Monday, April 24, 2017

Showing you the money

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

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Zebert paroled

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

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Ballpark brawl (Updated)

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

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Open thread on the Mayor's race

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

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Former football coach sues JSU.

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

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Understanding the Crucifixion & Resurrection

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

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

HBO releases GOT pics

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

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

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

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

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Bill Crawford: Rhetoric v. Reality

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

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Rankin redneck shoots up hospital.

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

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The Meditations of Rudolphus Warnockus.

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

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

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I-20 closed for repairs next weekend

The city of Jackson issued the following statement. 

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Vann Leonard paroled.

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

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

And the "bombshell" drops

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

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Jackson tried to "regionalize" wastewater treatment.

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

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Welcome to Auburn

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

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Sentencing reform bill has its own disparities.

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


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Kayak launches added to Rez

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

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Plot to kill the Queen?

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

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Y'all Business site freshened up.

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

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Jackson lawyer accused of embezzling from client

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

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Rick Cleveland: Early signing is here.

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

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

75 Years!!!



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

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Ridgeland PD seeks identity thief.

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

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

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

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No comment.

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

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Two killed in Rankin car crash

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement.

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Alcorn State has a Fight Club

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

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State blessing or state takeover?

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

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

MOAB!!!

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

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Auto burglary ring busted

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

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Easter is for you.

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

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Remembering Big Red

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

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

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Bill Crawford: Leg Solons do something right

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

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Coming on a date far, far away



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

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Tupelo goes after Carlos Moore

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

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North Street is fed up!!!

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

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Viking fined millions for its Mississippi Hustle

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

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Bedwetter alert!!!

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

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

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

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Jackson pursuing pro basketball franchise

The city of Jackson issued the following press release. 

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"They may put some poison in that water"

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

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SANDERS SPEAKS!!!!

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

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21 years.

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

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

West Rankin tells Jackson thanks, but no thanks.

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

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No Show!

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

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Rick Cleveland: Time for college baseball.

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

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The Big Payback.

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

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Reunion of The Brave.

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

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MDOC shakes down Leakesville.

The Mississippi Department of Corrections issued the following statement.

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MDOT tells Governor the clock is ticking

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

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The Battle of Sheffield begins

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

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Monday, April 10, 2017

The Bonfire of the Ballots

This is how you handle an election challenge.


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Update on Ridgewood sewer collapse




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

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Sheriff + Hezbollah = ______.

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

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Funeral arrangements for Cpl. Allen Harper, Jr.


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

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Meet Belhaven's newest threat.

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

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FOOD FIGHT!!!

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

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Stupid is as stupid does.

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

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Family of murdered grandmother still awaits justice

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

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Back to your regularly scheduled program

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

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"Our sins usually hurt others"

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

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Saturday, April 8, 2017

"Destroy this mad brute!"

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

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NE Jackson sewer main collapses.

The city of Jackson issued the following press release. 

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Bill Crawford: Shrink the legislature

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

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Friday, April 7, 2017

JPD officer passes away.

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

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

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

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Oops!

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

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The million dollar cocaine bust

The Rankin County Sheriff issued the following statement and pictures.

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Bo knows Trump

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

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No comment.

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Police ID MC carjacker

The Clinton Police Department issued the following statement.

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Ex-River Hills tennis pros sue attorney over firing

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

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Rez is falling

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

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Rick Cleveland: Heartbreak but MSU will be back

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

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

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

State Auditor finds porn on school laptops

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

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Jackson flood warning

The city of Jackson issued the following statement. 

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

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

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Please help the Mississippi Business Journal.

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

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Drive-by shooting in Clinton.

WARNING: GRAPHIC & VIOLENT VIDEO

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

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Need a good CCP gun for a good price?

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

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Claiborne strikes out again

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

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Latest crime stats.

Here are the latest crime stats for Jackson.

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Clinton PD seeks carjacker & shooter

The Clinton Police Department issued the following statement.

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Losses grow for UMMC Wellness Centers

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

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Stokes alert.

Stokes & the radio.  What could possibly happen?

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Carlos Moore must pay up & put up or else.

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

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Facing problems alone.

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

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Saturday, April 1, 2017

Jailhouse Rock

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

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FOOD FIGHT!!!

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

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The return of Spaceman Spiff

Spaceman Spiff is BACK!!!

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Bill Crawford: Session was a fiasco.

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

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Ashes & Switches for Ashton

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

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Bill Minor, R.I.P.

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

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Rankin CPA's plead guilty to conspiracy

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

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The Sheriff responds

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

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

It's happening!

Winter is almost here.

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

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

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

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

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Bad boyz, bad boyz......

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

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Will Vidal Sullivan's probation get revoked?

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

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The $14,215 shoplift

Crimestoppers issued the following bulletin and photos. 

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Rick Cleveland: Itty Bitty played bigly.

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

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Beer sales coming to Tiger Stadium

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

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TIGER projects cost was always over $35 million.

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

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Just a little case of Rankin County incest.

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

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Monday, March 27, 2017

FOOD FIGHT!!!

The Speakah and the Leftenant Governor issued dueling press releases. 

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Hanging out.

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Mayor's lawsuit dismissed.

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

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Bond bill fails.

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

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Louisiana gives Mississippi yet another lesson in how to steal.

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

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

The Great Dropout

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

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Sunday morning sermon

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

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

The Gutter Punks

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

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Vidal Sullivan is back in jail.

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

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Idiot of the day

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

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Bill Crawford: Shopping online affects community finances

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

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WORLDSTAR!!!

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

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Friday, March 24, 2017

AIRBORNE!!!

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

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Interesting vote for Stonebridge.

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

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Carlos Moore & McDonald's mother change story.

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

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Death investigation in Brandon

The Brandon Police Department just issued the following statement. 

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Hood brings in the cash

Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following statement:

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

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

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The pageant queen arrest and the Rest of the story.

