Friday, February 27, 2015

New Businesses Around Rez Area

Readers have noticed a few new businesses in and around the Reservoir area lately.  I like to support locally owned (preferably independent) businesses.  Shop local.

Bark-N-Fun, 1127 Old Fannin Road.  "Hi everyone my name is Robbie Delancey. I will be the manager and groomer for Bark -N-Fun I look forward to taking care or all your furbabies needs. Come on by and look around we have a big play area for the babies to run and play and lots of toys for them to pick and choose from. When bringing your baby in for daycare or boarding Please be sure to bring proof of shots this is for the safety of your pet as well as the safety of our other pets. I look forward to seeing you give me a call at 601-502-5550 to set your grooming appointment today."

The Popcorn Place, 1679 Old Fannin Road.  From Ken Busby:  "The official opening is Tuesday, March 3rd but you can stop by Friday & Saturday and satisfy your taste buds. Lots of delicious and wild flavors!"

Tank's Dive Shop, 380 Ridge Way.  "Tanks Dive Shop is a new dive shop in the Flowood area specializing in dive certifications and dive travel."

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Meet the Candidates on Tuesday

Reminder!!

Rankin County Republican Club - Social

Come out and meet the Candidates

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Soulshine Pizza - Lakeland Drive - Flowood

530 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.




For more information, contact RC Republican Club President, Sharon Womack at 601-624-3603 or email at sharonwomack11@gmail.com

Photo Evidence of Sigman in Jail


This is pitiful.  Someone go bail this poor man out of jail before the riots begin.

Last chance to raise the bail money!  Help free John Sigman.

If you have already donated – Thank you for your generosity.

For those that haven’t thrown in a few dollars, any contribution is appreciated.

You can donate now at:  http://www2.mda.org/goto/freejohnsigman


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Car Tag Doubles as Entry Fee

The Board of Directors of PRVWSD waived park entrance fees for owners of the Reservoir Car Tag at the recent Board meeting.  That means, if you paid the $30 dollars to receive a Reservoir car tag, you don't pay the normal $5 per car entrance fee.  Not a bad perk for those tag holders.

Craig Morgan Headlines Flowood Family Fest

Flowood Family Fest, the totally free festival hosted by the City of Flowood at Liberty Park is coming Saturday, May 9.  The following was recently posted on Facebook:

Local entertainment with Miles Flatt at 6:30, leading up to our Headline Entertainer, Country Music Super Star "CRAIG MORGAN” taking the stage at 8:00 pm with top hits such as: This Ole Boy, Almost Home, Wake Up Lovin' You, and Redneck Yacht Club (just to name a few!)

The gates will open at 4:00 p.m. with an array of high-energy games and attractions that wow the children such as: Space Jumps, Slides, Obstacle Courses, Petting Zoo, Pony Rides, Kid's Karaoke, Train Rides and more. These are only a few of the Free options that will be enjoyed. 
There will also be fair type food for purchase so come hungry and come expecting an evening full of
Fun for the whole family! Free To The Public!

School Information II (Spoiler: Closed)

Rankin County School District schools are Closed, all of them.
Hartfield is Closed.
Christ Covenant in Ridgeland is Closed.
East Rankin Academy is Closed.
First Pres Day School is Closed.
Good Shepherd is Closed.
Jackson Academy is Closed.
Jackson Prep is Closed.
MRA Closed.
Madison County Schools Closed.
New Summit Closed.
Park Place Christian Closed.
Pearl Public Schools Closed.
St. Andrews Closed.

Unless you go to Millsaps, Alcorn, JSU, Belhaven or Tulane-Madison Campus, you are not going to school today.


Announcement for Constable Candidate Rodney Hale

Below is the announcement from District 4 Constable Candidate, Rodney Hale.


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Press Release on the Income Tax Bill

Here is the Press Release, courtesy of Rep. Brent Powell, on the proposed Income Tax phase-out:

Today, the Mississippi House Republican Caucus announced a $1.38 billion individual income tax cut proposal. The income tax cut in House Bill 1629 (HB1629) will occur over a 15-year period beginning in Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17) and will take place only if there is three percent revenue growth in each fiscal year.

Rankin County Chamber Open House






Last year, lightening struck the Rankin County Chamber of Commerce/Rankin First building, causing extensive damage. On March 3, 2015, said organizations will be hosting an open house to show off the renovations.  All are invited.  

MDOT Video Cameras for Traffic

If you have a bit of free time, check out the Mississippi Department of Transportation's traffic/road map, to keep up-to-date on road conditions and traffic.

