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racee Thompson is mother to three sons, —Mark, 23, Michael, 20, and Jordan, 17—but her love for children does not stop there. It spreads to the hallways and English classrooms of Jim Hill High School. “I always knew I wanted to be a teacher,” says 43-year-old Thompson, who is in her 10th year of teaching English. She was born in Philadelphia, Pa., and raised in Miami, Fla. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Florida Atlantic University, and is seeking her master’s degree in English from Jackson State University. She moved to Jackson in 2008 after teaching in the Orlando, Fla., area for four years. Throughout her teaching career, Thompson has taught many aspects of English, but she enjoys literature the most and calls herself a Shakespeare and Victorian fanatic. She also has a strong passion for Latin American literature, which is the subject of her thesis proposal. Teaching high schoolers is a challenge, but Thompson is up to it. “I’ve only taught high school,” she says. “Middle school is nice, but they are very emotional. My hat is off to elementary teachers. The kids get on my nerves, and they know they get on my nerves, but it is the kids that keep me driven.” She says that the principal will have to hog-tie her to get her out of the school: “I’m going to die in my classroom. I’m the teacher that very seldom takes off. If I take off, it will be for professional development


or something very important,” she says. It’s no wonder, then, that Thompson is the Jackson Public School district’s 2013 Teacher of the Year. She is still surprised about the winning the award in February. She says it is an honor, but Thompson doesn’t believe that she is doing anything spectacular. “I just do my job. It is what I’m supposed to do,” she says. Last year, the Mississippi Economic Council’s STAR (Student-Teacher Achievement Recognition) Student program selected a student from Jill Hill, Deanna Brown, as their STAR Student, who then chose Thompson as a STAR Teacher, despite not having Thompson as a teacher since her sophomore year. “Although being chosen by the committee at the school board as teacher of the year—yes, it is a very great honor. The bigger honor is the student who comes back and says, ‘You are my star! You deserve this honor,’” Thompson says. Other than teaching English in the classroom, Thompson is the English department chairperson, is on the leadership committee and is the drama team sponsor. She calls herself a workaholic, but has no plans on retiring or leaving Jim Hill. Thompson feels that she has the best job—the opportunity to mold future doctors, teachers and lawyers. “My responsibility is to help them reach for the stars. (But) the job doesn’t stop with me, it is an effort of parents, students, teachers and administrators,” Thompson says. —Krista Davis

Cover illustration by Kristin Brenemen

11 The Race Goes On

Albert Wilson and Charity Wright want your city council votes, for Ward 3 and Ward 4, respectively.

33 Pie in the Sky

Jesse Houston is popping up pizzas at Sal & Mookie’s again, this time with nod to Star Wars and a plan for bigger and better pies.

46 Shell Game

Bring some coast class in your home with a do-it-yourself oystershell mirror.

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by Donna Ladd, Editor-in-Chief

Great Expectations


wasn’t supposed to grow up to be a confident, strong-willed, educated woman who sasses powerful men (only when they deserve it, of course) and runs a newspaper that drives bigots crazy in the capitol city of Mississippi. I just wasn’t. A fly on the wall of one of the many leaky houses and trailers I lived in, mostly in Neshoba County, might have decided I wouldn’t be able to rise above my limitations. My parents were uneducated—she couldn’t read or write, and he barely could—and we were immersed in the kinds of drama that tends to permeate uneducated, low-income households, both real and created. I didn’t have any kind of early childhood education—no one even read books to me as a child. I didn’t attend kindergarten, and my public school was too busy dealing with the problems of forced integration to worry a whole lot about giving us a great education, much less teaching us life skills like time and financial management and how to network our way into success. On top of all that, I was a girl. I was supposed to look for a husband and then figure out how to snare him and then give him lots of children. Many people around me made fun of the desire for a good education or even trying to use good grammar (because people make fun of what alludes them), and family members started to ask me why I wasn’t married by the time I hit my late teens. Not to mention, when I told people that I really wanted to go to a university instead of the junior college down the road, they looked at me like I was crazy. Because, you know, the junior college was considered ambitious in our circles. And they thought I was certifiable when I said I wished I could leave the state for college. Who would leave Mississippi? Add to that the alcoholism that made my real daddy come home bloodied all over from a knife fight one night when I was

about 5, and that caused my stepdaddy years later to shoot a hole through our mobile home’s front door. Fortunately, no one was on the other side. Put it this way: I didn’t exactly grow up steeped in high expectations. In fact, I was rather set up from birth to be a victim of the bigotry of low expectations. But through the years, a continual line of strong adults decided to see past my rough edges and believe in me. I was fortunate to have gotten some natural smarts the honest

All of us need to be believed in, regardless of the luck of our early circumstances. way: Even if uneducated and poor, my father, and especially my mother, were loving, compassionate, witty and had lots of common horse sense, as she called it. And they didn’t meet strangers. Those attributes, though, didn’t conspire to make their lives much easier, sadly. My father died when I was young, and we struggled, but my mother was determined, as so many parents are, that I would have a better life than she did. She wanted me to grow up to be educated, worldly and strong enough not to fall for “some hoodlum.” She also knew she couldn’t go it alone. Every chance she got, she would encourage me to spend time with educated adults. She was wise enough to know that I needed to have successful people around me to see what success looks like, what they do, how they dress, how they talk. That is, she pushed

me to seek out mentors, and it’s a habit that changed my life. To this day, I have remarkable mentors who help me steer my course. It started in fifth grade when an amazing teacher befriended me because she could see that I loved to read and write. She gave me “Little Women,” and I read it yearly though my high school years. She and my mother let me hang out in her classroom after school and help with clerical stuff. When I was 14 or so, my mother let me go to Arizona for weeks in the summer to stay with my older brother (the first in our family to get a college degree) and his fabulous wife, who turned me onto even more books. Their album collection introduced me to new music. Their ribbing about my food pickiness made me determined to expand my dining horizons. Both that brother and my oldest brother back in Neshoba County loved to argue politics with each other—and would draw me in, asking my opinion. I listened, and I learned to think and question. In high school, three women enlarged my horizons: Two English teachers (Mrs. Salter and Mrs. Hodges) and, remarkably, a 4-H adviser whose name I admittedly can’t recall. The teachers pushed even more books on me, and Mrs. Hodges took us to plays and gave me permission to speak my opinion even if others didn’t like it very much. She urged me to take controversial positions in our school paper (which was actually a page in the Neshoba Democrat). Everyone from the male shop teacher to the female cafeteria ladies got miffed at me, but I found a voice so many women in Mississippi seldom found—and, sadly, still often don’t. The 4-H leader wasn’t what she sounds like. She was the most un-farm-like woman I’d ever met. She wore chic clothes, she rented an apartment in a big old Victorian house near the court square in town, and she was in her mid- to late 20s and unmarried (an “old maid,” some folks whispered). She

was a “career woman,” and she dated professional men such as one of the band directors in town. She took me under her wing and let me see what a single woman’s life could look like (really cool). I may not remember her name, but she taught me so much. Then there was Mr. Hardy, my principal. He was a wonderful thinker who was tortured by the race issues that challenged our state and town. When I was in high school, he remarkably would call me to the office to vent to me about the challenges of, say, a school board that didn’t want five black players on the basketball court at one time. I can’t imagine how I helped him, but his taking the time to plant thoughtful seeds in me helped me learned to think and to believe I was smart enough to listen. It made life in the trailer park more worth living, even as a lot of drama still waited back home. These people somehow made me believe that I was an amazing teen with a bright future even when I easily could have believed anything but. They strengthened my resolve to both rise above my circumstances and, ultimately, to give back to society what my mentors gave to me. They filled that elusive need all of us have, but that often goes unfulfilled when we’re formative young people. They gave me hope. All of us need to be believed in, regardless of the luck of our early circumstances. We deserve a chance, we deserve to be heard, and we deserve to have adults believe in our ability to overcome anything. Please think about this the next time you hear someone blaming “the family” for a young person’s mistake. Sometimes, the family doesn’t have enough tools or can’t even afford the toolbox. I urge you to be one of these adults willing to show a young person what is possible if they believe in themselves. The best part is, the kids you save will remember how you changed their lives long after they forget your name.

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R.L. Nave

Mo Wilson

Nneka Ayozie

ShaWanda Jacome

Bethany Bridges

Jacquelynn Pilcher

Amber Helsel

Nick Judin

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. Call him at 601-3626121 ext. 12 or email rlnave@

Editorial Intern Mo Wilson is a Mississippi College student. He enjoys pizza, the Internet, dancing alone in his bedroom, social justice, politics and giggling. He wrote for the cover package.

Editorial intern Nneka Ayozie is a senior mass communications major at Jackson State University. She enjoys watching movies, traveling, talking to any one that will listen, and shopping. She wrote for the cover package.

ShaWanda Jacome is a 6th grade JPS teacher. She lives in Ridgeland with her husband and son, Michael and Mateo. “May the odds be ever in your favor,” she likes to say. She wrote for the cover package.

Editorial intern Bethany Bridges is a high school history and English teacher. She enjoys discussing politics and spending time with her family. Her ultimate goal in life is to raise a happy and sane family. She wrote for the cover package.

Jacquelynn R. Pilcher is originally from Hattiesburg. She lived in NYC and Philadelphia for awhile but rests her roots in Jackson. She loves cereal, sunflowers and writing music with loved ones. She wrote for the cover package.

Editorial intern Amber Helsel, a native of Brandon, holds a bachelor’s in journalism from Ole Miss. She is a silly person who loves writing, photography, food and memes. She wrote for the cover package.

An L.A. boy transported to the South at an early age, Nick Judin began his quest to produce video games at the age of 6. Nick spends his free time writing, reading and playing games. He wrote video game reviews.
















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WHAT WAS THE MOST IMPORTANT LESSON YOU LEARNED AS A TEENAGER? Cameron Compton To respect life, in all its forms. Melanie Kratochvil Thompson Don’t ever be afraid to venture outside of your world. Try something new every chance you get! Brant Bennett If you want something, work hard for it. You are the only person obligated to give you what you want. Carmen Sisson Do the thing you hate first, and put extra effort into it. In my case, I hated math and loved English. My mother forced me to do my math homework first, when my mind was fresh, and to put extra effort into it. I could do my English homework with my eyes closed, and it was a nice reward at the end of the study session. I’m quite sure my mother is the reason I made it through algebra, trigonometry, geometry, pre-calculus and calculus, because I certainly wasn’t talented.


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Allison Reid “If you can dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bulls**t!� —My lovely Biology teacher.

Bobbi Tucker That my parents weren’t trying to ruin my life—that all they did was out of love!

“The JFP Urban Development Manifesto,� by Todd Stauffer

Julie Spencer If you have to lie about it, don’t do it. Your parents love you more than everyone else combined. ... Teased and bullied for being a smart dork? Guess who will be cleaning your house and mowing your yard in 10-15 years? Yep, the bullies. The girl who was bullied and tormented the most at my high school is married to a radiologist with two beautiful children. Living well is the best revenge.

Mississippi Library Commission Books are always there for you.

A cogent and timely manifesto for Jackson. While I would not quibble with any of the eight points, I would suggest that a common misreading of statements like “never focus on a large project when a small project will do� might make the inclusion of a ninth point necessary. First the misreading. Large-scale and long-term planning does not correlate with the scale of individual projects; and yet many people, especially citizens of mid-size cities and towns with limited budgets, conflate the two scales. As a result, those who do not understand the importance of planning and analysis tend to translate meaningful, never-doa-large-project-when-a-small-one-willdo-type statements as, simultaneously, permission to be short-sighted and an excuse to reject ambitious goals as utopian dreams. Jackson, in my view, should aspire to greatness; and that requires big thinking and lots of planning. So, I would humbly suggest a ninth point: Dream. Plan. Analyze. Re-plan. Re-analyze. Imagine a sustainable Jackson of the future; then do the difficult work of plotting out the incremental steps that lie between that vision and the city as it exists today. —jassen

Ashe Nicole Hemphill A relationship ending is NOT the end of the world.

Erin Kelly Things are not always as they seem. Marilynne Nelson Never shoot at something you don’t mean to kill. Duncan Betzalel It doesn’t just magically get better. You have to make it better.

Abigail Dennis Salters That if none of your family likes your boyfriend, it’s probably for a good reason!

Stephanie Harrison-Shuttlesworth If you go out on Saturday night, no matter what time you come in, be prepared to get up for church, no ands, ifs or buts about it.

Dereck Davis I am responsible for me and my future.

Kat Hearn Gates You can do whatever you set your mind to: decide and be diligent.






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Thursday, April 18 TIME names Dr. Hannah Gay, University of Mississippi Medical Center associate professor of pediatrics, to the magazineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual list of the 100 most influential people. â&#x20AC;Ś Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing, kill an MIT police officer during a late-night car chase and gun battle. Tamerlan is killed; Dzhokhar remains at large. Friday, April 19 The U.S. Senate holds a hearing for an immigration bill that could eventually grant citizenship to some 11 million people who are in the U.S. illegally. â&#x20AC;Ś Boston shuts down as thousands of armed officers conduct a manhunt for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Tsarnaev is captured during the night. Saturday, April 20 Demond Flowers, of Jackson, dies in a disturbance at Wilkinson prison in southwest Mississippi prison. â&#x20AC;Ś A magnitude 7 earthquake in Chinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sichuan province leaves 188 dead and more than 11,000 injured. Sunday, April 21 About 30 barges on the Mississippi River near Vicksburg break free and strike the U.S. Highway 80 railroad bridge. One sinks, prompting the Coast Guard to close the river. â&#x20AC;Ś Air traffic controllers begin furloughs resulting from government spending cuts.

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Monday, April 22 Paul Kevin Curtis appears in court for a hearing. FBI investigators reveal that they havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t found ricin or ingredients to make it in Curtisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; home. â&#x20AC;Ś Pakistanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s government says it will not file treason charges against former military ruler Pervez Musharraf.


Tuesday, April 23 Paul Kevin Curtis is released from custody after officials cancel a detention and preliminary hearing without explanation. â&#x20AC;Ś France legalizes gay marriage. Get news updates at





As Rates Soar, Kemperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Investors Cash In by R.L. Nave


fter several credit downgrades and $2.8 billion, bringing the potential overall ed a series of legal challenges, which transgloomy financial forecasts, the bal- cost to near $4 billion. lated into a financial liability. ance sheets of utility companies These moves by Mississippi politicians The Sierra Club has fought the plant constructing a 580-megawatt coal are part of wave of recent good news for the since the beginning, citing the fact that it power plant in eastern Mississippi are im- stockholders of both Mississippi Power and will require mining and burning of lignite proving as their ratepayers are saddled with its Atlanta-based parent company, Southern coal, a soft coal that is abundant in Mississteep price increases. sippi but burns dirtier and In March, the Missisis less energy dense than sippi Public Service Comother coals. In December, mission, which oversees the environmental group utility companies in the lost a challenge in Harrison state, agreed to MissisCounty Chancery Court, sippi Power Companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s but has appealed to the request for a $172 million Mississippi State Supreme rate hike. On March 5, the Court. Robert Wiygul, the three-member PSC voted Sierra Clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attorney, said to allow Mississippi Power the matter would not apraise rates 15 percent in pear before the high-court 2013 and another 3 perjustices before the fall, when cent in 2014. construction on the plant â&#x20AC;&#x153;When it comes to will be near complete. rates, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re allowed to reIn the middle of cover prudent expenses all the legal wrangling, used to produce electricSouthern Co. failed to ity for our customers,â&#x20AC;? said Now close to 85 percent complete, Mississippi Power Co.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kemper meet earnings expectaIGCC plant, which uses some unproven processes, came back from the Mississippi Power spokes- precipice of financial doom with the help of state regulators. tions one year ago. For the man Jeff Shepard. second quarter of 2012, Shepard said the comthe company made $.65 pany has a settlement agreement with the Co. On April 15, Southern announced it per share earnings but had expected earnPSC locks in utility rates for seven years, would pay out a dividend for the 12th con- ings per share of $.70 cents. through 2020. He said the company may secutive year. Southern will release full firstThen, over the summer, a denial of seek one additional rate increase to service quarter financial results April 24. Mississippi Powerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s request for a rate inbond debt. Thomas Fanning, Southernâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chief crease from the Mississippi Public Service The rate-hike approval followed the executive officer, credited the dividend Commission led to a decision to lower Mississippi Legislatureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s approval of a plan with the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;history of providing MPCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s credit rating. In July, Fitch Ratauthorizing Mississippi Power to issue as clean, safe, reliable and affordable electric- ings downgraded Mississippi Powerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s credit much as $1 billion in bonds to cover Kem- ity.â&#x20AC;? But questions about Kemperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clean- rating to â&#x20AC;&#x153;A-â&#x20AC;? from â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aâ&#x20AC;? and changed the per IGCCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s construction costs that exceed ness, reliability and affordability prompt- companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rating outlook from stable FILE PHOTO

Wednesday, April 17 A massive explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, leaves 14 dead and more than 200 injured. â&#x20AC;Ś Police arrest Paul Kevin Curtis, of Corinth, for allegedly sending letters containing poisonous ricin to the president and a senator.







