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aphne Higgins was born in Clarksdale in June 1961, one of 10 siblings. The big family made her into a people person, she says. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in mass communications at Jackson State University in 1983, she continued her education in public relations at the University of Memphis. Higgins got married and moved to Jackson with her husband, John, in 1992. “He’s from Jackson, so that was my reason for working here, ” Higgins says. Together, the couple has two children: a daughter Charence, now 18, and a son, J.P., who is 16. In 1992, Higgins started a 13-year sales career at The Clarion-Ledger. She left the paper in 2004 because of her son’s learning disabilities. “I felt I was fixing my son,” she says of giving up her full-time job. “I wanted more time with him—and my complete focus.” In October 2008, Earnestine Alexander convinced Higgins to volunteer and sit on the board of Dress For Success Metro Jackson. Alexander is the sister of DFSMJ’s executive director, Pat Chambliss, who asked Higgins to come on staff a year later. Dress For Success is an international organization that helps improve the lives of women and has 129 affiliates in 13 countries. It provides professional clothing, retention programs and support to instill confidence and secure jobs. Women come to Dress For Success through referrals. The DFSMJ Career Center helps clients create resumes and conducts mock


interviews so that they’ll be ready to land a job. DFSMJ then dresses them from head to toe for interviews through the Suiting Program. As a program coordinator, Higgins has dressed women from Mississippi Valley State University, the Rankin County Department of Human Services, the Jackson WIN Job Center and dozens of other local referrals. “When a woman comes here, I dress her inwardly more so than outwardly,” Higgins says. “I help her realize she is filled with potential, and her outfit complements her person.” After a woman finds work, she can return to Dress for Success for a full week’s worth of professional attire. The Going Places Network, Professional Women’s Group and financial literacy programs help women gain professional skills, network and advance in their careers. In partnership with DFS, departmentstore chain J.C. Penney invites customers to easily make contributions to local chapters. “When we pull up our screen, it shows us this month’s donations. At the end of each transaction we ask customers to round up their dollars for donations to DFS,” says Teresa Powers, a J.C. Penney sales associate in Flowood. “I believe that God sent me here,” Higgins says of her work with Dress for Success. “I was successful in my communications career, and now it’s time to do this.” For more information about Dress for Success Metro Jackson, call 601-985-9888 or 601364-1722. —Angelica J. Allen

Cover photograph by Trip Burns

10 Running Man

“Just like everybody else, when I graduated in 1974, I wanted to get as far away from Mississippi as possible. … So I went to California and spent four years in the Army as a military policeman from 1974 to 78. Then I decided there was no place like home.” —Robert Thompson, “Thompson: Family Man.”

28 Good for You

First lady Michelle Obama praises improvements in Mississippi school lunches as a success story in her fight against childhood obesity.

31 Mini City

MMA’s public-art project, “C3: Creativity. Conversation. Community.,” gives participants a chance to learn about the city by building replicas of vital neighborhoods.

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by Donna Ladd, Editor-in-Chief

Time to Think Small


’ve been a bit amazed of late to hear all the hoopla over Sam’s Club deciding to leave Jackson for suburban pastures. I’ve even heard talk of people leading protests against it—as if that would mean squat up in Arkansas where Walmart Corporate makes its profitability decisions. I’ve heard others say that the loss of Sam’s Club must, must be the city’s fault, presumably because we didn’t offer the megacompany enough tax incentives or, perhaps, because every city official didn’t drop down on his or her knees and beg them to stay. All the enraged chatter reminded me of when the very odd mayor of Madison, Mary Hawkins-Butler, wanted people to march in protest because Starbucks was closing down. Seriously, folks. I’d march for Cups or Koinonia, but Starbucks? Is there really anyone reading this who thinks that the non-Mississippians who profit off these (inter)national businesses give two licks about the effect they have on communities? I remember two Starbucks outlets opening across the street from each other and near a local coffee shop in Manhattan. Of course, the local one closed and, later, both Starbucks shops followed. The Walmart monster is not the only bad friend of communities, but it’s among the worst. Just notice all the big-box shells it leaves behind in one part of town (on land where it displaced smaller businesses and trees to build in the first place) in order to move to another area and build an even bigger store to undercut the locals and hawk all those goods from China. Yes, I get that you can save a little money on a case of toilet tissue and baby diapers in Sam’s Club—but let’s be honest. When’s the last time you went there and only bought a case of diapers? These places make their billions by luring us in to “save” a little on necessities and then sell us a bigger barbe-

cue grill or a case of vanilla candles we won’t use in three years. Don’t believe me? Do the homework. Research shows that people do not “save” much at big-box outlets; they end up spending more for more stuff. And not all of that stuff is quality. I can’t remember the last time I bought a key in a big, impersonal chain store that worked for any length of time. Meantime, I can pop around the corner and get Jason Meeks at SE Lock & Key to make me two high-quality keys covered with musical notes or martini glasses for about $5 as I did this week. And while I’m there, I can play with his Yoda

Seriously, folks. I’d march for Cups or Koinonia, but Starbucks? bobblehead and find out the gossip about who’s doing what around our neighborhood—from crime to new businesses. In fact, that is the optimum word: neighborhood. You can’t build a neighborhood around strip malls filled with big-box outlets and chains. They’re built for traffic, not pedestrians. You’re lucky you can find a sidewalk that’ll get you out of one strip mall to the next one. And note how strips of bigbox outlets become outdated in a few years, with places like Walmart and Sam’s Club just following the developers farther out, leaving ugly shells behind. There is a better way. When I hear folks complaining about Sam’s moving, I can’t help but wonder if they’d call for a march if, say, the McDades

suddenly couldn’t afford increased rent in Westland Plaza. This is a local couple who has methodically opened grocery stores in vacant spaces that big chains deserted. Yes, they are business people, and they believe in their ability to thrive in a variety of neighborhoods in the city. These are the sorts of businesses residents need to support because they’ve got our backs. And because they invest more of their own money locally. And because it’s authentic small businesses that appeal to newcomers and good job creators. Of course, Jackson has a bad habit of having eyes bigger than our stomachs, or wallets. We keep getting pulled into giant plans of people who are going to “save” the city with one or another huge taxpayer-funded project, whether Two Lakes, a new arena, Farish Street or even the convention center. While some of these ideas are better than others and have less hanging in the balance while we wait for them—like, say, flood control—the worst part is that, as a community, we put way too much stock in them. And there’s the “just wait until …” syndrome that ends up hurting our city and making us think an elected official is going to suddenly transform the city by making it easy for one or another developer to fulfill their huge dream. I’m fine with smart developers trying to make big stuff happen (as long as it’s environmentally sound, doesn’t cost taxpayers too much and doesn’t do more harm than good), but we really need to get over the whole “next big thing” cycle where we wait around for a grant or a tax break or somebody to do something. Each of us can do something right now. We can decide to push back on bigbox outlets (not to mention corporate media; ahem) that send our dollars out of town. We can tell Sam’s Club not to let the screen door hit its corporate butt on the way out as

we double down on supporting those who actually help build our community. And we must get over the idea that it has to cost more to shop or eat at a local restaurant. I can have breakfast cheaper at Brent’s Drugs than at many of the chain buffet breakfast joints. Don’t believe the hype. It is time to think small. We need just as much thought and public talk about supporting local non-chain businesses as we hear about the Jackson State stadium or the need to build an arena downtown. Sure, research those ideas and pursue the ones the public vets and, ultimately, approves. But right now, we can spend our money at soul-food restaurants around the city like Collins Dream Kitchen where they, yes, know our names. And for the love of all things holy, let’s get some creativity going in the empty storefronts downtown. I’m fully aware that the owners of empty downtown buildings hope that someday they’ll reap the harvest of all the development down there. But in the meantime, let’s not warehouse spaces. They need to rent them affordably to small businesses that can bring a creative spirit downtown—or make them available to artists to do creative storefronts and artisan stalls inside like we see in cool cities from Austin to Asheville. I’ve said this for years, and for years, I’ve been embarrassed that friends and colleagues that I proudly stash in the King Edward Hotel must look out their windows at our city’s inability to understand the power of small. If you haven’t heard, small is the new big. Local is where it’s at. Community isn’t corporate. Authenticity isn’t eating at the same bagel shop you can find in any major city in America. Jackson’s success lies in thinking local first. Each of us has a role to play. The key is to stop waiting for the next big thing. It may never happen.

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Ronni Mott

R.L. Nave

Jacob Fuller

Dustin Cardon

Briana Robinson

Kelly Bryan Smith

Bryan Flynn

Brad Young

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

Reporter R.L. Nave grew up in St. Louis, graduated from Mizzou (the University of Missouri), and lived a bunch of other places before coming to Jackson. Contact him at 601362-6121 ext. 12. He wrote for the cover package.

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. He wrote news stories.

Copy Editor Dustin Cardon is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi. An English major from Brandon, he enjoys reading fantasy novels and wants to write them himself one day. He wrote for the cover package.

Music Editor Briana Robinson’s hobbies include photography, ballet and ballroom dancing. She is a junior at Millsaps College. She wrote music, arts and wellness features.

Kelly Bryan Smith is a busy mom, writer, brain tumor survivor and nursing student living with her small son in Fondren. She enjoys cooking, swimming, reading and collecting blue eggs from her backyard chickens. She wrote a food story.

Sportswriter Bryan Flynn is a lifelong Mississippi native who lives in north Jackson. He also writes a national blog, He lives with his wife and their four cats. Follow him @jfpsports. He wrote the sports feature.

Formally educated at MSU, Brad learned the most important lessons of life on the small farm he was raised in The Sticks, Miss. He likes anything to do with the outdoors (including long walks on the beach). He is a sales account manager.




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Blake McMillan The cherokeedriveinn. com.

Stephen Douglas-Butts Stamps. McDade’s. Keifers.

Karen Wilson Ingram Froghead Grill.

Jo B. Williams Lemuria Books.

Pete Halverson Hudson’s.

Jill Butler In Jackson? McDade’s. Metro area? Little Jimmy’s Meat in Ridgeland.

Sarah A. Faulkner Cups. Phillip Young-venom Rollins Comic Commander.


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Shane Crowe Brandon Discount Drugs, Polk’s, Cowboy Maloney/Riverwood Home Appliances. Ashe Nicole Hemphill Heroes and Dreams: Comics and Collectibles, or Cups. Bob Soukup Rainbow Grocery, Fair Trade Green and the veggie restaurant.

Plow Mule Any and all small local establishments of the area. Smitty’s on North State by Tougaloo—great place for cold beer. Bill Gray Montgomery Hardware. Repeat Street Metro Jackson. Robin Webb Rainbow Foods.

Lindsey George George’s Museum Cafe! Lori Boyer Rickman Lakeland Music.

Don Allan Mitchell Books: Lemuria. Clothes: Kinkade’s. Loafs of Bread: Broad Street.

Amanda Joullian Ragland MS Music and Blue Rooster.

April McKinley Montgomery Hardware and Beemon’s Drugs!

Melissa Burks Dearman Mayflower and Roosters!

Laurie Bertram Roberts Rainbow, McDade’s, Montgomery Hardware and Cowboy Maloney.

Savanah Perry Livingston Farmer’s Market—great produce, local people and fun times to be had!

Duan Carter Buy electronics from Cowboy Maloney’s, groceries from McDade’s or Paul Anthony’s, Burgers—gotta go with Stamp’s on Dalton. Clifton Whitley III Rainbow Cooperative. Deirdre Danahar Lemuria, Montgomery Hardware, the Mississippi Farmer’s Market, Circa Urban Artisan Living, Sal & Mookie’s. Larry Butts Hutto’s. Tom Freeland For an occasional visitor, it would be Lemuria, Choctaw Books, the grocery part of Mr. Chen’s (I know there’s more than one of those) and a number of long-time Jackson restaurants, particularly the Mayflower, Walker’s, etc.

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Monday, March 4 State House Transportation Chairman Robert Johnson says state needs to increase its gasoline tax to pay for highway maintenance. â&#x20AC;Ś Cardinals will talk to Vatican managers about allegations of corruption and cronyism in the Catholic Church before electing the next pope.


Tuesday, March 5 The Mississippi Alliance of State Employees and state workers protest legislative efforts to privatize the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s child-support program. â&#x20AC;Ś The Senate Intelligence Committee confirms John O. Brennan as director of the CIA. Get news updates at


JSU Aims High in Stadium Bid by Jacob D. Fuller


ackson State University is aiming for a lofty peak, hoping to fill what some see as a real need in the capital city with its plan to build a $200million domed stadium on campus. David Hoard, JSU vice president of institutional advancement, said the university will attempt to fund most of the 50,000seat dome with public funds, including $30 million to $60 million in new market tax credits and $40 million to $50 million in amusement tax. JSU hoped to get as much as $75 million in general-obligation bonds from the state Legislature, but a House bill that would have provided the funds died last week. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Many of the stadiums at state institutions over the past 50, 60 years have utilized state money,â&#x20AC;? Hoard said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just a stadium for Jackson State. We see it as an investment for the city, the county and the region. The economic impact will be dramatic.â&#x20AC;? The announcement comes on the heels of a city-ordered study for a new arena in Jackson. With that study, Washington, D.C.-based Brailsford and Dunlavey suggested that the city build a $115-million, 12,000-seat arena near Farish Street. The engineering and management firm suggested the arena with the intent to host sporting events, concerts and ice shows. That study was the result of several years of talks. Downtown Jackson Partners first began the conversation in 2008. The Jackson Chamber of Commerce took the lead on raising money for a study for a few months in 2010, before passing the lead over to the city, which hired Brailsford and Dunlavey to conduct the study. Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. said at a


Wednesday, Feb. 27 Clarksdale mayoral candidate Marco McMillian is found dead near a Mississippi River levee. â&#x20AC;Ś U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy voices skepticism on the need to keep Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act requiring states with a history of discrimination to get approval before making changes in election law.


