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ebra Ferguson says she and her husband of 38 years don’t vacation very well. Ferguson, a photographer, and Owen Taylor, her husband and business partner, a freelance journalist, co-own AgFax Media, a 24/7 news site clearing house of agricultural news and information ( “We are all about agriculture,” Ferguson, 59, says. Although she operates on many levels of business, agriculture remains at the center. A major focus of her work is Southern Images Photography, which specializes in photographs for agribusiness, stock images for commercial use and rural lifestyles for editorial and fine art clients. They operate their business from their home in Brandon. The 1974 Delta State University graduate grew up in the Delta on a soybean and rice farm near Skene, a small town a little southwest of Cleveland, Miss. Her brother still operates the family farm there. She met her future husband, Taylor, while attending Delta State. The couple has two children: Sarah Condon, who is attending Yale Divinity School, and Aaron Taylor, currently an undergraduate at Delta State University. After graduating, the couple moved to Nashville for a decade or so where Ferguson a worked in a number of me-


dia related jobs and even had a stint as the editor of “The CB Times-Journal.” They moved to the Jackson area in 1986 to be closer to family and their only grandchild, Neil, son of Sarah and her husband Josh. Ferguson has stayed close to her Delta roots since returning to Mississippi. Her award-winning photography exhibit, “The Vanishing Delta,” was part of her attempt to “stop time at 1/60th of a second in the Delta,” she says. “It is a process shared by all those who grew up here, or chose it as home.” Ferguson grew up with a camera in her hand. “People died early in my life, and photos became very important to document the moment,” she says. A recent grant from the Mississippi Humanities Council to Delta State University will create a traveling exhibit to feature her photographs of the Delta “while layering southern authors ‘quotable quotes’ with historically accurate facts to present a stunningly visual and literary piece of Delta history,” says Emily Jones, and archivist at Delta State. Ferguson says one sentence in her “Vanishing Delta” exhibit sums up her feelings for the Delta: “I left the Delta, but the Delta never left me.” —Richard Coupe

Cover photograph of Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. by Trip Burns

10 Hats in the Ring

Candidates, candidates, candidates! Meet more of the folks running in this year’s city council and mayoral elections.

33 The Art of Prosthetics

Paul Fayard combines his passion for art and his background in science to create lifelike prosthetics—everything from hands to eyeballs.

41 Olympians Among Us

Ralph Boston’s amazing run as a three-time Olympic athlete is one of the highlights in the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame’s expanded Olympic Room.

4 ........... MAYORAL ENDORSEMENT 6 ........... COUNCIL ENDORSEMENTS 8 ............................................ TALKS 12 ................. BERTRAM-ROBERTS 12 ................................ EDITORIAL 13 .................................... OPINION 14 ............................ COVER STORY 25 ................................... WELLNESS 28 .................................... HITCHED 30 ......................................... FOOD 33 .......................................... ARTS 34 .......................................... FILM 36 ............................... EIGHT DAYS 37 ............................... JFP EVENTS 39 ....................................... MUSIC 40 ....................... MUSIC LISTINGS 41 ..................................... SPORTS 43 .................................... PUZZLES 45 .............................. ASTROLOGY 45 ............................. CLASSIFIEDS 46 ............................................ GIG


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RE-ELECT HARVEY JOHNSON JR. by the JFP Editorial Board


e drive on the same roads that our readers do, and we hear the stories about how hard it is for some people to get a permit from the city or an answer on when they’ll be shutting the street down for repairs, or a timetable for when the sewage leak will be taken care of. Because of that, we liked the idea of new blood in city government in 2013. We are, therefore, both excited and encouraged by the prospect of a number of new, younger city council members this time around. But the mayoral “new blood” isn’t working for us. While we went into this election cycle hoping to get behind a change agent or a turnaround specialist, we feel we can’t responsibly endorse the challengers that looked most exciting to us at the beginning of this mayoral campaign. The first rule at the JFP is “if you can’t run a campaign, then you can’t run a city.” Of the top five candidates we’ve asked to our offices for endorsement interviews, two had trouble filing their 2012 campaignfinance reports on time, and one is embroiled in too much controversy with his business to receive our endorsement at this time. (And Frank Bluntson’s past as head of the Juvenile Detention Center—and his evasive and content-free answers about it now—are simply too much baggage for him to overcome to get our endorsement.) Our editorial board never came to a unanimous decision, with the vote split 60/40 between Harvey Johnson and Chokwe Lumumba. Mr. Lumumba impresses us as both an intellectual and a “man of the people,” although, unfortunately, it isn’t always clear how widely he defines “the people.” In his endorsement interview, he took great care to help us understand that he would work for people of all ethnicities and backgrounds in Jack-

son; in speeches some of us have witnessed in the past, however, he has been very divisive and, frankly, anti-white. Anti-black or similar rhetoric in the recent past of a white candidate would preclude him from receiving our endorsement; the same cri-

teria must apply to Mr. Lumumba. (His campaign also had to file its 2012 financial report at our prompting weeks after it was due, which is a red flag.) What Lumumba does bring to the table are some good ideas—and even some radical ones—that we’re not completely convinced he would be able to implement as mayor. Ideas like increasing police pay, expanding student worker programs and being more aggressive in our stance with the Legislature impressed many of us during his interview. Ultimately, ideas that help create new economic opportunity and that build wealth for families throughout the city of Jackson—instead of just distributing that

wealth to the suburbs, Bentonville and China—are those that will help Jacksonians rise to their potential. And those are ideas we’ll help bring to the forefront over the next four years. Regina Quinn would bring great energy to the office, and we applaud her for embracing her past and working to turn it into a strength. But Ms. Quinn has very little political or executive experience, and we’re concerned about the state of her campaign; she strikes us as an effective communicator but a less effective leader. After hours and hours of interviews with mayoral candidates, you realize something about Harvey Johnson: He knows a great deal about the mechanics of Jackson’s problems, and he’s served as an independent firewall for competing interests in this city that teems with competing interests— an important role for any mayor. He’s just, in a word, not that exciting. In 2013, we have some “visionary” candidates who lack executive experience to take on this continuing “turnaround” job. And we have an experienced executive who seems to execute sooo slowly. To be fair, Jackson is a city that has improved considerably in the past 10 years—new parks; a great foodie culture; a rich music scene; growth in Fondren, west and south Jackson; improvements in infrastructure; the Art Garden; the Convention Center Complex— stuff you can give credit to a whole lot of folks for, including Mayor Johnson. Heck, we never thought anything would replace that hulking K-Mart on Interstate 55 or the abandoned grocery stores that dot the landscape. Yet it’s happening. Jackson is a place with massive infrastructure problems and relatively little income to pay for them—problems that can’t be solved overnight with a lake or a sports franchise or a tax commission. It may take

all of those things or none of them—but it will take a city, working together on the small things, every day, to improve the lives of the people who live here, the people who work here and the people who visit. And “working together” means the people with the mayor, the business community with the mayor, the suburbs with the mayor—and the mayor with everybody, including suburbs, legislators, citizens and local business people. We endorsed Mayor Johnson four years ago and then, like many folks, we took a long breath knowing that the Melton administration was out of office. We take full responsibility for this endorsement this time around—and, in so doing, we pledge to watchdog the Johnson administration closely while offering a range of voices, ideas and encouragement for how Jackson can improve. This past term has seemed a little “comfortable” for Mayor Johnson; the next term, if the voters grant him one, will need to see better implementation, more impressive results, stronger hiring and more effective leadership from the Johnson administration. We believe Mayor Johnson is interested in building a strong legacy for himself while building a stronger Jackson for the widest possible constituency of Jacksonians. We also believe he has the wisdom and character to represent the city well and to improve on his record thus far. Vote Harvey Johnson on May 7, 2013, in the Democratic primary for Jackson mayor. Listen to audio of all five of our endorsement interviews on each of the candidate pages at JFP editorial board consists of Todd Stauffer, Donna Ladd, Ronni Mott, R.L. Nave and Tyler Cleveland.

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Ronni Mott

Tyler Cleveland

R.L. Nave

Richard Coupe

Jane Flood

Bethany Bridges

Micah Smith

Kimberly Griffin

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

JFP city reporter Tyler Cleveland loves sports, good music and soul food. He can be found around Fondren when he’s not at City Hall watching Tony Yarber try to herd cats. Send him story tips to tyler@jacksonfree

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@

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

Jane Flood has led a full life. She has lived in, visited and tasted cuisine the world over. She has taught Pilates to Saints, written a romance novel and fed Thai royalty. She currently lives in Fondren. She wrote a food feature.

Bethany Bridges is currently a high school History and English teacher. She enjoys discussing politics, watching family guy, and spending time with her family. Her ultimate goal in life is to raise a happy and sane family.

Micah Smith recently graduated from Mississippi College where he studied English and Journalism. When not writing reviews or his music column, he performs with the local band Sun Ballet.

Advertising Director Kimberly Griffin is a fitness buff and foodie who loves chocolate and her mama. She’s also Michelle Obama’s super secret BFF, which explains the Secret Service detail.

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WARD 3: Former

police officer Zachery Williams The former police and Mississippi Gaming Commission officer has done his homework since the 2011 special election and come out on the other side looking like a

WARD 4: Veteran

De’Keither Stamps An Iraq war veteran, Stamps is running to assume the vacated position of mayoral candidate Frank Bluntson. Stamps inspired us with his talk about changing the Ward 4 culture by building on a rich history he learned about while growing up working on his family farm. Stamps does not agree with state oversight of spending on a proposed 1-percent sales tax increase in Jackson, and pledged in his interview with the JFP to stand up for the capital city in negotiations; we believe he will also use his gravitas to build bridges with the suburbs and the state. Interview at

Jackson Municipal Elections

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The Candidates







WARD 5: Footcare

specialist Plavise Patterson Plavise Patterson came out of nowhere to be a voice of common sense in a wild race for the Ward 5 City Council seat. She believes our focus should be on small business expansion, opposes charter schools and wants development to come to Jackson, but not at the cost of fixing infrastructure. Her work with the youth of Ward 5 is encouraging, and her platform of promoting arts and entertainment in Jackson should make it a more appealing place to the next generation of Mississippians. Interview at WARD 6: City

Council President Tony Yarber Yarber is one of two sitting City Council members (in contested races) that the JFP is endorsing, mostly because his no-nonsense approach as City Council president has been commendable. Yarber won his seat in 2009, and since then has worked for the people of Ward 6 by engaging south Jack-









son young people and campaigning against drug paraphernalia at convenience stores. He formed two new committees, the Education and Youth Ad Hoc Committee and the Economic Development Committee, and did the best with what he had to work with when appointing heads of the various other committees. Interview at TRIP BURNS

solid candidate for city council. His experience working on the Farish Street Festival executive committee, the non-profit 100 Black Men and his graduation from the FBI’s citizens class are all commendable. Williams wants to see renters become homeowners and Jackson become more business-friendly, two changes that will certainly help him achieve his goal of stabilizing our communities. Interview at


estate broker Stacey Webb Stacey Webb might not have been ready to lead Ward 2 in 2009, but he is now. In the last election, Webb, a relative newcomer, ran against current mayoral candidate Chokwe Lumumba. Since then, Webb has earned a degree with Jackson State University, completed work at the Citizens Police Academy and graduated from the Leadership Jackson program. We like his tough talk on promoting small businesses as opposed to mourning the loss of big-box stores, his laser focus on infrastructure needs and his commitment to doing what’s right to help the city of Jackson as opposed to just Ward 2. Interview at


WARD 2: Real



The Jackson Free Press endorses the following candidates in contested council races:

WARD 7: City

Councilwoman Margaret BarrettSimon Barrett-Simon has long been a voice of reason on the council, and has a long list of accomplishments during her city service. We’ve known her opponent, June Hardwick, a long time, though, and admire her intelligence and grit. However, Hardwick did not file a campaign-finance report for 2012 even as we knew she spent money on her campaign, and later did not show up for two scheduled interviews in which we planned to ask her about the report, among other questions. Thus, we do not see Hardwick as ready for the rigors of public office, while Barrett-Simon brings her experience and energetic dedication back to the council once again. We encourage Hardwick to get organized and try again in the future. Interview at












Thursday, April 25 Canton school officials announce that Nissan North America is giving the district a $500,000 grant to help at-risk students. ‌ U.S. senators end air-traffic controllers’ furloughs and delays for millions of travelers. Friday, April 26 Mississippi lawmakers grant Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. $330 million in incentives to build a tire plant in Clay County. ‌ Country musician George Jones passes away at 81. Saturday, April 27 Federal authorities arrest James Everett Dutschke in Tupelo in the case involving poison ricin sent to the president and a U.S. Senator. ‌ Anti-war protesters demonstrate outside a Royal Air Force base in London over a new drone-operating squadron in eastern England. Sunday, April 28 Taliban bombs targeting politicians in northwestern Pakistan kill 11 people. ‌ A national study reveals that America’s blacks voted at a higher rate than other minority groups in 2012 surpassing white turnout for the first time.

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Monday, April 29 Proponents of universal background checks for firearms announce plans for a campaign exploring whether they will have more success by taking the issue directly to voters. ‌ Five car bombs strike in predominantly Shiite cities and districts in Iraq, killing 36 people and wounding dozens.


Tuesday, April 30 The Mississippi Innocence Project files a brief in support of Mississippi death-row inmate Willie Jerome Manning, who says forensic technology that was unavailable at the time of his trial would prove he is innocent. ‌ A Pakistani court bans former military ruler Pervez Musharraf from running for public office for the rest of his life. Get news updates at

Lee’s Legal Troubles Multiply by Donna Ladd and Ronni Mott


he week before the Democratic priThe day after the JFP received the origi- didn’t want them. He will not reveal that mary went from bad to worse for nal documents in an unmarked envelope in customer, but a person with knowledge of mayoral candidate Jonathan Lee the mail, Lee was scheduled for an interview the situation said the customer is a governwhen news emerged Monment agency based in the Jackson day that a fifth supplier, Diversey area. Inc., is suing his family business, Mississippi Products Inc., Mississippi Products Inc., for nonwhich enjoys contract advantages payment. The new documents for being minority- and veteranjoined revelations just days before owned, has served a variety of govthat Lee’s company had lost four ernment clients, including federal lawsuits for non-payment and that correction facility, the University he has never owned the company, of Mississippi Medical Center, the despite running for office as a “small Mississippi State Hospital at Whitbusiness owner.â€? field, and others. The Diversey complaint, a The original court documents public document filed in Hinds showed that Hinds County Judge County Court Dec. 2, 2012, and Melvin Priester had signed three emailed to the Jackson Free Press default judgment orders against by a Harvey Johnson Jr. campaign Mississippi Products Inc. for at least supporter, was the fifth potential $123,296.71 to three vendors. On judgment against Mississippi ProdJune 25, 2012, Priester awarded ucts Inc. to emerge in a week. The a judgment for $25,082.55 plus JFP broke the story last Wednesday $879.61 in interest to Pitt Plastics of what Lee calls around $200,000 Inc.; on Aug. 16, 2012, he awarded worth of debts the businessman’s $74,518.13 plus $3,756.53 in inMayoral candidate Jonathan Lee says his company’s legal company owes to various suppliers terest to Georgia Pacific; and on troubles are “not germaneâ€? to his candidacy. in several states. March 14, 2013, he awarded 3M The Diversey suit came to the a default judgment of $19,059.79 JFP’s attention the day before Lee reported with the editorial board. Presented with the plus 8 percent interest. In each of the three that his campaign had raised $334,560 since documents, Lee said he already knew they cases, Priester also awarded the plaintiffs Jan. 1, $183,000 more than the incumbent. had been mailed around, saying that it was $5,000 in attorney’s fees plus court costs. Of that total, Lee wrote himself a check for an attempt to “impede our momentum.â€? On March 14, 2013, Priester signed $140,000. “We have an ongoing contractual dis- an “order allowing examination of judgThe Lee company has already lost the pute,â€? Jonathan Lee said in the interview. ment debtor Mississippi Products Inc.â€? He first four cases, according to the documents, â€œâ€Ś There’s little I can say.â€? He attributed granted Georgia Pacific lawyers permission because they did not show up in court or an- the judgments to a disagreement between to examine “all books, papers, documents swer the legal filings. Thus, the judges issued Mississippi Products, vendors and a former and all other notes of any kind‌â€? and or“default judgments,â€? meaning that the com- customer who had ordered the products dered that a subpoena be issued and “served pany is now on the hook for the payments. through his company and then decided they upon the above Judgment Debtor, TRIP BURNS

Wednesday, April 24 An eight-story building housing garment factories collapses near Bangladesh’s capital, killing at least 300 people. ‌ The Rhode Island Senate passes gay-marriage legislation. ... The JFP breaks the news of Jonathan Lee’s default judgments.

