Thursday, October 1, 2020

He's Baaaaack!

WAPT might be getting just a little nervous.

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Shoot with Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith

The Madison County Republican Women, along with the Hinds County Republican Women and the Rankin County Republican Women, are hosting an EVENT on October 7, 2020, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., at The Range by Jimmy Primos in Madison (Gluckstadt), featuring a fun "Shootout" between United States Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith, United States Congressman Michael Guest and Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Kenny Griffis. We expect to have a 'rootin, 'tootin, 'shootin good kind of time and we'd love to see you there. More information is posted below.


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Metrocenter Mess?

What a shocker.  WJTV reported last night that several Metrocenter tenants paid their deposits and got nothing in return:

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CDC: All Thanksgiving Dinners are Risky

 Worried about Thanksgiving this year? Never fear, the CDC is here.  The Center for Disease Control did what bureaucrats do.  It issued a whole spanking new set of new-fangled Covid-19 guidelines for Thanksgiving just in case you are thinking of having that big turkey dinner since Kentucky Fried Chicken is closed.   The CDC guidelines are posted below.

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Governor Removes Mask Order, Mayor Balks

Governor Tate Reeves ended his mask-requirement order yesterday:

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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Election Commissioner Passes Away

Hinds County District 3  Election Commissioner Wayne McDaniel died unexpectedly of a heart attack today. 

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Kentucky for Christmas

Thoughty2 delved into the question everyone thinks but is afraid to ask: What are some of the dirty tricks of fast food restaurants?  If you're sure you want to know, check out his latest video.

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C19 Update: About Damn Time

Look who is going to save us from Covid-19:

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County Cleans Up Street Corners

Pandhandlers becoming a nuisance and endangering motorists. 

If the city of Jackson won't clean up the street corners, Hinds County will.  WAPT reported yesterday:

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Ninety-Something

JPD tweeted the following statements.

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Robert St. John: It's a Tough Job but Somebody's Got to Chew It.

There are several stages in the life of a restaurant. The earliest stage is the research and development stage. Research and development involve recipe research, a lot of travelling around eating at similar concepts in search of ideas and inspiration and spending a lot of time online looking at similar concepts in that particular genre.

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Oops!

Can anyone spot the mistake?

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Sid Salter: With Roe as Litmus Test, Expect Judicial Appointments to be Political Brawls

Democrats and Republicans alike have strained at gnats to obscure the fact that decisions regarding the naming of a successor to the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is about anything more than more impactful than the future of the Roe v. Wade decision on abortion. 

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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Chief: No Blue Flu

JPD Chief James Davis issued the following statement.

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Blue Flu?

There is apparently an outbreak of Blue Flu at JPD today.  Officers were not too happy the City Council gave a raise to rookies while ignoring the veterans.  A dozen officers resigned last week in frustration. 

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Med Marijuana Public Hearings Commence Tomorrow

Secretary of State Miguel Watson issued the following statement. 

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Bring Back Mexican Pizza at Taco Bell!

Does anyone care to relive 2020? The folks at It's a Southern Thing asked that question in their latest sketch. Enjoy.

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Food Fight!!!

 A Jacksonian filed a rather interesting lawsuit against the University of Mississippi proper, the Institutions of Higher Learning, the Inn at Ole Miss, the University of Mississippi Poh-lice Department, Chief Ray Hawkins, and the Ole Miss Aloomni Association in U.S. District Court in Oxford.   The lawsuit is posted below.

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Monday, September 28, 2020

All Good Things Come to an End

Montgomery Hardware in The Fondren is calling it quits after 75 years:

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Prison Supervisor Arrested

The Mississippi Department of  Corrections issued the following statement. 

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LSWho?

SEC Shorts had a lot of fun with what else, the Bulldogs record-setting win over LSU:

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Company's Lagoon Produced Hydrogen Sulfide Gas Cloud, Workers Knocked Out

Some forced to go to hospital, neighbors complain of headaches

The Gold Coast Commodities wastewater lagoon in Rankin County produced a strong cloud of Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) gas in July that sickened neighbors, knocked out employees, and sent some employees to the hospital.

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Open Thread

JJ will be delayed this morning.  Having to make an unexpected run to the vet. Everything will be
Fine. Consider this post to be an open thread. Fire away.

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Sunday, September 27, 2020

French Quarter Icons Struggle

It should come as no surprise that Pat O's is struggling and may be forced to lay off a substantial number of employees.  The Times-Picayune reported:

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Crime Drives out Jackson's Last Gun Store

Jackson's last gun store closed down thanks to crime.  Swan's Gun & Repair on Old Canton Road shut down after thieves struck the gun store several times within a 10-day period in July.  Ironically, one of the thieves would up dead a short time later.  JPD reported on July 12:

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Sunday Sermon

For those who played hookey from church today and feel a little guilty, JJ presents this 1991 sermon given by the late Dr. Frank Pollard of First Baptist Church (Jackson).  Enjoy.

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Bill Crawford: We Need More Good Souls Like Doodle Pate

NOTE: If you know of good souls like Doodle Pate, please email their stories to me at crawfolk@gmail.com

“If a gas line ruptured. Get Doodle. If the power went out. Get Doodle. If a family needed shelter. Get Doodle.”

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Friday, September 25, 2020

Friday Night Fun

Andrew Shulz channeled his inner Joan Rivers in his latest video.  Enjoy.

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Sun-N-Sand Makes Endangered List

The old Sun-N-Sand building made the list of "America's 11 Most Endangered Historical Places for 2020."  The list is created by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  NTHP states on its website:

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Getting the Back Back Up

Low back pain is unfortunately a malady that afflict almost everyone at some point in their lives.  Fortunately, top trainer Jeff Cavaliere (PT) shows a nice little exercise that is good for treating low back pain.  

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Carjacker Carjacks Instead of Showing up for Carjacking Trial

Yes, you read that headline correctly.

Frederica Brunson was supposed to be on trial last week on several carjacking charges but instead decided to go carjacking.  JPD tweeted yesterday:

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Nashville Did Not Hide Favorable C19 Stats

A Nashville tv station retracted a story that reported the city of Nashville hid favorable Covid-19 statistics from the public.  The Daily Tennessean reported:

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Thursday, September 24, 2020

Awwwwww

Just a pittie that needed some love.....

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Prime-Time is Looking for a Home

Jackson State University Head Football Coach Deion Sanders is looking for a home:

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Accused Child-Killer Back on Street

Bond for (allegedly) killing a 14 year-old in Hinds County is apparently only worth $150,000.

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Madison Station is National Blue Ribbon School

The Mississippi Department of Education issued the following statement. 

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Lawsuit Wants All C19 Orders Dismissed

Attorney Michael Herring sued Governor Tate Reeves in U.S. District Court in Oxford today.  The Batesville lawyer asked the Court to strike down the Governor's Covid-19 executive orders.

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Wild Hog Application Period Begins

Ag Commish Andy Gipson issued the following statement. 

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Carlos Moore Sanctioned for Tantrum at Hearing

The Mississippi Workers' Compensation Commission sanctioned Carlos the Clown in 2017 after he threw a temper tantrum at a hearing.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

MDOC Wants to Improve Re-Entry

The Mississippi Department of Corrections issued the following statement. 

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Beethoven at Night

Pianist Alice Sara Ott performs Beethoven's Third Concerto with the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra in this 2018 concert.  Enjoy this classical classic. 

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WaPo: Little Evidence C19 Spreads in Schools

The reopening of schools has gone better than expected.  A team of researchers at Brown University found a "low level of infection" of the Covid-19 virus among teachers and students.  The Washington _____ reported:

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City Council Prez to Hold Presser

Jackson City Council President Aaron Banks issued the following statement.

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Sheriff Busts Garage Door Scam

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement.

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Robert St. John: Muz's Pancakes

A wise person once said, “The past is in your head. The future is in your hands.” If that’s the case, I’ve been spending a lot of time living in my head over the last several days as we have moved my mother into a new apartment. The new apartment is smaller which means a lot of the boxes that have been in storage rooms, attics, and drawers weren’t going to make the short trek to the new digs. The past has been ever-present.

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Sid Salter: Should Voting be Convenient?

From microwave popcorn to digital grocery shopping to telemedicine, our citizens worship time and the technology that saves time. But in Mississippi and a few other states, we reject the notion of our obsession with time and convenience when it comes to voting.

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The Classics Return This Week

There are some real classics at the theatre this week:

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020

State Auditor Investigates Professor's Strike

Professors fire back at Shad White.

Our favorite Ole Miss professor surprisingly generated some more headlines.  Professor James Thomas made quite a name for himself with his bullying ways in Oxford a couple of years ago:

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C-19 Update

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 465 new cases of the Wuhan virus yesterday as well as 36 new deaths. The total number of cases is 94,021. The virus has caused 2,846 deaths. Nursing home deaths comprise 40% of overall Covid-19 deaths in Mississippi. There are 85,327 recoveries. More information and a complete list of infected counties can be found at the MSDH website. The Rt factor is 0.81.

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Clinton Lands Siemens Energy

Clinton Mayor Phil Fisher issued the following statement.

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Former DA Defends Defending Defendants

Former Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith defended defending defendants he prosecuted as District Attorney.  WLBT reported Friday:

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Commish Announces State Fair Plans

Ag Commish Andrew Gipson issued the following statement.

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Beethoven at Night

Tonight's edition of Beethoven at Night is his First Concerto.  Enjoy Khatia Buniatishvili as the star pianist performs this masterpiece with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Monday, September 21, 2020

Mississippi GOP Gets New Leader

The Mississippi Republican Party issued the following statement.

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No Fines Despite Millions of Gallons of Illegal Wastewater Dumped into Jackon's Sewer System


MDEQ did not penalize any companies involved in the illegal discharge of millions of gallons of acidic wastewater into the Jackson sewer system in 2016 and 2017.  However, do not think for one second that anyone got away scot-free. The agency told the companies not to do it again in a cease and desist order  issued against Rebel High Velocity Sewer Services.  The 2017 order states:

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Neon, Prime-Time, & Both

Update: Prime-Time makes prime entrance.  See below. 

Football legend Deion Sanders will be the next Head Football Coach at Jackson State University.  The university announced on its Facebook page:

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Sheriff Stops Pine Straw Hustle

A possible pine straw scam has been taking place in Rankin County.  A message has been circulated on Facebook:

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Sunday, September 20, 2020

Like a Boss

As usual, Dave Chappelle nailed it last night. The critics' score of Sticks & Stones probably motivated him just a little bit. 