to negative. Fitch cited the plantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s riskiness and escalation in capital costs in its assessment at the time. While the fortunes of Mississippi Power shareholders have improved, its customers continue to feel the pinch. In addition to the direct rate hikes that Mississippi Powerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

customers will see, rural electric cooperatives that buy power wholesale also say they will have to charge their customers more. Meridian-based East Mississippi Electric Power Association said it, too, will have to raise rates on its customers thanks to Kemperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s costs. Starting in May, the coopera-

tive will the raise utility bills of their 37,000 customers by 9.3 percent. EMEPA unsuccessfully appealed the rate increase with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. To help defray some of the costs of the price increases, EMEPA offers free home energy audits and rebates

for energy saving appliances, said spokeswoman Julie Boles. Poor customers can also get help with their Mississippi Power bills through the federal low-income home energy assistance program. Comment at Email R.L. Nave at

Health Cuts Still Loom Despite Obama Plan

Before Gov. Phil Bryant calls a special session, Mississippi hospitals and other healthcare advocates want to educate lawmakers on the importance of the Medicaid program to local economies.

paper advertisements and television and Internet commercials touting the pros of Medicaid expansion. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going into small towns when legislators are home, so people donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think this is just a Jackson political issue,â&#x20AC;? Dortch said. Mississippi contributes $763 million to the Medicaid program, which receives $4.1 billion in combined state and federal support. Once legislators get outside of the hyper-political climate of Jackson and the Mississippi Capitol, they might be more receptive to a pitch about the benefits of Medicaid and the potential calamity that would befall the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economy if the Medicaid program were not reauthorized. Last summer, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld most parts of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, but gave states the choice of opting out of expanding Medicaid eligibility requirements to cover more people. In Mississippi, the Institutions of Higher Learning provided the most frequently cited information about the costs and benefits of Medicaid expansion for

the state. The analysis, released in October 2012, estimates that Medicaid expansion would create more than 9,100 jobs and cost $109.4 million by 2020. Throughout the session, the Democratic minority and the Republican majority have maintained that their side did not wish to politicize Medicaid, but the issue turned out to be nothing but a political football in the Mississippi House. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Herb Frierson, R-Poplarville, accused his Democratic colleagues of â&#x20AC;&#x153;playing a dangerous game of chickenâ&#x20AC;? by blocking efforts to renew Medicaid to force a debate on the merits of expansion. Democrats maintain that they offered a number of olive branches to Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, and to Gov. Bryant, who have thrown up the most obstacles to debating Obamacare. â&#x20AC;&#x153;No groups or organizations have come forward supporting the governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s position. Only our governor and Republican legislative leadership have stood as opposition, stating there are not enough votes

to pass the expansion measure,â&#x20AC;? Minority Leader Bobby Moak, D-Bogue Chitto, told reporters at the end of the session. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These statements stretch credulity, however. If there are insufficient votes to pass expansion, why not allow a debate and an up-or-down vote. Democrats have publicly challenged the Republican leadership, and the silence has been deafening.â&#x20AC;? Backers of Medicaid expansion hope that lawmakers are listening closely to community hospitals and other health-care organizations that represent a significant portion of rural Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economy. In 2009, the American Hospital Association estimated this uncompensated care represented 6 percent of hospitalsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; total expenses, around $40 billion. Compare this to $21.6 billion in 2000. Mississippi Republicans have theorized that taking these away payments would be tantamount to punishing states for failing to expand Medicaid and would, therefore, violate last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Supreme Court decision. Sam Cameron, president of the Mississippi Hospital Association, dismissed that notion. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These cuts are hard-coded in federal law and not subject to wishful thinking,â&#x20AC;? Cameron said in March. Ed Sivak, executive director of the Mississippi Economic Policy Center, said that once lawmakers start hearing the benefits of Medicaid expansion, ideologies will come together to protect the program. Sivak cites a recent rally that drew about 200 people to the Capitol as evidence that Mississippians support Medicaid expansion. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When was the last time you saw a coalition of this much diversity stand together and say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;This is the right thing to doâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;?â&#x20AC;? Sivak asked. Comment at Email R.L. Nave at


resident Barack Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recent recommendation to delay some Medicaid cuts has not deterred the hospitals that rely on the payments or health-care advocates from pushing to expand Medicaid in the state. As part of his budget proposal for the coming year, Obama said Congress should hold off cutting disproportionate-share hospital payments, which help hospitals offset their uncompensated-care costs, originally scheduled to be slashed next year as part of the Affordable Care Act. Republicans in Mississippi celebrated Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s announcement because the fate of DSH payments has been the crucial sticking point in Medicaid negotiations during the recent legislative session. But hospitals, which have the most to lose if Medicaid is not expanded, took the news with a grain of cautious optimism. The Mississippi Hospital Association, which has fought to stave off the inevitable cuts, also welcomed Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s news but warned in a statement: â&#x20AC;&#x153;While delaying the Affordable Care Actâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Medicaid DSH reductions by one year, to 2015, it would deepen the cuts in subsequent years and extend them through 2023.â&#x20AC;? When legislators adjourned the regular session, they did so with the fate of the entire Mississippi Medicaid program in limbo. Gov. Phil Bryant will have to call lawmakers back to Jackson to tackle the problem before July 1. In the meantime, Mississippians who want to protect and expand health care for poor citizens plan to take the fight directly to lawmakersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; hometowns, where they believe the pro-Medicaid argument can gain traction. Jarvis Dortch, program manager with the Mississippi Health Advocacy Program, said the organization is regrouping and stepping up its three-year Roadmap to Reform, which includes an aggressive public-information campaign of news-


by R.L. Nave


TALK | development

Jackson Development: Whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s On First?

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hen it comes to the big development projects in Jackson, political candidates like to express their disapproval with how the mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office and city council handles business. The common misconception is that the mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office has much to do with projects like Farish Street, Old Capitol Green and the proposed downtown arena. Those projects largely fall under the purview of the Jackson Redevelopment Authority, whose board of directors the mayor appoints and city council approves, but neither governs. For what itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worth, one could blame contractors for slow movement on projects, and point fingers at the Legislature for not funding others, such as Jackson State Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s $210 million domed stadium. When it comes to the Farish Street project, the city has little, if any, skin in the game. The project has received federal and state funding since its inception in the late â&#x20AC;&#x2122;90s, which went into road rehabilitation and the street lighting. The JRA owns the buildings, and Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s elected officials have little control over the project. What the mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office can do is issue permits for renovations and development, and it has. Chris Mims, the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s director of communications, says that the mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office has issued $900 million in permits for developments and renovations since 2009. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have ongoing projects we have been involved in (such as the) $57 million Baptist (Hospital) project,â&#x20AC;? Mims said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We offer incentives to developers all the time through small business grant programs and avenues like that.â&#x20AC;? Ward 2 Councilman and mayoral candidate Chokwe Lumumba called the JRA system â&#x20AC;&#x153;backwardâ&#x20AC;? in an interview with the Jackson Free Press last week, saying JRA should cede power back to the mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office and the city council so unelected officials are not making decisions that effect the people. â&#x20AC;&#x153;JRA seems to be the group that is vetting these developers,â&#x20AC;? Lumumba said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;(The city council members) should be the ones doing that, and then take them to JRA. â&#x20AC;Ś The mayor, with consultation from the city council, should be making these decisions. After we decide that, (JRA) should go out and be the ones who sell the bonds and do that type of work.â&#x20AC;? Lumumba said he would look for candidates for the JRA board who would take an expanded view of urban renewal and do their job free of political cronyism. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s people donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a conscious policy on urban renewal,â&#x20AC;? Lumumba said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;Ś Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a hazard, because if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going on


by Tyler Cleveland

The Farish Street project has been a favorite whipping post for mayoral and city council candidates, but the mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have much, if any, skin in the game.

in other parts of the country and what can go right or wrong, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dangerous. If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know where youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going, any road will lead you there.â&#x20AC;? Democratic mayoral challenger Jonathan Lee has been characterized as the probusiness candidate because he owns a business, and he chaired the Jackson Chamber of Commerce, a post that goes hand-in-hand with development. Business heavyweights from the Chamber, Downtown Jackson Partners and other organizations are supporting him. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The idea that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m the developersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; candidate or the idea that I am favored by these guys is completely unfounded,â&#x20AC;? Lee said in an interview with the JFP. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been chairman of the Jackson Chamber of Commerce, no doubt about it, but one of the things that I did during my tenure (there) was to make sure that the Chamber of Commerce sponsor community forums like we do (at Koinonia Coffeehouse) every Friday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have any allegiance to any particular developer. I just want development that makes sense for the entire community, not just for some. ... For far too long, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been doing things to our communities in Jackson, instead of with our communities.â&#x20AC;? Former JSU attorney Regina Quinn developed a subdivision on her own, and thinks city officials should be more aggressive when it comes to attracting developers and convincing them Jackson is a quality place to live and work. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to be business friendly.â&#x20AC;? Quinn said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to be very inviting, and give people what they need that is appropriate in terms of what it is that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re asking. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to be aggressive, extremely aggressive in doing that. I think that the work that I was able to do with the subdivision, and some of the other things that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve

done in life, makes me, I guess, well suited for the job of mayor of this city.â&#x20AC;? Ward 4 Councilman and mayoral hopeful Frank Bluntson says the mayor has more influence than he lets on. Bluntson adds that if he were elected, he would move the project along at a quicker pace. â&#x20AC;&#x153;JRA is afraid of the mayor,â&#x20AC;? Bluntson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t say that, but, you know, when he speaks, they listen. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But the fact is this: I would call in whoever the developer is and let them know that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to have to go to work. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to have to complete Farish Street, and if you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t complete it, let us know. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll go to the city attorney, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll draw up whatever paperwork we need to have drawn up to make sure that we can clear that person out and get somebody else on top of it.â&#x20AC;?

When asked if heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s laying the blame squarely at the feet of the mayor, Bluntson said no, but added that there was more the mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office could do to move projects along. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The problem lies with JRA,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re supposed to be a separate entity, but youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find out itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not. They listen to the mayor. The mayor can still use his bully pulpit to get things done, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d do.â&#x20AC;? Johnson weighed in on Farish Street in a Monday afternoon interview with the JFP. â&#x20AC;&#x153;(We need) an assessment from the developer on the ability to make it happen,â&#x20AC;? Johnson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And that goes for JRA as well as the developer. I think everybody is frustrated at this point â&#x20AC;Ś and what is so frustrating is that people have forgotten how far that project has come. When I was in office before, we did the water lines, sewer lines, landscaping and lighting. This developer has fixed up the outside of the buildings, probably spent $4 (million) to $6 million of state, federal and private money. I think that when people started throwing out dates (for when Farish Street would be open), they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have an appreciation for just how difficult this project would be, working with the historic buildings. You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just go tear down walls; you have to do it to standard, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a costly process.â&#x20AC;? If that assessment the mayor is talking about comes back saying the project is not going to be successful with the current developer, Johnson said they need to step aside or JRA needs to terminate that contract and find a new developer. Comment at Email Tyler Cleveland at






DISH | City Council Candidates

Wright: A Familiar Face by Tyler Cleveland

How can we slow down the crime rate?

JPD needs to work with the boys in the school system. They need to be more visible.

We need to introduce new ideas and cultures to the children and show them what it’s like to live like a thug and how far they are going COURTESY CHARITY ANDERSON WRIGHT


harity Wright has dedicated her last 14 years to working in City Hall in the Jackson City Clerk’s office. Now she is asking for a promotion—to city councilwoman. The 1974 Jim Hill graduate worked as secretary to Ward 4 Councilman Frank Bluntson before losing her job in March because her candidacy for the Ward 4 council was a conflict of interest with her job. “I learned a lot working in City Hall and seeing how much people need help,” Wright said. “People on the other end of the phone need help and I am ready to reach out to help them.” A grandmother of one, who declined to give her age, Wright holds a degree in special education from Alcorn State University. She says she’s ready to be the eyes, ears and voice of Ward 4 residents. “I want to be of service to the people,” Wright said. “When they call my office, they are going to hear my voice. I will see you when you come, I will hear you when you call, and I will be a voice for you.”

their neighborhoods, (and) then we need fast responses from the police department. Sometimes you get people complaining about slow response or no response (from police). We have to get that ironed out and get our police associated with the neighborhood presidents and the block captains. That’s the level I plan to start at. If that doesn’t work, we’ll go to phase two, then phase three and phase four. But we can’t just give up. What can you do from the city council to help bring the dropout rates down and graduation rates up at JPS schools?

Charity Wright wants to serve on the city council to serve the people.

to get with it. We need to show them that the future of thugs is either six feet under or locked up for life. We need the parents to tell us when they see something out of place in

It is a problem. I don’t know if I can do it by myself, but I can do it with help from council colleagues and the JPS by making myself available to the school board to listen to their cries and see what the city can implement to help them. Just one idea I have is… when you see these children, they need to have an ID badge. If you see a child walking down the street and the police stop them, they need to have a badge stating what school he goes to, his parents’ information, his age, date of birth and they need to take them to the detention center (when they catch them skipping school). They need to contact the parents and tell them: “We picked up your

child, you need to come get them.” The system will have a program designed to work with these kids. A lot of the problems with these kids are at home. Not all of them. The economy is in such bad shape that the parents have to work two and three jobs and that leaves the kids at home by themselves. They hear what they want to hear and see what they want to see on TV, but there’s no development going on at home because mom and dad aren’t there and they need help with their child. We need… to show these children that dropping out is not the answer. Learn to read and write and multiply and divide and make something out of yourself. The teachers need to know how to teach and reach these children. … We need tutoring programs in the schools that will take the time to work with our children and help them in the areas where they are weak. They should be given weekly and monthly reports to the parents or guardians and school counselors on how these kids are progressing. We need to work out a system to help these children. Read the full interview and other candidate interviews at Email reporter at

Wilson: Engaging our Youth by Tyler Cleveland

How can we make Jackson into a more appealing place to live and keep our young talent?

take their kids and do these things. What we do here at Genesis and Life is to have functions that involve our kids and keep them on the right path. We do a full-scale stage play dealing with issues that appeal to them, like alcohol, drugs and bullying. … We’ve performed these plays at the Alamo Theater, the medical mall and here. We’ve had as many as 300-400 people who have attended. The other thing we do is let the kids take (the play) to the schools and perform for their peers. We need more events like that, under the umbrella of the city, so we can do more for our young people. What’s your message to voters ofWard 3?

Albert Wilson founded Genesis and Light Center to reach out to children in low-income areas and give them an outlet.

How can we keep kids from dropping out of school?

We have to engage our kids and give them something to do. That’s one thing that’s missing in Jackson. We don’t have enough outlets for our kids. I’m talking about movie

TV or getting caught up with the internet. It doesn’t even have to be an attraction. It could be something like a shopping mall. Kids love to shop. Lake Hico is a lake right here in my ward that I would like to see used more efficiently. We have a zoo. We have golf world over here. The only other places we have are in Madison and parents don’t have the means to

Eighty percent of our ward is not engaged. I hear them that they are not voting because they are not happy with what is going on, and they think by just not showing up they are kicking back against the system. That isn’t the way to bring about change. … I want to encourage people to vote. There are too many people who have gone through too much to give you the opportunity to vote for you to not vote. Read the full interview and other candidate interviews at Email reporter at 11

We have to bring more arts programs to the city and market our art programs that we have going on right now. There’s a lot of different arts programs we have going on and museums downtown. We need to expose our community as a whole to the arts. Not just the kids, but also the adults. The out-of-town shows and programs that come in are sometimes too expensive, especially for our people in Ward 3, so what the city needs to do is offer grants and scholarships and try to market some of our local artists and showcase our local talent. The city could be sponsoring some of these events and spearheading them.

theaters, skating rinks, and functions for our teens like dances and other things they like to do versus roaming the streets, watching TRIP BURNS


lbert Wilson has spent his adult life trying to reach out to the next generation. Now he wants to reach them from the Jackson City Council. The 47-year-old candidate for the Ward 3 seat is the founder of Genesis and Light Center on State Street in the Georgetown community in North Jackson, a nonprofit, community-based organization who self-proclaimed goal is to address obstacles confronting at-risk youth and their families. Wilson started Genesis and Light in 1992 in Aurora, Ill., but moved the organization back to his hometown of Jackson in March 1994. The program targets kids in the Virden Addition, Georgetown and Shady Oaks communities, whose families face financial burdens. Wilson was born in Ward 3 on Brown Street, and lives in the area with his wife of 18 years, Kim, his son, Bryson, and his two daughters, Brittney and Victoria. He graduated from Wingfield High School in 1984, holds a bachelor’s degree from Jackson State University (class of ‘89) and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in education from Mississippi College.

