

A survey of more than 50 cities across the state shows that municipal revenues include the following sources:

Property Tax                               24%
Sales Tax                                  31%
Intergovernmental Revenue                  14%
Fines & Forfeitures                         6%
Franchise Fees, Licenses, Permits           8%
Miscellaneous                              17%  


Cost of Firefighting Protection Equipment

Helment with shield                                 $ 197
Protective hoods                                    $  31
Self contained breathing apparatus with pass alarm  $4184
Face piece for self contained breathing apparatus   $ 228
4500psi 30 minute carbon fiber cylinder and valve   $ 776
Heat reflective fire resistant coat                 $ 896
Heat reflective fire resistant pants                $ 665
Fire boots                                          $ 304
Fire gloves                                         $  60

Total per firefighter                               $7341

Download "Mississippi Municipalities at:
http://www.mmlonline.com/uploads/vol60-4.pdf

Learn more about the Mississippi Municipal League at:
http://www.mmlonline.com/

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Barnett Reservoir

Legislative Update

The Mississippi Legislature is in session and we're hearing it's going to be a difficult year for spending/budget bills.

But many bills fall into the "feel good" category (like naming an "Official State Play" or the usual social engineering items.

Here are a few for your reading enjoyment:
.
(click on the SB xxxx to view the text of the bill)

SB 2001
"Eyebrow threading"; define for regulatory purposes and require registration.

SB 2016
Smoking; prohibit in a motor vehicle carrying a child passenger.

SB 2024
Hill Fire Folk Life Play; designate as official Folk Play of Mississippi.

SB 2031
Intercept gaming winnings of parents with a child support arrearage; provide procedures for.

SB 2033
Official state song; adopt "My Home Mississippi."

SB 2034
Official Mississippi state song; authorize two state songs.

SB 2046
Real estate transactions; require disclosure if meth production occurred on the property.

SB 2048
Loans over a certain amount; borrower may skip one monthly payment per calendar year.

SB 2050
Corrections; prohibit trusty convicted of murder or any other crime of violence from working at Governor's Mansion.

SB 2056
Legislature; reduce size beginning with 2015 statewide general election.

SB 2070
Kindergarten-age children; require compulsory school attendance for all.


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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Rez Scenes

A few photos from the Madison County side of The Rez.

Photos by Karen Cadle.

(click photo to enlarge)







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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Hot Chocolate Run/Walk Coming Up

3rd Annual Hot Chocolate
Classic


The Hot Chocolate Classic 5K run/walk and the 1-Mile Kid’s Fun Run is set for Saturday, January 28, 2012.

The Hot Chocolate Classic will begin at 8 a.m. at the Rankin Landing located off Spillway Road at the Ross Barnett Reservoir.

Proceeds from the 5K benefit the students and teachers of the Rankin County School District.

Registration information can be found here.

Read our story about last year's race including pictures and race results HERE.

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Barnett Reservoir 

Friday, January 13, 2012

Rankin Supervisors Meeting

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

The next Board of Supervisors meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 17th.


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Barnett Reservoir

Quilt Exhibition At Crafts Center

Quilt by Gwendolyn Magee

More than a Quilt

Exhibit of Work by Gwendolyn Magee

The Craftsmen's Guild of Mississippi will host a Memorial Exhibit of the Work of Gwendolyn Magee, master craftsman in fiber. Gwen was an Exhibiting Member of the Craftsmen's Guild of Mississippi, board member and educator.

The Opening Reception will be Saturday, January 14, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Mississippi Craft Center, 950 Rice Road, Ridgeland, MS. The exhibit will be on display through January 29th. The exhibit is free to the public.

The Mississippi Craft Center is open 7 days per week from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Donations may be made in Gwen's memory to benefit the education efforts of the Guild. Mail your tax-deductible donation to: Gwen Magee Memorial Fund, 950 Rice Road, Ridgeland, MS 39157.

If you have any questions, please contact the Center at 601-856-7546 or visit mscrafts.org.

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Barnett Reservoir

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Rankin Deputies Nab Rez Burgler


Deputies Arrest Suspect At
Residential Burglary in Progress


Sheriff Bryan Bailey Reports:

Over the past three weeks the Rankin County Sheriff's Office has received reports of several residential burglaries in neighborhoods off of Spillway Road in the Reservoir Area. Cash, jewelry and prescription drugs had been stolen.

At approximately 3:04 p.m. on Wednesday, deputies responded to the report of a burglary in progress at a private residence on Oak Drive in the Forest Point Subdivision.

