Friday, December 15, 2017

Out!

David Dzielak is out as Director of the Mississippi Division of Medicaid. 

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Medical Board adopts opioid amendments.

The Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure adopted proposed amendments to regulations that govern prescriptions this afternoon on a unanimous vote  today at a work session.  The Board discussed the amendments but made few changes to them during the 2 1/2 hour session.  A motion to exempt psychiatric patients from drug testing failed on a vote of 5-4.  Video will be posted later.  The amendments will be submitted to the Secretary of State for public comments. After that public comment period expires, the Occupational License Board will review the the amendments and can amend the amendments.  That board meets every quarter.  The amendments will be returned to the Board of Medical Licensure if the Occupational License Board amends the amendments.  Did everyone get that?

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Triple-killer convicted

Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following statement. 

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Reddix gets 72 months in Epps scandal

The Justice Department issued the following statement.

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Madison thieves caught

The Madison Police Department issued the following statement.

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JPS dodges MDE bullet

The Mississippi Department of Education issued the following statement.

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Pecan pie for prisoners

MDOC issued the following statement and pictures.

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Special election for Moore's seat is Feb. 20

First Consul Phil Bryant issued the following statement.

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Never let a good crisis go to waste

Buried deep in proposed opioid regulations for Mississippi doctors is a little section that will drastically affect the practice of telemedicine in Mississippi.  Telemedicine is a subject that is near and dear to the Board's heart as its attempt to clamp down on the spread of telemedicine failed two years ago.  The Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure is trying to overhaul its regulations on prescribing opiods.  However, there is one section that appears to have nothing to do with prescribing narcotics and everything to do with limiting the practice of telemedicine.

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Region 8 busted for $7 million fraud

The Justice Department issued the following statement.

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Medical Board calls meeting yesterday to pass opioid regs tomorrow

The Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure announced yesterday that it will meet Friday at 1:00 PM.  The only topic on the agenda are the proposed "Opioid Amendments."  The same amendments that drew heavy opposition from Mississippi doctors. 

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Dear Ali Shamsid-deen......

Jackson Municipal Court Judge Ali Shamsideen said on WMPR last summer that Jackson doesn't have a problem with suspects committing more crimes while they are out on bond.  Um, tell that to the woman who was carjacked this week.  WLBT reported this morning that U.S. Marshals arrested Justin Darby for carjacking. WLBT story.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Raptors rock

Posted below is a video for the plane porn junkies.  Enjoy.

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More craziness

JPD issued the following statement.

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Jackson crime falls, Precinct 4 enjoys biggest improvement.

The latest JPD crime stats are posted below.  Some quick observations:

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Youtube TV lands in Jackson

Youtube TV is now available in the Jackson area.  Youtube promises "cable-free live tv" to subscribers.  The video posted below provides more information.

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The latest "C's"

Here are the "C" ratings for Jackson metro area restaurants issued since January 1, 2017.  The Mississippi Department of Health inspects and grades each restaurant.  The department inspects the restaurant again within ten days after the "C" is issued.  The restaurant listed below all passed their follow-up inspections unless otherwise noted.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Merry Christmas!!!

From our pothole to yours.....

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State Health Officer warns of "unintended consequences"

The State Health Officer warned the Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure that the proposed drastic changes to opioid prescription regulations will cause opioid deaths to rise even further.  Dr. Marry Currier spoke her concerns to the Board at a November 15 hearing that was held to discuss the new regulations. The Board proposed several amendments to Regulation 2640 that will substantially change how opioids are prescribed.  The amendments have not yet been adopted. A link to them is posted below.

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Ouch! Marshall nails it again.

Marshall Ramsey was on his A game today in this cartoon published in the Clarion-Ledger.

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Uh-oh

Judge Tomie Green is at it again.  Read this bond order all the way to the end.

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Monday, December 11, 2017

The craziness continues

JPD issued the following statements. 

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He gone

Ole Miss star quarterback Shea Patterson is transferring to Mee-chigan. He tweeted:

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Swamp bubbles at DHS

A familiar face is back in town at the Mississippi Department of Human Services.  Janet Mann assumed the position of Deputy Director on November 1.   Mississippi politicos will remember Ms. Mann served as Chairwoman of the Tax Appeals Board under Governor Haley Barbour. 

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Gearing up for battle

State employees are getting ready to fight:

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Rollover in Madison

The Madison Police Department issued the following statement.

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Bill Crawford: GOP fumbles to Chuck & Nancy

Despite Republican leaders’ wayward fall from debt frugality into tax cut frivolity, shifting teams now to Chuck and Nancy would be a fiscal calamity. "Chuck and Nancy" is a Trump euphemism for Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

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Sunday morning sermon

The late Dr. Frank Pollard preached on sexual sin in this 1986 sermon he gave at First Baptist Church (Jackson). 

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Mississippi doctors on new opioid regs: "Dangerous", "ill-conceived", "idiots"

More than a few Mississippi doctors objected to proposed opioid prescription regulations.  The Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure proposed new regulations that will overhaul how physicians prescribe and administer narcotics.* JJ obtained copies of the comments through a public records request.  Several are posted below.  More will be published in future posts. Earlier post covering proposed regulations.   Words such as dangerous, idiots, absurd, ridiculous, and burdensome are used.  Keep reading.

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WMPR Food Fight!!!

Pete Perry appeared on WMPR's The Talk of the Town last night.   It's almost like a damn monster movie.  Listen below.  The recording starts about two minutes into the show.   The subject was the controversy surrounding the opening of the Civil Rights Museum.  A boring time was truly had by all. 

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Moore announces retirement

The Mississippi House of Representatives issued the following press release. 

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Winter Wonderland in Jackson

Enjoy these scenes from Mayes Lakes today.

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It's snowing

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Remembering Pearl Harbor

76 years has not erased the horror that was the bombing of Pearl Harbor.  The Japs ran roughshod over China and throughout the Pacific for years.  They decided to knock out the U.S. Pacific Fleet using tactics that had worked on the Royal Navy and against Russia nearly forty years earlier.  Thus the Day of Infamy.  Take a moment to remember the souls of those who died that day and those who fought back.  JJ took the liberty of posting videos of that fateful attack.



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How much pain will proposed opioid regs create for doctors?

The Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure wants to make it tougher for doctors to prescribe opioids.  The Board proposed the new regulations in response to recommendations made by Governor Phil Bryant's task force on opioid abuse that were released in August.* Earlier post. The rules will limit surgery patients to opioid prescriptions for only two weeks.  Weight loss and pain management clinics face new rules.  More paperwork is recommended for the doctors.  

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Feds want to eject crime from Jackson

The Justice Department will join the fight against crime in Jackson.  U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst issued the following statement today as he was surrounded by numerous community and law enforcement officials at the federal courthouse in Jackson today.

