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ebecca Floyd got her first guide dog in 1964. Blind since birth—doctors believe she had the measles while in her mother’s womb, which caused vision impairment—Floyd has not only learned to cope, but to thrive without the sense most people rely on most. Now, Floyd, 66, is passing the gift of guide dogs on to others. Since 2009, Floyd has worked to raise and train guide dogs for others as founder and executive director of Gallant Hearts Guide Dog Center. “I have always wanted to start a guidedog school. But, unfortunately, I had to work for a living until I retired,” she says. “So now, I have the freedom of being able to do something I wanted to do.” Before starting Gallant Hearts, Floyd was executive director of then-called Mississippi Protection and Advocacy System (now Disability Rights Mississippi), which protects the rights of people with disabilities. Small in stature, Floyd is a calm, selfsufficient presence, matched by her sedate and well-trained guide dog, a red Doberman named Lucy. Floyd’s optimism and giving spirit is contagious. Most guide dogs trained at schools can cost from $35,000 to $50,000, but Gallant Hearts provides dogs to their applicants free of charge. Floyd estimates the organization spends between $17,000 and $18,000 per dog by the time they pass him or her onto


a new owner. Nearly all the cost comes from donations and volunteers. Gallant Hearts only has one paid employee, its dog trainer. Gallant Hearts mainly works with Doberman Pinschers and German Shepherds. “They are originally working dogs,” Floyd says. “They are dogs that love to please their owner. They have a serious work ethic, they want to work, and they are very smart.” Floyd’s husband, Gary Collins, is also visually impaired. Floyd says her family includes Kathy Curtis, who, although not biologically related, lives in an apartment at their home and helps Floyd and Collins with day-to-day matters, as well as with the dogs. At home, Floyd has between five and seven dogs at any time, both her own dogs and those they are housing or puppy-raising for Gallant Hearts. “They are just so honest and so responsive. If they are handled properly, they are just so responsive. It’s so easy to train them, they love to please and they love to be with people,” she says. Floyd says being able to give guide dogs to people in need is one of the most fulfilling things she has done. “Of course, I love it because I know how much a guide dog meant to me, and I want to be able to provide the same opportunity to other people,” she says. “It’s really a terrific experience. I’ve enjoyed the last two years of my life probably more than any two years of my life.” —Kathleen M. Mitchell

Cover photograph of Ole Miss by Trip Burns

8 Pleading Hate

“On numerous occasions, the co-conspirators used dangerous weapons, including beer bottles, sling shots and motor vehicles, to cause, and attempt to cause, bodily injury to African Americans, specifically targeting those they believed to be homeless or under the influence of alcohol because they believed that such individuals would be less likely to report an assault.” —U.S. Justice Department statement on hate crimes committed by Deryl Dedmon, Dylan Wade Butler and John Aaron Rice.

31 Top Tunes

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by Todd Stauffer, Publisher

Breaking: A Serious Discussion in D.C.


onna Ladd and I had the good fortune to attend a meeting a few weeks ago at the White House as part of their initiative to reach out to small businesses around the country. While discussions about innovation, technology and immigration were all on the agenda, this meeting, in late November, was overshadowed by the topic of the looming “fiscal cliff.” We weren’t there as media, but rather as small business owners, with the same general concerns that the other 50 or so folks around the large conference table, with various political leanings, wanted to share with the White House. It was a remarkable experience. Imagine yourself in any room in Washington, D.C., where honest—sometimes emotional—discussion takes place among 50 or so businesspeople who are clearly from different backgrounds and parties and have different ideas about how things need to get done. People who work at the White House listened to all of us and tried to answer concerns, sometimes more successfully than others. Other people in the room responded with their own perspectives, stories and point of view. By the end of the day, deep discussion was taking place, with people seeing other people’s perspectives and hearing other people’s passion. As the meeting wound down, I think nearly everyone in the room appreciated the opportunity— and many probably felt a swell of patriotic pride at the undertaking. We don’t imagine that sort of thing happening in gridlocked Washington, D.C., but it did when I was there. And I applaud these folks at the White House for making it happen. I say all that to say this—as a result, Donna and I have been thinking and talking a lot about getting the facts right on the “fiscal cliff,” and we’ve had a unique

opportunity to hear the thinking behind the White House’s position on it. Let’s look at some numbers. The federal budget is cut up into three basic chunks—”discretionary” spending, which is 35 percent of the budget; “mandatory” spending, which is roughly 60 percent; and interest on the debt, which is about 5 percent. Discretionary spending includes infrastructure, energy investment, and edu-

The U.S. must raise tax rates and reform the corporate tax code. cation, as well as spending on defense and homeland security. In fact, about two-thirds of the discretionary budget is defense and security (including the State Department and FEMA)—it’s over $800 billion. The non-security spending is something a bit over $400 billion. In the Budget Control Act of 2011, Republicans and Democrats agreed on $917 billion in spending cuts (over 10 years); as a result, non-security discretionary spending is now actually pretty darned low on a historical basis. That’s cuts to Health and Human Services, HUD and the Justice Department, for instance, both this year and ongoing. If there are going to be more cuts— and there will be, as the White House’s goal is to get the budget deficit to within

3 percent of GDP—we’re going to have to cut security (including defense) and/or mandatory spending, such as entitlements. President Obama has said that both are on the table, although he doesn’t support cutting defense as much as the Simpson-Bowles recommendations. There are strong signs that Obama will support some entitlement reform, even though the base of his own party is against it; Obama also hasn’t rejected raising the age for Medicare coverage. While we’ve been doing a fair bit of cutting, we’ve largely kept in place the tax rates of the 2000s, which means we’re sitting at low revenue rates, a little over 15 percent of GDP. During the Reagan administration. it was over 18 percent; over Clinton’s two terms it averaged 19 percent. The Obama administration’s solution is one you’ve heard—keep Bush-era rates for lower earners, but return to Clinton-era rates for taxable incomes over $250,000. It’s the tax increase that got the most heated discussion among business owners at our White House meeting, and for good reason. As you may recall from the election, conservatives like to call any tax increase on people who clear over $250,000 in a year a “tax on small businesses.” That’s a wild overstatement, but there’s a grain of truth in it, which I call the “Schedule C doughnut hole.” First, the overstatement: Remember, it’s “net” income, not gross receipts. (Most businesses have to generate in the millions in gross receipts to make hundreds of thousands in taxable profits.) Plus, it’s a marginal tax, so only the taxable dollars over $250,000 are taxed at 3 percent more when you reach the new bracket; dollars below that amount are taxed at the lower rates. So the hit only really kicks in when you’re reporting some serious net income. Now, the grain of truth: The tax code

currently has a hole in it that affects small businesses that are organized as LLCs or S corporations. Because these businesses report their business taxable income on Schedule C of their personal tax form, the owners can be liable for taxes on money that they don’t actually receive from the business. (If your business has $50,000 in net revenue at the end of the year, but you want to buy a $50,000 truck next year, you may still be liable for taxes on that $50,000 on your personal 1040 in April, even though you didn’t get the cash in your personal account.) The answer from the White House folks? That’s a tax reform issue, not a tax rate issue. And they’re right; if you and your company report enough net income, then being taxed at a slightly higher rate doesn’t really change the problem that you’re being taxed on money you didn’t receive regardless of which rate is in place. So this is where the rubber meets the road. First, we need to get the fiscal cliff averted—and the recession that would come with it—and we need to raise revenues as a percentage of GDP to at least Reagan-era levels. That means more tax revenue, which means higher tax rates. (That’s the “math” Obama keeps talking about.) Leaving the rates low doesn’t really do enough for the small business doughnut hole to solve that problem, anyhow. Then, there’s an important next step in 2013—we need to lean on Democrats, Republicans and the White House to pursue corporate tax reform in the new year, including reform to address the doughnut hole affecting small businesses that net more than $250,000 a year. Agree? Call your congressional representatives and tell them to raise rates now and reform business taxes next year. That’s what’s best for the economy and for the small businesses that drive it. Comment at

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R.L. Nave

Jacob Fuller

Julian Rankin

Kelly Bryan Smith

Richard Coupe

Kathleen Mitchell

Genevieve Legacy

Monique Davis

Reporter R.L. Nave grew up in St. Louis and graduated from Mizzou (the University of Missouri). Contact him at 601-3626121 ext. 12 or He wrote the cover story about Ole Miss.

Reporter Jacob Fuller is a former student at Ole Miss. When not reporting, he splits his time between playing music and photographing anything in sight. He covers the city for the JFP. Email him at jacob@

Julian Rankin was raised in Mississippi and educated at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He writes about, photographs and paints all things southern. He wrote the books feature.

Kelly Bryan Smith is a mom, writer, brain-tumor survivor, and student living with her son in Fondren. She enjoys cooking, swimming, reading and collecting blue eggs from her backyard chickens. She wrote the family feature.

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

Features Editor Kathleen Mitchell has lived in Salt Lake City, Boston, Ireland and Mississippi, but no matter where she calls home, she’s always wishing for a white Christmas. She wrote the Jacksonian and Body/Soul features.

Genevieve Legacy is an artist and writer who relocated from New York last August. She lives in Brandon with her husband, and son and one of Mississippi’s laziest dogs, a piebald hound named Dawa. She wrote an events blurb.

Account Executive Monique Davis is a passionate promoter of all things Jackson. She is a cartoonist, is married to the smartest man on the planet, and is a mother of six wonderful children. She can be bribed with red wine (Merlot).


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am not writing to express any feelings of embarrassment, disappointment or anger toward the students who shouted racist language and displayed violent behavior after the announcement of our president’s re-election. I am writing to express my concerns regarding the response of the university community to that event. The initial reaction by the university in general seems to have been one of shock and shame. The rhetoric used in conversations among friends, on Facebook and Twitter, and by some student leaders and some faculty members reflects those sentiments. “The events are embarrassing.� “This is not representative of the university as a whole.� I challenge this community to move beyond its initial response. It is time to turn away from outrage. Our work begins now. What does our work look like? What action do we now take? What do we ask of our administration, our leaders? Many have suggested expulsion. According to them, the students who were involved in the election night events “are not welcome here.� This response absolutely does not constitute an adequate solution. It is easy, and it is hateful. It does nothing to address the racism that pervades this campus. It does nothing to teach those students, who are in this place to get an education. So let us educate them. Let us not abandon our mission as an institution of learning. Let us bring them to the table then come away together as a stronger and more loving community. Again I ask, what do we do next? I leave it to you. Of course, I have my own ideas, and my friends and I have already begun planning events to foster dialogue not only on race but also on gender, sexual orientation and class. But to you I say: Do not let this precious moment pass. Do not sweep this under the rug as so many before you have done to other incidents. Do not rely only on words. Take action. Do something positive for your community. Murrah High School graduate Kaitlin Barnes is a junior classics major at Ole Miss. -OST6IRAL3TORIESATJFPMS

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Thursday, Dec. 6 Two conferences about teenage pregnancy are held in Jackson, one for health professionals and educators, and one for teenagers. â&#x20AC;Ś A new law legalizing marijuana goes into effect in Washington state. The day before, the state legalized gay marriage. Friday, Dec. 7 Gov. Phil Bryant schedules a special election for Jan. 15 to replace state Sen. Bennie Turner, D-West Point, who died Nov. 27. â&#x20AC;Ś More than 2,000 people gathered at Pearl Harbor to mark the 71st anniversary of the attack that plunged the United States into World War II. Saturday, Dec. 8 Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center welcomes home soldiers from 158th Infantry Brigade and 177th Armored Brigade returning from Afghanistan. â&#x20AC;Ś President Barack Obama accuses House Republicans of blocking legislation to prevent tax increases on Americans earning $250,000 or less. Sunday, Dec. 9 A tight budget forces the University of Southern Mississippi to cancel plans for using the old Hattiesburg High School for its programs. â&#x20AC;Ś North Korea says the country may postpone the controversial launch of a long-range rocket this week.

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Monday, Dec. 10 Statehood Day commemorates the 195th anniversary of Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s statehood. â&#x20AC;Ś President Barack Obama says that he wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t compromise on demands that the wealthiest Americans pay more in taxes to help lower the deficit.


Tuesday, Dec. 11 The Mississippi â&#x20AC;&#x153;Home of Your Own 500 Celebrationâ&#x20AC;? honors 15 years of homeownership for people with disabilities. â&#x20AC;Ś The Air Force launches its second robotic X-37B spaceplane as part of a mission that remains mysterious. Get breaking daily news updates at



More Hate Crime Charges Coming? by R.L Nave


arly one summer morning, after a night of underage binge drinking, a group of young people from Rankin County thought it would be fun to drive into Jackson and kill a black person. Jonathan Gaskamp and William Montgomery, of Brandon and Puckett, respectively, pleaded guilty to federal hate crimes

County, previously pleaded guilty for also participating in Andersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s murder. The terror reign of Dedmon, Dylan Wade Butler and John Aaron Rice started months before Dedmon hit the accelerator on his Ford F250 pickup truck and ended Andersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life, federal prosecutors say. That spring, the Rankin County clan started using African Americans for target practice, according to a U.S. Justice Department statement. â&#x20AC;&#x153;On numerous occasions,â&#x20AC;? the statement reads, â&#x20AC;&#x153;the co-conspirators used dangerous weapons, including beer bottles, sling shots and motor vehicles, to cause, and attempt to cause, bodily injury to African Americans, specifically targeting those they believed to be homeless or under the influence of alcohol The murder of James Anderson, a black man, last June because they believed that such marked the end of a months-long hate crime spree. individuals would be less likely Last week, two men who participated in the spree to report an assault.â&#x20AC;? plead guilty in federal court. One time, they beat a charges Dec. 4. Each man was charged with black man until he begged for his life. Gasconspiracy and one count of violating a fed- kamp kicked the victim in the head and eral hate crimes law. body at least two times. On June 26, 2011, their friend Deryl Gaskamp did not participate in AnderDedmon killed a black man named James sonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s murder. That morning around 4 a.m., Craig Anderson in a motel parking lot. Ded- after a birthday-party bonfire, the clan demon and two other men, all from Rankin cided, according to a prosecutor in the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s


Wednesday, Dec. 5 The U.S. Department of Agriculture shows that it has committed more than a half-billion dollars to clean up the Gulf Coast in the past two years. â&#x20AC;Ś Citigroup announces the company will cut 11,000 jobs.


