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auren Clark loves museums. “I always went to all of the museums and historical sites around Jackson,” Clark, a Jackson native, says. “My family … would go to Natchez and see antebellum homes in the Natchez area and go to Vicksburg and look at the military park.” That family tradition influenced her career path when she decided she did not want to be a teacher. While studying elementary education at Mississippi State University, Clark turned to informal education, instead. “I decided to come work at a museum and be able to teach children but not in a classroom setting,” she says. In 2012, she graduated with dual bachelor’s degrees from Mississippi State University. One was in elementary education with middleschool certifications in language arts, science and social studies and the other in communication with an emphasis in journalism. Clark, now 26, started working at the Mississippi Children’s Museum part-time before becoming the museum’s school-programs coordinator in July 2013. Today, Clark is the museum’s education programs administrative manager. Clark is responsible for booking, registration and development for all field trips and staff-development programs at the museum. She also assists with planning outreach programs. Clark says most of the museum’s initiatives are focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM subjects), plus literacy,


and health and nutrition. “Through the initiatives, we are trying to make more professional-development and field-trip programs that relate to our literacy initiative and STEM initiative,” Clark says. She believes it’s vital to increase a child’s knowledge in STEM areas and literacy. “We want to go ahead and start preparing children for that while they are still in elementary school, so we can have people who would be able to fill these positions when they become adults,” she says. These initiatives are applied and brought to life in the museum’s six permanent galleries including World at Work and the Literacy Garden. In the World at Work exhibit, Clark says children learn how a car works by playing with a Nissan Altima. As far as literacy initiatives, Clark says the museum has partnered with school districts around the state, including Jackson Public Schools. MCM hosts a weekly program where under-served JPS kindergarten students come to the museum with their parents and do hands-on literacy projects. Clark also enjoys what the museum has to offer, particularly playing on the largest Scrabble board she has ever seen, completing Mad Libs on the mushrooms in the Literacy Garden and touring the larger-than-life digestive system. “It’s just a really fun way to learn about human anatomy that kids could otherwise be unable to understand,” she says. —Mary Kate McGowan

Cover photo by Trip Burns

9 Costco Controversy

A plan to bring one of the nation’s largest and most popular retailers draws fire in Jackson.

26 Meal Simplicity

Don’t confuse spaghetti carbonara with the Italian society, the Carbonari.

29 Irish Dancing

“We are teaching people about a traditional dance form and spread the love we have for Irish dancing to other people in our community.” —Margaret Cupples, “Folk Dancing: From the Pub to the Stage”

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by Todd Stauffer, Publisher

The Difference Between Leadership and Authority


his past weekend, we had our company retreat. The JFP team filed into a breakout room at the Mississippi Museum of Art (great facility!), had our coffee, muffins and bagels, and started telling our individual stories of what had brought us to the JFP, workshopping new ideas and building things with Play-Doh. In preparation for the retreat, I had spent time with Simon Sinek’s “Start With Why” lectures, TED Talk and musings; I read the book two years ago before another retreat and was skimming back through so we could do some “why” exercises this time around. It was there, in some of his more recent work on leadership, that I got into a concept that I suddenly realized resonated with the broader discussion that we’re having in this country right now as a result of the shootings by police in Ferguson and St Louis, Mo., these past weeks. Sinek says essentially this: Don’t confuse leadership with authority. People who have authority over you can tell you what to do; people who offer leadership make you want to follow them, and they tend to make you feel safe. It’s a powerful concept when we bring it back to the role that the gun plays in policing; all too often it seems people confuse the purpose of a gun with something I call “remote-control authority.” This isn’t just something that the police do. It seems that too many gun supporters (or at least those that play them in online comments) imagine that a gun is a tool designed to force compliance or “respect” for their “authority.” From some of the hew and cry after Ferguson, it seems some people believe that an individual who doesn’t comply with an officer’s com-

mands should, almost by definition, expect to die in a shower of bullets. However, the cops who think about this stuff will tell you that the guns are used to save lives. Period. While that might be the cop’s life or his or her partner’s; the use of a gun should err on the side of saving lives of innocent victims. Unfortunately, it’s not at all clear that was

People confuse the purpose of a gun with “remote-control authority.” the case in Michael Brown’s shooting, as the officer fired at him 11 times, as video now shows, and seems even less clear in the case that was caught on video just days later in St. Louis. Of course, people find ways to justify almost any sort of violence by the police or homeowners, especially gun violence, and especially by gun enthusiasts. And that’s one reason that I want to make the authority vs. leadership distinction—because it’s up to the true leaders in any given community to further the dialogue on these issues and help a community come to more rational and less knee-jerk solutions to these problems.

In Japan, for instance, where almost all kinds of gun-ownership are illegal, the police do carry guns—and they’re much more highly trained both in using the gun and in subduing criminals using the martial arts. The result is fewer than 20 national gun deaths most years. Even beyond the individual police reactions in these Missouri shootings—and too many others around the country, including an under-publicized incident with a black officer killing a young, unarmed white man in Salt Lake City—Ferguson also presented itself as a test case in how not to quell a riot by showing how ridiculously over-militarized a police force can be in trying to assert its authority instead of its leadership. As Rachel Maddow pointed out regarding the shooting of Kajieme Powell in St. Louis, in an even more cut-and-dry example of the overuse of deadly force, the St. Louis police’s reaction—one of being very open with the public and press about the incident—may have quelled potential riots (and looting) much more effectively than the storm-trooper approach in Ferguson. So back to Sinek. What’s clearly missing in Ferguson, and perhaps in too many cities and urban police departments around the country, is leadership contrasted with authority. And how does one make the distinction? Simple, really. People listen to those in authority because they have to; people listen to leaders because they want to. Want telltale evidence of leadership? You’ll hear the people who do great things at the behest of a true leader say something this: “She would have done it for me.” One is reminded, perhaps, of a time too-long past, when police cars said “pro-

tect and serve” on their fenders. It’s the service part that some of these police forces need to look into again. Of course, to get there, they’re going to need true leaders to inspire—and serve—them. In a recent TED Talk, Professor Eric Liu called for better civics education and understanding in our schools and communities, and he noted that one particular governmental institution—the city—is the perfect laboratory for civic engagement. It’s on the level of the city that regular people can get things done, instead of leaving all of the decision-making to “the professionals,” as he called them—lobbyists, politicians and bureaucrats. Which brings me back to the JFP retreat. At that retreat we worked on the JFP’s “Why” statement, one component of which is to continue to do the hard work to report on Jackson’s leadership and institutions, giving you as complete a picture as we can, given our resources. We will fight in situations where the “authorities” attempt to block our access to public information or ignore our questions or avoid their responsibilities. And we call on the new administration—both in City Hall and JPD—to step up to leadership, not just authority. But it’s not just up to JFP; it’s up to all of us. We need to demand that elected and appointed officials exercise leadership, not just authority, and that they include their constituents in the civic discourse and decision-making process. The JFP is fired up to keep up our end of the bargain—and judging from last Saturday’s retreat, we’ve got a great team in place to keep at it. Join us! Todd Stauffer is the president and publisher of the Jackson Free Press. Email him at

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Investigative Reporter Anna Wolfe, a Tacoma, Wash., native, studied at Mississippi State. Email her at anna@ or call her at 601-362-6121 ext. 20. She wrote several news pieces.

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. A new Fulbright scholar in France, he wrote a food story.

LaTonya Miller is a freelance writer who is passionate about music, photography and all things positive. She wrote a music story.

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ugust marks five years since the death of the last Kennedy brother, Senator Edward M. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tedâ&#x20AC;? Kennedy. Here in Mississippi, the Kennedys had resistance years ago in many circles because of their progressive views on civil rights. That was a shame, but as time went on, many Mississippians have and will continue to realize that the work of U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy and his brothers, President John F. Kennedy and U.S. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, to insure that fairness for all Americans, regardless of the color of their skin, makes for a better Mississippi. Edward Kennedy is a man whose name is on nearly 1,000 laws. More than 300 he penned himself looked after the interests of those who didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a voice. Sen. Kennedy constantly fought during his career for universal health care for all Americans. This passion was a driving force in his decision to challenge President Jimmy Carter for the Democratic nomination in 1980. Kennedy believed that President Carter was not doing enough to give Americans access to quality health insurance. After Kennedyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s defeat in 1980, he carried on a distinguished career in the United States Senate as a constant fighter for progressive ideal until his death in 2009. Sen. Kennedy was known as the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lion of the U.S. Senateâ&#x20AC;? for his passion in the causes he championed for America. Politicians running down the Kennedys and trying to use them

Response to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Time to Reset, White Folksâ&#x20AC;? by Donna Ladd donnaladd It tickles me a bit to see Tea Partiers complain about the Ferguson protesters looting and destroying property. They, after all, named themselves after a group of protesters who dressed up as American Indians and destroyed a whole boatload of tea belonging to the East India Tea Company. Because they were mad at the government for mistreating them. Not to mention, there are so many destructive â&#x20AC;&#x153;whiteâ&#x20AC;? riots, looting and destruction incidents we could list, including Ole Miss when Mr. Meredith enrolled. Does everyone reading this know about Rosewood? Vital history. Or the Tulsa riot against blacks? Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just say that African Americans didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t come up with the practice of riots, looting or property destruction. MarcSanders You stated â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happening in

Ferguson isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pretty, but it had to happen: Police and everyday people cannot keep killing black people for minor, or no, crimes and expect our citizens of color to just keep taking it.â&#x20AC;? First, what do you mean by â&#x20AC;&#x153;It had to happen?â&#x20AC;? Second, it seems premature to tie those tragic eventsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;as opposed to the events that have followed) in with the racial problems that persist in this country. To elude that Brown was killed for â&#x20AC;&#x153;minor, or no, crimesâ&#x20AC;? is certainly premature. We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even know what happened. All media outlets can seem to agree about is that he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a weapon. There are reports of a struggle ferocious enough to leave the officer an orbital fracture. If Mr. Brown fought with Officer Wilson and if Officer Wilson believed his life was in jeopardy, the shooting could have easily been justifiable. You stated that â&#x20AC;&#x153;Polls this week show that only 37 percent of white Americans believe the Ferguson situation has anything to do with race. That means another 63 percent is either willfully racist or naive about how people of

to polarize the electorate was the type of politics that held this state back for so long. The issues Sen. Kennedy believed in, from civil rights to affordable health care, are issues that are vital to the future of Mississippi. The progressiveness he believed in for government to help the citizens to have a better tomorrow and live the American dream is the prescription for a rural state like Mississippi to move forward in making better lives for its citizens Sen. Kennedy had his share of troubles in life; however, he never lost his faith or his conviction for fighting for what he believed was right and for the betterment of all. Lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s experiences made him a stronger and more effective public servant. After the assassination of his brothers, he carried the torch for the progressive ideals they inspired through the remainder of his career. At the Democratic National Convention in 1980, Sen. Kennedy addressed America with what was clearly the heart and soul of the man for the causes he believed in: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dream shall never die.â&#x20AC;? His words from the podium that night over three decades ago is an inspiration for a better life for all Americans, and it still holds true today. Ken Strachan is a former member of the State Democratic Executive Committee, a former mayor of North Carrollton and serves as Carroll County coroner. Send letters to

color live in the U.S.â&#x20AC;? Respectfully, you left out a big chunk of the population. You left no room for the folks who know we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have all the facts and wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t rush to judge a situation. ... blackwatch It is just too simple to explain the inequities on the backs of the black â&#x20AC;&#x153;familyâ&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;culture.â&#x20AC;? Also, it is easy for someone like Marc Sanders to call for black folk to suffer oppression and injustice with what he would consider â&#x20AC;&#x153;restraintâ&#x20AC;? and not riot. While rioting maybe dangerous and not as effective as other responses, to oppress and injure systemically is immoral. Indeed, what is happening in Ferguson is not just about Mike Brown, but about the long standing systemic denials of full citizenship being practiced by local elites. I often wonder, how would people who benefit from an oppressive and exploitative system like for the oppressed and exploited to respond? donnaladd Those answers are easy, Marc, even

if the bigger ones arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. First, an uprising like that in Ferguson had to happen, considering the insane statistics of how many black Americans police kill every year, many of them unarmed, and not to mention that civilians are doing the same thing. My point isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t that Mr. Brown did nothing wrong; we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know all the details, yet (although the â&#x20AC;&#x153;orbital fractureâ&#x20AC;? rumor is being roundly discredited by CNN and others, even if right-wingers like Ann Coulter spread it, including here in The Clarion-Ledger). Mr. Brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shooting, and the fact that police left him lying in the street for four hours for already-abused neighbors to look at, provided the spark that lit the fire of outcry. As I say in the column, black people are rightfully tired of being treated like animals and gunned down, even when theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re unarmed. And, yes, that 63 percent of white Americans simply ignore and discount these concerns of most blacks exactly proves that those who arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t outright racist are choosing to be willfully ignorant and uncaring about the threat stalking non-whites every day. Comment at

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Âą)FITISNOTGOODNEWSFORTHEPOOR ITISNOTGOODNEWS² ²7KH5HY%UXFH&DVHFDOOLQJIRUD0RUDO0RYHPHQW WKDWHPSKDVL]HVFRPSDVVLRQIRUSRRUDQGZRUNLQJ FODVV0LVVLVVLSSLDQV Wednesday, August 20 U.S. officials confirm that militants with the Islamic State extremist group have beheaded American journalist James Foley. â&#x20AC;Ś President Obama sends U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to Ferguson, Mo., to assist federal investigators with the investigation of the shooting of Michael Brown.

