Friday, June 15, 2018

Cotton Candy Heaven

The other day, my kids casually walked into the living room with a $7 bag of cotton candy (as if that is normal).  "Where did you get that", I ask. The response, "Gamma took us to Cotton Candy Heaven."  To myself, I ponder, "what is this new devilry?"

Move over The Jerky Store and Popcorn Palace; welcome Cotton Candy Heaven.  Located in the strip mall on Old Fannin Road near Penn's Fish House and Regatta Subdivision.  Check out the Facebook page here.  They apparently carry all sorts of sweet treats.  I'm way behind the bus here -- 2,700 people already "like" it on Facebook.  They are open from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and closed Sunday and Monday.  Best part, they are locally owned.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Construction on Breakwater Project

June 13, 2018
Work begins Monday on Madison breakwater
Boaters, visitors urged to approach site with caution

Construction will begin Monday June 18 on the installation of a floating wave attenuator at Madison Landing at Barnett Reservoir, officials with the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District announced Wednesday.

Also known as a breakwater, the structure will offer protection for the loading and unloading of boats at the popular ramp in Ridgeland on the lower end of the 33,000-acre lake. Work is scheduled to take about a month.

Heavy equipment will begin arriving on Monday and actual installation of approximately 260 feet of breakwater will begin later in the week. The two-piece system involves floating concrete “barges” held in place by steel pilings. After the breakwater is in place, new floating courtesy piers to assist boaters at the ramps will be installed to replace the aging concrete piers.

While public access to the ramp will remain open during construction, the western-most ramp - the one nearest Cock of the Walk restaurant - of the launch’s three sections will be closed for the duration of the work. Boaters launching at the ramp during construction are urged to use caution when launching boats and when returning to the landing.

The new structure is intended as a breakwater only, and will not serve as a pier. At no time during or after construction should boaters tie off to any breakwater structure, including pilings, or access the breakwater in any way.

This project is made possible by the federal Sportfish Restoration Fund, administered through the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks.

PRVWSD Committee Meeting Agendas

PRVWSD Committee Meeting Agendas are published below.  The meetings will be held at the Reservoir Community Center on Spillway Road (Rez FD Station).  The regular meeting of the PRVWSD Board of Directors will take place at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 21, 2018, following the Audit Committee meeting.  Are all welcome to join:

Monday, June 18, 2018 3:00 p.m.

1. Approval of minutes of May 2018.

2. Award of two (2) timber sales.

      - Madison VIII Turcotte pay as cut clear cut harvest.

      - Madison XIII first thinning pay as cut

3. Permission to advertise Rankin X, a lump sum clear cut harvest.

4. Renewal of personal services contract with David Stodghill for forestry related services.

Monday, June 18, 2018 3:30 p.m.

1. Approval of minutes of May 14, 2018 meeting.

2. Property Maintenance Report for May/June 2018.

3. Discussion of street parking within Traditional Neighborhood Development.

4. Approval of West Rankin Utility Authority service agreement as amended and restated.

5. Approval one-year extension for real estate appraisal services from Robert R. Nunley and Jean McCarty.

Thursday, June 21, 2018 9:00 a.m.

1. Approval of minutes of May 2018 meeting.

2. Review of delinquent lease collections report.

3. Approval of amendment for contract with JaniKing for comfort station cleaning.

4. Authorization of staff to submit State Budget to Legislative Budget Committee.

5. Approval of Per Diem and Travel Report May 2018.

6. Approval of Cash Balance Report.

7. Approval of Claims Docket for June 2018.

8. Executive Session to discuss potential litigation.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Stapleton Playing at Amphitheater

Chris Stapleton is playing the Brandon Amphitheater this Saturday.  Local legend, Marty Stuart, and Brent Cobb are his opening act.  The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and is expected to be the largest crowd yet for the new amphitheater. 

Brittany and I have been to two shows so far at the amphitheater: Hank Williams, Jr., and Dave Matthews.  We enjoyed both shows, though the crowds were dramatically different in makeup.  The layout of the stadium is easy to get around, we never felt crowded.  The bathrooms are large and easy to get to -- and I never had to stand in line.  There were always plenty of folks working the concession stands, so we didn't have to wait for food or drink.  And, luckily, the weather cooperated for both shows. 

My advice for Stapleton, get there early.  Take Marquette Road in from the East (Downtown Brandon side), as opposed to from the West (Crossgates).  Far fewer people enter from the East and it will be easier to leave from that way.  Get there early since there will be lines building at the security checkpoint.  Ladies, you can't bring your bag in unless it is see-through (or extra small).  Eighty percent chance of rain is forecast for Saturday evening, so bring your Frog Toggs.

Helpful links:

General Info and FAQs for the Amphitheater.
Parking Info.
Seating Map.
Upcoming Acts.
Amphitheater Facebook Page.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Vintage Rec Opening Tomorrow

Another locally owned business coming to Dogwood.  This one is for the ladies.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Party Primary Results

Rankin County's website has the unofficial results posted from yesterday's party primaries.  You can view the cumulative results here.  This does not include absentee or affidavit ballots cast.  Some takeaways:

  -  23.37% of registered voters cast a ballot.  That's normal for a non-presidential election.
  - About 2,746 folks voted for the Democratic ticket; about 17,151 voted for a Republican candidate. So, Democrats constitute about 14% of the voting population.
  - Democrat voters don't like the establishment candidate.  Three years ago, they made a truck driver who didn't even vote for himself their nominee for Governor.  Yesterday, their establishment's choice (Baria) barely eked out 36% of the vote.  
  - Michael Guest walloped the competition in Rankin County, with 74% of the vote in a six person race.  That almost carried him to victory without a run-off.

