Friday, July 31, 2015

Firefighter's Challenge at Lakeshore Park

The Firefighter Combat Challenge is here again! Come out to Lakeshore Park this Friday (5-7p) and Saturday (10- till) and see Firefighters in action competing against each other In a fun filled action packed competition! There is also a kids challenge for the little guys and gals to come enjoy!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Candidate Qualification List

There have been some inquiry through this blog as to the qualifications necessary for certain elected offices.  The Mississippi Secretary of State's office conveniently provides a Candidate Qualification List that lays out the requisites.  See below:

Wildlife Extravaganza This Weekend!

The Mississippi Wildlife Extravaganza -- not-so-affectionately referred to by my wife as "Mistletoe for Men" -- is this weekend at the Mississippi Trademart on the Fairgrounds.  This event is put on by the Mississippi Wildlife Federation, and generates the funds necessary for the MWF's many community events and service projects.  This event has much to offer the whole family, not just the males.  

Family events include:

Hand-grabbin' catfish, the famous High Flyin' Retrievers, a Youth archery range, and a youth pellet gun range.  There are plenty of shows for the whole crew, including Herpetologist Terry Vandeventer, Turkey whisperer Preston Pittman, and animals and their experts from the Natural Science Museum. The whole schedule of shows and events can be found on page 21 of this link

Tomorrow, kids 12 and under get in free.  After that, they are $5.  Adults are always $10 a day.  

Tomorrow, the doors open at 3 p.m., and don't close until 9 p.m.
Saturday, the doors open at 9 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.
Sunday, the doors open at 10 a.m. and close at 5 p.m.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Listing of Public Boat Ramps on the Rez

Here is something handy.  It's a list of all parks and ramps open to the public on the Reservoir.

Privatization of Neighborhood Boat Ramps is Happening

The boat ramp in Forest Point Subdivision has been leased to the Forest Point Homeowners Association, thus closing access to non-members.  This is a trend that began with private boat ramps in newer subdivisions like Fox Bay, and continued with the closure of the Safe Harbor launch. The next step is to now close smaller ramps in subdivisions which have long been open to the public.

Jim McDowell warned us of this long ago in June of 2011 with this blog post.
The parks were once private, designated for the use of the residents of the subdivision where the park was located.  The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District even issued bumper stickers to residents so the Reservoir Patrol could identify park users.

Superintendent of Ed Candidate Richard Morrison Q & A

Continuing with our candidate profile series, below are the answers submitted to the Rankin Record by Superintendent of Education candidate, Richard Morrison:

Richard Morrison


Assistant Superintendent of Education for Rankin County School District

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Movies-N-Moonlight Tonight

Movie: Paddington
Sponsored by: Community Bank
Winners Circle Park
Bring a picnic and enjoy this FREE movie
Gates open at 6:30pm
Movie begins at dusk

Tommy's Trading Post

Tommy's Trading Post, home of one of the best burger's in Rankin County, has a website.  Go figure. You can find out what the lunch special was on March 15, 2012.  To keep up, you might have better luck on their Facebook page.

Rankin County Republican Club Meets Tonight

From their Facebook page:

Come out and visit with the candidates!
Next Social - Tuesday, July 28th
Cerami's in Flowood
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Candidates - you are welcome to bring bumper stickers, t-shirts and yard signs to hand out
Please join us and bring a friend!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Superintendent of Ed Candidate Townsend Meet and Greet

Many agree the most important race we will vote on in August is for Superintendent of Education. Long-time Superintendent, Dr. Lynn Weathersby, is not running for reelection. Three candidates qualified for the position, Bobby Franklin, Sue Townsend, and Richard Morrison.  This election has garnered much scrutiny in the media, breakfast booths, and dinner tables across the County. The Clarion Ledger recently ran two spots dedicated to this race, the first was an article by Kate Royals that briefly highlighted the three candidates.  The second was an editorial blog post by Executive Editor, Sam Hall, who I detect is not enamored with Dr. Weathersby.

You have an opportunity to meet one of the candidates this evening at Soulshine in Flowood. Dr. Sue Townsend will be at Soulshine at 6 p.m. There will be free appetizers and drinks at this meet and greet.

