Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Rankin School Board Calls Special Meeting

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


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

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

1.  ROLL CALL AND ESTABLISHMENT OF A QUORUM

2.  SPECIALLY CALLED MEETING OF THE BOARD FOR THE PURPOSE OF
    DISCUSSING OR APPROVING SETTLEMENT PROPOSAL WITH PEARL 
    PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT (FEDERAL COURT) AND TO GIVE 
    U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE FORMAL NOTICE THEREOF

3.  CONSIDERATION OF EXECUTIVE SESSION

4.  ADJOURNMENT OF THE BOARD

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Wildlife Extravaganza 2012

News From The Mississippi Wildlife Federation


It's Back!

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



Where:   Mississippi Trademart Building at the fair grounds

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


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

A few of the scheduled events:

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

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Monday, July 30, 2012

Reservoir Police Stats

Latest stats from the Reservoir Police

Monthly Report Summary
     Reservoir Police
        June 2012


CITATIONS (COURT)                 256

CITATIONS (WARNINGS)               17

OFFENSE REPORTS                    42

D.U.I. CITATIONS/ARRESTS           11

B.U.1. CITATIONS/ ARRESTS           0

ACCIDENT REPORTS                   11

BOATING ACCIDENTS                   0

ARRESTS                            24

Read complete report HERE

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Sunday, July 29, 2012

More Ducks

News From The MDWFP

Wood Duck
JACKSON- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Canadian Wildlife Service recently completed their annual waterfowl population surveys on the breeding grounds to monitor waterfowl populations and to help set hunting season frameworks. Overall, North American breeding waterfowl populations increased 7 percent from 2011 to just over 48 million birds.

Population estimates for eight of the ten surveyed duck species increased this year. Mallard numbers increased 15 percent from last year to 10.6 million birds. Scaup and green-winged teal populations showed the greatest increases (21 percent and 20 percent, respectively). Gadwall, American widgeon, and canvasback populations increased only slightly. Northern pintail (-22 percent) and redhead (-6 percent) were the only species that demonstrated a decrease in numbers.

Mallard
Even with increases in the breeding population, it is important to note that the 2012 May pond count decreased 32 percent to 5.5 million ponds. Even with this decrease, pond numbers still remain above the long-term average. “Last year’s May pond counts were very high, and it appears our carry-over from last year’s duck production was very good. Reports of high breeding populations are always exciting to hunters, but it will be interesting to see if this year’s hunting season improves for Mississippi” said Houston Havens, Waterfowl Program Biologist for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP). Many factors contribute to a good hunting season for Mississippi’s duck hunters, with fall and winter weather conditions playing the key role in the duck migration.

For more information regarding wildlife or hunting in Mississippi, visit our website at www.mdwfp.com/wildlife-hunting or call us at 601-432-2199.

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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Road Closures

News From MDOT

JACKSON, MISS., Friday, July 27, 2012--- The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) would like to inform motorists of multiple closures in Madison County.

On Friday, July 27, at 7 p.m., MDOT crews will close the “on ramp” to I-55 northbound from Old Agency Road (Jackson Street) and will reopen at approximately 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 28. The same ramp will close again at 7 p.m. Saturday and then reopen at approximately 6 a.m. on Monday, July 30.

On Saturday, July 28 at 7 p.m. MDOT crews will close the I-55 northbound “off ramp” to Jackson Street (Exit 105B) and will reopen at approximately 6 a.m. on Sunday July 29.

The work being performed is being done in anticipation of completing phase one for the I-55 split diamond project. Work to be performed includes paving, curb work, traffic signal work and removing the median barriers.

MDOT encourages motorists to use caution when traveling through the affected area and to seek alternate routes if possible.

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Rez Beach

The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District is building a beach at Lakeshore Park.

A portion of the shoreline around the piers at Lakeshore Park is being smoothed down in preparation for sand.  The PRV plans to put a layer of sand on the shoreline area creating a beach, sand will extend into the water about 5 feet.

Buoys will be encircle the area and restrict it to swimming only.


The sand is expected to be delivered any day, once it is put in place and the swimming area marked off it should be open for fun.

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Road Closure

News From MDOT

The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) would like to inform motorists of an upcoming closure in Rankin County.

On Saturday, July 28, at 2 p.m., Kansas City Southern Railroad will close Highway 468 East at the railroad crossing between Greenfield Road and Compound Road for repairs. McHann Railroad crews will be performing repair work at the crossing until Sunday, July 29 at 9 p.m.

