Friday, October 18, 2019

Jay Hughes: On My Time, On My Dime



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The Belhaven Tax Increase Drive Begins

The drive to raise taxes on Belhaven property owners began last night.  The Greater Belhaven Foundation posted on its website:

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Cybersecurity? Do We Do That in Mississippi?

State Auditor Shad White issued the following statement. 

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Arrest Made in Ridgewood Road Murder

JPD issued the following statement. 

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And the Crime Stats Suddenly Appear

Well, somebody reads this website at Jackson City Hall.  JJ reported yesterday that the city had not updated the crime reports on its website since February.   JJ submitted a public records request over a month ago for the most recent UCR report and received the report for.... July.  The post got someone's attention because guess what appeared on the website just a few hours later?

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Dawg Days of October

Need some SEC football?  Check out Matt Wyatt's analysis of the Mississippi State-Tennessee and Florida-LSU games below.

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More Progress at Pelahatchie Bay

The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District issued the following statement.

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Oops!

Ouch. Someone managed to flip a city of Jackson truck.  Hopefully, no one was hurt.  Credit for photos goes to one Mr. Austin Chappell.

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Lumumba Administration Hides Crime Information

The Antar Lumumba administration clamped down on all crime information despite repeated proclamations about being more transparent on crime. The city of Jackson posted weekly crime reports on its website for years.  However, the crime reports disappeared from the website for nearly a year after Mayor Lumumba assumed the purple.  The weekly Comstat reports returned in November 2018 but disappeared in February.

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Keep Mike Sands in Your Thoughts

Say some prayers for Mike Sands.  He posted an update about his condition on Facebook and well, things aren't looking too good for him.  He wrote:

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Devault Indicted in Madison Motorcyle Deaths

Madison County Sheriff Deputies arrested James Kirby Devault yesterday for the deaths of Jack Harper and Bobby Lenoir last year on Highway 463 in Madison.  The two men were driving motorcycles when Devault allegedly and fatally struck them while driving in July 2018.  It is alleged he drove into incoming traffic while reaching for his phone.  He struck two other motorcycles as well.

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MDOC: Don't Blame Us

The Mississippi Department of Corrections issued the following statement. 

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City Council Approves Zoo Settlement

The Jackson City Council voted to settle a lawsuit with the Jackson Zoological Society last night.  The settlement ends the Society's 36 year tenure of operating the Jackson Zoo.   The city sued the society after negotiations broke down over the donation of the animal collection and the collection of a $6 million water bill. Posted below is a recording of the "negotiations.". It is very short.

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And Another Homicide

JPD issued the following statement. 

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Sid Salter: Candidates Ignore Mentally Ill

The 2019 Mississippi general election is less than three weeks away and politicians are talking about a plethora of issues, but there no serious discussion of one of the state’s entrenched and shameful realities – the banishment of far too many of the state’s mentally ill to jail cells.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

100 Gets 8 for Felon

The Justice Department issued the following statement and photo. 

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Keeping the Promises


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It's All Happening at the Zoo.... Not!

First, Marshall Ramsey somehow managed to offend a few people in a cartoon about the Jackson Zoo yesterday:



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Loss? What Loss?

Just when you think they couldn't top themselves, the folks at SEC Shorts did it again this week  and in less than 48 hours.  Enjoy.

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Jackon's New Abortion Abortion Protest Law Faces Court Fight

As expected, Jackson's new ordinance aimed at abortion protestors is going to court.  The Mississippi Institute for Justice announced yesterday it will sue the city of Jackson:

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Monday, October 14, 2019

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Banned!

USA Swimming permanently revoked the coaching privileges for  Savannah Reis.  She and her husband Fernando are the coaches of Performance Elite Aquatics in Madison County.  A Rankin County grand jury recently indicted her for two counts of sexual battery.  The victim was a male teen swimmer at PEAQ.    The organization's website states:

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Medicare Open Enrollment Begins

Insurance Commish Miguel Chaney issued the following statement. 

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Happy Columbus Day!

Today is Columbus Day.  Celebrate this important day in Italian-American history:

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Tate's Pay Plan for Teachers



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Patrick Ridgeway Fined in Kickback Scheme

The Justice Department issued the following statement on October 9:

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Sunday, October 13, 2019

Idiots of the Day

You.can't.make.this.up.  Don't be surprised if pulling guns on people ends in adverse consequences that just happen to be of the deadly variety.

