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7 Pardon Me? Haley Barbour’s pardons shock a state and a nation.


Cover photograph of Jessica Armitage by foto/Beth Morgan Photography


THIS ISSUE: Ready, Boots?

What could the newly inaugurated Gov. Phil Bryant have in store for us? COURTESY THE SQUIRMS’

brenda wilder from the University of Mississippi. When she is not teaching music theory and piano, she enjoys the mental and emotional rides of Ludwig van Beethoven. “His music is exciting; it’s beautiful. He expanded the expression of music from the end of the Classical period and opened the door for the Romantic period,” she says. “Beethoven had a lot of different moods, and his music portrays those moods… I really enjoy playing his pieces.” Her other favorite genre of music is church music; she identifies herself as a church pianist. She likes to improvise with hymns and loves being able to use her music as a blessing to other people and feels church music is a great way to worship God. Wilder has two adult children and is a grandmother of eight. She resides in Clinton. She is listed in the 2000 edition of “Who’s Who of American Women” and was one of the featured performers in the National Steinway Tour in 2002 which was hosted by Allegrezzo Music Company. Teaching is one of the highlights of Wilder’s life. “I love Tougaloo and I’m thankful for the opportunity to teach here,” she says. “I want to encourage my students to be the best as musicians and as people, so that they have a relationship with God and serve their fellow man in their church and their community.” —Brittany M. Kilgore

36 Do the Squirm Its name might be wormy, but The Squirms’ latest album will have you grooving.

42 Novice Cooking New to the kitchen? No worries. Here’s some tips to help you get started on your cooking adventure.

This month, Brenda Wilder, assistant professor of music at Tougaloo College, will present her research project, “The Effects of Music for Mental, Emotional and Physical Healing of Residents on the Mississippi and Louisiana Gulf Coasts Following Hurricane Katrina,” at the Hawaii University International Conference on Arts and Humanities. “Music is very healing to the body,” Wilder says. “That’s what makes music so wonderful in our everyday lives. It’s therapy for us, and it’s something everyone can use.” Before Wilder began teaching at Tougaloo, she taught at Hinds for seven years and at Belhaven University for 12 years. Wilder remembers becoming interested in music as a young child. “I had a neighbor who had a piano at her house, and we would go over and visit, and she taught me a little song—a very simple song on the piano.” That was how it all began. Wilder fell in love with music. She pretended her table was a piano until finally her mother offered to find piano lessons. “Mama never had to make me practice,” she says. “I would just go and practice, and I progressed very rapidly. I’ve been playing ever since.” Wilder received a bachelor’s degree in music education from Mississippi State University, a master’s of music education from Mississippi University for Women and a doctorate in higher-education administration


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LaShanda Phillips Editorial Assistant LaShanda Phillips is a recent graduate of Jackson State University. She is the third oldest of seven children. Her motto is: “Makeup is fantastic!” She coordinated the Hitched features.

ShaWanda Jacome ShaWanda Jacome is a 6th grade JPS teacher. She lives in Ridgeland with her husband and son, Michael and Mateo. “May the odds be ever in your favor.” She wrote the main Hitched feature.

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Grow Old With Me


he longest day of my life started on a tropical island. It was oh-darkthirty, so early in the morning that it was still night. I had only taken a short nap following a goodbye party on the beach. The palm trees stirred in the warm sea breeze as I left Guam on my flight. I spent the night in Tokyo, crossed the international date line and landed first in Seattle, then later in Spokane, Wash., all on the same day: Jan. 9, 1986. The guy I was dating took me to the airport. It was pretty clear things were over. We were in the military, and I had a new assignment. His orders were taking him to Europe. Neither one of us seemed too shook up about going our separate ways. A week into the new year and somewhere over the Pacific Ocean, I was firm about my resolutions. When I got to Washington state, I wouldn’t drink as much. I would go back to school. I would work for awards and honors. I would buy a car. In 1986, I would not fall through the door of the first cute guy I met. I smiled as the plane landed. I thought I had my whole life fixed. Spokane in the dead of winter shocked me. I thought I had landed in frontier Alaska covered with snow. I could see no bushes, no curbs, no painted lines in the highway, no sidewalks, no real signs of life. Just snow. A new co-worker picked me from the airport and told me some folks in our squadron were throwing a party that night. I couldn’t resist checking out these new people. We pulled into a small trailer park covered in thick white. It was silent, the night was dark, I was cold and not totally sure this adventure was worth it. My shoes crunched ice puddles in the driveway. Then the door burst open with loud music, bright colors and lots of laughter. I had no idea so many people could fit in a trailer. I was impressed that most of the space was a continuous bar. The girls wore pastel sweaters and leggings. I thought I had left pastel behind in the Pacific, but what I didn’t understand was that I was still in 1986. So many people introduced themselves, and so many of them offered me drinks. One guy walked up, grabbed my upper arm and said, “Hi, there.” Pretty innocent, but to this day I can still feel his fingers on my arm. He was the life of the party. Everyone wanted to talk to him. Anyone he talked to laughed. He could dance. It was an instant attraction for me, but I was resolute about being good for at least a few days more. I kept finding reasons to talk to Brett and hang out with him and his buddies. He was smart, articulate, a little bit older than me. We became friends, and he showed me around Spokane. I thought driving through the snow was like space travel with stars whizzing by and hitting the windshield. This amused him. He took me to bookstores. I told him about my favorite writers over dinner. Then one day he bought me a used

copy of “The Awakening,” by Kate Chopin, proving that he was the first man in my life who had ever listened to me. It took only a month before we became something more than friends. That’s how I met my husband. We dated for a year, then got married in March 1987. We argue every year over the exact date. I thought for a few years it was March 6, then realized it was more likely March 7. He has been insisting ever since Hurricane Katrina that it was March 10. It’s not that difficult for us to figure out the correct date, but squabbling about it has become a family tradition. Our wedding date doesn’t matter all that much. The intense friendship, the deep trust, the shared challenges are all the things that make us something more together than we ever could be apart. We’ll be married 25 years this March. Our children are grown and starting their own lives. Yet, Brett is still there. Our relationship is the main one in my life. The two of us alone are a family. It’s become a modern cliché to say you can’t choose the family you are born into, but you can chose the family you make as an adult. The profound reality is this has always been true in all cultures in all times. It’s always been about two people coming together. It’s the root of spirituality. (Even if you argue that true spirituality is about separating yourself from others, you had to start that journey connected at the hip to someone.) My mind has twisted romance tales together so that I contort ideals of Heloise and Abelard with the myth of Tristan and Isolde. The legend of a rose and an intertwining vine that sprout from the tragic lovers’ graves is the type of crazy idea that leads

people to want storybook weddings and dream of lacy dresses and blooming flowers. This isn’t about logic. It’s about mystery and intuition, it’s about sometimes making impulsive choices that affect the rest of your life. And, as with Heloise and Abelard, it’s making peace with your choices. Although I recognize that most people are good and want to be fair and kind, the hard truth is I’m a cynic and a pessimist. My half-empty water glass is a lens depicting a lonely world full of mean people and harsh circumstances. To have a friend helps. To have an ally you call husband is a gift I treasure. To have just one person in your life who understands you, knows you well and always offers you a safe harbor is worthy of a mighty celebration. Of course, when you are in love, the fascination of how your feet fit together seems enough of a reason to throw a large party. And when you are young, you probably aren’t that interested in advice warning you about demanding a perfect wedding. But here it is anyway: No one has ever had a perfect wedding. Things will go wrong. Your family will fight, or the flowers will wilt. The groom might flub his lines, or the bridesmaid might be a diva. The ceremony itself could last 15 minutes tops. Expectations will be so high, someone will screw up. After the vows is the time that really matters. As the magic of romance wears off, you will change with every obstacle you meet. If you pay attention, you can grow together in that evolution. Sometimes you might trip over each other in clumsy attempts to get through life. But the truth is, the two of you are intertwined. This is the heart of the human experience. Honor that magic.

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Mississippi saw 14,100 new marriages in the state in 2009, a decrease from 16,550 in 2007, according to a Mississippi Department of Health vital-statistics report.

Pardons: ‘The Coward’s Way Out’ RONNI MOTT

Thursday, Jan. 5 A prosecutor in Egypt says he wants the death penalty for the country’s former president, Hosni Mubarak. ‌ The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency renames its headquarters in Pearl after now former Gov. Haley Barbour.

Betty Ellis, left, and Tiffany Ellis Brewer, the mother and sister, respectively, of murder victim Tammy Ellis Gatlin, expressed shock over former Gov. Haley Barbour’s pardon of David Glenn Gatlin,Tammy’s husband and her murderer.

said. “And it was my bloody hands.� When he didn’t get a response, Walker stumbled back to Tammy and her baby. He wasn’t sure if David Gatlin was still around, but he managed to piece together a phone and call for help. “I picked the baby up, wrapped him in

a blanket and hid him in a closet,� Walker said. He took the baby boy “off of his dead, bloody mother.� David Gatlin turned himself in to Brandon police soon after, telling them that PARDONS, see page 8


Wednesday, Jan. 4 A pro-Internet piracy group gains official recognition as a religion in Sweden. The Missionary Church of Kopimism has about 3,000 members. ‌ The University of Mississippi Medical Center announces it will lay off 115 employees and leave another 90 positions vacant due to increasing uninsured patients and the poor economy.




ver the weekend, Gov. Haley Barbour angered families of numerous murder victims when he announced that their killers—several of whom worked in the governor’s mansion—would be fully pardoned. (Back in 2008, the JFP reported similar pardons of murderer-trustys.) Our question: What did those trustys see through those sparkling clean panes? Some possibilities: • The pop-up headquarters for the U.S. Chamber. • A secret report: “How tort reform defunds Democrats.â€? • FEMA trailers. • The opposition research that kept Barbour from running for prez. • Phil Bryant’s cowboy boots. • A raucous game of strip Twister. • The original playbook for the Southern Strategy. • A Democrat. • Marsha ripping him a new one for backing down on Personhood. • Two words: Makers Mark. • A Citizens Council meeting led by Sen. Lydia Chassaniol. • They’d have to kill you if they told you.

Friday, Jan. 6 A teenage girl from Texas who was accidentally deported to Colombia in May heads home. ‌ Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. starts a petition to ask Sears not to close its store in Metrocenter. Saturday, Jan. 7 Tucson, Ariz., marks the one-year anniversary of a shooting that killed six people and wounded 13, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. ‌ Runners from 45 states and 10 countries run in the 5th Annual Mississippi Blues Marathon and Half-Marathon. Sunday, Jan. 8 GOP presidential hopefuls take part in another televised debate, this one in New Hampshire. ‌ Gov. Haley Barbour pardons two convicted murderers, one of them serving a life sentence for shooting his estranged wife. Monday, Jan. 9 The Transportation Safety Administration clarifies its policy regarding which baked goods passengers may carry on board airplanes. For the record, a normal cupcake is OK, a cupcake in a jar with excessive icing is not. (Read more at ‌ Alabama’s Crimson Tide beats Louisiana State University for a bowl championship, 21-0. Tuesday, Jan. 10 The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments about whether broadcasters should face fines for “fleeting expletivesâ€? during prime-time programs. ‌ Phil Bryant is sworn in as Mississippi’s 64th governor as Barbour announce some 200 more criminal pardons as he leaves office.


avid Gatlin drove nine hours from Macon, Ga., to kill his wife in 1993. Tammy Ellis Gatlin had left him when she was a few months pregnant. David couldn’t or wouldn’t find work, and the couple was living out of their car. David was abusing Tammy, her sister Tiffany Ellis Brewer told the Jackson Free Press Monday. David showed up in Rankin County when their son was 6 weeks old. “He had to look for us, hunt us,� said Randy Walker, Tammy’s childhood friend. Walker was in Tammy’s trailer when David showed up. He opened fire on them both, killing Tammy as she held their infant son in her arms. “The picture that remains in my mind to this day, whenever I think of Tammy, is that he left a 6-week-old baby lying on top of his mother—that’s his kid,� Walker said. David Gatlin also shot Walker in the head. When Walker came to about 25 minutes after the shooting, Walker didn’t remember being shot. He stumbled across the street to a neighbor’s house, some 150 to 200 yards away, to get help after he realized David had destroyed the phones in the trailer. He remembered what happened as he pounded on the door. “I remember bloody handprints on the glass and thinking, ‘Oh God this guy’s going to come out and shoot at me, too,’� Walker

by Ronni Mott

John Taylor Jr. is seeking Ward 3 Councilman Kenneth Stokes’ seat to help young men with no fathers in the home. p. 9

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David Glenn Gatlin shot Ellis family friend Randy Walker, pictured, in the head and left him for dead on the day he murdered his wife. Rep. Bobby Moak, D-Bogue Chitto, and Rep. David Baria, D-Bay St. Louis, (left rear) have authored legislation to make the pardon process accountable.

he had killed two people. He didn’t know Walker had survived. Given a life sentence for murder, the judge added years for aggravated assault and burglary. The Walkers and Ellises thought they’d never see him again. Then, last Saturday, one day after the Mississippi Parole Board notified the families that it had denied David Gatlin’s parole, they received notification that Gov. Haley Barbour bestowed a parting gift to the killer: a full pardon. In 2008, after he pardoned another trusty working in his mansion (Michael Graham, who killed his ex-wife Adrienne


Klasky in 1989), Barbour told the Associated Press that Mississippi governors had a tradition of pardoning convicts. Some Mississippians believe it’s a tradition that has outlived its usefulness. The archaic ritual of governors pardoning killers who happen to be working in their mansions—providing freedom to convicts without any accountability whatsoever—is a tradition in dire need of updating. “Traditions are not always good, “ Walker said at a Jan. 9 press conference. He was joined by State House Minority Leader Bobby Moak, D-Bogue Chitto,


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n his final days as governor of Mississippi, Haley Barbour ordered more than 200 pardons, including the following individuals who were convicted of murder and accessory to murder after the fact. The list also includes several trustys who worked in the governor’s mansion, pardoned in 2008.


