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ackson Public Schools Superintendent Cedrick Gray wants to create a better Jackson by creating better citizens. His plans to build a strong community and education system that thrive on one another. Gray was born in Milwaukee, Wis., in 1971 and moved with his family to Millington, Tenn., a suburb of Memphis, as a toddler. For the first few years of his education, he attended a Shelby County school. At age 7, Gray’s family moved to Memphis, where he attended Sheffield Elementary School and Wooddale Middle School and High School, from which he graduated in 1989. He joined the Army Reserves shortly after graduation and spent a few months in basic training at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas. In spring 1990, Gray returned to Memphis to attend what is now the University of Memphis, then known as Memphis State University. Four years later, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science. In 1996, he married his wife, Karen, and enrolled in a master’s degree program at Memphis called Pathways to Teaching. Gray then began a doctorate program in teaching leadership at the Germantown campus of Union University. He was the first African American man to graduate with a doctorate from that campus. “It was a very special moment,” he says. While working on his master’s degree, Gray began a teaching career. “I got bit by the administration bug,” he says. He took his
first principal position in 2005 at Craigmont Middle School in Memphis. “The school, when I arrived there, was in trouble,” he says. “We were off that list in two years.” Following his success at Craigmont was an opportunity to work in a central office for Memphis city schools. Gray spent a year there training principals in the Turnaround Specialist Program that originated at the University of Virginia. After that year, he returned to the schools as principal of Lester Demonstration School in Memphis. “In two years there, we had achieved significant progress in language arts,” he says. Gray then became the superintendent of Fayette County Public Schools in Tennessee In the two years he served in the position, the district was honored as exemplary. “And that’s when Jackson came calling,” he says. He and his family moved south in June 2012. The superintendent’s specific goals for JPS are to reach an 82 to 85 percent graduation rate (it’s currently at 65 percent), to attain distinction as a “B” school, at least, and for Jackson to be nationally recognized for its educational benefit. He is most excited about the school district’s collaborations with the City of Jackson, United Way and the Jackson Chamber of Commerce through Alignment Jackson. “We have great potential and a great chance of meeting that potential,” he says. “It happens when everyone invests in Jackson.” Gray lives with his wife, Karen, and their daughter, Peyton, 9. —Carmen Cristo
Cover design by Trip Burns and Kristin Brenemen
11 Meet Dorsey Carson
Can a well-known progressive Democrat win in Ward 1?
30 A Little Bit of Everything
2 For 7 Kitchen, owned by husband and wife team Deandrea and Omario Moore, serves everything from hibachi to breakfast.
36 ‘Get Hurt’ With The Gaslight Anthem
“Even at its weakest, ‘Get Hurt’ is hardly the worst record on the shelves, or even the worst recent release, but that’s part of what makes it slightly frustrating. (Brian) Fallon is a tremendous talent as a writer, and I could see him developing into one of the eminent rock ‘n’ roll voices of this generation.” —Micah Smith, “American Rock Gets Hurt”
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by Donna Ladd, Editor-in-Chief
Calling All Men of Character
’m a woman who loves football. I’m a lifelong New Orleans Saints fan, with all the pain and finally exhilaration that has come with it. I love my Bulldogs and was lucky to be at Mississippi State during the John Bond years. And I was there when State beat the Bear right here in Jackson. So, yes, I just had a great football weekend, albeit with scary moments, and I’m obsessed with Dak Prescott. But I’m also a woman who abhors family violence, whether against (usually) women or children, even when justified as “discipline.” Let’s just say I’m riding a football roller coaster right now, as scrutiny descends on the NFL and how it has—or hasn’t—dealt with millionaire domestic criminals, of various ethnicities, on their teams over the years. It’s a tragic way to get there, but at least the attacks on Ray Rice’s then-fiancee and Adrian Peterson’s toddler, not to mention Hope Solo’s apparent attack on her teen nephew, have us all talking about family and interpersonal violence. It has to stop. But here’s the thing: It won’t stop until we collectively confront our “traditions” and our desire to give passes to Americans who turn violent fists on their wives or leave bloody stripes on children. It doesn’t matter who they are. And therein lies the rub. Too many of our so-called heroes regularly engage in criminal behavior by assaulting the people they supposedly love. And even as we (rightfully) go after police officers and vigilante neighborhood-watch bigots for attacking and killing our unarmed young citizens, we also have to confront what is happening to many of them in their own homes. We simply cannot give passes to adults who commit this kind of violence, even if their daddies and mamas did it to them (which helps create abusers), and even if they make millions of dollars and help us win our fantasy games each week.
Throughout Mississippi and right in Jackson and every suburb, we live amid serious daily violence. And, no, I’m not talking about the kind most people complain about and the local news loves to lead with—drug war-created violence—that is centered in our most challenged neighborhoods. I’m referring to the fear so many women and children, and some men, must deal with every day—the kind of fear of domestic violence that keeps women from leaving dangerous
To reverse the abuse cycle, it takes all of us, especially men. situations because they know it may well get even more dangerous when they try to leave. That’s when many die. For nearly the JFP’s full tenure—we turn 12 with this issue—we have focused massive energy on not only helping victims of family violence escape, start over, pay for meals and clothing, but on helping reverse the cycle that causes the violence in the first place. We believe strongly that a huge part of Jackson, and Mississippi’s, challenges comes down to both fear of and the actual violence that await in so many people’s home, exacerbated by easy access to firearms. Getting our readers to face and confront domestic abuse is vital to us. But to reverse the cycle, it takes all of us, especially men. As we’ve hosted 10 years of JFP Chick Balls over the years and used our annual Chicks We Love awards to honor strong women,
many who were abused and/or are working against it, we’ve had so many men help us toward the goal of stopping the abuse. We even seeded the funding of the area’s first batterers’ intervention program that provides a way to catch and stop abuse before it worsens. That’s systemic change that is working. But after a decade of celebrating chick power, we’re doing something now that makes me even prouder. We are launching a brother event called the JFP Chick Ball Masked Jam (nickname: Rooster Ball) on Nov. 1 at Hal & Mal’s. We are working with the Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence and honoring, yes, the men who are forming coalitions, getting educated, rejecting defensiveness and stepping up to stop domestic abuse in Mississippi. The brilliant Wendy Mahoney, executive director of MCADV, is spearheading an Engaging Men effort, and is going all in to put males against abuse into the spotlight as the new kinds of role models our society needs in order to reverse the trends of abuse and the excuses that too often follow (not to mention the disgusting victim-blaming that just gives abusers a pass). It is time to stop asking “why does she stay?” and demand to know “why does he abuse?”—and then work to make sure he, and his sons, stop abusing. Wendy and her crew have started a “Be a Stand-Up Guy, Not a Stand-By Guy” campaign with a core organizing group of men who will warm your hearts with their passion for this issue (one lost his mother to abuse; another was abused himself). I won’t reveal them, yet, as we plan to honor them as this year’s Men of Character at the masked jam on Nov. 1. But I do hope that you stop and just think about what this kind of effort could mean for Jackson; we could seriously lead the nation with our loud-and-proud efforts to reverse abuse in our city and state. I urge men and women reading this to reach out to the coalition to help their efforts.
We have the power, if we will use it, to be the change right here in the city by making sure every young person knows that it is never OK to hit, push or sexually assault someone who is saying no, or any other kind of violence. We can also be the change by ensuring that our young women, especially, find their voices and their confidence and learn that abuse is never the same thing as love. They can do better, and we must help them. If you are as excited as I am about the MCADV’s “Engaging Men” campaign, you should join us at the coalition’s annual “Purple for Peace” event Thursday, Oct. 2, at the Jackson Hilton. Just as our masked jam will do, this fundraiser is focusing almost fully on men who are speaking out against domestic abuse. The coalition is honoring Mississippi Sen. Hillman Frazier for his work in legislative advocacy against domestic violence. The guest speaker, Sulaiman Nuriddin, is the director of men’s education at Men Stopping Violence, a national training institute that provides organizations, communities, and individuals with the knowledge and tools required to mobilize men to prevent violence against women and girls. Tickets are $35 per person, $350 per table. Call Public Awareness Coordinator Arian Thigpen at 1-800-898-3234 to attend. And as with the JFP’s Nov. 1 event, all proceeds will go to the Engaging Men initiative. Here is my dream for this joint effort: Both next week’s event and our Nov. 1 masked jam (cover $5) will be packed with women and especially men who are standing up and speaking out against domestic and family abuse. Because, you know, real men aren’t violent, whether they’re in the NFL or live right here in metropolitan Jackson. Watch jfpchickball.com for more details; write email@example.com to get involved, or to nominate 2015 Chicks We Love. Oh, and you can sponsor the masked jam for as little as $50. Write and ask how.
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R.L. Nave, native Missourian and news editor, roots for St. Louis (and the Mizzou Tigers)— and for Jackson. Send him news tips at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 601-362-6121 ext. 12. He contributed to the cover package.
Freelance writer Adria Walker (aka the 27th Doctor) is a senior at Murrah High School. She enjoys debating about “Star Wars”; reading Camus, Neruda, Kafka, and Kundera; and questioning her existence. She interviewed Joel Bomgar.
Investigative Reporter Anna Wolfe, a Tacoma, Wash., native, studied at Mississippi State. In her spare time, she complains about not having enough spare time. She wrote news stories and co-wrote the staff poem.
Staff Photographer Trip Burns is a graduate of the University of Mississippi, where he studied English and sociology. He enjoys the films of Stanley Kubrick. He took photos and co-wrote the staff poem.
Music Editor Micah Smith is a graduate of Mississippi College and has neither an eye patch nor a soul patch. When not writing or editing music stories, he performs with the band Empty Atlas.
Greg Pigott teaches government and economics classes at Raymond High School. He’s an avid fan of all types of music and the guy who takes karaoke seriously. He wrote a music story.
Ad Designer Zilpha Young is an amateur dragon tamer and professional burn-haver. To see some of her non-work art (and lots of cephalopods) check out zilphatastic.tumblr.com. She designed ads for the issue.
Kimberly Griffin is a fitness buff and foodie who loves chocolate and her mama. She’s also Michelle Obama’s super secret BFF, which explains the Secret Service detail.
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At a recent JFP/BOOM staff retreat at the Mississippi Museum of Art, each attendee wrote his or her superpower on a big paper leaf to form our collectivestrength “Orien” tree (thanks, Kellogg Foundation, for the idea). Then, staff photographer Trip Burns and investigative reporter Anna Wolfe—who enjoy writing poetry—took the words and turned them into this staff poem that reflects our shared purpose and individual strengths, and then read it at our next staff meeting— blowing us all away. As we celebrate the paper’s 12th birthday this week, we offer this as our gift to Jackson. Thank you for inspiring us all these years. And cheers to Trip and Anna for this amazing poem that reflects your talents and the staff ’s shared passion for our community. —Donna Ladd, CEO and editor-in-chief
We’re connecting our paper, printed with ink and bound with metal staples, from our fingers to our readers’ eyes. We’re conversing with words and thoughts and ideas—strung together in our own unique order, using language that our readers understand. We’re exploring ideas with designs and plans, with reflections of study, with displays of life, for our audience to see.
Your curiosity gets you there. Sets you off, gleans the right questions. Sometimes tough ones, never answered ‘til now—only due to your tenacity, persistence, resourcefulness.
We’re observing what goes on around us, what we filter in, what we recognize, what we reveal—to be our truth, the truth, so that people can pick up our paper and have a look.
Your intuition is yours and yours alone, built up time after time, at once born with and discovered—from danger and caution, from fear and anxiety, from mystery.
We’re explaining things we’ve seen and heard, places we’ve been and yet to enter, people we’ve met and yet to meet—words yet recorded, pictures yet taken, interviews yet given—pressed and polished, sent out, beamed out—to make something we’ve yet created.
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We’re seeing shapes in the ordinary, symbols in the complex, humor in the absurd, drama in the everyday—our truth is intertwined with our stories collected and organized, hand-made if you count all the typing and mouse-clicking.
have you made your way to this day—this day now? Thousands of days? Millions of hours? A multitude of sunsets and closing hours—and here you are, with your stories and experiences—of what you’ve seen, what you’ve heard, what you’ve been taught, what you’ve learned—on your own, to this moment, unfolding now.
Mouse-clicking and mama-ducking. Our leaders have a cool, motherly calm. Our leaders hone creativity, let it thrive. Our leaders are in each of us as we raise each other up, cultivate the eclectic. Our empathy sets each and every one of us into individual persons. Where did you come from? Who do you think you are? How
Our collaboration is achieved by meeting each other in the areas of our work, sending messages back and forth, coming to agreements, submitting to responsibilities, adding and subtracting, adjusting the size and scope of our assignments, and finally, when the equation has been balanced, and all the parts are fused together, to make what comes in from many go out as one. Your imagination is yours and yours alone, created with your own feelings, from your own emotions, from your own life—so that you can project an idea into the future and meet it there. The reader’s perseverance in the day-to-day routines of living is our perseverance. We travel all over though dispatches and journeys on the ground—these are our interactions with the outside world, the world we are a part of, the city we reside, the state we live in, the streets that surround us.
All the people we know—strangers, customers, readers, owners, artists, politicians, leaders, elders and youth—these make up the real diversity. A problem-solver can be described as any one of us here—how will this work you’ll ask? How can we get this done? How will it all turn out? Popular speech tells us that we must find a solution. You don’t reach a solution, you reach a compromise because there’s room to meet. You find a solution. Not that it’s lost, but that it’s yet to be seen. With passion for words and pictures, for stories and histories, for colors and shades, we make not only a physical copy of our collected pieces of the week, but transferred into digital markers of this time and place— with these we make something. Something that is read at a table, or in a restaurant, in a museum, and a bar, in houses and apartments, at schools and offices, in bathrooms, on phones, on tablets, on lighted screens—in their hands, at their fingertips. We’re personable as a group and look out for the one person it takes to look at our work. The intimacy of it, the publicity of it. What comes in from many goes out as one. We do that by connecting people and inspiring them to action. We do that to make it better. — Trip Burns and Anna Wolfe, based on Orien Leaves created by staff members, Sept. 3, 2014
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Vasti Jackson / Latinismo! / Young Valley / Bill & Temperance Chris Gill & Friends / Scott Albert Johnson & Chalmers Davis / Dâ€™Lo Trio New Bourbon Street Jazz Band / Swing de Paris / Accoustic Crossroads James Martin & Friends / Leaf River Blues with Nathan Bankston
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Friday, September 19 Sierra Leone begins a three-day nationwide shutdown, during which the countryâ€™s 6 million people will be confined to their homes while volunteers search house-to-house for Ebola victims in hiding and hand out soap in a bid to slow the outbreak. Saturday, September 20 Ukrainian negotiators agree to create a buffer zone between government troops and pro-Russian militants by halting their advances, pulling back heavy weapons and withdrawing foreign fighters.
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Sunday, September 21 Tens of thousands of people march through central Moscow to demonstrate against the fighting in Ukraine and Russiaâ€™s alleged complicity in the conflict. â€Ś NASAâ€™s Maven spacecraft reaches Mars following a 10-month journey spanning 442 million miles.
Monday, September 22 Islamic State group spokesman Abu Mohammed al-Adnani releases an audio recording calling on Muslims worldwide to kill civilians of nations that join the U.S.-led military coalition against the group. Tuesday, September 23 Three months after announcing its intention to ban land mines, the Obama administration makes an exception for its stockpile on the Korean Peninsula, where the U.S. administers land mines in South Korea in case of an invasion from the North.
