Friday, August 29, 2014

Update on Buoys Under Northshore Causeway


Be advised work on the previously mentioned underwater sewer line (running under Pelahatchie Bay) is complete.  The warning buoys are being removed as we speak.  Enjoy your Labor Day weekend!

4/11 on the Flowood YMCA

See the fact sheet below for the important information on the Flowood Family YMCA, hours, fees, phone numbers, etc.

July 2014 PRVWSD Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

Below are the minutes from the PRVWSD Board of Director's Meeting from July.  Of note:

   --  The PRVWSD hires two new members for the legal department, including another attorney.
   --  The Board approved a bid from Southern States Construction, LLC, to begin Phase III of the Fannin Landing Boat Ramp improvements.
   --  The Board approved a motion to allow the General Manager (Sigman) to declare emergency no-wake zones to ensure public safety.  Said emergency no-wake zone would immediately go into effect, but would be contingent on full Board approval at the next available Board meeting.
   --  Sunset Marina's lease was modified to allow them to add a restaurant on premises.
   --  Bar & Collins were approved as the auditors for the PRVWSD.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Warning Buoys Under Causeway; Use Caution

I received an email (and these pictures) from a helpful reader noting the recent presence of buoys on both sides of the Northshore Causeway.  He noted also there a work barge located twenty or so yards off shore from the floating pier at Pelahatchie Shore Park.  Concerned, he checked with the PRVWSD, who told him repairs were being made to a sewer line running to the neighborhoods on the Northshore.  

Passage under the bridge will not be completely blocked while repairs are being made; however, boaters are cautioned to be careful.  This is especially important during the Labor Day holiday.  

Thanks to Mac May for the heads up.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

This Week at the Rez

·        Here is the PRVWSD's weekly email, verbatim: 

     Boat safely over holiday.  Labor Day weekend is one of the busiest boating times on Barnett Reservoir, with its symbolic close of the summer season. With that in mind, the PRVWSD reminds boaters to be safe, courteous and sober on the water. Follow safe boating rules, wear your PFDs and enjoy the holiday on the water.

·     Mr. Sipp added to Smokin' lineup.  McComb native and 2014 Memphis International Blues Competition champion, Mr. Sipp will headline Friday night's music at the Smokin' on The Rez BBQ and Music Festival Oct. 24-25th at Old Trace Park. A.K.A. "The Mississippi Blues Child," Castro Coleman and his band will perform at 7 p.m. on Friday.

·         The latest edition of the PRVWSD newsletter GatorTales will be available online tomorrow morning at

For more information, visit us online at

Rez Stories Featured in Rankin County News

Stories affecting the Reservoir in this week's Rankin County News:

   --  Prep Football Player Dies.  Details the tragic death of Walker Wilbanks following the Prep-Oxford High School football game.
   --  Nucor Steel Engineers Visit NWR Engineering Academny.  Six professional engineers from Nucor mentored the NWR's new Engineering Academy, to share skills, answer questions, and provide insight.
   --  Flowood Getting Set for 9th Chamber Cup.
   --  Wheat Selected as First Alternative at the Distinguished Young Women of Mississippi Program.  Michaelah Wheat of the Reservoir area, placed well at the Statewide DYW program in Meridian.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Grand Opening of the Outback Steakhouse

It's a bloomin' onion countdown!   The Flowood Chamber is hosting a ribbon cutting for the grand opening of the Outback Steakhouse on East Metro Parkway.  September 8, 2014, at 10:45 a.m.

In anticipation of the big day, Longhorn Steakhouse is now offering happy hour deals.

Monday, August 25, 2014

RC GOP Women Meet Tonight

The Rankin County Republican Women meet tonight at the Pearl Library, 2416 Old Brandon Road, at 6:00 p.m.  They welcome State Agriculture and Commerce Commissioner, Cindy Hyde-Smith.  All are invited to join.

Here is the RC GOP Women's Facebook Page.
Here is their Twitter Page.

