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t’s near the end of the first quarter, and the Callaway Chargers have fallen behind by four points at home on Dec. 10 against the Laurel Tornadoes. The crowd is raucous, the fans are into the game, and coach David Sanders knows he needs to sit his star player. After riding the bench most of the first half with three fouls, Callaway High School junior Malik Newman dominates in the second. He makes smart passes, grabs a few rebounds and chips in a game-high 21 points to help his teammates put away a feisty Laurel team 77-60. Just another day at the gym for Newman, the undisputed king of JPS basketball. And what a kingdom he rules. Jackson Public Schools have long been the heart of Mississippi prep basketball, and Newman, 17, is the latest in a long line of star players the city has produced—from Murrah High School stars such as Othella Harrington, Trey Johnson and Lindsey Hunter to Provine’s Justin Reed and Lanier’s Monta Ellis. “It’s good experience, because there are great players to play against,” Newman says. “If two JPS teams get together, it’s huge, and even if it’s just one of us playing an out-oftown school, you know they’re going to put on a show.” The Callaway Chargers are currently ranked No. 1 in the Mississippi High School Activity Association’s 5A classification. Newman is at the heart of everything


the Jackson high-school team tries to do. “He’s a dynamic kid with a really high basketball IQ,” Sanders says. “His work ethic is amazing, and that’s what separates him from a lot of kids these days. He makes the hard plays look routine, and that’s so hard to do.” While he gets most of the attention, Newman is quick to tell you the key to his success is his teammates and the preparation the team has gone through. “These guys are great to play with, and our coaches are great to play for,” Newman says. “We just come to practice and work hard each and every day.” Aside from raw talent, Newman has something else many high school students don’t have—options. Kentucky Wildcats coach John Calipari has already visited the 6-foot-3, 175pound junior, and he holds scholarship offers from Georgetown, Baylor, Duke, Memphis, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Missouri, North Carolina State and Southern Miss, according to his page. He isn’t getting pressure from his folks or coaches, and Sanders said he doesn’t worry about giving his star player advice on college shopping or, potentially, signing an NBA contract after high school. “He’s been getting big-time attention since ninth grade, and he’s won two state championships right off the bat,” Sanders says. “He’s acted maturely and handled it all very well.” —Tyler Cleveland

Cover photo of JSU Derrell Taylor 2 and BJ West 12 courtesy Wesley Peterson

8 Bank Bonus? Local Trustmark customers may be eligible to receive part of the $4 million settlement fund from a class-action lawsuit this fall.

21 ZZzzzzzzz … Get more sleep—even with little ones—next year with these easy tips and tricks.

32 Dirty Blues “Going south from Memphis, turn left at Tunica, you’ll discover the rolling hills of north Mississippi and the birthplace of ‘Hill Country Blues.’ It’s an edgier style. The pattern isn’t of the 12-bar variety most have grown accustomed to while listening to blues from the Delta. It’s groove-based, and the music almost has a drone-like quality. It sounds dirtier and more raw than its more polished counterpart. In other words: Hill Country blues is dangerous sounding.” —Tommy Burton, “The Family Business”

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by Todd Stauffer, Publisher

The View From 2013


rom my window at the Jackson Free Press’ new office—now on the 13th floor of Capital Towers—I look east. Hal and Mal’s, Martin’s and Jaco’s Tacos are in the middle distance; City Hall, the Chamber building and Underground 119 are in the foreground. It’s an interesting vantage point when compared to my old office, which had expansive views of its own—Rainbow Plaza, Fondren Public, Fondren Corner, 3000 Old Canton—if only from the second floor. In Fondren, I witnessed some amazing development over time—the Fondren Corner building went from being a salmon-colored shell to a thriving mixed-use building in the heart of the arts district. Fondren Place emerged for retail and business offices, Duling Hall was converted into one of Jackson’s premiere music and event destinations, the 3000 Old Canton building got a makeover. And, over the past decade, some of Jackson’s best restaurants, bars, and retail establishments have sprung up or relocated to the neighborhood. The downtown I’m looking out on right now reminds me, a little, of that Fondren a few years back. A decade ago, Fondren wasn’t exactly empty. It had Rainbow Co-Op and Cups, Walker’s, Que Sera Sera, whatever Ron Chane was calling his spot—and a lot of hope and promise. It also had an idea of where it wanted to go—and a visionary helping make it happen, the inimitable Camp Best—as well as a desire to welcome all comers and to make it happen not just as a government or planning project, but as an all-hands-on-deck venture where lots of folks fit into the scheme. All over downtown, today, I see the stalwarts and pioneers—Hal and Mal’s, Martin’s, Steve’s Deli, the Mayflower, the Elite, the Mississippi Museum of Art—mixed with the folks who joined in the past few

years and have served as signs of Renaissance: Underground 119, Club Magoo, Jaco’s Tacos, Basil’s, F. Jones Corner, Adobo and many others. Add to the list places like Parlor Market, La Finestra and Iron Horse

What is necessary? Focus on your locals. Grill that are trying something very hard in downtown to keep (or draw) folks here for a sit-down dinner at night. They deserve our praise and our business. There are other signs of downtown progress as well. The aforementioned Iron Horse is another check on the list of King Edward-like projects we never thought we’d see happen. There’s the continued expansion of Jackson State University’s campus as it slowly and inevitably marches toward downtown, eating everything in its path. (I’m reminded of our neighbors to the east who call UAB the “University that Ate Birmingham.”) The two-waying of Capitol Street is considered smart development that, hopefully, won’t kill the businesses on Capitol Street in the process. And ground has truly broken on the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum—trucks are even over there moving

dirt!—offering the promise of tourism and cultural bounty in years to come. So what’s missing? My biggest concern for downtown right now is that there aren’t enough Kristin Leys down here, yet—and that the vision and infrastructure doesn’t exist to encourage them. Ley is the young entrepreneur behind Thimblepress, a business that makes letterpress gifts, cards, home goods and other creative fare. Her storefront on State Street, and Lesley Frascogna’s neighboring floral shop, Tulip, are prominently located across from the Old Capitol Museum. The local visionaries are nonetheless surrounded by “for rent” signs and, primarily, abandoned law offices. In cities around the country, the focus for downtowns is on small business—not big projects. Looking back on 2013, it seems to have been a year—an election year, naturally—that got Jackson too focused on “big solutions,” as opposed to the day-to-day, nose-to-the-grindstone style of solutions that really make a difference in redeveloping an arts district—or a downtown. In Las Vegas (http://downtownproject. com) they’re developing their version of the Sun and Sand (it’s called Ferguson’s Motel) into a small retail hub, creating a “peaceful oasis” of arts, music, food and retail. One spot in the development is being used for a business-plan contest; the winning concept will get the space rent-free and financial backing for their venture. Also in Las Vegas (which, granted, has $350 million of the Zappos founder’s money that they’re playing with), they have First Friday downtown, a happy hour that acts more like a co-op and art market, encouraging food sellers, artists, crafts vendors and so on. There’s even a Kidzone from 5-9 p.m. and live music. “Pop-ups” are happening all around the country with property owners allowing

small entrepreneurs to use their space for a limited amount of time, ranging from hours to months. The businesses—often small retail, boutiques, art galleries or single-focus food shops—can learn if they’re viable, while property owners generally get a little improvement done to their space and a chance to “stage” a building for sale or rent to a more permanent tenant. Beyond the pop-up is the incubator— I’ve written before about Little Rock’s River Market Pavilion, where small businesses start in kiosks with some capital funding and mentoring to provide a great lunch (and evening music) spot while figuring out if they’ve got the chops to expand into a restaurant or retailer. Columbia, Mo., has the “Downtown Incubator” that gives cheap rent, meeting rooms, video conferencing and business classes—plus access to the “League of Innovators” who mentor new businesses to help them thrive. T-Rex in St. Louis is similar, offering cheap space, collaboration opportunities and access to mentors and advisers, including one of the founders of Square. This year, Fondren is a Best of Jackson finalist in categories like “Best Tourist Attraction” and “Best Reason to Live in Jackson.” And it doesn’t have a water feature, an arena, a festival park or a convention hotel. Not that those things would hurt—they just aren’t necessary for getting started on a neighborhood’s renaissance. What is necessary? Focus on your locals. As we look ahead to 2014, my hope is that we can rally a little creative capital, some dedicated business minds and some best practices from other cities that focus on building small businesses in Jackson. It’s not that hard, but it does take leadership, persistence and an ability to change some minds about “how things have always been done.” Happy holidays and here’s to a prosperous—and smaller!—New Year.

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Bryan Flynn

Tyler Cleveland

R.L. Nave

Kathleen Mitchell

Tommy Burton

De’Arbreya Lee

Kimberly Griffin

Kristin Brenemen

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

City Reporter Tyler Cleveland majored in news/editorial journalism at the University of Southern Mississippi. He enjoys sports, southern cuisine and good music. He wrote a talk story.

R.L. Nave, native Missourian and news editor, roots for St. Louis (and the Mizzou Tigers)—and for Jackson. Send him news tips at rlnave@ He wrote a talk story.

Features Editor Kathleen M. Mitchell loves the Christmas season. She has spent this one remembering all the reasons it makes her happy. Merry everything to you and yours!

Music listings editor Tommy Burton plays bass with Lately David, collects records, sees movies and travels a lot with his wife, Michelle. He wrote arts and music features.

Jackson State University graduate De’Arbreya Lee is a former editorial intern from Pittsburg, Calif. She enjoys family, art fighting for the people and quoting lines from “Love Jones.” She wrote the gig story.

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. She sold many ads for the issue.

Art Director Kristin Brenemen is an otaku with a penchant for dytopianism. She can’t imagine a world without fresh eggs. Her friends drive safely after New Year’s parties, and she hopes you do, too. At night, she fights crime. She designed the issue.







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Fund Education Fully

Gov. Phil Bryant and the Republicancontrolled Legislative Budget Committee have released their state budget recommendations for the upcoming fiscal year. Despite a growing economy that will produce more than $400 million in new tax revenue over the next two years, the Republicans have once again failed to add any additional funds to the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s formula for determining the level of appropriations for our public schools. MAEP is currently some $265 million below the amount required by law. If these budget recommendations are enacted during the upcoming legislative session, every school district will receive 12 percent less than the amount of money both the Legislature and previous governors have determined is necessary to provide every child the opportunity to receive an adequate education. Operating costs continue to escalate in school districts. For example, we know that in districts served by Mississippi Power Company utility costs will increase by some 25 percent in the next few years. Across

the state, other operating costs are increasing as well. In some cases, funding shortages will result in cuts to personnel, books and school supplies. In other cases, school boards will increase local property taxes to make up the shortfall. Either way, the recommended budgets are shortsighted and indefensible. Ninety percent of all Mississippi kids attend public schools, and the Republican budget proposals are threatening their future. For the second year in a row, Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Republican leadership is jeopardizing the health of hundreds of thousands of our stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s citizens by refusing to create a state-based health insurance exchange and expand the Medicaid program. Two independent studies have projected that expansion of Medicaid would provide significant economic benefits and more than $9 billion of federal funding to Mississippi at very little or no cost to the state. In addition, these studies project that expansion would create between upward of 12,000 private-sector jobs in Mississippi. Rejecting expansion will cause us to



miss the opportunity for those jobs. Those studies also point out how Medicaid expansion can provide a substantial amount of financial support to many of our hospitals. Under current law, our hospitals will lose millions of federal dollars over the next several years. Those losses should be offset by money from the expansion of the Medicaid program. By rejecting expansion, the governor and the legislative leadership are endangering the survival of health-care providers across the state, including our hospitals. There is no better example of the governor putting his partisan politics ahead of what is good for the state than his budget recommendation to cover losses at our hospitals with state tax revenue rather than take advantage of federal funding that would go to these same hospitals under expansion. Democrats agree with many recommendations in both the governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget and the LBC budget. But we cannot continue underfunding public education and denying basic health insurance to our hardworking fellow Mississippians. Rep. Cecil Brown District 66, Mississippi House



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Friday, Dec. 20 President Obama says at his endof-the-year press conference that insurance sign-ups are surging now that the governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website is working better for consumers, and that nearly 3.9 million people have qualified for coverage through the health care lawâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Medicaid expansion. â&#x20AC;Ś Indiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s information minister lashes out at the United States and demands an apology for the treatment of a diplomat who was arrested and strip-searched in New York, saying America cannot behave â&#x20AC;&#x153;atrociouslyâ&#x20AC;? and get away with it. â&#x20AC;Ś President Obama gives the military a one-year deadline to better prevent and respond to a wave of sexual assault in the ranks and warns that if progress isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t made, he will consider tougher reforms than those approved by Congress.