JRA Power Shift Could Affect Farish by R.L. Nave
ith a federal agency rapping local developers and government officials on the knuckles recently over the apparent misuse of $1.5 million on the Farish Street revitalization project, several new additions to the Jackson Redevelopment Authority board could add a whole new layer of complexity to the problem. On Tuesday Sept. 23, three of Mayor Tony Yarberâ€™s nominees to JRA went before the city council for confirmation. Those hearings took place after the Jackson Free Press went to press, but if confirmed, the new commissioners will be able to swing the balance of power on JRA. Last month, in a surprise move, JRA replaced Bishop Ronnie Crudup as chairman and Jones Walker and Zach Taylor as board attorney. Along with Crudup, who endorsed Yarber in this yearâ€™s mayoral race, nominees Andria Jones, Christopher Bell and LeAlex Martin would give Yarberâ€™s administration a working majority on JRA, which can issue bonds for economic-development projects that the city backs up. HUD Headache The composition of JRA will also be crucial in the midst of a headache brewing for local leaders over the sputtering Farish Street project. That headache grew more intense last when the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development sent a letter to city officials saying the agency has lost faith that any progress will be made with the Farish Street project and asked the city to repay $1.5
million used on the project. Furthermore, several key players, including JRA, have been suspended from participating in federal housing programs until further notice. From July 28 to Aug. 5, HUD performed a monitoring review of the Farish
The city then transferred ownership of those properties to the JRA. But HUDâ€™s review of the end use of the properties finds that the project failed to meet its stated national goal, the monitoring report states. â€œIt has been more than 16 years TRIP BURNS
Thursday, September 18 Islamic State fighters backed by tanks capture 21 Kurdish villages over 24 hours in northern Syria near the Turkish border. â€Ś In a referendum on whether or not Scotland should declare independence from the U.K., citizens vote against independence 55 to 45 percent. U.K. leaders pledge to grant more autonomy and greater independence from central government to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
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Street project dating back to 1997. In April of that year, under the mayoral administration of Kane Ditto, a memorandum-of-understanding between the city and Jackson Redevelopment Authority stated that the city intended to purchase 17 properties on Farish Street with HUD community-development block grant (CDBG) funds to restore the historic street into an entertainment district.
since the (city) began acquiring â€Ś property, and it remains unclear whether or not the activity will ever meet a national objective,â€? monitors wrote. As a result, the city administration and HUD worked out a deal to pay $503,603 each year over three years, starting in December 2016. Part of HUDâ€™s difficulty in determining what if any national ob-
Jackson Free Press Is a Preteen! by Amber Helsel After 12 short years, Jackson Free Press is finally a preteen. And soon, the paper will be a full-fledged teenager, complete with raging hormones, unbreakable angst and maybe some facial hair on our computers. If the paper were a person, here are some issues it might put out in the next few years. ith stories on The Song of Preteen Angst issueâ€”W t. adul an be why it wants to The Emo Issueâ€”Full of angsty music, whining and sob stories. s finally The Punk Issueâ€”The Jackson Free Pres rebels.
The Prank Issueâ€”Maturity wonâ€™t be its strong suit for a while.
The Hair Issueâ€”It dreams of growing a really thick beard one day.
The Break-Up Issueâ€”Get ready for lots of stories on ice cream and why relationships and love suck. The High-School Graduation Issueâ€”Hittinâ€™ the road, Jack. Ainâ€™t gone study no moâ€™, no moâ€™ â€Ś The Prank Issue, Part 2â€” Because who really wants to grow up?
Â˛'DN3UHVFRWW0LVVLVVLSSL6WDWHTXDUWHUEDFNDIWHU XSVHWWLQJ/68RQ6DWXUGD\LQ'HDWK9DOOH\VWDGLXP jectives the Farish Street project met comes from the lack of adequate documentation the city and the JRA kept to ensure the project complied with federal guidelines. That MOU states that the city would oversee JRA in spending the funds, but documentation of such oversight is inadequate, HUD monitors observed. Tangled History In 1995, the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit National Trust for Historic Preservation designated the Farish Street Historic District as one of the most endangered historic places in the nation. The City of Jackson entered into an agreement with JRA to purchase 17 buildings along Farish Street in April 1997. In March 2002, JRA hired Performa Mississippi LLCâ€”a division of Memphis-based Beale Street developer Performa Entertainment Real Estate Inc.â€”for the Farish project. Six years later, in October 2008, Performa and a local group called Farish Street Group LLC (FSG), which developer David Watkins led, entered into an agreement in which
FSG would take over the mortgages, up to $160,000 in debts that Performa incurred plus $425,000 in cash. The project failed to hit its expected stride, and Watkins eventually fell out of favor with JRA, which yanked the master lease from Watkinsâ€™ control in fall 2013, touching off a chain reaction of lawsuits, countersuits and finger-pointing. Monitors from HUD highlighted some of the apparent conflicts of interest with Watkins and his employees, including Jason Goree, who now serves as interim economic-development director in Mayor Tony Yarberâ€™s administration. The report notes that Goree, who didnâ€™t return calls for this story, established a business known as Zac Harmonâ€™s Club LLC, which intended to enter into a lease with FSG to run a blues venue on Farish Street. Records from the Mississippi secretary of state show that Goree is listed as the registered agent for the club and that the address listed for Goree, 300 W. Capitol St., is the same as FSG and Watkins Development LLC. As a result, federal officials have asked the city to suspend Goree, FSG, Watkins De-
Âą7EÂ´VE GOT THIS CENT SALES TAX THAT PROVIDES THE REVENUE FOR US TO PLAN AHEAD OF TIME AND NOT SPEND ALL OUR TIME PUTTING BUBBLE GUM ON LEAKING PIPESÂ˛ Â˛'RUVH\&DUVRQDWWRUQH\DQG-DFNVRQ:DUG FDQGLGDWHRQUHEXLOGLQJWKHFLW\ÂśVLQIUDVWUXFWXUH velopment, and JRA from all HUD-funded programs. Goree attends all JRA meetings on the cityâ€™s behalf. Responding to the HUD review through a press statement, Watkins said he was unaware that HUD was looking at his businesses until the monitoring report became public last week. â€œOur lease with the JRA on Farish Street is over 90 pages long, (was) drafted by JRAâ€™s lawyers, and sets out all our legal obligations on the property in detail, including payment of rent and a large portion of future profits,â€? Watkins wrote. â€œWe are stunned to learn that any HUD regulations even applied to our business venture.â€? Law Firm in the Middle Watkins also points out that he and his companies were not a part of the Farish project at the time the Jackson officials used the CDBG funds in question. In his statement, Watkins goes on to say that HUDâ€™s failure to mention former JRA board attorney Jones Walker and their attorney, Zach Taylor, in its monitoring review letter is â€œpuzzling.â€? â€œOne constant, responsible party for
ensuring compliance of all entities, public and private, even going back to 1999, was Zach Taylor, a Jones Walker lawyer that has acted as counsel for the JRA for over 20 years, before being abruptly fired from the JRA last month. These are the same lawyers that advised the JRA to terminate FSGâ€™s lease,â€? Watkins wrote. Commissioners voting in favor of the changes said during the meeting that they believe the board had received bad legal advice from Taylor. Jones Walker is also central in the legal dispute over Farish between Watkins and JRA. Legal documents Watkins attorneys filed last year state that Jones Walker serving as JRAâ€™s legal counsel represents a conflict of interest because the firm also represents a company called Retro Metro LLCâ€”and its principals Socrates Garrett and LeRoy Walkerâ€”in four suits, including at least one against Watkins. Reached by phone Monday morning, Taylor said it is his firmâ€™s policy not to discuss clients or former clients with news media. Read more at jfp.ms/watkins. Email R.L. Nave at email@example.com.
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Reconstructing Jackson by Anna Wolfe
Name the top issues facing Ward 1.
Economic development, and by that I mean retaining and recruiting businesses, retaining and recruiting our middle class, and that ties into public education and public safety. And I think generally a sense of going somewhere positive instead of apathy, which has really pervaded city hall for way too long.
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How do you see council’s role in public education?
In general, the council has not been as involved with JPS as they should be. The budget of JPS is actually bigger than the city budget, and the importance of public education in our city is huge on every level—whether it be businesses that are looking to build, expand, recruit in our community, or whether it be, more often than not, middle-class residents who leave Jackson because they’ve got three kids, and they’re not comfortable sending their kids to a middle school. They don’t have money for private school, so they move to Madison and Rankin counties, and once we lose them we don’t get them back. That’s at the core of why we’ve lost more residents than we’ve gained over the past couple of decades. (Editor’s note: The proposed JPS budget for 2014-2015 is $295 million; the city of Jackson recently passed a $390 million budget for the upcoming fiscal year.)
What will you bring to city council, and how will you be effective?
When it comes to recruiting new businesses, economic development is not rocket science. Sometimes it’s just as simple as getting on a plane and going to tell somebody who has money to invest in your community: “We want you. We want you to come in and create jobs. We want you to be part of our community. What can we do to help get you there?” That time commitment is the biggest thing. It’s not even the money. It’s the
enue for us to plan ahead of time, and not spend all our time putting bubble gum on leaking pipes when we can use our funds wisely to replace those pipes that need to be replaced. I think with appropriate oversight we can get more accomplished for less money.
The exciting part for me is that four years ago or even two years ago if you would have told me that I should run for city council, I would said not “no,” but “hell no. Why would I go down there and beat my head against the wall?” But now we’ve got a new mayor who, whether you You do legal work for clients always agree with where he’s going or not, and, you said, a lot in economic he’s going. And he’s going in development— a direction with vision and contractors, Socrates with a desire to make real Garrett. How do you changes in the community. ensure voters that You’ve got a city council you’ll make decisions that’s much younger than it’s independently from your ever been, with fresh ideas clients’ interests and they’re going to make It’s really not that tough some freshman mistakes, of a question for me. Ethically, but there are six other memI can continue to represent clibers on the council, and I’m ents that do work for the city. friends or friendly with all of I can represent them against them. Three of them I would the city, but I just can’t vote consider to be close friends, or have any impact on any so we have the ability to put votes for settlement or anytogether a unified group on thing regarding that, because I city council that can really do have one case for Socrates move the city forward. The where we’re technically adideas that we have, have an verse to the city. Through the opportunity to actually come years I’ve had over a thousand to fruition. clients. No one client repreProfessionally, what I sents more than three percent Dorsey Carson, candidate for the City Council Ward 1 seat, bring to the table is a vast exof my business. says his construction background and education interest perience of construction. I’m When I was at Butler could help improve the city’s infrastructure and schools. a construction lawyer primarSnow, Larry Franck was the ily. Over half of my clients managing partner. Larry’s are in the construction industry. Jackson is time to say, “You’ve got something to offer quote was to always try to have 10 good about to undertake one of the most massive us, and we’ve got something to offer you.” clients so that you could tell one of them to construction undertakings it ever has in imIt’s building relationships. Through 18 go to hell. Well, I’ve got many more than 10 proving our infrastructure, so I think I bring years of practicing law, business law and con- good clients, so I always have the opportunity some institutional knowledge of that indus- struction law, I’ve developed lot of relation- to not even get close, in my mind, to ethical try and how that works in the private and ships across the nation. I practiced law in At- dilemmas. The experience I have with conpublic arenas so that I can really help guide lanta for three years, and those contacts, it’s tractors is a benefit, not a disadvantage and the city council on some stuff issues and a small world, and those contacts come into any conflict of interest, I’ll just recuse myself. bring some oversight to how we effectively play. I know developers that I believe would and efficiently use those funds. be interested in coming into Jackson if they Tell me something about you that felt they were welcome here. most people don’t know? What role should council should play Well, people that know me know that in economic development? With the increase in sales tax, I like photography, and my favorite subject That’s probably the area we’ve really what’s your wish list for Ward 1? is my 4-year-old daughter, but most people been lacking. For businesses to invest in It’s not just Ward 1, but my wish list don’t know that really started in high school your community, they have to feel wel- for the whole city, because we really are all where I had a darkroom and developed come. In general, in the past we’ve had at together in this—but number one is the black-and-white film. I had two of my phobest apathy, at worst an adverse relation- infrastructure. In my neighborhood when tographs that won at the statewide level, and ship with the business community. For cars have to drive around a big sink hole one of them went on to win in New York. I those businesses that exist here, you’re not in front of Jackson Academy for months ended up with an art scholarship to Savannah ever going to live in a community without on end, and you pay for emergency repair College of Art and Design that I never took, crime, but when crime happens, you want work that costs three times more than if so my life could be a lot different had I gone to at least deal with a city hall that cares, you had just done it right the first time, and been an artist. or where you feel like they care. And that well, this is an opportunity now. We’ve got Read and comment on a longer version of hadn’t always been the case. this 1-cent sales tax that provides the rev- this interview at jfp.ms/dorsey_carson. TRIP BURNS
orsey Carson didn’t think he’d ever run for Jackson City Council, but the resignation of Ward 1 Councilman Quentin Whitwell in August opened a door for the attorney and Jackson native who will be on the special-election ballot. A Mississippi State University and University of Georgia School of Law graduate, Carson has practiced law for more than 15 years, including in Atlanta for three years. He started his own law firm in Jackson in 2013. With his downtown firm, Carson Law Group, he represents clients locally and all over the nation, including the Jackson Free Press. Carson said his experience with practicing law within the construction industry gives him the edge that Jackson needs in respect to economic development. Carson also approaches the discussion of improving Jackson schools with special interest—his 4-year-old daughter, Hayes, just started preschool at McWillie Elementary School. He is married to Susan Hays Carson, also from Jackson.
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TALK | education
Public Education Lawsuit, Explained by Anna Wolfe
simply ignoring it after having been previously passed. The Mississippi Republican Party highlighted what it deems an “out of touch” approach to education reform in a Sept. 17 action alert, which calls Musgrove’s lawsuit “reckless.” Instead of expressing the GOP’s position on fully funding MAEP, the statement touts the reform “championed” by Gov. Phil Bryant and Mississippi Republicans. Ignoring funding issues, the release praises “common sense education reforms like charter school options for children stuck in failing schools, a clear rating system to tell parents how their schools are performing, and an increased focus on literacy for chil-
dren struggling to read by the third grade.” But Patsy Brumfield, a Better Schools Better Jobs organizer, said full funding is essential to getting Mississippi education where it needs to be. The underfunding of Mississippi public schools, Brumfield said, is “perhaps the greatest travesty in the state of Mississippi today.” The current state of education in Mississippi contributes to the lack of good jobs in Mississippi as well as the state’s poor upward mobility, Brumfield said. Some Legislators are concerned the state does not have the appropriate funds to make the full funding of MAEP possible. House Appropriations Committee chairman Rep. Herb Frierson, R-Poplarville, said the state needs to make sure that it has continuity in funding for MAEP. That is, the state must have funding moving forward to support education in future years so that schools will get what they are promised. “You’ve got to be able to know that five, six, 10 years from now that this money’s here. Right now they don’t know that. The money they had in 2006 is not there right now,” Frierson said. “The advocates want to say, ‘Well, there’s been no desire.’ Well that’s B.S. I mean, we want to do it.” Frierson also said that full funding of MAEP could be done, but only at the expense of many other things Mississippians prioritize. “It’s not as political as some people want to make it. A lot of it is just raw numbers and trying to make it work,” he said. Musgrove, however, highlights that the state has more $400 million in its “rainy day fund,” and the states savings could fully fund MAEP without bankrupting the state. Republicans who do not believe the current MAEP formula will be successful aren’t the only ones who oppose Musgrove’s lawsuit. Brumfield said the lawsuit is not the most effective way to ensure schools get proper funding.