Ole Miss, Then and Now The University of Mississippi is an institution with changingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;some would say evolvingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;symbols. See if you can find these, for better or worse. Look forward, backward, vertically and diagonally. Then Colonel Reb Dixie segregation riot James Meredith Confederate flag Ross Barnett baby blue Archie Johnny Vaught Barry Hannah Pizza Bobâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Square Books Hoka

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case against Dedmon, to go â&#x20AC;&#x153;f*ck with some n*ggersâ&#x20AC;? in Jackson. Four of the conspirators piled into Montgomeryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s white Jeep; two others rode with Dedmon. Before they found their final mark in Anderson, Montgomery and the other three occupants of the Jeep drove around and threw beer bottles at African Americans. When they found Anderson, who appeared drunk, in a motel parking lot near Ellis Avenue, the white Jeepâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s passengers stalled Anderson under the pretense of helping himâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;long enough for Dedmon to arrive. When he did, one of the group members cold-cocked Anderson, knocking him to the ground. Dedmon straddled Anderson, pounding his face and head for a few seconds. After the assault concluded, Dedmon and one of his friends exchanged chants of â&#x20AC;&#x153;White power!â&#x20AC;? Dedmon spotted Anderson again just and deliberately mowed Anderson down. In announcing the recent guilty pleas, the DOJ hinted that more charges might be coming. Said Daniel McMullen, special agent in charge of the Jackson Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, in the release: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The FBI will continue its efforts to identify and bring to justice all those individuals who participated in depriving Anderson and other citizens of their civil rights because of the color of their skin.â&#x20AC;? Comment at Email R.L. Nave at


Mayor, Council Square Off Over Contract by Jacob D. Fuller

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Councilman Quentin Whitwell and the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economic development committee are pressuring the mayor to sign a contract with Siemens Corp. soon.

mayor, said this project has the potential to have a positive economic impact on the city. His concern is that the administration, in the name of cost-cutting, will negotiate out some of the smaller subcontractors that Siemens wants to hire. While Lumumba doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want the project to cost the city more than it has to, he wants to see cost-cutting start at the top, so that smaller, local contractors can get a piece of the $90 million pie. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m concerned that the slowness in approving the contract is designed to eliminate other people, who I believe Siemens has included in this economic expansion activity, people who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t generally get these city contracts,â&#x20AC;? Lumumba said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What is possible is that once (the administration) gets the people they favor signed up, then (they) put pressure on Siemens to reduce the price of the contract, which, at the same time, could be concealed as pressure for them to eliminate some of the other team members.â&#x20AC;? Johnson said he has had to work out specifics and sign a confidentiality agreement with Siemens before signing a contract. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The council authorized signature of the contract, but it was not until after that time that we were able to get information from Siemens as to some of the technical aspects and some of the fine tuning we thought that we needed to do,â&#x20AC;? Johnson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not like itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at a standstill.â&#x20AC;? The financial-advisory-team contract includes $170,000 to Baker Donelson and Anthony Simon for bond counsel, $125,000 to Malachi Financial Products for financial advice, and $100,000 to the Begley Law Firm and Betty Mallett for underwriting bonds. Comment at Email Jacob D. Fuller at

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he Jackson City Council sent a message to Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. Tuesday: The specifics of a $90 million contract with Siemens Corp. for upgrades to the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s water system are in his hands, but he needs to hurry up. The economic-development committee, under the chairmanship of Ward 1 Councilman Quentin Whitwell, tabled a vote at a Dec. 3 meeting to approve the mayor-appointed financial advisory committee for the project, which will be the most expensive of its kind that the city has ever undertaken. The project includes Siemens and subcontractors installing new, digital water meters across the city, implementing a new water bill-tracking and payment system, making improvements to the water-treatment plant, putting in some new sewer lines and training city employees to operate the new systems. Siemens has guaranteed the city that the project will pay for itself in new revenue and cost savings to the city. Whitwell and Ward 4 Councilman Frank Bluntson, who is running for mayor, said they did not want to approve the financial team because they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like that the mayor has not yet signed a contract with Siemens, though the council gave him permission to do so Oct. 16. â&#x20AC;&#x153;(The council is) frustrated by the fact that the mayor apparently has a difficult time actually pulling the trigger on projects that he knows are important for the city,â&#x20AC;? Whitwell told the Jackson Free Press. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They are ready to see some action.â&#x20AC;? Johnson said that a contract as expensive and large as this one, which the city will sell bonds to fund, requires a lot financial expertise and time to complete. At the councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s regular meeting Dec. 11, Ward 2 Councilman Chokwe Lumumba proposed an order that would have reserved the councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right to approve all final terms of the energy performance contract with Siemens. Whitwell, as well as Ward 7 Councilwoman Margaret Barrett-Simon, said the order would contradict what the council did Oct. 16 when they gave the mayor permission to negotiate and execute the contract. The mayor assured the council that if there were any major changes to the deal with Siemens, he would bring them before the council. The order failed in a 3-4 vote. Lumumba, who is also running for



TALK | health care

Rebel On The Exchange by Ronni Mott


December 12 - 18, 2012


ississippi’s insurance comChaney is using federal funds allocated ever controls that portal controls the regulamissioner has no qualms to Mississippi under the ACA—some $21 tion of the products” on it. “To cede that about bucking his party. million—to finish the work Mississippi be- control would be, in essence, to cede our Mike Chaney, a Republican gan. The funds haven’t endeared Obamacare authority over to the federal government.” first elected in 2007, has been building a to the commissioner, who is not shy about The concept for exchanges is to provide health-insurance exchange under the Pa- his opposition to the law. more customers to insurance companies, tient Protection and Affordable spreading the risk and lowering Care Act (aka Obamacare) since prices. at least October 2011, despite “That’s the theory with insuroverwhelming GOP opposition to ance,” Sisk said. “… Whether the Obamacare in general. exchange will accomplish this or not When Chaney asked Gov. is yet to be determined.” Phil Bryant to explain why he States have more latitude for should stop progress on the exthe small-business portion than the change, the governor only replied part for individuals. “The ACA that the Obama administration mandates that states create a small would “change the rules and conemployer exchange, but … they trol everything. You cannot trust leave it to the states as to how that’s them,” Chaney told POLITICO set up and how that’s run,” he said. last month. The Mississippi business exAn insurance exchange is hardchange will include a “defined conly a new concept for Mississippi. In tribution system” where companies 1991, the Legislature established specify an amount to contribute to the Comprehensive Health Insurtheir employees’ health insurance, ance Risk Pool Association to make and employees select from various Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney is insurance available to individuals plans that fit that criteria. They can moving ahead with a health-insurance exchange despite GOP opposition. Former Gov. Haley Barbour had that mainstream companies turned also choose a plan with more bensupported a similar exchange when he was governor. down due to poor health or pre-exefits and pick up the additional cost isting conditions. themselves. Today, if a company “That’s the insurance of last provides health insurance, employresort,” said Aaron Sisk, senior attorney and “I hope it is repealed,” Chaney wrote in ees have few options other than “take it or director of life and health actuarial at the a Nov. 15 release, reiterating what he’s said leave it.” That option will still be available Mississippi Insurance Department. “If you on numerous occasions. “However, it is the for people in Mississippi, Sisk said, though get turned down by everybody, you can get law of the land.” companies with more than 50 employees are insurance through the risk pool. You’re going Many states under Republican admin- at risk of incurring penalties if they don’t proto pay a little bit more for it, but you can still istrations are resisting establishing exchanges, vide insurance. get insurance.” and they will default to having the federal Sisk indicated that the insurance comFormer Gov. Haley Barbour started government do the job for them. mission will put out information to help pushing for a free-market exchange for MisChaney is convinced that Mississippi Mississippians understand what’s available sissippians in 2007—years before Congress will do a better job of building its own insur- through the exchange throughout the next passed the Affordable Care Act in 2010— ance exchange than the federal government year. When the exchange begins its open enbased on recommendations from the Heri- and is moving ahead with the job, making rollment period in October 2013, he hopes tage Foundation, a conservative Washington, him an outlier in his party. Mississippians will understand their options. D.C.-based think tank. Those recommenda“The bottom line is simply this—if we tions came in response to then-first lady Hill- do not implement and operate a state-based What About Hospitals? ary Clinton’s push for health-care reform in health insurance exchange by January 1, Chaney is familiar with how the ACA the late 1980s. 2014, the federal government will imple- will affect hospitals; he sits on the board of As a result, Mississippi is ahead of most ment and operate one for us, and we will trustees of River Region Health Systems in states in setting up its exchange. It already forever give the keys to health insurance in Vicksburg, a position that includes protecthas a website ( where in- our state to Washington,” he wrote. ing and preserving the hospital’s financial dividuals can compare and shop for healthChaney is one of only a dozen insur- viability, said Heather Butler, River Region’s insurance policies, and is working to create ance commissioners nationwide who hold vice president of marketing. another site for businesses. elected positions; state governors appoint “Basically, what you do is serve as an adThe challenge is to conform Mississip- most commissioners. That puts him in a viser to the hospital and represent the compi’s site to fit Obamacare parameters, which position to tell Bryant, a rabid opponent of munity,” Chaney said of the position, which the U.S. Supreme Court largely upheld in President Barack Obama’s policies, to mind he said does not involve financial decisions. June. The court upheld the individual man- his own business. “What it does do is it gives me a lot of indate, which requires most Americans to have formation about the problems that hospitals health insurance (either through an employ- What’s in It for Mississippi? and doctors face with insurance and getting er or on their own), and the requirement for “We’ve been regulating health insur- paid for services.” states to provide its citizens and businesses ance in the state since 1946,” Sisk said. “The Chaney denied any conflict of interinsurance exchanges on Jan. 1, 2014. If a states are better suited to regulate the insur- est between the two positions, and said he state chooses not to set up an exchange, the ance market.” For consumers, the insurance “went through this” with the state Ethics federal government will do it for them. exchange is essentially a website, and “who- Commission. State law seems to support


Chaney’s assertion of no conflict. Hopefully, the exchange will decrease the amount of uncompensated care provided by Mississippi hospitals. Federal subsidies may be available to individuals whose income falls between 100 percent and 400 percent of the federal poverty level—$23,500 for a family of four this year—and who purchase a plan through the exchange, regardless of whether the state chooses to expand Medicaid. Because the law was written with the expectation of increased numbers of patients with insurance, it has reduced payments to hospitals under other federal programs, such as Medicare, including a reduction in the amount they receive for uncompensated care of the uninsured. That group includes working poor whose employers don’t provide health coverage, and those who may be eligible for Medicare, but can’t afford the premiums or co-pays. The June Supreme Court decision said states could not be forced to expand Medicaid, however, making for a lopsided equation, said Gwen Combs, vice president of policy for the Mississippi Hospital Association. “If you don’t expand Medicaid, the … cuts are still going forward,” she said. Last year, federal subsidies for uncompensated care came to about $210 million to Mississippi hospitals, Combs said, and the numbers of uninsured have increased exponentially since about 2008. At some Mississippi hospitals, up to 90 percent of patients are on Medicaid or uninsured. Estimates vary regarding the cost to the state to expand Medicaid. The state’s Institutions of Higher Learning said it would cost about $109.6 million through 2025. At the other end of the spectrum, Milliman, Inc., a conservative Wisconsin-based consulting firm, estimated additional costs at $480 million to $802 million through 2020. Milliman’s estimates are based on every potentially eligible person enrolling in Medicaid. That is a highly unlikely outcome, Milliman’s critics point out. “There is no means-tested program that achieves 100 percent participation, or close to it, among those who are eligible” for it, stated the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a non-profit think tank, last year. Mississippi hospitals could see 200,000 to 300,000 new patients with insurance by expanding its Medicaid rolls. Without it, “you’ve got all the cuts coming and none of the potential,” Combs said. The upside to an insurance exchange, even without Medicaid expansion, is that some people will be able to afford coverage that can’t today. “I think there will still be some uncompensated care,” for those who can only afford a minimal level of coverage, Combs said. “At least it’s better than nothing.”

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Child-Care Providers Seek Lawmaker Help by R.L. Nave

Income Child Care initiative. Now, child-care operators are asking lawmakers for help. On Nov. 29, Democratic U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson wrote to federal Health and Human Service SecR.L. NAVE

Child-care provider Delores Suel said a controversial finger-scanning program contains hidden costs to providers such as devoting staff to monitor the system.

retary Kathleen Sebelius on behalf of childcare center operators requesting an audit of MDHS Based on meetings with child-operators, Thompson said he was getting involved because providers felt too “threatened and (intimidated)” to challenge MDHS themselves. MDHS oversees programs for lowincome families, including some that paid for with federal funds. In September, MDHS launched a pilot program at about 20 centers in the Jackson metro area requiring parents who receive child-care assistance to scan their fingers when dropping their kids off at day care. Resistance to the program started to grow when providers complained the system was too costly to operate and that it raised concerns about personal-information security and privacy with the system. In his nine-page letter, Thompson states that his request for an MDHS review is based on complaints that the biometric scanner program violates Mississippi state regulations as well as provisions of the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program. Furthermore, Thompson said the MDHS’ finger-scanning policy discriminates against some low-income parents. Welchlin said the group is organizing grassroots support for legislation in the upcoming legislative session to block the program from fully going into effect. The group has not yet identified a state lawmaker to author a bill on the organization’s behalf. Comment at Contact R.L. Nave at

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rmed with data, child-care providers are asking state and federal lawmakers to intervene in their ongoing fight against a controversial new finger-scanning program. Information from the Mississippi LowIncome Child Care Initiative shows that 62 percent of Mississippi families have incomes low enough to qualify for child-care subsidies. However, only 17 percent of children who are eligible for the program receive assistance, otherwise known as a certificate. After child-care providers filed a lawsuit in Hinds County Chancery Court, MDHS halted expanding the scanner program to other providers who take certificates. MLICC representative Cassandra Welchlin said MDHS should terminate its contract with Xerox—which received $13 million from the state for the machines, software, maintenance and administration—and use the money to serve more of the approximately 8,000 children currently on the waiting list to receive help. MDHS officials have said that the finger-scanning program would increase efficiency and cut down on fraud and waste, which would help the agency cut down the waiting list. In an economic-impact statement about the effect of the finger scanners, MDHS stated that using the scanners could save as much as $20 million worth of fraud. Providers point to a March 2007 performance audit of the state’s Child Care and Development Fund conducted under then-Auditor Phil Bryant in which auditors make no mention of rampant fraud in the program. “If fraud was under control, then why is it not under control now?” asked Delores Suel, a child-care provider and the lead plaintiff against MDHS. However, the document does appear to lay the groundwork for why the scanner system is needed. Relying on a paper tracking system leads to long waits for payments and can result in waste and fraud that costs the state millions of dollars a year. The audit also states that previous audits and anecdotal evidence suggest improper payments being made “whether as a result of poor record-keeping, inadvertent error or outright fraud.” Providers posit that the true goal of the scanner program is to reduce assistance to poor parents. As evidence, providers show that in 2010, the state issued 57,271 certificates and by 2011, just 49,908 certificates were issued. As of August 2012, the number of certificates had dropped to 19,657, according to information from the Mississippi Low


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apital city beer drinkers will get their first taste of draft beers from the Jackson metro area’s first commercial brewer this week. Lucky Town Brewing Co. will release its two beers, The Flare Incident and Ballistic Blonde, on tap with a celebration at Underground 119 Dec. 15. The party isn’t all about beer, though. Lucky Town is also using the celebration to collect toys for the Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital. Anyone who brings a new, unopened toy to Underground 119 that night will get a gift from Lucky Town in return. “Bring a toy and have your first pint on us,” Angela Aiello, special events coordinator for Lucky Town, said. Lucky Town purchased its first 30-barrel fermenting tank and installed it at Back Forty Beer Company in Gadsden, Ala., in September. That’s where they brew all Lucky Town beers, for now. “We definitely want to have our own facility,” Sales and Marketing Director Chip Jones said. “This is kind of like phase one in order to get toward that goal. We’re saying probably 18 to 24 months is when we’d like to break ground on our own facility.” Lucky Town has its state brewing license, but the federal government currently recognizes the company as an alcohol wholesaler. To obtain a federal brewing license, government representatives will have to inspect the Lucky Town brewery once it is built, Jones said. The brewwery has in-state distribution agreements with three distributors: Capital City Beverages, F.E.B. Distributing and Stokes Distributing. The agreements will get Lucky Town’s brews in stores from Jackson to the Gulf Coast. Brewmaster Lucas Simmons decided in 2011 to expand his home-brewing hobby into a full-fledged, and legal, brewery. So he joined forces with three like-souls: Jones, Aiello and Research and Development Direc-

Lucky Town, the metro area’s first commercial brewer, will release its first draft beers to the area with a celebration at Underground 119 Dec. 15.

