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john hugh tate clean water for the local population. Most recently, he went to Honduras to provide medical services, build houses and conduct a Vacation Bible School. “I have a real heart for the world,” Tate says. Tate encourages partnerships across racial and class lines to promote the overall progress and prosperity of the Jackson area. He interned with Mission Mississippi, a Jackson-based group that facilitates conversation for people of different denominations and races, and is a board member for Transformation Jackson, a ministry that connects churches with one another and with other resources that help them complete Jackson-based mission projects. But why start a new church? “There are still many unchurched people in the Jackson metro area,” he says. “That means we need churches that are better at reaching those (who don’t go to church) and more churches that are willing to do things differently such as community outreach. “Bellwether is a different church. We want our church to focus on a very different Sunday morning worship experience,” Tate says, adding that Bellwether uses multimedia and music to engage congregants, and applies the Bible to today. “I believe the call of my life is to creatively communicate the gospel through the church.” —Richard Coupe

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30 From A to Z Jackson-based musician and producer Redboi lays down his tracks from start to finish.

“I’m a very pro-Jackson guy,” John Hugh Tate says. “I love the history, the diversity and the artistic community. It is such a green city, just ascetically beautiful.” Founder and lead pastor of Bellwether Church in Fondren, Tate is a native Mississippian, but has studied in France and Australia and worked as a legislative assistant for thenRep. Roger Wicker and as a press assistant for Sen. Thad Cochran in the late 1990s. He returned to Mississippi in 2004. Tate, 36, grew up in New Albany. He graduated from Ole Miss in 1997 with degrees in English and French. He worked on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., from 1997 to 1999, and it was there, while participating in a small Bible study group with the Senate chaplain, that he first felt the call for the ministry. First, however, he earned a master’s degree in international relations from the University of Queensland, Australia, in 2000 and then went to Harvard Divinity School from 2001 to 2004. He met his wife, Linda, while at Harvard, and they married “in the year the Red Sox broke the curse” of Babe Ruth by beating the Yankees (2004 for those of us less familiar with baseball). He and his wife have two young children: Jack, 4, and Logan, 2. Tate has continued the international portion of his life with mission trips to India and Malawi in southeast Africa to provide


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R.L. Nave Reporter R.L. Nave grew up in St. Louis, graduated from Mizzou (the University of Missouri) and lived a bunch of other places before coming to Jackson. Contact him at 601-362-6121 ext. 12. He wrote the cover story.

Mike Day At Hinds Community College, Mike Day won top cartoonist awards from the Mississippi Press Association and the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. He was also a cartoonist for the Hattiesburg American. He drew the cover illustration.

Richard Coupe Richard Coupe, avid fan of the beautiful game of soccer is a husband, brother and father of four. He is still wondering what he wants to be when he grows up. He wrote the Jacksonian and a sports feature.

Ronni Mott Ronni Mott came to Jackson by way of D.C. in 1997. She’s an award-winning writer and the JFP’s managing editor, where she practices herding cats. She teaches yoga in her spare time. She contributed to the cover package and to Body Soul.

Andrew Dunaway Andrew Dunaway knew his friends and family were tired of hearing him talk constantly about food, so he took to writing about it. He’ll do his best to keep it to a dull roar. He wrote a food feature.

Ben Garrott Ben Garrott hails from Winona. When he’s not working to improve children’s mental-health services, he promotes hockeyfree Sports Centers. Ben lives in Fondren with his beautiful wife and lovely daughter. He wrote a sports feature.

Hannah Jones Hannah Jones is a junior English major at the University of Southern Mississippi where she is the managing editor of The Student Printz. She loves chai lattes, Woody Allen movies and sarcasm. Follow her @hb_jonez. She wrote a culture feature.

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Peace, Prosperity and Tolerance


very December now for about a decade, we have asked the Jackson Free Press staff members to sign hundreds of holiday greeting cards that we send to freelancers, advertising clients, sources, and other friends and acquaintances of the JFP. We have a local artist or one of our designers provide the cover illustration and always say inside: “The Jackson Free Press wishes you peace and prosperity in the New Year.” There’s a lot said in that short message (that co-founder Stephen Barnette came up with, I believe), and it allows us to continue sending the cards after Christmas. (Yes, some of you may yet get yours.) Inevitably, staff members groan a bit when the cards show up from the printer, but these cards have become an annual way for our locally owned company to show our appreciation in a very personal way. They also require a bit of what I enjoy the most about the holiday season: the need to slow down and take time to thank those who have helped us. It’s kind of old-fashioned, really. Fortunately, no one has ever complained (at least to our faces) about the card wishing the recipient “Happy Holidays” on the front. That greeting is very much by design, and it has nothing to do with a so-called “attack on Christmas.” In fact, it has everything to do with tolerance. You see, not all of our freelancers, advertisers, sources, and other friends and acquaintances are Christian (think lovely Lisa Palmer of Summerhouse, a Jewish entrepreneur who sends out New Year’s greetings). Not all of them celebrate Christmas, and many of them choose other spiritual traditions in December and January. As a business that relies on diversity for growth and survival, why would we choose to limit our greeting to only a portion of our readers? It doesn’t make sense. Besides the basic business reasoning, though, let’s take this a bit deeper. Why should we use the word Christmas instead of “holidays” on a greeting card, Christian or not? Do we really think that freaking out over the use of a more inclusive word somehow makes one a stronger Christian and more likely to get past the pearly gates? I don’t claim to have insider knowledge on it, but I’m guessing such ridiculous (and political) temper tantrums might have the opposite effect. The maker might glance over us and think, “Why did you waste all that time on a tempest in a teapot when you could have been performing good works on my behalf?” And who could seriously argue that substituting a tolerant, inclusive word in situations where you might not be talking to a Christian is somehow a slight to Christianity? Come on: In America, we have nearly drowned every spiritual component of this holiday in a sea of commercialism starting at Thanksgiving and usually ending the second we open all the presents and gobble up the turkey (rather than in a reverent, joyful way on the 12th night of Christmas: Jan. 5,

known as Twelfth Night, the eve of Epiphany, the day that commemorates the Wise Men visiting the baby Jesus and his baptism by John the Baptist. See page 12.). Not to mention, many of the Christmas traditions that the complainers embrace were taken from secular and pagan traditions, or are a hybrid at best. Take Santa Claus, or St. Nicholas: the Santa our kids await is a mashup of Christian saintdom, a pagan figure and Cola-Cola’s corporate colors, making him the jolly fellow he is today. And the Christmas (or Yule) tree? More religious-pagan hybridization. And the Yule-Christmas list goes on. My point is not to scare Christians away from Santa and your Christmas tree with these oft-forgotten or unknown facts: It’s to point out how ridiculous the “attack on Christmas” pundits are. Folks, these people are not about preserving the sanctity of Christmas; they are about dividing people. And they are promoting intolerance. What is so wonderful about the holiday season to me is exactly the shared event that it has become: not only between friends and family, but between cultures. I loved making our Muslim intern’s day with her quirky gift bag (yes, with a Santa image on it), and I was delighted when my Jewish co-worker brought a little green dreidel (a Hanukkah top) to my tree-trimming party in New York City. The dreidel goes on my hanging Christmas ring every year alongside a glass pickle, a miniature Barbie, a tiny Pope and a glass cross. To me, it symbolizes the togetherness we can all achieve despite disparate beliefs. Every spiritual tradition worth its salt is about loving and helping other people, regardless of their differences. Sure, try to influ-

ence them toward your tradition with good works and by example if you want, but trying to cut them out of your annual greeting is the height of absurdity. I would go as far as saying that you are making a mockery out of your spiritual tradition when you go along with making a caricature out of something so serious and powerful: inclusiveness. I remember as a teenager back in the 1970s first hearing about Christmas being “under attack.” Back then, well before squawkers on cable TV, anonymous blogs and rant-radio started to use public airwaves to make us hate each other 24 hours a day, the “attack” was the use of an X instead of the “Christ” in the word as a shortening device. “It’s taking Christ out of Christmas!” the ladies at the beauty shop where I shampooed hair would complain bitterly. Guess what? They had no idea what they were talking about (and I’d guess knew little of the Pagan origins of some of our Christmas traditions, either). You see, the “X,” or the Greek letter chi, is the first letter of the Greek word , translated as “Christ.” That is, the use of “Xmas” is arguably much more Christian than putting up a Christmas tree. Of course, the real message here is how silly and distracting all this manufactured crisis is in a time when people need to be figuring out how to get along. There are those who make money off dividing us and others who just get their jollies by spreading hatefulness. Attacking well-meaning efforts at promoting tolerance through the use of two words like “Happy Holidays” is simply a way to make us distrust and mistreat others. And there ain’t nothin’ admirable—or Christian—about such a game. Put that in your card and mail it.








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Thursday, Dec. 29 China announces it wants to put a man on the moon. â&#x20AC;Ś Hinds County swears in a new sheriff, Tyrone Lewis. He is the first black sheriff of the county since Reconstruction. Friday, Dec. 30 Wall Street closes almost exactly where it began the year. Despite a volatile year, the S&P ended only 0.04 points below where it started 2011, the smallest annual change since at least 1947, The Wall Street Journal reports. â&#x20AC;Ś Residents of Samoa skip Friday as they move from one side of the International Dateline to the other. To get on the same side of the dateline as trading partners Australia and China, Samoans set their calendars from Thursday to Saturday.


he U.S. Postal Service is in what one might call a tough spot. Since people learned how to pay bills online, parents learned how to tweet baby pictures and companies discovered pop-up ads, the centuries-old agency has tried to cope with lowered revenues by raising stamp prices, moving ser-

in an effort to save money. The postal service argued that most areas have â&#x20AC;&#x153;expanded access locations,â&#x20AC;? such as grocery and office supply stores, which offer many of the same services as traditional post offices. In Mississippi, the Postal Service chose 61 offices for potential closure, including five of the eight post offices in Jackson. Deborah Fetterly, a Postal Service spokeswoman, said at this point she does not know how likely it is that the Jackson post offices will close. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re being studied, but nothing would be closed before May 15,â&#x20AC;? she said. Earlier this month, the Postal Service announced it would not close or consolidate any post offices or mail The North Station post office on Northview Drive is one of processing facilities until May five in Jackson that the Postal Service is considering closing. 15 in response to requests from several senators. In determining whether vices online and making cuts. to close the five locations in Jackson, the Recently, the Postal Service has consid- Postal Service will look at how close the loered stopping Saturday service and only deliv- cations are to other post offices, the amount ering mail five days per week, instead of six. It of revenue they generate and how many cusis also looking at consolidating mail-process- tomer transactions the locations handle. Feting centers, leading to longer shipping times, terly said the Postal Service will also consider but lower costs. if there are alternate locations nearby where In July, the Postal Service announced it customers can conduct transactions, such as would study closing about 3,700 post offices purchasing stamps and mailing packages.

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Sunday, Jan. 1 The DeSoto Civic Center in Southaven becomes the Landers Center after Landers Auto Group agrees to a $1 million deal to rename the center.

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by Elizabeth Waibel In a statement announcing the potential closures, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said more than 35 percent of the Postal Serviceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s retail revenue comes from expanded access locations and the Postal Service website, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our customersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; habits have made it clear that they no longer require a physical post office to conduct most of their postal business,â&#x20AC;? Donahoe said in the statement. While Jackson would have several fullservice, traditional post offices left, even with the closures, other communities might not be so lucky. In September, U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Second Congressional District wrote the postmaster general expressing concern about elderly and disabled people in rural communities without public transportation to travel to a post office. He also argued that closing post offices and mail-processing facilities and eliminating Saturday delivery is â&#x20AC;&#x153;unconscionableâ&#x20AC;? in light of current unemployment rates. Thompsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office was not available for comment by press time. Fetterly said the Postal Service held community meetings in November about closing the Jackson post offices. Input from the community is important, she said, and customers who want to comment on the potential closures can write to Manager, Customer and Industry Contact, P.O. Box 99655, Jackson, MS, 39205-9655. Comment at MIKE DAY

Saturday, Dec. 31 A squirrel monkey named BananaSam is abducted from a San Francisco zoo. A bystander found Banana-Sam about a mile away, coaxed him into his backpack and called the police who returned him safely to the zoo. â&#x20AC;Ś Some Jacksonians celebrate the end of 2011 by dropping â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sippi the Catfish,â&#x20AC;? made from recycled glass, from a Fire Department bucket truck in front of Hal and Malâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at midnight.

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hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a new restaurant gracing the streets of downtown Jackson that combines fusion sushi, hibachi offerings, and the best martini selection this side of State Street. The doors of Wasabi Bistro are open and ready to wow with fresh sushi fish shipped directly from Hawaii and seafood from the Atlantic Bay arriving daily. Add upscale dinner menu items like French-styled steaks and lamb chops, and your palate is in for a mixed styling of French and Asian cuisine. Sushi chef Ethan Huangâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;well known in the New Orleans and Hammond, Louisiana, areas for his award-winning sushiâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;demonstrates his professional sushi skills taking traditional sushi and fusing it with other cuisine styles. Business partner Lina Lynn, who has been in the restaurant business for 13 years, and Huang have been busy creating culinary cuisines, such as extensiveâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;30 or more to be exactâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;appetizer choices. From the Wasabi Wonderland, a Thai-style baked lobster with green papaya salad serving as the base, to the delectable unique sushi offerings from their sushi master, to a traditional hibachi meal, there is something for every palate at Wasabi. Along with Lynn and Huang, business partners Tami Munsch and Ronnie Isaac love their jobs. They are responsible for the â&#x20AC;&#x153;bar sideâ&#x20AC;? of Wasabi Bistro: in other words, if you like their martinis, drink specialties, or extensive wine list, you can thank them. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Specialty drinks are geared towards the Magnolia State,â&#x20AC;? says Munsch. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We use Lazy Magnolia and Cathead Vodka to keep the focus local.â&#x20AC;? For example, the Red Dragon specialty drink is served in a tiki bowl with a shot in the middle on fire; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s red and fruity with a lot of â&#x20AC;&#x153;kick,â&#x20AC;? according to Munsch. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great specialty drink for two, but then again, who wants to share?â&#x20AC;? says Munsch. Wasabi Bistro is a great dining choice for lunch, a post-work gathering spot, or even a downtown late-night option for drinks and appetizers. With a super fast hibachi grill that can seat 40 and have you in and out in 30 minutes, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to drop your standby PB and J and hit up Wasabi. An inviting outside patio and courtyard area offer the perfect place for anytime, whether to take a break from your everyday workload or to embrace a long, lazy weekend afternoon or evening. Live music will be offered outside during special occasions, too. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a great place to host a business meeting or even a private party on the patio.





