Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Sid Salter: McNeece was a 4th Generation Journalist & a Woman of Great Substance

My friend Lisa Denley McNeece would have made light of the cruel absurdity of her death on Sunday at her home in Bruce. Under singularly unexpected circumstances, she just died. She was a vibrant 56 years old.

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The Ballad of Ringo: JPD Verse

JPD issued the following statement.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

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K-9 Dumped Instead of Going Home

or, The Ballad of Ringo.

A JPD officer's K-9 partner wound up at an animal shelter instead of going home with his handler as told to the media.   JPD held a retirement ceremony for two K-9 officers, Ringo and Alpha on October 23 in front of all of the tv cameras.  JPD made a big show about how these four-legged officers were going home to live out their golden years with their handlers.  Unfortunately, that is not what happened for Ringo his handler dumped him at the vet.

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Captured!

Madison County deputies captured Todd Moudy off of Ramage Road and Highway 43.  He was in an abandoned house next to his girlfriend's house.  Deputies arrested Taylor Furrh (girlfriend) and Rebecca Furrh (mother).  The Madison Police Department dive team are recovering a gun out of a nearby pond.  Apparently Ms. Furrh does not like the poh-lice.

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Venture Sells Out

Yet another Mississippi business is taken over by a foreign company.  PR Newswire reported:

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Million Dollar Bust in Rankin County

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement.

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Arrest Made in UMMC Shootings

JPD issued the following statement. 

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Update on Madison Escapee

Madison Deputies found the van Todd Moudy used to escape from custody last week.  The van was found in some woods near Highway 43 in the Canton area. Moudy stole the Madison County Sheriff's Office van while he was transported from the courthouse to the jailhouse Friday.   He is considered to be armed and dangerous. 

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Matchbook Monday

Today's edition of Matchbook Monday goes back to downtown Jackson.  Feel free to add your stories or any information about them in the comments section as you enjoy these blasts from the past. Readers can email copies of any old matchbooks to kingfish1935@gmail.com.

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Alston Trial Scheduled for January

The trial for Sheldon Alston, Jr. is scheduled to take place during the January term of the Lafayette County Circuit Court.  A grand jury indicted Sheldon Alston, Jr., for aggravated domestic violence and kidnapping in June, 2017.  The indictment accuses Alston of strangling and kidnapping his girlfriend on September 7-8, 2016 while he was a student at Ole Miss.  Alston faces prison sentences of 1 yr-to-life or 30 years for kidnapping, and from 2-to-20 years for aggravated domestic violence if convicted. Alston is 22 years old.

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Jailhouse Justice in Raymond

It appears a case of jailhouse justice took place in Raymond last week.  WLBT reported last week:

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Sunday, December 9, 2018

Why We Can't Have Nice Things

A Grinch showed up on Old Canton Road in Fondren.   A homeowner posted this message and picture on Facebook:

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Who's to Blame?

The late Dr. Frank Pollard asks "What do you do when things go wrong, who do you blame?" in this 1990 sermon.  Enjoy today's edition of Sunday Morning Sermon.

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Bill Crawford: Ramsey Reminds Us How We Could, No, Should Be

"Civility, service, family," award-winning cartoonist Marshall Ramsey wrote in the starry sky of his pictorial tribute to the late President George H. W. Bush.

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Saturday, December 8, 2018

Two Classics Return to Big Screen Tomorrow

Schindler's List will appear tomorrow at Malco Theatre:

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Driver in Fortification Street Murder Gets 30 Years

Nicholas Coats will spend the next 30 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to second degree murder in the death of Chelsie Kirschten.  The 24 year-old woman was shot to death on Fortification Street on August 17, 2017.  Hinds County Circuit Judge Jeff Weill sentenced Coats to serve forty years in prison but suspended ten years of the sentence.

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Lock & Load

An escaped prisoner is still on the loose in Madison County.  Todd Moudy stole a Madison County Sheriff's Office van while he was transported from courthouse to the jailhouse yesterday.  Moudy was wearing shackles upon his escape. 

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Friday, December 7, 2018

Local Kid Makes Good

This kid's life is going to be forever downhill after this took place in October.

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Flashback Friday

This week's edition of Flashback Friday will take a different approach from the usual glimpses into past.  The Flashback Friday posts usually show stories, ads, and videos, and other items of nostalgia from Jackson's past.  The Senate race took a rather nasty turn down memory lane due to the "public hanging" controversy.  JJ dug into the Clarion-Ledger archives and posted below all of the articles about lynchings in Mississippi from the 1890's.

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7 is not Lucky Number in Canton.

Madison County deputies arrested former Canton Fire Chief Cary Johnson. A Madison County grand jury indicted Johnson in the voter fraud scandal.  The indictment is posted below. 

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Promoter Surrenders Timber Commissions

Jackson broker Frank Zito surrendered commissions of $200,000 to Receiver Allison Mills in the Lamar Adams case.  Zito received the commissions after he sold shares in a Ponzi scheme based on phony timber investments. 

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Suspect Sought in Eastwood Burglary

JPD posted the following statement and video on Twitter.

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Send This Kid a Christmas Card

Break out some tissues.  All this kid with terminal brain cancer wants is some Christmas cards.  WAFB reported:

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Fatality in Rankin County Crash

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement.

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Hood Attacks Opioid Distributors

Lord Protector James Tiberius Hood issued the following statement.

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Voter Fraud & Vote-Buying in Canton

Update: Attorney Ed Blackmon is representing McNeil.

It's going down in Canton this morning.  Several Canton officials have been indicted and arrested for voter fraud.   Madison County deputies served indictments and arrested the following individuals:

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Jackson City Attorney Terminated

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba relieved city attorney Sharon Gipson of her duties today.  It is not known who is the interim city attorney.  

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Will He or Won't He Run for Governor?

State Representative Robert Foster will make a special announcement Tuesday night.  The Republican has been dropping some major hints recently that he will run for Governor.  The invitation is posted below.

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Idiot of the Day

The Clinton Police Department issued the following statement.

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Time to Get Drunk

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

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Ridgewood Road Relief

Relief is finally coming to Ridgewood Road as worried drivers have been forced to drive around a growing sinkhole for nearly a year. WLBT reported:

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UMMC Performs First Heart-Liver Transplant

UMMC issued the following statement.

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Sid Salter: Bush's Friendship with Montgomery Served Mississippi Well

George Herbert Walker Bush and Gillespie V. “Sonny” Montgomery were both elected to Congress on Nov. 8, 1966 and both took office on Jan. 3, 1967. Unknown to either of them at the time, it was the beginning of a long and meaningful friendship.

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No Water at Callaway

Callaway High School has no water. Sewer line break.   Don't worry.  JPS ordered two dozen portalets. 

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

28 Rounds

JPD issued the following statement. 

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Story Time

It's time for a bed-time story.

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CPA Arrested for Embezzlement

Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following statement.

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Get a Whopper for a Penny!

Clever or desperate?  See for yourself.

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Boil Water Lift for Belhaven

Belhaven is now free and clear of the boil water notice.  Only Presidential Hills remains under the warning.  Carry on.

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Legislative Report Slams Visit Jackson

The PEER Committee issued the following statement about Visit Jackson.

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Rez Commute Alert

Two power poles are down on Parkway Road very close to Spillway Road. Parkway Road between Spillway Road and Harbor View Road (Near River of Life Church) is not passable but Spillway Road remains open. This situation initially had power out over a large portion of the area. Traffic lights were out between Spillway and Northshore Parkway to Grants Ferry and Spillway. Entergy crews are on scene but state it will be hours before the repair is complete. They have to isolated the area of the downed line so partial service has restored. all traffic signals have been restored EXCEPT Spillway Road and Hugh Ward Blvd.

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Monday, December 3, 2018

Planning While Crumbling

The city libraries are literally disintegrating before our eyes in Jackson.   Clarion-Ledger reporter Justin Vicery placed the Jackson-Hinds Library System under a microscope and told a story of a city library system whose survival is in question.  Mr. Vicery reported last week:

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State Auditor issues $673,094 Demand against Estate

State Auditor Shad White issued the following statement.

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"I Believe in Jay Hughes"



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Clinton Busts Stolen Metal Ring

The Clinton Police Department issued the following statement.

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Matchbook Monday

Today's edition of Matchbook Monday moves out of Jackson.  Feel free to add your stories or any information about them in the comments section as you enjoy these blasts from the past. Readers can email copies of any old matchbooks to kingfish1935@gmail.com.

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Mine! Mine! Mine!

The President of the Mississippi Retired Public Employees Association threw down a gauntlet to any legislator even thinking about changing PERS.  President Ann Thames issued the warning in a newsletter recently sent to her members.  Legislators were none too happy after the PERS Board of Trustees voted to raise the employer contribution rate from 15.75% to 17.4% earlier this year.  The rate increase means the state will have to send another $75 million to PERS while local governments will have to chip in another $25 million.  PERS is only 61.8% funded. 



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Sunday, December 2, 2018

Fatal Shooting on Fontaine Ave.

JPD issued the following statement. 

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"Don't Think Too Little of Yourself"

The late Dr. Frank Pollard preached from Genesis 1:27 in today's edition of Sunday Morning Sermon.  The theme of the 1990 sermon was "Understanding Ourselves."

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There Was a Kaboom!

JPD issued the following statement.

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Bill Crawford: Hyde-Smith Trumps Espy

As expected, Cindy Hyde-Smith trumped Mike Espy in the run-off election to fill the seat vacated by Sen. Thad Cochran.

Yes, trumped, both literally and figuratively – literally because she won handily 54% to 46% and figuratively because President Donald Trump flew into Mississippi the day before the election and stumped for her in Tupelo and Biloxi.

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Saturday, December 1, 2018

Marshall's Moving Memorial

The national media recognized Marshall Ramsey, today for a cartoon he drew of President George H. W. Bush after he passed away last night.  Mississippi's Cartoonist Laureate appeared on Fox and Friends this morning while CNN showed the cartoon.