Update: Court order of dismissal posted below. 

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

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Leg passes campaign finance bill.

Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves issued the following statement.

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Hambrick killer tries to blame victim.

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

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Sanctuary city ban goes to Governor

Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves issued the following statement.

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Rick Cleveland: March is the sweet spot

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

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

It's Auburn.

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

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



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

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Partying with The Chief

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

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Monday, March 20, 2017

JPD catches carjacker

JPD issued the following statement and mug shot.

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SOS issues legislative update.

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

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Rudy sues CMU for $6.3 million.

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

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Judge Green curseth the Blessed

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

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Commission & Mayor continue to scrap over loan

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

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

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

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Sunday Morning Sermon

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

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Wingate whalloped.

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

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Bill Crawford: Fuel Diversification is Real Kemper Issue for PSC

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

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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

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Stupid crooks of the day.

This actually happened over in Clinton. 

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"Poll" shows Lumumba lead

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

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Update on Madison murder/suicide

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

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Layoffs at UMMC

UMMC issued the following statement. 

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Ridgeland police take down bank robber.

The Ridgeland Police Department issued the following statement.

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No comment.

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

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McDonald's family sues Wayne Parish

  WARNING: GRAPHIC & VIOLENT VIDEO FOOTAGE

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

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Cleveland bars busted

Attorney Generalissimo Jim Hood issued the following statement. 

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Deputy & girlfriend killed.

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

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

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

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JPD charges 3 in woman's murder.

JPD issued the following statement and mug shots.

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Rick Cleveland: March Madness is upon us.

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

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Mitch wants to make Bourbon Street family-friendy

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

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City Council makes its $90 million march.

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

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Killer of elderly woman gets 20 years.

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

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Monday, March 13, 2017

The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

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

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Health Department approves all vaccination exemption requests

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

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House continues to push for road money

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

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City publishes notice for $90 million loan.

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

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The Rez now has an app.

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

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"Everything that guy just said is ________."

Twenty-five years ago today, movie greatness happened:

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Mumps infections continue to rise.

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

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You can't make this up.

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

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Having What It Takes.

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

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Water restored.

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

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Bill Crawford: Small towns can make it.

Rural communities in the South can succeed.

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Friday, March 10, 2017

MDOC removes inmates from Hinds jail

The Mississippi Department of Corrections issued the following statement.

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It is coming.

July 16, 2017:

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Eric Hambrick's killer gets a blessing from Tomie Green

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

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

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Shakedown goes down.

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

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UMMC closing former downtown & Northeast "Courthouses".

UMMC sent this email to members of its Wellness Centers:

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Nor was there a drop to drink.

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

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Death Spiral?

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

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Officer injuring chasing kidnapper

JPD issued the following statement.

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Madison crime drops

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

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Shameful!!!

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

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About that $90 million loan.


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

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Suffer the little children....

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

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Man shot after attacking police officer

JPD issued the following press release.  

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Fitch to host Girl Scouts Career Day

Mississippi Treasurer Lynn Fitch issued the following press release.

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Rick Cleveland: Speed does not always mean fast

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

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

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

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

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Vote on Rankin County school bond issue today

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

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Let the games begin in Madison

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

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Will B.B. King go to Washington?

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

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Governor appoints new MDOC Commish

Governor Phil Bryant issued the following press release.

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Bellegrove standoffs end

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

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Monday, March 6, 2017

Gipson amendment clarifies divorce law

Rep. Andy Gipson issued the following statement .

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Suspended sentence for Ben Allen

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

Mr. Allen submitted this statement to the court:

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Wonderful. Just Wonderful.

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

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Sunday, March 5, 2017

Stonewall at Stonebridge


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

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Stupid crook of the day

MDOC issued the following statement. 

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Our Finest Hour

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

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Take the Trace to Turcotte

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

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

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

The Mississippi Department of Corrections issued the following statement.

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Saturday, March 4, 2017

Baltimore PD busts Tea Partier

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

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And they are off to the races

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

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Supreme Court rules against Watkins

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

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Bill Crawford: Is concentrated power a good thing?

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

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Rematch!!!

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

John Howlan  qualified to run for Alderman positions.

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Bed-wetter alert

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

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Margaret moves on.

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

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Food Fight at the 1% Sales Tax Commission

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

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Temple killer gets life without parole

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

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Civic leaders stand up for Ben Allen

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

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Fitch: MPACT-Legacy has $12.6 million shortfall

Mississippi Treasurer Lynn Fitch issued the following press release.

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Judge Tomie Green's blessing turns into a curse

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

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Underground 119 to reopen on April 1

Underground 119 issued the following press release.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

More details provided on Deaton capture

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

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

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

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Will Senate block Rivers McGraw bill?

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

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Destruction in Franklin

Someone managed to record this tornado tearing through Franklin, TN this morning.

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Do not try this at home.

Someone watched too many Dukes of Hazard episodes over in Webster Parish.

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Rick Cleveland: Slump or were Lady Bulldogs exposed?

Every basketball team – including the remarkable Golden State Warriors — goes through a slump.

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UPDATE: Deaton caught in Kansas

 UPDATE: Deaton caught in Kansas after shooting a convenience store clerk.

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The Obamacare trap

Governors met in Washington, D.C. last week to discuss the repeal of Obamacare and the future of Medicaid expansion.  The meeting was rather sobering at times as they were presented with different proposals.  The financial blog Zero Hedge reported in a very good post: 

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JPS to consolidate schools

The Jackson Public School District issued the following press release.

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Meet the Zach Scruggs Employment Act

Is HB# 1615 an attempt by Dickie Scruggs to stick Mississippi taxpayers with the bill for his "good works"? The bill states:

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Reeves: Internet tax is unconstitutional

Leftenant Governor Tate Reeves issued the following statement.

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Reward increased for Deaton to $30,000.

