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 merriamsmilley2201@comcast.net. For more information about DC4K, contact Betsy Schetter at Betsy.Schetter@millsaps.edu.

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

AGENDA
PARKS POLICY COMMITTEE
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.

AGENDA
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Monday, July 17, 2017 4:00 p.m.

1. Discussion of future of Main Office Building.

PRVWSD Shoreline Development Committee Agenda

AGENDA
SHORELINE DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
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 brandi.sonicboomnv@yahoo.com, or Eric at 775-250-7908 or sonicboomnv@yahoo.com.


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.

AGENDA FOR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF
DIRECTORS OF THE PEARL RIVER VALLEY WATER
SUPPLY DISTRICT HELD IN THE DISTRICT’S
TIMBERLAKE CAMPGROUNDS OFFICE, BRANDON MS
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

AGENDA
AUDIT COMMITTEE
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

AGENDA
PARKS POLICY COMMITTEE
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.


AGENDA
LAW ENFORCEMENT, ASSET PROTECTION
AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
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:

AGENDA
SHORELINE DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
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

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Sunset Concert Series is Still ON!

MEDIA RELEASE
EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY
1 June 2017
Sunset Concert Series finale still on for tonight
Chris Gill starts at 5:45 and Lisa Mills follows at Lakeshore Park

Tonight’s season finale of the Sunset Concert Series event will go on as scheduled, the Barnett Reservoir Foundation announced this morning. With diminishing rain chances forecast for the 5:45 start, the private non-profit group decided not to cancel.

Chris Gill, whose original concert on May 4 was postponed due to heavy thunderstorms, will start with his music that has made him one of the most popular local acts.

Hattiesburg native Lisa Mills, who now lives in Mobile, will close the night and the 2017 spring season.

“The combination of these two talents provides the perfect close to our first season,” said Foundation spokesman Bobby Cleveland. “We’ve had a great series, and have provided reservoir residents and visitors not only with great tunes but also a neighborhood feeling.”

Series sponsor The Crawfish King of Flowood will sell crawfish and shrimp dinners and the Foundation will sell beverages and hot dogs. No outside food and beverages will be allowed.
Admission is minimal —just $5 a carload and free to cars that have Reservoir tags. Walk-ups and bike-ins pay just a $1.

For more information on PRVWSD and Barnett Reservoir, visit www.TheRez.ms.gov.
For information on the Barnett Reservoir Foundation, visit its website at www.barnettreservoirfoundation.org.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Church Burglars Sentenced

Good reporting by Tom Hill in the Rankin County News.  The two women who burglarized St. Mark's United Methodist Church last June (remember this and this), made the delayed, but correct, decision to plead guilty.  On the eve of trial, Elizabeth Lauren Guy and Anna Paige Smith pleaded guilty and received 14 years, with 12 suspended.  Upon release, they will receive five years of probation.  Plus, they must each pay $2,500 in fines, of which $1000 will go to the church.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

New Pinelands PID Board

I can tell you the winners of the Hugh Ward/Pinelands PID election last night, though I don't have details at this point.  The candidates were:

  -- Lori Voss of Pinebrook
  -- Marion Alford of Gardens of Manship
  -- John Everitt, Jr. of Turtle Ridge
  -- Marti Morgan of Turtle Ridge
  -- Kevin Prince of Huntington Lake
  -- Nathaniel Landfair of Turtle Ridge
  -- Candy Hutchison of Turtle Ridge
  -- Robert Parrish of Huntington Lake

Voss, Alford, Everitt, Morgan, and Prince were elected.  Hutchinson and Parrish, both current members, were not re-elected.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Info on the Overturned Tanker

That overturned tanker truck was not fun for a lot of folks.  Traffic was rerouted from approximately 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. that day.  Below are links to all the stories about it.

MSNewsNow story (with video).
Clarion Ledger (with video, once you get through all the annoying pop ups, commercials, and other ads).
WAPT story.
WJTV story.

WJTV called it a crash, but everyone else called it an overturned tanker.  How on earth does that happen?


Monday, May 22, 2017

Bad News. Old Fannin at Flowood Drive Closed

An overturned fuel truck (or some kind of wreck involving a fuel truck) has shut down the intersection of Old Fannin Road and Flowood Drive.  Not a good time for that.  Take Hugh Ward and Lakeland.

