Wednesday, December 31, 2014

JFP New Year's Eve Guide.

These guys compile it better than I can.  Check out the Jackson Free Press's News Year's Eve Guide if you are looking to ring in the new year in style.  They have options for everyone, young and old.

Free Rides Home Tonight!

Mississippi Hospitality & Restaurant and AMR ambulance service are providing free rides home this evening.  I am thankful for this service and hope everyone stays safe this New Year's Eve!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

PSC Commissioner Posey Not Running for Reelection

Central District Mississippi Public Service Commissioner, Lynn Posey, will not seek reelection in 2015.  The Central District serves, in part, Rankin County.  State Representative Cecil Brown, a Democrat from Jackson, previously announced he was running for the position.  However, the Clarion Ledger reported two Reservoir area resident are considering a run as Republicans: Lee Yancey, a former State Senator for the Reservoir area, and Jason Cochran, son of former Public Service Commissioner, Neilson Cochran.  

2015 is shaping up to be a busy year for Reservoir politics.

New Year's Fun

Here are some of your local options:

Table 100 offers a pre-set, three course menu with wine pairings.  It's a surf and turf main course with "frozen local honey and cold drip coffee souffle".   

Bonny Blair's appears more lively.  From their Facebook page:  "The end of the year is here and we want to ring in the new year with you!  We have an awesome night planned for you. Come watch the State game on our big screen tv's, enjoy a variety of bottled and draft beers, $2.50 stadium cup domestic drafts ALL NIGHT, $5 appetizers and LIVE entertainment by DJ YOUNG VENOM and EMPTY ATLAS.  At midnight we will switch from a public event to a private party which is RSVP so message us on Facebook or call/text 601.540.6551 for the details. Get ready for the best New Years Eve Bash on the Rankin Rez!  $5 cover charge."

Mississippi Legends Grill is offering a Prime Rib or Fish Dinner with all you can drink for $60, plus live music by Jamie Mitchell, and a free ride home in the Reservoir area.  For Reservations, call Chris at 601.503.0451.

McB's Restaurant and Lounge offers Acoustic Crossroads, with a Champagne Toast at Midnight and breakfast thereafter.  $20 cover, and that includes a ride home in the "local area".

Do you have little ones that want to enjoy the fun?  Take them to the Mississippi Children's Museum for their Noon Year's Eve Celebration on December 31 at noon.  There will be a countdown, music and fun.  

Feel free to send me information about other events in the Reservoir area.  I don't discriminate.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Rez YMCA Polar Bear Jump

This New Year's Day, take the plunge for a good cause.  Weather forecast is (as it stands now) high 40's for 10 am with cloudy skies.  This ought to be good!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Local Man Saves a Life

This is the type of article I love to read all the time, but especially around Christmas.  Kate Royals of the Clarion Ledger tells of a Flowood teen who saved a man's life yesterday evening.

Johnny Taylor had no idea he would put some of the skills he learned in Army training to work when he came home for the holidays, but on Monday he found himself submerged in a small pond, desperately trying to help a man trapped inside his vehicle.

Read the rest of the article here.

Polarpalooza Fest for Special Olympics

Special Olympics Mississippi is hosting Polarpalooza Fest on February 14, 2015, at Madison Landing.  From the website:

Get freezin' for a reason at the festival with a cause!
The First Polarpalooza Featuring the Polar Plunge is coming! Thousands of Mississippians will make a pledge and take a frosty dip in the Ross Barnett Reservoir on Saturday, February 14, 2015, in honor of their favorite charity, Special Olympics Mississippi.
But this isn’t just another fundraising event. This is the premier event of the winter and the only major music festival in Central Mississippi. Featuring two-time Grammy® nominee headliners North Mississippi Allstars, rising blues star Jarekus Singleton and more, Polarpalooza is also an all-day concert with fun for the family, including a chili cookoff and much more right on Reservoir Landing in Ridgeland.

