Thursday, December 28, 2017

India Oven on Hugh Ward

There is an Indian restaurant in the Sunoco gas station behind Walgreens on Hugh Ward Boulevard.  It is called Indian Oven -- Cuisine of India.  There is a lunch buffet from 11:30 to 3 p.m., and dinner starts at 4 p.m.  

I imagine the food will need to be dynamic to survive in a gas station.  That is all I know.  If anyone has tried it, please comment below about your experience.  

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Analysis of PRVWSD Police Department

As promised, here is the analysis of the Reservoir Police Department, as performed by PRVWSD.  This analysis was requested by the Mississippi Legislature.

Friday, December 22, 2017

PRVWSD Submits Report to Legislature

Media Release
For Immediate Release
21 December 2017

PRVWSD Submits Legislative Report

The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District Board of Directors on Thursday submitted an extensive analysis of its Reservoir Police Department to the Governor, Lt. Governor, and the Mississippi House and Senate, as required by the 2017 Legislature in House Bill 1520.

PRVWSD, which oversees operation of the 33,000-acre Ross Barnett Reservoir and 17,000 acres of properties surrounding it, is a special fund agency that operates on self-generated revenue from leases, water/sewage service, campgrounds and timber sales. Though it receives no general fund money from the state, its budget requires annual legislative approval.

A provision in the 2017 budget bill, H.B. 1520, directed PRVWSD to prepare a report on its staffing and manpower allocation, with an emphasis on its police department.

PRVWSD conducted surveys of its residents, researched its financial and employee records and statistics, and contacted the law enforcement agencies in surrounding counties and communities regarding the presence and assistance from the Reservoir Police. In its Executive Summary, the Board of Directors concluded that the analysis “shows clearly that the Reservoir Police serves the community and state well, and should continue in its present form.”

[*Blog editor's note:  I requested a copy of the analysis/report and will share with my readers if it is made available]

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

The Filling Station

Here is the Facebook page for The Filling Station, which is the latest restaurant iteration on Flowood Drive, between Airport Road and Liberty Road. 

Below is a pic of their menu from the Facebook site.  A trusted friend swears on the fried ribeye sandwich. 

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Agenda for Upcoming PRVWSD Board Meeting


1. Opening prayer
2. Pledge of Allegiance – W. C. Gorden
3. Request for acceptance of Minutes from the regular meeting held on November 16, 2017
4. Commission of officer candidate Justin Lewis Hunter
5. Committee Recommendations:
Law Enforcement, Asset Protection and Emergency Management Committee:
     I. Adoption of HB1520 Analysis of the Staffing and Manpower Allocation of the PRVWSD Police Department.
Shoreline Development Committee:
     I. Approval of Arbor Landing Phase 2B Final Plat and Covenants.
     II. Approval of Change Order No. 1 to Hemphill Construction on Seawall Rehabilitation Project Phase 2 at Sunrise and Paradise Point Subdivisions.
Parks Policy Committee:
     I. Rejection of all bids received for Madison Landing Boating Facility Breakwater Project, approval of revision of scope of project, and approval to advertise revised project for bid.
Budget & Finance Committee:
     I. Award of contract to purchase of 3,950 meter registers to Central Pipe Supply, Inc.
Audit Committee:
     I. Approval of Attorney Generals FY2018 Legal Services Agreement.
     II. Approval of Per Diem and Travel Report for Board of Directors for November 2017.
     III. Approval of Cash Balance Report.
     IV. Approval of December Claims Docket.
6. Committee Minutes and Miscellaneous Correspondence
7. Executive Director’s comments
8. Next Regular Meeting January 18, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. at PRVWSD Main Office.
9. Meeting adjourned.

Update on McClain General Store

Buddy and Joni posted an update about the General Store coming soon to Holly Bush Road. 

McClain General Store is housed within a 2800 square foot building; however, the General Store is not your typical store. The General Store takes us back to a time when everything that you could need is in one place. Within the store you will find: a bakery that features fresh baked breads and goods made daily; a butcher shop that will cut your meat to order, not to mention the smoked bacon; a Takery where you can get everything that you need to complete a meal consisting of homestyle southern staples; an outfitters that has everything a hunter would need; and unique merchandise that is Mississippi made. Did we mention there are also two restaurants within the building: A Southern fare buffet and a Steakhouse?

Complete post here.