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in a patchwork of local and state laws that are unclear or not enforced equally between jurisdictions, and recyclers and law enforcement officers have a difficult time catching metal thieves, he said. For private citizens, Bush recommends they exercise common sense when it comes to safeguarding any potentially valuable metal items that might be lying around. He also suggests signing up for ISRIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s free metal-theft alert, through which individuals, businesses, and police can notify other subscribers in the area when a theft takes place. So far, he said, just two law enforcement officials in our stateâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;an investigator with the Mississippi Secretary of State Police and an official with the Lumberton Police Departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;have signed up for the service that has recovered $292,000 in stolen materials since its inception. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got to be more than two cops in the state of Mississippi,â&#x20AC;? Bush said this week. Comment at


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able-television networks such as Nick- with high ideals of presenting quality proelodeon and the Discovery Channel grams with an emphasis on arts and educashould serve as economic models for tion. Bravo! now gives us surreal housewives public broadcasting, Gov. Haley Bar- in catfights instead of ballet. A&E gives us bour quipped recently. The governor intro- “Storage Wars,” “Dog the Bounty Hunter” duced his budget last month and, as expected, and “Hoarders.” The Learning Channel now he called for cuts in education, the arts and goes by TLC with a schedule of shows that inMississippi Public Broadcasting. clude “Say Yes to the Dress,” “Sister Wives,” “Mississippi taxpayers should not con- “Strange Sex” and “Toddlers and Tiaras.” tinue subsidizing a television and radio network, so I also again recommend a sharp reduction of 15 percent in the appropriation for Mississippi Public Broadcasting,” Barbour said at his fiscal-year 2013 budget recommendation unveiling. “MPB must rely more on private sponsorship than tax dollars to operate, and the board of directors has committed to more aggressively raise funds to go toward budgeting purposes. This decrease should begin a reduction in funding for MPB “Sons of Guns” is a show on the Discovery Channel. that will ultimately result in its operating on private donations or advertising The two networks Barbour specifically revenues, except for educational program- mentioned as models for MPB—Nickelming used by MDE.” odeon and The Discovery Channel—have A legal obstacle is in the way of this vi- prime-time line-ups designed to attract adsion. MPB can’t sell ads, not the type of com- vertising and viewers. Nickelodeon’s evening mercials you see on television or hear on the shows start with “SpongeBob SquarePants,” radio. Legally, as a member station of the Cor- then moves into its Nick at Nite fare, includporation for Public Broadcasting, a sponsor ing reruns of the syndicated shows “My Wife message is limited in what it can say. It can’t use and Kids” and “That ’70s Show.” An evening adjectives to say how great it is or how bad a watching Discovery might include episodes competitor is. It can’t tell the audience to go to of “American Chopper,” “Moonshiners” and a department store sale or buy a new car. The “Sons of Guns.” understated nature of its advertising is central The cable networks survive partly because not just to retain funding from certain sources, of the old reruns and partly because of the it’s also conducive to maintaining a tone of lower costs of reality programming. Producing calm objectivity. an episode of “NOVA” with its explanatory Republicans have suggested using cable graphics, accurate science and quality sound is networks as an example of how to broadcast going to cost more than hanging out with a the arts, children’s programming and science group of gold diggers—whether it’s the gruff documentaries without government funding. men on Discovery’s “Gold Rush” or the frusThe implication is that the market has a place trated women playing parts on any of Bravo!’s for classical music, ballet, educational shows “Real Housewives” shows. and scientific discoveries. You could make an argument for many But look what happened to A&E, Bravo! of these shows. We get an in-depth look at and The Learning Channel. All started out subcultures and personalities. “MythBusters”

and “Cash Cab” are two Discovery shows that just as easily might appear on public television. Many shows on commercial TV and commercial radio are probably great enough to be on public broadcasting, but much of what we get on cable TV is meant to sell Viagra. The reality-show craze has multiplied out of control; the most popular shows now appeal to the lowest common denominator. I can’t make the argument that the Jersey Shore youth subculture deserves more examination. It’s like the worst of MySpace on steroids and tequila. The other call from Barbour—the one that encourages more private support—would be a tough sell in Mississippi. It’s easy to look at a successful, privately funded public broadcasting system like Oregon Public Broadcasting and assume Mississippi could have the same success. Much is different between OPB and MPB. OPM, started in 1922 as a physics experiment and has had wide support from private donors for a long time. MPB didn’t begin until 1970 and serves a less educated and poorer audience. As the Jackson Free Press reported last May, MPB’s radio coverage was crucial in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. MPB bought much of the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency communications equipment, and MEMA relies on MPB’s radio towers that cover the state for its emergency services. MPB takes its public service seriously, with programs like “Quorum,” “Mississippi’s Big Problem” (we’re fat and metabolically challenged) and “Job Hunter.” Some MPB critics in the Legislature complained last year that “Mississippi Roads,” the only show they thought worthy on MPB, had no new episodes. That’s because MPB didn’t have the funding to produce more. Mississippi culture is still showcased on programs like “Sucarnochee Revue” and “Writers.” I haven’t seen anything like that on Nick at Nite or on an episode of “Pitchmen.” Have you? Comment at

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Taking TCI’s Land Back 2012 with no promise of GO-Zone backing. Not only is JRA going back to the drawing board with new proposals, other projects unrelated to the convention-center complex are popping up. They even include a luxury hotel, separate from convention-center plans. Joseph Simpson is planning to build a high-end hotel in downtown Jackson. He would develop a site near the federal courthouse and also re-open the Iron Horse Grill a few blocks away. Simpson briefly described his development projects to the Jackson Redevelopment Authority board Dec. 28 during the group’s regular monthly meeting. His intention is to get $15 million in bonds from the JRA to help fund work for both projects. “I’ve been working on this for a couple years,” Simpson said during a break in the meeting. He said he hadn’t taken the story to the media before last week’s meeting because he wanted to work out all the details first. Simpson said his group, Capital Hotel Associates LLC, plans to build a $55-million, 205-room Westin hotel facing Congress Street. It would be a full-service luxury hotel with amenities such as a spa. Plans call for a nine-story structure on the property where the Mississippi Valley Title building now stands at 315 Tombigbee St. Simpson said crews will have to demolish the old building. The total cost of re-opening the Iron Horse Grill and building the Westin hotel comes to $61 million, Simpson said. He is asking the JRA for $12.5 million in bonds for the hotel and $2.5 million in bonds for the restaurant. The board did not vote on the

A Dearth of Taxes

January 4 - 10, 2012

tions, such as Saks Fifth Avenue, which has an operations center here. The exemptions were for a percentage of ad valorem taxes, or taxes assessed on the value of real estate or property,



t’s no secret that Jackson needs businesses inside the city limits to pay taxes and provide jobs and services. But at a City Council meeting last week, council members debated whether the city is reaping enough economic benefits to make some business tax exemptions worthwhile. At stake was a collection of tax exemptions for companies making improvements, adding equipment or expanding. Instead of paying the full amount of taxes on the value of the improvements, companies can apply for partial tax abatement. That way, they can avoid paying up to 50 percent of what they would normally owe on the improvements. The goal of the abatements is to encourage businesses to stay and grow within city limits, but some Council members said they did not have time to adequately consider granting abatements before the year-end deadline. Ward 7 Councilwoman Margaret Barrett-Simon said Council members should examine the tax abatements in committee before the full council votes to see if the city is getting the benefits it expects. She said she was concerned that many of the 14 tax exemptions the 10 council voted on were going to large corpora-

Ward 7 Councilwoman Margaret BarrettSimon voted against partial tax abatements due to a lack of information.

that businesses must pay when they expand or improve their property. Council President Frank Bluntson argued that without tax exemptions, businesses would be more likely to move outside the city to surrounding areas, such as Ridgeland, leaving behind vacant buildings. “If we do what we have to do to keep businesses in the city of Jackson, we pay the

bonds and won’t until the initial vetting and application process is complete. Brookins said this would include examining financial agreeCOURTESY CAPITAL HOTEL ASSOCIATES


ason Brookins, executive director of the Jackson Redevelopment Authority, has the go-ahead to do whatever it takes to get the land across from the Jackson Convention Center out of the hands of developer TCI MS. The JRA board voted Dec. 28, after a lengthy executive session, to give Brookins the authority to take any action regarding the sale and redevelopment of property meant for TCI’s now defunct plans for a convention center hotel. Pearl, Pascagoula, Farish and Mill streets border the downtown lots. “The first step is to negotiate a settlement,” Brookins told the Jackson Free Press. The city and JRA made its initial agreement with TCI in 2007. “Because TCI wanted to develop a hotel, we did things to assist them.” Part of that help included securing a $7 million federal Housing and Urban Development loan designed to encourage urban economic growth. Brookins said he couldn’t comment on reports that TCI never made any payments on that loan. TCI did ask for more funding with bonds, however, asking the city and JRA to foot 100 percent of the bill. The complications and questions multiplied, culminating in JRA’s end-of-the-year push to open a new request for proposals. TCI and one other company, Journeyman Austin Holdings, submitted proposals in December. The JRA rejected both, despite the temptation of possibly securing Gulf Opportunity Zone bonds, or GO-Zone bonds, no longer an option after Dec. 31. The JRA will put out a new request for proposals in the first quarter of

Developers envision a hotel like the Westin Galleria in Edina, Minn., (pictured) in downtown Jackson facing Congress Street.

ments of Capital Hotel Associates. Simpson is working with Minnesotabased Wischermann Partners on the concept of the hotel. Wischermann operates the Westin Galleria hotel in Edina, Minn., and Simpson said it would operate the proposed Jackson hotel. The architects, construction companies

and other members of Capital Hotel Associates are local, Simpson told the JRA board. Capital Hotel Associates would also use New Market Tax Credits to fund the developments as well as personal investments. Congress created those credits in 2000 to spur new or increased investments into operating businesses and real-estate projects located in lowincome communities. Simpson told the board he’d also like to put some money toward developing a trolley system downtown. “It is something that will change the perception of downtown,” he said. A financial adviser at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in Jackson, Simpson is also part owner of Julep and Mint restaurants. Capital Hotel Associates is a separate entity. Before Simpson spoke, board member Brian Fenelon mentioned for the sake of disclosure that he worked with Simpson but had no knowledge or interest in Capital Hotel Associates. The board also discussed creating a strict policy to vet the professionals and consultants it hires. The desire for change is due in part to the many complicated relationships revealed in the TCI convention center hotel deal. For example, Porter Bingham of the Malachi Group is a financial adviser for the city of Jackson who also consulted TCI. In the future, the JRA wants to avoid that type of conflict. A committee is working on a specific process for identifying any potential conflicts of interest or qualification issues. The board will vote on the policy at a future meeting. Comment at by Elizabeth Waibel

price, but we also get the benefit of keeping them here,” Bluntson said. Ward 3 Councilman Kenneth Stokes, at his last meeting on the City Council, said Jackson needs abatements to keep businesses in the city, adding that Jackson almost lost Saks a few years ago. Still, he said the companies receiving tax abatements should demonstrate a commitment to the community, perhaps by helping with the city’s summer jobs program. Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. said the amount of the abatements depends on the cost of improvements the business makes. Some businesses regularly apply for the exemptions. “You’re going to see the same companies over and over, just about every year,” he said. Barrett-Simon said she would normally vote for the tax abatements, but voted against them this time due to a lack of information about how one of them, Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation, had benefited the city in the past. “I don’t think that anybody has showed us that we’re getting the benefit from these tax reductions,” she said. Johnson said that usually the council would get documentation about what percentage of the companies’ employees are Jackson residents and whether they participate in

the city’s summer jobs program, but that information was not attached this time. The council voted 5-1 to pass the tax exemptions, with Barrett-Simon voting against them, Ward 5 Councilman Charles Tillman abstaining and Ward 6 Councilman Tony Yarber voting against the Milwaukee Electric Tool exemption due to the lack of information about how that company’s tax abatements had benefited the city in the past. The City Council made frequent reference to Stokes’ last meeting after a long tenure on the council. So far, it looks like three candidates have thrown their hats into the race ahead of a Feb. 14 special election. LaRita Cooper-Stokes, Kenneth Stokes’ wife, is a former candidate for justice court judge. Albert Wilson is the founder of the nonprofit Genesis and Light Center. Other local media outlets have reported that the Rev. John Taylor Jr., a gospel singer and organizer for the annual Frank E. Melton Sr. Thanksgiving Dinner, will also run, but Taylor was not available for comment at press time. Another potential candidate, Sacha Moses Hamilton, considered running, but decided last week not to seek the Ward 3 seat. Comment at

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ecently, the Jackson Redevelopment Authority decided to stop and breathe rather than be bulldozed into making a decision without having all the information they needed for the proposed convention-center hotel. This past week, the organizationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s board went a step farther. Members voted to take any action necessary to wrest the valuable downtown property the hotel will eventually occupy from the jaws of the developer that owns it, TCI. JRA is also considering a strict policy to vet any consultant or professional that it may hire in the future to avoid embarrassing, not to mention potentially illicit, conflicts of interest. We applaud all of those decisions. For too long, Jackson has been held hostage by the sweet deal TCI landed with former Mayor Frank Melton. It seems that without a mayor in its pocket, the developer just couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pull it together without asking the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s already overburdened property owners to foot the bill. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about time the city finds someone who will get the job done. Like any decision that involves the money that a convention center hotel will require, the first plan may not always be the best. In the case of TCI, this paper has been pointing out concerns with the company for years (see The city of Jackson should be at least as careful when choosing the company it keeps as any one of us might choose someone to assist with our personal finances. That just makes good common sense. Whether weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking out for our families, our businesses, our city, or ourselves, it behooves us to take the time we need to fully understand the problem to begin with. Once thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s identified, we need to maintain vigilance in finding a solutionâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not always the first oneâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and then carry the solution through to completion. The strategy is the same for losing weight, changing a bad habit or redeveloping downtown; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only the details that change. Jackson has too often jumped on the first bandwagon to make its noisy way through the City Council and the mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office. The results always seem to be the same: delays, cost explosions, more delays, bigger money, ad nauseam. As we turn our attention back to downtown in the coming year, letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s look for new, possibly better solutions that arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mired in an antiquated way of economic thinking. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to get going. Put some fresh, vital energy into downtownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vacant buildings, for example, by inviting young creatives to make use of the space at cut ratesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;make the spaces vibrant instead of vacant. And concentrate on local businesses that employ local people and bring local dollars to the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coffers. Just pay attention, Jackson. It matters.


