Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Funeral for Kingston

Here is the funeral information for Kingston Frazier.

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Epps goes to slammer for 235 months

The Justice Department issued the following press release. 

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Should Oliver resign?

Representative Karl Oliver (R-Bull Run) tried to apologize for his lynching comments he made on Facebook but calls for his resignation grew.  The Unreconstructed Southerner made this comment on Facebook Sunday:

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Sex offender gets 40 years

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following statement.

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The airport follies continue

The city of Jackson submitted an open records request to various airport authorities and their corresponding local governments throughout Mississippi.  The requests are rather interesting in that they ask for color photographs of their respective governing bodies.  Jackson did not request that there be a paragraph and arrows on the back of each color glossy photograph.

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Rick Cleveland: The ladies lead the way.

We are nearing the halfway point of 2017. Interesting to note, in Mississippi sports these first five months, women have provided the most meaningful and poignant success stories, the most lasting memories.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Drive to Survive

The Mississippi Highway Patrol issued the following press release. 


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Enter the Dragon

New photos from season seven of Game of Thrones were released yesterday:

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No bond for accused Kingston killers (Updated with complete coverage)

Madison County Justice Court Judge Bruce McKinley denied bond for Dwan Wakefield, DeAllen Washington, and Byron McBride at their initial appearance today.   A preliminary hearing will be held for them on June 26 at 9:00 AM. Madison County Prosecutor Pamela Hancock told Judge McKinley that the state will seek the death penalty for McBride.

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Insurance Commissioner issues bulletin on opioids.

Mississippi Commissioner of Insurance Mike Chaney issued the following bulletin.

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Monday, May 22, 2017

"My son didn't kill that baby!"

Byron McBride, Sr. lashed out at the media today after a Madison County Justice Court Judge denied bond for his son.  Judge Bruce McKinley denied bond for Byron, McBride Jr.  He was arrested for capital murder in the death of six year-old Kingston Frazier.  McBride attacked the media, saying they had already convicted his son.  Watch the video for yourself:

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Accused Kingston killers face Judge today

The suspects in the murder of young Kingston Frazier will make an initial appearance in Madison County Justice Court today.  However, Dwan Wakefield, Jr., DeAllen Washington, and Byron McBride will not actually appear in the courtroom, but will make their appearance through the use of video conferencing.  Death threats have been made against the suspects and law enforcement officials decided to take no chances with their safety.

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Dumbass of the Day

Update: Speaker Philip Gunn called on Oliver to apologize:


“I condemn the comments recently posted on Facebook by Rep. Karl Oliver,” said Speaker of the House Philip Gunn. “They do not reflect the views of the Republican party, the leadership of the House of Representatives or the House as a whole. Using the word “lynched” is inappropriate and offensive. We call on Rep. Oliver to apologize.”

One of our esteemed legislators decided to get real stupid on Facebook and that is putting it mildly:

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Tag info not required for Amber Alert Activation

Many people are asking why it took roughly three hours to issue an Amber Alert for Kingston Frazier.  Little Kingston Frazier was kidnapped between around 1:15 AM Thursday morning in the parking lot of Kroger on I-55N in Jackson. Mississippi Department of Public Safety spokesman Warren Strain said the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation received the Amber Alert notice at 4:06 AM and issued the alert twenty minutes later.  However, Hinds County Sheriff Victor Mason blamed the delay in submitting the request to MBI on difficulty in getting the registration information for the Ebony Frazier's vehicle.  The Clarion-Ledger reported Friday:

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Med Board cans Executive Director

The Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure fired Executive Director Dr. John Hall less than a year after it hired him.  The Board fired him last Thursday because he and the Board apparently did not agree on how doctors should be disciplined.  The Clarion-Ledger reported:

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Sunday morning sermon

The late Dr. Frank Pollard was on fire as when he preached this sermon in 1988.  It is probably his most direct commentary on society today out of the 40 sermons that have been posted on this website.  If you can't make it to church, enjoy the sermon. 

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

The cultural kudzu of East Jackson

Collection of all Gold Coast posts.

The Gold Coast didn't slow down in 1947 even after the 1946 crackdown that took place after a Rankin County Constable and bootlegger killed each other.  Some Clarion-Ledger headlines give an idea of the lawless culture that defined the Gold Coast:


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MC carjacker returned to Mississippi

The Clinton Police Department issued the following press release.

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Bill Crawford: Stand up to tax dodgers.

It's time for Mississippi taxpayers to stand up to tax dodgers.
 
It's time to revolt against the State's unfair and discriminatory behavior in the collection of taxes on retail sales.

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Take a break.

This place could use some dog therapy after the last couple of days:

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Kingston Frazier update: Who told what when?

When did the Hinds County Sheriff's Office learn about the kidnapping of the late Kingston Frazier?  Sheriff Mason told reporters at a press conference yesterday that his deputy did not know a crime had been committed until 2:30 AM:

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Kingston was shot more than once.

It's time to kill a rumor about the murder of little Kingston.  This rumor is spreading like wildfire on social media:

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Capital Murder!!!!

Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker arrested D'Allen Washington, Byron McBride, and Dwan Wakefield for capital murder in the death of six year-old Kingston Frazier yesterday:

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Coming soon

We could all use a break.  Check out what is coming to Netflix:

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Third person arrested in Kingston's murder.

The Madison Sheriff arrested Byron McBride a few minutes ago.  Law enforcement sources tell JJ that McBride is the suspected shooter in the murder of little Kingston Frazier.

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Wakefield was Ridgeland QB, Washington arrested.

Update #3 (3:05 PM): Washington is in custody in Madison County and is under arrest. He and his attorney left the Hinds County Sheriff's Office and went to Madison County to surrender.



Update #2 (2:55 PM): Washington turned himself in to Hinds County authorities.  David Kenney (WLBT) reported on Twitter: "I'm not sure this second suspect is in custody. He's getting into a private vehicle, no handcuffs on, with a towel to hide his face."

Update: There is a big rumor that Washington was killed by a SWAT team at the Azalea Manor apartments.  Police sources say that is not true and he is going to turn himself in later today.  

Police have in custody Dwan Wakefield of Ridgeland.  Wakefield is a person of interest in the murder of little Kingston Frazier.  Wakefield was the quarterback last year of the Ridgeland High School football team.  Keep in mind he is a person of interest, not a suspect.  His father was convicted of cocaine possession in 2011.


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Jim Hood bags $2 million from Epps vendor

Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following statement.

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MURDERED!!!


Update #3 (11:46 AM):  Police have Dwan Wakefield, Jr. in custody for questioning.  They are looking for DeAllen Washington as a person of interest.

Source: WLBT
 Update #2: Child is dead.  He was shot to death.   Damn.  JPD just tweeted (10:55):

Stolen Toyota linked to the auto theft/kidnapping from Kroger on I-55 was located in Madison County. A deceased child is in the backseat.

Update: Kingston is found in Gluckstadt.  Vehicle abandoned. 

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation issued the following Amber Alert and photos. 

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Oops!!!

Hinds County Detention Officer Teryn Bowles wrecked two vehicles at the Mississippi Law Enforcement Officer Training Academy (MLEOTA) in Rankin County nearly two weeks ago.

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Rick Cleveland: Burdeaux might be best Golden Eagle on the diamond.

Where to even start with Dylan Burdeaux, who does so much for – at least record-wise – the best team in Southern Miss baseball history?

Credit: Sun-Herald

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Treasurer Lynn Fitch & College Savings Mississippi giving out over $3,150 in scholarships

Jackson, MS. Treasurer Lynn Fitch and College Savings Mississippi are excited to host another scholarship opportunity for Mississippians.  The Race to College contest will be held during the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) State Baseball Championships at Trustmark Park on May 18-19, 2017.

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ACLU's client sues Canton Estates for being too dangerous.


Did Joseph Heller literally ghost-write the ACLU's lawsuit against Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker?   The ACLU is suing the Madison County Sheriff for targeting blacks living in apartments on behalf of a client who is also suing those same apartments because they are too dangerous.  The client is also a convicted drug dealer.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Witness whacker gets life without parole.

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

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Here we go again: Three JMAA Commissioner terms are expired.

The terms of three members of the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority Board of Commissioners expired.  Five commissioners comprise the Board.  One commissioner's term expired over two years ago.

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Child dies after having breathing problems

The Madison Police Department issued the following statement.

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Sheriff hired step-daughter.

Hinds County Sheriff Victor Mason hired his step-daughter the day he assumed office.  She is one of the highest-paid employees at the Raymond Detention Center.  However, a 2007 Mississippi Supreme Court case allows public officials to hire step-children and step-siblings.

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Investor alert!!!


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Massage therapist escorted with a suspension

A massage therapist will sue the Mississippi State Board of Massage Therapy after it suspended her license on May 4.   The Board caught Jiana Hong advertising her therapy services on sexually explicit and escort service websites.  Attorney Ross Barnett, Jr. took a break from practicing his impersonations of Johnny Carson monologues and filed a notice of appeal in Hinds County Circuit Court on behalf of Ms. Hong last Friday.



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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Bedwetter alert

Ms. Social Justice Warrior walks into a store in Portland, gasp- Portland, and sees a couple of "Stars & Bars" rugs for sale.  Conniption doesn't begin to describe her reaction as she proceeds to go off on the employees who didn't exactly handle her tirade in the best way possible.  However, watch what happens in the video when she proves she can dish it but can't take it. 

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Bay St. Louis police accused of beating and choking a crime victim.

A lawsuit filed Thursday accuses Bay St. Louis police officers of arresting, beating, and choking a man who was already beaten to a pulp by some thugs before the police arrived.  Thomas and Cody Koenenn sued BSL police officer John Nelson as well as several other police officers and Mayor Les Fillingame for $5.6 million in damages in U.S. District Court for the incident that occurred last September. 

