Thursday, January 31, 2013

Business Social for Young Professionals (updated)

Update:  Contacts and Cocktails has been moved to Crazy Ninja.

Networking opportunity for Flowood Chamber members.  Drink specials and door prizes.

Local Noise Ordinances

The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District

The District has an interesting noise ordinance.  Part 204 Chapter 8 of the District Regulations is entitled "Excessive Noise Prohibited."  Rule 8.1, in extremely general terms, makes it unlawful to "cause any noise which creates a disturbance of the public peace and welfare or is a public nuisance."  To be honest, that could be anything to anybody.  In City of Clinton v. Welch, 888 So. 2d 416 (Miss. 2004), the Mississippi Supreme Court stated city ordinances are impermissibly vague when they "fail to provide persons of ordinary intelligence a reasonable opportunity to understand what conduct [is prohibited]".  In Nichols v. City of Gulfport, 589 So. 2d 1280 (Miss. 1991), a municipal noise ordinance was struck down by the Mississippi Supreme Court because it outlawed "unusual or unnecessary noises."  The noise ordinance declared void in Nichols is substantially similar to Rule 8.1 of the District's Regulations.  As a result, it is my opinion it will be difficult to issue a successful citation under this subsection.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Hunting Regulations Affecting PRVWSD Property

The enacting legislation for the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District ("the District") declares recreational stewardship of District lands is "a matter of public policy, for the general welfare of the entire people of the State."  Miss. Code Ann. 51-9-103.  The District is authorized by Section 51-9-125 to provide for the preservation of fish and wildlife within District lands.  Section 51-9-127(1) specifically authorizes the District  to promulgate rules and regulations related to hunting "in, along, or around any such reservoir, any body of land, or any easement owned by the [D]istrict", so long as said regulations do not conflict with Mississippi Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks regulations.  

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

APB for Louis Guichet, III

The Clarion Ledger ran the story of local attorney Louis Guichet, III, failing to show for his latest court appearance.  You may recall Mr. Guichet being arrested a while back for possession of meth, and further in possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.  Failing to show for a court appearance will get you plastered online on District Attorney Michael Guest's Top 12 Most Wanted.

Dikes, Groins, and the Mole Appurtenant

Lately, I've enjoyed a close reading of the Regulations of the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District (recompiled and indexed June 1, 2011) to glean interesting subject matter for this blog.  As I began reading through, I kept bumping into this phrase "reservoir main dam or any dike, levy [sometimes spelled levee], groin, jetty, or mole appurtenant thereto".  For example, Rule 1.2 makes it unlawful for any vehicle to park on any part of the "reservoir main dam or any dike, levy, groin, jetty, or mole appurtenant thereto," or Rule 4.1, which makes it unlawful to fish from "any part of the causeway across Pelahatchie Bay in Rankin County, or from any dike, groin, jetty, levy or mole appurtenant thereto."  

Monday, January 28, 2013

Busted Gas Line on Old Fannin Road

The stench of natural gas is strong when I walk out of my office building at 1368 Old Fannin Road (intersection of Farmington Station Boulevard and Vernon Jones Avenue).  Apparently, the road crew hit a natural gas line.  Atmos, an ambulance, and police car, along with numerous confused road workers were all outside at one point in time.  They are still letting traffic move through, so all danger must have been averted.

Hot Chocolate Pics

The Clarion Ledger posted pictures from the Hot Chocolate 5k.  Here is the link.  221 pictures?  I'd say that is a great turnout!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Smoked Ribs Coming Your Way

Here's a picture of apparent pig cannibalism.  I believe that should be February 1, 2013.  Good cause!

Last Reminder

It's tomorrow.  Weather Channel says it will be 47 degrees at race time, with only a 20% chance of precipitation.  Low winds.  Good weather.  Details.

Intersection Soliciting

A recent commentor opined, and requested information, on intersection soliciting.  

Here is one of Jim's previous posts on the subject.

