Saturday, June 30, 2012

Obamacare Hits Polk's

Obviously there is some obscure rule in Obamacare that requires alternative treatments for depression.  This will do it, one gob of this stuff on a cracker and you'll be happy.  

It is a rule we can live with.

Spotted Friday afternoon on a shelf at Polk's Discount Drugs on Spillway Rd.


About $8 - and worth every penny.

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Friday, June 29, 2012

Gov. Bryant's 5K Run


Gov. Phil Bryant’s Inaugural 5k Run 
for Health Set for June 30 
in Jackson, Miss.

Proceeds to Benefit Blair E. Batson
Hospital for Children


JACKSON—Gov. Phil Bryant will kick off the inaugural “Gov. Phil Bryant’s 5k Run for Health” this Saturday, June 30. Approximately 800 people have registered to run, and proceeds will be donated to Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children.

Day-of race registration continues Saturday morning at Mississippi Republican Party headquarters, and race festivities kick-off at 7:15 a.m. on Capitol St. directly in front of the Governor’s Mansion. The official pre-race program begins around 7:40 a.m. A Kids Mile run follows the 5k.

During the official pre-race program, Gov. Bryant will speak and will present a donation check to Guy Giesecke, CEO Blair E. Batson. Biggest Loser winner Patrick House will give the race welcome and lead the post-race awards ceremony.

Rez Park Hours Extended For Saturday


Press Release From The PRVWSD


EFFECTIVE SATURDAY, 30 JUNE 2012

Public Parks and Boats Ramps to Remain Open Until Midnight for THE INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION on SATURDAY, 30 JUNE 2012

Pearl River Valley Water Supply regulations prohibit the use of public parks, boat ramps, and other properties after hours posted at those facilities. Many of those facilities are posted to be closed at sunset; some are posted to be closed at sunset unless engaged in fishing activities.

Due to the increased activity expected on the water on SATURDAY, 30 JUNE 2012, all parks and boat ramps will remain open until midnight.

Please use these facilities, leave only your footprints, and be prepared for the parks to be closed at midnight that night.

For the latest information on this issue and other related activities on the Barnett Reservoir, please check out our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/PRVWSD.

The Rez News

Independence Day Celebration Update

Updated June 29, 10:41a.m.


Get ready, the first annual Independence Day Celebration at the Rez is only a day away.

Date:  Saturday June 30th
Time:  5 p.m.
Location: Old Trace Park and Lakeshore Park

* There will be accommodations at both parks for those with disabilities - including ADA compliant restroom facilities. 

Events are planned for both Lakeshore Park and Old Trace Park, pick a spot and come join the fun. 

What fun, you ask?

A few details

  • Gates open at 5p.m.
  • Lakeshore Park band  -  Luckenbach
  • Old Trace Park band   -  South of 20
  • Hummers, ATVs, Rock Climbing Wall, Cooling Stations and more provided by the National Guard
  • Flyovers
  • Space Jumps
  • Vendors:
    • Kathryn's 
    • Burger and Blues
    • Hungry Howies
    • Little Willie's
    • McAllisters
    • Cock of the Walk
    • Frozen Fun Factory
    • Bop's
    • Kona Ice
  • Boat Parade - leaves Main Harbor area around 8pm comes across Spillway and past Lakeshore Park back to the Yacht Club and Old Trace Park
  • Wounded Warriors and Operation PROP will be on the Grand Marshall boat
  • Miss 103 will do a live countdown on the radio and the fireworks will begin around 9:15pm.  Fireworks will be located on Red Dot Road (fishing jetty on Madison side)

Don't miss it.

Check out the event flyer for more details  HERE.

The Rez News

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Former NWRHS Coach Dies

The Clarion Ledger reports

Former Northwest Rankin football coach David Coates — who was facing an August trial on drug charges — has died of a heart attack, his lawyer said.

Jackson lawyer Bill Kirksey said the family informed him that Coates, 57, suffered a massive heart attack.
Clarion Ledger article here.

The Rez News

LeFleur's Bluff Golf Course Reopens Friday

JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) has announced the reopening of LeFleur’s Bluff Golf Course. After nearly two months of renovation, the course, located in Jackson, will open Friday at 8 a.m.

MDWFP Director of State Parks Ramie Ford said “improvements range from a complete overhaul of the clubhouse and new golf carts to greener fairways and landscaping throughout the nine-hole course.”

LeFleur’s Bluff Golf Course is one of several outdoor amenities at LeFleur’s Bluff State Park. The golf course will operate Wednesdays through Mondays (closed on Tuesdays).

Green fees for nine holes range from $10 (walking) to $12 (cart) on weekdays and $13 on weekends – making it one of the most economical places to play golf in the Southeastern United States.

More information can be found at the course web site HERE.

Contact info:

LeFleur's Bluff Golf Course
1205 Lakeland Drive
Jackson, MS 39216

Golf Shop: (601) 362.5485
info@randywatkinsgolf.com

The Rez News

Gov. Bryant Announces Nissan Expansion


Governor Bryant, 
Nissan Officials
Announce Major 
Expansion At 
Nissan Plant 
In Canton



Nissan to add production of Sentra model, 1,000 new jobs in Canton


Canton, Miss. – Governor Phil Bryant and officials from Nissan North America announced today the vehicle manufacturer is expanding its Canton, Miss., operations, adding production of the Nissan Sentra compact car to the plant’s production line-up.

The addition of the Sentra, along with an increase in production capacity, will create 1,000 new jobs at Nissan’s Canton facility.