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Lurny D’s and Tito’s Tacos. The celebration, beer, food and music will continue Saturday, Nov. 8, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The brewery’s new brewing system will allow Lucky Town to add new styles to their lineup, and they will continue to provide their three year-round draft beers: a Belgian-style blonde ale named Ballistic Blonde, an English-style mild ale named Lucky Town Pub Ale and an oatmeal stout named Flare Incident. Ballistic Blonde and Pub Ale will also be available in cans at local grocery stores, convenience stores and other retailers beginning in November. Following the grand-opening weekend, Lucky Town will offer brewery tours and tast-
ings on Fridays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., with the second Saturday of each month including live music and food vendors on site. “In order to enhance the desired community aspect, we’re hosting a monthly event we call Sippin’ Saturday, where we will invite all the locals and visitors to join us for food, music and of course, great local beer,” Angela Blackburn, events director of Lucky Town Brewing, said in a release. “We will be teaming up with local chefs and musicians to spotlight all the great talent that Jackson and Mississippi has to offer.” Tours will begin at the top of each hour. Admission is $10 and includes a
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n Friday, Nov. 7, locally owned and operated craft microbrewery Lucky Town Brewing will open the doors to their new brewing facility in Jackson for a weekend-long grand-opening celebration. Lucky Town will provide brewery tours and tastings from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Visitors can sip their choice of Lucky Town beer while enjoying local live music and pair their favorite beer with food available for purchase on-site by local food trucks such as
While Better Schools Better Jobs representative Patsy Brumfield believes full funding of public schools is essential, she says an expensive lawsuit may not the most effective way to achieve the goal.
“While we certainly agree with the goal … we just don’t think this is the way to go, so we would oppose its success. As much as we would like to see school districts get the money that they have been underfunded the past 10 years, that just presents a real financial dilemma for the state of Mississippi,” Brumfield said. Like others who oppose the lawsuit—including Gov. Bryant, who has said 25 percent of the money collected for the school district would be pocketed by lawyers—Brumfield cites legal fees that a lawsuit against the state would incur. “Any damages that might occur would come straight out of the taxpayer’s pockets, and education is not getting the money that it needs right now no less to have to pay some of it to lawyers,” Brumfield said. Instead, a constitutional amendment—which advocates are now pushing to get on the ballot under Initiative 24—would require the Legislature to fully fund MAEP while avoiding extra fees. The amendment is a “much better way to solve many years of problems, not a lawsuit,” Brumfield said. Right now, Brumfield said, Mississippi’s constitution does not make full funding of public schools mandatory. Instead, the state’s obligation to pay for education is at the Legislature’s discretion. The entire body of education law says that the state will maintain and support a free system of public education—so long as the state can afford it. “I kind of refer to that as the ‘if we feel like,’ phrase, and they have not felt like it in the past 17 years,” Brumfield said. Supporters must collect 108,000 certified signatures before Oct. 1 for the initiative to appear on the ballot, and Brumfield said they are very close to achieving their goal. They will then present it to the secretary of state. This, Brumfield believes, is the only way “to put enough teeth in the law to force the Legislature to find a way to pay.”
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hile Attorney General Jim Hood prepares his defense against former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove’s lawsuit against the state for failing to fully fund the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, advocates and politicians on both sides of the adequatefunding debate are criticizing the lawsuit. The lawsuit initially included 14 school districts that would fight to recover more than $115 million that those schools were denied since 2010, which was when full funding of MAEP became mandatory under a law the Legislature passed in 2006. Since then, five more school districts joined the lawsuit, increasing the amount of money owed by the state to $134 million. Hood has been a supporter of full funding of public education, but agreed to defend the state against Musgrove. In a statement provided by Attorney General Public Information Officer Jan Schaefer, Hood claims that the Legislature is not required to obey acts made by previous sessions. “Our research has found that courts in other states have unanimously found that, absent a contractual obligation or agreed order, acts of one legislative session cannot bind subsequent sessions,” Hood said in the statement. The state law in question states: “Effective with fiscal year 2007, the Legislature shall fully fund the Mississippi Adequate Education Program.” Since 2010, the Legislature has underfunded education by a total of $1.5 billion. Pieter Teeuwissen, Hinds County Board of Supervisors attorney, said he understands Hood’s argument on a local level, since he once argued that the actions and contracts of one board cannot bind its successor. But, he added, “I’ve never heard that with respect to one legislature binding another because wouldn’t that mean every year they pass a law, the laws don’t apply next year?” Teeuwissen said it would make more
Lucky Town Brewing Co. will soon open the doors to their new brewing facility in Jackson.
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TALK | city
The People Take on the Sales Tax by R.L. Nave
he last Jackson Peopleâ€™s Assembly was a somber affair. It took place the week after the death of Mayor Chokwe Lumumba, a co-founder of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, in late February. The assemblies and its working committees are a key pillar of the MXGMâ€™s Jackson Plan. Lumumba described that sometimes-controversial mission as â€œessentially a self-determination tactic and strategy for African people in America, particularly and specifically in the areas which are affected by the plan,â€? which include predominantly black counties in western Mississippi. Six months after Lumumbaâ€™s death and the unsuccessful campaign of his son, Chokwe Antar Lumumba, to succeed him as mayor, the organizers of the citywide Peopleâ€™s Assembly say itâ€™s time to get down to business. â€œPeople in Jackson do have a lot to talk about and a lot to vent about. The assembly is a place for that occur in an organized fashion,â€? said Akil Bakari, chairman of the assemblyâ€™s Political and Human Rights Committee. As advertised on the flyer for the event, perhaps the most talked-about issue will be Jacksonâ€™s 1-percent sales tax proposal. City residents overwhelmingly agreed to raise their own taxes on certain items in order to create a pot of money that can be used for infrastructure improvements. After the vote and while Jackson was in the throes of the political campaign to select a new mayor, the Mississippi Legislature amended the original 2009 law that made it possible for the city to hold a city referendum on the tax. Under that legislation, the sales tax would exempt food and beverages at restaurants, which brought criticism from Jackson officials and residents.
State officials argue that the change was needed to keep some businesses from being taxed twice. Under state law, wholesalers of beer and light wine charge a 7-percent sales tax to retailers; retailers in turn apply that 7 percent tax as a state income-tax credit. Under the original sales-tax hike, wholesalers would have to charge retailers 8 percent in sales taxes but retailers would still receive only a 7 percent credit. Yarber recently called the change a tradeoff. In separate legislation, lawmakers gave Jackson the ability to make implementation of the tax retroactive, allowing the city to collect an additional three years of the tax. Thus, Yarber said he wouldnâ€™t put up a fuss about the legislative amendment even though some members of the council have grumbled aloud that the city should take action. One of the Peopleâ€™s Assembly topics will involve coming up with a plan to pressure city officials in fighting the change to the sales-tax proposal, which Bakari argues was tantamount to taking away Jacksonâ€™s right to self-determination. Former Lumumba administration officials Willie Bell, who headed public works, and Kwame Kenyatta, a former Lumumba adviser, will give an overview of the inner workings of the sales tax as well as a projection of how much has been collected since the tax went into effect in March. â€œThere doesnâ€™t seem to be enough info coming from the administration on his this is supposed to work,â€? Bakari said. The Citywide Peopleâ€™s Assembly takes place Saturday, Sept. 27, at 3 p.m. at Anderson South United Methodist Church, 1315 McDowell Road. Call 601-965-0342 or visit facebook.com/JxnPeoplesAssembly for more information. Comment at www.jfp.ms. Email R.L. Nave at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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In this undated photo, then-Ward 2 Councilman Chokwe Lumumba (right) consults with his son, Chokwe Antar Lumumba, whose loss in this yearâ€™s mayoral election, some believe, stymied the economic vision his father laid out before his death.
Needed: A Workforce Ready to Succeed Jackson businessman and jazz patron Charles Hooker posted the following under Donna Ladd’s editor’s note last issue, “About Those Pesky Soft Skills” (jfp.ms/softskills) in which she discussed how too many Mississippians are not taught “soft skills” such as planning, time management, teamwork, positive attitudes, communication and work ethic before entering the workplace. Hooker responded: hese thoughts were also expressed recently in a meeting of New Horizon Church and St. Andrew’s Cathedral through Working Together Jackson. WTJ hopes to create a Workforce Development Center to pair ambitious individuals seeking better jobs with progressive employers seeking better employees. The purpose would be to match persons who are anxious to improve their lives with organizations that are looking for the best personnel they can find … people and companies, both admirably trying to improve their station and potential! The intent is to promote and coordinate community college programs and other training/educational resources with the unemployed and under-employed, helping individuals learn of available programs and gaining maximum benefit from them. The Center would also shepherd, nurture and mentor the “soft skills” you mention that weren’t stressed in some individuals’ backgrounds. As you suggested, those who are born into more fortunate circumstances often take these things for granted. Those unfamiliar with these skills and attitudes, however, frequently deem them unimportant and unnecessary. The Center would also offer employers access to prospective staff members who’ve taken important steps to improve their worth. The convergence of these efforts is something most other placement agencies typically cannot or do not provide. Our state often promotes itself as offering “good, affordable labor.” Sometimes “affordable” is a euphemism for “cheap.” Cheap labor not only provides a harsh, undignified, not-so-enjoyable lifestyle to those who can do no better, it also limits the prosperity of the greater community. How much better it’d be to promote Mississippi’s labor as “well trained, excellent, eager to prove its worth”! A “living wage” can be defined as an income on which someone can support himself/herself and his/her family with adequate food, shelter, and clothing; can save something for the future; and can contribute back to the community—all without government assistance. When the lowest on the economic ladder are capable of this, the greatest benefit to our common life is that all of us can live with dignity as we were meant to live.
Jackson: At a Crossroads
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he city of Jackson has an opportunity, but it lacks resources due to a lowered tax base. Even with revenue, you cannot spend your way to prosperity. I wish the state would help more, but then part of the problem is that state and federal properties pay no taxes, but they do provide employment. Jackson State University and Millsaps, Belhaven, Tougaloo and Hinds Community Colleges are gems. JSU deserves a stadium on its campus. JSU’s e-Center: what a development tool. If only Jackson would go after every private-sector employer possible and work to retain homegrown companies. If only the citizens of Jackson could band together and renovate and revitalize their neighborhoods and do something about abandoned homes and businesses. My whole point is this: The people of Jackson are not helpless pawns. It is not 1960 or ’70. The world has changed, and now people have more control over their lives. Live in the past, die in the present. The people of Jackson should band together, pool resources and get involved. You can transform your city; you don’t need some politician to tell you what needs doing. You are free, and you have the skills to innovate and create, and the resource is you. Michael McNelis grew up in northeast Jackson and lived in the city until age 40.
It’s Time to Truly Invest in Transparency
ight now, many governments—cities, counties, states and federal—are working through budget numbers for the next fiscal year. The City of Jackson recently completed a pretty grueling budget planning process, while the state will soon start a round of budget hearings in anticipation of the upcoming legislative session, which coincides with a statewide election cycle. In just about every one of these discussions, there is handwringing about what taxpayers cannot afford. As evidence of that, just consider the yearly political fight over the Mississippi Adequate Education Program formula (see Anna Wolfe, page 12) or Jackson’s recent budget negotiations. Officials lauded the staff of the city’s administration department, which manages Jackson’s finances, including preparing the mayor’s budget recommendation, overseeing revenue collection and doling out payroll to city workers, for burning the midnight oil. The people in this department are no doubt hard-working, dedicated civil servants. But, as some city council members also pointed out, the city’s outdated technology slows down many of the department’s processes, often requiring city employees to work long hours. Being proactive and fixing the problem would cost $2 million, but the city ostensibly lacks the cash to make the investment this year. There had been some talk of an overhaul in the city clerk’s office, which acts as the clearinghouse for most city documents, including campaign-finance records and contracts, but that department’s budget remained flat.
The State of Mississippi has some potentially great resources, such as the Transparency Mississippi website where citizens can see what the state is spending and taking in, but the tool is clunky, buggy and often experiences down time. State campaign-finance reports are available on the secretary of state’s website, but the site’s functionality leaves much to be desired. And we have repeatedly decried the woeful lack of oversight of municipal elections, which no one seems to want to claim as their responsibility (and, we suspect, many use to political advantage). In one sense, greater transparency is necessary for good, democratic governance. But it’s also good for business. Greater transparency and access to public information may improve the economy. Imagine, for example, if there existed userfriendly databases for contracts on the municipal, county and state levels. Prospective businesses would be able to search those documents, see when they’re about to expire and try to outbid their competitors for certain jobs. Not only would taxpayers see savings, but companies would have to get more creative in order to be competitive. As Dominic DeLeo writes on page 19, the technology exists to make this possible—often simply by choosing “print as PDF” in a print function—but it’s going to take some upfront investment of resources, along with commitment from citizens and government leaders to oversee implementation, execution and follow-up of these systems. In the long run, however, it would be a winwin scenario for all, and making government more transparent to the people who pay for it.
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have always been taught, even as a young, frail kid, to always ask “why?” Why did Michael Jackson look like a black kid in the 1970s but like a white woman in the ’90s, or why do people commit to war rather than peace? At age 8, I asked my father why I stuttered so much and how can I stop it so people would stop making fun of me. By age 10, I asked my mother why I was taller than she was. The simple questions were generally answered with ease, while the more complex usually went unanswered, or someone simply made up an answer to curb my hunger for knowledge and understanding. My parents knew I would not simply be satisfied with “well, that’s just the way it is.” To this day, I still attempt to follow the “Why” doctrine. Take the tragic death of teenager Michael Brown. The “Why” doctrine allows us to ask why a police officer gunned down this unarmed young, black male with no justification, with officers then leaving him dead in his own pool of blood for more than four hours. A certain faction of America views the young, black male as an inferior, violent, low-intellect, subhuman species. The justice system, including law enforcement, sees us (yep, I’m a part of that “inferior subhuman species”) no different and, in fact, exacerbates that stereotype and sees us as much worse. Michael Brown’s death shows society the African American plight in a clear-cut, simplistic way, which features a white police officer who, instead of protecting and serving an unarmed teen, does the opposite by harassing and killing. The killing brought about inspiring protest, controversial and thought-provoking social-media hashtags (see #iftheygunnedmedown) and downright frustration, forcing an entire country to think that maybe we really don’t live in this postracial utopia that supposedly started right after the election of our 44th president. Other issues, such as intra-racial violence in the African American community, aren’t as much of a universal headline because it is thought of as nefarious gang activity that only plagues specific areas within the black community. If one were to apply the “Why” doctrine to the violence, there wouldn’t be a concrete universal answer. Because the issue is considered too complex, most don’t bother to ask why. Applying the “Why” doctrine to blackon-black violence requires delving into the world of economic disenfranchisement such as generational predatory lending that caused housing segregation that is still prevalent today. One could also cite the horrors
of slavery, Jim Crow laws, the lack of fair housing and business-loan opportunities, the lack of an educational structure, which also reaches back generations along with the absolute disregard of reparations. These factors arguably contribute not only to intra-racial violence, but also high unemployment, high incarceration and recidivism rates, high foreclosure rates, low national test scores and low earned income in the African American community. Once you apply the “Why” doctrine to issues such as these, you may come to find out that the “We shall overcome” solution doesn’t apply to every problem that plagues the African American community. Sometimes we need to address complex issues with complex solutions such as litigation, regulation and policy. We should not be satisfied with “well, that’s just the way it is.” Take Donald Sterling. Sure, he said Magic Johnson and black people in general are not welcome to his basketball games because of his ingrained stereotypical beliefs. That angered us because he is simply an old racist bigot, which allowed people to latch on to something, which in turn allowed people to protest and essentially “do the right thing.” This headline fell into the realm of simplicity. However, years earlier, Sterling economically deprived black and brown people by forcing them out of rented properties he owned—which had much more devastating implications than a simple dis-invite to Clipper games. This issue involved economics, complex litigation and the Justice Department. But because TMZ got the tape of his recent remarks and sent it into the social-media universe, the “Why” doctrine kicked in, creating First Amendment intellectual discussion and protest, and change soon happened. My goals in life have changed. At 10, I wanted to be Batman. At 15, I wanted to be the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. At 29, I wanted to be Iron Man/Tony Stark. Now at 29 and 3/4, I strive to be a lead promoter of the “Why” doctrine. Implementing the “Why” doctrine on simple and complex issues alike would conform our society to a more cynical and more-aware nation with a thirst for answers and knowledge that can’t be quenched by “well, that’s just the way it is.” Leslie B. McLemore II is a Jackson native, now in Washington, D.C. He is a proud graduate of Jackson State University, North Carolina Central University School of Law (J.D.) and American University Washington College of Law (LL.M.).
