Friday, May 29, 2015

A Run to Remember 5K

Before the Movies-N-Moonlight, CSpire is also sponsoring the Run to Remember, benefitting Alzheimer research.  It's an afternoon race on the East Metro Parkway.  Register here.

Below is information about the race on the registration website:

This 5K event is going to raise money for the Alzheimer Association of MS. 100% of the proceeds are going to them to raise money for research and funding. C Spire and the other sponsors are helping in the cost so all money goes to raise money. We are also going to have a FREE MOVIE for racers and their families to enjoy after the race in Winners Circle Park just down the road ( less than a mile )  from the race. We will show a family friendly movie with drinks and food and will also have the presentation of awards there as well. If you have any questions please stop in at the C Spire store located in Dogwood on Lakeland Dr located by Newks.

Event details and schedule

  • race start time is at 5:30 pm/ a 1 mile fun run for kids up to 12 will be held after 5k run/walk
  • the course will consist of an out and back format on the E Metro Parkway
  • please allow plenty of time to pick up packets before race, you can start to pick up packets at 4pm or at the C Spire store from 9am to 4pm day of race
  • parking will be behind Outback and in front of Jc Penny off the parkway in Flowood, MS
  • in order to pick up race packets please have waviers signed and ID
  • if you have any question about the race please email

Big Hero 6 at Winner's Circle Park Tomorrow!

A Summer favorite, Movies-and-Moonlight, cranks back up tomorrow.  The City of Flowood and CSpire present Big Hero Six on the big screen in Winner's Circle Park.  It's free and the movie starts at dusk.  These showings are quite popular, so get there early to grab a good section of grass.  

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Dale Murphy at the M-Braves Game

My hero growing up was Dale Murphy.  Dale played centerfield for the Atlanta Braves for 15 seasons (he actually started as a catcher and first-baseman), winning the MVP trophy twice, and Gold Glove award five times.  For a sport sprinkled with steriod-use, criminal acts, and disreputable players, Dale lived a clean life, and proved the perfect role model for kids like me.

Tomorrow, he will be at Trustmark Park for the M-Braves game.  The gates open at 6 p.m.  The game starts at 7 p.m.  Fireworks after the show.

Fannin Mart is Back!

Last we heard and saw, Fannin Mart shut its doors.  May 19, they reopened, better than ever.  From their Facebook page:

Gabe's rumor is confirmed my friends and loyal customers of Fannin Mart!!!!!
We are re-opening Tuesday, May 19th.
Although a few cosmetic changes have occurred, we are still serving the original famous recipes from mama's Fannin kitchen that generations have enjoyed for over 40 years.
This includes the one and only Fannin Fried Chicken, world famous Bread Pudding, and homemade Banana Pudding, plus all your other Fannin Mart favorites.
We want to thank all of you for your support and encouragement and look forward to each of you walking through the doors of Fannin Mart again!
We love you all and to God be the Glory!
Outstanding news for the Rez area.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

John McLaurin Appointed Chancery Judge

Governor Bryant appointed John McLaurin to fill Judge Dan Fairly's chancery court position.  Press release can be found here.

Governor Bryant made a good choice in appointing John McLaurin.  John is an experienced and respected member of the Rankin Bar.  He will serve the citizens of Rankin County well.  As a chancery court practitioner, it is my opinion Rankin County got precisely what it needed in Judge McLaurin.  No brainer, really.

News from Today's School Board Meeting

If you are concerned about the Rankin County School District and are not following Kate Royals of the Clarion Ledger's Twitterfeed, you are missing out.  Some of her jewels from this morning's School Board Meeting:

Jacob McEwen of Northwest Rankin Middle School was hired to replace Asst. Superintendent William Huskey.

OK, so we've ended executive session and now $3 million for Brandon HS' new football and $2.7 million for Northwest's projects are coming up.

Northwest Rankin is looking at improvements to its home stadium, for what I understand.

Board approved the funds unanimously.

Here is Kate's subsequent article on the meeting.

Heatwave Classic

The Heatwave Triathlon is Saturday, June 6, 2015, at the Reservoir.  The webpage is here.  There is also a ton of information on the City of Ridgeland Parks and Recreation Facebook page, here.  They even Tweet.

The 2015 Heatwave Classic Triathlon is entering its 30th year of existence. This year's race will be held on Saturday, June 6, 2015, with a start time of 7:00 a.m. This year's race will consist of a ½ mile swim in the Ross Barnett Reservoir, a 24 ½ mile bike ride along the scenic and historic Natchez Trace Parkway, and ending with a 10K run along Ridgeland's heavily shaded Multi-Use Trail.