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What is right living?

Enjoy this 1989 sermon of the late Dr. Frank Pollard. 

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

The year the Gold Coast committed suicide

Collection of all posts on the Gold Coast 

1946 was the year the Gold Coast blew up.  The notorious Gold Coast culture finally crossed the line.  Beatings, arson, stabbings, and even shootings were not rare occurrences  in that part of Rankin County.  However, there is one time-honored rule among those for whom crime is a regular way of life and it was damn sure true back in 1946: don't kill a cop.  A constable and a major bootlegger fought each other and then shot each other to death.  The death of the lawman finally brought in fire and brimstone just as it did in The Godfather when Michael killed a dirty cop.  The lawlessness of the Gold Coast had gone too far and people said enough is enough. 

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Firing the First Fibbie

President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey this week.  The President, media, and politicians managed to create yet another feeding frenzy.  Yet lost in the conniption was a memorandum written by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.  The memo spells out the reasons for dismissing Mr. Comey and "restoring public confidence" in the FBI.  President Trump and The Spice is Right did not help their cause with their public statements on Mr. Comey's dismissal this week.   However, the memo posted below is worth reading and makes the case for firing the First Fibbie even if the President managed to turn it into a circus.  The memo states:

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Sharber admitted to medical facility.

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement on Joseph Sharber's threats to shoot law enforcement officers:

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Bill Crawford: Mississippi is a federal junkie

Top-notch finance experts assess risks and plan for downturns as diligently as they evaluate and promote upside opportunities.

Mississippi’s economy has become more reliant than ever on federal funds. Should President Donald Trump and conservative leaders succeed in their plans to slash federal spending, the risks to our state economy would be substantial, if we aren’t ready.

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Catch & release grad threatening to shoot police

WARNING: VIOLENT AND CRUDE LANGUAGE IN VIDEO.

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement, photo, and video.

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Coming to Jackson

Midget wrassling, oops, I meant "Micro Wrestling" is coming to Jackson next week.

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Parish responds to McDonald's mother


Wayne Parish responded Wednesday to a wrongful death lawsuit in Hinds County Circuit Court.  Yvette Mason-Sherman sued Wayne Parish, his business partner Jimmy Ratcliff, and Performance Oil for wrongful death in the death of her son.  Parish shot and killed 17 year-old Charles McDonald, Jr.  during a struggle over a gun at Performance Oil on McDowell Road on July 21, 2016. Attorney Carlos Moore represents Ms. Mason-Sherman. Mr. Parish places the blame for the young man's death solely on McDonald. 

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Curtis Wilson surrenders

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement.

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Sheriff Tucker responds

Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker issued the following statement. 

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Court tells Carlos Moore to pay up

A federal judge told Carlos Moore to pay his $3,000 fine after the Grenada attorney asked him to reconsider the fine. U.S. District Judge David Sanders sanctioned Mr. Moore after he failed to respond to discovery requests in a wrongful death lawsuit. Mr. Moore sued the city of Tupelo last year on behalf of the family of  Antwun Shumpert after he was shot to death by a Tupelo police officer. Mr. Moore asked the court to reconsider imposing the sanctions on him.  He said he was affected by several death threats that were made against him in a separate lawsuit concerning the state flag.  The Court was unmoved by his pleas for mercy and had a few things to say to the lawyer.

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Who followed the law?

All Jackson Mayoral candidates filed required statements of economic interest except for Chokwe Lumumba, Jr. and Mayor Tony Yarber.  Mississippi law requires all office-holders and candidates to submit a statement of economic interest form to the Mississippi Ethics Commission.  The Commission posts them online. Posted below are the filings for each candidate.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

D.A. tries to postpone his trial.

Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith wants to postpone his retrial that is scheduled to begin on June 12.  He argued in a motion filed yesterday that he intends to use the testimony of Christopher Butler to help his case but can not do so until pending criminal cases against Mr. Butler are adjudicated.  Mr. Smith was indicted for improperly helping criminal defendants.  His January trial ended in a mistrial.  However, the two sides have been battling back and forth so here are the latest developments in the case.

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Back in action

I-85 in Atlanta will actually reopen Monday.  The two sections that were destroyed in a fire were replaced in a month.  The Georgia Department of Transportation produced this pretty cool time-lapse video of the reconstruction:

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Man killed during home invasion

JPD issued the following press release. 

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ACLU: Madison Sheriff targets blacks

The ACLU sued the Madison County Sheriff's Department on behalf of ten black Madison County residents for allegedly targeting blacks.  The complaint charged that the arrest rate for blacks was nearly five times the arrest rate for whites.  Deputies were accused of using roadblocks, jump-out patrols, and warrantless searches of homes to harass the black community. The lawsuit was filed Monday in U.S. District Court and is posted below.

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Rick Cleveland lauds Billy Hamilton

There's been no shortage of sports news recently, but the story that intrigued this writer most was under the radar this past weekend – unless you were in Cincinnati. You, as I, might have missed it.

Source: MLB

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

A true hero

JJ came across these old newspaper articles about a Jackson soldier who was captured by the Nazis after his B-17 was shot down over East Prussia in World War II:

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City truck kills pedestrian, crashes into Gateway

JPD posted the following statements and pictures on Twitter.

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Coming in June

Tired of Fast & Furious ____ or comic book movies at the theatre?  Guess which movie is coming to Jackson in June:

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NE Jackson: Lock & Load

Police are looking for 18 year-old Curtis Wilson.  Wilson is a suspect in several Rankin County burglaries.  He resides at 1714 Lake Trace in Jackson (39211).  His pictures are posted below.  If you see him, contact the police immediately. 

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Rankin ring busted. 2 were out on bond.

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following press release and pictures.

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Epigrams and Interludes

or a postmortem on the elections in Jackson and the burbs that took place last week. 

My favorite chapter of Nietzche's Beyond Good and Evil is "Epigrams and Interludes". The philosopher chooses to collect a wide array of various thoughts and place them into one chapter.  I have decided to post my observations about last week's elections in the Jackson metro area in the same vein instead of writing one big monster column.  Enjoy.

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Weill routs Routh.

Hinds County public defender Christopher Routh was routed at the Mississippi Supreme Court.  Hinds County Circuit Judge Jeff Weill ordered the incarceration of Mr. Routh for the remainder of the business day.  Mr. Routh appealed to the Mississippi Supreme Court but the court upheld Judge Weill.  Mr. Routh found out the hard way that it is never a good idea to disobey a judge in open court.   The Court gave a pretty good idea of where it was going in the opinion in the first two sentences :

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Heroin bust on I-20

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement.

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Rankin man dies in ATV accident

Rankin County Sheriff issued the following statement. 

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"We're fortunate it wasn't worse."

Mississippi Treasurer Lynn Fitch issued the following statement.

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Sheriff claims he has immunity from lawsuit.

Hinds County Sheriff Victor Mason claims he has "qualified immunity" from a sexual harassment lawsuit since he is a law enforcement officer and is thus protected from "First Amendment" claims.  Former Hinds County Chief Deputy Cheryl Matory and deputy Tomeca Barnes sued the Sheriff in U.S. District Court in January for alleged sexual harassment, sex discrimination, and First Amendment retaliation.  The complaint included quite a few lurid details as his former Chief Deputy charge he tried to use her to arrange sexual encounters with another employee.  Earlier post.

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Morning ________

Saturday Night Live nailed Morning Joe last night. 

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The Last Supper

The late Dr. Frank Pollard preaches on the Last Supper in this 1989 sermon. 

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Saturday, May 6, 2017

The Gold Coast war years: crackdowns, shootings, stabbings

Collection of all posts on the Gold Coast.

Sheriff L.G. Holyfield.  Imagine that name spoken with the voice of John Facenda.  Such was the effect of that name on the Gold Coast.  Other Sheriffs made excuses as the whiskey flowed during prohibition in Mississippi.  Sheriff Holyfield just stopped them.  His tenure as Sheriff was a reign of terror for the Gold Coast. 

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Bill Crawford: Who cares about health care?

"Mississippi finishes last – again – among all states in annual health ranking," read the December headline in the Biloxi Sun-Herald. "Mississippi dropped to dead last this year among all 50 states in the annual 'America’s Health Rankings' released by the United Health Foundation," continued the story. "As one of the nation’s poorest states, Mississippi has a legacy of poor health because poverty is often a driver, and consequence, of bad health."

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Friday, May 5, 2017

No comment

Political campaigns always bring out the comedians and this week's election was no exception.  One rather crude letter made the rounds.   It's posted below.  Pretty much every campaign worker and political insider has already seen it. However, the names are redacted and it will be taken down after the weekend (or possibly sooner) so laugh while you can.  Don't bother trying to sneak in the names through comments.  They won't be approved.  Enjoy.

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Canton fires Rudy

The Canton Board of Aldermen voted 4-0 yesterday to terminate Rudy Warnock as city engineer.  Aldermen Les Penn, Eric Gilkey, and Andrew Grant did not attend the special called meeting.  Mr. Warnock is engaged in a court fight with Canton Municipal Utilities as well. The court denied CMU's motion to dismiss for lack of jurisdiction earlier this week. 

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State Capitol is now a national landmark.

The U.S. Department of the Interior designated the Mississippi State Capitol as a national historic landmark.*  The Capitol has been lauded for many years as a beautiful work of art.  Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewel stated in the press release:

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Check out the IMS gravy train

IMS Engineers obtained a "project management" contract from the Jackson City Council in December 2015 to manage projects funded by the 1% sales tax.  The amount of the fee for the contract was $840,000.  The term was one year.  Mayor Tony Yarber's administration tried to renew the contract and increase the fee to $1.5 million but the Sales Tax Commission objected to the renewal.  JJ obtained copies of the invoices submitted by IMS and posted them below. They make for some interesting reading.

