Thursday, October 18, 2018

Pelahatchie Bay Closed

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

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Rankin Teen Missing

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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Weill for Court of Appeals



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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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Tuition Toss Registration Starts Today

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.

Registration for the College Savings Mississippi Egg Bowl Tuition Toss ends at 11:45 pm on November 13, 2018.  Complete rules for the 2018 College Savings Mississippi Egg Bowl Tuition Toss can be found now at: http://www.treasurerlynnfitch.com/collegesavingsmississippi/Pages/Events.aspx

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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

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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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WORLDSTAR!!!

Just another day at the Rebelwood Apartments in South Jackson.  At least no one was killed - this time.

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JPD Seek Trio of Thieves

JPD issued the following statement and photos.

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Sunday, September 9, 2018

Remembering the King of High C's

Its been 11 years since Luciano Pavarotti left this world to join a greater choir.  Enjoy these memories of the Golden Tenor.

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WORLDSTAR!!!

Thugs invaded The Grove yesterday as a brawl broke out that was captured on video.  Needless to say, it appears The Grove IS GONE.  Watch the video posted below.

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Sunday Morning Sermon

Enjoy this morning's edition of Sunday Morning Sermon as the late Dr. Frank Pollard preached from Isaiah Chapter 6 in this 1989 sermon. 

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Bill Crawford: Is This a Kindler, Gentler Tate?

Was that a kinder, gentler Tate Reeves emerging from the recently concluded special session of the Mississippi Legislature?

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Saturday, September 8, 2018

Former MadCo Supervisor Passes


Former Madison County Supervisor John Howland unexpectedly passed away today.  More information will be posted as it becomes available. 

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Flamethrowers & Spaceballs

If you want a break today, check out the Joe Rogan's lastest podcast.  He interviewed one Mr. Elon Musk for 2 1/2 hours while the legendary certified super-genius drank some good whiskey and smoked some weed. 

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Jackson Moves Forward on Officer-Involved Shooting ID Policy

JJ got a copy of a draft of the new officer-involved shooting ID policy for JPD.  The draft has not yet been reviewed by Jackson's legal department nor has Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba approved the policy.  The draft is posted below.

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Friday, September 7, 2018

Grandparents' Day at the Jackson Zoo

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Pay Raise for Teachers?

Leftenent Governor Tate Reeves tweeted yesterday:

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President to Campaign for Cindy Hyde-Smith

The Cindy Hyde-Smith Senate Campaign issued the following statement. 

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Good Kid!

A trip to traffic court over a speeding ticket didn't go exactly as planned.

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Suicide on Monroe Street

JPD issued the following statement. 

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

The Bandit is Dead.

Death did what Smokey could not do - catch the Bandit.  Burt Reynolds died of a heart attack today.  He was 82 years old. 


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Welcome to Jackson, Mr. Higgins.

It appears the Clarion-Ledger is upgrading its sports coverage.

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Throwback Thursday: Green Goes Easy on Daughter-Raper

This post was originally published on April 3, 2011.  Bias is in the custody of MDOC.  He is scheduled to be released in 2025. 

Jake Bias raped his 3 year-old daughter and gave her two STD's. Judge Tomie Green sentenced him to 20 years and suspended 5 years of the sentence.

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Father & Son Plead Guilty to Rolling Back Odometers

The Justice Department issued this statement.

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Please Help this Little Girl

The Ridgeland Police Department issued the following press release. 

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

How to Shut Down a Shout Down

A Congressman gives a lesson in how to shut down a protestor.

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HOA Officer Convicted of Threatening Child

A Madison woman was convicted of simple assault by threat after she was arrested for threatening  and casting a  fishhook at an 11 year-old boy who was jet-skiing  on the lake at Natchez Trace Village in Madison..  Madison Municipal Court Judge Richard Mitchell fined Mary Watkins $500 on July 19 and ordered her to pay $143 in court costs as well.  Watkins is an officer of the Natchez Trace Village Homeowners Association.  She appealed the conviction to County Court.  Judge Mitchell ruled she was not guilty on two counts of disturbing the peace. 


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Sid Salter: Remember Rep. Alyce Clarke’s Persistence, Grit When State Lottery Begins

The word out of Jackson is, now that Gov. Phil Bryant has signed the Alyce G. Clarke Mississippi Lottery Act into law, it will take about a year to get the lottery up and running. When that transpires, Mississippians who want to play the lottery and those non-gamblers who will merely benefit from the tax revenue should give pause to remember the great lady for whom the lottery act was named.

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Mayor Says Jackson Gets Millions After Session

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba issued the following statement. 

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Here Comes the Judge

Carlos the Clown is at it again.

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Rankin Safe Room Open Tonight

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement. 

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Commish: Prepare for Gordon

Insurance Commish Miguel Chaney issued the following statement on Tropical Storm Gordon:

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Stupid Crook of the Day

This took place in June in Texas.  At least the baby wasn't injured. The cra-cra was strong with this suspect.

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MHP: 4 Fatalities During Holiday Weekend

The Mississippi Highway Patrol issued the following press release:

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Monday, September 3, 2018

No Shame at All

JPD issued the following statement and pictures. 

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Blast from Past

One of the biggest travesties in Jackson tv sports history took place 27 years ago today when the Labor Day Telethon preempted the US Open coverage on WJTV.  Needless to say, Jacksonians missed one of the best tennis matches ever to take place in New York City as a 39 year-old Jimmy Connors came back to beat Aaron Krickstein in a fifth-set tiebreaker.   Posted below is video of the match.  Enjoy.

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Mississippi's Economy Rated 47th

24/7 Wall Street ranked state economies and well, Mississippi didn't fare too well on yet another list.  The financial gurus  placed Mississippi's economy at 47 out of the 50 states.  USA Today reported the findings last week:

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Dear MHP....

Perhaps you should try this ad for your safe driving campaigns. 

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Sunday, September 2, 2018

Do Kids Come First at First Steps?

The short-changing of disabled children in Mississippi is an old story.  Mississippi Today's Larrison Campbell dove deep into how Mississippi's First Steps Program treats  disabled children - when it actually treats them - in a series of stories recently.  She reported last week:

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Sunday Morning Sermon

The late Dr. Frank Pollard (First Baptist Church - Jackson) preached from John 20 in this edition of Sunday Morning Sermon.  Enjoy.

