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am Anglin doesn’t quite know how she got into the antiques business. The job just fell into her lap. Anglin graduated from Forest Hill High School and then attended Belhaven University. She had been working in marketing when she got a job at an antique booth in a mall in Jackson. She liked it so much that she became an antiques dealer under the name French Twist. As her business thrived, she decided to open the Antique Shops of Jackson (4525 Interstate 55 N. Frontage Road, 601-982-1881). “Some people love shoes or clothes,” Anglin says. “I love furniture.” This is her eighth year at the Frontage Road location where Bennigan’s used to be. “We started out all antiques, but now it’s about half (antique) and half (new) now, just because of my clientele,” Anglin says. Her clients are mostly people in their late 30s to early 40s, she says. In her shop, which has about 10 dealers including herself, she plays the roles of dealer and owner, which she says are two very different jobs. As the owner, it’s her job to make sure the store stays organized and her dealers have everything they need. As a dealer, she works alongside them, bringing in items and selling to clients. She still buys under the name French Twist. Often, she has people travel to France and send what they’re bringing in a container full of antiques. The store sometimes has sales
at their warehouse (926 W. Interstate 20) on the items in a container. Anglin travels herself sometimes, whether to France or to an antique mart. Most items Anglin brings back are French, her favorites, with a few English antiques here and there. Anglin says the mix of old and modern items is what sets her shop apart from other antique stores in the area. “A lot of people think it’s a dark and dreary place to come in, but they don’t know how pretty it is,” she says. Anglin’s least favorite part of her job is “restaging,” which is rearranging items after one is sold. Perhaps surprisingly, an antiques-store job requires a good amount of physical labor. “The girls will tell you, ‘You can’t work here unless you can lift furniture,’” she says. “You have to love the items, and you’ve got to love people,” Anglin adds. Her favorite part? Seeing people happy with their homes and what they’ve bought. She loves creating a pretty environment. “My husband says, ‘You’re in a good mood when we’re in a pretty place and a bad mood when we’re in an ugly place,’” Anglin laughs. Anglin is married to Dent Anglin, who owns Anglin Tire Company. She has two daughters: Karley, a nurse married to Chandler Ditto, and Adriane, a senior at Canton Academy. Karley and Chandler have an 8-monthold son. —Amber Helsel
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9 Beer is Back
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34 Jazz at JA
“Few jazz musicians’ resumés can parallel that of fusion and post-bop guitarist Pat Metheny. With 45 years in the industry, Metheny’s accomplishments include three gold records and 20 Grammy Awards. The most recent was Best Jazz Instrumental Album of 2013 for ‘Unity Band,’ an album he recorded and released in 2012 with Chris Potter, Ben Williams and Antonio Sanchez as part of his Unity Band project.” —Genevieve Legacy, “Unity Group Debuts at Jackson Academy”
42 Shell Game
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JANUARY 29 - FEBRUARY 4, 2014 | VOL. 12 NO. 21
by Donna Ladd, Editor-in-Chief
What Would Jeff Do?
t was fun as always to watch entrepreneur and marketing whiz Jeff Good run around once again at Sunday night’s Best of Jackson party looking so thrilled to be there to collect his and his businesses’ multiple readers’ choice awards. He personally won more than ever this year, including some big ones: Best Visionary, Best Local Business Owner and Best Urban Warrior. In addition to the many dozens his restaurants have won over the years, his awards this year are the kinds that go to people who come up with big ideas and get engaged in the community. Jeff is a master of innovation, as well as using his personality, as wel as social media and other marketing techniques to make sure people know about his businesses and his mission to help the city. Like the rest of us, Jeff makes mistakes, and he won’t hesitate to tell you that, for instance, he was wrong to help Frank Melton get elected mayor a while back. I have a vivid memory, in fact, of him yelling that to me across BRAVO! one night. Jeff’s weakness was believing Melton’s promises, and that is easy to forgive. He wasn’t the only one. At the risk of making Jeff blush—yes, it happens—I believe that his ability to admit he was wrong, or to not always expect to be deemed perfect, is a major strength. Being willing to risk criticism for the candidate he backs or because he decides to change a bar set-up at one of his restaurants makes him human and approachable. It also makes him a success. In fact, I knew just how genius Jeff was at marketing when I watched him several years back total up and list every Best of Jackson award his businesses had won and then market the total, not to mention cover business walls with every award—1st, 2nd, 3rd, good showing (which we now call “finalist”). He is smart enough to know that any award placement is a chance to market his busi-
nesses, and he never misses an opportunity. (This is something we do here as well; we are proud of every journalism award we’ve won, whether 1st or honorable mention.) This remarkably successful businessman stands in contrast to a small number of people who get mad if they don’t come in first—sometimes blaming the JFP because
We become great when we set out to build others up. not enough of our readers voted for them. Some even grouse publicly, and every time I see that happen, I can almost see future votes for them floating out of their grasp. I seriously doubt that anyone who does that will ever enjoy the line-up of awards that Jeff’s vocal, human, self-effacing and über-successful approach to life and business brings him. Don’t get me wrong: I get (sort of) if someone is bummed for not placing or winning first place. But my wish for Jackson is that more of them would follow Jeff’s lead and market the heck out of their positives: thinking large, not small. If you want to be recognized (or paid) for something, then vow to do it better than anyone else out there—lean in to greatness, as I urged last issue—and then make sure that people know that you do it, or offer it. And for goodness sake, don’t waste your time belly-aching; put that energy into doing and promoting (and pitching us stories!).
