Saturday, March 17, 2018

Ranking the law schools

The 2018 U.S. News & Report rankings of U.S. law schools were leaked online yesterday.  Ole Miss came in at #101.  Mississippi College did not appear on the list.  Read 'em and weep.

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Introducing the Lamar Life Lofts.....

The Lamar Life Building is reborn.....

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Mississippi Economy Thrives With Republicans at the Helm

Economic optimism underscores the challenges faced by Mississippi Democrats. The economy is thriving, and Mississippians recognize that the policies put forward by Governor Phil Bryant, Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves, and Speaker Philip Gunn are making their lives better.

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Judge Green gives another blessing

Hinds County Circuit Judge Tomie Green blessed an accused killer recently.   Read and weep.

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Giant mouse escapes

A pet giant mouse escaped down in the Hattiesburg area.  The following message and video was posted on Facebook.

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$2,500 reward for Miracle Ear burglary

JPD posted this video and information about the robbery of Miracle Ear on Twitter.

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Thursday, March 15, 2018


Tiger's game stirred and came back to life today.

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ACLU says Madison SO illegally profiles

The American Civil Liberties Union issued the following statement. 

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Pelahatchie Pow-wow

A special meeting of the Board of Aldermen is scheduled for Monday night.  The notice is posted below.

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Uh-oh,Tommy Young is trying to get out of prison.

Gone but determined to not be forgotten is one young Jackson hoodlum, Tommy Young.  Hinds County Circuit Judge Bill Gowan sentenced Tommy Young, Jr.  to serve 15 years in prison in 2015 after he pleaded guilty to eight counts of armed robbery, simple carjacking, simple robbery, and armed carjacking.*  However, Young invoked the name of corrupt and convicted former Hinds County prosecutor Ivon Johnson as he filed a motion to vacate his judgment last week.

 Young and his cohorts went on a carjacking and robbery spree in Northeast Jackson back in 2013.  Former JPD Chief Lee Vance said Young is an "impact player" among local criminals and that police could tell when he is free by the crime stats.

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Throwback Thursday

The Ghosts of St. Paddy's Day past in Jackson......

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Switch!!! (Updated)

State Senator Chris McDaniel is withdrawing from the race for Senator Roger Wicker's seat. He will run for the Senate seat that will be vacated by a retiring Thad Cochran. The special election will be in November.

Update: Governor Phil Bryant issued the following statement:

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"This wheelchair does not define me"

JJ is not going to give a preview of this video that was shot .  Just watch.

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Jim Hood: Entergy misleads

In an op-ed filed by the CEO of Entergy Mississippi, he claims that the state’s Public Service Commission has already approved the charges for electricity purchased by Entergy. That is very misleading.

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Rhythm & Blues Festival brings the blues - money blues.

The Jackson Rhythm and Blues Festival has brought nothing but blues to the Jackson Visitors and Convention Bureau since it began in 2013.  A PEER report states that the festival loses nearly $600,000 per year and has lost $2.4 million since it began in 2013. The Bureau discontinued the festival late last year. 

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JAN gets new air service to Orlando

The Jackson Municipal Airport Authority issued the following statement.

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Woman shoots boyfriend

JPD issued the following statement. 

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Gilbert moving on

Mississippi Secretary of State Gidget Hosemann confirmed one of the worst-kept secrets in Mississippi politics as he said he will not run for re-election.  Mr. Hosemann said he is considering running for higher office.  The Street Committee says it will be Leftenent Governor but if somehow one Mr. Tate Reeves becomes U.S. Senator, then it will be interesting to see if Mr. Hosemann runs instead for Governor.  Such speculation assumes that he is not appointed to replace Senator Thad Cochran, of course.  Let the silly season begin.

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Enoch Sanders comes out of retirement to admit he is off his rocker.

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Auditor busts cities pocketing traffic fines

State Auditor Stacey Pickering issued the following statement. 

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Wakefield finally indicted after partying in Mexico

A Madison County grand jury indicted Dwan Wakefield, Jr. for accessory after the fact to murder, kidnapping, and motor vehicle theft in the murder of six-year old Kingston Frazier.  Wakefield is in custody at the Madison County Detention Center.  Byron McBride, Jr. was indicted for capital murder in his death while D'Allen Washington pleaded guilty last month to accessory after the fact. 

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Here we go again

Yet another car crashed into a building.  This time it happened at McDade's on Fortification Street.  An elderly lady drove her car through the wall.  It is not known if there were any injuries.  McDade's is open although the deli is closed.

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Perry Parker for Congress

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Hmmm....... what seems to be missing from the Flowood County Journal?

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Matchbook Monday

Here is the second installment of Matchbook Monday.  Several matchbooks of Jackson's past are posted below.  Feel free to add your stories or any information about them in the comments section.  Judging by the traffic on last week's post, readers really enjoyed this bit of nostalgia. They can email copies of any old matchbooks they might have to 

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Attorney questions Flowood police shooting

Attorney Dow Yoder issued the following statement about the police shooting in Flowood last week.

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Sunday, March 11, 2018

Song of the day

Dug up this old tune from the archives.  Enjoy.

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The Wall is Down

If you couldn't make it to church this morning, enjoy this 1989 sermon presented by the late Dr. Frank Pollard of First Baptist Church (Jackson).  

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Bill Crawford: Legislature flubbed responsibility for good schools.