Friday, August 22 Russia sends dozens of aid trucks into rebel-held eastern Ukraine without Kievâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s approval, saying its patience had worn out with the Ukrainian governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stalling tactics. Ukraine calls the move a â&#x20AC;&#x153;direct invasion.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;Ś The Obama administration announces new measures to allow religious nonprofits and some companies to opt out of paying for birth control for female employees while still ensuring those employees have access to contraception.

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Saturday, August 23 A diverse group of protesters, including children, community activists and uniformed police officers, march peacefully in Ferguson as calm prevails for a fourth straight day.


Sunday, August 24 A large 6.0 earthquake causes significant damage and injures about 172 people in Californiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s northern Bay Area. â&#x20AC;Ś Dar el-Ifta, the top authority that advises Muslims on spiritual and life issues, launches an Internet-based campaign challenging an extremist group in Syria and Iraq by saying it should not be called an â&#x20AC;&#x153;Islamic State.â&#x20AC;?

Yarber Pledges: Do More With Less by R.L. Nave


ayor Tony Yarberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first city budget proposal is ambitiousâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;not for things that are included in the plan, but because what is left out. Yarberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plan calls for slashing the previous yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget by one-fifth. Most of the proposed savings would come from a 53percent decrease in the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s capital budget, specifically a reduction of about $17 million in the capital projects fund and $81.5 million related to water-sewage disposal. Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s infrastructure needs are great. Soon, the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one-cent sales tax commission will begin meeting to draft a master plan for the using the proceeds of that tax, which citizens approved in January. The seven-member commission will meet for the first time before the end of August, create the legally mandated master plan so â&#x20AC;&#x153;that we will be able to see dirt turning by early 2015,â&#x20AC;? Yarber said in a recent budget address. Yarber said his first budget proposal, presented Wednesday, Aug. 20, to the city council, â&#x20AC;&#x153;mixes aspiration with reality, hope with hard truth and inspiration with intractable assessments of yet another difficult fiscal year ahead.â&#x20AC;? Part of that difficulty will come from Yarberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposal to slash city spending by about $110 million, compared to the $502 million the city council adopted last year. But despite the more than 20 percent in suggested reductions, Yarber said his plan includes neither job cuts nor tax increases. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This budget reflects a dedication to

community programming and job creation. It begins the task of addressing critical repairs to our infrastructure, but it also reflects the commitment of this administration and the citizens of Jackson to be wise in the use of its expenditures.â&#x20AC;? Overall, the budget for the 2015 fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1, projects $392.5 million in expenditures and revenues of $510.3 million. For the current fiscal year,




the city council adopted a budget that anticipated $610 million in revenues. So far, through June, the city has collected revenues worth $262.3 million. Although the budget does not include staffing reductions, Yarber said his admin-

Mayor Tony Yarber (far left) proposed a budget that is 20 percent leaner than the plan the city council approved last year, mostly by cutting out money for capital expenditures.


Monday, August 25 Ukraineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s president dissolves parliament and calls for early elections in October, saying many members of parliament â&#x20AC;&#x153;are allies of the militants-separatists.â&#x20AC;? Tuesday, August 26 The presidents of Russia and Ukraine sit down for talks, meeting faceto-face for the first time since June on the fighting in Ukraineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s separatist east.

children and public safety,â&#x20AC;? Yarber said in a hastily convened special council meeting for his first budget address. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It understands the importance of private investment,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It allows the city to maintain its current commitment to


Thursday, August 21 The Justice Department announces a $16.65 billion settlement with Bank of America over its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the financial crisis. â&#x20AC;Ś Federal Judge Robert L. Hinkle declares Floridaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.




istration plans to think cautiously about hiring decisions and anticipates some savings through attrition. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not necessarily putting a freeze on hiring, but we are making sure that the positions weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re filling are what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re calling essential positions,â&#x20AC;? Yarber told reporters after the budget meeting. Yarber said his administration plans to start forecasting three to five years out,




which would help with priority-based budgeting, as well as streamlining the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grant application process. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sometimes you have to prune in the present in order to bloom in the future,â&#x20AC;? said Ward 4 Councilman Deâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Keither Stamps. Budget hearings started this week with a bit of good news for the Jackson Zoo, one of the most beleaguered and beloved institutions in the city. Beth Poff, the zooâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s executive director, presented the parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s $6.5 million budget request to a special meeting of

the Jackson City Council. That represents a roughly $2 million decrease from what the city spent in the 2014 fiscal year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in a much stronger financial position,â&#x20AC;? Poff told the council this morning. The zoo has struggled with declining attendance in recent years. The loss of revenues combined with a rising debt load for a brief time cost the zoo its standing as the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only Association of Zoos and Aquariums-accredited park. After getting commitments from

the City of Jackson and Hinds County to help offset shortfalls, the zoo successfully appealed the decision and retained accreditation. Poff said after getting the zooâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finances in order, the zoo is seeing a 13-percent increase over the last year in admission. She says the trend is likely to continue and projects a 3-percent increase in attendance for the next budget. She credits a â&#x20AC;&#x153;baby explosionâ&#x20AC;? among the zooâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more than 750 animals as part of

its recent good fortunes. In the past few months, a Sumatran tiger, orangutan, red wolf, prairie dogs and beavers have all given birth. Poff said the zoo will also add a rhinoceros, red panda and pygmy hippos, which zoo officials hope to breed. Mayor Tony Yarber presented his budget proposal Aug. 20. The city council has until Sept. 15 to finalize and approve a spending plan. Comment at R.L. Nave

Costco Moving Ahead, Despite Pushback


Mayor: Museums Will Survive Yarber expressed his support of the LeFleur Museum Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;including the Mississippi Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Museum, the Mississippi Museum of National Science, Mississippi agricultural Museum and the Mississip-

pi Sports Hall of Fame and Museumâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;when it was established in May 2014. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know we are working towards that goal so that we can ensure that the history, the richness of our city and state is being displayed every time someone comes into the city of Jackson,â&#x20AC;? Yarber said at the May press conference.

it deserves, and in this case, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a Costco.â&#x20AC;? Yarber said Costco developers have found a way to build Costco without tearing down Smith-Wills Stadium. The Costco would replace the nearby baseball field, which Yarber said is inadequate and lacking resources. Murrah High School TRIP BURNS

espite some community concern, Mayor Tony Yarber is moving forward in pursuit of a Costco on Lakeland Drive where SmithWills Stadium and the Michael D. Johnson Memorial Ballpark currently sit. To do so, the city must rezone the area to allow commercial development. The state originally deeded Jackson the land under the condition that it would be used for â&#x20AC;&#x153;park purposes,â&#x20AC;? which is why Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann sent Yarber a letter Aug. 8 saying the state would become involved if the city tried to commercialize the area. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Please know the Secretary of State, as State Land Commissioner, will exercise the Stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right of reversion to any property that is rezoned and utilized for any purposes other than a park,â&#x20AC;? Hosemann wrote. In an Aug. 22 interview, Yarber told the Jackson Free Press that the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s position and their threat of reversion is simply a â&#x20AC;&#x153;non-legal opinionâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;one he is not worried will stop the development, which he said would bring about 235 jobs to Jackson, all of which start over $11 an hour. All seven members of the city council were copied on Hosemannâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s letter. Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Planning Board will meet Aug. 27 to discuss the rezoning of the land surrounding the intersection of Lakeland Drive and Interstate 55, which is currently used for museums and parks.

A fight over the property north of Lakeland Drive divides city leaders and community members and threatens Smith-Wills Stadium and the nearby baseball field.

Yet, at press time, Yarber had not communicated with Ward 7 City Councilwoman Margaret Barrett-Simon, who represents the district in which the Costco will be built if the mayor succeeds with his efforts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was told that they really didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have much information,â&#x20AC;? Barrett-Simon told the JFP. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so unusual that there has been no public engagement here.â&#x20AC;? Yarber said that such matters are dealt with in his brand of government, however. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The councilmen are aware and they are briefed, but negotiations happen on the administrative side of the table,â&#x20AC;? Yarber told the JFP last week. Instead, Yarber said he is doing everything he can to make sure â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jackson gets what

currently uses the field. Barrett-Simon doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see how that plan is plausible. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no way that you could have a Costco go in this property without taking that stadium down,â&#x20AC;? Barrett-Simon said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nobody had to tell me; I can just look at a map and figure out that it would have to come down.â&#x20AC;? A Win for Workers? Yarber did admit that the rezoning could threaten Smith-Wills in the future, which he said would benefit the city since the stadium costs $200,000 to maintain while only garnering $20,000 in revenue. â&#x20AC;&#x153;While weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re saying weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not tearing it down now, at some point if we or the man-

agement there canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t find a way to better impact the bottom line, it may be something that the city canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t continue to maintain anyway,â&#x20AC;? Yarber said. But thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not Barrett-Simonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s concern. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The issue is this is contrary to our land-use plan,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t care if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1944 or 2014 â&#x20AC;Ś our forefathers had some idea about what would be appropriate there.â&#x20AC;? Another concern with the proposed site has to do with the infrastructure of the area. Approximately 59,000 vehicles travel through the Lakeland Drive and Interstate 55 intersection each day, and the addition of a big-box retailer could increase the congestion along the thoroughfare. But it is precisely the Lakeland Drive traffic that makes it a desired location for Costco, which plans to build its first store in Mississippi. Initially, Costco, one of the top three largest retailers in the nation, reportedly showed interest in three potential locations on Lakeland Driveâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;one in Jackson and two in Flowood. However, the big-box retailer is unlikely to choose to develop on either of the Flowood sites because Rankin is a dry county. Liquor is a crucial source of revenue for Costco. A Jackson location also means that the city would benefit from its sales-tax collections, which some see as a boon after Samâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision to move to Madison. In the world of big-box retailers, Costco is considered the best when it comes to employment treatment and satisfaction. The jobs site Glassdoor conducted an employee survey this summer that, as reported by The Huffington Post, ranked Costco only slightly behind Google for companies with best PRUH&267&2VHHSDJH

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employee compensation and benefits. CEO and President Craig Jelinek is publicly in favor of a national minimum wage of $10.10 and said in 2013 that Costco has a “starting hourly wage of $11.50 in all states where we do business.” Glassdoor reported that Costco cashiers makes $15.20 an hour on average, while they average $9.37 an hour at Sam’s Club and $8.18 an hour at Target. And about 88 percent of Costco employees have companysponsored health insurance.



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ity employees could see a pay increase under a proposal from Jackson Ward 6 Councilman Tyrone Hendrix. Hendrix, who took the seat Mayor Tony Yarber formerly held, has been working on the plan for about a month. The minimum wage for city employees mirrors the national minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. Under Hendrix’s proposal, the wage would rise to $8.75 per hour within a year. The next year, it would go up to $9.70 and $10.65 Tyrone Hendrix and after three years. other council members Five other memwant pay hikes for bers of the council some city workers. are also sponsoring the ordinance. Raising the minimum wage for city employees could be a boon to the local economy despite common myths that increasing the wage would cost jobs. Information from the U.S. Department of Labor shows no discernible effect on employment and nearly 600 economists have voiced support of raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per year by 2016. Additionally, the federal minimum wage has been increased 22 times since 1938 and, in the meantime, real gross-domestic product per capita has steadily increased for 75 years, even when the minimum wage has been raised. And a raise in minimum wage isn’t only good for teenagers earning pocket money. The typical minimum wage worker isn’t in high school—studies show 88 percent of people who would benefit from a federal minimum wage increase are age 20 or older. Hendrix’s ordinance was placed in the Rules Committee for consideration.


use, the city must prove that the “character of the neighborhood has changed to such an extent as to justify reclassification.” But the establishment of the LeFleurs Museum District arguably reinforces the area as a cultural and historical site, Cleveland said. Yarber said there is enough proof that the area has changed, but would not give specific examples for fear of revealing his “legal strategy.” Cleveland wrote a letter to Jackson’s Planning Board on behalf of the Hall of Fame board urging the planners to refuse the rezoning. Because the proposed area of rezoning is larger than the land the Costco would be built on, Cleveland fears that “this rezoning effort would open a Pandora’s Box of com-

mercialization. What’s next?” he wrote in the letter. It is also unclear if Costco knows that the Jackson site is on top of a landfill, which would require adhering to additional regulations, accumulating more costs for the retailer. Cleveland, who just facilitated the construction of a storage-unit addition to the sports museum, said the construction costs were double due to the landfill underneath. Yarber said the city is working with planners to make sure the Costco “marries its environment” and doesn’t “stick out like a sore thumb,” in order to keep the area’s current character. Comment at Email Anna Wolfe at