The precinct-by-precinct results are here

Tuesday, June 5, 2018


Those poll workers will be mighty lonely unless you get out there and vote.  Doesn't take thirty seconds.  Plus, you get to see all of the new equipment in action!

Leadership Rankin Application

Ten or so years ago, I participated in the Leadership Rankin program, offered through the Rankin County Chamber of Commerce.  Once a month for nine months, the twenty or so participants would board a bus and take a tour of a different part of Rankin County; the National Guard base one month, Piney Woods Country Life School the next, after that, a tour of the Mississippi Baking Company and of Whitfield, etc.  We affectionately called it our "Adult Field Trips", but we saw a part of Rankin County each time that we had never experienced before.  The friendships I made in that program still benefit me today, and have greatly advanced my career.  

If you've ever thought about this type of class, I strongly encourage you to apply.  Here is the application.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Pinelake Sports Camp Tonight!

Parents, the Pinelake Sports Camp starts tonight and runs through Thursday.  It's from 6-8 p.m. at Pinelake's Reservoir campus. It's for kids who have completed K5 through 4th grade.  The cost is free.  Baseball, basketball, challenge course, cheerleading, dance, dodgeball, etc., they have it all. 

More info here.
Register here.
Volunteer your older children to serve here.

Dragon Boat Regatta This Weekend

The 10th Annual Dragon Boat Regatta is this Saturday at Old Trace Park.  There should be a full day of family activities out there.  KidZone, food, arts and crafts vendors, and plenty of dragon boat racing.

Here is the official webpage, but it looks like the Madison County Chamber doesn't update it.  You might have better luck at the Facebook page

Friday, June 1, 2018

5 Below Grand Opening

5 Below opened today in Dogwood.  Apparently, this was the place to be this morning.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Boil Water Notice Lifted in Madison County

Media Release
31 May 2018
Boil Water Notice Lifted

The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District has LIFTED the Boil Water Notice that was issued Tuesday the 29th, for customers in twelve subdivisions in the south Madison County Water System at the Ross Barnett Reservoir. Those twelve subdivisions included The Breakers, Copper Ridge, Main Harbor Marina, North Harbor Condos, Harbortowne, Mallard Point, Tavern Hills, Marina at Roses
Bluff, Roses Bluff, Summers Bay, Point Clear Condos, and Overlook Point.

For updated information, visit PRVWSD online at or on
FaceBook at

Roadwork Continues on Bob Anthony Parkway

May 31, 2018
Bob Anthony Parkway Resurfacing Project

The patching phase of overlay project for the upper road of Bob Anthony Parkway, also known as Spillway Road west bound across the Barnett Reservoir Dam, has been completed. The milling and overlay portion of the project is scheduled to begin the first week of June 2018.

This overlay phase of the project is expected to last approximately four weeks, weather permitting. The project is made possible by federal transportation grants administered through the Mississippi Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration.

While lane closures will be necessary each weekday, no closures will take place during the morning commute hours of 7 to 9 a.m.

Drivers should plan ahead, expect delays, and remain vigilant. Please slow down, and respect the workers in the area.

For the latest information and pictures on this issue, and other activities at Barnett Reservoir, please check out our Facebook page at

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Sunset Concert Series Tomorrow Night

From the Barnett Reservoir Foundation website:
The last Thursday night each month brings the Sunset Concert Series at Lakeshore Park.   May 31st features the music of  Joseph LaSalla.
The gates open at 5:00pm, music begins at 6 and continues until the sun sets on the reservoir.  $5 entry per car load, or free if the car has “The REZ” tag.   Food, beverage and beer vendors on site.  Bring your blankets and chairs and enjoy the music in the park.   Kids and pets always welcome.

Boil Water Notice on Madison County Side of Rez

Boil Water Notice issued for
Madison County Water System at
Barnett Reservoir

The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District on Tuesday, 29 May, issued an immediate Boil Water Notice affecting customers in twelve subdivisions in the south Madison County Water System at the Ross Barnett Reservoir.

Impacted subdivisions include: The Breakers, Copper Ridge, Main Harbor Marina, North Harbor Condos, Harbortowne, Mallard Point, Tavern Hills, Marina at Roses Bluff, Roses Bluff, Summers Bay, Point Clear Condos, and Overlook Point.

The notice was issued due to a loss of water or water pressure from a break and subsequent repair of an 8-inch main water line. Upon completion of repair, PRVWSD will begin sampling the water.
This boil water notice will be in effect for at least 48 hours, or until PRVWSD officials receive two consecutive days of clear sampling.

The Mississippi State Department of Health has been notified of the situation.

For updated information, visit PRVWSD online at or on FaceBook at

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser for a Great Cause

First Baptist Church of Fannin is having an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast on June 16, 2018.  Tickets are $10 a piece.  You can purchase a ticket from any member of the youth at FBC Fannin.  Hopefully, they will also sell tickets at the door!