MDOT regrets any inconveniences this closure may cause and encourages motorists to seek alternate routes if possible.

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Bear Cam

This is way cool.
Brown Bears fishing in the Brooks River at Brooks
Camp in Alaska's Katmai National Park

A live streaming web cam showing Brown Bears fishing in a stream in Alaska's Katmai National Park.

About 2200 bears live in the park - 100 or more will gather at the Brooks Camp section of the park to try their luck at catching Sockeye Salmon making a upstream migration.

The site is hosted by explore.org who says the best viewing hours are between 8:30am and 1:30pm (Central Time).

A few Bear facts from Explore.Org

  • Brooks Falls will be busiest from July through the first week or two of August
  • Early in the season, bears eat the entire fish. Then after a few days they will high grade, eating only the most fat-rich parts: brain, skin, belly full of eggs, and the base of the tail. The lean, discarded remains are not wasted and are eagerly consumed by smaller bears, bald eagles, and even wolves
  • These bears eat up to 40 Salmon, or as much as 100lbs/100,000 calories of fish per day
  • Alaska Brown Bears are the larger coastal form of the Grizzly, which can be found inland 

View the Bear Cam HERE.

The views change periodically so stay tuned for different camera angles. 

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    Wednesday, July 25, 2012

    Harbor Walk Lease Extension Denied

    "As you are aware, the financial markets have not yet opened for projects like Phase I of Harbor Walk and we do not have access to funding for Phase I at this time."

    That was the opening line in a recent letter to the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District from John Burwell with Harbor Walk.  The letter went on to request a one year extension for lease options coming due in June.  The same extensions were requested in 2010 and 2011.

    The extensions were granted in previous years but denied this year.
     
    Instead, the board granted a 30 day extension for the option and agreed to take up the matter in July.

    The extension came up in the July Shoreline Committee meeting but the committee took no action on the request - that inaction meant the full board would not take up the extension and the deadline to exercise the option was left at July 31, 2012.    

    Harbor Walk now has to exercise the lease option by July 31, 2012 or it expires.

    Some History
    The original Harbor Walk lease required that a portion of the development be leased at the commencement of the master lease on July 2004 - other parcels would be leased in a series of steps, called take downs, in future years.

    In 2010 one of those take downs came due and Harbor Walk asked the PRVWSD for an extension.  The board granted the request and Harbor Walk paid approximately $25,000 for the extension.  In 2011 they came back to the board asking for another one year extension - the board granted that request and Harbor Walk paid $55,000 for the extension.

    Now What
    We'll have to wait till July 31rst to see if Harbor Walk exercises the option. However, the development still has a sizable portion of property under lease and that is unchanged.

    Harbor Walk currently pays the PRVWSD about $600,000 a year in lease fees.

    A copy of Mr. Burwell's letter is available HERE.

    Copy of PRVWSD June board minutes HERE.
     
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    Tuesday, July 24, 2012

    Rez History

    A step back in time to look at The Rez while it was under construction.

    click photo to enlarge

    East (Rankin) side of Spillway showing wing-wall under
    construction. Circa 1962
    Circa 1962 - view from below the spillway on the Rankin side. 
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    Rankin Historical Meeting Tonight

    Forrest L. Cooper, author of Looking Back Mississippi: Towns and Places, will be guest speaker at a joint meeting of the Rankin County Historical Society and the Brandon Historical and Genealogical Society.

    The meeting will be at 7:00 P.M. Tuesday, July 24, 2012, at the Brandon Public Library. There will be a short business meeting and light refreshments will be served.

    The public is invited.

    More info at: http://rankinhistory.org

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    Monday, July 23, 2012

    McAlister's Community Event

    Join McAlister's Deli at Dogwood Festival this week for their Grand Re-Opening Celebration.