Register here.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

RIbbon Cutting for Cockrell's Farmers Market

The Flowood Chamber is hosting a ribbon cutting for Cockrell's Farmers Market today at 10:30 a.m.  If you haven't made your way over there to see the market under new ownership, this would be a good time.

Volunteer for the Independence Day Celebration

The Independence Celebration put on by the Barnett Reservoir Foundation is Saturday, June 27, 2015.  The format will be much the same as last year, with bands and events on both sides of the water, and fireworks, classic cars, etc.

The Foundation is looking for civic minded individuals to volunteer for the event.  Volunteers are asked to work a three hour shift on either the Madison or Rankin side of the Rez.  The form can be downloaded here.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Memorial Day Observance

Not surprisingly, many locales claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day.  Mississippi, itself, stakes its claim, as identified below from the Veteran's Affairs website:

Local Observances Claim To Be First. Local springtime tributes to the Civil War dead already had been held in various places. One of the first occurred in Columbus, Miss., April 25, 1866, when a group of women visited a cemetery to decorate the graves of Confederate soldiers who had fallen in battle at Shiloh. Nearby were the graves of Union soldiers, neglected because they were the enemy. Disturbed at the sight of the bare graves, the women placed some of their flowers on those graves, as well.

From Memorial Day website:

Regardless of the exact date or location of its origins, one thing is clear – Memorial Day was borne out of the Civil War and a desire to honor our dead. It was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11. “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land,” he proclaimed. The date of Decoration Day, as he called it, was chosen because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle.
On the first Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, and 5,000 participants decorated the graves of the 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there.
The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I (when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war).
It is now observed in almost every state on the last Monday in May with Congressional passage of the National Holiday Act of 1971 (P.L. 90 – 363). This helped ensure a three day weekend for Federal holidays, though several southern states have an additional separate day for honoring the Confederate war dead: January 19th in Texas; April 26th in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi; May 10th in South Carolina; and June 3rd (Jefferson Davis’ birthday) in Louisiana and Tennessee.
The Presidential Memorandum decreed in May of 2000 asks that Americans "voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence, or listening to Taps."

Thursday, May 21, 2015

PRVWSD Press Release Concerning Usage Fee Vote

Below is the press release from the PRVWSD concerning the rescission of the proposed lake usage fee.

Boater Usage Fee Rescinded

The PRVWSD Board of Directors accepted the recommendation of the Parks Policy Committee and rescinded the boater usage fee by vote in today's meeting.

Sue Townsend Fundraiser

Below is a fundraiser invitation for Sue Townsend, PhD., who is running for Superintendent of the Rankin County School District.  I know Sue and Butch and have since my wife taught with/for her at Brandon HS. I encourage you to come out and meet her if you can.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Non-Rez Jet Ski Fatality

Yesterday, John Simpson of Florence, Mississippi, apparently intoxicated, was involved in a jet ski collision with Bryan James Bessonette of Pearl, killing Bessonette.  This occurred at Robinhood Lake south of Brandon, not at the Rez.  Simpson was arrested shortly thereafter and charged with negligent manslaughter and other crimes.

WAPT story here (with video).
WLBT story here (with video).
WJTV story here.
Clarion Ledger story here.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Parks Policy Committee Recommends Usage Fee Be Rescinded

See the below press release from the PRVWSD.  Bear in mind this simply means the Parks Policy Committee recommends the user fee be rescinded. It still must be voted on by the Board.

Memorial Day Sale at the Outlets

Make plans to restore order and peace to the state's economy by spending all your money this Memorial Day.  The Outlets of Mississippi will help you out with enticing deals throughout the campus.

Alligator Season Approaches

Planning on harvesting a new pair of boots?  Make sure you are up-to-date on all the changes to the alligator hunting season.  From the MDWFP website:

On March 18, 2015, the Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, & Parks approved the 2015 Alligator Hunting Season Administrative Rules including the associated changes for the permitting process for public water hunting.
The changes for the 2015 Public Waters Alligator Season include:
  • Elimination of the application/drawing process
  • Permits will be offered for sale on a First-Come-First-Serve basis beginning on July 14, at 9:00am. 
  • Payment for the Possession Permit and the Alligator Hunting License must be submitted immediately and is not refundable or transferable. 
  • Permits may only be purchased electronically via the MDWFP Website. 
  • Permits are limited to residents only. 
  • Each person is limited to only one permit in one hunting zone of their choice, if available. 
  • Possession Permit cost increased to $150 and the Alligator Hunting License is $25. 
  • A valid All Game type hunting license, Lifetime License, or Exempt License is required to purchase an alligator permit or license. 
  • Elimination of mandatory attendance to a MS Alligator Hunting Training Course for permitted hunters. 
  • A voluntary Alligator Hunting Training Course will be offered in Central Mississippi and registration will be required. 
  • Hunting Zones and permit allocation in each zone remains unchanged from 2014.

