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COURTESY KENDALL POOLE
JACKSONIAN KENDALL POOLE
he old wedding joke goes that brides tend to choose ugly bridesmaid dresses, while exclaiming to their attendants, “You can wear it again and again!” Hopefully, Kendall Poole’s friends are exceptions to that idea, because Poole has a collection of 20 bridesmaid dresses by now. Poole’s experience as a 20-time bridesmaid across 15 years gave her the experience to make the jump to wedding planning full-time. She has witnessed firsthand the chaos that goes on behind the scenes, and her main goal is to allow everyone involved in the wedding to actually enjoy the big day. She says her job as a coordinator is to be the one to make those hard decisions, so that everyone else can relax. Poole, 35, opened Kendall Poole Event Planning a year ago in November on the day of her favorite number: 11/11/11. “I have had the pleasure of visiting 11 countries, lived on the 11th floor in New York, 11 is in my phone number and address,” she says. To top off her business’ first anniversary, Poole launched a Facebook campaign, with the help of her good friend Jeff Good, to receive 1,111 “likes” by Nov. 11. “It was almost equal to watching the polls,” Poole says. Although Kendall Poole Event Planning is only a year old, Poole has planned 25 weddings under her professional organization. Born and raised in Rankin County, Poole has coordinated events since she was in high school, starting with pep rallies, birthday parties
and homecoming parades. “This is definitely my agape, a blessing from the Lord,” she says. “I consider my business almost as a ministry, I want my couples to focus more on planning their marriage, not just a wedding.” It is evident that Poole is following her passion. For each wedding she handles, she makes sure to allow herself time to listen and understand the couples, so that their wedding will not only be a symbol of their love, but also a reflection of them as a couple. “You don’t know what you are paying me for until after it’s over,” she says. Poole’s job also puts her into a position where she plays counselor to soon to be husbands and wives by reminding them the reason of why they are getting married. “As long as you are keeping your marriage the number-one priority, then everything else will fall into place,” she says. Many of Poole’s clients arise from word of mouth, and she feels more than blessed to work with so many wonderful vendors to help create such a special day for the bride and groom. A photographer once told Poole, “People never know how good you are at your job, because you have already taken care of the problem,” and those words still stick with Poole to this day. For more information about Kendall Poole Event Planning, visit her website, kendallpooleevents.com. —Whitney Menogan
Cover of Valley Gordon and Taylor Hildebrand by Josh Hailey Photography.
8 Moving on Wasteful Water
Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. signed a contract with Siemens Corp. for about $90 million worth of work, including installing new digital water meters, a digital billing system, water-treatment plant upgrades and replacement of sewer lines.
34 Recording Risk and Reward
With their latest album, “The Great Nothing,” Tess Brunet and her band employ the seldom-used live ensemble recording style—and it pays off.