The Salty and the Sweet by Dustin Cardon


n Aug. 20, local chef Jesse Houston and his wife Ra- covering Jackson and surrounding Central Mississippi. The chel Horn Houston officially opened their new res- brewery currently distributes in Georgia, Florida, Alabama, taurant, Saltine Oyster Bar, in the west end of Duling Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, LouiSchool (622 Duling Ave., Suite 201). siana, Virginia and Washington, D.C. Houston’s restaurant offers fresh oysters from the Gulf and “I can’t tell you how excited we are to finally begin flowing both coasts, seasonal vegetables, rare rums and 31 taps of craft in Mississippi,” SweetWater founder Freddy Bensch said in a beers from local breweries like Lucky Town Brewery, including release. “This one took a little while for us, but with our new specially flavored beers of the day and a special oyster stout that fermentation tanks online and the expanded brewhouse rockuses oyster shells as part of the brewing process. Saltine also has ing and rolling, our tasty beers will hit Mississippi shelves and a Randall system that enables infusing drafts on site. taps just in time for college football to kick off!” Saltine has seating for 100 people, an outdoor patio, and SweetWater’s lineup includes its flagship 420 Extra Pale a nautical theme featuring Ale, SweetWater IPA, antique accessories and large SweetWater Blue, Take murals inspired by classic Two Pils and SweetWastories of the sea. ter Tackle Box. All of The menu includes SweetWater’s brews will a variety of oyster dishes be available on draft such as Craig’s Oyster Stew, alongside bottles, cans wood-fired oysters, Nashand Tackle Box variety ville-style hot fried oyster, packs in off-premise oyster po’ boys and more. grocery stores and bottle Diners will also find plenty shops. of other fine seafood opA crew from Sweettions such as broiled fish Water will host sampling collar, seafood sausage, catcelebrations and sponSaltine Oyster Bar, in Fondren’s Duling Hall, is now fish and caviar, and more. sored events around the offcially open for business. Saltine is open for state beginning the week lunch and dinner Tuesday of Sept. 8 for the Jackson, through Sunday from 11 Gulfport and Biloxi areas, a.m. to 11 p.m. For reserand the week of Sept. 22 vations, call 601-955-4327 or Also for Northern Mississippi. For the full schedule and particibe sure to follow the restaurant on Facebook and Twitter. pating locations, visit SweetWater’s Facebook page. Houston contributes frequent food pieces to the Jackson Fans can also follow the brewery’s Mississippi Facebook Free Press and BOOM Jackson magazine. page for details on how to enter SweetWater’s “Catch a Trout Tap” contest, which will reward the first locals to spot their SweetWater Comes to Mississippi tap handles with free “SweetWater Schwag.” Following a $19 million expansion, Atlanta-based SweetTo learn more about SweetWater Brewing Company and Water Brewing Company, which the Brewer’s Association its full lineup, visit or follow SweetWater ranks as one of the nation’s top 20 craft breweries, is bringing its on Twitter and Instagram @sweetwaterbrew. craft-beer lineup to Mississippi starting in early September. The company will have A&B Distributing covering OxSend local Jackson metro business news tips to Dustin Carford; Mitchell Distributing covering Starkville; F.E.B. Distrib- don at Sign up for to get uting covering Gulfport and Biloxi; and Capital City Beverage breaking business news to your inbox for free. TRIP BURNS


‘Pandora’s Box’ If the Costco is to be built on the Jackson site, it will be directly next to the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. Rick Cleveland, the hall of fame and museum director, said a Costco would not match the atmosphere of the area. Susan Gerrard, the director of the nearby Mississippi Children’s Museum, also believes the proposed zoning will not promote appropriate use of the land and that “a big box store doesn’t really fit the long-range growth and development for a travel and tourism district.” Not to mention, Cleveland said the area has not changed enough to warrant a rezoning. To rezone the property for commercial

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teachers to talk to students through their computers. “They are digital natives,” Gray said of the students. “We can no longer ignore the way they learn. We have to approach them where they are.” Gray said ninth graders can experience a difficult transition to high school and be intimidated by older students, which means they require more attention. At an Alignment Jackson press conference, Gray recalled his first time in high school, walking into the building and “feeling immediately disengaged.” “What we want to be able to do now is to make sure we secure this critical time for ninth graders. Many students at this level feel overwhelmed, academically lost or intimidated by older students,” Gray said. Freshman Academy will allow high schools to address needs particular to ninth graders and better track their progress. Through Alignment, JPS will move toward the academy model, starting with ninth grade this year and transforming higher grades by the 2017-2018 school year. “In order to change the trajectory of high school and performance, we must change the way we do high school,” Gray said. While Gray touts change, Johnson would not give reason for the JPS administration firings and told the JFP it was a “personnel matter” and he was “not going to comment regarding the circumstances regarding anyone’s employment.” Gray himself chose the administrative members who were fired. Each of the employees was to receive a raise ranging from less than 1 percent to more than 7 percent starting in January. Johnson said the positions have not been filled and that no plans to fill them are in place currently. Comment at Email Anna Wolfe at

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Lessons from Ferguson by R.L. Nave

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forced by the hyper-militarized response of the 50-man-strong Ferguson Police Department. And, finally, there were those people who were angry for any number of reasons, and the Ferguson protests provided an outlet for that anger. At the darkened QuikTrip, Malik Shabazz, founder of the New Black Panther Party, urged demonstrators to start dispersing well ahead of curfew and re-assemble the following morning. Shabazz’s appeal was not well received by everyone. “Don’t come out here and try to preach that sh*t to n*ggas that live this sh*t,” one man angrily shouted in Shabazz’s direction. AP PHOTO/JEFF ROBERSON


n the first day of a declared stateof-emergency in Ferguson, Mo., it rained on and on off all night. The precipitation did little to keep people away from West Florissant Avenue, one of Ferguson’s main arteries and the epicenter of daily protests that started the day after a white police officer shot 18-year-old Michael Brown six times, killing the soonto-be college student. As governors and presidents had done before, including in 1962, to quell riots started by the integration of Ole Miss, Missouri’s Gov. Jay Nixon imposed a curfew and, eventually, activated the National Guard. Hours before the first curfew was to take effect, it was clear that a lot of people had no intention of going home. Some protesters took refuge from the downpours at the once-bustling and heavily policed QuikTrip convenience store and gas station that has since been looted and burned. Organizers, including attorneys from the National Conference of Black Lawyers, paced in front of the crowd and spoke through megaphones. “If you plan to be in Ferguson past midnight, be prepared for anything,” said one black woman with short, natural hair. Speakers gave out the telephone number to a free legal hotline for free counsel and bail in case anyone was arrested for violating the curfew. Jamilah Nasheed, an African American state senator who represents north St. Louis City, warned the demonstrators of mostly young black men and a few women that anyone taken into custody with outstanding arrest warrants or overdue child-support payments would not be able to post bond that night. Most were undeterred. I stood near two men, both their faces covered with bandanas, standing nose-to-nose, rap-battle style, trading stories about friends who were beaten or killed by police. Those men represent part of the difficulty of coping with Ferguson. After Mike Brown’s killing, some Ferguson businesses were vandalized and looted before Good Samaritans decided to stand vigil and protect the stores from further damage. When that happened, there was a lot of talk that the looters were merely exploiting the tragedy and cared nothing about seeking justice for Mike Brown. Which is partly true. Of the thousands of people who poured onto Ferguson’s streets each night, there were those who were angry about the death of Brown and want the white officer who shot him, Darren Wilson, to be charged. Then there are those, like the men at QuikTrip invoking their friends, angry about constant police harassment, which was rein-

Los Angeles shot and killed Ezell Ford, who was 25, mentally ill and also unarmed. Together, the shootings have kept alive a conversation about black males’ precarious right to exist in white America. And it also reminded us that if it could happen in these places, it can happen anywhere—including in Jackson or elsewhere in Mississippi. A Matter of Training Mississippians are paying close attention to the events in Ferguson. For some, like James Meredith, himself the center of a storm more than 50 years ago when he became the first black person to at-

St. Louis area to national organizations that self-deployed. If the protests early on seemed disorganized, it’s because many of the demonstrators are young, working-class people who have never been exposed to structured political movements. “When things like this happen, it may take a while” to get organized, Gray, 28, said. “As much as the organizers were able to accomplish in seven days was impressive.” After numerous clashes with police in the first week or so, Ferguson has returned to relative normalcy. Gray, who has worked on local political campaigns in Jackson, said the next objective, besides pressuring St. Louis

Police take up positions after being shot at Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Ferguson. Police used riot gear and tear gas and Gov. Jay Nixon ordered in the National Guard.

The sh*t to which the young man was referring includes a crushing police presence in Ferguson, which is two-thirds black but where African Americans account for 86 percent of traffic stops, 92 percent of police searches, and 93 percent of arrests, according to information the Missouri attorney general compiled in 2013. Whites in Ferguson were more often found with contraband, but still only half as likely to be arrested. A policeman killed Mike Brown in Missouri just four days after a policeman killed John Crawford, 22, in an Ohio after a receiving a 911 call about a man walking around the store with an air rifle. That was two weeks after a policeman in Staten Island, N.Y., killed Eric Garner, 43, with a chokehold. The man who made a video of the incident claimed that Garner had broken up a fight before the police showed up. Two days after Brown’s death, two policemen in

tend the University of Mississippi, sees Ferguson as an example of America’s troubled race history repeating itself. “The thing that’s happening in Ferguson, Missouri, is the most important thing that’s happened for the black race, particularly young black males, since the 1930s in Scottsboro, Ala.,” Meredith told me at the state Capitol, referring to the famous case of nine young men falsely accused of rape by two white women. Understanding the historical significance of the Ferguson uprising is what drove a handful of activists from Jackson to go to Ferguson in support of protesters and observe organizing strategies being used on the ground to adopt in Mississippi if necessary. Brittany Gray made two trips to Ferguson, the second tour consisting of streetmedic training for people exposed to tear gas and helping connect protesters from the

County prosecutors to charge Officer Darren Wilson with Mike Brown’s murder, is to empower the residents of Ferguson through voting and other political activities as well as to require more transparency for the police, including possibly requiring dashboard and wearable cameras. The Ferguson Police Department’s crushing response to protests, that in the beginning came with military-grade vehicles and weapons, has also raised questions about the militarization of small-city police departments. Gray said Ferguson should also raise questions locally about how well Mississippi law enforcement agencies are trained, particularly to handle interactions with young people. In making crime prevention a priority of his still-young administration, Mayor Tony Yarber has ruffled feathers by ordering stepped-up police roadblocks, deploy-

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ing more officers to crime hotspots and Department program that drew criticism in lic law enforcement, but I know that I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t The activists who traveled to Ferguson dismissing a municipal judge he believed had the aftermath of Ferguson have to worry about anything in Rankin say that the demographics of the capital city gone too soft on setting bonds for what he â&#x20AC;&#x153;Being Mississippi is the way it is and County penetrating it.â&#x20AC;? makes it unlikely that Jackson would expericonsidered heinous crimes. weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re real pro-gun here, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of houses Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unclear whether Jackson or Hinds ence the same kind of unrest resulting from a Yarber recently named Lee police-involved shooting. Vance, a 27-year Jackson police vetUnlike Ferguson, Jackson is a eran and longtime department No. majority-black city with a majority2, as the JPDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s permanent chief. Beblack police force, black mayor and fore he made Vanceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nomination ofblack district attorney. ficialâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the city council must approve â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think Jackson is a whole the pickâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Yarber said he wanted a other animal. In Jackson, the police wanted a chief who could connect force matches the population,â&#x20AC;? said with the community. Tyson Jackson, an organizer who â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want a situation in lived in St. Louis for five years. Jackson where our police officers are Jackson cited the May 2014 untrained, not following protocol, case involving off-duty Hinds Counand they arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t able to make the best ty Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Deputy Joshua Adams kinds of decisions in a situation like who got into a deadly fight with that,â&#x20AC;? Yarber told me when asked for basketball coach Justin Griffith, aphis observation about the unfolding parently over calls Griffith made The spot where Michael Brown, 18, was shot and killed by a policeman inside the Canfield events in Ferguson. during a 7th-grade basketball game. Green apartment complex in Ferguson, Mo., was turned into a shrine to Brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s memory. Jackson said charging with Brown was buried on Aug. 25. Gearing up Adams with murder within days Rankin County Sheriff Bryan likely kept any simmering tensions Bailey has already started planning for worst- with high-powered rifles. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been nu- County have procured any equipment between citizens and the law-enforcement case scenarios, Steve Wilson of the conserva- merous incidents where people were threat- through the Defense Department. Nei- community from boiling over. tive-funded, reported Aug. ening suicide and a vehicle like this could ther spokesmen Othor Cain of the Hinds â&#x20AC;&#x153;The response was a community re20. Rankin County is one of a handful of help us get an officer close enough to talk County Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Department, Colendula sponse. (Adams) was charged. We didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have Mississippi law enforcement agencies that, them out of it. I could pull right up to the Green of the Jackson Police Department nor to wait. There was an immediate response,â&#x20AC;? like the Ferguson Police Department, have house with this and not worry about my of- the Mississippi Department of Finance and Jackson said. obtained surplus Mine Resistant Ambush- ficersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; safety,â&#x20AC;? Bailey told Administration responded to requests for inComment at Email R.L. Protected vehicles through a U.S. Defense â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know an MRAP is overkill for pub- formation on those agencies by press time. Nave at