I believe that Mississippians aren’t all that used to promoting ourselves and, due to both perceptions inside the state and outside it, we too often believe that we are lacking. That collective self-esteem issue can feed into mediocrity and, in the case of a few, public griping and hating on others who have figured out how to achieve a degree of success. Instead, I think we should all do what Jeff does. We need to learn the basic business principle that the more we give to others, the more others will repay us in various ways— whether with their dollars, votes, recommendations or just an emotional hug at a Best of Jackson party, which Jeff gets all night long as he helps serve food samples to future voters as he regales them with love and attention. (Told you: marketing genius). This is how it’s done. Success takes grit, constant attention to our own habits and powerful human interactions. And it takes damn hard work and focus. In his “vision” guest column last issue, Jeff talked about one of the problems that all local businesses face: a qualified workforce. I nodded as I read his words: “That means that in addition to teaching specific skills of a trade, we must teach more general skills of problem solving, project management, sequential planning, creative thinking, and collaboration that will develop an innovative, flexible and resilient workforce.” To me, that was one of the most visionary points of his column. The truth is that it takes more than talent (writing, musical, business, etc.) to be successful. And a major thing we all need to collaborate on is ensuring that our young (and older) workers are continually developing life skills to ensure continual growth throughout their lives. And let’s be blunt: Complaining is seldom creative. If you’re hating on somebody else’s success (regardless of what you think of them), then you’re killing some chance for
collaboration with every word. Not to mention, you’ll end up with a lot of problems on your hands if you lose assignments and can’t keep a job because you’re known for negativity rather than being innovative and present or for not being nimble enough to grow and learn throughout your working life. I’ve been thinking about this since I witnessed a divided debate after an infamous Dave Ramsey post that (inelegantly) pointed out habits that many “rich” people have that “poor” don’t. Honestly, I saw good points made on both sides of the angry debate that followed. And I am completely in on the point that poor people are too busy working to always engage in successful habits. But as a woman raised by an illiterate factory worker, I couldn’t help but be offended by the notion that poor people cannot read to their children more (although my mother couldn’t), walk for health (my mother went to the park), make goals or to-do lists (she made goals for me, and I did the lists), network with people who can help (we did, and they became mentors), and so on. Obviously, poor people can do these kinds of things, and many of them do—to better themselves and their children. And we all may struggle to improve bad habits (like watching too much dumb TV), but it is possible and necessary to be successful. Another one struck me, though: Poor people, the list said, are more like to “say what’s on their mind.” At first glance, that confused me; don’t we want people to speak up? But then I got it, helped along by some of the recent grousing about others’ success I’ve witnessed. We don’t succeed, or impress others, when we have no filters on our own negativity and gossip. We become great, and win awards and influence people, when we set out to build others up, not tear them down. That is, when we do what Jeff does.
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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@ jacksonfreepress.com. He wrote talks.
Freelance journalist Ronni Mott has been a Mississippian since 1997. She’s an award-winning writer and a yoga teacher, just stumbling and fumbling toward bliss like everyone else. She wrote talks.