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Weighing the Scales

Can't make it to church? Check out this 1991 sermon presented by the late Dr. Frank Pollard of First Baptist Church (Jackson).  He preaches from Philippians 3:4-9.  Enjoy.

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Bill Crawford: Broken Promises, Record Spending, Surging Debt

Well, if COVID-19 hadn’t come along the “greatest economy ever” would be well on its way to keeping President Donald Trump’s promise to balance the budget and eliminate the national debt.

No, budget deficits and the national debt have increased every year since he took office.

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Saturday, September 19, 2020

Saturday Night Fights: The Brawl in Montreal

Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto Duran.  Two names that will be forever associated with no mas.  Lost in that legend is what went  down in the first fight.  It was simply one of the best fights in boxing history.  Two legends in their prime decided to stand up to each other and go toe to toe for 15 rounds.

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Digging Through the Weeds

Yours truly was a complete bum today so here is something for the JJ junkies. JJ has been reporting on the dumping of millions of gallons of acidic wastewater into the Jackson and Brandon sewer systems.  Posted below is a MDEQ field report after a visit to the Rebel High Velocity Sewer Services in Jackson.  This post is for those who love to dive in and roll around in the weeds for a while.  Enjoy.

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Commish Defends State Fair Opening

Commissioner of Agriculture Andrew Gipson fired back at those who criticized his decision to allow the Mississippi State Fair to proceed. He stated on Facebook:

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Friday, September 18, 2020

C19 Update: 497 Cases, 12 Deaths

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 497 new cases of the Wuhan virus yesterday as well as 12 new deaths. The total number of cases is 92,432. The virus has caused 2,792 deaths. Nursing home deaths comprise 40% of overall Covid-19 deaths in Mississippi. There are 78,791 recoveries. More information and a complete list of infected counties can be found at the MSDH website. The Rt factor is 0.90.

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MDOC Cleans House at Rankin Prison


MDOC issued the following statement.

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PSA



This post is a public service announcement. 

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Thug of the Day

A stupid-ass street punk took out his frustrations over his sorry lot in life on Greenbrook Flowers late Wednesday night.  Watch the video posted below.

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Lawsuit Accuses Carlos Moore of Malpractice

Carlos the Clown stands accused of committing legal malpractice in a wrongful death lawsuit.  Adrian Murry made the claim in a lawsuit she filed against Carlos Moore and his law firm in Forrest County Circuit Court yesterday.

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Don't Leave Without Me

Speaking of the Big 10, the folks at SEC Shorts had something to say as well about the conference's reversal on playing football ....

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Suspect in Regions Ruckus Arrested

Suspect resisted taser, hurt officer, rammed patrol car.

The Ridgeland Police Department issued the following statement.

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Thursday, September 17, 2020

Gannett Shows What It Thinks of You

USA Today says SEC playing football worse than Sandusky & Nassar

The Big 10 decided to play football after all.  Such a reasonable decision was greeted with a gnashing of teeth over at USA Today i.e. Gannett.  USA Today's Christine Brennan wailed:

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Brandon Sued Gold Coast for (Allegedly) Dumping Highly Acidic Wastewater into Sewer System

The city of Brandon sued Gold Coast Commodities and its officers for illegally dumping highly acidic wastewater into its sewer system.  The lawsuit was filed in Rankin County Circuit Court on July 10, 2018.   The company is the subject of a federal criminal investigation and several MDEQ cease and desist orders. 

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Idiot of the Day

Meet the Queen of California.

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Board OK's Rez Liquor Stores

The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District Board of Trustees voted unanimously to allow liquor stores to operate in the district at its regular meeting this morning.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

#StandwithMaggie

Meet the Idiot of not just the day, but of the month.  WLBT's Maggie Wade is practically a saint with a devoted legion of fans in the Jackson metro area.  However, one woman took issue with her looks and decided to let Maggie know about it.  Ms. Wade posted on Facebook tonight:

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Last Call to Support Jackson Jambalaya

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 when it was needed.

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Justifiable Homicide?

JPD tweeted more information about a September 8 murder yesterday:

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Update: Captured!

A prisoner escaped from the Hinds County Courthouse.  Sheriff Lee Vance announced on Facebook:

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Robert St. John: Rosedale

To be in the restaurant business and to live only 115 miles from one of the top three restaurant cities in America (#1 in my book) has been an embarrassment of good fortune for 58 years. Even before I got into this line of work, I benefitted from living just a few miles north of New Orleans. I grew up eating all across the Crescent City. As a young child my mother would drive my brother and me down several times each year to eat in that city’s great restaurants.


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Sid Salter: It's Deja Vu All Over Again for Mississippi Senate Race

The 2020 Mississippi U.S. Senate race between incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith and Democratic challenger and former Clinton administration U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Mike Espy of Madison should seem like what it is to Mississippi voters – a case of political déjà vu.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Equal Time: Pitt Makes Breakthrough in Vaccine

There might be some good news on the Covid-19 front. A team of researchers at the University of Pittsburgh and other universities made a major breakthrough in the fight to develop a vaccine for the virus.  The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine announced:

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FIGJAM!!!

Carlos the Clown is BACK! (Said in that movie guy voice.).  The Magnolia Bar Association maintains a listserv for its members.  The Clown was just elected President of the National Bar Association.  NBA is the largest association for black lawyers.  Check out this exchange between Carlos the Clown and the Magnolia leadership on the listserv:

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MDEQ: Rankin Company Sickened Neighbors, Dumped Acidic Wastewater into Jackson Sewer System


The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality said Gold Coast Commodities operated a wastewater treatment plant that sickened neighbors, improperly released Hydrogen sulfide gas, and improperly released 418,000 gallons of acidic water into the environment.  The agency ordered Gold Coast to shut down the facility on September 11.  The order also states Gold Coast illegally dumped millions of gallons of the industrial wasterwater into the Brandon and Jackson sewer systems.

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Clarion-Ledger Gets New Sports Editor

The Clarion-Ledger announced on August 31 that it hired a new Sports Editor: 

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Tragedy in Rankin

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statements.

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Monday, September 14, 2020

Oops!

Do NOT, repeat, do NOT try this at home.

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C19 Update: Improvement Continues

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 145 new cases of the Wuhan virus yesterday as well as 9 new deaths. The total number of cases is 90,018. The virus has caused 2,706 deaths. Nursing home deaths comprise 40% of overall Covid-19 deaths in Mississippi. There are 78,791 recoveries. More information and a complete list of infected counties can be found at the MSDH website. The Rt factor is 0.91.

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Feds: Jackson Company Dumps Millions of Gallons of Industrial Waste into Sewer System

The Justice Department charged Andrew Walker with illegally dumping millions of gallons in industrial waste into the Jackson sewer system for a Rankin County company in a Bill of Information on August 20.

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Woman Killed in Hit & Run, Suspect Sought

Hinds County Sheriff Lee Vance issued the following statement.

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Catch & Release, Squawk! Catch & Release

Former D.A. represents alleged drug dealer he prosecuted

Arrested but not prosecuted is a story that is unfortunately all too familiar in Hinds County.  JJ reported in 2015 Clinton police busted a prescription forgery ring:

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Sunday, September 13, 2020

Amen!

"Kids may be cute but they can be manipulative little weasels."

Bill Maher tackled the subject of teachers, helicopter parents, participation trophies, and of course, snowflakes Friday night.   Enjoy. 

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Hero Receives Medal of Honor

The U.S. Army awarded the Medal of Honor to a true American hero.  The Army announced:

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Sunday Morning Sermon

If you can't make it to church this morning, don't worry, JJ will bring church to you.  Enjoy this sermon presented by the late Dr. Frank Pollard (First Baptist- Jackson) in 1991. 

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Bill Crawford: Reeves Less Politicizing than Trump on Covid-19

Gov. Tate Reeves bemoaned the politicization of COVID-19 coronavirus last week, reported Mississippi Today. He complained that there are “certain groups that want to politicize everything.”

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Saturday, September 12, 2020

Court to Lamar Adams: Stay in Prison


Lamar Adams must remain behind bars.  The swindler asked U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves to grant compassionate release due to the Covid-19 virus.  Adams doesn't actually have the virus but feared he might contract the virus.  Judge Reeves said nice try, now stay put. 

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Friday, September 11, 2020

No Comment!

A local drone enthusiast took an aerial tour of Jackson.  Enjoy.

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Football Championships Return to Jackson

The state high school football champeenships are returning to Jackson.  The Mississippi High School Activities Association announced yesterday:

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Never Forget!

It's been 19 years since that horrible day.  Never forget.

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Oops!

Check out what Ole Miss managed to do with, of all things, its stadium cups.  You.can't.make.this.up.

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Thursday, September 10, 2020

Gabagool, Anyone?

Someone nailed this show perfectly. 

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Homicide in Jackson (Updated)

 JPD tweeted the following statement:

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Child Molestor Gets 40 Years

 A former JPS  bus driver is going to prison for a long time after he pleaded guilty to molesting several of his young female students.  Madison-Rankin District Attorney Bubba Bramlett issued the following statement:

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Mississippi Leads States in Ed Gains

 The Mississippi Department of Education issued the following statement. 

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Is Satellite High-Speed Internet Becoming Reality?

SpaceX moved closer to building a high-speed internet system. The company announced on its website: 

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Enrollment Begins for MPACT

Mississippi young people are typically saddled with tens of thousands of dollars in debt upon college graduation. This may mean they are forced to delay major life milestones, like starting their family or buying their first home. But if families start saving early, the impact of student loan debt can be minimized. 

One tool families can use to save is a Mississippi Prepaid Affordable College Tuition (MPACT) plan. This program allows families to lock in tuition rates and prepay their child's tuition fees, but families can only enroll during a few months a year. The 2020-21 MPACT Enrollment Period will run from September 1, 2020, to May 31, 2021. I invite you to learn more about this important program at Treasury.MS.gov/MPACT

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Countering C19 Myths in Social Media

This post is a guest column submitted by Robert Wise, Esquire and Dr. David Dzielak, the former Director of Mississippi Medicaid.

We are alarmed in the midst of a major pandemic that brings Mississippi to seventh place in new cases per 100,000 people, and still high positivity rate (14.8%), to see untrue arguments in social media that masks do more harm than good, that we are somehow burning through the virus here, that that we are in range of achieving herd immunity, or that it’s just a little flu. We fear that too many of our fellow Mississippians will just say “what the heck; I’m dropping my mask”. No, however inconvenient, the masks must stay on until we have a vaccine!