Lucky Town hopes Simmons newly gained expertise will turn into new brews in the near future, but for now the company is focused on getting their current beers on taps across the metro area. The party at Underground 119 will start at 6 p.m. with free entry until 8 p.m., after which there will be a $10 cover at the door. New Orleans-based blues guitarist Bryan Lee will take the stage at 9 p.m. and play throughout the night. Lee has been a staple on the New Orleans music scene since the 1980s, and received a Grammy nomination in 2011 for his guest appearance on Kenny Wayne Shepherd’s “Live! In Chicago” album. The Flare Incident and Ballistic Blonde are the Gluckstadt-based brewery’s first yearround beers. The former is a Lucky Town’s flagship brew, an oatmeal stout brewed with

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Vermont maple syrup, brown sugar and black roasted barley. The Flare Incident won first-place honors in both the “Stout” and “Overall Big Beer” categories at the Keg and Barrel Outlaw Homebrew Competition in 2010 and First Place in the “Stout” category at Jacktoberfest 2011. Neither of the beers is above the state’s former 6 percent alcohol-by-volume legal limit, so Lucky Town was affected by the law’s change this summer. Aiello said that Lucky Town wants to create beers that will reach a larger audience, and beers that audience can drink more of. Therefore, Lucky Town is keeping their beers below the 6-percent alcohol-by-volume threshold. Jones said casual beer drinkers shouldn’t let The Flare Incident’s dark color drive them away. “A lot of people think that stouts are heavy, when most stouts traditionally are very light as far as body and character goes” Jones said. “(The Flare Incident) is very flavorful. A lot of the chocolate malt and black barley is what gives it that dark color.” Ballistic Blonde may lend itself more to those who are looking for an easy-drinking beer. The Belgian-style blonde ale is brewed with Victory and Melanoiden, Pilsen and Munich malts, and Styrian Goldings and Perle hops. “Most of the blondes that are available around here are American blondes,” Jones said. “(Ballistic Blonde) is a little bit different. It uses a different yeast that gives it a lot more of a fruity, kind of banana notes to it. It’s similar to a hefeweizen.” After the party, the beer will be available on tap at 15 to 20 Jackson-area locations, including Fenian’s Pub, Wing Stop, Hal and Mal’s, Martin’s, Parlor Market, The Bulldog, and Sal & Mookie’s. Aiello said Lucky Town hopes to have events at all of the metro-area tap locations, but that she hasn’t confirmed the other celebrations yet. Comment at Email Jacob D. Fuller at




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Time to Invest in Workforce Health


ississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Republican Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney sees few redeeming features of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. He doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make any bones about that. Still, Chaney is enough of a realist to know that it isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going away. So heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dealing with it, building an online insurance exchange where Mississippians will be able to shop for coverageâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;hopefully on a more competitive basis than the open market provides today. His detractors, including Gov. Phil Bryant, have been making a lot of noise about Chaneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seemingly iron-clad decision, which doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t faze Chaney one way or the other. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s of the opinion that Mississippi can do better for Mississippians than the federal government can, and heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sticking to his guns. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something about that attitude that is both attractive and repellent. Someone who can stand up for what he or she believes is always attractiveâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;especially when they have a noble cause worth supporting (which is not to say insurance exchanges are noble). Yet, Chaneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stubborn, albeit informed, allergy to Obamacare makes him little better than the ideologues who oppose it on principle alone. No doubt, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re as tired as we are of hearing about the statistics and cost estimates, so letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s get down to the bottom line: people. Civilized societies take care of those who are least able to care for themselves. If we could start there when discussing whether to expand the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Medic-

aid rolls, for example, we might actually make some progress. Instead, Gov. Bryant and his team want to begin with the premise that Mississippi canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t afford to provide health insurance for the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s half-million uninsured. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s simply the wrong end of the equation. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s imperative to the wellbeing of our stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economy to figure it out, just like weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve figured out how to give corporations millions in tax cuts and other incentives to lure them to open doors in the state, for example. And hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the bottom line: Impoverished, sickly people do not make good workers; an ignorant populace does not make for good citizens. Bryant need look no further than the report â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blueprint Mississippi Health Care: An Economic Driver,â&#x20AC;? which the Mississippi Economic Council commissioned from New York City-based multinational consulting firm Newmark Grubb Knight Frank at a cost of about $340,000. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When businesses are making investment decisions, the health of the workforce is a factor,â&#x20AC;? states the report. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The population must be healthier and have better access to care in order to be competitive in capturing privatesector investment.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time for Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leadership to look seriously at solutions and figure out a way to make them work, instead of running to those who would give them yet another excuse to retain the status quo. Ideology isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the answer. It never is. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to insure Mississippians.

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arental selfishness was never more prevalent than when pro-life advocates protested in front of Jacksonarea schools. The protesters, armed with a City of Jackson permit and graphic signs displaying aborted fetuses, greeted students as they entered school. Some parents were outraged. The first thing I heard during the evening news report was, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Why arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t they in Madison? White girls have more abortions than black girls.â&#x20AC;? These comments were an indication that we are so wrapped up in our own children that we forget about the children around us. As parents, we should be concerned with the wellbeing of all children, not just the ones in our family, school, community or city. The issues plaguing children in Jackson are not unique; children all over the world face similar challenges. We must not attack communities with strong priorities for their children. Instead, we should ask questions such as, â&#x20AC;&#x153;What is Madison doing to protect and preserve their communities? Will those things work for Jackson?â&#x20AC;? Personally, I was appalled by the idea that the City of Jackson would grant a permit without stipulating that they could not protest in school zones. No childâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;no matter his or her race, creed or colorâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;deserves to be subjected to certain things without the consent of their parents. We must be willing to allow our city government accountable for what our children are exposed to. We must stand up for them because, often, they are powerless. As I look back on growing up in Jackson (which is not so long ago), I can see the differences in ideas about community. I have seen a major shift away from a communitycentered city to one that is headed toward an â&#x20AC;&#x153;every man or woman for himself or herselfâ&#x20AC;? environment. The degradation of a united community can only end in the failure of our children. Many wonderful, community-driven organizations do outstanding work in Jackson in an effort to provide resources for our children. I am not directing these comments to them. Rather, I am directing these ideas to people who carry a â&#x20AC;&#x153;separatistâ&#x20AC;? mentality. As adults, we are responsible to protect our childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;yours and mineâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;from entering

adulthood without sufficient guidance. We are responsible for filling in the gaps of inadequate social institutions so that the children in our city have a fighting chance in the global community. The most selfless job a person can have is being a parent. In parenting, one must give unconditionally to a child. Parents give their love, time and money to making sure that their children are raised properly. Being a parent, however, also can be the most selfish area of a personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life. Parents have complete authority of their children and are often unwavering when it comes to decisions. I often hear parents say, â&#x20AC;&#x153;That situation does not work for my child.â&#x20AC;? Our childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wellbeing is one area where we parents have the most power, authority and control. It is also the one area in which we need the most help. The Bible says that it takes a village to raise a child. But, as dwellers of this great universe, we have almost completely ignored this idea and adopted more selfish views of parenting. As parents, we are responsible for making our children whole. How can we truly do that if we are not whole ourselves? They watch us: They see us fighting, bickering and turning our backs on children they play with every day. When they emulate that behavior, we reprimand them for being bullies. Instead, we should share a mentality that if it is not good for another child, it is not good for our childâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;or any child. This holiday season, open your heart to a child other than your own. Take the time to show your children the benefits of having a community that is connected and united. It is far past time to be a part of the village, and not just live in it. In being concerned for your child, always remember your ideas and decisions affect other children as well. If we do not start to change ourselves, our children will grow into a cycle of divisiveness, which will be detrimental to us all. As parents, we must take a greater responsibility and not accept selfishness in any aspect of our lives, especially when it comes to all children. Melishia Grayson is a Jackson native and a senior English major at Jackson State University. Her love for her family drives her passion for change.

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with the sight of the campus in upheaval over the audacity of African Americans. Similar dramas have played out for years at Ole Miss, which today has a student population of 16,586, about 17 percent of whom are black. (Oxford, the tony town in which the university is situated, has 19,400 residents; 20 percent are black). Before election night, Cole saw it nine years earlier when the university dumped its controversial Colonel Reb mascot. Cole saw it in the 1980s when a black cheerleader refused to carry the Rebel flag. Cole was all too familiar with the famous story of a cocky 29-year-old Air Force veteran named James Meredith, the impetus for a deadly riot when he stepped onto campus and into history books as the first black person to enroll at Ole Miss. Cole had a starring role in the drama as an Ole Miss student in 1970, which resulted in his dismissal from the institution and started him on a decades-long odyssey through four states before he returned to Oxford in the early 1990s. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Of all the people who were disgruntled and hurt and felt their work had been undone, I lead that pack,â&#x20AC;? Cole said of the election-night protest, which is currently under review by a panel that is attempting to reconstruct what happened. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I saw years of work of digging out of this hole covered back up. I felt quite disgusted, and there are still some feelings there of discontent even today.â&#x20AC;? Cole describes the main players on

election night as a young, immature few, but he recognizes that their actions likely caused irreparable harm to Ole Missâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;and to a lesser degree, Oxfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;sâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;already dubious reputation with respect to race relations. That story goes back to the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s origins in 1848 and its founding trustees, who were among the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most eminent scholars, politicians and slave-owning planters who saw the perpetuation of slavery as vital an institution as the university they governed. Its nickname hearkens to the antebellum period when slaves referred to plantersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; wives and daughters as â&#x20AC;&#x153;olâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; miss.â&#x20AC;? Colonel Reb, its revered mascot, is a crazy old officer in the vanquished Confederate army. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know the history of this place well and, to a great extent, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a part of the history of this place. Much of what the recent event unveiled was not too much different than anywhere else, but because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s here, because of our history, because of the hole that we dug for ourselves, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s magnified,â&#x20AC;? Cole said. But Cole, who is African American, embraces the complexity of the history he shares with Ole Miss and Mississippi. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a contradictory type of place,â&#x20AC;? he says. Mississippi Microcosm That contradiction is rooted in the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1844 charter. Located in the north Mississippi hills of Oxford, it is the oldest public university in the state and its

flagship. The schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first matriculates were the sons of plantation owners and, when women began attending the school after the Civil War, it literally became a breeding ground for the Southâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s moneyed elite. In that sense, Ole Miss has always been a microcosm of Mississippi. The concentrated wealth and promise that Ole Miss represents stands in contrast to the bleak reality the vast majority of Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s citizens have long faced. As the university boasts annual recognition from national magazines for the hotness of its sorority girls and the pleasing aesthetics of its manicured lawns and Greek rival structures, Mississippi remains the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s poorest state with the most dismal health and educational outcomes. Ole Miss is also the proving ground for a southern political cabal, the tentacles of which stretch to Jackson, Washington, D.C., and beyond. Curtis Wilkie, a historian, Ole Miss journalism professor and alumnus, wrote of the university in 2010: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The school had a pull on young people in Mississippi. For anyone interested in building connections, Ole Miss served as a valuable starting place. To those attracted to politics or the law, the school seemed essential to their curriculum vitae.â&#x20AC;?


n Nov. 6, Don Cole saw history repeating itself. It was already a historic night. At around 11 p.m., the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first African American president won a second term. The coalition of voters that made Barack Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s victory possible, among them African Americans and other ethnic minorities and college students, rejoiced at what sometimes seemed like an implausible victory. The University of Mississippi in Oxford was no exception. Emboldened by Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s win, black students took to the campusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; streets in celebration. A small group of them, maybe 50 or so, taunted white classmates who, judging by their unhappy faces captured on widely distributed cell phone videos, preferred Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rival, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. It didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take long for black students to be reminded that they were still in Mississippi, and at Ole Miss. Whites came out in droves from dormitories and off-campus locales to express their displeasure with the election results. Many packed into cars and pickups whose stereos blared â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dixieâ&#x20AC;? and whose passengers declared that the South would rise again. The image of a group of young white men gleefully watching an Obama/Biden campaign sign burn would become the most enduring image of the night. Cole, 62, who works at the university and lives in Oxford, was all too familiar

The Lyceum is the University of Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main administrative building. Constructed in 1848, the building housed a Confederate hospital during the Civil War and served as headquarters for federal troops when a riot erupted in 1962 over the enrollment of the first black student, James Meredith.



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The accuracy of Wilkie’s observation is evident when reviewing the extensive roster of Mississippi politicians and captains of industry. Ten of the last 11 Mississippi governors graduated from Ole Miss or its law school—one of two in the

ous alumni network than nepotistic secret society, more Skull and Bones than Phi Beta Kappa. Busting up that good ol’ boys’ club is the thing that compelled James Meredith to enroll at Ole Miss, an act that has be-

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Arnold Pegues, who grew up in Oxford, was in 3rd grade when the town integrated its schools in 1970 days.Though shopkeepers refused to let blacks stand under their awnings during rainstorms in those, Pegues believes race relations were no better or worse in Oxford than any other Southern town. “That was the status quo,” he said.


state—along with scores of statewide constitutional officers, congressmen, and state lawmakers and business leaders. That list, too, is fraught with contradictions. While former Gov. Ross Barnett expanded the role of the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission, a clandestine organization the Legislation created to spy on Mississippi’s citizens involved with the Civil Rights Movement, and refused to admit James Meredith until threatened with the largess of the U.S. military, Gov. Bill Waller dismantled the commission when he took office in 1972. Later, Gov. William Winter’s work on education and racial reconciliation earned him an institute at Ole Miss named in his honor. In his book “The Fall of the House of Zeus,” Wilkie chronicles the unlikely relationship between Oxford attorney Richard Scruggs, a Democratic Party fundraiser, and his brother-in-law and fellow Ole Miss alumnus Republican U.S. Sen. Trent Lott. Of course, building alumni ties is the whole point of college. But the way Ole Miss wields influence seems less meritori-

come the centerpiece of hundreds of books, documentary films and news stories about the Mississippi story. Often with Ole Miss’ powerful graduates in the director’s role, race has been the main narrative thread in that drama. That tale includes slavery’s role in Mississippi’s ascent to the nation’s wealthiest state before the Civil War and its secession from the union to keep its numerous slaves subjugated and, thus, its riches intact. Then, after slavery’s destruction, its descent to the nation’s poorest state, where it has since remained. It also includes serving as the stage for the most dramatic scenes of the civil rights era, including the Meredith-inspired riot of 1962. Throughout his life, Meredith has said he wasn’t concerned with blacks and whites eating side-by-side in the cafeteria. “The University of Mississippi wasn’t my main target. My main target was the state of Mississippi. The university turned out to be the most vulnerable spot to attack the enemy. I was going after the enemy’s most sacred and revered stronghold.