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Bill Crawford: War Risks for Mississippi Troops?

The stock market is in a secular bull market and has years to run, says one respected analyst. A major trading firm, on the other hand, warns the end of the bull run is near.

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Saturday, September 1, 2018

Deal of the Day

Had to make a trip to Lowes today and saw these nice deals on Weber gas grills.  These prices may not be listed on the website.

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Read 'Em & Weep.

How did your city or county fare with the legislature's proposed distribution of "use taxes"?  Read the chart below.

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Jackson Mayor Seeks $1.6 million for His Office

The city of Jackson issued the following chart and statement about the FY2019 budget on it's Facebook page.

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Friday, August 31, 2018

MDOC Asks for Investigation

Mississippi Department of Corrections Commissioner Pelicia Hall issued the following statement. 

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Open Thread


I'll be tied up for awhile so consider this post to be an open thread. 

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Landrum's Company Loses Case, Must Pay $157,043 to Fraud Victim in Chestnut Hills case

A David Landrum-owned company must pay a $157,043 judgment to Marguerite Black after a Special Chancellor ruled that Mr. Landrum committed fraud in placing restrictive covenants on land he did not own. 

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Rankin Sheriff Seeks Missing Girl

Update:  Found in Las Vegas.


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

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County Seat Closes

The County Seat restaurant at Livingston Township closed.  The eating establishment posted this message on Facebook:

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Bring Family to Frozen Treat Animal Enrichment Weekend at Jackson Zoo

Our animals get frozen treats to cool them off at the same time it heats up their brains this Saturday, Sunday and Monday! Talk to the Keepers at special Keeper Chats each day. Enjoy Discovery Encounter every day at 1 pm at the Gertrude C Ford Education Center, where you can meet a snake, a tortoise, a hedgehog, a dragon, a screech owl - PLUS it has AC!


First 250 guests each of the three days to "catch" a JZKeeper or staffer gets a FREE Otter Pop from Back Yard Burger at the Elephant House Cafe while supplies last! Find details and animal treat schedule on the FB event.   http://jacksonzoo.org/admission.

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Belhaven Home Invasion

Four masked individuals assaulted and robbed a man at his Belhaven home last night.  This message was posted on Nextdoor:

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Jackson Seeks Bids for Zoo Contract

The city of Jackson posted a request for proposals for a contract to manage the Jackson Zoo on its website yesterday. Some quick notes:

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Public Defender to Murder Victim's Mother: GTFOMF!!!

The mother of a murder victim was shouted down by a Hinds County Public Defender and his crew last week at a Project Eject forum.  U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst has held forums around Jackson to discuss Project Eject.  Stacey Kirschten, the mother of murdered Chelise Kirschten tried to Attorney Adofo Minka and his crew of crazies repeatedly shouted her down.  They weren't interested in a discussion but sought to bring their brand of mob rule to Broadmeadow United Methodist Church.  No sympathy or respect was shown to the grieving mother or her loss, all that mattered was shutting her down.  Unfortunately, viewers only got to see a few seconds of what took place on WJTV that night.

JJ obtained the complete video of the meeting so readers can see the raw, unedited footage of what happened and posted it below.  The "fun" starts at 14:10.

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Throwback Thursday: Camille

Note: Yes, JJ is aware that Camille hit the Gulf Coast on August 18.  However, it still took place in August. 

Today's edition of Throwback Thursday focuses on Hurricane Camille.  She has been somewhat forgotten since it was 49 years ago and Katrina was a bigger storm.  Camille nuked Gulfport and tore through Mississippi as it moved north but then turned east and vented her fury at Virginia before she headed out into the Atlantic Ocean. Posted below are some memories of Camille.

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Cindy Hyde-Smith: 100 Percent!



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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

State Health Officer Retires

The Mississippi State Department of Health issued the following statement. 

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The Return of the Queens

The Sweet Potato Queens are returning to the St. Paddy's Day Parade.  Parade Founder Malcolm White said the parade will take place on March 23.  See the press release posted below for more information. 

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Acquitted!

Greg Burroughs was acquitted of manslaughter in the death of his girlfriend, Katherine Sinclair.  WDAM reports:

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Sid Salter: John McCain's Mississippi Connections

The late Arizona Republican U.S. Sen. John McCain had more than a passing connection with Mississippi despite being best known here for his 2008 presidential debate appearance with then-Illinois Democratic U.S. Sen. Barack Obama at Ole Miss and for famously sparring with former U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran on Capitol Hill over the fortunes of Mississippi farm-raised catfish producers.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Ouch!

Can't decide whether to laugh or cry while watching this video.

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We're in the Money! Lottery Bill Passes.

The House of Representatives passed the lottery bill it killed last night. The bill now goes to Governor Phil Bryant for his signature.

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Thief Alert!

Northeast Jackson, be on the lookout for this thief making the rounds.

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Stopping the Klan & Zionists in Utica

Utica leads the way in resisting the terrorist empire that is the United States.  Freedom Fighter Vogel Denise Newsome sent out this bulletin in July after she was detained by war criminals in Utica. 

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AG's Wine Case Sours

Attorney General Jim Hood's efforts to sue several wine companies for shipping wine into Mississippi suffered a severe blow in where else but Rankin County last week.  The Attorney General and Lord Protector of the Realm charged that several out of state wine companies illegally shipped wine into the state.  However, General Hood case soured when a Chancellor dismissed most of the defendants. 

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Monday, August 27, 2018

Dispatch from Pelahatchie: Road Trip Edition

It's been a rough couple of days on this website with the recent crime stories.  However, before everyone gets too down about things, there is always a certain little town in Rankin County that makes things more interesting.  The subject: speed bumps.   Enjoy the video.

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House Kills Lottery Bill

The House just killed the conference report on the lottery bill on a vote of 61-53.  However, this was only the first "dead" as the bill is held on a motion for reconsideration.  WAPT's Ross Adams was on the scene and gave the report posted below.

