Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Rankin School Board Calls Special Session

The Rankin County School District Board of Education will meet in a Special Session on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 4:30 p.m. in room 101 of the Administration Building, 1220 Apple Park Place, Brandon, Mississippi.

A RCSD official told TRN the meeting will be a work session to discuss items under consideration for a future bond issue.

The meeting is open to the public.


Agenda

1. ROLL CALL AND ESTABLISHMENT OF A QUORUM

2. DISCUSSION OF FACILITY NEEDS

3. ADJOURNMENT OF THE BOARD

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Barnett Reservoir

Rez Legislation

A number of bills have been filed in the 2012 Mississippi Legislature that would affect the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District.  The deadline for filing bills has passed so the following list should be it for this session.  There are a few other bills that mention the Reservoir Patrol but are minor in nature.   

Bills currently in committees.  Click on bill number to read full text.

  1. HB 162 - filed by Rep. Rita Martinson
    AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 63-3-519, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO AUTHORIZE THE USE OF RADAR SPEED DETECTION EQUIPMENT BY PATROL OFFICERS APPOINTED BY THE PEARL RIVER VALLEY WATER SUPPLY DISTRICT ON ROADS AND STREETS OF PROPERTY OWNED BY OR UNDER THE JURISDICTION OR CONTROL OF THE DISTRICT; AND FOR RELATED  PURPOSES
     
  2. HB 662 - filed by Reps Mark Baker & Kevin McGee
    AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 51-9-1, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO PROVIDE THAT THE NAMES SUBMITTED TO THE GOVERNOR BY THE BOARDS OF SUPERVISORS OF MADISON COUNTY AND RANKIN COUNTY FOR APPOINTMENT TO THE PEARL RIVER INDUSTRIAL COMMISSION SHALL BE THE NAMES OF PERSONS WHO RESIDE ON AND ARE HOLDERS OF RESIDENTIAL LEASES FROM THE PEARL RIVER VALLEY WATER SUPPLY DISTRICT THAT ARE LOCATED IN MADISON COUNTY AND RANKIN COUNTY, RESPECTIVELY, OR WHO RESIDE IN ESTABLISHED SUBDIVISIONS IN MADISON COUNTY AND RANKIN COUNTY, RESPECTIVELY, IN WHICH SOME OF THE RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY OF THE SUBDIVISION IS LEASED FROM THE PEARL RIVER VALLEY WATER SUPPLY DISTRICT; TO PROVIDE THAT EACH MEMBER OF THE COMMISSION SHALL SERVE FOR A TERM CONCURRENT WITH THAT OF THE GOVERNOR; TO AMEND SECTION 51-9-107, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO PROVIDE THAT THE ADDITIONAL MEMBERS APPOINTED TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE PEARL RIVER VALLEY WATER SUPPLY DISTRICT BY THE BOARDS OF SUPERVISORS OF MADISON COUNTY AND RANKIN COUNTY SHALL BE PERSONS WHO RESIDE ON AND ARE HOLDERS OF RESIDENTIAL LEASES FROM THE DISTRICT THAT ARE LOCATED IN MADISON COUNTY AND RANKIN COUNTY, RESPECTIVELY, OR WHO RESIDE IN ESTABLISHED SUBDIVISIONS IN MADISON COUNTY AND RANKIN COUNTY, RESPECTIVELY, IN WHICH SOME OF THE RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY OF THE SUBDIVISION IS LEASED FROM THE PEARL RIVER VALLEY WATER SUPPLY DISTRICT; TO REPLACE THE APPOINTEES TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE DISTRICT BY FOUR STATE AGENCIES WITH TWO MEMBERS EACH APPOINTED BY THE BOARDS OF SUPERVISORS OF MADISON COUNTY AND RANKIN COUNTY WHO RESIDE ON AND ARE HOLDERS OF RESIDENTIAL LEASES FROM THE DISTRICT THAT ARE LOCATED IN MADISON COUNTY AND RANKIN COUNTY, RESPECTIVELY, OR WHO RESIDE IN ESTABLISHED SUBDIVISIONS IN MADISON COUNTY AND RANKIN COUNTY, RESPECTIVELY, IN WHICH SOME OF THE RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY OF THE SUBDIVISION IS LEASED FROM THE PEARL RIVER VALLEY WATER SUPPLY DISTRICT; TO PROVIDE THAT THE MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE DISTRICT WHO ARE APPOINTED BY THE BOARDS OF SUPERVISORS SHALL SERVE FOR TERMS CONCURRENT WITH THE TERMS OF THE MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS; TO AMEND SECTION 51-9-121, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO CLARIFY THE AUTHORITY OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE DISTRICT TO FIX AND COLLECT CHARGES AND ASSESSMENTS FOR ANY SERVICES FURNISHED TO RESIDENTS ON ANY PROPERTY WITHIN THE PROJECT AREA; TO SPECIFICALLY AUTHORIZE THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE DISTRICT TO PROVIDE, FOR THE RESIDENTS ON ANY PROPERTY WITHIN THE PROJECT AREA, ANY OF THE SERVICES THAT ARE GENERALLY PROVIDED BY A MUNICIPALITY; TO PROVIDE THAT TO FUND THOSE SERVICES, THE DISTRICT IS AUTHORIZED TO USE THE REVENUES GENERATED FROM LEASE RENTAL PAYMENTS, THE REVENUES GENERATED FROM CHARGES OR ASSESSMENTS ON THE RECIPIENTS OF THE SERVICES, THE REVENUES FROM CONTRIBUTIONS BY THE COUNTIES THAT ARE MEMBERS OF THE DISTRICT, OR ANY COMBINATION OF THOSE REVENUES; TO AMEND SECTION 51-9-175, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO AUTHORIZE RESERVOIR PATROL OFFICERS TO EXERCISE ANY OF THE POWERS THAT MAY BE EXERCISED BY ANY STATE, MUNICIPAL OR OTHER POLICE OFFICER IN THIS STATE WITH RESPECT TO VIOLATIONS OF STATE LAW OR VIOLATIONS OF DISTRICT REGULATIONS THAT ARE COMMITTED ON THE PROPERTY OWNED BY THE DISTRICT AND ON PROPERTY OWNED BY THE DISTRICT THAT HAS BEEN LEASED OR RENTED TO OTHER PARTIES; TO AUTHORIZE RESERVOIR PATROL OFFICERS TO PATROL THE PUBLIC ROADS AND STREETS LOCATED ON THE PROPERTY OWNED BY THE DISTRICT AND ON PROPERTY OWNED BY THE DISTRICT THAT HAS BEEN LEASED OR RENTED TO OTHER PARTIES; TO PROVIDE THAT THE FUNDS GENERATED FROM FINES PAID FOR TRAFFIC TICKETS, CITATIONS OR AFFIDAVITS ISSUED BY RESERVOIR PATROL OFFICERS SHALL BE REMITTED TO THE DISTRICT BY THE COUNTY THAT COLLECTS THE FINES; TO CREATE A NEW SECTION TO BE CODIFIED AS SECTION 51-9-121.1, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO AUTHORIZE THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE DISTRICT TO CLEAN ANY LEASED PROPERTY OR PARCEL OF LAND UNDER THE JURISDICTION AND CONTROL OF THE DISTRICT, BY THE USE OF DISTRICT EMPLOYEES OR BY CONTRACT, IF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS AFTER A HEARING ADJUDICATES THE PROPERTY OR PARCEL OF LAND TO BE A MENACE TO THE PUBLIC HEALTH, SAFETY AND WELFARE OF THE COMMUNITY; TO PROVIDE THAT THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS MAY ADJUDICATE THE ACTUAL COST OF CLEANING THE PROPERTY OR PARCEL OF LAND AND ALSO MAY IMPOSE A PENALTY, BOTH OF WHICH WILL BECOME A CIVIL DEBT AGAINST THE LESSEE OF THE PROPERTY OR PARCEL OF LAND; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.