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Wednesday, September 9, 2020

The Spice Begins To Flow

The official Dune trailer dropped today.  The trailer alone looks much better than earlier versions.  Fingers crossed.  Enjoy.

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Idiots of the Day

Knuckleheads caught using drone to smuggle prison contraband.

The Mississippi Department of Corrections issued the following statement.

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Mr. Sam is Back!

Do you need to get those shoes shined but don't want to mess up your Crockett & Jones Shell Cordovan  or bespoke shoes? No problem.  Mr. Sam Wilson is shining shoes again but at a different location. 


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Truly Cancels Canton Flea Market

Say goodby to the Canton Flea Market this year.   The Canton Board of Aldermen voted to hold the popular event this fall but Mayor Dr. William Truly announced he will veto the Board's action.  His press release is posted below.

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Madison Timber Update

An interesting turn of developments took place in the Madison Timber cases.  Receiver Alysson Mills filed this motion in all of her Madison Timber cases in U.S. District Court.

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Progress in C19 Fight

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 426 new cases of the Wuhan virus yesterday as well as 39* new deaths. The total number of cases is 87,805. The virus has caused 2,623 deaths. Nursing home deaths comprise 40% of overall Covid-19 deaths in Mississippi. There are 74,098 recoveries. More information and a complete list of infected counties can be found at the MSDH website. The Rt factor is 0.83.

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Oops!

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Sid Salter: In Memory of Julia Reed

It’s difficult to think of Julia Reed without hearing her raspy, smoky voice – sort of an odd cross between Lauren Bacall and the sound a farrier’s rasp makes on the hooves of a draft horse. When she laughed, it was earthy, twangy, and honest.

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Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Green Side Up

Once an Aggie.......

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Lawyers & Their Money, Part II

A fight between Adara Networks and attorney Shane Langston stays alive in Hinds County Chancery Court thanks to the Mississippi Supreme Court.  Mr. Langston and several prominent Mississippi lawyers invested millions of dollars in the California technology company.  Mr. Langston tried without success for several years to check the books. In frustration, he sued Adara and its CEO in 2018 for an accounting.  Adara argued Mississippi courts had no jurisdiction to hear the case but the Chancellor held otherwise.  Adara appealed but the Mississippi Supreme Court ruled the Chancellor did indeed have jurisdiction over Adara last week.

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More Homicides

JPD tweeted the following statements. 

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Bond Refi Saves State $36 Million

State Treasurer David McRae issued the following statement. 

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Robert St. John: Wandering Westward, Vol. III

Life on the road is all about attitude. I have never minded road travel. I was raised by a single mom who funded our very limited— but wonderful— lifestyle on an art teacher’s salary. We didn’t have a lot, but I felt like I never missed a thing.

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Monday, September 7, 2020

Filled With the Spirit

Just another day on East County Line Road.....

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Racism Returns to the Clarion-Ledger

 "Some animals are more equal than others." Animal Farm

The Clarion-Ledger's segregationist past is no secret but unfortunately, the "state newspaper" is returning to its racist roots.  Check out this paragraph in the Curtis Flowers story.

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C19: 242 Cases, 1 Death

It's Labor Day weekend but we'll take any Wuhan Virus good news we can get.  The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 242 new cases of the Wuhan virus yesterday as well as 1 new death.  The weekend reports usually have a lower number of cases and deaths so expect an increase later this week.

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Ag to Provide Family Food Boxes

Ag Commish Andrew Gipson issued the following statement. 

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Sunday, September 6, 2020

No Comment

Hmmm....... some lines in this video sound very familiar.

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C19 Update: 410 Cases, 16 Deaths

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 410 new cases of the Wuhan virus yesterday as well as 16 new deaths. The total number of cases is 86,888. The virus has caused 2,584 deaths. Nursing home deaths comprise 40% of overall Covid-19 deaths in Mississippi. There are 67,918 recoveries. More information and a complete list of infected counties can be found at the MSDH website. The Rt factor is 0.88.

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Video for Felony Plea Hearings OK'ed

The Mississippi Supreme Court issued the following statement. 

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Sunday Morning Sermon

Holiday weekends are great excuses for playing hookey from everything, including church.  Don't feel guilty as JJ has got ya covered.  Enjoy this 1991 sermon presented by the late Dr. Frank Pollard of First Baptist Church (Jackson). 

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Bill Crawford: When Will Economy Recover?

As the $3 billion stimulus impact provided by Congress winds down, businesses spend out their Paycheck Protection Program loans, and the extra $600 in weekly unemployment payments ends, is Mississippi’s economy ready to go it alone?

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Saturday, September 5, 2020

Oops!

Check out today's front page of the Clarion-Ledger

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She Mad: The Conclusion

Meet Jamecia Harper.  She was last seen on this website Thursday as she posted a live video of her vandalizing two vehicles.   JPD arrested Harper for her little bout of felony malicious mischief but not before she managed to assault the arresting officer.  Harper live-streamed her arrest on Facebook.  The video is posted below.

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Friday, September 4, 2020

It's Summertime All Weekend

The Metropolitan Opera offers a real treat this holiday weekend.  Porgy and Bess returned to the Met last winter after a thirty-year absence.  Soaring sopranos, elaborate sets, and of course, the songwriting of George Gershwin combined to make the production a true masterpiece.  The Met will stream the performance all weekend.  The stream begins tonight at 6:30 and ends Sunday night at 6:29.   Go to www.metopera.org.  Some clips are posted below.  Enjoy.

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Mayor Addresses Crime

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba issued the following statement. 

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State Auditor Lauds JPS JROTC

State Auditor Shadrick White issued the following statement.

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Wright Responds to MDE Indictments

State Superintendent of Education Dr. Carey Wright issued the following statement. 

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Bigger Pie Forum: A War Hero Remembers

This week is the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II.  In honor of the event, Bigger Pie Forum interviewed Jackson's Dr. Hal Caver.  The Marine saw his first action in Guadalcanal and was a sniper in Okinawa.  Enjoy the interview posted below.

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Thursday, September 3, 2020

C19 Update: 10 Deaths, 751 Cases

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 751 new cases of the Wuhan virus yesterday as well as 10 new deaths. The total number of cases is 85,116. The virus has caused 2,536 deaths. Nursing home deaths comprise 40% of overall Covid-19 deaths in Mississippi. There are 67,918 recoveries. More information and a complete list of infected counties can be found at the MSDH website. The Rt factor is 0.92.

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Madison Police Get Their Man

The Madison Police Department issued the following statement.

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She Mad!!!

Straight outta Facebook:

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Former MDE Director Indicted for Bribery, Bid-Rigging

An indictment charges a culture of corruption existed at the Mississippi Department of Education.  A federal grand jury indicted former MDE Director Cerissa Neal, Joseph Kyles, David  Hunt, and Lambert Martin for a bid-rigging and kickback scheme.

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Broadcast Mississippi's Best Public Education

This post was authored by Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture Andrew Gipson. 

As the father of four school age children in rural Mississippi, I would like to propose a common-sense enhancement to COVID era education. My proposal won’t cost hundreds of millions of dollars; it won’t take decades to implement; and it will provide an immediate workable solution for our teachers, students and parents. Put simply, my proposal is to Broadcast Mississippi’s Best Education. We can do it starting tomorrow at virtually no cost to taxpayers. How? Broadcast our best teachers over the public digital television infrastructure already accessible by every Mississippi home.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Jackson Upgrades Parking Meters

Parking in downtown Jackson will no longer be free.  Jackson has been plagued by broken and obsolete parking meters for many years.  What was a cash cow for other cities has been a money-loser for Jackson.  Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba said those days were over as he rolled out Jackson's new smart parking meters at a press conference yesterday.

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And the Winner Is....

Update (2:00 PM): The Commission chose the flag posted below. 



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LeRoy Walker Sues McDonalds

LeRoy Walker, Jr. and a group of fellow black McDonald's franchisees accused McDonald's of giving them "subpar" stores and setting them up to fail in a federal lawsuit.  The complaint charges operating a McDonald's franchise is a "financial suicide mission" for black franchisees.  The charges were made in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Northern Illinois.  The Wall Street Journal reported:

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Sid Salter: Supremes Right to Reject "Bite Mark" Evidence in Death Row Case

A decade ago, I was writing about what I saw as a crisis in Mississippi’s death investigation system. Last week, the state Supreme Court took an essential step toward facing up to a system that remained broken for decades in the case of Death Row inmate Eddie Lee Howard Jr.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2020

C19 Update: 20 Deaths, 634 Cases

6 PERCENT! 6 PERCENT! 6 PERCENT!

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 634 new cases of the Wuhan virus yesterday as well as 20 new deaths. The total number of cases is 83,584. The virus has caused 2,493 deaths. Nursing home deaths comprise 40% of overall Covid-19 deaths in Mississippi. There are 67,918 recoveries. More information and a complete list of infected counties can be found at the MSDH website. The Rt factor is 0.86.

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Protestors Hit Graceland

Apparently not even Elvis is safe from protestors.  Check out what happened to Graceland last night.

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State Rep's Truck Shot

A State Representative's truck was shot in Jackson two weeks ago.

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MBN Gets New Director

The Mississippi Department of Public Safety issued the following statement. 

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Robert St. John: Westward Wandering, Part II

The wife and I have been on the road for nine days. Just two people, one truck, and way too much luggage.

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The Range Offers Conceal Carry Classes for Women

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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, August 31, 2020

The Spice Will Flow

A Dune teaser video dropped today.  A full trailer will be released on September 9.  Don't get your hopes up but this production might actually be pretty good.  Please let it be so. Enjoy.

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Health Department Checks Restaurants for C19 Violations

Social media was ablaze with the news the Health Department cited several local restaurants for Covid-19 violations Friday night.  JJ did some digging and got some more information about what took place.  The Health Department stated in an email sent to this website:

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When Is a Record a Record?

Perhaps Clarion-Ledger Editor Mary Irby should leave her Hattiesburg perch and pay a visit to her newsroom.  Check out this news story from the Clarion-Ledger website today:

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Homicide on Jefferson Street

JPD issued the following statement. 

