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Tuesday, November 8th

Marshand Crisler A True Democrat

Crisler will work to ensure public safety, better highways, and support transportation projects in the central district that will create more jobs in our communities.

If we show up at the polls we win! Make your voice heard! Make your vote count! Crisler for Commissioner PO Box 59484, Jackson, Mississippi 39284 (601) 982-9388 |

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6 $50 for Pre-K? Mississippi is applying for federal grants to improve its early-childhood education. LACEY MCLAUGHLIN

Cover photo by Casey Holloway



Gay Polk went to court so that she could serve in Mississippi’s House of Representatives. COURTESY CAROLINE CRAWFORD

francine brookins Brookins hopes to reach young people through entertainment, teaching important lessons about abstinence, moral behavior and their relationship with God. In her work, Brookins emphasizes the role of parents as guides. She is looking forward to staging the play in Meridian sometime in the coming months. Her second play, “Searching,” will premiere this coming spring at Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church in D’Iberville. “Searching” is about a young lady seeking the attributes of a godly woman. The third, “Rebecca’s Eyes” will hit the Jackson stage at a yet undecided church next fall. The play centers on the lives of a brother and sister who live with a physically and verbally abusive father, who is a pastor, making them doubt their faith. Brookins received her bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism at the University of Southern Mississippi in 1989. Today, Brookins works for the Magnolia Health Plan Medicaid program where she is a member connections representative. She loves the faceto-face business she does with members and answering questions about benefits. Writing is still her favorite pastime. “I just walked this thing out in faith,” she says. “As long as the kids get something from it, I’m happy.” —Sadaaf Mamoon

29 Rocket Girl Songstress Caroline Crawford’s album, “Delphian,” shows inner strength and personal touches.

35 Livin’ Easy Providing home-cooked meals doesn’t need to be difficult. A little planning goes a long way.

Francine Brookins thinks education and salvation are the most important institutions in young lives. Brookins believes that it is important to reach out to youth in increasing religious awareness. “When you are a kid,” she says, “you don’t think about your relationship with God.” The 45-year-old Meridian native moved to Jackson in 1995, and has since moved to Clinton where she’s lived for four years. She lives with her 13-year-old son, Phillip, and her husband, Jason. A deeply spiritual woman, Brookins is a member at Christ Covenant Church International in Clinton. Brookins encourages her son to be involved in the church. “I think it is important for kids to learn about the word of God, and it is our job, as adults, to set the foundation,” she says. This year, Brookins decided to use her hobby, writing, to spread her ideas on teenage salvation. She has always been artistic, and loves to write plays. “What About the Children” was Brookins’ first stage play. She wrote the play last May, and it debuted in the same month at Forest Hill High School. The story centers on teenage womanizer Ricky Bobby, whose failed relationships with several girls help shape his moral character, bringing him to God. Ricky Bobby also learns many truths about himself with the guidance of his mother.


4 ........ Publisher’s Note 4 ................... Slowpoke 6 .......................... Talks 12 ................... Editorial 12 .................... Chatter 12 .................... Stiggers 13 .................. Opinion 22 ................... Hitched 24 ............... Diversions 25 ..................... 8 Days 26 .............. JFP Events 29 ........................ Music 30 .......... Music Listing 34 ................. Astrology 34 ..................... Puzzles 35 ........................ Food 38 .......... Fly Shopping

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Lacey McLaughlin News Editor Lacey McLaughlin is a Florida native who enjoys riding her bike around Jackson. She is always on the hunt for news tips. E-mail Lacey@jacksonfreepress. com or call 601.362.6121 x. 22. She interviewed Jim Hood for this issue.

Casey Holloway Casey Holloway is a sophomore at Millsaps College, majoring in religious studies-sociology/ anthropology with a concentration in pre-medicine. She has a passion for the arts and is a photographer. She took the cover photograph.

Elizabeth Waibel Reporter Elizabeth Waibel grew up in Clinton. In May, she received her journalism degree from Union University in Jackson, Tenn. She likes coffee and trying new cake recipes. She wrote Talks for this issue.

Sadaaf Mamoon Editorial intern Sadaaf Mamoon is a senior at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School. She loves film scores, Greek mythology and naming inanimate objects. Her spirit animal is a Pink Fairy Armadillo. She wrote the Jacksonian.

Briana Robinson Deputy Editor Briana Robinson is a 2010 graduate of St. Andrew’s Episcopal School. Her hobbies include photography, ballet and ballroom dancing. She is a sophomore at Millsaps College. She interviewed Chuck Palahniuk.

Jane Flood Jane Flood has led a full life. She has lived in, visited and tasted cuisine the world over. She has taught Pilates to Saints, written a romance novel and fed Thai royalty. She currently lives in Fondren. She wrote the food feature.

Meredith Sullivan Former New Yorker Meredith W. Sullivan is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology. She spends her days dreaming about where to travel next. She is enjoying life in Fondren with her husband and Diggy dog. She styled the FLY page.

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Advertising Director Kimberly Griffin is a Jackson native who likes yoga, supporting locally owned businesses and traveling. In her spare time, she plots how she can become Michelle Obama’s water holder.


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The Crazy Ones


ou’ve no doubt heard about the passing of Steve Jobs, legendary former CEO of Apple Inc. and the architect of that company’s return from near obscurity to—depending on the day—literally the most valuable company in the world. His “turnaround job” is, by all measurements, a singular feat, accomplished by a unique individual. What, exactly, will happen to Apple now is hard to know. I think the company is in extremely competent hands in its current management, but whether or not it will continue to innovate and grow and change the world seems a bit less certain with the alltoo-early passing of its iconic Pied Piper. I remember the first notes Jobs played on his magical flute upon his return to Apple— Donna Ladd and I were sitting in the audience of the 1997 keynote at Boston Macworld during which Steve (we all called him Steve, eventually) made his triumphant return. At the time, Steve wasn’t yet CEO of Apple (he told us then that the company was going to “search” for a CEO... riiight ...) but he was announcing that he had replaced all but two members of the board of directors and was just inking a deal with Microsoft to settle long-standing patent disputes and invest $150 million of Microsoft’s money in Apple. (Note: Microsoft’s money didn’t “save” Apple, which was considered a hostile-takeover target because of its relatively large cash reserves. The bigger deal was Microsoft’s public commitment to five more years of Microsoft Office for the Mac platform, which was important for Apple to maintain share in the creative departments of larger corporations. The deal also helped Microsoft’s case with the U.S. Department of Justice that it had competition in the personal computing sector.) It was a crazy time for Apple fans. I was bought into the “Mac thing”—I like to joke that I was one of the top five authors of Macintosh computing books at the time because there were only four of us left. (Donna was into Macs, too, and as an education writer for MacHome magazine, she was a huge proponent of the eMate 300, a fabulous Newton OS-based device that Steve summarily killed. Like a lot of Mac people, we saw ourselves as outsiders and iconoclasts trying to hold on to something that was important to us—the freedom to use these tools that we felt made us more productive and creative. Sure, not every application was available for the Mac—and models like the Apple Performa 630 weren’t exactly shining beacons pointing a new way to the future—but we were still anchored in a universe of excitement and innovation and creation that revolved around Apple. And then Steve came back. The business case study is legendary— first, he killed off product lines that weren’t core, even if they were appealing, like the starcrossed Newton PDA and the little eMate clamshell. (Still, Steve saw inspiration in those clever products, and he recycled some of the best of those ideas, in later devices such as can-

dy-colored iBooks, PDA-killing iPhones and ultra-portable Macbook Airs.) He shrank the company to save it—telling us all that he was going to have to bring revenues down to about $6 billion while he re-focused the company like a laser on four product areas—consumer desktop, consumer portable, pro desktop and pro portable. To this day, Apple follows essentially this model in its Mac line, which, by the way, continues to grow market share, despite its higher prices and the Great Recession. Within months of his return, Steve reported something remarkable—a profit. His plan was working. Even more than that, he was telling us folks at these Macworld keynotes (aka “SteveNotes”) not only about the amazing products that he was selling, but also walking us through the fiscal success that the company was having and the simple plan he had for building the company, changing industries, and serving more and more customers. In some ways, Steve treated his customers as more important than his shareholders; an attitude that is all too infrequent in today’s corporate “America.” As an Apple watcher, I’ve got to mention the bad with the good. Steve built profits by off-shoring all of Apple’s manufacturing; I remember visiting the Fountain, Colo., Apple plant in the late 1990s and meeting the proud workers there making Apple laptops. (It was a cool company even back then, and those folks were making some awesome laptops.) Welldocumented problems at Apple’s Chinese subcontractor in recent years include questionable conditions and even suicides by workers. While many of those U.S. manufacturing jobs at Apple may have been replaced with the relatively high-end service jobs at Apple

Retail Stores, it’s not the same folks, and I’m disheartened when I turn over an Apple box and see “Designed in California; Assembled in China.” How fabulous would it be to see “USA” on those products again? Apple can do better, and I’d love to see them innovate at repatriating manufacturing jobs. In some ways, Apple is the quintessential American company of the early 21st century with fewer manufacturing jobs and more service jobs. Steve Jobs and Apple are widely and roundly praised for their capitalistic successes by the likes of Rush Limbaugh while, at the same time, offering employees generous samesex benefits and, now, in CEO Tim Cook, fielding perhaps the most prominent gay executive in the country (and, another point of pride, southern-raised in Alabama). In other ways, the company has room to improve. The company’s nearly all-white board has one woman, Andrea Jung of Avon; the admittedly accomplished executive leadership is all male and white, something that Steve’s notoriously cantankerous style and personal friendships may have affected. Still, Apple is a remarkable story of grabbing the future, telling a compelling story, and believing in your values and your ideas. Many different pearls of Jobsian wisdom are floating around in these days of tribute, but the one that sticks with me comes from the remarkable “Think Different” ad Apple debuted in the months after that keynote in Boston. The last line goes like this: “Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world ... are the ones who DO.” Don’t be afraid to be a little crazy, to challenge the status quo, to change the world. And always, always ... Think Different.


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Thursday, Oct. 6 Mississippi educator and civil-rights veteran Rose Embly McCoy dies at age 97. … The U.S. Navy names the USS Jackson combat ship in honor of the city of Jackson. ... The Mississippi Ethics Commission files a complaint against state Rep. Kevin McGee, R-Brandon, for using his private company to print public contracts for profit. Friday, Oct. 7 The U.S.-led war in Afghanistan reaches its 10th year. … U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus speaks at a biofuels conference in Starkville about the Navy’s dependence on foreign fuels. Saturday, Oct. 8 Jackson State University celebrates homecoming with a parade in downtown Jackson and football game, beating Arkansas Pine-Bluff. … Flooding in Thailand causes extensive damage. Sunday, Oct. 9 Mississippi State University beats the University of Alabama at Birmingham 21 to 3. ... The New Orleans Saints defeat Carolina and Cam Newton.

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Monday, Oct. 10 Entergy unveils an electric-car charging station at Jackson State University. … Americans Thomas Sargent and Christopher Sims win the Nobel economics for research on the relationship between the economy and policy.


Tuesday, Oct. 11 The state of Alabama files a order asking a federal judge to allow the state to enact a law that would require officials to check the immigration status of public-school students, and allow police to hold suspected undocumented immigrants without bond. … The Federal Bureau of Investigations foil a plot by two men linked to the Iranian government to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the U.S. ... Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood requests grand jury records from a federal court to prepare for a civil trial against the now-defunct beef plant in Yalobusha County. Get breaking news at

Racing to Fund Pre-K


ississippi is one of only 10 states without public, statewide early childhood education, leaving a hodgepodge of agencies and organizations to help children prepare for kindergarten. Now, the state is applying for $50 million in federal grant money to help the state better coordinate those organizations’ efforts. The funding is available through a program called Race to the Top: Early Learning Challenge. Annjo Lemons, executive director of the State Early Childhood Advisory Council, thinks Mississippi’s chances are good. “A lot of people don’t realize what’s been going on in the state, as far as the work with the quality ratings system and professional development,” she said. The State Early Childhood Advisory Council consists of educators and representatives from government agencies and nonprofit organizations and is leading the state’s application process for the Early Learning Challenge. The council reports to the governor and makes recommendations for improving services for children 5 years old or younger. Mississippi applied for Race to the Top funding last year but did not get it, and did not apply the first year it was available. This year, $500 million of the $700 million available for Race to the Top grants will go toward early childhood education programs. Lemons said about 80 Mississippians are working together on committees to write the grant application. The committees focus on areas the Early Learning Challenge prioritizes, such as assessments, quality ratings for facilities and improving the teachers’ skills. “For the first time I’ve ever known, all

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Wednesday, Oct. 5 Apple co-founder and inventor Steve Jobs dies at age 56 after a battle with cancer. … Sarah Palin announces that she won’t be running for president after months of questioning from the media.

In 2005, Attorney General Jim Hood prosecuted former Klansmen Edgar Ray Killen for his role in the 1964 murders of civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner in Neshoba County.

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Students in a pre-kindergarten class at Timberlawn Elementary School look at picture books at the beginning of the school year.

the state agencies in Mississippi have come together to agree to either consolidate agencies or work together to try to make a better place for children,” she said. The committees are looking at other states with strong early childhood systems to help them develop a program for Mississippi. “We’ve got the pieces and the parts in Mississippi and a lot of great things going on, but it doesn’t really connect,” Lemons said. The grant application includes plans for assessments, health-care needs and family engagement. It also incorporates the state’s quality rating program for early childhood education facilities. The application also outlines a plan for compensating child-care providers and funding continuing education scholarships.

One of the goals outlined in Mississippi’s grant application is creating a comprehensive early childhood education system for the entire state. Although many different agencies and organizations work with pre-kindergarten education, Lemons said the grant money would go toward cross-training between state agencies to tie them together. The grant would also help provide resources for facilities that provide early childhood education to improve their quality ratings and provide better services. Lemons said the grant is competitive, however, and 35 other states are applying. Rachel Canter, executive director of Mississippi First, said states that have gotten Race to the Top grants in the past have, for the most part, already had the basic building blocks of strong programs in place and based their grant applications on plans to improve them. “I think we are at a disadvantage, because we do not have state resources at any discernible level in early childhood education,” Canter said. “… As a state, we haven’t shown that strong commitment that other states (have).” The application guidelines said those who review the applications may take the challenges that rural, high-poverty states like Mississippi face into consideration, however. Research has shown that low-income children come to kindergarten knowing fewer words than their peers. Those who do not have access to a pre-kindergarten program may have trouble catching up if they are not ready for kindergarten-level programs. States must submit applications for the Race to the Top: Early Learning Challenge grant program by Oct. 19.

What Not to Do at the Polls

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“If the Legislature wants to give me $4 million or $5 million a year to hire some lawyers, we’ll do it. But they don’t need to. If this was a Republican idea, they would call it privatization.” — Attorney General Jim Hood regarding his opponent’s criticism of his office hiring outside legal counsel.

