Friday, January 30, 2015

Welfare Fraud Prevention Bill Introduced by Rez Legislator

State Senator, Josh Harkins, serving District 20, which includes the Reservoir, recently introduced the following bill, SB 2480, which, if passed, would create the Welfare Fraud Prevention Act.  Senator Harkins describes the bill as follows:

This will require the agencies of the state that provide public assistance [to] monitor the eligibility of those participating in those programs in real time. This includes Medicaid, DHS, MS Dept of Employment Security and any other agency [that] provides public assistance.
Illinois and Pennsylvania have both enacted similar legislation and they have saved hundreds of millions of dollars.
Below is the body of the bill:

Incidentally, Senator Harkins encourages all to visit his Facebook Page if you have questions, comments or concerns about the actions of the legislature.

Dinosaurs Return to the MS Museum of Natural Science

The new exhibit at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science opens tomorrow.  Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice.  Here is a portion of the write-up from the museum's webpage:

This exhibit transports families back to the Cretaceous Period (145 - 65 million years ago), the time when dinosaurs last lived on earth. Children will go face-to-face with the prehistoric world.

The dinosaur exhibit, created for children ages 3-10, will feature two distinct environments and a variety of activities. A Field Research Station allows children to step into the role of a paleontologist by uncovering fossils with brushes and creating drawings of the dinosaur environment using fossil rubbings and tracings!

Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice is the first child-centered exhibit in the country dedicated to expanding the understanding on dinosaur habitat and range. 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Zeke's House of Gyros

Remember this post from March of 2014?  Word is Zeke's House of Gyros will open within two weeks.  Still hiring, too, according to their website.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Appeal from Federation of Rez Homeowners re Storage Facility

The Federation of Reservoir Homeowners sent out the following email concerning the proposed Lake Vista Storage zoning variance request.  The Application for Zoning Action (Conditional Use) is below the jump.

At the last meeting of the Federation of Reservoir Homeowners (FRH) on November 18, 2014, we discussed commercial property in the Reservoir Community District (RCD) and the need to monitor what “may be” built near platted RCD subdivisions.

“May be” has now arrived. A Public Hearing has been scheduled for Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. at the Rankin County Board of Supervisors office to discuss a special exemption (conditional use) and a dimensional variance to build a 50,000 square foot metal storage complex. A vote on this issue by the Rankin County Board of Supervisors is expected to occur the same day.

This 4.9 acre (Lot 4) will be named Lake Vista Storage and is located off Spillway Road south of Fred's / MEA Medical Clinic and is proposed to adjoin the north side of Regatta Subdivision. A report by Bridge and Watson is included for your information, as well as Applications for the 1) conditional use and 2) dimensional variance zoning action.

FRH has been contacted by the Regatta Homeowner Association and by many homeowners throughout the RCD, and it is our strong belief that the proposed metal storage facility will not increase homeowner values or improve the quality of life for nearby homeowners. A decreased value in any part or portion of RCD homes negatively effects all other RCD homeowners.

The FRH values your thoughts; please REPLY to this email by February 10 and send us your opinion and vote FOR or AGAINST the metal storage facility. You may forward this email to any resident in the RCD who may be concerned or affected.

You are welcomed and encouraged to attend the hearing on Tuesday, February 17 at 9:00 a.m., in Brandon at the Rankin County Board of Supervisors Meeting Room.

This Week at the Rez

Below is the email from PRVWSD, including an announcement that the Rez car tag has been manufactured, and is ready for purchase at your nearest Tax Collector's office.  Find out all you want to know about the Rez license plate through this prior post.

·        Turtle Point Nature Trail should be complete this week
The newest addition to the multipurpose trail system that surrounds Pelahatchie Bay should be completed “officially” by the end of this week.  Repairs to the parking area are underway.  The additional one-quarter mile scenic trail that wanders through the peninsula between Turtle Creek Subdivision and Forest Point Subdivisions, just off of Scenic Drive, has already seen activity from users of the multipurpose trails.    A kayak launch to serve the park should be installed and open for use before the end of February. 

