Wednesday, May 22, 2019

75% of 3rd-Graders Meet New Reading Standards

MDE issued the following press release: 

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Sheriff Doesn't File Campaign Finance Report

Hinds County Sheriff Victor Mason still has not submitted a campaign finance report for the May 10 deadline.  Former JPD Chief Lee Vance and former Hinds County Deputy Richard Spooner raised the most money of the six reporting candidates.  Who raised what? See for yourself.

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Sid Salter: Embattled State Hospitals Seek Medicaid Safety Net

As noted more often than this writer cares to remember, the fact is that public health care for Mississippi’s poor, working poor, uninsured or underinsured is in the poorest state in the union an expense that will ultimately be borne by the taxpayers.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Disgusting!

Mississippi women suffered more domestic violence from the powerful and the privileged this week.  George County deputies arrested a State Representative for beating his wife. The Biloxi Sun-Herald reported:

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The Return of the Steel

One of the ultimate chick flicks returns to the big screen tomorrow night.

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Commish: You Really Can Stop Fires

Insurance Commish Miguel Chaney issued the following statement: 

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Jay Hughes: The Prison Powder Keg

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Clinic Suspended for Alleged Medicaid Fraud


The Division of Medicaid suspended payments to NSCH Rural Health Clinic-Sunflower a little over a year ago.  NSCH pitched an appeal to Hinds County Chancery Court but struck out with Chancellor Dewayne Thomas.

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Livingston Road Bridge Closed for a Year

The city of Jackson issued the following statement. 

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Is Too Sweet Too Nuts?

Our favorite thug, Robert "Too Sweet" Henderson is at it again.  Once upon a time he played a drug dealin' hit man, next was a political operative, then he became a Reverend and radio talk show host.  Unfortunately, he got busted for being a felon in possession of a firearm and trying to bribe a public official.  However, he discovered a new role to play: Sovereign Citizen. However, the role landed him in the same predicament suffered by most Sovereign Citizens: In trouble with the law.  Hinds County Circuit Judge Faye Peterson threw him in jail last week after he acted a fool in her courtroom.

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Russian Cyberthieves Hit Gulfport Casino

The Justice Department issued the following press release last week:

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Monday, May 20, 2019

Rankin Rumble Tomorrow Night

August 6, 2019 barrels down upon us and Rankin County is no exception.  The Rankin County Republican Women are hosting a "Meet the Candidates Event" tomorrow night.  JJ will post similar notices about candidate forums if submitted.  Send to Kingfish1935@gmail.com.  More information for tomorrow night's even is posted below.

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Jail Bound & Down

Shirtless? Yes.  Barefoot? Yes.  Harmless? Well..... maybe not.  Some Florida troopers got a little careless with a suspect who saw Smokey and the Bandit one too many times....

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MDEQ: Stay Away from the Pearl River

The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality issued the following warning last week: 

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Matchbook Monday

Welcome to another edition of Matchbook Monday.  The matchbook posts are now far and few in between as the supply of such history is rather limited.  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.  Can't believe no one has a Sam's Westside matchbook.  A shame Swenson's didn't have one - or did it? Enjoy the ones posted below. 

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Pearl Man Arrested for Child Porn

Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following statement. 

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Court Approves Continency Fee Arrangement for Lamar Adams Receiver.

The Receiver in the Lamar Adams case will get to eat some of what she kills.  U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves approved reimbursing SEC-appointed Receiver Alysson Mills on a contingency-fee basis. The new fee arrangement will apply to most of her recovery lawsuits in the Lamar Adams case.  

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Rob Jay Nearly Gets It

Some thugs shot at WAPT Sports Anchor Tuesday.  Mr. Jay posted these pictures and message on Twitter:

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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Grenada Coroner Indicted

Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following statement.

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Riverside Drive Reconstruction Delayed

The reconstruction of Riverside Drive might as well be mired in Yazoo clay.   Pretty plans and sketches have been rendered yet no work has taken place on the road itself.  The Northside Sun reported:

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Sunday Morning Sermon

There's no place like home, said the late Dr. Frank Pollard in this 1989 sermon.  If you are stuck at home and can't make it to church, enjoy today's edition of Sunday Morning Sermon.

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Bill Crawford: The Doofuses Among Us

Two years after I first wrote about it, “doofus” remains an intriguing and timely word. The Oxford Living Dictionary says it likely originated in North America in the 1960s and suggests it is either an alteration of the word "goofus" or from the Scottish word "doof" meaning dolt. The Online Etymology Dictionary says it is "probably related to doo-doo and goofus."

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Saturday, May 18, 2019

The Guild Giveth, the Guild Taketh

The old adage that one shouldn't see how sausage and bills are made applies to economic development as well.  The Wall Street Journal provided a window in how states are at the mercy of a "Guild" of economic development consultants in a story published today:

Governors often find themselves at the Guild's mercy.  Credit: Critical Mass Blog.

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Idiots of the Day

Today's version of "Hey y'all, watch this" up at Grenada Lake is posted below. 

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Friday, May 17, 2019

Friday Night at the Fights

What happens when two really bad dudes meet in the ring?  The War.   More than a few people today have not seen one of the best fights in boxing history.  Throw the rules and the refs out the window as these two guys just wanted to kill each other.

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WLBT: $230,000 Paid to Settle Sheriff's Sexual Harrassment Lawsuits

WLBT tussled back and forth with the Hinds County Sheriff over two settlement agreements for sexual harrassment lawsuits but won in the end.  WLBT reported:

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Pearl Busts Carjackers

The Pearl Police Department posted the following statement on Facebook:

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

#40

JPD tweeted the following statement. 

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Culleys Win Battle of Culley Lake

The Culley family can enjoy their lake without the interference of the Natchez Trace Village Homeowners Association.  The Mississippi Supreme Court affirmed today a Chancery Court decision that gave control of the lake to the family who actually owns the lake.


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PERS Commission Met in 2011. How Has PERS Done?

There was much gnashing of teeth when Governor Barbour created a commission to study PERS in 2011. The commission did what commissions do.  It met, studied, and made recommendations.  Ashes were smeared and sackcloths were rent as opponents shrieked at the mere thought of studying PERS. State Senator Hob Bryan suggested waiting at least five years to study PERS.  Well, Senator, it's been eight years.  Time to take a look.

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Man Kills Girlfriend in Belhaven

JPD issued the following statement.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Recap: Burn, Baby, Burn!

Missed Sunday night's episode of GOT? No problem.  Watch the little recap posted below. It's told in a rather interesting manner.  Clarence would be proud.

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EXPUNGED!!!

The District Attorney's attempt to frame Ben Allen wound up in the trash  as  Hinds County Circuit Judge Winston Kidd expunged Mr. Allen's record today.  The order is posted below.  Godspeed to Mr. Allen. 

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Danny's Stripped

A jury awarded $3.3 million to six black strippers yesterday after it determined Danny's Cabaret/Restaurant/Of Jackson discriminated against them because of their race.  A docket entry in the federal court file states:
 

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The Deep State of Hinds County

There is apparently a Deep State in Hinds County.  Who knew?  A woman attempted to enlist the aid of the Governor in fighting the Hinds County Deep State but to no avail.  The Deep State is very powerful indeed as it stretches through the courts, Mississippi College, the District Attorney, JPD, and yea, even into Warren County.  The letter posted below shows the nature of the Hinds County Deep State as it is made up of black, white, Republican, Democrat, the washed, the unwashed, and who knows who else.  The letter was sent to numerous public officials.

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More Pearl Restaurants Can Serve Alcohol

The city of Pearl issued the following statement.

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Race for College Scholarship


Treasurer Lynn Fitch and College Savings Mississippi are excited to host another MACS (Mississippi Affordable College Savings) scholarship opportunity for Mississippi students.  The Race to College contest will be held during the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) State Baseball Championships at Trustmark Park on May 16-17, 2019.

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Sid Salter: Wood Pellets Plant Creates New Markets for State's Timber

How big an impact does forestry make on Mississippi’s economy? For the last six years, the Mississippi State University Extension Service says that forestry contributed more than a billion dollars annually with an estimated value of $1.2 billion in 2018 alone.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Heeeere's Johnny!

Will Norm get this wine for next year's Sante South Festival?

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Trooper Arrested in Flora

A Mississippi trooper was arrested for domestic violence (misdemeanor) last week.  Madison County Detention Center booking records state Flora police arrested Dontai Jackson for simple domestic violence on May 12.  He posted bond and is not in custody.  A DPS representative said he is on leave pending the results of an investigation.  The booking information is posted below. 

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State Auditor Issues Demand on Lincoln Supes

State Auditor Shadrick Meshack Abednego White issued the following statement.

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More Coverage on JMAA Paris Trip

Justin Vicory picked up the ball from last week's JJ post about the JMAA Commissioners going to Paris next month and ran with it for some more yards on the Clarion-Ledger website today:


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Vicksburg Man Gets Prison for Child Porn

Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following statement.

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Carlos the Clown Censured

Carlos the Clown was sanctioned yet again.  The Tennessee Supreme Court upheld the Tennessee Bar's public censure of Grenada attorney Carlos Moore.  The Bar didn't take too kindly to Mr. Moore's placing of a lien on a client after she rejected a settlement offer.  The order states:

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Monday, May 13, 2019

Herrrrrre's Johnny

 Great stuff from Johnny Carson and one of the best baseball players to ever play the game. Enjoy.

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Commissioner Andy Gipson: Outside Interests Mobilizing Against Mississippi's Working Forests

Should out-of-state interests decide what’s best for a rural Mississippi town of about 3,000 people, or should the local community decide?

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#38

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Medicare Tries to Help Rural Hospitals

The federal government is throwing a lifeline to rural hospitals. CMS announced on April 23:

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Jay Hughes Has Been Everywhere



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Malone Tries to Postpone Sentencing Again

Teresa Malone  is trying to use her lawyer's daughter's graduation as an excuse to postpone her sentencing scheduled for May 24. Malone pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one count of attempt & conspiracy and one count of bribery of a public official on October 4, 2017.  The public official was former MDOC Commissioner Chris Epps.  Her sentencing was delayed last year due to medical problems and a lung transplant.