TOP 10 CLICHÉS OF THE 2013 JACKSON CITY ELECTIONS The Jackson Free Press has interviewed about 50 candidates for city council and 10 mayoral candidates. Suffice it to say, that there were some recurring ideas and themes. Here are some of the most repeated phrases of the campaign:

“Something needs to happen with Farish Street.� “Stronger neighborhoods.� “Jackson doesn’t even have a movie theater.�

“Engaging the youth of today.�

“Everyone needs to work collaboratively together.�

“Developing new businesses.�

“Making the tough decisions.�

“We need to bring everyone to the table.� “Jackson is my home.�



Mississippi Products Inc., to be served on Jonathan Lee at 2457 Valley St.� to appear on April 4, 2013, to be examined under oath. Lee declined to say whether he appeared in court but said he didn’t ignore it. The documents also contained a docket page from LaPorte (Ind.) Circuit Court showing that Filter Specialists Inc. filed a claim against Mississippi Products Inc. on Dec. 14, 2011, with a default judgment for $20,700 entered against the company on Jan. 17, 2012. The fifth lawsuit, revealed earlier this week, indicates that Mississippi Products Inc. owes Diversey Inc., a provider of commercial cleaning, sanitation and hygiene based in Wisconsin, $23,923.75 for products the company purchased on credit in October 2011, when Lee was running the company as president. Lee attributed the default judgments to the fact that his family business is a “middleman� between the vendors and a contractor

that Mississippi Products Inc. supplies. The Lee business resells disposable products to medical, janitorial, administrative, industrial and filtration companies, and provides warehouse space, its website states. Lee insisted that the default judgments resulted from a typical “business disputeâ€? and are all still “in negotiations,â€? despite the language in the court documents indicating otherwise. “We’re in negotiation to handle this matter with all the vendors. ‌ We don’t think we’re wrong.â€? He would not, however, provide the name of the company’s attorney or provide more information confirming that negotiations are in process. The candidate strongly emphasized that he was no longer president of the company when the judgments were rendered—saying that he stepped down from that position effective Dec. 31, 2011, and that current secretary of state documents would prove it. But they didn’t. The 2012 corporate annual report, dated Oct. 8, 2012, for Mis-

sissippi Products Inc., lists Jonathan J. Lee as president and Jean Lee (his mother) as vice president—with his mother’s name on the signature line. Lee resigned as the company’s “registered agent� on Dec. 21, 2011, a week after the Indiana company sued. A “registered agent� is not necessarily the same as a company executive; often the “agent� is the attorney or corporate officer who handles corporate paperwork. On Oct. 25, 2012, R. Jean Lee, (Lee’s mother) filed to become the registered agent, nearly a year after her son removed his name as agent, yet the secretary of state does not list her as president. Lee emphasized to the JFP editorial board that he has never been an owner of Mississippi Products Inc., even though he told the Jackson Free Press in June 2012 that he was a “ a small business owner, (and) a black business owner.� He said he has not worked for the company since he resigned as president in late 2011 because “this is a full-

time thing, running for mayor.� When asked why he did not reveal the legal dispute with the business sooner, Lee said it is “not germane� to his campaign for mayor, also saying that he did not believe that a story about it is “fair.� He also said that he did not alert donors and supporters about it in advance of the documents being distributed this week. Candidate Lee, a Northwest Rankin and Mississippi State graduate who was chosen as chairman of the Jackson Chamber of Commerce about a year after he moved into Jackson in 2008, has long touted his experience running Mississippi Products Inc. as a primary reason to elect him mayor of Jackson. On his campaign website, Lee said he took over the family business after his father, John Lee, died; he was 24 when he took the helm. “Jonathan not only became the head of his family—but also the head of his father’s business,� his campaign site states. See for documents.

With Safety History, is Yokohama a Good Deal?



fter a day-long special legislative $222,625 for a total of 34 violations, includ- about $30,000, early last week, but most of session and an announcement in ing 22 during a June 2012 inspection. The the details of “Project Triathlon� remained West Point on Monday, April 29, company eventually negotiated most of the shrouded in secret until legislators met in a deal to bring a Yokohoma Tire fines down to $150,145. In March 2012, Jackson. The plant would be developed in Co. manufacturing plant to northwest Mis- the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency several phases, each introducing about 500 sissippi is now official. On April 26, law- also assessed the Salem plant a civil penalty of jobs. In the first phase, the state would spend makers approved a bond package worth up $49,340 for exceeding state limits on ethanol $48 million on site preparation, $11.75 milto $130 million on the tire lion for an onsite workforcemaker’s promise to bring training center and $9.5 mil2,000 jobs to Mississippi, lion to purchase the land for each paying an average salthe project. ary of per year $35,000. Mississippi officials As is always the case also said that the company with incentivizing economicconsidered 24 sites around development deals, the state the state and 3,000 sites is gambling that taxpayers’ nationwide for the $1.2 bil$60,000-per-job investment lion project. In a statement, in the Yokohama plant will Bryant said he was proud yield much bigger dividends “to welcome this worldin economic activity. The leader in tire manufacturcompany expects the project ing� to Mississippi. Other Mississippi will spend $130 million to lure a Japanese tire plant to to spend $1.2 billion on the legislative leaders, including northeastern Mississippi. The plant expects to create up to 2,000 project, scheduled to open Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and jobs, bringing the state’s investment to $60,000 per job. in early 2015. Speaker Philip, and most Yet the costs could be lawmakers from both pareven higher if Yokohama ties touted the project. continues the workplace and safety policies air emissions. Lawmakers had few objections as they that have dogged its other U.S. manufacturA message left at Yokohama’s Fullerton, spent the morning sending the legislation ing in the Salem, Va. Calif., headquarters on Monday was not im- through the committee process, although Between 2008 and 2012, the U.S. Oc- mediately returned. some legislators wondered when the state cupational Safety and Health AdministraGov. Phil Bryant convened Friday’s would steer similar projects to their areas of tion show fined the Yokohama facility for special session, which costs Mississippi the state.

Sen. John Polk, R-Hattiesburg, pointed out that south Mississippi has 36 percent of the state’s population, but eight of the last nine large-scale economic development projects are located north of Interstate 20, including the Nissan plant in Canton and the Toyota plant near Blue Springs. Rep. Rufus Straughter, D-Belzoni, echoed Polk’s sentiments, saying: “We need help in the Delta just as much as these other people do.� Officials tried to quell lawmakers’ discomfort by noting that that the Mississippi Development Authority, which assembled the state’s application, did not choose the site. Yokohama selected Mississippi from more than 3,000 locations under consideration nationwide. “We have to rely to on the entrepreneurs, the private developers to select the site,� said Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Jeff Smith, R-Columbus, on the House floor. Under the provisions of the bill, the company would not be required to pay sales tax on equipment it purchases for the plant. Any sales-tax revenue from the plant for Mississippi would be generated by sales taxes that employees pay on the goods they buy. Comment at Email R.L. Nave at

by R.L. Nave


DISH | Mayoral Candidates

Reeves: A Woman with a Vision by Tyler Cleveland

and more of those things. Without saying anything about my opponents, I do have vision, I do have integrity, I do know how to TRIP BURNS


ackson resident and business owner Charlotte Reeves prides herself on being a longtime resident of the city. Reeves graduated from Provine High School in 1965. She co-owns her company, A1 Pallets, with her husband, Monte, and the company is located close to the Jackson State University campus. The couple has a daughter and three grandchildren. Reeves, an active member of her community, has long sought the mayor’s office. She ran as a Republican candidate in her first two elections in 1997 and 2001, then as an independent in 2009. This time around, she is joining a crowded field of 10 Democrats. Why are you running for mayor?

I have a vision for Jackson. We can rebuild Jackson with VISA: that’s vision, integrity, structure and accountability. When you have those four things going for you, you can have a fabulous, vibrant and productive capital city. What distinguishes you from the other candidates? Do they not have those four qualities?

As the news keeps coming out, it’s more

owners for 22 years. We recycle wooden pallets in the inner city area of Jackson. We chose to do this because we wanted to help the inner-city people find jobs, and we wanted to help the environment. When we started doing this, it was before the environment was a big issue. We saw the need, and we saw it would be needed one day. We save 50,000 trees a year selling these pallets back at lower prices. Our employees come from the inner city. Our employees come from all walks of life— some are coming out of halfway houses, some have criminal backgrounds. There’s a need for employing people from all walks of life. We know you own land there near Jackson State University. Did you recently pledge to move your business to accommodate a football stadium?

Charlotte Reeves is hoping her fourth run for mayor of Jackson will prove successful.

manage my money, and I do know how to run a business. My husband and I have been business

We did. We have 20-plus acres right there. We’ve been neighbors of the university for 30 years. We can even hear the Sonic Boom (of the South) practicing. We have two locations, but one of them is at 605 Clifton. We met with JSU, and we have an agreement that we will relocate our company and our residence so they can build on the

land. We’re going to negotiate the land, but we have agreed to move if they can get it done. It would provide 1,800 jobs. It would do wonders for the area. We also have land that connects that area to the convention center, and we know business will boom around a new stadium. How did you acquire all that property?

When you’ve been in the area as long as we have and been cutting the grass and doing those type things to make sure the area around you is nice, then it comes up for sale, at some point it’s cheaper just to buy it. We have such faith in Jackson, even when people are laughing at us for staying in the area we are in. If we moved off to a gated community— and I have nothing against a gated community—we would probably be afraid to come to that part of town. We would lose sight of what is going on in those neighborhoods. I want to see Jackson be so vibrant that people can’t talk about “that part of town” anymore. There won’t be a “that side of town.” Read the full interview and other JFP stories about Reeves at Email Tyler Cleveland at tyler@

Jones: Living Up to Potential by Ronni Mott

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Why do you want to be mayor of Jackson?

I think that there are a lot of things go-

10 ing on in Jackson; Jackson has a lot of poten-

tial, but I don’t think we’re living up to it, because the people don’t seem to have a vision for getting things done to make the city more than the status quo.

sure that we’re spending our money in Jackson rather than taking it across county lines.

When you say the people, do you mean the administration?



ohn H. Jones Jr. is a highly educated and experienced administrator, and he wants to bring those qualities to the Jackson mayor’s office. At 58, Jones holds three degrees from Jackson State University: a bachelor’s in industrial management earned in 1988, a master’s in education/technology management from the following year, and doctorate in educational administration of higher education earned in 1997. Jones was born in Thornton, near Tchula, Miss., and graduated salutatorian in 1974 from East Flora High School. His technical experience began in the U.S. Air Force, where he was an air-traffic control technician, and he has taught tech courses in a number of colleges. He and his second wife, Susie, live in north Jackson’s Ward 1. They married in 1991. Jones has three grown children by first wife.

Yes. I don’t have anything personal against Harvey Johnson, but I don’t think he’s moving the city along at the pace that we need to be moving along. … I think Harvey has a vision, but it’s not the vision that I would have. Tell me about yours.

when I say “those people,” I mean those cities. We need to do like a metropolitan consortium, or something of that nation. When an industry moves to Madison or moves to Ridgeland, they’re moving (there) because of their proximity to Jackson. So, we just need to take a greater leadership role and be more aggressive in attracting new industry into the area. You said infrastructure was going to be your number 2 priority.

It may not necessarily be my number two. I plan to attack all of our—the 10 things listed on my platform, all of those things will be attacked, but some of them will be attacked more vigorously than others. Mayoral candidate John Jones believes he can

My vision is to make Jack- set a faster pace for Jackson than the current son the premiere city in the state administration. of Mississippi. We are the largest city in the state of Mississippi, but we’re—I As mayor, what would you do don’t know—we’re like stepchildren to Pearl, differently than what Harvey Johnson Ridgeland, Madison. We should be leader- is doing now in terms of creating those ship for those people. We should be taking relationships with those cities? a leadership role. I don’t mind working colWell, as I say, work collaboratively with laboratively with those cities, but we’ve got to all of those people. We can collaborate and take care of Jackson first. We’ve got to make still be in competition with those people. And

Well, we are facing a $400 million dollar bill over the next 17 years because of the EPA consent decree.

That’s because we didn’t do what we were supposed to do for the last 20 years. Sooner or later, your chickens come home to roost. Go to to read the complete interview. Email Ronni Mott at ronni@

DISH | City Council Candidates

Trimble: Engage the People by Tyler Cleveland

I have always had an interest in social studies. Politics and the political system go

Derrick Trimble wants to serve on the Jackson City Council to engage the people.


Greer: Young and Accessible by Tyler Cleveland

Here’s the thing: When I moved back here in 2010, I was robbed at gunpoint. So at that point, I didn’t like how the police department responded. The officers came and the officers were nice, but one of them made a comment that just wasn’t so pleasant. So

If elected, what would be your top priority for Ward 4, and how would you address it?

Well, based on my conversations I’ve had with various residents while I was going door to door, there hasn’t been active leadership of Ward 4, and they don’t feel like they are engaged in what’s going on. That said, my first priority would be to make sure we have active neighborhood associations where we can get these people involved and get their input. We have to have citizens who feel engaged. Read the full interview and other candidate interviews at Email Tyler Cleveland at tyler@

Williams: Stabilize the Neighborhood

I Pam Greer has sharpened her teeth as a community activist, and wants to represent the citizens of Ward 3 on the Jackson City Council.