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n the 12 years that the Jackson Free Press has covered Jackson and our suburbs, we’ve seen remarkable change. When we launched, the King Edward was an ugly shell, Fondren hadn’t transformed into an über-cool business district, and other media practically tried to run people out of town with negative coverage versus glowing write-ups about the suburbs (well, at least most of that has changed). We’ve watched pride in our city swell—and helped it every way possible—and turn into legions of Jackson warriors showing up, believing, working, and starting businesses and movements. We’re all not done, yet, though. This issue is dedicated to myriad ways to bring even more change to our city, large and small. Pick one (or six) and just get to it. And share with the warrior community by hashtagging your change efforts #btcjxn. We’re even giving prizes because, you know, helping our city deserves recognition. See page 29 for details on the #BTCJXN Challenge. Let’s do this.
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s the sun sets on a steamy, cloudy Friday afternoon, the intersection of West Capitol Street and Ellis Avenue stirs to life. One man makes several trips to a nearby gas station for bags, sometimes stopping to talk to a blonde woman wearing short denim cutoffs. Just east is one of the main entrances to the Jackson Zoo and Livingston Park. Crossing guards near Barr Elementary School hold vigil and occasionally signal to motorists mind the 15-mile-per-hour speed limit in the school zone. Further east up Capitol toward downtown sits historic Poindexter Park and its surrounding neighborhood. Around the turn of the century, a street trolley was installed to carry residents from the city center to Poindexter Park, the westernmost edge of Jackson at the time. The neighborhoods that branch out from Capitol Street have always been unique for Mississippi. Doctors, attorneys, traveling salesmen, shop owners and top executives in some of the city’s most prominent businesses once lived here. Historians note that most of the homes were built for working- and middle-class families to rent and, that as far back as the 1910s and 1920s, African Americans and whites more or less lived side-by-side. “The conditions which are normally expected to separate groups of people and neighborhoods—conditions of economic class, race and home ownership versus rental housing—all appear very blurred,” states the Poindexter Park Neighborhood Association’s application for state historic status, submitted in 1995, “but are very clearly defined in other places of similar age in Jackson.” Today, once you cross over Gallatin Street going west, the neighborhoods along the Capitol Street are still occupied by working-class people although the racial dynamics have become almost uniformly African American. And as Jackson’s population, and therefore, its tax base, has shrunk over the years, the city has had a difficult time maintaining the area. Denise Wilson lives in the Pecan Park neighborhood and helps out at a friend’s business, the name of which she asked to not be published. In the 11 years the small business has been operating, Wilson said she’s watched the neighborhood through its ups and downs. She casually mentions that the store her friend owns has been burglarized twice and recently had the front windows broken. She drives a reporter down one crumbling street where three elected officials own properties. Ahead of a visit from First Lady Michelle Obama to Pecan Park Elementary in 2010, Wilson recalls publicworks crews patching up the street and resetting the window dressing for Obama’s benefit. “Mrs. Obama does not pay property taxes here, but I
do,” Wilson said. She remains embittered by the sight of abandoned houses, the crumbling side streets, the presence of prostitution and the fact that businesses struggle despite sometimes heavy traffic counts. Wilson jokes that sometimes she considers cancelling her cable subscription because, from her vantage point, she sees plenty of drama unfolding every day. “Why turn on the TV when you have a soap opera right here?”
toric neighborhoods it anchors. As of this year, the Jackson Police Department and Hinds County Sheriff’s Office deployed what they call a long-term community-policing program adopted from Louisiana’s capital city. In the short time the program— which had been called BRAVE but is now known as MACE—law enforcement agencies and neighbors report a drop in total crime.
The proximity of West Capitol Street near Poindexter Park to downtown underscores how essential building up west Jackson could be to growth in the capital city and the metro.
Thinking of a Master Plan If Wilson has had a front-row seat for the decline of West Capitol and other parts of west Jackson, she and other residents now have an opportunity to have a starring role in its comeback. By no means is Capitol Street the city’s only major thoroughfare in need of some tender, loving care but for many reasons, the stars are aligning, and things are happening from the old Mississippi Capitol building to Interstate 220. The renewed interest has resulted from several efforts, some of which have been long-running and some of which have begun only recently. Take, for instance, Voice of Calvary Ministries’ real-estate development arm, which has acquired vacant lots and abandoned homes and helped developed hundreds of affordable homes in the area. Meanwhile, spurred in part by murmurs that the zoo might move across town, new life has been breathed into a group called the Zoo Area Progressive Partnership to pull the zoo into efforts to revitalize the his-
Against this backdrop is the effort, ongoing since March 2013, to draw up a west Jackson master plan. The result of a disaster-planning grant, Voice of Calvary brought in Jacksonbased Duvall Decker Architects to perform a study in a small area bounded by Fortification Street and U.S. 80 north to the south and Gallatin Street to Ellis Avenue from east to west. Roy Decker, one of the firm’s principals, calls it a grassroots rather than utopian visioning process. “It’s not all about new buildings. It’s actually about policy, social organizations. It’s about strategic developments that change values for the positives, that coordinate institutions, that does many things,” Decker said. “It’s a means to an end, but the end is blurry. The ends are in the hands of the residents.” The residents met at west Jackson churches, businesses and nonprofits, residents where they threw spaghetti at the wall, so to speak, in hopes that some of the ideas would stick. During one working session held in February, partici-
Under the Microscope Itâ€™s easy to see why west Jackson residents might feel like specimens in a Petri dish. Patti Patterson, who lives in west Jackson and was recently confirmed to the Jackson Zoo Board, says residents are suspicious of the motives of Decker and Phil Reed, Voice of Calvaryâ€™s executive director, both of whom are white. Some of those suspicions might not be completely irrational, said Patterson, who is African American. â€œThis community, theyâ€™ve been studied to death, but thereâ€™s never any implementation,â€? Patterson, a former Ward 5 council candidate, told the Jackson Free Press recently. West Jackson is full of the kinds of challenges that socialscience careers are built on, and the master plan takes all of it into account. With west Jackson housing most of the cityâ€™s services for homeless people, the study plan attempts to get its TRIP BURNS
arms around the homeless problem in Jackson. Decker notes that homeless people travel a â€œcircuitâ€? of services that includes breakfast at Galloway United Methodist Church, stops at the Opportunity Center, Stewpot and, finally, one of the homeless shelters for the evening. Breaking the circuit could have dire consequences. â€œIf they look for a job, they give up a meal or a bed,â€? Decker said at a recent community meeting. Although the actual number is likely higher, the most recent pointin-time count from 2013 found 571 homeless people in Jackson, and many of the organizations that serve them are located in West Jackson. In some Census tracts, median income is between $9,000 and $10,000, far below the stateâ€™s median of $36,000. In the study area, Duvall Decker found that 40 percent of the land is either vacant land or abandoned property, and ownership of most of the real estate is concentrated in the hands of just a few owners, many of whom live outside the city. However, of the occupied homes, there are roughly equal numbers of owner and renter-occupied homesâ€”a positive sign, Decker said.
The plan also looks at public transportation. Most routes the cityâ€™s public transit system, JATRAN, travels appear to be holdovers from when most people worked in downtown Jackson, suggesting that an analysis that considers current trends might be needed. Decker says while the study considers social concerns as well as economic opportunities, those problems wonâ€™t be solved by one developer, and he is keenly aware of the skepticism that community residents have toward outsiders. â€œWest Jackson has been studied,â€? he said, echoing, Patti Patterson, â€œ(and) has had fairly manipulative property-acquisition strategies so that anybody coming into west Jackson talking about planning is going to be met with some mistrust.â€? The fear is that a powerful, shadowy developer is behind the curtains and orchestrating the removal of poor residents so that they can build expensive lofts, wine and cheese stores, and hipster coffee houses. In other words, gentrification. Gentrification occurs when young, monied people start moving into a poor part of town, attracted by cheap land prices. Soon, amenities that cater to such people follow, which attracts more young, monied people, driving up housing demand and, therefore, property values and rents to levels that working class people who live there cannot afford. Mukesh Kumar, interim program director for the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at Jackson State University, believes that the fear of gentrification occurring in West Jackson is probably overblown. â€œPeople shouldnâ€™t be concerned with gentrification per se. They should be concerned with the competence of people who are in charge of addressing it,â€? he says. Kumar points to the study area and its high percentage of vacant land as evidence that west Jackson can accommodate as many people as want to live there. And other cities have gotten in front of gentrification with initiatives that keep people from being pushed out of their neighborhoods. In Philadelphia, Pa., for example, low-income senior citizens can have their property taxes frozen so that they donâ€™t incur an unsustainable tax burden in the event property values rise. In the city of Cleveland, Ohio-based manufacturer Sherwin Williams donates house paint to low-income citizens to keep their properties up to code. The professor said the best way to stave off gentrification is to make the people living in west Jackson feel like they had a hand in its re-visioning. For example, planners could ask students at Barr Elementary School how to make the crosswalks they traverse every morning and afternoon more colorful. â€œThat way they own the street. They feel like the street is part of them,â€? he said. JPDâ€™s M.A.C.E. in the Hole Also fueling suspicion that something sinister is afoot in the Capitol corridor is the fact that local police have started experimenting there with an initiative they hope will lower crime. If it works, they plan to roll it out city-wide. Modeled on a program started in the capital of Louisiana, Jackson police and the Hinds County Sheriffâ€™s Office first deployed the B.R.A.V.E. program in a section of west Jackson from West Capitol Street to Interstate 20. Jacksonâ€™s approach to BRAVE (which is being renamed to Metro Area Crime Elimination, or MACE) is slightly different than how it was conceived in Louisiana. Both are longterm strategies, but Baton Rougeâ€™s program calls for more community-based policing, based on the Ceasefire model used in some 50 cities around the country of building relationships with residents and, sometimes, gang leaders. The conception in Jackson also focuses on so-called quality-of-life issues, enforcement of which was the centerpiece of the policing strategy in New York City under Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and his police commissioner, William Bratton. Bratton, who left the NYPD to become
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chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, is a self-described adherent of the â€œbroken windowsâ€? theory of policing, popularized by criminologists George Kelling and James Wilson in 1982, meaning that police would focus more on curtailing minor crime in hopes that it would reduce serious criminal behavior. â€œMy objective as commissioner was to focus on improving life in NYC by focusing on all details of crime, from graffiti to the high rate of murder, methodically using data and statistics to track patterns and to place police where they could be most effective,â€? Bratton writes on his own LinkedIn profile. The rationale of focusing on petty crimes is that people are less likely to commit violent crimes if they know something as simple as jaywalking could attract police attention. As part of the quality-of-life focus, Jackson has also moved building-code enforcement under the purview of JPD, the theory being that homeowners might be more inclined to get their properties up to code if failure to do so results in a visit from a cop carrying a gun as opposed to a building inspector with a clipboard. Vance said the March shooting of death of 3-year-old Armon Burton helped spawn the program. Burton was killed in a hail of gunfire after people in his neighborhood quarreled, reportedly, over a missing dog, and exchanged some 30 bullets. The case remains unsolved. The â€œbroken windowsâ€? approach, however, has not held up well under further research and practice. For instance, University of Chicago professors Bernard Harcourt and Jens Ludwig studied the practice, finding that its ability to reduce violence criminal is unproved. Its practice, they found, has a disparate effect on poor people, especially blacks and Hispanicsâ€”and even contributes to the well-known disproportionate drug arrests of African Americans (even as illicit drug abuse is as prominent among whites). Not to mention, data show that serving time for minor crimes actually increases recidivismâ€”repeat criminal activityâ€”once the offender leaves prison, which can include committing more severe crimes. Jacksonâ€™s BRAVE program, which JPD calls a long-term commitment, includes â€œquality of lifeâ€? issues that residents often complain about, including dilapidated and abandoned PRUH:(67-$&.621VHHSDJH
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pants suggested things like edible gardens, fruit groves, bike loan centers, better grocery stores, jazz concerts, farmers markets, roller rinks and a roller coaster. Many of the suggestions dealt with common sources of aggravation, such as housing, including more affordable and higher quality single family and mixed-income housing as well as more housing options for Jackson State University. Duvall Decker commissioned planning interns to go about collecting mountains of data. The results are in the form of an hour-long presentation that the firm has been showing to groups around west Jackson that highlight some of the areaâ€™s biggest challengesâ€”and opportunities.
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homes, Vance said. The Yarber administration recently reorganized some city departments and moved building code enforcement to the police department to give the city more power to punish homeowners who do not maintain their properties. â€œAs opposed to going in there for a week or for a weekend. And the criminals know what you are doing. They just lay low and come back out. But with this approach, they donâ€™t know what they are doing. They are either going to have to shut down or move out,â€? said JPD chief Lee Vance, who added that the neighborhood has seen a 42 percent decrease in crime in the past six weeks. Democratic State Rep. Credell Calhoun lives in Pecan Park with his wife, Hinds County District 3 Supervisor Peggy Hobson Calhoun. He believes that the refocused law enforcement efforts are going to bring about major improvements. â€œEvery time I go out, I see (police) stopping somebody,â€? said Calhoun, who serves as president of the Pecan Park Neighborhood Association and owns rental property in the neighborhood.
