Saturday, December 31, 2016

Bill Crawford: Dwell more in the light

History tells us when those who yield to their shadow selves choose leaders of their ilk, calamity, often war, follows.

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Judge Weill takes the stand



Hinds County Circuit Judge Jeff Weill testified in the trial of Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith today.  He was called as a witness by Mr. Smith.  Oddly enough, Smith's attorney, Jim Waide, classified him as a hostile witness during his testimony.  The complete video of Judge Weill's testimony is posted below.  You can read JJ's written coverage of his testimony on the Twitter feed.

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Friday, December 30, 2016

Bedwetter alert

A woman goes nuts when she sees some Trump yard signs in September in this Liveleak video.  A police officer tries to reason with her but she is having none of it and proceeds to go even  more nuts. She doesn't get arrested but does deliver some entertainment.  

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CON granted to Brandon company

The Mississippi State Department of Health issued the following statement:

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Ridgeland PD seek bank robbery suspect

The Ridgeland Police Department issued the following video and statement:

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Update on RSS trial.

Anna Wolfe is off today so Kingsnake stepped up to the plate. Follow on Twitter @kingfish1935. Got the trusty old camcorder rolling too. However there may be breaks in coverage due to afternoon nap, morning coffee, and three old-fashioned lunch. Link to Tweets.

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Lender claims Butler et al ripped off over $400,000.

A Florida finance company sued Christopher Butler, Mega Mattress, and Jay Samander  in U.S. District Court in August for allegedly defrauding the company.  The Attorney General is currently prosecuting Butler in Hinds County for fraud charges related to the same allegedly fraudulent transactions.  The lawsuit claims the defendants defrauded the lender of over $400,000.  Mega Mattress is owned by Elias Dabit. 

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Kemper might get federal help

Congress might bail out the Kemper plant. The Wall Street Journal reported recently:

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

No comment: Skybox Edition.

The owner of Skybox Daquiri Bar & Bistro in Ridgewood Court has ruffled a few feathers on social media recently.  Ray Kersh posted a twelve-minute video on Facebook that showed him pointing a gun at the camera, bragging about donations, and defending his establishment against those who trash it on social media. Needless to say, the video has garnered a considerable amount of attention. 

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Rankin ring busted

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following press release and mug shots:

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Sheriff sued

It appears law enforcement in Jackson will be dragged through the mud yet again.  The former Hinds County Chief Deputy sued Sheriff Victor Mason for sex discrimination, race discrimination, and sexual harassment yesterday in U.S. District Court.  The complaint contains quite a few lurid allegations as former Chief Deputy Cheryl Matory accused Sheriff Mason of channeling his inner Bill Clinton by trying to use her to arrange sexual encounters with another employee.  The complaint is posted below.  Ms. Matory is represented by attorney Lisa Ross.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Carjacker shoots at JPD

JPD issued the following statements and picture on Twitter:

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Does the Williams case handcuff the A.G.? We report, you decide.

Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith repeatedly refers to the Harvey Williams v. State of Mississippi (2014) case as he battles Attorney General Jim Hood.   Mr. Smith claims the case prevents the Attorney General from prosecuting a case in Hinds County without the consent of the District Attorney and waves it as a flaming sword whenever the subject of Christopher Butler arises.  However, what exactly is the holding of Williams? JJ decided to present the case and let the good readers decide for themselves.

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Christmas tree pickup

The city of Jackson issued the following press release:

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D.A. calls AG prosecutor "Uncle Tom"

Uncle Toms, N*****s, drugs, $100,000, and witness protection screens. Gang-banger's trial? Nope.  These features were the order of the day yesterday in the trial of Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith.  The D.A. is fighting a three-count indictment that accuses him of illegally helping criminal defendants.  Yesterday saw the testimony of Mr. Smith's attorney, Jim Waide, Christopher Butler's girlfriend, two MBN agents, and Assistant Attorney General Patrick Beasley.

The Clarion-Ledger's Anna Wolfe and Jackson Free Press's Timothy Summers have provided the bulk of the coverage since the first day and yesterday was no exception.  Their live tweets from the courtroom report the courtroom events as they happen.  Ms. Wolfe reported this morning:

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Rick Cleveland: Is Bama best ever?

So, is this Alabama football team the best in college football history?

Seems a perfectly reasonable question at this point. Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight statistics-based website, says this year's version of Nick Saban's Crimson Tide machine has become the best college football team ever, narrowly surpassing the 1995 Nebraska Cornhuskers. As with all else it does, the website uses a thorough statistical analysis to come to that conclusion.

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Epps to stay in jail

Chris Epps did not get a Get Out of Jail Free card. U.S. District Judge Henry Wingate refused to release the former MDOC Commissioner from jail Friday.  Judge Wingate revoked his bond in November after Epps was arrested for breaking into his former home and removing some light fixtures.  Judge Wingate decreed:

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Watership goes down.

Farewell to Richard Adams. He passed away today at the age of 96.


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MHP: 3 fatalities on state highways

The Mississippi Highway Patrol issued the following press release:

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D.A.'s trial resumes

The trial of Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith resumes today.  Below is a summary of what took place last week. Judge for yourself who is ahead right now.  Read Anna Wolfe's live tweets from the courtroom today as well.

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Blast from the past.

Cardcow.com has a bunch of vintage Jackson postcards for sale on its website. Some of the postcards that show some of Jackson's past are posted below.  Enjoy.

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Monday, December 26, 2016

Like a Boss

Thug tries to rob bank in Brazil.  See how it went down.

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See The Great War

Off from work today and looking for something different to watch? JJ stumbled across this little gem on Youtube.  There is a channel dedicated to telling the story of The Great War but in a slightly different fashion.  Indy Neidell provides a weekly video that covers the Great War as it unfolded that each week.  Lectures, newspaper articles, videos, and photographs are used to give viewers a similar experience to what you would see if you lived one hundred years ago.  This is a highly enjoyable way of learning history. Perfect for that brand new Ipad or smart tv you got for Christmas.

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Valentines turn into Grinches

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following press release:

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Sunday, December 25, 2016

Paul Harvey tells a Christmas story



Start at 4:00.

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How Jimmy Stewart became George Bailey

It's a Wonderful Life was a catharsis of sorts for Jimmy Stewart.  People forget that he was a bomber pilot in World War II and rose to the rank of Brigadier General.  Needless to say, he'd seen his share of hell when he returned home.  Author Robert Matzen told the story of how the Christmas classic brought the recovering combat veteran back to life in the Wall Street Journal yesterday.  Mr. Matzen wrote:

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Saturday, December 24, 2016

No comment

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CMU FOOD FIGHT!!!

What the hell is going on in Canton?  There is a ruckus among us as our favorite engineer, the Madison County Journal, Barbara Blackmon and some other Canton dignitaries go at it.  The Journal reported yesterday:

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Clinton Carjackers Canned

U.S. Attorney Greg Davis issued the following statement:

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Bill Crawford: Budget brings ashes & switches

Merry Christmas state employees. The budget proposed by Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, House Speaker Philip Gunn, and their budget committee colleagues targets you. If you get to keep your job, they want you to work harder and do more for no more pay. The budget is bad for your retirement (PERS) too. Oh, but you will get a tiny tax cut.

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Friday, December 23, 2016

Subway robber arrested

The Madison Police Department issued the following statement and mug shot:

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Ouch!!!

Someone decided to have some fun with Ole Miss on Youtube:

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JPS still doesn't get it.

Give the good Doc some credit.  Mississippi Superintendent of Education Dr. Carey Wright walked into the lion's den and delivered a stern warning to the Board of Trustees for Jackson Public Schools Tuesday night.  Dr. Wright flat out told the crowded room that JPS faces the real possibility of a state takeover. A transcript of her speech is posted below.  JJ strongly urges readers to read her speech if they care at all about Jackson.  

An MDE audit released last summer found many schools were unsafe, lacked licensed teachers, graduated students that did not meet the requirements, and  teachers that did not control their classrooms.  JPS Superintendent Dr. Cedric Gray blew off the audit as he didn't even ask for a hearing to contest the audit.  The first corrective action plan submitted by JPS was a joke as MDE said it was "inadequate".  MDE is currently conducting a full audit of the entire district. Dr. Wright's remarks provide some of the preliminary findings for the current audit and frankly, JPS is in serious trouble.  Dr. Wright's said:

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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Suspect drives wrong way on I55, kills driver. (Updated)

The Madison Police Department issued the following statements:

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R.I.P. Mac

Former Hinds County Sheriff Malcolm McMillin passed away.

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Update on triple homicide case

Update: Garcia served all but 100 days of his last prison sentence.  He would have been free to commit this crime last week regardless of whether he served his full sentence. 

Here is the Mississippi criminal record for one Joshua Garcia that was obtained from MDOC yesterday:

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MHP will be out in force

The Mississippi Highway Patrol kicked off its "Coast to the Capital" campaign in this press release:

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Oops! Your license may not be suspended after all.

The Mississippi Department of Public Safety issued the following press release:

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Arrest made in Greenville Church fire case

The Mississippi Department of Public Safety issued the following press release:

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Update on RSS trial.

The Clarion-Ledger's Anna Wolfe is live-tweeting from the Courtroom.  Follow her at this link.  She is also using the hashtag

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Fenians robbed

Local Jackson favorite Fenian's Irish Pub was burglarized two nights ago.  The thief (or thieves) broke into the pub through the roof.  The safe was opened and money was stolen.  JJ attempted to contact owner Danny Cupit but a receptionist hung up the phone this correspondent tried to provide contact information for the local attorney. 

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Rick Cleveland: Do we have too many bowls?

This old curmudgeon grew up in a time when there were the four major college football games: the Rose, the Sugar, the Cotton and the Orange Bowls. All were played on New Year's Day.

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Caught!!!

Our Natural Born Killers were caught in Junction City, Kansas just a few hours ago.  The Clarion-Ledger reported:

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Triple murder suspects seen in Tennessee

WREG reported:

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Zoo receives ZAA accreditation

The Jackson Zoo issued the following press release.

