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ANTHONY DIFATTA

JACKSONIAN PRESTON DIFATTA

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reston DiFatta seems wise beyond his 10 years in his ability to see unfairness and his desire to do something about it. His father, Anthony DiFatta, proudly says, “He’s one of the most generous people I know.” That generosity led the younger DiFatta to start what’s become an annual birthday tradition of giving to others, instead of receiving gifts for himself. The year Preston turned 6, Anthony— an artist and art instructor—was teaching classes once a week at Stewpot Community Services for members of Jackson’s homeless population. Preston had met some of the class participants and, as his birthday approached, told his mom, “I want to give my birthday money to the place where dad works.” A classmate of Preston’s had donated her birthday money to the zoo, and Preston says he decided he wanted to do the same thing, but to help people. After his mother, Melissa, ensured that he knew that meant he wouldn’t get any presents for himself, the DiFattas agreed. Four years later, the tradition continues. This year, Preston’s birthday celebration included a party for friends at the Mississippi Museum of Art, complete with a tour of the current “Old Masters to Monet” exhibition led by his dad, followed by a class, where party attendees could create a painting to take home. But, unlike most 10th birthday parties, the invitation instructed guests that

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in lieu of gifts, Preston requested donations for Stewpot. After his birthday, Preston delivers the donations to Stewpot in person, usually at chapel or lunchtime. Last year, he presented the money at a memorial service for Bob, a homeless man Preston befriended who spent the last several Christmases with the DiFatta family. Preston met Bob when he started coming to do chores around the DiFatta’s house after taking some of Anthony’s art classes, and Preston quickly struck up a friendship with him. He speaks fondly of his friend and how he was in school and about to graduate when he passed away from a stroke. Going forward, Preston wants his gifts to be in Bob’s memory. The young DiFatta feels strongly about helping the less fortunate, the homeless population in particular. He finds it unfair for them to be without basic necessities. “It feels bad to just drive by without doing anything,” he says. His generosity isn’t limited to a once-a-year gift, either; last year, he contributed paintings to the annual Luck of the Draw fundraiser for the YMCA. DiFatta also enjoys chess—he was the fourth-grade champion in Madison, where he attends Madison Station Elementary— and piano. He also looks forward to traveling with his family. This summer, they took a trip to California. —Julie Skipper

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Hal & Mal’s is one of several local restaurants targeted by scammers pretending to represent Entergy.

28 Hairy Heroism

“The whole movie is a burlesque of Westerns, samurai epics and gangster films. It is constructed like a comic essay, with random frivolous touches to inspire giggly cheers from the audience. The characters are agreeable monomaniacs, often speaking in stilted civilized language. The film’s greatest charm is in Hugh Jackman’s shirtless performance.” Anita Modak-Truran, “Claws of Steel”

32 That Thang You Do

The Red Thangs hit Duling Hall this weekend, bringing their upbeat indie sound from Oxford to Jackson.

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by Ronni Mott, News and Opinion Editor

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ear the bottom of The New York Times online editorial page, in a sidebar that contains the paper’s blog entries, is a link that the paper updates almost daily. The title never changes, but the date does. On Sunday, the title was “The Gun Report: July 26.” The header is a little deceiving: One could assume that the posts are about how great the gun industry is doing. (Surely, that would make the National Rifle Association happy.) But, no, this blog documents gun deaths and injuries from across the nation. Every blog post begins with a short narrative about a recent shooting. Sunday’s entry was about Carmesha Rogers, 27, of Muskegon, Mich. She’s a wife and mother of two toddlers. A shot meant for someone else penetrated her brain. She’s alive, if you can call it living. Rogers recently opened her eyes after two weeks and can’t speak. Her family believes she can hear them. “A long, laborious recovery is predicted,” the intro concludes. The blog goes on, offering brief synopses of 30 other people who were injured or killed by gunshots on July 26. The first is about a 2-year-old from Louisiana shot in the face. Each entry has a link to the original news report where the Times gleaned the information. The bits come from all over the nation: West Dallas, Texas; Baldwin Park, Calif.; Lawton, Okla.; Charlotte, N.C. “Police are investigating” appears frequently, as does “No motive was given.” At the bottom of the list is this entry: “According to Slate’s gun-death tracker, an estimated 6,549 people have died as a result of gun violence in America since the Newtown massacre on Dec. 14, 2012.” Clicking on the link to Slate takes you to a page titled “How Many People Have Been Killed by Guns Since Newtown?” (Readers might remember that Newtown,

Conn., was the sight where 20 first-graders were shot and killed.) The page provides a crowd-sourced tally. It’s not an official count. “As time goes on, our count gets further and further away from the likely actual number of gun deaths in America—because roughly 60 percent of deaths by gun are due to suicides, which are very rarely reported,” the site states.

Does the slug fest over gun rights (or reproductive rights or fill-in-the-blank rights) need to be at such a stalemate? The Centers for Disease Control estimates that the number of Americans— men, women and children—dead due to gun violence in the past seven months is closer to 20,000. This is tough stuff—the kind of statistics that can make you go numb, depress you or piss you off. Or all three at once. I can’t help but think that if 20,000 American soldiers had been killed in Afghanistan in the past seven months, we would be (justifiably) outraged. But Americans aren’t outraged, not that I can see. Instead, more are incensed over the mere suggestion of gun control. Something’s wrong when we’re willing to take to the streets screaming about Barack Obama daring to limit our right to bear arms and not over 20,000 deaths.

Yeah, it’s complicated, isn’t it? Maybe we’re asking the wrong questions about our rights. The truth is that they change over time. The U.S. Constitution has 27 amendments, aka changes. Even the hotly contested 2nd—which protects the “right to bear arms”—is an amendment to the original. We’ve changed the rules about who can vote a few times. We outlawed alcohol and then ratified another amendment to make it legal again. We limited the number of terms a president can serve after electing FDR four times. The last amendment, in 1992, was about congressional salaries. In their wisdom, the founding fathers made sure to institute the procedure for changing the Constitution. I’m not a mind reader, but it seems to me that they knew what they wrote wasn’t perfect. Despite their undeniable brilliance, the words are not gospel. The founders clearly understood the need to allow for change. On the incendiary scale of social issues, guns and abortion are at the top of issues’ lists for fire-breathing rhetoric. (Guns and abortion in the same column: I must be a glutton for punishment.) But rhetoric doesn’t solve anything. It only serves to make our positions intractable. Last Sunday, as I do most Sunday mornings, I listened to NPR’s “On Being” (onbeing.org). The topic was abortion. It wasn’t a treatise covering the “who, what, where, when and why”; the episode was part of the “Civil Conversations” series, where advocates on opposite sides of a particular issue attempt to find a way to discuss a divisive issue without shouting, finger-pointing or over-heated wingnuttery. The program, which featured Christian ethicist David Gushee and Frances Kissling, former director of Catholics for Choice—both strong advocates for their positions—was nothing short of amazing. Near the beginning of the broadcast,

Krista Tippett, the show’s host, talked about changing the issue’s language. “Pro choice” and “pro life,” they all agreed, had outlived their usefulness. “Maybe because we’re seen as not being properly loyal to our sides, but the problem is these sides have become entrenched,” Gushee said. “And I think that entrenchment, it’s almost like a permanent interestgroup kind of situation. And then people stop thinking fresh thoughts.” A few minutes later, Tippet asked what may just be the questions that could open a door on any issue where we’re at each other’s throats instead of in sane conversation: “What is it in your own position that gives you trouble? What is it in the position of the other that you’re attracted to?” Wow. My imagination went a little wild at that point. Can you imagine congressional debates that honored what is good and right with the others’ position while acknowledging that perhaps, just maybe, my/your side doesn’t have all the right answers? Can you see how honestly, authentically answering those questions— about abortion, guns, health care, you name it—could lead to a productive conversation instead of yet another shouting match? Does the slug fest over gun rights (or reproductive rights or fill-in-the-blank rights) need to be at such a stalemate? Don’t we just need to find a way to stop another 20,000 needless deaths? I am not talking about endlessly waffling in the land of ambiguity. But regardless of where I come down on the issues, the likelihood is that what I see it isn’t all that exists. It takes work to know that, and it’s risky. It will expose my vulnerabilities. But let’s do it anyway. Because in the end, “sticking to our guns” in this argument is not worth 20,000 lost lives. I have to believe it’s not OK with you, either.

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Tyler Cleveland

R.L. Nave

Dawn Macke

Rebecca Docter

Richard Coupe

Kimberly Murriel

De’Arbreya Lee

David Rahaim

JFP City Reporter Tyler Cleveland loves sports, good music and soul food. He can be found around Fondren when he’s not being herded around the JFP office like a cat. He contributed to the Talk section.

Reporter R.L. Nave grew up in St. Louis, graduated from Mizzou (the University of Missouri), and lived a bunch of other places before coming to Jackson. Call him at 601-3626121 ext. 12. He contributed to the Talk section.

Fondren resident Dawn Macke is a media junkie, reader, writer, laid-back mama and kitchen queen with a penchant for natural products. She enjoys craft beer, vintage shops and upcycling. She wrote a food feature.

Editorial Intern and Flowood native Rebecca Docter is a journalism major at Louisiana State University. She enjoys listening to new records and hanging out with her daschund, Louis. She wrote a music piece.

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

Editorial Intern and Jackson native Kimberly Murriel is a journalism major at Mississippi State University. She loves reading, writing, shopping and karaoke. She helped factcheck for the issue.

Editorial Intern De’Arbreya Lee is a Pittsburg, Calif., native and a recent graduate from Jackson State University. She enjoys the comfort of family, art, fighting for the people and quoting lines from the film “Love Jones.”

One day Marketing Consultant David Rahaim will finish his first novel. He promises. It may just be after he finishes his second.


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WHAT DO YOU THINK JPS SHOULD FOCUS ON TO LIFT MISSISSIPPI’S RANKING IN EDUCATION? Tait Kellogg Early literacy. Stephanie Burks Hmph. We need to stop teaching our youth to pass standardized test requirements and encourage learning. Lynne Lott Schneider JPS needs to hold all adults accountable for doing their best to make sure students are ready and able to learn, and then are given the best opportunities to do so. That means not just teachers, but parents, administrators, bus drivers, central office—the whole bunch. Another huge need is a bigger focus on programs that will keep all kids in school. Dropouts are a major problem. Jeff Karer No one in administration, regardless of who’s at the helm, ever seems to have a real vision that requires demolishing the bureaucracy. Susan Thomsen Adult literacy. Amanda Joullian Ragland Increased technology in the classrooms.

Ben Street Teachers, staff and administrators who actually care and are not there just to collect a paycheck—superintendents included. JP Lawless I’m sure someone’s already suggested hanging all the bad kids by their ankles from an eighth story window, a la “A Fish Called Wanda,� and demanding some good grades bygod. Eric Martin Parent/guardian involvement. Positive role model workshops. Tutoring opportunities. Convey the importance of living on a budget/financial planning. Claire Long Giachelli The teachers need to focus on teaching the individual child and make learning fun, and the administration needs to stay out. Lisa Parenteau Early intervention on academic and behavior problems. It starts in kindergarten. Everyone needs to be involved.

Kelly Bryan Smith Expand Montessori!

Chris Zuga Hold students, teachers and parents accountable for their behavior/grades. Get rid of the “everyone who participates gets a trophy/ribbon/medal� mentality.

Kris New Parent involvement.

Tyler Cleveland Engaging parents.

Liz Cleveland Competence of teachers and mandatory attendance.

Barry Camp If you’re talking about the state’s ranking, shouldn’t the question be What should the State Department of Education do to lift the ranking?

William Spell Jr. The three R’s: reading, reading and reading.

FEEDBACK Kelli Nichols Obviously we should start with strong reading programs in primary grades to prepare for middle school and high school transitions. As a JPS high school teacher, I see students coming from middle school totally unprepared for rigorous high school academics. We do not empower and challenge those middle schoolers as our neighboring school systems do. Let us not fear to place the expectations of exceeding the standard in middle school. Challenge them, give them the technology necessary to compete with the schools in Clinton, Madison and Rankin counties’ school systems. Continue the trend in high school: Offer more courses and diversify fields of study. In response to some comments about hiring teachers and staff who care— we care. Otherwise we would find a much easier, more financially rewarding profession.

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Wednesday, July 24 The U.S. House narrowly defeats a challenge to the National Security Agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s secret collection of Americansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; phone records by a 217-205 vote. â&#x20AC;Ś A passenger train derails in Spain, killing 79 people and injuring at least 140 in the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worst rail accident in decades.

Friday, July 26 Ariel Castro, the man who imprisoned three women in his Cleveland, Ohio, home for a decade, pleads guilty to 937 counts to avoid the death penalty. â&#x20AC;Ś The United Nationsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; human rights office launches its first global campaign to promote tolerance and greater equality for lesbians, gays, transgender and bisexual people. Saturday, July 27 Pedro Vargas sets his Florida apartment on fire and goes on a shooting rampage, killing six people before police shoot him to death. Sunday, July 28 A Sunday Mass on Pope Francisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; final day in Brazil draws 3 million people. â&#x20AC;Ś A gunman steals $136 million in diamond jewelry from the Cannes Hotel in Paris in the biggest jewelry heist in years.