  3. HB 964 - filed by Reps Kevin McGee & John Moore
    AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 51-9-121, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO AUTHORIZE THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE PEARL RIVER VALLEY WATER SUPPLY DISTRICT TO EXEMPT ANY FEDERALLY TAX-EXEMPT NONPROFIT RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATION THAT IS THE HOLDER OF A LEASE FROM THE DISTRICT ON JULY 1, 2012, FROM THE FURTHER PAYMENT OF LEASE PAYMENTS TO THE DISTRICT FOR AS LONG AS THE NONPROFIT RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATION IS THE HOLDER OF THE LEASE FROM THE DISTRICT; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.

  4. SB 2483 filed by Sen John Horhn
    AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 51-9-107, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO PROVIDE THAT THE GOVERNOR SHALL APPOINT TWO MEMBERS FROM THE CITY OF JACKSON TO SERVE ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE PEARL RIVER VALLEY WATER SUPPLY DISTRICT FROM A LIST OF SIX NAMES SUBMITTED BY THE GOVERNING AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF JACKSON; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
  5. SB2703 - filed by Sen. Josh Harkins
    same wording has HB 662 shown above

  6. SB2813 - filed by Sen. Josh Harkins
    AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 51-9-176, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO AUTHORIZE THE PEARL RIVER VALLEY WATER DISTRICT RESERVOIR PATROL TO PARTICIPATE IN MULTIJURISDICTIONAL TRAINING, LAW ENFORCEMENT AND EMERGENCY OPERATIONS; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.

  7. SB2814 - filed by Sen. Josh Harkins
    AN ACT TO CHANGE THE NAME OF THE PEARL RIVER VALLEY WATER SUPPLY DISTRICT RESERVOIR PATROL TO PEARL RIVER VALLEY WATER SUPPLY DISTRICT RESERVOIR POLICE; TO AMEND SECTIONS 51-9-171, 51-9-175, 51-9-176, 51-9-177, 51-9-179, 51-9-181 AND 51-9-183, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO CONFORM; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.

  8. SB2815 - filed by Sen. Josh Harkins
    AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 97-27-9, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO PROHIBIT LITTERING ON CERTAIN PROPERTY OF THE PEARL RIVER VALLEY WATER SUPPLY DISTRICT; TO PROVIDE PENALTY FOR VIOLATIONS; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.

  9. SB2920 - filed by Sen. Josh Harkins
    AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 25-1-87, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO AUTHORIZE THE PEARL RIVER VALLEY WATER SUPPLY DISTRICT TO OWN OR LEASE UNMARKED VEHICLES FOR USE BY THE RESERVOIR PATROL; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.

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Barnett Reservoir

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Advisory For Pelahatchie Creek Lifted

MDEQ LIFTS ADVISORY
 FOR PELAHATCHIE CREEK

(JACKSON, Miss.) – The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) today lifted a temporary water contact advisory issued February 23, 2012 for Pelahatchie Creek in Morton.  (read advisory here)

This advisory had extended from Moore Street (Old Highway 481) downstream to U.S. Highway 80. This precautionary advisory was issued as a result of the discharge of an estimated 50,000 to 100,000 gallons of untreated wastewater near the creek. The City of Morton responded promptly and effectively to prevent most of the wastewater from entering the creek, and then cleaned up the spilled material.

Monitoring by MDEQ staff confirmed that there was no significant impact on the creek as a result of the incident.

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Barnett Reservoir

Fat Cat Has Moved


Fat Cat Ceramics has moved to Magnolia Marketplace on Highway 25 - just across the road from Cerami's and the Word of Life Church. 

The sign from the previous business (Juicy Drama) is still up but Fat Cat owner, Bethany Pepper, expects her sign to be installed soon.

They still offer ceramic painting, birthday parties and other fun stuff. 


The new location offers more space and a larger selection of merchandise.  

If you missed our original story about Fat Cat you can catch it HERE.   


Readers may remember our stories about Fat Cat's 3 legged cat. If you missed them they are  HERE and HERE.

We're happy to report that the kitty with a limp, Ilene (or I-Lean) is still patrolling the studio and will be happy to allow you to scratch her ears upon your arrival.

Keep up with what's going on at Fat Cat at their Facebook page HERE.


Fat Cat Ceramics
Magnolia Marketplace
5352 Highway 25
Flowood, MS
Temporary Phone number 601-992-5144
Hours:  Monday thru Saturday 11am to 8pm


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Barnett Reservoir

Fossil Road Show

Fossils & Fossil Pickers: Museum to Host 9th Annual Fossil Road Show 



On Saturday, March 3, 2012 see rare fossils at MMNS plus get
 expert opinions on your fossils

Jackson, Miss. – Pack up your fossils and hit the road! The Mississippi Museum of Natural Science invites you to bring your favorite fossils and other geologic curiosities to get expert opinions about their ages and identities from our team of scientists at the 9th Annual Fossil Road Show on Saturday, March 3 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Bring the whole family to find out how American Pickers™ came by our priceless new fossil donation, see fossils from the Museum’s collection, enjoy fossil presentations, and participate in kid-friendly activities!

There is no fee to attend (other than regular Museum admission) and reservations are not required.

Three tables will display items that are currently not on permanent exhibit:
  • An important prehistoric fossil from Mississippi found last summer and donated to the Museum for research and educational purposes by the American PickersTM team – Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz. The fossil consists of most of the tibia of an ornithopod dinosaur, most likely a duck-billed dinosaur. Mike and Frank consulted MMNS paleontologist George Phillips about the bone’s identity and age and discovered that the bone was originally found near Baldwyn, Mississippi in an approximately 82 million-year old marine deposit called the Coffee Sand.
  • The teeth of tiny “primitive” mammals from the 55 million-year old Bashi Sand of the Red Hot Truck Stop at Meridian, Mississippi including the teeth of what is believed by many to be North America’s oldest primate.
  • Electron photomicrographs (a photograph taken through a microscope) of colonial animals called Bryozoans, from the Museum’s microscopic fossil collection.
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About the Museum: The museum is located at 2148 Riverside Drive in Jackson. Call 601.576.6000 or visit http://www.msnaturalscience.org for directions, parking and details about this event and other programs offered by the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, which is a part of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks. The Mississippi Museum of Natural Science is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Museum Hours: M-F: 8am - 5pm; SAT: 9am - 5pm; SUN: 1pm -5pm. Admission: $6 adults; $4 children ages 3-18; $5 senior citizens (60+); free for children under 3; free for Museum Members; school teachers with classes: call for group information. Prices and schedule subject to change.

