Friday, December 30, 2022

Boil Water Notice Lifted for 39211

 The city of Jackson issued the following statement. 

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Pearl Police Arrest Drive-By Shooting Suspect

 The Pearl Police Department issued the following statement. 

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Water System Update

 The city of Jackson issued the following statement. 

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Woodville Bridge Collapses

 The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency issued the following statement. 

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Coming: The Magnolia Tribune

Change is a'coming to Mississippi media.  Y'all Politics will transform into the Mississippi Tribune after Russ Latino purchased the YP operation from Alan Lange.  Mr. Lange wrote on Y'all Politics this week: 

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This CAN be yours IF.....

 The price is right. 

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Thursday, December 29, 2022

Dante Would be Proud

 Southwest Airlines has managed to turn airports nationwide into another level of hell.  This post is making the rounds on Facebook.  Take it for what it's worth but it seems to jibe with what is reported in the news. 

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Health Dept Fines Southern Sky, Orders Weed Destroyed

The Mississippi State Department of Health fined Southern Sky Brands and ordered the destruction of marijuana plants worth hundreds of thousands of dollars and fined the company $20,000 recently.  

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Teresa Malone Passes

 Teresa Malone passed away Christmas Eve.  

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How Express Grain Shucked the Lenders

 This post is reprinted with permission of The Taxpayers Channel. 

One of the most puzzling aspects of the Express Grain collapse is the $40+ million EG owes seven so-called "NMTC Lender" companies.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2022

Water System Update

 Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba is holding a press conference right now.  It is streamed below. 

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Non-Potable Water Distributed at Fairgrounds

 Ag Commish Andrew Gipson issued the following statement. 

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Robert St. John: Top 10 Meals 2022

For the 22 years I have written in this space, I have always reserved the final column inches of the year to list my top ten meals of the previous 12 months. Here's this year's list.

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MDOT Addresses Interstate Copper Thefts

 The Mississippi Department of Transportation issued the following statement. 

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Sid Salter: Title 42: Health Protection or Border Control Measure?

Frankly, neither Republicans nor Democrats hold much moral high ground on the issue of immigration. Historically, the issue has been a political football with both parties talking a lot but not taking much action in the halls of Congress.

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Tuesday, December 27, 2022

Ouch! (Updated)

Update (12/28/22): A son took out his um, emotions on his father's vehicle. 

Well, someone didn't like someone over at Renaissance.  

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Ken Primos Passes Away

 A local restaurant legend passed away.  Primos Cafe announced on Facebook: 

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Mayor to Hold Briefing on Water Crisis

 Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba will hold a briefing at 1 PM on the city's water crisis.  The presser is posted below. 

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Downtown Burglar Indicted

 A Hinds County grand jury indicted one Lance Moberg for business burglary on December 9.  The indictment states: 

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More Uvalde Horror: Medical Response Delayed for Victims

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 Bullets had pierced Eva Mireles’ chest as she tried to shield students from a gunman’s semiautomatic rifle. But the fourth grade teacher at Robb Elementary was still conscious when police carried her out of classroom 112 and through a hallway crowded with dead and dying victims.

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Monday, December 26, 2022

Jackson Declares State of Emergency

 The city of Jackson issued the following statement. 

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The PERS Coals are Gonna Cost

Will schools and cities have to raise taxes? 

PERS stuffed red-hot coals into the stockings of schools, cities, and counties alike with its 5% contribution rate increase last week. The increase is scheduled to take placet on October 1, 2023.  5% may sound a small number but it translates into a $15 million hit just to the budgets of local public schools.   JJ reviewed the budgets of most local governments and posted an estimate of their contribution increases below.  It is not a pretty picture. 

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Water System Update

Large areas of South and West Jackson continue to lack water. 

Well connections are not affected. Distribution sites announced.

The city of Jackson issued the following statements

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Sunday, December 25, 2022

It's a Wonderful Revenge

Whatever happened to Potter? 

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Pair Escapes from Raymond Jail (Updated)

 Hinds County Sheriff Tyree Jones issued the following statement and mug shots. 

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City-Wide Boil Water Notice Issued

Notice does NOT apply to those served by wells.  

Parts of city without water

The city of Jackson issued the following statement. 

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What's the Big Deal About Christmas?

Lost in all the deals at Christmas is the message that Christmas itself is a big deal.  The late Dr. Frank Pollard preached on  why Christmas is indeed a big deal.  Any sermon that start out talking about pimples and gray hairs can't be bad.  Enjoy the 1993 sermon posted below. 

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Bill Crawford: A New Year's Resolution for State Government

 Resolved:  State government will only provide the services our people need and only tax enough to cover costs for these needs.

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Saturday, December 24, 2022

Low Temps Causing Water Problems

 Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba issued the following statement. 

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Passed!

The only thing standing between Jackson and $600 million to shore up its water system is President Joe Biden's signature. 

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Hostage is Alive but Recovering

 The victim in the Richland Walmart hostage-taking Wednesday provided a public update on her Facebook page:

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D.L. Gardner: Thinking About Jesus' Plan

Put your thinking caps on. This time of year is good to think about last year and next year. Our thoughts may make a significant impact for next year as well as the rest of our lives. 

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Friday, December 23, 2022

Funny of the Day

Rice University's band is anything but conventional.  "The Mob" spiked Brett Favre and Southern Miss at the Lending Tree Bowl.  It may not be a good idea to drink anything while reading this post. 

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Jackson Moves Closer to $600 Million Water Appropriation

 The year-end omnibus federal spending bill moved one step closer to becoming law as it passed the Senate yesterday.   The Wall Street Journal reported: 

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Flashback Friday

Flashback Friday pulls out from the archives this post that was originally published March 15, 2012. It seemed relevant after Anna Wolfe's story last week for some strange reason.  

Supertalk Mississippi (97.3 FM) sent out message yesterday in its daily email to listeners of The Gallo Radio Show:

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Thursday, December 22, 2022

Knucklehead of the Day

 Some politicians think they are sooooooooo special, right, Vern? 

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CHS: US Faces Vet Shortage

Mississippi Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith penned this column. 

The United States is blessed with one of the safest, most abundant and most affordable food supplies in the world, but it’s not a blessing invulnerable to threats. The ongoing pandemic, extreme weather events around the world and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, for instance, have contributed to supply chain disruptions and rapidly rising food costs.

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SBF "Girlfriend" Pleads Guilty

 SBF's ______-buddies, oops, make that partners are turning on him.   The Wall Street Journal reported: 

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Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Richland Walmart Hostage-Taker Killed

WARNING: GRAPHIC VIDEO POSTED BELOW!!! 

The Mississippi Department of Public Safety issued the following statement. 

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UMMC Gives Holiday Gathering Advice

 Ruth Cummins authored the following press release for UMMC. 

As office parties, family and social gatherings, and holiday trips ramp up, there’s often a reason not to be merry: awkward or potentially contentious situations can spoil the fun.

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Kroger Shooting Suspects Arrested

Some local thugs won't be Krogering for a while. Hinds County Sheriff Tyree Jones announced the arrest of three suspects responsible for the Sunday night shooting in the I-55 Kroger parking lot at a press conference this morning.  

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Robert St. John: Top 10 Christmas Movies

 Nothing quite matches the energy and excitement one experiences as a kid during the Christmas Eves of his or her youth. My family always ate a formal dinner the night before and my memories of those meals are so overwhelmingly positive. The food was great, sure. But my remembrances are partially slanted on the positive side of the scale because of the anticipation that hung thick in the air over what was to happen the next morning. It’s the one day in life where you wake up to magically delivered toys. 

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Sid Salter: Fair Winds, Calm Seas to College Football’s Most Famous ‘Pirate’

 Having an opportunity to spend a little time with Mike Leach and experience the world through his filters – or lack of them – was a privilege for which I will always be grateful.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Merry Christmas from PERS: 5% Contribution Rate Hike

Will counties and cities raise taxes? 

Note: The usual post covering the PERS annual report will be published in a few days.  The rate increase is covered as a separate topic. 

The PERS Board of Trustees dumped a bunch of coal in the stockings of Mayors and legislators alike as it voted to hike the employer contribution rate from 17.4% to 22.4% today.  The rate hike will go into effect on October 1, 2023.

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$600 Million for Jackson Water System

Oh Christmas tree, Oh Christmas tree....   the Congressional Christmas tree is going to be very, very  good to Jackson.  The FY 2023 Omnibus Appropriations Package is up for a vote in Congress this week.  The bill contains some relief for Jackson's water system: 

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Onions. Watch out for the Onions.

A Mississippi State fan proposed a special helmet design for the Bulldogs in their Reliaquest Bowl game.

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State Auditor: Inflation Costs State Bigly

 State Auditor Shad White issued the following statement. 

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Jackson City Council Takes Up New Rental Code Today

The Jackson City Council will vote on a proposed rental ordinance today.   The proposed ordinance states: 

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Monday, December 19, 2022

Pastor Pickett Holding Forum on Capitol Police (Updated)

Pastor Dewayne Pickett is holding a community forum on the Capitol Police tonight.  The good Pastor sent out the following email three hours ago: 

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Sheriff Nabs Nissan Thieves

 Madison County deputies busted an inside ring of thieves at the Nissan plant.  

