Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Lost Pizza Coming to Castlewoods

Mazzio's has shut its doors at the Castlewoods location.  No more half-cooked cookie dough pizza.  Lost Pizza is moving in.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Criminal Activity in Mill Creek IV and Hidden Hills*UPDATED*


The River Catching Angel forwarded to me a link to a WJTV story on the attempting car-jacking and assault.

Clarion Ledger article.

Hidden Hills and Mill Creek IV experienced a bit of excitement yesterday.

According to reports, an individual broke into a house in Mill Creek IV and stole guns during the morning.  That evening, a female had a gun thrust in her face while unloading groceries from her car on Eastside Drive.  The attacker took off on foot.

The incidents are thought to be related.

The Sheriff's Department caught a suspect in the Cambridge Apartments shortly thereafter matching the description of the assailant. The Sheriff is not 100% the suspect in custody is the culprit; they are awaiting the results of DNA evidence to confirm.

I'm scouring the interwebs for information about this incident.  I can't find anything yet, but will update if I do.

On another note, apparently a car was broken into on Eastside Drive on Wednesday of last week.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

The *Tin* Shed in Flowood-Updated

** NOTE:  I got it all wrong.  Thanks to the commenters who pointed out this establishment is not some franchise of The Shed in Ocean Springs, but is rather called The Tin Shed.  Ignore everything below.

I do see where there is a Tin Shed Barbecue joint in Clinton, MS.  Does anyone know if there is a connection?  They also have a Facebook page.

While attending "Taco Monday" at El Torero the other day, I noticed construction a couple of suites down. It looked to be a barbecue joint.  A few days later, up pops the sign: The Shed.

The Shed BBQ and Blues Joint has become an institution in Ocean Springs of late.  Very popular down there.  Its popularity can likely be attributed to its eclectic atmosphere and location as much as its food.  Now, shoved into a strip mall, it must rely almost entirely on the quality of its food.

Here is their menu from Ocean Springs.  I've never eaten there. Anybody who has care to comment?

Latest Update on Closed Boat Ramps

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Harbor Drive Lane Closures

Electronic Speed Control at the Rez Survey

Reservoir Police Department is gearing up for the legislative session and its annual request for electronic speed control devices.  Part of their lobbying arsenal will be results from a survey of

Here is a post from Reservoir Police Chief Perry Waggener:

I have been with the Reservoir Patrol/Police for 13 years and during that time and in my 27 years with Metro area Law Enforcement I have seen far to many automobile crashes in which the speed of the vehicle either caused directly or contributed significantly to the injuries and sometimes death. This agency has requested the authority to use electronic speed control devices for at least the past thirteen years with no success.
We once again will seek that traffic control tool this year. One might ask, why continue the effort. The answer is easy for me and has only strengthened my resolve. I was at the scene in May when Taylor Hartwell was removed from his car seat, strapped to a backboard for his ride to Blair E. Batson. I have followed his progress as he has had to learn to walk again after a traumatic head injury. The speed of the vehicle that struck the Hartwell's vehicle was a major contributing factor to the severity of his injuries. That is my motivation, the health and safety of the people of the Reservoir.
One final note for your consideration, a popular argument in fighting against electronic speed control is it will be used as a revenue tool. Please know the Reservoir Police Department is a state agency and as such, we derive no fine money revenue. All citations written by state agencies go through the Justice Court in which the violation occurred and any revenue goes into that county's general fund.
Your time in a response is greatly appreciated.

That came from the Rez Patrol Facebook Page.

Here is a link to the survey.

Friday, November 11, 2016

More on the Fannye Cook Natural Park

Here is a story from the Jackson Free Press on the Fannye Cook Natural Park purchase. It provides more details.

PRVWSD Directors and Committee Meetings

The next regular meeting of the PRVWSD Board of Directors is Thursday, November 17, 2016.  Thin agendas. I've posted the Shoreline and Parks Committee Agendas below.

Monday, November 14, 2016 3:30 p.m.

