Monday, July 16, 2018

Leeeeet's Get Ready to Ruuummmbblllllle!!!

Live from the Piccadilly on Robinson Road.  Um, these people do know that the Saturday wrasslin' post was a joke, right?  Serve you?

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Jackson Using New Material to Fix Potholes

The city of Jackson issued the following statement. 

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Mississippi Awash in Unwed Births

A high unwed birthrate continues to plague Mississippi as it leads the nation in unwed births.  The State Department of Health's 2016 report states that 53.2% of all babies born in the Magnolia State have unwed mothers.  The overall unwed birthrate rose from 45% in 1997 to 53.2% in 2016.  Unwed white births increased the most - from 20% in 1997 to 34% in 2012 while the black unwed birthrate only increased from 75% to 80% in the same period of time.

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Flipping the Script

A pleasant online surprise has been Youtube's decision to resurrect the Karate Kid franchise.  Check out Cobra Kai if you are looking for something to new to binge-watch.  The first two episodes of the ten episode season are free but the season is worth paying the $10 for one month of Youtube Red. This is probably one of the better scenes.  Enjoy.

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Idiot of the Day

A New Orleans public official was fired for um, less than stellar behavior recently.   The Morning Advocate reported last week:

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I Bet That Truck's Not There Either

The late Dr. Frank Pollard preaches from the book of Job in this morning's edition of Sunday Morning Sermon. Enjoy.

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Bill Crawford: Is Government the Problem or Part of the Answer to Rural Poverty?

"Rural poverty skyrockets as jobs move away," read a headline on "The number of rural Americans living in poverty has skyrocketed in recent years amidst an economic evolution that has cost hundreds of thousands of manufacturing and mining jobs."

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Shake-up at JPD

There has been a major shake-up at JPD.  Some careers went up, some went down.  The changes are posted below.

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Saturday Morning Wrasslin'

Once upon a time, the Saturday morning cartoons had to compete with Saturday morning wrasslin'.  Its also been 22 years this week since the New World Order was formed.

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Mayor Closes Clinton Library

Clinton Mayor Phil Fisher announced at a press conference held at his office today that he closed the Clinton Library last night.

Nobody Home

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JPS Fact of the Day: 40%.

40%.  That is the share of Jackson Public Schools employees that are actually teachers.  JJ obtained an MDE report through a public records request.  The report is posted below.  Keep in mind that JPS receives more property tax revenue than ever while its student population continues to decline.

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Poll split on the State of the State

Chism Strategies and Millsaps College issued the following statement.

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Good Morning

A little something to start your day.

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Helping Teens Develop

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MNOT Cuts Federal Funds to Jackson

The Mississippi Department of Transportation stopped the flow of federal road money to Jackson since it has not completed its audit. MDOT sent this letter to Jackson .

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Dispatch from Pelahatchie (Fight Club Edition)

Pelahatchie reached a new low  at a special meeting of the Board of Aldermen Tuesday night as the Mayor and an Alderman's daughter argued over who threatened to "F***" the other up.  Both women filed police reports with the Rankin County Sheriff's Office.  JJ obtained copies of the reports.  They are posted below.  The reports state what is alleged to have happened after the meeting concluded.

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Rainbow Closing

Fondren mainstay Rainbow Co-op is shutting it all down.   Rainbow posted this message on Facebook:

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Is Lakeland Drive Becoming a Political Swamp?

"Thar she blows!"  That old phrase describes the media frenzy that took place in Jackson this week after the Clarion-Ledger questioned whether  Leftenent Governor Tate Reeves and his staff used their influence to push MDOT to build a frontage road on Lakeland Drive from Dogwood Festival to his neighborhood.  One could almost hear the whoops in newsrooms across Jackson as reporters screamed "yee-ha, we done got ourselves a polee-tician."  However, MDOT Commissioner Dick Hall said yesterday that he ordered the frontage road project to commence while Mr. Reeves said he did not lobby anyone to build the road.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Support Jackson Jambalaya

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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Wanted: Pharmacy Fraudster

Crimestoppers issued the following statement and pictures.

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SEC Bans Porter Bingham & Malachi

The financial advisor for many minority governments in Mississippi must find another line of work. The Securities and Exchange Commission banned Porter Bingham and his company, Malachi Financial Products from the municipal bond business two days ago.  The SEC sued Bingham and Malachi for misleading the town of Rolling Fork on a bond sale and plundering it for fees. The final order says it all:

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Sid Salter: Unlike Justice Gorsuch, Kavanaugh will face a partisan Senate confirmation firestorm

After much prime time buildup, Trump announced Monday night his nomination of U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the nation’s highest court to succeed the retiring Presiding Justice Anthony Kennedy.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Dispatch from Pelahatchie (Special Edition)

It was a throwdown tonight in Pelahatchie. The Board of Aldermen called a special meeting for tonight and well, let's just say it was memorable.

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Butch Evans: Jailbird

U.S. District Judge Henry Wingate sentence Butch Evans for his role in the Chris Epps scandal this morning.  The Court entered the following information in the online filing system:

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Here we go again......

Yet another local business sells out.   WJTV reported:

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Let the Games Begin

It looks like the effort to push the JPS bond issue took off last weekend.  One Voice sent out this message last week:

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Jay Hughes: Internet Sales Tax & Cheating Your Hometown

With a looming special session and all the rush to be “for” or “against” an internet sales tax, it’s important to understand what it really is and how the state legislature is about to rob your local cities to try to hide what they have failed to do in recent years for roads and bridges, and many other things that might risk precious reelection for many of them. Few people realize that Mississippi has always had a sales tax on anything we buy from out of state. The burden has simply been on the buyer to voluntarily report and pay it. The U. S. Supreme Court has now changed that equation so states can make the seller collect the tax and send it to the state.