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Idiot of the Day

 The Justice Department issued the following press release. 

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Wolfe Goes Superfly on Supertalk

Anna Wolfe published names and receipts as she delved into the ties between Supertalk and the Krewe of New in a story published at Mississippi Today:    

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Mayor Holds Weekly Briefing

 Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba is holding his weekly briefing right now.  The press conference is streamed below.

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Vicksburg-Warren Public Schools Approved for Innovation Classification

Jackson Middle College also approved.  

The Mississippi Department of Education issued the following statement. 

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Accused Pearl Baby Killer Indicted

A Rankin County grand jury indicted Makaylia Jolley for capital murder for the death of her eight-week old baby, Khalysie Lashay Jolley on December 8.  The indictment states: 

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Sunday, December 18, 2022

Shooting at Kroger

Update (12/19/22, 10:15 AM): Sheriff Tyree Jones said the victims were targeted.  

A shooting took place in the parking lot of Kroger on I-55 N.  Hinds County deputies are working the scene. Hinds County Sheriff Tyree Jones tweeted a few minutes ago that two individuals were injured and taken to UMMC.

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$1,000 Reward for Lost Dog in Lake Castle Area

Ok folks, let's get this lost dog home for Christmas. 

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Rejection & Abandonment

The late Dr. Frank Pollard took up the subject of abandonment as he preached from Romans 1:18-32 in the 1994 sermon posted below. He asked what happens when the good Lord turns away and leaves us to our own devices?  Are there consequences?  Tune in below to find out.  

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Bill Crawford: Will Leaves Reeves off Talent List

 Do you know why Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey would make a great conservative alternative to Trump?

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Saturday, December 17, 2022

Timeline on Coast Cop Killing Related

 The Mississippi Department of Public Safety released more information on how Dr. Amy Anderson killed two Bay St. Louis police officers.  The press release states: 

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Officer Shot in Back in Hattiesburg

 The Mississippi Department of Public Safety issued the following statement. 

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Friday, December 16, 2022

Papa Lane is Going to Prison

 David Lane is going to the pen.  U.S. District Judge Henry Wingate sentenced him to serve 51 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to bank fraud.   The court docket states: 

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Settled! (Updated)

 The University of Mississippi Medical Center issued the statement.

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Ex of Woman Who Killed Two Cops in Prison

Wednesday was a day of horror in Mississippi as a troubled veterinarian shot two Bay St. Louis policemen to death in front of her child.   Unfortunately, questions pile up while answers are few.   One clue may lie in prison where her ex-husband is serving a ten-year sentence for molesting one of their children.  

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Thieves Crash into Police in Madison Chase

 The Madison Police Department issued the following statement and mugshots. 

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Is the King Dead?

The complaints are piling up against the King Edward Hotel online.  Check them out.  Apparently the hotel is suffering major staffing issues.  Posted below are some of the complaints. 

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Thursday, December 15, 2022

Dan Berger: Chablis

A friend and winemaker once convinced me that certain kinds of wines taste better with certain kinds of music, and that the wrong pairing makes for dis-chord.

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Throwback Thursday

 This video of a Madison County food fight actually aged pretty well. 

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Will Jackson Change Rental Codes?

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba is holding a town hall forum today to discuss a proposed revision of the Jackson rental ordinances.  A copy of the proposed ordinance is posted below.

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Somebody Got Paaaaiiiiiid!!!

Check out what took place in the Georgia AAA High School Football Championship Game between Sandy Park and Cedar Grove.  

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Water Marxism in Jackson?

"From each according to his ability to each according to his needs." Karl Marx. 

Property values, not water usage, might determine how much Jackson residents pay for water service if Jackson Water Manager Ted Henefin has his way.  WLBT reported December 12: 

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Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Hinds Deputy Seriously Injured

Hinds County Sheriff Tyree Jones issued the following statement. 

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Killer Executed

 The Mississippi Department of Corrections issued the following statement. 

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More Info Released on Murder of Bay St. Louis Police Officers

The Mississippi Department of Public Safety issued the following statement. 

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Supremes Revise Bar Admission Rules

The Mississippi Supreme Court issued the following statement. 

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Robert St. John: My 20 Favorite Christmas Songs

 Music has always been a huge part of my life. It surprises me that— in the 23 years I have occupied this weekly space— I have never written about music. I am such an ardent admirer of all genres of music I could have been writing a bi-weekly column for the past 23 years and would still have a mountain of songs, artists, and albums I haven’t covered yet.

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Two Police Officers Killed in Bay St. Louis

 The Mississippi Department of Public Safety issued the following statement. 

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Sid Salter: Two Presidents Ignored Marine Paul Whelan's Plight in Foreign Prison

The debate over the recent prisoner exchange that brought about the release of WNBA star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Britany Griner’s release from a Russian prison is yet another example of a polarized, divided America and of bedrock political disagreements that make the political middle ground a bridge too far.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Mardis Indicted for Aggravated Domestic Violence

A Rankin County grand jury indicted Todd Mardis last week for aggravated domestic violence in the brutal beating of his wife at their Flowood home in October. The indictment states: 

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Town Hall on New Rental Regs Thursday

 Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba issued the following statement. 

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Time to Shuck Daddy Coleman?

UMB Bank intends to completely shuck the Colemans after Express Grain ripped off the bank. The bank sued Dr. Michael Coleman for $38 million in U.S. District Court in Missouri on August 24.  Dr. Coleman owned 99% of Express Grain when the company collapsed last year.  

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Coach Leach Passes Away

 Mississippi State Football Coach Mike Leach passed away last night.  Hailstate.com issued the following statement: 

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Monday, December 12, 2022

Book 'Em, Danno

SBF may not be making his media tours for quite some time.  The Bahaman authorities issued the following statement: 

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Mayor's Weekly Briefing

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba is holding his weekly media briefing right now.  It is live-streamed below.  

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What is the Riddle of Steel?

The Riddle of Steel returns to the big screen this week at Malco & Tinseltown.  Nietzsche, Oliver Stone, Darth Vader, and Arnold, a combo that is hard to beat.  Showtimes are posted below.

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Critical Condition. (Updated)

 UMMC said Mississippi State Football Coach Mike Leach is in critical condition. The coach was airlifted to the hospital from Starkville last night.  Prayers for the Coach. 

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Bait No More

The Madison Police Department announced last week 11 dogs seized during an October traffic stop are now available for adoption.   Once meant to fight or serve as bait, these pups now look forward to a much better life.

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Sunday, December 11, 2022

Flashback: In Their Own Words (Metrocenter Edition)

It was nearly two years ago when Emily Seiferth-Sanders announced she bought Metrocenter for $10 million. JJ and WLBT did some digging and voila, we discovered she had been convicted of fraud several times in schemes that sounded eerily similar to the Metrocenter project. However, this being Jackson, no good deed goes unpunished. Facebook "celebrities" defended Sanders, due diligence be damned. WLBT viewers gave the tv station hell on Facebook and that is putting it mildly. See how well their comments have aged. Yours truly's comments are in italics.

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Burning Down the House

A fire broke out on Jefferson street north of High Street.  A reader sent these pictures of the fire.  The house was vacant although it housed several members of the non-home population.  

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When Humpty Dumpty Falls

What do woodpeckers, hogs, and Humpty Dumpty have to do with the Gospel?  The late Dr. Frank Pollard tied them all in together as he preached the Gospel in the 1994 sermon posted below.  Enjoy the Sunday Sermon. 

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Chase Ends in Shots Fired

 The Capitol Police issued the following statement. 

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Bill Crawford: McDaniel Almost Jumps in Again

 Get ready. Confrontational Sen. Chris McDaniel, the perennial might run candidate, has announced he may announce his candidacy for Lt. Governor. 

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Saturday, December 10, 2022

Doctor Suspended for Sexual Contact with Patient

 The Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure temporarily suspended the license of Dr. Reginald Rigsby of Madison  on November for engaging in sexual contact with a patient.  No hearing was held on the suspension. 

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D.L. Gardner: Costs & Consequences of Big Government

I like a lot of things Ronald Reagan said during his two terms in the White House. “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are ‘I'm from the government, and I'm here to help.’” He also said, “I hope we once again have reminded people that man is not free unless government is limited. There's a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: As government expands, liberty contracts.”

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Friday, December 9, 2022

Madison Busts Shoplifting Ring

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

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The Desoto Shuffle

 File this under things that make you go hmmm.  James "Jimbo" Fischer is supposed to have a hearing this morning in Desoto County Justice Court on his June arrest for alleged careless driving and disorderly conduct.   The word "supposed" is used because prosecutors jerked Fischer back and forth over the hearing.  

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Attempted Carjacking in the Heights

 The Capitol Police issued the following statement. 

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Thursday, December 8, 2022

Newall Goes to the Great Conjunction in the Sky

 Schoolhouse Rock composer George Newall passed away on November 30.  His cartoons were a staple of Saturday morning viewing.  A few episodes are posted below in his honor. 