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Chism & Millsaps analyze Mayor's race

Brad Chism and Millsaps College released an analysis of the election results and their poll conducted last week.  It is posted below.  The precinct results were posted earlier today as well.

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Deaton indicted in Rankin County

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement. 

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Chaney lauds Obamacare replacement

Insurance Commish Mike Chaney issued the following statement. 

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Read 'em and weep.

The precinct report for the Jackson municipal elections are posted below. Enjoy. 

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Reddix rolls

Jackson physician Carl Reddix pleaded guilty to one count of bribing Chris Epps when he was MDOC Commissioner.   It was quite a fall for the physician who was a mover and shaker in the black power structure of Jackson.  The court will sentence Dr. Reddix on August 1. He could serve up to ten years in prison and a fine of $250,000 or less.  The case is assigned to U.S. District Judge Daniel Jordan. 

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MS Truth Journal: Flagging revenues are a myth.

The Mississippi Truth Journal issued the following statement on Facebook.

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Speaker will study lottery

Speaker of the House Philip Gunn (R-DOR) issued the following statement.

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August trial set for ex-DJP secretary

Note: The Clarion-Ledger still has not covered this lawsuit. 

A former Downtown Jackson Partners secretary will go to trial in Madison County court on August 22 in a lawsuit filed by the organization.  DJP sued Linda Brune in 2014 for allegedly embezzling over $43,000.

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Congratulations to Chokwe Lumumba, Jr.

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Congratulations to Chokwe Antar Lumumba, Jr.  He came, he saw, he kicked ass.  Voters wanted a change and said so last night.  He lost three years ago but instead of quitting, he got tough.  He wanted the job more, he worked his butt off, and was willing to do what it took to win.  Never underestimate a ground game in local politics.  He won the race fair and square last night.  It's now his turn to show what he can do and if he can indeed revive Jackson.   Congratulations to Mr. Lumumba. 

Here are the final vote tallies from last night.

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Rick Cleveland opines on the draft.

As the last choice of the NFL Draft, Chad Kelly will spend the next year being called “Mr. Irrelevant.”

But it says here Kelly possesses the arm strength, athleticism and toughness to become relevant, indeed, in the NFL.

Kelly, at the end of his junior season and in the Sugar Bowl that came later, was playing the position of quarterback as well as anyone in college football. Clearly, he has the physical tools to succeed in “the league.”

We'll just have to wait and see if he can develop the discipline.

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Lumumba avoids runoff, Queen & Gene win, Rogers goes down. Canton rematch.

Election night is finally here.  This is the election night thread.  Fire away with comments and results. 

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S&P is worried about Mississippi.

Standard & Poor's issued the following press release about Mississippi's financial condition.

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Election Day thread.

The Clarion-Ledger's Anna Wolfe performed a public service last week when she interviewed each of the five major Jackson mayoral candidates.  A link to each story is posted below for your convenience.  Consider this post to be an election day thread on all municipal races.

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Cochran announces appropriations for Mississippi

Senator Thad Cochran issued the following press release.

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Thar' she blows!!!

A shame this wasn't an oil gusher but check out what took place on Heatherwood last night.

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Monday, May 1, 2017

One nation, Underwood.

Finally!  The trailer for season five of House of Cards was released today.  Enjoy.

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Back-page bust.

JPD issued the following press release. 

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Pearl Mayor's race

The media is focused on the Jackson Mayor's race but there is a hotly contested race in Pearl.  Jake Windham is attempting to oust Mayor Brad Rogers from the seat he has held for two terms.  Consider this post to be an open thread about the Pearl Mayor's race. 

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You can't make this up.

Check out this section of the Berkeley Police Department's website.

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Her Finest Hour

JJ was going to write an editorial endorsing Madison Mayor Mary Hawkins-Butler as it did four years ago but decided instead to tell a story that took place twenty years ago.


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Sunday, April 30, 2017

The slumlord of the Jackson City Council

If one wants to know why Jackson is falling apart, look no farther than Ward 5 Jackson City Councilman Charles Tillman and his properties.  Mr. Tillman owns 65 properties in Jackson.  The pictures posted below show the deplorable state of some of his houses.

These pictures are a perfect example of what is wrong with Jackson leadership.  Mr. Tillman has served several terms on the Jackson City Council. However, he vies with the Ward 7 Councilwoman to see who can miss the most meetings.  These pictures alone show he is unfit to serve, much less lead, Jackson.  Mr. Tillman would not be allowed to get away with this crap in Madison, Ridgeland, Pearl, Brandon, Clinton, or Flowood.  He is neither fit to serve nor fit to lead and that, my friends, is the bottom line.  Jackson can no longer afford to suffer such leadership. 

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Young boy electrocuted

Update: The young boy died. 

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement.

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Sunday Morning Sermon

Quite a few people probably didn't make it to church this morning thanks to the weather.  JJ presents this 1989 sermon from the late Dr. Frank Pollard. 

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

The booze must flow

Collection of all posts on the Gold Coast.  

It is Saturday night and that means JJ is publishing another post on the Gold Coast of Rankin County.  This week's edition covers the battle for the soul of Jackson that took place between the bootleggers and "the law".  Troops raided the Gold Coast, court dockets filled up, politicians screeched, and yet somehow, the whiskey flowed.

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The wannabe's face off.

The Jackson Mayoral candidates had one last debate before Tuesday's Democratic primary.  The Clarion-Ledger and League of Women Voters hosted them at the Mississippi College Schools of Law last night.  The newspaper's video is posted below.  However, headphones might be needed as the audio was not of the highest quality. 

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Bill Crawford: Controlling the spending kudzu

One of my many anonymous critics on the Jackson Jambalaya blog zapped me last week over my column "A Peek behind Legislative Leaders' Rhetoric." In particular, he/she said I lack "a coherent alternate plan" of my own.

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Canton Clown

The home of a Canton mayoral candidate is in foreclosure right now.  This notice was published in the Clarion-Ledger on April 20:

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Lumumba leads new poll.

Millsaps College and Chism Strategies issued the following press release and poll.

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Auditor: Jackson ends year with a surplus.

The city of Jackson issued the following press release.

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She's out of control.

This video is a good lesson in how not to be a cop even though the cop is from Brusly, La.  Watch for yourself and judge. The news broadcast video runs for a minute.  The "good stuff" starts at 1:00.

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MBHS to merge

Mississippi Today reported that Mississippi Baptist Health Systems is merging with its cousin in Memphis:

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Chokwe files

Chokwe Lumumba, Jr. filed his campaign finance report last night.  Read it and weep.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Arrest warrant issued in ballpark brawl. (Updated)

Update (4/28/2017):  Eric Johnson turned himself in this afternoon and after being processed, he was released on a $1000 cash bond until his court date of May 9th at 1:30 pm.

The Ridgeland Police Department issued the following statement:

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Who is in jail?

Burglars and violent criminals constitute most of the inmates in the Hinds County detention centers.  JJ reviewed a roster of the inmates.  Less than twenty percent of the Hinds County inmates were arrested for drug crimes and most of those offenses were trafficking.  The statistics remain little changed from three years ago when this website conducted a similar review. 

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Suspect sought in Madison County car theft.

Crimestoppers issued the following bulletin.

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Cecil Brown: Want to fix schools? Fix leadership.

More than 90% of all Mississippi kids attend public schools. That means that 90% of the state’s workforce, voters, parents, and leaders come from public schools. More than 60,000 teachers and support staff work in Mississippi’s public schools, and Mississippi state government spends more than $2 billion a year on public education. In addition, local taxpayers spend untold millions more. Is it any wonder that the subject of public education is always at the forefront for most Mississippians?

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Hinds deputy sues R. Kelly for alienation of affection, claims he gave wife STD.

Hinds County resident Kenny Bryant sued recording artist R. Kelly for alienation of affection in Hinds County Circuit Court on April 21.  The case is assigned to Circuit Judge Jeff Weill.   Mr. Kelly sang hits such as I Believe I Can Fly and If I Can Turn Back Time.  He has sold over 40 million records in his career.  The complaint is rather salacious in nature as it accuses Mr. Kelly of giving his wife chlymedia and having a sexual relationship with his wife that began a few months after they were married and continued for several years.

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AP: PERS has problems.

Collection of all posts on PERS.  

Well, well, well. It seems the local media finally deemed PERS worthy of its notice.  Of course, the AP's Jeff Amy didn't do any real reporting but instead regurgitated a report spoonfed to him by a think tank but progress is progress.

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State wants to tax B2B rentals

The Taxman, otherwise known as the Mississippi Department of Revenue, wants to tax the short-term renting of homes and apartments.  DOR filed a notice of a proposed amendment to an existing rule with the Secretary of State on March 24.  A hearing will be held today at the department's Clinton office at 3:30.   The proposed amendment redefines a hotel or motel to include single-family dwellings:

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Rick Cleveland: The Draft is upon us.

The 2017 NFL Draft begins Thursday, and there is really only one sure thing. That is, mistakes will be made.

It happens every year.

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JPD catches another bad dude.

JPD issued the following statement:

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Time to show you the money

The campaign finance reports for the Jackson Mayoral candidates was due at the close of business today.  All major candidates except Chokwe Lumumba, Jr. filed a campaign finance report.  However, a new PAC, Democracy for America, was formed for the express purpose of helping Mr. Lumumba.  It raised and donated all of $1,000 to his campaign.  Here are the reports.

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Meet the new expert on Jackson: Vice

 Vice magazine published a rather interesting version of the reign of Mayor Chokwe Lumumba, Sr. - from the viewpoint of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement.  JJ posted some excerpts of the April 2016 article below along with some color commentary from yours truly. 

