The Mississippi Business Journal published a nice feel-good story about how Sanderson Farms saved the Mississippi PGA tour event and helped Blair Batson Children's Hospital:
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
The task force charged with reviewing the MDOC scandal and proposing reforms met this week and issued several preliminary recommendations to the way MDOC and other state agencies award contracts. The task force also proposed placing so-called "consultants" and "government affairs specialists" under the same rules lobbyists must follow. Some of the recommendations are posted below.
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
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Monday, December 29, 2014
This post was originally published on April 19. Actually it was thought to be published because it was still in the system as a draft. It is now published for your review.
Chokwe Lumumba, Jr. promoted Farish Street development at the March 20 debate at Johnnie Champion Community Center:
Sunday, December 28, 2014
Friday, December 26, 2014
Note: The problems at Singing River Health System (Jackson
County) continue to mount. The Sun-Herald has been breaking stories
about the troubled hospital system since November. It is important to
start from the beginning, so JJ is posting stories about this fiasco starting from several weeks ago, to give readers the history of this
The Sun-Herald reported on December 5 that Singing River was stopped from closing down its troubled pension plan. The newspaper reported:
The fight over who should receive $500,000 from a Precious Martin life insurance policy continued in court this week in State Farm v. Crystal Martin and Brandi Barnett. Ms. Barnett charged that the deceased attorney had numerous affairs when he was alive in an answer to a cross-claim filed by Crystal Martin. The saga began when State Farm filed a complaint for interpleader and asked the court to decide the proper beneficiary for the policy. The life insurance policy named Ms. Barnett as the beneficiary although Precious Martin was married to Crystal at the time of death.
Thursday, December 25, 2014
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
The Clarion-Ledger suffered from a serious bout of investigative journalism last weekend and published several stories about Mississippi government's addiction to no bid contracts. Reporters Emily Le Coz and Geoff Pender provided some rather interesting findings that deserve more attention:
Monday, December 22, 2014
The Mississippi Business Journal reported:
That didn't take long. Incoming County Court Judge Larita Cooper-Stokes hasn't even assumed office and she is already asking for help. She asked the Hinds County Board of Supervisors last week to provide $15,000 to hire a "judicial assistant":
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Want more proof that the Jackson County Board of Supervisors and Chancery Clerk were completely negligent in their duties to oversee the Singing River Health System? JJ obtained the Singing River audits for the last five years through a public records request. See for yourself the operating loss or profit that is stated in each audit. These audits were submitted each year to the Supervisors and Chancery Clerk.
Sunday, December 21, 2014
The best bid may not be the best bid. Such is the thinking on the Jackson city council. The city council postponed voting to designate Bancorp South as a depository for the city's public funds at its regular meeting last Tuesday. Trustmark provides the current depository services to the city. The Yarber administration accepted bids from Trustmark, Bancorp South, and BankPlus for banking services. The bids are posted below:
Note: The problems at Singing River Health System (Jackson County) continue to mount. The Sun-Herald has been breaking stories about the troubled hospital system since November. It is important to start from the beginning so JJ is posting stories about this fiasco that start from several weeks ago so as to give readers the history of this story.
The Sun-Herald reported on December 3 that Singing River Health Systems CEO Kevin Holland informed employees in a letter that the organization will liquidate the pension fund in the near future:
Saturday, December 20, 2014
WAPT provided more details on the arrest of Dr. Michael Molleston. The story includes video from the security cameras at The Belhaven Parking garage.
Friday, December 19, 2014
Teacher of the Year. Literacy Specialist. Such terms describe Phelton Cortez Moss. Mr. Moss made the case for the Common Core curriculumn in a column published yesterday in the Clarion-Ledger. It was a column that appeared to be written by someone who is not a "literacy specialist".
Thursday, December 18, 2014
The Singing River Health System pension fund scandal continues to worsen as it becomes clear the pension fund was ignored and allowed to fall apart since 2009. Scenes of scared retirees dominate the news as politicians scramble for cover as these same retirees and reporters look for answers. The Jackson County Board of Supervisors claim ignorance as a "reason" for allowing the financial disaster to take place. However, the hospital system submitted an audit every year to the Jackson County Board of Supervisors. JJ obtained copies of the audits from 2009 to 2013 through a public records request. The auditors stated that Singing River had quit funding the pension but no one paid attention. The auditors did not do anyone any favors as they buried the details deep in the audits and did not make a serious effort to warn the Supervisors and Chancery Clerk. What emerges from reading the audits is a picture of a pension fund that was cut off and allowed to die by the Singing River health system administration.
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014
The Mississippi Department of Education issued the following press release:
The Office of the U.S. Attorney issued the following press release:
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Here is the Singing River Audit for 2009 and 2008 as submitted to Jackson County several years ago. I'm posting this for anyone who wants to ramble through the weeds and see if there is anything noteworthy in these financial statements.
Ridgeland Police arrested Krista Brown for allegedly embezzling $9,556 from her employer, Material Girls. Material Girls is owned by Whitney Giordano Foster. Ms. Foster said she was the General Manager of Material Girls and worked at the company for over seven years.
Note: The problems at Singing River Health System (Jackson County) continue to mount. The Sun-Herald has been breaking stories left and right about the troubled hospital system. It is important to start from the beginning so JJ is posting stories starting from several weeks ago and bringing readers up to speed on this crisis down on the coast.