JSUVice President of Institutional Advancement David Hoard unveiled artist renderings of the proposed $200 million dome stadium Feb. 27.

city council meeting in January that the city will not be able to fund such a project any time soon, but that the information could be useful to Jackson State in its stadium endeavors. Hoard said JSU plans to use the stadium for more than the Tigersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; football and basketball games, including many of the same events that Brailsford and Dunlavey suggested: major concerts and professional sporting events. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in communications with the (New Orleans) Saints, (Atlanta) Falcons and the (Tennessee) Titans to come here for exhibition games,â&#x20AC;? Hoard said. He also mentioned the possibility of NBA games held in the dome stadium. The arena study found that a modern

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indoor facility with seating of 12,000 or more could draw a large number of major concerts that pass by Jackson on their way to cities like Memphis, New Orleans and Atlanta. University Vice President of Business and Finance Michael Thomas said JSU sporting events in the dome will only take place a few dozen days out of the year, but that with all the other activities included, the stadium could be in use about 200 days per year. There is still a hope that JSU could get some help from the Mississippi Legislature. The House passed a general obligation bonds bill for projects on college and university campuses, and legislators could still choose to add JSUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stadium to that bill. Hoard said JSU isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t down and



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out if that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t happen, though. JSU plans to let students vote on an optional student stadium fee to help raise funds. The school will also sell stadium naming rights, priority season tickets and luxury boxes to fund the build-out. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are about 13 or 14 various streams that add up to about $320 million, so we have options in case something doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work out,â&#x20AC;? Hoard said. He added that the priority seating, naming rights and sky-box rentals will make up the entire private contribution to the stadium. For priority seating, JSU is also hoping to get 2,500 donors to contribute $7,500 each, allowing them to purchase eight priority season tickets over a three-year span. That would contribute $18.75 million to the stadiumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s construction. Events such as concerts and NFL exhibition games, along with JSUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plans for enrollment growth, constitute a need for such a large stadium. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s projected that in the next seven years, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be at 15,000 to 16,000 students,â&#x20AC;? Hoard said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If they bring a friend, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 30,000 students right there. That doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t include our alumni base and their friends.â&#x20AC;? JSU hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t shown a need for a 50,000-seat football stadium in several years, though. Support for the athletics program has dropped in recent years, despite success on the field. JSU averaged a home crowd of just 14,461 fans in four games at Veterans Memorial Stadium in 2012. That was down from an average of 23,166 in 2011. Over the two-year span, the largest reported crowd at a JSU home game was 38,722 at a matchup with Arkansas Pine Bluff Oct. 8, 2011. Many stadium expansions and constructions come after the need for more seating is apparent, not in preparation for it. In cases such as football-stadium expansions at the University of Mississippi and Mississippi State University in the early 2000s, as well as proposed expansions in the fundraising stages at both of those universities, the schools had multiple sell-out crowds in recent years prior to expansions. The other major difference in the expansion at Ole Miss is that the school is not asking for public funds; theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re using all private money for the projects. A recent USA Today report on university athletic revenues shows Jackson State may not be capable of raising much in the

way of private donations for the stadium. In 2011, the most recent year the data is available, JSUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s athletics program reported $6.9 million in revenues, and the exact same amount in expenditures. In other words, the JSU sports program, like the majority of NCAA programs, does not make a profit. The most glaring number in the study is the reported contributions from private donors to the JSU athletic program from 2006 to 2011: $0. By comparison, conference rival Alcorn State University reported $150,448 in contributions over that time period. The University of Mississippi reported about $37.2 million and Mississippi State reported about $29.7 million. Ole Miss is in the process of raising funds for the Forward Together project, which includes a major football stadium expansion and a new on-campus basketball arena. The school has estimated the total cost of the project at $150 million, and is offering priority seating and luxury-box incentives, as well as naming opportunities to boost donations, much like JSU. Unlike JSU, however, Ole Miss is not asking for public dollars. After 18 months of fundraising, the Forward Together project has raised $77.5 million. About $60 million came in the first six months, and donations have dropped to just more than $17 million over the past year. More than $15 million of the raised funds have come in the form of direct gifts. Thomas said the timeline for completion is still unclear, but JSU hopes to get the stadium built as quickly as possible. Without major public help, that may not be any time soon. Jackson State, a school with about $42 million less than Ole Miss in annual athletic revenue, cannot currently afford to build a $200 million stadium on its own. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be a mix. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be some private dollars, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be some public dollars, and some dollars are going to be funded through the anticipated revenue from the project,â&#x20AC;? Thomas said. Apart from wanting a stadium on campus, JSU is feeling pressure to get out of the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s current football home, Veterans Memorial Stadium. That stadium, first opened in 1950, sits in the middle of the strip of land along Woodrow Wilson Avenue that several groups hope to transform into the health-care corridor.




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DISH | Candidate

Robert Thompson: Family Man by Jacob D. Fuller

If elected, what is your top priority?

Number one: Citizens definitely need to have a voice.

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How specifically would you make that happen?


We used to have, and I don’t see them anymore, those community meetings (in Ward 4). They don’t exist anymore.* I don’t know what happened, but they used to have those community meetings. I think we should have a town-hall meeting, a round-table meting. I remember being a Boy Scout, and we’d have roundtable meetings. Somebody from each community should be able to come in and let (the city council) know what’s going on in the community. I was just looking at Frank Melton’s photo up there (on the shelf). One thing you need is city councilmen who are going to support the mayor, whoever the mayor may be. One of the things that I truly believe is if you increase patrolmen in the neighborhoods, crime will go down. I have a

problem when I go running in the morning, 26 miles, and can only count three policemen, out of 26 miles. Something is wrong. We need more policemen out there.

So what should be the top priority as far as spending that money?

from more police, what can we do to change that?

The sewer system in my neighborhood. I live in west Jackson; there’s some-

Get the community involved in a community-watch program. We need to be able to let the citizens know (that) we don’t want your name, just call. We’ve got to be proactive. In my neighborhood, we have about five homeowners. I live in a transient-type neighborhood by Lake Elementary. We’ll call one another: “Do you hear somebody shooting?” “Yeah, it sounds like it’s over on that road.” And we’ll call someone up on that road. I think that’s what we need: to emphasize getting involved. I think someone said a long time ago, “If you don’t say nothing, nothing is going to be done.” Neighborhood watch programs—they used to work.



obert Thompson is no stranger to comebacks. This May, he’s hoping to rally from a 2005 defeat by Frank Bluntson to win the election for Jackson’s Ward 4 City Council seat. Born in the rural Delta just northwest of Yazoo City, Thompson left his home state soon after high school. “Just like everybody else, when I graduated in 1974, I wanted to get as far away from Mississippi as possible,” Thompson said in an interview. “So I went to California and spent four years in the Army as a military policeman from 1974 to 78. Then I decided there was no place like home.” Now a hospice chaplain, Thompson has suffered setbacks. After working for 10 years as a counselor for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Thompson suffered from heart failure in 1992. He didn’t let it beat him, though. He now runs to stay fit and even competes in marathons. Thompson’s political views have changed over the past eight years. In 2005, Thompson ran as a Republican, but is running as a Democrat this time around. He said abortion played a large role in his party affiliation last time around, but that the advice of a pastoral mentor, Ron Lovelace, changed his view on the hotly debated subject. “One time, he said, ‘Now Robert, do you say that God said you’re going to choose this day who you’re going to serve? If that’s the case, isn’t God pro-choice?’” Thompson said. Now he calls himself a Yellow Dog Democrat. “So I’ve changed.” Thompson visited the JFP offices Feb. 28 in his signature wide-brimmed black hat to talk about some his plans for city council.

Jackson Public Schools almost faced losing its accreditation last summer. What can the city do to help turn that around and make sure we’re providing the best education for our kids? Robert Thompson is back on the ballot this year in the Ward 4 Jackson City Council race. This time, he’ll have a “D” beside his name—and a more “pro-choice” attitude.

You run 26 miles every day?

No, I run 15 (miles) every other day. I do marathons. No, I compete in marathons. Those potholes? We have a problem. Let’s start downtown (fixing the potholes) and get downtown taken care of and trickle out into the community. Coming downtown is terrible. A lot of times I run early in the morning. I’ve got to be able to see. When I get downtown, I’ve got to look down to make sure I can plant my feet. It’s terrible; it is terrible. (Recently) the city council, for some reason, said they couldn’t support the mayor when he wanted to do something with repaving the streets. Who cares if election time is coming up? If we can get it done during election time, let’s get it done. The city is facing hundreds of millions of dollars worth of water, sewer and street repairs. What would be your top infrastructure priority, and how would you look to fund it?

Number one: (We get) brown water. Something needs to be done. I’m thinking, I have five children in school now. I’ve been PTA president several times. During the (Earl) Watkins administration, the community supported an increase in taxes to support the school system. I think if the mayor, along with the city councilmen, lets the city know: (what) money is for (what project), we will say yes. We want to be able to see something. I think we’ll say yes.

thing wrong. Every time it rains, the streets are flooded. Something is wrong when every three months, I need to call the fire department or something to come out and turn on the fire hydrant so the water can clear out. Like I said earlier, if we truly let the citizens know where this money is being spent, I think we’ll say yes. From what I’ve read, I believe they are saying we need to replace our water system. A large portion of it, yes.

In my area, yes, that would be a top priority. Something is wrong when you turn the faucet on, and you look at this water and, you’re scared to drink it. The mayor is wanting to implement a local option, 1-cent sales tax that the voters would have to approve. Would you support that sales tax to fund infrastructure improvements?

The answer is yes. As a citizen, if you tell me we’re going to have a 1-cent sales tax for X-amount of dollars over X-amount of time—earmark it for whatever project it’s going to be and when that project is completed you’ll cut it off—I think the citizens will go with that. We want to see something, to know that there will be a beginning and an end. I’ll support it, and I think the citizens will support it. You mentioned crime and police. Jackson has, if not a crime problem, a crime perception problem. Aside

One thing I like that is going on is that schools should be a safe haven for kids. I recently read that certified policemen are in the Jackson Public School system. I think that’s a great thing. First—and I know this is a legislative problem here—the mayor, along with the citizens, need to get on the horn and let the (state) Legislature know education needs to be fully funded. Something is wrong when you can go to Memphis and receive, as a teacher, thousands more (in pay) than in Mississippi. We’re losing our teachers to these border states. Comment and read more of this interview at Email Jacob D. Fuller at *Editor’s Note: Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. and Jackson City Council members hold community meetings in each ward on a monthly basis.

Robert Thompson Born: Louise, Miss. Age: 56 Political Experience: Ran for Ward 4 council seat in 2005; lost to Frank Bluntson. Education: Bachelor’s in criminal justice, concentration in juvenile justice from Jackson State University, 1982; Humphrey County High School, 1974 Family: Wife, Evelyn, nine children, including five still living at home

The corridor would include a vast collection of medical and other health-rßelated services, retailers and manufacturers stretching from Interstate 55 to Interstate 220. The plans include using the land where Veterans Memorial Stadium sits to build medical-related businesses and hospital expansions. Under state law, when JSU begins playing home football games in another venue, management and ownership of Veterans Memorial will transfer to University of Mississippi Medical Center. There are four possible sites for the location of the on-campus stadium, Thomas said. JSU currently owns about 60 percent of the land on one of the proposed sites, 80 percent on two of the sites and 100 percent of the land on one possible site. If built, the stadium would be the only on-campus domed football stadium in the entire southern United States. JSU football coach Rick Comegy said the stadium could give the Tigers a big recruiting edge in the SWAC. “Young people today enjoy nice facilities,” Comegy said. “I think (the dome) is going to make a great impact on our program when kids come up and visit and see the modern stadium and the technology that, hopefully, will be in there. Construction plans also include a parking lot for tailgating close to the stadium, Thomas said. JSU is exploring the possibility of an adjoining parking garage. Comment at Email Jacob D. Fuller at jacob@

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ive Mississippi prisons are already pri- last summer. Inmates accused CCA employ- pay for infrastructure projects if a two-thirds vately run, but Adams County could be ees of mistreatment and held dozens of staff of citizens approve the plan. Two of these the first in the state to turn operations of members hostage. The prisoners beat one bills—Senate Bill 2145 and HB 523, both of its county jail over to a private firm. guard, Catlin Carithers, to death. which would have opened the possibility of House Bill 1688, sponsored by Rep. “That stuff happens everywhere in any levying local-option sales taxes to municipaliRobert Johnson, D-Natchez, would ties statewide—died in commitauthorize Adams County to contee last week. tract with Corrections Corporation Rep. Edward Blackmon, of America, one of the nation’s largD-Canton, opted not to send est prison management corporathe bill to the House floor for a tions, to house its inmates. vote. Though Blackmon supAdams County officials say ported the intent of the bill, it they are looking into how much simply didn’t have enough supit would cost taxpayers to build a port, he said. new jail versus hiring CCA, which Jackson’s final hope could already runs a federal facility in Natrest in HB 546, which would chez. Darryl Grennell, president of restructure the oversight comthe Adams County’s Board of Sumittee to allow Jackson more pervisors, told the Jackson Free Press discretion on how to spend the that the county wants legislation just revenue collected from the tax. in case it decides to go with CCA. The bill was assigned to the Sollie Norwood (right), with wife, Joan, looking on, is sworn in Adams County District 1 Senate Finance Committee as as Jackson’s newest state senator. Supervisor Mike Lazarus said conof Tuesday’s deadline to pass tracting with CCA would be a cost bills originating in the opposite efficient solution considering the chamber out of committee. condition of the county’s crumbling facility. type of prison,” he said. “It just happened in “CCA has the staff, transportation, Hinds County.” Norwood Joins Senate kitchen and other things that are needed to The Raymond Detention Center, which For the first time in what seems like run a jail. This could save us a lot of money the Hinds County Sheriff’s Office, runs was forever, the Hinds County delegation to the because we wouldn’t have to worry about that also the scene of a riot last year. Hinds Coun- Mississippi Senate as well as the Democratic stuff,” Lazarus said. “Our current jail is aging ty officials have also discussed building a new caucus is at full strength. and is in need of repair. Building a new jail jail as well as contracting with a private firm Sollie Norwood, a former Jackson Pubwould cost anywhere from $8 million to $10 to run the detention center. lic Schools Board of Trustees member, who million. Contracting with CCA would be a won a Feb. 26 special election to replace late cheaper route for us right now.” Slow Action for Jackson Sen. Alice Harden, took the oath of office Built in 1974, Adams County’s jail can Several pieces of legislation that would Monday afternoon. house between 74 and 80 inmates per day. If benefit the capital city area remain alive, if only Norwood, who takes his seat with twoCCA takes over management of the jail, the barely. A law passed in 2009 would have al- thirds of the legislative session over, said he company could build a new facility with a ca- lowed the city of Jackson to ask citizens to raise wants to hold a listening tour to hear conpacity of 200, Lazarus said. money through a referendum, but Jackson of- stituent concerns, work on Medicaid expanLazarus seems unfazed by the safety re- ficials did not like the provisions dictating the sion as well as ways to attract new businesses cord of the CCA-run Adams County Cor- makeup of a required oversight committee. and promote existing small businesses in the rectional Center, which primarily houses A number of bills introduced during district. immigrant detainees for the federal Bureau of the current session would have given cities Comment at Email R.L. Prisons, and was the site of a tense prison riot the option of levying a 1-percent sales tax to Nave at