Of course, the two cameras in the Reservoir area are down as I type this.

School Information

If any are wrong, blame WAPT, some of these schools haven't updated their twitter feeds in over two weeks (cough, cough, RCSD, cough).

Rankin County School District schools are closed today.  All of them.

Pearl School District is delayed until 10 a.m. for elementary, and 10:30 for Jr. and High School.

Hartfield is delayed until 10:00 a.m.

Jackson Prep, St. Andrews and Jackson Academy are holding tight at 10:00 a.m. delayed start

First Pres Day School has cancelled classes today.

New Summit is opening at 10 a.m.

Park Place Christian is opening at 10 a.m.

Pine Lake Church is opening at 10 a.m.

Circle of Friends is closed today.

Kidz R Kidz Learning Center is closed.

Lake Village Learning Center is presently open.

Good Shepherd Lutheran School is closed.

Madison Ridgeland Academy is opening at 9 a.m.

Madison County Schools are opening 2 hours later than usual.




Lock Your Car Doors at Night

Here is the latest batch of individuals intelligent enough to commit crimes in Rankin County.  Four Rankin County youths were recently arrested for a series of auto burglaries.  Dillon Lewis, Parker Austin Gousset, LaJonathan Jaderius Davis, and an unnamed 16 year old youth were taken into custody for burglaries in the Waterwood, Hidden Hills, and Bellegrove Subdivisions.

Per MS News Now:

The Rankin County Sheriff's Department has arrested four people and charged them in at least 14 automobile burglaries. 

. . . [I]nvestigators arrested a 16-year-old juvenile in connection with an automobile burglary where the victim's credit card was used. The juvenile confessed to a total of five automobile burglaries over the past two months. 

. . . Investigators and Reservoir Police were able to develop a suspect vehicle description. A vehicle matching that description was spotted early Sunday morning, and two suspects, 23-year-old Dillon Ellis Lewis and 18-year-old Parker Austin Gousset were taken into custody. Two stolen firearms were found in the vehicle.

In all the burglaries, the vehicles were left unlocked. The items stolen included money, weapons, prescription drugs, clothing and electronics.

See the full story in the link above.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Important Message from RCSD Admin

Important message from Rankin County School District Administration:

Dear Parents,

After school activities, clubs and ALL athletic events, are cancelled. This includes dance, gymnastics, cheer, etc. Updates will be posted to our web site and announced to local media. RCSD works closely with the Emergency Operations Center, the National Weather Service and the County to monitor the weather and determine the best course to insure student and employee safety. 

 

Frontiers for all RCSD sites will be open until 6 p.m. today.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Weather Info

Go to this link to read more about the severe weather in our area.  It is a link to the National Weather Service, Jackson, MS page.  All sorts of information, graphs, maps, etc.

Weekly Summary from the State House

Below is the weekly summary from State Rep. Brent Powell:

Mississippi House of Representatives Summary for the Week of February 16, 2015

This week, members of the House turned their focus toward budget matters, with both the Appropriations and Ways and Means committees very active. The Appropriations committee deals with spending the state’s money and is charged with designing the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 State Budget, which begins July 1. The Ways and Means Committee focuses on sources of state revenue. This committee crafts bills used as vehicles to fund the government. Early projections suggest the budget for FY2016 will be close to $6 billion.

The Ways and Means Committee passed several bills out of committee and onto the House floor, including: 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Sen. Josh Harkins Seeks Reelection

Press release from Josh Harkins below:


Senator Harkins announces re-election bid to Senate Seat

State Senator Josh Harkins announced plans to seek re-election to State Senate District 20, covering Flowood, Brandon, Pelahatchie, the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District, Leesburg and Pisgah.

“I am humbled and honored by the support of citizens of District 20,” says Senator Harkins. “Allowing me to serve as their voice in Jackson is a responsibility I have not taken lightly. I have worked hard to represent District 20 over the last four years to promote less government interference, lower taxes, economic development and growth and strong public safety for our citizens. I will continue to promote our conservative principles in my next term.”

As a commercial developer and real estate broker, Senator Harkins knows the importance of sound financial management in State Government.

“Four years ago, I promised to do my part to run state government like a business,” says Senator Harkins. “I am now pleased to report the State’s financial standing is on solid ground. We have filled the rainy day fund and are better prepared for unexpected financial emergencies. I will continue to work for the entire state to promote sound financial decisions in Mississippi.”

As a devoted father of two, Senator Harkins has been a leader in promoting education reform, focusing on results, achievements and accountability. 