New Flood Maps

Residents in the Reservoir area may soon be getting correspondence from their mortgage company, informing them their house is now in a flood zone.  Flood insurance will then be mandated, raising the escrow portion of the monthly note considerably.  Many homes not previously in a flood zone are now within it, raising ire and consternation. If you live in one of these homes, I encourage you to educate yourself on the new flood maps.  You may be entitled to relief.  Some good resources to start with are:

Understandably, PRVWSD property is a major victim (and this is not the first time we've discussed this; see here and here).  Steve Clark at PRVWSD states he fields calls at a rate of 5 to 10 a week.  Because the maps come from FEMA, there is little PRVWSD can do. However, much of the information the new flood maps are based on, may be faulty.  If you believe your home was erroneously placed in Zone AE, here is Steve's plan of action:

1.  Hire a surveyor to prepare an Elevation Certificate.
2.  If the survey indicates you are outside of the flood hazard, have the surveyor prepare a Letter of Map Amendment ("LOMA").
3.  Send the LOMA and a copy of the Elevation Certificate to FEMA.
4.  Take the Elevation Certificate to your flood insurance company and see if you can get a lower rate while you wait for the Federal Government to act.
5.  Pray the Federal Government certifies your LOMA and removes you from the flood hazard area.
6.  Any amount you paid over the proper preferred rate prior to certification of the LOMA by the Federal Government should be refunded to you.

According to information obtained, the PRVWSD, in an attempt to demonstrate the absurdity of the flood maps, paid to have two random subdivisions on leasehold property surveyed. The hope was that once the Federal Government saw how incorrect the flood maps were from the actual elevation survey, FEMA would readjust all of the PRVWSD property. That didn't happen.

The bottom line is, if you want to remove your home from the flood zones, you may have to take matters in your own hands.  

Friday, August 22, 2014

ALS Awareness Night at the M-Braves Game

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has been a Godsend to curative research for Lou Gehrig's Disease.  Tonight, the Mississippi Braves host ALS Awareness Night.  The promo material is below.  Looks like you not only get discounted tickets, but $2 of every ticket purchased will go to ALS research.  Sounds like a heck of a way to spend your Friday evening.

Watch the Cougars Play Tonight on Your Computer

Here is the link to watch tonight's Northwest Rankin High School Cougar Football game on TV.

3rd Annual Farm to Table 100

You can't actually click this picture to email Mary Allen.  However, her address is

Thursday, August 21, 2014

PRVWSD Meeting Tonight

In a little over one hour, actually.  It starts at 6 p.m. at the Palisades Subdivision Clubhouse.  Essentially, turn into Palisades and drive down the main road until it dead ends into the clubhouse.

The last evening Board meeting was popular.  I'm not able to make it (Back to School Night), so if anyone wants to take notes and email them on, that would make my day.

Draw Hunt Update

If you applied for the PRVWSD's draw hunt, with a August 14 deadline, don't worry if you haven't been notified.  The drawing has not taken place yet.  The August 21 deadline to purchase the special permit, as contained in the Application/Draw Hunt Information posted on the PRVWSD's website, will not apply. Instead, the draw will take place at the PRVWSD headquarters on August 25 at 10 a.m.  The public is invited to attend.  Those drawn will be notified by email immediately thereafter.

Northwest Rankin Football!

One day left before the Cougars kick off the 2014 season at Meridian.  The first home game is August 29.  Homecoming is October 24.

Check out their homepage, here, where you will find out everything you need to know, including a team roster, ticket and parking information, and much more.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Much Ado Redux

Thursday, I posted about an Order the Rankin County Chancery Judges entered requiring a New York, same-sex marriage certificate, be stricken from the records of Rankin County. Tom Freeland, a lawyer in Lafayette County, Mississippi (and who I assume has no pending or anticipated cases in Rankin County), took said Chancellors to task in a post on his North Mississippi Commentor Blog.  If this topic interests you, check out his post and resulting comments.  

Indian Summer Means Golf Tournaments

Without a doubt, there are more coming up in August and September.  I'll update when more information becomes available.

Foundation for Rankin County Public Schools, Inc., 6th Annual 4-Man Scramble, August 27-28 at Patrick Farms.

HardKnox Academy's 1st Annual Golf for Baseball, September 3 at The Refuge.

Rankin County Republican Party Executive Committee Tournament Honoring Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, September 25 at Bay Pointe.

Flowood Chamber Cup, September 25-16, 2014, at The Refuge.

Health and Wellness Expo

The Flowood Chamber of Commerce's Health & Wellness Expo is coming up September 11.  It will be held at the Flowood YMCA from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.  It's free to the public.  If you are interested in setting up a booth, call 601.932.8007.

Board of Supervisor's Meetings on Video

Following Hoopy's resignation, I was reminded by Chancery Clerk, Larry Swales, that all Rankin County Board of Supervisor's meetings are filmed, and the video is available via the County's official webpage.  

If you are at all interested in county government, check out this page, that archives the past board meetings. The entire video doesn't appear to be available for the August 15 meeting (I've posted the 8 minutes of it below); however, other meetings appear to be complete.  Enjoy!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Rankin County Administrator Resigns

County Administrator, "Hoopy" Stringer resigned effective 5:00 p.m. last Friday (for real, this time).  The Clarion Ledger speculates his resignation is tied to the County's deliberations involving the City of Flowood's proposed convention/ conference center.

