Wednesday, November 22, 2017

I ain't no snitch!

There is apparently some honor among thugs after all.  Pitrell Brister and his buddies tried to cram a life of crime into one night 2 1/2 years ago when they terrorized the Green Room and committed more crimes in one night. The Green Room bandits were all arrested, convicted, and sentenced this year.  However, Brister pleaded guilty in exchange for a lighter sentence but when was time for him to testify, his trap went shut. The prosecutor asked the court yesterday to throw the tougher sentence at him since a deal is no longer a deal. 

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UMMC: We tried but no luck. Sorry.

UMMC said "we tried, but no luck.  Take your Madison Courthouse membership and go home."  UMMC sent this email to all Wellness Center members this morning:

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Biker killed in crash

The Madison Police Department issued the following statement.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

No comment.

You can't make this up.  You just can't.  Read ahead at your own risk. The stupid is strong with this one. 

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PERS employee charged with embezzlement.

Attorney Generalissimo Jim Hood issued the following statement.

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Stamps for Presidente

Jackson City Councilman Dekeither Stamps placed a few items on the agenda for today's meeting of the City Council.

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Man chased & shot down.

JPD issued the following statement and pictures:

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Opioids prescripton: Mo' jail, mo' taxes, mo' spending

There was a big, huge, yuuuge hearing at the Mississippi Medical Board of Licensure last week on proposed opioid regulations. That hearing will be the subject of an upcoming post.  The proposed regs were based upon recommendations made in September by Governor Phil Bryant's Opioid and Heroin Study Task Force. However, JJ will first take a look at the task force's recommendations before diving deep into what was covered at the hearing last week so don't get lost in the weeds.  Most of the issues that will be discussed in related posts begin with this task force. 

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Who is coming to Flowood?

What is going on at this site on Lakeland Drive?

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Porter leaving MDE

A longtime crony of the State Superintendent of Education is leaving the Mississippi Department of Education. Chief Information Officer Dr. John Q. Porter will resign his position at MDE on November 30. Contracts awarded to him and his associates have been the subject of withering criticism from the State Auditor and the PEER Committee.  The Associated Press reported:

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Sanders retires!

Enoch Sanders announced his retirement at the November 7 meeting of the Jackson City Council.  A tear must be shed as this noted community activist walks into the sunset as he leaves behind a memorable legacy.

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Golden Triangle Food Fight!!!

The CEO of  Golden Triangle Development LINK lacerated, eviscerated, and mutilated the Mississippi Development Authority leadership in an interview published in the Columbus Dispatch yesterday.  Some excerpts of the interview are posted below but the rest of the article is worth reading.  The Dispatch reported:

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Bill Crawford: Do our leaders even care about health?

Have Mississippi leaders become so accustomed to bottom national rankings that they don't care anymore?
 
Take health rankings for example. Mississippi has ranked among the bottom three since 1990. You know it's bad when the Mississippi State Department of Health posts on its web site, "Mississippi ranks last, or close to last, in almost every leading health outcome."

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Love is a big word.

If you can't make it to church this morning, enjoy this 1978 sermon presented by the late Dr. Frank Pollard. 

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Fearless

Turkey meets hunter.  What could possibly happen?

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People gone nuts.

JPD issued the following statement.

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Ouch!

What is it about Alabama-Auburn that brings out the stupid? 

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Chancellors back out of Christmas light fight

Two Chancellors recused themselves from a court fight over Christmas lights.  Eddy and Cecile Edwards  asked the Madison County Chancery Court to issue an injunction against the Richardson family on Sundial Road in Madison and declare their annual Christmas light display to be a nuisance.

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City stonewalls on library records.

Update (11:15 AM): Guess what just popped up in email?  ;-)

The city of Jackson has not provided records about the repairs to the Eudora Welty library roof to this website even though the request was submitted six weeks ago. 

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Kingston Frazier suspect posts bond.

Update: Wakefield posted bond and is no longer in custody. 

Madison County Circuit Judge Bill Chapman set bond for Dwan Wakefield, Jr. at $275,000.  Wakefield is charged with capital murder in the death of 6-year-old Kingston Frazier.  He was denied bond at a June preliminary hearing.  Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker's website states that he is still incarcerated. 

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Supremes rule against State Auditor in DMR case

Public Records laws won a victory in Mississippi today.  The Mississippi Supreme Court ruled against Mississippi State Auditor Stacey Pickering that Department of Marine Resources records sought by the Sun-Herald (Gulf States Publishing) were not exempt from the Mississippi Public Records Act.

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I'ts up to the Boss.

Attorney General Jim Hood said his decision on whether he will run for Governor in 2019 will rest upon his family's consent.  He made the remarks at a press conference yesterday at the Sillers Building.  Watch for yourself.

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Feds: Jackson's sanctuary policy may be illegal

The Justice Department issued the following statement.

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He stood his ground

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

More jailhouse rock

Kingfish will be tied up most of the afternoon so here is another installment of our Jailhouse Rock video series.  Our yewts from last week posted another video.  What's funny is one of them took down his Facebook page after JJ posted one of his videos even though no names were mentioned in the post.  Nice to know that JJ has a readership in the jail.  In this video, some prisoners channel their inner Michael Jackson.

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Catch this redneck

The Ridgeland Police Department issued the following statement and photos.

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No charges filed against teen protecting mother.

The Jackson Police Department issued more information about a deadly crash on Ridgewood Road that happened in August:

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Casablanca returns to big screen tonight

Casablanca will return to the big screen tonight at Malco to celebrate its 75th anniversary.


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President of School Resource Officer group charged with embezzling over $150,000

State Auditor Stacey Pickering issued the following statement. 

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Settled!

Kimberly Bracey's sexual harassment lawsuit against the city of Jackson and former Mayor Tony Yarber was dismissed on November 9.  U.S. District Judge Daniel Jordan said that the case was dismissed with prejudice due to a settlement between the parties.  The order is posted below.

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Rez robbers meet Waterloo

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement:

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Cease-fire declared in Ridgeland hotel wars

Developers struggled for nearly a year but managed to win approval from the Ridgeland Board of Aldermen last week to build two hotels.  The Board approved the construction of a Holiday Inn Express and Hilton Tru hotel on a unanimous vote.  However, the Board also extended a moratorium on hotel construction for another 180 days.  The moratorium will not apply to these two hotels.

New rendering of proposed Holiday Inn Express

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Hinds gets a nice check for tax sales.

Secretary of State Gibbit Hosemann issued the following statement.

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Grinches or Angels?

Two Madison attorneys are trying to stop their neighbors from having their annual Christmas light display.  Eddy and Cecile Edwards  asked the Madison County Chancellor to issue an injunction against the Richardson family on Sundial Road in Madison and declare the display to be a nuisance.Mr. Edwards is an attorney at Phelps Dunbar while Mrs. Edwards is a Professor at Mississippi College School of Law. 

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Smith Park restoration to commence

Downtown Jackson Partners issued the following statement. Artist renderings of Smith Park pre- and post-restoration are posted below.

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Another court orders Carlos Moore to pay up

Carlos the Clown lost again.  A Chancellor awarded a $28,846 judgement against attorney Carlos Moore's firm, the Moore Law Office, after it failed to honor an assignment of part of a BP lawsuit settlement that was awarded to his client.

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Swamp bubbles from Madison County

If one is going to keep an eye on the politicians, it's a good idea to stick around when they decide to go into executive session.  The real fun usually takes place after the executive session - when most of the audience has left.  The Madison County Board of Supervisors are no exception to using this old trick as they proved last week. 

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Bill Crawford: Reeve's tax cuts are risky for teachers and retirees.

State economist Darrin Webb projects state general fund revenues will fall for the third consecutive year. That's unusual. According to the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, declines of just two years in a row "have only occurred four previous times since 1970."

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Kindness

If you can't make it to church this morning, enjoy this sermon on kindness presented by the late Dr. Frank Pollard in 1988 at First Baptist Church (Jackson). 

Note: Dr. Pollard makes some interesting points about prayer in public schools at 13:00.  His stance is not as predictable as one would think. 

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14 year-old girl shot (Update: Victim died)

Update #2 (11/14/17 7:05 PM): The victim, Alexandria Love, died of her injuries.  Charges will be upgraded for Elmore. 

Update: Shooting suspect, Sheroderick Elmore has been located and is now in custody for Aggravated Assault in the shooting that occurred on William McKinley Circle.


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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Run, Redneck, Run!

Craziness in Oklahoma City:

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Cellblock Chillin'

Everyone else is taking off this afternoon so the Kingfish will follow the crowd today.  Here is another Facebook Live video shot from the cells of the Hinds County jail in October.    Watch around 12:30 in the video. You simply can't make this stuff up.

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Happy Birthday to the Corps

The Marine Corps is 242 years old today.  One can't celebrate the Corps' birthday without posting at least video.

Sergeant Major Jiggs leads Marines

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Zoo needs volunteers tomorrow morning

The Jackson Zoo needs volunteers for cleanup tomorrow morning.  This Saturday (November 11th, 8 to 10 am) is the Zoo's last landscaping day of this year, as many get into holiday activities in December. We will be focusing on the last of the autumn clean up, such as removing invasive plants, raking, and pruning.Yes, you can bring your own tools and gloves.   The volunteer gates will be open from about 8 to 8:15 am, after which all our landscapers will be sent throughout the park with tasks, and the gates will be closed.  This is a good service project for youths as well.


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Clinton catches (alleged) carjacker

The Clinton Police Department arrested a suspected carjacker last night. A victim was carjacked in Clinton Wednesday evening after his car was rear-ended by the suspect's vehicle. JPD assisted in the arrest. Police are still looking for two additional suspects.