I started doing this Stop the Violence campaign. Then I started with my Christmas toy drive, giving back to those less fortunate. The way I look at it, if people are desperate enough to rob people at gunpoint, we need to start getting back with school uniforms and starting a GED scholarship, where we let people write in essays, and the best essay will pay for a study guide for the GED test. I was doing all these things, and I was thinking: Why not go ahead and run? I’m more of a community activist than a politician, but I have worked on a few campaigns, and I feel like I am competent enough to run for office. Read the full interview and other candidate interviews at Email Tyler Cleveland at tyler@

f you’ve seen Zachery Williams canvassing the neighborhoods of Ward 3 looking for votes in his effort to win a city council seat, you’ve probably met his father J.C., too. That’s because when it comes to campaigning to unseat incumbent LaRita Cooper-Stokes, it’s a family affair for the Innovative Behavioral Services mental-health specialist. “I take one side of the street, and my dad takes the other,” the 47-year-old Zachery said. “He’s my unofficial spokesperson.” The former police and Mississippi Gaming Commission officer is running on a platform of stabilization for Ward 3.

Zachery Williams has run a grass-roots campaign alongside his father. His platform centers around organizing neighborhoods.

A Murrah High School graduate, he holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in guidance counseling from Jackson State University. Why are you running for city council?

I’m a lifelong resident of the city of Jackson, and I’d like to see our area improve. I feel our city is on the decline, and I’d like to see it come back. There are some things we need to do in order to improve our city so we can stabilize our wards and bring back homeowners and businesses. Jackson is the capital of Mississippi, and I think we deserve a lot more than we’ve received, not only inside the ward but within the city. What is your top priority for the ward?

Stabilizing our community. What I would do there is take some of the abandoned homes and find a way to make people homeowners and place them back on the tax rolls. I think that’s what we need to start with—stabilizing our community by revitalizing some of the homes. Find developers that are willing to come into our area to rehabilitate those homes. Read the full interview and other candidate interviews at Email Tyler Cleveland at tyler@ 11

Why are you running for city council?

complains, and the other people step up to the plate and do something about it. That’s what I’m doing.

by Tyler Cleveland


ackson’s slate of candidates for city council could be characterized as a youth movement, and Pam Greer is right in the middle of it. The 31-year-old bachelorette is a 2004 graduate of Jackson State University, where she earned her degree in marketing. A native of Magnolia, Miss., Greer moved back to Jackson from Chicago in 2009, and she has since worked at a law firm and as a college recruiter while pursuing her master’s degree in project management. She wants to start her own business one day, but for now, she is happy spending her free time working as a community organizer. She has worked on a Stop the Violence campaign by promoting free concerts and motivational speakers in Jackson, and she started a Christmas toy drive to provide gifts for underserved children in and around her neighborhood in Ward 3. Greer filed to run for the Ward’s council set at the last second and has since quit her job to focus on her campaign.

into that. My mom thought I was crazy because I used to watch the History Channel on the Kennedy’s and Dr. (Martin Luther) King instead of playing outside. My mom used to tell my dad, “I think there’s something wrong with him; he’s in here watching film of old John F. Kennedy speeches instead of playing kickball.” (laughs) I was always involved in politics in school. I was in student politics at Provine, and I was in the Student Government Association at Jackson State, so I was always around politics. After school, I worked on campaigns for Ellis Hartman for mayor and did some work on the Tyrone Lewis for sheriff campaign. … One of my cousins said: “Derrick, you have some pretty good ideas. You might want to step out of the background and offer yourself to people.” My grandmother always said there are two types of people. The first kind sits back and


Ward 4. The 30-year-old was born in the ward he wants to represent and still makes his home in Northwest Hills Terrace. He graduated from Provine High School in 1999 and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in social-science education and a master’s of education in social science from Jackson State University. In addition to teaching, Trimble serves as a youth mentor and tutor at Lanier High School and coaches a youth baseball team, the Mighty Bulldogs. The bachelor son of Willie and Barbara Trimble, he counts his understanding of the role of government as one of his best qualifications for the council seat he is trying to earn.

Why are you running for city council?



errick Trimble has been teaching social studies at Lanier High School for years. Now, he wants to apply that knowledge as councilman for


Do Better, Jackson


hen I became a feminist activist and a visible advocate for a woman’s right to choose, I knew that I might lose a few friends in the process. Abortion has always been a divisive topic. The debate has layers of morality, gender, religion and race. Where issues of human rights are concerned, I don’t care if you like my political stance. There will always be issues like that—ones people are willing to stand up for—and if people don’t like that about us, that’s fine. My choice of a mayoral candidate is not one I am willing to fight to the metaphorical death about, though. I want to take this moment to ask everyone in Jackson to take a deep cleansing breath and relax. This election season, I have seen some of the most ridiculous and horrible arguments erupt regarding the Jackson mayoral contest. As a person who has studied politics and volunteered on campaigns for years, I am not surprised. I would just like it to stop. Some of these conversations have no depth or substance whatsoever, while some have a thread or two of meaningful content. I am begging you, Jackson, to change the conversation. Stop repping your church—and thus the affiliated candidate—like it’s your alma mater. I’m pretty sure God wouldn’t like that. Let’s stop talking about what the candidates are wearing. We can all agree that streets and infrastructure are bad in Jackson, but I don’t think we have to have five-hour arguments about when they became that way. At this point, honestly, I don’t care. I just want to see them fixed. I am tired of hearing people say that white flight didn’t happen. It did. Let’s move forward. Let’s stop being hurt because our candidate is getting legitimate questions about his or her background. Address the issues and move forward. More than anything, the major issues facing Jackson are complex. They didn’t happen under one person’s leadership, and they won’t be undone under in one term, either. We can start conversations around what an inclusive city government looks like—with all parts of the city included. We can ask the tough questions about candidate’s plans for policy, their strengths, weaknesses and character. These mean more than charisma. Oprah likes to say, “When you know better, you do better.� Jackson, we know better. Many of us just need to do better, this writer included.


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Why it stinks: First, if a person deigns to run for office—putting themselves in the public realm—that person should expect scrutiny in all aspects of their lives. Second, Lee has campaigned on his experience as a business owner, making business faux pas such as this extraordinarily germane. He repeated the claim later in our interview, saying, “I run a business in south Jackson.� Turns out, though, that Lee has never had any ownership stake in Mississippi Products, Inc., by his own admittance and says he hasn’t run it in a year and a half. Third, Lee told the Jackson Free Press that he stepped down as president of the company at the end of 2011, but he has not produced any evidence of this. Corporate filings from the Mississippi secretary of state’s website show that he was still president as of October 2012, after the lawsuits.

Doing Our Job


n the middle of crazy campaign coverage over the last week, we saw this quote posted on Facebook: “Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed. Everything else is public relations.� That is never truer than during campaign seasons when everybody wants their guy to win—and doesn’t want to be wrong. The JFP has covered three city election seasons now, and won awards for reporting eight years ago (about Frank Melton’s past) and four years ago (about the Better Jackson PAC’s “Two Lakes� funders). But that doesn’t mean that reporting was popular at the time. Serious journalism often isn’t, especially as it’s happening. The very heart of what journalists are supposed to do is to dig out and publish information important to the public interest. If it wasn’t hard to get, and controversial, the public would already know about it. Alas, every election season, we become the messenger-under-attack for publishing the truth. We’re used to it and expect it, but it doesn’t make it less frustrating. The worst part isn’t that the JFP is attacked by biased supporters of one or another candidates for putting out real information; it’s that too many people seem to care more about who disseminates the tough information than what the info says about their candidate’s readiness. This was true last week, as we broke the news about Jonathan Lee’s business troubles

and the fact that he has never actually owned a business despite running as a business owner. Many of his supporters, helped out by The Clarion-Ledger (a shell of the newspaper that won the Pulitzer Prize in the 1980s), tried to refocus the entire story on who sent out the public information. Meantime, it was the public information, and how the candidate dealt with it being made public, that was the actual tell. Make no mistake: Every media outlet relies on story tips every day to do our jobs. Good journalists will always focus on the information and what it means—not try to trash the sender (unless it was false information; then, all bets are off). Meantime, all the campaigns rat out public information on each other. Always will. There is no greater test of a journalism outlet than how it handles itself during a political campaign. Our job is to focus on (a) where the candidate stands on substantive issues and (b) situations and facts that indicate how a public servant would really act under pressure. We also work very hard to provide context to every story we report, regardless of whether it’s a political story. Episodic, horse-race reporting does not help strength a community. We take this mission seriously, and we know it’s often not popular. But we wouldn’t be doing our job if we gave a whit about that. We would, in fact, be doing public relations.

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eeping an eye and spirit open for universal signs of life has become like taking deep breaths for me. I started recognizing that nothing is by chance, and all things are designed to create the path we follow. But, even after recognizing this, it still took me a while to notice that even a chance encounter, a message left on a wall or even a commercial can all mean something to a person willing to receive it at the right time. As I lay on the couch trying to take a nap, as I often do whenever I receive a random couple of hours free of the little one, I felt a brisk breeze of fresh air pushing against my skin. The back door was open, which meant that my husband had made it home, and he was out back feeding the dogs. Something whispered to me as I tried to ignore the urge to get up. “Go see.” I got up and went to the back door, but my husband wasn’t there. Neither was our golden-retriever-lab mix, Sheeba. She often takes off for a run around the block if she gets a chance, and my husband always runs after her even when I insist that he doesn’t have to. She’ll return once she’s gotten her fill of exercise. I felt an unwelcome emotion: I was sad. What if my husband doesn’t come back? I looked over at Shaka, Sheeba’s baby boy, and it seemed as if he was wondering the same thing about his mother and playmate. I ventured to the puppy and gave him a little reassurance, and then I ran in the house to call my husband. I was worried. By the time I got back to the couch, he was returning. He was upset with Sheeba, needless to say. I brushed off the anxiety, attributing it to my constant battle with insecurity. A few days later, I became ill—a really weird sickness. I was exhausted, nauseous and light-headed. I had no fever, but I could not move my body without being winded and feeling stress in my joints. I couldn’t work, and I didn’t think it was ever going to end. My husband was there. He took care of me. He held my hand and looked into my eyes, fearful of how stressed out I was. He worried that I was worried. In that moment, I felt the same anxiety that I felt days before when he ran off after Sheeba. What if he wasn’t here? My third point of clarity wasn’t as delightful as holding my hand or rushing back into the house. This time it was an argument. I’d said something crazy that only emotionally driven, women-with-baggage

can even fathom to present in a normal conversation. My husband let me know that he was upset with what I said—thankfully, I can no longer remember what that was. Then, he asked me the exact question I’d been downplaying in my own spirit: “What if I wasn’t here?” That part I do remember. I retreated to a place where I would no longer be interrupted by these little signs. I didn’t want to know what was next. I would just rather not. I knew it was there. I knew if I wanted to tune into it, I could. I chose not to. I did that for a while. One day, I couldn’t ignore it any more. I received three different messages from three different people all in one day, and the message was the same every time: “You are afraid to let go because you are afraid of being left.” That was it. I had to go in deep. I had to evaluate myself and understand what was happening. I knew this one wouldn’t be easy because it had already caused me physical pain trying to avoid it. Here’s what I learned: A daughter’s most meaningful relationship during her formative years is with her father. My father left me at an age when I should have been learning how to expect men to treat me. He left me not knowing how to recognize love from a man. Not only did I end up in an abusive relationship, but I also conditioned myself to never trust a man. I believed that to protect myself, I must always have a wall around my heart so that when (not if) that man ever left, I’d be OK. I could make it without him. This isn’t a good mindset to have when you’re married. No matter how we try to mask the small tokens life gives us to ease our path, they are there. We recognize the huge things—job promotions, new relationships—but we don’t open our spirits enough to feel the small things. It takes more energy trying to avoid the inevitable signs than it does to accept them. I’m going to do my part as a living being to contribute to this universal experience we call life. I could have missed this opportunity to develop and to recognize myself. One thing I know is that if you miss it, it will only come back again until you get it. The signs may not always be welcome or easy, but they will always be there. All we have to do is see them. Funmi “Queen” Franklin is a word lover, poet and advocate for sisterhood. She has a weakness for reality shows.

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Steady As He Goes The JFP Interview with

Mayor Harvey Johnson, Jr. by JFP Editorial Board (Ronni Mott, Donna Ladd,Todd Stauffer, R.L. Nave,Tyler Cleveland)

May 1 - 7, 2013


ayor Harvey Johnson Jr. knows the ins and outs of how the city of Jackson works—and doesn’t. Now running for his fourth term as the city’s mayor, Johnson became Jackson’s first African American chief executive in 1997, beating incumbent Kane Ditto in the Democratic primaries—Ditto had served as the city’s mayor since 1989—and then he thoroughly trounced his Republican opponent, Charlotte Reeves. Johnson won with a whopping 70 percent of the vote. During his first administration, which lasted until 2005, Johnson planted the seeds of several development projects that stand today as Jackson landmarks. The Convention Center Complex and the Metro Jackson Parkway are examples of what the city can accomplish with the help of a leader who knows how to work the system. It’s easy to forget just how much the political and economic landscape has shifted since the late 1990s. Mississippi escaped the worst of the recession simply because it didn’t have that far to fall. Still, Johnson has managed to find new sources of revenues and balance the city’s budget, something many mayors across the nation have failed to do. During his career, Johnson has come under fire for being slow, even pedantic. That reputation may have drawn voters with a penchant for speed over caution to put Frank Melton in the mayor’s office from 2005 to 2009. Melton promised to solve crime in 90 days. Johnson bided his time until Melton’s frenetic sparkles faded. He then returned to the mayor’s chair in 2009. “What I do, the way I do things, I try to do them right,” Johnson said. “I’m working every day—every day—to try and make this city better. If it doesn’t show up every day, perhaps it’s my fault that I don’t talk about what I’m doing every day.” People who want a personable, gladhanding cheerleader won’t find that kind of a mayor in Johnson. For those who back him, though, his steadiness, near-fanatical attention to detail, in-depth knowledge and quiet strength are overwhelmingly appealing in times of uncertainty. In 2009, you said that you would the federal stimulus funds

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to make it into more money. What else has your administration done to increase grant money for the city?

First of all, the stimulus money was short lived. We tried and tried to work with the U.S. Conference of Mayors, trying to get the energy grant block extended. It was not. What we had to work with when I got into office is what we ended up working with, but we were able to do some things that through performance contracting that did, in fact, end up extending that money, expanding that money. Because we took part of the money that we had as a grant and went into a performance contract where we went and replaced all of our traffic signals with LED lights and used part of that, the stimulus money to pay for that. The rest of it was paid for through cost savings. We also restructured some of the money. One of the things that I was concerned about was having some lasting impact for citizens. So we took part of the money and

‘I’m working every day to try and make this city better.’ came up with an appliance program, where we actually gave away appliances to low-income families—energy-efficient appliances (such as) refrigerators and air conditioners, hot-water heaters. Most of the money went to refrigerators. One of the things I wanted to do with that, with the grant effort, was to retool it, and we’ve done that. We’ve regularly applied for federal grants, and actually, grants from foundations, which is kind of unusual for a city. But we’ve actually received some foundation grants. Not a lot. We’ve gotten one

grant of about $100,000 for what’s called the green and healthy homes initiative, where we’re looking at taking out lead-based paints and tripping hazards, and doing a little training for rehab training for people who don’t have skills. That’s not federal dollars. It’s actually from a nonprofit. ... [S]ome of it’s from the federal government, but they’re also getting foundation money. We also now have now elevated the grant effort. We have a deputy chief administrative officer, a CAO, for grants. She tracks all the grants, provides technical assistance to our various departments as they apply for federal dollars. … We’re still moving—this was the first step in that direction. In 2009, you identified youth development as very important. What programs has your administration put into place in the last four years and what do you plan to do in the future?

