Friday, January 19, 2018

Savage!

Percy King was shot and killed in his front yard this morning.  Mr. King was known as "The Snake Man" as he thrilled thousands of children in Jackson over the years. The possible suspect is in custody. 


JPD issued the following statement:

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Hosemann's truck stolen

Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann's truck was stolen from his home today.  Mr. Hosemann posted this message on Facebook.

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Vance: There was no lead detective.

Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith blamed JPD for the reason why Nicholas Coats was not indicted in the murder of Chelsie Kirschten.  Coats was arrested and charged with murder and shooting into an occupied vehicle in her death but he was released from jail on January 10.  Judge Bill Skinner's  October bond order stated that he should be released after January 2 if he had not been indicted.  WLBT reported:

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Pelahatchie plunder?

No lockbox is strong enough to protect a honeypot of money from politicians and such is apparently the case in Pelahatchie.   JJ has learned that State Auditor is investigating the city of Pelahatchie for misspending asset forfeiture funds.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Sheriff Mason warns employees: "I am watching you"

or Victor Mason: FIGJAM!!!

Hinds County Sheriff Victor Mason sent this letter to his employees today.

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Guest goes all in for Congress

Rankin-Madison District Attorney Michael Guest announced today in a packed Rankin County courtroom that he is running for Congress.  The video is posted below as well as a campaign statement.

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Will Whit win?

Whit Hughes announced he is running for Congress yesterday.  Mr. Hughes held a brief press conference at Mississippi Republican Party headquarters before he qualified yesterday.  The video of his announcement is posted below.

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MAEP rewrite passes House

Mississippi Speaker of the House Philip Gunn and House Minority Leader David Baria issued the following statements after the House passed a "rewrite" bill of the MAEP formula.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Sissy to Medical Board: "You have done enough. Stop now."

Doctors are not the only Mississippians opposing the Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure's proposed opioid amendments.  Posted below are several letters that patients sent to the Board.  Patients that are genuinely fearful that their lives are going to take a painful turn for the worse even if the opioid amendments become law.

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Guest is running for Congress.

Rankin-Madison District Attorney Michael Guest issued the following statement.

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Convenience store crime spree

The Clinton Police Department issued the following statement.

Hoodied Hoodlum plying his trade in Clinton

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State Auditor investigating Auctioneer Commission & Board of Cosmetology

State Auditor Stacey Pickering issued the following statements about the Mississippi Auctioneer Commission and the Board of Cosmetology.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Gipson out.

State Representative Andy Gipson issued the following statement on the 3rd District Congressional race.

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Insurance companies to remove age limits on autism therapy.

Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney and Secretary of State Hibbit Hosemann issued the following press release.

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Monday, January 15, 2018

No indictment, no jail. Accused Fortification Street killer goes free. (Updated)

Update (8:30 AM 1/16/18): The October 3, 2017 bond order for Coats states that he was to be released if not indicted by January 2, 2018.  He still has not been indicted so he was released per Judge Skinner's order.  Dixon's October 30, 2018 bond order does not state a "release by" date if there is no indictment.  Hinds County rules of court requires the accused to be indicted within 90 days or be set free. See order posted below.

Original post. Accused killer Nicholas Coats was released from the Hinds County Detention Center on January 10.  Coats and Lidarius Dixon were charged with murder in the death of Chelsie Kirschten.  Coats was also charged with shooting into an occupied vehicle.  The 23 year-old waitress was killed on  August 17 when she was stopped at the intersection of Fortification Street and North State Street.

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Bigger Pie Forum: A Medicaid Primer

BPF is publishing a multipart series on the Medicaid program. This being the first in the series, our goal is awareness and education regarding a large part of the state’s budget.Medicaid 101: Part I

The rising cost of healthcare in the United States is a concern not only for individual citizens, but also for the business community and the state and federal governments as well. One of the major issues that will be addressed during the 2018 legislative session is the reauthorization of the Medicaid program in Mississippi. Most people, legislators included, roll their eyes when they hear the term Medicaid. It is a complicated program but it might be worth deconstructing it a little bit to help folks understand it maybe just a little better.

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State offices delay opening tomorrow.

 Governor Phil Bryant issued the following statement. 

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Read for yourself: MHA's 990.

Since the Mississippi Hospital Association is fighting mighty hard to get a share of Medicaid money -meaning our money- perhaps it's time to take a look at its 2016 990.    Here is a snapshot of MHA finances*.

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Uh-oh.

It appears a lobbyist got a case of the stupid before the Gulf Coast legislative reception last week.  The annual reception is one of the larger parties held each year for legislators during the session. Harrison County Supervisor Beverly Martin posted this message on her Facebook page yesterday:

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"It's fake... mine's real"

And we aren't talking about um, implants.

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How far will you go?

The late Frank Pollard asked "how far will you go" in this 1986 sermon at First Baptist Church (Jackson).  This is one of his better sermons with some nice lines: 

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Bill Crawford: The Tupelo Story

Do you know the "Tupelo Story," the uplifting chronicle of Tupelo's self-transformation from "a hardscrabble hamlet" (Aspen Institute) to a prosperous small city and "national model for homegrown development" (William Winter)?

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Jackson boil water notice is lifted.

The city of Jackson issued the following water update. 

