Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Dinos extended to July 4!!!

Our huge visitors are wrapping up their visit next week - it was extended to July 4th! If you have not come by to be growled at by the T-Rex and baby, chirped at by the Coelophyses, or spit on by the Suchomimus, you are missing out! These nearly full-sized animatronic creatures from the Dinosaur Company are simply the coolest thing, and really help highlight what "extinction" really means.

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Former Innovate Mississippi CFO pleads guilty

Former Innovate Mississippi Chief Financial Officer Tonya Klauser pleaded guilty on June 12 to two counts of false pretenses.    The indictment accused her of filing false expense reports and embezzling from her employer from 2010 to 2013.  Innovate Mississippi is the former Mississippi Technology Alliance. The second count provides the gist of the case:

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UMMC terminates management contract for former Courthouses

The University of Mississippi Medical Center is terminating a management contract with Power Wellness.  UMMC hired the Chicago company to operate the former Courthouse Racquet Clubs when it purchased them from John Black in 2014.  UMMC sent this email to Wellness Center employees:

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Doobies are just all right with UMC

The University of Mississippi Medical Center issued the following press release. 

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Monday, June 26, 2017

He said he was going to "off" the kid.

Madison County Justice Court Judge Bruce McKinley ordered three men accused of killing six-year old Kingston Frazier bound over without bond until the grand jury meets.  Dwan Wakefield, Jr., DeAllen Washington, and Byron McBride, Jr. appeared in court today for their preliminary hearings.  They are all charged with capital murder after little Kingston was kidnapped at the I-55N Kroger in Jackson and shot to death in Madison County. 

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State Auditor becomes Prez

State Auditor Stacey Pickering issued the following statement.

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Watching the watchers

Posted below are the public records requests submitted to Jackson since January 1, 2017. 

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Back when they were lean & hungry

U2 will appear at the Superdome on September 14.  Tickets are still available but if you can't wait for the show, here is a bootleg recording from the War tour in 1983.  The sound quality is surprisingly good. Enjoy.

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Madison resident going to DC

Madison County resident Heath Hall will be become the Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Railroad Administration.  Mr. Hall posted this message on Facebook:

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Still waiting........

 Notorious Jackson hoodlum Vidal Sullivan still sits in the Hinds County jail awaiting trial.  However, the District Attorney could send him back to the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections for violating his probation but has yet to do so.  JJ reported on March 29:

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Dr. Pollard: Our tendency to seek a lesser God.

If you can't make it to church this morning, enjoy this 1988 sermon from the late Dr. Frank Pollard of First Baptist Church (Jackson). 

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

The scapegoat responds

Former Ole Miss Assistant Athletic Director Barney Farrar vigorously defended himself against allegations that he was the mastermind responsible for recruiting violations in the football program.  JJ obtained a copy of his response through a public records request and posted it below. 

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Through the years

This pretty cool Youtube video shows the Beatles as they age through the years.

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Bill Crawford: Consensus needed on Medicaid

"It is the obvious which is so difficult to see most of the time," wrote Isaac Asimov. "People say 'It's as plain as the nose on your face.' But how much of the nose on your face can you see, unless someone holds a mirror up to you?"

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Update on Bill's Coin shop triple murder.

JJ obtained an audio recording of the initial appearance of Joshua Garcia earlier this week in U.S. District Court. It is posted below and a little over eight minutes long.

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Latest Crime stats

JPD posted the latest crime stats on Twitter yesterday:

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To catch a thief....

or Like a Good Neighbor, Ruger is there.  A thief took a left turn in Albuquerque and wound up being taped up on tape when he tried to rob a home while the homeowner was away.  However, he didn't reckon on the wonders of modern technology:

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Michael Winfield tries to use incompetence as an excuse but is still disbarred.

A Mississippi Supreme Court Complaint Tribunal disbarred Vicksburg Attorney Michael Winfield from the practice of law on June 6.  Mr. Winfield conspired with a client to defraud an estate and a Chancellor so they could split $50,000 in 2013.  Mr. Winfield is the brother for former Vicksburg Mayor Paul Winfield.  Paul Winfield was convicted of bribery while Mayor. JJ first reported on Michael Winfield's inability to properly practice law in a 2014 post, A Lesson in How not to Practice Law, that covered a different case.

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Here we go again.

A restaurant frequented by one-percenters was forced to shut down today due to a break in a water main at the intersection of Jefferson Street and Manship:

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Praise the Lord!

The little 8 year-old who was shot in the head last weekend will make a full recovery.  JPD posted this picture of the little tyke on Twitter:

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Update on Kingston Frazier case.