The program that I’m most proud of that I put into place is a savings program for our early-childhood development center participants. We have about 277 young people, 3- and 4-year-olds in early-childhood development. Some of them are less than 3 years old. But, for our 3- and 4-year-olds, we’ve started a savings program, and they’re saving for college education. And they start off with $50, and it has to be matched by their parents. And the money can only be taken out for college, which is amazing, once you think about it, so now you have these 3- and 4-year-olds and their parents thinking about and focusing on a college education. How many kids does that help?

We had about 100 percent participation at the start; it’s about 95 percent participation now, so 250-260 kids in the program out of about 277 who are enrolled, so it’s a pretty high-percent participation. We also have the mayor’s youth council … and we’ve had 32 or so kids who are seniors—juniors and seniors—who are in schools throughout the metro, but they’re residents of the city. So we have public schools here in the city of Jackson, but also have parochial schools—St. Joe’s, St. Andrews—and private schools—Jackson Prep. All of them come together and work on community service projects, find out how government operates—we have depart-

Harvey Johnson Jr. Age: 66 Home Town: Vicksburg Education: Rosa A. Temple High School, Vicksburg; Bachelor’s degree in political science, Tennessee State University; master’s degree in political science from the University of Cincinnati. Professional Experience: 25 years in planning and community development. Jackson State University, professor; founding Executive Director of the Center for University-Based Development at JSU. Mississippi Gaming Board, commissioner; City of Jackson, mayor, 1997-2005; 2009-present. Family: Wife, Kathy Ezell Johnson; two adult children, Harvey III and Sharla

ment heads that come lecture to them. And they are a part of a statewide movement of these mayor’s youth councils. And they have conventions: They’ve just come back from Hattiesburg, for example. They put on skits and get to meet other kids their ages from different municipalities. … We’ve also created Jobs for Jacksonians There has been a program for young people to get jobs during the summer. But when I got into office, we decided to expand that program by asking the private sector to do more. Last year for the first time, the private sector actually hired more people than the city paid for. We had 475 people in the people, 275 from the private sector. Councilman (and mayoral challenger) Chokwe Lumumba said the summer


and looking at what’s going on, particularly violent crime, because that’s something we’re very worried about because it’s a tough nut to crack. They went to Charlotte, North Carolina, and Crime Stoppers there is working with the police department to get guns out of the hands of felons. So we brought that concept here, and we’re partnered with Crime Stoppers and they’re offering a reward of $500 on someone giving a tip on a felon who is in possession of a gun. ... Also, it’s important to get guns out of the hand of felons, because the violent crimes that took place—and I think there were 62 homicides last year—24 percent of those homicides, the primary suspects in 24 percent of those homicides were felons. So, you can reduce the number of homicides simply by taking guns out of the hands of felons. That doesn’t count aggravated assault, robberies and other violent crimes that felons could be involved in. That’s one thing we’re doing. We have six police cars—you may have seen them—with Crime Stopper logos, saying “Felons with Guns are Against the Law,� and we are pushing that.

jobs program had 1,200 to 2,000 applicants, and only hires 250.

That’s not true. We hired 200 ourselves, the city. Let me tell you a last thing before we go on to the next thing. ... I was at Millsaps College, and we have a one-on-one with the mayor before each council meeting. So at Millsaps, the one-on-one was with students. This young man from Little Rock, Arkansas, said to me, “I like Jackson—what are you doing to make me stay here?â€? ... I got into contact with the presidents of all the five major schools—Millsaps, Belhaven, Tougaloo, Jackson State, Mississippi College—and ‌ partnered with the Greater Jackson Partnership, and we worked out a retention job fair just for college graduates. We had it on (April) 18th, and we think we

did pretty good for the first time out. We had probably about 75 to 100 graduates come through, had about 20 vendors. ‌ And we had energy and utility companies; they had insurance companies, and a bank was there. And so, it really was an exciting time, because for the first time, we are seriously looking at how to retain talent here, and we had 20 or so—20 to 25 employers, Nissan was there, of course, Comcast, who are now sort of mining here in Jackson for their future employees rather than (some other place). We’re excited about it and look forward to doing it next year. Talk about some of the programs and the progress made to curb violent crime during your administration? Some of the other crime statistics are down, year-to-date, across the board,

but violent crime kind of seems stuck in the same spot. And what are your plans for the next four years.

Well, violent crime is down slightly, and it’s the most difficult crime to wrap your arms around. You know, the homicides are typically between people who know each other. It’s hard to intervene in that situation at that moment to cause that crime not to happen, but we’re doing several things that I think are going to have some impact. One is that for the first time, we’re partnering with Crime Stoppers on a crime-prevention measure. Crime Stoppers, you know, is when you have a lead on a crime, and you give them a tip, and you call it in, and you can get up to $1,000. But that’s after the fact. The chief and her command staff have been going around our part of the country

The other thing that we’re doing is: This whole notion of violent crime, particularly black-on-black violent crime, is prevalent in urban areas throughout the country. Back in October of ‘11, I think, I went to Philadelphia, (Pa.), and Mayor Michael Nutter, who is now president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, (New Orleans) Mayor (Mitch) Landrieu and a couple of other mayors went to talk about this whole notion of curbing black-on-black violent crime and homicides in urban areas. We formed a group called Cities United. Cities United is a group of mayors that are searching for solutions—not that we have them—but we’re searching for solutions how we can get our arms around this. ‌ We’ve had a couple of meetings here in the city with law enforcement, with the sheriff, with the chief, all together—with judges, with the district attorney’s office, with the city prosecutor— to see how we can better make our criminal justice system to work better. That’s important, because once people

What other crime-prevention programs have you put in place?







“Priority 4 Platform”

Economic Development:


• Use of newly developed economic development committee to create and promote development and economic opportunities. • Ensure the responsible creation and use of incentive packages that will secure an urban renewal designation for South Jackson corridor. • Improve the branding efforts through an effective marketing plan. • Revisit and revise the current zoning plans where necessary to attract business and development.

• Develop an efficient city government climate that deals with city business in a professional manner. • Campaign for participatory budgeting that creates transparency, empowerment, and neighborhood development. • Priority budgeting that helps appropriate increases in repaving funding.

Public Safety: • Continue to promote the healthy neighborhood associations that have citizen patrols as viable components to the neighborhood association. • Develop legislative agenda that will promote public safety in our capital city through creative incentives for public safety agencies.

Quality of Life: • Fund the master plan for park upgrades. • Develop a plan for home owners to be held accountable to keep up their property maintenance.

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know and understand that the criminal justice system is working to the extent that they know there are some consequences to those actions, the violence, it works better. They have a model in New Orleans—we’ve met with the deputy mayor about what’s working in New Orleans. So we think that the Cities United movement will inform us on some of

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ernment for implementation money, about $450,000 a year. We think we have a pretty good chance of getting a grant, and they’re evaluating the grants now. We think that that will help with the violent crime as well. Not just crime, but violent crime, because a lot of these ex-offenders who are coming out are felons.

Jackson Public Schools has been heavily criticized. Is there a problem with the board? How else do you improve the public schools?


I think better communication is the answer. I’ve told some of the board members this: I think that the board members, once they get appointed, sometimes act in a way that makes it seem that they’re in isolation—that public education is an island unto itself, and once you get onto that island you don’t have to do anything else. But that’s not the case. Public education affects all of us in many, many different ways. Not only do we have to rely on that system to educate our children and provide us with our future workforce, but it also is an economic development tool, because as people look at the workforce and tie it to jobs and all kinds of industries or services that they’re going to bring to an area in public education. Parents are going to look at pubMayor Harvey Johnson Jr. has an encyclopedic knowledge of what’s going on in the city of Jackson. lic education where they raise their children, where they’re going to bring their the things that we need to be doing here to Do you think the Jackson Police children up. It just touches a lot of areas. It’s Department is adequately trained funded by public dollars—$4 million, so the try to help out. to deal with issues that arise with public expects some kinds of accountability. youngsters in schools? How long has that been going on? That accountability can come through We’ve been looking at it probably a Yes, we are properly trained. We have better communication, so the board has to year, a year and a half. ... school resource officers. ‌ A couple of recognize and realize that there is some reAnother way that we’re going to look at years prior to this year, we actually had JPS, sponsibility on their part to make sure that violent crime is that we’ve started ‌ an ex- through a grant paying for school resource they enact, that they hold themselves acoffenders program. People may say, “You’re officers to be placed at certain schools—I countable for their actions. Again, meeting getting soft on crime.â€? Well, no. No, we’re think they were primarily at middle with the community out there would help. not. What we’re doing is we’re preventing schools, maybe six middle schools—but I Certainly, meeting with the administration, crime. We’re trying to prevent not only pre- think we had are about six officers there. the mayor’s office. ‌ One of the things that vent that person from committing another So, yeah, we have a good working relation- we’ve done, and I’ve met on many occasions crime, but we’re also trying to prevent citi- ship, and we have officers who are properly with Superintendent Gray, is to recommit zens from become crime victims. Because a trained. ‌ This is no longer happening, this last round of issues with JPS that had to lot of these people are getting out of jail but through a grant from the Eisenhower do with money, budgeting. We committed without any skills, without any education or Foundation, we had an officer assigned to start that process early. ... training, without any hope—so the moment to Galloway Elementary School working I pushed to get seven members on the they get out, they’re on their way back. Un- with Operation Shoestring to create what school board—went to the Legislature with less we can successfully intercede or intervene was called a safe haven. So this officer not that—thinking we could take away this roin that cycle, then we’re not we’re going to only worked with children there, but he tating system, just make sure everybody was constantly have crime and violent crime. also worked with the parents. The idea was satisfied to have some representation. This We received a grant, one of 15 commu- to give a whole new relationship between is the second year, maybe the third that this nities to receive a $50,000 planning grant, young people and police officer. That grant has been about? We’ll see. I think communiand we brought together about 50 or 60 expired, but that officer received train- cation is the key to going forward, to try to stakeholders. I was amazed, quite frankly, ing through that particular program. He’s make sure we understand what they’re doing, by it, because you know, anywhere from the one of our school resource officers and we and that the school board understands that Mississippi Department of Corrections to have other officers as well. But if the issue they’re not in it by themselves, that they’re an ex-offender to behavioral-science people, is, what happens, who’s responsible for the not alone, that all of us are in it together. And mental-health people, all coming together safety of the children and how they interact they need to be accountable for some of the to come up with a strategic plan on how to with them, then it’s my understanding that decisions they’re making. better assimilate ex-offenders into society. JPS has recently, their security division has That plan has been just completed. We’re decided that they would take on the full ac- At least one of your opponents we interviewed here have said that your using that plan to apply to the federal gov- coutrements of a law-enforcement agency.

administration is not trying to go to the Legislature to get very many things done. How do you respond to that?

Well, that’s the furthest thing from the truth. I don’t think that there’s a mayor ‌ that’s at the Legislature more than I am. This session, I met with the leadership, the lieutenant governor. (I) met with the speaker prior to the session in city hall. It’s the first time in my recollection, the first time since I’ve been mayor, that the speaker has come to city hall for me to talk about Jackson and the things that we could do to make the city better. So that’s the furthest thing from the truth. This year, we were fairly successful in going to the Legislature—we’ve been successful each and every year—but this year we were able to get $3 million. We need a bridge to get repaired over Mill Street at Woodrow Wilson (Avenue). We got a million dollars from the feds, a million dollar grant from the federal government, to start the process of repairing that bridge. We went to the Legislature and asked them for a couple of million dollars to help us out. We met with the chair of transportation on the Senate side and on the House side. We got $3 million for that bridge repair. Jackson has gotten other money, too. We were not directly involved in it, but certainly we were being asked about whether we supported Thalia Mara Hall getting $5 million. The zoo got a million dollars. Parham Bridges (Park), which was on our list of things, got $20,000, and the Children’s Museum got $750,000. So, you know, we do OK. We would like to do more. We’d love for the Legislature to give us an automatic allotment just for being the state capital and help us out with streets and other things. We’d love to get rid of that commission. We came very close in the ’12 session; didn’t fare too well in this session. But you have to keep at it, keep going at it, and we intend to do that. And we meet with the Legislature, or legislators, in and out of session. There’s some confusion as to why we wouldn’t go ahead with the commission to get the money even when we didn’t have full control.

I think you know what my firm position is because it hasn’t changed. I think that the commission is an insult to not only the elected officials of Jackson, but to the citizens of Jackson. People have elected a body to oversee the collected expenditures of public dollars. Nowhere in the state is an appointed body at the municipal level doing anything like that. So that’s the starting point. But I have, since I’ve gotten back into office, tried to overcome that position or at least come to a compromise, because I do realize that politics is the art of compromise. I asked the Chamber, which is mentioned in the commission—talk about confusion: the law just says “Chamber.� It doesn’t say JackPRUH-2+1621VHHSDJH










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son Chamber or it doesn’t say Greater Jackson Chamber ‌ It just says “Chamber.â€? So (they said), “Well, we’ll appoint some good people. You don’t have to worry.â€? But this is a 20-year law. I’m the mayor now, and some good people will be appointed now, but what if later on the not-so-good people are appointed? What happens then? ‌ This is a 10-person commission, so I said to the Chamber, “Look: Why don’t you just assign your four members to the city.â€? Because the city has three; the lieutenant governor has one; the governor has one; the speaker of the House has one. The chamber has four. So I said, “Why don’t you just assign your four over to us?â€? “Hmmm ‌ Let us think about that.â€? They thought about it and they came back with an opinion saying, “You know what? We don’t believe that we can assign a public duty that’s spelled out in law.â€? Well, I’m of the opinion that a private party can’t have a public duty, and we have lawyers who have that opinion as well, but supposedly, they got an unofficial opinion from the attorney general saying that they couldn’t do it, so we had to back off of that compromise. Then, this last legislative session, we went to the legislators on the House side, and said, “OK. Why don’t you leave the commission in, give us the four appointments—us being the city—that are in the bill for the chamber.â€? “OK. Sounds reasonable.â€? We talked to the chair of Ways and Means; we talked to a subcommittee chair. And it passed the House. So that would have given seven (commissioners) to the city, and three to the state?

Right. Again, it doesn’t sit well with me. I still think it’s an affront, but I’m about the business of taking care of business for the citizens. To me, this is a way to do it. It passed the House. ‌ It was a pretty strong affirmation of the support on the House side. Could not get out of committee on the Senate side. So it died. There’s never been any confusion on my mind as to why I’m against it. There’s never been any confusion in my mind as to why. I’ve heard some candidates say, “Why don’t we go on and pass it? We need the money!â€? You have to get 60 percent of the people of the city of Jackson to vote for it. Are you going to hoodwink that 60 percent of folks in Jackson? Or are you going to say, “Look: This commission is going to be controlled by people who may or may not live in Jackson who these elected officials can’t appoint?â€? Playing devil’s advocate, do you think that 60 percent of Jacksonians would find that question of who controls it more important than getting the money and spending it on roads, etc.?