·        The REZ Tag is now available

You may have already seen vehicles sporting the REZ tag on the road!  The tag is now available for purchase at your local tag office.  Put this good looking tag on your vehicle and help support our community.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Brand New Board of Supervisors

The chief policy making and administrative head of the county will apparently get a face-lift in 2015. There are three open seats on the Board of Supervisors up for grabs; District Two (due to retirement of Wood Brown), District Three (Greg Wilcox is not running for a different job); and District Four (Walter Johnson removed his name from the qualifying list).  That means the new guys (or gals) will have an automatic majority.

As far as the two incumbents go, District One Supervisor, Jared Morrison, is the only one without a challenger so far.  District Five Supervisor, Jay Bishop, has drawn Ronnie Garner of R & S Developers as an opponent.

Check the qualifying list, updated daily, at the Circuit Clerk's webpage.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Mississippi Blues Trail License Plates

This is a follow up to my October posts (here and here) concerning Rankin County's Mississippi Blues Trail markers.  Now you have an easy way to help fund these markers by displaying your love for Mississippi music.

Order a Mississippi Blues Trail license plate from your local tax collector’s office.
These specialty license plates benefit the Mississippi Blues Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. To date, the plates have raised more than $50,000 for three funds:

  1. Benevolent Fund: Helps Mississippi blues artists in times of need.
  2. Blues Trail Marker Fund: Helps communities pay for markers, along with maintenance and/or repair.
  3. General Fund: Assists with the cost of other blues-related activities. (e.g. Mississippi Blues Trail Curriculum) 
It’s easy to order a Mississippi Blues Trail car tag:

1. Go in person to your local tax collector to place your order. The best time is when you renew.
2. Pay the annual fee of $33.50.
3. Your tag will arrive in the mail in 4-7 days.

Road Closure Information for Wednesday

Media Release from the PRVWSD:

Friday, January 23, 2015

Zoning Variance Requested for Self-Storage Units

There is a tract of vacant land bordering the North boundary of the Regatta Subdivision. It is essentially the backyard of Fred's Super Dollar and MEA, and is zoned General Commercial District (C-2).  A developer, Joe Parker, is seeking a conditional use variance from the Board of Supervisors so he can construct mini-storage and self-storage units, to be called Lake Vista Storage. According to the Landroll Map, the property is owned by Willie Gavan Inc. (Joe Parker is Director, V.P., and Secretary).

According to the Zoning Ordinances of Rankin County, C-2 zoning's purpose "is to promote the development of well planned shopping centers and independent commercial uses within carefully selected areas . . . . It is also the intent of this district that commercial uses permitted in C-2 districts be limited to those in which services performed and merchandise offered for sale be conducted or displayed entirely within enclosed structures as defined by this Ordinance."  Examples of permitted uses in C-2 zones are: business and professional offices, privately owned museums or galleries, photography studios, strip malls, veterinary clinics, stand-alone merchandise stores (like Fred's).

Mini-storage units are expressly allowed under current zoning regulations in Major Thoroughfare Commercial (if completely enclosed) (C-3) and Limited Industrial (I-1).

Parker is not attempting to rezone this property to C-3 or I-1; rather, he seeks a variance, which means he merely needs to convince the Board of Supervisors a mini-storage business in this location is consistent with C-2.  Under Mississippi law, rezoning can only occur if there is proof, by clear and convincing evidence of: 1) a mistake in the original zoning occurred, or 2) a change occurred in the character of the neighborhood to justify rezoning and a public need.  See Town of Florence v. Sea Lands, Ltd., 759 So. 2d 1221, 1224 (Miss. 2000). That standard is difficult to meet. A conditional variance, on the other hand, is left to the discretion of the Supervisors.  They simply have to find the idea of a mini-storage business in that location is consistent with the standards for C-2 districts as set forth in the zoning ordinance.

The Homeowner's Association of Regatta Subdivision is not happy about this. They are concerned the presence of a mini-storage business would harm their home values.  

This matter will be heard by the Board of Supervisors at 9:00 a.m. at their February 17, 2015, meeting, at which time the public is invited to speak.  