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

David Watkins indicted

A Madison County grand jury indicted David Watkins for embezzlement on October 24.  Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following statement:

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Black Friday is almost here

Black Friday is almost here.  You can check out the Black Friday ads at this website.  Consider this post a JJ PSA. 

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See a block party in action, cell block party.

The partying continues in the Hinds County jail.  Weed, smartphones, you name it, the prisoners get it.  See for yourself.

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The evil that men do

Madison County deputies busted a dog-fighting ring on Monday.  Photos obtained by this website show the savage scene that greeted the deputies when they arrived.   Sheriff Randy Tucker's statement is posted below the photos.



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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

City Council ok's 4 school board nominations

The city of Jackson issued the following press release.

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Woodland? What's in Woodland?

Nestled away off of the Natchez Trace in North Mississippi is Woodland Furniture Store, unique in that it is both the largest furniture store in Mississippi, and the unofficial city hall for Woodland.  Patti Hill Pettit is the Mayor of Woodland and the owner of the store as the fortunes of both the city and store wax and wane together.

Entrance to Woodland Furniture Store

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Indicted attorney fights back

A Madison County grand jury indicted attorney Sharon Plunkett last month for allegedly embezzling from her law firm, Young Wells Williams, P.A. Earlier post.  However, the indictment is merely one front in a war between the Flora attorney and her former law firm.  Mrs. Plunkett sued for an accounting and discovery in Hinds County Chancery Court in September after the firm allegedly refused to allow her to review the financial records of her practice. 

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Golden

There has been quite a bit of sick news stories such as dog fighting rings, stabbings, and child molestors reported over the last few days.  Take a break from the news and enjoy this video JJ unearthed on Youtube.  A young Luciano presents Nessum Dorma as only he can.

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Runoff!

There will be a runoff for Hinds County Attorney.  Gerald Mumford and Malcolm Harrison advanced to the next round after they survived elimination in the primary today.  Roughly three hundred votes separated the two candidates.  Incumbent Martin Perkins only received seven percent of the vote with 748 votes.  Mr. Harrison led with 47% (4,861 votes) while Mr. Mumford had 45% (4,595 votes) of the vote.  The margin between the two was 261 votes.  The total number of votes cast was 10,229. 

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Pipe bombs found in Madison

The Madison Police Department issued the following statement.

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Jackson loses another car dealership

It appears Jackson will lose another luxury car dealership to Ridgeland.  The Ritchie Group plans on moving its dealership at 5320 I-55N in Jackson to a site on I-55N Frontage Road in Ridgeland next to Patty Peck Honda.  Ritchie sells Jaguar, Audi, Range Rover, and Volkswagen vehicles.  The city of Ridgeland is working with the Ritchie Group to issue $2.3 million in TIF bonds to fund infrastructure improvements for the project.


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Get out and vote today!

If you live in Hinds County, get out and vote for County Attorney.  The candidates are Gerald Mumford, Martin Perkins, and Malcolm Harrison.  

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Dog fighting ring busted.

Savages.  Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker issued the following press release.

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Sheriff takes a turn at catch & release

What does it take for someone to get locked up in Hinds County? 

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Public notice of JMAA RFP

The Jackson Municipal Authority issued the following request for proposals for restroom improvements.

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Madison County atttorney indicted for embezzlement

A Madison County grand jury indicted Madison County attorney Sharon Plunkett for embezzlement and mail fraud last month.  The indictments accuse her of embezzling from her law firm, Young Wells Williams, P.A.  Mrs. Plunkett no longer appears on the firm's website.  

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Football Follies

Punching a cop in the face is never a good idea.....

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Woman stabbed to death

JPD issued the following statement. 

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Money, sex, and power.

The late Dr. Frank Pollard (First Baptist Jackson) took on these three topics in this 1987 sermon.  Enjoy this sermon if you can't make it to church this morning.

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Saturday, November 4, 2017

Old times not forgotten

JJ discovered a video of one of the wackiest games ever played in Memorial Stadium on Youtube.

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Bill Crawford: Put spotlight on big business to create more jobs.

President Trump and Republican leaders in Congress should add one small thing to the tax reform bill to truly help make American great again.

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Friday, November 3, 2017

Governor & Mayor make appointments to "Better Together Commission"

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba issued the following statement.

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Ridgeland PD looking for Sephora suspects

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

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What happened to the body cameras?

The Hinds County Sheriff's Department purchased sixty body cameras and a server in 2015 yet they are nowhere to be found among the deputies.

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Support the Jackson Zoo


Support the Jackson Zoo in the annual "Twelve Days of Giving".  The deadline to vote is midnight tonight.  See below for more information.

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

UMMC closing former Madison Courthouse

The University of Mississippi Wellness Center announced today that it will close the "Wellness Center" on Highway 51 in Madison but don't worry, it is seeking to relocate to another site in Madison.  UMMC sent this email to its "Wellness Center" members today:

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Just a thought....

Suppose the Mississippi Department of Revenue does indeed charge internet sales taxes and starts collecting the revenue.  Does DOR keep all of that money? If so, what happens to the local governments who have seen their tax revenue vanish thanks to the internet? Does this mean cities and counties are suffer twice? Once from this monumental shift in the economy and once again when the state refuses to share the sales tax revenue.  Something to think about if the Department of Revenue has its way. 

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The Mississippi Taxman says Merry Christmas

Get ready to pay sales tax on those Christmas presents you purchase online. The Department of Revenue will being charging sales tax for internet sales even if the retailer has no presence in Mississippi.   DOR submitted a notice of a new rule to the Secretary of State yesterday.  The new rule will go into effect on December 1. The notice states:

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Accused Fortification Street killers denied bond

Hinds County Court Judge William Skinner denied bond at preliminary hearings held last month for the two men accused of killing Chelsie Kirschten  and ordered that they be bound over to the grand jury.

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$500 reward

A crime victim is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the recovery of his truck and arrest of the thieves who stole the truck and credit card. Info is posted below.

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New The Last Jedi trailer

Disney dropped more footage of The Last Jedi on Instagram yesterday.  Enjoy.

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

The Third Way for JPS emerges

Posted below is the Memorandum of Understanding for the "Third Way" for Jackson Public Schools.  Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba presented it to the City Council last night.  The council approved it on a vote of 6-0.  The Mayor also said that Governor Phil Bryant will announce the members of the Commission overseeing the "Third Way" tomorrow. 

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Ole Miss hit with $218,000 verdict in tenure denial lawsuit.

A jury awarded $218,000 to Michael Wiggington, Jr. yesterday after he was denied tenure by Ole Miss.  Wiggington was an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice for six years.  His application for tenure was denied by the university.  He sued Ole Miss in U.S. District Court.  Judge Neal Biggers presided over the case.

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Jackson hospitals improve on patient safety

Patient safety at Jackson-area hospitals improved from a year ago.  The healthcare watchdog organization Leapfrog Group grades hospitals on patient safety and issues a report each year.  Leapfrog studies factors such as infection rates,  mistakes, errors, and accidents to determine the score.  Only eight states had "F" rated hospitals and of course, Mississippi was one of them. 

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Clinton police nab bank robber

The Clinton Police Department issued the following statement.

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Oops!

WARNING: VERY GRAPHIC AND CRUDE LANGUAGE

 The woman who sued the former Jackson Mayor for sexual harassment should have proofread her Linkedin posting.  Read at your own risk.  This post is not safe for work or kids. 

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Judge Shirley says defendant didn't lose custody over unpaid fees.

Former Pearl Youth Court Judge issued the following press release.

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Zoo's Giraffe & Leopard die

The Jackson Zoo issued the following statement.

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Ex-Mayor introduces punk to the Board of Education (Updated)

Former Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber caught a punk trying to break into his car.  Mr. Yarber introduced our little hoodlum to some child-rearin' on the rear:

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Employees + credit cards = trouble?

Purchases at jewelry stores, trips to swanky beach resorts, $1,000 bbq meals, clothes, and steak dinners populate the credit card bills of Canton Municipal Utilities employees.  Cleaning bills, coffee, quick trips to fast food joints - no purchase was too small or too trivial for the favored few to pay with a CMU credit card. 

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Monday, October 30, 2017

13 year-old shot

JPD issued the following statement. 

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Burroughs indicted in death of girlfriend

This article is reprinted with permission of the Laurel Leader Call.

Greg Burroughs will have to answer in a criminal court for the death of 23-year-old Katherine Sinclair, who died from a gunshot to the head in the garage of his half-million-dollar home on the night of June 1.

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Police will be escorted at UMMC

The University of Mississippi Medical Center will no longer allow law enforcement officers to enter areas past the emergency room office unless permitted by UMMC police.  UMMC police officers must accompany the law enforcement officer to all areas of the hospital he visits.  All UMMC police officers were required to sign the order that defined the new policy. 

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JPS: By the numbers

Check out the employee roster for Jackson Public Schools.  JJ obtained them through a public records request and is analyzing them for a post that will be published later this week.  However, JJ thought the readers might want to have a sneak peek at the raw data.

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Boil water notice for Ridgewood area

The city of Jackson issued the following boil water notice for the area by Ridgewood Road and East County Line Road.

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Bookkeeper indicted in church embezzlement

Broadmoor Baptist Church is not the only church in the Jackson area to suffer from an embarrassing embezzlement of hundreds of thousands of dollars.  A Hinds County grand jury indicted a former employee in February for allegedly embezzling slightly more than $250,000 over a period of five years.  The indictment states:

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RSS tries to bar cameras from trial

Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith wants to ban all cameras from his upcoming trial in Rankin County.   The Attorney General is prosecuting the District Attorney on two separate indictments for simple domestic violence, aggravated stalking, and robbery.  The two sides are also warring over whether testimony about alleged repeated incidents of domestic violence and drug use can be admitted as well. 