“Our children deserve the best opportunities at a quality education,” says Senator Harkins.

A life-long resident of District 20, Senator Harkins was instrumental in passing legislation to give Pearl River Valley (PRV) District residents a unified voice by creating a PRV board, composed by a majority of lease holders. He also shepherded legislation through the Senate to create an Overlay District to protect property values and the quality of life for district residents.

Senator Harkins has been recognized as Legislator of the Year by the Mississippi Association of Realtors, a Business and Jobs Champion by the Business and Industry Political Education Committee (BIPEC), and received an “A” rating by the National Rifle Association. 

Harkins is a graduate of Northwest Rankin High School and Mississippi State University. He is a member of the Flowood Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Directors for River Oaks Hospital, but most importantly, is the “Coach” of his daughter’s soccer team.

Senator Harkins and his wife, Andrea, live in Flowood with their daughters, Emerson and Carlysle.

Cockrell's Farmer's Market

The below message was posted on the Old Fannin Farmer's Market Facebook Page.

The market will open March 2nd with new owners. Sherry and Kyle Cockrell will take over as the new owners.
Kyle was raised on a farmer in Smith County. He was raised up in the produce business. They are very excited about the new adventure. I know that everyone will support them. Remember we have always said this market is our customers.
Yes, Lou will return.
Jim and I retiring. We loved serving our community, state and surrounding states. We love all and will not be talking with you each day but we will see you around. I will be shopping at the market.
The new name will Cockrell's Farmers Market. The telephone # will be the same (601)919-1690.
Thank you for your support for the last 15 years!!!!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Sigman Thrown in the Slammer

Whoever did the likeness needs a raise.  The link on the photo doesn't work.  Use this one.


From the website:

Believe it or not, I'm going to jail and I need your help. While it's not a real jail, it's even more important as I'm raising bail to help children and adults with muscle disease in my community who are supported by the vital work of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). I might not be able to rely on good behavior to get out so that's why I need your help - I need you to donate to my bail! Just click on the donation button to make a secure donation - I know that together we'll Make a Muscle and Make a Difference in the fight against muscle disease.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Groundbreaking for Hwy 471 5 Lane Project--Updated

**UPDATE**  The question was asked in comments below when work would begin.  Per Kyle Brown, initial work has already begun, though the major construction will not begin until next month.  Per the bid presented by Joe Magee Construction, construction will take approximately 650 days.

The following is a press release from MDOT concerning the ground breaking for the Highway 471 expansion between Highway 80 and Grant's Ferry Road.  That stretch of Highway 471 will be five-laned with a new bridge over Interstate 20, and (here is the kicker) a new bridge over the railroad crossing at Value Road (Gold Coast).  This stretch is still a major artery between the county seat and the Reservoir area.

WHO:             The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT), Central Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall and the City of Brandon.

WHAT:          A groundbreaking ceremony will be held to announce a project that will five-lane a section of Highway 471 from U.S. 80 to Grants Ferry Road in Brandon, Miss. The project includes four travel lanes with a dedicated center turn lane, a new bridge over Interstate 20 and a bridge near Value Road that will elevate Highway 471 over the railroad.

WHERE:        North Brandon Church of Christ located at 1029 Highway 471 in Brandon, Miss.

WHEN:         Monday, February 23, at 11 a.m.

Jackson Prep Garage Sale

Jackson Prep's Annual Garage Sale is next Saturday, February 28, beginning at 5 a.m., seriously.

Parks Policy Committee Agenda

The Parks Policy Committee of the PRVWSD meets today at 3 p.m.  Below is the agenda for the meeting:

1.  Discussion of hunting regulation changes proposed. (Craig Hunt)

2.  Discussion of custom reservoir tag allowance for park entry fees and subsequent regulation changes (Philip Huskey)

3.  Approval of proposal for engineering design services for stormwater improvements at Old Trace Park as required by MDEQ grant project (Greg Burgess)

The full Board meets Thursday of this week at the main District headquarters in Ridgeland at 9:30 a.m.  It's open to the public.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Email from Fed. of Rez Homeowners re Hearing

Below is the email from the Federation of Reservoir Homeowners concerning the cancelled/to-be-scheduled zoning variance hearing re Lake Vista Storage Units.


The hearing scheduled for February 17, 2015, has been cancelled. The variance request for zoning has been withdrawn for now.

Thanks to you, over 500 people signed a petition or sent an e-mail in opposition. Thanks also go out to the many of you who were planning to take off work and attend.

Please share this announcement with your friends who may have been planning to attend to let them know the hearing has been cancelled.

Homer Burns, President

Federation of Reservoir Homeowners

Friday, February 13, 2015

Lake Vista Storage Withdraws Variance Request

On January 23, 2015, the Rez News posted information on the proposed zoning variance request by Willie Gavan, Inc., for the construction of a storage facility behind Fred's Dollar Store.  An additional post followed this up with information from the Federation of Reservoir Homeowners.  We indicated the Rankin County Board of Supervisors would have a public hearing on Tuesday, February 17, 2015, where citizens concerned about the future of the Reservoir area could air their grievances.  

Per District 2 Supervisor, Rodney Keith, Willie Gavan, Inc., withdrew its request for a zoning variance.  There will be no public hearing.  However, this does not end the fight for those concerned. Willie Gavan, Inc., could bring back it's request at a future date. Stay tuned. 

MS House of Reps Weekly Update from Powell

Here is Representative Powell's Weekly update. Many thanks to Brent for providing it.

Week of February 9, 2015

Two big deadlines faced House members this week as we made our way through the Calendar. Thursday, February 12, was the deadline for Original Floor Action on general bills and constitutional amendments. If a bill was reported out of a committee but was not addressed before this deadline, it died. Friday, February 13, was the deadline for the reconsideration and passage of general bills and constitutional amendments. Monday, February 16, will be the deadline to table any remaining motions to reconsider.

As a result, members spent hours on the floor of the House each day deliberating legislation.

Members passed several bills related to health care reform this week. House Bill 114 (HB114) establishes MS Rural Hospital Transition and Improvement Grant Program. This grant program will assist Mississippi’s small, rural hospitals that have 50 beds or less. Creation of this program is designed to help those hospitals reinvent themselves and become sustainable to the community. Each interested hospital will apply for the grant of up to $500,000 per hospital. The total program is projected to cost $10 million. The bill passed 116-0.

House Bill 809 (HB809) sets up the Mississippi First Response Assistance, Safety and Training (FAST) programs. The programs are comprised of three missions: education, clinical care and research. Oftentimes, medical care is needed at the scene of an accident or a crime. These programs will focus on training non-professional medical responders (those who do not hold certificates with the Department of Health) who are often first on the scene.

House Bill 1108 (HB1108) prohibits the sale, transport, manufacturing, possession and storing of powdered alcohol in Mississippi.

House Bill 836 (HB836) requires state agencies to enhance employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

Regarding education measures, House Bill 861 (HB861) authorizes the State Board of Education to approve the creation of Districts of Innovation in local school districts. Under this bill, a school board may apply for their district to be a part of this program. Being a part of a District of Innovation allows schools to have the flexibility to educate in alternative ways in hopes of boosting performance and achieving goals. The State Board of Education can approve up to five districts a year. Chosen districts shall be limited to five-year periods and must present their plans of action to the board. The bill passed by a vote of 118-1.

House Bill 35 (HB35) prohibits districts from hiring school administrators as consultants if they were last employed by a failing school district. They may only be considered for a consulting position after they have been out of the job at the failing district for at least two years. Exceptions would be allowed for administrators who were sent to failing districts by the Department of Education or for those who were transferred into a failing district from one rated A, B or C. Supporters believe this measure will strengthen school districts. Opponents argue this may deter quality people from going into failing school districts. The bill passed by a vote of 106-12.

House Bill 471 (HB471) allows school districts to use average daily membership (ADM) instead of average daily attendance (ADA) to help calculate the funds each district receives through the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP). Under this measure, attendance level must be at least 94.5 percent of the ADM. It further provides that the state auditor shall perform a head count in months two and three. Should the ADA, as reported by the district, exceed the actual head count performed by the auditor by greater than three percent, then district funding will be based on 103% of the district ADA. Supporters of this legislation believe this bill values membership in lieu of attendance. Opponents fear this effort applies to just a few districts and not all districts. The bill passed by a vote of 80-39.

As amended on the House floor, House Bill 582 (HB582) increases the base salaries of assistant school teachers by $2,500. Their yearly salary would go from $12,500 to $15,000. The bill passed unanimously.

House Bill 662 (HB662) authorizes school districts to sell school-issued computers to students upon their high school graduation for a nominal fee. Currently, these computers are turned over to surplus property. Proponents for the legislation believe this is a way for school districts to receive revenue and help students as they transition into their next level of education. The bill passed by a vote of 119-1.