“Nissan has been a valued member of our state and local business communities and a leading employer in Mississippi for nearly a decade,” Governor Phil Bryant said. “Nissan’s trust in Mississippi’s workforce is evident, and I am proud that this company is creating 1,000 additional jobs for hard-working Mississippians. This expansion is proof that ‘Mississippi Works’ and is a superb place for business.”

“The addition of Sentra production is a testament to the high level of production quality at our Canton plant,” said Bill Krueger, vice chairman of Nissan Americas. “The Canton team has proved it can compete and win on a global scale.”

Ridgeland Balloon Glow Friday


Ridgeland Recreation & Parks and Northpark Mall present “Celebrate America” Balloon Glow featuring Neal McCoy and Jason Fratesi & the Dirt Road Jam Band


Ridgeland Recreation & Parks and Northpark Mall, in conjunction with the Mississippi Championship Hot Air Balloon Fest, present the “Celebrate America” Balloon Glow on Friday, June 29, 2012.

Ridgeland’s Independence Day celebration is a tradition for families throughout Ridgeland and surrounding areas. Thousands gather near Northpark Mall for the hot air balloon glow, food and games, local entertainment, star performance by a nationally known country music recording artist, and a spectacular fireworks display.

The annual karaoke contest will be held at Center Court inside Northpark Mall on Tuesday and Wednesday evening (6:30-9:00 p.m.), June 26 and 27. The top five finalists from each night will advance to the finals on Thursday night, June 28, at 6:30 p.m. The registration fee is $25. Singers can pre-register by calling Angela at 601-566-0951 or e-mailing at krazykaraokems@yahoo.com. The winner will open the show for Neal McCoy and Jason Fratesi & the Dirt Road Jam Band at the “Celebrate America” Balloon Glow on Friday, June 29.

The fun kicks off at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, June 29 with the karaoke contest winner and opening act Jason Fratesi & the Dirt Road Jam Band. DRJB plays a wide mix of country, southern rock and blues. The band specializes in stripped down acoustic sets accompanied by mandolin and spoons. The typical DRJB experience starts soft and ends hard as they rock out to numerous southern rock favorites like "Green River," "Hard To Handle" and fun songs like "Voodoo Child," "Wagon Wheel" and "What's Up." The Dirt Road Jam Band’s performance will be followed by the beautiful sight of hot air balloons glowing at dusk.

Rankin School District Reviews Budget

The Rankin County School Board held a budget hearing Wednesday morning and discussed expenditures for fiscal year 2013 - the proposed budget reflects a 3.34% increase over the previous year.

A few of the highlights presented to the board:

  • Fiscal year 2013 budget is $171,390,442
  • 19,164 students enrolled in Rankin County Schools
  • $7,400,000 monthly payroll
  • Rankin County School District 3rd largest in state
  • 5th lowest administrative cost in the state
  • Lowest tax rate in metro Jackson area
A copy of the presentation to the board is available HERE.

A copy of the proposed budget summary is available HERE.

The Rez News

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Fire At Brendalwood Duplex

A fire this afternoon at 472 Brendalwood Dr. damaged both sides of a duplex.  A firefighter said it appeared that a kitchen fire was the cause of the blaze - no one was injured in the fire.  The Reservoir Fire Department was dispatched at 5:12 p.m.



The Rez News

Parents Upset With Rankin School Board

The Rankin County Board of Education met this morning and heard from a group of residents unhappy with a recent board decision to work toward settlement of a lawsuit with Pearl.

Lots of TV cameras rolling this morning and a front page article in the Clarion Ledger.

A few links:

Clarion Ledger Front Page:
The Rankin County School District board member who led the vote to settle a lawsuit with Pearl public schools received a permit from Pearl aldermen to build a mini-warehouse/storage facility there - a revelation prompting some to cry politics.
Read More

WLBT Coverage:
A number of emotional Rankin County residents came out to voice their concerns during Wednesday morning's Rankin County School Board meeting. Just about all of the residents in attendance oppose the school board's recent three to two vote to settle an annexation lawsuit with the City of Pearl.
Read More

WAPT Coverage:
Dozens of parents attended a meeting Wednesday to voice their frustration with the Rankin County School Board's decision to settle a lawsuit with the Pearl Public School District that could impact where their kids go to school.
Read More

WJTV Coverage:
A member of the Rankin county school board is under scrutiny and could be investigated by the state ethics commission.
The man at the center of the controversy is school board vice president Cecil McCrory.
Read More

The Rez News

Little Saigon

Little Saigon is open for business at 115 Village Square Drive.  (opposite end of the building from Little Willie's).

Their specialties are sandwiches, soups and sushi.

A number of readers have sent us reports - all good, so give them a try and support our local reservoir area businesses.
Little Saigon is open for lunch 7 days a week from 11am till 2:30pm.   Dinner is served from 4:30pm to 9:00pm Monday through Friday and 4:30pm to 9:30pm on Saturday.

A copy of their take-out menu HERE.

And, check the white boards inside for daily specials. 

The Rez News

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Two Trucks Collide On 25

An 18 wheeler and pickup truck collided this afternoon on Highway 25, the accident occurred shortly before 5pm.

click to enlarge
The driver of the 18 wheeler was injured but able to communicate with medical personnel.  The driver of the pickup, according to one person on the scene, was alert but complaining of chest pain.   Both drivers were transported to the hospital.

TRN was told that both trucks were southbound on 25 when they collided. 

The accident took place near the intersection of Highway 25 and Stull Road - about 3 miles north of the 25 and Holly Bush Rd intersection.

The Rez News

Roses Bluff Park

Long before there was a Barnett Reservoir people came to the area to enjoy the Pearl River at Roses Bluff Park.  It was a popular spot for boaters, swimmers and picnics, access was easy as it was right off the Natchez Trace.

