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COURTESY TREVOR PICKERING
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r. Trevor Pickering performs 700 joint replacements each year. “This allows my patients to be active again and not only improves their immediate quality of life, but extends the length of their life by increased blood flow and exercise,” he says. Pickering, a partner in Mississippi Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center in Jackson, is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in knees and hips. This quiet and unassuming native Californian lives in Madison with his wife, Cris, and daughter, Nora. Pickering, 47, doesn’t play golf and says his hobby is his family. When it comes to vacations, he says, “I’m working on that.” His surgical days start with rounds at 5:30 a.m., and Pickering heads into surgery at 7 a.m. for around six hours of replacing hips and knees. Pickering has an undergraduate degree in comparative literature from the University of California at Berkeley and a master’s degree in French literature from Columbia University in New York. While studying comparative literature during a fellowship in Paris, Pickering realized that he wasn’t getting satisfaction from his studies. He wanted to be more a part of the community and have a tangible and positive effect on it. His desire to better others’ lives led to medical school at Duke University. The Mississippi Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center brought him to the Magnolia State, and now Pickering lives, works and even-
tually wants to retire in the Jackson area. “We like the people, the culture and the lifestyle, and it is just easy to live here,” Pickering explains. Pickering says that one of the biggest challenges in joint replacement today is getting a lifetime of longevity from our bones. “It used to be that the replacements would wear out. But with advanced materials, they can last a lifetime,” he says. “The replacements are so good that the bone wears out faster.” Another challenge for Pickering is working with obese patients. “The technical difficulty and risks are much greater in these patients, but if done properly, the outcome can be very good,” he says. He works with those patients by negotiating with them over their weight. “I tell them that if they can show me they can lose some weight, I can help them,” Pickering says. Mississippi Sports Medicine runs a weight-loss clinic with two nutritionists to help these patients. “We thought we’d address the issue head-on,” Pickering says. Pickering credits his wife for supporting his career path—even when it meant 10 years of training to be a surgeon. “Cris has always been terrifically supportive of my career change. She has tolerated a lot of adversity and many moves around the country. I could not have done it without her. I knew it would fulfilling in the long run, and I was right.” —Richard Coupe
Cover photograph of Dr. Hannah Gay by Trip Burns
8 Farish Fight Continues
“It’s fantastic. It’s been too damn long, and nothing has changed. … (Developers have) been down here 19 years working on two blocks. It’s a shame.” —Doctor Shumaker, about the Jackson Redevelopment Authority’s decision to terminate David Watkins’ contract, “Farish Street, Round Two (or Eight?)”
33 Capturing Music on Canvas
Canadian transplant Ken Daley brings his love of music into his art, with instruments and jazz musicians making frequent appearances.
38 ‘Southeastern’ Melody
Riding high on a successful year and the release of a new album, “Southeastern,” Jason Isbell performs at Duling Hall Oct. 21.
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OCTOBER 16 - 22, 2013 | VOL. 12 NO. 6
by Ronni Mott, News and Opinion Editor
My Opening Farewell
don’t remember why my friend John asked me to edit his essay back in 2006. Perhaps I told him that I had taken on Julia Cameron’s “The Artist’s Way” as if it was a mission. I was journaling every day, taking myself out for artist’s dates to see things I hadn’t seen in the nine years since moving to Mississippi—the zoo, the natural history museum (where I watched the otherworldly gar and sturgeon in awe), a play at New Stage. I was reconnecting with old friends and taking advantage of every opportunity. I fell in love with the clarity writing brought to my monkey mind and the sense of accomplishment that came with filling pages. About halfway through John’s story, having made changes and provided direction for nearly every sentence, I thought, “I can do this.” So I did. I finished that first essay in a couple of hours. The subject was a pro-choice rally. I thought it was good, but now what? Then I remembered the Jackson Free Press. I wrote an email to Donna Ladd and attached it. But before clicking “send,” I began to doubt myself. “What am I thinking? It’s dreck. No one wants to know what I think about anything.” I made a second pot of coffee, took a shower and made breakfast. When I came back to my computer two hours later, my cursor hadn’t moved. It had no mercy. It just slowly, dispassionately blinked at the same rate as my pulse, soundlessly pointing at “send.” I held my breath and clicked the button. Instantly, my anxiety ratcheted up. “What if they print it? People will get mad. What if someone wants to hurt me?” The next 30 minutes or so are a blur of apprehension. I stared in disbelief when Donna’s reply hit my inbox.
“Can we print this?” Ego overrode uncertainty, “Absolutely!” I replied, and so began my journey with the Jackson Free Press. Seven years later, that journey, like so many in my unplanned life, is taking a new turn. What a ride it’s been.
I love Mississippi as I would love an unruly, disobedient child.
I’m blessed with some natural writing ability, and it’s connected to my love of music and art. When they flow, words create a symphony of color and kaleidoscopic impressions that can illuminate dark corners and touch the deepest part of a soul. The best work invokes movie scenes played out in the imaginations of readers. But back than, writing was still a mystery, tangled in muses and other fanciful inspirations. Only ethereal voices dictated magical words. If I learned nothing else through my tenure here, I know now that I am in charge of my words. That’s no small thing. Writing is a process. Regardless of inspiration, if you follow the A, B, Cs of the process, stories
happen. I learned the elements of a good story, one that has readers asking, “And then what happened?” in anticipation. Process won’t give you talent, but it goes a long way to break a writer’s block. Even more instructional has been the great privilege of editing others’ work. Stronger writing than mine, and weaker, clarifies where I need improvement. I came to know that if I don’t understand what a writer is trying to convey, if I don’t know the meaning of the words, no one else will, either. I’ve had great teachers here, from Donna to former managing editors Brian Johnson and Maggie Neff, to writers and editors Valerie Wells and Kathleen Mitchell. It hasn’t been easy—far from it. To borrow a phrase, they often dragged me, kicking and screaming, to paradise (and awards). The JFP has also taught me to trust my instincts and curiosity, given me a safe place to opine on the rights and wrongs of the world, to teach, to illuminate, to make a difference. And that’s really what drives me to write. I love Mississippi as I would love an unruly, disobedient child. I believe she can be better. She can pick herself off the floor with all of her horrendous scars and become a hero. All the pieces are there: people who care and those who need care; a richness of tradition; the horrors, foibles and lessons of a misspent past; and creativity as prolific as the mosquitoes buzzing in its steamy atmosphere. Heroes don’t come from easy circumstances. The greatest thing the JFP brings to its beloved home is permission to move beyond the tyranny of low expectations. Mississippi needs a lot of tough love to go forward with compassion, integrity and authenticity. Each of us has the power to participate in the journey—through votes, through activism, through the exhausting process of making
our voices heard and simply by never settling for less than excellence. Lots of JFP tough love and inspiration has come from its phalanx of engaged reporters, past and present: Adam Lynch, Ward Schaeffer, Lacey McLaughlin, Elizabeth Waibel, R.L. Nave and Tyler Cleveland, to name a few. Their various quirky personalities and ferocious intelligence have given us stories to change this city and state for the better. It’s hard work suitable for few, and I salute them. All of that good writing has to be supported, and the JFP has a small army of people committed to ensuring those words have a platform. My hat is off to all who work so hard to provide the oxygen that makes the machine go. It begins with the tenacity of publisher Todd Stauffer, the talents of ad manager Kimberly Griffin, and the numerous sales and support people they manage. And putting it all together, making it beautiful to look at and inviting to read, are the artful brilliance of creative director Kristin Brenemen, designer Andrea Thomas and photographer Trip Burns. They make magic every day. After my many years with the JFP in numerous roles, the names and faces of all the dedicated souls who passed through the doors are too many to count or name here. My grateful thanks and warm wishes go to each of you for peace, happiness and success. Be kind to each other. At this latest crossroad in my life, I will often remember and be grateful to all those who have paved and smoothed my road. I begin a new journey as an independent writer with a mixture of trepidation and ecstasy. I’m jumping off the cliff in anticipation of growing wings. I think perhaps I’ll write a book. Stay tuned, and don’t be shy. Former JFP managing editor Ronni Mott writes and edits to change the world. Reach her at email@example.com.
October 16 - 22, 2013
Richard Coupe, avid fan of the beautiful game, husband, brother and father of four, is still wondering what he wants to be when he grows up. He wrote the Jacksonian.
Newly appointed News Editor 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 contributed to the talk section.
ShaWanda Jacome is an elementary librarian in JPS. She lives in Ridgeland with her husband, Mike and son, Mateo. One of her favorite scriptures is Psalm 34:4. She wrote a wellness story.
Features Editor Kathleen Mitchell loves the fall. She would wear coats and boots every day of the year if she could, and all she really wants is a crackling fireplace to drink red wine in front of. She wrote the food feature.
Music Listings Editor Tommy Burton plays bass with Lately David, collects records, sees movies and travels a lot with his wife, Michelle. He wrote a music story.
Editorial Intern Justin Hosemann is a native of Vicksburg. He recently graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi. He wrote the arts feature.
Music Editor Briana Robinson wants to become an expert on all things music. Her other passions include dance and photography. Send her the music scoop at firstname.lastname@example.org. She helped factcheck for the issue.
Sales Director Kimberly Griffin is a fitness buff and foodie who loves chocolate and her mama. She’s also Michelle Obama’s super secret BFF, which explains the Secret Service detail.