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Warnock & Madison County settle for half a mill

Rudy Warnock issued the following press release:

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Watch RSS trial live

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Update on State v. Robert Shuler Smith

Opening arguments begin today in State v. Robert Shuler Smith.  Smith was indicted for three counts of improperly helping a criminal defendant.  A flurry of motions and responses were filed over the weekend.  Smith tried to call Attorney General Jim Hood as a witness and also tried to obtain information form the Clarion-Ledger provided by its sources.  JJ posted the remaining filings below that are deemed to be relevant as well as some highlights. 

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Monday, December 19, 2016

Update on triple murder

JPD issued the following statement and photos on Twitter regarding the triple murder at Bill's Coin store on Terry Road.

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Flipped?

Charges against Hinds County Assistant District Attorney Jamie McBride are dismissed.

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Attorney Kelly Williams is a Child Welfare Law Specialist

COUHGLIN & WILLIAMS, PLLC is pleased to announce that Kelly G. Williams is the first attorney in the state of Mississippi to be certified as a Child  Welfare Law Specialist by the National Association of Counsel for Children (NACC).

Kelly Williams, Esq.
This title of distinction requires an applicant to pass a rigorous certification exam. The NACC Certification Program is the only program approved and accredited by the American Bar Association to certify attorneys as Child Welfare Law Specialists. Millions of children are the subjects of judicial proceedings each year as victims of abuse and neglect; juvenile offenders; subjects of custody, visitation and adoption proceedings; and as participants in civil damages litigation. NACC recognizes that the adversarial system works best when all interested parties are competently represented and one the goals of the NACC is to improve the lives of children and families through competent representation to ensure that judicial proceedings produce justice. (naccchildlaw.org)

Kelly takes a creative unique approach to serving clients, recognizing the need for case specific strategies and has significant experience in all areas of child welfare law. Kelly’s mission is to provide client focused, high quality legal services with integrity, professionalism and respect for clients, the community and the judicial system. She takes a genuine interest in understanding client objectives in order to meet or exceed expectations. For her clients, she will work hard, provide superior legal services on a timely, effective and efficient basis, while maintaining the highest standards of professional integrity. Please visit our website at www.coughlinwilliamslaw.com. Kelly may be reached at 601-982-1111 or kelly@coughlinwilliamslaw.com.

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Madison Subway robbed

The Madison Police Department issued the following statement:

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And subpoenas Jim Hood. Scorched-earth, Baby!!!

Yup.  The Hinds County District Attorney is trying to subpoena the prosecutor as a witness.  Hinds County D.A. Robert Shuler Smith subpoenaed Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood to testify at his criminal trial that begins today. The A.G. immediately filed a motion to quash the subpoena.

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D.A. goes after Clarion-Ledger

The Pentagon Papers comes to Hinds County.  Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith subpoenaed on December 9 all correspondence the Clarion-Ledger received from Christopher Butler.  The newspaper said hell no and filed a motion to quash the subpoena on Thursday. 

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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Spare the rod....

and this is what you get.  Warning: Language.

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Miracles never cease

Can you stand some good news?  East Baton Rouge Deputy Nick Tullier continues to recover  after he was shot three times in an ambush by a shooter who  killed three other law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge in a July 17 attack.  Tullier arrived at TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston in a vegetative state.  but is now starting to answer to questions and recognize words.  The Baton Rouge Morning Advocate reported:

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Three elderly men murdered

JPD issued the following statement:

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It's Sunday morning

The weather this morning does not exactly encourage one to go to church this morning so JJ is bringing church to you.  Here is a sermon of the late Dr. Frank Pollard.

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Saturday, December 17, 2016

Skimmer found in Clinton

The Clinton Police Department issued the following statement:

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Bill Crawford: Should we recruit more out of state students?

“USM, seeking students, reduces out-of-state tuition,” read the recent newspaper headline.

“The idea is to reverse a 2,000-student enrollment dip by pricing a USM education below some public universities in nearby states, and attract enough high-schoolers from Houston, Dallas and San Antonio to raise overall revenue,” explained the Clarion-Ledger story. USM cut annual tuition for out-of-state students by 40%, from $16,529 to $9,964.

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Friday, December 16, 2016

Dr. Gray says goodbye for $195,000

How many times can I write "You can't make this up"?  Former JPS Superintendent Dr. Cedric Gray got a final paycheck of $195,000.  JJ obtained record of his payment through a public records request.  See for yourself:

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Rogue One is here

Rogue One (Star Wars Episode 3.99) came out this week.  Spoiler alert: I haven't seen the movie but here is probably the best scene in the film.

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Savage. Just plain savage.

WARNING: GRAPHIC AND GRUESOME PHOTOS ARE POSTED BELOW.

Posted below are the worst pictures ever posted on this website.  A puppy was literally beaten to a pulp recently.  She was rescued by the Animal Rescue Fund (ARF) but it was too late.  She was mercifully put down a few hours after her rescue.  Words can't describe the horror that was inflicted on this poor little animal.

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

The Clinton autopsy

Autopsies are never pretty and Politico's examination of the Hillary Clinton campaign is no exception.  Politico focused on the campaign's operation in Mee-chigan.  Actually, it is more accurate to write that the political website reported on the non-campaign that took place in the formerly blue state. The Michigan campaign is a good microcasm of how the national campaign operated.  A Republican will read this with much glee while a Democrat will read this while resisting the urge to start throwing things at the wall. It is almost a case study in self-inflicted wounds. However, it is a pretty sober analysis and worth reading.  Excerpts are published below with some commentary by yours truly. 

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MDE approves JPS correction plan

The Mississippi Department of Education issued the following statement:

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Too Sweet says he paid bribes to D.A.

The District Attorney's relationship with Too Sweet apparently went sour.   Robert "Too Sweet" Henderson told the FBI that he paid bribes "directly" to Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith. Too Sweet's testimony was recently submitted by the Attorney General in its prosecution against the D.A.  A Hinds County grand jury indicted Smith in September for three counts of improperly helping defendants. 

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It's time to get drunk.

It's that time of year and you know what it means: It's time for my award-winning egg nog recipe:

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Ronnie Crudup, Jr. announces candidacy for Mayor

Ronnie Crudup, Jr. threw his hat in the ring today as he tries to become the next Mayor of Jackson.  Mr. Crudup is the son of Bishop Ronnie Crudup, Sr..  Mr. Crudup works at his father's church, New Horizon Ministries.  Mr. Crudup graduated from Murrah High School and Belhaven University.  The press conference was held on Greenville Drive in South Jackson. The short video of the press conference.  He took questions from the media after he finished his announcement. 

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Phone Scam Alert

The Madison Police Department issued the following press release:

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Ashley Madison pays $52,489 fine

Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following press release:

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Peace in our time?

It appears a settlement might be in the works. This item appeared on the agenda of the Jackson City Council last night:

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Cruz cruising on out (Updated)

Commissioner of Public Safety Santa Cruz will retire at the end of January.  He submitted a letter to the Governor today.  His replacement will be........ (drum roll).......

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Meet some of Jacktown's finest

Just some good ole boys.... just a meanin' no harm.....

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Rick Cleveland: Dak faces his first pro test

It was going to happen sooner or later. It happened to Dak Prescott in his 12th NFL game. Finally, he did not play well enough to win.

On a frigid night and frozen field in New Jersey, the Dallas Cowboys finally lost a game and their rookie quarterback, the toast of the NFL for the three months running, looked ordinary. The New York Giants, playing superb defense, won 10-7.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

More, more, MORE FEMA follies

When will anyone learn? FEMA is at it again.  The Baton Rouge Morning Advocate reported yesterday that FEMA is paying double the retail value for mobile homes that are to be provided to flood victims.  Read and weep:

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Get in the Christmas spirit: Give a toy, get a treat.

Jeff Good posted the following message on Facebook:

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Clinton Mayor: Increase gas tax & sales tax diversion

Clinton Mayor Phil Fisher sent the following letter to his constituents and legislators:

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ATM stolen at Belhaven Walgreens

JPD issued the following statement and photos on Twitter:

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Pray for the Bluntson family

Say a prayer for Frank Bluntson and his family.  His wife, Juanita Bluntson, passed away.  She was a class act and and filled with true grace.  She will be dearly missed. 

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Monday, December 12, 2016

Good Job!!!

Local kid makes good over in Louisiana.  Watch this reaction when a high school senior finds out he got accepted to Cornell:

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Vote for the Hottest Reporter in Jackson

It's that time of year.  Vote in the Hottest Reporter Poll.  Pretend you live in Ward 3. Vote early and often. No qualifications or ID are required to vote here.   Seriously, all of these reporters are underpaid and overworked. They work long hours, take alot of abuse from those they cover, especially from politicians. Most of them are fresh out of school, scrapping and learning their trade, hoping they can improve enough to move on to a bigger market. It's a tough job and if anything, they are under appreciated.  They get hate mail, cussed out by politicians, and go to areas that most people would avoid all while doing it with a smile.   All images were culled from  their employer's websites, Google images, and public Facebook pages. Oh, and be nice in the comments.  That includes Johnny Weir.

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Totally out of touch.

What part of PEOPLE DO NOT WANT TO ALLOW CELLPHONE CALLS ON FLIGHTS does the government not get? The Department of Transportation proposed allowing phone calls made through wi-fi on flights:

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In his own words.

Cecil McCrory wants to withdraw his guilty plea in the Chris Epps scandal. McCrory pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering in 2015.  McCrory worked with Chris Epps to shake down MDOC vendors for bribes and kickbacks.  McCrory would act as the middleman and pay off Mr. Epps when he was MDOC Commissioner.  McCrory alleged that he was innocent of the charges and poorly represented by his lawyer, Don Leland. Earlier post about motion to withdraw. McCrory also charged that then-Assistant U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst "manipulated" his case for his upcoming run for Mississippi Attorney General.  McCrory is now represented by Carlos Tanner.  However, the transcript of the hearing tells a somewhat different story.