Fatal Accident on Grant's Ferry Road - Jackson, MS

According to WLBT, on Saturday evening, Darell Thompson, died in a one-car accident on Grants Ferry Road.  The location of the accident is not known.

Coroner Jimmy Roberts identified the victim as 37-year-old Darell Thompson.
We're told the the Brandon man was ejected, trapped beneath the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Thompson was not wearing a seat belt.
 Investigators with the Rankin County Sheriff's Office said the vehicle was traveling southbound when it left the highway and flipped. 

Link to Story.

Friday, July 24, 2015

JES Performing This Saturday

The singing group, JES, composed of Reservoir residents Jennifer Hall, Emily Cooper and Sharon Ross, are performing at Soulshine Pizza in Ridgeland this Saturday at 7:30 p.m.  Joining them will be Bobby Lowe and Wilson Karges on dobro and bass.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Article on Proposed Restaurant on Spillway

The Northside Sun ran an article on the proposed restaurant looking to open on Spillway Road close to Highway 471.  Excerpts from the article:

     A new seafood and oyster grill has been proposed for the Rankin County side of the Ross Barnett Reservoir.  However, residents of the area seem to dislike the idea.

     Niles Bryant, the developer, recently presented the idea to the [PRVWSD] and officials at the reservoir.  If the proposal is accepted, the restaurant will rest on a four-acre tract of land, near Eagles Point and Highway 471 and on the north side of the spillway.

     Bryant said the grill would have a rustic feel and be family oriented, with opportunities for kids to play while parents eat.

     However, the neighbors aren't too excited.  "People who live in that residential area don't want it to develop unless it's just more residences," said John Sigman, reservoir general manager.

I could find no link to the article online.  To read the full article, pick up this week's Northside Sun.

PRVWSD Hunting Application Period Opens Soon

The application period for draw hunts for areas on PRVWSD land opens July 31.  The PRVWSD continues to tweak the rules to improve the hunting experience.  This year, they've extended the time to hunt from 4 days to 6 days, with Monday being the "no-hunt" day.  The price is still $300 for the land below the Spillway, and $200 for Pelahatchie Bay.  That price includes up to two hunters.

The PRVWSD will once again have a booth at the Mississippi Wildlife Federation's Wildlife Extravaganza. Go see them if you have any questions about the hunts.

PRVWSD Hunting main page.
PRVWSD Hunting regs.
PRVWSD Draw Hunt Application.

Fishing Changes Come to the Rez

From the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks:

The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks Fisheries Bureau is announcing new regulations regarding the use of sport fishing trotlines, throw lines, set hooks, limb lines, Free Floating Fishing Devices (FFFDs), and yo-yos on Ross Barnett Reservoir. 
The new regulations prohibit the use of these gear types in Pelahatchie Bay and Pelahatchie Creek. 
These gear types are also banned in the area of the reservoir north of the main dam to a line between the point where Twin Harbors channel enters the main lake in Madison County and the Fannin Landing boat launch in Rankin County. 
Anglers with questions about the closed areas can call (601) 432-2200.
In addition, these gear types cannot be used within 100 yards of any sandbar or public boat launching facility within the main lake or river, and in any marked navigational channel between State Highway 43 and Ratliff Ferry in Madison County.
These regulations become effective July 22.  Anglers must have a valid sport fishing license to fish these gears.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Dogwood Festival Green Market and Craft Fair

Rain or shine, Dogwood Festival Market will host a "Green Market and Craft Fair" every Wednesday afternoon from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. between today and November 4, 2015.  From the Dogwood Festival Facebook page:

Enjoy fresh produce from local farmers and fun hand made crafts, gifts and more from local crafters, all in one place. Located in the parking lot near Chick-fil-A. Stop by and say hi! Randomly selected guests will be awarded gift cards this week to celebrate our first of this weekly event!