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"People Don't Like Honesty"

From the sacred to the profane....  Bill Maher and Howard Stern together..... uncut, unedit, unplugged:

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Last Will Be First & First Will Be Last

The late Dr. Frank Pollard preached on the parable of the workers who grumbled after being paid the same as each other, regardless of hours worked.  Enjoy today's edition of Sunday Morning Sermon. 

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Bill Crawford: PERS Tries to Stay Invisible Until After Elections

Did you get a glimpse Mississippi's invisible black hole? It briefly appeared over the past year in the Bigger Pie Forum, an Associated Press article by Jeff Amy, and the Jackson Jambalaya blog.

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Saturday, October 12, 2019

Barricaded Suspect Arrested

The Madison Police Department issued the following statement.

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By the Numbers (Zoo Edition)

Posted below are the most recent financial statements for the Jackson Zoological Society.  Needless to say, they are not pretty.  The fiscal year is from October 1 to September 30.  The final attendance for FY 2019 was 48,114.  It was 73,000 in 2018 and 101,000 in 2017.  Read 'em and weep.

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Friday, October 11, 2019

D.A.-Elect Might Have EEOC Problem

Incoming Hinds County District Attorney Jody Owens might have his own share of #metoo problems.  The Appeal, a website dedicated to criminal justice issues, reported an EEOC complaint was filed against Mr. Owens:

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Settled!

The Jackson Zoological Society and city of Jackson settled a lawsuit this morning.  Justin Vicory reported in the Clarion-Ledger:

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Pumpkin Spice Potpourri

Just in case you can't get more annoyed at the deluge of pumpkin spice references that seem to occur earlier every year, here is a completely obnoxious video from the folks at It's a Southern Thing that extolls the virtues of pumpkin spice. Enjoy.

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Homicide by Grove Park (Updated)

JPD issued the following statement.

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Sissy Blasts MBN Director

The Chief of Staff at the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics had enough and called it quits this week.  MBN Chief of Staff Allison Killibrew pulled no punches in her resignation letter: 

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Delbert Raises the Dough

The Delbert Hosemann for Lieutenant Governor campaign issued the following statement. 

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Partying in Paris

Never let it be said that the Commissioners for the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority don't know how to have a good time.  The spending records of its recent trip to Paris are filled with Eiffel Tower dinners, expensive hotels, and other high-falootin' ways.  Justin Vicery reported in the Clarion-Ledger today:


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The Jackson City Councilman's Creed

The Jackson City Council has been quite busy lately.  However, one little matter escaped the media's attention.  The City Council created it's own creed and passed it at last week's meeting.

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Most of South Has Gone to the Dogs

Mississippi is one of the few states in the South that bans dogs from restaurant patios. A controversy arose this year about restaurants allowing dogs in patios and other outdoor areas.  What is common in other states is illegal in Mississippi.


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Tate Wants to Raise Teacher Pay

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Today, at a press conference surrounded by public school teachers in Gulfport, Tate Reeves released his plan to raise teacher pay, become the best state in the country for paying national board certified teachers with the most national board certified teachers, increase teacher supply funding, and more.

"I don’t traffic in false promises of unlimited free money from the government. When I make a promise, I keep it. You can take it to the bank," Tate Reeves said at the event. "This plan represents my commitment to our teachers. It is based on months of research and planning to determine what we can afford, with an eye towards aggressive investment in our educators."

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

MDOT issued the following statement on I-20 closures in Hinds County:

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The Hood Gets Us Some 5G

Lord Protector James Hood issued the following proclamation. 

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Update on North State Street Projects

The city of Jackson issued the following statement. 

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The Ultimate Fan

What was it about Alabama fans bragging about class?

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Sid Salter: Fed Lawsuit Tightens Governor's Race

In a recent column, I wrote about the major time in Mississippi history that an obscure Mississippi constitutional relic from the days of “Jim Crow” laws came to electoral fruition in deciding a statewide election.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

R.I.P., Billy Neville

Billy Neville passed away today at the age of 79.  The founder of The Rogue moved on to the great haberdashery in the sky.  Godspeed, sir.

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Will PERS Need More Money?

Just when PERS clears a hurdle, it runs into another one.  A PERS consultant recommended making several changes to the public employees retirement system that will place it a little  more into the financial hole.  PERS funding level has hovered between 64% and 58% over the last ten years despite two increases in employer contributions and adequate market returns. 

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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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