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One round and an interview with Besh later, Johnson had a scholarship to one of the best culinary schools in the country. Now Johnson is back at Liberty’s Kitchen as an instructor, providing the same education she received to other New Orleans’ young people. Though she is a success story of Liberty’s Kitchen, she certainly isn’t the only one.

the response was great, as several attendees offered to do whatever they could to help bring Liberty’s Kitchen to Jackson. Liberty’s Kitchen generates 55 percent to 60 percent of its income through its cafe and catering jobs, Davas said. The rest comes from government grants and donations. The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, which has a regional office in Jackson, is the organization’s biggest supporter, Davas said. In November 2010, while Johnson was applying for the opportunity of a lifetime, a Jackson native was helping change the fate of Liberty’s Kitchen in his death. Wynn McAllister, a culinary student, told his mother, Susan, that he wanted to move to New Orleans and teach cooking skills to teens after he finished school. That’s when Susan told him about Liberty’s Syrena Johnson, a graduate of Liberty’s Kitchen, now works for the non-profit organization full-time. Kitchen, a place she’d heard of about a month earlier that was Liberty’s Kitchen started in July 2009 with doing exactly what he wanted to do. just two students. Since then, the school has Four weeks later, a Toyota 4Runner served 200 students out of an applicant pool crashed into the driver’s door of Wynn’s green of more than 800. Toyota Camry just outside Starkville. Police anJanet Davas, co-founder and director of nounced Wynn McAllister dead on the scene. Liberty’s Kitchen, said that the organization Susan and Sam, Wynn’s brother, asked is not satisfied. That’s why Liberty’s Kitchen family and friends to donate to Liberty’s is raising funds to move from its current Kitchen in Wynn’s honor. The donations 1,800-square-foot location into a brand-new quickly piled up, funding several new appli10,000-square-foot facility where they will ances for Liberty’s Kitchen, including a coolbe able to provide vital education and skills er that bears a plaque with Wynn’s name. to more at-risk youth in New Orleans. Susan and Sam have worked with the Sunday night, they hosted a gathering organization ever since. at Underground 119 to help raise awareness Davas said Liberty’s Kitchen is focused of Liberty’s Kitchen and gauge response to on expansion in New Orleans, but hinted opening a branch in Jackson. Representa- that a Jackson project is already in the works. tives from Liberty’s Kitchen, including Da“We have been approached about a vas, Johnson, Chef Alec Gibson, Program specific project in Jackson. I’m not at liberty, Manager Dennis Bagneris, as well as cur- yet, to say what it is, but we’re very interested rent students attended and shared Liberty’s in being able to do that,” Davas said. Kitchen stories with the crowd. Comment at Email Jacob Organizer Susan McAllister said D. Fuller at



yrena Johnson never thought anyone evaluating scholarship applicants would even give her a second look. That all changed in the summer of 2011, though, when the New Orleans native received the first-ever Chefs Move! Culinary Scholarship. The scholarship paid for room and board, a laptop and 13 months at the French Culinary Institute in New York City, where Johnson learned from some of the greatest chefs in the world, including John Besh. “It sounded too good to be true,” Johnson told a crowd at Underground 119 March 3. Johnson, 22, owes the scholarship to the people at Liberty’s Kitchen, she said, and she’s paying every bit of it back. A nonprofit organization, Liberty’s Kitchen takes in at-risk youth in New Orleans, and puts them through a 12-to-15-week program that teaches them life skills and the ins and outs of running a restaurant. It also provides employment assistance after they graduate. The educational process includes running a cafe, providing fresh, from-scratch lunches to 1,000 public-school children five days a week, catering events and in-class instruction. If participants haven’t already earned a high-school diploma, the program provides tutoring to help them earn a GED. In 2010, Johnson was one of those young people. She entered the Liberty’s Kitchen Youth Development Program with some kitchen experience, and competed the program in just seven weeks. After graduation, Liberty’s Kitchen hired Johnson to work on the school-lunch program. She was working there when Liberty’s Kitchen directors pushed her to apply for the Chefs Move! Scholarship. “I was just like, ‘Nah—I couldn’t possibly win that,” Johnson said. “Everybody from Liberty’s Kitchen was like, ‘Come, Syrena, you really have to do this. You have a chance.” Johnson applied. She didn’t really believe she had a chance until she made it to the second round of the selection process.

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nitially I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think it that big of a deal. I mean, the YouTube Harlem Shake videos were just that, right? I saw nothing apocalyptic about themâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;no â&#x20AC;&#x153;massive conspiracy,â&#x20AC;? although lots of folks were peeved. I charged it off as yet another silly dance video that went viral. You know: like Gangnam (gang-dumb) Style. I was of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like it; donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t watch itâ&#x20AC;? contingent. Upon further review, and after a day of watching old hip-hop videos from a few years back, I have to ask: Are folks justified to be annoyed? Is this yet another instance of hip-hop culture, of black culture, being co-opted? Research shows that the actual Harlem Shake was first seen 20 years agoâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; long before this latest craze. It appeared prominently in hundreds of videos, TV shows and concerts. As a matter of fact, when I started seeing this new crop of videos pop up, I frankly thought the dance had made a comeback. So perhaps itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s understandable that some folks feel as if the Harlem Shake didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t become a â&#x20AC;&#x153;crazeâ&#x20AC;? until white folks claimed itâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;claimed it, re-invented it and tagged it as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;newâ&#x20AC;? creation. No one saw Harlem Shake parties or parodies before. It kind of reminds me of how Elvis took what Jackie Wilson did and made it popular. Or how the blues became a big deal once Eric Clapton found them. Or even how hip-hop didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t explode until the Beastie Boys dropped â&#x20AC;&#x153;Licensed to Ill.â&#x20AC;? Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worse is the insensitive responses from white folk who say black folk are â&#x20AC;&#x153;crying wolf, againâ&#x20AC;? or the ridiculous comments from a person who said the original Harlem Shake wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the â&#x20AC;&#x153;realâ&#x20AC;? one but just a â&#x20AC;&#x153;regular hip-hop dance.â&#x20AC;? Folks, this isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t about race or about a â&#x20AC;&#x153;danceâ&#x20AC;? as it is about cultural appropriation: the right of all originators of an art form to have a say about how that art will be interpreted. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about the duty of those borrowing that art form to respect its origins and boundaries. The Harlem Shake is not something newâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;neither the dance nor the song. What you see in all the videos is not the correct Harlem Shake. No one is saying that you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the right to make a silly video with a silly dance and have it go viral. What you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the right to do is call it something already coined without proper disclaimers. When actual residents of Harlem say that it isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the real Harlem Shake, then you know youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve messed up. And thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the truth ... sho-nuff.


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Why it stinks: Section 5 gives the U.S. government the authority to pre-approve changes to voting policy in several states and counties with histories of voter suppression. The case before the court argues that the law is unfair, outdated and no longer necessary. Congressional dissent over Section has disappeared. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Scaliaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s comments suggested that this occurred, not because of a growing national consensus that racial disenfranchisement is unacceptable, but because lawmakers are too afraid to be tarred as racists,â&#x20AC;? Think Progress wrote. Political science professors provided research into the subject of â&#x20AC;&#x153;electoral behavior, public opinion, and voting rightsâ&#x20AC;? in the U.S. to the justices. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[S]tates that are fully covered by Section 5 are more than twice as likely as non-covered states to adopt policies that make voting more difficult for citizens.â&#x20AC;?

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ississippi canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem to stop wagging the dog when it comes to creating an inviting business climate. Corporate taxes here are among the lowest in the nation. In 2004, the Tort Reform Act limited the amount a plaintiff could receive in damages when he or she is hurt by a corporationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s malfeasance. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a â&#x20AC;&#x153;right-to-work state,â&#x20AC;? which means workers arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t obligated to pay union dues even in union shops, among other things, making unionsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and the collective bargaining theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re good atâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;weak or non-existent. The Mississippi Development Authority cites these facts as evidence of the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s business-friendly bona fides on the state agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website. In the past few years, the Magnolia State has played the business-incentive game masterfully. But the state has reaped few benefits. Last December, in a four-part investigative series exploring how governments subsidize businesses, The New York Times detailed the billions of dollars in tax breaks and other incentives state and local governments used as business bait. Nationwide, businesses receive about $80 billion in subsidies annually courtesy of state and municipal taxpayers. Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tab for corporate giveaways comes in at a tidy $416 million per year. Anyone who thinks that the key to attracting suitors is to make ourselves look cheap doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand the motivations of businesses. For evidence of the failure of this pub-

lic-policy approach, consider that Mississippi ranked No. 46 (fifth from worst) on Forbes magazineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Best States for Businesses list published last December. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Businesses are attracted to Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s low labor costs, which are 10 percent below the national average. But the state ranks in the bottom three on both college and high school attainment,â&#x20AC;? Forbes said of Mississippi. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The economic outlook isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t great either with the sixth worst job forecast through 2016, according to Moodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Analytics, and the second lowest investment of venture capital of any state. Mississippi is the only right-to-work state in the bottom 10.â&#x20AC;? That Forbes zeroed in on Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s woeful educational outcomes should serve as a clarion call for the Mississippi Legislature and the Republicans running the place, whose solution to everything involves eliminating revenue streams that fund critical state services. Naturally, Mississippi should aggressively compete to bring new businesses into the state as well as to entice current businesses to remain and grow operations in the state. But taking money out of the treasury is a shortsighted if not foolhardy way to go about it. Before they commit to Mississippi, businesses want to see Mississippi make real investments in public education, health care and infrastructure. As lawmakers begin to piece together the first semblances of the state budget, we encourage them to do so.

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IP Jackson magazine recently asked me to write an article on the continued relevancy of Black History Month. After writing what I thought was a candid, non-controversial piece, I received a call from the editor. “Maybe I should have informed you as to who our audience is,” she said. “It consists of 40-year-old white women who went to State or Ole Miss.” She continued: “I can’t publish this. … It sounds like you are angry.” Hmm, thanks for reminding me. I should be angry! It reminded me of a line quoted by a young activist in one of the “Freedom Summer” movies: “A black man in Mississippi who ain’t angry ain’t been pay’n attention!” Below is an altered version of the article I wrote: As soon as Barack Hussein Obama was announced as the victor of the 2008 presidential election, I immediately began to make reservations for his inauguration. I decided that I wanted my son to experience what would probably be the most significant event that will occur in both of our lifetimes. Upon arriving at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., I immediately felt a spiritual connection to my foremothers and forefathers, cognizant of the fact that former slaves were once held in bondage in slave jails on the very grounds on which our feet were planted. I am sure that an overwhelming number of those in attendance were unaware that they were standing on the sacred grounds where slaves once lived in a tent city as they built the nation’s capital. Honestly, I wouldn’t have known either had I not had the privilege of getting a personal tour from the author of “Black Men Built the Capitol,” University of Mississippi graduate Jesse Holland. My experience during the inauguration points to countless untold stories of African Americans’ history and experiences. Below I chronicle a few anecdotes that are often ignored in our schools, thereby justifying a continuing need for the recognition of Black History Month. The examples illustrate the many privileges enjoyed by whites at the expense of African Americans; however, many—if not all—are often ignored in classrooms. In 1999 a federal lawsuit, Pigford v. Glickman, was settled, finding that the loss of black-owned farms to foreclosure occurred because the Department of Agriculture discriminated against them, but provided funds to white farmers to preserve their farms. Many whites oppose affirmative action and welfare, despite the fact that white women are major benefactors of both. Affirmative action was created be-

cause the government gave white men contracts simply because they were white. During the late 1960s, some majority-black cities such as Atlanta set aside a small margin of government contracts for blacks. Some say that qualifications are the impetus behind whites winning contracts; however, in the area of custodial services (e.g., cleaning services), for example, I find it difficult to believe that it was impossible to find black companies that could provide such services, given the legacy of experience dating back to slavery. As I sit in the seat that the late attorney Isaiah Madison sat in as a professor here at Jackson State University, I would be remiss if I did not discuss the fact unknown among most youth that in the Ayers v. Allain case, originally filed by Madison in 1975. The settlement (in Allain v. Musgrove) called for HBCUs to set aside a quota for the admission of 10 percent white students, noted as minorities. This means that affirmative action, in the most egregious form of quotas, are being implemented for whites. Dr. Carter G. Woodson’s (the father of Black History Month) goal was to provide blacks with a more accurate portrayal of their history and the role they played in this country’s development. He attempted to achieve this goal by lobbying schools to incorporate Black History Month into their curriculums. Indeed, there is a strong need for African Americans to know their history. Most Americans, when discussing slavery, readily use the noun “slaves,” whom we often think of as docile and shiftless people. It would be more accurate to use the term “enslaved,” denoting the fact that they were captured and sold into slavery. “Enslaved” takes the focus off the “slaves” and places it on the owners’ inhumane actions. In retrospect, I vividly recall the image in my mind after I received the call from the VIP Jackson editor: It was a scene from “The Help,” where a bunch of “40-ishyear-old” white women who attended State and Ole Miss ordered black maids around, telling them what they wanted to eat and drink. Someone should tell that editor that “The Help” is entertainment, based on an idealized long-ago time. My scholarship is written to enlighten, not to entertain. In the words of the late George Johnson (former dean at Jackson State University), “I don’t scratch when I ain’t itching, and I don’t laugh when it ain’t funny.” Poet Amiri Baraka’s words also came to mind that night: “Luxury, then, is a way of being ignorant, comfortably.” What a privilege it must be to sift through time, recording one’s own history without regard to another’s. Byron D’Andra Orey is a professor of political science at Jackson State University.