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Dumbing down some more

The LSAT may one day be a thing of the past.  Some law schools are dumping the dreaded rite of passage into law school in favor of the GRE.  The Wall Street Journal reported:

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Just your normal garden-variety thug.

JPD issued the following statement and video of an attempted robbery on Old Canton Hill.

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

The Finals

It is finals week across college campuses in America.  Sometimes the pressure gets to the co-eds as seen in this 2010 classic video shot at LSU.

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Miller leaving DMR

Governor Phil Bryant issued the following press release.

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Ethics Commission recommends fining Hinds County Election Commissioners

Three Hinds County Election Commissioners might have to pay $250 fines for violating the Open Meetings Act.  The Mississippi Ethics Commission recommended fining Commissioners Yvonne Horton, Toni Johnson, and James Reed after it determined that they held a meeting without notifying the other Commissioners nor the public.

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Candidate charged with voter fraud

Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following statement.

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Now this is how you hold an election

You simply can't make this up.  Gunfire, ballot burning, running cars off of the roads, the 2014 Senate election had nothing on this stuff. The Clarion-Ledger reported on December 5, 1933:

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Enoch Sanders: Whup their butts

Jackson community activist Enoch Sanders, Sr. made a special encore appearance at the Jackson City Council yesterday:

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Crimestoppers seeks Madison thief

Crimestoppers issued the following bulletin.

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Here comes Harbaugh

Looks like a certain Mee-chigan coach is attempting to poach some Ole Miss football players.  Chase Parham tweeted this picture today:

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Let the protests begin

Mississippi Democrats are none too happy that President Trump is visiting Jackson this weekend to speak at the opening of the Civil Rights Museum.  This letter calling for a boycott of the ceremonies is one example.

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FOOD FIGHT!!!

Fireworks erupted yesterday at the regular meeting of the Madison County Board of Supervisors.  Supervisor Gerald Steen was well, being Gerald Steen, and Supervisor Sheila Jones called him out.  The video is posted below.

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Smoke & mirrors?

 The Mississippi State Department of Health announced yesterday that parents can now  check the disciplinary history of any daycare center in Mississippi department's website.  However, it appears the bureaucrats's boasting is just that- boasting.  

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Sad but true

Saturday Down South had a bit of fun with the college football drama that took place over the weekend.  Enjoy.

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Rep. Jay Hughes: Spotting a tax shift

A “Tax Shift” is devastating to working people, but is usually pretty hard to spot.  Simply put, it is passing laws in the Mississippi Legislature to make one group of taxpayers pay less, and another group of taxpayers pay more.

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UMMC imposes visitor restrictions due to flu

UMMC issued the following statement.

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Punk of the day

This video was shot recently in North Jackson.  

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Believe your lyin' eyes.

Check out Capitol Street.

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Madison man killed in wreck.

The Madison Police Department issued the following statement. 

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Partying on the police plantation

The Superintendent of the Louisiana State Police didn't live high on the hog- he was the hog.  Mike Edmonson is in quite a bit of hot water, as the state legislative auditor investigates his tenure as Superintendent.*  He recently retired. The Baton Rouge Morning Advocate forgot it was supposed to worship the boys in blue and got its mitts on a copy of the audit. It published some of the findings.  They would be quite entertaining to read if they didn't involve taxpayer money.  The newspaper reported:

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Madison stops Florida invasion

The Madison Police Department issued the following statement and mug shots.

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3 boys hurt by hit & run driver

JPD issued the following statement yesterday.

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Sunday morning sermon

If you can't make it to church this morning, enjoy this sermon presented by the late Dr. Frank Pollard of First Baptist Church (Jackson).  He preached from Ephesians 1: 9-11. 

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Bill Crawford: "We know what to do" is not what they are doing.

Once upon a time balancing the budget and lowering the national debt were top Republican priorities. Over two decades ago Newt Gingrich led a GOP revolution to do just that. Our own Sen. Roger Wicker, then in the House, signed on to Gingrich's "contract for America." Back then, in 1994, the debt totaled $4.7 trillion.

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Saturday, December 2, 2017

Like a boss

What does one do when he walks into Waffle House only to find the cooks literally sleeping on the job? WIS reported:

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Rebels will fight NCAA

Ole Miss announced at a press conference yesterday that it will appeal the post-season ban levied against the football program yesterday.  Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter vehemently disputed the NCAA's charge that Ole Miss lacked institutional control of the program.  "We are outraged at the unfair characterization of our football program and the university culture involving athletics," said Mr. Vitter.  The video of the press conference and remarks by Ole Miss officials as well as a question and answer session with the media is posted below. 

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Rebels reamed.


The NCAA sanctioned Ole Miss today.  The final report against Ole Miss was released this morning.  Bowl bans, show cause orders, scholarship reductions, and forfeits populate the list of sanctions against the storied football program. Players will be able to transfer to other programs.  The report states that Ole Miss "fostered an unconstrained booster culture" smack-dab in the middle of the first page:

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City settles Bracey lawsuit for $10,000.

 Update: Mr. Yarber's lawyer, Judy Barnett, stated "My client did not pay any money toward the settlement.  The agreement between Yarber and Bracey was a non-monetary settlement agreement to not discuss this case again.  My client took a DNA test that proved that the "evidence" Ms. Bracey had was not from my client and that settled the lawsuit."


The city of Jackson settled Kimberly Bracey's sexual harassment lawsuit for $10,000.  Mrs. Bracey was the executive assistant for former Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber.  She sued then-Mayor Yarber and the city of Jackson in August 2016.  The complaint alleged that Bracey had an affair with the Mayor and included more than a few lurid details.   The city also agreed to pay $10,000 towards Mr. Yarber's attorney fees.   U.S. District Judge Dan Jordan, III dismissed the lawsuit on November 9.  JJ obtained a copy of the settlement agreements through a public records request.  They are posted below.

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The countdown begins

Ole Miss will learn its fate in a few minutes from the NCAA.  The university will release the news later today.  Speculate away in the comments section.

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Attorney for defendant in Kingston Frazier case issues statement

Attorney Warren Martin, Jr. issued the following statement.

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2 of three suspects indicted in Kingston Frazier case

Rankin-Madison Counties' District Attorney Michael Guest announced indictments of the Kingston Frazier murder suspects today at a press conference at his Brandon office. He said a Madison County grand jury indicted the alleged shooter, Byron McBride, Jr. for capital murder.  The grand jury also indicted Deallen Washington and Dwan Wakefield, Jr. for accessory after the fact.  The indictments have not yet been served upon the defendants.

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Crime alert in Leftover

The homeowners' organization for Leftover sent this warning to its members:

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It was all for the employees.

WLBT delved into the CMU credit card controversy last night.  JJ reported last month that CMU employees made more than a few questionable purchases using CMU-issued credit cards.  WLBT reported:

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Accused Kingston Frazier killer indicted.