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Still Hustling

 He might be in jail but the Polo-Napoleon-Cipher is still hustling away.....

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State Auditor Busts Hospital Clerk in $102,089 Embezzlement

 State Auditor Shad White issued the following statement. 

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Metrocenter Angel Arrested

The Metrocenter Angel might be cast into a good ole Mississippi prison.   Jefferson County prosecutors filed a motion to show cause against Emily Seifert-Sanders Tuesday in Jefferson County Circuit Court after she failed to pay the majority of her restitution in her fraud conviction ten years ago.  Adams County deputies arrested her after the motion was filed.  

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Madison Police Save Dogs from Dog-Fighting

 The Madison Police Department issued the following press release and dog pics. 

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Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Feds Indict Coleman in Express Grain Fraud

December 6 will always be remembered as a Date of Infamy for John Coleman.  FBI agents arrested John Coleman yesterday after a federal grand jury indicted the former Express Grain CEO for six counts of wire fraud in the company's collapse.  The arrest took place after the Attorney General also unsealed an indictment against him for fraud and making fraudulent statements yesterday.  


The state indictment accused him of stealing over $50 million from Mississippi farmers.  The company collapsed last year and filed bankruptcy.  Bankruptcy claims were approximately $200 million

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Robert St. John: Pass the Crackers (and the butter, and the slaw, and the Comeback), Please

Appetizers are often the most interesting part of a restaurant menu. I could live in the appetizer section, alone, and often do. There are several reasons for this. Starters are easier to develop. Center of the plate proteins need more focus, they cost more, and the gross profit is greater so more care needs to be taken when adding entrees to a menu. Starters are smaller in scale and scope, so chefs tend to spend more creative time developing them.

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ATL Man Gets Taste of Rankin Justice

Suspect struck deputy with car 

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement. 

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Sid Salter: Mizzou's New AG Learned Courtroom Ropes from Mississippi Grandfather

  Somewhere from a place high on God’s mountain, lifetime Neshoba County resident Hugh “Boots” Harpole is smiling and bragging about his grandson Andrew Bailey, the newly-minted attorney general of the State of Missouri.

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Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Jackson's Giraffe Dies

 The city of Jackson issued the following statement. 

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Indictment: Coleman Ripped Off Farmers for Over $50 Million

Attorney General Lynn Fitch issued the following statement. 

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State Auditor Finds Covid Relief Funds Misspent

State Auditor Shad White issued the following statement. 

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Prime Hypocrisy?

 Apparently some people think Coach Prime buffaloed the Jackson State University.  Check out the video making the social media rounds.

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Sentencing Scheduled for Papa Lane

 Will David Lane go to prison for his role in the HOA embezzlement scandal?  The U.S. District Court posted in the docket of U.S.A. v. David Luke Lane

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Water Town Hall Tomorrow Night

 The city of Jackson issued the following statement. 

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Monday, December 5, 2022

Apply for Free UMMC Dental Care

 Ruth Cumins authored the following press release for UMMC. 

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#Crimsonprivilege

 No, this post is not about Harvard.  

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Sunday, December 4, 2022

Coach Prime Lays Down the Law

 Coach Prime took the Buffalos by the horns today and spelled out the new reality for his new team.  Good luck to the player who dares bring a cell phone to a team meeting.   Coach Prime went old school as he told his new young charges he was going to run off the quitters.  Watch for yourself. 

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The Valley's Greatest Disaster

Elizabeth Holmes is going to a federal prison after ripping off investors in the Theranos fraud. Her dark wardrobe reflected the darkness of her soul as she lied and stole her way to a billionaire lifestyle only to see it all come crashing down once exposed to the sunlight.  It's a tale of how a one-time wonderkid manipulated the "best and brightest" out of billions and fawning media coverage. Cold Fusion tells the story of how she manipulated the "best and brightest" to perpetuate one of the largest corporate frauds in history in a short movie that is posted below. The movie is not a bad way to catch up on the scandal.  Enjoy. 


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Talking to Your Plate

There is power in numbers and that applies to prayer, right? Prayer groups, prayer lists, prayer chains, you get the idea, right? Well, maybe not.  The late Dr. Frank Pollard disagreed with such in the 1994 sermon posted below.  Watch his take on the power of prayer.  Click on the little three dots next to the share button and you can read the transcript that automatically follows the sermon.  Enjoy. 

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Bill Crawford: Constitution Limits Coach Contracts to 4 Years

 In 1997 Ole Miss athletic director Pete Boone came up with a scheme to offer head football coach Tommy Tuberville a 10-year contract. The athletic foundation would fund and guarantee the contract to get around the state’s four-year employment contract limit. 

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Saturday, December 3, 2022

He Gone!

 Coach Prime will coach at the University of Colorado next year.  He broke the news to his team at an off-campus meeting this evening and posted it on Instagram. 

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The Return of the Skeksis

The magic of Jim Henson returns as The Dark Crystal appears on the big screen at Malco and Tinseltown next week.

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Wanted: Crystal Springs Killers

 Police are hunting two Jackson men wanted for the murder of a convenience store clerk in Crystal Springs.  The Crystal Springs Police Department posted the following videos and statements on Facebook. 

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Will He Stay or Will He Go?

 ESPN reports Coach Prime will be going to Colorado: 

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Friday, December 2, 2022

Canton Corruption Update: Who is J.M.?

 Who is "J.M." in the Canton Corruption case? The indictments of Rudy Warnock and Cleve Anderson state:

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EPA IG Investigates Spending on Jackson Water System

 The Office of Inspector General at the Environmental Protection Agency issued the following statement. 

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Wicker Calls Out Red Snapper Reductions

 Senator Roger Wicker issued the following statement. 

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Homicide at JSU (Updated)

 A homicide took place at Jackson State University.  Multiple law enforcement agencies as well as the Hinds County Coroner are on the scene.  More information will be posted when it becomes available. 

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Flashback Friday: Morgan Freeman Edition

 The things an up and coming actor will do when young. ;-). 

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$400,000 for Water Boss

The feds are paying a nice price for Jackson's new water bosses..   U.S. District Judge Henry Wingate approved an interim order that pays Jackson Water Interim Third Party Grand Poobah Ted Henifin $400,000 per year as part of a $3 million dollar operating budget that is funded by an EPA grant. 

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Thursday, December 1, 2022

Child Molester Sentenced to 20 Years

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

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Idiot of the Day

 Hmmm...... what do you do if you find a deer sleeping in your driveway? 

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Mayor Welcomes Water Takeover

 The city of Jackson issued the following statement. 

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The Ballad of Rudy & Cleve Continues

 A resolute Rudy Warnock pleaded and Canton Alderman Cleveland Anderson pleaded not guilty to corruption charges at their initial appearance yesterday in U.S. District Court.  

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Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Favre Blames Phil, Wants Clawback Suit Tossed

 This post is a reprint of Anna Wolfe's story that appeared in Mississippi Today Monday. 

Former NFL quarterback Brett Favre nagged former Gov. Phil Bryant for help funding a new volleyball facility at his alma mater and a pharmaceutical start-up he had invested in.

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Court Enters Consent Decree

 U.S. District Judge Henry Wingate entered the stipulated order i.e. consent decree in United States v. City of Jackson yesterday.  The order stops the complaint filed against the city yesterday. 

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Bigger Pie Forum: Where the Smart Money Goes

The legislature met in special session last week and voted $247 million in state incentives (sweeteners) for Steel Dynamics’ new $2.5 billion recycled aluminum plant and other investments.  The plant is to be built in The Golden Triangle. (Starkville-Columbus-West Point area) in Northeast Mississippi.  The justification for the incentives is jobs, related investments, and other economic multiplier effects.

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DHS Provides Medicare Enrollment Assistance

 The Department of Human Services issued the following statement. 

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Robert St. John: My Favorite Season

 It has been said that the four seasons in Mississippi are— almost summer, summer, still summer, and Christmas. I have friends who believe that the four seasons in Mississippi are— dove season, duck season, deer season, and turkey season. There are also people who would argue football season, basketball season, baseball season, and football pre-season. 

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Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Governor Comments on Consent Decree

 Lord Protector Tate Reeves issued the following statement. 

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Manager to Take Full Control of Jackson Water System & Billing

Water Tsar has full power to "adjust" rates. 

The EPA submitted a proposed consent decree to the U.S. District Court in Jackson for approval.  The EPA filed an enforcement action against the city of Jackson for its failure to properly maintain its water system over the last several years.  

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EPA Files Proposed Consent Decree

 The Justice Department issued the following statement. 

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Ridgeland Police Seeking Business Burglar

The Ridgeland Police Department issued the following statement.

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Prime Buffalo?

 Coach Prime confirmed the University of Colorado offered him its head football coach  job during a weekly press conference yesterday. However, the JSU Head Football Coach said Colorado was not the only school trying to hire him away from JSU.   