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Embracing Who I Am


â&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a fan of MSNBCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Morning Joe.â&#x20AC;? At the end of every show, in a segment called â&#x20AC;&#x153;What have we learned today,â&#x20AC;? each of the hosts tells one thing new that they learned on thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s show. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always interesting, because as well-read as the hosts are, they still take in some new information almost daily. No matter how old we are, no matter how much we â&#x20AC;&#x153;know,â&#x20AC;? time is the best teacher. If Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve found one thing in 2011, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s that you never, ever stop learning. Everyone talks about resolutions in the new year, but I chose to reflect on those things revealed to me over the past 365 days. I have a lot of anxiety preparing a child for college. My oldest will be attending Jackson State University next fall majoring in biology and environmental science. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s graduating top of her class, and we are all proud of her. But once I started thinking about books, college parties and dorm visitation, I was more flustered than she was on high-school day at JSU. Parents know the feeling of watching a child grow into adulthood. I remember like it was yesterday my daughter sitting in her car seat on my desk at the Jackson Advocate as I conducted an interview. Now, in 2011, we were talking about new vehicles and freshman curriculums. As my oldest pushed closer to higher education in 2011, my youngest daughter had her first birthday. Last year, I learned wrangling with a toddler is a lot of work. I got back into the swing of getting up with the roosters, dressing an already hyper little girl and getting her to day care. I learned that when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time, I can pick up where I left offâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;even if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been 14 years. Not to leave out those two boys of mineâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;16 and 14â&#x20AC;&#x201D;by any means. In 2011, I learned that even as I try to be a role model, I have to let teenage boys grow into their own personalities. I had to recall when my dad was perplexed at my â&#x20AC;&#x153;style,â&#x20AC;? when he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand the new slang or the new music he heard

blaring from my room. At this stage, I know I need to remain firm but approachable enough to where my sons can talk to me about anything. Most importantly, I learned about myself this past year. You guys have read about the ups and downs in my life through my columns and blogs. I spent most of 2010 trying to be what others wanted me to be, whether it was working in the corporate world, working in the community or running a downtown venue. I tried to dress like folks wanted me to. I pulled far away from my music. I bit my tongue for fear of â&#x20AC;&#x153;offendingâ&#x20AC;? someone important. I lived for others as much as I urged people to do just the opposite. But maturity is becoming aware and proud of who you are and embracing it; others be damned. I realized that I missed music. I missed doing something that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m damn good at, and I should never have stopped because someone else suggested that it would be frowned upon. In 2012, I will release new music. I learned that some people feel like they canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take me seriously because most refer to me by my noms de guerre. Regardless of what Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m doing, whether business, music, or politics, I will always be Kamikaze, Kaz or Kaze to those that know me. If you wish to refer to me as Brad or Mr. Franklin, cool, but if you choose to dismiss me because of my â&#x20AC;&#x153;name,â&#x20AC;? then youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re only making yourself look silly. As much as I tried to run from â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kamikazeâ&#x20AC;? in 2010, I learned in â&#x20AC;&#x2122;11 that he is just as much a part of me as anything. How can I betray what is a part of me? This year I learned to embrace who I am: a husband, a father, an artist, a businessman, Jacksonian and fighter! Happy 2012 to you all, JFP nation. Hope you take the lessons of 2011 and make them work for you in the new year. And thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the truth ... sho-nuff.

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n the ancient Greek comedy â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lysistrata,â&#x20AC;? the eponymous heroine leads the women of Greece to engage in a very â&#x20AC;Ś intimate protest. The women of Greece refused sexual relations with their husbands until the men declared peace in the Peloponnesian War. Women have engaged in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lysistrata protestsâ&#x20AC;? all over the world. It was a Lysistrata protest that preceded the 2006 disarmament of rival drug gangs in Peteria, Colombia, and a 2009 protest by Kenyan women that led to laws aimed at curbing the transmission of HIV/AIDS through prostitution. On Jan. 13, Mississippi will see a Lysistrata protest all its own. Unlike the women of Kenya and Colombia, we arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t calling for the literal replication of Lysistrataâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s methods. Sex as a weapon has a long and fraught history, and calls for the resolution of questions that are far too complicated to be resolved in this column. Instead, we will perform a reading of scenes from the play as part of a protest against the proposed re-introduction of the failed Personhood Initiative in the Mississippi Legislature. Why â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lysistrataâ&#x20AC;?? Because the time has come for Mississippi women to occupy the political conversation. It is time for us to stand in solidarity and refuse to passively cooperate with a state government that ignores the social and economic realities that punctuate the lives of women in the Deep South. It is time for us to rebel at the ballot box. Mississippi is a hostile place for women and girls. In this state, 52 percent of single mothers live in poverty, and 9.6 percent of women are unemployed, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports. Those women who can find work are paid 75 cents to every dollar paid to their male counterparts. Women in Mississippi donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just struggle financially. Mississippi ranks second highest in the nation for domestic violence, and ninth in the nation for murder by intimate partners, according to the latest numbers from National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Yet, as the Jackson Free Press has meticulously detailed, Gov. Haley Barbour released or pardoned four domestic murderers. Mississippi, it seems, doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just pay women 75 percent as much as men, it values them much less than men as well. Is it any wonder, then, that Mississippi has earned the distinction of being only one of five states where women occupy fewer than 15

percent of legislative seats? Just 26 women serve in the Mississippi Legislature, a number that makes our electoral politics only slightly more woman-friendly than Alabama and South Carolina. When Lynn Fitch is sworn in as treasurer this month, she will be one of only three Mississippi women to have held a statewide position. In fact, Mississippi is one of just four states to have never elected a woman to federal office. So what is a Mississippi woman to do? Run for office. Women must occupy the ballots. We must run for office and fight for a place in the political arena. We must demand to be represented in government equally. The status of women in Mississippi will never improve until women have an equal voice in the creation of the laws that guide our body politic. We know how to organize. When Initiative 26 was placed on the November ballot, women across the state organized and agitated. The women refused to allow the men who directed the Personhood Initiative to bend them to their will. It was women who led the charge: Mothers and daughters started Facebook groups and bought yard signs and bumper stickers; college-aged women tabled and protested at every football game in the Grove. Teenage girls turned out with their mothers at events and protests, faced for the first time in their memory with a law threatening their well-being. Now itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to take the next step. We must coalesce that energy into a non-partisan, statewide movement to place women in the halls of power, to support male candidates who champion women, and to be a driving force in any debate over proposed legislation that threatens the health and freedom of us and our families. Our Lysistrata moment has come. Will you join us? The â&#x20AC;&#x153;No Means Noâ&#x20AC;? Protest Against Personhood is 6-10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, at the Eudora Welty Commons (719 N. Congress St.) The protest will include a reading of scenes from the play â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lysistrata,â&#x20AC;? and performances by local bands. All performances are free. Whitney Barkley is a local consumer-protection attorney, teacher and professional hell-raiser. She lives in Belhaven with her boyfriend, an organizer with the ACLU. Their children will probably grow up to be right-wingers.

It is time for us to refuse to passively cooperate with government that ignores the realities that punctuate the lives of women in the Deep South.

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January, and for the first time since Recon- monious relationship when the Legislature struction, Republicans will also control the convenes in January or if they just wanted state House of Representatives. to get the hell out of Dodge before the winThe GOP literally controls the hori- ter break remains to be seen. zontal and the vertical: As part of his budWhat is clear is that Republicans will get recommendation, Barbour called for have the next five months to prove that pulling the plug on state support for Mis- they’re as good at running Mississippi as sissippi Public Broadcasting, starting with they are at winning elections here. a 15 percent reduction to the agency that funds MPB in the next fiscal year with the The Playing Field hope that MPB can become self-funding. In mid-December, new lawmakers No matter what political parties say gathered in Jackson for a two-day orientaabout the merits of keeping power bal- tion organized by Mississippi Institutions anced, it’s the kind of opportunity that makes political parties salivate. But given the formidability of Mississippi’s challenges, it’s also the kind of situation that should terrify them. Now that they have absolute control, Republicans must govern. The responsibility of turning around Mississippi’s first-in-everything-bad reputation to right: State Treasurer Tate Reeves, first lady Marsha Barbour, falls squarely to their Left Gov. Haley Barbour and Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant before Bryant shoulders. addressed the Mississippi Economic Council’s 2011 Hobnob event. “They’ve never Observers say how the relationship between Gov.-elect Bryant and governed, and we Lt. Gov.-elect Reeves evolves during the session is critical to watch. have,” said State Rep. Steve Holland, a Plantersville Democrat, who’s been a committee of Higher Learning. Marty Wiseman, dichairman for 22 of the 28 years he’s served rector of the Stennis Institute for Governin the Legislature. “Now, the jury is out on ment at Mississippi State University, has how we’ve governed, but I could talk to you participated in the event for years. all day long about all the progress we’ve “I can tell from this group already, made since I walked in the door.” they’re ready to get to work,” he said. “It’s Now that Republicans have control, always funny to watch new legislators. the conventional thinking is that the GOP They want to get to work at 6 o’ clock in will run roughshod with its agenda, turning the morning and work until 9 at night and every conservative fantasy into reality. just do stuff. There are going to be some Or maybe not. Both political parties very unhappy campers.” have indicated a desire to play nicely toIf anyone is concerned about the domgether, and both sides seem resigned that inant party ramming legislation through more will have to be done with less. the process, Wiseman said they should stop In mid-December, the Joint Legislative worrying. Budget Committee passed a framework for The first month of the session will a spending plan that was surprisingly free move slowly as lawmakers get a feel for of acrimony. Whether the fact that the two the capitol and learn their way around the sides were able to agree on a working bud- building and through the lawmaking proget plan is an indication of a coming har- cess. The first thing that had to happen was


n Dec. 20, Haley Barbour stepped to the podium on the 18th floor of the Walter Sillers office building to make his final budget recommendation to reporters—and started hacking away at state agencies. Barbour, whom the state Constitution requires to submit a budget proposal each year he serves as governor, showed no mercy as he called for trimming back funding for education, health care, conservation, agriculture, economic development, prisons and the arts. He proposed reductions for the state’s legislative and judicial branches, too, and even recommended spending cuts for the governor’s office and mansion for his successor, fellow Republican Phil Bryant. In a few days, the conservative bulwark Barbour leaves the governor’s chair after eight years reportedly to return the BGR Group, the Washington, D.C.-based lobbying firm he co-founded in the early 1990s, while Mississippi sorts through our budget mess back here on the home front. There’s no guarantee that the Mississippi Legislature, which went into session Tuesday, Jan. 3, will ever vote on a budget that looks like Barbour’s $5.5 billion plan, but the parties likely will draw battle lines along the same philosophical boundaries that Barbour has already staked out. And Barbour’s party will probably get a lot of what they want. In case you haven’t heard, Republicans now control Mississippi. They control the treasury, which means they control the disbursement and investment of state funds. Republicans control the agriculture and commerce departments, which means they control what we eat. They control the audit department, which means Republicans have authority over how government entities use public money. They control the secretary of state’s office, which oversees elections and regulates business in Mississippi. A Republican lieutenant governor presides over the state Senate, which means they control which laws that body considers. A Republican occupies the governor’s seat, which means they have the final say 14 over what bills become laws. Starting in

electing a new speaker on Jan. 3. That person is Rep. Philip Gunn of Clinton, whom the caucus elected in a closed-door meeting in November. Next comes the selection of committee chairpersons, who have the power to let bills die or send them to the floor for votes. Many of the chairpersons will also be new, and they will have to learn their role in the process. “It’ll be a whole lot clumsier getting off the ground than people expect it to be. People think Republicans will come in firing with both barrels. The sheer task of getting organized takes several weeks to get off the ground,” Wiseman said. In addition to just seeing new faces in leadership positions, there will be a noticeable ideological shift in the committee heads as well, Wiseman said. “You get the idea it’s a Republican atmosphere. Democrats, even when they are in charge they tend to be fairly free-spirited, and sometimes you never know which direction they’re going to head. Republicans seem to be a whole lot more organized and a whole lot more regimented by the leadership,” Wiseman said. Since Election Day, Republican leaders have repeated the mantra that under the GOP, the Legislature will pass strong conservative legislation. Wiseman continued: “I would say you are going to get a typically conservative Republican attitude that is going to permeate all legislation. It’s going to take a very Republican tone.” Holland agreed with Wiseman’s assessment, adding that Republicans’ desire to pursue a decidedly conservative agenda will be a distraction early on. “I think we’re going to have to struggle to focus on the real issues that are facing this state,” he said. “We’re probably going to be hit with a barrage of things like drugtesting for welfare recipients, immigration issues and possibly more attacks on the rights of the voter. “We’re going to be thrown more prolife issues if that’s possible. We’ll face Proposition 26 legislatively, I’m sure. Things like that will take up a lot of our time but will not produce a lot of meat and potatoes for our citizenry.”


Barbour’s budget, which he character“With the Republican takeover in the ized as a “return to discipline,” is more or House, some of these types of conservative less a harbinger for partisan battles to come bills that have been passed previously in the over many of the isSenate and have sues Holland outlined: either been altered redistricting, immigradramatically or tion, education, health just killed entirely care and implementin the House will ing a voter-identificaget a second look tion law that voters apwith this newly proved in November. configured leaderDuring past sesship,” Fillingane sions, the Republicantold the JFP. led state Senate passed House Demobills to allow privately crats shot down run charter schools to both the immigraopen in Mississippi as tion bill and have well as an immigration Derrick Johnson, president of the state repeatedly balked bill modeled after con- branch of the National Association for the at the idea of estroversial laws in Ari- Advancement of Colored People, fears tablishing charter zona and Alabama that the Republican-led Legislature might seek schools, arguto roll back civil rights advances of blacks would have required and other minority groups. ing that doing so local law enforcement would suck reto investigate people sources away from they suspect are in the country illegally. traditional public schools. State Sen. Joey Fillingane, R-Sumrall, who authored the immigration bill, said The Battle Lines Republican lawmakers will likely revive For both parties, living within the alboth issues this year. lowance the state budget provides will be

tricky. Gov. Barbour and the Joint Legislative Budget Committee in November adopted a tentative plan for the 2013 fiscal year, which begins July 2012 and is based on only a 0.7 percent increase in revenue. Every year, ideological battle lines are drawn over health care, especially mental-health services and Medicaid, and education. This year will be no different. “If we have a fight over funding, it’ll be over education and health care,” said state Rep. Cecil Brown, D-Jackson. From the looks of Barbour’s proposal, that funding fight seems more of a matter of when not if. In total, the Barbour budget reduced higher-education funding by 2.8 percent to $861 million from $886 million in fiscal year 2012. This included approximately $5.9 million to community colleges (Barbour added that like public broadcasting, community-college athletic programs should some day fund themselves). Meanwhile, Barbour whacked public health by 4.3 percent to $51.4 million from $53.7 million the previous year. Even though he said health care got a “screwing” in Barbour’s budget, Holland said he doesn’t intend to be much of a thorn in the side of the new Republican

leadership in the House—as long as they don’t “take the meat ax” to hammer down spending on social safety-net programs like Medicaid. Holland, who planned to vote for Speaker-designee Gunn, said he hopes that the new speaker will use his expertise from chairing the health-care appropriations subcommittee for 22 years. “I’m going to with every ounce of conciliatory leadership I can muster, get along with these Republicans—they won. I wouldn’t say fair and square, but they won, and I hope they succeed. But when it comes to the least and most vulnerable among us, they’ve got me to contend with before they put the dagger in their heart,” Holland said. Late in the year, Barbour made signaled a need to inject the flow of revenue to the state. In November, he wrote a letter to U.S. Sens. Mike Enzi and Lamar Alexander, Republicans from Wyoming and Tennessee, respectively, expressing support for a bill they authored that would allow states to collect sales tax on online purchases. “Fifteen years ago, when e-commerce was still a nascent industry, it made sense More STAMPEDE, see page 16