Litter May Close Public Areas Below Spillway

The PRVWSD is looking to make a dramatic move to curb littering below the Spillway.  Anyone who has walked the rocky shore on either side of the Pearl below the Spillway should -- if they are a decent person -- be disgusted by the amount of litter.  The District has experimented with different methods to control the problem, but to no avail.  It appears the District will now return to the playbook that worked so well with upriver camping -- peer pressure.

PRVWSD will post large banners across the access roads for thirty days warning of imminent closure if things don't change.  If that doesn't reduce the littering, the area will be closed, temporarily.  During this time, the area will be cleaned up by the District and volunteer groups.  After clean up, the area will be reopened and monitored.  If there is no significant improvement in the amount of litter, the area will be closed again.

Gates have already been installed across the access roads in anticipation of closure.  Article on the closure in the Clarion Ledger.

Any one have thoughts on this plan of action?


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Dog Park Opened, Another On the Way

MEDIA RELEASE
EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY
18 May 2017
One dog park opens, another planned at The Rez

An hour before a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the new dog park at Old Trace Park in Ridgeland, the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District Board of Directors approved a conceptual plan for a similar venue to be built at Lakeshore Park in Rankin County.

The Old Trace Dog Park was two years in the planning and funding stages, prior to construction in April and May. The Park, which includes separate fenced areas for large and small breeds, watering stations, and benches, is open to the public free of charge. The exception is on weekends between May and September when a park entrance fee of $5 per vehicle is required. Walk-ins are still admitted free.

The RCAAF, through the Barnett Reservoir Foundation, presented a formal request for the Lakeshore Park Dog Park to the PRVWSD Board at the Board’s May meeting earlier Thursday morning. It received unanimous approval.

The timeline for construction of the Lakeshore Dog Park appears much shorter, since the Rankin County Animal Adoption Foundation (RCAAF), already has secured the construction costs through donations.

“We are fortunate that we have two substantial donors that love animals,” said Nancy Blanton of the RCAAF. “Due to their generous nature, we currently have funds in the bank to fund a dog park in Rankin County and we feel that Lakeshore Park at Barnett Reservoir is an ideal location.”
The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District is a state agency that oversees operation of the 33,000-acre Ross Barnett Reservoir and about 17,000 acres of additional properties surrounding the lake. The Barnett Reservoir Foundation is a separate non-profit organization that supports the PRVWSD and its residential and business communities.

For more information on PRVWSD and Barnett Reservoir, visit www.TheRez.ms.gov.
For information on the Barnett Reservoir Foundation, visit its website at www.barnettreservoirfoundation.org.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Wild Game Banquet

Sportsmen, sportswomen, this event deserves your attention.  The United Methodist Men Coalition does great work in Rankin County.  Not to be missed, not even by Emmett Quincy.

Weekly Leader Articles

Rez-centered articles in the latest edition of the Weekly Leader, include:

  - House burns to ground.  Sad details of the under-construction home that burned to the ground in Woodbridge Estates on Mother's Day.  "It looked like the homeowner had several piles (of old construction materials) burning at once," said Deputy Chief, Josh Swales, of the Reservoir Fire Department.

  - Road rage related charges filed in Flowood.  A 64 year-old Brandon man allegedly displayed a weapon while driving on Medical Parkway in an aggressive driving incident.  We was arrested and released on $5000 bond.  More news here, including video.

  - Fifth auto burglary suspect jailed.  Jackson resident, Curtis Wilson, was arrested in connection with several auto burglaries in the Castlewoods neighborhood.  Further news here, and here (with mugshots).

  - Sunset concert series final two shows.  Prior post here.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Hidden Hills Parkway Closed This Morning

Hidden Hills Parkway will be closed from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. today as the City of Flowood lays a water line.  If you are trying to get in or out of Hidden Hills, you must take a alternate route.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Lakeland Entrance to MillCreek I-III Closed Tomorrow Morning****UPDATE

*** TURNS OUT THIS IS NOT TRUE***

Tomorrow, the City of Flowood will close the Lakeland Drive entrance to Mill Creek Subdivision, Parts I-III, for the purpose of laying a water line in the right-of-way.  They will only close it for a brief window of time (9 a.m. to 11 a.m.).  During that time, no one will be allowed in or out of that entrance.  All ingress and egress to Mill Creek must be done via the Grant's Ferry entrances.

