Sunday, June 25, 2017

Madison resident going to DC

Madison County resident Heath Hall will be become the Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Railroad Administration.  Mr. Hall posted this message on Facebook:

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Still waiting........

 Notorious Jackson hoodlum Vidal Sullivan still sits in the Hinds County jail awaiting trial.  However, the District Attorney could send him back to the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections for violating his probation but has yet to do so.  JJ reported on March 29:

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Dr. Pollard: Our tendency to seek a lesser God.

If you can't make it to church this morning, enjoy this 1988 sermon from the late Dr. Frank Pollard of First Baptist Church (Jackson). 

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

The scapegoat responds

Former Ole Miss Assistant Athletic Director Barney Farrar vigorously defended himself against allegations that he was the mastermind responsible for recruiting violations in the football program.  JJ obtained a copy of his response through a public records request and posted it below. 

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Through the years

This pretty cool Youtube video shows the Beatles as they age through the years.

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Bill Crawford: Consensus needed on Medicaid

"It is the obvious which is so difficult to see most of the time," wrote Isaac Asimov. "People say 'It's as plain as the nose on your face.' But how much of the nose on your face can you see, unless someone holds a mirror up to you?"

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Update on Bill's Coin shop triple murder.

JJ obtained an audio recording of the initial appearance of Joshua Garcia earlier this week in U.S. District Court. It is posted below and a little over eight minutes long.

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Latest Crime stats

JPD posted the latest crime stats on Twitter yesterday:

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To catch a thief....

or Like a Good Neighbor, Ruger is there.  A thief took a left turn in Albuquerque and wound up being taped up on tape when he tried to rob a home while the homeowner was away.  However, he didn't reckon on the wonders of modern technology:

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Michael Winfield tries to use incompetence as an excuse but is still disbarred.

A Mississippi Supreme Court Complaint Tribunal disbarred Vicksburg Attorney Michael Winfield from the practice of law on June 6.  Mr. Winfield conspired with a client to defraud an estate and a Chancellor so they could split $50,000 in 2013.  Mr. Winfield is the brother for former Vicksburg Mayor Paul Winfield.  Paul Winfield was convicted of bribery while Mayor. JJ first reported on Michael Winfield's inability to properly practice law in a 2014 post, A Lesson in How not to Practice Law, that covered a different case.

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Here we go again.

A restaurant frequented by one-percenters was forced to shut down today due to a break in a water main at the intersection of Jefferson Street and Manship:

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Praise the Lord!

The little 8 year-old who was shot in the head last weekend will make a full recovery.  JPD posted this picture of the little tyke on Twitter:

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Update on Kingston Frazier case.

A preliminary hearing will be held in Madison County Justice Court Monday at 9:00 AM for Dwan Wakefield, Jr., Byron McBride, Jr., and DeAllen Washington.  They are charged with capital murder in the death of six year-old Kingston Frazier. Judge Bruce McKinley will preside over the hearing. 

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PSC to Kemper: No Mas

The Public Service Commission issued the following statement yesterday.

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Moody's downgrades Hinds GO bond rating

Moody's downgraded the rating of Hinds County's general obligation bonds from Aa2 to Aa3 in a bulletin issued yesterday:

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Ole Miss would love to provide names of boosters but......

The Kingfish filed a public records complaint against Ole Miss two weeks ago with the Mississippi Ethics Commission.  The university refused to provide a copy of the NCAA complaint against the football program and the school's response that contained the unredacted names of boosters cites in the documents.  Ole Miss said it would really really like to provide the records with those unredacted names but it awaits guidance from the Commission.

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AG: Watch out for hurricane scams

Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following press release. 

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Season 7 is coming

HBO just dropped a second Game of Thrones trailer.

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Couple indicted in triple murder case

Note: Audio of hearing posted below. 

The wheels of justice continued to grind up the fates of Jamison Townsend and Joshua Garcia.  A federal grand jury indicted them on June 6 for using a firearm to rob Bill's Coin & Jewelry Exchange and kill three men in December. The two accused killers made an initial appearance in U.S. District Court yesterday.   The couple fled Mississippi after the murders and were caught in Junction, Kansas several days later.  They are currently being held without bond.

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Rick Cleveland: The changing nature of golf.

Do you remember when a 7,000-yard golf course was considered a ridiculously long monstrosity? Do you remember when a 300-yard drive was considered prodigious? Do you remember when golf pros hit 7-irons 150-yards and wedges about 100?

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

30 years ago!!!

It's been thirty years since greatness hit the movie screens:

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Where have we heard of Canton Estates before?

WARNING: This video is very disturbing and very graphic. The N word is used repeatedly.

The ACLU sued Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker over the use of roadblocks at the entrances to Canton Estates and other apartments.  Hmm...... Canton Estates, where have we heard that name before? Oh yes, JJ posted this infamous rap video that was performed at the complex back in 2011:

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No luck for these two thugs.

Madison-Rankin District Attorney Michael Guest issued the following press release:

Jarvis posing on social media week after robbery

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Support JJ

It's time for the annual fund-raising drive for Jackson Jambalaya.

Thank you very much for your support of Jackson Jambalaya and reading the blog over the years. We've come a long way since we started up in 2007.  This blog couldn't have gotten as far as it has without support from the readers.  You've donated money, provided tips, and helped provide information when it was needed.  JJ is asking for your help again this year.

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Secret mental health report: State locks up too many kids.

The Mississippi Department of Mental Health tried to bury a report that blasted its shortcomings from the public. However,  the good guys won a round last week as the Clarion-Ledger's won it's fight to obtain a copy of the report.  The report said Mississippi spent much less per child on mental health services than the national average while it spent more of its budget on expensive institutionalized care than did other states.  The Justice Department weighed Mississippi's delivery of mental health services to it's children and found it to be very wanting.  The state naturally followed it's natural inclination to keep it all a secret and fought the newspaper in court over releasing a report ordered by the state.  Some highlights of the report are:

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Blast from the past.

Someone put together over thirty years of WLBT ID clips on Youtube.  You will probably recognize one voice at 2:55. Enjoy.

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Bigger Pie Forum: Verse 37 of the Kemper Song

You may have heard Mississippi Power Company asked for another rate increase for its Kemper County Lignite Plant. The request was in a June 5 filing in response to an order by the Mississippi Public Service Commission to review an earlier temporary rate increase. That earlier 15% increase was for the cost of Kemper’s turbines generating electricity from natural gas plus some incidental costs related to Kemper’s inoperable gasifier. It was scheduled to decrease as some of the costs it covered were amortized.

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Lumumba campaign announces inaugural plans

Jackson Mayor-Elect Chokwe Lumumba, Jr. issued the following statement.

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Shooting victim slowly recovers

Shooting victim Jason Brent continues to recover at UMMC although the road is long, painful, and tough. He was shot during a robbery at Battery Sales & Service on West Fortification Street.  His family posted these updates on their public Facebook pages:

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Madison County wants to sell some bonds

It looks like the Madison County Board of Supervisors might issue bonds for $8 million.  The resolution is on the agenda for tomorrow's regular board meeting.  The resolution states:

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8 yr. old shot in back of head.

Update (6/19/17, 8:00 AM): JPD tweeted this morning that little Kyles has been upgraded to critical condition. 

JPD issued the following statement.

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Paglia: Media misses real news while fantasizing about Watergate Redux

The media is agog over anything mentioning Trump, Russia, or FBI.  Camille Paglia slammed the media last week for making a fool out of itself while Trump goes on about his business in a Weekly Standard interview. She said

Last week, that conceptual gap was on prominent display, as the media, consumed with their preposterous Russian fantasies, were fixated on former FBI director James Comey's maudlin testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee. (Comey is an effete charlatan who should have been fired within 48 hours of either Hillary or Trump taking office.) Meanwhile, Trump was going about his business. The following morning, he made remarks at the Department of Transportation about "regulatory relief," excerpts of which I happened to hear on my car radio that afternoon. His words about iron, aluminum, and steel seemed to cut like a knife through the airwaves. I later found the entire text on the White House website.   Rest of interview.

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The power of friendship.

If you can't make it to church this morning, enjoy this sermon from the late Dr. Frank Pollard.  One of the best preachers to ever grace Mississippi. 

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Coach Freeze responds to the NCAA

Ole Miss Head Football Coach Hugh Freeze defended himself against the NCAA's charge that he lost control of his program.  The response was obtained through a public records request.  It appears Ole Miss and Coach Freeze have gone "all in" together on their response to the NCAA.  Coach Freeze argues that he created a culture of compliance at Ole Miss and blames the violations on individuals who lied to him as they evaded NCAA rules. 

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Scorer screws up scores.

The Mississippi Department of Education issued the following statement.

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Bill Crawford: Are we in Kansas?

Is Kansas a lesson for Mississippi?

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Friday, June 16, 2017

"Most thrilling moment of my life"

A Jackson waitress nailed her boss in the face with a chocolate cream pie after he mistreated her at a local restaurant.  Chris Costas reported the culinary crime to the police and had her arrested for assault.