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Memorial Day Program in Brandon

On Monday, May 28, 2018, there will be a Memorial Day Program in the City of Brandon at the Justice Center on Government Street.  The program will begin at 9:30 a.m. with a welcome by David Morrow, Jr., master of ceremonies.  The program will include remarks from Congressman Harper, a recitation of the history of Memorial Day, and an awards ceremony for essays written by high school students.  The guest speaker will be David Walker, MD, of the Sonny Montgomery VA Hospital and Colonel Rodney Harris of the U.S. Army.  

All are encouraged to join and pay respects to our fallen heroes. 

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Garage Sales This Weekend!

There are a bunch of them.  

St. Mark's annual garage sale benefiting the youth begins this Friday at 6 p.m.  For $5, you can get in Friday evening and buy all the good stuff.  I got a beautiful drafting table one year.  There is usually some good finds.  Saturday, the sale begins at 7 a.m., and ends at noon.

Hidden Hills Subdivision is having their garage sale this Saturday.

Mill Creek Subdivision is having their garage sale Saturday morning, too.

If you know of others, let me know.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

News on the Road Work on the Spillway

April 18, 2018
Periodic Lane Closure on Bob Anthony Parkway

Repaving of the upper road of Bob Anthony Parkway, also known as Spillway Road west bound across the Barnett Reservoir Dam, is scheduled to begin Monday, April 23, 2018, the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District has announced.

The project, made possible by federal transportation grants administered through the Mississippi Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration, is expected to last approximately six weeks, weather permitting.

While lane closures will be necessary each weekday, no closures will take place during the morning commute hours of 7 to 9 a.m.

Drivers should plan ahead, expect delays, and remain vigilant. Please slow down, and respect the workers in the area.

For the latest information and pictures on this issue, and other activities at Barnett Reservoir, please check out our Facebook page at

Sunday, April 15, 2018

PRVWSD Committee Meeting Agendas

The PRVWSD Committees will meet Monday, April 16, 2018, at the Reservoir Community Center at 2230 Spillway Road (next to the Reservoir Fire Station).  The committees will meet at this location to encourage the community to attend the Shoreline Committee meeting schedule at 4:00 p.m., in which the proposed regulations regarding parking of boats, RVs, and trailers will be presented for approval.

Building Committee will meet at 2:30 p.m.
Parks Policy Committee will meet at 3:00 p.m.
Shoreline Committee will meet at 4:00 p.m.

The regular monthly board meeting will be held at the main office board room on April 19th at 9:30am, the call letter is attached.

The Agendas for the respective committee meetings are below the jump:

Reservoir Foundation Boat Show is Coming

13 April 2018

Reservoir Foundation Boat Show April 28-29
All types of watercraft on display at Rankin County Landing

The Barnett Reservoir Foundation will sponsor its 5th annual Boat Show April 28-29 at the Rankin County Landing on the east end of the dam at The Rez.

Show hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. There is no admission fee, and the public is invited to view the latest models of watercraft all in one place with a great view of Barnett Reservoir.

“This is a great way for prospective boat buyers to view and compare the latest in watercraft, at a single location,” said Dale Shepherd, President of the Barnett Reservoir Foundation and boat show coordinator. “It’s also pretty great that it all comes with views of the lake where a lot of those boats will be used.”

Participating dealers include:

RJ’s Outboards: Bennington pontoons; G-3, War Eagle and Skeeter fishing boats; plus Yamaha engines.

Smith Marine: Crest pontoons; Tige’ ski boats; Hurricane deck boats; plus Suzuki engines.

Sunset Marina: SeaRay pleasure boats; Lowe pontoon and fishing boats; BassCat fishing boats; and Mercury motors.

Main Harbor Store/SeaTow: boat rentals and supplies; on-water emergency

Proceeds from the boat show benefit the Barnett Reservoir Foundation, a non-profit support group for the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District and the Barnett Reservoir business and residential community. Part of the revenue will be used to fund the 2018 Independence Celebration and Firework Show on June 30, and help with the long-term goal of building a playground at Lakeshore Park for youth with disabilities. For more information on the event and the Foundation, visit its website at

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Meeting Regarding Parking of Boats, RV's and Trailers on PRVWSD Property

Email from the PRVWSD:
The Shoreline Development Committee will review and discuss regulation changes proposed to address the parking of boats, RVs and trailers within residential subdivisions during its meeting on Monday, April 16th at 4:00 p.m. at the Reservoir Community Center (2230 Spillway Road, Brandon MS 39047).  The committee meeting is open to the public and the committee will hear comments about the proposed regulations.
 The proposed regulation changes have been developed by the sub-committee tasked with reviewing current regulations and with consideration of the comments, complaints and suggestions submitted by the public.
 If you are unable to attend the meeting on the 16th, you are encouraged to review the attached regulations, and submit any comments you may have to for consideration by the committee.

Those proposed changes are below:

Explanation for Lack of Posts

To my readers, I apologize for the sporadic (and at times non-existent) posts.  I am running for Chancery Judge of Rankin County this year (Judge Grant is retiring) and simply haven't found the time to keep up with the blog.  With a family, campaign, full time law practice, and part time prosecuting duties with the City of Pearl, some things fall by the wayside.

I don't plan to give up on the Rez News Blog, I just need to figure out how to do it more efficiently.  Stick with me!

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Barnett Rez Foundation

Don't forget to check the Barnett Reservoir Foundation webpage for updates on events happening on PRVWSD property. 

The Sunset Concert Series begin Thursday, March 29 at Lakeshore Park with Jay Herrington, Seth Thomas and Chris Link.

