Monday, September 30, 2013

Benefit for Betty Nash

Startup Rankin County Recycling Effort

The below email made the round Sunday afternoon.  It is from Door 2 Door Recycling:

Door 2 Door Recycling
PO Box 97641
Pearl, Ms 39288

 To whom it may concern,

 My name is Faith Green; I am with Door 2 Door Recycling. We are trying to fill the absence of curbside recycling in Rankin County.

We are in the process of trying to establish a grassroots effort to offer curbside recycling in Rankin County. Door 2 Door Recycling will be offering a free trial period to the residents that participate in the service.

We would like for you to inform everyone you know that we are offering curbside recycling in Rankin County. We realize that when our county engages in recycling we will be protecting and improving the county in which we live in. Our motto at Door 2 Door Recycling is “We Are Not 2 Good 2 Do Good”.

Please contact me at or 1-888-564-7764 with any questions, suggestions, or concerns. 
Faith Green

Faith Green, great name for a recycling program.  After the free trial period (said free trial period ends 12/31/13), there will be a fee for the recycling service.  Those fees, from the Door 2 Door webpage, are a $15 set up fee, and then $15 quarterly:

They also offer house and car washes.  Jack of all trades.  Here is the Facebook page.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Tuesday is the Day

Not only does the Reservoir Community District take effect on Tuesday, but so is the PRVWSD's sandbar clean up policy.  

Outdoorama Tomorrow

Outdoorama on the Rez

Don't forget about Outdoorama at the Rez this weekend.  See the previous post for all the information you need.

WellsFest 2013

WellsFest 2013 is tomorrow in Jamie Fowler Boyll Park off Lakeland Drive.  It's one of the better community festivals in the metro area, definitely worth a trip to.  Here is the description from the website:

WellsFest Is...
...A family friendly music festival, admission-free, drawing the best groups around.  
Entertainers donate their time and talent to provide continuous music.
...A fun fair for children, featuring easy-to-win games and creative activities
at low, low prices.
...An art auction where you can bid on works donated by prominent Jackson area artists.  
...A silent auction where you can pick up bargains donated 
by local merchants,innkeepers and restaurateurs.
...An outdoor coffee house where you can relax with friends
and enjoy fantastic homemade desserts.
...A diner's delight, where you can enjoy fine grilled treats from WellsFest Chefs.
...A crafts fair, featuring the top artisans from around Mississippi.
...A pet parade and blessing for our leashable friends at 9 a.m.
...A giant plant sale with some living bargains.

...A 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Fun Run at 8 a.m
  Music Schedule below the jump.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

The Outlets of Mississippi is holding a two-day job fair on October 5-6, at the Clyde Muse Center on Hinds Community College's Rankin Campus.  Here is information from the Outlet's Facebook page.

Mark your calendars for the Outlets of Mississippi’s Two-Day Job Fair where more than 55 retailers will be in attendance! 

Be sure to bring multiple resume copies to distribute to the brands you wish to meet and email resumes to to be kept informed about the event.

Clyde Muse Center, Hinds Community College, Rankin Campus
515 Country Place Parkway, Pearl, MS 39208

Saturday, October 5 from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. and 
Sunday, October 6 from noon- 5:00 p.m.

Fit 2 Lead Costumed 5K Race

Okay, there is a lot going on with this race.  The Flowood YMCA puts this one on every year at Halloween. It is a popular costumed race through Flowood, Mississippi.  The event is on Saturday morning, October 26, 2013, at the Flowood Y.  This year, in addition to the usual 5K run/walk and 1 mile fun run, there is also a Kids Triathlon.

The first 400 registrants get a Tech shirt.  Costumes are encouraged but not required.  Best costume will win a YMCA membership, yada, yada, yada.  More information and registration form below.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Mississippi State Fair

Reason No. 84 why the Fall is better than all other seasons:  The Mississippi State Fair comes October 2 through the 13th.  Casting Crowns, Three Dog Night, Morris Day and the Time, Blackberry Smoke, a garden tractor pull, multiple goat shows, nightly clogging, pig racing, Krispy Kreme Hamburgers, Deep Fried Twinkies, and biscuits, and so much more!

The Fun Guide is below.

Rankin County Animal Adoption Foundation

The Rankin County Animal Adoption Foundation is a local non-profit committed to giving homeless dogs and cats another chance for a healthy and happy life by finding them caring, loving homes.  Animals must pass health and behavior evaluations prior to being placed in foster care or adopted into a permanent home. Further, all animals are vaccinated, micro-chipped, spayed or neutered.   