1. Approval of minutes of October 17, 2016 meeting.

2. Property Maintenance Report for October/November 2016

3. Bid results and award of purchase of trackhoe and vacuum sewer machine.

4. Executive Session: Discussion of current litigation and potential future litigation.

Thursday, November 17, 2016 9:00 a.m.

1. Approval of minutes of October 17, 2016 meeting.

2. Approval of permission to advertise for construction bids for Lakeshore Park Multi-Purpose Trail Improvement Project.

3. Approval of MOU with MS Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks concerning the Pearl River Wildlife Management Area.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Boat Ramp Closures

Jaco's Tacos at the Rez (again)

I speak kind words about Jaco's Tacos and the next thing you know . . . .

Coming to the gas station being built across Lakeland from Mill Creek Subdivision.  This is truly a Numbers 6:24-26 moment.  

S/O to the River Catching Angel.

Sombra in Flowood is Now Open

There is a ribbon cutting for Sombra Mexican Kitchen today at 10:45.  Sombra took over the old Cheddar's location at 111 Market Street in the Dogwood Shopping Center.  If you haven't eaten at the Sombra in Madison/Ridgeland, give it a try with an open mind.  Like Jaco's Taco's, it's not your run-of-the-mill Mexican restaurant (caveat: in my opinion).

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Election Results

The long and short is Rankin County turned out for the Republican ticket again.  61,983 total votes were cast in Rankin County on November 8, 2016. That includes absentee votes, but not affidavit votes.

Surprisingly, that number is down from 2012 general election numbers.  In 2012, 64,433 total votes were cast. That includes 563 affidavit votes. In 2016, 1,267 more absentee ballots were cast.

2016 total votes for GOP nominee = 46,168
2012 total votes for GOP nominee = 48,444

2016 total votes for DEM nominee = 13,741
2012 total votes for DEM nominee = 14,988

6,041 more people cast a vote for Congressman Harper in 2012 than they did in 2016. Note: There was no Democratic nominee for congress in 2012.

Eric Baldwin remains Election Commissioner for District 4.  He survived a tough battle with Patty Hodges.  Eric pulled 52% of the vote.  He survived a similar battle 4 years ago against Shelton McKay. Eric got 56% of the vote in 2012.

Dean Scott is likely the new Election Commissioner for District 1.  In the closest battle in the County, he pulled 4,834 votes to Brian Baughman's 4,682 votes.

John McLaurin remains Chancellor, pulling 76% of the vote.

In the Mississippi Supreme Court race, Kenny Griffis won Rankin County, but lost the District-wide race to incumbent Justice Jim Kitchens. Kitchens pulled 27,857 votes (47.55% of the vote) to Griffis' 30,620 votes (52.26% of the vote).

It appears Ed Hannan will enter a run-off with Jack Wilson for the Court of Appeals.  Wilson won Rankin County with 27,246 votes, while Hannan garnered 20,879 votes. If there is a run-off in this race, it will be the only run-off in Rankin County.  That vote will take place on Tuesday, November 29, 2016.

The individual precinct with the most votes = East Crossgates, narrowly beating out Castlewoods West 2,462 to 2,428 votes.

The individual precinct with the least votes = Mayton with 171 total votes.

2012 Precinct level results
2016 Precinct level results
2012 General results
2016 General results

Friday, November 4, 2016

Corporate Election Prayer

From Lakeside Pres:

Lakeside Church invites the community to a time or prayer from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. on Sunday, November 6, in the Lakeside sanctuary.  Elders and community leaders will lead us as we pray for voters, for candidates, for local government, for families, for civil servants, for disaster victims, for educators and for repentance.  Come join us for a time of prayer and worship leading up to this historic election.  We will provide child care and pizza for the children.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Fannye Cook Natural Area

The Fannye Cook Natural Area is slated to open in the Spring of 2017.  Wednesday, Wildlife Mississippi, the Mississippi Department of Transportation and U.S. Department of Transportation held a dedication ceremony at the site. It looks like a large portion of that area along the Pearl River between Spillway and Lakeland Drive.

