Friday, February 28, 2014

Nuisance Properties Being Dealt With

Prior to the Board meeting yesterday, the Planning Commission of the Office of Community Development met.  The agenda is provided below.  As you can see, the vast majority of the meeting focused on various nuisance properties around the County, including a number of them in the Reservoir area.  Some of the owners of the property showed at the meeting, most did not.  Those that showed indicated repairs were on the way.  Those that did not will be referred to the Justice Court.  


Goat Killed

So, someone killed one of the goats on goat island.  Nice.

Story from WJTV below.

WJTV News Channel 12


For almost a decade two goats have called an island on the Ross Barnett Reservoir their home.

Authorities never officially approved their presence but since there's never been any trouble - they stayed.

But now one of the goats is dead and a child is accused in the killing.

"I was saddened by it because it takes away from all that the reservoir has to offer. A little piece is gone and it made me mad that parents don't watch their kids this close to allow them to do this," Chris Campbell, President of the Forest Pointe Homeowners Association, said.

The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District (PRVWSD) confirms the case is now in the hands of the courts - specifically the Madison County Youth Court.


See the full WJTV story, here.  Link to the video, here.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Rankin County Board of Supervisors Meeting

Agenda to the Rankin County Board of Supervisors Meeting is attached below.  Item of note, expect your quarterly garbage collection bill to increase $8 beginning July 1, 2014.  For seniors, that will only be an additional $4.


9/11 Memorial Half Marathon Planning Committee



Yesterday, the planning committee for the 9/11 Memorial Half Marathon met for the first time this year.  This is my third year to sit on this committee.  It is an honor, though I (admittedly) offer little more than elbow grease on race day and a random idea here or there. The others on this committee -- Dr. David Seago, Amanda Fontaine, Larry/Josh Swales, Cindy Ford, Bridget Hallett, and others -- offer far more by way of passion, connections, and intelligence.  

We all here at the Reservoir have seen this event evolve from a few firefighters running the loop around Pelahatchie Bay in silent tribute to fallen comrades, to a full-fledged half-marathon.  Every year, it grows into something bigger and better, while maintaining at it's core the initial vision -- honoring those who lost their life on September 11, 2001.  

Changes made this year are significant.  The race will be moved to the morning, to offer reprieve from the mid-September sun and to encourage participation. Emphasis will be placed on building the crowd at the finish line when the firefighters conclude.  Oh, and no cannon.  Other improvements are in the works.  I'll keep you updated. 

Mark your calendar now for September 7, 2014.  And dust off those running shoes.  

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Six Total in the District 4 Constable Race

I earlier posted about this race here.  That was only 19 days ago.  Since then, three more men qualified to run for the District 4 Constable position vacated by Tim Gardner.  The first to qualify were Gary Windham, Fred Lovett, II, and Charles Lindsey.  In addition, Rodney Hale, Sandy Sanders and Ken Steverson threw their name on the slab.  The qualifying deadline is March 1.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Jackson Mayor Dies

Mayor Chockwe Lumumba passed on this afternoon.  Below are links to various news reports:

Clarion Ledger front page.
WAPT
WLBT
WJTV
Jackson Jambalaya
Jackson Free Press

Jackson Jambalaya has this post concerning mayoral succession



Proposed Camping Regulations

As part of its campaign on all that is unsightly upriver, the PRVWSD issued the below, proposed camping regulations.  Among the proposed changes, the PRVWSD expands upon the definition of primitive camping, limits trips to ten days, prohibits permanent structures, and requires a camping permit (free) to be obtained. One interesting proposed rule is camping on PRVWSD property upriver of Highway 43 is prohibited unless it is within sight of the Pearl River.

Color Me Rad



Road races have grown in popularity since I started running in 2002.  Part of the evolution has come from what I call "gimmick races" like mud runs, zombie runs, and color runs.  I'm all for it if it helps increase the money raised for charitable causes.  Warrior Dash, one of the most popular in the Jackson area, for example, supports St. Jude.