I think when you start talking about taxation, people will look for any reason to

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oppose it. I think you have to have a tight program when you come to people and say, “I want you to tax yourself, and I want 60 percent of you to say yes to that.� There can’t be any quirks, there can’t be any spaghetti ends. It has to be clean. I think that commission is a spaghetti end: It makes it murky. The other reason that you don’t want the commission is because you have to float bonds. Bonds are floated on the full faith and credit of the city. What if you have a bond for 20 years, and 15 years out you get a commission that says, “Well, you know, we spent enough money on water and sewer. Let’s fix our streets, or let’s do something that will redirect that money.� Meanwhile, you have, perhaps, $100 million worth of sewer bonds that you have to pay off. I’ve heard you say that bonds are not the best way to pay for roads, but we’ve just passed this bond issue for $10 million to pave roads. Why did you decide to do that?

First of all, let me explain that, because bonds are not the best way to pave. Roads last about 10 years; these bonds, we anticipate 10 year bonds. The reason that I proposed this bond issue is because we need a major injection to fix our roads. That’s the only way to get it is through the bond issue. It will not require a tax increase, though. In fact, what the payment plan, or the plan that we worked out is through savings. The last two years, we’ve actually saved about $2 million more than we anticipated going into the budget years. That’s because we contained costs. I’m constantly preaching about better management of resources to our directors; they’re preaching it down to their people. So we’ve done pretty good. I’m proposing that we take savings, and as we are developing this program, as we’re using this money from the $10 million, we’ll have ongoing street (paving) activity. Let’s say it takes four to five years to spend that money. We save over a million dollars a year. At the end of year five, we have $5 million. I suggested we create a special fund, a streetrepaving fund, within our reserve. Our reserve right now is higher than the industry standard (which is) 5 percent. Our reserve is at 7.5 percent. Within that reserve, on top of that 7.5 percent, I’m suggesting we create a street-resurfacing fund. Hopefully, that would be about a $5 million a year fund. At year five, we will have finished paving the streets with the $10 million bond issue. We can then decide what to do with the $5 million (in savings). Will we put it back into another major injection, which I hope we would do? Or, whether we take it and do a million dollars worth of streets a year, which would be the life of the bond? At any rate, we’ll have enough money to fix major thoroughfares in all the wards. I’m proposing a million dollars in each ward, because major thoroughfares are what we’re getting beat up on the most.

Residential streets are tough. There are 1,200 miles of streets in the city of Jackson, so it’s very difficult to have an ongoing streetmaintenance program without dedicated revenue. At some point, that may happen. We dedicated one mill now, which is about $1 million, but we may have to increase that at some point in time. With this $10 million, we’ll be able to fix up major thoroughfares throughout the city, and also the bridge on South Street by the fire station. We’re currently paving 28 streets, residential streets; we’re paving 25 intersections because intersections take a beating. We only have an in-house crew. And we’re fixing 500 utility cuts, about the size of this table where they dig down and repair water, sewer line breaks and we fill them back up. Now some haven’t been finished since 2007, and we have to go back and finish them.

‘Hey, we ain’t jivin’. We’re for real.’ So my future plans going forward would be to use that $10 million to repair those major intersections and major thoroughfares, fund a street-repaving fund within the reserve fund—and to do that through savings. Also, to use the results of a street rating system we have going now, and there’s a special van that driving through and across every street in the city to come up with a rating of 0 to 1,000. We’ve done this by person before—we had people doing it, but that’s fairly subjective. This is an automated, computerized rating system, that will travel the streets and give a rating from 0 to 1,000, with zero being terrible, impassible and 1,000 being perfect. That’s going to allow us to have a way of prioritizing streets and using whatever limited resources we have to fix those streets—because everybody’s street in front of their house is the worst street in the city. What is different about now versus three years ago in terms of your thinking about the bonds?

Couple of things: One is that I didn’t realize the relative inactivity during the four years that I was out of office. My first eight years—it sounds kind of weird—but my first eight years that I was in office, we paved about 192 miles of streets. Asphalt was cheaper then. People don’t recognize that asphalt is petroleum based: When gas goes up, so does the cost of paving streets. At any rate, we did about 192 miles of streets. We’ve done around 90 over the past three years

thanks to that bond issue. We’re behind, so catching up, what’s required is this injection. So‌ one difference was the inactivity. The other was that we need this major injection. People are very concerned about the streets here in Jackson, and we need a major injection. I satisfied my frugality by saying that we were going to squirrel away this money and develop this street, this reserve fund. That’s under my control, and I think we can do that. The final thing that sort of weighted this is the load-life sales tax. That would provide some money for street repaving. If we could get $10 million and only have to use $1 million of the $15 or $16 amount that we have in load-life sales tax for streets. But that hasn’t occurred. It’s going to occur and when it does occur we can take that money and pay for the street bond. So those are two or three things that have changed. To get to and from my house, I’ve driven over two repaved roads. Since they’ve been repaved, they’re a hot mess again. Those repairs are not even done to take it back to paved road—they’re dirt road in parts of them—and there’s been a mess sitting in the middle of Old Canton since Christmas time. Is the issue that we can’t fix it?

We need the resources to fix it, and part of that is going to come from this Siemens performance contract. ... It’s allowing us to get some resources to make some major repairs like that particular line break. I guess the question is: Are we broke? Do we not know how to make these repairs? Or is there a third answer?

Well, I don’t buy into the first two, so there must be a third. No. We’re not broke. Do we have the money to do everything that we need to do? No, definitely not. And that’s one of the reasons we came up with the performance contract: to broaden the scope of it, to take in water-meter replacement, a new billing system, improving our water-treatment plants and repairing collapsed sewer lines. It’s going to take about $15 (million) to $17 million to do that. It takes resources to do this, but to say, “We’re broke,� is clearly an inaccurate statement. We’re not broke. We’re finding resources to make those repairs. ... We recognize that there are issues out there. It would take us, to repair our water system, about $500 million. And sewer system, it’s about $400 million. That’s the EPA consent decree?

Yes. Over the next 20 years, we could spend $1 billion. But, in spending that $1 billion, I think we ought to be training people on how to get jobs with that $1 billion if we’re going to spend it. I know we’re going to spend




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Do we have capacity problems in public works? Is there a backlog?

It’s a backlog. It’s a backlog and it’s also an antiquated system. We may have three or four of them a day, and we can repair two a day or three a day. Whatever we can repair, we have more cuts than we can repair in a day. That’s why we want to do the backlog—some of the go back to ‘07. That’s why we want to catch up, and then it will be a more manageable system. And, once we fix our water lines and sewer lines, we won’t have that kind of a problem. So that’s why it becomes important to try to fix that. It really is band-aids until we get the system fixed, right?

To really do it right, you need to start from underground and work your way up, and people really don’t have the understanding or the patience for that. I mean, pipes are out of sight, so what’s the problem? Until they break, and there’s water gushing up everywhere, and you get a call, “You’ve got to come fix it.” It is problematic. It will be problematic until we get the water and sewer lines in order. I met with (Flowood Mayor) Gary Rhoads this morning, and he’s all about regionalization. If the city was to make the surrounding cities partners in that, would they not have any skin in the game from this consent decree?

The party to the consent decree is not a regional authority. The party to the consent decree is the city of Jackson. We invited our satellite users to become parties, but they didn’t want to do that. You don’t have to have a regional authority for them to become parties. Gary’s a great friend of mine, but we differ on that. In fact, I had a conversation with him on that a few weeks ago. There’s a saying that says, “Where you stand depends on where you sit.” And where I’m sitting, from a regional standpoint, Jackson does not fare well. A prime example of that is the Metropolitan Planning Organization, or MPO. That organization doles out all of the federal transportation money that comes to the region. That sounds good until you have to count votes—there are 20-some people

sitting on the organization and Jackson may we’re subsidizing growth in Rankin County I could stop anything I wanted to stop. have three or four (votes). You start looking because we’re part of a regional authority. It Need to acquire property? Nope. I want to at all the transportation dollars that are be- doesn’t make sense. hire this individual. Nope—I don’t want ing spent around Jackson. And the kicker to Now, some of my opponents would say, it. I could do that. And if there’s this tenthat, the critical part of that is when you have “Well, that’s not a problem. Let’s just them sion that people want to say is there, if it transportation that allows development to all.” Because they don’t understand; because were actually real, then I would be doing take place. they haven’t been there. They aren’t experi- it. But I show up at every meeting. So what has happened with that MPO enced. Because they think that that’s a good I’m the vice-chair of the Levee Board; is you’ve had these dollars going to Gary’s the chair. We agree on Madison and going to Flowood and One Lake. We agree on needing all of the sudden we’ve got all kinds to have that. But there’s certain of development people saying to me, things that are important, (where) “Man why can’t you keep retail here we have to be a little parochial in the city of Jackson?” and look at what’s best for our Retail is following that transcitizens. And I just don’t think portation dollar. And that transthat a regional authority is best, portation dollar was allocated by a and I’ve said that. And I think we regional body that has many times get the shaft from MPO, and I’ve overlooked the needs of the city of said that, too. Jackson, and put in new construcThere is no tension. … Gary tion over maintenance. Because and I get along better than any part of the money could be used for set of mayors from an inter-jumaintenance if we had the policy in risdictional (standpoint). Rankin place to do that. County guys go along with There’s a new batch of money, Rankin County guys, and Hinds about $16 million out of the HighCounty guys go along with Hinds way Act that’s going to come into County guys, but we get along this body. I was at a meeting just a fine. So I wouldn’t describe it as few ago where the portion of the tension. money that can be used for maintenance is down to 17 percent. What’s the short answer to what needs to happen with That’s money that we could get to Farish Street next? fix streets here in the city of Jackson. But there were some mayors who An assessment of the ability were kicking. “Why do you need of the developer to make it hap17 percent? We’ve got some new pen. I mean a real assessment, Even in a down economy, Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. has projects over here. We’ve got the East and that’s on the part of the JRA found new revenue and balanced the city’s budget. Rankin Parkway; we’ve got Fannin as well as the developer. I think Road; we’ve got the parkway up here everybody’s frustrated. I’m going in Madison County!” thing. It’s not a good thing. to give you the longer view and answer. That’s killing us. Those are the kinds Where you sit depends upon where you What’s so frustrating is that people of fights that I’m in all the time that people stand. Sitting around that table for as many have forgotten how far that project has don’t see, and maybe, they don’t care about. years as I’ve sat around it fighting for the city come. When I was in office before, we did But this transportation is very much related of Jackson that I take that stand. But that’s the water lines, sewer lines, landscaping, to development taking place. the stand I take. Gary’s a good friend of mine, lighting. And this developer has put in So let’s put that aside and talk about and we had this discussion last week. We dif- $4 (million) to $6 million depending on the sewer. Because you’ve got the roads, and fer on that. who you talk to—not city money, but you’ve got the developments, so what do you state money and private money. I don’t need next? You need water and you need If you were in Gary’s place, would you think they had an appreciation of how difsewer. My fear is that if we get a regional opt to be part of a consent decree? I ficult a project this was going to be with authority, and I know right now people say, mean, he’s sitting pretty by not having historic buildings. You can’t just go an “Well, you’ve got 52 percent usage (and ev- to be in it. tear down walls and all that kind of stuff. eryone else has 48 percent).” I believe that (a No. Of course I wouldn’t. And if I You’ve got to do it within standards and regional) authority would be set up in such a were in his place, I’d be trying to take over that’s a costly process. At the same time, way that voting strength would be based on resources. the financing market went dry for these usage. We’re at 52 now, but what if you keep type projects. There were a lot of things building roads out there, and have a develop- Is that tension between the different whirling around that has caused this projment outside the city of Jackson, and all of communities important for the way it ect to be delayed. But I think that the dethe sudden, we’re at 48 percent. So we get 48 works? Y’all have different motivations veloper and JRA will have to make a true percent of the vote for a sewer system that we and goals and you get criticized for the and honest assessment of the developer’s now control—that we can say to folks, “OK. tension sometimes. ability to move this project forward, and You pay for that development.” And this is the I don’t describe it as tension. I guess it’s if that assessment is that they aren’t able to contract that I negotiated with West Rankin situational—it depends on what the situa- do it, then they need to step aside or JRA when I was in office before. “If we’re going tion is. needs to terminate the relationship and to have to increase capacity, you’re going to I sit on the Airport Parkway (Com- get somebody who can make it happen. have to pay for it. Not all of us, but you.” mission) with Gary and (Pearl Mayor) Brad I’m convinced that it can happen. If it’s a regional authority, all of us are go- Rogers. Each action on that parkway requires Read the uncut version of this interview 21 ing to have to pay for it. So all of the sudden, a unanimous vote, so I could stop everything; at TRIP BURNS

$400 million, because that’s the EPA. The issue with that ground that you’re talking about is that those are utility cuts. We’re getting to about 500, and that’s about a third of them. We’re finding money now to do another third. Going up and down State Street, I use that as a prime example of how not to do what we’ve been doing in that past, that is feeling the pressure to fix the streets when we know that there are bad water and sewer lines under the streets. So we’ve paved them over—it looks real nice for two months, three months. Then we dig up the streets, and you have to patch them back up.

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Aaron Banks, campaign manager Before helming Regina Quinn’s mayoral campaign, Aaron Banks, 35, ran two successful campaigns: Tyrone Lewis’ campaign for Hinds County sheriff in 2011 and Tony Yarber’s campaign for Ward 6 city councilman in 2009. Banks graduated from Jackson State University in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in music education and is a 1995 graduate of Forest Hill High School. During the 1990s, Banks volunteered for Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young’s campaign for governor of Georgia.

Melissa Faith Payne, communications director Melissa Faith Payne joined the Johnson campaign in 2013 after a decade-long stint as a reporter and anchorwoman with WJTV in Jackson. Payne also worked at WMDN in Meridian from 2001 to 2003, and KSTU in Salt Lake City from 1999 to 2001. A former Miss Vicksburg, Payne is a 1999 graduate of Alcorn State University.