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Homicide on Utah Street

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Sunday, May 12, 2019

Showing the Money


Friday was the deadline for periodic campaign finance reports.  Such reports give an indication of how the races are going absent polling.  Simply put, Tate and Dilbert have the big war chests while the AG race is a horse race.  Look up reports at the SOS website.  Major races posted below.  Read 'em and weep.

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Mother's Day Sermon

The late Dr. Frank Pollard honored mothers in this 2001 - yes, we are up to 2001 - Mother's Day Sermon.  Enjoy and Happy Mother's Day.

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Bill Crawford: Senior Needs for Affordable Housing Grows

So, my conservative friends, what is the ideological difference between a tax subsidy for the wealthy and a financial subsidy for the poor?

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Saturday, May 11, 2019

Target: Tokyo

 The first B-29 raid on Tokyo was a round trip of 3,000 miles - unprecedented in aviation history at the time. The video posted below is a film of the raid produced by the War Department.  Listen closely and you might recognize the voice.  Enjoy.

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"People of Mississippi Deceived from the Beginning"

The Kemper fiasco continues to unravel.  The Clarion-Ledger reported yesterday a construction manager came clean about the failed clean-power plant:

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Jim Fowler Goes to the Great Safari in the Sky.

A part of our collective childhoods died this week when Jim Fowler passed away at the age of 89.  Many a weekend afternoon was Jim wrassle cape buffaloes while Marlin Perkins sipped martinis in a tent on Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom.  Some of Jim's exploits are posted below.  Enjoy.

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Friday, May 10, 2019

SOLD!

Residents of the Country Club of Jackson are going to get some new neighbors.  U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves approved the sale of the Lamar Adams Home on 134 St. Andrews Drive in Jackson.  The purchase price is $540,000. 

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JMAA Issues RFP for Service Road Project

The Jackson Municipal Airport Authority issued the following request for proposals.

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Supremes to Carlos the Clown: Shut Up & Pay Up.

Justice moved one step closer to being served upon Grenada attorney Carlos Moore.  The Supreme Court denied certiorari for Moore's appeal of sanctions levied against him by a federal judge.  U.S. District Judge David Sanders sanctioned Mr. Moore after he failed to respond to discovery requests in a wrongful death lawsuit. Mr. Moore sued the city of Tupelo on behalf of the family of  Antwun Shumpert after he was shot to death by a Tupelo police officer.   Judge Sanders sanctioned him for $3,000.  Moore struck out for himself and his client at the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.  The Supreme Court ruling allows the judgement against his client and the sanctions against the grandstanding attorney to stand.

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Man Shoots at Woman as She Flees

The Madison Police Department issued the following statement.

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

Board Suspended Drug-Dealing Doc for 6 Months

The Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure suspended the license of prominent Jackson psychiatrist Dr. Timothy Summers last year.  An investigation determined Dr. Summers was writing illegal prescriptions for opioids and other controlled substances.  Dr. Summers agreed to a consent order that suspended his license for one year.  However, the suspension was shortened to six months if the doctor met certain conditions.  His license was reinstated after six months although the Board permanently banned him from writing prescriptions for controlled substances. The suspension began on September 20, 2018. He now lives in Meridian.

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Jackson Declares State of Emergency

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba issued the following declaration of a state of emergency.

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When the Levee Breaks

What happens when a Mississippi River levee breaks?

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Bus in the Hole!

Sinkhole/pothole/just a hole claims another victim:

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Candy Man Can't in Rankin

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement. 


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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

The Return of the Clown

Carlos the Clown is at it again.  Sarah Fowler hit the daily double today as she busted not one but two damn good stories in the newspaper today.  The Clarion-Ledger reported:

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JMAA Issues RFP for Landscaping Contract

The Jackson Municipal Airport Authority issued the request for proposals that is posted below.

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Alabama Baby Catches Measles

An Alabama infant contracted Measles. WTVM13 reported:

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Sid Salter: Shipyard's Future Vital to State

Only Walmart/Sam’s employs more people in Mississippi than does Ingalls Shipyards at about 12,500 employees. But Ingalls and other shipbuilders pay significantly better than Walmart.

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Creative Destruction?

Guess who is snapping up closed shopping malls?

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MDWFP Raises Range Fees

Practicing the Second Amendment costs more in Mississippi after the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks abolishes the annual permits and tripled the daily fees on all public shooting ranges in April. 

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It's Superintendent Seals

The Madison County School District issued the following statement.



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$15 x 0 hours = _____

Saw these doohickeys at the McDonald's in Winona Saturday:

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Monday, May 6, 2019

Hell Yes!!!

Once every lifetime, a day comes along when the planets align perfectly and the U.S. Army actually does something right.  Today is one of those days.   The New York Times reported:

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Millsaps Minors?

Millsaps President Dr. Rob Pearigen sent the following email to faculty and students announcing cuts in several programs.

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Rankin Teen Drowns

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement.

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Back the Brain Tonight


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JMAA Va a Paris (JMAA Goes to Paris)

Note: English translation posted below.

Le Jackson Municipal Aeroport Authority Conseil des Commissaires a voté pour envoyer les cinq commissaires au spectacle aérien international à Paris le mois prochain. La résolution approuvée à la réunion du conseil du 25 Mars indique:

Credit for artistic inspiration: Marshall Ramsey

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Sunday, May 5, 2019

GOT Pre-Game

The Battle of Winterfell is over, now the war for the Iron Throne truly begins.  The Army of the Dead is no more but unfortunately for Dany, her army is almost no more as well.  The longest battle in cinematic history was brilliantly produced but backstabbed once again by numerous plot holes and dead ends as D&D returned to juvenile script-writing that plagues Hollywood today.  Alt Shift X crucified the writers in this video. 

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Shooting on Briarwood

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Sunday Morning Sermon

Never say the late Dr. Frank Pollard shrinked before a challenge.  Dr.  Pollard discussed splits in the Southern Baptist Convention as well as what he thought should be the primary focus of his denomination. It is one of his best sermons. Enjoy. 

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Bill Crawford: Mississippi Population Trends Make Healthcare Big

Reckon conservatives will listen when two conservative, pro-capitalism columnists say healthcare is a big issue in Mississippi?

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Saturday, May 4, 2019

Nagumo's Dilemma

Midway.  Just the word symbolizes winning against all odds.  The Japs ran all over the Pacific and Southeast Asia until that fateful day on June 4, 1942.  So many miracles took place: the cracking of the code, the repair of the Yorktown, and catching the Nippon aircraft carriers while in the middle of aircraft recovery and rearming operations.   An eye-catching video attempts to show the battle from the Japanese perspective and delves into Nagumo's dilemma. To say it's better than the History Channel crap is putting it mildly.  Pour a drink and enjoy.

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Planetarium Getting a Facelift

The Jackson Planetarium is undergoing a facelift as well as some much-needed renovations.  Damage suffered from the 2013 hailstorm was not repaired.  It has been closed for a year.  However, there is light at the end of the tunnel. WAPT reported:

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Indictment Withdrawn in Voting Fraud Case

A Canton man will no longer suffer the pain of criminal prosecution.  The Madison-Rankin District Attorney's office is withdrawing the indictment of Sherman Matlock.  A grand jury indicted him in December for voting as a convicted felon.

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Friday, May 3, 2019

Sad but True

Posted below is a video used to train Hinds County judges and at times jurors as well.  The video was produced to show how the criminal justice should not be run but unfortunately, the disclaimers were not included with the video.  Thus judges and jurors alike have been improperly taught by this video.  Watch and weep.

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Cleared!

A Madison Court Justice Court Judge dismissed domestic violence charges against Phillip Calhoun.  He is the Vice-President of Manufacturing at the Nissan plant in Canton. 

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Read & Weep: State GDP Lags

Mississippi had the sixth-sluggish economy from 2017 to 2018 out of fifty states The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis stated the dismal findings in State GDP report issued Wednesday.

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The Killer's Lawsuit Died in Court

A federal judge killed The Killer's lawsuit recently.  U.S. District Judge Neal Biggers ruled against Jerry Lee Lewis's lawsuit against his daughter and other parties on April 25.   Mr. Lewis and his wife sued them for fraud and defamation in 2017. 

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No Measles Cases in Mississippi

The Mississippi State Department of Health issued the following statement. 

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Wyatt Emmerich: Expand Medicaid

Northside Sun publisher Wyatt Emmerich recently pushed for the expansion of Medicaid in Mississippi in an editorial:

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New Lease on Life for Times-Picayune?

The Baton Rouge Morning Advocate is purchasing what is left of the famed Times-Picayune.  The Newhouse Group decimated the beloved newspaper a few years ago when it moved to a digital-first model and cut publication of the newspaper to only three days per week.  The Baton Rouge paper created a New Orleans Advocate that promptly took off as it hired many former reporters from the Times-Picayune.  The Morning Advocate announced yesterday:

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Dan Patrick Reveals Illness

If you think you've noticed Dan Patrick having problems on the air over the last few years, your ears were not playing tricks on you.  The popular sports radio talk show host revealed yesterday that he has been suffering for several years from Polymyalgia Rheumatica as well as the treatments for the illness.  The gut-wrenching video is posted below.  Here's to hoping Dan beats this scourge. 

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Thursday, May 2, 2019

Dispatch From Pelahatchie: Meltdown!

The town clerks quit today.   Mayor Ryshonda Beechem suspended Town Clerk Tommy Lyle for thirty days with pay. He quit today when his suspension ended. The Deputy Clerk quit as well.  Meanwhile the city attorney, Joe Deaton,  resigned earlier this month.   He was the fourth city attorney since July 1, 2017.
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Kemper Plant Brings Federal Investigation

The Justice Department is investigating Southern Company and it's liquid-coal gasification plant in Kemper County.  The Atlanta Constitution-Journal reported:

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Pelahatchie Bay to Partially Reopen on May 14

The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District will partially reopen Pelahatchie Bay to limited boating on May 14. The District banned boating in October after an invasion of Sylvinia was discovered.  The plant doubles in size every two days and would have taken over the Rez within three or four months if left to grow unchecked.  Boats will only be allowed to enter the bay through its landings as booms still separate the bay from the main lake for the indefinite future.  A press release and video of the press conference explaining the new policies is posted below.