In light of the recent developments within the Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC), House members also passed numerous corrections reform measures.

House Bill 825 (HB825) revises the composition, exemptions, expenditures and methods for reviewing single source contracts of the Personal Service Contract Review Board (PSCRB) in efforts to prevent repeat instances in MDOC and all other agencies. This legislation provides three phases for this reform: appointment of new members to the board; addition of new contracts to the PSCRB’s list to review that include exemptions, sole source and quarterly reports; and lowering of the threshold amount for contracts that require approval from $100,000 to $80,000. An amendment was adopted limiting board membership to people who have not had sole source contracts for five years. An additional amendment was adopted requiring the board to look at contracts as a whole, prohibiting agencies from breaking up a large contract for the purpose of avoiding the board’s scrutiny. The bill passed by a vote of 109-8.

Enactment of House Bill 906 (HB906) would eliminate the Regimented Inmate Discipline (RID) Programs. The recidivism rate for this program over the last three years is 41.9 percent, which is higher than the recidivism rate of inmates not enrolled in RID. As a result, MDOC believes RID is not working. The agency is interested in finding and investing that money into more community-based programs that are evidence-based and that target the same nonviolent, low-risk offenders. The bill is designed to bring these offenders to lifestyles that encourage them to be productive citizens. However, supporters of the RID program believe it provides a working alternative to lock-up. The bill passed by a vote of 81-38.

House Bill 400 (HB400) removes the Inmate Welfare Fund from the Mississippi Department of Corrections over to the State Treasury for more accurate oversight and safekeeping.

Other measures addressed this week include:

House Concurrent Resolution 22 (HCR22) proposes an amendment to the State Constitution to enact a balanced budget each year. Supporters believe passage of this measure would ensure Mississippi has strong financial footing for a long time. Opponents believe this bill would weaken the law by adding additional parameters. Passage required a 2/3 vote. The bill failed by a vote of 75-44.

House Bill 1049 (HB1049) provides full-time, state-employed court reporters an increase in salary based on their years of experience. Enactment of this measure provides funds for one court reporter per judge. Any increase for an additional court reporter must be approved by the board of supervisors. This would approximately cost $3 million to cover one court reporter per every judge in Mississippi. The bill passed by a vote of 92-23.

House Bill 739 (HB739), the “Property Insurance Clarity Act,” requires admitted homeowners insurance carriers in Mississippi to provide data to the public on premiums collected, the amount of losses incurred and the total number of policies in effect. The information will be reported by zip code.

House Bill 982 (HB982) eliminates the vehicle inspection sticker.

Altogether, the House successfully completed an extensive calendar of bills. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.


Thank you for your support.

Brent Powell

The Busy Shoreline Committee

The next full Board of Directors meeting for the PRVWSD is Thursday, February 19, at the main District Office in Ridgeland.

The Shoreline Committee of the PRVWSD Board of Directors meets Tuesday, February 17, to discuss a number of things.  Said committee's agenda is published below:

1. Property Maintenance Report. (Robbie Graves)

2. Lost Rabbit HOA request for lease of breakwater property for use as HOA pool and common space. (John Sigman)

3. Approval of lease schedule of Lots 1-82 Lost Rabbit Phase B-1. (John Sigman)

4. Approval of quitclaim deed by Lost Rabbit Development, LLC to MACS, LLC for a parcel approximately .39 acres. (Mack Cameron)

5. Approval of sale of Unit 66, Lakeshore Townhouses, Rankin, MS and retaining Century 21Maselle & Associates, Leigh Anne Leech, to market the
lease. (John Sigman)

6. Approval of resale of Lot 23 Windrose, Rankin MS and retaining Century 21Maselle & Associates, Leigh Anne Leech, to market the lease (John
Sigman)

7. Discussion of regulation changes to Rental Property Ordinances (Philip Huskey)

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Little Lamb Consignment Sale

On Friday, February 27, and Saturday, February 28, St. Mark's Preschool is having a consignment sale.  From the website:

"We are a group of mothers of preschoolers that decided to start a consignment in order as a fundraiser for the St. Marks Preschool. The funds raised will go to updating the classrooms with new books, toys, rugs, and eventually replacing the wood mulch chips on the playground with rubber mulch. 
We would like to thank you in advance for consigning with us.

If you have any questions please email us at littlelambsale@outlook.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible!"

If you are interested in helping out an area ministry, send them a note.