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Friday, November 30, 2018

Farewell, Mr. President.

President George H. W. Bush died tonight.  He was 94 years old. 

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Car in UMMC Shooting Found

JPD issued the following statement.

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Flashback Friday

Today's edition of Flashback Friday takes a look back at previous issues of the Clarion-Ledger for the First Friday in December.  See what Jacksonians were doing for fun back in the day.  Enjoy.

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Boil Water Notice Issued for Jackson

The city of Jackson issued the following statement.

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Need to Get a License Today?

Both DPS Headquarters and driver services in Jackson will close today at noon because of low water pressure.  Drive to Kosciusko if you need a new license.  Seriously.

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Councilman Calls for Boycott

Controversy arose after a group of Tougaloo students were ordered to leave Northpark Mall.  Mall security told them to leave the mall after they passed out flyers to shoppers in the food court.  Northpark Mall has a "no solicitation" policy.  The professor leading the students complained she was unfairly harassed by security and Ridgeland police. 

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Bedwetter Alert

The Christmas TV classic, Rudolph the Rednose Reindeer, yes, that show, triggered some snowflakes.  File this under "Why We Can't Have Nice Things, Reason ___".   Go check it out at Huffpo. Read the comments. They are gold.  

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Reward for UMMC Shooter

Crimestoppers issued the following bulletin.  Send tips to Crimestoppers to collect reward.

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Active Shooter at UMMC. UPDATE: ALL CLEAR!!!

UPDATE (5:41 PM): UMMC students and employees can cross North State Street to go to parking lot.  NSS still blocked off.   Per Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey, JPD is searching for two suspects. Black males. 

There was no active shooter at UMMC itself.  The shooting took place on the street in front of garage. Echoes made it sound as if it took place in garage.  Not that it makes much difference if you are actually at UMMC.  

UPDATE (5:10 PM): ALL CLEAR bulletin issued.  SEARCH FOR SUSPECT UNDERWAY.  SUSPECT VEHICLE IS A BLACK NISSAN ALTIMA with a CANNON NISSAN PAPER TAG. 

Parking garage B. This is NOT a drill!!!!!  UMMC just sent out the following text messages:

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Tragic Accident in Rankin County

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement.

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PSA for Diabetics

Bill Crawford cited the high cost of diabetic testing strips as an example of  the rationing of health care due to high prices.  However, a simple read of the source he used would have shown a different story. Here is the original passage about the WWII Vet:

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The Medical Queen is GONE!

The Mississippi State Medical Association is seeking new leadership.  The Mississippi State Medical Association  terminated its Executive Director, Charmain Kanosky. MSMA is the trade association representing the physicians of the state.  Kanosky served as the lobbyists for MSMA before becoming Executive Director—employed by the association for nearly 25 years.   Her annual salary was $209,000 per and $40,000 in benefits.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Dr. Blair Batson Passes

UMMC issued the following press release.

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Do Not Try This at Home

A couple of knuckleheads attempt to enter the Darwin Award Contest.

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Espy, Jr. Arrested for DUI

Grenada police arrested Mike Espy, Jr. Friday morning and charged him with a first-offense DUI.   Espy is the son of former Congressman and Senate candidate Mike Espy.  The Madison resident was a football star at Ole Miss and is 35 years old.

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Sid Salter: Muddy Senate Race Cost $20 million and Two Reputations

In 2018, Mississippi voters elected two U.S. senators. The two elections saw about $27. 6 million expended with $11 million of that coming from partisan outside groups – and armed with that money, Mississippians witnessed the near destruction of the reputations of at least two of those candidates.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

FINALLY!!! Election Night!

It's election night.  Finally.  Post comments here.  Live results can be found at this page on the WLBT website. 

Update: Cindy Hyde-Smith beats Mike Espy by ten points.  McCarty wipes out Weill by 2:1 with 82% of the vote counted.  

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Election Day Thread

The big, huge Senate runoff today.  However, there are several more races.  There are runoffs in Hinds County for Chancery Court and Circuit Court.  There is a runoff for Circuit Judge in Madison and Rankin counties as well as one for Chancellor in Rankin County as well.  Vote early and often.  Make comments about election in this post.  Fire away.

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FBI Grabs Exxon Robbers, Hero Foiled Robbery

Troubles worsened for three people accused of robbing the Exxon at I-55 and Northside Drive last week.  The trio of robbers engaged in a shootout with JPD at the Waterworks Curve as they fled the pursuing police.  Jackson Municipal Court Judge Jeff Reynolds denied bond for two suspects yesterday at an initial appearance for the charges of armed robbery, aggravated assault, and aggravated assault on a police officer.  A third is hospitalized. However,  the suspects took a trip to Canton instead of Raymond as FBI agents arrested them after the hearing in the courtroom.

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Judicial Candidate Voted Against Child Rape Bill

State Representative Adrienne Wooten voted against a bill in the legislature that required doctors performing abortions or deliveries of children under the age of sixteen to preserve tissue or blood samples and report to authorities they suspect a sex crime took place.  Ms. Wooten is running for Hinds County Circuit Judge.

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Monday, November 26, 2018

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Grenada or Bust!

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

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Food Fight: Court of Appeals!

The war over who will replace Judge Joseph Lee on the Mississippi Court of Appeals will come to an end tomorrow.  Jackson attorney David McCarty came within one point of winning the November 6 election outright as he beat Hinds County Circuit Judge Jeff Weill by more than thirty thousand votes. 

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Senate Race Open Thread

The Big Showdown between Mike Espy and Cindy Hyde-Smith is tomorrow.  Make your feelings known here.  Remember to vote early and often. 

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MHP: 5 Holiday Fatalities

The Mississippi Highway Patrol issued the following statement.

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Cindy Hyde-Smith: Disaster for Mississippi



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Sunday, November 25, 2018

Barber Shop Owner Killed

JPD issued the following statement.

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Farewell to Tank and Danielle

The Jackson Zoo issued the following press release.

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Sunday Morning Sermon

It's time for the Sunday Morning Sermon.  The late Dr. Frank Pollard (First Baptist Church, Jackson) gave one of his better sermons as he preached from Matthew 5:6 in 1990.

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Bill Crawford: Monopolies Hike Drug Prices

"The high cost of prescriptions are leading many people to ration medicine or skip it altogether," reads a story in the Clarion-Ledger.

An earlier story told about an 87-year-old WWII veteran with Type 2 diabetes. His glucose test strips suddenly jumped up from $25 to $90 a box. "That's too high," he said. "And I don't understand how they can do that."

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Saturday, November 24, 2018

JPS Stops Keeping Crime Stats

C.J. Lemaster actually engaged in some investigative journalism and busted JPS for failing to track crimes or "incidents" in Jackson Public Schools.  He reported at WLBT:

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Beast Mode!

Check out Kamara's workout.  Damn.

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Friday, November 23, 2018

Homeland Security Gets New Director

The Mississippi Department of Public Safety issued the following statement.

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Students Win Tuition Toss

Yesterday, at the 2018 Egg Bowl game in Oxford, Mississippi, Treasurer Lynn Fitch awarded two MACS Mississippi Affordable College Savings) scholarships totaling $3,058 to Mississippi college students during the halftime Tuition Toss sponsored by College Savings Mississippi.


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Brilliant!

Check out these pictures from Northpark.  Part of the parking lot was repaved this week, right before Black Friday.  However, one little task was forgotten.  What could possibly go wrong? 

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Thursday, November 22, 2018

Thanksgiving Encore

Thanksgiving would not be Thanksgiving without.....

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Throwback Thursday

Here is a blast from the past.  JJ posted this video five years ago. WAPT was cleaning out the vault and came across this old color video of Jackson.  WAPT provided it to Downtown Jackson Partners, who posted it on Youtube. Really interesting stuff.

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Happy Thanksgiving!



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The Invasion of the Parking Meters

Parking meters will be coming to Fondren in 2019.  The Jackson City Council authorized the Mayor to issue a Request for Proposals to install new meters in Fondren and overhaul the current parking meter system.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Hidden in Plain Sight

Nothing like a holiday for providing the time to have some intellectual fun.  Did Atlantis  actually exist? If so, where was it?  A new theory proposes it might literally be in the middle of the desert for all of the world to see.

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Spend Thanksgiving at the Jackson Zoo

Admission is free tomorrow at the Jackson Zoo.  Don't feel like watching football or waiting for the turkey to cook? The weather should be nice tomorrow.  Get the kids out of mom's hair and take them to the zoo. 


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Exxon I-55N Robbed

JPD issued the following statement.

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Sid Salter: Monumental Void Left by W.B. "Snooky" Williams

Yeah, I know that this is the last column I have before the Mississippi U.S. Senate runoff, but the truth is I really don’t have much more to say about a race that I’ve been writing about all these many months. I think I’ve said my piece on that subject.

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Meathead Math

Common Core math has nothing on this math lesson. 

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Bulldog Properties Cuts Ties with Gulf Relay

Bulldog Properties issued the following statement.

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Police Seek Man Who Dragged Girlfriend Down County Line Road

The Ridgeland Police Department issued the following statement.

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Judge's Daughter Carjacked

The daughter of Hinds County Circuit Judge Tomie Green was carjacked earlier this week in the driveway of her Northeast Jackson home.  JJ is trying to obtain a description of the suspect as well as other information but has been unable to do so.  The victim was thankfully not injured although undoubtedly traumatized.  More information will be posted when available. 

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Sponsors Rule at MSU!

Doug Hindman appeared on the grass of Scott Field as a "sponsor" of the Mississippi State-Arkansas football game last Saturday.   He even appeared on the radio pregame show as the school honored for his support of Bulldog football. This is the same Doug Hindman who was busted in a Perverted Justice/NBC sting in 2006.  A grand jury indicted him for "exploitation of a child" but he was allowed to plead guilty to a lesser charge of cyberstalking.  Governor Barbour pardoned him during the last weeks of his reign in 2012. 

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Monday, November 19, 2018

Jackson Launches War on Grease

The city of Jackson issued the following statement and animated message.