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Monday, November 28, 2022

The Return of the Freeze

 Auburn hired you-know-who as its next head football coach.  Sports Illustrated reported:

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Court Testimony: Child Lured to Vacant House Where Killed

A horrific story of savagery unfolded today in Jackson Municipal Court during the initial appearances for suspects accused of killing a 12 year-old boy.   

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No Comment

 And..... This car can be yours...... If the price is right!

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Reed Tries to Use Tarrio's Death to Get Out of Jail

Chauncey Reed is trying to use JPD Sergeant Mike Tarrio's death as a get out of jail free card.  Reed's attorney Kevin Camp filed a motion to dismiss Reed's indictment for first degree murder and attempted murder of a law enforcement officer ten days ago in Hinds County Circuit Court.  

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Ready to Get Drunk?

 It's that time of year and you know what it means: It's time for my award-winning egg nog recipe:

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Time for Some New Blood

Out with the old, in with the new, right? 

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Sunday, November 27, 2022

JPD: 12 Year Old Killed in Russian Roulette

Suspects are 14 years old. 

JPD issued the following statement. 

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Miracle of the Day

A man fell overboard on a Carnival Cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico.  Such episodes usually end in tragedy but not this time.  The Coast Guard found him alive and well after he tread water for probably 15 hours.  Watch the rescue. 

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Pancakes & Mirrors

Giving is a topic often avoided in church but the late Dr. Frank Pollard used the parable of the Nazi mirror to illustrate how giving relates to sharing and trust.  Enjoy the 1994 sermon posted below.   

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Bill Crawford: Hospital Closures Now, Universities Next?

 “What’s your plan: to watch Rome burn and to let hospitals close?” a Louisiana healthcare expert asked regarding Mississippi’s hospital crisis. 

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Saturday, November 26, 2022

Dumbass of the Day

This video aged really well.  Chicago Mercantile Exchange CEO Terry Duffy called out the FTX fraud at a Congressional hearing back in May. He told SBF he was a "fraud" to his face back in May. However, this is Congress where no good deed goes unpunished. Big tech's stooge, Representative Ro Khanna (He is not a Star Wars character)* threatened him with criminal prosecution as he accused him of, get this, lying to Congress. You can't make this up.

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D.L. Gardner: A Call to Thanksgiving

There was a time in America when the legislative branch and the executive branch in our federal government agreed to proclaim a day of thanksgiving and prayer to Almighty God. On October 3, 1789, President George Washington made that proclamation.

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Friday, November 25, 2022

How Polo Was Caught

Posted below is a story that fell through the cracks.  It happens.  William "Napoleon" "Polo" "The Cipher" Edwards waits for his reckoning with justice behind bars after he was accused of killing Bobby Davis on May 1 in Clinton.  His preliminary hearing on October 5 in Hinds County Circuit Court yielded a great deal of information about the case.  JJ purchased the transcript and posted it below.  If interested in the case, the transcript is worth reading. 

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Canton Corruption Update: Gilkey & Grant Plead Guilty

Posted below are the plea agreements for Canton Alderman Eric Gilkey and former Canton Alderman Andrew Grant.  Both men pleaded guilty to one count of general conspiracy.  A federal grand jury indicted Rudolphus Warnock, Eric Gilkey, Cleveland Anderson, and Andrew Grant for conspiracy to commit bribery and fraud as they allegedly worked together to rip off Canton Municipal Utilities.  The grand jury indicted the defendants on December 8, 2021 but the indictments were not unsealed until Monday after a change of plea hearing was held for Gilkey and Grant.  More than a few people are following this case so the plea agreements are posted for their benefit. 

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Thursday, November 24, 2022

Ghosts of Thanksgivings Past Still Haunt

Do you think this guy still has nightmares of that Thanksgiving Day? 

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Do You want to Kill?

Do you want to eat dead, burnt bodies? 

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Don't Try This at Home

 or funny of the day.   Someone complained about not covering Elizabeth Holmes. Well, here ya go.

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More Turmoil at the Airport

The pictures on the photographic merry-go-round at the Jackson Municipal Airport are going to need some changing after this week.  A commissioner quit after he was caught living in Rankin County while Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba did not renew the term of another commissioner.  WLBT reported last night: 

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Calling out the FTX Fraud

 While the media makes excuses for SBF (Looking at you, Forbes and NYT), Coffeezilla uses the F word in his latest breakdown of the FTX scandal.  

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Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Funny of the Day

 What happens when a California couple moves to Texas? 

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Coverup for Targeting Trooper?

The coverup culture continues at the Mississippi Highway Patrol.  Unfortunately, it appears James Fischer is the latest victim of troublesome troopers protected by MHP brass.  MHP has no arrest report for James Fischer even though dashcam video showed Trooper Jason Young arrested Fischer and impounded his vehicle on June 14 in Desoto County.  It is not known if Fischer had to wear an iron mask. 

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Update on Canton Corruption Case

 The Justice Department issued a press release on the indictments of several Canton aldermen and Rudy Warnock last night.  The press release is posted below.  Comments are closed on this post.  Comment on the earlier post if you feel the need to do so.

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Robert St. John: Home is Where the Realized Nouns Are

L. Frank Baum nailed it when he penned the line, “There’s no place like home,” in his novel about the man behind the green curtain in land of Oz. Five truer words may never have been spoken. Home is where our lives grow fuller and richer. It’s one of the main sources of joy for me.

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Sid Salter: Jailing Mental Patients is an Old Problem that Remains "Unacceptable" in Mississippi

 Mississippi remains the focus of a 2016 U.S. Justice Department lawsuit which alleges, among other things, that the state “violates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA) by failing to provide adults with mental illness with necessary integrated, community-based mental health services.”

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Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Rukiah's Friends Call for Troops in Jackson

 You can't make this up.  Sistah Rukia and her friends called for the use of federal troops to force the state to pay for all repairs to Jackson's water and sewer infrastructure at a rally yesterday.  WAPT reported: 

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Governor Ends Jackson Emergency

 Governor Tate Reeves issued the following statement. 

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Straight Talk in Prime Time

 Coach Prime had a few words to say to his young charges before they took off for the holiday.....

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Belhaven Carjackings End in Death

 The Capitol Police Department issued the following statement. 

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Will Ten Mills Save a Hospital?

 This post is reprinted with permission of the Taxpayers Channel (Greenwood). 

At today's special meeting, the Board of Supervisors heard statements from GLH CEO Gary Marchand, Mr. Sam Odle (the consultant hired by the board), Congressman Bennie Thompson, State Senator David Jordan, and State Legislator Solomon Osborne.

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Expansion Coming to State Route 25

 The Mississippi Department of Transportation issued the following statement. 

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Monday, November 21, 2022

Rudy Warnock & Canton Alderman Indicted

A federal grand jury indicted Rudolphus Warnock, Eric Gilkey, Cleveland Anderson, and Andrew Grant of conspiracy to commit bribery and fraud as they allegedly worked together to loot Canton Municipal Utilities.    

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Ed Board Names Tar Heel State Superintendent

Link to Dr. Taylor's bio.

The Mississippi Department of Education issued the following statement. 

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Cedric Cornelius Pleads Guilty in Toni Johnson Case

Hinds County District Attorney Jody Owens issued the following statement. 

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The Clown Comes After UMMC

The Clown is on the prowl and this time has UMMC in his cross-hairs.  Former UMMC police officer Douglas Yates sued UMMC and several campus security officials in U.S. District  Court Thursday for race discrimination and retaliation after he became separated from the hospital earlier this year.  Grenada attorney Carlos Moore represents the Grenada resident.  

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No Pain, No Gain, Right?

 Sometimes it is painful to update the resume but it must be done.  

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Sunday, November 20, 2022

Dixie National Rodeo Tix On Sale

 The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce issued the following statement. 

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Ouch!

It appears the Aggies have had enough. 

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Compassion v. Sentimentality

Is failure truly failure or is it a sifting? The late Dr. Frank Pollard pondered this question in the 1994 sermon posted below.  Enjoy.  

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Bill Crawford: Can State Really Afford Income Tax Cut?

 As expected, the top priority in Gov. Tate Reeve’s proposed budget for FY 2024 was elimination of the state income tax. The Governor noted that “Mississippi now has the 5th lowest marginal tax rate in the entire nation,” but apparently that is not good enough. “Mississippi must take further steps to remain competitive and to attract new investments to the state,” he said.

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Saturday, November 19, 2022

Love Triangle Ends in Death & Prison

 Hinds County District Attorney Jody Owens issued the following statement. 

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ABA Group Votes to Drop LSAT Requirement

 The American Bar Association issued the following statement. 

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Execution Scheduled for December

 The Mississippi Supreme Court scheduled the execution of Thomas Loden, Jr. for December 14.  Loden raped and murdered a 16 year-old girl on her way home from work in 2000. 

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D.L. Gardner: Where Does Hope Come From?

 Over the past 3 to 4 years many of my Christian friends have summarized our conversations saying, “Come, Lord Jesus!” Some might see that as a sign of hope, while others, particularly secular friends would see that as a sign of hopelessness. Frankly, I see it as a sincerely hopeful sign. Maranatha!

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Friday, November 18, 2022

We Report, You Decide: Extortion or Bribery?