A Madison County grand jury indicted Byron McBride,  Jr. For capital murder in the death of Kingston Frazier. The Grand jury also indicted Deallen Washington for accessory after the fact. No information on whether Dwan wakefield was indicted. 

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Inside baseball: Warren County edition

One election that received little coverage yesterday was the House District #54 race yesterday.  The district is primarily Warren County.  Representative Alex Monsour vacated the seat when he became an aldermen in Vicksburg earlier this year.  Kevin Ford clobbered Dr. Randy Easterling despite being outspent nearly 2:1.  The campaign finance reports yield some rather interesting information.

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Robber of elderly gets 25 years

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

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Hail Joe

Mississippi State got itself a football coach.  EPSN reported

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Hood settles 3rd suit in Epps scandal

Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following statement.

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Feds investigating DHS

The feds are investigating the Mississippi's management of the SNAP program. Steve Wilson, formerly of Mississippi Watchdog, reported in Mississippi Matters:

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Election results.

Gerald Mumford beat Malcolm Harrison by 310 votes. Meanwhile over in Vicksburg,  Kevin Ford beat Dr. Randy Easterling 62-38 in the election to replace Representative Alex Monsour. 

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Give some Christmas to the children

The Jackson Fire Department will conduct its annual Christmas toy drive.  Posted below is a flyer with all of the necessary information.

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Capitol Street resurfacing.


The City of Jackson plans to close Capitol Street from Lamar Street to State Street Thursday November 30, 2017 through Friday December 1, 2017 from 7am-5pm to resurface the street.

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Onions

Break out the tissues.  A father made sure his love was not forgotten even though he is gone.  A young woman's father died of pancreatic cancer when she was 16 years old but arranged for flowers to be delivered to her until she turned 21.   Bailey Sellers tweeted this message and the pictures:

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Possible crime spree in NW Jackson

JPD issued the following statements. 

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Get out and vote today!!!

Get out and vote today if you live in Hinds County.  Up for grabs is the position of County Attorney.  It's called County Prosecuting Attorney in other areas.  Attorneys Gerald Mumford and Malcolm Harrison face off in today's electoral scrum.  In a nutshell, the County Attorney handles misdemeanors and other criminal matters in Justice Court, youth court prosecutions, and appeals to County Court.  Polls are open until 7.  Go vote. 

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Lord Snow lobbying contract for UMMC approved.

The IHL Board of Trustees approved a lobbying contract between Lord Snow and UMMC on November 16.  UMMC will pay Lord Snow $60,000 per year. 

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Monday, November 27, 2017

Truck thief captured

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

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Luke is the Gospel for Ole Miss

Ole Miss issued the following statement on its website.

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Time to get drunk

It's that time of year and you know what it means: It's time for my award-winning egg nog recipe:

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MHP: 5 fatalities during holiday weekend.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol issued the following statement.

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Stiffing the working stiffs

There is apparently a run-out-on-the tab artist who has been frequenting the bars lately.  This guy was arrested Saturday for stiffing Fenians on a $70 bar tab:

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Sunday, November 26, 2017

Mullen moves on

Update: He gone. 

It appears Mississippi State University Head Football Coach Dan Mullen is gone to the Gators.  ESPN reported an hour ago:

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His way or mine

The late Dr. Frank Pollard preached from 1 Corinthians 2:14-16, 3:1-3 in this 1987 sermon. Enjoy.

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Bill Crawford: Pranks for taxpayers, Christmas gifts for corporations

Turkey time is not over, folks. Oh, you may be stuffed with Thanksgiving turkey, but you’ve still got a big Christmas turkey to swallow. That's the wonderful turkey Congressional Republicans hope to cook up for you in time for Christmas called the "Tax Cut and Jobs Act."

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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Can medical weed fight opioids?

Can weed alleviate the opioid crisis? Such is the question asked last week on the editorial pages of the Wall Street Journal. UCLA's Dr. Richard Boxer wrote:

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Friday, November 24, 2017

Crazy!

While you are recovering from the turkey hangover, enjoy watching one of the craziest football game endings ever.

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Queen Kay closes early

The Madison County Tax Collector decided to shut it all down early on the day before Thanksgiving.  Madison County residents who tried to pay their property taxes or renew their car tags were SOL if they went to the Tax Collector's office after 3:00 PM Wednesday.  All they saw was this sign:

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JPD arrests two men in shootout (Updated)

JPD issued the following statements.

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Encore presentation


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Ghosts of Egg Bowls past.

The Egg Bowl is upon us.  What crazy tale will be added to it's lore tonight?  Check this bit of nostalgia from the Dispatch in Columbus.

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Happy Thanksgiving!



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Get this mutt home

This lost dog was found in Fondren.  Email me at kingfish1935@gmail.com for contact info.  Cute dog.

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D.A. charges alleged victim's friend threatened his life.

State v. Robert Shuler Smith took a few intriguing turns this week.  The Hinds County District Attorney made several sensational allegations such as death threats, guns pointed at investigators, a woman threatening to commit suicide and in a response filed in Rankin County Circuit Court as well as a Pearl police report.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Ewwwwwwwwww!

Unbelievable.

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JPD is busy tonight

JPD issued the following statements.

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I ain't no snitch!

There is apparently some honor among thugs after all.  Pitrell Brister and his buddies tried to cram a life of crime into one night 2 1/2 years ago when they terrorized the Green Room and committed more crimes in one night. The Green Room bandits were all arrested, convicted, and sentenced this year.  However, Brister pleaded guilty in exchange for a lighter sentence but when was time for him to testify, his trap went shut. The prosecutor asked the court yesterday to throw the tougher sentence at him since a deal is no longer a deal. 

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UMMC: We tried but no luck. Sorry.

UMMC said "we tried, but no luck.  Take your Madison Courthouse membership and go home."  UMMC sent this email to all Wellness Center members this morning:

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Biker killed in crash

The Madison Police Department issued the following statement.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

No comment.

You can't make this up.  You just can't.  Read ahead at your own risk. The stupid is strong with this one. 

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PERS employee charged with embezzlement.

Attorney Generalissimo Jim Hood issued the following statement.

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Stamps for Presidente

Jackson City Councilman Dekeither Stamps placed a few items on the agenda for today's meeting of the City Council.

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Man chased & shot down.

JPD issued the following statement and pictures:

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Opioids prescripton: Mo' jail, mo' taxes, mo' spending

There was a big, huge, yuuuge hearing at the Mississippi Medical Board of Licensure last week on proposed opioid regulations. That hearing will be the subject of an upcoming post.  The proposed regs were based upon recommendations made in September by Governor Phil Bryant's Opioid and Heroin Study Task Force. However, JJ will first take a look at the task force's recommendations before diving deep into what was covered at the hearing last week so don't get lost in the weeds.  Most of the issues that will be discussed in related posts begin with this task force. 

