Tuesday, November 19, 2019

St. Paddy's Day Parade Survives

The St. Paddy's Day Parade will be here for at least another year. The Clarion-Ledger reported today:

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UMMC Studies Breast-Feeding Barriers

UMMC issued the following press release authored by Annie Oeth. 

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What Went Down at the Zoo

Posted below is a recording of the July 24, 2018 Executive Committee meeting of the Jackson Zoological Society. This is the meeting where yours truly and another Board member confronted the Executive Director over an audit's report of the misuse of state bond funds.  Needless to say, the meeting grew very contentious at times.

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Monday, November 18, 2019

Will Hood Stop Out of State Corporation?

Governor Phil Bryant issued the following statement. 

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Cute!

Train up a child the way he should go......

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St. Ives Escapes

Homeowners in the Madison subdivision of St. Ives can probably breathe a little easier.  The St. Ives Homeowners Association sent out the following email to its members last week:

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Suits Rule, Teachers Drool!

State Auditor Shad White issued the following statement and report.

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Millsaps to Shut Down Cabot Lodge

Millsaps College issued the following statement. 

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Prayers for Tua

SEC Shorts dedicated this week's production to fallen Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.

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Sunday, November 17, 2019

The Embezzlement Epidemic Spreads

The Embezzlement Epidemic is apparently not limited to homeowner's associations but has spread to other organizations as well.  WLBT reported some shenanigans apparently took place at the Flowood Chamber of Commerce:

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Accountant Arrested for Embezzlement (Updated)

Update: The victim is the defendant's ex-boyfriend.  She has a restraining order against him.  

The Pearl Police Department issued the following statement. 

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Sunday Morning Sermon

If you couldn't make it to church today, enjoy this sermon presented by the late Dr. Frank Pollard of First Baptist Church (Jackson).

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Bill Crawford: Saving poor children – a government thing, a kingdom thing, or nothing?

Single moms living in poverty and children born into those households didn't capture much attention in recent statewide elections. Trends suggest paying attention might be very important.

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Saturday, November 16, 2019

Add Stonebridge to Ridgway Lane List

Add Stonebridge to the list of homeowners associations victimized (allegedly) by Ridgway Lane:

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Jailbird!

Rankin County attorney Ed Rainer got himself in a wee bit of trouble in Court yesterday.  It appears he called the court one of the Kangaroo variety and well, you can see for yourself what his transgressions earned him.

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Friday, November 15, 2019

Classy!


The crew at Zea's held a press conference and tour for the media Wednesday at its new location in Renaissance. Apparently one reporter loved the sample food so much he kept chowing down during the interviews in front of no less than three cameras.

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Bruenburg Accuses Ridgway Lane of Embezzling $188,330

The Bruenburg Property Owner's Association in Clinton sued Ridgway Lane to recover embezzled funds in Rankin County Circuit Court today.  There are six homeowners associations suing Ridgway Lane for allegedly cleaning out the HOA bank accounts that were managed by the Flowood company.

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The Fall of the Tribe of Hotty Toddy

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


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County to Pay $110,000 in Sexual Harassment Settlement

A sexual harassment lawsuit against Hinds County Tax Collector Eddie Fair settled for $110,000.  Bernitha Rice, a former Tax Collector employee sued Mr. Fair two years ago in U.S. District Court.

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King Kenny Rulz, Bridgewaters Get Freeze

King Kenny Rulz The Palisades.  Check out this notice The Palisades HOA Board of Directors sent to its members two days ago.

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Rez to Fall 4 Feet

The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District will lower the water level of the Ross Barnett Reservoir four feet as it eradicates salvinia.  The agenda for Monday's Board meeting states:

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Breaking Down the Big Game

Matt Wyatt provides some of his expert analysis on the Bama-LSU game  in this week's film study edition.  Enjoy.

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NOLA Fave Comes to Ridgeland

A New Orleans favorite is coming to Ridgeland.  Zea's Rotisserie Restaurant & Bar will open later this month at Renaissance.  Tasty Thai ribs, garlic & herb glazed chicken, the Kingfish's mouth just went Niagara Falls writing those words.  Zea's naturally issued a statement:


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Lane Confesses!

A lawsuit claims David L. Lane confessed to embezzling, allegedly, funds from homeowners associations in the Jackson metro area.  The Lakebend Homeowners Association in Brandon made the startling claim in a lawsuit filed against Ridgeway Lane, David W. Lane, and David L. Lane in Rankin County Circuit Court this morning. 


The lawsuit says it all.  Lakebend stated in its complaint:

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Dinsmor Losses Over $200,000 in Ridgway Lane Scandal, Feds & DA Notified

More embezzlement (alleged) has been discovered in the Ridgway Lane scandal.  The Dinsmor Homeowners Association's Board of Directors said $217,782 was missing from funds managed by Ridgway Lane.  Ridgway Lane is a homeowners association management company in Flowood.  It stands accused of embezzling nearly $2 million from various homeowners associations in the Jackson metro area.  Dinsmor also sued the company as well as David L. Lane  in Rankin County Circuit Court this morning.

The Dinsmor HOA Board of Directors sent the notice posted below to its members yesterday:

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Destroyer Named After Thad

Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith issued the following statement. 

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Man O'War in Tug of War

This old video of LSU qb Joe Burrow popped up today on Twitter.

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On Deck: Bruenburg

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Local homeowners associations continue to investigate and unfortunately uncover more missing funds in accounts managed by Ridgway Lane.  However, never fear, Daddy Lane and Baby Lane announced they are going to exit the HOA management business at the end of the year.  The Bruenberg HOA Board of Directors posted this message on its website last night:

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Lender Says Baker Boy Committed Fraud

A lender accused one of the Baker Boyz, Jon Seawright, of engaging in a bit of fraud when he filed bankruptcy recently.  The legal industry website Law360 reported:

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Northside Drive Paving to Begin

The city of Jackson issued the following press release.

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Sid Salter: Time to Remove Archaic Jim Crow Vestige from Constitution

Republican Gov.-Elect Tate Reeves won a solid general election victory over Democratic nominee Jim Hood and two minor party candidates in a race that was projected to be much tighter.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Star Wars Math: 4 = $300 million

How bad is the new Star Wars movie?  So bad that the Street Committee says George Lucas was brought back to fix Act III after it scored a 4 on test screening, causing Robert Iger to totally lose it.  One reason D&D were kicked to the curb.   Keep in mind the source in the video below is a masked-dude wearing a John Lennon shirt with a Star Trek backdrop.  Enjoy.

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Up Next: The Barrington

Add The Barrington to the list of homeowners associations allegedly ripped off by Ridgway Lane.  The Barrington Condominium Association sued Ridgway Lane & Associates as well as David L. Lane and David W. Lane in Rankin County Circuit Court today.  The Flowood company manages homeowners associations. Several homeowners associations accused the Lanes and their company of embezzling nearly a million dollars from their accounts.

  

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Buried!

Well, it doesn't take a genius to figure out what the subject of this week's SEC Shorts video is. Enjoy.

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Please Help Turkey Drive for Needy This Week

Mississippi Community Education Center will be participating in a Thanksgiving Turkey Drive “Operation Turkey” by donating funds to purchase turkeys for the Mississippi Veterans. We are asking schools, churches, state agencies, and the community to work with us in donating monetary donations for this cause. MCEC would like to help make Thanksgiving Day a festive occasion for Veteran families in need. Your donation will help reach this year’s goal of 300 turkeys for Veteran families.  

 

Who: Mississippi Community Education Center and Families First for Mississippi

 

What: Thanksgiving Turkey Drive “Operation Turkey”

 

When: Monday, November 11 through Monday, November 18

 

Where: If you would like to send a monetary donation to purchase a turkey for the Mississippi Veterans, please visit our website at www.mscec.org or call 601.366.6405. You can also drop off a check payable to MCEC at 2525 Lakeward Dr. Suite 200, Jackson, Mississippi 39216

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Mike Espy is Running for Senate

Former Congressman and Secretary of Agriculture Mike Espy issued the following statement. 

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Monday, November 11, 2019

Bridgewater Goes for Freeze, Bridgewater at Old Agency says Lanes Embezzled Over $340,000

The Ridgway Lane scandal continues to mushroom as more homeowners associations accused the company of embezzling nearly a million dollars from local homeowner's associations it managed. Bridgewater asked a Madison Circuit Judge to freeze all of the assets of the company, David W. Lane, and David L. Lane.  The Bridgewater at Old Agency homeowner's association jumped into the fray today, charging Ridgeway Lane embezzled 343,938 from the  in its own lawsuit filed in Rankin County Circuit Court today. 

The Dinsmor and Palisades homeowners associations stated in notices sent to members that they discovered large sums of money missing from Ridgway Lane-managed accounts as well.