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"How to be wicked without really trying"

It's time for the Sunday morning sermon.  Enjoy the late Dr. Frank Pollard's preaching in this 1987 sermon, Going to hell by default.  This is one of his better sermons.

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Saturday, October 28, 2017

Bill Crawford: What political donors expect for $$$

Steve Bannon recently met with mega Republican political contributor Bernie Marcus and heard him complain "for hours about the lack of return on his investment," reported Politico.com,

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Friday, October 27, 2017

People gone nuts today.

JPD issued several statements this afternoon.

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Ouch!

This video gives a new meaning to the phrase "One hit wonder." 

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Tic-toc, tic-toc

 The city of Jackson has not provided a copy of roof inspection reports for the Eudora Welty Library to JJ
 JJ submitted a public records request to the city of Jackson on October 8.  The request asked

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Mother lost baby over unpaid court fees

The MacArthur Justice Center in Oxford issued the following statement.

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Waffle House robbed but JPD gets 'em.

 Update: Suspect is Nicholas Thames. 20 years-old.


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Thursday, October 26, 2017

MDE to JPS: So?

The Mississippi Department of Education issued the following statement. 

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GOP elects Lucien Smith Chairman

The Mississippi Republican Party issued the following statement. 

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The "Radical Mayor & Conservative Governor" work together to form Coalition

*All JPS School Board members resigned. Dr. Fredderick Murray remains as Interim Superintendent. 

Governor Phil Bryant and Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba issued the following statement.

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Nursing home shooter caught.

Update: Johnson is being held without bond and will have an initial appearance this morning in Ridgeland Municipal Court. 

The Ridgeland Police Department issued the following statement and picture.

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Medicaid tries to award a nice no-bid contract.

Governor Phil Bryant ordered the Division of Medicaid last June to cancel a $23  million health care information technology contract no-bid contract that it was going to award to Cerner Corporation. 

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JMAA issues RFP for Hawkins Field projects

The Jackson Municipal Airport Authority issued the following Requests for Proposals.

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Wobbling away

The Governor is thinking.  WLBT reported that Governor is still looking for a "third way" instead of just approving a MDE takeover of Jackson Public Schools:

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

$332,000 embezzled. (Updated)

Broadmoor Baptist Church issued the following statement. 

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The past is not dead

The old adage that those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it may hold true yet again in Mississippi politics.  Speculation ran rampant in Mississippi over who might replace Senator Thad Cochran if his health forced him to resign.  Supporters of a certain state senator from Ellisville loudly proclaimed to all that Governor Bryant should appoint him if the Senator indeed resigned. However, they might want to heed what took place in Mississippi politics thirty years ago.

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Monitor: Sheriff spends jail money elsewhere even though jail is short-handed.

A Justice Department report states that Hinds County Sheriff Victor Mason is spending money budgeted for the Hinds County detention centers on other departments even though the Raymond detention center is severely short-staffed.  The report was submitted to U.S. District Court Judge John Gargiulo in August as part of a consent decree over the operation of the three Hinds County detention centers between the Justice Department and Hinds County.

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Broadmoor Baptist suffers embezzlement

An employee of Broadmoor Baptist Church embezzled from the church.

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Belhaven players busted

Three Belhaven University volleyball players were arrested in Ridgeland for shoplifting.

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They said not a word.

The perfumed princes of Hinds County, oops, I meant the Hinds County Democratic Delegation of the Mississippi Legislature wailed to the heavens while gnashing their teeth in a letter that protested any state takeover of Jackson Public Schools . It is not known if they rent their garments although it is almost a certainty they were covered in ash. 

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Shooting on Poplar

JPD issued the following statement .

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Get ready for Season 5


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Eudora Welty library flunked leak tests in 2015. Was anything fixed?

The Eudora Welty Library flunked seven of twelve areas of a field test for water leakage in 2015. The Jackson-Hinds Library System hired a Florida company in to determine why the structure was plagued by water leaks. Building Leakage Investigation & Testing (BLIT) reported that the roof membrane did not cover the entire structure, sealant was improperly applied all too often, water damage was causing the mortar to disintegrate, and a host of other problems. The report is posted below.

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MDE changes its ways

The Mississippi Department of Education has caught no small amount of grief from this website, the PEER Committee, and the State Auditor over how contracts are passed out to the favored few.  Chief Operations Officer Dr. Felicia Gavin announced changes to how MDE does business in the following statement: 

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If it's not nailed down......

This is one of the more um, interesting burglaries that has taken place in Jackson in a while.  JPD issued the following statement and video:

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Food Fight!!!

Apparently you clowns want to have a discussion on last week's blow-up between White House Chief of Staff and former Marine Corps General John Kelly and Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) over a phone call to a Gold Star family.  The video of General Kelly's comments are posted below. There were multiple attempts to hijack threads over the weekend so this post is just for you.  Have at it in the comments.

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College-town bars busted for selling booze to minors

Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following statement.

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Learning to have confidence

If you can't make it to church this morning, enjoy this sermon presented by the late Dr. Frank Pollard. 

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Eat at Joe's

This banner is literally flying around Tuscaloosa today:

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Huge freeze for Allen Smith's verdicts continues.

Ridgeland attorney Allen Smith, Jr. is suffering worse luck than a Mississippi State kicker in an Egg Bowl.  A Los Angeles judge reversed yet another huge talcom powder jury award for Mr. Smith and his clients.  Bloomberg reported today:

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Bill Crawford: Who is a real conservative?

Lots of political yammer about who’s a real conservative and who’s not.

So, how do you tell?

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Flashback Friday

Enjoy this 1970 clip of the LSU-Ole Miss game. It's pretty interesting to watch.

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You can't be serious.

Check out the latest rumor about Senator Thad Cochran.  Erick Erickson posted this on his website:

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Volunteers needed for Boo at the Zoo


Whether you can help set up or take down, greet guests, tell fortunes, assist trick or treaters through the park, help at a candy booth, scare ages 8 and up in the AAZK Haunted House, park cars, run supplies, or just have a special skill when it comes to events, the Jackson Zoo could use someone like you! Contact info for volunteers:

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Phil, this is no time to go wobbly.

"Remember George, this is no time to go wobbly"  
What Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher said to President George Bush

Governor Phil Bryant is channeling his inner Tito and trying to find a "third way" in handling the takeover of Jackson Public Schools. The AP reported yesterday:

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Allen Smith's luck goes cold. Court reverses $72 million verdict.

A Missouri appeals court showed Ridgeland attorney Allen Smith, Jr. another reversal of a huge jury award in his talc powder jihad. Mr. Smith racked up an impressive series of wins in lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson in St. Louis over products liability claims involving talc powder. However, the U.S. Supreme Court threw a huge freeze over his success in one day. Reuters reported in June:

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Haley hustled? Stion closing.

Yet another one of Haley Barbour's green energy projects failed.  Stion announced it will close its Hattiesburg plant.  Greentech Media reported:

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Pearl & Canton rise, Rankin slips, JPS crashes.

Read 'em and weep. Today is the day for tears of joy and gnashing of teeth in Mississippi public schools.  The Mississippi Department of Education released its school ratings for the 2016-2017 school year.  Pearl and Canton rose, Rankin County slipped, and the rest of the Jackson metro area schools stayed the same as last year.

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The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly: 2017 Mississippi public school ratings

The Mississippi Department of Education issued the following press release.

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The Cool Kids are back

The Cool Kids are back this week.  Y'all Politics published its list of the "Top 50 Influential People in Mississippi" and even had a fancy shindig for the winners earlier this week.  See the list. Not to be outdone, the Clarion-Ledger, actually Jimmie Gates published his list of the top politicos under the age of 35.  Since it is hidden behind a paywall, here is the list.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

GOP Chairman resigns

Mississippi Republican Party Chairman Joe Nosef resigned his position today. He submitted the following letter to Governor Phil Bryant.

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Denied!

The Mississippi Supreme Court rejected Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith's interlocutory appeal of the denial of a motion to dismiss by a Rankin County Circuit Judge.  His trial will begin as scheduled.  The order is posted below.

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Child traffickers arrested in Mississippi

The FBI issued the following statement.

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If at first you don't succeed, fail, fail again.

Alleged Belhaven Heights drug dealer Jennifer Leigh Williams is back in the slammer.

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Bigger Pie: PSC learns toward consumers


On October 5, 2017, the Public Service Commission approved the following language by a vote of 3-0 in Docket No. 2017-AD-112:

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A tale of two Ridgelands.

A study of the Ridgeland lodging market said that northern Ridgeland hotels enjoy a high occupancy rate.  The Ridgeland Tourism Commission commissioned Young Strategies of North Carolina to review the market.  Berkeley Young presented the study to the Ridgeland Board of Aldermen at a work session Monday night. He said the study showed the market was "a tale of two Ridgelands."

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Ouch!

Biloxi made it too easy for Marshall Ramsey:

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Senator Cochran returns to Washington

Senator Thad Cochran issued the following statement.

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Medicare open enrollment begins.

Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney issued the following statement.

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Surprise! Ridgeland Aldermen extend hotel moratorium.

The Ridgeland Hotel Wars continue.  The Madison County Journal reported last week:

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The Fall of the Tribe of Hotty Toddy

And there arose to the north of Eden a tribe called the Hotty-Toddys, who were also called metros. And the Hotty-Toddys were very displeasing; they didst place centerpieces on their banquet tables, and didst exalt themselves much. And they didst glorify the southern kingdom of the past.