 Remember that $600 million hack of FTX that recently took place? Well, it turns out the Bahamas government and SBF were behind the hack.  FTX CEO filed a motion to transfer the FTX bankruptcy cases to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware yesterday.  The Court approved the transfer this morning.  Although the motion attracted little attention, there are some real nuggets of information in the filing: 

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Pelahatchie Pig Lady to Pay Up in Fraud Case

The Pelahatchie Pig Lady, aka Cheri Bowen, will pay the SEC an amount to be determined at a later date after the agency sued her for participating in a ponzi scheme.  The ponzi scheme involved the selling of bogus cryptocurrency.

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Woman Gets JPD Help After Complaining on Social Media

 A woman's son was carjacked in Jackson two days ago.  Unable to get help from JPD, she took to the pages of where else but Facebook: 

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Update on Grandfather Shooting

Byram police arrested a grandfather for shooting his grandson several times earlier this week.  However, BPD refused to release the name of the suspect because it was "domestic violence."  The suspect is Julian Lafrance.  

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Thursday, November 17, 2022

Screwing Each Other While Screwing Everyone

 Was FTX merely a playpen for children to play with other people's money?  Newly-annointed FTX CEO John Ray, III filed a rather damning report with the bankruptcy court in Delaware this morning.  The report makes clear the FTX companies were nothing more than piggy banks for SBF and his favored few.  Some highlights are: 

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30 Years for Hotel Rapist

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

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Let the Games Begin (Updated)

 The Jackson City Council is meeting right now about the proposed consent decree.  It is streamed below.  Watch but don't listen.  

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Get Your Message up in Lights

The Mississippi Department of Transportation issued the following statement. 


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Stokes Balks on Proposed EPA Consent Decree

 The Jackson City Council is supposed to vote on an EPA consent decree for the city's water system but there is just one problem: the City Council has not yet seen the decree.  WJTV reported last night:

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Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Curb Your Crypto

Worldcom, Enron, Lehman Brothers, and....... FTX.   Don't understand what is going on in the FTX implosion? Check out Coffeezilla's breakdown of the FTX takedown.  

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Madison Police Catch Escapee

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

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Grandfather Shoots Grandson

 The Byram Police Department issued the following statement. 

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Robert. St. John: Restaurantsick!

BARBERINO-TAVARNELLE, TUSCANY— Yesterday I was having a conversation with one of my travel guests who was talking about being homesick when she was sent to camp as an eight-year-old. I tried to remember a time, over the past 61 years, when I might have been homesick. I have a vague memory of visiting some cousins in the Washington D.C. area, when I was six or seven, and not wanting to spend the night there. It had nothing to do with them. They are wonderful people, it's just that I was missing my mom and brother who were staying across town with my aunt and uncle.

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Cox Pleads Guilty to Agg. Domestic Violence

 Former MHP Trooper Todd Cox  was sentenced to three years in prison after he pleaded guilty to aggravated domestic violence and felony evasion on November 9 in Rankin County Circuit Court.

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Sid Salter: Gunn’s Successful Tenure as House Speaker Marked by Flag Change, Medicaid stance

 Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn’s GOP Caucus announcement that he was not seeking re-election in 2023 brings to a close a tenure as the state’s first Republican leader of the House of Representatives since Reconstruction.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Idiots of the Day.

 Good job, Kentucky Fried Chicken, good job.  You can't make this up.  The New York Times reported: 

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Express Grain Still Owes Bank $35.8 Million

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In the ongoing saga of the bankruptcy of Express Grain Terminals and its companion companies, Express Processing and Express Biodiesel (together, "EG"), new details have emerged regarding the money that UMB Bank has lost in the whole debacle.

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Canton Killer Convicted

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

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Will He or Won't He?

Is State Senator Christopher McDaniel going to run for Lieutenant Governor? 

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Mayor Asks for More Time

 Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba wants the state to support the Jackson water system for a little while longer.  Mayor Lumumba asked Governor Reeves in an email yesterday:  

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Monday, November 14, 2022

AG Gets $6 Million in Google Tracking Settlement

Attorney Generalissimo Lynn Fitch issued the following statement.

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Lawsuit Seeks to Ban Abortion in Mississippi

 The Mississippi Institute for Justice issued the following statement. 

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PIT Stops in Pearl

 The city of Pearl got some new hardware for police chases. 

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The Return of the Epps

Former MDOC Commissioner Chris Epps may be gone off to prison but he is not forgotten.  CNBC's American Greed focuses on the Chris Epps scandal tomorrow night.  The preview is posted below. 

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State Auditor Demands $1.9 Million from Prison Management Co.

State Auditor Shad White issued the following statement. 

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Who is Worthy?

 Many try but few are chosen.  Who is worthy?

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Sunday, November 13, 2022

Recap: Low Key Edition

 Enjoy Chris Fowler's  rather low key recap of college football last night as more chaos entered the college football world yesterday. 

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How to Have it All

Asking for love and only getting beef liver was the theme of this 1994 sermon presented by Dr. Frank Pollard of First Baptist Church (Jackson).  The late preachers preached on how to have it all through giving, not taking.  Dr. Pollard even recited a Charlie Brown scene.  Enjoy. 

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Bill Crawford: To Catch or not Catch Cheaters

 During lunch at the North Jackson Rotary Club last Tuesday, State Auditor Shad White talked of his agency’s efforts to catch people who steal taxpayers’ money, a la Nancy New and the TANF scandal. 

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Saturday, November 12, 2022

Flashback: The Tables are Turned

Regionalization for the various water and sewer systems in the Jackson metro area has been discussed as a possible solution for Jackson's water problems.  Mississippi Today's Geoffrey Pender reported in September

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Child Molester on the Run

Hinds County District Attorney Jody Owens issued the following statement.

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D.L. Garner: What are the Most Important Things in our Lifetimes?

Reading through columns from the fall of 2020 before that year’s election, I hoped to get some ideas about what to write this week. What a hoot! A column in September was titled “Most important election in our lifetimes.” In October, “Censoring for the good of the people.” In November a few days before the election, “What if the LEFT wins,” and after the election, “The new standard.”

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Friday, November 11, 2022

Back to the Table

Get ready for some action.  The John Wick 4 trailer dropped. 

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Ode to a Downtown Driver

His eyes were absent of fear as he sped past for the third time in his pilfered Jackson police cruiser, almost oblivious to the chain of screaming squad cars following like flies after a Chicago meat wagon.

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Trooper: "I'm Going to See This M********** Today"

Did MHP Trooper Jason Young retaliate against James Fischer for his Facebook posts about the trooper?  Fischer created a Facebook page about the trooper after Young cited him for careless driving and impounded his vehicle.  A few months later, the trooper said "I'm going to see this mother****** today" and see him he did as he arrested Fischer and impounded his vehicle.  JJ reported on this case earlier this week but dug deeper and discovered some rather disturbing facts. 

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Thursday, November 10, 2022

CHASE!

 You can't make this up.  A homeless man stole a JPD cruiser in front of the King Edward Hotel tonight.  He led at least a dozen police cars on a nice little chase after he spun around a few times on Capitol Street. A video of a part of the chase is posted below. The chase ended when he crashed on Woodrow Wilson by the McDonald's. 

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Government is Coming to Gluckstadt

The city of Gluckstadt issued the following statement. 

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Suspect in UMMC Carjacking Caught (Updated)

The Capitol Police nabbed a suspect in the assault and carjacking of a UMMC employee in the hospital parking lot.  Good job, woof, woof.

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Large Water Main Breaks on Fortification Street

 The city of Jackson issued the following statement. 

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Prison Guard Pleads Guilty to Covid Relief Fraud

 The Justice Department issued the following statement. 

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Wednesday, November 9, 2022

UMC Employee Assaulted

 The University of Mississippi Medical Center issued the following email to its employees today. 

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Gunn Gone

 Speaker of the House Philip Gunn issued the following statement. 

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Bedwetter Alert

 Sometimes everyone really does get a trophy.....

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Barbara Dunn Passes Away

 The family of former Hinds County Circuit Clerk Barbara Dunn issued the following statement. 

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Robert St. John: RSJ's Tuscan Top Ten

Barberino-Tavarnelle, Tuscany— For the past 11 years I have spent considerable time in this region. Specifically in the two towns of Barberino and Tavarnelle in the Tuscan countryside exactly halfway between Florence and Siena.

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Mayor Begs President for Help

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba asked President Joe Biden to extend Jackson's state of emergency for its water system for another six months in a November 3 letter. 

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Sid Salter: Election Spending Approaches $10 Billion to sway Control of Congress

 The 2022 midterm congressional political advertising spend is projected at over $9.7 billion, up from the $5.95 billion spent in the 2020 congressional election cycle. The tracking was reported by AdImpact Politics.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Sheriff Catches Arson Suspect

 Hinds County Sheriff Tyree Jones announced on Facebook: 

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JPD Seeking Arson Suspect

 JPD issued the following statement. 

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Lock & Load

 An escape is in progress at the Raymond Detention Center.  Several agencies have been called in to assist with drones and dogs. 