Deputies Brad Smith, Tony Netherland, Wes Shivers and Investigator Randy Chatham arrived within minutes, secured the residence and apprehended a Rankin County man inside the house, subsequently identified as Garrett Lee Fairbanks, a 29 year old male of 113 Wildwood Lane (Bellgrove subdivision)  Brandon, MS.

Chief Investigator Tim Lawless and Investigator Chris Ainsworth, who have been investigating the other burglaries in the area, responded to the scene and subsequently identified Garrett Lee Fairbanks as the suspect who had allegedly committed several of the other burglaries in the area.

Investigating officers also recovered more stolen property from Garrett Lee Fairbanks pickup truck at the scene and from his residence. Garrett Lee Fairbanks was charged by deputies with Burglary and Possession of Burglary Tools. Garrett Lee Fairbanks is in jail awaiting an initial appearance in Rankin County Court.

This man will be facing a Rankin County Jury.

The citizens who provided information to the investigating officers in this case are a good example of this community supporting the Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff Bryan Bailey
Rankin County Sheriffs Office


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Rankin School Board Met Wednesday

The Rankin County School Board met Wednesday.  Two members, Dr. Ruth Burgess and Debbie Tolleson were not present.

The board followed the agenda TRN posted here but voted to postpone the election of officers till their next meeting on January 25th.

Dr. Lynn Weathersby addressed last month's request by Flowood Mayor Gary Rhoads to create a separate school district from the Northwest Zone.

He cited the additional tax burden that would be placed on residents to operate a separate school district and recommended that the board vote against the creation of the separate district.

A board voted unanimously against the separate school district.

Mayor Rhoads arrived at the meeting after the vote was taken and did not address the board.

He did tell TRN that he was pleased to hear that new portable classrooms were being added to the campus at Northwest Rankin Middle School to alleviate crowding issues.

In other business Director of Finance, Kevin Brantley, reported that the District had received an excellent audit and recognition from the State Auditors Office.

A copy of the Rankin County School District's Audited Financial Statement is available HERE.
(PDF file approximately 7.5meg)

The document contained an interesting graphic (page 20 of report) showing school tax rates for several counties.

Rankin County School District
Comparison Of Tax Rates
For Fiscal Year 2011

School District                        Tax Rate
                                                (mills) 

Jackson                                     74.99
Hinds                                        61.00
Pearl                                         59.54
Clinton                                      54.57
Madison                                    54.55
Desoto                                      53.57
Rankin                                       49.42
Warren                                       46.20

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Boat Show This Weekend

 Mississippi Boat Show
This Weekend

The Mississippi Coliseum will be packed with new boats this weekend as the Mississippi Boat Show returns to Jackson after a 2 year absence.

The show begins Friday, January 13th and will feature area boat dealers displaying the latest in watercraft.

Fishing boats, Pontoon boats and Ski boats will all be on display and available for sale with dealers offering deep discounts and on the spot financing. 

On Saturday children 12 and under (accompanied by a paying adult) will receive a free rod and reel while supplies last.  And - SpongeBob will be making an appearance.

Admission is $7 for adults - children 12 and under free.

Show times:

Friday       January 13   Noon - 8pm
Saturday   January 14   10am - 8pm
Sunday     January 15   11am - 5pm

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Barnett Reservoir

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

New Pizza Place Opening Soon


Hungry Howie's Pizza is opening a location a few doors down from the Kroger on Spillway Circle.

We spoke with manager Jim Peery who said this is HH's second location near the Rez, the other is near the intersection of Old Canton Rd and Rice Rd. in Ridgeland.

They plan to open January 16th and will feature:
  • Pizzas
  • Salads
  • Breads
  • Subs
  • Wings
Learn more at their website at:  http://www.hungryhowies.com/

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Barnett Reservoir

Monday, January 9, 2012

House Fire on Church Road

Reservoir fire fighters were dispatched to a house fire at 12:42pm Monday afternoon.

The dwelling, located at 342 Church Rd, was unoccupied at the time. Mr. Mack Buckner, a next door neighbor, said the house has been in his wife's family for 50 years.   His sister-in-law was living in the home but was away at the time of the fire. 

No one was injured.

Fire location:


Raw video.



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Barnett Reservoir

Rankin County School Board Meets This Week

The Rankin County Board of Education meets Wednesday - the agenda follows. 

This meeting should be interesting - notice item 8.


BOARD RESPONSE TO MAYOR RHOADS REQUEST FOR 
CREATION OF A SEPARATE MUNICIPAL SCHOOL DISTRICT 
ENCOMPASSING THE CURRENT NORTH WEST ZONE

Last month Flowood Mayor, Gary Rhoads, informed the board he wanted to form a separate school district - he cited the failure of the recent bond issue as a primary reason for his request.    

