Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Movies-N-Moonlight Tomorrow Evening

The City of Flowood continues its outdoor summer movie festival with Rise of the Guardians tomorrow evening.  The movie will likely start around 8:30 p.m.

Sponsored by: Corner Bakery  & Back Yard Burgers 
Movie: Rise of the Guardians   
Location: Winner's Circle Park
Admission: FREE
Food available for purchase 
Gates open at 6:30pm

Movie starts at dusk

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

9/11 Half Marathon Registration

The 11th Annual 9/11 Memorial Run around Pelahatchie Bay -- this year a full half-marathon -- is set for Sunday, September 8th.  One of the main sponsors, Stinky Feet, is hosting online registration.  That registration is ongoing at this link.  

Tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. is a planning committee meeting at the Reservoir FD.  If you want to join the effort to organize the race, come join us.  

Open Carry Information

A number of questions were raised after I posted about Rankin County's adoption of rules pertaining to open-carry in government buildings.  I don't have all the answers, but if you have a couple of hours available tomorrow, you may want to attend the program below.

Firearms Open Carry Program
Mississippi College School of Law will offer a program to discuss the issue of the open carrying of firearms in Mississippi from 1:00 to 3:00 pm on Wednesday, July 31 at the Auditorium in the MC Law Student Center in downtown Jackson (free parking in the law school lot). The program features a panel with representatives from the Mississippi House of Representatives (The Honorable Andy Gipson), Attorney General’s Office (Deputy Attorney General Mike Lanford), Hinds County District Attorney’s Office (District Attorney Robert Smith), and the Law Enforcement community (Chief Ken Winter). The panel will discuss the constitutional basis for the carrying of firearms, legislative action, and the interpretation of the legislation by the Attorney General’s office as well as the perspective of the law enforcement community. The program is open to the public and the legal community at no charge. Attorneys who want to receive two hours of CLE credit (to include a Professionalism/Ethics hour) may register at ($100 for two hours). No advance registration is required for general admission.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Friday, July 26, 2013

Gator Bait Update

Michelle Blair, citizen blogger for the Clarion Ledger, updated her blog with new details on the upcoming Gator Bait race in Pelahatchie Bay.  Sounds like the organizers are working hard to bring a quality event to the Reservoir.  If you have a boat and a paddle, think about signing up.

Upcoming Meeting on the Overlay District

Below is an email sent yesterday morning concerning an upcoming meeting of the Federation of Reservoir Homeowners.  Mark your calendar if you are interested in being a part of this discussion.

Federation of Reservoir Homeowners\ 
Discussion on the Reservoir Community District (R.C.D.) 
Tuesday, August 13, 2013, at 6:00 P.M. 
Northwest Rankin Middle School 

Discussion Topics:

     1. County-wide Utility Permit and Inspection 
     2. Inter-local agreements 
     4. Map of R. C. D. 
     5.Timetable for Implementation 
     6. Procedures for addressing Violations 
     7. Other questions

Invited Quests:

Rankin County Board of Supervisors and other elected officials who will be involved with the New Ordinances


All Homeowners and individuals who are interested in maintaining property values and increasing our quality of life in Rankin County.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Tea Freaks! Today is Your Day

Interesting Article in Northside Sun

I cannot find an online version of the article, so there is no way to create a link.  If you happen to come in contact with the latest edition of the Northside Sun, pick it up and read the article titled, Little Known History.  The byline reads: Reservoir Offers More Than Boating and Fishing, Historic Site Located On Property.  It tells of the former home of Choctaw Chief Puckshenubbee located "[d]eep in the woods of Madison County, east of Pearl River Church Road and south of the Natchez Trace Parkway".  Pucksenubbee died in 1824.  Interesting reading.  

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Mississippi Sales Tax Holiday this Friday and Saturday

From the Mississippi Department of Revenue's website regarding the upcoming Sales Tax Holiday:

The annual Sales Tax Holiday begins12:01 a.m. Friday, July 26, 2013, and ends 12:00 midnight Saturday, July 27, 2013. Please review the  listing of eligible and non-eligible clothing and footwear items for more information.
The items exempt from sales tax during the Sales Tax Holiday are identical to those items exempt in prior years. Clothing and footwear items, meant to be worn next to the body and cost less than $100 per item, are exempt from sales tax during this period. Accessories such as jewelry, handbags, wallets, watches, backpacks, and similar items do not qualify for the Sales Tax Holiday. Cleats and items worn in conjunction with an athletic or recreational activity are other sample items not eligible. School supplies and computers are not included.
The following municipalities are suspending the Sales Tax Holiday within their corporate limits and will not participate this year: Crenshaw, Enterprise, and Heidelberg. All retail businesses within the corporate limits of the municipality not participating must charge and remit to the state sales tax on all sales that would normally be exempt under the Sales Tax Holiday.