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The Zuck Stops Here

Bill Maher took on Zuckerberg Friday night in a most humorous way.  Enjoy.

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Planned Water Outage Tonight

The city of Jackson issued the following statement. 

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Homeless Man Stabs Another Homeless Man to Death at Church

JPD issued the following statement yesterday. 

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Sunday, November 10, 2019

He Mad!!!

Meet every coach's nightmare of a fan.

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Palisades Plundered (Updated)

 Update (5:50 PM): The Board of Directors for the Palisades Homeowners Association notified its members that "a substantial amount" of HOA funds "are missing."  The funds were managed by Ridgway Lane of Flowood. The Board stated in a notice sent to members today:

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Sunday Morning Sermon

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

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Bill Crawford: Tuesday Yielded Interesting Results

As Thanksgiving looms one thing we can all be thankful for is that Mississippi political campaigns are over and done. No more negative ads. No more recorded telephone calls. No more yard signs decorating every open space on major thruways.

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Saturday, November 9, 2019

It Was You Fredo, I know It Was You!

Guess what returns to the big screen tomorrow and Wednesday?

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Tell Us How You Really Feel

Coach O had a few things to say about Alabama after the game today.

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Is Mexico Failing?

Americans were horrified when a Mormon family was recently butchered in Mexico.  Such violence should come as no surprise as Mexico becomes a failed state.  That may be a harsh assessment but when the police and soldiers must don mask for their own safety, the state has failed.   One cartel recently flexed its muscled as it captured a town, beating the Mexican army in open battle, and forcing it to surrender.  Time Magazine (yes, it is still around) reported:

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No Comment!

This little event took place at a gas station on High Street last night.  Enjoy.

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Friday, November 8, 2019

Now Dinsmor HOA Discovers "Irregularities"

The Dinsmor Board of Directors notified its members that it "found substantial irregularities" in its accounts managed by Ridgway Lane. JJ reported yesterday the Bridgewater Owner's Association accused Ridgway Lane of embezzling over $500,000 from its accounts in a lawsuit filed in Madison County Circuit Court Wednesday. Ridgway Lane is a homeowner's association management company in Flowood. The notice states:

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Ewwwwwwwww!

A Meridian woman has literally gone to the dogs... or should we say done down on the dogs?

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Ouch!

Hope everyone is ok.

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

Bridgewater Accuses HOA Operator of Embezzlement

The Bridgewater Owner's Association accused Ridgway Lane of embezzling over $500,000 from its accounts in a lawsuit filed in Madison County Circuit Court yesterday.    Ridgway Lane is a homeowner's association management company in Flowood. 

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By the Numbers in Madison County

Posted below is some political porn, i.e. precinct report,  for Tuesday's elections in Madison County.

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Former Hinds Deputy Sentenced for Sexual Battery of Minor

Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following statement. 

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Andy Taggart: Back to the Future

Andy Taggart submitted the guest column posted below.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Jay Hughes Congratulates Delbert

Former Lieutenant Governor candidate  Jay Hughes issued the following statement last night.

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Decision Time for St. Paddy's Day Parade

St. Paddy's Day Parade founder and all-around great guy Malcolm White posted this update on the parade last week:

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Sid Salter: Elections Wreak Havoc with Sensible Discussion of Education Spending & Quality

After many months of speeches, political ads, TV & radio commercials and social media propaganda, trying to have a serious discussion of education funding in Mississippi is in great measure a fool’s errand and an errand that is dependent on one’s world view.

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

FINALLY! It's Election Night!

 Tate wins decisively, State GOP Crushes Dems, Denny loses, Banks Returns

The polls are closed.  Let the partying and pouting begin.   Will Tater Tot or the Mullet rule? Which one of the two smartest men in the capitol become Leftenent Governor? Will Jennifer pull down the Hoodie? What does it all mean? Stay tuned.

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36 Months for Cross-Burning

The Justice Department issued the following statement. 

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If Asked, LIE!!!

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Election Day Thread

It's finally here.  The end is in sight.  Get out and vote early and often.  Fire away in the comments.

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Warning Issued on Letters

Secretary of State Hibbit Hosemann issued the following statement. 

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Baker Boy Files Bankruptcy in Lamar Adams Case

One of the Baker Boyz is going broke after he filed a Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition Friday.  Baker Donelson partner Jon Seawright submitted a notice to U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves to stop all proceedings against him in the SEC's efforts to recover commissions paid in a phony timber investment scheme.  

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Funeral For a Gator

The Mississippi State fans will enjoy the latest production from the folks at SEC Shorts. 

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Monday, November 4, 2019

Hood Tries to Trump Trump with Obama

It's the last hour in the Governor's race and you know what that means.  Anything can happen.  A robocall campaign featuring former President Barak Obama hit the phones today.  Y'all Politics posted a copy of the recorded phone call:

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Archie Wins Election Contest

David Archie will be a Hinds County Supervisor.  Special Circuit Judge Lamar Pickard denied Darrell McQuirter's challenge of Archie's residency in District 2.  The opinion is posted below.

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Nothing is Sacred, Apparently

Looks like some Scholars of White Supremacy were at the Emmit Till marker:

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K-9 Deputy Gets Second Chance

It looks like a Hinds County deputy who lost a K-9 officer to heat stroke last year is getting another chance with a K-9 officer:

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Mortgage? What Mortgage?

When is a mortgage not a mortgage?  Apparently a mortgage is not one even if signed, sealed, and delivered to David L. Archie.  The Hinds County District 2 Supervisor-Elect is embroiled in a steel cage match over in Hinds County Circuit Court against the incumbent, Darrell McQuirter.  The Supervisor claims the Supervisor-Elect lives in District 1 while the Supervisor-Elect claims he lives in District 2.*

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Over 58,000 Vote Absentee

Secretary of State Hilbert Hosemann issued the following statement yesterday. 

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Sunday, November 3, 2019

Bedwetter Alert!

Seriously.  Check out this British Bedwetter, better known as a "social media influencer" who thinks kids should not learn too much about World War II.  The New York Daily News reported: 

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Idiots of the Day

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

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Jim Hood Wants Your Gun Information


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Sunday Morning Sermon

How to be wicked without even trying is the theme of today's sermon presented by the late Dr. Frank Pollard.  Enjoy.

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Bill Crawford: Chaos Looming for Mississippi Government?

And you thought the IHL Board hiring of the new Chancellor at Ole Miss was chaotic?

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Saturday, November 2, 2019

Oops!

Sideline? What sideline?  By the way, the score was tied.

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Delbert for Lieutenant Governor



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Shucking the Corn

Good day for a lazy Saturday.  The Kingfish subbed for Kiiiiiim Wade last week.  Mr. Wade was forced to go to a SJW camp for re-education so yours truly took over.  The corn was shucked and the jive was turkeyed as the Kingfish spilled the beans on everything that went on behind the scenes after he got on the Zoo Board. Rene Shakespeare joined in for the second hour.  Want to hear it all? Here it is.  Pour a drink. Enjoy or suffer, your preference.

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Friday, November 1, 2019

Enoch Protests Jackson Slavery

Enoch Sanders rolled back the clock and brought forth some of his best oratory not seen in over twenty years in Jackson at the City Council meeting Tuesday.   JJ is not going to spoil it so watch the video posted below. This is one for the books.

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Where Does He Live?

Where does David Archie live? That t'is the question as a Judge tries to figure out if the Hinds County District 2 Supervisor-Elect will indeed remain the Supervisor-Elect.  Archie beat incumbent Darrell McQuirter in a runoff election on August 27 by 125 votes.  However,  McQuirter challenged his election, arguing his opponent lives in District 1 and thus is disqualified from running for Supervisor in District 2.


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Thugs of the Day

State Auditor Shadrick White issued the following statement. 

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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Boo!

Nothing like Art Bell and some ghosts on Halloween night....

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Let the Floodgates Open!

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

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The Not Ready for Worldstar Players Appear Downtown

Posted below is video of a little ruckus took place outside the Hinds County Courthouse this week as District 2 Supervisor-Elect David Archie's wife went OFF on the current Supervisor, Darrell McQuirter.  Mr. McQuirter challenged Archie's residency in court.  A hearing was held this week. Mr. Archie lives on Clubbview in Northeast Jackson but claimed a run down house as his residency for the election. 

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Doggie Dining Begins

Doggie Dining is coming to Mississippi tomorrow.  Yes, readers read that sentence correctly.  Restaurants can start applying tomorrow to the Mississippi State Department of Health for a variance.  The variance will permit dogs at outdoor patios of restaurants. 


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Aberdeen Mayor Arrested for Embezzlement

State Auditor Shad White issued the following statement.