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Barnett Reservoir

Monday, February 27, 2012

Shooting Victim Identified

New Release - Rankin County Sheriff's Office


Victim in Fatal Shooting Identified and Suspect Charged with Murder

The victim of an early morning shooting in the Robinhood Community has been identified as Christopher Eugene Hankins, 46 year old male from Brandon, MS. It appears from the preliminary investigation that Hankins died from multiple gunshot wounds.

As a result of the investigation by the Rankin County Sheriffs Department and consultation with District Attorney Michael Guest, the suspect in the shooting, Richard G. Lewis, will be charged with murder and appear before Rankin County Court Judge Kent McDaniel Tuesday morning at 9am.


Sheriff Bryan Bailey
Rankin County Sheriff's Office

Fatal Shooting At Robinhood

News Release From Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey


Richard G. Lewis

Rankin County Deputies Investigate Fatal Shooting in Robinhood Community

Rankin County Deputies responded to 1409 Old Lake Road in the Robinhood Community at approximately 9:16 a.m. this morning to a report of a homicide.

When deputies arrived on scene they found a 46 year old male deceased from apparent gunshot wounds. During the initial investigation on scene deputies took into custody Richard Glenn Lewis, a 52 year old male who lived at the 1409 Old Lake Road. The weapon believed to be used in the case was recovered at the scene.

Richard Lewis has been transported to the Rankin County Sheriff’s Office for questioning.

The victim’s identity will be released as soon as the next of kin has been notified.

This investigation is continuing.


Sheriff Bryan Bailey
Rankin County Sheriff's Office

Ridgeland Alderman Ceremony


Friends of D.I. Smith cordially invite you to the Swearing-In Ceremony for newly elected Alderman-at-Large D.I. Smith.

Oath of office administered by Chief Justice William Waller.
 
The details:

Date:  Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 10:00am
Place:  Highland Colony Baptist Church,
          1200 Highland Colony Parkway
          Ridgeland, MS

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Barnett Reservoir

Mockingbird Marketplace

A gift and home decor shop has opened in the old Cindy's Fish House location at 2119 Hwy. 471.

Mockingbird Marketplace began operations in September and is filled with a huge selection of merchandise.


The shop is owned by Cindy Williams, a lifelong Rankin County resident.

Wait, the owner's name is Cindy - it's located in the old Cindy's Fish House - a connection?

Yes.

Cindy is the namesake of that famous fish house, her family operated the restaurant from 1967 till 2009 - a 42 year run.

The Marketplace offers space to different vendors who have stocked the building with fine china, art, floral design items and much more.




A few of the vendors at Mockingbird Marketplace:
  • Mostly Martha's - floral design
  • Terri Jackson - interior design
  • Christy Henderson - artist
  • Melissa B. Goff - artist



A bridal registry service is available - popular wedding gifts like Annieglass and Vietri are stocked.


They can even help you with dinner - frozen casseroles from "Dude With The Food" are available.  Menu HERE.

Mockingbird will host a spring decorating workshop conducted by Mostly Martha's, it will be held on March 1 at 6pm - cost $15.

Keep up with what's happening at MM at their Facebook page HERE.

Store details:

Mockingbird Marketplace
2119 Highway 471
Flowood, MS.
phone 601-487-8802. 
Hours:  Tuesday   - Friday 10am till 5:30pm
            Saturday  - 10am till 4pm 

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Barnett Reservoir

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Presidential Primaries - 2012

Presidential primaries will continue to be a prominent news story through the end of the summer.   

The National Association of Secretaries of State provides a schedule showing when each state votes and the dates for the national conventions.

A link to the report is available  HERE.

Mississippians make their choice for president on March 13, 2012.
We recently posted sample ballot info HERE.


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Barnett Reservoir

Cancer Prevention Study



CANCER PREVENTION STUDY-3


Research today for a cancer-free tomorrow.



To better understand ways to prevent cancer, the American Cancer Society is recruiting men and women across the US and Puerto Rico for a landmark new research study – Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3).

Enrollment is being made possible in partnership with University of Mississippi Medical Center from Tuesday, March 27 through Friday, March 30. Individuals may choose to participate if they are willing to make a long-term commitment to the study (which involves completing follow-up surveys periodically over the next 20-30 years), are between the ages of 30 and 65 years old and have never been diagnosed with cancer.

CPS-3 will help researchers better understand the genetic, environmental and other factors that may cause or prevent cancer.

 For more information, visit www.cps3jackson.org, call 1-888-604-5888 or e-mail cps3@cancer.org.

View University of Mississippi Medical Center brochure  HERE

Enrollment will take place at the following
University of Mississippi Medical Center facilities:

Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 10am - 1:30pm
Jackson Medical Mall
Community Meeting Room
350 West Woodrow Wilson Drive
Jackson, MS 39213

Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 3pm - 6:30pm
Wednesday, March 28, 2012, 9am - 2:30pm
Main Campus
Norman C. Nelson Student Union
Conference Room A-D
2500 North State Street
Jackson, MS 39216

Thursday, March 29, 2012, 8am - 1:30pm
Main Campus
Classroom Wing, Rm 107, 108, 109
2500 North State Street
Jackson, MS 39216

Friday, March 30,2012, 9am - 2:30pm
Grants Ferry - University Physicians
Community Room
1010 Lakeland Place
Flowood, MS 39232


For cancer information anytime, call 1.800.227.2345 or visit cancer.org


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Barnett Reservoir

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Another Ridgeland Police Chase

Ridgeland Police were involved in a chase Friday evening, it began near Academy Sports on County Line Road around 8pm.  The Metro 1 helicopter was over the chase when it started.  

TRN's scanner recorded the Ridgeland PD radio traffic for approximately 40 minutes, it appeared that officers lost the suspect after he turned off County Line Road - he was last seen on Mossline Drive.

The software used to capture the traffic is voice activated - pauses between radio broadcasts are not recorded.  The result is an audio slightly over 4 minutes in length that spans 40 minutes of real time.  



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Barnett Reservoir

Friday, February 24, 2012

Rankin Redistricting Map

The Rankin County Board of Supervisors recently reviewed a map showing new Supervisor districts.  The proposed plan, drawn up by Central Mississippi Planning and Development District, would balance the county's population among the 5 districts.

Proposed district populations:
  • District 1 - 27,243
  • District 2 - 27,562
  • District 3 - 27,529
  • District 4 - 27,207
  • District 5 - 28,562

The majority of the area around The Rez would still be represented by District 2 Supervisor Wood Brown, but District 5 Supervisor, Jay Bishop, picked up subdivisions on the West side of Old Fannin Road.

The proposed lines ensure each district has a similar population -  data from the 2010 U. S. Census was used to calculate the districts.

The Supervisors may consider redrawing some precinct lines at a later date.

The following link is to a map showing the proposed lines and has not been officially adopted.

To view the map click HERE.