36 Saints’ Records, Good & Bad
“(Drew) Brees became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for more than 5,000 yards in back to back seasons. He finished with 5,177 yards with 43 touchdowns after throwing for 5,476 yards with 46 touchdowns in 2011. The quarterback also is the first in NFL history to have back-to-back season with 40 or more touchdown passes, as well. That was the good part of Brees’ season. The bad part of Brees’ season was that he threw 19 interceptions—which was five more than he had the previous season.” —Bryan Flynn, “Streaky Saints”
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by Kathleen M. Mitchell, Features Editor
The Wedding Ordeal
hey are such tiny words, really. “I do.” Could they be any smaller? Two words spoken by two people. Add 13 more—“By the power vested in me, I now pronounce you husband and wife.”— and a signed document, and boom! Married. So simple. So why does it take a village—nay, an army—to do the damn thing? I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but women can get a little worked up over weddings. In fact, I don’t know if there is anything that turns sane women into frothing, frenzied, frantic lunatics faster. I know from experience. Last May, I married my best friend. I am self aware enough to admit that I’m the kind of person who turns things into An Ordeal, and wedding planning was no different. I admire the brides and grooms who are able to set a budget, make decisions easily and be completely zen about the whole thing. I respect those who wed with just a few close witnesses, or elope or somehow else avoid worrying about what they “should” do. Unfortunately, I was not exactly that bride. I fell prey to the pressure modern American society puts on this one day. Of course, it’s not just one day. It’s THE day, or so they tell us. It is The Most Important Day of Your Life. It is the day that everything must be utterly, all-consumingly perfect, and you’d better be willing to do what it takes to make it so. This is the message continually shoved down the throats of the female population by Martha Stewart, The Knot, and approximately 7 billion weddingrelated websites, blogs and television shows. On the TLC channel alone, there are at least seven wedding shows, including four different iterations of “Say Yes to the Dress,” where consultants regularly turn up their noses at any bride who dares to come into the salon wanting to spend less than $2,500 on a dress they will wear for about 12 hours. Of course, we can’t leave out the grand dame of all horrifying wedding shows, “Brid-
alplasty,” which tells women that their marriage will be utterly doomed if they don’t take drastic, surgical action to perfect themselves. Forget that a man asked to spend his life with you, even with that nose! He’s crazy! Trust us, there’s nothing a man loves more than not recognizing his fiancée’s face or body as she walks down the aisle to become his wife! There’s no point in even getting married if
It’s cheesy and cliché, but so is a lot about weddings. you are going to do it with more than 6 percent body fat! The destructive mentality stretches beyond TV, though. It feels like the minute you slip that ring on your finger, the world bombards you with reasons why your body is flawed. Facebook and Google Ads and any other Big-Brother-esque marketing programs begin to present ads promising you the best way to “lose weight before the big day!” Bridal magazines instruct you on how to find the best dress to hide your body’s imperfections rather than the one to celebrate your body’s assets. Well-meaning friends and strangers share the secrets of how their friend Sarah got “so skinny!” for her nuptials. The wedding world tries to convince you these things are vital. And while you are busy trying to figure out if you really do need a nose job in order to be legally wed, The Knot helpfully sends emails every day to remind you what a failure at wedding planning you are. “Hi Kathleen, it’s 278 days un-
til your wedding! If you haven’t bought your dress, bought a second dress to wear to the reception, learned calligraphy, hired at least two wedding planners, sampled cake, booked your entire honeymoon, made a manicure appointment and lost 12 pounds, you’re late! Also, pewter is the new gray, which was the new black. Also, if you play ‘YMCA’ at your reception, you are tacky. Cheers!” It is easy to scoff and laugh at the absurdity of the vain and overly intense. It’s easy to judge. But the truth is, wedding planning made me do, feel and say things I never wanted to. It made me care about things that I felt silly caring about. The wedding world whispers seductively in the form of expensive letterpress invitations and lush peonies and red-soled Louboutin shoes, and suddenly you’re convinced you want—no, need—elaborate bouquets even though you originally planned on simple and inexpensive florals. Suddenly you are jealous that a friend used a décor idea first, or worried your dress won’t measure up to all your peers’ Pinterest boards. These are stupid emotions. But that doesn’t change the fact that they are very real and present emotions. It’s exhausting thinking about the myriad ways people can disapprove of your wedding-related choices. Aren’t you a little young? Is your diamond big enough? On the other hand, is your diamond conflict-free? Are you spending too much? Are you spending enough? Did you invite so-and-so? Not to mention the struggle to bring together my feminist and equal-rights ideals with childhood romantic fantasies, which is a topic for a whole other conversation on weddings (suffice it to say, I love that my husband asked my father for permission, but I don’t love that I love it…). I’ve been to a number of weddings in the past few years, ranging from lavish affairs involving limos, fine catering and a huge rehearsal dinner to extraordinarily simple