Monday, December 18, 2017

What is Simple Burger

I note a restaurant called Simple Burger is going in the Dogwood shopping center where the old Lenny's used to be.  Being a burger connoisseur, my interest piqued.  However, a quick search of the interwebs didn't pull up much of anything but a scant Facebook site with a link to a website that doesn't exist

Further investigation turned up a Simple Burger, LLC, registered with the Mississippi Secretary of State.  In fact, it looks like Simple Burger may be brought to you by the same folks that own/operate Jo's Diner.  If so, giddy up!

St. Marks UMC Announcements

A couple of announcements from St. Marks UMC on Grant's Ferry Road:

St. Mark’s United Methodist Church at 400 Grant’s Ferry Road in Brandon is offering the following resources: GriefShare: A Grief Workshop—Journey to Healing is for those who are grieving the death of a family member or friend, and it will take place on Sundays from 1:30-3:30 starting January 14th.  Also, we will offer DivorceCare, a support group for those going through separation or divorce, from 3:45-5:45 on Sundays, starting January 14th.  Both groups will last for 13 weeks and include helpful videos and small-group discussion.  Both have a registration fee of $20 for all the sessions. Partial Scholarships are available. For more information or to register, go to or call 601-992-2131.

Nativity Walk tonight (Monday, December 18, 2017), from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. It's a come-and-go event, and you move at your own pace.  

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

John Moore Leaves the House

State Representative John Moore resigned abruptly last Friday, leaving much of Rankin County without representation in the lower chamber of the legislature this upcoming session.  Now, the scramble is on to find a candidate who can win a special election.  This type of candidate must be able to raise substantial funds quickly ($35,000+), and instantly put together a team to get out the vote.  

Without question, the advantage will go to a person who can solidify the City of Brandon vote.  The powers that be in the City of Brandon will understandably want to have influence on choosing the right candidate.  Below are links to maps of the district lines.  Moore's district is District 60.  The City of Brandon (less Crossgates and Eastgate), Monterey, and Robinhood constitute the major population centers of this district.  

This will be interesting to watch.

District 60 Map.
Article from NE Daily Journal.
Mississippi Today article.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Country Christmas Show at the Ag Museum

Look past the cascading line of performers and head down to the Ag Museum for a Country Christmas Show with the Ranch House Opry Band this Saturday.  The Rez's own JES is performing!  The show will start right after the Gingerbread Marketplace ends.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Plan Your (Christmas Themed) Weekend

Santa is at Northpark Mall all week and weekend.
- Ridgeland has the Wonderland of Lights everyday until 10 p.m. at Freedom Ridge Park.
- City of Pearl will light their Christmas Tree on Friday, December 8, at 6:30 p.m. 
- City of Flowood has a Holiday Open House on Friday, December 8, at 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Table 100.
- Christmas Wonderland ice skating and ice slide is going on through the holidays at the back parking lot to Trustmark Park in Pearl.  If you have kids, you must check it out.
- Gingerbread Market starts at the Ag Museum at noon on Friday, and their Country Christmas starts at 5 p.m.
- There is a totally local Christmas Market in Richland on Saturday beginning at 9 a.m.
- Beauty and the Beast is at New Stage Theatre

And much more.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Miller's 471 Grill & Pizza is Now Route 471

In its hobbit hole in downtown Jackson, Miller's was hard to beat for a quick bite at lunch.  The Philly Cheese Steak was second to none.  Naturally, I was excited when Miller's opened near my home in 2012.  The service and quality of food fluctuated, sometimes dramatically, over the past five years.  Unimpressed, and often disappointed, my family drifted away.  I can't say we've eaten there in the past two years.  Perusing recent reviews on Facebook, is painful; folks are consistent in their frustration with the quality of service. 

Hopefully, that has all come to an end.  Millers 471 Grill and Pizza is now under new ownership and they are transitioning a new name, Route 471.  Go to the Facebook Page for more info.  My family will be trying it out soon. 

Thanks to EC for the tip!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Chimneyville Crafts Festival Preview Party Tickets


$10 Discount off Ticket Price 
 + 20% off coupon for our gallery

First Pick of the Art

Complimentary Tote Bag
Great Music by  
Bill, Temperance & Jeff 

Delicious Food

 Your Choice of Beverages



After that, advance tickets may be purchased at the Mississippi Craft Center in Ridgeland or at Visitor Services at Outlets of Mississippi in Pearl. Preview Party Tickets are $50 in advance/$60 at the door.  General Admission tickets are $10.         CLICK TO BUY NOW


Friday, November 24, 2017

Christmas Wonderland on Ice

Here is the link to the Facebook Page for the Christmas Wonderland on Ice in the Trustmark Park parking lot in Pearl. 