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

This Week at the Rez

From the PRVWSD:

·        Hot Chocolate Classic – Saturday January 24th, 2015
The Rankin County School District is holding the annual 5K run/walk and kids fun run to begin at Rankin Landing parking lot.    The right, upper west bound lane of the Bob Anthony Parkway on the main dam will be closed between 6am and 12pm for the event.  Motorists should exercise caution and watch for pedestrian traffic.
Register for this event:  or contact event coordinator:  Robin Haney at
·        Mississippi Municipal League Health Committee 5K Run

The City of Ridgeland is sponsoring a 5K Fun Run/Walk on January 28th, at Old Trace Park at 6:30 a.m.  For more information contact Laverne Stegall at

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Coach Peterson Leaving For Brandon?

An Editor for the Clarion Ledger just tweeted Tyler Peterson will be Brandon's new football coach, according to his sources.  Here is the article.  As noted in the article, Aslan Hodges, Sports Director at WAPT scooped it two hours ago.

Law Day Art Contest

Below is information from the Mississippi Bar Association concerning its Annual Law Day Art Contest.  This is a good way for artists in grades K-12 to be recognized for their work.  If you know of a student who may be interested in taking part, please pass this along.

In conjunction with Law Day USA on May 1, 2015, The Mississippi Bar and local bar associations are conducting their 13th annual statewide Law Day Art Contest. The 2015 Law Day Art Contest theme this year is "Magna Carta: Symbol of Freedom Under Law". Entries are now being accepted until April 2, 2015 and all students grades K-12 across the state are invited to enter. Winners will be selected from every school per grade, and from those winners a first and second place will be awarded overall for the state for each grade. Statewide winners will be presented with award certificates. Their artwork will be displayed in the Capitol during Law Week, April 27th - May 1st and also presented in the summer issue of The Mississippi Lawyer magazine. For questions contact Krissa Dobbins Easley at

Monday, January 19, 2015

Sue Townsend for Superintendent Announcement

Dr. Sue Townsend is running for Rankin County Superintendent of Education.  Below is her announcement.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Pounding the Pavement for a Cure This Weekend

Pounding the Pavement for a Cure 5K is this weekend at Liberty Park in Flowood.  The purpose is to raise awareness and money for cancer research at UMC.  Register here all you runners and walkers.  This is the 5K race started by Jackson Prep Students, Anna Grace Buchanan and Cara Lee Crawford, both of whom's lives had been affected by cancer.  Now in its third year, the girls already raised over $14,000.00 for cancer research.

See previous posts about this race, and the girls' stories here.

Links to Explosion Stories

Here is a collection of links concerning the natural gas pipeline explosion on the Northshore yesterday.

Clarion Ledger
RT News
WAPT (raw video of burning)
WAPT (viewer photos)
WLBT (viewer photos)
Sun Herald
MS Business Journal
Weather Channel
PRVWSD FB (with video)

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Pictures from the Explosion Site

All pictures are courtesy of the Reservoir Fire Department.

This Week at the Rez

·        From the PRVWSD's weekly email:

      The pipeline explosion at the Reservoir this morning was located in a remote area off of Gin Road.  This area is not part of the District’s property.  No one was injured at the site of the explosion.   The line is GulfSouth Natural Gas and crews are onsite working to repair the break.

            Monday, January 19th is a State Holiday and the PRVWSD offices will be closed.  

Gas Line Explosion Near Fannin -- Updated

Natural gas pipeline explosion at 6:15 a.m. near Three Prong Trail in Fannin, Mississippi.  No reports of injuries at this time, and I hope it stays that way.  An aerial map demonstrates a couple of pipeline right of ways running through the Woodbridge Subdivision off Three Prong Road.  Nearby homeowners said their houses shook.  One of the lawyers in the firm just came in and said he clearly felt and heard it in the Palisades.

WAPT has a number of viewer sent in photos that show the immense size of the explosion.  Julia Weiden has an interesting picture on her Twitterfeed of the smoke and discharge showing up on their radar.  The Clarion Ledger's report merely states, "a gas well has exploded at the Ross Barnett Reservoir.  A fire is burning out of control.  More to come."  Obviously, this is a developing story.