Council Mulls Residency Requirements by Tyler Cleveland


ince 2007, legislation has been on the books to ensure that money the City of Jackson pays out in wages stays close to city. Soon, it could be changed to ensure that money stays completely within the city. Ward 4 Councilman Deâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Keither Stamps is proposing a change to Chapter 2, Article III, Section 2-166 of the Jackson Code of Ordinances, which governs residency requirements for city employees. Specifically, Stamps wants to change the requirement on the books from â&#x20AC;&#x153;within 40 miles of the city,â&#x20AC;? an area that includes suburbs like Madison, Flowood, Ridgeland and Clinton, to say â&#x20AC;&#x153;within city limits,â&#x20AC;? which would exclude those communities. The ordinance would not affect current employees, just new hires. If the city wants to hire someone who doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t currently live in the city, that employee would be required to relocate inside city limits within six months of his or her hiring. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Those 635 employees make an average of $32,000 a year,â&#x20AC;? Stamps said in an interview with the Jackson Free Press on Wednesday, Dec. 18. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have been pounding my head in the wall trying to figure out how to give city employees raises, and that extra money from taxes might be enough to allow that to happen.â&#x20AC;? The city provided data to show that it currently employs 635 workers who do not live within the city limits. Their salaries total more than $20 million a year. After the change, Stamps said he ex-

Ward 4 Councilman Deâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Keither Stamps wants to see money the city pays out in wages stay within the city limits.

pects the additional revenue from those employees, based on what their investment in real estate and contributions to the tax base are, to be significant. The latest data from the United States Department of Labor show an October 2013 preliminary unemployment rate of 6.5 percent in Jackson, which is down 0.8 percent from a year ago and is a full two points lower than the rest of Mississippi. That still leaves 17,343 people unemployed, and likely more underemployedâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;meaning they working beneath their capabilities. Ward 6 Councilman Tony Yarber

and Ward 7 Councilwoman Margaret Barrett-Simon pushed back on the proposed ordinance change during a Rules Committee meeting, suggesting that the city should be incentivizing employees to come work for Jackson, not putting more restrictions on their eligibility. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This issue has been discussed for years, and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been one point on this issue that has always impressed me,â&#x20AC;? Barrett-Simon said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never had a police chief that has not said they have a difficult time coming up with qualified applicants, PRUH5(6,'(1&<VHHSDJH











Thursday, Dec. 19 Target announces that data connected to about 40 million credit and debit card accounts used at the store was stolen as part of a breach that began over the Thanksgiving weekend. â&#x20AC;Ś The American ambassador to the United Nations arrives in Central African Republic in the highest profile American effort to date to spotlight the violence there. â&#x20AC;Ś Ukraineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s President Viktor Yanukovych slams the West for supporting the massive street protests calling for his ouster and announces plans to partially join a Moscow-led economic union.




Wednesday, Dec. 18 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announces nearly $25 million in additional aid to help the Philippines deal with the devastation from Typhoon Haiyan. â&#x20AC;Ś The Library of Congress inducts 25 films, including â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mary Poppinsâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pulp Fiction,â&#x20AC;? into the National Film Registry to be preserved for their cultural, historical or cinematic significance. â&#x20AC;Ś The Presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologiesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;one of two review panels given nearly identical assignments by President Obama to study how the White House should change or limit the National Security Agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s surveillance programsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;proposes to scrap the other panel, the independent Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, which plans to issue its own report on NSA surveillance in January.




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and when you reduce that pool again â&#x20AC;Ś it reduces the number of possibilities.â&#x20AC;? Ward 2 Councilman Melvin Priester voiced his concern on the issue, saying he

had a chance to have a community meeting at New Hope Church. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was really struck by how much the everyday citizens of Jackson really want an ordinance like this,â&#x20AC;? he said. The motion remains in the rules committee for now, but council members indicated they are ready to take the conversation public.


â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would suggest that we do a public meeting specifically around this idea, and invite the public to come and give their thoughts on it,â&#x20AC;? Yarber said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With something that is going to affect this many people, I think we need to have this conversation as loudly and publicly as possible. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If everyone in the city says, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;OK, letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

do it,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; then itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be very hard for Tony Yarber to push back and say â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;no.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; But I do think it would be us being typical politicians to make a decision like this that is going to affect so many people without hearing their voice on this issue.â&#x20AC;? Comment at Contact City Reporter Tyler Cleveland at

Trustmark Settles Suit Over Fees by R.L. Nave


trust lawsuit against Visa Inc., MasterCard Inc, JPMorgan Chase & Co, Bank of America Corp and Wells Fargo & Co., alleging that banks had colluded to fix ATM fees. Dal Didia, interim chair of Jackson State Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Department of Economics, Finance and General Business, said banks face stiff competition from other banks offering free services as well as businesses offering services historically provided by financial institutions. Supermarkets can now cash payroll checks, payday lenders offer small loans, and customers can get cash advances from their credit cards, Didia explained. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the competition among banks thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eating into their profit margins. You see so many banks competing, offering free services. They have to make it up some way,â&#x20AC;? Didia said. That increased competition has been good for the banks and customers, Didia said. He added that banks used to be a lot more selective in whom they allowed to open accounts; now, not only do more people have access to banks, but banks are falling over each other offering â&#x20AC;&#x153;free stuff,â&#x20AC;? to get customersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; business, he said. Even if the overdraft fees are hefty, Didia said allowing the transactions to go through despite a customerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lack of cash, is a valuable service akin to a loan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good thing,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a bad thing if you know what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing and know how to use it.â&#x20AC;? For more information, visit or call 1-877624-9442. Comment at Email R.L. Nave at TRIP BURNS

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f youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve banked with Trustmark Na- bank reported collecting $55 million within the priority grouping. tional Bank in the past few years, from â&#x20AC;&#x153;service feesâ&#x20AC;? in 2010. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The order we choose may result in you could soon collect a sort of New A call to Trustmarkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s corporate-com- dishonor of Items, more overdrafts and/or Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bonus. munications office was not returned be- higher fees than other methods. We may This fall, Jackson-based Trustmark settled a class-action lawsuit alleging the bank â&#x20AC;&#x153;improperly assessed excessive overdraft and non-sufficient funds fees.â&#x20AC;? In recent weeks, people who had a Trustmark account that came with a debit card started receiving notices stating they could be eligible to receive part of the $4 million settlement fund. The card, mailed to potential members of the settlement class, states that Trustmark â&#x20AC;&#x153;maintains that there was nothing wrong about the posting process usedâ&#x20AC;? and that the courts did not say which side is right. The case began in June 2012, when attorneys filed the suit on behalf of a West Point, Trustmark Bank recently settled a $4 million class-action lawsuit over overdraft fees. Miss., man named Leroy Jenkins and tens of thousands of other plaintiffs in Mississippi, Tennessee, Florida and Texas. The suit states that even though fore press time. In the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s response establish different priorities or categories banks can decline debit-card transactions to Jenkinsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; complaint, however, Trustmark for Items and process Items according to when customers donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have enough mon- denied many of the accusations. However, the priorities we establish. We may change ey in their accounts to cover the purchase, attorneys attached a copy of the deposit the order that we use to process Items at â&#x20AC;&#x153;Trustmark routinely processed debit- agreement all Trustmark customers must any time without notice to you.â&#x20AC;? card transactions even though there were sign, which states: Trustmark is not the first financial ininsufficient funds in the account and then â&#x20AC;&#x153;We may process (accept, pay, charge stitution to be embroiled in a legal battle charged its customers overdraft fees,â&#x20AC;? the or return unpaid) Items to your account in over its assessment of fees. Big banks such complaint states. any order we choose, at our discretion, re- as Charlotte, N.C.-based Bank of AmeriOther allegations include that Trust- gardless of the order in which the Items are ca and New York City-based Chase Bank mark reordered transactions so that the presented to us for payment. In particular, and smaller banks like Tupelo-based Banlargest purchases hit customersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; accounts (Trustmark) may, in its sole discretion, es- corp South have faced similar class-action first, increasing the chance that subse- tablish priorities for posting transactions lawsuit, with similar settlement results. quent transactions would result in a $32 and then pay Items in the order of highIn February 2013, a federal judge to $34 overdraft fee per transaction; the est dollar amount to lowest dollar amount in Washington, D.C., dismissed an anti-

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Crime Alignment Hitting Get Today’s News TODAY the Streets by Tyler Cleveland


One Church Pastor Matt McGue joined Jackson’s Crime Alignment in a sweep of several South Jackson neighborhoods on Saturday, Dec. 14.

The smaller crowd could be indicative of the uphill battle the faith-based alliance faces as it tries to help communities fight back against lawlessness and convince young people to make smarter decisions. “Well, we don’t have our thousand, but I’m very impressed with the people who showed up,” said Yarber, a pastor at Relevant Empowerment Church. “We’re headed out into some South Jackson neighborhoods near Raymond Road. We’re knocking on doors, telling people we’re a faith-based alignment in the community, and we’re here to help them get their issues addressed.” Once the volunteers retrieved the information, Yarber said he would log it into a database, so they can see where the problem exist and try to direct services—whether to police presence, a the watch program or something else the churches can do—toward that area and that particular problem. Abram Muhammad, a minister with the Southern Region of the Nation of Islam (Muhammad Mosque No. 78), set up the system. Muhammad said he had also assigned his best Internet technician to build an online forum where preachers and ministers of different faiths could open the lines of communication, share ideas and organize events to show solidarity against crime. Jackson is the latest city, but certainly not the first, to see its churches organize around a common goal like reducing and preventing crime.