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Monday, July 29 The FBI announces the rescue of 105 children who were forced into prostitution and the arrest of 150 pimps in a law-enforcement sweep of 76 American cities, including Jackson. â&#x20AC;Ś Israelis and Palestinians fly to Washington, D.C., for a new round of peace talks.

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Tuesday, July 30 A judge finds Pfc. Bradley Manning, on trial for leaking classified government documents to WikiLeaks, not guilty of aiding the enemy and violating the Espionage Act, but guilty on other charges. Get news updates at jfpdaily.com.

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he thinking behind the two-waying of Capitol Street is simple: If you slow down traffic around the oncethriving business district, foot traffic will increase, and drivers will be more likely to stop and shop. The idea to overhaul downtownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s centrally located corridor has been a pet project of Downtown Jackson Partners for years. The street was converted to one-way in the 1970s to provide quick egress for commuters headed out of town. In 2010, DJP President Ben Allen wrote on the organizationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s web site that â&#x20AC;&#x153;retail does not enjoy one way streets with cars whisking by.â&#x20AC;? Allen, speaking to the city council on Tuesday, said the DJP raised â&#x20AC;&#x153;100 percentâ&#x20AC;? of the money for the Capitol Street renovation project, but according to DJP spokesman John Gomez, the city provided a 20 percent match ($702,518) for federal grants. Allen said the organization hired the lobbyists who went to Washington and secured nearly $4 million in federal funds. That number was later reduced when former Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. diverted some of the money into fixing pipes after a 2010 freeze caused more than 150 pipes to burst across the city. Gomez said the city also received money for the project through a Housing and Urban Development grant for more than $2 million. Something ultimately must be done to help the once-thriving business district, which has seen some improvement since the re-opening of the historic King Edward Hotel in 2009, but not enough to attract more

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business. Critics say the ongoing $10 million renovation, which includes adding a bike path, giving the street a landscaping makeover and constructing four roundabouts (an addition to the plan added by the city, Gomez said) may not have the desired effect. Mayor Chokwe Lumumba explained why his support for the project has been

Dr. Mukesh Kumar, associate professor of urban planning at Jackson State University, says what the downtown area needs is a complete network of streets to promote an alternative lifestyleâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;one that is not centered around getting into a car every day. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Complete streets are exponentially enhanced in their value when they are part of an TRIP BURNS

Thursday, July 25 Halliburton Energy Services agrees to plead guilty to destroying evidence in connection with the 2010 Gulf oil disaster â&#x20AC;Ś Pope Francis blesses the Olympic flag, visits a slum and addresses more than a million Roman Catholics on Copacabana beach in Brazil.

This Street Runs Two Ways

Capitol Street is getting a facelift, but detractors say the project may not have the desired effect of higher commercial traffic.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;non-existent or lukewarm.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The idea behind it is that it will improve retail opportunities, because it will slow down traffic,â&#x20AC;? Lumumba said last week. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not sure that it is going to do that. (The project) is already established, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m the executive of the city, so Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to see it through to completion. We have to hope the people who had more confidence in the project when it was approved are right.â&#x20AC;? He is not alone in his skepticism.

integratedsystem,â&#x20AC;?Kumarsaid.â&#x20AC;&#x153;Animproved strip of 0.7 miles is merely a curiosity and does not fundamentally shift urban living.â&#x20AC;? The promise of living in a downtown area, Kumar said, is that walking, biking or public transit can be the primary modes of transportation. The problem in downtown Jackson, he said, is that there are few places to live and not enough jobs to support a higher residential population. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have this chicken-and-egg


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scenario,â&#x20AC;? Kumar said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have to have places for people to work and shop, but we (need) the people here so the businesses will come.â&#x20AC;? Lumumba said thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s part of the reason he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t support the project. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not sure what leverage we had to use the (federal and state) money for something else,â&#x20AC;? Lumumba said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We might have made the best decision at the time, given the

circumstances. I just donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know that slowing down traffic is going to increase retail sales. Most people know what they are going to do when they come downtown.â&#x20AC;? The mayor pointed out that retail opportunities on the east end of Capitol Street have been on the rise the past two years since the historic King Edward Hotel reopened as a Hilton Garden Inn. He believes proposed projects like the Convention Center Hotel

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and the Westin Hotel will help keep people in the downtown area, and should improve the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commercial possibilities. Lumumba said he knows of one developer who is currently organizing its efforts to apply for tax-increment financing to build loft-style apartments across from the King Edward Hotel. As the JFP reported in April, BlackWhite Development bought a block of those buildings, partnering with New Or-

leans-based HRI Properties. Officials expect the renovations to be complete by this time next year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hopefully, the improvements, done properly, will start the renovations of more streets that, collectively, could make downtown living fundamentally different from a suburban existence,â&#x20AC;? Kumar said. Comment at www.jfp.ms. Email Tyler Cleveland at tyler@jacksonfreepress.com.

leaders, gathered near Walton Elementary School to celebrate the short lives of both young men and to call on neighbors to help police solve the murders. Cherry Abron, a cousin to Murphy who grew up in the area, does not believe neighbors are stonewalling the police. She calls it an inexplicably random crime against two unarmed kids. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not talkMarcus Levy, older brother to slain teenager A.J. ingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;nobody has answers,â&#x20AC;? she Barber, consoles Barberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mother, Belinda, at a told the Jackson Free Press. Stop the Violence rally in the Virden Addition Virden Addition, which has neighborhood July 25. a reputation as one of the capital cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s toughest neighborhoods, is constantly battling misperceptions of the assume that neighbors turn a blind eye to the area. While the overall crime numbers have problems that take place in the neighborbeen trending down in Jackson for some hood, which sometimes includes homicides. time, Precinct 3, which includes the Virden Greer, who also lives in the area, said she Addition, has the fewest number of total gets requests every week from families asking violent and property crimes of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s four her help to organize small, intimate vigils. police precincts. The family rarely asks Greer to invite the loPam Greer of the Stop the Violence cal news media, which she believes feeds into Campaign, which organized the vigil for the fallacy that black communities ignore Barber and Murphy, said people erroneously the problems in their own backyard. That

became a popular meme during the seconddegree murder trial of George Zimmerman in Florida. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most people donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t recognize what goes on unless the news media is there,â&#x20AC;? Greer said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want people to think weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing this just for the media attention.â&#x20AC;? David Archie, another community activist who attended the vigil, said he would request a meeting with Hinds County Sheriff Tyrone Lewis to have Lewisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; deputies patrol the neighborhood, adding another layer of law enforcement to the existing presence of the Jackson Police Department. Archie, who is a candidate for District 2 supervisor, said he located his campaign office in the Virden Addition to highlight the persistent problem of what he terms â&#x20AC;&#x153;hard-core crime.â&#x20AC;? In the meantime, people who knew Barber and Murphy are still coping with the fact that the teenagers hardly got a chance to experience life. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everybody is grieving; everybody is sad,â&#x20AC;? said Barberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cousin, Xavius Levy. Comment at www.jfp.ms. Email R.L. Nave rlnave@jacksonfreepress.com.

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t around 3 a.m. on the morning of July 21, a resident reportedly called 911 to report gunshots in the Virden Addition. It wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the only shooting reported that night. In fact, hearing gunshots is common in the westcentral Jackson neighborhood, and people report them frequently. Two hours after the emergency call, a walker flagged down a patrol car to report two bodies lying in a ditch near the corner of Redmond Avenue and Gun Street. Those bodies belonged to Jason Murphy and Albert â&#x20AC;&#x153;A.J.â&#x20AC;? Barber Jr. The boys went to different high schoolsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;16-year-old Murphy to Murrah, 17-year-old Barber to Lanierâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but were inseparable, always hanging out at each otherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s houses. On Facebook, the boys â&#x20AC;&#x153;likedâ&#x20AC;? each otherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s photos. The murders have confounded Jackson police and the people close to Barber and Murphy. Police have identified neither suspects nor a motive for the killing. Family members say they were good kids. Four days after the killings, more than 300 people from the neighborhood, including Murphyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Barberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s families as well as community

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TALK | law

Parole Board Shuffle

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longtime local lawman says he’s riding off into the sunset. Last week, Gov. Phil Bryant accepted the resignation of Malcolm McMillin from his post as chairman of the State Parole Board. Bryant immediately named current parole board member and former Hernando state Sen. Doug Davis as McMillin’s replacement. Bryant said McMillin’s “dedication to public safety and law enforcement are deeply respected” around Mississippi. Before joining the parole board, McMillin was sheriff of Hinds County for 20 years, and during part of his tenure he also served as Jackson’s police chief. McMillin was Hinds County sheriff from 1991 to 2011 and took the job as parole board chair in April 2012. In recent months, McMillin and Mississippi Department of Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps feuded over what Epps characterized as the fivemember board’s reluctance to grant parole, which Epps said has contributed to MDOC’s recent budget woes. “As far as the Department of Corrections goes, I think it is up to the commissioner to be concerned as to whether or not his budget is balanced, and whether he has enough money to operate is between (Epps) and the Legislature,” McMillin told the Associated Press in May. Davis’s parole-board chairmanship

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by R.L. Nave

Malcolm McMillin, formerly a Hinds County sheriff, is stepping down from his post as head of the state parole board.

becomes effective Thursday, Aug. 1. Previously an assistant vice president at First Security Bank, Davis joined the parole board in January of this year. As head of the board, he will earn an annual salary of $70,000. Taking over Davis’ board-member

slot will be former U.S. Marshal Nehemiah Flowers, whom Bryant lauded. “Nehemiah brings a vast amount of experience to the state parole board, with more than 40 years of public service under his belt. His understanding of the criminal justice system makes him

well-qualified to serve in this position,” Bryant said. Flowers’ appointment must be confirmed in the Mississippi Senate during the 2014 legislative session. Comment at www.jfp.ms. Email R.L. Nave at rlnave@jacksonfreepress.com.

Death Row’s Manning Gets DNA Hearing

July 31 - August 6, 2013

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illie Jerome Manning, who came within hours of being executed in May, could finally get an opportunity to have DNA testing on key pieces of evidence from his murder trial. On July 25, the Mississippi State Supreme Court, which stayed Manning’s execution earlier this summer, granted Manning’s motion to ask a lower court to let DNA testing commence. Manning received the death penalty for the December 1992 killings of two Mississippi State University students: Tiffany Miller and Jon Steckler. Miller was shot twice in the face at close range, one leg was out of her pants and underwear, and her shirt was pulled up. Steckler’s body had abrasions that oc-

curred before he died, and he was shot once in the back of the head. A set of car tracks had gone through the puddles of blood and over Steckler’s body, court documents state. Police arrested Manning in part because he lived five miles from the crime scene and had tried to sell jewelry that officials said belonged to Miller and Steckler. An Oktibbeha County jury convicted Manning of the murders in 1994. In the days leading up to Manning’s execution date, the Federal Bureau of Investigation twice admitted that investigators overstated the scientific significance of evidence during Manning’s original trial in letters to the courts and Oktibbeha County

COURTESY DOC

by R.L. Nave

The Mississippi Supreme Court has paved the way for a death-row prisoner to have an important DNA hearing.

District Attorney Forrest Allgood, who prosecuted Manning.

Prosecutors maintained, however, 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. On May 6, the FBI letter stated: “The science regarding firearms examinations does not permit examiner testimony that a specific gun fired a specific bullet to the exclusion of all other guns in the world.” Despite granting Manning permission to have the FBI test the forensic material, the Mississippi Supreme Court denied Manning’s motion to set his conviction aside. Comment at www.jfp.ms. Contact R.L. Nave at rlnave@jacksonfreepress.com.


