Monday, September 28, 2020

Moscow or Bust, Baby!!!

You can't make this up.  Someone didn't think this all the way through.  

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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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Trollfest '09

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

This is definitely a Beaver production.


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Trollfest '07

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

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

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

This is definitely a Beaver production.

Note: Security provided by INS
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