and Rep. David Baria, D-Bay St. Louis, who stood with the family and friends of Tammy Gatlin under the dome of the Mississippi Capitol. Moak and Baria announced legislation to add accountability to the governor’s process of pardons. “We worked to craft a piece of legislation, not to take away the governor’s power to pardon someone, just to ensure that the law-enforcement authorities, the district attorney and the sheriff in the county where the incident occurred, and the (victims’) family had information beforehand that the person might be pardoned, and that there was an opportunity for the community to be heard and to voice their objections,� Baria said of last year’s bill. That legislation, sponsored by former Rep. Brandon Jones, D-Pascagoula, died in committee. Baria said that this year’s legislation is virtually identical. The family was circumspect when speaking of Barbour, despite their obvious distress over David Gatlin’s release. But it was clear they were upset. “I don’t think he cares,� said Tiffany Ellis Brewer, who added that she hoped Barbour didn’t know the facts of the case because she couldn’t imagine him pardoning David Gatlin if he knew them. “I would like to think a Christian human being would never have done this to a family—two families—that have been through so much.� Walker said that he wants the new governor, Phil Bryant, to break the mold of tradition. “The governor himself ought to have to look me and the family in the eye and say, ‘Hey, I’m going to let this guy go.’ But there wasn’t any of that,� he said. “That’s the coward’s way out if you ask me.� Comment at

• Paul Joseph Warnock Murder. Full, Complete and Unconditional Pardon • Michael Graham, Murder. Indefinite Suspension of Sentence • Clarence Jones, Murder. Full, Complete and Unconditional Pardon • Willie James Kimble, Murder. Full, Complete and Unconditional Pardon • David Gatlin, Murder, Aggravated Assault, Burglary. Full, Complete and Unconditional Pardon • Charles Hooker, Murder. Full, Complete and Unconditional Pardon • Anthony McCray, Murder. Full, Complete and Unconditional Pardon • Joseph Ozment, Murder, Conspiracy and Armed Robbery. Full, Complete and Unconditional Pardon • Michael David Graham, Murder. Full, Complete and Unconditional Pardon • Victor C. Collins, Murder. Full, Complete and Unconditional Pardon

• Larry Darnel Roby, Murder, Racketeering. Full, Complete and Unconditional Pardon • Booker T. Barnes, Murder. Full, Complete and Unconditional Pardon • Anthony Sansing, Murder. Full, Complete and Unconditional Pardon • Jimmy Lee Avera, Murder. Full, Complete and Unconditional Pardon • Rheon McShepard, Homicide or Murder Medical/Conditional Suspension of Sentence • Derrick Lynn Guiton, Homicide/Murder; Simple Assault Medical/Conditional Suspension of Sentence • Narquita Watson, Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery; Accessory After Fact to Capital Murder Full, Complete and Unconditional Pardon • Azikiwe Kambule, Accessory After the Fact to Murder; Armed Carjacking Full. Complete and Unconditional Pardon • Aaron Brown, Murder; Concealed Weapon; Possession of a Controlled Substance Full. Complete and Unconditional Pardon • Vincent Cardell Bell, Murder, Accessory After the Fact Full. Complete and Unconditional Pardon • Everett Franklin Rodgers, Murder and Aggravated Assault Full. Complete and Unconditional Pardon • Leon Turner, Murder. Full, Complete and Unconditional Pardon See full list at




rustys are convicted criminals who get assigned to work in the governor’s mansion based on recommendations from the parole board, prison officials and their families. Prisoners are scored on numerous facets, including their crime, the sentence and the number of years served. Typical tasks for trustys may include working in the kitchen or serving food and washing the governor’s vehicles, said Christopher Epps, commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Corrections. Based on information the JFP gleaned Tuesday morning, Barbour also pardoned the following men this past weekend in addition to David Gatlin, all of whom worked in the governor’s mansion as trustys: • Anthony McCray, sentenced to life for murder in 2001 for shooting his wife, Jennifer, in the back. • Charles Hooker, a middle-school teacher convicted in 1993 of murdering his school’s principal, Walter Johnson. • Joseph Ozment, convicted in 1993 of murder, conspiracy and armed robbery in the killing of Ricky Montgomery. • Nathan Kern who was serving a life sentence for burglary and robbery. In 2008, Barbour pardoned the following trustys: • Bobby Hayes Clark, convicted in 1996 of manslaughter for shooting his ex-girlfriend, Veronica Conner. • Clarence Jones, convicted in 1992 for the murder of his ex-girlfriend, Carla Smith, by stabbing her 22 times. • Paul Joseph Warnock, convicted of murder in 1993 for shooting his girlfriend, Carol Ann Hall, in the back of her head. • Willie James Kimble, convicted in 1992 for the murder of Wilson Roberts, an elderly man whom Kimble and his accomplice lured from his home, robbed and killed. Also in 2008, Barbour indefinitely suspended the sentence of trusty Michael Graham, who stalked his ex-wife Adrienne Klasky, finally shot-gunning her to death in broad daylight in 1989.


by Elizabeth Waibel

Reaching Fathers

Why are you running for Council? So that I can help support struggling single-dwelling families with no father mentors in the home—to help these children. These children are suffering, and somebody’s got to help these children, because early childhood development is important to me. … I know what these children are going through that don’t have a father in the home. I want to start a fatherhood-initiative program to teach men how to be real men and stand up and support their children. It’s a shame. You have men right here in the city of Jackson, and they don’t even take their children a pair of shoes. … I just feel the city of Jackson is in a state of emergency— young men walking around uneducated with no fathers in the homes. All they know is to sell drugs and hustle. If they can put the street mentality into starting their own businesses, we’ll see more millionaires and CEOs. What are Ward 3 problems? First of all, the crime in the area. The curfew needs to be addressed and enforced more.

No children should be out after 10 (p.m.). No minors should be out.

one is different. I’m a young man, and I think it’s time for someone (new) to have a chance.

What about the children who are caught out after curfew? First of all, we should find the father. If we can’t find the father, take them back to

What would reduce crime? First of all, more police presence. We’ve got to allocate more funding for police officers. We need to give them a better raise than we’ve been doing, because their lives are in danger every day they put on their uniforms. … (I want to give a) $5,000 pay raise for every officer.



amily is a running theme for the Rev. John Taylor Jr. The 29-year-old candidate for Kenneth Stokes’ Ward 3 Jackson City Council seat believes a lot of Jackson’s problems start with fathers who don’t take responsibility. Taylor grew up in Jackson, where he graduated from Lanier High School. He works at Baptist Hospital and attends Belhaven University. This past Christmas, he married Sher’wana Haralson. Taylor was adopted, and he has now adopted five children. The candidate volunteers with many organizations, including a day-care center, and wants to fund programs such as the Boys and Girls Clubs. He founded the Frank E. Melton Senior Citizens Thanksgiving Dinner in 2009 and wants to expand the Meals on Wheels program. He wants to start a program to help felons find jobs when they get out of prison. “They are forgotten in society; a felon can’t stand a chance,” he said. “I think this would deter a lot of crime in Jackson if we try to put some of these people to work.”

What role should Jackson have in development projects? I believe Jackson should be very instrumental in the progression of these projects. It’s very important to revitalize downtown Jackson. Not only do I want to focus on reviving downtown Jackson, but we need to revitalize our inner cities. We need to revitalize man and woman from the inside out and then start revitalizing our community.

their mother. … I believe everyone deserves a chance instead of just throwing them in jail. Put them in some kind of self-development program and go from there. Stokes held the Ward 3 seat for a long time. What would you do different? First of all, I would work with more people, more networks. This is not a black-andwhite issue; this is about helping the people of Jackson move forward. I have relationships with developers and business owners. I want to bring more infrastructure to the ward. The ward has a lot of potential, but someone has to go in and break up the fallow ground. And would that make you different or similar from Stokes? What would make me different from Stokes is that I have a clear-cut objective, and I’m very prompt, and I’m more researched. I’m not going to be so blunt in my approach. Everyone is different. Councilman Stokes has served the people in his ward well, but every-

Should the city issue bonds for development projects? It depends on what it is. I will research all the proposals that come up in my office, and then make a decision. … I don’t believe in wasting taxpayer dollars. You’ve got people out here starving to death, and you want to build a multimillion-dollar hotel. … We need to come up with some kind of fund to help people pay their water and light bills—those who are not abusing the system—to help seniors pay for their Medicare and to help people find money to pay for their prescription drugs. We need to be focusing on things like that instead of building hotels. Name something you’d change about the Jackson City Council. I would like to change the decision-making process. We need to meet on certain issues before we take a vote.

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saw more pomp and circumstance than actual lawmaking. One week ago, new and returning lawmakers, lobbyists and anxious young pages filled the Capitol chambers to officially kick off the session. As expected, House members selected as their new speaker Phillip Gunn. Gunn is a Clinton Republican After taking the oath of office, Gov. Phil Bryant said creating and the first member jobs, improving education, reducing teen pregnancy rates, and of that party to hold restructuring the budget process are his top priorities. the post since African American abolitionist n a mild but drizzly afternoon that Isaac D. Shadd during Reconstruction. Gunn, forced planned inauguration ceremo- in turn, tapped Greg Snowden of Meridian to nies indoors, Phil Bryant took the be his No. 2 as speaker pro tempore. reins of Mississippi government. The House chamber again swelled with Just before noon Tuesday, Chief Justice well wishers on Thursday, Jan. 5, to witness William Waller, Jr. administered the oath the swearing in of statewide officials. In a brief of office to Bryant, marking the formal speech, former state Treasurer Tate Reeves, end to Gov. Haley Barbour’s colorful and, who replaced Bryant as lieutenant governor at times, tumultuous, eight-year run as and Senate president, called for improving Mississippi’s governor. the state’s business climate and ensuring that Bryant’s address centered on four areas law enforcement has the tools needed to keep that, as the theme inaugural activities suggest families safe. will enable Mississippians to rise together. In a speech that was part valedictorian “It would be timid and insincere to be- address and part freshman orientation, Haley lieve all our problems are solved or our shared Barbour delivered his swan song Wednesday, potential exhausted,� Bryant said. giving advice to freshman lawmakers tasked “If we are to rise together, we must do so with passing a balanced spending plan in a with the inherent characteristics of Mississippi. environment where needs for government serWe are a people of character who value hard vices are increasing as revenues remain flat. work and treasure loyalty to our families, state Outlining the economic obstacles that and country.� face the new Legislature, Barbour constructed Bryant’s inauguration, which concluded the foundation for an oft-repeated argument with a “black-tie and boots-optional� ball at that he acknowledged seemed to run counter the Jackson Convention Complex, capped a to his reputation as a small-government fiscal first week of the 2012 legislative session that conservative. While taxes should be kept as


low as possible so people and businesses can keep more of what they earn, Barbour advised, “Everybody should pay their fair share.� With that, Barbour continued a drum beat that began several few weeks ago and urged lawmakers in the room to consider whether sales tax exemptions are a benefit to the state. In his final months as governor, Barbour wrote a letter supporting a bipartisan congressional bill to permit states to collect sales taxes from purchases made on the Internet. In his final speech to the Mississippi Legislature as governor, he framed the issue as the federal government’s usurping the state’s authority to collect taxes from online purchases. “It’s time for the federal government to allow Mississippi to enforce our laws and collect those taxes,� Barbour said to weak applause from both Democrats and members of Barbour’s own Republican Party. Committee Chairs Calling it a leadership team that represents both the Mississippi Senate and the state, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves unveiled his appointments of committee chairs, vice-chairs and members at the Capitol last week. Several Democrats from the Jackson area, including John Horhn, Hillman Frazier, David Blount and Alice Harden, received chairmanships. Hohrn will lead the Economic Development Committee with fellow Democrat Steve Hale of Senatobia as vice chairman. Reeves selected Harden and Blount to chair the committees for enrolled bills and public property, respectively. Frazier will head the Housing Committee. Even with Reeves promoting the mantel of budgetary caution as the standard for legislating decisions, Frazier said he would focus on making sure housing is affordable throughout the state. He said lawmakers would also determine how to assist cities with attracting private


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by Elizabeth Waibel


Mississippi: Not That Bad "LUEPRINT 3TATES




espite its persistent reputation as first-in-everything-worst, Mississippi isn’t nearly as hopeless as it thinks it is, a new report finds. Compared to other states with similar economies, Mississippi ranks high in entrepreneurial activity, personal-income growth and the least violent crime. The “Blueprint Mississippi 2011� report, released last week, is the result of research by a collection of agencies and business leaders. The report is intended to be “a starting point for what will be an ongoing dialogue for improving the economic future of the state� and is full of recommendations for how Mississippi can improve its economic standing and quality of life. Rather than comparing Mississippi to the nation as a whole, Blueprint Mississippi looked at the state in the context of its closest competitors, dubbed “the Blueprint states.� Mississippi ranks near the top of the Blueprint states in job growth in some industries, including contact centers, remotedata centers, auto assembly, and aerospace and aviation, it found. The state ranks near the bottom in terms of job loss in other industries, however, including metal fabrication and steel, defense and homeland security, and auto suppliers. Blake Wilson is the president of the Mississippi Economic Council, which oversaw the Blueprint Mississippi report. A native of Delaware, Wilson said one of the things that struck him when he moved to Mississippi 14 years ago is that Mississippians tend to look down at their shoes and assume the state is at the bottom of the pack, even when that’s not the case. “We don’t own the franchise on failure in Mississippi; we’ve got to stop selling it,� Wilson said. Compared to the other Blueprint states, Wilson said Mississippi is very competitive, especially in economic measures. While the state still has work to do in some of the social areas, such as a lack of educational at-

tainment and high rates of poverty and teen pregnancy, Wilson said Mississippi’s fourthgrade reading scores have improved at the second-highest rate in recent years compared to the other Blueprint states. “There’s some real momentum picking up here in Mississippi, and it really shows,� he said. “You get that GDP number, you look at personal income, and we’re very competitive compared to other Blueprint states.� The Blueprint report doesn’t ignore problems, Wilson said, but instead focuses on how to make progress. In addition to offering a snapshot of the state’s economy, the Blueprint Mississippi report has suggestions for how to grow Mississippi’s economy. In a survey, more than 1,500 business and community leaders across the state named educational achievement as the top priority among Blueprint Mississippi’s goals. Among the report’s other recommendations are developing the state’s infrastructure and promoting health care as an economic driver. Read the full report at blueprint Comment at




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Barbour’s Shameful Pardons


e first heard that then-Gov. Haley Barbour had pardoned another wife-killer Saturday night on WLBT after the Saints game. From there, the news snowballed, with another wife-killer added to the mix, culminating in a list of more than 200 pardons and grants of clemency that we were trying to sort through as the paper went to press. The JFP will share more details about just who is on that list as we do the homework, but let’s start here: Barbour’s string of pardons of brutal killers of wives and girlfriends makes no sense and is horrifying an entire state as you read this. These pardons started back in 2008—news that Ronni Mott with help of intern Sophie McNeil investigated and broke that year, even as other media ignored the angle that he was pardoning mostly men who killed women. (And who happened to be white.) When we dug out details on these murders around the state, we learned that they weren’t cases of couples shooting at each other: These were some of the worst domestic murders we had heard of: pointblank shootings and surprise knife attacks included. Why would Barbour pardon such men? He wouldn’t tell anyone in 2008, and he won’t tell anyone now, including the families of the women who died. He adds insult to injury by issuing these pardons and then acting like it’s beneath him to even addresses the families, not to mention a public hungry for him to tell us why. Not only that, but domestic-abuse experts tell the JFP that Barbour sends exactly the wrong message to both abusers (you can get away with it) and to victims of domestic abuse who are trying to decide if it’s safe to leave their attackers (note that most of these women had already left and look where it got them). There is also the question raised by Sandy Middleton of the Center for Violence Prevention: How can you allow men like this to go free who haven’t had any kind of intervention lessons? Domestic abusers tend to abuse for life unless they are taught to think and act differently. Washing windows in the Governor’s Mansion is not batterers intervention. In addition, Barbour pardoned several men who while not killing their victims, they tried to assault them sexually—including children. For instance, he pardoned Douglas Hindman of Jackson who was convicted of cyberstalking for using the Internet to try to lure a 13-year-old into having sex with him. We’d sure like to ask the governor what kind of therapy guarantees us that Hindman will not continue stalking children? These pardons of woman-killers and sexual predators sends the message that Mississippi is still a very scary place for women. Thanks, Barbour.