March 22 is the Color Me Rad run in Fondren.  Color Me Rad partners with the Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah festivities and their primary charity, Blair E. Batson.  From their website:

If you're allergic to the metric system, corn starch, or unbridled joy, you'd probably be more comfortable watching Matlock than at the starting blocks of this color-filled 5k. 
But if you're itching for a great time and not from a bad case of diaper rash, Color Me Rad is the run for you.
By intelligent design or evolution, man was meant to run for one thing and one thing only: to stay alive. Pamplona was the first real race organized for what running should be: running from stuff that's going to kill, gore, or maim you.
Luckily, we've evolved to where we only hunt for attractive potential mates, we only gather for extreme couponing, and we only run to benefit charities and our cardiovascular system.
So quit lollygagging and join us for the race that's been ruining all other 5Ks since 2012 at Color Me Rad.
Color Me Rad: gluten-free running since 2012 (all previous years were full of gluten).

Capitol Prayer and Ministry Foundation, LLC

We all need prayer and support.  Our state legislators and elected officials are certainly not exempt; some may argue they are especially in need of it.  The Capitol Prayer and Ministry Foundation, LLC, was created in 2013 precisely for that purpose.  Their big legislative lunch is this Thursday in the Fellowship Hall at Galloway United Methodist Church.  The cost is free and open to the public, they simply ask for you to RSVP to kparker@senate.ms.gov.    

Monday, February 24, 2014

We Are Not Done With Winter Weather Yet

Prepare for Wednesday.  Thirty percent chance of rain, winds 16 MPH, low of 24 degrees.


Saturday, February 22, 2014

Favorite Rez Restaurant

I want to know your favorite restaurant on PRVWSD property, or otherwise within a five iron to the water.  Flowood restaurants don't count; though Ridgeland ones necessarily will since the city limits abut the water.  National chains don't count either, so nobody say "Spillway Subway".  Less than I thought to choose from, links to just a few, below.  Let me know what I missed:

Cock of the Walk
Shuckers
Tommy's Trading Post
Pelahatchie Bay Trading Post
Pelican Cove Grill
Sway's Bistro
Fresh Market Cafe
Jumbo
B's Cafe
Little Saigon
Little Willie's BBQ
Smokehouse BBQ
Jackson Yacht Club
Fernando's Mexico City Dining

Friday, February 21, 2014

Another Save the Date

The City of Flowood's 10th Annual Arts and Crafts Fair will be April 26.  This is held in what is called the "Market Street Garden" in front of J.C. Penney's.  The City is expected 90 vendors to sell their handcrafted items.  Non-handcrafted items can hit the road.  Cost of a booth is $50 if you register before April 11; thereafter, registration increases.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Jackson Prep Garage Sale

Jackson Prep is having their big garage sale Saturday, March 1.  Early bird doors open at 5 a.m.  That will cost you $5.  Regular admission begins at 7 a.m.  That is free.  The party lasts until 11 a.m.

Bluegrass Music Fest at Roosevelt State Park

Roosevelt State Park hosts the Blue Grass, Gospel, and Country Music Festival February 27 through March 1, 2014.  The festival will take place at the Livingston Performing Arts Venue there in the park.  It's near impossible to find information about it online, but I did find where these guys were playing.  Looks like a lot of fun.  


Jungle Jack Hanna Coming to Jackson

Frequent readers of this Blog know that sometimes I like to report interesting information from outside our Reservoir community.  Usually, it is simply interesting to me.  The Jackson Zoo is one of those things I like to keep in the minds of the readers.  This is mainly because I got so much enjoyment from the Zoo growing up, and I see that joy when I take my own children there.  Without question, the Jackson Zoo has issues, not the least of which are its continued existence.  One thing is for sure, though; it is not going down without a fight.

On March 13, 2014, the Jackson Zoo (through the Gertrude C. Ford Foundation) presents an Evening With Jungle Jack Hanna at the Jackson Convention Complex.  Jack Hanna Individual tickets are $100, and include dinner and a show.  You can reserve a table if you'd like.  A reserved table includes a VIP meet and greet.  The doors open at 6:15 p.m.; dinner starts at 6:45 p.m., and the show begins at 7:30 p.m.  You can get autographs after the show.  

Jungle Jack is a Knoxville, Tennessee, native, and was Director of the Columbus Zoo from 1978 to 1993.  His many appearances on the David Letterman show propelled him to fame.  He also hosted a number of animal adventure shows from 1993 to 2011.  He presently hosts Jack Hanna's Wild Countdown.  

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Distinguished Young Woman of Rankin County Program Upcoming

The Program will be held at the Fortenberry Theatre at the Centre for Arts and Leadership of Jackson Prep this Saturday, beginning at 6:30 p.m.  The website lists seven participants, and indicates the application process is still ongoing.  The Distinguished Young Women of Mississippi (formerly known at Junior Miss) can be found here.  A lot of scholarship money is available to the participants.  