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Mo' Money yet Nary a Difference for PERS

Collection of all PERS posts.  

PERS continues to plod along as its funding level slightly improved to 61.8% despite receiving some favor from Wall Street and more money  from employers.    

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A.G. Busts Copper Thieves

Attorney Generalissimo Jim Hood issued the following statement.

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CHS: Espy Took Money From War Criminal


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Sunday, November 18, 2018

Cover-up? What Cover-Up? Move Along.

The Catholic Diocese of Jackson distributed the flyer posted below at Mass this morning. 

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Tammy, R.I.P.

Auburn nut and occasional Southern Yankee "Tammy" was killed in a car wreck a few days ago.  ESPN reported:

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Sunday Morning Sermon

"How did it get here?", "How did it come to be?" are some of the questions discussed by the late Dr. Frank Pollard in this 1990 sermon.  He preaches from Genesis 1:2.  Enjoy.

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Bill Crawford: Who Will Be Ole Miss Chancellor?

The resignation of Ole Miss Chancellor Dr. Jeffrey S. Vitter was no surprise to insiders. A terrific academician with a stellar resume, Dr. Vitter simply was not the right fit for Ole Miss at this time. No doubt he will land another university presidency in the near future.

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Saturday, November 17, 2018

Damn Lucky to be Alive

A shootout took place during a traffic stop in Washington County, Arkansas.  How the deputy survived is nothing short of a miracle.  Watch the video to the very end.

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Franny Fortner's Family Sues

The parents of Franny Fortner sued the city of Jackson, Superior Asphalt, IMS Engineers and several other defendants in Hinds County Circuit Court today.  Franny Fortner  was killed when her Mazda Miata flipped on Ridgewood Road last May when she struck a manhole cover. 


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Friday, November 16, 2018

Happy Anniversary

It's been 22 years since one of the best movies ever hit the theatres.

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Checkmate for Forgery Ring

The Madison Police Department issued the following statement and photos.

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Griffis to be COA Chief Judge

Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller, Jr. issued the following statement.

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Governor Makes Budget Recommendation

Mo' money for teachers, mo' money for troopers, and of course, a whole lotta mo' money for PERS.  Governor Phil Bryant issued his 2020 budget recommendation yesterday. 

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Flashback Friday

Today's edition of Flashback Friday involves roads and weddings.  Once upon a time, the frontage roads of I-55N were actually two-way.  The change to single-direction only frontage roads predictably caused some problems.

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Roy Clark, R.I.P.

If you were a kid stuck with tv before the advent of cable tv, that meant Saturday afternoons were spent watching Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom and Hee-Haw.   That meant you were going to watch Roy Clark.  He passed away today.  Enjoy some of his virtuosity on the banjo in the videos posted below.  Malaguena is particularly good.

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New Tool to Find Lost Life Insurance Policies

Insurance Commish Mike Chaney issued the following statement. 

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Dear Senator, the Camera is Always Rolling

Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith caught hell this week as she said she would attend a "public hanging" with a friend.  The media mob descended upon the incumbent as she struggled to fend them off while politicians sought to score points at her expense. 

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Shreveport or Bust!!!

It's time to review the resumes for SEC teams as they go bowl-prospecting.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Police News Update.

Posted below are the press releases issued by several law enforcement agencies.  Two people died when a bus overturned in Desoto County.  A suspect led Rankin deputies on a chase and tried to beat down the boys in blue but wound up instead with the jailhouse blues.  JPD seeks help in identifying some burglary suspects.

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It's the Big One!!!

A crime victim must have watched Sanford & Son.   WBTV (Matthews, NC) reported:

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Homicide on Teresa Drive

JPD issued the following statement.

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Apel Leaves Clarion-Ledger

Star reporter Theres Apel left the Clarion-Ledger to become the Communications Director at the Department of Public Safety.  JJ wishes her the best.  Congrats on the new job.  Her predecessor, Warren Strain, assumed a similar position at the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks. 

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Sid Salter: Senate Runoff Takes National Flavour

 As it happened on Nov. 6, the pollsters on both sides were uncannily accurate in their predictions that Republican U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith and Democratic challenger Mike Espy would run a close first and second in the open primary and leave Republican challenger Chris McDaniel a distant third with Democrat Tobey Bartee bringing up the rear.

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Clinton PD Busts Weed Op

The Clinton Police Department issued the following statement.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Monroe Gets Back Up

Gun-totin' thieves hit Monroe's Donut's on McDowell Road yesterday.  A reader asked in the comments section yesterday if the keyboard warriors who professed outrage at the dastardly deed would make a trip to south Jackson to buy some donuts from Monroe.  Well, the Kingfish took up the suggestion and visited the donut shop late this morning.



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Tuition Toss Registration Ends Tonight

On behalf of College Savings Mississippi, Treasurer Lynn Fitch announced that registration for the 2018 College Savings Mississippi Tuition Toss at this year’s Egg Bowl will officially open on Monday, October 1, 2018.



“College Savings Mississippi is pleased to offer this and other scholarship opportunities throughout the year to help Mississippians save for their education,” said Treasurer Fitch, Chair of the College Savings Mississippi Board.  “With the average cost for two full-time semesters at Mississippi’s eight public universities more than $7,000, this $2,529 scholarship can make a real difference.”



MACS accounts can be used to pay for tuition, mandatory fees, certain room and board expenses, books, and technology like laptops.  It can now also be used for K12 tuition at public, private, and religious elementary and secondary schools.



Entry in the Egg Bowl Tuition Toss is open to students, between the ages of 18 and 24, who are enrolled at a Mississippi public 4-year university.  The runner-up for the Tuition Toss will also win a MACS scholarship, in the amount of $529.  Contestants and alternates are responsible for their own admission to the Egg Bowl, which will be held on November 22, 2018 in Oxford, Mississippi.  College Savings Mississippi is the official halftime sponsor for the 2018 Egg Bowl.



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Feds Accuses Jackson Catholic Diocese of Covering Up Priest's Fraud

The Department of Homeland Security claimed the Catholic Diocese of Jackson covered up a scheme by a Starkville priest that bilked parishioners and the Church out of tens of thousands of dollars.  The allegations are part of an application for a search warrant that was unsealed recently in U.S. District Court.  The FBI obtained the warrant to search the premises of the Diocese and St. Joseph Parish.  The FBI also sought to seize records and various electronic devices. The priest raised money for his phony cancer treatments,  an orphanage, and a chapel in Mexico.

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Veterans Day Encore

One finale salute to our nation's veterans.

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Monroe's Donuts Robbed

JPD issued the following statement on Twitter:

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Matchbook Monday

Readers are going to enjoy today's edition of Matchbook Monday as there are some real gems posted below.  Some real Jackson history is posted below.  Feel free to add your stories or any information about them in the comments section as you enjoy these blasts from the past. Readers can email copies of any old matchbooks to kingfish1935@gmail.com.  Enjoy.

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Remember the Veterans

Enjoy this video honoring our veterans.  Don't watch it in kitchen with onions lying around.

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Classy.

A pair of Clarksdale parents allegedly beat members of the Clarksdale High School band after their son learned he would not play in Friday night's performance.  Fox 13 (Memphis) reported:

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Eisenhower Would be Proud

The folks at It's a Southern Thing, Y'all are back with another video.  Just curious, does this really happen at holiday time?

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"Be a Happy Sinner"

The late Dr. Frank Pollard preached from Matthew 5:3 in this 1990 sermon.  Today's top is the Sermon on the Mount. Enjoy.

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Bill Crawford: Hyde-Smith Trumps Espy

The hand has begun writing on the wall. The not-so-slim lady is tuning her pipes. The Nov. 27 run-off between Cindy Hyde-Smith and Mike Espy is all but a done deal, with Hyde-Smith the clear winner.

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Saturday, November 10, 2018

New for Christmas

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Friday, November 9, 2018

Greenville Football Player Dies

A Greenville High School football player who broke his neck a week ago in a football game against Madison Central died today.  The Clarion-Ledger reported:

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Waller Waves Goodbye

Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice William Waller, Jr. Announced he will retire at the end of January. 

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Vitter Resigns

Ole Miss issued the following statement.

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Flashback Friday

Today's edition of Flashback Friday presents some vintage restaurants from a long time ago.....

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Wild Dogs Kill Three Zoo Animals

The Jackson Zoo issued the following statement.

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Only a Dozen Jackson-Area Schools Show Kindergarten Readiness

The Mississippi Department of Education issued the following statement.

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Victim Tied Up in Northeast Home Invasion

JPD issued the following statement.

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

UMMC to Begin CBD Oil Trials

UMMC issued the following statement.

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Madison Attorney Sentenced

Madison County attorney Sharon Plunkett will serve six years in prison after she pleaded guilty to embezzlement in Madison County Circuit Court. She was indicted a year ago for embezzling from her law firm, Young, Williams, P.A. 

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Hyde-Smith Accepts Debate Invitation

The Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith campaign issued the following statement.

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Hero Comes Home

Get out the tissues.  Heartwarming scene took place at Northwest Rankin Middle School.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Dispatch From Pelahatchie (War Edition)

The War of the Muscadines continues in Pelahatchie as Pelahatchie Mayor Ryshonda Beechem notified the Board of Aldermen this week that she intends to sue the Board and Town Clerk.  Mayor Beechem's attorney, Thomas Bellinder, provided the notice to the Board of Aldermen at its meeting Monday night.

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Missing Child Alert! (FOUND!)

The Mississippi Department of Public Safety issued the following alert.

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OLOL Fires CEO for "forgery and embezzlement".

The Board of Directors for the Our Lady of the Lake Foundation fired the foundation's president yesterday.  The Foundation owns the Our Lady of the Lake Medical System in Baton Rouge.  The hospital said he was fired for embezzlement.  Former Clarion-Ledger star Elizabeth Crisp reported yesterday in the   Morning Advocate:

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Sid Salter: If 14th Amendment Can Be Nullified by Executive Order, Why Not 1st or 2nd?