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Sunday, December 11, 2016

Dr. Gray shows why he is clueless and incompetent in his own words.

 The Jackson Public School District Board of Trustees fired Dr. Gray.  However, Dr. Gray didn't leave without defending himself in a column published in the Clarion-Ledger.  JJ is going to set the record straight because Dr. Gray took no responsibility for anything as he made excuses and cast blame anywhere he could. 

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Crimestoppers Alert

 Update: McDonald is in police custody.

Crimestoppers issued the following bulletin and photos:

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Students are mad that a terrorist was killed while stabbing people

You.can't.make.this.up.  Some students at THE Ohio State University protested the shooting of a terrorist who used a knife and a car to maim and injure eleven people on campus two weeks ago.  The student newspaper, The Lantern, reported Thursday:

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State purchases most of Cat Island

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann issued the following press release: 

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Dealing with Life's Discouragements

Can't make it to church this morning?  The late Dr. Frank Pollard preached on overcoming "Life's Discouragements" in this sermon. 

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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Former Alcorn County Sheriff pleads guilty

State Auditor Stacey Pickering issued the following press release:

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Bill Crawford: PERS "mortgage" balloons

You know how a mortgage works right? You make your monthly payments and gradually your mortgage balance comes down.
 
Pat Robertson, Executive Director of the Mississippi Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS), tells legislators and retirees to think of PERS’ massive $16.8 billion funding shortfall as a mortgage: “Having an unfunded liability (deficit) is analogous to having a mortgage and making mortgage payments faithfully every month.”

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Friday, December 9, 2016

The Right Stuff

American hero John Glenn died this week at the age of 95 years old.  This video shows him in action and why he commanded such respect across decades of time. 

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Pension Armageddon in Dallas

What is taking place right now in Dallas is nothing short of a pension Armageddon.   The Dallas Police and Fire Pension System invested in risky real estate deals, including a swanky 200 condo development in downtown Dallas at the height of the housing meltdown. Retirees have withdrawn well over a half a billion dollars from the system as they fear its imminent collapse.  The Dallas Morning News reported yesterday:

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#65

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Check charities before donating

Secretary of State Dibbit Hosemann issued the following statement:

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Madison insurance agent busted for pocketing premiums.

Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following press release:

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McCrory reneges

Cecil McCrory filed a motion to withdraw his guilty plea to conspiracy to commit money laundering  yesterday in U.S. District Court.  McCrory worked with Chris Epps to shake down MDOC vendors for bribes and kickbacks.  McCrory would act as the middleman and pay off Mr. Epps when he was MDOC Commissioner.  McCrory alleged that he was innocent of the charges and poorly represented by his lawyer, Don Leland.  McCrory also charged that then-Assistant U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst "manipulated" his case for his upcoming run for Mississippi Attorney General.  McCrory is now represented by Carlos Tanner.

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Bedwetter alert

You really can't make this up.  Josh Collins, a New Orleans police officer, posted this message on his Facebook page:

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Dale speaks

Madison Municipal Court Judge Dale Danks just issued new guidelines that states suspects between the ages of 18-21 must remain in jail for 48 hours unless parents can be notified. 

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The future is now.

The future grocery store may not have cashiers or cash registers.  Amazon is rolling out its futuristic grocery stores in 2017.  See the video for yourself.

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Gallup: The economy hasn't grown and is "running on empty"

The economy hasn't grown since 2007.  Such news will come as a surprise to more than a few people but a Gallup Report says that is exactly what has happened - or rather, hasn't happened. Gallup said the economy is "dangerously running on empty."   Gallup prepared the report for the U.S. Council on Competitiveness.   The report stated:

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Rapist gets life


Madison-Rankin District Attorney issued the following press release: 

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#64?

JPD issued the following statement:

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Claiborne gets rejected

Collection of all posts on the Frazier case.

Claiborne Frazier struck out yet again in court.  The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals denied his appeal of his guilty plea in 2014.  Frazier pleaded guilty to wire fraud, mail fraud, and conspiracy to commit bank fraud.  U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett sentenced him to sixty months in prison.  Judge Starrett also ordered him to pay $8.5 million in restitution to his victims . The brief opinion is posted below. 

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Medical Board debates criminal penalties for sexually abusive physicians

The Executive Director of the Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure wants to make physicians who might be tempted to sexually assault a patient think twice before they do it.  Dr. John Hall proposed passing legislation that will close loopholes and toughen the criminal statutes for sexually abusive doctors.  The next session of the Mississippi Legislature begins next month. Earlier post. However, some doctors on the Board do not exactly see eye to eye with Dr. Hall.  The Mississippi Business Journal reported this week:

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Remembering Pearl Harbor

75 years has not erased the horror that was the bombing of Pearl Harbor.  The Japs had run roughshod over China and throughout the Pacific for years.  They decided to knock out the U.S. Pacific Fleet using tactics that had worked on the Royal Navy and against Russia nearly forty years earlier.  The rest is the Day of Infamy.  Take a moment to remember the souls of those who died that day and those who fought back.  JJ took the liberty of posting videos of that fateful attack. 

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Rick Cleveland: Cam is The Man

Don't know how many times I've been asked this lately but it's a lot: Where does Clinton's Cam Akers rank among the high school football players you've seen play in Mississippi?

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Bedwetter alert

You can't make this up.  A woman complains in the Washington ____ that the election of Donald Trump to the Presidency ruined her chances at a decent love life:

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Kiefer's robbed

The Keifer's restaurant on Poplar Street was robbed last night.  An employee apparently left the back door ajar.  A gentleman came through the back door and robbed the restaurant.  He was armed with a pistol.  The loss is estimated to be between $500-1,000.  The suspect is a black male who was wearing a purple hoodie.  His face was covered.  There were no injuries. The incident happened after closing when only a few employees were present.

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Mumps cases triple

Cases of mumps infections tripled in 2016.  The Wall Street Journal reported today:

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Shootout

JPD posted the following information on Twitter:

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Shucking & jiving over the Shuckers

Is yet another crony capitalist deal about to blow up in Mississippi? Our favorite reporter, Anita Lee of the Sun-Herald, reported that the city of Biloxi sued Biloxi Baseball and Overtime Sports over a deal that has apparently soured:

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Stupid crook of the day

The Seattle Police Department posted this story on its website:

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Parsing the Parking Meter Contract

Jackson Ward 2 City Councilman Melvin Priester, Jr. opined on the parking meter contract on Facebook:

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Boat ramps reopen

The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District issued the following statement:

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Ridgeland apartments settle with HUD

The Justice Department issued the following statement:

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Belhaven alert

Belhaven has a prowler.  Keep an eye out for the dude who is in the picture and video posted below.  A reader send them to this correspondent and said " this guy was creeping around my back door at 1am in Belhaven." JPD is aware of this incident. 

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Sunday, December 4, 2016

There she blows

Where's James Dean?

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And pass the ammo

President-elect Donald Trump will nominate Marine Corps legend General James Mattis for Secretary of Defense. The General has been a fount of quotes over the years.  Read some of them for yourself. 

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Praise the Lord....

If you can't make it to church this morning, JJ presents this sermon by the late Dr. Frank Pollard.

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Saturday, December 3, 2016

New Rogue One Clip

A new Rogue One video made it to the internet:

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Idiot of the day (Updated)

JPD issued the following statement:

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Bill Crawford: The Arrogance of the Legislature

How appropriate. Fate chose the week of the Egg Bowl for legislative leaders to have to wipe lots of egg off their faces.

How silly. House Republican leaders passed a rule, with Senate mimicry pending, to deny media access to the Legislature’s contracts, only to find out they were violating their own law.

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Friday, December 2, 2016

It's gone!!!


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Christmas by Candlelight Tour at Capitol today

Leftenant Governor Tate Reeves issued the following statement: 

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Crime-stoppers alert

Crimestoppers issued the following alert and photo for this Madison County fugitive:

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Info for Clinton-Pearl Champeenship Game

Big game tonight in Starkpatch, as Clinton and Pearl face off to see who will be the Heavyweight Champ in Mississippi high school football.  The city of Clinton posted the following information for the game tonight:

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Scumbag of the day

Kid loses his leg but saves his little brother in a pit bull attack.  So what does his father do? Run off with the money meant for medical expenses and the family vehicle.  The Sun-Herald reported this morning:

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Vikings returns

Wondering what to watch on tv? It's at least six months before Game of Thrones returns.  There is one episode left of Westworld.  However, don't despair.  Vikings returned last night to the History Channel.  If you have not seen this series before, give it a try.  The first four and a half seasons are available on Amazon Prime Video.  Here is the trailer to the second half of season 4:

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Mississippi Supreme Court orders hearing for capital murder convict.

The Mississippi Supreme Court remanded the capital murder conviction of Laqunn Sharod Gary back to Hinds County Circuit Court after it held that Judge Jeff Weill violated the Gary's due process.  Gary confessed to a murder but then tried to challenge his confession and asked for a hearing to suppress the evidence.  Judge Weill denied his motion for the hearing.  However, the Court ordered Judge Weill to hold the hearing and then possibly hold a new trial if the confession is disqualified.  The opinion is posted below.  Judge Weill nemesis public defender Allison Kelly represented the defendant. There was no dissent.

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Update on the Magic Bus

Anyone who has survived driving through the Waterworks Curve the past week has seen an abandoned bus on the side of the road that looks like it came out of The Gauntlet.   WLBT reported this week:

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PERS continues to slip

Collection of all PERS posts

The Mississippi Public Employees Retirement System continues to spin its wheels in the mud as the latest actuarial report states that the program is only 60% funded.* The Board of Trustees received the news at the presentation of the annual report at the October board meeting.  The actual report and video of the presentation are posted below.  The nutshell version of the report is that the numbers that should be getting smaller are getting larger while the numbers that should be getting larger are getting smaller.   In other words, PERS is going in the wrong direction. 