Update: Priority One Bank contributed $2,500 to reward.  Reward is now $30,000.

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

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Deficit forces UMMC to cut budget

The University of Mississippi Medical Center announced that it will cut $24 million from its budget in an email sent to employees recently.  Vice-Chancellor for Health Affairs Dr. LouAnn Woodward blamed the budget cuts on a loss of DSH funds.*  The email states:

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Will Judge Tomie Green bless Blessed again?

The Mississippi Department of Corrections notified Hinds County Circuit Judge Tomie Green that Blessed Adams was arrested in January for armed robbery in Ridgeland.  Adams pleaded guilty to two counts of armed robbery in August.  Judge Green sentenced him to two fifteen year prison sentences but suspended them after he completed the RID program.  Adams proceeded to mace a female liquor store clerk in the face and steal money from the store.  Adams is currently being held in the Madison County Detention Center on a $100,000 bond.

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Mayor Yarber announces re-election bid

Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber announced last week that he will run for re-election.  He won office in 2014 after Mayor Chokwe Lumumba unexpectedly died.   The video is posted below.  Oddly enough, it was not reported in the media but for WAPT (unless the search engine gods have fallen). 

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Nationwide alert issued for Alex Deaton

Update: Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey told JJ that Ms. Robinson died of strangulation and blunt force trauma. 

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation issued the following alert for Alex Deaton. 

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Reddix company accused of bribery in Alabama jail corruption

A Health Assurance crony pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.  Michael Goddard was caught lying about payments regular payments he received from Health Assurance and other entities.  Mr. Goddard is a health care consultant for corrections facilities.  Health Assurance, LLC is owned by physicians Carl and Michael Reddix and is on Ridgewood Road in Jackson.  It was formed in 2001. The registered agent is attorney Charlene Priester although Judge Melvin Priester served in that capacity in previous years. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Alabama issued this press release:

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The Hound of Heaven

JJ presents this sermon by the late Dr. Frank Pollard (in this case, a young Dr. Pollard) for readers who can not make it to church this morning.

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Bill Crawford: Is it a tax increase or a shift?

The Tax Foundation expert legislative leaders brought in last fall to advise them on tax reform recommended a shift in the state’s tax burden – away from corporate and individual income taxes to user-based taxes.

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Suspect sought in Rankin killing (Updated)

Watch for White GMC SUV with tag F396 NF.


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

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Friday, February 24, 2017

SJW of the day

Meet a true social justice warrior.

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Horhn is running for Mayor.

State Senator John Horhn announced last month he is running for Mayor of Jackson.  Watch his announcement in the video posted below.

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Fl. gun instructor charged in fatal training accident

A Florida police officer who shot to death a participant in a training exercise was charged with felony manslaughter earlier this week.  USA Today reported:

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Ben Allen asks court to toss verdict

Ben Allen filed a motion for a j.n.o.v.* in Hinds County Circuit Court Wednesday. A jury convicted Mr. Allen of one count of embezzlement of Downtown Jackson Partner funds. He is the Executive Director of the business improvement district. The jury acquitted him on nine other counts of embezzlement. The motion states:

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5th Circuit: Citizens can videotape police

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week that citizens have the right to videotape police officers while they conduct arrests or perform other actions. The court ruled in Turner v. Driver that the right is protected by the First Amendment.  Technology leapfrogged ahead of the courts as the courts have been playing catch-up to the new-found ability of citizens to videotape the police with smartphones and then immediately post the video to social media.  The Fifth Circuit finally got a case that allowed it to take a crack at this issue.

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Facebooks visit Mississippi

Mr. Facebook himself visited Mississippi this week as he and his wife tour America.  Below are some posts of his excursion to the Magnolia state. 

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Commish announces health insurance relief

Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney issued the following statement.

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What is going on at the Pinelands?

A rather intriguing public records fight is currently taking place in Rankin County Chancery Court over the Pinelands Public Improvement District.  The district covers the area surrounding the Hugh Ward Parkway in Rankin County.  The district sold bonds for $7.125 million to finance improvements.  The Pinebrook Homeowner's Association and several homeowners filed a lawsuit to obtain district records in November after the district did not respond to several public records requests.  The lawsuit states:

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Deputy busted

A Hinds County Deputy is currently residing at the Raymond Detention Center not as an employee but as an inmate.  Deputy -probably former Deputy-  Larry Taylor was arrested for possession of controlled substance with intent to distribute. 

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Priester defends borrowing $90 million

Jackson Ward 2 City Councilman Melvin Priester, Jr.  defended the proposed $90 million loan that would be used to fix Jackson's infrastructure on his Facebook page yesterday:

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Jackson might borrow $90 million

The Jackson City Council discussed borrowing $90 million last night for infrastructure repair. Mayor Tony Yarber told the city council that it wanted to borrow $90 million against future 1% sales tax revenues. Councilwoman Margaret Barrett-Simon presided over the meeting and said a special meeting will be held before March 8 to vote on obtaining the loan.

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Third sexual harassment lawsuit filed against Sheriff

Here we go again.  A third sexual harassment lawsuit was filed against Hinds County Sheriff Victor Mason in U.S. District Court yesterday.  Deputy Belendia Jones made several lurid allegations against Sheriff Mason in her lawsuit.  Lieutenant Tamekia Barnes and former Chief Deputy Cheryl Matory filed similar lawsuits against the Sheriff last month.

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Madison PD seeks Walmart thief

Crimestoppers issued the following bulletin and pictures. 

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Rick Cleveland: Who should get the Howell Trophy?

The college basketball season is heading ever so rapidly toward March Madness, which in Mississippi means the presentation of the C Spire Howell and Gillom trophies for the state's most outstanding players.

One winner would appear much more clear than the other.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Governor announces more budget cuts

Date: In the year of the Governorship of Phil Bryant (VI)

Governor Phil Bryant issued the following statement on Facebook. 