TALK | county

No Room for Hinds Inmates by R.L. Nave

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey On July 30, Hinds supervisors met a closed-door executive session because, said the population of the jail he runs is cur- to hammer out a plan for the beleaguered he said, most of the discussion would rently at about 450 prisoners, and he has jail. When Board President Robert involve “confidential” matters, including capacity for up to 500 people. personnel issues and possi“All three sheriffs agreed ble litigation resulting from that we would work together to conditions at the jail. help each other, but I can’t do it “We’re here to discuss where it would affect the safety of issues, to provide options and Rankin County,” Bailey told the solve problems,” Graham said. Jackson Free Press. “I can hold a During the execusmall number for them if they tive session of the Hinds get into a bind.” County board, supervisors Casey Smith, a spokeswomwould hear testimony from an for the Madison County SherSheriff Tyrone Lewis, who iff’s office, said Madison “would is responsible for running always try to help a neighboring the jail and has been critical agency in an emergency situaof what he characterizes as tion,” but that the county is not inaction by county adminHinds County officials are scrambling to figure out how to fix bracing for any influx of prisonistrative officials. ongoing problems at the Raymond Detention Center. ers from surrounding counties. Hinds County DisLast week, three-term trict Attorney Robert Shuler Hinds County Circuit Court Judge Tomie Graham called the meeting to order Smith, Public Defender Michele Purvis Green unexpectedly called a grand jury be- shortly after 10 a.m., however, he made it Harris and Judge Green were also schedcause she said the jail had become a pub- clear to the sparse crowd and media uled to speak to supervisors. lic-safety threat. That grand jury called for who attended that there would be no Comment at www.jacksonfreepress. an independent review of conditions at the public testimony. com. Email R.L. Nave at rlnave@ county jail. Instead, supervisors would go into jacksonfreepress.com. FLICKR/V1CTOR CASALE

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hatever comes out of this week’s special Hinds County Board of Supervisors meeting on the condition of the Raymond Detention Center, one thing is clear: Surrounding county jails are ill-equipped to house Hinds County prisoners. In recent weeks, a number of disturbances have garnered widespread attention. Those incidents—combined with a long track record of problems that include jailers mistakenly freeing prisoners, bold escapes, and jail employees caught smuggling marijuana and cigarettes into the facility—prompted calls to fix problems at the deteriorating jail, where many cell doors will not even lock. One of the jail’s housing pods is under renovation after a disturbance last summer made the pod unlivable, officials said. For a time after the July 2012 incident, Hinds County housed prisoners at jails in Madison County and Rankin County, but it’s unclear whether surrounding law enforcement agencies would be able to take on prisoners from Hinds should the Raymond facility temporarily shut down.

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TALK | business

Scam Targets Jackson Restaurants by Tyler Cleveland

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July 31 - August 6, 2013

COURTESY ENTERGY

hen the phone rang at Hal three Jackson restaurants last week, without Jane figured it out when she did.” & Mal’s at 4 p.m. on Friday, listing the names. On its website, Entergy issued a warnJuly 19, manager Jane HalLee explained that the restaurant busi- ing to customers June 28, saying the scambert answered. ness, which can see fewer customers dur- mers were apparently working their way The voice on the other end of the line ing the dog days of summer, is a perfect through states in which the energy giant said they were with the local enoperates. It warned customers to ergy provider Entergy, and that never give out personal informathere had been a hiccup in the tion or credit card numbers over restaurant and bar’s payment prothe telephone, and that all aucess. The power would be turned thentic Entergy calls regarding a off, the voice said, if Halbert pending disconnect would be redidn’t make a $1,500 payment corded, not from live customerby the close of the business day service representatives. at 5 p.m. Calls to Mississippi AttorWith less than an hour to ney General Jim Hood’s office pull the funds together, Halbert for comment on this story were sprang into action and headed not returned. to Walgreens, where the Entergy “representative” had told her to Nissan Plans Expansion purchase a Green Dot MonIn a joint announcement eypak, a method to send money with Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryquickly from one place to anant, officials from Canton’s Nisother, similar to a Moneygram. san plant announced to expand When Halbert called the number its vehicle-assembly facility. back to double-check where she The Associated Press rewas supposed to send the money, ported Monday that Madison the voicemail she reached was not County will use $100 million in an Entergy employee. Halbert taxable economic-development got suspicious and stopped the bonds to construct new buildtransaction. ings for suppliers of the plant, That’s how close the Jackwhich will allow Nissan to keep son hot spot came to getting the debt from those projects off Officials at Entergy issued a warning to Mississippi scammed by con artists who have of its balance sheet. That will businesses in June that scammers pretending to represent taken advantage of dozens of resenable the Japanese auto giant the southeastern power company might contact them. taurants and bars across Arkansas, to retain borrowing capacity for Louisiana and Mississippi. other purposes. “It’s a good scam, and it got really close target for someone saying they are from After the bonds are repaid, Nissan or to working,” Hal & Mal’s Manager P.J. Lee the energy company. the companies housed in those buildings said. “If you are in the restaurant business, “I can’t speak for everybody, but sum- could choose to purchase the buildings from the last thing you want to hear at 4 p.m. on mertime is traditionally slower for us,” the county. a Friday is that your power is about to be cut said Lee, who took over the restaurant In January, Nissan said it would begin off for the rest of the weekend.” after the passing of Hal White. “If money production of the Murano crossover vehicle Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann’s is going to be tight, and you are going to by 2014. At the time, the company said the office last week issued a warning about the have a check that doesn’t go through, it’s additional work should add 400 jobs to the scam, saying the scammers contacted at least going to be in the summer. I’m just glad Canton workforce, bringing its total to 5,600.

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The addition of the Murano will bring the total number of models in production in Canton to seven, including the Titan, the Frontier, the NV van, the Armada, the Xterra and the Altima. Assault Rifles in Ridgeland Startup gun maker TALON Ordnance announced Friday it will open a facility in Ridgeland to produce AR-15-style semi-automatic sporting rifles. The company told the Mississippi Business Journal it plans to hire 10 employees initially, and create as many as 50 more jobs “in the near future.” The facility will be located in the Interstate 220 Highland Colony Business Park at 106 Business Park Drive. TALON’s announcement came at the State Capitol Friday, July 26, in front of a crowd that included Gov. Phil Bryant and Mississippi Speaker of the House Phil Gunn. Gunn penned an open letter to gun manufacturers in February, inviting them to set up shop in Mississippi. C Spire Wireless Offers Web Filter Cell-phone service provider C Spire Wireless recently unveiled a free adult-content filter for its wireless devices. The company’s website advertises the blocker as a way to restrict inappropriate content for any C Spire device that uses the C Spire Network for Internet access. C Spire customers who want to add the blockers can text BLOCK to 7372 to add the filter. If the text comes from the account holder, all devices on the account will receive the blocker. The company says the blocker won’t work properly if the device uses a WiFi network, because the adult-content filter would be subject to the filters of that network and not the C Spire Network. Comment at www.jfp.ms. Email Tyler Cleveland at tyler@jacksonfreepress.com.


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Ten Years On

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his week, I have decided to write a guide to the Stiggers column instead of a satirical opinion regarding the George Zimmerman verdict. For now, I am not inclined to see any humor or express an opinion on this case. For almost 10 years, I have written satire to hopefully reform people, society and myself. For example, in a column titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;McScruffie, The Crime Dog,â&#x20AC;? published Aug. 31, 2003, I humorously addressed the issue of crime being associated with societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s suspicion of poor and ethnic minorities. In the satirical style of Jonathan Swiftâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s classic essay titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Modest Proposal,â&#x20AC;? I wrote about anti-crime mascot McScruffie promoting the M.D.B.A. (My Dog Bites A$$) Home Security System protecting suburbanites from wandering, toothless crack fiends and handkerchief-headwrapped juveniles on bikes. The Pre-emptive Strike Force/Shoot First Ask Questions Later Crime Watch Association created the M.D.B.A. Home Security System. Does this sound familiar? Also, on Oct. 2, 2003, the Jackson Free Press published a column I wrote titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anegrophobiaâ&#x20AC;? (A-Negro-Phobia). I wrote that column in response to a racial profiling incident a coworker experienced in Jackson. In it, I expressed how Anegrophobia (fear of African Americans) affects everyone, including African-Americans. Does this sound familiar? In my humble opinion, not a lot has happened regarding how folks get along in this country and around the world in the 10 years Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been waiting since I wrote those columns. Meanwhile, I will continue write satire and hope for the best. Peace, love and understanding, Ken Stiggers

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Why it stinks: The stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s road program, put in place in 1987, made no provisions for maintenance, and the commission says that it has had to shift funds from building new roads to maintaining deteriorating roads. In recent years, maintenance costs have spiraled upwardâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the price of asphalt tripled, for exampleâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;while fuel taxes havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t kept up. The annual deficit is approximately $250 million, reported the Memphis Commercial Appeal. By now, 4,630 miles of state roads are in serious need of rehabilitation at an estimated cost of $960 million, Central District Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall told the paper. Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tax rate to support roads is one of the lowest in the nation. The stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s drivers pay combined 37.2 cents per gallon of gas in state and federal taxes (43.2 cents per gallon of diesel), and another 18.8 cents in a state excise tax.

Showing Up Matters

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t last Tuesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting of the Jackson City Council, a measure was brought before the council to pump an additional $151,066 into the Fortification Street renovation project. Apparently, when the folks over at public city works (who are working with the Mississippi Department of Transportation to revamp one of Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main arteries) started digging up the street, they discovered some unexpected items that are going to require extra work. A sewer pipe that was scheduled for removal turned out to be sealed, by concrete, to a water pipe that was scheduled to stay put. Workers also found storm drains so clogged the city will have to hire a contractor to clear them. City Works Director Dan Gaillet testified that the city also needed to build a fence along the worksite to protect people from falling into the 8-foot-deep ditches on either side of the street during construction. The motion failed because two of the four members of the city council who showed up for work Tuesday voted against it. One was LaRita Cooper-Stokes, Ward 3, who voted against the proposal without comment, and DeKeither Stamps, Ward 4, who said he voted against it because the city shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pay for the extra work. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to note that even with the additional funds, the Fortification Street project is under budget, and the project can still go forward, although it will not be completed

fully and correctly, without that extra money. City Council President Charles Tillman, Ward 5, called for a motion to reconsider the measure, and the city explained the ramifications of their decision to the council, but both council members decided not to change their vote. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s misguided to take a principled stand when a vital $10 million project needs an additional $151,066, but thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not the issue. If Margaret Barrett-Simon, Ward 7, and Quentin Whitwell, Ward 1, both long-time proponents of the project, had been there, the motion would have passed. Former council President Tony Yarber, Ward 6, was also absent Tuesday. The same proposal will be brought before city council again at the next meeting, and it will likely pass, so this is not the end of the Fortification Street project. What Tuesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vote should serve as is a warning of what can happen if the right mix of council members donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t show up at any one particular meeting. The average Jacksonian canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take off from work without a good excuse and permission from their boss, and the same principle should apply to the council members who represent them. New members Melvin Priester Jr., Ward 2, and Stamps have been at every meeting since their inauguration, and that is commendable. We hope the rest of the council will follow their example.

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ast weekend at the Mississippi ACLU’s 6th Annual Hip-Hop Youth Justice Summit, I spent an hour teaching teenagers how to argue more effectively. That was the theory, anyway; this was an especially clever group of teenagers. They had more than a few good ideas themselves, and I left the room with fresher questions and sharper answers than I brought in. It was the best experience I’d ever had as a classroom instructor, and I came home envying high-school history teachers. But the acquittal of George Zimmerman and the shooting death of his victim, Trayvon Martin, were on our minds—hard for them not to be. Zimmerman’s attorneys, as far as the jury was concerned, had won the argument: He shot an unarmed 17year-old black kid, and he’d gotten away with it. As far as public opinion goes, George Zimmerman may have a future in right-wing politics: 70 percent of white Republicans support his acquittal, and Internet message boards are full of posts from middleaged white dudes declaring Zimmerman some kind of hero. How can we prove he wasn’t? We mulled over the Zimmerman question in the workshop. As far as I’m concerned, the sort of person who would consider somebody a hero for killing an innocent kid is probably beyond the reach of an argument. The best we can do is focus on persuading everybody else. I managed to expand this basic idea into a set of chalkboard diagrams, and then we finished our discussion. On the way home I thought about the curious, humane teenagers in that classroom and the dull, inhumane adults who are making public-policy decisions in our state. I wondered how many of these adults used to be more like those teenagers, and I wondered what died inside of these adults to turn them into the creatures they are. I didn’t turn on talk radio on the way home, but if I had I might have stumbled across part of the answer. Because if you’re a curious and humane white teenager in Mississippi, sometimes you pay the social cost that comes along with that. At best, people are going to think you’re naive, wishy-washy and politically correct, but more often they’ll have names for you that I wouldn’t want to see printed in the Jackson Free Press. To prove you’re not one of the people they’re talking about, you have to prove your skin is thick—thick enough

to support the gun-slinging George Zimmerman, thick enough to boot sick black kids off Medicaid in Holmes County, thick enough to make sure a gay man’s partner of 40 years won’t be mentioned in his newspaper obituary, thick enough to ridicule rape survivors, thick enough to give or take a strong left hook, thick enough to believe God approves of the whole stinking mess. Nobody is born like that. Maybe these adults got that way because recognizing how much other people have to go through is too painful. Maybe it’s because they want to earn their fathers’ respect. Maybe it’s because they’ve been screwed over one too many times themselves. Maybe it’s because they want their own life stories to look sadder, in a relative sense, than they are. I don’t know. I can’t know. I can’t even pretend to know. Everybody who sees George Zimmerman as a hero, like everybody who has ever lived, has a new story. Real lives are not textbook cases. “Normal” human experience does not really exist. But everybody is entitled to their own best guesses, and here’s mine: Cruel people become cruel by winning arguments against themselves. I believe that every time we lie, every time we refuse to value another person’s life, every time we intentionally hurt somebody else, we go into battle against our own hearts and our own curious minds—and we win. And winning feels good. It feels so good, sometimes, that it doesn’t even matter why we’re winning or what the long-term ramifications might be. Other people could say so much here—about systemic racism, white privilege, anxious masculinity and the myth of redemptive violence—and it’s all relevant. We need to say more, not less, about these things. If I had turned on talk radio on the way home, I think I would have heard one more white man trying oh, so hard and, oh, so persuasively, to keep winning arguments against his gentler impulses. Cheering him on would be a crowd of other white men trying to do the same thing. I can’t wish them luck. They, and the rest of us, deserve better. Freelance writer Tom Head is a Jackson native. He has written or co-written 24 nonfiction books, is a civil-liberties writer for about. com and is a grassroots progressive activist.

