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ristan Duplichain is taking Jackson by storm, one photo at a time. The 20-yearold discovered her passion for photography at 14 and began her own business three years later. Despite her age, Duplichain’s work can be found in a variety of places, from Vogue Italia’s website to more local organizations, such as Bops Frozen Custard locations, statewide magazines and local clothing stores. She says she likes to venture out and try many things. “I do a lot of graphic design,” she says. “I photograph everything you could imagine—fashion, musicians, local artists, editorials, weddings, boudoir, events, children, maternity, babies, pets, glam, holidays and senior portraits.” Although she isn’t exclusive in subject matter, Duplichain hopes to move into the fashion world. “Fashion photography is what inspires me,” Duplichain says. “My favorite photographer is Lara Jade. Her work is amazing. I hope to meet and or shoot with her someday.” Locally, Duplichain is finding opportunities to practice fashion photography. She recently had a photo shoot with Mississippi Magazine for the local high-end consignment shop, Fondren Muse. Besides fashion, Duplichain’s other favorite subjects to shoot are musicians and proposals. She enjoys the surprise and suspense. Duplichain’s mother homeschooled her as a child. She says her mother and her father have supported her every step of the way. After she finished home school, she at-


tended Antonelli College where she received her associate’s degree in digital photography with an emphasis in graphic design. Although she loves what she does, she admits that the business can be tough. Finding models, fashion designers, hair and makeup artists, and locations to shoot, as well as places and publications to display her work, can be a challenge. She spends a lot of time advertising and marketing her business across the community. She advises photographers starting out to purchase business cards and to photograph friends and family to build a portfolio and gain experience. “Always charge for the amount of work you put in, such as time, equipment and makeup artists, but be fair. Don’t overcharge when you’re first starting out,” she says. “Be a walking billboard. Wear a T-shirt with your logo (on it) when you go out.” She encourages others to develop their own style of photography. “Right now I enjoy bold colors, crisp images and great detail in shadows,” Duplichain says. “I (want) to move toward a high-fashion, bold, vintage, Victorian style with my fashion. I like a dark and moody feel for band and musician photos.” Duplichain hopes to continue to grow and succeed through hard work. “Photography is the only career for me, and I plan to make it happen,” she says. Visit, or find TD Photo Designs on Facebook to see Tristan Duplichain’s work. —Jacquelynn Pilcher

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10 In Office

“The obvious connection between the Synarus Green and the mayor is Green’s work as an aide to U.S. Congressman Bennie Thompson, who supported Lumumba during the mayoral race, and even lent his voice to the campaign during Lumumba’s runoff against Jonathan Lee. Thompson was featured in a radio spot that ran on several Jackson stations in which he accused Lee of being backed by ‘the same people who opened their checkbooks for Mitt Romney, and tried to defeat President Barack Obama’ and said they were using the ‘same old Republican tricks.’” —Tyler Cleveland, “Green Approved as City CAO”

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AUGUST 7 - 13, 2013 | VOL. 11 NO. 48



by Kathleen M. Mitchell Features Editor

Jackson’s Story


ver the weekend, my family stopped by the Medgar Evers house on a whim. It was a bright, clear day, and the temperature was scorching. We wandered around the house, reading the signs and soaking in the atmosphere, but found no one there leading tours. Several men were outside working on the house next door. One of them hollered at us to try the door—it’s usually unlocked, he said. When we did, and it turned out to be locked, he came over to talk to us. Turns out, this man grew up in the neighborhood and was family friends with the Evers. He was 15 that night, June 12, 1963, when Byron De La Beckwith shot Medgar Evers in his driveway as he came home to his family. He described how De La Beckwith was able to hide because the houses across the street didn’t exist—instead, the area was wooded and bushy. He pointed to where the assassin lay, under the cover of brush, when he pulled the trigger. Most interesting of all, he told us his story of his family coming over, with him still in his pajamas, that night to comfort and help Myrlie and the Evers children. Although it was only a 10-minute conversation, it stuck with me throughout the afternoon and the rest of the weekend. Earlier that day, we went to the Mississippi Farmers Market on High Street and ended up talking to a vendor there, Kim Hunt, who specializes in photography of Mississippi and Europe. We struck up a conversation with him and found out that much of his Eurpoean photography comes from a time when he lived in Romania for a while. Then, as we kept talking to him, we discovered he was able to live and travel abroad because he was the fifth million-dol-

lar winner of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” with Regis Philbin. He remembers the final question, of course (how could someone forget the question that made them—or lost them—a million dollars?), and he replayed the moment for us in his quiet, humble manner. His question was, “Which of the following

landlocked countries—Lesotho, Burkina Faso, Mongolia or Luxembourg—is entirely contained within another country?” He told us how he knew immediately it was between two countries and was pretty sure he knew the answer … but did he feel million-dollar sure? (Spoiler alert: He did, it’s Lesotho, and he won). And then a couple of weeks ago, I spent a Saturday out at Providence Hill Farm, on (beautiful, pastoral) location for a BOOM Jackson photo shoot. We had a great team of photographers, stylists and

models and, despite the hazy day, had a blast creating an amazing fashion spread for the next issue. There, model Chanelle Renee—whom I had seen at multiple events around town but never gotten to talk to—spent some time telling me about some of the projects she is involved with as part of building a fashion community here in Jackson, something she hopes will benefit all the budding models and stylists in our city and state. I was particularly moved by the way she talked about Ava Clarke, the 5-yearold model Chanelle connected us with to model in our magazine shoot. Ava is a gorgeous little girl, with a shock of big curly white-blonde hair and piercing eyes. She clearly idolizes Chanelle as a mentor, and watching Chanelle take Ava under her wing is touching. Ava was born legally blind, Chanelle told me, and her story is already one of so much triumph. In fact, it seems like everywhere I go lately, I find myself talking to people with fascinating stories. Certainly, Jackson has a history that bears remembering, even all the not-sogreat parts. But we also have a compelling, amazing story that bears telling while we’re in it. All too often, we can get too caught up in ourselves. I know this is so true for me. I get so wrapped up in what I think, what I feel, what I’m doing and why. I answer people when they ask, “How are you today?” and I forget to ask them in response. We live in a very me-centric society (and I’m part of the most me-centric generation), and it’s easy to get caught up in telling my own story without hearing someone else’s. Had it been another day or another week, I might have missed these stories

Everyone has a story to tell. We just have to open ourselves up to hear it.

altogether. I might not have struck up a conversation, or asked a question, or been present enough and interested enough to really hear them. But I was. I asked the questions. Instead of focusing on myself and what I wanted or needed to do, I let others take the pen and tell their stories. I’m so glad I did. What might have been a simple visit to a historic site ended up being a journey back in time for a firstperson account of a moment in our state’s history. What could have been just a trip to the market, or another BOOM Jackson workday, ended up as chances to connect with people and to learn from what they had to say. Everyone has a story to tell. We just have to open ourselves up to hear it. Our editor-in-chief, Donna Ladd, likes to say that you can write a good article about anyone—you just have to care enough to find their story and listen to it. Every week I get to talk to or read about people, whether they are Jacksonians, artists, musicians, public officials, activists or whomever. It doesn’t matter how much money they have, or what their job is. They all have fascinating lives to explore. Because people are so interesting. That’s why I got into this field, and I would guess why many others do as well. That’s why when you open the Jackson Free Press and BOOM Jackson magazine, you ultimately end up reading about people—their stories and how those stories fold into the greater narrative of our city and our state. So keep reading the JFP each week. Pick up BOOM Jackson when it comes out Sept. 1, and every other month after that. We’ll keep telling the story of Jackson, one person at a time.

August 7-13, 2013



Jacquelynn Pilcher

R.L. Nave

ShaWanda Jacome

De’Arbreya Lee

Genevieve Legacy

Briana Robinson

Dustin Cardon

Zilpha Young

Jacquelynn R. Pilcher lived in NYC and Philadelphia for a while but rests her roots in Clinton. She is a proud new mother who loves sushi, sunflowers and performing with her band across Mississippi. She wrote the Jacksonian.

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 601-362-6121 ext. 12. He wrote the cover story.

ShaWanda Jacome is an elementary librarian in JPS. She lives in Ridgeland with her husband and son. One of her favorite scriptures is, “I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.” She wrote the event blurb.

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

Genevieve Legacy is an artist-writer-community development consultant. She works at Hope Enterprise Corporation and lives in Brandon with her husband and youngest son. She wrote arts and music features.

Music Editor Briana Robinson wants to become an expert on all things music. Her other loves dance and photography. Send her the scoop on music happenings at briana@ She wrote for the music section.

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

Design Intern Zilpha Young is a graphic design student and soon-to-be graduate of Delta Sate University. Her favorite doodle subjects are skulls and octopi. See examples of her work at She helped design the issue.






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Tanya Francis The Mississippi State Fair! Duan Carter Weekend football! Friday Night Lights, SEC Football on Saturdays and NFL on Sundays, yes indeed. Nicki Findley Nichols Not walking around in a giant sauna! Seriously, once it hits 60 degrees, evening is more fun. Melissa Burks Dearman Mitchell Farms pumpkin patch with my grandchildren! Lauren Bennett Driving down the Natchez trace! Gets me every time.

Candice Leigh Warren Ole Miss Football! Hotty Toddy! William Spell Jr. Opening the windows for the first time since spring. Carol O’Connor Grilling chicken in the back yard. Tyler Cleveland FOOTBALL. Joseph Tutor Hibernation ‌ and is almost harvest season. Bobby Cleveland Lower power bills.

Linda Younger-Johnson Football and more football.

Lisa Leight Of course, the fair and all the cool mornings and dog walk 5Ks.

Mark Michalovic If I still lived in Jackson, I’d be looking forward to cooler weather that’s better for exploring the city by bike.

Joey Engelman More bike riding.

Brooke Wilson Jones The fair!

ShaWanda Jacome Annual camping trip at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park with my church ... s’mores, campfires and hide-and-seek!

Stephanie Burks Football! Charles Walter Jett My favoritest holiday, Halloween!

Lisa Leight Just being able to move without melting away.

Like many in America and around the world, my heart went out to Trayvon Martin’s parents in their pursuit of justice in an area of the country where it proved to slip away. Many laws are developed and legislated for the sake of modifying, controlling, and preventing criminal behavior. In George Zimmerman’s case in Sanford, Fla., color-blind justice in America was on trial. As I see it, a 17-year-old African-American minding his own business was followed and killed by a man with no authority to pursue him. When Zimmerman made a 911 call to report that Martin was in the area, the dispatcher told Zimmerman not to follow Martin; Zimmerman followed Martin anyway; whether Martin turned to defend himself or chose to run, he was unarmed. Justice was not served in Florida, and Zimmerman was exonerated. All communities that have “Stand your Ground� laws might now experience some gun carriers shooting and killing people of color, and later just hiding behind the law. —Alfred Waddell





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ackson is about to go on a diet, and Keither Stamps, Ward 4, to sit in on budget At Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s special meeting of the not of the South Beach variety. meetings. On Monday, Stamps described council, Melvin Priester Jr., Ward 2, asked for The city council voted Monday, the mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office as â&#x20AC;&#x153;more than inviting.â&#x20AC;? a full schedule for past and future payments Aug. 5, to approve a claims that have gone toward the consent dedocket that included a $125,072.02 cree. Yarber seconded that request, saypayment to WEI/AJA, the company ing it would go a long way in helping that is overseeing Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s complihim make decisions as Budget Comance with a consent decree from the mittee chairman. Environmental Protection Agency. It Lumumba said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be glad to made up just 6 percent of the total provide that list as soon as he can get it amount of payments for last week, together. but a similar item is in each and evâ&#x20AC;&#x153;We have two years to come up ery claims docket that has been put with the plan for how we are going before this council. to pay for it,â&#x20AC;? Lumumba said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;ObviThe consent decree is going to ously, we want to take care of (formcost Jackson more than $350 miling a plan) long before that deadline, lion over the course of 17 years. That and (this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s) budget is going to be number is big enough to heavily ima big part of that.â&#x20AC;? pact every budget the city passes from Last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget of $277.3 milnow until then, and maybe further. lion represented a $10.3 million, Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one reason Ward 6 or 3.9 percent, increase over 2011â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Councilman Tony Yarber said last budget of $267 million. At the time, week heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s excited that he and his colformer-Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. leagues will have early input on the called Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s financial outlook â&#x20AC;&#x153;very budget the mayor will eventually soundâ&#x20AC;? and praised departments heads submit to the council. for keeping an eye on their budgets. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to have a seat at the But many of those department table as the budget is being set,â&#x20AC;? Jackson lawmakers like Ward 6 Councilman Tony Yarber heads left with the Johnson admingoing to have to get creative to meet the budget Yarber said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Usually, the budget is are istration, and some havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been reneeds of a city under an EPA consent decree. prepared and submitted to the City placed, yet. Some wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be replaced Council for approval, and I think by before the start of the new fiscal year, bringing us in early, we can come up with a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been great,â&#x20AC;? Stamps said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve sent on Oct. 1â&#x20AC;&#x201D;the deadline for the city council budget that we can all have input on, and we (a staffer) to sit in on the meetings to keep to approve Lumumbaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposed budget. can all be accountable for.â&#x20AC;? me up on what the issues are, and I know â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been through the process with difJackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba Mr. (Charles) Tillman (Ward 5) has sat in ferent administrations, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been handled is doing just that. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s invited both Yarber on some meetings. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to be very PRUH%8'*(7VHHSDJH and Budget Committee Vice Chairman De- involved going forward.â&#x20AC;? TRIP BURNS

Thursday, Aug. 1 Gay couples began tying the knot in Minnesota and Rhode Island. â&#x20AC;Ś Edward Snowden left a Moscow airport and entered Russia after Russian authorities granted him asylum for one year.