[YOU & JFP] John Johnston Age: 27 How long have you lived in Jackson? A year and a half. Whatâ€™s your favorite part of Jackson? Fondren. Favorite quote: â€œEarly to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy,
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WHAT ARE YOUR HEALTHRELATED GOALS THIS FALL? Becky Hixson Tatum Run five miles. Joe Williams To walk at least two miles each day and cut down on sugar intake. Tanya Francis To continue yoga. Iâ€™ve been doing it for about a month and can really feel a difference in my stress levels. Dereck Davis (Maintain a) consistent workout schedule. Kathleen Morrison Mitchell My goals right now are to intensify my workouts, exercise more consistently each week and eat more vegetables.
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Wednesday, Oct. 9 Three U.S. scientists win the Nobel Prize in chemistry for developing computer models for complex chemical interactions in creating new drugs. â€Ś The Obama administration announces it is poised to slash hundreds of millions from military and economic aid to Egypt.
Friday, Oct. 11 The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons receives a Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts to destroy Syriaâ€™s stockpiles of poison gas weapons. â€Ś New Jerseyâ€™s highest court agrees to hear a case on the legality of gay marriage. Saturday, Oct. 12 The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank meet to discuss global finances. â€Ś Using their own money, some states re-open national parks closed in the government shutdown. Sunday, Oct. 13 Dozens of people stage a run to protest tickets in the closed Valley Forge National Historical Park. â€Ś Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speak but fail to reach agreement on the debt ceiling or the government shutdown.
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Monday, Oct. 14 Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi offers to reinstate network provider agreements with four of 10 Health Management Associates hospitals. â€Ś The Washington Post reports that the National Security Agency has been sifting through millions of email contact lists and instant messaging accounts.
Tuesday, Oct. 15 House GOP leaders unveil yet another plan to counter one from the Senate to reopen the government and forestall a debt default. â€Ś Iranian negotiators in Geneva propose a â€œbreakthroughâ€? plan to ease fears that of an atomically armed Tehran. Get news updates at jfpdaily.com.
Farish Street, Round Two (or Eight?) by Tyler Cleveland
n one of the abandoned warehouse spaces at 272 Farish St., in the first block between Amite and Griffith streets, the only signs of life are a makeshift pallet where someone has been sleeping and a pile of trash where someone had Krystal burgers for supper the night before. Itâ€™s a far cry from a plate of Lumpkinâ€™s barbecue, much less a blue plate from B.B. Kingâ€™s Blues Club. Much has changed around the capital city in the last several years, but Farish Street is not one of them. Sure, some of the facades on the buildings have been cleaned up, and the bricked streets with fancy light fixtures look nice. But the buildings are empty, many of the windows are busted out, and some buildings have what looks like kudzu growing through their floors. It has been nearly six years since local developer David Watkins rode in on a white horse to save a floundering Farish Street renovation and development project, and less than three weeks since the Jackson Redevelopment Authority canceled his contract, effectively removing him from the project. The developer said in a statement his lawyer sent to the JFP that his money has paid for much work. â€œSome of these buildings could have been pushed to the ground with little effort, and they are now structurally sound, many with new roofs, despite the need for tenant build out,â€? Watkins wrote. â€œWatkins Development reworked the cityâ€™s water and sewage system below ground level, built additional drainage systems, repaired the brick-paved 300-yard street, repaired over 600 linear yards of brick sidewalk ranging from nine to 15 feet wide, rebuilt and repaired interior walls,
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working on two blocks. Itâ€™s a shame.â€? The debate raged this week over what comes next with the troubled renovation project, originally taken on to provide Jackson with an entertainment district on the order of Memphisâ€™ Beale Street nearly 30 years ago. TRIP BURNS
Thursday, Oct. 10 House Speaker John Boehner asks Republican lawmakers to support a six-week extension of the governmentâ€™s ability to borrow money. â€Ś The U.N. Security Council votes on a resolution to help end near-anarchy in the violencewracked Central African Republic.
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and has advanced substantial administrative and personnel funds over the years.â€? Doctor Shumaker, who owns Dennis Brothers Shoe Shop less than a block from the abandoned properties Watkins was enlisted to renovate and manage, was in his store Thursday afternoon when this reporter wandered in to take a look around. â€œItâ€™s fantastic,â€? he said about JRAâ€™s decision to find a new developer. â€œItâ€™s been too damn long, and nothing has changed. â€Ś (Developers have) been down here 19 years
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itâ€™s a great project,â€? said John Gomez of Downtown Jackson Partners, which runs the downtown business improvement district and receives tax dollars from businesses inside the BID to pay for its services., â€œItâ€™s a very reverent area of the city with a lot of history. Itâ€™s a big project for us, because one of the main things we hear from hotels in the area is that they want an area of town to which they can point their visitors. We want a place where people who are planning conventions at the convention center can go for entertainment.â€? Cynthia Buchanan, executive vice president of the Jackson Chamber of Commerce, pointed out that an entertainment district on Farish Street would give the city a chance to distinguish itself from other southern cities, and help keep some of our
talent from going to bigger markets. â€œThe area needs to be exciting and engaging,â€? Buchanan said. â€œIt needs to showcase and celebrate our local talent. â€Ś What we need to do is develop a home base to give our local musicians, chefs and artists a reason to stay here to produce their craft.â€? Local business owner Jeff Good has done pro-bono work for Watkins, helping him map out the kitchen areas in the buildings that Farish Street Group planned to lease to businesses that have agreed to locate a franchise on Farish. â€œThereâ€™s always more than meets the eye,â€? Good said about the ongoing saga. â€œThe surface discussions on Farish Street have been thin and veiled in nuance. The truth of the complexity of this is soon to be known by us all. It should give us the ac-
countability we need ... After all the good that (Watkins) has done, the inaction just doesnâ€™t jive with his track record.â€? Watkinsâ€™ main point of contention seems to be that if he is not allowed to continue development of the entertainment district, he will lose his personal investment of approximately $4.7 million, and the city will lose out on nearly $5 million in tax credits Watkins had secured for the project. Stevens argued that a $10 million bond that JRA promised to deliver never came about, and for the board to now cancel the contract is unfair. Stevens said the reality is that the city, through JRA, had little to no skin in the game. In a sit-down interview with the JFP Oct. 10, Stevens revealed that Watkins was in the throes of closing a deal to bring in
another investor who could have carried the Farish Street project over the finish line. â€œCan you imagine how (JRAâ€™s bond promise falling through) changed the dynamic?â€? Stevens asked emphatically. â€œAfter that happens, then you have to talk to people who are hosses who can come up with $10 million for an untested project. â€Ś Now, (JRA has) really poisoned Davidâ€™s efforts to go to strategic partners and get the backing we need. Itâ€™s hard for him to go to the potential investors and say, â€˜Hey, weâ€™ve got the backing of the redevelopment authority,â€™ because theyâ€™ve made a very public statement (by canceling the contract) that will hinder him.â€? The JRA board meets again Oct. 23 at 10 a.m. in the Richard J. Porter building, across the street from City Hall.
JPS, Symphony Out of Tune? dismantle Strings in 2012, but the district kept the program in place. Sherwin Johnson, a JPS spokesman, said the district intends to have Strings this year, but is awaiting a response from MSO. Michael Beattie, the symphonyâ€™s president and executive director, did not respond to an interview request from the Jackson Free Press. â€œWith a long-standing partnership of well over 40 years, the District wishes to MATTHEW TRUDEAU/FLICKR
good chance exists that Omega Hartâ€™s sons will be talented musicians merely through exposure to their musical father, who has played lead bass in Jackson bands and has toured nationally. Two years ago, Hartâ€™s now 7-year-old son, Khai Alexander, wanted to learn the violin even though he was already learning the piano. Hart gives a lot of credit to Jackson Public Schoolsâ€™ 40-year-old Strings in the Schools program for providing a structured environment where his sonsâ€™ talents can flourish. â€œI think the program is something that is very much needed,â€? Hart said. â€œIt builds confidence, and studies show that studying music translates into better grades.â€? A partnership between the school district and the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, Strings in the Schools offers free music instruction for students as young as 5 at some schools all the way through high school. The MSO also performs regular concerts at JPS schools as a way to introduce children to orchestral music. But the popular program may be in perilâ€”again. The Strings program has yet to commence this academic year, and parents of children who look forward to the classes say JPS has offered few answers. In 2009, the JPS Board of Trustees voted to slash Strings before eventually reinstating the program amid a chorus of outrage from parent groups. At issue then was the $300,000 contract between JPS and the MSO. Parents say JPS again threatened to
A popular partnership between the Mississippi Symphony and Jackson Public Schools might again be threatened.
