Monday, September 26, 2022

The Best Defense is a Good........

 Sista Rukia and her cohorts are holding a mass rally for clean water in front of the Governor's Mansion in a few minutes.

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Continued!

David Lane escaped sentencing yet again.  U.S. District Court Judge Henry Wingate entered into the docket of USA v. David Luke Lane: 

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Will EPA Provide Muscle for Mayor?

 Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba might get an assist from the EPA in his efforts to kick the state out of any bailouts for Jackson's water system.  Annie Snider reported in Politico last week:

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Regan Meets w/ Mayor Lumumba

EPA to sue city. 

The city of Jackson issued the following statement. 

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Jackson Water Update

 Jackson's water production continues to improve.  MEMA reported the Jackson water system treated 50 million gallons of water on September 23, the most it has treated in quite some time although it is only two-thirds of capacity.  The MEMA command incident report and Jackson statement are posted below.  As usual, the report contains a long list of repairs made to the plant.  System pressure is 86 psi. 

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Arrest Made in Ole Miss Attack

 The Oxford Police Department issued the following statement and mugshot. 

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The Return of the Vol

 It's usually not that hard to spot new money, right? 

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Officer-Involved Shooting in Jackson

 The Mississippi Department of Public Safety issued the following statement. 

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Sunday, September 25, 2022

Sunday Night Sermon

 If you missed church today, check out the sermon Pastor Dewayne Pickett presented at New Jerusalem Church two weeks ago.  Rest assured, it's not preaching for the week as he thundered against the wicked and those who seek to "starve us out in Jackson." 

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Boil Water Notice for Part of Belhaven

 The city of Jackson issued the following statement. 

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The Presence of Presentism

Bill Maher defended real history against woke history last weekend on his HBO show.  It ruffled a few feathers but what are comedians for, after all? 

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Facing the Storm

What seems to be a storm is actually the harsh wind used to produce the fruit.  Thus spaketh the late Dr. Frank Pollard as he preached on facing such storms with faith in this 1994 sermon.  If you overslept this morning, enjoy the homily.  

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Bill Crawford: Mississippi's Freedom to be Inferior

 Wow, Mississippi ranks 6th nationally in “education freedom.” That’s terrific, right?

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Saturday, September 24, 2022

Worldstar!

 Or idiot of the day.  What happens when someone gets caught cutting in line at Walmart?

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Ole Miss Student Attacked

WARNING: VIOLENT & GRAPHIC VIDEO POSTED BELOW!!!

Note: This post originally reported the student in the video was in a coma.  JJ obtained the information from what have been several reliable sources in the past.   Oxford police issued a statement two days after this post stating a Tyler Wright punched him in the head.  The victim struck his head on the pavement when he fell down.  Oxford police charged Wright with simple assault.  

 A video making the rounds in Ole Miss circles shows a student laying on the ground unconscious as blood streams from his ear while a group of young men laugh at his misfortune. 

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D.L. Gardner: Is Jesus' Name Offensive?

Jesus. There. I said it. Out loud. Did I offend anyone? 

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Friday, September 23, 2022

Have a tip for JJ?

If you want to send a tip to JJ and really want to cover your tracks, download the Wickr app to your phone.  Wickr uses end to end encryption and the messages are set to blow up within a time period that is set by the sender.  Messages are not stored.  Wickr does not even have the encryption keys. It is used by dissidents living under authoritarian regimes worldwide.  Kingfish is Kingfish1935 on Wickr.  It can also be used on a laptop.  Of course, you can always send a good ole fashioned email (minus the rye) to  kingfish1935@gmail.com.

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Still Closed

 Despite the return of water service as week ago.....

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Man Convicted of Assault After Intentionally Giving G/F STD

A UPS driver was convicted of malicious mischief and domestic violence after he intentionally gave his girlfriend an STD.  The police officer's affidavit states Narada Taylor did

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Sign up for College Savings Plan

This post was authored and sponsored by State Treasurer David McRae. 

September is College Savings Month. While I have written previously about Mississippi’s two college savings plans (MACS, which lets families start a savings account for as little as $25, and MPACT, which allows families to pre-pay for college tuition to lock in today’s rates), I wanted to dig further into why these programs deliver so many benefits to Mississippians.

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Nice

 Check out this little bit of local art at Delta Muffler on North State Street. 

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New Security Measures for Mississippi State Fair

 Secretary of Agriculture and Commerce Andrew Gipson issued the following statement. 

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Thursday, September 22, 2022

Dan Berger: Free Wine

 There are many reasons that the phrase "There's no free lunch" usually is accurate, but there are ways to save money when it comes to wine -- and to say that this column ought to be called "Free Wine" isn't really a stretch.

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Hinds County Gets More Judges

 The Mississippi Supreme Court issued the following statement. 

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Pearl Police: No Kidnapping Attempt

 The Pearl Police Department issued the following statement to quell rumors about a possible child abduction: 

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Davis Pleads Guilty to State Charges

D.A. recommends 32 years in prison.  

Hinds County District Attorney Jody Owens issued the following statement. 

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Rapist Found Guilty

 Rankin and Madison County District Attorney Bubba Bramlett issued the following statement. 

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Politico: $200 Million for Jackson?

Politico reports Congressman Bennie Thompson is trying to send $200 million directly to Jackson, bypassing state government: 

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John Davis to Plead Guilty Today (Updated)

Davis pleads guilty.  DOJ press release at bottom of post. 

Former DHS Director John Davis will plead guilty to 5 counts of conspiracy and 13 counts of fraud against the government in U.S. District Court today.  Hinds County Circuit Judge Adrienne Wooten issued an order of nolle prosequi late Wednesday afternoon. The order states:

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Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Feds Charge John Davis with Conspiracy & Theft

 Who are the "others"?

The Justice Department took a turn at bat in the prosecution of John Davis. A bill of information charges the former DHS Director on September 15 for conspiracy and theft of federal funds.  Several unnamed co-conspirators are mentioned in the bill of information.

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Jackson Water Crisis Update

The Jackson water system remained stable.  Pressure was at 85 psi yesterday. O.B. Curtis produced 37 million gallons yesterday, 74% of capacity.  The Fewell plant took a breather, producing only 11 million gallons.  Teams from various states continued to work on the plant.  Repairs and other tasks performed are posted below as is the city's update.  

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$1.2 Million to Get O.B. Curtis Back in Action

 Good news? MEMA only spent $191,000 on equipment to get the O.B. Curtis water treatment plant back up and running.  Labor cost another $1,158,297. Y'all Politics reported Monday: 

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Welcome to Miami

 He came, he saw, he conquered.  Jackson's Lord Protector, Chokwe Antar Lumumba, served on a panel discussing infrastructure at the Smartcity Expo in Miami September 15.  

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Robert St. John: A Different Kind of Welcome

 I first came to the city sometime in the mid 1960s. My grandparents lived here. My father had recently passed away and my mother drove my brother me up to stay with her parents for a few weeks. They lived in an apartment building somewhere around 72nd and 2nd. All I remember about that apartment is that they had a balcony that looked just like the one in the opening credits of Green Acres. As a six-year-old, the two things that impressed me during that initial New York visit were that they were filming a movie on the street outside their apartment, and automats. I was amazed by automats, and that is probably the earliest memory I have of a restaurant of any kind. 

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Sid Salter: Mississippi a Long Way from National Realignment, Despite National Turmoil

While American political discourse continues to careen to the poles of both ends of the partisan continuum, Mississippi’s current round of midterm congressional elections suggests nothing in the way of political realignment.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2022

MMA Asks for Artists for Mississippi Invitational

 The Mississippi Museum of Art issued the following statement. 

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Swift Care Goes into Action on Friday Nights

Ruth Cummins authored the following press release for UMC. 

Friday night’s football game ended early for Brian Washington, and it really hurt the Provine High senior.

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How Jackson's Water System Collapsed

Now it's JJ's turn to tell the REST of the story. 

Much has been said in the media about the Jackson water crisis by reporters who are experts on everything and knowledgeable about nothing.  They blame the flooding of the O.B. Curtis plant, white flight, racism, and a mean ole legislature that refuses to help Jackson.  Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba wasn't about to discourage such tales of woe as he sought to avoid any responsibility for the catastrophe that happened on his watch.  Well, perhaps it's time to tell the real story of how the Jackson water treatment system fell apart, media be damned.

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Monday, September 19, 2022

Coming Soon

 Netflix dared to take on one of the all-time classics, All Quiet on the Western Front.  Check out the trailer.  It won't replace the original but hopefully it will replace the 1979 color version.

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Chlorine Leak at OBC Contained

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency issued the following statement. 

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$200,000 Bond for Northpark Shooter

 Ridgeland Municipal Court Judge Bob Camp set bond at $200,000 for Northpark shooter Za'lill Patterson at her initial appearance today.

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Jackson Residents Sue Jackson Over Water

 Attorney Robert Gibbs issued the following statement.

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Jackson Water Crisis Update

 Jackson water production increased yesterday as system pressure remained at 90 psi.  

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Killer Beats Rap

In what can be only termed a miscarriage of justice, a killer was set free in Alabama after the District Attorney dropped the charges.  Unbelievable. 

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Sunday, September 18, 2022

Ridgeland Medical Marijuana Petition Fails

Medical marijuana supporters submitted a petition to place medical marijuana referendum on the ballot in Ridgeland.

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Discipline Versus Punishment

 Never let it be said the late Dr. Frank Pollard was afraid to take on tough topics in his sermons.  He preached on a subject fraught with risk: Raising children. Using the Good Book, he compared punishment to discipline, one driven by anger while the other is driven by love.  He mentioned something about letting kids find their own paths instead of living through them.   Enjoy the 1994 sermon. 