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Barnett Reservoir

Rankin Republican Women Meeting

The Rankin County Republican Women will meet on Monday, February 27th at the Flowood Library. 

The meeting begins at 6pm - all are invited.

More info can be found at their Facebook site HERE.

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Barnett Reservoir

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Advisory For Pelahatchie Creek

Press release from MDEQ Thursday afternoon

MDEQ ISSUES TEMPORARY ADVISORY FOR PELAHATCHIE CREEK IN MORTON

(JACKSON, Miss.) –The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) issued a temporary water contact advisory today for a three mile section of Pelahatchie Creek in Morton. This advisory applies to the stream from Moore Street (Old Highway 481) downstream to U.S. Highway 80. MDEQ recommends that people avoid water contact recreation such as swimming or wading in these waters. In addition, people should avoid eating fish from this area of the stream until further notice.

This precautionary advisory is being issued as a result of the discharge of an estimated 50,000 to 100,000 gallons of untreated wastewater near the creek due to a malfunction in a control valve. The city has corrected the problem, and much of the released wastewater has been contained and will be recovered before it enters the creek. The amount of wastewater that actually made it to the creek is unknown at this time.

MDEQ staff has begun monitoring bacteria levels in the stream and will revise the advisory as needed.

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Barnett Reservoir

The Car

Figured it was time to ID the car in the previous post after getting the "Hubmobile" guess.



Enlargement of the car in the photo

1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
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Barnett Reservoir

Old Rez Scenes

Been a long time since we've posted any old Rez photos - so - a fix for you history junkies.   A few shots that date back to the early 1960's.

click on photos to enlarge

Taken below the dam long before the reservoir filled, extra credit given if you can ID the make and year model of the car.

Aerial of the spillway.  Water had been diverted from the Pearl River to run through the Spillway. The main lake was empty. 

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Barnett Reservoir

PRVWSD Board Committee Calls Meeting

The Executive Committee of the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District has called a special meeting to review a list of ordinance changes proposed at their January meeting. 

Meeting details:

Date:       Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Time:       3:30 pm
Location:  PRVWSD Main Office, 115 Madison Landing 
               Circle, Ridgeland (near Cock Of The Walk)

The public is encouraged to attend.


A list of changes can be seen HERE - color-coded text indicates changes/additions/deletions.

A few of the highlights:
  • Prohibit glass containers on any public PRVWSD property
  • Prohibit rope swings on PRVWSD public property
  • Set boating restrictions around the Spillway and Lowhead Dam
  • Amend the rules for use of primitive weapons on PRVWSD property
  • Amend the rules for possession of alcohol in public parks (sec. 3.7.5)
  • Establishes parking restrictions for some commercial trucks
  • Creates an ordinance regulating the use of "PODS" (portable storage units)
  • Amends the ordinance dealing with political signs
The PRVWSD welcomes public comments on the proposals - to comment send an email to Cindy Ford at cford@therez.ms

A copy of all comments will be made available to those attending the meeting.

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Barnett Reservoir

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Primary Elections - March 13th

Primary elections for federal offices will be held Tuesday, March 13th.

Mississippians will go to the polls to cast votes for a presidential candidate and a U.S. senator and representative.

Info for Madison County Voters

Sample Ballots for Democratic and Republican primaries  Here
Questions about absentee ballots or poll locations contact the Madison County Circuit Clerk's office at:  (601) 859-4365  or  (601) 352-2049
Link to Madison Circuit Clerks office HERE.

Info for Rankin County Voters

Sample ballot for Democratic Primary HERE
Sample ballot for Republican Primary HERE
Questions about absentee ballots or poll locations contact the Rankin County Circuit Clerk's office at: 601-825-1466
Link to Rankin County Circuit Clerks office HERE

Additional information about this years primaries including an election calendar can be found at the Mississippi Secretary of State's Office Election page HERE

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Barnett Reservoir

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Bill Introduced To Change PRVWSD

A bill that would make changes to the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District has been introduced into the Mississippi House Of Representatives.

House Bill 662, authored by Rep. Mark Baker and Rep. Kevin McGee, would change the method used to appoint some board members, expand the jurisdiction of the Reservoir Patrol and provide a means to expand services to leaseholders.

The bill has been assigned to the House Conservation and Water Resources Committee.

Read House Bill 662 HERE.

Highlights of the bill:

  • Eliminate the board appointees from the 4 state agencies (MDEQ, Dept. of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks, State Board of Health, and the Miss. Forestry Comm.).
  • Give 2 additional seats (making a total of 4) to the Madison County Board of Supervisors.  All Madison County appointees would have to be leaseholders living on PRVWSD property.
  • Give 2 additional seats (making a total of 4) to the Rankin County Board of Supervisors.  All Rankin County appointees would have to the leaseholders living on PRVWSD property.
  • Allow the PRVWSD to expand services provided to the leaseholders - similar to those provided by municipalities. 
  • Expand jurisdiction of the Reservoir Patrol to leaseholder property. 
  • Allow the PRVWSD to keep a portion of fines from citations written by the Reservoir Patrol.  Presently the District receives no money for any tickets issued by the Patrol.

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Barnett Reservoir

Rankin School Board Meeting Wednesday

The Rankin County School District Board of Education will meet in a Special Session on Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 8:00 a.m. in the auditorium at Brandon Middle School, 408 S. College Street, Brandon, Mississippi.

A copy of the meeting agenda is available HERE.

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Barnett Reservoir

Monday, February 20, 2012

Stennis Report On The Rez Released

The most comprehensive study ever conducted of the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District has been released by the John C. Stennis Institute for Government.

The report, requested by Mississippi Representatives Mark Baker and Kevin McGee, provides historical background about the reservoir project and the current challenges faced by the PRVWSD and the commercial/residential leaseholders.

The 75 page report contains a wealth of information including statistics on the economic impact of the reservoir.

The link provided points to a draft copy of the report, there may be a few edits made before the final version is placed on the Stennis Web Site.

Link to full Stennis Report HERE

A few highlights from the report follow:

  • In the mid 1970's the demand for lots exceeded the supply.  In July, 1975 there were 1500 contracts offered for 149 lots in Audubon Point.  When 194 lots were offered in Pelahatchie Woods in June 1977 there were 2100 contracts offered; in September 1978, 2575 contract offers were received for the 109 lots offered in Sunrise Point.  When multiple contracts were offered on a single lot, a drawing was held to determine the selected lessee. 
  • Within 30 miles of the District, sales related to recreational activities in the District are estimated at approximately $81 million annually; these sales generated approximately $26 million in labor income and supported approximately 1,232 jobs. 
  • There are approximately 5,748 leased properties managed by the District.  Of these, 4,475 are located in Rankin County and 1,278 are located in Madison County.  Total lease revenues were $4,578,415 for the year ending June, 2010.   
  • The estimated residential population living on residential property leased from the District is 12,929.  The average household income in the District was $88,884 in 2010. 
  • The 2010 household expenditures of District leaseholders are estimated at $411 million. 
  • With a population estimated at 12,929, the District's resident population is larger than 20 of the 82 counties in the State of Mississippi and it's population would rank it in the top 35 cities in Mississippi. 