A Wish List for DV Legislation that he intends to work hard on whatever package of bills Hood intends to propose. Sandy Middleton, executive director of the Center for Violence Prevention in Pearl and a regular victim’s advocate at the capitol, wasn’t quite as reticent to speak, although she, too, indicated that nothing was written in stone, yet. Until advocates know who will be chairing committees, Middleton said, it’s unproductive to finalize strategy and a specific action list. That doesn’t mean she’s without a wish list for legislation. Middleton mentioned three areas where additional legislation would help protect victims: strengthening confidentiality laws for shelter records; going statewide with a batterer’s intervention program; and giving victims of domestic violence an easier path to divorce. Regarding strengthening confidentiality for shelter records, Middleton said that much of the information victims provide to shelters or victims’ advocates, such as where they’re living, could put victims in danger if it were to fall into the wrong hands. Additionally, she’s not thrilled to provide abusers potential ammunition against their victims to be used in child custody or divorce proceedings. Mississippi courts, she indicated, frequently side with attorneys representing batterers in such cases instead of with their victims. “It’s important to develop trust,” Middleton said of the relationship between shelters and their clients. Victims need to know that the details of their lives are safe with the people and organizations they have turned to for help. In 2009, the center spearheaded an effort to bring a batterer’s intervention program to the Jackson area, and its ANDY CHILDERS


ith all the new faces in the Mississippi Legislature this year, advocates for new and strengthened laws to protect victims of domestic violence are being non-committal about the specific legislation they plan to introduce during this year’s session. Women’s advocates all seem to agree on one thing, though: Former Rep. Brandon Jones, D-Pascagoula, will be missed. During his tenure in the state House of Representatives, Jones sponsored several bills to help protect domestic-violence victims, including one to strengthen the state’s stalking laws and another to add strangulation to the list of aggravating actions that increase a domestic assault charge from a misdemeanor to a felony. Jones’ passion for the issue came from his constituents’ outrage when, in 2008, Gov. Haley Barbour suspended Michael Graham’s life sentence for murdering his ex-wife, Adrienne Klasky. (Graham was one of four domestic murderers the governor pardoned during his tenure.) Graham spent years abusing and stalking Klasky. Then, on April 7, 1989, he pulled up alongside her and shot her in the head as she was waiting for a light to change in downtown Pascagoula. Jones went as far as introducing a bill to add accountability to the governor’s pardoning powers, such as getting advice from the parole board and providing notification to the victim’s family. That bill, unlike many others he introduced, went nowhere. “He was a tremendous leader on this issue,” said Sen. David Blount, D-Jackson, about Jones. “I’m hoping to find someone who can pick up the mantle.” On the Senate side of the state capitol, Blount has also sponsored numerous domestic-violence bills; however, he would not reveal a game plan for the 2012 session. The senator indicated that Attorney General Jim Hood generally led the charge on those issues, and although they have spoken, Blount was keeping mum. Hood did not respond to our request for an interview. “We haven’t finalized everything,” Blount said, adding

program is still the only one of its kind in Mississippi. The program has succeeded everywhere the CVP has instituted a program, and Middleton said that she would like to see Mississippi adopt the intervention model statewide, providing additional resources and covering a wider area than the CVP can hope to do. “It’s a proven program,” she said, citing a recidivism rate of less than 1 percent for the hundreds of men and women who have completed the program offered through the CVP. Judges sentence batterers to attend the 12-week program in lieu of putting them in jail or simply setting them free. Unlike anger management, the BIP focuses on examining and changing batterers’ core beliefs toward their victims. The program gets to the root of the belief systems—power and control issues, for example, or male privilege— that keep the cycle of violence in place, thus allowing for fundamental changes in thinking and behavior. Regarding the state’s stringent divorce laws, Middleton doesn’t see a lot of hope in pushing for laws friendlier to victims; however, that doesn’t keep her from advocating for change. Divorce is often the final bit of power a batterer can keep over his or her victim, she said, and Mississippi’s laws don’t make divorce easy or affordable. “The offenders are just having fun,” she said of batterers who often drag out divorce proceedings for years, forcing their victims to spend thousands of dollars and hours reliving traumatic events. “It’s victimizing them all over again.”


by Ronni Mott


to exempt startups like from or raise local taxes to make ends meet but is collecting and remitting sales taxes in states skeptical that any kind of tax increase will where they had no facilities,” Barbour make it onto the House floor. wrote. “Today, e-commerce has grown, “I don’t think there’s anything that and there is simply no longer a compelling we’re going to vote on that’s going to raise reason for government to continue giving revenue,” Baria said. online retailers special Barbour’s successor treatment over small has already indicated businesses.” that he’s cold to the Barbour said that idea. “To say it is time states should be alto raise taxes on the lowed to collect taxes items that we’re buying however they see fit, on the Internet now, in and warned that failure the worst economy in to “level the playing modern history—it’s field” could put Main just something that Street retail operators I’m not in favor of,” out of business. Bryant told WTOKThat Mississippi’s TV in Meridian. notoriously anti-tax Rep. Rita Martinson, R-Madison, Some Republican Republican governor wants to establish schools in legislators like Rita Mississippi. She also believes called for what some lawmakers should debate the issue of Martinson of Madiconsider a tax increase online sales tax in committee. son think lawmakers understandably raised should at least debate eyebrows and distanced the issue in commitBarbour from notable members of his own tee. “It’s not fair for existing businesses to party. Phil Bryant, Barbour’s lieutenant be burdened with collecting the taxes and governor and successor, balked at the idea. have their competitors online not have to Barbour also noted a state Department charge tax; however, I think people benefit of Revenue report showing Mississippi’s by not paying taxes online, so there’s a fine November revenue collections estimates line that we’ll have to cross on that,” Marfell below the estimate by 1.5 percent, or al- tinson said. most $4.9 million. A few days later, he sent a letter to legislative leaders and the Joint The Conflicts Legislative Budget Committee, whom he Eventually, Republicans will hit their cautioned against relying on a $20 million stride and start behaving like the party pharmaceutical legal settlement to shore up that’s in charge. When they do, a numthe state budget. ber of Democratic-allied groups fear that “I urge you to not be misled to think Republicans will proceed with putting in this $20 million in legal-settlement funds place a radical conservative agenda. represents a windfall for budgeting purAs part of its 2011 legislative agenda, poses; it does not. The state must repay the the Mississippi Tea Party outlined issues it majority of these funds back to the federal expects the Legislature to address: “illegal government. The federal government is en- immigration,” state sovereignty, education titled to reimbursement of its share of over- reform, “unconstitutional welfare propayments. I urge you not to include these grams” and performance-based budgeting. funds in your legislative budget recommenThe prominence of the Tea Party and dation for FY 2013,” Barbour wrote. other far-right activist groups has blacks Anticipating a budget fight with House worried. In early December, about 300 Republicans, David Baria, a Democrat people met for the Black Leadership Sumfrom Bay St. Louis, said lawmakers could essentially face the decision to cut teachers More STAMPEDE, see page 19 ADAM LYNCH

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As in years past, the upcoming legislative session is likely to leave Mississippi’s public schools inadequately funded.


s the Mississippi Legislature writes the 2013 budget, funding for public schools is likely to be up for debate. Specifically, legislators will consider how much funding to put toward the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, which makes up the bulk of public K-12 funding. Although law requires the Legislature to fund the program, it rarely does. The 2012 budget left MAEP underfunded by $237 million, and this season’s budget discussions aren’t likely to reverse course and provide full funding. The Department of Education estimated that funding MAEP—the formula for adequate funding for public schools—will cost more than $2.2 billion. Gov. Haley Barbour’s budget recommendations allot just under $2 billion for the program, a 2 percent cut from fiscal year 2012.

What Is MAEP?

The Joint Legislative Budget Committee, chaired by governor-elect Phil Bryant, has recommended level funding for MAEP—no cuts, but nothing to get funding up to “adequate” levels either. Barbour’s budget recommendations also figured in a 3 percent reduction in funding for the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning, which oversees the state’s public colleges and universities, and a 2 percent cut to funding for community colleges. The Legislative Budget Committee recommended cutting the IHL budget by just under 2 percent. As he did in 2009, Barbour called for consolidating the state’s three historically black universities and merging the Mississippi University for Women with Mississippi State University. When Barbour proposed the mergers last time, students, alumni and legislators criticized the plan, which was ultimately dropped.

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The Mississippi Adequate Education Program, or MAEP, is a formula the state uses to figure out how much money each school district needs. The Legislature passed the program in 1994; it is intended to ensure that poorer school districts with fewer local resources—but often more needy students—get enough money to operate well. The Legislature has only fully met MAEP’s budget requirements three times in the last decade.


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mit to discuss problems facing African have some veteran members who know Americans in Mississippi, but foremost on how to use the rules, the Stennis Instituteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mind were the results of the re- Wiseman said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You have a very skillful cent election. black caucus. Their numbers are too big to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Within 30 days, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to see a ignore. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be a role for them.â&#x20AC;? radical restructuring of state government Most notably, Democrats will have an like weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never seen before,â&#x20AC;? Derrick John- opportunity to make their presence felt on son, president of the Mississippi branch of the budget. To pass a spending bill, a mathe National Association for the Advance- jority of House and Senate members must ment of Colored People, told the summit agree, which means they will need some crowd at the Jackson Convention Center. Democratic votes as well. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Within 30 days, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to look like If a particularly objectionable budget 1962,â&#x20AC;? Johnson added. plan comes to the floor, the minority party Johnson, along can slow the process with several other by having a bill read prominent blacks, in full the maximum believes that the number of times alstate could return to lowed by the rules or an era when whites request a time-conwielded power and suming roll-call vote. blacks were relegated Baria, who to second-class citiswitched from the zenship. Senate to the House In a state that this election, said already trails other Democrats should states in a number of stick together and quality-of-life areas, that he is willing to and where blacks lag During the last legislative session, Sen. do anything in his behind their white Joey Fillingane, R-Sumrall, unsuccessfully power to block a counterparts in many pushed a controversial immigration budget he thinks is of those same areas, bill modeled after laws in Arizona and too extreme. Alabama that required law officers to various Republican- stop people they believe to be in the The new senled branches of state U.S. without documentation. Fillingane ator added that the government could said the immigration law and other composition of the make life difficult for conservative legislation will get a second House wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t deter look this session. African Americans in him from introducthe years to come. ing insurance-reCivil-rights groups fought unsuc- form legislation such as a policy holdersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; cessfully, albeit vociferously, against the Bill of Rights to protect against unfair instatewide ballot measure that will require surance-claim practices that he said were citizens to brandish a state-issued ID card widespread after Hurricane Katrina dewhen they vote that they believed sought to stroyed his and thousands of other homes quash voting by blacks, Latinos and other on the Coast. groups of Democrat-leaning voters. Progressive-minded Mississippians The issue passed and is now the sub- fear that a far-right agenda would include ject of a U.S. Justice Department review. redrawing a more GOP-friendly electoral Fillingane, the state senator who led the map when the Legislature takes up redispush to place the initiative on the ballot, tricting again next year, consolidation of said voter ID and state legislative redistrict- school districts and even more inadequately ingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;something the divided Legislature funded public schools. failed to accomplish last year and one of State Rep. Kelvin Buck, a Democrat the first orders of business of the new ses- from Holly Springs, doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe that besionâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;have to pass U.S. Department of coming more combative with Republicans Justice muster. is necessarily in Democratsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; best interests, Fillingane noted that the U.S. Su- though. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see how much more conpreme Court upheld a similar Indiana law tentious it could be,â&#x20AC;? Buck said. from which Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposal was â&#x20AC;&#x153;basically cut and pasted.â&#x20AC;? The Unknowns But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just blacks wringing their One of the biggest unknowns going hands. Advocates working on education, into the session is the relationship between mental health, domestic violence and ju- Phil Bryant, Speaker-designee Gunn and venile justice issues worry that funding for incoming Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, who prevital safety-net programs could be cut out sides over the Senate. The three Republican of the budget. leaders will be intimately involved in passâ&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to push for things that ing legislation. are important to us,â&#x20AC;? Rep. Brown said of Wiseman said fences might need the Democrats. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we are besieged by this mending between Bryant, a close ally of Tea Party legislation that we perceive to be Senate Pro Tem Billy Hewes, and Reeves, radical, we will push back against that.â&#x20AC;? who defeated Hewes in the Republican priWith just a slim six-vote lead in the house, Democrats can clog legislation and More STAMPEDE, see page 20



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mary contest for lieutenant governor. in and wave a magic wand to fix everything “I don’t think the Republicans are go- any more than we were.” ing to be quite as lock stepped as they were Maybe it was holiday spirit, but under Haley (Barbour) members of both parbecause he did all their ties said in December thinking for them for that enough common eight years,” Holland ground exists to do the told the JFP. hard work of running Gunn and what his the state without being role will be is the bigger disagreeable. question mark. “The state of MisMartinson called sissippi has been here him the leader of the a long time. We have House conservative periods where things caucus. “Philip is a very go well and periods even-tempered, mild where things don’t go Bay St. Louis Democrat David man, but he’s got a back- Baria served in the state Senate so well. The majority bone of steel,” she said. but ran successfully for a House of the members will be “He’s quiet, but I don’t seat in the 2011 election. Despite Republicans and that’s think he will rule as an his party losing control of the fine; they won the elecHouse, he doesn’t regret the autocrat. I think he’ll be decision, saying that he’s in no tion. I’m sure they’ll do more like a moderator. worse position than he was under whatever they think is Now, he’s not a moder- the GOP-ruled Senate. the right thing to do,” ate person—don’t get Brown said. me mistaken on that.” Baria, who said evWith majorities in both houses and the eryone at the Capitol wants to create jobs governor’s mansion, it’s safe to assume that in the state and see Mississippi prosper reRepublicans have an opportunity to impose gardless of party identification, put it more whatever vision of Mississippi they want. plainly: “We probably won’t be able to agree “I’m an optimist; I look to be pleason what the problems are,” Rep. Brown antly surprised.” said. “They’re not going to be able to come Comment at

Lessons from the Past

by Donna Ladd


hink it’s strange that the now-lilywhite Republican Party was the choice of freed slaves in the 19th century? It’s simple, really: It was a very different Republican Party. The then-pro-slavery and segregationist Democratic Party (then called “Dixiecrats” in the South) basically switched parties with Republicans in the 1960s after conservative Barry Goldwater led the national Republican Party away from supporting issues considered friendly to African Americans, attracting former white Democrats who were disenchanted with their national party’s support of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. As then-President Lyndon Johnson, a Democrat, put down his pen after signing the legislation, he turned to his two aides, Bill Moyers and Jack Valenti, and said, “We have lost the South for a generation.” In essence, the Party of Lincoln became the Party of Strom. (Strom Thurmond was the segregationist leader of the Dixiecrats.) To his credit, President Johnson signed the act anyway, making segregation and Jim Crow laws unconstitutional in schools, the workplace and facilities that serve the public, and prohibiting unfair and unequal voter-registration requirements used to keep African Americans from voting. In the years following, first Richard

Nixon and then Ronald Reagan employed what is now known as the “southern strategy” to get white southerners to vote for Republicans based on not-so-veiled racism such as (inaccurate) rhetoric about “welfare mothers” and Willie Horton. Political strategists Haley Barbour and Lee Atwater are famous for perfecting the strategy for Republican candidates. In 2005, then-Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman famously apologized to the NAACP at its national convention for trying to lure white voters by exploiting racist beliefs. “Some Republicans gave up on winning the African American vote, looking the other way or trying to benefit politically from racial polarization,” Mehlman said. “I am here today as the Republican chairman to tell you we were wrong.” Sadly, many candidates continue the practice of wink-wink racism to this day, by campaigning against “welfare mothers” and (presumably black) teenage mothers and in support of potentially discriminatory and costly voter-identification laws, despite overwhelming evidence that it is excessive and unneeded regulation. This continued use of the southern race strategy Mehlman apologized for perhaps explains the GOP’s ongoing challenge to diversify its ranks.