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Mayfield's widow wants answers from attorney

The widow of Mark Mayfield wants to ask a Madison County attorney some questions concerning his involvement in the Rose Cochran "nursing home scandal" that took place in the 2014 Senate race.  Robin Mayfield filed a complaint for discovery against Richard Wilbourn in Madison County Chancery Court on January 18, 2017. Mr. Mayfield committed suicide after he was arrested for allegedly participating in a plot to use pictures of a vegetative Rose Cochran in a campaign video attacking Senator Thad Cochran.  Earlier post on arrest.

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30 for 20

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

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Showing you the money

Campaign finance reports for the Jackson municipal elections are due tomorrow.  The last deadline for these reports was January 31, 2017.  Candidates Mayor Tony Yarber and Robert Graham submitted their January reports.  A PAC for Chokwe Lumumba, Jr. submitted one.  John Horhn submitted one to the Secretary of State for his State Senator campaign finance account.  The reports are posted below.  Enjoy.

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Zebert paroled

The Mississippi Parole Board voted to grant parole to convicted embezzler and disbarred attorney Jason Zebert.  Zebert was released on February 19, 2016.  

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Ballpark brawl (Updated)

It appears a fight broke out at the baseball park in Ridgeland Friday night.  The video below shows two men being separated by a crowd of bystanders by the concession stand.  

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Open thread on the Mayor's race

We are going into the home stretch of the Mayor's race.  We will be covering it from now until the final ballots are cast.  Consider this post to be an open thread for your to comment on the election. Fire away. 

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Former football coach sues JSU.

Former Jackson State University Coach Harold Jackson sued his former employer in Hinds County Circuit Court Wednesday for employment discrimination.  Mr. Jackson claimed JSU discriminated against him and breached his contract when it fired him for having a losing record of 6-11 in 2015.  The school hired him in 2014 after firing Coach Rick Comegy. The school paid him a salary of $260,000 -a $60,000 increase over Coach Comegy's salary. 

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Understanding the Crucifixion & Resurrection

If you can't make it to church this morning, enjoy this 1987 sermon given by the late Dr. Frank Pollard at First Baptist Church. 

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

HBO releases GOT pics

HBO released several photos of the upcoming season of Game of Thrones:

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Acid attacks, shootings, burnings were typical events on the Gold Coast of Rankin County.

 Collection of all posts covering the Gold Coast of Rankin County.

1940 was a typical year on the Gold Coast of Rankin County: Bootleggin', whiskey, shootings, and good ole fashioned hell-raisin'. Jackson City Limits and The Dock had nothing on this place.   Someone even thought it would be groovy to drop some acid on the Sheriff.  Posted below is a collection of 1940 articles from the Clarion-Ledger covering the Gold Coast.  Enjoy. 

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Bill Crawford: Rhetoric v. Reality

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and House Speaker Philip Gunn are touting their great success this year in holding down the cost of government.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Rankin redneck shoots up hospital.

An East Jackson man was mighty upset as he shot up an operating room at a local hospital.  28 year-old William Dewitt got drunk, went to the Owl's Nest in East Jackson,  and cut a man who worked at the infamous nightclub.  The slicing and dicing of the black man did not satisfy Dewitt's rage so  Dewitt commandeered a taxi and chased the victim to the hospital. He entered the operating room and shot at a nurse who attempted to warn the rest of the staff.  a  Dewitt is white.   Thankfully, only the walls suffered the fury of his bullets as the gunshot victim hurled himself at the hoodlum and caused a shot that was aimed at the nurse's abdomen to miss.  Dewitt was arrested.  The newspaper article is posted below.

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The Meditations of Rudolphus Warnockus.

Public utilities are supposed to be boring. VERY boring.  However, we are talking about Canton and there is nothing staid or quiet about Canton.  The Blackmons and Warnocks* are fighting over the control of Canton Municipal Utilities in a way that brings to mind the old feud between the Junkyard Dog and the Fabulous Freebirds.  The two sides are slugging it out in federal court right now after CMU fired Rudy Warnock as its engineer after the Blackmons took control of the board of CMU.

However, 69 pages of the text messages of Rudy Warnock were attached to the minutes of the December 22, 2016 meeting of the board of Canton Municipal Utilities before he was fired.  The text messages give one a view of what is going on behind the scenes as threats as all kinds of drama takes place, including threatening to have a reporter beat up. 

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I-20 closed for repairs next weekend

The city of Jackson issued the following statement. 

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Vann Leonard paroled.

An old friend of JJ received a get out of jail free card although he is still a jailbird.  The Mississippi Parole Board granted parole to disgraced attorney Vann Leonard last year.  He embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars from clients several years ago.  However, his crimes are considered to be "non-violent" and thus he qualifies for parole after serving 25% of his sentence.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

And the "bombshell" drops

JJ is very suspect of so-called bombshells that suddenly appear right before a big election.  It is no secret Kimberly Bracey is suing Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber for sexual harassment. JJ broke the original story about the lawsuit last year.  Speculation ran rampant during the last few weeks that something would be filed right before the election and guess what? Something was. JJ was not going to report this new development in the lawsuit until May 3.  However, the news media is covering it and the Mayor issued a statement so here is the coverage.

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Jackson tried to "regionalize" wastewater treatment.

The city of Jackson proposed forming a regional treatment authority with the West Rankin Utility Authority for the operation of its wastewater treatment plant on March 13.  Unfortunately for Jackson, West Rankin rejected the proposal.  JJ obtained a copy of the proposal and posted it below.

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Welcome to Auburn

Auburn finally did something right.  Some Antifa protestors showed up to go all Berkely at a Richard Spencer speech. Some of them apparently forget that the anti-Klan laws applied to them while they protested the Klan.  Irony.  Watch for yourself.  These cops didn't play- unlike those in Berkeley who played while protestors were beaten.

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Sentencing reform bill has its own disparities.

Governor Phil Bryant vetoed a so-called "criminal justice reform" bill. The do-gooders patted themselves on the back as they crowed about how they were going to bring some true justice to the criminal justice system in Mississippi. However, HB #1033 takes aim at communities that try to protect their families from crime in the name of a "disparate sentencing" study. 


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Kayak launches added to Rez

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

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Plot to kill the Queen?

No, we are not talking about Kenneth Stokes but a member of the CMU board.  One Rudolphus Magnus Warnock is engaged in a court fight with Canton Municipal Utilities.  An affidavit was prepared on his behalf but it has not yet been submitted to the court.  The affidavit charges that one Cleveland Anderson offered to have Madison Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler and Madison County Journal reporter Michael Simmons whacked for $10,000 each.  It is not known if the alderman planned to finance the whacking with CMU bonds.

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Y'all Business site freshened up.

Mississippi Secretary of State Ribbit Hosemann issued the following press release.

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Jackson lawyer accused of embezzling from client

A lawsuit accuses a Jackson lawyer of embezzling $40,720 from his clients in a wrongful death lawsuit.  A Covington County family sued attorney Ramal Cotton in Hinds County Chancery Court on September 14, 2016.  Mr. Cotton sits on the boards of the Voice of Cavalry Ministries and the Downtown Jackson Neighborhood Association.  The plaintiffs are currently trying to throw him in jail. 

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Rick Cleveland: Early signing is here.

The NCAA announced last week that college football recruits will now have a chance to sign a scholarship in December rather than wait until the first Wednesday in February, the traditional national signing day.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

75 Years!!!



It's been 75 years since America showed what it is really made of during one of it's darkest hours.   It was 1942.  The Japs kicked our ass at Pearl Harbor and then proceeded to run roughshod over the Pacific.  Lieutenant Colonel Doolittle came up with the idea to attack Japan with B-25's launched from the deck of an aircraft carrier.  A suicide mission that might actually be crazy enough to work.  The rest is history.  The Japs couldn't believe that we dared to bomb their homeland.  It boosted morale at home and showed the Japs there was going to be a fight after all.  It nudged them into attacking Midway and the rest is history, as they say.  What is often forgotten is the brutality suffered by the captured pilots and those who helped the others escape in China.

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Ridgeland PD seeks identity thief.

The Ridgeland Police Department issued the following video, pictures,  and statement.

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Warden threw a party in the county jail....

Meet Battlefield Dubb and his boyz.  Dubb is having a good ole time at the Hinds County Detention Center in Raymond jammin' to WJMI and starring in live Facebook videos.  Check out this pic:

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No comment.

The Jackson City Council got to see the two sides of Larry Nelson, Sr.  The south Jackson businessman decided to show some love for Jackson City Councilman Tyrone Hendrix in a rather um, interesting way at the March 21 meeting(1:25):

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Two killed in Rankin car crash

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement.

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Alcorn State has a Fight Club

The first rule about Fight Club is you don't talk about Fight Club so these Youtube videos will merely show the Fight Club that met at Alcorn State recently.

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State blessing or state takeover?

 Much ado has been made about the Capitol Complex Improvement District bill that was recently passed by the legislature.  Some have praised it as a major step forward for Jackson while some are shrieking hysterically that it is a state takeover of Jackson.  It's time to put the myths to rest.  JJ posted dissected the bill and posted its findings as well as a copy of the bill below. Read it for yourself and make up your own mind about what it all means.

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

MOAB!!!

We dropped the Mother of All Bombs on ISIS in Afghanistan last week.  Check out this footage of the blast that was shot at the ground level.

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Auto burglary ring busted

The Madison Police Department issued the following press release and mug shots. 

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Easter is for you.

The late Dr. Frank Pollard preached this Easter Sunday sermon in 1993.  If you can't make it to church this morning, enjoy Dr. Pollard's preaching.

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Remembering Big Red

Collection of all posts covering the Gold Coast of Rankin County. 