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f thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one thing Mississippians love, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s their discount stores. Jackson politicians went all aquiver back in January when the news hit of Samâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club imminent departure from its north Jackson location to, presumably, cushier digs in Madison. The rumors and political fur began flying almost immediately. The building had structural problems, WAPT reported. Ward 1 Jackson City Councilman Quentin Whitwell blamed the move on a lack of communication between Walmart and the city government. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To me, it would only be right for a company of that magnitude to reach out to me as a council person, to the mayor or his office to see what accommodations we might could potentially make to keep them there or what their future needs are,â&#x20AC;? Whitwell told The Clarion-Ledger. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To pull the plug on the city of Jackson without having conversations with the city of Jackson officials would be a PR nightmare for them.â&#x20AC;? Samâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, a Walmart spinoff that sells wholesale goods to its members, is taking $200,000 in annual Hinds County property taxes when it goes. Also moving from the same vicinity is a Havertyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Furniture store. Reportedly, the nowempty Circuit City building on East County Line Road has signed on a new national retail company, but those plans are still under wraps. The city is using financial incentives, including bonds and tax exemptions, to try to lure more businesses into the city, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a long, hard process. The condition of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s infrastructure doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make the job any easier. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Companies locate where they can make money,â&#x20AC;? said state Rep. Cecil Brown, D-Jackson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in the business of making money, not developing the community. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not on their radar; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re supposed to do.â&#x20AC;? Admitting he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have any easy solutions, Brown did say that Jackson needs to fix some fundamental problems to become more attractive to businesses. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The problem with Jackson is that (it has) a public school system thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s close to failing; (it has) streets that are nearly impassible. We have water and sewer problems that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re having a hard time dealing with. You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have that in a successful city. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to deal with those things. â&#x20AC;Ś Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to fight. Even if you lose, you fight.â&#x20AC;? In early February, Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr.

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told reporters that Samâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Havertyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s were moving in response to consumer research. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The irony is that the city of Jackson and our citizens make up the largest core of consumers in the metro area,â&#x20AC;? Johnson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And so, with these decisions being made to move to follow the customer base, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t quite get it but thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re telling me.â&#x20AC;? Jacksonians have mixed feelings about the move. Many Jackson Free Press readers do not frequent the store because of ideological objectionsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;some readers cited its hiring practices, while one just said he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like the big-box concept. Other shoppers believe what the politicians are saying: that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the fault of the current administration for not doing more to keep Samâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in Jackson. Still others are resigned that no one could have done anything anyway. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What difference does it make how â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; the people feel,â&#x20AC;?


wrote Angela McRae via Facebook. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s moving, and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing we can do about it.â&#x20AC;? The history of big-box storesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; nomadic habits agrees with McRaeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s assessment. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an oft-repeated story that has left cities across the nation littered with abandoned concrete shells and half-empty malls. Jacksonians may remember a time when Samâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s was located off Robinson Road, making its move to Madison its third in the metro area. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Walmart is constantly abandoning its existing stores to open stores in the same market areaâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;sometimes the next municipality over, sometimes a mile down the road, sometimes across the street,â&#x20AC;? said Stacy Mitchell, a senior researcher with the Washington, D.C.-based Institute for Local Self-Reliance. Retailers are on a merry-go-round to be in the latest, greatest new shopping area. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s generally because they want to build a newer, bigger outlet. Apparently, it is more advantageous for them,













The Whole Foods Conundrum Whole Foods has a program supporting local growers Last November, Whole Foods, the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest and purveyors of other local foodstuffs. Just last month, natural and organic grocery store chain, broke ground for the store held a vendor open house at the Mississippi Agriits first Mississippi location in Highland Village shopping culture and Forestry Museum. Horgan said about 50 to 60 center in northeast Jackson. Mayor Johnson and Ward vendors attended, running the gamut from local farmers to 1â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Whitwell joined Ward 7 Councilwoman Margaret soap makers. Whole Foods likes to put on these events esBarrett-Simon and corporate big shots at the event for pecially before it opens a new store, but Horgan said it will speeches and a photo opportunity. The store will open hold them periodically going forward. During the events, this coming fall. buyers explain what the Jacksonians and storeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s standards are. surrounding suburbanâ&#x20AC;&#x153;If you have a ites are excited about good solid product the retail giant coming and it meets our qualto the city. Shoppers apity standards, our plaud Whole Foods for buyers try it,â&#x20AC;? Horgan putting healthier, natusaid. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a very ral and organic foods difficult process.â&#x20AC;? on everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s menu. Mitchell isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t so Without a doubt, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sure Whole Foods ofa worthy endeavor, esfers local options bepecially in a place like cause of demand. Mississippi, with the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whole Foods highest obesity rates in uses local goods for the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and where wallpaper,â&#x20AC;? Mitchell some believe macaroni told the JFP last year. and cheese qualifies as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Then theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll price it Whole Foods, the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest natural and organic foods a vegetable. substantially higher chain, is building a location at Highland Village in north Jackson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel it will spur than other products.â&#x20AC;? more competition and With its huge devariety in the marketplace,â&#x20AC;? Knol Aust said. mand for foods to stock its more than 340 stores, it also Brandi Crowell Denson isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sure that the competi- pushes its national house brands, though its commitment tion is worth it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m worried about the impact it may to offering local foods is far better than other national have on Rainbow and on the local food movementâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ef- chains, such as Kroger or Walmart. fort to get more people to shop at the farmerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s markets,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;There really isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a sweet spotâ&#x20AC;? for a percentage of she said via Facebook. local over house-brand foods, Horgan said, adding that the Whole Foods comes with a trendy, upscale cachet types of products and seasonal availability are only two of similar to The Fresh Market in Ridgelandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Renaissance the factors involved in stocking regional varieties. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Local shopping center. When professional people look at com- is something people want. It offers us more choice in the munities to put down stakes, they look for stores such as market. â&#x20AC;Ś Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more about choice for customers. â&#x20AC;Ś Our Whole Foods and Fresh Market that provide a large variety customers tell us what they want.â&#x20AC;? of healthy choices. Good shopping, especially for necessiThe chain also has been known to buy up or push loties such as food, may also enter into residentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; decisions to cal markets out of businessâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;especially those that focus on stay in an area. natural and organic foods, such as Rainbow Whole Foods Rep. Brown said he sees the stores coming to Jacking Cooperative Grocery in Fondren. It happened in Mitchas a net win for the city. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to be in an area ellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hometown of Portland, Maine. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not good in a with higher disposable income,â&#x20AC;? Brown said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;Ś They city like Jackson where many neighborhoods have already think they can make money.â&#x20AC;? lost ready access to full-service grocery stores. The problem Shoppers should expect to pay more for groceries becomes more acute when low-income shoppers canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t afat Whole Foods than at many supermarkets; organic ford what a trendy, upscale store has to offer. vegetables and free-range meats are more expensive to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Go with your strengths,â&#x20AC;? Mitchell said. produce. The storeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nickname â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whole Paycheckâ&#x20AC;? came Fixing Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economic problems will take local up several times. people working together. Focus on neighborhoods, hisâ&#x20AC;&#x153;I love when people say that,â&#x20AC;? said Darrah Horgan, torical districts and unique, urban ambiance that suburban a Whole Foods public relations specialist. She said it gives sprawl canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t offer, Mitchell advised. Learn the lessons other her an opportunity to explain that comparison shoppers localities have already learned. will find their prices competitive â&#x20AC;&#x153;when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re comparâ&#x20AC;&#x153;We really need to focus on growing smaller busiing organic apples to organic applesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;you have to do just nesses. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got to be part of the long-term solutions.â&#x20AC;? that.â&#x20AC;? People should look at quality, ingredients and how Comment at Email Ronni Mott at ronni@ foods were raised to really compare pricing, she said. TRIP BURNS

financially, to abandon an existing location and develop a green field than it is to expand at that locationâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;or repair or update. Generally, their approach is just to move on. â&#x20AC;Ś It comes at an enormous cost to the community, because now youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got these vacant structures that are very hard to redevelop.â&#x20AC;? The people who will be most hurt by the storeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s moving away from the city are those that depend on its low prices for their every-day shopping, or for buyers who take advantage of bulk pricing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We get bulk toilet tissue, paper towels, to-go plates because we feed a lot of people on the weekends,â&#x20AC;? said Duane Carter, adding additional items to his list, including kitchen supplies, bulk meat, soap and shampoo. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With gas prices going up, you knock out a weekend of bulk shopping (and it) keeps you from making extra trips three weekends out of the month going back and forth for household necessities.â&#x20AC;? The real question for cash-strapped cities like Jackson is whether big-box stores are worth the money, time and effort to get them to set up or stay. With few exceptions, big-box retailers may actually do more harm to a struggling economy than good. Yes, the stores provide some jobs, but they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pay well (on average, about 12 percent to more than 14 percent less than other retail jobs), and most donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t offer benefits such as health insurance or retirement savings plans. Evidence from numerous studies suggests that the chain-store wages depress pay in surrounding communities, and their low, low prices and aggressive market-share grabs put local competitorsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;those who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the benefit of a chainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s volume buyingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;out of business. Worse yet, workers making those low, low wages often look to public sources to supplement their incomes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Walmart workers make greater use of public health and welfare programs compared to retail workers as a whole, transferring costs to taxpayers,â&#x20AC;? report the authors of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Living Wage Policies and Big-Box Retail,â&#x20AC;? a 2011 report from the University of California, Berkeleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center for Labor Research and Education. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Walmart economyâ&#x20AC;? has contributed greatly to the demise of the middle-class, Mitchell said, pushing more and more people to becoming the working poor. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all indirectly paying for that,â&#x20AC;? she said. Multi-national chains also contribute considerably less to the local economy than locally owned businesses. In 2008, New Orleans decided to find out what that really means to a city still struggling to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Katrinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s destruction three years earlier. New Orleansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Urban Conservancy, in partnership with Austin, Texas-based Civic Economics, delivered its findings in 2009. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thinking Outside the Boxâ&#x20AC;? reported striking evidence that local business had a far greater economic impact on the city than chain stores. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This study shows that local retailers, when compared to leading chain competitors, generate twice the annual sales, recirculate revenue within the local economy at twice the rate and, on a per-square-foot basis, have four times the economic impact,â&#x20AC;? the authors concluded. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Investing in locally owned businesses is a cost-effective way to grow the New Orleans economy.â&#x20AC;?


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beer) is, is now trying to experience that,” said John Neal, owner of the Keg and Barrel in Hattiesburg. Neal, who moved to Mississippi from Houston, Texas, in 1995, has increased bar seating by one-third and added 80 seats and installed another bar in the pub’s outside patio area. He also built an outdoor stage with amphitheater seating, doubled the parking area and hired 12 more people—all in the eight months since the beer law was impleMillions in Beer mented. Last year, after several failed attempts, Another of Neal’s projects is helping develop the Southern Prohibition Brewing Co. Quinby Chunn, Southern Prohibition’s owner, said the company will can Devil’s Hornet, an extrapale ale, and Suzy B., a dirty blond ale, for sale initially in Hattiesburg in April and Jackson in May. Two seasonal beers, a watermelon wheat called Deez Melons and, for the fall, a coffee-oatmeal stout called Hipster Breakfast, are also in the works. “Let’s be honest, the South—we’re always slightly behind. In some things that’s not bad; in others it is. But I really think we’re catching up quickly,” Neal said. Jackson-based Capital City Beverages is one of the state’s largest wholesalers, servicing about 1,100 accounts in the Jackson metro. Across the state, beer wholesalers had sales of $289.7 million and The rise in popularity paid $34.7 million in taxes in the 2012 fiscal year. of craft beer has mirrored the growth in popularity of gourmet and specialty foods over the past setting off to throw back a good cold—and, Mississippi lawmakers made it legal to three decades in the United States as Amerinow, legal—bottle or two. produce and sell beer containing as much cans’ palates became more sophisticated and Up to that point, and since, Mississippi as 8 percent alcohol. In the eight months increasingly adventurous customers craved has had a bittersweet relationship with the since, that state’s beer businesses have more unique culinary experiences. bitter brew. A quarter-century before, Mis- grown enormously and are poised for even The National Association for the Spesissippi was the first state to ratify the 18th more growth. cialty Food Trade, a group representing the Amendment, which outlawed the sale of alBefore the new 8-percent-alcohol-by- gourmet food industry, estimates that specohol in the United States and launched the weight law took effect in July 2012, Mississip- cialty food items rang up $70.3 billion in Prohibition era. Mississippi had outlawed all pi was home to just one brewery, Kiln-based sales in 2010, about 13 percent of all retailliquor in 1907. Lazy Magnolia. Since then, five companies food sales. By the time Conner signed Mississippi’s throughout the state have announced plans Part of the specialty-foods trade, the law, which permitted the sale of beer and to start brewing Mississippi beer this year. craft-beer industry, experienced 13 percent wine that contained 4 percent alcohol, the Restaurants have also benefited from being growth by volume and 15 percent growth in state had not even officially ratified the 21st able to offer their clientele expanded varieties retail sales from 2009 to 2010. Compare this Amendment that repealed Prohibition; that of more flavorful, higher gravity beer. trend to that of the overall U.S. beer market, would not happen until 1966. “The average person that two or two which saw a 1.3 percent decline in 2011 to But even for the teetotaling Conner, years ago didn’t know what the term (craft $96 billion, or 200 million barrels, the Amer-


legalizing beer made sense given its economic upsides. Consider that on the eve of Prohibition’s repeal in 1933, one projection estimated that beer would create as many as 50,000 badly needed jobs in the throes of the Great Depression. Conner, seeing the writing on the wall, said of his decision to finally sign the bill: ““I think the time has come for the people to settle the issue.”

