Saturday, August 18, 2018

Let the Games Begin

For your Saturday night entertainment, listen to the Honorable Kenneth Stokes. The Jackson Ward 3 Councilman, appeared on Reverend P.J. Williams' radio show two weeks ago. The show is posted below.  He stays off camera but he can be heard loud and clear. There are some, um, interesting nuggets in the show. Enjoy

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Gone.

Numerous sources report that Mississippi Homeland Security Director Mark McKee was cut loose yesterday.  More information will be posted when it becomes available. 

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Ghoul Back in Jail

Mark Seepe is back in jail for violating his probation.  A Hinds County jury convicted the ghoul of six counts of embezzling pre-paid cremation services funds for his own use.  It was also reported during his prosecution that he "mishandled" the remains of the deceased.  Mishandled was too polite a word but the reporter was trying to show some respect to the family members.  Seepe served all of 18 months of a 10-year prison sentence thanks to one of Chris Epps's early supervised release miracles.

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Nice.

Check out this beauty from last Saturday morning. 

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Storm Damage in Madison

The Madison Police Department issued the following statement.

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Dog Day for ARF

It has been widely reported today that the Animal Rescue Fund on Mayes Street was vandalized and burglarized last night.  Misery loves company as more of it was dumped on the ARF today. The Executive Director posted this message on Facebook a little while ago:

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'Membering Metrocenter

Metrocenter closed this week.  What was once a fun place to visit, filled with shoppers galore, now sits forlorn and deserted on Highway 80,  a sight all too common among Jackson landmarks.  However, take a step back in time and visit Metrocenter as it used to be.  Enjoy.

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Mayor Lumumba Rolls Out Budget

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba presented a budget that will not increase taxes but give city employees a small raise.  However, a large increase in bond payments and abysmal water/sewer collections somewhat handcuffed the Mayor's ambitions.  Here are the highlights of the proposed budget.

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CMU Pays $75,000 to Kenny Wayne for Just Being Kenny Wayne

Canton Municipal Utilities records state that the government-owned public utility paid $75,000 to former Chief Executive Officer, Kenny Wayne Jones.  CMU provided the records after JJ sued CMU in Madison County Chancery Court.  The CMU Board of Directors fired Mr. Jones earlier this year.  CMU paid Mr. Jones even though he never sued his former employer.

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Senator Hyde-Smith Supports Kavanaugh



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Thursday, August 16, 2018

She (Allegedly) Thought Crime Did Pay

A Madison County grand jury indicted the former Victim's Assistance Coordinator for  Madison-Rankin District Attorney Michael Guest. Chiquita Williams allegedly forged her name to money orders that probationers submitted to her office for restitution as part of their sentences.

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Judge Green to RSS: Indict or Release.

Hinds County Senior Circuit Judge wants District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith to explain why prisoners in the Hinds County detention system are incarcerated for more than 90 days without indictment.  She issued a show cause order against District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith last week.   She decreed:

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Clark Withdraws Appeal

The Mississippi Court of Appeals rejected Brian Clark's appeal of his 10-year sentence for aggravated assault domestic violence.  Clark pleaded guilty to the charge and was sentenced last September.  He was arrested in 2013 for beating his wife to a bloody pulp.

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Healthy Teens Rally



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Time to Show Some Respect

The Queen of Soul died this morning.    Here are some memories of her storied life. 

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Hinds & Jackson Agree on Resurfacing 59 Streets

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba issued the following statement.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

JPD Makes Arrests in Child Kidnapping

UPDATE (8:45 AM 8/16/18): JPD issued the following statement .

Jackson Police had recently issued an Endangered/Missing Child Alert through the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations for a female juvenile taken by her parents. The incident occurred in 6300 block of Interstate 55 North, just before 9:00pm when the child’s grandmother, who has temporary custody, met with the parents for visitation.

Without permission, the parents left with the child and refused to return. They were located a short time later at a residence in south Jackson where the child was found safe and unharmed. Both parents, Wesley Dewayne Lee-36 and Brittani Lauren Lee-26, were taken into custody and charged with custodial kidnapping. The child was returned to the care of her grandmother.

Original Post: The Mississippi Department of Public Safety issued the following alert. 

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He's Not Ready

Pops still has it in more ways than one.

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Ouch!

JJ reported yesterday that the Mississippi Highway Patrol appointed Captain John Perkins to the position of Training Director.  JJ has reported on the legal fight the previous training director, Gayle McMullan, had with the MHP administration, thus the interest in the appointment.  MHP did not issue a press release but JJ posted a message Captain Perkins posted on his Facebook page that somehow made its way to this website.  Apparently the good Captain was not too happy about the post yesterday because he posted this message on his Facebook page yesterday:

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Alston Trial Continued

The trial of a Jackson man accused of savagely beating, strangling, and kidnapping his girlfriend was postponed until October 16..  A Lafayette County grand jury indicted Sheldon Alston, Jr., for aggravated domestic violence and kidnapping in June, 2017.  The indictment accuses Alston of strangling and kidnapping his girlfriend on September 7-8, 2016.  Alston faces prison sentences of 1 yr-to-life or 30 years for kidnapping, and from 2-to-20 years for aggravated domestic violence if convicted. Alston is 22 years old. 

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College Savings Day at Children's Museum Sept. 8

For the sixth year, the Office of State Treasurer Lynn Fitch and Mississippi Children’s Museum (MCM) will be celebrating September as National College Savings Month by partnering on Saturday, September 8th to promote strategic ways children and families can save for educational expenses.