A preliminary hearing will be held in Madison County Justice Court Monday at 9:00 AM for Dwan Wakefield, Jr., Byron McBride, Jr., and DeAllen Washington.  They are charged with capital murder in the death of six year-old Kingston Frazier. Judge Bruce McKinley will preside over the hearing. 

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PSC to Kemper: No Mas

The Public Service Commission issued the following statement yesterday.

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Moody's downgrades Hinds GO bond rating

Moody's downgraded the rating of Hinds County's general obligation bonds from Aa2 to Aa3 in a bulletin issued yesterday:

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Ole Miss would love to provide names of boosters but......

The Kingfish filed a public records complaint against Ole Miss two weeks ago with the Mississippi Ethics Commission.  The university refused to provide a copy of the NCAA complaint against the football program and the school's response that contained the unredacted names of boosters cites in the documents.  Ole Miss said it would really really like to provide the records with those unredacted names but it awaits guidance from the Commission.

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AG: Watch out for hurricane scams

Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following press release. 

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Season 7 is coming

HBO just dropped a second Game of Thrones trailer.

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Couple indicted in triple murder case

Note: Audio of hearing posted below. 

The wheels of justice continued to grind up the fates of Jamison Townsend and Joshua Garcia.  A federal grand jury indicted them on June 6 for using a firearm to rob Bill's Coin & Jewelry Exchange and kill three men in December. The two accused killers made an initial appearance in U.S. District Court yesterday.   The couple fled Mississippi after the murders and were caught in Junction, Kansas several days later.  They are currently being held without bond.

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Rick Cleveland: The changing nature of golf.

Do you remember when a 7,000-yard golf course was considered a ridiculously long monstrosity? Do you remember when a 300-yard drive was considered prodigious? Do you remember when golf pros hit 7-irons 150-yards and wedges about 100?

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

30 years ago!!!

It's been thirty years since greatness hit the movie screens:

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Investor alert!!!

This post is a paid advertisement.

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Where have we heard of Canton Estates before?

WARNING: This video is very disturbing and very graphic. The N word is used repeatedly.

The ACLU sued Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker over the use of roadblocks at the entrances to Canton Estates and other apartments.  Hmm...... Canton Estates, where have we heard that name before? Oh yes, JJ posted this infamous rap video that was performed at the complex back in 2011:

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No luck for these two thugs.

Madison-Rankin District Attorney Michael Guest issued the following press release:

Jarvis posing on social media week after robbery

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Support JJ

It's time for the annual fund-raising drive for Jackson Jambalaya.

Thank you very much for your support of Jackson Jambalaya and reading the blog over the years. We've come a long way since we started up in 2007.  This blog couldn't have gotten as far as it has without support from the readers.  You've donated money, provided tips, and helped provide information when it was needed.  JJ is asking for your help again this year.

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Secret mental health report: State locks up too many kids.

The Mississippi Department of Mental Health tried to bury a report that blasted its shortcomings from the public. However,  the good guys won a round last week as the Clarion-Ledger's won it's fight to obtain a copy of the report.  The report said Mississippi spent much less per child on mental health services than the national average while it spent more of its budget on expensive institutionalized care than did other states.  The Justice Department weighed Mississippi's delivery of mental health services to it's children and found it to be very wanting.  The state naturally followed it's natural inclination to keep it all a secret and fought the newspaper in court over releasing a report ordered by the state.  Some highlights of the report are:

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Blast from the past.

Someone put together over thirty years of WLBT ID clips on Youtube.  You will probably recognize one voice at 2:55. Enjoy.

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Bigger Pie Forum: Verse 37 of the Kemper Song

You may have heard Mississippi Power Company asked for another rate increase for its Kemper County Lignite Plant. The request was in a June 5 filing in response to an order by the Mississippi Public Service Commission to review an earlier temporary rate increase. That earlier 15% increase was for the cost of Kemper’s turbines generating electricity from natural gas plus some incidental costs related to Kemper’s inoperable gasifier. It was scheduled to decrease as some of the costs it covered were amortized.

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Lumumba campaign announces inaugural plans

Jackson Mayor-Elect Chokwe Lumumba, Jr. issued the following statement.

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Shooting victim slowly recovers

Shooting victim Jason Brent continues to recover at UMMC although the road is long, painful, and tough. He was shot during a robbery at Battery Sales & Service on West Fortification Street.  His family posted these updates on their public Facebook pages:

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Madison County wants to sell some bonds

It looks like the Madison County Board of Supervisors might issue bonds for $8 million.  The resolution is on the agenda for tomorrow's regular board meeting.  The resolution states:

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8 yr. old shot in back of head.

Update (6/19/17, 8:00 AM): JPD tweeted this morning that little Kyles has been upgraded to critical condition. 

JPD issued the following statement.