backyard ceremonies, with homemade quilts on picnic tables and dinner made by friends and family—and everything in between. One celebration, thrown by two families who must have more money than God, featured a live elephant. Each of these weddings was different, but each touching in its way. It’s important to remember that while weddings might bring out the worst in some people (I’m looking at you, Kim Kardashian, et al.), they can also bring out the best in others. Weddings are ultimately all about joy, love and dancing like crazy for three hours. It’s cheesy and cliché, but so is a lot about weddings. Family, friends and community come together to celebrate two people making a very serious and meaningful promise. Some of the best times of my life have been at my friends’ weddings, and I hope they feel the same way about mine. It’s now been eight months since I survived the Ordeal. Looking back, I wouldn’t change anything. Sure, it was 95 degrees and God knows how humid, and there was talk of sweat in some uncomfortable nether regions from our guests. Sure, I didn’t quite have Michelle Obama arms. Sure, I waited too long to print programs and ended up spending too much money on them. But when my husband said his vows to me, promising to always be there for me and to always feed my cat; and when I put a ring on his finger for the first time, crying; and when we hugged all the people who came out and sat in that 95-degree weather; and when we danced and ate and laughed until 4 in the morning with people who love us … none of that other stuff mattered. A wedding is a big day, but it’s still just a day. It’s easy to forget that, to get so wrapped up in the one day that you forget the thousands that come after it. At the end of that day, you’re married. Which is actually the point of a wedding, you know, starting a marriage? And marriage is the greatest, hardest, most rewarding, fun adventure I’ve been on yet.
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Josh Hailey is an artist and photographer from Jackson. He bounces all over these days from the West Coast to the Deep South and everywhere in between. Check out his work at joshhaileystudio. com. He took the cover photo.
Freelance writer Tom Head is a Jackson native. He has written or co-written 24 nonfiction books, is a civil liberties writer for About.com and is a grassroots progressive activist. He wrote a Hitched feature.
Georgette Keeler is an empty nester indulging a variety of interests. Her next endeavor includes demystifying grandma’s cornbread, which has no recipe but includes “a little of this and a little of that.” She wrote a Hitched feature.
Shameka Hayes-Hamilton Whitney Menogan Shameka Hayes-Hamilton is a mother of four who loves reading, writing, and all kinds of music. Originally from Simpson County (Mendenhall), she has dreams of becoming a best-selling novelist. She wrote a Hitched feature.
Writer and teacher Whitney Menogan holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Tougaloo. She enjoys reading, writing and having mind-blowing conversations. She wants to travel around the world. She wrote the Jacksonian.
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Micah Smith is a senior at Mississippi College, a Jackson-based songwriter, and an avid music listener and reviewer. He prides himself on being the very best, like no one ever was. He wrote music stories for this issue.
Noelle C. White is a full-time paralegal and freelance makeup artist. She is an animal enthusiast, who adores all things leather, lace and Stevie Nicks. She wrote the Fly Style feature.
Art Director Kristin Brenemen is an otaku with a penchant for dystopianism. Her recent reacquaintance to EGL fashion will serve her well for this year’s #BestOfJackson party. Are you ready? She designed much of the issue.
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RETIRING AGING FACILITIES Much of the current energy infrastructure powering our communities today was designed, built and put in service by generations before us. Mississippi Power’s first generating plant—hailed as the most modern facility of its time when it was built in 1945 —is now being retired after nearly 70 years of service.
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Thursday, Jan. 3 Joseph Paul Dominick pleads guilty to conspiracy to commit a hate crime in connection to attacks on African Americans in Jackson that culminated in the murder of James Craig Anderson. â€Ś The Justice Department reaches a $1.4 billion settlement with Transocean Ltd., owner of the drilling rig that spawned the 2010 oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Friday, Jan. 4 The U.S. Department of Labor releases a report stating that U.S. employers added 155,000 jobs in December. Saturday, Jan. 5 Thousands of marathoners flock to Jackson to participate in the Mississippi Blues Marathon. â€Ś President Obama says in his weekly address that the fiscal cliff deal, approved by Congress on New Yearâ€™s Day, prevented a middle-class tax increase that could have thrown the economy back into recession. Sunday, Jan. 6 Raising the stakes in the upcoming debt ceiling fight, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says that raising the debt ceiling and reducing spending shouldnâ€™t be coupled. Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell says spending cuts must be included for GOP support.