The official Sales Tax Holiday guide, including a detailed list of eligible items, is below.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Pictures of Spillway Subway Robber

Here is the link to WLBT's story on this.  You can see more pictures there.  The robbery took place on Friday, July 19, around 5 p.m.

From WLBT's report:

"The suspect is described as a black male, 5'10" to 6', 225 to 250 pounds, 30 to 40 years old, brown eyes, bald or little hair, and he had a mustache and goatee. He was wearing a red polo type shirt, khaki pants and black shoes.
"Authorities believe he was driving a 2002-2004 tan Ford Taurus.
"If you have any information on this crime or suspect please contact the Rankin County Sheriff's Department at 601-825-1480 or Crime stoppers at 601-355-TIPS (8447)."
Kudos to the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District's Facebook page for the link.

Annual Back to School Health Fair

That's right kids, the "Back to School" tour already began.  Nothing is more fun than a free health screening, right?  It is for your parents.  See below.

Below are the minutes from the PRVWSD's June meeting.  Many items of interest, including discussion on a proposed November BBQ and Music Festival.  Barnett Reservoir Foundation made a request for a permit for the sale of beer during said festival.  It would also serve as a qualifier for the Memphis in May BBQ event.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Reservoir Boating Maps

City of Brandon Emergency Text Alert System

Unlike Flowood, the City of Brandon appears to be limiting it's text alert system to emergencies.  If you are interested in receiving these alerts, text the word "brandoneoc" to the following phone number:  888777.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Program Schedule for the Upcoming Wildlife Extravaganza

Jo's Diner Moving

Jo's is moving.  The last day at the Fannin Market location is expected to be July 28.  The Dogwood location is expected to open August 1.  They are hiring all positions.  If interested, go to the new location between 2 and 4 p.m. to apply.  The relocation to Flowood will allow Jo's to test their wings with the after work crowd, or simply allow them to serve a Bloody Mary with breakfast.  Scuttlebutt states another diner-type restaurant will open in the old Jo's location. 

Other happenings at Fannin Market, see below:

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Spillway Trash Getting Press

Brian Broom, Fishing Report Blogger with the Clarion Ledger recently wrote an entry generating a bit of conversation.  The topic is the disgusting amount of trash fishermen leave on the banks of the Pearl River below the dam.  Read his post here.  

[Warning, editorial ahead]  People constantly amaze me, in good ways and bad.  The incredulous ability of so many folks to discard trash on the river banks (whether a trash can is nearby or not) is just one of those ways.  While I am thankful for groups like Keep the Rez Beautiful, it saddens me there have to be groups like that, who voluntarily wipe up after the rest spoil our resources.  Nor do I believe an increase in trash cans is an acceptable answer.  Litterers need to be taught there are consequences for failing to pick up after themselves.  If our governmental agencies are going to have laws outlawing litter, they should make more than a fleeting pretense at enforcing them.

Here's a seven-step solution:

Bulldogs and Eagles, Tonight is Your Night

Mississippi State University and Southern Miss hold their big Summer adult pep rallies tonight; the Bulldogs at the Jackson Convention Complex, and Southern Miss at the Trade Mart.  These are popular events with alumni, satiating a bit the appetite for college football and reminding us cool Fall afternoons, tailgating, and shared enthusiasm are not far down the dirt road.

Here is the link to all the information you need for the Bulldawg Road Tour.

Here is the link to all the information you need for the Southern Miss All-Star Party. 

Home Inspection Ordinance

Below is a copy of the draft Ordinance adopted by the Rankin County Board of Supervisors during their mid-June meeting concerning the home inspections.  The County and PRVWSD subsequently entered into an Interlocal Agreement whereby the PRVWSD was given broad authority to conduct the inspections on District property, etc.  I'll post that up when I get a minute.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Tomato Bandits Hit Old Fannin Farmer's Market

Harboring the incorrect assumption it was flush with cash, on Sunday night, vandals broke into the Old Fannin Farmer's Market, burglarized it, and generally made a mess of things.  First, they shut off all the power (including the power to the freezers and refrigerators), then they unplugged the internet, then they stole $7 in loose change.  As a finale, they decided to have a tomato fight.  On Monday morning, the owners found shards of broken glass bottles which had been knocked from the shelves during the fight.  Tomato was splattered everywhere.  Said owner Cindy Hunt, "There were just tomatoes just smashed up against our stuff. up against our jarred stuff. Of course when the tomatoes hit the jarred stuff it knocked it off on the floor," 