All day on September 8, 2018, admission to the MCM for all guests will be only $5.29. Staff from both the College Savings Mississippi at the Treasurer’s office and MCM will be at the museum leading financial literacy activities and helping children build their own savings banks. The Treasurer’s office will also share information with parents about signing up for a 529 college savings plan. Families will also be invited to enter a drawing to win one of two $529 college savings scholarships.

MCM President Susan Garrard notes, “We are very excited about our partnership with the State Treasurer’s office in the crucially important work of preparing families and children for college tuition costs. Everything we do is centered around providing and advocating for opportunities for children in Mississippi. We know how critical access to higher education is in determining life trajectories for our students and we appreciate the State recognizing us as a principal partner in this effort.”

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Sid Salter: News Isn't "Fake" Just Because Politicians Don't Like It.

From the White House down to city halls in rural hamlets across this country, politicians are using the term “fake news” to discredit anything they encounter in the media that they deem negative or that doesn’t fit their self-interests.

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Orange is the New Blue

Meet the new JPD cruisers.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Settled!

The University of Mississippi Medical Center and Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Mississippi issued the following joint statement.

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It's That Time of Year

Posted below is the budget hearing schedule for Jackson.

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State Auditor Issues Report of Exceptions

State Auditor Shad White released the annual report of exceptions.   The report shows the misappropriations of public funds that took place in Mississippi over the last year.  Mr. White said his office issued 43 formal demands and recovered nearly $3 Million on behalf of Mississippi taxpayers. Posted below are some of the bigger cases mentioned in the report. 

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For the Space Force

The President's desire to create a new "Space Force" brings this to mind.....

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Mayor Discusses Zoo (Updated)

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba will discuss the recent management changes at the Jackson Zoo at 2:30.  The Facebook Live feed is posted below.

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Byram Seeking Credit Card Thieves

The Byram Police Department issued the following statement.

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MHP Gets New Training Director

The Mississippi Highway Patrol promoted Captain John Perkins to the position of Training Director.   He replaces Gayle McMullan.  McMullan was suspended after some alleged hazing took place at the Trooper Academy while she was out on medical leave. 

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Idiot of the Day

The Mississippi Baptist Medical Center fired an employee after he called a Flowood donut shop employee "n*****" several times.  Unfortunately for the employee, the incident was recorded on video.  WJTV reported:

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Bright Lights Stolen Nights

Over $30,000 was reported stolen last night at the Bright Lights Belhaven Nights festival last night.

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Sunday Morning Sermon

The late Dr. Frank Pollard preaches on everyone's favorite book, Revelation, in today's edition of Sunday Morning Sermon.

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Bill Crawford: GOP Calls Democrats Dangerous

Mississippi Democrats are a scary, dangerous enemy.

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Is Reboot 3rd Strike for Dune?

Will the third try be the charm for a movie version of Frank Herbert's Dune?  Indiewire reported a few months ago:

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Happy Birthday, Snoopy

Today is Snoopy's birthday.  Happy Birthday to our favorite beagle.

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Sheriff Busted for Extortion & Drug Dealing

The Justice Department issued the following statement.

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Metrocenter Driver Services Office Closing

The Mississippi Department of Public Safety issued the following statement.

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Massive Fire Burns Mansion to Ground

The Holloway Mansion on Siwell Road burned to the ground last night.  This video of the fire appeared on Facebook.

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DFA to Zoo: Pay It All Back

Today, DFA demanded that the Jackson Zoological Society repay $350,000 by November 16.  The letter posted below tells the whole story better than any reporter's rewrite could. 

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Confess!

This doesn't get old.  Time for some Throwback Thursday.

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Zoo Executive Director Resigns

Jackson Zoological Society Executive Director Beth Poff resigned her position. The resignation will be effective August 14.  The Board of Directors was supposed to meet later today but the meeting is canceled.  Ms. Poff admitted to using state bond funds for to cover operations.  The Executive Committee placed her on administrative leave with pay a week ago. JJ reported Monday:

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$2,500 Reward for Shriners Thief

JPD posted the following video and message on Twitter today:

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"We Must Have a New System that Governs Us"

Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba gave a speech at Netroots Nation 2018 in New Orleans last week that freaked out Laura Ingraham.

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Facebook Wants your Bank Data

Facebook wants you, and not just you.  The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this week:

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Doris Berry Goes to the Great Barn in the Sky

Doris Berry passed away this week.  She founded and ran Doris Berry's Farmers Market at the old Farmer's Market on West Street for 68 years.  She stayed put when almost everyone else moved to the high-falootin', new-fangled Farmer's Market at the fairgrounds but finally closed it down last year and focused on her Pearl location.  Her market posted this message on Facebook:

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State Auditor Demands Repayment of Medicaid Money

State Auditor Shad White issued the following statement. 

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Taze First, Question Later

A Good Samaritan got tazed when he tried to help put out a fire at the Pickering home in Jones County.  The Laurel-Leader Call reported this week:

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Sid Salter: Senate Hopefuls Leave Neshoba with Very Different Kinds of Campaign Momentum

The major contenders in the 2018 Class II U.S. Senate nonpartisan special election on Nov. 6 left the state’s premier political stump with very different kinds of momentum.

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Drunk & Stupid is No Way to Go Through Life

The Madison Police Department 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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