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Time to Choose



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Horrific Details of Little Kingston's Murder Emerge

Words can't begin to describe the feeling one gets upon reading this update from the Dwan Wakefield trial in Canton.  Wakefield is standing trial for Accessory after the Fact in the murder of 6 year-old Kingston Frazier in 2017.  WLBT reported:

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The Hood Gets Us Some Money

Lord Protector James Tiberius Hood issued the following press release. 

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Yee-Hawwww

Just our MBN Director strolling through a marij-u-ana field a few years ago.

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Mississippi Kids Tops in NAEP Progess.

It appears third-grade reading gate is paying off for Mississippi schoolchildren.  Mississippi 4th Graders had the biggest gains on the NAEP for the last two years.  The Mississippi Department of Education stated yesterday:

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Sid Salter: Gunn To Lead House Resurgence?

It was back in April of this year at a Stennis Institute of Government’s Capitol Press Corps luncheon and the topic was finance proposals for the state’s neglected roads and bridges.

At the press luncheon, Gunn touted a House proposal commonly referred to as a “tax swap” that would have broadly paired state income tax cuts with state fuel tax increases over four years.

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

No Comment!

It's undeniable this preacher was filled with the spirit, it's just a question of what spirit filled his soul as well as his mouth and well, um, you figure it out.

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NCAA Actually Votes to Change S-A Pay Rules

The NCAA issued the following statement. 

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Too Cool!

A teacher and her students decided to have some fun....

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1984 Arrives

Crime cameras are in Jackson.  WJTV reported:

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Butch Lee for MDOT Commish



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Receiver Files Status Report in Lamar Adams Case

SEC Receiver Alysson Mills filed her status report in the Lamar Adams case yesterday.  The report is posted below.

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Monday, October 28, 2019

Beware of Halloween Contact Lenses

UMC issued the following press released authored by Ruth Cummins.

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Where Does Hood Stand on Gun Rights?



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The Horror

Renasant Bank allowed SEC Shorts to make fun of Alabama? What's going on here?

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Mayor's Husband Arrested

The Roderick Beechem was arrested Saturday night after he failed to appear in court for a DUI charge.   Beechem is the husband of Pelahatchie Mayor Ryshonda Beechem. 

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Alderwoman Tries to Stop Clinton from Having Lawyers

A Clinton Alderwoman attempted to prevent Clinton from  having a city attorney or any other legal representation at a recent Board of Aldermen meeting. City Attorney Chelsea Brannon unexpectedly resigned in September to take a similar position in Madison.  Her sudden departure left Clinton scrambling to find a city attorney.  The Board voted to hire William Purdie but not before some fireworks took place. 

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Sunday, October 27, 2019

Meanwhile, on the Nawffside....

Just another day at an interstate gas station on Northside Drive....

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It's All Happening at the Zoo (Updated)

 Update (10/28/19): The press conference is postponed.

Well, this is interesting.  Check out the agenda for Tuesday's meeting of the Jackson City Council.

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When to Get Involved

When is it time to walk away? The late Dr. Frank Pollard pondered this question in this 1990 sermon.  Enjoy.

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Bill Crawford: Lt. Gov. Key Race for GOP

The key election for Mississippi Republicans on November 5th is not the race for governor, rather it is the race for lieutenant governor.

Two reasons.

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Saturday, October 26, 2019

Rest in Peace, Mike Sands

Mike Sands passed away from cancer today.  May he finally find some peace from the pain that racked his body and tormented him for so long.  He never gave up but became an inspiration for others even though he would never think he was.   Rest in peace and know that you are remembered by many. 

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Go West, Ridgeland

Ridgeland wants to go a land-grabbin'.  The city of Ridgeland filed an annexation petition in Madison County Chancery Court Thursday.  The petition is posted below.

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Friday, October 25, 2019

The Rise of Bad Ideas?

SPOILERS!!! SPOILERS!!! SPOILERS!!!

Apparently Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker is having some problems.  The trailer dropped this week.

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No Comment

It's always nice to see Jacksonions becoming well-traveled.  One problem with this state is not enough people get out of it, even if only to visit Louisiana or Alabama. 

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Former & Current MBN Agents Sue for Back Pay

25 current and former Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics Agents sued for back pay and promotions yesterday in Hinds County Circuit Court.  The defendants are MBN, the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, MBN Director John Dowdy, Jr., and DPS Commissioner Marshall Fisher.

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Madison Avenue Bridge Closed

The Madison Police Department issued the following statement.

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It's Baaa-aack!

Giant Salvinia popped up again at the Ross Barnett Reservoir.  The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District Board of Trustees called held an emergency meeting today to discuss the aquatic pestilence.   The District issued the following press release and map.

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Thursday, October 24, 2019

And It's Finally Gone.

The site of the old Poets was finally torn down this week.  Watch and weep.

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Feds: One Lake Won't Harm Wildlife

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

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A.G. to Sue Corps of Engineers

Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following statement.

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Butch Lee for MDOT Commish



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Teresa Malone Wants Compassionate Release

Teresa Malone filed a motion for compassionate release.  The motion and other documents were filed under seal. Judge Henry Wingate sentenced her to serve 41 months in prison in July after she pleaded guilty to one count of attempt & conspiracy and one count of bribery of a public official in 2017.   The public official was former MDOC Commissioner Chris Epps.  A notice states:

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Wacaster War?

JPD tweeted the following statements. 

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Bigger Pie Forum: Is PERS Slip SLRPing Away?

The Mississippi Legislature has a golden parachute most state workers can only imagine.

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Sissy Arrested in Byram

Byram police arrested the son of Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics Director John Dowdy, Jr. in August for allegedly trying to obtain narcotics through a phony prescription in August.  The police report is posted below.

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Stewart Paroled

The Mississippi Parole Board issued the following statement.

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Prevent Breast Cancer

UMC published the following story written by Ruth Cummins.

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DPS: CBD Products Dangerous

The Mississippi Department of Public Safety issued the following statement.

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Oyster Harvest Ruined by Spillway Opening

Hope you don't enjoy oysters on the half-shell.  The Times-Picayune reports the opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway wiped out the Louisiana oyster harvest:

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Sid Salter: Trump More Popular than He Should be in Mississippi

Will the scheduled appearances of President Donald Trump in Tupelo and the president’s son Don in Purvis help galvanize Trump’s not inconsequential base in Mississippi to support Republican gubernatorial nominee Tate Reeves against Democrat Jim Hood?

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Tate Leads By 3 in Poll

The latest Mason-Dixon poll states Tate Reeves leads Jim Hood 46% to 43%.  The poll is posted below.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

TWO NEW VAPING ILLNESS CASES REPORTED!!!

The Mississippi State Department of Health issued the following statement. 

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Jim Hood Coming After Your Money



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Tonight at 7

Tonight's the Night on ABC at 7 PM:

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Carjacker Gets 30 Years

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

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Hearing for MadCo Land Use Plan Thursday

The Madison County Property Owners Association posted the following statement on Facebook. 

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Babalu Sold

A federal bankruptcy judge approved the sale of all five Babalu restaurants to Spell Restaurant Group of Memphis Friday.  The parent company of Babalu, Eat Here, Inc., file bankruptcy in August.  Babalu opened its first restaurant in Jackson in 2010, offering Latin-inspired cuisine.  The restaurant quickly become very popular and a fixture on the Jackson foodie scene.


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Monday, October 21, 2019

Google Also Wants Your Home

It was only a matter of time before Nest was Googled.  Bloomberg reports:

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Cultivation Hall Cultivates Greece

Cultivation Food Hall at The District at Eastover issued the following press release.

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Needed: One Ankle

No ankle, no problem.  A Bama fan has a plan to help Tua....

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A Day at the Fair



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Taggart: Heavy Turnout Favors GOP

Attorney and former Republican Attorney General candidate Andrew Taggart submitted the following guest column.  

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Zoo Will Reopen

Maggie the Meek played yet another game of softball last week at WLBT.



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Sunday, October 20, 2019

Attempted Kidnapping or Drunken Confusion?

WJTV reported an alleged attempted abduction took place Thursday night at a local liquor store:

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Oops!

Someone forgot to tell the Sooners that covered wagons don't come with roll bars:

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Sunday Morning Sermon

The late Dr. Frank Pollard attacked "religious junk bonds" in the 1989 sermon posted below.  It's one of his better sermons.  Enjoy. 

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Bill Crawford: King of Id Golden Rule Prevails

Which "golden rule" do you follow?

The one from the Bible? "So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets," – Matthew 7: 12-14.

Or the one attributed to the King of Id? "Whoever has the gold makes the rules!" –Wizard of Id cartoon published May 3, 1965, by creators Brant Parker and Johnny Hart.

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Friday, October 18, 2019

Jay Hughes: On My Time, On My Dime



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The Belhaven Tax Increase Drive Begins

The drive to raise taxes on Belhaven property owners began last night.  The Greater Belhaven Foundation posted on its website:

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Cybersecurity? Do We Do That in Mississippi?