Lumumba â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Invitingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; On Budget

Selective Memory Marbury v. Madison (1803) By ignoring the case that set up the concept of judicial review, Bryant could just pass any law he wants, whether it contradicts any federal law or not. (Goodbye, contraception, we hardly knew ye.) McCulloch v. Maryland (1819) By ignoring the landmark decision that gave the federal government the right to create a national bank, Bryant could

Since Gov. Phil Bryant seems content to ignore past the U.S. Supreme Court rulings that restricted prayer in school and gave women the right to choose, here are a few more he could ignore if he wants to really go for it.

create some extra revenue for Mississippi by taxing all their transactions in the state. (Take that, O-bumma!) Smith v. Allwright (1944) Forgetting the case that established that elections should be open to voters of all races, Bryant and Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann can stop beating around the bush with vague voter ID laws.

Muller v. Oregon (1908) Ignoring the ruling that outlawed states placing restrictions on womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s working hours, Bryant can keep women at home, taking our education quality back to the good ole days. Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor v. Donaldson (1975) Throwing this decision out the window would allow Bryant to put any citizen he deemed to be psychotic into a psychiatric institution. (Anyone seen Jim Hood?)

Wednesday, July 31 Francisco Jose Garzon Amo, The driver of the train that derailed in northwestern Spain killing 79 people and injuring 130, returns to court voluntarily to offer more testimony. â&#x20AC;Ś The Obama administration declassifies some documents about an email data-mining program.



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several different ways,â&#x20AC;? Councilwoman Margaret Barrett-Simon, Ward 7, said Monday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It certainly eases the process when the council, or at least the budget chairman, is involved early on. I see no indication that wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t occur this time. Mayor Lumumba has said that he wants transparency and to involve the council. Plus, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coming into

a new job, and I would imagine he would welcome any help he can get.â&#x20AC;? The city faces other financial hurdles as well. In the same claims docket that showed the consent decree payment, the city had listed a $446,738.65 payment to Rankin County-based Hemphill Construction for work on the Fortification Street renovation project. A week ago, the city council denied the Department of Public Worksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; request for

an additional $151,000 to fix complications director Dan Gaillet said Hemphill Construction found after starting work. Stamps said his vote against the project was based on partially on his worry over how the city will make consent-decree payments. Lumumba said after his election that he did not want to raise taxes, but with the consent decree payments, ongoing city projects such as Fortification Street and the school

bond issue, cuts or tax raises may be the only way to balance the budget. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a challenge,â&#x20AC;? Barrett-Simon said of balancing this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have to do the best we can to comply with the decree. We wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know how big of an impact this is going to have until we get the actual numbers, but it will be significant.â&#x20AC;? Comment at Contact Tyler Cleveland at

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watchdogs, say that progress comes at great Grayson also sit on BPFâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s board. say the Bigger Pie Forum receives underexpense to Mississippi Powerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ratepayers â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are against public policy that writing from the Institute for Technology and, when the 582-megawatt plant starts will stifle economic growth,â&#x20AC;? said Big- Development, a nonprofit the Missisgenerating electricity sometime in 2014, ger Pie Forum board president Ashby sippi Legislature established in the 1980s the environment. Foote. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kemper is going to be bad for to help universities develop scientific reLouie Miller, state director of the Mis- the economy of southeastern Missis- search for commercial applications. Consissippi Sierra Club, which gress has also appropriated has slowed the plantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s progfunds to ITD. ress through the courts, Foote acknowledges said the latest cost overthat Bigger Pie Forum runs have demonstrated has used some profits what his organization has from ITD businesses; said in court filings and Cagle believes that any public statements. profits generated by ITD â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Kemper project should be returned to is an unmitigated disaster, Mississippi taxpayers. and is now the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cagle said state Audimost expensive coal plant. tor Stacey Pickering told To add insult to injury, the JobKeeper Alliance that Mississippi Power has althe relation between ITD ready rammed through and Bigger Pie Forum is on a punitive rate increase his radar, and that he plans on their customers and to ask the U.S. Treasury secured an agreement to Inspector General to look Nonprofit groups for the controversial Kemper County power plant, charge customers for up into the matter. now 80 percent complete, have stepped up public-relations efforts in to $1 billion in bonds to Foote calls the Jobrecent weeks. pay for this boondoggle. Keeper Allianceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s media Even Mississippi Powerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s blitz â&#x20AC;&#x153;a smear campaignâ&#x20AC;? CEO cannot say with designed to stem the tide confidence that things wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t continue to sippi and the state as a whole.â&#x20AC;? of public opinion against the plant. Foote spiral out of control,â&#x20AC;? Miller said. In recent weeks, a group of business added that he does favor electricity proJoining the Sierra Club is a not-for- and labor leaders called the JobKeeper duced with natural gas, because the process profit called the Bigger Pie Forum, which Alliance has started running ads on Face- known as hydraulic fracturing has made espouses fiscally conservative viewpoints book and stepping up its overall digital the fuel abundant and cheap. such as reining in government spend- footprint in support of Kemper. Patrick JobKeeper representatives who recenting and battling political cronyism. The Cagle, JobKeeperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s executive director, is a ly attended the Neshoba County Fair also Bigger Pie Forum and its directors have former security supervisor with Alabama met with Mississippi Attorney General Jim penned dozens of editorials that take aim Power Co., a subsidiary of Southern. Hoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office about investigating the diverat Kemperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rising costs. The board in- JobKeeperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s founders, Stewart Burkhal- sion of IDT taxpayer money to the Bigger cludes Chairman Kelley Williams, a for- ter and George Clark, are presidents of Pie Forum. mer executive at First Mississippi/Chem- the Alabama AFL-CIO and Manufacture Jan Schaefer, Hoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s communication first and Bruce Deer, president and CEO Alabama, a trade organization. director, said the agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s policy is not to of Ridgeland-based Neopolis Technology. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re concerned that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re using confirm or deny the existence of an ongoForest Thigpen, president of conservative public money to fight Mississippi jobs,â&#x20AC;? ing investigation. think tank Mississippi Center for Public Cagle said about the Bigger Pie Forum. Comment at Email R.L. Policy and technology consultant Charles Cagle and the JobKeeper Alliance Nave at


he financial performance of companies building a lignite coal-fired power plant that is nearing completion in eastern Mississippi has raised new questions about the sustainability of the project, and has intensified a quiet proxy war that is raging between two nonprofit organizations. In a recent report, Southern Co., the Atlanta-based corporate parent of Mississippi Power Co., released second-quarter earnings that showed a more than 50-percent earnings drop from last year. In the second quarter of 2013, Southern reported earnings of $297 million, or 34 cents per share, compared with earnings of $623 million, or 71 cents per share, during the second quarter of 2012. Southern cited â&#x20AC;&#x153;increased cost estimates for the construction of Mississippi Powerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kemper County project,â&#x20AC;? which include close to $1 billion in cost overruns. To date, the utilityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shareholders have absorbed $611 million in costs for the power plant, which is designed to gasify lignite, a low-energy-density coal, which is abundant in Mississippi. The plant will do so using TRIG technology, a system Southern trademarked and has been developing for 15 years, but has not tested on a commercial scale. Southernâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s executives remain upbeat about the plantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chances of providing â&#x20AC;&#x153;clean, safe, reliable and affordable electricityâ&#x20AC;? to Mississippi Powerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s customers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Despite recent cost challenges, we are making great progress in the construction of the Kemper County energy facility,â&#x20AC;? said Thomas Fanning, the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chief executive officer on an earnings call with investors and news media. An unlikely coalition has gelled around criticism of Kemper IGCC, and recently, the groups have stepped up their publicrelations campaigns. Kemperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s critics, who include conservationist and other taxpayer


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Green Approved as City CAO by Tyler Cleveland



he U.S. congressman After meticulously anwho helped get Chokwe swering each of the council Lumumba elected now memberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s questions, Green was has a direct line to the given a unanimous vote of apJackson mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office. proval from all seven city counThe Jackson City Council members. cil on Aug. 1 approved Synarus City Council President Green, former aide to U.S. ConCharles Tillman, Ward 5, asked gressman Bennie Thompson, Green to point out his famas the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chief administrative ily and friends in the audience. officer with a unanimous vote Green said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not sure who following an 80-minute public out there isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a friendâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;to hearing at City Hall. which Quentin Whitwell, Ward Green pledged to help the 1, laughed and replied, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oh, city gain ground in its relationyouâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find out soon enough.â&#x20AC;? ship with the state Legislature, Lumumbaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s other recent bring the council to the table for hirings include Safiya Omari budget negotiations and revamp as chief of staff, Imhotep Althe cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Web presence, among kebu-lan as the city attorney, other things. Willie Bell as deputy director The 36-year-old Murof public works and former rah High School Power teacher Derrick Trimble as APAC and Jackson State an assistant to the mayor. The Jackson City Council unanimously approved Jackson State University graduate Synarus Green to serve University W.E.B. Dubois HonOn the legislative side, as the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chief Administrative Officer. ors College graduate is the first Tillman has made his appointCAO the city has had since the ments for chair and vice chairFrank Melton administration. woman for each of the six counHe is a graduate of the Federal Cops Pro- campaign during Lumumbaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s runoff against Green said he enjoyed working on the cil committees. gram, and served as the communications of- Jonathan Lee. transition team after Lumumbaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inauguraTony Yarber, Ward 6, is heading up ficer for the Hattiesburg Police Department Thompson appeared in a radio spot tion, and jumped at the chance to work with the Budget and Education/Youth Ad-Hoc before going to work in Washington, D.C., that ran on several Jackson stations in the mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s administration when it was of- Committees, and LaRita Cooper-Stokes, for Thompson. which he accused Lee of being backed by fered. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We gave oversight to the executive Ward 3, is now leading the Planning and â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think his sense of organization and â&#x20AC;&#x153;the same people who opened their check- committees that were assigned to work with Rules Committee. Margaret Barrett-Sihis insistence on looking at the planning in books for Mitt Romney, and tried to defeat the respective departments within the city to mon, Ward 7, is in charge of the Legislathe long-term is going to help a lot,â&#x20AC;? Jack- President Barack Obamaâ&#x20AC;? and said Lee and get the status and goals for the mayor so he tive Committee, and serves as the vice son Mayor Chokwe Lumumba said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Also, his supporters were using the â&#x20AC;&#x153;same old could further establish his plan,â&#x20AC;? Green said. chairman on the Planning and Rules his sense of interconnectivenessâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;seeing the Republican tricks.â&#x20AC;? As CAO, Green is scheduled to make Committee. DeKeither Stamps, Ward 4, interrelationship of the departments and the â&#x20AC;&#x153;We share some common back- $90,000 a year, making him the second- who is the only council member to serve interrelationship of work, not only from one ground in Jackson and some professional highest paid city employee. As mayor, Lu- on every committee, is head of the Ecodepartment to the next, but from one period connections,â&#x20AC;? Green said of the mayor mumba makes $120,000 a year. nomic Development Committee and to the nextâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;will be a big asset.â&#x20AC;? after the hearing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s friends with my Council members were notably im- vice-chairman of the Budget Committee. The connection between Green and the former employer, Representative Thomp- pressed with Greenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resume. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It looks Quintin Whitwell, Ward 1, serves as vice mayor is Greenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work as an aide to Thomp- son. I offered my name for consideration like youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re qualified to do just about any- chairman of the Legislative Committee. son, who supported Lumumba during the on the transition team, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how thing,â&#x20AC;? Councilwoman Margaret BarrettComment at or mayoral race, and even lent his voice to the we re-met, so to speak.â&#x20AC;? Simon said. email Tyler at