 The most infamous bootlegger in Mississippi history was probably G.W. "Big Red" Hydrick.  The Byram cotton farmer moved to Florence in the 1930;s and began a life of notoriety that spanned several decades on the Gold Coast of Rankin County.  He killed a woman, burned down rival nightclubs, beat black female students, egged on the mob at the Woolworth lunch counter, and shot numerous people.  In other words, he was a mean ole cuss who did what the hell he wanted to do when he wanted to do it.

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Bill Crawford: Leg Solons do something right

As the dismal saga of bribery and extortion swirling around former Commissioner Chris Epps and Mississippi Department of Corrections contracts continues to make headlines, epic reforms to the public contracting process slipped through the Legislature with scant media attention. 

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Coming on a date far, far away



Of course, what everyone wants to see is something like this:

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Tupelo goes after Carlos Moore

The city of Tupelo is standing up to attorney Carlos Moore.  A federal judge imposed sanctions of $3,000 on the attorney last month after he failed to respond to discovery requests in a wrongful death lawsuit.  Mr. Moore sued the city of Tupelo last year on behalf of the family of  Antwun Shumpert after he was shot to death by a Tupelo police officer. Mr. Moore asked the court to reconsider imposing the sanctions on him.  He said he was affected by several death threats that were made against him in a separate lawsuit concerning the state flag.  The city said that Mr. Moore had used his "death threat defense" in other cases as well and asked the court to ignore it. 

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North Street is fed up!!!

North Street residents are sick and tired of being sick and tired of a noisy pump that is operating 24 hours a day for several months now and expressed their displeasure:

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Viking fined millions for its Mississippi Hustle

The Viking Range brand continues to become more tarnished.  Viking's agreed to pay a $4.65 million fine to the Consumer Product Safety Commission for hiding defects that caused its ranges to burst into flames from customers. The Commission issued the following statement:

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Bedwetter alert!!!

Someone freaked out over the mere presence of a Chick-Fil-A on a college campus.  The Duquesne Duke reported on March 26:

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If at first you don't succeed.... QUIT!

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

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Jackson pursuing pro basketball franchise

The city of Jackson issued the following press release. 

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"They may put some poison in that water"

I'm not going to say a word.  Just watch this video of Ineva Pittman telling the Jackson City Council at its March 21 meeting that Rankin County might try to poison Jackson's water.

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SANDERS SPEAKS!!!!

This diatribe by Enoch Sanders is one for the books. The Jackson community activist chewed out the Jackson city council over the proposed "regionalization" of the wastewater treatment plant at the March 21 meeting.  Enjoy.

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21 years.

It's been 21 years since a sniper went crazy at the Po Folks restaurant on Ellis Isle one Friday afternoon:

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

West Rankin tells Jackson thanks, but no thanks.

The West Rankin Utility Authority rejected a proposal from Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber to "regionalize" Jackson's wastewater treatment plant:

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No Show!

The agenda for today meeting of the Mississippi Development Bank's Board of Directors contains nothing about the city of Jackson's attempt to borrow $90 million for infrastructure projects. The deadline to submit i‎tems to be placed on the agenda was Friday.

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Rick Cleveland: Time for college baseball.

Mississippi's boys of spring – at least the ones who play college baseball – rarely disappoint. The spring of 2017 is no exception.

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The Big Payback.

Check out this flyer promoting a Chokwe Lumumba fund-raiser that took place in Harlem last week.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Reunion of The Brave.

I came across this touching article while digging around the archives of the Daily Clarion-Ledger. A.B. Smith's B-24 was shot down by the Germans over Belgium in 1944.  The Jacksonian and three other crewmen were hidden by a Belgium girl and her family. The 1948 article posted below gives the details of the heroic story. He stayed hidden until the Allies liberated the area. His rescuer visited him and his wife in Jackson when this article was written.

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MDOC shakes down Leakesville.

The Mississippi Department of Corrections issued the following statement.

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MDOT tells Governor the clock is ticking

MDOT told Governor Phil Bryant last week that it would have to start notifying contractors that it will be unable to pay them if MDOT is not funded.  The legislature did not fund MDOT during the 2017 regular session. MDOT Executive Director Melinda McGrath said many contractors would have to be notified on or before May 17.  The letter says it all:

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The Battle of Sheffield begins

Northeast Jackson residents are fighting the rezoning of a parcel  that is on the corner of Sheffield Drive and Ridgewood Road.  The Sheffield Area Homeowners Association sent this email to its members:

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Monday, April 10, 2017

The Bonfire of the Ballots

This is how you handle an election challenge.


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Update on Ridgewood sewer collapse




The city of Jackson issued the following update on the repairs for a collapsed sewer line at Ridgewood Road and Northside Drive:

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Sheriff + Hezbollah = ______.

You simply can not make this up and yes, the Kingfish opposes this stupid crap. 

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Funeral arrangements for Cpl. Allen Harper, Jr.


The family of Jackson Police Officer Cpl. Allen Harper, Jr. announces funeral arrangements as follows:

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Meet Belhaven's newest threat.

A newspaper thief is running wild in Belhaven.  These messages appeared on Nextdoor:

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FOOD FIGHT!!!

Mayor Tony Yarber and Chokwe Lumumba, Jr.  went at it Friday night after the challenger accused the Mayor of having a "top-heavy" administration. Watch the short Clarion-Ledger video. 

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Stupid is as stupid does.

Three hoodlums were killed when they broke into a home in Oklahoma last week.  The homeowner's son used an AR-15 to kill all three intruders.  A grandfather of one of the deceased outraged that someone would dare shoot his little hoodlum.  KTUL reported:

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Family of murdered grandmother still awaits justice

The family of the late Helen Harrion continues to wait for justice to be served upon her accused killer as the case continues to drag along in the Hinds County criminal justice system.  Alonzo Stewart was indicted for her murder but the case has not yet gone to trial as his lawyer pursues an insanity defense. 

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Back to your regularly scheduled program

Sorry for the slow pace of JJ this weekend.  I discovered Dispatches from Pluto yesterday and have been engrossed in that book.  Working on posts now. 

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"Our sins usually hurt others"

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

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Saturday, April 8, 2017

"Destroy this mad brute!"

The United States entered The Great War one hundred years ago this week.  Check out these posters that were used to rally the nation. 

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NE Jackson sewer main collapses.

The city of Jackson issued the following press release. 

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Bill Crawford: Shrink the legislature

Republican legislators insist they are making the right moves to "rightsize" state government, which includes shrinking the state budget. If they mean what they say, the Legislature, itself, should be on the rightsizing menu too.

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Friday, April 7, 2017

JPD officer passes away.

The city of Jackson issued the following statement for the family of Allen Harper :

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Sales Tax Commission meeting cancelled, East County Line Road to be resurfaced.

The 1% Sales Tax Commission did not meet Wednesday.  The commission is scheduled to meet the first Wednesday of every month.  However, Mayor Tony Yarber cancelled the meeting two weeks ago.

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Oops!

Someone apparently got mad over the moonshine bust that took place earlier this week and gave Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey the chance to audition for the job of Wendy's social media manager.

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The million dollar cocaine bust

The Rankin County Sheriff issued the following statement and pictures.

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Bo knows Trump

The headline of this post was almost Bo Wallace: FIGJAM!!!  But instead, just read his little Twitter Tantrum posted below.

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No comment.

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Police ID MC carjacker

The Clinton Police Department issued the following statement.

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Ex-River Hills tennis pros sue attorney over firing

A popular tennis teaching couple is suing a local attorney after they were dismissed from their jobs at River Hills Club.  Courtney and Todd Middleton sued Tom Ostenson in Hinds County Circuit Court yesterday for damages and loss of income.   A literal family feud (without any kisses from Richard Dawson although there was a failed attempt at a hug) allegedly developed between the Middletons and Ostenson's family.  The complaint accuses Ms. Ostenson of using his influence with several board members to get the Middletons fired from their jobs.   The lawsuit argues Mr. Ostenson is guilty of tortious interference with their employment contracts.

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Rez is falling

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

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Rick Cleveland: Heartbreak but MSU will be back

As the final seconds ticked down in the women's national championship game, four Mississippi State seniors fought tears and tried to comfort one another.

That's to be expected. Their college careers ended one victory short of the first national championship in Hail State history. They were heartbroken after Sunday night's 67-55 defeat at the hands of Southeastern Conference nemesis South Carolina.

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

State Auditor finds porn on school laptops

The State Auditor discovered students are able to access pornography on public school computers.  State Auditor Stacey Pickering disclosed the findings in a cybersecurity report that was issued today.  Some findings of the report are:

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Jackson flood warning

The city of Jackson issued the following statement. 

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Counterfeit ring gets to make a different sort of engraving.... for 20 years.

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

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Please help the Mississippi Business Journal.

The Mississippi Business Journal announced the commencement of a new membership program in this video posted on Youtube yesterday.

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Drive-by shooting in Clinton.

WARNING: GRAPHIC & VIOLENT VIDEO

The video of the Magnolia Road shooting in Clinton is posted below.  Clinton Police said yesterday:

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Need a good CCP gun for a good price?

Looking for a good CCP gun at a good price?  JJ's readers who are gun enthusiasts may not be aware but they can get some really sweeeeet deals on Smith & Wesson pistols right now.  S&W started offering a $75 mail-in rebate for the MP Shield pistols last weekend.   The online prices for some of their guns were already really good.  They are now practically a steal. 

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Claiborne strikes out again

Claiborne Frazier struck out yet again in his efforts to get out of jail.  The former J.A. quarterback and developer is currently serving a five year federal prison sentence for conspiracy to commit bank,mail, and wire fraud after he pleaded guilty in 2014.  Frazier filed a motion to vacate his sentence in December that was denied.  He filed a motion to reduce his sentence in March.  It was denied as well last Friday. 

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Latest crime stats.

Here are the latest crime stats for Jackson.

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Clinton PD seeks carjacker & shooter

The Clinton Police Department issued the following statement.