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Kelly Williams: Elections have consequences

More jobs.  “We will eliminate the highly invasive ‘Waters of the US’ rule, and scrap the $5 trillion dollar Obama-Clinton Climate Action Plan and the Clean Power Plan and prevent these unilateral plans from increasing monthly electric bills by double-digits without any measurable effect on Earth’s climate.  Energy is the lifeblood of modern society. It is the industry that fuels all other industries.  We will lift the restrictions on American energy, and allow this wealth to pour into our communities. It’s all upside: more jobs, more revenues, more wealth, higher wages, and lower energy prices.”  Source: President-Elect Trump’s greatagain.gov website.

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Jackson crime falls

The Jackson crime stats for the week ending October 16 are posted below.  The number of crimes has fallen since a year ago.  Property crimes fell 18% while violent crimes dropped 14%.  The overall number of crimes decreased 18%.  The number of crimes went down in every category but one - and that happens to be the most visible category- homicide.  Read the numbers for each category and weep:

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Judge Weill drops the hammer on Frankie Williams

Northeast Jackson hoodlum Frank Williams won't be breaking into any more houses for awhile. A  Hinds County  jury convicted him of four counts of house burglary.  However, Circuit Judge Jeff Weill sentenced him to 17 years and 6 months in prison and decreed that half of the sentences were consecutive to the other half.  Thus Frankie received a prison sentence of 35 years. 

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Rick Cleveland: Remembering Boo Ferris

The late, immeasurably great Boo Ferriss could have become a Major League manager had he chosen that path. With his people skills and his baseball acumen, he surely would have been a splendid one.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Election results

 Update: Incumbent Court of Appeals Judge Jack Wilson is beating Judge Ed Hannan 60% - 40% with 90% of the precincts counted.

Here are the results for the Hinds County Election Commissioner races.  There are two boxes that are still out in two of the races.

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Students want to make Ole Miss a sanctuary (Updated)

It appears the students at Ole Miss are attempting to make the university a "sanctuary city" for illegal aliens.  Read the proposed resolution for yourself.

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Mississippi ranks last in protecting patients from sexual abuse from doctors

The Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure want to make it a criminal offense for a doctor to have sex with a patient.  The Atlanta Constitution-Journal recently ranked Mississippi dead last in protecting patients from sexual abuse by doctors.  However, the new executive director of the Board apparently is taking the bull by the horns and working to get off of the bottom and better protect patients as well.  The Mississippi Business Journal reported:

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Olbermann has still lost it

Keith Olbermann shows once again why he gets kicked out of every network as he encourages Republicans to engage in a bit of anarchy and take the country to the edge of civil war.



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#62

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Wow.

Sometimes we forget how blessed we are to live in a world filled with medical wonders.  The video posted below aims to remind you of that little fact.  Watch people who are able to see colors for the first time when they wear the enchroma glasses.  The video shows how much we take for granted. 

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Woman escapes robbery attempt

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement and mug shot:

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The _____ still SLRP

SLRP.  The retirement fund that is appropriately named by its acronym.  Supplemental Legislative Retirement Fund.  It's a declaration by the legislature that states our elected solons are indeed better than the rest of us.  The legislature created SLRP to give themselves extra retirement pay not available to other state employees.  Call it time and a half pay for doing half of the work- if that much. The program currently holds $16.4 million in assets.

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Two deaths in Thanksgiving enforcement period

The Mississippi Highway Patrol issued the following report on the Thanksgiving holiday enforcement period:

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#61

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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Send Judge Ed Hannan to the Court of Appeals



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Baltimore prosecutor: "It's shameful to take pride" in convictions.

The embarrassment that is the tenure of Marilyn Mosby, the State Attorney in Baltimore.  The grandstanding attorney who appeared onstage at a Prince concert shortly after she railroaded six cops in the Freddie Gray case apparently has  a much lower conviction rate than her predecessor- and brags about it.   However, what she lacks in competence she makes up for in making excuses.  The Wall Street Journal reported last week:

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It's Sunday morning.

JJ presents this sermon by the late Dr. Frank Pollard for those of you who can't make it to church this morning. 

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Rot in hell, Fidel

Yup. The bastard is finally dead.  May he rot in hell for a very long time .

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Bill Crawford: the poor pay taxes too.

Speaker of the House Philip Gunn and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves have decided to shift Mississippi’s tax burden – less on income and businesses, more on users.

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Friday, November 25, 2016

A Christmas classic

It is now the start of the Christmas season.  What better way to kick it off then watching this venerated Christmas TV classic.

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PSA: $50 CCW class this weekend

Certified NRA instructor Jamie Patrick will teach a concealed weapon's permit class this weekend.  The cost is only $50.  Completion of the class will allow you to apply for the enhanced carry permit.  This information for the class is posted below.

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Found!

Can you stand some good news? The dog that was stolen in the parking lot of Maywood Mart has been found and returned to its owner.  The owner posted this message on Facebook:

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Woman shoots at Madison police officers

Someone apparently got a case of the stupid.  The Madison Police Department issued the following statement:

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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Honoring Dak & the Dallas Cowboys

JJ posts this classic movie in honor of Dak Prescott:

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Bedwetter alert

Sigh.  What is it going to take to wake up this generation? Another World War or Depression?  One group of bed-wetters got upset over the actual flying of the American flag at their university.  The Daily Caller reports:

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Happy Thanksgiving


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Yet another stupid crook story.

If you don't succeed, try, try again.  It appears some local thugs took to heart this old proverb as they robbed a Raymond Road location of Metro PCS after a gun-firing manager ran them out of the McDowell Metro PCS store earlier this week.  However, JPD nabbed the two bandits yesterday.  JPD issued the following bulletins and video on Twitter last night.  Classify this post under "Dumb Crook Stories".

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Stolen Dog Alert

This dog was stolen from a truck at Maywood Mart (Jackson) while the owners went inside briefly to shop. The thieves also stole a purse & IPad. Any help is appreciated. Please call 601-573-5676 She is a tiny female poodle, less than 5lbs.

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Check out the sales

Black Friday is upon us.  There is actually a useful website for that annual day of horrors.  This web page actually collected and posted all of the TV sales found in Black Friday ads.  

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Is Medicare Hospital Insurance going broke?

The little-noticed 2016 actuarial report for Medicare states that the Hospital Insurance Fund (Part A) will go broke in only twelve years.  The other Medicare programs are solvent and face no similar doomsday scenarios on the horizon.  However, The HI Fund has seen its funding level drop more than half since 2007 as its reserves are used to pay more and more health care costs. 

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Rick Cleveland: Who will win the Conerly Trophy?

You can make a strong case that the two hottest teams in the National Football League are the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants. Both keep winning. Both boast excellent play at the all-important quarterback position.

And, for our purposes today, both are quarterbacked by the only two-time winners of the C Spire Conerly Trophy which goes annually to the most outstanding college football player in Mississippi.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

#59

JPD issued the following press release and pictures:

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Too funny

Here is another look at those would-be robbers at the Metro PCS on McDowell Road yesterday. Enjoy.

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$118,906, $235,000, $388,906

The Mississippi Legislature appropriated $388,906 for the settlement of Mississippi Highway Patrol lawsuits earlier this year.  The bill included $235,000 paid to victims of former trooper Christopher Hughes and $118,906 to Training Director Gayle McMullin for racial discrimination.  DPS settled two more lawsuits since the bill became law.  SB #2924 states:

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Send Judge Ed Hannan to the Court of Appeals



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JJ presents THE Edbuild contract

Here is the Edbuild contract.  It finally appeared on DFA's website.  Read it to your heart's content.

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A crying shame.

File this post under the Lead Laxative Report.  JPD issued the following statement on Twitter:

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Monday, November 21, 2016

WWII hero fights the last battle

Things aren't going too well for prosecutors who are determined to have the Great White White that is former AIG CEO Hank Greenberg.  They are pretty desperate as they recently tried to use his World War II service against him.  The Wall Street Journal reported in an October 13 editorial:

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And.... the Lieutenant Governor & Speaker fire back at Hood

Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves and Speaker of the House Phillip Gunn issued the following joint statement about the Edbuild contract:

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Mississippi voter turnout was 64%

Mississippi Secretary of State Dilbert Hosemann issued the following statement: 

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Hood: Edbuild Contract is a public record

Attorney General Jim Hood took advantage of the beating the legislature is taking in the media over its recent decision to seal all contracts.  The Attorney General issued this statement:

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Guess who's coming to dinner?

Vice-President-Elect Mike Pence will be coming to Mississippi for Thanksgiving.  Governor Pence's son is a Marine pilot training at one of our bases.  Let us hope he can survive the Navy mess.


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Harbor Drive is reopened.

The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District said all lanes on Harbor Drive are reopened after the repair of a 30" water line. 

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November meeting of Sales Tax Commission

Here are the video and documents provided at the November 2 meeting of the 1% Sales Tax Commission. The fun starts at 9:00 in the first video when Commissioner Pete Perry questions the accuracy of some of the information provided.  Overall, the meeting ran much better than the October meeting when IMS engineers failed to provide any documents or copies of their presentation to the Commissioners.

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MHP launches "Line to Line" campaign.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol issued the following press release:

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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Scumbag going to prison

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following press release: 

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Cochran loses

Hinds County District 4 Election Commissioner Connie Cochran posted this message on Facebook this morning:

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What's a Father For?

If you can't make it to church this morning, enjoy this sermon given by the late Dr. Frank Pollard.  He asks the questions "What's a father for?"

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Saturday, November 19, 2016

Bill Crawford: Appointments tell all

Haley Barbour was right. “People wanted to shoot Washington the bird,” he said recently at the MEC Hobnob. “They thought Donald Trump was the biggest, most magnificent middle finger they could find.”

For many, that’s all that mattered. If Trump delivers on any campaign promises, well, that will just be icing on the cake.

Others are expecting lots of icing. And that’s where the President-elect will be challenged. Talking and proposing are one thing. Getting results is quite another.

