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he healing process from the 9-11 tragedy had just begun for ceramist Kathleen Varnell when the “Beltway Sniper” struck, killing 10 and injuring three others in suburban Washington, D.C. “My last series, the Wounded and Healing series in 2003, are my reactions to 9-11 and sniper attack events of 2002,” Varnell says. “… Both of these events really had an effect on me.” At the time, Varnell lived in D.C., where she worked as an exhibition specialist for the Smithsonian Institution for 12 years. She received a master’s degree in ceramics from Howard University in 2001, but did her undergraduate work at Jackson State University. Now Varnell is back in Jackson as the Mississippi Art Museum’s newest curator associate. Varnell says she always had a natural gift for drawing but didn’t discover ceramics until she attended JSU. “At first, I put off taking ceramics, but a beautiful and magical thing happened to me the first day I walked into the ceramic lab at Jackson State,” she says. “The aroma of the clay intoxicated me. As I walked around the studio, there were vessels and faces all around the room. On the top shelf was a female face that seemed to emerge from a slab of clay. It was so realistic; it appeared as if she would speak at any moment and tell me her stories. From that point on, it was all about the clay.” Varnell’s experiences at Howard


stretched her artistically and exposed her to African American celebrities including Phylicia Rashad, Debbie Allen, Danny Glover, Angela Bassett and Bill Duke. “Howard was amazing,” she says. “The climate and culture on campus and around the community was very positive and stimulating. … I had the chance to meet with and learn from many foremost African American artists and art historians, such as our very own Sam Gilliam.” Although the nation’s capital provided a rewarding career, Varnell’s Jackson roots eventually pulled her home last year. Varnell, 52, has one daughter and three granddaughters. “All of my family is here,” Varnell says. “My mom is aging, and I wanted to be here to take care of her and spend time with her. My daughter and grandchildren are here, and I’ve missed many special events.” Working for MMA was a natural fit. “I’ve had a relationship with the museum for a very long time. In fact, I had an exhibit there in 2006,” she says. “I have conducted workshops, gallery talks and artist presentations on several occasions.” “The type of legacy I plan to create at MMA is the same type of legacy I left behind at Smithsonian: to produce engaging, high quality, well-displayed, well-developed educational exhibitions,” Varnell adds. —Bethany Bridges

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11 Stay, For Now

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26 The Man in the Iron Suit

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by Donna Ladd, Editor-in-Chief

The Hard Stuff


e have an amazing staff. And I don’t just say because they work for me at the Jackson Free Press; I say it because of what they have to weather to help our collective mission to help lift Jackson and Mississippi off the bottom. It is especially obvious during election times and when we’re publishing investigative series. People throw darts and bricks at us because we don’t just hop on their bandwagon or because we dare to question. They question our independence (which is amusing—if they only knew how many of our closest friends and supporters we anger), and they try to discredit us every way possible. It would be one thing if they just focused on publisher Todd Stauffer and me. We made the decision to do a hard-hitting progressive newspaper in the middle of Mississippi, and we knew it wouldn’t be easy. Even people who love what we do often aren’t ready for us to fully fulfill our news reporting obligation when it targets something they own or want to happen or someone they want elected. We get that. But many of our detractors can make life hard here for all of our staffers and even our interns. Frank Melton used to love to not only declare that he would “shut you down!” but also harangued our interns for choosing to train here. We know a few adults who still tell interns to stay away. A member of our sales team even got cornered at church the other day about our recent coverage of one of the mayoral candidates. It was good and necessary coverage, the kind they train us in journalism school to do. But a business person got yelled at about it. But here’s the thing: This team can take it. They are tough, and they are talented, and they have grit. I’ve often declared that “we have the best staff ever,”

but that has never been more true than right now, and during times that have tested our will. Our news coverage is simply stellar now. News editor Ronni Mott—whom Tyler has started calling Mottzilla because she’s so tough—is leading a hard-hitting, heavily researched news team. Uber-talented reporter R.L. Nave is a quiet-spoken, impeccable writer and thoughtful reporter who is doing our best state coverage ever. And Tyler Cleveland, our newest

We know our work matters because you tell us it does. reporter, slammed into this office and city coverage like he’d been doing it for decades. We suspect that has something to do with his growing up with a journalist as a daddy; recently, long-time columnist Bill Minor told me he’d known Tyler since he was a child and that he was “going to make fine newspaper man.” Bill Minor doesn’t say anything he doesn’t mean. Photographer Trip Burns is a key part of the news effort, and I love seeing him dash out the door to shoot a protest at the clinic, a bank robbery or a secretary of state. He’s meant to be in this business, too. And Dustin Cardon, our JFP daily and web editor, provides a focused, steady effort to continually getting news out through our website and social media.

(In fact, I attribute much of our recordsetting page views of late to Dustin’s focus and hard work, not to mention all of those campaign-finance PDFs that he got on the site quickly.) Then there’s Kathleen Mitchell and her team. Kathleen joined as our features editor about a year ago, and has ramped up our lifestyle and entertainment coverage to a place it’s never been, and she is getting us organized so that the news team can focus on what we do best. Kathleen’s newest hire, editorial assistant Amber Helsel, is an excellent writer and editor fresh out of the Ole Miss journo school, and her BOOM Jackson editorial assistant Leigh Horn is making the magazine run on time, no matter how much the rest of us try to thwart her efforts. And her style and class are perfect to help shape BOOM’s lifestyle vibe. Latasha Willis is a remarkable woman who does the best events listings in the state, as well as helps with production of the newspaper and magazine. She’s simply amazing. And she now has a partner-incrime back in her cave since the cheery, delightful Tommy Burton joined us as music listings editor. And that’s just the editorial team. It’s small, lean and nimble, and I couldn’t be prouder of the work they’re doing. Of course, add to them a remarkable design team (Kristin Brenemen and Andrea Thomas), new director of operations David Joseph and bookkeeper Aprile Smith, and distribution manager Richard Laswell and his excellent driver team. Throw in Todd’s sales force—Kimberly Griffin, David Rahaim, Samantha Towers and Brad Young (who’s about to leave us for a military stint) and our freelancers and interns—and you can quickly see why life is good at the JFP. We’re doing what we started this business to do—probing news

coverage, supporting locally owned businesses and promoting cool stuff to do in Jackson—and we have a team that rocks that mission. I’ve always said that people are the most important thing. Who does a story affect? Who is on the other side of the money trail? Who doesn’t want us to know (so, of course, we must know)? Who is hiding something? Who is the unsung hero of the week? (See for hundreds of unsung heroes.) It is the people who work here now, and who have worked here, who make the long days worth it. Knowing that we can sleep well at night because we’ve done everything we can do to report an important story others are scared to keeps us all going—and that includes the whole team. Because this news dream team is no stronger than the people in all our departments. And we are never stronger than our readers. One way we can keep plugging away even when under intense fire from people who want us to shut up is that we hear from so many of you. Even in intense election seasons like this one, the support calls, emails and posts always outnumber the negatives. They always have, and now even more so than ever. We hope we’ve built a trust with our readership and our community. We don’t report anything that we do not believe is important to our mission and the future of Jackson. We are here to do what Todd calls “the hard stuff.” That is, anybody can set up a blog or print a zine with words on it. Our job is to develop sources, dig, write, edit, design, and interview people about stuff they’d rather not discuss. Good journalism outlets do “the hard stuff.” We know our work matters because you tell us it does. And there is no way that we can thank you enough for that.

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Bethany Bridges

Kelly Bryan Smith

Tamika Curley

Bryan Flynn

Tyler Cleveland

Brinda Fuller Willis

Samantha Towers

Kristin Brenemen

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

Kelly is a busy mom, writer, brain tumor survivor and nursing student living with her small son in Fondren. She enjoys cooking, swimming, reading and collecting blue eggs from her chickens. She contributed to the cover package.

Tam has lived in more than a few places from Dallas to Oakland to Jackson. She enjoys talking and blogging about natural hair. Her natural hair blog is tam-mynaturalself.blogspot. com. She contributed to the cover package.

Bryan is a life-long Mississippian. He is a husband and stay at home father to a baby girl. He constantly wonders, if it didn’t happen on ESPN or Disney Jr. did it really happen? He 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. He wrote news features.

Brinda Willis often plays tricks on people with her identical twin, Linda. She will go anywhere to hear the blues and she’s a real farmer’s daughter. She wrote a travel feature.

Sales assistant Samantha Towers is a native Jacksonian and a graduate of Tougaloo College. She enjoys long walks on the reservoir, candlelight dinners, and creative endeavors like music and writing. Her favorite color is blue.

Art director Kristin Brenemen is an otaku with a penchant for dytopianism. She can’t imagine a world without fresh eggs. At night, she fights crime. She designed much of this issue.

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hy is my mom is so special? When I was growing up, my mother always tried to give us the best, and we never went without, even when she did. She did everything for my family. She still calls and brings me soup when I get sick, and is always texting to say she loves me and to have a good day. But the main reason why my mom is special is because when I came out and told her I was a homosexual, she was so supportive. She said it didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter what I was because she loved me Joe Williams and his mother. with all her heart. She has welcomed my partner with open armsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;sometimes I feel like she loves him more than me! When my mom first met my partner (this month will make nine years), we went to church on Sunday and then went back to our home. All of a sudden my mom said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;OK boys, letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s have a talk on the couch.â&#x20AC;? We didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what she was about to say, but she told us that she supported us both, and told my partner that she loves her son and all she wants is for him to be happy. She said she could see the love in both of our eyes. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m truly blessed to have such a loving mother. I know not everyone is as blessed as I am, and I thank God every day for a mother like mine.

Savanah Perry My momma could kick your mommaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s butt she has served two tours in Iraq! #militarybrat Lindsey Cacamo On my 8th birthday, my mother woke me bright and early and told me not to eat. I thought we were getting a McDonaldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Big Breakfast, which was a big deal back in the day for a single mom and only child. We hopped in our old, white Chevy Cavalier. The sun was barely breaking the horizon, a flock of geese gliding over a winding Rice Road. I proclaimed out of nowhere, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gosh. I sure wish I could fly like those birds, mom.â&#x20AC;? She turned her head with a suspicious look in her eyes and responded, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Well, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not impossible you know.â&#x20AC;? We kept driving, no conversation proceeding my wish, and she unexpectedly


pulled into the Madison Airport. There, a pilot was waiting with a gassed up Cessna, ready to take me on my first discovery flight. For the first time in my young life, my eyes produced tears of happiness. The strange coincidence was that my dear mom used every last penny of her paycheck to book that flight as a surprise. I got the one thing I wished for.

beautiful example today. I thank God every day for her!

ShaWanda Jacome My mom, Charlotte Gatson, always had my back. She would always brag to people about me and my accomplishments. I felt like I could fly because of the love and support my mom gave me. She was always, always there for me.

Jacquelyn Walton My mom passed away last year, but she always defended me even when I was wrong. She sacrificed so I wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go without. She always made it very clear that I needed an education more than any relationship and she let know I could go to her with any problem I had. She never tried to shame me for my poorer choices and she didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let anyone else shame me either. I miss her.

Diann Irving Alford Her special love for others before self. ... She has always done that and still is a


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Monday, May 6 The FBI admits errors in testimony during Mississippi death row inmate Willie Jerome Manningâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s original trial. â&#x20AC;Ś The U.S. Senate passes a bill for states to collect sales taxes on Internet purchases.