Sunset Concert Series Continues This Week

MEDIA RELEASE
EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY
15 May 2017
Sunset Concert Series prepares for final 2 shows
Dual artists on Lakeshore Park stage on May 18 and June 1

The Barnett Reservoir Foundation’s first Sunset Concert Series will resume on May 18 featuring two popular local artists sharing the Lakeshore Park Stage beginning at 6 p.m.

Guitar phenom/songwriter Barry Leach of Brandon and second-generation entertainer and keyboardist Andrew Pates of Madison will combine their talents for what promises to be an entertaining evening.

The Foundation also announced that it has been able to keep Chris Gill on the schedule, after his original show on June 4 was postponed due to weather. The guitarist and front man for the popular local group Chris Gill and the Sole Shakers will join Hattiesburg native Lisa Mills for a show on June 1 that will close the spring season.

“We’re excited that Chris and Lisa have agreed to share the night, and we’ll start the show a little early at 5:30 and close a little later to accommodate them,” said Foundation Sunset Series coordinator Jeff Roberts. “Having Chris open that evening with Lisa at the end gives us a great show to end our first series. We’re excited about both of these two final shows.”

The Crawfish King of Flowood sponsored the Sunset Concert Series and will continue to sell crawfish and shrimp at the final two shows. The Foundation will sell beverages, hot dogs, nachos and popcorn. No outside food or drink is allowed.

Admission is $5 per car, but cars with a Reservoir tag get in free. Walk-ups or bikers pay only $1.

Hugh Ward PID Vote

If you live in the Hugh Ward PID, you have an important vote coming up.  On May 23, 2017, homeowners within the PID will vote on 5 new PID Board members.  The vote is facilitated by PID attorney, David Morrow, and will take place at the Flowood Library.  My friend, Kevin Prince, has a website that offers additional information.

Presently, the PID is involved in a lawsuit concerning lack of transparency and possible missing money.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Flowood Family Fest Tonight!

Tonight is Flowood Family Fest.  It's free and fun for the entire family.  Chris Janson is the headliner. Only a 5% chance of rain -- the weather will be perfect (75 degrees at 4 p.m. to mid-60s during the fireworks.

From the MyFlowood.com website:

This is the BIG ONE!  Come join about 10,000 of your closest friend for the biggest FREE PARTY!   
The Flowood Family Festival is surely the most prominent and popular.  Held at Flowood’s Liberty Park and coordinated by Flowood Parks and Recreation Department, the Festival is probably the largest free event held in the entire Metro area.  This year the grounds will open at 4:00 pm for family and kids activities - Space Jumps, Slides, Obstacle Courses, Petting Zoo, Pony Rides, Train Rides, Kids Karaoke, Children Dance Routines, midway-style food and games.  A large static display by the Army National Guard features combat and support equipment for kids of all ages to learn about and enjoy. 
Under the lights of Liberty Park, those festivities for the kids carry on through the evening.  At 4:00, the musical events get underway with a local band to warm up the stage.  At 6:00 a regional band takes over with a high energy show that will get you up and keep you on your feet. 
By 8:00 the crowds will be warmed up and ready for the feature act - and Flowood has a reputation for bringing in some of America’s top headliners!  
 To top it off, the Grand Finale Fireworks Display is one of the largest in the area.  Nationally-known pyrotechnic companies compete for the Flowood Show, and its always a truly dazzling finish to one of the Metro's most exciting affairs.
It won’t be a party without you... Be there!
For more information call Flowood Parks and Recreation Department: (601) 992-4440

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Here Are Your Lunch Plans for May 18

     The Story of Hot Tamales and Comeback Sauce in Mississippi

Featured speaker Malcolm White will share how hot tamales and comeback sauce gained popularity in the Magnolia State at "Let's Do Lunch" on Thursday, May 18, 11:30 am at the Mississippi Craft Center in Ridgeland. Hot tamales and comeback sauce will be among the menu items served. "Let's Do Lunch" is an annual event hosted by the Craftsmen's Guild of Mississippi who operates the Mississippi Craft Center as a craft museum, education center, visitor center, event venue and as administrative headquarters for the Craftsmen's Guild. The event will also honor the Guild's volunteers and Sheri Cox, Director of Operations, for her ten years of service. Cox oversees the Guild's retail galleries, venue rental, educational programs and volunteers.
Lunch is $20 for the general public; free for 2017 Guild "Friends" members and those not opting for lunch. Reservations may be made online at www.mscrafts.org or by calling the gallery at 601.856.7546 during regular hours. Reservation deadline is Tuesday, May 16 at 5 pm.