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More Sex Trafficking Arrests at Fortification Hotel

More sex trafficking is taking place at the Extended Studio Hotel on 881 East River Place in Jackson.  Hinds County Deputies arrested Christopher Griffin, Edward Williams, and Charmaine Turner yesterday for promoting prostitution, human trafficking, and exploitation of a minor.  Deputies came upon the ring while investigating the disappearance of the female victim. 

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To the Beach We Geaux!

Some LSU engineering students made it easier for the disabled to visit the beach in a rather cool way:

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Sanders Speaks, After Smoking Blunts at City Hall

Jackson community activist Enoch Sanders spoke out on guns and crime last night during public comments at the Jackson City Council. Enjoy.

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JMAA Issues RFQ for Hawkins Field Work

The Jackson Municipal Airport Authority issued the following request for qualifications (RFQ).

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MDE: Teachers Will Get Pay Raises

The Mississippi Department of Education issued the following statement.

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Mayfield Widow Strikes Out Again

U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves dismissed Madison Mayor Mary Hawkins-Butler and a Madison police officer in their personal capacities from Robin Mayfield's lawsuit against the city of Madison yesterday.  Madison police arrested her late husband, Mark Mayield,  for allegedly participating in a plot to use pictures of a vegetative Rose Cochran in a campaign video attacking Senator Thad Cochran in 2014.  The Ridgeland attorney committed suicide a few weeks after his arrest.  However, the lawsuit is still pending against Mayor Hawkins-Butler and  several Madison police officers in their official capacities.

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Sid Salter: Self-Checkouts Endanger Cashiers' Jobs

There were some justifiable fears in the late 1950s and early 1960s - threats like polio, global thermonuclear war, or the President appearing on TV to talk about anything. If he did, you could forget about TV for the night on either of the channels that were available to us (if the weather was right).

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Funny of the Day

Snowflake meets Sensai Kreese......

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Mayor: Hinds Public Defender Refuses to Work in Clinton Municipal Court


Clinton Mayor Phil Fisher issued the following statement.

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A Master at Work

Steve Doudaklian arrives every day at his Bedo's Leatherworks in Virginia, usually wearing a pair of Alden Indy boots that are nearly ten years old.  After brewing some Najjar coffee, he begins work, surrounded by worn-out shoes, stacks of fresh soles, a plethora of tools, and an atmosphere of hard work.  The warm aroma of fresh leather fills the air.  Make no mistake, Steve Doudaklian is no mere local shoe repairman but is a Championship cobbler.
 




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Baker Defends State Flag



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Why did Airport CEO Leave?

Carl Newman's sudden resignation as the CEO of the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority on March 26 surprised more than a few people.  The CEO was well-respected by the local business community and his peers.  He was the past-Chairman of the American Association of Airport Executives.  However, the minutes of the JMAA Board of Commissioner's March 25 meeting provide some more information about why he resigned.

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Monday, April 29, 2019

Mayor Launches Quiz of Water/Sewer Dept

Jackson First Consul Chokwe Antar Lumumba issued the following statement.

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Mayor: Jackson To Pay $7 Million Per Year on Siemens Bonds Til '41

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba issued the following statement at a press conference this afternoon:

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Gawgia Gonna Gawgia

The folks at SEC Shorts are at it again, this time the subject is Coach Saban's recent hip surgery.

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CL Creates Jackson Homicide Map

Jackson has experienced 32 homicides in 2019.  The troubling trend worsened as there were 8 shootings and two homicides this weekend in the Bold New City.  Want to know where they are? Never fear, the Clarion-Ledger is here.  The state newspaper created a homicide map that is posted below. 

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Sunday, April 28, 2019

Shooting at Tracewood Apartments

It appears someone got stupid.  JPD tweeted:

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GOT Pre-Game

Big night tonight on Game of Thrones.  If you just have to have something to tide you over until 8:04 PM, here are a couple of items.

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Sunday Morning Sermon

Can't make it to church this morning? No problem.  Enjoy this 1990 sermon from the late Dr. Frank Pollard of First Baptist Church (Jackson). 

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Bill Crawford: Prosperity Indicators Not So Good

Mississippi politicians running for re-election or higher office are out, about, and on social media touting how good things are and how they helped make things that way.

Well, some things are good, but some are far from good. One is population growth, rather, lack thereof.

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Saturday, April 27, 2019

Idiot of the Day

A would-be criminal actually thought it would be a good idea to rob a - get this - a boxing club with martial arts instructors.

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Breaking Down the Shuckers' Jive

Did a consultant shuck and jive Biloxi into falling for a bad bond deal? The city of Biloxi is paying $600,000 per year for bonds that were used to pay for the construction of a stadium to host the AA minor league Biloxi Shuckers. A Johnson Consulting "study" projected attendance to average 4,300 per game. Unfortunately, the Shuckers have averaged 2,530 per game, a far cry from the home runs promised by the consultants. Posted below are some highlights of the "study."

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Lighten Up, Francis

Believe it or not, someone really doesn't get the "We Need More Cowbell" joke. Bloomberg opinion writer Noah Smith tweeted:

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Canton Mart BK Robbed

JPD tweeted the following statement. 

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Friday, April 26, 2019

Put This Man in Charge of MDE

It appears a candidate for Hinds County Sheriff might be the perfect replacement for State Superintendent of Education.

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Dear Bureaucrats....

It appears some of you haven't exactly read the Open Meetings Act.  The Kingfish has attempted to look at minutes of various government agencies only to be told that he had to file a public records request.  Um, no.  Since a few bureaucrats, politicians, and gummint lawyers haven't bothered to read the law, here is what the Open Meetings Act actually says about minutes:

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Mayor Wants to Borrow Money to Fix Roads

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba wants to use the 1% sales tax funds to borrow money to repave roads.  The Northside Sun reported last week:

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Driver Surrenders in Briarwood Hit & Run

JPD tweeted the following statement:

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MDOC Seized 11,863 Cellphones in 2018

The Mississippi Department of Corrections issued the following press release.

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Ridgeland PD Seeks Credit Card Thief

The Ridgeland Poh-lice Department issued the following press release and pictures.

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Leading By Example

Drivers at the Terry Road exit got to see the JPD Police Chief in action this morning.  WJTV's Terrance Friday posted this pictures on Twitter:

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Tate Wants Mississippi to Reach Full Potential



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Funds Short for Teacher Pay Raises (Updated)

Update: MDE CFO Letter to Legislature published at bottom of post. 

The political and education worlds in Mississippi exploded yesterday after it was discovered that the legislature did not appropriate enough money to fund teacher pay raises this year thanks to an error made by the Mississippi Department of Education.  MDE kicked off the ruckus with this press release yesterday:

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Former Tallahatchie Sheriff Gets Six Years

The former Sheriff of Tallahatchie County will now get a chance to experience the criminal justice system from the other side of the bars.  U.S. District Judge Mike Mills sentenced William Brewer to serve six years in prison after he pleaded guilty to one count of extorting a bribe in November.  The FBI caught Brewer running a protection racket for a drug dealer as Sheriff.

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Look at Me, I'm Jen-ni Monet

A reporter decided to pull the "Do You Know Who I Am?" card when she was arrested in New Mexico. Tsk-tsk.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

The Night King Cometh

Title fight on Game of Thrones Sunday night.  The set-ups are over, now it's time to get down to the business of war.  Dragons, Dothraki, Unsullied, Valerian steel, and a bunch of rough and tough Northmen yet the best army Westeros has ever seen might still get wiped out Sunday night.  HBO released several photos of the upcoming episode (posted below).  If you need some action before the weekend, Youtube released Season 2 of Cobra Kai last night.  The series is worth the price of a one month subscription although be warned - you might get used to having no ads on Youtube videos.

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Was Biloxi Shucked?

It appears Biloxi fell into the same baseball-bond trap that ensnared Pearl.  WLOX reported yesterday:

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Hemp Cultivation Task Force To Begin Work

Agriculture Commissioner Andy Gipson issued the following press release.

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Counterfeiter Busted

State Auditor Shad White issued the following statement.

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Fading Away

 It appears yet another shopping center-mall-outlet mall-strip mall - whatever you call it is fading away in Mississippi. Check out this one in Batesville.

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Street Justice?

It appears some street justice was meted out after a 14 year-old was murdered in Jackson last weekend. WLBT reported last night:

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Sid Salter: Public Health Care is State and Federal Government's Most Vexing Challenge

I often wrote over the course of 35 years about public health care finance with a level of personal engagement that reminds me today much of a walk through a really fine zoo. The exhibits were intriguing, yes, but I could certainly lose interest quickly and move on to another topic.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Baker Will Defend "In God We Trust" Motto



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Possible Measles Exposure at Turtle Creek Mall

The Mississippi State Department of Health issued the following statement.

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Welcome Back!

Theres Apel said see ya to the Mississippi Department of Public Safety and came back to her true calling.   The star reporter joined WLBT/Fox 40 yesterday.   She tried a different gig but let's just face it, some people just have it in their blood and she is no exception.  Her announcement is posted below.

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60 Years for Child Porn

The Justice Department issued the following statement.

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State Auditor Fires Back on Education Spending

State Auditor Shad White fired back at his critics.  Mr. White stated in a report issued last week that spending on administrative costs in public schools rose while the number of teachers and students fell over the last ten years. The education lobby didn't like that one report one bit and challenged its findings, claiming it didn't account for inflation and other factors.  Mr. White's reply is posted below.

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JPD Arrests Suspects in Lil Lonnie Murder

JPD tweeted yesterday that arrests were made in the murder of rapper Lil Lonnie that took place a year ago:

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Monday, April 22, 2019

The Naked News, Capitol Street Edition

 WARNING: POST HAS PARTIAL NUDITY & GRAPHIC PICTURES!