Tuesday, May 7 The Mississippi Supreme Court indefinitely delays the execution of Willie Jerome Manning. â&#x20AC;Ś Secretary of State John Kerry travels to Moscow to convince Russian President Vladimir Putin to take a tougher stance on Syria. ... Jackson holds municipal primaries. Get news updates at



Election Day Machine Snafus by JFP Staff


uesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s municipal primary elec- cian to fix the machine, they collected votâ&#x20AC;&#x153;In 2013, voting should be a well-oiled tions began by dealing with the ersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; completed ballots in a sealed folder. By machine,â&#x20AC;? Hardwick said. countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new voting machines. 10 a.m., the Precinct 97 machine was operaMeanwhile, at Callaway High School, Early Tuesday morning, the tional. Tyler, the poll manager, said the tech- where Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. cast his Jackson Free Press received a tip about ballot, another voting machine was problems at Ward 7â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Precinct 97 in also down, but it was also fixed by south Jackson, located at the Wahabi around 10 a.m. Shriners, 4123 Interstate 55 S. The Johnson campaign also The precinct was supposed to caused confusion by erroneously posthave one voting machine to read ing on Facebook that â&#x20AC;&#x153;you must vote hand-marked ballots and count the for ALL of the Municipal Executive votes. The machine, which poll workCommittee Members... or the voting ers said was scheduled for delivery at machine wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t accept your ballot.â&#x20AC;? 6:15 a.m., didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t show up until 8:43 Claude McInnis, Hinds County a.m., nearly two hours after the polls Democratic Executive Committee opened. And then it didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work. chairman refuted that information. In April, after a months-long McInnis said that the machines process, the Hinds County Board of would give voters a chance to correct Supervisors agreed to a $1.2 million or cast ballots for any positions they five-year contract with Electronic might have missed, similar to an â&#x20AC;&#x153;Are Systems and Software for new voting you sure?â&#x20AC;? message on a computer machines. Headquartered in Omaha, when users choose a command that Neb., ES&S also holds a contract with might delete or change a file. the Mississippi secretary of state to faVoters did not have to vote in cilitate overseas and military voting. every race on the ballot, either. Every Jackson municipal Clerk Brenda ballot will count, he said. Pree said through a news release that Melissa Faith Payne, communithe voting machines are â&#x20AC;&#x153;the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cations director at Friends of Harvey most widely used paper-based digi- Incumbent Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. cast his primary Johnson, the campaign for the incumvote Tuesday morning at Callaway High School. tal precinct scanner with more than bent mayor, said she has updated the 15,000 units in use.â&#x20AC;? original Facebook post. Poll manager Jessie Tyler, who Poll workers at Callaway High has volunteered at the polls for 20 years, nician who set the machine up this morning School told reporter Tyler Cleveland that added that elections usually come off like failed to properly connect a power cord. the machines kicked ballots back if voters clockwork at precinct 97. Ward 7 Jackson City Council can- didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fill it out all the way. In that case, votâ&#x20AC;&#x153;When you change something, you didate June Hardwick was at the precinct ers had to put the ballot back in and push a have to get the kinks out,â&#x20AC;? Tyler said. Tuesday morning. She was a bit dismayed at different button. As poll workers waited for a techni- the polling problems. Election returns and analysis at TYLER CLEVELAND

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The lawsuit seeks punitive damages and court fees, and asks for a declaratory judgment that â&#x20AC;&#x153;the decision to sponsor, present, promote and encourage or require attendance by school students at the Christian Assemblies violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution â&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;? and requests a permanent injunction â&#x20AC;&#x153;enjoining defendants, their successors and any person in active concert with the defendants, including Pinelake Baptist Church, from knowingly, intentionally or negligently presenting or allowing to be presented religious assemblies at any public schools.â&#x20AC;? This is the first lawsuit brought against a public school since March, when Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed HB 638, which requires public schools to develop policies to allow students to pray over school intercoms, at assemblies and at sporting events. Similar bills have passed in South Carolina, Florida and Missouri since last year. Principal Frazier did not immediately respond to voice mails left at the high school, and the Rankin County School District will not comment on an ongoing legal dispute. Brandon lawyer Freddie Harrell is on retainer for the Rankin County School District. He has handled lawsuits against the school in the past, but never in federal court. The school has 30 days to respond to the complaint, which was filed April 24, 2013. Comment at Email Tyler Cleveland at

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hen liquor was illegal in Rankin County, the old saying used to go â&#x20AC;&#x153;No drankinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in Rankin.â&#x20AC;? Now, the county might have to add: â&#x20AC;&#x153;No prayinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;.â&#x20AC;? A lawsuit the American Humanist Association filed in federal court accuses Northwest Rankin High School and its principal Charles Frazier of forcing students to attend on-campus religious programs where students urged their peers to adopt the Christian religion. The complaint states that one student cried foul after the school held mandatory assemblies during school hours and on school grounds. Members of Pinelake Baptist Church allegedly held three meetingsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; one for seniors, one for juniors and one for sophomoresâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;on April 9, April 10 and April 22, respectively. Frazier, principal at Northwest since fall of 2012, allegedly sent out an email on the day of the first meeting at 8:04 a.m., instructing faculty members to send students to a mandatory assembly in the Performing Arts Building. According to the complaint, the email read in full: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sorry for the late notice. All seniors will need to report to the PAB (Performing Arts Building) during Cougar Connection. They should report directly from 5th block. Thanks.â&#x20AC;? The students were not informed of the nature of the assembly, just that attendance was required, they say. Once there, the complaining student said another student, who served as a representative of Pinelake Baptist Church, began a presentation about finding â&#x20AC;&#x153;hopeâ&#x20AC;? in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jesus Christ.â&#x20AC;? The lawsuit states that after about a minute of introductory comments, the student, who was male, played a video that featured four young men it claimed once led troubled lives. Students, who will remain anonymous because they are minors, said the young men in the video talked about an array of issues they had worked through, including pornography addiction, family issues, promiscuity and suicide. Eventually, the complaint states, each speaker eventually talked about â&#x20AC;&#x153;turning to Jesus Christâ&#x20AC;? and how that solved their problems. The first speaker â&#x20AC;&#x153;recommended that other people turn to Jesus Christ as well.â&#x20AC;? After the video, the assembly allegedly â&#x20AC;&#x153;turned into a full-blown lecture on the supposed miracles, powers and teachings of Jesus Christ and the church representa-


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City’s Attorney Details Jackson Lawsuits by Ronni Mott


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uring the campaign battles lead- the complaints, said Jackson attorney Jeffrey Teeuwissen said. “Some of them were a couing up to the primaries Tuesday, Reynolds, who represents a group of 41 JPD ple of thousand dollars, but the vast majority mayoral candidate Jonathan Lee, officers in one of the complaints. were under $200. … Individuals who have whose family business, Mississippi The investigation took “a number of separated from (JPD), the Department of Products, is embroiled in numerous lawsuits, months,” Reynolds said. “They interviewed Labor required us to pay those in cash.” struck out at incumbent Mayor Harvey a multitude of superior officers, supervisors, The city offered to set up “time banks” Johnson Jr. Last week, Lee claimed in an leadership at JPD, as well as regular cops, and for officers still with the department, in line interview that Johnson’s administration has found the wrongdoing. They also combed with the DOL agreement, where the officers been the target of a large number could take equivalent time off of legal challenges, too. with pay instead of a cash payout. In response, City Attorney Many agreed; however, Reynolds Pieter Teeuwissen indicated that said that JPD misrepresented the the Lee camp’s charges are a mistime-bank offer as a “take it or representation of the facts. leave it” proposition. Teeuwissen, who stresses that “Two officers were falsely he represents the city of Jackson told by (Trivia Jones) at JPD that and all of its moving parts includthey might as well go ahead and ing the mayor, the Jackson City sign this offer of comp time inCouncil and its members, says stead of getting paid the money his office doesn’t represent any of they were owed because that was those individuals unless it directly all they were ever going to get,” involves city business. Reynolds said. The city attorney said that Most of the officers now The city of Jackson doesn’t deny that it owes overtime pay to a group of police officers, but is questioning if the when he started in his job during suing JPD decided not to take the amount should be doubled. the Frank Melton administration city’s offer; they want the cash, eight years ago, the city had 205 and some want more cash than cases in litigation. Today, the caseload is down through the record keeping of JPD about all others. None of his 41 clients have ever been to 105. The numbers of lawsuits brought this, which they found to be very poor.” offered any monetary compensation, Reynagainst the city trended down during the last The DOL ruled that the city owes the olds said, “despite the fact that it’s irrefutable four years, he said, with only about 47 suits officers compensation for unpaid overtime, that they’re owed the money.” filed during the last year. “We’ve decreased and the agency specified how much overIn January, Teeuwissen went to Reynthat, over the past eight years, by 50 per- time pay the city owed each of the officers. olds to see if they could reach a deal. After A similar DOL investigation occurred the two lawyers met, Reynolds presented an cent,” he said. To say those numbers are all directly in 2006 under the Melton administration, offer to the city attorney. Although Reynolds tied to the mayor, though, is not accurate. Teeuwissen said. The city had been using paMost of the suits are “over titles to property,” per timesheets for decades, which are highly Teeuwissen said, and most of them don’t re- prone to error. In between the two investigamotely involve the mayor. tions, JPD changed its timesheets, but that The city also has been successful in ap- did not remedy the situation. pealing lawsuits, he said, a reflection not just “Timesheets are an inefficient and inacon Teeuwissen’s office, but that the Johnson curate way to keep an employee’s time,” Teeuadministration is running the city better. wissen said, but JPD didn’t effectively up“Where we used to have Melton get- grade its system after the 2006 investigation. ting us sued directly for his antics, we don’t As a result, “the city didn’t have records to achave Johnson doing that,” he said. “He’s curately reflect calculations” in 2011, he said. not going around threatening people, walkTeeuwissen recommended that the city ing around with machine guns … tearing pay the overtime the DOL specified, and City Attorney Pieter Teeuwissen said up houses.” Mayor Johnson recommended that JPD he wants to make the situation right Teeuwissen said the only lawsuit that modernize its system to electronic timekeepregarding the JPD lawsuits. he’s seen naming Johnson as a direct defen- ing to avoid future problems. The Jackson dant is one filed by developer Don Hewitt City Council approved. in a dispute over the convention center hotel The Department of Labor also levied a did not reveal details of that offer (Reynolds and another downtown building. The suit fine on the city of Jackson. Teeuwissen’s of- is asking for $120,000 plus $48,000 in attoralso names the Jackson Redevelopment Au- fice was able to renegotiate the DOL fine be- ney fees, The Clarion Ledger reported), the thority. The Jackson Free Press will provide cause the city had taken “good faith efforts” federal Fair Labor Standards Act allows Reyndetails on that suit in a separate story. to remedy the situation, and the agency olds’ clients to double the amount owed as The city attorney also said that the city reduced its fine by nearly 60 percent, from liquidated damages and to add attorney and (not Johnson) has two lawsuits pending with about $65,000 to approximately $27,000. court costs to their awards. Reynolds is also police officers regarding overtime pay. The Currently, the city has two separate asking for three years of back overtime pay suits go back to complaints from a couple lawsuits pending on the overtime issue instead of two years, an addition allowed if an of JPD officers who said they were not re- from roughly 70 Jackson police officers of employer willfully withholds overtime pay. ceiving overtime pay. They took their com- the approximately 250 cops where the city To date, Teeuwissen has yet to respond plaints to the U.S. Department of Labor in miscalculated overtime pay. “Some of those to Reynold’s offer, which Reynolds said is late 2011. The DOL thoroughly investigated amounts were as small as, like, 30 bucks,” “very unusual.”


“He surely didn’t want to really settle the case, otherwise he would have made me (a counter) offer,” said Reynolds, who also claims the city attorney told him his agenda is political. While Teeuwissen attributes the amount of time the media have devoted to this issue to the municipal elections, he says neither he nor his office has contributed to any mayoral candidate, which he said would be “inappropriate.” Reynolds’ firm contributed to Jonathan Lee’s campaign April 29, but Reynolds, who declined to say how much the firm contributed, says he did not come to a decision about Lee until recently. The city attorney says he wants to negotiate with all the officers together and at one time. Teeuwissen only learned of the second case during his meeting with Reynolds and, in March, he filed to consolidate the cases. “I need all lawyers, all plaintiffs at the table,” he said. “It doesn’t do the city any good to resolve part of this; we need to resolve all of this.” The second group agreed to mediation, Teeuwissen said, but Reynolds “has steadfastly refused to mediate,” a characterization that Reynolds says is “a play on words.” Reynolds has indeed declined to mediate, however, and has filed to oppose consolidation of the two cases. “Our only contention is whether we owe something beyond what the Department of Labor says, or whether we owe what the Department of Labor says,” Teeuwissen said. He later added: “The city is prepared and wants to pay those individuals the amount the Department of Labor says we owe them. If they don’t want to time bank, and they want cash instead, we want to make that right.” He also said that governmental entities have been exempted from doubling overtime amounts under FLSA, and cited the city of Houston as an example. “I can’t, in good faith, go to my client and (recommend) paying more than the Department of Labor says,” Teeuwissen said. He stressed that neither of the suits has anything directly to do with the mayor’s office, regardless of who is currently sitting behind the desk. Instead, it’s a matter of an antiquated JPD system that doesn’t provide administrators with the accurate information they need. “It was time to modernize it,” Teeuwissen said. “… We’re making a yeoman’s effort to get this straight.” Litigation is a fact of life for cities, Teeuwissen indicated. “The key is whether the person in charge is creating litigation,” he said, something Mayor Johnson doesn’t do, unlike his predecessor. Comment at Email Ronni Mott at