From Gaza to Ferguson


iss Doodle Mae: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The staff of Jojoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Discount Dollar Store are very nervous, anxious and stressed out because the Internet, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, television, radio, newspapers and magazines constantly report about wars and rumors of wars from the Gaza Strip to Ferguson, Mo. All around the world, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the same olâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; song of violence, retaliation, anger, oppression, corruption, lies, propaganda and cover-ups. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tensions are high at todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s special staff meeting. Jojo, our fearless leader, has a pleasant surprise. He invited Congressman Smokey â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Robinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; McBride to encourage his worried staff.â&#x20AC;? Congressman McBride: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Black males and families, I feel your concern about whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happening in the world and urban America. Several staff members have asked me, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Will our Ghetto Science Community become like Ferguson, Mo?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;My answer is: As long as the Ghetto Science Team and Community continue to be self-subsistent, banker Rudy McBride will provide financially challenged citizens a Let Me Hold Five Dollars National Bank Loan. Businesses like Clubb Chicken Wing, PorkN-Piggly Supermarket and Chef Fat Meatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fine Dining will offer customers nice places to eat, meet, hang out and buy groceries. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hair Did University School of Cosmetology and Vocational Studies will provide valuable career training. Security and transportation will come from folk like Rev. Cletus, Double Dutch Church Bus driver and Inspector â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Beatdownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Lipscomb, minister of safety and defense. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As long as the Ghetto Science Community remains self-sufficient and determined, everything will be everything, safe, secure, all right and a dollar at Jojoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Discount Dollar Store.â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;diversityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; August 27 - September 2, 2014 â&#x20AC;˘




Why it stinks: As Dr. Gray, who seemed stupefied by Whitwellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s question, rightly pointed out, JPS serves the kids who live in Jackson. Jackson is a city that is around 80 percent black. This racial imbalance in both Jackson and our public schools originated when thousands of white residents immediately took their kids out of Jackson Public Schools after the U.S. Supreme Court forced Mississippi to integrate in early 1970, and many fled to suburbs, taking their tax dollars with them. Most of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s remaining 18 percent white population lives in north Jackson, which is the ward Whitwell represents. So it seems to us that if thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an imbalance in JPSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; diversity, Whitwell should be asking his constituentsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;or better yet himselfâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;how to fix it, not Dr. Gray.

Media: No Oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s An â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Angelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;


ichael Brown, the 18-year-old young man whose death at the hands of a local police officer sparked two weeks of protest, was buried on Aug. 26. On the day of Brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s funeral, The New York Times published a 1,500-word piece that aimed to paint Brown as a young man â&#x20AC;&#x153;grappling with problems and promise.â&#x20AC;? John Eligon, a Kansas City-based correspondent for the Times, described Brown in the fifth paragraph of his story, as â&#x20AC;&#x153;no angel, with public records and interviews with friends and family revealing both problems and promise in his young life.â&#x20AC;? Casting Brown as less than an â&#x20AC;&#x153;angelâ&#x20AC;? sparked a torrent of criticism, both on social media and mainstream news organizationsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; opinion pages. On Twitter, users tweeted to @nytimes their relatively minor infractions, such as skipping school and taking home superfluous condiments from fast-food joints, in the event that they, like Brown, are killed by police. Eligon and the Times backpedaled, albeit unsuccessfully, and called it a poor choice of words. Other commenters later pointed out that the Times previously used more sympathetic terms to describe both serial murderer Ted Bundy and Ted Kaczynski, also known as the Unabomber. Mike Brown didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t so much as have an adult arrest record, much less kill anybody. The New York Timesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; description of Brown is part of a much wider and more troubling trend

of the way media cover the deaths of a young black men, compared to the way the same outlets cover killings of and by whites. After white men Jared Loughner and James Holmes participated in mass shootings in Arizona and Colorado, respectively, a lot of national media fell all over themselves to try to understand how these â&#x20AC;&#x153;quiet,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;highly intelligentâ&#x20AC;? young men were driven to kill. By contrast, when black men and teenagersâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;such as Brown, Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davisâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;are shot to death, the media ask what the young men did to deserve it. When itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the victim is black, media point out their failure to be angels and saints. When the victim is white, the media explain their humanity. We arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t arguing that people who commit crimes should avoid prosecution or even punishment. But imagine if, in the wake of the untimely deaths of young white people, the media went looking for all the bad things they did just prior to their deaths. It would be disgusting as well. Furthermore, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the mediaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inequitable treatment of black and white victims that feed and reinforce the very stereotypes reflected in The New York Timesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; story, continuing a never-ending cycle of intolerance, even hatred. Ferguson proved what too many already know: It is long past time for the mediaâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;all mediaâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;must rethink and retool their uneven coverage of whites and non-whites, whether theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re victims or accused of committing a crime.

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sat in the chair with the pen in my hand trembling. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If I focus on the pen,â&#x20AC;? I thought, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t break down sobbing.â&#x20AC;? Carla and I, after the birth of two children and 10 years of partnership, were sitting in a clerkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office in downtown Portland, Maine, applying for our marriage license. The Defense of Marriage Act had fallen, states were one-by-one allowing us to marry, and it was time. We knew our union would still not be legal in Mississippi, but we could at least finally receive the federal tax benefits of other married couples. We two Mississippians chose the incredible state of Maine to call our second homeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the place that welcomed us with open arms and granted us what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d longed for since the day we first met: a legal marriage. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s it like as an LGBT family in the state of Mississippi?â&#x20AC;? The Human Rights Campaign posed this question to us at a recent board meeting in Washington, D.C. They were planning for Project One Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;their entry into Mississippi, Alabama and Arkansas. We are the â&#x20AC;&#x153;finish lineâ&#x20AC;? for LGBT equal rights. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d thought about the question for a long time. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d asked friends what their experiences were, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d posed the question on social media. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s it like?â&#x20AC;? For the most part, Carla and I have a pretty idyllic life. We have healthy children in a school that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just tolerate our family, they celebrate it. We run two successful businesses, have plenty to eat, and a local airport to take us anywhere else when we just have to get away and remind ourselves itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not like this everywhere. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve purchased every legal protection money can buy: wills, trusts, executors, contracts, joint mortgages, but at the end of the day, as our attorney told us, â&#x20AC;&#x153;you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t will children to someone.â&#x20AC;? Carla has no legal rights to our children. When we went to the OB/GYN to talk about having children, there was no fertility specialist in the state who would treat us. So we went out of state. One couple we knew had driven to Atlanta every month to have treatment. Another set of friends went to New Orleans, so we chose the closer of the two. I wanted to carry themâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;it was a dream of mine, and Carla obliged me that privilege. But because she was so much younger, our doctor recommended that she be the egg donor for our in vitro fertilization procedure, so thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what we did.

Mississippi law says the birth mother is the only legal mother, and Carla has no legal rights to her biological children. Same-sex, second-parent adoption is also prohibited in Mississippi so if something happens to me, my family could take them away from her. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve spelled out our wishes in legal documents, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve written letters to supportive family members pleading for their assistance in my absence if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needed, but the fear that my family could be torn apart like that haunts me every day. In Mississippi, I told the attentive HRC board members that we live under the dark cloud of our past. Many of us were alive when the schools were desegregated. Our parents went through the violence of the riots and burning crosses and KKK marches. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just history for us; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s memory. When I say that some LGBT Mississippians are afraid to come out of the closet and live authentic lives, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not theoretical or an intellectual decisionâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;they are genuinely afraid for their lives and livelihoods. We can be fired from our jobs, thrown out of our families and churches, and beaten or publicly ridiculed for nothing more than saying who we are. And many of us have been. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s it like? We find safe places and like-minded people. We create bubbles of safety to live in, and we smile and try to fit in. We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t talk about it just like we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t talk about the horrid race relations that still exist in Mississippi or the extreme measures that had to be taken just to get to where we are today. We get up every morning and go to work, visit with friends, pay our taxes and tell ourselves, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just the way it is in Mississippi.â&#x20AC;? Carla and I are asked quite often why we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just leave. The truth is, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to pack up your children and move away from their grandparents and support network to move to another state. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to sell a home, much less a business right now in Mississippi. And at the end of the day, should anyone be forced away to leave their home in America in 2014 because someone else doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like them or theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re afraid of persecution? Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s it like living in Mississippi? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home. We simultaneously love it and stay irritated with it. And we vacation in Maine as often as we can. Joce Pritchett, owner of Pritchett Engineering and Planning LLC., helped start the â&#x20AC;&#x153;If Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re Buying, Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re Selling Campaign.â&#x20AC;?

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The State’s Mental Health Failure by Anna Wolfe

Only one security guard occupies the campus of abandoned buildings on Capers Avenue near downtown Jackson, where community-based mental-health patients used to be served.

there,” Adams said of the homeless shelter. “So I’ve been enjoying it outside.” He’s been diagnosed, as he said, with paranoid schizophrenia and depression. He is able to get medication from the Opportunity Center director, Christie Burnett. Doctors from St. Dominic Hospital told Adams after the last time he was admitted there that the medication is working. Adams has been institutionalized more than three times, including at Mississippi State Hospital at Whitfield, an inpatient mental-health hospital, but he doesn’t need to be. It is better for Adams to be part of a community, like the one at the Opportunity Center, where he interacts all day with the staff and other homeless people there. He said his days partly consist of playing basketball and lifting the bricks outside like weights. “I eat lunch. I smoke cigarettes. I’m waiting on a lawyer to get my compensation—my mental health check, my SSI (Supplemental Security Income)—and Mrs. Christie is helping me get my food stamps. I’ll eat lunch. I’ll stay here. I’ll drink the coffee, talk to people here,

smoke cigarettes outside, play cards, read the books,” Adams said. The other homeless people who receive checks offer Adams cigarettes and coffee when he’s out. “There’s decent people here,” he said. But he needs more. In fact, Burnett said, the medications Adams is receiving are “nothing compared to what he needs,” suggesting he’d be a lot better off in a case-management program and with additional community services. Unfortunately for Adams and the many people in his situation, mental-health services for people living in the community are lacking in the state of Mississippi. Burnett said Adams was again institutionalized at MSH on Aug. 26, a few weeks after he spoke to the JFP. Adams said he has never lived in group home or participated in community-based mental-health services. “I’d like to. I’d love to do that,” he said. Adams said doctors from St. Dominic never told him about community-based services— just told him to take his medication. Like most people in his situation, Adams had been referred to Hinds Behavioral Health Services—an outpatient mental health

clinic—but getting to its location in west Jackson is difficult for people like Adams. “I didn’t make it to Hinds Behavioral. I didn’t have a ride,” Adams said. “All I knew was what they told me at St. Dominic when I left.” A Vacant Campus Adams’ eyes lit up when told about Mississippi State Hospital’s Community Services Division, which provided community-based patients mental-health care, drop-in appointments, and even a place for homeless people to bathe and wash clothes. He didn’t know about it. The light in his face faded when he learned the program closed May 1, 2014. MSH and the Department of Mental Health decided to close the program after a deficit in funds. Just a few blocks from the Opportunity Center and in walking distance from an area of town where many homeless people congregate, a campus of abandoned buildings withers away. Its only occupant is a lone security guard who deters PRUH+($/7+VHHSDJH

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hen Joe Adams talks, his words leave his mouth so quickly they fall over themselves, but he doesn’t appear frantic. The wrinkles on his face, around his eyes, fold and overlap as his expression changes. His scratchy golden goatee surrounds a warm, closed-lip smile when he’s listening. The tips of his index finger and thumb are burnt black. He said it’s from smoking down his cigarettes too far. “I’ve got a pretty bad cigarette habit,” Adams said. It’s almost as bad as his coffee habit—but smoking cigarettes and drinking coffee are the way most mentally ill and homeless people like him get by. Adams isn’t living in a shelter right now. Instead, he spends his days at the Opportunity Center in downtown Jackson and his nights on the street. “I’ve been staying outside for a while. I’ve been enjoying it. You know you can’t smoke cigarettes and drink coffee in



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trespassers. The brick buildings probably claim community services were never in adults with severe mental illness they had didn’t look any nicer when they were inhab- line with the mission of the facility. no history with. It was clear to Weems that ited by patients, but the overgrown grass and But for McNair and other mental- MSH at Whitfield served patients who were empty parking lot tell a story of 120 people health professionals, the division closure using MSH’s Community Services when suffering from mental illness who were itself isn’t the most disconcerting ele- they became ill, saying that MSH’s “service stripped of essential services. ment of MSH’s decision to do away with delivery was kind of insular.” But the closure Since 1986, MSH Community Ser- its community-based care. forced them to find other providers. vices served mentally ill members of the “My biggest concern is: Where are MSH apparently transferred the pacommunity who didn’t need to be institutionalized with outpatient care including case management, counseling, rehabilitation, and access to laundry and bathing facilities. The Community Services Division had buildings in downtown Jackson in close proximity to the Stewpot and the Opportunity Center—two facilities that help feed and provide services to the homeless community. A case-management program called Project for Assistance and Transition from Homelessness (PATH) operated in what was called the Jimmy Stubbs House located at 350 Capers Ave. and offered extensive outreach to the homeless and mentally ill community. The division also operated Community Living Services, consisting of two group homes—Villa Hope and Crossroads—and a transitional rehabilitation home called the Mental Illness and Chemically Addicted Recovery Opportunity Center Director Christie Burnett knows all about how mental illness affects Environment (MICARE). the homeless community in Jackson. Many of the clients she serves do not know about or receive necessary services.