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Who is coming to Flowood?

What is going on at this site on Lakeland Drive?

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Porter leaving MDE

A longtime crony of the State Superintendent of Education is leaving the Mississippi Department of Education. Chief Information Officer Dr. John Q. Porter will resign his position at MDE on November 30. Contracts awarded to him and his associates have been the subject of withering criticism from the State Auditor and the PEER Committee.  The Associated Press reported:

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Sanders retires!

Enoch Sanders announced his retirement at the November 7 meeting of the Jackson City Council.  A tear must be shed as this noted community activist walks into the sunset as he leaves behind a memorable legacy.

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Golden Triangle Food Fight!!!

The CEO of  Golden Triangle Development LINK lacerated, eviscerated, and mutilated the Mississippi Development Authority leadership in an interview published in the Columbus Dispatch yesterday.  Some excerpts of the interview are posted below but the rest of the article is worth reading.  The Dispatch reported:

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Bill Crawford: Do our leaders even care about health?

Have Mississippi leaders become so accustomed to bottom national rankings that they don't care anymore?
 
Take health rankings for example. Mississippi has ranked among the bottom three since 1990. You know it's bad when the Mississippi State Department of Health posts on its web site, "Mississippi ranks last, or close to last, in almost every leading health outcome."

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Love is a big word.

If you can't make it to church this morning, enjoy this 1978 sermon presented by the late Dr. Frank Pollard. 

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Fearless

Turkey meets hunter.  What could possibly happen?

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People gone nuts.

JPD issued the following statement.

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Ouch!

What is it about Alabama-Auburn that brings out the stupid? 

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Chancellors back out of Christmas light fight

Two Chancellors recused themselves from a court fight over Christmas lights.  Eddy and Cecile Edwards  asked the Madison County Chancery Court to issue an injunction against the Richardson family on Sundial Road in Madison and declare their annual Christmas light display to be a nuisance.

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City stonewalls on library records.

Update (11:15 AM): Guess what just popped up in email?  ;-)

The city of Jackson has not provided records about the repairs to the Eudora Welty library roof to this website even though the request was submitted six weeks ago. 

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Kingston Frazier suspect posts bond.

Update: Wakefield posted bond and is no longer in custody. 

Madison County Circuit Judge Bill Chapman set bond for Dwan Wakefield, Jr. at $275,000.  Wakefield is charged with capital murder in the death of 6-year-old Kingston Frazier.  He was denied bond at a June preliminary hearing.  Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker's website states that he is still incarcerated. 

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Supremes rule against State Auditor in DMR case

Public Records laws won a victory in Mississippi today.  The Mississippi Supreme Court ruled against Mississippi State Auditor Stacey Pickering that Department of Marine Resources records sought by the Sun-Herald (Gulf States Publishing) were not exempt from the Mississippi Public Records Act.

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I'ts up to the Boss.

Attorney General Jim Hood said his decision on whether he will run for Governor in 2019 will rest upon his family's consent.  He made the remarks at a press conference yesterday at the Sillers Building.  Watch for yourself.

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Feds: Jackson's sanctuary policy may be illegal

The Justice Department issued the following statement.

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He stood his ground

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

More jailhouse rock

Kingfish will be tied up most of the afternoon so here is another installment of our Jailhouse Rock video series.  Our yewts from last week posted another video.  What's funny is one of them took down his Facebook page after JJ posted one of his videos even though no names were mentioned in the post.  Nice to know that JJ has a readership in the jail.  In this video, some prisoners channel their inner Michael Jackson.

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Catch this redneck

The Ridgeland Police Department issued the following statement and photos.

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No charges filed against teen protecting mother.

The Jackson Police Department issued more information about a deadly crash on Ridgewood Road that happened in August:

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Casablanca returns to big screen tonight

Casablanca will return to the big screen tonight at Malco to celebrate its 75th anniversary.


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President of School Resource Officer group charged with embezzling over $150,000

State Auditor Stacey Pickering issued the following statement. 

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Settled!

Kimberly Bracey's sexual harassment lawsuit against the city of Jackson and former Mayor Tony Yarber was dismissed on November 9.  U.S. District Judge Daniel Jordan said that the case was dismissed with prejudice due to a settlement between the parties.  The order is posted below.

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Rez robbers meet Waterloo

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement:

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Cease-fire declared in Ridgeland hotel wars

Developers struggled for nearly a year but managed to win approval from the Ridgeland Board of Aldermen last week to build two hotels.  The Board approved the construction of a Holiday Inn Express and Hilton Tru hotel on a unanimous vote.  However, the Board also extended a moratorium on hotel construction for another 180 days.  The moratorium will not apply to these two hotels.

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Hinds gets a nice check for tax sales.

Secretary of State Gibbit Hosemann issued the following statement.

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Grinches or Angels?

Two Madison attorneys are trying to stop their neighbors from having their annual Christmas light display.  Eddy and Cecile Edwards  asked the Madison County Chancellor to issue an injunction against the Richardson family on Sundial Road in Madison and declare the display to be a nuisance.Mr. Edwards is an attorney at Phelps Dunbar while Mrs. Edwards is a Professor at Mississippi College School of Law. 

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Smith Park restoration to commence

Downtown Jackson Partners issued the following statement. Artist renderings of Smith Park pre- and post-restoration are posted below.

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Another court orders Carlos Moore to pay up

Carlos the Clown lost again.  A Chancellor awarded a $28,846 judgement against attorney Carlos Moore's firm, the Moore Law Office, after it failed to honor an assignment of part of a BP lawsuit settlement that was awarded to his client.

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Swamp bubbles from Madison County

If one is going to keep an eye on the politicians, it's a good idea to stick around when they decide to go into executive session.  The real fun usually takes place after the executive session - when most of the audience has left.  The Madison County Board of Supervisors are no exception to using this old trick as they proved last week. 

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Bill Crawford: Reeve's tax cuts are risky for teachers and retirees.

State economist Darrin Webb projects state general fund revenues will fall for the third consecutive year. That's unusual. According to the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, declines of just two years in a row "have only occurred four previous times since 1970."

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Kindness

If you can't make it to church this morning, enjoy this sermon on kindness presented by the late Dr. Frank Pollard in 1988 at First Baptist Church (Jackson). 

Note: Dr. Pollard makes some interesting points about prayer in public schools at 13:00.  His stance is not as predictable as one would think. 

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14 year-old girl shot (Update: Victim died)

Update #2 (11/14/17 7:05 PM): The victim, Alexandria Love, died of her injuries.  Charges will be upgraded for Elmore. 

Update: Shooting suspect, Sheroderick Elmore has been located and is now in custody for Aggravated Assault in the shooting that occurred on William McKinley Circle.