Here is another.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Sign Laws Exemplified

Caveat:  Obviously, there are more important things to worry about in this world; however, this was too perfect of an example of what I posted earlier.  I saw it while driving to work this morning.  I'm not advocating the ruthless prosecution of the offender here; I'm just using them as an example of the interpretation and application of PRVWSD Regulations.  

Here, we have a sign exhibiting purely commercial speech placed on PRVWSD property (North intersection of Spillway and Hugh Ward).  As a result, PRVWSD Regulations apply.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Piano Lessons at MC-Flowood Campus

Mississippi College's Flowood Center is offering the below noted piano lessons.  They have music lessons for all ages.  Seriously, their information page states "Music Play" program is open to newborns.

Local Litter Laws

I decided to write a series of vignettes on various laws that affect us living on or near the Reservoir.  I recently reviewed political sign laws and transient vendor laws.  A quick survey around the office indicated a couple of more law ideas, one of which I tackle today.  A recent commentor asked that I review the legality of the used car lot in front of everyone's favorite Old Fannin Road pawn shop.  I believe I will.  Stay tuned.  Today, we discuss litter on a statewide and local level.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Local Door to Door Sales Laws

Two things got me thinking about the topic of today's post: 1) my daughter's Girl Scout cookie sales; and 2) a frightening encounter my mother-in-law recently experienced at her Laurelwood home.  Below, I've outlined the laws concerning door-to-door sales for the three jurisdictions around the Reservoir area.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Ridgeland's Multi-Use Trails

Click on the photo above to enlarge the City of Ridgeland's map of its multi-use trails.  The bike trails are incredible, and extend beyond the city of limits as demonstrated by the map.  As far as municipalities go, the City of Ridgeland took the lead with providing ample multi-use trials for its residents and visitors.  The City of Flowood, I'm proud to note, is lately pulling its weight as well.  

Paddle the Pearl

For those requesting more pictures around the Reservoir, I grant you the masterpiece below.  Yesterday afternoon, I took my son canoeing down the Pearl River.  We put in on the Rankin County side of the lower Spillway and floated to Lakeland Drive.  Here is a picture of us getting out near the Associated General Contractors' office in Hinds County.  We moved at an extremely healthy clip, making the trip in a bulky canoe, with little paddling, in just over 2 hours.  There is no better time to make this trip.  The water is moving quickly, but at no point in time did we feel unsafe.  As always, the wildlife was incredible.  

The Rusty Shed

A curious new business called the Rusty Shed recently opened.  Antiques, crafts, and gifts, which in and of themselves are not novel; however, throw in estate sales, do-it-yourself pottery, a true local farmer's market (not a produce stand), and wrap it in a quaint setting in downtown Brandon, then, you have piqued my curiosity.     

For example, beginning March 1, 2013, The Rusty Shed is encouraging local farmers to sell their homegrown produce in the empty lot beside the storefront.  $10 a day for a 10 x 10 area.  

They are open Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Saturdays, they are open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  They are located immediately behind Brandon Green Floral.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Justice Court Judge Redistricting Map

Below is the proposed Justice Court Judge Redistricting map.  Rankin County has four Justice Court Judges:  John Shirley, Ken Fairly, Josh McCrory, and Richard Redfern.  The number of Justice Court judges per county is based on population.  See Miss. Code Ann. 11-9-1.  The jurisdiction of Justice Court is limited to civil matters where the amount in controversy is $3,500.00, or less.  Miss. Code Ann. 11-9-9.  Justice Court judges also have authority to hear certain criminal matters.  Miss. Const. Art 6, sec. 171.

The Judges are elected from separate districts; however, jurisdiction is county-wide.  In other words, if you file a justice court suit, you will not automatically have John Shirley as your judge just because you live in Beaver Run Subdivision.

Qualifications for office are as follows:  at least a High School Diploma (or its equivalent) and a resident of county for at least 2 years.  Miss. Const. Art 6, sec. 171.  In my opinion, we are fortunate in Rankin County to have four well-qualified, practicing lawyers behind the bench.