One day after most of us engaged in the single most important duty of American citizenship – exercising the precious right to vote – can we please take a deep breath as a country and stop the national hysteria over whether this or any U.S. president can nullify the 14th Amendment guarantee of birthright citizenship by executive order?
While there are those who will vigorously debate the question from both perspectives – the president can or the president can’t – the consensus among legal scholars other than those who are hard to the right is that neither President Donald Trump nor any other president possesses that power under the Constitution.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Election Night Thread: RUNOFFS!!!

It's finally over but for a few run-offs elections.  Who will be on the bench tomorrow? Will Priester hold off the two challengers? Will Tomie roll over Kimalon? Can McDaniel score the upset and make a runoff? Will there be a Blue Tsunami in congressional races or will the Trumpster do his Br'er Rabbit number once again? Consider this post to be the election night thread.  Get the election results here.   Meanwhile, we could all use a laugh. Enjoy.

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Mississippi Students Lead in NAEP Gains

The Mississippi Department of Education issued the following press release.

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Dispatch From Pelahatchie (WOO! Edition)

Last night was the first Monday of November and that meant Rankin County NITRO! in Pelahatchie as the Mayor, her aunt, and the Board of Aldermen went at it yet again in typical WWE fashion.

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Chaney: Make Smart Choices When Choosing Medicare Plan

Note: Insurance Commish Mike Chaney submitted this column.

As Insurance Commissioner I take my responsibilities of protecting the consumers of this state very seriously. Never is that more true than when it comes to the ever growing complex issues facing seniors in Mississippi relating to their health coverage. Rising health care costs put a strain on many retirement budgets and seniors need to remain well informed to make the most economical decisions.

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Monday, November 5, 2018

Judicial Elections Open Thread

Now's your chance to discuss the judicial elections that will take place tomorrow.  County Court, Circuit Court, Chancery Court, and even the Court of Appeals are on the ballot tomorrow in most precincts in the Jackson metro area.   However, there is one thing the Kingfish noticed.  Very few of the County Court and Circuit Court candidates are discussing one issue that comes before those courts: crime.  Just an observation.  Fire away.

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Adopt This Mutt!

Meet Hayes, a beautiful Boxer up for adoption.

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Senate Race Thread.

OK, here is your chance to comment on the Senate and congressional races . I'll do a separate one for the judicial races.  Fire away.

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Matchbook Monday

It's time for Matchbook Monday.  Some real Jackson history is posted below.  Feel free to add your stories or any information about them in the comments section as you enjoy these blasts from the past. Readers can email copies of any old matchbooks to kingfish1935@gmail.com.

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NCAA Overturns Part of Ole Miss Sanctions

Standing up to fight means sometimes a few battles will be won.  Ole Miss won a battle last week when the NCAA withdrew "the most onerous sanction" levied against the football program earlier last year.  The NCAA imposed sanctions that  included a post-season ban, reduction in scholarships, and a limit on unofficial visits.  Ole Miss still can't go to a bowl game this year but the NCAA overturned the unofficial visits restriction.  Unfortunately for Ole Miss, the NCAA refused to withdraw the finding that of a lack of institutional control.  Ole Miss issued the following statement about the NCAA's decision:

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Sunday, November 4, 2018

Repost: Hambrick Killer Blessed by Green

This post was originally published on March 10, 2017.

Eric Hambrick

The life of Eric Hambrick is worth less than ten years in Hinds County.  Hinds County Circuit JudgeTomie Green 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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"Get Me Some Oxygen"

The Packers-Patriots game tonight gives me an excuse to post one of the most hilarious football plays ever.

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Sunday Morning Sermon

The late Dr. Frank Pollard tackles creation, evolution, and the book of Genesis in this edition of Sunday Morning Sermon. Enjoy.

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Bill Crawford: Usury Proscriptions Forgotten

Living in a very Christian state, most Mississippians should remember the biblical proscriptions on usury.

Here's one: "Thou hast taken usury and increase, and thou hast greedily gained of thy neighbors by extortion, and has forgotten me, saith the Lord God." (Ezekiel 22:12)

Many Mississippi leaders have forgotten.

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Saturday, November 3, 2018

Over $39,000 Raised to Help Deputy's Wife with Cancer Expenses

First Responders of Mississippi presented the wife of a Rankin County deputy with a $39,082 check yesterday. The money was raised during a September fund-raiser to help defray the medical expenses of Jackie Evans.

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The Hate for Bama is Strong W/This One

Then-LSU Announcer Charles Hannigraff gave every SEC a list of reasons to hate Alabama:

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Carville Clashes with SEC

Corporal Cueball took a few shots at the SEC this morning but like all REMF's, ESPN apologized.

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Friday, November 2, 2018

Funny!

Jason meets Dixie.......

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Chamber President Retires

The President of the Greater Jackson Chamber of Commerce retired today.  Duane O'Neill has served in that position for 24 years.  His letter of resignation is posted below.

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Flashback Friday: SPIKED!!!

Today's edition of Flashback Friday takes JJback to 1992.  The scene: Memorial Stadium.  The event: A beach volleyball tournament for charity.  The result: A con artist busted and embarrassed before the whole town.
The articles below show a boy who apparently had nothing but sand between his ears.

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The Little Blue Agency That Could

A itsy-bitsy state agency wants to issue $895 million in bonds.  Wyatt Emmerich, Publisher of the Northside Sun tried to dissect the deal but ended up banging his head against the proverbial wall:

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Alston Trial Continued..... Again

The trial for Sheldon Alston, Jr. was continued yet again in Lafayette County Circuit Court.  A Lafayette County grand jury indicted Sheldon Alston, Jr., for aggravated domestic violence and kidnapping in June, 2017.  The indictment accuses Alston of strangling and kidnapping his girlfriend on September 7-8, 2016 while he was a student at Ole Miss.  Alston faces prison sentences of 1 yr-to-life or 30 years for kidnapping, and from 2-to-20 years for aggravated domestic violence if convicted. Alston is 22 years old.

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Jackson Crime Trends

Compare the Jackson crime stats (YTD) for the week ending October 14 to the same week three years ago.

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Let the Hype Begin....

It's #1 versus #3:

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Don't Vote!

Jackson community activist Adofo Minko is encouraging minorities not to vote on Election Day next week.  Barnett would be proud.  The Hinds County Public Defender posted these messages on Facebook recently:

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The Killer is Coming to Town

Jerry Lee Lewis is coming to town to perform at a fundraiser for a Hinds County Sheriff candidate:

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Gone!

Another Jackson institution becomes nothing but a slab.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

The Great Pumpkin is Coming!

It's that time of year! Happy Halloween!

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Ten Years for Ripping Off Mom

Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following statement.

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Back From the Dead!!!

It appears a resurrection happened in Canton.  After all, it is Halloween. 

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State Auditor Arrests Jones County Supe

State Auditor Shad White issued the following statement.

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Lots of ways to support the Jackson Zoo!


Please take a moment before Thursday to nominate The Jackson Zoo (or another worthy non-profit) for the annual 12 Days of Giving campaign sponsored by Mangia Bene restaurant group. 

On November 9th, the 12 charities with the most nominations will become recipients of a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the Mangia Bene 3-in-1 Gift Cards during the 2018 holiday season (when any one purchases a gift card, they choose their charity at the sale, and a percentage of that total is delivered to the non-profit). In addition, the 12 charities also receive donations from various events during the month of 2019 that they choose. It's a very cool way to support the zoo, support the zoo's partner (Mangia Bene), and the gift cards can be used at any of the eateries (Sal & Mookie's, Bravo!, and Broad Street Cafe). They are a great and easy idea for holiday giving professionally or personally.

Go to THIS PAGE and write in "The Jackson Zoo," and "www.facebook.com/JacksonZoo," along with your address. Then prepare to purchase cards! Thank you!

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Sid Salter: Runoff Certain for Senate Race

Democratic Gautier city councilman Tobey Bartee faces Republican U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, former Clinton administration secretary of agriculture and Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Espy, and Tea Party Republican state Sen. Chris McDaniel in Mississippi’s U.S. Senate special election on Nov. 6.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Lamar Adams Swindled Over $164 Million from Victims in Ponzi Scheme

The Justice Department issued the following statement on the Lamar Adams case.

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Idiot of the Day (Simpson County Edition)

First up was the Punk of the Day, now there is an Idiot of the Day today as someone apparently got a case of the stupid in Simpson County.

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Punk of the Day

They thought they were sooooooooo cute. 

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Jackson Repays Zoo Bond Funds

The Department of Finance and Administration issued the following statement. 

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Two Hospitals Drop Medicare Advantage

Insurance Commish Mike Chaney issued the following statement.

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Monday, October 29, 2018

Birmingham or Bust!

The ouija board speaks truth.

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Continued

The sentencing hearing for Lamar Adams began today in U. S. District Court in Jackson.  It will resume tomorrow morning .

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Judge Orders Reddix to Pay Over $1 million

The Justice Department issued the following statement.

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Threaten to Blow Up VA? Do Not Pass Go

The Justice Department issued the following statement.

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SUNK!

A sinkhole struck again.  Check out this WLBT photo:

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Trunk or Treat Moved to Tuesday Night

Update: Pearl moved trick or treating to tomorrow night. 

The city of Jackson issued the following statement.

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Matchbook Monday

Matchbook Monday returns today.  JJ hasn't posted any local matchbooks in a while because well, JJ ran out of matchbooks to post.  A reader sent these matchbooks in yesterday so enjoy this look at Jackson's culinary past.  Feel free to add your stories or any information about them in the comments section. Readers can email copies of any old matchbooks to kingfish1935@gmail.com

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City Council Votes to Audit Zoo

The November 1 deadline for bids to manage the Jackson Zoo is fast approaching.  Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba said four bids have been submitted.  The Lumumba Administration issued a request for proposals to operate the zoo.  The Jackson Zoological Society has a lease agreement to manage the zoo.  The contract expired October 1 but the City Council extended it to December 31.