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Update on Northpark Shooting

Ridgeland Police Chief Bryan Myers issued the following statement. 

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Bill Crawford: What to do With the Huge Surplus.

 The Legislature will have more than $1.5 billion in extra General Fund money to spend next year, according to a report in Y’all Politics. That’s a big pot of extra money considering the total General Fund budget for the current fiscal year was $6.3 billion. 

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Saturday, September 17, 2022

Northpark Shooting (Updated)

A shooting took place at Northpark Mall this afternoon.  

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WLBT: Fewell Almost Closed in July

 Just when you think the news of the Jackson water crisis can't get any worse, it does, right.  WLBT reported: 

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Jackson Water Update

 The Jackson water system continued to stabilize.  MEMA reported system pressure was at 85 psi while producing 49 million gallons per day.   

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D.L. Gardner: All Enemies, Foreign & Domestic

While reflecting on the events of September 11, 2001 and immediately following, many of us have relived our thoughts, emotions, and not a few resolutions. Those events spurred a large number of young people to go into civil or military service. Each of them took an oath of office that began, “I … do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same….”

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Friday, September 16, 2022

Flashback Friday

 We are family.......

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Norman Convicted of Murdering Nephew

 A jury convicted Sweetie Pie's Tim Norman for hiring someone to kill his nephew today.  The nephew was murdered after Norman took out a fat insurance policy on him.  The docket states: 

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Slumlords Fight Back

 The owners of two dilapidated hotels are fighting the city of Jackson's efforts to shut down their hotels. 

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No Comment!

 When is a woman not a woman?

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So It Begins....

 Well, well, well.  Look at it this way.  This will be great for JJ and bad for the city. 

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Funny of the Day (In a Good Way)

It is no secret that it is hard to get through to kids at times.  Greenville Mayor Errick Simmons tried a new approach with students at the Greenville Fire Department Kids Academy.  Check out his video. 

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Thursday, September 15, 2022

30 Years for M Bar Killer

 Hinds County District Attorney Jody Owens issued the following statement. 

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Boil Water Notice Lifted Today

Good news for Jackson!  Sources say Governor Reeves will announce the lifting of the boil water notice at a press conference in 20 minutes.  


Update: 1:20 PM: Governor Tate Reeves is holding a press conference right now on the Jackson water crisis.  It is streamed below. 

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Judge Closes 2 Jackson Hotels

 Jackson won a round in the fight against blight this week as  Jackson Municipal Court Judge Jeff Reynolds shut down two dilapidated hotels Tuesday. 

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Behind the Scenes at the Blue Cross-UMC War

 Correspondence at the Department of Insurance shows the Blue Cross- UMC battle raging behind the scenes while patients were screwed in the middle.  Y'all Politics obtained the emails and letters through a public records request and posted them.  Y'all Politics reported yesterday: 

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SBA Approves Relief for Jackson Businesses

 Governor Tate Reeves issued the following statement. 

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Mayor: We Might, Might, Need a New Plant

 Surprise, surprise.  Hizzoner wants to replace the O.B. Curtis water treatment plant with a brand, spanking new plant.  Nothing like a new project to line pockets and pay off your pals, right.  Don't believe me? See the poster at Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumuba's town hall forum Tuesday night. 

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Rita Brent Sells Out Homecoming Show

 Rachel James-Terry authored the following press release for Jackson State University. 

Rita Brent is back and sold out. The multi-hyphenated comedian and Jackson State University alum has returned to the Capital City to host "Raised in the Sipp" Saturday, Sept.17, at Duling Hall. 

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Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Marlin King Quits, Calls out Carter

Jackson Deputy Public Works Director Marlin King resigned his position today. However, the former Public Works Director did not merely submit a resignation letter but instead called out former Deputy Director and occasional Class A operator Mary Carter  and provided the receipts. 

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Jackson Water Update

Jackson's water treatment system continued to stabilize yesterday. The system pressure was  89 psi. Water production was 46 million gallons, a negligible increase from the previous day.  The O.B. Curtis water treatment plant continues to operate at 50% capacity.  

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Idiots of the Day: Walk On's Edition (Updated)

 Ridgeland police are seeking to arrest Justin Cody Carr after he alleged shot several rounds in front of Walk-On's Sunday night.  

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Robert St. John: In Search of Voice

For the majority of the 23 years I have written this weekly column, the primary focus has been on food and restaurants. In 2011, a dozen years into my writing career, I spent six months overseas with my wife and two kids and the column morphed into a semi-travel column, at least during the times I am away from home base.

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Covid-19 Bivalent Boosters are Available

 The Mississippi State Department of Health issued the following statement.

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Chamber Calls for Regional Water/Sewer Board

 The Greater Jackson Chamber of Commerce called for the creation of a regional utility authority to operate water/sewer service in Jackson's current service area in a letter to  city, county, state, and congressional leaders.  

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Sid Salter: Queen Owned, Later Divested Interests in Mississippi Cotton Plantation

In the interest of not “burying the lead,” let me note that although she never set foot in the State of Mississippi or cast her eyes on the alluvial fan of the mythical and mystic Mississippi Delta region, the late Queen Elizabeth II was by virtue of her investment portfolio the owner of a “mammoth” cotton plantation in Bolivar County, Mississippi.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Supremes to Mayor: Oh yeah, Let's Hurry This Up

We are going to get a decision and we are going to get it sooner than later.  The Mississippi Supreme Court approved the Jackson City Council's motion for an expedited decision in the "veto" case.  Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba opposed the motion but the Supremes threw his objection out with the trash.  The order is posted below.  

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Man Accuses D.A. of Pointing Pistol

A man claims the Hinds County District Attorney pulled a gun on him but the District Attorney Jody Owens vehemently denies the statement.  

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No Knight was Sir Tristan

 Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement. 

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More Disinformation

 JJ reported August 20 the Lumumba Administration did not publish desperately needed Class A operator positions online as the water treatment plants suffered a severe shortage of such operators: 

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Lawsuit: Dr. Wolfe Terminated Pregnancies Without Consent

A battle royale is taking place in Hinds County between the disgraced ob-gyn Dr. Walter Wolfe and a former girlfriend.  Kathleen Addison sued Dr. Wolfe in Hinds County Circuit Court in 2020, claiming he terminated three of her pregnancies without her consent even though he sired the children.  Circuit Judge Faye Peterson dismissed part of the case but Addison appealed to the Mississippi Supreme Court in July. 

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Now Hiring

 Unlike the city of Jackson, MEMA is taking the bull by the horns and advertising job openings for the O.B. Curtis water treatment plant.  MEMA posted on its website yesterday: 

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Closed

 The Jackson Cracker Barrel is temporarily closed. 

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Monday, September 12, 2022

Jackson Water Crisis Update

Mayor gives garbage contract update. 

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba is holding his weekly press conference.  The live-stream as well as MEMA and Jackson updates on the water system are posted below.

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Four Years for Fourth DUI Offense

Madison County Circuit Judge Steve Ratcliff sentenced former DHS Communications Director to serve 4 years in prison for a fourth-offense DUI on September 6.  

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Check Out JJ's Jackson Water Crisis Page

Many readers have been asking for a collection of all JJ posts about Jackson's water treatment system over the last few few years.  The Kingfish is more than happy to oblige and just finished it while watching Marshall beat Notre Dame.  We are Marshall, anyone? The page is divided into several sections:

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When Hope Dies

Sometimes, having Hope is not enough....

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Sunday, September 11, 2022

More of the Same

 Meanwhile over on Melbourne......

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Wall Street Journal Blasts JXN Leaders for Water Woes

The Wall Street Journal editorial page blasted Jackson government for screwing up the water system but unlike the rest of the national media, did so after looking under the hood.  The editorial said: 

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The Pride of Strength

 Sometimes handling one's own strengths is as important as handling weaknesses.   The late Dr. Frank Pollard preached on how pride leads even leaders to a downfall as they fail to ask for help in areas where they are strong.  Enjoy the 1994 sermon as he preached from 1 Samuel 13. 

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Bill Crawford: Nor any Drop to Drink but Blame Aplenty

Ancient citizens of Jackson can relate to Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s Ancient Mariner. Whether adrift at sea or aground in Jackson, Coleridge’s epic line applies – “Water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink.”

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Saturday, September 10, 2022

Duuuuuuuhhhh!

 Doing shrooms is not exactly a good idea.......

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Gold Coast Responds

Gold Coast Commodities issued the following statement in response to the indictment of two company officials. 

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Water Crisis Update: Pump Installed

 Governor Tate Reeves announced some good news on Facebook: 

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D.L. Gardner: Virtues or Politics?

 Where do you find your political news? Newspapers, TV and cable news, the Internet, Facebook and Twitter, the liars table at Starkville cafe? Those seeking national and international news will more often than not find radically extremist political rhetoric mixed with a hearty dose of self-righteousness from most news sources today.

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Friday, September 9, 2022

EPA Team Coming to Jackson

The EPA sent a team of investigators to Jackson.  NBC News reported tonight: 

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Public Works No Longer Carter Country

 Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba fired Deputy Public Works Director Mary Carter today.  Ms. Carter confirmed to WLBT she became involuntarily separated from the city of Jackson today.  

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Apartment Murder

Hinds County Sheriff Tyree Jones issued the following statement. 

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Jackson Water Crisis Update

Water production at the O.B. Curtis plant continue to improve as a team of experts continue to fix the long-neglected facility.   The plant produced 25 million gallons of water yesterday, half of its 50 million gallon capacity.  The Fewell plant produced 27 million gallons yesterday.  Pressure was at 87 PSI.  