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n a drizzly early April evening, a group of students, parents and educators gathered at Provine High School’s auditorium for a town hall meeting. The subject was dropout prevention. Scattered in a room designed to hold several hundred, about 75 people showed up for “Stop the Drop: What We Can Do to Keep Mississippi Students in School,” sponsored by Mississippi Public Broadcasting, American Graduate and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The town hall turned out to be a panel presentation, for the most part, with the four adults on the seven-member panel doing most of the talking. They urged the students to think about the effects of dropping out versus the gains they could make by staying in school and graduating. Panelist Patricia Anderson, the parent of a Provine junior and a member of Parents for Public Schools, asked the students whether they liked what they saw in people who had dropped out. “I’m sure all of us know of someone that’s dropped out of high school who’s probably said on more than one occasion, ‘If I could go back and do it again, I would do things differently,’” she said. “… Dropping out should not be an option or a consideration.” Parents play a vital role in their children’s success, stressed Adetokunbo Oredein, executive director of 100 Black Men of Jackson. And parents, along with teachers and administrators, must hold each other accountable. Parents, especially, he said, need to step up and stay involved. “In order for the teachers to be effective, they have to know that parents are on the team,” he said. “And it is a team. If you have a student not doing well, and the parent never comes (to meetings or events), that’s not a team.” Provine’s principal, Laketia Marshall-Thomas, talked about some of the ways parents could help their kids, such as working through online tutorials together. “All of the assignments (and tutorials) are posted online, and you have access to those grades,” she said. “I check my child’s grades every day,” Thomas said. “Do not take (your child’s) word for it, because you don’t want any surprises.” Over the course of the evening, the panel touched briefly on many of the challenges Jackson teens face on the road to graduation, including peer pressure, bullying, teen pregnancy, and the ever-present and unanimously disliked tests. Panel participants, who included three Provine students, agreed that it also takes students encouraging other students to stay in school as they struggle with those issues. “Hold on to your classmates,” Thomas urged the students. Struggling to Make It Provine High School, which sits at the corner of Robinson Road and Ellis Avenue just northwest of Jackson State

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University, was an apt location for the gathering. In Mississippi’s only urban and its second-largest school district, Provine’s graduation rate was 52.5 percent in the 2010-2011 school year. It’s a dismal showing in a district where even the best schools struggle to exceed the state’s average graduation rate—an already bleak 74 percent. Provine was at the bottom of high schools in the district and was ninth from the bottom in the state. At the top of the district’s high schools for 2010-2011, Bailey Magnet (now Bailey APAC Middle School) graduated 77.6 percent of its students. Only one other school, Murrah High School, did better than the state average, at 75.6 percent. The Jackson Public Schools district has a lot of challenges, including a chronic shortage of funds. Mississippi’s per-pupil expenditure for 2011 was $7,928, compared to the national average of $10,560, and it dropped 2.5 percent from the previous year. Poverty also takes a high toll. The state JPS Superintendent Cedrick Gray has outlined some ambitious plans Legislature has consistently short-changed for the coming school year. the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, the funding formula designed to level funding for the state’s poorest school districts. Poverty in the come families tend to have fewer books in their homes, state skews heavily toward blacks. In the poorest state in the less access to good libraries, and less access to computer union, Jackson’s poverty rate for African Americans in 2009 and Internet resources. Also, by age 3, higher income topped 40 percent. Nearly 90 percent of JPS’ 30,000 stu- families have said 30 million more words to their children dents, which are 97 percent African American, qualify for than lower income families.” free or reduced school lunches. Because education is one of the key drivers for lifting It Still Takes a Village people out of poverty, the city’s high poverty rate indicates Young people come into school with myriad problems, poor educational achievement among its residents. To put which then frequently land in the lap of the public schools to that in context, a bachelor’s degree more than doubles earn- deal with. ing power: A high-school dropout could expect a $451 weekBeneta Burt, JPS board member and executive director ly paycheck, while a college grad made $1,053, 2011 U.S. of the Jackson Roadmap to Health Equity Project (a nonBureau of Labor statistics revealed. Just having a high-school profit that advocates for healthy change in institutions such diploma added $187 to a person’s average weekly earnings. as schools), believes that the public schools alone can’t fix the And even in a tough job market, the unemployment rate problems. The involvement of whole community is needed. shrinks steadily for those with more education. “When you have the public sector and the private The cycle of poverty is a tough nut to crack; poverty sector—including parents and other community memand lack of education, like wealth and Ivy League diplomas, bers—working together, then you start thinking about tend to transfer generationally. It also indicates that many a positive atmosphere for the entire city and the school Jackson parents lack the resources to provide the kind of nur- district,” Burt said. turing, hands-on involvement that children need to succeed “It has to be more than just the school system workin school. A 2012 ACLU report, “Finding Our Way Back to ing on these issues. We have to figure out how to generate First,” identified one of the barriers: some parental support, and continued and sustained pa“Unfortunately, many children of color, particularly rental involvement.” those who are poor and of color, miss out on a languagePublic institutions, private businesses and citizens, rich environment in their formative years. … Low-in- churches, and community-based organizations should all


Connecting Dots One of the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s focal points this year is to increase the learning levels for the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s youngest learners. Last year, 600 of Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2,100 4-year-olds made it into a city pre-kindergarten program, but Gray expects an increase in those numbers this year. His office is also working to reach the kids not in city programs and JPS will be making professional development available to independent day-care providers on request, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t limit ourselves to just the (children) that come to us,â&#x20AC;? Gray said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We should go out and assist those day cares in preparation for the children that come to JPS kindergarten.â&#x20AC;? Gray is taking a multi-pronged approach to increasing literacy throughout the district. The first is to involve parents, which he said is key.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be asking parents to assess their own childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reading ability, just by listening to (their) child read,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you determine that your child doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t read as well as you think a comparable child in the same grade does, then we need to know that.â&#x20AC;? A second initiative will provide the district with a baseline for literacy and numeracy. Every child starting school in JPS this year will receive diagnostic testing to gauge his or her readiness to learn. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our goal is to increase graduation rates by 2 percent (per year) over the next three years,â&#x20AC;? Gray said. He also wants to see all students career or college-ready, which he defined as preparing students for life. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ambitious, but what else do we show up to work to do?â&#x20AC;? Gray wants to make inroads with all levels of education in Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;elementary, middle and high school. A challenge at the elementary level is the governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;3rd-grade gate,â&#x20AC;? whereby young scholars who canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t read proficiently at the end of third grade will not advance. That initiative forces all Mississippi schools to re-evaluate how they are preparing kids for 3rd grade and what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re teaching once they get there. For JPS, that means putting studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; progress under a microscope with the help of teachersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and parentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; assessments, in addition to tracking attendance and behavior. Training for the teams (Gray called them FIT, which stands for Focus Instructional Teams) that will manage the process took place this summer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be able to identify these students (who need extra help) very early in the process, early in the school year, and apply the appropriate interventions,â&#x20AC;? Gray said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What we wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do is wait until the tests in May. Schools will literally be identifying students on a week-by-week basis.â&#x20AC;? Part of the FIT training is for the common core, which Mississippi adopted in 2010. Gray sees common core as beneficial, despite the program having garnered vocal detractors who say it will eliminate flexibility and local context in education. Advocates insist that it will increase critical-thinking skills through more evaluation and analysis across disciplines. The jury is still out, but PRUH7($0-36SDJH

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take part in finding and implementing solutions, Burt said, all â&#x20AC;&#x153;taking up the bannerâ&#x20AC;? for doing the necessary work. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All of us have a responsibility to alleviate some of the social ills that we have to deal with, so that when kids go to school, they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have so many of them to deal with,â&#x20AC;? Burt said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because these are our children, we have to figure out how to collectively mobilize the community.â&#x20AC;? Burt pointed to a Tennessee program, Alignment Nashville, as a best-practice model for Jackson. The program is a collaborative, community-wide effort to improve outcomes for students, and it is showing success. Nashville has improved its graduation rates and school rankings since putting the program into place. JPS superintendent Cedrick Gray also wants to ensure that students, parents and the community all become part of the solution for lifting the district from the doldrums. Gray, who took the reins a year ago, instituted a Parent Impact Symposium, for example, designed to give parents a direct way to communicate with JPS and for the administration to provide vital information to parents. For her part, Burt encourages parents to attend school board meetings. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know the concerns of the community, then we really canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t address them,â&#x20AC;? Burt said.

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Opening Doors Gray has four things he wants every parent to take on for the coming school year: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Number one: Take your child to school on the first day. Number two: Exchange a working number with your childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s teacher. Number three: Secure a quiet space at home for at least an hour for homework. And number four: Check homework, report cards and homework folders on a regular basis.â&#x20AC;? Otis Gaines, Provineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball coach, rounded out the dropout prevention program last April. Dressed in a T-shirt, gray sweat pants and sneakers, Gaines was reluctant to speak at first, but when he did, he inspired an ovation from the attendees.

A Jackson native, Gaines graduated from Provine in 1999 and played on the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1998 state championship basketball COURTESY BENETA BURT

45 states and the District of Columbia have taken common core on. Common core will require schools to â&#x20AC;&#x153;dig deeper,â&#x20AC;? Gray said, but it also lends itself to the districtsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; goals. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My estimation is this: Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re standards. They say what a student should know and/or be able to do for a certain grade,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They say â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;; we determine the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;how.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;It requires innovative teachers and people who are dedicated to the work,â&#x20AC;? Burt said.

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team. He now holds a bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree from JSU, a masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s from William Carey Univer-

sity, and is pursuing a doctorate from the University of Southern Mississippi. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If anybody ever tells you (that) you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get a good education at Provine, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lie,â&#x20AC;? he said. Gaines works hard to instill the notion that education is the key to success in the young men he coaches. His players may find themselves in the elite cadre that make it into pro sports, but a solid education will always serve themâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;even if that dream career doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pan out. His own education was a path that began with effort, Gaines said, but, just as practice had him become a good basketball player, practice also made him a good student. Learning became easier, and the benefits were in direct proportion to the work he put in. Gainesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; mother served as his mentor and an inspiration: After dropping out of school to raise a family, she received her bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree on the same day as her youngest daughter. Now in her 50s, Gainesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; mother will receive her masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree next year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Staying in school, regardless of what anybody says, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the best thing you can do,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because there are so many more doors that are going to open.â&#x20AC;?