The final section of the report makes a few recommendations:

Recommendations for Consideration by Decision Makers
  • The Mississippi Legislature should review the existing composition of the Board of Directors of the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District. This review should include the statutory requirement of one member from each of the following four state agencies: 1) the Mississippi Commission on Environmental Quality; 2) Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks; 3) the Forestry Commission; and 4) the State Board of Health.
  • The Mississippi Legislature should review the existing composition of the Board of Directors of the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District to determine whether legislation should be enacted that would provide greater representation of residential leaseholders on the board.
  • The Mississippi Legislature should consider treating the geographic area contained within the geographic boundaries administered by the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District as it does municipalities under Section 27-35-309 of the Mississippi Code, entitled: Method for Assessing Said Companies; Taxation of Nuclear Generating Plants Generally; Distribution of Revenues and under Section 27-37-301 entitled: Payments by Authority in Lieu of Taxes; Apportionment.
  • The Mississippi Legislature should consider treating the geographic areacontained within the boundaries of the area administered by the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District as it does municipalities under Section 27-65-75 of the Mississippi Code entitled: Distribution of Sales Taxes, Contractor Taxes, Motor Fuel Taxes, and Other Revenue Collected under this Chapter.
  • The Board of Directors of the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District should consider creating a Leaseholders Advisory Board consisting of representatives from homeowners’ associations, commercial leaseholders, and residential leaseholders from older communities with no homeowner’s associations. If created, the Advisory Board should be formally integrated into the planning and decision-making process of the Board of Directors of the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District 
  • Exploration of the creation of an Overlay District should continue, the process should assure frequent participation and input from all stakeholders in the area and a full discussion of the issues and goals that the Overlay District addresses.
  • The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District should employ a Community Planner with education and experience equivalent to either GS-0020-13 or GS-0020-14; including at minimum a Master’s Degree in Urban or Community Planning and 8 years of relevant experience.
  • The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District should conduct a revenue and expenditure analysis using a Cost Center Accounting methodology.


Comments or feedback about the report?  Send them to Judy Phillips with the Stennis Institute of Government at:  jgp1@sig.msstate.edu

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Barnett Reservoir

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Rez Scenes

Submitted by Edwin Coit

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Breakfast With Congressman Gregg Harper


A breakfast reception honoring Congressman Gregg Harper will be held on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Location: 
Taggart, Rimes & Usry, PLLC
100 Renaissance Bldg. Suite 101
1022 Highland Colony Parkway
RIdgeland, MS

The details and RSVP info  HERE.


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RCSD Reading Fair

RCSD Hosts District Reading Fair


Brandon, MS - Rankin County School District recently hosted its annual Reading Fair. Students from all over the District participated. The winners of the District reading fair will go on to participate in the Regional Reading Fair that will be held the Research and Development Center at Jackson State University on March 9.

Winners for the Reading Fair for the District are:
Individual Category Kindergarten:
First Place – Gianna Adams, Flowood Elementary,Second Place – Celia Hanna-Zelaya; Steen’s Creek Elementary and Third Place – Richard Sullivan, Highland Bluff Elementary. Individual Category First Grade: First Place – James Park, Northshore Elementary; Second Place – (Tie) Maggie Heath, Flowood Elementary and Charlotte Germany, Highland Bluff Elementary and Third Place – Caleb Arney, Northwest Rankin Elementary. Individual Category Second Grade: First Place -­‐ Murphy Lemon, Northwest Rankin Elementary; Second Place – Joshua Park, Northshore Elementary; Third Place – Mary Del Rosario Jansen, Highland Bluff Elementary and Honorable Mention – Carter Peeples, Oakdale Elementary. Individual Category Third Grade: First Place Kate Sturgeon, Richland Upper Elementary; Second Place – Jack Edens, Northshore Elementary; Third Place – Caidlea Inman; Flowood Elementary; Honorable Mention – Caleb Germany; Highland Bluff Elementary and Honorable Mention – Patrick Belcher II, Highland Bluff Elementary. Individual Category Fourth-­‐Fifth Grade: First Place – Gracie Hawthorne; Second Place – Emma Stumph, Northshore Elementary; Third Place – Jeanette Maria Jansen, Highland Bluff Elementary and Honorable Mention – Olivia Clapp, Northwest Rankin Elementary. Individual Category Sixth-­‐Eighth: First Place – Will Priest, Puckett Attendance Center; Second Place – Kayleigh Polk, Brandon Middle and Third Place – Brevin Quichocho, Richland Upper Elementary. Individual Category Ninth-­‐Twelfth: First Place – Lauren Anderson, Puckett Attendance Center. Non-­‐Fiction Category Fourth-­Eighth Grade: First Place – Joseph Park, Northshore Elementary; Second Place – Jackson Dew, Pelahatchie Elementary; Third Place – MacKenzie Ricks, Puckett Attendance Center and Honorable Mention – Brooke Musgrove, McLaurin Elementary. Group Category Kindergarten-­‐Fifth Grade: First Place – Mrs. Moore’s First Grade Class, Northshore Elementary; Second Place – Mrs. Pennington’s Kindergarten, Puckett Attendance Center; Third Place – Miss Viduna’s Second Grade Class; Steen’s Creek Elementary and Honorable Mention – Blaize Olinde and Gracie Olinde; Oakdale Elementary. Group Category Fourth – Eighth Grade: First Place – Heather Frazier and Maggie Lampton, Northshore Elementary; Second Place – Meredith Burgess, Janie Watts and Lindsey Horn, Oakdale Elementary. Third Place – Tristan Cowan and Eric Henderson, Puckett Attendance Center and Honorable Mention – Ali Grace and Scarlett Castillo; Pelahatchie Elementary. Group Category Ninth-­‐Twelfth Grade: First Place – Cady Jones, Morgan Littich and Tatum Lott, Puckett Attendance Center. Family Category Kindergarten-­‐Third Grade: First Place – Brady Williams, Puckett Attendance Center; Second Place – Katie Gordon and Charlie Gordon, Northshore Elementary; Third Place – Jessie Heflin, Florence Elementary; Honorable Mention – Travis Brandt, Steen’s Creek Elementary and Honorable Mention – Reagan Sanders and Payton Sanders, Pelahatchie Elementary. Family Category Fourth-­‐Eighth Grade: First Place – Will Christian, Northshore Elementary; Second Place – Morgan Kaminski, Flowood Elementary; Third Place – Anna Lee, Florence Elementary and Honorable Mention – Kailey Holland, Pisgah Elementary.

 
First place District Reading Fair winners are pictured front row from left are Gianna Adams, Flowood Elementary; Brady Williams, Puckett Attendance Center; Kate Sturgeon, Richland Upper Elementary; Maggie Lampton, Richland Upper Elementary; Heather Frazier, Northshore Elementary; James Park, Northshore Elementary and Cathy Gilreath, RCSD Director of Instructional Support. Back row from left are Dr. Lynn Weathersby, RCSD Superintendent; Will Priest, Puckett Attendance Center; Gracie Hawthorne, Richland Upper Elementary; Joseph Park, Northshore Elementary; Will Christian, Northshore Elementary and Sharrhea Brown, First Grade Assistant Teacher, Northshore Elementary. Not pictured are Murphy Lemon, Northwest Rankin Elementary, Lauren Anderson, Puckett Attendant Center; Cady Jones, Morgan Littich and Tatum Lott, Puckett Attendance Center.