“My application to Ole Miss had little to do with ‘integration’ but was made to enjoy the rights of citizenship, and by doing that, to put a symbolic bullet in the head of the beast of white supremacy,” Meredith writes in his 2012 memoir “A Mission from God.” When Don Cole arrived as a proud freshman in 1968, less than seven years after Meredith, he was surprised how little progress had been made on the race issue. Whites still greatly outnumbered their black counterparts, and made sure the black students knew it. White males, for example, would block sidewalks when black students approached. The young women were more subtle, preferring to convey their contempt by wearing scowls and brandishing small Confederate battle flags, Cole said. On the evening of Feb. 25, 1970, Cole and half the black students marched onto the stage during a concert at Fulton Chapel and raised their fists into the air. The demonstration was the culmination of two years worth of demands from African Americans that the university recruit more black students, faculty and professional staff, and to address acts of harassment from their white peers and hostility from employees of the university. In the days leading up to the Fulton Chapel protest, blacks had engaged in a number of acts of civil disobedience. The previous evening, some black students danced on tables in the cafeteria to the music of Mississippi native son and bluesman B.B. King. Another cadre of Black Student Union members marched to the home of Chancellor Porter Fortune, who arrived in 1968 from Mississippi Southern College, now the University of Southern Mississippi. Fortune had permitted the BSU’s formation so African Americans could have a formal vehicle to voice their concerns, and he was not pleased that members of the organization were now standing on his front lawn. That black students felt comfortable enough to publicly antagonize officials at the same university could have been interpreted as a sign of tremendous progress, but it drew white racists from far-flung parts of the nation to make an attempt on James Meredith’s life. Blacks didn’t see things that way. Mary Givhan (nee Thompson), who grew up in Oxford and was a freshman when she participated in the protest, recognized that the students’ protest was a bold move. Perhaps caught up in the general mood of the time, Givhan and others believed they had no choice. While whites seemed resigned that black students on campus was now a fact of life, the fact that the administration wasn’t doing more outreach to make African Americans feel like part of the campus community angered

Givhan, Cole and other blacks. “As far as opening up admissions for black students, yeah, that was done,” Givhan said. “But there was really nothing else done to make it a welcoming and inclusive environment.” The Slavery Question In some sense, the roots of the Fulton Chapel protest did not begin with James Meredith or even the founding of the University of Mississippi. Before whites controlled the land, it belonged to the Chickasaw Indians. On Oct. 20, 1832, the Chickasaw ceded their tribal lands east of the Mississippi River to the United States to find a new home in the West. The government outlined its rationale for relocating the indigenous people in the preamble of the Treaty of Pontotoc Creek, which states: “Being ignorant of the language and laws of the white man, they cannot understand or obey them. Rather than submit to this great evil, they prefer to seek a home in the west, where they may live and be governed by their own laws.” President Andrew Jackson, believing the Chickasaw would never be happy or prosper under white rule, dispatched his Commissioner General John Coffee to make the deal for 6,283,804 acres in the Red Clay Hills of northern Mississippi. The immense parcel included present-day Lafayette (pronounced luh-FAY-et) County and the town of Oxford. The pioneers named the fledgling municipality after the English town and university whose origins date to the 11th century, hoping to erect an American university to rival its namesake. Even though most crops can grow in the dense soil and moist semi-tropi-

After the Civil War, former slaves settled an area of Oxford known as Freedman Town and built Burns Methodist Episcopal Church. Once the office of author and Ole Miss grad John Grisham, the church is undergoing a nearly $1 million renovation to make it a community center and museum.

cal weather with long, hot summers and short, cool winters, Oxford’s founders eschewed basing the city’s economy on heavy agriculture. Because Oxford didn’t rely on

farming, it didn’t require the large numbers of African American slaves who were abundant throughout the Delta’s fertile alluvial plains and other parts of the state. Today, Oxford’s black population is 20 percent compared to the 37 percent of African Americans who represent Mississippi. The Mississippi Legislature agreed to form a university in January 1841, but did not designate a location. Contenders included Brandon, Kosciusko, Louisville, Middleton, Monroe Missionary Station, Mississippi City, near the Gulf Coast in the southern region of the state, and Oxford. Oxford’s one-vote margin of victory was so contentious that a small cadre of lawmakers from Adams and Wilkinson Counties flirted with seceding from Mississippi. A who’s who of Mississippi gentility formed the original Board of Trustees, which met for the first time in Jackson on Jan. 15, 1845, and included wealthy planters, future Mississippi governors and key figures of the future Confederacy. Most of the trustees, picked from state’s various regions, held vast tracts of land and some held slaves. This included one of the university’s first presidents, F.A.P. Barnard. Barnard, who later become president of present-day Columbia University and was the namesake for Barnard College, was a northerner who had studied at Yale and had misgivings about having slaves. It wouldn’t be long before the brand new chancellor and university would grapple with its first race scandal, which historian David G. Sansing outlines in his book “The University of Mississippi: A Sesquicentennial History.” After attending a convention in Vicksburg, Barnard and his wife returned home to the news that two university students had raped and badly beaten their 29-yearold house slave named Jane. A witness identified the students as J.P. Furniss and Samuel B. Humphreys. Jane identified Humphreys as the rapist.

the outcome would be. M.M. Roberts, president of the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning, which oversaw the students’ final appeal, made no secret of his hostility toward blacks and frequently called the students n*ggers during the hearings. Roberts had previously represented a Forrest County circuit clerk who was the first southerner charged with discrimination under the federal Civil Rights Act. Roberts was also a member of the Forrest County Citizens Council—a group of white businessmen and civic leaders formed to defend segregation—and is the namesake for the University of Southern Mississippi’s football stadium. “We went in with a certain amount of arrogance toward the university, and if we thought we were going to get off, we would have gone in a little more humble than we did,” Cole said. “We knew our fate was sealed.” That was a dark period in Cole’s life.

Ups and Downs After the 1970 Fulton demonstration, drama was just starting to play in Don Cole’s life. The Fulton Chapel protest was orchestrated to take place during a performance of Up With People, a racially diverse band that toured internationally. The Black Student Union thought the demonstration would thrust Ole Miss’ treatment of black students into the limelight for the first time since James Meredith graduated in 1963. After the a brief moment on stage with the band, black students left Jack Mayfield, an Oxford historian, said the city fathers the stage and exited the wanted to attract a great university when they founded chapel where they encounOxford in 1837. Recently, the town agreed to build a new $30 million high school. “Oxford has always voted tered Mississippi Highway for anything having to do with education,” he said. Patrol officers waiting to arrest the demonstrators. Cole went to the Oxford city jail. When it filled up, the remain- He and his best friend landed in Gary, Ind., ing protesters were shuttled to Parchman, working at a steel mill. Cole applied to sevhome to Mississippi State Penitentiary. A eral universities, but none would admit photographer from the student newspaper, him, and he eventually quit trying. A bookThe Daily Mississippian, covered the event ish fellow, Cole hated being a steel worker. and snapped pictures of the black students “I was making good money, but the job who marched on the stage. Ole Miss com- was not satisfying. I wanted a higher level of menced dismissal proceedings of Cole and conversation. I didn’t want to be ashamed to others identified in the photographs. talk about a book I’d read,” Cole said. He maintained a defiant disposiMeanwhile, things were looking up for tion through the process, knowing what Cole’s classmate Mary Givhan. Givhan had

grown up in Oxford and chose to attend Ole Miss to be closer to her family instead of Tougaloo College in Jackson and, more simply, because it was her right to do so. After she graduated with a degree in business in 1973, Givhan became one of the first African Americans to work in the university’s financial aid and admissions department. She oversaw recruiting at African American and poor white high schools around Mississippi, and her charge was to be a walking counterpoint to the prevailing orthodoxy that you had to be a rich white kid to get into Ole Miss. Givhan understood all too well. Having grown up near the university and, despite the fact that her mother worked there as maid in one of the female residence halls, Ole Miss retained an aura of mystery. Among Oxford’s black residents, who mostly worked as laborers and domestic help, Ole Miss was a bit exclusive. For them, having a university job carried almost as much cachet as attending the school did for whites. So Givhan didn’t need a script when she found herself talking to high-school seniors; she had something more effective: “My face was the company line. It was me standing up there to say, ‘You, too, can make it Ole Miss,” she said. It helped that the number of black students had now grown into the hundreds. Athletics, at last integrated, also had a racial sensitizing effect on the student body. In 1970, Ole Miss became one of the last Southeastern Conference schools to integrate its varsity sports teams. In February of that year, Coolidge Ball, a sturdy prospective forward from Indianola, visited campus for a game against SEC powerhouse Kentucky. When they made their pitch to Ball and his parents, Ole Miss coaches confessed that they had been trying to recruit black players for some time, but none wanted to play there because of the school’s turbulent history with deconstructing race barriers. So Ball decided to use the Kentucky game to gauge whether he would fit in. At halftime, the public address announcer introduced Ball and a white recruit from Louisiana (the National Collegiate Athletics Association now forbids the practice of introducing prospects at sporting matches). Ball drew greater applause than the white recruit. “I got such a warm welcome, it stuck in my mind. That was one of my most defined moments. Most defined moments come when you get to the university, but mine came before I got there,” said Ball, who continues to live in Oxford and runs a sign business there. Before long, the university was integrating in other ways. In 1973, Robert “Ben” Williams joined the football team.

Oxford’s historic square is the center of the town’s literary, social and cultural life. Upon entering the square from Lamar Street, visitors encounter the Lafayette County Courthouse and Confederate Veterans Memorial.

Barnard wanted the boy brought to justice, but the law barred slaves from testifying against whites. Barnard’s efforts to defend his slave soon drew murmurs and an all-out smear campaign that charged the northern-born Barnard was insufficiently resolute in his support. Questioning a man’s commitment to slavery was a serious charge in the years that preceded the Civil War, and Barnard knew that appearing unsound could irreparably tarnish his reputation. At the conclusion of a two-day long hearing that had the feel of a trial, Barnard pronounced, dishonestly, that he was “as sound on the slavery question” as every member of the board of trustees that served as his jury. In the years leading up to the war, whites were so afraid of slave rebellions, such as the massacre John Brown led at Harpers Ferry, that slaveholders reined in their chattel. One university trustee, A.H. Hamilton, had previously encouraged his slaves to learn to read and write, but reversed course and forbade the practice. The national drama over the slavery question was starting to play out in Oxford.



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In 1976, Peggie Gillom became the first African American on the women’s basketball squad. Gillom is currently an associated head coach for the Lady Rebels. Phi Beta Sigma, a historically black fraternity founded at Howard University in 1914, became the first black Greek-letter organization to have a house on campus in 1977. Dr. Lucius Williams joined the university as an assistant to the vice chancellor for academic affairs, becoming Ole Miss’ first black administrator, in 1976. Williams’ arrival was a boon to Cole, who had received a bachelor’s degree from Tougaloo, a master’s degree from the University of Michigan and had started a doctoral program at State University of New York in Buffalo before his application to return to Ole Miss’ landed on Williams’ desk. Williams forgave Cole’s bad boy behavior of seven years earlier. “Back in the ’60s, everybody was protesting. America was protesting. I was protesting,” Williams told Cole, who was readmitted to Ole Miss in 1977 and finished his doctorate in mathematics in 1985. Ole Miss was still protesting in its usual contradictory ways. Despite wide acceptance of black students and athletes, the school proudly displayed vestiges of the war the South fought to keep their ancestors in chains at sporting events and other functions. John Hawkins, Ole Miss’ first black cheerleader, declined to participate in the custom, stating at a 1982 news conference at the Phi Beta Sigma house to which Hawkins belonged: “While I’m an Ole Miss cheerleader, I’m still a black man. It is my choice that I prefer not to wave one.” Hawkins’ refusal to wave the Dixie flag touched off a firestorm of controversy, which included a Ku Klux Klan rally in Oxford that drew about 450 spectators. Cole was trying to shake his rabblerouser reputation that got him tossed from campus 12 years earlier and keep his nose clean but, as an informal adviser to black students, he commended Hawkins on his courage during the first of several battles over Ole Miss symbols.

Maralyn Bullion, the first woman elected Ole Miss student body president in 1943, grew up in Oxford. She is involved with the restoration of Burns Belfry, a historic African American church in the Freedman Town area of Oxford, which will be complete in 2013.

“They knew a nickel’s worth about that history,” Cole said of Confederate flag supporters. Then Came Secession Mississippi joined the Union in 1817 and seceded from it 44 years later, in 1861. The state prospered and needed black slaves to maintain its robust economy and social arrangement. Mississippi outlined its rationale for defecting in its Articles of Secession, which state: “Our position is thoroughly identified with the institution of slavery—the greatest material interest of the world. Its labor supplies the product which constitutes by far the largest and most important portions of commerce of the earth. These products are peculiar to the climate verging on the tropical regions, and by an imperious law of nature, none but the black race can bear exposure to the tropical sun. These products have become necessities of the world, and a blow at slavery is a blow at commerce and civilization.” When the war started, Ole Miss suspended classes because the entire student

body went off to fight and die under the Confederate flag. A graveyard of 250 student soldiers now sits on the campus grounds. Cannon attacks damaged many buildings in Oxford, including the Lyceum, which functioned as a hospital during the war, and the Lafayette County Courthouse. During Reconstruction, Oxford again began to prosper, and the period marked a turning point in the state’s history. White settlers and newly freed blacks took advantage of the new opportunities. An area just off the Square attracted enough African Americans that the section was nicknamed Freedman’s Town. Freedmen erected one of the first black churches in the city, Burns Methodist Episcopal Church in 1869. Among the newcomers was a white couple from New Albany. Murry and Maude Falkner and their 5-year-old son, William (who added a “u” to the surname), relocated to Oxford in 1902. It was also during Reconstruction that Mississippi elected its first African American representatives to the state Legislature and to Congress. Then, the Republican Party was

the party that ended slavery and worked to help blacks achieve equality after the war— and it was the party of choice for new freedmen. Mississippians elected Hiram Rhodes Revels, a Republican, to the U.S. Senate in 1870 as the first black man to serve in Congress. Isaac D. Shadd and John R. Lynch would each serve as speaker of the Mississippi House. Lynch also served in the U.S. House of Representatives. Improved conditions for blacks drew the ire of the newly formed Ku Klux Klan, started by a band of disgruntled Confederate soldiers in Pulaski, Tenn. The Klan’s first grand wizard, Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, became the namesake for a Mississippi county—Hattiesburg is now the county seat. Forrest’s grandson, Nathan Bedford Forrest II, was born in Oxford in 1871, and would follow in his grandfather’s footsteps to lead the KKK. The Klan was active in Lafayette County. Klansmen regularly performed night raids to terrorize blacks and Republicans to maintain white supremacy. Michael Newton describes in his book “The Ku Klux Klan in Mississippi: A History” how the Klan slaughtered more 30 blacks because they believed an African American murdered a Klansman named Sam Ragland and injured Ragland’s wife. The same group of Lafayette County Klansmen also tortured a group of blacks accused of theft before the accuser realized he had misplaced the money. Oxford would not be immune to the Klan’s brand of racial terror. In 1904, an African American bootlegger named Nelse Patton was accused of murdering a white woman and jailed. That night, a lynch mob formed to administer their brand of justice, but the jailer hid the key to Patton’s cell and refused to give the inmate over to the raiders. W.V. Sullivan, a U.S. senator who was born in Panola and had graduated from the University of Mississippi, led the posse. Members of Sullivan’s mob started chipping away at the jail’s exterior wall and opened up a hole in the cell wall large enough to stick PRUH2/(0,66VHHSDJH

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a pistol through and shot Patton, wounding him. When they finished knocking down the wall, the mob dragged Patton to the town square where they hanged him from one of the newly erected electrical poles that delivered the still-new invention of electric power to Oxford. Sullivan was proud of the part he played, boasting later: “I directed every movement of the mob, and I did everything I could to see that he was lynched.”


