Monday, October 16, 2017

PRVWSD October Committee Agendas, Part II

Monday, October 16, 2017 3:00 p.m.

1. Approval of minutes of September 18, 2017 meeting.

2. Approve operation agreement and layout of Dog Park at Lakeshore Park, Brandon MS.

Monday, October 16, 2017 3:30 p.m.

1. Approval of minutes of September 18, 2017 meeting.

2. Property Maintenance Report for September/October.

3. Attorney review of problem properties.

4. Consideration of proposal for bridge inspection services.

5. Request permission to advertise 1.09 acre parcel in Rankin County, between Arbor Landing Development and Fannin Landing boat ramp.

6. Consideration of request of change of property usage from Church of the Northshore.

7. Consideration of policy change for temporary power permit and pre-inspection fees.

PRVWSD October Committee Agendas, Part I

Below are the Executive Committee and Committee Agendas for today's committee meetings.  There will be some interesting discussions. 

Monday, October 16, 2017 4:00 p.m.

1. Consideration of establishing a PIN for “Engineer 4”.

2. Consideration of bylaw changes for term limits for officers and clarification of who is authorized to sign leases.

Monday, October 16, 2017 2:00 p.m.

1. Approval of minutes of September 18, 2017 meeting.

2. Discussion for reporting Section 9, HB1520 Study.

3. Review response to Reservoir Police survey.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Lakeside Pumpkin Patch

Join us next week at the Pumpkin Patch! All shapes & sizes available for purchase.
Sat, Oct. 21 is Family Day. $5 covers face painting, pumpkin carving, bouncy houses, games, hay rides, a photo booth & more! All proceeds support Lakeside Youth Missions.

Lakeside Address:  2070 Spillway Rd, Brandon, MS, between Grants Ferry and Hugh Ward

PRVWSD Website

I've blogged about the PRVWSD's website,, before.  If you haven't explored, you may find interesting information you never knew was there.  For example:

  - The Rez Map, with its many layers, provides a wealth of knowledge.  Boat ramps, hiking trails, hunting land, land use plans, zoning, and much more.

  - Board of Directors Minutes, agendas.

  - Email addresses for all staff, including the Executive Director.

  - Brochures from each of the campgrounds.

That's just a scratch on the surface.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Hidden Hills Garage Sale Map

Here is a map of the houses in Hidden Hills that are participating in the neighborhood garage sale tomorrow. Plan accordingly.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Lakeside Rummage Sale This Weekend!!!

All proceeds go to the Women's Ministries for their missions and projects.  Check out the new paint job while you are in there.

Upcoming Events on the Rez

Here are a few of the upcoming events at the Rez:

  - Gatorbait Kayak Race, October 7, 2017, at Pelahatchie Shore Park.  This event gets bigger and bigger each year.

  - Run to the Latin Beat 5K, October 14, 2017, at Old Trace Park.  Put on by the Mississippi Hispanic Association.  Cash prize for the 1st overall winner for males and females.

  - Brawn and Bubbles - Run for the Brain at Madison Landing Circle on October 19, 2017.

  - Arts and Crafts Fair, November 18, 2017, at Lakeshore Park.  Admission is free for this 4th annual installment put on by the Barnett Reservoir Foundation.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Neighborhood Garage Sales This Saturday

Farmington Station
Huntington Lake
Regatta Subdivision
Pine Brook
Hidden Hills

Add your neighborhood garage sale in the comments.

One Guy Returns

Old news, I know, but it's good news:  One Guy Steak and Chicken is back.  The Supervisors did the right thing, in my opinion.  I was having trouble understanding how this food truck somehow created a safety hazard, yet allowing rec league baseball players to panhandle at an intersection isn't.

On a major thoroughfare with two gas stations under construction, a pawn shop, a car wash, and multiple storage unit facilities, this food truck brings a slight ray of hope.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

GriefShare and DivorceCare Surviving the Holidays Seminars

St. Mark's UMC continues its community outreach and local ministries by offering the following seminars.

St. Mark’s United Methodist Church at 400 Grant’s Ferry Road in Brandon is offering 2 special seminars to give hope to those who are approaching the holidays with a sense of loss and loneliness.  Griefshare: Surviving the Holidays, for those grieving the death of a loved one, will meet Thursday Nov. 2nd from 6:00-8:00, and DivorceCare: Surviving the Holidays, for those going through separation or divorce, will meet Tuesday Nov 7th from 6:00-8:00.  Participants will view a video and take part in small group discussion. There is a $5 fee which covers the cost of the workbook, and childcare is available if pre-arranged. For more information or to register, go to or call 601-992-2131.

Car Burglar Caught

There are dumb criminals, and then there are criminals that actually live in Jackson, but commit crimes in Rankin County.  Take this guy, for example.  From Sheriff Bailey's Facebook page:

Arrest Made in Weekend Auto Burglaries

There were at least thirteen vehicle burglaries in the northwest part of Rankin County over this past weekend. The burglaries were concentrated to the Scottish Hills and Castlewoods neighborhoods. All of the vehicles burglarized were unlocked and items such as guns, cash, and electronics were taken. 

In some of the Rankin County Burglaries, victims were able to supply the sheriff’s office with video, which was instrumental in identifying the suspect.