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Good guys stand up and fight.

JPD issued the following statement. 

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Ole Miss: We're sorry

Ole Miss and former Head Football Coach Houston Nutt issued the following statement today:

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You can't make this up.

The Rankin County trial for Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith has been moved to...... Halloween.  You really can't make this up. 

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War Eagle = Jail Bird

An Auburn fan didn't have a fun trip to Baton Rouge last weekend:

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Double shooting on Fortification Street

JPD issued the following statement and photo.

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Supes appoint Connie Cochran to library board.

The Hinds County Board of Supervisors appointed Connie Cochran to the Board of Trustees for the Jackson-Hinds Library System.  She will represent District 4.  She was approved on a unanimous vote.  She is the former Election Commissioner for District 4.  District 4 Supervisor Mike Morgan moved to appoint her.  District 1 Supervisor Robert Graham seconded the motion. 

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Senator Cochran has relapse.

Senator Thad Cochran issued the following statement. 

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D.A. tries to stop trial & bar domestic violence testimony.

Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith asked the Mississippi Supreme Court to stop his criminal while the Court considers his appeal of a motion to dismiss that was denied by Rankin County Circuit Judge John Emfinger.  The trial is scheduled to begin on October 23.  The Attorney General is prosecuting the District Attorney on two separate indictments for simple domestic violence, aggravated stalking, and robbery.  The two sides are also warring over whether testimony about alleged repeated incidents of domestic violence and drug use can be admitted as well.   Attorney John Reeves represents Smith. 

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Hate it when this happens.

This is what happens when you become one with your Iphone.

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Bonds: Where the real action takes place.


Where can a good ole boy make an easy $20,000 without anyone knowing about it in Mississippi? Bond sales.  Eyes glaze over when bonds are mentioned.  Reporters who can barely add ignore the topic.  Politicians who can not add just trust their good ole boy friends to do right by them.  Adams County is a prime example of such a conundrum.  The  Mississippi Business Journal reported last week:

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Surprised in the Search

If you can't make it to church this morning, enjoy this sermon given by the late Dr. Frank Pollard. He preached from 1 Samuel 9:1-13. 

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Bill Crawford: Here comes Amazon

Rural communities just thought Wal-Mart was the great job killer. Now comes Amazon.

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Band director resigns over text messages

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement.

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Commission ok's Mumford's run for County Attorney

The Gerald Mumford campaign issued the following statement: 

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Land Sharks, Tide, & Bears, oh my.

Some Friday afternoon humor.

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Parent suing over teacher's alleged racist remark is in prison for fraud & owes $186,83 restitution.

Parents of a Northwest Rankin High School student sued the Rankin County School District and a substitute teacher in U.S. District Court for alleged racial comments made in a classroom.  They are represented by none other than attorney Carlos Moore. The Lindseys alleged:

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Thompson staffer in trouble again

Congressman Bennie Thompson's Chief of Staff can't seem to stay out of trouble.  Roll Call reported yesterday:

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Library to partially reopen.

Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney approved a limited reopening of the Eudora Welty library today after his staff inspected the building.

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Even the plants aren't safe.

JPD issued the following press release.

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And now a word from a sponsor

Well, make that a hoped-for sponsor.  This post may not be safe for work, kids or Land Shark fans.

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Nutt wants a rematch with Ole Miss.

Former Ole Miss Head Football Coach Houston Nutt, Jr. sued Ole Miss, IHL, and the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation in Lafayette County Circuit Court yesterday for breach of contract.  He filed a similar lawsuit in federal court but it was dismissed due to lack of jurisdiction. The lawsuit accuses Athletic Director Ross Bjork and Coach Hugh Freeze of defaming Nutt to the media.  This court fight has claimed its share of casualties, including the job of one Hugh Freeze.

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He's baaaaaaack.

A blast from the past has returned to Jackson.  Kwame Kenyatta is the Deputy Director in Public Works. 

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Woman busted for worker's comp fraud

Attorney Generalissimo Jim Hood issued the following statement yesterday. 

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Hurst is new U.S. Attorney

The Justice Department issued the following press release.

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Another lawsuit accuses Ramel Cotton of stealing from a client.

JJ reported yesterday that Jackson attorney Ramel Cotton was disbarred after a Mississippi Supreme Court tribunal determined that he stole money from his clients, lied to the tribunal, refused to provide his trust account records when ordered to do so, and approved the forging of signatures.  The discovery of Cotton's misdeeds may not be over as another former client sued Cotton in Hinds County Chancery Court in July for embezzling his settlement proceeds.

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Why we can't have nice things.

It seems some Grinches are trying to stop a popular Christmas light display.  WLBT reported Monday:

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Hazzard & Schwartz take over the airwaves

The Richard Schwartz & Brent Hazzard radio show has been spicing up the airwaves every Wednesday morning on WMPR.  Listen to the hottest talk radio show in Jackson posted below.



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Ridgeland PD looking for thief

The Ridgeland Police Department issued the following press release and asked for assistance from the public.

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Northpointe Nastiness

There has been a great deal of chatter online about a robbery that took place on Northpointe Estates recently. JJ did some digging and can give an account of what took place.

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Ramel Cotton disbarred.

The Mississippi Supreme Court disbarred Jackson attorney Ramel Cotton a week ago after a tribunal convened on September 8.   The tribunal disbarred the shyster after it ruled that he stole from clients, approved the forging of signatures, refused to provide his trust account records when ordered to do so, and lied to the tribunal. 

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Tickets are now on sale.


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Monday, October 9, 2017

Need a job?

Posted on the Ole Miss website today. 

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Pearl coach charged with cyberstalking

The Pearl Police Department issued the following statement and picture.

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Y.A. Tittle, R.I.P.

Former LSU and NFL legend Y.A. Tittle died today.  He could play a little bit of football.  He was a seven-time Pro Bowler in the NFL and was LSU's first former player to be named MVP in the NFL.  He won that award three more times after he was thirty-five years old.

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Winners of the Day

The Clinton Police Department issued the following statement and pictures.

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JPS collects more property taxes than ever.

Jackson Public Schools are short-changed because more affluent communities can pour more money into their public schools while Jackson struggles to keep its tax base.  Such is the mantra that is repeated over and over in the media and among community leaders.  However, the real truth is that JPS collects more money in property taxes than does any other school district in Mississippi.  What is really intriguing is that property tax revenue has been going up while the student population has been going down.  If anything, the working people of Jackson who pay taxes for their children to be educated are indeed short-changed but not by "disinvestment."  It is said a picture is worth a thousand words.  The pictures below illustrate the true state of affairs at JPS better than any long-winded column ever could.

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Ouch!

There was great wailing among the House of Toddy yesterday as the Rebels were smitten on the Plains yesterday and the trumpets of Auburn sounded great insult over the dead of the Rebels:

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Saying is doing

If you can't make it to church this morning, enjoy the words of the late Dr. Frank Pollard.  He preached from Matthew 12:33-37 in this 1987 sermon. 

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Rez standoff ends in arrest.

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement.

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Bill Crawford: Has anything changed?

Just when you thought it might finally be safe to swim in Mississippi's contractual storm waters, the MDE and Mississippi True contracts erupted.

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Contractor once convicted of bank fraud.

A Madison County contractor was convicted of bank fraud in 2006.  The Justice Department charged Chris Creely with one count of bank fraud and alleged that he arranged for fraudulent mortgages of over $300,000.  The defendant pleaded guilty in 2007.

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R.I.P. AIM & YGM.

Yes, some people still use Instant Messenger but that will change by the end of this year. AOL announced today:

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Remembering the Sears building

Yesterday was a sad day for a Jackson landmark, the Eudora Welty Library.  Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney minced no words and said the building should be condemned. The bricks are falling off of the walls, mortar is crumbling, the second floor is nearly ruined by a leaking roof, and there is raw sewage in the basement.  A far cry from when Sears opened the building  to much applause on March 21, 1947.  However, JJ aims not to mourn the building but memorialize it as it once was. JJ reached back into the archives of the newspaper and posted some of the building's past glory below. Enjoy.

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On second thought....

Check out WAPT's headline from yesterday:

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Former Pearl clerk accused of stealing $196,724.

State Auditor Stacey Pickering issued the following press release.

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Insurance Commissioner shuts down Eudora Welty library

Insurance Commissioner Mike  Chaney announced that he is shutting down the Eudora Welty library due to fire code violations today at 5:00.  The sprinkler system does not work and other problems exist.  The new roof has a major problem with leaks.  The leaks have caused a mold problem to develop.  Commissioner Chaney stated in a letter sent to Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba:

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Mississippi True or Mississippi False Flag?

The Mississippi Hospital Association created Mississippi True to get Medicaid managed care contracts.  Such contracts are big business as three such contracts worth $2 billion were up for grabs this year . Mississippi True loves to play the homeboy card as it beats its chest and loudly proclaims that the Medicaid money should go to a Mississippi company.  There is just one problem: Mississippi True's flag actually belongs on foreign soil.

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Investor alert!!!


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Commissioner says be ready.

Commissioner of Insurance Mike Chaney issued the following statement.

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Teresa Malone pleads guilty

Teresa Malone pleaded guilty yesterday in U.S. District Court to one count of attempt & conspiracy and one count of bribery of a public official.  The court filing states:

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Sheriff Mason secures the Mississippi State Fair

Hinds County Sheriff Victor Mason made a rare public appearance and spoke to reporters yesterday about security measures for the Mississippi State Fair:

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Support the Troops

The 172 Security Forces Squadron at Thompson Field needs your help.   See below for details.