TALK | justice

Are Executions Breaking MDOC’s Bank? by R.L. Nave

cies he has implemented at the department over the years that have saved taxpayers millions. Meanwhile, MDOC is

points out Mississippi’s second-highest in the nation incarceration rate of 650 per 100,000 citizens and the state’s against-the grain-trend of growing inmate population in recent years. Where nationally, the prison population decreased about one percent from 2011 to 2012, the number of individuals incarcerated in Mississippi grew by more than 1,000 people between 2010 and 2012, from 20,925 to 22,023. Even taking the increase into account, at an avThe Mississippi State Penitentiary in Parchman is the erage cost of locking someone state’s biggest and most costly penitentiary. up hovering around $41.51 per inmate—which MDOC touts as below the national avabout 2000 under capacity with an in- erage of $65.41 per day—the additional mate population in January 12,533 but inmates would cost $15.1 million, half space for 14,479. the deficit amount. Epps, who was preparing for MissisAs Mississippi prepared for the sippi’s first execution of the year on May planned execution of William Jerome 7, was unavailable for an interview, but Manning on May 7, civil-rights activists a spokesperson referred the Jackson Free cited the rising cost of incarceration as a Press to a January 2013 press release that reason to enact prison reform, particu-



tarting in July, the Mississippi Department of Corrections will have four fewer community work centers, which provide inmate labor to local governments. The centers affected include those in Bolivar County, Yazoo County, Jefferson County and George County. Chris Epps, MDOC’s commissioner for the past 10 years, cited declining numbers of non-violent offenders who would be eligible for community workcenter housing coupled with a multimillion-dollar budget deficit as reasons for the closures, which will save the agency $2.3 million. “Tough times make you make tough decisions,” he told MDOC staff members in April. The prison department’s budget deficit ballooned to $29.5 million before the Legislature cut it down to $6 million during the recent legislative session. Gov. Phil Bryant wanted to send more money to prisons, but the Legislature declined to do so, instead providing MDOC with level funding for fiscal year 2014. But why is MDOC so broke? Epps has received high praise for the efficien-

larly with respect to death penalty cases. The costs of executions vary greatly from state to state. In California, a 2011 study found that the state spent an average of $308 million on each of the 13 executions carried out since 1978, $4 billion total. The Tennessee State Comptroller analyzed the costs of capital cases in 2004 that concluded capital trials cost taxpayers 48 percent more than life without the possibility of parole. In 2012, Mississippi tied with Arizona and Oklahoma for second-most executions carried out in the United States, with six in each state. Texas led the nation with 15 executions in 2012. Wayne McDaniels, president of the Jackson branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, said Mississippi should look to solutions other than the death penalty to address crime. “Instead of spending millions of dollars on costly executions, our state should invest in public education and prevention programs that deter individuals from criminal activities,” McDaniels said. Comment at Email R.L. Nave at

Manning Execution on Hold by R.L. Nave

missing potential jurors who said they read African American magazines. David Voisin, Manning’s attorney, said if approved, the testing could take several weeks, depending on which lab is used. On May 3, at the Mississippi Capitol, death-penalty opponents and Manning supporters called on Gov. Phil Bryant to stop the execution. The Mississippi Innocence Project filed a brief in support of Manning this week. Kennedy Brewer, who was exonerated in 2008 with DNA tests after being convicted and sentenced to death for killing his girlfriend’s young daughter, also wrote Bryant asking to give Manning the same opportunity to clear his name that Kennedy received. Sister Maati, of Our Community Against Racism, invoked this year’s 50th anniversary of Medgar Evers’ assassination. “Mississippi, prove that institutional racism is no longer a part of your southern heritage, or admit that the execution of Willie Manning is yet another Mississippi lynching,” Maati said. Comment at Email R.L. 11 Nave at

nations does not permit examiner testimony revealed belonged to “a person of the black that a specific gun fired a specific bullet to race.” However, as DNA testing technology the exclusion of all other guns in the world.” has advanced in the past 20 years, Manning “The jury was not given all the infor- has asked the courts to retest biological matemation,” said Benjamin Russell, executive rial found at the crime scene. director of MissisAs gruesome sippians Educating as the murders were, for Smart Justice, a there should be lots Jackson-based antiof biological matedeath-penalty organirial to test. One of zation. “When you’re the victims, Tifdealing with the legal fany Miller, was shot system, semantics can twice in the face at play a huge role.” close range. One leg That admission was out of her pants from the FBI follows and underwear, and a previous letter the her shirt was pulled agency sent to Oktibup. Her boyfriend Willie Manning received a temporary stay of execution hours before beha County District John Steckler’s body Mississippi was to put him to death. Attorney Forrest Allhad abrasions that good, who prosecuted occurred before he Manning, U.S. Justice Department officials died, and he was shot once in the back of the state “that testimony containing erroneous head. A set of car tracks had gone through the statements regarding microscopic hair com- puddles of blood and over Steckler’s body. parison analysis was used” in Manning’s case. One of the issues Manning raised in At the time of Manning’s trial, investiga- his appeal is that Allgood illegally kept Aftors found a hair in the victims’ car that tests rican Americans off Manning’s jury by disCOURTESY MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS


illie Jerome Manning came within a hair of being put to death Tuesday evening. Four hours before the Mississippi Department of Corrections was to carry out a Manning’s death sentence for the 1992 murders of two people in Oktibbeha County the state Supreme Court granted a stay of execution. The stay remained effective as the Jackson Free Press went to press Tuesday evening. Manning had been desperately trying to get key forensic evidence tested that he claimed would exonerate him, but the courts repeatedly rebuffed the efforts. In the days leading up to Manning’s execution date, however, the Federal Bureau of Investigation twice admitted that investigators overstated the scientific significance of evidence during Manning’s original trial. Prosecutors maintained that Manning sold several items that belonged to the victims and that bullets Manning used for target practice matched bullets recovered from the bodies of the victims, Jon Steckler and Tiffany Miller. On May 6, the FBI admitted: “The science regarding firearms exami-

TALK | business

A New ‘View’ for Downtown? by R.L. Nave



evelopers of a proposed develop- toward their federal tax bill each year for a other housing tax credit developments in Jackment and a local church are work- decade, making Mississippi’s yearly alloca- son that average closer to 1,200 square feet. ing on a deal that could bring a new tion of about $6.8 million in housing credits Kelly said Chartre is able to build higher development to downtown. worth $68 million to investors. quality for less money because the firm is verOxford-based Chartre Consulting Ltd., Rhodes believes that the project would tically integrated, meaning the company is which builds and manages market-rate homes make the area attractive to veterans, senior citi- the developer, the construction company and for low-income in families in Jackson and zens as well as public-service and health-care the property manager. Between the two subaround Mississippi, is negotiating divisions, located off Raymond to acquire land from Mt. Helm Road, 325 residents pay up to Baptist Church to build an 88$792 per month for a fourunit development in the historic bedroom home. Residents reFarish Street District downtown. ceive the option purchase the The Rev. C.J. Rhodes, Mt. home after 15 years with no Helm’s pastor, said the neighborcredit check or closing costs, hood is blotted with dilapidated Kelly said. shotgun-style homes. He believes Residents must abide the project could help eliminate by the developments’ strict some of the blight and increase rules. Children are subject to density with professionals. a 9 p.m. curfew, for example, “There’s been so much talk and residents may not have about Farish Street proper, but Property that Mt. Helm Baptist Church owns might soon become their utilities cut off for longer there was no conversation about home to a new townhome development that could erase blight in than 24 hours. Violations of housing, about neighborhoods, the downtown neighborhood. either may result in lease tercreating family and quality of mination. Chartre also forbids life,” Rhodes said. sector professionals who want to live in the political candidate yard signs. Previously, Chartre was working on a plan downtown area but might not able to afford On the other hand, the developments to build the development, known then Uni- some of the pricier downtown living options. offer some unique amenities gear toward its versity Place and University Place II, along Dr. “Our vision is you want people to be target low-income market, including high Robert Smith Parkway. When those plans ran in the community who can enhance the school equivalency programs, a computer into neighborhood opposition and failed to meet community,” Rhodes said, adding that the center, workforce training, nutrition and city zoning requirements, Chartre started looking church’s trustees want make sure Chartre health programs as well as facilities for speelsewhere. meets certain quality benchmarks before fi- cial events that residents can use for free. All Now called Capitol View, the project nalizing a deal to sell its land to Chartre. of those community benefits helps stabilize David Kelly, a consultant with Chartre, families, Kelly said. will be helped along with low-income housing tax credits from the Mississippi Home says neighbors have nothing to fear when it It isn’t a completely altruistic enterprise, Corporation. The Internal Revenue Service comes to the quality of their developments. Kelly admits. “We wouldn’t be able to do this allows state housing agencies such as MHC Chartre’s Forest Hills and Timber Falls de- if we didn’t make money but because we do to award developers up to $750,000 in tax velopments, which the company built using so much good, it makes it worth it,” he said. credits per project based on a scoring system. low-income housing credits in south Jackson, Comment at Email R.L. Investors then purchase the credits to use average 1,750 square feet per unit compared to Nave at


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of the Old Capitol Green plan. White said when Full Spectrum couldn’t come up with the money to buy the propLYNETTE HANSON

al & Mal’s owner Malcolm White says he wants to keep the restaurant open, but a disagreement over his lease is making it difficult. White has lawyers in talks with attorneys from developer Full Spectrum South to negotiate a way out of a lease dispute that could conclude with the restaurant changing locations. The problem arose, White said, when Full Spectrum didn’t follow through on a plan to buy the property from the state for development. Under that plan, the developer would have sold the Hal & Mal’s building to White and then develop the rest

erty, it exercised a lease option that White was unaware of, and the developer took over the lease. Now, Full Spectrum is trying to lease White just part of the building and take over the rest for renovations. White sees that

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as unacceptable. “They asked us what we wanted them to do,” White said. “We said ‘Go away.” White said he either wants to buy the building from the state or have Full Spectrum return the lease on the building to the state so he can renegotiate a new lease. “There was a time when everybody was on the same page—the governor, the Legislature, the city, the county, Leland Speed,” White said of Full Spectrum and the Old Capitol Green project. “… Everybody did everything they could and bent over backwards to make this thing happen, and these guys have somehow managed to flounder their way to this

conclusion, and it’s unfortunate for everyone involved.” Full Spectrum’s Malcolm Shepherd said the company had plans to buy the building last June, but the state mandated that he purchase on June 29, 2012. Shepherd said the funds weren’t going to be in the bank until July 1, 2012, and the company ended up signing the 15-year lease. Shepherd said he is confident that a solution will be reached to add loft apartments, a creative business incubator and several offices on the first floor, opposite Hal & Mal’s, which he believes will stay in the building. Comment at

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Why it stinks: An Oktibbeha County jury voted to execute Willie Jerome Manning for the 1992 murders of two Mississippi State University students based mostly on circumstantial evidence. Manningâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s post-conviction defense attorneys have attempted to get DNA testing on the evidence since at least 2006, demonstrating anything but â&#x20AC;&#x153;dilatory defense tactics.â&#x20AC;? Evidence against Manning includes a jailhouse â&#x20AC;&#x153;confessionâ&#x20AC;? later recanted by the witness. This week, the FBI has admitted that its agentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s testimony given at Manningâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trial was faulty, and the agency has offered to pay for a DNA test that could be crucial to Manningâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s defense. If Mississippi is going to execute people, the state has a responsibility to reach an irrefutable conclusion of guilt, which apparently, it has not done in this case. Unless General Hood has some magic crystal ball weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not aware of, he cannot know whether a DNA test â&#x20AC;&#x153;could not possiblyâ&#x20AC;? lead to Manningâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exoneration. The only way to find out is to do the test. Not testing prior will prove Mississippi dilatory in putting a man to death.

Jackson: Stop the Scorched-Earth Politics


ackson city elections are not our city at its best. Inevitably, one or more candidates wage scorched-earth campaigns that make our city looks like a hellhole. In order to defeat an incumbent, these â&#x20AC;&#x153;campaignersâ&#x20AC;? stab and stab and stab, constantly pointing out every negative they can find (whether or not theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re the fault of the incumbent) and make it sound like nothing has improved in our city for nie 20 years. What city are they living in? People who support an incumbent, or who just donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t buy that nothing positive has happened in a decade, get treated like the enemy. How dare we not join dive into the negativity baths for months before the election? How dare we say something good about an incumbent they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like? How dare we talk back to them? Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen this attitude in spades in recent weeks from people who actually talk about their love for Jackson. They claim to be â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jackson warriorsâ&#x20AC;? (a phrase the JFP coined for the real ones), but they find every possible problem and challenge and magnify it for the world to see. And, boy, does the world see it. On social media of late, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen person after person who lives outside Jackson jump on this bandwagon and use our own citizensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; words against us. Many of those citizens have done good things in the past, but they are willing to split the baby in half as long as it gets their guy elected. Meantime, the rest of feel like the whole city has been beaten up; it is demoralizing for so many people, inside and outside local govern-

ment, who have worked so hard to help this city become all she can be. Not to mention, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disrespectful to the older public servants who have slogged through racism, corruption and continual politics of division. Maybe they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do everything perfectlyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;you know, like each and every one of us would if in officeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but, good golly, do they deserve such an ugly send-off? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sickening when you take time to really listen to what is said. The problem is that a handful of negative people with megaphones can sow this kind of division and even set us up to give away our power to the state and the suburbs (which many folks out yonder eagerly await). Jackson can, and must, be better than this. Yes, there is a serious role for fact-based reporting about would-be and current public servants, and we have taken that job seriously and will continue to through the (presumed) runoffs and beyond. In fact, the nasty-mill got so dumb and personal of late that we set up a special Factcheck Jackson Facebook page ( to help separate fact from fiction. We will continue it past the elections. But we also call on all Jacksonians who actually care about this city to set aside the belittlement and rumors and innuendo and demand a kinder, wiser body politic for our city. Play your role by stopping, taking a breath and telling us whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great about your idea or candidate rather than engage in the politics of destruction.