Investigators in the tri-County area meet once a month to discuss crimes and crime trends in the various jurisdictions. They use email and social media to share information between the different jurisdictions. Information about these burglaries was posted to a law enforcement social media site on Sunday. Within five minutes of the posting, a Flowood Investigator contacted Rankin County Investigators, reporting a conversation he had minutes prior with Clinton Investigator Nick Sprowles, regarding a vehicle burglary suspect, Woodrez Tremayne DAVIS. Investigator Sprowles supplied information that DAVIS was in the Northwest area of Rankin County early Saturday and Sunday morning. 

Based on Investigator Sprowles information and video surveillance evidence, it was quickly determined that DAVIS was the prime suspect in Rankin County. When this information was posted on the law enforcement social media site, Investigator John Cooley with Madison Police Department reached out to lead Rankin County Investigator Michael Chandler stating DAVIS was also a suspect in some vehicle burglaries in their jurisdiction. Investigator Cooley was able to secure three felony warrants on DAVIS. Rankin County Investigators Chandler, DiMartino and Burleson coordinated with Investigators Sprowles and Cooley along with the US Marshal’s Service to located and apprehend DAVIS. 

DAVIS was located on Dalton Street in Jackson where he was taken into custody. At the time of his arrest, Investigators were able to locate, in plain view, items stolen from some of the Rankin County burglaries and well as property from Clinton. 

A search of the residence did not produce any additional stolen property. The weapons that were stolen were sold on the streets in Jackson at various gas stations, according to early statements given by DAVIS.

A criminal history on DAVIS shows his first arrest in April of 1997 and his most recent was February 2016. DAVIS has been arrested five times for vehicle burglary, two times for grand larceny, two times for motor vehicle theft, four times for stolen property and four times for felon in possession of a firearm. Some of his arrests had multiple charges. It is unclear at this time how many counts of vehicle burglary he will be facing in Rankin County as well as his charges in Madison and Clinton.

The burglaries in Rankin County were committed early Saturday and Sunday morning, through the diligent work of Madison, Clinton and Rankin County Investigators, this habitual criminal will be in for a new experience when he goes before Madison/Rankin District Attorney Michael Guest.

DAVIS was transported to the Rankin County Jail, where he is currently charged with multiple counts of vehicle burglary. Clinton and Madison will be working their charges at the same time as Rankin.

This is a great example of citizens and law enforcement working in concert to remove a public menace from the streets. If it were not for the collaborative effort of all agencies involved, there is no question DAVIS would have victimized many more citizens in the Tri-County area.

Thank you to the Clinton Police Department, Madison Police Department and the U.S. Marshals Service for helping us apprehend this career criminal.

Do you see where the Sheriff discusses Davis' habitual status?  At his blog, Kingfish has additional information about the catch-and-release program practiced by the Hinds County District Attorney and Hinds County judicial system.

Monday, October 2, 2017

The Second Adam 5K

The Second Adam 5K Run is October 21, 2017 at the Flowood's Liberty Park.  Register here.

Second Adam is part of the For All Mankind Movement, which seeks to train ministers and plant churches in the Middle East and South Asia.  The descendants of the first Adam, whose fall separated man from God, are atoned through Christ, the second Adam.

Friday, September 29, 2017

One Guy Steak and Chicken is OUT!

Thanks to Chris Merck for the heads up.

As posted on the One Guy Steak and Chicken Facebook Page:
Due to Rankin County Supervisor District 5 and surrounding business, we are unable to continue to serve you due to permit not being renewed. It has been said on several occasions that we are putting other business at jeopardy and causing heavy traffic congestion. We will definitely continue to serve each and everyone of you and we just want you to know that we appreciate all the love and support that you have shown us thus far. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. Chef K is still available for bookings, visit our website for inquiries. Also sign up for our newsletter for upcoming information regarding One Guy Steak And Chicken. We will keep everyone informed on an upcoming location. One Guy Steak And Chicken will be relocating in another state.........stay tuned....HAVE A BLESSED DAY!!!!

Sometimes the order was always right, but always the food was good.  I enjoyed every meal I had from there.  This is why we can't have nice things.  

Reservoir East Home Invasion Suspects Caught

Here is the press release from Sheriff Bailey's office.  For pics of the suspects, go to the department's Facebook account.

September 28, 2017
Three days after a home invasion Investigators have five in custody
Investigators with the Rankin County Sheriff’s Department have been working with Investigators with the Madison Police Department to apprehend two individuals in connection with the September 25 home invasion in Reservoir East, Rankin County. Those two have been identified as Devin Nicholas JACKSON and Jon Michael KENDRICK. Investigators were following up on leads obtained during the investigation leading them to KENDRICK’S Madison address. 
When deputies executed a search warrant, one of the stolen cell phones from the home invasion was located. In addition to the stolen cell phone, Investigators seized two handguns from JACKSON’S vehicle that are believed to have been used during the commission of the crime. 

Based on additional information obtained during the investigation, Unique Alishe FISHER, Douglas L’Anthony SPANN, Jaleen Donares JACKSON and Macthomas WILSON were all identified as suspects in the home invasion. As luck would have it, FISHER, SPANN and J. JACKSON were all three in the Rankin County Jail on unrelated charges. FISHER and SPANN were arrested on September 27, 2017 for conspiracy and armed robbery by Pearl Police. J JACKSON was arrested this week for breaking and entering an unoccupied residence in the Bellegrove community by the Rankin County Sheriff’s Department. The investigation would later show that the Bellegrove residence was used as the stash house after the home invasion.