ican Craft Beer Association reports. That trend is proving profitable to Mississippi beer businesses. While private companies hold their revenue information close to the vest, data from the Mississippi Department of Revenue illustrate that beer is a big part of the state’s economy. Beer and wine taxes represent more than $30 million in annual revenues to the state, DOR data show. In the 2012 fiscal year, wholesalers reported $289.7 million in sales and paid $34.7 million in taxes compared to $279.7 million in sales and $34.4 in taxes the previous year. “If you look at the number of beers we have now, compared to the number five years ago, it’s more than doubled,” said Frank Drennan, president of Capital City Beverages, a Jackson-based wholesaler for MillerCoors products and other brands such as Corona, Heineken, Abita, Lazy Magnolia, and others. States imposed the three-tiered beer distribution after prohibition, to keep the power of the immense American brew makers in check. Under this setup, brewers could not distribute or sell their products directly to customers. Drennan’s grandfather, Salvadore Bertucci, started F.E.B. Distributing Co. on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, in 1934. The beer business was brisk in those days. After the first months of Prohibition’s repeal, the New York State Brewers Association estimated that the beer sales in that state would total about $430 million in federal, state and local tax revenues—approximately $7.4 billion in 2013 dollars. In the 1940s, several members of the Bertucci family moved to Jackson and started a new distributorship. Frank Drennan joined the company in 1971, when the beer industry was in a state of upheaval. Schlitz, the company’s largest client, started losing market share in the late-’70s, so Drennan started looking to bring in other brands that had not been in the Mississippi market, including Miller in 1985 as well as Becks, Corona, Sierra Nevada, Anchor Steam and Samuel Adams. “We did some of it for survival and some of it because I like beer,” Drennan said. “It’s a constant change in the way people per-


entlemen, sale of beer in Mississippi is now legal,” Mississippi Gov. Sennet Conner proclaimed to a large gathering of reporters and curious legislators stationed just outside his chamber door on the afternoon of Feb. 26, 1934. The Mississippi House of Representatives, which was working through a busy calendar, met the news of the governor’s beer bill signing with such delight that the body abruptly adjourned for the day, the members


ceive beer and the way they drink it. Since the alcohol law changed, it opened a lot of new breweries for us, and we made some decisions to bring some new beers—some beers that we would never have had the opportunity to bring in before.”


A Perfect Pair Beer insiders credit local restaurants for driving a lot of the growth in Mississippi’s beer economy. Mike Cashion, executive director of the Mississippi Restaurant and Hospitality Association, said members of his organization see craft beer as a huge new growth sector in terms of beer and equipment sales as well as around special events that focus on beer and food pairings. “I don’t think we’ve ever tapped the tip of the iceberg in this sector,” Cashion said. National information on the growth of craft beer illustrates the potential in the beer market. In 2011, the volume of craft beer sold grew 13 percent to 11.5 million barrels, compared to 10.1 million barrels the previous year. Also, craft brew’s sales of the overall beer market was 9.1 percent in 2011, up to $8.7 billion from $7.6 billion in 2010. “Across the country, people are pairing food with beer, and these kinds of beers just open that up because they’re so much more complex. If you can buy a really good Bel-

gian—a Saison Dupont or a Chimay or Ya- Association. Home brewing is at the center veil a third style soon, Jones said. zoo or an Abita—all that does is continue to of craft beer culture. “We’re just trying to keep up with debuild on that,” said Brian Drennan, Capital Craig Hendry, president of Raise Your Pints, mand. Every week it seems like it gets more City Beverage’s sales director, general counsel a group that lobbied for changes in the state’s beer and more hectic,” Jones said. and Frank Drennan’s son. laws, believes that home brewing could lead to In addition to just getting beer to Another change in Mississippi law that even more new breweries opening here. its more than 64 accounts in the Jackson is now in the works could spur another beer boom. Mississippi lawmakers are considering a bill to clarify the state laws governing at-home beer hobbyists. Sen. John Horhn, D-Jackson, sponsored the legislation, which passed the Senate. To legally brew beer in the state, a person has to buy a $1,000 permit from the Mississippi Department of Southern Prohibition Brewing Co. will become Mississippi’s third brewery when the company starts canning two beer varieties, initially for sale in Hattiesburg in April and Jackson in May. Revenue. The law doesn’t allow such permits for home brewers, which leaves home brewers facing fines if they get caught. Horhn’s bill would exempt As evidence, he points to the state’s metro area, Vicksburg and northeast Misindividuals who make less than 100 gallons largest home brewing festival, the Outlaw sissippi regions, Jones said the company and households making less than 200 gallons Homebrew Competition, which the Keg regularly receives requests from restaurants of suds per year from the state beer regula- and Barrel has hosted for the past three years. wanting to hold special events and from tions, differentiating between commercial One group of winners, Gluckstadt-based private-party planners. sellers and hobbyists. Hobbyists could not Lucky Town Brewing Co., are now profes“One of the things driving the craftsell their home brews, and the law would not sional brewers. beer movement is the localization of it,” apply to “dry” counties, where any sale of alChip Jones, a Lucky Town co-founder, Jones said. “Everybody wants to eat local, cohol is illegal. said since the company started distributing drink local, support local businesses. It’s enAbout 750,000 people home brew in its Ballistic Blonde Belgian-style ale and The couraging to see all the excitement around the United States, according to the Boul- Flare Incident, an oatmeal stout, sales have beer in Mississippi.” der, Colo.-based American Homebrewers done well. The company is planning to unComment at




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business for 12 years and has catered thousands of events. While he loved serving customers as the principle of “Your Personal Chef, Inc.,” he admits the business has always demanded a dedicated venue. “Ridgeland is a great market with great people and a convenient location that allows easy access to my downtown patrons and clientele,” Moore says. Cotton Kitchen opened off County Line Road in February in the former Good Time Deli location. Moore now works with an all-star staff alongside manager Parker Fowler. Together they proudly operate under the slogan “Savoring Mississippi.” “We wake up to try and make people happy,” Moore says. Cotton Kitchen is a unique blend of a number of Mississippi-themed concepts: restaurant, bakery, catering and bar. Private dining is available by reservation for dinner or business conference lunch.


With two distinct dining rooms, Moore emphasized that Cotton Kitchen welcomes families with children, but also offer a more formal, dinner/ drinks/date venue on the other side of the restaurant. Diane Rouse of Diane Rouse Designs is responsible for the beautiful interior design of the restaurant using local art, which is for sale inside the restaurant. Cotton Kitchen strives to be the restaurant that knows you by name and welcomes new members to their “tea club” which can be found on their website. Whether you are looking for a family dinner in a cozy atmosphere, holding a private business meeting in the secluded dining room, or a casual lunch on the bakery side, Cotton Kitchen has the personalized chef service to meet your every dining need.

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hen you hear “office supplies,” your first thought is probably a big-box “depot.” But Barefield Workspace Solutions—which also specializes in office furniture and custom installations—offers Mississippi businesses a locally owned option for affordable office supplies, and they’ll even deliver them at no charge. “We supply the State of Mississippi and other institutional buyers, which means we beat the big-boxes on price in category after category,” says Paul Maczka, president and owner. Barefield is also an authorized Steelcase dealership, offering the latest advances in furniture. Barefield

has helped hospital recovery floors become more comfortable, local colleges build the latest in reconfigurable spaces, and area law firms design modern spaces for reviewing digital documents with clients. With offices in Jackson, Natchez, New Albany, Vicksburg, Greenville and Meridian, they’re equipped to handle almost any need—big or small—you could ask. By shopping local for business supplies and furniture, you’re doing something else, too—you’re supporting a company that gives back to the community through the Bare Cares program, where they’re even redesigning a local Boys and Girls Club here in Jackson. Visit for more information to get started with your local office supply account.

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Jeremy Gordon began his martial-arts career at 3 years old, and trained under various martial-arts instructors and styles, including Jeetkunedo (JKD). Jeremy was promoted to teach by Ted Wong, and is also a certified instructor of the Joe Lewis Fighting Systems, having also earned a Joe Lewis black belt from Joe Lewis himself in 2012. Hybrid Kickboxing (HKB) is the key focus of Boxers Rebellion’s discipline. HKB is not a mixedmartial-arts; it’s a holistic fighting form that stresses strength, power, speed, balance, flexibility, agility, endurance and coordination. See for yourself the benefits offered through HKB and Boxers Rebellion at the Jeet Kune Do Fight Clinic 3, March 16-17, 2012 at Millsaps College.

hen you think professional, think Jeremy Gordon–Master Instructor, founder and owner of Boxers Rebellion. Boxers Rebellion is a grass-roots organization that researches the fighting arts, and offers a combination of tradition, science, and art that guides those who train with Gordon. “We currently teach and focus on passing down our modern martial arts system, Hybrid Kickboxing™, an urban martial arts system founded at Jackson State University. And we promote and teach Ted Wong’s teachings Boxer’s Rebellion of Bruce Lee’s scientific and MBA, 2240 Westbrook Rd., Jackson philosophic art of Jeet kune do to the next generation,” says Gordon. 262.994.3174



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ravis Sledge, LMT MS1876, founded Jackson Posture Center in 2011, but his interest in the mindbody connection began much earlier when he visited a ChiGong practitioner for relief from chronic headaches. Inspired by this healing encounter, he attended massage therapy school, focusing on CranioSacral and ChiGong and certifying in Synergetic Myofascia Therapy. Travis believes that the body has an astounding ability to heal. Through various forms of effective therapy he helps clients achieve an optimal range of motion. Sessions range in focus from specific structural misalignments to Jackson Posture Center energetic imbalances. Synergetic Mysofascia Therapy: Travis Sledge, LMT MS1876 Structural posture comes into 601.842.8221 alignment with motion-integrated by appointment only

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n a stylishly decorated workout room, Trey Taylor, certified trainer with a degree in Kinesiology, assists a client stretch after an intensive workout while Julius, certified trainer with a degree in sports administration, rallies his client through an exhaustive weight routine. Trey founded TRAK with a commitment to provide his clients lasting results built on sound fitness principles. Given the misconceptions and mixed messages people have about nutrition and fitness, a knowledgeable trainer is invaluable. Trey and Julius believe a one-onone approach to fitness training works best. The client receives individual attention not possible in crowded gyms

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hem·is·try /ˈkɛməstri/ [kem-uhstree] noun, the interaction of one personality with another. Kemistry, in the space of the former Ethiopian restaurant (Abeba), is Jackson’s new sports bar—pool tables, live music, plenty of TVs. Asked about Kemistry’s beginning, owner Yoseph Ali says, “Jackson needed a sports bar in a central location, and Kemistry solves that.” Mr. Ali, who also owns Aladdin, has partnered with Chef Mollty Woldthesae to bring about a unique sports bar environment focused on making everyone from all walks and backgrounds feel welcome.

Sunday nights are service industry nights featuring live music and tons of drink specials ($1 off beer, $5 Jager bombs, and $1 off house liquors and wells). Karaoke is on Tuesday, Wednesdays are open mic/ladies nights, and you won’t want to miss “Wine down” Thursdays. Kemistry is in the process of starting up a new pool league, and weekly tournaments are in the works. There are also plans for a huge back room projector featuring the biggest games of the week. If you’re in school, bring your student ID along with you and receive $2 off hookah every single night! The next time you’re thinking about heading out, choose the hangout where there’s something for everyone in your group. Choose Kemistry!



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V I V I D RUNNING by Briana Robinson


Part of Zippity Doo Dah weekend, the Color Me Rad 5K is bringing an infusion of color to Fondren March 23.

Themed 5Ks are getting more popular in general, though. “I think overall, people are becoming more active and more conscious of health. … And people are getting tired of going out and doing the same old 5K,” Ward says. Willard agrees: “A lot of people do want to be fit. A lot of people want to get into running. But the themed events really give people a noncompetitive way to be involved in running or fitness or whatever type of activity they want to do.” The Color Me Rad 5K on March 23 starts at the Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium (2531 N. State St.). Register at before March 8 for $45 per person over 7 years old (those under 7 participate for free). After March 8, registration is $50 until March 20 or until the event sells out.

5K FEVER by Kathleen M. Mitchell


unky 5Ks are all the rage these days, from Color Me Rad in a couple weeks to the Pride 5K last Saturday to the Warrior Dash in April. The Warrior Dash boasts being the “world’s largest obstacle race series,” and it’s no walk in the park. Race courses vary, but clock in just around a traditional 5K distance, which is 3.1 miles. The Jackson course, at Mississippi Off Road Adventures, is 3.34 miles.

Runners must dash through mud, crawl through trenches and under wires, climb over various obstacles, leap across flames, and more to make it to the finish line. Survivors earn the coveted Viking helmet medal and get to party down the rest of the afternoon, with live music and beer for all. Costumes are encouraged, with prizes on the line for Most Ridiculous Costume and Best Warrior Beard, in addition to the fastest finishers.