RCSD JROTC Marksmanship Team

Six Rankin County School District (RCSD) JROTC students will compete in the Army National Marksmanship Championship in Anniston, Ala.

The competition is against the best shooters from five states. The students will compete for the right to attend the All Service National Championships to be held at Camp Perry, Ohio.

“This is an unbelievable accomplishment, and we are proud to have these students represent Rankin County School District,” said RCSD Superintendent Dr. Lynn Weathersby



Pictured front row from left are Master Sergeant Todd Norris, Kirsten Jones, Florence High School; Alex McGee, Brandon High School; Austin Watson, Brandon High School and Sergeant First Class Sam Watts. Pictured back row from left are Caleb Hewitt, Brandon High School; Andrew Hudson, Brandon High School and Bobby Marsh, Brandon High School.

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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Car Veers Off Lower Road

A car veered off the lower road Saturday afternoon and came to rest in a ditch below the dam - the accident happened shortly before 2 pm.

Two passengers in the car were not injured.

Audio from scanner traffic below:




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Moving For A Cure

APDA Mississippi Chapter
3rd Annual 
“Moving For a Cure”
5K Run/Walk Charity Race

Join us on Saturday, March 31, 2012 for the 3rd Annual “Moving For a Cure” Charity Race” benefiting the Mississippi Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association and the American Parkinson Disease Association.

Proceeds from the Parkinson's 5K “Moving For a Cure” will help sustain local programs to inform, assist, and educate individuals and families coping with the challenges of Parkinson's Disease and will contribute toward national research funded by the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA). The longtime mission of APDA is to “ease the burden and find a cure”. Keep on moving!

The Race will begin at 8am on Saturday, March 31st (Registration begins at 6am and ends at 7:45) at Lakeshore Park (Reservoir YMCA) 6023 Lakeshore Park Brandon, Mississippi.

Come out for a fun-filled, family day and make a difference in the lives of those with Parkinson's disease! We welcome everyone to join us.

The total course is 3.1 (5K) miles, however walkers can walk any part of this or choose to enjoy the beautiful day.

Where:                  Lakeshore Park @ The Barnett Reservoir
Starts:                  03/31/2012 @ 8:00 am Ends: 10:00 am
Check-in Time:      6:00 am to 7:45 am Registration
Cutoff:                  03/29/2012 12:00 pm 
Donation Cutoff:    07/31/2012 12:00 am 
Contact:                Teresa Jones
Phone:                  601-506-2729 
E-mail Address:     info@msapda.org 

More info about the Mississippi Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association available at their website http://www.msapda.org

Online registration for the Run/Walk Here.
Download/Print registration form Here.


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Friday, February 17, 2012

Reports From PRVWSD Board Meeting

The PRVWSD Board met Thursday - one of their agenda items is to review and approve minutes from previous board and board committee meetings. 

The minutes detail the policies of the PRVWSD and provide a great source of information about how the District is operated. 

Board meeting minutes from January available HERE.

Board Audit and Executive Committee meetings minutes available HERE.

The board also reviews a report prepared by the Reservoir Patrol that provides stats on citations issued, arrests, etc.

One interesting stat -  the Patrol wrote 68 tickets for being in reservoir parks after closing hours.

(Ed. Note - The PRVWSD gets no revenue from any citations written by the Reservoir Patrol.)

The Patrol report is available HERE.

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Rez Board Reverses Event Fee Policy

The Board of Directors of The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District met Thursday morning and voted to reverse the Special Event Fee policy adopted last month.

Ridgeland Mayor and PRVWSD board member, Gene McGee, made a motion to rescind the fee and suggested the board plan a future meeting with members of the community to formulate a fee structure that would be fair to all parties.

The motion passed unanimously.

The Madison County Chamber of Commerce and representatives of The Pepsi Pops event were against a clause in the policy that would allow the PRVWSD to take 10% of an events gross receipts.   

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Rankin Passes Animal Shelter Ordinance

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

The board took action on a new ordinance to regulate the operation of animal shelters, it passed unanimously.  

Supervisors visited shelters in Jackson and spoke with shelter directors in other cities before bringing the item to a vote.   

The new ordinance specifies minimum standards for shelters and adopts portions of The Guidelines for Standards Of Care in Animal Shelters created by the Association of Shelter Veterinarians - 2010.

A copy of the new ordinance is available here.
A copy of the Guidelines for Standards document is available here.
Note: items stricken from Guidelines document were not included in the Rankin ordinance.

The ordinance will go into effect once published in local newspapers. 

The need for the ordinance sprang from issues surrounding the Animal Rescue Fund (ARF) facility on Holly Bush Road.  Residents near ARF have been in a dispute with the shelter over noise from barking dogs.

The issue has resulted in multiple legal actions being filed against the shelter.  

Supervisors heard reports that as many as 250 dogs have been housed at the facility.  

A few highlights from the new ordinance.

  • Shelters must be licensed and obtain proper permits. 
  • Animals must be kept in a sound proof building that is heated and cooled. 
  • No more that 15 canines can be outside of the facility at one time. 
  • No shelters permitted in areas zoned residential. 
  • Establishes facility and sanitation standards.
  • Requires existing facilities to be in compliance within 7 months from effective date of ordinance
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This Could Be A Record

Heard on the scanner Wednesday night.

A Rankin Deputy makes a traffic stop, collects the drivers licenses from two individuals in the car then radios dispatch for a report on the licenses.

The first D/L is not great but the second one has to be a record of some kind.


A few definitions:

DWLS driving while license suspended
FTA Failure to appear for a court date

Names and ID info edited out.



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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Cashier Arrested For Credit Card Fraud

Samuel Thompson
Sheriff Bryan Bailey Reports:


Rankin County Sheriff’s Department Deputies arrested Samuel Lee Thompson, a 23 year old from Nashville Street, in Jackson for Credit Card Fraud on February 9th, 2012.

On February 3rd, 2012, the sheriff’s office received a complaint from a Rankin County resident that she had been a victim of credit card fraud. The complainant was shopping at a local business (TRN note: reportedly Kroger on Spillway)  when she started having difficulty with her debit card while checking out.

The cashier, Samuel Thompson, offered to help the victim. When he did, he watched her enter her PIN number. At the end of the transaction the Thompson swapped the victims debit card for another.

When Thompson left work, he took the debit card and pin number and made $600.00 worth of unauthorized purchases on the stolen card.

During the investigation, another victim was identified and was found to be defrauded of one thousand dollars. When Samuel Thompson was arrested, investigators found that he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest for embezzlement in Madison County.

Samuel Thompson posted bond at the Rankin County Jail and was released to Ridgeland Police Department.