Noise from the blogs

On outgoing Gov. Haley Barbour pardoning women killers: “When I was writing my column before the holidays, I never imagined it would need to be revised so quickly. My heart is broken. I wish I could say more—or be more eloquent—but I just don’t understand this state today.” —Whitney “This one has even a lot of conservatives shaking their heads in disbelief. What a way to go out; giving

the women of Mississippi the middle finger.” —Jeff Lucas “This is an outrage. Our lawmakers need to take action to remove the governor’s authority to pardon killers immediately. It’s a shameful tradition for Mississippi governors.” —kudzuking

On potential juvenile-justice bills in the Legislature: KEN STIGGERS

Help the People See


January 11 - 17, 2012

iss Doodle Mae: “This is the part of the year when people get serious about resolving issues from last year. And it looks like boss man Jojo of Jojo’s Dollar Store has jumped on the bandwagon. At this morning’s first staff meeting of 2012, he explained why he made a New Year resolution.” Jojo: Staff, my resolution is to really promote critical thinking. Every business day last year, I felt the fear, stress, anguish, frustration and anxiety of our customers. I noticed how the events of political and corporate partisanship, stubbornness and mean spirits have beaten down the spirits of the people. “This is a new season to recognize a civil-rights hero, a couple of presidents, Black History Month and Valentine’s Day. I want to wake up the zombified and mesmerized masses of people disappointed in the way things are going these days. I want people to become less superficial and more investigative. I want school children to know more about Dr. Martin Luther King than his ‘I Have a Dream’ speech. I want customers to read more instead of watching commercial television or listening to formatted radio stations. This year, I want to use my discount dollar store to help the people see what’s going on.” Miss Doodle Mae: “So, to promote and establish more critical thinking in early 2012, look for more store items related to things that matter at Jojo’s Discount Dollar Store’s Post New Year’s, Pre King Holiday, Black 12 History Month, President’s and Valentine Day sale.”

“The whole system is broken. Many kids have Medicaid and CHIPS, and because they don’t pay worth crap, doctors don’t take it. It’s easier to get pills from a GP for a kid than therapy, yet therapy and wrap-around prevention/diversion services cost us far less in the long run. It is more than just parenting; it’s schools, community programs and the juvenile justice system together.” —multiculturegirl “I run a community-based mental health program for teens in crisis and their families. I receive a lot of referrals from HYJJC. We take Medicaid and CHIPS and what we don’t pay for through billing those insurances, we eat in cost. I link to a program that provides community-based therapy in-home for free to parents and families that need it. There are not enough of us in this state to cover the need. “Moving from an institutional model to a community-based model is great (everywhere else did it years ago). But when you are shifting models and have not invested enough funds into the model you wish to utilize (community-based), there are going to be a lot of people that fall through the cracks in the transition.

“I’m chronically underfunded and never fully staffed (as are most of the community-based programs of which I know). I agree with the shift, I do. But, I don’t agree with forcing a shift that isn’t funded properly as it will do nothing but throw an over-burdened system into another tail spin. It’s going to get worse before it gets better, kids.” —Lori G “I think the community-based system is a good approach, I’m just concerned with the funding. I’ve seen massive cuts in New York and Ohio, I’ve seen how shutting down the big institutions in Louisiana affected the small towns and New Orleans as a whole down there. I just hope we learn from their mistakes—places like Ohio, New York and Louisiana.” —Duan C. “Why not decrease the need for more police officers (tail-end investments) by setting a concurrent goal of training and employing 200 or so part-time ($10,000) coaches, music and art instructors, entrepreneurial training consultants (front-end investments).” —FrankMickens

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ne of my favorite quotes is by Margaret Trudeau: “I can’t be a rose in any man’s lapel.� For years, these words have sung to the very core of my being, yet I failed to understand its significance to my life. A recent conversation led me to recall situations in coming-of-age that have awakened my reality. I’ve had the very best role models one can ask for in this life. My father was heavily involved in the Civil Rights Movement right here in Jackson. He kept my sister and me entrenched in the atmosphere of advocacy. My childhood was filled with strong people who were determined to thrive and succeed. These people didn’t have any plans from day to day on how they’d win in the end. They only knew that each day that breath found their bodies they’d have to keep fighting—for education, justice, freedom, respect. I had permanent fixtures in my life that I didn’t realize then, but now I know, stood as examples of excellence. Most of these “fixtures� were men. I’ve pontificated over why the men stood out so much to me. Maybe it’s because as a young girl, I attached my idea of power to my father and individuals who looked like and acted like he did. Maybe it’s because the role of the woman, in my mind, wasn’t as “in your face� as that of their masculine brethren. There’s no question that they were there, at the meetings, planning, organizing, marching, etc. I remember seeing them even in my faintest recollection. However, the deep, loud proclamations made by the men overshadow their efforts. Could it be that the women I remember being there did the ground work and the men swallowed the fanfare? Hmmmm. Being raised in an environment that subconsciously influenced me to believe that women, although capable, were in some way inferior to men has, dare I say, confused the hell out of me. My ideas about feminism and womanhood have been fused with ignorance and attachment. Ignorant because as a woman, I didn’t really understand why the memories that shaped who I am today didn’t magnify people who shared my gender. Embedded deep within me was the outlandish idea that true power belonged to men. Where did that leave me? My father taught me to be proud and to own my own power. But he didn’t teach me how to do that and be a woman at the same time. Well, I’m not real sure he could have taught me that. But I never had to guess that he expected me to be powerful, but I am not a man. I was supposed to be just as capable, just as strong, just as smart. But where were the women who I was to pattern myself after? The men owned the voice. The men held all the power. Don’t get me wrong, since I met adulthood, there have been plenty of powerful, strong, Soldier Sisters in my life. No doubt about that. However, it’s during adolescence that we begin collecting the mindset that will carry us through life. My youth showed me that men run the world. Men were the proponents of change, I thought. No matter how

much assistance they have from women, men were ultimately the ones who plant the flags and got pinned for the victories. I even married a man whom I consider to be powerful. It wasn’t long after I met him that I could easily slide him into the vacancy my father left. When I married him, there was a subconscious safety in knowing that he’d be first and I’d be second. My husband, however, never subscribed to this way of thinking since he grew up with a very dominant, strong, powerful mother in his home and saw that in me—much like Daddy did. I’m beginning to settle in the fact that no one put this concept in my head. I taught myself, probably because of some insecurities I had as a child that it was just safer to believe that men were our saving grace. But don’t throw me to the wind, yet. Understand that my all the role models I adapted were masculine: my pastor, my teachers, community activists, etc. How could I not be confused? I recall a conversation I had a couple of years ago regarding feminism. I vehemently stated to a female friend of mine that “I am not a feminist.� I was conflicted with the word and what I’d taught myself regarding power and men. My friend turned to me and said, “Yes you are.� For some reason the remainder of our conversation didn’t stick. But I’ve carried those words with me for years—studying myself and embracing the word. It’s as if it wasn’t the universe’s intent for her to tell me what makes me a feminist, but for me to evaluate myself and figure it out on my own. Feminism is defined as simply a belief in women’s rights and the need to secure rights and opportunities for women equal to those of men. Of course I am a feminist! Once I realized this, I began to realize that most of the ideas I had about men were extreme and fabricated by my need to feel safe and secure. While I stand firmly on my beliefs and dare to be crossed, I have much work to do in shaping the woman I want to become. I know today that the women aren’t prevalent in my memories because they were holding down another part of the struggle. They’d already marched before my Daddy got me to the parade. They’d already reached the finish line before the men even suited up. I have given the torch away without even running the race. I have succumbed to what my sisters (black and white) have already accepted. Now that I am the mother of a darling daughter, I must be that feminine force that I didn’t recognize when I was a child. I refuse to cripple her future the way I allowed mine to be crippled. I am a woman with strength unrecognized, a woman with power unmatched. I am a woman who can accomplish much with your agreement or without. I am a woman who does not now—nor will I ever—need approval to succeed. I am a woman whose only limitation is the one I set for myself. I am a woman and I will never again serve as a simple rose to your lapel.



















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Kindle Fire:

Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Never Too Late To Start


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hen Amazon first announced the Kindle Fire in September, tech blogs and reviewers met the news with plenty of fanfare. If any company was able to deliver a device that could rival Appleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s iPad, surely it was Amazon. While most technology hardware makers were focused on netbooks, Apple changed the mobile computing game with the introduction of the iPad, just as they did three years earlier with the iPhone. And just as they did in the smartphone market, other tech companies have sought to play catch-up in the tablet market. The general consensus is that nothing to date has come anywhere near the success or usability of the iPad. In virtually every way, the competitors all fall short: lack of performance, sub-par OS design, a void of apps that make a tablet truly useful. Then came Amazon with the Fire. The same company that has revolutionized online shopping, book selling and e-reading was about to give Apple a run for its money in the tablet market. But reviewers have met the Kindle Fire with mixed emotions at best. Many leading technology reviewers have found what they consider fatal flaws with the Kindle Fire, relegating it to a third-tier competitor to the iPad. Marco Arment, the founding lead developer of Tumblr and creator of Instapaper, has been a leading critic of the Kindle Fire. While Arment is a devoted Apple developer, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clear that he loves the Kindle platform nearly as much. His preview piece on the Kindle Fire was full of hope for a competitor to the iPad. Competition, as they say, is good for

everyone. Yet you can find few bigger critics of the Kindle Fire than Arment. His review of the Kindle Fireâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and his subsequent blog posts about itâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;have been nothing short of visceral. Of course, Arment is far from the only person who has criticized the Kindle Fire. Some of the most repeated criticisms include: â&#x20AC;˘ Confusing home screen user interface (UI). â&#x20AC;˘ Problems with responsiveness to swipes vs. taps. â&#x20AC;˘ No volume and homescreen hardware buttons. â&#x20AC;˘ Lack of high-definition video playback. â&#x20AC;˘ No automatic syncing of music and video content. â&#x20AC;˘ Small hard drive. Some of these problems can, and likely will, be solved with future OS updates and new syncing infrastructure from Amazon. (Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a bit of a cop-out, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still a valid point.) To me, it looks like the Kindle Fire has suffered more unfair reviews due to its comparison to iPad and because of the high expectations that come with any Amazon endeavor than because of the product itself. In using my wifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kindle Fire, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been fairly pleased with it. Of course, I am judging the Kindle Fire as primarily a platform to consume media. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what I like: 1. Despite a few UI quirks, the UI is pretty well done. The Kindle Fire runs Android, but Amazon built a new interface for it. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good approach for this specialized device.

2. Content is king. Amazon has solved a problem that other tablet and OS makers cannot: they provided a wealth of content for the consumer. Amazon serves up books, music, movies, TV shows and newspapersâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;not to mention apps for Netflix, Hulu and limited games. 3. Amazon backing. One thing that has made the iPhone and iPad so successful is that consumers have faith in Apple and its recent track record. That cannot be discounted, and neither can the faith people have in Amazon. Consumers and developers want to do business with companies they trust. Amazon is, by and large, one of those companies. That said, if you are looking for a productive machine or a gaming platform, then the Kindle Fire is the wrong choice. For those scenarios, I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t find anything that truly competes with the iPad and the vast offering of iOS apps. In conclusion, the Kindle Fire is a much better device than the reviews would lead you to believe. For reading, casual surfing and watching videos, it does a great job. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not the best in class, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nowhere near the worst, either. Sam R. Hall blogs about Apple, technology and general geekery at Email him at COURTESY AMAZON

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n October 24, 1932, the nation’s first Krystal restaurant opened in downtown Chattanooga amid the harsh financial times of the Great Depression. Its founders believed that despite the economy, people would patronize a restaurant that was kept clean, provided great customer service, and offered a good meal at a great price. The restaurant’s first customer, French Jenkins, ordered six “Krystals” and a cup of coffee, all for the bargain price of $0.35. The restaurant became an overnight success with customers flocking to savor hot Krystals and sip freshly brewed coffee from thick china mugs. Customers also ordered sacks full of Krystals to take with them, making Krystal a pioneer in the business of good food “to go.” Seventy-seven years later, Krystal still is a pioneer in the industry. Although known most for the little square hamburgers and made-to-order breakfasts, Krystal’s menu has evolved to offer customers a variety of unique items perfect any time of the day. Everything on Krystal’s menu is served fresh, hot off the grill, and is distinctive in size and shape. Cheese Krystals, Krystal Sunrisers (small breakfast sandwiches), Krystal Chiks (small chicken sandwiches), and Pups (small hot dogs offered with chili and cheese) are just a few of the items offered up fresh and tasty at Krystal. Always ahead of the trend, the newest item on the menu is the Krystal Blitz, the industry’s first branded energy drink that comes made-to-order. Krystal’s new line of MilkQuakes (real ice cream milkshakes made with premium, all-natural ingredients) and Krystal Freezes (a frozen slush drink made from pure-cane sugar and fruit flavorings) are just two more reasons to add Krystal to the short list of great fast food options around town. Need to connect? Krystal began to offer free Wi-Fi Internet access, launching its first “Krystal HotSpot” in early 2003 and becoming the largest provider of free Wi-Fi of any fast food chain nationwide in 2005. With more than 77 years of tradition, Krystal is still known for their great service, quality, and tasty menu offerings. So the next time hunger pangs strike, make your way to Krystal, where the food is hot and fresh and will leave both your tummy and your wallet full.