PRVWSD Committee Meeting News Over at JJ

Mr. The Kingfish has a post chock-full of Reservoir information over at Jackson Jambalaya.  I encourage you to head on over and check it out.  Info on upriver camping, event fees at PRVWSD parks, alcohol permits, etc.

Save the Date

The Taste of Flowood will be Thursday, April 10 at the Refuge Golf Course.  This event keeps getting bigger and better every year. Mark your calendar and plan to go.  

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Conviction in Party City Murder Case in Ridgeland

DA Michael Guest just released this Press Release

Conviction in Party City Murder Results in 45 year Sentence

Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that Undra Ward was sentenced to serve 45 years for his involvement in the death of Robert Adams, the manager of the Party City in Ridgeland, who was gunned down in a robbery of the store in October 2012.
On October 26, 2012, officers were dispatched to a call of a robbery and shots being fired at Party City off of County Line Road in Ridgeland. Officers arrived and entered the back of the store they encountered the manager lying in the doorway at the rear of the business.  The manager was unresponsive and had suffered a gunshot wound to the chest.

Keep the Rez Beautiful Brings Home Award

Keep the Rez Beautiful is the local affiliate of Keep America Beautiful.  That organization is doing amazing things here at the Reservoir.  The following is a blog post from its website:

Keep the Rez Beautiful received the William Nash Award last night, the top award that Keep America Beautiful gives to an affiliate three years old or younger. KRB was nominated for its Great American cleanup held last spring, during which volunteers picked up trash on land and in the water, planted trees and shrubs and installed bird houses.
 “We are so proud of our volunteers in the Rez area who made this award possible,” KRB Executive Director Jeannine May said.
The William (Bill) Nash award is described as follows by Keep America Beautiful:
A pioneer in establishing the national Keep America Beautiful affiliate network, Bill Nash worked tirelessly with community leaders across the country. This award recognizes a new Keep America Beautiful affiliate (certified within the last three years) for its outstanding achievement in implementing the Keep America Beautiful System.

H.B. 836, Bringing Libations to the PRVWSD

House Bill 836, authored by Reservoir Representative, Brent Powell, passed the Mississippi House of Representatives on February 13 by an 81-35 vote.  Entitled, "An act to amend section 67-1-5, Miss. Code of 1972, to include within the definition of the term 'Qualified Resort Area' under the Local Option Alcoholic Beverage Control Law, land that is owned by the PRVWSD and located in [Rankin County]; to amend section 67-1-16 . . . to require an election to be held in such area before such area may be designated a Qualified Resort Area . . . ."

Miss. Code Ann. section 67-1-1 et seq. is known as the Local Option Alcoholic Beverage Control Law. Folks may not know this but "the policy of [Mississippi] is . . . in favor of prohibition of the manufacture, sale, distribution, possession and transportation of intoxicating liquor". Id. s 67-1-3.  However, counties and municipalities are entitled to vote themselves out of the state's prohibition laws, if they so desire. As you know, many counties have voted so to do, including Hinds and Madison.  Rankin has not.   The mechanics for the vote are further contained in the statutes, and they are extremely dry.  

Monday, February 17, 2014

Senator Cochran in Rankin County, Mississippi

Senator Thad Cochran has been making the rounds today in Rankin County, Mississippi.  The Thad Cochran for Mississippi RV has been spotted out and about on Lakeland and Flowood Drive.

This morning he visited Nucor Steel in Flowood (photo credited to Thad Cochran campaign).



He dined with Rankin County leadership at Table 100 (photo credited to Scott Simmons of WAPT).

Hard Knox Academy

Hard Knox Academy for baseball and softball training recently opened next to Women's Hospital off North Flowood Drive.  From its website:

Hardknox academy offers aspiring baseball and softball players the opportunity to learn all aspects of the game from the best instructors in the area. From the basic fundamentals of hittingpitching, and fielding a ground ball to building a good mental approach and how to play like a champion. Hardknox training facility is a state of the art facility that combines the latest in technology and professional instruction. Hardknox instructors will make sure that your athletes reach their goals.

Dustin Cliburn and Jonathan Johnston train the baseball players.  Both coaches have outstanding D-I experience, including NW Rankin Grad Jonathan Johnston who played in the College World Series while a standout pitcher for Southern Miss.  Carly Yassas, Crystal Kehtel, and Mary Austin Barber coach softball. 