Republicans have not controlled the Mississippi House since Reconstruction. And they were very different Republicans.

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because he was a Democrat. called the Provincial Freeman. “In the organization of the Later, Shadd moved to Vicksburg, House, the contest was not between Miss., winning a seat in the House in white and colored but between Dem1871 and serving until 1876 when ocrats and Republicans. No one had Democrats wrested control of the been elected, at least on the RepubliLegislature. That same year, Democan side, because he was a white man crats redistricted Lynch out of his or because he was a colored man but congressional seat as well. because he was a Republican,” Lynch After Reconstruction, Lynch went wrote in his memoir. on to serve as Republican State ExIn 1871, Lynch was tasked with ecutive Committee chairman and as reapportioning the state’s six congresa delegate to the Republican National sional districts. He faced two options. Convention. In 1884, Lynch became The first was to make six Republican the first African American to deliver districts but with his party having only the keynote address at a major party’s slim majorities in two. The other opnominating convention, and he later John R. Lynch was born into tion, which he eventually favored, was slavery and served as one of the traveled the world as an officer in the to make five Republican districts and last Republican House speakers U.S. Army. concede one to Democrats. Later in life, Lynch became disenin Mississippi before Democrats His time as speaker was brief. assumed control of the body and chanted with his once-loved RepubliAfter Lynch ran successfully for Con- held it for more than a century. Isaac can Party. Of his disappointment, he gress, another African American Re- D. Shadd (not pictured), also African wrote: “The author is of the opinion publican, Isaac D. Shadd, became American, replaced Lynch as a that a large majority of the colored Speaker of the House. speaker. Americans will affiliate in national Little about Shadd’s life, much elections with the Republican party less his time in the Legislature, is known. Born in Delaware, when that party will again assume the championship of huShadd and his sister, Mary, immigrated to Ontario, Canada, man rights regardless of race or color.” sometime between 1850 and 1851 around the time ConLynch died in 1939 in Chicago; Shadd in 1896, regress passed the Fugitive Slave Act. portedly in Greenville. Together, the siblings ran an antislavery newspaper Comment at PUBLIC DOMAIN


hen Republican John R. Lynch won a seat in the Mississippi House, the Legislature had a lot of important rebuilding to do after the Civil War, including schools and other public buildings. In fact, state government needed to entirely reconstruct and reorganize itself. “To accomplish these things, money was required. There was none in the treasury. There was no cash available even to pay the ordinary expenses of government,” Lynch wrote in “Reminiscences of an Active Life,” his memoir, available at the Leland Speed Library at Mississippi College. Born in 1847 to a white father and mixed-race slave mother in Louisiana, Lynch managed a photography business in Natchez. His first education came as a result of eavesdropping on lessons taught at the all-white school across the alley from his shop. In April 1869, Gov. Adelbert Ames appointed Lynch justice of the peace; he was 21. The same year, Lynch became the youngest House speaker and the first black man to hold the leadership post. Even as a Republican in a state that the party of Lincoln controlled in the years after the war, Lynch’s nomination for the speakership was far from a sure thing. In “Reminiscences,” Lynch recounts how several members of his caucus refused to support his speakership. It took several days and a personal plea from Republican former Gov. James Alcorn, who by then was serving in the U.S. Senate, to break the deadlock. The fracas did not embitter Lynch, who remained a staunch loyalist through his life. He reportedly later declined to serve in the Cabinet of President Grover Cleveland

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ep. Earle Banks, D-Jackson, chaired the Mississippi House Juvenile Justice Committee last year, but accepts that with Republicans running the Legislature, much will change. “I doubt I’ll be the new chair,” Banks said. The new speaker of the House might choose to make the committee smaller than the 25 members it had last year. Banks said the speaker could choose to combine committees or even eliminate some. He is not sure yet what will happen to the Juvenile Justice Committee. But that won’t stop Banks from pushing for reform. Banks wants change in alternative schools and youth detention centers. “I have concerns about what is happening with these children,” he said. Banks observed that several other committees formed during Speaker Billy McCoy’s tenure are in danger. The Republican leadership could change the make-up or the existence of the Tourism, Gaming, Forestry, Medicaid, Marine Resources, and Ports and Harbors committees. He is also looking at realistic outcomes. Democrats will introduce legislation this session that calls for parental education, for example. “These (juvenile detention centers) are not places for parents to put children if they are having problems,” he said. “We need more parental responsibility.” The Juvenile Justice Committee accomplished a lot over the past four years, most notably passing a law in 2010 that requires juveniles under age 18 who are charged with a misdemeanor or non-violent felony be tried in juvenile courts. But the adult justice system still handles cases of juveniles who are 17 or younger and commit violent felonies. Still, many youth charged with crimes in Mississippi see youth court justices now. A Campaign for Youth Justice report released earlier this year lists Mississippi as a state reforming its laws, specifically referring to the 2010 legislation. “This law is a major victory for the people of Mississippi and for numerous community organizations that supported its enactment, including the

Mississippi Coalition for the Prevention of Schoolhouse to Jailhouse, the NAACP, and Mississippi ACLU and the Southern Poverty Law Center,” the report states. Sheila Bedi, deputy legal director of the Southern Poverty Law Center, said her organization will work on three legislative issues this year in Mississippi. They are the following. • Statewide reform of juvenile detention centers to conserve taxpayer dollars, reduce unnecessary imprisonment and duplication of services, and provide better outcomes for court-involved youth. • Allow youth convicted of felonies to apply to expunge their records if certain conditions are met to decrease the chances that these youth will face barriers to education and employment. • Ensure that any charter school legislation ensures that prospective charter schools are transparent, accountable and accessible to all students. Nsombi Lambright, executive director of the ACLU of Mississippi, said her organization would follow several issues in the Legislature this session. “We’re concerned about any type of policy making it easier for students to be arrested or expelled or a policy that places more police officers or security guards at schools,” Lambright said. Based on complaints the ACLU gets from parents all over Mississippi, students get expelled for behaviors that should merit a suspension instead. Lambright said too often children are expelled or sent to an alternative school or even arrested for minor non-criminal offenses (such as drinking alcohol or curfew violations). More police presence on campus increases those odds. Lambright said she would like to see more resources for juvenile detention centers to make them more appropriate places for children, including training for security officers. She’d also like to see more resources for alternative education programs. The State Department of Education recently released a guide for such programs that spells out what is needed, she said. Find the guide at


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T-Bones is a coffee shop, lunch destination and a congregation point for music lovers in Hattiesburg.

Ga., supplier Jittery Joe’s. Exhibits of local artists’ work are on display and available for purchase. During January, T-Bones showcases Mr. Witch’s “Cursed Canvases” collection, which includes commission work, comic book, vintage and abstractinspired pieces. “Every member of our crew is important to the utmost at making sure there’s good customer service, that you get a goodtasting sandwich, your coffee tastes right and that you get the music you’re looking for,” Crumpler said. “The most important people that help make T-Bone’s run on a day-to-day basis are our customers. We wouldn’t be here without our awesome patrons keeping us stocked with good folks coming in.” Store manager, Jackson native and overall music guru Mik Davis, 42, has an acute knowledge of regional music, stemming in part from his own musical endeavors over the past 28 years, including touring and recording with his former band, Seven Tongues Spoke. “I hold on to this romantic notion that we’re some of the last vestiges of good, solid consumer customer service,” Davis

said. “When you come into our record shop, you’re dealing with nine people who really want to serve you. Nine times out of 10, we know customers by name, and they know us by name. It’s a real testament that we don’t wear any nametags.” T-Bone’s is also a member of the Coalition of Independent Music Stores, or CIMS, a group of music businesses that have earned a reputation for their contributing to their communities and participating in the music industry. CIMS only recognizes 45 record stores in the nation. Davis said he is excited about the opportunities T-Bones now has. “With the CIMS designation, we’re part of a larger collective, so we’ve been able to receive more product at a (lower) price and also push the limits of what music stores normally have,” he said. In many ways, T-Bones has become the hub of Hattiesburg’s music and culture scene, not only housing the latest music

merchandise but also hosting live concerts, comedy shows and poetry readings. Members of the University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Writers frequent the store to perform poetry. Hattiesburg’s stand-up group Hub City Comedy has hosted two events at T-Bones since August. The bands Gashcat and Members of Morphine have recently played there, and Blue Mountain is scheduled to perform Jan. 20. “T-Bones has come a long way in the nine years that we’ve had it, from rolling with the café to expanding the vinyl and now carrying turntables,” Crumpler said. “The future holds a mixture of many things, including adding a breakfast menu, expanding space, delving into books and diversifying the record selection even further. We want to have what you are looking for and when you are looking for it. We want to be a shop where you can come and spend the day.” JULIAN BENSON

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gigantic, abstract Miles Davis watches over patrons grazing through racks of new and vintage vinyl. Customers look through tightly packed CDs in wire racks that include albums from the Pixies, Bob Dylan, Radiohead and Al Green. Overhead, the speakers play Neon Indian’s “Polish Girl.” Customers sip lattes and eat J-Bird and Evil Twin sandwiches while others lounge on oversized, leather couches reading the latest Rolling Stone magazines. T-Bones Record Shop and Café in Hattiesburg may be Mississippi’s last operating independent record store, selling both new and used vinyl and CDs. “It’s bittersweet,” Harry Crumpler III, one of the owners, said. “I’d love to see a record store come back to Jackson, particularly after Be-Bop closed. While I grew up around Hattiesburg, when I went to Jackson, I went to Be-Bop. T-Bones serves Hattiesburg like Be-Bop served Jackson.” Crumpler, 31, and his father bought T-Bones in 2002. The business started as a record label and store in the late 1990s. Former owner Tim Ramenofsky moved to California after successfully marketing Hattiesburg rapper Afroman. The Crumplers bought the building and transformed the former studio into a “dream come true.” Over the past 10 years, Crumpler transformed T-Bones Record Shop into more than a record store, providing a full-service café including sandwiches, salads, desserts and coffee from Athens,

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of the state, adjudicated criminally insane for burning her father, we are told. And yet, this most unlikely of protagonists carries the story and provides the fire in the film. After a unique title sequence, the action begins with the rendering of a guilty verdict against journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) for 15 counts of aggravated libel of businessman Hans-Erik Wennerstrom (Ulf Frieberg). To preserve whatever remains of the magazine he owns with Erika Berger (Robin Wright), his sometimes lover and editor, he resigns from his post. He accepts a job from aging industrialist Henrik Vanguard (Christopher Plummer) to investigate the murder of Henrik’s niece, Harriet. It’s a cold case, happening more than 40 years ago when the dys-

functional Vanguard family controlled old Sweden and shaped its industrial growth. Blomkvist can’t do the job alone and requests assistance. Henrik’s lawyer hires Salander to assist him. Salander did the investigative report on Blomkvist, and she knows things about him that no one else does. They investigate all the family members, from Henrik to his nephew Martin (Stellan Skarsgard), who runs the company, to the Nazi-sympathizers. It’s a despicable bunch of family members, Henrik says. Rooney Mara gives a breakout performance. You can hardly recognize her from her role as Erica Albright, Mark Zuckerberg’s girlfriend, in “The Social Network.” As Salander, Mara is a silent crusader, a dragon slayer, guided by her own moral compass in a corrupt system where she has been wronged. She’s wary and flawed. She’s absolutely transfixing. Craig’s performance lifts those around him. His character centers the plot, but Craig doesn’t overtake the film. He holds back the charismatic charm of James Bond. His character is wounded, and he rebuilds his confidence from Salander. “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” is a stunningly well-made thriller. Fincher trims back some of the original story to keep the momentum flowing forward. This movie is more bleak, visceral and atmospheric than its well-crafted Swedish counterpart directed by Niels Arden Oplev. Fincher doesn’t soft-pedal the personal violations Salander experienced from her legal guardian or the traumatic violence young women experienced 40 years ago from a serial killer. It’s raw and gut wrenching, where the Swedish version was cold and polite. This picture says that Salander is a brutal wretch who gets the dirty jobs done. “I am insane,” she tells her legal guardian (Yorik van Wageningen) with a blowtorch in her hand. But there is a touch of poetic lyricism in the cold isolation of the remote Vanguard island, where fire meets ice. That leads us into the second film in the franchise, “The Girl Who Played With Fire.” I can’t wait to see Salander back in action.


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Ann Hayne’s fiber exhibit at the Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland) hangs through Jan. 31. Free; call 601-856-7546. … Author Gerard Helferich speaks during History Is Lunch at noon at the Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Bring lunch; call 601-576-6998. … The Bethlehem Tree exhibit at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.) shows through Jan 8. Free; call 601960-1515. … John Mora performs at Papitos from 6-9 p.m. … Larry Brewer is at Irish Frog. … The Wild and Out Wednesday Comedy Show is at 8:45 p.m. at West Restaurant and Lounge. $2 beers. … Jesse “Guitar” Smith performs at Burgers and Blues. … Ben Payton is at Underground 119 at 8 p.m. … Ole Tavern, Pop’s and Philip’s on the Rez have karaoke. … Boardwalk has Live DJ Night.

(102 Clinton Parkway). Hours are 8 a.m.-10 p.m. MondayThursday; 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; and 1-6 p.m. Sunday. Free; call 601-906-3458. … Petra Cafe (2741 Old Canton Road) hosts an Arabian dance party every Fridays at 7:30 p.m. No cover, food prices vary; call 601-3660161. … Heroes and Dreams (5352 Highway 25, Suite 1650, Flowood) hosts Game Night from 7:30-11:30 p.m. Free; call 601-992-3100. … Wicked Gentlemen plays at Ole Tavern. … Banner Fair is at Martin’s.… Eddie Cotton performs at Mediterranean Grill at 8:30 p.m. … First Friday: The Resolution is at Martini Room at 9 p.m.