    Specials are planned each day - such as:

    Monday - July 23th, McAlisters will donate 10% of sales to The Mustard Seed

    Tuesday - July 24th, 10% of sales from 5pm-9pm will benefit Northwest Rankin High School Girls Volleyball.


    click to enlarge
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    Rankin School Board Meets Wednesday

    News From The Rankin County School District

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

    A Special Called meeting of the Board of Education of Rankin County School District will be held July 25, 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.   CONSENT AGENDA
         A.  APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF JULY 11, 2012
         B.  STUDENT TRANSFER REQUESTS
         C.  MONTHLY EXPENSE AND REVENUE REPORT
         D.  INTERFUND TRANSFERS AT JUNE 30, 2012
         E.  BID AWARD - FRONTIERS SNACKS - FY 2013
         F.  SINGLE SOURCE ITEMS
         G.  GIFTED PROGRAM HANDBOOK
         H.  BUS TURN AROUNDS
         I.  TRANSPORTATION MANUAL
         J.  SIXTEENTH SECTION - BID AWARD - HUNTING & FISHING
             LEASE 16-4-3
         K.  SIXTEENTH SECTION - BID AWARD - HUNTING & FISHING 
             LEASE 16-6-5
         L.  SIXTEENTH SECTION - BID PERMISSION H & F 
             LEASE - 16-4-2
         M.  SIXTEENTH SECTION - AMENDED FARM/RES LEASE - 
             VANDERFORD 16-3-5
         N.  SIXTEENTH SECTION - ASSIGNMENT RES LEASEHOLD - 
             TAYLOR - 16-3-5
         O.  SIXTEENTH SECTION - HUNTING AND FISHING LEASE - 
             CARTER - 16-5-4

    3.   PERSONNEL CHANGE REQUESTS
    4.   CONSIDERATION OF EXECUTIVE SESSION
    5.   SPECIAL STUDENT TRANSFER REQUEST
    6.   ADJOURNMENT OF THE BOARD

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    Sunday, July 22, 2012

    Rez Scenes

    Views from the Madison side of the lake.

    Photos by Karen Cadle




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    Saturday, July 21, 2012

    Migratory Bird Seasons Announced

    News From The MDWFP

    Mourning Dove

    Mississippi’s Early Migratory 
    Game Bird Seasons Announced

    JACKSON - The Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks approved dates for the 2012-2013 early hunting seasons for migratory game birds on July 18, 2012. Early migratory game bird hunting seasons set at the July meeting include dove, resident Canada geese, early teal, snipe, woodcock, and rails. This year, early seasons will be similar to recent years.

    Once again, Mississippi hunters will enjoy a 70-day, 15-bird daily bag limit for mourning and white-winged doves. The possession limit is 30 birds. Mississippi is divided into two zones to maximize hunting opportunities throughout the state. The North Dove Zone is defined as areas north of U.S. Hwy. 84 plus areas south of U.S. Hwy. 84 and west of MS Hwy. 35. Season dates for the North Zone are as follows: September 1 – September 23; October 13 – November 11; and December 15 – December 31, 2012. The South Dove Zone is defined as areas south of U.S. Hwy. 84 and east of MS Hwy. 35. Season dates for the South Zones are as follows: September 1 – September 9; October 6 – November 11; and December 8 – December 31, 2012.

    The early teal season is September 15 – 30. The bag limit for September teal is 4 per day with no more than 8 in possession. The hunting season for resident Canada geese is September 1 – 15, 2012. The daily bag limit is 5 Canada geese with a possession limit of 10. The hunting season for rails, moorhens, and gallinules is September 22 – November 30.

    Daily bag limits for clapper rails, king rails, moorhens and gallinules is 15 singly or in aggregate, and possession limit is 30 singly or in aggregate. Daily bag limits for Virginia rails and sora rails is 25 singly or in aggregate, and possession limit is 25 singly or in aggregate. The hunting season for snipe is November 14, 2012 – February 28, 2013. Daily bag limit is 8 snipe with a possession limit of 16 birds. Woodcock season is December 18, 2012 – January 31, 2013. The daily bag limit is 3 woodcock with a possession limit of 6 birds.

    For more information regarding hunting seasons in Mississippi, visit our website at www.mdwfp.com/wildlife-hunting.

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    Friday, July 20, 2012

    Governor Orders Flags At Half-Staff

    State of Mississippi
    Office of the Governor

    Executive Order 1295

    WHEREAS, on July 20, 2012, President Barack Obama issued a Proclamation ordering the flag of the United States to be flown at half-staff on all public buildings and grounds until sunset, July 25, 2012, in respect for the victims of violence committed on this date in Aurora, Colorado: and

    WHEREAS, the prayers of this State are with the victims and their families:

    NOW, THEREFORE, I Phil Bryant, by the authority vested in me as Governor by the Constitution and laws of the State of Mississippi, do hereby order all flags of the United States of America and the State of Mississippi be flown at half-staff on all buildings and grounds of the State of Mississippi and all areas under its jurisdiction until sunset, July 25, 2012.

