Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Boil Water Notice Lifted

Per PRVWSD, the boil water notice for parts of the Marblehead Subdivision has been lifted.

RyanMan Triathlon Saturday

The Ryanman Triathlon is this Saturday at Lakeshore Park.  What is Ryanman, you ask?
The RyanMan Foundation was founded in 2014 with the mission to support the fight against childhood cancer, within the State of Mississippi.  The Foundation was established in honor of Ryan LaSource, who, at the age of 2, has fought and beat Leukemia, twice!  The RyanMan Foundation is committed to supporting this fight and is organizing the RyanMan Triathlon as our main platform in raising money to support this mission.
Learn more about little Ryan LaSource here, or check out Ryan's Journey on Facebook.

The Clarion Ledger recently carried a great story on Ryan and the triathlon.

All the information you need about the race is at the RyanMan website, but here is are the essentials:

The race starts at Lakeshore Park at 7 a.m. with a 1.2 mile swim, then a 56 mile bike ride, then a 13.1 mile run around Pelahatchie Bay. Proceeds benefit Batson's Children's Hospital.

Registration is closed, but there are plenty are ways you can help through volunteering, or buying a raffle ticket for a Viking dishwasher, or cheering on the athletes.

(Part of) Marblehead Boil Water Notice

Two days ago, the PRVWSD issued a boil water notice for 15 +/- homes in the Marblehead Subdivision, as follows:

Effective immediately, the PEARL RIVER VALLEY WATER SUPPLY DISTRICT has issued a Boil Water Notice for Mallard Drive in Marblehead subdivision on the Pelahatchie Bay water system PWS# 610036. This notice was issued due to loss of water or water pressure. The loss of water or water pressure was due to a repair on a broken 6 inch main water line. There are 15 water connections affected in the subdivision. The Mississippi State Department of Health was notified by telephone and this email. We will take the first of the two samples from the affected area on September 28, 2015. This boil water notice will be in effect for at least 48 hours or until we receive two consecutive days of clear sampling. Door hangers have been posted to alert the water customers to vigorously boil for one minute any water to be consumed.

Today, we should learn whether that boil water notice can be lifted.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Cutting of Trees Along Old Fannin Road

For those curious about the thinning of trees along Old Fannin Road, across from Farmington Station, the land owner (Denmiss, LLC) is cutting the trees close to the road for safety/aesthetics.  There are no immediate plans for that tract and no further thinning is anticipated at this time.

Lake Harbor VFD Haunted House

Halloween is around the corner. Like last year, I will eventually have a post with all the area events. For now, Lake Harbor Volunteer Fire Department is the first to advertise.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Hunting Season Approaches

White-tailed deer archery draw hunts on PRVWSD property begin this Thursday, October 1, 2015, and run through the end of the day on Sunday, January 31, 2016.  During this time, the land upon which draw hunts take place are closed to the general public (with the exception of the drawn hunters and their guests). This includes the popular wooded areas between Fox Bay Subdivision and Windward Oaks Subdivision, and the walking/biking paths in Mule Jail Trail.  For a map of the draw hunt properties, click here.

In addition to archery season for deer, squirrel hunting opens October 1, so you are apt to see squirrel hunters coming in and out of PRVWSD woods during that time.

Burn Bans Continue

Upon the recommendation of the Mississippi Forestry Commission, Rankin and Madison Counties are presently under burn bans.  Madison County issued theirs on July 20; it is set to expire October 24. Rankin County's went into effect September 3, and is set to expire this Thursday.  There is an exemption for agricultural field burning in Rankin Counties, but that is it.

Per Miss. Code Ann. 49-19-351, intentional violations of burn bans are subject to prosecution for a misdemeanor, and can be fined up to $500.

Friday, September 25, 2015

WellsFest This Weekend

This weekend, in addition to Outdoorama on the Rez, you have another choice.  This one's just down Lakeland Drive at Jamie Fowler Boyll Park on the Hinds County side of the river.  Wellsfest 2015 is hosted by Wells United Methodist Church. According to their website, WellsFest is:
  • A family friendly music festival, admission-free, drawing the best groups around. Entertainers donate their time and talent to provide continuous music.
  • A fun fair for children, featuring easy-to-win games and creative activities at low, low prices.
  • An art auction where you can bid on works donated by prominent Jackson area artists.  
  • A silent auction where you can pick up bargains donated by local merchants,innkeepers and restauranteurs.
  • An outdoor coffee house where you can relax with friends and enjoy fantastic homemade desserts.
  • A diner's delight, where you can enjoy fine grilled treats from WellsFest Chefs.
  • A crafts fair, featuring the top artisans from around Mississippi.
  • A pet parade and blessing for our leashable friends at 9 a.m.
  • A giant plant sale with some living bargains.
 This years' music line-up is below the jump:

Thursday, September 24, 2015

JPD Won't be Patrolling Outside of State Fair This Year

A commentor noted in the previous State Fair post that the City of Jackson will not be providing any security for the Mississippi State Fair this year. This is a source of concern for many typical fair-goers. Because safety and crime prevention are important, I researched it a bit and found the below articles concerning the City of Jackson PD's decision.

Clarion Ledger article.  This article reminds its readers that the Hinds County Sheriff's Department will still provide security within the Fairgrounds.  JPD usually assists with traffic and safety outside of the fairgrounds.

WAPT article.

WJTV article, wherein State Fair Commission Executive Director recognizes that safety is the utmost priority, and alternatives to JPD, including private security, are being reviewed.

Review of Half Shell Oyster House

I had lunch there Wednesday and ordered the Blackened Tuna Sandwich.  It was everything I dreamed it would be; cooked as requested, full of flavor, divine.  Plus, I was such a big fan of the cheese grits my wife ordered, she's still not speaking to me.

The dining room is large. There is a private room for medium sized dinner parties. Our server was fantastic. The manager made sure to visit our table. I'm a big fan and will be back. Often.  It's a big plus for our area.

There was just a short wait at 11:30 a.m., but quite a line at 12:30 when we left.

Here is the menu.
Here is the contact info for the Flowood branch.
Here is the home page of the website.
Here is the Facebook page.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Proposed Boathouse and Pier Policy

The Attorney General provided his opinion (which we discussed here) stating PRVWSD did not have to charge additional fees to lease the area over the water, adjacent to the shore, for piers and boathouses.  The AG opined that the concept of littoral rights likely provided PRVWSD with the authority to permit upland lessees to construct boathouses and piers without the need for a submerged land lease.

In response to the AG's opinion, the PRVWSD recently published a proposed Boathouse and Pier Policy applicable for all new construction, remodeling, or renovation.  They seem basic enough. Someone educate me on why boathouses cannot contain living quarters.

(The Policy is below the jump)

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Additional Info on Outdoorama on the Rez This Weekend

Outdoorama on the Rez

September 26, 2015   *   8am-1pm

Where: Turcotte Education Center
            506 Hwy 43 South
            Canton, MS 39046
When:  September 26, 2015
Time:   8:00am - 1:00pm

In celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day, the purpose of this event is to get kids and anyone interested in the outdoors to step outside for a hands-on experience with the tools and concepts of hunting and fishing in Mississippi. They will learn how to reload shells, shoot skeet and sporting clays, learn how to tie flies, fish for catfish, learn how knives are made, shoot bows and arrows, learn about recycling, try their hand at canoeing, experience electrofishing, watch a retrieving dog demonstration, learn the importance of clean water, see snakes and alligators, and so much more!

This is a
FREE event and no equipment is needed.

For more information,

Mississippi State Fair

It's never too early to prepare for the Mississippi State Fair.  This year, the dates are October 7 through the 18.

Musical acts include Blood, Sweat and Tears, Bo Bice, Shawn Mendes, Joe Nichols, and Bell-Biv-Devoe.

Here is the official website with all the information you need.
Here is the Facebook Page.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Outdoorama on the Rez 2015

Outdoorama on the Rez is one week from today. It's at Turcotte Education Center off Highway 43 on the Madison County side of the Reservoir.  Below is a advertiser for it, but you can glean more information at the Mississippi Wildlife Federation's website.  This event, and the people who staff and organize it, are awesome. If your schedule allows, bring your kid to Outdoorama.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Smokin on the Rez 2015

Folks, here is the 411 on this year's Smokin' on the Rez BBQ and Blue Festival.

