Monday, February 29, 2016

Robbery at Gluckstadt gym

A con man managed to trick a front-desk employee at Starke Fitness out of an undisclosed sum of money around 3:00 PM today in Gluckstadt.  Owner Lee Sahler said the thief worked as part of a tag team to deceive  his staff. 

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The iceman cometh... and got caught.

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

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Earned mistrust at MDA


What do Apple vs the FBI and taxpayers vs the Mississippi Development Authority have in common? Both are consequences of earned mistrust.

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Sunday, February 28, 2016

In case you missed it....

Here is Mayor Tony Yarber's press conference on the water problems.

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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Showtime at the City Hall

The public comments were as interesting as usual at Tuesday's meeting of the Jackson City Council.  A comment about the nomination of James Stanley to the JMAA Board of Commissioners almost turned into a food fight. Watch the video for yourself. 

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Supreme Court rejects appeal, candidate stays on Democratic Presidential ballot

The Mississippi Supreme Court ordered the Secretary of State to place Dr. Willie Wilson of Chicago on the Democratic Party Presidential primary ballot.  The Court rejected an appeal by Secretary of State Dibbert Hosemann yesterday.   Local attorney and Democratic party warhorse Sam Begley represented Dr. Wilson.

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Bad Samarions going to jail

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

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Friday, February 26, 2016

How to counterattack

Pure political theater is the only way to describe the Donald Trump rally in Fort Worth today.  He supposedly got hammered by Rubio and Cruz last night only to emerge unscathed in Texas today.  The rally was one hour of pure energy and political rambunctiousness as Trump shrugged off the blows and gave it right back to his opponents.  Shades of Andrew Jackson campaigning comes to mind.   I'm not leaning towards Trump but I can appreciate a rare moment in politics when I see it.  The video is posted below. Pour a drink and enjoy.  This is a performance worth watching regardless of who one is supporting. 

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Inmate smuggling ring busted

The Mississippi Department of Corrections issued the following press release:

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Telemedicine comes to rural firefighters

Is Mississippi getting in front of the curve for once on healthcare?  Mississippi Commissioner of Insurance announced Wednesday at a press conference that Teladoc will provide telemedicine services to the state's rural firefighters.   The Commissioner said the program will cost $200,000.  Covered firefighters will be able to use their phones as well as an iphone app to contact Mississippi-licensed doctors for medical services.  Mr. Chaney said there are over 13,000  volunteer firefighters who deserved the benefit because they don't get paid while risking their lives to save other lives.

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Good responds to water advisory

Restaurateur Imperious Maximus Jeff Good announced on Facebook that new and upgraded water filters have been installed at his restaurants and the water is very safe:

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JPD nabs triple-murder suspect

JPD issued the following press release and mug shot:

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Airport CEO talks to JJ

The Jackson municipal airport has dominated the news lately as the fight for control rages in the legislature.  The media focuses on the "horserace" but rarely provides any real information about the airport itself. It is all about who wins, you see.  Jackson Jambalaya sat down with Jackson Municipal Airport Authority CEO Carl Newman two weeks ago for an hour-long interview.  We covered the finances, Hawkins Field, the pilot shortage, and yes, Southwest's departure for the Jackson market.

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Good job, Governor.

Governor Phil Bryant proclaimed April to be Confederate History month.  The proclamation is posted below although it is not posted on the Governor's website. 

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The ballad of Kenneth and Enoch

The Jackson City Council should consider making its meetings available only via pay per view on tv.  The public comments period at its regular meeting of the Jackson City Council Tuesday was one for the books.  We got within ten minutes a beautiful yet colorful oration by the highly esteemed Enoch Sanders.  Kenneth Stokes provided the biography for the celebrated Jacksonian.  However, the council moved from high-end to low-end as Mr. Stokes berated a poor elderly lady who wanted to remember Jackson civil rights heroes.  Mr. Stokes went way past 11 as he yelled at fellow councilman Melvin Priester, Jr.  and tried to bait him.  However, the episode ended with Junior finding his game and standing up to the Ward 3 Councilman in a way that showed he was in control.  He refused to be baited nor engage in a shouting match with Stokes.  The video is posted below. Enjoy.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Say what?

Dayumn.  Priester stood up to Stokes.  Watch for yourself.

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Pregnant women & tater tots: buy Kentwood

The city of Jackson issued the following press release:

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Rick Cleveland remembers Jim Davenport

Last week's death of Mississippi Sports Hall of Famer Jim Davenport brought a barrage of memories, all good ones.

His nickname was Peanuts. Don't know how he got it, and, for some reason, I never asked. My daddy just called him “Nuts” and it seemed as natural as Sam or Joe to me.

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How much Jackson crime stays in Jackson?

The issue of police chases has dominated the news lately as Stokes urged Jacksonians to throw rocks at the police from outside law enforcement agencies if they chased suspects into Jackson.  More than a few people in the "burbs"  defended their police officers and said their police are chasing Jackson criminals.  JJ  decided it might be worthy to review 2015 crime data from surrounding cities to see if Jackson crime is indeed spilling over across the city limits.  JJ obtained 2015 arrest information from Ridgeland, Flowood, and Madison*.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

It's a possible maybe

Mississippi Speakah of the House Philip Gunn clarified his position on changing the Mississippi state flag today in the following press release:

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Meet James Stanley

Here is the resume of Jackson Airport Commissioner nominee James Stanley.  Unfortunately, the city council did not vote on his confirmation today.  Stokes and some "community activists" pushed back against the nomination today so a confirmation hearing will be held next week.

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15-mile rule: Good ole boy corporate welfare or medical necessity?

Update: Bill passes BUT it only expanded the limit to 75 miles.  Senator Terry Burton offered a committee substitute that passed. 

It is often reported that Mississippi is dead last in health care due to it being a poor state. However, it is the position of this website that crony capitalism and good ole boy rules limit health care access for many Mississippians as well. JJ reported recently that certificate of need laws limit health care while making it more expensive for those who can least afford it. Steve Wilson delves into the antiquated Nurse Practitioner rule over at Mississippi Watchdog. Nurse Practitioners can only operate within a 15 mile radius of their supervising physician. Such rules make perfect sense in rural areas such as the Delta where the poor are many and doctors are few.  Mr. Wilson reported:

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Kasich coming to the Coast

Republican Presidential Candidate John Kasick will be appearing at a fund-raiser tomorrow in Gulfport.   Check out the invitation:

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Social justice warriors channel their inner Jeff Spicoli

You can't make this up. Social justice Spicolis at Brown University are complaining about failing because they don't go to class.  They shouldn't be penalized because they care.  Read and weep.  The Brown Daily Herald reported last week:

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Monday, February 22, 2016

Million-dollar coverage per ride

Uber issued the following press release concerning insurance coverage for transportation network company drivers that is in the "Uber bill":

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Ridgeland Re-zoning Rematch

The Ridgeland Board of Aldermen will hold a hearing for the re-zoning of the proposed Costco site on April 5 at 6:00 PM at City Hall.  The property was rezoned last year to allow service stations. However, a group of Ridgeland citizens sued the city and claimed no public notice was provided  for the re-zoning as required by law.  Ridgeland is thus holding another hearing on the zoning of the property and issuing a public notice (that is posted below). 

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JMAA looks to the future, Mayor nominates Stanley to board

Update: Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber nominated Ward 7 resident James Stanley to the Board of Commissioners.  The nomination is on the agenda for tomorrow's meeting of the City Council.

Jackson Municipal Airport Authority CEO Carl Neman provided a glimpse of the future for Jackson's two airports at a meeting of the Board of Commissioners last week.  A strategic improvement plan was presented. The draft of the plan was not made available to the media or public last week but it was presented to the board.   JJ videotaped the presentation.  The camera is focused on the screen that was used to show the powerpoint presentation.  

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Ridgeland offering amnesty

The city of Ridgeland issued the following press release:

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Sponsored post: Whither goest the Mississippi

After the great Mississippi River flood of 1927 congress told the US Army Corps of Engineers to make sure it didn’t happen again. The Corps has been trying for almost 90 years. The result? More flood for less rain.

This pithy assessment of the Corps work is from John McPhee’s acclaimed “Atchafalaya” written 27 years ago. It’s still true today because the Corps is still trying to fix the flooding problem by holding the rain instead of speeding its flow to the Gulf. (Mississippi is a holding pond.) Wrong strategy: Contain the River. How: build levees. Result: even more flood for less rain.

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Sunday, February 21, 2016

Funny

Saturday Night Live nailed it last week with this skit about Beyonce.

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Waaaaaaaaaaaaah

Attorney General Jim Hood apparently can't stand any competition.  He issued this press release last week:

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Ethics Commission: Madison County prosecuting attorney can maintain a law practice.

 JJ received this one comment about the pay raise for the Madison County Prosecuting Attorney that has dominated the pages of the Clarion-Ledger recently:

xxxxxx- you can no longer claim the self-anointed title of journalist if you are chicken shit about covering Madison county prosecutor efforts to get raise. If this was any other person, you would be all over it with your snarky, childish criticism.

HA! Ms. Hancock is a big girl and can handle herself.  One is going to take heat whenever one publicly asks for a raise. It comes with the territory and the newspaper is fulfilling its watchdog role in scrutinizing the raise. However, the state newspaper is not telling the entire story as well.  The Clarion-Ledger reported on February 17:

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This cop doesn't play

Meet Captain Clay Higgins of the St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office. He has a little message for gangstas.

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Saturday, February 20, 2016

House committee passes Uber bill

The House Transportation Committee passed Wednesday a bill that will allow Uber and other ride-sharing companies to operate throughout Mississippi.  The bill requires them to obtain a license from the Mississippi Insurance Department and pay an annual registration fee as well.  The bill will pre-empt all municipal regulations on Uber if it becomes law. Bill history and status. Representative Gary Chism sponsored the bill.   Some highlights of the bill are:

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Officer down (Updated)

The Mississippi Department of Public Safety issued the following statements:

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Friday, February 19, 2016

Banks loses, Lackey tosses Election Commission

Karl Banks's efforts to use the Madison County Election Commission to overturn his two-vote electoral loss to David Bishop failed.  Special Circuit Judge Henry Lackey crushed the commission's efforts to change the results of the District 4 Supervisor election in Madison County.  The opinion is posted below.

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BMA takes a stand.

The Business Ministerial Alliance issued the following statement on Jackson government and the municipal airport:

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Gilbert asks for less money

Secretary of State Dibbert Hosemann issued the following statement:

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Airport report: We love going to DC

Cue up a Pace Picante Sauce commercial.  Jackson airline passengers love traveling to Washington, DC and New York City.  An analysis of the market and passengers for the Jackson Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport  was presented yesterday to the JMAA Board of Commissioners. The report also stated fares were up and traffic was down since 2009.  Some highlights of the analysis are:

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Update on Chevron car theft

JJ reported Wednesday on an auto theft that took place at the Chevron gas station in Highland Village.  The security camera recorded the entire incident.  The owner of the business allowed this correspondent to see the video.  Here is what took place.

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Thursday, February 18, 2016

One more Epps domino falls

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

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Who killed da Mayor? Antar Lumumba blames St. Dominic

Kenneth Stokes may finally get the answer to his question "Who killed da Mayor?".  Chokwe Antar Lumumba, Jr. filed a wrongful death action against St. Dominic Hospital and several doctors Tuesday in Hinds County Circuit Court.  Attorneys Dennis Sweet, III and Dennis Sweet, IV are representing Mr. Lumumba.  The case is assigned to Judge Winston Kidd.

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Burt & Allen Show goes to MDOC

Thomas Blaine Allen and Tracie Michelle Burt pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute last week in Rankin County Circuit Court.  They were arrested during a December 2014 traffic stop on Hwy 468.  Each defendant received twenty year prison sentences.   Police found 40 grams of meth in their vehicle.  Burt had her five-month old child in the back seat as well. The police report and their mug shots are posted below.

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Committee approves proposal to post zoning apps online.

Jackson residents may no longer have to file a public records request, wait fourteen business days, and pay copying fees if they just want to read a re-zoning request.   The Planning Committee of the Jackson City Council unanimously approved a proposal by Ward 1 Councilman Ashby Foote to place zoning applications as submitted  on the city website.

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Senate passes bill expanding charter school options

Leftenant Governor Tate Reeves issued the following press release:

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Manhunt in South Jackson. This guy will be easy to find.

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

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Thankfully, no one was hurt.

A brazen auto theft took place at the Chevron in Highland Village last night at 7:00 PM.
A lady was at the self-service gas pump while her ten year-old daughter was in the vehicle.  A black male walked up and got in the car in front of "everyone at the gas station".  The child screamed and jumped out of the vehicle.  The thief drove away.  Gas station employees tried to stop him but to no avail. The crime is considered to be an auto theft as no weapon was used.   The victim's sister posted this update on Nextdoor:

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Rick Cleveland: Remembering the SWAC


We lost the ineffable Willie Richardson last week, dead at age 76, a football legend surely beloved by all who knew him, no matter their allegiances.

Richardson was a Jackson State man whose playing career takes us back to a different time in Mississippi and America when historically black colleges in the Deep South were brimming with the fastest, quickest and biggest football players in America.

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Anklam to lead new Mississippi news website

Former USA Today editor Fred Anklam is the editor of Mississippi News and Information Corporation.  JJ reported  last week that MSNIC stole Editor R.L. Knave away from the Jackson Free Press.  The company was advertising several positions for hire in December.  Mr. Anklam was once a reporter at the Clarion-Ledger and won a Pulitzer Prize in 1983  for his coverage of Governor William Winter's "successful campaign for education reform". *  Mr. Anklam did not return phone calls seeking comment on his new project.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

We report, you decide.

What is the Clarion-Ledger up to?

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Simmons to plead guilty

A change of plea notice was just filed in U.S. District Court in Gulfport:

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Coast "consultant" helped Epps run a statewide corruption train

Read February 27, 2015 post that spelled out this scheme.

A bill of information filed in U.S. District Court Thursday gives more details on the suicide of a Harrison County supervisor a year ago.  The bill provides an interesting picture of how MDOC Commissioner Chris Epps, Supervisor William Martin, and "consultant" Robert Simmons conjured up a scheme to award contracts and pay kickbacks in Harrison County.  The Simmons-Epps corruption train even made stops in East Mississippi as well.   The bill charges Simmons with one count of bribery.

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Senator Wicker & Senator Cochran: WAIT!!!

Senator Roger Wicker just said on the Paul Gallo Radio Show (WFMN) that the Senate should not confirm any Supreme Court nomination submitted by President Barack Obama to replace Justice Antonin Scalia.  The President announced he will submit a nomination after Justice Antonin Scalia died Saturday.

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Monday, February 15, 2016

Insurance Commish wants to get rid of some bad apples


This column was submitted by Mike Chaney.  Mr. Chaney is the Mississippi Commissioner of Insurance.  

Fortunately, most Mississippians go through life without ever having a need to be bailed out of jail.

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Clarksdale police officer shot

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

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85 year-old man killed while working in yard.

What words does one use to describe the murder of an 85-year old man who was working in his yard yesterday?  Horrific, barbaric,  and savage are a few that come to mind.   WAPT reported yesterday:

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Hate it when this happens.

Big and made of brass.  This is how you stop a terrorist:

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Sunday, February 14, 2016

GOT "Tease"



You expected a trailer? A man must be patient. 

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Catch & release FOOD FIGHT!!!

NOW we got us a throw-down.  Robert Shuler Smith and Tomie Green.  Finally.  The fun started when JPD Chief Lee Vance told the damn truth: it doesn't matter how well his men do their job if the criminal justice system is broken.  District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith called the media into his office Friday and pointed the finger directly at Senior Circuit Judge Tomie Green.

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Saturday, February 13, 2016

R.I.P. Justice Scalia

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia passed away today.  He was 79 years old.  Several Mississippi leaders issued the following statements:

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Do certificates of need raise health care prices?

A team of high-powered university researchers claimed in a recently published study that health care prices rise for consumers as the number of hospitals serving an area shrink.* The study argues that monopoly hospitals charge prices that are 15.3% higher than areas that have at least four hospitals. Some highlights of the study are:

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Friday, February 12, 2016

The cabbie v. the customer

This video shows the mindset of Jackson cabbies.  A Mr. Antonius Scarborough voiced several complaints about Jackson taxicab service to the City Council Monday night.  Gene Sandifer apparently thought he was a bouncer at the Dock and not a service-oriented driver as he trashed Mr. Scarborough when he addressed the City Council.   Watch the video for yourself.

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Watchdog questions tire plant deal

The story below is reprinted from Watchdog.org with the permission of reporter Steve Wilson: 

The Mississippi Legislature passed an incentive package Thursday that will provide $274 million to build a $1.45 billion tire plant west of Jackson and convert a port facility in Gulfport for use by an offshore services company.

The two facilities would employ 3,500 people. The tire plant would be the largest economic development project in the state’s history.

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Those that do, do.

Some people quit. Some people complain.  Some people are just plain lazy and don't give a damn about themselves or anyone else.  Some people, however, are special and want to better themselves and the people around them.  Such a person was William Holtzclaw, the founder of the Utica Institute that is now the Utica campus of Hinds Community College.  Mississippi was not friendly to someone who was broke and black back in 1902 but William Holtzclaw wanted to educate black Mississippians.  The Vicksburg Sunday Post told his story in a 1973 article that is posted below. It is a positive story that is not told enough and easy to forget

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Ongoing Robbery Investigations - Hungry, Hot and Mani/Pedis

JPD issued the following press release, citing several recent robberies in the area:

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D.A. trying to drop case against drug dealer.


The Hinds County District Attorney attempted to drop charges against an accused drug dealer.  Christopher Butler was twice indicted by a Hinds County grand jury in 2012 for  possessing more than one kilo of marijuana.  Butler was twice previously convicted of felonies and will be classified as a habitual offender if convicted. Butler is 38 years old.

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Senate passes Superintendent bill

Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves issued the following press release:

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Cabbie economics

A taxicab driver attempted to provide a lesson in economics and history during the Uber public hearing Monday night to the Jackson city council.  It is rather um, interesting.  Watch the video for yourself.

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Update on Carolyn Temple case

It has been nearly a year since Carolyn Temple was murdered at night in Belhaven.  JPD arrested three suspects in the case.  They have all been indicted for capital murder.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

And they vote

Triumph skewers a few college students.  One student in particular doesn't take to kindly to his act.  You get to figure out which one as you enjoy the show. You just can't make some of this up. 

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Superintendent bill passes committee

Leftenant Governor Tate Reeves issued the following press release:

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5th Circuit reinstates lethal injection

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals removed an injunction prohibiting Mississippi from using the drug compounded  pentobarbital  to execute prisoners. The opinion is posted below.  Death penalty opponents can read it and weep.

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Take the Rick Cleveland Quiz

Brett Lorenzo Favre brings to nine the number of native Mississippians inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. That the Magnolia State ranks No. 1 per capita in producing Hall of Famers will not surprise anyone who regularly reads this column.

We may rank low in per capita income, lean body mass, and education, but we can play ball. Boy, can we play football.

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Uber is now legit

The Jackson City Council voted to allow Uber to operate in Jackson under light regulation.  The motion passed on a 3-1 vote.  Councilmen Ashby Foote, Melvin Priester, Jr., and Tyrone Hendrix voted for the measure while DeKeither Stamps voted against it.  The cabbies showed up to protest against Uber while WLBT gave them a full hearing and completely slanted its coverage against Uber.  Watch the video below:

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JJ is getting some competition.

It appears a news online website is getting cranked up in the Jackson area.  Mississippi News & Information Corporation stole R.L. Knave away from the Jackson Free Press.  Its mission statement says:

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

New Hampshire open thread

The silly season in politics is gets underway tonight.  Comment on the New Hampshire results here. 

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March 4 is coming



Hopefully the scriptwriting is much better than it was last season. 

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Meanwhile, a disabled woman is victimized by Jackson cab drivers

Double-charge, triple charge, whats $40 per mile? Service to your door? You can't be serious.  A disabled lady told the Jackson City Council last night she was repeatedly victimized by taxi cab drivers.  Watch Lisa McGraw tell the city council what she is forced to endure from taxicab drivers in the video posted below.  

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Cab driver threatens city council with "repercussions"

The Jackson City Council held a public hearing on Uber last night.  Taxicab driver Gene Sandifer issued some not so thinly-veiled threats to the city council as he was clearly upset over the possibility of the city council allowing Uber to operate in Jackson.  Watch for yourself in this video.

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Hate it when that happens.

JPD issued the following press release and pictures:

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JPD catches carjackers & Trustmark robbers

JPD issued two press releases this morning:

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Ashby Foote tells the rest of the story about the Jackson International Airport

In 87 years of operations, Jackson’s airports have never suffered a hijacking, but that streak may be about to end. The state legislature is considering a bill that would create a new airport board appointed by the governor. If passed it would effectively take control of the Jackson International Airport (JAN) away from the current Airport Commission which is appointed by the mayor of Jackson and confirmed by the Jackson City Council.

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Wood Brown passed away

Former Rankin County Supervisor Wood Brown passed away a few days ago.  His family was kind enough to provide a copy of his obituary that is posted below.

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Sunday, February 7, 2016

No comment.

This incident took place at a Mardi Gras parade in Alexandria, La this weekend.  As they say, Alex is gonna Alex.  It's not called the armpit of Louisiana for nothing (or is that Leesville?).  Enjoy.

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Sunday at the Bijou

Looking for a movie to watch online today?   Don't feel like watching football but don't can't bear to click the remote until the Lifetime channel pops up on the screen? Check out Narco Cultura, a movie about the Narco culture in America and south of the border in Juarez.  Corridos praise the drug lords in ways that remind one of Mafia worship while the police in Juarez are forced to wear masks and go into hiding.  The movie is on Netflix but a Youtube version is embedded below.  Filmmaker Shaul Schwarz produced the movie.  Several law enforcement officials recommended the movie to JJ and said Narco Cultura and Cartel Land were the two most realistic films in documenting the drug culture.

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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Building the Jackson airport

It is time to take one more step into the Jackson municipal airport past.  Newspaper articles from the late 1950's show the efforts made by the city of Jackson to build a new airport.  The articles show how city fathers strove mightily to bring a "jet-age" airport to Jackson and find a way to pay for it without breaking the bank.  It was a time of excitement and anticipation for Jackson as the project to build the reservoir was underway as well.  There were heroes and villains but in the end, progress was made.  Some highlights of the articles are:

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Friday, February 5, 2016

We report, you decide: How to deal with Sovereign Citizens

Florida law enforcement officials produced this video that teaches police how to deal with sovereign citizens. 

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Good news

The stolen red trailer and the perps were found. The victim sent this message:

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FOOD FIGHT (Lawyer edition)!!!

Does Lawyer Success bring success to Mississippi lawyers? Attorney Matthew Poole doesn't think so.  The Jackson attorney sued James Greenier and his company, Lawyer Success, LLC in Hinds County Circuit Court last Monday.  The complaint makes a few um, interesting allegations.

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JPD to women: Watch out!!

JPD issued the following warning:

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MDOC looking for parole jumper

The Mississippi Department of Corrections issued the following press release:

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Police seeking delivery thieves

The Madison Police Department and Rankin County Sheriff both issued the following press releases and mug shots concerning the theft of delivery packages in the Jackson metro area. The police welcome any tips the public can provide on these thieves.

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Rankin thug gets 55 years


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

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We got TroubleMane.

Caught hiding inside of, yes.... drum roll..... a TV set.  Seriously.  JPD issued the following press release:

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We report, you decide: Prosecuting attorney's raise.

Ah, the post everyone has been waiting to see this week.  The Madison County Board of Supervisors voted to raise the salary of County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Hancock this week.  The Clarion-Ledger reported Tuesday:

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Mayor Yarber responds to airport bill

Mayor Tony Yarber issued this statement:

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Mississippi lands tire plant

It appears Mississippi is getting a billion dollar tire plant that will employ over 2,500 people.  Governor Phil Bryant issued the following statement:

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Rudy declares war on Madison County

Rudy Warnock & Associates sued Madison County in U.S. District Court yesterday.  The case was assigned to Judge Carlton Reeves.  The plaintiff claims Madison County owes the firm $625,714.  Warnock also asked for interest and attorney's fees.  Dorsey Carson and Julie Skipper represent Warnock.  The complaint is posted below.

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Madison crime drops

Sorry, Kamikaze. ;-)  The Madison Police Department issued the following press release.

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UHC will lose over $500 million on Obamacare.

The Obamacare losses start to pile up for health insurance companies.  United Health Care expects to lose more than half a billion dollars on Affordable Care Act plans in 2016.  The Wall Street Journal reported last month:

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Rick Cleveland : Can't we all get along?

So now we've got an Ole Miss alum coaching football at Southern Miss. And we've got a Southern Miss alum coaching football at Ole Miss. This, I think, begs the question: Can't we all get along?

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NE Jackson, be on the lookout.

If you live in Northeast Jackson, keep an eye out for a tan or light-gold four door Grand-am. Early 2000's model.  It has a specialty Lanier High School tag on it.  If you see it, make a note of where it is and what it is doing and forward to this website at kingfish1935@gmail.com.  It will be driven by a  thin black male around 17 years old. Information will be forwarded to JPD.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Timber!!!


Tree fell in front of New Stage Theatre.

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Harkins files bill to create new board for Jackson airport

Let's get ready to ruuuuummmble over the Jackson airport.  State Senator Josh Harkins (R-Gold Coast) submitted his bill to create a new governing board for the Jackson municipal airport.  This is one fight that will get nasty and vicious as Jackson fights any attempts to change how the airport operates. There will be casualties.  Medics will be in short supply.  Most bourbon will be consumed. Kenneth Stokes may die of dehydration.

The bill replaces the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority with a Metropolitan Airport Authority to manage the Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport and Hawkins Field on July 1, 2016.  A nine-member board of commissioners will oversee the operation of the two airports.  The new board of commissioners will be comprised of the following members::

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MDE to Pickering: HELP!!!