  • THERE ARE NO CHANGES TO THE PRIVATE LANDS SEASON or the private lands permitting process for 2015.

Monday, May 18, 2015

MS Wildlife Federation

Since 1946, the Mississippi Wildlife Federation has been dedicated to conserving our state's natural resources and protecting our wildlife legacy.  The MWF's 2015 Calendar of Events is full of popular events, many that focus on the Ross Barnett Reservoir.  Coming up:

   -- Gator Bait Hatchling Race (May 30)
   -- Katfishin' Kids at Turcotte Lab (June 6)
   -- Camp Fish at Turcotte Lab (June 24-25)
   -- MS Wildlife Extravaganza (July 3-Aug. 2)
   -- Gator Bait Race (Sept. 19)
   -- Outdoorama on the Rez (Sept. 26)

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Parks Policy Committee Agenda

The Parks Policy Committee of the PRVWSD Board of Directors meets at 2 p.m. on Monday, May 18.  They, too, have much to discuss.


Monday, May 18, 2015 2:00 p.m.

1. Approval to advertise for construction contract for Timberlake Campground - pads and street. (Greg Burgess)

2. Discussion of limitation of number of fishing poles per person when using public piers. (Craig Hunt)

3. Approval of Barnett Reservoir Foundation request for special alcohol permits for Independence Celebration on June 27th and Smokin’ on The REZ on October 23rd and 24th. (John Sigman)

4. Approval of proposed draw hunt policy changes. (Craig Hunt)

5. Final approval of proposed regulation changes Part 203, Chapter 4: Fishing, Rule 4.2 Restriction of Trotlines, Throw Lines, Set Hooks or Jugs, subparagraphs (b) and (c). (Craig Hunt)

6. Final approval of proposed regulation changes Part 203, Chapter 5: Firearms and Hunting, Rule 5.1 General, subparagraphs (b), (h) and (i). (Craig Hunt)

7. Final approval of proposed regulation change Part 203, Chapter 2: Boats and Boating, Rule 2.4 Lake Usage Fee (John Sigman)

Shoreline Committee Agenda

The Shoreline Committee of the PRVWSD Board of Directors meets Monday, May 18, at 3:30 p.m. There appears to be a full slate of topics on their agenda.


Monday, May 18, 2015 3:30 p.m.

1. Property Maintenance Report – Robbie Graves.

2. Approval of HarborWalk Development, LLC for extension of construction of hotel. (John Sigman)

3. Approval of proposal for geotechnical investigation on seawalls within Pelahatchie Bay by Burns Cooley Dennis, Inc. (John Sigman)

4. Approval of change for speed limit on bridge over spillway gates to 25MPH during cold weather/icy conditions. (Greg Burgess)

5. Project closeout of Phase I USACE 592 Project with Utility Constructors, Inc. and approval of final change order (Greg Burgess)

6. Approval of contract modification for Pickering Engineers for USACE 592 Project (Greg Burgess)

Friday, May 15, 2015

Digital Billboard Variance Request denied.

I just received word that the Rankin County Board of Supervisors voted down the zoning variance request by Capturion Network, LLC for a digital billboard on Old Fannin Road.

See earlier post for details concerning the request.

Scam re Murdered Officers

Humanity never ceases to amaze, sometimes in awful ways. Following reports from concerned citizens, the Better Business Bureau circulated the below informational brochure concerning a scam related to the deaths of two Hattiesburg police officers.