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Dupes of the Day

 If you want a good laugh, watch this coverage of the Jackson water crisis on Breaking Points.  The Kingfish is a fan of the show but Krystal and Sagaar got duped bigly this time.   Social justice reporter Jordan Chariton fed them quite a bit of disinformation while the two "independent" journalists completely fell for it hook, line, and sinker.  Watch and prepare to laugh.  

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Killer of Edwards Police Chief's Brother Gets Life

Hinds County District Attorney Jody Owens issued the following statement. 

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The Chronicles of Marlin

 An epistle from the Chronicles of Marlin is floating around town.  It is posted below with a few redactions.   Enjoy it while it lasts because it is coming down after a while.  Enjoy. 

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Thursday, September 8, 2022

Oops!

 Sometimes it's not a good idea to take your kid to court.....

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Gold Coast Officials Indicted for Illegal Dumping in Jackson Sewer System

The Justice Department issued the following statement. 

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Apartment Shooters Get 20 Years

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

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Last Call to Support JJ

It's the last call for JJ's annual fund-raising drive.  Thanks for the support and reading the website for years.  JJ could not have made it this far without your support.  Even as JJ leads the way in reporting on the Jackson water crisis, the need for your support remains as strong as ever.  

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The Queen Passes

 The end of an era is finally upon us.  Queen Elizabeth II passed away a little while ago.  Buckingham Palace announced announced on its website: 

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The Truth about O.B. Curtis Water Treatment Plant

 The media, including the local press, pushes the narrative that Jackson's water system crashed because the O.B. Curtis water treatment plant is old and "fragile," right.  The plant might be worn out from neglect but it is not old.  JJ got the receipts and posted them below. 

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Water Crisis Update

Jackson Update for today posted at bottom of post. 

Kumbayah was the theme yesterday as EPA Grand Poobah Michael Regan, Governor Tate Reeves, and Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba joined hands and preached unity at a press conference held at JSU yesterday.  EPA Administrator Regan inspected O.B. Curtis before the press conference.

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For Sale

 Zach New is selling his million dollar home in Bridgewater.  Nix-Tann Realty listed the home for sale yesterday. Yup.  While New Summit teachers went without pay and millions of welfare dollars meant for the poor were spent..... well, just look below. 

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Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Here are the Plans

 Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba said Jackson presented several plans to fix its water system to various authorities.  He urged the media to get copies of them.  JJ took him at his word and filed a public records request this morning.  The plans are posted below.  Feel free to read to your heart's content. 

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Oops!

There is one thing you don't do around Coach Prime and some knuckleheads decided to do it anyway.....

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Fat Cat Report: Much Fat, Little Beef

 Despite its name, there is a great deal of fat but little beef in the Mississippi Center For Public Policy's Fat Cat Report issued a few weeks ago.  The Jackson think tank went all Bud Fox as it bragged about bagging some fat cats to the media. Nothing like beating up on a bunch of good ole boys sippin' bourbon, lounging in $3,000 chairs, and smoking cee-gars, right?

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Water Crisis Updates

MEMA and the city of Jackson issued updates on the Jackson water crisis.  The MEMA daily command incident report shows much work was done at the O.B. Curtis water treatment plant Monday.  The two water treatment plants are producing 42.5 million gallons a day, a far cry from the capacity of 70 million gallons per day.  The Health Department also awarded two much-needed provisional Class A water operator. licenses to former operators of the plant.  

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Robert St. John: Random Thoughts on a Tuesday Morning

 For the past 23 years I have written a 1,000-word column every Monday morning. Always early in the morning. I haven’t missed a week. Ever. I typically let the column sit for a day and then revisit it on Tuesday morning, catching things that need to be edited, sentences that need to be swapped around or eliminated, misspelled words, misplaced punctuation, and just general things I forgot— or remembered— that should be included in whatever topic I may be writing about on that day.

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Sid Salter: Decades in the Making, Jackson's Water Woes Won't be Quickly or Easily Solved

Like seemingly every other facet of American society these days, when it comes to both the national media and the state’s press, the assignment of blame for the City of Jackson’s water and sewer system woes falls into two distinct camps.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Ending With a Whimper

 The case against Kevin Camp collapsed in Jackson Municipal Court last week after the alleged victim dropped a simple assault charge against the attorney.  

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Water Pressure Holds Steady in Jackson

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba is briefing the media right now on the Jackson water crisis.  The pressure is streamed live below. 

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Funny of the Day

 Check out this video about the Jackson water crisis from last week.  

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Implosion!

Jackson's water treatment plants continued to implode as a stream of workers quit while those who remained worked to exhaustion.   A team of EPA and Mississippi State Department of Health representatives inspected the water treatment plants in March and reported their abysmal findings in July.  JJ obtained a copy of the report through a public records request.  It is posted below.

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Monday, September 5, 2022

Ouch!

 You think you escaped the notice of SEC Shorts because your team played on a Sunday night, right?  Wrong!!!  

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Just Another Day in Jackson

 Warning: The Lumumba Administration considers this post to be disinformation.

 Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba met with State Senators John Horhn, David Blount, Sollie Norwood and Representatives De'Keither Stamps, Zakiyah Summers, Hillman Frazier, Chris Bell, and Earle Banks Wednesday to discuss the water crisis.  The legislators represent Jackson.  Such a meeting is expected during an emergency such as the water crisis.  However, what was interesting was who accompanied the Mayor. 

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Governor: Water Pressure Restored to Jackson

 Governor Tate Reeves is briefing the media on the Jackson water crisis right now. The press conference video, MEMA command incident report, highlights, and a city of Jackson statement are posted below.

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Breaking the Space-Time Continuum

 What would happen if you could go back in time? The folks at SEC Shorts took on that question this week. 

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Sunday, September 4, 2022

Lumumba & Reeves Score Poorly in Poll

 A Blueprint Polling poll gave both Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba and Governor Tate Reeves poor marks in handling the Jackson water crisis.  However, a majority in the poll did not approve of allowing Jackson to operate the water system. Brad Chism owns Blueprint.

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When Aisle, Altar, Hymn = I'll Alter Him

Any sermon that includes a recitation of the song "I'm my own grandpa" from memory can't be all bad.  Using homespun homilies and humor, the late Dr. Frank Pollard preached on how to make a marriage work in this 1994 sermon.  Enjoy. 

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Improvement Continues at OBC

 The city of Jackson issued the following statement. 

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Bill Crawford: State Could do More to Reduce Fatherlessness

 Good “Dads Matter” study from State Auditor Shad White emphasizing the tragic impact of fatherlessness on children, but he offered feeble solutions.

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Saturday, September 3, 2022

MEMA Update on Jackson Water

 Posted below is today's MEMA Incident Command brief on the O.B. Curtis water treatment plant. It provides the latest information on work at the plant. 

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From Hell's Heart, I Stab at Thee

 The best Star Trek movie appears on the big screen next week for a grand total of two days so get your tickets while you can.  

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Water Pressure Improves

 The city of Jackson issued the following statement. 

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Fire! Fire! Fire!

The Mississippi State Department of Health issued the following press release. 

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D.L. Gardner: What Has Biden Built Back Better

 President Biden raised the temperature of political rhetoric last week when he used the term “semi-fascism” to label those opposed to his policies. Biden said, “What we’re seeing now is either the beginning or the death knell of an extreme MAGA philosophy. It’s not just Trump, it’s the entire philosophy that underpins the — I’m going to say something, it’s like semi-fascism.” Later, Biden clarified his statement saying, “I respect conservative Republicans. I don't respect these MAGA Republicans.”

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Friday, September 2, 2022

Suspect Arrested in Beating Death of Elderly Man

 Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement. 

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Dan Berger: Things in Wine

Winemakers love to say their products are made of grapes and nothing else. It's largely accurate, but if you really get into the weeds, it's hardly all that's at play.

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Flashback Friday: The Real Snapshot of Jackson Finances

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Note: This May 2021 post seemed appropriate for a Flashback Friday publication.  The media is running wild with the narrative that white flight - and later black flight - destroyed Jackson's finances.  Jackson's annual audits show such is not the case but hey, since when did the media care about getting the facts right? Throw in the fact that most reporters don't know how to read income statements or balance sheets and presto, you wind up with a distorted narrative.

 Jackson's coffers are almost empty thanks to white flight taking its money to the suburbs.  Such is the excuse national and local media make in explaining way Jackson's water problems.  However, such a blame game ignores reality.  Jackson gets more money than ever but managed to mismanage its water/sewer department into virtual bankruptcy. 

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The True Picture at O.B. Curtis Emerges

 Y'all Politics turned in a nice piece of work on the O.B. Curtis water treatment plant yesterday as it reported how bad things were at the bedeviled facility.  Frank Corder reported: 

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Newhouse Pleads Guilty

Used 3-D printers to produce machine guns. 

The Justice Department issued the following statement. 

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Ammonia Leak at OB Curtis

 The O.B. Curtis plant still suffers an ammonia leak.   MEMA discovered Wednesday a valve at tank #1 was leaking ammonia.  The tank is 40% ammonia.  Repairs are underway and expected to be completed today.  

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Thursday, September 1, 2022

Madison Residents Pay up in Medicaid Fraud

 The Justice Department issued the following statement. 

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MPACT Enrollment is Open

Enrollment is now open from today, September 1, 2022, through May 31, 2023, for families who want to prepay college tuition for a child, grandchild, or loved one. This plan allows families to lock in today’s rates for future college tuition costs. 

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Hiring? What Hiring?