continue the Strings in the Schools program. We hope to hear from the executive director soon so that district leadership may present the MSOâ€™s program to the Board of Trustees for approval during its first board meeting in November,â€? Johnson added. Whatever issues might exist between the organizations, it is clear is that Strings is an extremely popular program among parents
and students, and its benefits surpass merely teaching tykes how to play the fiddle. JPSâ€™ 2012 internal evaluation rated the program as exemplary, meaning it is â€œa commendable program model that is highly effective in meeting its program goals and learning outcomes and is recommended by the program administrator for continuance.â€? The evaluation shows enrollment doubling since the 2008-2009 school year, jumping to 841 students in 2011-2012 from 395 three years earlier. Fueling the expansion is elementary-school participation, which went from 300 students in 2011-2012 to 750 in 2009-2012. Middle and high-school enrollment largely remained fairly constant during that period. Still, overall participation among JPSâ€™ 30,000 students is low; less than 3 percent of kids take advantage of the program. The JPS evaluation, which included input from the MSO, recommended expanding the number of students, teachers and public outreach about Strings, and an internship program with Jackson State University. Robert Blaine, a professor of music and special assistant to the provost at JSU, said that learning an instrument doesnâ€™t make kids smarter per se, but he points to brain science that shows studying music helps expand neural pathways. Also, learning an instrument, fosters discipline that comes in handy later in life when kids start doing algebra and writing essays. Blaine, who oversees the JSU orchestra, said half of those students are high achieving,
and many have received academic scholarships. â€œItâ€™s the level of their discipline that makes them successful in other academic studies,â€? Blaine said. Phyllis Lewis-Hale teaches opera at JSU, and both her children participate in Strings. Good grades aside, she believes music and playing in an orchestra helps develop social skills. Her kids hang out with kids who are also into music. â€œThe ensemble experience is something that teaches working together, cooperation and unity,â€? she said. She adds that itâ€™s unlikely that many JPS students would have exposure to the orchestra if the Strings program did not exist because their families would not be able to afford private lessons. And, for parents, Strings is convenient because everything takes place at the schools, so parents donâ€™t have to shuttle their children to private lessons. Some parents, including Lewis-Hale and Omega Hart, would likely see their childrenâ€™s music instruction continue. Dr. Blaine, who last year appealed to JPS to keep Strings in place but is not officially involved with the program, said many parents canâ€™t afford private music lessons. â€œWhat youâ€™re doing is setting up a divide between kids with resources from those who donâ€™t have those resourcesâ€”setting up a system of haves and have-nots,â€? Blaine said. â€œ... Itâ€™s the kids who donâ€™t have the access who need it most. The ones that have the most disadvantage might benefit the most.â€? Comment at www.jfp.ms.
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TALK | justice
Pearl Targets Low-Income Rentals by Ronni Mott
he city of Pearl is turning into a case study in ever-changing and evermore-restrictive rental ordinances, which have some folks mad as hell. Just about every city in America has rules governing rental properties. Those ordinances might cover everything from how to apply for a building permit to what defines a dwelling to outlining required safety equipment in rental units, such as smoke alarms and fire extinguishers. But Pearl has gone too far, property owners and tenant advocates say. In 2010, the Pearl Board of Aldermen passed an ordinance restricting the number of people who could occupy a rented apartment or mobile home. The ordinance requires a minimum sleeping space of 70 square feet for one person and 100 square feet for two people. The smallest unit intended for two people must be at least 220 square feet overall and have an additional 100 square feet for every additional occupant. Bill Chandler, executive director of the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance, called it a â€œbedroom-policeâ€? ordinance, and it sets his teeth on edge. He claims that the ordinance is targeting low-income brown peopleâ€”African Americans and Latinosâ€” and is designed to keep or drive them out of Pearl. It threatens low-income people with fines and jail time should they exceed the limit without paying to apply for a residential occupancy permitâ€”even if the additional resident is a newborn. And thereâ€™s no guarantee that the city would grant the permit. Chandler also has concerns about new ordinances, which the cityâ€™s board of alderman passed in June. One particularly troubling section allows the city to inspect propertiesâ€”without notice in some casesâ€”to ensure properties meet city codes. But Pearlâ€™s Code Enforcement Division is part of the cityâ€™s police department, and Chandler is worried that it may expose tenants to warrantless, illegal searches of their homes. â€œThat, like the bedroom ordinance, could be challenged in court,â€? Chandler said. â€œWhat we need on both of those things are plaintiffs who are willing to come forward.â€?
The newest version of Pearlâ€™s rental ordinances may cost property owners millions and push out low-income tenants, minority advocates say. Apartment complexes, such as this one on Old Brandon Road, may be unable to comply without raising rents.
Pearl Mayor Brad Rogers has a somewhat more benign take on the ordinances. His city is having issues with owners who arenâ€™t keeping their properties in good condition, he said, making them unsafe for residents. The ordinances give the city ammunition to force those owners to provide safe, livable rentals to their tenants. â€œWhat we put into place was a rental ordinance that makes sure our rental properties are, effectively, not slum properties,â€? Rogers said. â€œI donâ€™t think you should be able to drive down the street and be able to tell â€˜thatâ€™s an owned property, and thatâ€™s a rental property.â€™â€? Rogers says rental properties should provide for â€œthe basic necessities of life,â€? and that when landlords fall short on that standard, the city should be able to help them. Without the new ordinances, the city has no ability to assist renters who canâ€™t get landlords to fix or maintain their homes, he added. â€œRight now, I canâ€™t do one thing about that,â€? Rogers said. â€œI cannot do one thing. I have to look at them and say: â€˜Iâ€™m sorry.
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Thereâ€™s nothing I can do.â€™â€? Pearl has not implemented the June version of its rental ordinances, Rogers said. That version is not final, and that section is one that most likely will change, he said. Landlords say that some of the other requirements are financially burdensome and, for existing properties, could be logistically impossible to retrofit. Mandating that every rental property include a sprinkler system, an on-site siren, a phone and text warning system, and a storm shelter capable of keeping every resident safe from an F2 tornado, for example, could cost millions for a multifamily complex. â€œRental properties are a business, and I believe they should be treated like a business,â€? Rogers said. â€œWhen youâ€™re in business, sometimes you have to put money back into your business.â€? The mayor doesnâ€™t put much stock in the ownersâ€™ financial arguments, and said the ordinances address life-safety issues. â€œThereâ€™s been no major loss of life, but itâ€™s only a matter of time, Iâ€™m telling you,â€? he said. â€œAnd then people are going to say, â€˜Why didnâ€™t you have this code in place?â€™â€? Landlords called for this story seem convinced the city is targeting them. No such mandates apply to single-family developments with homes for sale, they said, and the ordinances will prevent the city from attracting new, low- and moderate-income rental-housing developers and their potential tenants. That may be the point, the landlords opined, though it would be ironic given the cityâ€™s push for new retail businesses, which tend to pay low wages. Theyâ€™re also concerned that the city
could retaliate if they complain, and none would speak on the record. Instead, Pearl property owners brought in the big guns to do the complaining for them. Marty Milstead is the executive vice president of the Home Builders Association of Mississippi. The Mississippi Multifamily Council is one of the HBAâ€™s divisions, and includes owners and developers of apartments and other multi-tenant properties. Milstead is negotiating with Rogers to make changes to the cityâ€™s new rental ordinances, which he called â€œextreme.â€? â€œWeâ€™ve been working with the city of Pearl because, frankly, we feel some of the ordinances would put our folks out of businessâ€”or certainly would put renters out of a place to live,â€? Milstead said. Though renters come from all walks of life and all incomes, he said, some of the changes Pearl is attempting to mandate would be â€œastronomical,â€? and cause rents to rise accordingly, putting Pearl out of reach for low-income people. â€œYou just canâ€™t incur those costs without having some implications,â€? Milstead said, adding, â€œAs the ordinance has been adopted, it would be devastating for the owners and the tenants if changes arenâ€™t made. â€Ś Weâ€™re trying to bring some solutions to the table.â€? Milstead said the meetings have gone well and believes theyâ€™ve made some progress. â€œI have heard the complaints of the property owners, and we are working on that,â€? Rogers said, emphasizing that heâ€™s not an unreasonable guy. â€œâ€Ś The only thing weâ€™ve done over here is to make rental properties something we can all be proud of. â€œ Comment at www.jfp.ms.
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as I was making a purchase at a store the other day, the checkout process included a donation request for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. I declined. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. The pink ribbon has become a symbol for millions of people fighting against breast cancer. But all month, I feel like a total killjoy explaining why I donâ€™t support Komen. We should take time to reflect on how the disease has touched usâ€”remembering the people whose lives have been forever changed, the lives lost and the loved ones who have been affected. But reflection alone wonâ€™t make an impact. Every October, almost every company in the country suddenlyâ€”and suspiciouslyâ€”cares about the health of womenfolk and wants to stop breast cancer. I say â€œsuspiciouslyâ€? because many of these same companies seem to care nothing about polluting the environment with chemicals linked to cancer or putting known carcinogens in their products. Revlon and Avon, who host huge breast cancer fundraisers each year, have yet to remove known carcinogens from many of their products, according to the Environmental Working Groupâ€”but they will slap a pink ribbon on them. Itâ€™s called â€œpinkwashingâ€?: putting pink ribbons on potentially harmful products and using breast-cancer awareness as a promotional tool to increase business. â€œPinkwashingâ€? is why Breast Cancer Action, a San Francisco-based advocacy group, began the â€œThink Before You Pinkâ€? campaign. BCA is not the only organization criticizing the â€œpink-ribbon culture.â€? Their main critique is that groups such as the Susan G. Komen Foundation seem more focused on internal fundraising and awareness campaigns than in pushing to learn the causes and developing a cure for breast cancer. Some campaigns come off as just wanting to say â€œboobs.â€? We donâ€™t need to â€œSave the Ta Tasâ€?â€”we need to save lives. I saw my motherâ€™s best friend, Cathy, shortly before she died from breast cancer, leaving her two young sons without a mom. I donâ€™t believe she was thinking about saving the â€œboobies.â€? It makes me angry to see a disease reduced to a pretty ribbon or to hear talk of saving breasts rather than people. Cancer isnâ€™t pretty. Itâ€™s a disgusting killer. Itâ€™s a thief that scars, steals lives and robs the world of valuable people. I would never say that awareness is a bad thing. Awareness is essential. It focuses us on a target, and at their best, awareness campaigns tell us what we are fighting and how to fight it. But when it comes to winning the battle with breast cancer, we arenâ€™t sure how to fight it, yet. We havenâ€™t focused enough on primary research looking for a causeâ€”and thatâ€™s where weâ€™ll find the cure. As with any issue, awareness is not the sum total of activism.