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CHOKWE LUMUMBA No official campaign manager. The coordinating committee consists of several individuals who worked on Councilman Lumumba’s 2009 Ward 2 campaign, including his son Chokwe Antar. “Our approach is very grassroots oriented. We want to knock on every door at least once. We look at that as the most important aspect of our campaign—the face-to-face and eye-to-eye contact,” said Chokwe Antar Lumumba, who handles media relations for the campaign. Other members of the coordinating committee include: Chokwe Antar Lumumba, coordinator and spokesperson Dr. Safiya Omari, campaign coordinator Akil Bukari, coordinator Hondo Lumumba, treasurer and coordinator Colonel Lucious Wright, coordinator Makea Kambui, coordinator

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bout six months ago, Candace Houston’s world “We go above and beyond,” Russell said. “If they don’t TB had been done away with,” Russell said. went wonky. That’s when she learned that her come to us, we go to them.” Starting in the mid-1940s, antibiotics began a 40-year cousin’s persistent cough wasn’t bronchitis. Instead, Overall, Mississippi has seen a decline in TB cases, said period of cures for even the most stubborn strains of the the diagnosis was tuberculosis, a highly contagious Dr. Thomas Dobbs, a state epidemiologist and Public Health disease. Then, in the mid-1980s, drug-resistant strains of and potentially lethal lung disease. District 8 health officer in Hattiesburg. Last year, the state tuberculosis began appearing. The bacteria, mycobacterium The finding meant that the Mississippi State Depart- saw 81 active cases. tuberculosis, adapted and mutated, especially among people ment of Health had to test Houston, her family and who didn’t complete their course of treatment when everyone who had come into contact with the cousin they began to feel better, leaving the toughest bacteria or with people he had infected, as required by law. to thrive. Monitoring of the disease, its treatment and The disease had spread. Houston’s mother and funding had all slacked off. another cousin had active, communicable forms of “We got complacent,” Dobbs said. TB. Houston, her baby boy and the baby’s father all Though Mississippi hasn’t seen a lot of drug-retested positive for latent infections, as did numerous sistant TB, Dobbs said we have seen a few imported other members of the family and their friends. cases. They are costly to treat and may take years to “It had to be a hundred if not more,” Houston cure. “A single case could actually eat up our entire said of the numbers of people in the Jackson area who federally allocated budget for tuberculosis,” Dobbs the MDH eventually diagnosed. said. “It’s very, very expensive—up to a quarter milFinding out that she and so many others tested lion dollars for a single person. That’s just medicapositive scared her, Houston said, but she didn’t cry tions. Hospitalization could even be more.” until she found out her baby was infected. “He had it The worldwide HIV/AIDS epidemic produced bad,” she said, and he’s still under medical care. a corresponding rise of tuberculosis; TB is the leading “For a minute, I thought it had infected the killer of people with AIDS. The problems of the two whole Jackson, Mississippi, area,” said Morlyn diseases is tangled with religion and morality. In poor Russell, a nurse practitioner with the state Health countries, native “healers” declare people well without Department and the Hinds County TB clinic. any treatment, while fundamentalists thump Bibles, Every infected person had to undergo at least condemn homosexuality and oppose condom use. a three-month course of treatment, with check-ins Thokozile Phiri Nkhoma of the Malawi Intwice a week. Small children, such as Houston’s baby, terfaith AIDS Association in southeast Africa lost and those whose disease was active are undergoing her father to AIDS and TB in 1997. After he died, longer treatments, up to nine months. Nkhoma’s mother, sister, 6, and brother, 3, all tested The state’s homeless population is especially vulpositive. The children were born infected with HIV. nerable due to extreme poverty, poor nutrition and Nkhoma was 11. lack of regular medical care, Russell said. In Hinds Back then, she said, Malawi had no drugs to County from 2004 to 2009, the rates of TB among fight the diseases, though the country had declared homeless people ranged from three times to nearly HIV/AIDS a national emergency in 1985. AIDS was eight times the national rate, which hovered around 6 a death sentence. In 2002, the Global Fund began Thokozile Phiri Nkhoma of the Malawi Interfaith AIDS Association in percent. The overall rate in Jackson is still higher than providing money for antiretroviral drugs in Malawi, southeast Africa lost her father, mother, and a brother to TB and AIDS. the national average. where today, an estimated 51,000 people die of AIDS Russell’s clinic is part of Mississippi’s aggressive and related illnesses, such as TB, every year. program for dealing with TB. She and other clinic Nkhoma’s little brother died in 2008 of tuberstaff visit shelters weekly to test homeless men and women “More and more of our cases are coming from people culosis; her mother died in 2011. Nkhoma and her organizafor TB and evaluate them for symptoms of disease—persis- born in other countries,” he said, adding that travel is one of tion work to educate and raise awareness of the diseases in tent coughing, night sweats, sudden unexplained weight loss the things that made TB a global problem. About a quarter of Malawi and to bring faith leaders around as allies to help stem and weakness. Mississippi’s cases are people over 65. “Even people exposed the tide. She was in Jackson a few weeks ago with two repIn addition, public health-care workers in hospitals and in their 20s and 30s can still break down with tuberculosis,” resentatives of RESULTS, a Washington, D.C.-based grassnursing homes receive regular tests, as do patients who may be he said. roots anti-poverty organization. at risk. Treatment for people with compromised immune sysInfected individuals can transmit TB through breathing “We can’t stop,” she said, adding, “TB anywhere is TB tems is more complex and takes more time, a year or longer. or coughing. Tuberculosis can lie dormant for decades, and everywhere.” People with active TB cases—Russell said she’s seen then—much like the chickenpox virus can produce a painful “It’s a forest fire, almost.” Dobbs said of the risk of TB about 10 in the nine months she’s worked in the Hinds clin- case of shingles years after infection—the disease can become becoming epidemic in the U.S. “There are areas and populaic—must be quarantined to prevent spreading tuberculosis, active and deadly—and dangerously contagious. tions that are vulnerable … and it could spread through those which means someone needs to deliver medicines to them, TB is responsible for untold millions of deaths world- populations very, very quickly.” and the state may have to pick up the tab to keep someone in wide. Back in the 1980s, epidemiologists thought tuberculo“There is a constant risk,” he added. “… If we ignore it, 25 isolation if they’re homeless. sis was on the verge of eradication. “A lot of people thought it will come back.”

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he bride was so beautiful! All brides are beautiful, of course, but this one especially so. Her red lipstick set off her white complexion and her full-length veil could not hide her sparkling, laughing eyes. I remember that as a child, she always had on an infectious grin, with a wide mouth and great pearly white teeth. I hadn’t seen Rachel for many years, perhaps since she was middle way through high school, but I had known her forever. She was always beautiful, inside and out—full of good humor and happiness. She took her soccer seriously and was famous for her loud grunt every time she touched the ball. How much had she changed? Had the world gotten to her at end of high school or during her four years at Mississippi State or in the working world after? She was a millennial, after all, otherwise known as “Generation Me;” a supposedly narcissistic cohort of children who are only interested in making money and themselves. Weddings are wonderful places to renew your spirit: the color and pageantry, and more than that, the unbridled faith in the future. This one was no different. Almost tripping on her wedding gown as she reached the dais, she let out a loud, incongruous noise, half laugh and half guffaw, that let me know this Rachel was the same one that I The wedding of Rachel Kathleen Hampton and Stewart Allen knew and remembered: a vivacious, outgoing, Guenther was a sweet reminder of the cycle of life for the adults and independent spirited girl. that knew the bride as a child. The seven bridesmaids wore strapless floorlength gowns cinched at the waist, teal in color, and each carried a large pink peony wrapped with a teal she was almost 24 weeks pregnant, and her blood sugar bow. The men wore tan suits with teal ties and bouton- had gotten a little low. A chair was procured and in a nieres to match the girl’s dresses and flowers. few minutes the ceremony was restarted. Throughout, During the ceremony, one of the bridesmaids (Shel- we saw ample evidence of the bride’s concern for othby Nichols Mayfield, who I remember as a tough-as-nails ers, as she repeatedly left the groom’s side to check on high school soccer player) staggered a little and started to her bridesmaid. faint. The best man and groom’s father, Mark Guenther, After the traditional saying of the vows the bride and covered the 20 feet across the dais is a split second and groom each read something to the other. We had arrived was at her side in time to catch her. We later found out almost late and were too far back in the church to hear what


Officiant: Rev. Kelly Pope of Brandon Reception location: Mississippi Agriculture Museum’s Forestry Building Groom’s and groomsmen’s attire: Guy’s Tuxedoes of Memphis Bride’s attire: Rachel found her Galina wedding gown at David’s Bridal in Jackson. It featured a sweetheart strapless neck with an A-Line bottom that flowed down with soft ruffles to the floor in multiple layers of organza. Caterer and Cake: Pam Tucker of Honey Hush Catering in Brandon Photographer: Ryan Wade Photography of Brandon Music: DJ Captain J of Flowood the groom, Stewart Guesnther, said to his bride (as an aside, how can a woman spend all day getting ready, only to arrive and then realize she can’t walk in her high heels?), but whatever he was saying Rachel sure thought it was funny. I could see her teeth as she laughed. Her body shook with her delight and her voice echoed from the rafters. She had found her soul mate and, in that moment, he received my approval. The reception, held at the Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum, was expertly catered with enough food for a small army (the sweet potatoes were to die for). I watched Rachel and her handsome husband work the crowd. Seeing the genuine enthusiasm with which she greeted each and every guest, I was saddened a little to realize that she has moved out of my circle of life. I hadn’t seen her in six or seven years and, watching her, I realized what I had missed in not getting to see her grow into this fine young woman. Now she was making her new life in Memphis, away from Jackson. I heard her give another half-laugh, half-snort and I realized what an amazing gift she had given me by letting me be part of her life, first as a delightful child and now, completing the circle as a marvelous women.

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hhhh, picnics. They are like first love. Exciting, different and unpredictable. Like love, picnics appeal to all the senses. The fresh air, outdoor sights, smells and sounds can produce a lovely mini-vacation. This particular vacation is most enjoyable when well planned. Wherever one chooses to eat al fresco, comfort is key.

Informality and ease are highlighted. Everyone relaxes at a picnic in which everything is more or less “done” before sinking in to enjoy the moment. Menus exist for all types of picnics. This one is for a premade meal romantic enough for two, but practical enough for a group and interesting enough for children. I’ve chosen an Italian-inspired menu and left out

rules and measurements, while allowing variations. It ought to be a picnic for the chef(s) as well, after all! In order to remove a step or two, buy ready-to-eat olives, red peppers and artichokes (and whatever else appeals) from your local grocer’s olive bar and pick up crunchy Italian loaves from the deli. Season good olive oil with salt for a simple dip.

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or many people, Cinco de Mayo is the real kickoff to summer. The afternoons are already approaching 80 degrees, the shorts and tanks come out, and the idea of day-drinking sweet and salty beverages is never more welcome. Bring on the season with local margaritas and Mexican fare May 4 and 5. The first Cinco de Mayo Mississippi Festival kicks things off Saturday, May 4, from noon to 11 p.m. The festival, held in downtown Jackson between Capitol and Congress streets, includes a parade, live music all day, multiple food vendors and dancing. La Reina (the Queen) de Cinco de Mayo Mississippi will be crowned as well. Tickets are $10 in advance at, $15 at the door or $10 ages 6-11. Kids 5 and under are free. All weekend long, Sombra Mexican Kitchen (Township at Colony Park, 1037 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 100, Ridgeland, 601-707-7950) hosts a Cinco de Mayo celebration. On Saturday, May 4, younger folks 30 can enjoy piñatas and face painting from 1-4 p.m., and

Jason Turner takes the stage from 5-9 p.m. On Sunday, John Mora performs from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sombra offers drink specials Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Mellow Mushroom pizzeria (275 Dogwood Blvd., Flowood, 601,992-7499) is throwing a Cinco de Mellow contest with a trip for two to Mexico as the grand prize. Visit to find out how to enter. Other restaurants serving up Cinco de Mayo tacos and tequila (and more) around the metro include Babalu Tacos and Tapas (622 Duling Ave., 601-366-5757), Jaco’s Tacos (318 S State St., 601-961-7001), Café Ole (2752 N. State St., 769-524-3627), La Cazuela Mexican Grill (1401 E. Fortification St., 601-353-3014), Papitos Mexican Restaurant (6376 Ridgewood Court Drive, 601-665-4632), El Charro Authentic Mexican Restaurant (2086 Lakeland Drive, 601-362-4447), Taqueria La Guadalupe (6537 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland, 601-206-7776), and Margaritas Mexican Restaurant (1625 E. County Line Road, Suite 120, 601-957-7672).


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COFFEE HOUSES Cups Espresso Café (Multiple Locations, Jackson’s local group of coffeehouses offer a wide variety of espresso drinks. Wi-fi. BARS, PUBS & BURGERS Burgers and Blues (1060 E. County Line Road, Ridgeland 601-899-0038) Best Burger of 2012, plus live music and entertainment! Hal and Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St. 601-948-0888) Pub favorites meet Gulf Coast and Cajun specialties like red beans and rice, the Oyster Platter or daily specials. Cherokee Inn (960 Briarfield Rd. 601-362-6388) Jackson’s “Best Hole in the Wall,” has a great jukebox, great bar and a great burger. Cool Al’s (4654 McWillie, 601-713-3020) Cool Al’s signature stacked, messy, decadent, creative burgers defy adjectives. And don’t forget the fries! Fenian’s Pub (901 E. Fortification St. 601-948-0055) Classic Irish pub featuring a menu of traditional food, pub sandwiches and Irish beers on tap. Martin’s Restaurant and Lounge (214 South State Street 601-354-9712) Lunch specials, pub appetizers or order from the full menu of po-boys and entrees. Full bar, beer selection. Ole Tavern on George Street (416 George St. 601-960-2700) Pub food with a southern flair: beer-battered onion rings, chicken & sausage gumbo, salads, sandwiches. Underground 119 (119 South President St. 601-352-2322) Pan-seared crabcakes, shrimp and grits, filet mignon, vegetarian sliders. Live music. Opens 4 p.m., Wed-Sat Wing Stop (952 North State Street, 601-969-6400) Saucing and tossing in a choice of nine flavors, Wing Stop wings are made with care and served up piping hot. ASIAN AND INDIAN Crazy Ninja (862 Avery Blvd @ County Line Rd. 601-991-3110) Rock-n-roll sushi and cook-in-front-of-you hibachi. Lunch specials, bento boxes, fabulous cocktails. Ruchi India (862 Avery Blvd @ County Line Rd. 601-991-3110) Classic Indian cuisine from multiple regions. Lamb, vegetarian, chicken, shrimp and more. Pan Asia (720 Harbor Pines Dr, Ridgeland 601-956-2958) Beautiful ambiance and signature asian fusion dishes and build-your-own stir-frys. Fusion Japanese and Thai Cuisine (1002 Treetop Blvd, Flowood 601-664-7588) Specializing in fresh Japanese and Thai cuisine, an extensive menu features everything from curries to fresh sushi. VEGETARIAN High Noon Café (2807 Old Canton Road in Rainbow Plaza 601-366-1513) Fresh, gourmet, tasty and healthy defines the lunch options at Jackson’s own strict vegetarian (and very-veganfriendly) restaurant adjacent to Rainbow Whole Foods.