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Sunday, October 28, 2018

Shooting at Lake Hico

JPD issued the following statements tonight.

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Sunday Morning Sermon

If you can't make it to church today, enjoy this sermon by the late Dr. Frank Pollard of First Baptist Church (Jackson).  He preached from Romans 8: 14-17.

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Bill Crawford: PERS Sees Taxpayers as Evergreen Money Tree

The PERS Board of Trustees seemed happy after hearing from their actuary. The funded ratio for PERS increased and investment returns were up.

So, are things turning up for PERS?

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Saturday, October 27, 2018

Trick or Treat!

Which description fits your house?

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Tisdale Library Books Rot Away

Pitiful.  Just pitiful.  34,000 books up in smoke and we are not talking about Cheech and Chong.  The Northside Sun reported this week:

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Homicide on Mayes Street

JPD issued the following statements. 

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Friday, October 26, 2018

Come to Boo at the Zoo!!!



Two nights of merry-not-scariness featuring animal encounters, Inky the Clown, Dorian the Magician, Jackson Zoo Fright Night 2018, Jackson Zoo Fear Factor Experience, Slitheries and Crawlies with the JZ Keepers, Fortune Tellers, creepy carousel rides, spooky Livingston Train rides, bounce houses, food trucks, fun vendors, and - of course - TRICK OR TREATING with some of your favorite local businesses and organizations! Buy your regular admission tickets online HERE  and skip the line!



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Flashback Friday

The Clarion-Ledger called Louis Armstrong, yes, that Louis Armstrong, a "colored trumpet tooter" after he dared to speak his mind about how blacks were treated in the South. 

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Booster #14 is............

Allen Smith, Jr.  Thank you, NCAA.  One not-so secret secret in the Ole Miss football scandal has been the identity of booster #14 who was mentioned in the NCAA's notice of allegations against the Ole Miss football program. The NCAA placed Ole Miss on probation through 2020.  The NCAA claimed Rebel Rags gave free merchandise to recruits.  Rebel Rags sued the NCAA, Dan Mullen, and the recruits identified in the allegations for defamation in an effort to clear its name.

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

All Too True

The College Humor guys and gals got it right yet again.  Enjoy.

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Billings Battles Receiver in Lamar Adams Case

Michael Billings fired back at the Receiver as she tries to strip him of the commissions paid for selling phony timber investments for Lamar Adams.   Court-appointed receiver Alysson Mills, Esq. claimed Lamar Adams paid Billings commission of $3.5 million.  Mills asked the court Tuesday to issue an injunction that freezes Billings' assets that are derived from the fraud.  Billings stood up and hit back at the receiver yesterday in court.

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Idiot of the Day in Gluckstadt

Madison County Schools reported on Facebook:

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The Latest Crime Stats

The latest crime stats are back on the city of Jackson website after being gone for nearly a year.  The car thieves are out but the armed robberies and carjackings are substantially lower than they were a year ago.  House burglaries are at the same level and homicides are higher than a year ago.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Feds: Bribery in Jackson City Hall

A federal grand jury indicted Atlanta political operative Mitzi Bickers on October 22 for bribing Jackson officials.  The indictment alleges she paid bribes to obtain contracts for a proposed convention center hotel as well as management of the wastewater program under a federal consent decree. Bickers worked in the 2014 campaign of Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber and donated $10,000 as well.  The indictment states:

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Sanders Speaks!!!

Enoch Sanders defended the Forest Hill band at a meeting of the Jackson City Council last night.

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A Hero Enters Valhalla

A moving video of the final journey of a WWII vet appeared on Facebook a few days ago.  Aleck Primos died last week at the age of 95 years old.  He saw his share of combat and managed to come back home alive.  Claudia Primos posted this video of  Mr. Primos as he left the State Veteran's Home in Oxford.  Break out the tissues.

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Book Review: The Great Revolt

James Tulp reviews The Great Revolt: Inside the Populist Coalition Reshaping American Politics by Salena Zito.   Mr. Tulp is a radio talk show host at WYAB-FM, 103.9.  His show appears Monday through Friday at 7:00 AM.

The Great Revolt’ Review: An Answer to Hillary’s ‘What Happened’

85%, 91%, 98%

These were the odds on November 7, 2016 that Hillary Clinton would win the election by the New York Times, CNN, and the Huffington Post, respectively.

How did so many political experts get it so wrong?

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Sid Salter: Stretch Runs in Senate Races Winding Down to What Seems Predictable Finishes

As the Nov. 6 general election looms less than two week away in Mississippi, the fabled “stretch run” for the campaigns is underway. The campaign finance reports have revealed their last real secrets until after the campaigns are completed.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Need Help? Call St. Nick.

Need rehab? Check out this program.

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Capitol Trio Protests Forest Hill Penalties

Several legislators issued the following statement.

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No Comment: Debate Edition

The Wall Street Journal lacerated the Governor and Senator of New York for refusing to debate their opponents.   The Journal editorialized yesterday:

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Save Us from the Bureaucrats

 Nothing like being caught in a bureaucratic nightmare where everyone points the fingers at each other while spinning around the poor citizen so much that his head flies off. A friend posted this on Facebook yesterday.

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Mother & Daugher Arrested in Murder for Hire

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement.

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Monday, October 22, 2018

"You Can't Guard Me!"

Trash-talking Michael Jordan is never a good idea, even when in high school.

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Grayson Gone

Walt Grayson left WLBT for WJTV.  Mr. Grayson will begin his new gig a week from today. 

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Out With Rainbow, In w/ Fondren Fitness

Fondren Fitness will open at the site of the old Rainbow Co-op in Fondren. FinditinFondren.com reported:

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Espy to CHS: Voters Can Think For Themselves



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It's Just a Name

We had an interesting discussion a few weeks ago about men's shoes.  Apparently you guys liked the subject because the post got a bunch of hits. The video posted below shows how cheaply made some of these so-called name-brand shoes are.

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Trick or Treating in Jackson Will Actually Be on... Halloween

The city of Jackson issued the following statement.

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Find These Bikes

Thieves stole a pair of restored classic motorcycles Friday.



The victim posted this message and several pictures of the thieves on Facebook:

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Sunday, October 21, 2018

Woman Killed in Domestic Violence Incident

JPD issued the following statement. 

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James Patterson, R.I.P.

Renowned Jackson photographer James Patterson passed away today.


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"How Rich Do You Want to Be?"

If you slept late and can't make it to church this morning, enjoy this sermon from the late Dr. Frank Pollard.  He preached from 2 Corinthians 9: 6-11 in this edition of Sunday Morning Sermon.

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Bill Crawford: Unseemly Politics Belies Christian Seeming Mississippi

In 2017 Gallup reported Mississippi had retained its spot as the most religious state in the U.S., with 59% of residents calling themselves “very religious” and another 29% “moderately religious.”

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Saturday, October 20, 2018

Lamar Adams Gave Over $400,000 to Ole Miss, Recruiters Swindled Elderly

Lamar Adams lived it up as a big-cat Ole Miss football booster while his recruiters swindled the elderly out of millions of dollars in phony timber investments as part of a Ponzi scheme.   Adams gave hundreds of thousands of dollars in ill-gotten gains to Ole Miss. So says the Court-appointed receiver in a report submitted to the U.S. District Court in S.E.C. v. Lamar Adams yesterday..  Receiver Allyson Mills also reported she is gearing up for a fight to recover millions of dollars in commissions from Michael Billings and William McHenry. She identified more recruiters that sold phony shares and put them on notice she intends to recover their commissions as well.

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Rangers Rock!

The U.S. Army International Sniper Competition was held this week.  Check out the results. 

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Friday, October 19, 2018

Kenny Wayne Stands Up & Fights

Kenny Wayne is going bad boyz on the State Auditor.  The former General Manager of Canton Municipal Utilities said he will fight the State Auditor's demand that he repay $78,612.  The demand letter orders Kenny Wayne Jones to repay $75,000 in severance pay and $3,612 for personal spending on a CMU credit card.  However, Mr. Jones said he CMU is responsible for the payment.  Mr. Jones told the Clarion-Ledger:

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Matt Wyatt's Weekly Film Study

Former MSU Quarterback Matt Wyatt dissects several SEC games on Youtube every week.  The analysis is pretty good and is told at a level that an average fan can understand. This week's edition features the Mizzou-Bama, Auburn-Tennessee, and LSU-UGA games. Enjoy

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Killer Gets a Green Blessing

Kill someone, get out of prison in ten years.  Hinds County Circuit Judge Tomie Green once again gave a convicted murderer a light sentence.  Catch and release on the deferred plan.

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Governor Appoints Lottery Board

Governor Phil Bryant issued the following press release.

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Dispatch From Pelahatchie

The Rankin County Sheriff's Office is assuming temporary law enforcement duties for the town of Pelahatchie.  The Police Chief quit this week.  The Board of Aldermen approved a memorandum of understanding with Rankin County tonight at a special board meeting. The Sheriff will not charge the town for the services.  Deputy Chris Picou will assume the temporary duty.  The notice of the meeting was not issued until this afternoon.  Mayor Ryshonda Beechem did not attend the meeting. 

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Pelahatchie Bay Closed

The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District issued the following press release and photos.

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Rankin Teen Missing (FOUND!)

Update (10/25/18): Found safe in Texas.


Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement.

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Time for the Mid-Terms

The mid-term grades for the SEC are out....

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

We Got Us a Tough Guy

One of the professors at Ole Miss urged people to harass Senators in restaurants.  Campus Reform managed to snag the tweet before he hid behind "protected" status on Twitter.

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Brookhaven Mayor: Let Them Play

Brookhaven Mayor Joe Cox urged the Mississippi High School Activities Association to lift the suspension of the Forest Hill High School band from all MHSAA events.  The Daily Leader reported:

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MC Carjack Going to Federal Pen

The Justice Department issued the following statement.