Copy Editor Dustin Cardon is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi. An English major from Brandon, he enjoys reading fantasy novels and wants to write them himself one day. He wrote the week in review.
Features Editor Kathleen Mitchell finds there are not enough hours to eat all the foods, read all the books and make all the crafts she would like. She wrote a food story.
Richard Coupe, avid fan of the beautiful game, husband, brother and father of four, is still wondering what he wants to be when he grows up. He wrote an arts story.
Genevieve Legacy is an artist-writer-community development consultant. She works at Hope Enterprise Corporation and lives in Brandon with her husband and youngest son. She wrote a music story.
Larry Morrisey is the deputy director at the Mississippi Arts Commission and one of the hosts of “Mississippi Arts Hour,” the agency’s arts interview show on MPB’s “Think Radio” network. He wrote a music 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.
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David_Reynolds; (Itâ€™s) worth mentioning midtown, too. Itâ€™s along the same lines as Fondren, but with its own particular initiatives. Drive around the first few blocks (coming up from the railroad) of McTyere, Millsaps, Wesley and Keener avenues to gauge the activity level. Midtown Partners, Pearl River Glass Studio, NUTS/Good Samaritan, Soul Wired Cafe and a number of others are making progress there. Todd Stauffer: Youâ€™re absolutely correct. I even had â€œmention midtownâ€? on the brain when I was writing this and should have made the same point. Lessons learned in midtown would definitely apply in and around Farish and downtown. empressjudykay: Todd, I totally agree! For almost 20 years I have been saying that efforts to revitalize Farish Street must include the indigenous population. And, I realize that, to many,
there isnâ€™t much to cling to there. However, there are folks who have lived there 30 years, and regardless of what it looks like to outsiders, they call it home. Now that downtown residential is a reality, what is needed to support that community? Can we bring back the cleaners and upholsterers, and small grocer and pharmacy? Can we recreate the upscale restaurants and single-screen movie theater and highend boutique that were there when I moved to Jackson in 1973? And can we attract club owners who are committed to providing entertainment in a safe environment, appropriate to grown people? Forget Beale and Bourbon Streets. This is Jackson. We have our own culture and proud history, worthy of investment for the future. johannahwilliams: Very well written and very well said. This is a much needed reality check for Jacksonians like myself who have remained hopeful for so many years. Its a sad thought, but it definitely may be time to move past
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Friday, Jan. 24 The Food and Drug Administration says the labels on the back of food packages need to get a makeover to reflect the fact that knowledge about nutrition has evolved since the early 1990s. â€Ś Republican leaders vote to shorten their presidential selection process in an attempt to minimize damage from GOP candidates attacking each other. Saturday, Jan. 25 A teenage gunman armed with a shotgun, plenty of ammunition and a backpack filled with crude homemade explosives enters a skateboard shop in a Maryland mall and kills two employees before killing himself.
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Sunday, Jan. 26 After a long legal battle, John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth complies with a judgeâ€™s order to pull any life-sustaining treatment from Marlise Munoz, a pregnant woman who was declared brain-dead in November, but kept on machines for the sake of her fetus.
Monday, Jan. 27 The first meeting meant to discuss the issue of a Syrian transitional government to replace President Bashar Assad breaks up less than an hour after it begins. â€Ś Egyptâ€™s official news agency says the countryâ€™s top generals have endorsed a presidential run by army chief AbdelFattah el-Sissi. Tuesday, Jan. 28 President Obama delivers his 2014 State of the Union address.