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XFORD—My old friend Ray Smithhart would have loved the irony of union-fighting manufacturer Nissan making a gift of $100,000 to the Medgar and Myrlie Evers Institute. Known in his later years as the “dean of Mississippi’s labor organizers,” Smithhart worked closely with civil-rights martyr Medgar Evers in the late 1950s and early 1960s, forging a link between the labor and civilrights movements that Martin Luther King Jr. saw as key to the future of both. “Medgar Evers told me I was the first white man who ever talked to him,” Smithhart told me during an interview the year before he died at 88 in 2005. “We had good relations.” That’s why he must be smiling in heaven. Nissan, unionized around the world but fighting unions here in Mississippi and the South, made its donation to the Evers Institute last month. “This organization talks about and looks at youth education, diversity, and racial reconciliation, and those are the same things Nissan looks at,” Nissan spokesman Jeffrey Webster told The Associated Press. If Smithhart were alive today, he would likely ask Nissan to look deeper into Medgar Evers’ beliefs. “All people need their civil rights, especially the working people,” said Smithhart, who served as president of a United Rubber Workers local and secretarytreasurer of the state AFL-CIO. The state and nation are marking the 50th anniversary of Evers’ slaying with a long series of tributes to the late activist and field secretary of the Mississippi NAACP. Evers was killed in front of his home in Jackson on June 12, 1963. Events include the annual Medgar Evers Dinner next month. Among those on hand will be Hollywood actor and labor activist Danny Glover, a vocal supporter of the union effort at Nissan. “I think about Medgar Evers,” Glover said at a gathering of pro-union Nissan workers last July. “He was only 37 years old when he died. Medgar Evers would be right out here supporting you.” Activists, community leaders and the United Auto Workers have been building support to get Nissan to allow a fair election for the 5,000 workers at its Canton plant. Workers say the company is already waging an intense anti-union campaign within the plant that includes one-onone meetings with managers, videos, and threats of plant closings and layoffs if workers choose to join a union. Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn has op-

posed unionization at the company’s plants in Mississippi and Tennessee even though its workforce in other parts of the world is largely unionized. The UAW has taken the Canton story to the world, having held rallies in Atlanta, New York, Detroit and as far away as Brazil. Hundreds turned out for an evangelical-style gathering at Tougaloo College in January that featured Glover as well as an array of preachers, students, activists and workers. The $100,000 gift to the Evers Institute may be a sign that Nissan is feeling the pressure. The company also recently announced a $500,000 education grant to the Canton Public School District. Nissan reported $84.4 billion in net revenues and $4.37 billion in operating profit for the nine months ending in December 2012. Yet things aren’t all rosy for Nissan’s relations with predominantly black Canton. Efforts by state lawmakers to back a $100-million plant expansion and suppliersupport plan in Madison County have rankled local political leaders, who are still miffed at a statebacked prohibition against Canton annexing the plant. Nissan’s cash handouts, welcome as they may be, say nothing about the fundamental question of workers’ rights, itself a civil-rights issue. Evers died in the cause for those rights. Smithhart, too, was on the front lines, integrating water fountains, pressuring Jackson leaders to hire black police officers. In 1962, goons fired 200 pellets into Smithhart’s car near Ripley. A Port Gibson police chief told him “no one would hear” from him again if he didn’t leave town. “I would not let the anti-union forces intimidate me,” Smithhart said. “I stood my ground, and they did not like it.” Claude Ramsay, state AFL-CIO president at the time and another Evers associate, told me this during a 1981 interview: “They’d call me and threaten me. I kept a double-barreled shotgun on the floorboard of my car, and I told them I’d take at least two of them with me.” The labor movement “transformed misery and despair into hope and progress,” Martin Luther King Jr. once said. “The two most dynamic and cohesive liberal forces in the country are the labor movement and the Negro freedom movement.” Joe Atkins is a veteran journalist, columnist, and professor of journalism at the University of Mississippi. His blog is laborsouth. and he can be reached at

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took child development courses in high school, which led to a child-care certification upon graduating. Even before high school, I volunteered at the local Head Start. I knew I had always adored children, but I didn’t know exactly how much. I knew I could influence them in positive ways. I also knew how meaningful it is when a child whose life you’ve touched grows up and remembers you.

respect and grace to keep their divorce between each other and not enmesh their kids in it. She entered the world of business when she needed to find a new way to support herself and family. Mom worked full time and went back to school, taking night classes in accounting and other business courses. She started working at a regional bank and rose through the ranks to become one of the first female vice presidents. That was tough, and sometimes was she too focused and probably too hard on herself. She’s not perfect. She is wonderfully human and flawed, and I admire her all the more for never hiding that from her children. She embodies all of the leadership skills I look for in others: respect, humility, courage, honesty, inspiration, creativity and perseverance. My mom shared her drive, determination and zest for life with her daughters. We looked for Snowy Owls on the shores of Lake Ontario and figured out how to make a little solar heater out of an old sandbox and plexiglass. We made pottery and for a time had a kiln in the basement. My mother, Gema Julia Sermuksnis Danahar, embodies the American dream. She was my first role model. Aciu Mamyte! (Thank you, Mom!)

From the very moment my daughter was born, I experienced an indescribable feeling. I remember holding my oldest daughter for the first time, almost 14 years ago. Conception to delivery, it was like no other. The beating of her heart to the flutters from her kicks inside my womb—it was the greatest thing in the world. I wasn’t sure whether I was prepared to be responsible for someone other than myself for the



y mother and her family left Lithuania during the last year of World War II. Small but feisty, she carried her potty as the family wound their way through the country into Poland and on to Germany until arriving in a displaced person camp, where she lived until immigrating to the United States in 1950. During those years she did not complain much, except about the giant bows her mom tied in her hair. Mom put herself through UMass Amherst, becoming the first person in her family to graduate from a four-year college. A zoology major, she explored her creativity by taking art classes. She also managed to bring co-ed intramural sports to the campus. My mom loves ping-pong and tried to sign up for a friendly tournament on campus. The student organizer told her she could not participate, because she was a woman. Well, Gema was having none of that. She made an appointment with the Dean of Students, even though his first available opening was three weeks away. The tournament came and went. She kept the appointment, and laid out her complaint. He laughed and said, “You are right.” Mom has an extraordinary ability to commit and work on something when it’s important or necessary, such as creating a way to go to college. Or to, with my Father, find the

The author’s mother, an immigrant from Lithuania who became the first college graduate in her family, embodies the American dream.

next two decades or so, but I knew I had to give it all I had. Would I be a good mother? Would it be hard? Would I want to do it again? I contemplated those three questions over again. Regardless, weeks before I delivered my firstborn, I packed and repacked the baby’s bag for the hospital, stared at the ultrasound over and over again, and became restless, awaiting her arrival.

Motherhood is not the easiest, but it is fun. I get to share stories from my childhood and memories of my baby as she took her first step, said her first words and made her first friend. I get to influence her life. We talk about friends, boys and girl drama at school. She seems to understand most of what I teach her—and she asks questions about what she doesn’t understand. As she grew older, she learned a few things

A Letter to My Son


of her little sister she is. She comforts her when she is fussy, and protects her from her “crazy parents.” Those are the memories I will always have. As far as my new bundle of joy, I look forward to different memories, activities and mistakes I know I will help correct. Motherhood has exceeded my expectations, and I am so thankful. I think about getting older and the kind of children I have raised. It makes all the difference when you don’t have to worry about growing old, because you know your kids will be there for you just as you were for them.

Having a daughter changes your life in a million ways, large and small.

Dear Simon, Carrying you and connecting with you and getting to know you and sharing my body with you for nine months was one of the best things I have ever done in my life. I felt beautiful, strong, empowered. And I still feel, after growing such an amazing person inside of me, that I can do anything. Giving birth to you was joyful, and at the same time it felt like I was pushing my own heart out of my body and watching it take on a life of its own. Birthing you changed me. Spending time with you clarifies for me what is and is not worth investing my time and energy in. Being with you has made increasingly clear the importance of work and relationships that feed my soul rather than draining me. Watching you become your own person has inspired me to find the parts of me that I lost along the way. Seeing you form sounds, words, phrases and insightful thoughts has helped me to better articulate my own true voice. Carrying you and nursing you and preparing food for you in my kitchen influences every day how I care for my body and our home. Being present with you and really seeing you has shifted how I see the world and its people. It has made me more patient, more open, more present, more aware. Being your mother has given me the strength to take on some of the biggest challenges of my life. But all that is really about me and my own journey. When I think about our journey together, and my dreams for you and your future journeys into the wild blue yonder, I know that I want to give you something different, something more. Something you can take anywhere with you, no matter where you go, no matter how old you are, no matter how you choose to live your life. I want to give you the gift of exploration and curiosity and adventure and wonder. I want to live life in such a way that I am able to give you the opportunity to try new things and see new places and discover new paths—and I want to share some of these adventures with you. I want you to have strong, deep roots. And I want you to have wings—or at the very least, a superhero cape. Iwantyoutofeelsafeandlovedandconfident and excited to take on that big world out there. Simon, I see intuition, bravery, intelligence, a big heart, wisdom, and so much more in your spirit. But what is most important is what you see in yourself, what dreams you have for your own unique future. Dream big, my son. You can do anything you put your mind to. Love always, Mama



that I was unable to teach her. She developed her own interests. She got involved in ballet, gymnastics, acting, dance and band. She will enter the 9th grade next year, and even though I just started over with my newest arrival four months ago, nothing can replace the growing relationship between my oldest daughter and me. As a new mother, again, I am reexperiencing some of the same joys of motherhood. The first grin and chuckle is my favorite memory so far. And having my oldest daughter around makes it that much better. I see how protective

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his Sunday, we take time to honor our mothers. One I already knew my mother had a hard job, but I am disday a year can’t possibly do justice to the work of a covering how tough her job really was. My daughter hasn’t mother, but it does give us one day a year to spend even learned to crawl, yet, and I wonder how my mom did doing what mom wants. it all for me—plus five other kids as well. Mothers are a big part of sports as well. Put a camera It doesn’t help that our daughter not only has her in front of athletes and you can usually hear the words “Hey mother’s good looks but her brains as well. That girl already Mom!” before the camera cuts away. knows she is going to be smarter than her daddy and can My mother was a stay-at-home mom who raised six get me to do anything for her. kids on my father’s salary. Dad My wonderful wife, Lacused to joke that mom could ey, is a great mom in her own pinch a penny till it screamed. right. She works hard all day Mom not only did house and comes home and spends work, helped us with our homeevery moment she can with our work, fixed all of our problems, little girl. cooked dinner and more, but Lacey might be dead tired she was also my biggest supbut she plays, feeds, reads, porter and fan when it came makes up stories and more to sports. with our daughter every night. Win or lose. Rain or shine. She can even find time to cook No matter if it was hot or some nights as well as take care cold outside. of the baby. Lacey is a superhero I always knew my mother without the mask and cape in would be there supporting me. my book. If she wasn’t at a game, it was I know I will be the one because she was at home taking to teach our daughter how to care of my brothers and sisters throw, kick, catch and anything so my dad could be there for else you can do with a ball. me. Mom was always there to Lacey will be the mom screamwipe the tears away when we ing her head off with words The author’s mother and his daughter, Molly, have lost. She was always there to of encouragement no matter taught him the value of good parenting. give me motivation. how good or bad our girl is I remember once, my team at sports. hadn’t won a football game in These two women are two years. Most of the games weren’t even close. (Getting strong, loving, caring and nurturing mothers. My mother beat 63-0 for three straight weeks? That hurts.) was a stay-at-home mom, and Lacey is a working mom, but After the season, I couldn’t help it. I cried. I cried be- both do the job as well as the other. cause I hated losing. I cried because I wanted to win for It doesn’t matter how a mom does it, what we rememMom and Dad. ber most is what they do for us. The love and support they My mother let me have my moment and told me if I give us can’t be understated, and we can never do enough to didn’t want to play next season (my senior year) I didn’t have pay them back for all their hard work. to play. Tricky mom: she knew I wouldn’t quit, and I would Mothers of the world, I salute the job you do, and want to try one last time to win for her. I know one day doesn’t spotlight the work you do near She watched me run track in the pouring rain, and she enough every day, week and year. I feel lucky to have two left to buy me dry socks for the rest of the track meet. I can great mothers in my life. remember a million stories that make me smile rememberSo if I may, let me do the print version of athletes on ing how my mother took care of me. the sidelines. Now, in my family, the roles are reversed. My wife goes “Hi Mom, and I love you.” to work, and I stay at home with our newborn daughter. Lacey, Molly says, “Hi Mom” to you as well.