Rankin County Justice Court website.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Local Political Signs Laws

I have received a number of inquiries on the issue of political signs in the Reservoir area.  After doing a little research, I ran across one of Jim's old posts on this subject.  It sums it up perfectly.  The only update to Jim's post I can provide is this:  Pursuant to recent contact with Rankin County Community Development Officer, Roy Edwards, Rankin County still does not have a sign ordinance; however, the Overlay District, if adopted, will have an ordinance regulating signs similar to PRVWSD.

Proposed Supervisor Redistricting Plan

Below is the proposed Rankin County Supervisor Redistricting Map.  Oak Grove/Barnett Bend must have lost the coin flip.

Snow Day!

Here is a picture taken outside my office in the Reservoir area.  It's nice to have some of the grey covered in white.  Enjoy the snow while it lasts.  This is a day your children will remember years from now, so make it count.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Shoreline Committee Meeting Update

The Federation of Rez Homeowners/PRVWSD meeting I blogged about Tuesday apparently was the regularly scheduled Shoreline Committee Meeting.  See the original post and comments associated therewith.  I attach below the handouts provided.

Must Read Article in Rankin Ledger

Outstanding article by Therese Apel of the Rankin Ledger about the three young heroes in the November 8, 2012, South Rankin County school bus accident.  One, in particular, has an inspiring past.

Students Earn Medals for Heroism in Bus Accident.

December Rankin County crime stats

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Upcoming Chili Cook-Off For a Good Cause

PRVWSD Agenda for Thursday, 1/17/13 Meeting

As obtained from the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District's Facebook Page:

Busy Day For Rankin County Supervisors

At 9:00 a.m., there will be a work session in the Boardroom in downtown Brandon.

According to Rankin County's official calendar, at noon., there will be a regularly scheduled Board meeting in the Boardroom in downtown Brandon.

At 6:30 p.m., the Supervisor's Fan Club will meet at the Pearl Library.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Flowood Chamber's Annual Community Awards

The Flowood Chamber of Commerce's Annual Top of the Community Awards Banquet is set for January 29, 2013, from 11:30 to 1 p.m., at the Northwest Rankin High School Performing Arts Center. Maggie Wade will be the guest speaker.  Contact Jennifer Anderson at the Flowood Chamber for tickets.

Nominate your candidate for any of the categories using the form below.

Burglary Suspect Arrested in Reservoir Area

Jackson Jambalaya reprinted a press release from Sheriff Bailey regarding the arrest of Gregory Tyler Moore.  See the link. Moore was wanted for numerous auto burglaries in the Reservoir area.  He was arrested, after a brief and futile attempt to evade law enforcement, at Pelahatchie Shore Drive.

E-Filing and E-Recording Seminar

Each County in the State of Mississippi has an elected public official called the Chancery Clerk.  In addition to many job duties, the Chancery Clerk safeguards a wealth of public information.  I utilize Chancery Court records, both court and land, throughout the day as part of my practice. The Clerk's office is the repository for much of the public records affecting each respective county; dusty, bulky books or files filled with information, often stored in dark, crowded, damp storage rooms in the basement (or worse).

Now, the Rankin County Chancery Clerk is transitioning to electronic filing and recording of public documents.  This increases the ease in which the public can obtain information, but it also involves a difficult transition.  Chancery Clerk Larry Swales is attempting to make the transition easier by holding a seminar to inform the public.  See flyer attached below.  I assume the public will be instructed on how to both obtain public records, and how to file public records, online.

Federation of Reservoir Homeowners Meeting Today

I caught word the Federation of Reservoir Homeowners and Pearl River Valley Water Supply District will have a joint meeting this afternoon at 3:30 p.m., at the Reservoir Community Center, to discuss the construction of certain condos proposed by John Burwell.

I'm trying to get information from the actual source and will post once obtained.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Election Returns Below; Powell Wins Outright

Just South of 3,000 votes were cast yesterday in the Special Election to fill Kevin McGee's unexpired District 59 House seat.  Four candidates were duly qualified: Scot Allen, Benny Hubbard, Bradley Lum and Brent Powell.  In the end, Powell captured more than 50% of the vote to avoid the necessity of a run-off.