 The Mayor might say he is trying to hire Class A water operators and other staff but the EPA tells a different story, right.  The Mississippi Free Press's Nick Judin reported EPA's frustrations as it tries to help Jackson: 

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Please Support JJ

It's time for JJ's annual fund-raising drive.  Thank you very much for your support of Jackson Jambalaya and reading the blog for years.  Make no mistake, this website could not have made it as far as it has without your support.  You've donated money, provided tips, and helped when it was needed while JJ has made every effort to reward your faith.  

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Governor Gives Water Update

 Governor Tate Reeves is briefing the media on Jackson's water crisis.  The press conference is streamed below. 

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Jackson Water Update

 The city of Jackson issued the following statement. 

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Polo Indicted for Murder

 A Hinds County grand jury indicted William "Napoleon" "Cipher" "Polo" Edwards for first degree murder in the death of Robert Davis.  Robert Davis was a leader in the Better Men Society in West Jackson.  The grand jury also indicted him for felon in possession of a firearm. 

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Fiddles and Cakes

Update (1:25 PM): The Mayor is staying home.  

What does one say? Seriously.  Tweeted Tuesday.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Weird

 Just a sign of the times in Jackson at 8 tonight.

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Hero of the Day

 Meet one of the unsung heroes of the Jackson water crisis.  Joe Campbell posted on Facebook: 

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Governor to Hold Presser (Updated)

Mississippi has spent $8 million so far while responding to the Jackson water crisis.  Governor Tate Reeves, MSDH's Dr. Jim Craig, and MEMA Director Mack McCraney briefed the media today on the state's response.  The video is posted below. 

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Gold Coast Owner Pleads Guilty, Gold Coast Responds

 The Justice Department issued the following statement. 

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Installed!

 Some good news for Jackson.

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Rankin County Tax Assessor Indicted

 A Rankin County grand jury indicted Tax Assessor John (no "L") Sullivan for three counts of sexual battery and one count simple assault on August 25.  The Attorney General is prosecuting the case. 

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Tune in Today

 Uh-oh.  Sista Rukia is going to be on CNN at 2 PM to milk this crisis for all she can. Let's guess what happens. She blames everyone and takes responsibility for nothing.  Think the CNN reporter will grill her on why her brother covered up the EPA order (as did some local media outlets) for a year?

 Just curious, how come none of the news media interview anyone from the other side? Why doesn't NBC make use of C.J. Lemasters and Anthony Warren? Just curious.

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Flooding at the Plant: The Rest of the Story

 Did flooding cause the O.B. Curtis water treatment plant to crash this weekend? If so, how so? The answer is yes and no.  

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Burbs Step Up to Help Jackson

 The cities of Pearl and Gluckstadt issued the following statements. 

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Robert St. John: In Honor of Mississippians

“To understand the world, you must first understand a place like Mississippi.” – William Faulkner

 “Work hard and be kind and amazing things will happen.” – Conan O’Brien

 As a child I can remember my mother criticizing older men who kept hopping from profession to profession. In those days I probably thought, “Whatever I end up doing for a career, I need to do that, and only that, focus on it, and try to be successful.” 

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Sid Salter: How Will, How Can Americans Put Our "House Divided" Back Together Again?

 It is easy to read current social media posts and Tweets and conclude that American political division has never been stronger, farther apart and more distant from a reasonable path forward as a united nation than exists today.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Governor Holds Presser (Updated)

Video is posted below. 

Governor Tate Reeves will hold a press conference any moment now.  It will be streamed live on JJ Instagram page. 

Update (8/31, 11:00 PM): Governor Tate Reeves and others addressed the media on Jackson's water crisis at a press conference held at the O.B. Curtis water treatment plant yesterday afternoon.   Some highlights are: 

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Mayor Welcomes State Help

 Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba is addressing the water crisis in a press conference that is streamed below.

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Carjacker Pleads Guilty

 The Justice Department issued the following statement. 

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Health Dept. Declares State of Emergency

Update (10:15 AM): Jackson Public Works Director Marlin King was reassigned this morning to another position.   

 The Mississippi State Department of Health issued the following statement. 

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Break out the Sippy Cups

 Let's take a break from you know what with the folks from SEC Shorts. 

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Monday, August 29, 2022

Supremes to Work Remotely

 The Mississippi Supreme Court issued the following statement. 

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Governor: O.B. Curtis Water Plant is Failing

Governor Tate Reeves is addressing Jackson's water crisis in an emergency press conference that is live-streamed below.

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We Report, You Decide: O.B. Curtis Edition

 Check out these photos taken at 4 PM today at the O.B. Curtis water treatment plant. 

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Mayor Declares Water Emergency

 Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba issued the following statement. 

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State Senators Demand Action

Governor to address Jackson water crisis at 7.  

Five Jackson State Senators asked First Consul Tate Reeves to take action on Jackson's water crisis. 

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Sudie Teague-Jones Pleads Guilty

 Hinds County District Attorney Jody Owens issued the following statement. 

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Hosemann & Gunn: Time for State to Step up on Water Crisis

Driver's Service Bureau closed in Jackson

Leftenent Governor Dilbert Hosemann and Speaker of the House Phillipus Gunnicus Magnus issued the following statements. 

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Flooding Creates Water Plant Problems

 The city of Jackson issued the following statement. 

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Mayor Asks Supreme Court to Veto Court's Veto of His Veto

 Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba filed a notice of appeal with the Mississippi Supreme Court today.  Special Chancellor Larry Roberts ruled the Mayor can not veto a "no vote" of the City Council in July.  However, Hizzoner wants a rematch so here we go.  

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Rez Update: Falling

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

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Markets Punish PERS

As expected, the markets punished the PERS porfolio as it suffered a -8.5% rate of return on its investments in fiscal year 2022.  It could have been much worse but some investments saved the day.    

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Sunday, August 28, 2022

Is it Safe to Go Back in the Water?

 Want to guess what is coming to the theatre this weekend?

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Meanwhile in New Orleans....

 It appears New Orleans might throw Richard's Disposal out with the trash.  The Times-Picayune reported Thursday:

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Sandbags Available at CUMC

 Sandbags are available at the parking lot of Christ United Methodist Church. 

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Have Some Fun

Fun is sometimes forgotten while going through life.  The message was meant for children but the late Dr. Frank Pollard said it applies to all as well in this 1994 sermon.  Dr. Pollard even made the sermon more fun by keeping it to all of fifteen minutes as he preached to the children of his flock.  Enjoy the sermon if you couldn't make it to church this morning. 

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Bill Crawford: Hole in the Whole Thwarts Poverty Eradication

Congress has begun paying more attention to counties whose poverty rates persist at 20% or more over a 30-year period. Forty-three of Mississippi’s 82 counties rate among these “persistent poverty counties,” according to the Congressional Research Service. 

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Rez Update: Intakes Crested

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


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Saturday, August 27, 2022

Mayor: Get Out Now

 Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba issued the following statement. 

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Funny of the Day

 This South Park clip somehow seemed appropriate.  

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Rez Update

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

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D.L. Gardner: Trump is not the Problem

In Ecclesiastes Solomon wrote, “Because the sentence against an evil deed is not executed quickly, therefore the hearts of the sons of men among them are given fully to do evil.” In Matthew’s gospel Jesus said, “And because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold.” 

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Friday, August 26, 2022

Jackson Flood Update

 The city of Jackson issued the following statement. 

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Rez Increases Discharge

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

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Back to School Bash Tomorrow at Farmer's Market

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

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Billy Bad-Ass of the Day: Heidelberg Edition

 Heidelberg's football coach performed his best redneck imitation of a British soccer fan at a Wayne County football game last night.  You can't make this up.  

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Funny of the Day

 Not going to lie, this is almost painful to watch.   

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Mayor Doesn't Hold Back in Monday Presser

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba fired away at his critics while discussing Jackson's water and garbage issues Monday.  The video of the presser as well as JJ's observations are posted below. 

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Thursday, August 25, 2022

Idiot of the Day

 Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement. 

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Prepare for Flooding

 The city of Jackson issued the following warning. 

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The Empire Strikes Back

 Y'all Politics and UMMC are engaged in a little bout of tug of war over some public records.  

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In Her Own Words

 The sentencing of former JPD officer Anthony Fox in Circuit Judge Adrienne Wooten's court drew no small amount of controversy as she lectured the defendant and his supporters from the bench.  JJ took the liberty of transcribing her remarks and posting them below as some readers may not have time to watch a twelve-minute video.  

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Rez to Release More Water

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


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State Auditor Reports the High Cost of Fatherless Homes

 State Auditor Shad White issued the following press release. 

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Nice!

 Check out Hanging Moss Creek by Jackson Academy yesterday. 

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Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Happy Birthday, Jerry!!!

It is the birthday of the Mouth of Mississippi.  He may have died 24 years ago but his jokes are still alive.  Enjoy some favorites below.  

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Mayor Declares Emergency

 Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba issued the following statement. 

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KKR Proposed to Take Over Jackson's Water System for 40 Years

Warning: The Lumumba Administration considers this post to be disinformation. 

The Wall Street firm KKR* proposed to take over Jackson's water system last year in deal that would have raised rates in exchange for promises of millions of dollars to Jackson and much-needed repairs to its water treatment plants.  It is a rather interesting proposal because Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba has been decrying any and all proposals to "privatize" Jackson's water system this year. Highlights of the proposal are:

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Rez Increases Sewer Rates

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

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Street Justice?

 A man shot Antonyo Esco to death at the Village Apartments Sunday night.   Esco was selling a gun to the suspect.  The suspect took the gun and killed him in true Terminator fashion. 