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his year, a group of individuals and organizations This model of farming has led to a number of adverse around the state are working together to develop side effects. Environmental damage includes reduced biothe Mississippi Sustainable Agriculture Network. diversity; habitat destruction; deforestation; water, soil, and Its mission is to make sustainable farming and lo- air pollution; salinization and desertification; and decline in cal food production thriving enterprises. MSAN supports water resources and land subsidence. And the impact on huhealthy farms and communities to develop economically man is just as profound—farmland destruction; damage to and ecologically responsible local-food systems throughout soil fertility; reduced nutritional value of food; chronic foodthe state. related diseases; loss of local culture and rural independence. Too often, economic development overrides environCongress addressed sustainable agriculture in the Food, mental considerations. Conventional agriculture is how Agriculture, Conservation and Trade Act of 1990. Under most of our food is grown—large scale, industrial and de- that law, the term means “an integrated system of plant signed to produce the most food in the and animal production practices having smallest amount of space. Our wholesale a site-specific application that will, over embrace of this production method has the long term: many indirect costs. • satisfy human food and fiber needs The Mississippi Many trends led us to this present • enhance environmental quality and state. The rise in population means the natural resource base upon which the Sustainable more mouths to feed and a greater need agricultural economy depends Agriculture for production. The rise in urbanism • make the most efficient use of nonNetwork and suburban sprawl left fewer farms renewable and on-farm resources, and behind to do more work. Today, many integrate, where appropriate, natural strives to make “developing” nations are following suit biological cycles and controls sustainable and becoming dependent on wide• sustain the economic viability of farm spread single cash crops and less on operations farming a thriving diversified subsistence farming. These • enhance the quality of life for farmers enterprise in the monocultures bring associated environand society as a whole.” state. mental problems. Unfortunately, neither the governMonocultures, or large areas of land ment nor consumers encourage or supused to grow only one crop, are the opport this model, in the blind pursuit of posite of ecological biodiversity. They what is cheap, easy and convenient for make it easy for pests or disease to dethe consumer and profit-maximizing stroy entire crops, which calls for farmers to use more pes- for the producer. ticides. Pesticides, along with herbicides and other chemical Essentially, the goal of sustainable agriculture, and all applications, destroy the microbiological life found in the agriculture for that matter, should be to minimize adverse soil that should be feeding the plant and keeping it healthy, impacts to the immediate and off-farm environments while thus requiring the heavy use of fertilizers. providing a sustained level of production and modest profit. In a similar way, food animals have been moved from Simply stated, sustainable agriculture is the ability of a farm fields and farms into industrial “factories,” or concentrated to produce food indefinitely, without causing irreversible animal feeding operations, where hundreds or thousands of damage to ecosystem health. livestock are held in small, closed spaces for the duration of In any sustainable system that is designed for longtheir lives. This leads to a rise in disease, causing the factory term success, the environment needs to come first—and workers to use heavy doses of antibiotics on the animals. second, and third. Fortunately, more and more farmers in

our communities recognize this reality. Locally sourced, sustainably produced, naturally grown food availability is rising steadily throughout the state and becoming a viable enterprise for aspiring entrepreneurs looking for a meaningful occupation. MSAN focuses on highlighting models that are shining examples: farmers committed to organically-grown, chemical-free produce or free-range, grass-fed livestock; communities embracing their farmers markets and local food providers; restaurants and grocery stores making concerted efforts to source locally; schools and hospitals looking to bring real-food from farms nearby into their cafeterias. The understanding that we are what we eat and that our connection with our food and sense of place can be our richest tonic or most dangerous toxin, inspires many people to re-examine the pervasive, crippling relationships of commodity-crops, subsidization, growth-at-all-costs, consolidation of resources, and exploitation of both people and of land for personal profit. It is an issue that hits close to home. We sit on some of the most fertile farmland in the world with year-round growing potential and rainfall levels just below Louisiana’s. And food really is the way to one’s heart because much of our immune system is found within our gut. It is not without irony that in a state full of such potential for food production, we actually import much of what we eat, have a rising number of food-insecure households, and all the corresponding chronic health issues such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. Visit jfp.ms/MSAN to find out more about how you can make smart, healthy choices for your family and your community. Better yet—plant a seed! Daniel Doyle has a background in both education and agriculture. He left teaching to co-found and manage one of Mississippi’s first CSA farms, Yokna Bottoms in Oxford, Miss. —committed to sustainable, natural and ecologically-responsible food production. He later designed and directed the Mississippi Mobile Farm project, co-founded Mississippi Ecological Design, and served as the Executive Director for the Gaining Ground Sustainability Institute of Mississippi. He is teaching once again and is also serving as the Statewide Coordinator for the Mississippi Sustainable Agriculture Network.

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frequently find myself talking about the 601-605-0452, bodyanewmedicalspa.com) we were invited to sit wherever we liked at diversity of Jackson’s people and its vi- and an occasional jaunt to Libby Story (1000 the round tables for eight. We were two, so brant creative class. And yet, it sometimes Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 5003, 601- this meant making new friends. strikes me—or, quite frankly, has to be 717-3300), I don’t spend much time there. Our table ended up a foursome, pointed out to me—that I nonetheless with the two of us and two friends ensurround myself with people who are joying a girls’ night out. They’d come … well, like me. Which is to say, I’m into town from Madison. And I think around a lot of lawyers and creativeover the course of the evening, we all class types, and mostly people who live learned a little something of the others’ downtown or in the Fondren and Belexperience. I was glad to hear that one haven areas. of the ladies had recently come downI’ve written before about explortown and eaten lunch at Bruno’s Adoing areas of my own neighborhood bo (127 S. Roach St., 601-944-9501) and adjacent areas that I didn’t even and that they both had come into town know existed. But what of an area I for a night out at Underground 119 typically avoid? Could I actually come (119 S. President St., 601-352-2322, The Livingston Farmers Market might be the ticket to better understand … the suburbs? underground119.com). But the idea I often joke (though it’s pretty to get downtowners out into the suburbs. of urban apartment living seemed new much true) that, as a downtowner and to them; they were surprised and curigeneral city gal, I pack a snack for the long Lately, I had a chance to get to know ous to learn that I live downtown. trip if I have to go farther north than High- some of our neighbors to the north a little One of the ladies is the owner of Villand Village. My belief in the necessity of a better. Nick’s in Fondren (3000 Old Can- lage Boutique (1888 Main St., Madison, strong core city to the health of the metro ton Road, 601-981-8017) recently hosted a 601-957-0010). I didn’t even know where area at large is firm and passionate, but just as Champagne dinner. Because I fully embrace the store is; now I not only know its location, Jackson needs the support of our friends who an attitude in life that bubbles make every- but that they carry several brands of jeans live outside its limits, that doesn’t mean that thing better, I immediately signed up. Upon that I like. I always enjoy learning about a I see the ’burbs as an enemy. And yet, other arrival at the event, my date and I received new place to shop locally, so I am eager to than my maintenance visits to Body Anew our welcome glass and, on entering the go check out her wares. They also raved Medical Spa (113 W. Jackson St., Ridgeland, room, noticed no assigned seating. Rather, about the Livingston Farmers Market (129

Mannsdale Road, 601-898-0212), which (I’m ashamed to admit) I have never driven to. Their enthusiasm and ambassadorship of the market may finally get me there. The following week, I found myself in Ridgeland for two days while fulfilling my annual continuing-education requirement for my law license. Each day, our class instructor, who was an out-of-towner, asked for suggestions of places to eat for lunch and dinner. I listened eagerly to what others offered up as nearby places to check out, particularly since our instructor professed himself a “chain guy.” Suggestions included Burgers and Blues (1060 E. County Line Road, Suite 22, Ridgeland, 601-899-0038), Ticos (1536 E. County Line Road, Ridgeland, 601-9561030) and Mediterranean Grill (6550 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland, 601-956-0082). All three are suburban, yet locally owned places that I confess I’ve never visited but would like to explore. Continuing education completed, I’m back to downtown for the rest of my week and quickly found myself back in my routine, headed back to my usual neighborhood haunts. But it’s with a reminder to get out of my comfort zone sometimes. After all, friendship is a two-way street.

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hen I was a tot of 3 or 4, my momma would often find me in the garden amidst the cucumber plants, eating little baby cucumbers straight off the stem. I can still remember the sweet taste and gritty texture, and how I learned even at that young age to spit on it and wipe it on my shirt first for a less grainy bite. My momma fussed, but did confess that she had a penchant at the same age for swiping my great-grandmother’s sugar snap peas off the vine and was often caught purloining in the pea patch.

Today, I have dear friends whose identical twins love little finger-sized raw okra out of the garden. They pluck it from the prickly plants and nibble it down to its cap-like stem. I recently babysat them and, while collecting little okra caps behind them, I was inspired to give these unusual, sweet, kid-friendly okra recipes a shot. An excellent way to sneak in vegetables, these recipes are a great alternative to the boiled, fried or gumboed pods everyone knows. Like zucchini, apples, bananas, and other fruits and vegetables added to baked goods, okra lends texture while the juice adds healthy, binding moisture.

Okra Apple Spice Muffins Okra muffins are a great way to sneak in an unexpected vegetable.

This healthy recipe makes a great breakfast muffin. Feel free to puree okra, pre-portion and freeze to use later. It makes a texture similar to applesauce.

Okra Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies Once baked, the chunks of okra in this recipe mock the texture of raisins, making it a good recipe for those who grow the beautiful purple variety of okra. Only the green flecks throughout the cookies make it apparent that okra is the odd secret ingredient. I like to use a melon baller that works more easily with the sticky dough and makes uniform cookies. 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/4 cup granulated sugar 1 egg 1 cup flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 cup oatmeal (not instant or 1 minute) 1 cup chocolate chips 1 cup raw okra processed in the food processor to coarse chunks

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream together butter and sugars until fluffy. Add egg and mix until combined. Sift in flour, soda, powder, salt and cinnamon. Mix to combine. Stir in oatmeal, chocolate chips and okra. Drop 1/4-cup scoops onto a greased or lined baking sheet. Bake 16 minutes or until golden brown around the edges. Let cool before removing from cookie sheet. Makes 14 cookies. RECIPE COURTESY TIFFANY BRAYMEN. REPRINTED WITH PERMISSION FROM CSAFORTHREE.COM/2011/08/09/OKRA-OATMEALCHOCOLATE-CHIP-COOKIES/

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Combine flours, baking powder, baking soda, spices and salt in one bowl; stir well and set aside. In another bowl, mix the butter, sugar and vanilla until fluffy. Mix in the eggs, then mix in the honey, syrup, milk and juice. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Pulverize the okra and apple in a food processor for about 15 seconds, then fold into batter. Grease a muffin pan with butter and add batter to cups so that the batter is about level with the top of the pan. Bake in an oven preheated to 350 degrees for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Makes 12 muffins. REPRINTED WITH PERMISSION FROM ROWDYRADISH. COM/2011/09/BEST-WAY-TO-COOK-OKRA-OKRA-APPLE-SPICE.

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Fine Dining, Hold the Meat or most non-vegans, a fully nonanimal diet could seem a bit crazy, bland or not filling. But Matt Mabry, 29-year-old sous chef at BRAVO! Italian Restaurant and Bar, wants to tear down those stereotypes. He’s starting by offering upscale vegan food once a week at BRAVO!. Mabry, a native of Brandon, started cooking when he was in high school. “I worked at pizza places all through high school,” he says. It took him a while to realize it, but Mabry finally decided that cooking was something that he wanted to do for a living. “I was doing this for a long time without liking it, and then I all of a sudden real-

1½ cups organic white flour 1 cup organic whole-wheat flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon allspice 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup organic butter (plus a bit more for greasing muffin pan) 1/3 cup organic cane sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 eggs from free-range hens 1/4 cup local honey 3 tablespoon maple syrup 1/2 cup organic milk 1/2 cup apple or pear juice About 1 cup organic okra, processed

1 organic apple, cored and processed

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ized that I enjoy doing this,” he says. Mabry, who has been working at BRAVO! for six years, was encouraged to launch the vegan dinner Thursdays because he has been a vegetarian for nearly two years, taking up his wife and 5-year-old daughter’s vegetarian lifestyle. “My daughter has never eaten meat, and my wife hasn’t eaten meat in seven or eight years,” Mabry says. As a chef, Mabry is able to cook interesting, dynamic dishes that cater to his family’s lifestyle. Many people struggle to find options catering to vegan and vegetarian needs outside their own kitchens, especially in upscale restaurants. “One thing that I am offering is a fine dining aspect,” Mabry says. “I’m offering

something a little more creative than a veggie burger or a frozen substitute.” One vegan night menu Mabry created recently consisted of a chilled heirloom tomato soup, herb-crusted tofu with black lentils and grilled eggplant, and a custardfilled fig, almond ice cream and sugar puff pastry dessert. Though the food is focused on vegans, Mabry wants everyone to enjoy his dishes. “The confidence of being a chef is that you don’t hope people will like your food, you know they will,” he says. Chef Mabry designs a three-course prixfix vegan menu for BRAVO! Italian Restaurant and Bar (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 244, 601-982-8111) each Thursday.

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Back Yard Burgers (Multiple Locations, www.BackYardBurgers.com) North American Black Angus Beef cooked to order on a real grill. Great Breakfast at Fondren location. Burgers and Blues (1060 E. County Line Road, Ridgeland 601-899-0038) Best Burger of 2013, plus live music and entertainment! Hal and Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St. 601-948-0888) Pub favorites meet Gulf Coast and Cajun specialties like red beans and rice, the Oyster Platter or daily specials. Cherokee Inn (960 Briarfield Rd. 601-362-6388) Jackson’s “Best Hole in the Wall,” has a great jukebox, great bar and a great burger. Cool Al’s (4654 McWillie, 601-713-3020) Cool Al’s signature stacked, messy, decadent, creative burgers defy adjectives. And don’t forget the fries! Fenian’s Pub (901 E. Fortification St. 601-948-0055) Classic Irish pub featuring a menu of traditional food, pub sandwiches and Irish beers on tap. Martin’s Restaurant and Lounge (214 South State Street 601-354-9712) Lunch specials, pub appetizers or order from the full menu of po-boys and entrees. Full bar, beer selection. Musician’s Emporium (642 Tombigbee St., 601-973-3400) Delicious appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, and more. Great food goes with great music! Ole Tavern on George Street (416 George St. 601-960-2700) Pub food with a southern flair: beer-battered onion rings, chicken & sausage gumbo, salads, sandwiches. Underground 119 (119 South President St. 601-352-2322) Pan-seared crabcakes, shrimp and grits, filet mignon, vegetarian sliders. Live music. Opens 4 p.m., Wed-Sat Wing Stop (952 North State Street, 601-969-6400) Saucing and tossing in a choice of nine flavors, Wing Stop wings are made with care and served up piping hot.