WILSON was sentenced in August 2016 in Rankin County Circuit Court for multiple counts of vehicle burglary. WILSON received a seven year sentence for those crimes and was released from MDOC custody July 14, 2017. He remains on probation at this time. Upon release from MDOC, WILSON reported to the Rankin County Sheriff’s Department to recover personal property. Investigators checked the last known address for WILSON on Thursday and were unable to locate him. WILSON will be placed on NCIC as wanted and dangerous and we will solicit the assistance of the US Marshals Service to apprehend WILSON.

[More below the jump]

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

PRVWSD August 2017 Board Minutes

Highlights include:

  -- Parking regulations changed to allow for uniform enforcement against street parkers throughout the PRVWSD (and not just in the Reservoir Community District).

  -- Hunting regulations were nominally changed to keep in line with State law.

  -- Beer permits issued for the organizers of the GatorBait Race, RyanMan Triathlon, and Pearl River Clean Sweep.

  -- Sirius Southern Entertainment will have a country music concert at Old Trace Park on October 28; beer permit approved.

  -- Three comfort stations will be built; one at Coal Bluff Campground; one at Old Trace Park, and one at Lakeshore Park.  They were bid for construction without heating or air conditioning systems. The Board tabled a decision on accepting the lowest bid for one month pending more discussion on the efficacy of cool air.

  -- Look for live streaming of the Spillway cameras soon.

  -- Long time Board President, Jack Winstead, announced he did not want to be considered for Board President for the 2018 term.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Home Invasion and Armed Robbery in Reservoir East

Below is the Sheriff's press release about this morning's home invasion/armed robbery in Reservoir East.

Monday September 25, 2017 around 3:30 a.m. the Rankin County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call from a Reservoir East homeowner reporting, he and his two roommates were the victims of a home invasion.
The residence is occupied by two nineteen-year-old males and a twenty-year-old male. The three men have lived in the residence for three months. They advised investigators, one of the owner’s car alarm was activated and the owner looked outside but did not see anyone. Moments later, the owners were all awakened by at least three black and one white masked men and forced at gunpoint to the living room.
The violators then went room by room collecting various items before locking the three in a bedroom closet.After waiting several minutes, the victims left the residence and fled to a neighbor’s residence where they called 911. 
This type of crime is not common in Rankin County. Sheriff’s Deputies were called to the same residence the previous night for a large party. One of today’s victims estimated there were nearly fifty individuals at the party. He went on to say there were several attendees they did not know. Investigators are confident the three were targeted and most likely by someone who attended the party and was able to roam about the residence locating items they planned to return and steal.

Pearl River Clean Sweep Success

Go to the Pearl Riverkeeper Facebook Page to get your fill of the successful Clean River Sweep this past weekend. 4,500 pounds of trash picked up at the Ross Barnett Reservoir area alone.  There are plenty of pictures posted of Mississippians coming together for monumental good.

More great photos on the PRVWSD Facebook page, here.

Jennifer Hall New President of PRVWSD Board of Directors

The Rez News gives its appreciation to Jack Winstead, who served as the President of the PRVWSD Board of Directors for eleven years.  Below is the PRVWSD's press release concerning the passing of the gavel.

Media Release
For Immediate Release
22 September 2017
Hall elected head of PRVWSD Board
Reservoir resident named ninth President

Jennifer Hall of Brandon on Thursday was elected President of the Board of Directors of the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District, the state agency that oversees operation of Barnett Reservoir.

Hall, who was appointed to the board by Gov. Phil Bryant in 2016 as a representative of Rankin County, becomes the ninth President - and the first female to hold the position - since PRVWSD was formed in 1958.

“I am honored to be elected by our Board to serve as President,” Hall said. “I look forward to working with the Board and staff to continue to move forward our PRVWSD.

Hall succeeds Jack Winstead, who stepped down after serving 11 years as Board President. Winstead will remain on the board.

Hall is a reservoir resident, and serves as Executive Director of the Mississippi Manufactured Housing Association.

Also on Thursday, former Board President Billy Cook of Carthage was elected Vice President, and Phillip Crosby of Leake County was re-elected secretary.

The PRVWSD Board of Directors has 14 members, including two each from the counties of Hinds, Madison, Rankin, Leake and Scott. Each county’s board of supervisors appoints one to the board while the Governor picks the other from a list of three nominees from the board of supervisors. The other four members represent state agencies: The Forestry Commission, the Department of Environmental Quality, the Department of Health, and the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks.

Eight of the directors must be leaseholders that reside on PRVWSD property, including both Rankin County and both Madison County board members, plus the four members representing state agencies.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Below Spillway Closed for Operation Clean Sweep

Media Release
For Immediate Release
15 September 2017

PRVWSD: Spillway Recreation Area to be closed
Sept. 23-24 for Operation Clean Sweep

The popular spillway fishing area below the Barnett Reservoir dam will be closed to recreation on Sept. 23-24 to accommodate a river-long clean up, the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District announced.

The Pearl River Clean Sweep, a project spearheaded by Pearl Riverkeeper Abby Braman, is an intensive water and shoreline trash removal effort that begins at the Pearl River headwaters near Philadelphia and continues to the Gulf Coast. Hundreds of volunteers will be in kayaks, canoes and powerboats on the river and its many tributaries.

