Monday, June 30, 2014

Rankin Leadership Application

Rankin Leadership applications are being accepted.  If you have the time and money (or an employer that will allow you to do it), I encourage you to take part in this program.  I went through a few years ago and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.  I still regularly eat lunch with many of the people in my class.

The application is below the jump.  Print it off, fill it out, and send it in.  Deadline is July 11.

Thoughts on the Independence Day Celebration

I was on the water partaking in the lighted boat parade, so I didn't have a good perspective on what was going on at the two parks.  It appeared to me Lakeshore Park was more crowded.  It was hard not to notice there were far fewer boats in the parade (if you are voting online, that will be Boat No. 11). However, the quality of the fireworks show made it all better.  What are y'all's thoughts?

Friday, June 27, 2014

Where to Catch Fireworks Displays

Here is your one stop shop for where to watch firework displays.  If you have information about other fireworks shows, please let me know.

Saturday, June 28 -- Barnett Reservoir Foundation Independence Day Celebration.  9:30 p.m. at either Old Trace Park in Ridgeland, or Lakeshore Park in Rankin County. Better yet, hop on a boat and catch them both in the middle of the water.

Monday, June 30 -- Fireworks at Mississippi State Hospital, Whitfield, Mississippi.  Friends of Mississippi State Hospital is hosting an Independence Day fireworks show.  "This show is a great opportunity for people to not only get out and enjoy a night of food, fun, and fireworks," said Joel Ross, President of Friends of MSH.  Games and activities will begin at 7 p.m., and fireworks will begin at 9 p.m.

Wednesday, July 2 -- City of Brandon Tribute to God and Country at Shiloh Park beginning at 5:30 p.m.  Fireworks at 9 p.m.  Brandon Baptist, First Baptist of Brandon, Grace Baptist and Oakdale Baptist are providing the music, so you know it will be good.

Thursday, July 3 -- Independence Day Celebration at Trustmark Park following the Mississippi Braves v. Huntsville Rockets game.  A supersized fireworks show sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi, Clear Channel Radio and WAPT.

Thursday, July 3 -- The City of Jackson's 1st Annual Fireworks Extravaganza at Smith Wills Stadium.  The fun starts at 5 p.m. and goes to 9 p.m.  The event will feature a 20-minute fireworks display and entertainment for children and adults, including live music and space jumps. Food and crafts vendors also will be on site.

Friday, July 4 -- Celebrate America Balloon Glow and Fireworks Display at Northpark Mall in Ridgeland. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m.  More information here.

Friday, July 4 -- Madison the City is having 9 p.m. fireworks at Liberty Park

Saturday, July 5 -- Canton Balloon Glow and Patriotic Fireworks Spectacular at the Multipurpose Pavillion in Canton, done in conjunction with the Mississippi Championship Balloon Festival.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Mississippi Wildlife Extravaganza

I love this event, and proceeds go to a great cause.

Current River Stage

For those concerned about the level of the Pearl River due to the continuing rains, fear not.  Below is the image from the National Weather Service showing the current and predicted river stages for the Pearl River at Jackson, MS.  It is expected to crest below 15 feet; and it takes getting to 24 feet to be in the "Action Stage".

Independence Day Celebration Boat Ramp Hours

Independence Day Celebration This Weekend!

God bless America!  There is little finer than celebrating this countries virtues and traditions at the Reservoir. Below is the calendar of events for this weekend's festivities.

8:00 a.m. -- Splash and Dash 5K run at Old Trace Park in Ridgeland, put on by the Brain Injury Association of Mississippi.  "Whether it's with super soakers, a giant slip and slide, or water balloons, you are sure to get drenched".  

4:00 p.m. -- Waterfest 2014 at Old Trace Park.  I can't find much online about what this event will entail in addition all the other events.  

4:00 p.m. is also the start of the Cardboard and Duct Tape Boat Race and the Classic Car Cruise In, both at Lakeshore Park.  From 4 p.m. on, there will be live music, vendors, military displays, and kidzones at both Old Trace and Lakeshore Parks.  

