Rankin County authorities claimed they had had enough of the free-wheeling and bootlegging Gold Coast and took steps to shut it down in January 1937. The Jackson Daily News blared "Rankin Opens Vice War With Arrests" as the grand jury issued indictments on several Gold Coast operators. The Gold Coast was an area of Rankin County that was bounded by the Pearl River and traversed by Casey Lane, Fanin Road, and Old Highway 49. Numerous juke joints, nightclubs, casinos, and other dens of iniquity populated what was known as East Jackson. It was a world of hard drinking, gambling, jukin', raunchy music, and violence.
Rankin County Sheriff T. B. Spann arrested Charlie Warren, the operator of the Silver Moon No. 2, on a Saturday night at his club. The grand jury returned fifteen indictments. The grand jury actually urged Governor White to "rid our county of these wholly unnecessary evils". The rest of the indictments were not revealed as the capiases had not yet been served by the Sheriff. The newspaper stated that if actual indictments were served and prosecutions were actually made, a "new precedent will have been set in Rankin County." The newspaper reported:
the gambling resorts of Rankin drew most of their patronage from Jackson and Hinds County and 19 of the 21 persons who obtained federal liquor licenses to sell whiskey in that county gave their mail address as Jackson, Ms."The grand jury noted that little fact and said "it appears that our county is victimized in as much as those who promote, and those who are fleeced and support these evils, are not indigenous to the county" (KF Note: Does this mean that Rankin County had a problem with Jackson crime nearly 75 years ago?)
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Governor sends troops into Rankin County (1939)