Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Oral Arguments in PRVWSD v. Baker et al. Today

This morning, the Mississippi Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District v. Bobby Baker et al. case. This case concerns whether the PRVWSD has the obligation to enjoin ongoing erosion of residential lots due to defective seawall. If you are unfamiliar, you can learn more about that case here. It was an interesting oral argument. I will post video of it once archived by MC Law School.

Register to Vote Before Oct. 5

November 4th is election day.  Mississippians go to the polls to elect one of our two U.S. Senators. Per the U.S. Constitution, each state, regardless of population, receives the representation of two Senators. That, thankfully, puts Mississippi on even footing with other states like Texas, New York, Massachusetts, and California. 

Also important, especially in the Senate, is seniority.  Mississippi enjoys the seniority of Senator Thad Cochran, who ranks third only behind Democrat Patrick Leahy and fellow Republican Orrin Hatch in service longevity. Senator Cochran is the ranking member of the Senate Agriculture Committee and, if the Republicans take control of the Senate as predicted, will be Senate Appropriations Chair. Senator Cochran's Democrat opponent couldn't make it past one full term in the U.S. House of Representatives.

We have a distinct choice when we go to the polls on November 4.  If you are not registered to vote, I encourage you to, but you must do so thirty days before the general election, i.e., before 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 4. Don't delay, go to the Circuit Clerk's office as soon as possible and register.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Reservoir Area Supervisor Resigns

Wood Brown, the Rankin County Supervisor for District 2 (Reservoir Area) resigned this morning. I'll keep you updated on the latest (replacements, etc.).

As Seen on Hole No. 11 . . .

. . . at the Rankin County GOP Golf Tournament.

I'm not aware Larry was planning to retire.  This will make for an interesting election year in Rankin County.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

PRVWSD's October Board Meeting-CANCELLED


The PRVWSD recently issued a press release stating it will have a special Board of Director's Meeting on Tuesday, October 7, 2014, at the town center of Lost Rabbit Subdivision.  This meeting will take place at 6 p.m., and is for the purpose of discussing with the current homeowners the future direction of the Lost Rabbit development.

The Lake Harbor VFD Haunted House is Back and Better Than Ever!!

From the Lake Harbor VFD:

The Lake Harbor Volunteer Fire Department will host their 14th annual HAUNTED HOUSE on Friday, October 24th, Saturday, October 25th, Friday, October 31st, and Saturday, November 1st, 2014. Each night the hours will be from dark until the last person walks through. Admission will be $5.00 per person with NO refunds. The concession stand will also be open for food and beverages. This year we will host our 1st ever costume contest for all ages. The contest will take place on October 31st only. You will be automatically entered upon purchasing a ticket. The winner will take home a $25 Kroger gas card. You may find contact information, directions and more information on our Facebook page under LHFD Haunted House or Lake Harbor FD. Grab your family and friends and come see us for a spooktacular time!!!

Resort Status Barely Passes

Actually overwhelmingly.  Unofficial count 1283 for, and 223 against, plus 30 affidavits to be counted today.  That's 84%.

As Marshall Ramsay noted on Twitter, "There shall be more drankin' in Rankin. Reservoir resort bill passes with over 80% of the vote."

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Resort Status Vote Today

Today is the one and only day to vote on Resort Status on PRVWSD lands. The poll is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today at the Reservoir Community Center next to the Reservoir Fire Department on Spillway Road. 

I've seen plenty of signs in support of Resort Status up on PRVWSD lands.  I also saw one protester at the Spillway/Old Fannin Road intersection yesterday during rush hour.  Poor guy needed a more legible sign.  

This is as good a day as any to break out the Soggy Sweat "If by whiskey" speech:

"My friends, I had not intended to discuss this controversial subject at this particular time. However, I want you to know that I do not shun controversy. On the contrary, I will take a stand on any issue at any time, regardless of how fraught with controversy it might be. You have asked me how I feel about whiskey. All right, here is how I feel about whiskey:
If when you say whiskey you mean the devil's brew, the poison scourge, the bloody monster, that defiles innocence, dethrones reason, destroys the home, creates misery and poverty, yea, literally takes the bread from the mouths of little children; if you mean the evil drink that topples the Christian man and woman from the pinnacle of righteous, gracious living into the bottomless pit of degradation, and despair, and shame and helplessness, and hopelessness, then certainly I am against it.
But, if when you say whiskey you mean the oil of conversation, the philosophic wine, the ale that is consumed when good fellows get together, that puts a song in their hearts and laughter on their lips, and the warm glow of contentment in their eyes; if you mean Christmas cheer; if you mean the stimulating drink that puts the spring in the old gentleman's step on a frosty, crispy morning; if you mean the drink which enables a man to magnify his joy, and his happiness, and to forget, if only for a little while, life's great tragedies, and heartaches, and sorrows; if you mean that drink, the sale of which pours into our treasuries untold millions of dollars, which are used to provide tender care for our little crippled children, our blind, our deaf, our dumb, our pitiful aged and infirm; to build highways and hospitals and schools, then certainly I am for it.
This is my stand. I will not retreat from it. I will not compromise."