RCAAF partnered with many of the County's veterinarians to enable these animals a high-visibility opportunity to secure permanent adoptive homes.  Find out more about RCAAF at this website, or its Facebook page.  There are many, many ways to get involved.  

RCAAF is holding a fundraiser (Howls and Meows) on Saturday, November 9, 2013, at Table 100.  Right now, they are looking for sponsorships.  See the photo below.  In addition to a meal, tax benefits, and the warm fuzzy feeling you get from preventing pet euthanasia, there is also a chance to win a new Dodge Dart and a Room Makeover.  More info as it becomes available.

The Jackson Zoo Loses Accreditation

I am one of the few fans left of the Jackson Zoo.  I spent a few formative years growing up near the Metro Zoo in South Florida.  It left an indelible mark on me, and sparked a love of animals, nature and science.  I fondly remember exploring both the Jackson Zoo and Hattiesburg Zoo when my parents would ship me off to Mississippi for the Summer.  Now that I have children, my wife and I made it priority to join the Jackson Zoo and take our children there regularly.

Recently, the Jackson Zoo lost is accreditation through the National Association of Zoos and Aquariums. While it enjoys provisional accreditation during an appeals process, it may fully lose said accreditation in March.  Jackson City leaders drag their feet on trying to salvage the zoo, knowing the Zoo is the only thing bringing visitors to West Jackson.

No question, the Livingston Park neighborhood and the drive to it is intimidating for the faint of heart.  I've never felt in danger; however, you cannot reasonably argue the present zoo location severely limits visitor numbers.  Without a doubt, the LeFleur's Bluff location is much better for the zoo's continued existence and relevance.

What are your thoughts:  1) Save it by moving it to LeFleur's Bluff; 2) try to save it by keeping it in West Jackson; 3) let it die; 4) ?

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Flash Flood Warning for Our Area

Flash flood warning for our area until 2 p.m., so be safe.  Turn Around . . . Don't Drown.


Mississippi Agricultural Museum Pumpkin Adventure

Nichols-Boyd Pumpkin Patch

Nichols-Boyd upped their game this year.  Check out their website, which is user friendly and full of useful information about the activities available at the farm.  Tours begin October 1.  All weekday tours must be scheduled in advance; however, the weekends are geared toward the general public.  Here is the info from the website concerning weekend tours of the farm:

Saturday Hours are 10:00 - 4:00 (arrive by 3:00)
Sunday Hours are 1:00 - 4:00 (arrive by 3:00)

Pumpkin Tours leave out "on the hour!" Tours take approximately one hour.

Saturday departures are 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00.

Sunday departures are 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00.

Cost for Pumpkin Tour is $7.00/person.
Everyone gets a tour of the farm and a take-home pumpkin.

The A"Maize"ing Cornfield is open on weekends.It is a separate activity and cost is $5.00/person.

Face Painting by the "Painting Cow"  (fee charged) is available on Saturday and Sunday. Shop our Retail Store for T-Shirts, Fall Decorator Items, Mississippi Honey and Homemade Peanut Brittle!

Bring your camera. There are great "photo-opportunities!"

In addition to the pumpkin patch, the farm hosts a corn "maize" (both day and night), evening cookouts, birthday parties, an alphabet tour, etc.  

Monday, September 23, 2013

Deer Photos Posted by PRVWSD

The PRVWSD posted trail camera photos taken from the property recently opened up to hunting and subject to the draw hunt.  Applications are currently being taken for this hunt.  Go to for more information.  A link to the deer photos is here.  These photos were posted by the PRVWSD to whet the appetite of local hunters.  Mission accomplished.  

More on Proposed Fed. Wildlife Refuge

The above picture is not the best quality, but it will give you a general idea of the parameters of the proposed wildlife refuge.  Thanks to the head's up from a commentor, I attach below the .pdf of the brochure put by the government.

The Clarion Ledger ran a story on it this past weekend.