Once two lovebirds decide to spend the rest of their lives together, lots of planning for the wedding and the reception must begin. It’s easy to run into mental and physical roadblocks as you plan for your momentous day. However, don’t fret, brides- and grooms-to-be. Read up and take notes on our helpful tips from buying rings to planning your ideal honeymoon.

With the End in Mind

by ShaWanda Jacome


helped prepare us for our marriage. We always had that in mind; we’re not going to go into debt for a wedding, for one day. It’s really important to us that our marriage is set on the right track,” Jessica says. They received 13 weeks of pre-marital counseling as a wedding present. Licensed marriage and family counselor Nicole Martin asked the couple if they were looking for “fluffy marriage” counseling or if they wanted to dig deep and possibly get their feelings hurt. “Hurt our feelings,” an emphatic Jessica told her. “We would rather you hurt our feelings now than be dysfunctional (later).” Drew, 27, agreed. “Better to pay now than pay later,” he added. During their once-a-week, three-to four-hours sessions, the couple discussed conflict resolution, practiced active listening and communication role-playing, worked through marital expectations, and delved into family and childhood experiences and past relationships. “It was the most valuable thing we could have ever done for our relationship,” Drew says now. The couple met in 2008 when Jessica, now 22, began a year-long youth ministry internship at Bethany World Prayer Center in Baton Rouge, where Drew had previously interned and worked. During the same year, Drew was beginning his second year at Louisiana State University, pursuing a degree in communiDrew and Jessica Armitage enjoyed a family-oriented sunset ceremony cation studies with a minor in business Oct. 7, 2011, in Madison’s Township Park. administration. They went on their first date the day after her graduation from the long the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain in internship in 2009. Mandeville, La., stands the largest southern live For the next year and a half, Jessica and Drew mainoak in the country. The Seven Sisters Oak is esti- tained a long-distance relationship. After graduating mated to be 1,500 years old. from LSU in 2010, Drew made the decision to move to As a tree endures through the hard times, it Madison to help plant Highland Chapel Church with becomes a symbol of strength: something you can Troy Costanza, who officiated their wedding. In January lean against when you’re weary, with its deep roots anchoring 2011, Jessica moved to Jackson as well, taking up residence it to the ground. The same thing can be said for marriage. with several families from the church, while the couple Before a single note of the wedding march was played continued to develop their relationship. and amidst all the lace and satin, Jessica Fleming and Drew Drew proposed to Jessica on May 18, 2011, on Armitage had the end in mind. They planted their roots, top of the 34-story, 450-foot Louisiana capitol buildso that over time their marriage can endure and mature as ing. In the green lawn space below, in front of the buildthe Seven Sisters Oak has. ing, Drew’s friends laid out neon green signs that read, Prior to exchanging vows on Oct. 7, in front of 150 “Will you marry me, Jessica?” friends and family, the couple studied the financial teachings of “I didn’t think it was for me. I looked back to see Dave Ramsey and attended pre-marital counseling. (if there was) another Jessica. … then I looked back, and “The wedding was beautiful and magical and the per- Drew was on one knee,” Jessica says. fect day, but when I look back at it, that’s what I value. Because the couple’s family and friends don’t live in 16 I value the marriage counseling. I value everything that the area, they planned the wedding on their own. HowJanuary 11 - 17, 2012


ever, the church family at Highland Chapel came together to help make the day memorable. “Every aspect of the wedding was totally a hook-up from God. Whether it was the caterer, the photographer, the venue, the circumstances around everything, the weather, just one thing after another after another, it couldn’t have been more perfect,” Drew says. Drew and Jessica had a sunset ceremony in Township Park under a towering tree adorned with antiqued gold placards of their initials, D. & J. Black gothic-style lanterns hung from the branches and lined the aisles where guest were seated. The bridesmaids wore plum-colored sheath dresses with soft draping in the front, and the groomsmen wore matching dark gray suits and whimsical colorful socks. Jessica wore a strapless white trumpet-style gown with a sweetheart neckline and an embellished sash at the waist. The bride did her own make-up and wore her hair pinned back with soft flowing curls. She completed her look with simple jewelry, white satin lace-up ankle booties with a peep toe and her “something blue,” a bracelet one of her bridesmaids gave her. The couple recited vows they wrote together. At the conclusion of the ceremony, a friend performed an acoustic version of Christian artist Phil Wickham’s song, “Divine Romance,” while they took their first communion together as husband and wife. “All our family, his family and our pastors through the years (from Highland Chapel and their Bethany internship) … circled us and prayed a prayer of blessing over us,” Jessica says. It was important for the couple to have a family-

Day-of coordinator: Megan Johnson (megjohnson2 Officiant and reception location: Troy Costanza, pastor at Highland Chapel Church (201 Northlake Ave., Ridgeland, 601-707-7880) Groom and groomsmen’s suits: Thomas Wilson, Men’s Wearhouse (1039 E. County Line Road, Suite 103, 601-977-0188) Photography: foto/Beth Morgan Photography (; J. Caraway Photography (601-405-6969,, jcaraway Photo booth: Donavan Perry, Mississippi Mojo (601-551-6656,, rentmojo Caterer: Bob Copeland, Culinary Concepts (108 Bent Oak Cove, Clinton, 601-613-2983, bobcopeland Bridal attire alterations: Custom Tailoring by Al (111 Colony Crossing Way, Suite 280, Madison, 601-607-3443)


The couple exchanged vows under a towering tree adorned with antiqued gold placards of their initials, D. & J.

• V. Guardado of Solve Design Studio (195 Charmant Place, Suite 2, Ridgeland, 601-607-3292, solvedesignstudio) designed their wedding invitations. As a unique twist, he scanned leaves to a photo of the tree they were married under. Above the leaves, read the words, “So they are no longer two, but one,” from Matthew 19:6. Guardado also created an elegant, scroll design of their initials. Once the couple had the invitations printed, Jessica hand-cut each invitation and added a purple ribbon accent. • The wedding cake was a three-tiered almond-flavored white cake with almond butter-cream frosting. Dawn Hyman of Creative Cakes and Other Sweet Treats (,, accented the cake with plum-colored satin ribbon and purple and white flowers. It sat on an antique silver cake stand.

and an assortment of fresh fruit and cheeses. During the reception, Drew’s mother, Charmaine Russo, surprised the couple with a traditional second-line dance. When performed at a wedding, the New Orleans tradition of second line symbolizes the beginning of a new life for the bride and groom. It involves guests forming a line behind the couple, dancing and strutting to New Orleans jazz music while waving handkerchiefs or parasols. Russo had white handkerchiefs made with Jessica and Drew’s printed initials on them, which were given to the guests as favors to keep. For their first dance, they chose Coldplay’s “Green Eyes.” As they danced, Drew sang all the words to Jessica with reckless abandon. During their long-distance courtship, Drew would sing “Green Eyes” to Jessica if she was feeling sad or missing him. “From the reception, that was my favorite part. … It was like no one else mattered,” Jessica says. The couple resides in Madison with their 14-week old Catahoula Leopard dog, Petey.

As a cake-topper, the couple decided on a small picture frame with the initial “A” in it. Three fleur-de-lis groom’s cakes—red velvet, strawberry and vanilla—celebrated Drew’s Louisiana roots and love of sports. Each fleur-de-lis was different, with colors representing the New Orleans Hornets, New Orleans Saints and the Louisiana State University Tigers. • As an alternative to a guest book, friends and family hung well-wishes for the couple off the branches of a wishing tree. The tree greeted guests at the entrance to the reception and was made from Manzanita branches and sparkling crystals similar to the ones on the tabletop candelabras. • To cover up an unsightly “for sale” sign at the ceremony site, friends Aaron and Tiffany Messer ( created a customized sign stenciled with Drew and Jessica’s initials.


oriented and kid-friendly wedding. The couple recalls seeing one of their guests’ children playing during the wedding. “Most people would be mortified, but this is what it’s about … everyone coming together.” The attire of the two ring bearers echoed the playfulness of the wedding. They wore black bow ties, Chuck Taylor Converses, suspenders and pageboy hats. The hats were a last minute addition when the younger of the two boys, Joshua, took a pair of scissors to his bangs a week before the wedding. The overall color scheme for the wedding was creams and grays, which were more masculine, with various hues of purple as an accent. Friend Melody Eubanks helped Jessica choose flowers for her bride and bridesmaid bouquets and the arrangements that decorated the tables at the reception. The assortment of flowers, including roses, ranunculus and hydrangea, were striking against the black tablecloths, white tealight candles and elegant candelabras garlanded with crystal jewels. The guests feasted on a meal of beef brisket, seafood pasta, grilled green beans, rolls



Kindling the Flame

Spend quality time together as a couple on a regular basis.


ou decided to take the next step in your relationship. You are moving in together, getting married or both. That is wonderful and exciting. Maintaining the vitality of a relationship, especially when you start to share a space, is a terrific opportunity to re-inforce why you want to be together. Healthy relationships contribute to the vibrancy of our lives and our happiness. They allow for individuality, bring out the best in each person and invite personal growth. Getting close to others, sharing our joys, sorrows, needs, wants, affections and thrills is risky business. All healthy relationships need to be maintained and take work, especially when someone else’s shoes are in half the closet. Vital, nurturing and lasting relationships share a number of common traits. • Mutual respect and shared goals. Respect each other, and remember it’s not always about you and your

needs. You came together because of a genuine interest in each other, and this enriches you both. While it is important to have your own interests, it’s just as important that you share common goals and dreams. Inherent in this is taking care of yourself and having good self-esteem independent of your relationship. • Playfulness and Fondness. You laugh and play together. In the midst of difficulties, you help each other lighten up with humor. Laughter and fun play a huge role in a healthy relationship. My great Aunt Peg and Uncle John did this every day through their 62 years of marriage, with John as the sly humorist and Peg as his straight woman. • Trust and Honesty. You trust in each other and are honest with each other in all things without feeling like you have no privacy. You have the option of privacy with, for and from each other. You feel secure and happy when you’re together and when apart—not sad, suspicious, angry or deprived. • Fight nice. Conflict is a part of all relationships. Do not leave issues unresolved. Understanding each other’s motivators and stressors is important to managing relationships. Pick your fights when winning is important, and then fight fairly. • Tea for Two. Spend some time together, just the two of you talking, on a regular basis like you did when dating. One couple I know sets aside an hour each night to talk about the good and the bad over a glass of wine or tea with good music in the background. They have been happily married for 34 years. • Steadfast and Loyal. You cannot have romance if you are not a reliable partner. If you are not trustworthy and responsible, all the romantic gestures in the world won’t

Moon Made of Honey

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• Bora Bora, French Polynesia, might be the most popular destination for newlyweds right now if you examine cable TV and glossy magazines. The Travel Channel, The, and Travel and Leisure all agree that Bora Bora is one of the top honeymoon choice. Clear water and tropical beaches provide the backdrop for memory making and letting go of worries back home. • Some folks want a change of scenery to physically acknowledge the separation from the daily grind of everyday chores. Going to the mountains or to the beach are two examples. Having an adventure that involves desert rock climbing or Mayan pyramid climbing are two more. • U.S. News suggests Florence, Italy, as a possible trip. The Uffizi Gallery and the Boboli Gardens are just some of the charms this Renaissance city offers. Tuscany is full of orange clay roofs that lend a glow to the region and give Florence its

matter to your partner if you don’t mow the lawn when you say you will or don’t complete a project if that’s what you agreed on. It is hard to be jazzed about someone who disappoints you repeatedly. • Separate Identities. You maintain and respect each other’s individuality and what you share in common. You have activities apart from one another and don’t depend on the other person to make you happy. You encourage each other’s growth. Togetherness is great when it is genuine, but if it’s forced, or one of you is miserable and bored, it can be damaging. • Good Communication. You can express yourselves without fear and feel heard, understood and accepted. You respect each other’s ways of communicating and learn how to communicate so the other person hears what you are saying. Listening with an open heart and a desire to understand is more important than judging each other or defending yourself. You are respectful of your partner and don’t put him or her down. Words are powerful, especially when they are meant to hurt. • Fairness and Equality. Relationships are built on give and take. Sometimes the flow is heavy in a given direction, but over time, the volume balances out. Allowing your spouse, sweetheart or friend to influence you is essential for a healthy relationship, as is being kind rather than controlling. • Growing Room. We all grow and change in ways that we can’t predict. People in a relationship rarely evolve in the exact same way together, but you can do your best to be responsive to your partner’s ideas and goals as if they are an extension of yourself. These characteristics allow space in your togetherness, and because of that each of you can ask for what you want, are willing to open your heart up and be vulnerable. The ability to do that over time is at the heart of a healthy, lasting relationship.

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hoosing the setting for your honeymoon is a dreamy affair. If you want to go overseas, make sure you have your passport and bank account ready. Spend time early fantasizing about it, then pinpoint the elements that are most important to you. Here are some ideas to get you started.

by Deirdre M. Danahar

Going to the beach is one honeymoon option if your priority is to change the scenery of your everyday life.

Royal Suite at the Hôtel Plaza Athénée in Paris, France. With views of Montmartre and the Eiffel Tower, the luxurious room has antique furniture and elegant bathrooms. It only costs $26,000 a night. • If you don’t want to spend a year’s salary on one week

of your life, you might look into all-inclusive options. Whether you want to take a cruise or travel to a Sandals resort, you can pay one price and not worry about buying meals or finding your own entertainment. The deals don’t include airfare to the destination, but these all-inclusive vacations can save you money if you want something simple and pre-planned. Also, many travel agents and online providers offer registries that allow couples to ask for a honeymoon as a collective gift from loved ones. • Mississippi resorts are not a bad option. Who says you have to go to a foreign hotel to enjoy your honeymoon? Let’s be blunt: If you and your partner are taking time away from the routine to be close and intimate, you don’t have to leave the country. Behind a closed door, a suite at the Beau Rivage in Biloxi is just as luxurious as any room in Cancun. Or maybe a cozy bed-and-breakfast in Natchez is more of what you two need. Maybe it’s a camping trip or a canoe ride down the Pascagoula River. Save all that airfare and spend that money on the best food and music you can find. Splurge on room service. Besides getting a bucket full of ice, you really don’t need to step one foot outside the room. And, if your priorities are straight, you shouldn’t want to.