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Why it stinks: By the time you read this, dysfunction junctionâ€”aka the U.S. Congressâ€”may have reopened those parts of the federal government it closed Oct. 1. It may have extended the debt ceiling that allows the feds to pay the bills it already incurred. If neither of those things happened, the U.S. has defaulted on its debt, and by all reliable accounts, sent shock waves around the globe. At this writing, 60 percent of Americans polled believe that the whole Congress should be sh*t canned. A small minority of radical right-wingers would rather devastate the world economy than give an inch, and no one has the will to stand up to them. Welcome to crazy town. Where does that leave the rest of us?
Strings in Schools is Worth Saving
t has become an all-too familiar tune: In the midst of shrinking budgets, creative services are first on the chopping block. In business organizations, that often means scaling back marketing and advertising budgets. For school districts, itâ€™s arts education. Jackson Public Schools again appears to be on the fence about continuing the Strings in Schools Program this year. In the past, JPS were at an impasse with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, which dispatches its renowned musicians to Jackson schools. In 2009 and 2012, the program came close to being shelved before community and parent groups got involved to save the program. This time around, neither JPS nor MSO have indicated where the program stands, which worries many parents of the more than 800 students participating in Strings. The evidence for the positive effects of encouraging musical creativity in children is voluminous, but the research also shows that those benefits extend beyond artistic endeavors. An Oct. 12 New York Times op-ed by author Joanne Lipman points to numerous captains of industry and other leaders in their respective fields who once played instruments. Lipman lists Paul Allen, the outgoing chief executive officer and co-founder of Microsoft Corp.; Larry Page, one of the co-founders of Google; Woody Allen, a filmmaker and playwright; author Stephen King; and Alan Greenspan, the former chairman of
the Federal Reserve Bank. Paul Allen, one of the wealthiest people in the world, started learning the violin when he was 7 years old and continued playing while he was helping create software that would revolutionize the computer and software business. Music, he told Lipman, â€œreinforces your confidence in the ability to create.â€? If anyone is need of a creative confidence boost, itâ€™s the Jackson Public Schools. The stateâ€™s largest school district serving Mississippiâ€™s capital city, JPS is beset with poor test scores and graduation rates. Although both are climbing, they remain lower than national averages. Music could be key to JPSâ€™ and, therefore, Jacksonâ€™s renaissance. Lipman writes: â€œConsider the qualities these high achievers say music has sharpened: collaboration, creativity, discipline and the capacity to reconcile conflicting ideas. All are qualities notably absent from public life. Music may not make you a genius, or rich, or even a better person. But it helps train you to think differently, to process different points of viewâ€” and most important, to take pleasure in listening.â€? We believe that JPS would be better with the Strings program than without it. It remains unclear what stumbling blocks exist between JPS and MSO, but the program is worth saving. We encourage the organizations to work out their differences and urge the community to offer its support to ensure the program continues.
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don’t think anyone wakes up in the morning telling themselves, “I am going to become a cause today.” We are supposed to support causes, not be causes. When I published “Everyday Struggles” in these pages, the outpouring of love and support for my fiancée, Harriett Johnson, was unbelievable. People who had never met Harriett, plus friends and loved ones in Jackson and beyond, stepped forward to offer a kidney for her. In many ways Harriett has become a “cause.” While we are grateful for everyone’s love and support, we are ready for Harriett to transform back into just “Harriett” and not “Harriett, who needs a kidney.” It looks like the wait will continue. Harriett has not received a new kidney, yet, and the waiting gets more painful the longer it lasts. Love, prayer, hopes, and wishes get tiring when they are the same for such a long period of time and for such a serious reason. Harriett and I spend many evenings poring over the latest research on kidney transplants. We watch YouTube videos of scientists proclaiming that in a couple of years they will be able to put human ingenuity-created kidneys in patients who need them. We fantasize about that being a reality today—not in 2017. Few nights pass where Harriett makes it through without deep sweats or fear that this may be her last. On many mornings, when the depression hits, and she doesn’t want to get out of bed, the only thing we can do is joke about her not being able to cry because her anti-depressants won’t let her. Mired in this day-to-day grind, we have deep hope and a commitment to see this journey through until her health improves. Harriett is able to find humor where she can and find laughter in all of God’s creations. Someone recently told me that what we are going through as a couple is “very adult.” That’s an understatement. Most young couples in love don’t imagine being caretakers at such a young age. Don’t get me wrong: Harriett is far from being incapacitated. She is still vigorous with life, love, laughter and the will to push the people around her to be better. Harriett’s struggle is by no means unique—it’s just somewhat more complicated now. As of this writing, our government is partially shut down thanks to the GOP’s commitment to ensuring
poor people stay poor and unhealthy, and rich people stay rich. Harriett is a federal government employee, and it’s been some year for her—the sequester, a late paycheck, a shutdown and a kidney that won’t work. Should she ever change jobs, Harriett stands to benefit from Obamacare because she has a pre-existing condition. But that is beyond the point. All Americans will benefit from this law—if Congress and the states ever allow its full implementation. We will all be healthier if everyone has health care. While we struggle for a kidney and for a job, our congressman, Rep. Gregg Harper, continues to vote to defund and repeal Obamacare, which is ironic given our district’s standing as one of the poorest and least healthy in the country. Also ironic is that the National Kidney Foundation puts Mississippi at the top of the list of those states hardest hit by kidney failure. Harper continues to vote against the interests of his constituents. Maybe we will do something about that in 2014. Rep. Harper is a Christian, and part of me wants to believe that he and his colleagues pray to the same God that Harriett does. That is a God who told us in Matthew 25: 34-36: “For I was hungry, and you gave me food. I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger, and you welcomed me. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you took care of me. I was in prison, and you visited me.” If this is really what guides our decision-makers, then I ask: Where are you when Harriett suffers? Where are you when low-income people can’t eat or need health care? As the sun and sky continue to slip into Harriett’s brilliant space, we ask that you continue to pray, to hope and to believe that tomorrow will be better than today. We ask you to hold your leaders accountable, as we hold our loved ones accountable. We ask you to ask questions and to not submit to the lack of control we often feel. I am sick of Harriett being a cause, but I feel free to use Harriett as an example to stand up and fight for. Because, eventually, it may be all we can do. Jed Oppenheim is a citizen of Jackson. If you have type-O blood and are interested in donating a kidney to Harriett, please contact him at 310-994-1841.
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Dr. Hannah Gay received international acclaim after the news of an apparent “cure” of an HIVinfected child in her care became public in March.
‘Standing Close By’ The JFP Interview with Dr. Hannah Gay by Ronni Mott
October 16 - 22, 2013
he headlines screamed the news across the globe: “Baby Cured of AIDS!” They weren’t entirely accurate; nonetheless, the news thrust pediatrician Dr. Hannah Gay into the harsh glare of the spotlight last March. Gay’s patient, a toddler born to an HIV-infected mother in 2010, tested positive for the infection at birth and for several months while under Gay’s care. Then, she and her mother stopped showing up for treatment. When the baby returned to the University of Mississippi Medical Center about 18 months later, clinicians could not find the virus in her blood. A soft-spoken and fiercely intelligent woman, Gay insists that she didn’t cure the child. The treatment she used was within the parameters of what she would use with any patient under the same or similar circumstances. “I’m getting credit in a lot of the
press, for ‘discovering’ the cure, or ‘developing’ the cure, and I’m going, ‘Wait! I was as surprised as anybody!’” Gay said. She gives full credit for the child’s healing to God, and in retrospect, she can easily see the small miracles all along the path. “I just happened to be standing close by,” Gay said. “I obviously was not trying to cure the baby. Cure was the furthest thing from my mind.” To imply that she has a cure for HIV, human immunodeficiency virus, the therapy must be proven in more than one patient, which has yet to be done. It’s also unlikely that the specific results could be achieved in adults. None of that stopped the mainstream press, though. In April, Time magazine named Gay and two colleagues, Katherine Luzuriaga, an immunologist from the University of Massachusetts, and Deborah Persaud, a virologist at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, to its 2013 list of the 100 most influential people in the world for their con-
tributions to the field of HIV research. Gay has yet to become comfortable in the role of spokeswoman for Mississippi, UMMC, and the army of doctors and researchers working in the HIV/AIDS field. Clearly, she’d rather be working with children than talking to reporters or speaking at conferences, but she gracefully and generously accepts the need to do so. In August, Gay granted the Jackson Free Press a wide-ranging interview that ran almost two hours. The edited version is below. You can read the entire interview on the JFP website. If a mother is HIV positive, at what point can the virus be transmitted to the child?
Most transmission from the mother to the child occurs during the labor and delivery process. A smaller group, a minority, probably less than 10 to 15 percent, are infected in utero, during the pregnancy. But those almost all happen
Dr. Hannah Gay Age: 59 Hometown: Jackson Works for: University of Mississippi Medical Center Field of practice: Pediatric infectious disease Education: Graduated from Wingfield High School; Medical degree from University of Mississippi Medical School Family: Married 37 years to Paul Gay; four children, all grown
near the end of the pregnancy, in the last few weeks. The reason we know that they’re not infected prior to the delivery is that those
So if the baby tests negative at birth, where do you go from there?
When the news was announced in March that this baby had been functionally cured, some people mistakenly assumed that this is the end of AIDS. What is the landscape of AIDS right now?