Hard to Swallow In 2013, MSH decided, with help from the Mississippi Department of Mental Health, to close their community-based services and prioritize their acute inpatient care at Whitfield. Lynn McNair, longtime mental-health advocate and former director of Mental Health Association of the Capital Area, doesn’t quite buy this explanation. “The Community Services Division of Mississippi State Hospital has been in existence for 30 years. All of a sudden, they decided that their primary focus all along had been acute care for people in the hospital. But these services had been in place for 30 years, so it’s a little hard to swallow. This is about money,” McNair said. The decision came after a decrease in funds in recent years, including legislative budget slashes in appropriation bills over a six year period. DMH cited the budget cuts as a motivator behind prioritizing acute inpatient care at MSH over community-based care, like the care provided at the Capers Avenue location. MSH and DMH claim the closure allows them to operate within their current financial means and focus funds on inpatient care. Ultimately, hospital officials

the 120 people that were in the program?” McNair said. Not even the Department of Mental Health knows exactly where all of the mentally ill patients who were using MSH’s Community Services have gone since the closure. This is why McNair filed a complaint with an agency called PEER (Performance Evaluation Expenditure Review), which conducts investigations and publishes reports. Working with the agency is the Joint Legislative Committee on PEER made up of Mississippi legislators—seven representatives and seven senators. Falling Through the Cracks Throughout PEER’s investigation, the agency found that “MSH could not readily determine where clients” from MSH Community Services “were located or where they were going.” Julia Weems, who was a social worker at St. Dominic’s Behavioral Health until July, witnessed mentally ill patients who “fell through the cracks” due to the Community Services closure. St. Dominic began to admit patients they had never even seen before—

tients who were living in Community Services group homes—around 13 patients according to the PEER report—to personalcare homes in the area. While MSH provided health services to patients in its Community Living Services program, those patients would have to find a new provider once they were in a personal-care home, but the transition has not been easy. “We definitely saw cases of people who had been transferred from the group homes to various personal-care homes around the city who just fell apart, who just decompensated because they had been doing well and were stable for many years in the situation they were in,” Weems said. An environmental transition like this, Weems said, is exceptionally difficult for a person suffering mental illness. “I don’t know what kind of follow-up services or transitional support these folks had,” Weems said. One patient in particular, who was let go from Community Services, had such a difficult transition that when he ended up in PRUH+($/7+VHHSDJH

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he Community Services Division of MSH started serving patients with mental illness out in the community in 1986. This was so that those patients could remain outside of institutions and maintain a better quality of life. Support and Therapeutic Services Case management Nursing Psycho-educational counseling Transportation Psychosocial rehabilitation Community living Community integration Psychiatric medication Community Living Services Villa Hope—A 15-bed group home Crossroads—A 10-bed group home MICARE (Mental Illness and Chemically Addicted Recovery Environment)—A transitional substance abuse rehabilitation and treatment home Community Integration Program Served patients who received services from MSH inpatient services or Jaquith Nursing Home with day and overnight services. Jimmy Stubbs House Also known as Project for Assistance and Transition from Homelessness (PATH). A case management program for the homeless and mentally ill. Extensive outreach Psychiatric medication monitoring Case management services Drop-in services: laundry and bathing facilities and referral and information services SOURCE: PEER REPORT

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the care of Weems, he couldn’t communicate where he was from, his background, his health history or any of his family’s contact information. After a while he was able to get Weems in touch with his mother. “The poor woman had no idea where he was for a month. She had been contacted by somebody at State Hospital saying they were moving him to a different group home. She said nobody ever followed up with her to tell her where he went,” Weems said. Weems found it extremely disconcerting that this man’s mother did not know where her mentally ill son was. Weems doesn’t claim that what MSH did to their patients was as extreme as “throw people to the streets”—as some mental-health advocates have suggested. Still, she is concerned that vulnerable adults are not fully protected. “I don’t understand how they negotiated this transition, how they planned for the ease of transition for these people who were dependent on them—who needed protection, who needed extra support. Not to mention the burden that the closure of Community Services has — placed on Hinds Behavioral Health,” Weems said. Ophelia Kelly, director of treatment services at Hind Behavioral Health Services, told the Jackson Free Press that they received approximately 100 patients from MSH Community Services. Kelly claims the influx has not put a great burden on Hinds Behavioral, since taking in new patients is what they do on a normal basis. Hinds Behavioral Special Projects Director Kahne Simmons confirmed this. “It’s not a new function for us it’s just been a (greater) case load,” Simmons said. Weems, however, disagreed. “I’ve talked to people who work there who have talked to me anecdotally about how hard it is to work all these folks into case management and to intake. They’re already overburdened,” Weems said. She wasn’t surprised that Hinds Behavioral officials would try to put the situation in a more optimistic light than it deserves. Rep. Becky Currie, R-Brookhaven, who is on the PEER committee, said the DMH has a sort of hold over the community mental-health centers, like Hinds Behavioral. “The community mental health is under their thumb—they’re adversaries and they don’t get along. The Department of Mental Health have their thumb on the community


mental health’s money,” Currie said. Additionally, Hinds Behavioral is located on U.S. Highway 80 in west Jackson, which makes appointments there inconvenient for people who normally received services in their immediate communities, especially homeless clients who used the Jimmy Stubbs House, which is just off West Capital St. near Stewpot. Just because Hinds Behavioral received patients from Community Services—half of which Kelly said did not come with medical history, does not mean they are receiving services from them as often as they did from Community Services. Heather Ivery, director of business administration at Stewpot, expressed concerns over patients’ inability to go to Hinds Behavioral or other outpatient facilities. For people facing mental illness, changing doctors is a huge change. “You can refer somebody anywhere, but if they’re in this mental state already, a lot of times they’re not trusting. You know, change is never easy, and if you already have a mental illness on top of that, change can be real difficult. “So whether or not these clients—even that I’ve talked to that say they’ve been referred—are going to go to Hinds Behavioral is a whole other ball game,” Ivery said.

“The Department of Mental Health have their thumb on the community mental health’s money.” Rep. Becky Currie

Shut the Doors MSH spokesman Adam Moore declined to set up interviews with MSH officials for this story, but emailed a statement stating that other community-based care providers are serving all community-based patients and that “MSH transition coordinators will track each individual for one year to ensure continuity of services and transition to new service providers.” However, the PEER report states that MSH has no system in place to track patients to see that they have been transferred to other providers smoothly. Maria Hamblin, executive director at My Father’s House of Freedom, said a phone call was the extent of MSH’s tracking of her clients—all of whom were Community Services patients. “I did receive a phone call from someone there that I had not worked with before just wanting to make sure that the clients had gone on to get services, but that’s been all for that,” Hamblin said. My Father’s House is a transitional PRUH+($/7+VHHSDJH

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Out of Compliance MSH and DMH also claim that the state hospital only began the Community Services Division 30 years ago because no one else was providing community-based care in the area and that redirecting their resources to inpatient care was the best use of their funds presently. But under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, the state has an obligation to serve mentally ill members of the community with services in the most integrated setting possible. That is, they are not to institutionalize patients unless it is absolutely necessary. In the 1999 U.S. Supreme Court decision Olmstead v. L.C., the court determined that inappropriate institutionalization of mentally ill patients, who could be participating in the commu-

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‘Most Integrated Setting,’ Defined


The U.S. Department of Justice defends “the most integrated setting” as one that provides individuals with disabilities “opportunities to live, work, and receive services in the greater community, like individuals without disabilities. Integrated settings are located in mainstream society; offer access to community activities and opportunities at times, frequencies and with persons of an individual’s choosing; afford individuals choice in their daily life activities; and, provide individuals with disabilities the opportunity to interact with non-disabled persons to the fullest extent possible.”

nity, constitutes discrimination under Title II of ADA. Christy Dunaway, director of Living Independence for Everyone (LIFE), said this is the crucial court decision in determining how to treat mentally ill patients. “Olmstead focuses more on the state,

Mississippi Psychiatric Association, said none of Mississippi’s attempted plans has truly improved mental-health care delivery in the state and that it would require a complete overhaul. “Mental-health care in our state is in a state of chaos right now,” Ladner said. TRIP BURNS

home for those suffering substance abuse, many of whom got involved in drugs and alcohol due to their mental illness. Fortunately for the eight to 10 Father’s House clients discharged from Community Services, Hamblin collaborated with Community Services to help choose their new provider and facilitate their transfer to either Hinds Behavioral or Mission First in Jackson. Still, the transition has not been easy. “It’s been a great loss for us,” Hamblin said. She also said the fees that Hinds Behavioral charges have created an issue for her and her clients. Hamblin did say the hospital has been helpful in facilitating the transfer for her clients, but that there is “not a real good alternative for the type of care they were getting there, which was very good,” Hamblin said of Community Services. “It’s like they just shut the doors, and that was it,” Weems said.


Lynn McNair, long-time mental health advocate, took her complaints about Mississippi State Hospital’s Community Services closure to PEER, which conducted an investigation that was critical of MSH’s actions.

so it’s the state that is obligated to have more home and community services—of course, it’s the state hospital at Whitfield,” Dunaway said. In this way, Olmstead puts a greater responsibility on the state hospital to provide community services. Dunaway said that the state, in this situation, is being represented by the Department of Health, which is the entity in charge of the operations by MSH. She said she is also under the impression that the state is making strides toward more community-based care and less institutionalization—but that doesn’t align with Whitfield closing its Community Services Division and redirecting funds to inpatient care. “That’s going completely backwards from where we started,” Dunaway said. In a formal response to the Olmstead decision, the state created the 2001 Mississippi Access to Care (MAC) plan—a comprehensive approach to getting those with mental disabilities back out into the community and helping them live and work in the most integrated setting appropriate for their condition. MAC also recommended implementing a system for tracking the state’s mental-health clients, but according to the PEER report, DMH has not done so. Angela Ladner, executive director at

“There are a lot of providers and entities that are vested in the outcome, but there truly is no strategic approach that is coordinated and evidence-based to get us where we need to go.” In 2011 the U.S. Department of Justice found Mississippi in violation of Title II of ADA by failing to provide Mississippians mental-health care in the most integrated setting appropriate. The DOJ recommended that the state facilitate more communitybased services. In response, DMH requested additional funds for fiscal year 2013, but the funds were not appropriated. “Until there is a true dialogue, a true designated comprehensive strategic approach to what needs to be done, we’re going to remain in chaos. We’re going to continue to have lawsuits filed. It’s just not helping anyone,” Ladner said. The Legislature did, however, appropriate $10 million for community-based services for fiscal year 2014 and $16.1 million for fiscal year 2015. The money, DMH officials say, was spent increasing community-based mental health services in the state. The budget was spent on things like developing mobile crisis response teams, Programs of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT) teams and adding additional regional crisis beds for individuals with an

intellectual or developmental disability (IDD) and 200 waiver slots to the Home and Community Based Waiter to increase services for that community in need. But Ladner doesn’t believe DMH is using the money in the best way to benefit the mentally ill. “The patients are being denied what the money is there to do,” Ladner said. “There are many that we have heard that have been dropped into the street, have taken shelter at Stewpot, sometimes just wandering the streets.” “It’s abominable,” Ladner said. This ‘Crazy’ Contract After deciding community-based care was outside MSH’s primary mission, the state hospital entered into a contract in December 2013 with Key Behavioral Essentials, which was operating under the name Guided Steps Healthcare, to take over the operations of Community Services. The company, which originates in Louisiana but also appears to have had locations in Florida and North Carolina, is a privately operated mental health-care provider. Rep. Currie says the company is on the “Do Not Do Business” list in Louisiana. The company’s headquarters in New Orleans did not return phone calls to the JFP. The contract with MSH states Guided Steps was to “ensure a safe, therapeutic and orderly transition of services” for patients of MSH Community Services from Jan. 6 to June 30, 2014. MSH agreed to pay Guided Steps the Medicaid rate for services provided to individuals without insurance up to $45,000. Because the contract was for less than $50,000, MSH did not have to seek the approval of the Personal Service Contract Review Board, which would have subjected the contract to a set of rules and regulations. The contract itself is hard to follow—and that, McNair said, is by design. “It’s so complicated, and they made it that way on purpose,” McNair said. The PEER report was critical of MSH’s decision to employ a private health-care provider to facilitate the transfer of patients in the Community Services Division since a number of community mental-health centers (CMHC)—which provide the services MSH sought—already exist. In the report, PEER notes that the most recent DMH report indicates that the department primarily contracts CMHCs to provide community services in the state. Kelly from Hinds Behavioral said she doesn’t know why MSH entered into the contract with Guided Steps instead of Hinds Behavioral, which has the capacity to take over the services that Community Services delivered. “State Hospital never asked us to PRUH+($/7+VHHSDJH