A 2011 memo from the U.S. Department of Justice addressed faith-based alignments, saying sometimes they can be more effective than similar programs without a common theme for participants. “Unlike their secular counterparts,” it says, “many faith-based organizations are often uniquely suited to bring together residents and local leaders to address pressing challenges and to empower people to improve their lives, the lives of their family members and their communities at large.” The Office of Justice Programs assists faith-based groups with programs throughout the criminal-justice spectrum, ranging from youth-violence prevention to crime victim assistance to prisoner re-entry. Although the holiday season is traditionally a busy time for police departments, Jackson has been lucky, so far. The latest JPD crime records show that, while property crime is down 12.2 percent overall, the city has experienced a slight uptick in violent crime from 2012 to 2013. Murder is down from 57 in 2012 to 51 in 2013, year-to-date, with armed robbery and carjacking both up, 12.5 percent and 8.2 percent, respectively. Matt McGue, pastor of One Church, a new, multi-ethnic church currently meeting at the Ridgeland Recreational Center, stood with Yarber at his announcement Dec. 6, and followed up eight days later at New Horizon for the door-to-door march. McGue, Brittany Smith and Mike O’Connor together participated in Jackson’s Crime Alignment’s initial day of community outreach. After helping to set up a multi-ethnic church in North Carolina, McGue moved to Jackson with his wife, grown son and his wife to start One Church. McGue joined Yarber’s alignment against crime, and went door-to-door in a neighborhood off of Ellis Avenue below Interstate 20. “I saw that Tony, who is a friend, was pulling together people of all faiths and denominations and had called a meeting together through Facebook, and I said, ‘Hey, I’ll be there,’” McGue said. “I loved it. I think the church has got to repent for its silence, inaction and its acceptance of the status quo. When it comes to injustices, social and moral issues, the church has been silent for too long.” Going door-to-door, McGue said he got a chance to hear about some of the problems they are having. “The people in these neighborhoods that have had problems are just like people from any other part of the city,” he said. “We all want the same thing—to live in a peaceful neighborhood that we can raise our kids in and actually love our neighbors.”

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cross the South, state branches of the NAACP are urging policymakers to consider disparate effects on African Americans when it comes to crafting energy policy. Released Dec. 17, a new report from the NAACP titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just Energy Policies: Reducing Pollution and Creating Jobs,â&#x20AC;? is a comprehensive look at state-level clean energy policies. Dirty energy policies perpetuate racial inequality, the report states. It examines state renewableenergy portfolio standardsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;benchmarks some states have set to increase the use of cleaner, renewable fuelsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;as well as the availability of energy-efficiency resources and netDerrick Johnson, president of the Mississippi metering standards. NAACP, wants to increase African American participation in the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s energy economy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The NAACP believes that energy policy can create real public benefits, including millions of good green-collar jobs and building an It points out that even though blacks inclusive green economy strong enough endure the brunt of the negative health to lift people out of poverty,â&#x20AC;? the authors effects of energy production and spend a of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just Energyâ&#x20AC;? write. larger portion of their incomes on energy,

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ecretary of State Delbert Hosemann recently began an advertising campaign to inform voters about the voter ID law that has now taken effect in Mississippi. Hosemann, whose office oversees elections in this state, is informing voters on what kind of identification can be used and how. If a voter needs the proper ID, starting next month you can obtain one free of charge at your local circuit clerkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office. Mississippi lawmakers budgeted $226,000 for the secretary of stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office to educate people about the ID law. The June 3, 2014, primary election will be the first election when the new voter ID law will be used in this state. It will be known then how many issues will come up at the polls as a result of lack of proper identification. However, the June primary will not show a broad-base effect on how well Mississippians are prepared for voter ID as the General Election in November will when there will be a larger turnout. Also, there will be larger turnouts just around the corner; the 2015 county and state election and the 2016 presidential elections. In the last county and state election in 2011, more than 800,000 voters cast ballots statewide, and in the 2012 presidential election Mississippi saw more than 1.2 million ballots cast. Based on the history of primaries in Mississippi, the June primary will be nowhere in comparison to voter turnout as the upcoming general election, even with a contested U.S. Senate seat on the ballot. It is widely known that voter ID is subject to cause more problems with elections than solve them, but one thing is for sure: If this state is dedicated to making voting more accessible, convenient and less subject to voter fraud, the time has come for this state to enact early voting, same-day registration and absentee ballot reform. Every election, be it primary, special or general, should be accessible, allowing every voter to exercise their right to vote freely. At the same time, every measure should be taken to eliminate fraud. Ken Strachan is a former member of the State Democratic Executive Committee and a former mayor of North Carrollton and serves as Carroll County coroner.


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Why it stinks: Biblical scholars and people on the Internet with nothing better to do can argue what The Good Book says about who should wake up next to whom in the morning. Nor should it really come as a surprise that Jindal, a conservative Republican, would come to the defense of Robertson, a fellow Christian who earns his living making hunting equipment. Yet, as a conservative Republican, Jindal presumably adheres to the principles of the free market. In that light, A&Eâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision to sanction Robertson is not an example of government censorship of an individualâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right to engage in constitutionally protected speech. Rather, it was a business decision made by executives of A&Eâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a jointpartnership between privately owned Hearst Corp. and publicly owned The Walt Disney Companyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;who weighed the costs and benefits, and ultimately decided that doing nothing in response to Robertsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s statements would hurt the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bottom line. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not messed up. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s capitalism.

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idewalks, busy sidewalks. Right now, Jackson-area neighborhoods are dressed in holiday styles and benefitting from foot traffic generated by the holiday shopping season. We wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know how well the retail industry â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in Jackson or nationwide â&#x20AC;&#x201D; fared until after Christmas. Judging by how the holiday spirit seems to grow, particularly in places like Fondren, each year, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re hopeful that the stockings of local businesses are stuffed with cash. As JFP Publisher Todd Stauffer noted in November, when we moved our offices to downtownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Capitol Towers, Fondren was in excellent hands, â&#x20AC;&#x153;teeming with local restaurants, retailers, artists and service providers,â&#x20AC;? and growing. Our hope is that Fondren provides the blueprint for similar growth, especially in downtown. The view from our new 13th-floor perch offers a rebuke to the idea that Jackson is standing still. Right now, on a warm December day, people are doing business at the Hinds County Circuit Courthouse and City Hall. Presumably, those people could use a bite to eat and even might have a few more presents to buy before the holiday. Downtown is leaving 2013 with a bang with a number of exciting new restaurants with opening of Tom Ramseyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s La Finestra and the reopening of the Iron Horse Grill. Fischer Gallery moved into the Dickieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Building, and even the ACLU relocated to Capitol Street downtown.

If the University of Mississippi Medical has its way, the long-vacant Landmark Center at 175 East Capitol will be home to as many as 300 UMMC employees sometime next year. Our building, the Capitol Towers, has also attracted several new tenants just in the months that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been here, and more are likely on the way. And we hear rumors about exciting developments in the Plaza Building on Congress Street, among others. Ongoing renovations of Capitol Street and the development of a Westin Hotel are also positives, and a glimmer of hope remains that a Convention Center Hotel deal is reached, and that the Farish Street mess gets cleaned up next year as well. Of course, downtown wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t transform overnight or even over the course of the next year. Urban-planning expert Mukesh Kumar has pointed out both the opportunities and challenges for downtown. Downtown Jackson is not Manhattan or even New Orleansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Central Business District â&#x20AC;&#x201D; nor will it be for the foreseeable future, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not even sure we want it to beâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but from where we sit, downtown is in motion. If downtown is moving, that means Jackson is moving forward, too. To keep that motion going, Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s downtown businesses need our help to have a very happy, and profitable, holiday season. If you want a vibrant downtown, do your part to make it happenâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;day and night. Come visit often in 2014.


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XFORD—When Nelson Mandela spoke to the U.S. Congress on June 26, 1990, the godfather of modern-day Republican obstructionism, the late U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms of North Carolina, wasn’t in the chamber. I was there as a reporter, but “Senator No” was protesting. “Before we get his halo in place too securely, let’s examine this guy,” Helms groused. Helms called Mandela a “communist,” much like he called Martin Luther King Jr. a communist, and he opposed sanctions against South Africa like he opposed civilrights legislation and a MLK holiday. Helms missed a good speech. It came just four months after Mandela’s release from 27 years in prison. Mandela died this month at the age of 95. Echoing King’s speech in the 1963 March on Washington, Mandela said South Africa “has known nothing but racism for three centuries,” but it could become “an oasis of good race relations, where the black shall to the white be sister and brother, a fellow South African, an equal human being.” Mandela even invoked King in his speech, citing him along with George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, John Brown, Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglass and others as having inspired South African freedom fighters in their “struggle to guarantee the people life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” If Ol’ Jesse were alive today, what would he say about his philosophical successor, Tea Party hero and Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas? “Nelson Mandela will live in history as an inspiration for defenders of liberty around the globe,” Cruz posted on his Facebook page Dec. 4. “Because of his epic fight against injustice, an entire nation is now free.” Cruz has since caught hell from supporters even farther to the right than he is. Still, Cruz is no hero. Had he been a senator back in Helms’ day, he would have fought side-by-side with the owlish North Carolinian, raising Cain about commies in both the U.S. South and South Africa. It’s easy to praise someone after he’s safely entombed in the grave. Helms wasn’t the only conservative of his day who held contempt for Mandela. President Ronald Reagan, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and thenCongressman and future Vice President Dick Cheney all preferred racist, whiteruled South Africa and apartheid to Man-

dela and his African National Congress. The world rightly mourns the death of a great leader in Mandela. Again much like King, he took his stand at a time when non-racist rule in his homeland seemed impossible. King spent time behind bars, and so did Mandela, nearly three decades of it. He even refused a pardon in 1985 when the condition for it was a renunciation of violence in the cause for freedom. Like King, Mandela once believed nonviolence was the way to end racism, but the South African government’s own brutality convinced him the ANC had to arm itself and wage combat if it was to succeed. In the end, however, it was Mandela’s genius at negotiation and vision of a nonracial future, not violence, that won the day. He proved Mao Zedong was wrong when the old revolutionary insisted that “in order to get rid of the gun it is necessary to take up the gun.” The struggle, of course, goes on, both in South Africa and here at home. Mandela helped end apartheid, but deep poverty continues. One out of every four South Africans is jobless. Racism in the U.S. South is no longer officially sanctioned, but blacks continue to be the poorest in what is still the nation’s poorest region. At the height of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, public protests by churches and groups like the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Students for a Democratic Society, and the Congress of Racial Equality forced Chase Manhattan and other major banks to withdraw some $40 million in financial support for South Africa’s white government. Yet major banks today continue to be on the wrong side in social justice issues. The Farm Labor Organizing Committee’s divestment campaign against JP Morgan Chase for its support of Reynolds American finally forced the tobacco company in 2012 to agree to meet with FLOC regarding serious health and other issues among migrant workers in the tobacco fields. Back in 1990, Mandela told Congress that he hoped the poor would never point a finger of accusation “at all of us because we failed to respond to the cries of the people for food, for shelter, for the dignity of the individual.” Mandela heard their cries. Who does today? Joe Atkins is a veteran journalist, columnist and professor of journalism at the University of Mississippi. Email him at jbatkins@ He blogs at laborsouth.blogspot. com.

The struggle, of course, goes on, both in South Africa and at home.