With all the noise about school funding, school choice, vouchers, and teacher shortages, perhaps a look at some fundamentals would be helpful.

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Saturday, March 10, 2018

Checking the 990's

Here are the 990's for Hartfield Academy,  Institute for Southern Jewish Life, Mississippi Blood Services, Mississippi Restaurant Association, and Mississippi Center for Public Policy. 

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The Parkland news just gets worse.

Just when one thinks the incompetence of the Broward County Sheriff's Office couldn't get any worse, the Miami Herald reports more details about what went wrong at Parkland:

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Friday, March 9, 2018

Governor makes college board picks

Governor Phil Bryant issued the following statement.

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FOOD FIGHT or.... The Reconquista of Shapley's

There is a restaurant ruckus in Ridgeland.   Ruth's Chris is closing by May 1 and will leave the Jackson area yet again.  It was rumored that Shapley's would move into the Ruth's Chris site.   However, such will apparently not be the case.  The original owner's of Shapley's  are trying to take their restaurant back as well as the use of the "Shapley's" name in federal court.   Mark Shapley, Mary Shapley, and Shapley's Inc sued Koestler Inc. in U.S. District Court Wednesday.  Koestler is the current operator of Shapley's Restaurant. 

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Jackson groups ask Tate to help pass community improvement district bill.

A group of Jackson neighborhood associations sent an open letter to Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves asking for his help in passing a community improvement district bill.  SB# 3045 will authorize the creation of such districts.  Copy of bill.

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Sheriff a no-show

Hinds County Sheriff Victor Mason did not appear in U.S. District Court in Gulfport this afternoon.  The court granted his request to be excused from the hearing that was scheduled to discuss the federal consent decree for the Hinds County detention centers.  

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Gun thief pleads guilty

U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst issued the following statement.

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College Savings Mississippi to hold shootout at state basketball tourney

Treasurer Lynn Fitch and College Savings Mississippi are excited to announce the fourth annual College Savings Mississippi Savings Shootout to be held during the 2018 Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) State Basketball Tournament at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson on March 8-10, 2018. “I am excited to continue our partnership with the MHSAA. This event is just one of the many ways we engage our community and encourage Mississippi families to start saving for education expenses,” said Treasurer Fitch. “And, for our winners, it gives them a jumpstart on saving for their future.”

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State Auditor demands CMU Commissioners repay nearly $100,000 in personal legal fees.

State Auditor Stacey Pickering issued the following statement.

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Jailhouse walkout?

An employee at the Raymond Detention Center painted a rather gruesome picture of  the detention center in a letter that was sent to all five Hinds County Supervisors.   The letter is posted below.   The letter was not signed.

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Senate passes school safety bill

Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves issued the following statement. 

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Wicker campaign: Small crowds, bad polls

Senator Roger Wicker issued the following statement. 

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The Rumble in Rankin. City Hall closed after employees walk out.

UPDATE #2 (1:45 PM): Mayor Ryshonda Beechem issued this statement: "Pelahatchie City Hall has been closed for the day."

UPDATE #1:  The city hall suddenly closed today.  The clerks left the building although it is not known why they did so.  Tips are appreciated.  Send email to  

I'm working on my post about the regular meeting of the Pelahatchie Board of Aldermen that took place Monday night but thought the readers might want to see some of the video of the meeting.  The Board packet and agenda are posted below as well.  The fun starts at 41:11 and lasts for about 15 minutes.  It is the City Attorney's section on the agenda. 

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Sid Salter: Cochran's courage, compassion, and character

STARKPATCH – To say that I like, appreciate and admire U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran is a gross understatement. I think the majority of Mississippians – rich and poor, black and white, Democrat and Republican - share my affection for the senator.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018


Chris Rock took a few shots at Mississippi in his recent Tamborine special on Netflix.  Did he go too far? Judge for yourself.

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MPACT needs mo' money

State Treasurer Lynn Fitch issued the following press release.

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Espy is running. Vote in poll.

Mike Espy told JJ that he will run in the special election that will be held to replace retiring Senator Thad Cochran.  Mr. Espy is a former District 2 Congressman and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.  There will be no party affiliation nor party primaries in the election. This is going to be interesting.  Governor Bryant said he will not appoint himself to the position although the Kingfish thinks he should imitate The Kingfish and hold both offices. 

Vote in the poll to the right.  JJ asks who you would vote for in a special election.  Vote early and often.  

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Public Safety Perks

Quite a few employees at the Mississippi Department of Public Safety are taking advantage of a $1,000 annual clothing allowance even though they command rather nice salaries.

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Mayor fires back over ICE detainer charges

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba fiercely denied the city of Jackson destroyed ICE detainers at a press conference yesterday. A public records complaint accuses the city of destroying immigration detainers issued by ICE. The Mayor called the complaint "a senseless, baseless, meritless waste of time, an out and out lie, alternative facts, if you will.  This administration has not destroyed anything."  He said the city does not store or collect information on someone's immigration status.  JPD Chief Anthony Moore said JPS does not destroy immigration detainers. 

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Monday, March 5, 2018


Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran issued the following statement. 

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MCWA to sue Canton Municipal Utilities for $2.2 million

It appears the Madison County Wastewater Authority and Canton Municipal Utilities will be going to court.  The Madison County Journal reported last week:

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Trollfest '09

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This is definitely a Beaver production.

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Trollfest '07

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

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

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

This is definitely a Beaver production.

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