Hidden Hills Gator

Here are photos of the 10-foot alligator the Rankin County Animal Shelter drug out of Mill Creek yesterday.  He was captured in the Hidden Hills Subdivision.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

This Week at the Rez

·      From the PRVWSD:

        Dragon Boat Regatta – May 16th Old Trace Park
The Dragon Boats return to the REZ on Saturday, May 16th.  Make plans to come out and enjoy a day in the park and on the water.  For more information visit:

·     Mark your Calendars – June 27th Independence Celebration at The REZ
The REZ will celebrate both our nation’s independence and the REZ’s 50th Anniversary on Saturday, June 27th from 4p.m. until Fireworks.  The event will be held at both Old Trace and Lakeshore Parks and is free to the public. Bring your blankets and chairs and plan to spend the evening at the REZ.  Old Trace Park will host WaterFest, Standfords Battery, static military displays, kids zones, food & beer vendors, with live music by Stogdaddy & The Good Time Band and Hairicane.  Lakeshore Park will host a Classic Car Show, the YMCA cardboard boat race, static military displays, kids zones, food & beer vendors, with live music by AM/FM, Joseph LaSalle, and the Dylan Moss Band.   The Lighted Boat Parade participants will entertain both parks in their decorated boats as they go by after dusk and the fireworks, shot from both sides of the lake, will begin at approximately 9:30.   Tune into MISS103 as they provide the countdown to the fireworks launch and will simulcast accompanying patriotic music for the display.  No coolers will be allowed in the park.   For more information on the event visit:

The PRVWSD Board of Directors will hold the regular monthly meeting on May 21st at 9:30 a.m. at the main office of the PRVWSD.

Little Opposition to Rez User Fee

This morning, Brian Broom with the Clarion Ledger, published an article concerning the proposed Reservoir Users Fee.  The brunt of the article is a preference of local lawmakers to exempt present PRVWSD leaseholders from the user fee.  If you are following this issue, I encourage you to read the full article (which can be found here).  Interesting snippets below.

While folks may come from far and wide to enjoy what is one of the most heavily used lakes in Mississippi, [Rep. Mark] Baker said the brunt of providing revenue to maintain the lake has almost solely fallen on reservoir residential leaseholders and the annual fees they pay.

"You're going to hoist this on the leaseholders to maintain the facilities for others," Baker said. "I want to take the yoke off leaseholders and spread the burden around."

"I think [leaseholders] should have an exemption for one boat per household," [Sen. Josh] Harkins said. "I think they've been footing the bill all this time and to hit them with another $35 is a little excessive."

State Rep. Brent Powell, R-Brandon, said it's less about money and more about principle. "I think the main issue with those against it is not the $35," Powell said. "I think it's just the sentiment of, 'Hey, we've been paying this forever. Why do I have to pay again?' "

The three lawmakers feel the leaseholders deserve an exemption, but there is little to indicate a groundswell of support for the idea — not even among the leaseholders.

According to reservoir general manager John Sigman, between 30 and 40 have written comments objecting to the fee. In contrast, Sigman said there are more than 5,500 residential leaseholders.

The comment period on the reservoir user fee will continue through May 15. Those wishing to comment can do so at

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

More on the Cicadas

Thanks to a helpful reader, below is additional information concerning the Cicada.  This article is written by Blake Layton for the MSU Extension Service.  It is timely and local; thus, a good source of information.  "One million cicadas per acre", wow.

Monday, May 11, 2015

All You Need to Know About Cicadas

Borrowed heavily from Wikipedia:

Cicadas found in the Southeastern part of the United States are typically of the Magicicada genus. Sometimes mistakenly called "locusts"; however, true locusts are more closely related to grasshoppers. 

Magicicada spend most of their 13- and 17-year lives underground feeding on xylem fluids from the roots of deciduous forest trees in the eastern United States. After 13 or 17 years, mature cicada nymphs emerge at any given locality, synchronously and in tremendous numbers. After such a prolonged developmental phase, the adults are active for about 4 to 6 weeks. The males aggregate into chorus centers and attract mates. Within two months of the original emergence, the life cycle is complete, the eggs have been laid and the adult cicadas are gone for another 13 or 17 years.
Magicicada males typically form large aggregations that sing in chorus to attract receptive females. Different species have different characteristic calling songs. 

Barnett Reservoir Foundation

The Barnett Reservoir Foundation is a tax exempt, non-profit 501 (c)3 and was founded to assist the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District in promoting recreation and interest in the Ross Barnett Reservoir for businesses and families. The Foundation raises funds for projects to enhance and improve the quality of life for residents and provide recreational opportunities for visitors.

They sponsor and facilitate a number of activities at the Reservoir every year, including the upcoming Gator Bait Hatchlings Kayak Race (in partnership with the Mississippi Wildlife Federation and Academy Sports), the Independence Day Celebration, and Smokin' on the Rez.