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Justice Comes to the Clarion-Ledger

It's a new day at the Clarion-Ledger.   Hattiesburg resident and Clarion-Ledger Editor Mary Irby-Jones made the solemn pronouncement on the pages of the state newspaper on August 20. Don't take my word for it.  Read her words for yourself.

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Sunday, August 30, 2020

The Mouse Roars: Woke is Broke

The Mouse has had enough.  Go woke gets broke at Disney.  Our fearless Hollywood seer announced the news on Youtube several days ago.  Enjoy.

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Stirring It Up

Journalist Tim Poole called out the media for trying to well, for  lack of a more formal phrase, to stir up crap.  What drew his ire was an op-ed column in The Week that wondered out loud if we are heading towards bread riots.  You can't make this up. 

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Jackson Crime Update

JPD issued the following statements. 

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Little Girl Shot

JPD issued the following statement. 

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Overcoming Depression

The late Dr. Frank Pollard tackled the subject of depression in this 1991 sermon.  If you didn't make it to church this morning, enjoy Dr. Pollard's sermon. 

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Bill Crawford: Russians Use Active Measures to Invade America

The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming was a 1966 comedy about an accidental Russian invasion on the west coast. The Guatemalans are coming, the Guatemalans are coming was the comedic response when our president in 2018 projected an immigrant invasion on the Mexican border. Of the two it turns out the Russian invasion was no joke.

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Saturday, August 29, 2020

Warren Comes Home

Warren Strain finally came home.  His wife announced on Facebook:


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Friday, August 28, 2020

The Return of the Classic

Check out what is playing at Tinseltown:

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Golf Tip of the Day

Bunker shots. Sooner or later, you will wind up in the bunker.  Don't get discouraged when that happens.  Golfing legend Paige Spririnac shows how to get out of that nasty sand trap. 

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C19 Update: Improvement Continues


The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 599 new cases of the Wuhan virus yesterday as well as 14 new deaths.* The total number of cases is 81,294. The virus has caused 2,413 deaths. Nursing home deaths comprise 42% of overall Covid-19 deaths in Mississippi. There are 62,707 recoveries. More information and a complete list of infected counties can be found at the MSDH website. The Rt factor is 0.93.

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Proposed Belhaven Tax Increase Makes Progress

The Greater Belhaven Foundation is plugging along in its effort to sock Belhaven property owners with a tax increase.  The Foundation stated in an email today:

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Flashback Friday

Who could forget this classic moment at WLBT back in 2007?

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Can't Stay Out of Trouble

WARNING: VIOLENT AND CRUDE LANGUAGE IN VIDEO.

Readers may remember Joseph Sharber, a wannabe cop-killer.  He threatened to kill Ridgeland cops back in 2017:

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Lake Hico Town Hall Today

The city of Jackson will hold a virtual town hall  at 11:00 this morning.  The Zoom information is posted below.

Credit: Library of Congress

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Thursday, August 27, 2020

Thar She Blows!

A gusher of water erupted this evening in front of the old Clarion Hotel on I-55 Frontage Road in North Jackson.

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Funny of the Day

This actually made news at the Clarion-Ledger:

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C19 Update: Improvement

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 585 new cases of the Wuhan virus yesterday as well as 26 new deaths.* The total number of cases is 80,695. The virus has caused 2,399 deaths. Nursing home deaths comprise 42% of overall Covid-19 deaths in Mississippi. There are 62,707 recoveries. More information and a complete list of infected counties can be found at the MSDH website. The Rt factor is 0.95.

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Ag Launches Wild Hog Control Program

Ag Commish Andrew Gipson issued the following statement. 

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Klacik Tells It Like It Is at Convention



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Health Dept. Receives Nearly 400 Complaints on Restaurant Covid-19 Violations

The Mississippi State Department of Health has received at least 53 complaints about restaurants in the Jackson metro that have violated Covid-19 guidelines.  JJ obtained a list of complaints through a public records request.

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Abbott Rolling Out Game-Changing C19 Test

Good news on the Covid-19 testing front.   The Wall Street Journal reports today:

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Mayor Extends Jackson Shutdown Order

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba issued the following statement. 

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Too Funny!

Is this video really a joke?

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Wednesday, August 26, 2020

C19 Update: Hospitalizations & ICUs Fall Again

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 904 new cases of the Wuhan virus yesterday as well as 58 new deaths.* The total number of cases is 80,110. The virus has caused 2,373 deaths. Nursing home deaths comprise 42% of overall Covid-19 deaths in Mississippi. There are 62,707 recoveries. More information and a complete list of infected counties can be found at the MSDH website. The Rt factor is 0.95.

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Saved!

A little girl riding an inflatable unicorn was rescued after she was swept out to sea in Greece Tuesday.   The Greek City Times reported:

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The First Lady Speaks



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Find This Trailer

Danny Craft reports his trailer was stolen on Winchester yesterday:

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Food Fight!!!

State Auditor Shad White and Education Superintendent Dr. Carey Wright are having a bit of a go at it right now.  The fireworks began when Mr. White questioned the use of CARES Act funds for technology expenses such as computers in a letter sent to Speaker of the House Phillip Gunn and Leftenent Governor Delbert Hosemann last week:

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Sid Salter: Issues Will Determine Election

With the Republican National Convention wrapping up this week and the Democratic National Convention just behind us, the stretch run has essentially begun in the 2020 presidential campaign. There are just 10 weeks left in this election.

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Egbert Indicted

The wheels of justice are turning slowly but surely against a man accused of shooting Madison County Deputy Brad Sullivan. A Madison County grand jury indicted Edgar Egbert for attempted first degree murder, kidnapping, and felony evasion on August 5. 

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Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Then There Were Two

Check out the final two choices for the Mississippi State Flag:

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Sales Tax Winners & Losers

Sales tax revenue fell for most cities in the Jackson metro area for the fiscal year that ended June 30.  Such losses were expected due to the pandemic and related shutdowns.  However, the news was not gloom for all as sales tax revenue increased for Clinton, Pearl, and Madison. 

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Ms. Gets $1.2 Million of Honda Settlement

Attorney General Lynn Fitch issued the following statement. 

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Senator Tim Scott Rocks Convention Last Night



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CDC Reports Limited Secondary C19 Transmission in Child Care Centers

The CDC reported Friday 69% of child care Covid-19 infections in Rhode Island had no secondary transmission.  Rhode Island child care centers reopened after a 3-month shutdown. 

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Robert St. John: Wandering Westward, Vol. I

“Go west young man.” – Horace Greely
 
ST. LOUIS— For the past several years I have spent three months each year touring guests and friends through various parts of Italy. On March 12, I was headed to Spain to tour 25 of our friends through that country— Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Seville, and Malaga. We were also going to film season six of our television show, “Palate to Palette.” Immediately after the Spain tour ended, I was heading to Tuscany to travel with three groups in three weeks, and then host a group of friends who were coming over to the villa for the final week.

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Monday, August 24, 2020

Ole Miss Newspaper Says "Hell No"

The Daily Mississippian is none too pleased with the start of classes at Ole Miss:

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Spoof of the Day

Google "Wizard of Oz".  Click on the pair of red slippers on the far right side of the page, then click on the tornado.  You're welcome.

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C19 Update: Hospitalizations, ICUs Fall

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 511 new cases of the Wuhan virus yesterday as well as 8 new deaths.* The total number of cases is 78,405. The virus has caused 2,248 deaths. Nursing home deaths comprise 42% of overall Covid-19 deaths in Mississippi. There are 62,707 recoveries. More information and a complete list of infected counties can be found at the MSDH website. The Rt factor is 1.02.

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Monet, Van Gogh, & Renoir Come to Jackson

Photographer Rick Guy took all photos in this post. 

"It's sheer beauty, a moment of sanctuary from the outside world."  Such is how Executive Director Betsy Bradley describes an Impressionist exhibit at the Mississippi Museum of Art.  The works of masters such as Monet, Renoir, Degas, Van Gogh, and even Picasso transform the museum's walls into murals of wonder rarely seen in Jackson. 


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BAM Staying

The Going Out of Business sale is gone.  The "store closing" signs disappeared from Books A Million.  It appears the bookstore will continue to operate in Northeast Jackson.  An employee said the store is no longer closing.  Good news. 

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Covid-19 Spreads in Mississippi Poultry Plants

This post is a reprint of an article written by James Finn of the Mississippi Center for Investigative Journalism.

With workers sick and workforces depleted, two Mississippi poultry plants have permission to ratchet up processing line speeds to increase production during the pandemic — at the risk, union leaders say, of worker safety in one of the country’s most dangerous industries.

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To Mask or Not To Mask?

To say there is a debate over the wearing of masks is an understatement.  One of the better "Braniac" Youtube channels, Thoughty2, delved into the mask debate and laid out the facts as known today.  He covers all bases and yes, he deals with both the 1918 flu and Dr. Fauci's little comments back in March.  Enjoy.

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Sunday, August 23, 2020

MLM: We Report, You Decide

Is this a funny sketch or is it actually a depiction of reality? 

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Tinseltown Throwdown

A brawl took place at Tinseltown theatre in Pearl last night. A bunch of parents dropped off their kids and well, see for yourself what took place.

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Oops?

What's missing from these two editions of the Clarion-Ledger?

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Plastic Lilies Don't Bloom

If you can't make it to church this morning, enjoy this 1991 sermon presented by the late Dr. Frank Pollard.  He was probably the best preacher to grace Jackson in the past half-century. 

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Bill Crawford: Gunn out to limit Governor's spending authority

The fight between House Speaker Philip Gunn and Gov. Tate Reeves that stalled passage of the Department of Marine Resources (DMR) appropriation bill could be a harbinger of Gunn-fights to come.

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Saturday, August 22, 2020

CPA Accused of Embezzlement

A well-known Jackson geologist claims his CPA embezzled several hundred thousand dollars from a company they own together.  Charles Williams, Jr. made the allegations in a lawsuit filed against William Nation, CPA in Hinds County Court yesterday.

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Friday, August 21, 2020

UMMC To Sell Former Courthouses

The IHL Board of Trustees approved the sale of the former Brandon and Flowood Courthouse Racquet Clubs yesterday.

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Feds Throw More Charges at Sour Pies

The Justice Department issued the following statement.

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Tune In Yesterday, Part 2

Yours truly subbed for KIM Waaaaaaaade Monday.  Topics discussed were the Hinds County catch & release program, Clarion-Ledger, and a few other sundries.  The first hour is posted below.  

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Crazy!