Harbour View and Bay Park Neighborhood Watch Meeting

Neighborhood Meeting Flyer

2011 Story: Flowood's Request to Annex NW Rankin Schools

Here is a link to a story Jim McDowell wrote in 2011. It concerned comments Flowood Mayor, Gary Rhoads, made at a Rankin County School Board meeting related to Northwest Rankin Attendance Zone. Flowood was, at that time, exploring the possibility of creating an independent school district from the schools in the Northwest Rankin Attendance Zone. I've heard nothing more about this possibility, but it always struck me as a significant statement; one that would have a profound, negative effect on the remaining schools in the Rankin County School District if it ever occurred. It certainly concerned the citizen readers of the Rez News; check out the "comments" section.  This story made me appreciate the asset Jim was to our community. 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Paddington at Winner's Circle Park

The next Movies-N-Moonlight, this one sponsored by Community Bank, is Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at Winner's Circle Park.  Paddington is the movie being shown.  It's free for everyone and begins at dusk.

Drone Video of the Rez

Found another cool video on YouTube of the Rez posted by Richardsonlights, presumably one and the same as the creative genius behind the Richardson Christmas Light Show in Madison the City.

GOP Social Club Meets Next Week

Here is a good chance to meet many of the candidates running for office:  One week from today, the Rankin County GOP Social Club will have a social at Cerami's Restaurant in Flowood.  5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. All are invited.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Big Red is arrested

The Jackson Daily News reported on September 11, 1938 that legendary bootlegger and Gold Coast operator Big Red Hydrick was arrested. He was suspected of burning down another club and also of being an accessory to highway robbery. There were a series of burnings of Gold Coast clubs at the time. 

Sample Ballot

Below is a sample ballot for the upcoming election.  Fifteen days remain . . .

Palmer Releases Video Promoting Candidacy

Derrel Palmer, Supervisor candidate for District 2, releases a video:

Friday, July 17, 2015

Pass the Deet

West Nile Disease detected in Reservoir-area mosquitoes, per the Clarion Ledger.

A sample of mosquitoes in the Reservoir area of Rankin County has tested positive for the West Nile Virus, according to the county's mosquito abatement program.
Seven pools from the county have been tested in 2015, and this pool marks the first that tested positive for the virus.
"A WNV-positive mosquito pool indicates that viral activity is increasing in the environment and people should be more careful and take precautions to protect themselves from the virus," a press release by the program stated.

Old Political Ads

Is it just me, or are there more and more political signs every year?  All this "politicking" got me thinking about old races that affected the Reservoir area.  Thankfully, the politicians were helpful enough to save campaign videos for posterity on Youtube.  Here are just a handful for your walk down memory lane:

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Meet & Greet for Chancery Judge Candidate Prentiss Grant

The 2001 Flag Referendum Vote in Rankin County

The debate renewed recently over the presence of the confederate stars and bars, which is incorporated in the canton of the Mississippi State Flag. When asked, the Governor stated the 2001 state-wide referendum vote should control any present decision on the flag. While reviewing old election results in Rankin County, I happened upon the data from that vote and found it interesting.  

In 2001, 34,053 people in Rankin County voted on the flag referendum.  Of that total, 25,311, or 74.62% of voters elected to maintain the state flag.  Only 8,609 voted to change it to the commission's proposed design.  Statewide, the percentage to keep the state flag was 64%.

Only the South Pearson, Whitfield and Mullins precincts had a majority of voters seek to change the flag. 

If you are interested in the data, check out the precinct results here.

University Alumni Parties Tonight in Jackson

The big three Mississippi universities are having their summer pep rallies this evening.  Football players, coaches, cheerleaders, university administration, alumni association workers, merchandise, booze, etc., talking football, basketball, and the importance of alumni dollars.

The Southern Miss All Star Party (presented by C Spire) begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Trademart in Jackson.  $5 per adult admission.  That will get you in the door.  You will have the opportunity to purchase food inside by a variety of vendors.

The Rebel Road Trip (presented by BancorpSouth) stops at the Jackson Country Club at 5:00 p.m.  It's $25 at the door.  That includes heavy hors d' oeuvres and a cash bar.

The MSU Summer Extravaganza starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Mississippi Coliseum.  $10 gets you in the door.  Kids and students are free.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Lego Movie Tonight!