 A  Naked Man Event (NME)  took place Saturday night in front of the Mayflower Cafe.  An adult male stood at the corner of Roach Street and Capitol Street, caddy-corner to the Mayflower Cafe at 6:45 PM, and proceeded to take off his clothes.  The street theatre performance continued as he proceeded to channel his inner Cassius Clay and jump rope off and on for the next 20-30 minutes.

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14 Year-Old Shot to Death

JPD tweeted the following statements.

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Sunday, April 21, 2019

The Blazer Block

Check out what has been blocking Greymont Avenue since Thursday:

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Missing Child Alert

The Mississippi Department of Public Safety issued the following statement.

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Happy Easter

The late Dr. Frank Pollard delivered a powerful Easter message in this 1999 sermon on the Pre-Easter Parade.  Enjoy Easter Sunday.

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Bill Crawford: Strong Safety Net Not Socialism

Evil socialism is about to take over America and Mississippi.

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Saturday, April 20, 2019

"The Kick Heard Round the World"

Larusso or Lawrence, who ya got? Did Daniel cheat? Should Johnny be the legend? ESPN's 30 for 30 answers these questions and more, much more, as it takes a look at one of the most storied rivalries in sports history. 

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D.A. Withdraws Brune Indictment

Former Downtown Jackson Partners employee Linda Brune no longer faces the prospect of going to prison.  Madison-Rankin Assistant District Attorney Ashley Allen withdrew the indictment for embezzlement yesterday in Madison County Circuit Court.

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Gluckstadt Glitch?

It looks like the Gluckstadt incorporation is not a done deal, after all.   Peco Foods and Ron Hutchinson filed notices of appeal yesterday in Madison County Chancery Court.  Attorney Bob Montgomery represents Peco Foods while attorney Sheldon Alston, SR represents Mr. Hutchinson.  Chancellor James Walker approved the incorporation of Gluckstadt recently.

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Friday, April 19, 2019

Measles Traveler visits Hattiesburg

State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobb is holding a press conference on Measles right now.  Watch the presser below.  Apparently a  traveler with measles visited Hattiesburg.  There were two locations were people may have been exposed. April 9 at Subway Restaurant at Circle K (Highway 11) in Hattiesburg between 2 and 4 PM and Raising Canes on Hardy Street  on April 5 from 10-11 PM.

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Zoo Re-opens Tomorrow


Thanks to the Jackson Zoo staff and the crew sent by City of Jackson Parks and Recreation, clean up and immediately necessary repairs from Thursday's storms were completed ahead of schedule, around noon today (Friday).  The park is ready for weekend and holiday visitors starting at 9 am on Saturday, April 20th.

The Jackson Zoo Discovery team will be ready for the Earth Day Celebration in the Gertrude C Ford Education Building starting at 10 am, with activities continuing until 1 pm. The activities are included with general admission and membership.

In addition, the Livingston Train and the Endangered Carousel will be running for $2 per ride, and Back Yard Burgers will be open in the Elephant House Cafe from 10 am until 2 pm with lunch and treat options. Please follow http://facebook.com/JacksonZoo for further updates.

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You Geaux, Girl!

Imagine the surprise a woman felt when she dropped her truck off at the shop for repair only to see a dealership employee joy-riding in her truck later in the day? Peggy Thompson was quite shocked to see a Mac-Haik employee doing just that recently.  However, this being 2019, she did what most people today would do: she took pictures of the joy-riding with her Iphone and posted it for all to see on Facebook - in the public section, of course:

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Receiver Submits Report in Lamar Adams Case

Receiver Alysson Mills submitted her status report to U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves yesterday.  Judge Reeves appointed Ms. Mills to recover assets for the SEC in the Lamar Adams timber fraud case.  The report is posted below although there is little new information for JJ readers who are following the case on this website. However, the report provides an update on all litigation concerning the Lamar Adams case. 

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Shakedown at MDOC

The Mississippi Department of Corrections issued the following statement.

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Power Out at Jail

Update:  Power restored.

JJ is experiencing technical difficulties, actually a difficulty as in no power since yesterday afternoon.  However,  never fear, JJ can report one bit of news. The power is out at RDC and the generators don't work.  Needless to say,  there are quite a few ticked off inmates as the inability to recharge their iPhone is quite maddening to them. 
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Thursday, April 18, 2019

555 & Counting

The CDC reports there were 555 cases of Measles from January 1 to April 11.  The CDC reports on its website:

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Jay Hughes: Auditor Blames Schools

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Heartbreaking

Fox40's Mike Sands disclosed the heartbreaking news this week that he is leaving the station and returning to Philadelphia, PA.   The beloved sportscaster has been fighting cancer for quite some time but things took a tragic turn.  The video of his announcement is posted below. 

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Madison County Schools Closing Early

The Madison County School District issued the following statement .

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Bedwetter Alert: Flying Circus Edition

The BBC made the mistake of attacking Monty Python for being too white.  Yes, this doofus of diversity thought it was a good idea to risk bombardment by the Flying Circus.  The Telegraph reported:

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Baker Will Take "Heartbeat Bill" to Supreme Court if Need Be as A.G.

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Hinds County Remembers the Easter Flood

JJ continues to remember the Easter Flood of 1979.  Hinds County produced a slide show to commemorate the disaster.  It is posted below. 

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West Capitol Street Homicide

JPD tweeted the following statement.

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Brandon Amphitheater Beating Expectations

The Brandon amphitheater exceeded projections.  Brandon Mayor Butch Lee said the note was paid for the year with money left over to fund improvements at the complex.   WLBT reported last night:

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Sid Salter: Education, Healthcare, Roads and Taxes, As Usual, Will Dominate 2019 Elections

My active observations of Mississippi statewide elections stretch back to the 1970s and what remains fascinating to me is how little the issues have changed since those days.

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State Auditor: Fewer Teachers & Students BUT More Admins in Public Schools

State Auditor Shad White said spending on administrators "ballooned" while the number of teachers and students fell in Mississippi public schools over the last ten years.  Mr. White made the allegations in a report he released this morning.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

How Do You Pronounce "Gautier"?

The folks at It's a Southern Thing, Y'all came up with some interesting pronunciations of Mississippi towns.

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Investigator Sentenced in Fraud Case

The Justice Department issued the following statement

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Remembering the Easter Flood

It's been 40 years since Jackson suffered the Easter Flood.  Most of downtown Jackson went underwater.  The roof of the Coliseum suddenly appeared as an isle of white in the midst of a sea of brown.  Homes were lost, businesses were ruined, and countless families suffered the pain of rebuilding as the unforgiving water spared no effort in spreading a path of destruction. 


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"White Folks Still Run This Thing"

"These Uncle Tom Negroes", "White folks still run this thing", Jim Hood, water bills,  and other complaints filled the Sunday morning talk show for Kenneth Stokes and the Reverend P.J. Williams. The Reverend even provided a well-informed discussion on the drug trade. Enjoy.  REEEEEEEEVVVVVV!!!!!!!

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When the Music Stops

Great.  A school district is forced to cut its music education programs. The Clarion-Ledger reported:

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MHP Wants You!

The Mississippi Highway Patrol issued the following statement.

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FDA Changes Policy on Opioid Withdrawal

Chronic pain sufferers just obtained some relief from the FDA.  The agency advised physicians to slowly wean patients off of opioids if they are "physically dependent" instead of suddenly going "cold turkey."  FDA issued the safety bulletin posted below yesterday:

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Monday, April 15, 2019

When Tragedy Gives Life

UMC issued the following press release written by Ruth Cummins.

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Notre Dame Burning Down

Notre Dame Cathedral is on fire.  Streaming video posted below. Please no, just no. 

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5 Years Yet No Justice for Murdered Grandmother

The family of the late Helen Harrion still waits for justice to be served after the South Jackson grandmother was killed five years ago.  A Hinds County grand jury indicted Alonzo Stewart for her murder but the case continues remain stuck in the mud of the state mental health system. 

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MDOC Costs Rise

The PEER Committee issued the following statement. 

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Oh No, Oloh Fire Dept. Bookkeeper Arrested

State Auditor Shad White issued the following statement. 

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Sunday, April 14, 2019

Funny But True

What do Julian Assange, Aunt Becky, and a porn star lawyer have in common? They were all the subject of a Saturday Night Live video last night:

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Domestic Violence Murder in Ridgeland

 Update: Son allegedly killed father.

The Ridgeland Police Department issued the following statement on Facebook:

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Wow!

Check out this frightening video of the tornado that ripped through Vicksburg yesterday. It was shot by someone at Key City Brewing Company.

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Experiencing New Life

If the weather kept you from going to church this morning, enjoy this sermon presented by the late Dr. Frank Pollard. 

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Bill Crawford: Status Quo Makes No Sense

Whether you deplore the way the Mississippi Legislature currently operates or you rejoice in its works, change is needed. The status quo makes no sense.

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Saturday, April 13, 2019

The New Dylan

Listen at your own peril.  Don't say you weren't warned.

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Could've Been Worse

A carjacking suspect took Florida deputies for a crazy ride in this video as he sought a suicide by cop. Unfortunately, he got his wish. 

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Friday, April 12, 2019

Priester Speaks!

The Kingfish will be tied up for the afternoon and unable to post.  However, don't despair.  Posted below is a recent interview Jackson City Council President Melvin Priester, Jr. gave to WSJU-TV.  Enjoy.

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Crimestoppers Alert

Crimestoppers issued the following alert.

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Sale of the Day

Quite a few of you asked when Allen Edmonds will have a good sale, so JJ is letting you know there is one right now.  You can order from their website.   If you want to save even more money, you can buy their Factory seconds.  However, the seconds are on a different website and use a different procedure for ordering. 

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Court to Approve Sale of Lamar Adams Home.

U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves will hold a hearing to approve the final sale of Lamar Adams' home on 134 St. Andrews Drive in Jackson on May 10.

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Rankin Man Arrested on Child Porn Charges

Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following statement.

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Ben-Hur Returns to Big Screen Next Week

The classic version of Ben-Hur, not that shallow CGI crap from a few years ago, returns to the theatre next week.  Watch the chariot races as they were meant to be seen - on the big screen.  Showtimes are posted below.