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Guess who spent more money, had fewer teachers, and got worse results?

 JJ's comparison of the Jackson and Desoto County school districts has received no small amount of attention over the last two weeks.  The numbers don't lie as JPS was repeatedly found wanting when compared to Desoto County public schools.  The Mississippi Department of Education drilled deep and made the same findings back in 2011 yet the study fell into a black hole.  Keep reading, this is good information that needs to be a part of the public debate. 

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Senate confirms Hurst as U.S. Attorney

The Senate confirmed Mike Hurst as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi by voice vote last night.   Mr. Hurst will become U.S. Attorney when the President signs the order.  Senate report. Senate sources say the order should be signed within seven to ten days. Mr. Hurst was the Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi until he resigned in 2015 to run against Jim Hood for Attorney General. Senators Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker issued the following statement:

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JPD officer shot.

JPD issued the following press release.

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

JPD looking for burglary suspect

JPD issued the following statement, picture, and video.

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Meet the ACLU couple of the year.

Look who the ACLU honored for "Criminal Justice Reform":

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Judge rejects JPS's request to block takeover.

JPS failed in its attempt to stop the MDE takeover court yesterday.  Hinds County Circuit Judge Bill Gowan ruled against JPS's petition for an injunction yesterday. JPS filed the petition for a temporary restraining order on September 23.  The case was assigned to Judge Bill Gowan. JPS argued that it should have been given thirty days to respond to a 700 page audit of the district but was given only eight days to respond by MDE. The petition claims that MDE denied the district's right to due process.

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Monday, October 2, 2017

Belhaven student found

JPD issued the following statement. 

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Sheriff Bailey does Hinds D.A's job for him.

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement.

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Chism Poll: State flag support at 49%

Chism Strategies released this memo and poll about The Flag. 

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It's Tennessee

'Nuff said.  Enjoy the video.

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Hazzard & Schwartz

The Richard Schwartz & Brent Hazzard radio show has been spicing up the airwaves every Wednesday morning on WMPR.  Listen to the hottest talk radio show in Jackson posted below.  The two questioned the value of getting a college degree on the show.  Guest was Gilbert Sturgis.



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Medicaid Melee goes back to court.

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.  Such is the motto of the Mississippi Hospital Association as it tries to get a managed care contract from the Division of Medicaid.  MHA lost when the Division awarded $2 billion in contracts for the MississippiCan program earlier this year.  It lost again when it asked a Chancellor to block the contracts.  It suffered another setback when the Contract Review Board didn't reject the contracts.  However, MHA's managed care company, Mississippi True, sued the Division of Medicaid in Hinds County Circuit Court last Thursday in an attempt to force the Division to award it the coveted Medicaid managed care contract.

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Who do these legislators represent?

Nothing to see here, move along.  Such is the response of our legislative Solons to questions about Dr. Wright and the Board of Education passing out sweetheart deals to friends of Dr. Wright. 

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"Best things are often lost by neglect."

The late Dr. Frank Pollard preached from Exodus 20:8-11 in this 1986 sermon.  Enjoy Dr. Pollard if you can't make it to church this morning. 

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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Jackassery alert

It's South Park, so expect the worst, and yes, there is crude language.

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Classy!

The Mississippi Department of Education paid over $214,000 to a community activist in Memphis in 2015 yet can't seem to locate a contract for the payments.  Joseph Kyles was also arrested recently for allegedly beating his girlfriend because she would not get an abortion. The Clarion-Ledger reported:

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Bill Crawford: So much for budget hearings.

The Legislature’s quickie budget hearings produced few surprises last week. Schools, colleges, and universities, as usual, asked for lots more money while legislators, as usual, focused on holding down spending.

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Friday, September 29, 2017

State Senator going to Court of Appeals

Governor Phil Bryant issued the following statement.

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JPS is just plain fat.

JJ compared the staffing of Jackson Public Schools District to the Desoto County School District.  There is no other way to describe the analysis: JPS is bloated.  JPS has 941 more employees despite having 6,589 fewer students.  JJ obtained more information from Desoto and also included the Rankin County School District in the comparison.  The story gets even worse.

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Next stop: Prison

Someone is finally a resident of MDOC after spending a couple of weeks in the Lowndes County jail.

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Burglars busted.

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement and mug shots.

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Hurst gets closer

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nomination of Mike Hurst for U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi  today. His nomination moves on to the full Senate. 

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State Auditor busts MDE for sweetheart deals

State Auditor Stacey Pickering blasted the Mississippi Department of Education for awarding contracts while trying to get around public purchasing laws in a report. +.  In other words, the State Auditor accused the Superintendent of repeatedly giving sweetheart deals to her friends while the Board sat back and watched.  Payments were made for hundreds of thousands of dollars with no documentation while numerous contracts were structured to avoid bidding and any review by outside parties.

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The Chairwoman of the Board speaks on takeover

Rosemary G. Aultman, Chairwoman of the Mississippi State Board of Education, submitted the following column.

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More partners accuse Mugshots owner of embezzlement.

Yet another group of owners of a Mugshots franchise have sued fellow Mugshots owner Chris McDonald and several companies he owns, in federal court for alleged fraud and Rico violations.   Chad Eron, Jim Walsh, Patrick Johnson, Stephen Arant, and Alex Pitt accused McDonald of borrowing nearly $1 million against their three Mugshots restaurants in Alabama without their knowledge and paying bogus invoices to Mr. McDonald-owned companies.  The owner of the Ridgeland Mugshots filed a similar lawsuit in April. Earlier post.

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Teen drowns in Rankin County lake

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement.

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Chism-Millsaps poll: Voters don't like legislature, want lottery.

Millsaps College and Chism Strategies released its polling results in a "State of the State" memo today.  Some highlights of the memo are:

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Clinton police arrest damn Yankee

The Clinton Police Department issued the following statement and six colored glossy photographs with arrows and an explanation on the back of each one.

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Does Jackson pay too much for lobbying?

Jackson Mayor Chowke Lumumba asked the Jackson City Council to hire Octagon Group for lobbying services last night. Quincy Mukoro is the owner of Octagon.  The current lobbyist is Worth Thomas.  The request submitted to the City Council set the maximum compensation for Octagon at $135,000.  The term of the contract would be one year.  However, Jackson pays much more money than do other cities and counties in Mississippi for lobbying services.  Check out what municipal and county lobbyists made in 2016:

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Jackson City Council will be busy tonight

Some items appearing on the agenda for tonight's meeting of the Jackson City Council:

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Senator Cochran recuperating

Senator Thad Cochran issued the following statement.

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Scam alert

JPD issued the following statement.

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Hazzard & Schwartz

The Richard Schwartz & Brent Hazzard radio show has been spicing up the airwaves every Wednesday morning on WMPR.  Listen to the hottest talk radio show in Jackson posted below. The two attorneys discussed the JPS takeover. 




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The Raymond Lonely Hearts Club

Sometimes JJ actually wishes it were making up a post and this is one of those times.  An employee at the Hinds County Sheriff's Department engaged in a relationship um,  on several levels with an inmate.  She sent a letter to the inmate, who of course could not keep it to himself.  The letter is posted below. 

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Monday, September 25, 2017

Wrong-way driver indicted for manslaughter

A Madison County grand jury indicted Leronnie Michael in June for Culpable Negligence Manslaughter in the death of Jackson Busby.  Madison Police arrested Michael on December 22, 2016 after he allegedly drove the wrong way on I-55 N and struck another car in a head-on collision.  Madison Police stated in a press release at the time of the wreck:

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Shameful!

The sexual harassment lawsuit against Belhaven University started out with much sound in the media but was ended by the fury of the judge.  Unfortunately, the same media that engage in a hi-tech lynching of Belhaven and its employee when attorney Carlos Moore and his client, Erica Stewart, filed the lawsuit couldn't bother to report that the Judge threw out the case, sanctioned the Mr. Moore, fined Ms. Stewart, and said she destroyed evidence. 

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Home invasion in Reservoir East

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement.

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

JPS page updated.

The hot topic in the news is JPS.  JJ updated the collection of posts for the JPS takeover, JPS, and MDE.  Click on this link to read JJ posts on these subjects. Enjoy. 

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JPD searching for CVS suspect

JPD issued the following statement.

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Freeze: "What I did was wrong"

Former Ole Miss Head Football Coach Hugh Freeze apologized to Ole Miss fans in this message that was posted on Rebelgrove.com:

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Who is your master?

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

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Bill Crawford: Should healthcare become an entitlement?

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service lists the following as the rights of American citizenship: freedom of expression; freedom to worship as you wish; right to a prompt, fair trial by jury; right to vote in elections for public officials; right to apply for federal employment requiring U.S. citizenship; right to run for elected office; and freedom to pursue “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

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JPS sues MDE over takeover.

The Jackson Public School District asked a Hinds County Circuit Court to stop the Mississippi Department of Education from assuming control of the district.  JPS filed the petition for a temporary restraining order today and preliminary injunction.  JPS filed a similar petition last week in Hinds County Chancery Court but Chancellor Dewayne Thomas said he lacked jurisdiction to rule on the petition.  The case is assigned to Judge Bill Gowan.

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Friday, September 22, 2017

How bloated is JPS?

 How bloated is the JPS payroll? Compare the workforce of JPS and Desoto County.  Desoto is the largest school district in Mississippi with 6,589 students more than JPS.*  However, JPS has nearly a thousand more employees and a much smaller share of JPS's employees are teachers.  See how bad the numbers are.  