The facility looks impressive.  Website link above, Facebook link here.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

The Ivy Venue in Flowood

The Ivy Venue, currently under construction off Luckney Road in Flowood, is close to completion.  The Ivy is an 8,500 square foot event space, with detached Carriage House, for marriages, corporate events, and other special occasions.  The website is here, though information there is sparse.  You  might want to try the Facebook page, here.  According to said page, The Ivy is part of Wendy Putt's event planning empire.  Wendy operates Fresh Cut Catering and Floral which caters events at The South, the Cotton Market, among other venues.

Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 562

Co-Authored by the Rez's own, Senator Josh Harkins.  Surprisingly, this Resolution has not yet died and has been referred to the Rules Committee:

Friday, February 14, 2014

Old Article Concerning Flowood's Big Plans

Here is a blast from the past concerning Flowood's big plans for its Town Center.  I found this at Brad Reeves' old blog, dated October 30, 2005.  It is apparently an old Clarion Ledger article.  

FLOWOOD'S BIG PLAN:  SmartCode to help ease urban sprawl
By Sylvain Metz

Flowood has been dogged by urban sprawl, traffic gridlock and a rigid zoning code. Plans for Flowood Town Center and a new building could change that — and give the city an area that could be considered its downtown.When the Town of Lost Rabbit was in its planning stages in Madison County, Flowood Mayor Gary Rhoads, in Rankin County, already was knocking on the developer's door.


Come build here, he told Richard Ridgeway who, in partnership with Neopolis Development Inc. LLC, introduced the concept of "new urbanism" with the development of Lost Rabbit along the Ross Barnett Reservoir.

Rhodes liked the concept of a traditional neighborhood where residential and commercial ventures blended together as one.



Flowood's sprawl prompted city officials to annex an area along a 10-mile stretch of Mississippi 25, where commercial growth is escalating.  Ridgeway is purchasing 259 acres behind Dogwood Festival Market on the southeast corner of Mississippi 25 and Old Fannin Landing.


Madison County GOP President's Day Gala

From the Madison County GOP website:

February 17, 2014

Presidents Day Gala

The Madison County Republican Party will be hosting our annual Presidents Day Gala at the Jackson Hilton on County Line Road beginning at 6pm, dinner program at 7pm. Arkansas Congressman Tom Cotton is our key-not speaker. Tickets are $80 each or a table sponsor of 10 tickets is $800. Table sponsors get two tickets to the private reception at 6pm honoring Congressman Cotton. Checks can be mailed to:
  • Madison County GOP
  • P.O. Box 2201
  • Ridgeland, MS. 39158
Contact John Taylor if you have any questions at 601-201-3692.

Fight For Air Climb



February 22, 2014, is the Fight For Air Climb.  These climbs, affectionately referred to as "Vertical Road Races", are a part of the American Lung Association's fundraising efforts.  They take place all across the nation, in skyscrapers, stadiums and arenas.  The Jackson Fight For Air Climb is held at Trustmark Park in Pearl.  Find more info here, including registration directions.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

More Info on the West Rankin Utility Authority Water Bill

This week, the Rankin County News picks up the story about the significant water bill increases experienced by those homes serviced by the City of Flowood.  I encourage you to read the article by Charles Bailey entitled "Escalating treatment costs force cities to raise rates."  Charles does a thorough job explaining the issue.  Among the highlights:

   - The rate increase only concerns water flowing into the City of Jackson's Savannah Street Sewage Treatment Plant.

     - The City of Flowood contributes 22 percent of the total West Rankin Utility Authority flow.

   - The City of Flowood's monthly payments to the Treatment Plant are expected to increase from $177,832 to $197,832 (so don't expect relief any time soon).

     - "Local officials have discussed the possibility of building a local treatment plant and breaking ties with Jackson.  The WRUA's 30-year treatment contract with Jackson expires this year. . . . The cost to build a new plant has been estimated at $80 million."  

Hearts for Heroes at the Blake in Flowood

The Blake honors the City of Flowood's first responders tomorrow at 10:30 in an event called "Hearts for Heroes".  Snacks and other refreshments, along with plenty of gratitude from the staff and residents, will be available to the City's heroes.  Guests are welcome to attend the reception.