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Rings on a Budget

C by Larry Posey


hillip Rollins, aka DJ Young Venom, is known for his neo-soul, hip-hop events and mix shows. He began his career around 2004 as an intern at Hot 97, where he taught himself the art of spinning records. He is a member of the worldwide DJ organization called Violator All-star DJs. Chris Lighty, former manager of rap artist Busta Rhymes and hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest, and DJ Scrap Dirty formed the organization. Over the years, Rollins’ fan base grew due to his versatility, hard work and scratching ability. His early performances included the old Seven*Studios and club Dreamz JXN. DJ Young Venom also worked with DJ Finesse. Rollins plays at clubs and other events including poetry nights and weddings. He has entertained at 10 to 12 weddings. Rollins tries to set the mood with the music. “Weddings bring two families together. The moment is more personal. It’s embraced with a remembrance experience,” he says.

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DJ Young Venom’s Top 10 Wedding Songs


“Cupid Shuffle,” Cupid “Electric Boogie (Electric Slide),” Marcia Griffiths “Brick House,” The Commodores “Before I Let Go,” Maze featuring Frankie Beverly “Single Ladies,” Beyoncé “In a Sentimental Mood,” Duke Ellington “Some Enchanting Evening,” The Temptations “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green “Wobble,” V.I.C. “Ribbon in the Sky,” Stevie Wonder

Buy Online If you purchase an engagement or wedding ring from a reputable online jeweler, you may save money. Since online jewelers do not have the overhead costs necessary to run a brick-and-mortar store, they are likely to offer better deals to customers trying to save money. They also don’t have salespeople persuading you to exceed your budget. Buy in Bulk These days, many jewelers sell coordinating trio wedding-ring sets. Such a set contains an engagement ring in addition to a man’s and a woman’s wedding band.

Typically, all three rings coordinate with each other, saving you time and hassle in addition to money. Since these rings are manufactured, packaged, marketed and shipped together, it saves the jeweler money. You benefit from savings, too. Many companies even offer trio weddingring sets for less than the cost of a single diamond engagement ring. Buy Used Many women prefer an old-fashioned ring, which might be found at an antique store, a consignment store or perhaps on eBay. If you have any diamond jewelry in the family, you could also ask a jeweler to resize or redesign an existing family heirloom for less than the cost of a new ring. Other women like the idea of new rings made from recycled gemstones and precious metals. Sometimes a recycled engagement ring can be less expensive than a ring straight from a traditional jewelry store, and it is better for the planet, too. You can save even more money if you are willing to forego the diamond in favor of another gemstone. Buy in Clusters If you are willing to deviate slightly from the typical diamond solitaire ring so many

The Toast of the Town


women wear these days, you can save significantly. Larger diamonds are more rare, so they are more expensive. Many jewelers today are appealing to the budget-minded consumer with diamond cluster rings, lovely rings crafted from real gold and diamonds, but with smaller diamonds clustered together for a visual impact similar to that of a ring with a single larger diamond. Buy on Sale and Local If you prefer to purchase a typical diamond in person from a jewelry store, ask your favorite local jeweler when his sales typically occur or whether a certain ring style might be discontinued any time in the near future. Christmas and Valentine’s Day are both big jewelry holidays, so those are often times for good sales that will help save you some of that hard-earned cash for the wedding.

by Bret Kenyon

t’s the moment we’ve seen in virtually bride or the groom look good, to reassure every wedding movie ever made. Some- their new spouse that they made the right one, usually the lead character, raises a decision, and to present yourself as eloquent, glass, the reception hall goes silent, and sensitive and available to any single members we know one of two things is about to hap- of the wedding party. So don’t rehash the pen. The speaker delivers groom’s failures in high school either a touching monoor the embarrassing effects of logue that leaves every eye the bride drinking dairy on a in the hall (and theater) plane. Leave the insults for the glassy or a verbal fiasco Thanksgiving table, and keep on the disaster scale of the toast positive. Mount St. Helens. Either of these is fine What Happens At The in the movies. You leave Bachelor Party … This is entertained one way or ironclad. Don’t talk about the other. But now it’s what happened the night your moment. You’re the before. It doesn’t matter if one holding the glass, with the groom spent the entire every eye on you, and the night at Applebee’s expoundnext words to leave your Giving a toast is simple ing in verse the hundreds once you know the rules. mouth will determine how of reasons why he loves his this toast, and you, will go bride. (Though do the guy down in history: a triumph a favor and pass that kind of or a fiasco. information along to the bride just before Fortunately, giving the perfect toast isn’t they jump in the limo). A sacred trust exists nearly as hard as Hollywood makes it look. among those who attend pre-wedding parSo take a deep breath, stand up straight, and ties, and a toast isn’t a license to break it. remember these simple rules. Keep It Brief. We’re a TV generation. We It’s a Toast, Not a Roast. Remember why have no attention spans. You may be spinyou’re here. You’re here to make either the ning pure Shakespeare on that mini-stage, MARK ANBINDER


onventional wedding wisdom, dictated by the diamond industry no doubt, says that a man should spend one or two months’ paychecks or more on an engagement ring to surprise his bride-to-be. In today’s economy, that kind of extravagance is just not possible for many couples, especially with a wedding to fund. It really isn’t necessary to spend that much. With the Internet, we have an excellent means for comparison shopping and bargain hunting right at our fingertips, without the need to even set foot into a single chain jewelry store populated with pushy salespeople. Here are easy ways to buy wedding jewelry on a budget.

by Kelly Bryan Smith

but if you go over two minutes, you’ve lost us. Here’s a basic rule of thumb. Hold your glass high while you speak. If your arm starts to get tired, you’ve gone too long. So How About That Airline Food? You’re a funny guy. We get it. But we aren’t here so you can practice your standup routine. Think of your jokes like peppers. A few here and there are perfect, but dump too many in, and it overpowers the dish and makes Aunt Cleo break out in hives. Speak from the Heart. Cliché, yes, but it works. Don’t worry about getting up there to entertain. You aren’t there for the crowd, anyway. You are there to look your friend in the eye and tell him or her what a wonderful person they are. This is one of the few times in life you have the opportunity to be this open and honest without it becoming awkward, so take advantage of it! So there it is. Nothing to it. Just raise that glass, look the newlywed in the eye and toast your heart out. And hey, even if the toast turns out to be a spectacular failure, just think of it as providing great source material for the person who will be giving your toast one day. Now if you’ll excuse me, my arm is getting tired.

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ith the average wedding these days costing in excess of the average new car, it is certainly tempting to do as much of it yourself as possible. However, some things are simply best left to the professionals. The last thing you want to do is repeat my mistake of spending the short hours between my rehearsal dinner and my morning wedding (when I should have been sleeping) cursing over the stems of the organic roses I ordered online, trying desperately to create professional-looking bouquets in the middle of the night. If you are on a budget, the best thing to do is to prioritize your desires, and then decide where you can splurge, scale it back or use a DIY option.


Shop Keep: The Commons at Eudora Welty’s Birthplace by Julie Skipper


to their own style,” he says. “A lot of people just happen upon the space, or attend an art or music event here and then think of it for their wedding.” For instance, a Furrows CD release party last year led one

gallery space can accommodate overflow and it was made with recycled and reclaimed wood, including the bead-board ceilings. It has a rustic feel. The courtyard features a fountain and outdoor seating perfect for warmer weather. Rahaim adds that couples who have held their wedding ceremonies at The Commons often choose to do so in front of the fountain. In addition to the statue of Miss Welty, a side garden includes a sculpture called the “Writers’ Roundtable” and features wooden sculptures from Jamaica of Welty, Richard Wright, Tennessee Williams, and William Faulkner. At the back of the property sits Common Hall, the area used for wedding receptions. The building features two large rooms downstairs, including a seating area with a fireplace and chandelier that offers a cozy area for guests to lounge in a quieter space away from the main reception. With its high ceilings, wood floors and columned porches, the building seems right out of Miss Welty’s time. It complements the older structures on the rest of the property, even though it is relatively new construction. The hall can accommodate approximately 200 guests for a buffet-style reception, or 50 to 60 for a seated dinner. In addition to the downstairs space, the bridal party can use upstairs rooms when getting ready for the event or to relax. A fully equipped caterer’s kitchen offers ample prep space for food service. And since The Commons has no list of preferred caterers, couples can use any food vendor, which Rahaim says allows them to save money. The Commons is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call David Rahaim at 601-352-3399 or visit JULIE SKIPPER

avid Rahaim’s interest in southern literature led him to his position as manager of Congress Street Coffee at the Commons at Eudora Welty’s Birthplace. In this role, he also oversees the Commons’ use as a space for weddings and receptions. Rahaim, 28, grew up in Clinton and attended Belhaven University, where he studied creative writing. As a result, he says “southern literature is an enjoyable hobby.” When he learned about the property owners’ plans to develop the Eudora Welty birthplace into a creative space for artists, writers and musicians to gather, he immediately grew interested. Since he also enjoys making coffee, managing the coffee shop seemed a perfect fit. He has worked at The Commons for about three years and enjoys seeing the space’s continued evolution and growth as well as the artistic networking that occurs there. Property owners David Morris and Joe Nassar use the Welty birthhouse as their office, and created a vision to develop the land and surrounding properties to include an art gallery, artist- and writer-in-residence spaces, and areas for performances. Currently, the Commons includes the coffee shop, Tattered Pages Bookstore, Commons Gallery and Commons Hall, as well as a courtyard with a fountain and statue of Eudora Welty, which provides great photo opportunities during receptions. Initially, The Commons was primarily used for artistic gatherings and performances, such as the Jackson Collective’s annual showcase. With the addition of Commons Hall five years ago, it is now perfectly suited for weddings and receptions. Since first opening the venue to weddings two years ago, Rahaim says, the response has been steadily growing, with more than 10 weddings or receptions held there last year. “It’s been really interesting to work with couples and see what drew them to the property and how they adapt the space

David Rahaim is the manager at Congress Street Coffee.

couple to choose the venue for their wedding this year. “Many couples like the old southern feel of the space, with the courtyard, porches and fountain, which runs off an old well underneath the property,” Rahaim says. “Others also really like the connection to Miss Welty and southern literature; not only was she born here on the property, but she was buried right across the street (in Greenwood Cemetery),” That “old southern feel” permeates the property, which offers multiple buildings available for receptions. The art

Capturing the Magic: Brice Media

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by Briana Robinson


Brice Media specializes in an array of portrait services, both drawn and photographed.


hen Charles Brice was overseas in 2008, he and his wife, Talamieka, joked on the phone one day. He was toying with the idea of quitting the Army after five years working as a photojournalist and starting a company to focus on photography and graphic design. He didn’t know it, but Talamieka was writing everything down. She had a surprise for him when he returned to Jackson in February 2009 from Afghanistan. While he was gone, she created the name Brice Media and the logo. All they had to do was make their presence known. Naturally, Charles couldn’t refuse. “It’s very rare that you get a husband and wife that are artists, have pretty much the same skills and are running their own business,” he says. “It’s like everything was matched perfectly. You can’t ask for anything better.” Charles describes the beginning of Brice Media as “a big question mark.” He was still in the Army, and Talamieka was working as a graphic designer at the Methodist Rehabilitation Center. For a while, they just did promotional gigs and not making a profit. “This year, we’re doing it together,” Charles says. Now, instead of having jobs outside Brice Media, it’s the only thing that the couple does. Talamieka, 31, got her degree in graphic design from Jackson State University. Charles, 32, graduated with a bachelor’s in graphic design this past May. Both of them had artistic backgrounds and thus developed a strong friendship. They got married in 2006. The first wedding they shot was in 2009. Talamieka

speaks enthusiastically about the weddings Brice Media has covered. “It was a blast,” she says, remembering one wedding in New Orleans. Another special wedding was in Tylertown, Miss., where the groom had just gotten back from war. While Charles and Talamieka wed in 2006, they didn’t have a real wedding until Charles came from Afghanistan. She is proud of a wedding they covered recently, where the bride’s mother was unable to attend the ceremony. “Her mom said ‘I feel like I was there’ because we captured so many different parts of the story,” Talamieka says. “Every wedding has a different feel,” she says. When approaching a wedding job, the Brices meet with the couple as soon as possible to find out what exactly is important to their story so that they know what to focus on. “We try to cater it to each couple,” she says. “The thing is that none of them feel the same. Everyone has their own sense of magic about it.” “We really look at ourselves as visual storytellers,” Talamieka says. “… It’s kind of what life is really—it’s a story.” In the deluxe photo package, the couple hand-draws the newlyweds’ favorite photo. While this is not as popular with the wedding package, Brice Media creates many portraits of pets and children. Brice Media specializes in an array of portrait services, both drawn and photographed. Right now, some of Brice Media’s work is on display at High Noon Café (2807 Old Canton Road, 601-366-1513). For more information, call 601-790-0259 or visit

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I Do, I Do

by Meredith W. Sullivan

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1. Arthur Court pewter serving utensils, From Our House to Yours, $24 2. Collegiate Spatula and Wire Grill Brush, Montgomery Ace Hardware, $24.99 each 3. Eucalyptus Stoneware basket, Montgomery Ace Hardware, $44.99 4. Creamer Cow, Montgomery Ace Hardware, $6.99




hen someone’s getting married, you can usually count on several parties and showers in addition to the wedding itself. And all require gifts, of course. Jackson’s local stores have fantastic selections for every wedding-related event, whether you’re the giver or the receiver.