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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Run, Redneck, Run!

Craziness in Oklahoma City:

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Cellblock Chillin'

Everyone else is taking off this afternoon so the Kingfish will follow the crowd today.  Here is another Facebook Live video shot from the cells of the Hinds County jail in October.    Watch around 12:30 in the video. You simply can't make this stuff up.

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Happy Birthday to the Corps

The Marine Corps is 242 years old today.  One can't celebrate the Corps' birthday without posting at least video.

Sergeant Major Jiggs leads Marines

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Zoo needs volunteers tomorrow morning

The Jackson Zoo needs volunteers for cleanup tomorrow morning.  This Saturday (November 11th, 8 to 10 am) is the Zoo's last landscaping day of this year, as many get into holiday activities in December. We will be focusing on the last of the autumn clean up, such as removing invasive plants, raking, and pruning.Yes, you can bring your own tools and gloves.   The volunteer gates will be open from about 8 to 8:15 am, after which all our landscapers will be sent throughout the park with tasks, and the gates will be closed.  This is a good service project for youths as well.


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Clinton catches (alleged) carjacker

The Clinton Police Department arrested a suspected carjacker last night. A victim was carjacked in Clinton Wednesday evening after his car was rear-ended by the suspect's vehicle. JPD assisted in the arrest. Police are still looking for two additional suspects.

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

David Watkins indicted

A Madison County grand jury indicted David Watkins for embezzlement on October 24.  Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following statement:

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Black Friday is almost here

Black Friday is almost here.  You can check out the Black Friday ads at this website.  Consider this post a JJ PSA. 

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See a block party in action, cell block party.

The partying continues in the Hinds County jail.  Weed, smartphones, you name it, the prisoners get it.  See for yourself.

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The evil that men do

Madison County deputies busted a dog-fighting ring on Monday.  Photos obtained by this website show the savage scene that greeted the deputies when they arrived.   Sheriff Randy Tucker's statement is posted below the photos.



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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

City Council ok's 4 school board nominations

The city of Jackson issued the following press release.

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Woodland? What's in Woodland?

Nestled away off of the Natchez Trace in North Mississippi is Woodland Furniture Store, unique in that it is both the largest furniture store in Mississippi, and the unofficial city hall for Woodland.  Patti Hill Pettit is the Mayor of Woodland and the owner of the store as the fortunes of both the city and store wax and wane together.

Entrance to Woodland Furniture Store

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Indicted attorney fights back

A Madison County grand jury indicted attorney Sharon Plunkett last month for allegedly embezzling from her law firm, Young Wells Williams, P.A. Earlier post.  However, the indictment is merely one front in a war between the Flora attorney and her former law firm.  Mrs. Plunkett sued for an accounting and discovery in Hinds County Chancery Court in September after the firm allegedly refused to allow her to review the financial records of her practice. 

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Golden

There has been quite a bit of sick news stories such as dog fighting rings, stabbings, and child molestors reported over the last few days.  Take a break from the news and enjoy this video JJ unearthed on Youtube.  A young Luciano presents Nessum Dorma as only he can.

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Runoff!

There will be a runoff for Hinds County Attorney.  Gerald Mumford and Malcolm Harrison advanced to the next round after they survived elimination in the primary today.  Roughly three hundred votes separated the two candidates.  Incumbent Martin Perkins only received seven percent of the vote with 748 votes.  Mr. Harrison led with 47% (4,861 votes) while Mr. Mumford had 45% (4,595 votes) of the vote.  The margin between the two was 261 votes.  The total number of votes cast was 10,229. 

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Pipe bombs found in Madison

The Madison Police Department issued the following statement.

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Jackson loses another car dealership

It appears Jackson will lose another luxury car dealership to Ridgeland.  The Ritchie Group plans on moving its dealership at 5320 I-55N in Jackson to a site on I-55N Frontage Road in Ridgeland next to Patty Peck Honda.  Ritchie sells Jaguar, Audi, Range Rover, and Volkswagen vehicles.  The city of Ridgeland is working with the Ritchie Group to issue $2.3 million in TIF bonds to fund infrastructure improvements for the project.


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Get out and vote today!

If you live in Hinds County, get out and vote for County Attorney.  The candidates are Gerald Mumford, Martin Perkins, and Malcolm Harrison.  

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Dog fighting ring busted.

Savages.  Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker issued the following press release.

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Sheriff takes a turn at catch & release

What does it take for someone to get locked up in Hinds County? 

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Public notice of JMAA RFP

The Jackson Municipal Authority issued the following request for proposals for restroom improvements.

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Madison County atttorney indicted for embezzlement

A Madison County grand jury indicted Madison County attorney Sharon Plunkett for embezzlement and mail fraud last month.  The indictments accuse her of embezzling from her law firm, Young Wells Williams, P.A.  Mrs. Plunkett no longer appears on the firm's website.  

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Football Follies

Punching a cop in the face is never a good idea.....

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Woman stabbed to death

JPD issued the following statement. 

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Money, sex, and power.

The late Dr. Frank Pollard (First Baptist Jackson) took on these three topics in this 1987 sermon.  Enjoy this sermon if you can't make it to church this morning.

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Saturday, November 4, 2017

Old times not forgotten

JJ discovered a video of one of the wackiest games ever played in Memorial Stadium on Youtube.

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Bill Crawford: Put spotlight on big business to create more jobs.

President Trump and Republican leaders in Congress should add one small thing to the tax reform bill to truly help make American great again.

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Friday, November 3, 2017

Governor & Mayor make appointments to "Better Together Commission"

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba issued the following statement.

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Ridgeland PD looking for Sephora suspects

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

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What happened to the body cameras?

The Hinds County Sheriff's Department purchased sixty body cameras and a server in 2015 yet they are nowhere to be found among the deputies.

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Support the Jackson Zoo


Support the Jackson Zoo in the annual "Twelve Days of Giving".  The deadline to vote is midnight tonight.  See below for more information.

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

UMMC closing former Madison Courthouse

The University of Mississippi Wellness Center announced today that it will close the "Wellness Center" on Highway 51 in Madison but don't worry, it is seeking to relocate to another site in Madison.  UMMC sent this email to its "Wellness Center" members today:

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Just a thought....

Suppose the Mississippi Department of Revenue does indeed charge internet sales taxes and starts collecting the revenue.  Does DOR keep all of that money? If so, what happens to the local governments who have seen their tax revenue vanish thanks to the internet? Does this mean cities and counties are suffer twice? Once from this monumental shift in the economy and once again when the state refuses to share the sales tax revenue.  Something to think about if the Department of Revenue has its way. 