Jackson went plumb crazy yesterday as multiple shootings took place in very public areas.

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Thursday, August 20, 2020

Bedwetter Alert

You can't make this up.  HBO slapped a warning on yet another movie: Blazing Saddles.  Yup.  Apparently AT&T thinks you are too fragile to watch the classic comedy without a warning.  Watch the warning for yourself.

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Governor Bans College Football Tailgates

Lord Protector Tate Reeves issued the following statement. 

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C19 Update: Hospitalizations & ICUs Fall

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 894 new cases of the Wuhan virus yesterday as well as 27 new deaths.* The total number of cases is 75,449. The virus has caused 2,190 deaths. Nursing home deaths comprise 45% of overall Covid-19 deaths in Mississippi. There are 56,577 recoveries. More information and a complete list of infected counties can be found at the MSDH website. The Rt factor is 0.91.

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Barrel Racing Returns

Ag Commish Andy Gipson issued the following statement. 

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Stay Safe Jackson Order Extended

Jackson Urban Praetor Chokwe Antar Lumumba issued the following statement. 

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Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Tantrum!

The creator of the "Stennis Flag" is none too happy with the Final Five choices for the new state flag.  She posted this little screed on Instagram although it has since been removed.

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Tune In Yesterday

Green Oak Nursery owner Karen McKie discussed the crime, vagrants, and lax city enforcement that plagues the area around her business on the Kim Wade radio show Monday.  Yours truly subbed for the Radio Strongman as he endured yet another re-education camp.  The show is posted below.  Enjoy.

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Stone Cold!

Federal agents arrested Tim Norman yesterday for conspiracy in the 2016 murder of his nephew.  Norman is the manager of the Jackson Sweetie Pie's restaurant and grandson of the company founder.  Norman allegedly took out a fat life insurance policy on his nephew and then paid a stripper to kill him.  If the allegations are true, the video below shows a stone cold side to the accused.

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Sid Salter: Mississippi Elections

As the national debate roils over whether or not President Donald Trump and some of his appointees are actively setting up the U.S. Postal Service as an intentional impediment to mail-in voting and other early voting efforts, Mississippi is essentially on the sidelines as one few states that haven’t embraced both “no excuse” mail-in voting and early voting initiatives.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Sweetie Pie Manager Not So Sweet to Family

 Federal Agents arrested James "Tim" Norman, the manager of Sweetie Pies, for conspiracy in the murder of his nephew in 2016. An FBI Special Agent stated in an affidavit:

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Pops Closed

Yes, you read that correctly. 

JPD shut down Pops Saloon last weekend after it thumbed its nose at the law one too many times.  Pops posted the following message on Facebook:

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The Final Five

Check out the five finalists for the new Mississippi flag.

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Treasurer Gives $10 Million Back to State

This post is a guest column submitted by State Treasurer David McRae. 

My great-grandfather grew up on a farm in rural Rankin County. He opened his first department store in Jackson, Mississippi, at the turn of the century. Like today, that wasn’t the easiest time to start a business. World War I was coming. The 1918 flu pandemic was around the corner. And the Great Depression wasn’t far behind. But my great-grandfather understood one thing very clearly: If we were going to weather the economic tides, our family couldn’t be in the department store business; we had to be in the customer-service business. For 100 years, we were.

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Columbus CFO Indicted for Embezzlement

State Auditor Shad White issued the following statement. 

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Puppy Mill in Madison County?

WJTV reported some rather disturbing news from Madison County last night:

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Robert St. John: Restaurant Mornings

“Without great solitude, no serious work is possible.” Pablo Picasso


Mornings are magical in an empty restaurant dining room. There is a different energy in a restaurant in the early morning. Everything is quiet and still. It’s a stark contrast from the hectic hustle of the pre-shift scramble and the frenzied activity of lunch and dinner service.

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Monday, August 17, 2020

Blast from the Past

Check out these old commercials from the 90's that popped up on Youtube.

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Road Trip!

It's time for an SEC road trip!

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C19 Update: Only 276 Cases*

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 276 new cases of the Wuhan virus yesterday as well as 11 new deaths.* The total number of cases is 72,412. The virus has caused 2,095 deaths. Nursing home deaths comprise 45% of overall Covid-19 deaths in Mississippi. There are 56,577 recoveries. More information and a complete list of infected counties can be found at the MSDH website. The Rt factor is 0.97.

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Pictures of an Addition

Just some pictures of a few good ole Virden Addition boys who are  just a meanin' no harm on Instagram.

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WHO: Don't Go to the Dentist

Want to know why people no longer trust medical authorities? The World Health Organization provides a perfect example of such skepticism when it advised people to avoid going to the dentist during the pandemic.  WHO stated in an August 3 guidance:

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Karen of the Day

Did you know that Hawaii has its own Karens?

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Lt. Gov: Positive, Substantial Goals Met During 2020 Legislative Session

 At the end of every session, our office takes an inventory of the legislative changes for which we successfully advocated and the items we need to put back on the to-do list.

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Sunday, August 16, 2020

Rioters Hit Ronald McDonald House in Chicago

Rioters rampaged in Chicago's Miracle Mile last week.   Unfortunately, one of their targets was the Ronald McDonald House.  Sick children and their parents were inside when the attack took place.  Thankfully, no kids were harmed.  ABC7 reported:

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Cops Indicted for Murder

A Hinds County grand jury indicted Lincoln Lampley, Desmond Barney, and Anthony Fox for second degree murder in the death of George Robinson on January 13, 2019.

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Zoo Opens Saturday

The Jackson Zoo issued the following statement.

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Sunday Morning Sermon

What do Johnny Carson and the late Dr. Frank Pollard of First Baptist Church (Jackson) have in common?

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Bill Crawford: Rounsaville Thrust into Crisis

As of April 30, the pandemic shut-down pushed Mississippi’s unemployment rate up to 15.7% with 187,800 unemployed residents. Two weeks later Gov. Tate Reeves thrust John Rounsaville into the middle of this economic crisis, putting him in charge of the Mississippi Development Authority.

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Saturday, August 15, 2020

Idiot of the Day

Play stupid games......

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Ridgeland Woman Indicted for Sexual Battery of Own Child

A Madison County grand jury indicted Dacoda Ray for two counts of sexual battery.  It's a pretty sick case.  More information is in the indictment posted below.  There are some graphic details in the indictment.  Consider yourself warned. 

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Friday, August 14, 2020

Flashback Friday: The Lady W/ the Sled

Today's edition of Flashback Friday honors a Black woman who walked the streets of Jackson a century ago.  Lacking in riches but rich in the Spirit, Nancy Hill was a Jackson icon.  She was the Junior League before there was a Junior League.  The midwife birthed over half of the babies in Jackson while raising over 100 orphans during her years.  It was a common sight to see her leading a mule pulling a sled, yes, a sled, filled with little tykes around town.  She could walk into the Governor's office uninvited - and did.  Complaints against her were laughed out of court.  When her life finally faded, she became the first Black to be buried in Greenwood Cemetery.

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Feds Seek Dibiase Mansion

The Million Dollar Man's son apparently has a million-dollar home that the Feds want.  The U.S. Attorney filed a Lis Pendens action in U.S. District Court against the Reunion home of Ted Dibiase, Jr.  on June 22.  However, the underlying case is sealed.  



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Dacoda Ray Arrested Again

Dacoda Ray is back in jail.  

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Thursday, August 13, 2020

Idiot of the Day

How dumb can a criminal be? Pretty dumb if he wears his ankle bracelet with GPS capability when he carjacks someone. Such stupidity was on display in the courtrooms of Hinds County yesterday as two judges stuck Marcus Thompson, Jr. behind bars yesterday after JPD arrested him for aggravated assault in two shootings. 

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Banks Blames Crime Wave on Gun Shows

Jackson City Council President Aaron Banks issued the following statement. 

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Bigger Pie Forum: Delta Road Trip

Want to go road-tripping to the Mississippi Delta? Steve Azar gives some tips on such trips in this interview with Bigger Pie Forum.  Enjoy.

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Covid-19 FOOD FIGHT!!!

The Desoto County Coroner and the Mississippi State Department of Health are going at it over what constitutes a Covid-19 death.

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Get Immunization Records Online

The Mississippi State Department of Health issued the following statement. 

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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

JPD Shorthanded?

It appears JPD is short a few police officers.  WAPT reported:

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Steinmart Files Bankruptcy

Steinmart issued the following statement.

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The Rest of the Story: Magnolia Edition

Magnolia Mayor Anthony Witherspoon caused a bit of a controversy recently when he allegedly screamed at and shoved a Magnolia Gazette reporter.  Earlier post.  This is not the first time the Mayor has been accused of having an anger problem.  The reporter should be thankful the Mayor only shoved him as Witherspoon was convicted of manslaughter after he shot his first cousin in the back 27 years ago.

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Equal Time: British Study Says "Little Evidence" C19 Transmitted in Schools

A British study determined there is little evidence the Covid-19 virus is transmitted in schools.   The Sunday Times (U.K.) reported Sunday:

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C19 Update

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 1,081 new cases of the Wuhan virus yesterday as well as 45 new deaths.* The total number of cases is 69,374. The virus has caused 1,989 deaths. Nursing home deaths comprise 45% of overall Covid-19 deaths in Mississippi. There are 49,836 recoveries. More information and a complete list of infected counties can be found at the MSDH website. The Rt factor is 0.91.

MSDH has not yet released the big chart today. However, the Rt factor dropping to 0.91 is good news as it has been at or below 1.0 for at least a week.

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City Stonewalls on Block Party Permit

The city of Jackson refuses to respond to a public records request for a permit allegedly issued for a streetball tournament.

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Sid Salter: Federal Immigration Efforts Remain a Whack a Mole Affair in Mississippi

Whack-A-Mole was a popular arcade game back in the mid-1970s which required players to use a mallet to strike randomly appearing toy moles back into their holes. The game’s heyday has come and gone, but the game’s concept remains a part of the nation’s lexicon in problem-solving.

In no venture is a round of whack-a-mole more descriptive than in the nation’s attempt to deal with the nuances of illegal immigration – as repeated efforts to resolve the problem are futile and produce new and varied reoccurrences.

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Brain Power

Joe Rogan and Neil DeGrasse Tyson, a really smart guy, delved into the theories of one Nikolai Tesla nearly a year ago.  Actually, Mr. Tyson did  the delving as Joe was just along for the ride.  ;-) 

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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Mayor Extends Curfew

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba issued the following statement. 