It appears the Hattiesburg School District is going broke or more likely, is already broke.  Mississippi Superintendent of Education Carey Wright asked State Auditor Stacey Pickering to immediately investigate the district's finances.  The general fund balance plummeted from $6.5 million in 2012 to $768,796 in 2015.  The district also obtained a $7 million tax anticipation note in August 2015.  The district has already spent $6 million.  The HSD Superintendent and business manager resigned in December.   Dr. Wright sent this letter to Mr. Pickering:

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Mississippi's Little Grand Canyon

Photographer Rick Guy took the JJ Yuneec Typhoon q500 down to Morgantown and shot some really incredible video of Red Bluff.  The bluff was created by the erosion of the west bank of the Pearl River.  Nature created a smorgasbord of colors that awaits your eyes.  Mr. Guy used a 4k camera to shoot the video.  Enjoy.

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Woman gets five years for assaulting nursing home victim.

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following statement:

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$2,500 reward for stolen trailer

The owner of a trailer stolen last weekend is offering $2,500 for information leading to its recovery.  A reward for the actual return of the trailer is offered as well and is negotiable.  Contact number is 601-672-7481.  The video, pictures, and information about the trailer are posted below. 

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Monday, February 1, 2016

Senators try to revive MDA zombie

Check out part of SB #2074 filed by State Senators Lydia Chassaniol and Joey Fillingane:

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Diamond Harris pleads guilty

Diamond Harris pleaded guilty to four charges in Flowood Municipal Court in December. The 21 year-old black female was arrested by Flowood police in August after she refused to provide her license during a traffic stop, attempted to drive away from police, and then struggled when police tried to remove her from the car. Harris recorded part of the incident and gave the video to WAPT. JJ obtained the police reports and convictions through a public records request. Readers may remember this video broadcast on WAPT:

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File Jackson public records requests online.

Jackson made a major step for transparency in government.  The city website now has a portal for submitting public records requests.  Simply go to the portal, fill out the information in the online form, and submit your request.  JJ submitted one last week.  The clerk's office received the request and obtained the records.  Hopefully more local governments will follow Jackson's lead.  Then there is MDA but that is a story for another day.  Go to City Clerk's web page.

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Stokes raises hell

Jackson Ward 3 Councilman Kenneth Stokes protested again yesterday.  The chase of a stolen car by Richland police into Jackson fueled his ire.  Richland police pursued a stolen car into Jackson.  The chase ended at Mcluer Road but a vehicle carrying a grandmother, mother, and two children was struck.  A Hinds County deputy wrecked his patrol car as well.  Watch Kenneth for yourself.

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Rick Cleveland muses on USM turmoil

Last weekend's surprising news — Todd Monken leaving Southern Miss to become offensive coordinator of the Tampa Bucs — immediately was followed by some harsh, bordering on nasty, criticism via social media.

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Trollfest '09

Trollfest '07 was such a success that Jackson Jambalaya will once again host Trollfest '09. Catch this great event which will leave NE Jackson & Fondren in flames. Othor Cain and his band, The Black Power Structure headline the night while Sonjay Poontang returns for an encore performance. Former Frank Melton bodyguard Marcus Wright makes his premier appearance at Trollfest singing "I'm a Sweet Transvestite" from "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." Kamikaze will sing his new hit, “How I sold out to da Man.” Robbie Bell again performs: “Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be Bells” and “Any friend of Ed Peters is a friend of mine”. After the show, Ms. Bell will autograph copies of her mug shot photos. In a salute to “Dancing with the Stars”, Ms. Bell and Hinds County District Attorney Robert Smith will dance the Wango Tango.

Wrestling returns, except this time it will be a Battle Royal with Othor Cain, Ben Allen, Kim Wade, Haley Fisackerly, Alan Lange, and “Big Cat” Donna Ladd all in the ring at the same time. The Battle Royal will be in a steel cage, no time limit, no referee, and the losers must leave town. Marshand Crisler will be the honorary referee (as it gives him a title without actually having to do anything).


Meet KIM Waaaaaade at the Entergy Tent. For five pesos, Kim will sell you a chance to win a deed to a crack house on Ridgeway Street stuffed in the Howard Industries pinata. Don't worry if the pinata is beaten to shreds, as Mr. Wade has Jose, Emmanuel, and Carlos, all illegal immigrants, available as replacements for the it. Upon leaving the Entergy tent, fig leaves will be available in case Entergy literally takes everything you have as part of its Trollfest ticket price adjustment charge.

