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. 

Sent from my BlackBerry Keyone Black Edition. 

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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.

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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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Trollfest '09

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

This is definitely a Beaver production.


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Trollfest '07

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

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

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

This is definitely a Beaver production.

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