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JPS Appeals Forest Hill Penalties

The Jackson Public School District appealed the suspension of the Forest High School band. A volcano of controversy erupted when members of the Forest Hill band performed a skit where several students dressed in scrubs pointed replicas of AK-47s at other students dressed as SWAT team members during the halftime performance at Brookhaven High School on October 5.  The skit was based on a scene in the 2002 movie, John Q.  The performance took place a week after two police officers were murdered in Brookhaven.  The Mississippi High School Activities Association suspended the band from all MHSAA activities for the remainder of the school year and fined the school $2,500.


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Sid Salter: Voters May Face a Different Type of Marijuana Legalization Effort in 2020

As of this year, nine states and the District of Columbia – including Alaska, California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Maine, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington – have legalized the possession and recreational use of marijuana. Those same nine states plus 22 more have legalized the use of medical marijuana – including Arkansas, Florida, and Louisiana – in variable amounts under variable conditions.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Oops?

Got to watch what you say when everyone has a smartphone, as the junior Senator from Mississippi found out yesterday. The Daily Caller reported:

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State Auditor Issues Demand Over $100,000 Against Current and Former CMU Officials

State Auditor Shad White issued the following statement.

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MBI to Jackson: See Ya

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation issued the following statement. 

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Pedestrian Killed Near Fortification Street.

JPD issued the following statement. 

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Monday, October 15, 2018

Airborne!

So this one dude just felt like dropping in to Tiger Stadium.

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Band Director Fired, Forest Hill Fined

Forest Hill band director Demtri Jones said he was fired by JPS Superintendent Dr. Errick Greene on Friday.  Mr. Jones revealed the firing today on Facebook, in an interview with local social media influencer Othor Cain.   The loss of the band director is not the only problem facing Forest Hill High School.  The Mississippi High School Activities Association fined the school $2,500 and suspended the band from all MHSAA activities.

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Has Winter Come for Mynelle Gardens?

Will the greenery of Mynelle Gardens fade away? The Northside Sun reported in the current issue: 


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Bedwetter Alert

Whales + snowflakes =

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Boil Water Notice for Presidential Hills

The city of Jackson issued the following statements. 

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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Cannabis Reform Coming?

President Trump will "probably" support the reform of marijuana laws. Fox Business News reported:

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What is a Cop Supposed to Do?

Are cops allowed to defend themselves in Jackson?

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Sunday Morning Sermon

If you can't make it to church this morning, enjoy this 1989 sermon from the late Dr. Frank Pollard.  He preached from Hebrews 9: 27-28.

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Bill Crawford: State Recovery is Modest

Record numbers of jobs and job growth in Mississippi top political speeches by incumbent politicians these days.

Yes, more Mississippians have jobs now than before the Great Recession.

Yes, more Mississippians have jobs now than ever before.

But, there is more to the story.

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Saturday, October 13, 2018

Google Glitch

If you were dumb enough to use Google+, well, you got a nasty surprise this week. The Wall Street Journal reported:

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SOS Gets $499K in Securities Settlement

Secretary of State Hibbit Hosemann issued the following statement.

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Will the Night King Put Us to Sleep?

The debut of the final season of Game of Thrones is still at least six months away.  If you need a GOT fix, check out Wisecrack's dissection of Season 7.

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Suspended!

UPDATE: JPS Superintendent issued this statement:

 Superintendent Dr. Errick L. Greene: Jackson Public Schools intends to appeal the sanctions levied against the Forest Hill High School band by the Mississippi High School Activities Association.

Original Post: A group of Jackson community leaders stood up for the Forest Hill  band director as well as the band at a press conference in front of the school this morning.  They demanded the reinstatement of the band director as well.  The decision of MHSAA to suspend the band from all performances for the rest of the school year triggered the press conference.

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"I'm Going to Blame All of Them"

Big Mama has had enough.  The Jackson bail bondswoman spoke her mind about the crime in Jackson and the recent shooting of two two-year-old children.

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JPD Officers Sit on the Sidelines

JPD officers are complaining that they are sidelined, even when cleared after a shooting.  Justin Vicery and Therese Apel reported yesterday in the Clarion-Ledger:

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

MDE Releases School Ratings

The Mississippi Department of Education finally released the 2017 school ratings.  MDE was going to release them a month ago but at least one school district protested.    The number of "A" school districts slightly increased but the number of "F" school districts more than doubled. 


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No John Belushis Allowed

For some strange reason, this video is therapeutic.

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Parole Revoked for Accused Cop Killer

 Marquis Flowers is back in prison.  The Parole Board revoked his parole after he was arrested and charged with capital murder in the deaths of two Brookhaven police officers. 

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Accused Shooter Arrested

JPD issued the following statement and mug shot.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

If Only This Was a Joke.....

Sad but true. 

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Toddlers Shot in Drive-by

JPD issued the following statement.

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Former Coldwater Town Clerk Arrested for Embezzlement

State Auditor Shad White issued the following statement.

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The Superintendent Responds

Jackson Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Errick Greene said JPS is investigating the Forest Hill-Brookhaven halftime show.   WJTV reported:

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Michael Moves In

Watch Hurricane Michael as it comes ashore. 

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UMMC Gains Optometrist

UMMC issued the following press release.

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Sid Salter: What's Next for Supreme Court?

After the national fabric was almost rent in twain during the bitter fight over the confirmation of now Associate Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, what next for the U.S. Supreme Court? The short answer is judicial business as usual.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Awwwwww.....

Man loses his dog but is reunited after three years in Georgia. Enjoy.

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Jailer Goes to Jail

The Justice Department issued the following statement. 

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The Battle of Culley Lake Continues

The Battle of Culley Lake continues to rage as the owners of the lake and Natchez Trace Village Property Owners Association slug it out in court over who exactly controls the lake.   A Madison County Chancellor ruled in February that the Culley family controls the lake but the Association wants a rematch and appealed to the Mississippi Supreme Court. 



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Inside Job!

It will come as no surprise to readers that the robbery of a Yazoo County 911 Dispatcher while on duty was an inside job.  WLBT reported last night:

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Monday, October 8, 2018

Two Women Shot

JPD issued the following statement. 

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Stingray, R.I.P.

The Stingray we once knew is no more.

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Fight of the Day

Lame.  Not even one Robert Deniro kick.

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Troy Odom for Rankin County Chancellor



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38 Lbs. of Meth Seized

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement.

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Sunday, October 7, 2018

Brookhaven Mayor: Apologies Won't "Suffice"

Brookhaven Mayor Joe Cox said thank you for the apology but that isn't good enough.  He wants some heads to roll* after what took place at the halftime show of the Brookhaven-Forest Hill game Friday night in Brookhaven.  He posted this message on Facebook:

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Sunday Morning Sermon

Any sermon that begins with the opening line of "Jerry Clower, where are you when we need you?" is going to be worth watching.  The late Dr. Frank Pollard preached from Joshua, chapters 5 and 6, in this edition of Sunday Morning Sermon. 

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Bill Crawford: The Anomaly Versus the Tsunami

And so it begins, the anomaly versus the tsunami, the hope versus the expectation, the last Democrat versus the next-in-line Republican.

Mississippi's only Democrat holding statewide office, Attorney General Jim Hood, has officially announced his candidacy for Governor. His all-but-announced governor-in-waiting opponent will be Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves.

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Saturday, October 6, 2018

Unbelievable. (Updated with Video)

 Brookhaven suffered a horrible tragedy this week when two police officers were killed last weekend.  The administration at Forest Hill High School in Jackson must have been living in a Jackson pothole and missed the news.  How else to explain what took place last night.  See the picture below.

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Friday, October 5, 2018

No Comment!

Not. Going. To. Say. A. Word.

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Back to Jail!

Rameon Stewart went back to jail this morning after a Jackson Municipal Court Judge revoked his house arrest and placed him under a pair of  $200,000 bonds.  Judge Taurean Buchanan released the 16 year old suspect on his own recognize and placed him under house arrest after JPD arrested him for  armed robbery and aggravated assault.  However, Hinds County Attorney Gerald Mumford asked the court to reconsider and revoke the conditions of Stewart's release. 

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PERS Employee Going to Prison

Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following statement.

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Candidates Should Debate

It is rather disappointing that there will be no debate in the Senate races, but as usual, Mississippi is in the minority.  19 states will enjoy debates in their respective U.S. Senate races.  However, Mississippians will not be able to see their Senate candidates engage in debate as none have been scheduled.  Only 8 states won't have Senate debates.  Lump Mississippi in with California and New York (Cue up the Pace Picante Sauce Commercial.)

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Idiots of the Day

Future Darwin Award Prospects.....

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Cajuns Busted in Epps Scandal

The Justice Department issued this statement.

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"Look at These Pigs"

Hinds County Public Defender was really disturbed by National Night Out.  He decided to go out and protest the West Jackson National Night Out meeting in a rather colorful manner.  He called the police "a filthy institution" and said there were "pigs of all stripes and colors out here."  He started yelling "traitor" and "treasonous" while Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba was speaking.  He starts yapping at 4:30. 

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Who's Going to Protect the Police?

OOOOOOOOk.    Here is one for the books.  WLBT reported last night:

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Moody's Improves Outlook for Mississippi

Mississippi Treasurer Lynn Fitch issued the following statement. 

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

False Alarm!

The Clinton Police Department issued the following statement. 

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SEC Receiver Goes for All Commissions Paid in Timber Ponzi Scheme

The receiver in the Lamar Adams ponzi scheme case sued  to recover over $16 million in commissions from several "promoters" in U.S. District Court Monday.  The promoters allegedly helped Adams sell his phony timber investments to unsuspecting investors.  Prominent among the defendants is former Lord Snow employee Mike Billings although Lord Snow is prominently mentioned in the complaint.  Receiver Alysson Mills also sued William McHenry and Terry Kelly as well as companies they owned.