The Spillway Recreation Area will be the collection point for garbage from the upper Pearl. PRVWSD’s efforts to keep it clean, with help from many volunteers, including Braman, led to the idea for Clean Sweep.

“We are going to close the spillway area to fishing those two days because we felt it was unsafe to have people cleaning up at the same time people are fishing,” said John Sigman, PRVWSD General Manager. “Plus, we are hoping that fishermen will join in the cleanup. Keeping the spillway area clean has long been a problem and recently became a priority.

“We have been proud that so many volunteers, including the recently formed Ross Barnett Spillway Fishing Group, Keep the Reservoir Beautiful and Abby have stepped up to help. This is the kind of effort needed to bring attention to this wonderful recreation area and to help protect it.”
Access to both sides of the spillway will close at 4 a.m. on Saturday, except for Pearl River Clean Sweep volunteers and PRVWSD personnel.

Sigman said that the plan was to start the spillway cleaning early Saturday on the Madison County (north) side, and once completed, it could open to recreational users that afternoon.
“That’s the plan, but it will depend on how long it takes for volunteers to finish cleaning the rocks and the banks,” he said. “That is the priority for us during this operation.”

The Rankin County side will not reopen until all work is completed on Sunday.

“We will be bringing all the trash collected in the areas in the northern and central part of the river to the spillway parking area on the Rankin County side,” Sigman said. “After collecting it on Saturday, we will begin separating the recyclables and then deliver the rest to be disposed at landfills.”
For more information on Operation Clean Sweep, including becoming a volunteer participant, visit

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

9/11 Memorial Run

Deputy Fire Chief, Josh Swales, breaking down the 9/11 Memorial Run.  We are blessed with true heroes.  From the Facebook Page of 93.5 The Legend:

Monday, September 11, 2017

Spinners of Florence

This coming business is not in the Rez area, but I figured my readers would be interested.  From the Spinners of Florence Facebook page:

The official announcement!!
Spinners is a family entertainment center coming to Florence, MS behind "The Cross" on HWY 49. Bowling, roller skating, bounce houses, arcade games, and family FUN, FUN, FUN awaits you and your family!!
We will give updates as they happen, including an opening date, hiring process, birthday parties, etc. In the meantime, please feel free to share this excitement for our town!

Friday, September 1, 2017

Clean Sweep of the Pearl

If you don't know about Pearl Riverkeeper, and the work it does to improve your environment, you need to read up on it here.  The Inaugural Pearl River Clean Sweep takes place September 23, 2017. The event flyer is below.  Volunteer, clean up, feel good, behold a clean river, and party.  Afterwards, thank/patronize the sponsors.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

PRVWSD Looks to Open Season on Tree Rats

The PRVWSD is looking at allowing squirrel hunting in that fertile hunting ground below the Spillway.  The goal is to appeal to youth.  Below are the proposed regulations.

 Spillway Squirrel Season Proposals
Weekends in February and the May 15-June 1 Season

1. Spillway squirrel hunts are to be youth oriented. At least one child aged 15 and under must be a part of the party and must remain under direct supervision of a licensed (or exempt) adult, 21 years or older. Adults can carry firearm and shoot squirrels. State license requirements apply. Children under 15 must carry proof of satisfactorily completing an approved hunter safety course. 
2. Weekends only during February season. Legal shooting hours are from noon to 30 minutes after sunset on Friday, and 30 minutes prior to sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset on Saturdays and Sunday. Spring season is open daily May 15-June 1.
3. Still hunting only; no dogs allowed. 
4. Limits are the same as state regulations: Eight (8) per person per day in February and four (4) per person per day in May. 
5. Shotguns only, No. 4 size shot or smaller; no rifles. 
6. All members of the hunting party must wear a fluorescent hunter orange vest, minimum of 500 square inches, while in the woods. No exceptions. 
7. Hunting parties must check in before each hunt and must check out after each hunt, and return the information card upon check out. The check station is at the Reservoir Shop near the deer weighing station. Information will include names of each hunter, side of river chosen (Madison or Rankin), harvest results and any other questions included. During hunt, the information card must remain on the dashboard of the vehicle while in the designated area. If a party leaves the hunting area for lunch, they must check out and check back in prior to hunting in the afternoon.
 8. Any small game legal during the February season (rabbit, raccoon, opossum, bobcat) may be harvested using state limits; however, only squirrel may be harvested during spring season (May 15-June 1). 
9. Parking is only allowed in described areas as follows. On Madison County side, parking is allowed in the spillway area and the Mule Jail Trail parking area. In Rankin County, parking is allowed in the soccer field area behind the Reservoir Shop, in the parking lot at the reservoir shop and at the spillway parking lot.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Do Something With Your Life

Smokin' on the Rez Press Release

25 August 2017
Smokin’ on The Rez BBQ and Music Festival
Features the KrackerJacks and KC barbecue
5th annual event Sept. 16 at Old Trace Park at Barnett Reservoir

One of Mississippi’s all-time favorite party bands and a different barbecue sanctioning organization headline the 5th annual Smokin’ on The Rez BBQ and Music Festival Sept. 16 at Old Trace Park at Barnett Reservoir in Ridgeland.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Birds of the Dam Exhibit

Keep the Rez Beautiful is helping to host this exhibit, so you know it will be good.