Oxford at a Crossroads During the chaos of 1962, Ken Wooten was in law school at Ole Miss working in the student-affairs division, and assisted federal marshals and fielded calls from reporters from news outlets around the world. By the late 1960s, Oxford’s growing pains were almost as acute as the university’s. Eight years after Meredith integrated Ole Miss, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered Oxford—along with the rest of the South—to immediately integrate schools in January 1970. Arnold Pegues, a lifelong Oxford resident, was in 3rd grade at Johnson-Peterson Elementary School when the schools integrated. In those days, blacks’ only refuge in stormy weather was the public library because merchants would not permit African Americans to stand under their awnings. “It was a typical southern town. It’s hard to say (racism) was bad because it was the status quo,” Pegues said. When the court handed down the integration order, some Oxonians feared forcing little white children into classrooms with blacks could touch off an insurrection similar to the revolt that Meredith spurred. “We didn’t want what happened at the university to happen again. It’s not what we are at this point,” Wooten said of the time. Wooten helped solicit one representative from every social and civic organization in Oxford, from the Rotary Club and the Garden Club to the Negro Chamber of Commerce and black churches, to pencil out a plan for what integration would look like. The group met at Oxford High School shortly before the Christmas holiday in 1970, which commenced a week earlier than planned. For high school, blacks attended the Oxford Training School, which represented a challenge because the school was run-down compared Oxford High School, and white teachers might protest having to teaching there. Volunteers solicited donations from local hardware stores and repaired old windows and broken doors, painted the building and scrubbed floors. Wooten said they made OTS the showpiece of the district. When the winter term started after an extended five-week Christmas vacation, Wooten said there wasn’t a single incident. That, he said, showed progress. “You

had faced in 1962 a mob of people that was burning cars and shooting and killing and maiming people to no incident in the space of eight years,” he said. “Of course, the public-school integration was all local people. I guess we were crossing our fingers. There’s always the possibility that there are radicals everywhere and anywhere.”

the lobby was ripped down. The display was reposted but was torn down again, this time replaced with a poster depicting a monkey and a Confederate flag. A week later, a bathroom wall was defaced with slurs. About a week after that, the hall director had two football-sized pieces of asphalt thrown through his apartment window. A note with slurs scrawled on it was left next to one of the rocks. “There was a lot of tension,” said C.J. Rhodes, a Hazlehurst native who entered Ole Miss in the fall of 2000 and was involved in student government. Two years later, on Nov. 6, 2002, a pair of students discovered slurs and images of nooses on their dorm-room doors and in the elevator at Kincannon Residence Hall, a high-rise dorm that sits on a hill. The incident, which occurred around the time the university was celebrating the 40th anniversary of Meredith’s integration that fall, drew national media coverage. When three black students confessed, it put the administration, which had vowed to expel the responsible parties, in a prickly spot and enraged campus activists who said

federate flag that had blanketed Ole Miss sporting event by banning the wooden flag sticks, ostensibly for safety. Khayat would make another controversial move a couple of years later that he thought would improve the school’s image even more. Khayat announced in 2003 that Colonel Reb, the Confederate throwback adopted as the official mascot in 1979 but whose image had been around since the 1930s, Transcending Race would no longer be a staple of Ole Miss onAfter an eight-year stint at Florida field matchups. Khayat’s public reasoning A&M University in Tallahassee, former was that having “a 19th century person repradical Don Cole took another job at Ole resenting a 21st century university in such a Miss in 1993. Ole Miss during the 1990s highly visible role” seemed odd. and early 2000s saw the same pattern with A group called the Colonel Reb Founrace relations it had followed since Cole was dation formed to reinstate the old mascot. a student: complicated. Efforts included an advertising blitz urging In February 2000, a shade less than 40 students to reject developing a new mascot. years after Meredith, the student body electIn 2010, after the school gave students ed its first African American president of the choice between a new mascot and no the Associated Student Body. Not everyone mascot at all, the Rebel Black Bear replaced received Nic Lott with open arms, though. Colonel Reb as the official on-field symBlack students grumbled among themselves bol of Ole Miss. The university retains the that Lott only won election because of his trademark to the colonel’s likeness. light complexion and conservative Repub“The chancellor faced a lot of challican political leanings that whites found lenges and opposition. People were kicking non-threatening. and screaming and he led us “It certainly through that time to make helped build a cama degree from the university paign staff and team worth a whole lot more,” said to launch my camLott, who believes removpaign for being stuing the controversial symbols dent body president, added value to an Ole Miss but anyone who diploma. “We need to make would say I only won sure that people who receive because I was a Rethis degree are respected just publican would have as much as anybody else.” to totally ignore the In 2009, under new coalition we built,” Chancellor Dan Jones, Ole said Lott, who lives in Miss instructed its band to Jackson and works in shorten the song “From Distate government. xie With Love,” to discourage At the time, Lott students from chanting the chaired Mississippi last line of the song—”the College Republicans South will rise again.” and said the Black In response, a handful Student Union, Colof members of the Ku Klux lege Democrats, InKlan participated in a small Kayla Anderson, who is biracial, moved from Twin Cities, Minn., to ternational Student demonstration on the steps Oxford in 2007. “Back home being mixed doesn’t mean anything. It’s not really important, but here it means something to people like ‘Oh, that Organization, and of Fulton Chapel, where explains you now,’” she said. the Lesbian, Gay, BiDon Cole and his comrades sexual and Transgenwere placed under arrest four dered organization or decades earlier, as about 250 their leaders endorsed his candidacy. the Kincannon incident illustrated the need people jeered at the Klan’s presence. Chancellor Robert Khayat, an Ole for hate-crime legislation. The mascot and song remain touchy Miss grad and himself a former Colonel “Why would you do something that subjects with many whites in Mississippi and Reb, saw Lott’s election as demonstrative of foolish and foolhardy and take something throughout the South who do not grasp the the strides the school had made. Khayat told that serious and make it into a joke?” said Ja- significance of the symbols, and why blacks the Associated Press in early 2000: “The son Thompson, a Jackson businessman and find them offensive. election (of Lott) confirms that our students musician who was a student at the time. “You always had two different converhave transcended the issue of race.” “I was pissed,” Rhodes said. “I was sations. You have the conversation about Students challenged Khayat’s assertion, pissed that these kids would not appreciate this is heritage, this is tradition. Then you though. A spate of racially charged inci- what that word n*gger meant and what it have the conversation that this is offensive, dents, all occurring around the time of Lott’s would do to inflame this university.” and those two groups never met,” Jason election, took place at Garland-HedlestonLott and Rhodes give Khayat credit for Thompson said. Mayes residence hall complex. In late Janu- moving the university forward. Rhodes, now the pastor of Mt. Helm ary, a Black History Month bulletin board in In 1997, Khayat got rid of the Con- Baptist Church in Jackson, said the sym-

When a federal court ordered Oxford and other Southern districts to integrate its schools, Ken Wooten helped organize a diverse group of black and white Oxonians to avoid a repeat of the 1962 riot.â&#x20AC;&#x153;We didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want what happened at the university to happen again,â&#x20AC;? he said.

Picking Up the Pieces Twenty-four years have passed since Ole Miss expelled Don Cole for going up against the establishment. Today, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s part of it: He is an assistant provost for minority affairs and an aide to Chancellor Dan Jones. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Many individuals said and often say they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand why I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have any animosity for the place, but I came in loving the place and always did. How can you hate bricks and mortar? How can you hate a building? I might not like the name of it, but I had no animosity,â&#x20AC;? Cole said in a recent telephone interview. He watched the election-night protests unfold with disgust as years of hard work to reshape the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s image unraveled. The Obama protest followed a year of historic milestones. In March, Kimbrely Dandridge became the first black woman and fourth African American elected as student body president. On Oct. 1, the university marked the 50th anniversary of James Meredithâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s integration of the school. Meredith declined to



At the end of the night, police had arrested two people, and no one was injured. The following night, a candlelight march to the Lyceum organized by the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation, housed at Ole Miss, drew a crowd of 700 studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;seven times the number of protesters from the night before. Chancellor Jones convened a panel of faculty and students to investigate what happened and will issue its findings in a report. In Hollidayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s estimation, Ole Miss needs to do a better job of educating students about race and examine itself on a deep, molecular level. Holliday, who is black, suggests assigning freshmen to read Randall Kennedyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2003 book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word.â&#x20AC;? After election night, he said, too many of his classmatesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; anger was misplaced. Instead of being upset about what happened, they focused on the mediaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s characterization of the incident as a riot after students began using the Twitter hashtag #olemissriot. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re so focused on not calling it a riot. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t care what the media says; this is home for us as students. This is the place that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re associated with and the place we pay to go school and receive an education, so we need to concentrate on making sure that the students are OK and how to make this not happen again,â&#x20AC;? Holliday said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ole Miss was not the only school that protested President Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s re-election, but Ole Miss is the only school that ends up on worldwide news for protesting because we are the University of Mississippi. So therefore, we have to be more careful because people look at us through a microscope.â&#x20AC;? Cole said itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy to criticize Ole Miss for its history of intolerance, but he believes itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s up to all Mississippians to work toward the institutionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s improvement. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If I give up on it, then my tax money and your tax money is still going to be going there,â&#x20AC;? Cole said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And the lower (Ole Miss) is, the lower we all are, so Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to be here building it up, picking up the pieces.â&#x20AC;? Comment at





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bol controversies and 2012 election-night protests demonstrate that despite Ole Missâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; steps ahead, an ethos of white supremacy remains on the campus. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know that the university has really come to terms with whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in the DNA of the school,â&#x20AC;? Rhodes said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I mean, you can change symbols, you can get rid of the Confederate flag, you can tone down playing â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Dixie.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; All that has happened, and thankfully so, but what I would like to see is for this flagship institution to lead the way in transforming the systemic, political and economic issues that face our state, and name forcefully how race is the reason why Mississippi is at the bottom. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At some point, the school has to be courageous enough to say we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just talk about being the New South. If we were the epicenter of intellectual white supremacy, we now must be the epicenter of a new kind of intellectual ethic. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to start to train a whole new crop of leaders to understand that if we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t become a more equitable state, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll continue to be at the bottom.â&#x20AC;?

participate in the anniversary, comparing it to the French celebrating Napoleonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s defeat at Waterloo. Meredith, who was present in 2006 for the unveiling of a bronze statue of his likeness near the Lyceum, believes the statue should now be destroyed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have become a piece of art, a tourist attraction, a soothing image on the civil rights tour of the South, a public relations tool for the powers that be at Ole Miss, and a feel-good icon of brotherly love and racial reconciliation, frozen in gentle docility,â&#x20AC;? Meredith writes in his memoir. Also in October 2012, the student body elected Courtney Pearson, a pretty, full-figured, dark-skinned woman, as the first black homecoming queen, an honor historically bestowed on white girls. There were also signs of regression. In August, vandals keyed the word â&#x20AC;&#x153;n*ggerâ&#x20AC;? on freshman Jamal Woodsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; car and smeared the same word in lotion on Woodsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; dorm room door. Officials reassigned Woods to a different residence hall and turned the case over to the FBI, which launched an investigation. An Oct. 26 campus alert notified students of a black male suspected of committing a strong-armed robbery on campus, reportedly of two white women. When Nov. 6, 2012, came, the stage was set for something big to happen. Jeremy Holliday, a junior from Tupelo, headed to campus when heard the reports of a campus disturbance and found a parade of cars filled with whites playing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dixieâ&#x20AC;? and a group of about 100 black and white students causing a ruckus in front of Kincannon Hall. Another 300 students stood around the perimeter, and at one point he thought he heard a gunshot that turned out to be fireworks. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Did I think it was about to escalate? Yes,â&#x20AC;? Holliday said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Did I think there were about to be some fights? Absolutely. Any time someone screams â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;F the n*ggerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Death to the n*gger,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got a group of black kids outside and a group of white kids outside, absolutely you think somethingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about to go down.â&#x20AC;?


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ou’ve heard the testimony from that English professor who waxes eloquent about the mystical qualities of the book. How, from the spine of the binding and the veins of the vellum, life springs. In the ancient days, he’ll tell you, all the world’s knowledge was housed in the Library of Alexandria, before it burned. He’ll hand you a tattered copy of “Fahrenheit 451” and send you on your way. He’s a caricature of the nostalgic historian. But like all great humor, it’s funny because it’s true. The real caretakers of the literary ecology are independent bookstores, and two of the country’s most respected are in Mississippi: Lemuria Books in Jackson and Square Books in Oxford. While many bookstores struggle to hang on, these two are as relevant as ever. The founders of Lemuria and Square Books, John Evans and Richard Howorth, respectively, are forever connected. Publisher Seymour Lawrence, who sent his authors to the two stores over the years, dubbed the journey the “I-55 tour.” Evans and Howorth went to school together at the University of Mississippi in the late 1960s, and both attribute to the other the title of soul brother. They’re the Castor and Pollux of Mississippi booksellers. “Both of us organically developed the ideas for our stores from what was going on in our communities,” Howorth says. “There was the clear presence of a single major literary figure—Welty in Jackson and Faulkner here—and the fact that there wasn’t much of a bookstore (in either city).” Lemuria opened in 1975, first in the Quarter on Lakeland and later in Highland Village, before it settled in its current location in Banner Hall in 1988). Square Books followed in 1979. In both stores, photographs of Mississippi authors stare back at you from the walls: Barry Hannah, Eudora Welty, John Grisham and dozens of others. They own the place. “I remember Welty’s first signing over here,” Evans says of Welty’s visit to Banner Hall. “I wanted her to sign books over here so that it would still be her store. Just one more

John Evans founded Lemuria Books in 1975.

time. What it does when a writer comes to a bookstore, it’s made that book alive. It sounds hokey, but it’s real.” Every space has ghosts and voices of its own, and the element of place is seldom more rich and relevant as it is in Mississippi. “For me, a lot of it goes back to 1962 and the desegregation crisis and the riots at Ole Miss,” Howorth says. “People knew that supporting the bookstore as a real place and as a cultural institution would say something positive about the community that counteracted the prevailing opinion. In a lot of ways, that crisis created an opportunity for people in Mississippi to learn how to do better in the world.” Few areas of business have a more treacherous path these days than the independent bookstore, but Evans and Howorth are committed to providing something the big stores can’t. “I have to add value through selection, through inventory, through service, through conversation,” Evans says. “And through caring. You know, it’s not selling, it’s sharing.” The most oft-cited threat to the world of books is digital publishing, but it might not be as bleak as we’re made to believe. “What I’m sensing and seeing is that people are ac-

cessing digital information and reading on one hand but still buying books with the other,” Howorth says. “It’s a positive thing in many ways because it’s created an intense consideration about what exactly books really are and what they mean to us.” As so many independents have come and gone, Lemuria and Square Books have remained integral parts of the story in their communities. And the brotherhood of the owners has strengthened each other’s successes. “Having somebody else that cares makes a difference,” Evans says of Howorth. “Because it’s hard being the only soldier in the trench. We’re very different, and our stores reflect that, but there’s nobody else in the industry I have more respect for. “Mississippi is looked down a lot by the intelligentsia,” Evans adds. “But I’ve always found it to be to my benefit, because I didn’t care about all that. It’s all about the book, baby. It’s all about the words, the writer, the book.” Visit Lemuria Books at 4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202 (601-366-7619, and Square Books at 160 Courthouse Square (662-236-2262,





laying for Keeps” is a blasé work spiked with trifling comic bits and smoothed out with a mellow dilemma that works to limp the film to a predestined conclusion of awkward family bliss. The “Muzak” soundtrack is your first clue that this movie will be no more exciting than an elevator ride in a short building. Happy notes plunk out a schmaltzy tune to the ups and downs of George Dryer’s (Gerard Butler) regrettably, forgettable life. Poor George! George messed up, although we are never told how, why, when and those other pesky details of realism to soften the cardboard character. Director Gabriele Muccino (“The Pursuit of Happyness,” “Seven Pounds”) focuses the beginning of the film on the past, where George had it all: super soccer stardom, tens of thousands of fans cheering him to bend it against Beckham and Stacie, a hot-mamma, hootchie-coochie wife with a tiny chill of sexy aloofness (Jessica Biel). There’s even a freckle-faced kid with big warm eyes (Noah Lomax). Then, poof, it’s all gone. The fame and riches come for George, and then go away, leaving him divorced, broke and hawking his old uniforms for bargain basement prices at the local pub. Poor George! (By this time you should be shouting this out with me). He has no job. No one wants his memorabilia. He’s locked in a dizzying point of dysfunction. Muccino and his team work really hard to stoke our sympathy for down-on-his-luck George, but they completely and utterly fail. George still has the treadmill, an unlimited wardrobe of Adidas apparel and a vintage sports car. Where George gets his money to live in an upscale Virginia suburb, even if it is a coach house, is the only mystery going on in this film. George evokes a lazy form of gorgeous loser, with shiny blonde highlights in a thick mane of ever-so-manly hair. He sways into the soft-and-hairy category of loser lovers. He never gets mad, except for a throw down with Dennis Quaid’s character that is too stupid to try and describe.