    Full copy of order here


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    Rankin Back To School August 7

    Rankin County School District 
    Prepares For New School Year

    Brandon, Mississippi – It’s back to school time and the Rankin County School District is preparing for the start of the 2012-2013 school year. All Rankin County School District students will report to class on Tuesday, August 7, for an entire day of school. This day will count toward their total number of days in the school year and any students not attending on this day will be considered absent. It is extremely important to have all students registered prior to the start of the school year. Parents of new students may stop by their local school to register their child any weekday between 8 a.m.- 3 p.m.

    Enrollment:
    In order to be enrolled in August, students must meet the following criteria:
    • Be 5 years of age on or before September 1 of the current school year to enter Kindergarten
    • Be 6 years of age on or before September 1 of the current school year to enter firstgrade
    • Have a certified birth certificate/long form.
    • Complete the Rankin County School District Residency Form and provide required documents
    • Have a social security number
    • Have a completed immunization record from the Health Department or a doctor.

    Immunizations
    Immunization requirements for children entering school in Mississippi for the first time include: diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (DTaP); polio (IPV); hepatitis B; measles, mumps and rubella (MMR); and varicella (chickenpox). All students entering 7th Grade this August will be required to show proof of a recent Tdap vaccination. Parents must provide the school with a Certificate of Immunization Compliance (Form 121) from their local health department or physician.


    Residency:
    The Rankin County School District requires all K-12th grade students as well as all new students and transfer students to provide proof of residency.
    • All students in K-12 grade should receive a new residency form to be completed and returned with updated proofs of residency (within the first 30 days of school).
    • All K-12 students enrolling for the first time should complete new residency forms and return with proofs before student can be enrolled.
    • 12th grade students are allowed to remain at a school if they move during the school year (senior rule).

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    Wednesday, July 18, 2012

    Rez News Udate

    Wanted to let everyone know that the blog is not dead - just on a break while the author recovers from some health issues.

    Hope to be back online soon.

    TRN

    Thursday, July 12, 2012

    Rankin School Board Elects New President

    The Rankin County School Board elected new officers on Wednesday - Cecil McCrory was chosen as board president, Grumpy Farmer vice president and Debbie Tolleson elected secretary.  

    Elections were not due but Mr. McCrory made a suggestion at a recent board meeting that officers should be elected on a fiscal year instead of a calendar year basis.  The board took up the change and voted for the new slate of officers on a 3 to 2 vote.

    The change follows a split in the board over litigation between the Pearl Public School District and the Rankin County District.  Three members of the board, Mr. McCrory, Dr. Ruth Burgess, and Grumpy Farmer voted to discuss a settlement offered made by Pearl - Ann Sturdivant and Debbie Tolleson voted to let the law suit run it's course.

    The lawyer for the school district, Mr. Ben Griffith, made a plea to the board last month to let the lawsuit run to completion and let a judge set the final terms of settlement.  Mr. Griffith's desires were supported by other expert witnesses hired by the board but ultimately the board, by a 3 to 2 vote, agreed to work toward settlement.

    The board has already spend approximately $700,000 to defend the RCSD in the action which was filed last November.

    After the vote Mrs. Sturdivant issued the following statement:

    The Board has spoken – in my opinion this is in retaliation for my determination to protect the Rankin County Taxpayers in the conflict with the Pearl Public School District.  I have no issues with members of this board, I simply have a difference of opinion.  I side with the taxpayers of Rankin County who, according to expert opinions, will face a tax increase because of the actions of this board.   I respect the ability of the majority of this board to make these changes, even though I disagree with their intent.  Giving up these tax dollars and students to the Pearl Schools against the advice of the experts that were hired by this board, is not only unwise, but is a violation of this board’s constitutional duty to the taxpayers and school children of Rankin County School District.

    Ann Sturdivant 


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    Wednesday, July 11, 2012

    PRVWSD Board Meetings Next Week

    The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District Board of Directors and several of the board committees will meet next week. All meetings will be held at the District office at 115 Madison Landing Circle in Ridgeland.

    Schedules and preliminary agendas follow:

    Monday - July 16, 2012 - 3:00p.m.

    PRELIMINARY AGENDA
    FOR PARKS POLICY COMMITTEE
    3:00 p.m. on Monday, July 16, 2012

    1. Presentation of bid results for Fannin Landing
       Boat Launch Renovation – Greg Burgess
    2. Discussion of boat parking in campgrounds
    3. Reschedule the parks tour group


    Monday - July 16, 2012 - 3:30p.m.