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Water outage planned

The city of Jackson issued the following press release. 

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More Skybox drama

The Skybox drama continues as it's landlord kicked the Northeast Jackson dining establishment to the curb for failure to pay it's rent.  Ridgewood Jackson, LLC sued the Skybox and its owner, Raymond Kersh, in January for failure to pay rent on January 18.  The docket states the summons was served on Mr. Kersh on January 27.  Judge Larita Cooper-Stokes didn't waste any time but approved the eviction after the defendant did not appear for trial.  Her order stated:

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Amnesty!!!

The city of Jackson issued the following statement. 

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MBI: Shooting death of Gorman was accidental.

A Mississippi Bureau of Investigation report concluded that the death of Gaming Commission Director of Investigations John Gorman was accidental.  Gorman was killed when MGC Special Agent Robert Sharp shot him in the chest with a loaded Glock during a training exercise.  The report (posted below) stated:

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Heroine of the day

A woman saved a Baton Rouge police officer from harm while he was beaten by a suspect.  The Morning Advocate reported today:

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Highland Village ceases charity events.

All good things must come to an end.  Blues By Starlight, Take a Tasty Bite Out of Crime, The Zoo Party,  A Taste of Mississippi, Sante South, and other charity events were held for years at Highland Village.  Jacksonians enjoyed the events as the outdoor nature of the shopping center provided a nice venue for events while supporting local charities.  However, Highland Village's management has decided to cease support of those events and ticketed charity functions will no longer be held at Highland Village.

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Zippity Bye-Bye

The Zippity Doo-Da parade is no more.  The parade was founded by the Sweet Potato Queens several years ago after they disassociated themselves from the St. Paddy's Day Parade.  However, the Fondren Renaissance Foundation posted this update on it's website:

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JPS: Spending money is not spending money

If you want to see how the JPS school board thinks, watch this school board discussion on the hiring of Eric Stringfellow that took place earlier this month.  The school board wants to hire Mr. Strinfellow as a "con-sultant" for $24,000 for four months. He will provide media services and "community engagement" under the terms of the contract.  Keep in mind that JPS already has two employees who handle "media relations" as "communications specialists".   Two school board members questioned the need for this contract but the interim superintendent and school board President defended hiring Mr. Stringfellow.  The Interim Superintendent even went so far as to say that this contract would not cost the district any money since it came from money saved through employee attrition.You can't make this up.  Watch for yourself.  A transcript is posted below.  Your record-setting property tax dollars in action. 

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Our divorce laws suck. They really do.

Stuck in the mud is a term often used in Mississippi but the description aptly applies to our divorce laws.  The Clarion-Ledger's Geoff Pender reported yesterday how Mississippi law favors the wife-beaters while keeping their victims enslaved.  Some state senators are trying to change the law for the better yet face opposition from all corners. 
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The story begins by telling the tale of a woman who repeatedly tried to get divorce but her husband refused to grant her one.  She was stuck for years in this unfortunate predicament until she finally moved in desperation to another state with more sensible laws.  Mr. Pender paints a picture that is all too often the reality in Mississippi:

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Roads of Madison County

If you are bored today and feel like watching paint dry, here is the Madison County road plan that was rejected by the Madison County Board of Supervisors recently.   Local engineering firm Neel-Schaffer created the plan. Fire away in the comments. 

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On the other side of meaningless

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

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

CARA vandalized

CARA posted this message on Facebook.

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Bill Crawford: Shortfalls, cuts, & oversight fights

Our Legislature faces deteriorating finances as they move to fund state government for next fiscal year.

Calling revenue collections for this fiscal year "disappointing," the Daily Journal's Bobby Harrison reported "revenue is $116 million or 4 percent below projections" for the year after falling another $18.5 million in January. In an earlier article he noted Governor Phil Bryant may have to cut existing state budgets again. Already the Governor "has been forced to cut budgets four times within a 12-month period and dip into the rainy day fund twice," wrote Harrison.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Smart dog.

Never let it be said Man's best friend doesn't look after his friends.  Check out this video posted on Liveleak:

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Karl Banks will get his day in court

Karl Banks is down but not out.  Special Circuit Judge Henry Lackey breathed new life into the former Madison County Supervisor's election challenge Wednesday.  Mr. Banks lost his seat when David Bishop beat him by a grand total of two votes in the November 2015 general election.  Mr. Banks contested the results in court.  Judge Lackey  ruled that Mr. Banks is entitled to a trial by jury.  This correspondent wished for a trial by combat but unfortunately, the Mississippi Code does not currently allow for such niceties.  Judge Lackey stated in his opinion:

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SOS gives update on legislative agenda

Secretary of State Hibbit Hosemann issued the following press release. 

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Crimestopper alert

Crimestoppers sent out the following bulletin.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Homework was never quite like this

Who can forget this oldie but goodie?

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Yikes!

This sinkhole opened up yesterday at the corner of Ridgewood and Meadowbrook.

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Treasurer: State running up the credit card

Mississippi Treasurer Lynn Fitch issued the following press release. 

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Too funny

A local store decided to have some fun with its sign.

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Pizza Hut & Maywood Mart settle

Pizza Hut and Maywood Mart settled their lawsuit in January.   Maywood Mart is tried to terminate Pizza Hut's lease but Pizza Hut took the fight to court.   The settlement agreement was not disclosed.

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The blessings of Judge Tomie Green

The blessings for criminals continue to flow in Judge Tomie Green's courtroom.  The Keith Moore case shows Judge Green yet going easy on a violent criminal.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

DPS stonewalls again

The Mississippi Department of Public Safety refused to provide a copy of a report on the death of Gaming Commission Special Agent John Gorman.  JJ submitted a public records request for a copy of the report that was compiled by the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations.  DPS Spokesman Warren Strain replied in an email last Friday:

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Fatality in Spillway Road accident

The Reservoir Patrol issued the following statement. 