UPDATE:  I received an update from PRVWSD indicating the explosion occurred in a remote area, heavily timbered, no houses around, no injuries, and the fire is now out.  The above picture was emailed to me.  I have no idea who took it, but it is awe-inspiring if from this explosion.  Clarion Ledger has updated their story to confirm no injuries.  Gulfsouth Pipeline operated the subject line.

The PRVWSD posted the following to their Facebook Page this morning:

What a morning! The Reservoir Police received their first of many calls of an explosion and fire somewhere between Palisades and Goshen Springs at 6:26 AM this morning. Units from the Reservoir Police, Rankin County Sheriff’s Office, Rankin County Emergency Operations, and Lake Harbor & Reservoir Fire Departments converged on the area to pinpoint the exact location. The fire was believed to be a gas pipeline rupture near highway 43 off Old Highway 471. Fortunately the blast occurred in a rural area and pipeline officials quickly shut off the supply of fuel to the site.
Our community is fortunate to have such a pool of dedicated first responders. These people run to the danger when others are fleeing for protective cover. In addition to the many agencies listed above, many other neighboring jurisdictions were either on scene or on standby to support or back fill our units to ensure the safety of our citizens.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Updated list of Qualified Candidates in Rankin County

Courtesy of the Circuit Clerk.  Sorry about the all caps.  I'm not trying to yell, that's just how it came to me:

Good Luck to Rankin County Students in Mock Trial Competition

High School Mock Trial Regionals, sponsored by the Mississippi Bar Association, are this weekend in Jackson, Mississippi.  Rankin County is blessed to have two teams competing in the finals, both from Brandon High School.  

Teachers Lady Baker and Sarah Printz are the teams' co-sponsors.  Judge Kent McDaniel is the attorney coach.  The students competing in this event are Morgan Mundy, Jake Mullins, Caleb McClain, Ben Kaminsky, Leann Ward, Hannah Nolan, Matt McCurley, Will Brown, Brandon Norton, Chase Baker, Sarah David, and Haley Templeton. Caleb McClain is actually a student at Northwest Rankin High School, but was allowed to compete on Brandon's team since Northwest doesn't field a team.

If you know any of these students, please congratulate and encourage them.  Regionals are held at Mississippi College Law School, and they begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday.  

The faculty sponsors want to emphasize that each of the above students are accomplished in ways above and beyond the work they put in for this competition.  They also thank Judge McDaniel for all the many hours he spent with the kids getting them competition ready!  

Monday, January 12, 2015

Flowood Chamber Annual Luncheon Coming Up

Below is an email from the Flowood Chamber of Commerce concerning their Annual Luncheon and Top of the Community Awards.

Make plans to join us for the 2015 Flowood Chamber Annual Luncheon and Top of the Community Awards.

Tuesday, January 27th

The Ivy
Guest Speaker:
Nicole Marquez

*Tickets required-please call 601-932-8007 or visit to purchase tickets.

The Chamber of Flowood is seeking nominations for our Top of the Community Awards! Nominate your business, or another deserving business, based on the criteria below! The deadline to submit nominations is January 16, 2015.

Overall Award Criteria:
Nominees for all awards must be a member of The Chamber of Flowood and have exhibited extraordinary business or community leadership skills.  They must be an active participant in a metro business and/or community organization.

Nominations are being sought for the following categories: Large Business of the Year, Small Business of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year and Service Organization of the Year.

Large Business of the Year:  The Flowood business whose volunteerism, deeds and actions have had the greatest impact on the Flowood community (26+ employees).

Small Business of the Year:  The Flowood business whose volunteerism, deeds and actions have had the greatest impact on the Flowood community (1-25 employees).

Entrepreneur of the Year:  
The businessperson who owns and/or manages a business in Flowood whose volunteerism, deeds and actions have made a difference in the Flowood community.

Service Organization of the Year:   The Flowood service organization, non-profit, whose deeds and
actions have contributed to the betterment of the Flowood community.

To find out if your nominee is a member of The Chamber of Flowood, click here to search our online Business Directory.
Click here for the Nomination Form

Please complete and email to or fax to 601-932-0041.  

Announcement of John Shirley for Justice Court Judge

Below is the announcement from John Shirley as he runs for re-election for Justice Court Judge, District 2, which covers Flowood and the Reservoir (less the North Shore).  