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ome and listen to a story â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;bout a man named Phil. A poor governor barely kept his state fed. Then one day, he was shininâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; up his boots. And up through the ground, he hoped, would come a bubblinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; crude. Oil, that is. Black gold. Texas tea. Gov. Phil Bryant hopes thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oil in the hills of northwest Mississippi. At a meeting of the Southern States Energy Board July 27, Bryant and Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley announced the commission of a joint study of tar sands between the two states. Citing the most recently available reports from the 1980s, the governors estimated the Hartselle Sandstone formation could contain as much 7.5 billion barrels of crude oil (the U.S. imports about 7 million barrels every week). Approximately 350 million of those barrels are located within 50 feet of the surface, according to the memorandum of understanding between the two states. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For our nation to become more energy independent, we must recognize the importance of a forward-thinking approach to energy and continue to develop a comprehensive energy policy that works,â&#x20AC;? said Bryant, who chairs the SSEB. Whether developing tar sands represents forward-thinking economic policy remains a huge question mark, depending on whom one asks. The Hartselle Sandstone, the bulk of which lies underneath northeast Alabama, is a light-colored, thick layer of sandstone

and deep gray shale. The naturally occurring geological formation also contains a mix of sand, clay, water and viscous oil called bitumen. Bitumen is separated from the sandstone to produce crude oil that can be refined and turned into gasoline, motor oils and plastics. The process is labor-intensive and hard on the environment, which has drawn criticism in Canada. A 2012 study by Environment Canada, the Canadian counterpart to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, found that tar-sands production releases toxic hydrocarbons into the air and produces a sludge called tailingsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a mix of water, sand, clay, silt and hydrocarbons. In addition, oil-sands production displaces wildlife and leads to deforestation, even though Canadian mineral extraction companies promise to replant forests destroyed in the process. Last week, Canadian oil regulators launched an investigation into a series of small, but confounding spills where oil is bubbling out of the ground in

tar-sands development sites. Closer to home, a March 2013 tarsands pipeline spill of 1.1 million gallons near the town of Mayflower, Ark., resulted in two federal class-action lawsuits filed June 27 against ExxonMobil for the damage the spill caused. Ken Nemeth, the SSEBâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s executive director, said the Hartselle Sandstone is the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s third largest oil sands formation outside Utah and California. During a summit last fall, Bryant announced a partnership with the Canadian government, which would include relying on Canadian expertise to develop Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s energy resources. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been doing this for a long time, the last 60 or plus years, and so it enables us to learn from their environmental best practices,â&#x20AC;? Nemeth told Mississippi Public Broadcasting. So far, Mississippi Development Authority has not published a timeline for completing the study. Comment at Email R.L. Nave at




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ackson’s Stewpot Community Center is once again fully operational after a budget crunch brought on by the theft of up to $120,000. The 32-year-old non-profit organization, designed to help lift Jackson’s homeless people out of poverty, was able to reopen its Opportunity Center and a shelter for women and children called Sim’s House, just one week after announcing that both would be temporarily closed while the organization recovered from the theft. Program Director Frank Spencer said Aug. 2 that anonymous donors stepped up after the story hit the news, and Stewpot received three separate donations of $40,000, two from organizations and another from a private donor who wished to remain anonymous. The city of Jackson also donated $40,000 May 28 with a unanimous vote from the city council. “We are in better standing financially than we were at the end of last summer,” Spencer said. “We had a gentleman who donated $40,000 and two foundations that each gave us $40,000. It got us back on even keel to finish out the summer, we think.” The Opportunity Center, located at 845 Amite St., is a site that offers showers, a computer lab, a place to do laundry and has services to connect homeless people to rehabilitation centers, mental-health care and employment opportunities. Spencer said it serves around 100 people a day, and Sim’s House provides shelter for 25 women and children. Both sites were able to reopen one week after closing. Altogether, Stewpot serves about 650 people every day. Spencer also had to furlough some of his 25 full-time and 10 part-time employ-

ees. He was happy to report Friday that he’s been able to bring all of them back. The non-profit lost an estimated $120,000 in one week from Nov. 22 to Nov. 29, 2012, when a scammer put in a change of address form for the non-profit. Some of its mail diverted to another address where the thief stole the donation checks. “We knew something was up when we didn’t get near the number of donations we usually do,” Spencer said. “We get 40 percent of our contributions during the months of November and December, and for the week after Thanksgiving, our average number is around $120,000. Spencer contacted the U.S. Postal Service, and a Federal Postal Inspector investigation produced stills from a video camera inside the post office showing a man submitting the change of address form. Spencer said, to his knowledge, the search for the man continues. Callan Has Competition The Mississippi Business Journal reports that developer Journeyman Austin Construction has submitted a proposal to build a convention-center hotel across the street from the Jackson Convention Complex on Pascagoula Street in downtown Jackson. Developer Robinson Callen received an endorsement from the Jackson Redevelopment Authority June 25, and that endorsement included a land transfer, which will have to be put on hold until JRA has a chance to review Journeyman Austin’s proposal. Journeyman did not submit a price tag for its proposed 304-room, eight-floor hotel, but major differences between its

proposal and the Callen proposal include offering surface lot parking and making the hotel “entertainment themed.” At a press conference to announce the deal in June, Callen representatives said they wanted to break ground on the project before February 2014. It’s unclear how long the new proposal could delay construction, but city communications coordinator Latrice Westbrooks said the new proposal would be considered before the city moves forward with the Callen proposal. Thompson to Speak at GJCP U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson will be the special guest speaker at the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership’s Aug. 14, luncheon. The nine-term congressman for Mississippi’s Second District, who is in his fourth consecutive term on the Homeland Security Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives, is scheduled to speak at noon. Thompson served as alderman, then as mayor of his home town of Bolton, then Hinds County Supervisor for 13 years before being elected to congress in 1993. Cost is $35 for GJCP members and $40 for non-members. Call (601) 9487575 for more information. Clarion-Ledger Announces Cuts The Clarion-Ledger eliminated 12 jobs at the media company Friday. The affected jobs came from the news, advertising and finance departments, president and publisher Leslie Hurst said in the paper. Comment at Contact Tyler Cleveland

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y lower middle-class grandparentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; status largely shielded me from class issues. I grew up the only child of a single mother, and it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t until I was on my own as a teenaged wife and mother that class restraints became real. They started to weigh heavily on me. Among other things, I learned the rules of who the â&#x20AC;&#x153;properâ&#x20AC;? people are for certain jobs in the restaurants where I worked, and I saw the class lens through which some view young mothers. As an activist (and a real-life poor person), I am offended when I have to deal with classism within the liberal political and social-justice organizations I work with. If organizations think they can serve populations that their board members, directors or staff canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t or wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t speak with or listen to, they are in the wrong business. If an organization attempts to serve oppressed populations or low-income people but doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have representatives of those groups within the operation, it has failed. I am tired of hearing conversations within liberal circles about how uneducated some people are in Mississippi, and this is why we should worry about who votes. Our educational system isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t perfect, but I want to challenge those who make such arguments. They come dangerously close to the arguments made for literacy tests and voter disenfranchisement during Jim Crow, and they arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t something one should put into the social discourse. If voters are uneducated on issues, it is our job to reach out, not to further alienate them. We live in a state that is trying to disenfranchise votersâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need political parties, through their speech and actions, actively discouraging people from participating in the process. If either party wishes to broaden its base, it would do well to stop demonizing poor and working-class people and, instead, try talking to us. We are nice people. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just as goodâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and as badâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; as middle- and upper-class people, and we, too, want to understand the issues that affect us. No one can afford to write off whole groups of people from the social and political discourse of this country. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a losing strategy, especially with more and more people falling into poverty. For people on my side of the political spectrum, I strongly urge caution: You cannot be â&#x20AC;&#x153;on the sideâ&#x20AC;? of poor people and personally practice elitism. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t lead the people if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t love the people,â&#x20AC;? Cornel West said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t save the people if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t serve the people.â&#x20AC;? West is right. But he means all the people, not just the ones that society long ago chose as the â&#x20AC;&#x153;rightâ&#x20AC;? ones.




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Why it stinks: Bryant doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a direct link to God, and, while he wastes the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time and resources fighting a battle that conservatives lost four decades ago, many Mississippians will suffer from fixable problems. Bryant has grabbed headlines across the country for his stand against abortion and for prayer in public schools, but the U.S. Supreme Court settled these debates in 1973 and 1962, respectively. The Neshoba Democrat also quotes Bryant as saying, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I live in downtown Jackson in public housing â&#x20AC;Ś I hear about crime,â&#x20AC;? while in the same speech advocating open-carry laws for guns. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disappointing that Gov. Bryant would rather score cheap political capital with his base than work toward meeting the challenges of the 21st century.

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ithout the baby face, sugary snacks and legal minor status, Quardious Thomas makes for a less sympathetic poster child for gun reform than Floridaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Trayvon Martin. Unlike Martin, who had every right to be where he was the night George Zimmerman decided to pursue him, Thomas, 20, was inside a car that did not belong to him while the owner and everyone else in the Lakeover subdivision was fast asleep. Sometime after 6 a.m., just before the sun rose July 12, the owner of the car in which Thomas sat shattered the still of the morning with five gunshots fired into the vehicle. We will never know Thomasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; side of the story. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unclear how many of those bullets hit Thomas. He died later at the hospital. Jackson police officials have declined to pursue charges against the homeowner. It is not illegal to discharge a firearm in the city of Jackson, even in a residential neighborhood. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more, according to Jackson police officials, the shooting was justified under Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Castle Doctrine. Under the doctrine, homicide is justifiable if done to resist â&#x20AC;&#x153;any attempt unlawfully to kill such person or to commit any felony upon him.â&#x20AC;? The protection applies to homes, businesses, workplaces and occupied vehicles. In those scenarios, a citizen has no â&#x20AC;&#x153;duty to retreatâ&#x20AC;? before using deadly force. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plausible that the shooting of Quardious Thomas was justifiable. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plausible that, as the

homeowner told police, Thomas made a move that, on a dark morning, could have been interpreted as reaching for a gun of his own (police did not recover a weapon from Thomasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; body). We do not question the veracity of the homeownerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s statement to the police, but we are concerned about the thoroughness of JPDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s investigation. How thorough could it have been if, as Horton told us, the decision to not pursue charges was made at the scene by a patrol officer and affirmed by that officerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s supervisor? As far as JPD is concerned, the matter is closed. But JPD is not the only law enforcement agency that can review homicides. Robert Shuler Smith, Hinds Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s elected district attorney, recently joined in a lawsuit to block implementation of Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new open-carry statute that he and other law-enforcement officials say introduces a new wrinkle of uncertainty to crime fighting. Smithâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reasoning in opposing the open-carry law was that, in his view, the law is constitutionally vague. In fact, Smith acknowledged the Castle Doctrineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;gray areasâ&#x20AC;? to this publication in 2010 and wondered if the Legislature should not address some of the doctrineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inherent subjectiveness. Now is the time for the district attorney to flesh out those gray areas. Smith should do what JPD has declined to do: perform a rigorous investigation into the facts of the case and move quickly to make his findings public.

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ANTON – Hayat Mohamed has a cause. “We are different from other generations,” the 19-year-old Tougaloo College English major says. “We have such an individualistic ideal, how we see things. We have to get away from that and see other people’s problems. … If we took our eyes off that narrow path and look at the person next to us, we could unify.” Her cause? Doing what she can to get United Auto Workers membership cards in the hands of the 5,000-plus workers at the Nissan plant in Canton. “To be able to voice their opinions and their needs without being worried they are going to get fired … to talk to someone about safety issues, health-care benefits, temp workers, what happens to them if they get injured.” I’m sitting across the table from Mohamed and fellow Tougaloo student Kimar Cain at the UAW office on Nissan Parkway, and I’m remembering my student days in the ’60s, protesting for civil rights and against the Vietnam War. Young people need a cause. They’ve got the energy, the courage, the idealism that tells them they can make a difference. And they can. Young people are a key reason things are happening on the UAW-Nissan front. The call from workers and community supporters for a fair union election in Canton is getting louder. The 150-plus members of the Mississippi Student Justice Alliance from Tougaloo and Jackson State, joined by supporters from colleges in Georgia, Florida and Tennessee, are taking the issue into neighborhoods, car dealerships, auto shows, on-campus rallies, the Internet and YouTube. They are part of a larger campaign that has seen Nissan-Canton workers speak to audiences in Brazil, Japan and South Africa as well as in U.S. cities such as Washington, D.C., Atlanta and Detroit. Brazilian labor leaders and students have come to Canton to show their support and study what veteran observers see as potentially the most important labor campaign in decades. “We have a lot of talent on this team,” says Cain, a 23-year-old senior at Tougaloo majoring in history and African American studies. “From writers to videographers to photographers—everything visual and that can be heard—we have those things, and we have the ability to get it out, and get it out quickly, and let it be seen so people can really dig into what we are saying, and they’re like … `How can I get involved?’” What was missing back in my day was

a real alliance with working-class people. Students were protesting in the ’60s, but few blue-collar workers. Most were even hostile. Now, students are on the front lines, side-by-side with workers, and the workers appreciate it. Jeffrey Moore, 35, an 11-year veteran Nissan employee says he’s proud of the students: “They are doing something out of their time. You’ll never get a lot of play on that out of the media. They are doing a lot of hard work for us, trying to make this thing go down.” They’re getting Nissan’s attention, too. After a history of mixed relations with local political leaders, who’ve been prohibited from annexing the plant and had little input into its expansion plans, Nissan’s bosses “all of a sudden are pillars of the community,” Moore says. In recent months, Nissan announced a $500,000 grant to Canton schools and a $100,000 gift to the Medgar and Myrlie Evers Institute. It hosted a free, 10-year-anniversary community festival featuring Kool & the Gang, promised a raise to workers (after a sevenyear pay-raise hiatus) and a program to help temporary workers transition to full time. Nissan’s $100,000 gift to the Evers Institute is a key reason, sources believe, that Hollywood celebrity Danny Glover, a vocal supporter of unionization at the Canton plant, did not speak at the annual Medgar Evers dinner in June, even though he had been a speaker in the past and was expected to speak again this year. “The barbarians are at the gates,” says Anthony Wayne Walker, 39, a metal finisher at Nissan’s Canton plant and union supporter. “You got to give them something to eat. It is one thing the corporation doesn’t like. It is bad publicity. That equates to sales, to dollar signs, so you counteract everything the union is doing. Throw ’em a bone, and it looks good on TV. All of a sudden you come out with a checkbook.” Leading the applause for Nissan are Gov. Phil Bryant and other top pols, despite a report showing the state’s record $1.3 billion investment has failed to reap the promised rewards, resulting in a $290,000 subsidy for each plant job. Nissan worker Walker says he knows why, and a question to Gov. Bryant would explain it to the rest of us: “Who are you playing golf with?” Joe Atkins is a veteran journalist, columnist, and professor of journalism at the University of Mississippi. His blog is laborsouth.blogspot. com; email