State Auditor Shad White issued the following statement. 

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Arrest Made in Ridgewood Road Murder

JPD issued the following statement. 

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And the Crime Stats Suddenly Appear

Well, somebody reads this website at Jackson City Hall.  JJ reported yesterday that the city had not updated the crime reports on its website since February.   JJ submitted a public records request over a month ago for the most recent UCR report and received the report for.... July.  The post got someone's attention because guess what appeared on the website just a few hours later?

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Dawg Days of October

Need some SEC football?  Check out Matt Wyatt's analysis of the Mississippi State-Tennessee and Florida-LSU games below.

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More Progress at Pelahatchie Bay

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

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Oops!

Ouch. Someone managed to flip a city of Jackson truck.  Hopefully, no one was hurt.  Credit for photos goes to one Mr. Austin Chappell.

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Lumumba Administration Hides Crime Information

The Antar Lumumba administration clamped down on all crime information despite repeated proclamations about being more transparent on crime. The city of Jackson posted weekly crime reports on its website for years.  However, the crime reports disappeared from the website for nearly a year after Mayor Lumumba assumed the purple.  The weekly Comstat reports returned in November 2018 but disappeared in February.

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Keep Mike Sands in Your Thoughts

Say some prayers for Mike Sands.  He posted an update about his condition on Facebook and well, things aren't looking too good for him.  He wrote:

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Devault Indicted in Madison Motorcyle Deaths

Madison County Sheriff Deputies arrested James Kirby Devault yesterday for the deaths of Jack Harper and Bobby Lenoir last year on Highway 463 in Madison.  The two men were driving motorcycles when Devault allegedly and fatally struck them while driving in July 2018.  It is alleged he drove into incoming traffic while reaching for his phone.  He struck two other motorcycles as well.

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MDOC: Don't Blame Us

The Mississippi Department of Corrections issued the following statement. 

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City Council Approves Zoo Settlement

The Jackson City Council voted to settle a lawsuit with the Jackson Zoological Society last night.  The settlement ends the Society's 36 year tenure of operating the Jackson Zoo.   The city sued the society after negotiations broke down over the donation of the animal collection and the collection of a $6 million water bill. Posted below is a recording of the "negotiations.". It is very short.

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And Another Homicide

JPD issued the following statement. 

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Sid Salter: Candidates Ignore Mentally Ill

The 2019 Mississippi general election is less than three weeks away and politicians are talking about a plethora of issues, but there no serious discussion of one of the state’s entrenched and shameful realities – the banishment of far too many of the state’s mentally ill to jail cells.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

100 Gets 8 for Felon

The Justice Department issued the following statement and photo. 

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Keeping the Promises


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It's All Happening at the Zoo.... Not!

First, Marshall Ramsey somehow managed to offend a few people in a cartoon about the Jackson Zoo yesterday:



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Loss? What Loss?

Just when you think they couldn't top themselves, the folks at SEC Shorts did it again this week  and in less than 48 hours.  Enjoy.

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Jackon's New Abortion Abortion Protest Law Faces Court Fight

As expected, Jackson's new ordinance aimed at abortion protestors is going to court.  The Mississippi Institute for Justice announced yesterday it will sue the city of Jackson:

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Monday, October 14, 2019

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Banned!

USA Swimming permanently revoked the coaching privileges for  Savannah Reis.  She and her husband Fernando are the coaches of Performance Elite Aquatics in Madison County.  A Rankin County grand jury recently indicted her for two counts of sexual battery.  The victim was a male teen swimmer at PEAQ.    The organization's website states:

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Medicare Open Enrollment Begins

Insurance Commish Miguel Chaney issued the following statement. 

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Happy Columbus Day!

Today is Columbus Day.  Celebrate this important day in Italian-American history:

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Tate's Pay Plan for Teachers



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Patrick Ridgeway Fined in Kickback Scheme

The Justice Department issued the following statement on October 9:

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Sunday, October 13, 2019

Idiots of the Day

You.can't.make.this.up.  Don't be surprised if pulling guns on people ends in adverse consequences that just happen to be of the deadly variety.

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"People Don't Like Honesty"

From the sacred to the profane....  Bill Maher and Howard Stern together..... uncut, unedit, unplugged:

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Last Will Be First & First Will Be Last

The late Dr. Frank Pollard preached on the parable of the workers who grumbled after being paid the same as each other, regardless of hours worked.  Enjoy today's edition of Sunday Morning Sermon. 

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Bill Crawford: PERS Tries to Stay Invisible Until After Elections

Did you get a glimpse Mississippi's invisible black hole? It briefly appeared over the past year in the Bigger Pie Forum, an Associated Press article by Jeff Amy, and the Jackson Jambalaya blog.

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Saturday, October 12, 2019

Barricaded Suspect Arrested

The Madison Police Department issued the following statement.

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By the Numbers (Zoo Edition)

Posted below are the most recent financial statements for the Jackson Zoological Society.  Needless to say, they are not pretty.  The fiscal year is from October 1 to September 30.  The final attendance for FY 2019 was 48,114.  It was 73,000 in 2018 and 101,000 in 2017.  Read 'em and weep.

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Friday, October 11, 2019

D.A.-Elect Might Have EEOC Problem

Incoming Hinds County District Attorney Jody Owens might have his own share of #metoo problems.  The Appeal, a website dedicated to criminal justice issues, reported an EEOC complaint was filed against Mr. Owens:

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Settled!

The Jackson Zoological Society and city of Jackson settled a lawsuit this morning.  Justin Vicory reported in the Clarion-Ledger:

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Pumpkin Spice Potpourri

Just in case you can't get more annoyed at the deluge of pumpkin spice references that seem to occur earlier every year, here is a completely obnoxious video from the folks at It's a Southern Thing that extolls the virtues of pumpkin spice. Enjoy.

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Homicide by Grove Park (Updated)

JPD issued the following statement.

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Sissy Blasts MBN Director

The Chief of Staff at the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics had enough and called it quits this week.  MBN Chief of Staff Allison Killibrew pulled no punches in her resignation letter: 

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Delbert Raises the Dough

The Delbert Hosemann for Lieutenant Governor campaign issued the following statement. 

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Partying in Paris

Never let it be said that the Commissioners for the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority don't know how to have a good time.  The spending records of its recent trip to Paris are filled with Eiffel Tower dinners, expensive hotels, and other high-falootin' ways.  Justin Vicery reported in the Clarion-Ledger today:


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The Jackson City Councilman's Creed

The Jackson City Council has been quite busy lately.  However, one little matter escaped the media's attention.  The City Council created it's own creed and passed it at last week's meeting.

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Most of South Has Gone to the Dogs

Mississippi is one of the few states in the South that bans dogs from restaurant patios. A controversy arose this year about restaurants allowing dogs in patios and other outdoor areas.  What is common in other states is illegal in Mississippi.


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Tate Wants to Raise Teacher Pay

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"I don’t traffic in false promises of unlimited free money from the government. When I make a promise, I keep it. You can take it to the bank," Tate Reeves said at the event. "This plan represents my commitment to our teachers. It is based on months of research and planning to determine what we can afford, with an eye towards aggressive investment in our educators."

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

MDOT issued the following statement on I-20 closures in Hinds County:

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The Hood Gets Us Some 5G

Lord Protector James Hood issued the following proclamation. 

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Update on North State Street Projects

The city of Jackson issued the following statement. 

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The Ultimate Fan

What was it about Alabama fans bragging about class?

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Sid Salter: Fed Lawsuit Tightens Governor's Race

In a recent column, I wrote about the major time in Mississippi history that an obscure Mississippi constitutional relic from the days of “Jim Crow” laws came to electoral fruition in deciding a statewide election.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

R.I.P., Billy Neville

Billy Neville passed away today at the age of 79.  The founder of The Rogue moved on to the great haberdashery in the sky.  Godspeed, sir.

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Will PERS Need More Money?

Just when PERS clears a hurdle, it runs into another one.  A PERS consultant recommended making several changes to the public employees retirement system that will place it a little  more into the financial hole.  PERS funding level has hovered between 64% and 58% over the last ten years despite two increases in employer contributions and adequate market returns. 

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Supreme Court or Bust!

It appears Butler Snow is practicing the old four corners offense in the Lamar Adams case...

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WSJ: Did USA Swimming Spike Investigations?

Did USA Swimming spike investigations into sexual abuse claims against swim coaches?  It is a question asked by federal prosecutors.  The Wall Street Journal reported last week:

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Funeral Home Busted for Cheating the Bereaved

Secretary of State Hibbit Hosemann issued the following statement. 

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Monday, October 7, 2019

Take the Challenge

Can you survive 24 hours as a Volunteer fan? Take the challenge. 