Need Last Minute Valentine Plans

Since Valentine's Day falls on a Friday -- already a popular "dining out" night -- many restaurants are not running specials.  I was able to find a couple who are:

Nicks in Fondren:  What's an easy Valentine's gift?? How about two seats to our first wine dinner of the year.... Just $45 a seat. Come and enjoy some great food and wine! Call today for your reservation

Course 1- Wente Riesling
Braised Rabbit Crepe- Spinach flavored crepe stuffed with braised rabbit and topped with an apple slaw and finished with natural reduction

Course 2- Wente Chardonnay
Duck Tacos- Tortillas filled with duck confit, whipped avocado, grape tomato salsa,
cojita cheese, and baby cilantro

Course 3- Wente Merlot
Seared Diver Scallops- Pan seared scallops served with roasted sunchokes, butternut squash, and finished with a spiced tomato and cranberry relish

Course 4- Wente Cabernet
Buffalo Tenderloin - over duck fat seared finger link potatoes topped with a lobster béarnaise

Table 100:  Valentine’s Dinner, February 14th, 2014
Lobster Bisque Garnished with saffron rice and lobster salad.
Black Angus Filet or pan seared Gulf Snapper, Gulf shrimp etouffee, sour cream and bacon loaded 
crushed potato, sautéed shitake & spinach.
Baked Alaska for dessert, Half baby pineapple, filled with fruit and ice cream, Brûlée meringue (for two)
Complete Meal
$ 49 per person





Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Jackson Prep Names New Head of School

Press Release from Prep below:


Firkin Friday

If it's not a four-letter word, someone needs to look into it.  From Table 100:

Friday, February 21, 2014, 6:00 p.m.
For the third month in a row, Lazy Magnolia has created a one-of-a-kind cask ale brewed only for Table 100, and only for this event!  This month it's a Cask-conditioned dry-hopped IPA called Southern Hops'pitality.  We tap the firkin at 6:00 p.m. on the 21st, and it's $3 a pint while it lasts.  

Video of the last firkin tap below:

Rankin GOP Annual Banquet Invite

Here is the official flyer from the Rankin GOP:


Winter Weather Travel Advisory Until Noon

The Mississippi Emergency Management Authority issued a winter weather travel advisory for Rankin County effective until noon today on account of freezing rain. Again, please be careful. 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Legal Beagle 5K

Here is another event near and dear to my heart.  The Jackson Young Lawyer's Association hosts its annual Legal Beagle 5K on March 8, 2014.  The registration form, with all pertinent info, is below.  The proceeds go to the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyer's Project, a most worthy cause.  Always a big crowd, always good snacks and drinks afterward, always well organized.  The best part about it is no uphill running.  You start running downhill and stay level after that.  It's a good course to put a fast time on.

An Evening With Alan Robertson of Duck Dynasty

If you are a fan of Duck Dynasty, the local Salvation Army, or hearing the Good News, mark your calendar. The speaker is Alan Robertson, the eldest (and beardless) brother of the Robertson Clan.  Alan is a preacher who recently joined the show during Season Four:


Rankin County Republican Party Executive Committee Annual Banquet

On March 18, 2014, the Rankin County Republican Party Executive Committee hosts their annual banquet. This year, the Committee honors U.S. Senator Thad Cochran for his many years of service to the State of Mississippi and to our Nation.  

The event takes place at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Jackson.  The reception begins at 6 p.m., and the banquet starts at 7 p.m.  Business attire.  

Tickets are $100 per seat or $1,000.00 to reserve a table of ten.  Tickets to a pre-banquet reception with Senator Cochran are $100.00 each.  If you are interested in going, you can contact any member of the Executive Committee you know, including Chairman Gary Harkins at 4 Riverbend Place, Suite 110, Flowood, MS 39232.  You can also contact me at usmjacksonalum@yahoo.com.  

Monday, February 10, 2014

It's Winter, So Get Ready For More Winter Weather

Winter Storm Pax is headed our way this evening.  Here is the Weather Channel's discussion, which includes this comforting quote: "Winter Storm Pax will bring a long swath of ice and snow across the South through midweek, and the ice may accumulate enough in some areas to knock out power for thousands of people and litter roads with fallen tree limbs and downed wires. Travel will become difficult, if not impossible, in the hardest-hit areas."

Rankin County is not in the Winter Storm Alert range distributed by the National Weather Service; however, Hinds, Madison and Leake Counties are, so we are right on the edge.  Expect a lot of rain, freezing or near freezing conditions, and moderate winds.  