8:15 p.m. -- The Lighted Boat Parade starts at Main Harbor, winds its way along the Spillway, by Lakeshore Park, and then around to Old Trace Park.  A dueling fireworks show, from both Old Trace and Lakeshore Park will begin immediately after the Boat Parade.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Election Results (Unofficial Results)

In Rankin County, 29,020 total votes were cast in yesterday's runoff.  This is up from 26,406 just three weeks ago.  

Thad Cochran carried Rankin County by a much larger margin this time:  14,902 votes to McDaniel's 13,374 votes.  

Gary Windham wins the Constable election over Charles Lindsey 3,256 to 2,612 votes.  

I don't believe this includes absentee ballots, but I could be wrong.  If absentees change anything, I will update.  Go to this link to check for yourself, and for even more detail on the precincts.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Go Vote Today.

The only reason you cannot vote in the Republican Run-Off today is if you voted in the Democrat Primary three weeks ago.  In other words, if you were on vacation, forgot, or thought Thad had it in the bag, you can still vote today!  Five minutes of your time, fellow Americans.  See you at the poll!

Below is a picture taken while making phone calls this morning at Thad's Rankin County headquarters.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Reservoir Author Publishes Books

D.K. White, a local Reservoir-area author, recently published two books:  1) 501 Little-Known Facts, Obscure Trivia, World Records and Historical Minutia from the State of Mississippi, and 2) Allergic to Work.  From promotional materials supplied by D.K. White:

501 Little-Known Facts, Obscure Trivia, World Records and Historical Minutia from the State of Mississippi.
·           --  Published by Nautilus Publishing (Taylor, Mississippi); originally released September 2012
·           --  Available on,, and
·           --  White gathered facts for this book through library research, internet research, the Department of Archives, and personal knowledge
·           --  White’s goal for this book was to include trivia that the average Mississippian would not
already know
·           --  Categories include Celebrity & Entertainment, Disasters, Sports, Literature & Journalism, The Civil War, Business & Commerce, Agriculture, Strange Names, Native Mississippians, and much more.

Allergic to Work
·           --  Published by Itoh Press (Bowling Green, Kentucky); originally released May 2013
·           --  Available in print or e-book format; sold at and
·          --   Humor fiction novel set on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in 1974
·           --  Synopsis:  Two hell-raising high school boys use their employment at a grocery as their own amusement park, knowing graduation into the real world means the end of all fun. Then, one bag boy, Tadpole, takes it beyond fun and begins using the store as his personal cash cow, rigging the weekly cash drawing and doctoring the books to steal beer and cigarettes that he sells to underage teens county-wide. When he meets a local shy beauty and falls for her, his inexperience at love raises his angst to new levels. Communication is hard as the girl has a major speech impediment and Tadpole never knows what to say or do when he’s around her, but he eventually learns. Meanwhile, everyone Tadpole encounters has a nickname and if they don’t he makes it his duty to stick one on them.
·           --  Each chapter is variation of a Willie Nelson song

White started the first twenty-eight years of his career in banking; only after the 2008 recession hit was he able to focus fully on writing, which he had been doing in free-time before. He now works at Mercedes Benz of Jackson but still continues to write.  He graduated from Gulfport East High School, attended Ole Miss, and graduated from the University Alabama, majoring in history.  Currently living in Brandon, MS, he has been married for 31 years, has three children, and one granddaughter. 

Friday, June 20, 2014

Voter Precinct Information

On June 3, with the changes in precincts and polling locations came confusion, voter apathy, and extremely low voter turnout.  Don't let that happen again!  It is imperative Rankin County, which has so much riding on this election, get out and vote Tuesday, June 24.  

So Average-Joe-Rankin-County-Voter-Person didn't get out and vote on June 3 because they were tired of the negative campaigning, and don't like either candidate.  I get it.  You made your point on June 3. However, this is not an unimportant election.  Now is time to put on your big boy pants and do your civic duty.  The dichotomy between the candidates is stark.  According to Mayors Rhoads, Lee, Scarborough, all of the Rankin County Supervisors, and Transportation Director Dick Hall, federal funding for important infrastructure projects (like the widening of Lakeland Drive) hinges on Cochran's reelection. On the other hand, Cochran's opponent vows to cut that pork in order to save our country from imminent destruction.  

Get out and vote!  Click the link below to find your polling location:

By Street Address.