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Losses grow for UMMC Wellness Centers

The University of Mississippi Wellness Centers have lost $516,000 eight months into the fiscal year.  JJ obtained the "financial statements" through a public records request.  The wellness centers are the former Courthouse racquet clubs and fitness centers.

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Stokes alert.

Stokes & the radio.  What could possibly happen?

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Carlos Moore must pay up & put up or else.

A federal judge told attorney Carlos Moore to start actually practicing law and stop grandstanding as he fined him $3,000 two weeks ago for failing to respond to discovery requests in a wrongful death lawsuit. Mr. Moore sued the city of Tupelo last year on behalf of the family of  Antwun Shumpert after he was shot to death by a Tupelo police officer.  It also appears Mr. Moore is using anonymous phone calls and memos that don't exist to support his claims as well. 

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Facing problems alone.

It's Sunday morning and some of you can't make it to church today.  JJ presents this sermon by the late Dr. Frank Pollard.  He preached on facing problems alone.  Enjoy.

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Saturday, April 1, 2017

Jailhouse Rock

This video of a jailhouse fight appeared on Youtube.  Is this really a Mississippi jail as stated in the video? Does anyone know which one it is?

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FOOD FIGHT!!!

There is literally a food fight taking place on Twitter between Wendy's and McDonald's.  McDonald's started it all by announcing it would start using fresh beef in its restaurant's next year.  Wendy's couldn't help itself:

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The return of Spaceman Spiff

Spaceman Spiff is BACK!!!

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Bill Crawford: Session was a fiasco.

Give it a break, guys. The we-can’t-spend-money-we-don’t-have argument is just a little too false-hearted.

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Ashes & Switches for Ashton

The Louisiana Supreme Court disbarred New Orleans attorney Ashton O'Dwyer. Mr. O'Dwyer was a favorite target, I mean topic, over at NMC's blog when he was still alive. JJ would be remiss in not honoring NMC by posting this decision. It's rather entertaining but then again, the subject is Ashton O'Dwyer. Here are some of the more, um, interesting passages from the decision:

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Bill Minor, R.I.P.

An online food fight has developed over Bill Minor's legacy.  The noted journalist and columnist died earlier this week at the age of 94. Accolades were thrown his way as many honored him.  The Clarion-Ledger's Jerry Mitchell called him a "model of journalism" and remembered his life:

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Rankin CPA's plead guilty to conspiracy

Acting U.S. Attorney Harold Brittain issued the following statement.

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The Sheriff responds

Hinds County Sheriff Victor Mason responded to a sexual harassment lawsuit in U.S. District Court on March 2.  Former Hinds County Chief Deputy Cheryl Matory and Lieutenant Tomeca Barnes sued the Sheriff Victor in U.S. District Court in January. The lawsuit contained quite a few salacious details.

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

It's happening!

Winter is almost here.

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Senator Harkins stands up to the good ole boys or.... The A.G. strikes out.

State Senator Josh Harkins just taught Jim Hood and the Mayor of Bay St. Louis that the old proverb "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again" is still true.  The Attorney General and controversial Mayor teamed up to gut a "good government" Harkins bill that was passed by the legislature a year ago.  The bill banned cities from paying the salaries of all interim municipal appointments after six months.  It would fix the problem of Mayors tagging their appointments as "interim" so they could avoid confirmation votes. However, Mayor Les Fillingame went whining to the A.G. and Mr. Hood was more than happy to help him.  Their shenanigans did not go unnoticed and Senator Harkins got a stronger bill passed and signed into law this week that put the two officials in their place.

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Carjacker was a platinum member of the catch & release program.

It is becoming too much of a familiar story in Hinds County.  Hoodlum commits crime.  Police does its job and catches him.  Hoodlum stays in prison for a year or two.  He gets back out on the street and terrorizes the community some more until he is locked up again.  The case of Denarious Watts is one of the better examples of the Hinds County Catch & Release program.  JPD issued this statement yesterday:

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Bad boyz, bad boyz......

The Mississippi Department of Corrections, Madison Police Department, and Jackson Police Department issued the following press releases and pictures.  It was a busy day on the crime-fighting front so they were combined into one post.

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Will Vidal Sullivan's probation get revoked?

Vidal Sullivan was on probation when he was arrested and indicted for armed robbery.   He was convicted of aggravated assault in 2006 and sentenced to serve ten years in prison.  However, he was released from prison on November 15, 2012 to serve probation for three years.  However, Sullivan stopped reporting to his probation officer, thus "stopping the clock" on his probation sentence.  He has approximately four years of his prison sentence to serve if his probation is revoked.

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The $14,215 shoplift

Crimestoppers issued the following bulletin and photos. 

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Rick Cleveland: Itty Bitty played bigly.

My job today is to try to put in historical perspective what Mississippi State's Morgan William – the one they call Itty Bitty – accomplished Sunday night at Oklahoma City.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Beer sales coming to Tiger Stadium

Funny how economics changes things.  LSU is "working aggressively" to bring beer sales to Death Valley.  The Baton Rouge Business Report reported today:

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TIGER projects cost was always over $35 million.

The TIGER grant projects will cost $38.5 million and thus eat up nearly half of a proposed $80 million loan.  The grant will fund a desperately needed improvement for North State Street from Sheppard to Hartfield.  However, the grant will also fund the extension of West County Line Road from its current east end to North State Street.  The extension will cross a railroad so the grant will also pay for the construction of an overpass for the railroad line.  Jackson officials cite the cost of these two projects as the main reason for borrowing $90 million against the 1% sales tax revenue.  Some officials claimed the cost of the projects doubled but the original grant applications say otherwise.

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Just a little case of Rankin County incest.

Kinfolk deals are still apparently a way of life in Rankin County. The leasing of some sixteenth section land in Rankin County turned into such a deal when business partners sat on both sides of the deal.  One partner represented the school board while the other represented the tenant.  Such is the way of things in Mississippi.

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Monday, March 27, 2017

FOOD FIGHT!!!

The Speakah and the Leftenant Governor issued dueling press releases. 

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Hanging out.

 File this picture under "Stupid Crook of the Day".

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Mayor's lawsuit dismissed.

The court fight between Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber and his former executive assistant took another turn last week.  U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan, III threw out Mayor Yarber's lawsuit against Kimberly Bracey.  Mrs. Bracey sued the Mayor and city of Jackson in August and made several salacious allegations.

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Bond bill fails.

Mississippi Speakah of the House Phillip Gunn issued the following statement.

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Louisiana gives Mississippi yet another lesson in how to steal.

IMS needs to take notes as Louisiana continues to teach Mississippi lessons in public corruption.  Congress approved $1.6 billion in aid for victims of The Flood With No Name that took place last August.  However, Louisiana being Louisiana, its politicians got the bright idea to award a "project manager contract" for....... drum roll..... Ed McMahon voice announcing the contract..... $350 million.  You can't make this up.  However, it gets even better and it will sound very familiar to Mississippians.

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

The Great Dropout

What happens when men quit working? A political economist asked this question in a Wall Street Journal column last September.   It seems more and more men have quit working.  They aren't going to school or obtaining training for a new job either.  They just drop out and sponge.  Nicholas Eberstadt writes:

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Sunday morning sermon

Can't make it to church this morning?  JJ brings church to you.  The late Dr. Frank Pollard preaches from John 17 in this video.

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

The Gutter Punks

The Gutter Punks of New Orleans.  They look so homeless  as well as disgusting.  It seems more and more of them are popping up like mushrooms.  They sprawl out on the sidewalks with their dogs, look and smell as if they haven't had a shower in weeks, and beg for money.  A homeless crisis of sorts, right?  Guess again.  They are called Gutter Punks for a reason because they are anything but homeless. It's an adventure for many of them.  Check out this picture taken in front of a French Quarter hotel:

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Vidal Sullivan is back in jail.

One of Frank's favorites is back in jail.  A Hinds County grand jury indicted Vidal Sullivan for armed robbery and felon in possession of a firearm in on February 23.  His bond was set at $300,000.  The case is assigned to Circuit Judge Jeff Weill.

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Idiot of the day

Kidnapping a judge is never a good idea.  Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following statement:

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Bill Crawford: Shopping online affects community finances

J.C. Penney announced it will close five stores in Mississippi communities – Columbus, Corinth, Greenville, Meridian, and Oxford. Earlier Sears announced three closures in Columbus, Jackson, and McComb, with more to come. Even Wal-Mart has closed stores, in Belmont, Mantachie, Sardis, Walnut, Derma and Nettleton.

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WORLDSTAR!!!

This video of an incident involving JPD officers made it to Worldstar.

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Friday, March 24, 2017

AIRBORNE!!!

Kurdish airborne and American Special Ops troops made history this week as they seized a dam in the Islamic State. U.S. Central Command stated on its website:

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Interesting vote for Stonebridge.

 
Some good ole boy politicking apparently took place when the Stonebridge Public Improvement District was created.  The Brandon Board of Aldermen voted to approve the creation of the district. However, one of the Aldermen voted to approve the creation of the PID even though he worked for the developer of the PID.  Earlier post on bond default.

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Carlos Moore & McDonald's mother change story.

Attorney Carlos Moore and his client, Yvette Mason-Sherman, altered some key facts in the lawsuit they filed against Wayne Parish in Hinds County Circuit Court.  Mason-Sherman sued Wayne Parish, his business partner Jimmy Ratcliff, and Performance Oil for wrongful death in the death of her son.  Parish shot and killed 17 year-old Charles McDonald, Jr.  during a struggle over a gun at Performance Oil on McDowell Road on July 21, 2016.   A Hinds County grand jury indicted him for first degree murder in October.  He is free on a $50,000 bond.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Death investigation in Brandon

The Brandon Police Department just issued the following statement. 

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Hood brings in the cash

Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following statement:

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Look at me, Look at me!!! Um, they did.