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Governor: We are Making Progress

LTCF Deaths 59% of C19 Deaths in Tri-County Area

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 644 new cases of the Wuhan virus yesterday as well as 33 new deaths.* The total number of cases is 68,293. The virus has caused 1,944 deaths. Nursing home deaths comprise 45% of overall Covid-19 deaths in Mississippi. There are 49,836 recoveries. More information and a complete list of infected counties can be found at the MSDH website. The Rt factor is 0.97.

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Robert St. John: A Red Rival of the First Order

Robert's crab cake recipe posted below. 

Birdwatching seems like a strange hobby to me, but I have friends who do it, and they are fine people. The appeal of knitting, origami, and crocheting are foreign to me, but they certainly require a certain level of dexterity that I likely don’t possess. Hobbies such as woodworking, stamp collecting, gardening, photography, and rare coin collecting are all someone’s bag, just not mine.

My hobby is the restaurant business.

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Showdown at 10:30

Hinds County District 2 Supervisor David L. Archie and the man he beat last year, former Supervisor Darrell McQuirter have a showdown today at the Mississippi Supreme Court.  Watch it live at 10:30

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Deputies Stop Beatdown

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement.

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Monday, August 10, 2020

Screed of the Day

Andrew Schulz took on TikTok,  Ellen, and a few other items of interest in this week's screed.  Enjoy.

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Covid-19 Breather?


The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 476 new cases of the Wuhan virus yesterday as well as 16 new deaths.* The total number of cases is 67,649 . The virus has caused 1,912 deaths. Nursing home deaths comprise 45% of overall Covid-19 deaths in Mississippi. There are 49,836 recoveries. More information and a complete list of infected counties can be found at the MSDH website. The Rt factor is 0.97.

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Obesity Epidemic Threatens Covid Vaccine Effectiveness

This post is a reprint of an article published in Kaiser Health News.  Sarah Varney is the author.

For a world crippled by the coronavirus, salvation hinges on a vaccine.

But in the United States, where at least 4.6 million people have been infected and nearly 155,000 have died, the promise of that vaccine is hampered by a vexing epidemic that long preceded COVID-19: obesity.

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Why Businesses Leave Jackson, Part II

The struggle of Green Oak Nursery to survive in Northeast Jackson is a perfect example of the challenges businesses face in Jackson.  JJ reported last week the nursery was plagued by thievery.  No object was safe outside the store even if bolted down.  However, Green Oak is involved in another fight and that is a fight against blight.


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Funny (or Sad), But True

Football season might or might not take place but never fear, the folks at SEC Shorts are here with yet another sketch that hits too close to home.  Enjoy.

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Accused Killer Killed

WARNING: VIOLENT & GRAPHIC CONTENT POSTED BELOW!!!

A video circulating on social media online shows a homicide that took place at the Sinclair Crossing Apartments on Bailey Avenue (near Northside Drive) Saturday.  Multiple firearms were brandished in the parking lot before one man shot another.  The video is posted below.  JPD reported:

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Sunday, August 9, 2020

Christmas Turns Blue as Gay Street Passes

Christmas won't be quite as merry this year.  For decades, the ornaments of Gay Street decorated many a Christmas tree in Mississippi.  Sadly, the renowned artist recently passed away.

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Trooper Murdered, Suspects Caught

Dying trooper heroically wounded one of his killers.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol issued the following statements.

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What is a Church?

Tis the question posed by the late Dr. Frank Pollard in this 1991 sermon.  If you can't it to church this morning, enjoy one of the best preachers to ever grace this state.

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Bill Crawford: Reeves Takes Firm But Skittish Steps to Stop Virus Spread

Some applaud, some slight Gov. Tate Reeves for his recent firm, but skittish, steps to slow the spread of the deadly COVID-19 coronavirus in Mississippi.

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Saturday, August 8, 2020

Funeral is Fatal

JPD issued the following statement.

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Equal Time: What is a Death?

Note: This post went up after it already made the rounds on the media's FB pages.  It's out there.  Having said that, the coroner is an RN, not a doctor.  Keep that in mind when reading the post. 

Social media erupted again this morning when the Desoto County Coroner accused the Mississippi State Department of Health of forcing him to state the cause of death as Covid-19 even if it was not so if the deceased was infected with the virus.  Desoto County Coroner and Medical Examiner Josh Pounders (R.N.) stated on Facebook:

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Funny but True

Who knew this guy was a prophet? Enjoy.

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Never Fear, the Fair Will Be Here

Covid-fovid, we are going to have us a pandemic Mississippi State Fair.  WAPT reported yesterday:

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Friday, August 7, 2020

C19 Update: Flattening?

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 1,036 new cases of the Wuhan virus yesterday as well as 23 new deaths. The total number of cases is 65,436 . The virus has caused 1,848 deaths. Nursing home deaths comprise 45% of overall Covid-19 deaths in Mississippi. There are 42,391 recoveries. More information and a complete list of infected counties can be found at the MSDH website. The Rt factor is 0.98.


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400 Lbs of Weed Seized

Madison County Sheriff Randall Tucker issued the following statement. 

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Will the Loser Leave Town?

The Speaker and the Governor are going to war again.  Mississippi Speaker of the House Phillip Gunn and his main Butterbar Jason White sued Governor Tate Reeves yesterday in Hinds County Chancery Court in an effort to overturn several so-called line item vetoes.

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#Blackshovelsmatter Coming to Eastover?

Is this a legit protest or is our friend Adofo Minko literally talking s*** about s***?  He posted these two flyers online. 

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Thursday, August 6, 2020

The Return of the Shorts

It is now August and that means the return of our friends at SEC Shorts.  If they've ever been needed, it's definitely now.  Enjoy.

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C19 Update: Rt Falls to 1.0

But ICUs reach new high. 

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 956 new cases of the Wuhan virus yesterday as well as 21 new deaths.* The total number of cases is 64,400 . The virus has caused 1,825 deaths. Nursing home deaths comprise 45% of overall Covid-19 deaths in Mississippi. There are 42,391 recoveries. More information and a complete list of infected counties can be found at the MSDH website. The Rt factor is 1.00.

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Cipher Intends to Sue The Power Structure

The Cipher intends to sue a whole bunch of folks after he was arrested last week.

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It's the Employers Turn

The Justice Department issued the following statement.

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Yard of the Month.

Nestled away on Ridgewood Road is JJ's Yard of the Month.  Such items used to be a regular feature of the newspapers but sadly, they have been cast away in favor of more modern features.  Consider this post to be an experiment of sorts as JJ is going to try this feature out for a few months.  Photographer Rick Guy shot these photos.  Enjoy. 


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Free Food Tomorrow

Ag Commish Andy Gipson issued the following statement. 

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Rez Announces Hunting Draws

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

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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Remembering Charles Evers or Do As I Say....

Celebrate the life of Charles Evers at what else, a block party Friday:

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Shad Rolls Out Cares Act Plan

State Auditor Shad White issued the following statement. 

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Equal Time: Science Magazine Looks at Reopening Schools

The hot topic right now is whether schools reopen.  Understandable because kids needs to be in school but no one wants to see families suffer as Covid-19 rages across Mississippi.  Science Magazine reported some encouraging news last month about children going to school during the pandemic.  The magazine stated:

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Jackson Under Curfew Again

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba issued the following statement.

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Sid Salter: Dueling medical marijuana initiatives: All voter initiatives face a hard road in Mississippi

Mississippi voters will face the question of legalized medical marijuana use on a broader scale on the November ballot. Medical marijuana is already legal in Mississippi in the narrowest of senses.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

No Quarter Given, None Taken

Andrew Schulz took no prisoners in his latest diatribe on hydroxychloroquine. 

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Hinds Gets Extra Judges

The Mississippi Supreme Court issued the following statement. 

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C19 Update: Some School Openings Delayed

State Health Officer Orders Quarantine for Infected

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 1,074 new cases of the Wuhan virus yesterday as well as 42 new deaths.* The total number of cases is 62,199 . The virus has caused 1,753 deaths. Nursing home deaths comprise 48% of overall Covid-19 deaths in Mississippi. There are 30,315 recoveries. More information and a complete list of infected counties can be found at the MSDH website. The Rt factor is 1.06.

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Robert St. John: Farewell, Thank You, Onward

Last week was one of the most surreal, yet rewarding, weeks I have spent in my 38-year restaurant career. Tuesday through Saturday nights we said farewell to a dear friend— the first the first restaurant concept I ever opened, the flagship of our company, the place where so many life events have been celebrated with my family, and with other families throughout the region and across the country— The Purple Parrot.

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And Shuts Down the Bars Again

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba issued the following statement. 

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Mayor Blames C-19 for Crime Rise

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba blamed the recent spike in shootings and murders on Covid-19 in a WJTV interview yesterday.

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Highway Patrol Gets New Leader

The Mississippi Highway Patrol issued the following statement.

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Governor To Announce School Plans Today

Governor Tate Reeves posted the following statement on Facebook.

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Monday, August 3, 2020

Homecoming

Our boys returned home from the International Space Station yesterday.  Truly a sight to see as they christened America's return to space. 

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Protestors Vandalize St. Richard

Protestors attacked St. Richard Catholic Church Saturday night.

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Man Kills Mother & Sister

JPD issued the following statement.

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Why Businesses Leave Jackson

Another business is threatening to leave Jackson thanks to unrelenting crime. Thieves repeatedly hit Green Oak nursery on Old Canton Road as shown in the video posted below.

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Equal Time: Want to Beat C19? Lose Weight!

Bill Maher said something that desperately needed to be said as he called out our leaders for refusing to talk candidly about Covid-19.

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Sunday, August 2, 2020

Splashdown!

Dragon returns to Earth in a few minutes.  Watch the splashdown off of the Florida coast below.

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Sunday Morning Sermon

If you can't make it to church today, enjoy this little gem of a pastor from Jackson's past. 

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Bill Crawford: What Hearts Lead Us Today?

There are the cold-hearted and the warm-hearted, the kind-hearted and the cruel-hearted, the soft-hearted and the hard-hearted among us. Do hearts matter when it comes to leadership?

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Man Killed Washing Car

JPD issued the following statement. 

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Friday, July 31, 2020

Funny of the Day

Leave it to Tracy Ullman to skewer the toowoke crowd.  Enjoy.