The Rez Boat Show is April 28 and 29 at the Rankin Ramp (near Shaggy's).  That is also the same weekend as the Bassmasters Elite Series fishing event.

The Independence Day Celebration is June 30.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Agenda for PRVWSD March Board of Directors Meeting

AT 9:30 A.M. ON THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2018

1. Opening prayer

2. Pledge of Allegiance – W. C. Gorden

3. Request for acceptance of Minutes from the Regular Meeting held on February 12, 2018

4. Committee Recommendations:

Shoreline Development Committee:
I. Approval of setback variance request from Jerry and Cindy Mitchell for Lot 27 Lake Harbor Point.
II. Approval of design proposal by Southern Consultants for sewer collection system rehabilitation project for the south shore of Pelahatchie Bay and permission to advertise the project upon design completion.
III. Adoption of resolution concerning West Rankin Utility Authority loans and bonding.

Parks Policy Committee:
I. Approval of request for special beer permit for the Barnett Reservoir Foundation event Back the Blue scheduled for May at Old Trace Park with an expanded beer garden.
II. Approval of one-year contract renewal for two landscape maintenance contracts with Parish Lawn for campground mowing and park mowing.

5. Approval of Per Diem and Travel Report for February 2018.

6. Approval of Cash Balance Report.

7. Approval of March 2018 Docket.

8. Committee Minutes and Miscellaneous Correspondence

9. Police Chief’s Monthly Report

10. Executive Director’s comments

11. Next regular meeting April 19, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. at PRVWSD main office.

12. Meeting adjourned.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Chicken Salad Chick Grand Opening

The grand opening is Tuesday, March 27.  The first 100 guests to purchase "the Chick" will receive free chicken salad for a year.  From the Chicken Salad Chick's Facebook Page:

Mark your calendars for a whole week of awesome giveaways to celebrate the newest Chick in town! Our Flowood Chick opens Tuesday, March 27th - see y'all there!

GRAND OPENING - 3/27: Our First 100 Guests to purchase the Chick receive FREE CHICKEN SALAD CHICK FOR A YEAR! First guest will receive 1 Large Quick Chick of chicken salad per week for 52 weeks, the next 99 guests will receive a Large Quick Chick of chicken salad per month for 12 months.

*Must purchase a Chick Special to receive reward
*Must be 16 years of age
*Must Download Craving Credits App
*Redemption will start 4/2
*Must be 16 years of age *Must Download Craving Credits App*Redemption will start 4/2*With Drive Thru Surprise Giveaways ALL DAY!!

WEDNESDAY, 3/28 - The first 100 guests to purchase a Chick Special will receive a free stainless steel 20 oz. tumbler.
-Our first 50 at 5pm to purchase a Chick Trio receive a large cooler

THURSDAY, 3/29 - Thirsty Thursday - The first 100 guests to purchase a Chick Special will receive a free large drink and coozie.
-Our First 50 at 5pm to order a Chick Special receive a free large drink

FRIDAY, 3/30 - Free Upgrade Friday - The first 100 guests will receive a free upgrade to a Chick Trio.
-Our First 50 at 5pm will receive a free upgrade to a Chick Trio

SATURDAY, 3/31 The first 100 guests to purchase two large Quick Chicks will receive a free large Chick cooler.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Audubon Point Neighborhood Meeting

The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District will host an Audubon Point neighborhood meeting on Monday, March 12, 2018, at 6:30 at the Reservoir Community Center (next to the Fire Station on Spillway Road) to discuss the Scioto lease.  All are welcome.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Center for Violence Prevention Wish List

Soapbox Moment:  This is important and it is a simple way to make a lasting difference is someone's life.

Below is a "wish list" from the Center for Violence Prevention, headquartered here in Rankin County.  This organization exists solely: to provide protection to victims of domestic violence, to provide education and life skills training to those either accused of or suffering from domestic violence, and to hopefully eradicate domestic violence within its geographical reach.  This organization is doing the Lord's work.

I am the Prosecutor for the City of Pearl.  I see the effects domestic violence has on our County every day.  This is a real problem, with real victims, who are closer to you than you realize. 

If you find yourself in Best Buy or Bed, Bath and Beyond, or if you have any of the furniture items taking up space in your home, please donate to the CVP. 

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Information Statement from PRVWSD

7 March 2018
Information Statement:
210 Swallow Drive, Brandon, Mississippi 39047

Recently, the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District has received numerous inquiries regarding the status of the home located in Audubon Point at 210 Swallow Drive. In an effort to correct any misinformation that may be present in the community, the PRVWSD would like to elaborate on the status of the home in that location. Recently, the District received in a routine order for a Lease for the property at 210 Swallow Drive from Scioto, LLC. After being contacted by residents in Audubon Point, the District investigated the use for the building for the home at 210 Swallow Drive with Scioto. The District was informed that the purpose of the home was for a use by individuals with disabilities to transition from institutions to a residential lifestyle. Scioto has informed the District the house will not be a “halfway house” or a house for former criminals recently released or paroled from the state’s correctional system. The home is a four bedroom home and will have four individuals residing at that residence as they transition from an institutional settings to residential settings. After consultation and research from its legal counsel, the District has determined that refusal to issue an Assignment of Lease to Scioto for 210 Swallow Drive would be a violation of the Fair Housing Act and its amendments, as well as Social Security Act, which both prohibit discrimination against individuals with disabilities and their ability to reside in residential communities. Enforcement of the subdivision covenants would also be impacted by these laws.

