JPD issued the following press release and photo:
Monday, October 31, 2016
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:
Sunday, October 30, 2016
Saturday, October 29, 2016
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.
Friday, October 28, 2016
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.
Thursday, October 27, 2016
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.
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
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:
The Sanderson Farms Championship, Mississippi's stop on the PGA Tour, began in Hattiesburg 48 years ago as the Magnolia State Classic.
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.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
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.
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.”
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.
Monday, October 24, 2016
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.
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.
The Mississippi State Department of Health issued this press release:
Sunday, October 23, 2016
Saturday, October 22, 2016
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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.
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.
Friday, October 21, 2016
Thursday, October 20, 2016
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.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
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.
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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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:
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Monday, October 17, 2016
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:
Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber issued the following press release:
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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Sunday, October 16, 2016
Saturday, October 15, 2016
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:
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?
Friday, October 14, 2016
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:
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.
Thursday, October 13, 2016
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:
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.
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
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.
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
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.
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:
Monday, October 10, 2016
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.
Sunday, October 9, 2016
Saturday, October 8, 2016
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.”
Friday, October 7, 2016
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.
Thursday, October 6, 2016
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
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.
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.
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
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.
Monday, October 3, 2016
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.
JJ broke the story in November 2014 that Mr. Benjamin was involved in the Chris Epps scandal:
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:
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:
Sunday, October 2, 2016
Saturday, October 1, 2016
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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Wrestling returns, except this time it will be a Battle Royal with Othor Cain, Ben Allen, Kim Wade, Haley Fisackerly, Alan Lange, and “Big Cat” Donna Ladd all in the ring at the same time. The Battle Royal will be in a steel cage, no time limit, no referee, and the losers must leave town. Marshand Crisler will be the honorary referee (as it gives him a title without actually having to do anything).
Meet KIM Waaaaaade at the Entergy Tent. For five pesos, Kim will sell you a chance to win a deed to a crack house on Ridgeway Street stuffed in the Howard Industries pinata. Don't worry if the pinata is beaten to shreds, as Mr. Wade has Jose, Emmanuel, and Carlos, all illegal immigrants, available as replacements for the it. Upon leaving the Entergy tent, fig leaves will be available in case Entergy literally takes everything you have as part of its Trollfest ticket price adjustment charge.
Donna Ladd of The Jackson Free Press will give several classes on learning how to write. Smearing, writing without factchecking, and reporting only one side of a story will be covered. A donation to pay their taxes will be accepted and she will be signing copies of their former federal tax liens. Ms. Ladd will give a dramatic reading of her two award-winning essays (They received The Jackson Free Press "Best Of" awards.) "Why everything is always about me" and "Why I cover murders better than anyone else in Jackson".
In the spirit of helping those who are less fortunate, Trollfest '09 adopts a cause for which a portion of the proceeds and donations will be donated: Keeping Frank Melton in his home. The “Keep Frank Melton From Being Homeless” booth will sell chances for five dollars to pin the tail on the jackass. John Reeves has graciously volunteered to be the jackass for this honorable excursion into saving Frank's ass. What's an ass between two friends after all? If Mr. Reeves is unable to um, perform, Speaker Billy McCoy has also volunteered as when the word “jackass” was mentioned he immediately ran as fast as he could to sign up.
In order to help clean up the legal profession, Adam Kilgore of the Mississippi Bar will be giving away free, round-trip plane tickets to the North Pole where they keep their bar complaint forms (which are NOT available online). If you don't want to go to the North Pole, you can enjoy Brant Brantley's (of the Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance) free guided tours of the quicksand field over by High Street where all complaints against judges disappear. If for some reason you are unable to control yourself, never fear; Judge Houston Patton will operate his jail where no lawyers are needed or allowed as you just sit there for minutes... hours.... months...years until he decides he is tired of you sitting in his jail. Do not think Judge Patton is a bad judge however as he plans to serve free Mad Dog 20/20 to all inmates.
Trollfest '09 is a pet-friendly event as well. Feel free to bring your dog with you and do not worry if your pet gets hungry, as employees of the Jackson Zoo will be on hand to provide some of their animals as food when it gets to be feeding time for your little loved one.
Relax at the Fox News Tent. Since there are only three blonde reporters in Jackson (being blonde is a requirement for working at Fox News), Megan and Kathryn from WAPT and Wendy from WLBT will be on loan to Fox. To gain admittance to the VIP section, bring either your Republican Party ID card or a Rebel Flag. Bringing both and a torn-up Obama yard sign will entitle you to free drinks served by Megan, Wendy, and Kathryn. Get your tickets now. Since this is an event for trolls, no ID is required. Just bring the hate. Bring the family, Trollfest '09 is for EVERYONE!!!
This is definitely a Beaver production.
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There will be a hugging booth where in exchange for your young son, Frank Melton will give you a loooong hug. Trollfest will have a dunking booth where Muhammed the terrorist will curse you to Allah as you try to hit a target that will drop him into a vat of pig grease. However, in the true spirit of Separate But Equal, Don Imus and someone from NE Jackson will also sit in the dunking booth for an equal amount of time. Tom Head will give a reading for two hours on why he can't figure out who the hell he is. Cliff Cargill will give lessons with his .80 caliber desert eagle, using Frank Melton photos as targets. Tackleberry will be on hand for an autograph session. KIM Waaaaaade will be passing out free titles and deeds to crackhouses formerly owned by The Wood Street Players.
If you get tired come relax at the Fox News Tent. To gain admittance to the VIP section, bring either your Republican Party ID card or a Rebel Flag. Bringing both will entitle you to free drinks.Get your tickets now. Since this is an event for trolls, no ID is required, just bring the hate. Bring the family, Trollfest '07 is for EVERYONE!!!
This is definitely a Beaver production.
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