Cougars Take on Brandon

The Clarion Ledger published a good article by Courtney Cronin on the man behind the curtain for the Northwest Rankin football team, Coach Toby Collums.  Read the article, Chasing NW Rankin's Toby Collums, in its entirety here.  A tasty morsel follows:

Northwest Rankin is off to its first 4-0 start since 2011. The Cougars host Brandon (3-1) tonight in a crosstown matchup in which they’ll face former coach Tyler Peterson and the No. 5 team in the state.
For the first time in years this game can actually be called what it is: a rivalry.
“Four or five weeks ago, people didn’t think this game would be big,” Cougars junior quarterback Braden Smith said. “We’ve worked for it. When people come out here Friday night we’re going to show them why we should be relevant in the state of Mississippi.”
Relevancy and stability are buzzwords used to describe the new era at Northwest Rankin since Collums arrived. The two go hand-in-hand.
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The first four weeks undoubtedly whet a starved community’s appetite for wins, but Collums is careful to not put the cart before the horse.
“We want them to build confidence but we’re not getting overconfident about what we’ve accomplished,” he said. “We just want to keep building on that momentum.”
Tonight will be big for the Reservoir. If you can't make it to the game, watch it live at this link.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Random Ramblings

Reservoir icon, Bert Case, defeated sepsis like a it was a rabid pit bull. Read all about it on Jackson Jambalaya.

Half Shell Oyster House is now open, according to a banner strung from a tree on Lakeland Drive. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

High Heaven Trampoline Park in Flowood inches toward completion. It is expected to open in October.

Don't look now, but Coach Collums has Northwest Rankin at 4-0, and ranked No. 10 in the Mississippi Gridiron Top 10. They take on No. 9 Brandon at home this Friday. The stadium should be rocking.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

1984 Water Resource Study

The Ground-Water Resources in the Ross Barnett Reservoir Area, a study performed in 1984 for the U.S. Geologic Study in cooperation with the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District. Fascinating reading.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Pie Five Pizza Coming to Flowood

Pie Five Pizza is coming to Lakeland Drive, next to El Potrillo.  I know nothing about Pie Five other than what I gathered online.  Here is their website. The website says they are opening in Flowood in October. Here is the menu.

Anyone who's ever eaten at a Pie Five Pizza care to give a review?

Gator Bait This Saturday!

The big Gatorbait Kayak Race is this weekend, and I hope the weather equals this past weekend!  It's the 5.5 mile kayak, canoe and stand-up paddleboard (SUP) race around Pelahatchie Bay. It's not too late to register; you can do so in person at the Reservoir Community Center Friday, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. This event is made possible by the partnership of the Mississippi Wildlife Federation, Keep the Rez Beautiful, Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, Rezonate, and the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District.

Much effort goes into this event, and the prizes are unique.

Pictures from past races here.
Race results from 2014.
Race results from 2013.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Analysis of AG's Opinion on Boathouses and Piers

In July of this year, the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District ("the District") made known their position that piers and boathouses extending beyond the water line may be without authority, unless that area was included in a lease. We blogged about it here, and it generated much activity and discussion on this blog. 

On August 21, 2015, the Mississippi Attorney General ("AG") issued an opinion at the request of the District on the following question:
Is the District required to issue leases for additional compensation for the utilization of submerged properties for boathouses and piers adjacent to upland leases issued by the District?
Note the phrasing of the question.  The District did not ask if they could, they merely asked are they required to?

The AG began its analysis grumbling over the broadness of the question asked.  The AG states, as a result, the answer he is giving will be general in nature, and will resolve nothing regarding specific properties.

(additional analysis and the AG Opinion below the break)

Thursday, September 10, 2015

NWR Takes on Ridgeland Tomorrow

Tomorrow, Northwest Rankin plays at the Ridgeland Titans, at 7 p.m. Here is the extent of the Football Team's webpage. Ridgeland is 0-3 and play in Class 5A (as opposed to NWR, which is 6A).

Rez Neighborhood Watch Meeting Tonight

Harbour View, Bay Park, and other Reservoir neighborhoods are having a Neighborhood Watch Instructional Meeting tonight at 6 p.m. They will meet at St. Peter's By the Lake on Spillway Road. Obviously, they would like as much participation as possible. If you live in or around those neighborhoods, and you desire to take an active role in keeping your home safe, please attend.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

9/11 Memorial Run/Walk

The Annual 9/11 Memorial Run is significantly restrained this year. Participating firefighters, policemen, and any others that care to join, will leave Lakeshore Park at 7 a.m. on Friday, September 11 for the eleven mile trek around Pelahatchie Bay. There is no charge. Many were concerned the focus was slipping; the firefighters desired a return to solemnity.

Reservoir residents are encouraged to line the running/biking trail around Pelahatchie Bay on Friday morning, wave American flags, and pay tribute to the fallen heroes.