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MDE to Hold Special Needs Scholarship Lottery

The Mississippi Department of Education issued the following statement.

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Poison Pill?

A lottery bill passed the Senate last week during the special session.  However, the House of Representatives passed an amendment that will allow the spread of video lottery terminals on a voice vote.  Representative Tommy Reynolds (D- Land of Lotus Eaters)  offered this amendment:

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Jackson Man Killed in Carport

JPD issued the following statement. 

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Lakeland Swamp Update

Clarion-Ledger reporter Geoff Pender reported last week that the office of the Lieutenant Governor "knew" about a plan to build a $2 million frontage road from Dogwood Festival to his neighborhood off of Lakeland Drive.  Mr. Pender wrote:

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Sunday, August 26, 2018

Yikes!

Meanwhile, down in the Hub City....

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MDOC Early Release Winner Kills Man Protecting His Family

Get ready to get sick while the blood boils at the same time.  One of Jackson's finest decided to export some Jackson crime to Neshoba County.    The sister-in-law of a murder victim posted this message on Facebook:

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Sunday Morning Sermon

The late Dr. Frank Pollard (First Baptist Church - Jackson) preached from Psalm 103 in today's edition of Sunday Morning Sermon. If you can't make it to church this morning, enjoy.

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Bill Crawford: Disparities and Uncaring Republicans Open Door for Socialism

The growing support for socialistic programs within the Democratic Party has many traditionalists worried. They should be.

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Saturday, August 25, 2018

She's Baaaack

Amazon just dropped the trailer for the second season of the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Check it out. 

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Unbelievable.

One of the more disgusting scenes ever seen in Jackson took place  a few nights ago at the Project Eject town hall forum.  U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst has held the forums across Jackson to get citizen input on the Justice Department's latest crime-fighting project.  Unfortunately, representatives of the thug element in Jackson showed up at the the forum.  Stacey Kirschten, the mother of murdered Chelsie Kirschten, attempted to speak.  The word "attempted" is used for a reason.  Watch what took place.

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Friday, August 24, 2018

Meet the House Majority Whip Next Week.


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Senate Passes Lottery, Hides Lottery from Public Records Laws

Update (5:00 PM) House removes exemptions from Public Records and Open Meetings Acts.  House passes bill and returns to Senate for concurrence.

Nutshell version: State creates agency that is exempt from Open Meetings Act, Public Records Act, and state purchasing requirements, i.e. bids. 

The Senate took a chance and voted to create a state lottery yesterday. SB# 2001 passed on a vote of 30-20*.  Supporters claim the lottery will produce $40 million in tax revenue during its first year and eventually reach $80 million per year. Some observations about the bill are posted below. 

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Fired & Hired Down in Claiborne County

The Claiborne County Board of Supervisors channeled the ghost of George Steinbrenner as they fired and then rehired Board Attorney Barbara Blackmon this week - after she sued them in federal court. 

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MDE To Change Accountability Scores for High Schools

The Mississippi Department of Education issued the following statement.

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Too Funny

Comedian Bill Burr had a few things to say about modern parenting last night on Conan.

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Lock & Load!

The Mississippi Department of Corrections issued the following alert.

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Last Call to Support Jackson Jambalaya

It's the end of the annual fund-raising drive for Jackson Jambalaya.

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

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Embezzler Gets Nearly 20 Years

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

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Receiver recovers $2 million in Lamar Adams case

Lamar Adams had over half a million dollars in various banks when his timber ponzi scheme came to an end.  The receiver in the SEC civil case filed against the convicted fraudster said she recovered over $2 million from various accounts and assets. 

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Help Catch These Burglars

JPD needs your help in identifying these suspects caught on video burglarizing ARF last week.

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The Return of the Fire Mares

An oldie but goodie is playing tomorrow night and Saturday afternoon at the theatre in Pearl and Madison.

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Drama in the Delta

General Hospital may be fading away but if someone needs her fix of hospital drama, all she has to do is go up to the Delta.  The Taxpayers Channel reported yesterday:

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Will Greene Lead JPS to Greener Pastures?

The Jackson Public School District issued the following statement.

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Clinton PD Seeks Smash & Grab Suspects

The Clinton Police Department issued the following statement and pictures. 

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Sid Salter: Special Session Promises New Funding Sources after GOP Tax Cuts

The proceeds from a new state lottery? A dedicated portion of the new online sales tax collections? A portion of gaming revenues from the newly minted sports book in Mississippi casinos? Borrowed or bonded revenues? Maybe a portion of the BP oil spill settlement funds as well?

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Commish Speaks on MDOC Deaths

Mississippi Department of Corrections Commissioner Pelecia Hall issued the following statement.

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Lamar Adams Sentencing Postponed

The sentencing for Lamar Adams that is scheduled for today is postponed until October 29.   The U.S. District Court stated in PACER yesterday:

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Jackson Man Pleads Guilty to CDL Fraud

The Justice Department issued this statement.

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Harvey's Time Bomb Blows Up on Antar

Harvey Johnson's ticking time bomb finally blew up.  Mayor Johnson loved to brag how he was able to balance his budget without raising taxes or laying off any employees despite enduring the Great Recession.  Unfortunately for Mayor Lumumba and Jackson itself, Mr. Johnson did so with crazy bond deals that paid a great deal of cash up front - and stuck later administrations with the bill.

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Monday, August 20, 2018

Teens Accused of Molesting Toddler

JPD issued the following statement.

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Klauser Goes Home

Former Innovate Mississippi CFO Tanya Klauser went home less than a year after she was convicted of embezzling nearly $600,000 from her employer. 

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"We are Committed to Serving Your Needs"

Change is again coming to the Clarion-Leger.  Reporter Anna Wolfe left the employ of the state newspaper.  Her by-line will pop up over at Mississippi Today in a few weeks.  Sports reporter Hugh Kellenberger is leaving as well.  Meanwhile, another price increase is in store for some readers.  The Kingfish got this notice in the mail today.

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Supervisors Blast DA Over Unindicted Inmates

The Hinds County Board of Supervisors slammed District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith over the large number of prisoners who are unindicted yet remain in county jails this morning. 