In the West, it is a chronic, treatable illness. In resource-poor nations, it may not be as easily treated simply because of not being able to get the treatment to the patient.
Do people believe HIV and AIDS are no longer much of a risk?
to resist whatever you’re trying to bombard it with, right?
I’m afraid that’s what’s happening. … In 1994, we had, across the nation, about 25 percent of babies born to infected moms were infected at birth. There was a large-scale study that was done that showed that if you treat the mom during pregnancy, and then we were also treating the mom with IV medicine during labor, and then treating the baby for six weeks afterwards, that you could reduce the risk of transmission down from that 25 percent average down to 8 percent average.
Exactly. And that’s why we use three and four-drug combinations in treatment, so that if you have a virus that’s resistant to drug A, you’ve still got drugs B and C trying to eliminate that virus before it takes over the whole population. Back early in the epidemic, we created a lot of the resistance due to the fact that we only had one or two drugs. The virus was becoming resistant to those one or two drugs we had. We treated patients with sequential monotherapy—as a new drug would come along, because that’s all we had. Now we wish it had been different, because we had some patients who have multi-drug resistance. Nonetheless, in the last few years, in the last five years, there have been two, actually three new classes of drugs that have been discovered. When we can talk the patient into being truly compliant—I’m not going to say that in every single case we can treat them adequately—but I haven’t run into any kids that I’ve been unable to treat. Not since we’ve had the modern drugs.
Huge, yes. Really huge. So in 1994, here in Mississippi, we started a program to implement that information. When I actually started this job in 1994, a big part of my job was to implement that in MisCOURTESY UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI MEDICAL CENTER
The national guidelines here in America are that we test at two weeks, and then between one and two months, and then again (at) four to six months. We do a little more; our routine here at UMMC is that we test at two weeks, one month, three months and six months. Those are all by what we call virologic tests. It’s a very specific test looking for the HIV nucleic acids. For an adult, we test antibodies to see if they have the virus. But that doesn’t do us any good with babies because the baby does have the maternal antibodies, the antibodies cross the placenta. So a baby who is born to an infected mom will be antibody positive for up to 18 months. By 18 months, they have lost the maternal antibodies. Back when I first started working (in this field), we had to wait 18 months before we knew if the child was infected. The kind of test that we do now, the nucleic acid testing, we can tell much earlier. So, like I said, we test at two weeks, one month, three months and six months. If all of those tests are negative, by the nucleic acid test, that baby is not infected.
die at 5 to 8.” It was rare that we saw prenatally infected infants make it to their teenage years back when there was no therapy. Now, however, HIV is no longer a fatal illness. It’s a chronic, treatable illness. For my patients, I liken it to diabetes. It’s a bad disease. It can kill you. But if you take your medicines and do the right things to take care of yourself, you can life a long, healthy life with the disease.
In the early years of AIDS research, there was this meme that said, “If you sleep with one person, you sleep with every person that one has slept with.” In other words, there’s an incubation period for the virus to show up. How does that apply to babies?
For an average adult—and there are no average adults—(and) looking at a big group of people ... from the time they’re infected to the time they start showing symptoms, (it) may be as long as 10 years. For a baby who’s infected at birth, that period is shortened. Because an adult who gets infected starts developing antibodies to the HIV, the infected immune system actually controls the HIV for what can be a very long period of time. Babies are relatively immunosuppressed. The immune system normally develops over the first five years. So a baby doesn’t mount the immune response to the HIV virus. Before we had the anti-retroviral treatments that we have now, we used to say, “OK, an adult may start showing symptoms at eight to 10 years out, and then die, more than likely, some time after that. A baby who is infected at birth is likely to show symptoms at 1 to 3 years (of age), and
On March 19, state Sen. Will Longwitz, R-Madison, left, presented Dr. Hannah Gay with a plaque from the Mississippi Legislature for her breakthrough. Dr. James Keeton, UMMC vice chancellor for health affairs, right, accompanied Gay to the capitol.
In many parts of the West, it is no longer on the rise like it was for a long time. Who is most at risk?
In the South, most of our transmission is through heterosexual contact, and it’s much more prevalent in African Americans and Hispanics, women and men both. There are more men who are infected, but women are more likely to be infected through heterosexual contact. We do have some IV drug users who infect that way, but not nearly (as many). So it’s still on the rise in the South.
sissippi where we started treating moms. At that point, we only had one drug. There were two on the market, but only one that we could use during pregnancy. So at this point, are HIV-infected babies rare?
In the West, they’re very rare because we do an awful lot to search out, find the moms who are infected during pregnancy (and) be sure we treat the moms adequately. As a virus, HIV is constantly mutating
There’s a lot of talk lately about drug resistance.
Superbugs. Talk a little bit about that in the spectrum of infectious diseases. And also rumors—such as vaccines are responsible for autism.
Right. There have been huge studies, meta-analysis of many huge studies put together that show no basis in fact on that. I kind of go back to what my mother said when she started hearing about mothers who didn’t want to have their children get vaccines. She said, “They just don’t remember when, every summer in the hot South, when polio started going through.” And (my mother) does. Even when I was a baby, there was still polio every summer. She said, “We were all so relieved, climbing over people to get vaccine for our child.” I was still in preschool, I think, when we all had to go to elementary schools on three Sundays to get our sugar cube to get a polio vaccine. I remember that, too: lining up for that sugar cube.
I feel like that people who have this philosophy against having the children vaccinated are thinking, “OK, at least in my imagination, there’s a possibility that my child will have autism or something if they get vaccinations.” They’re not thinking about the fact that “If my child has measles, he may get encephalitis and more GAY, see page 16
who are infected at labor and delivery usually have negative tests at birth. This is kind of an artificial line that’s been drawn, but we say if the baby has a positive virologic test prior to 48 hours of age, then we call that an in-utero infection.
The JFP Interview with Dr. Hannah Gay from page 15 this was back in 2010, didn’t actually give a recommendation for what to do or what to start in babies who were at high risk. The guidelines said something to the effect
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die. If my child gets mumps, he may be deaf for the rest of his life. If my child gets chickenpox, he could have shingles as a result.” They don’t think of these diseases. And now, we’ve got vaccinations for hepatitis B, which kills or becomes chronic illness. We’ve got vaccinations for H flu (haemophilus influenzae, an opportunistic bacteria can cause a range of illnesses from pneumonia to meningitis to infectious arthritis). When I was a resident, even, we would have two or three cases a month with babies coming in with H flu meningitis. We never see that any more. With everything, from vaccines on, you have to do a risk-benefit analysis. I think that … people are not trained at thinking in that way. So you’re saying there’s no connection between vaccines and autism, right?
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I heard you mention in a talk you gave that it wasn’t you who affected the cure for the AIDS baby. It was God, and you were there.
Yeah. I just happened to be standing close by. I obviously was not trying to cure the baby. Cure was the furthest thing from my mind. I was simply doing post-exposure prophylaxis. We talked about how if we treat the mom, then the baby’s at very low risk. … This mom had not been treated, and we didn’t know what her viral load was. In cases where—even if we have treated the mom, but not adequately—if she’s got a high viral load, that’s a high-risk baby. If other factors intervene, and I’ve got a high-risk baby for any reason, then my first effort is to prevent that baby from being infected by starting early post-exposure prophylaxis. We do the same thing with, for instance, needle-stick injuries. If one of my nurses is drawing blood and gets stuck with a contaminated needle, she immediately starts HIV drugs as post-exposure prophylaxis. With sexual assault cases that I see in the ER, if there’s been a significant exposure and possibly HIV involved, then I start that kid on post-exposure prophylaxis. We use three drugs. … We use the same drugs that we use on an infected patient. That post-exposure prophylaxis alone has been shown to reduce the risk of conversion, if it’s started early enough. For occupational exposure, or non-occupational exposure like rape, we start the post-exposure prophylaxis as quickly as possible and within 72 hours. After 72 hours it probably has no effect whatsoever. When this baby was born, knowing that the baby was at higher risk, I started three drugs. Our national guidelines at the time,
There’s some art to medicine, and there’s some use of basic logic. My basic logic that I was using at the time—and I didn’t have to go through all this in my mind for that particular baby because I’d already done it, and it’s what I was doing for all high-risk babies: using those three drugs. My philosophy was that if we can easily monitor for the (side effects), if those occur—and actually I’ve never seen it occur to a degree that I’ve ever had to do something about it—if they did occur … then we could stop the medicines and the counts would come right back up. So it’s totally reversible—easily monitored for and reversible. HIV, on the other hand, is not reversible. If I use only two drugs, and then that baby turns out to be an infected child who’s going to have to have therapy for the rest of their life, the risk of using only two drugs in that six weeks is that the virus would develop resistance to, particularly, one of those drugs that has a very low barrier to resistance. And then, I don’t want to have to treat the child for the rest of his childhood with him already resistant to one of my classes of drugs. My reasoning leads me to say it’s really safer to go ahead and use the three drugs. One of the things I see in many religious communities is a resistance to science. You’re a scientist, and you’re also a woman with great faith. How do you marry those two together?
In the West, “HIV is no longer a fatal illness. It’s a chronic, treatable illness,” Gay said. That doesn’t mean the risk is gone.
of, “In cases were the mom has not been treated, some experts would use more than one drug as post-exposure prophylaxis.” It recommended that you consult the pediatric-HIV expert in your area. So I looked around for one (swivels her head and laughs). And there you were!