"A lot of the jars were busted so we had to clean it all up. There was a lot of glass everywhere. Just a big mess," employee Adrian Oliver said.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Flowood Text Alerts

After months of absolute silence, the City of Flowood has been a texting machine lately.  I just received the following:

Movies N Moonlight this Thursday July 18th at WInner's Circle Park.  Gates open at 6:30 pm with space jump and snacks.  Movie begins at dusk.  Free to public.

Gator Tales Summer 2013 Edition

Gator Tales Summer 2013 Edition is below.  In addition to a nice write up about the Independence Day Celebration, there is a brief explanation of the user fee issue and a reminder of an upcoming Overlay Meeting.  

Proposed Usage Permits for the PRVWSD

The PRVWSD holds its monthly Board of Directors meeting this Thursday, July 18, at 9:30 a.m., at PRVSWD headquarters.  Last meeting, among the papers handed out to the attendees, was a document entitled "Usage Permit -- outline".  One of the ideas batted around recently by the District in order to better regulate use of its property, and to generate revenue, is to charge usage fees through a permit system. Attached hereto is said "Usage Permit -- outline", which I take as a written brainstorm of the PRVWSD.  A brief explanation by the PRVWSD is contained in the latest Gator Tales (posted above).

Also attached, as the second page, are proposed projects to be funded by said permit fees.

What are your thoughts?  

Monday, July 15, 2013

New Video on Fannin Landing Construction

The Clarion Ledger has up a new video on the construction at Fannin Landing boatramp.  If you haven't utilized, or even driven by, the landing in a while, you ought to take a look.

Also, the CL posted an updated blog post about the construction.  See it here.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Boat Parade Winner!

Due to photographic malfunctions, the Barnett Reservoir Foundation drew randomly for the fan favorite from the Independence Day, rather than allowing fan voting.

And the winner is:

 . . . [drum roll] . . .

Skipper Hayden Richardson, sidekick to Wakeboarding Santa, and Captain of Boat No. 10, wins the prize for being the most random.  Congratulations!

The PRVWSD reports that nearly 10,000 folks enjoyed the festivities at Old Trace Park and Lakeshore Park, and 800 boats entered the water.  This thing will only grow and grow through the years.

As a added bonus, please enjoy the following musical acceptance speech from the winner:

Gator Bait Race

Though it's a ways out, there is no reason not to mark your calendar.  Go to the website and check out the race map; while you are cruising the Northshore, you really will be gator bait. 

Register online here.

The website's description follows:

Gator Bait is a 5.5-mile race for competitive and recreational kayakers, canoeists, and SUP paddlers. The course runs through Pelahatchie Bay on the Ross Barnett Reservoir. 

We are partnering with MDEQ, Rezonate, Pearl River Valley Water Supply District and Keep the Rez Beautiful to draw attention to the quality and condition of the water in the Reservoir and the need to protect it through management, litter control, and conservation.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Movies-N-Moonlight Postponed

It has been moved to Thursday, July 18.

9/11 Memorial Half Marathon Planning Committee

Worth is earned, in part, by returning resources to your community, whether through funds, sweat, ideas or vocation.  On September 11, 2001, many died who had already earned their fill.  Yesterday afternoon, at the Reservoir Fire Department, a group of community residents started planning this year's 9/11 Memorial Run, and earned just a bit of their own. 

Ice Cream Safari this Saturday

And don't forget about the Zoo's splash pad, so your little one can burn off that ice cream while staying cool.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Upcoming PRVWSD Board Meetings

As evidenced above, there will be a special meeting of the Board of Directors of the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District on Monday, July 15, 2013, at 3:30 p.m., at District headquarters to discuss pending litigation concerning the seawall.  On June 26, 2013, the Rankin County Circuit Court entered an Order in litigation styled Bobby L. Baker, et al. v. Pearl River Valley Water Supply District, Civil Action No. 2012-133-E.  This is a suit filed by certain leaseholders against the District, alleging the seawall on their property is defective and causing erosion and other damage to their leased lot.  The Plaintiffs sought to have the District repair and maintain the seawall.  The Court held because the seawall was defective at the time it was installed, the District "is required to repair and maintain the seawall so that it will serve the purposes for which it was originally constructed."  