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Defendant tries to seal lawsuit, blames JJ

Attorney Tom Ostenson cited this website as the main reason for his trying to seal a lawsuit that was filed against him recently.   The popular tennis teaching pro couple Courtney and Todd Middleton sued Ostenson after they lost their tennis pro jobs at River Hills Racquet Club in Hinds County Circuit Court on April 4.  The complaint accuses Mr. Ostenson of using his influence with several board members to get the Middletons fired from their jobs after an alleged dispute took place between the two families.   The lawsuit argues Mr. Ostenson is guilty of tortious interference with their employment contracts.  The defendant filed the motion to seal the case on May 25 and cited this post as the basis for his motion. 

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More DPS follies.....

A local ad agency is fighting a battle with the Mississippi Department of Public Safety over the payment of advertising invoices.  Media outlets in Mississippi are owed nearly $700,000 for DPS's advertising campaigns.  DPS says the agency must pay the bills first and then get reimbursed.  The ad agency claims the state is supposed to pay the invoices when presented instead of proof of payment by the agency.  The Clarion-Ledger reported yesterday:

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Worldstar!!!

A video of a JPD officer coming out on the short end of a short scuffle is making the rounds on Facebook:

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Mississippi State Medical Association lobbied for Board of Medical Licensure.

 "we have now what we have always needed, real partnership with the government"

The Mississippi State Medical Association represented the Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure for two years as a lobbyist.  The Board paid MSMA $30,000 in fees for its services.  The Board is the regulatory agency for physicians in Mississippi. MSMA calls itself "the largest physician advocacy organization in Mississippi, representing nearly 5,000 physicians and medical students."

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Zinn arrested for DUI

Hinds County deputies arrested Jackson attorney Walter Zinn Friday night for a DUI.  Zinn lost to Trent Kelly in a runoff to replace the 1st District Congressman Alan Nunnelee in a 2015 special election.  He also served as a policy advisor to Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba, Sr.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Sad but true

The City of Jackson is now providing free swimming pools:

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Sheriff Mason refuses to provide weapons qualifications scores.

Jackson Jambalaya filed a public records complaint against Hinds County Sheriff Victor Mason at the Mississippi Ethics Commission last week.  JJ attempted to obtain the weapons qualifications scores for Hinds County deputies last year but Sheriff Mason denied the public records request.

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Friday night!!!


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New Black Panthers to protest today.

The New Black Panthers announced on Facebook that they will protest at the Mississippi State Capitol today over the beheading of Jeremy Jackson:

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Rick Cleveland: Ole Miss super soph

In the recent Fed Ex St. Jude Classic, Ole Miss sophomore Braden Thornberry shot 71 in the first round, 69 in the second. Thornberry, playing for the first time in a PGA Tour event, was warming to the task.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Ouch!

You may not want to try this in public......

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Dept. of Education presents "Mississippi Succeeds"

The Mississippi Department of Education issued the following statement.  

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$20,000 reward

JPD issued the following statement.

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Department of Health reorganizes

The Mississippi State Department of Health issued the following statement.

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Here come the white-coats

The Mississippi State Medical Association tried to get the Kingfish to remove his own comment on this website.  There was a rather vigorous discussion that took place on JJ when I posted the news about the firing of Executive Director Dr. Jerry Hall by the Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure last month.   I made a comment about MSMA Executive Director Charmain Kanosky on May 22, 2017 at 7:58 AM that drew the ire of the white-coats:

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Winter gets longer

34 days until season 7 of Game of Thrones begins. There will be some pretty long episodes in this season:

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Beheaded victim ID'ed.

JPD identified the beheading victim as Jeremy Jerome Jackson on Twitter:

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Jackson makes final five

The city of Jackson issued the following press release. 

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Rebel Rags sues MSU players, Tunsil's stepdad over NCAA allegations

A copy of the lawsuit is posted below. 

Rebel Rags sued Mississippi State football players Leo Lewis and Kobe Jones for defamation in Lafayette County Circuit Court Friday.  The complaint also named Lindsey Miller and several John Does as defendants.  A NCAA Notice of Allegations charged that an unnamed Ole Miss booster gave free merchandise to two unnamed players in violation of NCAA guidelines.  Lindsey Miller is the step-father of Laremy Tunsil.

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JPD seeks federal help for two murders

JPD Chief Lee Vance held a press conference to discuss the murder of Johnny Brown and an unknown man whose head was decapitated last weekend.  Chief Vance urged anyone who had information to contact JPD or federal agencies.  He stressed there are ways to submit such information anonymously.  JPD also requested assistance from federal agencies.  He said right now no theory "was off the table".  WLBT's video of the press conference is posted below.

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Frazier arrested for shooting last year.

JPD and Hinds County deputies arrested William Frazier on December 17, 2016 for shooting into an occupied vehicle.   Frazier is the father of Kingston Frazier. JJ obtained the police report through a public records request. The police report states:

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Did Carlos' client try to smear Belhaven & employee?

A former Belhaven employee won a sexual harassment lawsuit, while Carlos the Clown's client stands accused of destroying evidence.  Erica Stewart sued Belhaven and its employee, Tarold Durham in U.S. District Court last year for sexual harassment.  Attorney Carlos Moore represented Ms. Stewart. Judge Carlton Reeves granted Durham's motion for summary judgment. However, Belhaven is a pit bull that won't let go of something between it's jaws, as it is also seeking sanctions against Ms. Stewart for getting rid of her cellphone after she was asked to provide text messages for discovery.  It also didn't help Mr. Moore's case upon discovering his client sent a nearly-nude selfie of herself to Mr. Durham before he sent a picture of his um, member, to her. 

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Facing Life's Bullies

The late Dr. Frank Pollard discussed taking on life's bullies in this 1988 sermon. 

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Ole Miss defends Freeze, blames #39 & Farrar

Ole Miss released its response to the NCAA's  2017 amended notice of allegations earlier this week. The NCAA charged Ole Miss with 21 violations that took place from 2010 to 2016.  The university admitted that "significant violations occurred" regarding the conduct of its football program but then patted itself on the back for "taking responsibility" and imposing its own penalties on the football program.  However, Ole Miss fiercely denied it had lost institutional control of the program - the most serious charge made by the NCAA. 

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Headhunters in Jackson? (Updated: Body found)

JPD just tweeted the following messages:

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Bill Crawford: When are the people sovereign?

Strong words from Governor Phil Bryant in his state-of-the-state address back in January:

"To the taxpayers who hear this message, rest assured your Governor recognizes that you are sovereign. You, by the power of your vote, grant us the authority to govern. The Mississippi Constitution makes clear that, 'All power is vested in and derived from the people.'"

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Friday, June 9, 2017

Zoo volunteers needed tomorrow.

This Saturday from 8 am to 10 am, help the Master Gardeners at the Jackson Zoo do a little upkeep, then spend the rest of the day with your favorite animals!  The general Zoo Crew Volunteer meeting (new or reconnecting Zoo Crew members) is at 10 am in the Gertrude C Ford Education center. Just check in at Admissions.  Call 601-352-2580 ext 240 or email scrain@jacksonzoo.org to rsvp to either volunteer event!


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Barber murdered at work.

JPD issued the following statements on Twitter:

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Showing the money

Readers were asking so here is the Mayor's campaign finance report that was filed on May 30. He managed to raise $263,264 in his campaign.  JJ would love to post the reports for the other Mayoral candidates who were on the ballot last week but they couldn't seem to get around to actually filing their reports.

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Commish: Be ready for hurricane season.

Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney issued the following advisory. 

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Repost: Majority-black school districts spend more money, get worse grades in Mississippi

Note: This post originally appeared on December 4, 2012.  The post became relevant again when the Southern Poverty Law Center recently sued the state of Mississippi over the funding of education.  SPLC claimed that majority white school districts enjoyed better ratings because they received more funding while majority black school districts suffered less funding.  However, this 2012 post reviewed the Mississippi Children's First for 2011-2012 that were produced by MDE.  Sadly, MDE stopped producing them when Dr. Carey Wright assumed office.  A sampling of the reports is posted at the bottom of this post.  The data is five years old but still relevant.  JJ initially reviewed the reports to see if there was any difference or patterns between successful and failing school districts.  No real patterns developed.  However, JJ did see what the SPLC did when the reports were reviewed by race and thus delved further into the weeds.  MDE did produce the reports for 2012-2013 school year.  A sampling revealed the findings from the previous year were still valid.  Earlier post with copy of SPLC lawsuit.


Highlights of post:
-All district report cards reviewed with charts included below. 

-Districts reviewed on # of teachers hired/Total # of employees
-Total spending per student compared by grades and majority race. All federal, state, & local funding dollars is included.
-Statistics are compared between majority-black and majority-white districts. Charts included.
-Districts over 80% of one race are compared to each other. Charts included.

A review of annual report cards for all Mississippi public school districts reveals some uncomfortable trends: majority-black districts in Mississippi spend more money per student, hire a fewer percentage of teachers, and have worse ratings than majority-white districts. The picture worsened for districts at least 80% black. They spend $2,000 more per student than  districts at least 80% white while performing much worse.