My choice was to start three drugs, which is the same thing that I would do for a needle-stick injury or an assault. I used the three drugs that I would most commonly start in a newborn that I knew to be infected. Since 2010, our guidelines now address the issue. There was a study that was
they got two drugs; one arm they got three drugs. What it showed that (the last two) arms were superior to the AZT-only arm. These (two) were equally effective at preventing infection, but the three-drug arm carried a little bit higher risk of side effects like anemia or a lower white blood count. So, in the guidelines, they say, “(Monotherapy) doesn’t work as well to prevent infection, so we’re not going to use that. (The second and third) work equally, but the (third) causes a little more side effects, a little more risk with the therapy. So, we’re going to recommend in our guidelines that you use two drugs for post-exposure prophylaxis if the mom has not been treated.” That’s what’s in guidelines now.
I was a person of faith before I became a scientist. For me, it’s been very, very easy because as I studied science, it reinforced my faith in God. It didn’t tear it down. I remember very distinctly as a freshman in medical school, studying in embryology, and looking at all of what it takes to go from an egg and a sperm to a baby, and thinking, “Only God can do that.” It’s not something that can be programmed somewhere. To me, everything that I’ve studied in science has reinforced my faith, that God is active and in control. With this particular baby, there’s no way to—actually, without putting you through medical school—to point out all of the actual miracles that occurred to make this case come to light. One of them, a very simplistic one: This mom went into labor, went into this outside hospital, they drew (blood to test for HIV), which is standard thing. If you don’t have a negative HIV test on the chart from the first trimester and last trimester, then you do one when they come in labor. They drew the test, and … they got back, at this rural hospital, a positive screening test. That automatically kicks it over into sending it off for a confirmation test: a western blot. They sent it to a reference lab to have the western blot run.
So, it’s like she never had it at all?
Right. By all of our standard tests, she looks like a child who never had HIV. And yet we know that through the first month of life, she had it. She had five separate virologic tests.
like it normally does with treatment. We think that by treating that early, we prevented the virus from every seeding the viral reservoirs. What we know happens with adults is that when you’re first exposed, the virus gets into the blood, it starts attacking and entering the CD4 positive cells (cells that initiate the body’s response to infection), the cells that have CD4 (glycoprotein) on their surface. Most of those cells are activated T-cells. Inside those active T-cells, the virus starts replicating very rapidly. At the same time, there are some, what we call “resting” T-cells. They are also CD4positive, and they also can get infected. But inside the resting cells the virus doesn’t replicate. It can live there for as long as the cell lives, but it doesn’t replicate inside a resting cell. The resting T-cells are what we call “Tmemory” cells. If you’re 57, you probably had chickenpox as a child. When you had chicken-
But an hour, not days, not weeks.
Right. I’m convinced that it was God’s hand to have that western blot come back that early. There were a number of things like that that happened along the way. … All of these little things, these little definitions, of course didn’t become significant until a year and a half later, or nearly two years later, when we’re trying to figure out what happened. But to present this to the scientific community, you’ve got to be able to say, “I had two separate samples.” We had three other samples because, having gotten back (the first two) positive, I kept her on the medicine. We kept drawing viral loads to watch her viral loads coming down on therapy. All of that became important, not at the time, but later on when we’re trying to make the case that yes, this child was definitely infected. And now she’s definitely not. So you had steps that you can see in retrospect. Has any of that been reproducible?
We have not found another baby that we know has fit in this category. What we have known for a long time is that babies who are infected, who are treated early … at less than three months, ultimately do much better than children who are started on treatment later. … Babies who are being treated at three months or less very often don’t even make antibody to HIV because the amount of virus that they have in their blood, in their viral reservoirs, is so minute that their
Gay gives all the credit for her patient’s healing to God. “I just happened to be standing close by,” she said.
Other than, “It’s a miracle,” is there any way to explain this?
Our hypothesis is that what happened is, by starting the medicines at 30hours of age, we were starting to prevent the viral replication. The amount of virus in her blood was dropping like a rock, just
pox, you formed T-memory cells to chickenpox. When you’re exposed to chickenpox again, those T-memory cells become active. They fight off the virus before you can get chickenpox. That’s why you don’t get chickenpox twice. Those T-memory cells can be very
long-lived. They can live for many, many years. Any virus that gets into that chickenpox T-memory cell can stay there and stay alive as long as the cell lives. That’s the biggest portion of what we call viral reservoirs. It’s those long-lived Tmemory cells that got infected back at the same time as the exposure, but they’re sitting there in latency. The patient may be taking their medicine and clearing the viral replication going on in all the activated cells, but once he stops taking the medicine, there’s this reservoir waiting to receive the blood. Waiting like little time bombs.
Our advantage, with the baby—the baby doesn’t have T-memory cells. They start developing T-memory cells as they’re being presented with antigen. So somebody who’s never seen chickenpox doesn’t have any chickenpox T-memory cells. A newborn doesn’t have many T-memory cells at all. Therefore, what we think we may have done—our hypothesis in this case—is that by clearing the replicating virus out of her active cells early on, we prevented it from ever getting to those newly forming Tmemory cells—easier to do in a baby than in an adult because the adult already has Tmemory cells on the day of exposure. That’s our hypothesis. To prove the hypothesis, we’re going to have to replicate this. There’s going to be a study, hopefully starting in the fall, or the first of the year, where they’re going to take a number of high-risk babies—moms have not been treated (prenatally) so they’re at high risk— and they’re going to start the same three drugs I used as post-exposure prophylaxis in the first 48 hours of life. At age 6 weeks, they will test the baby. If the baby tests positive, that it is an infected child, they will actually add a fourth drug, keep the baby on four drugs for three years. At the end of three years, they will start testing using these ultra-sensitive tests that are only available in the research labs to look and see if they can find any replication-competent virus in the reservoirs. If they can’t, then they’ll stop the drugs to see what happens. All of that said, if that study replicates it, it’s going to kind of at least semi-prove our hypothesis. It will at least show that very early treatment works. And works definitively, correct? So the expectation is that this child is never going to show HIV virus again.
That’s our expectation. I’m still paranoid, so I see her every two or three months and draw another viral load and just check to see. We have repeated cultures in the end of May, we repeated cultures yet again, and we have still to see any replication-competent virus.
system doesn’t even recognize it as there. … Our advantage in pediatrics, of course, is that we know the time of exposure. Most adults don’t. … My baby had the measurable virus until she was 26 days of age and the medicines controlled it. Then, when she came off of medicines, her virus didn’t come out of any reservoirs. We can’t find any virus in the reservoirs. So, it has never reappeared, even to the extent to make her make antibody. She, at this point, is negative by RNA test, which shows free virus in the blood. She’s negative by our DNA test, which shows virus in the reservoirs, in infected cells, and she’s negative by antibodies.
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Now, I have never, here at UMMC, gotten a western blot back in less than three days. Usually, it takes us five to seven days to get the results on a western blot test. When this baby got over here, we knew that mom had a positive screening test. We were very suspicious that (the baby) was indeed infected, but we did not have confirmation that she was infected. When the baby got here, the first thing that I did was to start AZT alone. I did not want to start three drugs on a baby without knowing that he was even exposed—you get back to the risk-benefit thing. About 30 minutes after the baby got here, the outside hospital called me and said, “We just got back the western blot from the reference lab, and it’s positive.” It was less than 24-hours from the time it was drawn at the outside hospital. I didn’t believe them. I said, “You fax me a copy of that. I’ve never gotten a western blot back that fast.” They faxed it over. It showed that she was, indeed, infected. I imagined very high viral loads, and started the other two drugs. Actually, the baby got started on AZT about an hour ahead of the other two drugs.