The Parks Policy Committee will meet that day at 2:30 p.m.  The Audit Committee will meet thereafter at 3 p.m.

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Directors will be Thursday, July 18, 2013, at 9:30 a.m.

Movies N Moonlight Part 2

Last night, I received my first text from the City of Flowood Text Alert system; a reminder of the Movies-N-Moonlight tomorrow evening at Flowood's Winner's Circle Park (by the tennis courts).  The movie is "Escape From Planet Earth".  Gates open at 6:30 p.m., and the movie is slated to begin at 8:30 p.m.  Bring a blanket, snacks, water, bug spray and your children.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Chambers for Charity

This is your opportunity to watch the Sanderson Farms Championship Golf Tournament in style.  $20 gets you into the tournament and then into a private party following play.  James "Super Chikan" Johnson is playing the afterparty.  100% of the proceeds go to Blair E. Batson Children's Hospital.

The necessary wristbands are only on sale through this Friday.  Pick them up at either the Flowood Chamber office, or the Rankin County Chamber office.

Children's Fitness Fest

There is no complaining about the weather we've had so far this Summer.  However, the temperature will rise this coming weekend.  Your chance to beat the heat can be found at the Children's Healthcare of Mississippi Fitness Fest.  It's Saturday, July 13, at the Jackson Convention Center, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  This website will give you all the details, including a free family pass into the event.  The website describes Fitness Fest as "an interactive event where families can participate in easy, fun activities that will improve their fitness and health choices."  

Below is just a sample of what will be happening at the fest:

Monday, July 8, 2013

Upcoming Events at the Rez

Below is a snapshot of the Reservoir events sanctioned by the PRVWSD.  There are some events not on the  calendar, like the Tri 4 Life triathlon (August 10 at Fannin Landing); and others that need to be removed, like the Reservoir Community Picnic.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Mill Creek Place Subdivision 4th of July Parade

A tradition for many, many years, the next installment of the Mill Creek Place Subdivision Parade will take place at 10 a.m. on the Fourth of July.  Firetrucks, floats, classic cars, kids on bikes, golf carts, etc., start lining up at the Mill Creek Clubhouse at 9:45 a.m.

Not being an election year, the parade won't be profuse, and it certainly won't be lavish, but it is our little slice of Americana.  Guests are welcome to Mayberry Mill Creek to watch the festivities and celebrate our country's independence.

If other subdivisions have a parade, or similar activities, post it in the comments, and I will get information up.

Lakeshore Pointe Apartment Fire

Photo above courtesy of WAPT

Photo above taken by Donna Langham Hays

A portion of Lakeshore Pointe Apartments caught fire this morning, 12 units were destroyed; all people are safe.  According to WJTV, tenants woke around 4:20 a.m. to the heat and flames.  By 6:30 a.m., the fire was out, but not before destroying a portion of the complex.  The source of the fire is unknown at this time.  Go to WAPT's Facebook page and click on the photos of the fire.  There are some truly incredible photos and videos posted of the fire.  Real news links below:


WAPT Facebook Page


Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Reservoir Gators Host Riverhills Stingrays

Yesterday afternoon, the Reservoir YMCA swim team, the Gators, hosted the Riverhills Stingrays in the final regular season swim meat.  The weather was perfect, the crowd was loud, and the swimmers were fast.

The conditions were perfect for fast times and scarce shade at the Reservoir YMCA.

Reservoir Gators and Riverhills Stingrays share in the common bonds of athletic competition prior to the meet.

Reservoir Gator, Thomas Cross, concentrates on his game face prior to the start of the boys 8 and under 25 meter backstroke.


Readers, do yourself a favor (if you haven't already) and check out Jim Albritton's Newsocracy.  Great source of information and photos of happenings around the Reservoir.  He has a good spread of photos from the Independence Day Celebration.  Facebook feed, here.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Rankin County Firearm Ordinance

Below, see attached draft Ordinance from the Rankin County Board of Supervisors establishing "Constitutionally" permitted rules related to open carry of firearms.  The Supervisors give a nod of the head to the Second Amendment, but then establish rules prohibiting the carrying of firearms in such "sensitive areas" as the Reservoir Community Center and the Multi-Purpose Pavilion.  So, feel free to exercise your Second Amendment rights, just not where the Board thinks it will make people nervous.  

Boat Parade Photos

I am no photographer, let no one be confused; however, here are a couple of shots from the boat parade during the Independence Day Celebration.

Sunset over the Spillway:

Lakeshore Park: