Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Trial set for Wayne Parish.

The murder trial for Wayne Parish is scheduled for January 29, 2018. 

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Limbo!

Three lucrative Medicaid managed care contracts will now become law when the Contract Review Board took no action on them. The Contract Review Board did not approve or reject the three contracts that were awarded to UHC, Molina, and Centene. The staff recommended that the Board approve the contracts. Bill Moran led the charge to reject them but no one seconded his motion to do so. No one offered a motion to accept them. The Governor ordered the Division of Medicaid to submit the contracts to the Boar after the Mississippi Hospital Association protested. The contracts are now valid since the Board did not reject them. 

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Flag Chapel Fracas

The Flag Chapel Fight took place Sunday afternoon.  The fight almost looked like a real boxing match.  There were boxing gloves, a referee, and even rounds.  Blows were traded but unfortunately no one yelled "stick and move."  However, the fight ended when someone pulled a gun and start shooting.  The video is posted below.  The gun is fired around 15:00.

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Monday, September 18, 2017

JPS parents sue to stop takeover

A group of parents of children enrolled in Jackson Public Schools sued the Mississippi Department of Education today in federal court in an attempt to block an MDE takeover of JPS.  The lawsuit is posted below.

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Kim Wade turned loose

Kiiiiiiiim Wade went totally off the chain Friday in his opening monologue.  The thought of a JPS takeover was just too much for him to handle.  Listen for yourself.

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Why JJ covers JPS

There is talk in some Jackson circles that this website is working with the Republicans to take over Jackson Public Schools. JJ doesn’t normally respond to chatter, because someone is always throwing stones at this website. However, the Mississippi Department of Education’s decision to take over Jackson Public Schools is a story that is very emotionally-charged and upset quite a few people. Some see it as another example of the state yet again trying to take something from Jackson. Others see it as Mississippi once again showing its own brand of racism, although some are inclined to see racism in anything. Others are just plain confused and genuinely scared because their children’s education is at stake. JJ will attempt to explain why it has an interest in JPS. 

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Stupid crook of the day.

You can't make this up.  Attorney Generalissimo James Tiberius Hood issued the following statement.

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Airbnb collecting tax in Mississippi

Airbnb issued the following notice last weekend:

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Let's Get Ready to Rumb-lllllllllle!!!

Today at Flag Chapel Park:

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Start at the Source

If you can't make it to church this morning, enjoy this 1987 sermon from the late Dr. Frank Pollard. 

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

How bad is pop music today?

Does modern music suck or are such complaints merely what one hears every generation? Watch Thoughty2's analysis on Youtube below and decide for yourself. 

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Bill Crawford: The Church & The Flag

Former state GOP executive director, elected Republican official, and chief of staff to Kirk Fordice, Mississippi's first Republican Governor since Reconstruction, Andy Taggart has publicly challenged his party to step up and "lead the charge in finally removing from our state flag the representation of the Confederate battle flag."

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Endangered Species Alert!!!

Stingray made an appearance on Youtube a few days ago:

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Investor alert!!!


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Medicaid Melee over Managed Care

The Mississippi Hospital Association failed in its attempt last month to get a court to stop Medicaid from awarding a lucrative managed care contract to three competitors.  MHA's proposal scored sixth out of seven bids.   Hinds County Chancellor rejected the petition for a temporary restraining order and said MHA had not exhausted its administrative remedies.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss?

The Mississippi Department of Education will appoint Dr.  Margie Pulley as the interim Superintendent of the Jackson Public Schools District if Govenor Phil Bryant approves the takeover by MDE.  She was the Superintendent of the Greenwood Public Schools District from 2008-2012. 

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ACT scores rise

The Mississippi Department of Education issued the following press release. 

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JPS sues to stop takeover

The Jackson Public School District sued the Mississippi Department of Education in Hinds County Chancery Court today.  The District asked the court to stop MDE from taking over the operations of the school district. The case is assigned to Chancellor Dewayne Thomas. The lawsuit is posted below. 

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Bedwetter alert

This post may trigger some readers.

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MDE asks Governor to declare JPS state of emergency

The Mississippi Department of Education issued the following statement: 

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Gun nuts gone wild. State Auditor says Ecru employees embezzled nearly $400,000 to buy guns.

State Auditor Stacey Pickering issued the following statement.

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Board of Education to discuss JPS takeover today

The Mississippi Department of Education issued the following press release. 

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Farewell to Sophie

The Kingfish had to say farewell to Sophie today.  Our tri-color King Charles Spaniel was ten years old when she left this world.  She will be missed.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

STOP!!!!!!!!!

This flyer is making the rounds in Jackson.

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Wife-beater sentenced to 10 years in prison. (Video)

If I can write a post I will do so today but here are the videos of the Clark sentencing hearing that took place Friday.  Lowndes County Circuit Judge Jim Kitchens sentenced Brian Clark to serve 16 years in prison for the beating of his wife, Dr. Hope Clark.  Clark pleaded guilty to Aggravated Assault-Domestic Violence in May.  Judge Kitchens suspended six years of the sentence and also required him to serve five years of post-release supervision.  Clark will be eligible for release for prison upon serving five years of his sentenced under HB #585. 