The Sun-Herald reported on December 1 that the Singing River Health System only had 23 days of operating cash on hand. The newspaper also reported the Jackson County Board of Supervisors wanted to question former Singing River CEO Chris Anderson about the fiasco that is Singing River's finances. Mr Anderson is the current CEO of Mississippi Baptist Medical Center. The newspaper reported:
Monday, December 15, 2014
Here is the dead suspect who tried to kill police officers yesterday in Ridgeland yesterday:
The problems at Singing River Health System (Jackson County) continue to mount. The Sun-Herald has been breaking stories left and right about the troubled hospital system. It is important to start from the beginning so JJ is going to post stories starting from several weeks ago and bring readers up to speed on this crisis down on the coast. Make no mistake, it is a crisis as several hundred employees paid into a pension system only to find they were um, misled and that is putting it mildly. Here is this story from November 19:
Sunday, December 14, 2014
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Last night's show on WMPR was real interesting. The co-hosts, Malcolm Johnson and Crystal Martin, gave thanks the new CEO for the airport is black. They even went so far as to repeatedly say the airport was a "plantation" and has been a "plantation" for years. However, they were just getting warmed up as you will see. Skip the first couple of minutes as its just intro stuff.
Friday, December 12, 2014
Update: Here is this little photo of young Mr. Young that was taken shortly after he got out of jail:
Original post on December 11: You may remember this little manhunt back in 2013:
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The Madison County Journal slammed the $1.2 million airport study in an editorial last week. The newspaper said it the airport will never be built and the true purpose was to generate fees for certain contractors. Read on.
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Chris Epps' attorney John Colette filed a motion seeking a continuance for his federal trial today. The trial was scheduled to begin on January 5, 2015. The motion states the prosecution does not object to the continuance.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
A Rankin County jury convicted Nathaniel Cooper on one count of dog-fighting and one count of conspiracy. He received a three-year prison sentence and a $3,000 fine for the dog-fighting charge. He also received a five-year prison sentence and $5,000 fine for the conspiracy charge. He classified as a habitual offender. The sentences are to run consecutive and he must serve day for day. Earlier post on arrest.Click Here to Read More..
Here are the "C" ratings given to restaurants since September 18 by the
Mississippi Department of Health. The department will reinspect the
restaurant within a few days after it receives the failing grade. The restaurants posted below passed their follow-up inspections unless otherwise noted.
It looks like the Commissioners who sit on the Board for the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority want to get paid per diem while traveling on "airport business". The board meets twice a month in a work session and a regular board meeting. Board attorney John Walker asked the Attorney General to determine if JMAA could pay Commissioners a per diem expense for while attending trips on airport business.
Monday, December 8, 2014
Little Brodrick Robinson was scheduled for trial today for house burglary. However, Judge Kidd has a civil trial held over from last Friday, so he canceled his criminal docket today. The trial was postponed to a later date. The courtroom Friday was filled with suits, as they tried their case before the learned jurist. So the suits get their justice while the homeowners of Jackson have to wait for theirs. Nice. Here are some of the other cases against Mr. Robinson:
Sunday, December 7, 2014
Today we all remember the day the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. We took our licks, toughened up, and gave them more than they ever bargained for when they pulled off their sneak attack. If interested in a good movie telling the story of the attack, watch Tora, Tora, Tora. It was made back in the 1970's, and is far superior to the theatrical piece of garbage starring Ben Affleck a few years ago. This is a link to a gallery of photos taken after the attack at Boston.com. Here is color video of the attack:
Saturday, December 6, 2014
Friday, December 5, 2014
State Farm v. Crystal Martin and Brandi Barnett will probably be the legacy of the now-deceased Precious Martin as his wife and Brandi Barnett both dispute who should be the proper beneficiary of a $500,272 life insurance policy held by Mr. Martin that named Ms. Barnett as the beneficiary. Crystal Martin also said Ms. Barnett lived in a home owned by Precious Martin and accused her of "seducing" her husband as she sued her for alienation of affection. The case has been assigned to Judge Henry Wingate.
Is measles making a comeback? Dr.Haider Javed Warraich argues the once-conquered disease is indeed on the rebound, but in areas where parents are not vaccinating their children against the disease. Dr. Warraich asks if the state should mandate such vaccines. He lauds Mississippi for its tough policy against exemptions, but points out some Mississippians want to weaken the law and thus endanger public health. Ironic since Mississippi is probably one of the least healthy states. Dr. Warraich writes:
Thursday, December 4, 2014
Former Jackson Municipal Court Judge June Hardwick sent a racially inflammatory email about Hinds County Circuit Judge Jeff Weill one week before the November 4 election. Apparently the judge does not employ the type of justice she enjoyed from another judge in Hinds County. Ms. Hardwick wrote:
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Mayor Tony Yarber issued the following press release:
Here is the airport study presented to the Madison County Board of Supervisors Monday:
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
State Auditor Stacey Pickering issued the following press release:
Monday, December 1, 2014
There is a great deal of advertising on this site by the candidates for the Ward 1 City Council election. Please take the time to watch their videos and read their ads. The field is a good one. I wish we had a field of candidates such as this one in every election for councilman, supervisor, and alderman. Hell, you can already tell one obvious difference between these guys and most of the city council: they actually have real jobs. They've slogged through the neighborhoods, knocking on doors, asking for votes. Endured the stage fright of debates. Given up time for work and family and instead given it to you because they thought Ward 1 was worth fighting for on the city council. They respect you enough to advertise on this site and ask for your vote so please try to show them the same respect and learn more about them on this site as well. Tomorrow is an important election in Ward 1 so please get out and vote.Click Here to Read More..
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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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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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