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IORT Surgery Beats Cancer, Spares Healthy Tissue

 Ruth Cumins authored the following press release for UMC. 

Geremias Lux Pu has battled cancer over and over, but that hasn’t diminished his will to live and resolve to kick the disease as many times as it takes.

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Mardis Case Update

Todd Mardis attempt to seek therapy at a swanky spa in Houston several weeks ago failed when Rankin County Court Judge David Morrow rejected his request to leave the state of Mississippi for the treatment.   Flowood police charged him with aggravated domestic violence in the brutal beating of his wife in October.  He remains free on a $750,000 bond but can not leave the state without the Court's permission.  Dr. Alyssa Killibrew  recommended his treatment at the facility to the Court.  His motion to modify the conditions of the release stated: 

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Will Epps Get out of Prison?

 Surprise, surprise. Disgraced former MDOC Commissioner Chris Epps wants to get out of prison.  Epps filed a motion for compassionate release last year.  U.S. District Judge Henry Wingate will hold a hearing on December 1.  The court docket states: 

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Monday, November 7, 2022

Dominate!

 Coach Prime was not happy with a 21-7 halftime lead Saturday against Texas Southern.  Nope. Not happy at all.

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Tate & Thompson Trade Blows over Jackson's Water System

If Mississippi Congressman Bennie Thompson thought he could intimidate Governor Tate Reeves with a congressional investigation he is sorely mistaken as the Governor took off the gloves and put on the brass knuckles as he responded to the Congressman's attempt to place the all blame of Jackson's water system collapse at the feet of state government.

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Mayor Holds Regular Press Conference

 Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba is holding his weekly press conference right now.  The presser is streamed below.

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Dismembered Body Found

 JPD issued the following statement. 

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The Case of the (Alleged) Targeting Trooper

Is Trooper Jason Young a power-hungry cop or a pursuer of justice? A video making the rounds accuses the MHP trooper of targeting a driver in Desoto County because he dared to complain on Facebook about a ticket he received.  The video is posted below. 

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When Hope Yields to Despair

It is important to know that when despair replaces all hope, there are still people who care about you. 

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Sunday, November 6, 2022

Funny of the Day

The Pirate apparently had enough last night.

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After Further Review

Helluva game last night but the Tigers prevailed in overtime on a gutsy call. Check out Fowler and Herbstreit's more relaxed recap of college football yesterday on the plane last night.   Now will SEC Shorts actually do something about the Aggies? The implosion is comedy gold.  

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The Real Thing Rubs Off

What do seeds, light, aliens, and funny money have to do with each other? Watch below as the late Dr. Frank Pollard (First Baptist Jackson) tied them all together in the 1994 sermon.  The sermon starts with some promotion about missions so start at 8:00. Enjoy.  

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Bill Crawford: Can Common Sense Win Again?

 So it comes to a head once again. Earlier this year common sense won over nonsense when the Legislature chose not to fully eliminate personal income taxes. Instead, it moved to phase out the 4% tax bracket plus a few other changes.

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Saturday, November 5, 2022

Funny of the Day

 This young dude named Chappelle just might make it big one day.

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MDEQ Awards $35.6 Million to Jackson for Water/Sewer Projects

The city of Jackson will get some desperately needed funds for its water and sewer system.   The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality awarded $35.6 million in ARPA funds to five water and two sewer projects in Jackson yesterday. 

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D.L. Gardner: Freedom of Speech is not a Loser

America is a fighting nation. Candidates promise to fight for constituents. Lawyers promise to fight for clients. Whole organizations have been created to fight for or against whatever. We fight for some things, and we fight against other things. Why? We fight to win!

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Friday, November 4, 2022

UMC W/Draws GLH Offer

 This post is reprinted with the permission of the Taxpayers Channel (Greenwood). 

A few moments ago, Greenwood Leflore Hospital announced that UMMC has terminated and withdrawn from negotiations to lease the hospital and operate it going forward.

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Jackson Losing More Water Customers?

 More and more major customers are leaving Jackson's sputtering water system.  WAPT reported: 

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JPD Seeks Help from Ole Miss

 The Jackson Police Department is participating in a study at the Center of Evidence-Based Policing & Reform at Ole Miss.  The video posted below even includes an introduction by none other than Morgan Freeman.  Yes, The Voice even got involved in the project. The short video shows where JPD is going.  Check it out.

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JSU Enrollment Surges

Jackson State University issued the following statement. 

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PERS Continues to Weather the Storm

The financial markets continued to batter PERS as its investments were -5.2% in the first quarter of the 2023 fiscal year.  PERS suffered a -8.5 rate of return for FY 2022. 

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Thursday, November 3, 2022

Thieves Hit Vehicle of Coach Prime's Son

Apparently no vehicle is safe in Jackson, not even one belonging to JSU "royalty."  Thieves broke into Shilo Sanders' vehicle that was parked right outside the JSU football practice facility yesterday evening.  Young Sanders discussed it with his father and showed the damage in the video posted below.   

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20 Years for Shooting Fibbie

The Justice Department issued the following press release. 

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Hubigs are Coming

Great news.  Hubig Pies are one step closer to becoming a reality again and yes, they will be available for sale online.  WWL reported on the return of the New Orleans favorite:

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Ex-NFL Player Indicted Again

 The downward spiral continues for former NFL player Quinton Culberson.  A Hinds County grand jury indicted him in October for burglary of a church, business burglary, grand larceny, and auto burglary.  The charges are just one more episode in a string of arrests and substance abuse problems over the last ten years.  

 

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Atticus Returns

 To Kill a Mockingbird.  No words are needed to describe the Hollywood classic.  Although you've watched it for years on your tv screens, you have a chance to see it on the big screen for (in my best tv used car salesman voice) for two days only.  Showtimes are posted below.

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Studio 7 Gets Lucky

 One step forward, two steps back is the best way to describe Jackson's effort to shut down a dilapidated hotel on I-55 frontage road in North Jackson.   WLBT reported:

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Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Legislature Passes Project

 Governor Tate Reeves issued the following press release. 

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Open Enrollment Opens for ACA Marketplace

 Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney issued the following statement. 

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UMC to Greenwood-Leflore Hospital: Pay Up

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Today, the city council heard from Tray Hairston, a financing attorney from Butler Snow.

Mr. Hairston came to explain the way that the city could finance the $4.5 million that it has to pay in order to repair the hospital, and to pay off the multi-million dollar short term loan to the hospital from Medicare.

GLH is practically broke, and may well have to shut down completely by the end of November. The city and county have been negotiating with UMMC for a friendly takeover, but several "deal breakers" have arisen. Now UMMC is demanding that the city and county pay for $9.1 million in repairs and Medicare loan repayments, since UMMC isn't responsible for them.

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Dick Hall Passes

 The Mississippi Department of Transportation issued the following statement. 

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Robert St. John: The Second Love

BARBERINO-TAVARNELLE, ITALY— Is it possible that one can fall in love with a town? I love my hometown of Hattiesburg, Mississippi— deeply— and can’t see myself living anywhere else. Ever. But I am a sixth-generation citizen in that part of the world. My roots are deep there. My history is long there. My businesses are there. Most of my family and friends are there. I didn’t fall in love with it. I’ve always loved it. To fall in love with a place one wants to travel to, time and time again, is rare to my thinking.

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YOU Can Design the New State License Plate

 Governor Tate Reeves issued the following statement. 

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Sid Salter: Flawed & Human, Jerry Lee Lewis Significantly Impacted American Pop Culture

 When I learned that Jerry Lee Lewis, the volatile rock-and-roll legend who lived most of his life in Nesbit, Mississippi, had died at the age of 87 last week, I opened YouTube and searched for The Killer’s 1977 rendition of an old Sonny Throckmorton song I know by heart called “Middle Age Crazy” about a man foolishly trying to hold on to his youth.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Choose Wisely

 Hope and change, Hope and change.....

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Brandon Man Arrested for Witness Tampering in Domestic Violence Case

Rankin County deputies arrested a former MHP trooper for witness tampering.  Violating a no-contact order, Todd Cox tried several times to get his wife to drop aggravated domestic violence charges she filed against him in May.  

Cox listens to Judge Morrow
 

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"You Have to Change to Expect Change"

 Coach Prime used the shooting death of rapper Takeoff to teach his team some valuable lessons.   Check out what he had to say as he laid down the law on his young charges. 

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Judge Reeves Appoints Jail Receiver

 U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves appointed Wendell France, Sr. to be the Receiver of the Raymond Detention Center yesterday.  Judge Reeves took over the jail in June after he ruled Hinds County was not capable of managing the facility.

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DHS Busts More Fraud

 The Department of Human Services issued the following statement. 

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Monday, October 31, 2022

He Got Swag!

 What can you say? 

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Church Admits to Sex Abuse

Broadmoor Baptist Church posted the following message about a former youth minister on its website.

As your Lead Pastor and the Church Council of Broadmoor Baptist Church, we need to bring to you a matter of great importance, and great grief.