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Robert St. John: The Best Job, Ever

 If I carried a business card, there would be a lot of job titles listed on it— restaurateur, author, producer, columnist, writer, cook, designer, documentarian, show host, travel host, board member, manager, president, CEO, founder, and chairman of the board. But the most important job title I have— or ever will have, and it’s not even close— is “Dad.” Actually, “Dad,” if my son is addressing me, “Daddy,” if it’s my daughter. 

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Sid Salter: Remembering Willie Morris, Barry Hannah & other friends at the Ms Book Festival

  Last week’s Mississippi Book Festival provided an opportunity to reconnect with old and dear friends in celebrating extraordinary writers like the late Willie Morris and Barry Hannah with people who knew and loved them – including Willie’s immensely talented son David Rae Morris, now an accomplished writer, photographer, filmmaker and documentarian in his own right.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Do You Feel the Need for Speed?

 It's finally happened.  Top Gun: Maverick is finally available for streaming.  The theatre experience was so good I almost feel like a traitor for posting this.  

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Food Fight!

 Y'all Politics and UMMC are apparently going to have a little public records fight.  YP posted today: 

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Express Grain Case Takes a Nasty Turn

 This post is reprinted with the permission of The Taxpayers Channel in Greenwood. 

In court filings last week, bankrupt Express Grain put hundreds of individuals and businesses, including farmers owed money for their grain, on notice that it will be suing some of them to claw back money that EG paid them prior to filing bankruptcy for services and products sold to EG.

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Catch & Release: Cornbread Lepard

JPD arrested Corey Lepard Saturday for allegedly stabbing a 73 year old man to death for his motorcycle on May 26.   Predictably, Lepard was out on the streets after being convicted of arson and aggravated assault waaaaay back in 2019.   

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Fourth DUI not a Charm

 Former DHS Communications Director Danny Blanton pleaded guilty to felony DUI in Madison County Circuit Court yesterday.  It is his fourth DUI conviction. 

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Monday, August 22, 2022

Greyhound Gone!

 Greyhound is going, going, gone.  Good job, Jackson. 

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Help Wanted?

Check out this website and see if you notice anything missing.  Good luck on the snipe hunt.

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UMMC Creates Behavioral Response Team

Andrea Wright Dilworth authored this press release for UMMC. 

The UMMC Police and Public Safety Department’s behavioral response team piloted in February was so successful at de-escalating potentially violent situations that it has been implemented as a full-time, permanent fixture with double the number of officers.

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Kidnappers Arrested

 Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement. 

On August 21st, 2022, at approximately 10:00 a.m. the Rankin County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the Flowood Police Department that an injured male victim walked into their lobby and reported that he had been to an address located in the county to meet a female where he was assaulted, tied up and held at gunpoint.

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No Comment!

 Just a humble little fund-raiser is all.

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Haddox Reid Moves to Ridgeland

 Haddox Reid  Eubanks Betts PLLC bade farewell to its digs at One Jackson Place as it moved to Ridgeland over the weekend.  The CPA firm announced on Facebook August 5: 

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Sunday, August 21, 2022

"Who Hooked the Damn Pipes Up Backwards?"

 KIM Waaaaaade discussed Lyin' Lumumba and Jackson's water problems as only he can do.  Whether or not you agree with him, you will be entertained.  

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When the Media Becomes the Matrix

Russell Brand and respected journalist Matt Taibii took on how the media moves to a more authoritarian model instead just reporting the news.  Something about not trusting the audience so censorship must rule.  It's a nice little ten-minute discussion for a Sunday afternoon.  Enjoy.  

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The Parable of the Glazed Donuts & Cinnamon Rolls

The late Dr. Frank Pollard told the parable of the glazed donuts and cinnamon rolls as he preached on a subject fraught with landmines: marriage.  Enjoy the 1994 sermon as he preached on how to make marriage work.  

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Bill Crawford: America Headed to Civil War?

 First crazy Democrats denounced all police. “Defund police” was the cry. Now crazy Republicans denounce all FBI agents. “Defund FBI” is their cry. Both sides seem to seek no realistic outcome other than destroying respect for law and order.

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Saturday, August 20, 2022

Coming Soon

Season five of Cobra Kai is only a few weeks away.  Kreese is in jail while Silver rules. Check out the trailer below for some mindless fun. 

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Disinformation of the Day

WARNING: The Lumumba Administration classifies this post as disinformation. 

 Jackson needs water operators, right? The Mayor claims Jackson has a hard time hiring water operators, right? Well, perhaps Jackson might have an easier time finding water operators if it actually advertised for the coveted Class A operators, right?  Check out the job postings for the two water treatment plants on the city website.  Notice anything missing? 

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D.L. Gardner: Can Federal Threats Make a Male Give Birth?

Jeremiah 30:5-6, “For thus says the Lord, ‘I have heard a sound of terror, of dread, and there is no peace. Ask now, and see, if a male can give birth. Why do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in childbirth? And why have all faces turned pale?”

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Friday, August 19, 2022

Fiddling, Fiddling, Fiddled

There is no other way to put it: Jackson's water system is on the verge of collapse.  Jackson's leaders shucked and jived  for years about the water system as they covered up its true nature,  but fortunately, the EPA called their bluff.  WLBT's C.J. Lemasters and Anthony Warren obtained the records Jackson gave to the EPA and reported their  findings last night.  Be warned: rage may bubble up within while watching their report. Here is a brief taste of what WBLT reported last night:

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Sad.

 Father forgive them, for they know not what they do. 

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Kids Rebound on State Assessments

 The Mississippi Department of Education issued the following statement. 

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Latest Bar Sanctions

 Posted below are the disciplinary actions issued by the Mississippi Bar in the first half of 2022. 

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Thursday, August 18, 2022

Dan Berger: First Pick

 It's harvest time in many U.S. wine areas, and the first grapes to be picked annually, almost everywhere vines grow, are those that make sparkling wines.

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Mayor Spreads Disinformation Again

He just can't help himself. Give the Mayor enough time and he will find a way to tell a lie. While Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba accuses this site of spreading disinformation, he spread a bit of disinformation himself recently when addressing Jackson's water problems.

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DHS Hires Jones Walker in Clawback Lawsuit

Contract posted below. 

The Mississippi Department of Human Services issued the following statement. 

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The Wild West Comes to Mississippi State Fair

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

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Pearl Car Dealer Convicted of Fraud

 The Justice Department issued the following statement. 

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Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Jackson Man Sentenced in GI Bill Fraud

 The Justice Department issued the following statement. 

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JPD Accuses Reeves of Shooting a Woman

JPD accused Monte Reeves of shooting at two people in a vehicle on July 27.  The 73 year-old Reeves is the husband of perpetual Jackson mayoral candidate Charlotte Reeves. 

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Feds Declined to Prosecute George Robinson Trio

 The Justice Department declined to prosecute Anthony Fox, Lincoln Lampley, and Desmond Barney in the death of Gentleman George Robinson.  

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Meet the Material Girl

 “18 years! That’s wild but I didn’t doubt I would last this long.  The only person who tried to scare me was my dad,” said Whitney Giordano Foster, the owner of Material Girls and Highland Park.  The two stores specialize in women's clothing.  

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Robert St. John: Enter Enzo

Forty years ago, I worked my first shift in a restaurant. It was almost the first hour, of the first shift of the first day that I discovered what I wanted to do with the rest of my life— open a restaurant. That is not an exaggeration or oversimplification. The restaurant bug hit me instantly. Within a matter of days my life goal was set. 

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5 Years for Fox

Former JPD officer Anthony Fox is going to prison.  Circuit Judge Adrienne Wooten sentenced him to serve 20 years in prison but suspended 15 years of the sentence this morning.  A jury convicted Fox of culpable negligence in the beating death of George Robinson.  Manslaughter is a 50% crime, right, so Fox will probably serve 30 months in prison. The video is posted below.  Judge Wooten's remarks and sentencing begins at 1:06:30. 

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Sid Salter: Ham & Eggs? Mass. & Cali Practice Self-Imposed Price Inflation

 The next time you travel to Boston, it might be wise on several fronts to stick with the chowder and lobster rolls rather than ham and eggs. Heading to California? Let me suggest a nice cioppino and a salad – but again, maybe not the ham and eggs.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Trustcare CEO Appointed to Airport Board

Update (9:30 PM): Airport Board will meet tomorrow at 10 AM.  

 The Jackson City Council unanimously approved the appointment of Warren Herring to the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority Board of Commissioners.  Mr. Herring is the President and CEO of Trustcare Health. 

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40 Years for Nursing Home Rapist

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

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Judge Tells City & Richard's to Work It Out

 U.S. Magistrate Michael Parker is knocking heads together in the Richard's Disposal lawsuit against the city of Jackson.  Judge Parker ordered the city of Jackson and the Crescent City company to engage in good-faith settlement negotiations before a scheduled settlement conference on August 26.  The order states: 

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Gannett Going Broke?

 Is Gannett's stock price racing to zero? Gannett posted disastrous earnings recently.  The ever-shrinking media behemoth reported a $54 million loss in the second quarter as total revenue shrank 7% from a year earlier.  The market punished Gannett for the bad news as its stock price fell to $2.30 per share although it recovered to a promising $2.50 per share today.  The company issued the following statement:

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Hammertime!

Just when you thought it was safe to back into the water at Orange Beach.  Warning: Mute the sound before playing the video.

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Monday, August 15, 2022

Time to Phone Home

 Somehow this flick got past yours truly.  E.T. is playing tonight and tomorrow at Malco in IMAX.  

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Flashback: Wooten Catch & Release

This post was originally published on June 21, 2020. 