Ice skating, an "Arctic Blast Ice Slide", Santa, and special events.  Open now!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

PRVWSD Board Minutes for October 2017

Below are the PRVWSD Board of Director's minutes for the October 19, 2017, meeting.  Highlights include:

  - There is a parcel of land near Fannin Landing Circle that the PRVWSD would like to advertise for bid for a restaurant, retail or office building.  I assume it is Parcel H12-18-20, which is directly north of the Fannin Landing boat ramp. 

  - The Board allowed for a "pre-inspection" of a home to take place prior to the home being listed for sale.  This would allow a potential seller to determine what items are non-compliant so they can presumably be fixed.  Sounds like a good idea that will allow PRVWSD more control over questionable properties.

  - The dog park at Lakeshore Park moved towards completion with the acceptance of the Operation Agreement and layout.

  - By an 9-4 vote, the Board voted to adopt term limits for the office of President of the Board of Directors.  The President is now limited to serving four -year terms. 

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

PRVWSD Board Minutes for September 2017

Below are the PRVWSD Board of Directors Minutes for the September 21, 2017, meeting.  Highlights include:

  - Nick Trees is coming back to the open lot across between Baptist and Reservoir Square Center (across from Fred's).  Some proceeds go to Blair E. Batson Children's Hospital.

  - Resurfacing of upper Spillway Road is moving toward fruition.  Grant money is close to being in hand for the project.  Advertisement for bids for the project was approved.

  - Shaggy's on the Rez, LLC, was the sole bidder for the parcel at Rankin Ramp/Rankin Landing.  Their bid was approved.  Look for construction soon.

  - PRVWSD will now consult with the Mississippi Development Authority on how to best market commercial properties.

  - Squirrel hunting is now allowed below the Spillway during certain times and under certain restrictions, i.e., youth hunting only.

  - Three comfort stations are coming to PRVWSD properties, namely Coal Bluff Campground, Old Trace Park and Lakeshore Park, at a total price of $377,800.00.

  - The Board changed the Park Usage Fee and Alcohol Sales Permit policies to reflect that the Board may waive usage fees and alcohol permit fees if the participating group provides labor to the District or other in-kind services, such as clean up as a public service.

  - The water billing changes detailed in yesterday's post were adopted.

  - Reservoir Police obtained a grant in the amount of $8,000.00 for long term storage of vehicle camera and audio files.

  - New Board Officers were voted on.  Jennifer Hall is the new President, Billy Cook is the V.P., Phillip Crosby is the Secretary, Cindy Ford is Assistant Secretary, and Susan McMullan is Treasurer.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Water Billing Changes by PRVWSD

Effective, January 1, 2018, the PRVWSD is changing their water billing system for leaseholders.  The announcement is on their website, but here it is verbatim:

Water billing system changes 

Due to an excessive and growing amount of overdue water bills requiring disconnections, the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District Board of Directions approved a new billing plan effective Jan. 1, 2018. Under the new guidelines, no after-hour reconnections will be done. “We are bringing our billing in line with other utility companies in the area,” said PRVWSD general manager John Sigman. “We have a growing problem of disconnections for overdue bills, and our policy of 24-hour reconnect service will stop.” 
Under the new system: 
     * Water/sewer bills, usually received by the first of the month, are due on receipt. The bill represents the previous month’s reading made on or about the 20th of the month (Month 1). 
     * An overdue notice will be sent for accounts not paid by the 20th of the following month (Month 2). A 10% penalty will be assessed at this time. 
     * The past due amount for Month 1, plus penalties, plus the current amount owed for Month 2 water/sewer is due by the 20th of the month (Month 3). Payment must be made with cash, certified funds or valid credit card. 
     * Accounts unpaid by the 20th of Month 3 will be cutoff and a $50 reconnect fee charged to restore service. 
     * There will be no after-hours reconnections. PRVWSD has done away with an additional 10 percent fee for bills not paid by the 28th of the month, and also the $25 processing fee.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Santa Clause is Coming to (Flowood) Town

Below are the dates for the City of Flowood's Christmas in the Park.  

Polar Express is being shown at the Nature Park on the evening of December 14, so mark that down, too.