Noah S. "Soggy" Sweat, Miss. State Rep., Judge, and Law Professor, from a speech delivered on the state legislature floor in 1952.

Monday, September 22, 2014

NWR Boasts 8 National Merit Semi-Finalists

Above is the list of Mississippi's National Merit Semifinalists. Eight from NWR; one from Brandon; two from Pearl; nine from Prep; none from Ridgeland High.

Smokin on the Rez Upcoming

Gator Bait and LatinFest are over.  There are still a number of big events left at the Reservoir this year, including the Arts and Crafts Festival, a few races, and Rez YMCA Polar Bear Jump. However, next on the agenda is the Smokin' on the Rez.  

Every bit of the skinny on the Smokin' on the Rez can be found here.  This is the second year for this festival.  It is put on by the Barnett Reservoir Foundation, and the proceeds fund the Foundation's numerous activities throughout the year (like the Independence Day fireworks).  It takes place October 24 and 25 at Old Trace Park, on the Ridgeland side of things.  Two days of serious-business bbq smoking (it's a Memphis in May qualifier), music, and more.  Lo Cash Cowboys and Hanalena headline the music fest.  

Bobby Cleveland, spokesman for the festival, is speaking to the Flowood Rotary Club on September 30, at Table 100 at noon, about the Festival.  You are invited to come and listen.  

Friday, September 19, 2014

Resort Status Vote. Every Vote Counts!

The vote for the PRVWSD Resort Status is Tuesday, September 23.  As seen by the banner above, the Barnett Reservoir Foundation encourages you to vote for it.  Here is all you need to know about the vote:

There is only one polling place: the Reservoir Community Center on Spillway Road.  It shares a parking lot with the Reservoir Fire Department, Reservoir Branch Library, and Botanical Garden Trail.

The polls open at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, September 23, and close at 7 p.m. that same day.

Only individuals who live on PRVWSD leasehold land are eligible to vote.  Everyone else, your fate rests with the leaseholders.  If you aren't sure whether you live on leasehold property or not, consult this map.

If you have any doubt whether your vote will count, read this article from Pontotoc, Mississippi, about a recent liquor vote.  No matter where you fall on this issue, your vote counts.

Majority wins.

That's all you need to know.  If there are other things you want to know, read the FAQ section on the Gator Tales at this post.  There, you will find answers to such questions as:  Does this mean there will be a liquor store on every corner? (the answer to that is there will continue to be no liquor stores on any corner).

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

This Week at the Rez

Here it is, straight from the PRVWSD office:

This week at the REZ:

·               Rankin Resort Area vote on Sept. 23   Registered voters of Rankin County who live on PRVWSD property will decide on Sept. 23 if the District’s lands in their county will have Resort Area status. Only one polling place will be used, the Rankin Reservoir Community Center at 2232 Spillway Road, and it will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Absentee votes can be cast prior to Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Rankin County Circuit Clerk’s office in Brandon.

·               The Gator Bait Race will take place at Pelahatchie Shore Park on Saturday Morning September 20th.  Join the 5.5 mile kayak race in Pelahatchie Bay.  For more information on the kayak event and the Gator Bait Paddlers organization, visit: www.gatorbaitrace.com

·               LatinFest 2014 will take place at Old Trace Park on September 20th at noon.  For more information on the event visit: http://lisette.co/LatinFest/

Gator Bait This Weekend!

The Gator Bait Race is this weekend! All the information you need to know is at their website. Don't know about the Gator Bait? It's a 5.5 mile paddle race around Pelahatchie Bay.  It's a big deal, lots of participants, lots of fun, doing lots of good for the Reservoir.