Crime does indeed pay in Jackson.  Hinds County District Attorney asked Circuit Judge Adrienne Wooten to revoke the bond of a first-degree murder suspect even though he later participated in a shootout and is the subject of an ATF investigation for looting a gun store.  Judge Wooten denied the request and kept his bond at $20,000.  

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Please Take Your Seats

The folks at SEC Shorts are back for another flight into football season.

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Pearl Issues Statement on Fatal Chase

 The Pearl Police Department issued the following statement. 

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Man Arrested in Madison Shooting

Or (in the Rocky & Bullwinkle narrator voice): Pickett Charged!

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

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10 JSU Games to Appear on ESPN

 The Jackson State University issued the following statement. 

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Wendy White on Bonds & Fees



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Sunday, August 14, 2022

Officer Shooting Midtown

 The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation issued the following statement. 

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Chase Ends in Death

 A Pearl police chase ended in a crash in Flowood.  Pearl police chased a vehicle into Pearl.  Unfortunately, the suspect struck a motorcycle.  

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Jim Hill Going Downhill?

State Representative Zakiyah Summers recently walked through Jim Hill High School and didn't like what she saw.  Check out what she had to say in the August 3 video posted below.

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Sunday Sermon

 The body was winding yet the spirit was still strong as the late Dr. Frank Pollard preached in 1999.  Enjoy the remedial sermon if you missed church today.  

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Bill Crawford: Reeves Slams "Cruel" Rental Assistance

 Gov. Tate Reeves took a strong stance against “socialist experiment programs” two weeks ago, or was he just playing re-election politics?

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Saturday, August 13, 2022

Jones Walker to Replace Pigott

The Mississippi Department of Human services will hire downtown law firm Jones Walker to replace attorney Brad Pigott in its clawback lawsuit.  

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DHS Update: Boot Camp Blowup?

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

Mississippi’s former welfare director said he was acting on behalf of then-Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, text messages indicate, when he funneled $1.3 million into a fitness program that the state is now targeting in its civil lawsuit to recoup millions in misspent federal dollars.

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D.L. Gardner: America's Great Expectations

Years ago I asked my students to take out a piece of paper and make a list of everything that the government was supposed to provide for us. I asked them not to write their names on the paper, but just make a list. This exercise is not original with me. A professor at a university in Florida did this years ago, and I was curious to learn what my students thought. I was also trying to help them find a good persuasive speech topic. 

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Friday, August 12, 2022

DPS: Video Clears Trooper

 The Mississippi Highway Patrol issued the following statement and video.  

The Mississippi Department of Public Safety (“DPS”), the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol (“MHSP”) and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation (“MBI”) have completed all necessary inquiries into an incident involving a state trooper that occurred in McComb on August 5, 2022. 

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Jones Employee Convicted of Embezzlement

 State Auditor Shad White issued the following statement. 

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Former DPS Commish Passed Away

 Former Department of Public Safety Commissioner David Huggins passed away.  

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How the Barksdale Bullion Flows

It is often said Mississippi is nothing more than a small club with only a few degrees of separation.  What is interesting about the Battle of Blue Cross is how it brought together some of the orbs in the Barksdale universe.  While Blue Cross goes after UMMC and Mississippi Today, Barksdale bullion flows to both the hospital and the digital newspaper.  

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Here Comes the Repo Man

You simply can't make this up.  Jackson dumps over 50 million gallons of raw sewage into streams and street.  One would think cleaning up such a mess would take priority, right?  Well, WLBT reports a different story: 

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11 Monkeypox Cases in Mississippi

 The Mississippi State Health Department issued the following statement. 

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JSU Delays Move-in Days Due to H20 Problems

The Jackson State University issued the following statement. 

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Thursday, August 11, 2022

Northpointe Killer Convicted

 Hinds County District Attorney Jody Owens issued the following statement. 

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Dan Berger: Vino Alfresco

  Dining outside can be a treat, but it has a way of affecting how we enjoy our meals, which includes wine -- which I consider to be an extra course in the meal.

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Sold!

 Campbell's Bakery gets new owners!!!  The Jackson favorite issued the following statement: 

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"The Corrupt Courtroom"

Most of the Jackson media ignored the Anthony Fox trial last week but for Therese Apel.  She gave Othor Cain the full story on what took place in the trial last week.   The interview is posted below and will probably raise more than a few eyebrows. 

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If at First You Don't Succeed......

 Can't blame the Airport Board for not trying.  The Jackson Municipal Airport Authority Board of Commissioners tried yet again to meet last night but was unable to do so because of a lack of a quorum.  

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Old Black Water, Keep On Rollin'....

 Just some black water flowing at the same place where JJ reported raw sewage flowing on Northside Drive a couple of months ago....

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Wednesday, August 10, 2022

See Dirty Dancing One More Time

 Have the time of your life one more time as Dirty Dancing returns to Malco and Tinseltown next week for not one, but two nights only.  

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Still Gagged

 Hinds County Circuit Judge Adrienne Wooten wasn't playing around last week in the Anthony Fox trial.  Check out the last paragraph of her gag order. 

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Health Dept. Hires New Chief Medical Officer

 The Mississippi State Department of Health issued the following statement. 

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Hotel Homicide

The Ridgeland Police Department issued the following statement. 

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Police Bust Drug & Machine Gun Operation by CCJ Golf Course

Police busted a drug dealing and machine gun operation recently, just a few feet away from where children play golf at the Country Club of Jackson.  

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Robert St. John: New Orleans Restaurant Recommendations 2022

This city is, unquestionably, one of the top five restaurant cities in America. I would imagine that if one were to poll national food critics New Orleans would be listed among the top three. To my taste— and I’ve eaten extensively in most of America’s top restaurant cities— New Orleans is number one. Period. No question. End of discussion.

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Recalled to Life

The property where the old Meadowbrook McRae's stands may get a new lease on life.  Dale Partners Architects announced a new mixed-use development will replace the abandoned department store.  The firm announced on Facebook: 

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Sid Salter: Tech & Global Politics Make CHIPS & Science Act a Necessary Investment

 Mississippi Republican U.S. Sens. Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith are in near-lockstep on their votes – skewing conservative on fiscal and social issues and reflecting the views of their conservative Mississippi constituencies.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Stork Training Critical When Lives of Moms & Babies in Jeapordy

 Ruth Cummins authored the following story for UMMC. 

  In his four and a half years as an emergency medical technician with a rural ambulance service, Zachary Jackson has delivered just one baby – a full-term, healthy little one whose mom did just fine.

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Jackson Issues Water Conservation Notice

 The city of Jackson issued the following statement. 

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PERS Investment Committee Gets the Bad News

The videos and reports of the the June meeting of the PERS Investment Comittee. are posted below* The committee meets bi-monthly and is the real nuts and bolts of PERS.  The reports don't include the bloodbath that took place in the markets in the second quarter of this year but PERS still suffered a -3.5 rate of return at the end of March, shrinking the PERS portfolio by nearly $2 billion.  Don't worry,  PERS still enjoys assets of $33 billion.  

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Jackson Issues Water Pressure Notice

 The city of Jackson issued the following statement. 

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Flashback: When Wooten Freed a Criminal

 This post was first published on March 11, 2020. 

Hinds County Circuit Judge Adrienne Wooten freed another violent criminal yesterday.  Darnell Turner is serving 45 years for strangling the mother of his child, shooting at her, and hanging her from a bridge. Of course, the thug appealed his sentence. He asked Judge Wooten to grant him a bond while he appeals his sentence.   The ever-so-gracious Circuit Court Judge ignored the Attorney General's objections and said yes, he could go home if he posted bond.  Turner made the $250,000 bond and is no longer in prison. 

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Meet Wendy White, Candidate for Circuit Judge

This post is authored and sponsored by the Wendy White for Circuit Court Judge Campaign. 

Wendy Wilson White is a new face in the election to be the next Hinds County Circuit Court Judge of the Seventh Circuit Court District, with a goal of sharing her story with every person she meets. The race is challenging, but the ability to relate to her community members makes the experience worthwhile. 

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DPS Investigates Arrest

The Mississippi Department of Public Safety is investigating an arrest made during a traffic stop in Pike County after video of the arrest surfaced on social media. 

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Monday, August 8, 2022

Dummy of the Day

 The Mayor of Shreveport pulled a good one.  KTBS reported: 

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Restaurants to Jackson: "We're Tapped Out"

A group of Jackson restaurant owners demanded Jackson and state leaders work together to fix Jackson's water problems at a press conference this afternoon. 

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Mayor Discusses Water Problems

 Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba is holding a press conference at the O.B. Curtis Water Treatment Plant right now.  It is streamed below.

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Jackson Dumps Over 21 Million Gallons of Raw Sewage into Town Creek

Millions and millions and millions of gallons of yes, raw sewage flowed into Jackson creeks over the last three months.  Jackson reported the overflows in a mandatory quarterly report submitted to the EPA on July 30.   The report states 21,812,740 gallons of raw sewage wound up in Town Creek alone while millions of gallons wound up Northeast Jackson creeks as well as Lynch creek.  Over 52 million gallons of raw sewage wound up in Jackson creeks. 

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Council Accuses Mayor of Conspiracy in Lawsuit

The Richard's Disposal lawsuit took an interesting little turn as the Jackson City Council accused the Mayor of civil conspiracy in a crossclaim filed Friday.

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Sunday, August 7, 2022

Shaming the Fat-Pride

 Bill Maher took on a subject no one wants to talk about Friday night: obesity.  Few say anything about the obesity crisis as no one wants to incur the wrath of the outrage mob.  Indeed, the Fat Pride crowd wants to rewrite science in Soviet style so they can hide the destructive nature of their behavior.  Check out what Maher had to say below. 