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asketball is one of a few sports where a special player can take over a game and lead his or her team to a victory (this is the only reason Kentucky coach John Calipari makes deep tournament runs). If you don’t have one of these special players on your roster, you better have an outstanding coach. A great coach knows when to use a time-out at the perfect time to stop an

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Simply looking at the win-loss record for Mississippi State doesn’t begin to tell the story of the heck of a job Rick Ray did in his first season in Starkville. Nearly every night on the floor the Bulldogs were the underdogs in terms of experience and talent. Nonetheless, Ray had his Bulldogs fight hard, even when they came up short. Lowlights, such as the 95-49 beat down from North Carolina (yes, that North Carolina), were balanced with some highlights, including a win over Ole Miss and a win over South Carolina in the SEC tournament. Ray faced a rebuilding challenge last year. This year, folks expect the Bulldogs to be improved, but barring a magical run in the SEC Tournament for the league’s automatic bid, an NCAA berth for Mississippi State is unrealistic. Mississippi State returns most of last season’s roster, which includes Craig Sword and Gavin Ware, both on the All-SEC Freshman Team at the end of last season. Sword, Ware and Roquez Johnson are all averaging double-digit scoring. This trio is part of eight players getting 12 or more minutes of playing time, which shows the depth of rotation Ray is building. The schedule is filled with a bunch of cupcake games, but Ray is trying to rebuild a program and building confidence is part of that job. Mississippi State has two losses so far against TCU (who finished last in the Big-12 last season) at home and Utah State (who finished fourth in the WAC



Coach: Rick Ray Career coaching record: 17-24, all at Mississippi State 2012-13 season: 10-22 overall (4-14 SEC)

opposing team’s offensive run of points. These coaches know when to substitute players with foul trouble or when to give their best player a rest for the stretch run at the end of a game. As the college game becomes more micromanaged, especially at the end of game, a good coach becomes even more important. Our state might be starting to amass a nice collection of coaches who fit these descriptions.

last season) on the road. The Bulldogs had a terrible first half late against the Aggies, putting themselves in a big hole early on the road. MSU hosted the Horned Frogs in the Big-12/SEC Challenge, losing that game by 10 points. The Bulldogs were down 59-56 with The numbers don’t truly show Rick Ray’s 2:24 left in the game, but couldn’t close success in his first the deal. State is still learning how to win. year coaching the This season will be a success for Ray and Bulldogs. the Bulldogs if MSU can earn a NIT bid to build on for next season. A NCAA bid should be the goal for the 2014-15 season if Mississippi State can keep this young squad together. Ray looks like a good hire after his first season, but the Bulldogs need to show improvement in SEC play. Postseason: NCAA berth highly unlikely but NIT bid—which is possible—should be the goal.

Coach: Andy Kennedy Career coaching record: 159-89 at Ole Miss and 180-102 overall 2012-13 season: 27-9 overall (12-6 SEC) Andy Kennedy finally did it: In his seventh season at Ole Miss, he led the Rebels to the NCAA Tournament. Forget about the SEC being historically weak last season, and Ole Miss playing more cupcakes than you will see at bakery. The Rebels hadn’t made Taking the Rebels to the NCAA Tournament the NCAA Tournament since 2002, and last year was huge for Kennedy made me and just about every other coach Andy Kennedy. sports writer eat crow when he not only got Ole Miss into the Big Dance, but also led the team to a victory in the SEC Tournament. This season, the Rebels have to replace low-post players and rebounders. The good news is Ole Miss is returning reigning Howell Trophy winner Marshall Henderson. The shooting guard has garnered headlines for all the wrong reasons, including an arrest this offseason. Henderson is, without a doubt, the best player on the Ole Miss team, but he is on thin ice with his behavior. The Rebels also return Jarvis Summers, LaDarius White, Aaron Jones, Derrick Millinghaus and three other players from last year’s squad. One newcomer to watch is

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Sebastian Saiz, who played internationally. Currently, the Rebels show a lot of depth with nine players averaging 16 minutes or more per game. The non-conference schedule this season mixes teams from last year’s NCAA Tournament with some tough games against Georgia Tech and Penn State. The nonconference slate ends with the Mercer Bears and Dayton Flyers—two of the best midmajors in college basketball right now. So far in the 2013-14 campaign, Ole Miss has defeated North Carolina A&T, the defending MEAC Champions, but lost very close games to perennial Big Dance teams Kansas State and Oregon. The Rebels still have games against Middle Tennessee and Western Kentucky. Both teams reached the NCAA Tournament last season. Reaching the NCAA Tournament for a second-straight season will test Kennedy’s coaching abilities. Kennedy and the Rebels NCAA chances will improve if the rest of the SEC is better than last year, and if Ole Miss can finish with a good conference record. The conference games that could help Ole Miss reach the Big Dance include home games against Missouri and Florida and a home series against Kentucky. Ole Miss will be a lock for the NCAA if it can win its home games against these three opponents. Postseason: NCAA bid extremely possible & NIT bid is a lock.

2012-13 season: 11-18 overall (9-9 SWAC) 2013 postseason: None Arena: Lee E. Williams AAC All eyes will be on Wayne Brent to see if he can lead JSU to victory this season.

ers. Currently, nine players for Jackson State are averaging 11 minutes or more of playing time. JSU has only three wins so far, but the Tigers have been very competitive in nearly every game. That includes a two-point loss to Mississippi State, an 11-point loss to Louisiana Tech and a five-point loss to Tulane. The only way the Tigers will make the Big Dance is by winning the SWAC Tournament to earn the conference’s automatic bid. Jackson State has been picked to finish in the middle of SWAC this year. If Brent can build a winner at Jackson State, Tiger fans can expect big jobs to try to lure the new lead Tiger away. Postseason: It is NCAA or Bust for the Tigers.

Coach: Donnie Tyndall Career coaching record: 36-11 at Southern Miss & 180-100 overall 2012-13 season: 27-10 overall (12-4 C-USA)

Donnie Tyndall and USM might be the best coach-university fit in the state. Tyndall has reenergized Southern Miss basketball in his Donnie Tyndall and the first year with the program. USM Golden Eagles are Not since the late, great M.K. a perfect fit of coach Turk was head basketball coach at and team. USM has this much excitement existed around the program existed—not even during the James Green or Larry Eustachy eras. In his first season in Hattiesburg, Tyndall and his Golden Eagles finished second in the conference, behind former Conference USA powerhouse Memphis in the regular season and C-USA tournament. Southern Miss lost the C-USA championship game in double overtime, denying the team a NCAA Tournament bid. The last two seasons, USM has finished behind Memphis in C-USA, but the Tigers are gone, and the conference has added a slew of teams. Currently, it looks like C-USA will be a one-bid league in the NCAA Tournament this year, just as last year. Tyndall will be trying to replace two major pieces from last year’s team, Dwayne Davis and Jonathan Mills. Both Davis and Mills were instrumental to the success the Golden Eagles saw last season.

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Southern Miss returns Neil Watson, Jerrold Brooks, Michael Craig and Daveon Boardingham from last year’s campaign. The Golden Eagles also have two transfers eligible this season in Aaron Brown (from Temple) and Chip Armelin (Minnesota). Tyndall has plenty of depth with nine players getting 11 minutes or more of playing time so far this season. This year’s schedule already features wins over some strong mid-majors including DePaul, North Dakota State and Morehead State (coached by former MVSU coach Sean Woods). Southern Miss’ lone loss so far this season came on the road against the defending NCAA Tournament Champion, Louisville. Louisville blew out the Golden Eagles, but the Cardinals will blow out a lot of teams. USM also has a game against Western Kentucky (a NCAA team last year) and Drexel still on the non-conference slate. Southern Miss’ non-conference schedule is filled with cupcakes from mid-major conferences, hurting their strength of schedule and making it necessary to win the C-USA Tournament. That could change if some of USM’s opponents turn out to be diamonds in the rough in conference play. A host of other teams will challenge Southern Miss in conference. Louisiana Tech, UTEP, Tulsa, Charlotte and UAB look to be the other major contenders for the C-USA crown. If USM beats Charlotte, it could help their chances immensely since Charlotte already has big non-conference wins against Michigan and Kansas state, plus a good loss in overtime to Davidson. Even better could be a win against the 49ers, that could be huge down the season’s stretch. C-USA might get only one bid, but it is too early in the season to tell as teams play nonconference games. A good win early in the season can mean nothing in March and a meaningless win early could turn into a big plus for an at-large bid. Southern Miss needs to hope they can be one of the top teams in C-USA and the teams they beat rack up good wins. A NCAA bid for Tyndall could be in reach come March. Postseason: A lock for NIT bid and a better-than 50-50 shot at an NCAA bid

Many watchful eyes will be trained on the Jackson State basketball program over the next few years. Wayne Brent takes over for Tevester Anderson, who retired after spending the last decade on the JSU bench. They’ll be waiting to see if Brent can repeat the success he had at the high school level. Brent was an assistant under former Ole Miss coach Rod Barnes and has won state titles at Provine and Callaway high schools. No one is expecting Brent to win national championships at Jackson State, but the hope is that he can lead the program back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2007. The eyes on Jackson will be watching to how well Brent’s team play, with the hope of landing the next big coaching prospect (like Sean Woods at Mississippi Valley State). Brent will get a chance to show off his coaching abilities right away. Jackson State only returns two players with experience from last year’s team: senior Jeff Stubbs and junior Derrell Taylor, the only returning starter. The rest of the 12-man Tigers roster consists of new eligible transfer players, seven true freshman and a redshirt freshman. One freshman to watch is Javeres Brent from Provine High School. Julysses Nobles is a senior and former Arkansas starter who will give Brent some on-the-court expertise for the team to rely on this season. B.J. West, a transfer from New Mexico State University, will also be immediate help for the Tigers. Brent, Noble, West and Stubbs are the Tigers’ current top four scor-



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Alcorn State University returns just one starter, All-SWAC forward LeAntwan Luckett, from last year’s 10-24 team. The Braves head coach Luther Riley has recruited some size to Lorman with junior college transfers Josh Nicolas (7-0), Stephane Raquil (6-10) and Shantardrick Hester (6-8). Alcorn State’s only shot at reaching the Big Dance is by winning the SWAC Tournament. Mississippi Valley State University has one of the toughest coaching jobs. Head coach Chico Potts must try to win games facing a second straight postseason ban and, to make matters worse, without last year’s SWAC leading scorer Davon Usher, who transferred. Potts hopes to improve on last year’s 5-23 with junior college transfer Anthony McDonald and returning player Matt Smith. Delta State University returns three starters from last year’s 11-16 team and is looking for better results in year two under head coach Jim Boone. The Statesmen return Cornel Knight, Mike Weems and Jack Madgen—Knight and Weems being seniors. Delta State wants to improve on its preseason predicted finish of fourth in the Gulf South Conference, and Jackson State transfer Willie Readus could be the difference for the Statesmen.

Lakin Ford is the sole returning player for Mississippi College, and hopes to help the team get to its 16th straight tournament appearance.

Mississippi College returns just one starter from last year’s 15-11 team that went 11-8 in conference play.

Lakin Ford is the only returning player for the Choctaws on a team predicted to finish seventh in the American Southwest Conference. Head coach Don Lofton enters his 10th year at MC hoping to maintain the streak of

being the only team to qualify for every conference tournament. The Choctaws have made 15 straight tournament appearances. Millsaps College hopes to improve on last year’s 5-21 squad. Head coach Tim Wise wants this year’s team to resemble the one that upset number-two seed Rhodes in the Southern Athletic Association Tournament. The three seniors on the Majors’ team—Ryan Berger, Tully Gilligan and Murray Kastner—will play at least once near their hometowns. Belhaven University turned to former assistant coach John Aiken (now in year two) last year to lead the program, and the squad finished 12-18 overall and 8-10 in the Southern State Athletic Conference. The Blazers return several players from last year’s team including Curt Hall, Chris Cofield and Jackson native Jerrial Dawson. Belhaven was picked to finish tenth in the very competitive SSAC.

Tougaloo College enters its second year with Harvey Wardell as head coach. His first campaign finished with an 8-18 record. The Bulldogs feature Denzel Hardy, who made the Preseason All-Conference Team in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference. Conference coaches picked Tougaloo to finish sixth in the conference.

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his past year has given us some memorable upand-down sports moments, both as a state and in the greater sports world. The year started with Mississippi State losing its bowl game to Northwestern—Dan Mullen’s first bowl loss. Four days later, Ole Miss won its bowl game against Pittsburgh to finish out a great first season for Hugh Freeze. The year gave us one of the most memorable Super Bowls in history, with two brothers coaching opposing teams in the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers. The game came down to the final play, and the Ravens won—but most people might remember the lights going out in the New Orleans Superdome during the third quarter most of all. Ole Miss had one of the most entertaining players in all of college basketball in Marshall Henderson. The Rebels reached the NCAA Tournament, and Henderson became one of those players folks love to hate (but Ole Miss fans love to love). The bid to the Big Dance also earned Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy a fat new contract. Speaking of the NCAA Tournament, Louisville

won, but Wichita State turned Cinderella until the Final Four (where they lost to the eventual champions). La Salle bounced Ole Miss but joined the Shockers and Florida Gulf Coast as mid-majors to reach the Sweet Sixteen. Southern Miss didn’t make the NCAA Tournament, but the Golden Eagles were a one-seed team in the NIT. USM beat Charleston Southern and Louisiana Tech before falling to BYU in the quarterfinals and falling a game short of reaching Madison Square Garden. The biggest local sports moment of the year arguably came from the NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament. Both Ole Miss and Mississippi State made the tournament, but the Rebels couldn’t get past William and Mary, losing twice. Mississippi State, on the other hand, made a magical run starting by winning the Starkville Regional. The Bulldogs next won the Charlottesville Super Regional by defeating No. six national seed Virginia in two straight games to reach the College World Series. The magic didn’t stop there for head coach John Cohen’s MSU squad. Bulldog magic swept Omaha,

Neb., as Mississippi State defeated national third seed Oregon State to reach the championship series. Mississippi State added to the SEC’s streak of reaching the finals with the Bulldogs making it six straight for the conference. MSU’s magic finally ran out against UCLA in the championship series as the Bruins won two straight to win their first baseball title and 109th title in all sports. The NBA Finals were a thrilling seven-game series between the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs. It featured a Spurs choke job in game six and a Heat blowout in game seven. In case you missed it, the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Boston Bruins for the Stanley Cup. The Boston Red Sox defeated the St. Louis Cardinals to win the World Series in game six. Southern Miss football finally broke a 23-game losing streak in the final game of the 2013 season with a win over UAB. Finally, the year ended with both Mississippi State and Ole Miss playing in bowl games to bookend the year.


Remembering M.K. Turk by Bryan Flynn


urrent Southern Miss head basketball coach Donnie Tyndall made a fitting tribute to former Golden Eagle head coach M.K. Turk at the end of USM’s 75-65 overtime win against Georgia State. One of Turk’s sports coats hung on an empty chair of the Golden Eagles bench and, when victory was certain, Tyndall walked over the chair and raised the coat in revelry and to celebrate Turk, who died Dec. 6. Turk is, without a doubt, one of the top five college coaches in Mississippi history. He made Golden Eagle basketball matter after it was one of the worst programs in America. Southern Miss hired Turk in 1976, and it turned out to be one of the best coaching hires in university history. Turk quickly turned around the USM program, taking it from wayward independent, to a member of the very competitive Metro Conference, to a charter member in Conference USA. The Golden Eagles experienced a lot of basketball firsts with Turk at the helm. In the 1980-81 season, he led Southern Miss to its first appearance in the National Invitation Tournament with a 20-7 record. Turk brought Mississippi its only Division I basketball championship by winning the 1985-86 NIT in the 50th championship of the tournament. Southern Miss defeated La Salle 84-80 in New York


City’s Madison Square Garden to win the event. He became the first coach to lead USM to a NCAA Tournament berth, in the 1989-90 season. Turk was also the only coach in Southern Miss history to lead the Golden Eagles to back-to-back NCAA appearances, returning to the tournament in the 1990-91 season. Turk coached Clarence Weatherspoon, who went on to become the ninth pick of the 1992 NBA Draft, chosen by the Philadelphia 76ers. Randolph Keys was another great player Turk coached—the Cleveland Cavaliers drafted Keys with the 22nd pick in 1988. Before and after his coaching career, Turk received many honors. He earned the titles of 1885-86 Metro Conference Coach of the Year and 1986-87 NIT Coach of the Year. He is a member of the Southern Miss Legends Club, the Southern Miss M-Club Hall of Fame and the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame. By the time Turk retired in 1996, he had led Southern Miss to eight postseason appearances, including two NCAA appearances and six NIT appearances. Turk retired with 301 wins—the most in Golden Eagles history. In fact, Turk’s 301 wins dwarf the records of any coach in Mississippi State or Ole Miss history. During research, the only coach I found with more wins at the Division I level was another Mississippi college basketball legend, Lafayette Stribling of Mississippi Valley State, who racked up


M.K. Turk had 301 wins as head coach of the University of Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles.

315 wins during his 22 seasons leading the Delta Devils. In his 20 seasons at the helm of the Golden Eagles program, Turk made Southern Miss basketball matter more than it had before or has since. He left a legacy that subsequent coaches James Green and Larry Eustachy were unable to repeat.



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I’m not sure what it says about the Saints’ playoff chances when they sign a new kicker and promote a new tackle with two weeks left in the season. I guess we’ll find out quickly.


ear the end of each basketball season for the past nine years, the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum has honored the top men’s basketball player with the Howell Award. The trophy is named after Mississippi State great Bailey Howell. The award won’t be given out until next year, but it is never too early to look at potential contenders. Here are the players I think might make the finalist list, in no particular order.

THURSDAY, DEC. 26 College football (5-11 p.m., ESPN): Recover from Christmas with two bowl games featuring back-to-back MACtion, as Bowling Green takes on Pittsburgh, followed by Northern Illinois facing Utah State. FRIDAY, DEC. 27 College football (8:30-11:30 p.m., ESPN): Three bowl games air today, but the best bet might be the last game of the day: BYU plays Washington.

Marshall Henderson, The University of Mississippi Henderson is the first player from Ole Miss to win the award in 2013 and could repeat as winner. The Rebels guard would likely have to really top his

SATURDAY, DEC. 28 College football (5:30-9 p.m., ESPN): The next-tolast Saturday this college football season features four potentially really good games; the best one will probably be Miami (FL) against Louisville. SUNDAY, DEC. 29 NFL (12-3 p.m., Fox): The New Orleans Saints take the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their final regularseason game.

Marshall Henderson’s off-court antics could hurt his chances of a second Howell Trophy.

MONDAY, DEC. 30 College football (2-5:30 p.m. ESPN): Ole Miss facing option-oriented Georgia Tech highlights this Monday, which offers four bowl games to choose from, including Oregon against Texas. TUESDAY, DEC. 31 College football (3-6 p.m. ESPN): Close out 2013 with Mississippi State looking to go 3-1 in bowl games under Dan Mullen. MSU plays Rice, followed by Texas A&M against Duke.

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Gavin Ware and Craig Sword, Mississippi State University Last season, both Gavin Ware and Craig Sword made the SEC All-Freshman team. Both these players will be in the mix for the Howell Award if Mississippi State is in contention for some type of postseason tournament. Ware is currently averaging 10.8 points per game for the MSU Bulldogs. Sword is leading the team in scoring with 15.3 points per game and had a game-high 24 points in an overtime win against Loyola (IL). Julysses Nobles, Jackson State University Nobles is a transfer from Arkansas eligible to play this season for Jackson State. At press time, Nobles was Jackson State’s leading scorer, averaging 17.1 points per game. Nobles was instrumental in the Tigers’ three wins so far this season. Against Air Force, he put up 16 points and sank the two game-winning free throws; and, against Tennessee-Martin, Nobles had 17 points and five assists. LeAntwan Luckett, Alcorn State University Luckett is the only player from a Mississippi SWAC team named to the Preseason All-SWAC team. The sophomore guard for Alcorn State joined the second team during the SWAC preseason honors. Luckett was a big part of two of the three Braves wins this season. He had 14 points in Alcorn’s win over Tougaloo, and he led the Braves with 20 points in a win over Mississippi College. Currently, Luckett is leading Alcorn State in scoring with 14.2 points per game.


WEDNESDAY, JAN. 1 College football (4-7 p.m. ESPN): We have six bowl games to feast on New Year’s Day but the “Granddaddy of Them All” turns 100, so the Rose Bowl, featuring Michigan State and Stanford, is the best bet. This is the last Slate until next year to feature nothing but college and pro football games. I’m already starting to miss football.

play from last year after his postseason off-the-court behavior. Ole Miss temporarily kicked Henderson off the team, and he has sat out one game already. He will miss a couple of SEC contests coming up as well. Currently, Henderson is averaging 18.3 points per game, and his career-high 39 points and 10for-23 three-point shooting helped Ole Miss nearly upset Oregon.

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I could never stomach the so-called cry-it-out method. It absolutely is not for me. But no judgment here—I believe everyone needs to do what is best for his or her individual family and individual children. Sleep is a very personal thing, and parental philosophies fall all over the spectrum. It is personal, it is political, it is cultural. I know lot of people out there might sneer to hear that my 4-year-old sleeps with me most nights, but if that is how we both get the most sleep and the best sleep, then that is what we are going to do for now, because getting enough sleep makes me a better parent. Whether or not Sample Sleep you let your littles crawl in bed with Routine you at the end of the day, here are several 1. Play quiet games. ways to make bed2. Dim the lights. time smoother and get 3. Pick up toys. more sleep with kids 4. Take a bath. of all ages. 5. Brush teeth. 6. Eat a small, healthy bedtime snack. 7. Use the potty. 8. Put on pajamas. 9. Read four books. 10. Sing three songs. 11. Snuggle or give a back rub.

Bedtime Stories for Bigger Littles • “Interrupting Chicken,” by David Ezra Stein (Candlewick, 2010, $16.99) • “Sleepy Book,” by Charlotte Zolotow (HarperCollins, 2001, available used from multiple sources) • “Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book,” by Dr. Seuss (Random House, 1962, $14.99) • “Sleep Like a Tiger,” by Mary Logue (HMH Books, 2012, $16.99)

Foods That Encourage Wakefulness: caffeine eggplant sugar tomatoes chocolate potatoes cheese spinach

Books for Adults • “Nighttime Parenting,” by Dr. William Sears (Plume, 1999, $15) • “The No Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night,” by Elizabeth Pantley (McGraw-Hill, 2002, $16.95)

Bedtime Books for Babies • “Sweet Dreams Lullaby,” by Betsy Snyder (Random House, 2012, $6.99) • “A Book of Sleep,” by Il Sung Na (Knopf, 2011, $6.99) • “Time for Bed,” by Mem Fox (Red Wagon Books, 1997, $6.99) • “Good Night, Gorilla,” by Peggy Rathmann (Putnam Juvenile, 1996, $7.99)

• “The No Cry Sleep Solution for Toddlers and Preschoolers: Gentle Ways to Stop Bedtime Battles and Improve Your Child’s Sleep,” by Elizabeth Pantley (McGraw-Hill, 2005, $16.95)

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• Avoid heavy meals and exercise in the evenings. • Lower the lights as the evening progresses to boost melatonin production. • Create a calming bedtime routine and stick to it. • Avoid television and other electronic devices after dinner. • Give kids a bath with a few drops of calming essential oils such as lavender. • Read family bedtime stories. • Play quiet, calming music. • Have a going-to-sleep-first contest. • Share sleep with your kids in the same bed. • Create a calming bedroom space where your kids feel comfortable. • Take a night walk. • Allow older kids “flashlight time” in bed with library books. • Have a family lullaby sing-along.


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love to have another baby—to do it all over again and make my son a big brother. And yet, there is a big thing that gives me pause. Lack of sleep. I need my sleep so badly. Exclusively breastfeeding while working full time wore. me. out. Being up in the middle of the night with a screaming teething baby who only wanted Mama made me feel like a total zombie. Even now, when my son wakes up with a nightmare or croup, or I stay up too late studying, sipping a glass of wine in the tub, visiting with friends or folding laundry, I sometimes feel like I drag for a few days afterward, wading through molasses with neurons firing at half speed. So would I sign up for two years of sleepless nights all over again? R/ W


ast weekend, I was surprised to look in my rearview mirror and see my very active 4-year-old, who has recentSome ly given up on naps almost parents entirely, fast asleep in his get the car seat on the way to the most sleep by store. And when he woke letting the up cranky in the parking kids fall asleep lot, I unbuckled him, held in their bed and him close for a moment, either carrying them to the other and he fell back to sleep in bed after they fall my arms. asleep or simply going to For almost two hours, sleep in their child’s bed. my busy big guy slept curled up against me, while I snuggled him and thought back to when he was a baby. “I would do it all again in a heartbeat: morning sickness, back pain, labor, birth, breastfeeding, car seats, day care, ear infections, teething, tantrums, stitches, projectile vomiting, the works,” I thought. A big part of me would


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ew Year’s Eve is a wonderful night to reflect on the last 365 days and to gear up for the 365 days ahead. It’s also a great night to wear something sparkly, swill Champagne and dance the night away with loved ones. Luckily, the metro is offering plenty of opportunities to do both. Get your reservations in now! BRAVO! Italian Restaurant and Bar (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 244, 601-982-8111). BRAVO! offers its annual New Year’s Eve party featuring gypsy jazz and a six-course meal. The early seating is at 6 p.m., and tickets are $70 per person. The late seating—which includes Champagne, indoor fireworks and party favors at midnight—is at 9 p.m. and is $90 per person. Optional wine flights are available at an extra cost. Swing de Paris performs all night. Call 601-982-8111 for tickets. Underground 119 (119 S. President St., 601-352-2322). Jarekus Singleton will play at Underground 119 on New Year’s Eve from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. A limited number of tables are available for the evening. It is $100 per couple. For food, Underground 119’s New Year’s Eve meals include one appetizer, two small salads, a choice of two entrees of the regular menu, dessert and a bottle of Champagne.

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McB’s (815 Lake Harbour Drive, Ridgeland, 601-956-8362) McB’s will have karaoke on New Year’s Eve with no cover charge. Enjoy party favors, a Champagne toast and shuttle service. McB’s is also open New Year’s Day.

Kismet’s Restaurant and Catering (315 Crossgates Blvd., Brandon) Kismet’s will host an installment of The Detectives original dinner theater titled “Santa Clause Is Watching You” Dec. 31 at 7 p.m. The Detectives presents the fouract interactive “whodunnit” comedy about a wedding reception for Santa’s new and much younger gold-digging wife. Seating for the event will start at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $39. Call 601-937-1752 or visit to reserve your spot.

The Penguin Restaurant and Bar (1100 John R. Lynch St.). The Penguin’s New Year’s Eve Celebration features Terrell “TC” Moses. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20

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can it be to stick needles into people, serve tea and play some music?), Holmes said he did a three-year master’s program in Oriental Medicine at the Texas College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Austin, Texas. He had a home private practice and then worked for two years at St. Dominic’s before returning to his own practice. Continuing to fight skepticism, I spoke with Gen Barbour, a woman in the quiet part of life who sounds like my grandmother and lives in Belhaven. She told me that she has been taking acupuncture treatment for over a decade, and that it is the highlight of her week. She doesn’t use the treatment for any specific aliment, but as a preventative action. “I had asthma and acupuncture helps to prevent respiratory problems,” Barbour explains. She says that the treatment is relaxing,

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’m not sure what I expected an acupuncturist to look like, but Dennis Holmes wasn’t it. He is slim, 40ish, with a Mr. Rogers manner and look (sans sweater). No Fu Manchu moustache or skullcap, and no incense burning in dark and dimly lit rooms. Disappointingly, Holmes’ office was absent of strange contraptions, straps hanging from the ceiling, mysterious-looking containers full of fossilized fish teeth, goldenfrog secretions or the sap of a manchineel tree. Holmes, one of the few licensed practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine in Mississippi, he told me how acupuncture adjusts the flow of qi (pronounced “chee”) to treat specific health problems. But my western, scientifically trained mind felt like it was having an out-of-body experience. He explained that qi moves along meridians in the body and, if this qi gets out of balance, it may become stuck or lower in one area, causing the patient to display many kinds of symptoms. Acupuncture can help to restore balance. Acupuncture is an ancient wellness technique involving the insertion of multiple thin needles (or fine wire, since they lack the



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A Lofty Move by Tommy Burton

Fischer Gallery’s new downtown home offers new opportunities for Marcy Nessel (seated) and Ellen Johnson.


hen you walk into the new downtown location for Fischer Galleries at the old Dickie’s building (736 S. President St.), you almost get a sense that you’re walking into a scene taken from one of Woody Allen’s films set in New York City. Wooden floors? Check. Exposed ceiling? Check. Surrounding windows with a full view of the downtown skyline? Ditto. No one is probably more enthusiastic about the space than owner Marcy Fischer Nessel, 50. “We’re real excited about the space, and we’re real excited to be in downtown Jackson,” Nessel says. “We feel it’s super-urban. You get to look out and see this view of Jackson. There’s something very warm about the space, in general. The most exciting thing for us is that we’re in this city that we are seeing in a new light with these amazing views. There’s a lot happening in downtown Jackson, and we’re happy to be a part of it.” The building was built in 1928. For a long time, it housed the Dickie’s Garment Factory until it closed in the ’90s. Since then, architect Robert Polk transformed the location into a mixed-use facility with loft apartments. The Fischer Gallery is the building’s newest tenant on the fourth floor. Nessel has mixed feelings about leaving the gallery’s old Fondren location. “Fondren is great, but we’re probably a little more private here,” she says. “We really wanted a space that was conducive for people to come in and view the work, enjoy the opening, and just do what we do.” Fischer Gallery’s gallery director, Ellen Johnson, 28, is also excited about the new location. “Work is going to look so amazing in here,” Johnson says. “It’s really an experience. I didn’t realize something like this existed in Jackson. It’s a nice change. It begs to have art.” The gallery’s first show was for local artist Richard Kelso in early December. “I’m the guinea pig,” Kelso says with a laugh. Kelso’s work was appropriate for the first show as it features a distinct Mississippi flavor. His paintings depict scenes that many of us see most every day in the rural areas of our state. His landscape paintings have a tranquil consistency about them, but also show off his incredible eye for detail. Diversity seems to be key in the artists Fischer Gallery represents. Completely switching gears, the second show featured Covington, La., artist Ken Tate. Tate has a fondness for the natural look and texture of paint itself. His abstract work is very bright and vibrant. Delta artist Cathy Hegman possesses an elegant quality to her work. Her paintings of figures are full of imagination as they express the romantic notion of an artist that follows the whim of her brush. Her pieces maintain a particular focus with their subjects. In addition to paintings, the Fischer Gallery also features the work of Oxford sculptor Rod Moorhead. Most Jacksonians are familiar with Moorhead’s work as he was the artist behind “The Storytellers” sculpture of Eudora Welty, Richard Wright and William Faulker in downtown Jackson in front of the Pinnacle building on Capitol Street. It took Nessel several months to find Fischer’s new home. “We came in here and were just blown away by the space and possibilities it presented. We knew this is where we needed to be,” she says. With all the artists associated with Fischer Gallery, Nessel has plenty to keep her busy, but she is also looking forward to the possibilities the new location presents. “With the amount of open floor space we have here, we’re hoping to be able to do more installations,” Nessel says. The Fischer Gallery is open in its new location at 736 S. President St. in Jackson. Watch for a grand reopening reception in January. Details are at or call 601-291-9115 for more information.




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AMERICAN/SOUTHERN CUISINE 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 & more! Broad Street Bakery (4465 Interstate 55 N. 601-362-2900)Hot breakfast, coffee drinks, fresh breads & pastries, gourmet deli sandwiches.

PIZZA 904 Basil’s (904 E. Fortification, 601-352-2002) Creative pizzas, Italian food, burgers & much more. Casual dining in the heart of Belhaven. Sal & Mookie’s (565 Taylor St. 601-368-1919) Pizzas of all kinds plus pasta, eggplant Parmesan, fried ravioli & ice cream for the kids! 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. MON-FRI 11A-2P,5-10P SAT 5-10P

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


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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. The Islander Seafood and Oyster House (1220 E Northside Drive, Suite 100, 601-366-5441) Oyster bar, seafood, gumbo, po’boys, crawfish and plenty of Gulf Coast delights in a laid-back Buffet-style atmosphere. 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. The Penguin (1100 John R Lynch Street, 769.251.5222) Fine dining at its best. Rocky’s (1046 Warrington Road, Vicksburg 601-634-0100) Enjoy choice steaks, fresh seafood, great salads, hearty sandwiches. Sal and Phil’s Seafood (6600 Old Canton Rd, Ridgeland (601) 957-1188) Great Seafood, Poboys, Lunch Specials, Boiled Seafood, Full Bar, Happy Hour Specials

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, Jackson’s local group of coffeehouses offer a wide variety of espresso drinks. Wi-fi.


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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! 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. City Grille( 1029 Hwy 51, Madison (601) 607-7885) Southern with Blue Plate Specials; Seafood and Steaks, Happy Hour, Kid Friendly Cool Al’s (4654 McWillie, 601-713-3020) Cool Al’s signature stacked, messy, decadent, creative burgers defy adjectives. 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 & Irish beers on tap. 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. 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. Mc B’s (815 Lake Harbour Dr. Ridgeland (601) 956-8362) Blue plates, amazing burgers, live music, cold beer, reservoir area Mississippi Legends (5352 Lakeland Dr. Flowood (601) 919-1165) American, Burgers, Pub Food, Happy Hour, Kid Friendly, Late Night, Sports Bar, Outdoor Dining 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. 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 Nagoya Japanese Sushi Bar & Hibachi Grill (6351 I-55 North, Ste. 131, Jackson 601-977-8881) Fresh sushi, delicious noodles, sizzling hibach & refreshing cocktails from one of jackson’s most well-known japanese restaurants. Ruchi India (862 Avery Blvd @ County Line Rd. 601-991-3110) Classic Indian cuisine from multiple regions. Lamb, vegetarian, chicken, shrimp and more.

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

FRIDAY 12/27



Jackson Bike Advocates’ Community Bike Ride is at Rainbow Co-op.

Grateful Dead cover band Otis Lotus performs at Duling Hall.

Akami Graham performs at King Edward Hotel’s New Year’s Eve Party.




Years of Yuletide: Christmas in Jackson is at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Free; call 601-576-6800; … An R&B Christmas is at 7:30 p.m. at The Penguin Restaurant & Bar (1100 John R. Lynch St.). Clinton Babers II and saxophonist Tim McGuire perform. $20; call 601-251-5222; email info@thepenguinms. com;

Indie-rock band The Weeks performs Dec. 28 at Hal & Mal’s.


Clinton Babers II performs Dec. 25 at An R&B Christmas at The Penguin Restaurant & Bar.


Old School Getaway Fest is at 7:30 p.m. at Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.). Bell Biv Devoe, Salt-NPepa and Doug E. Fresh perform. $27-$47; call 800-7453000. … Power of the Mic Comedy Show is at 8 p.m. at Mediterranean Fish and Grill (6550 Old Canton Road). $10; call 646-801-1275; find Power of the Mic on Facebook. … The Weeks performs at 9 p.m. at Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St.). Junior Astronomers and Pell also perform. Must BY BRIANA ROBINSON be 18. $12; call 800-745-3000; email … JACKSONFREEPRESS.COM Otis Lotus performs at 9 p.m. at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). FAX: 601-510-9019 Must be 18. $8 in advance, $10 DAILY UPDATES AT at the door; call 601-292-7999; JFPEVENTS.COM


SUNDAY 12/29

FRIDAY 12/27

Demo Days is from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). Free; call 601856-7546; … Community Bike Ride starts at 6 p.m. at Rainbow Natural Grocery Cooperative (2807 Old Canton Road). Free; call 366-1602; email; find Jackson Bike Advocates on Facebook.

Community Kwanzaa Celebration is from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. at Medgar Evers Community Center (3759 Edwards Ave.). The nightly event, from Dec. 26-Jan. 1, includes guest speakers, performers and refreshments. Free; call 601-6088327, 601-960-1741 or 601-918-5750. … Salsa Sundayz is at 7 p.m. at Brickhouse Cardio Club (1006 Top St., Suite H, Flowood). $5; call 601-850-7461.

MONDAY 12/30

Coffee Club Run is at 6 a.m. at Fusion Coffeehouse (1111A Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland). Free; call

601-899-9696; … Open Mic Free Jam is at Martin’s Restaurant and Lounge (214 S. State St.). Free; call 601-354-9712.


Kwanzaa Celebration of Kuumba (Creativity) is from noon-4 p.m. at Gallery1 (One University Place, 1100 John R. Lynch St., Suite 4). Free; call 601-960-9250. … The Big Bang New Year’s Eve Mega Event is at 7 p.m. at Martini Room (Regency Hotel, 400 Greymont Ave.). Performers includeNostalgia, DJ Rozz, Malignate, Fl3x, Insomniac, Orin, Jo3l, DJ Dubz and Samalama. Includes a balloon drop at midnight. Must be 18. $18 (includes CD), $150 VIP (includes four tickets and booth seating, must be 21); call 969-2141; follow Enough Said Events Mississippi on Facebook. … Blastin’ the Blues New Year’s Eve Party is from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). Enjoy music from Grady Champion, the Southern Komfort Brass Band, and Eddie Cotton, heavy hors d’oeuvres and a Champagne toast at midnight. $35 in advance; call 601-292-7999; … New Year’s Eve Gala is from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. at King Edward Hotel (235 W. Capitol St.). Performers include $50, $85 couples; call 601-940-3361.


“A Piece of Security” and “Sew ‘N’ So” Quilting Project is at 9:30 a.m. at Pearl Street AME Church (2519 Robinson St.). Free; call 601-355-0001; email … Karaoke is at Ole Tavern (416 George St., 601-960-2700) and at Last Call (3716 Interstate 55 N., 601-713-2700).


Jacob Latimore Holiday Heart Throb Tour is at 6:30 p.m. at Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.). Jacob Latimore, Mindless Behavior and the anti-bullying group KARMA perform. $27-$47; call 800-745-3000. … RHip Hop: Choreography and Techniques classes are at 6:30 p.m. at Salsa Mississippi Studio and Club (605 Duling Ave.). $10; call 213-6355;


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(/,)$!9 An R&B Christmas Dec. 25, 7:30 p.m., at The Penguin Restaurant & Bar (1100 John R. Lynch St.). Clinton Babers II and saxophonist Tim McGuire perform. $15 in advance, $20 at the door, reserved tables start at $50; call 251-5222; email; 12 Days of Christmas through Dec. 29, at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Includes lighted pathways, special sights such as Candy Cane Lane, Santa’s Workshop and the Winter Wonderland tree display, and hot cocoa. Free with regular admission; call 601-352-2580;

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Then, Nominate local offices for BOOM’s Coolest Office Contest by sending photos and an e-mail explaining why it’s a cool place to work to by Jan. 8, 2014. BOOM will choose finalists and send a team of judges in January to pick a winner.

December 25 - 31, 2013

Winner will be featured in March/April 2014 BOOM and win a catered staff lunch.


So go ahead, brag.

Kwanzaa Celebration of Kuumba (Creativity) Dec. 31, noon-4 p.m., at Gallery1 (One University Place, 1100 John R. Lynch St., Suite 4). Gallery1 in partnership with Women for Progress hosts the third annual event that includes handson activities, music and African food. Free; call 601-960-9250. New Year’s Eve Dinner Dec. 31, 6 p.m., at BRAVO! Italian Restaurant & Bar (Highland Village, 4500 Interstate 55 N.). Enjoy a six-course dinner, music and wine flights. Seating at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Reservations required; space limited. Early seating: $70 per person; late seating: $90 per person (includes Champagne, indoor fireworks and party favors at midnight); call 601-982-8111; email; “Santa Clause Is Watching You” Dec. 31, 7 p.m., at Kismet’s Restaurant and Catering (315 Crossgates Blvd., Brandon). The Detectives presents the four-act interactive “whodunit” comedy about a wedding reception for Santa’s new and much younger golddigging wife. Includes dinner. Seating at 6:30 p.m. RSVP. $39; call 601-937-1752; The Big Bang New Year’s Eve Mega Event Dec. 31, 7 p.m., at Martini Room (Regency Hotel, 400 Greymont Ave.). The party includes music from Nostalgia, DJ Rozz, Malignate, Fl3x, Insomniac, Orin, Jo3l, DJ Dubz, Samalama and more. Includes a balloon drop at midnight. Must be 18 to enter and 21 to drink. $18 ages 18 and up (includes CD), $150 VIP (includes four tickets and booth seating, must be 21); call 969-2141; follow Enough Said Events Mississippi on Facebook. New Year’s Eve Gala Dec. 31, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., at King Edward Hotel (235 W. Capitol St.). Includes food, a Champagne toast and music from Tiger Rogers, Akami Graham, Pam Confer, Keeshea Pratt, Dexter Allen and many more. Proceeds go toward educational scholarship efforts of 100 Black Men and the Hinds County Sheriff’s Office Reserve Unit. $50, $85 couples; call 601940-3361. Fire & Ice New Year’s Eve Celebration Dec. 31, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., at Lady Luck Casino (1380 Warrenton Road, Vicksburg). At the Lone Wolf. Includes cash prize drawings, party favors and a live countdown at midnight. The VIP package (table of nine) includes food and drink specials, and music from Dr. Zarr. $10 standing room only, $150 VIP; call 800-503-3777; Blastin’ the Blues New Year’s Eve Party

Roc’in the New Year


he Chimneyville Weavers and Spinners Guild will celebrate the craft of fiber arts for Roc Day 2014 at the Mississippi Crafts Center in Ridgeland Jan. 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event brings together those interested in spinning, knitting, crocheting, weaving and felting together under one roof. “Roc Day” gets its name from the old German word “roc,” which is the flat base of a spinning wheel. Traditionally, Roc Day is a gathering of spinners that occurred the day following the Epiphany when women returned from their holiday chores (baking, cooking, etc.) and resumed their weaving and spinning. “Roc Day is a gathering of people interested in fiber arts,” says Debbie Stringer, a member of the guild. “People will come and bring projects to work on, and they’ll have the chance to visit and learn from each other.” Roc Day will also include a small vendors market where enthusiasts can purchase fiber, yarns, and other spinning and weaving equipment.

Dec. 31, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). Enjoy music from Grady Champion, the Southern Komfort Brass Band and Eddie Cotton, heavy hors d’oeuvres and a Champagne toast at midnight. All-ages event; adults must accompany children. $35 in advance; call 601-292-7999; New Year’s Eve Yoga Practice Dec. 31, 10 p.m., at Tara Yoga Studio (Energy in Motion, 200 Park Circle, Suite 4, Flowood). Participate in the fourth annual holiday yoga and meditation class. Registration required. $50; call 601-720-2337; email; Wonderland of Lights through Dec. 31, at Freedom Ridge Park (235 W. School St., Ridgeland). Drive through to enjoy a display of holiday lights and decorations. Free; call 800-468-6078; Holiday Tree Design Showcase through Dec. 31, at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). See trees decorated by local schools in the galleries. $8, children 12 months and under free; call 601-981-5469; Years of Yuletide: Christmas in Jackson through Dec. 31, at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). The exhibit highlights various Jackson Christmas traditions with selected artifacts and photos. Free; call 601-576-6800;

#/--5.)49 iGNACiO Website Launch Dec. 26, noon. Performer, model and mobile marketer Ignacio J. Zambrano II launches his new website for iGNACiO, which is geared toward encouraging others to work toward accomplishing goals and creating opportunities for themselves and others. Free;


Best of Jackson Party Jan. 26, 6-11 p.m., location TBA. Save the date for the JFP’s annual celebration of all things Jackson. By invitation only; email subscribers should check their inboxes for details. Finalists can can on the list at

Chimneyville Weavers and Spinners Guild member Carolyn Campbell and President Donna Peyton demonstrate the craft of spinning.

“Our vendors will be bringing high-quality fibers,” Stringer says. “Items that you might not be able to buy locally.” A “show and tell” session will also take place where individuals bring projects they have been working on from home and share them with Roc Day participants. For more information, visit or email rocday2014@ —Justin Hosemann

Precinct 4 COPS Meeting Dec. 26, 5:30 p.m., at Redeemer Church (640 E. Northside Drive). These monthly forums are designed to help resolve community issues or problems, from crime to potholes. Free; call 601-960-0004. Community Bike Ride Dec. 27, 6 p.m., at Rainbow Natural Grocery Cooperative (2807 Old Canton Road). Bikers ride to a different destination on the last Friday of each month. Jackson Bike Advocates is the sponsor. Free; find Jackson Bike Advocates on Facebook. Winter Camp: Wild Winter Olympics Dec. 30Jan. 3, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). The camp for ages 6-12 includes zoo hikes, animal encounters, games and more. Registration required. $175 or $40 per day, members: $165 or $38 per day; call 601-352-2580, ext. 240;

7%,,.%33 Events at Butterfly Yoga (3025 N. State St.). Call 601-594-2313. • Yoga Class. Classes are available five days a week, and the classes are intended to supplement an active, healthy and pain-free lifestyle through exercise and good nutrition. $10-$15; email scotta@; schedule at • Tabatas Mondays, 9-9:45 a.m., Tuesdays, 5:15-5:50 p.m. and Fridays, noon-12:45 p.m. Terry Sullivan of liveRIGHTnow teaches the high-intensity interval training class. $10; • Bellydancing Class Sundays, 5:30-6:45 p.m. Randi Young-Jerome to learn the basics of the popular dance. $10-$15.

9 p.m., at Soul Wired Cafe (111 Millsaps Ave.). Learn provocative moves to lose weight and improve your reproductive health. Light refreshments served. $10; call 313-671-3704.

34!'%!.$3#2%%. Power of the Mic Comedy Show Dec. 28, 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., at Mediterranean Fish and Grill (The Med) (6550 Old Canton Road). Comedians include Danny Dauphin, Rita B, Mark Brooks, Mike Townsend and Nardo Blactastic. Enjoy music from No Script featuring Kerry Thomas and DJ Venom. $10; call 646-801-1275; find Power of the Mic on Facebook. Sky Shows through Dec. 31, at Russell C. Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Options include “George and Oatmeal Save Santa,” “The Planets,” “The Alien Who Stole Christmas,” “Rusty Rocket’s Last Blast” and “Season of Light.” Visit the website for a schedule. $5.50, $4.50 seniors, $3 children (cash or check); call 601960-1552;

-53)# Events at Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.). $27-$47; call 800-745-3000. • Jacob Latimore Holiday Heart Throb Tour Dec. 26, 6:30 p.m. Performers include Jacob Latimore, Mindless Behavior and the anti-bullying group KARMA. • Old School Getaway Fest Dec. 28, 7:30 p.m. Performers include Bell Biv Devoe, Salt-N-Pepa and Doug E. Fresh. Otis Lotus Dec. 28, 9 p.m., at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). The Grateful Dead tribute band from Jackson performs. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. For ages 18 and up. $8 in advance, $10 at the door, $3 surcharge fro patrons under 21; call 601-292-7999; The Weeks Dec. 28, 9 p.m., at Hal & Mal’s (200 Commerce St.). The indie rock band consists of Jackson natives who now reside in Nashville. Junior Astronomers and Pell also perform. For ages 18 and up. $12; call 800-745-3000.