Here are snippets from the article:

Friday, September 20, 2013

Miss. Dep't of Ed. Accountability Ratings Are Out

The Rankin County School District, as a whole, was rated an "A" by the Mississippi Department of Education.  Schools in the Reservoir area rated individually as:

Pisgah Elementary               B
Pisgah High                         B
Flowood Elementary           B
Highland Bluff Elementary    A
Northshore Elementary        A
Northwest Rankin Elem.      A
Oakdale Elementary            A
Northwest Rankin Middle    A
Northwest Rankin High       B

The entire state's accountability rating can be accessed in an Excel format at MDE's website.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Proposed Federal Wildlife Management Area in Jackson/Flowood

Below is an article written by R. L. Nave from the Jackson Free Press concerning a proposed National Wildlife Refuge in your backyard.  This is an interesting game changer.  Find the full article here.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing a 5,000-acre refuge for Jackson. The proposed area is bounded by the Ross Barnett Reservoir to the north and Lakeland Drive to the south. Features would include 2,712 acres of adjoining property the Mississippi Department of Transportation now owns.
The U.S. FWS is touting the refuge's "wildlife-dependent recreation, such as hunting, fishing, canoeing, hiking, biking, and wildlife photography and observation; protection of migratory birds and the Pearl River bottomland hardwood riparian ecosystem as well as the cultural and historical resources within the property; and opportunities for environmental education and interpretive programs highlighting the area’s important natural resources."
The agency has scheduled an open house for Thursday, Oct. 3 at 6 p.m. at the Flowood Public library, located at 103 Winners Circle. Written comments also can be emailed to, mailed to Mike Rich, Refuge Manager Theodore Roosevelt Refuge Complex, 12595 MS Hwy. 149, Yazoo City, MS, 39194, or faxed to: (601) 836-3009

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Michelle Blair's Write-Up on the Gator Bait Race

Michelle posted a retrospective blog entry on the Gator Bait race.  I won't copy and paste it here, but you can read it by following the link.

The Vintage Movie & Entertainment Theater

Eating at the Country Fisherman in the Heart of Pearl earlier this week, I came across an interesting find.  I spotted a little movie theater in the same strip mall advertising classic movies at 420 Roberts Street.  It is nondescript, off the road, and you wouldn't know it was there unless you walked up on it.  However, it was intriguing.  My lunch partner, who had attended the recent ribbon cutting for the theater told me all about it.  He said they show classic movies at night, and on Saturday's will show old school cartoons for the kids.  I thought it was a neat business that may interest some of my readers.  

The website for the theater is  It may be easier for you to just click here.  There is a wealth of information on the website about show times, substance of the movies being shown, snack food prices, etc.  Presently, all movies are $5.  

Right now, the feature films are Angel and the Badman (starring John Wayne; it was the first film the Duke produced) and Royal Wedding (starring Fred Astaire and Jane Powell); the Friday and Saturday night horror flicks are Atom Age Vampire and Scared to Death (starring Bela Lugosi).  

I. S. Sanders YMCA (Farish Street) Fundraiser

100% of the benefits go to this YMCA, helping children in a location they need it most.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Ribbon Cutting at Mustard Seed

There is a ribbon cutting this afternoon for the new workshop/activity center at the Mustard Seed.  It starts at 5 p.m.  If you haven't toured the Mustard Seed, take this opportunity to go and see how the special gifts are made.  The craft shop will be open; it is a wonderful place to buy gifts. Plus, you can see a lot of what this special place is doing in our community.

Outdoorama at the Rez

The Mississippi Wildlife Federation hosts Outdoorama at the Rez on Saturday, September 28, 2013, at Turcotte Lab.  This is an event for kids, to introduce them to outdoor activities.  Here is the blurb from the website:

In celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day, the purpose of this event is to get kids and anyone interested in the outdoors to step outside for a hands-on experience with the tools and concepts of hunting and fishing in Mississippi. They will learn how to reload shells, shoot skeet and sporting clays, get to try their hand at the MDWFP laser 3/D target shoot, learn how to tie flies, fish for catfish, learn how knives are made, shoot bows and arrows, learn about recycling, try their hand at canoeing, learn how to use a treestand safely, learn the importance of clean water, see snakes and alligators, and so much more!
It is a fun-filled day for all presented with the help of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks and a host of other conservation organizations and groups including Magnolia Fly Fishers, Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, American Zookeepers Association, Keep the Rez Beautiful, Ken Austin, National Wild Turkey Federation, Mississippi Bowhunters Association, Treestand Manufacturers Association, Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation, Simmons Creative Productions, and more! Each of these organizations volunteers their time and talent to educate youth of all ages.
This is a free event so mark your calendars and make plans to attend. For more information please call the Mississippi Wildlife Federation at 601-605-1790.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Give It A Tri Results

The Gator Bait Kayak Race and Give It a Tri Triathlon were held this weekend on the Rankin County side of the pond.  Gator Bait results are in a post below.  The Give It A Tri results are posted at this link.  Yours truly with the 4th fastest overall swim time.