"Let's Do Lunch" is supported by a grant from The Mississippi Humanities Council. Other sponsors include Lefoldt & Company and Trustmark Bank.

                   Malcolm White
White returned to lead the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC) as Executive Director in 2016. He previously held the position from 2005-2012, after which he became director of the Mississippi Development Authority's Tourism Division. While there, White developed and implemented plans to create economic growth and opportunities through tourism, the creative economy and promoted the state as a travel destination and film location. Prior to his tenure at MAC, he worked in the hospitality industry, running a popular restaurant and founding special events and festivals throughout the state.
A native of Stone County, Mississippi, White holds a bachelor's degree in social studies from the University of Southern Mississippi. Throughout his career, he has been a member of and served on the committees of numerous civic organizations. White is involved with South Arts, the Mississippi Blues and Country Music Trails, Downtown Jackson Partners and he is past chairman of the Mississippi Blues Commission. In 2015, he published Little Stories: A Collection of Mississippi Photos, a book of images he created from visits covering the state over several years.

   
Register for the event here.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Longtime PRVWSD Board Member Passes Away

The obituary for Jim Carraway is below.  Jim served his state in many capacities.  He served our area as a member of the board of directors for the PRVWSD.  Note, the visitation is tomorrow evening.

James Woodard Carraway
Jim Carraway, 82, passed away Saturday, May 6th at his home in Brandon, MS.
He was born November 7, 1934 to Wood and Lela Carraway of Bassfield.  Jim was a graduate of Bassfield High School and the University of Southern Mississippi, where he was a member of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity.
 Jim had a long and active work life with both private and public service, which included:  Director of Wildlife and Fisheries, MS State Air and Water Pollution Board, MS Manufacturers Association Board, Pearl River Valley Water Supply District Board, BIPEC Board, USM Executive Committee Alumni Association and USM Foundation Board.  He worked for St. Regis Paper Company in Monticello and then retired from Champion International in Stanford, CT.  He was active in the Jeff Davis Country Forestry Association in retirement.  He was an active member at Fannin United Methodist Church.
 Jim is survived by his wife of 59 years, Mary Catherine Carraway, two sons Kirk Carraway (wife Cindy) and Ken Carraway (wife Beth), both of Brandon.  He is preceded in death by his oldest son, David Carraway (wife Mary Lynne) of McLean, VA.  Jim had nine grandchildren who he loved dearly – Clinton, Amanda, Graham (wife Olivia), Molly, Kristina, Coleman, Carson, Brandon and Hannah.
 The family would like to express heartfelt appreciation to Jim’s sitters for the loving care they gave during his last few months.
 Visitation will be Tuesday, May 9th from 5-7 pm and Memorial Service on Wednesday, May 10th.  The location for both is Ott & Lee Funeral Home in Brandon.  The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Fannin United Methodist Church (2851 Hwy. 471 Brandon, MS  39047) or Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital.

Sunbathing Trespasser Escorted Out of Millcreek Pool


Saturday, Rankin County Animal Control removed this guy from the pool area.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Park Fees Are in Effect


And by "TODAY", that means April 22, 2017.  I'm just now catching up on a couple of weeks worth of posts (my apologies).

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Dog Park at the Rez Grand Opening

In case you haven't been following the creation of the Dog Park at Old Trace Park, things have been going well.  The individuals who have labored long and hard will soon see the fruits of their passion. The Park became fully funded in December of 2016; construction started in January of 2017.  There is a grand opening slated for Saturday, May 20, 2017, at 10 a.m. From the Facebook page:

Come check out the dog park! We'll have a Veterinarian to micro chip and give rabies shots, a rescue group with adoptable dogs and many more guests that dogs and dog owners love.