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Monday, Jan. 7 The Hinds County Board of Supervisors agrees to hire attorney Firnist Alexander as the countyâ€™s lobbyist. â€Ś President Obama nominates Chuck Hagel as defense secretary and John Brennan to lead the Central Intelligence Agency.
Tuesday, Jan. 8 The 2013 Mississippi legislative session begins at noon. Major topics include charter schools and Medicaid expansion. â€Ś Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband launch a political action committee aimed at curbing gun violence. Get news updates at jfpdaily.com.
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City Begins Improvement Project by Jacob D. Fuller
he city has a long list of needed repairs, replacements, and upgrades to its water and sewer systemsâ€”about $400 million worth, in fact. Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. took a step toward getting some of that done over the holiday break when he signed a contract with Siemens Corp. for about $90 million worth of work on the old and often-failing systems. The contract includes installing new digital water meters, a digital billing system, upgrades at the cityâ€™s two water-treatment plants and replacement of nearly two miles of sewer lines. The upgrades to the sewer lines and treatment plants canâ€™t come soon enough. It is commonplace for workers at the Savanna Street Waste Water Facility to bypass the mechanical treatment procedure due to wastewater overloads. When the facility runs a bypass, workers divert the water out of the normal treatment process, treat it with chlorine to kill bacteria, dechlorinate it, mix it with properly treated water and, in most cases, send the water into the Pearl River. In the last four years, the facility has released more than 2.8 billion gallons of the bypassed water into the Pearl River. â€œDuring high flow conditions, untreated wastewater from the retention cells was not always routed through the mechanical plant for treatment. This action is a potential threat to public health and the environment,â€? a 2010 U.S. Environmental Protec-
tion Agency report of the facility stated. From Oct. 2, 2011, through Oct. 2, 2012, the Savanna facility executed 16 of these bypasses. Most of them were necessary
require the city to spend about $400 million in water and sewer improvements and EPA fines over the next 20 years. In October, the city and EPA wrapped up negotiations on the decree that began after the EPA inspected the Savanna Street plant in February and April of 2010. The EPA inspection found 16 major problems at the plant. Some of the major causes of the bypasses included excessive buildup of waste solids in the three working retention cells, two retention cells being out of service for several years, and two of the plantâ€™s three belt-filter presses, which remove the water from the solThe city hopes its $90 million contract with Siemens ids, were inoperable. Corp. will prevent its waste-water treatment facilities The cityâ€™s talks with Siefrom diverting under-treated water to the Pearl River. mens started in May, as the city and EPA negotiated the conbecause when as little as one-third of an inch of sent decree. The Munich, Germany-based rain falls, rainwater leaks into the cityâ€™s old and company presented a proposal to audit the fractured sewer lines, flooding the treatment cityâ€™s water and sewer system. If, after the auplants with more water than they can handle. dit, the city and Siemens came to an agreeHalf an inch of rainfall could mean a ment, Siemens would take on a project to one-day bypass. Less than 11 inches of rain in make major improvements to the systems. January and February 2012 caused the SavanSiemens representative Chris Mcna Street facility to run a bypass for 40 days. Neil told the City Council in May that The upgrades to the plant come on the new digital-meter system would only the heels of a consent decree from the U.S. increase water bills for those who are either Environmental Protection Agency that will receiving water dishonestly or have
Wednesday, Jan. 2 Five lesbian couples apply for marriage licenses in Forrest County, knowing they will be denied, as part of a national groupâ€™s campaign to gain equality for gay, lesbian and transgendered people. â€Ś The Pan-Arab news channel Al-Jazeera purchases left-leaning Current TV from cofounder Al Gore.
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