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Deputy Improves

Praise the Lord.  Deputy Brad Sullivan is off the ventilator.  His brother posted an update on Facebook:

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Salute to Governor and Mrs. Phil Bryant


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Swim Coach Indicted on Two Counts of Sexual Battery. Alleged Victim was Minor.

A Rankin County grand jury indicted Savannah Reis for two counts of sexual battery with a minor on September 18.  Mrs. Reis was arrested Friday and released after posting a $35,000 bond.  The indictment states:

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Is Success a 4-Letter Word?

The Byram-Clinton-Edwards corridor finally opened last week but not to a few grumbles, of course.  We can't stand success in Mississippi.  WAPT reported Thursday:

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Sunday, October 6, 2019

Who Ya Gonna Call?

Prepare to get slimed at Tinseltown Thursday.....

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Sheriff Tucker Speaks

Madison County Sheriff Randall Tucker issued the following statement about the ACLU settlement.

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Mark Baker Takes on Hood

At the national level, we are watching Democrats attempt to use impeachment as a political weapon against the President of the United States. It is a transparent political hit job by a party that has failed to gain the support of the people. Here in Mississippi, Democrat Jim Hood is pulling straight from the party playbook.

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When There Is No Hope

Enjoy today's edition of Sunday Morning Sermon as the late Dr. Frank Pollard preaches from Ephesians in this 1990 sermon. 

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Bill Crawford: Brain Drain a Gross Problem

Brain drain in Mississippi is gross. That's what Phil Hardwick wrote in the Mississippi Business Journal.

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Saturday, October 5, 2019

Last Night at the Fair....

Meanwhile, at the Mississippi State Fair last night.....

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Priester Speaks!

Jackson Ward 2 City Councilman Melvin Priester, Jr. provided more information on Jackson's water/sewer billing fiasco:

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Friday, October 4, 2019

Swim Coach Indicted for Sexual Battery

A Rankin County grand jury indicted Savannah Reis for sexual battery.  The booking information is posted below.

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PROTEST!!!

A student uprising is afoot at Ole Miss after the university announced IHL Commish Glenn Boyce will be the new Chancellor:

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PERS Results Delayed

PERS watchers will have to wait a few extra months to learn how well the retirement system performed last year.  PERS will release the annual valuation reports in December.  The reports are traditionally released in October.  However, such will not be the case this year.   The reports provide valuable information on PERS such as funding levels, rate of return, and the retiree population. 

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Guest Gets Challenger

WYAB talk show host James Tulp issued the following statement yesterday. 

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Youtube's War on History Continues

Youtube demonetized The Great War channel recently.   The channel  dedicated to telling the story of The Great War but in a slightly different fashion.  Indy Neidell provides a weekly video that covers the Great War as it unfolded during that week.  Lectures, newspaper articles, videos, and photographs are used to give viewers a similar experience to what you would see if you lived a century ago.  This is a highly enjoyable way of learning history. Perfect for that brand new Ipad or smart tv you got for Christmas. The channel has over one million subscribers.  However, Youtube suddenly demonetized the channel without explanation or warning.

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4 Plead Guilty in Chris Epps Case

The Justice Department issued the following statement.

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Thursday, October 3, 2019

The Rebel Boyce

It appears IHL Commish Glenn Boyce will become the Chancellor of Ole Miss tomorrow.  Yes, that would be the same Mr. Boyce who led the search for the new Chancellor.  I just luuuuuuuuuuuuuuuv Misssss-ippi. 

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Throwback Thursday

Ice capades at the State Fair, anyone?

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Improving

The family of Madison County Deputy Brad Sullivan reports his condition has somewhat improved.  His brother posted on Facebook:

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ACLU & Madison Co. Try to Seal Settlement

The ACLU and Madison County are trying to seal a settlement agreement in federal court.  The two sides recently settled a lawsuit over the use of roadblocks in Madison County.  The motion for protective order states:

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Swim Coach No Longer Suspended

USA Swimming reinstated the coaching privileges of Savannah Reas.  USA Swimming suspended PEAQ Coach Savannah Reis from the association on July 24.  The organization is the national governing body for swimming in the United States.  USA Swimming's website states that it suspended Mrs. Reis due allegations of misconduct. 

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Camp Shelby Casualties

Update:  22 soldiers were injured during a night jump at Camp Shelby. The AP reported:

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Spoiled Brat of the Day

Dr. Phil had a good one a few days ago.  You just can't make this up.

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Pearl Cross Country Team Cleared

The Pearl Police Department issued the following statement. 

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Beer Coming to JSU Games

Jackson State University announced several game-day "enhancements" on its website:

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Jim Hood: Sleazy



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ACLU and Madison Sheriff Settle

Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker and the ACLU will enter into a consent decree over the use of roadblocks in Madison County.  The ACLU accused the Sheriff of using roadblocks to target blacks in a 2017 lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court.  Some highlights of the proposed consent decree are:

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Sid Salter: Cruz Playing Purity Politics in Opposing Ozerden Nomination

While most people aspire to the assurance that judges are first and foremost fair and unbiased in their rulings, President Donald Trump’s nomination of Southern District U.S. Federal Judge Halil Suleyman “Sul” Ozerden of Gulfport to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has evoked a far different response from some segments of the far right led by Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.

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Double Killer Gets Double Life

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

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

One Last Day at the Zoo

The Jackson Zoological Park closed temporarily yesterday.  Photographer Rick Guy visited the zoo and took some pictures yesterday.  Enjoy.

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Firefight in Gluckstadt... Literally

A brouhaha over fire protection is developing in Gluckstadt.  The city of Canton asked the Madison County Board of Supervisors to de-annex the area covered by the Gluckstadt Fire Department from Canton.  The Gluckstadt Fire Department responded on Facebook:

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UMC & Merit Help Patients in Madison County

UMC released the following story authored by Ruth Cummins. 

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Stonewall!

Good luck trying to get crime reports from the city of Jackson.  JJ submitted a public records request for the latest UCR reports to Jackson on September 10.  Well, here we are, more than fourteen days later and yet no crime reports.    Truth is, the Lumumba administration has made it much tougher to find out the true state of crime in the city. 

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What Do You Think? (Poll Edition)

 A Chism Strategies/Millsaps College poll says Mississippians favor background checks for firearms purchases while a slight majority approves of deporting illegal aliens when caught.  Some other key findings of the poll are:

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Thalia Mara Revenue Increases

The city of Jackson issued the following press release. 

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Monday, September 30, 2019

Abandon All Hope.....

Here is a scene that should have made it to the screen version of Apocalypse Now.  Abandon all hope.....

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Tonight on The Factor

Not yet tired of Trump? Bill O'Reilly takes on the whole impeachment mess in his latest Youtube show.  Enjoy.

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The Return of Zoltar

What are the folks at SEC Shorts up to this week?

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Bigger Pie: Is PERS Fair to Current Employees?

Mississippi’s defined benefit pension fund, the Public Employees’ Retirement System of Mississippi (PERS), needs serious reform if it is to be the robust and financially stable system its retirees and current employees are counting on.

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Sunday, September 29, 2019

The Honky Tax

Bill Maher proposed a "honky tax" to erase white shame Friday night.  Pretty funny.

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Stokes is Gone.... For Awhile

The Honorable Kenneth Stokes announced on his radio show today he is taking a break from the City Council and his radio show for 3-6 months.  He cited health problems as the reason for the sudden hiatus.

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When Faith Fizzles

If you can't make it to church this morning, enjoy this 1990 sermon from the late Dr. Frank Pollard.  Subject: What to do when faith fizzles.  Enjoy.

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Bill Crawford: Predatory v. Preposterous in Mississippi

Choosing to appease the insatiable desires of grasping businesses and consumers, politicians spew ever more promiscuous policies from our nation’s capital.

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Saturday, September 28, 2019

Ouch!

Auburn is literally making the Mississippi State Bulldog its bitch tonight....

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Jackson Drops Ball on Library.... Again

The Jackson-Hinds County Library System told Jackson it could keep the defunct Charles Tisdale Library on Northside Drive.  Rickey Jones, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the system, told the Jackson City Council in a September 9 letter:

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Dumbass of the Day

JPS tweeted the following statement.

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Friday, September 27, 2019

Another Bank Dragged into Lamar Adams Case

SEC Receiver Alysson Mills asked U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves to approve a subpoena for records of Southern Bancorp Bank of Arkadelphia, Arkansas.  The subpoena is posted below.

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Dorothy Returns



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Priester Speaks!

Jackson Ward 2 City Councilman Melvin Priester, Jr. provided a rather interesting update on yesterday's meeting of the Jackson City Council on his Facebook page:

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Heretic Alert!

The General Manager at WLBT made waaaaay too much sense about Jackson and the mushrooming convention centers.....

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

50 Years Ago Today

It's a story......

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Silver Alert

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation issued the following Silver Alert.