Sunset Concert Series Tonight CANCELLED

BRF Sunset Concert Poster 2017 - final
***UPDATED***


The Sunset Concert Series, sponsored by The Crawfish King in Flowood, May 4th brings local favorite CHRIS GILL to our stage. The show is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., on the park’s main point on the east side of the lake.
The Crawfish King plans to serve boiled crawfish and shrimp at each of the events. The Foundation will sell hot dogs, beer, soft drinks and water.
Gate opens at 4:00 p.m.
Admission is $5 per vehicle, with no charge for vehicles with “Rez Tags,” and $1 for walk-ins or bicycles.
No outside food or drinks will be allowed in to the park for the Concert Series, and guests are urged to bring chairs or blankets to the events.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Busy Weekend at the Rez

Sorry.  Real busy in the office, so postings have been infrequent.  Listen, there are a couple of good events in the Rez area coming up.

Taste of Flowood is tomorrow evening at Mirror Lake at 2829 Lakeland Drive.  Children 10 and under are free.  Adult tickets appear to be $25 a person.  Must be something more than Snobiz.  Party starts at 5:30 p.m. and lasts until 8 p.m.

Keep the Rez Beautiful's Project Rezway, their big fundraiser, is tomorrow evening at the Craft Center.

Bassmaster Classic is this weekend at the Rez.

The Outdoor Expo is at Old Trace Park this weekend, too.

Godfather Cigar's 6th annual Crawfish Boil, Perdormo and Harley Bike Show is this Saturday, beginning at 2 p.m. $20 all you can eat.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Three New Kayak Launches

Media Release
For Immediate Release
20 April 2017
Three kayak launches added at Barnett Reservoir

Three new kayak-dedicated launches have been installed and are open to the public giving paddlers access to more of the 33,000-acre Barnett Reservoir, the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District announced this week.

The new facilities are located at Ratliffs Ferry on the upper river, Brown’s Landing on the north end of the main lake just off the Natchez Trace at Mississippi Highway 43, and at Pelahatchie Shore Park in Pelahatchie Bay.

They join the two-year-old kayak launch at Turtle Point in Pelahatchie Bay.

“The existing ramp has become mighty popular with paddlers, and we are proud to add these new sites to give our users more options,” said Jack Winstead, President of the PRVWSD Board of Directors. “Kayaking is a fast-growing user group. Five or 10 years ago, it was rare to see a kayak on the reservoir; now, you see them daily.”

The sites include self-launch systems that are consistent with requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The launches allow users to enter their kayaks and slide into the water at the beginning of the trip and an easy paddle up at the conclusion. Handrails are included. All of the new sites are located adjacent to large parking areas.

While most kayakers on Barnett Reservoir do so for exercise and pleasure, fishing from kayaks is gaining in popularity. The lightweight craft can navigate more shallow water that bigger boats simply can’t reach. While it’s true kayaks can be launched basically anywhere, including existing boat ramps, it’s good to have decided sites.

“It does take a kayaker more time to launch, because unlike a bass boat or a ski boat a kayak must be loaded with equipment after it has been unloaded from the vehicle or trailer,” said Brad Case, an avid angler and creator of the MSKayakFishing.com website. “We don’t want to hold up a line of people trying to launch at a ramp any more than they want us, too. Having kayak-dedicated sites is great.”

Media Release re Bassmaster Elite

MEDIA RELEASE
EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY
20 April 2017
Bassmaster Elite pros catching Barnett at its best
20-pound limits are possible daily, biologists predict

When 110 of the top bass anglers in the world hit the 33,000-acre Barnett Reservoir April 27-30 for the Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Elite Series event, they’ll be catching the 52-year-old lake in near peak condition.

Ryan Jones, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks fisheries biologist whose region includes Barnett, said the reservoir’s bass population is in excellent shape.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Full Slate of Runs this Weekend

Looking for something active to do this Saturday, there are no less than nine races in the Jackson metro area (including three in the Rez area!).  Take you pick:

 - Nate Ruffin Run at 7 a.m. in downtown Jackson
 - *Strides for Seizures Super Hero Run! at 8 a.m. at Lakeshore Park*
 - Healthy Hustle Color Run at Mississippi College at 8 a.m.
 - D1 for Hope 5K at 8 a.m. in Madison.
 - Rally for Roosevelt at Germantown High School in Gluckstadt at 8 a.m.
 - Run for Our Community in Jackson at 8 a.m.
 - *MSOTA Run, Walk and Roll 5K/10K at Holmes Community College in Ridgeland at 8 a.m.*
 - Walk, Run and Stroll at 9:30 a.m. at the Ronald McDonald House.
 - *Run Strong 10K and 5K at the Flowood YMCA at 4 p.m.*