Event Info
What: Polarpalooza Featuring the Polar Bear Plunge
Bands: North Mississippi Allstars, Jarekus Singleton, Mustache The Band, Stogdaddy & the Good Time Band
When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, February 14, 2015
Where: Madison Landing on the Barnett Reservoir, Ridgeland, MS 
How to Buy Tickets
  • Spectator: Buy a General Admission ticket, sample chili and see the show for $40
  • Plunger: Take the Plunge, See the Show, Get the Shirt for just $75
  • Too Chicken to Plunge but want to donate? Get two admissions and one chicken hat for $150
  • Lovers' Leap: Take the Plunge with Your One, Get Two Shirts & Two Robes for $250
  • Chili Cookoff: Build a four-person Chilli Cookoff team for $400
  • Children Admission: We have special rates for kids 15 and under, including the Plunge!
Build a Team
Don't plunge alone! Challenge your friends, co-workers and family to take the plunge with you! When you register, create a team and get it started. You'll all take the plunge for Special Olympics Mississippi together. 
How to Fundraise
Plungers can hold their place for just $10, and pledge to raise the remaining $65 or more through outreach to friends, family, co-workers and more. See you at Polarpalooza! 
There is also a Facebook Page.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Christmas Kayak

Members of the Central Mississippi Paddling Mafia took to the water Saturday evening for an impromptu lighted kayak parade.  Pictures posted to the Mafia's Facebook Page indicate a good time was had by all.  Take a look and relish the fact many are enjoying the beautiful resources we live near.  Merry Christmas, folks.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

This Week at the Rez -- Date Corrected to Prevent Amorite Invasion

·        Holiday Schedule for PRVWSD
The Governor has revised the state holiday schedule and the PRVWSD will now be closed on Thursday, December 25th and Friday, December 26th for the Christmas Holiday.
·        Consumer Warning
We have become aware that PRVWSD residents are receiving letters from a repair management corporation offering to insure buried water lines. 
The PRVWSD has no relationship with any such vendor and does not authorize or endorse this service. 

·        BASS to help The Rez celebrate 50th year

In 2015, Barnett Reservoir will celebrate its 50th year of impoundment.  The lake was filled in 1965 and immediately became a bass fishing destination.  Two years later in 1967, a young salesman from Alabama in Jackson for business — and some recreation with old friends — fished on The Rez.  That night, after dinner at Crechale's Restaurant on Highway 80, Ray Scott came up with the idea of tournament bass fishing on a regional scale, with grass roots appeal that could build the sport and industry. Thus was born the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society.  It's only fitting then that BASS will help celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Rez, kicking off its Central Division Open series at the Madison Landing March 12-14. 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Big Man at Winner's Circle Park

The City of Flowood is a generous host for Santa Claus.  Practically all Winter, Winner's Circle Park is the scene for "Christmas in the Park".  The Park is filled with Christmas lights, children, and laughter.  Some days, the Big Man himself makes an appearance!  

Santa will be at Winner's Circle Park tonight through the 20th between 5:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.(according to the City of Flowood's website).  After that, he's strictly in the toy making business. 

Monday, December 15, 2014

MS Blood Services to be at University Physicians (Grants Ferry) on Wednesday

From a friend:

MS Blood Services bus will be at the University Physicians Grants Ferry Parking Lot on Wednesday, December 17, between 10 am and 3 pm.  Everyone is welcome to drop by and donate. 

Blood donations are always needed to directly help the people of our community.  My son Andrew is doing well, but he occasionally needs blood products to support him during his treatment for leukemia.  The Children’s Cancer Clinic at Batson receives all of its blood products from MS Blood Services. 

Your donation can help save a life.   Consider coming out to donate.  It usually takes around 30 minutes.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Revamped Website for Rankin County

Check out the new and improved official website for Rankin County, Mississippi.  It received a facelift and it's much easier to maneuver and find information.  I assume it is still a work in progress. They only list 10 employees and only two phone numbers in their "Staff Directory".

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Brandon Head FB Coach Leaves for Madison Central

Tangentially appropriate to the Reservoir (it is a rival, and his cousin is the head ball coach at NWR). Brad Peterson, Head Football Coach at Brandon will replace legend Bobby Hall at Madison Central High School.  See the Clarion Ledger's story, here.  Peterson was 50-18 at Brandon.

Chief Dewitt's Retirement Party

As reported earlier, Chief Johnny Dewitt retires as top cop at the Flowood Police Department at the end of the year.  If so inclined, you are invited to attend a "come-and-go" retirement party at the G. Chastaine Memorial (Flowood) Library on Friday, December 19, 2014, between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.  The celebration is sponsored by the Flowood Chamber, and they are requesting you RSVP to 601.932.8007 (but that seems a bit much for a come-and-go).  