    PRELIMINARY AGENDA
    SHORELINE DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
    Monday, July 16, 2012 3:30 p.m.

    1.  Property Maintenance Report – Dee Mitchell.
    2.  MS State Department of Health
        Agreement for FY 2012 Sampling – Greg Burgess
    3.  Award of Master Planning services 
        contract – John Sigman
    4.  Recommendations for vehicle speed limit changes
        on dam – Greg Burgess
    5.  Bear Creek Water Association easement –
        John Sigman
    6.  Backwater Aquatic Weed Control – Modification
        to MSU contract – Greg Burgess
    7.  Discussion of Rankin County Water Supply needs
        as related related to the property south of former
        Rapids location – John Sigman
    8.  Approval of Gas Facilities Easement to Center 
        Point Energy - John Sigman
    9.  Approval of Brunswick Release and Agreement in
        Settlement – Tohill
    10. Denbury well site expansion agreement – 
        John Sigman
    11. Harbor Walk Development lease extension
        John Sigman

    Thursday - July 19, 2012 - 9:30a.m.

    The Board of Directors of the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District will meet Thursday, July 19,2012 at 9:30a.m. at the District office located at 115 Madison Landing Circle, Ridgeland, MS.

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    Tuesday, July 10, 2012

    Signature Duck Stamp Edition Available

    News From The Governors Office

    July 10, 2012

    Governor’s Signature Edition Mississippi
    Duck Stamp and Print Available


    Drake Green-Winged Teal
    click to enlarge

    JACKSON –Waterfowl hunters can get an early start on the season by purchasing their 2012/2013 Mississippi Duck Stamp. The stamp is available for purchase and features an image of a drake green-winged teal, photographed by award-winning photographer Joe Mac Hudspeth, Jr.

    While being the smallest of North American Ducks, the green-winged teal is highly prized by duck hunters, as it is the second most commonly harvested bird behind the mallard.

    The Governor’s Signature Edition is a special collector’s series, prized by duck enthusiasts and historians alike. This collector’s series is sought after because of the unique period in time it represents. The first year of a new governor’s term is the only time this special collector’s series is available.

    Mississippi’s history has duck hunting at its heart and sportsmen at the helm. The tradition of a governor signing stamps and numbered prints dates back to 1988. Governor Bryant is an ardent supporter of the Mississippi’s hunting heritage.

    A percentage of the proceeds go to the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks to be used in the continuing effort toward wildlife conservation in Mississippi.

    To order, call Joe Mac Hudspeth, Jr. (601) 992-0752 or email joemacjr@bellsouth.net. Visit www.southernfocus.com to view previous Mississippi Duck Stamp/ Sportsman License prints photographed by Joe Mac Hudspeth, Jr.

    TRN note:
    Read the recent TRN post about Joe Mac Hudspeth, Jr. HERE

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    Concert At Saint Mark's


    An Evening of Food, Fellowship and Music
    Sunday, July 29, 2012
    5:30 p.m.
    Saint Mark's United Methodist Church
    400 Grants Ferry Road
    Brandon, Mississippi 39047


    Covered Dish Meal – St. Mark’s will provide beverages and bread

    Followed by a Concert by Andrew Ishee – Gospel Music Pianist

    Andrew hails from Laurel, Mississippi where he grew up playing Gospel music in church and with local Christian groups.

    Andrew began playing professionally at age 16 with the Dixie Echoes. He then moved to Asheville, North Carolina two years later to join the famed Kingsmen Quartet. Since then Andrew has played with the Palmetto State Quartet, and presently works with many of the top Gospel recording companies and artists producing and playing piano on countless recordings.

    Andrew was a featured pianist at Governor Bryant’s Prayer Breakfast, has played concerts in many churches in Mississippi and surrounding states and has played at gospel music festivals at the Mississippi Agriculture Museum.

    Andrew has certainly played for large audiences, but for large and small venues alike Andrew says “There are two great things about what I get to do: Music and People. And I love them both.”

    Bring your favorite covered dish and enjoy an evening of light, fun, gospel entertainment.

    For more information on this evening of fun, contact St. Mark’s United Methodist Church at 601.992.2700 or visit us online at
    www.saintmarksum.org.