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Whither goes Hartford goes Jackson?

Hartford, Connecticut is has some of the same problems facing Jackson.  Joseph De Avila reported in the Wall Street Journal this week:

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Ole Miss stonewalls again

Update: JJ submitted a public records complaint to the Ethics Commission yesterday.  

Ole Miss refused to provide this website with a copy of the 2017 NCAA Amended Notice of Allegations that did not redact the name of boosters cited.  JJ submitted this request last weekend to the Office of General Counsel for Ole Miss:

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Rapist gets 55 years.

Madison-Rankin District Attorney Michael Guest issued the following press release.

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Check out the ACLU's clients

It seems the ACLU's star plaintiff in it's lawsuit against the Madison County Sheriff's Office has a rather colorful past.  One Khadafi Manning has been convicted of drug dealing and also arrested for domestic violence.  He is also suing the MCSO for targeting the Canton Estates Apartments with roadblocks and illegal searches while he sues Canton Estates for being too dangerous.

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Lock & load. JPD seeking armed Lorenzo Hemphill. Member of Catch & Release program.

Update: Hemphill turned himself in and is being held without bond. 

JPD identified a suspect in the shooting and armed robbery that took place at Battery Sales & Service on West Fortification Street yesterday and he is known to JJ readers.  JPD issued the following bulletins on Twitter:

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Is the mask coming off?

Brother Kali Akuno annointed himself as Chokwe Lumumba, Sr.'s spokesman when he was alive and has appropriated the same role for himself with Chokwe Lumumba, Jr.  Consider him the Prophet for the Lumumba family.  Well, the Prophet flat-out said the Greater Jackson Chamber of Commerce wants to remove blacks from Jackson.  As usual, he thinks in terms of nothing but race as his eyes only see black and white and by black, I mean his version of what is black. Check out the Prophet's statements in an interview given to the indypendent.org website this week:

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Shooting victim recovering

A victim of a shooting that took place during a robbery yesterday at Battery Sales & Service on West Fortification Street is recovering from surgery although he is still in critical condition.  JPD posted these messages and video on Twitter yesterday:

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Rick Cleveland mails it in from Ireland.

So, as this is written, Mississippi State and Southern Miss are about to play in a regional championship in Hattiesburg and your correspondent is roughly 4,400 miles away in Dublin City.

And your correspondent won't return until after either State or USM plays LSU in a Super Regional this weekend in Baton Rouge.

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Election night.

It's now official: Mayor Chokwe Lumumba, Jr.  Richard White kicked butt in Byram.  The Florence Mayor went down in defeat.  Jake Windham won by a huge landslide in Pearl. Down in Hattiesburg, long-time Mayor Johnny Dupree lost decisively by nearly two thousand votes to State Representative Toby Barker.  Fire away in the comments. 

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NCAA charges Ole Miss with lack of institutional control, Ole Miss responds, Boosters cited.

Note: This post reports the NCAA Amended Notice of Allegations against Ole Miss.  The Ole Miss response will be reported in a later post.  

The NCAA charged Ole Miss with a lack of institutional control over its football program in an amended notice of allegations that was provided to the school in February.  The notice contains 21 charges against the program. Ole Miss posted a copy of the 2017 NCAA notice of allegations and the university's response to them on its website today. .The notice and response is posted below.  The notice states that 15 boosters were involved in the violations but redacts their names.  Several coaches and athletic department employees were allegedly involved in the cheating as well.   The alleged violations took place from 2010 to 2016.

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Worldstar star yesterday, Facebook fool today

The Clinton police have been busy.  CPD issued the following statement and mug shot.  This dude might be a future Darwin award candidate one day.  He has potential.

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Clinton PD bust alleged drug dealer

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

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Take a break.

Time to take a break from news and politics.  Check out this webcam of some Ospreys down in Orange Beach. If you visit Orange Beach and look around, you might notice a few utility poles that have no wires attached to them but have a nest at the top.  That is no mistake as the power company erected those poles just for the Ospreys.   Those little seahawks just love utility poles and would tear up the lines when building their nests.  Thus the power company installed the naked poles and even placed webcams so people can watch the little birds after they hatch.  Enjoy. If the above link does not work, try this one.


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Monday, June 5, 2017

HCSO employee arrested for DUI

Clinton police arrested an employee of the Hinds County Sheriff's Office Saturday for DUI. Al Shurden is a detention officer at the Work Center. He was released on bond. 

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Ethics Commission tells Ole Miss to produce records & names in NCAA case.

The Mississippi Ethics Commission told Ole Miss that it must provide the names of boosters who were named in an NCAA Amended Notice of Allegations.  The Commission sent a preliminary report and recommendation to Ole Miss last Friday.  Steve Robertson of Scout.com had filed a complaint with the Commission after the university refused to provide him with a copy of the amended notice. The Commission will adopt the recommendations if neither party objects or after a hearing is  held.

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Presidente Carlos Moore

Carlos the Clown is actually running for President of the National Bar Association.  NBA is a national association for black lawyers.  Mr. Moore started his "Stay Woke" campaign with this message to the Magnolia Bar:

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Jaclyn for Mayor!!!



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Not ready for prime time?

The murder of little Kingston Frazier was nothing short of evil. The Jackson metro area was paralyzed.  A family was devastated and traumatized.  Grown men and women cried when the news of the murder was reported.  Seasoned cops said it was the worst day of their careers. However, the Hinds County Sheriff's handling of the case raised questions not to be ignored.  A suspect was released.  The Amber Alert was not submitted for several hours.  Public statements were made that weren't true but were later called mistakes. Law enforcement should never be above reproach and the murder of Kingston Frazier is no exception. 

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Sunday, June 4, 2017

42% vaccination rate = measles outbreak

There is a measles outbreak in Minnehaha.  There are 73 confirmed cases and all but four patients were unvaccinated.  The Washington Post reported on June 1:

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A Worthy Career

The late Dr. Frank Pollard praised mothers in this 1988 sermon.

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Godfather returns to big screen this week.



The Godfather returns to the big screen at Malco and Tinseltown today. Malco presents it at 2:00 along with reheated popcorn. Tinseltown shows it at 2:00 and 7:00 today. Malco will show it at 7:00 and Tinseltown will show at 2:00 and 7:00 Wednesday. Cinemark released this updated trailer in 2012.

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Saturday, June 3, 2017

Ole Miss booster sues to keep his name private in NCAA charges.

An Ole Miss booster who was disassociated from the football program sued Ole Miss to keep his name from being disclosed.  The lawsuit was filed in Hinds County Chancery Court on May 23.  A public records request asked for a copy of the NCAA amended notice of allegations.  The notice stated the names of several boosters who were disassociated from the football program.  Mr. Doe withdrew his petition on May 26 without prejudice.

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Bill Crawford: Governing between the extremes

Americans now live in a political environment dominated by extremes.
 
One burgeoning faction, looking through red tinted lenses, seeks "freedom from." Another, looking through blue tinted lenses, seeks "access to." A fading faction, looking through clear lenses, fears all will become tinted.

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Friday, June 2, 2017

Cool!!!

There is a really cool way to look at Mars.  Click on this link and move your cellphone around.  This link is best clicked on a cellphone or Ipad.  enjoy.

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Broderick is back in jail.

Our boy Broderick Robinson is back in jail.  JPD issued the following press release about the arrest of Broderick Robinson and his brother.



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Football star falls

Former Mississippi State University linebacker Quinton Culberson has been on a downward spiral for the last year.  He was convicted of a felony DUI last year but continues to have substance abuse problems.  He was arrested twice in November for business burglary and possession of drug paraphernalia.  He was again arrested for violating the terms of his probation. 

Source: Carolina Panthers

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The clock is ticking

Whoever the new Mayor of Jackson is will have to make several quick decisions thanks to a new state law*. The interim Directors of Public Works and Finance can't get paid after July 1 and the JMAA Board of Commissioners will lack a quorum after August.  Anna Wolfe reported in the Clarion-Ledger yesterday:

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

The Real Farmer's Market closes.

A regular fixture of Jackson is sadly no more.  Doris Berry closed down her  fresh produce stand at the Farmer's Market on West Street recently.  Jacksonians enjoyed her service for over 68 years.  Ms. Berry posted this message on Facebook:

Gone

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Marshall flies

Marshall Ramsey is known for poking fun at politicians through his cartoons.  However, everyone needs a change of pace and Marshall is no exception.  He has been sketching WWII planes this week as a form of art therapy.  Check them out. 

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Pearl man gets life for trying to kill wife.

Rankin-Madison District Attorney Michael Guest issued the following press release.

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Birds of a feather....

The Mississippi Department of Corrections issued the following statement.

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D.A.'s defenders speak out.