,)4%2!29!.$3)'.).'3 Lemuria Story Time Saturdays, 11 a.m., at Lemuria Books (Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). Children enjoy a story and make a related craft. Call for the book title. Free; call 601366-7619; World Book Night USA Call for Giver Applications through Jan. 5. Individuals ages 16 and up may participate in the annual free book giveaway. World Book Night USA is April 23, 2014. Free;

"%4(%#(!.'% Inspire a Child Campaign through Dec. 31, at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). Donate to MCM to continue programs such as low-cost field trips and outreach programs. Donations welcome; call 601-981-5469; Fight Against Hunger, at BRAVO!, Broad Street Bakery and Sal & Mookie’s. Help fight hunger by dining at participating restaurants and add a donation to Extra Table to your receipt. Donations welcome;

#2%!4)6%#,!33%3 Writing to Change Your World, at JFP Classroom (Capitol Towers, 125 S. Congress St., Suite 1324). Enroll in the winter series of Donna Ladd’s creative nonfiction classes. Classes meet Jan. 11, Jan. 18, Feb. 1, Feb. 15 and March 1 from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Includes materials, light breakfast and an evening wrap-up party/reading. Registration required. $150; call 601-362-6121, ext. 15; email

%8()")43!.$/0%.).'3 Events at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.) through Dec. 31. Free; call 601960-1557, ext. 224. • VSA Community Art Group’s “High Time” Art Exhibit. See works from members of the group of adults with disabilities. • LEGO Jackson Exhibit. See Dr. Scott Crawford’s exhibit of Jackson landmarks built from LEGO blocks. Events at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.) Free; call 601-960-1515;


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Thursday December 26

LADIES NIGHT W/ DJ Stache • Ladies Drink Free

Friday December 27

Nickels and Dimes

• Bethlehem Tree: Younger Foundation Crèche Collection through Jan. 12, in Trustmark Grand Hall. The installation includes more than 150 rare 18th-century figures. • C3 (Conversation. Creativity. Community.) Participatory Art Project through March 20. Significant Developments is the facilitator. Participants record their own symbols of identity onto clay bells that will be part of an art installation in the Art Garden. Public ceremony March 20 at 6 p.m. Free; call 866-VIEW ART; email daniel@ “Cycling for Health” Art Exhibit through Dec. 31, at High Noon Cafe (Rainbow Plaza, 2807 Old Canton Road). See works from Richard McKey and Randy Everett. Free; call 601-9819222; Mississippi Artists’ Guild Fine Arts Exhibition through Dec. 31, at Madison Square Center for the Arts (2103 Main St., Madison). See the latest creations from guild members. Free; call 601853-0291;

Pieces of the Past: Jackson Businesses through Jan. 5, at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). The rotating artifact exhibit includes artifacts from the Lamar Life Insurance Company, Jitney Jungle and more. Free; call 601-576-6800; email info@; Check for updates and more listings. To add an event, email all details (phone number, start and end date, time, street address, cost, URL, etc.) to or fax to 601-510-9019. The deadline is noon the Thursday prior to the week of publication. Or add the event online yourself; check out for instructions.


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Tuesday December 31


The Legacy of African-Americans in Mississippi through Dec. 31, at Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center (528 Bloom St.) See a pictorial history of the life of African Americans as they have lived and continue to live in Mississippi. $4.50, $3 seniors (ages 62 and up), $1.50 children under 18; call 601-960-1457; Thief at the Crossroads: The Blues as Black Technology through Jan. 4, at Gallery1 (One University Place, 1100 John R. Lynch St., Suite 4). See John Jennings’ comic art that showcases African-American expressions. Jennings is a Mississippi native currently living and working in Buffalo, N.Y. Free; call 601-960-9250; jsums. edu/gallery1.

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DIVERSIONS | music Cedric Burnside carries the mantle of Hill Country Blues made famous by his grandfather, R.L. Burnside.

by Tommy Burton


hen most people think of blues music, they usually think of what is called “Delta Blues.” Names such as B.B. King, Robert Johnson and Honeyboy Edwards are synonymous with Delta blues. This particular style of music came from the flat, fertile farmland between Vicksburg and Memphis. Going south from Memphis, turn left at Tunica, you’ll discover the rolling hills of north Mississippi and the birthplace of “Hill Country Blues.” It’s an edgier style. The pattern isn’t of the 12-bar variety most have grown accustomed to while listening to blues from the Delta. It’s groove-based, and the music almost has a drone-like quality. It sounds dirtier and more raw than its more polished counterpart. In other words: Hill Country blues is dangerous sounding. “I call it ‘feel music’,” Cedric Burnside says. “There’s no time. The older cats just played until they felt like changing.” Names associated with hill country blues include Junior Kimbrough, Jim Dickinson and R.L. Burnside. If Robert Johnson was king of the Delta blues singers, then one might argue that R.L. Burnside might well be the king of Hill Country. Along with Kimbrough, R.L. could move the masses with just the sound of his voice and electric guitar. Kimbrough died in 1998, and R.L. Burnside died in 2005. Like with most great artists, their music did not die with them. Their spirits are carried on with artists such as Kenny Brown and The North Mississippi Allstars. R.L.’s


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grandson, Cedric, formed Cedric Burnside Project as a direct continuation of R.L.’s legacy. “I thank God and R.L. Burnside for giving me the gift and opportunity to play music,” Burnside says. “I feel blessed to be carrying on the name.” Cedric Burnside Project’s newest release, “Hear Me When I Say,” features songs like “I’ll Do Anything For Your Love” alongside instrumentals like “Gettin’ Funky.” The music is almost so raw that you’ll need ointment for your ears. The sound isn’t a polished studio concept, but more of a live, in-the-room feeling. The songs also contain extended solos that usually predominate Hill Country blues. This is a group intent on carrying on the music they grew up with as well as exploring new territories. Burnside played drums behind his legendary grandfather, but he also plays guitar. “I’ve been writing songs since I was 12 years old,” Burnside says, “but never really played out because I was playing with R.L. I was humming them out. I learned guitar so I could write. I’ve written songs on the drums, but it’s easier on guitar.” He has played with the Grammy Award-nominated North Mississippi Allstars. The Allstars also feature royal

musical lineage in Luther and Cody Dickinson, themselves the sons of legendary Memphis musician and producer Jim Dickinson. Dickinson’s favorite phrase was his own prophecy, “World boogie is coming.” I’m not sure if it’s still coming, but his two sons, along with the Burnside family are intent on bringing it here. Any time these descendants get together to play, you can expect a raucous, glorious noise. Burnside is proud of his heritage. “R.L. used to tell me to ‘hang in there like a dirty shirt,’” he says. “That’s what I try to do when I play. When we get to Jackson, I’m ready for it. We’ll be jamming.” Cedric Burnside Project performs at the Annual Christmas Jam at 10 p.m. Dec. 25 at Martin’s Restaurant and Bar (214 S. State St., 601-354-9712). Visit

music in theory

by Micah Smith

Hellogoodbye Leaves No Doubt


beat, surf-rock comeback album differed too much from the music they remembered. Whether consciously or not, “Everything Is Debatable” attempts to merge basic elements from Hellogoodbye’s previous reCOURTESY OLD FRIENDS RECORDS

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hough Hellogoodbye opened for Metric and Paramore during their fall tour, you’d be hard-pressed to find similarities between the headliners and today’s Hellogoodbye. From electronic power-pop to California beach rock to synth-rampant shoegaze, the band has sped through plenty of stylistic changes since its formation back in 2001. While the group’s latest album, “Everything Is Debatable,” pushes away from its pop sensibilities a bit, it’s a strong, intelligent release that holds its own against many other indie-pop acts on the market. It’s also a great reminder that, if given the opportunity, young bands do grow up. Rather than going the Miley Cyrus route of brazen and befuddling maturation, songwriter and vocalist Forrest Kline developed Hellogoodbye’s vastly different sound in subtle shifts over the course of several years and several releases. After its first full-length, the successful and lengthy-titled “Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs!” in 2006, Hellogoodbye released new music intermittently, often in the form of digital acoustic singles from Kline. These songs allowed listeners a hint to Hellogoodbye’s direction, as full-band versions of several tracks were on “Would It Kill You?” in 2010. But for some, that up-

Hellogoodbye rebrands with “Everything Is Debatable,” merging smart, classic pop with trend-setting indie.

cords while simultaneously returning to the electronic tones of “Zombies! …” and the acoustic-led, coastal-indie of “Would It Kill You?” Pair those with current alternative music’s trend toward the halcyon, low-fi pop of artists like Washed Out and Youth Lagoon,

and you have a recipe for commercial success. Or at least, that’s the theory. This last component ends up being somewhat troublesome, as it can weigh down these otherwise easily ingested songs. A handful of tracks feature stylistic choices that, put simply, won’t appeal to every person. These range from arbitrarily distorted vocals to immediate shifts between a drum set and dance beats. Likely the most divisive, the opening track, “And Everything Becomes a Blur,” features an 8bit-like intro that could just as frequently turn listeners away as invite them, which is certainly not the safest way to begin a record. Thankfully, Kline’s writing is brilliant throughout, more so than ever. Most songs are instantly singable, and heavy-handed recording touches are rare. The infectiously enjoyable and airy groove of “Just Don’t Let Go Just Don’t” belongs on the soundtrack to every John Hughes film of the ’80s, while “Die Young, Die Dumb; Not Soon” should be the agreed-upon, buoyant and bittersweet anthem of teenage summers for now on. The second track, “(Everything Is) Debatable”—a sure stress-reliever peppered with pulsing synth pads that defy non-dancers everywhere—serves up similar doses of good vibes and is worthy of radio play.

Even when “Everything Is Debatable” winds down for the mandatory “slow jams,” they’re not the token tracks that plague most full-length records. “Swear You’re in Love,” though one of a trio of down-tempo songs, is energetic, charming and dynamic, allowing it to feel like a crucial point of the album rather than a momentum killer. The closer, “A Near Death Experience,” and the hornfueled “How Wrong I Can Be” don’t fair quite as well as “Swear You’re in Love,” but they sound pleasant enough and don’t lessen the overall experience, which is unfortunately the most you can expect from slow songs more often than not. Hellogoodbye is at a strange juncture with its audience, one that most bands are fortunate enough to never face. Fans of Forrest Kline’s early music may not have grown in the same direction that he has stylistically, and new listeners may hesitate to check out his latest based solely on what the band created in the past. Despite this disparate evolution, though, the basis of Hellogoodbye— smartly written, earnest pop music—remains wonderfully intact on “Everything Is Debatable.” No matter your musical tastes, great melodies and catchy choruses are two things that no one should debate.


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Observing how people interact with each other during meetings. Sometimes the interactions are positive, but there’s also the flip side of that. It’s amazing how we as adults sometimes can react to situations.

Describe your workday in three words.

What’s the best thing about your job?

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What tool could you not live or work without? My iPhone, because I can check my emails for work. I can pull up the Internet. If I ended up somewhere and I didn’t have it, it would probably drive me crazy.

What steps brought you to this position?

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