With elections coming up soon, we thought we’d share a little advice on what not to do while waiting at your polling place. • Play Angry Birds • Sell refreshments • Vote for idiots • Break-dance (boombox included) • Casually engage your fellow voters in conversation about your favorite candidate’s mad harmonica skills • Play campaign pin Pogs • Take a nap • Excitedly tell everyone why you’re voting for Reagan or Roosevelt (depending on your political leanings) • Auction off your vote

• Stream web videos • Host a flash mob • Start an Internet meme (similar to planking) • Host a reality TV special • Start a food fight • Use the polls as a hideout in a city-wide game of paintball • Write in your cat • Knit a sweater • Roll coins • Re-enact Florida’s 2000 hanging chad hoopla • Smoke weed • Break up with your boyfriend or girlfriend

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Ethiopian Pops Up in Jackson



ackson will get to taste a new cuisine Award for portraying the best the state has to with the first Ethiopian restaurant now offer to the youngest generations and people open in the area. of all ages, a statement from the Jackson MisYoseph Ali, sissippi Convention and who also owns AladVisitors Bureau said. din Mediterranean Grill, The Chimneyville opened Abeba Ethiopian Crafts Festival won the Restaurant (pronounced Large Festival/Event of “ah-buh-bah”) last weekthe Year Award for bringend at 3716 Interstate 55 ing more than 10,000 N. The restaurant features people to the two-day a lunch buffet for $9.95 festival each year for more in addition to its regular than 35 years. menu, and also offers ca- One of Jackson’s newest The Mississippi Craft businesses, Abeba Ethiopian tering services. Center’s “Expose Yourself Restaurant, serves a cuisine new For those who have to the area. to Craft Reveal” won the never tried Ethiopian Tourism Promotion of food, Ali said the taste falls the Year Award for a soldsomewhere between Indian and Lebanese out party to promote the craft center. food. Ethiopian food is different from many other cuisines in that diners eat with their Pop-up Shop hands and pieces of bread instead of using silDillard’s Department Store will bring a verware. “pop-up” store to the Iupe’s Building on Can“There are definitely a lot of vegetarian ton Square Oct. 13-14 during the popular dishes that we serve … a lot of fresh food,” he Canton Flea Market. said. “We’ve got pretty much all the selection The Canton Chamber Main Street Asyou need.” sociation, which is helping to organize the Ali is from Ethiopia, and Abeba is his pop-up store, said in a statement that the store mother’s name. “For me, being from Ethiopia, will help increase traffic on the Canton Square I guess it’s home away from home,” he said. during those two days. A pop-up store in CanAbeba is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. ton can help other downtown businesses atMonday through Friday, 11 a.m. to midnight tract customers while allowing Dillard’s test a Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. new market, the statement said. Check out the Abeba Ethiopian RestauDillard’s will sell a selection of merchanrant page on Facebook or call 601-713-1500 dise, including handbags, fragrances, jewelry, for more details. accessories, shoes, sportswear and cosmetics. Instead of paying rent, Dillard’s will donate 10 Jackson Wins Tourism Awards percent of its sales to MadCAAP, a nonprofit On Monday, the Governor’s Conference organization that helps the disadvantaged in on Tourism recognized three Jackson attrac- Madison County, the statement said. tions for promoting Mississippi. The Iupe’s building, on the corner of The Mississippi Children’s Museum won Peace and Union streets, is listed on the Nathe Mississippi Travel Attraction of the Year tional Register of Historic Places.



he Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, civilrights activist and co-founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, died last week in Birmingham, Ala. Shuttlesworth, 89, fought segregation in Alabama and throughout the nation. He was a key figure in the Freedom Rides of the 1960s. He persuaded the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to bring the Civil Rights Movement to Birmingham in 1963, and carry out Project C, a strategy of nonviolent action designed to confront segregation through peaceful demonstrations, rallies, boycotts and appeals to justice. He worked against racism throughout his career and also

helped homeless people, notably as a pastor in Ohio. President Barack Obama praised Shuttlesworth for his contributions in a statement. “I will never forget having the opportunity several years ago to push Rev. Shuttlesworth in his wheelchair across the Edmund Pettus Bridge—a symbol of the sacrifices that he and so many others made in the name of equality,” Obama said. The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute intends to include Shuttlesworth’s burial site on the Civil Rights History Trail. He is buried in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Birmingham. Comment at

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Over the years, some Mississippians questioned why transportation commissioners are elected instead of appointed. Why do you think this system works? I could have argued both sides. Now that I’ve been on both sides, I think that Joe Citizen has someone he can appeal to. It takes a

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ransportation Commissioner Dick Hall posted this on Facebook: “Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.” The Martin Luther quote resonates with Hall, who represents the Central District. His father, while he was in his 60s, planted trees that would take decades to mature. “You’ll never live to see this,” Hall said. “No, but my grandchildren will,” his father replied. “What we build today will be used for the next 50 years,” Hall said. He points to highway improvements in Mississippi over the past 20 years and stresses a need for planning. “We have the 16th best highway system in the U.S.,” Hall said, referring to a 2010 report from the libertarian Reason Foundation. He said that’s because in 1987, the Legislature passed a highway-construction program that led to improving or building 1,000 miles of highway at a cost of $3 billion. “It’s all paid for,” Hall said. “It was payas-you-go.” Now that the state has a good highway system, maintaining it is critical, Hall said. Mississippi has three elected transportation commissioners: one for the north, one for the south and one for the central part of the state. The commission hires a director. Hall, a Republican, faces Democrat Marshand Crisler in the November election. Hall is from Vicksburg, is a 1960 graduate of Mississippi State University and is married to Jennifer Hall. He is now serving his third term as commissioner. Before becoming a commissioner in 1999, he served 24 years in the Legislature.

Tell me what you have accomplished so far in this position. Adding a lane in each direction on Interstate 20 in Rankin County. In Ridgeland and Madison, we added a lane each way on Interstate 55 and frontage roads. That was an $83 million project. What is the next big highway project you Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall is running for would like to happen? re-election in Mississippi’s Central District. If I had a billion dollars, I couldn’t do it all. (The priorities) are decided by projected traffic counts. It would bypass Jackson? I would like to see another route across the It would bypass Jackson for now, Pearl River. but doesn’t rule it out in the future. Where would that go? High Street. I’m looking at a possibility of getting across the river from Jackson to the airport. The Transportation Commission oversees more than highways. You also oversee ports, railroads and airports, right? We have some involvement. We don’t really oversee. We are the funnel that federal funds come through. (A project) has to meet our approval. We are very involved in trying to create intermodal transportation. Put something on a truck, offload it at a railroad or offload to a plane. … It’s seamless. Mississippi is very fortunate in that we have all of those modes of transportation. What about high-speed rail in Mississippi? We are part of a multi-state compact looking at high-speed rail on the Gulf Coast. Also, there’s some planning for an Atlanta to Meridian to New Orleans high-speed line.

I saw your quote about trees. Cutting trees down in highway medians is controversial, such as when contractors harvest trees. That’s a good question. We have a forester who deals with that. Any revenue (from harvested trees) comes to us. The other question is, do you cut the trees? A commissioner in south Mississippi (Wayne Brown) believes strongly that we need to cut trees, that they are dangerous. I feel strongly about not only not cutting, but planting. As far as trees being dangerous, I say stay on the highway. I’m very sincere in wanting to make this infrastructure attractive. Is there anything else you would like to stress? Yes, the fuel tax—I want to assure everyone this tax they pay funds our future. If you don’t have a modern transportation system, you have nothing. Comment at

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Polk’s Perseverance

Gay Polk is running, again, for the Democratic seat in Hinds County’s District 73 race for the Mississippi House of Representatives in a revote Oct. 18.


ississippi House of Representatives hopeful Gay Polk is determined. Polk lost the Aug. 2 Democratic primary to her opponent Brad Oberhousen by just 90 votes. But after reports surfaced that her name was not on the ballot at Terry’s Dry Grove precinct, she spent the next week camped out at the Hinds County Courthouse as she monitored a chaotic and confusing election certification process. She then challenged the Hinds County Democratic Executive Committee’s decision to certify Oberhousen as the winner in the District 73 race, arguing that voters had received the wrong ballots at the split precinct. When the Democratic Executive Committee denied her challenge, she took the matter to court. On Oct. 3, Leake County Circuit Judge Vernon Cotton ruled in Polk’s favor, granting a revote in the Dry Grove precinct on Tuesday, Oct. 18. The candidate said her election fight is symbolic of how hard she is willing to work for voters. “If I see a wrong, and if there is something I can do to make it a right, I’m going to

do all that is in my ability to make it a right,” Polk said. Polk, 61, has lived in Terry for 25 years and worked as an administrator and nurse at her husband Dr. James D. Polk’s primary family-care clinic in Richland. Four years ago, the couple sold the clinic, and Gay Polk started a second career as a real estate agent. What did you learn from the Hinds County election process? Voting should not be a difficult process. Counting the votes should not be difficult. It was the absolute most chaotic experience I have ever experienced—that week at the courthouse. I sat and watched and went in every day. A lot of it was the process—the discrepancies that happened at the split precincts where they had two or three sub-districts in one location. That’s what causes so much turmoil. … It’s very confusing for the voters as well as the poll workers, and it shouldn’t be. That’s through redistricting and the legislative process that we can get that changed. I hope I have the opportunity to work to get that changed. What will be your priorities if voters elect you? I am a great cheerleader for Hinds County. I love Hinds County. I would love to represent the citizens of south Hinds County. … We have 40,000 students that come to Hinds County every year for higher education. We have a huge medical community in Hinds County, and all of our state government is here as well as the federal government. We need crime control, drug control. I am not sure, legislative wise, what we can do to allocate money to go to the proper places to help us with the county. Something needs to be done, because we have so many people from the tri-county area that come here to work. Another thing is education. There was a bill last year for a diploma program from high school to vocational training. Not everyone is college material. But you want to give everyone the opportunity to advance to higher education. It would help all students to learn a trade.

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I understand that if a ballot initiative requiring voters to show identification passes, it will be up to the Legislature to fund that initiative. What are your thoughts on that? Well, my mother was adopted. She had never driven a vehicle in her life. She did not have an ID until she was in her 70s. My brother is an attorney, and it took lots of paperwork and letters to the Social Security Administration. My mother was adopted from the streets of New Orleans when she was 6. There was no public record of adoption. There has to be exceptions with voter ID.

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At one point, you said your family depended on social services, and that’s one of the reasons you became a Democrat. Tell me more about that. Most people, at some point in their life, need a little push. When we were growing up, a lot of help came through the church—Calvary Baptist Church on West Capitol Street. We had a lot of community involvement at that point. I went to school on a Pell Grant. … My brother went to college on the G.I. Bill after he served in Vietnam for a year. I went to a vo-tech program in 1977, when I was a single mother, to become an LPN. Before I was financially able to take care of others and myself, there were times I was working two or three jobs and still needed help. How can the state maintain social services in tight budget years? You are going to pay bills that keep the government running and state employees working. You are going to pay your bills before you build museums and allocate money to help other things. Then you have to work out what you spend on other things. … But you have a right and a wrong, and you can’t let special-interest groups influence you on what is the right thing to do, and that’s what has happened. Comment at

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enee Walker came to the Facebook Roadshow at Clinton High School Oct. 6 to find out what to do when one person impersonates another on the popular social-networking website. “My daughter—I wasn’t aware that she was on Facebook—she was using another young lady’s Facebook account,� Walker said. “Then it got to the point where the young lady was pretending to be her on Facebook, and some bad things happened. That’s when I found out.� Walker said she learned how to report impersonation on Facebook—as well as the 13-years-and-above age requirement, meaning her 12-year-old daughter will have to wait a while before she can have her own account. The Facebook Roadshow offered tips on safe social networking for parents, teachers and students. The Mississippi attorney general’s office sponsored the event along with the state Department of Education. Brooke Oberwetter, associate manager of policy communications at Facebook, told parents and a handful of students at the event how to change their page’s privacy settings, report when someone is impersonating them on Facebook and block someone who is harassing them. Oberwetter recommended that people review their privacy settings each month and take a moment to adjust which group of friends they want to see content each time they post something. Attorney General Jim Hood said teens today have to deal with an onslaught of electronic technology. “This is where our young people are hanging out instead of the pool or the pier,� Hood said. Oberwetter said one of the best ways parents can start a conversation with their teens about safety on Facebook is by asking them to help set up a Facebook page. As parents ask questions about changing privacy settings and posting status updates, they can talk to their children about what they are sharing online. Hood and Oberwetter took questions from the audience on topics such as what par-

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ents should do if they find out their child has two pages—one to friend them on and one for everything else—and what the relationship status “it’s complicated� means. Oberwetter said having two Facebook pages is a violation of the site’s terms of use, and if Facebook finds out, it will delete both pages. As for “it’s complicated,� the answer is, well, complicated, but Oberwetter said most people select it when they do not want to be single, but don’t want to commit to the “in a relationship� status. She added that the “it’s complicated� option declined in popularity as the site transitioned from a social-networking tool for college and high-school students to one that more adults use. When problems online escalate into threats or harassment, Hood said people should call law enforcement. Parents and teachers can watch for signs of “cyber bullying,� because problems online often translate into problems in real life. A new Mississippi law went into effect in July to make impersonating someone else online a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine or imprisonment. Fake Facebook accounts can damage a person’s reputation, and now people can report them to law enforcement. Hood sponsored the law and said in a statement that it will help deter cyber bullying. Rachel Carlton, 16, is a junior at Jackson Preparatory School and a member of the Attorney General’s Youth Advisory Council. Hood said he formed the council, which will review an upcoming Facebook safety guide, to help his office reach youth. The attorney general’s Facebook safety guide should be available within the next couple of weeks. Rachel’s mother, Virginia Carlton, is a judge on the Mississippi Court of Appeals. Virginia Carlton thinks parents learned more from the event than teens who are already on Facebook. “Rachel’s very tech savvy on the social media and the computer,� she said. “I’m the one that’s learning from her.� Carlton said she trusts her children, but wants to get on Facebook so she can be more aware of what they’re doing. “I have to get up to speed,� she said. “Since I’m not on Facebook, I cannot tell you what they’re doing online. I have to rely a lot on what they tell me.� Comment at




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rogressives in Mississippi can be a shameful bunch. They rarely speak up in public, and when they do, they tend to whisper or demand they not be quoted by name. Progressives peer over their shoulders often and spend much of their public life acting as if they are ashamed of saying out loud that they believe in a better society and one that cares for the neediest among us. They want a better world for the next generation, yet they are too terrified to demand it. They wait until a month out to speak up against ballot initiatives that could push the state, and potentially the nation, backward. The pent-up frustration caused by not speaking out in a clear voice finds a venue this Saturday when some Jacksonians will gather in Smith Park for Occupy Mississippi, a localized version of the Occupy Wall Street protest movement that spread to other U.S. cities in recent weeks. We fear, though, that many of the frustrated protesters could lack focus and are venting. It’s not just Mississippi. “The Occupy Wall Street movement may look radical, but its members’ ideas are less radical than those you might hear at your average Rotary Club,” David Brooks, a New York Times columnist, wrote in an op-ed piece this week titled, “The Milquetoast Radicals.” We need somebody, anybody, to shake loose the way things are now. Radical-right Republicans (and Democrats pretending to be) need real challengers. Too often politicians from both parties focus on the voter pool already motivated to vote. They leave out all the people who don’t identify with either party, or who are frustrated with conservative extremists and those pretending to be. Young voters and others who haven’t been to the polls are looking for change. Occupy Mississippi needs to do more than just take up space and raise hell. It needs to align itself with specific actions to fix long-time problems in our community. Improving the education system and evening out health-care disparities (starting with saving “Obamacare”) are two causes that come to mind. For this movement to have measurable outcomes, it’s got to feel like more than angst, or it’s going to have limited appeal. We sincerely hope it will grow into something more useful than the Tea Party on the Left. Instead of protesting just to protest, find the systematic things to worry about and focus on them. Worry about the U.S. Supreme Court and how its makeup might look in a couple of years if progressives desert the president (remembering that Ralph Nader helped put Bush II in the White House). Work for balanced, reasonable justice that rebuilds our state’s future at the same time. Go to Smith Park Saturday and join Occupy Mississippi. But do more than yell. Find a focus. Challenge other progressives to speak up boldly, take the brave stand, and be true to themselves and their core beliefs. Then have the courage to take action and make change happen. Start with getting out the vote and putting up candidates who aren’t ashamed of progressive ideals.