Scot Allen pulled 152 votes.
Benny Hubbard pulled 553 votes.
Bradley Lum pulled 724 votes.
Brent Powell pulled 1515 votes.

These are all unofficial.  You can go to the Election Commission's website to verify.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Go Vote!

Today, the good people of District 59 go to the polls to vote for Kevin McGee's replacement for the State House.  Three Republicans, Brent Powell, Bradley Lum, and Scot Allen, and one independent, Benny Hubbard.  Not surprisingly, so far voter turnout is light (for example, 175 total at Holbrook at 12:30; 160 total at Grant's Ferry at 1:00 p.m.).  I believe the polls close at 7 p.m.

Click the following link to (allegedly) get live results as they are counted.  Rankin County Election Commissioner's office.  You will see the red ELECTIONS link on the left-hand side of the page.  These are unofficial results.  To avoid a run-off (which would be Tuesday, January 29), the leader will need 50% +1.

Brent Powell's Page.

Bradley Lum's Page

Scot Allen's Page.

Benny Hubbard's Page.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Table 100 Wine and Cooking Experience

Here is an interesting event occurring this Wednesday at our local upscale restaurant.  Cheers!

Repository for Palisades Standoff News

Over the weekend, Rankin Resident Josh Bobo threatened his father with a gun and proceeded to hole up in a family member's home in the Palisades neighborhood.  Thereafter, a standoff occurred with various law enforcement agencies.  Josh reportedly threatened suicide.  The subdivision was evacuated, and traffic on Fannin Landing Circle was disrupted until Josh turned himself in.  No one was hurt and Josh is presently in the hospital.  He is expected to be taken into custody upon his release from treatment.  Before are links to various news reports about the ordeal.




Jackson Jambalaya.

Jackson Jambalaya again.

Clarion Ledger.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Rainforest Adventure at Natural Science Museum

The animatronic dinosaurs are leaving the Natural Science Museum this weekend.  The tyrannosaurs and stegosaurs are being replaced by an exhibit called "Rainforest Adventure".  The premiere party for Museum members is Friday, January 25, 2013, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  It opens to the general public the next day and is expected to run until May 12, 2013.  Below is the description provided by the Museum at its website.

Rainforest Adventure is a multisensory expedition to the tropical rainforests of the world. The exhibit highlights the challenges facing these unique ecological wonders. Visitors are introduced to scientists and the ways they study rainforests. Children role-play as research assistants on a series of problem-solving adventures. Topics include: tropical rainforests around the world, conservation, scientists, animals, plants and global connections. Featuring over 40 interactive components, two computer games, a distance learning kiosk and plenty of expedition props - vests, flashlights, binoculars and more!
  • Climb a 9 foot kapok tree
  • Explore a gorilla nest
  • Build a model insect
  • Identify endangered species
  • Crawl through a tree log
  • Become a research assistant through assignments, costumes and props

Sounds like fun!

Friday, January 4, 2013

PRVWSD November 2012 Minutes

The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District recently posted the minutes of the November 15, 2012, Board of Directors Meeting.

November 2012 Board Minutes

Thursday, January 3, 2013

HOA files suit against Powell for nonpayment of dues for five years.

Update: The complaint has been withdrawn.

This post first appeared under my byline on Jackson Jambalaya:
The Circle Bend Homeowners Association sued Brent Powell for nonpayment of homeowners' association dues in Rankin County Court in August 2012. Mr. Powell is a candidate for House of Representatives District #59. The election will be held on January 8.

CPR and First Aid Class Offered

On Saturday, January 19, 2013, the Reservoir YMCA is hosting an American Red Cross CPR and First Aid Class (the address for the Rez Y is 6023 Lakeshore Park, Brandon, MS 39047), which is open to all those who desire to learn.  The Application form is posted below.  This is a great skill to acquire for the new year.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Lum qualifications challenged

The Clarion-Ledger reported a Rankin County resident challenged the qualifications of Bradley Lum in the upcoming election to replace District #59 Representative Kevin McGee. The newspaper reported: