Wednesday, October 18, 2017

A tale of two Ridgelands.

A study of the Ridgeland lodging market said that northern Ridgeland hotels enjoy a high occupancy rate.  The Ridgeland Tourism Commission commissioned Young Strategies of North Carolina to review the market.  Berkeley Young presented the study to the Ridgeland Board of Aldermen at a work session Monday night. He said the study showed the market was "a tale of two Ridgelands."

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Ouch!

Biloxi made it too easy for Marshall Ramsey:

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Senator Cochran returns to Washington

Senator Thad Cochran issued the following statement.

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Medicare open enrollment begins.

Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney issued the following statement.

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Surprise! Ridgeland Aldermen extend hotel moratorium.

The Ridgeland Hotel Wars continue.  The Madison County Journal reported last week:

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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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Good guys stand up and fight.

JPD issued the following statement. 

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Ole Miss: We're sorry

Ole Miss and former Head Football Coach Houston Nutt issued the following statement today:

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You can't make this up.

The Rankin County trial for Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith has been moved to...... Halloween.  You really can't make this up. 

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War Eagle = Jail Bird

An Auburn fan didn't have a fun trip to Baton Rouge last weekend:

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Double shooting on Fortification Street

JPD issued the following statement and photo.

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Supes appoint Connie Cochran to library board.

The Hinds County Board of Supervisors appointed Connie Cochran to the Board of Trustees for the Jackson-Hinds Library System.  She will represent District 4.  She was approved on a unanimous vote.  She is the former Election Commissioner for District 4.  District 4 Supervisor Mike Morgan moved to appoint her.  District 1 Supervisor Robert Graham seconded the motion. 

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Senator Cochran has relapse.

Senator Thad Cochran issued the following statement. 

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D.A. tries to stop trial & bar domestic violence testimony.

Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith asked the Mississippi Supreme Court to stop his criminal while the Court considers his appeal of a motion to dismiss that was denied by Rankin County Circuit Judge John Emfinger.  The trial is scheduled to begin on October 23.  The Attorney General is prosecuting the District Attorney on two separate indictments for simple domestic violence, aggravated stalking, and robbery.  The two sides are also warring over whether testimony about alleged repeated incidents of domestic violence and drug use can be admitted as well.   Attorney John Reeves represents Smith. 

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Hate it when this happens.

This is what happens when you become one with your Iphone.

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Bonds: Where the real action takes place.


Where can a good ole boy make an easy $20,000 without anyone knowing about it in Mississippi? Bond sales.  Eyes glaze over when bonds are mentioned.  Reporters who can barely add ignore the topic.  Politicians who can not add just trust their good ole boy friends to do right by them.  Adams County is a prime example of such a conundrum.  The  Mississippi Business Journal reported last week:

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Surprised in the Search

If you can't make it to church this morning, enjoy this sermon given by the late Dr. Frank Pollard. He preached from 1 Samuel 9:1-13. 

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Bill Crawford: Here comes Amazon

Rural communities just thought Wal-Mart was the great job killer. Now comes Amazon.

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Band director resigns over text messages

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement.

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Commission ok's Mumford's run for County Attorney

The Gerald Mumford campaign issued the following statement: 

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Land Sharks, Tide, & Bears, oh my.

Some Friday afternoon humor.

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Parent suing over teacher's alleged racist remark is in prison for fraud & owes $186,83 restitution.

Parents of a Northwest Rankin High School student sued the Rankin County School District and a substitute teacher in U.S. District Court for alleged racial comments made in a classroom.  They are represented by none other than attorney Carlos Moore. The Lindseys alleged:

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Thompson staffer in trouble again

Congressman Bennie Thompson's Chief of Staff can't seem to stay out of trouble.  Roll Call reported yesterday:

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Library to partially reopen.

Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney approved a limited reopening of the Eudora Welty library today after his staff inspected the building.

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Even the plants aren't safe.

JPD issued the following press release.

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And now a word from a sponsor

Well, make that a hoped-for sponsor.  This post may not be safe for work, kids or Land Shark fans.

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Nutt wants a rematch with Ole Miss.

Former Ole Miss Head Football Coach Houston Nutt, Jr. sued Ole Miss, IHL, and the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation in Lafayette County Circuit Court yesterday for breach of contract.  He filed a similar lawsuit in federal court but it was dismissed due to lack of jurisdiction. The lawsuit accuses Athletic Director Ross Bjork and Coach Hugh Freeze of defaming Nutt to the media.  This court fight has claimed its share of casualties, including the job of one Hugh Freeze.

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He's baaaaaaack.

A blast from the past has returned to Jackson.  Kwame Kenyatta is the Deputy Director in Public Works. 

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Woman busted for worker's comp fraud

Attorney Generalissimo Jim Hood issued the following statement yesterday. 

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Hurst is new U.S. Attorney

The Justice Department issued the following press release.

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Another lawsuit accuses Ramel Cotton of stealing from a client.

JJ reported yesterday that Jackson attorney Ramel Cotton was disbarred after a Mississippi Supreme Court tribunal determined that he stole money from his clients, lied to the tribunal, refused to provide his trust account records when ordered to do so, and approved the forging of signatures.  The discovery of Cotton's misdeeds may not be over as another former client sued Cotton in Hinds County Chancery Court in July for embezzling his settlement proceeds.

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Why we can't have nice things.

It seems some Grinches are trying to stop a popular Christmas light display.  WLBT reported Monday:

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Hazzard & Schwartz take over the airwaves

The Richard Schwartz & Brent Hazzard radio show has been spicing up the airwaves every Wednesday morning on WMPR.  Listen to the hottest talk radio show in Jackson posted below.



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Ridgeland PD looking for thief

The Ridgeland Police Department issued the following press release and asked for assistance from the public.

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Northpointe Nastiness

There has been a great deal of chatter online about a robbery that took place on Northpointe Estates recently. JJ did some digging and can give an account of what took place.

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Ramel Cotton disbarred.

The Mississippi Supreme Court disbarred Jackson attorney Ramel Cotton a week ago after a tribunal convened on September 8.   The tribunal disbarred the shyster after it ruled that he stole from clients, approved the forging of signatures, refused to provide his trust account records when ordered to do so, and lied to the tribunal. 

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Tickets are now on sale.


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Monday, October 9, 2017

Need a job?

Posted on the Ole Miss website today. 

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Pearl coach charged with cyberstalking

The Pearl Police Department issued the following statement and picture.

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Y.A. Tittle, R.I.P.

Former LSU and NFL legend Y.A. Tittle died today.  He could play a little bit of football.  He was a seven-time Pro Bowler in the NFL and was LSU's first former player to be named MVP in the NFL.  He won that award three more times after he was thirty-five years old.

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Winners of the Day

The Clinton Police Department issued the following statement and pictures.

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JPS collects more property taxes than ever.

Jackson Public Schools are short-changed because more affluent communities can pour more money into their public schools while Jackson struggles to keep its tax base.  Such is the mantra that is repeated over and over in the media and among community leaders.  However, the real truth is that JPS collects more money in property taxes than does any other school district in Mississippi.  What is really intriguing is that property tax revenue has been going up while the student population has been going down.  If anything, the working people of Jackson who pay taxes for their children to be educated are indeed short-changed but not by "disinvestment."  It is said a picture is worth a thousand words.  The pictures below illustrate the true state of affairs at JPS better than any long-winded column ever could.

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Ouch!

There was great wailing among the House of Toddy yesterday as the Rebels were smitten on the Plains yesterday and the trumpets of Auburn sounded great insult over the dead of the Rebels:

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Saying is doing

If you can't make it to church this morning, enjoy the words of the late Dr. Frank Pollard.  He preached from Matthew 12:33-37 in this 1987 sermon. 

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Rez standoff ends in arrest.

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement.

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Bill Crawford: Has anything changed?

Just when you thought it might finally be safe to swim in Mississippi's contractual storm waters, the MDE and Mississippi True contracts erupted.

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Contractor once convicted of bank fraud.

A Madison County contractor was convicted of bank fraud in 2006.  The Justice Department charged Chris Creely with one count of bank fraud and alleged that he arranged for fraudulent mortgages of over $300,000.  The defendant pleaded guilty in 2007.

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R.I.P. AIM & YGM.

Yes, some people still use Instant Messenger but that will change by the end of this year. AOL announced today:

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Remembering the Sears building

Yesterday was a sad day for a Jackson landmark, the Eudora Welty Library.  Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney minced no words and said the building should be condemned. The bricks are falling off of the walls, mortar is crumbling, the second floor is nearly ruined by a leaking roof, and there is raw sewage in the basement.  A far cry from when Sears opened the building  to much applause on March 21, 1947.  However, JJ aims not to mourn the building but memorialize it as it once was. JJ reached back into the archives of the newspaper and posted some of the building's past glory below. Enjoy.

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On second thought....

Check out WAPT's headline from yesterday:

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Former Pearl clerk accused of stealing $196,724.

State Auditor Stacey Pickering issued the following press release.

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Insurance Commissioner shuts down Eudora Welty library

Insurance Commissioner Mike  Chaney announced that he is shutting down the Eudora Welty library due to fire code violations today at 5:00.  The sprinkler system does not work and other problems exist.  The new roof has a major problem with leaks.  The leaks have caused a mold problem to develop.  Commissioner Chaney stated in a letter sent to Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba:

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Mississippi True or Mississippi False Flag?

The Mississippi Hospital Association created Mississippi True to get Medicaid managed care contracts.  Such contracts are big business as three such contracts worth $2 billion were up for grabs this year . Mississippi True loves to play the homeboy card as it beats its chest and loudly proclaims that the Medicaid money should go to a Mississippi company.  There is just one problem: Mississippi True's flag actually belongs on foreign soil.

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Commissioner says be ready.

Commissioner of Insurance Mike Chaney issued the following statement.

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Teresa Malone pleads guilty

Teresa Malone pleaded guilty yesterday in U.S. District Court to one count of attempt & conspiracy and one count of bribery of a public official.  The court filing states:

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Sheriff Mason secures the Mississippi State Fair

Hinds County Sheriff Victor Mason made a rare public appearance and spoke to reporters yesterday about security measures for the Mississippi State Fair:

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Support the Troops

The 172 Security Forces Squadron at Thompson Field needs your help.   See below for details.

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Guess who spent more money, had fewer teachers, and got worse results?

 JJ's comparison of the Jackson and Desoto County school districts has received no small amount of attention over the last two weeks.  The numbers don't lie as JPS was repeatedly found wanting when compared to Desoto County public schools.  The Mississippi Department of Education drilled deep and made the same findings back in 2011 yet the study fell into a black hole.  Keep reading, this is good information that needs to be a part of the public debate. 

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Senate confirms Hurst as U.S. Attorney

The Senate confirmed Mike Hurst as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi by voice vote last night.   Mr. Hurst will become U.S. Attorney when the President signs the order.  Senate report. Senate sources say the order should be signed within seven to ten days. Mr. Hurst was the Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi until he resigned in 2015 to run against Jim Hood for Attorney General. Senators Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker issued the following statement:

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JPD officer shot.

JPD issued the following press release.

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

JPD looking for burglary suspect

JPD issued the following statement, picture, and video.

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Meet the ACLU couple of the year.

Look who the ACLU honored for "Criminal Justice Reform":

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Judge rejects JPS's request to block takeover.

JPS failed in its attempt to stop the MDE takeover court yesterday.  Hinds County Circuit Judge Bill Gowan ruled against JPS's petition for an injunction yesterday. JPS filed the petition for a temporary restraining order on September 23.  The case was assigned to Judge Bill Gowan. JPS argued that it should have been given thirty days to respond to a 700 page audit of the district but was given only eight days to respond by MDE. The petition claims that MDE denied the district's right to due process.

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Monday, October 2, 2017

Belhaven student found

JPD issued the following statement. 

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Sheriff Bailey does Hinds D.A's job for him.

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement.

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Chism Poll: State flag support at 49%

Chism Strategies released this memo and poll about The Flag. 

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It's Tennessee

'Nuff said.  Enjoy the video.

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Hazzard & Schwartz

The Richard Schwartz & Brent Hazzard radio show has been spicing up the airwaves every Wednesday morning on WMPR.  Listen to the hottest talk radio show in Jackson posted below.  The two questioned the value of getting a college degree on the show.  Guest was Gilbert Sturgis.



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Medicaid Melee goes back to court.

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.  Such is the motto of the Mississippi Hospital Association as it tries to get a managed care contract from the Division of Medicaid.  MHA lost when the Division awarded $2 billion in contracts for the MississippiCan program earlier this year.  It lost again when it asked a Chancellor to block the contracts.  It suffered another setback when the Contract Review Board didn't reject the contracts.  However, MHA's managed care company, Mississippi True, sued the Division of Medicaid in Hinds County Circuit Court last Thursday in an attempt to force the Division to award it the coveted Medicaid managed care contract.

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Who do these legislators represent?

Nothing to see here, move along.  Such is the response of our legislative Solons to questions about Dr. Wright and the Board of Education passing out sweetheart deals to friends of Dr. Wright. 

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"Best things are often lost by neglect."

The late Dr. Frank Pollard preached from Exodus 20:8-11 in this 1986 sermon.  Enjoy Dr. Pollard if you can't make it to church this morning. 

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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Jackassery alert

It's South Park, so expect the worst, and yes, there is crude language.

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Classy!

The Mississippi Department of Education paid over $214,000 to a community activist in Memphis in 2015 yet can't seem to locate a contract for the payments.  Joseph Kyles was also arrested recently for allegedly beating his girlfriend because she would not get an abortion. The Clarion-Ledger reported:

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Bill Crawford: So much for budget hearings.

The Legislature’s quickie budget hearings produced few surprises last week. Schools, colleges, and universities, as usual, asked for lots more money while legislators, as usual, focused on holding down spending.

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Friday, September 29, 2017

State Senator going to Court of Appeals

Governor Phil Bryant issued the following statement.

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JPS is just plain fat.

JJ compared the staffing of Jackson Public Schools District to the Desoto County School District.  There is no other way to describe the analysis: JPS is bloated.  JPS has 941 more employees despite having 6,589 fewer students.  JJ obtained more information from Desoto and also included the Rankin County School District in the comparison.  The story gets even worse.

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Next stop: Prison

Someone is finally a resident of MDOC after spending a couple of weeks in the Lowndes County jail.

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Burglars busted.

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement and mug shots.

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Hurst gets closer

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nomination of Mike Hurst for U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi  today. His nomination moves on to the full Senate. 

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State Auditor busts MDE for sweetheart deals

State Auditor Stacey Pickering blasted the Mississippi Department of Education for awarding contracts while trying to get around public purchasing laws in a report. +.  In other words, the State Auditor accused the Superintendent of repeatedly giving sweetheart deals to her friends while the Board sat back and watched.  Payments were made for hundreds of thousands of dollars with no documentation while numerous contracts were structured to avoid bidding and any review by outside parties.

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The Chairwoman of the Board speaks on takeover

Rosemary G. Aultman, Chairwoman of the Mississippi State Board of Education, submitted the following column.

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More partners accuse Mugshots owner of embezzlement.

Yet another group of owners of a Mugshots franchise have sued fellow Mugshots owner Chris McDonald and several companies he owns, in federal court for alleged fraud and Rico violations.   Chad Eron, Jim Walsh, Patrick Johnson, Stephen Arant, and Alex Pitt accused McDonald of borrowing nearly $1 million against their three Mugshots restaurants in Alabama without their knowledge and paying bogus invoices to Mr. McDonald-owned companies.  The owner of the Ridgeland Mugshots filed a similar lawsuit in April. Earlier post.

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Teen drowns in Rankin County lake

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement.

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Chism-Millsaps poll: Voters don't like legislature, want lottery.

Millsaps College and Chism Strategies released its polling results in a "State of the State" memo today.  Some highlights of the memo are:

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Clinton police arrest damn Yankee

The Clinton Police Department issued the following statement and six colored glossy photographs with arrows and an explanation on the back of each one.

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Does Jackson pay too much for lobbying?

Jackson Mayor Chowke Lumumba asked the Jackson City Council to hire Octagon Group for lobbying services last night. Quincy Mukoro is the owner of Octagon.  The current lobbyist is Worth Thomas.  The request submitted to the City Council set the maximum compensation for Octagon at $135,000.  The term of the contract would be one year.  However, Jackson pays much more money than do other cities and counties in Mississippi for lobbying services.  Check out what municipal and county lobbyists made in 2016:

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Jackson City Council will be busy tonight

Some items appearing on the agenda for tonight's meeting of the Jackson City Council:

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Senator Cochran recuperating

Senator Thad Cochran issued the following statement.

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Scam alert

JPD issued the following statement.

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Hazzard & Schwartz

The Richard Schwartz & Brent Hazzard radio show has been spicing up the airwaves every Wednesday morning on WMPR.  Listen to the hottest talk radio show in Jackson posted below. The two attorneys discussed the JPS takeover. 




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The Raymond Lonely Hearts Club

Sometimes JJ actually wishes it were making up a post and this is one of those times.  An employee at the Hinds County Sheriff's Department engaged in a relationship um,  on several levels with an inmate.  She sent a letter to the inmate, who of course could not keep it to himself.  The letter is posted below. 

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Monday, September 25, 2017

Wrong-way driver indicted for manslaughter

A Madison County grand jury indicted Leronnie Michael in June for Culpable Negligence Manslaughter in the death of Jackson Busby.  Madison Police arrested Michael on December 22, 2016 after he allegedly drove the wrong way on I-55 N and struck another car in a head-on collision.  Madison Police stated in a press release at the time of the wreck:

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Shameful!

The sexual harassment lawsuit against Belhaven University started out with much sound in the media but was ended by the fury of the judge.  Unfortunately, the same media that engage in a hi-tech lynching of Belhaven and its employee when attorney Carlos Moore and his client, Erica Stewart, filed the lawsuit couldn't bother to report that the Judge threw out the case, sanctioned the Mr. Moore, fined Ms. Stewart, and said she destroyed evidence. 

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Home invasion in Reservoir East

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement.

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

JPS page updated.

The hot topic in the news is JPS.  JJ updated the collection of posts for the JPS takeover, JPS, and MDE.  Click on this link to read JJ posts on these subjects. Enjoy. 

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JPD searching for CVS suspect

JPD issued the following statement.

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Freeze: "What I did was wrong"

Former Ole Miss Head Football Coach Hugh Freeze apologized to Ole Miss fans in this message that was posted on Rebelgrove.com:

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Who is your master?

If you can't make it to church this morning, enjoy this sermon given by the late Dr. Frank Pollard of First Baptist Church (Jackson). 

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Bill Crawford: Should healthcare become an entitlement?

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service lists the following as the rights of American citizenship: freedom of expression; freedom to worship as you wish; right to a prompt, fair trial by jury; right to vote in elections for public officials; right to apply for federal employment requiring U.S. citizenship; right to run for elected office; and freedom to pursue “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

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JPS sues MDE over takeover.

The Jackson Public School District asked a Hinds County Circuit Court to stop the Mississippi Department of Education from assuming control of the district.  JPS filed the petition for a temporary restraining order today and preliminary injunction.  JPS filed a similar petition last week in Hinds County Chancery Court but Chancellor Dewayne Thomas said he lacked jurisdiction to rule on the petition.  The case is assigned to Judge Bill Gowan.

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Friday, September 22, 2017

How bloated is JPS?

 How bloated is the JPS payroll? Compare the workforce of JPS and Desoto County.  Desoto is the largest school district in Mississippi with 6,589 students more than JPS.*  However, JPS has nearly a thousand more employees and a much smaller share of JPS's employees are teachers.  See how bad the numbers are.  

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Court sanctions Carlos Moore in Belhaven Case.


Carlos the Clown has to pay up in the Belhaven case.  U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves sanctioned attorney Carlos Moore $500 after the court ruled his client destroyed evidence and lied about the destruction.  His client must also pay a $100 fine.  The fine is the second time this year a federal judge has sanctioned Mr. Moore.

Erica Stewart sued Belhaven University and former employee Tarold Durham for sexual harassment last year.  U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves dismissed the complaint against Mr. Durham in June while Belhaven asked the court to sanction Ms. Stewart's attorney, Carlos Moore.  Ms. Stewart claimed that Mr. Durham sent sexually explicit images of himself to her cellphone when she interviewed for a job at Belhaven.  However, Belhaven produced a report that showed the plaintiff sent sexually provocative pictures of herself in a partial state of undress to the defendant prior to his allegedly sending the offensive picture. Ms. Stewart also got rid of the phone containing the allegedly offensive correspondence before Belhaven could get it.  Judge Reeves succinctly and sardonically spelled out why he sanctioned the troublesome twosome:

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Should MDE take over the Clarion-Ledger?

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Ridgeland's Hotel Wars

The Ridgeland Board of Aldermen extended a moratorium on hotel construction for another thirty days Tuesday night.  The moratorium was brought up for a discussion and vote despite not being on the agenda.  The Madison County Journal reported today:

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Quiz me this. JPS edition.

A Social Studies quiz supposedly given to students at Murrah High School is making the rounds on Facebook.  It uses the words "injuns" and the reading level might leave something to be desired.  Read for yourself.  JJ sent a copy of the quiz to JPS this morning and asked for a comment but has not yet received a response.  A mother of a Murrah High School Senior posted on Facebook that the quiz was not a fabrication and that it was given to her son's class.  One hopes this quiz is indeed a hoax.

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45 years for Slick

Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following press release. 

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Judge defends sending shooting child-shooter home.

A firestorm of criticism erupted in July when a man accused of shooting a seven year-old child in Jackson was released under house arrest and didn't have to post a bond.  However, Jackson Municipal Court Judge Ali "Firm but Fair" Shamsiddeen defended his decision on the Charles Evers radio show on WMPR on July 19.   Judge Shamsiddeen  also said that he didn't want to place him in jail because he was accused of harming a child and prison life is rather "tough" on such defendants.    Judge Shamsiddeen made quite a few colorful remarks and even discussed the case with the defendant's father on the air.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Mistrial!

A mistrial was declared in State v. Joshua Archie.  Circuit Judge John Emfinger declared the mistrial after the jury could not reach a verdict.  Archie was indicted for capital murder in the 2012 death of Party City (Ridgeland) Manager Bobby Adams.

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The Godfather explained

Crime has popped back up in the news recently.  Take a break from the crime stories and watch this campy video that explains The Godfather to Millenials.

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How the Legislature spends your money.

State Auditor Stacey Pickering issued the 2017 report of legislative expenses.  It is posted below.

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Still rockin' & rappin' in the county jail.

Check out this guy and his friends partying away in the Hinds County jail.

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Freeze the Burners

The phones of Freeze saga continues.  The latest chapter involves the alleged use of burner phones.  The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday:

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Lock & load: Murder suspect was free on bond after stabbing a cop. (Update: ARRESTED)

Update #3 (9/21/2017): Johnson was arrested and is in custody. 

Update #2 (9/20/17): Judge Kidd revoked his bond although Johnson still remains at large. 

Update: It gets better. Bond was only $1,000.  That's right.  Stab a cop, Hinds County Judge continues the suspect's  bond at $1,000. 

Shamsid-dunce might want to pay attention to this post.  JPD has a suspect in a stabbing death that took place on Woodrow Wilson Drive.  JPD tweeted:

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Reward offered for escapees (Updated)

UPDATE: SANDERS CAPTURED. 

The Mississippi Department of Corrections issued the following statement.

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Trial set for Wayne Parish.

The murder trial for Wayne Parish is scheduled for January 29, 2018. 

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Medicaid Morass

The Division of Medicaid will execute three lucrative managed care contracts for the MississippiCan program  after the Contract Review Board took no action on them this morning. The Contract Review Board did not approve or reject the three contracts that were awarded to UHC, Molina, and Centene. The staff recommended that the Board approve the contracts. 

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Hico Hoedown

The Flag Chapel Fight took place Sunday afternoon at Lake Hico.  The fight almost looked like a real boxing match.  There were boxing gloves, a referee, and even rounds.  Blows were traded but unfortunately no one yelled "stick and move."  However, the fight ended when someone pulled a gun and start shooting.  The video is posted below.  The gun is fired around 15:00.

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Monday, September 18, 2017

JPS parents sue to stop takeover

A group of parents of children enrolled in Jackson Public Schools sued the Mississippi Department of Education today in federal court in an attempt to block an MDE takeover of JPS.  The lawsuit is posted below.

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Kim Wade turned loose

Kiiiiiiiim Wade went totally off the chain Friday in his opening monologue.  The thought of a JPS takeover was just too much for him to handle.  Listen for yourself.

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Why JJ covers JPS

There is talk in some Jackson circles that this website is working with the Republicans to take over Jackson Public Schools. JJ doesn’t normally respond to chatter, because someone is always throwing stones at this website. However, the Mississippi Department of Education’s decision to take over Jackson Public Schools is a story that is very emotionally-charged and upset quite a few people. Some see it as another example of the state yet again trying to take something from Jackson. Others see it as Mississippi once again showing its own brand of racism, although some are inclined to see racism in anything. Others are just plain confused and genuinely scared because their children’s education is at stake. JJ will attempt to explain why it has an interest in JPS. 

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Stupid crook of the day.

You can't make this up.  Attorney Generalissimo James Tiberius Hood issued the following statement.

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Airbnb collecting tax in Mississippi

Airbnb issued the following notice last weekend:

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Let's Get Ready to Rumb-lllllllllle!!!

Today at Flag Chapel Park:

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Start at the Source

If you can't make it to church this morning, enjoy this 1987 sermon from the late Dr. Frank Pollard. 

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

How bad is pop music today?

Does modern music suck or are such complaints merely what one hears every generation? Watch Thoughty2's analysis on Youtube below and decide for yourself. 

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Bill Crawford: The Church & The Flag

Former state GOP executive director, elected Republican official, and chief of staff to Kirk Fordice, Mississippi's first Republican Governor since Reconstruction, Andy Taggart has publicly challenged his party to step up and "lead the charge in finally removing from our state flag the representation of the Confederate battle flag."

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Endangered Species Alert!!!

Stingray made an appearance on Youtube a few days ago:

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Medicaid Melee over Managed Care

The Mississippi Hospital Association failed in its attempt last month to get a court to stop Medicaid from awarding a lucrative managed care contract to three competitors.  MHA's proposal scored sixth out of seven bids.   Hinds County Chancellor rejected the petition for a temporary restraining order and said MHA had not exhausted its administrative remedies.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss?

The Mississippi Department of Education will appoint Dr.  Margie Pulley as the interim Superintendent of the Jackson Public Schools District if Govenor Phil Bryant approves the takeover by MDE.  She was the Superintendent of the Greenwood Public Schools District from 2008-2012. 

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ACT scores rise

The Mississippi Department of Education issued the following press release. 

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JPS sues to stop takeover

The Jackson Public School District sued the Mississippi Department of Education in Hinds County Chancery Court today.  The District asked the court to stop MDE from taking over the operations of the school district. The case is assigned to Chancellor Dewayne Thomas. The lawsuit is posted below. 

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Bedwetter alert

This post may trigger some readers.

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MDE asks Governor to declare JPS state of emergency

The Mississippi Department of Education issued the following statement: 

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Gun nuts gone wild. State Auditor says Ecru employees embezzled nearly $400,000 to buy guns.

State Auditor Stacey Pickering issued the following statement.

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Board of Education to discuss JPS takeover today

The Mississippi Department of Education issued the following press release. 

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Farewell to Sophie

The Kingfish had to say farewell to Sophie today.  Our tri-color King Charles Spaniel was ten years old when she left this world.  She will be missed.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

STOP!!!!!!!!!

This flyer is making the rounds in Jackson.

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Wife-beater sentenced to 10 years in prison. (Video)

If I can write a post I will do so today but here are the videos of the Clark sentencing hearing that took place Friday.  Lowndes County Circuit Judge Jim Kitchens sentenced Brian Clark to serve 16 years in prison for the beating of his wife, Dr. Hope Clark.  Clark pleaded guilty to Aggravated Assault-Domestic Violence in May.  Judge Kitchens suspended six years of the sentence and also required him to serve five years of post-release supervision.  Clark will be eligible for release for prison upon serving five years of his sentenced under HB #585. 

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Mayor opposes JPS takeover

Still under the weather but a couple of posts will go up.  The City of Jackson issued the following statement on a possible takeover of JPS:

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Monday, September 11, 2017

It happens.

I'm out sick. 

Sent from my BlackBerry Priv

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Slick is going up the river.

Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following press release: 

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Do we need the Certificate of Need?

Is it time for Mississippi to abolish the Certificate of Need? The House Public Health and Human Services Committee will ask that question today.  Anna Wolfe reported in the Clarion-Ledger yesterday:

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

New Orleans can't get out of its own way.

Once again, New Orleans provides a lesson in what not to do.   The actual work of paving a road should be a simple process - unless the city or U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is involved.  The Times-Picayune reported last week:

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Apathy, Lethargy, & Procrastination

If you can't make it to church today, enjoy this 1987 sermon given by the late Dr. Frank Pollard.  He preached from the Book of Joel, yes Joel. 

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Saturday, September 9, 2017

Irma approaches

Here are some Hurricane Irma webcams. Feel free to add more in the comments.

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Drug bust of the day

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement and pictures. 

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Bill Crawford: The Rule of the Organmeisters

"The first principle is that everyone is scared," said Mike. "The second principle is that everyone hates."

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Patrick Kelly indicted

Update: Kelly posted bond ($10,000) and is no longer in custody. 

A Madison County grand jury indicted Patrick Kelly for embezzlement. Kelly owned Mint and Juleps. He is currently in custody at the Madison County jail.  The indictment states:

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Update: 16 years.

2:55 PM Update: Judge Kitchens sentences Clark to serve 16 years in prison and suspends six years. That means under #585, Clark will serve five years.

Not much else will be posted today. I'm at the sentencing hearing for Bryan Clark. Judge Kitchens heard and denied a motion to recuse this morning. He recessed to read the letters sent to his court for sentencing recommendation. Court is about to start. 

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'Murica!

Some robbers attempted to hit a Cleveland Taco Bell but were outgunned:

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Priester speaks on JPS

Jackson Ward 2 City Councilman Melvin Priester, Jr. took to the pages of Facebook to comment on the possibility of a state takeover of JPS:

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Good guys win a round.

Some Mayors will attempt to get around the Open Meetings Act by meeting with one or two aldermen at a time.  The public never knows about it and the skullduggery takes place behind closed doors.  The board meeting comes, there is little discussion, and presto- the subject action passes.  Well, the Mississippi Supreme Court said no more.  The Mississippi Justice Institute issued this statement:

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Feathered Cow Flies

The Feathered Cow is closing its I-55N location but will remain open in the Reservoir area.  Owner Nathan Glenn stated on its Facebook page:

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Too many students playing hooky

The Mississippi Department of Education issued the following statement. 

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Mayor makes appointment to JMAA board.

Jackson Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba appointed Lt. Col. (Ret.) Lucius Wright to the Board of Commissioners for the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority.  The City Council approved the nomination on August 31.  The former artillery officer was awarded the Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars.  He also earned Master Aviator status.  His resume and a video of the confirmation hearing are posted below.

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UMMC paid $509,000 for MSMA dues

It is no secret money woes plague UMMC.  The teaching hospital was forced to cut $24 million earlier this year and more cuts are probably on the way if the state's finances don't substantially improve.  JJ has a suggestion for UMMC: Quit paying dues to the Mississippi State Medical Association.

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Ridgeland offers sanctuary to evacuees

Little hurricane coming your way? No problem.  Visit Ridgeland offered a solution on Twitter last night:

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Ouch!

A protestor goon took his _____ the police act a little bit too far back in April:

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State Auditor: Errors found in MAEP (Updated)

 Update:  MDE issued this statement this afternoon:

The preliminary estimate for school funding provided to the Mississippi State Board of Education in July, as required by state law, was based on data from the 2016 fiscal year. As stated at the Board meeting, the numbers are expected to change. The actual data needed to produce the final funding recommendation is required to come from the 2017 fiscal year, which will be available in October. The final recommendation will come to the State Board in December. When the final MAEP calculations are done, an independent audit firm verifies the accuracy of the calculations.

State Auditor Stacey Pickering issued the following statement.

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The Hotel Wars of Ridgeland

Ridgeland Hospitality is trying to build a Holiday Inn Express, Holiday Inn, and Tru by Hilton in Ridgeland but has been stopped from doing so by the Ridgeland Board of Aldermen even though the Zoning Board and Mayor Gene McGee have supported its efforts.  Meanwhile, the Board greenlights everything requested by a competing developer, Kerioth Corporation.

Proposed hotels

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

You call this a storm?

Hurricane Irma is now bigger than the state of Ohio.  A Cleveland weatherman created this graphic:

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MHP: 124 crashes in holiday period.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol issued the following statement.

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Help the kids save for college!

Mississippi Treasurer Lynn Fitch announced 529 Day for kids will be held at the Children's Museum on September 9:

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Amber Alert!!! Update: FOUND!!!

Update (10:50 AM): Boyfriend brought her back.  He is on probation for kidnapping.  SUSPECT IS STILL ON THE LOOOSE!

An Amber Alert has been issued:

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Taggart: Change the state flag

Republican pooh-bah Andy Taggart submitted the following column to JJ.   JJ will publish a well-written column of an opposing viewpoint if submitted.

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Monday, September 4, 2017

Carjackers gone crazy, Hooters hit

JPD issued the following statements on Twitter:

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Football follies

College football started this weekend and that means there was no shortage of foolishness around the SEC.

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Wife-beater will be sentenced Friday (Video)

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Brian Clark will be sentenced Friday for brutally beating his wife in 2013 in Lowndes County.  Clark pleaded guilty in May to Aggravated Assault-Domestic Violence.  Clark was scheduled to be sentenced on August 10 but Lowndes County Circuit Judge Kitchens postponed the sentencing until November November 13.  The motion filed by prosecutors stated that Clark was undergoing therapy at the Center for Violence Prevention in Pearl and had 14 remaining sessions.  However, Judge Kitchens held a status hearing Friday to determine when Clark should be sentenced.  The case was continued fifteen times. Clark's family owns Clark Oil & Gas.  His uncle is the CEO of Butler Snow. 

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Sunday, September 3, 2017

What a Deer.

Check out this rescue that took place last week in Texas:

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When a Preacher Comes to Town

If you can't make it to church this morning, enjoy this 1986 sermon given by the late Dr. Frank Pollard.

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Saturday, September 2, 2017

Tonight's movie.

If you are looking for something different to watch on tv tonight, check out this old movie, License to Kill.  A very young Denzel Washington plays a prosecutor trying to put away a drunk driver who killed a teen-age girl. Enjoy.

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The Southern Poverty Loot Center

Highly-paid executives.  Money hidden in off-shore accounts.  Tax-exempt status.  Ponzi scheme? Tax-avoidance for the 1%? Nope.  Such descriptions fit none other than the Southern Poverty Law Center.  The Washington Examiner reported yesterday:

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Property taxes going up

Mayor Chokwe Lumumba issued the following statement:

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Bill Crawford: Who will challenge Tate?

Rumors that Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves will get a serious primary challenger for Governor intensify.
 
There’s the rumor he can’t beat Attorney General Jim Hood so politicos and money men are looking to recruit a strong challenger who can.

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Friday, September 1, 2017

No McDowell Road cruising for a while

The city of Jackson issued the following statement:

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The War over the Warnock continues

The Madison County Journal reported that the Madison County Economic Development Authority (MCEDA) lawyer Skip Jernigan said the Board illegally paid for a $1.2 million airport study:

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Stay tuned.


It will be quiet for awhile on this website since JJ is at a hearing this morning. 

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AG busts Insurance Fraud

A DPS employee was arrested yesterday.  Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following press release:

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

JPS faces a possible state takeover

Will the Mississippi Department of Education take over the Jackson Public Schools district? JPS flunked a very troubling MDE audit last year and faces a loss of accreditation by MDE.  MDE followed the 2016 audit with a more thorough audit for in the 2016-2017 school year.  MDE will take up the matter at the September 13 board meeting.  State Superintendent Dr. Carey Wright said:

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City Council wants Zoo Board to open meetings to the public.

The Jackson City Council questioned whether the regular meetings of the Board of Directors for the Jackson Zoo should be public.  The Jackson Zoological Society by-laws bar the public from attending these meetings.  Ward 6 Councilman Aaron Banks took the lead in raising the issue while the rest of the City Council and Mayor Lumumba chimed in with their support of Mr. Banks. 

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Police go looking for drugs and find a child porn ring

Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following statement and pictures.

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Bedwetter alert at Ole Miss.

You are not reading The Onion.  This post is not a piece of satire or parody.  This article really did appear in the Daily Mississippian:

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Former Innovate Mississippi CFO to serve four years in prison. (Updated)

Update: Post is updated with video of friends and family speaking in support of Klauser. 

The former CFO of Innovate Mississippi is going to prison after she admitted stealing $598,143 from her former employer.  Madison County Circuit Judge Steve Ratcliff sentenced Tonya Klauser to serve ten years in prison after she pleaded guilty to two counts of false pretenses in June.  However, Judge Ratcliff suspended six years of the sentence.

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13 year old charged in stabbing of elderly lady

JPD issued the following information on Twitter:

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The long knives come out.

Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith fired two assistant district attorneys and his personal secretary yesterday.  One of the fired prosecutors was Randy Harris. It appears Mr. Harris received his reward for prosecuting Ben Allen.


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Tangled webs?

Geoff Pender delved into the world of independent contractors working in state government yesterday in the pages of the Clarion-Ledger:

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Hinds Deputy accused of arresting boyfriend's ex-wife

The former wife of a Hinds County Deputy accuses a Lieutenant in the Hinds County Sheriff's Department of having her locked up after they had a nasty text message exchange regarding marriages and homewreckers.  Alicia Alexander sued Hinds County, the Hinds County Sheriff's Department, Deputy Sheriff Janie Myles, and several John Does in U.S. District Court on August 14.

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

CNN messes up in Texas

You and your child are stranded in floodwaters for several days and manage to survive.  You are tired, cold, and hungry, oh, and traumatized.  So you get off the bus and BOOM!, a CNN reporter shoves a microphone right in your face.  How do you think this ended?

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Arrest made in Fortification Street murder. JPD looking for suspect.

Update #3: Judge Clay set bond for Dixon at $1 million. 

Update #2: Dixon surrendered. 

Update: Jackson Municipal Court Judge Ali Shamsid-deen gave Coats a $200,000 bond. 

JPD issued the following press release:

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When measles ran rampant

Some readers took me to task last week for daring to question the anti-vaxxers. How quickly we forget our past. Take a look at these newspaper articles from nearly 100 years ago.   Mississippi had over 6,000 Measles cases in one month alone although there were other months were only a few hundred cases developed. To say Measles was a scourge was an understatement.

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Oops!

What is wrong with this picture on the Clarion-Ledger website?

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Monday, August 28, 2017

Cajun Navy under attack

Despicable.  The Cajun Navy is getting shot at while trying to rescue people in Houston while catching grief from Bedwetters online.  WDSU (NOLA) reported:

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Whole Foods is cutting prices

Amazon didn't waste any time in cutting prices at Whole Foods:

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John Doe Speaks!!!

John Doe, yes THE John Doe - Ole Miss Booster #14, provided the following statement to the Ole Miss Spirit:

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Senators encourage students to apply for U.S. Senate Youth Program

Senators Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker issued the following press release.

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Nothing like a Facebook confession

Curtis Wilson and his boyfriend Leon Miles were arrested last week for stealing a BMW on August 10 in the Castlewoods subdivision in Rankin County.  He was arrested in May for (allegedly) committing several burglaries in Rankin County but posted a $125,000 bond.  Earlier post.

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Mad Dog makes sense

Mad Dog Mattis made a few remarks to some troops at an undisclosed location overseas:

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When it's time to leave the huddle.

If you can't make it to church this morning, enjoy this sermon given by the late Dr. Frank Pollard.  This sermon was given on Super Bowl Sunday in 1986.

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No Comment!

Straight from the baristas at the Seattle Times:

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Saturday, August 26, 2017

Does Ole Miss + MSU+ Leo Lewis = MAD?

Steven Godfrey wonders whether Ole Miss and Mississippi State are engaged in mutually assured destruction in a story published yesterday in SBNation- with Leo Lewis playing the part of the nuke:

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Bill Crawford: The Generals' Coup

Seven Days in May, written by Fletcher Kneble and Charles Bailey and published in 1962, portrays a tense, nearly successful coup of American government by a cadre of senior generals. A quote on the cover of the paperback attributed to the Army Times said, “They say it can’t happen here, but if it does, it probably will be pretty much as Knebel and Bailey say.”

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Friday, August 25, 2017

Fiction stranger than fiction

Jackson Ward 4 Councilman DeKeither Stamps was in rare form last night on WMPR.  Hell, I'm not going to deprive you of your fun by giving away what he said.  Just listen at 3:20 for 90 seconds or so and then at 16:50 for a couple of minutes.  You simply can not make this up.

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Passenger in Fortification St. murder victim's car was busted for coke in July

Police have not released the name of the passenger in Chelsie Kirchsten's car  at the time Chelsie was murdered a week ago on Fortification Street.  JPD has not yet made an arrest for her murder. The passenger was arrested for cocaine possession in Jackson last month.

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Fortification St. murder reward increased to $5,000

CONTACT CRIMESTOPPERS WITH INFORMATION. DO NOT CONTACT JPD!

Crimestoppers issued the following statement: 

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Hazlehurst man busted for child porn

Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following statement. 

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Measles could triple if anti-vaxx trends continue

What was once unthinkable is now taking place.  Measles was thought to be eradicated in this country over 15 years ago.  However, human nature being what it is, we just can't stand success.  The anti-vaxxers are gaining more followers so the Journal of the American Medical Association issued some warnings about what this trend could mean for public health (The report is posted below).  It's really quite simple.  Measles cases will substantially increase if fewer Measles vaccines are given.  This is not hard to understand.  To paraphrase Algore: one goes up, the other goes down. JAMA reported:

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Former DJP Secretary indicted for embezzlement

A Madison County grand jury indicted Linda Brune for embezzlement from her former employer, Downtown Jackson Partners. Ms. Brune was the secretary for Executive Director Ben Allen. The five-count indictment accuses her of forging signatures on several checks that she made payable to herself out of the Downtown Jackson Partners account at Trustmark Bank.  The indictment accuses her of the following forgeries:

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

No comment.

You can't make this up: Shreveport shoplifter in action.

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ESPN: Freeze made multiple calls to escort services

It keeps getting worse.  ESPN reported yesterday:

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Reward in Fortification Street murder

REMEMBER: TURN IN TIP TO CRIMESTOPPERS TO GET REWARD!!!

Crimestoppers announced a reward is offered in the Fortification Street murder that took place last week:

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Mugshots Ridgeland owner accuses co-owner of fraud.

An owner of Mugshots Ridgeland asked a federal judge to divorce his partner from the restaurant. William Walker sued fellow Mugshots Ridgeland owner Chris McDonald and several McDonald companies in U.S. District Court on April 13, 2017.  The complaint charges McDonald with defrauding the restaurant and the plaintiff.  Mr. Walker also asked the court to declare him the sole owner of the Mugshots Ridgeland franchise and terminate his partner's rights under the operating agreement.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Mayor Lumumba speaks out on crime.

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba offered his condolences to the families of several victims who were recently murdered in Jackson at a press conference today.  The press conference was held at City Hall.  The Mayor said his administration was taking a strong stand against crime.  Several murders took place in Jackson over the last week:

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Was I-220 murder retaliation?

Malik McIntee was killed on I-220 yesterday at 1:00 AM.  JPD said he was driving alone on I-220 near Watkins Drive when someone in another car shot several times into McIntee's vehicle and killed him.  However, the victim was indicted earlier this year for first degree murder.

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J.A. Prez is moving on up.

The President of Jackson Academy will be the new CEO at Gulliver Schools in Miami. Jackson Academy sent this email yesterday:

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Baby-killer tries to get gun rights restored.

A Brandon man is attempting to get his gun rights back after serving nearly nine years in prison for killing his infant son in 2005. 

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Monday, August 21, 2017

WLBT reports on $1.2 million airport study

WLBT reported last week that the Madison County Economic Development Board is taking another look at the vote to fund a $1.2 million airport study by Warnock & Associates: 

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Gun Deal of the Day.

Gunbuyer has a great deal on the Smith & Wesson MP Shield 9mm.  Great pistol for concealed carry and a great one for women to be used by women.  It has much less recoil than the dummy-proof .38 and the trigger pull is much lighter as well. Check it out:

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Allen Smith turns powder into gold.

Update: Rueters just reported:

 Johnson & Johnson on Monday was ordered by a California jury to pay $417 million to a woman who claimed she developed ovarian cancer after using the company's talc-based products like Johnson's Baby Powder for feminine hygiene.

Ridgeland attorney Allen Smith, Jr. took his traveling talcum powder show to Los Angeles.   Law360 reported August 16:

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More madness

JPD issued the following statements.

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Today is the day. Be careful.


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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Watching the Watchers or Useless Fact #____.

The Mississippi media has only filed 35 public records complaints since the Ethics Commission began accepting such complaints in 2010.  The Clarion-Ledger led the way with a grand total of 13 public records complaints.  Yours truly came in second with five.  The Greenwood Commonwealth acquitted itself well by coming in third with four complaints.  The rest of the Mississippi media took a dive.  Only one tv station filed a complaint.  14 media outlets filed public records complaints and two of those are Steve Robertson (Scout) and the Mississippi Crime Crier.

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Thawing the Freeze?

What does this picture have to do with Ole Miss?

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Sunday Morning Sermon

If you can't make it to church this morning, enjoy this sermon on spiritual growth by the late Dr. Frank Pollard. 

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Reach for the Ground

It seemed like a good time to post this rather entertaining video since it's Book Weekend in Jackson.  Pete O'Toole gives a funny performance in Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell.  The late British columnist was a bit of a rake and somewhat of a sot  so one can imagine Mr. O'Toole having some fun with this role.  Enjoy.

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Bill Crawford: Standards? What standards?

Did you read Geoff Pender's terrific column "Take some aspirin before searching Transparency Mississippi website" in the Clarion-Ledger? If transparency in government spending matters to you, this is a must read.

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Medicaid: Clarion-Ledger got it wrong. UPDATE: DFA fires back

The Mississippi Division of Medicaid issued the following statement.

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Wear red!

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Last call to support JJ

It's time for the last call for the annual fund-raising drive for Jackson Jambalaya.

Thank you very much for your support of Jackson Jambalaya and reading the blog over the years. We've come a long way since we started up in 2007.  This blog couldn't have gotten as far as it has without support from the readers.  You've donated money, provided tips, and helped provide information when it was needed.  JJ is asking for your help again this year.

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No comment.

Read the Clarion-Ledger's attempt to cover the Fortification Street murder.  Notice anything missing from the article?

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Young woman murdered on Fortification Street

JPD issued the following statement. 

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

John Doe gets stay from Supremes

JJ readers will have to wait awhile longer to find out who John Doe is in the Ole Miss NCAA scandal.  The Mississippi Supreme Court issued a stay of the enforcement of Hinds County Chancellor Dewayne Thomas's order that said Ole Miss had to disclose the identity of John Doe.  The order stated:

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Statewide Assessment scores rise for Mississippi children

The Mississippi Department of Education issued the following press release and test scores.

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Judge sets Clark hearing for Sept. 1.

WARNING: GRAPHIC PHOTOS POSTED BELOW!!!

Convicted wife-beater Brian Clark will face the music on September 1 at 9:00 AM in a Lowndes County courtroom.  Circuit Judge Jim Kitchens set a hearing on Clark's motion to continue his sentencing yesterday.  Clark pleaded guilty in May to aggravated assault-domestic violence.  He literally beat his wife to a pulp in 2013.  Graphic photos of her injuries are posted below.  Clark is a member of the family who owns Clark Oil & Gas.  His uncle is the CEO of Butler Snow.  Clark faces a sentence of two to twenty years in prison.

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Mayor Lumumba issues statement on Charlottesville

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba issued the following statement. 

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

WSJ: plane logs & Freeze phone calls to escort services match

The Wall Street Journal dug up more dirt in the Hugh Freeze scandal:

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School ratings formula might change.

The Mississippi Department of Education issued the following statement.

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Jackson hiring Public Works Director from New Orleans.

It appears Jackson is about to get a new Public Works Director from....... the New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board.  The Morning Advocate (BR) reported yesterday:

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Rick Cleveland: This is your brain after football.

High school football hits full swing in the Magnolia State this weekend. College football Saturdays are two weeks away. The NFL season kicks off Thursday night, Sept. 7.

It's here. And in this state that has produced the likes of Walter Payton, Jerry Rice, Brett Favre and so many more, football is a huge and integral part of our culture.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Down goes Doe. Doe wants rematch.

Hinds County Chancellor Dewayne Thomas ordered Ole Miss to release the name of John Doe within seven days.  Judge Thomas issued the order this afternoon after a hearing was held in Hinds County Chancery Court this morning.