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he facts of what happened to Pat- 2-year-old, and their punishment is no persons,â€? even in the case of â€œdevastatingâ€? rick Kennedyâ€™s 8-year-old step- more than if they raped a 15-year-old. crimes such as the rape of a child. daughter are difficult to take in. Thereâ€™s just something not right about The rulingâ€”which came three deEarly on the morning of March that in my opinion,â€? Moore told the cades after Coker v. Georgia outlawed the 2, 1998, an ambulance took the girl, re- Jackson Free Press. death penalty in adult rape casesâ€”was so ferred to as â€œL.H.â€? in court documents, The most glaring thing standing in controversial that during his first camto a Louisiana hospital. paign for president, former Initially, Kennedy, who constitutional law professor was in his early 30s at the and then-U.S. Sen. Barack time, and L.H. both told poObama and his opponent, lice and medical officials two Sen. John McCain, said they young men from their neighstrongly disagreed. borhood had raped the girl, Taken together, the but investigators determined two decisions make it pretty the story inconsistent with clear that the death penalty the evidence. is not a legal punishment for Kennedy was charged rape, said Vincent Southerand convicted of the rape and, land, senior counsel with the because of a Louisiana law that NAACP Legal Defense Fundâ€™s required the death penalty for criminal-justice practice. raping a child under age 11, â€œI donâ€™t see any real sentenced to be executed. space between that LouisiTwo Republican state ana statute that was declared Rep. John Moore, R-Brandon, wants people convicted of raping a lawmakers want to pass simiunconstitutional and the child under age 13 to be executed. But the U.S. Supreme Court lar laws to impose the death law thatâ€™s being proposed by has said you canâ€™t do that. penalty for certain crimes the representative in Missisagainst children. Rep. John sippi,â€? Southerland said of Moore, a Republican from Brandon, has a the way of Mooreâ€™s proposal is the U.S. Mooreâ€™s bill. bill, HB 92, that would require the death Constitution. Patrick Kennedy appealed Rep. Moore is not optimistic that his penalty in statutory rape cases where the his death sentence to the U.S. Supreme bill will make it out of committee, but victim is 13 years old or younger and the Court, which in 2008 struck down the neither that nor the fact that the U.S. Sudefendant is 18 or older, an offense he de- Louisiana state law Kennedy was con- preme Court has ruled such laws unconscribes as â€œvery heinous.â€? State Rep. Tracy victed under as cruel and unusual punish- stitutional will deter him from introducArnold, R-Booneville, has also introduced ment forbidden by the 8th Amendment. ing the legislation each year. legislation in the form of HB 880 to punJustice Anthony Kennedy, writing â€œThe Supreme Court says we canâ€™t ish people over age 21 who are convicted for the majority in the 5-4 decision, not- do a lot of things, but that doesnâ€™t mean of molesting a child under age 10. ed that there exists â€œa distinction between we canâ€™t keep trying,â€? Moore said. â€œFrom time to time, we have intentional first-degree murder â€Ś and Comment at www.jfp.ms. Email R.L. someone who rapes a 1-year-old or a non-homicide crimes against individual Nave at firstname.lastname@example.org. R.L. NAVE
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n Jan. 22, Gov. Phil Bryant used a word that is not a regular part of his vocabularyâ€”Jackson. In fact, in addressing the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnershipâ€™s annual meeting last Wednesday, Bryant spoke frequently about the capital city. Tate Taylor, a capital-city native and director who recently wrapped up shooting a film about the life of James Brown in Jackson, opened the meeting discussing the economic benefit on the capital city. Taylor, who also directed the â€œThe Help,â€? parts of which were also filmed in Jackson, said â€œGet on Upâ€? spent $27 million filming in Mississippi, and that half of that sum went to Jackson. Bryant said he was lobbying Taylor to hold the premiere of â€œGet on Up,â€? scheduled for Aug.1, in Jackson instead of Hollywood (never mind that Jackson does not have a movie theater.). The movie industry may get an even bigger boost from pending legislation that would provide tax incentives to film studios that locate in Mississippi. The Clarion-Ledger reported this week that mega-producer Adam Rosenfelt wants to open a movie studio in Jackson. Bryantâ€™s remarks also marked somewhat of a departure from going out of his way to avoid talking about Jackson. He touted development of the health-care corridor, the possible construction of a new, expanded University of Mississippi School of Medical school, as well as progress on the proposed One Lake economicdevelopment and flood project, which he called a â€œgame changer.â€?
LEGISLATURE: Week 3
JSU’s Super Dome Despite coming up short during the last legislative session, Jackson State University is still confident it can convince the state to help pay for the cost of what it calls a 50,000-seat domed venue. Vivian Fuller, the athletic director for Jackson State University, says the plans are “not dead, yet,” but said that she realizes the school has an uphill climb to find the $200 million it will cost to construct the sports and entertainment complex. The biggest obstacle facing the project remains its funding. State Rep. Alyce Clarke, D-Jackson, has introduced legislation to authorize $75 million in bonds for Jackson State. The House Ways and Means and University and Colleges committees will consider Clarke’s House Bill 355. Plans for the project show that the stadium is designed for football, basketball, concerts and special events. For football games, the stadium would hold about 50,000, while it would pack 17,000 fans for basketball games and 21,000 for concerts.