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she said. “My manager and I decided to make the album this way, and it was a lot easier and whole lot of fun.” “Revelation Road” features songs Lynne wrote. The lyrics on this deeply personal album examine her life and her family. “I feel moved by the English language and finding unique ways to say ‘I love you,’” she said. “The English language is so broad, you can find all kinds of ways to do it.” Lynne, 43, grew up in rural Alabama in a musical family that listened to old country and rock songs all the time. She started playing the guitar when she was 7. After high school, she went to Nashville with a demo tape. She appeared on a local TV show and got a contract with CBS Records. Her first album included a duet with George Jones. Five albums later, she decided to write her own songs. Since discovering her talent for songwriting, Lynne has performed with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Dean Martin, performed at a John Lennon tribute, re-

corded a tribute album to British singer Dusty Springfield and performed with Sheryl Crow at the 2000 Grammy Awards. “The fans I have have stayed with me through thick and thin,” she said. “My fan response has never really changed, and I’m thankful for that.” Shelby Lynne performs Jan. 24 at Duling Hall in Jackson. Tickets are $28.50 and available through The show starts at 8 p.m. For information, visit, her Facebook page or follow her on Twitter @shelby_lynne68. Shelby Lynne was the 2000 Grammy Award winner for Best New Artist. LISA VANHECKE


hen Shelby Lynne gives a concert these days, she no longer plays any songs from the early part of her career for one simple reason: She didn’t write them. The 2000 Grammy Award winner for Best New Artist performs Jan. 24 at Duling Hall. Her concert includes original music from her past albums starting with “I Am Shelby Lynne,” released in 2000, her first recording as a songwriter. The country artist is touring the United States and Canada to promote her critically acclaimed new album, “Revelation Road.” Released Oct. 18, this album is extraordinary because Lynne plays all the instruments as well as sings all the vocals—something that is extremely rare in the music industry. To make it happen, Lynne started her own label, Everso Records. She said it was the only way to create the album. “Major labels got me where I am in my career, but this album could not have been made by a major label, because they care 28 more about the business than the music,”

Thought they had it on me But the truth it lay upon me Like the Mississippi River runs deeper on the coast I don’t know what happened I was acting on my passion Wearing latest fashions, I wandered in the cold Then it came upon me in a midnight dream Like honey offers gold Like a gambler, I can’t hide my debts, like a sinner as a soul Pardon me if I forget what I’ve already been told You can’t hold that against me man I’m on Revelation Road Fire and brimstone pave the way Hold hands together every day Nothing left to do but pray and put your head in the sand Sinners and the preachers at each other’s throats Which one is the bad news man Which one clatters most Screaming turns to salt and dust Volume is not heard Bible beaters rest your fists Haters rest your ire You’re both too young to know you’re mute Unconscious to the choir But I can’t hold that against you man You’re on Revelation Road Grab your little passbooks A ticket gets you in One Hail Mary does the trick forgive of all your sins And when the show is over You’re where you started from Collecting all the barbs you threw piled up to be disposed Judgment comes and never tires Forgotten is the code Doing unto others is a farce, a laugh, a joke Remember when the black veil falls We all stand alone Barefeet on the gravel man We’re on Revelation Road —Shelby Lynne/Swampy Blue Publishing, with permission

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inker Tailor Soldier Spy,” based on John Le Carré’s classic espionage thriller of the same name, is a lyrical poem of intrigue told in bits and pieces of flashback from different perspectives. It has many moving parts, and it is difficult to keep it all straight. I was enthralled at the film’s complexity and director Tomas Alfredson’s ability to reveal the insights of so many characters, although I had to work hard to follow along, and a few times I wasn’t sure if I missed something important. This movie requires a certain level of stamina and patience, but it provides a rare, authentic experience. Set in the early 1970s at the height of the Cold War, the story unravels from a thorny knot. There’s a Soviet snitch in the inner circle of MI6, the British Secret Intelligence Service. (Those familiar with this elite agency know it as “the Circus,” a name which seems spot on for the theatrics within the agency.) The movie opens in a hazy, messy flat on a dreary day. A crusty old spy garbed in his silk paisley robe puffs on a cigarette while barking out a new assignment to a younger agent (Mark Strong). Control (John Hurt) has heard rumors that a mole is in his organization, and he wants to know which agent it is: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Poorman or Smiley. George Smiley (Gary Oldman) happens to be Control’s right-hand man, but even Smiley is not beyond the old man’s paranoid suspicions. Smiley solemnly nods. He proceeds to Budapest, Hungary, to recover the treasure. (In spy talk, that means secret information.) The operation fails. A Soviet spy posing as a café waiter gets trigger happy before the deal goes down and shoots the MI6 agent. A young mother is shot in the head—collateral damage—while her baby continues to nurse. In the fallout from the Hungarian disaster, Circus ousts Control and Smiley, and a cabal of creepy suits, one of which is the mole, are left to their own devices and without oversight. The head honchos at Circus come in a

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s soon as I began reading Bill Loehfelm’s third book, “The Devil She Knows” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011, $26), I developed motherly concern for the book’s protagonist, Maureen Coughlin, a Staten Island waitress who feels as if her life is slipping by. Maureen has been a bar waitress for more than 10 years and wants a change. She lacks male companionship, unless he’s married and has no real friends. Folks around the bar know her for her recreational drug use. Maureen tries to find ambition in the little things, such as feeding stray birds and protecting them from cats. She’s joined a gym, but has put off going for months. She has a plan to return to school and this time, she thinks, she won’t date her married professor. Just a dash of cocaine before work will get her through the night. Just as Maureen is ready to start on that gym membership, her boss calls her in to work an important political fundraiser. “You’re totally murdering me,” she tells him. “One more night just might do me in for real.” Little does Maureen know that she may not be exaggerating. After hours, Maureen walks in on a coworker Dennis and Frank Sebastian, a powerful aspiring politician, having sex. Maureen pretends she didn’t see anything, and when that doesn’t work, she assures Frank that she will keep his secret under wraps. She means it—right up to the next morning when Dennis is found dead. As more dead bodies appear, Maureen decides to bring down Frank Sebastian. At one point during the action-packed journey of “The Devil She Knows,” I actually found myself yelling at the book as if Maureen could hear me: “Get out of there! Go home!” The book is that good. I have a feeling this won’t be the last time I read about Maureen Coughlin. Mississippi native and Alcorn State grad D.M. Thompson opens her first nov-

el, “Permanent Damage” (Vantage Press, 2011, $12.95) with a bang. As soon as I began reading, Thompson led me into the lives of a baby-swapping doctor, a concerned pediatric nurse and a criminal mastermind. My heart raced in anticipation. In the following chapters, Thompson introduces Allison Witmark, who has grown up under the watchful eyes of America. Earning a child-prodigy label after scoring high on the ACTs at the tender age of 3, Allison has grown up to become one of the most powerful attorneys in her city. But life isn’t all rosy: Her domineering father pushes Allison extremely hard, and she has a horrible relationship with her mother. Mark, Allison’s boyfriend and a paralegal, tries to convince Allison that he is capable of fulfilling his goals and becoming the breadwinner in their crumbling relationship. He just can’t seem to emerge from her shadow. Then, Mark decides to share the secret he has been keeping from Allison, bringing all of the Witmark family skeletons out of their closets. Allison’s life changes forever. “Permanent Damage” left me wanting to know more. The beginning grabbed me enough to keep reading; I wanted to know the relevance of that intriguing introduction. A serial killer, Phyllis’ sick mother, a womanizing boss and, of course, Allison, are all characters but Thompson never develops them fully. I wanted to know more about Mark, COURTESY VANTAGE PRESS P


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The Jackson 2000 luncheon is at 11:45 a.m. at the Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Diane Williams talks about the importance of the arts in education. $12; email or visit to RSVP. … 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. … The Bourbon Street Jazz Band plays at Hal & Mal’s from 6-8:30 p.m. Free, donations welcome. … John Mora performs at Papitos from 6-9 p.m. … Sportsman’s and Bourbon St. in the Quarter have karaoke. … See the opera film “Faust” at 6:30 p.m. at Tinseltown (411 Riverwind Drive, Pearl). $20, $18 seniors, $14 children; call 601-936-5856. … Boy and IILLS perform at Martin’s at 10 p.m.

The “A Touch of Class” Bridal Show and Expo is from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.). $20; call 601-988-1142. … Art House Cinema Downtown at Russell C. Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula) features the films “Being Elmo” at 2 p.m. and “Black Power Mixtape” at 5 p.m. $7 per film; visit msfilm. org. … Jackson Irish Dancers hosts the Mostly Monthly Ceili at 2 p.m. at Fenian’s. Free; call 601-592-9914. … Dreamz JXN’s Generation NXT Indie Concert Series at 6 p.m. includes performers such as Dre Tha 808, Queen Lyrik, Merc Music, J. Biggz and Troubled Souls. $10.



The opening reception for Jeffrey Yentz’s “Mississippi … Another Perspective” art exhibit is from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Jackson Municipal Art Gallery (839 N. State St.); show hangs through Feb. 29. Free; call 601-960-1582. … Jazz Beautiful with Pam Confer performs at the King Edward Hotel from 7-10:30 p.m. … Lucky Town Brewing’s Kickstart Bold Beer Party is at 7 p.m. at Wingstop (952 N. State St.). $30 in advance, $40 at the door; call 262-391-9265. … Bourbon St. in the Quarter hosts Ladies Night with live music and $1 drink specials. $5 men, free for ladies. … Jason Turner is at Burgers and Blues. … Emma Wynters and James Bell perform at Tequila’s. … John Powell is at Olga’s.


The ProJack Community Champion Awards is at 7 p.m. at Lumpkin’s BBQ (182 Raymond Road). $15; call 601-9660099. … The Central Mississippi Blues Society Jam is at 7 p.m. at Hal & Mal’s. $5. … Martin’s hosts an open-mic free jam.


Jackie McGinnis and John Paul perform at Music in the City at 5:45 p.m. at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Free, donations welcome; call 601-354-1533. … The musical “Spamalot” is at 7:30 p.m. at Thalia Mara Hall; encore show Jan. 18. $25-$62.50; call 601-981-1847 or 800745-3000. … Jesse Robinson and Friends play at Underground 119. … Time Out has open-mic Night.


Author Mary Lucas 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. … Victoria Christopher Murray and Reshonda Tate Billingsley sign copies of the book “Sinners and Saints” at 6 p.m. at Books & Beignets Bookstore, Northpark Mall (1200 E. County Line Road, Ridgeland). $15 book; email More events and details at

Akami Graham performs at The Penguin from 8-11 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13. COURTESY AKAMI GRAHAM

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At Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.), the Martin Luther King Birthday Convocation is at 10 a.m. at Rose E. McCoy Auditorium (free); and the For My People Awards Luncheon is at 11:45 a.m. in the Student Center Ballroom ($10). John W Franklin, Dorothy Stewart and Mary Toles are the honorees. Call 601-979-3935. … The “No Means No” Art Protest and Performance Against Personhood is at 6 p.m. at The Commons. Free; email denney.david@ … The Sorrento Ussery Band with Sonny Rydell performs at F. Jones Corner. … The Penguin has music from Akami Graham from 8-11 p.m. … Doug Frank and Triple Threat perform at Fenian’s at 9 p.m. … Los Buddies, Unwed Teenage Mothers and Emeters are at Ole Tavern.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration Parade steps off at 10 a.m. at Freedom Corner (Medgar Evers Blvd. and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive). Free; call 601-960-1090. … The Stop the Violence Concert and Rally is at 12:30 p.m. at Limitless (4731 N. State St.). Free; call 281-780-9997. … The opening reception for Gwendolyn Magee’s memorial quilt exhibit is from 7-9 p.m. at Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland); show hangs through Jan. 29. Free; call 601856-7546. … The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra presents “Bravo III: The Grand Meets the Great” at 7:30 p.m. at Thalia Mara Hall. $20 and up; call 601-960-1565. … The United States Naval Academy Glee Club performs at 7:30 p.m. at Galloway United Methodist Church (305 N. Congress St.). Free, donations welcome; call 601-360-1791. … Mississippi In Action hosts the Fire and Ice Ball at 8 p.m. at Safe Harbor Family Church (1345 Flowood Drive, Flowood). Wear formal attire. $10 in advance, $15 at the door, $100 reserved tables; call 601-812-9334. … Wood Spider and Sterobate perform at The Commons at 8 p.m. … Attend the grand opening of Whiskey River Saloon (formerly Club Fire, 209 S. Commerce St.) at 9 p.m. The Molly Ringwalds perform. For ages 18 and up. $15 cover. … Norman Clark and Smoke Stack Lightnin’ perform at F. Jones Corner. … Southbound plays at Pop’s. … Diesel 255 is at Shucker’s. … The King Taylor Duo performs at McB’s. … Overnight Lows performs at CS’s. John Mora performs regularly at Sombra Mexican Kitchen, Papitos and Las Margaritas.



jfpevents Jackson 2000 Luncheon Jan. 11, 11:45 a.m., at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Diane Williams speaks on the topic “The Importance of the Arts in Education.” RSVP. $12; email 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. Yoga for Non-violence - 108 Sun Salutations Feb. 18, 9 a.m., at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). All levels of ability and endurance are welcome to participate in the yoga mala. Free sun salutation classes given at Butterfly Yoga, Joyflow Yoga, StudiOm Yoga and Matworks. Proceeds benefit the Center for Violence Prevention. $25, donations welcome; call 601-500-0337 or 601-932-4198.

HOLIDAY Martin Luther King Birthday Convocation and For My People Awards Jan. 13, 10 a.m., at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.). The convocation is at 10 a.m. in the Rose E. McCoy Auditorium, and John W. Franklin with the National Museum of African American History and Culture is the speaker. The awards luncheon is at 11:45 a.m. in the Student Center Ballroom, and John W Franklin, Dorothy Stewart and Mary Toles are the honorees. Free convocation, $10 luncheon; call 601-979-3935. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration Parade Jan. 14, 10 a.m., at Freedom Corner (intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Medgar Evers Blvd.). The annual parade features bands, performers and local celebrities. Call 601-960-1090.