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Friday, November 18, 2016

#58

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Adopt this mutt


This mutt needs a new home.  Rosie is around eight months old.  She was found a few months ago in a ditch near Camden.  She was obviously dumped.  She was dehydrated, flea infested, and malnourished.  She's recovered very nicely and is good with kids and obviously cats.  She has been on trifexis.  Warning: she is not the brightest mutt in the world.  Another picture of Rosie is posted below.  If you are interested in adopting her, send an email to me at kingfish1935@gmail.com.  She has been dewormed and had her first set of shots.  She weighs around 30 lbs.

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Chris Epps wants to go home

Former MDOC Commissioner Chris Epps asked a court to place him under house arrest. His bond was revoked on November 4 after he was arrested on November 2 for breaking into his former Flowood home and removing some lighting and fixtures.  He is currently in custody. 

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Mayor tells EPA Jackson can't meet consent decree deadlines due to City Council

Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber told the EPA that Jackson may not be able to meet deadlines that are part of the $400 million consent decree with the EPA because the City Council refused to approve a contract for the program manager. 

Mayor Yarber sent a letter on October 6 to EPA Region 4 Administrator Heather McTeer Toney that stated Jackson might not meet the Clean Water Act consent decree deadlines.  Mayor Yarber stated:

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Harbor Drive lane closures

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

"When will we learn?"

This British reporter had a complete meltdown over the Democratic implosion last week.  The British leftist had some not so nice things to say about American leftists.  This is pretty good stuff.  Enjoy.

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Shaping up Smith Park


Rendering of proposed rehabilitation to Smith Park
What was once beautiful island of greenery in downtown Jackson became an urban eyesore.  However, there is hope for Smith Park as the downtown business community is putting a plan to renovate Smith Park into action.  Anna Wolfe reported earlier this week in the Clarion-Ledger:

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Texas murder suspect caught in Rankin County

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following press release:

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Tax Preparer Prepares Herself For 20 years

Rankin-Madison District Attorney Michael Guest issued the following press release:

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

20 years.

One of the most monumental cinematic events occurred twenty years ago:

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Harbor drive still shut down

Update: Repairs still continue.

The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District issued the following notice:

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Watch the Target chase for yourself.

A controversial 2014 police chase reached speeds of 130 mph as Madison police chased three suspects from the Target on County Line Road to Gallatin Street.  JJ obtained a copy of the dashcam videos of the chase.  An innocent bystander was injured when the suspects struck his vehicle.  He sued the city of Madison.  The videos are posted below. 

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Whitley's wobbed.

JPD issued these photos that were taken during  a robbery of Whitley's Florist in Fondren last weekend.  JPD seeks the public's help in identifying and apprehending the suspect.

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Rick Cleveland compares Patterson's debut to Favre

You start a true freshman quarterback in college football, you can only guess what you will get.

Ole Miss and Southern Miss both did it last Saturday with decidedly mixed results:

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Thieves steal $1,434 of perfumes

The Madison Police Department and Crimestoppers issued the following press release and photos:

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Drunk with power

Look at the rule the House just adopted:

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Governor announces restoration projects

Governor Phil Bryant issued the following press release:

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Attorney claims Black Diamonds' owners are threatening and harassing him.

It appears Chris Epps' recent behavior inspired someone to imitate him over at the Black Diamonds "gentlemen's club" a few days ago.  The club was seized and shut down with the dreaded red sign and yellow tape in October after the owners failed to pay a judgement.  The plaintiff's attorney, Ben Wilson, told the court that the defendants had gone gangsta as he and his family were harassed, threatened, and followed since the club was closed. 

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Inauguration tickets available

Senator Roger Wicker issued the following press release: 

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Monday, November 14, 2016

Legislative leaders to meet with Edbuild

Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves issued the following statement: 

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Watching the Watchers

Here are the public records requests submitted to the City of Jackson since July 1, 2016. Enjoy

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Rez boat ramp closings

The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District issued the following press release:

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Clinton PD seeks gas station thieves

The Clinton Police Department issued the following press release and photos:

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Arrest warrant issued for former DJP secretary

A Madison County judge called Linda Brune's bluff and issued a bench warrant for her arrest last Wednesday after she failed to appear in court at an October hearing. Ms. Brune is the former secretary for Downtown Jackson Partners. DJP sued Ms. Brune for embezzlement and seeks her deposition. DJP fired MS. Brune for providing records to the Clarion-Ledger after Jerry Mitchell published a story on DJP spending.

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Sunday, November 13, 2016

SNL tries to take on the election

What would be the end of election week be without a clip from Saturday Night Live?

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Leon Russell R.I.P.

Leon Russell passed away at the age of 74 today.  Here are some clips of his 2013 performance in Jackson.

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Sign the petition

Several readers sent this petition to JJ that is on the Change.org website.  Oxford's Joshua Horton posted a petition to reform how we treat substance abusers.   Mr. Horton urged Mississippians to sign the petition in this message:

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Can't make it to church?

JJ presents this sermon of the late Dr. Frank Pollard for readers who can't make it to church today.  Dr. Pollard preaches on "the Christian Art of Dodging Spears".

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Saturday, November 12, 2016

Despicable

This mother didn't take it too well when she found out her kid voted for Trump at school:

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Bill Crawford: State Economy Struggles

“State economists lower forecast for remainder of year,” read the Mississippi Business Journal headline on October 27th. “Mississippi’s state economists have pulled back on an already-weak economic forecast for the rest of 2016, projecting that the state’s economy will grow only 1.5 percent instead of the 1.6 percent previously predicted,” said the story.

“U.S. economy roars back, grew at 2.9% in third quarter,” read the Wall Street Journal headline on October 30th. “It was the strongest quarterly reading in two years after three straight quarters of sub-2% growth,” said the story.

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Friday, November 11, 2016

Cecil Brown: Don't screw it up.

Mississippi legislative leaders have announced they have hired EdBuild, a New Jersey based education consulting firm, to review the state’s public education funding formula, the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP). A review of the formula is appropriate and timely. In fact, every public program should be reviewed periodically for efficiency, effectiveness and need.

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Rick Cleveland: Don't write off the Saints just yet.

It appears many of us wrote the 2016 New Orleans Saints obituary a tad too soon.

Losers of four of their first five games, the Saints have won four of their last five and stand at at an even 4-4 headed into the second half of the NFL season.

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Former Innovate Mississippi CFO Tonya Klauser indicted for embezzlement.

A Madison County grand jury indicted former Innovate Mississippi CFO Tonya Klauser for three counts of embezzlement and false pretenses in September. The indictment states alleges Klauser used her American Express card from 2011 to 2013 to defraud Innovate Mississippi and also submitted 141 fraudulent expense reports for reimbursement.  The indictment is posted below.

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

New Rogue One Trailer released

Disney released an international trailer for Rogue One that has some new scenes.

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Kuebler murder conviction overturned

The Mississippi Supreme Court reversed the conviction of Louis Kuebler and remanded his case back to Hinds County Circuit Judge Winston Kidd for a new trial.  A Hinds County jury convicted Kuebler in 2011 of first degree murder in the death of Tamra Stuckey.

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JPD seeks murder suspect

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Social media bully of the day

Elections and divorces tend to bring out the worst in people and the 2016 Presidential Election was no exception.  People are going to get into verbal fisticuffs over candidates.  Always have and always will. However, social media has empowered the baser impulses of quite a few people.  One particular woman got mad as hell that Mama Hamil dared to put a campaign sign on the property of her business.  The horror.  A Geilia Taylor was soooo outraged by this display of the First Amendment that she posted this message on Facebook:

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Now back to our regularly scheduled programming.

It's time to get back to a normal routine since the election is now over.  Our fearless D.A. seeks a rematch in the Hinds County courthouse tomorrow.  Robert Shuler Smith wants another shot at the Attorney General after Special Circuit Judge Larry Roberts denied Mr. Smith's motion to quash his indictment. Judge Robert will hold a hearing on the motion that is posted below.

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Having the last laugh

Perhaps President Obama should have kept his mouth shut.  The President humiliated Donald Trump at the White House Correspondents Dinner back in 2011.  But don't let me tell you about it, watch the video for yourself....

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Greer moves up to the big house

Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves issued the following press release:

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Meltdown!!!

This Twitter meltdown is probably one for the books.

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Hillary concedes!!!

Wow.  CNN and NBC are reporting that Hillary conceded the election to Donald Trump. 

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

It's Election Night!!! Longwitz loses. Penn puts Trump over the top.

We are going to live-blog the election results tonight.  Make all election night comments on this post.  The long nightmare that has been the 2016 Presidential campaign will be over one way or another.  Who will win?

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Late afternoon update

The Mississippi Secretary of State issued the following press release: 

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Election Day thread.

Post your comments here.  JJ will live-blog the election results tonight. 

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Say goodbye to Pumpkin

The Jackson Zoo issued the following press release yesterday:

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Election Day reminders

Secretary of State Dibbit Hosemann issued the following press release: 

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Orange Cone Update

The city of Jackson issued the following press release:

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Hood seeks to raise taxes

Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following press release: 

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Monday, November 7, 2016

Bomb threat at Madison Walmart

The Madison Police Department issued the following statement:

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Former DJP employee refuses to testify, DJP asks for bench warrant

Update: The docket states that DJP subpoenaed records from a bank and two casinos.  DJP also filed a notice of serving interrogatories on Ms. Brune and Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith.  

Downtown Jackson Partners asked a Madison County Court Judge to hold former employee Linda Brune in contempt of court for refusing to participate in a deposition.  DJP accused her of embezzling over $40,000 in a lawsuit filed nearly two years ago.  Judge Will Longwitz held a hearing to determine whether he should compel her deposition on October 25 but Ms. Brune did not appear at the hearing.  She instead attended the motion hearings that were held in State v. Robert Shuler Smith even though she was not subpoenaed to be there.   DJP Executive Director Ben Allen is under indictment for allegedly embezzling and misusing DJP funds. DJP asked Judge Longwitz to issue a bench warrant and detain Ms. Brune until she was deposed. 

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Cute

Check out this Lakeland Drive billboard.