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Thalia Mara Plans $5.5 Million Renovation by Dustin Cardon



ackson’s Thalia Mara Hall will nership and the Jackson Chamber of Com- ial ecosystem of digital communications begin a $5.5 million renovation merce sponsored the ribbon-cutting event, companies--are launching a free five-topic in January, thanks in part to the and JSU’s Sonic Boom of the South march- social media webinar series to help small state Legislature’s $1 million ap- ing band performed. businesses leverage and grow through social propriation. For more information, call the media tools such as Facebook, Twitter, YouThe hall will use funding from corpora- Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership at Tube, blogs and mobile marketing. tions, foundations, stakeholders and individ- 601-948-7575. Social media is proving more and more ual supporters to leverage and vital in helping small busimatch the grant. The Friends nesses grow and create jobs. of Thalia Mara Hall Charitable It provides the opportunity to Fund of the Community Founbuild deeper relationships with dation of Greater Jackson will customers, increases sales and raise and manage the funding. reach new markets in a cost-efMayor Harvey Johnson ficient manner. Jr. said in a statement that the This webinar series will renovations will not only boost help small businesses develop the visitor experience, but it a comprehensive social-media will have an economic impact plan that is engaging and efon the downtown area and fective with maximum return Jackson. on investment. “Visitors will be able to The first webinar, “Insee the differences of Thalia troduction to Social Media: Mara Hall through the lobby, Helping You Get Started,” is interior, restroom upgrades, Thalia Mara Hall will begin a $5.5 million renovation in January, April 24 at 1 p.m. The webinar and modernization of the thanks in part to the Legislature’s $1 million appropriation. includes topics such as: what concessions and lower lobby,” social media is and isn’t; why it’s Johnson said. “These renovaimportant to get involved; sotions will attract more patrons to the facil- State Improves Film Incentives cial media demographics; best practices; and ity, increasing revenue in Jackson.” Gov. Phil Bryant recently signed a bill getting started. to improve Mississippi’s Motion Picture InTo register, visit the SBA website City Awards Business Grants City centive Program. The bill establishes higher ( Future webinars include: BlogMayor Johnson will award the High caps, additional payroll incentives and ex- ging 101; Creating Content for FaceStreet Hotel Group with the city’s second pands the definition of eligible productions. book, YouTube and Twitter; Identifying Special Economic Development Grant in It is effective immediately. and Connecting with your Influencers; the amount of $50,000. “This legislation strengthens Mississip- and Getting Started with Mobile and LoThe High Street Hotel Group will pi’s position in the multi-billion dollar film cation-based Marketing. spend up to $2 million to renovate the va- industry and will help us compete for new cant structure previously occupied by Holi- economic opportunities in this sector,” Bry- State’s CEO Pay Last in the Nation day Inn Express located at 310 Greymont ant said in a statement. A recent report from the Bureau of Ave. The grant will provide financial assisThe new legislation raises the per-proj- Labor Statistics revealed that CEO pay in tance toward facade upgrades. ect rebate limit to $10 million per produc- Mississippi is the lowest in the country. The SEDG provides grants of up to tion and raises the salary cap to include the Mississippi CEOs make an average $50,000 to companies that invest at least first $5 million of any individual salary. It of $103,730 a year, as compared to the $1.5 million in the city and hire 30 or establishes a 5 percent bonus on the salary $210,000 per year in top-ranked Connectimore employees. of any honorably discharged veteran of the cut and the $176,000 national average. The High Street Hotel Group plans U.S. Armed Forces. The legislation also adds Blake Wilson, president and chief exto hire 25 full-time employees and 20 part- computer and video games to the list of eli- ecutive officer of the Mississippi Economic time employees. gible productions. Council, said in a statement that Mississippi’s The city will also award two Storefront The annual rebate cap of $20 mil- lack of a Fortune 500 company based in the Improvement Grants: State Street BBQ at lion is still in place as well as the $50,000 state plays a large part in the low average. 906 State St. will receive $2,000; and Uni- minimum spend required for incentive “If you get one or two Fortune 500 versity Place Bar and Grill on the Jackson program qualification. CEOs, they skew the numbers way up,” State University campus at 1100 J.R. Lynch Sen. John Horhn, D-Jackson, and Rep. Wilson said. St. will receive $7,500. Rita Martinson, R-Madison, introduced the Wilson noted that the median pay legislation, which received near unanimous rate provides a more accurate measureBowling Alley for West Jackson support in the state Legislature. ment of what a typical CEO makes. MisJackson State University announced For more information, visit sissippi still ranks last in the nation in methe opening of Metro 24 Bowling Center, call 601-359-3297 or email dian pay, but compares favorably to other Arcade & Grill, located near campus at 3003 low earners such as Montana, Idaho and John R. Lynch St. Formerly the Cotton Bowl Wyoming. Mississippi also ranks last in Lanes, the refurbished bowling alley’s grand Social Media for Business average overall wages at $35,000 per year. opening was today, April 23, at 11 a.m. The U.S. Small Business AdministraSend your business news to news@jack The Greater Jackson Chamber Part- tion and the W20 Group--an entrepreneur-

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iss Doodle Mae: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because of the recent escalation of bombings in Boston, Mass., and explosions in West, Texas, Jojo asked me to organize an emergency staff meeting. Miss Wanda, a new senior-citizen staff member, was quite nervous about this recent trend of violence in America. She wanted to take a sick day to calm her nerves. Instead, she decided to face her fears and attend todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s staff meeting at Jojoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Discount Dollar Store. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I now give up the floor so that Jojo can speak.â&#x20AC;? Jojo: â&#x20AC;&#x153;In times like these, I reflect on the many unfortunate events we have experienced over the last 50 years. The baby-boom generation should already know them. I remember some tragic bombing events in American cities like Birmingham, Tulsa and New York City. Many times Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve watched newscasters announce assassinations of great leaders. Also, I realize that we live in a violent society where people want to live peacefully. And as long as we live, love, play and work, we must endure the evil of this world and do our best to eliminate it with good. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m happy to see the loyal Jojoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Discount Dollar Store staff always ready to serve the people during this time of madness and sadness. Also, I advise you all to pray for the victims and do what you can to end evil and inhumanity in this society.â&#x20AC;? Miss Doodle Mae: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jojoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s words calmed the worried staff. Now, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to open up Jojoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Discount Dollar Store, where everything is still a dollar, despite the madness.â&#x20AC;?

Kemper Shareholders Should Share Pain


April 24 - 30, 2013



Why it stinks: Far be it from us to denigrate someone for past bad behavior, especially someone who has managed to make a good life from a rough past. Fondren, who grew up poor in Mississippi, is reportedly one of 13 children. As it happens, she had a baby at age 14, but still managed to get her GED and go to technical school. The job her credentials qualified her for barely paid more than minimum wage, though, and the â&#x20AC;&#x153;glamourâ&#x20AC;? of Nevadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s legal prostitution trade probably looked like a reasonable career choice at the time. She doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t regret her past, Fondren said eventually, after first denying the reports of her Nevada past when they surfaced in the press. Fondren and her husband built businesses together, she volunteers in the community, she has traveled and raised a family. But the experience should serve as a cautionary tale for anyone with ambitions for public office: Use what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Publicâ&#x20AC;? means just thatâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s past and present will become an open book should you decide to run for office. Best to come clean up front, or seriously consider remaining a private citizen.


ith a series of court fights and regulatory uncertainty mostly behind them, Mississippi Power Co.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stockholders will get a clear picture of the utility companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s financial wellbeing at a first-quarter earnings call on Wednesday, April 24. If recent trends hold up, it could be a good day for shareholders of MPC and its parent, Southern Co. MPCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 582-megatwatt Kemper IGCC coalfired power plant is now more than 80 percent complete. Since January, Southernâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stock price has risen steadily from just above $42 in January to around $48.50 this week. Last week, Southern announced that it would pay out a dividend for the 12th consecutive year. Stock awards bolstered incomes of Mississippi Power executives who earned $5 million in compensation in 2012. Edward Day, MPCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chief executive officer, saw his base salary and stock awards go from $694,660 in 2011 to $721,652 in 2012. Investors are likely breathing a sigh of relief at the positive motion. This time last year, it seemed that Kemper was dragging Mississippi Power and Southern over a financial cliff. Two separate credit agencies downgraded the utilitiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; credit ratings amid an ongoing dispute with environmental advocates and strident coal foes, the Sierra Club. A win against the Sierra Club and action by Mississippi officials seems to have stopped the bleeding. But as the profit picture gets rosier for MPCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s investors, its ratepayers have far less to celebrate.

In addition to Mississippi legislatorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; authorizing the Kemper companies to issue up to $1 billion in bonds on the $2.8 billion plant, the Mississippi Public Service Commission signed off on a 15-percent electric-rate increase on customers, effective immediately. The decision also affected nonprofit rural electric cooperatives, which maintain their own infrastructure but purchase electricity wholesale from MPC. One such organization, East Mississippi Electric Power Association, cited the Kemperrelated rate increase for having to raise rates on its 37,000 customers by 9.3 percent. Mississippi Power argues that state law empowers the company to recover prudent costs through rate hikes, but we question the prudence, to say nothing of the fairness, of stacking the burden of paying for Kemper on the backs of ratepayers, in a county where more than 20 percent of families and people over 65 live below the poverty line. The imbalance seems even more unjust considering the spoils coming to investors and top executives if Wall Street continues rewarding Southern Company. We understand that to meet Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s energy needs, especially in sweltering southern states like Mississippi that use a disproportionate share of the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s electricity, everyone is going to have to pay more for power. But it is wrong for investors and executives to reap large dividends while forcing customers to bear the full brunt of that responsibility.

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few weeks ago the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on Proposition 8, the California law banning same-sex marriage, and the Defense of Marriage Act, the law Congress passed in 1996 that defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman. As public opinion on the issue of â&#x20AC;&#x153;gay marriageâ&#x20AC;? swiftly moves toward the belief that it is a civil right rather than a â&#x20AC;&#x153;specialâ&#x20AC;? right, we are witnessing the long arc of history bend toward justiceâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;literally. I have been scouring the blogosphere for a meaningful breakdown of how the justices might rule, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve read every op-ed I could find. Opinions range from cautiously optimistic to spiking the ball in the end zone. I find no comfort in putting my dream for equality in the hands of nine strangers. But no matter what we learn in June, the fact is that DOMA and Prop 8 are unconstitutional. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a schism that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem to fall along party lines. The divide is real, but shrinking. A recent ABC/Washington Post poll shows that the majority of Americans support same-sex marriageâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; and a whopping 81 percent of voters under 30 support it. Who are the standouts when it comes to opposing marriage equality? Older, white evangelicals who still believe in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ozzie and Harrietâ&#x20AC;? family model. These believers in traditional marriage cling to a Norman Rockwell image of life with a generous sprinkling of scripture. The reality is that we are in a bitter fight about what â&#x20AC;&#x153;familyâ&#x20AC;? means. The opposition to marriage equality seems to have stopped trying to paint us as sexual deviants. In doing so, they painted themselves into the proverbial corner with the argument that marriage is about procreation. Now, putting aside the fact that not all heterosexual couples will or can spawn offspring, the shocking reality is that gays and lesbians can procreate. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right: If my partner Justin and I wanted to make a baby, there is a way to do that. Sure, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a costly endeavor that involves a surrogate and an attorney, but it can be done. The last presumed strongholdâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the â&#x20AC;&#x153;threat to the American familyâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;proves to be nothing more than messaging, and that leads to the irrefutable truth that the sole intent of drafting, passing and signing DOMA and Prop 8 into law is to pass moral judgment on gays and lesbians. Nate Silver, the statistician who correctly predicted the outcome of last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s presidential election, recently applied his witchcraft to the topic of marriage equality. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s his

estimation that Mississippi will likely be the last state to approve same-sex marriage, and the best guess is that it will be in 2030, when Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m 63. Now, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not saying thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s old; Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m saying I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to wait that long. As Justice Kennedy opined, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no shortage of â&#x20AC;&#x153;politicians falling over themselvesâ&#x20AC;? to evolve on the subject. Former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove penned an op-ed revealing his disapproval of our states amendment to ban gay couples from joint adoptions and his belief that gays and lesbians should have the right to marry. Sadly, former Gov. Haley Barbour, who signed our same-sex marriage ban into law, chooses to side with the 81 percent of Mississippians who were against same-sex marriage 10 years ago. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to believe that in that time, Barbour has seen no examples of same-sex loving families that could benefit from a legally binding marriage. Would that Mr. Barbourâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;world viewâ&#x20AC;? include the understanding that religious convictions should not be forced onto others by a voter referendum. Same-sex couples can partner and â&#x20AC;&#x153;play house,â&#x20AC;? but we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be recognized as families. We can sire offspring or adopt jointly, in some states, but we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t count on the state and federal laws that strengthen â&#x20AC;&#x153;normalâ&#x20AC;? families. We are not welcome to pose for our own version of Norman Rockwellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Thanksgiving meal. We are not real. But the Williams Institute found that Mississippi has more same-sex parents per capita in 2010 than any other state in the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;families that need the benefits and protections our state and federal governments provide to heterosexual parents. If strengthening families is a true conservative belief, then donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t our families deserve the same benefits and protections as everyone elseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s family? The Supreme Court has stepped in and corrected wrongs in the past. Certainly, this would be such a time. Now that most of America appears ready to accept that kind of intervention, it seems to me to be the best course of action. If DOMA passed, as the record shows, with the intent to pass moral judgment on homosexuals, then its not much of a stretch to say that every state that has banned same-sex marriage did so with the same intent. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just my humble opinion, but my better half agrees. And we are family. Eddie Outlaw is co-owner of the William Wallace Salon in Fondren. He spends most of his time trying not to embarrass his sweet Delta mother on


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If kids are our future, we have a lot to look forward to as the 16 young people chosen as this year’s Amazing Teens grow into adulthood. Although they come from across the metro and pursue varied interests and activities, they all have one thing in common: big dreams and the tenacity to pursue them, full force. Some are taking their skills out of state, to show the folks at MIT and Vanderbilt what Jackson, Miss., has to offer. Others are sticking around, to make a difference in the city they call home. Either way, prepare to be amazed.


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one are the days when only adults protested in the wake of civil unrest. Though Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and Medgar Evers have passed on, today’s hellraisers come in smaller packages. Two local activists are sisters: 15-year-old Kayla Roberts and 16-year-old Sarah Roberts. Their mission is to protect women’s right to choose, which they do by volunteering at the Jackson’s Women’s Health Organization, serving as escorts to patients. “We started this January, shortly after the Roe vs. Wade anniversary,” Sarah says. The organization offers family-planning services, which include but are not limited to pregnancy testing, gynecology exams and abortions. Because they offer abortions, JWHO faces harsh criticism from anti-abortion protesters. “Hearing the antis’ judgments of the women entering the clinic is the hardest part. They tell them that they’re going to hell, and God won’t forgive them,’’ Kayla says, adding that she has personally suffered tongue lashings from the angry mobs. “They tell me that I’m going to hell, and that I am a disgrace to God.” Both sisters say that the upsides to it all, though, are the looks of relief from patients, and that they get to help their mom, Laurie Bertram Roberts, president of the Mississippi National Organization for Women. “We don’t want her to be there by herself, and if we don’t do it (escort the patients), who will?” Sarah says. These teens are not only amazing because of their courage, but for their academic achievements and civil engagement as well. Kayla and Sarah are both home-schooled— Sarah takes college-level courses in addition to her regular course work. They serve as co-chairs of Mississippi NOW’s Young Feminist Movement; volunteer as clinic escorts eight hours a day, three days a week; maintain a baby-sitting business; and are active in the American Civil Liberties Union. In their downtime, you could probably catch the teens hanging out at Sneaky Beans in Fondren. Sarah likes to listen to show tunes and opera, or watch quirky science-fiction films. Kayla writes poetry—she won second place at the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Poetry & Art Slam back in 2012. For more info on their cause, visit the National Organization for Women Facebook page.

CARGIN MADISON by Bethany Bridges


argin Madison’s resume could compete with many college graduates’. At age 16, he presides as sophomore class president and is a member of the band and choir at Jim Hill High School. He also serves as a peer mediator in the T.A.P. program (Talk About the Problem), a volunteer at the Boys & Girls Club, a youth adviser for the Children’s Defense Fund’s Cradle to Prison Pipeline Campaign and is the soundman for his church. It may seem impossible for a 17-yearold to maintain high scholastic achievement in school while being a catalyst for social change— but for this amazing teen who manages to maintain a 3.0 GPA—it’s all in a day’s work. Madison’s niche for activism is simply a reflection of his personality. “He’s always been a helper,” his mom, Stephanie Madison, says. “He’s the type of kid that likes to make sure everyone is in order, and he’s always willing to help.” Cargin Madison recognizes the role his extracurriculars play in shaping him. “I enjoy being actively involved in making a positive difference in society,” he says. “If I wasn’t involved in positive things, who knows what I’d be doing? … That’s why I’m dedicated to doing the right things.” Madison’s helping hands will touch lives well beyond his high school years. He plans to attend either Southern University or the University of Mississippi for a bachelor’s degree in biology. Afterward, he hopes to attend the University of Mississippi Medical Center for medical school. Ultimately, Madison plans to become a pediatrician.