The Mississippi Blues Marathon and Half Marathon kicks off at 7 a.m. in downtown Jackson. Fees vary for race slots; call 601-664-5726; visit … See custom race cars at the BankPlus Racing Vehicle Extravaganza at 9 a.m. at the Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.). $12, $5 children ages 6-12; call 601832-3020. … Soulful Saturday is at 6 p.m. at Martini Room. … Watch professional and amateur motocross races at Arenacross Tour 2012 at 7 p.m. at the Kirk Fordice Equine Center (Mississippi Fairgrounds, 1207 Mississippi St.). Adults: $17 in advance, $20 day of race; children ages 4-11: $12 in advance, $14 day of race; children 3 and under free; call 601-353-0603 or 800-745-3000. … The Blues Marathon wraps up with a Blues Crawl at several venues. Performers include Til Willis at Hal & Mal’s, the Lucky Hand Blues Band at Burgers and Blues, Daniel Ainsworth at The Copper Iris, Sherman Lee Dillon at F. Jones Corner, the Amazin Lazy Boi Band at Fenian’s, Jason Marsalis at Underground 119 and the Bailey Brothers at Martin’s. Buy a $10 wristband at any participating venue. … Storage 24 and Candybone perform at 9 p.m. at Hal & Mal’s. $7 cover. … The Nameless Open-mic is at 9 p.m. at Suite 106.


at 1 p.m. at the Jackson Convention Complex. $22 in advance, $25 at the door; call 601-957-1050. … Art House Cinema Downtown at Russell C. Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.) includes the films “The Magic Flute” at 2 p.m. ($16) and “London Boulevard” at 5 p.m. ($7). Visit … Mike and Marty’s Jam Session is at Hot Shots. … Evans Geno performs at Burgers and Blues.

Howard Jones Jazz performs during the King Edward Hotel’s 11 a.m. brunch. … Get wedding tips and samples at the Premier Bridal Show: Weddings and Celebrations

The “FROGS! Beyond Green” exhibit at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive) closes today. $6, $5 seniors, $4 children ages 3-18, members and babies free; call 601-354-7303. … The LSU Alumni Association’s National Championship Game View-in is at 7 p.m. at Brady’s. Purple and gold attire encouraged. Free admission; call 601-906-9348. … The Central Mississippi Blues Society Jam is at 7 p.m. at Hal & Mal’s. $5. … Martin’s hosts an open-mic free jam. … Pub Quiz at Ole Tavern.


See Scott Crawford’s LEGO Jackson Exhibit through Jan. 15 at the Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Free; call 601-9601557. … Live Jazz and Blues Night is from 7-10 p.m. at Old School 101. … Whiskey of the Damned performs at Fenian’s. … Time Out and Ole Tavern host Open-mic Night.


Historian Edmond Boudreaux 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. … Jazz Beautiful with Pam Confer performs at Fitzgerald’s. … Sportsman’s Lodge has karaoke. More events and details at

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See Luis Diaz’s artwork at Jackson Street Gallery (500 Highway 51 N., Ridgeland). Hours are 10 a.m.5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Free; call 601-853-1880. … Fondren After 5 is from 5-8 p.m. Free; call 601-9819606. … Enjoy free line-dance classes at VFW Post 9832 Thursdays at 7 p.m. Call 601-362-1646. … Kenny Davis performs at Mediterranean Grill at 8:30 p.m. … Hot Shots has karaoke. … Dreamz JXN hosts Centric Thursday.


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jfpevents Fondren After 5 Jan. 5, 5-8 p.m. This monthly event showcases the local shops, galleries and restaurants of the Fondren neighborhood. Free; call 601-981-9606. Mississippi HeARTS Against AIDS Benefit Feb. 11, 6 p.m., at Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St.). The benefit includes live and silent art auctions, music and local cuisine. $30 in advance, $35 at the door; call 601-750-5883. Ignite the Night Gala Feb. 11, 6:30 p.m., at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). The adults-only event features themed food in each gallery, cocktails and child-like activities. $100; call 601-981-5469 or 877-793-KIDS.

COMMUNITY “History Is Lunch” Jan. 4, noon, at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Gerard Helferich talks about his new book, “Stone of Kings: In Search of the Lost Jade of the Maya,” and the role a Natchez citizen played in the search. Bring lunch; coffee and water provided. Free; call 601-576-6998. Drop Out Prevention Town Hall Meeting Jan. 5, 6 p.m., at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.), in the Community Room. Participants discuss strategies to keep children in school. Dinner and door prizes included. Free; call 601948-4725. Precinct 1 COPS Meeting Jan. 5, 6 p.m., at Jackson Police Department, Precinct 1 (810 Cooper Road). These monthly forums are designed to help resolve community issues or problems, from crime to potholes. Call 601-960-0001. Annual Christmas Tree Recycling Program through Jan. 6. The City of Jackson encourages residents to drop off trees at one of the following locations: Mynelle Gardens (4736 Clinton Blvd.), Parham Bridges Children’s Playground (5055 Old Canton Road), Sykes Park (520 Sykes Road) or Dizzy Dean Museum (1326 Lakeland Drive, next to Smith-Wills Stadium). Remove all decorations, nails and tree stands before dropping off trees. City crews will chip the trees into mulch for landscaping projects. Free mulch available to the public starting Jan. 13. Call 601-960-1193. Coffee and Contacts Jan. 6, 8 a.m., at Associated Food Equipment and Supplies (829 Wilson Drive, Suite E, Ridgeland). Join the Madison County Chamber of Commerce for an hour of fast-paced business card exchanges and networking. Bring at least 50 business cards. Free; email Business Seminar for Artisans Jan. 6-7, at Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). The instructor is Bruce Baker, a nationally-renowned mentor to the craft and art industry. $75 for one day, $100 for both days; call 601-856-7546. Mississippi Blues Marathon and Half-Marathon Jan. 7, 7 a.m., in downtown Jackson. BlueCross BlueShield of Mississippi is the sponsor. The event includes a full marathon, a half-marathon, a onemile kids’ race and relay teams. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Mississippi Blues Commission. Registration required. Fees vary; call 601-664-5726. BankPlus Racing Vehicle Extravaganza Jan. 7-8, 10 a.m.-6.p.m., at Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.). See more than 150 custom vehicles including Dale Earnhart Jr.’s race car, and meet racing legend Freddy Fryar, NASCAR driver Rick Crawford, Dora the Explorer and Spongebob Squarepants. Bring a Mountain Dew bottle cap to get $2 off admission, or purchase from any O’Reilly’s location for $4 off. Get free tickets for children from BankPlus locations. $12, $5 children ages 6-12; call 601-832-3020. Arenacross Tour 2012 Jan. 7, 7 p.m., at Kirk Fordice Equine Center (Mississippi Fairgrounds, 1207

Mississippi St.). Professionals and amateurs compete in motocross races for prizes. Adults: $17 in advance, $20 day of race; children ages 4-11: $12 in advance, $14 day of race; children 3 and under free; call 601-353-0603 or 800-745-3000. The Premier Bridal Show: Weddings and Celebrations Jan. 8, 1 p.m., at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). The event includes door prizes, a fashion show, samples and consultations. $22 in advance, $25 at the door; call 601-957-1050. National Championship Game View-in Jan. 9, 7 p.m., at Brady’s Bar and Grill (6720 Old Canton Road). The Metro Jackson Chapter of the Louisiana State University Alumni Association hosts the tailgate party and viewing of the LSU vs. University of Alabama football game. Purple and gold attire encouraged. Free admission; call 601-906-9348. Small Business Administration 8(a) Business Development Workshop Jan. 10, 1 p.m., at Mississippi e-Center at Jackson State University (1230 Raymond Road), in the California Room. Learn about programs designed to enhance federal and non-federal procurement opportunities, and programs that provide capital, surety bonding and business counseling. Space limited. Free; call 601965-4378, ext. 13 or 14. Power APAC Call for Alumni, at Power Academic and Performing Arts Complex (1120 Riverside Drive). The school seeks alumni to participate in the school’s 30th anniversary celebration Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Belhaven University Center for the Arts. Call 601-960-5387. Leadership, Personal Development and Life Skills Seminar Series through May 22, at Operation Shoestring (1711 Bailey Ave.). Operation Shoestring and Kuumba Promos host the seminars on first and third Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. to introduce leadership skills, life management skills and cultural pride to local youth. Enrollment required. Free; call 601-353-3663 or 601-957-2969. On Location TV, on Comcast channel 18. Phyllis “Peaches” Robinson spotlights Jackson’s people, places and events Sundays at 8:30 p.m. and Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. Email story ideas to Kids’ Fiesta Fun Event, at Lingofest Language Center (7048 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland). On first Fridays from 6-8 p.m., children ages 5-11 learn basic Spanish in a party atmosphere. Pre-registration required. $15 per child; call 601-500-7700. Networking Social Thursdays, 7 p.m., at Locker Room Lounge (205 W. Capitol St.). Professionals and entrepreneurs exchange leads, build rapport and make connections. $10; call 601-345-0407.

WELLNESS Events at Baptist Medical Center (1225 N. State St.). Call 601-948-6262 or 800-948-6262. • Heart Day Registration through Jan. 31. Register for the Feb. 4 cardiovascular screenings from 7-11 a.m. Tests include an EKG, blood work and a BMI calculation. For ages 18 and up. $25. • Migraines: Nip Them in the Bud Jan. 5, 11:45 a.m., at the Baptist for Women Conference Center. Nurse practitioner Gina Burge gives tips for preventing and treating migraines. Registration required. Free, $5 optional lunch. • Girl Talk Monthly Live Chat. Chat with an OB/ GYN on second Tuesdays at 8 p.m. to ask health questions. Questions can also be emailed ahead of time. Visit Events at Fleet Feet Sports (500 Highway 51 N., Ridgeland). Free; call 601-899-9696. • No Boundaries 5K Informational Meetings Jan. 5 and Jan. 10, 7 p.m. Learn about the training program ($100) for beginners or previously inactive people. Training starts Jan. 12 and culminates with the St. Paddy’s Day 5K.

BE THE CHANGE Education Advocacy Training: Effective Communication Jan. 7, 11 a.m., at Lumpkin’s BBQ (182 Raymond Road). Learn to be a stronger advocate for your child or student. Lunch provided; please RSVP. Free; call 877-892-2577. Run 4 Rehab through Dec. 15. The fundraising project benefits rehabilitation services at Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital. Registered runners raise money for each kilometer run through Dec. 15. Donors determine the pledge amount per kilometer; visit CARA Recycling Program, at Community Animal Rescue and Adoption (960 N. Flag Chapel Road). Mississippi’s largest no-kill animal shelter earns cash through the FundingFactory Recycling Program. The shelter collects empty laser or toner cartridges and used cell phones and sends them to FundingFactory for cash. Donations welcome; email • Beginner Running Clinic Jan. 9, 7 p.m. Topics include pacing, stretching, injury prevention and proper equipment. Free. Yoga Foundations Series Jan. 8-29, at Butterfly Yoga (3025 N. State St.). Beginners learn basics such as breathing and posture on Sundays from 2-3:30 p.m. $60; call 601-594-2313. Memory and Motion Classes Jan. 10-April 24, at Ridgeland Recreation Center (137 Old Trace Park, Ridgeland). The class for people with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers is on second and fourth Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Explore using the senses through mental, emotional and physical connection. Potential participants must go through a screening process. $5 per person, per class; call 601-987-0020.


Studio Painting Sessions Jan. 5-26, at Richard McKey Studio (3242 N. State St.). Classes are Thursdays from 5:30-8:30 p.m. For advanced students; limit six. Materials not included. $150; call 601-981-9222 or 601-573-1060. “Late for the Sky” Art Class Jan. 5, 7 p.m., at Easely Amused, Ridgeland (Trace Harbor Village, 7048 Old Canton Road, Suite 1002, Ridgeland). Learn to make a mixed-media landscape with paint and newspaper strips. $26.75; call 769-251-5574. 10-week Creative Arts Workshop for Cancer Patients Jan. 9-March 12, at Baptist Medical Center (1225 N. State St.), at the Hederman Cancer Center. Licensed art therapist Susan Ainlay Anand leads the workshops Mondays from noon-1:30 p.m. All cancer patients regardless of treatment location are welcome. Registration required. Free; call 601948-6262 or 800-948-6262.

“You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” Auditions Jan. 4, 7 p.m., at Black Rose Community Theatre (103 Black St., Brandon). Production dates are Feb. 16-19 and Feb. 23-26. Call 601-825-1293.

Winter Figure Drawing Session Jan. 9-March 12, at Nunnery’s at Gallery 119—Fine Art & Framing (119 S. President St.). Jerrod Partridge teaches the 10-week course Mondays from 6-9 p.m. $275; call 601-668-5408.

Art House Cinema Downtown Jan. 8, at Russell C. Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Films include “The Magic Flute” at 2 p.m. ($16) and “London Boulevard” at 5 p.m. ($7). Popcorn and beverages sold. Visit

“Ode to My Family” Painting Class Jan. 9, 7 p.m., at Easely Amused, Flowood (2315 Lakeland Dr., Suite C, Flowood). Learn to paint a cross with vibrant colors and geometric shapes. $26.75; call 769-251-5574.

Nameless Open-mic, at Suite 106 (106 Wilmington St.), on first and third Saturdays at 9 p.m. Poets, singers, actors and comedians are welcome. $5 admission, $3 to perform; call 601-720-4640.


MUSIC Mississippi Happening. Guaqueta Productions presents a mix of videos, photos, podcasts and interviews that highlight Mississippi’s music scene. Visit Live Jazz and Blues Night, at Old School 101 (2460 Terry Road). Enjoy local music, open-mic poetry and door prizes Tuesdays from 7-10 p.m. Call 601-919-7111 or 601-331-8496.

LITERARY AND SIGNINGS “The Mighty Miss Malone” Jan. 14, 1 p.m., at Lemuria Books (202 Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N.). Christopher Paul Curtis signs copies. $15.99 book; call 601-366-7619.

CREATIVE CLASSES Events at Viking Cooking School (Township at Colony Park, 1107 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland). Call 601-898-8345. • Champagne Brunch Class Jan. 6, 9 a.m. Techniques include making cheesecake custard, working with wild mushrooms, and trimming, roasting and glazing pork. $69. • Macaroons and Whoopie Pies Class Jan. 7, 9 a.m. Topics include making almond meringue and preparing butter cream. $89. • Girls’ Night Out: In Little Havana Jan. 7, 5 p.m. Topics include making a vinaigrette, searing chicken and making sofrito. $89.