Never saw it?  Then you won't, it's now under The Rez - flooded when the lake filled back in the early 60's.

One of the construction challenges faced by the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District was that 6 miles of the Natchez Trace had to be rerouted - the new reservoir would cover the scenic road and park.

A topo map with 1960 data shows the old path of the trace, we've marked up the map to point out the location of the park and areas as they exist today.

Copy of marked up map HERE.
Copy of unmarked map HERE.

Vintage photos of the park taken in the early 1960's.

Click photos to enlarge.  For best viewing click the Hi-Res version under each picture.

Roses Bluff Park
Click for Hi-Res Version

Roses Bluff Park Looking North
Click for Hi-Res Version

Roses Bluff Park Looking South
Tree covered point along top of pic is current Roses Bluff
The dam and spillway can be seen with in Hi-Res pic
Click for Hi-Res Version

Entrance to boat launch
Click for Hi-Res Version


 The Rez News

Monday, June 25, 2012

Man Shot By Highway Patrol

Gerald John Wagner
NEWS FROM THE HIGHWAY PATROL

A pursuit that began in Monroe County ended in Lee County with the suspect being shot by a state trooper.

About 4:30 p.m., Sunday, June 24th, an MHP Trooper attempted to stop a 1992 GMC Suburban on US45 in Monroe County. The driver of the SUV did not yield to authorities and fled. During the pursuit the suspect fired two shots, on two occasions at law enforcement officers (a total of four shots). The pursuit extended into Lee County where a Tupelo police officer deployed a “stop stick” in the highway, which is designed to deflate the vehicle’s tires.

The vehicle was disabled when the tires blew out and the driver lost control. The suspect got out of the Suburban brandishing a handgun and continued to flee on foot. He would not respond to verbal commands to stop. After crossing US45, the suspected turned toward troopers, with weapon in hand, and was fatally shot.

The suspect has been identified as 40-year-old Gerald John Wagner of 85 Green Meadow, Picayune, Mississippi.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is investigating.

The Rez News

Maintenance On I-20

NEWS FROM MDOT

Upcoming Road Work on I-20 in Rankin County

JACKSON, MISS., Monday, June 25, 2012--- The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) would like to inform the public of the upcoming road work to be performed on I-20 in Rankin County.

On Monday, June 25, at 7 p.m., MDOT crews will temporarily close the Crossgates on-ramp (Exit 54) to I-20 westbound and the right lane of I-20 westbound to Airport Road (Exit 52). This closure will allow crews to pave the right lane and shoulder of I-20 westbound from the Crossgates exit to Airport Road. Crews will continue paving through the night until 6 a.m. on Tuesday, June 26. Crews will then resume at 7. p.m. that evening and continue working until all paving for this section of the project is complete.

MDOT encourages motorist to use caution when traveling through the work zone.

MDOT regrets any inconveniences this closure may cause.

For the most up-to-date information in your area, please visit www.MDOTtraffic.com and sign up for your traffic alerts. Also, visit http://www.mdottraffic.com/mobile to get the latest traffic information from MDOTtraffic.com on your mobile device. MDOT advises the public to pull off the road to a safe location if you need to check the MDOTtraffic.com website while driving. MDOT’s number one concern is the safety of the traveling public.

The Rez News

Rankin School Board Meets Wednesday

The meeting this week is likely to have some fireworks.  At the RCSD's last meeting the board voted 3 to 2 to work toward settlement of a lawsuit between the District and the City of Pearl.  Members Cecil McCrory, Grumpy Farmer and Ruth Burgess voted for the settlement with Ann Sturdivant and Debbie Tolleson opposing.

The issue is land in the El Dorado Road and Patrick Farms area that was annexed by Pearl but remains in the Rankin School District - Pearl wants the land in their separate school district.

Representatives from Pearl spoke at the last meeting in support of a settlement but opponents of the settlement claim they were unaware the board was going to vote on a settlement.  In a unanimous vote last November, the board agreed to hire attorneys and defend the lawsuit.   

We've heard that petitions are being signed and a vocal group will attend the meeting to express their displeasure with the recent board action.


The details for Wednesday's meeting:

Agenda of Special Session and Special Called 
Budget Hearing Meeting
The Board of Directors
Rankin County School District


A Special Session and Special Called Budget Hearing meeting of the Board of Directors of Rankin County School District will be held June 27, 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 the 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.   HEARING OF DELEGATIONS
4.   OFFICIAL FISCAL YEAR 2013 BUDGET PUBLIC HEARING
5.   CONCLUSION OF THE PUBLIC HEARING
6.      CONSENT AGENDA
     A.  APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF JUNE 13, 2012
     B.  STUDENT TRANSFER REQUESTS
     C.  ACTIVITY FUNDS STATEMENT OF CASH BALANCES
     D.    DOCKET OF CLAIMS
     E.  MONTHLY EXPENSE AND REVENUE REPORT - MAY 2012
     F.  FIXED ASSETS - RETURNED FOR CREDIT
     G.  FIXED ASSETS - LOST OR STOLEN
     H.    PUBLIC DONATION
     I.    FRIENDS OF CHILDREN - BRIDGING THE GAP
     J.  BID EXTENSION - ALLIED WASTE
     K.  BID PERMISSION - FRONTIERS SNACKS 2012-2013
     L.  BID AWARD - GAS AND OIL PRODUCTS
     M.  SIXTEENTH SECTION - BID PERMISSION - 