From the Reservoir Fire Department's Facebook Page:

Please come join your local Firefighters, Law Enforcement, and Military members for the annual 9/11 run! This will take place Friday 9/11 at 0700 hrs, we will meet at Lakeshore Park and run/walk the 11 mile running trail around Pelahatchie Bay in honor of all who lost their lives on that fateful day. There is NO entry fee the only requirement is to BRING AN AMERICAN FLAG and waive it PROULDLY!!!

Party Safari is Now Open!

Party Safari, located at 5324 Lakeland Drive, is now open.  Operating hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. I encourage you to check out the photos on their Facebook Page. I foresee attending a bunch of birthday parties there.

Announcement from Circuit Judge Candidate Michael Wolf

The following was submitted by Circuit Judge Candidate, Michael Wolf:

Michael Wolf is pleased to announce that he is running for the office of Circuit Court Judge, in Rankin and Madison Counties.  This is an entirely new position which demands a new enthusiasm toward the application of the law. In a field of fine candidates, Michael Wolf is unique and well suited to the job.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

PRVWSD Shoreline Committee Agenda

The next Board of Director's meeting for the PRVWSD will be Thursday, September 17, 2015, at 9:30 a.m., at the PRVWSD headquarters at 115 Madison Landing Circle, Ridgeland, MS.  Not much interesting in the committee agendas so far, except for the Shoreline Committee.  That committee meets Monday, September 14, at 3:30 p.m.  It's agenda is below:


1. Property Maintenance Report – Robbie Graves.
2. Approval of sale of Lot 23 Windrose (John Sigman)
3. Review of Attorney General’s response regarding boat house opinion request (John Sigman)
4. Review of boathouse/pier policy (John Sigman)
5. Rescind/refund of boathouse fee easement Lot 9 Windrose Subdivision (John Sigman)
6. Approval of regular 2015 dam inspection proposal from Burns Cooley Dennis (Greg Burgess)
7. Approval of Neel Schaffer proposal for bridge inspection (Greg Burgess)

I will try and get my hands on the Attorney General's opinion and digest it for you.

Monday, September 7, 2015

2 for 7 Kitchen Coming to Lakeside Shell

Sadly, my dreams of Jumbo reopening in the Lakeside Shell on the corner of Spillway and Grant's Ferry (an earlier version of this post erroneously said "Old Fannin) shall not come to fruition. Fortunately, however (and thanks to Chris Merck of Merck Team Realty for bringing this to my attention), another restaurant is moving in soon.

2 for 7 Kitchen, which to this point has operated a food truck and catering business, is coming to the Lakeside Shell.  It's the husband and wife team of Deandrea and Omario Moore. Omario previously worked as a chef at the Capital Club in downtown Jackson.

Below is a snippet from an article about 2 for 7 Kitchen in the Jackson Free Press:
Initially, 2 for 7 was a delivery service. The Moores took orders from groups of teachers or industrial workers and deliver it at lunch. The response was incredible and prompted the couple to take the risk and get the truck, which only created more business. Moore said that most of their new customers hear about them through word of mouth, Instagram or Facebook. "I've not seen one bad comment, yet," Moore says.
 Menu items include breakfast favorites such as pancakes and waffles, available all day, hibachi, chicken on a stick, philly cheese steaks, poboys and a dozen other unrelated things, with new items added daily. The real kicker is that if you want something that isn't on the menu, and they have the ingredients, 2 for 7 will make it anyway.
Okay. After researching 2 for 7 Kitchen, I'm appropriately pumped for their arrival.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Bert Updates on JJ

My earlier post on Bert Case's health issues has been popular with my readers (if you go by "post views"). People care about Bert just like he's cared about us over the years. Fortunately, Bert's wife is supplying Kingfish at Jackson Jambalaya with regular email updates on Bert's condition. I encourage anyone praying for Bert, or otherwise concerned for his health, to check in over there occasionally to keep up.

PRVWSD Board of Director's Meeting Minutes July 2015

Highlights include:

  --  "Water system hydraulic model" updated on the Madison side of the Rez, and Village Square commercial subdivision plat approved.  

  --  Construction of a "semi-portable comfort station" for Flag Island was approved, at a total budget of $6,800.00, with much of the funds coming from a MDEQ grant.