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It's Time for the Monday March

 The professional beggars will be out in force downtown today.  One Voice issued the following press release: 

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Mayor Briefing

Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba is briefing the media right now.  The press conference is streamed below.

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Gov Calls Special Session for $2.5 Billion Project

 Lord Protector Tate Reeves issued the following statement. 

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Company Busted for Insurance Fraud

 Insurance Commish Michael Chaney issued the following statement. 

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$6.5 Million Verdict Against UMC for Wrongful Termination

A former UMC resident physician won a $6.5 million verdict against his former  for wrongful termination earlier this month in federal court.

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Boo!

 What happens when Peyton's Place meets Halloween? 

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Sunday, October 30, 2022

Buzzkilling Halloween

No one likes a scold and Bill Maher is no different as he defended of all things.  Halloween.  The Real Time host took on Buzzkill, er, make that Buzzfeed and its war on Halloween.   Enjoy the takedown. 

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The Price of Rebellion

The sermon is short but the message is long as the late Dr. Frank Pollard preached on escaping the bondage of rebellion in the 1994 sermon posted below. More than a few preachers could learn from him how to say so much in so little time.  Enjoy. 

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Bill Crawford: Agency Leaders Need Leg.'s Help

State Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney asked the Legislature for help after breaking off mediation efforts between the University of Mississippi Medical Center and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi. Chaney called “horrendous” the complaints his office has gotten from affected patients. “It’s deplorable that the citizens of our state are being used as pawns to settle this dispute,” he said.

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Saturday, October 29, 2022

Vehicles Vandalized

 Why we can't have nice things.  Today was a great day for Jackson but some knuckleheads just could not leave well enough alone.  WLBT reported: 

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Mission Accomplished

 Check out the delivery of the game balls this morning at Memorial Stadium. 

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Covid-19 Origins: Investigating a Complex & Grave Situation Inside a Wuhan Lab

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Toy Reid has always had a gift for languages — one that would carry him far from what he calls his “very blue-collar” roots in Greenville, South Carolina. In high school, Spanish came easily. At nearby Furman University, where he became the first person in his family to attend college, he studied Japanese. Then, “clueless but curious,” as he puts it, he channeled his fascination with the Dalai Lama into a master’s degree in East Asian philosophy and religion at Harvard. Along the way, he picked up Khmer, the national language of Cambodia, and achieved fluency in Chinese.

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D.L. Gardner: Mandates & Liability Shields

 Mandatory Covid-19 vaccines are back in the news again. I know. Seems like just yesterday science was trying to decide whether to wear masks, how far to distance ourselves from others, and promoting elbow bumps over handshakes. Following the science from the Spring of 2020 on has been a bumpy ride with very mixed results at best. 

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Friday, October 28, 2022

Tate Calls Chokwe's Bluff

 Governor Tate Reeves issued the following statement. 

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CL: How Jackson's Water System Failed

 As Jackson's water system drowned, most reporters covering the story stayed in the shallow end of the pool as they repeated tired narratives requiring little analysis or research. The Clarion-Ledger dove into the deep end  and came up with a damn good story.  Surprised? Yours truly was too until he saw the bylines.  

Gannett's Investigations Editor Emily Le Coz spearheaded team of three reporters.  Ah..., Emily Le Coz, that explains the thoroughness of the article.  She had the downtown beat at the Clarion-Ledger ten years ago and definitely knows where some bodies are buried. The veteran reporter shook off the rust, turned back the clock, and gave a sorely needed lesson in reporting to the Jackson (and national) media.  Article.

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Bedwetter Alert

 The Chief Twit took over Twitter yesterday and heads are already rolling.  A video of one experience made it to the internet. Enjoy. 

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ACT Scores Hold Steady

Local schools improve!

The Mississippi Department of Education issued the following statement. 

The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) has released ACT results for the spring 2022 statewide administration of the ACTto all public high school juniors.

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Behind Closed Doors: Greenwood Edition

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With Greenwood Leflore Hospital apparently taking its last gasps, city, county, and hospital officials still stubbornly refuse to provide transparency and openness to citizens and journalists about the lease proposal submitted by UMMC.

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Thursday, October 27, 2022

His Watch has Ended

 JPD Sergeant Michael Tarrio was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident near Battlefield Park this afternoon.  He was off-duty.  

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Gameday Arrives!

Gameday is HERE!

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Zoning Change Sought in The Fondren

 A realtor wants to change the zoning of several properties in the Fondren from R-1 to NMU-1.  The properties are at the intersection of Council Circle and North State Street.  The zoning application is posted below.  The Planning Board will review the application at its 1:30 PM meeting today. 

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Throwback Thursday: Harvey's Time Bomb Blows Up

 This post was first published on August 21, 2018.  It is a perfect example of how former Mayor Harvey Johnson wrecked Jackson finances with time-delayed fuses.  Mr. Bingham is serving four months in federal prison for defrauding Rolling Fork on a bond deal. 

Harvey Johnson's ticking time bomb finally blew up.  Mayor Johnson loved to brag how he was able to balance his budget without raising taxes or laying off any employees despite enduring the Great Recession.  Unfortunately for Mayor Lumumba and Jackson itself, Mr. Johnson did so with crazy bond deals that paid a great deal of cash up front - and stuck later administrations with the bill.

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Halloween Extravaganza at Farmers Market Saturday

AgCommish Andrew Gipson issued the following statement. 

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Byram Man Arrested for 4th DUI

 A Hinds County grand jury indicted Byram resident Corey Mathis in July for his fourth DUI since 2016. Mathis was already free on bond for misdemeanor domestic violence charges when indicted.  

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Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Former Governor Barbour Injured in Wreck

 The Mississippi Department of Public Safety issued the following statement. 

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Hal & Mal's: SOLD!

 Malcolm White issued the following statement. 

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Bedwetter Alert

Respect the Headcount!!!

Elon Musk is supposed to close the Twitter deal Friday.  Twitter stakeholders, er make that employees, sent him a list of demands.  Demands, not requests.  Check out the list.  You can't make this up.  

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Man Convicted of Beating FIL w/ Baseball Bat

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

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Health Dept. Offers Bivalent C19 Boosters

 The Mississippi State Department of Health issued the following statement. 

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Robert St. John: Sometimes I Feel Like a Magpie

PETROGNANO, TUSCANY— A few months after my wife and I started dating she wanted me to meet her grandmother. We set out on the road from Hattiesburg to north Louisiana, and I asked, “Where are we going?”

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Ask & Ye Shall Receive. What if You Don't Ask?

Former Mayor Harvey Johnson and NAACP President Derrick Johnson left out a few facts in their EPA civil rights complaint against the state of Mississippi.  They complained in the complaint the Health Department issued only three low-interest loans to Jackson in 25 years, a clear example of the state starving Jackson of money it needed to fix its water system, right? There is just one problem.  Jackson never got more money because Jackson never asked for more money.  Jackson asked for three loans and Jackson got three loans but such details mean little when one is engaged in a smear. 

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Sid Salter: Committee Clout Remains Most Tangible Election Outcome

All of the nation’s top election prognosticators – FiveThirtyEight.com’s Nate Silver, University of Virginia’s Larry Sabato, Charlie Cook, and Real Clear Politics – are offering projections and hedging bets over whether Republicans or Democrats will control the House and Senate after the 2022 midterm elections.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2022

State Auditor Busts More Embezzlement

 State Auditor Shad White issued the following statement. 

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Jackson: Greyhound Skipped Out on Rent

 Greyhound may be gone but is not forgotten as it apparently left behind some unpaid rent at Union Station.  The Jackson Redevelopment Authority sued Greyhound and its parent company, Flix North for over $600,000 in unpaid rent and other damages in U.S. District Court today. 

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Star Power at St. Joe Tonight

 Good news!  The telescope at St. Joseph High School in Madison is back in action for an evening session tonight. 

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Live from High Street

Check out the entertainment offerings on High Street. 

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Monday, October 24, 2022

Mayor Briefs Media, Responds to Gov (Updated)

 Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba is holding his weekly press conference.   The briefing is streamed below.

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Water Crisis Town Hall Tonight

 A town hall will be held tonight to discuss the Jackson water crisis.  The flyer is posted below. 

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Mississippi Schoolchildren Scores Fall After Lockdowns

Mississippi schoolchildren learned less as they stayed out of the classroom during the pandemic.  The Mississippi Department of Education released the results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress in 2022 this morning.  The scores of Mississippi's fourth and eighth graders fell across the board from 2019 to 2022. 

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Therapy? We All Need Therapy

 The SEC teams go to therapy this week....

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Sunday, October 23, 2022

The Valley of the Eagles

 It's 3 PM on a Sunday afternoon and you know what that means.....

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Prime Time Brings JSU to the Big Time

 Give some props to Coach Prime.  Gameday, yes, that Gameday, is coming to Jackson Saturday.

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City Going It Alone on Water Plants

 The city of Jackson said it's going to pick its own management firm to operate the city's water treatment plants.  WLBT reported: 

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Rockin' the Jailhouse

 Sometimes the right words came from the wrong lips.  The late Dr. Frank Pollard discussed the founding of the Church or as he put it, The Adventures of Antioch Paul.    He went from the comforts of privilege to the crudity of jail for a higher purpose.  Enjoy the 1994 sermon. 