A More Perfect Union No matter what the master plan ultimately has in it, the future of west Jacksonâ€™s neighborhoods will depend on who is sitting at the table doing planning. Deâ€™Keither Stamps, who represents Ward 4 on the Jackson City Council and is an ardent of booster of sprucing up the corridors that lead into the zoo, says he is encouraged by the fact that so many community stakeholders have been involved in the master-planning process. â€œItâ€™s the perfect union between the neighborhood, the city, the zoo and several other interested parties,â€? Stamps said. For others, the union up until now has been less than perfect, however. Despite the talk about homelessness in west Jackson, Frank Spencer, executive director of Stewpot, which works with the homeless, says the organization has not been involved in talks about the master plan. â€œStewpot would love to be a part of that,â€? said Spencer, whose organization at the corner of Capitol and Rose streets serves about 100 people every day through its day shelter, the Opportunity Center. â€œWe have a vested interest in Capitol Street.â€? Among the noisiest opponents of the master-plan study is the Battlefield Community Neighborhood Association. For them, the sticking point is a Jackson State-proposed stadium. Decker emphasizes that the stadium is far from a done deal, but based on input from JSU and other community members, the master plan proposes a site near Battlefield Park. The goals for the stadium have been lofty. For football games, the stadium would hold about 50,000, while it would pack 17,000 fans for basketball games and 21,000 for concerts. Additionally, the venue would include 75 skyboxes for rental, and JSUâ€™s Sports Hall of Fame would occupy the first floor. The original design includes 4,500 parking spaces. Another 2,000 are located in garages downtown where shuttle buses can help on big game days. Janice Adams, president of Battlefield Parkâ€™s neighborhood association, says she and her neighbors are concerned about their neighborhood being over run with commercial development spawned by the building of a stadium. â€œThe stadium, we donâ€™t want it in Battlefield. We wish
For about the past year and a half, numerous neighborhood associations, churches, not-for-profit organizations and government entities have been developing a vision for west Jackson. Integral to that effort is a study plan, which uses community input to take a snapshot of the opportunities and challenges in a small area of west Jackson. Roy Decker, one of the principals in Jackson-based Duvall Decker Architects P.A., emphasizes that the west Jackson master plan is a process rather than a static document. Decker expects work on the master plan to be complete in coming weeks. they would take it somewhere else. We donâ€™t want it anywhere near our neighborhood because we feel like itâ€™s going to cause a lot of problems for us,â€? Adams said. Decker says a community meeting specifically for Battlefield Park is planned in the upcoming weeks. Patti Patterson, who has attended many meetings on the plan, acknowledges that itâ€™s been difficult to get neighbors involved. She says sheâ€™s canvassed her west Jackson neighborhood to invite people to planning meetings, but has had little success. Calhoun, the state representative and homeowner association president, says he has had similar difficulties, but heâ€™s less concerned with who would move into the neighborhood than with their commitment to improving it. â€œYou donâ€™t really care who fixes it up as long as they fix
it,â€? he said. Still, some people, like Denise Wilson remain wary of the changes. As much as she wants to see the momentum sustained, she does worry that businesses like hers might be jettisoned for newer, shinier establishments that might start moving in once development really heats up. But Kumar believes that a rising Capitol Street would benefit everyone, especially if demand for housing were to increase in Jackson. â€œGiven the momentum that west Jackson has, if some major demand shift were to happen, it would be the first location off the block,â€? he said. Comment at www.jfp.ms/westjxn. Email R.L. Nave at firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more at www.facebook.com/ pages/West-Jackson-Master-Plan.
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The Curious Case of Costco, Stadium, Museum, Baseball and Parks by Mukesh Kumar
lanning-board meetings are usually drab affairs. this could have been interpreted as a distinction withAs an exercise in participatory democratic pro- out difference. cess, these meetings often serve as deliberative Since the Aug. 27 vote of the Planning Board against steps toward more direct decision-making by the rezoning proposal, the mayorâ€™s office has attempted the council to determine, influence and shape future to move forward through other channels, while the opland use in most cities. ponents have pursued restraining orders. Possibly, one The Jackson Planning Board could reframe the arguments back meeting on Aug. 27 was anything to the very point of zoning: pur-%%4 .)-"9 but drab. The widely reported issue suit of public interest and comof rezoning 50 acres of land that inWe all want Costco in munity goals. After all, any zoning cluded Smith-Wills Stadium, Jamie Jacksonâ€”just ordinance results in allocation of Fowler Boyll Park and portions of Not In Our Backyard! costs and values to various parties. ballparks south of Lakeland Drive How to solve? And because a government ideally brought out a large crowd of very should not be in the business of allointerested parties. cating values among private parties, Two significant moments stood municipal coercive power ought to out for me during the deliberations. The first occurred be exercised in the name of public interest. Additionally, when planning-board members calmly listened to argu- zoning ordinances should always result in pareto-optimal ments from Thomas Starling, Rick Cleveland and Susan outcomes (that net gains of an action are at least adequate Gerrard about traffic congestion, loss of open space, threat enough to compensate the losing entities). to the nearby museums and loss of recreational opportuIn this case, although gains from an economic-denities for the youth. But the calmness turned to visible velopment project such as bringing a Costco are argued discomfort when Gerald McWhorter, the assistant secre- in terms of number of jobs and additional sales taxes, and tary of state, shared a letter from Secretary of State Delbert losses in terms of traffic and reduced usage of public space, Hosemann outlining the stateâ€™s willingness to stop the perhaps we need to analyze the impact more in terms of rezoning by pursuing the trigger provision in the original effects on income, wealth, price, quantity, quality of life deed that granted the city rights to develop the land for and environmental quality. With such an appropriate the purposes of parks and recreation. The visible discom- estimation, if the gains outweighed losses, public interest fort of the planning-board members and the momentary could be adequate justification for proposed changes. but confident silence from the crowd portended the outcome of the proposal at that point itself. Then, the second moment occurred. Upon being questioned on the legality of the rezoning proposal, the Mukesh Kumar is intercity responded by making a distinction between rezoning im chairman of Jackand reuse. This response elicited a few giggles in the crowd son State Universityâ€™s to suggest that most of them understood the distinction to urban and regional be trivial at best and even somewhat misleading. planning department. In fact, zoning and land use, although normally deIdeas expressed here are fined in direct relation to one another, can be legitimately his own and do not necesargued to be different. Zoning is broader, and specific sarily represent those of Jackson uses are often prescribed within a given zoning ordinance. State University. Both, however, must aim at achieving some particular community goal or public interest. It would be difficult to justify permitting incompatible uses (such as landfills) in an area zoned residential because they would undermine each other in achieving any community goal or public interest. Hence, in very broad terms, one could argue that
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very citizen of Jackson contributes to the funding of city government. Each of us pays for some fractional part of employee and elected official salaries, for their cell phones, iPads and laptops, their Internet access, copy machines and their disk storage. So it seems logical and fair that we ought to be able to acKnowledge is power. cess that public information â€”Sir Francis Bacon quickly, easily and without having to go down to city hallâ€” Sunlight is the best and then be charged for copies disinfectant. and â€œstaff time.â€? Weâ€™ve already â€”Justice Louie Brandeis paid for it. When you get right All governments lie. down to it, we already own that â€”I. F. Stone information. We shouldnâ€™t have to pay for the city governmentâ€™s inability to organize and archive its data. In todayâ€™s digital, data-driven world, we wouldnâ€™t accept that from any other large organization or company. Here are a few suggestions for changing how city government manages information: The city should mandate that, effective immediately, all documents must be tagged and archived into a public-access database. Most are already created electronically, and this can be done at little or no cost using equipment and technology the city already owns. The city should appoint a Public Information Accessibility Officer whose job will be to facilitate access to public information, not prevent it. This function could reside in the Jackson city clerkâ€™s office, which has the responsibility for public records. Every departmentâ€™s budget should be linked to this public-information accessibility effort, and their budget should be reduced by some percentage and transferred to the city clerkâ€™s budget if they do not comply. The city should become a model for the rest of the region and the state by crafting a comprehensive policy on electronic communications. Iâ€™m sure the Jackson Free Press and many of the other media outlets that cover the city would be happy to participate in setting the guidelines. Any and all city business conducted by text message, tweet, Facebook post, email or phone must be part of the public record, with rare exceptions. Letâ€™s be honest: The city wonâ€™t reach its potential unless we have a fully informed citizenry and press asking the right questions. Having access to public info is crucial to creating an honest debate about the cityâ€™s issues and problems.
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Pareto-optimal outcomes: Net gains of an action are at least adequate enough to compensate the losing entities.
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Transparency will create friends that often local governments do not know exist. On the other hand, obfuscation and subterfuge will often make enemies out of friends. It is better to be proactive with data and analysis in anticipation of opposition than to react with underdeveloped positions. Legal matters among governmental entities are better handled behind the scenes through negotiations than in full public view. Conflict between governmental entities often does not have any winner.
Prepare plans to adequately compensate for the losses. It is not enough to argue that a project will increase tax revenues. It is often important to explain the provisions that the city might consider and undertake to minimize losses and compensate the losers. Unlike earlier times, we have come to value open spaces in our urban areas far more than ever before. Even if everyone might not be direct users of open spaces, people place option values on them that a city needs to estimate and ensure adequate provision for them. â€”Mukesh Kumar
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Windows 95 started all this? It could do so many things, and I was just fascinated by technology and software and how it all worked together. I started trying to optimize the computer. The family was always frustrated because the thing (the computer) was always taken apart with parts everywhere. They didn’t care if it was slow; they just wanted it to work. For me, I wanted it faster and optimized. It started there, and I’ve been absolutely fascinated and interested in technology ever since.
of what all of our competitors chose to do. … I’ll be talking about that, but then I’ll also be applying it to new areas and new things that I haven’t talked about before. I’m trying to get the best of the old and the best of the new by including the narrative and the topic that I’m probably best known for speaking about, and the one that probably has been the most powerful in propelling the company forward. COURTESY JOEL BOMGAR
n Nov. 6, Jackson will host its first TED ((Technology, Entertainment, Design) event, TEDxJackson. The theme is “Fertile Ground,” and includes a wide range of speakers including Joel Bomgar, the founder and CEO of Bomgar, one of the fastest-growing businesses in North America and headquartered here in Ridgeland. His software allows easy remote access to computers and mobile devices. In a recent interview, the Belhaven University graduate shared his story starting when he was 15 and introduced to a Windows 95 operating system.
How will having a TED event affect Jackson? Every time Jackson does something that puts us on the map, that’s great! I think TED is an excellent opportunity to have some great thinkers and some people with ideas in Jackson put on a national stage. Ultimately, the TEDx event is not about the 300 people in the audience. It’s about the tens of thousands of people that can ultimately watch online. That’s the beauty of the Internet, not just in building Bomgar.
What allowed you to take a simple idea and make it into something major? The passion and the drive to see a vision fulfilled. One of the interesting things that I ran into as I was building the company was a fair number of people that had said: ‘I’ve actually thought about trying to build a product like that. I just never did. I never got around to it. Never had the passion to pursue it.’ Ultimately, those were people that came and purchased the product I had built. I think it’s not so much about having a good idea. Most good ideas have been had by someone somewhere along the way. It’s about the person having the idea making the determination that they’re going to go through walls. They’re going to do whatever it takes to see that idea come to fruition. I guess that’s the approach I’ve taken to whatever I’ve done in life.
Tech success story Joel Bomgar hopes to inspire other young entrepreneurs in his Nov. 6 TEDxJackson talk.
How did you turn the idea for Bomgar into a reality? When I was in college, the job I had was basically fixing computers. I was driving a 1979 Buick LeSabre, and every time someone had a problem, they’d call and I’d jump in the car and do the 45-minute or hour-long drive—it could be any distance. … When I graduated from college I really wanted to be more effective than I’m going to be if I have to jump in the car every time. I worked on a piece of software that would let me connect to people’s computers over the Internet. I could see their computer screen, I could move their mouse, I could type on their computers. Once they gave me permission, they could essentially sit back and watch and I would fix their computer problems from the other side of the state or wherever I was. It took about six or more months to come up with the first version of that product. … Since I spent that long, I thought that maybe it was worth trying to share the idea with the rest of the world. What is your TEDxJackson talk about? I’m probably best known for talking about the concept of being different, really as a strategy of how Bomgar became No. 1 in the world at what we did. Charting a course that’s effectively the opposite
“Given the right soil, one seed can grow into a plant that feeds, heals, shelters, clothes or simply pleases the senses. We believe that a simple, powerful idea can do the same.” More details: tedxjackson.com
Joel Bomgar’s Tips for Would-be Entrepreneurs: • Try things and experiment, and just keep driving forward. • The No. 1 problem people have is that they never actually launch whatever their idea is. • Try to get the product on the market as fast as conceivably possible. Get something out there to find out if the marketplace cares. • What matters is not what you think about the idea. It’s what the marketplace thinks. You have to allow the marketplace
to use the product and try the product. • There is no harm in putting your product out there. What matters is if it produces even a microscopic amount of value. • Use users’ feedback to find out how to make your product better. • Pursue your dreams. Don’t let anything stand in your way. • When you have those dreams, to the degree it’s entrepreneurial, whatever it is your idea is, get it out there. • Use the marketplace to help shape
what your idea is, because there’s the possibility that what you think it should be is not what the marketplace wants. • If it’s a product or a service, the marketplace will pay you to make it better. • You don’t know what you’re good at, and you don’t know what other people think you’re good at until you’re out there. • Success in the workplace is about finding something that you enjoy doing, and that the marketplace values a lot. More info: Bomgar.com
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The McLaughlin Challenge I challenge you to be the change for Jackson.
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Intentionally introduce yourself and your children to new experiences that involve diverse groups of people. Coordinate and facilitate, in a meaningful way, the sharing and dissemination of information and best practices among our neighborhoods and neighborhood organizations. Fully integrate the Jackson Police Department into this effort. Form and fund a Main Street coordinating program for the City of Jackson. Democratize municipal decision-making by providing an idea-sharing platform and allow for participatory budgeting in certain circumstances. Provide a mechanism where community improvement projects, such as the construction of parks, sidewalks, gardens, community centers and even the demolition of dilapidated structures, can be co-financed with the City of Jackson by neighborhoods and communities through a crowdsourcing platform. Leverage public-sector and private-sector resources to create a seed stage accelerator program located in the City of Jackson that is focused on specific industries or subsets. Revamp the 311-service request to be userfriendlier and provide for reporting through a smartphone based application. Addressing the 311-service requests in a timely and efficient manner is critical, but the open-source data gathered through the reporting process is more valuable long term. Create an innovation loan fund using city resources to encourage innovation, accountability, and entrepreneurship related to the provision of city services. A funded project must meet only two requirements: The project must make the City of Jackson more efficient from a service provision perspective, and the project must pay for itself within two years. Even if this means reaching down in age, find people who are capable of continually creating new ideas and place them in positions of leadership within the public and private sector. We live in a knowledge economy and knowledge and the creation of new ideas have never been more valuable. Finally, whatever you decide to do, make sure that it is measurable and that you are accountable to someone.
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Learning Academies: Vital for Work Readiness by Donna Ladd
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lignment Jackson and JPS hopes that the learning-academy approach will ensure that every graduate of the district: • … has an ACT Score of 21 or above. • … completes an individual career and academic plan. • … completes an online course or computer proficiency course. • … gets college credit or a nationally recognized professional certification. • … completes community service, an internship or a capstone project.