Beer Is Back Craft brewers, the Mississippi Legislature’s favorite lobbying group in recent years, might be coming back for a yet another push to open up the state’s beer culture even more. After a short informal hearing, Sen. Philip Moran, R-Kiln, introduced legislation that would authorize small brewers to sell a limited amount of beer. In recent years, the Legislature has acted to lift the alcohol-content limit for beer sold in the state and legalized home brewing. Now that so much good beer is being made in Mississippi, people want to visit their favorite brewery and buy a six-pack to take home, but state law currently prohibits the practice. Although it might appear that brewery sales would represent competition to retail outlets and restaurants, craft-beer advocates like John Neal of the Keg and Barrel in Hattiesburg, believes that a rising beer tide would lift all boats. Despite our state’s progress, it may be a long time before that tide comes in. A 2013 analysis from the Brewers Association, the trade group for the craft-beer industry, shows that the average wage of a brewery
worker in Mississippi was $26,690 in 2012, the lowest among states. And while Mississippi breweries pumped $149.5 million into the state’s economy, that sums lags all states. By comparison, California’s brew-
“I want all our citizens to benefit as much as possible.” eries made a total of economic impact of $4.6 billion. Currently, 46 states permit brewers to sell small quantities of their products on site, which puts Mississippi at a competitive disadvantage, Neal said. “We need a strong brewing industry in Mississippi,” said John Neal, he added.
Immigrant Demand Rights The Mississippi Immigrant Rights Alliance and other groups fighting for immigrant and workers rights want to extend in-state college tuition rates to Mississippi’s “dreamers,” those raised and educated in the state’s public schools but are not citizens. Under current law, even if an undocumented immigrant graduates from high school in a Mississippi school, he or she must pay out-of-state tuition to attend a state college or university. House Bill 209, sponsored by Rep. Reecy L. Dickson, DMacon, hopes to rectify that situation. The bill might face an uphill climb. In a meeting with supporters of Dickson’s legislation, which the Jackson Free Press attended, House Colleges and Universities Committee Chair Rep. Nolan Mettetal, R-Sardis, said the Institutions of Higher Learning would see HB 209 as taking away much-needed revenue in an era of shrinking budgets. When one MIRA member asked Mettetal whether he would personally commit to supporting the legislation for undocumented students, he demurred, saying, “I want all our citizens to benefit as much as possible.”
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JSU Goes Hipster with Apple, Starbucks by Dustin Cardon
The menu includes coffees, pastries, danishes, cookies and sandwiches as well as other snacks and drinks. The store will also provide space for meetings and social DONNA LADD
Donâ€™t Forget the Caffeine Jackson State University unveiled its new on-campus Starbucks during a grandopening ceremony at 10 a.m., Friday, Jan. 24, on the ground floor of the H.T. Sampson Library on the universityâ€™s main campus. JSUâ€™s Starbucks will be open from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays. It will be closed Saturdays.
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On Friday, Jan. 31, Jackson State University will cut the ribbon as it becomes the capital cityâ€™s newest seller of Apple products.
gatherings on campus. SodexoMAGIC, the universityâ€™s foodservices provider, brought Starbucks to the university to ensure the availability of high quality coffee and pastries for the Jackson State community. â€œJackson State is a top-of-the-line university, with top-of-the-line students, faculty, staff and administrators,â€? Sanford Winfield, general manager for SoxedoxMagic at JSU, said in a release. â€œWe wanted to make sure that the dining experience that anyone would have at this university is second to none, and that it includes an upscale coffee component.â€? Neel-Schaffer Expands to Brandon Neel-Schaffer Inc., a Jackson-based planning and engineering firm, has opened an additional office in Brandon with Brandon native Derick Milner as its manager. â€œWe are excited to be serving the city of
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Council Hears Zoning Issues; Certifies Election by Ronni Mott
January 29 - February 4 ,2014
special designation. “I can’t think of one (zoning exemption) we haven’t approved in a gazillion years,” Whitwell said. The council unanimously approved extending LeFleur East’s special-use exemption for another year.