         HUNTING AND FISHING LEASE 16-4-3 / 16-6-5N.
         SIXTEENTH SECTION - ASSIGNMENT OF FARM / 

         RESIDENTIAL LEASEHOLD - P2-56 / 16-3-5 -
         VANDERFORD
     O.  SIXTEENTH SECTION - ASSIGNMENT OF FARM / 

         RESIDENTIAL LEASEHOLD - I5-21-10 / 16-4-3 - LITTLE
     P.    SIXTEENTH SECTION - ASSIGNEMENT RES LEASEHOLD

         - 16-5-3 / LEWIS
     Q.  MISCELLANEOUS CONTRACTS
7.   PERSONNEL CHANGE REQUEST
8.   ADJOURNMENT OF THE BOARD


The Rez News

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Get Ready For Fireworks

The Barnett Reservoir Foundation and the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District are proud to announce the 1rst Annual Independence Day Celebration

Saturday - June 30, 2012
5PM till Fireworks

Events are planned for Old Trace and Lakeshore Parks

And A Spectacular
Fireworks Display



Don't miss it.


Check out the event flyer for details  HERE.

The Rez News

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Crash Victim Identified

News Release From Rankin County Sheriff's Office

Rankin County Man Dies When Vehicle Crashes into Pond

On Saturday June 23, 2012 at approximately 6:32 a.m. the Rankin County Sheriff’s Department received a call about a sports utility vehicle in a pond in the 600 block of Seventh Day Road near Florence.

Rankin County Deputies along with Rankin EOC, AMR, Cleary FD and Florence FD, responded to the scene. When first responders arrived, they found a silver Mercury Mountaineer almost completely submerged approximately 30 feet from the bank. A Rankin EOC dive team responded to the scene and began a search of the pond. Approximately one hour into the search divers located a body approximately 50 feet from the vehicle.

The deceased has been identified as Christopher T. Martin, a 22 year old male from Traylor Road, Florence, MS.

It appeared that the vehicle was traveling south on Seventh Day Road and went off the right side where the driver appeared to overcorrect which caused the driver to lose control and end up in the pond on the opposite side of the road. Apparently the driver was ejected from the vehicle when it crashed into the water. The Rankin County Coroner has transported the body to the Mississippi State Crime Lab. The Rankin County Sheriff’s Department continues to investigate the accident.

Sheriff Bryan Bailey
Rankin County Sheriff's Office

The Rez News

Nuisance Wildlife


MDWFP Revises Nuisance
Wildlife Regulations

At its May 16, 2012 meeting, the Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks adopted new regulations concerning nuisance wildlife in Mississippi.

Due to their often destructive behavior on private lands, beaver, coyote, fox, nutria, skunk, and wild hogs are classified as “nuisance animals” in Mississippi.

These current regulations, as set forth in Public Notice LE-06 3779, allow private landowners to manage nuisance animals throughout the year with special exceptions and restrictions. These new regulations are important to help control Mississippi’s wild hog population.

Wild hogs, a non-native species in Mississippi, cause extensive damage to crops, timber, pastures, and native wildlife habitats and compete with native wildlife for food resources.

A few hog facts from Nat Geo Wild

  • The pig is native to Europe and Asia, although it has spread with humans to every continent except Antarctica.
  • Wild pigs have one of the widest distributions of all land mammals
  • The javelina, or collared peccary, is the only pig-like creature native to North America.
  • Female feral pigs and their piglets live in family groups, which are generally composed of around 6 individuals. These groups sometimes band together to form sounders, or massive groups of between 50 and 100 pigs.
More hog facts at ==> Nat Geo Wild Hog Invasion


The Rez News

Friday, June 22, 2012

SoulShine Moving


SoulShine Pizza Factory is leaving the Rez and relocating to Flowood.  They plan to open in their new location in early July.

Following the lead of several other area businesses, SoulShine is moving to Magnolia Marketplace on Highway 25 (across from the Word of Life Church).
They'll be in the spot formerly occupied by the Tex Mex restaurant. 

Chris Sartain, founder and co-owner of SoulShine, tells us that their menu will be same but to expect a few surprises once they settle in.  Of course the big change will be in the beverage area, namely adult beverages.

The city of Flowood has approved their alcohol permit so wine and mixed drinks can be served.  


The former restaurant has been gutted and being completely remodeled, a stage area is taking shape so you can expect a bit of acoustic music with that pizza.

SoulShine opened for business in 2001 near Castlewoods, they later moved to Old Fannin Road where they've been for the past 6 years.

Soulshine operates two restaurants in the metro area, 1 in Oxford and they are opening a new location in Nashville this summer.

Keep up with SoulShine at their Facebook page HERE.

The Rez News

Bird Banding In Mississippi

Wood Duck

Bird Banding Efforts
Ongoing in Mississippi


MDWFP’s wildlife biologists and conservation officers recently completed a rocket netting workshop at the Turcotte Education Center near Ross Barnett Reservoir. The purpose of this workshop, taught by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and USDA Wildlife Services, was to instruct personnel who band wood ducks how to safely capture and handle birds.

Each summer, MDWFP staff and permitted volunteers band mourning doves and wood ducks throughout Mississippi to better understand juvenile and adult survival (how long a bird lives), harvest rates (how many birds are harvested), and migration and dispersal patterns (where birds go).

All of these data are provided to the National Bird Banding Lab where it is entered into a central database that holds all information from every bird banded by a permitted bander. These data help the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the MDWFP develop sound hunting regulations and gain useful information to improve migratory bird management in Mississippi.

If a hunter recovers a band from a migratory bird, it is very important to report the recovered band to the Bird Banding Lab. The band can be reported on the internet at http://www.reportband.gov/ or by calling 1-800-327-BAND (2263). After reporting the band, the Bird Banding Lab will send the hunter a certificate of appreciation, which tells where and when the bird was banded.