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ipreuna Church loves children. Her face lights up as she speaks energetically of her dream to pursue a career in pediatric nursing. She doesn’t have to wait to make a difference in kids’ lives, however. In addition to dance team, track, soccer, and balancing her advancedplacement-heavy classwork while staying in the top 20 of her class, Church manages to volunteer with Toys for Tots. She also takes care of kids, emphasizing how much she adores newborns. She hopes to work specifically with them. Church also works with JPS Girls Rock, a program Miss JSU Sarah Brown created (Cipreuna calls her “big sister”). JPS Girls Rock tours the Jackson Public Schools system letting girls know how much they matter, and how they can change their lives for the better. Brown met Church at Callaway High School through Girls Rock, and gives insight on Church’s impact on those around her. “I’ve seen (Cipreuna) step up and be a leader in her school, no matter what hardships she faces,” Brown says. In fact, Church will act as a mentor in the JPS Girls Rock camp this summer at Jackson State University, finding yet another outlet for her eagerness to be involved. Her favorite teacher, Stacey Bailey, who teaches math at Callaway, inspires her because Bailey “really cares and wants to help you,” Church says. Church says she would like to one day “give back to group homes for kids without moms.” Helping her single mom raise her younger siblings (two sisters and one brother) while her mother worked two jobs inspired Church to work hard. “You can do anything you put your mind to, no matter what people think,” Church says.


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ne afternoon I received a text from my aunt about an exceptional young man that had been doing some yard work for her. Later, she sent a letter to me that included this: “During the early part of the summer (a few years ago), I was suffering from severe arthritis and needed someone to mow my yard. Gary assisted me and made sure that my yard was in immaculate condition during the time, which is almost unheard of for young men in today’s time. … This young man is not only a pillar to the community but one who needs to be recognized as an example for other young men to emulate.” Gary Gray, 15, moved to Canton from Little Rock, Ark., with his parents, when his dad became Mississippi’s national service director for the Disabled American Veterans organization. Gray is currently a freshman at Germantown High School where he is a honor-roll student and a cadet corporal in the Jr. ROTC, in which he was recently awarded student of the month. “The program teaches you overall how to be a better citizen … morals and values … it makes you the best person you can be whether you go into the military or work as a civilian,” he says. This summer he will attend Jr. ROTC camps in San Diego and Anniston, Ala. Outside of school, Gray is an active member of his church, New Jerusalem, where he volunteers and has been in the youth choir for the last two years. His most rewarding volunteer experience was when his church packed brown-bag lunches and gave them out to kids in the Jackson neighborhoods surrounding the New Jerusalem church campuses. Gray is also a talented athlete who has been doing gymnastics for almost two years. He participates in the parallel bars, vault, rings, pommel horse, high bar and floor. “I have always had a passion for flipping. When I found out what gymnastics was, I loved to flip in the backyard and teach myself how to do tricks. Once I found out it was a sport—that I could go in and be taught to do things correctly—I was so into it,” he says. He has aspirations to compete in the Olympics one day and is working hard to accomplish that goal. He trains at Courthouse Gymnastics in Flowood, and this summer will be at the gym for three-hour practices, four days a week. “I’m kind of starting late compared to people who’ve been doing it since they were 3 years old. … Because I’m older, I use what I already can do to advance as quickly as I can,” he says. In March, Gary competed in a level-five gymnastics competition and won the title of state champion in his division.


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ervant leaders aren’t born, they’re created. Kayley Scruggs, 18, was born in Atlanta, Ga., but relocated to Jackson at a young age. She is a senior at Northwest Rankin High School and is the president of the math-based service club, Mu Alpha Theta. She is also a member of the National Honor Society and the Key Club, where she won the distinguished service award for obtaining more than 150 service hours— three times the required amount. Scruggs also enjoys spreading her service beyond school. She volunteers at hospitals, The Mustard Seed, and Stewpot Community Services. “I am most passionate about helping others,” she says. Scruggs, along with other students from Northwest Rankin and Jim Hill high schools, participates in “Better Together,” a program that attempts to erase racial conflicts in the school system. Through the program, she helps other teens reach understanding through honest conversation, release tension and rid stereotypes about various groups of students. Scruggs also traveled to Jamaica to do service learning in an orphanage. “I have found the perfect balance in going to work to save for college, rigorous school courses, and finding time to do things I am passionate about,” she says. She has been accepted at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., where she will study nursing. She plans to become a midwife. “Getting into Emory was a very proud moment,” Scruggs says. When Scruggs isn’t involved with school, work, or service learning, she enjoys writing, the outdoors and music.



ames Holt Crews Jr. is a jackof-all-trades. Crews, the son of James Holt and Sidney Crews, is a 10th-grade student at Jackson Preparatory School who has been on the honor roll for the past four years. He is the oldest of three children (five if you include his furry family members). Crews, 16, originally hails from Tennessee. He moved to Mississippi when he was 2 years old. He found his calling when he spent 10 months in Belize with his father, who was working at a clinic. Crews hopes to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a surgeon, dedicated to bettering the lives of others. In junior high, Crews was in the Junior Honor Society and Chi Alpha Mu, a mathematics honor society, where he received the prestigious national Danforth Award for outstanding character in the 9th grade. He also joined the National Honor Society upon entering high school at Jackson Prep. His favorite subjects include math and science, which will prepare him for the career path he intends to pursue. This hard-working student has an impressive 4.0 grade point average. He hopes to attend Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., upon graduation from high school. Outside school, Crews is a proud participant in the National Eagle Scout Association as well as Youth Leadership Jackson, a program of the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership. There, he develops his leadership skills and builds strong character. In his spare time, he loves to hunt and fish, and play golf, guitar and banjo.




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orretta Denise Williams is celebrating her senior year with joy and determination to succeed. Williams, 18, lives in Jackson. She attends Pleasant Valley Missionary Baptist Church with her parents, Ivory and Rose Williams. She sings in the “Soul of Provine” school choir, is a student council representative, participates in Students Against Violence Everywhere, the Not Here Club, Beta Club and JROTC. Recently Williams received the “Scholastic Excellence” award at Provine High School. The school district superintendent presents the award to the JROTC cadet with the utmost excellence in each JPS school. Williams also received first place across the district for the “Why Did I Enroll in JROTC?” essay contest. Williams is on the honor roll and a proud member of the National Honor Society. She received the pre-calculus achievement award and Spanish II award. Students voted her as Miss Provine High School 2012-2013, as well as “Most School Spirited.” In her time outside school, Williams enjoys hanging out with friends, talking and spending time with her family. She likes to sing and is learning to play electric guitar. Her motto is: “If God is for you, who can be against you?” She admires her father and aims to be successful like him. Her first step in chasing her dream will begin this fall when she matriculates at Mississippi Valley State University where she will study accounting. “If you believe in your dreams and goals, no one can keep you from them,” she says.



t the home of the Falcons, senior Richelle Smith is soaring to new heights. Smith, 17, is the student body president at Wingfield High School. She also served her school as class representative her junior year. Smith is a member of the Mu Alpha Zeta math honor society, the National Honors Society and an Entergy Ambassador. Selected when entering from middle school, ambassadors must be on the honor roll and maintain a high grade point average. As an ambassador, Smith helps out around her school—this year she helped decorate the cafeteria. As an alto in the school’s choir, Smith competed in the Mississippi High School Activities Association District VI Choral Festival hosted by Pearl High School in February. Forty-four choirs and ensembles representing 20 schools competed in the District VI event. Wingfield scored marks of excellent for their performance. Smith also likes to volunteer at health and wellness walks and helping with Habitat for Humanity. Through her church, God’s Refuge Christian Fellowship Center, she serves as a hostess, helps with hospitality, and participates in the choir and praise dance team. Her friends would describe her as smart, goofy, a good person to talk to and that she loves to laugh. Wingfield’s 11th- and 12th-grade math teacher, Alexander Barrett, nominated Smith. “Richelle is trustworthy, hard-working and generous,” he says of his student of two years. “She is extremely motivated, holding herself to high standards in her behavior and academics and working very hard to meet those standards. Richelle is competitive but not at the expense of others—she is always willing to help a classmate work through a difficult problem.” After graduation, Smith plans to attend Jackson State University and major either in accounting or social justice. She became interested in social justice through her African American studies and U.S. History classes. She also had the opportunity to talk to representatives from the American Civil Liberties Union, which piqued her interest because she “likes how they do things.”


t first glance, Graeme Campbell seems like an average 17-year-old Murrah High School student, wearing loose fitting jeans, sneakers and a hoodie. Only after realizing that his hoodie is emblazoned with the letters MIT—for famed university Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which he will attend this fall—do you get a hint of the brilliance in this young man. Campbell is the kind of talker whose speed and intelligence transfixes those who spend time with him. He speaks rapid-fire about biology, physics and public policy. Campbell plays on the varsity soccer team and is a member of Murrah’s debate and quiz bowl team. He also is a member of the Base Pair Program at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, where he does research on the influenza virus. Campbell hopes to be able to manipulate the virus into attacking cells in the human body that we do not want, such as plaque or cancerous cells. What gets him most excited is MIT where he’s wanted to go to since freshman year. He credits the admissions website as being “the best.” “When you’re a kid, you wonder, ‘What will college be like?’ So I would go to the MIT website and read student blogs, and that’s what really sold me,” he says. A visit to a MIT fraternity house where he saw a member shattering wine glasses with sound also helped sway his decision, he says. Campbell looks forward to being challenged by MIT’s famously intense curriculum, such as the infamous junior physics lab. “It’s supposed to be the hardest class at MIT,” he says.

DRAKE BENEKE by ShaWanda Jacome


sk 16-year-old Drake Beneke about his faith, and he emphatically says: “It’s everything! If you don’t have God in your life, you don’t have anything.” A sophomore at Jackson Academy, Drake is the son of Jill and Richard Beneke. This school year, Drake joined Youth Leadership Jackson. Working with the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership, the program trains and motivates selected high school sophomores and juniors through leadership training, community-oriented seminars and interaction with adult leaders. The goal is to expose young leaders to the various elements that combine to form a strong and dynamic metropolitan area. Through the program, Drake has had to opportunity to volunteer at the Salvation Army, visit the jail in downtown Jackson, meet with a sheriff and learned how he can help his fellow Jacksonians. Drake has been a member of Christ United Methodist Church since birth where he has served in roles as a confirmation leader, a discipleship group leader, and participated summit groups. As a mentor to younger children, he helps them learn more about God, the Bible, how to be more Christ-like and helps them with troubles they may be facing in their lives. At JA, he is on the golf, cross country and basketball teams. He is also a member of the chess and French club. After graduation, Drake hopes to attend college at the University of Mississippi or go out-of-state to study law or engineering. Currently, he works as an administrative assistant for the Jackson-based IT consulting and systems integration firm, the Pileum Corporation where his mother is the president and CEO. During the summer he enjoys traveling to Michigan and Illinois with his family—he is one of seven children. He says that his greatest inspiration comes from his father and his grandfather. “My grandfather passed away about three years ago, and it’s been hard without him. He was a great guy. He started off with nothing and he made something out of himself. He was a strong Christian and that’s what I hope to be when I grow up,” he says.


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ourteous and soft-spoken, Benjamin Quinn will give the Wingfield High School graduation speech on May 28 at the Mississippi Coliseum as this year’s valedictorian. Quinn, 18, is nervous about speaking in front of friends, family and well-wishers, but it is an honor he has earned by maintaining the highest grade point average, 3.85, in his senior class of 164 students. He cites his mom, Dominica, as the driving force behind his success. “She always pushes me … she wants me to do my best to be successful,” he says. A Jackson native, Quinn participates in several activities at his school: football, student government and the National Honor Society. He is also the senior class vice president and part of the Entergy Ambassadors program. As an ambassador, he volunteers and serves the students at his school. This year he mentored 9th and 10th graders on “how things work” around the school. When asked how his friends would describe him, Quinn says they would say he is “funny, easy to get along with, always a hard-worker, (… I) love doing my work—my favorite subject is math. Anything they need help with, I’d gladly help them with.” Wingfield 11th- and 12th-grade math teacher Alexander Barrett nominated Benjamin because of his exceptional good nature and maturity. “Both teachers and classmates can count on him to exercise good judgment or lend a helping hand. He is very bright and a natural leader in class and on the football team, but in spite of all his accomplishments, Ben is very modest,” Barrett says.




lizabeth Nichols, 18, is the kind of friendly smart girl you talk to for hours, laughing about teachers and chatting about what she’s excited about for college. (“The food,” Nichols says). She seems like a pretty average teen until she lets it slip that her research on breast-cancer victims is going to get published in a medical journal. The Murrah High School senior did her research with the UMMC Base Pair program on breast-cancer victims, tracking mortality rates with public records like the U.S. Census. After mapping her results, she proved that women who are racial minorities or living in a lower-income areas are more likely to die from breast cancer. She credits Base Pair, a biomedical research mentorship program, with giving her passion for medicine, which she will have the chance to peruse at Vanderbilt. After being rejected from her choice school, Yale University, she was unsure where she would end up for college. However, after attending Vanderbilt’s multicultural program, Nichols was sold. “I just met so many interesting people, and from all over the world” she gushed. A girl who is always ready with a playful grin, it is easy to see why students elected her as their student body president. She also really loves being the head of the yearbook staff, and credits her community of smart students around her for a healthy sense of academic competition.


organ Buchanan’s schedule eats your schedule for breakfast. “I’m so busy right now,” she says. “I don’t have time anymore.” Buchanan, 16, is a junior at Madison Central High School. She is a cheerleader, a model, a “Bombshell Girl” for local clothing boutique Pink Bombshell, is active in the community, and participates in many high school clubs and organizations, such as Beta Club and yearbook staff. “I haven’t been able to sleep in for a while until recently,” she says. As a Bombshell Girl, she models for photo shoots at the Renaissance in Ridgeland and does fashion shows and other benefit events for the Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital and the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi. Her work with diabetes hits especially close to home with her because at the age of 43, her father, David, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. “It was really shocking and nerve-wracking when he got it,” she says. “He’s not overweight. He didn’t have it as a child, so 43 is kind of random.” Along with diabetes awareness, she does some work to raise awareness for scoliosis, or abnormal curvature of the spine, which she was diagnosed with around age 12. After seeing her sister Jolie’s spine change from the disorder, Morgan’s parents adamantly checked her for any changes in her spine until one day, they noticed a bend. Shortly after that discovery, an orthopedic surgeon diagnosed her with scoliosis. To combat the spinal changes, she constantly stood up straight. She says that her mom would push her shoulders back to remind her. Buchanan’s career goal is to get a degree in aeronautics from Mississippi State University and then become a commercial pilot for Delta Airlines. “I just love traveling,” she says. “I want to grow up and be a pilot that gets up and goes to Atlanta, and that’s when the day starts. You know, one day I’ll fly to Tokyo. The next day I’ll be in London. I don’t want to sit in an office every day for the rest of my life.”

ax Harrigill is not your typical 14year-old boy. He is a junior in high school, carrying a load of five AP classes (biology, Latin, U.S. government, calculus, and English-language and composition) at Madison Ridgeland Academy—all while maintaining a 4.93 grade point average. Harrigill skipped fifth and eighth grade along with his twin sister, Tori. “Not only is Max smart, he is a caring and genuinely nice person. … He always has a smile on his face and is always very nice and polite to everyone he meets, in every situation. He is a hard worker and a self-starter. He is very determined,” she says. In addition to his studies, Harrigill is co-president of the Latin club and a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Zeta math honor society and the tennis team. He stays just as busy outside school, participating in Youth Leadership Jackson, the Governor’s Youth Advisory Council and the Madison County Junior Youth Ambassadors, as well as volunteering with his family. Last summer he attended the National Youth Leadership Forum on Collegiate Success held at Yale University. During the four-day forum, he worked with other young leaders representing 30 states to develop their communication skills, time and stress management, financial responsibility and more. “We learned how to be better leaders and how not to fall into peer pressure when we get to college,” Harrigill says. With only two required classes left to take in high school, Max will also take courses at Holmes Community College next year. Upon graduation he hopes to matriculate at Millsaps College in 2014 on a scholarship and major in chemistry or neuroscience. Inspired by his aunt (Best of Jackson 2012 and 2013, Dr. Manisha Sethi of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics in Ridgeland), Harrigill hopes to follow in her footsteps. “She graduated from high school when she was 15, and I’m going to graduate when I’m 16. She went to Millsaps, and then she went to medical school. She helped me in making my decision to also want to be a doctor one day,” he says. This summer he plans to shadow an ophthalmologist in Jackson. With all his many accomplishments and activities, Harrigill still takes time to hang with his friends and play video games—“Call of Duty: Black Ops” anyone?