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Global Tel*Link settles for $2.5 million in Epps scandal

Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following press release. 

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Here we go again: Uber edition

Some people don't know when to leave well enough alone.  The cabbies are howling about Uber as they are unable to handle the free market.  WLBT reported:

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Meadowbrook repair to take several days

The city of Jackson issued the following statement. 

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Oops

Two Sisters Restaurant actually received a mention in the Wall Street Journal today  Commentator Roger Simon wrote:

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Court delays sentencing because wife-beater is going to therapy

Circuit Judge Jim Kitchens postponed the sentencing for wife-beater Brian Clark last week. He pleaded guilty in May to Aggravated Assault-Domestic Violence after he beat his wife to a pulp in 2013.  His order is the fifteenth time the case has been continued.  The order states District Attorney Will Colom did not oppose the continuance. The order is posted below.  Clark is a member of the family who owns Clark Oil & Gas.  His uncle is the CEO of Lord Snow. 

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Court: Hinds County paid $4.3 million to a non-existent company.

Special Circuit Judge Henry Lackey ruled that Hinds County paid $4.3 million to a company that didn't exist.  Hinds County terminated a multi-million dollar radio maintenance contract with Airwave Consultants, LLC in 2014.  Airwave sued for damages caused by the termination in Hinds County Circuit Court.  Judge Lackey ruled that the company had no rights to damages since it never registered as a corporate entity with the Mississippi Secretary of State.  No company, no money. 

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Nutt calls Ole Miss's bluff.

Houston Nutt called Ole Miss's bluff.  Ole Miss said that the former football coach was only interested in money after he sued the school for breach of contract in U.S. District Court.  However, Mr. Nutt offered to settle the case in exchange for a public apology and a donation of $500,000 to establish a sports integrity commission in Mississippi. The settlement dispute is currently moot after the lawsuit was dismissed for lack of jurisdiction last week although Mr. Nutt said he will re-file the lawsuit in state court.

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Dog-fighting ring busted

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement and photos.

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"Loving God Anyhow"

If you can't make it to church, enjoy this sermon from the late Dr. Frank Pollard. Dr. Pollard preached from 1 Samuel 2:12-26.  He had a few words to say about the PTL scandal and the moneychangers in the temple. 

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Shock and awe

WOW!!! Team Targaryen showed up after getting knocked around for a few weeks.  No more misdirection plays or reverses.  Dany used the try and stop it offense and unfortunately for the Lannisters, no one figured out how to stop an honest-to-goodness fire-breathing dragon backed up by a Mongol horde.  Some thoughts on "Spoils of War".

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New Orleans lies while waters rise

Broken turbines and failed pumps dominated the news in New Orleans this week as residents found out to their horror that the Sewerage and Water Board had lied to them for years about the condition of the pumping system while they suffered more flooding.  The Times-Picayune blasted the Board and Mayor Mitch Landrieu yesterday:

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Bill Crawford: Do tax cuts actually help?

The 13-state Appalachian Regional Commission just released its latest county economic status rankings. Mississippi has 24 ARC counties with 12 ranked "distressed," nine "at-risk," three "transitional," and none "competitive" or "attainment." Rankings did not change from last year.

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Tomorrow in Belhaven


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Mississippi Department of Public Safety continues to cover-up.

The Mississippi Department of Public Safety continues to coverup the federal government's demand for $7 million after DPS was caught misusing DUI-enforcement grants.   Unfortunately, DPS stonewalsl all attempts to obtain information about the dispute.  JJ published proof two weeks ago that DPS has been lying after obtaining the federal demands from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

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Attorney fires back at ex-River Hills teaching pros

The Fight in the Hills - River Hills Racquet Club that is- opened on another front.  Courtney and Todd Middleton sued Tom Ostenson in Hinds County Circuit Court  in April after the couple was fired from their tennis pro jobs at the club.  They accused him of using manipulating the board into firing them and made several salacious allegations in their lawsuit.  However, Mr. Ostenson loaded up a double-barrel shotgun and fired a counterclaim for $1.5 million at the Middletons this week.*   Needless to say, the counterclaim tells a story that is completely different from the one told in the Middleton's lawsuit.  This website posted the accusations made by the Middletons so it is only fair to post Mr. Ostenson's response as well as his charges.  Start reading at #7 in the counterclaim posted below.

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

How to make a disaster worse

The leadership of the city of New Orleans provided a great lesson over the last week in how not to handle a crisis.  9 inches of rain fell on New Orleans last weekend.  Unfortunately for the Crescent City, 16 pumps didn't work (We will get around to the turbines that failed today in a separate post.) and flooding commenced. The city lied and said they were working at full capacity but the city used a different definition for "full capacity."  The Times-Picayune reported:

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Sentencing postponed for wife-beating thug

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Sentencing was postponed today for Brian Clark in Lowndes County Circuit Court. Clark pleaded guilty to aggravated assault- domestic violence in May.  He beat his wife, repeatedly banged her head against a wall, and split her head wide open on September 6, 2013.  The gruesome photos of some of her injuries are posted below.  Clark asked the court to postpone his sentencing so he could complete his therapy at a clinic in Pearl, Mississippi.  Clark's family owns Clark Oil.

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Bloomberg: Mississippi has shot at Toyota plant

Mississippi might have a shot at landing another Toyota plant.  Bloomberg News reported:

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Beast gets life for shooting child ten times

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

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Ole Miss to face NCAA on 9/11

Ole Miss posted today the NCAA response to its response to the NCAA notices of allegations.  The NCAA response to the response is posted below.   Ole Miss will appear before the NCAA Committee on Infractions on September 11 in Covington, Kentucky.

The NCAA response provides much more information on John Doe's intrigue.  Start on p.77.  First pour a drink and light up a cigar.  You're welcome.

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Nutt retreats to fight another day against Rebels.

Former Ole Miss Head Football Coach Houston Nutt's lawsuit against the university was dismissed today in U.S. District Court.  Mr. Nutt sued Ole Miss and the Institutions of Higher Learning on July 12 for breach of contract that occurred when Coach Hugh Freeze and Athletic Director Ross Bjork allegedly defamed him in conversations with the media.

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G/f got restraining order on Clark in 2016

"I really believed I was going to die."  So states a petition for a restraining order against Brian Clark that was filed in May 2016 in Okaloosa County, Florida by his girlfriend at the time.  Clark is the member of the Clark family who owns Clark Oil.  He pleaded guilty last May in Lowndes County to aggravated domestic assault.  Clark savagely beat his wife and split her head open in 2013.   Earlier post with pictures of gruesome photos of victim's injuries.

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Rick Cleveland: Frazier turned misfortune into fortune

Super Bowl XX was memorable for many reasons, including that Refrigerator Perry, an overweight defensive tackle, was allowed to score a meaningless late touchdown instead of the late, great Walter Payton, who was playing in his only Super Bowl.

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JMAA seeks bids for airport work

Two RFP's for the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority are posted below.  The first one is a solicitation for proposals for air service development.  The second one requests bids for terminal upgrade work for the two concourses at the airport.

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Not Guilty!

The jury acquitted Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith of all three counts. Attorney General Jim Hood issued this statement:

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Dickinson to leave bench.

Governor Phil Bryant issued the following statement.

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Will wife-beater get a Get Out of Jail Free Card?

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A scion of a prominent Mississippi oil family faces prison after pleading guilty to brutally beating his wife.  The Columbus Packet reported:

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Dr. Lee Royce to retire from MC

Mississippi College issued the following press release. 

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Monday, August 7, 2017

City repairing I-55N water leak tomorrow

The City of Jackson issued the following statement. 

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State Auditor refers Greentech case to AG

State Auditor Stacey Pickering issued the following statement.

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Bodycameras tell the rest of the story.

The video doesn't lie but it can be spliced and diced to show a story that is different from what really happened.  The media jumped all over a Byram arrest last year when a man released video of police tasing and arresting his sister in his front yard.  However, JJ obtained a copy of the bodycam video that tells a slightly different story. 

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Today's civics lesson


Many people, including government employees, are not aware of what rights citizens have under the Open Meetings Act.  The Kingfish recently paid a visit to a local city hall so he could review the minutes of the 2017 meetings of the board of aldermen.  Reading the minutes of your government at work should not be a problem, right?  Guess again.  A city employee said that I would have to file a public records request.  Doing so means the government could take up to fourteen business days to provide me with a copy of the minutes I wanted to review.  Fortunately, the Open Meetings Act provided a way out of this bureaucratic logjam.

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

72 years

Today is the 72nd anniversary of Little Boy's debut.

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Smart snake

These folks got a little bit of a surprise while out on water. Wait until the end.

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MDOC seizes more contraband.

The Mississippi Department of Corrections issued the following statement and pictures.

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You are the answer.

If you can't make it to church this morning,  enjoy this 1988 sermon from the late Dr. Frank Pollard. 

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Game of Thrones recap

Wow.  Game of Thrones shifted gears last Sunday and stepped up its game, no pun intended. Tomorrow night should bring a fiery crescendo to the mid-point of the season as internet chatter says the show will be a top five episode.

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Following the union money

The UAW went down down in defeat yesterday in Canton after it spent a great deal of time and money trying to unionize the plant.  See where the UAW spent it's money in the spreadsheet posted below. 

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Mobile Zoo at Renaissance today

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Bill Crawford praises John McCain

Recited the Pledge of Allegiance lately?

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Friday, August 4, 2017

Motion for mistrial in RSS trial

Gentleman Jim Giles filed a motion for to intervene in State v. Robert Shuler Smith today.  His motion asks the court to declare a mistrial.   The motion is posted below. 

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Crimestoppers alert.

Remember to contact Crimestoppers, NOT the police, with any information. 

