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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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.

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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."

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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. 


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

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.”

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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

JPD issued the following statement and mug shots:

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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

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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.
JJ broke the story in November 2014 that Mr. Benjamin was involved in the Chris Epps scandal

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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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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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