The proposed conference center would be located on East Metro Parkway, be connected to an upscale hotel, and wholly located within the city limits of Flowood. I presume envisioning the benefits would boost the entire county, on Friday, the Rankin County Board of Supervisors voted to explore the possibility to fund, in part, the construction of the center.

Be Baptized in the Reservoir

A sacrament of the New Covenant is baptism.  This sacrament is administered following an earnest acknowledgment of your sinful nature, repenting of your sins, and accepting the Lord Jesus as your savior. Pinelake Church will perform a mass baptism through their Identify program on Sunday, August 24.  Each branch will perform the service at a location unique to that branch.  The Reservoir campus will perform the sacrament at Lakeshore Park.  If sincere in your beliefs, and you desire to take part, go here to register, or call 601.829.4524 for more information.     

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Draw Hunt App Period Ends Tonight

In the event you are interested in applying for one of the draw hunts for deer operated by the PRVWSD, be advised the application period ends at midnight tonight.  Rules and regulations can be found here.

All the information you need to know about this can be found here, here and here.  Oh, and here, here and here.

Rankin County Chancery Court Issues Order Voiding Same-Sex Marriage Registration

Jackson Jambalaya posted an Order from the Chancery Court of Rankin County, Mississippi, whereby the two Rankin County Chancellors rendered void a same-sex marriage registration filed in Rankin County recently. 

Background:  Pursuant to Mississippi law, same-sex marriages are not recognized in this State.  Whether you are for or against it, the laws of Mississippi simply don't allow for same-sex marriage.  Two Rankin County women, married pursuant to the laws of the State of New York (which does allow it), attempted to register their marriage here in Rankin County.  The Chancellors did not mince words when describing the knowing "subterfuge" committed by the women who registered the marriage.  The Chancellors also took this opportunity to chide the women for, in the Court's opinion, abusing the court system for the sake of self-promotion.  

Rankin Democrat Welcomes Travis Childers Tonight

Please, no hate mail.  This is verbatim from the website.
When:  August 14, 2014 @ 6:00 pm -- 7:30 pm
Where: Brandon City Hall -- Buchanan Room, 1000 Municipal Drive
Cost:  $0.00
Rankin County Democrats are excited to announce a meet and greet event with our US Senate candidate Travis Childers. Congressman Childers will give some remarks and likely take a few questions. Come out and meet our soon-to-be US Senator!
This free event will be held Thursday, August 14, in Brandon City Hall. Doors will open at 5:30 pm. We will get underway at 6:00 pm. Brandon City Hall is located at 1000 Municipal Drive, Brandon, MS 39042. It is behind the Shell gas station on Highway 80 near the First Pentecostal Church.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Fixing Leak in the Dam

Curious about the work being conducted on the Rankin County side of the spillway dam?  The PRVWSD is fixing a leak in the dam.  According to the WAPT story:

Reservoir manager John Sigman said crews discovered the leak in the dam more than four years ago.
The leak in the dam, which is about 1,500 feet east of the spillway, had started to leave sand in the water and that is what concerned engineers. Left unattended, it could eventually start eroding the interior of the dam, causing big problems.

Check out the full story here.

The cost to fix the leak is $600,000.00.

Tri-County Chamber Tailgate

Have no interest in going to the PRVWSD Board meeting on Thursday, August 21 at the Palisades subdivision? Football, snacks, and trading business cards more your thing?  Head over to the Jackson Hilton from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. for the annual Tri-Chamber Tailgate.  Cash bar, door prizes, nachos and networking.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

PRVWSD August Board Meeting Notice

See below the notice of the PRVWSD Board of Directors Meeting for August.  The last time the PRVWSD held a Board of Directors Meeting after hours, it was well attended.  I hope this month's meeting will be the same.

Judge Emfinger Fundraiser at Table 100

Judge John Emfinger, Circuit Judge for the 20th Judicial District (Rankin and Madison) is running for re-election.  He drew an opponent, Judge John Shirley, Justice Court Judge, thus the need to raise funds.  The non-partisan election will take place along with the general election on November 4.

Rankin Chamber 2014 Business of the Year Nominations

The Rankin County Chamber of Commerce steadily promotes the growth and maintenance of business in Rankin County. One of the ways the Chamber recognizes successful businesses is through the Business of the Year awards, presented at the Chamber's Annual Banquet Luncheon.  The 2014 Annual Banquet takes place on September 23, 2014, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Clyde Muse Center of Hinds Community College-Rankin Campus.  Tickets are $35 a piece, or a reserved table is $600.  Below is the nomination form for the 2014 Business of the Year.  There are several categories to choose from.  I encourage you to nominate a deserving business.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Weather Warning

Issued by The National Weather Service
Jackson, MS

Mon, Aug 11, 2014, 11:56 AM CDT


Thursday, August 7, 2014

Costco Coming to Flowood?