Sunset Concert Series Tomorrow



The Sunset Concert Series, sponsored by The Crawfish King in Flowood, April 20th features Amanda Joullian & John Chappell of Travelin’ Jane on stage. The show is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., on the park’s main point on the east side of the lake.
The Crawfish King plans to serve boiled crawfish and shrimp at each of the events. The Foundation will sell hot dogs, beer, soft drinks and water.
Concerts will be held every other Thursday night — April 6 and 20, May 4 and 18 and June 1.
Admission is $5 per vehicle, with no charge for vehicles with “Rez Tags,” and $1 for walk-ins or bicycles.
No outside food or drinks will be allowed in to the park for the Concert Series, and guests are urged to bring chairs or blankets to the events.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

WAPT Coverage of Board Meeting re Flooding

Mill Creek residents took to the Board of Supervisors meeting yesterday morning, and WAPT was there.

Your Chance to Help Keep the Rez Beautiful

WEATHER PERMITTING;  KRB will host another Great American Clean Up below the Ross Barnett Reservoir Spillway on Earth Day, Sat. April 22 (on the west side of the river), to help alleviate litter that plagues the Pearl River and the Gulf of Mexico.  The heavy rains really flushed tons of litter out of storm drains.      If you would like to reserve a kayak, please contact Angie Webb, Pearl River Kayaks, Inc. at 601 966 5456 and mention KRB.  Volunteers are also needed to pick up litter in the parking lots and on the sandbars.   Let's Polish the Pearl this Earth Day and leave it shining!  
Jeannine May
Keep The Rez Beautiful,  Director
601 421-6160
"Treasure the Rez"


Monday, April 17, 2017

Rez Residents Arrested in Madison County

Two adults and three juveniles were recently arrested in the City of Madison in connection with a number of Rankin and Madison County auto burglaries.  Noah Brian McRae and Austin Payne Bieliauskas, both 18, and both residents of the Rankin County Reservoir area, are the two "adults". The juveniles have not been named.  The police recovered several firearms, one was a shotgun stolen from a car in the Reservoir area; two other firearms were stolen from a car in Flowood.

The press release is below.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Movies-N-Moonlight TONIGHT

I let this sneak up on me.  Tonight is Movies-N-Moonlight at Winner's Circle Park.  Moana is showing.  The movie begins at dusk.  Synergy Myofascial is the sponsor.  Enjoy this beautiful weather!

Rez Easter Services

Lakeside Pres -- Maundy Thursday 7 p.m. -- Easter Sunday 8:30 and 11 a.m.
Pinelake -- Saturday at 6 p.m., Sunday at 6:30, 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m.
Oakdale Baptist -- Easter Sunday at 8:15 and 10:45 a.m.
Fannin Methodist -- 10:30 a.m.
Fannin Baptist -- Good Friday at 7 p.m., Easter Sunday at 9 and 10:30 a.m.
Church at Northshore -- Sunday at 10 a.m.
River of Life Church -- Sunday at 10 a.m.
St. Peter's By-the-Lake Episcopal -- Maundy Thursday at 6:30 p.m.--Easter Sunday at 8 & 10:30 am
St. Mark's UMC -- Maundy Thursday at 7 p.m., Good Friday at 7 p.m., Easter Sunday at 8:20 and 10:45 a.m.
Castlewoods Baptist -- Easter Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
Word of Life -- Satuday at 5:30 p.m., Easter Sunday at 8:30, 10, 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Vineyard Church -- Easter Sunday at 10 a.m.
Lakeland Pres -- Easter Sunday at 8:30 and 10:45 a.m., with an Easter Brunch in between.
Liberty Baptist Church -- Easter Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
Flowood Baptist -- Easter Sunday at 10 a.m.
St. Paul Catholic Church
Thursday @ 7:00 pm -- Holy Thursday Mass
Friday @ 7:00 pm -- Good Friday Passion Service
Saturday @ 7:30 pm -- The Great Easter Vigil
Sunday @ 8:00 & 10:30 am -- Easter Sunday

If I got anything wrong (or left anyone out), let me know in the comments and I will update.