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Paglia: Media misses real news while fantasizing about Watergate Redux

The media is agog over anything mentioning Trump, Russia, or FBI.  Camille Paglia slammed the media last week for making a fool out of itself while Trump goes on about his business in a Weekly Standard interview. She said

Last week, that conceptual gap was on prominent display, as the media, consumed with their preposterous Russian fantasies, were fixated on former FBI director James Comey's maudlin testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee. (Comey is an effete charlatan who should have been fired within 48 hours of either Hillary or Trump taking office.) Meanwhile, Trump was going about his business. The following morning, he made remarks at the Department of Transportation about "regulatory relief," excerpts of which I happened to hear on my car radio that afternoon. His words about iron, aluminum, and steel seemed to cut like a knife through the airwaves. I later found the entire text on the White House website.   Rest of interview.

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The power of friendship.

If you can't make it to church this morning, enjoy this sermon from the late Dr. Frank Pollard.  One of the best preachers to ever grace Mississippi. 

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Coach Freeze responds to the NCAA

Ole Miss Head Football Coach Hugh Freeze defended himself against the NCAA's charge that he lost control of his program.  The response was obtained through a public records request.  It appears Ole Miss and Coach Freeze have gone "all in" together on their response to the NCAA.  Coach Freeze argues that he created a culture of compliance at Ole Miss and blames the violations on individuals who lied to him as they evaded NCAA rules. 

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Scorer screws up scores.

The Mississippi Department of Education issued the following statement.

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Bill Crawford: Are we in Kansas?

Is Kansas a lesson for Mississippi?

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Friday, June 16, 2017

"Most thrilling moment of my life"

A Jackson waitress nailed her boss in the face with a chocolate cream pie after he mistreated her at a local restaurant.  Chris Costas reported the culinary crime to the police and had her arrested for assault.

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Defendant tries to seal lawsuit, blames JJ

Attorney Tom Ostenson cited this website as the main reason for his trying to seal a lawsuit that was filed against him recently.   The popular tennis teaching pro couple Courtney and Todd Middleton sued Ostenson after they lost their tennis pro jobs at River Hills Racquet Club in Hinds County Circuit Court on April 4.  The complaint accuses Mr. Ostenson of using his influence with several board members to get the Middletons fired from their jobs after an alleged dispute took place between the two families.   The lawsuit argues Mr. Ostenson is guilty of tortious interference with their employment contracts.  The defendant filed the motion to seal the case on May 25 and cited this post as the basis for his motion. 

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More DPS follies.....

A local ad agency is fighting a battle with the Mississippi Department of Public Safety over the payment of advertising invoices.  Media outlets in Mississippi are owed nearly $700,000 for DPS's advertising campaigns.  DPS says the agency must pay the bills first and then get reimbursed.  The ad agency claims the state is supposed to pay the invoices when presented instead of proof of payment by the agency.  The Clarion-Ledger reported yesterday:

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A video of a JPD officer coming out on the short end of a short scuffle is making the rounds on Facebook:

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Mississippi State Medical Association lobbied for Board of Medical Licensure.

 "we have now what we have always needed, real partnership with the government"

The Mississippi State Medical Association represented the Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure for two years as a lobbyist.  The Board paid MSMA $30,000 in fees for its services.  The Board is the regulatory agency for physicians in Mississippi. MSMA calls itself "the largest physician advocacy organization in Mississippi, representing nearly 5,000 physicians and medical students."

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Trollfest '09

Trollfest '07 was such a success that Jackson Jambalaya will once again host Trollfest '09. Catch this great event which will leave NE Jackson & Fondren in flames. Othor Cain and his band, The Black Power Structure headline the night while Sonjay Poontang returns for an encore performance. Former Frank Melton bodyguard Marcus Wright makes his premier appearance at Trollfest singing "I'm a Sweet Transvestite" from "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." Kamikaze will sing his new hit, “How I sold out to da Man.” Robbie Bell again performs: “Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be Bells” and “Any friend of Ed Peters is a friend of mine”. After the show, Ms. Bell will autograph copies of her mug shot photos. In a salute to “Dancing with the Stars”, Ms. Bell and Hinds County District Attorney Robert Smith will dance the Wango Tango.

Wrestling returns, except this time it will be a Battle Royal with Othor Cain, Ben Allen, Kim Wade, Haley Fisackerly, Alan Lange, and “Big Cat” Donna Ladd all in the ring at the same time. The Battle Royal will be in a steel cage, no time limit, no referee, and the losers must leave town. Marshand Crisler will be the honorary referee (as it gives him a title without actually having to do anything).