Judge John Shirley qualified for re-election as Rankin County Justice Court Judge for District 2. The Republican primary is August 4, 2015. Please participate in ensuring that justice prevails in Rankin County by supporting John Shirley's re-election on August 4.
John was elected in 1999 and is currently the senior Rankin County Justice Court Judge. Rankin County has the best Justice Court in Mississippi and John wants to ensure that the reputation continues. If re-elected, John will continue to make decisions based on the law and the facts and NOT based on politics.
Judicial ethics provide that a judge is NOT allowed to discuss issues in a case in which he/she is the judge unless all parties are present.
Judge John Shirley, while serving as a Justice Court Judge, was selected by a Chief Justice of the Mississippi Supreme Court to serve on the Commission on Judicial Performance, an agency that investigates allegations of misconduct by a judge. He was appointed to the Commission in 2004 and then reappointed in 2008. From 2004 - 2012, while serving on the Commission, he reviewed judicial misconduct allegations, presided over hearings, and made recommendations to the Mississippi Supreme Court that included removal of a judge from office.
Judge John Shirley is currently a Justice Court Judge, Youth Court Judge, Pearl Municipal Court Judge, Law Enforcement Instructor, and law seminar speaker. John previously served as as a special Rankin County Youth Court Judge and as a special Municipal Court Judge for Brandon, Flowood, and Richland. John has also been a prosecutor in Circuit Court, County Court, Justice Court, and Youth Court.
Please participate in ensuring that justice prevails in Rankin County by supporting John Shirley's re-election on August 4.
Campaign Contact Information:
Phone: 601-992-8589
US Mail: PO Box 4321, Brandon, MS 39047

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Announcement of Derrel Palmer for Supervisor, Dist. 2

From Derrel Palmer, candidate for Rankin County Supervisor, District 2:

Today I "Officially" became a Candidate for Supervisor of District 2 in Rankin County!! I filed the necessary paperwork with the Circuit Clerk's office this morning.
Some of you will remember that I ran for this position 4 years ago. I have made every effort to stay involved with Rankin County government since that time in order to be prepared for this 2nd chance.
If you live in Rankin County, District 2 (Castlewoods Subdivision, Laurel Woods, Reservoir Area and all areas West of Hwy 25 to the Scott County Line) I am asking for your vote in the Republican Primary on August 4th, 2015!!
Whether or not you live in this area, I'm asking for your support!! I am in the process of forming a Campaign Leadership Team and would welcome the opportunity to discuss this with anyone. Message me if you are interested. Financial contributions can be made by anyone, regardless of where you live. If you would like to help me make Rankin County a better place to live, work and raise a family, send your contributions to Derrel Palmer, P.O. Box 4322, Brandon, MS 39047. ALL contributions, large or small are appreciated!! I also need some help creating a website and Social Media pages. I have the domain name, just need some creativity;) Message me if you are interested in helping with that as well.
Remember - VOTE "DP for Supervisor" District 2 in Rankin County on August 4th.

Announcement of Daniel Cross for Supervisor, Dist. 2

As the importance (or, rather, prevalence) of social media increases, it becomes easier to track down websites, Facebook pages, Tweets, etc., of candidates for political office.  As they are provided to me, or that I can dig up myself, I will post the announcements, position statements, resumes, or other useful information of the candidates here for consumption.  This will not be done in any particular order of preference.

Today, we begin with Daniel Cross, candidate for Rankin County Board of Supervisors, District 2 (Reservoir):

Having been a first responder in the Reservoir Area for most of my life, I have long worked for a safe and secure community. After much encouragement and support from members of the community, I now feel that the time has come for me to seek elected office. I want to be sure that the governing bodies of Rankin County have created a solid infrastructure for us to raise our families. To help us in this process, I will be running for Rankin County Supervisor for District 2.
With close to 30,000 people living in District 2 at the Reservoir, many issues such as modes of transportation, emergency response and property values must be in forefront of government discussions. And most importantly, I believe in a transparent government. I want our community involved in the events taking place in our county!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Candidates Who Qualified for Rankin County Elections -- Updated

As of 2:30 p.m., January 7, 2015, three individuals had qualified for the job of Superintendent of Education in Rankin County:  Sue Townsend, Richard Morrison, and Bobby J. Franklin.