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New weight loss procedure comes to Madison.

Reve Body Sculpting in Madison aims to bring the light to those who struggle to lose weight.  Specifically, LED laser light.  Reve recently opened in Madison and offers a new laser technique that dissolves fat cells and helps clients lose those unwanted inches.  Reve is in Strawberry Festival on Main Street in Madison. 

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Camera shows suspect in WMPR vandalism

WMPR surveillance cameras apparently provided a clue to who might have painted "KKK" on it's van.  The incident happened a few days after someone painted "KKK" on the house of Wesley Stanley and set it on fire.  The fire was quickly extinguished by the fire department.  Mr. Stanley is the leader of the local organization "Respect Our Black Dollars."  The video shows a black male on the premises of the radio station. WAPT reported:

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Sales Tax Commission Update

The 1% Sales Tax Commission meets today.  Here is the video and presentation from last month.  The January meeting grew testy at times as IMS Engineers sought to have its project management contract renewed for another year and increase the compensation from $839,000 to $1.5 million.  IMS President John Calhoun and Commissioner Pete Perry sparred back and forth over the contract and work performed by IMS. The proposed IMS fees are posted below as well.

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Rick Clevelend waxes on about college baseball

My first paying job in life came early. I was 6 years old. Reed Green, the athletic director at then-Mississippi Southern College, paid me to chase down foul balls at baseball games at the old ballpark, now a football practice field.

There was a lot running involved, some dodging of traffic. And it definitely required some people skills. Think not? You try talking a college student out of a shiny, new baseball that he just picked up on his way to class.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

DA posts Ben Allen's SSN online

Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith filed a motion in State v. Benjamin Allen.  The motion doesn't really ask the court to take any action but instead makes allegations about how much money was embezzled and requests that the court take the motion into consideration when determining Mr. Allen's sentence.  The motion is posted below. 

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Claiborne keeps trying

Never let it be said that Claiborne Frazier is a quitter.  The former J.A. quarterback and developer is currently serving a five year federal prison sentence for conspiracy to commit bank,mail, and wire fraud after he pleaded guilty in 2014.  Frazier filed a motion to vacate sentence in December.  He is serving his prison sentence in Florida.

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To be 14 and stupid

JPD issued this press release and mug shot.

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JPS wants to pay Stringfellow $24,000 for "consulting"


The Jackson Public School Board of Trustees considered awarding a $24,000 consulting contract with Eric Stringfellow at its February 7 meeting.  This contract would be the second such consulting gig JPS has thrown at Mr. Stringfellow in the last six months.  The contract states that Mr. Stringfellow will:

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Training Director sues DPS for retaliation

The Training Director for the Mississippi Department of Public Safety sued DPS and several DPS officials for retaliation Friday in U.S. District Court.   Captain Gayle McMullin charged in her complaint that DPS officials engaged in acts of discrimination and retaliation against her after DPS settled a reverse discrimination lawsuit with her last year for $118,906 and promoted her to Training Director as part of the settlement.  Captain McMullin  alleged in her original lawsuit that Mississippi Highway Patrol Colonel Don Berry "rigged" the hiring process so that the Training Director Position could be awarded to Master Sergeant Marshall Pack.  Both men are black.

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JPD officer fired for striking suspect

JPD issued the following statement.

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Boil water notice continues in South Jackson

The city of Jackson issued the following statement. 

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Former Mississippi Soccer Association Executive Director indicted for embezzlement.

In October, a Rankin County grand jury indicted Jerry Brent Clements for embezzling from the Mississippi Soccer Association.  The two-count indictment (posted below) alleges that he embezzled more than $25,000 from MSA from 2009 to 2010 in one count and less than $25,000 in the second count.  He is the former Executive Director of the MSA.

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Ouch!!!

Spicey is back and better than even last week on Saturday Night Live last night.  Enjoy.

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Presenting the late Dr. Frank Pollard

Can't make it to church this morning?  JJ will bring church to you in the form of this sermon by the late Dr. Frank Pollard.

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Triple homicide

JPD issued the following press release.

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Bill Crawford: Move remediation to community colleges and hybrid universities.

Across the nation ever rising higher education costs are in conflict with tight state budgets. At the same time ever rising tuition costs are in conflict with stagnant family incomes. Many states are looking to restructure higher education to reduce costs, both for the state and for students.

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Gobbledygook of the day

See if you can make sense of this language in SB #2322.  Clue: It is somehow supposed to increase sales tax revenue for cities.  

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Terror at Terry High School

What is going on at Terry High School? Check out these videos.

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Update on the story Jerry Mitchell won't cover

Absent from the pages of the Clarion-Ledger is any mention of the embezzlement lawsuit Downtown Jackson Partners filed against its former secretary.  Linda Brune was the whistleblower who gave star reporter Jerry Mitchell the scoop in his investigative story on the spending of Downtown Jackson Partners President Ben Allen.  Mr. Allen was convicted on one count of embezzlement earlier this week.  However, DJP sued the whistleblower for allegedly embezzling over $43,000 from the non-profit organization.  The case has been fought up in Madison County Court yet Mr. Mitchell somehow has deemed that it should not be mentioned in any of his reporting on Downtown Jackson Partners and the trials of Benjamin Wade Allen.

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Retaliation?

Former trooper Bobby Reed posted this message on Facebook:

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Senate bans gov. agencies using lobbyists

Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves issued the following statement.

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Landing employee arrested for embezzlement

Madison police arrested an employee at The Landing for felony embezzlement.  Police charged Decota Henry with embezzling $3,578 from the men's clothing store on January 24.  The police report (posted below) states that Henry allegedly embezzled money every time she logged into the computer since she was hired in October 2016.

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Governor appoints Lamar to IHL Board

Governor Phil Bryant issued the following statement.