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And that’s just what I did. When I woke up the next morning I didn’t remember any of that. I woke up feeling like a 7 year old, but as I entered the living room, I was surprised to see that momma was not awake, yet. It wasn’t like her to sleep late, I thought. Without hesitation I ran and jumped into her favorite chair to keep it warm for her until she woke up. But she wasn’t asleep, she was gone. As

hen I was in elementary school, my family lived in an apartment complex. My dad was just beginning a career in sales, and Mom stayed home and took care of three or four kids, including me and my kid sister. Summers were always fun; sick days, not so much. Imagine these small children, too young for kindergarten but slightly older than toddlers, all in a two-bedroom townhouse apartment with my mother. Somehow she managed and we kids simply didn’t know any better or different. A few years later, Mom started her official career in childcare at the daycare at St. Dominic’s Hospital, called Domini-Care. She started in a toddler classroom, but moved to new babies shortly thereafter where she stayed until she retired in 2011. Chances are, if you had a child enrolled at Domini-Care between the mid ’80s to 2011, Mrs. Robin took care of them. A couple of years ago, I had stopped in for a visit (probably to borrow some lunch money). Most of Mom’s co-workers were like extended family to me. A young man

in dead, and her body had already been removed from our home. As a little girl, I just didn’t understand. As an adult looking back on that morning, I cannot imagine how hard it was for my dad and grandmother to watch as I turned from an ambitious child to broken little girl in a matter of moments. I think I truly shut down. I remember hearing them say something about her heart, and that she died, and that mom was in heaven now. It was as if I was frozen. I could hear them but I didn’t want to. How could this be? How do we fix this? When can I see her again? Yes, it was at that moment that I lost ambition, drive, momentum—I lost my mom. Although I never admitted it to anyone, I couldn’t visualize my future. No career, marriage or family. I just wanted to grow up, grow old and die, so I could be with her again. It is a skewed way of thinking, but from the imaginative mind of a child, I just wanted to push the rewind button. But time was the enemy, as it slowly passed. I’d wake up, night after night, thinking all of it had been a bad dream. I’d wake up, tip toe across to my parents bedroom and peek in. As if I thought she’d be there, asleep with my dad—but she never was. This went on for some time. Until one day, I didn’t wake up and immediately think of her. I was grateful to not have the immediate yearning in my heart for her, but so scared at what not thinking about her constantly would mean. Was I forgetting

her? Disrespecting her memory? Becoming numb? As a child I chose the path of least resistance. To my senses and emotions, it was easier to move on, not fully process or deal with her death, because eventually we’d be together again. You know, when I grew up, and grew old, and died. I never forgot about her, but it wasn’t until my 30s that I intentionally started thinking about her. Trying to conjure up as many memories as I could. Longing to celebrate our short time together, not forget. Letting myself be moved by all the wonderful memories, I freely shed tears, and smiled at the same time. I was so glad I had remembered where I’d buried those memories ... in my heart, of course. The only thing left was to sort out the dream or, rather, the pieces of memory. Sometime in the middle of the night, after putting me to bed, she died in our home. The woman at the end of the hall wasn’t a dream, she was protecting me from seeing my mom being taken out of our home after the coroner had pronounced her dead. I am so grateful for her, and for not having witnessed that. I’m grateful that those memories didn’t surface until I was strong enough to deal with them. I’m grateful to see my mom in the reflection when I look in the mirror. Although I still can’t remember the details of our nighttime ritual before she died, I’ve got so many other amazing memories. For those, I am most grateful. In loving memory of Shirley Ann Baker.



on the other side of the door was keeping me from that. I remembered her face, as she finally peeked through and said, “Now you can’t come in here right now. It’s OK, just go back to bed.” COURTESY TARA BLUMENTHAL

y mom put me to bed the night she died. I know she tucked me in, not only because others have told me, but because that’s what she always did. Of all the memories that have slipped away after 30 years, I can still vaguely remember our nighttime ritual. She would sit at my bedside and play with my hair to put me to sleep. Sometimes she’d read to me from this old paperback Bible story book. I always wanted to hear the one about the parting of the Red Sea. As a young child, I was fascinated that a body of water could actually be split down the middle for safe and dry passage. Really? Then it had to have been a miracle! And of course, in my mind, the color of that sea was Kool-Aid red. I don’t know which ritual she chose the night she died. I just can’t remember. I so wish I could. Its amazing how the mind works; it’s actually quite brilliant. The various modes of the mind, as I call them. I suppose as a means of protection and survival, I blocked a lot of memories out of my conscious mind. I was in my early 20s when it occurred to me that a dream I couldn’t quite shake might actually be a memory from the night of her death. I woke up in the middle of the night and was trying to get down the hallway. That is where the dream began. But the door at the end of the hall was closed, which was very odd. I tried to open it, but someone

in his early 20s walked in and someone asked Mom if she remembered him. Not only did Mom remember him, she remembered his siblings! I am still amazed that Mom could recognize this young man who she took care of as a baby. I further realized Mom’s rock-star status at St. Robin Burton (shown with daughter Lindsay on the far left, son D when Dad had some surgery and it felt Tommy on the far right, and Tommy’s fiancee Michelle Beard to his like half the staff at St. D stopped in to left) mothered kids across Jackson in addition to her own. check on him, just because they knew he was Mrs. Robin’s husband. I understand that it is a big deal when a mother has to kids from the apartment? One of those kids now has three return to work and leave her new baby in daycare. It’s nice boys of their own, and Mom takes care of them during and convenient to be able to stay home and take care of the the week. kids, and I applaud the women who are able to do that, but This summer, Mom is finally going to take some time I also realize that in this day and age, most women have off and travel. In addition to raising my sister, Lindsay, and careers and work in addition to being a mom. me, she helped raise countless of other little ones. Even in retirement, Mom is doing what she does best. Mom, as I reflect this week, I realize the many hats you While my cousin’s husband was serving in Afghanistan, wore as we were growing up and I now know that you were she helped out with the family’s children. Remember the always a little more than just my mom.


“No one else will ever know the strength of my love for you. After all, you’re the only one who knows what my heart sounds like from the inside.” – Unknown


Ginger Williams-Cook, shown left as a baby with her mom and right with her daughter Eloise, embraced motherhood.

new adventure with my daughter. Making our own new memories as mother and daughter excited me. I think I took it a little overboard throughout her first year of life by documenting every single moment. I suppose it’s fairly common for a motherless daughter to fear that she too may die early, so she leaves a trail of things to make sure that the child knows how much she is loved. During the first year of my daughter’s life, the dialogue with my mother changed. I wondered if she held me like I held my daughter. If I naturally had some of the same mannerisms as her, did I naturally mother my baby as she did me? The first time my daughter had a stomach bug I held a cold rag on the back of her neck and would touch her forehead like my mother did for me. In that moment, I felt my

mother’s presence with me. In that moment, I learned that a daughter never fully loses her mother. I only occasionally wonder how my mother would be as a grandmother. I have such a strong relationship with her in spirit and have great peace and joy counting my blessings having a stepmother and a mother-in-law that not only love me, but absolutely adore my daughter. Watching their roles shift into becoming grandmothers proves that motherhood is more complex than actually giving birth. Their mothering spirit of nurturing and caring and their desire to be present in all ways shape my view of motherhood. During my journey, my ideas of motherhood have evolved, at least partly because I have been mothered by so many strong women along the way—even when they did not know it.


he long walk without a mother can be beautiful in some ways. A motherless daughter that herself becomes a mother truly cherishes every moment with her baby, because she knows how deep that connection runs, while simultaneously experiencing the greatest love that a mother has for her child. My mother passed away when I was 21. Her death cast a large shadow over my life. The first year without her was filled with overwhelming grief. When we spread her ashes in the Gulf of Mexico, I really thought I lost my mother entirely. In that moment, I thought of her hands, her laugh, how her watch was worn loosely around her wrist and even the smell of her facial cream. It was true; I did lose all of those tangible things. My efforts as an artist explored the depths of my emotions. When I finally realized how it consumed me, I let go inch by inch. After a full decade of focusing on how I didn’t have a mother, I noticed how many things I was doing in the hopes that “she’d be proud.” I was comforted knowing that I never truly lost my mother entirely—she lived in my heart. She was a guardian angel making miraculous things happen around me. The day I became a mother brought great healing. I was a full decade away from my loss, and I knew there would be no room for sadness because I was now a mother to a daughter who needed me. When I acknowledged this truth, I walked fully out of the shadow of loss, ready to embark on a

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Antibiotics in Your Organic Apple? by Jim PathFinder Ewing


hen people think of organics, they think that the food they buy is free from synthetic Certain chemicals of any kind. Howtypes of apples, ever, as noted in a recent article in ACRES including Fuji, are USA magazine, organic apples and pears usually treated with may be treated with antibiotics. antibioticsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;even if It all started in 1995, when the Nathey are marked tional Organics Standards Board voted to as organic. allow antibiotics for treatment of fire blight, a bacterial disease. Specifically, NOSB allowed the use of the antibiotics streptomycin and tetracycline; then, in 2008, added oxytetracycline hydrochloride. (See â&#x20AC;&#x153;Antibiotics in Fruit Production: A Challenge to Organic Integrity,â&#x20AC;? fruitantibiotics) Allowing antibiotics in fruit caused an uproar when it started and recently came to a head with the review of the ruling in April. It was seen as a way of â&#x20AC;&#x153;watering downâ&#x20AC;? organic standards to accommodate industrial agriculture. The use of antibiotics in the production of meat is strictly prohibited by organic standards, while prolific with the general food industry. The potential and real dangers of antibiotics in the production of food are well known. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, 80 percent of U.S. antibiotic use is on livestock, not humans, leading to increasingly virulent strains of bacteria






Here is a chart of resistant and susceptible varieties from the quarterly Beyond Pesticides:

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For homeowners and backyard growers, fire blight can be a problem as well, particularly this time of year. In May, especially in wet weather, it can appear on the tips of branches giving a scorched appearance (hence, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name â&#x20AC;&#x153;fireâ&#x20AC;? blight). Dr. Wayne Porter of the Mississippi State University Extension Service says that even the use of antibiotic treatment wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work once itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s begun; the best control is cutting back the diseased limbs, and only in dry weather. Do not fertilize the tree, as the blight will likely infect the new growth. (See â&#x20AC;&#x153;Controlling Fire Blightâ&#x20AC;?:

that are resistant to antibiotic treatment. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re used in livestock to increase weight (and profits), not to prevent disease, but have the added â&#x20AC;&#x153;benefitâ&#x20AC;? of allowing the animals to be kept in overcrowded and poor sanitary conditions. Certified organic meat production is, of course, the exception to these poor standards. This inconsistency in regard to fruit has long been a troubling point for those concerned about the integrity of organic standards. One might ask, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Well, if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needed by the fruit growers, why prohibit it?â&#x20AC;? The answer is simple: Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not needed if a farmer grows apples resistant to blight. As it is, because most consumers are familiar with popular varieties, such #ONSUMERBEWARE as Fuji, Gala, Golden Deli5HJDUGOHVVRIWKH86'$ &HUWLÂżHG2UJDQLFODEHOLI cious and Granny Smith, \RXEX\)XML*DOD*ROGHQ thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what they buy. But due 'HOLFLRXVDQG*UDQQ\ to their susceptibleness to fire 6PLWKDSSOHYDULHWLHVWKH\ blight, farmers routinely spray DUHOLNHO\WRKDYHEHHQ these varieties with chemicals VSUD\HGZLWKDQWLELRW as a preventative measure LFV/LNHZLVHZLWKSHDU against the disease. YDULHWLHV'Âś$QMRX%DUWOHWW That doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean or$XURUDDQG'XFKHVV chard growers must grow  5DWKHUEX\ÂżUHEOLJKW UHVLVWDQWDSSOHYDULHWLHV those varieties. Other popular VXFKDV0HOURVH:LQHVDS varieties, including Red Deli5HG'HOLFLRXV+RQH\FULVS cious and Northern Spy, are /LEHUW\0F,QWRVKDQG not susceptible to fire blight. 1RUWKHUQ6S\)LUHEOLJKW Due to public opposiUHVLVWDQWSHDUYDULHWLHV tion, the ruling that allows LQFOXGH+RQH\VZHHW.LHI antibiotics in organic apples IHU/D&RQWHDQG2OG+RPH and pears expire Oct. 21, SOXV$VLDQSHDUYDULHWLHV 2014. Until then, consumers &KRMXUR.RVXL2O\PSLF DQG6KLQNR should pay attention to the varieties they buy.

