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

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
For information on the Barnett Reservoir Foundation, visit its website at

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


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

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 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 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

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.