PRVWSD Board Meeting Agenda


1. Opening prayer

2. Pledge of Allegiance – W. C. Gorden

3. Request for acceptance of Minutes from the regular meeting held on October 19, 2017

4. Commission of officer candidate Justin Lewis Hunter

5. Committee Recommendations:

Shoreline Development Committee:
I. Discussion of regulation regarding parking of boat or trailer.
II. Award and resolution of construction contract for W. E. Blain & Sons for Upper Spillway Road Resurfacing Project.
III. Approval of Addendum No. 1 to Pickering, Inc. for the Lake Access Improvements Project.
IV. Approval of final change order and project closeout for Suncoast Infrastructure for Sanitary Sewer Evaluation Study.

Parks Policy Committee:

I. Final adoption of regulation changes to allow squirrel hunting below the dam.
II. Acceptance of grant for Madison Landing Boating Facility Improvements from MDWFP.
III. Approval to advertise for breakwater for Madison Landing Boating Facility.
Non-Committee Review Item received after committee meeting:
IV. Approval of request by City of Ridgeland & Barnett Reservoir Foundation to host B.A.S.S. Elite Series Tournament March 2019

Forestry Committee:
I. Approval of amendment to Forestry Management Plan.
II. Approval of advertisement for three timber sales.

Building Committee:
I. Approval of Joseph Orr’s proposal for providing programming and site review report.

Budget & Finance Committee:
I. Approval to purchase 3,950 digital water meter registers.

Audit Committee:
I. Approval of staffs request to advertise for general engineering services under Quality Based Selection Process.
II. Approve purchase of E-billing module for Cubic software $2,593.00.
III. Approval of Per Diem and Travel Report for Board of Directors for October 2017.
IV. Approval of Cash Balance Report.
V. Approval of November Claims Docket.

6. Committee Minutes and Miscellaneous Correspondence

7. Executive Director’s comments

8. Next Regular Meeting December 21, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. at PRVWSD Main Office.

9. Meeting recessed for lunch.

10. Meeting reconvened for Executive Session to discuss personnel, staffing allocation for particular positions, and potential litigation.

11. Meeting adjourned.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Passport Services at the Chancery Clerk's Office

Did you know you can obtain your Passport through the Rankin County Chancery Clerk's office?  You don't have to deal with Uncle Sam and the understaffed post office.  Instead, you can use the services of your local Chancery Clerk (both Madison and Rankin).  The ladies at the Chancery Clerk's office (land records), 211 East Government Street, Brandon, MS 39042), are knowledgeable, friendly, and always eager to help.  You walk in, get your Passport, and walk out.  No waiting.  One stop shop, complete with photo services. 

Here is the Rankin County Chancery Clerk's Passport page.
Here is the Passport application page (to make it even faster).
Here is a table of Passport fees.
Here is a link for a $5 coupon at the Rankin County Chancery Clerk's Office.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Building, Budget and Audit Committee Agendas

Monday, November 13, 2017 4:00 p.m.

1. Review of proposal from District’s architect, Joseph Orr for providing a site review report.

Monday, November 13, 2017 4:30 p.m.

1. Approval of minutes of March 13, 2017 meeting.
2. Approval to purchase 3,950 meter registers .

Monday, November 13, 2017 4:45 p.m.

1. Approval of minutes of June 12, 2017 meeting.
2. Discussion of staffs request to advertise for general engineering services under Quality Based Selection Process.
3. Purchase of E-billing module for Cubic software $2,593.00.
4. Approval of Per Diem and Travel for October 2017.
5. Approval of Cash Balance Report.
6. Approval of Claims Docket for November 2017.

Parks Policy and Shoreline Development Committee Agendas

Monday, November 13, 2017 3:00 p.m.

1. Approval of minutes of October 16, 2017 meeting.
2. Final adoption of regulation changes to allow Squirrel hunting below the dam.
3. Acceptance of grant for Madison Landing Boating Facility Improvements from MDWFP.
4. Approval to advertise for breakwater for Madison Landing Boating Facility.

Monday, November 13, 2017 3:30 p.m.

1. Approval of minutes of October 16, 2017 meeting.
2. Property Maintenance Report for October/November.
3. Discussion of regulation regarding parking of a boat on trailer upon driveways.
4. Approval of amended Arbor Landing Covenants and approval of final plat for Phase 2B – Arbor Landing.
5. Consideration of award and resolution for W.E. Blain and Sons for construction of Upper Spillway Road Resurfacing Project.
6. Consideration and approval of Addendum No. 1 to Pickering, Inc. for the Lake Access Improvements Project.
7. Consideration and approval of final change order and project closeout for Suncoast Infrastructure for Sanitary Sewer Evaluation Study.
8. Executive Session: Discussion of potential litigation matter.