0LANTING"LIGHT2ESISTANT!PPLES 0EARS For planting in Mississippi, apples are traditionally more amenable to the northern part of the state, but some varieties will grow elsewhere, using recommended root stocks (M7A or MM106), according to the MSU extension service. Some recommended varieties: Royal or Imperial; Smoothe, a Royal Delicious type; Ozark Gold; Red Chief, Mercier Variety; Arkansas Black. On the coast: Golden Dorset, Anna, Ein Shiemer. Pears are common statewide. Kieffer is the most well-known variety, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not resistant to fire blight. Better are Orient and Moonglow (and Baldwyn for the coast; Ayers for North Mississippi). For more on planting apples and pears suitable for Mississippi climate, see the Mississippi State University Extension Service publication â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fruit and Nut Recommendations for Mississippiâ&#x20AC;?: For more on antibiotics, watch the Frontline special from PBS, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Is Your Meat Safe? Antibiotic Debate Overviewâ&#x20AC;?: Jim PathFinder Ewing is a journalist, author, writer, editor, organic farmer and blogger. His latest book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Conscious Food: Sustainable Growing, Spiritual Eatingâ&#x20AC;? (Findhorn Press), is in bookstores now. Find Jim on Facebook, follow him @edibleprayers or visit

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The Souls of Windsor by Brinda Willis, with sister Linda Willis

The decaying mammoths of Windsor Ruins stir up deeply held emotion.

Highway 61 on the Mississippi Blues Trail to see the ruins, strange thoughts began to creep into my head of my ancestors working on the massive land tract: field and house negroes with no sense of ownership longing for a land they would never see again, knowing they were lost in a sea of servitude with little to show for their effort except subsistence in a world they only made better for others to enjoy. The road leading into Windsor was strangely similar to my present-day rural community in Attala County: lined with mobile homes along both sides of the Pinebelt highway, with silky Loess soil underneath, the kind that was ripe for growing cotton in the latter days of the Civil War. Going further into what felt like a lagoon, Windsor seemed to be elusive. The road appeared to have no end. Trees and ravines covered in kudzu stretched for miles trailing off to a narrow, roughly paved road. That road turned into a shady path lined with hardwoods draped in wild wisteria

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vines, leading up to the ruins of ornate, fluted Corinthian columns, with cast-iron capitals decorated with acanthus leaves. Getting out of the car, I felt like a tiny insect juxtaposed to the 23 remaining 50foot ghostly and melancholy towers. The massive structures seemed to peer down at me as I looked up at them. They filled me with reverence, as I could only image the physical might and muscle it took to raise them five stories high before the industrial age and the use of modern construction equipment. Reportedly, the slaves in the plantation foundry made the bricks that make up the columns. Looking up so high made me feel dizzy and somewhat lightheaded, so I stopped for a brief moment to catch my balance before walking around the path hewn by the thousands of visitors who trek there. My sister, Linda, joined me in my discovery of Windsor’s architectural feat. Gazing closer at the gigantic columns, I couldn’t help wonder what went on inside this great

house, with regard to the slaves who lived and labored here. Our feet began to feel heavier with each step we took around the far east side of the mammoths—so heavy that we glanced at each other as to say, “Do you feel what I’m feeling?” My body started to feel uneasy and empty as I looked between the columns. Water began to fill the wells of my eyes and tears spilled down my face. Without any verbal exchange, Linda and I looked at each other and let out deep breaths, shaking our heads, squeezing each other’s hand. We kept walking around to the backside of what would have been the kitchen and living quarters of the slaves, denoted on the small granite plaque that sits at the entrance of the ruins. Almost simultaneously, Linda and I said, “A lot of bad things and hard work went on here.” We reflected on our own farm upbringing, cooking for 16 siblings in a small kitchen on 210 acres, compared to the hundreds that had to be fed daily on the 2,600 acres at Windsor. Rounding the north side of the ruins made us feel frightened by the isolation of the area, so we sped up, heading back to the parked truck before we encountered the souls of Windsor Ruins. Travel Notes: Windsor Ruins is approximately 85 miles from Jackson, located in Claiborne County. Take the Natchez Trace Parkway from Jackson to Highway 552 at milepost 30 and go west, following the signs to Windsor. It’s good to take along a friend or a few because the Ruins are isolated. Windsor served as a Union hospital after the Battle of Port Gibson in 1863 and burned on Feb. 17, 1890. Alcorn State University received the cast iron steps from Windsor and uses them now as the entrance to the historic chapel on campus. The Mississippi Department of Archives and History administer the Windsor Ruins, which are open to the public. Take a camera!

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gnorance is bliss for most of the ancestrally indigenous people who live and work at the doorsteps of Windsor Ruins in southwest Claiborne County near Port Gibson, Miss., because plantation life is a part of their history they would just as soon forget. Going to Windsor turned out to be a road trip of curiosity and strange encounters. One could say I heard the history of Windsor straight from the horse’s mouth—William Garbo, a landscape architect who created the drawing of what Windsor probably looked like before it burned in 1890, when it stood as the grandest antebellum home in Mississippi with a working plantation engaging approximately 500 men, women and children in slave labor. Garbo took a vague sketch reportedly drawn May 1, 1863, by First Lt. Henry Otis Dwight, a Union soldier, as he remembered Windsor when he approached it on his horse for the first time during the Civil War (or as southerners call it, the Great War). Recreating the drawing of the house was a labor-intensive effort, Garbo said. He spent numerous hours dredging through the six acres that Windsor now stands on. He also used historical papers relating to the Smith Coffee Daniell family, the original owners of Windsor, to get a sense of what the house might have looked like: a house with 12-foot ceilings, numerous bathrooms, indoor plumbing with cisterns and 25 bedrooms—each with its own fireplace—sitting on the vast acres of a working plantation. “Creating the drawing was a difficult part of my quest to develop the abstract of the great house with 23 of the 29 original stucco-brick covered Greek revival columns, and the colossal cupola with several windows—which was an ideal observation point for Union and Confederate soldiers atop a hipped roof,” Garbo said. As I drove down the infamous


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am not a good bargain shopper. I have friends who are. They thrill at the hunt of finding a deal. Those stores, you know the ones, that advertise department store brands at discounted prices? They love them. They’ll go every Wednesday when they receive shipments and pore through the racks until one week, they find something great. I lack both the patience and desire to do that. I’m just willing to pay more to have things laid out and organized and in a smaller shop where someone helps me. Having fun on a budget, though? That’s another story entirely, and a challenge I embrace with gusto. There are so many fun, free (or inexpensive) things to do around town that I hardly have time to fit them all in. And when spring fever hits, it’s the perfect time to get out and take advantage of them. When I heard that Belhaven Park was hosting a troupe of players from New Stage Theatre in a free performance of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged),” I was there with bells on. The play is hilarious, and a chance to watch outside with a picnic? Genius! Packing up a tote with a blanket and refreshments, and donning my springtime floppy hat, I eagerly joined a diverse crowd of Belhaven residents and friends of the neighborhood on a sunny Sunday evening for the show. Some picnickers were very fancy, having put out round white tables and chairs and using real glasses for their beverages; others enjoyed fast food on their blankets or the pulled-pork sandwich plates from State Street BBQ in their lawn chairs. For the performance, New Stage shortened the already-abridged play to last about an hour, so it was perfect even for the kids (or others with short attention spans) to enjoy without getting bored, and since it’s an interactive play with lots of audience participation, everyone got to take part in the fun. The best part? This performance was

just one in an ongoing spring series in the park, so if you missed it, there are more chances to enjoy artistic performances outside. The “Being Belhaven Arts Series” continues with outdoor movies, a performance by the Mississippi Opera and the Mississippi Symphonic Community Band. A complete schedule is available at On the heels of that, I heard about a free conversation the Mississippi Museum of Art’s Collector’s Club hosted one Tuesday evening with the museum’s new curator, Roger Ward, and Museum Director Betsy Bradley. A friend and I decided it sounded interesting and cultural, so after work, we headed over to check it out. Ward is a new addition to the museum staff, and his experience and knowledge are beyond impressive. The conversation truly was just that; Bradley started off by asking him questions to guide the discussion, but it really was a chance for art collectors and enthusiasts, and some local artists, to talk about trends in collecting or whatever else was on their minds. I walked away not only inspired to add more to my (meager) art collection and find some new local artists, but also eager to see how Ward’s vision helps shape the already stellar programming of the museum’s exhibits going forward. The Museum of Art is always a great source for affordable fun and cultural events, and in the springtime, it makes full use of the Art Garden to do so. From “Screen on the Green” to an upcoming concert with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra to the “Music in the City” series to Live at Lunch music and “Look and Learn with Hoot” programs for children, there’s free fun for everyone. Check out their events page at for a full list. So while some may bargain hunt at stores, I’ll keep hunting for affordable ways to take advantage of all our city has to offer. I hope you will, too. They’re out there for the taking!

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!MERIGO (6592 Old Canton Road, 601-977-0563) Amerigo will be serving a blackened blackfish with roasted red bell pepper polenta and asparagus drizzled with a lemon terragon butter. The restaurant is open 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., and are accepting reservations. "ON!MI (Maywood Mart, 1220 E. Northside Drive, Suite 230, 601-982-0405) For Mother’s Day, Bon Ami will serve steak sardou, a beef tenderloin over an English muffin with artichokes and spinach and a hollandaise sauce; a goat cheese tomatoFlorentine quiche; a fried-green tomato salad with a crawfish sauce; and for dessert, homemade strawberry shortcake. Reservations can be made for 10 a.m., noon, and 2 p.m. "ROAD3TREET"AKING#OMPANY#AFE (4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 101, 601-362-2900) Broad Street will be open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., serving its regular menu.

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fish, a fried seafood platter, a broiled seafood platter, a fried shrimp platter or a 4 ounce filet with half a lobster tail. The soup is Cajun seafood bisque. Monte’s opens at 11 a.m. and the restaurant is taking reservations. 0AN!SIA (County Line Road at Avery Blvd., 601-956-2958) Pan Asia will serve a $25 prime rib special, which includes a 10-ounce slowand-low roasted and basted in Asian spices, with a wasabi sour cream and an au jus for dipping. The dish will be served with wasabi mashed potatoes, sesame green beans and a chocolate paradise dessert. Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Reservations are encouraged.

&AIRVIEW)NNAND 3O½A´S2ESTAURANT (734 Fairview Street, 601-948-3429) Sofia’s Restaurant at the Faireview Inn will serve Mother’s Day brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Seatings will take place every half hour. Cost is $29.95 for adults and $11.95 for children. Reservations are required. Go to to view their Mother’s Day menu. (ILTON(OTEL (1001 E. County Line Road, 601-957-2800) The Hilton Jackson Hotel will serve Mother’s Day luncheon in the See and add more Mother’s Day dining options grand ballroom from 11 a.m. to 2 at p.m. The price is $27.95 for adults and $13.95 for children ages four to 12. Children ages three and under are ward includes a main buffet as well as stations free. The luncheon will be first come, first for French toast, carving meats, salads, soup and served. sides, and dessert. Brunch runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is $32.95 for adults and $16.95 for *ULEP2ESTAURANT"AR children 10 and younger. (1305 E. Northside Drive, 601-362-1411) In addition to its regular menu, Ju- -ONTE´S3TEAK3EAFOOD lep is offering two-for-one mimosas on (1855 Lakeland Drive, 601-362-8182) Mother’s Day. The restaurant will be open Monte’s Mother’s Day special includes 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., but will stop serv- appetizers of stuffed shrimp or stuffed mushing brunch around 3 p.m. It is first come, rooms. For entrees, choose from seafood first served. pasta with fettucine, a filet mignon, a New York strip steak, voodoo ribeye, stuffed red-

1UE3ERA (2801 N. State Street, 601-981-2520) Que Sera will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Mother’s Day. Brunch includes fried crab claws, redfish d’Iberville, Bayou ribeyes and the chalkboard specials for the day. 3OMBRA-EXICAN+ITCHEN (140 Township Ave., Suite 100, 601-707-7950) Sombra will feature grilled redfish served over jalapeño grits and mixed veggies. For dessert, try a tres leches cake with strawberry whipped cream. Sombra is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and is accepting reservations. 4WO3ISTERS+ITCHEN (707 N. Congress St., 601-353-1180) Two Sisters Kitchen will be open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mother’s Day. Ralph Miller will play music on the patio. Two Sisters will have its usual Sunday buffet with worldfamous fried chicken.