Casey and Spann elementary schools. “The turnout was a lot higher than expected,” Whitwell said, but suggested that the city must be prepared for such contingencies. Jackson City Clerk Brenda Pree said that it’s not unusual for one or more precincts to run out of ballots at some time durTRIP BURNS
ackson City Council members heard opposing views on zoning issues on Tuesday, Jan. 21, and some briefly called into question the results of Jan. 14 vote to approve a 1-percent sales tax to pay for work on the city’s crumbling infrastructure. At the zoning meeting, members of the LeFleur East Foundation requested an extension of a special exemption for the organization’s offices at 4658 Old Canton Road. The city first granted the exception in the north Jackson residential neighborhood a year ago. Foundation member John Dinkins called the 2-acre site and house “a tremendous treasure for our city.” “We’re pro-Jackson,” Dinkins said. “That’s why we’re here.” Residents of the Acadia Court subdivision, which abuts the foundation’s property, claim that the foundation is exceeding the uses outlined in the city’s special exemption for office space, which is the same zoning as The Cedars historic house. Baxter Brown, speaking for the Acadia Home Owners’ Association, said that events held on the property create traffic and noise problems. Acadia has appealed the council’s original zoning exception, which is unresolved at this time. Dinkins countered that residents have filed no police complaints about the foundation’s activities in the past year, which he said are no different from other types of homeowner events. The developer questioned if Acadia would complain over an engagement party or Easter egg hunt in a private home. “It’s a beautiful thing,” said Ward 7 Councilwoman Margaret Barrett-Simon of the foundation’s property. “I don’t understand the reaction.” Councilman Quentin Whitwell of Ward 1, where the property is located, called for a quick vote to re-approve the
Ward 1 Councilman Quentin Whitwell called for quick votes on zoning and elections during the Jan. 21 council meetings.
Ballot Problems? During the council’s brief special meeting, which immediately followed the zoning meeting at around 4:30 p.m., Whitwell and Ward 2 Councilman Melvin Priester Jr. mentioned that they had received complaints about a lack of ballots at some precincts during the Jan. 14 special election, in addition to access issues for disabled voters. “Basically, I got texts from a ton of people,” Whitwell told the Jackson Free Press. He estimated that 25 to 100 voters did not cast ballots at two polling places in his ward:
ing an election, and that the city is prepared to quickly supply more ballots if necessary. The city’s election commission makes initial ballot estimates based on previous elections, so it’s not an exact science. But, she said, no precinct had to wait more than 15 or 20 minutes for additional ballots after making a request. “They didn’t turn anyone away,” Pree said. Poll managers know to request more ballots when their supply is down to 50, she said, but sometimes managers will be down to two or three ballots before calling an elec-
tion commissioner. The commissioner will then call Pree’s office. From there, the request goes to the Hinds County Election Commission, which manages the machines that print the ballots. The city of Jackson rents the equipment from the county. Once the ballots are ready, a Hinds County deputy will ferry the ballots to the precinct, “so they’re taken expeditiously,” Pree said. Pree bemoaned the low turnout, a problem with every municipal election, she said. At some precincts, only 1 percent to 5 percent of registered voters turn out. Overall, only 15,990 of Jackson’s 108,957 registered voters cast ballots on Jan. 14. “You certainly can’t make a difference if you don’t vote,” she said. Voters overwhelmingly approved an additional 1-percent sales tax to partially fund the city’s many infrastructure needs, which include frequent water and sewer pipe breaks and road maintenance. Whitwell, Priester and the rest of the council members agreed that the few polling-place problems would not have changed the election’s outcome. Perhaps, Whitwell quipped, the final tally would have been a 92 percent approval instead of 90 percent. Nevertheless, the council will call the city election commission to account for the complaints. That process is already in process, apparently. Whitwell indicated he had received an email from the commission requesting feedback. The members temporarily tabled the discussion and agreed to add the item to a future council meeting agenda. The council unanimously certified the election’s outcome. Jackson residents and visitors will begin paying the additional sales tax around mid-March. Ward 3 Councilwoman LaRita CooperStokes did not attend the special meeting. Comment at jfp.ms or email Ronni Mott at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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r. Announcement: â€œIn the ghetto criminal-justice system, the people are represented by two members of the McBride family: police officer and part-time security guard at the Funky Ghetto Mall, Dudley â€˜Do-Rightâ€™ McBride, and attorney Cootie McBride of the law firm McBride, Myself and I. This is their story.â€? Cootie: Dudley, get the Law-N-Order S.U.V. ready. Weâ€™ve been assigned to maintain law and order at the Stop the Ham-hocks, Decrease the Pork Grease Pork Product Buy Back Rally at the Funky Ghetto Mall. Dudley: Is this rally organized by the Stop the Ham-hocks, Decrease the Pork Grease Anti-Violence Coalition? Cootie: Yes. Dudley: So, this rally is like a gun-buyback campaign? Cootie: Yep. The Stop the Ham-hocks, Decrease the Pork Grease Anti-Violence Coalition believes that heavy consumption of pork products causes high blood pressure, which results in violent reactions, such as an assault with a weapon. Their slogan is: If you stop eating the pig, you wonâ€™t shoot the gun or commit a violent act. Dudley: What will folks get in exchange for their ham hocks, pork chops, pork skins, pork rinds, ham, barbeque ribs, pork roast, etc? Cootie: The people will receive a free Ghetto Ringtone Smart Phone, refurbished Aunt Tee Tee Wi-Fi Tablet or a small money loan voucher from the Let Me Hold Five Dollars National Bank. Dudley: Do you think this event will help curb violence? Cootie: I hope so. Dudley: We shall see when we get to the rally. Doink, doink!