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Lindsey Horton



ust before dawn on the morning of July 12, a homeowner in the Lakeover subdivision of northwest Jackson crept out onto his front porch and fired five shots into his own car. The only person occupying the vehicle was 20-year-old Quardious Thomas, who later died at a local hospital. At the time, Jackson police officials said that the homeowner, whose name has not been made public, would not be charged with a crime, citing Mississippi’s Castle Doctrine. Part of Mississippi’s justifiable homicide statute, the Castle Doctrine outlines circumstances under which individuals may use deadly force to protect their home, automobile or body. Chief Lindsey Horton, who at the time of Thomas’ shooting was interim police chief and awaiting confirmation from the Jackson City Council, says the homeowner told police that he feared Thomas had a gun. “It was in the early morning, still under the cover of darkness, and he couldn’t see very well. He did what he felt he needed to do,” Horton told the Jackson Free Press. “He protected himself, he protected his property and, of course, his home, and he has every right to do that.” A Jackson native, Horton, 61, has spent 29 years working his way up through the Jackson Police Department’s chain of command, including 11 years as a deputy chief. Horton said the officer who responded to the call on Tanglewood Cove, along with the officer’s supervisor who arrived later, decided not to arrest the homeowner. Some Jackson legal experts disagree with JPD’s official position on the shooting, however. At a forum organized that the Mississippi NAACP Magnolia Bar Association and A. Phillip Randolph Institute held Aug. 1, some participants drew parallels between what they called ambiguities in the law that led to Thomas’ death and the Florida doctrine that made headlines after 17-year-old Trayvon Martin’s death last year. Martin’s shooter, neighborhood volunteer George Zimmerman, was not initially charged with a crime because police said Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, which is similar to Mississippi’s Castle Doctrine, justified Martin’s killing.

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Age: 61 Relationship Status: Married (LaaWandaa), no children Education: B.A., Criminal Justice (1976), Urban Studies (2001), Jackson State University Experience: Chief, Jackson Police Department; 29 total years with JPD “A killing of any sort is homicide. The question becomes whether it’s justifiable … Police agencies are making the determination, and I submit that’s the wrong agency,” attorney Malcolm Harrison said at the NAACP’s Know Your Rights Forum. Horton acknowledged that many laws his agency must enforce contain a lot of gray area, and expressed frustration that the Legislature often declines to gather input from JPD, the state’s largest municipal force, when it crafts laws aimed at public safety. Horton recently spoke with the JFP bout the Thomas shooting, the state’s new open-carry law, and boosting morale and rooting out corruption in the Jackson Police Department. In the incident a few weeks ago, where a homeowner shot a young man, what was the thinking that went into not arresting or charging the homeowner?

I don’t know what the homeowner was thinking. As he expressed, he was afraid that the individual that’s in the process of burglarizing his vehicle was armed. It was in the early morning, still under the cover of darkness, and he couldn’t see very well. He did what he felt he needed to do: He protected himself, he protected his property and, of course, his home, and he has every right to do that. We made a decision—the officer at

The Jackson City Council confirmed 29-year police department veteran Lindsey Horton as the capital city’s new top cop on July 18, 2013.

the time made the decision—not to arrest him and, so far during the investigation, there has not been any reason to arrest him. That’s our position. So the decision was made by the officer on the scene?

No, the officer made the decision and, when the supervisor arrived on the scene, it was a collective decision. It still stands to this day. Are there ongoing public education efforts to clarify some of the ambiguity in the law?

There needs to be more education. I’m not an attorney, nor do I play one on TV.

There are the executive, judicial and legislative branches of government. Our job is to enforce existing laws, and we don’t have the autonomy to determine which laws to enforce. If I had a seat at the table—as I understand that wasn’t the case with this open-carry bill that was enacted—a lot of what we’re dealing with now would have been dealt with then. The same goes for the so-called Castle Doctrine. I don’t remember anybody asking us, (and) we represent the capital city of the state of Mississippi. You would think (legislators) would reach out and want to know what we felt about some of this before they moved forward with that legislation. But that did not happen.

Right now it’s in flux, but how are you directing your officers to enforce the new open-carry law?

We have no reason to enforce it because it’s not in place, yet. We are really concerned, though. We are concerned when and if it does go into effect, it’s going to cause us to police differently. A lot of officers are concerned. We are accustomed to (going) on a scene (where there is only) one gun there—that’s ours. I cringe at the thought of arriving at any kind of altercation, and everybody there has a weapon and, in some cases, a higher caliber than mine. I can see that causing us some problems, and we’re going to have to modify how we approach policing in the city of Jackson. But people can open carry now.

Oh yes, but you have people who are going to strap them on just to look like the Old West. How closely are you keeping an eye on problems at the Raymond Detention Center? Have the problems forced you to rethink policing strategies?

It’s our intent to continue to arrest people that need to be arrested. If they are a menace to society, they’re committing crimes, then it is our intent to remove them from society to try to modify their behavior. If locking them up will do that, then that’s what we’re going to do. It’s incumbent on not only Sheriff (Tyrone) Lewis, but on the other 81 sheriffs in the state of Mississippi—it’s their job to be responsible for any prisoner or inmate in their county. There are times that they’re at full capacity, and they work very hard to accommodate us. They recognize that Jackson is the largest municipality in Hinds County and, as such, we have more inmates than Clinton, Bolton, Edwards, Terry and all the other (municipalities). So, no, it has not had an impact on how we police. We’re going to continue to do what we need to do. You’ll hear me use “Pookie” and “Ray-Ray.” Those are names of endearment that I use to reflect those that are hell-bent on being a menace to society. So if Pookie is intent on being Pookie, we’re going to transport Pookie to Shelby County,

Tennessee, to lock him up (if necessary). What’s happening in Hinds County’s Raymond Detention Center has no impact on how we do our jobs. We’re going to find someplace for Pookie. They should not take any comfort in thinking that Raymond is booked or full. We will always find someplace that would accommodate them. Does Jackson need its own jail? There has been some talk about that by members of the Jackson City Council and Hinds County Board of Supervisors.

I don’t know that we need our own jail, but we obviously need something that’s more workable than what we have now. We have our challenges. I would love

“A uniformed police officer is the most visible element of government.” to send out a memo to all thugs and criminals and ask them to give us some relief. I don’t think that would work. I think something does need to be done—whether it’s privatizing the existing system (or) building another one. Whatever it takes, it’s going to take a while to get it done. If the board of supervisors, the city council, or any other power comes together and somehow it rains 400 zillion million dollars, it’s still going to take a number of years to make that a reality. If you started construction on a facility today, it’s still going to take a couple of years for us to have total use of that. In the meantime, we’ve got to come up with some innovative ways of dealing with the criminal element. Are you open to developing alternatives to jail for low-level minor offenses?

Oh, absolutely. ... House arrest works in a lot of areas, as long we have the proper authorities monitoring those. We’ve had occasions where we’ve arrested people with ankle bracelets on, and they’re supposed to be monitored. If we can get a system that works as its designed to work, then I would be all for it.

I ask because it’s something Mayor Lumumba campaigned on.

I think what he’s saying (about) alternatives involves getting into the communities, getting to young men before they become criminals. And, yes, I agree with that. As I indicated, there’s this whole notion about who’s responsible for crime. Long gone are the days when the police department is exclusively responsible for preventing crime. I think it’s a more holistic approach we should take. Everyone is responsible, starting with the individuals themselves. When individuals commit crimes, they make a conscious and deliberate decision to commit crimes. They might not always know what’s right, but they know when something is wrong. It starts in the home—my father, my mother—it goes from there to school, from there it goes to churches, and at the very end, law enforcement. When policing gets involved, it indicates to me that one or all of those others have failed, and too often it’s the home. Parents have almost given up on raising kids. They want to be a popular mother or father. I think they need to do what’s necessary, and it starts when they’re babies. You don’t wait until your son gets tall enough to look you in the eye before you start trying to discipline them. You hear me use (the example of) Pookie and Pookie may be 13 years old, and we take Pookie home and often we meet a larger version of Pookie, who happens to be his daddy, and that’s unfortunate—the sagging pants and all of that. Granted, there are some occasions when parents are doing all that they can do. … They’re using every resource they have available—their last $2—to try to raise their kids properly. They might have five or six kids, but they have that one that decides they want to do things their way. The same kids raised by the same parents under the same roof, but this one decides he wants to do things differently. For all practical purposes these are good parents; sometimes they go broke trying to raise kids that go off the beaten path. I’m referring to those that do not put forth the effort, those that do not understand that having kids means raising kids. Then they become part of our jobs to go out and arrest them, sometimes over and over for the same crimes. Given Mayor Lumumba’s background in social activism and as a defense attorney representing people JPD might lock up, has that caused you to rethink how you police Jackson?

He’s given me free rein to do what police chiefs do, which is enforce the law. MORE CHIEF, SEE PAGE 18

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from the police because there were times they could call us out to the car and slap us

part of an entity that I know is necessary. I endeavor to use every resource that I have available to make the citizens of Jackson safe, that the economy may continue to thrive and that socalled migration out of Jackson may reverse itself. TRIP BURNS

Under no circumstance has he given me a directive to not arrest anyone or be soft on crime. And I’m going to be very aggressive, to the point that I may cause a little bit of inconvenience to our law-abiding citizens. If they tolerate us while we do our jobs, much like construction at a local business that has signs up that say, “Please excuse us while we improve,” (they will reap the benefits). I don’t propose to speak for the mayor, but when I made a deliberate decision to work for him, I had this understanding of him. There was an occasion when someone reached way back in the archives and pulled up a statement where he—and it appeared that it was taken out of context—that he doesn’t like police. Well, guess what: I’m 61. You go back in the life of a 61-year-old black man, there were times when I wasn’t excited about police, either. The entity of policing, I love. Policing goes back to biblical days. You cannot have a civilized society when you have the haves and the havenots. People are going to try to take from other people. What I did not like were those officers who were of the Caucasian persuasion who used their authority against a people of a different hue. My brothers and I and everyone else in our neighborhood used to run away

CHIEF from page 17

In remarks to your commanders, you talked a lot about professionalism. For example, you said you didn’t want to hear anyone referring to Mayor Lumumba as “Chokwe” or using profanity with citizens. Why is professionalism important in crime fighting?

It’s about image, and image can mean two things. It can mean how we present ourselves in uniform, how we present ourselves in our marked police cars, and it has to do with how Police Chief Lindsey Horton has known his we interact with and among the citinew boss, Mayor Chokwe Lumumba, for four zens of Jackson and anyone else who decades. In order to improve JPD’s image and may travel through for the purpose raise the department’s level of professionalism, which he believes has diminished in recent of working, doing business or visits. years, Horton has forbidden officers from I think we need to do a better job. referring to the mayor by first name. It’s been said that a uniformed police officer is the most visible eleor throw unconsumed soda on us. That did ment of government in any municipality. not dissuade me from wanting to become a So, yes, I’m pretty adamant about that. I


think we should project ourselves and speak in the vernacular that professional officers should speak. It’s my position that 90 percent of crime is committed by 10 percent of the population. If I embrace the notion that 90 percent of the citizens are law-abiding citizens, our focus should perhaps be on that 10 percent (of criminals). It stands to reason that if you have occasion to interact with or stop an individual for a traffic violation, then they should be treated with courtesy. They should be treated with professionalism until such time it rises to a time that it causes us to escalate our level … A lot of times, officers—not necessarily JPD officers—become overly officious. They take themselves too seriously. I want to make sure that officers understand what our charge is. The entity of law enforcement is to make people feel safe as we keep them safe. JPD’s image, the level of perceived professionalism, can help as much as hurt?