Incidentally, the Lighted Boat Parade, a part of the Independence Day Celebration, is now accepting registrations.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Flowood Family Fest Tomorrow

We are in the busy season for the City of Flowood.  Last weekend was the Arts & Crafts Festival. Yesterday was National Day of Prayer. This morning, the Mayor held his Prayer Breakfast at the Ivy. Saturday is Flowood Family Fest. Tuesday, the Mayor is speaking to the Flowood Rotary Club. Wednesday and Thursday is the Mayor's Cup. Whew.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Lakeland Presbyterian Church Celebrates 25 Years

Lakeland Presbyterian Church, PCA, celebrated its 25th year in the Reservoir/Flowood area this past Sunday with a homecoming celebration and dinner on the grounds.  TwentyEleven Media, LLC, a Reservoir based media company produced a wonderful video documenting Lakeland Pres' spiritual service to the community.  A lot of familiar faces are in there.  Enjoy!

Lakeland Pres 25th Anniversary from TwentyEleven Media on Vimeo.

Daniel Cross for Supervisor Fundraiser

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

National Day of Prayer is Tomorrow

National Day of Prayer is tomorrow (though hopefully we are all doing it daily).  The Flowood Chamber of Commerce is recognizing this event at noon tomorrow with a service at the Flowood Library.  All are encouraged to join.  Across the pond, Madison United Methodist Church hosts their service at noon, with guest speaker, State Treasurer and MUMC member, Lynn Fitch.

Candidates Forum Open Thread

Yesterday afternoon, the Federation of Reservoir Homeowners hosted a candidates forum for candidates of Districts 2 and 5, Rankin County Board of Supervisors.  Unfortunately, another event conflicted my schedule.  Therefore, I need your opinions and thoughts on how the candidates performed.  Fire away!

Tony Greer, candidate for Public Service Commission, was in attendance and took some pictures of the event.  

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Meet the Candidates Forum TONIGHT!

Remember, everyone, the Meet The Candidates program, sponsored by the Federation of Reservoir Homeowners is tonight at NWR Middle School!  Prior post with all the details here.  It begins at 6:00 p.m.  Come armed with questions concerning you about Districts 2 and 5.

Boat Ramp Hours During Pepsi Pops

Tax Rates for Local School Districts

Below is a chart generated by the Rankin County School District to show the differences in tax rates for the various school districts in the area, with Lamar and Desoto Counties thrown in for good measure.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Board Denies Lake Vista Storage Request

Rankin County Board of Supervisors votes down the zoning variance request from Lake Vista Storage 3-2.  Morrison and Johnson voted for zoning request.  Keith, Wilcox and Bishop voted for against it.

Kate Royals did a good job keeping those of us with day jobs in the loop from Twitter. Here's a gem from her Twitterfeed:

 Dr Homer Burns, speaking in opposition to the storage unit, said Parker's group speaking in support was "the best group money could buy."

Pepsi Pops This Friday!

Pepsi Pops is this Friday at Old Trace Park in Ridgeland. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. Maestro takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. Fireworks after. $15 at the gate, $12 in advance. Kids (age 4-18) are $5. Everything you need to know can be found at the two links below.

City of Ridgeland page.
Mississippi Symphony Orchestra page.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Derrel Palmer Announcement

Another announcement submitted:


Campaign Kickoff Event at Castlewoods CC Clubhouse on Monday, May 4 from 6-8 PM.

Come out and meet Derrel Palmer, candidate for Supervisor District 2 in Rankin County. Learn more about him and find out how you can be involved in making positive difference in Rankin County. Light refreshments will be served.

Hosted by: Dusty Hinton and Dees Hinton, Annette Foreman and Bob Foreman, Helen Simmons and Duke Simmons, Kasey Woods and Lee Woods, Lori Ates and Randy Ates, Cynthia Broadaway and David Broadaway.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Weekend Activities

Big things happening at the Reservoir area this weekend, beginning tonight at the NW Rankin High School Softball Field.  The Lady Cougars Fastpitch Softball Team is taking on Hernando in the second round of the the playoffs at 5 p.m.  $7 is an inexpensive way to support these girls.  #BeatHernando.  The Baseball Team beat Olive Branch late yesterday plays next on May 5.

Saturday morning brings the Natchez Trace Century Ride.  Starting at 7 a.m., riders can begin biking 25, 50, 62, or even 100 miles along the Trace.

Saturday is the Flowood Arts & Crafts at the garden area of the Market Street mall at Dogwood.  75 booths of handmade items beginning at 10 a.m., and ending at 4 p.m.

Kyle Brown for Supervisor Announcement

Below is a political announcement submitted by Kyle Brown.

Political Announcement Final

Reminder: As a service to the community, I am happy to publish any candidate's political announcement.