Defenders of embattled Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith spoke out about his Rankin County indictments at a press conference yesterday.  Othor Cain posted this video on his Facebook page:

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

A Tale of Two School Districts

 The Southern Poverty Law Center charged that the state favors white school districts such as Desoto County over black school districts such as Jackson Public Schools when funding education.  However, the lawsuit was long on rhetoric about discrimination and short of any analysis of the actual finances of each district.  A short comparison of the two districts is posted below.  JJ dug through the audits that are submitted to the State Auditor each year in an attempt to do Will Bardwell's homework for him. The audits reveal that Jackson spends nearly $2,000 per student than does Desoto despite having 6,111 fewer students Desoto.

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Who will watch the fox?

Well, well, well.  It seems someone doesn't want outsiders looking at public schools in Mississippi.  HB #905 would have transferred the authority to audit public schools from the State Auditor to the Mississippi Department of Education.  The bill stated:

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Junior League gives $400,000 to Children's of Mississippi

UMMC issued the following press release.

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Rick Cleveland: Blues Marathon needs a sponsor.

Jackson's highly acclaimed Mississippi Blues Marathon, which annually draws thousands of participants from all 50 states and several foreign countries, has been running for 10 years.

There might not be an 11th, and that, for my money, would be a shame.

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AG: D.A. indicted again

Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following press release.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Indictment: D.A. pointed a gun at girlfriend.

Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith is on his way to the Rankin County government complex to pick up an indictment against him.  A Rankin County grand jury indicted him for one count of aggravated stalking, one count of robbery, one misdemeanor counts of simple assault domestic violence.  The Attorney General is prosecuting the case. The indictment and mug shots are posted below.

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Kingston Frazier update: The deputy in question.

A disgraced former JPD officer was working a security detail at the Kroger on I-55 North when Kingston Frazier was kidnapped on May 18.  Hinds County Deputy Mertis Walker was indicted for extortion when she was a JPD officer in 2002 but her prosecutions ended in mistrials.  It is not known where she was when six year-old Kingston Frazier was kidnapped early that morning.  He was murdered several hours later.

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Remembering the fallen

JJ kind of took a break over the holiday weekend but does not want to leave Memorial Day without posting this video produced by the Marine Corps.

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Southern Poverty Law Center sues Mississippi over education funding. (Updated)

Quite a few readers have asked about the Southern Poverty Law Center lawsuit that was filed last week against the state of Mississippi over the funding of education.  It is posted below for your perusal.  The SLPC also issued the following statement on its website that provides a concise summary of the lawsuit:

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Jaclyn Mask for Mayor



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Monday, May 29, 2017

Victims names released.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigations released the names of the victims killed in Lincoln County yesterday:

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"Suicide by cop was my intention."

Yesterday was a horrible day in Mississippi. A Lincoln County man killed eight people at three different locations yesterday.  One of the victims was a Lincoln County deputy.  Three women and two boys were killed as well.

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

D.A. will appeal to Supreme Court

The odds of the continuance of Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith's trial scheduled to take place next month just increased.  Mr. Smith filed a notice of appeal with the Hinds County Circuit Court Friday.  Special Circuit Judge Larry Roberts denied the defendant's motion to bar a retrial due to double jeopardy.    Mr. Smith was indicted for improperly helping criminal defendants.  His January trial ended in a mistrial.  However, Mr. Smith has not yet filed an actual appeal.

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Trading the soul for the self

The late Dr. Frank Pollard preaches on putting God first in this 1988 sermon. He even works some Nietzsche and Hegel into one of his better sermons.  Enjoy.

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JPD reports 26th homicide.

JPD issued the following statement.

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Farewell to Gregg Allman

Greg finally left this world to join Duanne in the next.  Here is a memory of those two magnificent musicians:

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Bill Crawford: Mississippians getting older.

Mississippi is getting older. No, this is not about our Bicentennial, but our people.
 
Since 1980 Mississippi's total population increased 18.5% but the population of residents aged 65 and older jumped 43.3%.  This pushed the median age up from 27.6 years in 1980 to 36.5 years in 2015. Over that time, the percentage of population aged 65 and older moved from 11.5% to 14%.

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Friday, May 26, 2017

For your viewing pleasure.

Three-day weekend and nothing to do? JJ makes some recommendations for those who want to lounge around the house this weekend.  . 

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The Burglary Blues

Someone tried, tried mind you, to rob E&L Barbeque this week in a rather humorous fashion:

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AG issues Consumer Guide on body shops

Attorney Generalissimo Jim Hood issued the following statement.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Great Game begins

HBO dropped a new Game of Thrones trailer yesterday.  There is one scene that is pretty awesome.

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13 year-old rapist gets 25 years.

Remy Harvey was sentenced to serve 25 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to kidnapping, armed robbery, and carjacking yesterday in Hinds County Circuit Court.  He was only 13 years old when he and 16 years-old Eddie Devine kidnapped and raped a woman at gunpoint at Hallmark Gardens Apartments in April 2014. 

Harvey yells at reporters in 2014.  Source: WAPT

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Third-grade reading-gate results: The kids are readin'.

More and  more Mississippi third-graders are learning how to read.  The little tots showed tremendous improvement on the third-grade reading-gate tests this year.  The Mississippi Department of Education press release mildly states that the passing rates improved from 85% in 2015 to 87% in 2016 to 92% this year.  However, the real story is in the weeds.  The number of schools that saw over a third of their students fail the test went from 47 in 2015 to 0 this year.  It appears that after a rough first year, the students, teachers, and parents buckled down and got to work on learning how to read. 

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Still partying in the county jail

The partying continues at the Raymond Detention Center.  Check out Demario Webster.  He is just Facebooking away while he is sitting around at the Hinds County jail.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Funeral for Kingston

Here is the funeral information for Kingston Frazier.

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Epps goes to slammer for 235 months

The Justice Department issued the following press release. 

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Should Oliver resign?

Representative Karl Oliver (R-Bull Run) tried to apologize for his lynching comments he made on Facebook but calls for his resignation grew.  The Unreconstructed Southerner made this comment on Facebook Sunday:

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Sex offender gets 40 years

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following statement.

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The airport follies continue

The city of Jackson submitted an open records request to various airport authorities and their corresponding local governments throughout Mississippi.  The requests are rather interesting in that they ask for color photographs of their respective governing bodies.  Jackson did not request that there be a paragraph and arrows on the back of each color glossy photograph.

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Rick Cleveland: The ladies lead the way.

We are nearing the halfway point of 2017. Interesting to note, in Mississippi sports these first five months, women have provided the most meaningful and poignant success stories, the most lasting memories.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Drive to Survive

The Mississippi Highway Patrol issued the following press release. 


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Enter the Dragon

New photos from season seven of Game of Thrones were released yesterday:

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No bond for accused Kingston killers (Updated with complete coverage)

Madison County Justice Court Judge Bruce McKinley denied bond for Dwan Wakefield, DeAllen Washington, and Byron McBride at their initial appearance today.   A preliminary hearing will be held for them on June 26 at 9:00 AM. Madison County Prosecutor Pamela Hancock told Judge McKinley that the state will seek the death penalty for McBride.

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Insurance Commissioner issues bulletin on opioids.

Mississippi Commissioner of Insurance Mike Chaney issued the following bulletin.

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Monday, May 22, 2017

"My son didn't kill that baby!"

Byron McBride, Sr. lashed out at the media today after a Madison County Justice Court Judge denied bond for his son.  Judge Bruce McKinley denied bond for Byron, McBride Jr.  He was arrested for capital murder in the death of six year-old Kingston Frazier.  McBride attacked the media, saying they had already convicted his son.  Watch the video for yourself:

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Accused Kingston killers face Judge today

The suspects in the murder of young Kingston Frazier will make an initial appearance in Madison County Justice Court today.  However, Dwan Wakefield, Jr., DeAllen Washington, and Byron McBride will not actually appear in the courtroom, but will make their appearance through the use of video conferencing.  Death threats have been made against the suspects and law enforcement officials decided to take no chances with their safety.

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Dumbass of the Day

Update: Speaker Philip Gunn called on Oliver to apologize:


“I condemn the comments recently posted on Facebook by Rep. Karl Oliver,” said Speaker of the House Philip Gunn. “They do not reflect the views of the Republican party, the leadership of the House of Representatives or the House as a whole. Using the word “lynched” is inappropriate and offensive. We call on Rep. Oliver to apologize.”

One of our esteemed legislators decided to get real stupid on Facebook and that is putting it mildly:

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Tag info not required for Amber Alert Activation

Many people are asking why it took roughly three hours to issue an Amber Alert for Kingston Frazier.  Little Kingston Frazier was kidnapped between around 1:15 AM Thursday morning in the parking lot of Kroger on I-55N in Jackson. Mississippi Department of Public Safety spokesman Warren Strain said the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation received the Amber Alert notice at 4:06 AM and issued the alert twenty minutes later.  However, Hinds County Sheriff Victor Mason blamed the delay in submitting the request to MBI on difficulty in getting the registration information for the Ebony Frazier's vehicle.  The Clarion-Ledger reported Friday:

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Med Board cans Executive Director

The Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure fired Executive Director Dr. John Hall less than a year after it hired him.  The Board fired him last Thursday because he and the Board apparently did not agree on how doctors should be disciplined.  The Clarion-Ledger reported:

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Sunday morning sermon

The late Dr. Frank Pollard was on fire as when he preached this sermon in 1988.  It is probably his most direct commentary on society today out of the 40 sermons that have been posted on this website.  If you can't make it to church, enjoy the sermon. 