Poor George! He has to duke it out with a jealous husband while his soccer team plays in the championship round. Not the sharpest spike on the soccer cleats, George concocts a plan. Well, sort of: He acts without thinking. But it seems that George is aiming his petard toward a goal. George hopes to weasel himself back into his 10-year-old son’s life by coaching his soccer team, causing George’s ex-wife to forgive his years of thoughtless neglect. Then, they will live happily ever after. That’s the plan anyway, which goes awry when the soccer moms (Uma Thurman, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Judy Greer) line up for some shag-the-coach opportunities. (“It’s the accent,” George says to his landlord.) Poor George! All those lovely women, and he only wants his ex-wife—who is betrothed to another. I agree with Stacie’s fiancé: What did she ever see in this guy? Butler gives a signature performance, indulging his frisky sex appeal in a role requiring him to pose sans shirt, grow scraggly little whiskers on his chipmunk cheeks and bed all the estrogen-driven soccer moms who are bored with their dullard husbands. Butler stays within his safety zone. In fairness, the script may not have provided him with new territory to explore, but at least he got paid and didn’t have to pay for a movie ticket. Biel looks beautiful, but tears up one too many times for a no-good bum. Stacie seems so pulled together, but she falls apart through the flimsy story, which is really only about selfish George, the king of the has-beens. The worst scene ever (OK, maybe not as bad as “Pluto Nash”) is when George races into a bridal boutique to profess his love. It’s a puke moment. The kid (Lomax) is good. He’s the smartest one in a bunch of idiots and the most convincing. I have no idea what happened to Quaid, but his billionaire bullying episodes are lost in the dearth of entertainment. This film is no more exciting than Muzak in an elevator. It ranks among the lowest of the year.


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The Christmas in Canton Victorian Christmas Festival at Historic Canton Square (Courthouse Square, Canton) runs through Dec. 23. $3 museum admission, $1 rides; call 601-859-5816. … The New Stage play “Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge” is at 7:30 p.m. at Warehouse Theatre (1000 Monroe St.). The JFP sponsors. $7 (cash or check); call 601-948-3533, ext. 222.


The Jackson 2000 Holiday Social is at 5:30 p.m. at the Municipal Art Gallery (839 N. State St.). Park behind the gallery on North President Street. Free; email bevelyn_; … Christmas Open House Dec. 13, 6-8 p.m., at Township at Colony Park (1037 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland). Enjoy extended shopping hours, giveaways, music and a visit from Santa. Free;

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and Jeff Bradshaw and Michael Burton perform. $35, $20 students; call 601-594-2314 or 800-745-3000.


The Lucky Town Brewing Release Party is at 6:30 p.m. at Underground 119. For ages 21 and up. “Braille Blues Daddy” Bryan Lee performs at 9 p.m. Bring toy donations worth at least $10 for Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital for a free pint. No cover before 8 p.m.; … The Mississippi Community Symphonic Band and the Mississippi Swing perform at the Gala Christmas Concert at BY LATASHA WILLIS 7 p.m. at Christ United Methodist Church (6000 Old Canton Road). Free; call 601JACKSONFREEPRESS.COM 605-2786. … From Heaven FAX: 601-510-9019 on High: Festive Music for Christmas is at 8 p.m. at TrinDAILY UPDATES AT ity Presbyterian Church JFPEVENTS.COM (5301 Old Canton Road). Performers include the Mississippi Chorus, the Mississippi Girlchoir, members of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and the Mississippi Chorus Chamber Singers. $20, $18 seniors, $5 students with ID (sold at the door); call 601-278-3351. … Kristy Lee and Seein’ Red perform at 8 p.m. at ToMara’s. $20; call 800-745-3000. … The concert “Cro, the Places You’ll Go” is at 8:30 p.m. at Duling Hall. The Bailey Brothers, the Church Keys and Archtops perform in honor of Church Keys drummer Chris Crothers, who is moving away. Cocktails at 7:30 p.m. $10 at the door; call 601-292-7121. … Nameless Open-mic is at 9 p.m. at Suite 106. $5, $3 to perform; call 601-720-4640.


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Free; call 601-960-0484. … The Farish Street/Main Street Project hosts their sixth annual tree lighting ceremony at 4 p.m. at Farish Street Park (Farish and Hamilton streets). See the Christmas tree display through Jan. 3. Free; call 601941-3230 or 202-256-6021. … Ballet Magnificat! presents “Snow Queen” at 7 p.m. at Thalia Mara Hall. Encores Dec. 15 at 3 p.m and Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. $15-$40; call 601977-1001. … The Mississippi Jazz Foundation’s annual concert A Night of Musical Artistry is at 7 p.m. at Alamo The28 ater. Actor Palmer Williams (“House of Payne”) is the host,

Ashia Kendrick portrays the Ghost of Christmas Past in the play “Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge” Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Warehouse Theatre.


The play “A Christmas Memory” ends its run at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.) with a 2 p.m. show. Bring in-kind donations for CARA or Toys for Tots. $25, $22 seniors and students, $18 children 12 and under, $75 family pack; call 601-948-3533, ext. 222. … Cade Chapel’s Christmas Cantata is at 4 p.m. at New Horizon Church International (1770 Ellis Ave.). Free; call 601-366-5463.

Unburied Treasures: Greatest Hits with artist Glennray Tutor, food columnist John T. Edge and violinist Marta Szlubowska is at 6 p.m. at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.) in Trustmark Grand Hall. Cash bar at 5:30 p.m. Free; call 601-960-1515. … The Holiday Hustle 5K is at 6:30 p.m. in downtown Canton. $25, $20 Reindeer Trot or Spirit Runner; call 601-988-3107; … Mississippi Murder Mysteries presents “Don’t Get Caught Dead in That Sweater” at 7 p.m. at Rossini Cucina Italiana (207 W. Jackson St., Suite A, Ridgeland). RSVP; space limited. $46.50 plus tax, tip and alcohol; call 601-856-9696. … The Mississippi Opera presents “Amahl and the Night Visitors” at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church (5301 Old Canton Road). $10; call 800-844-8425 or 601-266-5418.

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(/,)$!9 Events at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). $4-$6; call 601576-6000. â&#x20AC;˘ Nature Made Christmas Dec. 15, 10 a.m.noon. Make ornaments using natural objects. â&#x20AC;˘ Santa Dive Dec. 16, 2 p.m. Watch Santa dive into the aquarium and feed the fish. Events at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Free; call 601-576-6920. â&#x20AC;˘ Telling Tales Dec. 13, 3:30 p.m. Come for story time and a craft with an ethical focus. â&#x20AC;˘ Sounds of the Season Dec. 14-15, noon. Enjoy carols from local choirs in the rotunda. Bright Lights, Fondren Nights through Dec. 20. Fondren residents compete in the holiday decorating contest. The winner receives a yard sign and a gift certificate. Judging is Dec. 18, and the winner is announced Dec. 20. Free; Christmas at the Governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mansion through Dec. 21, at Governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mansion (300 E. Capitol St.). See holiday decorations with seasonal greenery in the historic section. Guided tours held Tuesday-Friday from 9:30-11 a.m. on the halfhour; closed Saturday-Monday. Groups of 10 or more must RSVP. Free; call 601-359-6421.

#/--5.)49 Events at Mississippi e-Center at Jackson State University (1230 Raymond Road). Registration required; seating limited. Free; call 601-979-2795. â&#x20AC;˘ Starting a Business: First Steps 6-8 p.m. on Sept. 6, Oct. 4, Nov. 1 and Dec. 13. Topics include regulations, legal forms of ownership and creating a business plan. â&#x20AC;˘ Grants and Loans for a Small Business Dec. 18, 1-3 p.m. Learn the proper ways to obtain funding, and types of grants and loans. Events at Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). Call 601-932-2562. â&#x20AC;˘ Friends of the Library Monthly Meeting Dec. 12, 10:30 a.m. New members welcome. $5 annual dues. â&#x20AC;˘ Game On! Dec. 13, 4-6 p.m. Play Xbox 360 games; no mature games permitted. Free. Precinct 2 COPS Meeting Dec. 13, 6 p.m., at Jackson Police Department, Precinct 2 (711 W. Capitol Street). These monthly forums are designed to help resolve community issues. Free; call 601-960-0002. New Vibrations Network Gathering Dec. 13, 6:30 p.m., at Unitarian Universalist Church (4866 N. State St.). Bring business cards and brochures. Free; email newvibrations2003@

Winter Holidays Exhibit through Dec. 21, at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Open Monday from noon4:30 p.m., Tuesday-Friday from 9 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;4:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;12:30 p.m. Free; call 601-576-6800.

Light in the Night 5K Dec. 14, 6:30 p.m., at YMCA Clinton (400 Lindale St., Clinton). The race includes a one-mile kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Christmas loop with Santa. Proceeds go toward the YMCAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s scholarship program. $20 run/walk, $10 Christmas loop; call 601-924-5812;

Holiday Tree Showcase through Dec. 30, at Mississippi Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Museum (2145 Highland Drive), in the galleries. $8, children 12 months and under free; call 601-981-5469.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Getting on Easy Streetâ&#x20AC;? Finance Seminar Dec. 18, 6 p.m., at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.), in the Community Meeting Room. The topic is saving money in

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Mayor’s Ward 4 Community Meeting Dec. 18, 6 p.m., at New Traveler’s Rest Baptist Church (1440 Peach Place). Address concerns and receive information on services. Free; call 601-960-1084.

Events at Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). Free; call 601-932-2562. • Polymer Clay Class Dec. 15, 10:30 a.m. Visit for a supply list. • Anime and Manga Night Dec. 17, 6-7 p.m. Teens enjoy drawing, reading, crafts and more. Refreshments served. Bring a manga book. • Sticks and Strings Dec. 18, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Share the joy of crochet. Bring materials. • Creation Station Dec. 18, 4-5 p.m. Children ages 9-12 enjoy crafts, games and more.

7%,,.%33 Art in Mind Art Program Dec. 19, 10 a.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). The program for people with early-stage dementia and their caregivers. Free; call 601-987-0020.

34!'%!.$3#2%%. Events at Russell C. Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Call 601-960-1552. • Holiday Shows through Dec. 31. Films includes “George and Oatmeal” weekdays at 11 a.m., “The Alien Who Stole Christmas” Monday-Saturday at 1 p.m. and “Season of Light” Monday-Saturday at 3 p.m. $6.50, $5.50 seniors, $4 children, $3 students. • Sky Shows Saturdays through Dec. 31. Options include “WSKY: Radio of the Stars” at 1 p.m. and “2012: End of the World?” at 3 p.m. $5.50, $4.50 seniors, $3 children.

-53)# Christmas Cabaret Dec. 14, 7 p.m., at Natchez City Auditorium (219 Jefferson St., Natchez). Performers include Paul Houghtaling, Maryann Kyle, Jennifer Hart and the Natchez Cabaret Jazz Trio. $30, $50 couple, $250 table of 10, $20 stadium seating, $10 youth; call 601-445-2210. Saint Joseph Orchestra Christmas Concert Dec. 16, 3 p.m., at Southern Cultural Heritage Center (1302 Adams St., Vicksburg), in the auditorium. Free, donations welcome; call 601631-2997.

,)4%2!29!.$3)'.).'3 Events at Lemuria Books (Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). Call 601-366-7619. • “The Delta: Landscapes, Legends and Legacies of Mississippi’s Most Storied Region” Dec. 12, 5 p.m. Editor Melissa Townsend signs books. $45 book. • “Vampire Defense” Dec. 13, 5 p.m. James D. Bell signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $14.95 book. • “A Mission from God: A Memoir and Challenge for America” Dec. 15, 11 a.m. James Meredith signs books. $25 book. • “The Lost Ones” Dec. 15, 1 p.m. Ace Atkins signs books. $25.95 book. • “Champions for Change: How the Mississippi State Bulldogs and Their Bold Coach Defied Segregation” Dec. 15, 3 p.m. Kyle Veazey signs books. $19.99 book. • “Eat Drink Delta” Dec. 17, 5 p.m. Susan Puckett and photographer Langdon Clay sign books. $24.95 book. • Lemuria Story Time. Saturdays at 11 a.m., children enjoy a story and make a related craft. Call for the book title. Free. Chapter 1 Book Club Dec. 13, 6-7 p.m., at Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road, Pearl) This month’s selection is Pat Jordan’s “The Tender Gift.” Free; call 601-932-2562.

Open Wings Workshop: Expression Through Art Dec. 13, 10-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-3 p.m., at Region 8 Mental Health Services (613 Marquette Road, Brandon). Activities include doodle exercises, discussing a step-by-step plan for self-expression and making a take-home art project. Open Wings is a support network for individuals with mental illnesses. Free; call 601-957-1586. Making Book: The Making of Handmade Books Dec. 15, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., at Gallery 1 (One University Place, 1100 John R. Lynch St., Suite 4). Learn to make handmade books using traditional and digital printmaking, photography, drawing and painting. Meals and supplies included. Participants may bring text, images, etc. $15, students free; call 601-960-9250. Shut Up and Write! Sign up now for Donna Ladd’s popular creative non-fiction class series. New session begins Jan. 5; $150 for six classes, materials. Write or call 601-362-6121 ext. 15 for more information.

%8()")43!.$/0%.).'3 Events at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Free; call 601-960-1557, ext. 224. • Roz Roy Summer Camp Exhibit through Dec. 31. The opening reception is Dec. 15 from 2-4 p.m. • LEGO Jackson Exhibit through Jan. 18 See Dr. Scott Crawford’s exhibit of Jackson landmarks built from LEGO blocks. Events at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Free; call 601-960-1515. • Bethlehem Tree: Younger Foundation Crèche Collection through Jan. 6, in Trustmark Grand Hall. Includes 18th-century figures. • “Visionaries: The Legacy of the Mississippi Art Association” through Jan. 27. See works from association members.

