Monday, February 27, 2017

Reeves: Internet tax is unconstitutional

Leftenant Governor Tate Reeves issued the following statement.

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Reward increased for Deaton

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement and pictures.

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Deficit forces UMMC to cut budget

The University of Mississippi Medical Center announced that it will cut $24 million from its budget in an email sent to employees recently.  Vice-Chancellor for Health Affairs Dr. LouAnn Woodward blamed the budget cuts on a loss of DSH funds.*  The email states:

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Will Judge Tomie Green bless Blessed again?

The Mississippi Department of Corrections notified Hinds County Circuit Judge Tomie Green that Blessed Adams was arrested in January for armed robbery in Ridgeland.  Adams pleaded guilty to two counts of armed robbery in August.  Judge Green sentenced him to two fifteen year prison sentences but suspended them after he completed the RID program.  Adams proceeded to mace a female liquor store clerk in the face and steal money from the store.  Adams is currently being held in the Madison County Detention Center on a $100,000 bond.

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Mayor Yarber announces re-election bid

Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber announced last week that he will run for re-election.  He won office in 2014 after Mayor Chokwe Lumumba unexpectedly died.   The video is posted below.  Oddly enough, it was not reported in the media but for WAPT (unless the search engine gods have fallen). 

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Nationwide alert issued for Alex Deaton

Update: Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey told JJ that Ms. Robinson died of strangulation and blunt force trauma. 

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation issued the following alert for Alex Deaton. 

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Reddix company accused of bribery in Alabama jail corruption

A Health Assurance crony pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.  Michael Goddard was caught lying about payments regular payments he received from Health Assurance and other entities.  Mr. Goddard is a health care consultant for corrections facilities.  Health Assurance, LLC is owned by physicians Carl and Michael Reddix and is on Ridgewood Road in Jackson.  It was formed in 2001. The registered agent is attorney Charlene Priester although Judge Melvin Priester served in that capacity in previous years. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Alabama issued this press release:

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The Hound of Heaven

JJ presents this sermon by the late Dr. Frank Pollard (in this case, a young Dr. Pollard) for readers who can not make it to church this morning.

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Bill Crawford: Is it a tax increase or a shift?

The Tax Foundation expert legislative leaders brought in last fall to advise them on tax reform recommended a shift in the state’s tax burden – away from corporate and individual income taxes to user-based taxes.

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Suspect sought in Rankin killing (Updated)

Watch for White GMC SUV with tag F396 NF.

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement and pictures.

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Friday, February 24, 2017

SJW of the day

Meet a true social justice warrior.

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Horhn is running for Mayor.

State Senator John Horhn announced last month he is running for Mayor of Jackson.  Watch his announcement in the video posted below.

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Fl. gun instructor charged in fatal training accident

A Florida police officer who shot to death a participant in a training exercise was charged with felony manslaughter earlier this week.  USA Today reported:

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Ben Allen asks court to toss verdict

Ben Allen filed a motion for a j.n.o.v.* in Hinds County Circuit Court Wednesday. A jury convicted Mr. Allen of one count of embezzlement of Downtown Jackson Partner funds. He is the Executive Director of the business improvement district. The jury acquitted him on nine other counts of embezzlement. The motion states:

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5th Circuit: Citizens can videotape police

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week that citizens have the right to videotape police officers while they conduct arrests or perform other actions. The court ruled in Turner v. Driver that the right is protected by the First Amendment.  Technology leapfrogged ahead of the courts as the courts have been playing catch-up to the new-found ability of citizens to videotape the police with smartphones and then immediately post the video to social media.  The Fifth Circuit finally got a case that allowed it to take a crack at this issue.

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Facebooks visit Mississippi

Mr. Facebook himself visited Mississippi this week as he and his wife tour America.  Below are some posts of his excursion to the Magnolia state. 

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Commish announces health insurance relief

Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney issued the following statement.

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What is going on at the Pinelands?