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Mayor opposes JPS takeover

Still under the weather but a couple of posts will go up.  The City of Jackson issued the following statement on a possible takeover of JPS:

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Monday, September 11, 2017

It happens.

I'm out sick. 

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Slick is going up the river.

Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following press release: 

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Do we need the Certificate of Need?

Is it time for Mississippi to abolish the Certificate of Need? The House Public Health and Human Services Committee will ask that question today.  Anna Wolfe reported in the Clarion-Ledger yesterday:

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

New Orleans can't get out of its own way.

Once again, New Orleans provides a lesson in what not to do.   The actual work of paving a road should be a simple process - unless the city or U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is involved.  The Times-Picayune reported last week:

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Apathy, Lethargy, & Procrastination

If you can't make it to church today, enjoy this 1987 sermon given by the late Dr. Frank Pollard.  He preached from the Book of Joel, yes Joel. 

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Saturday, September 9, 2017

Irma approaches

Here are some Hurricane Irma webcams. Feel free to add more in the comments.

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Drug bust of the day

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

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Bill Crawford: The Rule of the Organmeisters

"The first principle is that everyone is scared," said Mike. "The second principle is that everyone hates."

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Patrick Kelly indicted

Update: Kelly posted bond ($10,000) and is no longer in custody. 

A Madison County grand jury indicted Patrick Kelly for embezzlement. Kelly owned Mint and Juleps. He is currently in custody at the Madison County jail.  The indictment states:

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Update: 16 years.

2:55 PM Update: Judge Kitchens sentences Clark to serve 16 years in prison and suspends six years. That means under #585, Clark will serve five years.

Not much else will be posted today. I'm at the sentencing hearing for Bryan Clark. Judge Kitchens heard and denied a motion to recuse this morning. He recessed to read the letters sent to his court for sentencing recommendation. Court is about to start. 

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'Murica!

Some robbers attempted to hit a Cleveland Taco Bell but were outgunned:

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Priester speaks on JPS

Jackson Ward 2 City Councilman Melvin Priester, Jr. took to the pages of Facebook to comment on the possibility of a state takeover of JPS:

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Good guys win a round.

Some Mayors will attempt to get around the Open Meetings Act by meeting with one or two aldermen at a time.  The public never knows about it and the skullduggery takes place behind closed doors.  The board meeting comes, there is little discussion, and presto- the subject action passes.  Well, the Mississippi Supreme Court said no more.  The Mississippi Justice Institute issued this statement:

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Feathered Cow Flies

The Feathered Cow is closing its I-55N location but will remain open in the Reservoir area.  Owner Nathan Glenn stated on its Facebook page:

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Too many students playing hooky

The Mississippi Department of Education issued the following statement. 

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Mayor makes appointment to JMAA board.

Jackson Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba appointed Lt. Col. (Ret.) Lucius Wright to the Board of Commissioners for the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority.  The City Council approved the nomination on August 31.  The former artillery officer was awarded the Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars.  He also earned Master Aviator status.  His resume and a video of the confirmation hearing are posted below.

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UMMC paid $509,000 for MSMA dues

It is no secret money woes plague UMMC.  The teaching hospital was forced to cut $24 million earlier this year and more cuts are probably on the way if the state's finances don't substantially improve.  JJ has a suggestion for UMMC: Quit paying dues to the Mississippi State Medical Association.

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Ridgeland offers sanctuary to evacuees

Little hurricane coming your way? No problem.  Visit Ridgeland offered a solution on Twitter last night:

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Ouch!

A protestor goon took his _____ the police act a little bit too far back in April:

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State Auditor: Errors found in MAEP (Updated)

 Update:  MDE issued this statement this afternoon:

The preliminary estimate for school funding provided to the Mississippi State Board of Education in July, as required by state law, was based on data from the 2016 fiscal year. As stated at the Board meeting, the numbers are expected to change. The actual data needed to produce the final funding recommendation is required to come from the 2017 fiscal year, which will be available in October. The final recommendation will come to the State Board in December. When the final MAEP calculations are done, an independent audit firm verifies the accuracy of the calculations.

State Auditor Stacey Pickering issued the following statement.

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The Hotel Wars of Ridgeland

Ridgeland Hospitality is trying to build a Holiday Inn Express, Holiday Inn, and Tru by Hilton in Ridgeland but has been stopped from doing so by the Ridgeland Board of Aldermen even though the Zoning Board and Mayor Gene McGee have supported its efforts.  Meanwhile, the Board greenlights everything requested by a competing developer, Kerioth Corporation.

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

You call this a storm?

Hurricane Irma is now bigger than the state of Ohio.  A Cleveland weatherman created this graphic:

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MHP: 124 crashes in holiday period.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol issued the following statement.

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Help the kids save for college!

Mississippi Treasurer Lynn Fitch announced 529 Day for kids will be held at the Children's Museum on September 9:

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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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