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Open thread about judicial elections tomorrow

Boring but important are the judicial elections that will take place tomorrow.  There are three races in this area.

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Sunday, November 6, 2016

Nude man tries to run over police officer

JPD issued the following press release:

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Need a diversion?

Are you sick of elections and need a GOT fix? Look no further. 

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Dr. Pollard preaches on leadership.

The late Dr. Frank Pollard preaches from the third chapter of James on leadership and how the power of the tongue can destroy. 

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Saturday, November 5, 2016

Dog show in Brandon this weekend

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following press release:

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Keep Justice Kitchens out of the kitchen



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Still looking

The Flowood Police Department issued the following press release about the chase that ended in Eastover:

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Bill Crawford: University President terms grow shorter

Jackson State University President Carolyn Meyers becomes the latest university president to leave prematurely. She announced her resignation following disclosure of financial problems at the university.

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Friday, November 4, 2016

Longwitz seeks return to the bench

When Judge Will Longwitz is asked why he likes serving on the Madison County Court, he says: “That’s simple.  As County Court Judge, I get to make a difference in people’s lives every day.” 

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Grants Director who settled DPS sex discrimination suit is gone

Penny Corn is no longer the Grants Director at the Office of Homeland Security at the Mississippi Department of Public Safety.    DPS settled a sex discrimination with Ms. Corn in April.  Payroll records obtained through a public records request state that Ms. Corn's last date of employment was October 17.  Multiple sources have told JJ that Ms. Corn was fired from her position.  A DPS representative declined to comment and said he would not discuss personnel matters. 

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Priest cusses out Judge on voicemails.

WARNING: CRUDE AND GRAPHIC LANGUAGE IN THIS POST!!!

A St. James Episcopal Church priest left several obscene voice mails for Hinds County Circuit Judge Jeff Weill on the phone of his administrator.  Ridgeland police arrested the Reverend Seth Walley on June 20 for calls that were made on April 15.  The case is still under investigation.  Reverend Walley is the Associate Rector at the Fondren church.  The calls were apparently made shortly after Judge Weill found a public defender in contempt of court and incarcerated him. The police report and recording are posted below. Here is a transcript of the calls. 

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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Fondren homicide

JPD issued the following press release:

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Dr. Smith gets out of Whitfield

Dr. Smith is moving from one funny farm to another.  The Taxpayers Channel reported:

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Tune in tomorrow.

The Kingfish is taking a sick day. Nothing too serious, just a bug that doesn't know it was supposed to get lost. See you tomorrow.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Chris Epps arrested. (Updated)

Don't drink anything while you read this post. Flowood Police arrested Chris Epps this afternoon. Mr. Epps allegedly broke into his former home off of Lakeland Drive‎ to retrieve some lighting. He is charged with burglary. You can't make this up.

 Update: The Flowood Police Department issued the following press release and mug shot:

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The Thai House says goodbye

The Bunniran family posted this message on Facebook:

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Tragedy in Newton County

The Mississippi Highway Patrol issued the following statement:

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Excuses, excuses, excuses.

It's the computers' fault.  So said JPS School Board President Beneta Burt Friday evening at an impromptu press conference when she attempted to explain why JPS had an F rating.  You simply can't make this up.  Ms. Burt (9:48 in the video) said:

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Staci O'Neal wants your vote.



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Armed robbery in Madison

The Madison Police Department issued the following statement:

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Monday, October 31, 2016

Suspect ID'ed in strip club shooting

JPD issued the following press release and photo:

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Inn at Ole Miss bans The Flag & Colonel Reb

The Inn at Ole Miss sent this email last Saturday to room the limited number of room sponsors who are allowed to decorate their rooms:

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AG applauds Supreme Court ruling on bathrooms

Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following press release: 

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Keep Judge Will Longwitz



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Ridgeland to add baseball field for disabled

The City of Ridgeland issued the following press release: 

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Carjacker indicted

The hoodlum who carjacked the wife of Merrida Coxwell was indicted for the crime last month.  A Hinds County grand jury indicted John Gregory Rollins for carjacking Tara Coxwell at the Car Care Clinic on I-55 North on March 8.  The indictment also seeks to classify him as a habitual offender.  Rollins is a participant in the Hinds County Catch & Release Program:

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Sunday, October 30, 2016

JPD seeking shooter

JPD released this video of a shooting at a block party where six people were shot Friday night.  JPD is currently seeking the suspect.

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Halloween Horrors

Whatever happened to just dressing as a policeman, nurse, or superhero?  Here are a couple of adults who generated some controversy in the Jackson area last week with their um, costumes. 

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Sunday Morning Sermon

The late Dr. Frank Pollard preached from Matthew 11:16-17 on practicing forgiveness in this sermon.  

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Saturday, October 29, 2016

Idiot of the day

You simply can't.make.this.up.  Some people really shouldn't play with fire:

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Stupid crook of the day

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following press release:

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Bill Crawford: Watch out for tax reform schemes

Legislative leaders brought in an outside expert from the Tax Foundation to push the theory that Mississippi needs to make its business taxes more competitive. She argues lower business taxes, offset by higher user fees, property taxes and expanded sales taxes, will make Mississippi more competitive for business and jobs.

While this approach may make the state more business tax competitive, there is no evidence it will result in more business growth and jobs. Taxes are just one of the many factors businesses consider when looking to expand or open new locations. Market size, wealth, competition and growth prospects; workforce size, skills, wage levels, and future availability; transportation and utilities access and costs; quality of schools and other lifestyle amenities; incentives; and other factors are equally if not more important than business taxes.

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Friday, October 28, 2016

JPS Superintendent will resign

JPS school Board President Beneta Burt announced Superintendent Dr. Cedric Grey will resign his position. His final day and compensation will be negotiated with the Board.

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Banned in Jackson

Take a look at what website is banned at the Jackson Public School District:

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Meet the Free Speech SWAT Team

It appears free speech needs a'watching up in Oxford.  The Daily Mississippian Online reported on October 13:

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Doe's is coming to town

The Promenade shopping center on County Line Road just signed a lease with the restaurant. The restaurant's goal is to hopefully open after the beginning of the new year.

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Ben Allen to D.A.: Do your own homework

Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith asked for everything, including the kitchen sink and all indoor plumbing, from Ben Allen, his lawyer, Kamikaze, Downtown Jackson Partners, and other lawyers in a bizarre motion for discovery that was filed on October 20 in State v. Benjamin Allen, III. A grand jury indicted the DJP Executive Director in March for ten counts of fraud and embezzlement.  The grand jury also indicted two employees of the State Auditor for allegedly obstructing the investigation of Mr. Allen.  However, Mr. Allen and his lawyer, Merrida Coxwell, fired right back at the District Attorney in a response that was filed Monday.

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There is NO shooter at UMMC.

UMMC sent out by mistake an active shooter alert.  There is no active shooter.  Needless to say, it freaked out more than a few people as JJ got several text messages from readers who thought it was real.  

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

These people need your help.

Please consider helping this charity.

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Science scores increase on NAEP

The Mississippi Department of Education issued the following press release:

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Meet JJ's top 50 beautiful people.

The beautiful people have spoken.  Y'all Politics rolled out its list of the 50 most influential people in Mississippi politics.  They had their fun.  Now it's time for JJ to have its fun as well.  Here is JJ's list of the top 50. Some are beautiful, some are not.

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Troopers acquitted

Five Mississippi Highway Patrol troopers were acquitted of charges they wrote phony tickets at an administrative hearing held Monday.  JJ reported last week  that the troopers were busted for allegedly writing ghost DUI tickets so they could get paid under a federal DUI enforcement program. Earlier post.

The NHTSA offers grants to law enforcement agencies for DUI enforcement.  The grant pays troopers to work DUI enforcement on their off days. Such an arrangement has several benefits.  The troopers have an opportunity to earn more money.   The Mississippi Highway Patrol gets to put more troopers in the field to arrest drunk drivers at no extra cost.  

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Delbert speaks to the Nob

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann made the following remarks at Hob-Nob today:

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Operation Orange Cone comes to Ward 7

The City of Jackson issued the following statement:

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Motions denied.

Here are the videos of the morning session of the hearing held yesterday in State v. Robert Shuler Smith.  Enjoy. 

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DPS stonewalls again

The Mississippi Department of  refuses to answer whether Penny Corn is still employed at the agency. Ms. Corn served as the Grants Director at the Office of Homeland Security at DPS.  DPS settled a sex discrimination with Ms. Corn for $75,000 in April.  Numerous sources at DPS informed JJ that Ms. Corn was terminated last week.  JJ submitted the following public records request to Communications Director Warren Strain last week:

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Rick Cleveland: Sanderson Farms Champeenship comes to town.

The Sanderson Farms Championship, Mississippi's stop on the PGA Tour, began in Hattiesburg 48 years ago as the Magnolia State Classic.

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Savages

A man was shot and then beaten at a convenience store on McDowell Road Monday.  The video posted below shows two men approaching another man standing outside of the store.  Another man gets out of his car, walks up to the victim, and then shoots him several times.  The trio of thugs then chase down the victim and begin to kick him while he is on the ground.  JPD is looking for the suspects. 

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Dr. Myers is out

Jackson State University President Dr. Carolyn Myers submitted her letter of resignation to IHL today:

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Uh-oh.

The Clarion-Ledger laid off three reporters and three editors today.  The identities are not known. 

Update (10/26/2016): Here is the list: Sherry Lucas, Mollie Bryant, David Bean, Daniel Pauling, Ben Kelly, and Ralph Baldwin.  Not who I would've cut but that is just me. ;-)  Best wishes to these guys and hope they find something worthy of their talents and experience.  

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Kelly Williams: Wait for the Thud

Obamacare and Mississippi Power’s Kemper County Lignite Plant are a lot alike. Both are big expensive over-hyped complicated unworkable government experiments. Both are destructive. The Chicago Tribune (an unlikely critic) recently wrote this about Obamacare: “… it flunked Economics 101 and Human Nature 101.” It explains why and concludes with: “The next President and Congress either reckon with Obamacare’s failures or … wait for the thud.”