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No More Blessings for Barak Patton

Barak Patton will get no more coddling in Hinds County after Hinds County District Attorney Jody Owens opened a can of whoop-ass on the little hoodlum.  The D.A. got indictments on everything for Patton after his cases collected dust for years.


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Receiver Reaches Settlement W/Pugh in Lamar Adams Case


It appears another settlement is in order in the Lamar Adams case.  SEC Receiver Alysson Mills asked a U.S. District Court to approve a settlement for $183,002 with Bradley Pugh. 

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Equal Time: A Nurse's View

A local hospital nurse posted her thoughts about Covid-19 on Facebook yesterday:

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Lane Refuses to Sell Home or Move Out

Although a Rankin County Judge ordered him to do so, David L. Lane refuses to move out of his Oxford condo or sell it.  The Bridgwater HOA asked Circuit Judge Dewey Arthur to hold Lane in contempt after he allegedly refused to cooperate with a court-ordered sale of the home. 

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Thursday, July 30, 2020

The Disappearing Lake

Drilling in a lake that sits abreast an empty salt dome.  What could possibly go wrong?

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Pistolwhipping Suspect Surrenders

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement.

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Governor Extends C19 Orders

Governor Tate Reeves extended his safe return and county-specific executive orders. 

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 1,775 new cases of the Wuhan virus yesterday as well as 43 new deaths.* The total number of cases is 57,579 . The virus has caused 1,611 deaths. Nursing home deaths comprise 48% of overall Covid-19 deaths in Mississippi. There are 30,315 recoveries. More information and a complete list of infected counties can be found at the MSDH website. The Rt factor is 1.12.

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The Cipher Speaks

Napoleon Edwards bonded out of jail after Hinds County Supervisor David L. Archie had him arrested for allegedly cyberstalking.   The Cipher didn't stay quiet but immediately held a press conference at the law office of Abby Robinson. The video is posted below. 

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"Out of Control" Mayor (Allegedly) Shoves Reporter

An "out of control" Magnolia Mayor Anthony Witherspoon allegedly shoved and berated a reporter at Magnolia City Hall recently.   Magnolia Gazette Editor Terry Jackson described his treatment at the hands of Magnolia Mayor Anthony Witherspoon  in the July 23 edition of the Gazette:

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Robert St. John: Farewell, Old Friend

Today I am grateful.

Some would think that closing a restaurant one has owned and operated for over 32 years would be grounds for despair and depression. Not so. Not even close. Today I am thankful for all of the people I have worked with over the past three decades, and all of the people who— side-by-side together— we have served.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

C19 Update: Mo' Records, Mo' Records, Mo' Records

New records are the order of the day for the Wuhan virus in Mississippi.   The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 1,505 new cases of the Wuhan virus yesterday as well as 20 new deaths. The total number of cases is 55,804. The virus has caused 1,563 deaths. Nursing home deaths comprise 48% of overall Covid-19 deaths in Mississippi. There are 30,315 recoveries. More information and a complete list of infected counties can be found at the MSDH website. The Rt factor is 1.15.

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Wall Street Journal Illustrates Challenges of Remote Learning in Jackson

Jackson Public Schools made the front page of the Wall Street Journal two weeks ago and not in good way.   The newspaper picked JPS to show how difficult it is for some public school districts to switch to remote learning when they are plagued by poverty and a lack of technology.  The Journal reported: 

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Sid Salter: Charles Evers Was a Walking Contradiction

Charles Evers, who died last week at the age of 97, changed Mississippi politics in ways that are profound and enduring. Yet Evers was for most of his life a walking contradiction in both his public and private lives.

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Downtown Drama (Updated)

Hinds County Supervisor David L. Archie went OFF tonight.  Apparently the Cipher has been riding him pretty hard on the radio and Facebook lately.  Well, the Cipher allegedly went too far and got hisself arrested tonight.  The beloved Supervisor held a press conference in front of JPD tonight that was rather passionate at times as he eloquently expressed his thoughts.   The video is posted below.  First fix a drink.  This was one for the books.  Enjoy. 

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Tuesday, July 28, 2020

NE Jackson Alert

Be on the lookout for a red Ford Explorer cruising around Northeast Jackson.  A vigilant citizen posted on local social media:

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Patton Indicted for Clinton Crime Spree

Finally!  The indictments are piling up against Barak Patton.  A Hinds County grand jury indicted Patton this month for armed robbery and conspiracy.  Clinton police arrested Patton and three accomplices for allegedly robbing several convenience stores two years ago.  Patton faces other charges and indictments.  He was arrested for allegedly raping a 14 year-old girl in May.  Patton is the nephew of Hinds County Constable John Brown.  Patton has been a star pupil of the Hinds County Catch & Release Program.  JJ reported June 3:


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C19: More of the Same, Including New Records

Stream of Governor's briefing posted below. 

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 1,342 new cases of the Wuhan virus yesterday as well as 42 new deaths.* The total number of cases is 54,299. The virus has caused 1,543 deaths. Nursing home deaths comprise 48% of overall Covid-19 deaths in Mississippi. There are 30,315 recoveries. More information and a complete list of infected counties can be found at the MSDH website. The Rt factor rose to 1.19.

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Awwww

The cuteness is strong with this one.

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Commish Addresses Chinese Seeds

Ag Commish Andy Gipson issued the following statement.

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Millsaps: No SAT/ACT Required

Lowering standards? 

Millsaps College issued the following statement. 

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Monday, July 27, 2020

Suspects Arrested in Rankin Shooting

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement. 

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JPS Continues to Shrink

The JPS budget nearly the same as it was ten years ago even though student enrollment fell 20%.  While JPS shrinks, Desoto County Public Schools mushroom in growth while Rankin County gains ground. 

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Junior League Announces New Board

The Junior League of Jackson issued the following statement. 

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Don't Try This at Home

Ridgeland's Jim Pace had a little bit of excitement Saturday at Elkhart Lake’s Road America for the WeatherTech International Challenge in Wisconsin.  

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FDA OKs Tests for C19 Asymptomatics

The FDA issued the following statement Friday.

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Sunday, July 26, 2020

Virus? What Virus? (Weekend Edition)

So much for Covid-19, 11:00 PM curfews, and other restrictions on bars. The nightclub scene was hopping in Jackson last night.

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Is War Ever Right?

The late Dr. Frank Pollard discussed the morality of war in a 1991 sermon that is posted below.  If you can't make it to church today, enjoy.

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Bill Crawford: We Need More Servant-Leaders Like Bill Scaggs

Despite our torrid culture today, servant leaders still work to make our lives better.

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Saturday, July 25, 2020

Mississippi Breaks 50,000 Cases

Mississippi broke the 50,000 cases barrier.  The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 1,434 new cases of the Wuhan virus yesterday as well as 28 new deaths.*   The total number of cases is 51,097. The virus has caused 1,480 deaths. Nursing home deaths comprise 48% of overall Covid-19 deaths in Mississippi. There are 30,315 recoveries.  More information and a complete list of infected counties can be found at the MSDH website.  The Rt factor remains at 1.17

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Coliseum Renovations Completed Early

Ag Commish Andrew Gipson issued the following statement.

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Friday, July 24, 2020

Hong Kong Hooey?

I was going to post Thoughty2's recent video about inbreeding but wouldn't you know it, the braniac posted an even better video about the martial arts.  He dared ask if many forms are martial arts are fake.  Brave stuff.  Watch for yourself and decide. Enjoy.

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Governor Makes Flag Commission Appointments

Governor Tate Reeves issued the following statement.

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Special Judges Assigned to Hinds County

The Mississippi Supreme Court issued the following statement.

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C19 Update: More Restrictions on Bars

The Department also  reported 1,610 new cases of the Wuhan virus yesterday as well as 28 new deaths.*   The total number of cases is 49,663. The virus has caused 1,463 deaths. Nursing home deaths comprise 48% of overall Covid-19 deaths in Mississippi. There are 30,315 recoveries.  More information and a complete list of infected counties can be found at the MSDH website.  The Rt factor is 1.17.

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Oops!

Meanwhile, over at the Mississippi Business Journal.....

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Veteran Teacher Joins Charter School Board

Leftenent Governor Delbert Hosemann issued the following statement.

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Double Homicide in Jackson

JPD issued the following statement. 

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Thursday, July 23, 2020

WSJ: More Amazon Dirty Play

Have a great idea and want to pitch it to Amazon?   Is Amazon interested in investing in your company? Think twice.  The Wall Street Journal reported today the online behemoth has a penchant for stealing ideas. The newspaper reported:

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Masks Must be Worn in Court

The Mississippi Supreme Court issued the following statement.

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C19 Update: "Wear a Damn Mask"

Hospitalizations, ICUs, & vents set new records.  
Video of Governor's briefing posted below. 

UMMC Vice-Chancellor Dr. Louanne Woodward has had enough after watching her hospital and ICU beds get overrun with Covid-19 patients.  The Incident Commander tweeted:

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Catch & Release: Cedric Willis Murder Suspects

Cursed in life, cursed yet again in death, such is the tragic fate of Cedric Willis.  It has been a year since he was gunned down on the streets of Jackson in broad daylight  yet no one has been indicted even though two suspects were arrested for his murder.  

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Virus? What Virus?

How does one handle a Covid-19 shutdown? Simple.  Have a block party.  So much for Little Lord Lumumba's decree that no one should have fun in Jackson.  A streetball tournament took place last weekend, complete with a city-issued permit. WJTV reported:

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Enlightenment of the Day

Joe Rogan was either totally stoned out of his mind or he was really blown away by a really smart guy he had on his show a year ago.  I was going to post a Thoughty2 video about inbreeding, along with the requisite jokes about Eastern Tennessee and Arkansas, but I discovered this old interview with the really smart guy.  Enjoy. 

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C19 Update: Capacity is Maxed Out

  The Department also  reported 1,547 new cases of the Wuhan virus yesterday as well as 34 new deaths.*   The total number of cases is 47,071. The virus has caused 1,423 deaths. Nursing home deaths comprise 48% of overall Covid-19 deaths in Mississippi. There are 22,167 recoveries.  More information and a complete list of infected counties can be found at the MSDH website.  The Rt factor is 1.10.

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Green Recuses

All Hinds County Circuit Judges recused themselves from hearing State v. Greta Brown-Bully.  Senior Circuit Judge Tomie Green asked the Mississippi Supreme Court yesterday to appoint a Special Circuit Judge to try the case.  A grand jury indicted Bully for the murder of Larry "Caveman" Lee.