A rather intriguing public records fight is currently taking place in Rankin County Chancery Court over the Pinelands Public Improvement District.  The district covers the area surrounding the Hugh Ward Parkway in Rankin County.  The district sold bonds for $7.125 million to finance improvements.  The Pinebrook Homeowner's Association and several homeowners filed a lawsuit to obtain district records in November after the district did not respond to several public records requests.  The lawsuit states:

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Deputy busted

A Hinds County Deputy is currently residing at the Raymond Detention Center not as an employee but as an inmate.  Deputy -probably former Deputy-  Larry Taylor was arrested for possession of controlled substance with intent to distribute. 

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Priester defends borrowing $90 million

Jackson Ward 2 City Councilman Melvin Priester, Jr.  defended the proposed $90 million loan that would be used to fix Jackson's infrastructure on his Facebook page yesterday:

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Jackson might borrow $90 million

The Jackson City Council discussed borrowing $90 million last night for infrastructure repair. Mayor Tony Yarber told the city council that it wanted to borrow $90 million against future 1% sales tax revenues. Councilwoman Margaret Barrett-Simon presided over the meeting and said a special meeting will be held before March 8 to vote on obtaining the loan.

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Third sexual harassment lawsuit filed against Sheriff

Here we go again.  A third sexual harassment lawsuit was filed against Hinds County Sheriff Victor Mason in U.S. District Court yesterday.  Deputy Belendia Jones made several lurid allegations against Sheriff Mason in her lawsuit.  Lieutenant Tamekia Barnes and former Chief Deputy Cheryl Matory filed similar lawsuits against the Sheriff last month.

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Madison PD seeks Walmart thief

Crimestoppers issued the following bulletin and pictures. 

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Rick Cleveland: Who should get the Howell Trophy?

The college basketball season is heading ever so rapidly toward March Madness, which in Mississippi means the presentation of the C Spire Howell and Gillom trophies for the state's most outstanding players.

One winner would appear much more clear than the other.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Governor announces more budget cuts

Date: In the year of the Governorship of Phil Bryant (VI)

Governor Phil Bryant issued the following statement on Facebook. 

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Water outage planned

The city of Jackson issued the following press release. 

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More Skybox drama

The Skybox drama continues as it's landlord kicked the Northeast Jackson dining establishment to the curb for failure to pay it's rent.  Ridgewood Jackson, LLC sued the Skybox and its owner, Raymond Kersh, in January for failure to pay rent on January 18.  The docket states the summons was served on Mr. Kersh on January 27.  Judge Larita Cooper-Stokes didn't waste any time but approved the eviction after the defendant did not appear for trial.  Her order stated:

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The city of Jackson issued the following statement. 

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MBI: Shooting death of Gorman was accidental.

A Mississippi Bureau of Investigation report concluded that the death of Gaming Commission Director of Investigations John Gorman was accidental.  Gorman was killed when MGC Special Agent Robert Sharp shot him in the chest with a loaded Glock during a training exercise.  The report (posted below) stated:

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Heroine of the day

A woman saved a Baton Rouge police officer from harm while he was beaten by a suspect.  The Morning Advocate reported today:

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Highland Village ceases charity events.

All good things must come to an end.  Blues By Starlight, Take a Tasty Bite Out of Crime, The Zoo Party,  A Taste of Mississippi, Sante South, and other charity events were held for years at Highland Village.  Jacksonians enjoyed the events as the outdoor nature of the shopping center provided a nice venue for events while supporting local charities.  However, Highland Village's management has decided to cease support of those events and ticketed charity functions will no longer be held at Highland Village.

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Zippity Bye-Bye

The Zippity Doo-Da parade is no more.  The parade was founded by the Sweet Potato Queens several years ago after they disassociated themselves from the St. Paddy's Day Parade.  However, the Fondren Renaissance Foundation posted this update on it's website:

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JPS: Spending money is not spending money

If you want to see how the JPS school board thinks, watch this school board discussion on the hiring of Eric Stringfellow that took place earlier this month.  The school board wants to hire Mr. Strinfellow as a "con-sultant" for $24,000 for four months. He will provide media services and "community engagement" under the terms of the contract.  Keep in mind that JPS already has two employees who handle "media relations" as "communications specialists".   Two school board members questioned the need for this contract but the interim superintendent and school board President defended hiring Mr. Stringfellow.  The Interim Superintendent even went so far as to say that this contract would not cost the district any money since it came from money saved through employee attrition.You can't make this up.  Watch for yourself.  A transcript is posted below.  Your record-setting property tax dollars in action. 

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Our divorce laws suck. They really do.

Stuck in the mud is a term often used in Mississippi but the description aptly applies to our divorce laws.  The Clarion-Ledger's Geoff Pender reported yesterday how Mississippi law favors the wife-beaters while keeping their victims enslaved.  Some state senators are trying to change the law for the better yet face opposition from all corners. 

The story begins by telling the tale of a woman who repeatedly tried to get divorce but her husband refused to grant her one.  She was stuck for years in this unfortunate predicament until she finally moved in desperation to another state with more sensible laws.  Mr. Pender paints a picture that is all too often the reality in Mississippi:

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Roads of Madison County

If you are bored today and feel like watching paint dry, here is the Madison County road plan that was rejected by the Madison County Board of Supervisors recently.   Local engineering firm Neel-Schaffer created the plan. Fire away in the comments. 

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On the other side of meaningless

If you can't make it to church this morning, enjoy this sermon by the late Dr. Frank Pollard.

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

CARA vandalized

CARA posted this message on Facebook.

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Bill Crawford: Shortfalls, cuts, & oversight fights

Our Legislature faces deteriorating finances as they move to fund state government for next fiscal year.

Calling revenue collections for this fiscal year "disappointing," the Daily Journal's Bobby Harrison reported "revenue is $116 million or 4 percent below projections" for the year after falling another $18.5 million in January. In an earlier article he noted Governor Phil Bryant may have to cut existing state budgets again. Already the Governor "has been forced to cut budgets four times within a 12-month period and dip into the rainy day fund twice," wrote Harrison.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Smart dog.

Never let it be said Man's best friend doesn't look after his friends.  Check out this video posted on Liveleak:

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Karl Banks will get his day in court

Karl Banks is down but not out.  Special Circuit Judge Henry Lackey breathed new life into the former Madison County Supervisor's election challenge Wednesday.  Mr. Banks lost his seat when David Bishop beat him by a grand total of two votes in the November 2015 general election.  Mr. Banks contested the results in court.  Judge Lackey  ruled that Mr. Banks is entitled to a trial by jury.  This correspondent wished for a trial by combat but unfortunately, the Mississippi Code does not currently allow for such niceties.  Judge Lackey stated in his opinion:

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SOS gives update on legislative agenda

Secretary of State Hibbit Hosemann issued the following press release. 

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Crimestopper alert

Crimestoppers sent out the following bulletin.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Homework was never quite like this

Who can forget this oldie but goodie?

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This sinkhole opened up yesterday at the corner of Ridgewood and Meadowbrook.

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Treasurer: State running up the credit card

Mississippi Treasurer Lynn Fitch issued the following press release. 

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Too funny

A local store decided to have some fun with its sign.

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Pizza Hut & Maywood Mart settle

Pizza Hut and Maywood Mart settled their lawsuit in January.   Maywood Mart is tried to terminate Pizza Hut's lease but Pizza Hut took the fight to court.   The settlement agreement was not disclosed.

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The blessings of Judge Tomie Green

The blessings for criminals continue to flow in Judge Tomie Green's courtroom.  The Keith Moore case shows Judge Green yet going easy on a violent criminal.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

DPS stonewalls again

The Mississippi Department of Public Safety refused to provide a copy of a report on the death of Gaming Commission Special Agent John Gorman.  JJ submitted a public records request for a copy of the report that was compiled by the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations.  DPS Spokesman Warren Strain replied in an email last Friday:

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Fatality in Spillway Road accident

The Reservoir Patrol issued the following statement. 

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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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