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Carjacking gone live (Video)

They are getting more and more bold.  Some local thugs decided to carjack two people not once, but twice in one night.  They carjacked a woman in Ridgeland, drove to Scott County, and carjacked another car in Scott County in the same night.  Police chased them back to Jackson on I-20.  The police threw down strips in Rankin County but the perps got through them somehow and hit several police cars.  One source said they tried to run over a deputy.  Police attempted to shoot out a tire but the bullet ricocheted and struck one suspect in the arm. The five suspects were teens from Jackson. 

The crime itself is pretty bold but what was even more brazen is that the suspects live-streamed the chase on Facebook with um, color commentary.  You read that sentence correctly.  They attempted to go Worldstar by showing a live carjacking and police chase in action. The video is posted below. 

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Hood goes after Epps accomplices

Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following press release. 

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

More blessings from Judge Tomie Green

Yet another armed robber received a blessing from Hinds County Circuit Judge Tomie Green.  Judge Tomie Green suspended a fifteen year prison sentence for Willie Dotstry in August after he was convicted of armed robbery.  The treatment of Dotstry continues a pattern of suspended sentences issued by Judge Tomie Green to violent criminals. 

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Ewwww!!!

Warning: this post contains probably the most disgusting pictures ever posted on this website.  A reader sent these two photos showing raw sewage bubbling out of a manhole cover at the intersection of Northside Drive and Kimwood after the storm yesterday.  This not the first time JJ has received a complaint about this problem.  The reader stated in his email:

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Clinton property owner pleads guilty to 1,400 code violations.

The city of Clinton issued the following press release.

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Rick Cleveland: Suffering the deadline monkey

We were watching the Super Bowl, dripping with drama, at my house. The New England Patriots had overcome a 28-3 deficit and were about to beat the Atlanta Falcons. The crowd was going bonkers. The announcers were running out of superlatives to describe Tom Brady.

And me?

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Guilty of one count

credit: WLBT
 A Hinds County jury found Downtown Jackson Partners President Ben Allen guilty on one of ten counts for embezzlement. Mr. Allen was guilty on count four of the indictment.  Count 4 states:

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CAUGHT!!!

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following update on the hunt for the suspects in a home invasion and shooting of a Rankin County gun dealer last month.

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Hood slams Gov

Attorney Generalissimo James Hood issued the following press release.

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Lock & load: Suspects ID'ed in Rankin home invasion & shooting

Crimestoppers issued the following alert for the following pimp & ho:

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Senate passes BP bill

Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves issued the following statement.

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The jury steps up to the plate

The fate of Ben Allen will finally be placed into the hands of the jury today.  The defense rested yesterday and closing arguments will be heard this morning.  The courtroom circus continued yesterday as Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith called none other than one Jackson Ward 3 councilman Kenneth Stokes to testify as a rebuttal witness.  The D.A. also attempted to change eight of the ten counts in the indictment but Judge Winston Kidd said hell no to that idea.  A Hinds County grand jury indicted Mr. Allen for embezzlement in his position as Executive Director of Downtown Jackson Partners.

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Monday, February 6, 2017

No comment.

Two yewts apparently had a bit of a disagreement at Callaway High School.

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Bigger Pie: Kemper doomed from the start.

The promised value of Kemper lignite gasification to customers was false in 2010, but the PSC chose to ignore the Emperor (Southern) wore no clothes. It is time for the PSC to acknowledge the naked facts and Rule the lignite portions of Kemper Not Useful. Based on MPC’s own cost data from 2010, Kemper burning lignite is shown below to be economically worse over 40 years than Kemper turbines on natural gas, even if natural gas prices escalated to over $70/MMBTU during the last 30 years of plant operations.

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Judge Tomie Green gives more blessings

Hinds County Circuit Judge Tomie Green gave yet another criminal her blessing.  Sentobia was convicted of armed robbery and auto burglary in 2016 yet did not serve one day in prison thanks to Judge Green's participation in the Hinds County catch & release program. 

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D.A. tries to subpoena Jerry Mitchell

Update #2:  The prosecution actually tried to amend the first eight counts of the indictment.  Both sides rested.  Jury excused until tomorrow morning.  You can't make this up.

Update: The surprise rebuttal witness is......................one Mr. Kenneth Stokes.  Defense rested this morning.

Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith tried to subpoena Clarion-Ledger star reporter Jerry Mitchell as a witness in the prosecution of Ben Allen.  However, Circuit Judge Winston Kidd quashed the subpoena and ruled he did not have to testify.  The subpoena and motion to quash are posted below. 

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Madison County pays Warnock $550,000

The Madison County Board of Supervisors paid $550,000 to Rudy Warnock as part of a settlement agreement. The settlement appears to close the book on a relationship that brought much controversy to Madison County as well as a great deal of money to the engineer.  The relationship changed after three new supervisors were elected to the board and voted to terminate the relationship with Mr. Warnock and his firm once they assumed office.  The settlement agreement is posted below. 

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

Catch & Release Carjacker

JPD issued the following statement and mug shot. 

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Ben Allen Trial Update: "You are confused"

The trial of Downtown Jackson Partners President Ben Allen will enter its second week tomorrow.  Here are the updates on Friday's proceedings.

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Too funny

Saturday Night Live actually produced a very funny skit last night.  Enjoy.

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Deputies seize $300,000 of liquid meth

Update: Caught!

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following press release.

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Sunday morning sermon.

JJ presents the late Dr. Frank Pollard for readers who can't make it to church this morning.  He asks the question "Why do I exist?"  in this sermon. 

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Saturday, February 4, 2017

Stop teasing us.

Emilia Clarke posted this message on Instagram.  We are getting there.

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C.Y.A. time for Jackson Judge

Jackson Municipal Court Judge Ali Shamsid-dunce is in full CYA mode after he got called out for giving two $5,000 bonds to a suspect arrested for armed robbery and carjacking.  WAPT reported last night:

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Bill Crawford: Inflated University Enrollment Costs Taxpayers

With tight state budgets looming for the foreseeable future, government operations must be rationalized to higher levels of efficiency and performance. Mississippi’s public universities should not be exempt from this process.