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

The cultural kudzu of East Jackson

Collection of all Gold Coast posts.

The Gold Coast didn't slow down in 1947 even after the 1946 crackdown that took place after a Rankin County Constable and bootlegger killed each other.  Some Clarion-Ledger headlines give an idea of the lawless culture that defined the Gold Coast:


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MC carjacker returned to Mississippi

The Clinton Police Department issued the following press release.

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Bill Crawford: Stand up to tax dodgers.

It's time for Mississippi taxpayers to stand up to tax dodgers.
 
It's time to revolt against the State's unfair and discriminatory behavior in the collection of taxes on retail sales.

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Take a break.

This place could use some dog therapy after the last couple of days:

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Kingston Frazier update: Who told what when?

When did the Hinds County Sheriff's Office learn about the kidnapping of the late Kingston Frazier?  Sheriff Mason told reporters at a press conference yesterday that his deputy did not know a crime had been committed until 2:30 AM:

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Kingston was shot more than once.

It's time to kill a rumor about the murder of little Kingston.  This rumor is spreading like wildfire on social media:

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Capital Murder!!!!

Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker arrested D'Allen Washington, Byron McBride, and Dwan Wakefield for capital murder in the death of six year-old Kingston Frazier yesterday:

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Coming soon

We could all use a break.  Check out what is coming to Netflix:

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Third person arrested in Kingston's murder.

The Madison Sheriff arrested Byron McBride a few minutes ago.  Law enforcement sources tell JJ that McBride is the suspected shooter in the murder of little Kingston Frazier.

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Wakefield was Ridgeland QB, Washington arrested.

Update #3 (3:05 PM): Washington is in custody in Madison County and is under arrest. He and his attorney left the Hinds County Sheriff's Office and went to Madison County to surrender.



Update #2 (2:55 PM): Washington turned himself in to Hinds County authorities.  David Kenney (WLBT) reported on Twitter: "I'm not sure this second suspect is in custody. He's getting into a private vehicle, no handcuffs on, with a towel to hide his face."

Update: There is a big rumor that Washington was killed by a SWAT team at the Azalea Manor apartments.  Police sources say that is not true and he is going to turn himself in later today.  

Police have in custody Dwan Wakefield of Ridgeland.  Wakefield is a person of interest in the murder of little Kingston Frazier.  Wakefield was the quarterback last year of the Ridgeland High School football team.  Keep in mind he is a person of interest, not a suspect.  His father was convicted of cocaine possession in 2011.


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Jim Hood bags $2 million from Epps vendor

Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following statement.

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MURDERED!!!


Update #3 (11:46 AM):  Police have Dwan Wakefield, Jr. in custody for questioning.  They are looking for DeAllen Washington as a person of interest.

Source: WLBT
 Update #2: Child is dead.  He was shot to death.   Damn.  JPD just tweeted (10:55):

Stolen Toyota linked to the auto theft/kidnapping from Kroger on I-55 was located in Madison County. A deceased child is in the backseat.

Update: Kingston is found in Gluckstadt.  Vehicle abandoned. 

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation issued the following Amber Alert and photos. 

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Oops!!!

Hinds County Detention Officer Teryn Bowles wrecked two vehicles at the Mississippi Law Enforcement Officer Training Academy (MLEOTA) in Rankin County nearly two weeks ago.

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Rick Cleveland: Burdeaux might be best Golden Eagle on the diamond.

Where to even start with Dylan Burdeaux, who does so much for – at least record-wise – the best team in Southern Miss baseball history?

Credit: Sun-Herald

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Treasurer Lynn Fitch & College Savings Mississippi giving out over $3,150 in scholarships

Jackson, MS. Treasurer Lynn Fitch and College Savings Mississippi are excited to host another scholarship opportunity for Mississippians.  The Race to College contest will be held during the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) State Baseball Championships at Trustmark Park on May 18-19, 2017.

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ACLU's client sues Canton Estates for being too dangerous.


Did Joseph Heller literally ghost-write the ACLU's lawsuit against Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker?   The ACLU is suing the Madison County Sheriff for targeting blacks living in apartments on behalf of a client who is also suing those same apartments because they are too dangerous.  The client is also a convicted drug dealer.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Witness whacker gets life without parole.

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

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Here we go again: Three JMAA Commissioner terms are expired.

The terms of three members of the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority Board of Commissioners expired.  Five commissioners comprise the Board.  One commissioner's term expired over two years ago.

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Child dies after having breathing problems

The Madison Police Department issued the following statement.

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Sheriff hired step-daughter.

Hinds County Sheriff Victor Mason hired his step-daughter the day he assumed office.  She is one of the highest-paid employees at the Raymond Detention Center.  However, a 2007 Mississippi Supreme Court case allows public officials to hire step-children and step-siblings.

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Massage therapist escorted with a suspension

A massage therapist will sue the Mississippi State Board of Massage Therapy after it suspended her license on May 4.   The Board caught Jiana Hong advertising her therapy services on sexually explicit and escort service websites.  Attorney Ross Barnett, Jr. took a break from practicing his impersonations of Johnny Carson monologues and filed a notice of appeal in Hinds County Circuit Court on behalf of Ms. Hong last Friday.



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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Bedwetter alert

Ms. Social Justice Warrior walks into a store in Portland, gasp- Portland, and sees a couple of "Stars & Bars" rugs for sale.  Conniption doesn't begin to describe her reaction as she proceeds to go off on the employees who didn't exactly handle her tirade in the best way possible.  However, watch what happens in the video when she proves she can dish it but can't take it. 

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Bay St. Louis police accused of beating and choking a crime victim.

A lawsuit filed Thursday accuses Bay St. Louis police officers of arresting, beating, and choking a man who was already beaten to a pulp by some thugs before the police arrived.  Thomas and Cody Koenenn sued BSL police officer John Nelson as well as several other police officers and Mayor Les Fillingame for $5.6 million in damages in U.S. District Court for the incident that occurred last September. 

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What is right living?

Enjoy this 1989 sermon of the late Dr. Frank Pollard. 

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

The year the Gold Coast committed suicide

Collection of all posts on the Gold Coast 

1946 was the year the Gold Coast blew up.  The notorious Gold Coast culture finally crossed the line.  Beatings, arson, stabbings, and even shootings were not rare occurrences  in that part of Rankin County.  However, there is one time-honored rule among those for whom crime is a regular way of life and it was damn sure true back in 1946: don't kill a cop.  A constable and a major bootlegger fought each other and then shot each other to death.  The death of the lawman finally brought in fire and brimstone just as it did in The Godfather when Michael killed a dirty cop.  The lawlessness of the Gold Coast had gone too far and people said enough is enough. 

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Firing the First Fibbie

President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey this week.  The President, media, and politicians managed to create yet another feeding frenzy.  Yet lost in the conniption was a memorandum written by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.  The memo spells out the reasons for dismissing Mr. Comey and "restoring public confidence" in the FBI.  President Trump and The Spice is Right did not help their cause with their public statements on Mr. Comey's dismissal this week.   However, the memo posted below is worth reading and makes the case for firing the First Fibbie even if the President managed to turn it into a circus.  The memo states:

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Sharber admitted to medical facility.

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement on Joseph Sharber's threats to shoot law enforcement officers:

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Bill Crawford: Mississippi is a federal junkie

Top-notch finance experts assess risks and plan for downturns as diligently as they evaluate and promote upside opportunities.

Mississippi’s economy has become more reliant than ever on federal funds. Should President Donald Trump and conservative leaders succeed in their plans to slash federal spending, the risks to our state economy would be substantial, if we aren’t ready.

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Catch & release grad threatening to shoot police

WARNING: VIOLENT AND CRUDE LANGUAGE IN VIDEO.

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement, photo, and video.

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Coming to Jackson

Midget wrassling, oops, I meant "Micro Wrestling" is coming to Jackson next week.

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Parish responds to McDonald's mother


Wayne Parish responded Wednesday to a wrongful death lawsuit in Hinds County Circuit Court.  Yvette Mason-Sherman sued Wayne Parish, his business partner Jimmy Ratcliff, and Performance Oil for wrongful death in the death of her son.  Parish shot and killed 17 year-old Charles McDonald, Jr.  during a struggle over a gun at Performance Oil on McDowell Road on July 21, 2016. Attorney Carlos Moore represents Ms. Mason-Sherman. Mr. Parish places the blame for the young man's death solely on McDonald. 

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Curtis Wilson surrenders

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement.

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Sheriff Tucker responds

Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker issued the following statement. 