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3HORT TERM /UTCOMES • Increase average daily attendance by 5 percent at each JPS high school • Increase parental awareness • JPS academy coaches are prepared to support the freshman academy and academic-themed academies at their schools • JPS freshman seminar teachers are prepared to support the freshman academy at their school ,ONG TERM /UTCOMES • Increase college readiness • Increase high-school graduation rate • Increase career readiness • Increase average daily attendance
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any little girls grow up to be mamas. Often through no fault of their own, they end up as single mothers. They need to earn well in order to care for their families and themselves. They need to be ready to lead organizations, as well as their own families. Obvious, no? Well, maybe not. Our society too often stifles our girls’ potential and voices from an early age, limiting their earnings and success potential. Let’s stop it now. Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In” book has not only become a neo-feminist manifesto of sorts—it’s OK to be ambitious; lean into it!—but she, Beyoncé and others have started the #banbossy campaign to remind parents, teachers and mentors
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tal Area, Greater Jackson Chamber and the City of Jackson, says on its website that the academy plan “opens the door for community to play an unprecedented role in support of Jackson Public Schools and will revolutionize how educators teach and students learn.” Here is more info, and a call for help, from alignmentjackson.org’s Invitation to Participate page:
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#BanBossy Once and for All
hen an employer encounters a young job applicant who has few, if any, “soft skills”—such as planning, the ability to resist Facebook or texting, positive communications skills or even the understanding that work is a time to, well, work—it is easy to roll your eyes and blame the parents or the lack of preparation for the real world. But that doesn’t solve the problem. The answer lies in reversing the cycle of young people unprepared for the workplace, which can tank their earning potential and cause anxiety and stress. That is, teach them valuable soft skills at a young age. The Jackson Public Schools district is embracing a strategy that promises to make a huge difference in young people’s lives, as well as improve their future success and earning potential with its new focus on freshman learning academies. In that pivotal shift Deja Harris, a 2014 summer intern at the Jackson Free Press and an Alcorn State student, wrote this thank-you note after from middle to high school, starting this fall, all JPS her internship ended. It refers to the soft skills she learned here freshmen are placed in a freshman learning academy. as well as journalism practice. Writing handwritten thank-you Then, JPS plans to add academics to another grade notes is only one of the success-driven practices that young people need to embrace. (Reprinted with her permission). every year through the 2017-2018 school year. These small learning communities will integrate academic and career-focused learning that aligns The success, though, depends on community involvework-based learning with the needs of area employers, which ment and partnership, especially with businesses. Alignment includes the teaching of soft skills. Jackson, a partnership between JPS, United Way of the Capi-
that little girls are told early and often that they shouldn’t be strong or bossy, thus setting up a pattern that can stunt their leadership, and earning, potential for a lifetime. It’s food for thought about attitudes toward all women in leadership, as well. See banbossy. com for many exercises on how to reverse this troubling practice.
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tephen R. Covey, the “7 Habits of Successful People” guy, believes that schools should incorporate basic leadership skills into their curricula. In his inspiring book, “The Leader In Me,” Covey provides a list of qualities and skills that employers are seeking in hires. All of these, he argues, can and should be incorporated every way possible into the school experience. Otherwise, he or she is likely to struggle in the workplace. 1. Communication skills (verbal and written) 2. Honesty/Integrity 3. Teamwork skills 4. Interpersonal skills 5. Self-motivation/Initiative 6. Strong work ethic 7. Analytical skills 8. Technology skills 9. Organization skills 10. Creative minds
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e asked staffers, readers and known change agents in the community for their ideas on being the change we want to see in Jackson (a phrase weâ€™ve borrowed from Gandhi). Some are specific ideas already in action, some are big ideas we should consider, and others amount to needed motivation as we all work together to lift up our city and the state. Try these on for side and then head to jfp.ms/bethechange to add yours or tweet using #BTCJXN.
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I have lived in the Jackson metro area for over 11 years. I have seen potential for many great things that can be done: some with little money, some requiring millions. City support for events. The city of Jackson should offer free police officers to help with events. JPD regularly charges around $25 per hour per officer. Ten officers working eight hours shifts equals $2,000 Concerts Entertainment. Letâ€™s forget about Farish Street. After 25 years and several lawsuits, things are not moving. Letâ€™s open an entertainment district in Fondren or a new location. Beautification Develop â€œwelcomeâ€? areas, particularly along Interstates 20 and 55. Destroy old vacant properties. Plant gardens at entrances to and around the city. Many landscapers would love to do it for free as long as their name shows somewhere in the garden. Economy Create incentives for small businesses to move or open a location in Jackson. Jackson real estate needs to compete with better prices. Retail spaces are more expensive in downtown than Ridgeland or Pearl. Create a commission leaded by the mayor to visit different countries (China, United Arab Emirates, Mexico, Brazil, etc.) to attract major investors to open big manufacturers in Jackson, or to invest in an entertainment district.
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Marketing Create videos about Jackson; many cities around the world do this to attract visitors and investments. (Just negative stuff comes from YouTube.) Establish sister cities in places like Rio de Janeiro, Monterrey, Dubai and other cities around the world to send a message of being a cosmopolitan city.
Media Ask all the media to include the good things that happen in Jackson. Every day I open the news websites; mostly they focus on the shootings, robbery, etc. That creates a horrible image. I hang out all the time in Jackson, and I am fine. There is crime, but there is a lot of good stuff that is not presented.
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I am working on building a workforce collaborative in Jackson for citizens returning from the corrections system. We are looking to build off the success of the Newark model, which was highly successful under Mayor Cory Bookerâ€™s administration in New Jersey. We are working to help pull partners together that will rapidly attach men and women who have recently exited the corrections system to employment and the social services they need to (a) become self-sufficient (b) reduce their recidivism and (c) become a productive member of society. The goal is to build a public, private, and philanthropic response to this vulnerable populationâ€™s lack of resources and opportunities, which causes a cycle of crime, incarceration and poverty. I think the project is a win-win for the community as it aims to reduce crime, reduce poverty, decrease prison population, increase skills of low skill/low wage workers and help meet the need of employers looking for a quality labor force.
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Just do something. Try to activate, educate and bring the community together in all that you do! Everyone has something GOOD to give; we sometimes forget that in this crazy, fast-paced world. But when it comes to Jackson, letâ€™s get a little more fast paced and get out and celebrate our lovely city and its diversity; be the change you want to see, Jackson! Come downtown Oct. 3, 5 p.m.-midnight, to the Mississippi Museum of Art and see what I am talking about!
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Springboard To Opportunities connects families living in affordable housing with resources and programs that help them advance themselves in school, work and life. We do this by working directly with families, as well as by establishing strategic partnerships with other organizations that help residents achieve their goals. Currently, we work with residents of two affordable-housing properties in Jackson: Commonwealth Village and Lincoln Gardens (we are expanding statewide Nov. 1). The stability of affordable housing meets an essential need for residents, providing the opportunity to shift their focus away from daily obstacles and toward future aspirations. By working closely with real-estate developers, property-management companies, neighborhood leaders, community stakeholders and
residents, we are building pathways for adults, children and families to realize their dreams. We believe we can create a new model to cultivate hope and start to break the cycle of generational poverty! The two-generation approach is integrated into every aspect of our workâ€”we understand that we cannot support our moms without supporting their children. Two main points guide the work. Affordable housing alone is not enough to move people out of poverty. We implement a â€œradically resident drivenâ€? approach to programming. All community programming addresses direct needs as communicated by the residents through trusting relationships. See springboardto.org
Be the change you want to see in Jackson. Make a difference AND win prizes!
We’re asking our readers to take a 30-day “Be the Change Challenge” in the Jackson metro to help encourage others to get involved, no matter how big or small, to help our city/metro reach its full potential. We challenge you to do something to Be the Change Jackson every day for 30 days starting on Wednesday, Oct. 1st. Snap pictures of you and yours being-the-change and use the hashtag
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Gandhi told us all to “be the change we want to see in the world”; we urge you to focus your efforts on our city in the next month or so to help inspire others, and especially our young folks, to step up and do whatever is in their power to do. Thank you for whatever you can do and for inspiring others!
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eandrea Moore was on maternity leave when the idea of a food truck came to her. “I’m the kind of person who always wanted to do something on my own,” she says. She enjoyed her career as an auditor for Pepsi Co., but like many parents, she wanted more time with her seven children. Moore returned to work after the birth of her youngest child, but the idea never went away. She returned to work in January 2014 and worked for two more months before turning in her notice. Her husband, Omario, who was a chef at the Capital Club downtown, jumped on board and turned in his notice, too. By the end of March, they were developing their food-truck concept fulltime, and 2 for 7 Kitchen was born. Initially, 2 for 7 was a delivery service. The Moores took orders from groups of teachers or industrial workers and deliver it at lunch. The response was incredible and prompted the couple to take the risk and get the truck, which only created more business. Moore said that most of their new customers hear about them through word of mouth, Instagram (@2for7kitchen) or Facebook. “I’ve not seen one bad comment, yet,” Moore says. Menu items include breakfast favorites such
as pancakes and waffles, available all day, hibachi, chicken on a stick, philly cheese steaks, poboys and a dozen other unrelated things, with new items added daily. The real kicker is that if you want something that isn’t on the menu, and they have the ingredients, 2 for 7 will make it anyway. On weekdays, the Moores are usually set up at 4106 Medgar Evers Blvd., but they’re on the lookout for a regular lunch location that patrons can walk to from work. You can find them at the usual spot on weekends if the truck isn’t at an event. 2 for 7 opens for business each day at 11 a.m. On weeknights and weekend nights, it closes when the food runs out, usually between 1 and 4 a.m., with a break around 3 p.m. for a grocery run, if needed. “That’s when we are packed,” Moore says. “We get the most business at night, because not a lot of things are still open.” They still deliver, too, for 10 or more orders placed before 9 a.m. for lunch. The Moores aren’t content to settle for their current success. They’re hoping to add another food truck soon and to eventually open a restaurant. Their short-term goals include adding sushi to their offerings. “When we got started, we didn’t know the do’s and don’ts, and about all the paperwork and process,” Moore says. “But now that we do, we know we can do it.”
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AMERICAN/SOUTHERN CUISINE Basilâ€™s (2906 N State St #104, Jackson, 601-982-2100) Paninis pizza, pasta, soups and salads. Theyâ€™ve got it all on the menu. Broad Street Bakery (4465 Interstate 55 N. 601-362-2900) Hot breakfast, coffee drinks, fresh breads & pastries, gourmet deli sandwiches. Primos Cafe (2323 Lakeland 601-936-3398/ 515 Lake Harbour 601-898-3400) A Jackson institution for breakfast, blue-plates, catfish, burgers, prime rib, oysters, po-boys & wraps. Famous bakery! Roosterâ€™s (2906 N State St, Jackson, 601-982-2001) You havenâ€™t had a burger until youâ€™ve had a Roosterâ€™s burger. Pair it with their seasoned fries and youâ€™re in heaven. Two Sisters Kitchen (707 N. Congress St. 601-353-1180) Lunch. Mon-Fri, Sun. PIZZA Sal & Mookieâ€™s (565 Taylor St. 601-368-1919) Pizzas of all kinds plus pasta, eggplant Parmesan, fried ravioli & ice cream for the kids! Mellow Mushroom (275 Dogwood Blvd, Flowood, 601-992-7499) More than just great pizza and beer. Open Monday - Friday 11-10 and Saturday 11-11. ITALIAN La Finestra (120 N Congress St #3, Jackson, 601-345-8735) The brainchild of award-winning Chef Tom Ramsey, this downtown Jackson hot-spot offers authentic Italian cuisine in cozy, inviting environment. BRAVO! (4500 Interstate 55 N., Jackson, 601-982-8111) Award-winning wine list, Jacksonâ€™s see-and-be-seen casual/upscale dining. Ceramiâ€™s (5417 Lakeland Drive, Flowood, 601-919-28298) Southern-style Italian cuisine features their signature Shrimp Cerami. STEAK, SEAFOOD & FINE DINING The Islander Seafood and Oyster House (1220 E Northside Drive, Suite 100, 601-366-5441) Oyster bar, seafood, gumbo, poâ€™boys, crawfish and plenty of Gulf Coast delights in a laid-back Buffet-style atmosphere. The Penguin (1100 John R Lynch Street, 769.251.5222) Fine dining at its best. Rockyâ€™s (1046 Warrington Road, Vicksburg 601-634-0100) Enjoy choice steaks, fresh seafood, great salads, hearty sandwiches. Sal and Philâ€™s Seafood (6600 Old Canton Rd, Ridgeland (601) 957-1188) Great Seafood, Poboys, Lunch Specials, Boiled Seafood, Full Bar, Happy Hour Specials Sheaâ€™s on Lake Harbour (810 Lake Harbour Drive, Ridgeland, MS 39157 (601) 427-5837) Seafood, Steaks and Southern Cuisine! Great Brunch, Full Bar Outdoor and Seating MEDITERRANEAN/GREEK Aladdin Mediterranean Grill (730 Lakeland Drive 601-366-6033) Delicious authentic dishes including lamb dishes, hummus, falafel, kababs, shwarma. Vasilios Greek Cusine (828 Hwy 51, Madison 601-853-0028) Authentic greek cuisine since 1994, specializing in gyros, greek salads, baklava cheesecake & fresh daily seafood. BARBEQUE Pig and Pint (3139 N State St, Jackson, 601-326-6070) Serving up competition style barbecue along with one of the of best beer selections in metro. Hickory Pit Barbeque (1491 Canton Mart Rd. 601-956-7079) The â€œBest Butts in Townâ€? features BBQ chicken, beef and pork along with burgers and poâ€™boys. COFFEE HOUSES Cups Espresso CafĂŠ (Multiple Locations, www.cupsespressocafe.com) Jacksonâ€™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) Jacksonâ€™s â€œBest Hole in the Wall,â€? has a great jukebox, great bar and a great burger. Fenianâ€™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 Malâ€™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. Martinâ€™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. Ole Tavern on George Street (416 George St. 601-960-2700) Pub food with a southern flair: beer-battered onion rings, chicken & sausage gumbo, salads, sandwiches. Time Out (6270 Old Canton Road, 601-978-1839) Your neighborhood fun spot! Terrific lunch special and amazing Happy Hour! Underground 119 (119 South President St. 601-352-2322) Pan-seared crabcakes, shrimp and grits, filet mignon, vegetarian sliders. Live music. Opens 4 p.m., Wed-Sat Wing Stop (952 North State Street, 601-969-6400) Saucing and tossing in a choice of nine flavors, Wing Stop wings are made with care and served up piping hot. ASIAN AND INDIAN Crazy Ninja (2560 Lakeland Dr., Flowood 601-420-4058) Rock-n-roll sushi and cook-in-front-of-you hibachi. Lunch specials, bento boxes, fabulous cocktails. Fusion Japanese and Thai Cuisine (1002 Treetop Blvd, Flowood 601-664-7588) Specializing in fresh Japanese and Thai cuisine, an extensive menu features everything from curries to fresh sushi Nagoya Japanese Sushi Bar & Hibachi Grill (6351 I-55 North, Ste. 131, Jackson 601-977-8881) Fresh sushi, delicious noodles & sizzling hibachi from one of jacksonâ€™s most well-known japanese restaurants. VEGETARIAN High Noon CafĂŠ (2807 Old Canton Road in Rainbow Plaza 601-366-1513) Fresh, gourmet, tasty and healthy defines the lunch options at Jacksonâ€™s own strict vegetarian (and very-vegan-friendly) restaurant adjacent to Rainbow Whole Foods.