Upcoming PRVWSD Committee Agendas

I will post the proposed committee agendas for PRVWSD Board for their November 16th meetings at the Turcotte Education Center & Shooting Range.  Below is their schedule:

Wednesday 8th  2:00 p.m.             Law Enforcement, Asset Protection & Asset Mgmnt Committee
Wednesday 8th 3:30 p.m.              Executive Committee
Thursday 9th at 9:30 a.m.               Forestry Committee
Monday 13th at 3:00 p.m.              Parks Policy Committee
Monday 13th at 3:30 p.m.              Shoreline Development Committee
Monday 13th at 4:00 p.m.              Building Committee
Monday 13th at 4:30 p.m.              Budget and Finance Committee
Monday 13th at 4:45 p.m.              Audit Committee

The regular monthly meeting of the Board of Directors will be Thursday, 16th, at 9:30 a.m., also at Turcotte. 

I begin with LEAPAMC and Forestry:

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 2:00 p.m.

Executive Session:

1. Review full draft report: Analysis of the Staffing and Manpower Allocation of the PRVWSD.

Thursday, November 9, 2017 9:30 a.m.

1. Approval of minutes of February 13, 2017.
2. Consideration of amendment to Forestry Management Plan.
3. Consideration of advertisements for three timber sales.
4. Depart main office for tour of forestry sites.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Chicken Salad Chick

A Chicken Salad Chick is opening next to Whataburger on Old Fannin Road.  I have never heard of it before, but I do like chicken salad.  Therefore, I performed a smidge of research to find out more.

From Wikipedia (citations omitted):
Chicken Salad Chick is a fast casual chain of chicken restaurants based in Auburn, Alabama. As of November 2015, the chain consists of 43 franchise restaurants and 8 company-owned stores. Chicken Salad Chick has restaurants in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. The company plans to expand into Louisiana & Texas sometime in 2016. The company was founded in Auburn, Alabama, in 2008 by Stacy and Kevin Brown.
Present Mississippi locations are in Olive Branch and Oxford.  There are three in the Mobile, Alabama area and a couple in the New Orleans area. 

Here is their menu from the Oxford location:

Friday, October 27, 2017

Halloween Forecast

Trick-or-Treating approaches.  It's not tonight, nor tomorrow, but Tuesday, October 31, 2017; which is great, because it shuts down earlier than weekend trick-or-treating.  Sheriff Bailey has already taken precautions:

Sheriff Bailey has made arrangements for extra deputies in the neighborhoods on Tuesday, October 31st for Halloween details. The purpose of the increased presences, is to ensure everyone drives safely, has a good time and watches out for all the walkers participating in Trick-or-Treat. Since it is a school night, we ask that you complete your festivities prior to 10:00 p.m.
For the older school age participants, please ensure you have a good ending to the night by not engaging in malicious activity. If you are found engaging in misdemeanor criminal malicious mischief, you will be dealt with accordingly.
Thanks for your continued support of your Sheriff's Department.
Neighborhood trick-or-treating is still a thing; however, if you are looking for something different, try the City of Flowood's Kid's Night Out at Liberty Park.

Right now, the weather forecast predicts mostly clear skies with a high of 74 degrees and a low of 51 degrees, with only a 10% chance of rain. 

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Area Haunts

Season's Mini Golf has a Haunted Paintball Hayride every Thursday through Sunday, from 7 p.m. until close.  $25 for a standard ride and $35 for VIP ride (I don't know the difference).  Allegedly, the ride lasts 30 minutes or so.  Sounds like fun!

House of the Haunted Fields in Raymond is back in action this Friday.  "Horror in the woods of Raymond. This is a unique haunt like no other .You will be touring an antique haunted house followed by a dark , winding trail of terror on over two wooded acres. PG-13 is our suggested rating but we will leave the decision making up to parents.We will be posting Victim Cam photos as well as IR video so that you can tag your friends if you survive . Join us if you dare . Info on certain event nights will be listed under the "Events" tab. Tickets are $10 and include the house tour as well as the trail of terror."  

The Dark Zone is back in action at the soccer fields in the Crossgates portion of Brandon.  This Friday and Saturday only, from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m.ish.  $10 per person.  $5 to take 50 shots at the Zombiegeddon shooting gallery.  

Take a drive to the Bailey Haunted House in Meridian.  $10 per person.

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.