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Court tells Carlos Moore to pay up

A federal judge told Carlos Moore to pay his $3,000 fine after the Grenada attorney asked him to reconsider the fine. U.S. District Judge David Sanders sanctioned Mr. Moore after he failed to respond to discovery requests in a wrongful death lawsuit. Mr. Moore sued the city of Tupelo last year on behalf of the family of  Antwun Shumpert after he was shot to death by a Tupelo police officer. Mr. Moore asked the court to reconsider imposing the sanctions on him.  He said he was affected by several death threats that were made against him in a separate lawsuit concerning the state flag.  The Court was unmoved by his pleas for mercy and had a few things to say to the lawyer.

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Who followed the law?

All Jackson Mayoral candidates filed required statements of economic interest except for Chokwe Lumumba, Jr. and Mayor Tony Yarber.  Mississippi law requires all office-holders and candidates to submit a statement of economic interest form to the Mississippi Ethics Commission.  The Commission posts them online. Posted below are the filings for each candidate.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

D.A. tries to postpone his trial.

Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith wants to postpone his retrial that is scheduled to begin on June 12.  He argued in a motion filed yesterday that he intends to use the testimony of Christopher Butler to help his case but can not do so until pending criminal cases against Mr. Butler are adjudicated.  Mr. Smith was indicted for improperly helping criminal defendants.  His January trial ended in a mistrial.  However, the two sides have been battling back and forth so here are the latest developments in the case.

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Back in action

I-85 in Atlanta will actually reopen Monday.  The two sections that were destroyed in a fire were replaced in a month.  The Georgia Department of Transportation produced this pretty cool time-lapse video of the reconstruction:

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Man killed during home invasion

JPD issued the following press release. 

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ACLU: Madison Sheriff targets blacks

The ACLU sued the Madison County Sheriff's Department on behalf of ten black Madison County residents for allegedly targeting blacks.  The complaint charged that the arrest rate for blacks was nearly five times the arrest rate for whites.  Deputies were accused of using roadblocks, jump-out patrols, and warrantless searches of homes to harass the black community. The lawsuit was filed Monday in U.S. District Court and is posted below.

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Rick Cleveland lauds Billy Hamilton

There's been no shortage of sports news recently, but the story that intrigued this writer most was under the radar this past weekend – unless you were in Cincinnati. You, as I, might have missed it.

Source: MLB

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

A true hero

JJ came across these old newspaper articles about a Jackson soldier who was captured by the Nazis after his B-17 was shot down over East Prussia in World War II:

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City truck kills pedestrian, crashes into Gateway

JPD posted the following statements and pictures on Twitter.

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Coming in June

Tired of Fast & Furious ____ or comic book movies at the theatre?  Guess which movie is coming to Jackson in June:

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NE Jackson: Lock & Load

Police are looking for 18 year-old Curtis Wilson.  Wilson is a suspect in several Rankin County burglaries.  He resides at 1714 Lake Trace in Jackson (39211).  His pictures are posted below.  If you see him, contact the police immediately. 

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Rankin ring busted. 2 were out on bond.

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following press release and pictures.

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Epigrams and Interludes

or a postmortem on the elections in Jackson and the burbs that took place last week. 

My favorite chapter of Nietzche's Beyond Good and Evil is "Epigrams and Interludes". The philosopher chooses to collect a wide array of various thoughts and place them into one chapter.  I have decided to post my observations about last week's elections in the Jackson metro area in the same vein instead of writing one big monster column.  Enjoy.

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Weill routs Routh.

Hinds County public defender Christopher Routh was routed at the Mississippi Supreme Court.  Hinds County Circuit Judge Jeff Weill ordered the incarceration of Mr. Routh for the remainder of the business day.  Mr. Routh appealed to the Mississippi Supreme Court but the court upheld Judge Weill.  Mr. Routh found out the hard way that it is never a good idea to disobey a judge in open court.   The Court gave a pretty good idea of where it was going in the opinion in the first two sentences :

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Heroin bust on I-20

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement.

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Rankin man dies in ATV accident

Rankin County Sheriff issued the following statement. 

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"We're fortunate it wasn't worse."

Mississippi Treasurer Lynn Fitch issued the following statement.

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Sheriff claims he has immunity from lawsuit.

Hinds County Sheriff Victor Mason claims he has "qualified immunity" from a sexual harassment lawsuit since he is a law enforcement officer and is thus protected from "First Amendment" claims.  Former Hinds County Chief Deputy Cheryl Matory and deputy Tomeca Barnes sued the Sheriff in U.S. District Court in January for alleged sexual harassment, sex discrimination, and First Amendment retaliation.  The complaint included quite a few lurid details as his former Chief Deputy charge he tried to use her to arrange sexual encounters with another employee.  Earlier post.

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Morning ________

Saturday Night Live nailed Morning Joe last night. 

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The Last Supper

The late Dr. Frank Pollard preaches on the Last Supper in this 1989 sermon. 

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Saturday, May 6, 2017

The Gold Coast war years: crackdowns, shootings, stabbings

Collection of all posts on the Gold Coast.

Sheriff L.G. Holyfield.  Imagine that name spoken with the voice of John Facenda.  Such was the effect of that name on the Gold Coast.  Other Sheriffs made excuses as the whiskey flowed during prohibition in Mississippi.  Sheriff Holyfield just stopped them.  His tenure as Sheriff was a reign of terror for the Gold Coast. 

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Bill Crawford: Who cares about health care?

"Mississippi finishes last – again – among all states in annual health ranking," read the December headline in the Biloxi Sun-Herald. "Mississippi dropped to dead last this year among all 50 states in the annual 'America’s Health Rankings' released by the United Health Foundation," continued the story. "As one of the nation’s poorest states, Mississippi has a legacy of poor health because poverty is often a driver, and consequence, of bad health."

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Friday, May 5, 2017

No comment

Political campaigns always bring out the comedians and this week's election was no exception.  One rather crude letter made the rounds.   It's posted below.  Pretty much every campaign worker and political insider has already seen it. However, the names are redacted and it will be taken down after the weekend (or possibly sooner) so laugh while you can.  Don't bother trying to sneak in the names through comments.  They won't be approved.  Enjoy.

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Canton fires Rudy

The Canton Board of Aldermen voted 4-0 yesterday to terminate Rudy Warnock as city engineer.  Aldermen Les Penn, Eric Gilkey, and Andrew Grant did not attend the special called meeting.  Mr. Warnock is engaged in a court fight with Canton Municipal Utilities as well. The court denied CMU's motion to dismiss for lack of jurisdiction earlier this week. 

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State Capitol is now a national landmark.

The U.S. Department of the Interior designated the Mississippi State Capitol as a national historic landmark.*  The Capitol has been lauded for many years as a beautiful work of art.  Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewel stated in the press release:

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Check out the IMS gravy train

IMS Engineers obtained a "project management" contract from the Jackson City Council in December 2015 to manage projects funded by the 1% sales tax.  The amount of the fee for the contract was $840,000.  The term was one year.  Mayor Tony Yarber's administration tried to renew the contract and increase the fee to $1.5 million but the Sales Tax Commission objected to the renewal.  JJ obtained copies of the invoices submitted by IMS and posted them below. They make for some interesting reading.

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Chism & Millsaps analyze Mayor's race

Brad Chism and Millsaps College released an analysis of the election results and their poll conducted last week.  It is posted below.  The precinct results were posted earlier today as well.

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Deaton indicted in Rankin County

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement. 

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Chaney lauds Obamacare replacement

Insurance Commish Mike Chaney issued the following statement. 

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Read 'em and weep.

The precinct report for the Jackson municipal elections are posted below. Enjoy. 

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Reddix rolls

Jackson physician Carl Reddix pleaded guilty to one count of bribing Chris Epps when he was MDOC Commissioner.   It was quite a fall for the physician who was a mover and shaker in the black power structure of Jackson.  The court will sentence Dr. Reddix on August 1. He could serve up to ten years in prison and a fine of $250,000 or less.  The case is assigned to U.S. District Judge Daniel Jordan. 

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MS Truth Journal: Flagging revenues are a myth.

The Mississippi Truth Journal issued the following statement on Facebook.

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Speaker will study lottery

Speaker of the House Philip Gunn (R-DOR) issued the following statement.

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August trial set for ex-DJP secretary

Note: The Clarion-Ledger still has not covered this lawsuit. 

A former Downtown Jackson Partners secretary will go to trial in Madison County court on August 22 in a lawsuit filed by the organization.  DJP sued Linda Brune in 2014 for allegedly embezzling over $43,000.

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Congratulations to Chokwe Lumumba, Jr.

Note: Click here to see the precinct results.

Congratulations to Chokwe Antar Lumumba, Jr.  He came, he saw, he kicked ass.  Voters wanted a change and said so last night.  He lost three years ago but instead of quitting, he got tough.  He wanted the job more, he worked his butt off, and was willing to do what it took to win.  Never underestimate a ground game in local politics.  He won the race fair and square last night.  It's now his turn to show what he can do and if he can indeed revive Jackson.   Congratulations to Mr. Lumumba. 