Polar Express at the Flowood Nature Park

The City of Flowood again hosts a special "Movie-n-Moonlight" this year at the Nature Park and Fitness Trail on Flowood Drive.  The City will show Polar Express on Thursday, December 18, 2014. The film will begin at dusk.  Bring your blankets and pack your supper.  Hot cocoa will be served, courtesy of the City and Renasant Bank.  Last year, over 300 folks attended this showing, so come early to claim your spot

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Wounded Bald Eagle Found Near Reservoir- UPDATED - Jackson, MS

*UPDATE -- Feds offering $2,500 reward for info leading to the arrest of the

There is a real winner out there somewhere, having shot the protected symbol of America.

Excerpts from's account:

RANKIN COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -On Sunday, a man hunting at the Three Prong Hunting Club, in Sand Hill, found two bald eagles sitting on the ground.
The men called local authorities, including the Mississippi Department of Wildlife and a local animal rehab group to get some help.
While trying to help the eagle with blood on its head, the other managed to fly away. 
The eagle was rushed to North Jackson Animal Hospital where it's being treated by Dr. Adrian Whittington and his staff.

"No one should be shooting an eagle under any circumstances," said Whittington. "I can't think of a reason why you would shoot a bird like that." 
Dr. Whittington says X-rays of the bird revealed several shotgun pellets lodged in his skin, but it's not known if those injuries are new or are old. What is certain is the bird refuses to fly.
Doctors have begun giving the bird medicine, and food, and plan to begin the rehabilitation process.
"Get him eating first, then once we feel comfortable with that we'll start flight conditioning," said Dr. Whittington. "That's where we get this bird in a position where he can fly 20 feet.  Then once were sure of that, at that point and time we'll consider releasing the bird."

If you have any information that can help, please contact the Mississippi Department of Wildlife.

PRVWSD December Board Meeting

The various committees of the PRVWSD Board of Directors meet this coming week in preparation for December's full Board meeting.  That full meeting will be Thursday, December 18, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at PRVWSD headquarters in Ridgeland.

Parks Policy Committee meets 12/16 at 3:00 p.m.
Shoreline Development and Environmental Quality Committee meets 12/16 at 3:30 p.m.
Executive Committee meets 12/18 at 9:30 a.m.
Audit Committee meets 12/18 at 10:00 a.m.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Mobile Home off Northshore Causeway

So, this has sparked just a bit of controversy; let's open the discussion on it.  The other day, the PRVWSD began installing the Assistant Manager's residence at Timberlake Campground.  The current Manager's residence is being torn down to make way for additional pads.  Take a gander at the pictures below.

First, let's get the devil's advocate/tough love stuff out of the way:

1.  This isn't something the PRVWSD sprung out of nowhere.  For months, there have been lengthy discussions held, including the exact model of the home, location, and time of construction, at PRVWSD Board Meetings.  Objections could have been made to the Board of Directors by the public at those times.

2.  It doesn't look at worse than some of the jalopies not fit for the junk yard already taking up permanent residence on the border of Northshore Causeway in this campground.

3.  I haven't seen the plans, but I've been told significant landscaping will be taking place to provide a buffer from Northshore Parkway.

4.  There is an existing campground/trailer park, a storage rental business, and apartment complex right there together.  With that zoning combination, stuff like this is bound to happen.

5.  The PRVWSD makes too much money on these campgrounds to roll over.  That is why they wanted to expand over into Lakeshore Park last year.  That is why they are expanding within the existing Timberlake Campground now. And this won't be the end of it.

All that being said, this is not a move I recommend the PRVWSD make.  The PRVWSD should be doing everything it possibly can to remove existing eyesores and improve the aesthetics.  We are blessed with the most beautiful view in the Jackson Metro area.  We should be exploiting that, not smearing it.  

And another thing, keep in mind this is a product of your "new and improved" PRVWSD Board of Directors, which includes a higher number of leaseholders.  Your concerns need to be directed to them.  They voted for it unanimously.  See June 2014 minutes; all in favor.  See March 2014; all in favor.

More pictures below.

News on Numerous Coming Soons

Reader, Chris Merck was kind enough to post pictures on The Rez News Blog's Twitterfeed (@thereznewsblog) of the ongoing construction at Turtle Creek Point Park:

An the soon to be opened, Revell Ace Hardware:

He also mentioned Smokehouse Barbecue is coming to the old Pizza Hut/Spill Grill location.  I also heard a rumor Mugshots was building a location across the Spillway in Ridgeland, close to Buffalo Wild Wings.  

And, about that Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen.  View the menu here.  

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Winner's Circle Park Grand Lighting Tonight!!!!