Donna Ladd of The Jackson Free Press will give several classes on learning how to write. Smearing, writing without factchecking, and reporting only one side of a story will be covered. A donation to pay their taxes will be accepted and she will be signing copies of their former federal tax liens. Ms. Ladd will give a dramatic reading of her two award-winning essays (They received The Jackson Free Press "Best Of" awards.) "Why everything is always about me" and "Why I cover murders better than anyone else in Jackson".

In the spirit of helping those who are less fortunate, Trollfest '09 adopts a cause for which a portion of the proceeds and donations will be donated: Keeping Frank Melton in his home. The “Keep Frank Melton From Being Homeless” booth will sell chances for five dollars to pin the tail on the jackass. John Reeves has graciously volunteered to be the jackass for this honorable excursion into saving Frank's ass. What's an ass between two friends after all? If Mr. Reeves is unable to um, perform, Speaker Billy McCoy has also volunteered as when the word “jackass” was mentioned he immediately ran as fast as he could to sign up.


In order to help clean up the legal profession, Adam Kilgore of the Mississippi Bar will be giving away free, round-trip plane tickets to the North Pole where they keep their bar complaint forms (which are NOT available online). If you don't want to go to the North Pole, you can enjoy Brant Brantley's (of the Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance) free guided tours of the quicksand field over by High Street where all complaints against judges disappear. If for some reason you are unable to control yourself, never fear; Judge Houston Patton will operate his jail where no lawyers are needed or allowed as you just sit there for minutes... hours.... months...years until he decides he is tired of you sitting in his jail. Do not think Judge Patton is a bad judge however as he plans to serve free Mad Dog 20/20 to all inmates.

Trollfest '09 is a pet-friendly event as well. Feel free to bring your dog with you and do not worry if your pet gets hungry, as employees of the Jackson Zoo will be on hand to provide some of their animals as food when it gets to be feeding time for your little loved one.

Relax at the Fox News Tent. Since there are only three blonde reporters in Jackson (being blonde is a requirement for working at Fox News), Megan and Kathryn from WAPT and Wendy from WLBT will be on loan to Fox. To gain admittance to the VIP section, bring either your Republican Party ID card or a Rebel Flag. Bringing both and a torn-up Obama yard sign will entitle you to free drinks served by Megan, Wendy, and Kathryn. Get your tickets now. Since this is an event for trolls, no ID is required. Just bring the hate. Bring the family, Trollfest '09 is for EVERYONE!!!

This is definitely a Beaver production.


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Trollfest '07

Jackson Jambalaya is the home of Trollfest '07. Catch this great event which promises to leave NE Jackson & Fondren in flames. Sonjay Poontang and his band headline the night with a special steel cage, no time limit "loser must leave town" bout between Alan Lange and "Big Cat"Donna Ladd following afterwards. Kamikaze will perform his new song F*** Bush, he's still a _____. Did I mention there was no referee? Dr. Heddy Matthias and Lori Gregory will face off in the undercard dueling with dangling participles and other um, devices. Robbie Bell will perform Her two latest songs: My Best Friends are in the Media and Mama's, Don't Let Your Babies Grow up to be George Bell. Sid Salter of The Clarion-Ledger will host "Pin the Tail on the Trial Lawyer", sponsored by State Farm.

There will be a hugging booth where in exchange for your young son, Frank Melton will give you a loooong hug. Trollfest will have a dunking booth where Muhammed the terrorist will curse you to Allah as you try to hit a target that will drop him into a vat of pig grease. However, in the true spirit of Separate But Equal, Don Imus and someone from NE Jackson will also sit in the dunking booth for an equal amount of time. Tom Head will give a reading for two hours on why he can't figure out who the hell he is. Cliff Cargill will give lessons with his .80 caliber desert eagle, using Frank Melton photos as targets. Tackleberry will be on hand for an autograph session. KIM Waaaaaade will be passing out free titles and deeds to crackhouses formerly owned by The Wood Street Players.

If you get tired come relax at the Fox News Tent. To gain admittance to the VIP section, bring either your Republican Party ID card or a Rebel Flag. Bringing both will entitle you to free drinks.Get your tickets now. Since this is an event for trolls, no ID is required, just bring the hate. Bring the family, Trollfest '07 is for EVERYONE!!!

This is definitely a Beaver production.

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