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Friday, February 3, 2017

The triumph of Triumph

Triumph the Insult Comic Dog had a field day at the Presidential Inauguration.  Watch for yourself.  Can one imagine how much fun he would have at the Neshoba County Fair?

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SOS reports late-filers

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

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Our thug judge does it again

Judge Ali Shamsi-Doom went easy on yet another thug.  WLBT reported last night:

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SOS honors students

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

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$33.5 million aquatic center proposed

The Ridgeland Tourism Commission proposed building an aquatic center that will cost $33.5 million.  The Commission released a study (posted below) that claimed Mississippi lacked adequate resources to host major swim meets and that current available facilities were old and falling apart.  The study was also supported by the Sunkist Swim Team and city of Ridgeland.

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Ben Allen trial update

The prosecution rested yesterday in the trial of Ben Allen.  However, Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith attempted to call Mr. Allen's defense lawyer as a witness but didn't call the whistleblower who reported Mr. Allen's alleged wrongdoing to the stand. 

Othor Cain posted this report about yesterday's events in the courtroom on his Facebook page.

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Giles Bryant killer dies

The Mississippi Department of Corrections issued the following press release.

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Former Jackson employee alleges sexual harassment, pay to play schemes

Former city of Jackson employee Stephanie Coleman sued the city  today in U.S. District Court for alleged sexual harassment by several city employees.  Her EEOC complaint states she was sexually harassed by Former Chief Administrative Officer Gus McCoy and Jason Goree, the former Director of Economic Development. She also charges she was forced to participate in pay to play schemes with cronies of the administration.  The complaints are posted below.

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Welcome back to Mississippi

Mike Evans of WLBT managed to get these shots of the couple accused of killing three people at Bill's Coin Store on Terry Road in December.

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Ben Allen trial update

Update at 2:45 PM. The prosecution rested.  Judge Kidd denied a defense motion for a directed verdict.  The prosecution did not call former Downtown Jackson Partners secretary Linda Brune to testify. Will she testify as a surprise rebuttal witness?

Here are the latest updates on the trial of Ben Allen. Defense got on the board yesterday while attorney John Reeves and our illustrious District Attorney are trying to do their best impression of the Freebirds this morning.

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Arts Commission bill dies.

A bill that would transfer control of the Mississippi Arts Commission to the Mississippi Development Authority died in committee this week after it generated much controversy.  Arts advocates celebrated as they made their opposition to the bill well-known.  However, JJ thought it might be a good idea to post a spreadsheet below that contains a list of all the MAC grants, the recipients, and their purpose. Enjoy.

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Child drowns.

These are the press releases you really hate to post.  JPD issued this statement:

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Someone will not be partying this weekend

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following press release.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Replay: The Kenneth Fairley Sentencing

More than a few people are rejoicing over the fact that the Reverend Kenneth Fairley now resides in the pokey.  JJ dug up an audio recording of his sentencing for those who want to listen to it.  The recording is posted below.  His statement to the court begins at 2:05 and the judge's sentencing is around 2:30 (hours:minutes).  Enjoy.

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JSU must pay $1.17 million to feds

U.S. Attorney Greg Davis issued the following press release:

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Ben Allen trial update

Othor Cain sat in the courtroom all day yesterday and provided an update on the trial of Ben Allen.  He also posted complete video of the opening arguments as well.  The videos are posted below.

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Update

The Kimberly Bracey lawsuit continues to plod along in federal court.  The latest notice states:

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Rick Cleveland: The Super Bowl's Mississippi Connections

The New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons will play the 51st Super Bowl in Houston Sunday. That's Super Bowl LI if you are keeping score in Roman numerals, which was Pete Rozelle's plan all along.

I've been to XXIX of them, all but one as a reporter. Always, there have been Mississippi connections.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Out of control

A road rage incident recently took place on I-55S by Crystal Springs.  Two vehicles apparently mistook the interstate for turn four at Bristol. Watch for yourself.

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Gluckstadt files petition to incorporate (UPDATED /map)

Filed today in Madison County Chancery Court:

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D.A. recommended no bill for DJP secretary

Note: This case has never been reported by Jerry Mitchell. 

An investigative file submitted as an exhibit in the Downtown Jackson Partners lawsuit provides more information on the organization's efforts to prosecute its former secretary. DJP sued Linda Brune for damages caused by her alleged embezzlement of over $43,000. However, Ms. Bruine is a witness in the trial of her former boss, Ben Allen, that is currently taking place in Hinds County Circuit Court. Mr. Allen was indicted on ten counts of embezzlement from DJP.

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MID helping victims at FEMA Disaster Recovery Center

Mississippi Commissioner of Insurance Mike Chaney issued the following press release:

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Rankin SO seizes a bunch of weed & meth

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement:

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Fisher to head DPS

Governor Phil Bryant issued the following press release:

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Whither should the Arts Commission go?

Update: Dead (#1)

State Senator Lydia Chassaniol filed a bill that will place the Mississippi Arts Commission under the control of the Mississippi Development Authority.  To say this bill stirred up a hornet's nest is an understatement.  Social media has been afire with outrage as the arts community did not like this bill one bit.  Marshall Ramsey captured the zeitgeist in this cartoon:

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PERS ballots due in a week

Ballots for the election of two members to represent retirees on the PERS Board of Trustees are due on February 6.  The list of candidates is posted below.  The candidates range from retired teachers to finance directors.  Retirees should remember to vote early and often.

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Sunday, January 29, 2017

More Madison County madness?