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The Human Element by Whitney Gilchrist



Paul Fayard combines his skills as an artist with his background in psychology as a prosthesis artist.

with a technical usage of the paint that allows the viewer to “see into the process.” In a painting that depicts a pair of runners on North State Street in front of Walker’s Drive-In, Fayard balances the coolness of the scene with subtle and bare bright orange strokes that add a dose of the magical to the light blue clouds, the shrubs and even the sewer drain. “With my art, I’m trying to focus the attention and say, look, the ordinary is really the extraordinary,” Fayard says. He got the inspiration for this painting one day while walking and taking photos in

Fondren with his girlfriend. “This couple came running down the street, and it was a beautiful day, and I thought, that’s a happening—that’s a scene right there,” he says. “I was able to use them as models in the reference—just kind of the human element. That’s going back to psychology, which is why I think I was drawn to that in the first place.” He laughs about a recent conversation with Wyatt Waters about the painting. “I told him, ‘Ron (Lindsay) told me I’ve been hanging around you too long and my titles are getting just as cheesy as yours,’”

Fayard says. The piece is called “Walkers and Runners,” a pun combining the restaurant’s name with the runners blazing past. Looking around his home studio, Fayard says, “A lot of these scenes are inspired by Frenchman Street, and then what’s not is inspired by Fondren. I kind of have my two muses—I have my Jackson muse and my New Orleans muse.” While the sense of the two places makes his work catchy for southerners, it is that “human element” that drives his work. “The more you look,” Fayard says, “the 33 more you see.”

he first instinct is usually the correct one. Artist Paul Fayard studied psychology and worked as a mental health counselor for “a lot of years” before rediscovering an instinctive affinity for making art. “They tell me that I would fall asleep drawing as a kid,” he says of his childhood in New Orleans. He calls drawing his “first love.” Now he paints and draws in a home studio in Clinton, and works a day job that uses his skills in the fields of both psychology and art. Fayard is an anaplastologist at Alatheia, a prosthesis company named in reference to the Greek goddess of truth. Fayard creates strikingly realistic prosthetics—anything from entire hands to eyeballs—for clients with injuries or diseases that resulted in the removal or stunted growth of a part of the body. “No matter what king of weird thing you can imagine, it happens all the time— you just don’t see it,” says Fayard, who draws on his experience in “therapeutic communication” to work with the clients. “I really appreciate all those years in psych … I really enjoy the clinical aspect, meaning the time I get to actually spend with the client. I take the impressions, talk to the people,” Fayard says. “It’s a safe place for them.” Inevitably, the fortitude and gratefulness of the clients enhance Fayard’s own daily living. This gratefulness, like the Buddhist idea of mindfulness, keeps Fayard’s artistic mind at work, he says.. “You’ve got to do it every day, because if you don’t do it every day, you start to get apprehensive about it,” Fayard says. “That’s the only way to keep continuity. When I stop on a painting, I always stop at a good point, and I know what I’m going to do when I come back.” In fitting prosthetics, Fayard creates ways of minimizing the transition between the silicone prosthetic and the client’s real skin. But in painting, he says, Richard Diebenkorn’s work inspires him because “he’s making sure you know that it’s plastic”

DIVERSIONS | film by Anita Modak-Truran


rkansas-born director Jeff Nichols has an authentic, lyrical southern impudence in “Mud,” which was a competition film at the Cannes Film Festival. Part “Huckleberry Finn,” part river folklore and southern gothic, this film snuggles the senses like an old favorite T-shirt. The story’s so cozy and smooth that when the shirt is jerked off and the irascible Mud (Matthew McConaughey) is stripped of his loquacious façade, you don’t feel cold at first. You hardly notice when it happens, but the next thing you know, Mud’s emotional guts are hanging out. Nichols tells Mud’s story through the eyes of 14-year-old Ellis (Tye Sheridan). Ellis lives on a decaying houseboat with his parents on a muddy riverbank in Arkansas. Ellis is at the awkward age between cute boy and responsible young man. He’s a tadpole swimming upstream to manhood. The movie opens on Ellis sneaking off the houseboat before sunrise. On the way out, he eavesdrops on an intense discussion between his parents (Sarah Paulson and Ray McKinnon). He nudges his suspicions to the back of his mind and concentrates on spend-

ing some river time with his best buddy, Neckbone (Jacob Lofland). Neckbone is a pint-sized redneck. He speaks plainly, and without a filter. He’s got some funny, endearing quirks, like saying “Sh*t” in every sentence. He wears a Fugazi T-shirt, which is inherently interesting as the kid has a buzz cut and camouflage pants. The boys head to a remote island on the Mississippi River. The camera swoops down into a misty-blue fog as the boys motor to their destination. You can almost smell the river and the adventure. “There’s a boat in a tree,” Neckbone says. The boat is an anomaly on island that only grows trees and shelters cottonmouths. This boat, however, already has an occupant. It’s Mud, a rough guy who wears nail crosses in his boots to ward off evil spirits. He’s an interesting character, inked with a slithering snake tattoo running down his arm to remind him that snakes bite. This film has freshness, originality and an unusual serenity. It expresses feelings that haven’t come out in movies in a long time and in a personal, novelistic voice. Nothing is wasted in the shots. Nichols spent 10 years

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tinkering with the script, layering it with depth. “Mud” explores love’s perplexities. Ellis experiences his first love with May Pearl (Bonnie Sturdivant), a buxom high-school junior to his peon-esque freshman status. Even though she towers over him, May Pearl openly flirts with Ellis. Then there’s the Matthew McConaughey gives an Oscar-worthy broken love between Elperformance in “Mud.” lis’ parents and the disintegration of their marriage. Ellis is caught in the middle of his We never know where the story is gofather’s failure and his mother’s struggle ing, but we sit trustingly as the movie drifts for independence. along and things works themselves out. The greatest and most complex love With considerable shifts along the way, of all is Mud’s love for Juniper (Reese With- everything is still to the point, starting with erspoon). McConaughey’s character really the title: “Mud.” Mud lies at the bottom of doesn’t understand women any better than the river, but you can salvage some useful Ellis and Neckbone. His performance is trash from it. mesmerizing, worthy of an Oscar nomina“You got to know what’s worth keeping tion. He effortlessly switches back and forth and what’s worth loosing,” says Galen, who from badass to starry-eyed lover. He’s child- makes his living from the river. This movie is like and a sage of human experience. a keeper.



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The Fondren After 5K is at 6 p.m. at Duling Avenue and North State Street.

The Cinco do Mayo Mississippi Festival is at noon in downtown Jackson.

SUNDAY 5/5 The Band Perry gives a benefit concert at Thalia Mara Hall at 6:30 p.m.



JFP Chef Week continues through May 4. Enjoy a signature dish at participating restaurants, and proceeds go to a local charity. More at … Greensky Bluegrass, Adam Faucett and Dillon Hodges perform at 7:30 p.m. at Duling Hall. Cocktails at 6 p.m. For ages 18 and up. $15 advance, $20 at door;



Fondren After 5 is from 5-8 p.m. Free; call 601981-9606. Includes the Fondren After 5K at 6 p.m. at Duling Avenue and North State Street. After-party at Babalu; Patrick Harkins performs. Registration required; space limited. $20; find Fondren After 5K on Facebook. … The opening reception for the Mississippi Colorists Exhibit is from 5-8 p.m. at The Cedars Historic Home (4145 Old Canton Road). Free; call 601-366-5552. … The High Note Jam is at

May 5. Jason Turner performs May 4 from 5-9 p.m., and John Mora performs May 5 from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Free admission; call 601-707-7950. … Enjoy a four-course dinner with Chef Keith Kornfield at 5 p.m. at Pan-Asia (720 Harbour Pointe Crossing, Ridgeland). Another dinner May 4. RSVP. $45 per person; call 601-956-2958. … Arthouse Cinema at Russell C. Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.) features the films “Hendrix 70: Live at Woodstock” and “The Doors: Live at the Bowl ’68” at 8:30 p.m. Runs through May 5. $10 per film; … James McMurtry and Jonny Burke perform at 9 p.m. at Hal & Mal’s. For ages 18 and up. $12 advance, $15 at door; call 601-292-7121. … The Disco Dance Contest Launch Party is at 8 p.m. at Salsa Mississippi (605 Duling Ave.). Call 601-213-6355 for details. … Nameless Open Mic is 9 p.m. at Suite 106. $5 admission, $3 to perform; call 601-720-4640.


Get a free comic book during Free Comic Book Day at 11 a.m. at Comic Commander (579 Highway 51, Suite D, Ridgeland). Free; call 601-856-1789. … Derby Day is at 11 a.m. at Nick’s Restaurant (3000 Old Canton Road). Enjoy a four-course meal paired with Maker’s Mark cocktails. RSVP. $85, $4 mint juleps; call 601-981-8017. … The Cinco de Mayo Mississippi Festival is from noon-11 p.m. in downBY LATASHA WILLIS town Jackson between Capitol and Congress streets, including Smith Park (Yazoo Street). The JACKSONFREEPRESS.COM 5K run at 8 a.m. benefits Batson FAX: 601-510-9019 Children’s Hospital. $10 in adDAILY UPDATES AT vance, $15 at the door, $10 ages JFPEVENTS.COM 6-11, ages 5 and under free, fees apply for race; … Day at the Derby is from 4-10 p.m. at The Cotton Market Venue (South Pearson Road, Richland). Benefits the University Transplant Guild. Adults only. $75-$250; call 601-906-5499. … The Wishmaker’s Ball is at 7 p.m. at the Country Club of Jackson (345 St. Andrews Drive). Benefits Make-A-Wish Mississippi. $100, $150 couples; call 601-366-9474, ext. 1305. … The burlesque show “La Luna! The Magic of the Moon” is at 8 p.m. at Hal & Mal’s. $10-$25;


May 1 - 7, 2013

Deenie Castleberry and Richard Lawrence perform in the New Stage play “Next Fall” at Warehouse Theatre May 2-4 at 7:30 p.m.

5:30 p.m. at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Free with cash bar; call 601-960-1515. … The Detectives Mystery Dinner Theatre presents “When Cletus Met Elizabeth” at 7 p.m. at Georgia Blue (111 Colony Crossing, Madison). Cocktails at 6 p.m. RSVP. For ages 18 and up. $45; call 601-937-1752. … Unframed at New Stage presents the play “Next Fall” at 7:30 p.m. at Warehouse Theatre (1000 Monroe St.). Runs through May 4. For mature audiences. $7 (cash or check); call 601-948-3533.


The Cinco de Mayo Celebration is from 11 a.m.11 p.m. at Sombra Mexican Kitchen (1037 Highland 36 Colony Parkway, Suite 100, Ridgeland) and runs through


The Mississippi Youth Symphony Orchestra Spring Concert is at 3 p.m. at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.) at the F.D. Hall Music Center. Free; call 708-


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Jazz artist Pam Confer performs at Take a Tasty Bite Out of Crime at Highland Village May 6 at 7 p.m.

250-1999. … The Mississippi Opera presents “The Telephone” during the Being Belhaven Arts Series at 6 p.m. at Belhaven Park (Poplar Boulevard). Free; call 601-352-8850. … The Band Perry performs at 6:30 p.m. at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). Benefit UMMC’s Mind Center. $25-$42; call 800-745-3000.


Take a Tasty Bite Out of Crime is from 7-10 p.m. at Highland Village (4500 Interstate 55 N.). Enjoy food and drink samples, and music from Hunter Gibson and the Gators, Chris Gill and Pam Confer. Benefits local law enforcement agencies. $50; call 601-212-0016.


John Paul performs during Music in the City at 5:45 p.m. at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Free, donations welcome; call 601-960-1515.


Libby Hollingsworth talks about her family, the Shaifers of Port Gibson, during History Is Lunch at noon at the Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Free; call 601-576-6998. … “Menopause: The Musical” is at 7:30 p.m. at Thalia Mara Hall. Encore May 9. $20-$62.50; call 800-745-3000. More at and

*&0 30/.3/2%$%6%.43 “Next Fall� May 2-4, 7:30 p.m., at Warehouse Theatre (1000 Monroe St.). The play is about a gay couple’s division over religious beliefs. For mature audiences. $7 (cash or check); call 601948-3533; JFP Chef Week through May 4. Enjoy a signature dish from participating chefs at local restaurants, and proceeds go to a local charity. Free; call 601362-6121, ext. 11;


Play the Wild Side Benefit Golf Tournament May 2, 11:30 a.m., at Live Oaks Golf Club (11200 Highway 49 N.). The tournament is a fundraiser for the Clinton Community Nature Center. $75, $300 team of four, sponsorships start at $100; call 601-926-1104. Precinct 1 COPS Meeting May 2, 6 p.m., at Jackson Police Department, Precinct 1 (810 Cooper Road). These monthly forums are designed to help resolve community issues. Call 601-960-0001. Chocolate Affair May 2, 7 p.m., at Southern Cultural Heritage Center (1302 Adams St., Vicksburg), in the auditorium. Enjoy chocolate desserts, drinks and music from the Mulligan Brothers. Advance tickets only; seating limited. $30, $25 members; call 601-631-2997. Book Fair May 3, 7 a.m.-4 p.m., at Madison River Oaks Medical Center (1421 E. Peace St., Canton). The Madison River Oaks Volunteer Auxiliary hosts the sale in the Multipurpose Room. Call 601-855-4000. River to the Rails May 3, 5 p.m., and May 4, 9 a.m., in downtown Greenwood. The celebra-

tion of the art, music and food of the Mississippi Delta features the ‘Que on the Yazoo barbecue competition. Enjoy an art show, farmers market, pet parade and children’s activities. Free; call 662453-7625;

National Lemonade Day May 4, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at Spann Elementary School (1615 Brecon Drive). The Wisdom Foundation of Jackson hosts the sale. Purchase lemonade from budding child entrepreneurs. Free; call 513-703-8256.

Jackson Mayoral Candidates Town Hall Meeting Broadcast May 3, 9 p.m., at WRBJ (broadcast channel 34, Comcast channel 8). See the debate that took place April 28 at Word and Worship Church. Good Twin, Bad Twin is the sponsor. Free; call 601-291-3157 or 601-906-7254.

Paralympic Experience May 4, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at Tatum Park (101 Parkway Blvd., Hattiesburg). The event introduces with physical disabilities and visual impairments to paralympic sports. Parents, teachers, program leaders and rehabilitation specialists welcome. Free; call 601-918-5830; email;

Youth Fishing Day May 4, 7 a.m.-2 p.m., at Lake Dockery (Lake Dockery Drive, Byram). The event is for youth ages 15 and under who are accompanied by an adult with a valid Mississippi fishing license. Free; call 601-372-7791. Jackson Audubon Society First Saturday Bird Walk May 4, 8 a.m., at Lefleur’s Bluff State Park (2140 Riverside Drive). An expert birder leads the walk. Bring binoculars, water, insect repellent and a snack. Adults must accompany children under 15. Free, $3 car entrance fee. Free; call 601832-6788. Rankin County Democrats Monthly Breakfast May 4, 8:30 a.m., at Corner Bakery, Flowood (108 Market St., Flowood). Jackson-area Democrats meet for breakfast and discuss current political activities. Open to the public. Free with food for sale; call 601-919-9797; Critters and Crawlers May 4, 10-10:45 a.m., at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). The program for toddlers ages 2-3 and their caregivers includes indoor and outdoor activities, and animal encounters. Discounts available for members. $15, $40 series; call 601-352-2580, ext. 241.

It’s a Spring Thing Festival May 4, noon-6 p.m., at Manhattan Park (5401 Manhattan Road). Learn about the Genesis and Light Center’s upcoming youth summer program, and enjoy music, games, a talent show and giveaways. Free admission; call 601-362-6736. Ultimate Mellow Mexican Vacation Giveaway through May 5, at Mellow Mushroom (275 Dogwood Blvd., Flowood). For a chance to win a Mexican vacation for two, enter by taking a photo with the Dos Equis’ “Most Interesting Man� cardboard display, and upload the photo to Instagram with the hashtag #CincoDeMellow. Contestant may also enter on the website. Free; call 601-992-7499; American Board Teaching Career Information Session May 7, 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m., at Warren County-Vicksburg Public Library (700 Veto St., Vicksburg). Learn how to earn a professional teaching license. Bachelor’s degree required. Online registration available. Free; call 601329-0654; PRUH(9(176VHHSDJH

Events at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). • DeafFest Mississippi May 3, 7-9 p.m., and May 4, 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Keith Wann and Wink perform on Adult Night May 3. May 4, Enjoy the Deaf Dash 5K at 7:30 a.m., performances at 11 a.m. and artist booths. Performers include the Anderson Twins, Magic Morgan and Lilliana, Peter Cook and more. Free admission, $15 Adult Night (ages 18 and up), Deaf Dash: $25, $15 children; • Positioned for Progress Conference May 6-7. The annual conference is for nonprofits and mission-based agencies. Keynote speakers include Entergy CEO Leo Denault and Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant. $249; • Go Red for Women Luncheon May 8, 10 a.m. The American Heart Association’s event includes screenings, a silent auction, exhibits, testimonials and a fashion show. $75; call 601-321-1209.