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The Mississippi Taxman says Merry Christmas

Get ready to pay sales tax on those Christmas presents you purchase online. The Department of Revenue will being charging sales tax for internet sales even if the retailer has no presence in Mississippi.   DOR submitted a notice of a new rule to the Secretary of State yesterday.  The new rule will go into effect on December 1. The notice states:

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Accused Fortification Street killers denied bond

Hinds County Court Judge William Skinner denied bond at preliminary hearings held last month for the two men accused of killing Chelsie Kirschten  and ordered that they be bound over to the grand jury.

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$500 reward

A crime victim is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the recovery of his truck and arrest of the thieves who stole the truck and credit card. Info is posted below.

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New The Last Jedi trailer

Disney dropped more footage of The Last Jedi on Instagram yesterday.  Enjoy.

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

The Third Way for JPS emerges

Posted below is the Memorandum of Understanding for the "Third Way" for Jackson Public Schools.  Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba presented it to the City Council last night.  The council approved it on a vote of 6-0.  The Mayor also said that Governor Phil Bryant will announce the members of the Commission overseeing the "Third Way" tomorrow. 

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Ole Miss hit with $218,000 verdict in tenure denial lawsuit.

A jury awarded $218,000 to Michael Wiggington, Jr. yesterday after he was denied tenure by Ole Miss.  Wiggington was an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice for six years.  His application for tenure was denied by the university.  He sued Ole Miss in U.S. District Court.  Judge Neal Biggers presided over the case.

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Jackson hospitals improve on patient safety

Patient safety at Jackson-area hospitals improved from a year ago.  The healthcare watchdog organization Leapfrog Group grades hospitals on patient safety and issues a report each year.  Leapfrog studies factors such as infection rates,  mistakes, errors, and accidents to determine the score.  Only eight states had "F" rated hospitals and of course, Mississippi was one of them. 

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Clinton police nab bank robber

The Clinton Police Department issued the following statement.

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Oops!

WARNING: VERY GRAPHIC AND CRUDE LANGUAGE

 The woman who sued the former Jackson Mayor for sexual harassment should have proofread her Linkedin posting.  Read at your own risk.  This post is not safe for work or kids. 

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Judge Shirley says defendant didn't lose custody over unpaid fees.

Former Pearl Youth Court Judge issued the following press release.

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Zoo's Giraffe & Leopard die

The Jackson Zoo issued the following statement.

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Ex-Mayor introduces punk to the Board of Education (Updated)

Former Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber caught a punk trying to break into his car.  Mr. Yarber introduced our little hoodlum to some child-rearin' on the rear:

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Mumford for County Attorney



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Employees + credit cards = trouble?

Purchases at jewelry stores, trips to swanky beach resorts, $1,000 bbq meals, clothes, and steak dinners populate the credit card bills of Canton Municipal Utilities employees.  Cleaning bills, coffee, quick trips to fast food joints - no purchase was too small or too trivial for the favored few to pay with a CMU credit card. 

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Monday, October 30, 2017

13 year-old shot

JPD issued the following statement. 

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Burroughs indicted in death of girlfriend

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

Greg Burroughs will have to answer in a criminal court for the death of 23-year-old Katherine Sinclair, who died from a gunshot to the head in the garage of his half-million-dollar home on the night of June 1.

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Police will be escorted at UMMC

The University of Mississippi Medical Center will no longer allow law enforcement officers to enter areas past the emergency room office unless permitted by UMMC police.  UMMC police officers must accompany the law enforcement officer to all areas of the hospital he visits.  All UMMC police officers were required to sign the order that defined the new policy. 

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JPS: By the numbers

Check out the employee roster for Jackson Public Schools.  JJ obtained them through a public records request and is analyzing them for a post that will be published later this week.  However, JJ thought the readers might want to have a sneak peek at the raw data.

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Boil water notice for Ridgewood area

The city of Jackson issued the following boil water notice for the area by Ridgewood Road and East County Line Road.

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Bookkeeper indicted in church embezzlement

Broadmoor Baptist Church is not the only church in the Jackson area to suffer from an embarrassing embezzlement of hundreds of thousands of dollars.  A Hinds County grand jury indicted a former employee in February for allegedly embezzling slightly more than $250,000 over a period of five years.  The indictment states:

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RSS tries to bar cameras from trial

Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith wants to ban all cameras from his upcoming trial in Rankin County.   The Attorney General is prosecuting the District Attorney on two separate indictments for simple domestic violence, aggravated stalking, and robbery.  The two sides are also warring over whether testimony about alleged repeated incidents of domestic violence and drug use can be admitted as well. 

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"How to be wicked without really trying"

It's time for the Sunday morning sermon.  Enjoy the late Dr. Frank Pollard's preaching in this 1987 sermon, Going to hell by default.  This is one of his better sermons.

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Saturday, October 28, 2017

Bill Crawford: What political donors expect for $$$

Steve Bannon recently met with mega Republican political contributor Bernie Marcus and heard him complain "for hours about the lack of return on his investment," reported Politico.com,

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Friday, October 27, 2017

People gone nuts today.

JPD issued several statements this afternoon.

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Ouch!

This video gives a new meaning to the phrase "One hit wonder." 

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Tic-toc, tic-toc

 The city of Jackson has not provided a copy of roof inspection reports for the Eudora Welty Library to JJ
 JJ submitted a public records request to the city of Jackson on October 8.  The request asked

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Mother lost baby over unpaid court fees

The MacArthur Justice Center in Oxford issued the following statement.

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Waffle House robbed but JPD gets 'em.

 Update: Suspect is Nicholas Thames. 20 years-old.


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Thursday, October 26, 2017

MDE to JPS: So?

The Mississippi Department of Education issued the following statement. 

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GOP elects Lucien Smith Chairman

The Mississippi Republican Party issued the following statement. 

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The "Radical Mayor & Conservative Governor" work together to form Coalition

*All JPS School Board members resigned. Dr. Fredderick Murray remains as Interim Superintendent. 

Governor Phil Bryant and Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba issued the following statement.

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Nursing home shooter caught.

Update: Johnson is being held without bond and will have an initial appearance this morning in Ridgeland Municipal Court. 

The Ridgeland Police Department issued the following statement and picture.

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Medicaid tries to award a nice no-bid contract.

Governor Phil Bryant ordered the Division of Medicaid last June to cancel a $23  million health care information technology contract no-bid contract that it was going to award to Cerner Corporation. 

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JMAA issues RFP for Hawkins Field projects

The Jackson Municipal Airport Authority issued the following Requests for Proposals.

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Wobbling away

The Governor is thinking.  WLBT reported that Governor is still looking for a "third way" instead of just approving a MDE takeover of Jackson Public Schools:

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

$332,000 embezzled. (Updated)

Broadmoor Baptist Church issued the following statement. 