Senator Harkins' Weekly Update

Mississippi Senate Weekly Report 

It was another busy week in the Senate and here are a list of some of the issues that came before the us this past week: 

We passed Senate Bill 2380 that would allow proof of auto insurance to be displayed electronically on cellular telephones instead of the traditional paper card carried in the glove box or wallet.

Our passage of Senate Bill 2009 will allow the expunction of certain felony charges from the records of young adults up to 21-years-old. It could help decrease prison populations and it will help young people who have made mistakes to get a clean slate from which to start.

·         Senate Bill 2185 will require that CPR/AED be taught beginning in 9th grade starting in the 2015-2016 school year.

·         Senate Bill 2047 will criminalize the false reporting of child abuse or neglect and provide criminal penalties and civil liability. I have had parents call me about situations like this that they have endured and this will aid parents, that have been wrongly accused, repair the damage done by those that have maliciously harmed them.

·         Senate Bill 2170 will prohibit the City of Jackson from charging higher rates to certain customers in surrounding areas.

·         Senate Bill 2704 will require court officials to provide greater protection for child witnesses in criminal cases. Among the protections would be courtroom shields from which children could testify behind.

·         Senate Bill 2126 will establish a state-run witness protection program to provide close security until trial time for those in need.

·         Senate Bill 2207 will eliminate the portion of the alcoholic beverage license tax received by the state while maintaining the portion that goes to local governments. It would amount to about a $1.8 million loss to the state general fund budget, but would help cities to retain restaurants. Restaurants are basically being taxed on top of a tax. It charges additional monies on increments of purchases, like every time a vendor's order reaches a certain dollar amount the tax is charged. This is a double tax and should be done away with.

·         Senate Bill 2585 would give health officials authority to legally isolate persons with active tuberculosis if they refuse to do so themselves.


   Today is the deadline to get all bills off the floor of the Senate. I will have another report next week on what other bills made it out and are on the way to the House of Representatives. If you have any questions I can be reached on my email at jharkins@senate.ms.gov or on Facebook at Josh Harkins for Senate.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Zeek'z Announcement

This was just forwarded to me:

Zeek'z House of Gyros Coming to Flowood
Flowood native Sean Alexander will open Zeek'z House of Gyros (132 Lakeland Heights Blvd., 601-919-9832) Monday, Feb. 16, next to the Flowood Walmart.
Zeek'z will offer a variety of gyros and wraps, including beef souvlaki with sauteed onions, lettuce and tzatziki sauce, or a seasoned chicken wrap with sauteed onions and barbecue sauce wrapped with lettuce. Zeek'z will also have feta pitas, cottage-fried potatoes, curly fries with Greek seasoning and more. The restaurant will feature four types of made-from-scratch hummus, including garlic, Mediterranean olive and chipotle, as well as a special mozzarella sauce with bacon for its fries. The restaurant will also have the Almost Famous Wrap, a gyro filled with curly fries, comeback sauce and more.
Zeek'z has seven beers on draft, 10 types of craft beer by the bottle, to-go service and live music every Thursday night.

Zeek'z will be open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The price range will be $10 to $13 on average.

Stats Brought to You by Becky Boyd

I had the recent pleasure of listening to Rankin County Circuit Clerk, Becky Boyd, speak on the duties of her office.  In my opinion, Becky takes great pride, and joy, in providing the citizens information concerning her office and the records she maintains. Supplemental to her talk, Becky passed out information containing statistics kept by the circuit clerk's office.  I share them with you below.

Interesting to me were the following:

     -- 1917 new cases in Rankin County Court alone in 2014 (County Court is separate and distinct from Chancery, Circuit or Justice Court). That's over 5 new cases a day (including weekends).  Yes, we have two County Court Judges, but Judge Broome handles Youth Court matters almost exclusively.  Judge McDaniel may be the hardest working judge around.

     -- Nothing gets voters out like a Presidential election.  73.71% of registered voters exercised their right in Rankin County last Presidential election, compared to just 37% in the Thad Cochran v. Travis Childers race. Wow.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Polarpalooza at the Rez

Polarpalooza is coming to the Rez this weekend!  They say "thousands" will jump into the Reservoir on Saturday morning in honor of Special Olympics.  That will be a sight to see; just as the North Mississippi Allstars will be a joy to hear.

Public Hearing on Fish Statistics in the Rez

This evening at 6 p.m. at Turcotte Education Center, the PRVWSD and Mississippi Dep't of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks will host a public meeting to discuss largemouth bass populations and habitat. Per the Clarion Ledger, "The public is invited to hear latest fish population statistics, health updates and aquatic vegetation management.  Reservoir officials will also discuss facilities and other matters."