Judge John Shirley has an opponent in Tommy Whitfield for Justice Court Judge, District 2 (Reservoir).

Daniel Cross and Derrel Palmer qualified for Supervisor, District 2 (Reservoir).

Bob Morrow and Mike Walker qualified for Supervisor, District 3 (parts of Brandon, Puckett, Robinhood).

Tony Gilmer qualified for Coroner.

Incumbents for Chancery Clerk, Circuit Clerk, Tax Assessor, Tax Collector, County Attorney, Constables, Justice Court Judges, and Sheriff all qualified for re-election.

In the state house of representatives, all Rankin Republican incumbents filed for reelection with the exception of Andy Gipson.  Tom Weathersby appears to have picked up an opponent for the primary, to wit, Wesley Wilson.

In the Senate, Dean Kirby is the only one of three state senators from Rankin County to file so far.

The qualifying deadline isn't until February 27, I believe, so we still have plenty of time to add to the list.

This Week at the Rez

Email from the PRVWSD follows:

·        Hot Chocolate Classic – Saturday January 24th, 2015
The Rankin County School District is holding the annual 5K run/walk and kids fun run which will begin at Rankin Landing parking lot.  Register for this event at  or contact event coordinator Robin Haney at

·        Cold Weather Warnings
Residents should take necessary precautions for the expected cold weather.  Deicer will be distributed on the Spillway on a 24/7 basis, however caution is advised during the periods temperatures drop below freezing.

·        January Holiday

January 19th is a State holiday and the PRVWSD offices will be closed.  PRVWSD emergency contact number is 601-992-9703.

Rankin Justice System v. Hinds Justice System

Folks in the Reservoir area can easily recall the Christmas Eve armed carjacking committed by City of Jackson youth Eddie Devine at Bed, Bath and Beyond in the Dogwood Shopping Center.  WAPT Story link; WLBT Story link.  Mr. Devine was swiftly apprehended and he is presently enjoying life as a Rankin County inmate, under a no-bond order, as set by a Rankin County judge.  Kingfish over at Jackson Jambalaya has a great post demonstrating the difference between Rankin County Justice and Hinds County Justice.  It's a good read if you want a likely indication why less violent crime is committed in Rankin County.  

Local 5K Training Program

Ready to make an effort to live a more active lifestyle but need direction?  Stinky Feet Athletics, locally owned and operated, has a good deal.  It's a 5K training program that begins 1/13, with a finish date of 3/21 at the Run Up for Downs 5K.  It's $50, and that includes your race entry fee.  With that you get education on training, health, and injury prevention, training coaches, and a gentle, motivational push.  See information below.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Beating Bullying

While checking out a book this afternoon at the Flowood Library, I saw a leaflet entitled "Beating Bullying" on the check-out counter.  The body of the leaflet read, in part:

"Starting in January, Central Mississippi Regional Library System, Flowood Branch, the City of Flowood, Rankin County School District (Flowood Elementary), Region 8 Mental Health Unit, and the Department of Health and Human Services are partnering together to take a stand against bullying.  Our goal is to provide a safe place for all those in K-12 grade who have been bullied (or are wishing to stand against bullying) complete with organized professionals and peer coaching.

"This program is a pilot program -- something not done in Rankin County or the City of Flowood before, and CMRLS is proud to act as the host."

The schedule is as follows, with all meetings on Tuesdays, starting at 5:30 p.m., and meeting at the Flowood Library:

Grades Pre-K through 2nd:  1/13; 2/10; 3/10; 4/07; 5/12
Grades 3rd through 6th: 1/20; 2/17; 4/14; 5/19
Grades 7th through 12th:  1/27; 2/24; 3/24; 4/28; 5/26

That's all I know.  For more information, call the fine folks at the Flowood Library at 601.919.1911.

Press Release from the MS Secretary of State

Below is a press release from the MS Secretary of State's office.  2015 will be a busy year in Rankin County politics.  There will be at least two open Supervisors seats, including the Reservoir's District 2.  Names are already surfacing for that position.  Further, if the state legislature approves a third Chancellor's spot and/or splits Circuit District 20, that will introduce a couple of judicial races as well.