Meet KIM Waaaaaade at the Entergy Tent. For five pesos, Kim will sell you a chance to win a deed to a crack house on Ridgeway Street stuffed in the Howard Industries pinata. Don't worry if the pinata is beaten to shreds, as Mr. Wade has Jose, Emmanuel, and Carlos, all illegal immigrants, available as replacements for the it. Upon leaving the Entergy tent, fig leaves will be available in case Entergy literally takes everything you have as part of its Trollfest ticket price adjustment charge.

Donna Ladd of The Jackson Free Press will give several classes on learning how to write. Smearing, writing without factchecking, and reporting only one side of a story will be covered. A donation to pay their taxes will be accepted and she will be signing copies of their former federal tax liens. Ms. Ladd will give a dramatic reading of her two award-winning essays (They received The Jackson Free Press "Best Of" awards.) "Why everything is always about me" and "Why I cover murders better than anyone else in Jackson".

In the spirit of helping those who are less fortunate, Trollfest '09 adopts a cause for which a portion of the proceeds and donations will be donated: Keeping Frank Melton in his home. The “Keep Frank Melton From Being Homeless” booth will sell chances for five dollars to pin the tail on the jackass. John Reeves has graciously volunteered to be the jackass for this honorable excursion into saving Frank's ass. What's an ass between two friends after all? If Mr. Reeves is unable to um, perform, Speaker Billy McCoy has also volunteered as when the word “jackass” was mentioned he immediately ran as fast as he could to sign up.

In order to help clean up the legal profession, Adam Kilgore of the Mississippi Bar will be giving away free, round-trip plane tickets to the North Pole where they keep their bar complaint forms (which are NOT available online). If you don't want to go to the North Pole, you can enjoy Brant Brantley's (of the Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance) free guided tours of the quicksand field over by High Street where all complaints against judges disappear. If for some reason you are unable to control yourself, never fear; Judge Houston Patton will operate his jail where no lawyers are needed or allowed as you just sit there for minutes... hours.... months...years until he decides he is tired of you sitting in his jail. Do not think Judge Patton is a bad judge however as he plans to serve free Mad Dog 20/20 to all inmates.

Trollfest '09 is a pet-friendly event as well. Feel free to bring your dog with you and do not worry if your pet gets hungry, as employees of the Jackson Zoo will be on hand to provide some of their animals as food when it gets to be feeding time for your little loved one.

Relax at the Fox News Tent. Since there are only three blonde reporters in Jackson (being blonde is a requirement for working at Fox News), Megan and Kathryn from WAPT and Wendy from WLBT will be on loan to Fox. To gain admittance to the VIP section, bring either your Republican Party ID card or a Rebel Flag. Bringing both and a torn-up Obama yard sign will entitle you to free drinks served by Megan, Wendy, and Kathryn. Get your tickets now. Since this is an event for trolls, no ID is required. Just bring the hate. Bring the family, Trollfest '09 is for EVERYONE!!!

This is definitely a Beaver production.

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Trollfest '07

Jackson Jambalaya is the home of Trollfest '07. Catch this great event which promises to leave NE Jackson & Fondren in flames. Sonjay Poontang and his band headline the night with a special steel cage, no time limit "loser must leave town" bout between Alan Lange and "Big Cat"Donna Ladd following afterwards. Kamikaze will perform his new song F*** Bush, he's still a _____. Did I mention there was no referee? Dr. Heddy Matthias and Lori Gregory will face off in the undercard dueling with dangling participles and other um, devices. Robbie Bell will perform Her two latest songs: My Best Friends are in the Media and Mama's, Don't Let Your Babies Grow up to be George Bell. Sid Salter of The Clarion-Ledger will host "Pin the Tail on the Trial Lawyer", sponsored by State Farm.

There will be a hugging booth where in exchange for your young son, Frank Melton will give you a loooong hug. Trollfest will have a dunking booth where Muhammed the terrorist will curse you to Allah as you try to hit a target that will drop him into a vat of pig grease. However, in the true spirit of Separate But Equal, Don Imus and someone from NE Jackson will also sit in the dunking booth for an equal amount of time. Tom Head will give a reading for two hours on why he can't figure out who the hell he is. Cliff Cargill will give lessons with his .80 caliber desert eagle, using Frank Melton photos as targets. Tackleberry will be on hand for an autograph session. KIM Waaaaaade will be passing out free titles and deeds to crackhouses formerly owned by The Wood Street Players.

If you get tired come relax at the Fox News Tent. To gain admittance to the VIP section, bring either your Republican Party ID card or a Rebel Flag. Bringing both will entitle you to free drinks.Get your tickets now. Since this is an event for trolls, no ID is required, just bring the hate. Bring the family, Trollfest '07 is for EVERYONE!!!

This is definitely a Beaver production.

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