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The Stray at Home Festival shares the same energy as nationally recognized craft and art festivals, such as the Renegade Craft Fair.

gear, as costumes are heartily encouraged. Though the festival admission is free, a portion of the proceeds collected from the cornhole tournament will benefit the Jackson Inner-city Gardeners (JIG), an urban farm organization in West Jackson. The Kids Craft Pavillion, yet another new addition to the Stray at Home Festival, will give children and their parents a feel for the inner-city gardening experience, as well. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the young and the young-at-heart can share in a fun, educational planting project. “We’ve been collecting tin cans, and we’ll help the kids plant herbs in them and draw on the labels, tying into the Jackson Inner-city Gardeners,” Donahoo says. “It’s a sweet gift for a child to give for Mother’s Day

and a way to raise awareness about one of the great things going on in Jackson.” In addition to the area art and regional music, the festival will also offer a taste of local cuisine from event sponsors Jaco’s Tacos, Adobo and Parlor Market. Capital City Beverage will provide a variety of craft beers. There will also be a list of “After-Dinner Destinations,” restaurants and establishments where Stray-at-Homers can show their armbands for special discounts. For information regarding sponsorship or participation, contact Stray at Home Director Mary Claire Primos at Registration forms for the cornhole tournament and additional information about the Stray at Home Festival can be found at

ast spring, despite a steady drizzle forcing the festivities inside, artisans, craft-lovers and musicians gathered together for the inaugural Stray at Home Festival. Bands played in front of an impressive string-art piece in the shape of Mississippi. Patrons sipped craft beer and browsed through handmade paper, letterpress goods and rustic pieced wood furniture. This weekend, Jackson is getting another serving of southeastern artistry, courtesy of the second Stray at Home Festival. The event will be bigger and bolder, with regional art and live music makers taking up residence on Amite and Congress streets Saturday, May 11, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Several of the artists have shown their work at recognized national festivals like Chicago’s Renegade Craft Fair and Nashville’s The Porter Flea. The Stray at Home festival shares the same energy as those wellknown events: a little funkier, a little more rock ‘n’ roll and 100 percent handmade. Musical acts from around the region include Jackson local DJ Young Venom, Leagues, Humming House, Sound Wagon, Oh’ Jeremiah and the Southern Komfort Brass Band, representing music from bluegrass to indie rock. You can also expect sculptors, sketchers, painters, printers, and artists of various media, with plenty of booths set up for buyers and bystanders alike. “The inaugural Stray at Home last year was really neat and really different for Jackson,” says Laurel Donahoo, Stray at Home’s media coordinator. “But this year promises to be a lot bigger and better. … It can’t help but be incredible.” The Mississippi Cornhole Association is also hosting a “cornhole,” or beanbag toss, competition, which will be open for teams of two to join for an entrance fee of $10 per team. Free-play, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., will let the non-competitive types try their hands at beanbag hurling. Bracket ranking will run from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., when the official tournament will begin, giving challengers a chance at eternal cornhole glory. Make sure to wear your best game face and beanbag



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book series), Shane Black, who co-wrote the screenplay with Drew Pearce, directs one of the most pleasurable action films in the last decade. Black had made a film that fits Downey as snuggly and perfectly as the Mark 42 suit of armor. “Iron Man 3” begins Dec. 31, 1999, before Stark trades in his body parts for a red-hot glowing electric heart. He’s filthy rich, braggy smart and part lounge lizard, hanging around with the Robert Downey Jr. makes the third “Iron Man” film his own. brightest ladies at the new millennium convention in Bern, Switzerland. He the dweebie scientist Aldrich Killian (Guy spends the night with Maya Hansen (Rebec- Pearce) to meet him on the roof and then ca Hall), the inventor of Extremis, an experi- blew him off, he created a lifelong enemy. mental regenerative treatment. It’s time to Within 13 years, Killian turns his company, put your suspend-disbelief hat on. Extremis Advanced Idea Mechanics (AIM), into a allows plants to recover from crippling inju- beast. Killian buffs up, gets a hair cut and ries, such as sheared leaves from overzealous learns super suave maneuvers that manage to muscle man Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau). turn Pepper’s head a notch. He’s also inclined Little did Stark know, but when he told to the melodramatic. “Failure is the fog



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n “The Kings and Queens of Roam,” cover the town in a month. author Daniel Wallace illustrates Although the book is not explicitly the power words have to make set in the south (it’s not explicitly set anyworlds, both in the tragic whimsy where), Wallace’s southern roots break of the world his words create and in the through in the themes he works through: sad, scary world one character builds the importance of family, the tradition of for another. storytelling and the increasing isolation of Essentially, “The Kings and Queens a small town left behind by the country of Roam” is about two sisters, one hor- at large. ribly ugly and the other impossibly beautiful—but blind—and the turns their lives take once they are orphaned. The sisters, Rachel and Helen, are inexorably tied together, both by their circumstances and by the lies Helen tells as a child, lies that take on a life of their own as the sisters mature into adults. Wallace uses a nonlinear timeline, jumping back and forth between the sisters’ story, the tale of Roam’s founding and several secondary characters’ backstories. The stories are told from various character perspectives. Roam is a small, decaying town founded on greed, lies and a curse. Once a thriving settlement based around the silk factory, these days more ghosts than people inhabit it. Life is simple for the folks there, mainly be“Big Fish” author Daniel Wallace signs his latest cause they don’t have much. novel at Lemuria Books May 10. The novel is strongest when it explores the most basic of desires. “I imagined a different sort of life than the one I led,” one character Coming in at just under 300 pages, says, “but I suppose everybody could say the novel is a quick read. In fact, its bigthe same.” gest drawback is that it feels too quick. It is hard for anyone familiar with The narrative skims the surface, skating Wallace’s most well-known work, “Big across the top rather than diving deep Fish” not to make comparisons between into a specific moment or scene. Even the the two stories. “Big Fish” was adapted emotional climax of the book feels over in into a film starring Ewan McGregor and a blink. is in the works to become a Broadway In the end, the story is about human musical this year. nature, about indulging in our darkest Like “Big Fish,” this novel straddles desires and, ultimately, about how people the line between fantasy and reality, with respond to the circumstances life hands just hints of magic. Rather that full-on them. The line that sticks with me, affantasy, it has the feeling of a tall tale, ter turning the final page, comes from a of stories stretched to their most embel- character who falls in love with one of lished and extravagant points—a girl so the sisters: “That’s what life is, isn’t it? ugly her face seems to be made up of all Making a world all your own inside the the stitched-together leftover parts of oth- one that was given you, together with er faces. A man so large he is an almost- someone else?” giant, and another so small his feet rest in Daniel Wallace signs copies of “The bed two feet shorter than the feet of the Kings and Queens of Roam” (Touchwoman he loves. A house with so many stone, 2013) at Lemuria Books (4465 N. rooms and staircases, the family that lives Highway 55, Suite 202, 601-366-7619) in it has never gotten to see them all. A May 10 at 5 p.m. Reading at 5:30 p.m. factory that churns out enough silk to Book $24.



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The Mississippi Puppetry Guild presents “Sahara Zoo” at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. at the Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). $8, children under 12 and muBY LATASHA WILLIS seum members free; call 601981-5469. … The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra presJACKSONFREEPRESS.COM ents Pepsi Pops at 7:30 p.m. at FAX: 601-510-9019 Old Trace Park (Post Road, Ridgeland). Includes activities DAILY UPDATES AT startingat4:30p.m.andfireworks. JFPEVENTS.COM $12 advance, $15 at gate, $5 ages 4-18, children under 4 free; call 601-960-1565. … The Blast Returns: Three-year Anniversary with DJ ScrapDirty, The NastySho and DJ Brayks is at 9 p.m. at North Midtown Arts Center. $5.


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mission; call 601-362-8484. … Meet interior designer Barry Dixon from 5-8 p.m. at SummerHouse (1109 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite D, Ridgeland). Free admission, $60 book; call 601-853-4445. … The Democrats on Tap Happy Hour is at 5:30 p.m. at Hal & Mal’s in the Oyster Bar Room. Free; … Shop for art and more during the Artisan Mixer from 7-9 p.m. at North Midtown Arts Center (121 Millsaps Ave.). RSVP. Free; theartisanmixer.eventbrite. com. … Keller Williams and Gregory Alan Isakov perform at 7:30 p.m. at Duling Hall. For ages 18 and up. $24 in advance, $28 at the door; … A Celebration with French Chamber Music featuring the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.) in the Art Garden. Cash bar at 6 p.m. Picnics welcome. $10 at the door; call 601-960-1515.


The Stray At Home Art and Music Festival is from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at Amite and Congress streets. Free admission; … The Flowood Family Festival is at 5 p.m. at Liberty Park (694 Liberty Park Drive, Flowood). Free; call 601-992-4440. … The reception for the “Form, Color and Movement” Art Exhibition is from 5-7 p.m. at the Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Free; call 601-960-1557. … The Celebrate Our Mothers Dance is from 6:30-10 p.m. at the Agriculture and Forestry Museum (1150 Lakeland Drive) in the Forestry Building. Benefits the Wisdom Foundation. $10; call 740-357-1761. … An Evening of Dance is at 7 p.m. at Jackson Academy Performing Arts Center (4908 Ridgewood Road). $6; call 601960-5387. … Black Jacket Symphony performs at 8 p.m. at the Jackson Convention Complex. $25-$30; call 800745-3000. … The Magnolia Ballroom Dancers’ Association

Monthly Dance is at 8 p.m. at Madison Square Center for the Arts (2103 Main St., Madison). $15, $10 members; call 601-506-4591.


The Detectives Mystery Dinner Theatre presents “When Cletus Met Elizabeth” at 11 a.m. at Kathryn’s (6800 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland). RSVP. For ages 18 and up. $40; call 601-937-1752. … Lucky Town Brewing hosts the American Craft Beer Week Celebration at 2 p.m. at Babalu (622 Duling Ave.). For ages 21 and up. No cover; call 262-391-9265. … Jay Carr performs at 6 p.m. at Crossgates United Methodist Church (23 Crossgates Drive, Brandon). Free; call 601-825-8677.


Rick Burgess of the Rick and Bubba Show speaks at the Young Business Leaders of Jackson’s Spring Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. at the Hilton Jackson (1001 E. County Line Road). $35, $280 tables; call 601-201-5489.


At Lemuria Books (4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202), Robin Preiss Glasser signs “Fancy Nancy: Fanciest Doll in the Universe” ($17.99) at 4 p.m., and Belinda Stevens signs “Just Out of Reach” ($12.95) at 5 p.m. Call 601-366-7619.


The Country and Blues Rock for Recovery is at 7 p.m. at Hal & Mal’s. Todd Thompson and the Lucky Hand Blues Band perform. Benefits the McCoy House for Sober Living. $20 in advance, $25 at the door; call 601-946-0578. More at and


Little Big Town performs at the Flowood Family Festival May 11 at 5 p.m.


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#/--5.)49 Events at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). • Go Red for Women Luncheon May 8, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The Metro Jackson American Heart Association’s fundraiser includes screenings, exhibits, a photo booth, giveaways and testimonials. $75 in advance; call 601-321-1209. • Mayor’s Prayer Luncheon May 9, 11:30 a.m.1 p.m. Mission Mississippi is the host. Sister Mary Dorothea Sondgeroth, former president and CEO of St. Dominic Health Services, is the speaker. $45; call 601-353-6477. Events at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). • Spring Commencement May 11, 9:30 a.m., in the Bowl. Honorary degree recipients include Dr. Aaron Shirley, Rev. Edwin R. King and Seetha Srinivasan. Free; call 601-974-1000. • Starting a Nontraditional Business: Discovering the Entrepreneur Within May 14June 18. Joe Donovan is the instructor. The class meets Tuesdays from 6-7:30 p.m. Registration required. $100; call 601-974-1130.

U.S. Travel Rally Day May 8, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at Smith Park (Yazoo Street). Includes information about the hospitality industry, food vendors, and music from Malcolm Shepherd and 5 Shades of Black. The first 500 attendees wearing red receive a free lunch. Free; call 601-960-1891. Job Fair for Nurses May 9, 9 a.m.-noon and 3-7 p.m., at Quisenberry Library (605 E. Northside Drive, Clinton). Quality Healthcare is the host. The event is for RNs, LPNs, CNAs and sitters. CPR certification available. Free; call 601622-4677. Mississippi Commission on the Status of Women Spring Luncheon May 9, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). The organization honors Mississippi women for their service to the community. Sponsorships available. $50; call 601-359-3044. Minority Business Network Monthly Meeting May 9, 6 p.m., at Divine Ministries (1417 W. Capitol St.), in the Multipurpose Center. Learn ways to grow your business. Refreshments and door prizes included. Bring business cards. RSVP. Free; call 601-750-2367 or 601-316-5092.

(4866 N. State St.). The mixer is held every second Thursday from 6:30-8 p.m. Bring business cards and brochures to share. Free, donations welcome; email Race For Grace 5K May 11, 8 a.m., at Christ United Methodist Church (6000 Old Canton Road). Includes a one-mile fun run. Proceeds go toward CUMC’s summer mission trip to Lima, Peru. $20-$75; Youth Fishing Rodeo May 11, 8 a.m., at Trace State Park (2139 Faulkner Road, Belden). The event is for children ages 15 and under. Bring fishing gear, catfish bait and stringers. Free; call 662489-2958 or 601-432-2200; Summer Youth Camp and Safety Expo May 11, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at Metrocenter Mall (3645 Highway 80 W.). Learn about upcoming summer activities and safety during the summer. Includes arts and crafts, a space jump and treats. Free bike helmets and identity kits while supplies last. Vendors welcome. Free; call 601-960-2174.