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Sugar epidemic?

The Clarion-Ledger published a big, huge expose on "sugar babies" at Ole Miss.  Yup.  Young, female college students are hooking up with older men through the internet in exchange for um, monthly support.   Sarah Fowler reported:

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Did hell freeze over?

If you have ever traveled via I-12 or I-10 through Baton Rouge, then you know there is a certain stretch of interstate that bedevils everyone regardless of direction.  Well, it appears something is gonna be did. 

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CMU paid nearly $100K for "community outreach"

Canton Municipal Utilities paid nearly $100,000 to two companies for marketing and "community outreach" services for 18 months even though the Board of Directors never approved a contract for the services.

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Killen dies

MDOC issued the following statement.

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House passes road funding bill

Mississippi Speaker of the House Phillip Gunn issued the following statement.

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Jackson water update

The city of Jackson issued the following water update. 

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Clerk shot in Ridgeland robbery

A clerk was shot during a robbery of a Ridgeland liquor store tonight.   Two men robbed Lake Harbour Liquor tonight. The victim was shot in the torso and getting treatment at a local hospital.  The injuries are not life-threatening.  The two suspects entered the store and grabbed an unknown amount of money from the cash register.  Police are trying to obtain a description of the suspects.

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"Mississippi has thrown me to the wolves"

Sometimes it is forgotten in the debate over opioid regulations that people are at stake. Real, live, honest to goodness regular folk.  One such woman stood up and told the Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure at its December 15, 2017 work session what its opioid amendments meant to her as a patient.

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Representative fights to abolish CON law

This column is reprinted from State Representative Robert Foster's Facebook page with his permission.

Everyone hears about how corrupt Mississippi is and how low we are ranked in healthcare, but most do not know just how corrupt or why our healthcare is so bad. Healthcare corporations are some of the most powerful lobbyists in this state, who also have very deep pockets. They will not like what I am about to share- and will provide manipulated statistics and false information in an attempt to discredit me. None of that matters because the truth is the truth and I answer to the people of Mississippi, not to them.

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Jackson water update

The city of Jackson issued the following water update last night.

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Stupidheads of the day

From the Richland Police Department's Facebook page:

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39211: Start drinking!

The city of Jackson issued the following statement.

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Millsaps/Chism poll: Hilbert popular, no new taxes, create a lottery

A Millsaps College/Chism Strategies polls says Gilbert is the most popular Republican and voters oppose raising gas taxes to pay for infrastructure improvements. Some highlights from the poll:

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Beat a mama, go home to mama.

Warning: Graphic photos posted below. 

Take a look at where convicted wife-beater Brian Clark is residing these days.

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Wow!

Awesome game last night.  Just wow. 

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Poll: Wicker enjoys strong support.

The Roger Wicker for Senate campaign released the following poll. 

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Ms. Sports Medicine Clinic speaks out on opioid amendments

Mississippi Sports Medicine Clinic opposed the opioid amendments in a letter sent to the Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure.   The Board approved new regulations that will make it tougher to prescribe opioids and impose new requirements for doctors who choose to do so.*  18 doctors signed the letter.  The letter was obtained through a public records request.

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Clinton police seek robbers

The Clinton Police Department released the following video and statement.

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Kingfish wins one against DPS at Ethics Commission.

The Kingfish won a public records fight against the Mississippi Department of Public Safety. The Mississippi Ethics Commission ordered DPS to provide this correspondent with a copy of all correspondence between the agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2016 regarding the DUI enforcement grants.  DPS refused to do so as it claimed they were part of an "investigation."

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Carlisle Street robbery

JPD issued the following statement. 

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Monday, January 8, 2018

Jackson water update

The city of Jackson issued the following update.

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Medical mall clinics reopen tomorrow.

UMMC issued the following statement. 

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PART-AY!!!!!

It's Spring Break time at the Mississippi Legislature.

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R.I.P., V.I.P.

Posted below is the obituary for John Ingram. He was a popular manager at Parlor Market and later Hal and Mal's. He meant quite a bit to quite a few people and deserved to be remembered.  

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College Savings Plan art contest begins


Today, registration opened for the fifth annual College Savings Mississippi Art Contest. Running January 8 through February 28, 2018, students across Mississippi can compete for over $3600 in Mississippi Affordable College Savings (MACS) scholarships by submitting an original piece of art on the theme, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

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The Silly Season begins

The Silly Season begins in Mississippi's Third Congressional District.  Congressmen Gregg Harper shocked the Mississippi political world when he announced he would not run for re-election last week.  His decision means there will be primaries on June 5 and a general election on November 6.  It is a safe bet that there will probably be a run-off in at least the Republican primary.  Cellphones nearly blew up over the weekend as hopefuls called donors and campaign managers while poring over their maps.  Here is a list of those who are rumored to be running or who have already announced. 

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Sunday, January 7, 2018

Pediatricians oppose opioid amendments.

Add the pediatricians to the ER docs, Ob/Gyn's, orthopedic surgeons, and a multitude of other Mississippi doctors who oppose the Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure's opioid amendments*.  Here are some excerpts from some of their letters.

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Trollfest '09

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

This is definitely a Beaver production.


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Trollfest '07

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

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

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

This is definitely a Beaver production.

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