I think crime prevention should be done by committee. I think all of us play a role, meaning all the citizens. If you see a crime a being committed, you should report it—any level of crime—and you can also



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to answer your question, no, I don’t want anyone to fear me. I want to work. I’m part of the team; I’m the leader. I’m not unapproachable. A lot of chiefs have been accused of being unapproachable. When I’m out in public, officers go out of their way to come and speak to me. It doesn’t mean that I’m weak. And it doesn’t mean that I want them to be afraid of me, but I do want them to get on board. What was the thinking behind having two assistant chiefs instead of just one like your predecessor?

start by not committing crimes yourselves. You see someone come through your community with a 42-inch flat-screen, fresh in a box, and they want to sell it to you for 100 (dollars), you’ve got to know it’s hot. Particularly if he has 10 or 12 others in his truck—he stole them from some place. So if you become a part of that criminal enterprise, and you purchase it from him, don’t be surprised when and if you become a victim weeks later, when he comes back to rob your home to get the very TV he sold you two weeks earlier. So we need the public’s help. We obviously can’t be every place all the time. We need the eyes and ears of the public to help us bring crime under control. And do understand that Jackson does not have the monopoly on crime. As long as you have the haves and the have-nots, there’s going to be crime, OK? What we want to do is minimize it. We want to lock those up that need to be locked up. We want to either convert them, not necessarily to Christianity, but we want to conform them to civility, that they might do the right thing. That they might be socialized into society and make all the working-class people feel comfortable so that they might go about their business, and to enhance our society that we might all live a high degree. There are also perceptions about this agency—that morale is low, that corruption is a problem ...

This notion of low morale, while I agree, I don’t know how you measure that. It’s such an intangible. There are (officers) who, if you were to ask them to “name two things that you need most to be happy,” obviously (the answer) might be more money and perhaps a new car, more equip-

ment. I’ve noticed that even if they get a raise, weeks later they go turn that financial windfall into a new motorcycle or new truck, and they’re right back to where they started, and they need yet more money. What I’m saying is that morale is not always dictated by compensation. I think it has to do with working conditions. It has to do with appreciation. As long as I’ve been around the police department—and we’re approaching 29 years now, I’ve been a deputy chief for 11 years—I’ve noticed with more than a casual interest, the upand-down morale. Our officers are fine officers. I would venture to say that while I’m not naive to think that all of our officers are perfect, a great high percentage of our officers are professional. They do what they’re asked to do, but we have those that get off the beaten path sometimes; they do as much as they need to do. But with higher morale, these officers would go above and beyond. That’s what I’m seeking. I want officers to go above and beyond. Don’t just ride around and wait for the dispatcher to call them or send them on a call, but I need them patrolling. I need them to be conscientious about the safety of the citizens of Jackson, the safety of our elderly, the safety of our females, the safety of our young people, and to serve as quiet role models. The big mouth isn’t the one that always needs to get the attention. Be professional. Have young people look up to you. … I just need our officers to understand, that might be part of what it’s going to take to enhance the economic plight of Jackson as well as that image (of Jackson). So yes, we absolutely we need to enhance morale. … We’ve had some officers who have committed criminal acts. Unfortunately,

you can’t legislate integrity. Integrity is something that needs to come with you. It needs to be part of your fiber. And, unfortunately, you can’t get that through an interview, because people are going to say what you want to hear just to get the job. And then when they get access, they get a badge, they get a gun, they get a uniform. Much too often during my career, we’ve had officers that have used their authority to take advantage of people—even to the point of creating criminal activity. Under my watch, if it’s determined that an officer has committed a crime, I’m going to take it very personal. Not only will that officer be terminated, but I will be very emphatic and try to have that officer prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, because I think that an officer in uniform committing crimes is worse than a common criminal. And (to) anyone with any intent of becoming a law enforcement officer: We want strong positive men and women to come and join the Jackson Police Department. I want professional officers. I want professional department. And if they have any intent of doing anything other than that, then they need not apply to the Jackson Police Department. Do you want your officers to fear you?

I don’t manage like that. As a matter of fact ... I pride myself on not making decisions while I am moved by something that someone has done to disappoint me. I’ve been around long enough for officers to know how I manage. I lead by example. I think officers around have a pretty good idea what kind of a person I am. I am a nononsense type of person. I think you apply appropriate discipline to the appropriate transgression. So

It’s well-known that you have a background in martial arts. How do you see that factoring into your performing duties as chief of police?

I’m an 8th-degree black belt. I ascended through the ranks of martial arts just like the police department. I appreciate rank structure. I’ve taught martial since 1971, and I can’t help but think it has helped craft (all) that I am. I believe in the discipline of the art. While training helps me develop my physical prowess to the point that I feel comfortable defending myself, the first part of martial arts is how to take a blow. Seeing the blood and intestines of people on crime scenes—and yet being able to bring a calm presence to law enforcement, I’m hoping that will permeate throughout the department — that we will be a kinder, gentler police department. Do you prefer to be called chief or sensei?

Chief is fine. I think that would be the professional thing. Comment at Email R.L. Nave at

Chief Lindsey Horton (center) recently announced his command staff. Pictured, from left: Allen White, deputy chief of patrol operations; Lee Vance, assistant chief of patrol operations and investigations; Calvin Matthews, assistant chief of police administration; Dwayne Thomas, deputy chief of administrative support.

I actually think it’s a better flow. The police department has had that before, back when Robert Moore was chief of police. I think it lessens some of the load off of one assistant chief. As you know, in any municipality, the assistant chief is generally the one that runs the day-to-day operations (and) bootson-the-ground flow of a police department. (Assistant) Chief (Lee) Vance has done an outstanding job. As a matter of fact, he’s been my boss for the past six years, but he was dealing with operations, the enforcement side. He’s also had to deal with the administrative side, which is the civilian side—the jail, forensic crime lab, licensing and permits, vehicle management (and) communications. I felt that we needed someone else to help manage that flow—Chief Vance did a yeoman’s job with that—but to give him some relief. Too often, citizens have complained that it has take us too long to respond to complaints and other things dealing with the police department. So that’s the primary purpose: that we move more expeditiously and more efficiently.



August 7-13, 2013


De-picky-fying Kids by Kelly Bryan Smith


s a parent, I strive to avoid labels. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want my son to be limited by outside perceptions and categorization. I want him to be free to define himself rather than creating a self-fulfilling prophecy. That is one of the reasons why I avoid the p-word in my vocabulary like the plague. My son might have a slightly more narrow definition

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unhealthy. Instead, bake with a blend of white whole-wheat flour, quinoa flour, almond flour, chickpea flour or whatever other healthy alternatives float your personal boat. I also mix in some ground flax seed or wheat germ with my flour mixes. â&#x20AC;˘ Doctor the marinara. Secretly slipping veggies into kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; food is kosher for some and controversial for others. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not morally opposed, tomato sauce has a strong flavor that can cover up a little bit of tweaking. If you have a blender or food processor, you can easily boost the nutritional value of those noodles with a little sweet potato or spinach hidden in the sauce. â&#x20AC;˘ Choose to buy healthy food. If you only have nutritious options in the refrigerator and cabinets, then that is what your kids will eat. Stock up on healthier varieties of your old favorites. At my house, for example, we like the Annieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s organic macaroni and cheese made with five-grain noodles.

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1 can low sodium organic black beans, rinsed 3 tablespoons coconut oil 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 3 large free-range eggs 3/4 cup of sugar of your choice (I use local honey) 1 tablespoon real vanilla extract 1/4 cup ground flax seed 3/4 cup fair trade chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350. Put the black beans, coconut oil, unsweetened cocoa powder, eggs, sugar, vanilla extract, and the ground flax seed into a food processor. Process on high for 45 to 60 seconds. Pour batter into a lightly buttered or nonstick-sprayed 9-inch by 9-inch pan. Sprinkle with chocolate chips. Bake for 27 to 30 minutes, depending on oven. To serve, heat in the microwave for 10 to 15 seconds to get the chocolate chips all melty. Enjoy with a glass of cold milk.

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Otherwise uncertain kids are more likely to taste vegetables they grew themselves.

of deliciousness than I do, but I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t call him, or any other kids, picky. He likes broccoli and blueberries and edamame and lots of other healthy foods. Some days it just seems a little more difficult than others to move beyond the stereotypical kid foods and ensure adequate nutritional intake. Because if I let him, he would undoubtedly eat macaroni and cheese for every meal.


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Coming into the pose: Sitting upright with your legs straight in front, bend your knees to draw the soles of your feet together and open your knees out to the side. Keep your pelvis in a neutral position, neither tilting forward or backward, and lengthen your spine. Your hands may support you from behind your hips or, if you are more flexible, you can hold your ankles. Hold 1 to 3 minutes, breathing comfortably.



Ardha Matsyendrasana (Half Lord of the Fishes Pose or Half Spinal Twist) Coming into the pose: Sitting upright with your legs out in front, cross your right foot over your left leg. Press both sitting bones into the ground. With support of your right hand on the floor behind your right hip, lengthen your spine. On an exhalation, twist toward your right leg and cross your left elbow over to the outside of your right knee. Continue the twist through the length of your spine and look over your right shoulder. Hold 60 seconds, breathing comfortably. Release and repeat on the other side.


Supta Padangusthasana (Reclining Big Toe Pose or Reclining Hamstring Stretch) Coming into the pose: Have a strap, tie or belt handy. Lie flat on your back with your feet joined together. Holding the strap in both hands, bend your right leg and place the strap around your foot. Press your left thigh bone into the ground and extend your right leg straight reaching through all four corners of your feet. Hold for 60 to 90 seconds. Release and repeat with your left leg.


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ITALIAN BRAVO! (4500 Interstate 55 N., Jackson, 601-982-8111) Award-winning wine list, Jackson’s see-and-be-seen casual/upscale dining. Cerami’s (5417 Lakeland Drive, Flowood, 601-919-28298) Southern-style Italian cuisine features their signature Shrimp Cerami.


Eslava’s Grille (2481 Lakeland Drive, 601-932-4070) Latin-influenced dishes like ceviche in addition to pastas, steaks, salads and other signature seafood dishes. Huntington Grille (1001 East County Line Road, Jackson Hilton, 601-957-2800) Mississippi fine dining features seafood, crayfish, steaks, fried green tomatoes, shrimp & grits, pizzas and more. Rocky’s (1046 Warrington Road, Vicksburg 601-634-0100) Enjoy choice steaks, fresh seafood, great salads, hearty sandwiches. The Penguin (1100 John R Lynch Street, 769.251.5222) Fine dining at its best.

MEDITERRANEAN/GREEK Aladdin Mediterranean Grill (730 Lakeland Drive 601-366-6033) Delicious authentic dishes including lamb dishes, hummus, falafel, kababs, shwarma.

BARBEQUE Hickory Pit Barbeque (1491 Canton Mart Rd. 601-956-7079) The “Best Butts in Town” features BBQ chicken, beef and pork along with burgers and po’boys. Haute Pig (1856 Main Street, 601-853-8538) A “very high class pig stand,” Haute Pig offers Madison diners BBQ plates, sandwiches, po-boys, salads.

COFFEE HOUSES Cups Espresso Café (Multiple Locations, Jackson’s local group of coffeehouses offer a wide variety of espresso drinks. Wi-fi. Hazel Coffee Shop (2601 N. State St. Fondren Across from UMC) Fresh locally roasted coffee and specialty drinks to perk up your day!


Back Yard Burgers (Multiple Locations, 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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Crazy Ninja (2560 Lakeland Dr., Flowood 601-420-4058) Rock-n-roll sushi and cook-in-front-of-you hibachi. Lunch specials, bento boxes, fabulous cocktails. Ruchi India (862 Avery Blvd @ County Line Rd. 601-991-3110) Classic Indian cuisine from multiple regions. Lamb, vegetarian, chicken, shrimp and more. Pan Asia (720 Harbor Pines Dr, Ridgeland 601-956-2958) Beautiful ambiance and signature asian fusion dishes and build-your-own stir-frys. Fusion Japanese and Thai Cuisine (1002 Treetop Blvd, Flowood 601-664-7588) Specializing in fresh Japanese and Thai cuisine, an extensive menu features everything from curries to fresh sushi

VEGETARIAN High Noon Café (2807 Old Canton Road in Rainbow Plaza 601-366-1513) Fresh, gourmet, tasty and healthy defines the lunch options at Jackson’s own strict vegetarian (and very-vegan-friendly) restaurant adjacent to Rainbow Whole Foods.

While they finish their permanent Fondren location, Pig and Pint owners Grant Hutcheson and Chris Clark are serving barbecue at Livingston Farmers Market.


hat do you get when you combine competition-style barbecue and craft beers? Pig and Pint. Owner and chef Grant Hutcheson and his business partner Chris Clark are getting set to open their new barbecue restaurant in the former Mimi’s Family and Friends location at 3139 N. State St. Pig and Pint hopes to entice people’s taste buds with great food and beer— hence the partners’ inspiration for the name. The restaurant’s website boasts “authentic, smokehouse barbecue,” which is where the term ‘low and slow’ comes into play. “We’re going to specialize in barbecue. That’s going to be our core of our menu, and we’re both advocates of beer,” Hutcheson says. “We think the competition-style barbecue would go well with craft beers.” While they finish renovating the restaurant space, the pair are serving the Madison area each week, selling sandwiches and sides at the Livingston Farmers Market. “We got involved with sponsors out there and we have been out there every week,” Hutcheson. Hutcheson and Clark also cater the Livingston Concert Series, including the upcoming September 27 edition with country music star Lee Brice. “We did the Travis Tritt concert, (and) had a good turnout. We did the Kellie Pickler concert, (and) had a good turnout, and we know the one in September will be the same,” Hutcheson says.