Precinct 2 COPS Meeting May 9, 6 p.m., at Jackson Police Department, Precinct 2 (711 W. Capitol Street). These monthly forums are designed to help resolve community issues. Call 601-960-0002.

NAACP Freedom Fund Awards and Scholarship Banquet May 11, 7 p.m., at M.W. Stringer Grand Lodge (1072 John R. Lynch St.). The theme is theme is “Your Power, Your Decision—VOTE.” The keynote speaker is Dr. Amos C. Brown, pastor of San Francisco’s Third Baptist Church and NAACP board member. $50, $500 table of 10; call 601-906-1717 or 601-331-0274.

Midtown Neighborhood Association Town Hall Meeting May 9, 6 p.m., at 301 Adelle St. The topic is the new charter school law. Free; call 601212-1374 or 601-941-5327.

Move to be Fit 5K May 11, 7:30 a.m., at New Summit School (1417 Lelia Drive). Registration is from 6-6:55 a.m. The race is a fundraiser for New Summit School. $25; call 601-982-7827.

New Vibrations Network Gathering May 9, 6:30-8 p.m., at Unitarian Universalist Church

“One Jackson ... Many Readers” Summer Reading Providers Training May 14, 10 a.m.-

2 p.m., at Mississippi Public Broadcasting (3825 Ridgewood Road), in the auditorium. Learn ways to incorporate the JPS Summer Reading Program into a school curriculum, camp, church or other summer program. Includes lunch. Registration required. Free; call 601-432-6258. 8(a) Business Opportunity Workshop May 14, 1 p.m., at Small Business Administration District Office (210 E. Capitol St., 10th floor). Small business owners learn ways to sell goods and services to the federal government. Registration required. Free; call 601-965-4378, ext. 13, 14 or 17.

7%,,.%33 Events at Baptist Medical Center (1225 N. State St.). Registration required. Call 601-948-6262. • Oh, My Aching Back and Legs May 13, 6-7 p.m., in the Baptist for Women Conference Room. Dr. Eric Amundson and physical therapist Troy Walters discuss treatments for lower back pain that affects the legs. Free. • Drawing from Your Strengths: Fight Skin Cancer May 14, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., in the Baptist for Women Conference Room. Speakers include political cartoonist Marshall Ramsey and Dr. Grace Shumaker. Registration required. Free, $5 optional lunch. Events at Hinds Behavioral Health Services (3450 Highway 80 W.). Free; call 601-321-2400. • Parenting Classes May 13, 5-7 p.m. The classes are in recognition of Mental Health Month. • Mental Health Screenings May 14, 3:305:30 p.m. Children and youth receive screenings in honor of Mental Health Month.


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“Hope and Healing” Breast Cancer Support Meeting May 14, 5:30-6:30 p.m., at The Face and Body Center (Riverchase Medical Suites, 2550 Flowood Drive, Flowood). Refreshments included. RSVP. Free; call 601-936-0925; email

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34!'%!.$3#2%%. “The Dixie Surgeon” May 11, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at Outlets at Vicksburg (4000 S. Frontage Road, Vicksburg), in Suite 109. The Civil War reenactment is a dramatization about the lives of Dr. David Harris and Captain Skip Trumbull. Free; call 601-636-7434. Storytellers Ball Studio 54 Disco Dance Contest, at Salsa Mississippi Studio and Club (605 Duling Ave.). The contest with cash prizes is open to singles, couples or groups from across the southern region. Register by May 17. $50 entry fee; call 601-960-1557, ext. 224.

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,)4%2!29!.$3)'.).'3 Events at Lemuria Books (Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). Call 601-366-7619. • “Porch Dogs” May 8, 5 p.m. Nell Dickerson signs books. $29.95 book. • “The Kings and Queens of Roam” May 10, 5 p.m. Daniel Wallace signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $24 book. • “Ovarian Cancer?” May 11, 1 p.m. Janice Coggins signs books. $14.95 book. • “The Cherry Cola Book Club” May 13, 5 p.m. Ashton Lee signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $14.95 book.

#2%!4)6%#,!33%3 Events at Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). Registration required. $35; call 601-856-7546; email • Discover Candle Making Class May 14, 68:30 p.m. Carmen Castilla is the instructor. • Discover Fused Glass Class May 14, 6-8:30 p.m Jenny Thomas is the instructor. • Discover Jewelry Making Class May 14, 6-8:30 p.m. Martha Scarborough and Laura Tarbutton are the instructors.

Events at Salsa Mississippi Studio and Club (605 Duling Ave.). • Hip Hop: Choreography and Techniques Saturdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m. through Dec. 28 Choreographer Roger L. Long is the instructor. All ages welcome. $10; • Zumba with Ashleigh Mondays, 5:456:30 p.m. through Dec. 30 Ashleigh Risher teaches the Latin-inspired dance and cardio class. For ages 18 and up. $5-$6; call 601906-0661; email “Picture This” Mother’s Day Craft Class May 12, 2-4 p.m., at Easely Amused (Trace Harbor Village, 7048 Old Canton Road, Suite 1002, Ridgeland). Mothers and daughters make a photo holder. Refreshments served. Registration required. $28; call 601-707-5854.

%8()")43!.$/0%.).'3 Cruising the Capital May 13, 9:30 a.m.-noon, at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Join architectural historian Todd Sanders for a tour of Jackson by trolley. A box lunch and discussion follows. $20; call 601-576-6920. Spring Exhibition through June 15, at Cassidy Bayou Gallery (103 S. Court St., Sumner). See Magdalena Solé’s photography, and paintings from Martha Vinograd, Taylor Bowen Ricketts and Mary Reid. Reception May 11 from 4-8 p.m. Free; call 212-473-9472 or 662-385-0997.

"%4(%#(!.'% Road to Recovery Volunteer Driver Training May 8, 2-3:30 p.m., at American Cancer Society (1380 Livingston Lane). Learn more about volunteering to drive patients with cancer to their treatments. Call 601-321-5503 or 800-227-2345. Spring and Summer 2013 Trunk Show May 8-9, at the home of Pam Reeves (312 Bay Park Drive, Brandon). 10 percent of proceeds benefit the Mississippi Burn Foundation. By appointment only. Call 601-201-9440 or 601-954-1717. Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive May 11. The United States Postal Service is the sponsor. Leave non-perishable foods next to your mailbox for the mail carrier to take to local food banks. Visit for a list of participating post offices. More at Moving in Memory of Mom May 11, 10 a.m., at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Tara Blumenthal is the instructor. The yoga class is for women whose mothers have passed away. Bring a small picture of your mother for the event (optional). Refreshments served. Proceeds benefit the McClean Fletcher Center, a grief support program. $5; 3.21 Run Up for Downs May 11, 5:30-9 p.m., at Old Trace Park (Post Road, Ridgeland). The race benefits the Central Mississippi Down Syndrome Society and the Little Light House of Central Mississippi. $25-$30; call 601-853-2011. City of Flowood Benefit Golf Tournament May 15-16, 8:30 a.m., at The Refuge Golf Course (2100 Refuge Blvd., Flowood). Benefits the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Registration required. $100, $400 team; call 601-665-2434. Check for updates and more listings. To add an event, email all details (phone number, start and end date, time, street address, cost, URL, etc.) to or fax to 601-510-9019. The deadline is noon the Thursday prior to the week of publication. Or add the event online yourself; check out for instructions.

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ay is one of my favorite note for note. BJS is not your typical cover months of the year. Spring band. The band doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t don outfits from is in full bloom, summer va- the bands whose albums they perform; cation is mere weeks away, they wear black jackets. The musicians all and my excitement level ramps up as have numerous years of experience hondreams of spontaneous adventures with ing their craft, and are touring the United road trips to see awesome bands become State performing great albums such as more and more real. Lots of great music The Beatlesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Abbey Road,â&#x20AC;? Princeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Purevents are coming up in the capital city, ple Rainâ&#x20AC;? and AC/DCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Back in Black.â&#x20AC;? and this weekend looks to be a precursor to the fun summer I have planned. On May 9th, one of my favorite singer/songwriters performs at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave., 601-3519999). I discovered Keller Williams while listening to the Mississippi State college radio station in the late â&#x20AC;&#x2122;90s. I instantly became a fan. Hailing from Virginia, Williams has released almost 20 albums in his career, and played with acts such as The Del McCoury Band, Yonder Mountain String Band and The String Cheese Jack-of-all-tunes and one-man jam band Keller Incident. He was also in The Williams plays at Duling Hall May 9. Rhythm Devils, featuring Grateful Dead members Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann. As a musical jack-of-all-trades, he wrote a This time around, BJS will perform Led childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s album entitled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kidsâ&#x20AC;? in 2010. Zeppelinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s groundbreaking album, â&#x20AC;&#x153;IV,â&#x20AC;? His latest album, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Keys,â&#x20AC;? is a cover note for note with no breaks in between. album featuring Grateful Dead songs I was blown away last time they came to performed on piano. Known as a one- Jackson. It was one of the best concerts I man rock/jam band, Williams not only have seen in a while. The show begins at 8 can play a variety of instruments, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also p.m., and tickets range from $30 to $40. highly regarded for his amazing songwrit- Check out BJS at blackjacketsymphony. ing skills. Tickets are $24 in advance, and com, as well as visit YouTube to watch $28 at the door. The show starts at 8:30 them in action. p.m., but I suggest you get there early to Also, if you havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t heard already, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m get a good seat. For more information no longer the music listings editor at the on Keller and listen to his music, visit JFP. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll still write my column every other or visit YouTube to week, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m looking for story ideas, watch a few of his amazing performances. so if you have any, please send them to On Saturday, May 11, one of my Tommy newest favorite bands performs at Thalia Burton has taken over as music listings Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St., 601- editor, and he is doing a superb job! Keep 960-1537). Black Jacket Symphony visited sending your listings to music@jacksonJackson a couple of months ago, perform-, and Tommy will take care of ing Pink Floydâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dark Side of the Moon,â&#x20AC;? you. Thanks, Jackson, for all your support!

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THURSDAY, MAY 9 College baseball (8-11 p.m., ESPN U): LSU looks to extend their lead in the SEC West against conference newcomer Texas A&M. FRIDAY, MAY 10 NBA (7 p.m.-12 a.m., ESPN): A doubleheader of NBA Playoff game threes features the Miami Heat at the Chicago Bulls, followed by the San Antonio Spurs at the Golden State Warriors. SATURDAY, MAY 11 NASCAR (6:30-11 p.m., Fox): The stars of NASCAR hope there isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t another four-hour rain delay when the series heads to Darlington Raceway for the Southern 500. SUNDAY, MAY 12 College baseball (12-3 p.m., CSS): Ole Miss hosts rival Mississippi State in the final game of this three-game series on Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day.

The biggest sports story last week was NBA player Jason Collinsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; announcement that he is gay in an article in Sports Illustrated article. Collins appeared in 38 NBA games last season with the Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards.

MONDAY, MAY 13 NBA (6 p.m.-12 a.m., TNT): A doubleheader of playoff game fours starts with Miami at Chicago, followed by the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Memphis Grizzlies. TUESDAY, MAY 14 NBA (6-8:30 p.m., TNT): Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s game four between the New York Knicks and the Indiana Pacersâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;two teams with a fun playoff history. WEDNESDAY, MAY 15 Documentary (7-9 p.m., ESPN 2): A re-airing of one of the best ESPN 30 for 30 films, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Best That Never Was,â&#x20AC;? tells the story of Mississippi football player Marcus Dupree. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no lock that Collins will remain in the NBA next season. He is 34 years old journeyman with a career average of 3.6 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Follow Bryan Flynn at, @jfpsports and at


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650 Hwy 51 | Ridgeland, MS 39157 601.856.3078 | mon - sat 8:30am - 5:30pm sunday 12:30pm - 4:30pm

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HAPPY HOUR Appetizers 1/2 OFF! 2:00 - 4:00

an evening with

and his acoustic group

Show Mom

How Special She Really Is! Build-A-Balloon products are great for weddings, graduations, birthdays, holidays, gifts, table centerpieces, kids, adults, quinceaneras, bridal showers, baby showers, christenings, anniversaries, engagements, reunions, sports events, and any other event you can think of. We can put anything inside of these balloons that can fit, including: shoes, cds, clothing items, candy, stuffed animals, toys, sodas, towels, diapers, food items, and so much more! Contact us today to price your one of a kind gift TODAY!

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If we receive your donation by July 5, it will be featured in our big Chick Ball Gift Guide on July 17.

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Saturday, July 20, 2013 | Hal & Mal’s Red Room





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5360 I-55 North • JACKSON, MS

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