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Hope for Those Caught in Addiction's Grip

There is a ruthless killer on the loose in Mississippi. From dark alleys to dimly lit streets, to winding dirt roads leading to single family homes and through gated neighborhoods to the wealthiest in town, this killer has no mercy and finds its victims of all races, creeds and incomes. The state of Mississippi has yet to stop this merciless killer and with each passing year, the lives of so many more are ended. The killer is a chameleon of sorts, taking on different forms and fashion and unrelenting in its pursuit of victims. The culprit lurks not in the form of a vicious villain roaming the street, but quietly nestled in bottles and syringes as prescription pain killers, synthetic opioids and illegal drugs such as heroin.


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Meechigan Meltdown

It is probably a safe bet Ole Miss fans don't really miss Shea Patterson.  He has had less than a stellar career at Meechigan since he transferred there from the Country Club of the South.  His brother threw a tantrum on Instragram yesterday:

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2nd MDOT Employee Arrested for Embezzlement

Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following statement. 

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Homicide #63

JPD issued the following statement. 

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Northshore Parkway Closures Announced

Rankin County issued the following statement and maps.

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The Latest C's

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

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Good Guys Win One

JPD issued the following statement.

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Sid Salter: Shades of 1999 in 2019?

With just over six weeks to go before the 2019 general election in Mississippi, there are few Mississippians on either side of the partisan divide who don’t concede that the gubernatorial campaign is closer than any over the last 20 years.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Just Wow

Make this man the next Mayor of Jackson... or Governor of Mississippi.  Totally far out. 

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NE Jackson Woman Indicted for Check Forgery

A Northeast Jackson socialite was indicted for check forgery in July.  A Hinds County grand jury indicted Ellen Anglin for forging a $2,503 check a year ago at Fort Still National Bank.  She made the check payable to her mother (who recently passed away.).    The indictment is posted below.

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Water Main Break Shuts Down Downtown

The city of Jackson issued the following statement.

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You Can't Make This Up

Only in Jackson.  Only.

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Bigger Pie Forum: Mississippi Overpays on PERS Management Fees


Mississippi’s defined benefit pension fund, the Public Employees’ Retirement System of Mississippi (PERS), has enjoyed above average returns on the plan’s investments in recent years.

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Monday, September 23, 2019

Hate It When This Happens

Grabbing a cop's weapon is never a good idea....

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12 Years for Witness Intimidation

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

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Looking Under the Hood



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District Attorney Candidate in Jail

A Clarke County District Attorney candidate got himself in a little bit of trouble.

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Police Seek Ridgeland Liquor Store Thief

The Ridgeland Police Department issued the following photos and statement.

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More Vaping Illnesses Occur

The Mississippi State Department of Health issued the following statement. 

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Doing the South Bend Flop

SEC Shorts this weeks takes on the Notre Dame Fightin' Floppers. Enjoy.

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JPS Improves, No Longer Failing

JPS finally got some good news as its rating improved from F to D.  MDE released the annual school ratings last week. JPS faced a state takeover two years ago after repeatedly earned an F rating.  The number of A-rated schools rose while the number of failing schools substantially fell.  However, most of the positive news was in elementary schools while most high schools still failed. 

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Madison Busts Auto Burglars

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

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Sunday, September 22, 2019

To Open-Carry or not Open-Carry....

Suffer the open-carry zealots.  Tom Knighton over at Bearingarms.com takes them on in a piece criticizing open-carry:

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R.I.P., Jevan Snead

Former Ole Miss qb Jevan Snead passed away.  KVUE reported:

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Hemp Task Force Meets Wednesday

Ag Commish Andy Gipson issued the following statement. 

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Sunday Morning Sermon

Any sermons that opens with a football can't be half-bad.  If you can't make it to church this morning, enjoy this sermon that the late Dr. Frank Pollard presented in 1990. 

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Bill Crawford: Preposterous Promises Taking Over Politics?

Standing on the promises....

No, not those promises, but the promises of politicians.

Consider these current promises from the Democratic candidates for president.

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Saturday, September 21, 2019

Coming Soon....

Season 3 is just around the corner....

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Friday, September 20, 2019

The Ever-Shrinking Stingray

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Chancellor Barksdale?

Will Jim Barksdale be the next Chancellor at Ole Miss? The Daily Mississippian reported today:

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Thieves Darken Jackson

Copper thieves continue to darken Jackson.  Have you noticed how dark the interstates surrounding Jackson are lately?  Many of the interstate street lights do not work because copper thieves stole the wiring out of the lamps.

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Enoch Turns Snitch

The highly-regarded Jackson community activist Enoch Sanders encouraged Jackson residents to give information to the police when crimes are committed:

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Finally Some Justice for Chuck? (Updated)

JPD made an arrest in the murder of Charles Ponthieux. JPD tweeted a few minutes ago:

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Belhaven Moves Toward Forming CID

The Greater Belhaven Foundation posted the following update about forming a community improvement district today:

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Thug Convicted of Domestic Violence & Burglary

The press releases are flying out today.  Madison-Rankin District Attorney John Bramlett issued the following statement.

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UMC Builds New HIV Model of Care

UMC issued the following press release authored by Ruth Cummins. 

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Madison Burglars Arrested

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

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Charter Schools are Working

Editor's note: This post is a guest column submitted by Rachel Canter, Executive Director of Mississippi First. 

Are Mississippi charter schools working? The picture is becoming clearer.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Please Like Me

Bill Maher takes on the "like" culture in this pretty funny clip from last week's show.  Enjoy.

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Bye-Bye Batte

Batte Furniture will soon close.  The 136 year-old furniture store announced on Facebook today:

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The Return of Dorothy



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WLBT: Zoo Management Company Doesn't Have Required USDA License

WLBT reported last night that the company awarded the bid to operate the Jackson Zoo does not have a required USDA Class C license:

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Fire at Trademart

There is a fire at the site of the new Mississippi Trademart. A picture is posted below.  JJ is trying to obtain  more information. 

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Sid Salter: Mississippi Needs Accurate Census in 2020

We’ve spent most of the 2019 Mississippi general election cycle talking about the future of public healthcare and the state’s rural hospitals, the deteriorated condition of the state’s infrastructure system, and the needs of public education at all levels – with all three of those issues tied directly to the future of jobs and economic opportunity in the state moving forward.

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Hope But No Change

The folks at SEC Shorts nailed it yet again.....

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

JPS Improves, Clinton, Madison, Pearl, Rankin Get A's

 JJ is going to dive into the weeds on local school district ratings over the next few days but posted below is a quick snapshot of their ratings that were released today. The usual suspects got A's while JPS improved to a D.

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More Mississippi Schools Earn A's

The Mississippi Department of Education issued the following statement.

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River Closed This Weekend for Cleanup

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

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Warriors Bonfire Ceremony Friday Night


Diamonds & Dogs, Good Evening Vietnam
Benefiting the Warrior Bonfire Program

The South Warehouse
627 East Silas Brown Street, Jackson  
6pm to 10pm
Friday, September 20, 2019
Keynote Speaker, Oliver North
Purple Heart Guest Speakers, Tony Drees and Justin Patterson
Live Music
Open Bar
Dinner
Presentation & Retirement of the Colors
Bonfire Ceremony
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Reward Offered for Alleged Voyeur

Crimestoppers issued the following statement.

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Egbert's Wife Asks for Donations

The wife of Edgar Egbert is asking for donations on Gofundme.  Her husband allegedly shot two Madison County Deputies two weeks ago.  One deputy, Brad Sullivan, is still in the critical care unit.   The screenshots are posted below. 

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Monday, September 16, 2019

Hood Accepts TV Debates

The Jim Hood for Governor campaign issued the following statement. 

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Could Far be Near?

Sometimes something happens that shows all is right with the world:

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Buffalo Wild Wings Holding Fundraiser for Deputy Sullivan

Buffalo Wild Wings - Ridgeland announced a fundraiser to help Madison County Deputy Brad Sullivan:

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Update on Accused Killer of Snake Man

The man accused of killing Percy King and his son sits in the Hinds County jail as he awaits a mental evaluation.  

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More Money + Fewer Students = F

The Jackson Public School district continues to shrink as its student population fell to 21,600 for the 2017-2018 school year.  It's a far cry from ten years ago when over 30,000 kids attended JPS.  Although the student population fell by a third, have JPS finances changed with the times? Time to take a look at the books.

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Sunday, September 15, 2019

$778 Million? What $778 Million?

Medicaid expansion advocates are now trotting out the former Arkansas Surgeon General.  Arkansas rolled out an experimental Medicaid expansion program that used private insurance instead of Medicaid.  Dr. Joe Thompson recently penned a column touting the program's "success" in the Clarion-Ledger:

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Tate Accepts Debate Invitations, Crickets from Hood

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When Words Lose Their Meaning

If the Devil's heat keeps you from getting to church this morning, enjoy this 1990 sermon presented by the late Dr. Frank Pollard of First Baptist Church (Jackson). 