FROGS! Beyond Green through Jan. 9, at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). See 25 species of exotic frogs and toads. $6, $5 seniors, $4 children ages 3-18, members and babies free; call 601-354-7303. LEGO Jackson Exhibit through Jan. 15, at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). See Scott Crawford’s rendition of the city in LEGO blocks. Free; call 601-960-1557. Craft Exhibit through Jan. 31, at Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). See Ann Hayne’s fiber creations. Free; call 601-856-7546. Exhibits at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.) through Feb. 5. $5, $4 seniors, $3 students; call 601-960-1515. • “Skating: An Artist’s Book” Exhibition. See Jane Kent’s 11 prints used in author Richard Ford’s book. • Mississippi Invitational. The Donna and Jim Barksdale Galleries for Changing Exhibitions presents works from Mississippi artists. The Art of M.L. Harrell through Feb. 28, at Cups on County Line (1070 E. County Line Road). Free, artwork for sale; call 601-956-4711. Luis Diaz Exhibit, at Jackson Street Gallery (500 Highway 51, Suite E). Works include mixed-media paintings and sculptures. Free; call 601-853-1880. 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.





by Tommy Taylor

Ryan “RedBoi” Lewis produces music for the stars from his Jackson studio.


yan “RedBoi” Lewis leans back in his chair, strikes a key on his computer keyboard, and a monitor flickers. Lights come on everywhere in the recording studio that is in his Jackson home. His 16-by14-foot space is full of professional mix boards and wireless microphones. He spends about 12 hours a day in this studio, working every day. RedBoi rarely uses Auto-Tunes, technology that corrects pitch in vocals. He prefers to develop original material. “If you listen to my music, you’ll know it’s different because I produce, mix and record all of my music myself,” he says. RedBoi produces his music from start to finish. He engineers the music, sings lead vocal and background, and provides final editing for many radio-aired songs.

The Key of G by Garrad Lee

January 4 - 10, 2012


Give Bass a Chance

bass rooms were a major draw in raves all across the world. What sets drum and bass apart within the rave world are the influences in the music. The earliest forms of drum and bass relied NICK COUCH


n the first Friday night of every month, strange sounds emanate from Club Volume at the Joint at 206 Capitol St. To the uninitiated passer-by, the fast-paced break beats and deep bass shaking the club’s windows probably seem off-putting and he or she simply ignores them altogether. But to the wide array of music fans waiting to go inside, this music, known simply as drum and bass, is the main draw. What is drum and bass? The short version of a long story goes like this: In the U.K. in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the development of rave culture was in full swing. Early on, variations of house music, with its steady beat in the 120 BPM range, dominated the scene. By the late ’80s, a darker form of dance music emerged that featured break beats in the 160-180 BPM range and deep sub-bass lines that dancers felt in their chests as much as they heard in their ears. This new genre gained quick acceptance in the underground dance-music scene and by the mid-1990s, drum-and-

His Jackson-based production company, RedBoi Entertainment, has worked with several artists including YoGotti, 8Ball and MJG, Bun B and Monta Ellis. RedBoi also has produced an unreleased song with Jamie Foxx titled “Love Hangover.” RedBoi says artists come to him because he delivers music that sounds good with each beat. “Energy and effort equals time put in,” RedBoi says. The 28-year-old father of two attended Lanier High School from 1999 to 2002. He went to Hinds Community College-Raymond Campus from 2002 to 2003. From age 6, he loved beats and keyboards. He liked

listening to old songs, changing the words and tempo with whatever he could find. RedBoi never took any music lessons, yet he can play piano, keyboard, drums and guitar by ear. He also taught himself to read music. In April 2010, he moved to Alameda, Calif. While he was there, he made a lot of music connections and started networking with producers. He moved back to Jackson in August 2011, because he loves his hometown and missed that southern feeling, he says. Growing up, he listened to all genres of music from the vocal-box sound of Zapp and Roger to the classic Elvis Presley mainstream hits. His family influenced the music he heard. Artists who inspire him today are those who can perform as well as sing such as Tyrese, Jamie Foxx and Ace Hood. RedBoi says he would love to work with Anthony Hamilton and Jazmine Sullivan. “Music is my life—all I’ve known,” RedBoi says. “To do it and get paid—what’s better?” For information about RedBoi Entertainment, go to

Nick “DJ 360°” Couch invites Jackson to dance to the break beats of drum and bass.

heavily on dub and reggae elements for sampling. And like hip-hop, the breaks and syncopated drums of funk and R&B are important. The link between hip-hop and drum and bass is an important thing to keep

in mind. Drum-and-bass rooms at raves back in the day lured me and many others in with break beats and frequent MC performances. The main rooms of raves tended to be all glow sticks and fairy wings; the drum-and-bass rooms were all breakers, bass and taggers. This connection between the two genres is the fuel behind the new monthly series, Submerged, at Club Volume. “The goal is to bring the bass culture and hip-hop culture together,” event cofounder and organizer Nick “DJ 360°” Couch says. “We are merging two subgenres. Submerged.” Jackson’s own Tightstep Concept, a crew of drum-and-bass DJs made up of DJ 360° along with DJ Repercussion, Daphya, Monoxide and Sick, holds down residency duties, and each month the club features regional and national drum-and-bass and hip-hop favorites. On Jan. 6, Submerged will host DJ Proppa Bear and DJ Resin, drum-and-bass DJs based in New Orleans. Feb. 3 will feature Jackson DJ Young Venom and a special performance from Company of Strangaz. This hip-hop group, formed in Jackson in 2001 by MC Michael

“Mr. Fluid” Norris and DJ Kaotic, moved to Colorado in 2004, and now works across both states since Norris moved back to Jackson this year. “Drum and bass is the one thing I’ve always related to,” Norris says. He MCs regularly at Jackson drum and bass events. “You can hear the hip-hop in it, just by the way the snare hits.” For both 360° and Fluid, spreading the word about drum-and-bass and providing a place for genres to come together are the final goals. “We want to create an open vibe for people to come in and check out some music they maybe haven’t heard before,” Fluid says. 360° echoes this sentiment: “We are giving an open forum for all kinds of artists to promote themselves and their crews. We want to see a new community form from it.” Submerged goes down on the first Friday of every month at Club Volume at the Joint (206 Capitol St., 601-944-0123). To get a taste of what you might hear, check out “It’s Always Something” by Fluid and 360˚, available on iTunes and Amazon.
















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Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one thing to stagger along in friendship was being there without an agenda, â&#x20AC;&#x153;just throw the paper cup in the grassâ&#x20AC;? when in animated conversation. We would have to the relative obscurity of Frontage Road, but like running quietly beside your 55-year-old I was done. Her cheerfulness and lack of ac- stop and wait for the light, and the anticipa- quite another to cross in full view of dozens of friend who is 50 pounds overweight, has a bad knowledgement of my pain angered me. As I tion of doing so lifted my spirits. peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;people who were getting out of their knee and a cantankerous personality. crunched on the blue ice, I wondered if anyWhy Jeannie and I were friends baffled cars, clapping and cheering. This was not the Then we were across and the adrenaline one remembered that the first guy to run a me. I had treated her badly in the past and angry reaction I expected from people stopped gone. 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by Ben Garrott

Marathon for the Blues But how did the blues and the historic image of the bluesmanâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;generally characterized by long nights, whiskey and dark, smoky juke jointsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;get paired with a 26-mile race? NATALIE MAYNOR

The 2012 Mississippi Blues Marathon begins and ends in front of the Old Capitol Museum at State and Capitol streets downtown.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;We explored some different options to connect wellness and the nature of the event to the blues,â&#x20AC;? race director John Noblin said. The marathon raises money for the Mississippi Blues Commission, but Noblin, wanting to find a way to â&#x20AC;&#x153;make our money matter,â&#x20AC;? learned of the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s benevolent fund, which assists aging musicians with health-related costs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This tied the wellness component that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Mississippi promotes with the blues,â&#x20AC;? he said.

In the words of Jim Mora, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Playoffs! Playoffs!â&#x20AC;? Yes, the NFL playoffs begin this weekend. THURSDAY, JAN. 5 NBA (7-9:30 p.m. TNT): LeBron James and the Miami Heat take their talents to Atlanta to play the Hawks. FRIDAY, JAN. 6 NBA (7-9:30 p.m. ESPN): Reigning MVP Derrick Rose takes his Chicago Bulls to Orlando to face Dwight Howard and the Magic. SATURDAY, JAN. 7 NFL Playoffs (3:30-11 p.m. NBC): Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an NFL-playoff double header to kick off wild-card weekend. First up is the Houston Texans hosting the Cincinnati Bengals at 3:30 p.m., followed by the New Orleans Saints hosting the Detroit Lions at 7 p.m. SUNDAY, JAN. 8 NFL Playoffs (noon-3 p.m. Fox): Wild-card games continue as the New York Giants host the Atlanta Falcons. â&#x20AC;Ś NFL Playoffs (3-6 p.m. Fox): The final wild-card teams face off as the Denver Broncos host the Pittsburgh Steelers.

MONDAY, JAN. 9 College Basketball (6-8 p.m. ESPN): The West Virginia Mountaineers travel to face defending champions Connecticut Huskies in a Big East conference game. TUESDAY, JAN. 10 College Basketball (6-8 p.m. ESPN): The Georgia Bulldogs head to Gainesville and the Florida Gators. WEDNESDAY, JAN. 11 NHL (6:30-9:30 p.m. Versus): Two of the best in the NHL face off as the Pittsburgh Penguins take on Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals. Maybe Sidney Crosby will retire or finally play hockey. The football season is nearing an end, but college national signing day and the NFL Draft are just around the corner. After that, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the long footballless summer. I am already counting the days to preseason football. Follow Bryan Flynn at, @jfpsports and at

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anders through the Eastover neighborhood and skirts the Jackson State University campus before finishing back downtown. Races start at 7 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 7. Expect to see runners from at least 45 states and nine countries. The schedule includes a full marathon, half-marathon and a marathon relay. The kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 1-mile fun â&#x20AC;&#x153;marathonâ&#x20AC;? starts at 8 a.m. For registration, course maps and more information, visit msbluesmarathon. com. For those not competing, volunteer opportunities abound. Email Erin Mitchell at for volunteer info.

by Bryan Flynn


eing a paraplegic hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stopped Chris on his Nametags tour that Blue Cross and Blue Waddell from competing. In 1988, Waddell Shield sponsored. Waddell says the program teaches was a rising star on the ski slopes. Then, a skiing kids that although people may label them, the labels accident changed his life, leaving him paralyzed from do not have to define them. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kids are challenged to find what is great in the waist down. Determined to get back to skiing, a year after his accident he was on a monoski doing them,â&#x20AC;? he says about the program. Waddell says that Jackson-area school kids what he loved once again. took his message to heart. WadWaddell became one of the most successful male skiers in dellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s One Revolution foundaParalympic history. Paralympics tion, which wants to change the are Olympic events designed way the world sees people with for disabled people. He won 12 disabilities, offers the program. medals over four games from â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is not what happens but 1992-2002 and is one of the how you deal with what hapfew athletes to medal in both the pens,â&#x20AC;? he says. Chris Waddell climbed Mount winter and summer games. Wad- Kilimanjaro with virtually no Blue Cross and Blue Shield asked Waddell to return to Misdell medaled in the 200-meter assistance in 2009. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be in wheelchair race in Sydney, Aus- Jackson for the Blues Expo and sissippi for the 2012 Mississippi the Blues Marathon. Blues Marathon, and he will tralia in 2000 and in numerous compete in the full race. He will events over the years. After spending 11 years on the U.S. Dis- also speak about his Kilimanjaro climb and have a abled Ski Team, in 2010, Waddell was inducted booth at the Blues Expo Jan. 5 and 6 at the Jackson into the Paralympic Hall of Fame and the U.S. Convention Complex. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame. He retired from Waddell says the cold weather should not afthe team in 2004. fect him too much; warmer temperatures could afIn fall 2009, Waddell became the first para- fect him more. He says he is not in perfect shape, but plegic to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, he has completed 15 or 20 marathons previously. virtually unassisted. A documentary of his feat, Regardless, he enjoys Mississippi and is happy to be â&#x20AC;&#x153;One Revolution,â&#x20AC;? details Waddellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ascent to the back in the Magnolia State. top of the mountain. For more information on Waddell and One Waddell came to Mississippi in October 2011 Revolution, visit

by Bryan Flynn the best in sports over the next seven days

The marathon serves to promote the blues within the state, particularly to younger generations. But despite the fact that many Mississippians have been immersed in blues music and culture, Noblin said that there is a â&#x20AC;&#x153;much greater appreciation for the blues outside of the state.â&#x20AC;? On the two days prior to the race, Jan. 5 and 6 , the 2012 Blues Expo takes place at the Jackson Convention Complex. The expo features area vendors, food and a chance to meet everyone involved with the race. Expect a street party atmosphere on race day, Jan. 7. Several checkpoints along the route will have live music, including noted local blues musicians such as Scott Albert Johnson and Sherman Lee Dillon, along with area up-and-comers. (Look for the full schedule of musicians, times and locations on The weekend will culminate in the Blues Crawl Saturday night. Downtown bars and restaurants have joined to offer a shared cover charge of $10 to visit every venue, with plenty more music to be found in the surrounding downtown scene. The marathon course is a representative slice of north Jackson. It begins at the corner of Capitol and State streets downtown, moves north on Old Canton and Meadowbrook roads, curves south at Briarwood Drive, me-




ississippi is often characterized as a state fraught with racial turmoil and economic and educational issues. From the pain and strife of the Magnolia Stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s past, however, has risen some of the most soul-stirring and original music the country can claim: the blues. Popularized and â&#x20AC;&#x153;plugged inâ&#x20AC;? in other citiesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;notably Chicago, Ill., Memphis, Tenn., and other music hotbeds of the mid-20th centuryâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the one-man, one-guitar style of the Delta blues is what started it all. The music has influencing a jaw-dropping list of popular musicians from George Gershwin to ZZ Top. The blues is Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s baby, offspring that we need to nurture and celebrate as one of the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great offerings and remembered even as the genreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pioneers pass away. The Mississippi Blues Marathon is just one of the ways that the state pays tribute to the blues. Presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Mississippi, the marathon is Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only full marathon. It begins in downtown Jackson before cutting a scenic route through central and northeast neighborhoods. Like the blues, the marathon is something Mississippians can be proud of, an event that pays homage to one of the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s treasures. It also creates an opportunity for music, fun, and fellowship for runners and non-runners alike.

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A Part of the Community flair because we do a lot of things that aren’t Greek, but we do a lot of things that are traditional. It’s all made to order, and finicky eaters don’t upset us. We aim to please.

Do you have a particular dish that sets you apart? Barnes: We hear that you can’t beat our gyros. We’ve got an 80-year-old who won’t eat a hamburger anywhere else; he says it’s the best he’s ever had. Our catfish is Mississippi catfish; our shrimp is Mississippi Gulf shrimp; and we would buy Mississippi beef if we could find it. Kismet’s house Greek salad with Barnes’ homemade pickles is Greek with a Southern flair.