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anier High School’s Traeshaun Hiley earned the title of STAR (StudentTeacher Achievement Recognition) Student by getting the highest ACT score in the school. His admiration for his parents, Shalonda Hiley and Eric Williams, drives him to succeed in his studies and be

AUSTIN TUCKER by Leigh Horn Tucker took Jordan’s example of hard work to heart. A member of the track team and the basketball team at Jackson Academy, Tucker suffered a knee injury at the end of 2012 that required surgery in February. Despite this setback, he rejoined his teammates court only weeks after surgery. Even while getting physical therapy, he rarely missed practice and never missed a game. Tucker also found other ways to stay involved. He refereed basketball games for younger kids. At one game, he helped a young boy who had blood pouring out his nose after receiving an elbow to the face. Staying calm, Tucker stopped the game and took the boy to the bathroom to take care of him. He let the boy sit, got tissues for him

and held his head back to stop the bleeding. “I want to be a sports doctor because I love sports, and I love medicine,” Tucker says. He hopes to attend the University of Mississippi after graduation and come back to Jackson for medical school. He sees his future in Mississippi because he “grew up here, and because of the (state’s rich) history.” As a member of the National Junior Honor Society, Youth Leadership Jackson and the Boy Scouts, Austin stays busy. If he could give back something to Jackson, Austin says that he would “build more playgrounds for children. The more busy they are, the less they’ll think about dropping out of school and doing crimes,” he says.

GRACE GIBSON by Krista Davis non-profit organization), and helps homeless people through her church, St. Alexis Episcopal Church. “My church and family have supported me so much,” she says. At St. Andrew’s, Gibson favors Latin and art history. She is also in charge of the St. Andrew’s service learning program, is the president of the National Art Honor Society, art editor of the literary magazine The Pasture, is in the Cum Laude Society and National Honor Society. A talented writer, Gibson earned the national gold medal for flash fiction for her short story, “Pygmalion.” “I felt relieved when I won,” Gibson says. “I felt like somebody could relate to such a personal story.” She recently entered

the Mississippi Literary Competition and is waiting to hear results from that contest. Gibson will attend Sewanee University in Sewanee, Tenn., where she received a scholarship from the Department of Art History. “I’m excited! It is a perfect fit for me,” she says. “It couldn’t have worked out better.” “Grace’s energy level is what makes her amazing,” says Jerry Goodwin, an art teacher at St. Andrew’s. “How she is able to juggle service projects, community service, class work, church, boyfriend—it’s amazing!” After high school Gibson wants to be remembered as the person who cared about her school, community and the world. “It is too easy to be in a bubble. I want to pay attention to the world,” she says.

TRAESHAUN HILEY by Jacquelynn Pilcher a great leader to his younger peers and siblings, Jonah Williams, Elijah Richardson and Earina Williams. Hiley, 18, is a youth ambassador for Youth Service America. As a member of YSA he serves his community learning to work hard towards achieving his dreams and goals. He is a well-rehearsed trombone player for his school band, part of the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, a student board trustee for Lanier High School and the president of the Student Government Association. He received the Mu Alpha Theta award, a mathematics award, and the prestigious Mr. LET 2 & 3 awards, which are awarded

to the top JROTC cadets in the school. LET stands for Leadership, Education and Training. Hiley is also a proud member of the National Society of High School Scholars. When Hiley is not serving his community, studying for tests or governing his class, he likes to just relax. He enjoys cooking pasta in his mom’s kitchen, eating, catching up on rest and hanging out with friends. Hiley says he would like to become a computer software engineer in the future. He plans to attend either Jackson State University or Mississippi State University. Whichever he decides to pursue, the school will be lucky to gain such an outstanding student.




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555 Sunnybrook Road â&#x20AC;˘ Ridgeland, MS 601.957.3400 â&#x20AC;˘ Welcome to JFP Chef Week 2013! Inside youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find our fabulous participating chefs and the restaurants they helm; youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll also see the charities theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re competing for. The chefs who get the most votes will win money for their charities from our sponsors. First place is $2000 from presenting sponsor Patty Peck Honda; Second Place is $1250 from Abita and Capital City Beverage and Third Place is $500 from Lady Luck Casino. Our launch party is April 28, 2013 (for RSVP holders only), and voting runs from April 28 - May 4, 2013. Every time you visit a participating restaurant during JFP Chef Week youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get another chance to vote for your favorite chef and charity. (Campaigning is permitted!) Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to great chefs, great cooks, great food and a fantastic opportunity to help some worth causes. We encourage you to dine local this week and every week! Visit for more info.

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Shaun Fontenot was born and raised in Opelousas, La. He developed a love for cooking at an early age from his grandmother. After working several small restaurant jobs, he really began to hone his culinary skills at Emerilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gulf Coast Fish House. He recently moved to the Jackson area to work for the Nickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s restaurant group. As head chef at Anjou, he hopes to continue to bring his passion for great food to every dish.

Chester Williams was born and raised in Jackson. In 1998 Chester began working at Amerigo as a dishwasher. He soon became a line cook and quickly learned every station, becoming a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;keyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; employee. Eventually he was promoted to Assistant Kitchen Manager. In 2003, he became the restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Head Kitchen Manager. During his tenure, Amerigo Jackson has won Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Best Italian seven times.

Dish: Cracked Black Pepper Amberjack Served with grilled asparagus, shrimp risotto and finished with a white wine burre blanc.

Charity: Blair E. Batson Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital Blair E. Batson strives to have a child-friendly approach to health care and works to make it a place where kids can still be kids. They offer the chance not only to heal, but also to play, learn and grow.

Dish: Pan Seared Salmon Served over ratatouille with sautĂŠed cremini mushrooms topped with sweet potato strings.

Charity: Mississippi Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Museum The Mississippi Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Museum provides a unique and exciting educational experience that ignites and inspires a thirst for discovery, knowledge, and learning in all children... of every age!



Charity: Blair E. Batson Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital 6592 Old Canton Rd., Ridgeland â&#x20AC;˘ 601.977.0563 â&#x20AC;˘

Charity: Mississippi Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Museum 361 Township Avenue, Ridgeland â&#x20AC;˘ 601.707.0587 â&#x20AC;˘

In 2006, John Michael started college at Holmes Community College while holding a full time job at Char. During his second year, his love of food called. In 2007, he opened Biaggiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s as a line cook. John Michael quickly learned every station and was promoted to handling various management duties. In 2009, he accepted the sous chef position at Biaggiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. In 2011, he returned to the Char/Amerigo restaurant group to Sombra Mexican Kitchen as Assistant Kitchen Manager. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s currently the restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Senior Kitchen Manager.

Derek George is a native of Davenport, Iowa. Derek has worked in the restaurant industry since the age of 16, starting as a dishwasher, busboy and server. Derek began his journey to becoming a chef at the age of 22 in New Orleans. He is a 2003 graduate from The Culinary Institute of America in New York. Derek enjoys cooking classic southern food with a new world twist, as well as Latin, Mediterranean and Caribbean cuisine.

Dish: Blackened Redfish over Fried Green Tomatoes Includes salad finished with a smoked tomato aioli and flash-fried Spanish capers.

Seared Ahi Tuna with lettuce, pico de gallo and avocado sour cream wrapped in a spinach tortilla. Served with rice & black beans.

Charity: Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi

Charity: Make-A-Wish Mississippi

April 24 - 30, 2013

The Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi is dedicated to providing hope through research, programs and service to the 372,000 Mississippians with diabetes. 100 percent of the funds raised by the Foundation stay in the state, and 89¢ of every dollar raised goes towards the Foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s charitable purposes.


Dish: Tuna Wrap

Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish FoundationÂŽ of America has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work. The Foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mission reflects the life-changing impact that a Make-A-WishÂŽ experience has on children, families, referral sources, donors, sponsors and entire communities.

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Charity: Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi 4500 Interstate 55 Frontage Rd, Jackson â&#x20AC;˘ 601.956.9562 â&#x20AC;˘

Charity: Make-A-Wish Mississippi 140 Township Ave #100, Ridgeland â&#x20AC;˘ 601.707.7950 â&#x20AC;˘

Formerly Pastry Chef at Nickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on Lakeland and The Mermaid Cafe. Mitchell is originally from Byram and moved back home from Los Angeles after meeting the woman of his dreams. He restored Campbellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rightful place as a Madefrom-Scratch destination.

Luis Bruno is an artist in the kitchen, health advocate, community supporter and lover of life. Luis focuses on simple, clean, flavorful, fresh food. At Adobo, he demonstrates that delicious meals can be healthy too! Luis uses smart ingredients, portion control and exercise and to show Mississippians how to develop a healthy lifestyle.

Dish: Caramel Blondies Dish: Brunoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pad Thai

A bar similar to a brownie, but with caramel instead of chocolate. Covered in a house made Caramel sauce, the same used on our Caramel cakes.

Stir-fried rice noodles, bean sprouts, scallions, cilantro and roasted peanuts with choice of chicken or tofu.

Charity: Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Advocacy Centers of Mississippi

Gateway Rescue Mission offers life changing hope through the Gospel of Jesus Christ to homeless men, women, and children through programs to deliver food, shelter, counseling and discipleship.


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Charity: Gateway Rescue Mission Standard Life Bldg, 127 S Roach St., Jackson â&#x20AC;˘ 601.944.9501

Charity: Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Advocacy Centers of Mississippi 3013 N State St, Jackson â&#x20AC;˘ 601.362.4628 â&#x20AC;˘

Gary Hawkins graduated from the Memphis Culinary Academy among the top of his class in 1993. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spent thirteen years learning and perfecting his craft at some of Memphisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; favorite restaurants. Gary joined the Fairview Inn in 2006 with the opening of Sophiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s restaurant.

Nic Laurie studied culinary arts at Hinds Community College and went on to become a corporate opener and trainer for Bonefish Grill restaurants, opening six locations in Florida. Nic has since joined forces with Islander Oyster House to make it the go-to spot for oysters and fresh seafood in the capital city.

Dish: Duck Confit

Dish: Islander Napoleon

With local sweet potato hash and Marsala reduction

Layers of Blackened Redfish, crawfish stuffing, and fried green tomatoes. Finished with a crawfish bĂŠchamel and topped with our signature fried oyster.

Charity: Simon Sharp Eagle Fund The Simon Sharp Eagle Fund was established to honor the remarkable life of Eagle Scout Simon Sharp while raising money for the Boy Scouts of America (Andrew Jackson Council) and the Blair E. Batson Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital Cancer Center.

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Charity: Mississippi Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Home Services For more than a century, Mississippi Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Home Services has made a transformational difference in the lives of Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s children. Today, they continue this tradition of transformation through programs that serve the everevolving needs of Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s children by honoring the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s core values.

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Charity: Gateway Rescue Mission

The Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Advocacy Centers of Mississippi (CACM) is a membership organization dedicated to helping local communities respond to allegations of child abuse in ways that are effective and efficient â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and put the needs of child victims first. CACM provides training, support and leadership on a statewide level to local childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s advocacy centers and professionals throughout Mississippi responding to reports of child abuse and neglect.


Adam Brown grew up in Lucedale. He originally came to Jackson to attend college and study art. After leaving college, he worked various jobs until he found the kitchen. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s moved up the ladder at Sal and Mookieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s where he has been for 5 years.

Karl Gorline is from Ocean Springs and has been cooking in and around Jackson for almost 10 years now. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worked at Mint, Nickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Parlor Market. Karl loves brainstorming new and innovative ideas.

Dish: Ode to Pig

Dish: Artichoke Soup With wild boar belly, juniper, tarragon, and edible flower.

Charity: The Hope House of Hospitality The Hope House of Hospitality is committed to serving God and the needs of Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seriously ill outpatients who come to Jackson area hospitals for treatment of cancer. Their â&#x20AC;&#x153;home away from homeâ&#x20AC;? exists because of the many acts of kindness and love bestowed upon us by generous businesses, friends, family and volunteers.

Mushroom crusted pork filet in a potato basket with apple cider caviar and a bourbon and molasses reduction.

Charity: Pancreatic Cancer Action Network The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network advances research, supports patients and creates hope for anyone affected by pancreatic cancer. Founded in 1999 as a small, advocacy organization, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network understands the many challenges that patients and their families face in the fight against pancreatic cancer.

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Charity: The Hope House of Hospitality 4500 Interstate 55 Frontage Rd., Jackson â&#x20AC;˘ 601.982.8111 â&#x20AC;˘

Charity: Pancreatic Cancer Action Network 565 Taylor St., Jackson â&#x20AC;˘ 601.368.1919 â&#x20AC;˘

Since 1984 Nathan Glennâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s family has served the Jackson Metro area, starting with his father Tim Glennâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s restaurant Roosterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Basilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 904 in historic Belhaven is the continuation of this commitment to family and communityoriented dining. Nathanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wife, Megan, and her brother, Matthew Puckett, who perfected the signature pizza dough, join this family vision pairing attention to detail with quality freshness at a remarkably affordable price.

Dish: 904 Pizza

April 24 - 30, 2013

Dish: Fried Green Tomato â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tostadasâ&#x20AC;?

The perfect southern style pizza-pepperoni, italian sausage, roasted garlic, baby spinach, and white sauce on a light and crunchy oblong crust.

Thin-sliced green tomatoes coated with cornmeal and deep fried. Served â&#x20AC;&#x153;tostada-styleâ&#x20AC;? with melted cheese, seasoned pork, creme fraiche and pico de gallo salsa.

Charity: Friends of Hudspeth Center

Charity: USA Ballet Competition

The Friends of Hudspeth Center is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improving the lives of over 1,500 Mississippians with intellectual and developmental disabilities served by Hudspeth Regional Center. Our goal is to help assure these individuals live a full and meaningful life.


Tom is the Chef, General Manager and Sommelier of Underground 119. He left a long career in investment banking and lobbying to pursue his In the evenings he dons a cape, a mask and fights crime in his beloved Jackson, Mississippi. Not really, but just because he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t currently own a cape.

The USA IBC is one of the oldest competitions sanctioned by International Theatre Institute of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organizationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (UNESCO) International Dance Committee. Jackson is the official USA home of the International Ballet Competition.

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Charity: Friends of Hudspeth Center Suite 904 B East Fortification, Jackson â&#x20AC;˘ 601.352.2002 â&#x20AC;˘

Charity: USA Ballet Competition 119 S President St, Jackson â&#x20AC;˘ 601.352.2322 â&#x20AC;˘

Matthew Kajdan is a native of Madison whose culinary roots began with his larger European family. His professional career started at Bravo! Italian Restaurant where learned the basics of line cooking and culinary arts. He eventually joined the Sagamore hotel staff in upstate New York. He returned to Mississippi in 2008 to work with the Nickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s restaurant group. He joined Parlor Market as Executive Chef in October of 2012. Matthew promises to bring us a â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Southern Menuâ&#x20AC;? with progressive ideas and local products.

Born and raised in Louisiana, Eric Bures attended the John Folse Culinary Institute in Thibodaux, LA while working in New Orleans. His culinary pursuits took him to Houston, Texas before accepting the position of Executive Chef for the Jackson Marriott. He moved to the area with his fiance and plans to marry in August.

Dish: Shrimp and Tasso Corndog Braised pork cheeks served over a black eyed pea Hoppin John.

Charity: Craig Nooneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Miracle League This Craig Noon Miracle League helps construct baseball fields for disabled children and youth. It was created in honor of Parlor Marketâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first Executive Chef Craig Noone.

Jumbo Gulf shrimp battered with a smokey Tasso corndog batter, deep fried and dipped in creamy hot sauce beurre blanc. Dressed with a 5 pepper gastique, chicory greens and pickled okra.

Charity: American Red Cross of Mississippi The American Red Cross, a not-for-profit organization, has served Mississippi since 1947. Volunteers and staff assist communities with disaster response, assistance for military families, international aid, lifesaving training programs and blood services.

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Charity: Craig Nooneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Miracle League 115 W Capitol St., Jackson â&#x20AC;˘ 601.360.0090 â&#x20AC;˘

Charity: American Red Cross of Mississippi 200 E. Amite St., Jackson â&#x20AC;˘ 601.969.5100 â&#x20AC;˘

Troy Woodson, a native of Charlottesville, Virginia, has been cooking for more than 20 years. As a chef, he focuses on comfort food and low-country Southern food - food with a lot of flavor. Troy brings this flavor-packed style to every dish at High Noon Cafe, ensuring vegetarian and organic cuisine never tasted better.

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Dish: Good Burger Our Good Burger is full of great flavor and ingredients: a seasoned blackeyed pea patty topped with pepper jack cheese and mixed peppers and served on Busy Bee Honey White Bread.

Charity: Lizzieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s House Lizzieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s House is a nonprofit organization and our mission is to provide at risk women and children in crisis with a permanent housing shelter, and to equip them with the necessary skills to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy, hopelessness, and dependency, in order to gain stability and become productive citizens in the community.

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Dish: Black Eyed Pea Hoppin John With Braised Pork Cheeks



Grafting Tomatoes ‘The Next Big Thing?’


outhern organic gardeners are discovering what could be The Next Big Thing in tomatoes: grafting. If you grow tomatoes, you know that it often seems nature conspires against you. If it’s not too much rain causing root rot, or too much heat causing flowers to fall off, or too much humidity causing blight, then it’s something else. This heat and humidity thing can make it almost impossible to grow tomatoes in the South some years, with disappointing harvests. (Nor are tomato problems confined to the South: Northeastern gardeners well remember the late blight fiasco of 2009 that decimated crops.) But now, some gardeners are reporting great success by grafting new and tasty tomato varieties onto perhaps less tasty but more disease resistant root stocks.