    For more information on Andrew Ishee, visit www.andrewishee.com

    The Rez News

    Monday, July 9, 2012

    Genesis Energy Expanding In Natchez

    NATCHEZ, MISS.– Officials from Genesis Energy L.P. (NYSE: GEL) have announced plans to expand operations at the company’s existing Port of Natchez terminal in Natchez, Miss., to handle bitumen, a product mined from Canadian oil sands. The expansion will create 20 new jobs in the Adams County area.

    “I am grateful Genesis Energy has looked to its Adams County, Mississippi, facility for these operations, and I thank company officials for creating additional job opportunities for area workers,” Governor Phil Bryant said. “Mississippi has the port facilities, transportation network and business climate needed to support energy industry growth and play an important role in meeting North America’s energy needs.”

    Steve Nathanson, chief operating officer of Genesis Energy, said, “We are excited about the opportunity to utilize and improve our existing assets in Mississippi to help facilitate the safe and efficient transportation of North American crude oil. Genesis Energy has significant midstream assets throughout Mississippi operated by our professional and dedicated employees. We would like to thank the Mississippi Development Authority, the Port of Natchez and Adams County for the opportunity and look forward to continuing to grow our operations in the area and the state of Mississippi.”

    Rankin School District Meets Wednesday Morning.

    The Rankin County School Board will meet next Wednesday morning at the District headquarters in Brandon.  The last two meetings have contained heated exchanges over the RCSD's recent vote to explore settlement options in a lawsuit filed by Pearl against the RCSD.  The issue is land that is currently in the RCSD and Pearl is seeking to have the land transferred into the Pearl Public School District. 

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

    A Regular meeting of the Board of Education of Rankin County School District will be held July 11, 2012, beginning at 7:30 AM at Board Room, 1220 Apple Park Place, Brandon.

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

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

    1.   ROLL CALL AND ESTABLISHMENT OF A QUORUM
    2.   CONSENT AGENDA
         A. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES
         B. STUDENT TRANSFER REQUESTS
         C. FIELD TRIP PERMISSION REQUESTS
         D. BUS TURN AROUNDS
         E. DOCKET OF CLAIMS
         F. APPROVAL OF CONTRACT FOR CPA FIRM -
            AUDIT FY2012
         G. APPROVAL OF INTERFUND TRANSFER
         H. POLICY CHANGES
         I. FY2013 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN
         J. FRONTIERS PARENT HANDBOOK
         K. PERMISSION  TO ADVERTISE FOR BIDS 
            TRANSPORTATION EQUIPMENT
         L. SINGLE SOURCE ITEMS
         M. SIXTEENTH SECTION OVERDUE LEASES
         N. SIXTEENTH SECTION - RECLASSIFICATION 16-3-5
         O. MISCELLANEOUS CONTRACTS
    3. FY 2013 BUDGET ADOPTION
    4. APPROVAL OF ATTORNEY BILLS
       - JUNE 27, 2012 CLAIMS DOCKET
    5. PERSONNEL CHANGE REQUEST
    6. ADJOURNMENT OF THE BOTH

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    Sunday, July 8, 2012

    Who Do You Like - DSL Or Cable?

    A reader submitted a question recently asking about internet speeds and offerings for The Rez area. 

    Our primary players are AT&T and Comcast with each providing different bundles and internet speeds.   AT&T advertises download speeds ranging from 3Mbs to 24 Mbps. Comcast offers multiple plans with speeds up to 30Mbps.

    So, what's best?  The answer is - it depends on what you do and what you are willing to pay for.  Slower speeds cost less but you pay a price in performance - downloads will take longer and some web sites will take longer to load. 

    Occasional testing of your connection speed is a good thing to do, it will tell you how fast your service is and prove to you that you're getting what you pay for.  

    Testing your speed is easy and free - all you need to do is visit one of the many websites that provide the service. 

    So, check your connection and leave us a comment with the type service you use and what "your numbers" are.  We're looking for the download and upload speeds in Mbps and any other comments regarding up-time and customer service. 

    An easy web site to use for this process is Speakeasy.  Using the site will not install any software on your system and the process is fast and safe.  

    First, go to their site at:   http://www.speakeasy.net/speedtest/

    Then select the DALLAS server (just to keep everyone consistent).  The test will begin and usually takes less than one minute.  When it's through you'll see a screen similar to this:

    click to enlarge
    This image is a test that we did at the International Headquarters for The Rez News.
    Our download speed was 24.93 Mbps and upload time was 3.60 Mbps.  It is common (and normal) to see a large spread between the download and upload times, sometimes the variance can be a factor of 10.