Rooster Ravages Hidden Hills

Residents cower in fear as a wild rooster roams the mean streets of Hidden Hills Subdivision.  One brave soul managed to take this photo right after the fowl suplexed a garbage can.  No one presently claims ownership.  If you know the owner, let him or her know before Foghorn Leghorn becomes supper.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Dove Hunt in Pelahatchie

Hunting season is nigh upon us.  The Rankin County GOP is hosting a dove hunt near Pelahatchie if you are still looking for a place to knock the dust off your 12-gauge.  Below are pictures of the corn field where it will take place.  The corn has been harvested and our scout tells us the doves are plentiful.

[Pics of the field below the jump]

Friday, August 18, 2017

Pinelands Neighborhood Garage Sale

I passed a sign on Hugh Ward stating the Pinelands Neighborhood Garage sale is this weekend.  My understanding of the Pinelands Neighborhood is it includes Turtle Ridge, Deer Park and Gardens of Manship.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Rumor Repository

Flowood and the Rankin side of the Rez continues to grow.  I'll try to roundup all the rumors of things coming to our area:

I've heard that a casual, seafood dining establishment is coming to Rankin Landing, or somewhere nearby, possibly Shaggy's.

Marriott TownePlace is coming to Dogwood Festival.

Grant's Kitchen is relocating behind Lowe's.

Ashley Home Store is under construction behind Shipley Donuts.

I can confirm that's a gas station going up at Jack's Crossing on Old Fannin Road.

That's another gas station going up on the American Fireworks lot on Old Fannin Road.

That's a Chicken Salad Chick going up next to Whataburger.

Look for a medical clinic (or other healthcare facility) to go where Flowood Crossfit is on Lakeland Drive.

Heard anything else?  Leave it in the comments.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Bridgepointe Cracks Down on Street Parking

An email from Bridgepointe HOA sent August 14, 2017:

Dear Neighbors, 
Parking in the street is prohibited by our covenants and also by the PRV as well as Rankin County. It is simply not allowed. The Reservoir patrol will be enforcing the no parking in the street rule . Each violation is punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000.00, and is considered a misdemeanor. Please notify the board if you have an isolated, non-reoccurring gathering or party and need to park along the street for your event. Enforcement should begin this afternoon so this is official notice to all residents. 

I don't live in Bridgepointe, and have no bone to pick with them.  I use them as an example since the problem of vehicles parked in the street is not isolated to Bridgepointe.  Restrictions on street parking were one of the few restrictions that survived the cutting floor of the Reservoir Community District. Section 2607.02 of the Overlay District prohibits parking of any vehicle on a public street within a platted subdivision, with the exception of isolated, non-recurring gatherings, parties or visitors.   

The prohibition on parking on a public street is also contained in the Rules and Regulations of the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District.  Rule 1.2(e) of Part 203 sure enough states that each violation of that rule constitutes a misdemeanor and is punishable by up to $1,000 fine.  

Section 12.05 of the Bridgepointe Subdivision Covenants provide that the Board of Directors of the Bridgepointe HOA can promulgate rules and regulations restricting the parking of vehicles on a road within the subdivision.  I do not know if the Board of Directors of Bridgepointe HOA have ever properly promulgated rules and regulations prohibiting parking on the street.  If so, that constitutes three layers of regulation.  

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Marriott Hotel Coming to Flowood

Curious as to what is being constructed between BancorpSouth and Outback Steak House on East Metro?  Wonder no more.  Marriott TownePlace Suites is coming.  Here is the website for the one at Colony Park in Ridgeland.

From the website:

TownePlace Suites by Marriott® is an extended-stay hotel where you can balance work and life as you like, with the comfort, flexibility and affordability you require. Relax and feel at home with a fully equipped kitchen and high-speed Internet access.

Key Amenities

  • Extended stay
  • Business center
  • Fitness center
  • Free breakfast
  • Free high speed Internet
  • High-speed Internet
  • Kitchen/kitchenette
  • Pet friendly
  • Parking
  • Meeting event space

About TownePlace Suites

More residential community than hotel, TownePlace Suites is designed for those travelers on the road for weeks at a time. A friendly spirit, helpful services and thoughtful amenities make TownePlace Suites the right choice for your lengthy stays. Go ahead, rearrange the furniture, bring your favorite recliner, or your beloved dog. Make TownePlace Suites your home.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Flowood Police Department on Twitter

School starts tomorrow for many.  If you use the Twitter, a good follow is the Flowood Police Department.  They will sometimes have good info on accidents, closed roads, etc.  Today, they reminded us to watch for student activity crossing guards on the roads.  They also remind us of Nathan's Law, which requires vehicles to come to a complete stop within 10 feet of a school bus that is loading/unloading children.  

Rankin County Sheriff's Department is not on Twitter, though District Attorney Michael Guest is.

Ridgeland Police Department has a Twitter account they don't use.
Madison City Police probably Tweets more than them all.

Other Twitter accounts of interest:

PRVWSD (unused)

Monday, July 31, 2017

Recycle Compactor on Spillway Road is Closed

Just posted by Keep the Rez Beautiful:

ALERT! The Recycle Compactor at the fire station on Spillway Rd is CLOSED until further notice. It is Out of Order and leaking fluid. Waste Management has been notified. PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE ANY RECYCLABLES IN FRONT OF THE GATE!! You can also take your Recyclables to the RECYCLE BIN ON NORTHSHORE PARKWAY! It is behind Fire Station #3, go around back and behind the fence, it is in the corner! Fire Station #3 is between Windward Oaks and Countryside Estates Subdivisions. Thank you for your cooperation.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Help These Kids Out!