Double-Dutch Convoy


October 12 - 18, 2011

urse Tootie McBride: “I am very impressed with the effort and courage of Scooby Rastus, Tipsy Lee the wino and the Ghetto Science Community for organizing this large gathering across the street from Operation Corporate Backlash. I want the Ghetto Science Community to know that the McBride family and members of the Ghetto Science Team are with the masses of angry, jobless and economically frustrated people. “Therefore, we want to join forces with you to form the Ghetto Science Community Grass Roots Occupy Wall Street Solidarity Brigade. I’ve asked my cousin, Colonel Sammy “Davis” McBride, war veteran and civilrights activist, to come out of retirement and organize a group of protesters from the Ghetto Science Community to form a convoy to Wall Street. “Colonel Sammy convinced Rev. Cletus and his deacon mechanics to have a fleet of double-Dutch church buses ready to transport members of the Ghetto Science Community to New York City. Also, he has confirmed support from members of the Ghetto Science Team Community Task Force to ensure a successful and productive trip to ‘Occupy Wall Street.’ “The church buses are ready roll to take the people where they need to go. It’s time to let the establishment know that we won’t take it any more. Let’s join in solidarity with the 99 percent. “Come on and join our convoy. Ain’t nothin’ gonna get in our way. We gonna roll this truckin’ convoy to ‘Occupy Wall Street’. Convoyyyyyy! 12 “And that’s a 10-4, Ghetto Science Community.”


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‘Influencing Sex Ed Policies,’ Oct. 6, 2011 “There should be no further study of the need for the youngsters to know how to protect themselves, if the answer is ‘yes.’ We have lived through the failed attempt of Nancy Reagan’s ‘Just Say No’ strategy. Teen and preteen pregnancies have only increased. Sex Education Plus should include referral services for therapeutic clinical interventions to deal with root causes of teen and preteens engaging in sexual experiences that result in unplanned/unwanted pregnancies. “Far too often, these pregnancies are the result of men, to include mother’s boyfriends, who sexually abuse these children, and these egregious acts become family secrets, and the victim becomes a part of that never-ending vicious cycle. “Mississippi’s teen/preteen pregnancy rate is one of the highest in the nation. We are also faced with a high incidence of STDs to include HIV/ AIDS. So, let’s take our heads out of the sand and start addressing the reality of this situation: Let’s apply educational and therapeutic strategies that are designed to promote remedy.” —JustJess “We are in a drop-down drag-out fight here to keep our highest teen birth rate title! Texas is gaining on us! We’ve got to use their tricks to keep our edge! We may not be the highest in teen pregnancy rate, but we are the highest in teen birth

rate, with this policy, we can take both. If we pass initiative 26 (the Personhood Amendment) then we are sure to be the highest in both since we will be outlawing most birth-control pills. To heck with Texas and New Mexico. We can be the worst state in the union.” —Bobby Kearan “I can’t tell you how often I hear from readers about controversial issues—who want us to speak out so they don’t have to. They’re scared because their spouse has political aspirations, or they’re afraid someone is going to think they’re ... wait for it! ... too liberal. Or some such. People, if it’s important, you, you and you need to show up and speak up. Posting here is fine, but it’s not enough from you.” —Donna Ladd “At the lunch, someone made the point that some school boards are going to assume their district wants abstinence-only sex ed when parents really want their children to be more informed. Board members can’t make an informed decision, though, unless more parents and community members speak up and let them know this issue is important to them.” —lizwaibel

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y first pregnancy ended with a shot. After three weeks of careful monitoring, my doctor finally saw a mass growing in my left fallopian tube and diagnosed an ectopic pregnancy. She hugged me through my uncontrollable sobs and gave me three options: wait to see if it resolved on its own, risking a ruptured tube; immediate surgery to remove the baby; or an injection of methotrexate, a cancer drug that was newly being used as a non-surgical treatment for ectopic pregnancies. Scared of tubal rupture and surgery, I chose methotrexate. The doctor’s office didn’t keep it stocked, so she sent me to a nearby pharmacy with a prescription in my hand. I sat in the car for a long time, screaming at God for turning the greatest dream of my life into a nightmare. For a few minutes, I considered just dying under a tree in the woods with my baby. I thought about my husband, who was speeding from work to be with me, and I drove to the pharmacy. I was numb when I returned to the doctor’s office, thanks to a pharmacy tech who kept badgering me to “smile,� so I only felt the physical sting of the shot and not the emotional sting. My second pregnancy ended in a c-section 11 weeks early, after my water inexplicably broke, and I spent five days on strict hospital bed rest. Ace spent two months in the neonatal intensive-care unit. The only lasting effects of his prematurity are mild cerebral palsy and a big attitude. The latter could be attributed to the fact that he’s both 5 years old and a superhero. I decided that pregnancy was no longer an option for me after my third pregnancy ended in a miscarriage. An ultrasound revealed a lifeless blip where before I had seen a blip with a heartbeat. Birth control keeps two things at bay: cramps and the absolute terror I feel at the thought of a fourth shattered heart. When I first heard about the Personhood Amendment, I read the entire text online and thought: “Surely that’s not it. It’s half a paragraph with nothing about life-saving abortions.� I called Personhood Mississippi for clarification and was told, “We’re just trying to get the amendment on the ballot.� I accepted that answer, thinking it would be fine-tuned eventually. Wrong. The final ballot version was the same, word for word. I emailed Personhood Mississippi and asked again, “What about lifesaving abortions?� Their response: “They won’t be outlawed.� My response: “How will they not?� No answer. So I took to Facebook. On Sept. 25, WLBT ran a story about Personhood,

under which I posted the entire text of the amendment and asked, “Where is the exception for life-saving abortions?� I asked on my own Facebook page and asked several prolife friends. No answer. On the official “Yes on 26� Facebook page, someone asked how this would affect treatment for ectopic pregnancies. The official reply was a link to the American Association of Pro-Life OB/GYNs website ( on which its members assert their opinion that ending an ectopic pregnancy is not morally wrong. That’s wonderful, but wasn’t actually an answer to the question. I was distracted, though, by another post on the page insisting that 26 wouldn’t prevent access to birth control. I asked simply, “Why not?� The official reply from the page’s moderator was, “Birth control prevents conception,� and anyone who said that 26 would limit access to birth control was lying to me. I responded that I had come to that conclusion on my own, thanks, knowing that a tertiary effect of birth control was preventing implantation of a fertilized egg. How would 26 not ban that? My questions were deleted, and I was blocked from the group. Finally, I posted on WLBT’s Facebook page, pleading for the answer to my questions about life-saving abortions and birth control. After nearly 30 non-answers, a man spoke up and said the amendment sets the framework for pro-life legislation in Mississippi and that legislators would iron out the details. That’s it? I’m supposed to trust that the Mississippi Legislature, which still believes abstinence education works when we have the highest rate of teen pregnancy in the country, will allow me to have my birth control knowing that a tertiary effect of birth control is ending the life of a “person?� And while I have good faith that life-saving abortions will be allowed, should I trust that the Mississippi Legislature knows when a pregnancy is lifethreatening? Will they allow one at the point of diagnosis, when a detectable heartbeat can still be found, or at some later point? Since some ectopic pregnancies end naturally in miscarriage, will the Mississippi Legislature allow for methotrexate, or will we take El Salvador’s solidly pro-life lead and wait until the fallopian tube ruptures before performing surgery? I can’t trust complete strangers with my life or reproductive health. This is not me taking a pro-life or pro-choice stance. This is me begging you to read the amendment’s wording for yourself and tell me where I fall in line. Stacey Spiehler is a wife, mother, social media guru, and loud and proud WhoDat. The Mississippi transplant’s vision for utopia includes unquestioned tolerance and the perfect shrimp po-boy.

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October 12 - 18, 2011

by Lacey McLaughlin


Name: Jim Hood Age: 45 Education: Bachelor’s degree and law degree from University of Mississippi, 1984 and 1988. Family: Wife, Debbie; three children, Rebecca, Matthew and Annabelle Leigh. Residence: Brandon Currently: Incumbent candidate for the office of Mississippi attorney general

Did you question why the murderer got such a shortened sentence? My dad was the county prosecutor so we knew the DA. ... We knew more about what was going on. probably, than 99.9 percent of the other victims. That’s always been tough for me. We were close. He was like my big brother. How did you view the justice system after that? It made me realize that it wasn’t fair for a victim who got murdered to go on trial. It wasn’t fair for a victim to be raked over the coals, and they are dead and can’t defend themselves. When I got to be DA, I always kept victims at the front. We never made any recommendations on cases without first running it by victims and the law-enforcement officers. I wrote a federal grant when I was DA, between trying cases, and got an additional victims assistance coordinator. Dealing with victims is the most rewarding part of the work. That’s what I miss about being DA—you hug a victim’s neck, and you leave court, and you have accomplished something. What is it like being the only Democrat in statewide office? I haven’t really thought that much about it. People call our state a red state, but what the difference is, how I see it, is that we are one-third Republican, one third Democratic and a third of people in the middle. (People in the middle) are a swing vote and will vote for a Democrat or a Republican if they are doing the things they appreciate. That was clearly shown by last year’s election cycle. There were eight statewide election officials, and I got more votes than the other seven Republicans. The problem we are encountering now—especially with Citizens United, the horrible decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that allows corporations to buy political offices—what we are seeing now, the difference is the money. … I’ve been outspent twice by $1 million each time in my last two races for AG. But if you have the Democratic message of taking care of who Jesus taught us to take care of—widows, orphans and elderly—the party label doesn’t matter that much to people. The problem is getting out that message. If you are drowned out by lots of money or nasty mail-outs, that’s a major impediment for getting Democrats elected. Last year, you spoke out against a bill that would require a pathologist in Mississippi to hold an American Board of Pathology certification saying it threatened cases involving Steve Hayne. Can you explain your position? There has been a misconception, and (JFP managing editor) Ronni Mott did this. … She didn’t listen to what I had told her as well as that other guy who writes for the paper (freelancer and then-Reason magazine columnist Radley Balko). Dr. (Michael) West is someone we have investigated, and I don’t support him in any matter. It’s not that I have supported Steven Hayne in any matter. What I have said are the facts: When I was a DA, he testified against me in criminal cases. I always found him to do a good job. By saying that, they assume I am just supporting him all the way, which is absolutely not true. What I have done is form a task force with people from University of Mississippi Medical Center, the presidents of the Mississippi Coroner’s Association, the district attorney’s association and the sheriff’s association and chiefs of police. We went to Arkansas and Alabama and visited their medical examiner’s office. We found that Arkansas has 100,000 fewer people than we do and less crime than Mississippi, and they have nine fulltime pathologists in the medical examiner’s office there. … Our

Why are you seeking re-election for AG? I have a lot of unfinished business, especially in the area of policing the Internet. There is no federal agency that polices the Internet, and it’s all up to the AGs. It’s a really interesting time to be at the (forefront) of how we police it. I’m co-chair of the National Association of Attorney General’s Technology Committee. ... Technology is moving at light speed, and we have to move the law along with it. … I’ve got young kids, and I am worried about the dangers of Internet texting and sexting. The other component is intellectual-property theft—music, movies, software. Also, the counterfeit drugs being sold on the Internet. It’s good to be able to be at the position where you can make a difference in how you can protect our children. The Internet has been described as the crime scene of the 21st century, and so it’s fun to be able to be at the table and be the co-chair and sit there and work with these companies for how we can better police the Internet. Another issue deals with our elderly. Baby boomers are getting older. We are having more retiring. This economy is making people take advantage of our elderly—relatives are taking their money and getting powers of attorney. That’s a group we have a lot to do, yet, to protect. Domestic violence is another issue. It really shocked me when I found out about four years ago that Mississippi was the fifth worst state in the nation in issues of domestic homicide, in which a husband kills his wife. We got a grant to establish the domestic-violence unit. … There is still a lot to do. There needs to be a one-stop shopping situation where (victims) go to one court, and they are able to take care of not just a protective order but also child custody. At some point, we want to make it easier to get help, separate the family and cool them down. … We have gone from number-five worst in the nation to number 22 in instances of domestic homicide. One of the changes we need to make in the laws is to make domestic abusers go to counseling, and you’ll see that on our next legislative agenda. There are still other changes we have to do, but it’s encouraging to see some things work.

When you were younger, your cousin was murdered, and you said you sat through that trial. How did that experience help shape your career as a prosecutor? My first cousin, (whom) I hunted with all the time, he was murdered in 1976. He and his wife were coming out of a restaurant/bar—he was holding her hand, and she was pregnant. Some guy sitting outside with a shotgun shot him in the back of the head with buckshot and killed him. It was premeditated murder. They had been into it about something before. The guy was charged with murder, but he claimed somehow it was self-defense. When you claim self-defense, you are able to get in testimony about the victim’s character. My cousin was rough. He wasn’t a criminal, but was rough and would fight and stuff like that. It was about 1978. I was old enough to understand how victims feel. They convicted (his killer) of manslaughter, and he served seven years in the pen for cold-blooded murder. I understood then how victims feel, and that’s why I have been a strong victim’s advocate. I had never planned to be a DA. I never intended to be in politics. My dad was a prosecutor in the early ’70s. He was a county attorney. … At that time, the DA didn’t have any assistance, and the county attorney served as assistant DA who viewed all the indictments and took all the heat in the county if he prosecuted somebody. Our county was real bad. It had gambling, and it was a dry county, and marijuana was coming in. We got a new sheriff, and he started prosecuting people, and Dad was who got the heat for it. We had a lot of threats. We had to leave home several times. Our home burned in 1973, and the local crooks took credit for it. We had to leave home a lot of nights and ended up living in a trailer outside our house for a year or two. Then we moved to Houston, where I went to high school. It was a bad experience being the son of a prosecutor. I rebelled from it. I wasn’t about to do anything like that. Even when I got out of law school, I was going to do oil and gas work. … I interned at the AG’s office after college and got to know Mike Moore. He got this unit started, and I started doing narcotics work, and I guess it was kind of in my blood.



ttorney General Jim Hood appears to be a natural prosecutor, although it was a career path he initially resisted. His father was a Chickasaw County attorney and prosecutor. In 1977, Hood’s cousin, Glenn Ford, was murdered outside a restaurant in Leake County, and Hood attended the murder trial. He says that experience fueled his desire to seek justice and provide services for victims of violence and domestic abuse. Being a prosecutor didn’t exactly help his father make friends, and so the younger Hood was determined to steer clear of the same career path even after he received his law degree from Ole Miss in 1988. Hood’s career, however, started in the attorney general’s office under former Attorney General Mike Moore where he served as special assistant attorney for five years. In 1995, voters elected him as district attorney for the Third Circuit Court District in north Mississippi where he served for eight years. In 2003, Hood began his first term as Mississippi’s attorney general, and he is currently seeking his third term in office, running against former Department of Public Safety Commissioner Steven Simpson. On Monday, Oct. 3, the two opponents participated in their first and only debate at the Stennis-Capitol Institute Press Luncheon in Jackson. Simpson launched repeated attacks against his opponent. Hood, however, was clearly more interested in talking about his record, telling reporters he wasn’t going to engage in a “mud fight.” Since he was elected in 2003, Hood, 45, has established a cyber-crime unit, a domestic-violence unit a victims-services section, venerable adults unit and identity theft unit.

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between personal benefit and campaign contributions, and he doesn’t have any proof and just falsely accuses me of. … He gets this L1 contract and million-dollar deal with this kiosk thing (see Reader’s Guide). He doesn’t tell anyone about it, doesn’t file anything on his report to show that he has signed a contract. There are probably other contracts out there.

The Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence gave Attorney General Jim Hood an award in April 2011 for his efforts in helping domestic-violence victims.

task force came up with the method to fund nine full-time medical examiners. It didn’t matter if it was Steven Hayne or who they hired. We wouldn’t have been hiring them; it would have been whoever is over the Department of Public Safety. We took it to the Legislature, and it passed out of the House. We were going to fund it with an additional $13 fee for every citation issued in this state. We knew the Legislature wasn’t going to be able to take care of it. My opponent (Steve Simpson) came over there and said, ‘We don’t need it.’ The result is that we never got the medical examiners office that we needed. … As far as the legislation goes, what I was saying was if Dr. Hayne has done all these examinations, and say it was several years before—and you know it takes two or three years sometimes before a case goes to trial—then when he goes to take the witness stand, and the statute passes, they are going to be hammering him with the law. And trying to keep him on and qualified in a murder case that occurred before we passed the law will be difficult. … The second thing about a pathologist is that very seldom do they make or break a case. All they say is the manner of death and cause of death, and that’s about it.

October 12 - 18, 2011

Your opponent has criticized you for waiting to file suit against BP (despite Barbour’s request not to file). How do you respond to that? I have filed a suit against BP’s administrative process and (claims administrator) Kenneth Feinberg. My concentration has been on our consumers and whether they are being compensated fairly and how that fund is operating. After Katrina, I learned that you have to have a compensation system that works quickly outside the court system. The reason we hadn’t filed a suit is that we don’t have our evidence. Every good lawyer knows that you have to gather your evidence first. We had all these state agencies that are determining the environmental impact as well as the economic impact. So these are long-term studies. You are talking about a three-year period before you begin to get an idea on our environmental 16 damages. … For (Simpson) to insinuate that

it had something to do with campaign contributions is just ludicrous. Those lawyers don’t want me to file a suit; they want me in the middle of it. Why? It’s called a plaintiff steering committee. It’s the lawyers the court appoints to handle class-action litigation. Texas hasn’t sued, Florida hasn’t sued, and we haven’t. Alabama sued initially over the former AG that got beat over there. Louisiana filed a suit just asking for some paperwork and got sucked into it. … Environmental damages are really long term. You take the (Exxon Valdez oil spill) in Alaska. They settled it two years out. The federal government bullied them into settling. Guess what happened in the third year? Guess who had to pay for it when the herring population died? The state taxpayers of Alaska, because they got rushed into something. That shows that any good prosecutor gets their facts right before they start throwing out wild allegations. Simpson (acts) as if he is above the law. He has done a lot of things for his personal benefit. There is a difference

Your opponent has also criticized you for not joining a multi-state lawsuit against the Affordable Care and Patient Protection Act. You said earlier this week that Barbour’s request to join the lawsuit was “political” and the state shouldn’t bear the burden of that cost. How much would it have cost the state to join the suit? He hired outside counsel—Mike Wallace. I haven’t seen the bills lately, but we tried to tell them that we have to keep them down. If we had done it in-house, it would be hard to estimate. I can go back and look to see how many hours Wallace has spent and what we would have actually paid. … Our rate for the state, what we charge another agency, … I think its $65 an hour. A lot of these outside lawyers (charge the AG’s office) $250 to $125 (per hour). We have to pay more with outside counsel. It’s nothing but a ‘me too’ political statement, and the law is such that federal courts have that kind of reach into state matters. I don’t agree with it. A similar case is that there was a case in the ’50s or ’40s where this pig farmer wanted to feed his own hogs the wheat he harvested, and the federal government said, ‘No, you can’t do that. You feeding your own hogs affects interstate commerce.’ If feeding your own hogs your own wheat has some impact and draws the authority of the federal government, then don’t you think the health-care system, with its cost to our federal government, would be the same? The point is: The law is there for the federal government to do this unless the U.S. Supreme Court changes it. [Editor’s note: Wallace said last year that he would take on the case at no additional cost to the state.]

Do you think that the act is constitutional? As it is now, yes, because of the Kansas wheat-farmer case. If the federal government has reached into telling a farmer he can’t feed hogs wheat from his own land, they have reach into whether you have to have insurance and things like that. … This is a political thing and will be something that the U.S. Supreme Court should look long and hard at before they go change it. … I don’t know what the court will do, but I wasn’t interested in putting our taxpayer money in it. Politically, it would have been easier for me to join it and file a “me too” brief. But I don’t see the need of wasting our time and money when it doesn’t (make) one bit of difference. The Supreme Court doesn’t care whether the attorney general filed it or if the governor filed it. Your opponent has criticized you for not prosecuting Robbie Bell in the domestic-homicide murder of Heather Spencer. At the time there was no evidence or law to prosecute her under. Explain why that is. Heather’s roommate was also a kidnapping victim, and her mother taught in one of my children’s schools and asked my wife to call her and get involved with the case. I was running for AG in September, and I went to the crime scene to make sure we had all the evidence gathered. I was involved, but there wasn’t a political announcement. I just did it low key. We were in it to handle the kidnapping part of it. What was happening is that Faye Peterson was running that fall for DA and got beat, but she went and indicted on the kidnapping and the murder. And she indicted the defendant’s mother, Robbie. The only case I had was the murder and the kidnapping. We were going to handle that case, and we did. George Bell pled guilty and got life without parole plus 30 years on the kidnapping. The (incoming) DA (Robert Shuler Smith) was going to dismiss the charges against the mother. I said, ‘Wait. Let our folks work the case. Let’s see if we can find any evidence.’ His people looked at it, and in order to com-

Ronni Mott Responds to Hood on Hayne


n March 12, 2010, Radley Balko, formerly of Reason Magazine, published an email from Hood to coroners and others urging them to get legislators to vote against H.B. 1456. The bill, signed March 19 by Gov. Haley Barbour, requires that anyone hired by a Mississippi county to do an autopsy be American Board of Pathology certified in forensic pathology. Hood’s email stated, in part: “This is an Innocence Project bill which threatens cases which involved Dr. Hayne. This bill has passed the Senate and is headed to the House of Representatives. Please contact your House Member and encourage him or her to defeat this bill. Our office is working diligently to stop this potentially harmful legislation.”

In my April 7, 2010, story “Hood Responds to Hayne Criticism,” I reported the following after an interview with Hood: On March 19, however, Hood stated that his e-mail opposing H.B. 1456 had no connection to Hayne, and that his office had not come out against the bill. “We weren’t taking a position on whether it’s a bad bill,” Hood told the Jackson Free Press. ... “Look, I’m not trying to defend Dr. Hayne,” he added. “It would be politically more convenient for me not to say anything about it, but when I’m asked, I’m going to tell the truth about what I’ve seen, and what the facts are, and I don’t want it to look like I’m defending him. But at the same time, I’m trying to say, ‘Look, we need to open the crime lab.’ That’s been our position; it hasn’t been pro (Hayne) or con him.

It doesn’t have anything to do with what our position is.” … Little doubt exists that the attorney general is in favor of expanding the medical examiner’s office and the state crime lab. Hood’s office has researched other state’s medical examiner offices, including Arkansas, which employs nine full-time medical examiners with a population slightly less than Mississippi. Late last year, Hood proposed legislation adding a $13 fee to traffic tickets to fund a similarly staffed office for the state. “[W]hat we did was basically put together a package for legislators, and we handed it to them, saying, ‘This is what we need for a medical examiners office. This will fix it,’” Hood said. The proposal passed the House and died in the Senate. Read story:

Reader’s Guide : Wickard v. Filburn


n 1942, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the government has the right to regulate economic activity in the case of Wickard v. Filburn. Roscoe Filburn, who was a farmer in Ohio, grew more wheat on his land that the government permitted. The government had set limits on wheat production during the Great Depression to drive up wheat prices. Filburn was not selling his excess wheat; he was using it to feed his chickens. The Supreme Court ruled that Filburn’s wheat growing reduced the amount of wheat he would buy for chicken feed on the open market, and because his wheat growing affected interstate commerce, the government could regulate how much he grew. The court ordered Filburn to destroy his crops and pay a fine. Simpson’s L-1 Contract Hood’s re-election campaign claims that Steve Simpson used his former position as commissioner of the Department of Public Safety to secure his consulting contract with a national driver’s license kiosk company. Simpson extended L-1’s contract through DPS to $5.9 million so that L-1 could build 51 electronic kiosks in Mississippi. Simpson renewed the contract 13 days before stepping down from DPS.

He said that in June he signed a contract to work as a consultant for L-1 while conducting his campaign for attorney general. L-1 specializes in driver’s licenses and license kiosks for Department of Motor Vehicles throughout the country, including Mississippi. “My agreement prohibits me from doing any work in Mississippi, since they were a vendor of DPS at the time I was commissioner. They both agreed that I should not do any work on behalf of the state,” Simpson said last month, adding that if elected state attorney general, he would terminate his consulting contract with L-1. Robbie Bell Robbie Bell is the mother of George Bell III who is serving a life sentence for killing his girlfriend Heather Spencer Sept. 11, 2007. Robbie Bell came under intense fire because she did not call the police after her son attacked and killed Spencer in her house. The mother was initially arrested as an accessory, but authorities had to drop the charge due to the laws requiring evidence that an accessory took “affirmative” action to further a crime. Her actions—or non-actions—have sparked a conversation about whether Mississippi should pass a Good Samaritan law.

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If an attorney donates to your campaign, your opponent has suggested that they will receive a contract with your office. Is that true? Absolutely not. The media has covered this for years going back to Mike Moore. We have recovered $500 million for the state, and it hasn’t cost taxpayers a dime. We have done research of every AG’s office in the nation to

determine if there is a better system we can have—for an example, a bidding-type system. But what we found is that ours is the fairest and most transparent in the nation. We are the only AG that posts our contracts on our website. … We have it set up where the people who want to file suit on behalf of the state have to email or contact my chief of staff, and we have a list of who calls first on cases, and that person gets a case. … Someone has got to hire the lawyers. That’s why our constitution says the AG’s office handles all legal affairs of the state. Corporations give money to these politicians who go out and try to stop AGs from filing suits. It’s been going on for years. If someone has stolen from people, I swore I would follow the law and enforce it. I have a duty to go get it. If I don’t have the lawyers to do it, I have to go hire some who can. We have nine lawyers in the civil-litigation division. They have 3,400 cases right now. They are covered up. If the Legislature wants to give me $4 million or $5 million a year to hire some lawyers, we’ll do it. But they don’t need to. If this was a Republican idea, they would call it privatization. Why do we have to hire outside counsel? Most of these are in-state lawyers that are doing them. Every single one of them has to have an associate and in-state lawyer. The ones I suppose my opponent is thinking about is those securities cases where someone stole from the Public Employees Retirement System, and we filed a suit to try and get our

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mit the crime of an accessory after the fact, you have to do something to conceal or assist the person in the crime, which we didn’t have any proof that she had done at that point. We started subpoenaing her bank records to see when he left that house to kidnap (Heather’s) roommate whether or not he stopped to get money to flee with. We looked at her phone lines to see if she had tried to help him any way whatsoever, like calling the airline. Our folks scrubbed it as hard as they could. The deans of criminal law are over there in my building. I have supported a bill since I was DA that would have made it a crime for someone to witness a felony and not report it. I have been advocating it every year since I was DA to have a Good Samaritan law. The pushback was, what about some little old lady who sees a dope dealer in her yard and doesn’t report it? Are you going to put her jail? We introduced a Good Samaritan bill the year after (Spencer) was murdered. We made it where it would be required under murders and rapes and more heinous crimes. The problem was we had to follow the law. I didn’t like it, but if we went to court, the judge would have dismissed the case. We are going to keep introducing it until we get it passed.


HOOD, from page 17

Your office has brought in $500 million to the state. Where exactly does that money go, and what is it used for? Well, like the WorldCom case, that was $100 million, and the check went straight to the General Fund, and $50 million was given to PERS by the Legislature. All this goes to the General Fund. We have the authority to—if it’s a Medicaid-fraud case, or different from the type of wholesale litigation—we can keep a percentage of that to pay for our grant to keep the Medicaid-fraud unit going. This is about $1 million a year we have to pay for it, and the Legislature doesn’t have to appropriate anything for it. Your opponent said if he were elected he would form a committee to review who gets contracts and who doesn’t. We looked into that. Some state AG offices, they kind of bid it out and give a percentage to someone who gave them the idea. It’s kind of like intellectual property: If you are a lawyer and you bring an idea to a state, you get first dibs at handling the case. But in other states, they have a weighting system. There are two problems with that system. One is that you are always going to have politics involved, and someone is always going to be able to put their thumb on the scale. In the end, there is only one person who makes that decision, and there has to be trust that that one person will do right. The other problem is if you start bidding out that you are going to file a suit—sue some big company based wherever—if you start bidding it out and say, ‘We are going to sue this company,’ you don’t want the other side to know you are about to sue them. What they will do is run in their court and sue you in their state, and say, ‘We want a declaratory judgment.’ There is a reason you don’t disclose your strategy, at least initially. Ballot initiatives were a big topic at the debate on Monday. Don’t you have to defend ballot initiatives from challenges because you are the attorney for the state? How much does it matter if you are personally for it or against it?


money back. A securities law firm that specializes in that is the one that has to handle those types of cases, because there is not one in Mississippi that does security practices.

Instead of launching attacks against his opponent Steve Simpson, the attorney general prefers to talk about his record.