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Faith v. Reason

Faith versus reason is an old debate, stretching back to the beginning of human history.  The late Dr. Frank Pollard took up the ancient question in the 1994 sermon posted below.  Enjoy the sermon. 

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Bill Crawford: Firefighter Shortage Shows Need for Rural Plan

Mississippi remains mostly rural. Rural areas continue to struggle. New issues continue to arise. Still the state appears to have no comprehensive plan to aid rural areas.

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Saturday, August 6, 2022

Flashback: Cutting Off the Cutoffs

Warning: This post may be considered disinformation by the Lumumba Administration. 

What the hell is going on in Jackson? Readers may remember a year ago that Jackson was supposed to start cutting off delinquent water accounts.  JJ reported July 12, 2021

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Express Grain Drops Appeal

 This post is reprinted with the permission of the Taxpayer's Channel in Greenwood. 

Express Grain has dropped its appeal of the revocation of its licenses to carry on business as a grain warehouse and grain dealer. The licenses were revoked by the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce after a finding of fraud committed by Express Grain in the mandated audit reports which were provided by EG to MDAC for its license renewal in mid-2021.

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No Comment!

 Meanwhile, back in the old neighborhood....

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D.L. Gardner: Mandate Wars

 At this point the war could go either way. For the past two-plus years authorities from the federal level to state and local levels as well as corporate and institutional levels have been winning the mandate war. Why do we have to sit six feet apart, wear masks, and take shots with experimental ingredients? The “science” no longer supports wholesale one-size-fits-all mandates on everyone. Cue the lawyers.

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Friday, August 5, 2022

Restaurant Owner Speaks out on Water Crisis

 Aplos and Manship owner Steven O'Neill has a few things to say this morning about the Jackson water crisis. 

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Watson Takes on Biden

 Secretary of State Michael Watson issued the following statement. 

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Flashback Friday: Sheldon Harris

 Once upon a time, you might have noticed an old man who rolled the rubico tennis courts at Battlefield Park every day.  That elderly whippersnapper was Battlefield's tennis pro, Sheldon Harris.  Mr. Harris and his two-handed forehand were a fixture on the Jackson tennis scene well into his golden years.  

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Blue Cross Fires Away at UMMC, Mississippi Today, & Supertalk

Blue Cross took off the gloves and put on the brass knuckles Wednesday in its court fight with UMMC.  The health insurer subpoenaed all communications between the hospital, Mississippi Today, and Supertalk FM Wednesday as it seeks to prove UMMC officials defamed Blue Cross.

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Wendy White for Circuit Judge (District 2)

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Thursday, August 4, 2022

Airplane Lands Safely on Madison Avenue

 The Madison Police Department issued the following statement and pictures. 

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SEC Sues Pelahatchie Pig Lady in Ponzi scheme

 The Securities and Exchange Commission issued the following statement on August 1. 

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Fox Convicted

The jury convicted Anthony Fox of manslaughter by Culpable Negligence in the death of George Robinson when he was a Jackson police officer. 

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Funny of the Day

The Bangor Police Department (yes, Bangor, Maine), posted the following statement on Facebook.

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Keep Boiling

 The city of Jackson issued the following statement. 

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Unused Cellphones Cost State $$$$

 State Auditor Shad White issued the following statement. 

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Sheriff: Monitor Infected Jail with Covid

Hinds County Sheriff issued the following statement yesterday about the Federal takeover of the Raymond Detention Center. 

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Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Restaurant Owners go to City Hall

 Several Jackson restaurant owners are at Jackson City Hall to discuss the city's water problems with the Ad Hoc Water Committee.  The video is posted below.  All Council Members but Stokes and Grizzell are present.  Mayor Lumumba appeared for less than two minutes at the beginning of the meeting, explaining he had to leave because he had to attend another meeting.  The only Lumumba Administration official to attend the meeting was City Attorney Tori Martin.

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Airport Board Tries....and Fails to Hold yet Another Meeting

The Jackson Municipal Airport Authority Commissioners tried yet again to hold a meeting yesterday but were unable to do so as it was unable to reach a quorum. Left undecided were resolutions to raise parking rates, hire Yolanda McElroy for $90,000,  and renew the lobbying contract for $100,000,

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JPD Issues Night Driving Warning

 JPD issued the following safety tips for driving at night in Jackson. 

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Robert St. John: Support Your Local Catfish House

We are a nation of regional dining concepts and local dishes. Chicago has deep-dish pizza parlors. New Orleans has po-boy shops. Ohio has chili parlors. Maine has lobster shacks. South Florida has crab shacks. Maryland also has crab shacks (there are a lot of shacks in regional dining). Oyster bars are scattered across the Gulf states, and barbeque concepts are spread across the South. You’ll find vinegar-based barbeque in North Carolina, sweet sauce in Georgia, spicy sauce in Tennessee, white sauce in Alabama, and almost all that sauce will be slathered on pork. In Texas beef brisket is king. Most of the best barbeque in those areas is served— again— in shacks.




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Sid Salter: Air Conditioning Prisons is Measure of Both Basic Humanity & Business Acumen

 Those who are like me old enough to remember life before air conditioning in the Deep South often flinch a bit when passionate, well-meaning young prison reformers launch into a lecture about the cruelties of operating state prisons without the benefit of that comfort.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Wooten Tries to Shut Everyone Up

 Hinds County Circuit Judge Adrienne Wooten cleared the courtroom today and tried to place everyone under a gag order in the Anthony Fox trial.  

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Dan Berger: Savignon Blanc

       One of the world's greatest grapes, sauvignon blanc, has suffered enough indignities over the years to qualify as a survivor -- though the accolades it has received recently make it seem as if it's always been a star.

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Mayor Explains Water System Challenges

 Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba objected to the Mississippi State Health Department's boil water notice issued Friday for the city of Jackson.  Mayor Lumumba issued a statement that explains his position as well as the challenges currently facing Jackson's water treatment plants. The statement is posted below. 

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Accused Killer of Pregnant Woman Indicted

 The wheels of justice may turn slowly but turning they are after a Hinds County grand jury indicted Joseph Brown on July 22 for murder, aggravated assault, drive-by shooting, and shooting into a vehicle in the death of a woman and her unborn child at a Beasley Road gas station last December.  

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Monday, August 1, 2022

UMC Experts Explain Rare Bacterium found on Mississippi Gulf Coast

 Ruth Cummins authored the following press release for UMC. 

A rare bacterium discovered on the Mississippi Gulf Coast is here to stay. It can’t be killed.

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Bread & Circuses

The city of Jackson did not issue a boil water notice until late Saturday afternoon, a full day after the Mississippi State Department of Health issued its own notice. One would think Mayor Lumumba might have been troubled enough to brief his subjects or issue a boil water notice much sooner but he was tied up with more important affairs of state Saturday:

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Pelahatchie Woman Gets 10 Years in Murder for Hire Plot

 The Justice Department issued the following statement. 

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Mayor Objects to Boil Water Notice

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba strongly objected to the State Health Department's boil water notice for all surface water connections in Jackson at his weekly press conference today.  The presser is streamed below. 

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Ex-Natchez Employees Indicted for Embezzlement

 State Auditor Shad White issued the following statement. 

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Nearly 500,000 Kids to Get Pandemic Benefits

 The Mississippi Department of Human Services issued the following statement. 

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JJ Wins Public Records Fight Against Airport

 JJ won another round at the Mississippi Ethics Commission after the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority tried to keep yours truly from looking at the minutes last year.   

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Good Grief!

 A frustrated Jeff Good took to the pages of social media after the Mississippi State Department of Health issued a boil water notice for Jackson Friday afternoon.  The barrage of boil water notices, low pressure, and conservation notices are making life hell for Jackson's restaurants.   Mr. Good practically shrieked on Facebook Saturday: 

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Sunday, July 31, 2022

Former JPD Cop on Trial

Former JPD officer Anthony Fox is on trial this week in Hinds County for the alleged beating death of George Robinson. Circuit Judge Adrienne Wooten presides over Fox's trial.  Therese Apel has been covering the case every day from the courtroom on her website. 

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Curtain Call for Stokes Radio?

 Jackson Ward 3 Councilman Kenneth I. Stokes said today's radio show will probably be his last one.  The show was vintage Stokes as he said the Mayor is "dumb as a rock", griped about police chases, and raised hell about what else about water.  Oh, and he shucked the corn on who might run for Mayor.  Enjoy.

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Raided by the Lost Ark

The late Dr. Frank Pollard had no qualms about preaching about a word often avoided, "judgment", in the 1994 sermon posted below.  Enjoy the remedial sermon. 

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Bill Crawford: Financial Straits May Force Hospital Ownership Changes

Hospitals in Mississippi face unprecedented financial pressures. Now two more have been forced to seek out new owners. The City of Greenwood and Leflore County have put jointly owned Greenwood Leflore Hospital up for bid. Jackson County supervisors will hold a public hearing on August 17 after voting to consider putting county owned Singing River Health Systems (SRSH) up for bid.

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Saturday, July 30, 2022

Saturday Night at the Movies

 JJ came across a real classic on Youtube starring a young Paul Newman that you might enjoy watching if you have nothing else to do on a Saturday night.  

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Funny of the Day

or Briarwood Bum makes good.

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Jackson Finally Issues Boil Water Notice

 The city of Jackson issued the following statement this afternoon. 

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Flowood Chief Suspended

 Flowood Mayor Gary Rhoads suspended Police Chief Ricky McMillian for a week.  WAPT reported:

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Pitiful!