Crimestoppers issued the following alert for a fraud case in Madison:

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Ole Miss surrenders on fees to Nutt

A battle royale has raged over the phone records of Hugh Freeze although it hasn't taken place in a steel cage nor will the loser have to leave town.  Ole Miss tried to charge former Head Football Coach Houston Nutt $25,100 for a copy of  former Head Football Coach Hugh Freeze's phone records.  Ole Miss backed down this week and "waived" the fee.  However, it seems that the phone didn't belong to the university but was the property of the Ole Miss Athletic Foundation. Ole Miss told the Houston Nutt team:

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Leader-Call: DUI? What DUI?

This article is reprinted with permission of the Laurel Leader-Call.

The deputy who arrested Greg Burroughs for drunk driving with his 8-year-old daughter in the vehicle last summer did show up for court when he was supposed to, Sheriff Alex Hodge said.

Hodge cited records that then-Deputy Josh Welch, who is now a Laurel police officer, was in Jones County Justice Court, but it was Burroughs who was a no-show. That delayed the court hearing again, and then all five charges against Burroughs were inexplicably disposed of by Judge Howell Beech.

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Millenials don't know tv is free.

We are raising a generation of kids who don't know tv is free as the good ole wabbit ears still have a place in the land of television. The Wall Street Journal reported today:

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Fondren carjacker's conviction reversed thanks to D.A. & Judge.

JPD catches them while the Hinds County criminal justice system does its darndest to turn them loose.  The Mississippi Court of Appeals reversed the conviction of  Kadarius White and sent his case back to circuit court for a new trial.  The District Attorney had a recording of White confessing his crimes to his girlfriend for two years but did not tell the defendant about the recording's existence until the morning of the trial's first day.  Judge Winston Kidd did not grant a continuance to White so he could review the evidence.

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Idiot of the day: Canton edition.

A Canton police dispatcher was arrested for taking what can only be called an illegal smoke break.  Madison County deputies arrested Earl Haney on the late hours of July 21 at the Gluckstadt exit ramp on I-55 South. 

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Nutt lawsuit stayed

U.S. Magistrate Judge Roy Percy issued a stay order in Nutt v. University of Mississippi et al today.  The order is posted below.

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Rick Cleveland: Honoring our sports heroes

The Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum has worn a funeral wreath on its doors five times since last year's induction ceremonies. That's because Boo Ferriss, Orsmond Jordan, Robert Morgan, Larry Grantham and Eddie Crawford all have died in the interim.

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Laurel newspaper accuses Sandersons of retaliation

The Laurel Leader-Call accused Sanderson Farms of pulling its advertising after the newspaper investigated a homicide.  Publisher Jim Cegielski took on the Laurel Police Department and  Sanderson Farms in a scathing editorial.  This line says it all: "some of the richest and most powerful people in our community seem to want to punish and threaten this newspaper and its employees for attempting to uncover the truth and get justice for Katherine and her family."  Writing with acid, Mr. Cegielski defends his newspaper.   The editorial is reprinted below with the permission of the newspaper.

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Whoa Nellie. Rebel Rags meets Stalin & Evel Knievel

Lindsey Miller compared Rebel Rags to Josef Stalin and Evel Knievel in a motion to strike filed yesterday in Lafayette County Circuit Court.  Mr. Miller is the step-father of former Ole Miss football star Laremy Tunsil. Rebel Rags sued Mississippi State football players Leo Lewis and Kobe Jones for defamation in Lafayette County Circuit Court on June 9.  The complaint also named Lindsey Miller and several John Does as defendants.   A NCAA Notice of Allegations charged that Rebel Rags gave free merchandise to two unnamed players in violation of NCAA guidelines.

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Mississippi kid makes good.

President Trump appointed John Parrish Peede as Acting Director of National Endowment of Humanities.  The NEH website announced:

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Child found unresponsive in pool.

Update: Child is deceased. 

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement.

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Note from Management

JJ is looking at revamping the website.  What changes would you like to see to the layout? Yes, I know everyone wants the ability to like or dislike comments.  What other changes to the format would you like to see? Thanks. 

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Priester speaks!!!

Jackson Ward 2 Councilman Melvin Priester, Jr.  provided this information about Mayor Antar Lumumba's nomination to the school board, Letitia Johnson:

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Clarion-Ledger thief graduates from catch & release

Our man Marcus "Troublemane" Lawson finaallly got indicted for his carjacking escapades in October 2015.  However, he was not indicted until April 17, 2017, 18 months after he allegedly committed the crime.  This indictment comes nearly three years after he was indicted for stealing a Clarion-Ledger photographer's camera and Ipad.  You can't make this up.  Check out Troublemane's tour of duty in the Hinds County criminal justice system.

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Nutt update

The Houston Nutt v. Ole Miss Athletics Foundation et al plods along in U.S. District Court.  Judge Neal Biggers issued a case management order yesterday that is posted below. 

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Mayor nominates Derrick Johnson's wife to school board.

This item appeared on the agenda for the next meeting of the Jackson City Council:

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Bond denied for Wakefield in Kingston Frazier murder.

Dwan Wakefield, Jr. will have to sit in jail without bond after he appeared in Madison County Circuit Court this morning for a bond reduction hearing.  Wakefield is charged with capital murder in the death of six year-old Kingston Frazier. He was denied bond at a June preliminary hearing.   Circuit Judge Bill Chapman denied his request for bond. 

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Still rocking at the jail house

Nice to see our prisoners are living well at the Raymond Detention Center.

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Haley Hustle or Haley Hustled?


Mississippi threw away hundreds of millions of dollars on experimental "green energy" projects under Haley's tenure with little to show for it.  Jerry Mitchell reported in the Clarion-Ledger yesterday that another Mississippi Hustle took place when KIOR ripped off the state for a $75 million loan.  Mr. Mitchell reported:

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

They don't make them like this any more.


Rowan Hurt Taylor died Tuesday, July 18, 2017.   The son of Lillie Belle Rowan and Oscar Bomar Taylor, Rowan was born in Jackson, Mississippi, on January 13, 1925.

Rowan was a graduate of the Jackson public schools. He attended Power School, Bailey Junior High (designed by the father of his friend Bob Overstreet), and Central High School. For an interval during the Great Depression, he was a student in Washington D.C., where his father was general counsel for the Home Owners' Loan Corporation. In D.C., he was lucky to see an FDR inaugural parade from a window in the Willard Hotel restaurant and to attend many a Washington Senators baseball game. Eventually, he studied as an undergraduate at Mississippi State University, where he had the experience of living in "Old Main."

As soon as he was old enough after the outbreak of World War II, Rowan volunteered for service in the U.S. Navy and trained as an officer at the midshipman's school in Chicago. He then served on a destroyer escort in the Pacific and, as a radar officer, helped his shipmates to survive kamikaze attacks.

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Rebuilding a shattered dream.

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

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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Bill Crawford: GOP Death Panels?

In the 1960s popular songs like “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” by the Hollies, "Lean on Me" by Bill Withers, and “You’ve Got a Friend” by Carole King echoed a growing mood in the country to care for people in need. Today, the majority mood has shifted again.  

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Ole Miss: $25,100 for Freeze phone records

 Former Ole Miss Head Football Coach Houston Nutt is trying to get all of former Head Football Coach Hugh Freeze's phone records from their former employer.  Mr. Nutt filed a public records request for all phone records for all numbers assigned to Mr. Freeze since June 2012.  However, Ole Miss claims it will cost $25,100 to produce the records.  

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Ole Miss releases names of 9 boosters

The names are posted in the 2017 and 2016 NCAA notices of allegations.  I am going to post them below as I find them.

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The Butler Bust

The video posted below shows the drug bust of Christophe Butler.  MBN agents arrested him for felony possession of marijuana in 2011.  Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith accused the agents of planting the evidence when he tried to withdraw the indictment against Butler.  However, the video below shows Butler placing four bags of weed in an ottoman.  The agents recovered the weed from the ottoman and arrested him. Butler was convicted this week and sentenced to serve thirty years in prison.

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WLBT reports more on DPS cover-up

Courtney Ann Jackson picked up JJ's story about the federal government's efforts to collect $7 million from the Mississippi Department of Public Safety: 

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Ole Miss goes for the TKO against Nutt

No one ever said fighting Ole Miss would be easy for Houston Nutt.  Ole Miss and IHL filed a motion to dismiss the former head football coach's lawsuit against the university yesterday in U.S. District Court.  Mr. Nutt sued them on July 12 for breach of contract that occurred when Coach Hugh Freeze and Athletic Director Ross Bjork defamed him in conversations with the media.

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

A tragic day in Jackson.

Say it ain't so? Yes, it is so.  Two Sisters is closed. The picture shown below was taken at noon today. 


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To gain it all and lose it all in one day

Note: The subject of this post is not the attorney with the same phonetically-sounding but different spelled name at Baker Donelson.

Ridgeland attorney Allen Smith has racked up an impressive series of wins in lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson in St. Louis over products liability claims involving talc powder. However, the U.S. Supreme Court might have just thrown a huge freeze over his success in one day with a June ruling. 

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Pair plead guilty in cream scheme.

The Justice Department issued the following statement.

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Convicted! Did D.A.'s alibi disappear?

Updated with press release from Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood. 

Christopher Butler was convicted of felonious possession of marijuana in Hinds County Circuit Court today.  The case was the subject of much controversy, as Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith tried to withdraw the indictment.  The Attorney General took over the prosecution of the case.  Judge Jeff Weill will sentence Butler Friday morning.  The indictment and part of the file is posted below. The jury deliberated for less than an hour before returning a guilty verdict. 

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Jackson loses a round in airport fight.

The City of Jackson will have to watch the fight in federal court over control of the airport from the sidelines.  U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves dismissed Jackson from Stallworth et al v. Governor Phil Bryant, et al today.  He said the City of Jackson had no standing to fight the state takeover of the airport in federal court.  The FAA nor any other federal agency had taken any action regarding the municipal airport.  Thus no federal question existed.  He also ruled the legislature's actions did not violate Jackson's due process or other constitutional rights.  JMAA remains a party to the lawsuit. 

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Rick Cleveland answers Ole Miss questions

The Answer Man returns to answer all the questions folks are asking about the Ole Miss football situation:

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No more misdemeanor bookings in Raymond unless you are a drunk or a wife-beater.