If you missed the TRN story about that meeting you can see it here.

Agenda of Regular Meeting
The Board of Education
Rankin County School District

A Regular meeting of the Board of Education of Rankin County School District will be held January 11, 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.

1.   ROLL CALL AND ESTABLISHMENT OF A QUORUM

2.   COMMUNICATIONS TO THE BOARD
      A. AUDITED FINANCIAL STATEMENT YEAR END 6-30-11

3.   CONSENT AGENDA
      A.  APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF DECEMBER 14, 2011 
      B.  STUDENT TRANSFER REQUESTS
      C.  FIELD TRIP PERMISSION REQUESTS
      D.  DOCKET OF CLAIMS
      E.  ACTIVITY FUNDS STATEMENT OF CASH BALANCES
           OF NOVEMBER, 2011
      F.  MONTHLY FINANCIAL REPORT
      G.  POLICY CHANGES
      H.  SIXTEENTH SECTION - OVERDUE LEASES
      I.   SIXTEENTH SECTION - ASSIGNMENT OF COM 
           LEASEHOLD - SIT LEARNING SYSTEMS 16-5-3
      J.   SINGLE SOURCE ITEMS
      K.  MISCELLANEOUS CONTRACTS

4.   PERSONNEL CHANGE REQUESTS

5.   ANNUAL POLICY BOOK REVIEW

6.   SELECTION OF OFFICERS FOR 2012

7.   SELECTION OF SCHOOL BOARD ATTORNEY AND COUNSEL FOR 2012

8.   BOARD RESPONSE TO MAYOR RHOADS REQUEST FOR
      CREATION OF A SEPARATE MUNICIPAL SCHOOL DISTRICT 
      ENCOMPASSING THE CURRENT NORTH WEST ZONE

9.   CONSIDERATION OF EXECUTIVE SESSION
      A. SUPERINTENDENT'S ANNUAL EVALUATION

10. ENGAGEMENT AGREEMENT

11. ADJOURNMENT OF THE BOARD

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Sunday, January 8, 2012

Fire At Exxon

The Reservoir Fire Department was called to the Exxon on Old Fannin Road Sunday evening - a sign on the canopy above the gas pumps caught fire. The incident occurred around 6pm.

Fire fighters quickly extinguished the fire and checked the roof for any remaining hot spots.

The owner of the building was asked to keep the lights on the canopy turned off until the wiring could be checked by an electrician.



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Barnett Reservoir

Use Caution At Boat Ramps

A couple from Terry decided to scratch their boating itch Saturday by coming to The Rez and trying out a new boat they were considering buying.

Why not?  With the temp sitting at 71 and no wind - it just doesn't get much better than that. 

Things started out well, they backed the trailer into the water and the boat slid effortlessly onto to the smooth waters of Pelahatchie Bay.


But - things went downhill from there.  When the driver tried to pull the trailer out of the water it would not budge, the wheels of the trailer had dropped off the end of the ramp and it was stuck.

After several attempt to dislodge the trailer the boaters called Sea Tow.





The Sea Tow crew used hooks to lift the rear of the trailer enabling the driver to pull it out - then backed into the water (but not as far as the first time) and loaded the boat.

The Rez is near it's winter level of 296 ft above sea level - that's about a foot and a half below the summer level.

At 296 boat trailers have to be backed farther into the water in order to launch the boat and that's a problem at some boat ramps.

So, use extreme caution when launching boats during low water times.  Get your trailer stuck and you might get to meet the nice people at Sea Tow. 

Boaters can check the level of The Rez at any time by visiting a U. S. Geological Survey web site HERE.
You'll see a screen like this:



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Barnett Reservoir

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Brandon Opry


Brandon Opry Tonight

About the Brandon Opry:

Most months, the Brandon Opry is held in the Brandon Municipal Center on the 1st and 3rd Saturday nights. The program begins at 6:30 P.M. and ends at 8:30 P.M.

Lots of free parking is available in the well-lighted parking lot in front of the building, which is located at 1000 Municipal Drive, Brandon, MS 39042.

The Brandon Municipal Center is located on Highway 80, across from Sonny's BBQ Restaurant. There is a charge of $5.00 per person to attend.



More info available at their website:
http://brandonopry.net

Some long time Jackson residents might remember a guitarist that performs regularly at the Opry, Bob Saxton.


Bob led a trio that played at Larwill Lanes for many years - he later moved to Nashville.  He is a legendary player and has performed all over the world.

Good to see him back home.

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Barnett Reservoir