For more information regarding migratory bird banding, visit www.mdwfp.com/wildlife-hunting.

The Rez News

Thursday, June 21, 2012

MDWFP Youth Participation Initiative

News From The MDWFP

2012 Youth Participation Initiative Program Announced

Jackson – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks is pleased to announce the Youth Participation Initiative (YPI) Program will be accepting applications beginning July 1, 2012, from organizations interested in increasing youth involvement in the great outdoors.

The YPI Program was established to provide funding for the purpose of educating youth in the areas of hunting, fishing, conservation, and safety. During 2011, the YPI Program provided a total of $177,375.00 to help fund 22 projects across Mississippi.

Mississippi Counties Receive Money For Elections

NEWS FROM THE SECRETARY OF STATE'S OFFICE

Mississippi Counties Receive Over
One Million Dollars in Additional Funding

Jackson, MS—Mississippi counties will share $1,099,999.92 of funding for election assistance from the Help Mississippi Vote Fund and the newly created Elections Support Fund.

“With funding from the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) diminishing, counties statewide face significant revenue shortfalls to conduct elections across the State,” says Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. “This $1-Million dollars will help fill the gap left from the federal funding.”

Fannin Landing To Get New Ramps

Ramps at Fannin Landing
At their June board meeting the PRVWSD voted to approve an agreement with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks that will fund the relocation and construction of new boat ramps on Fannin Landing Circle.

Two of the three existing ramps are unusable and have been closed off for some time.

Plans call for the existing ramps to be closed and moved near the southern end of the parking lot. The public restroom will also be moved.

The $442,654 project will be split between two state agencies - the Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks paying 75% of the cost and the PRVWSD paying 25%.

Three piers are planned with two 25' wide launches -  a 475' breakwater will also be constructed to shelter the new boat launch. 

Neel-Schaffer designed the facility, a detailed copy of the plan is available here.

Work is expected to begin soon. 

The Rez News

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Deadline Extended For Alligator Permits

Pelahatchie Bay Gator
News From Wildlife Fisheries & Parks

MDWFP Extends Alligator Hunting Application Period

JACKSON - By Executive Order, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) has extended the period open to persons interested in purchasing applications for lottery-based public water alligator hunting permits.

Due to technical difficulties with the MDWFP’s website on June 15, some interested persons were not able to submit their application. The MDWFP will re-open the application process on June 25, from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 midnight. There are 6 public water alligator hunting zones available. Applicants may apply for any or all zones.

There is a charge of $10 per zone application. Applicants must be residents of Mississippi and at least 16 years of age to apply. A credit card or debit card and an email address are required to purchase applications. To purchase and submit applications, please visit www.mdwfp.com.

For more information regarding alligator hunting rules and regulations, visit our website at www.mdwfp.com/alligator or call us at 601-432-2199.

The Rez News

Motorcyclist Update

Senior Master Sgt. James Bennett takes a time out
  from his C-17 Globemaster III loadmaster duties
  at the airport in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Jan. 21, 2010,
to hold a crying Haitian baby for a mother who was
asleep from exhaustion. Sergeant Bennett is from
the Mississippi Air National Guard's 172nd Airlift
  Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Alvin Johnson)

Last Friday a motorcyclist was seriously injured after colliding with a truck on Spillway Road. (story/photos here).

The rider was Senior Master Sgt. James "Bucket" Bennett, a reservoir area resident and a Loadmaster with the 172nd Airlift Wing of the Mississippi Air National Guard.

He sustained several injuries and was transported to the hospital.  The good news is that he didn't have any
spinal, brain or organ damage.

You Can Help The Family

An account at Regions Bank has been established to help James and his family.

To contribute stop by any Regions branch and make a donation in the name of James W. Bennett.

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The Groom Room

A new business has opened in Fannin Marketplace.

The Groom Room is located in the old Fat Cat location between Holly Nails and the Pack and Mail.

Stop in and see owner, Lisa Miley, and Melissa Lawson.  They'll pamper your pooch with a "new do" or dog sit while you go shopping.

The shop is open from 7am till 6pm Monday through Saturday.

Stop in and support your local Rez businesses.



The Rez News

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

PRVWSD Files Lawsuit Against Safe Harbor Marina

The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District has filed a lawsuit against Safe Harbor Marina, the marina is located on Highway 43 across from Tommy's Trading Post.

The suit, filed in Rankin County Chancery Court, alleges that "Safe Harbor is in default of and has breached the terms of the Safe Harbor Lease requiring it to keep the Property in good order and in a good state of repair". 

Last summer the PRVWSD hired Neel-Schaffer, Inc. to perform inspections of all marinas on the reservoir.  In July 2011 Safe Harbor was inspected and the subsequent report listed numerous violations.  The suit contends "Some of the deficiencies include, but are not limited to, electrical items that do not comply with current codes, sanitary sewer leaks, inadequate fire protection, illicit discharge being released into the reservoir, shoreline erosion, structural deficiencies, and derelict and/or abandoned boats and vehicles stored on the Property". 