It seems Dewayne Mannery has a new home.  JJ readers may remember the Cypress Lake robber partying it up at the Yazoo County Correctional Facility a few weeks ago:

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The pageant queen arrest and the Rest of the story.

Update: Court order of dismissal posted below. 

The media was all agog over the arrest of 1998 Mississippi Melinda King Sanders.  One must forgive them as they tend to go rabid when they think they see a pageant queen fallen from grace.  Sanders was arrested on March 2 for credit card fraud.   The media had a field day reporting the arrest and posting the mug shot.  The arrest generated no small amount of interest on social media as well.  However, part of the ordeal ended for Sanders when the charges were dismissed yesterday in Flora Municipal Court.   However, as Paul Harvey would say, there is a Rest of the story.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Leg passes campaign finance bill.

Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves issued the following statement.

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Hambrick killer tries to blame victim.

More details about the murder of Eric Hambrick emerged last week when a transcript of his killer's sentencing was released.   Arkel Coleman  pleaded guilty to manslaughter in November after he was indicted for first degree murder in Hambrick's death.  Hambrick was a MEMA employee and a fixture in the Mississippi Opera and First Baptist Church choir.  Coleman claimed that Hambrick asked him to trade sex for money.  He said he hit him in response to the alleged proposition.

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Sanctuary city ban goes to Governor

Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves issued the following statement.

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Rick Cleveland: March is the sweet spot

If you've played golf or baseball, you surely know about the sweet spot.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

It's Auburn.

Auburn, Alabama and Waffle House.  What could possibly go wrong?

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Stonebridge Public Improvement District (PID) in Brandon defaulted on bonds



The Stonebridge public improvement district defaulted on $22 million in special assessment bonds that were sold in 2007.  Stonebridge opened to much hoopla in 2008 right before The meltdown began.  The Mississippi Business Journal reported in May 2008:

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Partying with The Chief

Hinds County thief Lashaun Hudson is apparently having a good ole time in the Marshall County Correctional Facility.  Hudson was convicted in 2014 of several counts of burglary larceny of an unoccupied dwelling and receiving stolen property.   However, Hudson is living it up in jail as he smokes dope, sells dope, and is about to get out on parole.  See for yourself. 

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Monday, March 20, 2017

JPD catches carjacker

JPD issued the following statement and mug shot.

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SOS issues legislative update.

Mississippi Secretary of State Dibbit Hosemann issued the following press release.

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Rudy sues CMU for $6.3 million.

Madison County Engineer Rudy Warnock sued Canton Municipal Utilities for $6.3 million in U.S. District Court on March 9.  Mr. Warnock claims that CMU breached three contracts it entered into with him in 2016. CMU hired Mr. Warnock as its sole engineer in August but terminated him a few months later. 

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Judge Green curseth the Blessed

Hinds County Circuit Judge Tomie Green sent Blessed Adams back to prison last Thursday.  Ridgeland police arrested him in January for  strong-armed robbery, possession of marijuana, failure to yield to the police, and simple assault after he maced a clerk and then stole money from Old Canton Liquor and Wine.  Ridgeland Police Chief John Neal called him a "serial robber".

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Commission & Mayor continue to scrap over loan

The hard feelings that developed between Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber and several members of the 1% Sales Tax Commission at the March 1 meeting continue to linger.  Anna Wolfe posted a follow-up story on that particular food fight last Friday.  Her story is posted below along with some color commentary by yours truly.  Enjoy.

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Police responded to domestic disturbance call earlier this year at Myers home.

Madison County Coroner Alex Breland ruled that Lakrisna Myers shot her boyfriend, Darryl Davis, to death with his service weapon and then killer herself with a gunshot to the head.  The murder/suicide took place at her home at 120 Clearview Drive East in Madison County on Wednesday.  A police report obtained by JJ states that domestic disturbances had occurred between the couple. 

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Sunday Morning Sermon

If you can't make it to church this morning, JJ will bring church to you.  Enjoy this sermon of the late Dr. Frank Pollard. 

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Wingate whalloped.

Lawyers have complained for years that U.S. District Judge Henry Wingate's docket moved slowly- if at all at times.  Such tardiness caught up with Judge Wingate as the Chief U.S. District Judge prohibited Judge Wingate from accepting new cases until his caseload is in order.  The order is posted below.

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Bill Crawford: Fuel Diversification is Real Kemper Issue for PSC

What will natural gas prices look like over the next 40 years?

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

This video is posted in honor of St. Patrick's Day.

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Stupid crooks of the day.

This actually happened over in Clinton. 

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"Poll" shows Lumumba lead

A "poll" conducted by longtime Democratic political operative Brad Chism shows Chokwe Antar Lumumba Jr. leading the Jackson Mayoral race. The "poll" states:

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Update on Madison murder/suicide

There is new information in the deaths of Hinds County Deputy Daryl Ethan Davis and Lakrisna Myers.  Myers was a nurse who worked at the Hinds County Detention Center.  Law enforcement officers discovered their bodies at Myers' home on 120 Clearview Drive East in Madison Tuesday evening.  They went to the house to conduct a welfare check after neither one of them showed up for their shifts at work.  Davis and Myers were in a relationship.  Both died of gunshot wounds.

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Layoffs at UMMC

UMMC issued the following statement. 

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Ridgeland police take down bank robber.

The Ridgeland Police Department issued the following statement.

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No comment.

What is wrong with this story? Clue: Pay attention to what is said during the first thirty seconds or so. 

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McDonald's family sues Wayne Parish

  WARNING: GRAPHIC & VIOLENT VIDEO FOOTAGE

The mother of a teen killed last summer sued Wayne Parish and his company in Hinds County Circuit Court yesterday.  Parish shot and killed 17 year-old Charles McDonald, Jr.  during a struggle over a gun at Performance Oil on McDowell Road on July 21, 2016.   A Hinds County grand jury indicted him for first degree murder in October.  He is free on a $50,000 bond. Attorney Carlos Moore represents the plaintiffs.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Cleveland bars busted

Attorney Generalissimo Jim Hood issued the following statement. 

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Deputy & girlfriend killed.

A Hinds County Deputy and his girlfriend were found dead at her home in Madison County.  Both died of gunshot wounds.

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Bigger Pie's Charles Grayson: Death by a thousand cuts at Kemper

December 6, 2016, BiggerPieForum.org posted “Kemper Gasifier: Slow Agony, Sure Death”. The article called for a tough stance by PSC and Mississippi Public Utilities Staff (MPUS) during the remaining Kemper regulatory process: accounting declaration of in-service (operational), interim rate filings beginning June 3, 2017, Used and Useful determinations and, finally, determination of Prudently spend capital. We predicted Mississippi Power and Southern Cos would opt for a negotiated settlement of Kemper cost recovery if the free pass from Mississippi Regulators ended.

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JPD charges 3 in woman's murder.

JPD issued the following statement and mug shots.

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Rick Cleveland: March Madness is upon us.

We call it March Madness. For a couple weeks, the NCAA Tournament takes over our TVs, our sports sections and our office talk.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Mitch wants to make Bourbon Street family-friendy

Uh-oh.  New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieau may be talking to The Queen.  He apparently wants to "Disney-fy" Bourbon Street.  The Morning Advocate reported:

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City Council makes its $90 million march.

The Jackson City Council voted 3-2 to approve a resolution leveraging future 1% sales tax revenue to obtain a $90 million loan to fund infrastructure projects on February 27.

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Killer of elderly woman gets 20 years.

The killer of 80 year-old Janie Fullilove pleaded guilty to manslaughter in Hinds County Circuit Court last August.  A Hinds County grand jury indicted him for capital murder in 2013 after she was shot and beaten to death in her back yard.  

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Monday, March 13, 2017

The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

A plethora of videos showing our constabulary in action popped up over the weekend.  They show the police in action ranging from good cops to bad cops to cops who get the job done regardless of how it might look to someone else. Enjoy.

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Health Department approves all vaccination exemption requests

The Mississippi State Department of Health approved all requests for exemptions from mandatory vaccination laws in 2016. 

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House continues to push for road money

Mississippi Speakah of the House Phillip Gunn issued the following statement last week.

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City publishes notice for $90 million loan.

Read for yourself.  The notice was published in the Mississippi Link and the Clarion-Ledger.  The relevant language is highlighted for your convenience.  The video of the City Council discussion is posted below as well.

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The Rez now has an app.

The Pearl River Valley Water Suppy District issued the following statement.

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"Everything that guy just said is ________."

Twenty-five years ago today, movie greatness happened:

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Mumps infections continue to rise.

Mumps is on the rise.  LSU issued a warning last week after five students became infected with the contagious disease.  Arkansas reported 300 cases in the last two months.  The Center for Disease Control stated on its website that the number of infections have risen over the last five years. A CDC chart shows the rise all too well:

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You can't make this up.

New Orleans is having a bit of a crime problem sooooooooooo what does the Mayor and City Council decide to do? Cut the District Attorney's budget and focus on parking violations.  Columnist James Gill slammed the city government on the pages of the Morning Advocate:

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Having What It Takes.

The late Dr. Frank Pollard preached on "Having what it takes" in this sermon presented by JJ.

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Water restored.

Water has been restored in Jackson.  Thanks to everyone who made this happen a day ahead of schedule.  Good job. 

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Bill Crawford: Small towns can make it.

Rural communities in the South can succeed.

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Friday, March 10, 2017

MDOC removes inmates from Hinds jail

The Mississippi Department of Corrections issued the following statement.

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It is coming.

July 16, 2017:

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Eric Hambrick's killer gets a blessing from Tomie Green

Eric Hambrick
The life of Eric Hambrick is worth less than ten years in Hinds County.  Hinds County Circuit Judge blessed his killer, Arkel Coleman, with a sentence that put him back on the streets in 2025.   Coleman beat him to death and robbed him nearly two years ago at the Waffle House on High Street. 