Warrior Dash Jackson is April 20 at Mississippi Off Road Adventures (118 Elton Road). For more information or to sign up for Warrior Dash, visit Registration is $55 per person through March 20, then $60 until April 10, and then $75 until the final deadline of April 16. liveRIGHTnow is also offering a Warrior Dash training camp—to learn more, visit



ach year, thousands of Hindus around the world cel- ten a better response than some of our bigger demographics,” ebrate Holi, a festival of colors commemorating the Ward says. Organizers anticipate somewhere between 7,000 beginning of spring. After attending a Holi festival in and 10,000 participants here. Utah, friends and avid health enthusiasts Matt Ward, A similar 5K, simply called The Color Run, is makScott Ward, John Malsatto and Scott Crandall wondered, ing the rounds across the county and will be in Jackson in ‘What if we combine a celebration, a colorful atmosphere July, but Color Me Rad will be the first run of this kind in with running?’” Last year, they made that thought a reality. the city. Ward insists the experience is not quite the same, The resulting event, the Color Me Rad 5K, will be in though. “(It’s like) the difference between Skittles and chocoJackson March 23 as part of the Zippity Doo Dah weekend. late M&Ms,” Ward says. “Skittles have lots of color and are The concept is simple: Participants wear white or light cloth- really vibrant. With a lot of other color-type runs, there’s not a ing and hit the 3.1-mile route, where “color bombers” throw lot of color going around. We give out more color than other colored powder cornstarch at them as they run, walk, skip or color-based runs.” Each race uses about 5,000 pounds of the whatever they choose to do. And it’s not about competitive- FDA-approved colored cornstarch. ness; Color Me Rad is all about people having a good time. One of the many goals of CMR is for participants to be In addition, every Color Me Rad 5K raises money, usually soaked in color by the end of the race and have lots of fun get$15,000 to $30,000, for a local charity. As part of Zippity ting that way. “We’re not focused on competition or how fast Doo Dah, the run is raising money for Blair E. Batson Chil- you can go. We try to make it about fun,” Director of Public dren’s Hospital in Jackson. Relations Gretchen Willard says. Willard, who initially got In its first year, 36 cities in involved with the project as a the country hosted Color Me runner, can’t stress this enough. Rad. This year, that number has “Let loose,” she says. “Don’t more than doubled to almost worry about getting your best 100, and it includes cities in the time. Don’t worry about being U.S. and Canada. Each city that the best runner. Just come out Color Me Rad visits this year and have fun with your friends.” requested the 5K to come, race People of all types recognize director Scott Ward says. In Jackthe potential fun of Color Me son, it was Jim Wilkirson of the Rad. Roughly half of its runners At the end of the race, participants gather for Fondren Renaissance Foundahave never done a 5K before, one final epic burst of color. tion who sought to fill the city’s Ward says. The staff likes to call lack of color. the event the gateway drug to Some might wonder about fitness. “When you throw some Color Me Rad’s success in Jackson because it is a small town fun in with it, it takes out the competitiveness and makes compared to some of the other stops. “Jackson is a smaller it easier for people who might be a little bit more shy,” demographic from a lot of places; however, Jackson has got- Ward says.


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Game On by Nneka Ayozie


wedding usually means lots of planning—besides the main event itself, the run-up usually includes engagement parties, bridal showers, bachelor and bachelorette parties and more. Clever brides and friends-of-brides have come up with lots of games to liven up these events, from the intimate gift-giving occasion of the bridal shower to the wild bachelorette parties. When my brother got engaged, for some crazy reason, my family decided to assign me to bridal shower games—maybe it’s because of my carefree spirit. On a quest not to bore everyone to death, I did some research and came across a few crafty suggestions to add to the traditional bridal mummy game often played at these shindigs.


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that fits each description. At the end of time, the guest with the most spaces filled gets to claim the bragging rights. Required items: bingo cards, pens, timer and prizes. 7HO(ASTHE4RINKET Typically played at baby showers, it is quite easy to put a bridal spin on the classic safety pin game. With the upcoming nuptials, guests might find it hard to avoid saying the names of the groom, church or other wedding-related words. This game uses that fact to your advantage. Organizers pick a list of off-limits words and give each guest a select amount of trinkets at the beginning of the shower. Throughout the shower, when someone utters one of the designated words, another guest may take one of their trinkets. The guest with the most trinkets by the end of the shower gets the prize. Required items: trinkets and prizes. 2ETURNOFTHE-UMMY ❀ For those that may not have large bridal-shower budgets, the classic return of the matrimonial mummy is always a great, low-cost option. In the game, the guests separate into groups and compete against each other to see who creates the best wedding gown out of toilet tissue. Required item: lots of toilet tissue.

7EDDING#LUES As the guests arrive, someone pins the name of one-half of a famous couple (for example, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, or Michelle and Barack Obama) on their back. Throughout the Bridal Bingo is a great way to break the ice between bridal shower, players may different groups of friends that might not know one another. ask each other yes or no questions to find out what sic. The unlucky holder of the bouquet loses person is pinned to them. The winners of and is removed from the circle. The game the game will be the two that figure out their continues until only one person remains. identity and their “significant other” first. Required items: a small bouquet, Required items: sticky notes and safety chairs, radio or boom box, DJ and a modera- pins, or name tags. tor (for those that might have some tricks up their sleeves). 4HE6OWS One guest begins the “vows” on a piece "RIDAL"INGO of paper, then folds the paper to cover their This game is a great way to break the sentence. Each guest adds a line, continuing ice. Each guest takes a bingo card filled with to fold the paper to hide their addition. Afcharacteristics or situations that relate to how ter each person has written down a sentence, they met or know the bride (i.e. sister, room- the bride reads the full vows out loud. mate junior year, etc.). During a five-minute Required items: paper, sense of humor. SOURCES: TLC.COM; WEDDINGS.ABOUT.COM time period, the guests have to find someone

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olitics aside, Jacksonians care about eatingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and livingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;healthy now more than ever. The fact that JFP readers voted Adobo (which is focused on healthy cuisine) Best New Restaurant in the Best of Jackson 2013 awards, the buzz over the arrival of Whole Foods and the continued success of places such as the Rainbow Cooperative Grocery all prove that fact. But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just about the food, either: All over town, you can see folks of all ages running, biking, walking and taking control of their fitness. It seems to be working. Although the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta still ranks the state the most overweight in the nation, Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s obesity rate for elementary-school children is down 13.3 percent since 2005. To celebrate that fact, first lady Michelle Obama returned to the Jackson

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area to promote her Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Move program, which focuses on childhood obesity prevention. It was Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first time back in the metro in three years. She and celebrity chef Rachael Ray visited Eastside Elementary School in Clinton to discuss the improvements in Mississippi school lunches and host a cook-off between lunchroom workers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happening here in Mississippi is really what â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Moveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is all about,â&#x20AC;? Obama told the audience, which included media, community members and 400 local school children. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the story of what you all have achieved here that we want to tell. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the story we want to be telling in every state all across this country.â&#x20AC;? Obama ran through some schoollunch successes, including the new standards the state Department of Education has set for vending machines; the increase in fruits, vegetables and whole grains; and the fact that many schools have replaced fryers with steamersâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hallelujah,â&#x20AC;? Obama said to that. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no reason why this success canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t happen in cities and states all across the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;if weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re willing to work for it,â&#x20AC;? Obama said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So now is the time for us to truly double down on these efforts. We know what works. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re seeing it right here. We know how to get results. Now we just need to keep stepping up.â&#x20AC;?


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First lady Michelle Obama praised Mississippi schools for working toward healthier lunches.

Obama and Ray also joined 20 students from Clintonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Northside and Eastside elementary schools to judge the results of a cook-off between two local school chefs, each paired with a professional chef. The duos got 30 minutes to prepare a meal for 20 children that met federal nutrition guidelines.

One team created two types of fajitas and a fruit smoothie, while the other whipped up turkey sloppy Joes with quinoa patties, fruit salad and broccoli. The winner will be announced on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Rachel Ray Showâ&#x20AC;? March 11. For more information on Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Move initiative, visit

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how down on a granola bar and a banana while running out the front door first thing in the morning. Scarf a brown bag PB&J at lunch time between meetings, and hurry to put some pasta on the table when you get home. For so many of us, busy days can get away from us. It can be difficult to eat right and get all of the nutrients our body needs to be healthy. After a day of work and running around, slicing an eggplant, rinsing collard greens or sautĂŠing an onion can sometimes just seem like too much. One of the easiest ways to get several fruits and vegetables all at one timeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;as well as to ensure a daily dose of your superfood leafy greensâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;is to make green smoothies. All you need to get started is a blender or food processor and a spirit of adventure.

Smoothies are forgiving, so exact measurements are not important, and experimentation and substitution are part of the game. Any leafy green will do, but I generally chose to use nutrientdense spinach, which has a milder flavor than kale, collards and the like. For a one-serving green smoothie, my basic recipe is one large handful of spinach, one banana, one swig of orange juice, and a handful of one or two other fruits. I peel bananas and citrus fruits before throwing them into a smoothie, but you can simply wash strawberries and throw them in, leaves and all if you are in a hurry. If you are too tired at the end of the day to even think about trying something new, then make a smoothie first thing in the morning, carry it with you in your favorite travel mug, and start the day off right with a big nutritional boost!










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PIZZA The Pizza Shack (925 E. Fortification 601-352-2001) New locations in Belhaven and a second spot in Colonial Mart on Old Canton Rd. in Northeast Jackson. Sal & Mookieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (565 Taylor St. 601-368-1919) Pizzas of all kinds plus pasta, eggplant parmesan and the fried ravioli. Bring the kids for ice cream! Mellow Mushroom (275 Dogwood Blvd, Flowood, 601-992-7499) More than just great pizza and beer. Open Monday - Friday 11-10 and Saturday 11-11. ITALIAN BRAVO! (4500 Interstate 55 N., Jackson, 601-982-8111) Award-winning wine list, Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s see-and-be-seen casual/upscale dining. Ceramiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (5417 Lakeland Drive, Flowood, 601-919-28298) Southern-style Italian cuisine features their signature Shrimp Cerami.

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Dialogue through Art

Kids at Operation Shoestring paint blocks to become part of the C3 project.

to Jackson. Each of these, which represent a different physical area as well as area of interest for Jackson, then went out to different communities where groups of participants worked to transform them and give them meaning. This week, Gallimard and Mauclet are installing the sculptures into the Art Garden. “When they are all put together, the meaning may change, but at the same time they might find something specific and special to the garden,” Gallimard says. She doesn’t know what the end result might look like. Since 1980, Gallimard and Mauclet have created interactive works together to promote dialogue, including the series, “The Future is on the Table.” MMA chose the two to lead C3 after the executive director of Alternate ROOTS, Carlton Turner, recommended the French duo. Alternate ROOTS is a regional organization dedicated to art, activism and community. The first location represented is Farish Street, focusing on the arts. That sculpture coming together at the Smith Robertson Museum. At Project Innovation (part of Midtown Partners), artists are recreating Midtown and focusing on urban renewal. Artists are focusing on civil rights at Tougaloo College and on art education at Operation SHOESTRING.



his spring, the Art Garden at the Mississippi Museum of Art is once again home to a participatory art project. Last year, Kate Browne brought the Cocoon Project to Jackson, inspiring the folks at MMA to create an annual event. Charleston, S.C.-based artists Gwylene Gallimard and Jean-Marie Mauclet are leading this year’s public artmaking endeavor, called “C3 Project: Creativity. Conversation. Community.” and subtitled “The Future is on the Table #4.” “The Art Garden, while it’s a part of the museum, is a public space for the community to use, and that’s why we feel like every spring a participatory art project like this is a great idea,” says Julian Rankin, director of new media and public relations at MMA. C3’s name embodies what it’s all about. “The conversation is a big part of it; the conversation within these different communities, and the vehicle to achieving this community dialogue is creativity,” Rankin says. “So it’s not just asking people to talk about things. But through this process of visually representing their communities, they’re going to learn a lot about themselves.” The project started with five sculptures that Gallimard and Mauclet created in their Charleston studio and brought

The last location is the state capitol building, paired with a focus on civic engagement. That sculpture came together at Northwest Rankin High School. By engaging these different community groups, many of which include people who might not usually visit or be familiar with the museum, the project aims to bring together Jacksonians who might not have otherwise interacted in order to exchange ideas and discuss what they’ve learned. To further this goal, the museum will host community dialogue sessions this month. “The idea is that through this, hopefully we’ll build connections with each other between communities that will continue into the future for other more practical goals,” Rankin says. “The hope is that all those things will come together to create some lasting effect, (creating) more openness and strengthening bonds between people in Jackson,” Rankin says. “We have such a spread-out metropolitan area (with) a lot of different types of communities.” Saturday, March 9, at 5 p.m., tour “The Future is on the Table” with Gallimard and Mauclet. Daily dialogue sessions take place March 10-15. Catch a seminar on C3 March 19 at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., or 5:30 p.m. The final “Art and Community Exchange” is March 20 at 5:30 p.m. To get involved, email, or email the artists at jemagwga@ Follow the C3 blog at For more info about MMA events, visit


by Briana Robinson

C3 participants are recreating areas of Jackson as a community-building interactive art project.



Take Cover and Run by Anita Modak-Truran


ee, Fi, Fo, Fum—ask not whence the thunder comes,” begins “Jack the Giant Slayer.” “For between heaven and earth, it’s a perilous place, home to a fearsome giant race, who hunger to conquer the mortals below, waiting for the seeds of revenge to grow.” This little ditty of kiddy poetry is repeated about a hundred times in the film. It may not be exactly a hundred times, but it certainly feels like at least a hundred times. And this little kiddie rhyme told at least 100 times reveals far too much. Let me put it this way: You may be eating your popcorn, absent-mindedly rubbing some butter from your chin, pondering where whence the thunder comes (there’s lots of thunder in the movie) and BAM, you get bonked with the answer. GIANTS. Not to get too technical in a low-concept film, but this movie is about giants and a slayer of giants named Jack. There is a girl, because there has to be a girl, and she needs to be saved. The movie, directed by Bryan Singer (“The Usual Suspects,” “X-Men,” “Valkryie”)

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opens with the Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum recitation. (Please see above for more details). Under a thatched roof, an 8-year-old boy named Jack begs his father to read the rhyming tale again. Magic beans, giants, King Eric and his crown are all part of the story. “Tell me, dear old dad, about the giants,” whines Little Jack. He’s a simple boy—Simple Jack. The story about giants happens to be popular among the royals. In the same kingdom, the young princess Isabelle asks her mother, the Queen, to repeat the story. Singer jumps over the ugly adolescent years and picks up the story 10 years later. Nothing much has changed, except that Jack (Nicholas Hoult from “Warm Bodies”) and Isabelle (Eleanor Tomlinson) are 18. Having been spoon-fed on stories of stalks, beans and giants, these radically different, but perfectly gorgeous young people are ready for an adventure. Pesky things stand in the way. Isabelle is betrothed to Lord Roderick (Stanley Tucci), a slimy nobleman with a buck-toothed sidekick, who thankfully gets eaten by the Giants. Go Giants.

The giants in “Jack the Giant Slayer” are big—and mean—and follow the trend into Marvel comic book territory.