It appears the song remains the same as Madison County supervisors continue to squabble. The subject of the latest scrum is the county road plan. It seems one Gerald Steen is determined to have his way. The Madison County Journal reported recently:

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Sunday Morning Sermon

The late Dr. Frank Pollard preaches on how to restart your life in this sermon. 

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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Nutjob of the day

Social media has indeed spawned some online monsters.  Check out this loon who wears a body camera, records the arguments he starts in public, and then posts them for all to see. 

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Court approves divorce between West Rankin & Jackson

Rankin County Chancellor John McLaurin upheld the MDEQ permit for the construction of a wastewater treatment facility to the West Rankin Utility Authority.  The city of Jackson was obviously not pleased and issued this statement:

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Emmitt Till accuser admits she lied

Is the truth finally coming out about the Emmitt Till case? The facts of the case are known to virtually every adult in Mississippi.  The woman who claimed young Till grabbed her and whistled at her recanted her accusations from over sixty years ago. Vanity Fair published a story about an author who managed to interview her in 2007.  The interview is part of a new book about the Till murder.  Vanity Fair reported: 

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Bill Crawford: Time to scrutinize admissions

USM cut out-of-state tuition by 40% "to reverse a 2,000-student enrollment dip by pricing a USM education below some public universities in nearby states," reported the Clarion-Ledger.

IHL data shows the average percentage of out-of-state students attending Mississippi public universities is 30%. The averages for each university are ASU 24%, DSU 17%, JSU 23%, MSU 34%, MUW 15%, MVSU 23%, UM 41%, USM 21%.

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Friday, January 27, 2017

Arrest warrant & default judgment revoked for Brune

 Madison County Court Judge Stacy O'Neal cancelled an arrest warrant for former Downtown Jackson Partners secretary Linda Brune. Judge O'Neal also set aside the default judgment that her predecessor awarded against Ms. Brune.  Downtown Jackson Partner sued Ms. Brune in Madison County Court to recover over $40,000 she allegedly embezzled. 

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Ewwwwwwwwwww.

The Clinton Police Department issued the following statement and mug shot.

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Happy Birthday to KIM Waaaaaaaaaaaaaade

It is the Radio Strongman's birthday today.  Wish him a Happy Birthday.  Doesn't look bad for 73 years old.  Here is a little something for a good Democrat like Mr. Wade:

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No comment.

Check out this WJTV report on the Wayne Parish indictment that was broadcast earlier this month. 

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Hood blasts Entergy over bill

Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following statement.

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Bourbon Street Blues

Hurricane Katrina didn't destroy Bourbon Street but will Bourbon Street survive New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu after he announced that he wants to make some changes to the Bourbon Street scene?  The New Orleans Morning Advocate reported:

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Gun dealer shot in home invasion

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement.

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You were warned about this....

Say goodbye to $15/hr burger flippers and meet the new Big Mac ATM:

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Senate passes Blue Lives Matter bill

Leftenant Governor Tate Reeves issued the following statement.

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Human traffickers going to prison

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

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Rankin Sheriff gets the Voodoo

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following press release.

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Committee votes on "Rivers McGraw" bill today.

The tragic story of Rivers McGraw has been reported by the media over the last several months.   His mother is pushing a bill that will prevent minors under the age of 21 from posting bail when they are arrested for a DUI until a parent is notified.  Representative Andy Gipson introduced HB #1089 on behalf of Ms. McGraw.  WJTV reported:

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Education for Trump

This video is pretty funny if you are into satire.

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The Taxman cometh

Local UPS drivers are going to hate life for the next few days.  The Mississippi Department of Revenue issued the following statement:

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Armed & dangerous

Crimestoppers issued the following bulletin and picture. 

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Ike Brown's team loses

The Public Interest Legal Foundation issued the following press release.

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Rick Cleveland: The game is a'changing

So much about professional football has changed and evolved since this writer first began to watch in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

JPD gets 'em.

There was a strong-arm robbery on Myrtle Street (in Belhaven) this afternoon.  Two black males robbed two Hispanic men who were working on a construction project.  One hoodlum pistol-whipped one of the victims in the back of the head.  JPD caught the men a short distance away.  The two suspects are now in custody. They were carrying fishing poles when they robbed the two men.   Good job, JPD>  

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Fisher will run for re-election


Clinton Mayor Phil Fisher issued the following statement.

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Bedwetter alert.

Coming soon to a Starbucks near you!!!

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The Dee is done

The Clinton Police Department issued the following statement and mug shot.

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MID sets up mobile disaster assistance center

The Mississippi Insurance Department issued the following bulletin on disaster assistance for Pine Belt storm victims.

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Teen accused of killing stepfather

JPD issued the following statement.

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Special Needs scholly lottery on Jan. 31

The Mississippi Department of Education issued the following press release.

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Feathering the retirement nests

The President of the Mississippi Bar sponsored a bill to help the judges and justices of the Mississippi Court of Appeals and Supreme Court feather their retirement nests.  State Senator and Bar President Briggs Hopson introduced SB #2908. Copy of bill. The bill states:

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December 15 can't get here soon enough


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Downtown Jackson Partners reauthorized

Downtown Jackson Partners issued the following press release.

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JJ readers: Don't tax the internet.

JJ conducted a poll last week that asked if you thought the legislature should pass an "Amazon tax" bill.  The results weren't even close: Don't even think about it.  See for yourself.

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Bedwetter alert!!!

This woman took the inauguration of President Trump way too seriously.

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Gorman family speaks out on "training accident"

Note: This story was broadcast a year ago but JJ thought it was worth posting on the second anniversary of Mr. Gorman's death.

WLBT interviewed the family of the late John Gorman.  Mr. Gorman was a Gaming Commission Special Agent who was killed two years ago yesterday when an instructor shot him in the chest during a training exercise.  No one has been charged in the death.  Instructor Robert Sharp claimed he thought his Glock was unloaded when he fired the weapon in an exercise that was supposed to only use "dummy" weapons.  Watch the interview below.

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