"%4(%#(!.'% Shop with the Doc Dec. 13, at Walmart, Pearl (5520 Highway 80 E., Pearl). The Mississippi Burn Foundation is the host. Children who are severe burn victims go on a shopping spree with a doctor from the burn center at Crossgates River Oaks Hospital. $150 to sponsor one child, donations of any amount welcome; call 601-540-2995. Santa Chaser Pub Run Dec. 16, 3 p.m., at Soulshine Pizza Factory, Township (1111 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland). The four-mile run/walk includes prizes. Toy drive donations welcome (toys or cash); call 601-899-9696. Check for updates and more listings. To add an event, email all details (phone number, start and end date, 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.


Cody Cox, On the Record by Briana Robinson


hen it comes to advice for local musicians, Cody Cox is one of the best guys to go to. He plays in the bands Furrows and Liver Mousseâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;both of which placed in multiple categories in the 2012 Best of Jackson awardsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; and owns Elegant Trainwreck, a local record label and booking agency. Cox, 33, has lived in the Jackson area since 1999, when he enrolled at Mississippi College to earn a bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in English with a minor in math, and a masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in English education. What are your tips for those wanting to be successful musicians in Jackson?

Work and self-promotionâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;those are probably the two biggest things that a lot of people lack. You have to let people know youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing it. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re content just doing it in your living room, then fine. But if you want to go past that, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to have to tell people. Music is so available now that no one is going to come knocking down your door to hear the stuff you createdâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to have to show peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;book shows, talk to other bands, join forces, build a community, that sort of thing. What do you suggest for people who want to be on a record label?

It goes back to self-promotion and getting your name out there, especially in Jackson. There is, or (is) starting to

be, a real community of bands and musicians, and they Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s it like to start a record label? play together. The biggest thing is joining forcesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;that Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fun because when I first started playing music sense of community. But if you can pay for it yourhere in Jackson, there wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t anything Jacksonself, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fine. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no other person to talk based or local. Your only hope was to possibly to; you have a little freedom. Once you sign, get signed to some larger, independent record things have to be more community-based. label way off somewhere. And the odds of You have to talk to them and run things by someone from Jackson getting out at that them. Then you get into paperwork and into point were almost nil. Thankfully, with some who gets what cut of the money with record of the bands from Oxford like Dent May, sales and shows, and who pays for what up Deadgaze and Bass Drum of Death, and Fat front. Is the label going to pay for T-shirts? Are Possum (Records) up there, there are more eyes they going to pay you back? being focused on Mississippi, which is good. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m still figuring a lot of it out myOn the downside, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of self. â&#x20AC;Ś I try to keep it as black and scary, mainly because I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want white as possible. â&#x20AC;Ś Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll front the to screw anything up. I really donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t money for these projects to get know what Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m doing. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m basout there, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to reing everything I do on past excoup my costs, too, so then periences and mistakes and just we talk about percentages of from gleaning what I can from sales. â&#x20AC;Ś That goes for any anybody else who is involved labelâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Esperanza (Plantawith music or business side Cody Cox tion, a small local record of it as well. Chaney (Nichols) label) all the way to Capifrom Esperanza is always good to tol Records. They front talk to. People who are business the money, you put out a repeople who love music are alcord, and if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t deliver, ways good resources. you basically owe them all For more information, visit this money. TRIP BURNS

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012 has been a fantastic year for new music. If you have been keeping up with the column this year, you know by now that there have been a multitude of great releases from local artists spanning multiple genres. I recommend going to Morningbell Records & Studios (622 Duling Ave., Suite. 205A, 769-233-7468) and picking some of them up for gifts this holiday season. This week, I am going to step away from the local scene for a minute and give you my list of what I consider the best releases of the year on the national level. This list is not meant to be definitive, because there is honestly a whole bunch of music I havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t heard this year. It was difficult enough in this prolific year to even keep up with the records I was anticipating. Hopefully, you might see something in here you havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t heard before and if so, go check it out. If you totally disagree with this list, which I am sure many will, remember what Wayne Campbell of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wayneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Worldâ&#x20AC;? said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I mean, Led Zeppelin didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t write tunes everybody liked. They left that to the Bee Gees.â&#x20AC;?




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Ask your children to help you shop for Christmas gifts for a child in need who is their own age and gender through such programs as Toys for Tots or Operation Christmas Child. Ask your child to help you clean out cupboards and closets to donate food, toys and clothing to the less fortunate. Volunteer as a family to ring the Salvation Army bell in front of a grocery store, help feed the homeless through a local church or nonprofit, or serve others in another hands-on way. De-emphasize materialism and re-emphasize the spirit of togetherness and the spirit of giving. Avoid the stores and use that time instead to write Christmas letters to relatives, visit house-bound friends, host a gently used toy exchange, go Christmas caroling or bake cookies for the neighbors. Encourage random acts of kindness. Ask your kids how they would like to reach out to others this holiday season.

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Making More Meaningful Memories by Kelly Bryan Smith


any families have set-in-stone holiday traditions that they celebrate every year. Others have specific expectations of dividing their time between different family members, with a fair amount of driving in between. Some families find joy in such rituals, while others have started to see the holiday season as a stressful burden. Does your family need to rethink your holiday plans this year to move away from piles of presents and mountains of expectations? Here are a few ideas to get you started. Making memories together is the best gift of all.


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LOW-KEY HOLIDAY TRADITIONS Orleans. Even the least expensive stateroom is likely to offer free gourmet meals, free 24/7 snacks and (non-alcoholic) drinks, a stateroom attendant to make your bed every day, pools and hot tubs, on-ship sports and acKELLY BRYAN SMITH


ne way to get away from the holiday hustle and bustle is to literally get away. Some families like to get out of town and experience new adventures together instead of presents and parties galore. Getting away for the holidays, whether it is to a state-park cabin or a Caribbean cruise, can also be a great way for families to make new memories together, especially if they have experienced a loss in the previous year such as a death or a divorce. For some, getting out of town can be healing rather than carrying on with the usual traditions as if nothing had happened. For others, familiar traditions bring comfort and stability. One excellent family-friendly vacation is a cruise. Several cruises embark from New


A quick holiday cruise can be relaxing for parents while stimulating curiosity in kids.

tivities, shows and live music, free toy loaner bags, a library and many more entertainment options for all ages. Most cruises also offer excellent child care on board (often free), so parents can have a little alone time, too. If you are able to splurge a bit beyond the basic cruise package, you might enjoy a little extra pampering in the ship spa or at an onboard specialty restaurant. And when you dock in an exciting locale, there will be a wide variety of adventures to choose from for all ages, interests and budgets. So book your trip, set out the passports, pack some layers, bring a few snacks, throw in the sunscreen, and go! Just donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget the stroller if you have little ones. Trust me.


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Tommy Tuberville has jumped ship once more, this time from Texas Tech to Cincinnati. You will never look up the word loyalty and see Tubervilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s picture by it.



by Bryan Flynn

ollege football is just about over for Mississippi teams. Mississippi State and Ole Miss still have bowl games to go, but everyone else is done. Here is a quick look at the four big schools heading into the bowl season, starting with JSUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heartbreaking loss this past Saturday. Jackson State will look back at the 2012 SWAC Football Championship Game and wonder what might have been if a handful of plays had gone differently. The Tigersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 24-21 overtime loss to Arkansas-Pine Bluff should have been a win. Late in the second quarter, Jackson State was driving, already up 21-7 on the UAPB 24 yard line. The Tigers seemed to have a field goal in the bag and, with time winding down, another touchdown might have sealed the game early. Jackson State quarterback Clayton Moore dropped back to pass on a second down and five when he was blindsided by the Golden Lionsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Xavier Lofton, who caused Moore to fumble. The ball was picked up by UAPB defender Bill Ross, who rumbled 73 yards for a touchdown to cut the JSU lead to 21-14 at halftime. Neither team did anything offensively in the third quarter and for most of the fourth quarter. Jackson State was clinging to a 21-14 lead with just over two minutes left and UAPB had the ball. JSU blew coverage, and Anderson found Young, who sprinted to the end zone for a 95-yard touchdown reception and tied the game at 21-21, forcing overtime for the first time in the SWAC Championship Game. In overtime, the Tigers got the ball first and ran three plays before missing a 43-yard field goal. UAPB opened their overtime possession with a 20-yard run by Justin Billings to get down to the JSU five-yard line.

Ole Miss finished the season better than predicted, with a record of 6-6 (3-5 SEC).

Arkansas-Pine Bluff then kicked a field goal to win the game and their first SWAC Football Championship since 1966. Expectations have changed in Starkville. How often in this state does an 8-4 season feel like a letdown? The Bulldogs are heading to a third straight bowl game, but fans wonder if this team could have done more. MSU finally broke through with an SEC West win over a team not named Ole Miss by defeating both Auburn and Arkansas. If you throw out the Egg Bowl loss, three of the Bulldogsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; losses came at the hands of teams that combined for a 32-5 record. I would bet my last dollar that there is not a team in the country that can say three of their losses went to teams with that combined record and ranked in the top 10 of latest BCS standings. Even adding Ole Miss into the mix, MSU lost to teams with a combined record of 38-11, and all four of those teams are headed to bowl games. Mississippi State might have been overvalued in the preseason but, if they had defeated Ole Miss, their losses would have been to three of the best teams in the country.

Hopes have to be high in Oxford after Hugh Freeze took an Ole Miss team only predicted to finish three wins. The Rebels were helped out by the dumpster fires in Auburn and Arkansas, but they still had to win those games. The Rebels lost to six teams that are going to bowl games and were a combined 59-15. Ole Miss also played a two tougher SEC East teams than MSU in Georgia and Vanderbilt. Southern Miss completed the worst turn-around in college football history going from 12-2 in 2011 to 0-12 this season. The dumpster fire was so bad that not only did the Golden Eagles fire Ellis Johnson after one season; they sold next yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home game against Nebraska back to the Cornhuskers just to pay Johnsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s buyoutâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;reported to be $2.1 million, nearly the exact amount USM got from Nebraska to move the game. Southern Miss has mishandled conference realignment by staying loyal to Conference USA when everyone else was getting out of town. Now USM has fallen from budding star mid-major program to just another small conference football team.

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THURSDAY, DEC. 13 NFL (7:30-11 p.m., NFL Network): The Cincinnati Bengals playoff hopes could take a major hit with a loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. â&#x20AC;Ś College basketball (9-11 p.m., Pac-12 Network): If you have 1,000 sports channels, like I do, you can watch Jackson State play Washington State. FRIDAY, DEC. 14 NBA (7 p.m.-12 a.m., ESPN): Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an NBA double header featuring the Boston Celtics at the Houston Rockets to start the night and finishing with the Memphis Grizzlies at the Denver Nuggets. SATURDAY, DEC. 15 College football (12-7 p.m., ESPN): The college bowl season begins with Nevada against Arizona in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl and is followed by Toledo versus Utah State in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. SUNDAY, DEC. 16 NFL (12-3 p.m., Fox): The New Orleans Saints must defeat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at home to keep their very slim playoff hopes alive. â&#x20AC;Ś NFL (7:30-11 p.m. NBC): Catch a possible Super Bowl preview when the New England Patriots host the San Francisco 49ers. MONDAY, DEC. 17 NFL (7:30-11 p.m., ESPN): Somehow, someway the New York Jets are still alive for a playoff spot, but they must defeat the Tennessee Titans on the road to keep those hopes alive and well. TUESDAY, DEC. 18 College football (9-11 p.m., ESPN Classic): Michigan against Texas in the 2005 Rose Bowl, this was the firstever meeting by these two storied college football programs and an instant classic. WEDNESDAY, DEC. 19 College Basketball (10 p.m.-12 a.m., ESPN U): Ole Miss is in the midst of their nonconference schedule as they travel to the west coast to play Loyola Marymount. Southern Miss is one of 12 head coaching vacancies in FBS programs. Four of the open (Temple, Texas Tech, Colorado and Wisconsin) jobs are in BCS conferences.

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Bon Ami (Maywood Mart, 1220 E. Northside Drive, Suite 230, 601-982-0405) Offering a special Christmas catering menu featuring lobster bisque, garlic her beef tenderloin, herb roasted turkey, sweet potato crunch, chunky apple cranberry sauce and much more. Minimum $50 per person with at least 50 people. Broad Street Baking Company & Cafe (Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 101, 601-362-2900) Open Christmas Eve until 3 p.m. Taking to-go orders until Dec. 19. CHAR Restaurant (Highland Village, 4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 142, 601-956-9562) Holiday specials include cornbread dressing, pecan pie, mashed sweet potatoes and creamed spinach. Closing 3 p.m. Christmas Eve.

Lumpkins BBQ (182 Raymond Road, 601-373-7707) Offering smoked turkey for $60 and fried turkey for $70. Taking orders until Dec. 20. Olivia’s Food Emporium (820 Highway 51, Madison, 601-8988333) Special “Holiday Stimulus Package” for $150, serves 10-12 people. Features smoked turkey, cornbread dressing, giblet gravy, green bean casserole, one dozen rolls and Hershey bar or lemon ice box pie. See the full menu at oliviasfoodemporium. com. Closing Christmas Eve at noon. Parlor Market (115 W. Capitol St., 601-360-0090) Holiday menu features whole roasted cherry glazed duck, smoked balsamic mustard crusted ham, caramelized onion and apple greens, delta grind creamy cheese grits and more. Taking holiday orders until Dec. 15. Pick-up date is Dec. 22. Primos Cafe (2323 Lakeland Drive, Flowood, 601936-3398 or 515 Lake Harbour Drive, Ridgeland, 601-898-3600) Taking holiday orders up to Dec. 23 from noon to 4 p.m. Open Christmas Eve from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

LIBRARY LOUNGE by Kathleen M. Mitchell

Let local restaurants take care of preparing your holiday meal.

Strawberry Cafe (107 Depot Drive, Madison, 601856-3822) Open for lunch on Christmas Eve until 2:30 p.m. Menu features pork tenderloin, smothered chicken, glazed boneless ham, baked apples, green bean casserole, almond butter cream cake, bread pudding and more. Two Sisters Kitchen (707 N. Congress St., 601-353-1180) Place to-go orders for items such as Two Sisters’ famous chicken by the Thursday before Christmas by 10 a.m. Pick-up is Monday by 2 p.m.

The newest library in Jackson appeals to me as well, but to my perhaps more grown-up tastes. The Library, a lounge at Sophia’s Restaurant, part of the historic Fairview Inn, held its grand opening Dec. 1. Inside the small, two-room nook, the ambiance is unbeatable. One room is all wood and bookshelves and mismatched furniture, topped off by a crackling fireplace. Next door offers better light and more seating in the form of old-fashioned diner-style chairs pulled up to tall tables. I prefer the darker, cozier of the two rooms, which really does feel like the library of an old southern home. The bar occupies a corner of the room, tucked among leatherbounds and knickknacks. The menu, bound and presented as a book itself, offers signature drinks named after famous authors—Tennessee Williams, TRIP BURNS


Crazy Cat Bakers (Highland Village, 4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 173, 601-362-7448) Holiday dessert menu includes bread pudding with brandy butter sauce, orange pound cake, Milky

Way pound cake, apple bourbon pecan pie, Mississippi mud cake and more. Open until Dec. 24.