Friday, September 12, 2014

2014 Chamber Business Expo Coming Soon

Registration Form for businesses below the jump

Hilton Garden Inn Ground Breaking

Remember when there used to be only the Sleep Inn at the Airport and Lakeland intersection?  Now, we have a Hampton Inn, Comfort Suites, Holiday Inn Express, and Candlewood Suites to go along with that.

And today, there is a groundbreaking for the Hilton Garden Inn at 9:30 a.m., in front of the Flowood Chamber office.

The face of Flowood has sure changed with the addition of Dogwood Marketplace.

Gator Tales Has FAQ on Resort Status Vote

The latest edition of Gator Tales has plenty of information concerning upcoming events at the Rez, including Latin Fest at Old Trace Park, the Resort Status vote, and Smokin' on the Rez. Particularly helpful might be the Frequently Asked Questions section, which also ran in this week's Rankin Record.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Rankin Chancellors Flex Their Muscles

As reported in the Clarion Ledger, on September 9, 2014, the Rankin County Chancery Judges issued an Emergency Order (published below) whereby they directed the Rankin County Board of Supervisors to erect a new Chancery Courthouse.  Today, they amended the order (also below the jump) to remove language calling the decision to allocate $5 Million in public funds to the construction of a convention center in Flowood "repugnant".

Here is the only commentary I have:  As a Rankin County practitioner, we are well beyond the point where it is necessary for this County to build a new Chancery Courthouse. The Chancellors are in an even better position than I to hold this opinion. I imagine the only reason they would issue this opinion is if things are at the breaking point. I look forward to seeing the response from the Supervisors. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Bonny Blair's Makes a Bold Move

Bonny Blair's went smoke-free as of September 8. I don't mind saying it, good for them.

From their Facebook page:

So far, in the comments section of their Facebook page, only one person had rather stop patronizing Bonny Blair's altogether than step outside to smoke. The rest of the comments have been positive. What say you?

This Week at the Rez Email

This week's email from PRVWSD.  A lot of good stuff here:

Parks closed on Saturday
Both Lakeshore Park in Rankin County and Old Trace Park in Ridgeland will be closed to the public Saturday, Sept. 13. In addition, the walking trail through Old Trace Park will close at 10 a.m. on Saturday. The parks, which have been reserved for a private function, will reopen to the public on Sunday at the regular time.

Rankin Resort Area vote on Sept. 23
Registered voters of Rankin County who live on PRVWSD property will decide on Sept. 23 if the District’s lands in their county will have Resort Area status. Only one polling place will be used, the Rankin Reservoir Community Center at 2232 Spillway Road, and it will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Absentee votes can be cast prior to Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Rankin County Circuit Clerk’s office in Brandon.

Smokin’ music lineup set
The 2nd annual Smokin’ on The Rez BBQ and Music Festival will be held Oct. 24-25 at Old Trace Park in Ridgeland. In addition to the Memphis BBQ Network-sanctioned cooking contest, the music lineup on the ComCast stage is sure to please all tastes.   Friday night’s show is a combination of blues and rock, kicking off with DoubleShotz opens at 5 p.m., followed at 7 p.m. by Mr. Sipp, the “Mississippi Blues Child” and winner of the 2014 Memphis International Blues competition.   Saturday’s lineup starts with local groups Stogdaddy and the Good Time Band at 11 a.m.; Bill Ellison, Temperance Babcock and Jeff Perkins at 1 p.m.; and, Acoustic Crossroads at 3. Two Nashville-based groups will close the show. HanaLena, which features a pair of Starkville native sisters, will take the stage at 5:30 and the LoCash Cowboys will give the crowd a contemporary country musical feast beginning at 7:30.

Notice of Bike Trail Closing

The Mule Jail Bike Trail will be closed from October 1st, 2014 until January 31st, 2015, which is the end of archery season.  

New Visitors to Lakeshore Park

Below is a video taken at Lakeshore Park at the Rez on or about September 8.  Enjoy that new sand beach.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Keep the Rez Beautiful at Flowood Rotary

The Flowood Rotary Club meets every Tuesday at noon at Table 100.  Each week, they have a speaker, usually someone from the community.  This week, Jeannine May, Executive Director of Keep the Rez Beautiful, is our speaker.  You are invited as my guest to join us.  Free lunch at Table 100; what's not to like.  

I've said it on here numerous times, and I'll say it again: I have the utmost respect for KRB as a volunteer run, community-based service organization.  KRB is active, successful, and relentless in its stride toward its goal. KRB is a model for other service organizations.  Anyone interested in the beautification of our community should be interested in KRB.  