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Bill Crawford: Preying Catching On in DC

Let us prey.

No, not "pray," but "prey," like in prey upon the poor, elderly, ignorant, and ordinary citizens.

More preying of this sort seems to be an in thing in Washington these days.

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Booze Never Asks a Question

Good meets evil, ying v. yang, right v. left...... Richard Pryor meets Maya Angelou....

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Saturday, September 14, 2019

Tate Fires Back at Hood

Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves issued the following statement and video response to Attorney General Jim Hood.

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Friday, September 13, 2019

Idiots of the Day

Do NOT try this at home!  These are professional idiots.

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Judge Says No to Snow

Butler Snow Strikes Out in Lamar Adams Case, Baker-Donelson to Follow?

Butler Snow and SEC Receiver Alysson Mills will have to slug it out in federal court instead of arbitration.  Ms. Mills sued Lord Snow, Baker Donelson, and several other defendants in December in federal court for damages arising out of the Lamar Adams timber fraud case.  Lord Snow asked the Court to dismiss her lawsuit and order both parties to submit to arbitration.  U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves rejected the motion to dismiss.

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A Day in the Life of Jay


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Into the Storm

Josh Morgenman truly has an appetite for destruction.  The hurricane chaser rode out Hurricane Dorian in Marsh Harbor in the Bahamas.  His video posted below shows the approach, impact, and aftermath of Dorian.  Things start going to hell around the 8:30 mark in the video. 

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Ridgeland Police Seek Burglar

The Ridgeland Police Department posted the following bulletin on Facebook.

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

2 Classics Return

Two great classic movies return to the big screen in Jackson this month.

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Check In on FB, Check Out with Insurance

Too many people go on a dream vacation only to come home to the nightmare of discovering their house was robbed.  Unfortunately, many such burglaries occur because the selfie generation is careless on social media.  It's all about "look at me", consequences be damned.  However, insurers are beginning to take notice.  Some insurers in England are rejecting burglary claims if the homeowner posted he was away on a trip on social media.  The Telegraph (U.K.) reported nearly a year ago:

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Title Fight Tonight!

Gibbit Hosemann and Jay Hughes square off tonight in a debate televised on WJTV at 6:30 PM. 

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State Auditor Gives Blues Commission the Blues

State Auditor Shadrick Meeshack White issued the following statement.

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The Incredibly Shrinking JPS

A JPS audit states JPS continues to shrink.  The JPD student population fell to only 21,600 students for the 2017-2018 school year.*  Over thirty thousand students attend Jackson public schools just ten years ago.  While the student population fell, JPS continues to collect more property tax revenue than ever while it operates at a $5 million loss.

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Attorneys DQ'ed in Water Bill Lawsuit

The city of Jackson issued the following statement.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Hood Releases Report on Reeves

Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following statement.

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Idiots of the Day

Meanwhile, over at the Jasco....

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Good News at the DSB

This is no drill.  The Mississippi Department of Public Safety announced some good news today about Driver Services Bureau:

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Child Safe!

For a brief scary moment yesterday, it appeared there might be a repeat of the Kingston Frazier case.  JPD tweeted yesterday:

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For Governor, Tate Reeves



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Sid Salter: Legislature to Change Leadership

Nationally, the demographics of America’s state legislators are far different than Mississippi’s numbers indicate, according to data available from the National Conference of State Legislatures.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Starkville PD Gets Another One

The Starkville Police Department tweeted an update on the Saturday night brawl that took place in front of St. Joseph Church in the Cotton District:

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11 Years for Cross-Burning

The Justice Department issued the following statement.

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Robotics Help UMC Docs Treat Cancer

UMC issued the following press release authored by Ruth Cummins.

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Police Seek ATV Thug

The Pearl Police Department issued the following statement on Facebook.

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It's 1950's Weekend at MSU Saturday

It's back to the 1950's this weekend in Starkville.  Mississippi State University is rolling back prices to the 1950's.  MSU-KSU tickets are going for four bucks on Seatgeek and $6 on Stubhub.  Meanwhile, MSU Athletic Director called out Aramark for poor service during Saturday's game:

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Starkpatch Police Arrest Tough Guy

Video Included

Remember that guy who was throwing down at Starkpatch Saturday night? Well, Mr. Tough Guy has a name:

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Monday, September 9, 2019

Chicoms Target Journalists

The best combat reporter in the world popped up in Hong Kong.  Michael Yon is on the scene where the Chicoms are battling freedom-loving Hong Kong citizens.  He provides periodic updates on his website but the real action is on his Facebook page.  He posted video of the Chicoms targeting journalists yesterday.  Their minions known as the Hong Kong police threw tear gas onto a fairly empty street, well, empty for all but some reporters.

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50 AG's Go After Google

Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following statement.

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6 Years for Fentanyl & Heroin Dealing

The Justice Department issued the following press release. 

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Down With the White Folks

The Honorable Kenneth Stokes and Reverend P.J. Williams yukked it up about having a white Mayor in Jackson, paying everything to white folks, and other high-brow subjects in this week's edition of Down With the White Folks.
REEEEEEEEEEV!!!

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Victory!

The Southern Poverty Law Center tried and failed in its efforts to shut down Mississippi's charter schools.  The Mississippi Supreme Court ruled last week charter schools are constitutional.  Charter school opponents have used the courts with some limited success to stop charter schools in other states. 

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Hooked!

Matthew McConaughey is in mourning.  SEC Shorts managed to get a spy over to Austin where it found the famous actor locked up in the press box:

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Blood Drive for Deputy Sullivan Wednesday


There will be a blood drive in support of Deputy Brad Sullivan on September 11, 2019.  There will be TWO BUSES. It will be held in the old Tulane parking lot on highway 51 in Madison. The direct address is 2115 Main Street. There will be signs directing donors where to park. Donation times are from 9:30 AM- 3 PM.


If possible, MS Blood services are asking for donors to sign up for appointment times. Here is the link to sign up:
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A044CA9A723A7FB6-blood4

If you cannot make this blood drive, you can always go to the MS Blood Services Headquarters and donate. Brad’s code is DV63.

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Sunday, September 8, 2019

Starkpatch Stompin'

Nice little fracas took place in Starkpatch last night.   Check out the video posted below.  Really nasty sucker punch at :56. 

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Taking the Weight Out of Weight Watchers

Weight Watchers changed its name to WW. Can't offend the body positive lobby.  Needless to say, Bill Maher had fun with it Friday night.

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Sunday Morning Sermon

The late Dr. Frank Pollard preached on dealing with weeds in this 1990 sermon.  If you can't make it to church this morning, enjoy.

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Bill Crawford: What Matters to Voters?

What issues will matter most to voters when choosing Mississippi’s next governor?

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Saturday, September 7, 2019

Funny of the Day

This will make someone mad.  First up is Tommy Chong....

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Ringing The Bells

Need that Game of Thrones fix but weren't happy with the ending?  The Mauler picked The Bells to pieces just for you:

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Help Deputy Sullivan

Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker issued the following statement: 

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The Commish Speaks on Veggie Burger Law

Ag Commish Andy Gipson issued the following statement. 

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GOP Victory Kick-Off Monday

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Party on the Party Decks at Ole Miss

Ole Miss finally rolled out the party decks for football games at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.  Hottytoddy.com reported:



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Friday, September 6, 2019

Last Call to Support JJ

This is the last call to support  Jackson Jambalaya in its annual fund-raising drive.

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

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Deputy Fights for His Life

Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker issued the following statement.

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Back to School & on to a New Routine

As the Mississippi summer heat blankets the last days of August, the 2019-2020 school year is in full swing for students across Mississippi. From preschool to Pre-Med students, the lazy days of summer are long gone and being replaced with busy days of routines, homework and fall activities.


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Time to Clear the Air

Time to clear the air about the Jackson Zoo.  It's no secret that Yours Truly sits on the Board of Directors for the Jackson Zoological Society.  The Society operates the Jackson Zoo.  A certain weekly newspaper primarily known for publishing wedding photos made some rather scurrilous allegations about the Board.

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Thursday, September 5, 2019

It's Free!

The first season of Cobra Kai is now free on Youtube for a limited time.  If you enjoyed The Karate Kid all those years ago, here is a sequel that for once didn't mess things up.  Enjoy the trailer.

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Will JMAA Keep Former CEO's Testimony Secret?

The Jackson Municipal Airport Authority Board of Commissioners wants to turn former CEO Carl Newman into the Man in the Iron Mask.  JMAA sued to stop the state's "takeover" of the airport in U.S. District Court. Mr. Newman suddenly resigned in March after the Commissioners voted to hire a consultant to review his performance.  The Board did so immediately after he refused to fire the Director of Human Resources. 