The Flowood Parks and Recreation Department is looking for donations of backpacks and school supplies for their Back to School Health Fair.  Contact Susan for more information at 601-992-4440

Garnet and Gold Night

Saturday, July 22, 2017

DivorceCare at St. Mark's UMC

From St. Mark's UMC:

St. Mark's United Methodist Church at 400 Grants Ferry Road in Brandon is offering two classes to the community coming up soon. DivorceCare is a 13-week class offering hope to those dealing with the pain of separation and divorce. Each week, participants will watch a video dealing with topics such as anger, depression, forgiveness, and loneliness; then divide up into small groups for discussion. DivorceCare for Kids (DC4K) is a special group to help children heal from the hurt caused by the separation and divorce of their parents. At our weekly DC4K group, kids ages 5-12 make friends with other kids who understand what it feels like when parents get divorced.

There will be a special orientation meeting for DC4K on Sun 8/13 from 4:00-6:00, and then DivorceCare and DC4K will start on Sunday 8/20 from 4:00-6:00. There is a one-time fee of $20 for each group (partial scholarships are available). For more information about DivorceCare, contact Merriam Smilley at 601-452-0861 or For more information about DC4K, contact Betsy Schetter at

If you know you would like to register for DivorceCare, click here.If you know you would like to register your child(ren) for DC4K, click here.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Wildlife Extravaganza

Always a favorite event for me, the Mississippi Wildlife Extravaganza, is a couple of weeks away. Serving as the Mississippi Wildlife Federation's primary fundraiser, the Extravaganza kicks off Friday, August 4, 2017, at 2 p.m. at the Mississippi Trade Mart.

This year, Jim Shockey headlines

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

RCSD School Supply List

Much to your child's chagrin, school year 2017-18 is peeking around the corner.  Here is a link to the Rankin County School District School Supply List.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Rez Articles in Rankin County News

This week's Rankin County News has the following items of interest to Reservoir residents:

 - Supervisor Daniel Cross, District 2, was appointed President of the Rankin County Board of Supervisors.

 - Rankin murder suspect pleads guilty to charges in Kansas.  Alex Bridges Deaton, whose nationwide murder romp began in Rankin County, pleaded guilty guilty to one count of attempted murder and one count of aggravated robbery in Kansas.

 - There is a nice spread of photos from the Millcreek July 4 Parade.

  - NWR Cougar football camp nears.  July 24-26, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at NWR Cougar Stadium. Registration is $80, and includes food, drink and a tshirt.  Registration is open for grades K-7.

 - Revamped Refuge Golf Course in the works.  The Refuge Golf Course will be closed for 18 months for redesigning and refurbishing.  A number 9 hole that ends at the clubhouse, perhaps?

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

PRVWSD Board of Directors Minutes for May 2017

Below are the minutes from the PRVWSD Board of Director minutes for May, 2017.  Highlights include:

  - New software for the Rez Police Department.
  - The plan of action for relieving the spillway landings of litter is outlined: "it will be peer pressure from other fishermen that will keep the litter in check. Those that do not want to see the area closed will help with policing the other users and remind them to dispose of their litter properly so that all do not suffer from the actions of a few."
  - Approval for a dog park at Lakeshore Park obtained: "The . . . group has already collected the funds necessary to begin the development of the park . . . ."
  - Look for lighting improvements at Timberlake Campground.
  - Discussion of short term vacation rentals initiated, but tabled for further discussion.
  - Neel Schaffer Engineering awarded the engineering services contract for the badly needed overlay of the upper spillway road.
  - Bobby Cleveland's contract was approved for fiscal year 2018.  While I'm sure the contract was provided at the meeting, the online copy of the minutes did not have it attached.
  - A late addition to the agenda was approval of an interlocal agreement with West Rankin Utility Authority for sewage service for an 118 acre development on the Northshore (not on PRVWSD land). The agreement was approved, but not without dissension.
  - Finally, there is a need for master electrician services.  The job will be bid.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Parks Policy and Executive Committees Agendas

Monday, July 17, 2017 3:00 p.m.

1. Approval of minutes of June 12, 2017 meeting.

2. Discussion of Down River Cleanup efforts.

3. Consideration and approval of final change order and project closeout for the Timberlake Paving Project.

Monday, July 17, 2017 4:00 p.m.

1. Discussion of future of Main Office Building.

PRVWSD Shoreline Development Committee Agenda

Monday, July 17, 2017 3:30 p.m.

1. Approval of minutes of June 12, 2017 meeting.

2. Review and award of real estate proposal received for Invitation No. 159, a parcel at Rankin Ramp, Brandon, MS.

3. Consideration and award of contract for Seawall Construction Project Phase II at Sunrise Pointe and Paradise Point (litigation settlement phase 2).

4. Consideration of selection of engineer for the construction phase of the Upper Spillway Road Overlay Project.

5. Review of Arbor Landing Phase 3A construction plans.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Area Triathlons

The 8th Annual Tri4Life triathlon is around the corner.  600 yard swim, 14 mile bike and a 5K run. Billed as the "hottest, fastest triathlon in the state", this race benefits the Center for Pregnancy Choices.

Register here.
Volunteer here.
Here is the Facebook Page.