Gator Bait Kayak Results

The Gator Bait Kayak Race at Pelahatchie Bay was this past weekend.  Results are below:

PRVWSD Board Meeting, Thursday, September 19, 2013

The next PRVWSD Board Meeting is this Thursday, 11 p.m., at Coal Bluff.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Zony's Seafood Menu

Squint, you can make it out.  Or, you can pick one up yourself.  It's in the old Paula's Seafood, Willie's BBQ location in Fannin Market.

Give it a Tri Tomorrow

Okay.  I just signed up.  See y'all there.  

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Wet and Wild for Hope 2013 at Lakeshore Park

Local non-profit Restoration Hope holds its annual event/fundraiser for mission work, Wet and Wild for Hope 2013, at Lakeshore Park this Saturday!  The event webpage describes the race as follows:

Wet & Wild for Hope raises money to fight HIV/AIDS and poverty through Restoration Hope, a 501(c)(3) faith-based non-profit. This event is for teams of 10, participating in a crazy relay race / obstacle course / Buffalo Wild Wing eating contest...all the while having a ton of fun and serving others thousands of miles away!

That description does not do it justice, nor would any words; you just have to participate for yourself. Looks to be for a great cause.  The event information page is located here.  The event's Facebook page is located here.  And below is a video from last year's race:

Race map below:

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Overlay District Becomes Effective 10/1/13

My speaking tour of Rankin County wound to its presumable end Monday evening when I shared the past, present, and future of the Overlay with the Reservoir Lions Club.  Pursuant to its terms, the Overlay (or Reservoir Community District) will become effective October 1, 2013, unless the Attorney General unexpectedly delays his stamp of approval.  The Rankin County Board of Supervisors and the PRVWSD will have a press conference of sorts during the RCBoS's Monday, September 16, 2013, meeting. Thereafter, a media blitz will ensue to get as many folks as possible acquainted with the regulations as reasonably possible.

I had the pleasure of speaking to the Flowood Kiwanis, the Brandon Kiwanis, and the Reservoir Lions Club. If there are any others interested, whether a service organization or just a group of interested folks, let me know:

September 11, 2001

We shall never forget.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Apps Accepted Today for Draw Hunts

Application for the drawing for archery hunts on PRVWSD land below the Spillway and on the designated areas on Pelahatchie Bay across the Causeway begin being accepted today.  The rules and regulations are below.  I cut and pasted these from the PRVWSD's website.  You can go there for more information, including maps of the specified hunting areas.  If you plan to hunt, pay special attention to the antler requirements for bucks; they are far more restrictive than state game laws for this area.  

General regulations for draw hunts in area below Barnett Dam and within Parcel Sections M&N Pelahatchie Bay 

Miss Rankin Pageant

The Miss Rankin County Pageant is coming up September 28, 2013.  It's an official preliminary to the Miss Mississippi Pageant.  Application below.

Monday, September 9, 2013

9/11 Half Marathon Video

Newsocracy's video from the 9/11 Memorial Half Marathon is below.  Great job!

Rankin County Chamber Annual Banquet Luncheon

Tuesday, September 24, 2013, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at the Muse Center at Hinds Community College -- Rankin Campus, 515 Country Place Parkway, Pearl, Mississippi.

Guest Speaker is Joel Bomgar of the Bomgar Corporation.

Tickets are $35 each, with seating for 8 priced at $600.  Corporate sponsorship is $1000.

RSVP by September 16, 2013 to Ashley Coley at

9/11 Memorial Half Marathon Photos

Jim Albritton, through Newsocracy, captured some amazing images yesterday at the 9/11 Memorial Half Marathon.  View his images at his Facebook page.  One of my favorites is above.  It is of the firemen who started the course 30 minutes prior to the rest of the runners.  

There was a good crowd at Lakeshore Park for the event.  The race was sold out, a testament to those willing to push their bodies against the heat of the day.  Of course, the race is about remembering those who died in New York City, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001; and it is great to see our little community in Mississippi come together for an event like this.  