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The past is not dead

The old adage that those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it may hold true yet again in Mississippi politics.  Speculation ran rampant in Mississippi over who might replace Senator Thad Cochran if his health forced him to resign.  Supporters of a certain state senator from Ellisville loudly proclaimed to all that Governor Bryant should appoint him if the Senator indeed resigned. However, they might want to heed what took place in Mississippi politics thirty years ago.

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Monitor: Sheriff spends jail money elsewhere even though jail is short-handed.

A Justice Department report states that Hinds County Sheriff Victor Mason is spending money budgeted for the Hinds County detention centers on other departments even though the Raymond detention center is severely short-staffed.  The report was submitted to U.S. District Court Judge John Gargiulo in August as part of a consent decree over the operation of the three Hinds County detention centers between the Justice Department and Hinds County.

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Broadmoor Baptist suffers embezzlement

An employee of Broadmoor Baptist Church embezzled from the church.

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Belhaven players busted

Three Belhaven University volleyball players were arrested in Ridgeland for shoplifting.

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They said not a word.

The perfumed princes of Hinds County, oops, I meant the Hinds County Democratic Delegation of the Mississippi Legislature wailed to the heavens while gnashing their teeth in a letter that protested any state takeover of Jackson Public Schools . It is not known if they rent their garments although it is almost a certainty they were covered in ash. 

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Shooting on Poplar

JPD issued the following statement .

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Get ready for Season 5


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Eudora Welty library flunked leak tests in 2015. Was anything fixed?

The Eudora Welty Library flunked seven of twelve areas of a field test for water leakage in 2015. The Jackson-Hinds Library System hired a Florida company in to determine why the structure was plagued by water leaks. Building Leakage Investigation & Testing (BLIT) reported that the roof membrane did not cover the entire structure, sealant was improperly applied all too often, water damage was causing the mortar to disintegrate, and a host of other problems. The report is posted below.

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MDE changes its ways

The Mississippi Department of Education has caught no small amount of grief from this website, the PEER Committee, and the State Auditor over how contracts are passed out to the favored few.  Chief Operations Officer Dr. Felicia Gavin announced changes to how MDE does business in the following statement: 

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If it's not nailed down......

This is one of the more um, interesting burglaries that has taken place in Jackson in a while.  JPD issued the following statement and video:

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Food Fight!!!

Apparently you clowns want to have a discussion on last week's blow-up between White House Chief of Staff and former Marine Corps General John Kelly and Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) over a phone call to a Gold Star family.  The video of General Kelly's comments are posted below. There were multiple attempts to hijack threads over the weekend so this post is just for you.  Have at it in the comments.

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College-town bars busted for selling booze to minors

Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following statement.

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Learning to have confidence

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

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Eat at Joe's

This banner is literally flying around Tuscaloosa today:

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Huge freeze for Allen Smith's verdicts continues.

Ridgeland attorney Allen Smith, Jr. is suffering worse luck than a Mississippi State kicker in an Egg Bowl.  A Los Angeles judge reversed yet another huge talcom powder jury award for Mr. Smith and his clients.  Bloomberg reported today:

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Bill Crawford: Who is a real conservative?

Lots of political yammer about who’s a real conservative and who’s not.

So, how do you tell?

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Flashback Friday

Enjoy this 1970 clip of the LSU-Ole Miss game. It's pretty interesting to watch.

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You can't be serious.

Check out the latest rumor about Senator Thad Cochran.  Erick Erickson posted this on his website:

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Volunteers needed for Boo at the Zoo


Whether you can help set up or take down, greet guests, tell fortunes, assist trick or treaters through the park, help at a candy booth, scare ages 8 and up in the AAZK Haunted House, park cars, run supplies, or just have a special skill when it comes to events, the Jackson Zoo could use someone like you! Contact info for volunteers:

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Phil, this is no time to go wobbly.

"Remember George, this is no time to go wobbly"  
What Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher said to President George Bush

Governor Phil Bryant is channeling his inner Tito and trying to find a "third way" in handling the takeover of Jackson Public Schools. The AP reported yesterday:

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Allen Smith's luck goes cold. Court reverses $72 million verdict.

A Missouri appeals court showed Ridgeland attorney Allen Smith, Jr. another reversal of a huge jury award in his talc powder jihad. Mr. Smith racked up an impressive series of wins in lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson in St. Louis over products liability claims involving talc powder. However, the U.S. Supreme Court threw a huge freeze over his success in one day. Reuters reported in June:

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Haley hustled? Stion closing.

Yet another one of Haley Barbour's green energy projects failed.  Stion announced it will close its Hattiesburg plant.  Greentech Media reported:

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Pearl & Canton rise, Rankin slips, JPS crashes.

Read 'em and weep. Today is the day for tears of joy and gnashing of teeth in Mississippi public schools.  The Mississippi Department of Education released its school ratings for the 2016-2017 school year.  Pearl and Canton rose, Rankin County slipped, and the rest of the Jackson metro area schools stayed the same as last year.

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The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly: 2017 Mississippi public school ratings

The Mississippi Department of Education issued the following press release.

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The Cool Kids are back

The Cool Kids are back this week.  Y'all Politics published its list of the "Top 50 Influential People in Mississippi" and even had a fancy shindig for the winners earlier this week.  See the list. Not to be outdone, the Clarion-Ledger, actually Jimmie Gates published his list of the top politicos under the age of 35.  Since it is hidden behind a paywall, here is the list.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

GOP Chairman resigns

Mississippi Republican Party Chairman Joe Nosef resigned his position today. He submitted the following letter to Governor Phil Bryant.

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Denied!

The Mississippi Supreme Court rejected Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith's interlocutory appeal of the denial of a motion to dismiss by a Rankin County Circuit Judge.  His trial will begin as scheduled.  The order is posted below.

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Child traffickers arrested in Mississippi

The FBI issued the following statement.

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If at first you don't succeed, fail, fail again.

Alleged Belhaven Heights drug dealer Jennifer Leigh Williams is back in the slammer.

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Bigger Pie: PSC learns toward consumers


On October 5, 2017, the Public Service Commission approved the following language by a vote of 3-0 in Docket No. 2017-AD-112:

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A tale of two Ridgelands.

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

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Ouch!

Biloxi made it too easy for Marshall Ramsey:

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Senator Cochran returns to Washington

Senator Thad Cochran issued the following statement.

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Medicare open enrollment begins.

Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney issued the following statement.

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Surprise! Ridgeland Aldermen extend hotel moratorium.

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

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The Fall of the Tribe of Hotty Toddy

And there arose to the north of Eden a tribe called the Hotty-Toddys, who were also called metros. And the Hotty-Toddys were very displeasing; they didst place centerpieces on their banquet tables, and didst exalt themselves much. And they didst glorify the southern kingdom of the past.



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Good guys stand up and fight.

JPD issued the following statement. 

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Ole Miss: We're sorry

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

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You can't make this up.