Those were rabbit trails people went down because that’s what the opponent wanted to talk about. It had nothing to do with the AG. State statute requires you to defend laws that are passed. That’s insignificant. I think the issues are about, ‘What are you going to do; what’s your track record?’ And it went off on this debate issue. There has been an ongoing debate with me for eight years. What is important are the issues and what you have done. You drew criticism for posting a statement on Facebook in support of the Personhood Amendment. Can you explain what happened? I don’t operate that account. I didn’t intend for us to be putting up statements. It’s not like a badge of courage. Whoever is promoting that wanted to know our position, and our campaign manager was going to send a letter, and somehow it got posted on Facebook. It’s not that I am ashamed of it, but it’s just not an issue in this race. Who believes what about abortion isn’t an issue for the attorney general because you have to defend whatever is out there. If you had to pick one thing that you are most proud of in your career, what would it be? I haven’t’ gotten there, yet, but the work we are doing on cyber crime and protecting our children. When I look back on our services as AG, I want to look back and know that I have made my mark. That’s probably the largest accomplishment that I hope to achieve. Comment at

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hen Bebo, my younger brother, proposed to his to “help” me by biting and licking off stray spots of some“Ooooo, like Fancy Nancy?” girlfriend Anna, they asked my 4-year-old and one else’s gum. “Just like that! We have to use our fanciest manners. my 2-year-old to be flower girls. The girls were as The bridesmaids, bless their young and childless hearts, OK, girls?” thrilled as I was terrified. kept saying over and over: “They are so cute! Aw, how preThey were perfect—angels in seersucker and hair bows. Eight flower girls were in the wedding. Bebo and Anna cious!” If seeing my children at the wedding rehearsal wasn’t They put their linen napkins in their laps, said please and had asked all of their nieces (who were capable of walking) good birth control for these girls, I’m pretty sure they are be- thank you, and Aubrey even admonished my mother once, to participate. With that yond all help. saying: “Shuggie! Don’t talk with food in your mouth.” many kids involved, someWe spent the evening I was impressed and terrified. I knew these were not my one was bound to make vigorously cramming for the children, and at any minute, we could begin a downward spia spectacle of themselves, next day’s events. ral that would end in certain death—or at least in me having and I had 50 bucks riding “Emma, are you going to to leave the wedding in the middle of the ceremony. on one of mine. play in the lake tomorrow?” I Inevitably, one of the girls had to use the potty, so I My brother and his asked in my best “you’d-bet- rounded up my herd and headed to the ladies room. There fiancée assured me that if ter-act-right” Mommy voice. were two stalls. I sent Aubrey into one and Emma into the my children decided to “No, Momma. I not.” other and waited. When Aubrey was finished, I went in to use bail at the last minute, it “Are you going to throw the restroom myself, leaving the stall door cracked so I could would be fine. This was rocks in the lake?” keep an eye on them. kind of them, but I wasn’t “Yip, I will, Momma.” Aubrey was washing her hands when Emma finished. worried about my chil“What did you say?” Emma could reach the soap, but she was too short to reach dren deciding not to walk She giggled and covered the sink. down the aisle. I was paraher hand with her mouth: “I “Aubrey,” I said. “Pick Emma up and help her wash her lyzed with fear to think jest kidding, Momma! I not hands.” about what they would do frow wocks. I not. I dwop Aubrey reached around Emma’s waist to give her a boost as they walked. my petals and stand wichu, and Emma freaked out. In the weeks before the and dat’s all, Momma.” “Nooooooooo! I do it by myself!” she screamed. wedding, I spent hours covI turned to Aubrey and “Put her down, Aubrey,” I said with a sigh. “I’ll help her ering proper flower-girl etiasked, “What are you going in a second.” quette: Keep your hands to to do tomorrow?” Aubrey curled up into a fetal-position ball at the base of yourself; walk slowly; don’t “I’ll walk down the aisle the sink, looked up at Emma and said: “Here you go, Emma. throw your flowers or your veeerrry slow-ly and drop my You can just step on my back. Go ahead, step on me.” Despite a mother’s anxiety, her two flower girls, basket at anyone; and stand petals veeeeerry gent-el-ly.” I watched as Emma giggled and stepped onto Aubrey’s Aubrey and Emma, were angels at the ceremony. quietly beside Mommy. On We went through our seersuckered back to rinse her hands. I took this display of our way to the rehearsal, we game plan repeatedly. My sisterly love and teamwork as a good omen. Maybe I wasn’t reviewed flower-girl protonursing bra was all but hang- going to be completely humiliated at the wedding. col, and Aubrey and Emma ing out of my bridesmaid’s I was close to a full-on panic attack before the wedding. I recited the rules. I soon dress, and my Spanx was cut- continued to review our rules with a few additions: No doing learned I hadn’t taken into account a few gray areas. ting off my circulation. It was going to be all I could do at the the pee-pee dance down the aisle; no playing with someone The wedding was held at Children’s Harbor on Lake wedding to keep my bra inside my dress, suck it in and stand else’s chewing gum; no throwing boulders into the lake; and Martin (Alexander City, Ala., 334-857-2133). The wed- on a grassy incline in heels—the last thing I needed was to please, please, for the love of everything that is good and holy, ding party was standing at a point overlooking the lake and have to fish one of my kids out of the lake. no showing the wedding guests Mommy’s underwear. facing the cutest little chapel you’ve ever seen. As we began We had brunch the day of the wedding. As we walked I wondered if a member of the bride’s family might have our first run-through, I braced myself for unprecedented to the clubhouse, I once again admonished the girls to be on slipped a sedative into their orange juice at brunch, because flower-girl behavior. their very best behavior. their wedding performance went off without a hitch. No Aubrey, my 4-year-old, walked down the aisle keeping “What is brunch, Momma?” Aubrey asked. rocks, no gum, and (there is a God in heaven) no flashing my her hands to herself and her head up. She walked right past “It’s a very fancy breakfast. Britney at the wedding guests. the wedding party and the minister to the shore of the lake. She began picking up boulders and throwing them into the lake. I don’t mean small stones. I mean she had to use both by LaShanda Phillips hands and lift with her legs to throw them in the lake with a loud “kerplunk.” n “adults only” ceremony sounds • Delegate. Kids feel important and My 2-year-old, Emma, walked down the aisle holding nice, but for many weddings, it’s appreciated when they have a special task, her crotch a la Michael Jackson the entire way. She did not almost impossible to keep the even if it’s just passing out programs. Look follow her sister to the water’s edge at first, but came and little people away. So what’s a couple-to- for other kiddy roles than just ring bearer be to do? Here are a few tips to prevent a and flower girl.Tasks such as snapping phostood beside me just as she had been instructed—for 30 sectoddler tragedy on your wedding day: tos with disposable cameras and handing onds. Just long enough to lift my knee-length dress over her out party favors will keep kids occupied. head and up to my bra line. I grabbed my dress, shoved it • Plan. More often than not, parents • Prevent. Kids make messes. It is • Entertain. Kids get bored easily. down in a panic, and looked up just in time to see the father are just as nervous as you are about chil- highly recommended that there is a lid for Though a magician or clown is an option, of the bride doubled over with laughter and pointing me out dren, because they are unpredictable. To every cup at your children’s table. Do not entertainment can come in the form of to a few other family members. keep down the chaos, plan with the par- bother with fancy cups or even a fancy a simple goody bag. Toys and games are As I scolded Emma, I heard my sister yell, “Oh, Auents about time of day, feedings, naptimes tablecloth. If there is a spill, you don’t want smart as long as they are not loud or brey! No!” I turned around just as Aubrey picked a piece and allergies to avoid uproar. to worry about sweeping up glass or re- messy. Coloring books are great, too, of neon-green chewing gum off a rock. It had already been • Separate. Consider an extra room moving a juice stain from expensive linen. but markers are not advised. Each child with a background-checked babysitter. • Cater. Kids can be picky, very picky. should have his or her own individual and chewed and had melted in the summer sun. Family and friends can take turns watch- Make sure you have some kid-friendly preferably labeled bag. Although you may She stretched it up toward her, and the gum turned ing the kids. Even if the extra space is just meals like chicken nuggets and fruit.You’ll normally encourage sharing, you might into a long, stringy, sticky comet. I rushed to her side to for naps and feedings, you and your guests have happily fed children and a happy want to save that lesson for later to prehelp her, before it wrapped itself around her in the wind. As wallet, too. vent a cry fest on your big day. 22 I picked the threads of gum off her hand, Aubrey decided will appreciate the children-free time. October 12 - 18, 2011



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October 12 - 18, 2011

Tell me about your thought process behind “Damned”? It’s not apparent in the book, but I wrote it while I was taking care of my mother who was dying of Chuck Palahniuk will promote his newest book, lung cancer. My father was killed about 10 years ago, “Damned,” at Lemuria Books’ “Damned” Book and with my mother’s death, both my parents would Night, Oct. 20 at Hal and Mal’s. be dead. I wanted to express my grief, but I didn’t want to write a sad book about someone whose parents were dead. So I decided to write a funny book about a child who was dead herself. So she could mourn her achieves a power position in hell by the end of the book. Then parents, she could still grieve from losing her parents, but they the book is the first of three books, so it has an open ending would still be alive on Earth while she was dead herself. So I where she’s sort of thrown into crisis in the very end. And that just flipped the situation and wrote a comedy about the trag- crisis leads to the second book in the series. edy that was happening in my own life. Tell me more about the series that you’re writing. Why did you choose to write from a 13-year-old It’s patterned after Dante’s “Divine Comedy.” The girl’s viewpoint? first book you see her in hell. The second book will place She would be very sympathetic. Originally she was 11 her in the collective purgatory. The book will get her to years old, but the publisher asked me to change it to 13. heaven eventually. So really in my mind, Madison is 11. She would be more sympathetic. She would be more of a contrast from myself. How does it feel to be appearing at one of This little girl so together but in this absolutely filthy place. Jackson’s locally owned book stores? It would be more shocking and more funny. And also, I It feels perfect. I always ask to have events at indepentried to place the story as far away from me as possible— dents. That gives me a greater freedom to present things that not making it about a middle-aged man, making it about a the chain stores won’t let me talk about. prepubescent girl. What type of things are you planning? Sometimes it’s hard to believe that she’s only 13. I’ll be reading a story that was just published in Playboy It’s funny, because so many of our favorite books are that is being made into a movie. So it’s a story that people written from the perspective of children—books like “Jane won’t have heard before. It’ll be brand new to them. And I’ll Eyre.” Children are fantastically well-spoken. They have a be staging competitions. I typically give out hundreds of invery sophisticated language. We accept that. flatable things. People compete throughout the presentation Over the years, I think in a way we have been dumbed to win prizes. The prizes are books by other people that I redown about what we expect from children. We expect children ally love. It’s a chance for me to promote these other writers. now to be more stupid and less and less (healthy). So I wanted to get back to the kind of children that Henry James wrote Who are the authors you are supporting? about, that Jane Austen wrote about. Their children were smart This year I am promoting the first novel from an author and still innocent. from Columbus, Ohio, named Donald Ray Pollock. Pollock’s first book was called “Knockemstiff” (Doubleday, 2008, So would you say the book is mainly about finding $13.95). It was a collection of short stories. This year his first out how she really died? novel comes out, and it’s called “The Devil All the Time” That’s a big part of it, remembering how she died. But (Doubleday, 2011, $26.95). It’s a very dark gothic novel that 24 also, she reconnects with her parents by accident, and she also takes place in the Midwest. I’m also talking about a friend of


adison Spencer is 13 years old and is in hell. She claims that her death had something to do with marijuana and has a lot to say while sitting in her hell cell. “Are you there, Satan? It’s me, Madison,” she says at the beginning of each chapter of Chuck Palahniuk’s newest book, “Damned” (Doubleday, 2011, $24.95). Released Oct. 18, Palahniuk wrote “Damned” from Madison’s viewpoint and chronicles her musings and sights while in hell. She shares a cell with a “Breakfast Club” motley of sinners: a cheerleader, a punk rocker, a nerd and a jock. Palahniuk, 49, has been writing since he was 31. He has published 14 books, two of which have been made into movies, most famously, 1999’s “Fight Club” starring Brad Pitt. Palahniuk spoke with the JFP via telephone.

mine by the name of Lidia Yuknavitch. She has a memoir that’s just come out through a small press. It’s called “The Chronology of Water” (Hawthorne Books, 2011, $15.95). Do you have any advice for any upcoming writers? First thing in the morning, always get up and read something. Read something you really love the first half hour of your day because it’ll put that language in your head. You’ll think in terms of written language the rest of your day. You’ll be more likely to write in your head. Don’t turn on music; don’t turn on television; don’t talk to people. Sit down and read something you love.

Lemuria Books hosts “Damned” Book Night starting at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at Hal and Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St., 601-948-0888). Music provided by Bloodbird, Spacewolf and The New Orleans Bingo!; special drinks by Cathead Vodka; hell-themed food by Parlor Market. Palahniuk will not sign books at the event; however, pre-signed copies of “Damned” will be available for purchase. Fischer Galleries (3100 N. State St., 601-366-8833) hosts a onenight-only art show featuring local artists who created pieces specifically for this event. Visit for more info.

BEST BETS October 12 - 19, 2011 by Latasha Willis Fax: 601-510-9019 Daily updates at


The Ruminants perform at 11:30 a.m. during Live at Lunch at the Mississippi Museum of Art’s Art Garden (380 S. Lamar St.). Bring or buy lunch; call 601-960-1515. ... The Jackson 2000 luncheon is at 11:45 a.m. at the Arts Center of Mississippi (201. E. Pascagoula St.). $12, email bevelyn_ to RSVP. ... Mississippi Department of Archives and History historian Jim Pitts speaks during History Is Lunch at noon at the William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Bring lunch; call 601-576-6998. ... Jeremy Noller & Mangue Sylla give an African Drumming Demonstration Clinic noon at the F.D. Hall Music Center Recital Hall at JSU. ... Baby Jan and Chalmers Davis perform at Underground 119. ... Pop’s has karaoke. ... Philip’s on the Rez has karaoke with DJ Mike. ... Ole Tavern has karaoke.

FRIDAY 10/14

Patti Henson’s craft exhibit at the Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland) hangs through Oct. 31. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Free; call 601-856-7546. ... Bring your kids to Fossil Friday at 10 a.m. at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). $4-$6, children under 3 and museum members free; call 601-354-7303. ... Coop D’Belle performs during the High Note Jam Concert Series at 5:30 p.m. at the Mississippi Museum of Art’s Art Garden (380 S. Lamar St.). Free, food for sale; call 601-960-1515. ... The Tougaloo College Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is at 7 p.m. at the Hilton Jackson (1001 E. County Line Road). $50; call 601-977-7836. ... Attic Gallery (1101 Washington St., Vicksburg) celebrates its 40th anniversary. The opening reception is from 7-9 p.m., and the exhibit hangs through Nov. 14. Free; call 601-638-9221. ... Evelle is at Reed Pierce’s. ... Chad Wesley performs at Electric Cowboy. ... DoubleShotz plays at Time Out at 9 p.m. ... Tonic is at Fire. ... Banner Fair is at Martin’s. ... Hal & Mal’s has music from JJ Grey and Mofro with Whitney Morgan and the 78s.


The Ballin’ 4 Charity Basketball Tournament is at 9 a.m. at George Kurts Gymnasium (125 Gymnasium Drive). $5 admission, $140 team registration; call 601-321-4218 or 508-44-DIVAS. ... The Fiber Festival is at 9 a.m. at the Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). Free; call 601-856-7546. ... See the opera film “Anna Bolena” at 11:55 a.m. at Tinseltown (411 Riverwind Drive). $22, $20 seniors, $15 children; call 601-936-5856. ... The Mississippi Opry Fall Show at 6 p.m. at the Pearl Community Room (2420 Old Brandon Road, Pearl) and features Harmony and Grits, and the Vernon Brothers. $10, children free; call 601-331-6672. ... 3 Doors Down, Theory of a Deadman and Pop Evil perform at 7 p.m. at the Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.) $32-$46.50; call 800-745-3000. ... The Mississippi Hispanic Association hosts Noche Latina at 7 p.m. at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum (1150 Lakeland Drive). $10, food for sale; call 601-371-9009. ... Yankee Station plays at Reed Pierce’s. ... Crossin Dixon is at Electric Cowboy. ... Flowtribe is at Martin’s. ... Snazz is at Shucker’s. R&B artist Keith Sweat performs Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Mississippi State Fair’s Budweiser Pavilion.

Watch and discuss the film “Salt of the Earth” at Café MIRA at 6:30 p.m. at the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance (612 N. State St.). Free; call 601-354-9355. ... The Little Black Dress with a Tie annual fundraiser for Dress for Success is at 6:30 p.m. at The South (627 E. Silas Brown St.). $50 in advance, $60 at the door; call 601-985-9888. ... R&B artist Keith Sweat performs at 7:30 p.m. at the Mississippi State Fairgrounds (1200 Mississippi St.) in the Budweiser Pavilion. Free with admission; visit ... Hot Shots has karaoke at 8 p.m. ... Hunter Runnels is at AJs on the Lake. ... J.J. Grey and Mofro perform at 8 p.m. at The Lyric, Oxford.

Andy Hardwick performs during Fitzgerald’s 11 a.m. brunch. ... Raphael Semmes performs at Table 100’s jazz brunch from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. ... Art House Cinema Downtown at Russell C. Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.) includes the films “The Barber of Seville” at 2 p.m. ($16) and “Senna” at 5 p.m. ($7). Visit ... Shaun Patterson plays at Burgers and Blues from 5-9 p.m. ... The Nameless Poets from Jackson Open Mic is at 7 p.m. at Suite 106. $5 admission, $3 to perform; call 601-720-4640.