Jackson State University Spring Commencements. Free; visit • Commencement for Graduate Students May 3, 6 p.m. at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.), at the Lee E. Williams Athletics and Assembly Center. Dr. Hank Bounds of the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning is the speaker. • Commencement for Undergraduate Students May 4, 8 a.m., at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium (2531 N. State St.). Actor and youth advocate Hill Harper is the speaker.

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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.

Animal Photography Class May 4, 8 a.m., at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Learn to take quality photos of animals. Pre-registration required. $35, $30 members; call 601-352-2580, ext. 240;

Sickle Cell Patient and Parent Support Group May 4, 11 a.m., at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). The group meets on first Saturdays in the Common Area. Free; call 601366-5874;

Plein Air Oil Painting Workshop May 4, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Jerrod Partridge teaches the class in the Art Garden. Includes lunch. $75; call 601-960-1515.

NICU Reunion May 4, 1-2 p.m., at Baptist Medical Center (1225 N. State St.), in the atrium. Children who received care in the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit reunite with staff. Includes refreshments and games. Registration required. Free; call 601-948-6262; Caregiver Educational Series May 7, 3:305:30 p.m., at St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church (7427 Old Canton Road, Madison). The Alzheimer’s Association of Mississippi is the host. Topics include community resources, family dynamics and end-of-life issues. Free; call 601987-0020. First Friday Free ADHD Screenings, at the office of Suzanne Russell, LPC (665 Highway 51 N., Ridgeland). Licensed professional counselor Suzanne Russell offers free 30-minute ADHD screenings for children. Appointment required. Free; call 601-707-7355.

34!'%!.$3#2%%. Regional Dance America/Southeast Regional Ballet Association Gala Concert May 4, 7 p.m., at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). Dancers ages 11-18 compete after attending classes and seminars. International Ballet Competition Silver Medalist Sarah Lane is the special guest. $30; call 601-853-4508. “Cats” Auditions May 4, 1-4 p.m., and May 5, 2-4 p.m., at Vicksburg Theatre Guild/Parkside Playhouse (101 Iowa Blvd., Vicksburg). Production dates are Aug. 16-25. Call 601-636-0471.

-53)# A Garment of Praise: The Music of Ralph Vaughan Williams May 4, 7:30 p.m., at Trinity Presbyterian Church (5301 Old Canton Road). The Mississippi Chorus and the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra perform works from the English composer. $5-$20; call 601-278-3351.


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601.948.0888 200 S. Commerce St. Downtown Jackson, Mississippi

Nancy Mitchell teaches the class. Supplies included. $45, $40 members.

Events at Lemuria Books (Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). Call 601-366-7619. • “Deception” May 1, 5 p.m. John M. Floyd signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $24.95 book. • “Coming Home to Mississippi” May 4, 1 p.m. Editors Charline McCord and Judy Tucker sign books. $25 book.

#2%!4)6%#,!33%3 Events at Southern Cultural Heritage Center (1302 Adams St., Vicksburg). Call 601-631-2997. • Ballroom Dance Lessons May 5, 5-6 p.m. James Frechette, owner of Applause Dance Factory, teaches the East Coast Swing in the Academy Building. $10. • “More than a Painting” Art Workshop May 8, 9 a.m.-noon, and May 9, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

%8()")43!.$/0%.).'3 Capturing the Capitol May 4, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.) In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Union Army capturing Jackson during the Civil War, Union reenactors capture the statehouse and camp on the Old Capitol Green. Reenanctors demonstrate drills, tent set-up, and more. Free; call 601-576-6920.

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Meet Erem Dle by Bethany Bridges


f it was possible for Prince and Muddy Waters to conceive a musical prodigy, the end result would be Jeremy Girdle—artistically known as Erem Dle (urm da-lae). Girdle, 34 and a Jackson native, is no stranger to exquisite style or funk; he’s been a creative jukebox and beat-making machine since middle school. Even though it is grounded deeply in blues and funk, Girdle’s music is a cumulating combustion of punk, rock, jazz, blue grass, hip-hop and techno as well. One can expect to hear an array of sounds when listening to Erem Dle’s music: smooth jazz, funky hip-hop beats, a little bit of bass guitar, and hardcore blues. As a self-taught guitarist and keyboardist, Girdle has worked for two decades to get noticed in the music world. His determination and passion for music led him to New York City in 2005. After two years Girdle returned to Mississippi and since then his musically career has been on a slow but steady upward spiral, from performing for his childhood neighborhood on Easter Sunday to Zoo Blues in 2013. Girdle is no stranger to Jackson’s music scene; he has performed at more than a dozen clubs and shared the stage with some of Mississippi’s blues greats since 2001.

knew I would be involved with music; it was the only thing that provided me with an avenue for creativity and expression.

What led you to be a musician?

What artists are reflections of your musical style?

My father. He worked two jobs when I was growing up, and whenever he got off late he would play “oldies but goodies” all night long. I went to sleep listening to blues and funk. So, at a young age I was exposed to blues and funk. I

When did you realize you had a gift for music?

In 1985, I started a rap group with one my homeboys in middle school. I was the beat man, since my mother had brought me a SK-5 machine when I was 12. When we made our first recording, I knew then that music was my calling. I haven’t found anything else to replace my motivation in life. I’ve been making music since the ’80s. It’s my thing. It’s what drives me. I’ve a musician for almost 20 years now.

Jeremy Girdle, aka Erem Dle, is getting notice in the Jackson area.

How would you describe your music style?

One word … funky. Other than be funky, it’s more like instrumental jazz on a slow night and heart pounding techno on a live night. My music is a combination of all the types of music I listen to. I’m 100 percent authentic. I’m free to do whatever is interesting to me which is everything. Prince, James Brown, Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, DJ MagicMike,DJFatboySlim,SunnyboyWilliamsandKennyG. What is the biggest sacrifice you’ve made as an artist?

Moving to New York (City) for two years and staying in

my van. That was major. New York was amazing, and it was a great opportunity for me to perfect my craft and expose my music. At the same time it was hard. I was so vulnerable as an artist, because I knew no one and I worked only a minimum-wage job. After a while, I couldn’t take living in my van for another New York winter. But, I appreciate New York; I learned so much about myself as a person and I met and worked with some amazing artists. What was it like performing at Zoo Blues this year?

It was cool, I believe every chance I get to show case my music is an opportunity for me. I’m grateful that the Jackson Zoo allowed me to perform. This was the first performance I had where the sound was actually “professional.” For more information on Erem Dle, find him on Facebook or visit

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High Fidelity

Some songs or albums demand to be more than just background noise.

suming my high-speed skidding through the last decade or so of musical purchases, without regard to the relevance those songs once held for me. I questioned what it was about that one song that kept me fixed while several thousand others clicked past in a millisec-

ond, and decided it amounts to familiarity. Familiarity is great, of course. It’s fun to sing along to “Don’t Stop Believing,” knowing it’s playing in a million locations simultaneously. But sometimes, that casualness keeps us from recognizing a song’s power. Though not always successful, music is meant to accomplish two things. First and most obvious, it should entertain. Second, it should aid in reflection, affecting your view of a subject or of yourself. It doesn’t have to be Vivaldi to have an effect. If Justin Timberlake’s “Suit And Tie” makes you consider the vastness of the universe, set it on repeat. When you view or listen to any form of art, though, you enter an agreement, and our shutterspeed shuffling isn’t keeping up our end. Instead, with the hectic pace of every day, music has become a short-term burst of background noise on the way to work or as we exercise. It’s safe to assume when Bob Dylan wrote “Like a Rolling Stone,” he didn’t intend for it to be Track 12 on your “Treadmill Mix.” When is the last time that you listened to a record and it truly affected you? For some people reading, the answer to that question is “never.” So what we’re left with

is an oath without the follow-through, an art form without the emotional weight. Sure, some blame rests on the epoch of the ’90s boy bands or the 2000s trend of auto-tuning the bejeezus out of a voice—but most of the fault rests squarely on our collective shoulder. I’m not chiding anyone for buying music only for the enjoyment of it or for an extra option on his or her iPod playlist. Even Dylan has to eat. But every time that we put the significance of silence in a song or the meaning of a lyric on the backburner, we lessen the impact that it can have on us. I encourage you to look back on those moments when you were sincerely stirred by a musician or band and discover that magnitude anew. There’s nothing wrong with letting the radio waves keep rolling while you drive. In fact, it’s always better to be around music briefly than not at all. However, I think there is a need to acknowledge music as art, growing and reshaping with each experience, and our fidelity to that fact retains its value. No matter the genre, whether you gravitate toward Geddy Lee or meditate on Jason Mraz, set out to learn something in every listen. This is one promise you can’t afford to fail. 39

ful. I fit snugly into the second sector. Eyes closing a little too hazardously for someone who is driving, I sang all of “The Blower’s Daughter” like I wrote it myself. Then, as the song ended, I caught myself reCOURTESY VECTOR RECORDING


ertain music just slips by you, whether because of indifference, ignorance or initial dislike. I was 12 years old when Damien Rice released his debut album “O.” Back in 2002, I piggy-backed on my oldest sister’s musical predilections so, at the time, I was more interested in metal and post-hardcore than acoustic musing. It wasn’t until a few years later, after my respect for acts like Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, and Simon & Garfunkel transmuted into profound admiration, that I revisited Rice’s album and plucked two gems: “Delicate” and “The Blower’s Daughter.” I still can’t consider myself a Rice fan, as those songs represent my entire knowledge, leaving me about five albums short of a compendium. But as I was driving to college, switching songs at head-spinning speed through my iPod on “Shuffle,” I heard the opening notes of “The Blower’s Daughter” and delayed hitting “next,” waiting for Rice to sing one the gut-punching, soul-straining, simple line, “I can’t take my eyes off of you.” For some, that might mean nothing, while for others, it triggers a grainy, sepiatoned flashback, the kind seen in movies when characters are feeling particularly wist-


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ecently, I attended an event at the 1968 games in Mexico City. Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame, In Tokyo, Boston battled with Ruswhich showed off renovations and sian long jumper Igor Ter-Ovanesyan, who expansion of the Olympic Room in 1962 had broken Boston’s world record, at the museum. The Olympic Room now set in 1961, in the long jump. Boston took includes every medal winner from Missis- his world record back in August 1964 just sippi, and is updated to include the recent before the Tokyo Olympics began in Octo2012 London Games. ber, but both men dueled throughout each Executive Director Rick Cleveland round of the games. has done a tremendous amount in his Lynn Davies of Great Britain upset short time leading the museum. Museum both Ter-Ovanesyan and Boston when he organizers promise new video kiosks in won the gold medal. Boston would have to the main room, updates to the Olympic settle for the silver, and Ter-Ovanesyan took Room and more improvements in the the bronze. coming months. Two Olympic athletes, Bianca Knight and Ralph Boston, were at the event. Knight was part of the 4x100 meter relay team that was the first group of women to run the 4x100 in under 40 seconds on their way to a gold medal in London. Knight explained that she hopes that the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will be her best Olympics on the U.S.A. track and field team since she will be entering her prime as a Ralph Boston is an iconic Mississippi Olympian. track athlete. She has already begun to focus on that goal. Boston is a former world record holder in the long jump. He particiThe Mexico City games might best be pated in three different Olympic Games. known for the photo of African American He also broke Jesse Owens’ world sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos record in the long jump, which Owens with their fists raised in the air on the medal held for 25 years after setting the record in podium, but I remember another iconic 1935. Owens’ record was 8.13 meters (26 photo that gets lost in the political moment feet, 8 inches), and Boston shattered the of Smith and Carlos. record by jumping 8.21 meters (26 feet, Boston had taken Bob Beamon un11-1/4 inches). der his wing as his unofficial coach after Boston first competed in the 1960 Beamon was suspended from University Rome Olympics, and made the team again of Texas at El Paso for refusing to compete four years later at the Tokyo Olympics in against Brigham Young University, whom 1964. He finished his Olympic career at the he alleged had racist policies. At the time,

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heading into Mexico City Olympics, Boston and Ter-Ovanesyan shared the world record, each having jumped 8.35 meters (27 feet, 4-3/4 inches). In his first jump in the final, Beamon jumped 8.90 meters (29 feet, 2-1/2 inches), which broke Boston’s current record by nearly two feet, destroying the world record. Beamon didn’t known what he had accomplished when the announcer gave the distance in meters. Upon finding out his winning distance in feet, Beamon collapsed to his knees. A photographer snapped a shot of him with Boston and Davies, the two men supporting Beamon after he found out he smashed the world record. Boston settled for the bronze, and Klaus Beer of East Germany won the silver that year. Boston, now 73 years old, has a wonderful grandfatherly smile that lights up the room. He seemed to be the only man in the room—everyone wanted to talk with him that day. When I asked which of his three Olympics was his favorite, he wasted no time in saying, “The first one.� He explained that the Olympics are different from now. “I had a job,� Boston says. “It doesn’t work that way now.� He also recalled meeting Jesse Owens, Cassius Clay (better known as Muhammad Ali) and several future NBA Hall of Famers at his first Olympics. My final question to Boston was about what it was like being in the same Olympic village with all those great athletes. Boston paused for a moment. “There is no way or words to truly describe it,� he said, adding, “but if I had to use one word, I would say wonderful.�

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Something you are going to hear a lot over the next few weeks: We havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seen a Triple Crown winner in horse racing in 35 years. Another phrase you will hear a bunch is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lord Stanleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cup.â&#x20AC;? THURSDAY, MAY 2 Softball (7-9 p.m., ESPN): Looking for something different to watch? Tune in to see Texas Tech face host Baylor in college softball. FRIDAY, MAY 3 Baseball (6-9 p.m., ESPN U): Mississippi State looks to bounce back after getting swept by Vanderbilt against in a three-game series against Alabama, starting with this game. SATURDAY, MAY 4 Horse racing (3-6 p.m., NBC): The 139th running of the Kentucky Derby is the annual opening leg of the Triple Crown of horse racing. SUNDAY, MAY 5 NASCAR (12-4 p.m., Fox): Jimmie Johnson is at the top of the standings as NASCAR moves to the Talladega Superspeedway for the Aarons 499. MONDAY, MAY 6 MLB (6-9 p.m., ESPN): After a fast start, the Atlanta Braves started to cool off, but look to heat back up against the Cincinnati Reds on the road. TUESDAY, MAY 7 NHL (6 p.m.-12 a.m., NBCSN & CNBC): Watch the potential series-clinching game fours in the Stanley Cup Playoffs on two networksâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;double headers on both networks. WEDNESDAY, MAY 8 NHL (6:30-9:30 p.m., NBCSN): Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s game four between the New York Rangers and the Alex Ovechkin-led Washington Capitals. If we see a Triple Crown winner, I hope I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to wait until my daughter has kids before another one is crowned. The last Triple Crown was the year I was born. Follow Bryan Flynn at, @jfpsports and at

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