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Match Day Mishap at UMC


Match Day is a milestone on the path to becoming a doctor.  It is a day when graduating medical students find out where they will enter a residency program after med school.  UMC's Match Day was March 17.  Unfortunately for the entire graduating class, a UMC employee turned a day of joy into a day of horror as a congratulatory email included an attachment that contained a great deal of personal information about residency applicants.

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Idiot of the Day

The Ridgeland Police Department issued the following statement.

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Hope the Pancakes Were Worth It.

The Justice Department issued the following statement.

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Go Over the Edge This Weekend!

 The Friends of Children's Hospital issued the following press release.


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WSJ: Public Pensions Continue to Fall Behind Despite Earning More Money

Public pensions are getting great returns in the markets yet are falling behind in funding future benefits for their retirees.  The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday:

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Mississippi's Finest

Meet one of our Mississippi Troopers, fresh out of Trooper school.  Be careful when driving.  She's looking to give you a ticket. 

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Good Job!

Just watched a wreck take place on Ridgewood and Old Canton Road.   Two black Suv's bearing no markings hauled ass inbound in center turn lanes on Old Canton Road with sirens blaring. SUV's unmarked.  Caused one car to rear end another one was everyone was slamming their brakes. Nice job. Hope it was a real emergency. 

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Animal Control Officer Suspended


JPD Animal Control Officer Paul Perry is on administrative leave while a quiz takes place.  

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SOLD!

The Court-appointed receiver in the Lamar Adams case asked for permission to sell his St. Andrew's Drive home for $540,000.  Receiver Allyson Mills stated in a motion:

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Madison County Superintendent Resigns

The Madison County School District sent this email to parents of its students today:

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CL: Higher Ed Spent Millions Lobbying

Mississippi universities love them some lobbyists.  The Clarion-Ledger put on its good government hat today as it reported Mississippi universities spend nearly $2 million on lobbying public officials:

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Sid Salter: Country's Full But Farm & Labor Shortages Persist

During a briefing on immigration and border security in Calexico, Calif., last week, President Donald Trump held fast to his steady contention that the U.S. immigration system was overburdened as he continued to push for a Southern border wall and tighter security to combat illegal border crossings.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

A Hero Enters Valhalla

The last Doolittle Raider died today.  Lieutenant Colonel Dick Cole passed away at the age of 103 today.  The Northwest Florida Daily News reported:

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UMMC Wants to Trademark "Telemergency"

Will UMMC have exclusive use of the word "Telemergency"? UMMC has made some huge bets on telemedicine as it seeks to bring more health care providers and hospitals under its umbrella through this new-fangled way of practicing medicine.  UMMC filed an application to protect "Telemergency" with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

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More Transparency

The city of Jackson apparently has not records of adoptions and euthanizations at the Animal Control Center.  JJ submitted a public records request on February 11, 2019:

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Jackson Launches Data Portal

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba issued the following statement.

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WSJ: Measles Cases Continue to Rise

Once eliminated in the United States, the Measles virus is mounting a comeback.  The Ccnter for Disease Control said there are now 465 cases of Measles in 19 states.   The Wall Street Journal reported today:

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The PERS Song Remains the Same

Check out the questionnaire posted below that the Mississippi Retired Public Employees' Association sent to legislative candidates.  The fourth question is particularly interesting.

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Monday, April 8, 2019

No Comment.

Wow.  Start listening to Mr. Stokes at 38:00.  

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Baker Will Protect Faith-Based Adoptions

This sponsored post is a press release from the Mark Baker for A.G. Campaign. 

Today, conservative Republican Attorney General candidate Mark Baker explained his commitment to upholding Mississippi laws shielding faith-based agencies from having to compromise their values, especially those upholding traditional marriages and families.

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Jackson Crime Update

JPD issued the following statements.

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Psssst..... the Password Is......

It appears our Attorney General is having a fund-raiser for the cool kids.  JJ would love to tell you where it is but we don't know where it will take place.  See for yourself.

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Sunday, April 7, 2019

Mold Ignores City Plans, Ruins 34,000 Books

Good job, Jackson. The Jackson-Hinds library system lost 34,000 books to mold at the Charles Tisdale library after the city dithered for nearly two years. The Northside Sun reported Wednesday:

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Blessing the Peacemakers

The late Dr. Frank Pollard (First Baptist Jackson) preached on the "Be-attitudes" in this edition of Sunday Morning Sermons.

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Bill Crawford: Will Lesser-Known Candidates Save Us From Our Saviors?

First a correction. Last week I wrote there are 13 candidates for governor; instead there are 14. I left out Constitution Party candidate Bob Hickingbottom. My apologies.

The Associated Press labeled most of these as "lesser known candidates." While it is unlikely a lesser known candidate will win a party nomination, this is Mississippi where lesser knowns surprise us.

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Saturday, April 6, 2019

Ouch!

It appears some JPD cruisers stored behind the old satellite office on Farish Street were mighty tempting targets for some thieves.

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Bodycam Shows Police Confronting Dak's Dogs

TMZ obtained police bodycam video of the seizure of Dak Prescott's pit bulls.  The dogs are very lucky to be alive as a police officer aimed his M-4 semiautomatic rifle at them as they approached.  The video is posted below.

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Friday, April 5, 2019

Aftermath

HBO dropped a new Game of Thrones trailer.  Enjoy.

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Flashback Friday: Yazoo City Destroyed

Rumored to be the curse of the Witch, fire and brimstone incinerated Yazoo City a little more than 100 years ago  Today's edition of Flashback Friday takes a look at the "Destruction of Yazoo City." 

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Millsaps/Chism Poll: Voters Want Higher Minimum Wage, Higher Taxes, Better Roads

Don't really have time to clear the weeds this morning but here is a poll Millsaps College and Chism Strategies released yesterday.  Some highlights are:

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Bathrooms = Mo' Money

Golden crappers make for um, economic development.  A member of the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority Board of Commissioners pushed mighty hard to spend $300,000 to renovate the bathrooms at Hawkins Field in order to generate economic activity.  The July 2018 minutes state:

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

If You Think You Are Having a Bad Day.....

Nothing like flying without some landing gear as a seventeen year old student pilot found out six months ago.  Maggie Taraska attempted to fly solo from Beverly Airport in Massachussetts to Portland Maine.  However, she quickly discovered something was wrong upon takeoff.  The control tower informed her that the right wheel was missing.  What took place next ran the entire gamut of human emotions.  Listen for yourself as the tower talks her down to a safe landing sans landing gear.

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Mayor Reports Water Theft Investigation at Water/Sewer Admin

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba issued the following statement.

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Is Parking Meter Help On the Way?

The city of Jackson issued the following statement.

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Delbert on Education



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Child Molester Guilty on 3 Counts in Rankin

Rankin-Madison District Attorney John Bramlett issued the following statement.

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The Smiles Are Gone for Kool Smiles

Kool Smiles? Kool What? The dentistry chain recently changed its name after enduring a spell of bad publicity.  The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reported yesterday:

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Would Not Have Happened East of the Mississippi

When the Delta Tau Chis came to the University of Oregon......

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Deputy's Gear Recovered, Weapon Still Missing

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement.

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JPD Arrests Old Friend of JJ

JPD issued the following statement yesterday.

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Fishhook Queen Charged Again

The War of Natchez Trace Village continues with no signs of abatement as the Fishhook Queen, Mary Watkins, was charged with petit larceny after she allegedly and illegally removed several signs announcing a meeting with Madison officials.  She was recently convicted of simple assault by threat after she cast fish hooks at two young boys who were riding their jet skis on Culley Lake. 


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Sid Salter: Florence Mars, James Meredith Memoirs Offer Insight Into Troubled South

I have distinct memories of two memorable, inimitable figures from the civil rights era in Mississippi whose lives and experiences are featured in two books published by the University Press of Mississippi, the state’s academic book publishing press, that are now in bookstores or available at upress.state.ms.us.

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

This will Not End Well

Reality Show in Jackson? Uh-oh.  This has to be an April Fool's thing.  Has to be.

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For Sale! Reasonable Offers Accepted!

This Northeast Jackson mansion can be yours if.........the price is right.

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LOOK AT ME!!! (Video)

"Cyclops, if any mortal human being asks about the injury that blinded you,
tell them Odysseus destroyed your eye, a sacker of cities, Laertes’ son, a man from Ithaca."
The Odyssey

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement.

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Shooting at Select10 Hotel.

 Will D.A. ask for no bond?

JPD issued the following statement.

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Porter Bingham Pleads Not Guilty

Disgraced municipal financial advisor Porter Bingham pleaded not guilty in federal court today.  A grand jury indicted him recently for bank fraud, money laundering, and wire fraud that were allegedly committed in a $2 million bond sale for Rolling Fork in 2015.

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Monday, April 1, 2019

Police Stop Pilgrimage to Visit the Witch

The Madison Police Department issued the following statement.

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Deputy's Weapon & Vest Stolen

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement.

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Reeves Praises 2019 Legislature

Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves issued the following statement.

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The Return of the Spiff

Spaceman Spiff returns:

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Liquor War Brewing in Canton

A man who wants to build a liquor store in Canton intends to sue the city after it  said it will not approve a permit to build a liquor store even though it issued him a privilege license. 

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The Queens Pays a Visit to City Hall


The Queens has had enough and don't mind saying so to City Hall.  Leaders of the Queens subdivision  paid a visit to Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba and the City Council on March 19.  Neighborhood leaders such as Doris Devine made it clear they were fed up with the lack of progress in fixing Jackson's problems.  She even complained about a city worker asleep on the job.

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Sunday, March 31, 2019

Hot Damn! Welcome to Mississippi!

Comedian Bill Bellamy got a Jackson welcome this weekend:

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Shot Fired After Concert

The Brandon Police Department issued the following statement. 

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Weekend Shootings

JPD issued the following statements yesterday. 

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Sunday Morning Sermon

Slept late and missed church? Don't worry, JJ got ya covered.  Enjoy this 1990 sermon presented by the late Dr. Frank Pollard of First Baptist Church (Jackson).

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Bill Crawford: What Issues Are Wild Cards in Governor's Race?