Also, feel free to peruse the map and other information on previous posts.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

This Week at the Rez Email


A DRIVE THRU AND SIGN” event will take place today, Wednesday, June 18th from 4 pm until 7p.m. at Fannin Landing Boat Ramp parking lot.  Residents are urged to drive thru the booths set up on site and sign the petition.  The Barnett Reservoir Foundation is assisting in collection of registered voters signatures on the petition to allow PRVWSD lands in Rankin County to qualify for Resort Status.  

·         The captain’s meeting for the 3rd Annual Lighted Boat Parade is scheduled for Wednesday, June 25th at 6:00 p.m. at the Jackson Yacht Club.    The parade will take place during the Independence Day Celebration on June 28th.  Visit for more information.

·         The summer edition of Gator Tales newsletters is out today.  Sign-up at for a copy of the electronic version.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Independence Day Celebration Media Release

Feast your eyes on the Barnett Reservoir Foundation's latest Media Release on the upcoming Independence Day Celebration at the Rez.

Academy Sports Opening June 27

Academy Sports announced they are opening their doors here in Flowood on June 27.

Taco Del Mar Opened in Flowood

Construction on the Outback Steakhouse in Dogwood Festival Marketplace is coming along nicely. The new Gyro place is slowly progressing, and the large Taco Bell is beginning to take shape. Lost in all that is the opening of Taco Del Mar at 901 Lakeland Place, Flowood, MS 39232.  Has anyone eaten here?   This appears to be similar to Izzo's Burritos.  There is another one across the pond in Ridgeland.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Cardboard Boat Race at the Rez

See below flyer and registration form for Racin' at the Rez, cardboard boat race benefitting the Rez YMCA.

Registration form after the jump:

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Movies N Moonlight Tomorrow Night

The City of Flowood's second Movies-N-Moonlight is tomorrow night at Winner's Circle Park.  The "gates" open at 6:30 p.m., and the movie will start at dusk.  Last time, that wasn't until late (so don't expect the movie to start at 7 p.m.).  Bring lawn chairs, blanket, bug spray, picnic supper, cold beverages, and your children/grandkids.

PRVWSD Weekly Update

Here is this week's email:

·         ADRIVE THRU AND SIGN” event will take place today, Wednesday, June 11th from noon until 8:p.m. at Goshen Springs boat ramp parking lot (behind Tommy’s Trading Post) off Hwy 43.  Residents are urged to drive thru the booths set up on site and sign the petition.  The Barnett Reservoir Foundation is assisting in collection of registered voters signatures on the petition to allow PRVWSD lands in Rankin County to qualify for Resort Status.  

·         Registration for the 3rd Annual Lighted Boat Parade is open.  The parade will take place during the Independence Day Celebration on June 28th.  Visit for more information.

·         Congratulations to the 13 Reserve Police Officers who graduated the 21 week Reserve Police Academy at the Rankin County Sheriff's Office.  The Reservoir Police Department is very proud that two of the graduates, Jason Burrage and Charlie Morehead, are a part of the Reservoir Police Reserve Unit.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Flash Flood Warning In Effect

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for our area.  It should be raining in our area un


Monday, June 9, 2014

Follow Up Story on the Loss of Life on Spillway Road

WJTV followed up on the story of the gentleman who lost his life crossing Spillway Road.

WJTV News Channel 12

Confusion on Election Day

There was considerable confusion on election day due to the changing of precincts and polling locations. One common issue concerned Laurelwood residents.  For years, they have been voting at the Flowood Library across Old Fannin Road.  Many showed up again at the library last Tuesday to cast their vote, only to be instructed to go instead to the Flowood YMCA.  Discouraged and already late, some declined their civic duty.  Of 1,101 total registered voters in that precinct, only 321 cast their vote.  

Laurelwood was not alone.  Please consult the new map to determine your polling precinct.

Any other stories of confusion on election day?

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Man Dies Crossing Spillway Road -- Updated

Update -- The victim has been identified as Joe Don Faulkner of Arkansas.

Original Post:
Last night at approximately 9:10 p.m., a man crossing Spillway Road was struck and killed by an automobile.  It occurred between the Hugh Ward and Old Fannin intersections.  According to WAPT, a Jeep SUV traveling east hit the 60-year old man who was pronounced dead at the scene.  The victim's name has not been released.