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Governor Signs C19 Liability Protection Bill

Leftenent Governor Delbert Hosemann issued the following statement. 

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Yet Another Store Closing

It appears Covid-19 claims another corporate casualty in Jackson.  

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Sid Salter: Penny Stash Looking Better & Better

I have a huge old six-gallon glass water bottle that I inherited from my father. I use it for the same purpose that he did – as a container for pennies.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2020

The Return of the George?

Is Kathleen Kennedy out at Lucasfilm? Will George return to save the Star Ward dumpster fire at Disney?  Will we ever see that Lucas cut of The Rise of Skywalker? Will we ever see it? Hollywood Vlogger Doomcock discusses these questions and more in his latest videos.

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Couple Beaten in Florence Home Invasion

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement.

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C19 Update: Hospitalizations & ICUs Set New Records Again

Hospitalizations: 943, ICUs: 293


The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 1,635 new cases of the Wuhan virus yesterday as well as 31 new deaths.* The total number of cases is 45,524. The virus has caused 1,389 deaths. Nursing home deaths comprise 48% of overall Covid-19 deaths in Mississippi. There are 30,315 recoveries. More information and a complete list of infected counties can be found at the MSDH website. The Rt factor is 1.08.

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Feds Indict Former JPD Officer

Mark Coleman accused of enticing a minor. 

The Justice Department issued the following statement.

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Flag Commission Meets Tomorrow (UPDATED)

Leftenent Governor Delbert Hosemann issued the following statement. 

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Monday, July 20, 2020

#NojusticeforChelsie

Correction: The post originally stated Dixon & Paige were guilty  of attempted armed robbery and conspiracy.  There was no conviction or guilty plea of attempted armed robbery.


No one will go to prison for the murder of Chelsie Kirschten.  Let that sink in for a moment.  Read it again: No one will go to prison for the murder of Chelsie Kirschten.  Three suspects yet all three beat the Capital Murder rap. 

The last suspect pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to commit attempted armed robbery.  Circuit Judge Winston Kidd sentenced Jushun Paige to serve five years in prison but he will probably be back on the street long before the sentence expires. 

23 year-old Chelsie Kirschten was brutally gunned down at the intersection of Fortification and North State Streets on August 17, 2017.  JPD arrested Nicholas Coats, Lidarious Dixon, and Jushun Paige for Kirschten's murder and trying to rob the passenger in her car.  JPD reported:

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C19 Update: Over 900 Hospitalizations


The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 1,251 new cases of the Wuhan virus yesterday as well as 3 new deaths. The total number of cases is 40,829. The virus has caused 1,358 deaths. Nursing home deaths comprise 48% of overall Covid-19 deaths in Mississippi. There are 30,315 recoveries. More information and a complete list of infected counties can be found at the MSDH website. The Rt factor is 1.11.

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We Are Invincible

Virus? What virus? Did you know there is a virus out there? Did you know Hinds County and thus Jackson, is under some sort of order?   You wouldn't know it if you were at the Northside v. West Side smackdownbeatdownshowdown yesterday.  Props to WJTV:

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He's Baaaaaack!

Our Pest of the Day is back for an encore performance.  After rocking the Richland Post Office, he conducted a "First Amendment Audit" at the Richland Police Department.  Fix some coffee and enjoy. 

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Sunday, July 19, 2020

Northside Drive Homicide

JPD issued the following statement. 

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A Few Too Many Swipes at Margaritas?

Diners at Margaritas Mexican Grill might want to pay only in cash. WJTV reported:

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Sunday Morning Sermon

The late Dr. Frank Pollard preached on "Learning from other's mistakes" in this 1991 sermon.  If you can't make it to church today, enjoy this gem from Jackson's past.

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Bill Crawford: Are Mississippi Farmers the Next Government Dependents?

Perhaps you read the hyperbolic rant published by former state representative and unsuccessful GOP governor candidate Robert Foster that slammed “Dictator” Gov. Tate Reeves for his recent coronavirus executive order.

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Saturday, July 18, 2020

Health Dept. Activates ICU Surge Capacity

The Mississippi State Department of Health activated surge capacity in all ICU's in Mississippi hospitals.  The order states:

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Same Song, Second Verse?

Surprise, surprise, more Phil Bryant special treatment emerges.  Tax opportunity zones meant for poor areas instead went to the rich folks and well-connected.  The Clarion-Ledger reported July 2:

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Dr. Osterholm Speaks

Merck CEO warns warns against vaccine promises. 

Since you have nothing better to do on a Saturday morning, feel free to listen to Dr. Michael Osterholm's weekly podcast on the Covid-19 virus that is posted below.  He discusses school reopenings, current transmission rates, and possible vaccines.   Posted below as well are excerpts from an interview with Merck CEO Ken Frazier about developing a vaccine for the virus.  Enjoy.

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Friday, July 17, 2020

Shootout in Brandon

Correction: The original press release reported the incident began in Pearl.  The address is in Brandon. 

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement.

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C19 Update: 1,032 New Cases, 24 Deaths

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 1,032 new cases of the Wuhan virus yesterday as well as 24 new deaths. The total number of cases is 40,829. The virus has caused 1,332 deaths. Nursing home deaths comprise 48% of overall Covid-19 deaths in Mississippi. There are 25,932 recoveries. More information and a complete list of infected counties can be found at the MSDH website. The Rt factor is 1.04.

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Bully Indicted for Murder

A Hinds County grand jury indicted Greta Brown-Bully for the murder of Larry "Caveman" Lee on April 24.

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MDOT Clearing Bums Out of Overpasses

If Jackson won't clear the bums out of the overpasses, MDOT will.  Homeless, mentally ill, and various miscreants have set up camp underneath the I-55 overpasses in Northeast Jackson over the last year.  MDOT said enough is enough and is installing a fence around the underpass of the overpass at Atkins and Frontage Road.  As seen in the pictures below, MDOT installed metal fenceposts.

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Thursday, July 16, 2020

Dixon Goes Free in Fortification Street Murder Case

Lidarious Dixon is back on the street after serving less than three years in prison.  Dixon was linked to the murder of 23-year old Chelsie Kirschten on August 17, 2017 at the intersection of Fortification and North State Streets in Jackson.

A jury convicted Dixon of conspiracy to commit armed robbery last August.  However, the Mississippi Parole Board paroled Dixon just a few months later.  Dixon became a free man in January.  


JPD arrested Nicholas Coats, Lidarious Dixon, and Jushun Paige for Kirschten's murder and trying to rob the passenger in her car.  JPD reported in August 2017:

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C19 Update: Yet Another Record Set

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 1,230 new cases of the Wuhan virus yesterday as well as 18 new deaths. The total number of cases is 39,797. The virus has caused 1,308 deaths. Nursing home deaths comprise 48% of overall Covid-19 deaths in Mississippi. There are 25,932 recoveries. More information and a complete list of infected counties can be found at the MSDH website. The Rt factor is 1.05.

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Priest Indicted for Fraud, Jackson Diocese Settles with Feds

Note: I am working on this post right now but here are the indictment and a press release issued by the Diocese.  

The Catholic Diocese of Jackson issued the following statement. 

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Jackson Public Works Director Leaves

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba issued the following statement.

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Health Insurance Plans Extended

Insurance Commish Mike Chaney issued the following statement.

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Warren Strain Update

Warren Strain's wife posted the following updates on Facebook:

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C-19 Update: More Bad News

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 1,025 new cases of the Wuhan virus yesterday as well as 18 new deaths. The total number of cases is 38,567. The virus has caused 1,290 deaths. Nursing home deaths comprise 48% of overall Covid-19 deaths in Mississippi. There are 22,167 recoveries. More information and a complete list of infected counties can be found at the MSDH website. The Rt factor is 1.07.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Tonight's Funny

Andrew Schultz literally doesn't give a _____ as he rips everyone as he discusses all things Epstein and he doesn't mean the Sweathog. Enjoy.

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German Study: C19 Doesn't Spread in Schools

A German study might actually be germane to the Covid-19 situation in schools.  Dresden Technical University scientists claimed in a study the virus "does not spread easily in schools."  The Telegraph (UK) reported:

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Appointees Named to Flag Commission

Leftenent Governor Gilbert Hosemann and Speaker of the House Phillipus Gunn issued the following statements.

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Pest of the Day

Our "First Amendment Auditor" is back.  What this guy does is film people in government buildings while trying to provoke the police into arresting him so he can sue.  He graced the Richland Post Office with his presence.  He got the police visit he wanted but unfortunately for him, he was not arrested or taken into custody.  There are some slow spots in the video so feel free to fast forward. 

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Wilson to lead Commission on Judicial Performance

The Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance issued the following statement.

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Criminal Justice "Reform Bill" Is Unsafe for Communities and Unsafe for Offenders

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey penned this column. 

There is much debate and controversy over recently vetoed Senate Bill 2123, known as the  “Mississippi Correctional Safety and Rehabilitation Act of 2020”. The title of the bill sounds great but a majority in our legislature did nothing but use the cloak of “Criminal Justice Reform” to slash MDOC’s budget and divert millions to other parts of the state budget. This is completely unfair to our law-abiding citizens and even more unfair to the unprepared inmates who are released straight onto a path to failure.

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Sid Salter: Mask Requirements Are Not Tyranny or an Attack on Liberty

Erstwhile DeSoto County state legislator and failed GOP gubernatorial contender Robert Foster is certainly entitled to his opinions about government mask requirements. He is also free to apply whatever overwrought definitions to freedom, liberty, and tyranny that he chooses.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Bigot of the Day

Funny how progressives are supposed to be for  uneducated minorities.....

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Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree

Check out what has grown up in a pothole on Princeton Street by Barr Elementary:

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Homicide on Maria Drive

JPD issued the following statement.

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C-19 Update: Bad to Worse

Governor says herd immunity is unpractical goal. 

Covid-19 hospitalizations surged to yet another record yesterday.  The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 805 patients required hospitalization while 227 patients were placed in ICUs, also a record.  The Department also  reported 862 new cases of the Wuhan virus yesterday as well as 23 new deaths.   The total number of cases is 37,542. The virus has caused 1,272 deaths. Nursing home deaths comprise 48% of overall Covid-19 deaths in Mississippi. There are 22,167 recoveries.  More information and a complete list of infected counties can be found at the MSDH website.  The Rt factor is 1.09.

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