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Madison Deputies Shot

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation issued the following statement.

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Bataan Death March Victim Comes Home

The city of Pearl issued the following statement. 

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$2,500 Reward for Lost Dog

A pet hotel managed to do one thing it should never do: lose a dog.  WJTV reported:

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Reward Offered for Burglary Suspect

The Clinton Police Department issued the following statement.

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Jackson Loses a Big Round in Airport Fight

Jackson's fight to keep control of its airport took a big step backwards two weeks ago.  The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Jackson couldn't obtain the communications of several legislators deemed instrumental in the passage of the "airport takeover" bill in 2016.

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Sid Salter: Same Issues, Different Framing in Reeves-Hood Showdown

Mississippi’s 2019 gubernatorial ballot is now solidified and while the issues remain basically unchanged since the primaries, the framing for the Nov. 5 will be different.

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MPACT Open Enrollment Is Open

The 2019-2020 enrollment period for the Mississippi Prepaid Affordable College Tuition (MPACT) program opened on September 1st. This tax-advantaged program gives families the opportunity to essentially freeze tuition in time and it can be used at public or private schools, in-state or out-of-state.

MPACT has plans for four-year colleges, 2-year degrees, or a combination. With the cost of tuition rising faster than the rate of inflation and wages, it is definitely worth looking into. Visit the website to learn more about MPACT and start investing in your child’s future today.

You can enroll a newborn in MPACT year-round, but otherwise, enrollment is open from September 1 to May 31 each year.

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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

A Classic Returns to the Theatre

Lawrence of Arabia returns to the big screen tomorrow.   Order your tickets now at Fandango.  This is simply a must-see for those who love the cinema.  Stellar cast: Peter O'Toole (sober version), Sir Alec Guinness (minus the light saber), Omar Sharif, Anthony Quinn, Claude Raines, and our favorite supporting actor in any movie: Jack Hawkins. Showtimes are posted below.

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NO!

Failed GOP gubernatorial candidate Bill Waller, Jr. Will not endorse Tate Reeves for Governor.

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Convention Center Needs Bailout... Again

The Capital City Convention Center needs a bailout if it wants to keep the doors open until October 1.   The convention center asked the city of Jackson for a $131,411 bailout.  The Jackson City Council tabled the request for further discussion today.

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Priester Speaks on Public Works

Jackson Ward 2 City Councilman Melvin Priester, Jr. provided an update on the budget hearings on Facebook last week:

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And the Band Played On....

The Tennessee Volunteer Band showed more heart than the football team did Saturday....

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MHP: 3 Fatalities During Holiday Period

The Mississippi Highway Patrol issued the following press release.

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Monday, September 2, 2019

The Jam

Nothing like a holiday on a hot day.  Since it might be too hot to enjoy outdoors today, here is a blast from the past: California Jam.  A line-up of legends rocked 200,000 fans at the Ontario Motor Speedway. Ozzy Osbourne & Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Emerson, Lake, & Palmer, and Black Oak Arkansas are in the three hour video posted below.  Funnel a few drinks and enjoy.

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Homicide on Northside

JPD issued the following statement.

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Giving Fish v. Teaching to Fish

Will guaranteed incomes help the poor escape poverty? An experiment taking place in Jackson is attempting to found out if such is true.  The Washington ____ reported yesterday:

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Good Job!

Meet the JSU Mascot, last seen getting a penalty for his team.....

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Sunday, September 1, 2019

Ouch!

The folks at SEC Shorts don't usually post a new video so soon after the last one but well, Tennessee did lose to Georgia State yesterday...

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Bill Crawford: Reeves Strong in Rural Counties

Interesting tidbits from the Republican primary runoff won by Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves by a 54% to 46% margin over former Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller:

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K-9 Survives Snake Bite

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement.

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Sunday Morning Sermon

If you can't make it to church this morning, enjoy this 1990 sermon presented by the late Dr. Frank Pollard of First Baptist Church (Jackson). 

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Saturday, August 31, 2019

Idiot of the Day

Want to see $80 compounded exponentially?

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Belhaven Burglar Gets Big, Yuge Bond

Suspect Has Suspended Sentence.

Javon Harris won't be seeing the streets of Jackson for awhile. Jackson Municipal Court Judge Jeff Reynolds hit the burglary suspect with a half a million dollar bond after he was arrested Thursday.  JPD tweeted:

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It's Gameday!

Today is pretty much warm-up day in the SEC although there are a couple of good games.  Consider this post an open thread about SEC football today.  Meanwhile, the folks at SEC Shorts produced a visit from the SEC Fairy Godmother:

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Friday, August 30, 2019

Board Unsuspends Police Chief

The Pelahatchie Board of Aldermen unanimously reversed the suspension of Police Chief Joe Daughtry at a special meeting tonight.  Mayor Ryshonda Beechem suspended him yesterday for insubordination.  The Mayor did not veto the action. 

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Receiver Files Report in Lamar Adams Case

SEC Receiver Alysson Mills filed her status report in the Lamar Adams case a week ago.  The report is posted below.

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The Beemon is Back

Take a look at what popped up online:

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"She Can't Tell the Truth"

Pelahatchie Alderwoman Margie Warren fired right back at Mayor Ryshonda Beechem today:

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And the Marshals Nab the Suspect

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement.

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JPD Finds Hit & Run Suspect Car

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement.

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Pelahatchie Mayor Suspends Police Chief

Pelahatchie Mayor Ryshonda Beechem suspended Police Chief Joseph Daughtry yesterday.  The two engaged in a screaming match Monday in front of City Hall.  The exchange was recorded by the media.   The video is posted below:

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Thursday, August 29, 2019

Life W/out Parole for Kingston Frazier Killer

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

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School Mother-Shooter Gets 10 Years

Carjacking and shooting a mother at an elementary school is a good way to go up the river, even in Hinds County.  Daniel Henry is serving ten years in prison after he pleaded guilty a year ago to carjacking, aggravated assault, and armed robbery.

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Classy!

Uh-oh.  The city of Jackson is now charging churches and funeral homes for parking downtown.  The good ole parking meter dude showed up at a funeral today to chastise a funeral for using its own parking meter bags as has been the practice for years instead of getting a city of Jackson bag for $5 per day.  WAPT reported:

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Primos Busted (Updated)

 The U.S. Department of Labor issued the following statement.

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Happy Halloween!

Nothing like brotherly love....

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Trump Nominates Cory Wilson to Federal Bench

U.S. Senator Roger Wicker issued the following statement. 

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Is it Curtains for the Elite?

The Elite Restaurant posted the following message on Facebook:

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Sid Salter: How Does Mississippi Higher Ed Compare with Surrounding States?

The Chronicle of Higher Education’s annual “Almanac of Higher Education” edition for 2019-20 is hot off the presses and the information contained there is useful for those interested in reviewing how Mississippi’s higher education system compares with our contiguous neighboring states.

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Find These Mutts

Lost dogs in Pearl.  Please help find them.  Posted on Facebook:

3 Blenheim (white with brown spots) cavalier spaniels from 750 Sandy Lane in Pearl. 2 females and 1 male. Substantial cash reward being offered. All 3 escaped from my front door around 4pm on Tuesday 8/27. Please call 601-559-3844 with any information regarding their whereabouts. They are very loved and missed and one of the females is a senior and needs her daily heart medicine. Thank you. Pictured is one of the missing females in the first pic, and a missing male in the 2nd pic and the 3rd dog, another female , she looks very similar to the first two except she is smaller and more petite.
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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

It’s Round 2!

Archie Beats McQuirter!

Election night is finally here as candidates scrap for their party’s nomination.   All this trouble just for the right to do it again in November.  Comment here for election night.  Have at it.  Results are posted below.

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Dispatch from Pelahatchie (Payday Edition)

Note: Pelahatchie Board of Aldermen cancelled a Monday night meeting.  The agenda stated the Board was going to question the Mayor's residency and appoint a temporary Mayor. 

Pelahatchie Mayor Ryshonda Beechem issued the following statement on Facebook:

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GG For Ole Miss

Someone has officially put himself forth as a candidate for Chancellor at Ole Miss.

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Oops! (Election Day Edition)

A Facebook video of a voting machine malfunction in Lafayette County is making the rounds this morning:

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Newspaper Supports Taggart, Question Fitch Spending of Campaign Account

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It's Election Day!

Get your gluteus minimus out there and vote.   Tate v. Junior, Andy v. Lynn, and last but not least, Vance v. Mason.  Vote early and often.  Fire away in the comments. 

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Condolences to Howard Ballou

Our condolences and prayers go to Mr. Howard Ballou at WLBT.  His mother passed away earlier today.  Maude Ballou was the long-time secretary for Dr. Martin Luther King.  The family is a class act and it all started with Mrs. Ballou.  R.I.P. 

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