Monday, September 8, 2014

9/11 Memorial Half Marathon in the Books for 2014

Outstanding 9/11 Memorial Half Marathon.  Stinky Feet, the Rez FD, the planning committee, and numerous volunteers put on a great event.  The weather was good, and the time change from an afternoon jog to a morning run worked out.  Good job all!  Photos of the event are being posted by Stinky Feet Athletics at their Facebook page, here.

Outback Steakhouse Ribbon Cutting

Outback Steakhouse officially opens today with a ribbon cutting at 10:45 a.m.  I believe a portion of proceeds from today benefits Blair E. Batson Children's Hospital.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Lane Closure Notice for This Weekend on Northshore Parkway

See Notice below concerning a lane closure on Northshore Parkway this Saturday.  Also, keep in mind the 9/11 Memorial Half Marathon is taking place Sunday morning.  That will cause some delays, I imagine, too.
PRVWSD Media Notice Lane Closure - NorthShore Sept62014

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Share Coffee With Senator Kirby

Construction Ongoing in Farmington Station

A drive through Farmington Station subdivision indicates construction on both ends. Most recently, a developer began the process of deforesting the West end of Farmington Boulevard (pics above), to make way for fifty new houses, 2400 square foot minimum. Meanwhile, on the East end, a rouge lynx (in Amite County, they call them souped up wildcats) had to be mercifully put out of its misery on Labor Day after being hit by a car on Hugh Ward. If any of you heard a gunshot, that's what that was. 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Special Car Tag to "Stop Child Abuse"

Kind of hard not to get behind this effort.  From a friend:

Good morning!

I serve on The Mississippi Children's Trust Fund which was created by the Mississippi Legislature in 1989 to encourage and provide financial assistance in helping prevent child abuse and neglect.

We have an initiative going right now that many can help us with. We're pre-selling car tags to help us with our child abuse prevention efforts throughout Mississippi. For only $31, you can get the attached car tag and
$24 of the purchase will go to helping our preventative efforts!

We must pre-sell 300 by October 15, 2014 in order for production to begin.
Please help us meet our goal, so we can help these precious children of our state!

If you've seen the ads on TV or billboards, or heard the radio spots about leaving children in hot cars, that's just one of the efforts we've taken on to help raise awareness. There is so much more we do to help children in need throughout our state, and this money will go a long way toward all of those positive programs!

It's so simple if you're willing. Simply fill out the attached Application and return. If we sell 300, then you're in the mix. If not, then you're money is returned to you.

Mississippi's Second Amendment Weekend Holiday

Friday marks the beginning of Mississippi's inaugural sportsman's sales tax holiday.  From Friday, September 5, through Sunday the 7th, certain hunting items will be sales tax free (so, basically, an additional 7% off). Before you head in to Discount Hunting and Fishing or Academy Sports, you may want to brush up on the specific items not included in this bonanza. According to Senate Bill 2425, signed into law by the Governor during the 2014 legislative session, only "firearms, ammunition, . . . archery equipment, firearm and archery cases, firearm and archery accessories, hearing protection, holsters, belts, and slings" are tax free. While this includes obvious items like guns, bullets, and targets, this does not include many items normally considered hunting accessories like game cameras, game calls, tree stands, or camouflage clothing. Below, I've posted the Official, Handy-Dandy Guide to Mississippi's Second Amendment Holiday and Hootinanny, as published by the Mississippi Department of Revenue. Below that is the wording of the actual law, in case any of you want to argue with your local retailer that a gun cabinet (you're paying sales tax on that) is the same as a gun case (tax free).

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Wine Tasting Social

The Last of Labor Day

Even a lawyer can take a decent picture once God decorates the palate.  I hope everyone had a memorable Labor Day.

Bird Feeders Accidentally Deemed Illegal

Brian Broom, of the Clarion Ledger's, careful review of a recent law change provided Mississippi with new acclaim:  The website watchdog.org bestowed Mississippi with the "Nanny State of the Week" award after the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks promulgated new wildlife feeding regulations that prohibit supplemental feeding within 100 yards of your house.  While this was aimed primarily at deer feeders, the unintended consequence of the plain language of the regulation was banning backyard bird feeders.  Never fear, domestic ornithologists, the Department intends to correct the oversight in poor language.  Until then, pray you don't find Barney Fife prowling through your bushes with his ticket book in hand.