The ambiance of the Library is perfect for a cozy chat.


ome of my fondest childhood memories are of the library. As soon as I was old enough, I got my library card, and trips to check out books became a weekly—at least—event. I would often check out so many that the librarians would have to gently remind me of the limit and tell me they’d hang onto a few until I could bring some back.

Fairview Inn and Sofia’s Restaurant (734 Fairview St., 601-948-3429) Pre fixe menu $59 without wine pairing, $80 with wine pairings. Appetizer: Lobster Risotto with roasted fennel, cherry tomato, cognac cream. Salad: Baby Spinach herb crusted chevre, candied almonds, roasted red peppers, lemon-poppy vinaigrette. Entrée: Maple Glazed Venison Loin cranberry-brioche savory pudding, broccolini, calvados-juniper reduction. Dessert: Chocolate Burche de Noel Genoise cake, chocolate buttercream, crème Chantilly. Add others at

Eudora Welty, William Faulkner—as well as wine, appetizers and non-alcoholic drinks such as the “My Dog Skip,” a fruity concoction of blood orange, lime, white peach and cranberry flavors. I snuggled into a corner table with some friends and ordered a Eudora Welty and a quartet of tasting-sized desserts. The drink, made with Cathead vodka, soda and cucumber, was refreshing, but perhaps a little weaker than its $8 price tag warranted. The desserts didn’t disappoint, though, with enough crème brulee, key lime pie, bread pudding and chocolate brownie for each of us to have a couple bites—the perfect size to share. Overall, the setting is better suited for an intimate group—we had four, and I wouldn’t want many more. The Library is an ideal place to snuggle up with a book and a glass of wine, and chat with a friend after a long day of work.


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Another Broken Egg (1000 Highland Colony #1009 in Renaissance, 601.790.9170) Open Daily 7am-2pm for breakfast, brunch and lunch. Egg, benedict and omelet dishes, pancakes, waffles, specialties, burgers, salads and sandwiches. Two Sisters Kitchen (707 N. Congress St. 601-353-1180) Frequent Best of Jackson winner for fried chicken offers a buffet of great choices Lunch only. Mon-Fri, Sun. Koinonia (136 Adams St. 601-960-3008) You won’t want to mix the large yellow house just off Metro Parkway. Koinonia’s expanded lunch menu includes pizza, sandwiches and soups.


Broad Street Bakery (4465 Interstate 55 N. 601-362-2900) Hot breakfast,coffee espresso drinks, fresh breads and pastries, gourmet deli sandwiches, quiches, soups, pizzas and dessert. For Heaven’s Cakes (4950 Old Canton Road 601-991-2253) Cakes and cupcakes for all occasions including weddings, parties, catered events.


The Pizza Shack (925 E. Fortification 601-352-2001) The 2009-2012 winner of Best Pizza offers the perfect pizza-and-a-beer joint. New locations in Belhaven and a second spot in Colonial Mart on Old Canton Rd. in Northeast Jackson. Sal & Mookie’s (565 Taylor St. 601-368-1919) Pizzas of all kinds plus pasta, eggplant parmesan and the fried ravioli. Best Kid’s Menu & Best Ice Cream in the 2011 Best of Jackson. Plus, Pi(e) Lounge in front offers great drinks and a fun atmosphere for catching up with friends. Mellow Mushroom (275 Dogwood Blvd, Flowood, 601-992-7499) More than just great pizza. Offering choices such as hummus, magic mushroom soup, wings, stuffed portobello, meatball hoagies, local brews and more!! Open Monday - Friday 11-10 and Saturday 11-11.


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BRAVO! (4500 Interstate 55 N., Jackson, 601-982-8111) Wood-fired pizzas, vegetarian fare, plus creative pastas, beef, and seafood specials. Award-winning wine list, Jackson’s see-and-be-seen casual/upscale dining. Cerami’s (5417 Lakeland Drive, Flowood, 601-919-28298) Southern-style Italian cuisine features their signature Shrimp Cerami (white wine sauce, capers artichokes) along with veal, tilapia, crawfish, chicken and pasta dishes.


Islander Seafood and Oyster House (601-366-5441) Seafood, po’boys and oyster house. Casual fine dining that’s family-friendly with a beach vibe. Great steaks, burgers, raw bar, yellowfin tuna and more! Maywood Mart. Crab’s (6954 Old Canton Rd., Ridgeland, 601-956-5040) Crab’s Seafood Shack offers a wide variety of southern favorites such as fried catfish and boiled shrimp. Full bar & TVs for all of your favorite sporting events. Eslava’s Grille (2481 Lakeland Drive, 601-932-4070) Latin-influenced dishes like ceviche in addition to pastas, steaks, salads and other signature seafood dishes. Rocky’s (1046 Warrington Road, Vicksburg 601-634-0100) Enjoy choice steaks, fresh seafood, great salads, hearty sandwiches and much more in the “polished casual” dining room. Open 24/7 in the Riverwalk Casino. The Penguin (1100 John R Lynch Street, 769.251.5222) Fine dining at its best. Located in the historic West Jackson, the Penguin features an extensive lunch and dinner menu along with live music Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Try the famous hot dog special which uses 1960’s Penguin’s original recipe.


Babalu (622 Duling Ave., 601-366-5757) Fresh guacamole at the table, fish tacos, empanada, smoked pork sholders, Mexican street corn—Jackson’s “Best Mexican” & “Best of Jackson 2012” magaritas. Jaco’s Tacos (318 South State Street) Tacos, burritos and quesadillas. Tex-Mex at its finest and freshest. Tacos come with a side of butter-based mantequilla sauce for dipping. Enjoy the the patio and full bar. La Morena (6610 Old Canton Road Suite J, Ridgeland, 601-899-8821) Tortillas made fresh order. Authentic, Mexican Cuisine (not Tex-Mex). Mexican Cokes!


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Blurry Memories by R.H. Coupe



The author, far left, celebrates his son Richard L. Coupe’s wedding to Natalie K. Danforth with the

“What?” after my wife waved to her to stand still during the service. And I won’t forget her picking up the flower petals while processing out after the service (she had been told that she needed to pick them up after the service), until I snapped my fingers to move her along. There’s the memory of the best man escorting my wife to her seat—he has been a special favorite of hers since his mother died when he was young—and his female friends, the ones he grew up with, gently confronting and good-naturedly teasing his possessive new girlfriend. And then here we were, late in the reception. The bouquet and the garter had been tossed, the cupcakes eaten and now, only the diehards were left: immediate family, wedding party, good friends and those who never give up a free drink. And me, the father of the groom, in a tuxedo preparing to catch the ankles of my cousin’s daughter as she does a handstand on the keg with the spigot in her mouth. (Have I mentioned her dress was much too short?) Etched into my mind forever is the stricken look on my son’s face as he rushed across the dance floor shouting, “No, no, it isn’t that kind of party.” Lori calmly took the spigot from her mouth and looked at me, saying, “Next time.” There were a few more sweet memories of the wedding. My oldest nephew, a combat veteran with two tours in Iraq and now a police officer in Florida, told me that the glow stick around my head (instead of throwing rice or birdseed as the bride and groom left, we waved glow sticks) would be a dead giveaway to any police officer looking for alcoholimpaired drivers—all the while wearing his own necktie tied around his head. I remember the happy sound of Spanish chatter in my kitchen Sunday morning as my friend Isabel prepared a brunch for our out-of-town relatives with the help of my Spanish-speaking daughter and her two bilingual friends. And then it was over, and the house was silent. The money spent, the newlyweds gone, the beer kegs returned and the relatives fed, entertained and, like good northerners, on their way home. And finally, the true meaning of the day burst on me when I saw this simple Facebook post, “Natalie Danforth Coupe is married.” 39 Like the Grinch, my heart grew three sizes that day.


tand behind the keg and catch my legs,” she said. “What?” came my brilliant response. “Stand behind the keg and catch my legs,” she repeated, in the tone of voice people reserve for the slow of wit. “I’m going to do a keg stand.” I repeated my brilliant response of, “What?” as I moved into position. Lori, my most-favorite relative, a 6-foot-plus, statuesque 28-year-old Victoria Secret-looking blonde wearing a too-short dress, had made sure no one need feel any inhibition in their dancing at my son’s wedding. She had then taken over the bartending duties, as the paid bartender was having trouble working the keg without foam. Hiking her dress even further up her thighs, she placed the flexible spigot into her mouth and braced both hands on the edges of the keg. As she flexed her knees, I realized she was going to do a handstand on top of the keg. I broke out in a cold sweat over the thought of how this story would be interpreted the next 50 years at family reunions. One lesson learned early on in the Coupe ner tomorrow night, and I don’t have time to entertain. Take side of the family: You expose no weakness, ever, as they them to dinner or something—just get out of my hair.” are merciless. I manfully handled this by intercepting the relatives in The runup to the wedding had been relatively free of the driveway and told them Anne had a migraine, and we most of the drama I’ve seen in other weddings. Well, I say went out for pizza. that, but there was a small brouhaha over the bridesmaids’ My memories of the next couple of days are a dizzying dresses. The bride, in an effort to be fair to her bridesmaids, blur. It reminds me of watching clothes spin in a dryer—you told them, “any green dress will do.” She wanted them to buy can pick out some colors and shapes, but mostly it is just something they liked and might wear again at other events. an amorphous blob relentlessly moving in a circular motion. Not even a day later, my oldest daughter (all of the sisters of But then, the dryer doors pops open and out falls that pair of the bride and groom were in the wedding) sent back images denim jeans you were looking for and one white sock. of a few dresses she was considering. Most showed more flesh I remember the delicious fried catfish at the rehearsal than green and were more suitable for a fairy princess (com- dinner catered by Cock of the Walk in our driveway (not to plete with wings) or a pole dancer. That caused the bride to mention the leftover mustard greens that I told my wife not issue stricter guidelines, which weren’t well received at all. to order, as none of our northern relatives had ever eaten anyThen there was the whole nine bridesmaids and five thing like them). I remember explaining to the same relatives groomsmen thing. My son was that the onions were pickled and adamant, which for him is unthe pickles were fried, and the usual, as he is a people pleaser 35-foot Cock of the Walk trailer like his mother. He said he had unable to back out of my drivefive friends, and he wasn’t asking way, until my kindly neighbor anyone else to spend that kind across the street waved him up of money to be in the wedding. onto his grass. He even scoffed at the helpful There were the looks of innominations of a couple of guy credulity from my children when cousins from his aunts. But the I told them that I was wearing couple amicably solved it and a tuxedo that I owned—“You kept it a surprise. Most groomsown a tuxedo?”—followed by men escorted two beautiful the gasp of astonishment from bridesmaids down the aisle, one the same children when they saw The reception suffered no shortage of people ready to party. on each arm. me in the tuxedo at the wedding. Of course, there was also (I guess I clean up good?) that look on my wife’s face, part The wedding itself was anger and part panic, that let me surreal. Who was this gorgeous know without the slightest doubt that I had, yet again, made woman next to me? It couldn’t be the same woman to whom the wrong decision. It was Thursday evening, the day before I have been married for 28 years? Is that really my son up we were to host the rehearsal dinner at our house and two there with that silly smirk on his face (a result of him jumping days before our son’s wedding, and I had just asked an even off the top bunk as a young boy and putting the end of the dozen of our early-arriving relatives to come on over. stick he was holding into his cheek)? “What, are you stupid or something?” she asked. “I have I recall the flower girl, my youngest, age 9, standing near a mountain of work to do before 100 people come to din- the bride during the ceremony shrugging and mouthing,

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Jackson Failing at Health for Women by Kathleen M. Mitchell

SCREENSHOT, SELF.COM cites Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s high levels of STDs as one of the reasons for its low ranking.

In the online listings, an unnamed writer succinctly described Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s health care in two lines: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fewer reproductive rights, twice the STDs. Coincidence?â&#x20AC;? Last year, Jackson was 98th out of 100. Unsurprisingly, many of the lower-ranked cities

were in the South. The healthiest cities tend to hug the west coast, the northeast coast (Baltimore, Md., and above) and the mid-north (the Dakotas to Wisconsin). Six of the top 18 fell in California, with San Jose named the healthiest city. Jackson fell between Tulsa, Okla., (the least healthy city in the country as ranked by Self) and Detroit, Mich. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to consider that the rankings are not solely based on obesity rate, weight distribution or exercise habitsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;although those are all vital factorsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but on a more comprehensive view of what it means to be healthy. Many times, when Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s failing health is discussed, it focuses on obesity rates, or perhaps the health-care system. But this study included physical, mental, reproductive and emotional health, in addition to habits and outside factors. It is a much more interconnected view of womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s health in Jackson than what we often see. Cities that received kudos for their healthy aspects included San Francisco, where many women bike to work; Honolulu, which has a very low number of fast-food restaurants; Santa Ana, Calif., where women have the lowest rates of depression; Minneapolis, Minn., where women cite high friend support; Fargo, N.D., for its low stress levels; and Portland, Maine, for its clean air and organic food. Although the study is by no means the final word on womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wellbeing, it is a good reminder that health isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t something you do for an hour or a day. It is an aspect of life that wavers and fluctuates throughout life. It is something to be worked at all the time.



ast month, Self magazineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website revealed its ranking of the healthiest U.S. cities for women. A panel of experts considered 58 criteria, including factors such as access to health care, rates of disease, prevalence of good habits versus poor ones, environment, community measures, allergies, life expectancy, crime rates and more (see The website ranked 100 metropolitan cities in America. Jackson placed 99thâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the second worst city ranked.

Self magazine named Jackson the second-least healthy city for women out of 100 top metropolitan areas.



â&#x20AC;˘ Find a workout buddy or group. Many of the highest-ranked cities have a culture of exerciseâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot harder to blow off your daily sweat session when you see others making time for it and seeing results. â&#x20AC;˘ What is good for one is often good for the whole community. Case in point: Smoking is bad for one set of lungs, but also lessens the air quality for everyone. â&#x20AC;˘ Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget the little things. The study even considered factors such as seat-belt use. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the point in having abs of steel if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t protect their safety? â&#x20AC;˘ Remember that health is interconnected. Someone who is feeling depressed is much less likely to get out and exercise, and someone who is highly stressed is more likely to grab greasy fast food rather than take the time to track down a healthier option. If you start to slip in one area, be extra conscious of other factors that may be affected as well. â&#x20AC;˘ Start somewhere, anywhere. The hardest step is the first, so choose just one area and work on becoming healthier in itâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;take a walk in the evening or try to incorporate something green in every meal. â&#x20AC;˘ Be aware of long-term effects. The study took into consideration Looking at health comprehensively, rather than singling out rates of sunscreen use and binge drinking, among others. Both are weight or diet, is important to achieve long-term results. factors where the damage builds up over time, so work to develop good habits. â&#x20AC;˘ Consult experts. Talk to a doctor about any concerns, and get help putting together the right mix of fitness, diet and habits for you. â&#x20AC;˘ Treat yourself. Being healthy doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to mean thinking about and worrying if you are doing the right things all the time. Developing good long-term habits is more important than doing everything perfectly in the short term.


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James O. Hill, Ph.D, director of the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center at the University of Colorado; Nancy C. Lee, M.D., deputy assistant secretary for health â&#x20AC;&#x201C; womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s health director, Office on Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Barbara Levy, M.D., vice president for health policy at the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; Harry Lodge, M.D., SELF contributing medical expert; Travis Stork, M.D., cohost of The Doctors. SOURCE: SELF.COM




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