    We use Comcast High Speed Internet and the service is very fast, as you can see.  It has also been very reliable with little down-time in the 18 months it's been installed.

    Test your system and share your numbers and opinions about your service provider.

    The Rez News 

    Saturday, July 7, 2012

    Is Your Computer Infected?

    The FBI is warning computer users of a virus that could disrupt your system's ability to connect to the internet.  The problem is supposed to cause beginning Monday.

    The FBI has set up a website where you can test your system to see if you are exposed.

    From the FBI website:

    Approximately 64,000 Americans could lose Internet access on Monday thanks to a criminal organization that infected millions of computers around the world with malware called DNSChanger. This malware was used to direct unsuspecting users to rogue servers controlled by the cyber thieves, where they manipulated users’ web browsing activity and used it for ad hijacking, allowing them to make millions of dollars in illicit fees. Read article.

    To test your computer click this link.

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    Friday, July 6, 2012

    Madison County Declares Burn Ban


    News From Madison County

    Effective, Monday, July 9, 2012, Madison County will be under a Burn Ban.

    This Burn Ban will be effective until further notice.


    Butch Hammack
    EOC Director
    Madison County Board of Supervisors
    Emergency Management Office

    Rankin Junior Auxiliary Teams With The Braves

    A Night With The Braves


    On July 17th at 7:00 p.m. the Junior Auxiliary of Rankin County is partnering with the MS Braves organization to collect items for one of JARC’s biggest projects, Clothes Closet, which helps provide personal items and clothes for area children and families.

    The MS Braves are sponsoring the night by offering ticket discounts of $3.00 to those fans who bring new socks and underwear for boys and girls of all ages.


    Learn more about the Rankin Junior Auxiliary at their website :  http://www.rankinja.org/

    And follow the Mississippi Braves here.
     

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    Thursday, July 5, 2012

    Rankin County Under Burn Ban


    The Rankin County Emergency Operations Center has declared a burn ban for Rankin County.  The order went into effect at 10a.m. this morning.

    The ban does forbid the use of fireworks, the only exception is professional fireworks people who carry liability insurance.   

    We spoke with Madison County EOC Director, Butch Hammack, who said a burn ban for Madison County will be put in place on Monday, July 9th.

    Questions?  Rankin County EOC 601-825-1499
    Madison County EOC  601-859-4188

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    Flag Waving At Castlewoods

    Don Hartness was where you would expect him to be on the Fourth, standing his post at the entrance to Castlewoods on Hwy 25.  Daylight to Dark is his motto and Wednesday's daylight, according to the weatherperson, was 99 degrees for much of the day. 

    Don has been a fixture on that corner for a number of years, it's his way of showing support to our armed forces and his love for the U.S.A.

    This July 4th he was on an additional mission, collecting funds for one of his buddies who was injured in a motorcycle crash a few weeks back.  Don and Sgt. Jay "Bucket" Bennett are friends - Sgt Bennett is recovering from a crash that occurred on Spillway Rd.


    Our report on the crash here and followup report here.

    Don's efforts Wednesday raised almost $2000 for Sgt. Bennett and his family.  

    Great job Don - we appreciate your patriotism and community spirit.

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    Pond Management Workshop

    Free Pond Management Workshop

    Got a pond that needs management? 

    The Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks and the Mississippi State Extension Service is offering a free pond management Workshop at the Extension Service in Brandon.

    Date:  July 19th, 2012
    TIme: 6:30p.m.

    Pre-Registration is encouraged.  For more info contact:
    Houston Therrell at 601-825-1462

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    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

    Man Killed In One Car Crash

    News From The Rankin County Sheriff's Department


    A Carthage man died in a one vehicle traffic accident on Andrew Chapel Road in Rankin County when his 2008 Chevy Colorado pickup truck left the roadway and crashed into a creek some twenty feet below the roadway.

    Family members notified the Rankin County Sheriff’s Department around 8:40 pm, July 3rd, when Mr. Brelan Alexander, 83 years old, was passed his scheduled arrival time. The family began searching the route Mr. Alexander was expected to take but was unable to locate him.

    Family members were able to utilize AT&T’s “Family Map” feature to determine Mr. Alexander’s last known location was somewhere on Andrew Chapel Road. Deputies then called on the assistance of the Metro One helicopter to conduct an aerial search while deputies conducted a ground search.