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the company to use state buildings, equipment and staff that provided an additional benefit to Guided Steps beyond the amount of the contract. “Essentially, the contract would have allowed Guided Steps to expand its busiTRIP BURNS

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at least the option.” In the Rose Isabel Williams Mental Health Reform Act, enacted by Mississippi Legislature in 2011, the state mandated that DMH and the community mental-health centers work together to develop a plan for delivery of mental-health services to the state. But when it comes to contracting a provider to pick up the pieces of MSH’s closure, the department decided to privatize. “Instead, we get this crazy contract. You have to wonder what was behind that,” Currie said. Guided Steps, however, did not have any of its own buildings, vehicles or computers. It also did not have a proof of physical location or a staffing plan that proved they could provide necessary services. In fact, the company did not meet the basic requirements that DMH sets forth for contract such as these. The executive director, Christopher Key, did not have a master’s degree in a mental health or related field as DMH requires, nor did the department verify his credentials. On his application, he indicated he did have the required master’s degree. Key was unable to be reached for this story, but he has since resigned as the registered agent for Key Behavioral Essentials as recorded with Mississippi’s Secretary of State. Because Guided Steps did not have necessary resources, MSH agreed to allow

ness in the state,” the PEER report stated. “PEER believes that this type of contract is not good public policy, because it uses taxpayer dollars to fund private enterprise.” McNair said she has talked to MSH employees who have said the closure and the seemingly mysterious contract with

Guided Steps has created a situation that is “much worse than anyone knows.” “What they’ve done, they sold the patients. They’ve stepped back and basically given them to this agency nobody knows a thing about,” McNair said, relaying something she had been told. During the course of the PEER investigation, DMH determined that Guided Steps had acted unethically and, due to that, DMH terminated the contract on April 12, 2014. Many people in the mental health community don’t understand why MSH and DMH contracted with Guided Steps in the first place, but most are skeptical it has to do with money. Currie urges people who want the truth to “follow the money,” while McNair claims, “It’s a payback for somebody I just don’t know who.” Costs Not Absorbed The location of MSH Community Services’ former patients isn’t the only concern of health advocate Lynn McNair. She also wonders where the employees of Community Services have gone now that MSH only provides inpatient care. “Where are the employees? They aren’t trained to do inpatient work. None of them are qualified for inpatient work,” McNair said. Interestingly, MSH did not fire employees of Community Services in order to reduce costs as they claimed their goal was to do. According to the PEER report, the division employed 53 staffers as of March 4, 2014. MSH could have eliminated positions through what is known as a RIF, or a reduction in force, which would have allowed them to administratively dismiss employees and direct funds to provide additional community services. This would have been in compliance with the Mississippi Access to Care plan.

Instead, “the department chose to transfer the employees to MSH acute inpatient care.” The PEER report also states that by keeping the employees of Community Services, but closing the division, they eliminated the services “but retained the costs associated with its staff, did not improve its financial position, and the department could not use those resources to move toward providing additional community-based services.” When it comes to the Department of Mental Health, Currie has “never seen anyone be a master of deception with a budget like them,” she said. Ladner said this illustrates exactly her frustrations with the state of mental health care in Mississippi. “My concern has been that over the course of numerous years we’ve seen a lot of closures and changes, but we really haven’t been given any rationale or seen any improvement based on those closures,” Ladner said. Employees contacted by the JFP were unwilling to go on record regarding their transfer, but the PEER report stated that employees received little communication regarding the elimination of their Community Services positions and whether positions in inpatient care at Whitfield suited their backgrounds and experience. “Where’s the accountability in that? There is none. And the Legislature should be ashamed they let this continue year after year after year without asking the appropriate questions, and now you’ve got the elected officials that are members of PEER asking the questions that should have been asked by the appropriations committee and the heads and the leaders that are making these decisions. “It’s just been an injustice,” Ladner said. Comment at Email Anna Wolfe at

An excerpt of the response from the Department of Mental Health to PEER: “DMH allocates its resources for community mental health services to providers whose primary mission is to provide community services, not inpatient acute care. As MSH’s general fund appropriation declined, DMH directed MSH to live within its means, and that included a refocus on MSH’s core mission of inpatient acute mental health services. Transition of the individuals CSD serves to other community providers, redirecting CSD resources back into hospital operations, and movement of CSD staff to needed and hard-to-fill positions at the hospital were necessary outcomes of that refocus. Also, the Department of Finance and Administration had indicated the rent charged for CSD facilities may be increasing from a nominal $10 total per year, to $12 per square foot per year (the Capital Facilities customary rate) and the individuals they served. No money was ‘saved’ by the closure of the CSD; rather, the closure of CSD allowed MSH to reduce the cost of their current operations in order to live within their appropriation. “DMH and MSH were disappointed that PEER included in the draft report certain editorial comments disparaging DMH and MSH staff motives and commitment toward the individuals we serve. Such opinions and comments are not in keeping with what should be a factual and qualitative audit. PEER began its review of the CSD’s closure in the midst of the transition process. Because of this, DMH and MSH believe some opinions were mistakenly clouded by the fears of transitioning employees and advocates unconnected with the transition process. In some instances, PEER staff questioned actions as they were being conducted and planned, rather than evaluating and reviewing those actions after the fact. As a result of the timing of this review, DMH and MSH staff were required to direct an inordinate amount of time and staff resources toward answering PEER staff inquiries, rather than properly directing those resources toward the task at hand.” —Department of Mental Health Executive Director, Edwin C. LeGrand

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his year, Fondren has seen restaurants like Nick’s and Miso close their doors. While local favorites are always missed, these closings are an opportunity for the spaces to be filled with something new. Surin of Thailand, a Thai food franchise based in Atlanta, will move into the building that formerly housed Nick’s and will fill in the gap in Asian cuisine offerings that Miso left when it closed. Surin of Thailand has six locations, and the upcoming venture in Jackson will be No. 7. The first of the restaurants opened in Atlanta in 1990, and the others have popped up all over the southeast in the years since. Birmingham, Knoxville, Tuscaloosa and Huntsville are all home to a franchise. Fondren’s foodies should expect a more refined dining experience at Surin of Thailand than what they are used to at local Thai places. The chain is more upscale, and consequently, a bit more expensive than your favorite hole-in-the-wall Asian eatery. Like those places, the restaurant will serve authentic Thai noodle dishes like satay and curry, but it will also have a sushi bar, full martini menu, wine by the glass and desserts made from scratch. Paid advertising section. Call 601-362-6121 x11 to list your restaurant

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COFFEE HOUSES Cups Espresso Café (Multiple Locations, Jackson’s local group of coffeehouses offer a wide variety of espresso drinks. Wi-fi. BARS, PUBS & BURGERS Capitol Grill (5050 I-55 North, Deville Plaza 601-899-8845) Best Happy Hour and Sports Bar in Town. Kitchen Open Late pub food 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. 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. 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allows them to better treat patients who, due to the stigmas associated with the disease, never receive the treatment they need. “Our goal is really just to get people into the mindset of coming to the doctor and not being afraid,” Gipson says. “… They are confused about what’s going on right now in the health-care arena. This is a place where people know they can come and be seen and start getting their health on track.” In an effort to treat more patients who are afraid to seek care, the clinic also offers mental-health services. Gipson says that due to the shame that many LGBT people feel in seeking health care, clinical TRIP BURNS

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ith the fight for LGBT equality and a lack of Medicaid expansion at the forefront of the Mississippi politics, Open Arms Healthcare Center could not have been created at a better time. The state’s first LGBT clinic is also the first to have health services tailored to transgender patients. “Health is a great equalizer,” says Dr. June Gipson, president and CEO of Open arms. “If I can get you healthy, you’ll know how to fight for your rights.” Although the clinic fights for the health-equity for the LGBT community, Gipson says it is going to take the collaboration of all efforts to bring complete equality. Gipson says the clinic, which started in February 2013, will help combat legislation that she attributes to a “point of chaos with our government,” like SB 2681, which could allow for discrimination against the LGBT community. Open Arms deals with common and chronic health problems, with a staff that addresses the needs of men’s and women’s health, despite issues of insurance accessibility in the state. Gipson says that the clinic is a lifeline for people who do not fit the state or federal governments’ health care criteria. “We created a place that anyone can come to regardless of their sexuality, their gender or their ability to pay and not just focus on when they are sick, but we provide more preventative care,” Gipson says. That preventative care comes in the form of “Becoming a Healthier U,” a program that allows anyone to come to the clinic for free testing of their blood glucose levels, cholesterol, body mass index (BMI), blood pressure and HIV testing, as well as a full STD panel. Preventative care is also included in their sexual health services, which is one of the major reasons for the clinic. She says that preventative care helps combat many of the major health issues concerning the LGBT community, especially HIV, as well as other chronic and infectious diseases. “HIV has started to change,” Gipson says. “The virus—what we know about it—(has) changed. How you prevent it has changed. It became evident to me that we needed to do more because just giving out condoms isn’t going to work anymore. You’re going to have to be able to do more intensive things.” Because of the major health issues in the LGBT community, preventative care allows the clinic to combat much of the misconceptions about HIV and ultimately

As CEO and president of Open Arms Healthcare, Dr. June Gipson looks to aid minority groups and the needy in Jackson by providing preventative health care, including HIV and STD screenings, to them.

treatment will not completely help LGBT patients until they are in a position to accept the aid on a mental level. “Servicing someone with a prescription and a pill bottle—that’s great, and it does what it needs to do, but you also have to get into the mind,” Gipson says. “They have to want to take that medication and feel worthy and deserving of living and deserving of health.” In addition to physical and mental health care, the clinic works with the Mississippi Food Network to offer a food pantry for anyone who need it or may not be getting the proper nutrition. Gipson says that she would like to see the clinic continue to expand both in the clinical and preventative realm, the joining of which is the model of good health care, she says. She is also hopeful that the recent momentum for LGBT rights will go on to aid in the expansion of this clinical-preventative model across the state as a whole. The Open Arms Healthcare Center is located at 500 E. Woodrow Wilson Ave. For hours of operation, call 601-500-7660 or visit

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harleston, S.C., musician Curt Heiny performs mance always includes an awesome light show, his music is it,” Heiny says. “My friend Andrew Smith, who’s been with about 150 shows per year as Archnemesis, and he guaranteed to make you move, and—his most exceptional me for about three years, is my permanent light designer plans to unleash a full sensory attack on Jackson at trait—he advocates a drug-free EDM environment. (and) production manager.” Smith built the lighting rig to Martin’s Aug. 29. The electronic-dance music artist As Archnemesis, Heiny feels the pulse of the EDM his own specifications so that Heiny would have a completewith a sound described as “electro hip-hop soul” says early community, and sees its best and worst sides. “There’s just ly original light show for his performances. exposure to a mix of genres led to his EDM creations. so much rampant drug use, so I’m trying to use music and Archnemesis may be tackling club scenes now, but Classically trained on the cello since childhood, create an environment where people don’t feel as though he’s already set his eyes on the next conquest: Hollywood. Heiny spent his teenage years listening to punk, metal and rock before becoming passionate about jazz in college at the University of North Carolina, where he studied music theory and composition from 2006 to 2007. The 37-year-old multi-instrumentalist is equally comfortable playing clubs or symphony halls but feels most at home playing upright bass in jazz trios and quartets. “I play a lot of jazz when I’m not doing Archnemesis, so the jazz influence, I think, comes into the overall sound,” Heiny says. “As long as my fingers will allow me, I’ll always play jazz.” Archnemesis performs Demonstrating that his eclectic taste at 10 p.m. at Martin’s is still intact, Heiny says he would love to Restaurant and Bar work with Thom Yorke from Radiohead, (214 S. State St., Les Claypool from Primus, country artists 601-354-9712), like Zac Brown, pop artists like Katy Perry, Friday, Aug. 29. Visit and fellow EDM artist Avicii, who has also dabbled in the country-laced EDM sound to download all of his Heiny wants to explore as Archnemesis. music for free. Heiny first cut his electronic chops with a band called Telepath before forming Archnemesis about five years ago with friend Justin Aubuchon, who left the duo in 2013 to focus on family. And then Archnemesis became a one-man show, but apparently that’s South Carolina electro artist Archnemesis is a full sensory performer with a penchant for powerhouse light shows. enough to command the growing throng of fans—the “Nemesis Army”—who flock to Archnemesis’ live shows. The transition to performing solo gave Heiny “the they have to come and eat a bunch of drugs to have a good Heiny’s music is featured in documentaries and indie films freedom to be able to do more live, to change directions time,” he says. “It should be about the music and being such as “Forever Brooklyn,” “Selfie” and “The Drop: The if I want to as opposed to having two people and trying to able to feel welcomed in an environment where everybody’s EDM Cultural Explosion,” which explores the growth of coordinate what we are going to do (and play),” he says. there for the music.” the electronic-music scene. Archnemesis is amassing a nationwide following for The music and the lights, that is. “With electronic muHeiny is currently working on new Archnemesis maseveral reasons. He has a sweet afro, his music is free (“Al- sic, having lights behind you, especially if you have a good terial for his first solo release, which fans may be able to 29 ways has been, always will be,” Heiny says), his perfor- light guy, accentuates the songs, and that’s the point behind download as early as next spring.