Jack’s gentle soul of a father has passed away, and Jack’s stuck tilling the fields. His milky-eyed uncle (Christopher Fairbank) pushes Jack to sell his white horse. (I know: Jack rides a white horse. Bring a puke bag.) Sadly, Jack’s not much a horse trader. Jack stops at the “Beanstalk and Giants” show. There he falls in love with Isabelle, who is royally smiling at the spectacle of Fee, Fi, Fo, Fum (I wasn’t embellishing when I said the rhyme is repeated 100 times.) Lo and behold, Jack and Isabelle find themselves on the very same adventure of the kiddy ditty. Magic? Fate? Bad writing? I leave that for you to decide. “Jack the Giant Slayer” transforms a public-domain fairy tale into a Marvel-comic-styled movie. This fairy-tale-on-steroids

approach appears to be the latest Hollywood trend. Singer plops Simple Jack into $100 million worth of special effects. He makes a superhero out of a zombie-like farm boy and super villains out of giants. The giants are spectacular. They are big—real big. And mean—scary mean. The meanest giant in the bunch has two heads. Giants like to chomp on mortal meats and take over the world for no good reason. Fee, Fi, Fo, Fum, take cover now and run, for this putzie movie is poorly spun. It’s an empty vapid tale, and it will surely make a grown man wail. But it gets worse my friends, far worse. For the young lassies and ladies may like this flick just fine, and with a PG-13 rating, some parents may have to sit through the grungy grind.



The March Art Show at Fischer Galleries is from 5-7 p.m.

The Home Show kicks off today at the Mississippi Trade Mart.

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Fondren After 5 is from 5-8 p.m. (free; call 601981-9606)andincludesfondRUN,liveRIGHTnow’smonthly two-mile pub run, at 6 p.m. (free; liverightnowonline. com). … The Cathead Honeysuckle Kickoff is from 5-7 p.m. at Table 100. Enjoy cocktail samples and appetizers. Free; call 601-420-4202. … Shop, dine, and enjoy music from Osgood and Blaque during Hit the Bricks and Adjoining Streets from 5:30-8 p.m. in downtown Vicksburg. Free; call 601-634-4527. … The musical “Fiddler on the

10. Includes home and garden exhibitions. $7; call 601362-6501. … The March Art Show featuring works from Tony Saladino and Stacey Johnson is from 5-7 p.m. at Fischer Galleries (3100 N. State St., Suite 101). Free; call 601291-9115. … The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra presents “Chamber III: Baroque!” at 7:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral (305 E. Capitol St.). $16; call 601960-1565. … The musical “Always ... Patsy Cline” is at 7:30 p.m. at Parkside Playhouse (101 Iowa Blvd., Vicksburg); runs through March 10. $12, $10 seniors 55 and older, $8 students, $5 children ages 12 and under; call 601-636-0471.


The Jackson Metro Cyclists’ First Flora Ride is at 8 a.m. at the Old Train Depot (4828 Main St., Flora). Ride 20, 35 or 63 miles. $10 in advance, $15 race day, free for members ($25 membership); call 601-876-8686; jacksonmetrocyclist. com. … The Jackson Young Lawyers Association’s Legal Beagle 5K is at 8:15 a.m. at Regions Bank, Northeast Jackson (1455 Jacksonian Plaza). Includes a one-mile fun run. BY LATASHA WILLIS $20 in advance or fun run, $25 race day; call 601-856-9884. … JACKSONFREEPRESS.COM Arts Klassical’s Music from the Soul and Poetry Reading is from FAX: 601-510-9019 7-10 p.m. at the Jackson MediDAILY UPDATES AT cal Mall (350 W. Woodrow JFPEVENTS.COM Wilson Ave.) in the Community Room. Performers include Nellie Mack, Sunny Ridell, and student poets. $20; call 662380-2811 or 769-257-6413. … The Mississippi Community Symphonic Band and the Mississippi Swing perform at 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church (6000 Old Canton Road). Free; call 601-605-2786. … The Magnolia Ballroom Dancers’ Association Monthly Dance is 8-11 p.m. at Madison Square Center for the Arts (2103 Main St., Madison). $15, $10 members; call 601-506-4591.


Actress Mahalia Jackson of Georgia portrays gospel singer Mahalia Jackson in the musical “Mahalia” at New Stage Theatre through March 10.

Roof” is at 7:30 p.m. at Black Rose Theatre (103 Black St., Brandon) and runs through March 10. Reservations recommended. $15, $10 for students and seniors (cash or check); call 601-825-1293. … Fish Tale Group Theatre’s play “Bill W. and Dr. Bob” debuts at 7:30 p.m. at Duling Hall; runs through March 10. $17 in advance, $20 at the door; call 769-218-0787. … Martin Sexton performs at 8:30 p.m. at Hal & Mal’s. Cocktails at 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets only. For ages 18 and up. $20; call 601-292-7121;


The Home Show kicks off at 10 a.m. at the Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.); runs through March


The artist reception for the Ask 4 More Arts JPS Exhibit is from 2-4 p.m. at the Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.); hangs through March 28. Also see the Goodwill Art Show in the main galleries. Free; call 601-960-1557.


The Mississippi Opera hosts Opera Underground featuring Paul Houghtailing and Kevin Chance at 7 p.m. at Un-

Singer-songwriter Martin Sexton performs at Hal & Mal’s March 7 at 8:30 p.m.

derground 119. Doors open at 6 p.m.; food and beverage prices vary. Enjoy art and free wine from 5-6 p.m. upstairs at Nunnery’s at Gallery 119. $20; call 601-960-2300.


Music in the City featuring Virginia Kerr and Colman Pearce is at 5:15 p.m. at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Free; call 601-960-1515. … Candy Spurzem’s “Blue At Art” exhibit opening is from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). Free admission, art for sale; call 601-856-7546. … Hunter Gibson performs from 6-9 p.m. at Martin’s. Free. … Larry Brewer performs from 7:30-11:30 p.m. at Shucker’s. Free.


Mississippi Valley State University associate professor Vincent Venturini presents “The Growth and Development of Jackson” during History Is Lunch at noon at the Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Free; call 601576-6998. … The play “Mahalia” is at 7:30 p.m. at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.); runs through March 10. $28, $22 seniors and students; call 601-948-3533.



The Jackson 2000 Discussion Luncheon is at 11:45 a.m. at the Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). The topic is creating a successful small business. RSVP. $12, $10 members; email … Spring Break Day is from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Adams Street Park (115 Adams St., Flowood). Includes games and prizes. Free; call 601-992-4440. 33 More at and

and the basics of social media. Bring computers, tablets and smartphones (optional). Lunch on your own. Registration required. $45, $2 materials fee; call 601-974-1130; • Spring Community Enrichment Series through March 29 Most classes begin the week of April 1 and fall into the categories of art, music, fitness, design, business and technology. Call to request a brochure. Fees vary; call 601974-1130;

*&0 30/.3/2%$%6%.43 Jackson 2000 Discussion Luncheon March 13, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). The topic is creating a successful small business. RSVP. $12, $10 members; email;

#/--5.)49 Events at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). • Zoo Day March 9, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The annual event includes educational activities, food, space jumps, face painting, playing at the Splash Pad and music. Special guests include Inky the Clown, magician Robert Day, the Jackosn Showboats and the Mississippi Braves. $10, $6.75 ages 2-12, children under 2 and members free; call 601-352-2500; • Spring Break Camp March 11-15, 9 a.m.4 p.m.. Children ages 6-12 enjoy animal encounters, crafts and keeper chats. $175, $165 members; call 601-352-2580, ext. 241.

Events at Mississippi Center for Nonprofits (201 W. Capitol St.). Registration required. Call 601-968-0061; • Writing a Grant Proposal: The Essentials March 5-6, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The two-day workshop covers all the essentials for writing a grant proposal including budgeting, researching and managing awards. $369, $189 members. • Keeping Your Nonprofit Legal: Transparency and Accountability March 12, 9 a.m.-noon Topics include board responsibilities, maintaining a tax-exempt status, lobby and advocacy. $99, $59 members.

Events at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). • Dr. Nicholas Buccola Lecture and Panel Discussion March 7, 7 p.m., in Olin Hall, room 100. Buccola, an assistant professor at Linfield College, discusses his book “The Political Thought of Frederick Douglass: In Pursuit of American Liberty.” Q&A and reception included. Free; email • Social Media for Small Business Class March 9, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Ashley Jefcoat of Mississippi Public Broadcasting is the instructor. Topics include interacting with fans, posting messages

Events at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). Call 601-981-5469; • NASA Day March 9, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Learn about space rovers, shuttles and space exploration through science-based activities. $8, children 12 months and under free • Spring into Science Camp March 12-15, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The four-day camp is for children in grades 1-5. Topics include food science, physics, chemistry and the body systems. Registration required. $15 discount for each additional child. Price increases after March 7. $175.

Greenhouse Tomato Short Course March 5-6, at Eagle Ridge Golf Course (1500 Raymond Lake Road, Highway 18 S., Raymond). Expert speakers present seminars on topics such as greenhouse design, heating options, budgeting and plant nutrition. Pre-registration includes meals and materials. $175; call 601-892-3731; email rick.; Start-up “First Steps” and SBA Loans Workshop March 7, 5-6:30 p.m., at Eagle Ridge Conference Center (1500 Raymond Lake Road, Highway 18 S., Raymond). Topics include registering a business, financing and legal structures. Registration required; space limited. Free; call 601-857-7100; Precinct 1 COPS Meeting March 7, 6 p.m., at Jackson Police Department, Precinct 1 (810 Cooper Road). These monthly forums are designed to help resolve community issues or problems, from crime to potholes. Free; call 601-960-0001. Community Shred-It Day March 8, 7:30 a.m.2 p.m., at Home Depot, North Jackson (6325 Interstate 55 N.). The purpose of the event is to promote consumer protection and awareness of identity theft. Consumers may bring up to five large garbage bags or boxes of documents; no businesses, please. Free; call 800281-4418. High School Welding Competition March 8, 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at Delta Technical College (113 Marketridge Drive, Ridgeland). Vocational students complete a welding project and take a written exam for cash prizes. Spectators welcome. Free; call 309-427-2765 or 601-206-5200.

AmeriCorps NCCC Induction Ceremony March 8, 10:30 a.m.-noon, at AmeriCorps NCCC, Southern Region (2715 Confederate Ave., Vicksburg). The full-time, team-based, 10-month residential national service program is for people ages 18-24. Free; call 601-630-4040; Global Elite Exposure March 9-10, 8 a.m.8 p.m., at YMCA Downtown Jackson (800 E. River Place). The basketball exposure camp is for boys in grades 5-8. Student athletes have the opportunity to train, compete and showcase their talents for some of the nation’s top basketball evaluators. $200; Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Expo March 11, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at Metrocenter Mall (3645 Highway 80 W.). Youth ages 16-24 learn about summer job opportunities from local businesses. Free; call 601-960-0326. Citizen’s Police Academy Registration through March 15, at Jackson Police Department Headquarters (327 E. Pascagoula St.). The Jackson Police Department seeks applicants for the program held March 18-25 in the training room on the second floor. Learn the police department’s public safety and crime prevention methods. Free; call 601-960-1389. School Safety and Security: Planning for the Future March 8, 11 a.m., at Mississippi State University CAVS Extension Center (153 Mississippi Parkway, Canton). Topics include active shooter training and response, the importance of conducting a security walk-through, and how other schools are increasing their security. Reservations required. Free; call 601-499-2131.




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Jackson Audubon Society Birding Field Trip March 9, 7:45 a.m.-noon, at Turcotte Lab (506 Highway 43 S., Canton). Expert birder Pullen Watkins leads the expedition. Meet and park at Brown’s Landing. Participants must have a WMA permit ($15 at any sporting goods store). Free; call 601-832-6788. Spring Break Tennis Camp March 11-15, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., at Tennis Center South (2827 Oak Forest Drive). The camp is for children ages 6-14. Registration includes membership to the United States Tennis Association for ages 10 and under. Bring lunch; snacks and drinks provided. $150-$300; call 601-960-1712.

7%,,.%33 Colon and Rectal Cancer Screening: Who Needs It? March 6, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., at Baptist Medical Center (1225 N. State St.), in the Baptist for Women Conference Room. Drs. Jane-Claire Williams and Steven Weeks talk about who should be screened, screening methods and treatments. Registration required. Free, $5 optional lunch; call 601-948-6262 or 800-948-6262; Fab Abs Intensive March 8, 5:15 p.m., at Pure Barre (Highland Village, 4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 235-A). The 75-minute exercise class includes additional abdominal work. Reservations and pre-payment required. $25; call 769-2510486; Poker Run March 13, 6 p.m., at Fleet Feet Sports (Trace Station, 500 Highway 51 N., Ridgeland). Participants receive five playing cards during the three-mile run/walk, and the people with the best hand and worst hand win prizes. After-party at Cazadores (500 Highway 51, Suite R, Ridgeland). Free; call 601-899-9696. Living Food Potluck March 9, 1 p.m., at the office of Dr. Leo Huddleston (6500 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland). Held on second Saturdays; please RSVP. Bring a dish or donate $10; call 601-956-0010.

&!2-%23-!2+%43 Mississippi Farmers Market through Dec. 21, at Mississippi Farmers Market (929 High St.). Open 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Free; call 601-354-6573;

34!'%!.$3#2%%. “Sweeney Todd” March 6-7, 7:30 p.m., at Historic Saenger Theater (201 Forrest St., Hattiesburg). The play is about a barber in 19th-century London who seeks revenge for being falsely accused of a crime. Proceeds benefit the tornado recovery effort for the University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Music. $20; call 601-266-5418. Poetry Out Loud State Finals March 7, 1 p.m., at Mississippi Public Broadcasting (3825 Ridgewood Road). High school students compete for a cash prize and a chance to go to the national finals in Washington, D.C. Seating limited. Free; call 601359-6030;

“The Breakfast Club” Film Screening and Discussion March 9, 7-9 p.m., at Powerhouse Arts Center (413 S. 14th St., Oxford). The film’s executive producer Andy Meyer speaks about the film. Also enjoy a brunch-style meal. Proceeds go towards film equipment for OxFilm. $25-$45; call 662-236-6429; email yacoperations@gmail. com;

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Events at Lemuria Books (Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). Call 601-366-7619. • “Long Gone Daddies” March 7, 5 p.m. David Wesley Williams signs books; reading at 5:30 p.m. $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.