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Court sanctions Carlos Moore in Belhaven Case.


Carlos the Clown has to pay up in the Belhaven case.  U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves sanctioned attorney Carlos Moore $500 after the court ruled his client destroyed evidence and lied about the destruction.  His client must also pay a $100 fine.  The fine is the second time this year a federal judge has sanctioned Mr. Moore.

Erica Stewart sued Belhaven University and former employee Tarold Durham for sexual harassment last year.  U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves dismissed the complaint against Mr. Durham in June while Belhaven asked the court to sanction Ms. Stewart's attorney, Carlos Moore.  Ms. Stewart claimed that Mr. Durham sent sexually explicit images of himself to her cellphone when she interviewed for a job at Belhaven.  However, Belhaven produced a report that showed the plaintiff sent sexually provocative pictures of herself in a partial state of undress to the defendant prior to his allegedly sending the offensive picture. Ms. Stewart also got rid of the phone containing the allegedly offensive correspondence before Belhaven could get it.  Judge Reeves succinctly and sardonically spelled out why he sanctioned the troublesome twosome:

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Should MDE take over the Clarion-Ledger?

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Ridgeland's Hotel Wars

The Ridgeland Board of Aldermen extended a moratorium on hotel construction for another thirty days Tuesday night.  The moratorium was brought up for a discussion and vote despite not being on the agenda.  The Madison County Journal reported today:

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Quiz me this. JPS edition.

A Social Studies quiz supposedly given to students at Murrah High School is making the rounds on Facebook.  It uses the words "injuns" and the reading level might leave something to be desired.  Read for yourself.  JJ sent a copy of the quiz to JPS this morning and asked for a comment but has not yet received a response.  A mother of a Murrah High School Senior posted on Facebook that the quiz was not a fabrication and that it was given to her son's class.  One hopes this quiz is indeed a hoax.

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45 years for Slick

Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following press release. 

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Judge defends sending child-shooter home.

A firestorm of criticism erupted in July when a man accused of shooting a seven year-old child in Jackson was released under house arrest and didn't have to post a bond.  However, Jackson Municipal Court Judge Ali "Firm but Fair" Shamsiddeen defended his decision on the Charles Evers radio show on WMPR on July 19.   Judge Shamsiddeen  also said that he didn't want to place him in jail because he was accused of harming a child and prison life is rather "tough" on such defendants.    Judge Shamsiddeen made quite a few colorful remarks and even discussed the case with the defendant's father on the air.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Mistrial!

A mistrial was declared in State v. Joshua Archie.  Circuit Judge John Emfinger declared the mistrial after the jury could not reach a verdict.  Archie was indicted for capital murder in the 2012 death of Party City (Ridgeland) Manager Bobby Adams.

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The Godfather explained

Crime has popped back up in the news recently.  Take a break from the crime stories and watch this campy video that explains The Godfather to Millenials.

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How the Legislature spends your money.

State Auditor Stacey Pickering issued the 2017 report of legislative expenses.  It is posted below.

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Still rockin' & rappin' in the county jail.

Check out this guy and his friends partying away in the Hinds County jail.

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Freeze the Burners

The phones of Freeze saga continues.  The latest chapter involves the alleged use of burner phones.  The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday:

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Lock & load: Murder suspect was free on bond after stabbing a cop. (Update: ARRESTED)

Update #3 (9/21/2017): Johnson was arrested and is in custody. 

Update #2 (9/20/17): Judge Kidd revoked his bond although Johnson still remains at large. 

Update: It gets better. Bond was only $1,000.  That's right.  Stab a cop, Hinds County Judge continues the suspect's  bond at $1,000. 

Shamsid-dunce might want to pay attention to this post.  JPD has a suspect in a stabbing death that took place on Woodrow Wilson Drive.  JPD tweeted:

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Reward offered for escapees (Updated)

UPDATE: SANDERS CAPTURED. 

The Mississippi Department of Corrections issued the following statement.

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Trial set for Wayne Parish.

The murder trial for Wayne Parish is scheduled for January 29, 2018. 

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Medicaid Morass

The Division of Medicaid will execute three lucrative managed care contracts for the MississippiCan program  after the Contract Review Board took no action on them this morning. The Contract Review Board did not approve or reject the three contracts that were awarded to UHC, Molina, and Centene. The staff recommended that the Board approve the contracts. 

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Hico Hoedown

The Flag Chapel Fight took place Sunday afternoon at Lake Hico.  The fight almost looked like a real boxing match.  There were boxing gloves, a referee, and even rounds.  Blows were traded but unfortunately no one yelled "stick and move."  However, the fight ended when someone pulled a gun and start shooting.  The video is posted below.  The gun is fired around 15:00.

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Monday, September 18, 2017

JPS parents sue to stop takeover

A group of parents of children enrolled in Jackson Public Schools sued the Mississippi Department of Education today in federal court in an attempt to block an MDE takeover of JPS.  The lawsuit is posted below.

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Kim Wade turned loose

Kiiiiiiiim Wade went totally off the chain Friday in his opening monologue.  The thought of a JPS takeover was just too much for him to handle.  Listen for yourself.

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Why JJ covers JPS

There is talk in some Jackson circles that this website is working with the Republicans to take over Jackson Public Schools. JJ doesn’t normally respond to chatter, because someone is always throwing stones at this website. However, the Mississippi Department of Education’s decision to take over Jackson Public Schools is a story that is very emotionally-charged and upset quite a few people. Some see it as another example of the state yet again trying to take something from Jackson. Others see it as Mississippi once again showing its own brand of racism, although some are inclined to see racism in anything. Others are just plain confused and genuinely scared because their children’s education is at stake. JJ will attempt to explain why it has an interest in JPS. 

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Stupid crook of the day.

You can't make this up.  Attorney Generalissimo James Tiberius Hood issued the following statement.

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Airbnb collecting tax in Mississippi

Airbnb issued the following notice last weekend:

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Let's Get Ready to Rumb-lllllllllle!!!

Today at Flag Chapel Park:

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Start at the Source

If you can't make it to church this morning, enjoy this 1987 sermon from the late Dr. Frank Pollard. 

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

How bad is pop music today?

Does modern music suck or are such complaints merely what one hears every generation? Watch Thoughty2's analysis on Youtube below and decide for yourself. 

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Bill Crawford: The Church & The Flag

Former state GOP executive director, elected Republican official, and chief of staff to Kirk Fordice, Mississippi's first Republican Governor since Reconstruction, Andy Taggart has publicly challenged his party to step up and "lead the charge in finally removing from our state flag the representation of the Confederate battle flag."

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Endangered Species Alert!!!

Stingray made an appearance on Youtube a few days ago:

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Medicaid Melee over Managed Care

The Mississippi Hospital Association failed in its attempt last month to get a court to stop Medicaid from awarding a lucrative managed care contract to three competitors.  MHA's proposal scored sixth out of seven bids.   Hinds County Chancellor rejected the petition for a temporary restraining order and said MHA had not exhausted its administrative remedies.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss?

The Mississippi Department of Education will appoint Dr.  Margie Pulley as the interim Superintendent of the Jackson Public Schools District if Govenor Phil Bryant approves the takeover by MDE.  She was the Superintendent of the Greenwood Public Schools District from 2008-2012. 

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ACT scores rise

The Mississippi Department of Education issued the following press release. 

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JPS sues to stop takeover

The Jackson Public School District sued the Mississippi Department of Education in Hinds County Chancery Court today.  The District asked the court to stop MDE from taking over the operations of the school district. The case is assigned to Chancellor Dewayne Thomas. The lawsuit is posted below. 

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Bedwetter alert

This post may trigger some readers.

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MDE asks Governor to declare JPS state of emergency

The Mississippi Department of Education issued the following statement: 

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Gun nuts gone wild. State Auditor says Ecru employees embezzled nearly $400,000 to buy guns.

State Auditor Stacey Pickering issued the following statement.

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Board of Education to discuss JPS takeover today

The Mississippi Department of Education issued the following press release. 

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Farewell to Sophie

The Kingfish had to say farewell to Sophie today.  Our tri-color King Charles Spaniel was ten years old when she left this world.  She will be missed.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

STOP!!!!!!!!!

This flyer is making the rounds in Jackson.

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Wife-beater sentenced to 10 years in prison. (Video)

If I can write a post I will do so today but here are the videos of the Clark sentencing hearing that took place Friday.  Lowndes County Circuit Judge Jim Kitchens sentenced Brian Clark to serve 16 years in prison for the beating of his wife, Dr. Hope Clark.  Clark pleaded guilty to Aggravated Assault-Domestic Violence in May.  Judge Kitchens suspended six years of the sentence and also required him to serve five years of post-release supervision.  Clark will be eligible for release for prison upon serving five years of his sentenced under HB #585. 

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Mayor opposes JPS takeover

Still under the weather but a couple of posts will go up.  The City of Jackson issued the following statement on a possible takeover of JPS:

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Monday, September 11, 2017

It happens.

I'm out sick. 

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Slick is going up the river.

Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following press release: 

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Do we need the Certificate of Need?

Is it time for Mississippi to abolish the Certificate of Need? The House Public Health and Human Services Committee will ask that question today.  Anna Wolfe reported in the Clarion-Ledger yesterday:

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

New Orleans can't get out of its own way.

Once again, New Orleans provides a lesson in what not to do.   The actual work of paving a road should be a simple process - unless the city or U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is involved.  The Times-Picayune reported last week:

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Apathy, Lethargy, & Procrastination

If you can't make it to church today, enjoy this 1987 sermon given by the late Dr. Frank Pollard.  He preached from the Book of Joel, yes Joel. 