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Why it stinks: Haley Barbour sure does put the â€œgooberâ€? in gubernatorial. While gender (or race or class) certainly has a place in some political and policy discussions, whether Zimmer is a lady or a man has absolutely nothing to do with the controversies surrounding the administration of Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. As shrewd an operator as Barbour is, we wonder if the erstwhile governorâ€™s faux pas was actually intended as a dog whistle to the anti-Hillary Clinton portion of the electorate who may have to choose between the former secretary of state and Christie in the 2016 presidential contest. To boot, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and other times, Barbour has leaned on his political connections to Washington to bring massive federal assistance to Mississippi.
Drilling, One Lake Need Real Public Airing-Out
e oppose the stateâ€™s plan to lease parcels in Mississippiâ€™s magnificently pristine sound to exploration and oil and gas drilling. Like other critics of the plan, which includes environmental groups such as the Mississippi Sierra Club and Gulf Restoration Network as well as business owners whose livelihoods depend on tourism dollars, we are concerned about the potential for environmental and economic damage drilling might cause. Less than four years since the 2010 BP oil spill, we are nowhere close to knowing the extent of the ecological damage the spill caused. And, as Mississippi slouches out of the Great Recession at a much slower pace than the rest of the nation, we believe that tourism revenue is too vital for Mississippi to play environmental Russian roulette. Aside from those concerns, we are also uneasy about how Mississippi got here in the first place. First came Gov. Haley Barbourâ€™s last minute Christmas-time announcement that the Mississippi Development Authority would draft the rules for how a lease sale would move forward. Then, most disturbing, the so-called public hearing that MDA threw together was little more than a stenographer seated at a table scribbling down remarks from anyone who had time to drop by the Woolfolk Building in the middle of the day. The slipshod process MDA used to fast-track the drilling plan is the main point of contention for
plaintiffs in a lawsuit for which a hearing was recently held in Hinds County Chancery Court (see â€œGulf Drilling Saga Almost Over?,â€? page 18). Plaintiff groups argued before Judge William Singletary that MDA not only failed to conduct an economicimpact statement on the effects of drilling, but that the agency also never held a real public hearing. Weâ€™ve written before about the Delphi Technique, a tool used to manufacture consensus, or at least the appearance of it, by quashing dissent. It is the brainchild of Rand Corp., which developed the strategy in the 1950s to make it look like the organizers of a â€œpublic hearingâ€? are eager to listen to participants when the goal is really to quiet opponents as much as possible. Many ostensibly open meetings our reporters cover reek of Delphi Technique. In late August, supporters of the One Lake real-estate-development and flood-control project used the same format for a public meeting. Facilitators said setting up information stations for their engineers to address individual concerns is an inherently better format to facilitate discussion than a traditional town-hall set-up. In our view, when environmental resources and tax dollars are at stake, there is certainly room for both one-on-one chats and public forums. We look forward to the first real town hall meeting on the proposed One Lake project. We also hope that Judge Singletary orders MDA to restart its process by conducting a thorough economic analysis and holding a real public hearing.