Dr. Brian Baldwin and Dr. Rick Snyder of Mississippi State University gave a hands-on workshop on tomato grafting at last November’s Mississippi Fruit & Vegetable Growers Conference. But it’s not just agricultural producers looking for greater yields and less disease who can benefit. In fact, grafting is tailor made for small gardeners who actually may enjoy “fussing” with their plants and even experimenting with new varieties. Essentially, you are growing two different tomato plants on one stalk. You plant them the same, but once started, carefully cut off the tops and clip the variety you want to grow (the scion) onto the rootstock and plant that one in your garden. The result is a plant that had both qualities. Try it! It may be “just the thing” for this year’s conditions.


by Jim PathFinder Ewing



April 24 - 30, 2013

he National Organic Program must be sensing increasing numbers of small farmers turning away from the USDA’s certified organic program. Many are instead choosing other varies of “agroecology,” such as biodynamic farming, permaculture, ecofarming and the like—methods that employ organic practices without using the term “organic,” which requires USDA approval. It’s not that organic is bad. Far from it, the nation needs more organic farmers and more organic food, especially grown and sold locally, which benefits local economies. The problem is that NOP has become expensive and the paperwork complicated, pushing small farmers out of the program. In Mississippi, for example, the state agriculture department stopped offering certification in December due to budget cuts, and the national farm bill reimbursement program has been halted. That has meant farmers having to pay up to $1,000—or more—out-of-pocket to fly in an inspector from another state to certify their crops. That’s a big financial hit for all but the big operators. Moreover, the NOP trend has been to coddle big farmers and ignore the rest. Certified organic operations are increasingly just huge, often transnational, industrial agriculture outfits that comply with the minimal standards to keep their certification. Doubt it? Just look at the who’s who of certified organic brands that opposed labeling genetically modified ingredients in food in California. (See my Jan. 16 JFP column 28 at Think their hearts are


A ‘Sound, Sensible’ Organics Program

The USDA needs organic certification policies that appeal to small farmers as well as industrial giants.

in organic? By definition, “organic” prohibits GMO! How can one be against GMO labeling and for organic at the same time? Apparently noticing that it’s losing its appeal to small farmers, on the eve of Easter weekend (maybe so nobody would notice), NOP announced a new campaign called its “Sound and Sensible” program. See

The NOP says it wants the organics program to be “accessible, attainable and affordable.” But, mostly, the changes seemed aimed at current operators, not new ones, focusing on relaxing paperwork requirements, reducing penalties and offering more training for certifiers. That’s great for a big industrial farmer who can afford it (and may actually just have the effect of watering down organic requirements even more), but what about the legions of new small farmers? It doesn’t matter how lax NOP regulations or enforcement may be (and who wants that anyway?) if it costs $1,000 to certify your crop—or, equally important, if organic growers have no local state, extension or federal support. More organic farmers and food would be great, but it will take more than paperwork changes to turn the tide for more grassroots support for certified organic among small, local and beginning farmers. Now, that would be sound and sensible! Disclosure: I serve on the board of directors of Certified Naturally Grown, a national nonprofit offering certification for small, direct-market farmers and beekeepers who practice natural growing methods. The views expressed are entirely my own. Jim PathFinder Ewing is a journalist, author, writer, editor, organic farmer and blogger. His latest book, “Conscious Food: Sustainable Growing, Spiritual Eating” (Findhorn Press) is in bookstores now. Find Jim on Facebook or follow him @edibleprayers or @organicwriter or visit

3rd Annual

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Crawfish Boil Sunday, April 28th 2:00-8:00pm Admission: $5 12-under â&#x20AC;˘ $10 Adults Does not include food or drinks. Bring your lawnchairs, leave your coolers at home.

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The Joy of Failure by Nick Judin



need a platinum weapon rack, or my fortress is going to collapse. I mean, I don’t actually need a platinum weapon rack, but the Queen of the Mountainhomes demands one in her bedchambers, and she has a tendency to murder her subjects when her needs aren’t met. What I need is a squad of dwarves who know their way around an axe, so I can do something about the never-ending goblin siege just outside the fortress walls. I had a handful of soldiers, but four fell to archers, now bleached skeletons, and two lie dismembered in the muddy cave I carved out for a hospital. My guard captain faithfully limps along the castle walls, his spine damaged, pausing now and then to pass out, only to wake up moments later and resume his vigil. In her tantrum, the Queen kills someone’s brother, and this drives the victim’s

mountain around my fortress bleeds lava. Everything is smoke and misery, and then I’m whisked away to a black screen that politely informs me that my fortress has fallen. This is the only ending of “Dwarf Fortress”: spectacular tragedy. It’s telling of the neurotic, obsessive genius of “Dwarf Fortress’” programmer, Tarn “Toady One” Adams, who co-created the game with his brother, Zach. The function of the program is to simulate in unnerving complexity a chaotic, living world, from its geology to its psychology. The player brings a little sliver of it under Despite remaining firmly in alpha development, almost dictatorial control, to exploit it “Dwarf Fortress” has amassed a die-hard community of fans. and rule it and, in due time, to watch as it spirals into death and disaster. The devoted community’s offifamily berserk. The brawl that follows is too cial motto (perhaps even religious mantra) is, much for the fragile psyches of my besieged “losing is fun,” a phrase you can’t fully apprecitizens. Before the end comes, I send a deeply ciate until you encounter one of the moments distressed tailor to pull a hidden lever I knew every player learns to treasure—such as when I’d have to use one way or another, and the the dragon you painstakingly trained to de-



by Nick Judin



April 24 - 30, 2013



he long-awaited sequel to the critically acclaimed “Bioshock” series is finally here, and despite its flaws, it was worth the wait. An action-FPS with an adventurous bent, “Bioshock Infinite” remains thematically in step with the series’ previous entries. Each portrays a secluded, retrofuturistic city-state ruled by a failed ideology of the past. The original presented us with Rapture, an underwater Objectivist utopia in the grip of the domineering capitalist Andrew Ryan. “Bioshock Infinite” offers a necessary change of venue, now sending the player to the floating city of Columbia, the lofty, heavenlike manifestation of early 20th-century American Exceptionalism, inhabited by fanatical religious revivalists, unctuous captains of industry, battle-scarred cavalrymen and a roiling underclass of the oppressed and abused—the Vox Populi. The city of Columbia is a masterpiece of artistic design, a gorgeous neoclassical metropolis spread across the clouds. City sectors are linked together by skyrails, softly bobbing in the air currents. The feeling of flight is often palpable, and some of the landscapes provided by higher or lower city levels are breathtaking. The combat is as competent as it was in the first “Bioshock,” but lacking in much of the terror and claustrophobia that made it so thrilling. The player chooses two primary weapons and two magical powers, called Vigors, and does


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vour intruders casually vomits fire on your world-renowned armorsmith. To be sure, “Dwarf Fortress” is a brutal teacher. Despite more than a decade of development, it remains firmly in alpha, which typically means a product is barely playable. In “Dwarf Fortress’” case, it’s more a commentary on the ever-growing nature of the game. The learning curve is more like a cliff, and prospective players will have to overcome a sea of menu screens and keyboard shortcuts and still find themselves at the mercy of forums and player-created wikis for help. Even the graphics are optional, if highly recommended; the game’s unmodified build simply uses extended ASCII art to express its vibrant world. But with a little endurance, the audacious depth of “Dwarf Fortress” emerges, and players juggle managing an intricate society and ecosystem, fending off invasions, building enormous constructions brick by brick, and mining into the earth. Donations mean Dwarf Fortress is free to download and play from bay12games. com. Just remember: Losing is fun.

his best to wage asymmetrical warfare on the many authoritarian peacekeepers of Columbia. “Bioshock Infinite” really only seems to drag in a few places, and that’s thanks in part to the game’s relatively brief length, as well as its constant engagement of the player-character as an prophesied agent of catastrophic change. “Bioshock Infinite” is a welcome, but flawed, addition to the Bioshock series. The more personal narrative of “Bioshock Infinite” is that of Booker DeWitt, a drunken and disgraced ex-Pinkerton agent under mysterious employ“Bioshock Infinite” is a phenomenal game—deep, mament to rescue a girl named Elizabeth from the grasp of Co- ture, with groundbreaking artistic direction. But there are lumbia’s prophet-ruler, Father Comstock. DeWitt’s past and reservations, here and there, negligible by themselves and his evolving relationship with Elizabeth are the focal point of yet troubling as a whole: the extremely poor, frankly tastethe game’s plot, as are Elizabeth’s mysterious, reality-warping less transition of the Vox from ally to enemy; the sometimes powers. The character of Elizabeth, like the primary compan- nonsensical level design that at times feels like peaceful hubion of any first-person-shooter, has a demanding role to fill. A worlds gutted and repurposed for linear progression; the perfect balance has to be struck between activity and passivity, outright neutered exploration puzzles, which are introduced to avoid either shutting the player-character out of the story almost immediately, revisited once or twice, and then disor presenting a weak and ineffectual deuteragonist. carded entirely; the creeping feeling, confirmed by the game’s In this, “Bioshock Infinite” performs admirably. Eliza- convoluted and surreal final act, that the grand human drama beth is neither passive nor monopolizing, and after an initial of Columbia will be discarded in favor of the game’s more stint as a fairly uncomplicated damsel-in-distress, her char- personal narrative. Together, it all smacks of executive interacter opens up to become a valuable mirror to the human ference, and I’m neither the first nor the last reviewer to notice reflections of the city of Columbia. Where Booker grunts and this. Would a less streamlined “Bioshock” have been a more marches through wave after wave of enemies, Elizabeth of- powerful exploration of an already visually and thematically fers a more empathetic perspective. It’s an odd fellowship, but arresting world, or just an overburdened, cluttered mess? We with an abundance of charm and depth. may never know, but the question will always remain.


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’m so proud of you! Cheers So, my girlfriends and I raised our to that!” With that, the three glasses last week to recognizing that it’s girlfriends clinked their glass- OK to admit that what’s right for you es of bubbly in a celebratory might not be what’s right for someone toast. You’d think we were celebrating else and that you need time to figure out a job promotion, or the purchase of a what is right for you. We toasted to takhouse or some other Major Life Event. In ing care of ourselves so that we can be actuality, we were happy for a friend who there for those we love. had taken two days off work. (Disclaimer And, as we noted on a bar napkin to my male readers: I’m about to go into and signed like a contract, we toasted Girl World, so either keep reading for insight into the opposite sex or tune out.) The need to take care of everybody else or to be perfect—or at least, to be what everyone expects you to be all the time—seems to be characteristically, though not exclusively, a female trait. It might be feeling that as a newlywed you have to be blissfully happy 24/7 because friends and well-meaning folk constantly effuse things like “Isn’t marriage great?” It might be a sense of loyalty that keeps you in a job that may have you feeling unchallenged, or allowing yourself to get overextended because people expect and want you to be involved in things. No matter the circumstances, we all seem to know Celebrating taking care of yourself—and making a cocktail-napkin pact to do it more—is as vital as how it feels to reach what celebrating workplace success. feels like a breaking point. And yet, we keep pushing. We feel like we can’t leave town, because we have to be here and do things. We have people de- to realizing that it’s like the flight attenpending on us or, at least, expecting things dant says: You have to put on your own of us. We have deadlines. We have rent oxygen mask before you can take care of to pay. anybody else. We have to be “that girl,” whatever We all have responsibilities and that means to us—be it Super Mom, things that we have to take care of, such Dinner Party Diva, Successful Career as student loans, bills, houses and things Woman or She Who Somehow Does that we want to take care of—our loved It All. But eventually, it takes a toll and ones or our community, for example. starts to show. Maybe we break out in a But I think it’s important to rememrash. Maybe we develop raging insomnia. ber to take care of ourselves, too. Taking Whatever it is, at some point, our body time to go to a museum, a yoga class, a tells us that we need to step back and ad- movie or even a whole day off from your dress what’s going on. obligations to think (or just to do things Just pushing through stress, pretend- around the house you’ve been putting ing like everything is fine and doing what off ) matters. you think you’re “supposed” to do can reI’m thankful to have a good support sult in things like your hair falling out. It system to remind me of that and, now, also makes you less effective at doing the a bar napkin on my refrigerator in case things for others that we, particularly as I forget. Which is all to say, sometimes, women, want to do. It hinders our ability even if you’re a Girl About Town, it’s OK to be our best selves, which means we’re to stay on the couch for a day. not at our best for others, either. This weekend, I may do just that.


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izza is a big deal. Sometimes rest of the event, though, the pizza folks’ love of it borders on a sandwich is appearing in a more religious fixation. They debate extreme incarnation. endlessly about what makes “Last year we had the Mona the perfect slice. This weekend, chef Lisa pizza sandwich from Karl GorJesse Houston will add several new line. This year he is giving us another contenders to that conversation, in his pizza sandwich, but this one will be return to Sal & Mookie’s for the second like a cheeseburger, with all of your Pop-up Pizza in Jackson, fittingly titled traditional cheeseburger toppings,” “The Empire State Strikes Back.” Houston says. The name combines a Star Wars All pizzas are the size of the Sal pun with the idea of New York (the & Mookie’s small 14-inch pie, and the type of pizza Sal & Mookie’s churns prices will be fixed based on toppings. out) and refers to this being the second An exciting item is a collabopizza pop-up Jesse Houston has hosted ration between Houston and Lucky at Sal & Mookie’s. The event’s success Town brewery: pizza-flavored beer. last August definitely spurred on plans “We made a wheat beer and brewed for a second one. “Last year was one it with sun dried tomatoes, chili flakes of our (Sal & Mookie’s) biggest sale and oregano,” Houston says. This beer days,” says Liz Lancaster, the eventwill only be available at the event. planning organizer for the restaurant. Soundtracking the night of The event isn’t memorable just great food are local Jackson musifor its profit, either. “Out of all the pop cians Robert King, The Red Hots The ups I’ve done, l’ve had more people and Lazy Jane. Empire State come up and tell me this is their faIf you miss the April 29 popStrikes Back will be at Sal vorite one,” says Houston, a JFP food up, you can eat Houston’s creative & Mookie’s (565 Taylor St., 601blogger ( style of food on a second Star Wars368-1919) April 29 from 4:30 p.m. Houston previously fought the named event: his “May the Fourth Be until 10 p.m. The May the Fourth Be war against Domino’s and Pizza Hut With You” breakfast at Sneaky Beans, With You breakfast will be at Sneaky while working as a chef in Dallas, on national Star Wars Day, May 4. Beans (2914 N. State St., 601-487Texas, but moved into other cuisines The event is a collaboration 6349) on May 4 from 9 a.m. and away from pizza when he moved among Houston, Campbell’s Bakuntil the food runs out. to Jackson. The first pizza pop-up, PM ery, Sneaky Beans coffee shop and Pizza (in conjunction with Parlor MarBeanfruit Coffee. The chefs took the ket) was a chance for Houston to get theme all the way to the menu with back in the dough game. cinnamon rolls shaped like Princess After the overwhelming popularity of last August’s pizza pop-up, guest chef Jesse Houston and Sal Now Houston returns, collaboLeia’s hair buns, R2-tea cakes, eggs& Mookie’s are teaming up again for round two. rating once again with BRAVO! chef wing and a Beanfruit roasted coffee Karl Gorline to mix up pizzas based called Java the Hutt that, like the pizon food you might never imagine in and Thai basil … It’s going to have lemon crab boil aioli and fresh basil. Returnza-flavored beer, will only be available pie form. Houston is really excited about grass shrimp on it and bean sprouts.” ing as well is the Pizza Sandwich, which at this event. For extra festivity, a costume the Tom Kha pizza. “It’s a take on a VietGorline and Houston plan to bring is a pizza with another pizza on top. This contest is in the works and the Mississippi namese soup called Tom-Kha-Gai,” he some popular menu items from last year as idea was spawned when Gorline and his Rancor Raider, a group of Storm Troopers, says. “It (has) coconut with a little bit of well, such as the crawfish boil pizza, with friends would get particularly famished will hang out at the event. curry and garnished with some cilantro mozzarella, crawfish tails, andouille, corn, and order a similar concoction. Like the Follow Houston at