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Saturday, September 9, 2017

Irma approaches

Here are some Hurricane Irma webcams. Feel free to add more in the comments.

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Drug bust of the day

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement and pictures. 

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Bill Crawford: The Rule of the Organmeisters

"The first principle is that everyone is scared," said Mike. "The second principle is that everyone hates."

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Patrick Kelly indicted

Update: Kelly posted bond ($10,000) and is no longer in custody. 

A Madison County grand jury indicted Patrick Kelly for embezzlement. Kelly owned Mint and Juleps. He is currently in custody at the Madison County jail.  The indictment states:

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Update: 16 years.

2:55 PM Update: Judge Kitchens sentences Clark to serve 16 years in prison and suspends six years. That means under #585, Clark will serve five years.

Not much else will be posted today. I'm at the sentencing hearing for Bryan Clark. Judge Kitchens heard and denied a motion to recuse this morning. He recessed to read the letters sent to his court for sentencing recommendation. Court is about to start. 

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'Murica!

Some robbers attempted to hit a Cleveland Taco Bell but were outgunned:

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Priester speaks on JPS

Jackson Ward 2 City Councilman Melvin Priester, Jr. took to the pages of Facebook to comment on the possibility of a state takeover of JPS:

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Good guys win a round.

Some Mayors will attempt to get around the Open Meetings Act by meeting with one or two aldermen at a time.  The public never knows about it and the skullduggery takes place behind closed doors.  The board meeting comes, there is little discussion, and presto- the subject action passes.  Well, the Mississippi Supreme Court said no more.  The Mississippi Justice Institute issued this statement:

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Feathered Cow Flies

The Feathered Cow is closing its I-55N location but will remain open in the Reservoir area.  Owner Nathan Glenn stated on its Facebook page:

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Too many students playing hooky

The Mississippi Department of Education issued the following statement. 

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Mayor makes appointment to JMAA board.

Jackson Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba appointed Lt. Col. (Ret.) Lucius Wright to the Board of Commissioners for the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority.  The City Council approved the nomination on August 31.  The former artillery officer was awarded the Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars.  He also earned Master Aviator status.  His resume and a video of the confirmation hearing are posted below.

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UMMC paid $509,000 for MSMA dues

It is no secret money woes plague UMMC.  The teaching hospital was forced to cut $24 million earlier this year and more cuts are probably on the way if the state's finances don't substantially improve.  JJ has a suggestion for UMMC: Quit paying dues to the Mississippi State Medical Association.

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Ridgeland offers sanctuary to evacuees

Little hurricane coming your way? No problem.  Visit Ridgeland offered a solution on Twitter last night:

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Ouch!

A protestor goon took his _____ the police act a little bit too far back in April:

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State Auditor: Errors found in MAEP (Updated)

 Update:  MDE issued this statement this afternoon:

The preliminary estimate for school funding provided to the Mississippi State Board of Education in July, as required by state law, was based on data from the 2016 fiscal year. As stated at the Board meeting, the numbers are expected to change. The actual data needed to produce the final funding recommendation is required to come from the 2017 fiscal year, which will be available in October. The final recommendation will come to the State Board in December. When the final MAEP calculations are done, an independent audit firm verifies the accuracy of the calculations.

State Auditor Stacey Pickering issued the following statement.

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The Hotel Wars of Ridgeland

Ridgeland Hospitality is trying to build a Holiday Inn Express, Holiday Inn, and Tru by Hilton in Ridgeland but has been stopped from doing so by the Ridgeland Board of Aldermen even though the Zoning Board and Mayor Gene McGee have supported its efforts.  Meanwhile, the Board greenlights everything requested by a competing developer, Kerioth Corporation.

Proposed hotels

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

You call this a storm?

Hurricane Irma is now bigger than the state of Ohio.  A Cleveland weatherman created this graphic:

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MHP: 124 crashes in holiday period.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol issued the following statement.

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Help the kids save for college!

Mississippi Treasurer Lynn Fitch announced 529 Day for kids will be held at the Children's Museum on September 9:

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Amber Alert!!! Update: FOUND!!!

Update (10:50 AM): Boyfriend brought her back.  He is on probation for kidnapping.  SUSPECT IS STILL ON THE LOOOSE!

An Amber Alert has been issued:

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Taggart: Change the state flag

Republican pooh-bah Andy Taggart submitted the following column to JJ.   JJ will publish a well-written column of an opposing viewpoint if submitted.

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Monday, September 4, 2017

Carjackers gone crazy, Hooters hit

JPD issued the following statements on Twitter:

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Football follies

College football started this weekend and that means there was no shortage of foolishness around the SEC.

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Wife-beater will be sentenced Friday (Video)

WARNING: GRAPHIC PHOTOS POSTED BELOW!!!

Brian Clark will be sentenced Friday for brutally beating his wife in 2013 in Lowndes County.  Clark pleaded guilty in May to Aggravated Assault-Domestic Violence.  Clark was scheduled to be sentenced on August 10 but Lowndes County Circuit Judge Kitchens postponed the sentencing until November November 13.  The motion filed by prosecutors stated that Clark was undergoing therapy at the Center for Violence Prevention in Pearl and had 14 remaining sessions.  However, Judge Kitchens held a status hearing Friday to determine when Clark should be sentenced.  The case was continued fifteen times. Clark's family owns Clark Oil & Gas.  His uncle is the CEO of Butler Snow. 

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Sunday, September 3, 2017

What a Deer.

Check out this rescue that took place last week in Texas:

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When a Preacher Comes to Town

If you can't make it to church this morning, enjoy this 1986 sermon given by the late Dr. Frank Pollard.

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Saturday, September 2, 2017

Tonight's movie.

If you are looking for something different to watch on tv tonight, check out this old movie, License to Kill.  A very young Denzel Washington plays a prosecutor trying to put away a drunk driver who killed a teen-age girl. Enjoy.

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The Southern Poverty Loot Center

Highly-paid executives.  Money hidden in off-shore accounts.  Tax-exempt status.  Ponzi scheme? Tax-avoidance for the 1%? Nope.  Such descriptions fit none other than the Southern Poverty Law Center.  The Washington Examiner reported yesterday:

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Property taxes going up

Mayor Chokwe Lumumba issued the following statement:

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Bill Crawford: Who will challenge Tate?

Rumors that Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves will get a serious primary challenger for Governor intensify.
 
There’s the rumor he can’t beat Attorney General Jim Hood so politicos and money men are looking to recruit a strong challenger who can.

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Friday, September 1, 2017

No McDowell Road cruising for a while

The city of Jackson issued the following statement:

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The War over the Warnock continues

The Madison County Journal reported that the Madison County Economic Development Authority (MCEDA) lawyer Skip Jernigan said the Board illegally paid for a $1.2 million airport study:

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Stay tuned.


It will be quiet for awhile on this website since JJ is at a hearing this morning. 

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AG busts Insurance Fraud

A DPS employee was arrested yesterday.  Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following press release:

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

JPS faces a possible state takeover

Will the Mississippi Department of Education take over the Jackson Public Schools district? JPS flunked a very troubling MDE audit last year and faces a loss of accreditation by MDE.  MDE followed the 2016 audit with a more thorough audit for in the 2016-2017 school year.  MDE will take up the matter at the September 13 board meeting.  State Superintendent Dr. Carey Wright said:

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City Council wants Zoo Board to open meetings to the public.

The Jackson City Council questioned whether the regular meetings of the Board of Directors for the Jackson Zoo should be public.  The Jackson Zoological Society by-laws bar the public from attending these meetings.  Ward 6 Councilman Aaron Banks took the lead in raising the issue while the rest of the City Council and Mayor Lumumba chimed in with their support of Mr. Banks. 

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Police go looking for drugs and find a child porn ring

Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following statement and pictures.

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Bedwetter alert at Ole Miss.

You are not reading The Onion.  This post is not a piece of satire or parody.  This article really did appear in the Daily Mississippian:

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Former Innovate Mississippi CFO to serve four years in prison. (Updated)

Update: Post is updated with video of friends and family speaking in support of Klauser. 

The former CFO of Innovate Mississippi is going to prison after she admitted stealing $598,143 from her former employer.  Madison County Circuit Judge Steve Ratcliff sentenced Tonya Klauser to serve ten years in prison after she pleaded guilty to two counts of false pretenses in June.  However, Judge Ratcliff suspended six years of the sentence.

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13 year old charged in stabbing of elderly lady

JPD issued the following information on Twitter:

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The long knives come out.

Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith fired two assistant district attorneys and his personal secretary yesterday.  One of the fired prosecutors was Randy Harris. It appears Mr. Harris received his reward for prosecuting Ben Allen.


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Tangled webs?

Geoff Pender delved into the world of independent contractors working in state government yesterday in the pages of the Clarion-Ledger:

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Hinds Deputy accused of arresting boyfriend's ex-wife

The former wife of a Hinds County Deputy accuses a Lieutenant in the Hinds County Sheriff's Department of having her locked up after they had a nasty text message exchange regarding marriages and homewreckers.  Alicia Alexander sued Hinds County, the Hinds County Sheriff's Department, Deputy Sheriff Janie Myles, and several John Does in U.S. District Court on August 14.

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

CNN messes up in Texas

You and your child are stranded in floodwaters for several days and manage to survive.  You are tired, cold, and hungry, oh, and traumatized.  So you get off the bus and BOOM!, a CNN reporter shoves a microphone right in your face.  How do you think this ended?

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Arrest made in Fortification Street murder. JPD looking for suspect.

Update #3: Judge Clay set bond for Dixon at $1 million. 