Holmes Community College in Ridgeland already shut down for tomorrow.  Rankin County School District is monitoring the weather.  


Sweetheart Deal

The Fresh Market grocery store in Ridgeland offers a deal every Saturday during the month of February: Cold water lobster tails, $6.99 each.  It's a fun splurge, especially when grilled with garlic butter sauce.

They also have an outstanding deal if you feel like preparing [read: if your wife or significant other will allow you to prepare] your own Valentine's Day meal.

That's two filets or two Sea Bass portions; the website clarifies.

Rankin County Republican Club

Here is the invite for the Rankin County Republican Club's next social. Monday, February 17, 2014, from 5:30 to 76 p.m. at O'Charley's in Pearl. All are invited.


Saturday, February 8, 2014

Friday, February 7, 2014

A Forest Journey and Nature's Numbers



Tonight is the premiere party for the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science's two new temporary exhibits: A Forest Journey and Nature's Numbers.  Tomorrow, the exhibits open to the public.  Lots of information on those exhibits here.  From the pictures, they look to have plenty of "hands on" exhibits, set to engage children. We have one of the best natural science museum's around; take a look if you haven't been in a while.    

NW Rankin Softball Stepping Up To The Plate

Another great showing from our community are the now-annual Lady Cougars Softball Breast Cancer Awareness games.  Each year, the Lady Cougars and Lady Bulldogs from Brandon dedicate their two softball games to bringing awareness to breast cancer, and raising money for a local resident battling this disease.  This year, the games will benefit Reservoir resident Valerie Stingley.  Valerie has two children attending NW Rankin attendance zone elementary schools.  For the two games (March 6 in Brandon and March 20 at Northwest Rankin), all the ticket money and concessions will be donated to her.  In addition, NW Rankin is selling t-shirts to further the cause.  These shirts are black with short sleeves.  The design and order form is below.  It is requested you just send the money and order forms to NW Rankin School. Coach Armstrong will take them from there.


Election for Constable District 4 Coming Up

Tim Gardner is resigning as Rankin County Constable for District 4.  The office of Constable is, for lack of a better description, the law enforcement arm of the Justice Court.  They serve civil process and enjoy the authority to make arrests.  Constables are elected from their respective districts, but have county-wide jurisdiction. There will be a special election in Justice Court District 4 to fill this slot.  

District 4 is, geographically, the largest district in the County, and includes parts of the Reservoir.  It comprises all of the Northshore, Fannin, Goshen Springs, Sandhill, Pisgah, all of Holly Bush Road, Pelahatchie, the East Side of 471, and practically all of the City of Brandon North of Highway 80.  You better take a look at the map.  

The qualifying deadline for this position is March 1.  Since all men qualified as Republicans, the election will be held on June 3, with a run-off, if necessary, on June 24.  So far, three men have qualified for this position: Gary Windham, Fred Lovett II, and Charles Lindsay.  

Gary has been serving process for my law firm for a long time now, so I can vouch for him.  Gary is dependable, has an outstanding knowledge of the people in his District, and always does an excellent job. He would be a fine choice for constable.  

Charles Lindsay, I believe, is in the private investigation and process serving business.

[An earlier post indicated Rankin County Deputy, Fred Lovett, was running for constable.  That was not true.  It is said deputies father, Fred Lovett II, running.  My sincere apologies for that mistake.]

If any of the candidates would like to publish a statement on the Rez News, they are encouraged to submit it to thereznewsblog@gmail.com.  

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Help for Hudspeth Tonight



A previous post about this event is here.  Musician Scott Johnson's bio here.  It's impressive.

Independence Day Celebration at the Rez Announced



The Barnett Reservoir Foundation recently announced the date for this year's Independence Day Celebration:  Saturday, June 29, 2014.  Mark your calendar.  

The 4th of July falls on a Friday, which would seem like a perfect day to celebrate.  If anything changes, I'll let you know.  

A Plug for the Dixie National Rodeo

If you are looking for something to do this weekend, may I suggest the Dixie National Rodeo (especially if you have kids).  All the information you need is here, or, there's an app for that.

The Dixie National Wagon Train Parade starts at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday.  May I recommend a spot on the Capitol grounds facing the Mississippi Supreme Court building?  Sparsely populated and the participants still have plenty of throws; easy pickings for the kids.

The rodeo begins at 7:30 p.m. that evening.  Corey Smith provides the music afterwards.