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A Shoestring Fling by Kathleen M. Mitchell


kids, and our work today is, in sort of literal and figurative ways, about exactly the same thing: creating safe spaces for kids.” The cornerstone of that idea is Operation Shoestring’s thriving after-school program. Kids in pre-K through 5th grade focus on homework help and well-rounded education programs, including physical education and art. Middle schoolers move to more of a mentorship program, and high schoolers learn about planning for college, life skills, and they have a chance to work in the Youth Employment Program. In YEP, a small group of juniors are matched up with good jobs around the city—places like the University of Mississippi Medical Center, Barksdale ManageOperation Shoestring’s Spring Fling raises money to fund many of its educational programs, ment or Butler-Snow law firm— including summer camps and activities for kids of all ages. where they work 40 hours a week for two months in the summer to save money for senior year expenses Langford says. “It’s laid-back, no pretense. It’s component of learning is vital to keeping and college. just 20 bucks—we want it accessible for all the in-school curriculum on track. The tuIn the summer, the after-school pro- walks of life.” tors and teachers at Shoestring work with grams turn into all-day summer programs Langford says the event is about the school district teachers, pointing out for all ages. Operation Shoestring offers “spreading the gospel” of what Shoestring places where students are struggling or giving summer-long camps and works with kids does, as well as raising money to sustain the other feedback. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School to throw organization through its busiest season. “Our “With all the stress that the JPS teachers week-long camps within the main summer expenses go up during the summer. This will have, they might not have time or the chance program, focused on sports like tennis, bas- help us wrap up the school year and really to teach in multiple ways, so we try to fill in ketball or soccer, as well as cooking school, determine the scale and quality of what we those gaps,” May says. arts and crafts camp, and more. do,” he says. “What we do doesn’t change, At the end of the day, Langford says, To fund all those programs, Opera- but our resources and our vision shape what Shoestring wants to be a resource for the tion Shoestring throws an annual Spring we do, and this is about making sure we have entire family, from newborn to parent to Fling. This year the event is April 25 at the enough resources to run great programs for grandparent. “Our perspective on it is, if you Mississippi Museum of Art and features the these kids and their families.” keep what’s good for a child at the center of band Mingo Fishtrap. “It’s just a party with Spending an afternoon at Operation all that you do, it ends up being good for great food and drink and an amazing band,” Shoestring makes evident how important that child, it ends up being good for his famthose programs are. All around, kids are ily, for his neighborhood, and for our larger learning different subjects in small, accessible community,” he says. “And so our work is Operation Shoestring’s Spring Fling is Thursday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m. at the groups in ways that fit their learning styles. about trying to live into that ethos … but Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St., 601-960-1515). Admission is $20. Cash Amber May, the Project KIDS co- also being a voice for that in the larger combar. For tickets or to donate, visit or call 601-353-6336. ordinator for elementary-aged children, is munity. It’s sort of about the ripple effect and 35 a former teacher and says the after-school getting other people engaged.”

very weekday, dozens of kids stream through the doors of a nondescript one-story brick building on Bailey Avenue. They play games, do homework, make art, and move their bodies. Their laughter rings off the walls inside. In the summer that number goes up to around 300 children, from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade. This is Operation Shoestring, a community organization based around kids and families that has been making a difference for nearly 50 years. “Our roots are grounded in the Civil Rights Movement, which in my perspective is about trying to create a community and a society that’s good for everybody,” says Robert Langford, executive director of Shoestring. “Specifically, the real event that ultimately led to the organization of this entity was the 1966 shooting of James Meredith in his march against fear, when he walked from Memphis to Jackson.” As he understands it, after the shooting, the NAACP encouraged people to gather locally and think how they could respond locally to the civil issues that affected the nation. Langford says the community held a meeting, where they agreed that instead of the standard voter registration drives and protests or marches, what they really wanted was safe places for their kids to play. At the time, places where white and black people mixed were systematically being shut down—pools and ponds drained, parks and playgrounds closed—Jaycee Park near Bailey Avenue was one such victim. “They formed a board, and they did an assessment of what the neighborhood’s needs and strengths were, and they ended up forming this organization in ’68,” Langford says. “The focus was creating safe spaces for



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On April 27, take time to slowly appreciate a few key pieces of art, rather than rushing through multiple exhibits to take it all in.

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he Slow Movement is running more than 250 art venues across the globe rampant, though it likes to run at are participating in the day, held April 27 the speed of a tortoise. this year. The movement began in the The concept is simple: Participa1980s with the introduction of the Slow tors sign up with their local hosts—the Food movement, which was started by Mississippi Museum of Art is participatCarlo Petrini in protest to a McDonald’s ing—and visit on April 27, look slowly opening near the Spanish Steps in Rome. at five pre-designated pieces of art for 10 The movement as a whole strives to slow minutes each, and then go to lunch and life down and allow people to enjoy the small things. Art followed food’s footsteps in 2008 when Phil Terry, founder of the Reading Odyssey and CEO of Creative Good, decided to ignore most of what was in a museum in lieu of paying special attention to a few key pieces. “He wanted to know what would happen if museum and gallery visitors changed the way they The Mississippi Museum of Art is participating in the looked at art. Instead of international Slow Art Day April 27. breezing past hundreds of artworks in the standard eight seconds, he wondered what would discuss them with the group. happen if people looked slowly at just a The Slow Art Day organization’s few,” the website states. mission is to “help more people discover He enjoyed it so much, he did a slow for themselves the joy of looking at and art test-run with four people at the Mu- loving art.” seum of Modern Art in New York City in To learn more, visit 2009. They stood in the museum for hours or sign up to visit the Mississippi Museum staring at a few artworks. A year later, 16 of Art (380 S. Lamar St., 601-960-1515, museums and galleries in North America from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on participated in Slow Art Day. This year April 25 to participate.


Burnett Retrospective at the Strand by Anita Modak-Truran

a “Siskel and Ebert” show years ago. “I heard them talking about (Burnett’s) ‘To Sleep with Anger,’ and I chased it down on video,” Boone says. The National Film Registry named “To Sleep with Anger” (1990) a national treasure, and it was Burnett’s first higher-budget film. The film follows the story of a lower middleclass Los Angeles family that Mississippi native Charles Burnett’s 1978 film “Killer of welcomes a guest from the Sheep” is one of several films he directed featured at this South. “What I liked about weekend’s retrospective in Vicksburg. the film is that Danny Glover’s character brings the South from back home,” Boone says. we stand to learn things about ourselves and Boone didn’t know at first that Burnett neighbors through his art,” he says. was born in his hometown. “Gradually I got In 2008, Boone contacted Amy Heller the ‘memo’ that Burnett was from Vicks- at Milestone Films, a distribution compaburg,” Boone says. Boone thought it would ny,, to get permission to do a retrospective be interesting to bring Burnett and his works on Burnett. “Amy did not discourage me,” back south to his birthplace. “My goal is that Boone says. since I feel there is such a strong connection Boone slugged forward without any between Mr. Burnett and Vicksburg, that firm commitment. Finally, at the beginning



t is not uncommon for great directors to find a point in their career of going mad with movie-making, leaping from nuanced artistic explorations in their previous works into uncontrolled epics designed to thump grand epiphanies into collective mindsets. Restraint can be hard for directors ahead of their time. Writer-director Charles Burnett, deemed one of the greatest film directors of his time by IMDb, has always been ahead of his time. His first feature film, “Killer of Sheep” (1978), was one of the first 50 films inducted into the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry. But, unlike some filmmakers of this caliber, Burnett did not lose his personal vision to critical success. He retained his mellifluous style of filmmaking and left the tricks and gimmicks to those with expansionist temperaments. Burnett’s best films slice everyday life to the dramatic core and fuse southernisms into the human condition. His films are delectable, one-of-akind artistic creations. Daniel Boone, a Vicksburg native who possesses an adventurous spirit worthy of his name, discovered Burnett’s work watching

of 2013, the project blossomed when he was able to get seed money. Boone is a film aficionado. If he were a millionaire, he would run a full-time movie theater. Instead, he does the next best thing, which is operating the swanky hip Highway 61 Coffeehouse in Vicksburg, which screened films before he partnered with Jack Burns, the head of the Westside Theatre Foundation, to show independent films at the downtown Strand Theatre. “My motivation with the Strand in general, and this project in particular, is sharing. I can easily find and see the best films in the world. This is what I spent my time and energy pursuing. But to share these treasures makes it all so much better,” Boone says. Boone moves and shakes Vicksburg’s local artistic scene with his wife, Lesley Silver, the owner of the Attic Gallery. This Friday through Sunday, Strand Cinema, a division of the Westside Theatre Foundation, presents a “Weekend with Charles Burnett: the Man and his Films.” Tickets range in price from $10 to $25. An all access pass is $50. Find more details at or call 601529-7252.

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Jackson Streets Alive is from 10 a.m.4 p.m. in downtown Jackson.

The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra performs at the Art Museum at 7:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY 5/1 Myrlie Evers-Williams speaks at the Old Capitol Museum at noon.



The play “Other Desert Cities” is at 7:30 p.m. at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.). Runs through April 28. $28, $22 seniors and students; call 601-948-3533. … “Elvis Lives!” is at 7:30 p.m. at Thalia Mara Hall. $20-$62.50; call 601-981-1847 or 800-745-3000.


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At the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.), the High Note Jam is from 5:30-7:30 p.m. (free with cash bar; call 601-960-1515), and the Operation Shoestring Spring Fling is at 7:30 p.m. ($20; call 601-353-6336, ext. 27). … The Recycle Fashion Show is from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). $25; call 601-856-7546. … The play “The Diary of Anne Frank” is at 7:30 p.m. at Actor’s Playhouse (121 Paul Truitt Lane, Pearl). Runs through April 28. $15, $10 seniors and students; call 601-664-0930. … The play “Sherlock’s Last Case” is at 7:30 p.m. at Black Rose Theatre (103 Black St., Brandon). Runs through April 28. $15, $10 seniors, students and children; call 601-825-1293.

Seryn performs at Duling Hall April 28 at 8 p.m.

352-6993. Free outdoor festival April 27 at noon. … Enjoy the film “Field of Dreams” at 7:30 p.m. at Belhaven Park (Poplar Boulevard). Free; call 601-352-8850. … Teddy Riley, Blackstreet and Dave Hollister perform at 8 p.m. at the Jackson Convention Complex. $30-$40; call 800-745-3000.


The Jump Start Jackson Spring Farmers Market is from 8 a.m.-noon at Battlefield Park (953 Porter St.). Enter from Highway 80. Call 601-898-0000, ext. 118. … The Racing for Donation 8K Run/Walk is at 8 a.m. at Liberty Park (694 Liberty Park Drive, Flowood). Benefits the Mississippi Organ BY LATASHA WILLIS Recovery Agency. The Celebration of Life Picnic follows. $25, $15 team members; email ljoe@ JACKSONFREEPRESS.COM … Bike Walk MisFAX: 601-510-9019 sissippi hosts the Jackson Streets Alive festival from 10 a.m.DAILY UPDATES AT 4 p.m. on North Congress JFPEVENTS.COM Street between Capitol and Mississippi streets. Fitness classes at Smith Park (Yazoo St.). Free; email … iDance Ministries presents “The Dancer and The Frog” at 6 p.m. at Alamo Theater (333 N. Farish St.). $10; … See the film “Black Love III” at 7 p.m. or 8:30 p.m. at Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.). $10; call 601208-0965; … The Mississippi Opera presents Mozart’s “Cosi fan tutte” at 7:30 p.m. at Belhaven University Center for the Arts (835 Riverside Drive). $50, $45 seniors, $5 students with ID; call 601-961-2300. … The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra presents “Chamber IV: Three Thrilling Ensembles” at 7:30 p.m. at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). $16; call 601-960-1565.


J. Lee Productions (Jimmie Lee, above) presents the documentary “Black Love III” at Russell C. Davis Planetarium April 27 at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.


April 24 - 30, 2013

The Bagwell Antiques Show and Sale kicks off today from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.). Ends April 28. Admission good for all three days. $5, $3 children; call 662-231-9654. … The Jackson Bike Advocates’ Community Bike Ride starts at 6 p.m. at Rainbow Natural Grocery Cooperative (2807 Old Canton Road). Free; find Jackson Bike Advocates on Facebook. … The Lynch Street Cultural Arts Festival kicks off with a banquet at 7 p.m. at the Masonic Temple 38 (1072 John R. Lynch St.). $50, $500 table of 10; call 601-


JFP Chef Week kicks off today and runs through May 4. Dine at participating restaurants, and proceeds go to a local charity. Call 601-362-6121, ext. 11 for details. … The Bud ‘n’ Boilin’ Crawfish Boil is from 2-8 p.m. at Cherokee Inn (1410 Old Square Road). $10, $5 ages 5 and under; call 601-362-6388. … Ballet Mississippi’s “The Sleeping Beauty, Act III” is at 2 p.m. at Thalia Mara Hall. $8.50-$18.50; call 601-960-1560. … Seryn performs at 8 p.m. at Duling Hall. For ages 18 and up. $8 advance, $12 at the door; call 601292-7121;


Enjoy signature pizzas from chef Jesse Houston and live music during Pop-Up Pizza from 4:30-10 p.m. at Sal & Mookie’s (565 Taylor St.). Food prices vary; call 601-3681919; find Pop-Up Pizza on Facebook. … The Path Wine Tasting is at 6:30 p.m. at Amerigo (6592 Old Canton Road). RSVP. $20 plus tax and tip; call 601-977-0563.


The Millsaps Arts and Lecture Series continues with Robin Mather of The Good Earth News Magazine and horticulturist Felder Rushing speaking at 7 p.m. at Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex (1701 N. State St.). $10; call 601-974-1130.


Myrlie Evers-Williams talks about her late husband, civil rights activist Medgar Evers, during History Is Lunch at noon at the Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Free; call 601576-6998. More at and

*&0 30/.3/2%$%6%.43 Operation Shoestring Spring Fling April 25, 7:30 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Enjoy refreshments, a cash bar and music from Mingo Fishtrap in the Art Garden. Proceeds benefit Operation Shoestring. Sponsorships available. $20; call 601-353-6336, ext. 27; Jackson Streets Alive April 27, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at North Congress between Capitol and Mississippi streets. Bike Walk Mississippi hosts the festival. Traffic is blocked off to encourage citizens to travel by foot or bicycle. Enjoy art, music, concessions, and games such as bike polo, hula hooping and roller skating. Fitness classes at Smith Park (Yazoo Street) Free; email bikewalk@bikewalkmississippi. org; find Jackson Streets Alive on Facebook. JFP Chef Week April 28-May 4, at multiple Jackson locations. Enjoy a signature dish from participating chefs at local restaurants, and proceeds go to a local charity. Free; call 601-362-6121, ext. 11. See for details.

#/--5.)49 Events at Hilton Jackson (1001 E. County Line Road). â&#x20AC;˘ Gulf States Camera Club Council Convention April 25-28. The keynote speaker is WLBTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Walt Grayson. Open to the public. $30-$60 per event; â&#x20AC;˘ La Reina de Cinco de Mayo Mississippi Pageant, Segment 4 April 27, 2 p.m. Watch pageant contestants participate in a formal wear

competition. The winner is crowned May 4 at the Cinco de Mayo Mississippi Festival. Free; Events at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). â&#x20AC;˘ History Is Lunch April 24, noon. Author Andrew Haley presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dining in Eleven Different Languages: Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cosmopolitan Cuisine.â&#x20AC;? Free; call 601-576-6998. â&#x20AC;˘ Modern Architecture Bus Tour April 26, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Includes a slide preview and a bus tour through the Fondren commercial district, Woodland Hills, Medgar Eversâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; post-war subdivision and Eastover. Lunch at Brentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Space limited. $40; call 601-576-6953. Kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Outdoor Skills Challenge Event April 27-28, noon-4 p.m., at Bass Pro Shops (100 Bass Pro Drive, Pearl). Enjoy fishing and archery challenges, crafts and prizes. Free; call 601933-3700. Bruin Classic Golf Tournament April 26, 11:30 a.m., at Country Club of Canton (183 Country Club Road, Canton). Registration and lunch is at 11:30 a.m., the shotgun start is at 1 p.m. and cocktail hour is at 5 p.m. The event is a fundraiser for St. Joseph Catholic School. $800 team of six; call 601-898-4800, ext. 138. Mississippi Opportunity to Learn Conference April 27-28, at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). The conference is open to students, parents, educators and education advocates. Registration required. Free; call 601353-8452. Homebuyer Education Class April 27, 8:30 a.m.5 p.m., at Jackson Housing Authority Homeown-

ership Center (256 E. Fortification St.). Topics include personal finances, home inspections and the role of lenders and real estate agents. Registration required. Free; call 601-398-0446.

Precinct 4 COPS Meeting April 25, 5:30 p.m., at Redeemer Church (640 E. Northside Drive). These monthly forums are designed to help resolve community issues. Free; call 601-960-0004.