Update #2: Dixon surrendered. 

Update: Jackson Municipal Court Judge Ali Shamsid-deen gave Coats a $200,000 bond. 

JPD issued the following press release:

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When measles ran rampant

Some readers took me to task last week for daring to question the anti-vaxxers. How quickly we forget our past. Take a look at these newspaper articles from nearly 100 years ago.   Mississippi had over 6,000 Measles cases in one month alone although there were other months were only a few hundred cases developed. To say Measles was a scourge was an understatement.

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Oops!

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Monday, August 28, 2017

Cajun Navy under attack

Despicable.  The Cajun Navy is getting shot at while trying to rescue people in Houston while catching grief from Bedwetters online.  WDSU (NOLA) reported:

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Whole Foods is cutting prices

Amazon didn't waste any time in cutting prices at Whole Foods:

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John Doe Speaks!!!

John Doe, yes THE John Doe - Ole Miss Booster #14, provided the following statement to the Ole Miss Spirit:

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Senators encourage students to apply for U.S. Senate Youth Program

Senators Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker issued the following press release.

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Nothing like a Facebook confession

Curtis Wilson and his boyfriend Leon Miles were arrested last week for stealing a BMW on August 10 in the Castlewoods subdivision in Rankin County.  He was arrested in May for (allegedly) committing several burglaries in Rankin County but posted a $125,000 bond.  Earlier post.

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Mad Dog makes sense

Mad Dog Mattis made a few remarks to some troops at an undisclosed location overseas:

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When it's time to leave the huddle.

If you can't make it to church this morning, enjoy this sermon given by the late Dr. Frank Pollard.  This sermon was given on Super Bowl Sunday in 1986.

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No Comment!

Straight from the baristas at the Seattle Times:

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Saturday, August 26, 2017

Does Ole Miss + MSU+ Leo Lewis = MAD?

Steven Godfrey wonders whether Ole Miss and Mississippi State are engaged in mutually assured destruction in a story published yesterday in SBNation- with Leo Lewis playing the part of the nuke:

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Bill Crawford: The Generals' Coup

Seven Days in May, written by Fletcher Kneble and Charles Bailey and published in 1962, portrays a tense, nearly successful coup of American government by a cadre of senior generals. A quote on the cover of the paperback attributed to the Army Times said, “They say it can’t happen here, but if it does, it probably will be pretty much as Knebel and Bailey say.”

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Friday, August 25, 2017

Fiction stranger than fiction

Jackson Ward 4 Councilman DeKeither Stamps was in rare form last night on WMPR.  Hell, I'm not going to deprive you of your fun by giving away what he said.  Just listen at 3:20 for 90 seconds or so and then at 16:50 for a couple of minutes.  You simply can not make this up.

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Passenger in Fortification St. murder victim's car was busted for coke in July

Police have not released the name of the passenger in Chelsie Kirchsten's car  at the time Chelsie was murdered a week ago on Fortification Street.  JPD has not yet made an arrest for her murder. The passenger was arrested for cocaine possession in Jackson last month.

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Fortification St. murder reward increased to $5,000

CONTACT CRIMESTOPPERS WITH INFORMATION. DO NOT CONTACT JPD!

Crimestoppers issued the following statement: 

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Hazlehurst man busted for child porn

Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following statement. 

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Measles could triple if anti-vaxx trends continue

What was once unthinkable is now taking place.  Measles was thought to be eradicated in this country over 15 years ago.  However, human nature being what it is, we just can't stand success.  The anti-vaxxers are gaining more followers so the Journal of the American Medical Association issued some warnings about what this trend could mean for public health (The report is posted below).  It's really quite simple.  Measles cases will substantially increase if fewer Measles vaccines are given.  This is not hard to understand.  To paraphrase Algore: one goes up, the other goes down. JAMA reported:

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Former DJP Secretary indicted for embezzlement

A Madison County grand jury indicted Linda Brune for embezzlement from her former employer, Downtown Jackson Partners. Ms. Brune was the secretary for Executive Director Ben Allen. The five-count indictment accuses her of forging signatures on several checks that she made payable to herself out of the Downtown Jackson Partners account at Trustmark Bank.  The indictment accuses her of the following forgeries:

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

No comment.

You can't make this up: Shreveport shoplifter in action.

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ESPN: Freeze made multiple calls to escort services

It keeps getting worse.  ESPN reported yesterday:

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Reward in Fortification Street murder

REMEMBER: TURN IN TIP TO CRIMESTOPPERS TO GET REWARD!!!

Crimestoppers announced a reward is offered in the Fortification Street murder that took place last week:

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Mugshots Ridgeland owner accuses co-owner of fraud.

An owner of Mugshots Ridgeland asked a federal judge to divorce his partner from the restaurant. William Walker sued fellow Mugshots Ridgeland owner Chris McDonald and several McDonald companies in U.S. District Court on April 13, 2017.  The complaint charges McDonald with defrauding the restaurant and the plaintiff.  Mr. Walker also asked the court to declare him the sole owner of the Mugshots Ridgeland franchise and terminate his partner's rights under the operating agreement.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Mayor Lumumba speaks out on crime.

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba offered his condolences to the families of several victims who were recently murdered in Jackson at a press conference today.  The press conference was held at City Hall.  The Mayor said his administration was taking a strong stand against crime.  Several murders took place in Jackson over the last week:

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Was I-220 murder retaliation?

Malik McIntee was killed on I-220 yesterday at 1:00 AM.  JPD said he was driving alone on I-220 near Watkins Drive when someone in another car shot several times into McIntee's vehicle and killed him.  However, the victim was indicted earlier this year for first degree murder.

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J.A. Prez is moving on up.

The President of Jackson Academy will be the new CEO at Gulliver Schools in Miami. Jackson Academy sent this email yesterday:

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Baby-killer tries to get gun rights restored.

A Brandon man is attempting to get his gun rights back after serving nearly nine years in prison for killing his infant son in 2005. 

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Monday, August 21, 2017

WLBT reports on $1.2 million airport study

WLBT reported last week that the Madison County Economic Development Board is taking another look at the vote to fund a $1.2 million airport study by Warnock & Associates: 

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Gun Deal of the Day.

Gunbuyer has a great deal on the Smith & Wesson MP Shield 9mm.  Great pistol for concealed carry and a great one for women to be used by women.  It has much less recoil than the dummy-proof .38 and the trigger pull is much lighter as well. Check it out:

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Allen Smith turns powder into gold.

Update: Rueters just reported:

 Johnson & Johnson on Monday was ordered by a California jury to pay $417 million to a woman who claimed she developed ovarian cancer after using the company's talc-based products like Johnson's Baby Powder for feminine hygiene.

Ridgeland attorney Allen Smith, Jr. took his traveling talcum powder show to Los Angeles.   Law360 reported August 16:

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More madness

JPD issued the following statements.

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Today is the day. Be careful.


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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Watching the Watchers or Useless Fact #____.

The Mississippi media has only filed 35 public records complaints since the Ethics Commission began accepting such complaints in 2010.  The Clarion-Ledger led the way with a grand total of 13 public records complaints.  Yours truly came in second with five.  The Greenwood Commonwealth acquitted itself well by coming in third with four complaints.  The rest of the Mississippi media took a dive.  Only one tv station filed a complaint.  14 media outlets filed public records complaints and two of those are Steve Robertson (Scout) and the Mississippi Crime Crier.

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Thawing the Freeze?

What does this picture have to do with Ole Miss?

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Sunday Morning Sermon

If you can't make it to church this morning, enjoy this sermon on spiritual growth by the late Dr. Frank Pollard. 

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Reach for the Ground

It seemed like a good time to post this rather entertaining video since it's Book Weekend in Jackson.  Pete O'Toole gives a funny performance in Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell.  The late British columnist was a bit of a rake and somewhat of a sot  so one can imagine Mr. O'Toole having some fun with this role.  Enjoy.

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Bill Crawford: Standards? What standards?

Did you read Geoff Pender's terrific column "Take some aspirin before searching Transparency Mississippi website" in the Clarion-Ledger? If transparency in government spending matters to you, this is a must read.

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Medicaid: Clarion-Ledger got it wrong. UPDATE: DFA fires back

The Mississippi Division of Medicaid issued the following statement.

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Wear red!

What's wrong with this picture?

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Last call to support JJ

It's time for the last call 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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No comment.

Read the Clarion-Ledger's attempt to cover the Fortification Street murder.  Notice anything missing from the article?

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Young woman murdered on Fortification Street

JPD issued the following statement. 

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

John Doe gets stay from Supremes

JJ readers will have to wait awhile longer to find out who John Doe is in the Ole Miss NCAA scandal.  The Mississippi Supreme Court issued a stay of the enforcement of Hinds County Chancellor Dewayne Thomas's order that said Ole Miss had to disclose the identity of John Doe.  The order stated:

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Statewide Assessment scores rise for Mississippi children

The Mississippi Department of Education issued the following press release and test scores.

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Judge sets Clark hearing for Sept. 1.

WARNING: GRAPHIC PHOTOS POSTED BELOW!!!

Convicted wife-beater Brian Clark will face the music on September 1 at 9:00 AM in a Lowndes County courtroom.  Circuit Judge Jim Kitchens set a hearing on Clark's motion to continue his sentencing yesterday.  Clark pleaded guilty in May to aggravated assault-domestic violence.  He literally beat his wife to a pulp in 2013.  Graphic photos of her injuries are posted below.  Clark is a member of the family who owns Clark Oil & Gas.  His uncle is the CEO of Butler Snow.  Clark faces a sentence of two to twenty years in prison.

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