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.