COMMUNITY New Vibrations Network Gathering Jan. 12, 6:30 p.m., at Unitarian Universalist Church (4866 N. State St.). The mixer is held every second Thursday. Bring business cards and brochures to share. Email Jackson Public Schools Superintendent Search Survey through Jan. 12. Complete the survey at and offer any additional comments about what characteristics the next superintendent should have. Call 601-960-8935. “History Is Lunch” Jan. 11, noon, at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Historian Edmond Boudreaux talks about his new book, “The Seafood Capital of the World: Biloxi’s Maritime History.” Bring lunch; coffee and water provided. Free; call 601-576-6998. Superintendent Search Town Hall Meetings Jan. 11, 6 p.m., at McLeod Elementary (1616 Sandlewood Place) and Cardozo Middle School (3180 McDowell Road Ext.). The Jackson Public Schools’ Board of Trustees seeks input regarding qualities desired in the next superintendent. Call 601-960-8935.

to discuss concerns and future plans. Fondren residents and business owners welcome. Call 601-981-9606. Precinct 2 COPS Meeting Jan. 12, 6 p.m., at Jackson Police Department, Precinct 2 (711 W. Capitol St.). These monthly forums are designed to help resolve community issues or problems, from crime to potholes. Call 601-960-0002. Clef Notes Luncheon Jan. 13, 11:30 a.m., at Fairview Inn (734 Fairview St.). The Jackson Symphony League is the host. Mississippi Symphony Orchestra conductor Crafton Beck and pianist Thomas Pandolfi are the special guests. Reservations required. $26.50; call 601-981-5195. Fire and Ice Ball Jan. 14, 8 p.m., at Safe Harbor Family Church (1345 Flowood Drive, Flowood). Mississippi In Action hosts the event that includes live entertainment, an auction, dancing and food. Formal attire required. $10 in advance, $15 at the door, $100 reserved tables; call 601-812-9334. A Touch of Class Bridal Show and Expo Jan. 15, 11 a.m., at Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.). Mississippi Bridal Show and Expo hosts the event that includes food, entertainment, a fashion show and workshops. Vendor booths available. $20; call 601-988-1142. It’s a Natural U Affair Jan. 15, 3 p.m., at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). Natural U Salon hosts the seminar promoting natural hair and healthy hair care at Center Stage. Speakers include Erica Harris, Vicky Evans and Melody Washington. Free; call 601-473-9439. ProJack Community Champion Awards Jan. 16, 7 p.m., at Lumpkin’s BBQ (182 Raymond Road). Honorees include Helen Brown and Friends of Fallen Riders, Cassio Batteast, Dana Larkin and Jackson Police Officer Colendula Green. Dinner served. Wear casual or business casual attire. $15; call 601-966-0099. Your Vote Counts Jan. 17-Dec. 31, at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Students get to use a real voting machine to vote on a variety of issues. The Secretary of State’s office is the sponsor. Free; call 601-576-6920. Mississippi Arts Commission Grant Writing Workshop Jan. 17, 6 p.m., at Quisenberry Library (605 E. Northside Drive, Clinton). The staff presents an overview of the agency’s grant programs and other services. Learn how to apply for a grant. Free; call 601-359-6030.

WELLNESS Events at Fleet Feet Sports (Trace Station, 500 Highway 51 N., Ridgeland). Free; call 601-8999696. • Beginner Running Clinic Jan. 14, 9 a.m. Topics include pacing, stretching, injury prevention and proper equipment. • Running 201 Informational Meeting Jan. 17 and Jan. 19, 7 p.m. Learn about upcoming training programs for the New Orleans Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon ($75) and the Country Music Nashville Marathon and Half Marathon ($100).

Spanish Beginners Intensive Jan. 11-Feb. 9, at Lingofest Language Center (7048 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland). The five-week class is on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. $250; call 601-500-7700.

Events at Joyflow Yoga (Trace Harbour Village, 7048 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland). Call 601-613-4317. • Prenatal Yoga Six-week Class Series Jan. 16Feb. 20. Learn relaxation techniques, meditations, stretches and non-impact exercises Mondays from 5:45- 7 p.m. Limit of six participants. $120. • Joyflow Yoga Jam Six-week Celebration Series Jan. 17-Feb. 21. The class is a combination of yoga and aerobics. Classes are Tuesdays from 7:15-8 p.m. $75.

Fondren Town Hall Meeting Jan. 12, 5:30 p.m., at Woodland Hills Baptist Church (3327 Old Canton Road). Jeff Good in the moderator. Fondren Renaissance Foundation hosts the panel discussion

What’s Going On Down There? Jan. 18, noon, at Baptist Health Systems, Madison Campus (401 Baptist Drive, Madison), in the Community Room, and Jan. 19, noon, at Baptist Healthplex

BE THE CHANGE “No Means No” Art Protest and Performance Against Personhood Jan. 13, 6 p.m., at The Commons at Eudora Welty’s Birthplace (719 N. Congress St.). The event includes a reading of the Greek comedy “Lysistrata,” band performances and an art show. Beverages sold. Free; email Stop the Violence Concert and Rally Jan. 14, 12:30 p.m., at Limitless (4731 N. State St.). The event includes performances and motivational speeches. Refreshments sold. Free; call 281-780-9997. Run 4 Rehab. 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 pledge amount per kilometer; visit (102 Clinton Parkway, Clinton). Dr. Robert Harris and Dr. Steven Speights discuss treatments for women with bladder and bowel control issues, and vaginal support loss. Free, $5 optional lunch; call 601-948-6262 or 800-948-6262. “Unlisted: A Story of Schizophrenia” Film Screening Jan. 19, 7 p.m., at Ridgecrest Baptist Church (7469 Old Canton Road, Madison), in room 105. NAMI Mississippi shows the documentary about a woman who reconnects with her father, a sufferer of schizophrenia. Dr. Cynthia Undesser, medical director of Mississippi Children’s Home Services, hosts a Q&A after the film. Light refreshments served. Free; call 601-899-9058.

STAGE AND SCREEN “Faust: Live in HD” Encore Jan. 11, 6:30 p.m., at Tinseltown (411 Riverwind Drive, Pearl). The Metropolitan Opera present the simulcast of Gounod’s opera about a man’s bargain with the devil. $20, $18 seniors, $14 children; call 601-936-5856. Mississippi Theatre Association Festival Jan. 12-15, at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Jefferson Davis Campus (2226 Switzer Road, Gulfport). Other venues include Central Elementary School (1043 Pass Road, Gulfport) and Lynn Meadows Discovery Center (246 Dolan Avenue, Gulfport). The festival includes auditions, workshops and stage performances from students and community theater guilds. Pre-registration encouraged. Lunches must be pre-ordered. $5 per show, $15 per day, $25 weekend pass; call 662-323-1097. Art House Cinema Downtown Jan. 15, at Russell C. Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Films include “Being Elmo” at 2 p.m. and “Black Power Mixtape” at 5 p.m. Popcorn and beverages sold. $7 per film; visit “Spamalot” Jan. 17-18, at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). The musical comedy is based on the film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” Shows are at 7:30 p.m. nightly. $25-$62.50; call 601-981-1847 or 800-745-3000.

MUSIC Bravo III: The Grand Meets the Great Jan. 14, 7:30 p.m., at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). Pianist Thomas Pandolfi plays Beethoven’s Concerto No. 4, and the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra performs Schubert’s Symphony No. 9. $20 and up; call 601-960-1565. United States Naval Academy Glee Club Jan. 14, 7:30 p.m., at Galloway United Methodist Church (305 N. Congress St.). The choral ensemble sings classical compositions and patriotic hymns. Free, donations welcome; call 601-353-9691. Music in the City Jan. 17, 5:15 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.), in Trustmark Grand Hall. Hors d’oeuvres served first, and Jackie McGinnis and John Paul perform at 5:45 p.m. Free, donations welcome; call 601-354-1533.

LITERARY AND SIGNINGS Events at Lemuria Books (202 Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N.). Call 601-366-7619. • Lemuria Story Time Jan. 14, 11 a.m. This week’s

story is Michael B. Kaplan’s “Betty Bunny Loves Chocolate Cake.” Attendees also make a chocolate cake paper craft. Free. • “The Mighty Miss Malone” Jan. 14, 1 p.m. Christopher Paul Curtis signs books. $15.99 book. • “Come In and Cover Me” Jan. 18, 5 p.m. Gin Phillips signs books; reading at 5:30 p.m. $26.95 book. “Sinners and Saints” Book Signing Jan. 18, 6 p.m., at Northpark Mall (1200 E. County Line Road, Ridgeland), at Books & Beignets Bookstore. Savvy Book Club is the host. Victoria Christopher Murray and Reshonda Tate Billingsley sign copies of the book. $15 book; email

CREATIVE CLASSES Date Night: Picasso Portraits Jan. 13, 7 p.m., at Easely Amused, Flowood (2315 Lakeland Dr., Suite C, Flowood). Couples paint Picasso-inspired portraits of each other. One reservation per couple. $64.20; call 769-251-5574. “Get Your Head in the Game” Painting Class Jan. 14, 10 a.m., at Easely Amused, Ridgeland (Trace Harbor Village, 7048 Old Canton Road, Suite 1002). Learn to paint a sports motif. $26.75; call 769-251-5574. Casino Rueda Dance Workshops Jan. 14, at Salsa Mississippi Studio and Club (605 Duling Ave.). Daniel Pena gives the beginner/refresher workshop at 11 a.m. and the turn patterns workshop at 1 p.m. $10 per workshop; call 601-213-6355. Gluten-Free Gourmet Jan. 19, 9 a.m., at Viking Cooking School (Township at Colony Park, 1107 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland). Topics include preparing homemade pasta, making compound butter and baking cupcakes. $69; call 601-898-8345.

EXHIBITS AND OPENINGS “Promote the Vote: My Choice, My Voice, My Vote” Jan. 17-Feb. 12 at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). The exhibit is part of the Secretary of State’s Promote the Vote Campaign. Free; call 601-576-6920. “Mississippi ... Another Perspective” Jan. 12Feb. 29, at Jackson Municipal Art Gallery (839 N. State St.). See Jeffrey Yentz’s pen and ink drawings. Opening reception Jan. 12 from 5:30-8 p.m. Free; call 601-960-1582. “More than a Quilt: Exhibit of Work by Gwendolyn Magee” Jan. 14-29, at Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). See the late artisan’s quilts. Opening reception Jan. 14 from 7-9 p.m. In Magee’s memory, send donations to Gwen Magee Memorial Fund, 950 Rice Road, Ridgeland, MS 39157. Donations go toward the Craftsman’s Guild’s education efforts. Free; call 601-856-7546. 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.






Psychedelic Swing

Hattiesburg-based band The Squirms released the CD â&#x20AC;&#x153;Riff Randellâ&#x20AC;? in November.


guitar riff rang out over the cheers of an energetic Hattiesburg crowd packed into Nickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ice House on a cold night in early December. Vocalist and guitarist Will Poynor ripped his guitar cord hooked up to a nearby amp and shoved it into his mouth, teasing shocked onlookers. Energy filled the room in waves, and everyone began to dance. Distorted chords and amplified reverb let the crowd know that The Squirms embody an old-school rock â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; roll bar band. Florence, Miss., natives Will Poynor, 31, and Jed Newell, 30, played together in various bands since 1997 before forming The Squirms

in 2003. Poynor leads the band as its guitarist, vocalist and principle songwriter. Newell is the drummer. Bassist Warren Ard, 35, from Tylertown, joined the band in 2007. The Squirms acquired the name from a lyric in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Major Total,â&#x20AC;? one of the first songs Poynor wrote before the release of the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s debut album. Though the origin of the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name is traceable, The Squirmsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; labeled genre remains debatable. Poynor classifies the band as â&#x20AC;&#x153;rock â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; roll with dashes of chaotic psychedelic flourishesâ&#x20AC;? while online critics and local fans call it rock â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; roll, neo-psychedelia, psychedelic swing and American underground. Since forming in 2003, The Squirms produced two full-length albums. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heads Like Balloons,â&#x20AC;? released in 2005, features catchy guitar licks and an overall candid â&#x20AC;&#x153;have-funâ&#x20AC;? message. The bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sophomore album â&#x20AC;&#x153;Riff Randellâ&#x20AC;? hit stores in early November. Released on Poynorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own Rad City Records, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Riff Randellâ&#x20AC;? as a whole is consistent lyrically and sound-wise. Each of the 10 tracks delivers a feel-good sensibility but on different levels. Headbangers beware: The Squirms lack heavy riffs and brooding lyrics. Poynor said the album is introspective and optimistic. â&#x20AC;&#x153;After our record came out, I realized that every track is a love song,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a lot of negativity going on.â&#x20AC;? Structurally, the A- and B-sides of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Riff Randellâ&#x20AC;? are distinct but cyclical. Side A is upbeat and bright while side B im-

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About â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Spamalotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; mediately introduces a more cryptic sound but then transitions back to the recordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s original sunny timbre. Many of the tracks offer listeners the same mellow vocals and fuzzed-out guitar chords, but each is independently entertaining. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Adore Youâ&#x20AC;? stands out from the other songs with its melodic, up-beat intro. Track seven, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Rippers,â&#x20AC;? is a heavier, more alternative track, exuding a â&#x20AC;&#x2122;90s rock tonality. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Unlike â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Heads Like Balloons,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; we actually knew what we were doing with this album,â&#x20AC;? Poynor said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We finally put out a record that sounds like our band. We managed to make a record weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re happy with regardless if we sell anything.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Riff Randellâ&#x20AC;? is available at T-Bones Record Shop and CafĂŠ in Hattiesburg,, iTunes and will be on the musicstreaming service Spotify. The Squirmsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; next live performance is Jan. 13 at The Tavern in Hattiesburg. In late January, the band will also release a seven-inch vinyl with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Molly of Hollyâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s So Rad,â&#x20AC;? two singles from â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heads Like Balloons.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Honestly, making music makes me feel like a human being,â&#x20AC;? Poynor said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel like I have to. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a part of me. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the great thing about Hattiesburg. It gives artists like us an outlet. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the rad Hub City, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re the psychedelic warlords.â&#x20AC;? Find out more about The Squirms at


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New Year, New Music

Terminal Studios in Ridgeland is producing it. Another local singer-songwriter, Jason Turner, is busy putting out a live album of this past yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performances in Starkville, Oxford and Jackson, and also has a studio album coming out in the fall that he will record in Nashville. Men of Leisureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s John Hawkins has a new project called The Archtops, also featuring Steve Deaton of Buffalo Nickel, Denny Burkes of The Vamps, Adam Perry of Otis Lotus and Michael Laskin. The band will work on and release a new album sometime this year. The Church Keys have been working on a new album at Tweed Studios in Oxford and will release some red clay rock â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; roll in winter of 2012. Former Best of Jackson â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best Musicianâ&#x20AC;? award-winner Scott Albert Johnson is planning a June followup to his last successful album, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Umbrella Man,â&#x20AC;? titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Going Somewhere.â&#x20AC;? Esperanza Plantation darlings Johnny Bertram and the Golden Bicycles and Bear Colony will put out new albums in spring (if you missed their show back in December, it was stellar), and TTOCCS REKARP releases a new electronic-distributed EP.