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CON Approved for Disabled Children Facility

The Overlords at the Mississippi State Department of Health issued the following statement.

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Sunday, August 19, 2018

Whad'Ya Know in Jackson

Nothing like lounging around the house on a lazy rainy Sunday afternoon. Once upon a time on January 27, 1996, the popular weekly Saturday morning public radio show Whad'ya Know broadcast live from Thalia Mara Hall.  The packed house enjoyed host Michael Feldman tell tales of his visit to Mississippi while local notables such as Willie Morris and Jill Conner Browne entertained the crowd as well.  JJ discovered this gem from Jackson's forgotten past online and posted it below.  Enjoy.

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The Sermon on the Mount

The late Dr. Frank Pollard preached from the Good Book on the Sermon on the Mount in this 1990 sermon. This is one of his better ones.  Enjoy. 

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Bill Crawford: Legislature Likely to Avoid Smart Tax Policy to Fix Roads and Bridges

Will our reluctant legislators finally get off their duffs and do something to fix roads and bridges across Mississippi?

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Saturday, August 18, 2018

Let the Games Begin

For your Saturday night entertainment, listen to the Honorable Kenneth Stokes. The Jackson Ward 3 Councilman, appeared on Reverend P.J. Williams' radio show two weeks ago. The show is posted below.  He stays off camera but he can be heard loud and clear. There are some, um, interesting nuggets in the show. Enjoy

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Gone.

Numerous sources report that Mississippi Homeland Security Director Mark McKee was cut loose yesterday.  More information will be posted when it becomes available. 

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Ghoul Back in Jail

Mark Seepe is back in jail for violating his probation.  The ghoul pleaded guilty to six counts of embezzling pre-paid cremation services funds for his own use.  It was also reported during his prosecution that he "mishandled" the remains of the deceased.  Mishandled was too polite a word but the reporter was trying to show some respect to the family members.  Seepe served all of 18 months of a 10-year prison sentence thanks to one of Chris Epps's early supervised release miracles.

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Nice.

Check out this beauty from last Saturday morning. 

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Storm Damage in Madison

The Madison Police Department issued the following statement.

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Dog Day for ARF

It has been widely reported today that the Animal Rescue Fund on Mayes Street was vandalized and burglarized last night.  Misery loves company as more of it was dumped on the ARF today. The Executive Director posted this message on Facebook a little while ago:

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'Membering Metrocenter

Metrocenter closed this week.  What was once a fun place to visit, filled with shoppers galore, now sits forlorn and deserted on Highway 80,  a sight all too common among Jackson landmarks.  However, take a step back in time and visit Metrocenter as it used to be.  Enjoy.

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Mayor Lumumba Rolls Out Budget

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba presented a budget that will not increase taxes but give city employees a small raise.  However, a large increase in bond payments and abysmal water/sewer collections somewhat handcuffed the Mayor's ambitions.  Here are the highlights of the proposed budget.

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CMU Pays $75,000 to Kenny Wayne for Just Being Kenny Wayne

Canton Municipal Utilities records state that the government-owned public utility paid $75,000 to former Chief Executive Officer, Kenny Wayne Jones.  CMU provided the records after JJ sued CMU in Madison County Chancery Court.  The CMU Board of Directors fired Mr. Jones earlier this year.  CMU paid Mr. Jones even though he never sued his former employer.

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Senator Hyde-Smith Supports Kavanaugh



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Thursday, August 16, 2018

She (Allegedly) Thought Crime Did Pay

A Madison County grand jury indicted the former Victim's Assistance Coordinator for  Madison-Rankin District Attorney Michael Guest. Chiquita Williams allegedly forged her name to money orders that probationers submitted to her office for restitution as part of their sentences.

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Judge Green to RSS: Indict or Release.

Hinds County Senior Circuit Judge wants District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith to explain why prisoners in the Hinds County detention system are incarcerated for more than 90 days without indictment.  She issued a show cause order against District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith last week.   She decreed:

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Clark Withdraws Appeal

The Mississippi Court of Appeals rejected Brian Clark's appeal of his 10-year sentence for aggravated assault domestic violence.  Clark pleaded guilty to the charge and was sentenced last September.  He was arrested in 2013 for beating his wife to a bloody pulp.

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Healthy Teens Rally



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Time to Show Some Respect

The Queen of Soul died this morning.    Here are some memories of her storied life. 

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Hinds & Jackson Agree on Resurfacing 59 Streets

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba issued the following statement.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

JPD Makes Arrests in Child Kidnapping

UPDATE (8:45 AM 8/16/18): JPD issued the following statement .

Jackson Police had recently issued an Endangered/Missing Child Alert through the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations for a female juvenile taken by her parents. The incident occurred in 6300 block of Interstate 55 North, just before 9:00pm when the child’s grandmother, who has temporary custody, met with the parents for visitation.

Without permission, the parents left with the child and refused to return. They were located a short time later at a residence in south Jackson where the child was found safe and unharmed. Both parents, Wesley Dewayne Lee-36 and Brittani Lauren Lee-26, were taken into custody and charged with custodial kidnapping. The child was returned to the care of her grandmother.

Original Post: The Mississippi Department of Public Safety issued the following alert. 

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He's Not Ready

Pops still has it in more ways than one.

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Ouch!

JJ reported yesterday that the Mississippi Highway Patrol appointed Captain John Perkins to the position of Training Director.  JJ has reported on the legal fight the previous training director, Gayle McMullan, had with the MHP administration, thus the interest in the appointment.  MHP did not issue a press release but JJ posted a message Captain Perkins posted on his Facebook page that somehow made its way to this website.  Apparently the good Captain was not too happy about the post yesterday because he posted this message on his Facebook page yesterday:

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Alston Trial Continued

The trial of a Jackson man accused of savagely beating, strangling, and kidnapping his girlfriend was postponed until October 16..  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.  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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College Savings Day at Children's Museum Sept. 8

For the sixth year, the Office of State Treasurer Lynn Fitch and Mississippi Children’s Museum (MCM) will be celebrating September as National College Savings Month by partnering on Saturday, September 8th to promote strategic ways children and families can save for educational expenses.