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Update on Belhaven Robbery

JJ reported yesterday that the suspect in the robbery of a Belhaven woman at gunpoint was allowed to go home without posting bond:

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Knucklehead of the Day

Our knucklehead of the day is Ole Miss football Lineback Kevontae' Ruggs managed to knock himself out while targeting an LSU ball-carrier:

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Sid Salter: Reeves-Hood Street Fight

A 2019 gubernatorial battle between incumbent Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves of Rankin County and incumbent Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood of Chickasaw County stacks up as an instant classic old school political street brawl – the likes of which hasn’t been seen in Mississippi since Republican Haley Barbour squared off against Democrat Ronnie Musgrove in 2003.

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Arrest made in Belhaven Holdup

JPD issued the following statement.

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Poll: You like Phil, Hood, & The Donald.

Want to be popular in Mississippi? Grow some hair.  A poll conducted by Chism Strategies and Millsaps College states that Governor Phil Bryant and Attorney General Jim Hood garnered the highest approval ratings out of all Mississippi politicians.  It also said Mississippians approved of a state lottery while a majority stood behind President Donald Trump.

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Backstabbed!

JPD issued the following statement. 

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Hood Wants a Promotion

Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following statement.

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Phony Fibbie Gets 19 years

The Justice Department issued the following statement.

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UMMC Opens Clinic at Galloway Elementary

UMMC issued the following press release. 

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Oops! (Capitol Edition)

Someone went wobbly on PERS.  State Representative Jeff Smith (R- Clark Oil & Gas) actually made a pretty good point about PERS on Facebook:

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Monday, October 1, 2018

State Auditor Makes a Change

State Auditor Shad White issued the following statement.

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Trooper Killed.

The Mississippi Department of Public Safety issued the following statement. 

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Two Officers Down!

A recording of the scanner traffic of Brookhaven police officers responding to a fatal call appeared on Youtube. The video is posted below. All hell breaks loose at 1:30. The recording starts with the officers responding to a shootout. The first mention of officers down is at 2:20.   Everyone knows what took place that horrible morning.  The two officers were killed in a shootout with Marquis Flowers.  Flowers is in custody but at the hospital. 

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Shocker. PERS Needs Mo' Money

Collection of PERS posts.

PERS needs more money yet again.  Our legislative Solons are now forced to confront the unwelcome reality that PERS needs an extra $100 million after playing ostrich for years when it came to any discussions about the retirement system.  Jeff Amy reported for the Associated Press last week:

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Sunday, September 30, 2018

Auburn Alert!

The following alert was issued just a little while ago.

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Sunday Morning Sermon: How to Pray

The late Frank Pollard preached from the Sermon on the Mount in this 1990 sermon.  Enjoy. 

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Bill Crawford: Uncertainty Dims HallelujahTimes for Republicans

Stimulated by Trump’s tax cuts, the national economy grew 4.2% in the second quarter (final BEA estimate), up from 2.1% in the first quarter. Corporate profits jumped 3.0%, up from 1.2%. The national unemployment rate at 3.9% is the lowest since December 2000. Total nonfarm employment is nearly 150 million, the highest ever. And average wages are the highest ever.

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Saturday, September 29, 2018

Oops.

What can I say? It IS Ascension Parish.

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Accused Cop-Killer on Parole

Double cop-killer suspect Marquis Flowers was out on parole for three charges of auto burglary in Pike County.  Two Brookhaven police officers were killed in a shootout this morning.  Another suspect was killed as well.

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2 Police Officers Killed in Brookhaven

Two Brookhaven police officers and a suspect were killed in a shootout this morning in Brookhaven.  Posted below is the latest WAPT coverage of the story.  Say some prayers.

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Bloodier than Antietam

The bloodiest battle in American history began 100 years ago.  The Meuse-Argonnes Offensive cost nearly 27,000 American lives but it broke the back of the Imperial Army of the German Empire. The Great War series on Youtube covers the opening of this battle in this week's video. 

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Memphis Chamber CEO Murdered

The President of the Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce was gunned down Thursday night.  CNN reported:

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Jackson to Release Names of Police Officers Involved in Shootings

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba issued the following press release.

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Friday, September 28, 2018

Murder on the Natchez Trace

A homicide took place on the Natchez Trace near Ridgeland a few days ago.   Law enforcement sources said a man was murdered and shot multiple times.  However, the National Park Service has jurisdiction since it occurred on federal property.  The FBI is supposedly handling the investigation.

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Lumumba is a Right-Wing Fascist. Who Knew?

A "trash mayor"? You can't make this up.  The first few minutes are gold.

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St. Dominic Hospital Changing Sponsors

Translation: Takeover by Our Lady of the Lake

St. Dominic Hospital issued the following statement.

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House Pro-Tem Arrested for DUI Refusal

It's the Twitter, stupid.  WLBT reported:

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Madison Busts Credit Card Thieves

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

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Tonight!!!


This year's Zoo Party is a real EXPEDITION! Adults 21 years old and up can come out to the Zoo after hours and spend time with the Jackson Zookeepers and their animals in an intimate party setting! Have fun with friends old, new, furry, scaly, and artsy, all to raise money for the oldest accredited live animal attraction in the state of Mississippi! Tickets are only $30 each (or two for $50) and they are on sale now!

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Here We Go Again

JPD issued the following press release and video.

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Mob Tries to Occupy CHS's Office

Note: Comment on the Kavanaugh hearings in this post. 

Actress Alyssa Milano and a small mob tried to occupy the office of Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith yesterday.  The protestors was perturbed that the Senator defended Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on the floor of the Senate yesterday and wanted to have a few words with her.   Start watching video at 20:30.

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Napoleon Dynamited

A civil lawsuit in Hinds County shows how William "Napoleon" Edwards dynamited himself and landed back in prison for several years.  Edwards took on the role of Facebook community activist a few years ago in Jackson.  His shtick was to cover Jackson politics through the use of Facebook live videos.  To say that he made colorful allegations against those who drew his ire is putting it mildly.  His handle was "The Cipher".

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Oops!

Hmmm........... what's wrong with this column in the Daily Mississippian?

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Jackson Recruiting Firefighters

The Jackson Fire Department issued the following statement.

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Hyde-Smith Stands for Kavanaugh

Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith issued the following statement and video.

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The Fall of the Tribe of Hoddy Toddy

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


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And They're Off to the Races for Sheriff

JPD Corporal Colendula Green will run for Hinds County Sheriff next year.  The JPD Public Information Officer posted this message on her public Facebook page recently:

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Sid Salter: Tweets, Posts, & Video: How Much Does Social Media Impact Elections?

In the old days, a long drive on a state highway through stretches of rural Mississippi were a reasonably reliable barometer of the voter support or at the very least the fiscal health of a statewide campaign. All one had to do was count the billboards and yard signs.

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Woman Robbed in Belhaven.

JPD issued the following statement and picture.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Mariah, Eat Your Heart Out.

It's time to call it a night but JJ will leave this memento of Hollywood at its finest.  Enjoy.

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Reunion's Renowned Chef Passes Away

Reunion's chef, Rene Bajeux, was struck down of a heart attack.  Mr. Bajeux was one of only 55 French Master Chefs in America.  He came to Reunion Golf & Country Club this summer to serve as Executive Chef for it's new $15 million restaurant.  The Times-Picayune's food critic, Brett Anderson, memorialized him:

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Banks Busts


Banks' election contest against Bishop just dismissed on motion for summary judgment. 

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The Waterloo of Napoleon Edwards

The Cipher won't be broadcasting on Facebook for a few years as he goes back to prison - unless he is incarcerated at the Raymond Detention Center.   William "Napoleon" Edwards was convicted of false pretenses and posting of messages through electronic media for purpose of causing injury to a person in Madison County.  Circuit Judge Steve Ratcliff sentenced him to serve six years in prison.  

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JJ Apologizes to Madison Circuit Clerk

JJ owes an apology to Madison County Circuit Clerk Anita Wray.  Yours truly wrongly criticized Mrs. Wray on election night back on June 5:

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Jackson Creates Water Customer Bill of Rights

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba issued the following statement.

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Monday, September 24, 2018

Coahoma Cons Busted in (Alleged) Embezzlement

State Auditor Shad White issued the following statement.

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Did Sports Betting Save Casinos From Summer Slump?

Mississippi casinos dread August families stay home, kids go back to school, and the roulette wheels spin less and less.  However, 2018 saw a surprising reversal of this tradition.  Casino revenue increased from July to August for the first time ever in Mississippi when sports betting first became legal. 

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Fishing on the Rez? Bring a Trash Can.

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

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Police Seek Hwy 471 Bandit

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

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Sunday, September 23, 2018

Ole Miss Can't Grow Enough Weed

It appears Ole Miss is losing it's monopoly on legally growing marijuana.  The Associated Press reported last week:

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Classy!!!

No doubt this dude was made because he ran out of craft beer and life hasn't been the same since Kurt left.

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"Happy People Know What To Do With Themselves

The late Dr. Frank Pollard preached on how to be happy in this 1990 sermon. Enjoy.

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Bill Crawford: What Political Happenings Will Matter Come Election Time?

Mississippi politics will be a happening thing through the next two Novembers.

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Saturday, September 22, 2018

"Common Vengeance Writes the Law"

Enjoy the thug version of Arthur Miller's play, The Crucible.   Amazing how the play is not dated, especially after everything that took place in Washington this week. 

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Torpedoing Tailgating

This post will make more than a few Ole Miss and Mississippi State fans happy.  The cratering of tailgating at LSU continues thanks to nothing more than good ole fashioned corporate greed.  A harder-to-keep secret is the decline of tailgating down on the Bayou.  Game-day atmosphere is dying as the boneheads in the LSU administration tries to push fans off-campus so it can make money off of you guess it, corporate tailgating.   Check out these ads:

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Homicide on Elton Road

JPD issued the following statement.

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Livin' Large

Bill Walker of DMR fame is back in prison after he failed to make restitution payments as part of his sentence.  The Sun Herald reported yesterday:

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Flashback Friday: Metallica in Jackson

Pour the Maker's and light up a cigar.  Enjoy this completely remastered version of Metallica's 1992 Jackson concert that popped up on Youtube.

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Death!