Monday, February 9, 2015

Collums Next Head Football Coach at NWR

Clarion Ledger is reporting Toby Collums is the next head football coach at Northwest Rankin High School.  Announcement to make official at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow.  Collums previously coached Itawamba Agricultural High School.  Itawamba lost in the second round of the MSHSAA football championships for 4A last year, losing to Kosciusko 30-13.  They finished with a perfect District record of 5-0.

Brown Enters Dist. 2 Supervisor's Race



Per the Rankin County Circuit Clerk's website, Kyle Brown, son of former District 2 Supervisor, Wood Brown, qualified as a Republican candidate for the District 2 Supervisor position.  This brings the total count to 3 (along with Daniel Cross and Darrel Palmer).

Weekly House Update.

Brent Powell, State Representative for the Rankin County side of the Reservoir provided the below weekly House Update, with hyperlinks and all.

MS House of Representatives summary for the week of February 2, 2015

House members devoted the first part of the week to addressing bills in committee in anticipation of Tuesday’s 8 p.m. deadline to move all general bills and constitutional amendments out of committee and onto the House Calendar. Bills not reported out of committee by that deadline are dead for the Session.

By deadline on Tuesday, 74.2 percent of the measures submitted by members had been killed. Of the 1,468 measures introduced by the general deadline, 379 survived and made it to the House Calendar.

The latter half of this week, House members began addressing Ways and Means and Appropriations bills, along with bills on the General and Noncontroversial Calendars. They took up more than 70 bills on the Noncontroversial Calendar on Thursday.

Some bills that passed include:

The passage of House Bill 1165 (HB1165) would move the tax free shopping weekend from the last weekend in July to the first weekend in August. Enactment of the measure would also add school supplies to the list of recognized items.

House Bill 185 (HB185) extends the definition of cruel and inhuman treatment to include verbal, emotional and psychological abuse for grounds of divorce.

(more after the jump)

Friday, February 6, 2015

Ribbon Cutting for Old Fannin Road


Unbeknownst to me, there was an actual ribbon cutting for the expansion of Old Fannin Road yesterday at 10 a.m., at Flowood Baptist Church.  Maybe I should check MS Dep't of Transportation Media Advisory website more often.  


Pictured, from left, Rodney Keith (Dist. 2 Supervisor), Jared Morrison (Dist 1 Supervisor), Greg Wilcox (District 3 Supervisor), Cheryl Brown (wife of former District 2 Supervisor, Wood Brown), and Dick Hall (MS Transportation Commissioner).

Many thanks to Kyle Brown for sharing these photos with The Rez News.



JFP Article About the WRUA Public Meeting Last Night

We recently discussed the obscene increase in Rankin County residents' water bills in prior posts (here and here).  Essentially, the abysmal state of the water treatment plant used by West Rankin citizens, controlled by the City of Jackson, caused water bills to skyrocket in Rankin County to cover EPA mandated fines.  Understandably, West Rankin Utility Authority is taking steps to ween itself from the City of Jackson's Savannah Street water treatment plant.  These steps include building Rankin County's own water treatment plant.  Yesterday evening, the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality held a public hearing at Richland's Community Center on the topic.

R.L. Nave of The Jackson Free Press -- obviously concerned about cutting loose the pocketbooks of Rankin County -- wrote an article about the meeting I encourage you to read.  Some highlights from the article:

Currently, WRUA is a customer of the City of Jackson, spending about $5 million per year to treat sewage from west Rankin County cities at Jackson's Savanna Street facility.

Those communities and other suburban customers have long complained that the city's waste-treatment plant is not up to current U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards, that Jackson puts off needed maintenance, that sewer-treatment rates have risen significantly, and that the city has failed to maintain customer service and communication with clients.

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In a presentation, Jackson officials said losing WRUA's business would result in 25 percent higher rates for existing [City of Jackson] customers. Additionally, Jackson's slides show that building a new plant would cost $3.3 million, or 23 percent more, which WRUA would likely have to pass along to its customers.

In several recent conversations, representatives from Jackson made no bones about what they believe is the motivation for the proposal. "We believe this is a measure to strong-arm the city into ceding control of the facilities," Powell said at a Jackson City Council meeting on Feb. 2.

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[Pearl Mayor, and Chairman of WRUA, Brad Rogers, responded in a statement:] "The reasons for building our own wastewater treatment plant are many. These include a bill from Jackson that has more than doubled in the last year and will continue with such increases as Jackson attempts to fix the neglected 45-year-old Savanna Street Wastewater Treatment Plant. It also includes Jackson's position that only the City of Jackson is the correct entity to manage a regional wastewater plant," Rogers wrote.