Hutcheson, a classically trained chef, has not always served up barbecue. The 28-year-old Jackson native, who now lives in Madison, also worked at Parlor Market in Jackson for a year. “I consider being there the core of my culinary experience and education,” Hutcheson says. “I learned a lot from those guys, just a variety of things.” While Hutcheson was training as a chef, he also started to explore the world of barbecuing. “Ten years into my career, my college chef offered to take me to his barbecue competition with his team, and I went with him, and I got hooked,” Hutcheson says. “From then on out, I was at every meet and every competition.” After watching all those barbecue masters, Hutcheson decided that it was something that he wanted to do as well, so he started to play around with recipes. Fast forward to a little more than a year ago. That’s when Hutcheson met Clark, and the pair decided that they wanted to open up a barbecue restaurant. “Chris is very talented at what he does. He’s one of the best (businessmen) in town, that’s how I heard about him,” Hutcheson says. “We got together and started thinking of concepts that we should do, and barbecue happened to be the first one that we wanted to do.” Hutcheson and Clark were able to make that concept a reality. Pig and Pint is not open, yet, but the owners plan to open the doors in the fall. They already have fan favorites: pulled pork sandwiches, pulled chicken and ribs.



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reud’s Last Session,” by Mark St. Germain, is a both a play and a well-researched work of historical fiction. The premise is of a meeting between the devout atheist Sigmund Freud and Christian-convert C. S. Lewis, and the result is a humorous, witty and extremely articulate conversation. Set in London, where Freud lived in exile and Lewis taught at Oxford, the two intellectuals spar near the start of the German bombing on England during World War II. As they debate their opposing views on God, love, sex and morality, they are interrupted by the portents of war—blaring air raid sirens and sobering radio announcement from the prime minister. “St. Germain has a gift,” actor John Maxwell explains. “He takes the essence of Freud and the essence of Lewis, and lifts the two, bounces them around. The result is a piece of theater and entertainment.” A performer and playwright himself, Maxwell is the prime mover behind Fish Tale Group Theatre’s production at Belhaven University. Seeing “Freud’s Last Session” in New York inspired Maxwell to stage the show in Jackson. “The play intersects the two things that I want Fish Tale Theatre to be about—social issues and spirituality,” Maxwell says. He weaves his fingers together as he speaks, trying to demonstrate how the earthly and the elevated are interconnected, and sometimes controversial. “We don’t shy away from controversy,” he adds. “We want to confront the real issues.” Cast in the role of Freud, Maxwell skillfully embodies his character. With a wave of his unlit cigar, he dismisses his opponent’s religious prattle. At another point, Maxwell’s imposing stature shrinks with helplessness as he tells the story of his daughter’s arrest and detainment by the Nazis. To look the part, he’s grown a beard. Actor Danny Dauphin plays the young and then-relatively unknown C. S. Lewis. As his character parries with humor, Dauphin’s portrayal of the intellectual, glowing with newfound faith, feels genuine. “Danny is a talented actor—I was very pleased when he was cast,” Maxwell says. “If you’re going to be onstage with one person for the duration of a play, you want that person to be somebody you can trust. I trust him 100 percent.” The show’s director, Stewart Hawley, is a new addition to Belhaven’s faculty. He’s spending his first summer in Jackson working with students involved in the production, including the stage manager, props, costumes and tech. The set, designed by Joe Frost, the chairman of Belhaven’s theater department, seems to be a spot-on repre-

Sigmund Freud is the subject of the latest play on Fish Tale Group Theatre’s roster.

sentation of Freud’s study. A heavy oak desk, layers of Persian rugs, bookshelves, and a satin upholstered fainting couch convey the period and the doctor’s affluence. The built-in window behind the desk, where Freud stands and anxiously watches for his daughter, adds another dimension, inviting the audience to imagine what is happening outside. Sound is also very important to the play. Recorded bombings, sirens and BBC broadcasts of Neville Chamberlain’s original speeches enhance the vivid, uneasy realism of the production. “Theater has to be entertainment,” Maxwell says. “Given a wide berth, inspiration is right in there with entertainment. Education is, too, though not at the forefront.”

Although Maxwell and the group have staged smaller productions based on religious and biblical stories, “Freud’s Last Session” is Fish Tale Group Theatre’s second fully staged production of a well-known script. With Maxwell at the helm and inspiring entertainment at the heart of the endeavor, theatergoers can trust there’s more to come. “Freud’s Last Session” opens Aug. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Belhaven’ University’s art Center for the Arts. (835 Riverside Drive, 601-968-5930). The show runs August 8-10 and 15-17, with performances at 7:30 each night, as well as 2 p.m. matinees Aug. 10 and 17. Tickets are $17 in advance or $20 at the box office. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit, or call 601-714-1414.


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he only thing remotely understated in “2 Guns” is the title. The good, the bad, and the ugly—in the form of DEA agents, naval intelligence officers, drug cartels and low life thugs—run around with weapons of all shapes and sizes, killing people for kicks and grins and money. This is all to say that there are way more than two guns in this film directed by Icelander Baltasar Kormákur (“Contraband,” “101 Reykjavik”). Based on a script written by Blake Masters, who adapts the material from the “Boom!” graphic novels by Stephen Grant, Kormákur sets up his characters during a funny scene in a diner, then puts them through a stickup that goes disastrously wrong. Most of the movie deals with its bloody aftermath. The happiest trigger fingers belong to Robert “Bobby” Trench (Denzel Washington) and Michael “Stig” Stigman (Mark Wahlberg). They partner together to rob a bank holding $3 million dollars of drugcartel money—or so they think. Their partnership falls apart, comes back together, falls apart, and so on, like Sisyphus pushing a rock up the mountain and then being rolled over by the rock before reaching the peak and doing it all over again. Bobby is the cool cat. He’s got goldplated teeth, diamond earring bling and walks like he owns the world. He keeps calm and cool even when he’s shot after a deal gone bad or when a bad man named Earl (Bill Paxton) points a gun at his man parts and plays Russian roulette. Bobby’s tough but suave. He’s an undercover DEA agent trying to bag Papi Greco (Edward James Olmos), a mysterious cartel figure who dresses like Don Juan, owns a mean, nasty black bull and beats people with baseball bats after drenching his hands in his own urine. That’s creative? Stig is more junkyard dog. He woes diner waitresses with a wicked wink, chomps his gum before mealtime and shoots to kill. His aim is always true except when he wants to miss, which is almost never, but

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there is one pivotal moment where he does so. He’s U.S. Navy intelligence on a topsecret mission. The opening scene features the allAmerican diner that serves the best donuts in a three-county radius. It’s one of those places where the tables are Formica and the waitresses write your order on a green-andwhite guest check. Stig and Bobby argue, joke and b.s. each other. The movie feels like it’s going to be terrific, but the script doesn’t have much curiosity about these guys. When Bobby and Stig are together and flare up, their words burst out impatiently, spasmodically. In one scene, Bobby asks, “What’s your plan?” And Stig replies: “I got a plan. I mean, I’m capable of coming up with a plan.” Bobby shoots back: “I’m not saying you’re not capable. I’m just saying you haven’t told me. What is it?” “I’m still working on it,” Stig replies. Stig and Bobby have similar temperaments, and they’re helplessly unable to be calm and rational with one another. These guys ignite each other into senseless violent acts. We are treated with them racing trucks and jeeps, wrestling and punching each other silly and, by the end, we understand that they’re just playing. They are brothers or, as Stig says, “Ebony and ivory.” They live together in perfect disharmony. The obligatory girl in “2 Guns”—the one in every buddy-cop film who wears the sexy bra and panty set—is Bobby’s DEA handler, Deb (Paula Patton). She buffers Bobby from their commanding officer (Robert John Burke), who’s going to pull the plug on a three-year undercover operation until Bobby fibs and says that Little Toro is on the verge of flipping. Little Toro is actually dead, with his head in a bowling bag. The film culminates in a Mexican standoff in Mexico. It’s a fitting conclusion to a “Lethal Weapon” wannabe. There’s nothing really lethal in this film. It’s just pretend. But Washington and Wahlburg elevate the schlocky material to barely watchable and at times, funny.



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Barry Hause and John Paul perform at 5:45 p.m. Music in the City at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Free, donations welcome. Call 601960-1515; … Erin M. Greenwald signs copies of “A Company Man by Marc-Antoine Caillot” at 5 p.m. at Lemuria Books (4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). Reading at 5:30 p.m. $40 book. Call 601-366-7619; email;

The Magnolia Roller Vixens duel the Mississippi Rollergirls from Gulfport Aug. 10 at the Jackson Convention Complex.




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Poetry and Soul is from 6-9:30 p.m. at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.) in Suite 3415. Arts Klassical hosts. Free; call 769-257-6413 or 662BY BRIANA ROBINSON 380-2811; email georgia12@ … Magnolia Roller JACKSONFREEPRESS.COM Vixens Roller Derby: “Cirque du Derbè” is at 7 p.m. at FAX: 601-510-9019 Jackson Convention ComDAILY UPDATES AT plex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). JFPEVENTS.COM The team takes on the Mississippi Rollergirls from Gulfport during the circus-themed game. Doors open at 6 p.m. $12 in advance, $15 at the door, $5 children; call 960-2321; email;


The Storyteller’s Ball honoring Jennifer and Dick Hall is Aug. 8 at the Arts Center of Mississippi.


Jefferson Jackson Hamer Dinner is from 9, 5:30-9 p.m. at Jackson Marriott (200 E. Amite St.). The annual dinner is a fundraiser for the Mississippi Democratic Party. The guest speaker is Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak. $120, $60 members, $1,000 tables; call 601-969-2913; email … “CATS” opens tonight at 7:30 p.m. at


Dog Day Afternoons is from noon-5 p.m. at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Bring your dog to the Art Garden for an afternoon of play. Free; call 601-960-1515; … Bryan Adams performs at 8 p.m. at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). The Canadian singer-songwriter has been on the rock scene for four decades. Doors open at 7 p.m. $29.5-$75; call 800-745-3000.


Look Good Feel Better Program Aug. 12, 2 p.m.4 p.m. at Woman’s Hospital at River Oaks (1026 N. Flowood Drive, Flowood). Cancer patients learn beauty techniques to manage the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. Pre-registration required. Free; call 800-227-2345; … “When Cletus Met Elizabeth” Dinner Theater is from 6 p.m.9 p.m. at Char (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 142). Cocktails at 6 p.m. (separate price); show at 7 p.m. Includes a three-course meal. Reservations required. For ages 18 and up. $49; call 601-937-1752;


Jackson Metro Cyclists Time Trial is from 6-6:30 p.m. at Xerox Building (384 Galleria Parkway, Madison). Helmets required. Free; call 601-988-2422; … “Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013” is at 7:30 p.m. at Tinseltown (411 Riverwind Drive, Pearl). $14, $13 seniors and students, $12 children; call 601-936-5856;


AAA: The Silent Killer is from 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. at Baptist Health Systems, Madison Campus (401 Baptist Drive, Madison) in the Community Room. Dr. Stewart Horsley explains abdominal aortic aneurysm. Registration required. Free, $5 optional lunch; call 601-948-6262; More at and


New Vibrations Network Gathering Aug. 8, 6:30-8 p.m., at Unitarian Universalist Church of Jackson (4866 N. State St.). Free, donations welcome; call 982-5919; email newvibrations2003@hotmail. com. … Storyteller’s Ball is at 6:30 p.m. at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). The theme is “Studio 54: I Love the Nightlife,” and the honorees are Jennifer and Dick Hall. Proceeds benefit the Greater Jackson Arts Council. $60; call 601-960-1557, ext. 224 or 800-595-4TIX;


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Mississippi College MBA Lunch and Learn Aug. 8, noon, at Table 100 (100 Ridge Way, Flowood). Learn more about the collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s graduate studies program. Registration required. Free; call 601925-7367; email; mbalunch.