The last section of the lawsuit states:

Wherefore, the District demands the following relief:

 a.  A judgement declaring that the Lease, including any assignments thereof, is terminated and removed as a cloud against the District's title, and that the District is entitled to unrestricted possession of the Property;

b.  A judgement that all claims of Safe Harbor be canceled and removed as clouds upon the District's title;

c.  A judgement against Safe Harbor for breach of contract in an amount to be proven at trial;

d.  All reasonable attorney's fees, expenses and costs incurred in enforcing the provisions of the Safe Harbor Lease;

e.  Interest on the judgement from the date of the judgement until the judgement is paid;

f.  A judgement confirming the District's title in and to the Property;

g.  A judgement directing the Sheriff of Rankin County, or his authorized representative, or other authorized law officer at Rankin County, Mississippi, including officers of the PRV Reservoir Patrol, having jurisdiction over the subject property, to take any and all action necessary to remove Defendants and their possessions from the Property and place the District in full and complete possession of the Property, in connection with the termination of the lease, without necessity of further pleading, process, or civil action pursuant to M.R.C.P. 70; and 

h.  Any other and further relief as the Court deems just and appropriate.  

This the 15th day of June, 2012. 

The Neel-Schaffer report stated:

The Safe Harbor Marina property is in generally poor condition.  Significant repairs are needed to fix electrical and structural deficiencies in the marina and the mobile home community.  In addition, a system identifying the units in the mobile home community is needed to allow emergency services to locate residences.  Illicit discharge of waste water into the reservoir are being allowed in the marina.  There are also significant problems with the sanitary sewer collection system in the mobile home community.  Fire protection for the facilities is questionable.  There are no fire hydrants on the property.  The reservoir provides a readily available source of water but the fire fighters would have to be properly equipped to utilize it.  The mobile home community is laid out in a rather haphazard and disorganized fashion.  There is apparently no regulation covering how this community was developed.  The district might consider enacting an ordinance to govern the development of similar communities.  Marina users need to be informed of proper methods of making power and water connections to vessels.  Users should also be strictly prohibited from making unauthorized modifications to marina facilities.  It is imperative that the marina demonstrate that it has a viable spill prevention, control and countermeasures plan for its fuel storage and dispensing system.  Employees must be trained on the plan and required to adhere to it. 

A copy of the lawsuit and exhibits A through C are available here - exhibit C is a letter from Greg Stevens with Safe Harbor responding to a PRVWSD letter informing him of the deficiencies that need attention.

Exhibits D and E, available here, are copies of the Neel-Schaffer inspection reports.

The following pictures of the Safe Harbor area were taken by The Rez News on Monday, June 18th.

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The Rez News

Monday, June 18, 2012

Need A Voter ID?

News from the Mississippi Secretary of State's Office

No Voter ID? Let us know.

Jackson, MS—If you need assistance obtaining a free Mississippi Voter ID card when the requirement is approved, the Secretary of State’s Office wants to hear from you.

“Our Office is taking a proactive, rather than reactive, approach to the constitutional change,” says Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. “We are hoping to find as many people as possible who need a voter ID while we are awaiting approval. We can then expedite the process for getting them the proper identification later.”

“This requirement will allow individuals who may have been unable to afford, or has concerns about the voting process, a means for acquiring a form of identification in the free voter ID card,” says Secretary Hosemann. “This voter ID will help shorten the time to vote and ensure only you cast your ballot.”

Over 62% of Mississippi voters approved a constitutional initiative in the November 2012 General Election requiring voters to show identification at the polls. The requirement must now be approved by either the Department of Justice or the federal courts.

“If an individual does not have an acceptable form of identification, we encourage them to contact our Office,” adds Secretary Hosemann. “We want to ensure everyone who needs a voter ID receives one when the requirement is approved. By providing us their information early, they will go to the head of the line. We will also solicit free transportation to your county courthouse to anyone who needs transportation.”

Individuals who will need a free voter ID are encouraged to contact the Secretary of State’s Office:

  • Toll-Free: 1-855-868-3745
  • Website: www.MSVoterID.ms.gov
  • Email: MSVoterID@sos.ms.gov

Acceptable forms of identification include:

  • A current and valid Mississippi driver’s license;
  • A current and valid ID card issued by a branch, department, agency or entity of the State of Mississippi;
  • A current and valid United States passport;
  • A current and valid employee ID card containing a photograph of the voter and issued by any branch, department, agency or entity of the United States government, the State of Mississippi, or any county, municipality, board, authority or other entity of the State;
  •  A United States passport;
  •  A current and valid Mississippi firearms license to carry a pistol or revolver;
  •  A United States military I.D.;
  •  A valid tribal photo ID; or
  •   A student photo ID issued by a Mississippi university, college, or community college.
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    Duncan Marine Moving

    Duncan Marine Plans Move
    To New Location

    Duncan Marine, 1208 Old Fannin Road, is planning a move from it's current location at 1208 Old Fannin Road to a new facility on Highway 25. 

    The owner recently purchased 10 acres of land on the west side of Highway 25 just north of Holly Bush Road and plans to construct a 32,000 square foot facility. 

    Eddie Smith, owner of Duncan Marine, expects the new site to be ready early next year. 

    Duncan Marine was founded in Jackson in 1972 and originally known as Marine Mart.  It moved to it's current location in 1999. 

    RJ's Outboard Service will also be relocating to the new location.

    More information about Duncan Marine and their products/services can be found here.
    Info about RJ's Outboard Service is available here.

    The Rez News

    Sunday, June 17, 2012

    More Old Jackson Photos

    More old photos from the digital archives of the Mississippi Department of Archives

    Click photo to enlarge


    Clarion Ledger Building - 1912

    Capitol Street March 1944

    Capitol Street 1914
    The Capitol National Bank is now the Trustmark Building
    note the sign advertising 4% interest on savings accounts

    Jackson Central Fire Station - 1920's

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    Watergate - 40 Years Ago

    The Watergate Complex. The break-in occurred
    in the office building in the center.