On Sunday morning (before or after Church, of course), go get some free pancakes at the Farmer's Market as part of the Dixie National Rodeo Breakfast.  At 3 p.m. on Sunday, one of my favorites, Tracy Lawrence, plays.  It's a playlist from my highschool/college years:  Alibis, Can't Break it to My Heart, If the Good Die Young, Runnin' Behind, Sticks and Stones, Paint Me a Birmingham, If the World Had a Front Porch, Stars Over Texas, and the best: Time Marches On.

Speaking of Time Marches On, that song sat at No. 1 for three weeks back in 1996.  That's 18 years ago. Time certainly does.  Fun fact:  the songwriter for Time Marches On (County Music Hall of Famer Bobby Braddock) co-wrote what is generally believed to be the best county song of all time, George Jones' He Stopped Loving Her Today.

E-Waste Day in Flowood Tomorrow


Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Great News for the Reservoir Fire Department

The Reservoir Fire Department released the following information yesterday.  Their fire rating improved from a Class 7 to a Class 6 rating!  This is big news, especially for commercial districts.  It may be worth your while to contact your insurance provider to see if your home insurance rate improves.  Good job, RFD!

Local Boy Honored By MS Wildlife Federation


On February 22, 2014, the Mississippi Wildlife Federation will hold its 54th Annual Conservation Achievement Awards Banquet.  There, they will honor a number of conservationists, including Rankin Countian Ryan Seawright, Youth Conservationist of the Year.  Ryan, you will recall, constructed and installed the fishing line receptacles around the Reservoir.  He did this as part of his Eagle Scout project.  Now, he is receiving a well-deserved award for his efforts.  Congratulations, Ryan, and thank you for your work to improve our community.

The Banquet is at the Jackson Hilton and begins at 5:30 p.m.  Follow the link above if you are interested.  The MWF is the long-standing organization that brings you Outdoorama, the Wildlife Extravaganza, Katfishin Kids, Gator Bait Race, and other great outdoor events that highlight the Reservoir.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Mississippi Works

Yesterday, Governor Bryant, through the Mississippi Department of Employment Security, launched a new website called Mississippi Works.  The purpose of this website is to make finding (or posting) a job as easy as possible for Mississippians.  Right now, there are 26,217 jobs available on the website, many in the Reservoir area.

Bill Lampton, President at Flowood based Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions, Inc., is co-chair of the Mississippi Works initiative. From the website:

Mississippi Works is a new initiative of Governor Phil Bryant focused on three main areas of Economic Development:
  1. Help craft a long-range strategy to expand economic opportunities in Mississippi with a focus on workforce development
  2. Help bring new investments to all regions of our state while continuing to grow existing businesses and expand them into new markets
  3. Provide a forum for Mississippi Business Leaders to learn about all the great work going on throughout our state, giving them tools they can use in spreading Mississippi’s success stories around our nation and world.

Mayor Rhoads' Annual Benefit Golf Tournament

This is a well attended tournament, so if you or your company participate, mark your calendar now.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Outback Steakhouse Coming to Flowood



Outback Steakhouse is coming to Flowood this Summer.  I know, I know.  This is old news, but many readers may not know. It will be in the Dogwood Festival marketplace, on the Southeast corner of Market Street.  It will cost approximately $3 million to build, and is estimated to open by June 1.  Ace!

Middle School Essay Contest

Every year, the Capital Area Bar Association hosts an essay contest for area 7th and 8th graders.  The essay topic this year is "Should a school be allowed to discipline students for their Facebook, Twitter or other social media posts?  Why or why not, and what laws are at issue?"

There are two big incentives to participate:  1) Cash prizes are awarded to the top three award winners; and 2) the winner reads his or her essay at a monthly meeting of the Capital Area Bar Association at the Capital Club.

Essay participation packets are being delivered to Rankin County Schools.  Hopefully, teachers will encourage our students to participate.  I hope parents will encourage your 7th and 8th grade children to participate as well.  I'd love to have a great showing from Rankin County.  The packet is below:


Saturday, February 1, 2014

Cajun Crawlers Opening Soon


My wife is extremely excited about this.  Cajun Crawlers is opening in the old Guitar Studio storefront.  This is next to the Coin Laundry and Safe-Store Self Storage off Lakeland Drive in Flowood.  "Shrimp Crawfish Crabs" is what the sign says.  Bring it, I say.  And they better be spicy.