Here are the final vote tallies from last night.

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Rick Cleveland opines on the draft.

As the last choice of the NFL Draft, Chad Kelly will spend the next year being called “Mr. Irrelevant.”

But it says here Kelly possesses the arm strength, athleticism and toughness to become relevant, indeed, in the NFL.

Kelly, at the end of his junior season and in the Sugar Bowl that came later, was playing the position of quarterback as well as anyone in college football. Clearly, he has the physical tools to succeed in “the league.”

We'll just have to wait and see if he can develop the discipline.

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Lumumba avoids runoff, Queen & Gene win, Rogers goes down. Canton rematch.

Election night is finally here.  This is the election night thread.  Fire away with comments and results. 

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S&P is worried about Mississippi.

Standard & Poor's issued the following press release about Mississippi's financial condition.

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Election Day thread.

The Clarion-Ledger's Anna Wolfe performed a public service last week when she interviewed each of the five major Jackson mayoral candidates.  A link to each story is posted below for your convenience.  Consider this post to be an election day thread on all municipal races.

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Cochran announces appropriations for Mississippi

Senator Thad Cochran issued the following press release.

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Thar' she blows!!!

A shame this wasn't an oil gusher but check out what took place on Heatherwood last night.

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Monday, May 1, 2017

One nation, Underwood.

Finally!  The trailer for season five of House of Cards was released today.  Enjoy.

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Back-page bust.

JPD issued the following press release. 

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Pearl Mayor's race

The media is focused on the Jackson Mayor's race but there is a hotly contested race in Pearl.  Jake Windham is attempting to oust Mayor Brad Rogers from the seat he has held for two terms.  Consider this post to be an open thread about the Pearl Mayor's race. 

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You can't make this up.

Check out this section of the Berkeley Police Department's website.

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Her Finest Hour

JJ was going to write an editorial endorsing Madison Mayor Mary Hawkins-Butler as it did four years ago but decided instead to tell a story that took place twenty years ago.


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Sunday, April 30, 2017

The slumlord of the Jackson City Council

If one wants to know why Jackson is falling apart, look no farther than Ward 5 Jackson City Councilman Charles Tillman and his properties.  Mr. Tillman owns 65 properties in Jackson.  The pictures posted below show the deplorable state of some of his houses.

These pictures are a perfect example of what is wrong with Jackson leadership.  Mr. Tillman has served several terms on the Jackson City Council. However, he vies with the Ward 7 Councilwoman to see who can miss the most meetings.  These pictures alone show he is unfit to serve, much less lead, Jackson.  Mr. Tillman would not be allowed to get away with this crap in Madison, Ridgeland, Pearl, Brandon, Clinton, or Flowood.  He is neither fit to serve nor fit to lead and that, my friends, is the bottom line.  Jackson can no longer afford to suffer such leadership. 

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Young boy electrocuted

Update: The young boy died. 

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement.

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Sunday Morning Sermon

Quite a few people probably didn't make it to church this morning thanks to the weather.  JJ presents this 1989 sermon from the late Dr. Frank Pollard. 

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

The booze must flow

Collection of all posts on the Gold Coast.  

It is Saturday night and that means JJ is publishing another post on the Gold Coast of Rankin County.  This week's edition covers the battle for the soul of Jackson that took place between the bootleggers and "the law".  Troops raided the Gold Coast, court dockets filled up, politicians screeched, and yet somehow, the whiskey flowed.

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The wannabe's face off.

The Jackson Mayoral candidates had one last debate before Tuesday's Democratic primary.  The Clarion-Ledger and League of Women Voters hosted them at the Mississippi College Schools of Law last night.  The newspaper's video is posted below.  However, headphones might be needed as the audio was not of the highest quality. 

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Bill Crawford: Controlling the spending kudzu

One of my many anonymous critics on the Jackson Jambalaya blog zapped me last week over my column "A Peek behind Legislative Leaders' Rhetoric." In particular, he/she said I lack "a coherent alternate plan" of my own.

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Canton Clown

The home of a Canton mayoral candidate is in foreclosure right now.  This notice was published in the Clarion-Ledger on April 20:

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Lumumba leads new poll.

Millsaps College and Chism Strategies issued the following press release and poll.

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Auditor: Jackson ends year with a surplus.

The city of Jackson issued the following press release.

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She's out of control.

This video is a good lesson in how not to be a cop even though the cop is from Brusly, La.  Watch for yourself and judge. The news broadcast video runs for a minute.  The "good stuff" starts at 1:00.

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MBHS to merge

Mississippi Today reported that Mississippi Baptist Health Systems is merging with its cousin in Memphis:

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Chokwe files

Chokwe Lumumba, Jr. filed his campaign finance report last night.  Read it and weep.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Arrest warrant issued in ballpark brawl. (Updated)

Update (4/28/2017):  Eric Johnson turned himself in this afternoon and after being processed, he was released on a $1000 cash bond until his court date of May 9th at 1:30 pm.

The Ridgeland Police Department issued the following statement:

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Who is in jail?

Burglars and violent criminals constitute most of the inmates in the Hinds County detention centers.  JJ reviewed a roster of the inmates.  Less than twenty percent of the Hinds County inmates were arrested for drug crimes and most of those offenses were trafficking.  The statistics remain little changed from three years ago when this website conducted a similar review. 

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Suspect sought in Madison County car theft.

Crimestoppers issued the following bulletin.

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Cecil Brown: Want to fix schools? Fix leadership.

More than 90% of all Mississippi kids attend public schools. That means that 90% of the state’s workforce, voters, parents, and leaders come from public schools. More than 60,000 teachers and support staff work in Mississippi’s public schools, and Mississippi state government spends more than $2 billion a year on public education. In addition, local taxpayers spend untold millions more. Is it any wonder that the subject of public education is always at the forefront for most Mississippians?

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Hinds deputy sues R. Kelly for alienation of affection, claims he gave wife STD.

Hinds County resident Kenny Bryant sued recording artist R. Kelly for alienation of affection in Hinds County Circuit Court on April 21.  The case is assigned to Circuit Judge Jeff Weill.   Mr. Kelly sang hits such as I Believe I Can Fly and If I Can Turn Back Time.  He has sold over 40 million records in his career.  The complaint is rather salacious in nature as it accuses Mr. Kelly of giving his wife chlymedia and having a sexual relationship with his wife that began a few months after they were married and continued for several years.

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AP: PERS has problems.

Collection of all posts on PERS.  

Well, well, well. It seems the local media finally deemed PERS worthy of its notice.  Of course, the AP's Jeff Amy didn't do any real reporting but instead regurgitated a report spoonfed to him by a think tank but progress is progress.

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State wants to tax B2B rentals

The Taxman, otherwise known as the Mississippi Department of Revenue, wants to tax the short-term renting of homes and apartments.  DOR filed a notice of a proposed amendment to an existing rule with the Secretary of State on March 24.  A hearing will be held today at the department's Clinton office at 3:30.   The proposed amendment redefines a hotel or motel to include single-family dwellings:

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Rick Cleveland: The Draft is upon us.

The 2017 NFL Draft begins Thursday, and there is really only one sure thing. That is, mistakes will be made.

It happens every year.

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JPD catches another bad dude.

JPD issued the following statement:

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Time to show you the money

The campaign finance reports for the Jackson Mayoral candidates was due at the close of business today.  All major candidates except Chokwe Lumumba, Jr. filed a campaign finance report.  However, a new PAC, Democracy for America, was formed for the express purpose of helping Mr. Lumumba.  It raised and donated all of $1,000 to his campaign.  Here are the reports.

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Meet the new expert on Jackson: Vice

 Vice magazine published a rather interesting version of the reign of Mayor Chokwe Lumumba, Sr. - from the viewpoint of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement.  JJ posted some excerpts of the April 2016 article below along with some color commentary from yours truly. 

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Mayfield's widow wants answers from attorney

The widow of Mark Mayfield wants to ask a Madison County attorney some questions concerning his involvement in the Rose Cochran "nursing home scandal" that took place in the 2014 Senate race.  Robin Mayfield filed a complaint for discovery against Richard Wilbourn in Madison County Chancery Court on January 18, 2017. Mr. Mayfield committed suicide after he was arrested for allegedly participating in a plot to use pictures of a vegetative Rose Cochran in a campaign video attacking Senator Thad Cochran.  Earlier post on arrest.

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30 for 20

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

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Showing you the money

Campaign finance reports for the Jackson municipal elections are due tomorrow.  The last deadline for these reports was January 31, 2017.  Candidates Mayor Tony Yarber and Robert Graham submitted their January reports.  A PAC for Chokwe Lumumba, Jr. submitted one.  John Horhn submitted one to the Secretary of State for his State Senator campaign finance account.  The reports are posted below.  Enjoy.

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Zebert paroled

The Mississippi Parole Board voted to grant parole to convicted embezzler and disbarred attorney Jason Zebert.  Zebert was released on February 19, 2016.  