All day on September 8, 2018, admission to the MCM for all guests will be only $5.29. Staff from both the College Savings Mississippi at the Treasurer’s office and MCM will be at the museum leading financial literacy activities and helping children build their own savings banks. The Treasurer’s office will also share information with parents about signing up for a 529 college savings plan. Families will also be invited to enter a drawing to win one of two $529 college savings scholarships.

MCM President Susan Garrard notes, “We are very excited about our partnership with the State Treasurer’s office in the crucially important work of preparing families and children for college tuition costs. Everything we do is centered around providing and advocating for opportunities for children in Mississippi. We know how critical access to higher education is in determining life trajectories for our students and we appreciate the State recognizing us as a principal partner in this effort.”

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Sid Salter: News Isn't "Fake" Just Because Politicians Don't Like It.

From the White House down to city halls in rural hamlets across this country, politicians are using the term “fake news” to discredit anything they encounter in the media that they deem negative or that doesn’t fit their self-interests.

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Orange is the New Blue

Meet the new JPD cruisers.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Settled!

The University of Mississippi Medical Center and Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Mississippi issued the following joint statement.

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It's That Time of Year

Posted below is the budget hearing schedule for Jackson.

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State Auditor Issues Report of Exceptions

State Auditor Shad White released the annual report of exceptions.   The report shows the misappropriations of public funds that took place in Mississippi over the last year.  Mr. White said his office issued 43 formal demands and recovered nearly $3 Million on behalf of Mississippi taxpayers. Posted below are some of the bigger cases mentioned in the report. 

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For the Space Force

The President's desire to create a new "Space Force" brings this to mind.....

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Mayor Discusses Zoo (Updated)

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba will discuss the recent management changes at the Jackson Zoo at 2:30.  The Facebook Live feed is posted below.

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Byram Seeking Credit Card Thieves

The Byram Police Department issued the following statement.

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MHP Gets New Training Director

The Mississippi Highway Patrol promoted Captain John Perkins to the position of Training Director.   He replaces Gayle McMullan.  McMullan was suspended after some alleged hazing took place at the Trooper Academy while she was out on medical leave. 

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Idiot of the Day

The Mississippi Baptist Medical Center fired an employee after he called a Flowood donut shop employee "n*****" several times.  Unfortunately for the employee, the incident was recorded on video.  WJTV reported:

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Bright Lights Stolen Nights

Over $30,000 was reported stolen last night at the Bright Lights Belhaven Nights festival last night.

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Sunday Morning Sermon

The late Dr. Frank Pollard preaches on everyone's favorite book, Revelation, in today's edition of Sunday Morning Sermon.

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Bill Crawford: GOP Calls Democrats Dangerous

Mississippi Democrats are a scary, dangerous enemy.

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Is Reboot 3rd Strike for Dune?

Will the third try be the charm for a movie version of Frank Herbert's Dune?  Indiewire reported a few months ago:

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Happy Birthday, Snoopy

Today is Snoopy's birthday.  Happy Birthday to our favorite beagle.

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Sheriff Busted for Extortion & Drug Dealing

The Justice Department issued the following statement.

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Metrocenter Driver Services Office Closing

The Mississippi Department of Public Safety issued the following statement.

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Massive Fire Burns Mansion to Ground

The Holloway Mansion on Siwell Road burned to the ground last night.  This video of the fire appeared on Facebook.

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DFA to Zoo: Pay It All Back

Today, DFA demanded that the Jackson Zoological Society repay $350,000 by November 16.  The letter posted below tells the whole story better than any reporter's rewrite could. 

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Confess!

This doesn't get old.  Time for some Throwback Thursday.

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Zoo Executive Director Resigns

Jackson Zoological Society Executive Director Beth Poff resigned her position. The resignation will be effective August 14.  The Board of Directors was supposed to meet later today but the meeting is canceled.  Ms. Poff admitted to using state bond funds for to cover operations.  The Executive Committee placed her on administrative leave with pay a week ago. JJ reported Monday:

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$2,500 Reward for Shriners Thief

JPD posted the following video and message on Twitter today:

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"We Must Have a New System that Governs Us"

Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba gave a speech at Netroots Nation 2018 in New Orleans last week that freaked out Laura Ingraham.

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Facebook Wants your Bank Data

Facebook wants you, and not just you.  The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this week:

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Doris Berry Goes to the Great Barn in the Sky

Doris Berry passed away this week.  She founded and ran Doris Berry's Farmers Market at the old Farmer's Market on West Street for 68 years.  She stayed put when almost everyone else moved to the high-falootin', new-fangled Farmer's Market at the fairgrounds but finally closed it down last year and focused on her Pearl location.  Her market posted this message on Facebook:

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State Auditor Demands Repayment of Medicaid Money

State Auditor Shad White issued the following statement. 

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Taze First, Question Later

A Good Samaritan got tazed when he tried to help put out a fire at the Pickering home in Jones County.  The Laurel-Leader Call reported this week:

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Sid Salter: Senate Hopefuls Leave Neshoba with Very Different Kinds of Campaign Momentum

The major contenders in the 2018 Class II U.S. Senate nonpartisan special election on Nov. 6 left the state’s premier political stump with very different kinds of momentum.

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Drunk & Stupid is No Way to Go Through Life

The Madison Police Department issued the following statement.

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Butt-Whuppin' Time (Updated)

Latest numbers on JPS bond issue:

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Put Her in Charge

Put this woman in charge of the Jackson Public Works Department or Water/Sewer billing.   Pelahatchie Deputy Clerk Rachel Knight spelled out what happens if the water bill is not paid at the Board of Aldermen meeting last night.

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Get Out and Vote Today.

The $65 million bond referendum for Jackson Public Schools is on the ballot today.  Get out and vote.  Your property taxes will go down five mills at the end of the year if the referendum is rejected and increase five mills next year if it passes.  It's that simple.  

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The Latest Crime Stats

Here are the most recent crime stats for Jackson.  Yes, JJ had to file a public records to get what was once available on the city website.

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Monday, August 6, 2018

Awwwwwww

Break out some tissues.