Read the entire article here.

Meet the Candidates

The Rez News has been a bit political-heavy over the past month and a half.  I appreciate everyone's patience.  However, a wide open race for District 2 Supervisor is of vital importance to us.  Also, a brand-new majority at the Board of Supervisors will have ramifications for our area as well.  That is why we are following the other contested races.

The Rankin County Republican Club will host a "Meet the Candidates" night at Soulshine Pizza, beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3.  That is the Tuesday after the qualifying deadline.  All candidates for public office will be invited to attend, as will the general public.  This will be a good night to meet some of the men and women putting their name on the line for public office.  

Rankin County Republican Club - Social

Come out and meet the Candidates

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Soulshine Pizza - Lakeland Drive - Flowood

530 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.


For more information, contact RC Republican Club President, Sharon Womack at 601-624-3603 or email at sharonwomack11@gmail.com

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Daniel Cross for Supervisor Meet and Greet

So it starts in earnest.  Daniel Cross, candidate for Supervisor, District 2, jumps out early.  So far, only Daniel and Darrel Palmer have qualified for this race.



Wednesday, February 4, 2015

This Week at the Rez

Here is the weekly email from the PRVWSD:

·        PolarPalooza    Get freezin' for a reason at the festival with a cause!
The first Polarpalooza featuring the Polar Plunge is coming! Mississippians will make a pledge and take a frosty dip in the Barnett Reservoir on Saturday, February 14, 2015, in honor of their favorite charity, Special Olympics Mississippi.
But this isn’t just another fundraising event. This is the premier event of the winter and the only major music festival in Central Mississippi. Featuring two-time Grammy® nominee headliners North Mississippi Allstars, rising blues star Jarekus Singleton and more, Polarpalooza is also an all-day concert with fun for the family, including a chili cookoff and much more right on Reservoir Landing in Ridgeland.
For more information visit: www.specialolympicsms.org/polarpalooza
 
·        Fishing Community Meeting: Bass fishing meeting Tuesday at TurcotteThe Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks and the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District invite Barnett Reservoir bass fishermen and other friends of The Rez to a meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday Feb. 10 at the Turcotte Education Center on Mississippi Highway 43 between the Pearl River and the Natchez Trace. Biologists will present their latest fish population statistics, health updates and aquatic vegetation management. Reservoir officials will also discuss facilities and other matters.

·        Upriver stakeholders meeting Thursday
      The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District is inviting the public to an Upriver Users Committee meeting Thursday Feb. 12 at 6pm in the PRVWSD office on Madison Landing Circle in Ridgeland. Hunting, fishing, boating and camping will be on the table for discussion.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Bad Wreck Reported on Northshore Causeway

Bad wreck on Northshore Causeway this morning.  If you live in Palisades, Marblehead, Arbor Landing, Countryside, Fox Bay, etc., you may want to take an alternate route.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Mughsots Opening on Ridgeland Side of the Rez

Mugshots Grill & Bar staked a "Coming Soon" sign at the corner of Lake Harbor Drive and Harbor Pointe Crossing.

College Baseball in Pearl

College baseball returns to Trustmark Park this season.  The dates for the Ole Miss-MSU-USM series are provided below in the media release.

PEARL, MS --  The Mississippi Braves and Spectrum Events have announced the 2015 college baseball schedule at Trustmark Park. Fans may purchase tickets through an exclusive presale starting Monday at 9:00 AM by ordering an M-Braves 6-Pack Flex Plan (undated tickets) in conjunction with college series tickets. Individual college series tickets go on sale to the general public Tuesday, February 3 at 9:00 AM. Game dates and individual ticket prices are listed below. First pitch for all games is schedule for 6:30 PM. Gates open at 5:00 PM. 

DateGameClub LevelDugout LevelField LevelGeneral Admission
March 24Mississippi State
vs Southern Miss
$25$15$10$8
      
April 7Southern Miss
vs Ole Miss
$25$15$10$8
      
April 28Mississippi State
vs Ole Miss
$55$55 / $35$27$17

*Home teams are listed second and will be located in the third base dugout. 

Tickets may be purchased in person at the Trustmark Park Box Office or by calling 888-BRAVES4. Fans may also purchase tickets online through Ticketmaster. For sponsorship opportunities, suite and party deck rentals, please contact Laura Kestenbaum at 601.351.2078.