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Giant Map Coming To Natural Science Museum

GIANT NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAP OF ASIA COMING TO THE
MISSISSIPPI MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCE

Jackson, Miss. – Mississippi students will be exploring Asia in a big way this month — with the world’s largest map of the continent! The map measures 26 feet by 35 feet and is designed as a giant game board to introduce students to the diverse geography of Asia.

It will be on display at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science on February 14-17 (9 am – Noon); February 19 (1-5) and on February 21-23 (9am – Noon), in partnership with the Mississippi Geographic Alliance at the University of Mississippi, as part of National Geographic’s Giant Traveling Maps program, organized by National Geographic Live, the public programming division of the National Geographic Society.


To book a giant map session for your school or group, please call the museum at 601-576-6000.

The map’s brightly colored, smooth vinyl surface accurately illustrates Asia’s oceans, seas, rivers, mountains, countries and capitals. Designed for grades K-8, the map comes with a trunk full of accessories, including interactive activities and props and photo cards that teach students about the physical characteristics of the continent as well as its rich history, wildlife, and varied cultures.

 In “Cardinal Capture,” teams of students use cardinal directions to move student “pawns” around the map, capturing opponents. In “To What Degree?” teams compete against each other to find the most locations using latitude and longitude coordinates. Foam balls and hoops are used in “Geo-gym” games that each students the diverse geography of the Asian continent.
“These maps teach geography in a way that nothing else does. It is a physical as well as mental experience,” said Dan Beaupré, director of education partnerships for National Geographic Live. “The hands- and feet-on experience makes a lasting impression on students and sparks further interest.”

“We are excited for this natural connection of geography and science! This will be a great partnership with the Mississippi Geographic Alliance to engage children in their natural environment and promote science literacy,” said Angel Rohnke, Museum Education Coordinator.

“The giant maps are designed to teach students about the world in a fun and compelling way, and we are delighted to partner with the Museum of Natural Science to bring this experience to Mississippi,” added Carley Lovorn, Assistant Director of the Mississippi Geographic Alliance.

“We hope this is the first of several giant maps we bring to the public in order to provide the building blocks for a deeper understanding about our world. Asia is a wonderful map to begin with since it is a critical continent for our future leaders to understand.”
National Geographic’s Giant Traveling Maps program was introduced in 2006 with a map of Africa, and has since expanded to include maps of Asia, North America, South America and the Pacific Ocean. Each map measures 26 feet by 35 feet and is loaned to schools and other hosts with an assortment of activities.

 In the 2011-2012 school year it is estimated more than 450,000 students will interact with one of these maps.

The maps also help showcase My Wonderful World, a multiyear National Geographic-led campaign to improve geographic literacy and to help students become more informed global citizens. The campaign (mywonderfulworld.org) is designed to improve the geographic literacy of young people ages 8-17 by motivating parents and educators to make geography more available and accessible in school, at home and in the community.
To learn more about the Giant Traveling Map project, for borrowing information or to download map activities, visit www.nationalgeographic.com/giantmaps.

The National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. Founded in 1888 to “increase and diffuse geographic knowledge,” the Society’s mission is to inspire people to care about the planet. It reaches more than 400 million people worldwide each month through its official journal, National Geographic, and other magazines; National Geographic Channel; television documentaries; music; radio; films; books; DVDs; maps; exhibitions; live events; school publishing programs; interactive media; and merchandise. National Geographic has funded more than 9,600 scientific research, conservation and exploration projects and supports an education program promoting geographic literacy. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.com.
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About the Museum: The museum is located at 2148 Riverside Drive in Jackson. Call 601.576.6000 or visit http://www.msnaturalscience.org for directions, parking and details about this event and other programs offered by the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, which is a part of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks. The MMNS is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

 Museum Hours: M-F: 8am - 5pm; SAT: 9am - 5pm; SUN: 1pm -5pm. Admission: $6 adults; $4 children ages 3-18; $5 senior citizens (60+); free for children under 3; free for Museum Members; school teachers with classes: call for group information. Prices and schedule subject to change.

About the Mississippi Geographic Alliance: The Mississippi Geographic Alliance at the University of Mississippi works to strengthen geographic literacy in the state of Mississippi. A member of the nationwide network of state alliances sponsored by the National Geographic Society, MGA uses workshops, online resources, and other programs to help educators prepare students to embrace a diverse world, succeed in the global economy, and steward the planet’s resources. For more information visit www.mga.olemiss.edu, or contact Carley at mclovorn@olemiss.edu or 662-915-3776.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Signs Sprouting Around The Rez

Seen one of these?



They started appearing around the Rez area over the last few days.

The PRVWSD has been notified - we understand they have contacted the company and told them to remove the signs from any reservoir property.

An official with Rankin County said it is illegal to place signs on any county right-of-way.

We contacted the company responsible for the signs, they told us their employees were on the way to the reservoir area to remove the signs.

If you see one they miss report it to 601-355-0188


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PRVWSD Board Meets Thursday

The Board of Directors of the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District will meet Thursday Feb. 16th at the PRVWSD office in Ridgeland.  Board meetings are open to the public and held at the Reservoir office at 115 Madison Landing Circle in Ridgeland.

In addition to the items on the following agenda it is likely that the board will discuss the event fee issue covered at Monday's board committee meeting.

The agenda:

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, FEBRUARY 16, 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 January 16, 2012

4. Commendation of Service for Robert Webb

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

6. Report from Attorney

7. Committee Recommendations:

    Forestry Committee:
    I.    Discussion of forestry management
    II.   Approval for timber sale 
 
    Shoreline Development and Environmental Quality
    Committee:
    I.    Approval of supplemental agreement to Bob Anthony
          Parkway overlay project
    II.   Approval to accept one (1) year extension of Aquatic
          Vegetation Control Program contract with Aqua Services
    III.  Approval to accept proposal from Wildlife Technical
           Services for the development of a Pesticide Discharge 
           Management Plan

8.   Per diem and travel for the month of January

9.   Consideration and approval of Cash Balance Report

10. Consideration and approval of Claims Docket

11. Committee Minutes and Miscellaneous Correspondence

12. Patrol Report

13. Executive Director’s comments 

14. Next Regular Meeting – March 15, 2012 at 9:30 a.m.

      MEETING ADJOURNED

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Monday, February 13, 2012

PRVWSD Criticized For Fee Changes

updated: Feb. 13, 2012 - 7:34 p.m.

The Shoreline Committee of the PRVWSD Board met this afternoon and heard from two groups critical of a new fee structure for events held at Reservoir parks.  Last month the Board approved the increases which originated in the board's Parks Policy committee.   

Shelley Brown, with Brown Bottling Group, and several members of the Madison County Chamber of Commerce said the changes could impact their decision to continue the Pepsi Pops and Dragon Boat Regatta events at the reservoir.

Mr. Michael Beattie, President and Executive Director of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra sent a letter to PRVWSD Board President, Jack Winstead, seeking  relief.

A portion of Mr. Beattie's letter stated:

To help put this in perspective in terms of our budgeted costs, Thalia Mara Hall, which holds approximately the same number of people as attends Pepsi Pops each year, costs less in rent for a concert than we will spend in fees with the Water District for Pepsi Pops, based on our average annual ticket income, and we are not charged with cleaning it up when we leave.