I've been remiss by failing to post this earlier.  The Lego Movie is being shown tonight at Winner's Circle Park in Flowood.  It's the Movies-N-Moonlight, put on by the Flowood Chamber of Commerce, thanks to the generosity of C Spire.  The "gates open" at 6:30 p.m., but the movie starts at dusk.

Bring chairs or a blanket, and plenty of liquids; we are in a heat advisory until 7 p.m. as issued by the National Weather Service.

These events are fun for the whole family, and it's totally free.

Mississippi Sound

Mississippi Sound is a contemporary acapella group composed primarily of Reservoir area singers. The group is composed of Mike Lenoir, Mike Thornton, Richard Hartung, Lynda McNamee, Emily Mosley, and Claudia Morris.  They performed at Table 100 this past Sunday. Check out their webpage here (complete with song samples), and their Facebook page here. It's great to see (and hear) some Reservoir talent.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Woman Shot in Goshen Springs - Jackson, MS

A woman sustained non-life threatening injuries yesterday evening on Lake Harbor Road in Goshen Springs, when she was shot in the head by her husband during a domestic dispute.  Michael William Farmer was arrest, as was an accomplice, Michael Scott Minton, who allegedly assisted with the attempted destruction of the weapon.

Here is the WLBT story, complete with video.

Here is the WLOX story with more details, including, the victim was holding a baby in her arms when she was shot.

Fishing on the Ross Barnett

Here is an interesting video of Shaye Baker fishing on the Ross Barnett Reservoir.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

PRVWSD Board of Directors Meeting Agenda

AT 9:30 A.M. ON THURSDAY, JULY 16, 2015

1. Opening prayer

2. Pledge of Allegiance – W. C. Gorden

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Rankin grand jury seeks to "doom Gold Coast".

The Gold Coast wars never ended back in the 1930s.  They just ebbed and flowed as the tides do on the shores of the Pearl River.  The Jackson Daily News reported in 1937 that the Rankin County grand jury acted "to doom Gold Coast" as it returned a series of indictments.  The newspaper articles are posted below although they were copied from microfilm.  Needless to say the Gold Coast did not disappear but flourished through a storm of raids, investigations, and arrests over the next thirty years. 

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Party Safari

Party Safari, at 5325 Lakeland Drive, has been in the works for a long time.  However, a quick search did not turn up much online by way of additional information.  Here is a 2014 article in the Clarion Ledger discussing its construction, and I found this on a REMAX Mississippi webpage:

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Reservoir Community Picnic 7/19

Pictures from the Independence Celebration

The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District posted a ton of pictures from the Independence Day Celebration onto their Facebook Page.

The winners of the car show have also been announced.  According to the PRVWSD, Best of Show was Doug White and his 1966 Dodge Coronet Convertible.  The Top 5 cars were Gary Smith's 1955 Ford Victoria, Barry and Christian Berry's 1962 Chevrolet Impala, Wilson Phillips' 1940 Ford, Jack Curtis' 2011 Dodge Challenger, and Gene and Susie Roberson's 1930 Hudson.

Pics from Independence Celebration.
Northbay Celebration.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Coffee With Derrel Palmer, District 2 Supervisor Candidate

Your Pier/Boathouse May Be in Trouble

The PRVWSD takes the position that piers, boathouses, or other structures, extending into the Reservoir from residential property, are without authority unless that area in the water is included in a lease. The PRVWSD argues the waterfront leases entered into with lessees stop at the water's edge; therefore, private piers or boathouses -- some of which extend 25 feet into the Reservoir -- are not located on the homeowner's lease.  If that homeowner wants a pier, he or she will have to lease additional acreage in the water to do so. The alternative, I imagine, will be for the PRVWSD to tear down the structure.

Brian Broom drops this bomb in the Clarion Ledger today:

Candidate Profile for Kyle Brown

Continuing with the Candidate Profiles published in the Rankin Record, below are the responses from District 2 Supervisor Candidate, Kyle Brown.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Missing Dogs

Rez Friends, please keep a look out for these two dogs.  They escaped from their home in Lineage Lake last week and are still having trouble finding their way home.  They were last sighted near Luckney Road and Riverbend. Their names are Jinx and Silas. They are large, black and very friendly.  If you have any information of their whereabouts, please either call their concerned owner (Jake) using the number below, or comment on this post.  They escaped together, but may have split up.  Thanks to all.