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Editorial: Say No to Tax Hikes & Fleecings Tomorrow

The JPS bondfest is in full swing. We just have to borrow another $65 million. It’s all for the children. Who can be against education? Don’t worry, JPS officials say, they screwed up before, but they’ll get it right this time. JPS School Board President Dr. Jean Hairston cited horror story after horror story last week on in a column published in the Clarion-Ledger. Unfortunately for the rest of us, they have not proved they can be trusted with our money.

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Hero of the Day

Man with a gun stops a mass shooting in Florida at of course, a Back-To-School Event.  8:35 in video.  #)$#*@  didn't care there were a bunch of kids present.

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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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Zoo Director Admits to Misuse of Bond Funds

Jackson Zoological Society Executive Director Beth Poff admitted she misused bond funds in a letter sent to Laura Jackson, Executive Director of the Department of Finance & Administration, on July 26.  The zoo currently owes $350,000 to DFA for spending the bond funds on operational expenses such as salaries.  The bonds were issued to fund renovations, repairs, and other capital improvements.  DFA will seek repayment of the funds. 

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Sunday, August 5, 2018

Everybody Gets PAIIID But No $$ for the Children

 This post was originally published on June 29.

Top-heavy is the verdict Steve Wilson gave for JPS over at Mississippi Matters.  He reported:

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Double Homicide This Morning (updated)

JPD issued the following statement. 

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Sunday Morning Sermon

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

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Bill Crawford: Do We Care What Truth Is?

Do Americans want to be deceived?

In 2012 Marquette University ethics professor emeritus Dr. Daniel McGuire penned an amazingly contemporary piece entitled "The Loneliness of the Truth Teller" for the Huffington Post.

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Saturday, August 4, 2018

Goodbye McDade's, Hello Froogel's

The switch is complete.

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JPS Gets More Property Taxes Than Ever

This post was originally published on June 26.  Consider it a PSA for Jackson voters.

The Jackson Public School District hauled in a record amount of property taxes in 2017 even though student enrollment continued to decline.   The annual audit states that JPS collected $95.4 million in property taxes while  enrollment fell to 26,206 students. The chart below shows property taxes that fund JPS increased from $78.7 million in 2007 to $95.4 million in 2017 - an increase of 21%. 

Meanwhile, the student population declined 16% as it fell from 31,191 students in 2007 to 26,206 students in 2018.

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Friday, August 3, 2018

Heeeeeeeeere's Johnny

Tonight, Johnny gets no respect.

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Convicted!

Reeves Barbour was convicted of simple assault yesterday in District of Columbia Superior Court.  The court did not sentence Barbour. 

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Open Thread

I'll be tied up for a few hours and since it worked so well last week, consider this post to be an open thread. 

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JPS Bond Issue: Golden Showers Yet Again

 This post was originally published on June 14.  Consider it a PSA for Jackson voters.

The "Million Dollar Bonds" should be the nickname for the proposed issue of JPS bonds for $65 million since the proposed professional service fees will be $1.1 million.  Rankin County's bond fees for a $100 million sale was slightly over $300,000.  The notorious Siemens deal only had fees of $640,000 even though the bond issue was $90 million.  However, JPS bonds must be really special because everyone is getting paaaiiiiiid on this deal.  JJ obtained a schedule of the fees through a public records request.  Read them and weep.

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

City Bails Out Zoo, Cites Misuse of Bond Funds

The Jackson City Council approved a $255,000 bailout for the Jackson Zoo at an emergency meeting this afternoon.  The Lumumba Administration said the bailout was needed because the Jackson Zoological Society is dead broke and can not meet its payroll tomorrow.  The Administration also said that the crisis was caused by the use of state bonds to cover operational expenses.  Chief Administrative Officer Dr. Robert Blaine said that the Department of Finance & Administration is investigating the use of the funds and will demand repayment of $350,000.

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Morment Gets 30 Years

Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following statement. 

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Remembering Frances Fortner

Please try to visit Cups in Fondren today.  The artwork of Frances Fortner is on display.  Announcement is posted below.

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Bigger Pie: PERS Should Take Some Pain

It was a move that everyone who has followed the problems of the Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS) of Mississippi has known was coming for years.

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Dental Chief Wanted, G.E.D.'s Please Apply

Have you ever wanted to work in the medical profession but didn't have those fancy advanced degrees that all those jobs seem to require? Was a periodontist your favorite animal in Jurassic Park?   Have you wanted to actually run something but never ran anything before? Don't worry, the Mississippi Dental Examiner Board has come to your rescue.  All you need is a GED.  Don't believe it? Scroll down to the bottom of the posting. 

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Heeeeeeeeere's Johnny....

The Mighty Carson Art Players appear on the Tonight Show.

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Is Help Coming for Jackson Zoo?

The City Council attempted to discuss the Jackson Zoo's financial woes yesterday but to no avail.  WAPT reported:

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Is There a Smoking Gun in Flowood?

This post is reprinted from Y'all Politics with the permission of the author, Alan Lange.  

In response to a Mississippi Today request for public records, obtained by Jackson Jambalaya, email evidence suggests that MDOT executives repeatedly whitewashed staff assessments of the safety needs of a frontage road for local residents. Those executives opted instead to use the media requests as another opportunity to bludgeon the state legislature over lack of funding for “priority projects.”

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Sid Salter: Trade Disputes + Tariffs = High Stakes for State Farmers

While it’s easy to get caught up in the lunge-and-parry of personality politics in Mississippi’s 2018 congressional elections, the fact is that this election cycle is fraught with issues and concerns that are very real to Mississippi voters and that’s particularly true for Mississippi farmers, ranchers, and producers.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Heeeeeeeeeeere's Johnny

Once upon a time, a very young Eddie Murphy appeared on the Tonight Show,,,,,,

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Commish Praises Flood Insurance Extension

Mississippi Insurance Commish Miguel Chaney issued the following statement.

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Help the Children!

The city of Richland is holding a school supplies drive for its public schools:

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SLRP, SLRP, SLRP!

There has never been an acronym that so accurately describes its subject as SLRP - Special Legislative Retirement Plan.  It's a declaration by the legislature that states our elected solons are indeed better than the rest of us.  The legislature created SLRP to give themselves extra retirement pay not available to other state employees.  Call it time and a half pay for doing half of the work- if that much. The program currently holds $17.2 million in assets.