The kids have an option this weekend in the Mississippi Kids Triathlon at Reunion in Madison County.

Get all the info you need here or here.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Here is that Rez Fire Department Article on Chief Berry I Promised

Link to Northside Sun's article on Chief Berry.  A huge and constant "thank you" to all public servants.

County Seat Farmers Market

Yesterday was the first County Seat Farmers Market at the Rankin County Multipurpose Pavilion on Marquette Road.  You have another shot at it on Thursday, July 20, 2017.

Harvey's Fish House is cooking the catfish plates (MS farm raised, btw), and there are hot dogs and fresh veggies, too.  Another great addition to Rankin County!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Northside Sun Highlights Chief Berry

In a rare Rankin County drive-by, the Northside Sun weekly included a nice front page write up on Reservoir Fire Chief, Scott Berry.  They haven't posted the most recent edition online.  I will be sure to post a link when they do.  In the meantime, if you run across a copy on the newsstand, it is worth a read.

Monday, July 3, 2017

County Subdivision Ordinance Changes

Rankin County published proposed changes to the subdivision ordinance.  Those proposed changes as are highlighted in yellow below.  Interesting reading.  It looks like many of the changes are designed to provide additional oversight by the County of subdivision infrastructure.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Cougar Club Fundraiser

Below is an email circulated to area businesses.  If you are interested in being a part of this, I encourage you to contact Jeff or Toby directly (phone numbers are below) for more info.

The Northwest Rankin Cougar Club would like to offer everyone in the Flowood and Brandon Reservoir community an opportunity to help in a massive fundraising effort at Northwest Rankin High School (NWR). The Cougar Club is an all-sports booster club that was created by Coach Jeff McClaskey and Coach Toby Collums roughly 18 months ago with the goal being to raise much needed funds to make our athletic department what it deserves to be, the absolute best in the state of Mississippi. As you know, the Flowood area is one of the fastest growing areas in Mississippi, so obviously the NWR school zone is booming as well. Team sports and school clubs are a driving force behind all communities because they help in bringing members of that community together. Here at NWR we have more than 30 sports and clubs which encompass more than 800 students and student athletes. With all this being said, you can see the need for you and our community to come together and help give these youth the absolute best high school experience that we can offer. I have attached several different opportunities for you to review that would show your support of our students and the community.  These possibilities range from basic advertisement such as signage, to commercials via our wifi sports coverage and/or video board corporate sponsorships. Your consideration in this endeavor would be greatly appreciated by all of our children here at Northwest. If you have any questions feel free to contact our Athletic Director Jeff McClaskey @ 601-573-7522 or Assistant Athletic Director Toby Collums @ 662-401-9915. We truly look forward to hearing from you and GO COUGARS!
Jeff McClaskeyAthletics DepartmentNorthwest Rankin High School601-992-2242Fax # 601-992-6005

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Empire Truck Sales Fireworks

In addition to all the other Independence Day celebrations posted about below, there is another on the actual Fourth of July you may want to check out.  Empire Truck Sales in Richland has a big 4th of July Fireworks celebration.  No kidding.  From their Facebook page:

Yes, we are having our annual Fireworks Show this year and you can be a part of it πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ’₯πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ It will be held on Tuesday, July 4th @ 9 pm. Like our Page, Share this post and comment liked and shared and you will be entered into the drawing. Enjoy front row seating including FREE food and FREE entertainment with plenty of room for you and your family to stretch out and make memories! We will announce the three winners of the parking passes on Friday, June 30, 2017.

More Info on Independence Day Celebrations at Rez

Looks like the PRVWSD and Barnett Reservoir Foundation are going all out for Independence Day Weekend.  Enjoy!

Castlewoods Summer Activities

Castlewoods Country Club is cranking it up this Summer.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Green Market and Craft Fair at Dogwood

Every Saturday, 11 a.m. through 3 p.m., through August 26, 2017, Dogwood Festival Mall hosts the Green Market and Craft Fair.  From their Facebook Page:

The Dogwood Festival located at 150 Dogwood Boulevard in Flowood MS is hosting its annual Green Market and Craft Fair beginning Saturday June, 10th. Every Saturday, beginning June 10th and extending through August 26th, this market and craft fair will be held from 11am-3pm. Shoppers have an opportunity to browse among the areas best produce, baked goods and local crafters in one unified location.

There is a lot of foot traffic in this shopping center! This invitation extends to a variety of local vendors and crafters. This would be a great opportunity for you to sale your goods in an established market and promote yourselves in the community.

We are encouraging you to set up a display of your crafts, baked good or other cottage industry items, as well as your produce.

If you would like to join us to bringing your goods to the community, please contact Brandi at 775-224-3231 or, or Eric at 775-250-7908 or

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Area Independence Day Celebrations

Here are some area Independence Day(ish) festivities:

June 29 -- The City of Brandon hosts its United We Stand: Tribute to God & Country in Shiloh Park. The fun starts at 5:30 p.m.  Area church choirs will provide the music.  Fireworks as dusk.

Mississippi's Championship Hot Air Balloon Fest.  The Balloon Glow in Ridgeland is Friday, June 30, 2017, at 6 p.m.

July 1 -- The Barnett Reservoir Foundation has their Classic Car Show and Independence Day Celebration all day at both Old Trace Park in Ridgeland and Lakeshore Park in Rankin County.