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Update from court

Judge Larry Roberts upholds the three indictments against Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith. Judge Roberts rejected a motion to disqualify attorney Jim Waide from representing the D. A.  Judge Roberts also refused to dismiss the three-count indictment against the District Attorney and a two-count indictment against Assistant District Attorney Jamie McBride.  The court quashed a subpoena issued against Judge Jeff Weill's staff attorney as well.

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D.A. goes to war with Judge Weill

Note: The transcript of the May recording between Ivon Johnson and the D.A. is posted below.  There is a whole bunch of shucking the corn but nothing really substantive in it although the D.A. gripes a bit about Judge Weill. 

Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith subpoenaed Circuit Judge Jeff Weill's staff attorney to appear at a hearing scheduled to take place this morning in State v. Robert Shuler Smith.  However, Kate Steiner filed a motion to quash the subpoena yesterday.   Special Circuit Judge Larry Roberts will preside over the hearing today.

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JPD catches kidnapper

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Monday, October 24, 2016

The Mayor sues Bracey for defamation

Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber responded to a sexual harassment lawsuit with both barrels blazing today.  Mayor Yarber answered  Kimberly Bracey's federal complaint and then filed a counterclaim against her for defamation.  Mrs. Bracey was Mayor Yarber's executive assistant and is married to Santore Bracey.

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Is the D.A. grandstanding or is he a victim?

Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith is trying to keep a transcripts where he repeatedly uses the "N" word out of court.  Mr. Smith included several transcripts of recordings between him and former Assistant District Attorney Ivon Johnson in a motion to exclude tapes and transcripts that he filed last week.  A grand jury indicted the District Attorney last month for three counts of improperly helping criminal defendants.  However, the A.G. accused the D.A. of grandstanding with the transcripts. 

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Pediatric flu shots available at county health department

The Mississippi State Department of Health issued this press release:

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Dean Scott resigns

Mississippi College School of Law issued the following statement: 

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Ostrich alert.

Our friend Kamikaze really did not like the bad news that was reported last week about Jackson Public Schools and Jackson State University.  Kaze posted on Facebook:

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Suspect rams deputy's car.

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement to JJ:

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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Football fools and follies

College football games and alcohol can be like divorces or elections- it can bring out the worst in people.  First up is one fine young lad from Madison.

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It's come to this

Saturday Night Live replayed the Presidential debate last night:

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Play of the Day

One Ole Miss defender decided he would try and force a head-on collision upon Leonard Fournette:

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It's Sunday morning

JJ presents the late Dr. Frank Pollard for those who can't make it to church this morning.  Dr. Pollard preaches on "Once Saved, Always Saved" in this sermon.

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Idiot of the day

JPD posted these messages on Twitter:

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SOS: Voting system is safe.

Mississippi Secretary of State Gibbit Hosemann issued the following press release:

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The Fall of the Tribe of Hotty Toddy



And there arose to the north of Eden a tribe called the Hotty-Toddys, who were also called metros. And the Hotty-Toddys were very displeasing; they didst place centerpieces on their banquet tables, and didst exalt themselves much. And they didst glorify the southern kingdom of the past.

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Bill Crawford: Where are the safe spaces?

Where is your safe place? Do you have one? Should you have one?

These questions popped up as I read a story in The Commercial Dispatch. While the story was about universities providing emotionally safe places for students, it made me wonder about safe places for people of all ages in our communities.

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Friday, October 21, 2016

Young woman kidnapped & held for 3 days

JPD issued the following statement:

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Cop Shooter Gets 40 Years

Rankin-Madison District Attorney Michael Guest issued the following press release:

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Former JPD cop going to jail

U.S. Attorney Greg Davis issued the following press release yesterday:

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JPS School Board responds to F rating

The Board of Trustees for the Jackson Public School District issued the following press release:

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Student caught with gun at Madison Central

The Madison Police Department issued the following statement:

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Is JSU Broke?

The Institutions of Higher Learning posted this press release on its website:

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Clinton, Rankin, Madison keep A's while JPS fails.

Today is a big day for education in Mississippi. The Mississippi Department of Education released the 2016 school ratings this morning.  Grades were expected to drop since this is the first year that a more difficult test is used to determine the ratings.  However, all local school districts but two managed to keep their grades from last year.

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Read 'em and weep: Mississippi school ratings.

The Mississippi Department of Education issued the following press release:

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Is Dr. Gray out at JPS?

Will Jackson Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Cedric Gray resign today?  Several sources told JJ that Dr.  Cedric Gray is supposed to resign his position after he narrowly avoided being fired earlier this week.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

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Rick Cleveland: What happened in two years?

Two years ago, this time of the year, the Mississippi State Bulldogs ranked No. 1 in the nation for five straight weeks of the national college football poll.

For two of those weeks, Ole Miss ranked as highly as No. 3.

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Connie Cochran fund-raiser tomorrow night.

The Connie Cochran for Election Commissioner campaign will hold a fund-raiser tomorrow night:

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MHP stonewalls.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol admitted it is investigating whether troopers filed bogus tickets to earn additional pay from a federal DUI enforcement grant.  JJ reported Monday that five troopers are under investigation for writing phony DUI tickets.  However, MHP refused to provide any notices from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that stated whether the grant was terminated.

JJ submitted a public records request to the Mississippi Highway Patrol for any correspondence in 2016 with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration concerning the DUI enforcement grants last Friday.   MHP gave its answer yesterday:

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Will she stay or will she go?

Updated: WAPT reports any talk of Dr. Meyers leaving is erroneous. This is one reason JJ posted the note below.  If the rumors are untrue, they just got squashed quicklike.  

Jackson State University President Carolyn Meyers sent out the following email yesterday:

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Mississippi State FOOD FIGHT!!!

Mississippi Today's Rick Cleveland, The Clarion-Ledger's Michael Bonner, and Mississippi State University are having a good ole fashioned food fight.  The topic: the hiring of the new athletic director. 

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Shands pleads guilty to embezzlement.

Morgan Shands pleaded guilty yesterday to embezzling from an American Legion post.  WLOX reported:

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Bedwetter alert: Gator edition.

The University of Florida is worried about students who might be upset by Halloween costumes.  The school issued the following statement on its website:

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Staci O'Neal for Madison County Court Judge



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Darwin Award candidate in Madison (Updated)

Update: MPD said in a press release: "The driver killed in the fatality accident earlier today on Interstate 55 in Madison has been identified as Devon Mannery, age 20, of Jackson, MS.  The Madison Police Department sends its condolences to Mr. Mannery’s family and friends."

The Madison Police Department issued the following statement:

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Is parking meter reform actually coming to Jackson?

Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber issued the following press release: 

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Troopers caught writing bogus tickets

 Some Mississippi Highway Patrol troopers apparently adopted the best business practices of Wells Fargo.  Five troopers were busted for allegedly writing ghost DUI tickets so they could get paid under a federal DUI enforcement program. 


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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Fair Follies

And............. another fight breaks out at the Mississippi State Fair:

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Sad but true

Saturday Night Live nailed the Presidential race yet again last night.

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It's Sunday morning

Can't make it to church this morning? Enjoy this sermon of the late Dr. Frank Pollard.  Dr. Pollard preaches from 2 Timothy 3:14 about the "Baskin Robbins society". 

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Saturday, October 15, 2016

You can't make this up: Witchcraft edition

Meet the new No-Nothings.  Reason magazine reported on a serious discussion at a South African university that attacked the mere existence of science.  Not even the law of gravity was sacred.  The magazine reported:

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Bill Crawford: Impeach both of them

Pogo Possum, the anti-hero of Okefenokee Swamp made famous through the satire of cartoonist Walt Kelly, once said, “We have met the enemy and he is us.”

How true is that with regard to the presidential candidates we picked?

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Pat Pumps PERS

Hotdiggitydamn!!! The Executive Director of PERS must have had a conniption when Bloomberg said Mississippi had the tenth worst-funded public employees retirement system in the country.  She defended her administration of PERS in a  column published Sunday in the Clarion-Ledger.  The Kingfish posted her column below with some additional color commentary by yours truly.  Ms. Robertson wrote:

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Register to win the Egg Bowl Tuition Toss

State Treasurer Lynn Fitch issued the following press release:

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Stevie Turner & Eric Taylor get some non-Hinds County justice.

Young Stephen Turner got a dose of Madison County justice last week.  Circuit Judge Bill Chapman sentenced him to fifteen years in prison but suspended ten years after Turner pleaded guilty to house burglary.  Turner will probably be released after he serves 2 1/2 years of his sentence. Turner has been a very busy little criminal since he turned 18 years old.

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

License plate readers are a'coming.

Don't look now because law enforcement might be looking out for you.  Several Jackson metro area police departments are combining their efforts to obtain a grant to fund license plate recognition cameras.  The agenda for the next week's meeting of the PRVWSD Law Enforcement, Asset Protection, and Emergency Management Committee states:

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A Farmer's Tale

The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce awarded a three year contract to operate a restaurant at the Farmer's Market on the downtown fairgrounds in 2014 to Baha, LLC.   The Farmer's Table restaurant is operated by the daughter of Jackson Ward 7 Councilwoman Margaret Barrett-Simon.  The Farmer's Table is in Ms. Barrett-Simon's ward.

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Rogue One is almost here

Disney released a new trailer for Rogue One this morning.  Pay attention to 2:05.

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Ex BF gets 45 years for beating woman

Madison-Rankin District Attorney Michael Guest issued the following statement:

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

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Baria blasts Republicans

State Representative David Baria issued the following statement:

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Ridgeland loses a K-9

The Ridgeland Police Department posted this message on Facebook:

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Should the Mayor go?