    In the early morning hours of June 17, 1972, a night guard at a D.C. hotel and office complex was making his rounds when he noticed a suspiciously taped-open exit door. He quickly alerted authorities, setting off a series of events that would forever change the nation.

    Forty years later, the word Watergate is synonymous with political crime and corruption. In fact, it has become so ingrained in our collective conscience that just adding “-gate” to the end of a word instantly signifies a scandal.

    Read More here

    The Rez News

    Saturday, June 16, 2012

    Craftsmen's Guild Hires New Director

    Nancy White Perkins
    News From The Craftsmen's Guild


    The Craftsmen's Guild of Mississippi has announced the hiring of a new Executive Director, Nancy White Perkins. Effective, July 2nd, a position transition will begin.

    Nancy White Perkins worked at Mississippi Public Broadcasting and has experience in fundraising, marketing and public relations. She is an award winning writer and managed events. She is highly creative with a strategic mindset. Her B.F.A. is in Public Administration, University of Mississippi, with graduate work in Radio/TV/Film.

    Julia Daily, present Executive Director, will work part-time as a Project Manager to conclude pending projects, including opening the Biloxi Satellite, publishing the 40 at 40 book to be distributed by University Press, seeing the paving of the parking lot and pedestrian trail to the Trace to completion, fundraising for the woodturning studio and maintainence issues completed at the Craft Center. These projects should be completed by the end of the year and she will serve as mentor to the new Executive Director.

    The Search Committee of the Guild received more than 40 resumes from as far as California and New York. Six interviews were granted, including two by Skype. Three candidates were invited to a "Meet and Greet" with staff members, some local board members and the Executive Committee. Candidates were rated and a strong leader emerged.

    Join the Guild in welcoming its new leader, Nancy White Perkins.

    For more information, call The Craftsmen's Guild of Mississippi at 601-856-7546.

    The Rez News

    Rankin Supervisor Meeting

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

    The Rez News

    Friday, June 15, 2012

    Motorcyclist Injured On Spillway

    An accident involving a motorcycle and pick-up truck occurred this afternoon on Spillway Road near Regions Bank.  Emergency personnel were dispatched to the scene at 2:40p.m. 

    Reservoir personnel assist the rider of the motorcycle. 
    The impact knocked his helmet off, it can be seen
    near the curb in the lower left of the photo
     A witness told TRN the truck was exiting from the Regions parking lot and was hit by the eastbound motorcycle. 

    The rider of the motorcycle was transported to the hospital, the extent of his injuries are unknown at this time.  The driver of the truck remained on the scene and did not appear to be injured.  

    click photos to enlarge

     The Rez News

    Don't Pick Up That Fawn

    NEWS FROM MDWFP

    MDWFP Urges
     Public Not To
     Pick Up Fawns

    With the official beginning of summer, white-tailed deer fawns begin to appear in Mississippi. The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) advises people to leave fawns alone.

    “In late June we begin to receive a large number of calls and reports that someone has found a fawn” said William T. McKinley, MDWFP Deer Program Biologist. “We tell people the same thing every year - leave the fawns alone!” According to McKinley, many people assume the fawn has been abandoned because the doe is not visible. Often, these well-meaning people take fawns home to care for them; however, Mississippi law prohibits the capture, possession, or caging of any wild animal, including white-tailed fawns.

    Early in life, fawns are left hidden and alone for most of the day by their mothers. The doe will then return several times a day to nurse the fawn. As a natural defense, the fawn lies still in such a fashion that it makes people think it is sick or injured. Later, at only a few weeks of age, the fawn will be on its feet most of the time, is able to follow its mother, and is able to outrun most predators.

    Reservoir Police Report For May

    The latest report from the Reservoir Police.

    Summary info:

    MONTHLY REPORT SUMMARY MAY 2012

    CITATIONS (COURT)                   390
    CITATIONS (WARNINGS)                 12
    OFFENSE REPORTS                      62
    D.U.1. CITATIONS/ARRESTS             22
    B.U.I. CITATIONS/ARRESTS              1
    ACCIDENT REPORTS                     11
    BOATING ACCIDENTS                     0
    ARRESTS                              34


    The Details:


    Frequency             Violation

    1          Accident; Leaving Scene of
    5          Alcohol, Consumption in Parks
    2          Alcohol, Possession by Minor
    2          Alcohol, Possession by Adult
    2          Allowed Un-licensed Driver
    5          Boating; Reckless Manner Prohibited
    2          Boating: Registration Violation
    3          Boating Requirements; Lights,Floatation, etc
    1          Boating Under The Influence (B.U.I.)
    10         Boating; Wake Zone Violation
    11         Careless Driving
    21         Child Restraint
    17         Disregard for a Traffic Device
    33         Drivers License. None Or Expired
    20         Driving while License Suspended
    13         Driving Under The Influence, 1rst
    2          Driving Under The Influence, 2nd
    1          Driving Under The Influence, Felony
    6          Driving Under The Influence, Refusal
    1          Driving Without Headlights
    1          Driving Wrong Side of Roadway
    2          Excessive Noise
    12         Expired Tag
    2          Failure To Yield to Emergency Vehicles
    2          Fishing Violation PRV 3.4.a
    2          Fishing Without License
    1          Following Too Closely
    3          Improper Equipment
    23         Improper Parking: Fire Lane, Handicap, Marked
    11         Improper Passing
    4          Improper/No Tag
    71         Insurance Card To Be Kept In Vehicle
    4          Motor Cycle Endorsement
    1          Obstructing Traffic
    1          One Way Street Violation
    3          Over Size Vehicle
    3          Public Drunk
    1          Reckless Driving
    57         Seat Belt Law Violation
    21         Speeding
    4          Trespassing; Parks after Closing
    3          Vehicle Restriction
               
    390        Total Citations Submitted For Court
    12         Misc. Warning Citations
    4          Violated Citations
    402        Total Citations Written


    The Rez News

    A Few Good Craftsmen


    The Craftsmen's Guild of Mississippi will hold a “Prepare to Qualify” Workshop, Saturday, July 7, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m., at the Mississippi Craft Center, 950 Rice Road, Ridgeland, MS , at no cost to the public.