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

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War Eagle = Jail Bird

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

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Double shooting on Fortification Street

JPD issued the following statement and photo.

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Supes appoint Connie Cochran to library board.

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

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Senator Cochran has relapse.

Senator Thad Cochran issued the following statement. 

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

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

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Hate it when this happens.

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

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Bonds: Where the real action takes place.


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

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Surprised in the Search

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

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Bill Crawford: Here comes Amazon

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

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Band director resigns over text messages

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement.

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Commission ok's Mumford's run for County Attorney

The Gerald Mumford campaign issued the following statement: 

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Land Sharks, Tide, & Bears, oh my.

Some Friday afternoon humor.

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

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

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Thompson staffer in trouble again

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

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Library to partially reopen.

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

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Even the plants aren't safe.

JPD issued the following press release.

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And now a word from a sponsor

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

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Nutt wants a rematch with Ole Miss.

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

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He's baaaaaaack.

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

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Woman busted for worker's comp fraud

Attorney Generalissimo Jim Hood issued the following statement yesterday. 

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Hurst is new U.S. Attorney

The Justice Department issued the following press release.

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Another lawsuit accuses Ramel Cotton of stealing from a client.

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

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Why we can't have nice things.

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

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Hazzard & Schwartz take over the airwaves

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



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Ridgeland PD looking for thief

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

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Northpointe Nastiness

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

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Ramel Cotton disbarred.

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

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Need a job?

Posted on the Ole Miss website today. 

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Pearl coach charged with cyberstalking

The Pearl Police Department issued the following statement and picture.

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

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

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Winners of the Day

The Clinton Police Department issued the following statement and pictures.

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JPS collects more property taxes than ever.

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

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Ouch!

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

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Saying is doing

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

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Rez standoff ends in arrest.

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement.

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Bill Crawford: Has anything changed?

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

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Contractor once convicted of bank fraud.

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

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R.I.P. AIM & YGM.

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

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Remembering the Sears building

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

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On second thought....

Check out WAPT's headline from yesterday:

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Former Pearl clerk accused of stealing $196,724.

State Auditor Stacey Pickering issued the following press release.

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Insurance Commissioner shuts down Eudora Welty library

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

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Mississippi True or Mississippi False Flag?

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

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Commissioner says be ready.

Commissioner of Insurance Mike Chaney issued the following statement.

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Teresa Malone pleads guilty

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

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Sheriff Mason secures the Mississippi State Fair

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

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Support the Troops

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

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

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

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Senate confirms Hurst as U.S. Attorney

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

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JPD officer shot.

JPD issued the following press release.

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

JPD looking for burglary suspect

JPD issued the following statement, picture, and video.

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Meet the ACLU couple of the year.

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

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Judge rejects JPS's request to block takeover.

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

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Monday, October 2, 2017

Belhaven student found

JPD issued the following statement. 

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

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement.

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Chism Poll: State flag support at 49%

Chism Strategies released this memo and poll about The Flag. 

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It's Tennessee

'Nuff said.  Enjoy the video.

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Hazzard & Schwartz

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



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Medicaid Melee goes back to court.

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

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Who do these legislators represent?

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

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"Best things are often lost by neglect."

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

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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Jackassery alert

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

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Classy!

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

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Bill Crawford: So much for budget hearings.

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

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Friday, September 29, 2017

State Senator going to Court of Appeals

Governor Phil Bryant issued the following statement.

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JPS is just plain fat.

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

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Next stop: Prison

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

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Burglars busted.

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

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Hurst gets closer

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

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State Auditor busts MDE for sweetheart deals

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

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The Chairwoman of the Board speaks on takeover

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

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More partners accuse Mugshots owner of embezzlement.

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

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Teen drowns in Rankin County lake

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement.

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

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

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

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Clinton police arrest damn Yankee

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

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Does Jackson pay too much for lobbying?

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

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Jackson City Council will be busy tonight

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

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Senator Cochran recuperating

Senator Thad Cochran issued the following statement.

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Scam alert

JPD issued the following statement.

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Hazzard & Schwartz

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




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The Raymond Lonely Hearts Club

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

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Monday, September 25, 2017

Wrong-way driver indicted for manslaughter

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

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Shameful!

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

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Home invasion in Reservoir East

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement.

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

JPS page updated.

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

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JPD searching for CVS suspect

JPD issued the following statement.

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Freeze: "What I did was wrong"

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

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Who is your master?

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

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Bill Crawford: Should healthcare become an entitlement?

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

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JPS sues MDE over takeover.

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

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Friday, September 22, 2017

How bloated is JPS?

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

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Court sanctions Carlos Moore in Belhaven Case.


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

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

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Should MDE take over the Clarion-Ledger?

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Ridgeland's Hotel Wars

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

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Quiz me this. JPS edition.

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

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45 years for Slick

Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following press release. 

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Judge defends sending child-shooter home.

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

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Mistrial!

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

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The Godfather explained

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

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How the Legislature spends your money.

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

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Still rockin' & rappin' in the county jail.

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

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Freeze the Burners

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

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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Reward offered for escapees (Updated)

UPDATE: SANDERS CAPTURED. 

The Mississippi Department of Corrections issued the following statement.

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Trial set for Wayne Parish.

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

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Medicaid Morass

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

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Hico Hoedown

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

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Monday, September 18, 2017

JPS parents sue to stop takeover

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

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Kim Wade turned loose

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

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Why JJ covers JPS

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

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Stupid crook of the day.

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

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Airbnb collecting tax in Mississippi

Airbnb issued the following notice last weekend:

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

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

Today at Flag Chapel Park:

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Start at the Source

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

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

How bad is pop music today?

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

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Bill Crawford: The Church & The Flag

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

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Endangered Species Alert!!!

Stingray made an appearance on Youtube a few days ago:

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Medicaid Melee over Managed Care

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

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss?

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

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ACT scores rise

The Mississippi Department of Education issued the following press release. 

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JPS sues to stop takeover

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

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Bedwetter alert

This post may trigger some readers.

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MDE asks Governor to declare JPS state of emergency

The Mississippi Department of Education issued the following statement: 

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

State Auditor Stacey Pickering issued the following statement.

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Board of Education to discuss JPS takeover today

The Mississippi Department of Education issued the following press release. 

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Farewell to Sophie

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

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

STOP!!!!!!!!!

This flyer is making the rounds in Jackson.

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

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

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Mayor opposes JPS takeover

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

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Monday, September 11, 2017

It happens.

I'm out sick. 

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Slick is going up the river.

Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following press release: 

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Do we need the Certificate of Need?

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

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

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

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

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Apathy, Lethargy, & Procrastination

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

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Saturday, September 9, 2017

Irma approaches

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

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Drug bust of the day

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

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Bill Crawford: The Rule of the Organmeisters

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

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