  --  Since making the move from paying private attorneys to represent the PRVWSD to the Attorney General's office (Mack Cameron and Philip Huskey), the staff had collected $173,601.52 in (presumably non-voluntary) lease payments and $31,390.55 in attorneys' fees.

  -- The Board approved a Resolution granting a non-exclusive franchise to Telepak Networks, Inc., to construct, operate and maintain fiber optic cable telecommunications facilities in the public places (streets, alleys, etc.) of the PRVWSD.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Phoenix, the Lost Dog, Spotted Near the Rez

Below is a snippet from an article that posted on the MSNewsNow website concerning Phoenix, a dog lost after a local hotel burglary.

[The owner] says that she and her dog were staying at the La Quinta Inn on Briarwood Drive. She went out to dinner with some friends in the area, when someone broke into her hotel room.
The burglars didn't take Phoenix, however, she did escape.
Shortly after the break-in, hotel staff spotted her on the grounds and they called Misty, who arrived just 10 minutes later. By that time, Pheonix had disappeared.
Misty says that Phoenix has a green collar on with a tag IDing her. She also has a distinct burn scar on her face. She is current on her shots.

See the entire article here.
WAPT also has a story with more pictures.
CARA post on Facebook.

According to a reader, Phoenix was recently spotted near the Q & M Bait Shop at the corner of Lake Harbor and Old Canton Road in Ridgeland.  It would be hard to miss this dog with that distinctive burn. If you have any information, call Misty Malik at 601.214.4940.

Whitetails Unlimited Banquet

Just in time for bow season, the Rankin County Chapter of Whitetails Unlimited is having their big banquet.

Important Info on Rabies Vaccination Clinic This Saturday

The Mississippi Department of Health has confirmed that rabies was detected in a small, black and white, feral kitten found in downtown Starkville, MS. While rabies is commonly found in bats in Mississippi, the last known case in a land animal in the state was in 1961. Rabies is a viral disease that is completely preventable. 

The Rankin County Sheriff's Department, Rankin County Board of Supervisors and Mississippi Equine Sports Medicine will be hosting a rabies vaccination clinic on Saturday September 5, 2015 from 9:00am till 1:00pm. The clinic will be held at the Rankin County Tornado Safe Room and Multi Purpose Pavilion located at 651 Marquette Road in Brandon, MS. The cost for dogs, cats and ferrets is $5.00 each and horses are $10.00 each. If you need a updated coggins for a horse the cost is $17.00 each. 

Dogs must be on a leash and cats must be in a carrier. Horses must be in a halter and lead rope. There will be at least 200 doses available for dogs, cats and ferrets and 50 doses for horses. Dogs and cats are required to be vaccinated at 3 months of age, again one year later and every three years thereafter. If you can not make it to this low cost clinic, please do your part and schedule an appointment with your veterinarian. Vaccine must be administered under the supervision of a veterinarian. 

MS SPAN "The Big Fix Clinic" will be on hand to give people information about FREE spay and neuter for cats, available for citizen living in the 39042 and 39047 zip codes of Rankin County. 

Sergeant Ken Sullivan
Animal Shelter/Animal Control/Tornado Safe Room
Rankin County Animal Shelter
710 Marquette Road Brandon, MS 
Rankin County Tornado Safe Room
651 Marquette Road Brandon, Ms

601-825-4397 fax

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Second Amendment Tax Free Weekend

This weekend marks the Second Amendment Tax Free Weekend. For those anticipating taking advantage, I direct you to last year's post on this topic.  It provides all the information you need to determine what is, and isn't, tax free.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Pray for Bert Case

One of Mississippi's favorite sons, and also one of the Reservoir's biggest advocates, is in the hospital.  Bert Case was admitted yesterday. According to Associated Press reporter, Emily Wagster Pettus, he is in critical condition.

Roberts for Chancery Judge Fundraiser/Reception

Haydn Roberts, candidate for Rankin County Chancery Judge, is having a reception tonight at the Elliott Law Firm, PLLC.

Record Gators Caught

Gator season is in full swing. Mississippi records are falling, it seems, on a daily basis. The Clarion Ledger has an article on a couple of new records pulled from the ebon depths.  As it presently stands, the largest gator killed so far is 14 feet in length and 826 pounds of pure killing machine. Here is an article written just a day earlier.

Public water gator season ends Labor Day, so there is still a week left to break more records.

I will occasionally pop onto Tommy's Trading Post's Facebook page to keep up.  Keep up the good work, hunters.