#2%!4)6%#,!33%3 Ballroom Dance Lessons March 10, 5-6 p.m., at Southern Cultural Heritage Center (1302 Adams St., Vicksburg). James Frechette, owner of Applause Dance Factory, teaches the nightclub two-step. $10; call 601-631-2997.

%8()")43!.$/0%.).'3 “C3: Creativity. Conversation. Community.” through March 20, at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Visual artists Gwylene Gallimard and Jean-Marie Mauclet facilitate the public art-making project. Participants create 3D interpretations of Jackson landmarks and creeks. Artwork will be displayed at the Art Garden’s BankPlus Green. Free; call 601-960-1515. Fort Pemberton Encampment with Company K and the 30th Mississippi Infantry March 9, 10 a.m., at Museum of the Mississippi Delta (1608 Highway 82 W., Greenwood) Enjoy guided tours of Fort Pemberton and the firing of the Lady Polk Cannon at dusk. The program is in conjunction with the exhibit “War Comes to the Mississippi Delta” that hangs through Aug. 31. Free; call 662-453-0925.

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Community Health Initiative Obesity Fighters Run/Walk March 9, 7 a.m.-noon, at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). Registration is at 7 a.m., the 5K and 10K run/ walk is at 8 a.m., the Kids Stock the Shelf Run for ages 5-12 is at 9 a.m., and line dancing is at 10 a.m. Proceeds benefit several charities including the Red Cross and the Mississippi Burn Center. $15, $100 team of 10, $5 students, two canned goods for fun run; call 601-506-2540 or 601-720-4575. 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.



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Run to Rescue March 7, 6 p.m., at Mississippi State University (Highway 12, Starkville). The 5K run/walk and one-mile fun benefits the International Justice Mission, a human rights agency dedicated to combating slavery, human trafficking and sexual exploitation. $25, donations welcome for fun run; call 662-325-2323;

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Mississippi Boat and Sport Show March 8, noon-8 p.m., March 9, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and March 10, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). See boats and other related outdoor vehicles. March 9, children receive free fishing rods while supplies last, and meet Mountain Man of “Duck Dynasty” and Glen Guist of “Swamp People.” $9, children under 12 free; call 256-509-3574;



Dragging Through the Swamp COURTESY THE WEEKS

by Briana Robinson

Mississippi band The Weeks brings songs from a new album to Hal & Mal’s March 8.


he Weeks have returned to Mississippi to play a series of seven shows, coinciding with the upcoming release of its first full-length album since signing to the label Serpents and Snakes. The last stop is at Hal & Mal’s March 8. A few years ago, the members of The Weeks moved to Nashville to live together and make music. The band has gone

through several changes since then. In 2012, it became one of the first additions to the Followill brothers’ (of Kings of Leon fame) new record label, Serpents and Snakes, and keyboardist Alex Collier joined the band. Now, the guys are gearing up for the release of their first full-length album since “Comeback Cadillac” in 2008. Lead singer Cyle Barnes says that the al-

bum is about the transitions that they have been making. “A lot (of our songs) are based around just what we’ve been doing,” he says. “Things have kind of changed, and we’ve been touring more and more. The songs loosely reflect what we’ve been doing, or at least the mood does. It’s kind of based on the changes the band has gone through the past two or three years.” The album’s title track, “Dear Bo Jackson,” is especially representative of that idea. It opens with guitarist Sam Williams playing a soft melody, accented lightly by bassist Damien Bone just before drummer Cain Barnes comes in strong and fast. The song “has a lot to do with the tours we’ve been on and the life that we’ve been hectically living for the past couple of years,” Barnes says. One of Barnes’ favorite tracks on the album, however, is “Chickahominy,” which is inspired by the band’s move to Nashville. Despite all the changes with The Weeks, the band has been able to retain its original fan base while earning new fans across the country. “In Jackson, whenever W.C. Don’s was still open, we played there all the time. I’ve seen people who were there seven years ago who, when we play in Jackson again, will still be there,” Barnes says.

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Don’t expect to hear the same polished, clean sound from any of the band’s albums when you hear The Weeks live. “The songs that are on the album are different beasts entirely from our live shows,” Barnes says. While the band plays a mixture of new and old tracks when performing, it also adds to the songs a fast-paced jam style that the band members describe as “sludge &UN&ACT pop.” Barnes describes $ it as “dragging the muSKRWRJUDSK sic through a swamp.” RIWKHEDQG The songs sound as SHUIRUPLQJ LQ-DQXDU\DW if they’ve been put WKH0HUFXU\ under a muddy filter, /RXQJHLQ but the foot-stomp1HZ<RUN &LW\LV ing catchiness of the IHDWXUHG intrinsically pop songs RQ5ROOLQJ does not cease to 6WRQH¶V wear off. ZHEVLWH¶V ³+RWWHVW The Weeks, Light/LYH3KRWRV beam Rider and Junior RI´ Astronomers perform at Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St., 601-948-0888) at 8 p.m. Admission is limited to those 18 and older, and tickets cost $8. For other tour dates, including Brookhaven and Hattiesburg, or to purchase the album, “Dear Bo Jackson,” visit

by Micah Smith

Writer’s Remorse

March 6 - 12, 2013


I can’t be the only one who feels exceptional in having burnt eggs can verify), I’d have just about the same options someone say, “I know I could be listening to any number of that I do as a songwriter. I can make something for myself other songs about the same concept, but this one speaks to and enjoy it immensely, if not be entirely fulfilled; I can me.” In a lot of ways, that offers the most lasting, rewarding share it with friends and family who love me enough to feeling. For a few weeks after hearing a positive comment, weather whatever I throw at them; or, scariest of all, I can I’ll push myself to look deeper, to serve it to the impartial audience, get the most from those throwaway the people who don’t care how verses that slid by without me batlong I worked on it. ting an eye. I want other people to In the immediacy of writhave different but equally powerful ing new music, whatever you experiences with my songs again create automatically becomes and again until I’m old, happy and the best thing you’ve ever heard. legendary, like Paul McCartney. You can only hope that someone However, I also realize in else, someone less biased, will that rosy view of things that, if I hear and love and latch onto it make the decision to share someto find whatever meaning they thing with others, I open myself to can. There will always be annegativity, even in the sometimes Being a songwriter means sharing yourself other musician who has written with your listeners—for good or bad. unwelcome guise of constructive something similar and another criticism. I’m sure your musician person who will invariably like friends all welcome a critique—as do I—because that’s how that song better. But to at least a few listeners out there, you improve as a writer and performer, but if they say it you might hit a note cleaner or have a catchier hook or wouldn’t be easier to have someone hand them a Grammy have one line that, for reasons unknown, just will not get instantly upon completing a song, they’re lying. unstuck from their heads. I think making music is like cooking, to an extent. If I That’s both the good and bad thing about opinions. was a five-star chef, which believe me I am not (as countless They can’t be wrong. FLICKR/ADRIAN F


usic and I have an understanding: I make it, and it makes me happy. That’s a simple enough idea, I think. But sometimes, music has to go and cause problems in an otherwise cherished and beneficial relationship. For instance, I’ve had the same lyric stuck in my head for a month. It has a simple enough melody—one that I could describe as “pretty” and still feel comfortably masculine, which is saying something. I want that lyric to drift out of my brain, through my mouth and into an effortlessly composed hit song. Is that so hard? Of course it is—extremely. The real disconnect between me and music isn’t a lyric that I can’t seem to wrangle, though. I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve had that issue plenty of times, although I would be fine with people perceiving me as an errorless lyrical genius if they wish. The problem is that songwriting can’t promise lasting gratification, or at least, when it comes to the opinions of others, you shouldn’t expect it to last. Before I sound too anti-songwriting (which is a line I may have crossed a hundred words ago), I should make it clear that I love creating music, whether it is working alone or with a group of people that share, hopefully, a similar passion for songwriting. For me, it’s a sort of two-fold fascination. I do write partly out of compulsion, which has definitely been said before, and also out of enjoyment, making something that I would want to hear.









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THURSDAY, MARCH 7 College basketball (6-8 p.m. ESPN): Kentucky will try to keep their NCAA tournament hopes alive as they travel to Georgia to take on the Bulldogs. FRIDAY, MARCH 8 NBA (9:30 p.m.-midnight ESPN): The Houston Rockets take the NBA’s highest-scoring offense on the road to take on the Golden State Warriors. SATURDAY, MARCH 9 College basketball (8-10 p.m. ESPNU): Ole Miss hits the road to take on rival LSU in what has become a must-win game for the on-the-bubble Rebels. SUNDAY, MARCH 10 MLS (9 p.m.-11 p.m. ESPN 2): The New York Red Bulls (0-0-1) travel to play the San Jose Earthquakes (0-1-0) as both teams try for their first win of the season. MONDAY, MARCH 11 College basketball (8-10 p.m. ESPN): The West Coast Conference will crown a champion in Las Vegas. Will it be No. 1 Gonzaga? TUESDAY, MARCH 12 NHL (6:30-10 p.m. NBC Sports Network): The Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins battle for Eastern Conference positioning.

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atching a highly trained cutting horse with “cow sense” is an athletic event on par with few equine sports. This event traces its lineage back to the Old West on ranches—cowboy days. When a cow needed to be singled out of the herd for a particular reason such as needing medical attention, cowboys would use their horses to “cut” the cow. Ty Hillman, manager of industry relations for the National Cutting Horse Association, explained the sport this way: “Horse cutting is when a rider rides into a herd of cows to cut two to three cows to showcase the horse’s ability.” After the rider picks out a cow to cut, the horse tries to keep the cow from returning to the herd. “The judges look to see if the rider takes his hands off the reins and on to the horse’s neck,” Hillman says. “This is so the judges can see the horse is keeping the cow from the herd on its own by using its training, and is not directed by the rider.” I could sort of picture what Hillman was explaining but he went a step farther to explain the sport to me (someone who has never seen it) using an analogy I could understand. “Think of the cow as a running back in football,” Hillman describes. “Now imagine the horse and rider as the defense and the herd as the end zone.”

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13 College basketball (7:30-9:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.-midnight SEC Network/WJTV): The SEC tips off its men’s basketball tournament, as seeds 11-14, including Mississippi State, try to keep their seasons alive one more day.


Mississippi State may have shoved a dagger into the heart of Ole Miss’ NCAA-tournament hopes (and coach Andy Kennedy’s job) March 2 with its 73-67 win over the Rebels. Follow Bryan Flynn at, @jfpsports and at

Cows have an instinctive herd mentality, so cutting horses must constantly work to keep them in line.

“The cow (running back) wants to get back to the herd (the end zone), and the horse and rider want to keep the cow from the herd to showcase the horse’s ability,” Hillman says. “The horse keeps

working until the rider allows the cow to rejoin the herd or the cow is able to get past the horse and rejoin the herd on its own.”

one to as many as five judges depending on how many entries are in each event. With five judges, the lowest and highest scores are thrown out. FORREST PHOTOGRAPHY/COURTESY NCHA

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A good cutting horse gets down to a cow’s eye level to keep it from the herd.

Hillman added that cows have a strong herd mentality, and an isolated cow desperately wants to rejoin its herd. It’s up to the horse to anticipate the moves and block the cow from the safety of the herd, and up to the rider to hang on and not unbalance the horse. “It is easy to fall off the horse if the rider is looking right and thinking the cow is going right,” Hillman says. “The horse might go left because the cow goes left.” Riders—who can be as young as 10 and as old as 60 or 70—can allow the cow to rejoin the herd when the cow stops moving its feet or turns away from the rider. The horse knows to let the cow go when the rider picks up the reins. The primary breed for cutting horses are American Quarter Horses, but other breeds, such as American Paint Horses, might be used as well. Cutting horses are built lower to the ground so that they can move laterally quickly. They’re bred for cow sense and trained to become experts at their event. Hillman says the horse will nearly drag its belly on the ground to get low enough—at eye level with a cow—and to move back and forth to block the cow from rejoining the herd. Each rider has two and a half minutes to impress from

Cutting is open to novice, amateur, youth and professional riders. Classes are based on rider or horse, and Hillman says there is a class that everyone can enter. Most new participants start by entering a $2,000 Rider Class. That means the rider has not won more than $2,000 in prize money at a cutting horse event. Professional trainers generally enter open events. The Eastern National Championships for cutting horses started March 4 in Jackson and will run through March 16 at the Kirk Fordice Equine Center. Four Sixes Ranch, or 6666 Ranch, sponsors the show. A western lifestyle trade show accompanies the event. Admission is free for the viewing public. There are 12 standard classes to watch, and Hillman says even watching novices is fun for people watching cutting horses for the first time. A total of $500,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded during the event, with the money events in the finals of each class. Events start each day at 8 a.m. at the Mississippi State Fairgrounds (1207 Mississippi St.). Follow the events on Facebook by liking the National Cutting Horse Association or on Twitter by following the NCHA at @nchalive. Find out more about cutting horses at

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As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? I’ve always wanted to be a journalist. My mother used to say I had to be the first to know it and the first to tell it.

Describe your workday in three words. “Never the same.”

What tools could you not work without, and why? My iPhone, my Macbook pro and my Canon Mark 5D (camera). I spearhead all the official photography on campus, so I’m the one that you’ll see with a camera around campus all the time. I also manage all the main social media accounts for the college. NAME: Sophie McNeil Wolf AGE: 24 JOB: Marketing Coordinator

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of Southern Mississippi, I got a journalism degree, with emphasis in news/editorial. Then, right out of college, I was the marketing manager for the Jackson Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, doing similar things to what I do now. And that led to a job here.

What’s the strangest aspect of your job? It’s my job to kind of be the eyes and ears of campus, so it’s my job to find out what’s going on. That might mean I’m looking around the Bowl (a grassy area on campus) for people doing interesting things to photograph without them noticing, and then I go ask them afterward if I can use their photos.

What’s the best thing about your job? I think it’s being able to tell the story of Millsaps—I think it’s really rich. And having the flexibility to really find what the story is. And it changes every day.

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