HELP US FIND OUR DOGS!! I know we've shared this a lot but please call us at 601-951-1131 if you have ANY news on these guys! Happy 4th and thank you!!! 

Constable killed on the Gold Coast.

Jacksonians were shocked to read in the newspapers on August 29, 1946 that a Rankin County constable was killed at a Gold Coast nightclub.  Constable Norris Overby and Gold Coast boss Sam Searney commenced to arguin' and yellin' and next thing you know, they were shooting each other.  Both men fell down to the ground wounded and continued to lie on the floor.  They reaimed their pistols at each other and commenced to shooting again until each one killed the other. 

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Governor follows up with second raid on Gold Coast.

The Gold Coast bosses might have been crooked but they weren't stupid.  Governor White sent the troops in on June 23, 1939 to shut down the gambling and drinking earned the Gold Coast its name.  The Governor knew the fine establishments of the Gold Coast had been raided before and would reopen and act as if nothing had ever happened.  Governor White thus conducted a second raid on the Gold Coast on Saturday night on June 25 only to find very little liquor to seize.   Here are copies of the original articles.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Remembering the Gold Coast

The Gold Coast of Rankin County has a storied history.  The Gold Coast was the section of Rankin County where Casey Lane and Fanin Road traversed near the Pearl River.  Commonly referred to as "East Jackson", it was a hotspot of booze, gambling, nice restaurants, and good music for forty years.  There was just one problem- Mississippi was a dry state (although beer was legal) and thus the bootleggers ran the Gold Coast.  There were tides of trouble and tides of peace for the Gold Coast as do-gooders would get worked up about the Rankin County and pressure law enforcement and other government officials to shut down the Gold Coast.  However, there was simply too much money flowing through the Gold Coast to keep it shut down forever.  Governor White sent the militia in to raid the Gold Coast in 1939.

I spent some time yesterday at the Department of Archives and History reading and copying old issues of the Jackson Daily News and the Clarion-Ledger.  Here is a story from June 23, 1939 about the Governor's use of troops to bust up the playground of the bootleggers.  More copies of vintage articles will be posted over the next several days.

Parent's Night Out July 31!

Northwest Rankin's Class of 2017 hosts a Parent's Night Out on July 31 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Performing Arts Building at NWRHS.  This just so happens to coincide with Tax Free Weekend. Great idea.  The cost is $20.00 for the first child and $10.00 for each additional sibling.  There will be plenty of fun activities, pizza, movies, etc.  Make a reservation now with Cindy Christian at

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Candidate Profile for Judge John Shirley

This has been a great way to see who reads the Rez News.  Below, I've posted Judge John Shirley's responses.  Judge Shirley is a candidate for re-election to Justice Court Judge.

Candidate Profile for Derrel Palmer

Many thanks to Derrel for submitting his candidate profile to the Rez News:

Shoe Coo Train Exits Stage Left

My wife insists this is big news:  Shoe Choo Train is leaving Lakeland Drive and heading to Ridgeland, specifically The Promenade, 860 Avery Blvd, Ridgeland, MS 39157.  The official announcement on the move date hasn't been made.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Boo's Open for Business on Spillway

Boo's Smokehouse Bar-B-Que is now open at 1927 Spillway Road.  It's open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday.  This appears to be a mere extension of the main Smokehouse Bar-B-Que at the intersection of Lakeland Drive and Hwy 471, and I assume the ribs will be as delectable.

Candidate Profile for Daniel Cross

I praised the Rankin Record in an earlier post, and recommended my readers review the question-and-answer article with the Rankin Supervisor candidates.  I couldn't find an online version of the article, so therefore could not post same.  Daniel Cross, candidate for Supervisor District 2, kindly submitted to me his answers.  I post those below, and I will gladly post any others who submit same.