On the local hip-hop scene, Pyinfamous releases his album, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Final Discussion,â&#x20AC;? this March. Skipp Coon puts out a double album, with â&#x20AC;&#x153;love letters and freedom songsâ&#x20AC;? in March and then a followCOURTESY CHAD WESLEY


appy New Year, Jackson! Is anyone else glad that 2011 is over? While we all had our good and bad times, I like the idea of starting anew and making positive changes. With that said, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m looking forward to hearing some famous and should-be famous local bands releasing new albums in 2012. Clinton and I are working on our first album together (my firstâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s had a million), so Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m super tickled to get â&#x20AC;&#x153;my babyâ&#x20AC;? made and out to the masses this year. Even though heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in California, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still able to work on it. Thank God for technology and the folks who know how to use it. Roots rocker Chad Wesleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s EP, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Liberation,â&#x20AC;? will make its debut in late spring or early summer. It will be available in more than 40 Internet markets. Wesley has Grammy-winner Kent Bruce engineering and producing this latest project. Singer-songwriter David Womack is working on his latest kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; CD as well as a Christmas single. Larry Brewerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new album, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Waxing Ardent,â&#x20AC;? will appear sometime this year, and Randy Everett at

10 Things

by Hannah Jones

Roots rocker Chad Wesley releases â&#x20AC;&#x153;Liberationâ&#x20AC;? this year.

up, â&#x20AC;&#x153;freedom summer 2,â&#x20AC;? in June. Coke Bumaye plays the double-album card as well, releasing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Translation 3â&#x20AC;? in February, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Old School Shoes and Tattoosâ&#x20AC;? later. Local celebrity-activist-rapper and JFP columnist Brad â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kamikazeâ&#x20AC;? Franklin plans to unveil his new music project in March, and his band, Storage 24, will

release a new album in the spring. In Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s indie-rock category, Spacewolf plans on releasing its second album, and Frank and the Meltones are working hard on a live album for the masses for the middle of the year. Drew and Sara McKercherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s band, Ice for Eagles, plans to release â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Know It Was a Trapâ&#x20AC;? and also are collaborating with Liver Mousseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cody Cox and Caitlyn McNally on a project called Split 7. Jackson has a new punk band called Hinges with a debut album that hits the streets this year. Mississippi native Jimbo Mathus and Tri-State Coalition will be at the Delta Recording Co-op in Coma recording a new album with a tentative release date of fall 2012. Mathus has Eric Ambel (former Joan Jett and the Blackhearts guitarist and producer of The Bottle Rockets, Blue Mountain and Steve Earle) to produce his new album, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blue Heeler.â&#x20AC;? I hope all of you have a wonderful 2012, and please get out of the house to hear these talented groups of Jacksonians when they play. If you see me out and about, please say hello!



















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THURSDAY, JAN. 12 College basketball (8-10 p.m. ESPN2): the Mississippi State Bulldogs look for their first SEC win against the visiting Tennessee Volunteers.


Word is, LeBron James gave his long-time girlfriend an engagement ring on New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve. At least someone in the family will have a ring.

FRIDAY, JAN. 13 NBA (9:30 p.m.-midnight TNT): The early surprising Denver Nuggets host the nearly unstoppable Miami Heat. SATURDAY, JAN. 14 NFL Playoffs (3:30-6:30 p.m. Fox): Brees and the New Orleans Saints continue their quest to the Super Bowl against the San Francisco 49ers. â&#x20AC;Ś NFL Playoffs (7-10 p.m. CBS): Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos travel to the New England Patriots to face Tom Brady. SUNDAY, JAN. 15 NFL Playoffs (noon-3 p.m. CBS): The Baltimore Ravens host first-time playoff team, the Houston Texans. â&#x20AC;Ś NFL Playoffs (3:30-6:30 p.m. Fox): The Green Bay Packers begin their title defense against the New York Giants and Eli Manning. MONDAY, JAN. 16 NBA (9:30 p.m.-midnight TNT): Struggling defending champions the Dallas Mavericks hit the road to take on Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers. TUESDAY, JAN. 17 College basketball (8-10 p.m. ESPN): The powerful Kentucky Wildcats host the Arkansas Razorbacks in SEC action. WEDNESDAY, JAN. 18 College basketball (8-10 p.m. CSS): Mississippi State travels to Oxford to face the Ole Miss Rebels in a key SEC game early in the conference season. Mississippi State and Ole Miss fell in their first conference basketball games. Both can get into the mix in March but must not lose. The Golden Eagles won their first two conference game. Follow Bryan Flynn at, @jfpsports and at

Football player Bennie Abram, 20, collapsed during February 2010 football drills at Ole Miss. He died a few hours later.


n Feb. 19, 2010, Ole Miss football walk-on Bennie Abram took the field along with a silent and deadly killer. Abram collapsed twice during conditioning drills at the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s indoor practice facility. Rushed to the hospital, the 20-year-old died a few hours later. Autopsy reports showed that sickle cell trait contributed to his death. Sickle cell anemia, aka sickle cell disease or rhabdomyolsis, is an inherited blood disorder where red blood cells take the shape of a sickle or quarter moon. These â&#x20AC;&#x153;sickledâ&#x20AC;? cells release only a limited amount of oxygen into the blood stream, which can cause the heart to go into arrhythmia. In arrhythmia, the heart does not beat properly and cannot circulate blood. It can cause sudden death. People with African, Middle Eastern, Indian, some Eastern Mediterranean and some Latin American ancestry are more likely to inherit the gene that causes the disease. The gene inherited from both parents causes the full disease; having only one parent with the abnormal gene results in the sickle-cell trait. As the third leading cause of sudden death in athletes (cardiovascular disease is first; abnormal arteries is second),the sickle-cell trait poses a major threat to individuals participating in sports, especially as many athletes are unaware that they are plagued with the trait. It is this unawareness that is creating problems for coaches and athletic trainers. Sickling generally occurs at the onset of

practice or training as a result of sudden exertion. Athletes may feel a sensation of cramping in their backs or legs, but with no muscle tightness. They may also experience extreme fatigue and shortness of breath. Coaches and players often dismiss the symptoms, attributing them to â&#x20AC;&#x153;being out of shape.â&#x20AC;? They often ignore the warning signs. Mike Wilkinson, director of outreach services at the Mississippi Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center and chairman of the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee of the Mississippi High School Athletics Association, says the biggest threat to athletes with the disease is not being aware of it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All kids in all 50 states born in a hospital are tested for the sickle-cell trait, but many parents canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t remember if their children carry the trait,â&#x20AC;? he said, adding that most parents and athletes have no idea of the traitsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; potential complications. The threat has become so problematic that the NCAA is taking steps to protect its athletes. As of 2010, all NCAA Division I and Division II schools must test their athletes for the sickle cell anemia trait. The member school is responsible for the cost of the test. College athletes must submit to the test, or sign a waiver before participating in tryouts. High school players are not as lucky. Wilkinson said that on the state level, funding is not available to cover the cost of the large number of athletes who would need to be tested. The Mississippi High School Athletics Association added a question on its stateapproved physical form requiring parents to disclose if the athlete carries the trait, but more needs to be done. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Again, the form isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always accurate because many parents donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t remember,â&#x20AC;? he said. Athletes with the trait should not be disqualified from play because minor precautions can create sufficient safety, the National Association of Athletic Trainers stated in 2007. The organization created a task force the same year to raise awareness. NAAT provided recommendations for coaches who have players with the trait. It also suggested that athletes become aware of whether they carry the trait and get educated on the symptoms. The guidelines urge athletes to gradually increase training, to immediately stop at the onset of symptoms, and to stay in shape all year.




























Wilkinson said the state High School Athletics Association is taking steps to alert coaches about the warning signs and potential symptoms of sickling. Mississippi Sports Medicine provides literature to coaches each summer. The MHSAA encourages coaches to ask parents whether their children carry the trait. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an awareness issue,â&#x20AC;? Wilkinson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We must make coaches, parents and players aware of how to recognize (sickling) and keep it from being serious.â&#x20AC;? Bennie Abramâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s family filed a lawsuit in May against the University of Mississippi and the NCAA, among others, alleging Ole Miss Athletics did not tell Abram that he had the trait after doctors discovered it in initial blood tests. The suit claims the team violated NCAA guidelines in handling Abrams collapse. The family has a history of sickle cell trait, Bennie Abram Jr., told The ClarionLedger last May, but they never discussed it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really know something this serious could happen because of it,â&#x20AC;? he said. For information, visit and

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Read up. Start with simple cookbooks featuring recipes you know youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll like. I recommend Fannie Flaggâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Original Whistle Stop CafĂŠ Cookbookâ&#x20AC;? (Ballantine Books, 1993, $17). Flagg features simple homestyle dishes she gleaned from her favorite cafes, and she spices the book with absorbing narratives between recipes. I have used mine, literally, to pieces. I also love â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best of the Best from Bellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Best Cookbookâ&#x20AC;? (Quail Ridge Press, 2006, $16.95) by Telecom Pioneers of Mississippi. Start slowly. Step away from the blowtorch. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t try creme brulee until youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve mastered custard. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll just get frustrated. Stick with simple dishes until youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re more comfortable moving to more complex cuisine.


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have only recently discovered that the room housing my coffee pot and takeout menus is a kitchen. A few years ago, I was one of those people who actually bragged that I had no idea how to correctly boil an egg and had no intentions of learning in the near future. In the past year, however, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been driven by sheer serendipity and financial woes to seek solace over the stove. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m in the process of re-making my home. Along the way, I surmised that for me to fully make this house my home, I must prepare food in it. I waxed a bit metaphysical over the idea of cooking. For me, cooking at its core is the simple transfer of energy from one person to another in the form of something ingestible. My grandmothers never spoke of cooking in those terms, but I believe they understood this principle. They would spend hours standing over the holiday dressing, critiquing, stirring, adding to the alchemy in the roasting pan. The kitchen always intimidated me. Cookbooks with long recipes left me cold; I would shove them to the back of the highest shelf I could find, swearing never to open them again. Fear of culinary failure drove me to the takeout line. I cannot pinpoint exactly what gave me the impetus to try cooking again. Maybe I just wanted to experience the smells of food wafting through my house. I decided on a whim to cook a brisket, and called my stepfather, an avid cook, and scribbled out the recipe he read to me over the phone. I discovered something that day. Well, two things: one, brisket takes all day to cook; and two, cooking is therapeutic. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never made anything except coffee, cooking can seem overwhelming. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really not. Cooking requires organization, time management, some creativity and a willingness to improvise. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be afraid. The oven is not a portal to the underworld, I promise. I have some suggestions to assist you along your odyssey through the kitchen:


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1 egg 1/4 to 1/2 cup milk (2 percent, whole or skim) For creamier consistency, use 1/2 cup. 1 8-ounce bag large elbow macaroni 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (You can use more if you like.) black pepper

Cook macaroni as indicated on the package. Drain well in a colander and rinse with cold water. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray bottom and sides of 11-by-7-inch ovensafe casserole dish. In medium bowl, beat egg and milk together with wire whisk until smooth. Layer ingredients. Start first layer with half the elbow macaroni. Layer half the shredded cheddar on top of macaroni. Repeat. Cover with milk and egg mixture. Add black pepper to taste. Cover with remaining cheddar cheese. Again, add black pepper to taste. Bake uncovered for 25 to 30 minutes. Serves four.

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Bourbon Street in the Quarter (1855 Lakeland Drive, 601-987-0808) “Grab Your Beads and Come on Out!” Po Boys, burgers, Philly Cheesesteaks, appetizers. Full bar, drink specials, live music. Just opened, check it out! Hal and Mal’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 day’s blackboard special. Best of Jackson winner for Live Music Venue. Burgers and Blues (1060 E. County Line Road, Ridgeland 601-899-0038) Al Stamps (of Cool Al’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) Jackson’s “Best Hole in the Wall,” has a great jukebox, great bar and a great burger. Plate lunches, cheesy fries and tons more, including a full bar and friendly favorites. Cool Al’s (4654 McWillie, 601-713-3020) A Best of Jackson fixture, Cool Al’s signature stacked, messy, decadent, creative burgers defy adjectives. And don’t forget the fries! Fenian’s Pub (901 E. Fortification St. 601-948-0055) Classic Irish pub featuring a menu of traditional food, pub sandwiches and beers such as Guinness and Harp on tap. Last Call (3716 I-55 N. Frontage Road 601-713-2700) Burgers, sandwiches and po-boys, plus sports-bar appetizers and specialities. Pay-per-view sporting events, live bands. Martin’s Restaurant and Lounge (214 South State Street 601-354-9712) Lunch specials, pub appetizers (jalapeno poppers, cheezsticks, fried pickles) or order from the full menu of po-boys and entrees. Full bar, massive beer selection and live music most nights. Time Out Sports Café (6720 Old Canton Road 601-978-1839) 14 TVs, 1 projector and two big-screens. Daily $9 lunch specials, pub-style appetizers, burgers, seafood and catfish po-boys, salads, and hot entrees including fish, steak and pasta. Ole Tavern on George Street (416 George St. 601-960-2700) Pub food with a southern flair: beer-battered onion rings, chicken & sausage gumbo, salads, sandwiches and weekly lunch specials. Plus, happy hour 4-7pm Monday through Friday. Sportsman’s Lodge (1120 E Northside Dr. in Maywood Mart 601-366-5441) Voted Best Sports Bar in 2010, Sportman’s doesn’t disappoint with plenty of gut-pleasing sandwiches, fried seafood baskets, sandwiches and specialty appetizers. Underground 119 (119 South President St. 601-352-2322) Jumbo lump crabcakes, crab quesadillas, beef tenderloin parfaits, orange-garlic shrimp, even “lollipop” lamb chops. Add a full bar and mix in great music. Opens 4 p.m.-until, Wed-Sat. Wing Stop (952 North State Street, 601-969-6400) Saucing and tossing wings in a choice of nine flavors, Wing Stop wings are made with care and served up piping hot. Every order is made fresh to order; check out the fresh cut 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.


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