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or some people, exercise is a way to disconnect from the world for a period of time each day. Many enjoy going for long runs or bike rides alone as a way to get away from everyone and everything, and to clear their heads. Others enjoy being social while exercising. Some couples use exercise as a way to spend time together. One such couple is Ashton and Renee Page, both 57, who ride together on a bicycle built for two. â€œA tandem bicycle is famous for getting your relationship wherever itâ€™s going real fast,â€? Ashton says. â€œIf itâ€™s going up or down, itâ€™s going to get there real quick.â€? Tandem bicycles are built for two rid-
ers. The bikes have two seats, two sets of pedals and two handlebars on one extra-long frame. Standard tandems require that both riders simultaneously pedal or coast. Ashton and Renee came to the sport in different ways. Renee was a runner and took up cycling when the couple got married. Ashton started cycling as a teenager. â€œI (knew) some racers that lived a couple of houses down from me, yet I never was one to want to race,â€? he says. â€œBut I got into cycling because of them and rode a lot of miles. Then in college, I got away from it.â€? He picked it up again in his 40s. â€œBeing a little overweight at the time, a friend of mine encouraged me (to do it),â€? Ashton
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The Pagesâ€™ Favorite Routes: â€œThis is the best part about living hereâ€”we can ride out of our garage and go in any direction for any distance,â€? Ashton says. â€œWhen we lived in New Orleans, we had to take the bike by car at least one hour out of the city to find good, safe roads to ride.â€? Ashton uses mapmyride.com to keep track of and share his favorite routes. See these routes and others at jfp.ms/ashtonroutes: Ross Barnett Reservoirâ€”38 miles Bike Crossingâ€”46 miles Brandon/Pelahatchieâ€”57 miles Desoto National Forest/Biloxi, Miss.â€”33 miles Madisonâ€”62 miles
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says. â€œSomeone had gotten him involved in this 150-run. He said, â€˜Hey why donâ€™t you come do this, too? Itâ€™s a lot of fun.â€™â€? The 150-run is a two-day fundraising cycling ride organized by the National MS (multiple sclerosis) Society. Ashton participated in the Louisiana MS 150, which goes from Hammond, Louis to Percy Quin State Park near McComb, Miss. Since they began riding tandem as a couple nine years ago, Ashton and Renee have traveled overseas twice for tandem bike excursions. In August they went on a bike tour from Paris to Amsterdam with 75 other tandem couples. â€œIf you know anything about Amsterdam, itâ€™s all bicycles there,â€? Renee says. â€œThey park bicycles the way we park cars. Itâ€™s kind of cool. The trip was fun.â€? Ashton felt the same about it. â€œIt was fantastic,â€? he says. â€œIt was the second time weâ€™ve gone on a two-week trip with other tandems. Itâ€™s a lot of fun because itâ€™s like-
â€œNutrition during a ride is very important, so we use gels,â€? Ashton says. â€œA fast-speed, three-hour ride can burn 1,000 calories. So we donâ€™t want (to wait) to replace (the calories) until meal time.â€? Gels are easily digested, concentrated sources of complex carbohydrates with amino acids added to enhance performance and prolong energy levels during intense training and competition. They have a syruplike consistency, and can be ingested as-is or mixed with water. The Pages use Hammer nutrition gels. The flavors include apple-cinnamon, banana, chocolate, espresso, Montana huckleberry, orange, peanut butter, unflavored, raspberry, tropical fruit and vanilla. Other great snacks for tandem cyclers are: energy drink mixes fruits such as oranges, pineapples and cantaloupe
minded people vacationing together.â€? Riding tandem allows cyclists of differing strength and ability to ride together. The faster rider doesnâ€™t have to slow down to wait for the slower person, and the slower rider wonâ€™t have to struggle to keep up. â€œMen are much more powerful â€˜animalsâ€™ than most women, so for a woman to keep up with her mate or husband on a bicycle is almost impossibleâ€”theyâ€™re stronger,â€? Renee says. â€œSo, (Ashton and I) could never stay together, but with the tandem, weâ€™re always together. If he does 60 miles, I do 60 miles that day. If he does 40, I do 40. We stay together on the bike, and Iâ€™m finally able to keep up with him.â€? Even among top cyclists, a speed gap between men and women exists. For example, at the Race Across America marathon rideâ€”one of the most respected and longestrunning endurance sporting eventsâ€”men and womenâ€™s completion times are vastly different. During the 2013 event in the Under-50 solo category, the top female, Cassie Schumacher, completed 2,962.40 miles in 12 days, 18 hours and 57 minutes. The under-50 solo top male, Christoph Strasser, finished the same distance in seven days, 22 hours and 11 minutes. Renee says they are one of the few tandem couples in the metro area; however, tandem cycling is big in other parts of the country. The couple has been to cycling rallies where there have been hundreds of tandems. But here in Mississippi, itâ€™s pretty rare. Ashton and Renee are also involved with the local bike club, Jackson Metro Cy-
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clists. Ashton has been on the board for three years and currently serves as the clubâ€™s president. The goal of JMS, chartered in 1995, is to increase community awareness of the enjoyment and benefits cycling provides, promote and encourage bicycle riding and safety, encourage respect for the areas where people ride, and enjoy cycling as a healthy, fun sport. â€œAs a bike club, we do some official things and some unofficial things,â€? Ashton says. â€œWe have six events a year where we set up rest stops, provide food and drink along the way for a mapped out course. We paint markers on the road, and we put someone driving the roads to see if anyone has a flat tire, which is a really great way for a beginner or someone new to cycling to extend their range. If they have been riding in a small locale, this gives them the chance to try a lon-
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Tandem Terminology As with other hobbies, itâ€™s important to know the lingo. Here are a couple keys terms to know if youâ€™re interested in joining the tandem cycling world. The Captain is the person who rides in front. He or she is responsible for navigating the tandem bicycle safely, controlling the bikeâ€™s directions and speed while warning the back seat rider of oncoming obstacles, bumps and gear shifts. Captains are often the more skilled of the two cyclists. Sometimes, they are also called the steersman or pilot. The Stoker is the rear rider. It is often thought that the person seated in the back can just relax and do nothing. That is incorrect because the rear rider acts as the â€œengine roomâ€? for the bike. He or she consistently pedals with the captain and provides extra power for getting up hills and slopes. The stoker can also be referred to as the tailgunner, rear admiral or R.A.
ger route with the idea that somebody will help them if they canâ€™t make it, or they have mechanical (or) bike troubles. It gives beginners the confidence to try the longer rides.â€? The club, affiliated with the USA Cycling and USA Triathlon organizations, is active from March to September. It recently wrapped up its season with Trekkinâ€™ the Trace Sept. 2. Riders cycled routes of 21, 50, 62 or 100 miles on the Natchez Trace. For the 140 in attendance, the event culminated with a catered lunch and music by Buddy and the Squids. JMS is currently holding a Share the Road campaign, where the club sponsors two local schools and provides safe-cyclingto-school workshops for them. Information about the club is available via Facebook, Twitter or its message board, where members also post their weekly and scheduled rides. â€œYou know you can show up at the location and have other people to ride with,â€? Ashton says. The goal of the JMS is to grow through holding rides throughout the metro area and surrounding cities. The club currently has 200 active members. â€œAshtonâ€™s all about â€˜the more the merrier.â€™ He wants to help build it into a bigger club for everybody from beginners to intermediates,â€? Renee says. â€œHe wants to see it spread all over Mississippiâ€”people from Clinton, Pearl and Flowood. He wants to move it around and start the rides at differ19 ent places where everyone can join in.â€? jacksonfreepress.com
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Brain Attack: Surviving the Stroke Belt by Casey Purvis
Strokes, or â€œbrain attacksâ€? can permanantlyâ€”and fatallyâ€”affect parts of the brain, as seen in these scans.
What youâ€™ve just read is a hypothetical example of stroke. Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States and often leads to long-term disability in adults. The National Stroke Association offers other sobering numbers. Every 40 seconds in America, someone suffers a stroke. Every four minutes, someone will die from a stroke. Although media give breast cancer much attention as a major killer of women, the National Stroke Association asserts that women are twice as likely to die from a stroke than from breast cancer. The Mississippi picture is even bleaker. Our state has the
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icture this: You and your husband are headed to your favorite restaurant for a date night. You drank a couple of glasses of good Pinot, dove into a filet topped with a bleu-cheese rub, and finished with some decadently rich concoction crowned with a scoop of ice cream. Youâ€™ve had a great time, and the night is young. As youâ€™re walking out the door, discussing what to do next, the feeling hits. Itâ€™s a foreign sensation thatâ€™s frighteningly not right. You move your lips to tell your husband somethingâ€™s wrong, and what comes out is slurred or unintelligible. Your husband, perplexed, asks, â€œAre you OK? Whatâ€™s going on?â€? At that point, the right side of your body becomes numb, and your right arm seems to dangle heavily at your side. You canâ€™t will it to move. You feel yourself lean to the right. Your husband, horrified, catches you and reaches into his pocket for his cell phone to call 911. Within minutes, the wail of sirens assaults your ears, and youâ€™re nearly blinded by flashing red and yellow lights as an ambulance pulls up. You donâ€™t have much time to think as youâ€™re lowered onto a stretcher and strapped in for a ride you never planned to take.
dubious distinction of being part of the Stroke Belt, a group of southeastern states that have a higher-than-average occurrence of stroke. What is a stroke? Most of us have heard the term “heart attack” and have a general idea of what that is. A stroke is a “brain attack.” It’s a potential killer that the Centers for Disease Control says strikes more than 795,000 people a year. Stroke caused 5.5 percent of all Mississippi deaths in 2006, the CDC reports. Any time you have an interruption in the flow of oxygen-rich blood to your brain, a stroke can happen, and with it, the possibility of disability or death. Two types of strokes exist: ischemic stroke and hemorrhagic stroke. The most common type, ischemic stroke, happens when either a blood clot or fatty buildup in the vessel walls block blood vessels. The less common but also potentially catastrophic hemorrhagic stroke occurs due to bleeding in the brain from a ruptured blood vessel. Either type of stroke is a medical emergency that requires immediate attention. This is a lot of gloom and doom to hit readers living in the Stroke Belt. Can we prevent a stroke? How do we recognize a stroke? What do we do if we recognize a stroke happening in front of us? Knowledge is the most effective weapon to help you prevent or survive a stroke. The CDC (cdc.gov/stroke/facts. htm) identifies a number of risk factors. Some of these are beyond our control. African Americans, diabetics, people over 55 years of age, and those with a family history of stroke are at higher risk of having a stroke. A history of heart disease, high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels also increase your risk. We can’t reverse our age or change our family tree, but we can make lifestyle changes to reduce our stroke risk. Have your blood pressure checked. See a doctor if you have high blood pressure. Smoking is a tremendous risk factor. Alcohol is also associated with stroke, so drink in
moderation. High-fat foods can increase your cholesterol level and cause fatty deposit buildup on artery walls, creating a stroke-friendly environment. Limit high fat, fried and salty foods. Bear in mind that many fast-food offerings are loaded with fat and salt. The American Heart Association (everydaychoices.org) recommends eating five servings of fruits and vegetables a day. If you’re diabetic, medication is only one piece of the puzzle in managing your condition. Team up with your doctor to hammer out a treatment plan that incorporates lifestyle changes including proper nutrition and exercise. What if you see someone showing signs of a stroke? The National Stroke Association has a great acronym for the warning signs you need to look for and what to do. Think “F-A-S-T.” Check the Face. If you suspect someone is having a stroke, ask her to smile and check for drooping on one side. Check the Arms: ask her to raise both arms, and see if one arm is drifting back down. She may not be able to lift one arm at all. Check Speech: Listen for slurred or halting speech by asking her to repeat a simple sentence. Check the Time: Don’t hesitate. If the person is showing any of the above signs, call 911 right away. Take note of the time the person started showing signs. Treatment for ischemic stroke involves giving the clot-dissolving drug, Tissue plasminogen activator, tPA. Administration of tPA is time-dependent. Every second counts. Hemorrhagic strokes also require emergent intervention. How a stroke is treated depends on the type of stroke and any conditions that could contraindicate tPA; for example, anyone who has a hemorrhagic stroke will not be able to take tPA, due to serious bleeding risks. In the case of hemorrhagic stroke, surgery may be necessary, depending on the size of the bleed. Stroke is serious and should be taken seriously. Be the captain of your own wellness cruise. Know your risks. Know the signs of stroke. And be well.