Career Symposium Aug. 8, 2-6 p.m., at University of Phoenix, Jackson Campus (120 Stone Creek Blvd., Suite 200, Flowood). Network with potential employers, attend workshops, and get guidance on job hunting and writing a resume. Registration required. For ages 18 and up. Free; call 601664-9500; Precinct 2 COPS Meeting Aug. 8, 6 p.m., at Jackson Police Department, Precinct 2 (711 W. Capitol Street). These monthly forums are designed to

Tunica Balloon Bash Aug. 9-11, at Fitz Tunica Casino, Hollywood Casino and Samâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Town Casino (off Highway 61, Tunica) . Enjoy hot air balloon rides, a balloon glow and a balloon race. Free; 811 Run Aug. 10, 8:11 a.m., at Atmos Energy, Flowood Office (790 Liberty Road, Flowood). The Mississippi Damage Prevention Council hosts the 8.11K run/walk. Includes childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities such as a space jump and face painting. Registration required. $25; call 601-982-7531; email office@; Homebuyer Workshop Aug. 10, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., at Warren G. Hood Building (200 S. President St.). In the Andrew Jackson Conference Room, first floor. Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) empowers people with disabilities to become homeowners through grants and support systems. Residents in Hinds and surrounding counties are welcome. Free; call 866-883-4474. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Women: Taking Back Our Powerâ&#x20AC;? Seminar Series, Part III Aug. 10, 2-4 p.m., at Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center (528 Bloom St.). The topic is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Love and Life,â&#x20AC;? and attendees discuss the obstacles and the beauty of being a woman. Speakers include Allison Thomas Rhodes, Tracie L. James, Felicia Holmes, Allison â&#x20AC;&#x153;Honey Marieâ&#x20AC;? Washington and Stephanie Burks. Free admission; call 601-960-1457; email Magnolia Ballroom Dancersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Association Monthly Dance Aug. 10, 8 p.m., at Madison Square Center for the Arts (2103 Main St., Madison). Dances are held on second Saturdays. Water, setups and snacks available. $15, $10 members; call 601-506-4591. Jackson Adult Kickball League Playoffs Aug. 11, 3-7 p.m., at Legion Field (400 South Drive). Teams consist of adults ages 25-60, and a game begins each hour. Concessions sold. The league is part of the World Adult Kickball Association. Free; email Global Tourism Workshop Aug. 13, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at Lower Mississippi River Museum and Riverfront Interpretive Site (910 Washington St., Vicksburg). Learn ways to help your organization attract international visitors. Registration required. Lunch included. $25; call 662-325-1619. Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership Membership Luncheon Aug. 14, noon, at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). U.S. Congressman Bennie Thompson is the keynote speaker. Seating limited; registration required. $40, $35 members; call 601-948-7575; email; Fall Community Enrichment Series through Sept. 23, at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). Most classes begin the week of Sept. 23 and fall into the categories of art, music, fitness, design, business and technology. Call to request a brochure with classes and fees. Fees vary; call 601974-1130;

7%,,.%33 Events at Baptist Medical Center (1225 N. State St.). Registration required. Free; â&#x20AC;˘ More Than Just a Tummy Ache Aug. 8, noon1 p.m., in the Baptist for Women Conference Room. Dr. Barry Berch explains when abdominal pain in children should be taken seriously. $5 optional lunch; call 601-948-6262. â&#x20AC;˘ Super Sitters Babysitting Class Aug. 10, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., in Busey Auditorium. The class is for youth ages 11-15. Topics include feeding,

safety and basic CPR. Call 601-968-1712. â&#x20AC;˘ What a Pain in the Neck Aug. 9, 11:45 a.m.1 p.m., in the Baptist for Women Conference Room. Dr. Lynn Stringer talks about current methods for relieving neck discomfort. $5 optional lunch; call 601-948-6262. Events at Fleet Feet Sports (Trace Station, 500 Highway 51 N., Ridgeland). Call 601-899-9696; â&#x20AC;˘ Mississippi Blues Marathon and St. Jude Marathon Training Information Meeting Aug. 10, 9 a.m., and Aug. 13, 7 p.m. Learn about the training programs for the upcoming Mississippi Blues Marathon in January and the St. Jude Marathon in Memphis. Includes coaches, clinics, a training plan, weekly emails and a T-shirt. Programs kick off Aug. 17. Registration required. $100 one program, $125 for both. â&#x20AC;˘ Poker Run Aug. 14, 6 p.m. Held on second Wednesdays. Participants receive five playing cards during the three-mile run/walk, and the people with the best hand and worst hand win

tion. $10-$15; call 601-594-2313; email scotta@; Bokwa Fitness Classes Wednesdays, 7-8 p.m., and Saturdays, 10-11 a.m. through June 28, at Dance Unlimited Studio, Byram (6787 S. Siwell Road, Suite A, Byram). Join Certified Bokwa Instructor, Paula Eure, for an hour full of fun. $5 per class; call 601-209-7566; Kardio by Kimberly Mondays, 6:30 p.m., at Salsa Mississippi Studio and Club (605 Duling Ave.). Kimberly Griffin instructs the weekly kickboxing fitness class. $30 for eight weeks, $5 drop-in fee; call 601-884-0316. Jackson Insight Meditation Group Meetings, at Wolfe Studio (4308 Old Canton Road). At the Dojo. The group meets Mondays from 6-7 p.m. for metta (lovingkindness) meditation practice, and Wednesdays from 6:30-8 p.m for silent meditation and Dharma study. Free, donations welcome; call 601-201-4228; email

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Bright Lights, Belhaven Nights Aug. 10, 5:30-9:30 p.m., at Carlisle Street and Kenwood Place behind McDadeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. The annual street festival includes art and food for sale, live music on five stages, childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities and a silent auction. Performers include Dent May, Furrows, the Southern Komfort Brass Band, Spirits of the House and more. $5, $1 children ages 12 and under; call 601352-8850; email;

help resolve community issues or problems, from crime to potholes. Free; call 601-960-0002.


prizes. After-party at Cazadores (500 Highway 51, Suite R, Ridgeland). Free.


Events at Mississippi Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). $8, children 12 months and under free; call 601-981-5469; â&#x20AC;˘ Question It? Discover It! Saturday Aug. 10, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Learn how to stay healthy throughout the school year. â&#x20AC;˘ Shake Out the Sillies third Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-noon. Toddlers and preschoolers participate in fitness and health enrichment activities. Adults must accompany children.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Freudâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Last Sessionâ&#x20AC;? Aug. 8-10 and Aug. 15-17, 7:30-9:30 p.m., and Aug. 10 and Aug. 17, 2-4 p.m., at Belhaven University Center for the Arts (835 Riverside Drive). John Maxwellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fish Tale Group Theatre presents the play about a debate between psychoanalyst Dr. Sigmund Freud and author C.S. Lewis. $17 online, $20 box office; call 601-714-1414;

Living Food Potluck Aug. 10, 1 p.m., at A Aachen Back and Neck Pain Clinic (6500 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland). Held on second Saturdays; please RSVP. Bring a dish or donate $10; call 601956-0010. Yoga Class, at Butterfly Yoga (3025 N. State St.). Classes are available six days a week, and the classes are intended to supplement an active, healthy and pain-free lifestyle through exercise and good nutri-

Open Acting Auditions for Adults Aug. 10, at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.). For ages 18-75. A one to two-minute memorized monologue and a recent photo are required. Make an appointment by Aug. 8. Free; call 601-948-3533, ext. 222; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Where Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a Will ... Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a Wayâ&#x20AC;? Dinner Theater Aug. 13, 6-9 p.m., at Rossini Cucina Italiana (207 W. Jackson St., Suite A, Ridgeland). The Detectives Mystery Dinner Theatre presents the four-act comedy â&#x20AC;&#x153;whodunnit.â&#x20AC;? Includes cocktails before the show (separate price) and a three-course

-53)# Mississippi Boychoir Auditions. For ages 6-18. No experience necessary. Free; call 601-665-7374; • Aug. 13, 4-8 p.m., and Aug. 20, 4-6 p.m., at Covenant Presbyterian Church (4000 Ridgewood Road). • Aug. 10 and Aug. 17, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., at Ascension Lutheran Church (6481 Old Canton Road). Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival Aug. 9-11, at Delta Blues Museum (1 Blues Alley, Clarksdale). The 26th annual event includes an extensive lineup of performers such as the North Mississippi All-stars, Bobby Rush and Mel Waiters. Additional performances for VIP guests begin Aug. 8; check the website for a schedule. Free admission, VIP tent access starts at $500; email; Patrick Dodd Aug. 10, 9 p.m., at Hal & Mal’s (200 Commerce St.). The blues artist from Memphis includes contemporary influences in his music. Doors open at 8 p.m. For ages 21 and up. $8 in advance, $10 at the door; call 601292-7121;

,)4%2!29!.$3)'.).'3 Events at Lemuria Books (4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). Call 601-366-7619; email; • “The Realm of Last Chances” Aug. 8, 5 p.m. Steve Yarbrough signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $25.95 book. • “Wiggle Room” Aug. 13, 5 p.m. Darden North signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $19.95 book. • “Tell About Night Flowers: Eudora Welty’s Gardening Letters, 1940-1949” Aug. 14, 5 p.m. Julia Eichelberger signs books. $45 book. • Lemuria Story Time Saturdays, 11 a.m. Children enjoy a story and make a related craft. Call for the book title. Free. Events at Off Square Books (129 Courthouse Square, Oxford). Call 662-236-2262; email; • “The Realm of Last Chances” Aug. 7, 5 p.m. Steve Yarbrough signs books. $25.95 book. • “The Night of the Comet” Aug. 8, 5 p.m. George Bishop signs books. $25 book. • “Long Division” Aug. 13, 5 p.m. Kiese Laymon signs books. $15 book.

#2%!4)6%#,!33%3 “Be True to Your School” Painting Class Aug. 8, 7-9 p.m., at Easely Amused (Trace Harbor Village, 7048 Old Canton Road, Suite 1002, Ridgeland). Show your support by painting your school’s logo. Space limited; registration required. $28; call 601-707-5854; email paint@; Italian Sauces Workshop Aug. 13, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Southern Cultural Heritage Center (1302 Adams St., Vicksburg). Lou Brierley is the instructor. Supplies included. Registration required; space limited. $35, $30 members; call 601-631-2997; email info@southernculture. org; Writing to Change Your World Sept. 7-Nov. 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@

%8()")43!.$/0%.).'3 Events at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Free; call 601-960-1557. • Kirk West Photography Exhibit through Aug. 25. The rock-and-roll photographer shares his images from the Studio 54 Era (1977-1981). • Storytellers Ball Juried Art Exhibition through Aug. 31, in the main galleries. The theme is “Studio 54: I Love the Nightlife.” Free; call 601-960-1557, ext. 224. Fused Glass, Textiles and More Exhibit through Aug. 31, at Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). Exhibitors include Marcy Petrini, Jac Lynn Sharp, Candy Spurzem and Jenny Thomas. Affordable pieces and custom orders available. Free; call 601-856-7546; email blastjac@; Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War through Sept. 20, at Hinds Community College, Raymond Campus (501 E. Main St., P.O. Box 1100, Raymond), at the McLendon Library. The traveling interactive exhibit is a historical account of Abraham Lincoln’s activity as president. The opening reception is Sept. 5 at 10 a.m., and additional receptions are Sept. 10 at 9 a.m. and Sept. 17 at 10 a.m. Free; call 601-857-5261; email; Canton Gin Market Saturdays, noon-4 p.m. through Nov. 23, at Small Town Music/Paragon Gin (436 W. Peace St., Canton). Store owners Susan and Frazier Riddell host the weekly market featuring art, crafts, live music and more. Free; call 601-859-8596.


Open As Usual


HoneyBoy & Boots (Restaurant) FRIDAY 8/9:

Thomas Jackson (Restaurant) Mustache (Red Room) Restaurant will close at 7pm


Open As Usual

MONDAY 8/12:

Central MS Blues Society presents Blue Monday (Restaurant)


Pub Quiz with Erin Pearson & Friends (Restaurant)

UPCOMING: 8.16: Crooked Creek (Rest) 8.17: Vernon Brothers (Rest)

HAPPY HOUR! Mon-Fri •1 - 3:30pm $2 Domestics • $3 Wells



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8.23: XtremeZ (Rest)



8.24: Amy Lott (Rest)

Home Run for Mustard Seed Aug. 7, 5 p.m., at Trustmark Park (1 Braves Way, Pearl). The softball game is between the “Media Giants”, members of Central Mississippi’s media and public relations professionals, and Governor Phil Bryant’s “Phil’s Phillies.’’ Proceeds from raffle ticket sales benefit The Mustard Seed. Free admission; raffle tickets: $5 each for $20 for five; call 601-992-3556 or 601-925-7760; email;


8.29: Brian Jones (Rest)

Know Your Rights: Special Education Aug. 10, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at COFO Civil Rights Education Complex (1013 John R. Lynch St.). The Southern Poverty Law Center hosts the program. Topics include rights as a special-needs parent, how to get a child evaluated and partnering with a child’s school. Lunch and drinks provided. Free; call 334322-8218; email Mississippi Girls in Action Summit Registration through Aug. 16, at Masonic Temple (1072 W. John R. Lynch St.). The Mississippi NAACP hosts, and the theme is “Looking Beyond the Stereotypes.” The program for girls ages 13-18 is Aug. 31 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Masonic Temple (1072 W. John R. Lynch St.). Includes lunch. Limited seating; register by Aug. 16. Free; call 601-353-8452; email zsummers@

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Returning Home by Briana Robinson

Dent May

to explore new marketing concepts. “I’m doing a lot of weird merch ideas,” he says. “Just trying to think of fun ways to engage with the audience, like having them wear my face on a wristwatch.” He has a signature bubble bath that he plans to sell