Jackson Adult Kickball League Games April 28, 3-7 p.m., at Legion Field (400 South Drive). Teams consist of adults ages 25-60, and a game begins each hour. Concessions sold. Part of the World Adult Kickball Association. Free; email

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Friend or Foe: Breaking the Silence to Stop the Violence - Abuse Stops Hereâ&#x20AC;? April 27, 9 a.m.-11 a.m., at Relevant Empowerment Church (3900 W. Northside Drive). The workshop, for youth ages 18 and under and their parents, covers topics such as recognizing inappropriate touching, sexual abuse and resources for victims of sexual assault. Registration required. Free; $10-$12 T-shirts (order in advance); call 662466-2006; email

Storyfolk Festival April 25, 4 p.m., at Madison Public Library (994 Madison Ave., Madison). The Youth Storytelling Club presents stories in the gazebo. Live music and refreshments included. Free; call 601-856-2749. Jackson State University Blue Bengal Athletic Association Garage Sale April 27, 7 a.m.-noon, at Metro 24 (3003 John R. Lynch St.). The sale is in the parking lot. Free; call 769-243-3996. Jackson Mayoral Candidates Debate April 30, 7-8:30 p.m., at Mississippi College School of Law (151 E. Griffith St.). In the student auditorium. The League of Women Voters hosts the debate that also airs on WAPTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s secondary channel 16-2. Free; call 601-372-8851 or 601-362-8577. Capital City Roller Girls Pre-season Party April 27, 7 p.m., at Ole Tavern on George Street (416 George St.). Meet the roller derby league members and get information on the upcoming season. Enjoy music from Black Water Burn, Anthony Ainsworth, Centerpeace and the band formerly known as Soul Skard. $5 cover; call 601383-4885; email capitalcityrollergirlsms@gmail. com or; find Capital City Roller Girls on Facebook.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Cotillion Pre-Tea Interest Meeting April 27, 3 p.m., at Richard Wright Library (515 W. McDowell Road). The Rho Lambda Omega Chapter is the host. Girls in grades 9-12 may attend the learn more about the upcoming cotillion. Free; email aka.rlo1988@ Teen Time (Grades 6-12) April 25, 3:304:30 p.m., at Ridgeland Public Library (397 Highway 51, Ridgeland). Talk about comics and make comic bubble boards. Free; call 601-856-4536. Jackson People Action Coalition Economic Summit April 24-26, at Union Station (300 W. Capitol St.). Signature events include a clergy breakfast April 24, a health fair April 25, and a mayoral forum and black-tie affair April 26. Guest speakers include James Meredith, Cindy AyersElliott and Dr. Aaron Shirley. $50 per day, $150 three days, $75 black tie gala only, $50 additional gala ticket; call 601-421-5258 or 404-915-8626. PRUH(9(176VHHSDJH


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New Bourbon St. Jazz (Restaurant) Morningbell Presents… Vietnam (Red Room) $5 advance $7 door 8:00pm

Thursday 4/25:

Hinds CC Rock Showcase (Big Room)

FRIDAY 4/26:

Lucky Hand Blues Band (Restaurant) Otis Lotus (Red Room)


Southern Grass (Restaurant) Grady Champion (Red & Big Room)

MONDAY 4/29:

Central MS Blues Society’s Blue Mondays (Restaurant)


PubQuiz with Erin (Restaurant) Beware of Darkness (Red Room)


Oyster Open Gold Tournament email for details




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Jackson Audubon Society Spring Migration Field Trip April 27, 7:45 a.m.-noon, at Vicksburg Military Park (Clay St., Vicksburg). An expert birder leads the expedition. Look for warblers, tanagers, thrushes, orioles, flycatchers and more. Carpoolers may meet at McDonald’s in Clinton (474 Springridge Road, Clinton) at 7 a.m. to travel to the park. $8 park entrance fee per car; call 601-832-6788;

• “Deception” May 1, 5 p.m. John M. Floyd signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $24.95 book. Applause! Writer Series April 25, noon-1 p.m., at Eudora Welty Library (300 N. State St.), in the Ellen Douglas Room. Photographer Ken Murphy is the speaker. Sack lunches welcome. Free; call 601-968-5807 or 601-968-5820.

#2%!4)6%#,!33%3 7%,,.%33 Cancer Prevention Study 3 (CPS-3). The American Cancer Society seeks volunteers ages 30-65 without a history of cancer to participate in the long-term study. Call 888-604-5888; • April 24, 3-6:30 p.m., at Broadmoor Baptist Church (1531 Highland Colony Parkway, Madison), in the Gold Room, second floor. • April 24, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., at Mississippi State Capitol (400 High St.), in room 113. • April 25, 3-6:30 p.m., April 26, 7-11:30 a.m. and April 27, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at Central Mississippi Medical Center (1850 Chadwick Drive), in the main lobby, second floor. • April 26, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and April 27, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at Hinds Community College, Rankin Campus (3805 Highway 80 E., Pearl), in the Career and Technical Building, room 204. On the Road to Health Bike Ride April 27, 7 a.m.-2 p.m., at Old Trace Park (Post Road, Ridgeland). Ride up to 64 miles along the Natchez Trace. Ride at least 15 miles to receive a Tshirt. Proceeds benefit the On the Road to Health initiative. Free; call 601-853-2011; Free Mental-Health Screenings May 1, 8 a.m.4:30 p.m., at Hinds Behavioral Health Services (3450 Highway 80 W.). Adults receive screenings in honor of Mental Health Month. Free; call 601321-2400.


Shut Up and Create! April 27, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. JFP Editor-in-Chief Donna Ladd’s interactive workshop includes games, exercises and tools to help you be more creative. Includes materials and lunch. $50; call 601-362-6121, ext. 15; email

%8()")43!.$/0%.).'3 Millsaps Senior Art Show through May 13, at Lewis Art Gallery (Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex, 1701 N. State St.). See works from Suzanne Glemot, Eric Bennett and Lura Glazer. The gallery talk is April 26 at 2 p.m. Free; call 601-974-1762; Slow Art Day April 27, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). The program encourages the public to look at art for extended periods to appreciate it more. Includes lunch. RSVP online. Free; call 601960-1515;

"%4(%#(!.'% Belk Charity Sale April 27, 6 a.m.-10 a.m., at Belk (1200 E. County Line Road, Ridgeland, and 150 Dogwood Ave., Flowood). Proceeds from ticket sales benefit participating local charities. $5 tickets; call 601-991-2017 or 601-919-5000. Make-A-Wish Golf Tournament April 26, 10:30 a.m., at Deerfield Country Club (264 Deerfield Club Drive, Canton). Registration required. $150, $600 team of four; call 601-366-9474.

“Lights! Camera! Imagination!” Talent Search April 26, 5:30-8 p.m., at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). The museum seeks children ages 3-12 to feature in future radio and printed ads. Online registration required. $10 donation; call 601-981-5469.

Kairos of Mississippi Prison Ministry Golf Tournament April 26, 10:45 a.m., at Eagle Ridge Golf Course (1500 Raymond Lake Road, Highway 18 S., Raymond). The grand prize is a golf cart. Registration required. $75, $300 team of four; call 601-896-6543.

“Noises Off” Auditions April 29-30, at Black Rose Theatre (103 Black St., Brandon). Production dates are June 13-16 and June 20-23. Free; call 601-825-1293;

Relay for Life, Madison County April 26, 6 p.m., at Historic Canton Square (Courthouse Square, Canton). Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. Registration fees vary; call 601-622-0581.

Mississippi School of the Arts Call for Applicants through May 1, at Mississippi School of the Arts (308 W. Cherokee St., Brookhaven). 10thgrade dance students must have applications in by May 1 to audition. Call 601-823-1300.

Governor’s 5K Run for Health April 27, 8 a.m., at Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.). Benefits Batson Children’s Hospital. $25 in advance, $30 day of race;

,)4%2!29!.$3)'.).'3 Events at Lemuria Books (Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). Call 601-366-7619. • “The Darkling” April 26, 5 p.m. Carolyn Haines signs books. Haines wrote the novel under the pseudonym of R.B. Chesterton. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $24.95 book • “The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope” April 29, 5 p.m. Rhonda Riley signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $15.99 book • “From Midnight to Guntown: True Crime Stories from a Federal Prosecutor in Mississippi” April 30, 5 p.m. John R. Hailman signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $35 book.

Clothing Giveaway April 27, 9-11 a.m., at Sheppard Brothers Park (1355 Hattiesburg St.). The Greater Is He Outreach Ministry is the host. Donations welcome. Free; call 769-257-8494. Women Build Fundraiser April 25, 5-7 p.m., at View Gallery (1107 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 105, Ridgeland). 10 percent of art sale proceeds go toward the construction of a Habitat home. Free admission; call 601-353-6060 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 601-510-9019. 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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ip hip hooray! It is almost summer time! It seems that everyone has caught spring fever and is ready to get out and about for some good times here in the City with Soul. Also, a lot of us are counting down the days until summertime arrivesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;I know I am, and so are many of my teacher friends. The next couple of weeks is jammed packed with lots of activities for all ages. On Thursday, April 25, the Mississippi Museum of Art will host a benefit for the non-profit after-school program Operation Shoestring. Texas rockers Mingo Fishtrap, Chelsea Crowell, and Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own Scott Albert Johnson and Chalmers Davis will perform at this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event. The show starts at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are only $20. Founded in 1968, Operation Shoestring helps hundreds of children and families in the Jackson area with everything from after-school tutoring to lifeskills workshops and professional training for adults. This organization is very dear to my heart, so please come out and support such a great cause. For more information about this event, or to learn more about Operation Shoestring, visit On Saturday, April 27, I am super excited about Jackson Streets Alive, on Congress Street, between Yazoo Street and East Amite Street. In the Streets Alive movement, cities nationwide close down streets in their downtown areas and promote open areas, where people can ride their bikes, skateboard, walk, dance, etc., as well as support active living. Take part in interactive games such as a jump rope competition, bean bag toss and kickball relay races. The Jackson Bike Polo teams and the Magnolia Roller Vixens roller derby team will be on hand to present

demos to the crowd. Free fitness classes at the Smith Park stage, such as yoga, Zumba, Pilates, bellydancing and hula hooping, will be offered to the public too. As if that wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t enough to entertain you, Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorites will perform at the intersection of Congress Street and Capitol Street. Bands such as Mark Roemer, AJC and The Envelope Pushers, Buddy and the Squids, Cody Cox and 5th Child, and The Southern Komfort Brass Band will entertain the crowd. The event is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free to the public. Volunteers are still needed to help out so if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re interested, email bikewalk@ to find out how you can help. Tell your friends and family members about it, and letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s make downtown Jackson one big playground! I am really excited to announce that Jackson will get to host yet another parade, so parade krewes, go ahead and start preparing for this one too. Mark your calendars for Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first annual event, the Cinco de Mayo Mississippi Festival, which will take place Saturday, May 4, starting at 11 a.m. The festival promises to be funfilled, with everything from Charro Mexican Rodeo cowboys to ethnic Mexican food. The event will have a great lineup of music. The headliners of the event are Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own Bobby Rush and renowned Spanish superstar Bobby Pulido. Zac Craven, Latinismo, and Lurry Sigue and the Creole Stompers, as will several dance groups. The event will take place at Capitol and Congress Streets, and Smith Park. Admission to the festival will be $10 in advance and $15 at the gate. For more information, visit I hope to see you out and about in the next few weeksâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;just remember, summer is just around the corner!





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Fixing Defense in the Draft by Bryan Flynn



he New Orleans Saints should fo- in Dallas last season if you look back at be a good pick in Ryanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s defense. cus on two things during the 2013 the injuries and the fact that he lost two The Saints also need help with a pass NFL Draft: their defense and their players due to a car wreck. The Cowboys rush, and an outside-the-box first-round offensive line. would have made the playoffs if they had pick or an early second-round pick (if the The good news for the Saints is this defeated the Washington Redskins, but Saints can trade backâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;New Orleans lost draft is deep with defensive players, offen- Tony Romo imploded, throwing three their second round pick this season due to sive tackles and linemen. The bad news for costly interceptions. bounty gate) could be Southern Miss lineSaints fans is the team only has five picks to Now, letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s take a look at what the backer Jamie Collins. fill their needs in the draft. Collins broke the NFL The Saints defense was one Combine record in the broad of the worst in NFL history last jump by two inches when he season, and New Orleans hired leaped 11 feet, 7 inches. His former Dallas Cowboys defensive work at the combine opened a coordinator Rob Ryan to fix the lot of eyes to the ability Collins unit. Ryan will have his hands full has, but he gets labeled with the with an aging defense that canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t â&#x20AC;&#x153;potentialâ&#x20AC;? tag since he is still cover or rush the passer. growing into his body. Last season, the Saints ranked I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know if Collins 31st in pass defense, giving up an will still be around in the third average of 293 yards per game, and round when the Saints draft only produced 30 sacks, tying the with the 75th overall pick. But unit for 25th place with the New Mississippi State defensive tackle York Jets and Philadelphia Eagles. Josh Boyd could be there to plug The Saints need to find fresh defensive players during the New Orleans was tied with the up the middle for New Orleans. 2013 NFL Draft to ensure the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s defense keeps up Houston Texans for 14th in interThe Saints could use their with its offense. ceptions with 15 picks last season. final three picks in the draft to In Dallas, Ryanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s defense was focus on offensive tackle and tied for 20th in sacks, with 34 wide receiver. New Orleans sacks, and 19th in pass defense, giving up Saints might do in the draft this week. One needs to find players to protect Drew Brees 230 yards per game. The Cowboys tied for catch: We are going to add a Mississippi and tackle is a weak spot on the line. dead last in interceptions, with just seven. twist by finding a player from Mississippi Here are two players who could fit the New Orleans forced 12 fumbles last schools for New Orleans. bill for New Orleans at offensive tackle. season, which left them tied for 27th place, Ryan loves to play man coverage with Jason Weaver from Southern Miss and Terand the Cowboys forced 15 fumbles to tie his corners, and the Saints would be wise rell Brown from Ole Miss. Brown is the for 17th in the league. The bright side is to take a cornerback with their first pick. heaviest player in this draft at 388 pounds, that the Saints recovered 11 of their forced Johnthan Banks of Mississippi State should but he is 6-foot-10. fumbles and Dallas only recovered nine of still be on the board when New Orleans The Saints could also draft in the later their forced fumbles. makes their pick in the first round with the rounds Mississippi State receiver Chad Something to keep in mind is that Dal- 15th overall pick. Bumphis, Terrance Lewis from Alcorn or las suffered a ton of injuries on defense last New Orleans might try to trade back Tracy Lampley out of Southern Miss. season. Ryan kept that patch-worked unit to get more picks, and San Francisco, SeatLate-round picks can be used on together to keep the Cowboys in the playoff tle and Atlanta might be willing trade part- luxury picks, like wide receiver, but the hunt until the final game of the season. ners. If the Saints can trade back, Darius Saints must use early picks and trades to fix Rob Ryan did an underrated job Slay of Mississippi State University could their defense.

Bryanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rant

April 24 - 30, 2013



Scouting the Picks





by Bryan Flynn

The NFL Draft starts Thursday and ends Saturday and 254 college football playersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; dreams will come true when they hear their name announced. The waiting will be the hardest part for some players. THURSDAY, APRIL 25 NFL (7-11 p.m., ESPN): Round one of the 2013 NFL Draft begins with the Kansas City Chiefs making the first overall pick of the draft for the first time in the franchiseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history. FRIDAY, APRIL 26 NFL (5:30-11 p.m., ESPN): Round two and three of the 2013 NFL Draft are in primetime for the second day in a row as teams try to find starters in a deep draft. SATURDAY, APRIL 27 NFL (11 a.m.-6 p.m., ESPN): The final day of the 2013 NFL Draft ends with the 254th pick at the end of rounds four through seven. SUNDAY, APRIL 28 NHL (6-9 p.m., NBC Sports Network): In a game delayed because of the Boston Marathon bombing, the Ottawa Senators face the Boston Bruins in the final NHL regular season game. MONDAY, APRIL 29 MLB (6-9 p.m., ESPN): The two teams currently battling for the top spot in the National League East meet up as the Atlanta Braves host the Washington Nationals. TUESDAY, APRIL 30 NBA (7 p.m.-1 a.m., TNT): The NBA Playoffs continue with teams to be announced depending on how far the first round series go in the east and the west. WEDNESDAY, MAY 1 MLB (6-9 p.m., ESPN): The third game of a four-game series that started Monday features the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves hosting the secondplace Washington Nationals. Even if a college player doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hear his named called during the NFL Draft, they could still have a chance to live their dream as an undrafted free agent. Follow Bryan Flynn at, @jfpsports and at

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Coast Reflections by Tiffany Langlinais


he Mississippi Gulf Coast has always had a special place in my heart. In recent years while living in Jackson, I have become an adamant advocate for staying close to my Biloxi roots. On a visit to the coast a couple weekends ago, I employed my friendsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; help to gather materials for a project I had in mind. We stopped by one of the local shrimp yards to collect the sun-bleached oyster shellsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;that once form the coastal gravel of the Back Bay shoresâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;to help me make this weekendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s project.

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Note: You will need to clean the oyster shells. After researching options, I decided to wash mine in the top rack of my dishwasher. Depending on your particular make and model, this might harm your dishwasher, so look into it carefully. You may need to soak and scrub the shells another way.

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Paint the plywood with two coats of white acrylic paint. Let dry. Mark a 9â&#x20AC;? border from the edge of each side with pencil.

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Spray the center of the bordered area with the spray adhesive, let dry one minute to induce tackiness. Spray the back of the mirror (let dry one minuteâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;do steps 3 and 4 simultaneously). Place mirror on the designated area and press into place evenly. Place a towel to cover the mirror portion and then place books, weights, etc. on top of mirror for consistent pressure.

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