Jackson, Miss.—The qualifying period for state elected offices is now open in Mississippi.  The following offices are open for election in 2015:

·         Statewide Elected Officials
·         State Senators and Representatives
·         Transportation and Public Service Commissioners
·         District Attorneys
·         County Offices:  Sheriff, Chancery Clerk, Circuit Clerk, Tax Assessor, Tax Collector, Coroner, Superintendent of Education, County Attorney, Surveyor
·         County District Offices:  Supervisors, Justice Court Judges, Constables

The qualifying period began January 1, 2015 and ends at 5:00 pm on February 27, 2015. 

“Serving the citizens of the State of Mississippi is not a decision to be taken lightly,” says Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann.  “I encourage potential candidates to review the guidelines and requirements before submitting qualifying papers for public office.” 

Partisan candidates submit qualifying papers with their respective political parties for statewide, legislative and state district offices.  Only independent candidates for statewide, legislative and state district offices submit qualifying papers to the Secretary of State’s Office. 

Both partisan and independent candidates for county or county district offices file qualifying papers with their respective Circuit Clerk.

For all rules and requirements for qualifying for elective office, please review the 2015 Candidate Qualifying Guide:

Monday, January 5, 2015

Governor Plugs Local Business

Local Resident and WAPT correspondent, Bert Case, knocking it out of the park with this hard hitting piece on the Governor and his relationship with a Reservoir business.

Summer Employment With the M-Braves

Below is an email received from the Mississippi Braves.  If you are looking for Summer employment, they are a great option, especially for teens.

It's time for the Mississippi Braves to get geared up for another spectacular season. We're looking for energetic, hardworking people with outgoing personalities--who know how to SMILE--to add to our seasonal game day staff. Stop by the M-Braves Front Office located at Trustmark Park to fill out an application today. 

All applicants must be at least 16 years of age. Online applications/resumes are not accepted. We accept applications from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM Monday - Friday. Below is a list of positions for the 2015 season. For more info, call 888-BRAVES4 or 601-932-8788. 

Positions Available
  • Bartender, Bat Boy, Beer ID Station, Birthday Party Attendants, Camera Operator Field, Catering Food Prep, Concession Stand Attendant, Concession Stand Cook, Dishwasher, Fun Zone Attendants, Grounds Crew, Hawkers/Vendors, Head Lead Concessions, Host/Hostesses, Kitchen Prep Staff, Line Cooks, Mascot Attendants, Mascot Staff, Merchandise Store Attendant, Money Audit Staff, Parking Attendant, Promotions & Entertainment Team, Restaurant Wait Staff, Suite Attendants, Ticket Seller, Ticket Taker, Usher, Video Board Operators, VIP Attendants, Warehouse Attendants 

January 2015 PRVWSD Board Meeting

The next meeting of the Board of Directors for the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District will be Thursday, January 15, 2015, at District's main office at 115 Madison Landing, Ridgeland, at 9:30 a.m.  The public is welcomed to attend.

Miss Rankin County Pageant

The Miss Rankin County Pageant is January 24, 2015, at Brandon Middle School.  Miss Rankin County 2014, Morgan Burnett, finished in the top ten at the Miss Mississippi Pageant.  Applications for the 2015 pageant are still being taken.  The deadline is January 15.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Hot Chocolate 5K at the Rez

Codify that New Year's Resolution by signing up for the Hot Chocolate 5K.  This race is put on by the Rankin County School District, and crosses the Spillway.  Saturday, January 24, 2015.  Entry form below.

Polar Bear Plunge Recap

It is anticipated the Reservoir YMCA raised enough money through its Polar Bear Plunge to fund two special needs summer camp scholarships.  That would be outstanding!  The weather was cold enough to make the jump legitimate.  Low-mid 40's.  There was a good crowd and plenty of hot coffee, courtesy of Back Yard Burgers.

There was plenty of media representation on hand, including Reservoir resident Burt Case, who was seen prowling the edges of the "beach".  Links to those reports are below, beginning with my personal favorite. - Jackson, MS

WAPT link.
Clarion Ledger report