Scioto must comply with all PRVWSD Rules and Regulations regarding this property and the PRVWSD will ensure that Scioto does so.

Update on the Halfway House Situation

Further investigation at the source indicates the following:

First, this is not an Oxford House situation as previously feared.  The previously provided link to Jackson Jambalaya's Oxford House posts are irrelevant.  Instead, a group called Scioto is purchasing the home at 210 Swallow Drive, and leasing it to Oxford Healthcare.  All of the digging done by PRVWSD so far has indicated no connection between Oxford Home and Oxford Healthcare.  They appear to be two separate entities with no relation or affiliation.

Secondly, PRVWSD has been assured this is a residential home for "special needs" adults who are transitioning into the workforce.  This is not for criminals, drug addicts or alcoholics. 

Third, this is not a legal battle PRVWSD feels it will win.  When approached, the PRVWSD challenged the ability of Scioto to acquire the house for this purpose.  However, the City of Petal recently was hammered by Scioto in Federal Court for challenging them.  Federal discrimination laws give protection to these types of housing situations. 

PRVWSD will give the house and neighborhood heightened police scrutiny and oversight to make sure everyone is safe and to alleviate fears of danger. 

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Cafe Lagniappe Closing

I heard the bad news that Cafe Lagniappe is closing its doors.  Hard to find a better deal for catfish Friday.  Always sad to see locally owned businesses go. 

Halfway House Coming to Audubon Point?

Below is a post from the NextDoor app concerning a possible halfway house for recovering addicts in Audubon Point. 

Oxford House halfway house coming to Swallow Drive Despite our efforts, it seems as though the Oxford House organization will be bringing one of its halfway houses to our neighborhood. If you’re unfamiliar,’m sure their efforts are noble, but this is not what I care to have in my neighborhood, for multiple reasons. The methods they have used to circumvent the “single family occupancy” restriction is devious and disingenuous. They have purchased 210 Swallow Drive, and one of our neighbors has been told that the tenants will move in April 1.
Our former neighborhood in Jackson fought this and lost. If this doesn’t settle well with you, please call John Sigman’s office at (601) 856-6574 and voice your concerns.
I don't know anything about the Oxford Houses' intentions in the Rez area outside of this post.  However, if you would like to educate yourself on prior Oxford House drama, take a look at the Kingfish's posts.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Press Release from PRVWSD about Bassmaster Tournament

Media Release
For Immediate Release
27 February 2018

Plenty to see at Bassmaster Open at The Rez
Event opens Thursday at Madison Landing in Ridgeland

Winners of the last three Bassmaster events on Barnett Reservoir highlight the field of 180 pros entered in the three-day Central Division Open that starts Thursday on the 33,000-acre lake near Jackson.

Sponsored by the City of Ridgeland Tourism Commission and the Barnett Reservoir Foundation, the event’s takeoffs and weigh-ins will be free to the public at Madison Landing in Ridgeland. The pros will be fishing for about $250,000 in prizes, including a first place package worth $52,000.

Among the top competitors are Dustin Connell of Alabama, winner of the 2017 Bassmaster Elite Series tournament in April, local angler Gene Bishop of Ridgeland, winner of the 2015 Central Open, and Randall Tharp, winner of the 2013 Central Open in October.

The field includes many other entrants from the Bassmaster Elite Series, and many of the reservoir’s top local talent. All 180 pros and assigned amateur partners will fish Thursday and Friday, but only the top 12 pros and amateurs will compete on Saturday.

All events related to the tournament are free.

After launching at Madison Landing, the boats will enter Main Harbor where they will stage before the 6:15 a.m. single-file takeoff. Pelican Cove restaurant will open at 5 a.m. Thursday through Saturday for coffee and a light breakfast, providing a perfect observation post.

Boats will return to Madison Landing in flights for the weigh-ins beginning at 2:15 Thursday and Friday at the Landing parking lot. The Barnett Reservoir Foundation will operate a concession area, and limited bleacher seating is available. The public is invited to bring folding chairs to view the weigh-ins.

Saturday’s final weigh-in is scheduled to move to the Bass Pro Shops store in Pearl, where the show begins at 3:15 p.m.

While the Madison Landing parking lost is closed to the public from midnight Wednesday through 8 a.m. Saturday morning, ample parking will be available around the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District office, as well as at Old Trace Park, just a short walk away. Visitors are asked to observe parking and no-parking signs, and not block entrances to neighborhoods, restaurants and roadways.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Note on School Walk Outs from RCSD

Here is another note from RCSD Superintendent, Dr. Sue Townsend.  This time, it involves safety issues, disruptions and loss of instructional time inherent in anticipated walkouts.

School Safety

Note from RCSD Superintendent: Dr. Sue Townsend

  • Dear Parents and Guardians,
    There has been some conversation at various schools across the country about planned student walkouts or other activities in response to the tragic Florida school shooting. We are all heart broken over the Florida event and students are concerned but our priority is to keep our students safe.
    Each principal at our schools has the discretion to work with their teachers and student organizations to decide on ways to remember the victims from Florida and ways for students to share their concerns in a safe manner.
    Any student that participates in activities that may cause a safety issue, cause a disruption at school, or cause a loss of instructional time will be subject to disciplinary action. Again, the safety of our students is top priority and school will operate as normal each day. Please discuss this with your student.
    Thank you for your support, cooperation and understanding.
    Serving you,
    Sue Townsend, Ph.D. Signature
    Sue Townsend, Ph.D.