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the chairs arrived, she told Bill James Flanagan to place one of the chairs on each side of her desk and then she made a great announcement that my twin and I would be her helpers for the remainder of the year. Soon, we saw Mrs. Rimmer elevated to the greatest woman on earth—at least in our little world. She was soft spoken, always smelled good and wore the most beautiful

girls mixed together in a straight line. First, Mrs. Rimmer asked that you step out from the line, and she called your name aloud like soldiers do during roll call. Then she said, “Go ahead tell the class how you look today.” Standing straight and tall with our hands stretched out and a big smile on our faces, we started at our shoes saying, “My shoes are clean, my socks are clean, my dress

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could hardly contain the “glad happies” that were jumping around in my stomach when I entered the first grade in 1961 at Long Creek Elementary. The “glad happies” were what my sister and I named that feeling of excruciating excitement we got as children when something good was about to happen. I remember riding the big yellow bus the day I went to school for the first time. This day was just about the best thing that had ever happened to me in all my six years of life. My sister Juanita—we called her Bay—told my twin and I where to sit on the bus and told us not to move before she came back to get us off the bus. She promptly placed us on the front seat and told the bus driver, Mr. Jessie, who we were and that today was the first day of school for us even though he already knew who we were. Mr. Jessie had been the bus driver for as long as I could remember. He lived just about two or three miles down the road from us, and he owned the syrup-making mill that we visited every fall to turn our sugar cane into sweet liquid gold. We sat quiet as church mice on the front seat of the bus, never really speaking, just smiling at all the big kids who boarded the bus at each stop. They took the liberty of patting us on the head while saying to each other how much we looked like little dolls. My mother had dressed us alike in two pretty, red-plaid dresses with white socks and red ribbons on our ponytails. My big sisters and brothers were also on the bus with me. My parents had instructed them to take care of us, to make sure we got where we were supposed to go that day. They gave Bay the task of being our “agent” for the day. She was proud of her newfound responsibility, which was odd because she never took any pleasure in being in charge of us before. This day was different—it was as if Bay had a new prize to show off to her friends, two little dolls that looked just alike. Bay seemed to be very proud of her two little sisters. I could tell because she actually called us by our real names and not our nicknames— little knuckleheads. Soon, Bay took us to our assigned classroom and introduced us to Mrs. Rimmer, who was our teacher for the next three years. Mrs. Rimmer was a petite, prim and proper kind of lady who was just a little taller than my sister and me. She immediately recognized that my twin sister and I were too tall to fit into the little chairs in her classroom. She sent one of the boys to the fourth-grade classroom to ask Mrs. Funches for two large chairs. When

clothes that seemed to never get dirty, even though she was liberal with hugs and handshakes whenever she thought any of her students did a good job. If you didn’t get a hug or handshake, she always told you that you did good along with an approving pat on your head or quick wink of her eye. Frequently, Mrs. Rimmer sent notes home to our parents telling them of our academic progress long before it was time for our report cards. Mrs. Rimmer had a special way of making you feel good, and sometimes she gave the privilege of taking names when she had to leave the room, or calling out spelling words when we took our practice tests. Soon after we got settled into our classroom routine, Mrs. Rimmer introduced a little ceremony that would become a tradition that would have an impact on me not just for the next three years, but for the rest of my life. The tradition started every day with all of Mrs. Rimmer’s students lining up across the front of the classroom with boys and

is clean, my face is clean, my teeth are clean, my hair is clean and my hands are clean.” Then she would gesture for us to spin around while saying, “I think I look alright this morning.” This simple game ensured that everyone in the class paid extra attention to their daily appearance. Mrs. Rimmer believed that “cleanliness was next to godliness.” Being raised in a rural community, hygiene and personal appearance weren’t always a priority for many of my fellow classmates. Mrs. Rimmer’s little game proved to be a great way to get everyone in our class to have a lifelong appreciation for good hygiene practices. It also made us want to impress our teacher and to seek her approval while doing something that would prove to be helpful throughout our lives. It gave us a sense of pride and accomplishment along with a healthy respect for our teacher that spilled over into our classwork and behavior, at school and at home. For the next three years, Mrs. Rimmer earned my respect but, most of all, she taught me to look forward to each new day with great expectations.

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3rd Place • Column-Political

for “A Romney Runs Through Us”; “The Southern Strategy’s Last Stand?”; “Beware the GOP’s (Un)Scientific Sexism”

R.L. Nave 3rd Place • Feature Story for “Rebel Land: A Racial History of Oxford and Ole Miss”

COURTESY 20TH CENTURY FOX

Briana Robinson 3rd Place • Music Criticism to

for “A Musical Family Affair”; “From the Ukulele ‘60s Pop”; “For the Sheer Joy of It”

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Grown Ups 2 PG13 Pacific Rim (non 3-D) PG13 Despicable ME 2 (non 3-D) PG White House Down PG13 The Heat

o muttonchops make the man? Yashido’s oncologist (Svetlana KhodThey do when you’re an immor- chenkova), equipped with stilettos and a tal superhero struggling to figure slithery tongue, treats his cancer and strives out the purpose of eternal life, to prolong his life. Yashido’s not ready to knowing that death isn’t a possibility un- die. His family, particularly his granddaughtil someone you saved during the atomic ter Mariko (Tao Okamoto) and her foster bombing of Nagasaki sends a purple-head- sister Yukio (Rila Fukushima), the mighty ed pixie warrior to whisk you out of the arc- warrior with the red hair, need him. Or tic freeze and pay tribute to a dying man’s so he says. last wishes. Yukio escorts Wolverine to the dyHair defines the mutant, and Logan, ing Yashido, who looks Wolverine up and aka the Wolverine (played by Hugh Jack- down, smiles and notes that Wolverine has man, whose splendid physique is a tribute not changed at all. Yashido coughs and gets to his discipline and craft), seems to have to the point. gotten a lot hairier since the last wolverine “I can end your eternity and make you exclusive, “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.” Logan rides the perilous line between lone wolf and grumpy caveman. It’s not entirely clear why he’s so serious. It’s the timeless mystery of an angry mutant whose body self-heals and never ages. Logan’s memories haunt him, and his favorite things fit within a small box. A buff and hairy Hugh Jackman wields his razor-sharp claws in “The Wolverine.” He lives while everyone he cares about is dead. The dead people stay in his head, like mortal,” he says before dying. Jean Grey (Famke Janssen), the love of his Yukio, the family clairvoyant, did not life. She guides Wolverine through the tu- predict Yashido’s imminent death. multuous times. Japanese mafia types and black ninjas With a brief Alaskan interlude, where who have protected the Yashido clan for Logan lives among the grizzly bears, the centuries ruin Yashido’s funeral, and Wolfilm takes place in Japan. We get to share verine gets pulled into the melee. After an director James Mangold’s vision of urban incredible fight sequence on top of a train, life on a crowded Asian island. Neo-Tokyo Wolverine rescues Mariko from the clutches blinks and twinks at night, and the country- of bad guys. They go into a love hotel, where side hums with balance and harmony. The Wolverine drips blood on the balcony. He’s extremes are more than a courteous nod not healing anymore, and he believes the to a beautiful country. This is a film that oncologist has done wicked funny business. was intended to thrive overseas, and it has. Wolverine’s right. The doctor’s “a chemist, a The international revenues for the opening nihilist, a capitalist ... a Viper,” he says. weekend have far exceeded the domestic The whole movie is a burlesque of box office. Westerns, samurai epics and gangster films. Honor, dignity and samurai swords It is constructed like a comic essay, with clash, leaving Logan with a unique cast of random frivolous touches to inspire gigcharacters to befriend or defend against. gly cheers from the audience. The charThis is one of those well-drilled films in acters are agreeable monomaniacs, often which each of the central players comes speaking in stilted civilized language. The supplied with a portable back story. Having film’s greatest charm is in Hugh Jackman’s survived the bombing of Nagasaki, thanks shirtless performance. to Wolverine, Old Yashido (Haruhiko YaTo be honest, after two hours, I manouchi) wheezes out each breath while switched loyalties and rooted for the killer lying in his state-of-the-art hospital room ninjas. They jump like cats and swivel their nestled in the cozy comfort of home. He’s swords like guillotine operators in revolurich—super rich—indeed, the richest man tionary France. But so does Wolverine. His in all of Asia. We know this because Tokyo claws come in handy, and this film is a love is littered with neon Yashido signs, and Yas- letter to those steely appendages and to glohido has armed security men surrounding rious muttonchops. What more can you ask his property to prevent kidnapping. for in a summer movie?

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Turbo (non 3-D) PG

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WEDNESDAY 7/31

FRIDAY 8/2

MONDAY 8/5

Fleet Feet’s Pub Run starts at Soulshine Pizza Factory.

DJ Jonasty and DJ Young Venom spin at Yo! ’90s Party at Duling Hall.

Local bartenders compete at Battle of the Bartenders at The South.

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Cups’ 20th Anniversary Celebration is from 7 a.m.9 p.m. at Cups: An Espresso Café (2757 Old Canton Road). Free; call 601-362-7422. … The “Hooked on Hospitality” Job Fair is at 10 a.m. at the Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). Find job openings and internships. Free; call 601-960-2321. … Pub Run is at 6 p.m. at Soulshine Pizza Factory (1111 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland). Run two or four miles. Free; call 601898-9696; fleetfeetjackson.com.

The Nasty Sho will spin hits at Sunday Funday, Aug. 4, at Wasabi Sushi and Bar.

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WEDNESDAY 7/31

THURSDAY 8/1

sic from DJ Jonasty and DJ Young Venom. Ages 18 and up. $8 in advance, $10 at the door; call 601-292-7121; ardenland.net.

SATURDAY 8/3

COURTESY BLACK HAT BURLESQUE

Naughty Neverland Burlesque Show is from 8-11:45 p.m. at Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St.). For ages 18 and up. $10 in advance, $15 at the door; tickets sold on Black Hat Burlesque’s Facebook page. … Rock bands BY BRIANA ROBINSON Fling Hammer and Spacewolf perform at 10 p.m. at Martin’s JACKSONFREEPRESS.COM Restaurant and Lounge (214 S. State St.). Cocktails at 9 p.m. For FAX: 601-510-9019 ages 18 and up. $8 in advance, DAILY UPDATES AT $10 at the door; call 601-292JFPEVENTS.COM 7121; ardenland.net.

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SUNDAY 8/4

Reverend Spooky Le Strange, Billion Dollar Baby Doll and others perform at the Naughty Neverland Burlesque Show is Aug. 3 at Hal & Mal’s.

FRIDAY 8/2

The BancorpSouth Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame Induction Banquet is at Hilton Jackson (1001 E. County Line Road). The reception is at 5:30 p.m., and the induction ceremony is at 7 p.m. $100; call 601-982-8264; email generalinfo@msfame.com; msfame.com. … Yo! ’90s Party is from 9-11 p.m. at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). Enjoy mu-

Summer Chef Series with Kelly English brunch is from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Parlor Market (115 W. Capitol St.). RSVP required; call 601-360-0090; parlormarket.com. … Back to School Celebration and Supply Giveaway is from 3-5 p.m. at Metrocenter Mall (1395 Metrocenter Drive). Free; call 601-960-1084; jacksonms.gov. … liveRIGHTnow’s Tabatas on the Green is from 7-7:30 p.m. at Duling Green (Duling Avenue and Old Canton Road). Water provided. $5; call 601-717-2012; liverightnowonline.com. … Sunday Funday is from 2-7 p.m. at Wasabi Sushi and Bar (100 E. Capitol St., Suite 105). Enjoy drink and sushi specials, giveaways, and music from DJ Scrap Dirty, The Nasty Sho and GeorgeChuck. Find Sunday Funday on Facebook.

MONDAY 8/5

Resume Workshop is from 5-6 p.m. at University of Phoenix, Jackson Campus (120 Stone Creek Blvd., Suite 200, Flowood). Registration required. For ages 18 and up. Free; call 601-664-9500; eventbrite.com/event/7102067475. … Battle of the Bartenders is from 6-9 p.m. at The South (627 E. Silas Brown St.). Proceeds benefit the Mississippi Burn Foundation. $40 in advance, $50 at the door; call 601540-2995; email afontaine@msburn.org; msburn.org.

TUESDAY 8/6

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba speaks at Women for Progress Lunch and Learn from noon-1 p.m. at The Penguin Restaurant & Bar (1100 John R. Lynch St.). RSVP. $15 online or at the door; call 601-750-2367; email mail@ womenforprogress.net; womenforprogress.net. … Kelcy Mae performs at 7:30 p.m. at Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St.). $5 in advance, $8 at the door; call 601-292-7121; email jane@halandmals.com; ardenland.net.