WLBT's report can be found here, including pictures taken at the scene.
WJTV's report here.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Updated Vote Totals

I don't know if these are official, but updated results on the recent primary election have been posted on the webpage.

United States Senate

 Thomas L. Carey  .  .  .  .  259
 Thad Cochran  .  .  .  .  .  12,392             
 Chris McDaniel.  .  .  .  .  12,005             

Constable District 4

 Rodney Hale.  .  .  .  .  .   755    
 Charles A. Lindsay, Jr .  .   2,612   
 Fred Lovett.  .  .  .  .  .  .332    
 Sandy Sanders .  .  .  .  .  .186    
 Ken Steverson .  .  .  .  .  .616    
 Gary Windham  .  .  .  .  .  .3,256   

Resort Status Update

As of today, the Barnett Reservoir Foundation has approximately 1,360 signatures.  The target is 1,600 certified signatures.  The Foundation will have another sign and drive next week at the Goshen Springs boat ramp.

Vendor Application for Independence Day Celebration

Below is the Vendor Application for the June 28, Independence Day Celebration at the Reservoir.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Alligator Hunt Application Information

Go to this website for all the information you desire on the alligator hunting season, including info on how to apply for a permit.  There are only 70 permits available on the Reservoir.  Hunting is limited to North of Fannin Landing to Lowhead Dam. Statewide, a total of 920 permits will be distributed. 


Election Results

I was at the Rankin County Courthouse until after 2 a.m. last night, waiting on the vote count. Nearly 24,000 votes cast.  In the Senate race, Cochran eked out Rankin County by about 240 votes.  Absentee voting wasn't estimated to change the vote. 

 Thad Cochran    11,900   49.91%
 Chris McDaniel. 11,659   48.90%
The Constable race was no less exciting.  7,462 total votes.  That is headed to a run off between Gary Windham and Charles Lindsay.  

Constable District 4
Vote for  1
 Rodney Hale.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        732    9.81          
 Charles A. Lindsay, Jr .  .  .  .  .  .      2,511   33.65        
 Fred Lovett.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        302    4.05           
 Sandy Sanders .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        173    2.32           
 Ken Steverson .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        581    7.79           
 Gary Windham  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .      3,139   42.07        
 WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         24     .32                    
         Total .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .      7,462                

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Election Results

I will be in the Courthouse at 7 p.m. to count the votes in the Rankin County Republican primary.  I will tweet election results from the @thereznewsblog handle.  Don't tweet? Stay up to date here.

Press Release from PRVWSD

From the PRVWSD:

For Immediate Release:

A “DRIVE THRU AND SIGN” event will take place on Wednesday, June 4th from noon until 8:p.m. at Lakeshore Park (off of Northshore Parkway).  Residents are urged to drive thru the booths set up on site and sign the petition to allow a referendum vote to allow the lands of the PRVWSD within Rankin County to qualify for Resort Status.  


Today is election day, no matter your political affiliation.  Go out, exercise your civic duty, and vote.  Remember your ID and make sure you know where you are going.  Folks in Avalon subdivision vote in a new location.  Folks in Laurelwood vote in a new location.  Make sure you know where you are going.  See my posts below for a map.

Vote Vote Vote!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Rankin County Precinct Map

Here is the Rankin County Precinct Map, recently updated with new precincts in some locations. If you have any question about the location you are supposed to vote, call the Rankin County Circuit Clerk's office at (601) 825.1466.

Vote Tomorrow!

Tomorrow is election day. Who is not ready for this to be over? Yesterday, I saw Flowood PD removing Thad's opponent's signs illegally placed in the median of Highway 25. Must have been 40 or more signs that officer had to pick up and discard. I suppose that is legal on some planet. But I digress . . .

Many of the precincts changed during the recent redistricting. Circuit Clerk, Becky Boyd, mailed new voting precinct cards out recently. Please check to confirm your precinct. There are a few in the Reservoir area that changed, i.e., Fannin, Northshore, Pisgah, and Oakdale. I attach below the jump the Precinct addresses. In a separate post I will attach a map. Also, voter ID kicks in tomorrow, so don't leave your wallet/purse in the car.