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Saving Money? What's That?

Just in case you forgot, here is what the JPS School Board President had to say about saving money when questioned about the cost of the upcoming bond referendum.

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Monday, July 30, 2018

Heeeeere's Johnny.....

It's that time of night.  Enjoy this blast from the past. 

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12 Year Old Shot in Drive-By

JPD issued the following statement. 

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DPS Blows It Against Bomgar

You can't make this up.  The Mississippi Department of Public Safety managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in a public records fight with State Representative Joel Bomgar.  The Mississippi Ethics Commission ruled against DPS and fined two employees $100 each on June 1 after DPS denied a public records request from Mr. Bomgar.

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Matchbook Monday

It's time to stroll back into time because its Matchbook Monday.  Some true gems of Jackson's past are 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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Researchers: Flint Kids Were not Poisoned

Key statement: But based on this more comprehensive view of the data, we are forced to admit that the furor over this issue seems way out of proportion to the actual dangers to the children from lead exposure.

Two researchers who first warned about higher levels of lead in the water supply of Flint, Michigan concluded that Flint's children were not poisoned.  Dr. Hernan Gomez and Dr. Kim Dietrich said in a column published on July 22 in the right-wing New York Times:

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Do They Deserve a Break Today?

Which is bigger news - the fact that a McDonald's milkshake machine actually worked or the beatdown of a customer who threw a milkshake at a McDonald's employee?

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Sunday, July 29, 2018

No, JPS, It IS a Tax Increase.

Here we go again.  JPS continues to make up its own facts about the proposed $65 million bond issue.  JPS School Board President Dr. Jeanne Middleton Hairston said the tax increase will not be a tax increase in a column published in the Clarion-Ledger today:

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"Be Aware of What You Already Have"

If you can't make it to church this morning, enjoy this 1989 sermon given by the late Dr. Frank Pollard of First Baptist Church (Jackson). 

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Bill Crawford: GOP Candidates Quiet on Tariffs

Agriculture is a huge part of Mississippi's economy and soybeans are a major export.

The tariffs imposed by President Donald Trump, particularly on China, have resulted in retaliatory tariffs impacting U.S. exports, including soybeans.

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Saturday, July 28, 2018

Hwy 463 Crash Kills Two

The Madison Police Department issued the following press release.

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Audits Away

Posted below is THE CAFR for the city of Jackson.  Yes, the Lumumba administration is a little late in releasing the annual report but released it is.  JJ has not had time to review the CAFR but feel free to do so, with a drink in hand, of course. Enjoy.

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Friday, July 27, 2018

Heroes Never Fade Away

Break out the tissues as these WWII vets get to step back in time.

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Fortification Street Shooting (Updated)

JPD issued the following statements and mug shot:

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"You're Going to Have to Show Me Something First."

One little gem appeared last week at the Kenneth Stokes forum on the JPS bond referendum.  Ms. Dorothy Davis might be short in size but is tall in stature. The president of Farish Street Shalom had a few things to say about the bond issue.  Enjoy the short video.

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Open Thread

Don't do this much but I'm tied up for a few hours this morning so consider this post to be an open thread.

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Such a Loveable Ass

This is a jackassery post - literally.

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Clinton Library Reopens Monday

The city of Clinton issued the following statement.

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Reeves Responds to Hood, Claims MDOT Says No Political Pressure

Leftenent Governor Tate Reeves held a press conference and issued the following statement.  The video is posted below.

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Boomerang?

It is a safe bet to say that the One Voice crowd is none too fond of this website.  Such animosity was showcased last week at the JPS bond referendum forum held by Jackson Ward 3 Councilman Kenneth Stokes.

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Visit Families First Resource Center on Terry Rd.



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Mayor Attends Harvard Leadership Class

The city of Jackson issued the following statement.

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Debbie Get Your Gun

Our Governor's wife ain't worried about no stinkin' burglars:

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Website for Timber Fraud Victims.

Mississippi Secretary of State Gibbit Hosemann issued the following statement. 

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Pearl Police Seeking Tip Bandit

The Pearl Police Department issued the following statement.

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GOP Chair: Baria & Espy Should Confirm Position on Judge Kavanaugh

Mississippi Republican Party Chairman Lucien Smith is calling on Democratic Senate candidates, David Baria and Mike Espy, to confirm their position on President Donald Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court. Chairman Smith issued the following statement:

"Judge Kavanaugh possesses strong judicial credentials and is immensely qualified to serve on the high court," said Smith. "Democrats seek to achieve through the courts what they cannot at the ballot box, and rightfully fear that another conservative justice will stop their unpopular liberal agenda. Mississippians deserve to know whether the Democratic candidates for Senate would confirm good judges like Judge Kavanaugh and Justice Gorsuch, or plan to join Chuck Schumer’s army of obstructionists."

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Sid Salter: Recent McDaniel FEC Report About Far More than Low Fundraising Numbers

The Federal Elections Commission second quarter campaign finance reports are in and for State Sen. Chris McDaniel, the reports are everything he’s been telling us they would be in his steady drumbeat of fundraising emails called the “Remember Mississippi Moneybomb.”

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Caught in the Act

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement.

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Public Meeting Tonight for One Lake Project

The Rankin Hinds Pearl River Flood & Drainage Control District issued the following press release.

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DA Seeking Death Penalty in Kingston Frazier Case?

Justice began to be served yesterday in the Kingston Frazier Case.  Madison County Circuit Judge Bill Chapman sentenced D'Allen Washington to serve twenty years in prison but suspended five years of the sentence.   However, what was interesting is what took place after the hearing.  Assistant District Attorney Bryan Buckley told said the death penalty would be sought for Byron McBride, Jr.   WLBT reported:

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Supremes: Mac Haik Can't Stop Gluckstadt

The city of Canton and Mac Haik failed to stop the incorporation of Gluckstadt.  The Mississippi Supreme Court rejected both of their appeals last Thursday after they lost their annexation fights in Chancery Court.