Which of the 13 candidates for governor of Mississippi are you for?

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Friday, March 29, 2019

Robin Leach Would Be Proud

Need some weekend reading? Check out the FBI's affidavit in the college admission scandal that is posted below.  There are so many juicy nuggets that the media couldn't cover them all.  Pour a drink and enjoy a look into the life of the "elite." 

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Entergy Trial Begins Monday

Lord Protector Jim Hood issued the following statement. 

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Open Thread

I'm tied up for several hours but can check comments . Consider this post to be an open thread.

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Jackson Issues RFP for Conv. Center Hotel

The City of Jackson issued the following video, statement, and request for proposals.

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James Tulp: A Safe Space for Politicians

The Mississippi legislature recently adopted a resolution to call for an Article V Convention of States to amend the U.S. Constitution, becoming the 15th state to do so. We have the unfortunate distinction, however, of being the first of the fifteen to include in the resolution a prohibition on term limits.

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

Baker Boyz Purge Contempt

U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves purged a civil contempt order against Jon Seawright and Brent Alexander.  Judge Reeves found them in civil contempt of court last week after he determined they sued UPS for damages in the Lamar Adams case without his permission.  Mr. Seawright is partner at Baker Donelson while Mr. Alexander is a lobbyist for the firm.

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Gluckstadt Incorporation Approved

Madison County Chancellor James Walker approved the annexation of Kraut-town.   The order is posted below for your convenience as it was just issued.  The town got everything it asked for except for an area of Panther Creek north of Stout Road.

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WLBT: "Canton Corruption"

WLBT covered "Canton Corruption" last night.  The video is posted below.

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Child Molestor Gets 30 Years

Madison-Rankin District Attorney John Bramlett issued the following statement.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Seattle is Dying

Once a Mecca of the American west coast, Seattle is now descending into a climate of lawlessness and hopelessness.  KOMO asked if Seattle is dying in a recent hour-long show.  Residents of the Jackson area will recognize some of the problems and complaints.  Enjoy.

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Tonight on WLBT......

Canton corruption takes the stage.

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Editorial: A.G. Should Prosecute Olbermann

Media nutjob Keith Olbermann went too far yesterday when he encouraged his fans to make a Mississippi hunter's life "a living hell" on Twitter.  What drew the ire of Die Ulbernutt is a Clarion-Ledger story about -gasp- hunting.

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Good Kid

JPD issued the following statement. 

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Catch & Release! Squawk! Catch & Release!

Perhaps if the Hinds County District Attorney and judges did their jobs, perhaps a poor woman would not have been carjacked in Crystal Springs a few days ago.  The Copiah County Courier reported last week:

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Sid Salter: Warren's Stop Has Few Parallels to RFK's Delta Visit

The rather nondescript email from activist Marissa Barrow of the “Progressive Change Campaign Committee” arrived in my email inbox on March 18 with the subject line: “Elizabeth Warren parallels RFK’s 1967 tour of Mississippi Delta.”

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Stokes Live

Bored? Check out Mr. Kenneth Stokes' weekly radio show.  REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEV!!!!!!!

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32 Years for Sex Trafficker

The Justice Department issued the following statement.

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Airport CEO Resigns.

JMAA CEO Carl Newman resigned his position. 

Kingfish note: Good job, Board,  real good job.   Henley tried to force him out last year. Goof friggin job.  Blame this one on the Bennie crowd. 

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Brandon McDonald's Robbers Caught (Updated)

The Brandon Police Department issued the following statements.

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Gray Sues Adara - Again.

Robert "Bobby" Gray sued Adara Networks today in Madison County Circuit Court for $1.5 million.  Adara Networks is a California information technology company.  Ironically, Mr. Gray sued Adara a year ago for the same amount of money but dismissed the suit.

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Monday, March 25, 2019

He's Baaaaa-aaaack!!!

Look who is hanging out in the Madison County jail.

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The Return of the Beer Wars

Miller Lite apparently didn't take too kindly to this Super Bowl commercial:

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Autism Courses Now Available

The Mississippi Autism Board issued the following press release. 

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Homicide, Shooting, & Traffic Fatality in Jackson

JPD issued the following press releases.

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Sunday, March 24, 2019

Man Shot in Brandon

The Brandon Police Department issued the following statement.

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"Blessed Are the Merciful"

The late Dr. Frank Pollard continued to preach on the Sermon on the Mount.  If the temptation of this beautiful spring weather kept you from going to church, don't feel too guilty as JJ provides this sermon.  Enjoy.

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Bill Crawford: Gov Should Veto Dark Money Bill

"Transparency is critical to fair government," Gov. Phil Bryant, a longtime champion of transparency and accountability in government, once said.

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Saturday, March 23, 2019

Tomorrow at the Bijou

To Kill a Mockingbird returns to the big screen tomorrow and Wednesday.

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Back to the Thrilla

When it comes to rivalries, forget the Iron Bowl.  Forget the Celtics-Lakers.  Forget Connors-McEnroe.  Few rivalries came close to the white-hot hatred of Ali-Frazier.  Those were two guys who hated each other so much they literally wanted to kill each other in the ring.  An outstanding HBO documentary about the Thrilla in Manila popped up on Youtube a few years ago. It covers not just the fight but the entire Frazier-Ali rivalry.  One little nugget reported: Ali was going to quit after the fourteenth round but Frazier's trainer beat him to it.

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No Comment!

What could possibly go wrong with some of my favorite things?

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Friday, March 22, 2019

TIM-BERRR! Receiver Sues Stewart Patridge, Mom, & Bankplus in Timber Fraud Case

-Receiver sues Stewart Patridge and friends for commissions in Lamar Adams case
-Bankplus suspected "money-laundering", reported to Feds in 2015.
-Receiver sues Bankplus for Alleged RICO Violations 
-Bankplus says it complied with law.

Lamar Adams played the Ole Miss network like a fiddle as he used an Ole Miss football star to further his timber investment fraud scheme.   Receiver Alysson Mills sued former Ole Miss quarterback Stewart Patridge, his mother  Gee Gee Patridge, Jason Cowgill, Martin Murphree, Mutual of Omaha, and Bankplus  in U.S. District Court yesterday in an effort to recover funds for victims of Lamar Adams timber fraud scheme. 

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Porter Bingham Indicted

The Justice Department issued the following statement.

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Shad White: Mississippi's Corruption Problem and What We Can Do About it.

“Is Mississippi the most corrupt state in the country?”

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Cashing the Checks Until He Couldn't

Life is always about timing and the Lamar Adams case is no exception.  One poor victim bought $100,000 of phony timber investments from William McHenry and Lamar Adams literally hours before the SEC froze all of Adams' assets.

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St. Paddy's Day Parade Route Announced

The city of Jackson issued the following statement and map.

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Fire! Fire! Fire!

Watch Pearl River Valley Water Supply District personnel attempt to burn out Sylvinia vegetation from Pelahatchie Bay, courtesy of WLBT.

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#21

JPD issued the following statement.

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Go Over the Edge!

The Friends of Children's Hospital issued the following press release.

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Baker Boyz Found in Contempt

- Receiver settles with Lamar Adams' children. 

A federal judge found the Baker Boyz in civil contempt of court in the SEC's lawsuit against Lamar Adams.  U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves ruled on March 13 that Jon Seawright and Brent Alexander interfered with Receiver Alysson Mills' efforts to recover funds for victims of Lamar Adams' Ponzi scheme.  Mr. Seawright is partner at Baker Donelson while Mr. Alexander is a lobbyist for the firm.  The Court will determine the penalties for Mr. Seawright and Mr. Alexander at a later date.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Stokes Unplugged

Kenneth Stokes and his sidekick, the Reverend P.J. Williams, were in rare form last Sunday morning on their weekly radio show.

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Girlfriend Shoots Boyfriend

JPD issued the following statement. 

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Sanders Speaks!!!

"They want to take us back to slavery" and other gems were uttered by Jackson community activist Enoch Sanders last night at the meeting of the Jackson City Council.  His public comments were definitely for the books.  Watch for yourself.

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UMMC Partners w/ Firstnet for Rural Healthcare

UMMC issued the following statement.

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Sid Salter: Wicker's VOte Was the Right One

The social media hysteria, threats of political retribution, and withering criticism of Mississippi senior U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker’s vote in favor of a resolution of disapproval for President Donald Trump’s Feb. 15 national emergency declaration aside, Wicker’s vote was the right one.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Fetal Heartbeat Abortion Bill Goef to Governor

Lieutenant Governor Tate Reevef iffued the following ftatement. 

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Seafood R'evolution Closing

CAET posted the following press release.

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Diocese Publishes Lists of Priests "Credibly Accused" of Sexual Abuse.

The Catholic Diocese of Jackson provided a list of priests "credibly accused of sexual abuse in the Diocese.  The Diocese stated on its website:

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Court Upholds Firing of Trooper

A trooper failed to get his job back at the Mississippi Highway Patrol last week. Hinds County Circuit Judge Faye Peterson threw out an Mississippi State Personnel Board order to reinstate James Richards after MHP appealed the decision to Hinds County Court.

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Ridgeland Seeks Credit Card Thieves

The Ridgeland Police Department issued the following statement and video.

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Monday, March 18, 2019

Foul Play: Paid in Mississippi, Part IV

Judgement Day for the Ole Miss football program and the 2017 Egg Bowl are covered in the final episode of Foul Play: Pain in Mississippi.  SB Nation reporter Steven Godfrey covered the Ole Miss football scandal in  a four-part Youtube series. The SB Nation production was ignored by the Mississippi media when it was released in August 2018.  No surprise at such a snub as the the "legitimate media" broke hardly any news in the scandal and was more than content to leave the heavy lifting to the national media.  Posted below is the "Feel Around Edition."

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Jackson Gets Pre-K Grant

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba issued the following statement. 

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15 Year Old Accused of Carjacking

JPD issued the following statement. 

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Dog Pack Mauls Child

A small child was nearly killed by a pack of dogs in Montgomery County Friday.  The Winona Times reported:

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It's Match Day!

The Ides of March came for graduating Mississippi medical school students Friday as they found out which residency programs accepted them. 