Was that the Keifer’s downtown or the one on Poplar Boulevard? Barnes: We worked at both. Jason did some management for the Keifer’s when it was still at Metrocenter, and he was then one of the managers for the Keifer’s on Poplar. We were waiters and managers for Lee Kennedy, the first owner and manager of Kismet’s. When he decided to sell out, he sold out to Jason. What’s your cooking background? Barnes: Jason was in management with Steak & Ale. They pretty much taught him how to cook. My mother taught me how to cook when I was 8 years old. Since then,

Jason Shepherd and Jackie Barnes show off their house Greek salad.

What was the first recipe you mastered? Barnes: Probably cornbread; we’d eat cornbread for every meal at home. Jason Shepherd: Grilled cheese sandwiches. Being allergic to peanuts, I couldn’t have peanut butter and jelly, so I made grilled cheese instead. How would you describe the cooking style at Kismet’s? Barnes: We call it Greek with a southern

What is the most invaluable kitchen tip or trick you learned over the years? Barnes: No matter how good the food is, if you’ve got bad service, they’re not going to be happy. What is your most prized kitchen gadget?

Barnes: It would be the wand blender. Sheperd: I use the hand whisk. What is the one item you must have in your kitchen? Barnes: A grill — I’m going to go with the grill. I can do a lot with it. You’ve got a flame, and you can put a pot on the grill. Shepherd: Well, if you’re going to open a restaurant and serve gyros, you’ve got to have the vertical rotisserie. What is the one item you would ban from your kitchen? Barnes: Fryers. They’re time consuming, hot, hard to filter and make everything greasy. I also figure we’d be a lot healthier without frying everything. Shepherd: iPods and cell phones. What advice you would give anyone wanting to own a restaurant? Barnes: Love what you’re doing. Shepherd: You’ve got to enjoy it. Remember, it’s more than just cooking good recipes. There’s a lot of business involved with it. Barnes: A good cook does not make a good restaurateur.

JACKIE BARNES’ EASY HOMEMADE PICKLES 1 pound of cucumbers 1-1/3 cup sugar 1-1/3 cup water 1-1/3 cup white distilled vinegar

Wash and slice cucumbers into 1/4-inch slices. Combine water, sugar and distilled vinegar and stir to form brine. Add cucumber slices to the brine and refrigerate for 24 hours to cure.

• Add unsalted liquid, like water or broth, to dilute the over-seasoned dish or add an unpeeled and quartered potato to the dish for 15 minutes. Remove the potato. This trick will not work on heavily salted foods, according to Fillipone’s “Salt Cooking Tips and Hints.” • Add brown sugar or vinegar to over-seasoned sauces, according to taste. Add only a little at a time and taste as you add. • Dairy products such as cream, milk or yogurt calms down heat. • Adding a thin paste of unsalted cooked white-rice puree with unsalted water or broth can help over-salted soups or stews. • Avoid adding a lot of salt to stews or soups that simmer for a long time. The salty flavor intensifies as the liquid reduces. • Don’t double the salt measurements in desserts or bread recipes when doubling the other ingredients. • Sparingly add lemon juice, orange juice or any other acidic liquid to the dish, depending on its taste, to tone down hot flavors. • Double the measurements of the main ingredients to fix a spice overload, advises Linda Larsen, author of several cook-books. Do not add extra spices to compensate. SOURCES: BUSYCOOKS.ABOUT.COM HOMECOOKING.ABOUT.COM


Where did you work before Kismet’s? Jackie Barnes: We were working at Keifer’s (before) we both started working here.

Why did you go into the restaurant business? Barnes: It was destiny. After college, I did some works as a claims adjuster for an insurance company, and everyone I talked to was angry because they had just been in a wreck or had car trouble or someone had broken into their house. I decided I didn’t want to deal with angry people anymore. I wanted to make people happy, and food makes people happy. ANDREW DUNAWAY


we’ve both been in the restaurant business in several different positions.

Any particular recent additions? Barnes: We’re always ready to try something new, so we just added a gingersesame chicken salad.


ooking with salt and other seasonings can be dangerous. Too much of certain seasonings can lead to health problems. Using the wrong amounts or eyeballing an amount can lead to over-salted, over-spiced and inedible food. Frustrated cooks may believe the only option to the disaster is to throw the food away. To avoid being wasteful of time and resources, here are a few tips and tricks to fix those overseasoned dishes from food writers Peggy Trowbridge Fillipone ( and Andrea Lynn (


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What sets you apart from the other Greek gyro shops in Jackson? Barnes: Consistency in food and good service. You’re not going to get a bad sandwich.

ismet’s (315 Crossgates Blvd., Brandon, 601-825-8380) is more than just a place to eat. At some point the simple gyro shop became a part of the community. For the city of Brandon, it began in June 1991 when Lee and Kathy Kennedy opened Kismet’s (315 Crossgates Blvd., 601825-8380). Named for a Greek dice game similar to Yahtzee, Kismet means destiny, and some would say that it was destiny that brought Jason Shepherd, Jackie Barnes, Todd McKnight and Sandra Barnes to the Greek restaurant off Highway 80. Some three years later, Lee Kennedy sold out to Shepherd and McKnight, and three years after that, McKnight sold his share to Shepherd. Now, more than 20 years since Kismet’s opening, Jason Shepherd and Jackie Barnes have made their restaurant a part of Brandon, a place where whole families can work through high school and college, a place where many employees have remained since day one. Needless to say, Shepherd, Barnes and Kismet’s have ingrained themselves in the community.

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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. 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.


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! Cherokee Inn (960 Briarfield Rd. 601-362-6388) Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best Hole in the Wall,â&#x20AC;? 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 Alâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (4654 McWillie, 601-713-3020) A Best of Jackson fixture, Cool Alâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s signature stacked, messy, decadent, creative burgers defy adjectives. And donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget the fries! Fenianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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. 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. Martinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 CafĂŠ (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. Sportsmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lodge (1120 E Northside Dr. in Maywood Mart 601-366-5441) Voted Best Sports Bar in 2010, Sportmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 â&#x20AC;&#x153;lollipopâ&#x20AC;? 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.


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. Fatsumo Sushi (3100 N. State Street, Fondren, 769-216-3574) Sushi favorites and creative new choices blanket the menu of this hip Fondren eatery; fabulous entrees, noodle dishes, sashimi, and a whole range of â&#x20AC;&#x153;sumosâ&#x20AC;? or high-end sushi rolls. Full bar, patio seating and a great atmosphere! 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.

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Another Broken Egg (1000 Highland Colony #1009 in Renaissance, 601.790.9170) Open Daily 7am-2pm for breakfast, brunch and lunch. Egg, benedict and omelet dishes, pancakes, waffles, specialties, burgers, salads and sandwiches. Mimosas, coffees and more! The Copper Iris Catering Company (115 N. State St. 601-961-7017) Fresh soups, stacked sandwiches, creative salads and daily hot lunch specials. 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 buffet of your choice of veggies, a salad bar, iced tea & one of four homemade desserts. Lunch only. Mon-Friday, Sun.


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!


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.


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

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The Pizza Shack (1220 N State St. 601-352-2001) 2009 and 2010 and 2011’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 & Mookie’s (565 Taylor St. 601-368-1919) Pizzas of all kinds plus pasta, eggplant parmesan and the fried ravioli. Best Kid’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. Awardwinning wine list, Jackson’s see-and-be-seen casual/upscale dining. Cerami’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! Fratesi’s (910 Lake Harbour, Ridgeland, 601-956-2929) “Authentic, homey, unpretentious” that’s how the regulars describe Fratesi’s, a staple in Jackson for years, offering great Italian favorites with loving care. The tiramisu is a musthave! Crab’s (6954 Old Canton Rd., Ridgeland, 601-956-5040) Crab’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. Eslava’s Grille (2481 Lakeland Drive, 601-932-4070) Danny Eslava’s namesake feature Latin-influenced dishes like ceviche in addition to pastas, steaks, salads and other signature seafood dishes. Rocky’s (1046 Warrington Road, Vicksburg 601-634-0100) Enjoy choice steaks, fresh seafood, great salads, hearty sandwiches and much more in the “polished casual” dining room. Open 24/7 in the Riverwalk Casino.



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Resolve to Win

Begin your new diet and exercise regimen with a positive attitude, realistic goals and a little help from friends. It all makes a difference for your success.


s a personal trainer and exercise instructor, I see lots of folks every day who want to lose weight. Especially at this time of year, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the No. 1 goal for the majority of my clients. And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a worthy goal given all of the health problems that being overweight can bring on: high blood pressure and cardiovascular problems; diabetes; joint and back pain; interrupted sleep; a shortened life span. Here are a few typical scenarios based on actual clients. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve changed the names to protect their privacy. See if you recognize yourself in their stories. Brenda, 31, is a single mom and a teacher. She stands on the scale. Christmas was greatâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;too great. Grandmaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cheesecake and corn bread dressing got her again. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Three more pounds,â&#x20AC;? she says with a sigh. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ugh!â&#x20AC;? On the phone with a friend 10 minutes later she says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to do better. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m dropping at least 15 pounds this year.â&#x20AC;? Jada, 28, is staring at the sexy red size 8 number she bought last January. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been hanging on the outside of her closet door for a year, a constant reminder of her resolution to eat better and work out for two hours every day to lose the four dress sizes (and 40 pounds) so the dress will hug her curvy figure just right. She fantasizes wearing it to her birthday celebration in New Orleans this year at Mardi Gras. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is the year,â&#x20AC;? she says to the dress, repeating her 2010 resolution. Phillip, 44, is married, a father, and a former college track and soccer star. He sees his new â&#x20AC;&#x153;kegâ&#x20AC;? in the mirror for the first

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time in his favorite khaki slacks. The pants fit perfectly just four months ago. He had a noteworthy six-pack then, too. Now the pants hug all the wrong places. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fried chicken and beer,â&#x20AC;? he says, shaking his head. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the menu of choice for he and his buddies on their â&#x20AC;&#x153;All Saints Dayâ&#x20AC;? Sundays. It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help that he has a new position at work with an insane schedule, and he devours fast food on the run. He sits on his bed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to get my old regimen started again,â&#x20AC;? he says, thinking aloud. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t end up like Dad.â&#x20AC;? His dad died two years before of congestive heart failure. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Back to those three-a-week workouts as of the first. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s go hard or go home season.â&#x20AC;? Because my clients resolve to do better, they will, right? Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll rise from the ashes of their unhealthy habits, magically looking like â&#x20AC;&#x153;Baywatchâ&#x20AC;? meets the cast of â&#x20AC;&#x153;300,â&#x20AC;? with renewed vitality and health, right? Maybe. Most fitness resolutions are doomed to fail. Marti Hope Gonzales, associate professor of psychology at the University of Minnesota, told The New York Times that about 80 percent of those who resolve to lose weight on Jan. 1 give up by Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day. Why do our resolutions fail, and how can we be successful? Researchers interviewed for Psychology Today magazine point to self-sabotage. First, we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe in our own affirmations. We tell ourselves things such as, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to start jogging two miles every day,â&#x20AC;? while simultaneously thinking: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Right. I barely survive walking them.â&#x20AC;? Second, we ignore cause-and-effect relationships, and we



have illogical, unrealistic ideas about our goals. We may believe that once we achieve our desired weight, pounds will magically stay off, for example. Third, repeated thought processes forge neural pathways in our brains, and memories and actions reinforce our conditioned behaviors. An example is quitting when exercise becomes uncomfortable. We have to unlearn those behaviors. Cheryl Keaney, personal trainer, fitness-nutrition specialist and owner of Buff Bodies Boot Camp in Michigan, writes that procrastination is at the root of fitness-resolution failures. When we wait to get started, she says, we set ourselves up for almost certain failure. Instead, start now to accomplish your goals. Keany challenges what many of us use as excuses not to eat healthy or work out, such as the weather or work. You can be successful. Read on to find out how. 


Manifesting Change very year approximately 45 percent of Americans resolve to lose weight, reduce debt, stop drinking or smoking, spend more time with family, or dedicate time and energy to a higher cause. Something about starting a new year beckons us to a clean slate, to seek our better, higher self. We long to be healthier and happier and our souls long for self-actualization. Abraham Maslow said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;What a man can be, he must be.â&#x20AC;? While resolutions demonstrate our desire to be a more evolved, better self, the sad truth is that most of us have no idea how to





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actually manifest change in our lives. Statistics show that of those who make resolutions, only one in five will still be pursuing those goals six months later. Does that mean that we are hopeless or that we should not make resolutions? Absolutely not! To strive for perfection is one of the most beautiful dances of life. We have the power to make almost anything happen if only we will believe and assume full responsibility for the outcome. Fear, uncertainty and disbelief are all obstacles to reaching our goals, but they are obstacles we control. Here are some ideas

that might just help transform the words of your resolutions to reality. â&#x20AC;˘ Change begins on the inside. Use affirmations that state your desired outcome as though they are already a reality. A good example of a positive affirmation would be: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am slim and fit. I am in control of my eating and it feels good. I enjoy taking time to exercise for my mind and my body. I am healthy on all levels.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;˘ Be conscious of negative or harmful mental chatter. Much of this is subconscious, and everyone does it to some extent, but when we mentally abuse ourselves with

negativity, it is detrimental to our success. When you recognize this behavior, say out loud to yourself, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I cancel that thought!â&#x20AC;&#x153; Envision the harmful thought on a piece of paper and then burning to ashes. Replace it with a new, positive affirmation. You will be surprised how little effort it takes to banish discordant thought forms. â&#x20AC;˘ Turn your affirmations into visualizations. Close your eyes and create a vivid mental picture of yourself at the successful completion of your goal. Hold the vision for as long as you can. How do you look? How do you feel? How do others re-

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â&#x20AC;˘ Setbacks do not mean failure. Never quit! I once heard a wise martial-arts instructor tell a class of young white belts that a black-belt student was merely a white-belt student who did not quit. This principle applies to all goals. We â&#x20AC;&#x153;knowâ&#x20AC;? many things in our lives, but until we modify our behavior as a result of that knowledge, we havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t learned. Will you be among the four out of five who abandon your ideals or will you be that one who chooses to dance the dance of self-actualization? Keep one thing in mind: If you always do what you have always done, you will always have the status quo. Blessed Be and Happy New Year.





spond to the new you? How is this new situation going to improve the rest of your life? â&#x20AC;˘ Take responsibility for your goals and make a plan. All the intentions, meditation, visualizations or prayers are meaningless without effort. Roll up your sleeves and get to work! â&#x20AC;˘ Keep a journal and write two or three pages each day. Most learning occurs slowly over time, and often it is difficult to see the small improvements unless we keep a record. Through journaling, we can learn much about our motivations and ourselves by reviewing our thoughts and feelings. Taking the time to write down these reflections provides time for introspection. No destination is easily found if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know from whence you come.


Keeping a journal is a great way to track your progress, giving you a record of how youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing on your resolutions.



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