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Ramsey’s Food Network Debut by Kathleen M. Mitchell
he Food Network is premiering a new reality cooking show this weekend, and Jacksonians will recognize a familiar face on the fast-paced program. Tom Ramsey makes his network debut competing in “Guy’s Grocery Games,” hosted by Guy Fieri. Sunday, Ramsey will host a watch party at Hal & Mal’s. Ramsey, who sometmes freelances for the JFP, describes “Guy’s Grocery Games” as a combination of the old game show “Supermarket Sweep” and the Food Network’s cooking competition “Chopped.” Four chefs compete, with a contestant eliminated each round. The winner can earn up to $20,000. Ramsey met with the JFP at his new restaurant, La Finestra, opening on Congress Street downtown the first week of November, to talk about his foray into television.
This is your first Food Network appearance, but you’ve always had a sort of showmanship approach to your job, with YouTube videos and whatnot. Does that sort of thing come naturally to you?
I have a degree in theater and a degree
Did anything surprise you about the experience of filming the show?
I was really surprised at how low-key Guy Fieri is. I was expecting him to drive up with a marching band and an Ed Hardydesign Lamborghini. But he was more low key—very, very professional, and really en-
bright lights, and it’s really hectic. You’ve got to think on your feet. It was stressful, but in a fun way, and no more stressful than a Saturday night dinner rush. What do you think the rise of these food reality shows and celebrity chefs has done for the industry?
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It’s elevated the job to something it never was before. It’s elevated the job of chef to a local celebrity status, or if you really do well you can be a national or international celebrity. It used to be, when I was growing up, I knew the name of maybe three chefs. Even the best chefs I knew, I had no idea what their names were. Now they are household names, they are walking red carpets and marrying stars. And part of that is, it’s so easy for people to identify with what chefs do, even celebrity chefs. … Tell me about your trans(Most people) feel they can get in a formation as a chef. kitchen and get a pot and pan and Well, I was an investment follow a recipe. People don’t think banker for 13 years. It was a good they can be Katy Perry or Mick Local chef and restaurateur Tom Ramsey (right, with host Guy Fieri) will appear on the series premiere career. I was good at it and had a lot Jagger. That’s something so far beof the Food Network show “Guy’s Grocery Games.” of fun. There was no real problem yond their comprehension. … But with the job, but I have always had being a chef, people do that every a desire to cook. I fed that passion through in film. It’s something I enjoy—I like being couraging. He was a super nice guy—self-af- night, whether it’s for themselves or their cooking for my friends and having parties in front of people. I love the instant feed- facing and funny and humble, all the charac- family or whatever. It’s something that they and doing charity events, but I just always back. I’m the neediest guy in the room—you teristics you’d like in a guy you’d want to sit can identify with the role of that person. wanted to be a professional cook. know, it’s been fun talking about me, but down and have a beer with. And if they try hard enough, they can My wife, Kitty, really pushed me into now, let’s talk about me some more. I guess I enjoyed meeting the judges. They really improve their chops. I don’t care how it. We were watching the Food Network one it’s just part of being a ham. were supportive and nice and funny. much I try, I’m never going to dance like night and she muted the TV and looked at MC Hammer. It’s never going to happen. me and said, “Just do it.” I said, “Do what?” Do you hope the spotlight continues What about the competition itself? Is But I went from home cook to a professional And she said, “Just go cook.” to be part of your path? it pretty much like what you see in the chef. And you don’t have to be good looking … So I did, and very quickly it clicked I do. I’m shooting a pilot for my own final version on TV? or have hair like Fabio. It’s like movie stars for worked really well for me. I’ve had a lot of show for a production company on the Once the competition starts, it’s fluid. common-looking people. success in a short period of time that I can west coast to pitch to a network. We’re There’s no stop-and-start (like during other The premiere episode of “Guy’s Grocery only attribute to that I’m just lucky in trying shooting that in mid-November down in parts of the filming process). If you’ve got 30 Games,” featuring Tom Ramsey, airs on the to catch up. I’ve been cooking professionally New Orleans. minutes, you’ve got 30 minutes. What they Food Network Sunday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m for almost four years, and in that time, I’ve The show is a travelogue of me hang- do have is lots and lots of cameras. I’ve never Ramsey is hosting a viewing party at Hal & hosted a James Beard dinner with other chefs ing out with and cooking with journeymen seen this many cameras on a shoot—hand- Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St., 601-948-0888) here. I’ve hosted a dinner (with other Jack- chefs. Not the guys whose names are in bold helds and booms and static cameras. Because that night beginning at 6 p.m., where he will son chefs) at the James Beard House in New type, but the guys who work for them. John they can’t stop it. So if they miss a shot with cook food from the episode. York. Now, I’ve been on the Food Network. Besh’s name may be on the restaurant, but he one, they’ll pick it up with another. I’ve been published nationally for food ar- sure didn’t cook your rabbit tonight. Bobby Like any TV show, the conversation Read about Ramsey’s new restaurant at ticles. I’ve cooked on an international cruise. Flay’s got a hundred restaurants under his is start and stop, but the competition is jfp.ms/lafinestra. La Finestra (120 N. Congress It’s come together fast, and now I’ve got my name, but he is not making sure there are straightforward. No smoke and mirrors. St.) is scheduled to open to the public Monday, 27 own restaurant, so it’s not slowing down. perfect grill marks on your steak. The clock starts, and it’s hot, and there are Nov. 4, after soft openings starting Nov. 1.
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Primos Cafe (2323 Lakeland 601-936-3398/ 515 Lake Harbour 601-898-3400) A Jackson institution for breakfast, blue-plates, catfish, burgers, prime rib, oysters, po-boys & wraps. Famous bakery! Two Sisters Kitchen (707 N. Congress St. 601-353-1180) Lunch. Mon-Fri, Sun. Koinonia (136 Adams St. 601-960-3008) Coffeehouse plus lunch and more! Broad Street Bakery (4465 Interstate 55 N. 601-362-2900) Hot breakfast,coffee espresso drinks, fresh breads and pastries, gourmet deli sandwiches.
PIZZA 904 Basil’s (904 E. Fortification, 601-352-2002) Creative pizzas, italian food, burgers and much more in a casual-dining atmosphere in the heart of Belhaven. Sal & Mookie’s (565 Taylor St. 601-368-1919) Pizzas of all kinds plus pasta, eggplant parmesan and the fried ravioli. Bring the kids for ice cream! Mellow Mushroom (275 Dogwood Blvd, Flowood, 601-992-7499) More than just great pizza and beer. Open Monday - Friday 11-10 and Saturday 11-11.
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.
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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. Que Sera Sera (2801 N State Street 601-981-2520) Authentic cajun cuisine, excellent seafood and award winning gumbo; come enjoy it all this summer on the patio. 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. Vasilios Greek Cusine (828 Hwy 51, Madison 601-853-0028) Authentic greek cuisine since 1994, specializing in gyros, greek salads, baklava cheesecake & fresh daily seafood.
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, www.cupsespressocafe.com) 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!
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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. Capitol Grill (5050 I-55 North, Deville Plaza 601-899-8845) Best happy hour & sports bar, kitchen open late, pub food with soul and live entertainment. 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.
ASIAN AND INDIAN 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
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Autumnal I Do by Kathleen M. Mitchell
eddings are most often associated with the spring when flowers are blooming and the weather is (ideally) just starting to turn blissfully warm. Of course, with the unpredictability of Mississippi weather, even early May can see 90-degree temperatures and sweltering humidity. The fall months can often be a more temperate and pleasant alternative. Plus, the turning leaves provide a striking color scheme different from the pinks and pastels of spring. Wedding and event planner Kendall Poole shared some of her ideas for embracing autumn in your nuptials. u
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Plan an engagement photo shoot at the state fair, where you can get lots of fun photos among the food and games as well as the ultimate romantic shot atop the ferris wheel with all of Jackson below you. Lots of people offer candy bars at the reception, with a variety of sweets to choose from. Why not try a make-your-own s’mores bar or candy apple bar instead? Give your bridesmaids colored cardigans for a sweet—and warm—photo op. For décor, stash a few glittered pumpkins among your fall florals for a bit of seasonal sparkle. Serve individual-sized boiled peanuts at the reception in little buckets.
A make-your-own candy apple bar is a decadent and fun way to bring fall flavors to your wedding reception.
Instead of the wedding party changing into flat sandals to dance the night away at the reception, put on cowboy boots under your dresses. Look to the tastes of fall when planning a signature drink and incorporate fresh apple cider or Cathead pumpkin spice vodka.
Have a hayride at the reception to keep kids (and more than a few adults) happy and entertained.
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