The Raymond Detention Center will no longer accept prisoners who are arrested for misdemeanor charges.  The new policy does not apply to DUI and Domestic Violence arrests.  The memo is posted below.

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Feds to DPS: Pay it back! All $7 million.

 or how The Kingfish caught the Mississippi Department of Public Safety engaged in a blatant coverup.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration demanded the Mississippi Department of Public Safety repay $7.1 million in DUI enforcement grants.  DPS stalled paying the federal government for several years, but the NHTSA finally said enough is enough and referred the debt to the Treasury Department for collection last November.  NHTSA also said Mississippi continued to have problems in using the grants. DPS refused to provide any records about the demands to this website but JJ was able to obtain them from NHTSA. 

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Lindsey Miller rips Rebel Rags

Lindsey Miller denied any participation in the Great Maroon Conspiracy.  Rebel Rags sued Mississippi State football players Leo Lewis and Kobe Jones for defamation in Lafayette County Circuit Court on June 9.  The complaint also named Lindsey Miller and several John Does as defendants.   Lindsey Miller is the stepfather of Laremy Tunsil. A NCAA Notice of Allegations charged that an unnamed Ole Miss booster gave free merchandise to two unnamed players in violation of NCAA guidelines.  The President of Rebel Rags, Terry Warren, didn't take kindly to such allegations and made his displeasure quite known in the complaint.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Judge Thomas stays Ethics Commission order in Ole Miss case.

Hinds County Chancellor Dewayne Thomas just issued a temporary stay of the Mississippi Ethics Commission order that directed Ole Miss to provide a copy of the NCAA amended notice of allegations with the unredacted names of boosters cited in the notice.  A hearing will be held on August 15, 2017.

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"Just say yes!!!"

Bravo! will close for several weeks as it undertakes renovations.  Don't take JJ's word for it.  Watch the video:

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Siemens and M.A.C. kiss & make up.

Siemens and M.A.C. settled their federal lawsuit. U.S. District Judge Henry Wingate dismissed without prejudice M.A. C. Associates v. Siemens et al on July 21.  The order states that the two sides settled the case for undisclosed terms.

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UMMC offers telehealth to employees

UMMC issued the following statement. 

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NAACP names fraudster as interim President

The Executive Committee of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People appointed Derrick Johnson as interim President and CEO of the civil rights organization.  Mr. Johnson has been the president of the Mississippi Chapter of the NAACP.  However, JJ readers will remember that Derrick Johnson was busted for operating a bogus charity several years ago.   JJ reported on August 30, 2013:

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Monday, July 24, 2017

As the Rebel Turns

Neal McCready is tweeting that Ole Miss received the NCAA's reply to Ole Miss's response to the amended notice of allegations last Friday. 

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Medicaid has privacy breach

The Mississippi Division of Medicaid issued the following notice last June:

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Smith tries to stop Hood in federal court.

Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith asked a federal court today to stop his retrial from taking place.  The petition for a writ of habeas corpus argues the Attorney General should be stopped from trying Mr. Smith for a second time since a juror allegedly and intentionally tried to effect a mistrial.  The petition is posted below. The case is assigned to U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves.  The D.A. was indicted by a Hinds County grand jury for improperly helping criminal defendants.  His January trial ended in a mistrial.  His second trial is scheduled to begin on July 30.

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Bracey v. Yarber update: Get out the Lysol.

Nasty! That is the only way to describe what was recently filed in the Kimberly Bracey v. City of Jackson et al.  Kimberly Bracey sued the city and former Mayor Tony Yarber for sexual harassment that allegedly occurred while she worked for him as his executive assistant.    The case is currently winding its way through the legal process in federal court. 

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

A peek at the violent delights

Westworld won't return until 2018 but HBO released this trailer at Comic Con:

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You can't make this up.

The Hookers & Hugh scandal has brought a few knuckleheads out of the woodwork as everyone tries to be a comedian.

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Dereliction of Duty.

The Board of Trustees for the Jackson Public School District is now short of a quorum.  WLBT reported:

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Sunday morning Sermon

If you can't make it to church this morning, enjoy this 1996 sermon by the late Dr. Frank Pollard.  He preached from 1Corinthians 6: 18-20.   Some readers will appreciate the irony of the topic.

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

How the Freeze got burnt

Here is some red meat from Gene's Page for those who need their daily dose of Rebeldrama this morning. The post is Steve Robertson's tale of how the Mr. Freeze's Tampa services were discovered.  It is from a message board so take it for what it is worth. 

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Bill Crawford: Sports betting on the sly?

Speaking of doofuses, did you see Geoff Pender's column entitled "Did legislative leadership really fall for sports-betting rope-a-dope?" Or the earlier Mississippi Today story entitled "Lawmakers: Didn’t think law would legalize sports betting?"

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Winter is getting colder

Game of Thrones opened with this glorious scene that made Michael Corleone look like an amateur:




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Greatness.

The Oxford Eagle gives the rest of the state media a lesson in how to present a hot story on the front page:

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Idiot of the day.

A so-called journalist at USA Today wrote this mindless politically-correct tripe about Dunkirk in his review:

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Flexing the muscle?

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba nominated himself and newly-minted Chief Administrative Officer Dr. Robert Blaine to the 1% Sales Tax Commission.  He also said he expected the Greater Jackson Chamber of Commerce to give him it's four appointments to the Commission as well.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Freeze quits!

Press conference at 7:30 PM on ESPNews.   Read the bombshell story here. 

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Priester challenges Pamela Anderson

Jackson Ward 2 City Councilman Melvin Priester, Jr. issued this challenge to The Pamela Anderson and PETA on his Facebook page:

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Not so bright.

Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following statement.

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Judge asked to recuse himself in Ole Miss booster fight

The war between Steve Robertson and Ole Miss opened up another front yesterday.   Mr. Robertson won a round last week in his fight to obtain the names of the boosters cited in two NCAA notices of allegations that were issued to Ole Miss.  However, an unnamed booster, John Doe, asked Hinds County Chancellor Dewayne Thomas to void the Ethics Commission order.   The Scout.com reporter asked Hinds County Chancellor Dewayne Thomas to recuse himself from the case yesterday since he has connections to Ole Miss. 

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Judge Kidd denies Ben Allen's request to toss verdict.

Ben Allen will have to take his fight against Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith to another court.  Circuit Judge Winston Kidd denied his motion for a j.n.o.v. and a new trial yesterday.*  Mr. Allen was convicted of one count of embezzlement in February.  A grand jury indicted him for ten counts of embezzling funds from his employer, Downtown Jackson Partners.  However, the non-profit organization defended him and said he did not embezzle funds.  Judge Winston Kidd gave him a suspended prison sentence of five years and a probation term of two years. 

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Denied!!!

The Mississippi Supreme Court denied Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith's interlocutory appeal. It looks like we will have a trial at the end of the month. More information to follow.  The order states:

This matter is before the panel of Dickinson, P.J., Coleman and Beam, JJ., on Robert Smith's Second Petition for Interlocutory Appeal by Permission, filed by counsel for Smith. Also before the panel is Smith's Motion to Stay Trial Court Proceedings and the response thereto filed by counsel for the State of Mississippi. Having duly considered this matter, we find that the petition for interlocutory appeal should be denied. Further, the motion to stay trial court proceedings should be dismissed as moot.

IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that Robert Smith's Second Petition for Interlocutory Appeal by Permission is hereby denied.

IT IS FURTHER  ORDERED  that the Motion to Stay Trial Court  Proceedings  is hereby dismissed as moot.

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Meadowbrook shootout

JPD issued the following statement:

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Firm but fair: Shoot child, go home.

Jackson Municipal Court Judge Ali Shamsid-Dunce released without bond a man accused of shooting a seven-year old child in the neck.  The Clarion-Ledger reported:

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Ben Allen will fight

Ben Allen filed a notice of appeal in Hinds County Circuit Court Monday.   The notice states:

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Mayor works with Republicans to fight blight

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann issued the following statement and pictures. 

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Where did the pay raises go?

The low pay of Detention Officers has been a thorn in the side of Hinds County for quite some time.  The Justice Department blames much of the jail's problem on a shortage of employees, while the Sheriff blames the staffing shortage on the low pay scale.  An attempt by the Supervisors to increase the pay of the Detention Officers nearly ten years ago shows the problems in trying to give such raises. 

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7 year-old girl shot

A seven year-old girl was shot at 11:09 PM last night in Jackson.  JPD tweeted:

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Monday, July 17, 2017

John Doe sues Ethics Commission over Ole Miss ruling.

Ole Miss booster John Doe isn't taking his loss at the Ethics Commission last week lying down.  He appealed the decision to Hinds County Chancery Court today.  Read the petition for yourself.

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Teresa Malone to plead guilty in Epps case.

One more domino is falling in the Chris Epps scandal.  Teresa Malone filed a motion to change her plea from not guilty to guilty in U.S. District Court today.  A federal grand jury indicted her for one count of attempt & conspiracy and a count of bribery of a public official.  The motion states she accepted a plea agreement offered by federal prosecutors. 

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Public Notice for airport project.

The Jackson Municipal Airport Authority is advertising for bids for a a roof fall protection project for the west concourse at the airport.  The notice is posted below for interested parties.

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Teen pleads guilty in July 4 DUI death.


Correction: The post originally stated the BAC was 0.02.  The court documents actually state 0.02 or more.  

Peyton Horton pleaded guilty to two counts of Aggravated DUI in Rankin County Circuit Court on May 24.  Horton crashed his Jeep Wrangler on July 4, 2016, on Fannin Landing Circle.  One passenger was killed and two others were injured, as all passengers were ejected.  Horton will be sentenced on October 30.

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Priester: "numbers are pretty rough"

Jackson Ward 2 City Councilman Melvin Priester, Jr. posted this update on city affairs on his Facebook page:

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The Last Jedi

We might have gotten lucky with Episode VIII in the Star Wars saga.  Disney released a new video yesterday:

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