Remember folks, the City of Flowood's Grand Lighting of the (Winner's Circle) Park and Chili Cook Off is tonight!  Get there around 5:30 p.m., if not earlier.  Santa, train rides, hot cocoa, and community.

Sponsored by the City of Flowood and Flowood Chamber of Commerce.  

Turtle Point Nature Trail

In comments to a post below, Chris Merck identified several new businesses or parks coming to the Reservoir area.  One of those was the Turtle Point Nature Trail.  For those unfamiliar with the park and kayak launch being built between Turtle Creek and Forest Point Subdivisions, see our old posts here and here.  Keep the Rez Beautiful has worked hard on this.  Much of the credit goes to them. Anyone know a tentative opening date?  I haven't heard.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Opening at the Old Cheddar's Location is . . .

. . . Cheddar's.  Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen, actually.  New management, and new branding set to highlight the "made from scratch" food.

Jingle Bell Market This Saturday at Trustmark Park

This Week at the Rez

·        Holiday Schedule for PRVWSD
The PRVWSD will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday, December 24th and 25th for the Christmas Holiday and again on Thursday and Friday, January 1st and 2nd for the New Year’s Holiday.   We wish a happy and safe holiday season for all.
·        New Assistant Campground Manager’s Residence
The new residence for the Assistant Campground Manager at Timberlake Campground is entering the final stages of setup.  The new residence is located on the northeast side of the campground and will include a garage structure, landscaping and fencing.  When setup is complete, work will begin to demolish the old manager’s home.

·        Fishing Fever
It's not yet winter, but fishermen are already suffering withdrawals — well, at least most are. Others have taken advantage of the recent warm spell to get in a few hours of action. "Anytime you have a three- or four-day warm stretch between cold spells, you can expect to see an increase in bass activity," said Pete Ponds, a pro angler from Gluckstadt. "They sense the opportunity to feed and they will move shallow to take advantage. The key in the late fall or winter is finding shallow feeding areas adjacent to, and I mean extremely close to, deep water. Pad stems along the river channel or near a creek channel on the main lake are a good place to go look." Crappie fishermen need to find deep water and use electronics to located big schools of suspended fish, either shad on which crappie feed or the crappie themselves. The old lake beds in the main lake, like Three Prong, Long Lake, Oil Well Woods and Saddle Bags are good places to look, but most fishermen just start at the Highway 43 Bridge and the bridge on Northshore Parkway, both of which form funnels and offer standing structure to hold fish.

·        Hunting Opportunities

With deer and duck seasons open, Barnett Reservoir offers sportsmen a perfect opportunity for some isolated hunting adventures. About 10,000 acres of Pearl River Valley Water Supply District property are open to hunting, including backwater areas that are extremely attractive to waterfowl. Thanks to two Arctic cold blasts, the duck migration was early this year and ducks are more plentiful than usual for December. Of course, it’s deer season, too, and PRVWSD has a lot of ideal habitat, especially along the upper river area. Hardy sportsmen with access to a boat can find plenty of open space to chase their game of choice. Maps and regulations are available at all PRVWSD offices and campgrounds, as well as online at

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Baker Not Running for AG

State Representative Mark Baker confirmed on the Paul Gallo show this morning he is running for re-election to the State House in 2015.  Mark's district encompasses portions of the Reservoir.  Mark is Chairman of House Judiciary Committee A, a powerful position.  It's good to have that kind of stick in our corner.

Flowood Police Chief Resigns

Flowood Police Chief Johnny Dewitt resigned yesterday during the Board of Aldermen meeting. Chief Dewitt will finish out the year before taking a job in the private sector.  Dewitt has served as Police Chief for Flowood for the past 14 years.  I'd have to say "job well done."  The difference in crime between Flowood and Jackson, with only a river separating us, is marked.  Thank you for keeping Flowood secure, Chief.  

Ag Museum is Back Open

The Ag Museum is back open!  Let the recent fire be the spark that draws you back this Christmas holiday.  Sadly, Country Christmas, the annual event held at the Ag Museum, will not be held this year.  That's a shame.  I imagine visitors would have swarmed the Museum.  I would link to the Christmas hours, but I don't believe the MDAC website is functioning this morning.

Monday, December 1, 2014

M-Braves Celebrate Cyber Monday

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves Fundraising in His Backyard

Rankin County's own, Lt. Governor Tate Reeves, is hosting a fundraiser at Buddy and Joni McClain's home on December 8.  Just counting up the names on the invite, he's already raised $48,000.