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Bill Crawford: Speaker Stands Tall on Backs of Working Poor

 The major roadblock to Medicaid expansion in the Mississippi Legislature is Speaker of the House Philip Gunn.  

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Saturday, October 22, 2022

Preach!

 Coach Prime had a few things to say about Jackson yesterday.

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D.L. Gardner: How is the News Today?

“The first to plead his case seems just, until another comes and examines him.” Proverbs 18:17 As midterm elections get closer, debates between candidates become more important, and what passes as news coverage today will sway even more voters to the right or to the left.

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WW2 Soldier Passes

 Senator Roger Wicker issued the following statement. 

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Friday, October 21, 2022

Trash Talk: Settled!

 The Jackson City Council and Richard's Disposal did not kiss and make up but they managed to settle their dispute over garbage collection in federal court today.  

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Highway 18 Tanks Under Repair

 The city of Jackson issued the following statement. 

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Flashback Friday: The Derrick Johnson Slush Fund

NAACP President Derrick Johnson is trying to direct a bailout for the Jackson water system through Congressmen Bennie Thompson and his cronies at the EPA while cutting the state out of any oversight. $200 million attracts quite a few snouts.  Let's not forget what happened nearly ten years ago when Mr. Johnson operated a non-profit that was in reality his slush fund.   JJ reported on August 30, 2013: 

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Zach Seeks OK to Sell (Nearly) Million Dollar Home

 Zach New sought permission to sell his Bridgewater home from U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves yesterday.  He and his mother, Nancy, pleaded guilty to bribery of public officials, defrauding the government, RICO, and wire fraud in April in the DHS scandal.  They have not yet been sentence.

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Watchdog or Witch Hunt?

The Committees for Homeland Security and Oversight & Reform will "investigate" whether the state of Mississippi denied federal funds to Jackson so the city could maintain its water system.  

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Fitch Joins Investigation of Big Banks

 Attorney General Lynn Fitch issued the following statement. 

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$3M Gift Creates Morris Center for Cleft and Craniofacial Research & Innovation

 Annie Oeth authored the following press release for UMC. 

 A $3 million gift is making the most advanced cleft and craniofacial treatment available to Mississippi’s children through the Stephanie and Mitchell Morris Center for Cleft and Craniofacial Research and Innovation at Children’s of Mississippi.



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Thursday, October 20, 2022

Funny of the Day

 Sometimes your old man is the one who's got game.....

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Here Come the Feds!!!

 The EPA is going to investigate the state's treatment of Jackson and it's water system. Check out the story.

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Food Fight: Governor Fires Back at Mayor

Uses "I" word in press conference. 

Governor Tate Reeves may have pardoned a turkey today but he didn't pardon Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba at a press conference today.  Mayor Lumumba has been on quite a tear lately, blaming state leadership for Jackson's woes at press conferences and community forums.  A fed-up Governor took off the gloves and fired back at the Mayor today as he said the Mayor's allowed Jackson's water system to fall apart and that he was more than happy to let outsiders fix the water system until it was time to shovel out grub, er, make that contracts. 

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Mayor Thanks EMAC Workers

 Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba issued the following statement. 

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Coming Soon

Netflix dropped another trailer for All Quiet on the Western Front a few hours ago.  The movie premieres on October 28.  Hopefully the movie matches the trailer.  

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Mardis Arrested in 2019 for Wedding Brawl

 Madison police arrested Todd Mardis for simple assault in 2019 but the case was dismissed after the alleged victim withdrew the complaint. 

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Fair Draws 519,000 Visitors

 Ag Commish Andrew Gipson issued the following statement. 

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Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Banging & Whimpering Away

The SEC's case against Lamar Adams, yes, Lamar Adams, is still active in federal court.  Receiver Ally Mills filed her 90 day status report on September 30. 

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5 Years for Stealing from the Poor

 State Auditor Shad White issued the following statement. 

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Robert St. John: It Takes a Village (or at Least a Couple of Dutch People and Several Italians)

BARBERINO-TAVERNELLE, TUSCANY— There’s a big difference between a tour host and a tour guide. A tour guide goes through rigorous training for a particular city, region, or institution. They do a deep dive into history, dates, personalities, and minute details into towns and locales such as Florence, Italy. The detailed comprehension required to become certified is amazing and the depth of knowledge these guides possess once training is completed is impressive.

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Judge Morrow: Mardis Can't Leave State. Period.

 Todd Mardis struck out in court yesterday after he tried to get permission to enroll in a "spa-type treatment facility in Houston.* Rankin County Court Judge David Morrow denied his request to leave the state as he said he could get his treatment in good ole Mississippi.  Mardis stands accused of brutally beating his wife after Flowood police charged him with aggravated domestic violence earlier this month.

John Collette & Todd Mardis listen to Judge Morrow

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Sid Salter: Hog Wild Arguments at Supreme Court

 The Supreme Court heard oral arguments last week in a case that perhaps even more so than the controversial Mississippi-based Dobbs abortion ruling frames and defines the fractured state of public policy and politics in the U.S. between liberal and conservative camps.

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The Charlie Foxtrot Continues

 As if the Charlie Foxtrot could not get any worse, here come the dueling proposals.   Yup, MEMA and  the city of Jackson issued  separate RFP's for  managing the O.B. Curtis water treatment plants.  The city of Jackson issued this RFP today:

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Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Another Conviction in Gold Coast Dumping Case

 The Justice Department issued the following statement. 

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Bodybuilder Charged with Statutory Rape

 Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement yesterday. 

Gino Giammarco at initial appearance (Left in yellow)

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Douglas Delivery Stiffs Workers

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

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Weed Wars: Who is "Constipated"?

Does the medical marijuana program need some Ex-lax?  It's taking quite some time to get the program spun up at the Health Department as it lacks employees even as job applications pour into its inboxes.  The Health Department said it couldn't hire the necessary employees because the State Personnel Board was "constipated" with their applications.  However, the State Personnel Board said it might be the Health Department that needs a laxative. 

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Man Arrested for Choking Son

Update (1:45 PM):  Hinds County Court Judge Johnny McDaniels set his bond at $75,000 and issued a no-contact order at his initial appearance today. 

 Hinds County Deputies charged Phillip Crechale with domestic aggravated assault after he attacked his 15 year-old son Friday night.   

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Monday, October 17, 2022

Rokitka Charged in Fielder Death

 The Oxford Police Department issued the following statement. 

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Jackson Kicks State out of Water System (Updated)

Governor slams Mayor, Mayor Fires back.

Governor Tate Reeves issued the following statement. 

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Orange is the New Red

 One can only hide the color of who he really is for just long before he is discovered.....

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Suspect in Ole Miss Student Death Arrested

 The Oxford Police Department issued the following statement and mug shot. 

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Once Upon a Time.....

 Coach Prime gave his players some tough love last week. 

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Sunday, October 16, 2022

Madison Ole Miss Student Killed in Oxford

 Update (#2): Oxford Police announce arrest.  See bottom of post. 

Update (#1): Statement from Mayor Robyn Tannehill. 

A driver ran over two Ole Miss students in the parking lot of Oxford City Hall early this morning, killing one while severely injuring the other. The Oxford Police Department issued the following statement on Facebook: 

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MEMA Seeks Manager for O.B. Curtis

 The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency issued the following statement. 

The Unified Command of the Jackson Water Crisis incident, at the request of our federal partners, has issued a request for qualifications (RFQ) for operations and maintenance at the City of Jackson’s water treatment facilities. The Unified Command is seeking a 12-month emergency procurement contract for staffing for operations, maintenance, and management of OB Curtis Water Treatment Facility, JH Fewell Water Treatment Facility, tanks, and well facilities of Jackson. 

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Building Snowmen

"Today is your most valuable possession. Today is your most crucial opportunity. Today is yours most valuable possession. You do not own yesterday. You already spent it. You do not own tomorrow. You have no guarantee of it. Today is your most valuable possession. Someone has said that today is often crucified between two thieves, yesterday and tomorrow, and those who dell in yesterday and tomorrow are robbing themselves of the great things they could be doing today,"  preached the late Dr. Frank Pollard in one of his better sermons.  If you didn't make it to church today, enjoy the 1989 homily. 

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Bill Crawford: Will Worst State for Births do Better?

 Perhaps those attending the Senate Study Group on Women, Children and Families already knew. But it was pretty startling to read what the newly installed director of the Mississippi State Department of Health told them out loud about healthcare in Mississippi.

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Saturday, October 15, 2022

Idiot of the Day

 A streaker ______'ed around and found out at the Ole Miss game today.

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Open!

 The Jackson Cracker Barrel reopened today.  I wasn't able to get a picture but the place had customers and the closed sign was removed from the door.  Good news.

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Progress on Asylum Hill Project

Gary Pettus authored the following press release for UMC. 

In a milestone for the years-long Asylum Hill Project, a team of archaeologists should begin exhuming human remains this month on the campus of the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

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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