     At approximately 1:00 am July 4th, Mr. Alexander’s vehicle was located by sheriff’s deputies where he had wrecked into the creek. The final resting place of the crashed vehicle made it extremely unlikely that passing motorist would have been able to see it. Mr. Alexander succumbed to the injuries he sustained during the accident.

    Sheriff Bryan Bailey
    Rankin County Sheriff's Office

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    Rez Scenes III

    More pics

    Last night's full moon over Pelahatchie Bay
    Flyover at Independence Day Celebration
    photo: Alicia Carpenter

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    Rez Scenes II

    Few more pics sent in this morning by Chris Campbell.

    click a photo to enlarge.





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    Rez Scenes

    A few pictures sent in this week.

    Did you take any great shots at the Rez Independence Day Celebration?  If so share them with us, email to thereznews@gmail.com

    First a shot taken at the fireworks display Saturday evening submitted by Jennifer Rutledge.  If you've never seen her work then you're missing something special, check out her very creative pictures of newborns at:  http://www.rutledgephotography.com/

    click photos to enlarge

    photo: Jennifer Rutledge

    A shot taken at the Audubon Point Boat Landing.

    photo: Bill Mitchell


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    Tuesday, July 3, 2012

    You Are Invited

    We are very lucky to have a nice library at The Rez and even luckier to have a great librarian. 

    The Central Mississippi Regional Library System is celebrating the 25 years of service Ann Marsh has provided the reservoir community. 

    Come by the Reservoir Library on Friday, July 6th from 4pm till 6pm and say hello - and thank her for her kind and gracious service.

    click to enlarge

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    Monday, July 2, 2012

    Free Fishing Day On The Coast


    News From MDWFP

    MDWFP Recognizes
     Free Fishing
     Day On The
    Mississippi Gulf Coast



    JACKSON - Mark your calendar now for Free Fishing Day on the Mississippi Gulf Coast on July 4, 2012.

    This free fishing day is a coastal celebration of fishing. On July 4th, any person may sport fish without a license on Mississippi Gulf Coast waters. The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) will recognize this free fishing day on the Mississippi coastal waters of Jackson, Harrison, and Hancock counties. Mississippi Gulf Coast free fishing day will also mark the final day of the 2012 Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo with various events planned in association with this great fishing experience.

    During the free fishing day, Mississippi Gulf Coast anglers should get on the water and enjoy the diverse fishing opportunities available in our coastal bays, bayous, and estuaries.

    For a complete list of all MDWFP events, visit http://www.mdwfp.com/calendar.aspx. For more information regarding fishing in Mississippi, visit www.mdwfp.com/fishing-boating or call 601-432-2212.

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    More Seismic Testing Around Rez

    Densbury Onshore LLC has entered into an agreement with the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District to conduct another round of seismic exploration on and around the Barnett Reservoir.

    At their June meeting the PRVWSD board of directors heard representatives with Densbury explain their plans and reviewed maps of the targeted areas.   Areas in the water will be tested using small explosive charges, areas on land will use specially designed trucks that produce vibrations in the ground. 

    The PRVWSD will receive approximately $50K from Denbury for the project. 

    Denbury has committed to notify the public in the following manner:

    • Contact to be made personally door to door or leave door-knockers (informational flyers) with designated homeowners or occupants located in Lost Rabbit.
    • Air a public notice with local news channels to inform Reservoir Residents of Seismic Survey
    • Follow any reasonable notification procedures set by Pearl River Valley Water Supply Disrict Board either expressed or implied.  Includes signage located at designated boat ramps and/or marinas warning boating of seismic operations.
    • No seismic activity within 2000 feet, upstream or downstream of the Ross Barnett Dam and of the Main Harbor Marina Dikes. 
    The work will be on the Madison County side of the lake and areas in the water will be marked with buoys.  Denbury has agreed to start the water exploration after Labor Day and all efforts should be completed by the end of October.

    A map of buoy and sounding locations is available HERE.

    The blue spots on the map are receivers locations and the red spots are where charges/vibrations will occur.

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    Sunday, July 1, 2012

    Dancing With Real Stars

    Dancing With The Stars has been a huge hit for ABC.

    But some, however, may questions the "star power" of the likes of Jerry Springer or Chaz Bono.

    For the star hungry - a video with real stars, Rita Hayworth and Fred Astair dancing to the BeeGees. Sounds like an odd combination but it works.




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