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Awwwwwww.........

Soldier comes home from Afghanistan and surprises son at local school.

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

Baker Donelson Swings Ax Again at SEC

Baker Donelson reiterated its request that U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves dismiss the SEC's complaint against the white-shoe law firm in the Lamar Adams case.   The SEC is trying to claw back illegal profits earned by Lamar Adams and several promoters of a $164 million Ponzi scheme based on phony timber investments.   Receiver Alysson Mills represents the SEC.

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Sunday Morning Sermon

"Have you had a conversation with Satan lately?" opened the late Dr. Frank Pollard in this 1990 sermon.  Dr. Pollard went on to talk about dealing with the media.  Still true today.  If you can't make it to church this morning, enjoy the Sunday Morning Sermon.

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Bill Crawford: Does Pro-Life Mississippi Let People Die or Help Them Live?

Is Mississippi only pro-life when it's easy? Or are we pro-life when it's hard too?

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Saturday, March 16, 2019

When Wrasslin' Was Entertaining

Nothing like ole wrasslin' promos on a Saturday.

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Friday, March 15, 2019

Closed!

The Waffle House on McDowell Road said enough is enough and shut it all down.


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The Wars of the Smiles

Who can place a patient under general anesthesia in a dentist's office? Should such services even take place in a dental office?  A quiet war has been raging over these very questions at the Mississippi Board of Dental Examiners for nearly a year.

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Watson Quality Ford Gets Fisher

Watson Quality Ford won a $80,870 judgement against  Renna Fisher.  Watson sued after Fisher stole two vehicles from the dealership.

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Foul Play: Paid in Mississippi, Part 3

 The tempting of a young Leo Lewis, the fall of Hugh Freeze, and the wisdom of James Carville are covered in Episode 3 of Foul Play: Paid in Mississippi.   Reporter Steven Godfrey attempted to cover the Ole Miss football scandal in this  a four-part Youtube series. The SB Nation production was ignored by the Mississippi media when it was released in August 2018.  No surprise at such a snub as the the "legitimate media" broke hardly any news in the scandal and was more than content to leave the heavy lifting to the national media.  Posted below is the "Feel Around Edition" of Episode 3.  Enjoy.  

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Brookhaven: No Pot in the Lot

The Brookhaven Police Department posted the following statement on Facebook:

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Condolences

Our condolences go to Hinds County Supervisor Robert Graham and his family.  His brother Charles passed away unexpectedly today.  

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Old Times There Are Not Forgotten

It's been a while since something such as this happened:

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Straight Outta Rankin

Meet Parchman Resident Hughey Fikes:

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Foul Play: Paid in Mississippi, Part Deux

Did Leo Lewis play off MSU against Ole Miss and other schools in exchange for a payoff? What was Ole Miss Assistant Athletic Director Barney Farrar's true role in the university's NCAA scandal? Was he a scapegoat? Last but not least, where does Frank Melton and Donald Trump fit into all this?  Reporter Steven Godfrey attempted to cover these questions in Foul Play: Paid in Mississippi, a four-part Youtube series about the Ole Miss NCAA scandal. The SB Nation production was ignored by the Mississippi media when it was released in August 2018.  No surprise at such a snub as the the "legitimate media" broke hardly any news in the scandal and was more than content to leave the heavy lifting to the national media.  Posted below is Episode 2.  Pour a glass of Buffalo Trace and enjoy.

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Disgusting

Rescuers saved two abused Great Danes while Pearl police officers arrested their owners yesterday.  WJTV reported:

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Braves Offer $5 Tickets to Military, 1st Responders

The Mississippi Braves posted the following statement on its website.

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Grocer Investment Act Goes to Governor

Apparently the grocery industry in Mississippi can't survive without government help.  The legislature passed the "Grocer Investment Act" this week.   Representative Jeff Smith's bill purports to increase "access to retail food outlets that sell fresh fruits, vegetables, and other healthy food."  Some highlights of HB #1132 are:

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June's Justice: Another $100K Bond for Murder

Jackson Municipal Court Judge June Hardwick gave yet another $100,000 bond for murder.   JPD arrested Cedric Taylor on March 6 and charged him with murder in the death of Dewan Fortner. 

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Party!

It appears there was a Spring Break Voter Registration Party in Canton last week.

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Sid Salter: Will Baker, Fitch, or Taggart Become First GOP AG Since 1878?

The 2019 Mississippi Republican primary for attorney general will pit three veteran GOP politicians against each other for the right to become Mississippi’s first GOP attorney general since George Emrick Harris in 1878.
The Republican winner will face Democrat candidate U.S. Army Col. Jennifer Riley Collins (Ret.), a decorated military intelligence officer and civil rights attorney. Collins is the only African American candidate in the race. She is a highly credible candidate.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Foul Play: Paid in Mississippi, Part I

Was Laremy Tunsil sabotaged? Who are the "bagmen"?  Is college football in Mississippi truly pay for play? Was Leo Lewis a dumb jock or a playa who figured out how to play the system?  Is the Egg Bowl the scene of the most "intense" rivalry in college football?  Reporter Steven Godfrey attempted to cover these questions in Foul Play: Paid in Mississippi, a four-part Youtube series about the Ole Miss NCAA scandal.  The SB Nation production was barely, if at all, mentioned in the Mississippi media when it was released in August 2018 even though the production value was quite good.  The first video is posted below.  Pour a drink, light a cigar, and enjoy. 

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Alston Continues to Get Continued

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

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One Bright Day in the Middle of the Night.....

Two fine young lads entered into fisticuffs by the JSU campus and created quite the spectacle for viewers. 

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Largest Study Ever Says No Link Between MMR Vaccines and Autism

Here is something for the Know-Nothings in Mississippi: A Danish study of over 657,000 subjects showed no link between vaccines and autism.  The Annals of Internal Medicine reported last week:

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Monday, March 11, 2019

Money Clock Ticks for DPS in Bomgar Fight

The Mississippi Department of Public Safety has spent more than $18,000 in legal fees as it contests two $100 fines levied against two employees by the Ethics Commission. 

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James Tulp: Where is the "Deepest Republican Field" Now?

Every four years, politicians seeking to raise their personal profile run for president of the United States. Some, I assume, actually think they have a chance to win. With the 2020 race already heating up, It's time to pause and reflect back on what was hailed as the “deepest field ever” of Republican candidates.

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Down Goes Frazier!

Money Powell's grandson can stick and move so well that his opponent was moved off of his feet and flat onto the canvas when stuck in the third round.  The knockout is pretty funny to watch.

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AG Launches Students Against Violence App

Lord Protector Jim Hood issued the following statement. 

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Drug Bust in Brandon

The Brandon Police Department issued the following statement.

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Sunday, March 10, 2019

Baker Boyz: We Were Just Loan Originators

This post is some bonus coverage of the Lamar Adams case.  The Baker Boyz filed a motion to dismiss.  JJ will hold off covering it until the receiver files her response.  It's easier for readers to keep up with the motions and responses if they are paired together at times.  This particular lawsuit has several threads going at one time: Lord Snow, Baker Donelson, Baker Boyz, and the Financial Wizards at Lord Snow (Thornton et al.) so JJ is trying to keep them separate and digestible for you, the gentle reader. The memorandum to support the motion dismiss is posted below.  Something for lazy Sunday afternoon reading.  You were just dying to do some yard work, weren't you? Feel free to read and comment.

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Dak's Dog Bites Off Woman's Finger

It appears Mississippi's favorite son Dak Prescott has gone to the dogs.  One of his pit bulls bit off part of a woman's finger.  WFAA reported:

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Eyes of the Heart

The late Reverend Dr. Frank Pollard continued preaching from the Sermon on the Mount in this 1990 sermon.  Something for those of you who were caught by the time change and couldn't make it to church this morning.

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Bill Crawford: Hospital Closings & Healthcare for Poor Become Campaign Issues

"Half of Mississippi’s rural hospitals at risk of closing, report says," read the startling headline in Mississippi Today.

"Thirty-one of Mississippi’s 64 rural hospitals, or 48%, are at 'high financial risk,' according to a national report of rural hospitals from independent consulting firm Navigant," read the article.

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Saturday, March 9, 2019

Bedwetter Alert

Some ANTIFA dude didn't like being told he could not dress like a Klansman in New Orleans.....

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Carjacking on Lakeover Road

JPD issued the following statement. 

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Friday, March 8, 2019

Baker Donelson Tries to Clear-Cut SEC's Timber Fraud Lawsuit.

Baker Donelson asked a federal court to dismiss the SEC's lawsuit against the prestigious law firm in the Lamar Adams fraud case.   The SEC is trying to claw back illegal profits earned by Lamar Adams and several promoters of a $164 million ponzi scheme based on phony timber investments.  However, the court-appointed receiver, Alysson Mills, did not turn the other cheek but fired back at the law factory with her own response this morning.

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Hero of the Day

The Mississippi Highway Patrol issued the following statement.

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Jailer Accused of Having Child Porn

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement.

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

The Return of the Kai

One of the pleasant surprises online last year was Cobra Kai, the Karate Kid sequel.  Youtube posted the trailer tonight and it appears the second season will pick right up where the first one ended.  Get the popcorn and beer.  This is going to be fun.

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30 Years for Killing Wife Over Pizza

Rankin-Madison District Attorney John Bramlett issued the following statement.

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Jackson Settles W/Deputy Chief for $55,200

The city of Jackson settled a sex-discrimination suit with Deputy Police Chief Tina Wallace.   The City Council approved a payment of $55,200 to Ms. Wallace Tuesday.  She sued the city in 2017 in U.S. District Court.

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State Auditor Demands Board Repay $523,388

State Auditor Shad White issued the following statement Monday: 

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College Savings Shootout Starts Today

Treasurer Lynn Fitch and College Savings Mississippi will host the fifth annual College Savings Mississippi Savings Shootout during the 2019 Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) State Basketball Tournament at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson on March 7-9, 2019.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Othor Rips Siemens Contract Players

Othor Cain tore into the Siemens contract yesterday on his Facebook live show.  Mr. Cain didn't pull any punches as he blamed several Jackson Mayors, Councilmen, and believe it or not, the black business class of Jackson.  He provides a pretty good timeline of the entire Siemens fiasco.  Enjoy.