WEDNESDAY 8/7

ACT Workshops are weekdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at Get2College Center (2600 Lakeland Terrace). Morning or afternoon sessions. Free; call 601-321-5533; email info@ get2college.org. … Barry Hause and John Paul perform at Music in the City at 5:15 p.m. at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Free, donations welcome. Call 601-960-1515; msmuseumart.org. More at jfpevents.com and jfp.ms/musicvenues.

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Free Yoga Class and lululemon Grand Opening is at lululemon athletica Fondren Showroom (3100 N. State St., Suite 101). Scotta Brady of Butterfly Yoga teaches an allskills yoga class at 9 a.m., and the new athletic store opens at 10 a.m. Free; email fondren-showroom@lululemon.com. … Fondren After 5 is from 5-8 p.m. in Fondren. Call 601981-9606; fondren.org. … Know Your Rights Forum is at 6 p.m. at Masonic Temple (1072 W. John R. Lynch St.). Free; call 601-353-6906; naacpms.org.

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*&0 30/.3/2%$%6%.43 “See Jane Quit” Aug. 1-4, 7:30 p.m., at Warehouse Theatre (1000 Monroe St.). Local playwright Beth Kander’s comedy is about a neurotic waitress who attempts to quit smoking. For ages 14 and up. $12, $10 seniors and students; call 601-301-2281; email fondrentheatre@hotmail. com; fondrentheatreworkshop.org. Jackson 2000 Dialogue Circles Program Saturdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at Professional Staffing Group (2906 N. State St., Suite 330). The program includes six two-hour sessions of dialogue and problem-solving to encourage racial harmony and community involvement. Free; email jackson2000circles@gmail.com.

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Events at Brighton Park (530 S. Frontage Road, Clinton). Call 601-924-6082; clintonparksandrec.com. • Back to School Family Game Night Aug. 2, 6 p.m. Enjoy a night of family activities and a pizza dinner. $2, $10 family of four. • Dining Etiquette and Manners Course Registration through Aug. 9. The class for children in grades 1-6 is Aug. 29 from 6-8:30 p.m. Register by Aug. 9; space limited. $25.

July 31 - August 6, 2013

Events at Metrocenter Mall (1395 Metrocenter Drive). • Metro Jackson Go Healthy Challenge Aug. 3, 10 a.m.-noon The Metro Jackson American Heart Association is the host. School-aged children who complete health challenges receive free backpacks filled with school supplies. Free; call 601-321-1213; heart.org. • Back to School Celebration and Supply Giveaway Aug. 4, 3-5 p.m. Jackson students receive free school supplies while they last. Includes giveaways and activities for youth and parents. Free; call 601-960-1084; jacksonms.gov.

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Events at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). $8, children 12 months and under free; call 601-981-5469; mississippichildrensmuseum.com. • Bob the Builder Day Aug. 3, 10 a.m.2 p.m. Children practice teamwork and problem solving skills by participating in several building activities. • Tinker with Tuesdays Tuesdays, 3:30 p.m. Children ages 4-11 learn about science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Events at University of Phoenix, Jackson Campus (120 Stone Creek Blvd., Suite 200, Flowood). Registration required. For ages 18 and up. Free; call 601-664-9500; eventbrite.com/ event/7102067475. • Interviewing Workshop Aug. 6, 5-6 p.m. Learn the dos and don’ts of interviewing for a job.

Events at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). • Artifact and Collectible Identification Program July 31, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The MDAH staff is on hand to review and assist in identifying documents and objects of historical value. Free; call 601-576-6850. • History Is Lunch July 31, noon. Millsaps College Library director Tom Henderson presents “Finding Hooch and Homicide on the Gold Coast: Liquor and Crime in East Jackson.” Free; call 601-576-6998. • History Is Lunch Aug. 7, noon. Historic New Orleans staff historian Erin Greenwald, editor of Marc-Antoine Caillot’s memoir “A Company Man: The Remarkable French-Atlantic Voyage of a Clerk for the Company of the Indies,” talks about the book and signs copies. Free, $40 book; call 601-576-6998. fondRUN Aug. 1, 6 p.m. in Fondren. Run two miles, and end the run with drinks at a different restaurant each month. Runners must sign a waiver. More at liverightnowonline.com. Mississippi Wildlife Extravaganza Aug. 2, 3-9 p.m., Aug. 3, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and Aug. 4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., at Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.). Come for hunting and fishing exhibits, lectures and animal demonstrations. Kids 12 and under get in free on Kids Day, Aug. 2. $10, $5 ages 6-12, children 5 and under free; call 601-605-1790; mswildlife.org.

Back to “Zool” Aug. 3, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). The annual back-toschool event includes fun in the Splash Pad, information booths and more. Free with paid admission ($10, $6.75 ages 2-12, children under 2 and members free); call 601-352-2580; jacksonzoo.org. Mary S. Nelums Foundation Scholarship Luncheon Aug. 3, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at Reservoir Pointe (140 Madison Landing Circle, Ridgeland). The foundation honors social work trailblazers Gwendolyn Loper and Margo Swain. RSVP. $40, $320 table; call 601-750-4204; msnfoundation.org. Atlas Fights 16 Aug. 3, 8 p.m., at Lady Luck Casino (1380 Warrenton Road, Vicksburg). Watch 12 amateur and professional mixed-martial arts cage matches. Mississippi favorites include Kelly Leo of Jackson and Ken Dubose of Meridian. Doors open at 7 p.m. $30-$50; call 800-503-3777; vicksburg.isleofcapricasinos.com. Argentine Wine Tasting Aug. 4, 4 p.m., at BRAVO! Italian Restaurant & Bar (Highland Village, 4500 Interstate 55 N.). Sommelier Norm Rush present six Argentine wines such as the 2011 Alvito Torrontes and the 2012 Bodini Malbec. RSVP required. $35 per person; call 601-982-8111; email jeffg@bravobuzz.com; bravobuzz.com.

First Tuesday Lecture Aug. 6, noon-1 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). Wildlife photographer and author Paul Brown speaks on the topic “Wild Visions.” Free with museum admission; call 601576-6000; msnaturalscience.org.

7%,,.%33 Events at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). • Sickle Cell Patient and Parent Support Group Aug. 3, 11 a.m. in the Common Area. Free; call 601-366-5874; mssicklecellfoundation.com. •Look Good Feel Better Program Aug. 5, 2-4 p.m., at the UMC Cancer Institute, suite 600. Cancer patients learn beauty techniques to manage the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. Pre-registration required. Free; call 800-227-2345; lookgoodfeelbetter.org. Back-to-school Health Fair Aug. 3, 9-11 a.m., at G. Chastaine Flynt Memorial Library (103 Winners Circle, Flowood). Businesses and organizations promote wellness through screenings, activities and giveaways. Free; call 601-919-1911. Community Health Fair and Back to School Bash Aug. 3, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at Hanging Moss

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BancorpSouth/Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame Induction Weekend Aug. 2-3. Call 601982-8264; msfame.com. • Induction Banquet Aug. 2, 5:30 p.m., at Hilton Jackson (1001 E. County Line Road). The reception is at 5:30 p.m., and the induction ceremony is at 7 p.m. Sponsorships available. $100. • Meet the Inductees Aug. 3, 9:30-11 a.m. at Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum (1152 Lakeland Drive). Meet this year’s Sports Hall of Fame inductees at the annual event. Free with museum admission ($5, $3.50 seniors and students, ages 5 and under free). • Drawdown of Champions Aug. 3, 6:30 p.m., at Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum (1152 Lakeland Drive). The annual celebration for Hall of Fame inductees includes an auction, a $5,000 drawdown and more. $50.

• Resume Workshop Aug. 5, 5-6 p.m. Get tips on writing a resume that will appeal to potential employers.

Lunch and Learn Series July 31, noon-1 p.m., at Mississippi Center for Nonprofits (201 W. Capitol St.). The topic is “Understanding Nonprofit Financial Statements.” Lunch included; registration required. $15, members free; call 601968-0061; msnonprofits.org. Military Appreciation Day July 31, 1-6 p.m., at Hinds Community College, Rankin Campus (3805 Highway 80 E., Pearl). At the Muse Center. The college honors active service members, veterans and their families through family-friendly activities, refreshments, and information on education benefits and support groups. Free; call 601-857-3226; email ryan.braswell@hindscc.edu; hindscc.edu. Precinct 1 COPS Meeting Aug. 1, 6 p.m., at Jackson Police Department, Precinct 1 (810 Cooper Road). These monthly forums are designed to help resolve community issues or problems, from crime to potholes. Free; call 601-960-0001. Bikes, Blues and Bayous Cycling Event Aug. 3, 7 a.m., in downtown Greenwood. The annual bike ride is the largest in Mississippi. Choose from three courses, and enjoy food, blues music and more after the ride. The first 800 registrants receive a T-shirt and goody bag. $45; call 662453-4152; email bikesbluesbayous@hotmail.com; bikesbluesbayous.com. Sick and Tired, and Seeking SOULutions Saturdays, 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m. at Afrikan Arts and Culture Studio (612 N. Farish St.). Our Community Against Racism hosts the forum on second Saturdays. The focus of the monthly forum is to provide African-centered cultural enrichment and work toward racial equality. Refreshments served. Free; call 601-979-1413 or 601-918-5075. Jackson Audubon Society First Saturday Bird Walk Aug. 3, 8 a.m., at LeFleur’s Bluff State Park (2140 Riverside Drive). An expert birder leads. Bring binoculars, water, insect repellent and a snack. Adults must accompany children under 15. Free, $3 car entrance fee. Free; call 601-832-6788.

See Greenwood’s historic sights by bicycle in the annual Bikes, Blues and Bayous race.

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he first time I rode in Bikes, Blues and Bayous, I thought that I was going to die. But, as I peddled slowly over the Tallahatchie River near the end of the ride, I saw the tree-shaded Grand Boulevard, and it was a vision. I likened myself to a desert traveler spying the oasis in the distance. I had a mile or so to go to the finish line, but I was done. I told myself that I would ride into the shade, stop and get rid of this torture machine and call my son (who was way ahead of me) to come and get me. As I prepared to stop on the Grand Boulevard, I saw an auxiliary policeman step out into the road and block traffic for me at the first intersection. ‘Shoot,’ I thought. ‘I can’t stop now.’ At the next intersection there was another officer blocking traffic and an-

other after that and with each successive intersection I felt my spine straightening and my pedaling become more sure. My son waited for me at the finish line with a beer, and it sure tasted good. This August, come ride in Mississippi’s largest bike ride, through the Delta. Meet some great people, ride past Hilly Holbrook’s House (from the movie “The Help”), ride by cotton and soybean fields and take a rest stop in Money and read the sign commemorating the Emmitt Till murder and contemplate life. The race begins at 7 a.m. Aug. 3 in downtown Greenwood. Visit bikesbluesbayous.com, or call the Greenwood-Leflore County Chamber of Commerce at 662-453-4152 for more details. —Richard Coupe


Lifesavers Community Health Fair Aug. 3, 2-5 p.m., at Vine Street Park (Tougaloo Community Center, 318 Vine St.). Innovative Behavioral Services is the host. Includes music, health screenings, a forum, games, food and more. Free; call 601-952-0894. The Ins and Outs of Hernias Aug. 6, 11:45 a.m.1 p.m., at Baptist Medical Center (1225 N. State St.). In the Baptist for Women Conference Room. Dr. Lee M. Nicols explains when hernias should be treated and what happens during surgery. Registration required. Free, $5 optional lunch; call 601-948-6262; mbhs.org. Caregiver Educational Series Aug. 6, 3:30-5:30 p.m., at St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church (7427 Old Canton Road, Madison). The Alzheimer’s Association of Mississippi is the host. Topics include community resources, family dynamics and end-of-life issues. Free; call 601987-0020. Yoga for Runners Aug. 6, 7 p.m., at Fleet Feet Sports (Trace Station, 500 Highway 51 N., Ridgeland). Scotta Brady of Butterfly Yoga is the instructor. Held on first Tuesdays at 7 p.m. through Jan. 7. Limited to 25 students; registration required. $50; call 601-899-9696; email allison@fleetfeetjackson.com; fleetfeetjackson.com.