Letter from RCSD to Parents Concerning School Safety

Rankin County School District Superintendent, Dr. Sue Townsend, sent out the following letter to parents regarding the recent school shooting.

Letter from Dr. Sue Townsend, Superintendent
Rankin County School District
February 23, 2018
Dear Parents,
In light of the recent horrific school shooting in Florida, I want to take a moment to reassure you that the Rankin County Board of Education, the district administration, principals, and teachers are committed to providing the safest school setting within our capabilities for our students and all employees. Safety is our top priority. The RCSD has a long history of being proactive related to school safety and we strive to improve daily.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

PRVWSD Press Release About Bassmaster Open

Media Release
For Immediate Release
22 February 2018

Madison Landing closed March 1-3
for Bassmaster Open tournament

Residents and visitors should expect increased traffic

RIDGELAND — The Madison Landing boat ramp and parking lot at Barnett Reservoir will be closed to public traffic during the Bassmaster Central Open tournament March 1-3, the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District announced.

Residents and visitors to the area are also advised to expect increased traffic in the immediate area of Barnett Reservoir and Ridgeland in the predawn and late afternoon hours.

About 180 pro fishermen and a like number of amateurs will compete in the event, which is being hosted by the Ridgeland Tourism Commission at facilitated by the Barnett Reservoir Foundation.

To accommodate that many vehicles and trailers, parking for the amateurs, and the Bassmaster stage and other equipment, the launch will be closed from 12:01 a.m. on Thursday March 1 through 7 a.m. Saturday March 3. Only the top 12 pros and anglers are scheduled to fish the final round and public access will resume after those boats launch on Saturday. However, if weather forces a postponement of either Thursday or Friday, and the full field fishes on Saturday, the ramp will remained closed to the public until sunrise on Sunday morning.

This is the 13th Bassmaster event on Barnett Reservoir, and the fourth in five years, and it creates an economic boost to the area.

Weigh-ins are free and open to the public beginning at 2:30 on Thursday and Friday at Madison Landing. Saturday’s final weigh-in will be held at Bass Pro Shops in Pearl, unless weather forces a postponement on either Thursday or Friday. In that case, the final weigh-in on Saturday will be held at Madison Landing.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Jambalaya Post on the Rez Fire

If you are not checking Jackson Jambalaya every day, you should be.  Mr. The Kingfish usually has information the normal news outlets do not.  In the past, he has published interesting info on the Gold Coast, he's been keeping us up to date on the recent change in leadership in Pelahatchie, etc.

Yesterday, he published information on the April 28, 2000, fire at Main Harbor on the Rez. Check it out here.

Monday, February 19, 2018

PRVWSD Special Board Meeting February 2018

Below are the minutes from the Special Meeting of the PRVWSD Board of Directors, held February 1, 2018.  Highlights include:

  - The Board considered bids on the Madison Landing Boating Facility Breakwater Project. Hemphill Construction Company was awarded the bid for steel pilings, in the total amount of $395,000.00. 
  - The Board voted to increase the Executive Director's salary to the maximum amount current available under Mississippi State Personnel Board guidelines.

PRVWSD January 2018 Special Meeting Minutes of Board of Directors

Below are the minutes from the PRVWSD Board's Special Meeting on January 25, 2018.  Highlights include:

  - The shoreline herbicide spraying contract with Weed Pro, in the amount of $9,300.00, was renewed for 2018.
  - The Barnett Reservoir Foundation got all its beer permits approved for the upcoming season.
  - P & P Beaver Control, LLC's contract, in the annual amount of $4,500.00, was renewed. 
  - The District received that highest opinion available for its recent audit.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Project Rezway is March 1

From the fine folks at Keep the Rez Beautiful:



Feb 9, 2018 Brandon, MS…Keep The Rez Beautiful is about to show off its seventh annual event, Rezway , a recycling fashion show and volunteer awards program that features the importance of keeping the Ross Barnett Reservoir a clean and fun place to be.

The recycle fashion show features a runway show in which designers and models make fashion statements.  Seventy-five percent of each outfit must be made of reusable, recyclable or repurposed items.  Cash prizes are awarded to winners! 

Project Rezway runs from 6:00 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. at the Mississippi Craft Center in Ridgeland.  Tickets are $20 for each person 13 years and up. Tickets for children from 5 to 12 are $10.    Kathryn’s Steakhouse of Jackson will provide heavy hors d’ oeuvres. A crowd of approximately 250 typically attends, and the event will also feature the Rezzy Awards presented to outstanding volunteers and a silent auction. 

“This is our 7th year for the event and you would not believe the commonly discarded and vintage items that can be incorporated into fashionable clothes,” said Debbie Veeder, Chairman of Keep The Rez Beautiful. “We will also be presenting the Rezzy Awards to volunteers who have given of their time to help make the Ross Barnett Reservoir a cleaner and greener environment.” 

 Master of ceremonies host will be Kim Allen from Miss 103.    Sponsors include Kathryn’s Steakhouse, the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, and Nucor Steel, Mississippi Department of Transportation, PRVWSD, Craftsmen’s Guild, and others.