From the Wildlife Mississippi Facebook page:

Wildlife Mississippi, the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration unveiled plans today for Mississippi’s largest urban natural area. The 2,700-acre site along the Pearl River in Flowood was named for Fannye Cook, a pioneer conservationist and scientist in Mississippi. She was the driving force behind the creation of the Mississippi Game and Fish Commission (now called the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks) and the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science.

"We greatly appreciate the confidence that the Mississippi Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration have placed in Wildlife Mississippi to not only be the stewards of this wonderful property but to provide outdoor recreation opportunities to generations of Mississippians to come," said George Walker III, president of Wildlife Mississippi. "And it is especially fitting that this area be named after Ms. Fannye Cook, the pioneer of wildlife conservation in Mississippi.”

“We believe that the best way to honor Fannye Cook is by following her example,” said Libby Hartfield, Wildlife Mississippi’s Fannye Cook Natural Area Coordinator. “She believed that Mississippians needed access to natural habitats and the wildlife they support so they would come to respect and cherish nature’s gifts that we all inherit. This property has the incredible advantage of being accessible to more than 800,000 people within an hour’s drive.”

MSNewsNow story (including video).

Want to know more about Ms. Fannye Cook, click here.

Arts and Crafts Show Approaches

Not this weekend, but next.  

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Job Opening at Lakeside Pres

Job Title:  Church Administrator.  It's full-time and comes with medical.

This job requires someone with excellent computer and organizational skills, preferably someone who has familiarity with desktop publishing and design. Lakeside already employs an administrator tasked with financial responsibilities, so finances will not be part of this job. Applicants should have the ability to manage multiple social media accounts as part of the overall communication efforts of Lakeside. This position will require someone who is very organized and can juggle multiple projects. This person will be responsible for keeping membership records, maintaining church calendars, and managing church communications, such as weekly emails, monthly news letters and managing website content. A more robust list of administrative duties is listed below. This position will require 29 hours a week. We will consider full time employment for the right candidate.

This is the Good Stuff

Walt Grayson tells us the story of Becca Blair:

RANKIN COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) - They come in all ages. This one happens to be nine-years-old. And she’s done something all out of proportion to her age. She has started a recycling program in her neighborhood and it has not only caught on, but is spreading to other areas.
Becca Blair is making her usual Monday rounds through the Saddle Wood neighborhood near the Reservoir, picking up full bags of recyclables and leaving empty bags to be picked up next week. Keep the Reservoir Beautiful gladly supplies the bags.
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Being an industrious youngster, Becca made up a flier telling neighbors that if they wanted to recycle, she would come around and pick up every week and keep them supplied with fresh bags.
So now she’s up to about 30 or so neighbors on her recycle bandwagon; so many that she graduated from collecting on a four-wheeler to her grandmother helping out with her pickup truck.
They take their collection to the recycling bin at the Reservoir Fire Station. And by the way, this bin is open to the public, not just Becca and her grandmother.
I encourage you to read the entire story at WLBT.  Here is a link .

Timberlake Campground Expansion

Below is the picture taken at the ribbon cutting for the Timberlake Campground expansion.  The pads are nice. I encourage you to head out there and see it for yourself.

Chairman of the Board, Jack Winstead wields the big scissors.

Picnic in the Park

Another outstanding event in Flowood!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Electronic Recycling Day Coming Up

Sample Ballot

Below is the sample ballot for next Tuesday's election.

Rankin County is poised to play an important role in the appellate court elections. On a personal note, I can recommend a vote for Judge Ed Hannan for Mississippi Court of Appeals.  Experience should be an important consideration when determining appellate judges; especially so for those of us who practice law for a living. Judge Hannan's experience -- from trial, to judicial, to life -- overshadows his opponents. We have the opportunity to elect someone imminently qualified in all respects to the Court of Appeals. If you have no dog in the hunt, please consider casting your ballot for Judge Ed Hannan.