A Jackson group wants to get really get rid of the Mayor.  They don't want to get rid of Mayor Tony Yarber but instead want to abolish the office of the Mayor itself.  WAPT reported last night:

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JPD: Two down, one to go

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Legislature will update MAEP formula

Nancy Loome is going to have a conniption.  Leftenant Governor Tate Reeves issued the following press release:

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Rick Cleveland: The Curse of Billy the Goat

The Chicago Cubs, the best team in baseball this regular season, famously have not won a World Series championship since 1908 and have not played in a World Series since 1945.

The Cubs have had so many splendid teams off and on during that drought, observers have tried to come up with a reasonable explanation. And, since there is none, many have blamed it on the Curse of the Billy Goat.

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Beautiful

A reader sent this beautiful photo of the Mississippi River at Natchez that was shot earlier this week. 


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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

D.A. asks court to quash indictment.

Embattled Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith asked Special Circuit Judge Larry Roberts to dismiss his indictment.  A Hinds County grand jury indicted Mr. Smith in September for three counts of improperly helping criminal defendants.   Mr. Smith filed a motion to quash and dismiss the indictment today.  Attorney General Jim Hood is prosecuting the indictment.

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Bye-bye, Mike VI.

Mike the Tiger was euthanized today.  LSU announced on its website:

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We're open for bidness

The Mississippi Department of Public Safety issued the following statement: 

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Mississippi State Fair: Where is the money?

Bright lights and the smell of "Fair Food" draw thousands to the Mississippi State Fair every year.  However, reporter Mollie Bryant dared ask a question that is seldom answered in this fair state: Does the fair actually make money for the government?"  The Fair Commission leases the fairgrounds, provides security, and promotes the fair but does the Commission actually earn a profit from the fair?  Ms. Bryant reported in the Clarion-Ledger:

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AG gets us mo' money

Lord Protector Jim Hood issued the following statement: 

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Monday, October 10, 2016

Community activist charged with domestic violence

Local community activist  David L. Archie was arrested and charged with domestic violence last month.  A JPD report states:

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There is the easy way and then there is the hard way.

Is the Mississippi Department of Education stonewalling the State Auditor?  It appears State Auditor Stacey Pickering cannot get a straight answer out of MDE when trying to get more information about why MDE lost $19 million in federal grants for after-school programs.

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Bedwetter alert

So much for stopping bullying  A football coach up North was punished for punishing a bully. WTNH reported:

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DPS HQ closed

The Mississippi Department of Public Safety issued the following statement: 

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Sunday, October 9, 2016

A different view of Millsaps

Check out this drone video of Millsaps College recorded two years ago. 

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It's Sunday morning

Can't make it to church? Here is a sermon given by the late Dr. Frank Pollard. 

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Saturday, October 8, 2016

Danger is her business

WLBT Weatherwoman Julia Weiden is about to fly to Florida in a hurricane hunter.  She posted this video on her public Facebook page:

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Bill Crawford: Will legislature mishandle PERS?

If what Mississippi politicians – precisely the Legislature and then-Gov. Kirk Fordice – had agreed to in 1999 had come to fruition, the state would now have a health care trust fund of an estimated $4.79 billion with $232.6 million available to spend this year,” wrote political reporter Bobby Harrison in the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal. Alas, he said, “as of today, the state has no health care trust fund. The Legislature has spent all the funds that would have gone into the trust fund.”

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Friday, October 7, 2016

911 lines down in Rankin County

The 911 lines are down for the Rankin County Sheriffs Office, the Brandon Police Department and the Pearl Police Department.


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"I" stands for Incompetence....

The Jackson 1% Sales Tax Commission attempted to meet Wednesday.  The word attempted is use because "project manager" IMS Engineers completely botched the report to the commission. Rarely has JJ witnessed such a display of incompetence at a meeting of any board or commission that didn't involve Kenneth Stokes.

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Get your unclaimed property at the State Fair

Mississippi State Treasurer Lynn Fitch issued the following press release: 

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Burglar alert!!!

A home off of E. Northside Drive was burglarized yesterday afternoon. The homeowner posted these photos of the thief and his vehicle yesterday:

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Woman sexually assaulted near downtown Smith Park

JPD issued the following press release and mug shot:

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Priester blames Wall Street for Jackson's woes.

Jackson Ward 2 City Councilman Melvin Priester, Jr. posted this epistle on his public Facebook page:

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Closed?

It appears Fondren Garage has shut down.  These pictures were shot last night.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

When Waylon came to town

JJ found this old recording of Waylon Jennings performing in Jackson, Mississippi.  However, this performance was something that the car dealers, Leadco, and even Miskelly's couldn't top. Watasha played at Mack's Trailer Sales on Ellis Avenue as part of a promotion that was broadcast live on WJQS in 1968.  Enjoy.

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Library system announces new hours

The Jackson-Hinds Library System issued the following statement:

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Hinds County justice: 11 felony convictions is not habitual

The Hinds County criminal justice system smiled on Woodrez Davis.  Davis is a career criminal who was the subject of a heated argument that took place face to face between Clinton Mayor Phil Fisher and Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith. Mayor Fisher asked the District Attorney to prosecute Davis as a habitual offender since he has nine felony convictions.  Unfortunately for the Clinton Mayor, such was not to be as Hinds County Circuit Judge Bill Gowan approved a plea deal that dropped the habitual offender classification and only gives Davis a short time in prison. 

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Skimmers found in Madison

The Madison Police Department issued the following press release:

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Mike's cancer spreads

It doesn't look good for Mike the Tiger.  LSU reported on LSUSports.net:

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Rick Cleveland: Is it over for the Saints?

Just when everyone was about to write the obituary for the 2016 New Orleans Saints, the San Diego Chargers happened.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Credit card skimmers caught

The Clinton Police Department issued the following press release: 

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How Jim Hood rewrites law for the good ole boys.

A recent Attorney General opinion makes it harder to hold public officials accountable when they tried to avoid the confirmation process.  One problem in Mississippi government is the use of interim appointments.  Mayors have repeatedly abused this practice when they fear a crony can't get confirmed.  Checks and balances are ignored while city councils and boards of aldermen have little remedy save going to court.  However, a law was passed earlier this year to put a stop to this good ole boy practice.

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Keeping it classy

Do Florida, alcohol,  and Chuck E. Cheese mix?

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Monday, October 3, 2016

Benjamin to plead guilty in Epps scandal

Former State Senator and lobbyist Irb Benjamin will plead guilty to conspiracy and bribery at a hearing scheduled for October 18 in U.S. District Court.  A federal grand jury indicted Mr. Benjamin on August 18, 2015 for conspiracy and bribery.  Benjamin obtained MDOC contracts through his company Mississippi Correctional Management.  Benjamin also obtained contracts for other companies by acting as a consultant.  He would allegedly split the consulting fee with then-MDOC Commissioner Chris Epps.   The first page of the indictment below provides the plot of the scheme hatched by the Commissioner and the Jack Gordon protege.    He is represented by "Plea Bargain" Joe Holloman.
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The Jackson Zoo has a plan

The Jackson Zoo rolled out a new master plan that proposes a major facelift for the Jackson attraction. An African village, new exhibits, and a restaurant are in store for Jacksonians if the plan becomes a reality.  The plan is posted below.  The estimated cost is $95.9 million. Some highlights of the plan are:

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Censorship at Ole Miss?

Social media is abuzz after this Instagram video was posted that showed a student being thrown out of the Ole Miss game Saturday.  He is carrying a Mississippi state flag.  The flag was not attached to a stick or any other solid objects.  Accusations that he was ejected because he was holding up the banner are flying fast and furious.  See the video for yourself:

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Sunday, October 2, 2016

Ouch!

Drunk shirtless Tennessee frat boy takes on bouncer who just so happens to be an MMA fighter:

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To catch a thief

Local restaurants have been hit by a small crime wave lately.  Jeff Good posted this message and security camera photos on his public Facebook page:

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Sunday Morning Sermon

JJ presents a sermon preached by the late Dr. Frank Pollard. 

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Saturday, October 1, 2016

A great man died this week.

Former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres died earlier this week at the age of 93.  He was one of the founders of Israel.  He stood up for his country when its enemies sought to destroy it and later took a serious stab at peace.  The New York Times video posted below remembers his life.

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Bill Crawford: We need more private sector jobs to get off of the bottom.


For decades the U.S. Census Bureau has published data on income and poverty. Related news stories have consistently focused on Mississippi’s humble rankings. Just released statistics show Mississippi continues to be the poorest state with the highest poverty rate.
 
When stories about this hit the media, Gov. Phil Bryant’s director of communications, Clay Chandler, wrote this in an email to Mississippi Today: 

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Friday, September 30, 2016

JPD arrests alleged kidnapper

JPD issued the following press release:

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Like a boss

,or Heckler does good.  American fan David Johnson was giving some grief to Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland and Andy Sullivan of England at a Ryder Cup practice session yesterday.  The two golfers each missed a twelve-putt putt with a tricky downward slope six times in a row.  The North Dakotan couldn't help himself and yelled "I could've made that".  So.... British Open champ Henrick Stenson pulled him out of the crowd and told him to go make the shot.  Just to make sure Johnson didn't suffer from a lack of pressure, Justin Rose placed a $100 bill on the ground right in front of the ball.  See what happens next:

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Lil Stevie Turner indicted again

A Hinds County grand jury indicted young Steve Turner on September 15 for auto burglary, house burglary, and auto theft.  This is not Turner's first or second scrape with the law, as he does nothing but rob and steal whenever he is free.

Young Turner was sprung from juvie when he turned 18 on December 2, 2015.  JPD arrested him on December 21 for house burglary and possessing a stolen firearm.  He stayed a few weeks in jail before he posted bond and went back to his errant ways.  JJ reported at the time

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It is Jerry Rice Day!!!

Sugar Ray is going to go nuts.  Governor Phil Bryant declared today is Jerry Rice Day and issued the following press release:

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Night Flight

Mark Willis posted a really cool video of his making a night landing in his plane at Hawkins Field. Enjoy.

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Sheriff warns of jury duty scam

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement:

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

JMAA gets $17.7 million grant awards

The Jackson Municipal Airport Authority issued the following press release:

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