34!'%!.$3#2%%. “Where There’s a Will ... There’s a Way” Dinner Theater July 31, 6-9 p.m., at Char (4500 Interstate 55 N.). The Detectives Mystery Dinner Theatre presents the four-act comedy “whodunnit.” Includes cocktails before the show (separate price) and a three-course meal. For ages 18 and up. RSVP. $49; call 601-937-1752; thedetectives.biz. “Headrush” Film Screening Aug. 1, 7 p.m., at Malco Grandview Theatre (221 Grandview Blvd., Madison). Mississippi native Johnson Thomasson’s film is about a biochemist’s search for a killer after discovering a body in his lab. A Q&A session follows the screening. The dress code is smart casual. $7; call 662-205-0548; headrushmovie.com. Eudora Welty New Plays Series Aug. 3-4, 2 p.m., at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.). In the Hewes Room. Aug. 3, plays include Brent Hearn’s “The Sixth Stage of Grief” David Rush’s “Nureyev’s Eyes.” Aug. 4, enjoy Beth Kander’s “Running Mates (or, The Family Party).” Discussions follow; awards reception after the Aug. 4 performance. Free; call 601-948-3531; email tickets@ newstagetheatre.com; newstagetheatre.com. Youth Explosion 2013 Aug. 3, 5-8 p.m., at Ratliff Chapel Church (3656 Highway 22, Edwards). The showcase features youth choirs, rappers, soloists, steppers, praise dancers, mime ministries, instrumentalists and drill teams. Free; call 601214-2040 or 601-327-9270. Nameless Open Mic Aug. 3, 9 p.m., at Suite 106 (106 Wilmington St.). Poets, singers, actors and comedians are welcome. $5 admission, $3 to perform; call 601-720-4640.

-53)# Youth Explosion 2013 Aug. 3, 5-8 p.m., at Ratliff Chapel Church (3656 Highway 22, Edwards). The showcase features youth choirs, rappers, soloists, steppers, praise dancers, mime ministries, instrumentalists and drill teams. Free; call 601214-2040 or 601-327-9270.

Mississippi Chorus Summer Showcase Aug. 3, 6-9 p.m., at Union Station (300 W. Capitol St.). The annual fundraiser includes a silent auction, live music, a table decorating contest and drinks. Performers include David Womack and members of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. Bring a picnic dinner or order from Uncorked Catering. $40, $225 table of six, $300 table of eight; call 601-278-3351 (tickets) or 601-940-4241 (food orders); mschorus.org. Back 2 School Breakout Aug. 4, 6-8:30 p.m., at Jackson Revival Center Church (519 W. Silas Brown St.). Gospel artist Jonathan McReynolds headlines the concert. Jason Gibson and the Destiny Project also perform. Free; call 601-948-1874. Mississippi Boychoir Auditions Aug. 6, 4-8 p.m., at Covenant Presbyterian Church (4000 Ridgewood Road). For ages 6-18. No experience necessary. Free; call 601-665-7374; mississippiboychoir.org.

,)4%2!29!.$3)'.).'3 Events at Lemuria Books (4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). Call 601-366-7619; email info@ lemuriabooks.com; lemuriabooks.com. • “A Company Man by Marc-Antoine Caillot” Aug. 7, 5 p.m. Erin M. Greenwald signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $40 book. • “Team Renaissance” Aug. 3, 1 p.m. Richard Spoon and Jan Risher sign books. $24.95 book. • Lemuria Story Time Saturdays, 11 a.m. Children enjoy a story and make a related craft. Call for the book title. Free. Mississippi Writers Guild Conference Aug. 23, in downtown Vicksburg. Locations include Hampton Inn Aug. 2 and the Southern Cultural Heritage Center Aug. 3. Speakers include Steve Kistulentz, Stephen Fraser, John Floyd and Don Lafferty. Registration required. CEU credits available. Fees vary for individuals and groups; email richput@mywebemail.net or richelle1putman@ yahoo.com; mississippiwritersguild.com.

#2%!4)6%#,!33%3 Cake Decorating Basics Workshop Aug. 6, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Southern Cultural Heritage Center (1302 Adams St., Vicksburg). Executive pastry chef Stan Taylor is the instructor. Registration required; space limited. Supplies included. $15, $10 members; call 601-631-2997; email info@southernculture.org; southernculture.org. Jewelry Making Workshop Registration through Aug. 9, at Brighton Park (530 S. Frontage Road, Clinton). Learn to make earrings, bracelets and paper beads in the class scheduled for Aug. 15 from 6-8 p.m. For ages 8 and up. Register by Aug. 9. $20; call 601-924-6082; clintonparksandrec.com. Writing to Change Your World Sept. 7Nov. 16, at JFP Classroom (2727 Old Canton Road, Suite 224). Reserve your spot for Donna Ladd’s popular creative non-fiction six-class series. Meets every other Saturday from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Includes snacks and materials. Space limited. $150; call 601-362-6121, ext. 15; email class@ writingtochange.com.

%8()")43!.$/0%.).'3 Events at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Call 601-960-1515; msmuseumart.org. • Pieces and Strings: Mississippi Cultural Crossroads 25th Annual Quilt Exhibition through Sept. 1, in the public corridor. See award-winning

quilts on loan from Mississippi Cultural Crossroads in Port Gibson. Free. • Mississippi Hill Country Blues: Photographs by George Mitchell through Sept. 8, in the Barksdale Galleries. See 75 of Mitchell’s photographs that include portraits of Mississippi blues artists. $12, $10 seniors, $6 students, free for members and children ages 5 and under. Events at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.) • Kirk West Photography Exhibit through Aug. 25. The rock-and-roll photographer shares his images from the Studio 54 Era (1977-1981). Artist talk July 9 from 6-8 p.m. during the Storytellers Ball Artist Reception. Free; call 601-960-1557. • Storytellers Ball Juried Art Exhibition through Aug. 31. In the main galleries. The theme is “Studio 54: I Love the Nightlife.” Free; call 601960-1557, ext. 224. “Reptiles: The Beautiful and the Deadly” through Jan. 12, at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). The traveling exhibition features snakes, turtles, lizards and other reptiles. $4-$6; call 601-576-6000; msnaturalscience.org.

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Saturday Giant (Restaurant) THURSDAY 8/1:

T.B. Ledford & Friends (Restaurant)

FRIDAY 8/2:

Swing de Paris (Restaurant) Makeshift Sound Co. (Red Room) SATURDAY 8/3:

Scott Albert Johnson (Restaurant) Wildlife Extravaganza After Party (Red Room) MONDAY 8/5:

Central MS Blues Society presents Blue Monday (Restaurant)

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What’s Your Favorite Color? by Rebecca Docter

Red Thangs creates a sound that, when broken down, still sounds well-assembled. “It really comes down to (that) we’re trying to make a unified sound and create complete music. It’s not fragmented by what each member of the band likes,” Ray says. Residing in one of Mississippi’s music epicenters doesn’t hurt. In the last few years, Oxford’s music scene has boomed, thanks to labels such as Fat Possum and bands such as Colour Revolt. It’s safe to say that the town is a definite promoter of local bands. Oxford-based indie-rock bandThe Red Thangs performs at Morningbell “Being from Mississippi, Records Aug. 2. you have this vibrant music scene that you can be a part of but, at rawing comparisons to indie greats Born Ruffi- the same time, it’s not overcrowded,” Ray says. “There’s ans, Oxford’s The Red Thangs bring an upbeat a lot of good music, but it’s not being made by a lot of and poppy flair to Mississippi’s music scene. people. Certain elements of style come just because it’s What makes The Red Thangs so suc- from Mississippi—it’s really just kind of the surroundcessful is what each member brings to the band. Blair ings—it’s definitely there.” Bingham (keys, percussion, bass, vocals) is excellent at With an eclectic sound that sometimes features ukuharmonies. Adam Ray (guitar, trumpet, bass, vocals) leles and trumpets, The Red Thangs promise an indiehas the most training in music theory, lending a more pop twang that resembles the sound of a more southern classic standpoint to the band. Drew Shetley (drums) Animal Collective but with deeper vocals. The band’s is the only member of the group who can play drums, Mississippi roots shine through with Adcock’s vocals, and and Charles Adcock (bass, guitar, vocals) is the most the finesse of the band’s instrumentation lends a hand to versed in songwriting. With these skills combined, The the polished feel of much of the band’s material.

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One of the biggest challenges for the band is the pace at which it’s moving. “Providing enough material to really match what we’re capable of (is tough),” Ray says. “We’ve got what we think are excellent songs, but we’ve had trouble getting them laid down so everyone can hear them.” Since the band’s inception in December 2012, the songwriting (primarily Adcock’s doing) has definitely evolved. “It’s gotten better. Initially, when I started writing songs, (anything) went. Now that I’ve learned what (the band) likes, we’ve started to form a sound,” Adcock says. In its song names, the band makes sure that each title is both symbolic and interesting. “Zombie Pocahontas,” one of the band’s crowd favorites, is about Adcock’s Native American girlfriend. “For Halloween she had been dressing up for a zombie,” he says. “At the end of the song, I say, ‘Maybe next Halloween you and I could both trick-or-treat, I could be a zombie John Smith, and you could be zombie Pocahontas.’” In addition to their original material, The Red Thangs throw a handful of pop cover songs in each set, including Britney Spears’ “Toxic.” This started out as a joke for every member of the band—except for Adcock. Once, during a practice session, a member suggested that the band include a Britney Spears song in the set, and Adcock swiftly picked up his guitar and launched into a carefully constructed version of the song. It was something he’d been working on already, and the band loved it so much that they kept it. The Red Thangs and Teenage Dream perform at 8 p.m. Aug. 2 at Morningbell Records (622 Duling Ave., Suite 205A, 769-233-7468). The all-ages show is free. Find The Red Thangs on Facebook, or visit theredthangs.bandcamp.com.

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by Natalie Long

Jackson’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Troubadour

July 31 - August 6, 2013

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f you have been a patron at 90 percent of the bars and restaurants in the area, chances are very high that you have had the fortunate opportunity to see Mississippi-implanted guitar virtuoso Doug Frank perform. He has a signature gray beard and face-melting guitar riffs, and I’ve heard many people in the crowds, after watching Frank perform, ask, “Who the hell is that guy, and where did he come from?” Frank grew up in a small town in North Carolina and started playing music at age 9. After playing throughout his home state as a teenager, he decided he needed to be playing elsewhere, too. At 17, Frank got a job as a guitarist for Reflections Sound Studios in Charlotte, N.C., and began performing with the original Rock ‘n’ Roll Revival tours. In his more than 40 years as a guitarist, Frank has played with Molly Hatchet,

Doug Frank brings an extensive musical background to Jackson stages.

Bo Diddley, James Brown, Carlos Santana, Percy Sledge, Wilson Pickett, Tyrone Da-

vis, The Allman Brothers Band, Styx, Sea Level, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Alice Cooper and many others. Frank even found regional fame in the mid-’70s with his southern rock band, Raven, which gained attention from the now-defunct southern-rock record label, Capricorn Records. Frank found himself in Mississippi through a career change. “I left music for a while to start a family and look for a real job,” Frank says. He worked in the telecommunications industry after leaving his full-time music career in the mid-’70s to early ’80s, which led him here to Mississippi, where he worked at WorldCom and Time Warner. With WorldCom collapsing, Frank’s interest in music began to quietly regain his attention. “I put my guitar down and didn’t pick it up for years,” he says. “Then, in 2008, I quit my job and started back up in the music business.”

Since he began playing again, Frank has performed with many bands in the Jackson area such as The Fearless Four. He also performs solo on occasion or with his band, Doug Frank and Triple Threat. With Frank on guitar, Big Will Devine on drums and Michael “Mo” Morales on bass, this trio of musical troubadours lives up to their triple-threat title. The trio is working on its first album. Not only does Doug Frank give great advice about music, especially about learning to play the guitar (make a connection with the guitar, and don’t rush trying to learn how to play), he feels that Jackson’s music scene is making positive progression. “Jackson has some really amazing talent here,” he says. For info on where Doug Frank will perform, check the JFP music listings. Find him on Facebook and YouTube at Doug Frank Music.


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SLATE by Bryan Flynn

As promised last week, The Slate has football on it this weekâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and not from Canada either.

THURSDAY, AUG. 1 Special (7-8 p.m., ESPN): Relive some of the best SportsCenter commercials in â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is SportsCenter: Top 50 Countdown.â&#x20AC;?

MONDAY, AUG. 5 MLB (6-9 p.m., ESPN): The National League Central-leading St. Louis Cardinals host the National League West-leading LA Dodgers in a battle of top teams.

FRIDAY, AUG. 2 Documentary (10-11 p.m., ESPN 2): Abby Head On explores the career of womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soccer star Abby Wambach while she was at the University of Florida.

TUESDAY, AUG. 6 MLB (6-9 p.m., MLB Network): Division rivals Atlanta Braves (leading the National League East) and Washington Nationals (second place in the NLE) face off.

SATURDAY, AUG. 3 NFL (6-9 p.m., NFL Network): Watch the newest class, including former head coach Bill Parcells, enter the NFL Hall of Fame during the 2013 Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony. SUNDAY, AUG. 4 NFL (7-10 p.m., NBC): Finally, welcome back football, as the Dallas Cowboys meet the Miami Dolphins in the 2013 Hall of Fame Game from Canton, Ohio.

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 7 Baseball (7-9 p.m., ESPN 2): Take a break from serious sports to watch little leaguers go for the championship during the 2013 Little League World Series. OK, it might have been preseason football, but it is football, nonetheless. Next weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s schedule will include the New Orleans Saints for the first time in 2013. Follow Bryan Flynn at jfpsports.com, @jfpsports and at facebook.com/jfpsports.

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