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Ballpark brawl (Updated)

It appears a fight broke out at the baseball park in Ridgeland Friday night.  The video below shows two men being separated by a crowd of bystanders by the concession stand.  

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Open thread on the Mayor's race

We are going into the home stretch of the Mayor's race.  We will be covering it from now until the final ballots are cast.  Consider this post to be an open thread for your to comment on the election. Fire away. 

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Former football coach sues JSU.

Former Jackson State University Coach Harold Jackson sued his former employer in Hinds County Circuit Court Wednesday for employment discrimination.  Mr. Jackson claimed JSU discriminated against him and breached his contract when it fired him for having a losing record of 6-11 in 2015.  The school hired him in 2014 after firing Coach Rick Comegy. The school paid him a salary of $260,000 -a $60,000 increase over Coach Comegy's salary. 

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Understanding the Crucifixion & Resurrection

If you can't make it to church this morning, enjoy this 1987 sermon given by the late Dr. Frank Pollard at First Baptist Church. 

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

HBO releases GOT pics

HBO released several photos of the upcoming season of Game of Thrones:

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Acid attacks, shootings, burnings were typical events on the Gold Coast of Rankin County.

 Collection of all posts covering the Gold Coast of Rankin County.

1940 was a typical year on the Gold Coast of Rankin County: Bootleggin', whiskey, shootings, and good ole fashioned hell-raisin'. Jackson City Limits and The Dock had nothing on this place.   Someone even thought it would be groovy to drop some acid on the Sheriff.  Posted below is a collection of 1940 articles from the Clarion-Ledger covering the Gold Coast.  Enjoy. 

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Bill Crawford: Rhetoric v. Reality

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and House Speaker Philip Gunn are touting their great success this year in holding down the cost of government.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Rankin redneck shoots up hospital.

An East Jackson man was mighty upset as he shot up an operating room at a local hospital.  28 year-old William Dewitt got drunk, went to the Owl's Nest in East Jackson,  and cut a man who worked at the infamous nightclub.  The slicing and dicing of the black man did not satisfy Dewitt's rage so  Dewitt commandeered a taxi and chased the victim to the hospital. He entered the operating room and shot at a nurse who attempted to warn the rest of the staff.  a  Dewitt is white.   Thankfully, only the walls suffered the fury of his bullets as the gunshot victim hurled himself at the hoodlum and caused a shot that was aimed at the nurse's abdomen to miss.  Dewitt was arrested.  The newspaper article is posted below.

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The Meditations of Rudolphus Warnockus.

Public utilities are supposed to be boring. VERY boring.  However, we are talking about Canton and there is nothing staid or quiet about Canton.  The Blackmons and Warnocks* are fighting over the control of Canton Municipal Utilities in a way that brings to mind the old feud between the Junkyard Dog and the Fabulous Freebirds.  The two sides are slugging it out in federal court right now after CMU fired Rudy Warnock as its engineer after the Blackmons took control of the board of CMU.

However, 69 pages of the text messages of Rudy Warnock were attached to the minutes of the December 22, 2016 meeting of the board of Canton Municipal Utilities before he was fired.  The text messages give one a view of what is going on behind the scenes as threats as all kinds of drama takes place, including threatening to have a reporter beat up. 

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I-20 closed for repairs next weekend

The city of Jackson issued the following statement. 

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Vann Leonard paroled.

An old friend of JJ received a get out of jail free card although he is still a jailbird.  The Mississippi Parole Board granted parole to disgraced attorney Vann Leonard last year.  He embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars from clients several years ago.  However, his crimes are considered to be "non-violent" and thus he qualifies for parole after serving 25% of his sentence.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

And the "bombshell" drops

JJ is very suspect of so-called bombshells that suddenly appear right before a big election.  It is no secret Kimberly Bracey is suing Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber for sexual harassment. JJ broke the original story about the lawsuit last year.  Speculation ran rampant during the last few weeks that something would be filed right before the election and guess what? Something was. JJ was not going to report this new development in the lawsuit until May 3.  However, the news media is covering it and the Mayor issued a statement so here is the coverage.

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Jackson tried to "regionalize" wastewater treatment.

The city of Jackson proposed forming a regional treatment authority with the West Rankin Utility Authority for the operation of its wastewater treatment plant on March 13.  Unfortunately for Jackson, West Rankin rejected the proposal.  JJ obtained a copy of the proposal and posted it below.

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Welcome to Auburn

Auburn finally did something right.  Some Antifa protestors showed up to go all Berkely at a Richard Spencer speech. Some of them apparently forget that the anti-Klan laws applied to them while they protested the Klan.  Irony.  Watch for yourself.  These cops didn't play- unlike those in Berkeley who played while protestors were beaten.

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Sentencing reform bill has its own disparities.

Governor Phil Bryant vetoed a so-called "criminal justice reform" bill. The do-gooders patted themselves on the back as they crowed about how they were going to bring some true justice to the criminal justice system in Mississippi. However, HB #1033 takes aim at communities that try to protect their families from crime in the name of a "disparate sentencing" study. 


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Kayak launches added to Rez

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

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Plot to kill the Queen?

No, we are not talking about Kenneth Stokes but a member of the CMU board.  One Rudolphus Magnus Warnock is engaged in a court fight with Canton Municipal Utilities.  An affidavit was prepared on his behalf but it has not yet been submitted to the court.  The affidavit charges that one Cleveland Anderson offered to have Madison Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler and Madison County Journal reporter Michael Simmons whacked for $10,000 each.  It is not known if the alderman planned to finance the whacking with CMU bonds.

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Y'all Business site freshened up.

Mississippi Secretary of State Ribbit Hosemann issued the following press release.

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Jackson lawyer accused of embezzling from client

A lawsuit accuses a Jackson lawyer of embezzling $40,720 from his clients in a wrongful death lawsuit.  A Covington County family sued attorney Ramal Cotton in Hinds County Chancery Court on September 14, 2016.  Mr. Cotton sits on the boards of the Voice of Cavalry Ministries and the Downtown Jackson Neighborhood Association.  The plaintiffs are currently trying to throw him in jail. 

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Rick Cleveland: Early signing is here.

The NCAA announced last week that college football recruits will now have a chance to sign a scholarship in December rather than wait until the first Wednesday in February, the traditional national signing day.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

75 Years!!!



It's been 75 years since America showed what it is really made of during one of it's darkest hours.   It was 1942.  The Japs kicked our ass at Pearl Harbor and then proceeded to run roughshod over the Pacific.  Lieutenant Colonel Doolittle came up with the idea to attack Japan with B-25's launched from the deck of an aircraft carrier.  A suicide mission that might actually be crazy enough to work.  The rest is history.  The Japs couldn't believe that we dared to bomb their homeland.  It boosted morale at home and showed the Japs there was going to be a fight after all.  It nudged them into attacking Midway and the rest is history, as they say.  What is often forgotten is the brutality suffered by the captured pilots and those who helped the others escape in China.

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Ridgeland PD seeks identity thief.

The Ridgeland Police Department issued the following video, pictures,  and statement.

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Warden threw a party in the county jail....

Meet Battlefield Dubb and his boyz.  Dubb is having a good ole time at the Hinds County Detention Center in Raymond jammin' to WJMI and starring in live Facebook videos.  Check out this pic:

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No comment.

The Jackson City Council got to see the two sides of Larry Nelson, Sr.  The south Jackson businessman decided to show some love for Jackson City Councilman Tyrone Hendrix in a rather um, interesting way at the March 21 meeting(1:25):

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Two killed in Rankin car crash

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement.

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Alcorn State has a Fight Club

The first rule about Fight Club is you don't talk about Fight Club so these Youtube videos will merely show the Fight Club that met at Alcorn State recently.

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State blessing or state takeover?

 Much ado has been made about the Capitol Complex Improvement District bill that was recently passed by the legislature.  Some have praised it as a major step forward for Jackson while some are shrieking hysterically that it is a state takeover of Jackson.  It's time to put the myths to rest.  JJ posted dissected the bill and posted its findings as well as a copy of the bill below. Read it for yourself and make up your own mind about what it all means.

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

MOAB!!!

We dropped the Mother of All Bombs on ISIS in Afghanistan last week.  Check out this footage of the blast that was shot at the ground level.

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Auto burglary ring busted

The Madison Police Department issued the following press release and mug shots. 

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Easter is for you.

The late Dr. Frank Pollard preached this Easter Sunday sermon in 1993.  If you can't make it to church this morning, enjoy Dr. Pollard's preaching.

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Remembering Big Red

Collection of all posts covering the Gold Coast of Rankin County. 

 The most infamous bootlegger in Mississippi history was probably G.W. "Big Red" Hydrick.  The Byram cotton farmer moved to Florence in the 1930;s and began a life of notoriety that spanned several decades on the Gold Coast of Rankin County.  He killed a woman, burned down rival nightclubs, beat black female students, egged on the mob at the Woolworth lunch counter, and shot numerous people.  In other words, he was a mean ole cuss who did what the hell he wanted to do when he wanted to do it.

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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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