 Several Jackson residents complained on social media that JPD's 911 service refused to take their calls.

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Friday, July 29, 2022

Geaux to the Ganza!!!

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State Issues Boil Water Notice for Jackson.... Again

 The Mississippi State Department of Health issued the following statement. 

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Judge Takes Over Raymond Jail

U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves denied a motion for reconsideration as he announced he is taking over the Raymond Detention Center.  Judge Reeves said Hinds County is simply not capable of managing its jail: 

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Airport Board Tries to Hold Meeting Yesterday

 The Jackson Municipal Airport Authority Board of Commissioners attempted to hold a meeting yesterday but were unable to do so due to the lack of a quorum. 

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Meanwhile at the County Jail

JPD arrested Monte Reeves for aggravated assault and shooting into a vehicle two days ago.  Reeves is the husband of perennial Jackson Mayoral candidate Charlotte Reeves. 

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Blue Cross Strikes Back at UMC

 A new front opened in the war between Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Mississippi and UMC yesterday.  After suffering several months of UMC attack ads, Blue Cross sued UMC Vice-Chancellor Dr. Louann Woodward, Associate Vice-Chancellor Dr. Alan Jones, and Communications Director Marc Rolph for defamation in Rankin County Circuit Court.  

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Thursday, July 28, 2022

The Return of the Pie

 Good news for Hubig's affianados.  The legendary New Orleans treat will rise from the ashes after its factory burned down ten years ago.  The Baton Rouge Morning Advocate reported last week: 

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Banks & Tyree Arrested

 The Capitol Police issued the following statement. 

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New Airport Commissioner a No-Show

JMAA Commissioner Dr. Geraldine Chaney did not appear Monday at the monthly meeting of the Board of Commissioners.  It is not known if the devil made her do it. Her absence left the Board with a quorum of only three commissioners but the meeting abruptly ended after only a few minutes when a commissioner suddenly left. 

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Onions

A memorial was created for Brad Pennington where he walked his last route.  Break out some tissues. 

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Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Sinkhole on Old Canton Road

A sinkhole developed on Old Canton Road by Parkway. The sinkhole appears to be two to three feet deep but also takes up almost the entire lane on Old Canton Road.  As the pictures below show, traffic passes only a yard or so away from the sinkhole.  Atmos installed a second plate and is supposed to repair the hole tomorrow. 

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Nancy Goes for Overkill on Phil & USM

 Nancy New picked up where Brad Pigott left off Monday as she subpoenaed a plethora of documents from former Governor Phil Bryant, Attorney General Lynn Fitch, IHL,  and the USM Athletic Foundation.  She is a defendant in a clawback lawsuit pursued by DHS and the Mississippi Attorney General in the DHS scandal.  

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Road Rage in Rankin

 Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement. 

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AG Sues over School Lunch Blackmail

 Attorney General Lynn Fitch issued the following statement yesterday. 

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Robert St. John: The Restaurant Family Takes a Vacation

Last week I spent seven days in the Florida Panhandle on “vacation.” I used the word “vacation” because that is the easy, go-to, and common nomenclature one uses when describing time off from work. The problem with using that term is that I never really take time off from work. I'm not complaining, I like it that way. I love what I do. I don't fish, hunt, play golf, or gamble. I love restaurants, food, and the restaurant business. If I have any hobbies I would have to state— other than the restaurant business, which is also my hobby— that movies, music, and football are what I enjoy in my pastime. But I am a spectator in all those activities. I am an active player in the restaurant business.

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Machine-Gun Op Busted by Country Club of Jackson

The ATF arrested Kent Newhouse on July 21 for manufacturing machine pistols at his home just a few feet away from where children play golf at the Country Club of Jackson.* Newhouse is the son of former Clarion-Ledger publisher John Newhouse.  

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Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Dr. Omari Accuses Pearl Mayor of "Grandstanding"

 Jackson Chief of Staff Dr. Safiya Omari stood in for Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba today at his weekly press conference.  The presser is streamed below.

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The Price of a Silver Tongue

Do you need a local guest speaker but don't know where to look?  Fortunately there is a website just such things.  Check out the list of Mississippi keynote speakers and their going rates.

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Jackson to EPA: Deadline? What Deadline?

That little ammonia leak wasn't quite so little as it managed to crash the entire Jackson water treatment system for several weeks.  The EPA wants answers and gave Jackson a deadline but the only part Jackson heard was dead as in drop dead.  

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JSU Athletes Celebrate 21-22 Success

 The Jackson State University issued the following statement. 

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Civics Lesson of the Day

Suppose it is the middle of a city election and a voter wants to see who gave what to whom.  He goes down to City Hall and asks to see the campaign finance reports.  Unfortunately for him, he meets a clerk who tells him in typical bureaucratic fashion to file a public records request, wait a week, and pay a fee as well as a player to be named later.   Frustrated, he says fuggedaboutit and goes home.  However, the Ethics Commission ruled in March he has a right to see those reports right there on the spot - for free.

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Monday, July 25, 2022

The Pox is Here

 The Mississippi State Department of Health issued the following statement. 

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$53 Million. No Jobs. No Plan.

How did Mississippi lawmakers spend BP money? 

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Business leaders hoped the state would use money from the 2010 oil spill to transform Mississippi’s coastal economy. Instead, lawmakers are using much of it to fill gaps in local government budgets and fund projects with few metrics for success.

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Pigott Contract Ends July 31

 Posted below is the contract between Bradley Pigott, Esq. and the Mississippi Department of Human Services.  For some strange reason, there is a great deal of interest in the contract so JJ obtained a copy of it.  

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UMC Spends Nearly $300,000 on Blue Cross Blitz

UMC is sparing no expense as it wages war against Blue Cross.  The hospital spent $278,796 on ads attacking the insurer in commercials, digital media, and on billboards after they divorced in April. 

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Sunday, July 24, 2022

Dental Director Out

 Mississippi Board of Dental Examiners Executive Director Chris Hutchison is now former Mississippi Board of Dental Examiners Executive Director after Friday's Board meeting.  

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Pigott: Oh Yes, I Did.

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

Mississippi Department of Human Services Director Bob Anderson said he took attorney Brad Pigott off the state’s ongoing civil lawsuit in the welfare scandal because Pigott didn’t consult with the agency before filing a recent subpoena that named the former governor.

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When is Freedom Freedom?

 When does is freedom slavery and slavery freedom? The question is not a review of 1984 but a question the late Dr. Frank Pollard asked in his sermon posted below.  Mixing Seneca, yes, the Stoic philosopher, with the Gospels, he preached how the freedom to indulge turns into chains of bondage.  Enjoy. 

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Bill Crawford: Speculation about 2023 Statewide Races

 The upcoming November 8th general election features contested elections in all four congressional districts.

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Saturday, July 23, 2022

Awesome! Totally Awesome!

 Want to guess that movie will be at the theatre next week? 

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D.L. Gardner: Politics for the Good of the People

 Why are we incapable of understanding each other? Why can’t we agree on reasonable expectations and goals of governing for the good of the American people? We have become divided by a common language. We cannot even agree on what things are good and what things are bad, much less compromise to get a little of each so we can achieve some good. 

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DHS Fires Back

Agency says it did not fire Piggot 

 The Mississippi Department of Human Services issued the following statement. 

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Man Accused of Killing Ole Miss Student

Update (9:30 AM): Attorney Carlos Moore tweeted he will represent his former nephew by marriage: 

I have been retained to represent Tim Herrington along with Kevin Horan. Although he has been charged with a serious crime he is presumed innocent. We will vigorously defend him and look forward to clearing his good name.


 The Oxford Police Department issued the following statement. 

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Friday, July 22, 2022

Pigott Claims he was Fired

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

The state welfare department has fired Brad Pigott, the former U.S. attorney it contracted to claw back millions in misspent federal funds from dozens of people in Mississippi’s sprawling welfare scandal.

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Health Dept. Offering Free Covid Testing Kits

 The Mississippi State Department of Health issued the following statement. 

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Chase Suspect is Murder Suspect in Another Case

 Pearl Mayor Jake Windham will hold a press conference at 1 on the police chase that took place yesterday.  The city issued a statement that is posted below. The video is posted below.

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Supremes Send AG Back to Civics 101

 Lynn Fitch's attorneys apparently need to take some classes in Mississippi Government 101 after the Mississippi Supreme Court embarrassed her office Wednesday.  

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Bobby Cleveland Lives on at Rez

Bobby Cleveland's legacy will continue at the Rez after the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District voted yesterday to change the name of Lakeshore Park to Bobby Cleveland Park at Lakeshore. 

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Thursday, July 21, 2022

Postman Killed in Chase

Updated with Jackson Mayor's statement.  

The Pearl Police Department issued the following statement. 

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Former Superintendent Busted

 State Beancounter Shadrack White issued the following statement. 

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Chappelle Cancelled

 Well, the nutjobs finally managed to get Dave Chappelle cancelled.  The comedian was scheduled to perform in at the First Avenue in Minneapolis last night but the outrage mob managed to get his show cancelled just a few hours before it opened.  The theatre tweeted this statement:

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DHS Busts Child Care Fraud

 The Mississippi Department of Human Services issued the following statement. 

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Alabama Dog Attack Victim Dies at UMMC

 An Alabama woman died at UMMC July 12 after suffering an attack by a pack of dogs in April.  WHNT reported: 

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Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Will Partying Turn into Prison for Tax Assessor?

A night of partying turned into a nightmare in Florence several months ago.  The Attorney General arrested Rankin County Tax Assessor John Sullivan for an alleged rape that took place at his home after Byram police arrested him for drunk driving just a few hours earlier. 

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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 Ro