A complete copy of Mr. Beattie's letter is available HERE.

The groups were concerned over a clause that could take 10% of an events gross receipts.  They also stated they were not given adequate notification of the increases. 

John Sigman, Executive Director of the PRVWSD, explained that the District receives no tax dollars and operated on a small budget - the fees were necessary to recover their cost for hosting events. 

Mr. Sigman said the board would discuss the fee increases at their meeting Thursday morning.

Link to WLBT coverage of the meeting HERE

The new fee structure follows:

POLICY OF
PEARL RIVER VALLEY WATER SUPPLY DISTRICT
CONCERNING SPECIAL EVENTS IN PUBLIC PARKS
AND PUBLIC RECREATION AREAS

  • Special event permits are required for any event or gathering held in public parks and/or public recreation areas: 1) where 50 or more persons are expected to attend, 2) equipment or other formal set-ups or structures are brought onto the property, 3) the activity is outside the normal scope of use or operational hours established, 4) any goods or services are offered for sale, or, 5) amplified music is available. Any one of the stated activities will require the issuance of a permit for the event.
  •  This policy does not apply to pavilion rentals, fishing tournaments, contests or rodeos or activities held on leased property.
  •  Permit Fee: Based on anticipated attendances. Applicable fee is due when the event is scheduled with the PRVWSD Parks Department. The fee is refundable only upon receipt by the PRVWSD Parks Department of written notice of cancellation no less than thirty (30) days prior to the scheduled event, otherwise the fee is non-refundable:

    Under 300 $250
    Under 500 $500
    Under 1000 $1,000
    1500 + $1,500

    If a charge is made by any event sponsor, for-profit or non-profit, for entrance, parking or other participation in the event, the permit fee will be the greater of the above referenced fee schedule or 10% of the gross receipts. If any for-profit or non-profit organization or event or any commercial endeavor sells any type of product (including food and beverage), an additional permit fee of 10% of gross sales will be applicable. The event sponsor will provide adequate proof of gross receipts/sales.
  • The permit fee for any race (marathon, 5K, etc…) that extends outside the park boundary will begin at $500.
  • A $500 deposit will be paid when event is scheduled with PRVWSD Parks Department in addition to the applicable permit fee. This deposit will be utilized to ensure that the special event area is immediately cleaned up at the conclusion of the special event, pay for any damages that occurred during the special event, and to compensate any PRVWSD Parks Department employee who works overtime as a result of the special event. Any portion of the deposit not needed for the purposes stated will be refunded within 14 days after the event. Additional fees (permit or deposit) not covered prior to event are due within 14 days of the conclusion of the event.
  • The safety and security of every visitor to our parks is the first priority of the PRVWSD Parks Department. To accomplish this mission we will require Certified Law Enforcement Officers be at certain events dependant on the number of attendees and/or activities planned as a part of the event. Providing adequate security at special events is the financial responsibility of the event sponsor and will be determined in a pre-event planning meeting between the event coordinator and PRVWSD Parks Department staff. Officers will either be provided by, or approved by the Chief of the Reservoir Patrol at the expense of the event sponsor. • Portable restroom facilities shall be provided by the event sponsor at the rate of one per 150 anticipated attendances. A percentage of the restroom facilities should be handicapped accessible in accordance with ADA standards.
  • The event sponsor will also provide a Certificate of Liability Insurance naming the PRVWSD as being additional insured in the minimum amount of $1,000,000.
  • PRVWSD Parks Department reserves the right to make modifications to all above policies based on specific needs of specific events on a case by case basis. 

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Senator Harkins Donates To NWRHS

L to R - Paul Lacoste, Richard Morrison, Sen. Josh Harkins

Paul Lacoste and Senator Josh Harkins recently paid a visit to Northwest Rankin High School. Senator Harkins is participating with many other state lawmakers in the Paul Lacoste twelve week “Fit 4 Change” boot camp.

Senator Harkins was the week four winner and chose to present his winning to Northwest Rankin High School.  NWRHS principal, Richard Morrison accepted the donation.

Learn more about the fitness program that legislators and state employees are participating in -  HERE.


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Rankin Supes Consider Animal Shelter Ordinance

The Rankin County Board of Supervisors met Friday, a copy of their agenda is available HERE.

The board continued an ongoing discussion about adopting an animal shelter ordinance.  Board attorney, Craig Slay, presented a proposed draft that would establish guidelines and minimum requirements for any shelter within the county. 

A copy of the proposed ordinance is available HERE.

A few highlights of the proposed ordinance:

  • No animal shelter can be operated in any area zoned residential
  • Animals must be housed inside a fully enclosed, insulated, sound proofed, heated and cooled structure. 
  • No more than 20 animals can be outside the shelter at one time. (this number was debated and may change)
  • General rules regarding space requirements, animal health, safety and welfare

The supervisors have heard a number of complaints from residents living near the Animal Rescue Fund's facility on Holly Bush Road.  Noise from barking dogs has led a group of residents to bring legal action against ARF.

The Board has acknowledged a need for a facility like ARF but also recognize the issues brought forth by the neighbors.

ARF's attorney, David Galyon, was present at Friday's meeting - he addressed the board saying he was hopeful a solution between all parties could be reached. 

The supervisors made a number of comments about the ordinance and suggested several modifications be made - they agreed to discuss the ordinance at a future meeting.

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PRVWSD Welcomes New Employee

Cindy Ford has joined the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District as the executive assistant to John Sigman, Executive Director of the PRVWSD.

She will also serve as the assistant secretary to the PRVWSD Board of Directors.

We asked Cindy for a brief bio, here is what she said. 

I am an Oklahoma native transplanted to Mississippi. My parents moved south with my father’s job and we never left. Mother is Judy Ford and father (deceased) William (Woodsie) Ford. My education includes a associate degree in computer science from HCC and a bachelor’s degree from Southern Miss (political science and computer science). 

I came to the PRVWSD from Foil Wyatt Architects and Planners, PLLC in Jackson, where I worked 18 years in construction administration and as an executive assistant. I currently live in Clinton. 



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NWRHS National Merit Finalist


Northwest Rankin High School has announced the following National Merit Semi Finalist and Finalist.

Congratulations to Beau Bettiga, National Merit Semi Finalist, Nicholas Pettit, Ying Lin, Taylor Bolland, and Allen Lacour, National Merit Finalist.

Also pictured are Dr. Lynn Weathersby, Ann Sturdivant and Richard Morrison.


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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Fatal Crash On 471

Update: WLBT reports the man killed in the accident was David Hurtado Vega from Morton, he was 23 years old.


Shortly before noon today emergency personnel were dispatched to a one car accident near the intersection of Hwy. 471 and John Hill Rd. (about 3 miles north of Bay Pointe).

A vehicle left the road and traveled over 50 feet before hitting a tree.

The driver, the only occupant of the car, was killed.

No other details are available at this time. 

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Lake Harbor Fire and Rescue had to remove the top to the vehicle to extricate the driver.

That area of 471 is closed to thru traffic due to construction.  One lane is open for local traffic but the surface is very rough.  The car appeared to be traveling north and veered off the left side of the road.


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