A Madison County jury sentenced a man to death after it convicted him of killing a 13 year-old boy.  Madison-Rankin County District Attorney Michael Guest issued the following press release.

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Blow Out Heart with Cocaine, Blame City, City Pays

The Jackson City Council voted to settle a lawsuit filed by the family of a man who died in police custody several years ago.  The Clarion-Ledger reported:

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Bigger Pie Forum: The Shuckers Shuck & Jive

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When a city hires a consultant to perform a feasibility study for a stadium or a convention center, it’s obvious that the result is a foregone conclusion. The game at hand is not football or baseball, but cronyism.

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Throwback Thursday: Going to the Metro

The Dead Mall folks visited Metrocenter a few months ago and produced one of their Youtube videos.  Check out the old Metrocenter commercial at the beginning of the video.

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MDE Delays School Ratings at Last Minute

Well, JJ was going to post the 2017 ratings for public schools in Mississippi at 12:01 PM today.  The key word in that sentence is "was."  MDE postponed releasing the ratings until October.  MDE issued this statement:

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Having Some Fun in the Sun

Posted below is a video a Jackson mother recently posted on Youtube about her child's visit to the Jackson Zoo.  There has been quite a bit of coverage this year over the problems at the Jackson Zoo.  Sometimes we need to sit back and just look at it through the eyes of a child.  Enjoy.

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Bill Walker is Back in Jail

The DMR fiasco continues.  The Sun Herald reported this morning:

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Clinton Walmart Robbery Suspects Arrested

The Clinton Police Department issued the following statement.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Meet Meeko

Meet our accused triple killer, Maurice Forte, who posted this on Youtube earlier last year.

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Family First to Hold Child Neglect Forums

The Family First Initiative Metro Advisory Council has scheduled three meetings to discuss a pilot program aimed at preventing child neglect and reducing the number of children who are removed from their homes and placed in foster care.

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MBN Fails to Get Rid of a Sissy

A demoted Captain at the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics will regain her rank as well as back pay after the Mississippi Employee Appeals Board ruled she was improperly demoted.  The demotion cost Tammy Reynolds $48,000 per year.

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Med School to Have Record Class

UMMC issued the following press release.

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Sid Salter: McDaniel Misses State Realities

The so-called “jungle primary” to choose a successor to retired Republican Mississippi U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran took a truly strange turn in downtown Oxford last week.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Laughin' at the Ledbetters

We could use a laugh around here.  Enjoy this blast from the past. 

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Mayor Nominates James Davis as JPD Chief

Well that was quick.  First Consul Chokwe Antar Lumumba will submit Interim JPD Chief James Davis to the Jackson City Council Thursday for confirmation as Police Chief.   Mr. Davis has served as Interim JPD Chief since June 28. He will also nominate Frank Figgers as the Ward 3 Representative on the Jackson Public Schools Board of Trustees.

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Dispatch From Pelahatchie: The Ruckus

What would Pelahatchie be without yet another ruckus at City Hall?

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Good Ole Boys Lose Another One

The long-time practice of Mississippi Mayors avoiding getting their friends confirmed by calling them  an "interim appointment" was dealt another blow last week. The Attorney General ruled that interim appointments requiring a confirmation vote can only hold office for 90 days.  The legislature placed a 180 day limit on such appointments several years ago but passed a bill this year that shortened the interim period from 180 days to 90 days if a confirmation vote is required for the appointment.  The limitation also applies to municipal boards and commissions as well.

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Priester Speaks!

The Jackson City Council passed the FY 2019 budget last week.  Ward 2 Councilman Melvin Priester, Jr. offered a sober analysis on Facebook:

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Monday, September 17, 2018

She's Baaaack!!!



Please Disney, don't mess it up. You know, as you did with the Star Wars franchise.

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Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith: Chris McDaniel Thinks President Trump is Weak



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The Latest Crime Stats

Posted below are the latest crime stats for Jackson for the week ending September 2, 2014.   The precinct reports are included as well.

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Dental Board Gets a Root Canal

Update: State Auditor Shad White issued a statement that is posted below. 

The Executive Director of the Mississippi Board of Dental Examiners had a good ole time during her reign until the Board fired her in August.  State Auditor Shad White blasted Diane Howell  in a scathing audit that told the story of an Executive Director who treated a state agency as her own personal fiefdom for 24 years. State Auditor Shad White said "What we found at the Dental Board is an example of particularly bad management." 

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

Learnin' the Leather

I was chillin' with Mr. Sam down at Regions Plaza the other day when the storied Jackson shoe-shine man waxed about how men today know less about shoes than in years past.  The discussion provided an excuse for a JJ PSA.  Take a break from the crime stories, politics, the latest Ole Miss beatdown, and learn a few things about shoes.   This video contains a few nuggets of info about shoes that are pretty interesting.  Consider it to be Men's Shoes 101.

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Man Kills His Own Family

JPD issued the following statement. 

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Murder in Belhaven

JPD issued the following statement.

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Sunday Morning Sermon

The late Dr. Frank Pollard preaches about atheism and creation in this edition of Sunday Morning Sermon.  Enjoy.

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Bill Crawford: The Rest of the Story on Miss. Jobs

Years before Fox News and Rush Limbaugh, conservatives would regularly tune in to hear Paul Harvey on the radio. Admired for his unique voice and storytelling talent, Harvey broadcast his conservative messages for over three decades. He was particularly known for revealing to his audiences "the rest of the story."

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Saturday, September 15, 2018

Do as I say......

One of the plaintiff's in the Southern Poverty Law Center's lawsuit withdrew from the case last month.  It doesn't take a genius to figure out why he did so.  

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Fake News Alert

You simply can not make this up.

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Jackson luuuuuvs It Some Krystals

Krystal is replacing its stores in the Jackson area with a new-fangled version.  The company stated in a press release last month:

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Coming in Last at First Steps

Children are supposed to come first in Mississippi State Department of Health's First Steps program.  However, the children are apparently coming last thanks to good ole fashioned bureaucratic bungling.  Mississippi Today's Larrison Campbell has been reporting on the problems children currently face in the program.  She kicked off her coverage in late July with this story:

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Governor Endorses Weill

Hinds County Circuit Judge and Court of Appeals Candidate Jeff Weill issued the following press release.

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Please Help This Family


Quite a few people frequent the Chevron station at the corner of Highway 51 and Hoy Road in Madison as they make their way to work every morning.    Unfortunately, the cheerful face that greeted them for years will no longer be there.

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Live From the Atlantic

Watch Hurricane Florence as it moves through the Atlantic Ocean on this webcam.

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Moody's Downgrades Jackson Debt

Editorial Note:  Folks, this is a big deal.  What just took place is that Jackson's bond rating was lowered to one grade above junk status, er, I mean speculative grade status.  There is no more "cushion" for Jackson in terms of its bond rating. 


Moody's Rating Service issued the following press release.

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Jackson Goes After Grease

The city of Jackson issued the following statement.

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Motorcyclist Killed

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The Defense Rests in D.A.'s Case

Note: Since Robert Shuler Smith has a trailer in Rankin County, does this mean he is a Rankin County Redneck?

Update: Jury acquitted Smith on the robbery charge but deadlocked on the aggravated stalking charge.

Clarion-Ledger reporter Justin Vicory has been covering the Rankin County trial of Robert Shuler Smith. Check out his Twitter feed for blow by blow coverage of the trial.   Both sides will have 45 minutes to present their closing arguments.   Mr. Vicory reported on the newspaper's website:

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No Bond For Alleged Sex Trafficker

A woman accused of creating child porn and promoting prostitution in Jackson will remain behind bars after Hinds County Court Judge Bill Skinner denied her bond. The arrest warrant states that Kayla Ponder worked with several other suspects to run a prostitution and sex trafficking ring at the Extended Studio Hotel off of Fortification Street.  Ponder was also arrested in July for conspiring to smuggle drugs and a cellphone into the Raymond Detention Center.

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Sid Salter: Espy Has Tough Road in Senate Race

Conservative newspaper columnist George Will is a magnificent political observer and a marvelous writer. Whether it’s politics or baseball, Will’s stuff is a reliably good read.

A Will column earlier this month on Democrat Mike Espy’s current run for the U.S. Senate in Mississippi was mostly spot on. Espy is a tested, honorable public servant who would be capable of representing Mississippi in the U.S. Senate if elected.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Dental Board Executive Director Resigns

Karen Wilson will resign her position as Interim Executive Director of the Mississippi State Board of Dental Examiners on September 30.   Ms. Wilson became the Executive Director when the Board fired Executive Director Dianne Howell.   Ms. Howell served as Executive Director since 1994.  Ms. Wilson announced her resignation at the Board meeting on August 31.  She began her career at the agency as an administrative assistant in 1997. 

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Be Careful What you Ask For......

Don't mess with Buffy.  Just because someone wants to walk away doesn't mean she is weak.... or soft.

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Woman Arrested for Human Trafficking

It appears a Simpson County woman is in the Hinds County jail after being charged with promoting prostitution and some human trafficking.  U.S. Marshals arrested Angela Berch on September 7 for those two charges as well as child endangerment.  Her initial appearance is in County Court tomorrow before Judge Bill Skinner. 

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The Latest "C's"

Here are the "C" ratings for Jackson metro area restaurants issued since January 1, 2018.  The Mississippi Department of Health inspects and grades each restaurant.  The department inspects the restaurant again within ten days after the "C" is issued.  The restaurant listed below all passed their follow-up inspections unless otherwise noted. More information can be obtained at the MSDH restaurant inspection web page.

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Tithing for the Taxpayers

State Auditor Shad White issued the following statement. 

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Monday, September 10, 2018

Here We Go Again at MDE

It seems the Mississippi Department of Education blew a bunch of money on a Dr. John Q. Porter contract and is now pulling the plug.  The Clarion-Ledger reported last week:

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Trump Cancels Jackson Rally

President Donald Trump cancelled his rally that was scheduled to take place in Jackson Friday due to Hurricane Florence.  Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith stated:

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Rez Faces Salvinia Threat

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

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