Mr. Hambrick was an employee at MEMA.   He was a talented singer as he performed in the Mississippi Opera and in the choir at First Baptist Church (Jackson).  He attended Thursday night choir practice on May 28, 2015.  He unfortunately stopped at the Waffle House on High Street at 10:30 PM.  The 19 year-old Arkel Coleman thought the 52 year-old man would be easy prey and beat him with his fists.  Mr. Hambrick fell to the ground and sustained more injuries when his head violently struck the pavement.  His family removed him from life support a few days later.  Arkel Coleman and his accomplice, Sherderwick Anderson, removed a ring that they fancied from a dying Eric Hembrick's finger.  Police arrested the pair within a few days. 

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Shakedown goes down.

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

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UMMC closing former downtown & Northeast "Courthouses".

UMMC sent this email to members of its Wellness Centers:

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Nor was there a drop to drink.

There is no way to sugarcoat it.  A greater part of Jackson will be without water from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon while the city repairs some major water main breaks.The Hinds County Emergency Operations Center published two maps (posted below) of the affected area.  MEMA estimates up to 40,000 customers in Jackson and Byram will be affected.  A press release states:

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Death Spiral?

The Hattiesburg American (Gannett) published this "letter to readers" yesterday:

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Officer injuring chasing kidnapper

JPD issued the following statement.

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Madison crime drops

The Madison Police Department issued the following press release on its 2016 crime statistics.  There were 51 fewer crimes than in 2016.

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Shameful!!!

Notice anything missing from the these Clarion-Ledger pages yesterday and today?  Look carefully.

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About that $90 million loan.


Remember when the Jackson City Council voted to get a $90 million loan last week? They were rushing to meet submit it to the Mississippi Development Bank for its board's meeting on March 8. Well, the Kingfish is here at the board meeting and guess what? The item is not on the agenda and will not be discussed today.  However, there is even more news.

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Suffer the little children....

A kid decided that the weatherman at WLBT needed some help last Saturday night:

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Man shot after attacking police officer

JPD issued the following press release.  

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Fitch to host Girl Scouts Career Day

Mississippi Treasurer Lynn Fitch issued the following press release.

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Rick Cleveland: Speed does not always mean fast

John Ross, a wide receiver out of the University of Washington, made huge news last week at the NFL Scouting Combine when he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.22 seconds, which is to say be broke the all-time combine record.

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Court rules Patrick Kelly must pay $100,000 for pocketing employee's child support payments

Hinds County Chancellor Denise Sweet Owens hit Patrick Kelly for $100,000 in punitive damages for taking an employee's wages that were garnished for child support.  Mr. Kelly is the owner of the defunct Mint and Julep's restaurants.  The nutshell version is that Mr. Kelly kept most of the garnishment for himself and only sent a pittance to the Mississippi Department of Human Services.

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Vote on Rankin County school bond issue today

Rankin County residents will vote on a $178.5 million school bond issue today.   The Rankin County School District has been plagued by overcrowding for quite some time.  A $169 million bond referendum failed five years ago amid much criticism for dedicating 10% of the proceeds towards athletic facilities. New RCSD Superintendent Dr. Sue Townsend said the district learned from that failure and tried to propose a bond issue that reflected the true needs of Rankin County students. 

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Let the games begin in Madison

It seems there are going to be some actual races in Madison elections this year. The Queen faces challenges from the Bag Boy and the Brown Bag while four of the seven aldermen have opponents as well.  The list is posted below.

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Will B.B. King go to Washington?

A statue of B.B. King will represent Mississippi in the nation's capital if Representative Mark Baker (R-Cindy's Catfish House) has his way.  Representative Baker filed House Concurrent Resolution #82 this morning.  It states:

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Governor appoints new MDOC Commish

Governor Phil Bryant issued the following press release.

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Bellegrove standoffs end

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

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Monday, March 6, 2017

Gipson amendment clarifies divorce law

Rep. Andy Gipson issued the following statement .

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Suspended sentence for Ben Allen

The sentencing for Ben Allen took place today before Judge Winston Kidd. He was convicted last month of one count of embezzling from his employer, Downtown Jackson Partners. Judge Kidd sentenced him to serve five years in prison but suspended the entire sentence.  Mr. Allen is placed on probation for two years. 

Mr. Allen submitted this statement to the court:

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Wonderful. Just Wonderful.

Meet Dewayne Mannery.  He is currently serving time at the Yazoo County Correctional Facility in Yazoo City for armed robbery and enhanced use of a firearm.  He began serving his sentence on January 8, 2015.  Want to know what he looks like? Check out these pictures he has been posting on Instagram over the past few days:

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Sunday, March 5, 2017

Stonewall at Stonebridge


A battle over the Stonebridge Public Improvement District is taking place in Hinds County Chancery Court between Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, a bank, and the Stonebridge developer.   The Secretary of State took possession of 58 Stonebridge parcels after the taxes and assessments were not paid.*  Mr. Hosemann attempted to negotiate a settlement between the state, Rankin County, and the bondholders.  However, the original developer argued its rights were violated and asked the Chancellor to cancel the settlement.

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Stupid crook of the day

MDOC issued the following statement. 

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Our Finest Hour

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

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Take the Trace to Turcotte

Action at the pistol range
Interested in finding a shooting range that doesn't cost an arm and a leg?  Such a place  can be found right off of the Natchez Trace at Highway 43.  Nestled next to the upper lake of the Ross Barnett Reservoir is Turcotte Shooting Range.  The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks operates the range four days per week year-round at very affordable rates.  Driving up the Natchez Trace is an added bonus as well.   Turcotte offers a variety of ranges and programs to Mississippians.   The facility has pistol, rifle, sporting clays, skeet, and archery ranges. 

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Lock & load: Carjacker escapes Hinds jail. (Update: Caught)

Update: There are two more escapees. Leonard was caught.

The Mississippi Department of Corrections issued the following statement.

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Saturday, March 4, 2017

Baltimore PD busts Tea Partier

The Baltimore Police Department issued the following statement on it's Facebook page after it arrested a member of the Baltimore Tea Party.

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And they are off to the races

Here is the unofficial list of qualified candidates for the 2017 Jackson municipal elections.

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Supreme Court rules against Watkins

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

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Bill Crawford: Is concentrated power a good thing?

Concentrated power in the Legislature waxes and wanes with the attitudes of rank and file members. At times, Speakers of the House and Lieutenant Governors have wielded dictator-like power. At other times, members have risen up and made the bodies operate more democratically.

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Rematch!!!

One Mr. John Bell Crosby qualified to run for the Mayor of Madison.  He will face the incumbent Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler. Matt Armstrong qualified to run as well.

John Howlan  qualified to run for Alderman positions.

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Bed-wetter alert

Bed-wetters are going to explode when they see one of their own saying something they definitely won't like in this video.

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Margaret moves on.

Jackson Ward 7 Councilwoman Margaret Barrett-Simon posted this announcement on Facebook:

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Food Fight at the 1% Sales Tax Commission

The Jackson 1% Sales Tax Commission approved a master plan Wednesday but not before the meeting exploded several times as Commissioners argued with Mayor Tony Yarber and his appointees.  The Mayor was surprised when Ted Duckworth submitted a master plan to the commission.  A furious debate ensued over whether the commissioners could submit their own master plan and what exactly is a master plan. Get a drink and some popcorn.  The master plan is posted below as well as the video.

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Temple killer gets life without parole

Hinds County Circuit Judge Jeff Weill sentenced  Gerome Moore to life without parole for the murder of Carolyn Temple yesterday.  A jury convicted him of capital murder three months ago.  Enough said about this scumbag and his mother.  The sentencing order and a video showing her morals on display are posted below.  Thank goodness some justice was served in this case although Ms. Temple's murder wiped out her loved ones as her daughter and boyfriend died within fifteen months after her death.

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Civic leaders stand up for Ben Allen

 76 people stood up for Ben Allen and asked Judge Winston Kidd to show mercy at his sentencing on March 8. Mr. Allen submitted a biography and a stack of letters in support of him to Judge Winston Kidd earlier this week.  Mr. Allen was convicted of one count of embezzlement from Downtown Jackson Partners.  Mr. Allen is the Executive Director of the non-profit organization.  The letters and the sentencing memo are posted below. 

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Fitch: MPACT-Legacy has $12.6 million shortfall

Mississippi Treasurer Lynn Fitch issued the following press release.

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Judge Tomie Green's blessing turns into a curse

A thug turned loose by Hinds County Circuit Judge Tomie Green was arrested last month for carjacking in Jackson.  Judge Green suspended the prison sentences for Sentobia Paige's armed robbery and auto burglary convictions in November after he completed the RID program.  Paige was so upset that he missed his chance to party at Parchman that he allegedly carjacked some poor victim on February 17.

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Underground 119 to reopen on April 1

Underground 119 issued the following press release.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

More details provided on Deaton capture

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement on the capture of Alex Deaton.

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Lawyer to Gipson: Put up or shut up!!!

A local attorney posted this message to Representative Andy Gipson (R-Castile) on Facebook after bills that would reform Mississippi's divorce laws died in his committee yesterday:

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Will Senate block Rivers McGraw bill?

The mother of a Madison County teen who committed suicide last year says law enforcement is trying to kill the "Rivers McGraw bill".  Young Rivers McGraw was arrested for a dui and was bailed out by a friend in Oxford.   He took his own life shortly after his release.  His mother has been promoting a bill that would keep minors in jail longer until a parent is notified if they are arrested for a DUI.  Lauren McGraw stated:

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Trollfest '09

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

This is definitely a Beaver production.


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Trollfest '07

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

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

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

This is definitely a Beaver production.

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