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Ridgeland is LOST!!!

Damn. Where is an HOA when you need one?  Quick!!!  Call Mary Watkins! We got a job for her.  In front of Fresh Market Today:

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Meet the 300 Mississippi Leaders Endorsing Tate

As the filing deadline for the 2019 governor's race approaches, more than 300 Mississippi leaders have publicly signed on to endorse Lt. Governor Tate Reeves. This broad coalition of Trump campaign leaders, elected officials, and grassroots GOP leaders has come together to say that Tate Reeves is the choice of Mississippi's conservative voters. Reeves has earned this historic support because of his record of fighting for lower taxes, better schools, and more jobs.

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Receiver Raised Concerns About Premises Liability Bill

The SEC-Appointed Receiver in the Lamar Adams fraud case raised some questions about a premises liability bill in the Mississippi legislature on her website. However, the House amended the bill to allay her concerns Receiver Alysson Mills stated on Madisontimberreceiver.com on February 26:

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JPD Officer Arrested for Domestic Violence

JPD arrested JPD officer Cherika Evans for domestic violence on February 4.  The police report states: 

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Sid Salter: GOP SOS Primary May Raise Interesting Election Law Issues

One of the more interesting political eleventh-hour developments as the 2019 March 1 qualifying deadline approached came in the Mississippi Secretary of State’s race with the surprising entry of incumbent Republican Southern District Public Service Commissioner Sam Britton into that GOP primary against incumbent Gulf Coast State Sen. Michael Watson.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Winter Is Almost Here

HBO dropped a trailer for Season 8 of Game of Thrones today.

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JPD Fires Police Officers in Mario Clark Case

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba issued the following statement.

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Dispatch From Pelahatchie ( Sunshine Edition)

What would a Pelahatchie Board of Aldermen meeting be without some fussin', fuedin', and fightin' with the Mayor?

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90% of Rez Salvinia Gone

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

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RSS Attacks Hood, Lauds Weed Economy,

Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith pulled no punches in an interview with Sarah Ulmer of Y'all Politics.  He attacked Attorney General Jim Hood for racist prosecutions of him, wants to make marijuana a cash crop, and take down The Flag.  The video is posted below. 

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Oops!

Everyone gets a trophy under the new Illinois lottery system.   ABC7 (Chicago) reported:

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Monday, March 4, 2019

I See Nothing

Only in New Orleans.  Can't say they are wrong.

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No Comment.

You.Can't.Make.This.Up.  Check out who qualified to run for Justice Court Judge in Madison County.

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Day-Care Carjacker Gets Nearly 5 Years

The Justice Department issued the following statement.

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Dog Loose on Sheffield

Dog loose on Sheffield between Ridgewood and Old Canton road. Has collar and tag.


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Neighborhood Gone to the Dogs?

A Northeast Jackson woman accidentally shot an 18 year-old man as she fired warning shots at a dog that jumped out of its yard.  WLBT reported Saturday:

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Jim Hood: Blogs Aren't Legitimate

It's never a good idea to publicly snub the media, as Attorney General Jim Hood found out Thursday.  The website questioned how much money was spent on General Hood's office in Houston.  It's a legitimate question that any politician could expect to arise during the campaign.  Y'all Politics has had the Attorney General in its cross-hairs for quite some time so the Democratic candidate for Governor should have known he would have to answer questions about his Houston office.  Unfortunately, Jim Hood didn't exactly provide the best answer when a Y'all Politics reporter questioned him at a press conference.

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Sunday, March 3, 2019

"What We're Dealing With Here is a Complete Lack of Respect for the Law"

Looks like the criminal element decided to visit the JPD Training Academy:

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Bill Crawford: The New Republican Reality: Debt, Debt, & More Debt

"The national debt has passed a new milestone, topping $22 trillion for the first time," reported the Associated Press. "The Treasury Department's daily statement showed Tuesday that total outstanding public debt stands at $22.01 trillion. It stood at $19.95 trillion when President Donald Trump took office on Jan. 20, 2017."

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Sunday Morning Sermon

"What a man has is not as valuable as what he is" said the late Dr. Frank Pollard in this 1990 sermon.  If the weather kept you from getting to church, enjoy Dr. Pollard's words. 

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Saturday, March 2, 2019

For Your Viewing Pleasure

Readers wanting some James Bond on the cheap might want to check out Amazon Prime.  All six seasons of the The Saint TV series are now available.  International intrigue, jet-setting sets, and some good ole-fashioned action are served up on a regular basis.   The series stars a young Roger Moore.  The first four seasons are in black and white.  Enjoy.

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And We Are Off to the Races

The Silly Season ended yesterday in Mississippi politics as qualifying for statewide, legislative, and county races drew to a close?  Various lists of candidates are posted below.  Some brief observations.

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Friday, March 1, 2019

TIM-BERRRR: Another Tree Falls

The Justice Department issued the following statement.

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Taggart Takes a Shot

Andy Taggart, yes, THE Andy Taggart, qualified to run in the Republican primary for Attorney general today. 

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Don't Forget About Hinds County....

Check out the candidates running for office in Hinds County.  However, there is one big question that will be answered today.

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Meanwhile, Up in Madison County....

The Silly Season is almost over....

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Classy!

It seems the Ole Miss fans threw a fit at the end of the Tennessee game:

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Waller Throws Hat in Ring

Bill Waller, Jr. issued the following statement.

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

The Outlet Trap

Interesting little video questions the future of outlet stores.  The Kavalier argues they dilute  brands while destroying the retail industry.   Coach is cited as one example.  Will we continue to see a proliferation of outlet malls such as the one in Pearl or will manufacturers turn away from the retail crack?

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Hood Announces Gubernatorial Run

Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following statement.

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JPD Officer Arrested for Domestic Violence

Madison Police arrested JPD office Larry "Mitch" Perry on November 20, 2018 for two counts of Simple Assault Domestic Violence.   The victim accused Perry of hitting her in the face, pulling her hair, and pulling out their daughter's hair as well.  JJ obtained the police report through a public records request.  It is posted below.

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Hero of the Day

JPD issued the following statement.

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Judge Shirley to Leave Bench

Rankin County Justice Court Judge John Shirley posted the following message to the Rankin County Bar:

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

The Stonewall Continues

Sorry for the slow pace today but yours truly has been under the weather.  The city of Jackson continues to delay responding to yet more public records requests submitted by this website. 

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Families First Book Drive Begins Friday

Drop off gently used books or purchase new books at Lemuria between 9:00 am – 3:00 pm and receive a piece of king cake donated by Broad Street Bakery! Reading and activity time for children will be at 12:00 pm in Lemuria. This is free and open to the public! Building a strong foundation in literacy is the core of success for children. Help us improve the lives of Mississippi families by donating!

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Bigger Pie Forum: AG's Opinion Good for PERS?

This is a sponsored post by Bigger Pie Forum. 

Imagine being able to vote yourself better retirement benefits while you’re a beneficiary of a retirement plan.

That’s the scenario in Mississippi if the Public Employees’ Retirement System of Mississippi follows an opinion from the office of Attorney General Jim Hood and changes its present regulation. This would allow legislators and other statewide officials who are also PERS retirees to keep collecting their benefits while in office.

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Sid Salter: AOC, the Green New Deal, and the price of gas in Coffeeville and Tylertown

Newly-minted New York Democratic Party U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – also a member of the Democratic Socialists of America – thinks the policies of the Democratic Party aren’t progressive enough and that the party needs to move farther to the left.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

UMMC Closing Brandon Courthouse

UMMC sent the following email to Wellness Center members.

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Idiots of the Day

MDOC issued the following statement. 

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Mississippi Miracles Radiothon Kicks Off Tomorrow

UMMC issued the following press release written by Annie Oeth.

Mark McCoy of radio station 100.9 The Legend interviews Children's of Mississippi 
patient Trinley Camp of Brandon as her mother, Amanda, looks on
 during the 2018 Mississippi Miracles Radiothon.

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Where's Wallace?

Hemphill Contruction is trying to garnish Marcus Wallace and M.A.C. Construction.   Madison-Rankin Circuit Court Judge Steve Ratcliff awarded a $325,000 judgement in favor of Hemphill against Marcus Wallace and two of his companies.  Hemphill sued Mr. Wallace in 2016 for damages arising out of two projects.  A bonding company forced Hemphill to pay M.A. C. Construction subcontractors that were "stiffed" by M.A.C. 

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Now They Tell Us.....

A student reporter, yes, a student reporter, did something the so-called media in Jackson couldn't be bothered to do: report how much it might actually cost to roll out high-speed internet service to rural areas in Mississippi. Nicole Rigsby reported in The Reflector (MSU):

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Monday, February 25, 2019

Court Green-Lights Madoff Recovery Lawsuits

The trustee in the Bernie Madoff case isn't playing around in his recovery for Madoff's victims.  CNBC reported:

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Jackson-Area Leaders Back Tate Reeves for Gov.

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Metro Jackson Leaders Endorse Tate Reeves for Governor

Support for Tate Reeves continues to pour in from grassroots conservative leaders across Mississippi. Today, elected officials and Republican leaders from the Metro Jackson area are announcing their support for the campaign. Reeves has earned these endorsements because of his reputation as a battle-tested conservative who defends Mississippi families.

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Coming to Mississippi?

The Medical Marijuana 2020 folks discussed the ballot initiative on the KIM Waaaaaaade radio show Friday.


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The Battle of the Fish Hook Continues

The fight over whether a Madison woman cast fish hooks at two children in an attempt to  hurt them continued in Madison County Court last Wednesday.  A Madison Municipal Court convicted 80 year-old Mary Watkins of simple assault by threat after she repeatedly cast a fish hook at an 11 year-old boy who was jet skiing on the lake at Natchez Trace Village in Madison.  Watkins appealed the conviction.  She is the Secretary/Treasurer of the Natchez Trace Village Homeowner's Association and has been fighting mightily in court for the right to regulate the lake.


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