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inger-songwriter Amanda Shires, 32, received her musical education in the fertile plains of west Texas. She grew up in Lubbock, the same town that gave us Buddy Holly, Delbert McClinton, Natalie Maines of The Dixie Chicks and her father, Lloyd Maines. Shires is aware of the rich musical tradition she comes from, but she is also moving forward, forging her own style and voice. She has released five albums to date, including her most recent one, 2013â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Down Fell The Doves.â&#x20AC;? She married fellow songwriter Jason Isbell from north Alabama last year, and the newlyweds shared the stage when his tour stopped in Jackson. Shires will take center stage this time around when she performs at Duling Hall Aug. 31. One of your first major gigs was with the legendary Texas Playboys. How did that happen?

When I was 12, I started learning fiddle from a man named Lanny Fiel out of Lubbock. He was associated with Frankie McCourter of the Playboys. I started hanging out with Frankie at the ranch and learning fiddle tunes. After that, I just started getting invited to shows to play. It was pretty awesome, but I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t realize how awesome it was at the time. It was like having seven granddads. What was it like being so young and the only girl in the band?

The key to that kind of stuff is to just go with the flow. As far as being the kid or girl, I never noticed, because I had nothing else to compare it to. I appreciate it when anybody remembers who they are, because they are really wonderful and important. One of the best things about it was not only playing the music, but sometimes at dinner, I would end up with four or five ice creams or Jell-Os!

What informs your own songwriting style?

I guess I write, like (Kris) Kristofferson likes to say, â&#x20AC;&#x153;part truth, part fiction.â&#x20AC;? For me, I like to stick with what I know. Your own experiences or stories that move you to write. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pull them out of the air. That would be nice because it would be easier, less personal. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like a commonality. I may have an experience and later find out that a friend had the same thing. I think thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the point of music: to not feel like youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re the only one who feels a certain way. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nice to be in a room at a show, and look around be able to say, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Man, these are a whole lot of people who are a lot like me.â&#x20AC;? How did you go from 2011â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Carrying Lightningâ&#x20AC;? to last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Down Fell The Doves?â&#x20AC;?

I would hope that most people who make music would try to do something better than the work they did before. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know if (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dovesâ&#x20AC;?) is better or not, honestly. For â&#x20AC;&#x153;Carrying Lightning,â&#x20AC;? I did that in Nashville with people I had used before on records. I wrote all isolated, by myself. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s different about â&#x20AC;&#x153;Down Fell The Dovesâ&#x20AC;? is that Jason and I were seeing each other, and we werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t getting any writing done. We decided that we â&#x20AC;Ś (would) go into separate rooms and write. After weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d get done with a song, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d come and hang out, play the song for each other. Then weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d go back to doing all the fun stuff you do thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not very productive. What is the dynamic like, being married and both being writers?

Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re also associated with songwriter Rod Picott. What did you take away from that experience?

I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interesting. I think we learned really quickly how to communicate and discuss tough topics with each other, maybe a little quicker (than) had we not been songwriters. We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have any competitive nature; we both want whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best for the song. We also trust each other enough to say what we think and give an honest opinion.

Rodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of my closest friends; I pretty much consider him family. We did one record together (2009â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sew Your Heart With Wiresâ&#x20AC;?). I am a huge fan of lyrics, and working with him, I got to see what his process was for writing songs. I admire the way he pays attention to details. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a road warrior. That man drives really far.

Amanda Shires performs with The Wilde at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave., 601-292-7121), Sunday, Aug. 31, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance from and $15 at the door. Visit for more information.


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The W.C. Gorden Classic starts at 6 p.m. at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium (2531 N. State St.). The Jackson State University Tigers take on the Florida A&M Rattlers. $25-$50; call 601-979-2420;


The “Karma” Premier Screening Extravaganza is 5 p.m. at the Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). Screenings for J. Lee Productions’ film are at 6 p.m., 7:45 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. Other activities include a red-carpet event at 5 p.m., a Q&A session at 8 p.m. and a fashion mixer at 9 p.m. $15 in advance, $20 day of event, $30 VIP; call 960-2321; … Amanda Shires performs at 7:30 p.m. at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). The skilled fiddler has been playing since age 10. The Wilde also performs. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. All-ages show. Adults must accompany children. $12 in advance, $15 at the door, $3 surcharge for patrons under 21; call 601-292-7999; email;

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Downtown Jazz is from 7-9 p.m. at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Local jazz and blues musicians perform. $5, free for members; call 601-9601515;



“Lunch and Learn Series: Risk Management Tips” is at noon-1 p.m. at Mississippi Center for Nonprofits (201 W. Capitol St., Suite 700). This event teaches how to identify and appreciate risks, and to take actions to minimize these risks. Lunch provided. Registration required. $15, $5 members; call 601-968-0061;





The Old School Greek Affair is at 9 p.m. at Rain Event Hall (3243 Medgar Evers Blvd.). The Mu Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity hosts the party as part of Big Blu Weekend. It includes music from DJ Phingaprint, DJ Sean Mac and Blk Sunday. Free “Blu Juice” while it lasts. $5; call 601-918-4350. … The Midtown T-Shirt Pop-up Store is from 5-8 p.m. at the North Midtown Arts Center (121 Millsaps Ave.). Hosted by the China Ink T-Shirt Factory, the event includes drinks, music and shirt designs from local Jackson owners of Sneakerboxx, sadiedaily and Indecenteez. Members of Midtown Models showcase the products. Free; call 372-8088; email


First Tuesday Lecture is from noon-1 p.m. at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). Michael J. Andres of the University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Lab speaks on the topic “Utilizing Parasites as a Tool to Investigate Ecological and Evolutionary Relationships in the Marine Environment.” ($6, $5 seniors, $4 ages 3-18, children Under 3 and members free); call 601-576-6000; … Christopher Houlihan’s Solo Recital is from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church (1390 N. State St.). Free; call 353-8316; email; COURTESY ALI WINBERRY



Downtown Jazz brings the best in Jackson jazz and blues to the Mississippi Museum of Art, Aug. 28.



“Blue Mondays” is from 7:15 p.m.-11 p.m. at Hal & Mal’s (200 Commerce St.). The Central Mississippi Blues Society hosts this jam session celebrating the blues. The Front Porch Acoustic Hour starts at 7:15 p.m., followed by the Blue Monday Band’s performance at 8:45 p.m. Light refreshments served at intermission. $5; email;

Organist Christopher Houlihan performs classical pieces from Bach, Ravel, Franck and Sowerby at First Presbyterian Church, Sept. 2.


History Is Lunch is at noon at the William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Douglas Richardson presents “The Clinton Riot of 1875.” Free; call 601-576-6998. … Farm to Table 100 begins 6 p.m. at Table 100 (100 Ridge Way, Flowood). Chef Mike Romhïld and his team prepare a four-course meal. Tim Avalon provides music. Proceeds benefit Farm Families of Mississippi. $110; call 601-933-2720; email;

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Margaret Cupples, president of the Jackson Irish Dancers, says the group has performed in both Bright Lights, Belhaven Nights and CelticFest for several years. Cupples has been involved in the organization for more than 15 years as a dancer and an instructor. The group has approximately 50 members and 20 active dancers, and they perform at festivals, weddings and other events from 12 to 24 times a year. Instructor Caelin Hanna also offers classes for ages 6 and up on Tuesday evenings. “We really do feel like we are an educational organization as much as a dance group,” Cupples says. “We are teaching people about a traditional dance form and spread the love we have for Irish dancing to other people in our community.” Cupples traveled to New Orleans to learn Irish dancing in the mid-1990s when “river” dancing was at the height of its popularity. They shared the dances with some friends, and the Jackson Irish Dancers became an official organization in 1998. But the group has not strayed from Fenian’s Irish Night. “Our group will be up there a lot of Thursday nights just kind of informal dancing,” Cupples says. Dancer Harvey Kimble says they once broke Fenian’s floor. “They’ve replaced the floor,” he says. “Fenian’s has been very good to us.” The Jackson Irish Dancers inCatherine Bishop got into Irish dancing after cludes dancers and non-dancers. seeing the Jackson Irish Dancers perform an Kimble says he has never been a Irish céilí. great dancer, but he started dancing with the group more than 10 The dancers told Bishop the dance years ago. “Somewhere along the line, they was not for the faint of heart, but she did said they wanted me to dance with them. the dance correctly on her first attempt. I said, ‘Well, I don’t think that’s going She said she botched her second try. to happen,’” he says. But Kimble enjoys Since then, Bishop has been a mem- dancing now. ber of local nonprofit the Jackson Irish “I think there’s a big community in Dancers. She is the performance director Jackson of folks who love and enjoy Irish as well as a dancer and instructor. music and dance,” Bishop says. “I start“A lot of what we do is traditional ed out liking it because it was a different stuff, so it’s been passed down for genera- kind of dance, because it was different tions,” Bishop says. and fun to do, but then, it’s grown into She became the only certified Irish- my family.” dancing teacher in Mississippi, and she Jackson Irish Dancers will perform at trained in Ireland in 2002 and 2003. Bishop CelticFest at the Mississippi Agriculture and was a Fulbright scholar at the time, earning Forestry Museum (1150 Lakeland Drive, her master’s degree in ethnochoreology, the 601-432-4500). The group dances on the anthropology of traditional dancing from Sparkman Auditorium Stage Sept. 6 at 3 Ireland’s University of Limerick in 2003. p.m. and Sept. 7 at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 She holds a 2001 master’s degree in choreo- p.m. For more information, visit celticfestms. graphic theory and practice from Southern org or For class inMethodist University. quiries, call 601-397-42373.


ne Thursday night in 1998, Catherine Bishop walked into Fenian’s Pub for Irish Night. There, the classically trained dancer saw the Jackson Irish Dancers, performing an Irish céilí, a social dance where dancers move progressively from one partner to another. Participants generally perform steps on their toes, moving side-to-side and front to back, much like step dancing. “That’s when I first got introduced to Irish dancing and the group itself,” Bishop says. “It looked fun, and I didn’t watch it too long, because I got up and did it.”



Lunch and Learn Series: Risk Management Tips Aug. 27, noon-1 p.m., at Mississippi Center for Nonprofits (201 W. Capitol St., Suite 700). Show leaders how to identify and appreciate risks and to take actions to minimize these risks. Lunch provided. Registration required. $15, $5 members; call 601-968-0061;

Events at Canton Public Library (102 Priestley St., Canton): • Rising Readers Storytime (Age 5) Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m.-10 a.m. through Sept. 24 Includes songs, rhymes, movement and storytelling to strengthen early literacy skills as well as an enthusiasm for reading. Free; call 601-859-3202. • Rising Readers Storytime (Ages 34) Wednesdays, 10:15 a.m.-10:45 a.m. through Sept. 24 Includes songs, rhymes, movement and storytelling to strengthen early literacy skills as well as an enthusiasm for reading. Free; call 601-859-3202.