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Defying Easy Answers by Ronni Mott
r. Whitney Herring has been a pediatrician at the University of Mississippi Medical Center for about a year. With a master’s degree in public health, in addition to being a doctor and an assistant professor, she sees many obese children in her practice. To date, she hasn’t had a single win. “A colleague of mine has several (child FLICKR/CHILDHOOD_OBESITY
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patients) who are really doing great,” she says, quickly adding that she’s only been on staff for a short time. Mississippi’s obesity rates are staggering: 35 percent of adults and about 40 percent of our children are obese, Herring says, with the highest rates in the nation. The Centers for Disease Control define obesity as having a body-mass index (BMI) in the 95th percentile. Generally, 10-year-old boys, who average about 70 pounds, are obese if they weigh about 105 pounds. It’s a multi-faceted problem. Researchers point to predictors such as high birth weight, rapid weight gain and genetics, in addition to food choices and sedentary lifestyles. Habits begin forming even before a child is born and stay with children throughout their lives. Issues of food access and exposure to enticing messages about what and how much to eat play a large role. In largely rural Mississippi, the nearest grocery store can be 30 to 45 minutes away, and choices dictated by budgets and prep time favor processed foods that will keep over fresh items that spoil quickly and require cooking. “It’s just hard,” Herring says. Even when people have the knowledge to eat healthy, not everyone has the resources. Without effective intervention, obese children will likely become obese adults, and as a result, children born today can expect
to have shorter life spans than prior generations. The health conditions related to obesity—diabetes, heart conditions, high blood pressure and some types of cancer—will cost America trillions in years to come. Estimates put costs at more than $300 billion a year. Herring tries to introduce simple things to help kids lose weight. One of the most effective changes is to stop drinking sodas and juices. She urges parents to bake instead of fry, and find a few vegetables their kids like. She teaches “5-2-1-0,” that is: five fruits and vegetables a day, no more than two hours of screen time, one hour of physical activity and zero sweetened beverages. Schools are vital to the effort. In 2007, the state Legislature passed the Healthy Students Act, “which required public schools to use healthier cooking methods, offer more nutritious meals, provide more time for physical activity and develop health-education programs,” the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation reports. “The Act also called for schools to involve parents and the surrounding community in efforts to create a healthier environment for all students.” Mississippi has made progress, replacing sugary drinks and offering more fruit and veggies, and baked instead of fried foods, says Victor Sutton, director of the office of preventive health with the Mississippi State Department of Health. The state works with early-childhood centers in addition to K-12 public schools. “Kids spend so much time in school; It’s just a perfect opportunity to try to address some of these issues,” he says. MSDH is also working to put more farmers markets into communities, and partnering with schools to open their facilities—tracks and gyms—in neighborhoods with few resources. Sutton would like to see more kids walk to school, and mandatory physical and health education. Any increase in physical activity helps, he says. The efforts are working. Mississippi is among four states where childhood obesity has declined, along with California, New Mexico and West Virginia. In grades K-5, obesity dropped by more than 13 percent from 2005 to 2011. While we’re still first for 10- to 17-year-olds, the state ranks No. 24 for 2- to 4-year-olds in low-income households. But with obesity rates four times higher than the national average, we have a long way to go. “There’s been an increase in black students, specifically black females,” Herring says. She doesn’t see it as race related, because the increase isn’t happening for black males. “We don’t really know (the reasons). … I think it’s promising, though. We just have a lot more to do.”
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Waterville, Maine, as well as two portraits here in Mississippi: “Young Woman in Yellow Satin” (1907) in the Jackson museum’s collection, and “The Brown Wrap” (1911) in the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art in Laurel (565 N. 5th Ave., Laurel, 601-949-6374). Henri’s fascination with people’s sense of self is a probable result of a complicated childhood. Born in Ohio in 1865 as Robert Henry Cozad, Henri spent most of his early years moving from town to town with his parents. His father, John Cozad, founded Cozaddale, Ohio, before the family moved on to found Cozad, Neb. The Cozads remained in Nebraska for more than 10 years until a legal altercation between Cozad and a rancher forced the family further west. After his father was indicted for manslaughter in 1882, the Cozads assumed new identities and claimed their sons were adopted nephews. That is when Henri dropped Cozad and took the name Robert Henri. After a short stay in Denver, the former Cozads moved to Atlantic City, N.J., where Henri began painting. He trained with prestigious artists Thomas Anshutz and James B. Kelly and found a fondness for Impressionism. Years later, he would urge American painters to paint their experiences, seeking out more realistic and commonplace subjects. Now, Jackson will get a chance to see through Henri’s eyes as he traveled through Spain. “Robert Henri and Spain, Face to Face” will join the exhibition in The William B. and The “Spanish Sojourns” of Robert Henri comes to the Isabel R. McCarty Foundation Gallery. Both “Mississippi Museum of Art” in the new exhibit “Spanish are presented by the Annie Laurie Swaim Sojourns: Robert Henri and the Spirit of Spain.” Hearin Memorial Exhibition Series. The accompanying collection will include paintings of Spain” travels to the San Diego Museum of Art and from Henri as well as artists that directed his attention to from Sept. 27-Jan. 4, 2015, at the Mississippi Museum Spain. “The ‘Face to Face’ exhibition, which we have orof Art. ganized, will provide the Jackson visitor with a perfect in“Numerous … paintings from (Henri’s) extended troduction to the larger exhibition, ‘Spanish Sojourns,’” sojourns in Spain, as well as those which were profoundly Museum Director Betsy Bradley says. “How exciting it is influenced by his experience of Spain—but painted in to be able to display exquisite works by great artists such his New York studio—are true masterpieces,” says Roger as El Greco, Ribera, Manet and Mary Cassatt, alongside Ward, deputy director and chief curator at MMA. “But the beautiful works of John Singer Sargent and Henri they are less well-known than his Irish oeuvre, for exam- himself—paintings which pay homage to the Spanish ple, because the greatest works remain in private hands predecessor they both revered: Diego Velázquez.” or were acquired relatively early by museums all over the The exhibit’s stay at the museum will include a United States, some of which are off the beaten path for celebration Oct. 16 in The Art Garden with the Missismany American art lovers and tourists alike.” sippi Symphony Orchestra and “A Night of Passion with Those include paintings from Lincoln, Neb., and A’lante Flamenco,” which will feature their performance
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he diversity of the Spanish people captivated Robert Henri. The American painter and teacher who taught at New York School of Art made frequent trips to Spain that resulted in his appropriately titled “Spanish Sojourns” collection of paintings that feature landscapes and numerous portraits. The subjects of his portraiture varied widely, from peasants to celebrities. Each painting captures the unique spirit of the individual through heavy brush strokes and realistic color palettes. In a landmark exhibition that Telfair Museums in Savannah, Ga., organized, “Robert Henri and the Spirit
of “Flamencura,” which will give the audience a glimpse into a traditional Spanish club. “Spanish Sojourns” will be on display at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St., 601-960-1515) from Sept. 27-Jan. 4, 2015. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $6 for students and free for museum members and children ages 5 and under. For more information, visit 33 msmuseumart.com or find the museum on Facebook.
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Nashville modern-folk songsters Neulore perform with Joshua James and Armon Jay at Duling Hall, Sept. 26.
original song. Free; call 601-899-8845; capitolgrillofjackson. com. … The production “Like Fine Wine” continues from 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.). In McCoy Auditorium. MADDRAMA presents the play about a cab driver who dreams of becoming a jazz musician. $10, $5 students and seniors; call 601-9795956 or 601-979-4309; jsums.edu/speechandtheatre.
Earnest Pugh’s CD release concert is 6 p.m.-9 p.m. at New Jerusalem Church (5708 Old Canton Road). Call 601-206-5844; earnestpugh.com. … New Bourbon Street Jazz Band performs at 6:30 p.m. at Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St.). Free; call 601-948-0888; halandmals.com. …The Barrel House Ramblers play at 6:30 p.m. at Underground 119 (119 S. President St.). Free; call 601-352-2322; underground119.com. … Carbon Leaf and Caroline Glaser perform at 7:30 p.m. at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). $12 advance, $15 door; call 601-292-7999; ardenland.net.
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Zoo Party Unleashed is from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. at Highland Village (4500 Interstate 55 N.). The Jackson Zoo’s annual fundraiser and adults-only event includes local food, drinks, live music and more. For ages 21 and up. Sponsorships available. $75; call 601-352-2580; jacksonzoo.org.
Joshua James performs at 9 p.m. at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). Joshua James is a singer-songwriter with Nebraskan roots. Neulore and Armon Jay also perform. Doors open at 8 p.m. Seated, all-ages show. Adults must accompany children. $10 in advance, $15 at the door, $3 surcharge for patrons under 21; call 601-292-7999; ardenland.net. … The Paul Collins Beat performs at 8 p.m. at Martin’s Restaurant and Lounge (214 S. State St.). Tuff Luvs also performs. $8; call 601-354-9712; martinslounge.net.
WellsFest is 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at Jamie Fowler Boyll Park (1398 Lakeland Drive). The festival includes live music, food vendors, arts and crafts, a 5K race, a pet parade and more. Proceeds benefit Partners to End Homelessness. Free admission; call 601-353-0658; wellsfest.org. … Sartoris Literary Group BY MICAH SMITH Book and Music Festival is 2 p.m.4 p.m. at Lemuria Books (4465 JACKSONFREEPRESS.COM Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). The annual book-signing event includes FAX: 601-510-9019 authors such as Darden North and DAILY UPDATES AT Mardi Allen. Hannah and Caroline JFPEVENTS.COM Melby of the musical duo HanaLena perform. Refreshments served. Free admission, book prices vary; call 366-7619; email firstname.lastname@example.org; sartorisliterary.com.
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Greensky Bluegrass plays at 8 p.m. at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.) The quintet from Kalamazoo, Mich. performs. Doors open at 7 p.m. All-ages show. Adults must accompany children. $15 in advance, $18 at the door; call 601-292-7999; ardenland.net. … RNS Quintet performs at 7 p.m. at The Penguin (1100 John R. Lynch, Suite 6A). The Jackson-based jazz group is known for its versatility and skill. Free; call 769-251-5222; thepenguinms.com.
Gluckstadt GermanFest is 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church (127 Church Road, Gluckstadt). The annual cultural event includes German food and music, games and a country store. Lawn chairs recommended. No coolers, solicitors or pets. Free admission, meal tickets: $5 in advance, $6 day of event; call 601-856-2054; stjosephgluckstadt.com.
Open Mic Night is at 9 p.m. at Capitol Grill (5050 Interstate 55 N., Suite F). The night includes a prize for the best
Blues musician Vasti Jackson headlines this year’s talent-packed WellsFest, Sept. 27.
Author Curtis Wilkie reads and signs his newest book, “Assassins, Eccentrics, Politicians, and Other Persons of Interest: Fifty Pieces from the Road” at 5 p.m. at Lemuria Books (4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). Reading at 5:30 p.m. Free, $30 book; call 601-366-7619. email email@example.com; lemuriabooks.com.
History Is Lunch Sept. 24, noon, at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Author Robert Blade talks about his book, “Tupelo Man,” a biography of George McLean. Free; call 601-576-6998. Habitat Young Professionals’ Picnic at the Cedars Sept. 25, 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m., at The Cedars Historic Home (4145 Old Canton Road). Professionals ages 21-40 enjoy music and network while supporting Habitat for Humanity. Bring food, drinks and chairs. Free; call 601-353-6060; email firstname.lastname@example.org. Dinner and a Movie Sept. 26, 6 p.m., at Jefferson Street. Purchase food from Garden to Fire and watch the film “Divergent.” Free; call 601-924-5474; clintonms.org. 4 the Record Swap Sept. 27, 11 a.m., at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Buy, sell or trade vinyl records at the biannual event. Record sellers and other vendors must register. Bring your own turntable. $5 until noon, then $2, free for children 12 and under with an adult; call 601-376-9404; email 4therecordjxn@gmail. com; 4therecordswap.com. History Is Lunch Oct. 1, noon, at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Author Curtis Wilkie talks about his book, “Assassins, Eccentrics, Politicians, and Other Persons of Interest: Fifty Pieces from the Road.” Book sales and signing to follow. Free; call 601-576-6998; mdah.state.ms.us. Millsaps Fall Forum Oct. 1, 7 p.m.-8 p.m., at Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex (1701 N. State St.). Chicago-based singer-songwriter Joe Goodkin presents “Homer’s Odyssey in Song.” Free; call 601-974-1000; millsaps.edu.
+)$3 World Wide Day of Play Sept. 27, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). The event is part of Nickelodeon’s The Big Help, encouraging children to be active. Included with admission ($10, children under 12 months and members free); call 601-981-5469; mississippichildrensmuseum.com. Events at Ridgeland Public Library (397 Highway 51, Ridgeland) • Rising Readers Storytime (Ages 3-7) Tuesdays, 4 p.m.-5 p.m. through Sept. 30 Programs include stories, songs, flannel board activities, movement and crafts. Free; call 601-856-4536. • Baby Bookends (Ages 0-2) Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. through Sept. 24 Children and their caregivers sing rhymes, play musical instruments, read stories, and do flannel board and movement activities. Free; call 601-856-4536. • Baby Bookends Story Time (Ages 02) Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m. through Oct. 29 Includes stories, music, movement and more. Free; call 601-856-4536.
&//$ $2).+ Tin Roof Beer Dinner Sept. 29, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., at Char (Highland Village, 4500 Interstate 55 N.). Enjoy a four-course meal paired with beers from Tin Roof Brewing Company. RSVP. Admission TBA; call 601-956-9562; charrestaurant.com.
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Canton Road). Bikers ride to a different destination on the last Friday of each month. Jackson Bike Advocates is the sponsor. Free; call 366-1602; email email@example.com. Health and Wellness Expo Sept. 27, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at St. John M.B. Church (4895 Medgar Evers Blvd.). Includes exhibits from local health organizations, children’s play area and school supply giveaways for grades K-6. School supply and toiletry donations welcome. Free; call 601566-5474; email firstname.lastname@example.org. Divorce Recovery Group Tuesdays, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. through Dec. 9, at mindCARES (751 Avignon Drive, Suite C, Ridgeland). Participants share their experiences on grief and separation, and support each other in order to be able to develop new relationships. Call for details on cost (insurance and self pay accepted); call 601-707-7355.
34!'% 3#2%%. “South Pacific” Sept. 25-27, 7 p.m., Sept. 28, 2 p.m., at Mississippi College (200 S. Capitol St., Clinton). In the Jean Pittman Williams Recital Hall. The musical is about love on a South Pacific island during World War II. $20, $10 children and students with ID; call 601-925-3440; mc.edu/marketplace. “Like Fine Wine” Sept. 25, 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Sept. 26, 10 a.m.-noon, Sept. 26, 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Sept. 28, 3 p.m.-5 p.m., Sept. 29, 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.). In McCoy Auditorium. $10, $5 students and seniors; call 601-979-5956 or 601-979-4309; jsums.edu/speechandtheatre. “Rumors” Sept. 25-27, 7:30 p.m., Sept. 28, 2 p.m., at Actor’s Playhouse (121 Paul Truitt Lane, Pearl). The play is about a dinner party gone awry. $15, $10 students, military and seniors; call 601-664-0930; actorsplayhouse.net. Caleb Synan Sept. 25, 8 p.m.-10 p.m., at Hal & Mal’s (200 Commerce St.). In the Red Room. Justin Harris, Jamie Arrington and Lee Chambliss also perform. For ages 21 and up. $10; call 948-0888; email jane@halandmals. com; hubcitycomedy.com. “The God Committee” Oct. 1-3, 7:30 p.m., Oct. 4, 2 p.m., Oct. 4, 7:30 p.m., at Belhaven University Center for the Arts (835 Riverside Drive). In Blackbox Theatre. $10, $5 seniors and students, free for Belhaven students and employees; call 601-965-7026; belhaven.edu.