Proceeds from the event help sponsor clean ups, promote educational events and landscaping opportunities for a cleaner and greener Ross Barnett Reservoir and Pearl River.   As a 501c3 nonprofit organization, Keep the Rez Beautiful makes sure to help other groups as well. 

“Recycling is one of the things we stress,” said Jeannine May, KRB Director.  “ We work to reduce sediment in the water from urban construction…”We have a lot of litter----water bottles, aluminum, plastic, paper, a lot of things that can be recycled.  It’s about education…putting litter in its place.  It’s about recycling what we can.   Our volunteers assisted us in 2017 in immeasurable ways such as cleaning up the Reservoir Lower Spillway area and other areas that are constantly plagued by people who litter.  Some will be honored at our event.”  

 KRB is dedicated to protecting and enhancing the Reservoir watershed and its shoreline communities and neighborhoods.   KRB covers all areas of the Reservoir, Upper Pearl River including Rankin and Madison counties and is staffed by solely by volunteers.  For more information on volunteering,  attending or entering the Rezway fashion show, email KRB at, visit, follow us on Twitter at;TreasuretheRez, on Instagram,  or find us on our Keep the Rez Beautiful fan page on Facebook. 

Friday, February 9, 2018

Upcoming PRVWSD Committee Meeting Agendas

Monday, February 12, 2018 4:30 p.m.

1. Approval of minutes of November, 2017.

2. Request to advertise timber sale Madison County MXIIIa-50 acres Pay-As-Cut first thinning Section 13, Township 9 North, Range 5 East.

3. Approval of Management Plan Amendment for Madison compartment MVIIIa to include clear-cut harvest to maintain forest health, financial gain, stewardship and improve wildlife potential.

4. Request to advertise timber sale Timber Sale Madison County MVIIIa-54 acres Pay-As-Cut final harvest Section 7, Township 8 North, Range 4 East.

Monday, February 12, 2018 3:30 p.m.

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

2. Property Maintenance Report for January/February 2018.

3. Approval of Lost Rabbit Phase II Amended final plat.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Simple Burger is Open

Simple Burger is now open and a trusted friend told me it is divine.  It is in the old Lenny's Sub Shop location in Dogwood (near Dickey's BBQ).  No freezer in the building.  Everything is shipped locally.  Grass fed beef.  Yum, yum. 

Here is the Facebook Page

Like its name connotes, the menu is bare-boned:

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Waterton Planned Development Coming to Flowood

Southern Lifestyle Development (out of Louisiana) announced the construction of a $400 Million mixed-use development, to be called Waterton.  The development will be located, in part on the empty lot behind Dogwood Festival Marketplace. 

From the Clarion Ledger article:

The project is scheduled to break ground May 1. Daigle said initial construction, mainly dealing with infrastructure, will take approximately one year to complete. 
The project is a 10-year buildout broken into multiple phases. The first phase, scheduled to begin in spring 2019, includes all of the commercial development and 150 of the 500 homes. All of phase one will be built on 70 acres. 
The homes will range in style and size from cottage to estate, Dailgle said. Home prices have not been released. 
Community Bank will be the "anchor" of the mixed-use development, Daigle said, and will be surrounded by retail stores and two yet-to-be-named waterfront restaurants. 

There will be residential areas in Waterton ranging from Estate Homes (think Oakridge/Lineage Lake) to Garden Homes (think Manship).  In addition to Community Bank's headquarters, there will be an emphasis on entertainment, food and beverage.  Two wharf style restaurants are planned to overlook (what will be called) Rhoads Lake.

Here is the MS Business Journal's article on Community Bank's new headquarters.

Southern Lifestyle Development is the same company that brought River Ranch to Lafayette, Mississippi.  I hear folks in the business community in Lafayette refer to the town's history in terms of Pre-River Ranch and Post-River Ranch.  This could be a game changer for Flowood.  Check out the River Ranch Development website to get a glimpse of what's in store.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Rankin County Cleans Up at Mock Trial Competition

Rankin County Schools fared well at the Regional Tournament for the High School Mock Trial Competition.  Of the eight teams moving on to the State Championship Tournament are:  Brandon High Team 1; Brandon High Team 2; Hartfield Academy; and Jackson Prep.

I had the honor to judge the Regional Tournament.  Let me tell you, the future of my profession looks bright. 

Chocolate Fest Info

Friday, January 19, 2018

Agenda for PRVWSD Meeting

AT 9:30 A.M. ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 25, 2018

1. Opening prayer

2. Pledge of Allegiance – W. C. Gorden

3. Request for acceptance of Minutes from the regular meeting held on December 21, 2017

4. Renewal of contract for shoreline herbicide spraying contract with Weed Pro.

5. Approval of alcohol permits for Barnett Reservoir Foundation’s 2018 calendar of events.

6. Award of contract for Madison Landing Boating Facility Breakwater Project.

7. Award of timber sale in Madison County Compartment MXIc (pas-as-cut).

8. Award of timber sale in Madison County Compartment MXc (lump sum).

9. Renewal of contract for beaver control services.

10. Approval of FY2017 Audit Report.

11. Approval of Per Diem and Travel Report for December 2017.

12. Approval of Cash Balance Report.

13. Approval of January 2018 Docket.

14. Committee Minutes and Miscellaneous Correspondence

15. Executive Director’s comments

16. Next Regular Meeting February 15, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. at PRVWSD Main Office.

17. Meeting adjourned.

Rise Against Hunger at St. Marks UMC

Saturday, February 3, 3018, St. Mark's UMC is boxing up 35,000 meals for the hungry! What a great way to serve the community.  From their Facebook event page:

Join us in packaging and boxing 35,000 meals for the hungry. Unloading and setup begins at 8:00 a.m. in our Christian Life Center ("CLC"). We'll start packaging meals at 9:00 a.m. Everyone should be on their way home by Noon.
There will be tasks suited for every age and skill level.
Childcare will be provided for those 3 and under.
Service club members can get credit for hours worked.
Excellent opportunity for Boy and Girl Scout Troops.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

PRVWSD Board Meeting Canceled

From the PRVWSD:

The PRVWSD board meeting scheduled for tomorrow, 18 January at 9:30 a.m. has been cancelled due to the winter weather conditions.
 A special meeting of the PRVWSD board of directors has been called for Thursday, 25 January at 9:30 a.m.

Slim Chickens Coming to Ridgeland

Slim Chickens is coming to Ridgeland at 819 Lake Harbour Drive (between Mugshots and McB's).  I've never eaten at a Slim Chickens, though they are prolific West of the Mississippi.  Their menu offerings look substantially similar to Zaxby's and Canes.  If any readers have sampled Slim Chickens, tell us how it is different.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

No School Tomorrow (RCSD, that is)

Rankin County Public School just sent out a tweet that school is out tomorrow.

Due to dangerous road conditions and low temperatures, the RCSD, after careful consideration and consultation with local authorities, has decided that all schools and offices will be closed tomorrow, January 17th.

PRVWSD Cancels Committee Meetings

Today's committee meetings are cancelled.  It looks like the state, and quite a few private businesses, are shutting down.  Stay warm. Stay safe. 

Free Admission at Civil Rights and Miss. History Museums

Looking for something to do inside today while the kids aren't in school.  Remember, the Mississippi History Museum and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, both side by side, have free admission today, courtesy of the Kellogg Foundation.  This is in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

So, if you want to brave the roads, this is an option.

Brandon Ampitheater to Announce Music Lineup Today

Updated:  The lineup is out.  Go to for details.  Dave Matthews Band, people.  Homerun, IMHO.

The City of Brandon has lined up a press conference for 10 a.m. today to announce (what they are calling) "the first wave of of the shows for the CSpire Concert Series".  From a January 3, 2018, press release:

BRANDON, Miss. C Spire, which has a reputation for bringing some of today's top musical talent to Mississippi, has signed a contract with the city of Brandon to be principal sponsor for all music concerts at the new, 8,300-seat capacity outdoor amphitheater when it opens in the spring.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the agreement calls for the Mississippi-based diversified technology and telecommunications company to sponsor concerts at the facility as part of its C Spire Concert Series program.  Brandon Mayor Butch Lee and the Board of Aldermen approved the agreement at a regular meeting last night."We're excited about partnering with the city of Brandon at this new, high quality, fan-oriented music venue as part of our C Spire Concert Series program," said Jim Richmond, vice president of Marketing for C Spire.  "Our customers love music and this will ensure that we continue to connect with them in a meaningful way."Red Mountain Entertainment of Birmingham will handle bookings for the C Spire Concert Series program.  Artists from a variety of music genres and backgrounds are expected to perform at the facility. "We expect the venue to attract top-flight entertainment from all over the U.S. and internationally," Richmond said.The Brandon Amphitheater sits in the middle of a 250-acre park, The Quarry, near downtown Brandon that will feature a running, bike and nature trail system, a dog park, a new baseball park facility and other outdoor amenities. The amphitheater design and construction is patterned after several other successful music venues in the Southeast region.
In recent years, C Spire has staged a series of highly successful outdoor music concerts in Madison County near their corporate offices featuring artists ranging from Darius Rucker and Miranda Lambert to Florida Georgia Line and Kenny Chesney.The concerts have provided a major economic boost to the region over the last four years – generating over $3 million in spending by more than 35,000 country music fans who travel to the area from other parts of the state, the U.S. and overseas and stay at local hotels, shop at local businesses and dine in local restaurants.
Follow along with the announcement on Twitter, here.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Flowood Chocolate Festival

Say what now, what now?

Thursday, February 8th
2018 Flowood Chocolate Festival
Market Street 
Chocolate tasting and special discounts from local vendors, Project Yumway, live music and more!
Proceeds to benefit participating local high school art departments
Children 12 and under-free

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Free Legal Clinic for Rankin County

I will be there to help.  If you qualify, please contact Steve Edwards as soon as possible to set up your appointment.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Baseball/Softball Signups Happening Now at NWRAA

Registration is now open for Northwest Rankin Athletic Association Baseball.  Registration runs until February 4, 2018.  Ages range from 3 to 15.  All the details are here, including rules, pricing, etc.

Softball registration is also open until February 4, 2018.  Details here.  There is a one day camp at Northwest Rankin High School on January 20, 2018.  Session 1, concentrating on offense, is from 9 a.m. to noon.  The defense session starts at 1 p.m. and ends at 4 p.m.  $20 for each session.  Registration info about the Softball camp can be found here.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

4 Qualify for Rankin County House Race

Four individuals qualified in the special election to run for House District 60, the seat previously held by Representative John Moore.  They are:

  - Fred Shanks
  - Bob Morrow
  - Jim Giles
  - Morris Mock, Jr.

You can head over to the official Rankin County map to see the house lines.  The special election will be February 20, 2018.