Acoustic Redneck Zydeco

by Briana Robinson


ommy Bryan Ledford is a stay-at-home dad and pre-school music teacher by day, and a seasoned, southern mash-up musician by night. At age 44, Ledford’s musical influences include backwoods Baptist churches, traditional bluegrass, neo-jug bands, electric catfish music and deep-fried rock ‘n’ roll. Versatile and varied, Ledford sings like a true frontman, harmonizing fluidly while playing guitar, banjo or mandolin. “I’ve been playing music for about as long as I can remember,” Ledford says. “I started playing gigs when I was in college.” Play, in all its forms and tenses, is a dominant word in his vernacular. As a music teacher at Meadowbrook Pre-School, Ledford gets to play to his heart’s content. “I take my guitar and all the instruments I own, including those I’m not that good at. The kids don’t know the difference,” says Ledford, who never expected to become a music teacher. “We make up a lot of songs and dances to keep them active. They’re young; they want to be up and moving.” Austin Sorey on bass and vocals, Matthew Magee on fiddle and vocals, and Tyler Kemp on accordion help create the four-piece band, T. B. Ledford T.B. Ledford and Friends, adding a new musical moniker to Ledford’s repertoire. “I love playing with other people in pretty much any configuration,” Ledford says. “Our last few gigs have been a lot of fun. We’re stretching it out there, playing what we call redneck zydeco.” T.B Ledford and Friends perform on the Pyron Group Inc. Acoustic Stage from 8:25-9:30 p.m. at Bright Lights, Belhaven Nights Street Festival Aug. 10.


ince forming in summer 2010, Southern Komfort Brass Band has exposed Jackson to live New Orleans-style brass-band music. With influences such as Rebirth Brass Band, Soul Rebels Brass Band, Trombone Shorty, Miles DANE CARNEY


August 7 - 13, 2013

at “Bright Lights Belhaven Nights.” It will come free with preordered records on Dent May performs from 8:25-9:30 p.m. on the Baptist Health Systems Belhaven Park Stage at Bright Lights Belhaven Nights Street Festival Aug. 10. Visit

New Orleans in Jackson

by Genevieve Legacy




ational and international touring and an approaching album release haven’t made Dent May forget his roots. He grew up on Arlington Street in Belhaven, just around the corner from where the “Bright Lights Belhaven Nights” street festival will take place. This weekend, he is headlining the festival, and he is happy to be coming home. Starting in September, May will tour extensively with stops in the U.S. and Europe. “I literally want to play everywhere I can, but I like the small places a lot, too—the places you haven’t heard of or you don’t know anybody—because slowly you learn that every city is cool in its own way,” May says. “Growing up in Jackson kind of helped me to understand that.” May’s third release, “Warm Blanket,” comes out Aug. 27 on Washington, D.C., independent record label Paw Tracks. “I feel like it’s just a purer amalgamation of who I am and what I’m all about,” May says about the album. To record the album, he went to live in St. Augustine, Fla., for a month where he laid down all the tracks and played most of the instruments himself. “‘Do Things’ was really electronic and kind of discofunky, and this one is more all over the place—a little more melancholy, a little more organic sounding,” May says. May’s excitement over “Warm Blanket” has led him

Southern Komfort Brass Band

Davis and Motown, Southern Komfort brings a bit of New Orleans to old-school and contemporary hits. Southern Komfort is sousaphone player Jamie Abrams, percussionist Tim Boyd, trombone player Lorenzo Gayden, percussionist Gerard Howard, tenor saxophonist Cedric Eubanks, trumpet player Joseph Handy, trumpet player Terry Miller and trombone player Eric James. Trumpet player Corey Hannah and trumpet player and percussionist Dorran Thigpen serve as alternates.

All the members of Southern Komfort have partipated in some sort of school or military marching band in the past. The band averages about six performances per month, usually at weddings, private parties and social events. The men of Southern Komfort enjoy doing second line-style performances—being in the crowd and leading dance lines. At “Bright Lights Belhaven Nights,” however, the band will take the stage. “A lot of people are not too familiar with us playing on a stage, but we have a wide range of music that we can perform,” Abrams says. Its repertoire includes R&B, hip-hop, jazz, rock, and pop cover songs such as “Sweet Dreams,” “Down Home Blues” and “Let’s Get It On.” From time to time, they also incorporate some blues and reggae. In addition, Gayden wrote several original songs for the band within the last two years. Southern Komfort aims to please crowds of all sizes. “Be ready to dance and have fun,” Abrams says. Southern Komfort Brass Band performs from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on the Trustmark Bank Jazz Stage at Bright Lights Belhaven Nights Aug. 10. Visit the band’s Facebook page.


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ike â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Cokeâ&#x20AC;? or the 3D TV, follies artificial instruments occurs because of that emerge from an attempt to be two factors. inventive are common in many inFirst, while bands can benefit from dustries, including musicâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;think of the ability to perform more fluidly and concept albums that come across as forced play off each other, hip-hop artists must or ham-fisted, or five-minute instrumentals follow a more rigid, predetermined path. that grow repetitive halfway through. One Second, producers of this genre of the most commonly misused tricks of tend to build the backing rhythm based the music trade, though, is the inclusion of on crude demos, many of which only synthetic sound. include a basic click track to keep time. Sure, certain artists can handle syn- For this reason, a producer might make thesizers exceptionally wellâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re the a decision to use a particular recording musical equivalent of chef Emeril Lagasse method just to break up the monotony of with a potent seasoning and a cautious, a single beat. controlled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bamâ&#x20AC;? here and there. They Luckily, for every musician or prodonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ignore the basics. Many others donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ducer who throws in an electronic device know when enough is too much, and they incorrectly, there is another who does it leave listeners with an overdone album that with finesse and experience. One such indithey would just as soon forget. vidual is soulful electronic artist Pat Grossi, The use of electronics in music can become little more than a cheap quirk at times, trading true innovation for fleeting novelty. Take, for example, the well-received single â&#x20AC;&#x153;Carry Onâ&#x20AC;? by indie-pop band fun. Most of the song has a straightforward pop mentality and, thus, is one that I generally like. It has a classic texture throughoutâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;relying on the rhythmic click of acoustic guitar strings and resonating piano malletsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;which accounts for its success in both pop and alternative radio. But in the trackâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s outro, Electronic artist Active Child knows when and producer Jeff Bhasker (known how to efficiently use synthesizers. for his work with renowned selfenthusiast Kanye West and Alicia Keys) canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t keep his hip-hop pedigree otherwise known by his stage name, Active hidden any longer. He creates a distorted, Child. Grossi is an example of self-made reverberating reproduction of singer Nate success in more ways than one. He has a Reussâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; perfect pitch and then, with no large part in the production with Active rhyme or reason, inserts the line, â&#x20AC;&#x153;No oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Child, giving him infinite control over the ever going to stop us nowâ&#x20AC;? at random in- synth in his records. The single â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hanging tervals. Someone should have, in fact, tried Onâ&#x20AC;? from his debut studio release, 2011â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to stop him. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You Are All I See,â&#x20AC;? became so successNow, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing inherently ful that English pop artist Ellie Goulding wrong with Bhaskerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s production. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not covered it on her 2012 album â&#x20AC;&#x153;Halcyon.â&#x20AC;? hard to find well-made songs that employ This version appeared in a feature film, two similar, if not identical, electronic trickery, television shows and a trailer for the video perhaps even more regularly than in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Carry game â&#x20AC;&#x153;God of War: Ascensionâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;not too On.â&#x20AC;? I take issue with the fact that Bhasker shabby for a first single. did it so needlessly and jarringly. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a tack The reason Active Childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s music is enused not for the benefit of the song or the gaging, though, isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t because it uses the latest listener, but for the sake of using a gim- recording techniques or turns the auto-tune mick regardless of whether it is ill-fitting dial to 11. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s because Grossi acknowledges or contextually tactless. But when crafting synthesizers and artificial-sound programs a song, you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need something. You need as more than just gimmicks with a short the right thing. shelf lives: If producers and artists continue One way to find â&#x20AC;&#x153;synth done wrongâ&#x20AC;? to exploit them incorrectly, listeners will is to switch the radio to a hip-hop station. grow jaded. Before you call me â&#x20AC;&#x153;biased,â&#x20AC;? know that I These are truly the instruments of todonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean to belittle rap or hip-hop in morrow. We just have to figure out how to the least. This common mishandling of manage them today.








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MUSIC | live

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music in theory


DIVERSIONS | jfp sports the best in sports over the next seven days


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MONDAY, AUG. 12 MLB (6-9 p.m., ESPN): Two teams fighting to reach the postseason meet up as the New York Yankees host the Los Angeles Angels.

FRIDAY, AUG. 9 NFL (7-10 p.m., WUFX-TV 35): The New Orleans Saints opens its 2013 preseason schedule at home against the Kansas City Chiefs.

TUESDAY, AUG. 13 Baseball (6-8 p.m., ESPN 2): The 2013 Little League World Softball Series takes center stage on a late summer Tuesday night.

SATURDAY, AUG. 10 NFL (6:30-9:30 p.m., NFL Network): After disappointing seasons in 2012, both the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New York Giants look to bounce back, starting with this preseason opener for both teams.

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 14 MLB (7-10 p.m., ESPN): The Pittsburgh Pirates, leaders in the National League Central Division, travel to St. Louis to try to hold off the second-place St. Louis Cardinals. In less than one month, Manziel has made news for his time at the Manning Passing Academy, getting thrown out of a frat party at the University of Texas and taking money to sign autographs. His draft stock could be dropping like a stone.

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THURSDAY, AUG. 8 NFL (7-10 p.m., ESPN): Two playoff teams from last season meet in their first preseason game as the Atlanta Falcons host the Cincinnati Bengals.

Pro Bowl Changes


sponsored by the MS Blues Society

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SUNDAY, AUG. 11 NFL (12:30-3:30 p.m., NFL Network): The Buffalo Bills, hoping to reach the playoffs this season, open the preseason against the Indianapolis Colts, who were a playoff team last year.

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NFL teams have to start wondering if Johnny Manziel will be worth the draft risk. At times, the Texas A&M quarterback seems as reckless off the field as he seems on it.

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1914 EASTRIDGE, DR MADISON, MS 39110 (3/2/$199,900) French Acadian, 1-Story, Carpet, Ceramic Tile, Wood 9+ Ceilings, All Window Treatments, Attic Floored, Double Vanity, Fireplace, Garden Tub, Master Bath, Separate Shower, Walk-In Closet, 2 Car, Attached, Garage, Parking Pad Open Date: 8/11/2013 2:00 PM-4:00 PM GO FLAT FEE REALTY, LLC

302 FLAGSTONE DR BRANDON, MS 39042 (3/2/$189,900) Traditional 1-Story, 9+ Ceilings, Fireplace, Garden Tub, Master Bath, Separate Shower, Walk-In Closet, 2 Car, Garage Open Date: 8/11/2013 2:00 PM-4:00 PM KEYTRUST PROPERTIES PAULA RICKS

1308 WATER BROOKE CT MADISON, MS 39110 (5/3/$359,900) Traditional, French Acadian, 1-1/2 Story, Carpet, Ceramic Tile, Stone/Scored Concrete, Attic Floored, Butlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pantry, Double Vanity, Fireplace, Master Bath, Separate Shower, Split Plan, Walk-In Closet, 2 Car, Attached, Garage Open Date: 8/11/2013 2:00 PM-4:00 PP WYATT, NELL, REAL ESTATE

403 SANDSTONE PL BRANDON, MS 39042 (4/3/$229,000) Traditional 1-Story, Carpet, Ceramic Tile, Wood, 9+ Ceilings, Double Vanity, Fireplace, Garden Tub, Master Bath, Separate Shower, Split Plan, Walk-In Closet, 2 Car, Garage Open Date: 8/11/2013 2:00 PM-4:00 PM KEYTRUST PROPERTIES PAULA RICKS 420 TIMBER RIDGE WAY BRANDON, MS 39047 (3/2 /$155,000) Traditional, Carpet, Ceramic Tile, Laminate, 9+ Ceilings, Double Vanity, Fireplace, Garden Tub, Master Bath, Separate Shower, Split Plan, Walk-In Closet. 2 Car, Storage Open Date: 8/11/2013 2:00 PM-4:00 PM KEYTRUST PROPERTIES PAULA RICKS 326 LAKEWAY DR BRANDON, MS 39047 (3/3.5/$294,900) Traditional 2-Story, Carpet, Ceramic Tile, Linoleum/Vinyl, 9+ Ceilings, All Window Treatments, Attic Floored, Double Vanity, Fireplace, Master Bath, Separate Shower, Walk-In Closet, Walk-Up Attic, 2 Car, Garage, Storage Open Date: 8/11/2013 2:00 PM-4:30 PM WEICHERT, REALTORS-MARTELLA-CLARK

813 COTTON RIDGE DR PEARL, MS 39208 (4/2/$209,900) Traditional, 1-1/2 Story, Carpet, Ceramic Tile, Wood, 9+ Ceilings, Master Bath, Separate Shower, Split Plan, 2 Car, Garage Open Date: 8/11/2013 2:00 PM-4:00 PM MCINTOSH & ASSOCIATES 407 CHOCTAW LN FLOWOOD, MS 39232 (5/4.5/$545,000) Traditional 2 Story Carpet, Ceramic Tile, Wood 9+ Ceilings, All Window Treatments, Attic Floored, Beamed Ceiling, Butlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pantry, Double Vanity, Fireplace, Master Bath, Separate Shower, WalkIn Closet 3+ Cars, Attached, Garage Open Date: 8/11/2013 2:00 PM-4:00 PM KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY

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