Friday, September 6, 2013

NW Rankin v. Brandon Canned Food Drive

Next Friday, the Northwest Rankin Cougars host the Brandon Bulldogs in the rivalry of Rankin County big dogs cats.  Ongoing is the annual 2013 Canned Food Drive between the two schools.  Bragging rights are on the line.  Remember to send in canned foods with your student between now and September 13.  Below is the information line from the Oakdale Elementary webpage.  

Starting September 3rd, we will be collecting canned food for needy families in Rankin county. The Northwest zone will be competing against the Brandon zone to see who can collect the most. The winner will be announced at the Northwest vs. Brandon football game on September 13th. Last day to collect cans is September 13th. The winning class will win a pizza/space jump party at NWRHS. 2nd & 3rd place classes will win a pizza party.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Louisiana Doesn't Like the "One Lake" Project

Yesterday, the Baton Rouge Advocate ran a story on the displeasure St. Tammany Parish's officials have with the proposed "one lake project" south of Lakeland Drive.  Louisiana public officials and swamp tour captains are not the only skeptics. The hired guns at the Gulf Restoration Network are questioning the efficacy of the lake as well.  However, listening to Duane O'Neill, President/CEO of the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership, there is increased optimism the 1,500 acre, more or less, lake will become a reality within ten years.  Apparently, officials from the cities around Jackson are favoring the lake, and the Army Corps of Engineers may have changed its tune as well.  It's hard to ignore the positive economic impact this type of project will bring; that's in addition to any flooding issues alleviated. The upcoming environmental impact statement should shed plenty of light on the environmental effects said lake will have downstream. Visit the Pearl River Vision Foundation's website for information.  

Smokin' on the Rez

Mark your calendars now for the next big event on the Reservoir (after the 9/11 Memorial Half Marathon): the Barnett Reservoir Foundation brings you Smokin' on the Rez, a Memphis BBQ Network sanctioned event.  This event will take place on November 1 and 2 at the Old Trace Park in Ridgeland, and will also feature live music (blues, perhaps?).  The team application and rules are below.  Go to the Barnett Reservoir Foundation's webpage for additional information, including Sponsorship info, a Judge's Application, and Vendor's Application.  More info will follow as it becomes available.  

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Weir Blackwell Family Raffle

A couple of Thirty-One representatives in Hidden Hills put together a raffle to raise money for the Weir and Blackwell families.  It's $5 a ticket.  Men, I realize you (hopefully) have no idea what a Thirty-One bag is; however, I guarantee your wife does.  This should be popular.

University Physicians Health Fest

This is a great resource for the community.  On Saturday, September 28, 2013, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., University Physicians at Grants Ferry is hosting a free Health Fest.  Looks like they might have skin cancer screenings.  That is worth the price of admission right there.

Flowood Chamber Contest

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

DA Michael Guest Announces Sentencing for Rez Area Burlgar

Rankin/Madison County District Attorney Michael Guest announced today on his webpage the sentencing of Gregory Tyler Moore.  You may recall, Moore was apprehended in or around the Pelahatchie Woods Subdivision after fleeing from authorities.  Here is part of the press release:

Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that Gregory Tyler Moore was sentenced to serve 60 years after pleading guilty to a series of home and automobile burglaries that occurred in 2012. The last 10 years of the sentence was suspended and Moore will be placed on probation after he has completed the service of the first 50 years of the sentence.
From January 2012 until December 2012 Moore broke into dozens of vehicles and several homes throughout Rankin County. Deputies from the Sheriff’s Department were able to develop Moore as a suspect after he and another individual attempted to sell a stolen Wii gaming console. A search of Moore’s home revealed the clothes a witness had reported that the defendant had worn at one of the burglaries. Also recovered from the residence was property taken from one of the previous burglaries.
Read more here.
If you are keeping score at home, that is a 60 year sentence, with 50 to serve for a 21 year old.  How unintelligent do you have to be to commit a crime in Rankin County?  

Big Gators

*Photo by Dustin Bockman/Ryan Bockman/Cole Landers

Two state records for alligator fell during the opening weekend of alligator hunting.  No, neither of them occurred on the Reservoir; they were both taken on the Mississippi River.  CBS nationals carried the story. That would be 13 feet and 727 pounds of boots, belts, and "tastes like chicken".  

Presumed Pricetag on Ratliff Ferry Trading Post

According to a buddy on Facebook:

Facebook friends asked if I knew the price tag to buy Ratliff Ferry. $650,000. Includes a bunch of land and even the campgrounds. The restaurant and gas pumps, everything there.