#/.#%243 &%34)6!,3 Events at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.) • Joshua James Sept. 26, 9 p.m. Neulore and Armon Jay also perform. Seated, all-ages show. Adults must accompany children. $10 in advance, $15 at the door, $3 surcharge for patrons under 21; call 601-292-7999; email email@example.com; ardenland.net. • Greensky Bluegrass Sept. 30, 8 p.m. The quintet from Kalamazoo, Mich. performs. All-ages show. Adults must accompany children. $15 in advance, $18 at the door; call 601-292-7999; email firstname.lastname@example.org; ardenland.net. The Paul Collins Beat Sept. 26, 8 p.m., at Martin’s Restaurant and Lounge (214 S. State St.). The rock band performs to promote their new album, “Feel the Noise.” Tuff Luvs also performs. $8; call 601-354-9712; martinslounge.net. Filipino-American Festival Sept. 27, 3 p.m.-8 p.m., at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School (370 Old Agency Road, Ridgeland). FAAM is the host. Includes Filipino folk songs, dances, costumes,
food and traditional games for children. Free admission, $7 plates; call 601-613-6395; email email@example.com.
through Nov. 17. Register by Sept. 26. $150; call 601-948-3533, ext. 232; newstagetheatre.com.
Chamber I: Beethoven & Brahms Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m., at Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex (1701 N. State St.). The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra presents Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1, and Brahms Serenade No. 2. $16; call 601-960-1565; msorchestra.com.
Gluckstadt GermanFest Sept. 28, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., at St. Joseph Catholic Church (127 Church Road, Gluckstadt). The annual cultural event includes German food and music, games and a country store. No coolers, solicitors or pets. Free admission, meal tickets: $5 in advance, $6 day of event; call 601-856-2054; stjosephgluckstadt.com.
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Events at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.) • Artist Talk Sept. 25, 2 p.m. In the Dollye M.E. Robinson Building, room 166/266. Erin Wiersma discusses her artwork in her exhibit, Traced Time, that hangs in the Johnson Hall Gallery through Dec. 5. Free; call 601-979-0879; email firstname.lastname@example.org. • Opening Reception for Traced Time Exhibit Sept. 25, 4 p.m.-6 p.m. See works from Erin Wiersma in Johnson Hall Gallery. Show hangs through Dec. 5. Free; call 601-979-0879; email email@example.com. Opening Reception for the Mississippi Artists’ Guild Juried Fine Arts Exhibition Sept. 25, 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., at Spectacles Gallery (High-
*&0 30/.3/2%$ %6%.43 Ovarian Cycle Jackson Ready. Set. Ride! Sept. 25, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at Country Club of Jackson (345 St. Andrews Drive). The indoor cycling marathon is a fundraiser for ovarian cancer research. Cyclists select their own one-hour time slots. All skill levels welcome. Space limited. Registration required. $50 registration fee and required fundraising goal of $250, no fee or fundraising minimum for virtual riders; call 956-1411; email firstname.lastname@example.org; ovariancycle.kintera.org. Zoo Party Unleashed Sept. 25, 6 p.m.-9 p.m., at Highland Village (4500 Interstate 55 N.). The Jackson Zoo’s annual fundraiser and adults-only event includes local food, live music and more. For ages 21 and up. Sponsorships available. $75; call 601-352-2580; jacksonzoo.org. WellsFest Sept. 27, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., at Jamie
• "Between Wrecks" Sept. 24, 5 p.m. George Singleton signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $15.95 book; call 601-366-7619; email info@ lemuriabooks.com; lemuriabooks.com. • Sartoris Literary Group Book and Music Festival Sept. 27, 2 p.m.-4 p.m. The annual book signing event includes authors such as Darden North, James L. Dickerson and Mardi Allen. HanaLena performs. Free admission, book prices vary; call 366-7619; email email@example.com; sartorisliterary.com. • "Director's Cut" Sept. 29, 5 p.m. Joe Lee signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $22.95 book; call 601-366-7619; email firstname.lastname@example.org; lemuriabooks.com. Meredith Etc. Author Book Release Party Sept. 28, 4 p.m.-7 p.m., at The Room (421 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). For ages 21 and up. $5 admission, $12.99 book; call 601-720-4420 or 601-372-0229; eventbrite.com.
#2%!4)6% #,!33%3 Kennith Del Toro Dance Workshops Sept. 27, 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., at Salsa Mississippi Studio and Club (605 Duling Ave.). The Back-to-School Nerds Party takes place later that evening. $50 or $15 per workshop; call 601-213-6355; salsamississippi.com. Teen Acting Class Sept. 29, 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m., at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.). The class for youth in grades 7-12. Sessions held Mondays
Fowler Boyll Park (1398 Lakeland Drive). Wells Church’s annual event includes live music with Vasti Jackson, food vendors, arts and crafts, a 5K race, a pet parade, children’s activities and more. Proceeds benefit Partners to End Homelessness. Free admission; call 601-353-0658; wellsfest.org. JFP Chick Ball Masked Jam Nov. 1, 7 p.m.-midnight, Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St.). Attend the first masquerade and costume event to raise awareness about interpersonal violence and domestic abuse. Proceeds benefit the Engaging Men program of the Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Enjoy live music, Southern Fried Karaoke and a Rooster Sports Brew Pub. $5 cover. Write director@ jfpchickball.com to get involved and see jfpchickball.com for details.
land Village, 4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 143). See the latest works from guild members. Show hangs through Nov. 7. Free; call 601-398-4662; mississippiartistsguild.org. Zoom into Nano Traveling Exhibition Opening Sept. 26, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). Children learn about nanotechnology through activities such as building a giant carbon nanotube. Open through Jan. 4. Included with admission ($10, children under 12 months free); call 601981-5469; mississippichildrensmuseum.com. Events at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.) • Members and Sponsors Preview Party Sept. 26, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. The exclusive event is for the Robert Henri exhibitions. Includes Spanish-themed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Included with membership or exhibit sponsorship; call 601-960-1515; msmuseumart.org. • Opening Day for Robert Henri Exhibitions Sept. 27, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Options include Spanish Sojourns and Robert Henri and Spain, Face to Face. Shows hang through Jan. 4. $12, $10 seniors, $6 students (includes admission to the Mississippi Invitational), ages 0-5 and museum members free. Check jfpevents.com for updates and more listings, or to add your own events online. You can also email event details to email@example.com to be added to the calendar. The deadline is noon the Wednesday prior to the week of publication.
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Carbon Leaf Revisits a Classic by Greg Pigott
a few changes in mixing, but overall, our fans should be happy with the final product.” Privett says that using the band’s personal studio resulted in a greater interpretation of the group’s hits. “Indian Summer
artists have the power.” Carbon Leaf is known for its folk, Celtic, acoustic rock and roots sounds, as well as a variety of experimental instrumentations, where the members tap into COURTESY ELMO THAMM
lternative-country-rock band Carbon Leaf has been pleasing crowds with its energetic and eclectic sound for 22 years, blowing the minds of audiences and critics alike. The Richmond, Va., quintet will make its first appearance in Jackson as part of its Indian Summer Revisited Tour, which stops at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave., 601292-7121) Sept. 24. Carbon Leaf recorded a 10th-anniversary album to pay homage to 2004’s “Indian Summer,” the milestone release that earned the band its first mainstream radio play, with hits like “Life Less Ordinary,” “Let Your Troubles Roll By” and “What About Everything?” “Indian Summer Revisited” is an update of the entire breakout album, with new instruments and mixing. “It’s a re-interpretation of the original. The tracks and lyrics are the same, but it’s much richer and, we think, better vocally,” says lead singer Barry Privett, 43. “We were able to use a lot of new equipment in the recording process that wasn’t available 10 years ago, so this was a way to honor our fans with a new and improved version of the album that they loved so much. We made some minor tweaks and
Virginia folk-rockers Carbon Leaf explores previous hits from the iconic 2004 fulllength, “Indian Summer,” celebrating the past while looking forward to the future.
was our major label debut for Vanguard Records. Now that we’re an indie band again, we can really experiment with different instruments and mixing on the album,” he says. “It’s amazing how much technology has changed in the music industry since we originally recorded the album. Limitations are good, but when you are an indie band,
less conventional choices. Privett plays acoustic guitar, penny whistle and the bagpipes; Terry Clark, 43, plays electric and acoustic guitars and provides background vocals; Jason Neal, 33, plays drums and various percussion instruments; and Jon Markel, 38, plays electric and upright bass. Carter Gravatt, 40, manages the
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most instruments, playing mandolin, lapsteel and violin, plus acoustic, electric and 12-string guitars. Musical acts such as Neil Young, AC/ DC, Phish, Grateful Dead and REM influence Carbon Leaf’s songwriting. “We bring all of those into a pot and mix together. We write collaboratively as a band, so everyone brings their talent to the table,” Privett says. “We are true friends, and we’ve always had a great relationship. We have great fans, and we know what it takes to relax and connect to the audience.” Privett promises an interesting show in Jackson and is excited about playing at an intimate venue like Duling Hall. The set will feature acoustic and electric tracks from “Indian Summer” and other critically acclaimed songs from Carbon Leaf’s two-decade career. “We’re looking forward to a diverse show for everyone. People will leave being glad they gambled on coming.” Carbon Leaf performs at Duling Hall Sept. 24 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the Sept. 24 show are available at Duling Hall and ticketmaster.com. “Indian Summer Revisited” is available on iTunes and other online music retailers. For more information, visit carbonleaf.com.
by Micah Smith
American Rock Gets Hurt
such as Springsteen and The Ramones, birthed the band’s newest album, “Get Hurt.” Yes, it’s an evolution, but one that feels less definite and less complete. I should point out that I haven’t been a lifelong fan of The Gaslight Anthem. I COURTESY WIKICOMMONS/MONTEALAHOLIC
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ocalist Brian Fallon of New Jersey rock band The Gaslight Anthem released a statement in July of last year. It was simple, somewhat sentimental and wholly honest, not unlike Fallon’s songwriting. More than anything, though, it was heartbroken. During three consecutive performances in New York City, the audience hounded the band to perform Bruce Springsteen, The Beatles and other rock legends, despite the fact that The Gaslight Anthem plays original songs primarily. “I feel it necessary to address that we are The Gaslight Anthem. We play Gaslight Anthem songs. We’re not the band you think we may be akin to,” Fallon wrote on the group’s Tumblr page, which is still up and garnering views. “(This) is where I find myself now: proud of what we’ve done, and where we’ve come from. But it’s time to find the next thing.” While I understand Fallon’s frustration—and if you play live music, you’ve probably faced a similar crowd—I couldn’t see the connection between preferring to play your original music and evolving as a band. Perhaps that desire to differentiate The Gaslight Anthem from forerunners,
The Gaslight Anthem’s newest fulllength, “Get Hurt,” is frustrating in its approved imperfections.
enjoyed a handful of songs over the years, but I never took a vested interest until 2012’s “Handwritten.” That album took a sharp left turn from the former punk-
rock crux of previous releases, 2007’s “Sink or Swim,” 2008’s “The ’59 Sound” and 2010’s “American Slang.” Some returning fans will undoubtedly leave unsatisfied for reasons entirely detached from mine. Many took Fallon’s 2013 blog post to mean The Gaslight Anthem was returning to its roots, and anticipated a return to a sound that echoed fellow New Jersey punk acts such as The Misfits and the Bouncing Souls. I never had much love for the punk genre, though. Lucky for me, the American rock feeling of “Handwritten” is alive and well within “Get Hurt,” but as is often the case, its failings lie in the execution. Listening through the 16-track deluxe edition of “Get Hurt,” I’ve become more aware of how front-loaded the album is. The easy standout tracks are the first on the runtime—“Stay Vicious,” “1,000 Years,” “Get Hurt” and “Stray Paper”—with the title track being the most fully developed of the four. That’s nothing new, of course, particularly in popular music, but even some of the best songs have head-scratching moments scattered throughout, and this time, it’s hard to know who’s at fault.
“Get Hurt” is a product of producer Mike Crossey, who manned the mixing board for successful outings like Arctic Monkeys’ “Leave Before the Lights Come On” and The 1975’s self-titled debut. It’s easy to assume someone of that caliber would be blameless here. However, there are several individual tracks, such as “Red Violins” and “Underneath the Ground,” that could have been strong additions under a more commanding hand. Instead, these somewhat bland pieces only add up to a one-note whole. Even at its weakest, “Get Hurt” is hardly the worst record on the shelves, or even the worst recent release, but that’s part of what makes it slightly frustrating. Fallon is a tremendous talent as a writer, and I could see him developing into one of the eminent rock ‘n’ roll voices of this generation. If the band can cultivate more dynamic, memorable songs, which is a proven possibility, The Gaslight Anthem could shed the Bruce Springsteen comparisons and create something truly incomparable. The Gaslight Anthem’s “Get Hurt” is available on iTunes and Amazon. For more information, visit thegaslightanthem.com.
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ast week, Florida State University quarterback Jameis Winston was suspended for the first half of the game against Clemson for jumping on a table in the student union and yelling a sexually explicit phrase. Florida Stateâ€™s interim president Garnett S. Stokes and Athletic Director Stan Wilcox then suspended Winston for the second half after learning the quarterback misrepresented the events in the student union. Finally, someone at FSU had the stones to hold Winston accountable. Winston is the same quarterback whom a fellow student accused of rape before he went on to win the Heisman Trophy and national championship, and who stole crab legs from a Publix Supermarket during the offseason. Even before he was the starting quarterback, Winston ran into troubleâ€”along with other playersâ€”for shooting out the windows of an apartment complex with a BB gun. Another run-in with the law included a fast-food employee accusing him of stealing soda. Up to this point, Florida State has shown that it only cares about winning. Winston has slowly upped his trouble with the law and the public because the university wasnâ€™t willing to intervene while Winstonâ€™s troubles were small. Head coach Jimbo Fisher and the previous FSU president and athletic director didnâ€™t even investigate Winstonâ€™s rape allegation before it became public. The rape claim came in late 2012, but Florida
State didnâ€™t open an investigation until earlier this month, nearly two years later. Winston didnâ€™t care when he climbed on that table in the student union because he already knew winning matters more to FSU than showing any moral fiber. Winston proved how little respect he had for Fisher when he came out in full pads for the pregame against Clemson. His antics showed that he didnâ€™t care that the school suspended him for a full game. No, the Heisman winner just kept on trolling America each time the camera found him on the sidelines. The hard truth is Winston learned nothing on Saturday. His teammates bailed him out, and he will still be in the national championship and Heisman race. Winston wonâ€™t learn a lesson until he really ends up in hot water with the law or FSU finally gets fed up with his antics and ships him out the door. Universities and the NFL have been looking the other way with athletes for a while now. Florida State won a national championship last season but had to sell its integrity and soul to win that crystal ball, and Fisher will keep selling it as long as the Seminoles keep winning. This type of victory isnâ€™t what sports are supposed to be about. But times are changing, and the NFL is learning that the hard way with public backlash to the recent family-violence cases. Florida State has already reinstated Winston, so it is safe to say that universities have a long way to go.
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