The Mississippi Braves are at home Friday, June 30, 2017, through Monday, July 3.  Fireworks on Friday, Saturday and Monday after the games.

Jackson Mayor-Elect Chokwe Antar Lumumba's inaugural festivities coincide with Fourth of July Weekend.  Find out all about them here.

The City of Clinton has a fireworks show on (gasp!) the actual Fourth of July.  5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Traceway Park.  Meet the Press will entertain the crowd prior to fireworks.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Feathered Cow is Open -- Enjoy!

I predict The Feathered Cow will be a long-standing success in the Reservoir.  My wife and I ate lunch there yesterday.  Every new restaurant has kinks; however, management was on top of everything. The set up, the atmosphere and food were all good.  My wife ordered Wings and Things -- the fried chicken was as good as Julep's was.  I ordered the Stupid Burger -- I should have saved half for supper, it was so big.  The Rez needed this.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Look For The Feathered Cow to Open Monday

Rezidents patiently wait the opening of The Feathered Cow. According to ownership, all they are waiting on is the State Department of Health to give them the green light, and are anticipated to open Monday the 19th.  A sneak peak at the Rez menu below.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Proposed Changes to Rental Ordinance

Below are the proposed changes to the PRVWSD Rental Ordinance.  The PRVWSD meets tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. at Timberlake Campground if you are interested in voicing your opinion, or just to hear the discussion.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

PRVWSD Board Meeting Agenda

Below is the agenda for the upcoming PRVWSD Board Meeting.  Note the discussion on proposed changes to the regulations affecting vacation rentals.  I'll see if I can't get a copy of those proposed changes and post them.

AT 9:30 A.M. ON THURSDAY, JUNE 15, 2017

1. Opening prayer
2. Pledge of Allegiance – W. C. Gorden
3. Request for acceptance of Minutes from the regular meeting held on May 18, 2017
4. Committee Recommendations:
    Shoreline Development Committee:
     I. Approval of changes to regulations regarding vacation rentals.
    II. Approval of Memorandum of Understanding with MS Department of Transportation for the                Upper Spillway Road Overlay.
Law Enforcement, Asset Protection & Emergency Management Committee:
     I. Approve engagement of independent contractor for reporting of HB1520 review with a not to              exceed amount of $3,000.00.
Audit Committee:
     I. Approval of GM Declaration of Emergency.
     II. Approval of Per Diem and Travel Report for Board of Directors for May 2017.
     III. Approval of Cash Balance Report.
     IV. Approval of June Claims Docket.
5. Committee Minutes and Miscellaneous Correspondence
6. Executive Director’s comments
7. Next Regular Meeting July 20, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. at PRVWSD Main Office.
8. Meeting adjourned.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Audit Committee Agenda

Monday, June 12, 2017 4:15 p.m.

1. Approval of minutes of May 15, 2017 meeting.

2. Review of delinquent lease collections report.

3. Ratify General Manager’s declaration of emergency concerning Monday, June 5th 2017 water line break in the main office and subsequent employment of clean-up contractor.

4. Approval of Per Diem and Travel Report May 2017.

5. Approval of Cash Balance Report.

6. Approval of Claims Docket for June 2017.

Parks Policy and Law Enforcement Committee Agendas

Monday, June 12, 2017 3:00 p.m.

1. Approval of minutes of May 15, 2017 meeting.

2. Discussion of Down River Cleanup efforts.

3. Discussion of squirrel hunts on District property.

Monday, June 12, 2017 4:00 p.m.

1. Approval of minutes of May 15, 2017 meeting.

2. Police Report for June 2017.

3. Outline discussion for reporting Section 9, HB1520 Study.

PRVWSD Board Call and Shoreline Committee Agenda

From the PRVWSD:

The regular monthly meeting of the PRVWSD Board and its committees will be held next week at TIMBERLAKE CAMPGROUNDS.  The PRVWSD main office experienced a water line break and is currently in the process of cleanup and repair, which makes the change of meeting location necessary. The following committees will meet on Monday, 12 June.3:00 p.m.             Parks Policy Committee3:30 p.m.             Shoreline Development Committee4:00 p.m.             Law Enforcement, Asset Protection and                       Emergency Management Committee4:15 p.m.             Audit Committee The Board of Director’s regular meeting will meet Thursday, 15 June.

Shoreline Committee Agenda Below:

Monday, June 12, 2017 3:30 p.m.

1. Approval of minutes of May 15, 2017 meeting.

2. Agreement with MS Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.

3. Consideration of regulation for vacation rentals.

4. Approval of Memorandum of Understanding with MS Department of Transportation for the Upper Spillway Road Overlay.

5. Executive Session: Discussion of lease termination.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Vacation Bible Schools

My favorite annual list.  They are free and they are fun.  Take advantage of these local offerings.

River of Life -- Galactic Starveyors, 6/4 through 6/8
Lakeland Pres -- 6/5 through 6/8.
Fannin Baptist Church -- 6/5 through 6/8
Oakdale Baptist -- Galactic Starveyors, 6/11 to 6/16.
Pinelake -- Sports Camp, 6/12 through 6/15
Lakeside Pres -- Mindcraft, 6/12 through 6/16
Flowood Baptist -- Galactic Starveyors, 6/18 through 6/23
Liberty Baptist -- 6/19 through 6/23
St. Mark's UMC -- Adventure to Rome, 7/10 through 7/14
Vineyard Church -- 7/17 through 7/21