    Those interested in applying for membership to the Craftsmen's Guild of Mississippi will learn the steps of the application process from Exhibiting Members of the Guild. This preparation class includes discussions and demonstrations of Resume Writing, Artist Statements, Presentation, Slides/Photos, Quality of Work, Categories of Application, and Resources for Continuing Education.

    Exhibiting membership in the Guild is open to anyone whose work reflects professional standards and a high degree of competence in creating fine handmade craft. Please visit the website at www.mscrafts.org to download a membership jury application to the Standards Review Committee. The Standards Review is held twice a year in March and August. A “Prepare to Qualify” Workshop is held before each Standards Review. The deadline for the August Standards application is 5:00 p.m.,Friday, July 27, 2012.

    For more information, call The Craftsmen's Guild of Mississippi at 601-856-7546.

    The Rez News

    Thursday, June 14, 2012

    Rankin School Board To Discuss Pearl Lawsuit

    The Rankin County Board of Education has called a meeting for Friday, June 15th to discuss the status of a lawsuit between the Rankin County School District (RCSD) and the Pearl Public School District (PPSD).

    The lawsuit, filed by PPSD against the RCSD, is asking a federal court to transfer some land currently in the RCDS to the PPSD.  The land in question is the Patrick Farms area and some homes along El Dorado Road that were annexed by Pearl in 2005 and 2011.

    Pearl contends that the land in question is now within the City of Pearl and should be transferred to the PPSD.  If Pearl is successful they they would gain approximately 500 students and the tax revenues from the homes in those areas.

    RCSD is against the change as it would cost them many millions of dollars in tax revenue - money they say would have to be recovered by raising taxes. 

    The two parties entered into an agreement in 2008 that allowed residents of the annexed area a two year window in which they could choose which school system they would attend.

    TRN has obtained copies of the lawsuit and the resolution - we'll post them along with an update after Friday's meeting. 

    The RCSD has prepared a financial analysis of the impact of losing the students and revenue, it will be reviewed at Friday's meeting.  Those documents are available HERE.



    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 June 15, 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. KENNETH W. ADAMS ET AL. VS RANKIN COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION ET AL. CIVIL ACTION NO. 3:67-cv-04156-TSL-MTP. U.S. DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF MISSISSIPPI, JACKSON DIVISION. PEARL PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT VS RANKIN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT (MOTION FOR ENLARGEMENT OF TERRITORY)
    3. REPORTS TO BOARD: FINANCIAL IMPACT OF PEARL'S PROPOSALS TO TAXPAYERS OF RANKIN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT (LOSS OF TAXES, LAND AND STUDENTS)
    4. ADJOURNMENT OF THE BOARD

    The Rez News

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

    PRVWSD Board Meeting 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, JUNE 14, 2012

    1.  Opening prayer
    2.  Pledge of Allegiance – W. C. Gorden
    3.  Introduction of new board member: Sells Newman
    4.  Request for acceptance of Minutes from a regular meeting
        held on April19, 2012
    5.  Commissioning of Police Officer – Billy Hudson
    6.  Report from Attorney
    7.  Committee Recommendations:

    New Industry Moving To Mississippi

    GOV. BRYANT WELCOMES NEW MANUFACTURER TO MISSISSIPPI

    Mississippi facility is company’s first-ever U.S. location

    JACKSON—A leading manufacturer of stone wool insulation has announced plans to open a manufacturing facility in Byhalia, Miss. The facility will create 150 jobs.

    Roxul Inc. selected a site in the Chickasaw Trail Industrial Park in Marshall County for its new facility—the company’s first manufacturing plant in the United States. The company is investing approximately $130 million in the facility.

    Roxul Inc. is part of Denmark-based Rockwool International, the world’s leading producer of stone wool. Stone wool is a fiber-based insulation made from natural stone and recycled content.

    Catfish Stocked in Lower Pearl River

    Blue Catfish
    ictalurus furcatus
    News From MDWFP

    MDWFP Partners With MDEQ
    To Stock Pearl River



    JACKSON – Approximately 14,000 lbs. of harvestable-sized blue catfish will be released into the Pearl River near Picayune (Walkiah Bluff) on Friday at 10 a.m., part of a continued recovery effort by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ).

    The catfish, donated by a Mississippi catfish producer, range in weight from five to more than 20 lbs. They will be ready to spawn next summer, said Curtis Summerlin, hatchery supervisor at MDWFP.

    This marks the fourth stocking in the Pearl River since a 2011 equipment malfunction at Temple-Inland Paper Mill in Bogalusa, La., led to the accidental spillage of paper-making by-product into the river. This spillage depleted oxygen and killed an estimated 219,000 fish and freshwater mussels. The kill stretched 80 miles of the Pearl River, including about 40 miles bordering Mississippi.

    Meeting Reminder On Flood Maps

    ****Meeting Today****



    Rankin County
    Flood Risk Open House
    Scheduled 

    General public provided opportunity to find out more about floodplain management in their community.


    Officials representing the Mississippi Flood Map Modernization Initiative Team will host a Flood Risk Open House from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 13th in the Multi Purpose Room at Northwest Rankin High School, located at 5805 Hwy 25.