MONDAY 10/17

The “A Time for Sharing” exhibit at the Mississippi Library Commission (3881 Eastwood Drive) hangs through Oct. 28. Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. Free; call 601-4324056. ... The Central Mississippi Blues Society Jam is at 7 p.m. at Hal and Mal’s. $5. ... Martin’s hosts the Open Mic Free Jam. ... Fenian’s, Irish Frog and Burgers & Blues have karaoke.


The musical “Beauty and the Beast” premieres at 7:30 p.m. at Thalia Mara Hall; shows through Oct. 20. $25$62.50; call 601-981-1847 or 800-745-3000. ... Pub Quiz at Hal & Mal’s. ... Ole Tavern and Fenian’s have open-mic.


Charlie Townsend performs at 11:30 a.m. during Live at Lunch at the Mississippi Museum of Art’s Art Garden (380 S. Lamar St.). Bring or buy lunch; call 601-960-1515. ... Museum staff presents “The Old Capitol, Past and Present” during History Is Lunch at noon at the Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Bring lunch; call 601-576-6998. ... Food Network star Paula Deen signs copies of “Southern Cooking Bible” at Lemuria Books (202 Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N.). $29.99 book; call 601-366-7619. More events and details at Banner Fair performs Oct. 14 at Martin’s. COURTESY RUSS CLARK


SUNDAY 10/16



jfpevents JFP-SPONSORED EVENTS Radio JFP on WLEZ, at WLEZ 100.1 FM and Join Donna Ladd and Todd Stauffer every Thursday from noon-1 p.m., where they discuss vital issues and play local music. This week’s guest is Kathryn Gunter with Operation Bloom. JFP sports writer Bryan Flynn gives commentary at 12:45 p.m. Listen to podcasts at Free; call 601-362-6121, ext. 17. Jacktoberfest Oct. 21, 11 a.m., at Congress Street between Amite and Capitol streets. The 12-hour festival includes German brats, beer and a music lineup including Jimbo Mathus and the Tri-State Coalition, Johnny Bertram and the Golden Bicycles, and Buddy and the Squids. Free admission; visit

COMMUNITY Leadership, Personal Development and Life Skills Seminar Series through May 22, 2012 at Operation Shoestring (1711 Bailey Ave.). Operation Shoestring and Kuumba Promos host seminars on first and third Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. during the school year to introduce leadership skills, life management skills and cultural pride to youth. Free; call 601-353-3663 or 601-957-2969. Raymond Fall Pilgrimage through Oct. 15. The Evening at St. Mark’s program is 6:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church (205 W. Main St., Raymond; free). The Presence with the Past cemetery stroll is 6:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at Raymond Cemetery (Port Gibson St., Raymond; $10, $5 children under 10). The Lawn Chair Film Festival is at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at Raymond City Hall (Raymond Square; free, food for sale). Call 601-573-4486. “History Is Lunch” Oct. 12, noon, at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). MDAH archivist Jim Pitts presents “Rebellion and Relics,” highlighting Civil War materials. The public may share civil-rights era memories as part of the “Speak Now” recording project before and after the program from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The recordings will be added to the MDAH archival collection and made available to the public. Bring a lunch; coffee and water provided. Free; call 601-576-6998. “Tracing the History of the Delta Blues” Lecture Oct. 12, 4 p.m., at Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex (1701 N. State St.), in room 215. Millsaps art department chairwoman Sandra Murchison is the speaker. Free; call 601-974-1089. Imagine Conference Oct. 13-14, at Hilton Jackson (1001 E. County Line Road). The Mississippi Coalition for Citizens with Disabilities is the host. Learn ways that people with disabilities can improve their quality of life. $25, $50 family of two, $100 professionals; call 601-969-0601. Fall Economic Security Financial Forum Oct. 13, 6 p.m., at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.), at Center Stage. Registration is at 5:30 p.m. The theme is “Keeping What You Own.” Get tips on personal credit, home ownership, land management, and will and estate planning. Refreshments included. Free, donations welcome; call 601898-0326 or 865-374-1666.

October 12 - 18, 2011

Cafe MIRA Oct. 13, 6:30 p.m., at Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance (612 N. State St.). The Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance is the host. See the film “Salt of the Earth.” A discussion and Q&A follows. Free; call 601-354-9355.


High School and Community College Day Oct. 14, 9 a.m., at Tougaloo College (500 W. County Line Road, Tougaloo), in Kroger Gymnasium. Registration is at 8:30 a.m. Potential Tougaloo College students learn more about the school, financial aid options and other information. The Greek step show is at noon. Free; call 601-977-7772. Free Language Class for Adults Oct. 14, 6:30 p.m., at Lingofest Language Center (7048 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland). The class is an introduction to

Spanish, French and English in a party atmosphere. RSVP; space limited. Free; call 601-500-7700. Tougaloo College Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Oct. 14, 7 p.m., at Hilton Jackson (1001 E. County Line Road). Inductees include Attorney Herbert Lee, Dr. Terralon Cannon Knight, Shirley Carson-Evans and Dr. Minion K.C. Morrison. $50; call 601-977-7836. Occupy Mississippi Oct. 15, 7 a.m., at Smith Park (Amite and Congress streets). Join in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street protests. You are the 99 percent. Join the conversation. Visit occupymississippi. National Feral Cat Day Oct. 15, 9 a.m., at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Learn more about the trap-neuter-return method to help control the feralcat population. Free with paid admission; call 601978-3642, 601-940-2320 or 601-259-4254. Super Sitters Babysitting Class Oct. 15, 8:30 a.m., at Baptist Medical Center (1225 N. State St.). Recommended for ages 11-15 for learning essential babysitting skills. Fee includes books, boxed lunch and snack. $45; call 601-968-1712. ACT Test Prep Course, Session II Oct. 15, 10 a.m., at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). The fast-paced presentation of test-taking strategies is designed to help college-bound students get higher scores. $70; call 601-974-1130. Noche Latina Oct. 15, 7 p.m., at Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum (1150 Lakeland Drive), in Sparkman Auditorium. The Mississippi Hispanic Association hosts dance performances, with food and beer for sale. $10; call 601-371-9009. Founders’ Convocation Oct. 16, 10 a.m., at Tougaloo College (500 W. County Line Road, Tougaloo), in Woodworth Chapel. UNCF/Merck Fellow Angel S. Byrd is the speaker. Byrd is an Alpert School of Medicine doctoral candidate at Brown University. Free; call 601-977-7871. Jackson Touchdown Club Meeting Oct. 17, 6 p.m., at River Hills Country Club (3600 Ridgewood Road). Members of the organization meet weekly at 6 p.m. during the football season. This week’s speaker is Mississippi State head football coach Dan Mullen. $280 individual membership, $1200 corporate membership; call 601-506-3186. Family Law Clinic Oct. 19, 3 p.m., at Hinds Community College, Jackson Campus (3925 Sunset Drive). For National Pro Bono Month, the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project and the Jackson Young Lawyers Association offer free legal assistance for low-income individuals. Register by Oct. 14. Free; call 601-960-9577.

WELLNESS Zumba Fitness Classes. The Latin-inspired aerobics classes are held weekly at two Dance Unlimited Studio locations. Visit for class schedule information and directions. $5; call 601-209-7566. • 6787 S. Siwell Road, Suite A, Byram. • 3091 Highway 49 South, Suite E, Florence. Events at Baptist Health Systems, Madison Campus (401 Baptist Drive, Madison) in the Community Room. Registration required. Free, $5 optional lunch; call 601-948-6262 or 800-948-6262. • “Remember You, Remember Me” Seminar Oct. 12, 11:45 a.m. Dr. Mark Rester discusses the early signs of dementia and treatment options. • Heart Health Seminar Oct. 18, 11:45 a.m. Dr. James Warnock shares the American Heart Association’s seven tips for a healthy heart. • Urinary Incontinence Seminar Oct. 18, 6:30 p.m. Dr. Charles Secrest discusses minimally invasive outpatient treatments. Versatility Exercise and Health Education Program through Nov. 16, at Tougaloo College (500 W. County Line Road, Tougaloo). In the Owens Health and Wellness Center, room 223. Seora

BE THE CHANGE NAMIWalks Registration June 1-Nov. 5, at NAMI Mississippi (411 Briarwood Drive, Suite 401). NAMIWalks is an annual walk to raise funds for NAMI Mississippi, a local branch of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Visit to join an existing team, form a new team, walk as an individual or become a sponsor. Each team member who raises at least $100 will receive a T-shirt. Join JFP’s team at Donations welcome; call 601-899-9058. Little Black Dress with a Tie Event Oct. 13, 6:30 p.m., at The South (627 E. Silas Brown St.). Strength Award honorees include Rob Jay, Dr. Debra Mays, Michelle Austin and the Junior League of Jackson. Proceeds benefit Dress For Success Metro Jackson. Sponsorships available. $50 in advance, $60 at the door; call 601-985-9888. Ballin’ 4 Charity Basketball Tournament Oct. 15, 9 a.m., at George Kurts Gymnasium (125 Gymnasium Drive). Divas 4 Charity is the host. Proceeds go toward the Rock the Runway fashion show Nov. 4, which benefits Catholic Charities of Jackson Domestic Violence Center. $5 admission, $140 team registration; call 601-321-4218 or 508-44-DIVAS. CARA Recycling Program, at Community Animal Rescue and Adoption (960 N. Flag Chapel Road). CARA is collecting empty laser or toner cartridges and used cellphones and sending the waste products to FundingFactory in exchange for cash. Donations welcome; email

Casper leads the exercise class on Wednesdays from 5:30-6:45 p.m. Registration required; space limited. Free; call 601-977-7797.

of the Donzinetti opera about King Henry VIII’s second wife, and the days before her execution. $22, $20 seniors, $15 children; call 601-936-5856.

Zumba Classes, at Covenant Presbyterian Church (4000 Ridgewood Road). The weekly class is at 8:30 a.m. Fridays. Baby care provided. $5 per class; call 850-572-0055; email

Art House Cinema Downtown Oct. 16, at Russell C. Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Films include the opera “The Barber of Seville” at 2 p.m. ($16) and “Senna” at 5 p.m. ($7). Popcorn and beverages available. Visit

FARMERS MARKETS Livingston Farmers Market through Oct. 13, at Livingston Farmers Market (129 Mannsdale Road, Madison). The market is open 4-8 p.m. Thursdays. Call 601-898-0212. Byram Farmers Market (20 Willow Creek Lane, Byram) through Oct. 29. The market is open Monday-Saturday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Call 601373-4545. Old Farmers Market (352 E. Woodrow Wilson Ave.) through Nov. 12. Hours are 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sunday. Call 601-354-0529 or 601-353-1633. Mississippi Farmers Market (929 High St.) through Dec. 17. Hours are 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays. Call 601-354-6573. Jackson Roadmap to Health Equity Project’s Farmers Market (2548 Livingston Road) through Dec. 17. Hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Free admission; call 601-987-6783. Old Fannin Road Farmers Market (1307 Old Fannin Road, Brandon) through Dec. 24. Homegrown produce is for sale Monday-Saturday from 8 a.m.7 p.m. and noon-6 p.m. Sunday until Christmas Eve. Call 601-919-1690.

STAGE AND SCREEN Mississippi State Fair Talent Competition through Oct. 16, at Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.). Singers, dancers and other variety acts ages 3 and up compete for cash prizes. Visit actorsplay for a schedule. Call 601-664-0930. “King Lear” Oct. 14-23, at University of Southern Mississippi (118 College St., Hattiesburg). The Department of Theatre and Dance presents the Shakespeare tragedy in the Martha R. Tatum Theatre. Guest artist Mark Kincaid headlines the performance. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and 2 p.m. Sundays. $12 reserved, $10 general, $6 students; call 601-266-5418. “Anna Bolena” Oct. 15, 11:55 a.m., at Tinseltown (411 Riverwind Drive, Pearl). See a live broadcast

“Beauty and the Beast” Oct. 18-20, at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). Disney presents the Broadway version of the romantic animated film. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. nightly. $25-$62.50; call 601-981-1847 or Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000. Nameless Poets from Jackson Open-mic, at Suite 106 (106 Wilmington St.). On Sundays, the poetry writing workshop is at 6 p.m., and open-mic is from 7-10 p.m. $5 admission, $3 to perform; call 601-720-4640.

MUSIC Events at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.), in the Art Garden. Free, food for sale; call 601-960-1515. • High Note Jam Concert Series Oct. 14, 5:30 p.m. Enjoy music from Coop D’Belle. • Live at Lunch Oct. 19, 11:30 a.m. Charlie Townsend performs. 3 Doors Down Oct. 15, 7 p.m., at Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.). See the group on their “Time of My Life” tour. Theory of a Deadman and Pop Evil open. Concert tickets can be used for free admission to the Mississippi State Fair for Oct. 15 only. $32-$46.50; call Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000. Mississippi Opry Fall Show Oct. 15, 6 p.m., at Pearl Community Room (2420 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). Performers include Harmony & Grits and the Vernon Brothers. Refreshments sold. $10, children free; call 601-331-6672. Calling All Musicians, at The Church Triumphant (731 S. Pear Orchard Road, Suite 43, Ridgeland). Drummers, guitarists and keyboardists are needed. Call 601-977-0007 to schedule an interview; email resumes to

LITERARY AND SIGNINGS Book Signings at Lemuria Books (202 Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N.). Call 601-366-7619. • Oct. 12, 5 p.m., editors Don Goodman and Thomas Head sign copies of “The Happy Table of Eugene Walter: Southern Spirits in Food and Drink”; reading at 5:30 p.m. $30 book. • Oct. 18, 5 p.m., Forrest Lamar Cooper signs copies of “Looking Back Mississippi: Towns and Places”; reading at 5:30 p.m. $40 book.

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NAMI Parents Support Group Meeting Oct. 13, 6:30 p.m., at NAMI Mississippi (411 Briarwood Drive, Suite 401). The National Alliance of Mental Illness offers support to parents, grandparents, guardians and caregivers of children with a mental illness. Call 601-899-9058.



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Generations of Writing Book Release Oct. 15, 2 p.m., at Willie Morris Library (4912 Old Canton Road). Emelda Kia and her grandson, Clarence Nebo, sign copies of their books. Book prices vary; email Teen Read Week Contest Oct. 17-22, at Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). Teens who read a book and write a review get a chance to win a gift card. Call 601-932-2562.

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Poet Laureate of Mississippi Call for Nominations through Oct. 28. Panelists will select an individual to be the state’s official poet. The poet laureate is responsible for writing and reading poetry at state functions. Call 601-359-6529.

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Weekly Storytime, at Campbell’s Bakery (3013 N. State St.). Children and teens are welcome to listen to a story Wednesdays from 2-3 p.m. Volunteers and book donations welcome. Free; call 601-362-4628.

CREATIVE CLASSES Classes at Covenant Presbyterian Church (4000 Ridgewood Road). Call 601-981-7236. • Worship Dance for Adult Women. High-school aged women and up may participate on Tuesdays from 5:30-7 p.m. Must be capable of jumping. $30 per month. • Praise and Movement Class for Adult Women. The dance class is for high-school aged women and up, and is from 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesdays. $5 registration, free classes. Classes at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). Call 601-974-1130. • Kumihimo Class Oct. 15, 9 a.m. Learn from Martha Scarborough the Japanese method of braiding by interlacing strands of thread and beads to make a bracelet. $50, $20 materials. • Praise and Worship Dance Workshop Oct. 15, 9 a.m. Tracie Wade teaches dance techniques for church performances. $60, $10 materials. • Portrait Photography Class Oct. 17-Nov. 3. Learn from photographer Ron Blaylock how to take better pictures of relatives and occasions from 6:30-8 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays. $190. Beginners Drawing and Painting Class Oct. 13Nov. 10, at Fondren Art Gallery (601 Duling Ave.). Richard McKey teaches the class for adults Thursdays from 6-8 p.m., excluding Nov. 3. Supplies included; space limited. $250; call 601-981-9222. Polymer Clay Class Oct. 15, 10:30 a.m., at Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). Learn to sculpt with polymer clay from the Central Mississippi Polymer Clay Guild. Visit cmspcg. com for a supply list. Free first meeting, $5 future meetings, $20 annual membership; email cmspcg@

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Pies and Tarts Workshop Oct. 18, 9 a.m., at Viking Cooking School (Township at Colony Park, 1107 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland). Learn techniques such as tenderizing and rolling out pie dough, lining a pie pan, making a lattice-top pie crust, baking tart shells, and filling and glazing tarts. $69; call 601-898-8345.