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Monday, July 23, 2018

No Comment (McGuffey's Reader Edition)

Perhaps that school bond issue needs to pass after all.

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Shuckin' the Corn

JJ doesn't want to give anything away.  Just watch this short video of Jackson Ward 3 Councilman Kenneth Stoke's pastor speaking last week at the school bond town hall.  This is good stuff.

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Stuff the Truck

The city of Jackson issued the following statement. 

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No Comment.

Beware when entering into a mixed marriage.

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Arrest in Bullard Street Murder

JPD issued the following statements.

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Sunday, July 22, 2018

"Can't We Stop Being Stupid Some Time" (Stokes School Bond Town Hall Updated)


Jackson Ward 3 Councilman Kenneth Stokes held a town hall forum about the JPS bond referendum Monday night at Cornerstone Missionary Baptist Church on Martin Luther King Drive.  Mr. Stokes exuded a different personna than the bombastic one that attracts the camera.  He opened up the floor to opinions from all sides.  Foes and Friends of the bond referendum were treated the same.  It was more lively than the similar forum JPS held at Obama Elementary School on the same night. The complete video is posted below.   Enjoy. 

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Fannin Landing Circle Fatality

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement. 

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Sunday Morning Sermon

The late Dr. Frank Pollard preached about "the happy judgment" in today's Sunday Morning Sermon edition. 

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Bill Crawford: Mississippi Morality Yielding to Anger and Hatred?

"Hatred is blind and anger deaf" wrote Alexandre Dumas in his classic "The Count of Monte Cristo.”

In February, WalletHub.com ranked Mississippi as the 5th angriest and most hateful state behind Tennessee, Kentucky, Arkansas, and Alaska. And the Clarion-Ledger reported "Mississippi has the third most hate groups in the country" per capita behind Idaho and Tennessee.

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Saturday, July 21, 2018

Goodbye, Cliff.

Damn, damn, DAMN!  Just got word that Cliff Cargill passed away this morning.  Our favorite local gun activist will be missed.  JJ doesn't have any more information about his passing. 

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Zoo Cuts Paychecks

The Jackson Zoo's woes continued this week as it struggles to stay afloat.  WAPT reported yesterday that employees paychecks and hours were cut:

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Meet the King of Capitol Street

Some people really do own everything.

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Friday, July 20, 2018

Bedwetter Alert

The Montgomery Biscuits decided to have a "Millennial Night."  Needless to say, some Millennials were offended.

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Alleged Perv Arrested

Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following statement. 

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Did Dex Have to Die?

How come the Hinds County Sheriff's Office didn't install heat alarms in its K-9 vehicles when the use of such alarms has been standard practice among local law enforcement agencies for quite some time?  The Hinds County Sheriff's Office scrambled into damage-control mode after it was forced to admit that it lost a K-9 officer to heatstroke over a month ago  when JJ broke the news yesterday.  WLBT reported the Hinds County Sheriff's Office will install heat alarms in K-9 vehicles:

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Accused Fondren Firebug Killed on Northview

JPD issued the following statement. 

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Carl Nicholson Indicted

A federal grand jury indicted major Hattiesburg player Carl Nicholson.   The eleven count indictment charges he helped an attorney loot a trust and also filed phony tax returns.  The actual alleged offenses are conspiracy to defraud the federal government, filling fraudulent tax returns, and helping others file bogus tax returns. The indictment is posted below.

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Lock & Load!

3:17 PM:  Caught!

MDOC issued the following warning.  People around the Fortification Street/I-55 area need to pay particular attention.

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Jackson Issues Water Precautions

The city of Jackson issued the following statement.

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K-9 Dies of Heatstroke

A Hinds County K-9 Officer died of heatstroke in June after his vehicle inexplicably shut down while he was in the car. 

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

FRONTAGE ROAD FOOD FIGHT!!!

It's Hood versus Reeves, the Lakeland Drive Edition.  Jim Hood launched a quiz into the MDOT decision to build a $2 million frontage road on Lakeland Drive that would connect Dogwood Festival to the neighborhood where Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves lives. He sent the letter posted below to Mr. Reeves.

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MDE Declares State of Emergency for Noxubee Schools

The Mississippi Department of Education issued the following statement.

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The Rest of the Story: Thai Rescue Edition

The heroic and daring rescue of the Wild Board astonished the world last week.  The Daily Mail (U.K.) published a very good account of what took place and a what can be considered to be the rest of the story.  The rescue was a combination of expertise, hope, and good ole-fashioned guts.  The newspaper interviewed the divers and other people associated with the rescue.  The Daily Mail reported:

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Hawkins Field Gets Grant for Runways

Senators Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith issued the following press release. 

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Football Winners, Classroom Losers

The Mississippi Department of Education issued the following statement.

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Lil G Caught

JPD issued the following statement. 

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Sid Salter: Neshoba County Fair stump speeches should more sharply focus two key political races

A weekend visit to the Neshoba County Fairgrounds demonstrates that for the politicians and their supporters, the buildup to “Mississippi’s Giant Houseparty” is long since underway. Political signs and placards already dot trees, fence posts and power poles along the seven-mile stretch of Highway 21 running south from Philadelphia to the historic fairgrounds.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

WYAB Last Week

Eyes Wide Shut and I subbed for KIM Waaaaaaaaade last Thursday.  We broke down the JPS school bond referendum during the first half hour and discussed the Jackson Zoo's problems during the second half.  The show starts at 2:45.  Enjoy.

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"Biblical" Donkey Nearly Kills Owner

UMMC issued the following press release.

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Publisher Gives Lift to Escaped Killer

File this post under the "You can't make this up" classification.  A newspaperman gave an escaped killer a ride last week in South Mississippi without realizing who he was.  Greene County Herald Publisher Russell Turner reported:

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Domino's gives $5,000 to Jackson for Potholes

It appears Socrates is back in the fold.  The agenda for today's meeting of the Jackson City Council states:

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Priester: We'd Rather T'sk than Deal with the Problem

Melvin Priester, Jr. picked up the gauntlet yesterday and responded to JJ's post yesterday about the high unwed birthrate that afflicts Mississippi. The Jackson Ward 2 City Councilman opined yesterday on Facebook:

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