Events at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.): •History Is Lunch Aug. 27, noon Glass artist Elizabeth Robinson, owner of Spirit House Glass, shows her award-winning art. Free; call 601-5766998; •History Is Lunch Sept. 3, noon Douglas Richardson presents “The Clinton Riot of 1875.” Free; call 601-576-6998. HATHOR Honors Banquet Aug. 28, 6 p.m., at Media 4 Studios (Fondren Plaza, 4436 N. State St., Suite A-7). Honors those who have worked to improve the lives of young women. Includes dinner. Attire is semi-formal. RSVP. $25; email; City of Jackson AmeriCorps Graduation Aug. 29, 10 a.m., at Metrocenter Mall’s Event Center (3645 Highway 80 W.). The ceremony honors members who have completed one or two years of community service. Former Mississippi Gov. William Winter is the keynote speaker. Free; call 601-960-0335. Millsaps Fall Forum Aug. 29, 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m., at Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex (1701 N. State St.). In room AC 215. Glen Rogers, artist and author of “Art and Sacred Sites: Connecting with Spirit of Place,” gives a slide presentation of her art. Free; call 601-974-1000; Midtown T-Shirt Pop-up Store Aug. 29, 5 p.m.-8 p.m., at North Midtown Arts Center (121 Millsaps Ave.). At China Ink T-Shirt Factory. Enjoy drinks, music and shopping for shirt designs from local Jackson owners of Sneakerboxx, sadiedaily and Indecenteez. Members of Midtown Models showcase the products. Free; call 372-8088; email Old School Greek Affair Aug. 29, 9 p.m., at Rain Event Hall (3243 Medgar Evers Blvd.). The Mu Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity hosts the party as part of Big Blu Weekend. Includes music from DJ Phingaprint, DJ Sean Mac and Blk Sunday. Free “Blu Juice” while it lasts. $5; call 601-918-4350. West Jackson Master Plan Public Meeting Aug. 30, 1 p.m.-3 p.m., at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Attendees give input on developing a master plan for improving west Jackson. West Jackson residents are encouraged to attend. Free; call 352-2580; find West Jackson Master Plan on Facebook. First Tuesday Lecture Sept. 2, noon-1 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). Michael J. Andres speaks on the topic “Utilizing Parasites as a Tool to Investigate Ecological and Evolutionary Relationships in the Marine Environment.” Included with admission ($6, $5 seniors, $4 ages 3-18, children Under 3 and members free); call 601-576-6000; All 4 Children Consignment Fall Event Sept. 3, 5 p.m.-8 p.m.Sept. 4, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.Sept. 5, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.Sept. 6, 8 a.m.-noon, at Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.). The VIP pre-sale is Sept. 3, and the regular sale is Sept. 4-6. Enjoy additional discounts on items Sept. 6. Consignors welcome. $10 donation for pre-sale, free admission other days; call 354-7051;

Events at Madison Public Library (994 Madison Ave., Madison): • Baby Bookworms: Mother Goose on the Loose (Ages 0-2) Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-10:30 a.m. through Sept. 24 Parents and caregivers interact with infants and toddlers through nursery rhymes, action rhymes, songs and stories. Free; call 601-856-2749. • Baby Bookworms: Mother Goose on the Loose (Ages 0-2) Wednesdays, 10:45 a.m.11:15 a.m. through Sept. 24 Parents and caregivers interact with infants and toddlers through nursery rhymes, action rhymes, songs and stories. Free; call 601-856-2749. Baby Bookends (Ages 0-2) Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. through Sept. 24, at Ridgeland Public Library (397 Highway 51, Ridgeland). Children and their caregivers sing rhymes, play musical instruments, read stories, and do flannel board and movement activities. Free; call 601-856-4536.

&//$$2).+ Farm to Fork Project Sept. 3, 4 p.m.-6 p.m., at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). Purchase produce from the Alcorn State University Extension Program’s Demonstration Farm of Mound Bayou. $5 per bag, one free bag for UnitedHealthcare Community Plan members with MSCAN or MSCHIP ID cards; call 601-718-6578. Farm to Table 100 Sept. 3, 6 p.m., at Table 100 (100 Ridge Way, Flowood). Enjoy a four-course meal from Chef Mike Romhïld. Includes music from Tim Avalon. Proceeds benefit Farm Families of Mississippi. $110; call 601-933-2720; email;

30/2437%,,.%33 W.C. Gorden Golf Classic Aug. 29, 8 a.m., at Eagle Ridge Golf Course (1500 Raymond Lake Road, Highway 18 S., Raymond). Check-in is at 7 a.m. The event is a fundraiser for the JSU Tiger Fund. Registration required. $75, sponsorships start at $100; call 601-9790263 or 601-941-7611; Community Bike Ride Aug. 29, 6 p.m., at Rainbow Natural Grocery Cooperative (2807 Old Canton Road). Free; call 366-1602; email; find Jackson Bike Advocates on Facebook. Eastside Son Run Aug. 30, 7 a.m., at Mac & Bones Golf and Grill (1 Mac and Bones Blvd., Pearl). Register at 5:45 a.m. The 5K run/walk and one-mile fun run benefits Eastside Baptist Christmas Store, a ministry that provides goods and services to families in need. $20 in advance, $25 race day, $15 fun run and ghost runners; call 601-942-4644; email or

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W.C. Gorden Classic Aug. 30, 6 p.m., at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium (2531 N. State St.). The Jackson State University Tigers take on the Florida A&M Rattlers. $25-$50; call 601-979-2420; Free ADHD Screening for Children Fridays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. through Oct. 31, at Office of Suzanne B. Russell, LPC (751 Avignon Drive, Ridgeland). Free; call 601-707-7355;

34!'%3#2%%. “Murder in the Key of Motown” Dinner Theater Aug. 28, 7 p.m., at Rossini Cucina Italiana (207 W. Jackson St., Suite A, Ridgeland). Includes a three-course dinner. RSVP. $49; call 601-8569696; email; “Karma” Premier Screening Extravaganza Aug. 31, 5 p.m., at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). Screenings for the film are at 6 p.m., 7:45 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. Red carpet at 5 p.m., a Q&A session at 8 p.m. and a fashion mixer at 9 p.m. $15 in advance, $20 day of event, $30 VIP; call 960-2321;

#/.#%243&%34)6!,3 Downtown Jazz Aug. 28, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Enjoy performances from local jazz and blues musicians. $5, free for members; call 601-960-1515; Empowerment Gospel Explosion Aug. 29, 7 p.m., at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.).

Performers include Vicki Yohe, Amber Bullock, Agape Christian Fellowship and Friends, Benjamin Cone and Worship, the Bass Brothers, Casey J., Damon Little, Jason Gipson and Destiny, and the Revived Mime Ministry. $19-$29; call 800-745-3000. Amanda Shires Aug. 31, 7:30 p.m., at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). The skilled fiddler has been playing since age 10. The Wilde also performs. All-ages show. Adults must accompany children. $12 in advance, $15 at the door, $3 surcharge for patrons under 21; call 601-292-7999; email; Christopher Houlihan’s Solo Recital Sept. 2, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., at First Presbyterian Church (1390 N. State St.). The organist presents works from Bach, Ravel, Franck and Sowerby. Free; call 3538316; email;

,)4%2!293)'.).'3 Events at Off Square Books (129 Courthouse Square, Oxford): • "Etta Mae's Worst Bad-Luck Day" Aug. 27, 5 p.m. Ann B. Ross signs books. $26.95 book; call 662-236-2262; email; • "Lay It on My Heart" Sept. 3, 5 p.m. Angela Pneuman signs books. $14.95 book; call 662236-2828; email; “Etta Mae’s Worst Bad-Luck Day” Aug. 27, 5:30 p.m., at Square Books (160 Courthouse Square, Oxford). Ann B. Ross signs books. $26.95 book; call 662-236-2262;

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THURSDAY, AUG 28 College football (5-8 p.m., SEC Network): The season opens with a JFP Top 25 matchup between Texas A&M and South Carolina. … NFL (7-10 p.m., WLOO): The New Orleans Saints close the preseason against the Baltimore Ravens. … College football (7-10 p.m., ESPN): Boise State hopes to score an upset against the University of Mississippi.


FRIDAY, AUG 29 College football (8-11 p.m., Fox Sports 1): It is the earliest in-state rivalry game of the season and the game is known as the Rocky Mountain Showdown as Colorado clashes with Colorado State. SATURDAY, AUG 30 College football (4:30-7:30 p.m., ESPN): Another big early Top 25 matchup, as Georgia tries to avenge last season’s loss to Clemson. … College football (6:30-10 p.m., SEC Network): Mississippi State looks to start the season off with a win against Southern Miss, who is rebuilding. … College football (8-11 p.m., ESPN): End the day with another Top 25 battle between Wisconsin and LSU.

The wait is finally over. Football is back. This is the time of year I tell my wife and daughter that I love them but I won’t see them on weekends again until after the Superbowl. SUNDAY, AUG 31 College football (6-9 p.m., SEC Network): Tennessee, who wants return to the SEC elite, begins the 2014 season with an easy game against Utah State. MONDAY, SEPT 1 College football (7-10 p.m., ESPN): Miami (FL) travels to Kentucky to welcome Louisville to the ACC. TUESDAY, SEPT 2 Tennis (6-10 p.m., ESPN): The stars of the tennis world are still in New York as they try to win the final major of the year at the 2014 U.S. Open. WEDNESDAY, SEPT 3 Basketball (2:30-5 p.m., ESPN2): The United States plays their third game of group play against the Dominican Republic in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup. This opening week of college football might be one of the best opening weeks of the last 10 years. There are plenty of top matchups to start the season. Follow Bryan Flynn at, @jfpsports and at

“Revolution” Sept. 2, 5 p.m., at Lemuria Books (Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). Deborah Wiles signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $19.99 book; call 601-366-7619; email info@;

#2%!4)6%#,!33%3 Three-Week Documentary Film Workshop: The Mississippi Delta Aug. 31, at Shack Up Inn and Hopson Commissary (001 Commissary Circle, Clarksdale). Alison Fast and Chandler Griffin are the instructors. Sessions held through Sept. 21. Space limited. $800 deposit due by June 1; balance due by July 1. $3,699; call 662-624-8329; email;

%8()")4/0%.).'3 Messiah’s Mansion Exhibit Aug.27-31, 1 p.m.-7 p.m., at College Drive Church (110 College Drive, Pearl). See a full-scale model of the ancient Hebrew tabernacle that was created during the times of Moses. Includes tours, and group tours are available in the mornings by appointment. Free; call 601506-9750; email;

"%4(%#(!.'% West Jackson Plan Unveiling Aug. 29, 9 a.m., at Koinonia Coffee House (136 S. Adams St., Suite C). The purpose of the West Jackson Plan

is to serve as a guidebook that empowers residents and stakeholders to invest in sustainable and inclusive social, physical and economic development within the community. Free; call 601-713-1128; email Party with a Purpose Tailgate Aug. 30, 9 a.m., at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium (2531 N. State St.). The Mu Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity hosts the event until the start of the JSU game. Includes music from DJ Phingaprint and DJ Sean Mac, voter registration and a petition signing to fully fund education in Mississippi. Free; call 601-918-4350. West Jackson Plan Unveiling Aug. 30, 1 p.m., at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). The purpose of the West Jackson Plan is to serve as a guidebook that empowers residents and stakeholders to invest in sustainable and inclusive social, physical and economic development within the community. Free; call 601-713-1128; email Girl on Fire Fashion Show Aug. 31, 4 p.m., at Mississippi e-Center at Jackson State University (1230 Raymond Road). The Mu Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity hosts the show as part of Big Blu Weekend. Includes music from Meika Shante and Mailman, and $5 barbecue plates for sale. Proceeds go towards multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer’s research. $5 in advance; call 601-9184350; email Check for updates and more listings, or to add your own events online. You can also email event details to to be added to the calendar. The deadline is noon the Wednesday prior to the week of publication.

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t began late last winter with workouts and early-morning runs. The journey continued in the spring with training and more workouts and early runs. As Winston Churchill said: “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat. We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind. We have before us many, many long months of struggle and of suffering. ... You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: Victory; victory at all costs; victory in spite of all terror; victory, however long and hard the road may be. For without victory, there is no survival.” While not as eloquent as the verse above, that is the thought of every football player who has been working hard at each college and university in Mississippi. The road from last season to this moment has been long, hard and painful, but the payoff for all that work is at hand. Over the next two weeks, all the colleges and universities start their football seasons, and I hope each team has a successful one. I hope each team wins as many games as possible and

represent itself and its universities with pride and honor on the field of play. These teams will play from now until November and hopefully for a few beyond the regular season. Nearly everyone has allegiances to just one team in this state, but I wish each team well. I root for our Mississippi teams. All the young men on each team have worked hard to reach this moment. They can’t wait for the games to begin, like kids on Christmas Eve. The season is their Christmas morning, and the games they win are the presents. Good luck to each and every college and university this season. I hope you all have memorable, wonderful and winning seasons. ____________ The JFP also sends our condolences to the family of Jackson Prep student Walker Wilbanks, whose too-short life was cut short on the football field playing the game he loved. There are no words for such a loss; we offer prayers to his loved ones and his Jackson Prep family as they mourn their loss.

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Mosaic Musings

With the right tools and guidance, you too can make a neat mosaic art piece.

by Anna Wolfe

What You’ll Need


he Mosaic Shop (1625 E. County Line Road, Suite 210, 601-397-6579) helps artists of all skill levels and ages create their own unique work of art. With the help of the shop’s artists, people can tap into their creativity and get lost in a craft.

Mold for the piece Colored glass Glass cutter

pieces in different colors from buckets along the wall, or just ask one of the artists who work there.


1. Pick a mold The Mosaic Shop offers an entire wall of wooden shapes to use for your mosaic, or you can bring in something of your own to transform into a piece of art. 2. Collect tools and find glass pieces You’ll likely need a glass cutter to get the shapes of glass that you want, but each workspace at The Mosaic Shop is covered in glass pieces already cut and ready to use—just find the colors and shapes that work best for your mold. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, you can choose large glass

3. Plan your art Before gluing, try placing the glass onto your mold to see how your pieces will fit together. This way, you’ll know if you need to cut the glass into a particular shape. 4. Cut glass Use the glass cutter like a writing utensil—push down hard and draw the shape you want. The tool will cut the glass on the surface. Then, use the plier tool to break along the cut you made. You can also use the other, scissor-like glass cutter

for a more imprecise cut for your piece. 5. Glue glass down Once you know the design you want, start gluing the pieces to your mold. Try to fit the pieces very close together with very little space between. Grout will fill the cracks. 6. Grout Your piece must dry overnight, but the artists at The Mosaic Shop will grout it for you—in your color of choice— to pick back up later. If you can’t come back right away, they will provide you with grout to take and instruct you on grouting the piece yourself.

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