Shut Up! Classes, at JFP Classroom (2727 Old Canton Road). JFP editor-in-chief Donna Ladd teaches the Shut Up and Convince! Opinion Writing Workshop from 6-8 p.m. Nov. 7 and Nov. 14 ($50), the Shut Up and Publish! Workshop from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 10 ($50) and the six-week Shut Up and Write! Series every other Saturday from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Jan. 7-March 10 ($150, $75 deposit required). Limit of 11 per class. Combine classes and receive a discount. Gift certificates available. Call 601-362-6121, ext. 16; email class@; find Shut Up and Write on Facebook and Twitter (@shutupandwrite).

EXHIBITS AND OPENINGS Events at Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). Free; call 601-856-7546. • Fiber Festival Oct. 15, 9 a.m., Enjoy demonstrations, seminars and a fashion show. • Craft Exhibit through Oct. 31. See Patti Henson’s fiber art, paintings and prints. Pumpkin Adventure Oct. 12-15 and Oct. 19-21, at Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum (1150 Lakeland Drive). Meet Farmer Ed, take a hayride tour, visit the Heritage Center, the 4-H Museum, and the Learning Center and Barnyard, and get a small pie pumpkin to take home. Hours are 9 a.m.-noon Wednesday-Friday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Reservations required for groups. $6; call 601-432-4500 or 800-844-8687. Fossil Friday Oct. 14, 10 a.m., at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). Dig into the museum’s fossil pile and enjoy fossil activities. $4-$6, children under 3 and museum members free; call 601-354-7303. Attic Gallery 40th Anniversary Art Exhibit Oct. 14-Nov. 14, at Attic Gallery (1101 Washington St., Vicksburg). The oldest gallery in the state celebrates with a 40-artist exhibit including pieces inspired by the numbers 1-40. The opening reception is from 7-9 p.m. Oct. 14. Hours are 10 a.m.5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Free; call 601-638-9221. Unburied Treasures Oct. 18, 5:30 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.), in Trustmark Grand Hall. Hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar are available at 5:30 p.m., and the program featuring selected artwork begins at 6 p.m. Free admission; call 601-960-1515. “A Time for Sharing” Exhibit through Oct. 28, at Mississippi Library Commission (3881 Eastwood Drive). Work from Mary Lynn Dunaway, Bob Dunaway and Larry Smith. Free; call 601432-4056. “The Freedom Rides: Journey for Change” through Oct. 29, at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). The exhibit examines the arrival of the Freedom Riders in Jackson, their incarceration at the State Penitentiary at Parchman, and the impact the event had on the civil rights movement. Hours are 8 a.m.–5 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m.–1 p.m. Saturdays. Free; call 601-576-6850. The Mummy Returns through Oct. 31, at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). The famous “Mummy” returns to the museum for the month of October. Museum hours are Tuesday–Saturday from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sunday from 1–5 p.m. Free; call 601-576-6920. October Art Show through Oct. 31, at Brown’s Fine Art (630 Fondren Place). See works by Dick Ford and Michelle Allee. Hours are 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays. Free; call 601-982-4844. Jeanette Jarmon Exhibit through Oct. 31, at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.), in the Gertrude C. Ford Atrium. Works include paintings made during a trip to Costa Rica and illustrations from John Stark’s book, “Read This Book Outside.” Hours are Monday–Saturday 10 a.m.–6 p.m. and Sunday 1–5 p.m. Free; call 601-960-1557. The Shire of Iron Ox Demonstrations, at Java Ink (420 Roberts St., Pearl). The Society for Creative Anachronism shares old-world skills such as loom weaving and fencing at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Free; call 601-397-6292. Check for updates and more listings. To add an event, email all details (phone number, start and end date, and time, street address, cost, URL, etc.) to or fax to 601510-9019. The deadline is noon the Thursday prior to the week of publication. Or add the event online yourself; check out for instructions.


Rocket Girl

by Amanda C. Barber

Natalie’s Notes by Natalie Long


appy belated 9th birthday, JFP! I remember reading the very first Jackson Free Press when it came out in 2002 and falling in love with the music listings, the music articles and the all-too-accurate astrology section. For years, I’d grab the first copies that hit the streets and go straight to the music listings to see who was playing that week. The JFP has been my weekend planner since its birth. I’ll admit, when I first read (Editor in Chief) Donna Ladd’s columns, I was taken aback. I thought: “This chick has lived up north for all these years. She really has no idea what our state’s plight is, so I guess she’s like all the other Yankees that run down here trying to pick up the state’s pieces of our broken past to ‘fix’ it.” Donna stood her ground, though, which made me start to respect her. Then, I found out that she wasn’t a Yankee after all, but a good ole Mississippi girl like myself who was able to get her education and travel the world, where she really honed her expertise as a writer, editor and a fierce fighter for everyone to have equal rights. I then had the chance to work with her at various events and realized how truly dear she is to so many in this community.

Looking Back

When Donna and (Publisher) Todd Stauffer approached me at Hal and Mal’s last year while I was hosting Singers-Songwriters Night about taking over the music listings editor job after Herman Snell passed away, I jumped at the chance. My first year working for the JFP has been an amazing experience. I have had the opportunity to meet copious numbers of just plain-out awesome people in Jackson, this state and all over. I’ve gotten to see some incredible bands and listen to fabulous music. These talented artists have been so generous to let me attend their shows and have given me copies of their newest CDs, my lifesavers on long drives. And while I may have listed bands wrong or misspelled band names now and then, I want to thank all of you for cutting me some slack and not demanding my head be on the chopping block. I can tell you wholeheartedly that working as the music listings editor has meant the absolute world to me. I love to write, and having the opportunity to pursue another one of my passions has made me ever so grateful. Thank you so much, Ronni Mott and Valerie Wells, for all of your help. And to my partner in crime, Latasha Willis-—Latasha, if you

ever need a kidney, liver or any other organ, you let me know! Latasha, the listings editor, has gone above and beyond the call of duty to keep me updated on music events. Thanks to all of the other JFP staffers who have helped me with listings as well. What teamwork! But the ones I really need to thank are Todd and Donna. Thank you so much for this opportunity that I was never looking for, wasn’t prepared for, but cannot imagine life without. Thank you for giving me the chance to share my obsession of music with others. Thank you for your constructive criticism. (Even if it wasn’t what I wanted to hear, I knew you were right.) One night, Todd asked me, “Well, how are you liking things?” And I told him: “I love my job! Please don’t ever fire me—I’d go crazy without it!” How I love this city and the vibrant music scene that I can see shaping up and getting established right in front of my eyes. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. I’ll continue this next year to work hard, if not harder, to ensure that bands get their shows listed in time for our publication to come out on Wednesdays, and will continue to receive new ideas on how I can cover the city’s music scene in

Jackson’s vibrant music scene continues to grow with new acts and venues.

a more thorough way. And, yes, I’ll even take b*tching and moaning about this, that and the other, but only if it gives me an idea for a story. I love you, Jackson! Be sure to send your music listings to

Caroline Crawford’s album “Delphian,” both thoughtprovoking and personal, unveils inner strengths.

corporates an orchestral soundscape throughout and abruptly ends with a driving, Mark Bell-like electronic beat, while “Lilitu” tells a tale of the darker, more backhanded side of femininity (“Say you’re here to keep the girls all safe/As you put another mermaid on your plate”). Crawford credits her grandfather with helping to shape her musical direction. “It was all about learning the rules, then learning how to break them,” she says. “My grandfather always said, ‘Take what you learn, and form it into something that is you.’” She spent a few summers with him, taking piano lessons and learning proper breathing techniques to develop her voice. His influence and love of operatic musical elements can be heard in her singing style, which jumps from a theatrical, higher-pitched, airy vibrato to a lower, richly soulful character. Crawford herself cites Sarah Brightman as a strong vocal influence. Upon moving to the Jackson area in 2004, she joined up with Mississippi bluesman Arnold Lindsay and played regularly with him at the now-closed 930 Blues Café downtown. She has found more success in Jackson than in her native Huntsville, Ala. Crawford says she has live shows to promote “Delphian” in the works. Organic, acoustic, electric, electronic, jarring, disarming—“Delphian” adds color and needed versatility to the Jackson music scene. Listen to and purchase the album, complete with lyrics, online at album/delphian.




parse, ethereal voices bleed through the speakers, discordantly proclaiming, “Oh, the things you can discover when you let yourself go under.” The short, a capella piece, “Siren,” sets the mood and theme for pianist and vocalist Caroline Crawford’s debut album “Delphian,” a work that wades through such weighty topics as depression and rape. Enveloped in this dark outer shell is a message of empowerment for women and a cry to not bury themselves in the supposed safety of appearances. As the last song, “Saturnalia,” proclaims, “A rocket girl has got to fly.” “The songs come more from a place of power than from the viewpoint of a victim,” Crawford, 35, says. A gritty electric guitar rips through the rippling, arpeggiated piano intro to “Smoke,” not unlike the way a grain of sand between the teeth rips a chill up the spine. In stark contrast, “Northern Star,” written for Crawford’s husband, Ray, has poignant warmth that displays a softness not found elsewhere on an album that brings to mind such artists as PJ Harvey, Tori Amos and Metallica. The title track, which consists only of piano and vocals, is accented with icy, shimmering motifs that contrast beautifully with the rolling quality of the lower register notes. Accompanying this musical setup is some foreboding: “Siren calls to me from the deep/I hear her song/Or a warning.” This 11-track recording has many highlights. It is consistently thought-provoking and deeply personal, as well as accessible and entertaining. The Eastern-flavored “Edge” in-














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The NFL is full of surprises. Who had the 49ers, Bills and Lions as good teams? Or the Eagles, Jets and Colts as bad ones?

FRIDAY, OCT. 14 College Football (8-11 p.m. ESPN), Hawaii plays San Jose State. â&#x20AC;Ś Look for an MLB playoff game if the series goes more than four games. SATURDAY, OCT. 15 College Football (7-10 p.m. CBS Sports Network), Southern Miss goes for its sixth win to become the first bowl-eligible team in the state when Southern Methodist University comes to Hattiesburg. SUNDAY, OCT. 16 NFL (3-6 p.m. Fox), New Orleans travels for the third week in a row and faces its second division opponent on the road when the Saints take on Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers proved they only beat bad teams after their blowout loss to the 49ers. MONDAY, OCT. 17 NFL (7:30-11 p.m. ESPN), The Miami Dolphins travel to New York to take on the Jets in a game where both teams desperately need a win. TUESDAY, OCT. 18 Documentary (7-8 p.m. ESPN), All month, ESPN has been running new sports documentaries. This week, see â&#x20AC;&#x153;Unguarded,â&#x20AC;? the story of former Fresno State basketball player Chris Herren, who battled his demons of addiction and won. WEDNESDAY, OCT. 19 MLB (time to be announced, Fox), The World Series starts today, meaning that baseball is four to seven games from being over for the year. College football is entering its make or break point. Teams are fighting for championshipsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and bowl survival. Follow Bryan at, @jfpsports and at

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Florence soccer fields to watch my niece Celeste play soccer. Again, I was a proud uncle watching her play sports, something I love so much. ackson Free Press editor-in-chief Donna On this particular hot night, I watched Ladd did a great column for the JFP as Celesteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team was overmatched from the Football issue (Vol. 9, Issue 52, Aug. beginning of the game. The other team scored 31-Sept. 6). In â&#x20AC;&#x153;Learning to Win,â&#x20AC;? she four goals in the first six-minute quarter. This wrote about learning to win in life, using confident young girlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shoulders started to sports to make her point. slump, and her head beThe article took me back gan to hang. to a time when I played I am not some crazy sports. While I was norelative who thinks my where near as talented as family members are future Marcus Dupree, whom pros. I do want them to she wrote about, a coach give maximum effort and did tell me that we had to try their best. My heart was learn how to win. breaking watching Celeste Learning how to win give her best effort, against should be easy; you just a much better team. have to have more points At halftime, Celesteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s than your opponent at the team was down eight end of game. But becomgoals to none. She came ing a winner is not that over to her mom to get easy. You have learn to do water. Elizabeth, my sisthe right things to win, not ter, told her to hurry up so make mistakes at critical she could get back to the times and believe you are Bryan Flynnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s niece, Celeste, coach. Celeste looked up going to win. and asked: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Why should learned to lose by playing soccer. Donnaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s article I? We are already down a brought me to another asgazillion goals to none.â&#x20AC;? pect of sports and life just a few weeks later as My sister had no words for her. I was lying on my couch watching pre-season I quickly pulled Celeste next to me and NFL football. My phone rang. I was annoyed told her: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Darling, I know you arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t winning by being bothered during football and looked and may not win, but you have to keep trying. to see who was calling. It was my older sister, Quitting is easy, but going back and playing is Jennefer, who lives on the Coast. hard. Going back and playing is what makes Since she rarely if ever calls me, I jumped me proud of you.â&#x20AC;? to answer the phone, thinking something maCeleste thinks I am a sports god, so she jor was wrong. puffed out her chest and told me she was goJennefer asked if I was busy, and could I ing to play hard for me. That is when it hit talk to her son Mason. She needed me in uncle me. The other half of Donnaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s article was capacity. She had recently signed up her sons about learning to lose. Marshall and Mason for football, which made Life throws us obstacles every day. As imme one proud uncle. Her husband, Eric, is in portant as it is to learn to win, it is also importhe Navy and is deployed, which makes her a tant to learn how to lose the right way. single mother. Football coach Lou Holtz once said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Life She said her youngest son, Mason, need- is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 pered a pep talk. After a rough day at football cent how you respond to it.â&#x20AC;? Celeste and Mapractice, he wanted to quit and become the son have two choices: quit or pick themselves water boy. I had her put Mason on the phone, up and keep working to get better and try to and I gave him a pep talk about trying your win. Mason and Marshall got better and are best, working hard and not quitting. both getting playing time. Celeste kept her Again, Donnaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s article was in my head, head up and played even better the next game but slowly I began to think about another part in a loss. The game after that, she called me of sports. Late in September, I traveled to the excitedly because her team had won.



THURSDAY, OCT. 13 College Football (8-11 p.m. ESPN), University of Southern California travels to the University of California in a big PAC-12 showdown. The Trojans canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t win their division or go bowling, but the Bears can do both.

Bryanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rant

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by Bryan Flynn


have always heard deaths come in threes. Once Apple CEO Steve Jobs passed away, I started watching for the other two. Saturday morning, news broke that Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis had passed away at age 82. Jobs and Davis were larger than life in their fields. While Jobs changed the world through his must-have Apple products, and Davis pushed for social change and diversity. Long before it was popular in big-name sports and business to support civil rights, Davis did. In 1963, the Raiders were scheduled to play a preseason game in Mobile, Ala. Because Alabama was segregated, Davis refused to play the game there and demanded it be moved back to Oakland. This was not the first stand Davis took against segregation. In 1955, the American Football League All-Star game was scheduled for New Orleans, La. Davis refused to allow the game to be played there because of Louisianaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s segregation policies, and he was instrumental in getting the game moved to Houston. Davis refused to force his players to stay in separate hotels, eat separate meals and so forth just because of their race. When the NFL passed the Rooney Rule in 2003â&#x20AC;&#x201D;it forced teams to interview minority candidates for head coaching and front-office jobsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;many were appalled by the NFLâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s effort. Not Davis. He hired the first minority head coach in 1979 when he promoted Tom Flores to the position. Flores became the first Latino head coach and went on to win two Super Bowls with the Raiders. Davis hired the first African American head coach, Art Shell, in 1986. While Shell didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t lead the Raiders to Super Bowl victories, Davis still pushed to hire more minorities across the NFL. Davis did not exclude women from hiring in the male-dominated football world, either. The Raiders hired Amy Trask in 1997, and she is still the only female CEO in the NFL. During his time with the Raiders, Davis butted head with NFL commissioners, cities, coaches and players. The feuds were about business, but they overshadowed his hiring of minorities and the stands he took socially. Many will remember the recent bad years in Oakland, but Davis should be remembered for so much more.

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am a devoted procrastinator. That admission not withstanding, I have come upon the best weekly habit to make my life so much easier: prepping in advance for the weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meals. Running a Pilates business requires focus on workshop curriculum and individual client issues. I have discovered over the years that organizing the business week ahead of time produces sleep-filled nights and ease-filled hours during the days. The same is true for mealtime. I have developed a weekend regime. For me, flipping through cookbooks and padding around the kitchen, chopping, sautĂŠing and creating on weekends are enjoyable and comforting. I put on some music and enjoy the process. First on the list is planning at least five days of meals. I consider my familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s likes, but also sneak in healthy additions on the sideâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;small side salads with meat dishes, a veggie plate or bean-based meal for one evening. I put fish on the menu at least one night a week as well. This takes forethought and a well-planned grocery list, but is less expensive and healthier in the end.

My two weekly mainstays are stock and salad toppings: the two important stars for the entire week. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m including a recipe for chicken stock, but feel free to substitute vegetable or a protein of your choice. Be sure to make a hearty, flavorful stock because it can always be thinned down with additional water. You will use the stock all week for soup; as a broth for cooking tasty pasta, rice or quinoa; as a bath to let beans simmer away in a crockpot all day (an added bonus with crock-pot cooking is coming home to a fragrant and delicious-smelling home); or to make flavor-filled bowls of grits to greet sleepy and hungry morning mouths. To make chicken stock, boil a whole chicken in water to cover. Add onions, garlic, carrots, celery and whatever other vegetables you have on hand, and season liberally with poultry seasoning, sea salt and herbs. Rosemary is nice if you have it growing in your yard, which you should. (If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t, plant it. It is wonderfully tolerant of non-gardeners and of Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s climate.) A chicken around five pounds should take about 40 minutes to cook fullyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;let it come to a boil before you begin your timer. Remove and cool. Continue to simmer the stock for a few hours to enhance the flavor. When the chicken cools, remove meat from bones and toss bones back in to the simmering stock. Place the chicken meat in a container in the fridge to be used with salads, soups or main coursesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;depending on the choices that week. Refrigerate cooled stock overnight, and skim the fat off of the surface in the morning. Next, salad toppings. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be surprised how many more salads youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll throw together if you have a variety of chopped toppings to sprinkle on. Favorite dressings can also help win over the salad-shirking contingent in your household. My family loves chopped scallions, sliced cherry tomatoes, tiny broccoli pieces, mushrooms and avocados as mainstays, but beets (my husband), artichokes or asparagus spears (me) are fun extras.

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Hickory Pit Barbeque (1491 Canton Mart Rd. 601-956-7079) The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best Butts in Townâ&#x20AC;? features BBQ chicken, beef and pork sandwiches along with burgers and poâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;boys. Haute Pig (1856 Main Street, 601-853-8538) A â&#x20AC;&#x153;very high class pig stand,â&#x20AC;? Haute Pig offers Madison diners BBQ plates, sandwiches, po-boys, salads, and their famous Hershey bar pie. Lumpkins BBQ (182 Raymond Rd. Jackson 866-906-0942) Specializing in smoked barbeque, Lumpkinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offers all your favorites for on-site family dining or for catered events, including reunions, office events, annivesaries, weddings and more.


The Pizza Shack (1220 N State St. 601-352-2001) 2009 and 2010 and 2011â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s winner of Best Pizza offers the perfect pizza-and-a-beer joint. Creative pizza options abound along with sandwiches, wings, salads and even BBQ. Sal & Mookieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (565 Taylor St. 601-368-1919) Pizzas of all kinds plus pasta, eggplant parmesan and the fried ravioli. Best Kidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Menu & Best Ice Cream in the 2011 Best of Jackson. Plus, Pi(e) Lounge in front offers great drinks..


BRAVO! (4500 Interstate 55 N., Jackson, 601-982-8111) Wood-fired pizzas, vegetarian fare, plus creative pastas, beef, and seafood specials. Award-winning wine list, Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s see-and-be-seen casual/upscale dining. Ceramiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (5417 Lakeland Drive, Flowood, 601-919-28298) Southern-style Italian cuisine features their signature Shrimp Cerami (white wine sauce, capers artichokes) along with veal, tilapia, crawfish, chicken and pasta dishes. Now with liquor license! Fratesiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (910 Lake Harbour, Ridgeland, 601-956-2929) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Authentic, homey, unpretentiousâ&#x20AC;? thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how the regulars describe Fratesiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, a staple in Jackson for years, offering great Italian favorites with loving care. The tiramisu is a must-have!

STEAK, SEAFOOD & FINE DINING Crabâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (6954 Old Canton Rd., Ridgeland, 601-956-5040) Crabâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Seafood Shack offers a wide variety of southern favorites such as fried catfish and boiled shrimp. Full bar complete with multiple televisions for all of your favorite sporting events. Eslavaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Grille (2481 Lakeland Drive, 601-932-4070) Danny Eslavaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s namesake feature Latin-influenced dishes like ceviche in addition to pastas, steaks, salads and other signature seafood dishes. Rockyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (1046 Warrington Road, Vicksburg 601-634-0100) Enjoy choice steaks, fresh seafood, great salads, hearty sandwiches and much more in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;polished casualâ&#x20AC;? dining room. Open 24/7 in the Riverwalk Casino.


Mediterranean Fish & Grill (The Med- 6550 Old Canton Rd./601-956-0082) Serving a fabulous selection of fish, gyros, and heart-healthy vegetarian food for over 10 years. Now serving fried catfish & bone-in pan trout. Aladdin Mediterranean Grill (730 Lakeland Drive 601-366-6033) Delicious authentic dishes including lamb dishes, hummus, falafel, kababs, shwarma and much more. Consistent award winner, great for takeout or for long evenings with friends. Kristos (971 Madison Ave @ Hwy 51, Madison, 601-605-2266) Home of the famous Greek meatball! Hummus, falafel, dolmas, pita sandwiches, salads, plus seasoned curly fries (or sweet potato fries) and amazing desserts. Mezza (1896 Main St., Suite A, Madison 601-853-0876) Mediterranean cuisine and wood fired brick oven pizzas. Come experience the beautiful patio, Hookahs, and delicious food. Beer is offered and you are welcome to bring your own wine. Vasilios (828 Hwy 51 in Madison 601-853-0028) Authentic Greek dining featuring fresh seafood daily along with gyros, greek salads, appetizers and signature Mediterranean desserts. Their redfish is a standout, earning rave reviews.


Cups Espresso CafĂŠ (Multiple Locations, Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s local group of coffeehouses offer high-end Arabica beans, a wide variety of espresso drinks. Wi-fi.


Hal and Malâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (200 S. Commerce St. 601-948-0888) Pub favorites meet Gulf Coast and Cajun specialties like red beans and rice, the Oyster Platter or each dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s blackboard special. Best of Jackson winner for Live Music Venue for multiple years running. Burgers and Blues (1060 E. County Line Road, Ridgeland 601-899-0038) Al Stamps (of Cool Alâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fame) does it again with his signature approach to burgers, chicken, wraps, seasoned fries and so much more. Plus live music and entertainment!

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Cherokee Inn (960 Briarfield Rd. 601-362-6388) Jackson’s “Best Hole in the Wall,” has a great jukebox, great bar and a great burger. Plate lunches, cheesy fries and tons more, including a full bar and friendly favorites. Cool Al’s (4654 McWillie, 601-713-3020) A Best of Jackson fixture, Cool Al’s signature stacked, messy, decadent, creative burgers defy adjectives. And don’t forget the fries! Fenian’s Pub (901 E. Fortification St. 601-948-0055) Classic Irish pub featuring a menu of traditional food, pub sandwiches and beers such as Guinness and Harp on tap. Stamps Superburgers (1801 Dalton Street 601-352-4555) Huge burgers will keep you full until the next day! The homestyle fries are always fresh. Last Call (3716 I-55 N. Frontage Road 601-713-2700) Burgers, sandwiches and po-boys, plus sports-bar appetizers and specialities. Pay-per-view sporting events, live bands. Martin’s Restaurant and Lounge (214 South State Street 601-354-9712) Lunch specials, pub appetizers (jalapeno poppers, cheezsticks, fried pickles) or order from the full menu of po-boys and entrees. Full bar, massive beer selection and live music most nights. Time Out Sports Café (6720 Old Canton Road 601-978-1839) 14 TVs, 1 projector and two big-screens. Daily $9 lunch specials, pub-style appetizers, burgers, seafood and catfish po-boys, salads, and hot entrees including fish, steak and pasta. Ole Tavern on George Street (416 George St. 601-960-2700) Pub food with a southern flair: beer-battered onion rings, chicken & sausage gumbo, salads, sandwiches and weekly lunch specials. Plus, happy hour 4-7pm Monday through Friday. Sportsman’s Lodge (1120 E Northside Dr. in Maywood Mart 601-366-5441) Voted Best Sports Bar in 2010, Sportman’s doesn’t disappoint with plenty of gut-pleasing sandwiches, fried seafood baskets, sandwiches and specialty appetizers. Underground 119 (119 South President St. 601-352-2322) Jumbo lump crabcakes, crab quesadillas, beef tenderloin parfaits, orange-garlic shrimp, even “lollipop” lamb chops. Add a full bar and mix in great music. Opens 4 p.m.-until, Wed-Sat. Wing Stop (952 North State Street, 601-969-6400) Saucing and tossing wings in a choice of nine flavors, Wing Stop wings are made with care and served up piping hot. Every order is made fresh to order; check out the fresh cut seasoned fries! Wing Station (5038 Parkway Drive Suite 8, 888-769-9464) Home of the famous Janky Wings. Wing Station has an array of wings including Lemon Pepper, Honey BBQ and Blazin Bird Atomic. Delivery is available.


The Copper Iris Catering Company Inc.

Now Open

For Lunch Downtown Jackson

Soups • Sandwiches Salads • Daily Specials

2003-2011, Best of Jackson

Delivery for orders of 5 or more. 115 North State Street • 601-961-7017 • Friend Us:

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Voted One of the Best Italian Restaurants Best of Jackson 2011

Pan Asia (720 Harbor Pines Dr, Ridgeland 601-956-2958) Beautiful ambiance in this popular Ridgeland eatery accompanies signature asian fusion dishes and build-your-own stir-frys using fresh ingredients and great sauces. Fusion Japanese and Thai Cuisine (1002 Treetop Blvd, Flowood 601-664-7588) Specializing in fresh Japanese and Thai cuisine, Fusion has an extensive menu featuring everything from curries to fresh sushi.


The Copper Iris Catering Company (115 N. State St. 601-961-7017) Fresh soups, stacked sandwiches, creative salads and daily hot lunch specials. Recently opened across from Old Capitol; available for catering and office delivery w/min. order. M-F; 11-5. Two Sisters Kitchen (707 N. Congress St. 601-353-1180) Frequent Best of Jackson winner for fried chicken offers a sumptious buffet of your choice of veggies, a salad bar, iced tea & one of four homemade desserts. Lunch only. Mon-Friday, Sun.

910 Lake Harbour Dr. Ridgeland 601-956-2929 Monday - Saturday 5 - until


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High Noon Café (2807 Old Canton Road in Rainbow Plaza 601-366-1513) Fresh, gourmet, tasty and healthy defines the lunch options at Jackson’s own strict vegetarian (and very-vegan-friendly) restaurant.

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Broad Street Bakery (4465 Interstate 55 N. 601-362-2900) Hot breakfast,coffee espresso drinks, fresh breads and pastries, gourmet deli sandwiches, quiches, soups, pizzas and dessert. Primos Cafe (2323 Lakeland 601-936-3398/ 515 Lake Harbour 601-898-3400) A Jackson institution featuring a full breakfast, blue-plate specials, catfish, burgers, prime rib, oysters, po-boys and wraps. Save room for something from their famous bakery! For Heaven’s Cakes (4950 Old Canton Road 601-991-2253) Cakes and cupcakes for all occasions including weddings, parties, catered events. Beagle Bagel (4500 I-55 North, Suite 145, Highland Village 769-251-1892) Fresh bagels in tons of different styles with a variety of toppings including cream cheese, lox, eggs, cheese, meats and or as full sandwiches for lunch. Paninis, wraps and much more!


Gold and Orange and Red, Oh My! by Meredith W. Sullivan


hen it comes to color, I’m usually an equal opportunist. But since fall officially arrived and the temperatures are changing, I seem to only be able to focus on one side of the color wheel.

Alice + Olivia printed dress, Treehouse, $396

Sequin trimmed top, Celebrity Trends, $36

Free People tall socks, Libby Story, $24

OPI nail polish: I Eat Mainely Lobster, Incense Salon & Boutique, $7.99

Red suede loafers, Forget Me Nots, $14 Milly fitted Edie jacket, Treehouse, $490

Belt with rosette, Re-Runs Consignment Shoppe, $1.99

Gold sweater with pockets, Forget Me Nots, $14


Celebrity Trends, 734 Mackenzie Lane, Flowood, 601-919-8959; Forget Me Nots, 204 E. Government St., Brandon, 601-824-9766; Incense Salon & Boutique, 2475 Lakeland Drive, Flowood, 601-933-0074; Libby Story, 120 W. Jackson St., Ridgeland, 601-717-3300; Re-Runs Consignment Shoppe, 1645 W. Government Cove, Brandon, 601-824-3663; Treehouse,

Floral jacket, Forget Me Nots, $25

3000 N. State St., 601-982-3433


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Dress for Success (2519 Robinson St., 601-985-9888) Join us as we present the Strength Awards at the Little Black Dress with a Tie event on Thursday, Oct. 13, at The South. Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door.

Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St., 601-960-1515) Enjoy happy hour and free music in the newly opened Art Garden every Friday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in October. Visit for the lineup.

Repeat Street (626 Ridgewood Road, Ridgeland, 601-605-9393) October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and we are collecting bras for the American Cancer Society. Drop off your old bras and help us reach our goal of $5,000.

Pi(e) Lounge (565 Taylor St., 601-3681919) Stop in after a tough shopping day to try one of Pi(e)’s five new $5 cocktails such as the strawberry and black-pepper Mojito or the elderflower Collins. Can’t take it home, but hey.

October 12 - 18, 2011

Body Anew Medical Spa (113 W. Jackson St., Suite 1A, Ridgeland, 601-605-0452) Want to give your skin a healthy, luminous glow? Take $20 off the Pumpkin Peek Facial during October.



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