The rumor on the street for quite some time has been that Costco was eyeing the Pinelands across from the Flowood Wal-mart for its first Mississippi location.  The Clarion Ledger confirmed the rumor today, noting, insofar as Flowood is concerned, Costco is looking at both the Pinelands and a Dogwood Festival location.  In addition, they are courting the City of Jackson, by considering Smith-Wills Stadium's current location.  

You can't imagine the Smith-Wills Stadium location will be attractive insofar as the stadium would have to be torn down.  Plus, I imagine the Flowood city council would be far easier to deal with than the City of Jackson's unpredictable one.  

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

This Week at the Rez

Email verbatim below:

·         Eli Manning jersey raffle: Football fans, especially those of the Ole Miss kind, and sports memorabilia enthusiasts will appreciate the latest raffle held by the Barnett Reservoir Foundation: An Eli Manning New York Giants Super Bowl XLVI jersey signed by Manning. Tickets are on sale now for  $5 each or 5 tickets for $20. The drawing will be held Aug. 28th at Kathryn’s Restaurant in Ridgeland at halftime of Ole Miss’ opening game against Boise State. Buy your tickets at any PRVWSD office, or visit

·         Draw archery hunts. Like to hunt deer with a bow and hate waking up early for a long pre-dawn drive to camp? The perfect answer for reservoir area residents would be a weekend of quality hunting experience within a few minutes of your front door. The PRVWSD is currently accepting applications for its second year of archery hunting below the dam (spillway) and in Sections M&N on the north shore of Pelahatchie Bay. All hunts are for four days, from Thursday morning through Sunday evening, with the exception of the final weekend, which is Wednesday to Saturday.  Each permit comes with a limit of one buck — with either a 15-inch inside spread or 18-inch main beam — and two antlerless deer (does). Permit holders can also bring one guest, who can also carry a bow and hunt. The application process began Oct. 1 and will continue through Aug. 14. It costs nothing to apply and applications are available at all PRVWSD offices or online at

·         More lands to hunt: Did you know that in addition to the approximately 1,100 acres open in the draw archery hunt, the PRVWSD has about 10,000 more acres open to hunting without permit. It’s true and the 2014-15 Hunting Regulations/Maps are available at any PRVWSD office location or online at

·         Resort Status vote Sept. 23: the Rankin County Board of Supervisors has set Sept. 23 as the voting date to consider the referendum for resort area status on the Rankin County properties of the PRVWSD. The Rankin County Community Center next door to the Reservoir Fire Station on Spillway Road will be the only polling station for this special election. Only voters registered in Rankin County who live on PRVWSD property will be allowed to vote.

·         Fishing news: The best fishing reports over the past week have involved jugging — using free-floating devices holding hook, line and bait — for catfish. “And it’s big fish, not just the little guys, that are biting,” said Tony Holeman of nearby Pisgah. “We’ve been filling a 125-quart sea chest with fish in about four hours at night.” Closed areas for jugging on Barnett Reservoir include the main lake, south of a line between the Twin Harbors bridge and Fannin Landing; Pelahatchie Bay, south and/or west of the boat channel to Spillway Road; any marked boating channels north of Mississippi Highway 43 to Ratliff Ferry; and, any waters within 100 yards of a public boat landing or sandbar.

·         For more information, visit us online at

9/11 Memorial Half Marathon Kids Fun Run

The annual 9/11 Memorial Half Marathon is coming September 7, 2014.  Changes have been made to the race to make it more popular, including moving the race to the morning time to avoid oppressive September heat.  You can sign up for the half marathon portion here.

The Kids Fun Run is seeing heavy involvement from the Flowood Rotary Club this year.  That run will be held at 10:30 a.m.  I couldn't find registration info at, so hang tight.  I'll update as more information comes in.

Rankin County Republicans Golf Tournament

The Rankin County Republican Party Executive Committee hosts their golf tournament September 25, 2014. This year they honor Rankin County's own, Lt. Governor, Tate Reeves.  Interested in playing or sponsoring, sign up below.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Rankin County BoS Resolution re Resort Status Vote

Care to get bogged down in the minutia of the Resort Status vote?  We have your Resolution from the Rankin County Board of Supervisors acknowledging receipt of certified votes, setting the election, location, etc.  Enjoy.