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Monday, July 9, 2018

Matchbook Monday

It's time for Matchbook Monday.  Some real Jackson history is posted below.  Feel free to add your stories or any information about them in the comments section as you enjoy these blasts from the past. Readers can email copies of any old matchbooks to

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Women's Initiative Network for Republicans

The Mississippi Republican Party recently launched the Women’s Initiative Network for Republicans (WIN-R). This annual effort seeks to increase the number of effective Republican women in public service and party leadership by providing training and support to pursue their political goals. Completion of this leadership development program will prepare, motivate and inspire Republican leaders from various communities to assume key roles in both political and public service.

This program isn't limited to women seeking to run for elected office. WIN-R serves as a valuable resource for those interested in becoming more involved in the GOP by providing professional insight and best practices for the following and beyond:

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Clinton Police Bust Multi-City Burglary Ring

The Clinton Police Department issued the following statement. 

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Cyndi Lauper to Play UMMC Benefit

UMMC issued the following statement. 

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Update on Homicides

JPD issued the following statements.

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Nawffside Racin'

Well, it appears we know how the surplus police cars are used once sold.

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Sunday, July 8, 2018

Dispatches from Pelahatchie (Fireworks Edition 2) or.... Will Pelahatchie have a Muscadine Jubilee?

Monday night's meeting of the Pelahatchie Board of Aldermen was so filled with nuclear combat that JJ split its coverage into two posts.  Enjoy the rest of this post and the video.

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Catch the Hoverboard Bandit

Belhaven must now suffer a hoverboard bandit.  The video of a house burglary is posted below and was recorded early Saturday morning.

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Bill Crawford: PERS not so Hunky-Dory After All

Here we go again. PERS is bumping employer contribution rates, again, to try and keep the retirement system actuarially sound. The Associated Press reported it will cost taxpayers an extra $100 million annually to do so.

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Sunday Morning Sermon

"If you ever only listen to one sermon, this might be it," said John McCullom about this 1989 sermon by the late Dr. Frank Pollard of First Baptist Church (Jackson).   Enjoy this sermon if you can't make it to church this morning. 

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Saturday, July 7, 2018

Dispatches From Pelahatchie (Fireworks Edition I)

It was a scrum from start to finish as no one could get along at Monday night's meeting of the Pelahatchie Board of Aldermen.  The scene was a level of pettiness rarely seen at such a meeting.   Calling it Raw or Monday Nitro is not a terrible exaggeration.  JJ posted the video of the meeting a few days ago so readers could go ahead and watch the festivities.  This post is the play by play and color commentary of what was some Rankin County bloodsport.  However, the coverage is split into two posts.  The second post will be published tomorrow. The board packet, agenda, and video of the fireworks (with a listing of when the good stuff takes place in the video) are posted below. 

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Friday, July 6, 2018

It's Been Twenty Years

It's been twenty years since the biggest show ever was on tv. Enjoy.

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Better Together: Law don't Apply to Us

The Better Together Commission told JJ that it is exempt from all public records laws since it is not a government entity.  Governor Phil Bryant, the Kellogg Foundation, and Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba created the Commission last fall as part of an effort to stop a takeover of the Jackson Public Schools District by the Mississippi Department of Education. 

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Shadrack Walks into the Fire

Shad White will be the new State Auditor.  First Consul Phil Bryant issued the following statement.

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Update (7/7/18): Escapee was caught in Ocean Springs and is back in custody. 

MDOC issued the following statement. 

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And the Winner is?

Who will the Govnah appoint to be the head beancounter?

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Who Will It Be?

Governor Phil Bryant will announce his appointment to replace State Auditor Stacey Pickering tomorrow morning at 10.  Let the guessing games begin.

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Dental Board Fires Executive Director

Note: The post originally stated that Ms. Howell resigned. 

The Mississippi Board of Dental Examiners fired the Executive Director, Dianne Howell, Monday.  She has served in that position since 1994.

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Stokes to JPS: "Do not Trick Us"

Jackson Ward 3 Councilman Kenneth Stokes gave the Jackson Public School Board hell over the proposed $65 million bond issue this morning at a press conference.  Watch for yourself. 

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The Lure of the Lottery

The creation of a Mississippi Lottery is one of those ideas that is advocated by many but falls by the wayside when push comes to shove at the state capitol.  Stagnant growth of tax revenue makes a lottery mighty tempting to more than a few people.   How much money would the state receive if Mississippi had a lottery?

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MHP Update: More Troopers, More Tickets.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol issued the following statement.

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

A Fondren Independence Day....

This is what passes for a Broadway show in Jackson.   Thanks to the reader who submitted this photo.

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Fighting for Freedom on the Fourth

It's been 42 years since the Israelis stood up and fought for their freedom on of all days, our Independence Day.  A bunch of Palestinian terrorists hijacked a plane and flew it to Uganda.  They proceeded to separate the Jews from everyone else and no, they did not release the Jewish women and children.  The French airplane Captain refused to leave when the non-Jews were released.  Idi Amine would visit the hostages and taunt them.  Little food or water.  Sweltering conditions.  The Israelies said enough is enough and got their people home.  The movie is posted below.  It has an all-star cast: Charles Bronson, James Woods, Peter Fynch, Jack Warden, and Yaphet Kotto. Irving Kershner, who directed The Empire Strikes Back, directed this one as well. This movie is almost never shown on tv.  A shame because the real story is better than most fiction.  Of course, there are no F words or sex scenes.  Enjoy.

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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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